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  • Cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ram Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah

    Directed by Shakun Batra

    Rating: **

    It is the season of love, heart-shaped balloons and diabetes-inducing greeting cards. So when a movie tries to cash in on this circus of affection, you know what you’re in for. But despite being packaged as a V-day extravaganza, this film doesn’t subscribe to every cliché associated with this auspicious day for getting Main and Tu to become Hum. To describe the core of this film without being a spoiler, we can say that all love is friendship but not the other way around. Confused? Here’s a chart.

    All friendship is not love

    Like every heterosexual love story, this one has a boy and a girl. And since contemporary love stories have to live up to the new world solution (escapist cinema) of ditching the daily drudgery for chikna neighbourhoods, they will be based in Las Vegas. Our boy, Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) is a failing architect by profession, closet photographer and full-time domesticated rat,

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  • Single on V-day? Worry not. Let our Bollywood heroes teach you just how to floor your lady love. Go for it

    A girl is walking down a lonely street. She is soon being tailed by an eclectic mix of baddies, who could be part-time chaiwallahs but are surely full-time professional extras. Quick cuts of her feet picking up some pace and their boots thumping away purposefully. They finally grab her and she squeals enthusiastically and before you know it, another person who was trailing her path is there to her rescue. Dhishoom! Dhishoom! The baddies are on the floor and the girl is in his arms and the audience is charmed. We can hop over to the Swiss Alps for a song now. This and many others qualify as Bollywood’s fundas for patao-ing the girl of your dreams. So here are a few that we are cherry-picking for you this Valentine ’s Day.

    Domesticated and devoted

    Nothing screams one-woman man more than someone who comes across as a mumma’s boy. Now, you may argue that no self-respecting

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  • Bollywood love storiesCan Bollywood handle a complicated heart? As far as love stories are concerned, with a few exceptions, Bollywood usually loves to play it simple. Some of our favourite Bollywood romances follow an uncomplicated plot, a predictable conflict and a simplistic resolution.

    Whether it was K. Asif's 'Mughal-e-Azam', Raj Kapoor's 'Bobby', Mansoor Khan's 'Qayamat Se Qayamet Tak' or Aditya Chopra's 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge', parents have always been responsible for the conflict. The resolution has therefore been simple; rebel and elope or convince the parents that you were always the right choice.

    Photos: Top 10 onscreen kisses

    If only matters of the heart had such easy resolution. Only a select few filmmakers have dared to dabble in more complex issues. Vijay Anand's 'Guide' for example, dealt with an unusual premise, where a guide falls in love with a unhappily married woman; while she manages to walk out on her marriage, her new relationship becomes complicated and unhappy.


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  • Will Piggy get chopped?

    Priyanka's proximity to Shah Rukh Khan is making her lose all her industry friends. Here's the dope

    Few days ago, SRK had a visitor at an unusual hour- his 'Don' co-star Priyanka Chopra who walked into his office at 11pm and stayed there for almost four hours. While no one objects to having 3am friends, their staff was seen trying hard to keep this meeting under wraps and guarding the vicinity zealously, looking out for errant photographers. But then, if you have a wife at home who doesn't approve of your friendship and you are the biggest star in the industry, you would certainly try this hard.

    Rumour has it that Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri's two-decade-old marriage is in trouble for the first time and close friends of the couple are wasting no time in pointing towards Priyanka Chopra. The 'Jungli billi' (as SRK calls her) has been a constant at SRK's side for some time now- cheering for his IPL team, entertaining his guests with her singing skills at Mannat etc. During the last leg of

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  • Vidya's different avatarsBollywood actors make headlines for various reasons- Shah Rukh's slap is right now flashing on every news channel, Kareena's size-zero created such a buzz that her dietician is still minting money with her perfect weight loss formula, Deepika and the men in her life always make news.

    However, Vidya Balan is making news for completely different reasons. Not only has she picked up the Best Actress trophy at various award functions this year, her Filmfare this time is her third consecutive one. After 'Paa' and 'Ishqiya', Vidya as the overtly sexual Silk Smitha in 'The Dirty Picture' has made everyone sit-up and take notice.

    From Lolita in 'Parineeta' to Sabrina Lal in 'No One Killed Jessica', Vidya has managed to play a whole lot of different roles. And if the promotions of 'Kahaani' are anything to go by, this year we'll have another power packed performance by the Ooh la la girl.

