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  • With ‘Agent Vinod’ managing to impress very few, we wonder if the genre has been jinxed. Find out

    There was a time when anything futuristic tickled the curious mind and offered a form and flesh to the unknown. And while the values of VFX have progressed by epic proportions, we still end up with duds like Agent Vinod, Players and Game. This brings us to question whether the concept of a thriller is to just look like one or is there a deeper reasoning to it? Lately, wearing fancy suits and skipping across the world trying to find clues to a global propaganda seems to be the ultimate recipe. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews of the big-budget turkeys that have subscribed to this ultimate formula for failure in recent times.

    Game

    It's a Game!
    Each time Bollywood tries to ape the west, it twists its ankle and trips over a puddle of poop, face-first. And Game is such a poop-drenched, wannabe-whodunit thriller that on watching, you might want to find out who's done this movie, why and couldn't he just

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  • Game review

    It's a game!
    Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill

    Directed by Abhinay Deo

    Rating: 0.5 *

    Each time Bollywood tries to ape the west, it twists its ankle and trips over a puddle of poop, face-first. And Game is such a poop-drenched, wannabe-whodunit thriller that on watching, you might want to find out who's done this movie, why and couldn't he just light a bonfire with the disposable money used to produce it?

    The movie begins as billionaire Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) invites an odd mix of people from across the globe to visit his personal Greek island of Samos for a chance to enrich their sorry lives. As the recipients scan their letters, the name Samos pops up often and can spark a sudden craving for the savoury snack (Samosa!). A tip: keep munchies accessible.

    Anyway, the lucky invitees include, drug-lord cum club-owner from Turkey, Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), who's suited, booted, wears designer shades and beats people to pulp, usually when they

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  • Saif Ali Khan in Agent VinodIt amazes me how filmmakers think that stylized and slick production qualities give them the license to toss the script and logic out of the window. Big banner productions that go all out to publicize their films often turn out to be box office duds but Sriram Raghavan and Saif Ali Khan had successfully collaborated on 'Ek Hasina Thi' earlier. In fact the first 30-45 minutes looked really promising but post interval the film turns out to be a most tedious watch.

    The film is about a fearless RAW agent (Saif Ali Khan) who is investigating his colleague's (Ravi Kishen) death and stumbles upon a terror plot which will kill millions in India. While he's racing against time to find the bomb and the perpetrators of the crime, he comes across the mysterious Dr Ruby (Kareena Kapoor). Is Ruby a victim, a spy or is she working in connivance with the criminals?

    Saif gets the physique and the body language right but what about the script? Was it just narcissism, that the plot gets stretched beyond

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  • Saif in action
    Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Ram Kapoor, Gulshan Grover

    Directed by Sriram Raghavan

    Rating: *

    The best way to diffuse a bum is through butt crunches. Unless one is referring to the Hinglisized word for a bomb. And the much-awaited dhamaka that this thriller hoped to detonate at the box office might just be diffused once you read this review.  Despite miraculous leaps in production values, spy thrillers in Bollywood end up looking like Chinese equivalents of western products. And here, the characters are even stereotyped to the extent of detectives wearing trench coats and moles being obvious, shifty-eyed and literally uncomfortable in their own skin. So let’s just say foreign locales, weapons to annihilate the world, designer suits and not-so-excruciating interrogations don’t cumulatively justify ‘Agent Vinod’ as a thrilling movie-watching experience.

    RAW agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) divides his screen time between being questioned (when he is captured) and playing

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  • Decoding the choli, B'wood style

    With the help of the voyeuristic camera, the portrayal of this itsy bitsy piece of clothing has been often considered as a promise of unknown. Here's a look

    Bollywoods affair with the itsy bitsy choli is nothing new. This indigenous piece of clothing has captured the imagination of audience and has managed to put it on the fashion map. From knotty, crisscrossed to the halter and bikini style, the cholis have also evolved over time. As Kareena dons this popular garment in 'Dil Mera Muft Ka' from 'Agent Vinod', we bring you popular cholis that rocked Bollywood.

    Madhuri Dixit in 'Choli Ke Peeche':  Madhuri Dixit's sexy and provocative dance number 'Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai' from the 1993 film 'Khalnayak' became one of the most famous music videos of all times. Thanks to the lyrics of the song and equally suggestive dance movements, Madhuri's choli became national controversy and the film garnered enough eye-balls to become a super-hit. The song became popular and was considered a

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  • 10 Sexy Scandals

    With starlet Nupur Mehta trapped in a match-fixing storm, here are 10 Bollywood babes who starred in national scandals

    1. Mandakini (1993)
    If there were a Nobel Prize for notoriety, Mandakini would have won it hands-down. Her entry with Ram Teri Ganga Maili made her a household name (she appeared in a diaphanous sari revealing her breasts). Then after a string of flops, she began to be seen in the company of a certain Mr. D (read Dawood Ibrahim), playing arm candy to him at matches in Sharjah, weird stuff like that. Then post the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993, Mandakini literally vanished once Dawood Ibrahim was cited as the culprit behind the carnage. An entire generation is obsessed with the idea of her being Dawood Ibrahim's mistress, that the don himself had sired a son thanks to her. Today, Mandakini, leads a very different life. She is married to a descendent of the Dalai Lama called Dr Kagyur T Rinpoche Thakur. He gives yoga classes under the name of R. Thakur in a neighbourhood Read More »from 10 Sexy Scandals
  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Kahaani review

    Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee

    Directed by Sujoy Ghosh

    Rating: **1/2

    “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, flashbacks

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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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