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  • Ranveer: The con manBollywood handles love stories well but somehow when it comes to other genres something goes amiss. We are not good at handling adult themes, our action films become clichéd revenge sagas and we definitely don't do horror well. When it comes to con jobs, I can think of only a few films that make for a fun watch, probably the ones that would make it to my list are 'Bunty and Babli', 'Bluffmaster' and 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye'.

    This Friday, Maneesh Sharma's 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' hits the theatres. Can Ranveer and Anushka charm the audience with their con job?

    Watch videos: Ranveer and Anushka's con job

    What's your favourite Bollywood con film?

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  • Vidya Balan'The Dirty Picture' managed to create ample pre-release buzz thanks to a voluptuous Vidya in the lead and a storyline inspired by Silk Smitha, who was known for her overt sexuality. Milan Luthria's film stands out not only for the bold theme but for Vidya's 'bomblaat' performance.

    Raja Sen in his review writes about Vidya's performance:

    Balan exultantly runs with it, making the character her own with remarkable commitment to the role. There is no vulgarity -- even when she writhes awkwardly and desperately around a whip -- simply because Balan visibly chooses to have a helluva time. She might not match the legend whose name she's borrowed in terms of sheer screen raunch, but outdoes her with an assault of unashamed oomph. Vanity is disregarded early on as we see the actress' paunch rolling over her waistline, even when she's at her hottest, and later, as her gut barrels out of shape and yet she continues to wear midriff-baring tops, we see just how defiantly unapologetic she is.


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  • The energy hunter

    Meeting the self-confessed romantic rebel, who lived life on his own terms left me charmed

    In May 2010, I woke up one morning to incessant calls from people inquiring about the loss of the yesteryear's superstar Dev Anand. Before, I could to get in touch with other journalists to confirm the news, a random publicist spammed our inboxes with, "The rumors have no truth in them," said the publicist and then added, "Dev Saab has been working nonstop on the background score of 'Chargesheet' and was actually watching television when these rumors broke out. I called him up late in the night at his Mumbai residence to check if everything was alright, and we ended up having a hearty laugh over it at 1.30 am. Right now, he's charged about 'Charge Sheet'. As I have known him, he possesses more energy than many of the young makers of today. Dev Anand, till date, is a man on a mission. The heavens can wait." I heaved a sigh of relief.

    Soon after the incident, I got a
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  • The Dirty Picture

    Cast: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar

    Directed by Milan Luthria

    Rating: ***

    Many will argue that this film is filthy, lewd, sleazy and every other word that conveys the same. But since it's based on a character who embodies all these adjectives, it only ends up being a deliciously dirty tribute.

    Based on the south Indian dancing diva and actress, Silk Smita's lustful life, 'The Dirty Picture' paints a concupiscent portrait, complete with bouncing love handles, blouses that resemble the barricade at the Metallica concert in Delhi (visible but unable to contain) and dialogues that are as clever as they are cocky. But a film about an A-grade dancer of B-grade repute can't really boast of cultivated conversation, right?

    The film takes us into the life of a small-town girl, Reshma (Vidya Balan) who speedily escapes to uptown Madras to live her celluloid dreams. After being turned down time and again, she manages to tease the camera lens and accidently lands a dancing

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  • Desi Boyz review

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Chitrangda Singh, Omi Vaidya, Sanjay Dutt

    Directed by Rohit Dhawan

    Rating: *
    Movies on recession focus on two things: the trying state of affairs on being sacked or career options that are recession-proof. 'Desi Boyz' combines the two. Ironically, our lead duo lose their shirts to the global meltdown and then end up becoming male escorts, a profession that thrives on shedding of clothing. And since this could make our censor board a bit queasy, the filmmaker provides enough moral policing to almost seem like a statutory warning on how disgraceful this career choice can be.

    Welcome to dreary, unhappy London. The financial collapse has led to many frowning jobless people like Batman and Superman who've taken to the streets. This crisis has also hit our lead jodi, odd-job-expert, Jerry Patel (Akshay Kumar) and his investment banker roommate, Nick Mathur (John Abraham). While Nick is 'let-go' due to the crisis, Jerry keeps getting fired

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  • Dhanush singing KolaveriThere are times when I really love my work. Listening to this song, 'Why this Kolaveri,' the latest rage to hit the net, in an endless loop and debating with everybody about it is just one of them.

