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  • Shayar and Garfunkel

    Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Prachi Desai, Neha Sharma

    Directed by Kunal Kohli

    Rating: 1/2 *

    Cracking of knuckles, the Angry Birds background score and pure and pleasant snoring are sounds that one can be greeted with while watching ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. These are, of course, sounds produced by the audience and aren’t a part of the movie.  And while looking at the screen is the primary job in a movie hall, what Kunal Kohli offers us this week makes this the hardest and most ungrateful job ever. It would be easy to pick 100 reasons but one of the popular arguments would be: lack of anything that you’ve not already seen before. Novelty releases dopamine in the brain but the three disconnected (yet forcefully similar) love stories in this film ensure your brain doesn’t produce any dope (yours, mine or for anyone else).

    If you’ve seen the promos, you know that the film features three different stories with the same lead pair spanning across decades. The first is based in 1960s

    Read More »from Teri Meri Kahaani review
  • A still form Gangs of Wasseypur

    Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Reemma Sen, Piyush Mishra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi

    Directed by Anurag Kashyap

    Rating: ***

    One of the reasons why Slumdog Millionaire was a global explosion was because it meticulously recorded and reported on the underbelly of Mumbai in a way that you could not just see but also experience the proceedings on the screen. This doesn’t mean that when you go to watch ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, the usher would come and stab you silly or the popcorn vendor would hold a bucket to your chest to buffer the sound of a pointblank fire. But what you see and hear will surely make you a happy hostage, willing to surrender to Wasseypur: a land where ‘kabootars’ multitask and uprooting rail tracks to loot carriages is hardly a task.

    Sardar Khan with his Bengali bride Durga

    Firstly, here’s what you shouldn’t expect from this film. If your neighbour/ friend/ colleague/ driver told you that this film is based on the coal mafia, he/she didn’t know any better. The central characters are Read More »from Gangs of Wasseypur review

  • 'Superman of Malegaon' along with the director of the film - Faiza Khan

    After successful screenings at festivals across the globe, ‘Supermen of Malegaon’ is slated for theatrical release in India on June 29, 2012. The film has had an extraordinary journey since the idea was first mooted but its biggest hurdle was securing a theatrical release in India, which has now been achieved. ‘Supermen of Malegaon’ is a documentary that captures a motley bunch of cinema fanatics in Malegaon, Maharashtra who remake Bollywood and Hollywood films with miniscule budgets, which they shoot, star in and screen for their local audience in Malegaon. This time, they take on the challenge of making Supermen. The project took off when Director Faiza Ahmad Khan, along with co-producer Gargey Trivedi and Siddharth Thakur, won the Asian Pitch in Singapore. The Asian Pitch is organised by Mediacorp in Singapore, NHK in Japan and KBS in South Korea. Several directors were invited to pitch their subjects, and Supermen of Malegaon was one of the three films that won. The film was
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  • Sharman talks about 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari'

    Sharman Joshi is in a happy space. His first film has a lead 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' has opened to good reviews and has been appreciated by the audiences and critics. Soft spoken and always politically correct, Sharman has had a slow and steady rise. The actor has been a part of many box-office multi-starrers like '3 Idiots', 'Golmaal' , 'Rang De Basanti' to name a few. In a free-wheeling chat, Sharman tells us about the film and the pressure of starring in a solo film.

    Excerpts from the interview

    What inspired you to take up the project?

    The first time I heard about 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' was when Rajesh (Mapuskar) and I were working on '3 Idiots'. When I heard about the title, I went up to him and told him that the title of the film is very catchy. That's when he casually mentioned the plot and I loved it so much that  I wanted to be a part of the film but other actors were being considered for the film at that time so I wasn't sure if I would make it. But after a year and half, I

    Read More »from 'Happy that this is my first solo'

