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  • 'Dum Maaro Dum' has managed to create a lot of pre-release buzz. First it was the remake of the cult song — 'Dum Maaro Dum'; later the people of Goa were upset with the filmmakers for allegedly portraying them negatively, thankfully that has been put to rest before the film's release this Friday. The essential question however is whether the film will live up to the hype? And more specifically- will this film finally break Abhishek's jinx?

    While at a recent press conference Abhishek appeared quite defensive, the Indian Express article says, "Moot the topic of his string of flops and a negative article in a certain national magazine and the actor retorts, "it does have a huge effect" it kills the confidence, it's embarrassing and degrading, but it makes me strike back too. Also, every five years some magazine or the other writes off a star, before me, they did the same to Hrithik Roshan, and we prove them wrong all the time."

    Well, if he's preparing to strike back, it will be a welcome

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  • An American Tintin

    TintinOne of the criticisms that came the film's way was that Steven Spielberg hadn't read Tintin properly when he considered adapting it to the big screen. That like most Americans he wasn't very conversant with the hero's European legacy. Fact is that Spielberg had initially responded to Tintin purely on a visual impulse; when studying French in high school he held a French language edition of the comic book series in one hand and a dictionary in the other. The other rue was that an American director making Tintin would do injustice to the character's European legacy, "the prism of post-war Europe" as an article in The Economist put it across.

    A special preview of The Adventures of Tintin by Steven Spielberg proved that both these laments might have been a bit premature. For starters, even if the character of Tintin is quintessentially European, European filmmaking itself has neither the financial nor technical prowess to create the sort of gobsmacking spectacle that Spielberg's Tintin

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  • Rascals review

    A still from 'Rascals'RascalsCast: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Chunky Pandey, Satish Kaushik

    Directed by David Dhawan

    Rating: *

    Brand David Dhawan has always urged moviegoers to leave their brains at home. It's easy to pick a hole at this suggestion, who packs to go watch a movie, anyway? But assuming this was possible, can the remaining organs collectively make his movies an enjoyable experience? This is clearly an open debate for another forum. For now, 'Rascals' is yet another from the Dhawan stable that sticks to the staple ingredients that make his films what they're known for: silly gags, women in minimal clothing and rhyming one-liners which are usually insults. Having said that, don't expect anything more or less than just that from this one.

    The film features conmen Chetan Chauhan (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhagat Bhosle (Ajay Devgn) who both spend some time conning others and then each other before landing up in Bangkok. Here, between trying to one-up each other, idiotically duping

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  • A still from Love Breakups Zindagi

    Cast: Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Mishra, Pallavi Sharda

    Directed by Sahil Sangha

    Rating: **

    There are some movies that don't surprise, particularly delight or even entertain but still leave you with little to complain. 'Love Breakup Zindagi' (LBZ) may seem like an excuse for a title by a lazy writer but it is just that kind of a movie. Unobjectionable yet not very appetizing. A bit like the relationship explored in the film. No adultery but no fizz either.

    The film's lead pair is comfortably bored in their respective relationships. Delhi boy, Jai (Zayed Khan) plays tormented boyfriend to a girl who is a female dictator, and an extremely picky and fussy one at that. Yet his only complaint, "She's attractive, successful etc. But meri ghanti nahin baji!" This is Delhi-speak for, "I'm committed but I am still looking." Mumbai girl, Naina (Dia) on the other hand, has the most predictable boyfriend: career driven, successful and preoccupied enough to have

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  • Twin Peaks

    A still from ChargesheetChargesheet is a delicious, demented ride with a slutty line-up of starlets and ageing supremos such as Jackie Shroff and Naseeruddin Shah in very earnest performances

    That it was screening at Fame Adlabs, Bombay's first multiplex that is now as gratifyingly derelict as a single theatre, adds to the avant-garde-ness of Chargesheet, Dev Anand's latest directorial venture. And equally delightful is the fact that Warner Brothers has released this marvel: you do see a gilded photograph of warehouses with a post-production ripple as a 'WB' languidly fades into vision. It is no rare feat for a man who clocked two fat ladies last week, complete with a cozy press gathering at the retro Sun-n-Sand hotel in Juhu. The man is 88, but the film is made with the pre-pubescent glee of an 8-year-old; its gaze is obsessed with the breasts of its actresses and the film goes that extra mile to showcase them from all angles.

