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  • Dil Toh Bachcha Hai JiAfter repeatedly attempting realistic portrayals, Madhur Bhandarkar tries his hand at comedy. However, the moral of 'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji' is - when in love, men are emotional fools and women are manipulative. Bhandarkar's weakness remains the same -blatant stereotyping, the fact that the graph of all the three stories follows the same trajectory just shows lack of imagination.

    Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgn) is going through a divorce and falls for a young intern, June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee). Pinto seems quite interested in her new boss but Naren decides to wait till his divorce is through to broach the topic with her. But he might just be a little late in disclosing his true feelings.

    Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya) works for a marriage bureau and romantic poetry is his passion. He falls for a radio jockey, Gungun (Shradha Das) who is an aspiring actress. She uses Milind to bail her out when she needs a script for her radio show after a late night party and sometimes to fund her social

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  • Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, shraddha das, Shazahn Padamsee, Shruti Haasan

    Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar

    Rating: **

    With Gulzar's beautiful song as its title, "Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji" (DTBHJ) surely gets one curious about what to expect. And while Madhur-reality-Bhandarkar venturing into rom-coms reminds you of the 'stuck-in-the-wrong-job' ad, he just about manages to pass here.

    The film, as the promos suggest, is about three guys with varying amounts of testosterone, in search of love and lust. Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgn), a divorced bank manager is still hopeful for a second innings. Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya), a self-confessed virgin is cautious of opening his innings only when he finds true love (yawn!). Abhay (Emraan Hashmi) is like an omnibus of all the characters that Hashmi has played in his previous films (they're all the same-a smooth talking slime ball). Naren invites the other two into his giant family home as tenants and to keep him from sinking into

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  • Looks like Prakash Jha really needs some divine intervention. The director was at Ajmer to offer prayers at the holy tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The filmmaker also met leaders of regional caste groups in Jaipur on Sunday. Jha held a meeting with Lokendra Singh Kalvi, leader of Rajput Karni Sena and Suresh Mishra, leader of Brahmin Mahasabha.

    The leaders of both the groups had warned of protests if they found the film hurting the sentiments of people of any caste. Both the leaders had also demanded a preview of the movie before its official release.
    Earlier, this week the Madras High Court has stayed the release of the film due to some non-payment issues. When contacted Jha said, "Prakash Jha Productions is the sole rights-holder of Aarakshan. All rights and authority regarding the business of Aarakshan are vested with Prakash Jha Productions. The cheque-bouncing issue is between Mr. Feroze A. Nadiadwala and Mr. Sushil Gupta. It has nothing to do with Aarakshan. Mr. Nadiadwala
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  • Cast: Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar, Pitobash Tripathy, Husaan Saad, Beatrice Ordeix, Namrata Dixit, Meena Mir, Garima

    Directed by Nila Madhab Panda

    Rating: *

    Films produced with the intention of acquiring leafy film festival logos on the DVD cover, can end up being dangerously pretentious, even if they stick to the formula. And 'I am Kalam' is a perfect example of such a film. A pseudo-intellectual masterpiece that could be revered by those who're connoisseurs of 'I can so feel his suffering' and 'I can so read the subliminal quadruple messages that the director has intricately woven into the screenplay'. As for others, check what else is playing.

    I am Kalam (and I am not a scientist?), is the story of a little boy, Chotu (Harsh Mayar), who works with his jolly uncle Bhati mama-sa (Gulshan Grover) at a dhaba in a dusty touristy small town in Rajasthan. The place is embellished with yawning camels and local instruments are blown out of proportion to make for a background score. Chotu's

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  • On Kishore Kumar's birth Anniversary, here's a look at the much-talked about rivalry between the two legends

    Much has been written about the famous rivalry between Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi, something which is still hugely debated after their deaths. But Mohammad Rafi's son Shahid Rafi reveals that there was no cold war between the two legends. In fact, whenever they met , they were very warm towards each other. On the occasion of Kishore Kumar's birthday, Shahid shares a picture which has been very close to his heart. "I have this picture hanging on our wall at home. It's a very special picture of two legends getting together," he says.

    Whenever he got a break, Rafi would go to his London house for a holiday. "Incidentally, Kishore Da had come to London for a concert. When he got to know that Dad was also there in the city, he took out time from his schedule and came home to meet him," he adds.

