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  • RockstarOut beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field…
    I'll meet you there.

    Rumi.

    The film begins and ends with these lines. Imtiaz Ali's 'Rockstar' is a passionate ride, an emotional high that only a passion for music and intense love can evoke. He blends these two to make a film about emotions that do not follow the diktats of logic. Falling in love is easy; it's only the technicalities of the relationship that makes things difficult. But sometimes even falling in love is difficult; we end up questioning our feelings. Conflicting emotions, unrequited love coupled with pangs of guilt cause a restlessness that becomes unbearable.

    Ranbir as the anguished and disturbed rockstar does a commendable job. The character's aggression does not stem from his arrogance but from the internal turmoil that's burning him. Ranbir has indeed come a long way from his first 'towel dance' in 'Saawariya'. It's something to conceive a character like that on paper but the brilliant execution of such

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  • Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shammi Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kumud Mishra, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel, Moufid Aziz

    Directed by Imtiaz Ali

    Rating: *


    This film says that depression, apart from making one horny, ignites the artist in one. But our lead, Janardhan Jakhar/JJ (Ranbir Kapoor) was neither adopted, nor abused as a child to feel down enough to become like his idol, Jim Morrison. So, to pursue pain, JJ flirts with college hottie and serial heart-breaker, Heer Kaul (Nargis Fakhri). He hopes to be dumped, shattered and consequently become a musical genius. But following several awkward proposals, JJ and Heer actually bond over doing wild things, which they trigger off by saying, ‘gandh machaate hain!’

    While Heer is scheduled for a Kashmir marriage that would jet her off to Prague, JJ crashes her wedding but avoids clichéd Bollywood tactics of charming her parents or making a swift getaway as they’re not in love. The wedding leads to Heer’s departure, closely followed by

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  • Ranbir Kapoor in RockstarImtiaz Ali's romantic comedies were a breath of fresh air. Viewers were saturated with frothy love stories doled out by the Yashraj and Dharma camps that had a generous overdose of mush. Films like 'Socha Na Tha' had a premise and characters that the audience could easily relate to. Ali scored with 'Jab We Met', Kareena's character Geet was one of the most endearing characters we had seen in a long time. While 'Love Aaj Kal' wasn't as big a hit but the story and music worked for hopeless romantics.

    Can Ali recreate the magic? Initial response to the film's promos seems to suggest that Ranbir can really not be convincing as the anguished 'Rockstar'. Some also say that his performance looks forced especially in the song 'Sadda Haq'.

    Ranbir managed to surprise us in 'Rajneeti', pulling off an intense role with ease after having essayed only romantic ones before. Can he do the same with 'Rockstar'? Let's hope so, we would hate to be disappointed.

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  • Dressing up the ‘Rockstar’


    In a free- wheeling chat, ace designer Aki Narula talks about sourcing second-hand clothes from various locations for Ranbir's look in 'Rockstar'

     Before commencing the shoot, director Imtiaz Ali was sure about one thing- that his rockstar will not wear tight tees and junk jewellery just to look cool. After much deliberation, Ali approached designer Aki Narula to design Ranbir's look and was surprised to get a call from him at 3am. "We met the next afternoon and the first thing I told him was, 'Your rockstar will wear mulmul and leather'," says the designer.

    From there on, getting Jordan's look together wasn't difficult for Narula. "I dressed the character in what he can afford. The clothes have to belong to the character and Janardhan is a Jat from North Delhi who can't afford designer clothes. So we got into his mind and gave him two pairs of jeans from Sarojini Nagar for Rs 250 each. He wears hand-knitted sweaters and shoes which are deliberately tighter, affecting his walk. I found

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  • Cast: Chirag Paswan, Kangna Ranaut, Kabir Bedi, Poonam Dhillon, Sagarika Ghatge, Neeru Singh, Dalip Tahil, Suresh Menon, Kunal Kumar, Shweta Tiwari

    Directed by Tanveer Khan

    Rating: 0.5 *

    Hindi films have always showcased estranged families in a distinct manner. The child, whose parents are parting, has to cry aloud, 'I love mummy and daddy equally' and 'Why can't mummy and daddy live together?' And invariably, he/ she would grow up with a healthy contempt for relationships and an unhealthy addiction towards his/her passion. But Chirag Paswan's acting debut, 'Miley Naa Miley Hum' has his character embrace all these stereotypes and also has him estranged from any facial expressions and from a recognized acting school.

