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  • Slideshow: Bittoo BossIndian (especially, North Indian) weddings always make a colourful canvas for Hindi films. Supavitra Babul has the most popular Bollywood theme at his disposal but he fails to exploit it. The film is off to a promising start but the second half is a complete drag.

    Bittoo (Pulkit Samrat) is a "v.d.o. shooter" whose wedding videos are very popular in his town. He believes in not only capturing motion but also the real emotions of his clients. The brash Bittoo falls for Mrinalini (Amita Pathak) at a wedding, who predictably reciprocates his feeling immediately after very rudely rejecting him. However, his job is clearly not enough to make a living, so she very bluntly tries to drive home the point on their very first date. Bittoo is quite obviously insulted and is out to prove himself by hook or by crook.

    In his quest to become rich, he decides to make a quick transition from wedding to honeymoon videos. Sex is obviously a more profitable business proposition than capturing happiness.

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  • Bittoo Boss
    Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Amrita Pathak

    Directed by Supavitra Babul

    Rating: *

    While Ranveer Singh’s Bittoo (Band Baaja Baaraat) set the mould for Punjabi jats with Bollywood dreams to chuck their diction classes and mouth desi-speak, this Bittoo doesn’t manage to perfect the imperfections required. Or you could say that his crudeness and misplaced machismo seems scripted and rehearsed and his stubble- meticulously parlour-ed. So for those comparing this film to Ranveer’s debut dhamaka, don’t. That one had substance, a story and well, Anushka Sharma.

    Dance like a videographer

    The Bittoo (Pulkit Samrat) in the title is a wedding videographer or a ‘VDO shooter’ as his festive business card reads. His kalakaari with the camera is world famous in a small town in Punjab and no shaadi worth its genda phool lifts a finger before he arrives. Why? Because his cinematic genius has the ability to transform a Katto into a Katrina. And that he does, just like a director carefully framing his shots, orchestrating the

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  • Madonna’s 12th studio album, MDNA, betrays the diva’s obsession with being young and contemporary. That said, it’s also an insistence that had led to an incredibly polished product

    Rating: 8/10

    There is something to be said for Madonna’s obsession with youth: her 12th studio album is titled MDNA, a play on MDMA, the party drug that heady teenagers tend to club to, occasionally with disastrous results. Two of the twelve tracks adorning MDNA have the word ‘girl’ in it (‘Girl Gone Wild’ and ‘Some Girls’). Fortunately, it is also an obsession that sees Madonna on top of her game at 53. And being 53 also means that she’s trying doubly as hard to produce cutting-edge pop.
    Miraculously, with MDNA, the effort pays off. It locates itself on the thin line between a petulant insistence on being trendy at any cost and being a truly gobsmacking product. Those sound mixers must have cost a lot of money. Where her voice fails (it was never that great, in fact) her DJs

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  • Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari in LPNYThere was a time when casual sex was a complete no-no in Bollywood. Remember the scene in 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' (1995) where Raj (Shah Rukh) had to give Simran (Kajol) a long monologue on 'hindustan ladki ki izzat' after he had joked that there might have been a night of drunken lovemaking between them.

    In 'Hum Tum' (2004), Karan (Saif Ali Khan) had to quickly propose marriage after a night of passion with Rhea (Rani Mukherji). Karan felt that was the right thing to do since they had inadvertently ended up in bed after an emotional outburst. Fortunately, Rhea turns down the proposal on the ground that only love should be the reason for such a big commitment. Well, Karan was only following the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) — remember, according to 'hindustani sabhyata' you wed and then you bed or you only bed who you will eventually wed.

    More recently, in 'Band Baaja Baraat' (2010), while the morning after was awkward between Bittoo (Ranveer) and Shruti (Anushka), there

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  • Housefull 2Housefull 2
    The only way to fairly judge a film like 'Housefull 2' is to compare the film with Sajid Khan's previous works. Expecting anything different, like smarter gags, better humour or a coherent narrative will very obviously leave you overtly disappointed. Anupama Chopra says in her review:

    Housefull 2 has exactly the same mix of stars, foreign locations, farcical plot and spectacularly dim-witted comedy as the first Housefull.  This is the cinematic equivalent of junk food - when you walk in, you know exactly what you're going to get.

    I guess that is the best defense the 'Housefull 2' team can think of, Chopra adds:

    But then the Housefull crew never promised us story, performances, characters, craft. In an interview to,  Akshay Kumar said that the film has 'love, letch and lots of adventure.' If that's what you look for in the movies, by all means venture in.