  • Kohli's unending love for love stories
    Many may argue that Kunal Kohli likes to stick to love stories, even if it’s a story about a terrorist or a rebel. But then what’s wrong in dedicating one’s career to Bollywood’s favourite genre. “Apart from Sholay, every big Bollywood blockbuster has been a love story,” says the chirpy Kohli defending his choice of films. His latest magnum opus, ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra seems to be more ambitious if not risky than most of his previous stints. One reason for this would be that it features three love stories set in three different eras. Apart from the limitations of portraying a period, it also means braving the skepticism that most would have for a film that isn’t contemporary or based on present day. If not anything, it can limit the audience to those who appreciate period films. But Kohli is confident that his three love stories would be as identifiable with the youth today as any other. He infact adds that he has dared to showcase the fun and
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  • Boman Irani talks movies
    Great actors have one thing in common. They can get inside the skin of the character to such an extent that it's impossible to distinguish them from the character they're playing.  Boman Irani is definitely one such actor. From the stern principal of a medical college in Munnabhai MBBS to the neurotic college director Prof Sahasrabudhhe. His ability to convey an entire horizon of emotions through his expressions and body language have put him into a league of his own. His latest stint as a middle-aged cynical Parsi father in 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' lives up to his brand. We got the man himself, Boman Irani, to come and visit the Yahoo! India office where he chatted with Kunal Guha about his mantra for acting and what he looks for in films before deciding to feature in them. Here's a transcript of the chat.

    What excited you about the film and your character when you first heard a narration of 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari'?
    Honestly, I was cast even before the narration. Mapuskar (Director Rajesh

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  • Ferrari Ki SawaariRajesh Mapuskar's "Ferrari Ki Sawaari" is a well-intentioned film but it tries too hard to strike an emotional chord. While an interesting plot and some fine writing could have made this film stand-out but a light-hearted film infused with too much sentimentality spoils the fun.

    Rusy's (Sharman Joshi) son is a gifted 12-year-old who is a young aspiring cricketer. Despite limited means Rusy wants to do the best for his son. The little boy gets a chance to go to Lords for a cricketing camp and Rusy has to somehow arrange for a big sum of money to make his dream come true. In comes a local politician who wants Sachin Tendulkars's Ferrari on loan for his son's wedding. Rusy becomes the connection between the Ferrari, Sachin Tendulkar and the money that the groom's father is ready to shell out for the 'Ferrari ki sawaari'. The honest and upright Rusy succumbs to pressure and tries to make quick money to pay for the camp but the simple plan obviously goes all wrong.

    Sharman Joshi and Boman

    Read More »from Review: Ferrari Ki Sawaari
  • Scooter Ki Sawaari

    Cast: Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore

    Directed by Rajesh Mapuskar

    Rating: **1/2

    Films like these are rare. If you evaluate ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ with the usual metrics set for comedies, it lacks everything that would get a film distributer to bounce his belly or seduce an audience member to shell a chunk of his weekend budget on a multiplex ticket. No Bollywood A-listers, no comedy of errors where people get seriously injured, double meaning jokes- absent. And it doesn’t even have a story that’s compelling enough when you narrate it. But if this film does craft anything with delicious enthusiasm, it has to be the amiable characters that manage to hassle you with their problems and allow you to relish their joys as if they were your own.

    The film takes us into the unremarkable life of this Parsi family comprising three generations of men. Grandpa Deboo or Mota baba (Boman Irani) is grumpier than the average grumpy person of his age and is perpetually plopped in front of the

    Read More »from Ferrari Ki Sawaari review
  • The Amazing Spiderman

    One of the world's most beloved characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.  Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field.  The film is directed by Marc Webb.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves.  The film will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on June 29, 2012. So here are a few production secrets behind this mammoth blockbuster that you surely didn't know.

    The film’s exteriors were largely shot on the New York street sets at Universal Studios as the first film to shoot there following the set’s extensive rebuild following a devastating fire in 2008.  “Luckily, the set became available for us to use for several weeks of filming at just the right time,” says executive producer Michael Grillo. “Our production Read More »from 10 secrets about the new Spiderman
  • Movie Stills: ShanghaiDibakar Banerjee's 'Shanghai' is an intense political thriller that has a tight script and commendable acting holding the plot together all along. Banerjee's plots are rooted in reality and this one explores the issue of illegal land acquisition.

    An upcoming International Business Park (IBP) holds the promise of transforming a small Indian town into Shanghai. On the eve of its launch, a social activist Dr Ahmedi (Prosenjit Chatterjee), who is protesting illegal land acquisition by the multi-national company, is killed by a speeding truck. The professor's adherents believe that this was a political conspiracy, devised and executed by the state's ruling party.

    Was it an accident or a premeditated murder attempt? Shalini Pearson Sahay (Kalki Kochelin) fights a lone battle to unravel the murder mystery and seeks the help of a shady porn filmmaker Jogi (Emraan Hashmi). A high-ranking bureaucrat, T.A. Krishnan (Abhay Deol) is brought in to investigate the case but the ministry doesn't really

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Shanghai


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