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  • The Forest review

    A still from 'The Forest'

    Cast: Javed Jaffrey, Nandana Sen, Ankur Vikral, man-eating leopard

    Directed by Ashvin Kumar

    Rating: *

    A thriller can be measured for its ability to make you predict multiple outcomes. And like horror, the extent of fear and thrill that it evokes is always limited only to one’s imagination. Here, the object of our collective fear is one of the fastest man-eating cats ever- a leopard. With that knowledge, now the number of times you get to see the spotted cat will dictate the importance you assign to it. If it appears too often, you won’t care to be scared. If it appears marginally, you would be tastefully terrified and longing for more. Luckily for director Ashvin Kumar, his man-devouring billi makes a cameo and does evoke just about enough fear to sail this low-budget thriller.

    The story is about a complicated couple – Pritam (Ankur Vikal) and Radha (Nandana Sen) who decide to join the birds, bees and uneducated flees in the wilderness to rekindle their failing relationship. For

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  • Vikram Bhatt on his film and why he can't make films on Stephen King's books

    "I am more into Blairwitch Project and Paranormal Activity kind of cinema than Exorcist, Evil Dead type. For me, fear has to be unknown than on your face, " says the self-confessed Stephen King fan. This is Vikram Bhatt's most ambitious project and the director is leaving no stone unturned to promote the film which marks the return of Karisma Kapoor.  From releasing the part of the film online to hopping to different cities for promtions, Vikram is going all out this time. It took him three years to elicit a positive response from his leading lady but like he says, "it was worth the wait". After making the first horror 3D film 'Haunted', the director is ready with his period thriller 'Dangerous Ishhq' which is also in 3D. But Vikram is quick to dismiss the hype saying, "3D is just an enhancement and the story itself is the main hero". Inspired by Dr Brain Weiss' bestseller 'Many Lives, Many Masters', the
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  • Director Ashvin Kumar talks about his latest thriller 'The Forest'
    Being nominated for an Oscar is like being knighted. Oscar-nominated becomes a courteous prefix to one’s name. So when Ashvin Kumar was nominated for one in 2005 for his film ‘Little Terrorist’, he was on a different high. Anyone would be. But he went through a humbling experience when he completed his very next film- a man-eater based thriller called ‘The Forest’. While the film was shot with an international crew, it had an Indian setting. But for some reason he didn’t find a buyer for 5 years. Now that the film is finally releasing, the director is relieved and claims to have learnt a lot in the period that he waited for the film to reach the screens. He admits that he had, at several points, come to believe that the film would never release. He talks to Kunal Guha about the ideology behind his craft and why Indian distributors, despite the evolution of Indian cinema, continue to evaluate films through a rigid metric and fail to see a film for its true merit.
    A still from 'The Forest'
    What was the core
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  • Who will you vote for?

    While movie trailers are supposed to give one an idea of what to expect, it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selling a film today. Film marketing has gone way beyond the usual and has come to appreciate and acknowledge the theme of the film to a large extent. The film is about a rockstar- let’s have a rock concert, the film is about an item girl- let’s get her jiggy on stage. The latest being- the Gangs of Wasseypur franchise that plans to promote an electoral campaign through the streets of Mumbai and Delhi to promote the second installment of the political thriller. This initiative would be conducted by plastering the city with political posters where the two opposing contestants from the movie would be vying for your vote. While the first part of the film garnered rave reviews, it left audiences curious and excited about the sequel. And this political campaign would surely connect with those who can't wait to know what happens in Part 2.

    Here are a few other
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  • True talent is never ignored in Bollywood just like true lack of talent is often harshly rubbished. And Parineeti Chopra has to be the best example to second this fact. Her short yet memorable supporting role in 'Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl' was enough to prove her might and her bubbly, naïve and selfish brat image ensured she shined above her co-actors and even the lead cast to make for a memorable debut. So it's no wonder that YRF has signed her up for a 3 movie-deal with her latest film being Ishaqzaade', directed by 'Do Dooni Char' director Habib Faisal. 'Ishaqzaade' promises to give her a strong foothold into the industry apart from establishing her as an actress of substance. Over a candid chat with Kunal Guha, the motor-mouth actress tells us about the joys of being the lead in a Yash Raj film and how fame and fortune haven't changed her one bit.