    The story is as banal as a calendar with no pretty pictures. Chirag (Chirag Paswan) leads a dual life. From growing 'angoor' to playing business tycoon, he hops between daddy's (Kabir Bedi) vineyard and mummy's (Poonam Dhillon) palatial sea-side home through the film

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  • RA.One review

    Ra.One

    Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami, Tom Wu

    Directed by Anubhav Sinha

    Rating: Not even One

    Science fiction is an oxymoron. And when this genre is sprinkled with moronic humour and logic takes a beating from hell, you know you've punched your tickets for 'R.A.One'. With metallic blue and red costumes right out of Falguni Pathak's wardrobe, this out-of-console experience offers laughs, dances and androids touching humans in more ways than considered socially acceptable.  Insert coin to read more.

    The film sweeps us into a video game fantasy where anything is possible (with a 175-crore-budget, it better be). Game developer, Shekhar Subramanium (Shahrukh Khan) wants to earn his son, Prateek's (Armaan Verma) love and respect. And the only thing that gives Prateek joy is to see his joystick twiddling to spell doom for the most impossible super-villain ever. So daddy makes a baddie just like that and calls it R.A.One (Arjun Rampal). The game also

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  • Loot review


    Cast: Govinda, Javed Jafferi, Suniel Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mahakshay Chakraborty, Shweta Bhardwaj, Ravi Kissan, Prem Chopra

    Directed by Rajnish Raj Thakur

    Rating: *

    'Jab main lighter jalaunga, toh itni roshani ho jayegi, ki lagega ki Hrithik Roshan aa gaya hain.' When a movie begins with this line, you know you're in a 'comedy of confusions' where the humour has been purchased from a garage sale. If you still have expectations from a Govinda movie, you'll probably even like it, for he does play the kind of role he has before in a trillion films: oversmart, blunt motor-mouth and unpardonably goofy. But if you've reserved those trillion movies for TV, then hang around, this one shouldn't be a while. Sunday blob-buster, anyone?

    Bollywood's second favourite genre after song-and-dance-romance, Crime and comedy, spread over each other like Mallika Sherawat and wet sand. And just like the example, either doesn't shine with or without the other. But 'Loot' actually manages to hit a new

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  • Shah RukhShah Rukh wanted RA.One to be Bollywood's reply to Hollywood superhero films. In one of his pre-release interviews, Shah Rukh talks about how we are good at doing romance, action, comedy but somehow we fall short when it comes to doing a slick superhero film compared to the Supermans and the Batmans of Hollywood. RA.One was his attempt at a production that would bridge this gap.

    If we are to go by Rajeev Masand's review, Shah Rukh seems to have achieved his objective:

    Once again, it's Shah Rukh Khan's sheer presence and energy, coupled with the narrative's don't-stop-to-think pace that makes 'Ra.One' watchable despite its flaws. This is an event movie, a spectacle, not really a film. It's 2 hours 35 minutes of special effects, action sequences and superficial romantic and emotional entanglements. You can see the ambition and imagination that the makers have poured into this movie…

    Khalid Mohamed's review on the next page>>

    raone3Khalid Mohamed calls RA.One a thrill ride and seems to agree

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  • Sayali BhagatA tell-all email that cast Big B as a villain has petered down to two players: a starlet and a princeling
    It started out with an email sent by two-month-old Crème talent agency to various media houses, a virtual scarlet letter that went viral within hours. And not for nothing: the press release stated that former Miss India, Sayali Bhagat, was quitting Bollywood to pursue a modelling career in Milan. But this international move wasn't the only reason for her supposed flight from tinsel town. There were other reasons too: because Amitabh Bachchan allegedly grabbed her buttocks when she bent down to touch his feet at an event, tainting the servile namaste that the Hindi film industry is so keen on; because actor-director Sajid Khan was allegedly buck naked when he invited her for an audition for a role in Housefull; because Aarya Babbar allegedly took the trouble to click his genitals and packaged them as a neat MMS sent to her inbox.

    This was the string of allegations on Monday

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  • SRK: The complete entertainerShah Rukh has been on a promotional spree leading up to the release of his superhero flick. For the past few days SRK is everywhere, doing what the audience love to see him do- giving the Big B a massage on 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', talking about how reel and real life blurs at times with Barkha Dutt on NDTV, telling his biggest fan, Farukh about his childhood on UTV STARS' 'Live My Life'.

    Love him? Hate him? But you just can't ignore him. The thing about SRK is that he is total 'paisa vasool'. He might turn up late for every promotional event but he is sure to entertain once he arrives, saying the right thing, giving the right sound byte and ever ready to break into a dance or do the 'Chammak Challo' number wherever possible.

    I am not sure how seriously Shah Rukh takes himself as an actor but he sure does take himself seriously as an entertainer. While a lot of Bollywood actors might refuse to do commercials and dance at weddings, SRK has no problem breaking into a spontaneous jig on

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