    A still from ChargesheetThe plot goes like this: Naseeruddin Shah plays a don who is so intoxicated by the

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  • A still from 'Chargesheet'

    Cast: Dev Anand, Divya Dutta, Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, a few big bosomed women with undersized brassieres, too many extras

    Directed by Dev Anand

    Marksheet: Hardcore soft porn

    'Chargesheet' will cling to memory for being the single-most traumatic Hindi movie ever. We all feel for the underdogs, the extras on a film set, the sideshow clowns, the people who cumulatively realise crowd scenes in films etc. But our sentiments for these rejects of the entertainment industry would be feeble compared to that of director Dev Anand's, who casts them in lead roles in this film. I mean, he did cast Naseeruddin Shah and Jackie Shroff too. But in a crowd of big bosomed ham cutlets, they're just the seasoning.

    The film sets the tone right from the beginning. The big 'Bhai' from Dubai (Naseeruddin Shah) is being serenaded by his favourite keep, Maria. A rain dance number is performed with clothes so minimal that if she had worn nothing, we would've seen lesser than we do. Anyway, like every

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  • Mahie Gill in a still from the movie

    Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Randeep Hooda
    Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
    Rating: *** ½

    Some of the best thrillers and edgy cult classics have had one thing in common: their characters could snap at just about anything. And the three lead cast members in 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster' (SBAG) are just as deliciously obnoxious and unpredictable to keep you entertained.

    The film revolves around the lives of Saheb (Jimmy Sheirgill), a king without a crown, Choti Rani (Mahie Gill), a queen who is as disturbed as she is horny and Bablu (Randeep Hooda), a very ambitious and passionate side-kick. Now with each of them displaying competing levels of eccentricity, it is natural that we would have untimely slaps and any scene can drift from passionate to gruesome without any warning.

    Despite being bankrupt, Saheb takes pride in his royalty which is reduced to just his moustache. His chief source of income is now terrorizing government officials for contracts and bumming off from stepmother, 'Badi

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  • Tattoo girl to breathe fire soon

    The pace and quick cuts in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' trailer promises enough thrill

    The fast-paced extended new trailer of David Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', promises enough action this Christmas and may well be as good as Niels Arden Oplev's earlier Swedish-language release. There is enough build-up in the promo as journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) team up to solve a decades-old murder on a remote Swedish island.

    Those who have read Stieg Larsson's original novel will be worried that Fincher might have taken certain liberties (The explicit scene where Lisbeth is torturing her guardian is not there) which may weaken the subplot showing Lisabeth's personal troubles. But then, if Fincher's film is to be a copy of Oplev's film, why do we need to see it?

    For those who are not familiar with the story of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo':

    Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired by rich businessman Henrik Vanger

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  • Speedy Singhs

    Cast: Vinay Virmani, Anupam Kher, Camilla Belle, Gurpreet Guggi, Russel Peters, Noureen Dewulf, Sakina Jaffrey, Rob Lowe, Akshay Kumar

    Directed by Robert Lieberman

    Rating: **
    Sports films have always subscribed to a recipe that guarantees success. A little more or less and you can be assured of indigestion. So here's a list of ingredients needed for a heady brew of clichés:

    1.    Every sports movie has to have a lead. Someone who looks, acts, dribbles better than most others in the film. In some cases, he/she is also the only one with an acting background among the cast. Here we have Mickey-Mouse-faced Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani).

    2.    For no particular reason, the sport our hero pursues so passionately will be one his native country is alien to. Like in 'Lagaan', cricket was an English game which was mastered by the local Indian villagers. Here, Rajveer, who is of an Indian origin, is crazy about ice hockey, a game he picked up while growing up in Canada (in all possible Punjabi

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  • Mausam review


    Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Aditi Sharma, Supriya Pathak

    Directed by Pankaj Kapoor

    Rating: *1/2

    Mausam can have many taglines. Mausam- 'a season to snooze'. Mausam- 'come fall asleep (with or without recliner seats)'. But the original one sticks best, 'Mausam: a timeless love story…' The ellipses only reinforce that this film might just never end. A tip: carry a day pack comprising essentials when you go to watch it.

    A disclaimer at the beginning says that the film doesn't depict true Indian Air Force procedures and tactics. So, dare you roll your eyes when a fighter pilot in the film prepares for an aerial raid by locking and loading his pistol into his holster (in case the missiles get jammed?).

    The film opens to a charming village in Punjab called Mallukot, home to our hero, Harry/Harinder Singh (Shahid Kapoor) who is somewhere between Top Cat and village idiot. In true Punjabi spirit, every dialogue begins with 'Dekh oye!' and everyone loves saying 'Haan

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