    From a supporting role in 'Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl' to the lead in the latest Yash Raj film, have any myths about the industry

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  • Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Isha Gupta, Manish Choudhary,  Arif Zakaria

    Directed by Kunal Deshmukh

    Rating: *

    One thing that will puzzle you endlessly at several points during this film is why the filmmaker would’ve considered the title. Is it a metaphysical metaphor to the life of the downtrodden? Does it delve into the afterlife where our lead cast will be ushered into a ‘Jannat’ where the Bhatts aren’t in the business of making films? Neither. The true essence of the title needs much less brain picking. It refers to the twin dumplings served in a skewer in the form of the film’s leading lady. As crude as that sounds, it is infact the only logical reference one can deduce.

    The film is about a jack of all trades related to guns and master of fun, Sonu Dilli KKC (Emraan Hashmi). KKC is short for ‘Kutti, Kameeni Cheez’. See, you were better off not knowing that, right? Anyway, Sonu falls under the radar of forever-brooding inspector ACP Pratap (Randeep Hooda) who wants to bust the big Read More »from Jannat 2 review
  • Karisma talks about 'Dangerous Ishhq'


    Karisma talks about her comeback film 'Dangerous Ishhq' and what her director learnt about his past life

    Bollywood's original 'heroine number one' Karisma Kapoor took a break from acting at the peak of her career. She embraced household life following her marriage Delhi industrialist Sanjay Kapur. While the film industry felt her void, it was swiftly filled by those actresses who had been waiting in the wing shadowed by the might Lolo, as she is fondly nicknamed as. Today as she makes her comeback in the ambitious supernatural thriller 'Dangerous Ishhq' in 3D no less, she is as excited as she was when she made her debut in 'Prem Qaidi' over two decades ago. In a suburban hotel in Mumbai, she met up with Kunal Guha to chat about why she's back and what keeps her going. She also reveals some secrets behind her eternal beauty and newly acquired body.

    Have you missed Bollywood as much as the industry has missed you? Has the industry changed much from where you left it?
    I've been in touch
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  • In a free-wheeling chat Arjun Kapoor tells us about his journey from fat to fit and his debut film

    In the air-conditioned rehearsal hall of Yash Raj Studios, the usually reticent son of Bonny and late Mona Kapoor is busy pulling his Ishaqzaade co-star Parineeti Chopra's leg during an interview. The budding actor has been all over the town, promoting his debut film whose fate will be decided on May 11th but for now he is happy with the media attention he is getting. For someone who started out with a dream to become a director, becoming an actor was a culmination of many processes- encouragement from a superstar, rigorous diet and workouts (Arjun was 140 kgs earlier)  and innumerable look test to finally become Parma. In a free-wheeling chat Arjun Kapoor tells us about his journey from fat to fit and his debut film.

    How Arjun bagged Ishaqzaade

    Excerpts from the interview:

    You are being touted as an actor to watch out for. How has life changed for you?

    Life hasn't changed

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  • Priyadarshan's TezzAfter remaking popular Malayalam films, Priyadarshan has now taken to very ineptly adapting Hollywood thrillers. His latest offering is the Keanu Reeves-Sandra Bullock starrer 'Speed', with a slight difference in the choice of the vehicle and devoid of any logic. Why else would the London Police wait for almost 10 hours for the bomber to call them and tell them how to disarm a bomb before they even start to think of an alternative? I mean if they couldn't think of it on their own, you would have expected at least one of them to have watched the 'Speed' on television considering the number of repeat runs it has had on STAR Movies.
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    Ajay as Aakash
    It is quite obvious that Ajay Devgn is completely unconvinced about the part he is playing. I mean which illegal immigrant would actually think or manage to get sympathizers when he decides to plant bombs on a passenger train to avenge his deportation? No one, unless of course the antagonist suffers from a psychiatric Read More »from Review: Tezz
  • Tezz review

    Give it to me, baby!
    Cast: Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Sameera Reddy, Zayed Khan, Mohanlal

    Directed by Priyadarshan

    Rating: ½ *

    Hollywood has made hay when Bruce Willis and Keanu Reeves would sweat blood and single-handedly disarm an explosion that could put innocent many to sleep forever. But this late 80s formula has expired its warrantee a decade ago. So you wonder who to blame for this slick but shallow tribute to the has-beens of thrilling cinema? DVD-wallas who still stock the many sequels of Speed, Die-Hard, Die-Soft and every other film in between are singularly responsible for this epic fail at bomb diffusion by Priyadarshan.

    An illegal immigrant is being deported to India after being severely severed. His wife screams and struggles and hams but to no avail. He is none other than immigrant-turned-terrorist Aakash Rehna (Ajay Devgn) who is soon spotted buying explosives along with his side-villain and cautiously confused aide Aadil (Zayed Khan). But we’re in London, where law enforcement

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