    Is Vidya then the strongest female actor we have? Is she way ahead of Kareena and Priyanka as far as acting

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  • Hrithik in AgneepathKaran Malhotra's 'Agneepath' is definitely a visual spectacle but do we have an appetite for a three-hour-long revenge saga complete with blood, gore and heightened melodrama any more?

    Rajeev Masand in his review commends the acting but rightly points out that it's 'over-indulgent':

    Debutant director Karan Malhotra's re-telling of Mukul Anand's 1990 vendetta movie 'Agneepath' is a glossy, well-acted production. Compared to recent 'mass entertainers' that tend to lazily sacrifice story and plot for retro-style action and star appeal, this remake rolls along like a well-oiled machine. And yet, after watching three hours of stabbing, gunfire, blasts, and hand-to-hand fighting, you realize the film is somewhat crippled by its over-indulgent length.

    Malhotra's remake might be a tribute to the cult classic but the close-ups and the loud background score is almost reminiscent of RGV's films. Mayank Shekhar in his review says:

    The debutant director (Karan Malhotra) is an equally unapologetic

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  • Agneepath review

    Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra

    Directed by Karan Malhotra

    Rating: **

    A Bollywood remake is like a second child. It cannot avoid being compared to the first and invariably ends up inheriting the inferior traits of the original. This is classically true in the case of ‘Agneepath’ – a box office bummer of the 90s, remembered for the cult clearing of throat between, before and after lines gargled out by the legendary screen gangster, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (VDC). This one (thankfully) steers clear of clearing of throat but ends up being a puzzled mix of contemporary and Eastman-coloured cinema.

    Our journey into the mid-eighties begins suitably with VDC (Hrithik Roshan) as a toddler with a head full of curls (every child actor of the time looked like a baby Tendulkar). Following the original, his idealist school teacher father ends up being falsely maligned and then mercilessly wasted by a fierce goon Kancha (Sanjay Dutt), who looks like an overweight Voldemort with a nose

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  • Return of the devil

     'Agneepath' marks the return of the Bollywood baddie who is meaner and stronger than ever

    The bald, colossal and tattooed look of Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena is perhaps the most fear-inducing look for a villain of recent times and marks the return of the Bollywood baddie, a character which had become extinct post the 90s. The turn of the century was marked by more sophisticated and sauvé villains who didn't resort to cheap thrills (a la Mogambo in 'Mr India'), a far cry from the quintessential lecherous rogue who would take delight in mouthing quick one-liners and elaborate torture techniques. But then, without the triumph of good over evil, Bollywood was never the same.

    Read: When bald is not beautiful

    Like the plot of most masala films, one thing which has remained constant throughout the years is the virtuous hero, who can never do any wrong. So, despite the changing character-graph of the antagonist, the show always belonged to the hero. Perhaps, this is why not many leading men

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  • The underdog who bashes up baddies has always been a Bollywood favourite. Here's a tribute

    If there's anything more dependable than formula films, it's the formulaic characters. And Bollywood has many who we've grown to love and accept. Over decades, one variety that has survived the transformation of Hindi cinema is that of the underdog hero. From the rustic boxer who turns against a local goon in 'Ghulam' to the idealist cop who becomes a one-man army against a depraved politician in 'Singham', the underdog has been a millionaire-making idea.

    And now that the ultimate underdog superstar of Bollywood, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan returns in the remake of 'Agneepath', it is surely a good time to pay a tribute to this unexpected hero.

    So here, we try to do a character break-down of this unassuming man with uncommon strength and superhuman virtues, who saves the day each time around, leaving the actress, the audience and the distributers swooning for more.

    These are elements that make a

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  • Hrithik in AgneepathHrithik had to be cajoled by Karan Johar to accept the role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in Agneepath. Hrithik's contention was that he doesn't like working in remakes, especially if it's a classic and he was expected to step into the shoes of Big B. Why remake a classic and spoil it's sanctity was his question?

    Does Hrithik really hate remakes or is he scared to take a risk? A quick look at his filmography will prove that Duggu is better at romantic roles than the action ones. It's been a while since Hrithik has given a big hit, even in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara the credits had to be shared. Taking on a role which was made iconic by Amitabh Bachchan is a big task. Not only will there be inevitable comparison between the two but Hrithik has to deliver as the angry young man which is clearly not his comfort zone.

    At this point in Hrithik's career is it a smart move? Or is it too big a risk?

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