    So, you may ask me, what makes it one of the most quirky Tanglish (read Tamil+ English) song ever? For me, it's the catchy tune, the attitude, the ease with which Dhanush belts it out that makes it special. Here's what Anirban, a collegue who does not know a single phrase in Tamil says about this song. 'It is catchy and intensely raw which makes it totally hummable.' And may be, this is a pan Indian sentiment.  A report in The Hindu says that 'Why this Kolaveri di' became the first regional film song to be played by radio stations around the country on Tuesday evening.

    But Kolaveri, Soup Song... what do these words even mean to someone not familiar with the local slang? Kolaveri, loosely translated becomes 'murderous rage'. And says Dhanush "I call it the 'soup song' for 'soup boys'. I came

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  • Akshay Kumar gets chatty about pole dancing in his latest film and why he is not making his directorial debut anytime soon

    Over the past few days, Akshay Kumar has been hopping from one promotional event to the other. Ask him if he believes that promoting a film can make or break a film, he quickly retorts, "I'd rather put my heart and soul into making a film, instead of wasting most of my year just promoting them," he says. In a free- wheeling chat, the Khiladi Kumar gets chatty about pole dancing in his latest film and why he is not making his directorial debut anytime soon.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    We have seen you playing such characters earlier. What made you take up 'Desi Boyz'?

    Actually you haven't. When you see the film, you will realise that it is actually a first of many scenes for me, but I'm keeping all that under wraps so that I can give my audience something unfamiliar to look forward to. Our director Rohit Dawan has made sure that only subtle humour was allowed
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  • ParineetaVidya's decision to do Silk Smitha's role has raised quite a few eyebrows. However, before we question her real reason to do 'The Dirty Picture', let's take a look at her credentials as an actor.

    Vidya was noticed in her very first outing on the silver screen. As Lolita in 'Parineeta', Vidya brought a rare charm back to Bollywood, reminiscent of the allure of some of the yesteryear heroines. Her restrained and sensitive portrayal impressed both critics and viewers. Vidya managed to hold her own in a film that boasted of biggies like Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan.

    Bhool BhulaiyaHer next memorable outing was in Priyadarshan's 'Bhool Bhulaiya'. Vidya played the role of Avni who suffered from a psychiatric condition called Dissociative Identity Disorder. Vidya was at her histrionic best playing duel personalities of the sophisticated Avni during the day and the Bengali dancer Manjulika at night.

    PaaVidya's performance in 'Paa' as a single mom of a child suffering from a rare genetic condition called

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  • Buried honour

    With another film on honour killings, it is evident that this is where first-time directors are looking to set shop. Read More

    Using cinema has a medium to sensitise the audience about social issues is nothing new but how one uses the medium sensibly is what makes or breaks a film. While studying at the hallowed halls of London Film School, Avantika Hari noticed the spate of honour killings for the first time. In an interview to the 'Guardian' in 2008, the director of the film had said that, "The fact I had never come across honour killings before I came to England - and I grew up in Dubai - is quite telling," she says.

    Avantika's film is not the first to explore the sensitive subject. Infamous for their ultra conservative outlook towards inter-caste marriages the khap panchayats have caught many directors' imagination and are finding their way on to the silver. Earlier this year, Ajai Sinha made another shoddy attempt to sensitize the audience with his film 'Khap'. The film conforms

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  • RockstarImtiaz Ali's choice of narrative in 'Rockstar' makes it quite obvious that he was ready to take a risk with this film. It's evident that he had decided from the very beginning that the storytelling in this film will not be conventional.

    Raja Sen in his review mentions how Ali's plot "weaves in details that draw us in":

    There is much to admire as the film leaps dispense with linearity, starting with a concert in Rome and then flashing back and forth to fill in the backstory of Jordan -- christened thus by his luscious ladylove. It is a simple, unspectacular tale, sometimes even predictable, but Ali masterfully weaves in details that draw us in while his leading man basks magnificently in the glow of a bespoke script.

    Like Sen points out, the brilliance of the script lies not in the things that are stated but in the ones that are left unsaid:

    It's remarkable how much narrative detail Ali leaves to the asides, to margin notes not underscored and overwhelmed by AR Rahman's grand, lovely

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