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  • Cast: Vinay Pathak, Kay Kay Menon, Minisha Lamba, Suresh Menon, Amol Gupte

    Directed by Sagar Ballary

    Rating: *1/2

    Comic actors over generations have relied on two vital skills: the ability to annoy and the art of appearing quite foolish. And some legends like Jim Carrey and Jerry Lewis have excelled in both these vocations. Buffs of the first installment of this film would be quick to point out that it is lead actor, Bharat Bhushan's (Vinay Pathak) idiosyncrasies that can fry one's 'bheja' deliciously. But in this watered-down sequel, unfortunately, he's either become tolerable or we've become immune to his nonsensical behaviour.

    The basic plot of the film doesn't throw-up any surprises. But then, in a film like this, you're more concerned with the imbecilic situations that our lead zero, Bharat, lands himself into. This time around, income tax officer, Bharat wins a TV game show that gets him on a cruise liner where he bumps into visionary scammer and perverted freak, Ajit Talwar (Kay

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  • Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Piyush Mishra, Deepti Naval, Prashant Narayan, Gautam Sharma, Shilpa Shukla, Pawan Malhotra, Vedita Pratap Singh

    Directed by Ankush Bhatt

    Rating: Taare Zameen Par

    When I make a gangster movie, it will feature Muslim and Hindu extremists. The Hindus will wear saffron and the Muslims will flaunt smudgy eye make-up. There will be riots too and a tranny whore, a corrupt cop who swings both ways (between the two rival gangs), etc. This was probably director Ankush Bhatt's vision before he planned to make Bhindi Bazaar Inc.

    Okay, to break this film down to a line: It's about a chess game, wherein every move is vaguely metaphoric and hence intercut with a pointless story from the lives of our two lead slum dogs, Darzi (Gautam Sharma) and Fateh (Prashant Narayan). These two are children when they're inducted into the world of pick-pocketing and kite-flying (yes, the two are very connected!).

    After picking roughly 550 wallets each, they grow up to become capable henchmen

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  • Commitment-free sex sells

    Hollywood's revisits an age-old formula for a blockbuster, rom-coms on relationship-free sex

    Hollywood has explored every possible relationship known to man, woman and dog. Interracial, inter-species, rich and poor, woman and beast, same sex and so on. And since the nature and intensity of no two relationships is the same, films have explored everything, right from the painfully intense to the barely there. More recently, a much-evolved permutation seems to spell success: friends who've individually suffered bitter break-ups and are reduced to f***-buddies. And this platonic copulation invariable ends up with the the two realizing they can't keep their emotions (for each other) out of the bedroom and voila, we have a relationship.

    While this age-old recipe for success has been around since 'Last Tango in Paris', among recent blockbusters, 'Friends with Benefits' is as good an example as 'No Strings Attached', since they're hardly any different.

    An interesting thing about these

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  • Mika’s Dhinka Chika story

    Many would argue if Mika's would qualify as a rags-to-riches story, since his public perception is limited to his lip-lock with a certain item girl. But as the highest paid singer in Bollywood today, his 12-year-stint in the industry is surely a case study worth exploring.

    Mika began his musical career as a guitarist for his brother Daler Mahendi, who had attained legendary pop status in the 90s. His first solo album 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' spread like wild fire from clubs to rickshaws and gave him an identity apart from being known as Daler's brother. But his debut in Bollywood happened only when he managed to convince Sanjay Gupta that gangsters can sing. Although Gupta was quite opposed to the idea, when he heard the track 'Aye Ganpat', he was only too excited to include it in "Shootout at Lokhandwala".

    Soon, there was no looking back. Every big-budget blockbuster from 'Jab We Met' to 'Singh is King' had to have a Mika song. His voice had a certain nasal twang and folk feel that

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  • Shaitan

    Cast: Rajit Kapoor, Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Pawan Malhotra, Shiv Pandit, Gulshan Devaiya, Neil Bhoopalam, Kirti Kulhari

    Directed by Bejoy Nambiar

    Rating: **1/2

    Teens in Bollywood movies are usually blessed with a disposable income, fancy wheels and a life that makes you forget yours. The ones in 'Shaitan' confirm to the above, don't confirm to a limited dosage of cocaine and have a healthy appetite for destruction. While some may blame the parents for lack of bum-slapping during childhood, what really is pumping the insanity and unwarranted angst into the veins of today's youth is the game that could be included in the Olympics of the future, Angry Birds! Or not?