    As every radio station and channel celebrates his 84th birthday, here's a look at the

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  • Kishore KumarKishore Kumar once said "Look, I don't smoke, drink or socialise. I never go to parties. If that makes me a loner, fine. I am happy this way. I go to work and I come back straight home. To watch my horror movies, play with my spooks, talk to my trees, sing." And his songs are what endears him to us. What lives on in our minds even after 24 years of his passing away.

    On his birthday, we — after a lot of debate — have a list of our favourite songs.

    Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab ki

    Pyaar Manga hei tumi se

    Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

    Chukkar Mere man ko

    Phoolon Ke Rang Se

    Yeh Shaam Mastani

    Eena Meena Deeka

    Ek Ladki Bheegi bhaagi si

    Yeh Jeevan Hai

    Do they match your favourite  Kishore Kumar songs? Tell us

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  • Bubblegum review


    Cast: Dilzad Hirale, Apoorva Arora, Sohail Lakhani, Suraj Kumar, Tanvi Azmi and Sachin Khedekar

    Directed by Sanjivan Lal

    Rating: ***

    Indian movies on childhood have mostly focused on issues that adults believe children deal with. And real kids and their issues (for whatever reason) are rarely deemed worthy of being essayed on the screen. In the bargain, we're subjected to overtly dramatic, smart-ass little devils who spout one-liners like laughter show contestants. In such a state, Sanjivan Lal's 'Bubblegum' breaks the mould created for screen kids and even gets terribly close to at least one fragment from each of our childhoods.

    I mean, who hasn't been a love-struck teen, when the whole concept, though fuzzy, makes one gulp at the very idea of confessing the feeling. When just the very sight of the person required pre-meditated stalking and division of attention would lead to unparalleled jealousy. We've all been there, we've all done that. If not, here's a chance.

    The story is based

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  • Cast: Om Puri, Govind Namdev, Manoj Pahwa, Mohnish Bahl, Anooradha Patel, Uvika Choudhary, Sarrtaj Gill

    Directed by Ajai Sinha

    Rating: Honour spilling

    'Khap' sounds like a blunt instrument cutting through flesh and ironically refers to Khap Panchayats or village bodies that brutally skin young couples who marry within their own clan, village (or cow-shed?). Although, the Supreme Court of India has banned Khaps from exercising medieval methods to simulate the phrase, 'till death do us apart', no court has proof-read the script of the film, 'Khap', so here we go again.

    Luckily, movies made on grave topics are usually intercut with a lighter parallel screenplay to balance the mood. Unluckily, 'Khap' takes the parallel story so far, it leaves the core issue like an abandoned baby outside a deserted church. So amidst the barbaric chopping, tractor mowing and sword stabbing of couples marrying within their 'gotra' (clan) in a quaint village called Sajod, lies a diabetically-sugary urban

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  • Movies in July

    Our in house movie critic Kunal Guha has, over the last couple of weeks, reviewed and rated the major releases of the month 'Murder 2,' 'Chillar Party,' 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' and 'Singham'. Let me start with a disclaimer, I do not always agree with Kunal on his reviews. And speaking about reviews, here is one fun review which we saw on CNNGo.

    Having watched the films that released this month, says the writer, I can't help but wonder if someone passed around an industry memo deeming July male stripper month in Bollywood. I know it's summer, he says,  but -- the four movies in this recap contain about eight hours of footage of men in various stages of undress, with little to absolutely no reason to show for it.

    This includes everyone from a frighteningly tanned Hrithik Roshan, to a 42-year-old Ajay Devgn, to a group of 10-year-old boys in their tighty-whities. Huh, well, trust me, it is not what I wrote, check out the article here. And, if you are like me, you will just love the

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  • Singham review



    Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kajal Agarwal, Prakash Raj, Ashok Saraf, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni

    Directed by Rohit Shetty

    Rating: **

    Many will be quick to point out the similarities between 'Singham' and the numerous air-headed Salman Khan blockbusters. But low-gravity action, punches that propel bodies into mid-air ballets and cars walking on two feet, make it obvious: 'Singham' is a remake of a Tamil film (Singam) and is directed by Rohit Shetty (who is obsessed with blowing up cars in his films). And one has to be a bit lenient with remakes as they are like miniature models of famous monuments. If your little 'Leaning Tower of Pisa' is chiseled too acute, live with it, it's just a souvenir, right?

    The film is about a humble village cop, Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) who enforces law like a preschool moral science teacher. All accused and convicts are let off with a warning, as they're usually his friends and/or belong to the good ol' gaaon ki mitti, which is later distinguished from

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