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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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  • 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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