    If you are looking for plot and narrative, then Gaurav Malani is right to point out:

    Ah, coming to the storyline

    Read More »from Y! Meta Review: Housefull 2
  • Housefull funIf you like Sajid Khan's style of comedy you will not complain too much about 'Housefull 2'. It's the tried and tested Bollywood formula, complete with skimpily clad women, brawny men (read, John and Akshay), dollops of slapstick humour, a hot item girl, fight sequences where John can show off his muscles and Akshay can display his martial art skills and lots of mindless banter.

    The plot is simple enough: the fathers are searching for rich and eligible son-in-laws for their daughters. The daughters easily fall for the suitable and wealthy boys after some initial reluctance. The boys are impostors and all of them have hidden agendas. If you are not quite confused yet, the 'dirty' dozen end up in the same house creating more confusion as they try to resolve the mess they have created.

    Video: Newzstreet

    Akshay has acted in so many of them that he has become a pro in handling such foolish comedies. John, Riteish and Shreyas too have previously had their share of slapstick humour. As a

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  • 1/3rd of the dirty dozen

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Riteish Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Shazahn Padamsee, Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani

    Directed by Sajid Khan

    Rating: *

    Comedy fueled by confusion yields very little. And in Bollywood, this leads to people repeating their punch lines, screaming while spitting with expressions more animated than the next Pixar production. Here we have a house full of just this. The success factors are the usual: foreign locations, a minimum of two top stars (John-Akshay) and a maximum of two average stars to make the top stars feel more significant (Shreyas-Riteish). Then there has to be unaccountable opulence (since the audience wants to escape from their middle-class drudgery), dhishooming at the ratio of 30:1, naach-gaana by the united blues of Thailand and so on.

    Something the script writer deserves, if this film had one

    The above image is a good example of what one can expect as an excuse for humour in this film. People

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  • Review: 3

    Dhanush and Shruti in 3I am not a Tamil film buff but I wanted to watch '3', just to see if the film would live up to even half the hype that 'Kolaveri di' managed to create. That said I know that we should judge a film on its own merit and not on the basis of a fun (soup) song that went viral. Even on its own, it's very clear that Aishwarya had no idea whether she wanted to make a romantic film or a tragedy at the onset.

    The film's first half is an endearing love story, where teenagers Ram (Dhanush) and Janani (Shruti) fall in love with each other. It's actually amazing how convincing 28-year-old Dhanush is as a schoolboy. The love story holds the film together in the first half as their love blossoms and they decide to marry despite familial opposition. There's an element of suspense that underlines the first half when you realize that Ram is dead and Janani has no idea what happened.

    Video: NDTV

    However, the second half is a long drawn saga with no romance, no suspense, no redeeming element whatsoever. Read More »from Review: 3
  • 'I wish you were this large'
    Cast: Kunal Kemu, Amrita Puri

    Directed by Vishal Mahadkar

    Rating: 0.25 *

    Two images spring to mind looking at the above photograph: SRK and the movie ‘Titanic’. And while anyone who stretches his arms isn’t SRK, this film has a lot in common with a sinking ship. The title and the promos may suggest a crummy mix of ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Blood Diamond’ but it’s largely a snore fest often interrupted by a jolting background score. So let’s make this review a little less painful and attempt a graphic novel approach.

    Soul sisters?
    This annoyingly chirpy couple lands up in Cape Town, SA where the husband has nailed a top job with the prestigious Trinity Diamonds. For those can’t tell the husband from the wife in the above picture, Kunal (Kunal Khemu) is the one on the right along with his wife Arzoo (Amrita Puri). The two are densely in love and spend quality time narrating fairy tales to each other (Arzoo actually takes us through the unedited version of Hansel and Gretel!).

    If we can charter a flight, can’t we afford suits that fit us?
    Now for the ignorant, selling

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  • Agent Vinod in action'Agent Vinod' is not all bad, in fact it starts with a lot of promise but Sriram Raghavan's previous works had raised our expectations. For once, we prayed that this thriller will not just be style over substance but Raghavan disappoints. Raja Sen in his review says that the film is just not 'clever enough':

    If only Agent Vinod were a video game. It has all the hallmarks of a classic: from explosive wall-to-wall action to various levels of globetrotting mayhem, from challenging moments of hand-to-hand combat and clue-hunting to an eclectic slew of fascinating side characters, from a helluva background score to, quite vitally, the fact that it doesn't end where it should and instead keeps giving the protagonist more to do.

    Alas, 'Agent Vinod' is not a video game and a film demands a coherent narrative. Like Kaveree Bamzai points out, there are a lot of elements that work:

    Keeping a light tone is the toughest thing to do for a filmmaker. One wrong step and the laughs turn into sniggers.

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