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  • Vidya in KahaaniA lot of us might have completely written off Sujoy Ghosh after box office disasters like 'Home Delivery' and 'Aladin' but he has managed to score big with 'Kahaani'. Ghosh manages to weave a compelling, well-nuanced tale that skillfully transforms from a drama to a gripping suspense thriller.

    Gaurav Malani in his review says the narrative is the star of the film:

    Kahaani rightly lives up to its name and reinstates the fact that the core criterion for a decent film is a strong story. And if that story is in competent hands, you don't need anything else. No big stars, songs, budget or even a customary male lead. For a (pleasant) change, the script is indeed the hero here!

    What's interesting about 'Kahaani' is that different elements work for different people. Kaveree Bamzai in her review says:

    Kolkata is the star of the film. Kolkata early morning, with people drinking tea, brushing their teeth, waking up from the pavement. Kolkata going home, on the tram, with the obligatory call from

    Read More »from Y! Meta Review: Kahaani
  • Vidya Balan in KahaaniSujoy Ghosh's 'Kahaani' is such a compelling watch that it makes it difficult for the audience to sit back and relax. The tight script manages to keep the viewer's hooked till the end and the climax has a payoff that's completely worth the wait.

    The premise is simple: Vidya Bagchi's (Vidya Balan) husband who had come to Kolkata on a short assignment has suddenly gone missing. A pregnant Vidya comes down from London to find Arnab Bagchi, who seems to have either disappeared or never made the trip in the first place. The way a simple search story unfolds, weaving a complex conspiracy is most intriguing.

    The storytelling is taut and the momentum builds to a grand climax, the pace not slacking even for a moment. The possibilities are infinite: Did Arnab Bagchi just desert his pregnant wife? Are the police trying to somehow cover up his Kolkata visit? Does Arnab Bagchi exist or has he given his naïve wife a false identity? Is it possible that he has gone missing because he was mistaken for

    Read More »from Review: Kahaani
  • n Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee n n Directed by Sujoy Ghosh n Rating: **1 /2 n n “Computers are like a cycle for the mind, ” is something the late Steve Jobs once said. His analogy works just as well for suspense thrillers. Some love them for the uneasiness of being unsure of what will happen next, others enjoy putting the pieces together before the climax. And if they can ’t, they love it even more. ‘Kahaani ’, with a few loose ends, manages to score with an ‘unpredictable end ’ but the tension on the screen doesn ’t translate into an anxious audience. Not throughout the film at least. A pregnant woman seeks her absconding husband. She has flown down from London for the very first time to our colonial junkyard- Kolkata, precisely to do that. Now just this as a starting point could be used to terrorize the audience. A strange city full of people speaking an incomprehensible language can be portrayed cinematically through sweeping shots of crowds,

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  • Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhava,

    Directed by Samir Karnik

    Rating: Minus Chaar

    The writers of ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ and CAPTCHA writers serve the same purpose: waste your time and question your being (considering your taste in films!). Nonsensical has always been Bollywood’s version of slapstick. A wafer-thin plot, exaggerated characters who believe comedy means screaming out lines and repeating jokes which weren’t funny the first time around. But CDKC, miraculously, even manages to insult this disreputable genre. While a romantic comedy surrounding a wedding would be an impulsive 'paisa-daalo' for any financier, the unaccounted risks surface from the cracks in the characterization. And even for a person with superhuman tolerance, they will seem unnecessarily quirky and embarrassingly desperate in their attempt to entertain. If you’ve seen the promos of this film, you know the type. But you’re wrong. It’s not even worthy of being a no-brainer that you gape at on TV during aimless

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  • She smokes non-stop, watches porn and doesn't think twice before using expletives, Bollywood heroine has come a long way. Whether it is Rani Mukerjee mouthing expletives in 'No One Killed Jessica' or Vidya celebrating her sexuality in 'Dirty Picture', 2011 saw B'wood actresses breaking the mould of the perfect Indian woman and experimenting with the roles. She was no longer coy about her choices in life and not afraid to try out the extreme. On International Women's Day, we celebrate the women in roles that broke new grounds in Bollywood.

    Rani Mukherjee in No one Killed Jessica: She is locked in passionate embrace but the moment her work-phone beeps, she is ready to leave her lover high and dry and asks him to 'fly solo'. Rani Mukerjee's Meera Gaity is no-nonsense journalist who does yoga at work, smokes non-stop and mouths expletives without thinking twice.