    The film introduces 5 friends, Amrita/ Amy (Kalki Koechlin), Dushyant/ Dash (Shiv Pandit), Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam), Karan/ KC (Gulshan Devaiya) and Tanya Sharma (Kirti Kulhari). Apart from Dash, who works at a coffee shop, the rest belong to affluent families. So, like most rich and rotten teens their age, they

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  • Cast: Salman Khan, Asin, Arya Babbar, Paresh Rawal, Puneet Issar, Mahesh Manjrekar

    Directed by Anees Bazmee

    Rating: *1/2

    Whistle-blowers rejoice! Salman is back and this time he's ditched his belt to fiddle inside his pant pockets (read: Dhinka Chika, in case you don't have a television set at home). The thing with Salman's films is that they're in a genre of their own. A genre that cannot be graded for the story, screenplay, performances or any other metric used to evaluate other films. They can just be enjoyed or suffered, depending upon the elasticity of your tolerance. I hope you would consider this vague disclaimer before reading this review and before going to watch this monsoon musical.

    But you're on this page hoping to get an idea about this film, so let's get down to business. The film is about a spoilt brat called Prem (the 14th time Salman has used this as a screen name) and his annoyingly happy family. Prem's daddy, Rajveer Kapoor (Mahesh Manjrekar) has the memory of a

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  • Maniratnam and Ilayaraja

    Mani Ratnam is one of the most versatile movie makers and Ilayaraja, is undoubtedly one of the best music directors the country has ever seen. And they share the same birthday.  We bring to you some of our favourite songs, and what Mani Ratnam has to say about Ilayaraja.

    Nilave Va - Mouna Ragam

    Mani Ratnam directed a Telugu flick and he couldn't do with out Ilayaraja - the result? This lovely number from Geetanjali

    And yet another beautiful song from Anjali

    Naykudu - Just listen to this amazing background score.  And then you will realise what Mani Ratnam means when he says "Ilayaraja would look at the scene once, and immediately start giving notes to his assistants, as a bunch of musicians, hovering around him, would collect the notes  for their instrument and go to their places... A director can be taken by surprise at the speed of events."

    Cliched yet, i cannot just go away without mentioning this number which has made it to one of the top 10 tracks according to a BBC poll.

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  • How Salman found his ‘Dhinka Chika’

    Salman Khan's signature dance style has evolved from clowning about to effortless buffoonery. Here's a tribute

    A large part of what constitutes Salman Khan's 'sallugiri' are his dance moves. And adjectives from suave to street-smart have often been used to define the same. And today, as Salman gets jiggy in his latest foot tapping hit, Dhinka Chika from 'Ready', his signature style seems like an effortless celebration of idioticity. But Rome wasn't built in a day and Salman's dance steps have come a long way from when he first hit the dance floor. So from the poor man's disco dancer to the action-hero who grooves to an entire song by merely fiddling with his belt, here's a tiny tribute to the bad boy of Bollywood, Salman Khan.

    Tan Tana Tan

    Salman may be 'too cool for school' today, but this video from his past has visible streaks of a choreographed mayhem. Apart from the hip thrusts and claps, this super-hit number has steps that look laboured and tacky, even for Salman. Known for

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  • Nargis DuttNargis Dutt. Her beauty was ethereal, her charm and talent legendary. This post is just a tribute to one of those eternal beauties Bollywood has ever seen.

    Nargis was born on June 1, 1929 as Fatima Rashid. Her mother was a thumri singer and it was she who introduced Nargis to acting.  Nargis made her debut as a child actor and went on to be one of the most iconic stars in Bollywood.

    Nargis in Mother IndiaShe ruled the silver screen in the 1950's and played pivotal roles in 'Barsaat', 'Andaz', 'Awaara', 'Deedar', 'Shree 420' and 'Chori Chori'. And then, came Mother India in 1957 which in a way changed the way the world saw Hindi movies. It was nominated for the Academy Awards and it won her the Filmfare Best actress award.

    Her personal life was under the scanner too.  "In the movie buff's imagination, Nargis remains inextricably linked with Raj Kapoor, being the leading lady and Muse in his seminal early films, involved with him in real life, even immortalised in the "RK Studios" logo, which was based on

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  • Kuch Luv Jaisa

    Cast: Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose, Sumit Raghavan

    Directed by Barnali Ray Shukla

    Rating: ** 1/2

    Chance meetings in Hindi films have always seemed less accidental and too fantastic to even be possible. Like the prankster Raj meeting the docile Simran while she tries desperately to catch a moving train (Eurorail, no less) in DDLJ. But then if filmy love stories were believable and logical, would they be as much fun and exciting?  May be, may be not.

    Anyway, this one is about an underappreciated housewife, Madhu Saxena (Shefali Shah) whose relationship with her husband (Sumit Raghavan) has been reduced to a clinical one. Like most neglected housewives, she wants to break-free and feels that her life is drifting away aimlessly and that she couldn't be all the things she wanted to. Oddly, one can empathise with her simple sufferings, without actually being in her shoes. Perhaps, that is the power of a well-written character.

    Luckily, all is not lost. Just as her husband forgets one of her

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