    Gul Panag in Turning 30: Gul Panag managed to portray the worries of every woman who is at the verge turning
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  • London Paris New York

    Debutant director Anu Menon's 'London Paris New York' is an effortless watch and the fast pace of the film doesn't give the viewer too much time to ponder over the flaws.

    I have realized the least I expect from a film, the better it works for me and Shubhra Gupta seems to echo the same sentiment in her review:

    A film that sounds like an itinerary of newlyweds on an international honeymoon manages to deliver a desi rom com with flavour and zing, coasting on a guy and a girl who look like they can't wait to get it on. That last is such a rarity in a Bollywood flick that it makes us willing and able to overlook the saggy bits.

    Kunal is definitely not willing to overlook the flaws and he gives 'LPNY' a 0.3 rating:

    Often directors believe the city their film is set in is a character in itself. By that logic, this one has three and if you watch this movie, they perform better than the lead cast. 'Accidently in love' is the most jaded theme in Hindi films and orchestrating that in foreign

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  • Cast: Ali Zafar, Ali Zafar's 33 teeth, Aditi Rao Hydari

    Directed by Anu Menon

    Rating: 0.3 * (0.1 for each city)

    Often directors believe the city their film is set in is a character in itself. By that logic, this one has three and if you watch this movie, they perform better than the lead cast. ‘Accidently in love’ is the most jaded theme in Hindi films and orchestrating that in foreign locations is like a prototype. But this celluloid catastrophe trashes tried and tested formulas to prove that sometimes even marking all the ticks can produce a big cross at the box office.

    The duo that laugh, cry, make love, sneer across the three megacities include Nikhil Chopra (Ali Zafar), an aspiring filmmaker and Lalitha Krishnan, a stereotypical social activist. Nikhil and Lalitha meet by chance (about time we have a premeditated love story!) at London airport, where the latter is stalled as her New York flight gets postponed. Nikhil decides to grin his way into playing tour guide to Lalitha.

    Read More »from London, Paris, New York review
  • Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill

    Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

    Rating: ***

    A biopic on a non-public figure is like felicitating a Martian, no one on earth cares. Little known is often the same as little cared for but it could also mean little to compare with. So you have the world to improvise on the character and dress up his life to achieve cinematic victory. And that is just what this film has managed to a large extent with our super ‘daaku’ and national champ, Paan Singh Tomar. While legendary filmy dacoits like Gabbar Singh are remembered for their deliciously daring dialogue-baazi, Paan can be betokened with prefixes like selfless, considerate and even humane, making him as endearing as a ‘daaku’ can get.

    Predictably, Paan Singh is a victim of society and unavoidable circumstances push him to pick up his rustic double barrel. And like many other Bollywood baddies, he meets his inglorious end. But the journey of his life makes for a delightful watch. It begins from when he was a lad in

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  • Bollywood's top 'daku-dramas'

     

    As 'Paan Singh Tomar' hits the theatres this week, here's a list of some famous Bollywood bandits 

    Over the years, the portrayal of a bandit in Bollywood films has gone through a certain transition though the premise is still remains more or less predictable- wronged  hero who  turns  into a  dacoit  and runs into Chambal to avenge oppression. The latest in the list of dacoit-dramas is Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Paan Singh Tomar' which tells the true story of a steeplechase champion who turns into a dacoit due to circumstances. So here's a look at few of Bollywood's most loved dacoits.

    Amjad Khan in 'Sholay': Shekhar Kapoor has rightly said that the history of Indian Cinema's can be rightly divided into two parts- Before Sholay and after Sholay. With its multi-starrer cast, Sholay wouldn't have been the same without Gabbar Singh. According to few old-timers, Amjad Khan was almost dropped from the film because the film's scriptwriter Javed Akhtar found his voice not 'terrifying' enough.

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  • Do-no-wrong fashion maven, champion of the misplaced, spokesperson for education reform and informed political commentator Angelina Jolie seemed to be out of her element (or way too in it, as some put it) with her mistaking the Oscars stage for a photo-op for invisible lingerie today.

    Not a hair was out of place, the famous pillow lips were painted a Satan concubine red and the limber, zero-percent-body-fat body was encased in an asymmetric velvety black number that had a slit so high on the right that it went all the way up to Calgary mountains in Canada. To give the devil its due, the black gown did give off a somewhat quasi well-developed derriere vibe, but mother-of-6 Angelina Jolie seemed to want to show the versatility of the slit so bad, she almost ended up flashing the divine doodah that has, among other things, birthed three messiahs for the betterment of this world in the last 5 years.

    In doing so, Angelina Jolie seemed to have thrown off the cloak of every good thing she's

    Read More »from Oscars 2012: Girl, Humiliated

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