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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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  • Hangover 2

    Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Paul Giamatti, Mike Tyson

    Directed by Todd Phillips

    Rating: *

    There are multiple things that can ruin a movie-watching experience. A relentlessly howling baby by your side, a phone that rings loudly and is then answered by an even louder person etc. But while watching Hangover 2, one will be bothered by something entirely different: the unwarranted hoo-hah over the most unfunny scenes. So each time the bald, bearded and portly Alan (Zack Galifianakis) does as much as twitch his nose, certain quarters of the audience burst out laughing like it's going to be their last. And this puts you off more than the witless wonder called American humour that is manifested on the screen.

    For those who've seen Part 1, you know what to expect (not much!). Yet, this film will surely kick back your limited expectations from the movie by a peg or two. This time around the boozy foursome, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zack

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  • After 'Dabangg' was adjudged the Best Popular Film at this year's National Awards, many cynics started questioning the aura surrounding the coveted National Awards stating that it has started swaying the Bollywood way.

    Controversy has not been a new word surrounding the National Awards. New issues keep cropping up every other year which follows in a lot of bad blood. Here are the Top 5 National Award Controversies.

    Anupam Kher, Kirron KherTake for example, in 2000, when Kirron Kher won the award in the Best Actress category for Bengali film 'Bariwali', it was alleged that her voice for the Bengali film was dubbed by a Bengali actress, Rita Koiral whereas the producer of the film Anupam Kher had filled the nomination form claiming that its Kirron's original voice.

    Click to read about the 5 greatest National Awards controversies.

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  • opMohanlal

    I remember the hush that fell over the room when Mohanlal stepped out from behind a wall and watched Sangeeta and Baby Shalini (Yeah, the same Shalini who got married to Tamil actor Ajith) walk away in 'Ente Mammattikuttiyammayku". "Arrg", said my cousin, "I hate this actor". "Who is he" I asked — my cousin, a die hard chick flick fanatic said "he is a born villain, that guy Mohanlal".

    I turned my attention to the screen. And somewhere along the line, I couldn't find any thing remotely villain like in Mohanlal. He came across as just another actor -so entirely different to my favourite cartoon show heroes. So I hounded my cousin - who still is a walking dictionary of any Malayalam movies - to know more about him.

    Mohanlal — according to her was 'the villain.' Even though his first film was 'Thiranottam,' it was his role as Narendran in 'Manjil Virinja Pookal' which made people sit up and take note of this young man. This Fazil film by Navodaya had Shankar and Poornima Jayaram in the

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  • Cast: Jishu Sengupta, Raima Sen, Riya Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee

    Director: Rituparno Ghosh

    'Kashmakash' is the dubbed version of Rituparno Ghosh's 'Noukadubi' based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore. It's a period film and unless you are prepared for it, you might find the notions of love, old-fashioned and the pace at which the plot unfolds, tedious.

    Ramesh (Jishu Sengupta) is in love with Hemnalini (Raima Sen) and is planning to propose marriage very soon. He is suddenly summoned to his village where his father has already fixed up his marriage to a widow's daughter. He has no choice but to agree to the wedding when the widow and the would-be bride threaten to commit suicide. On his way back to Kolkata with his newly-wed wife the boat capsizes. He finds Kamla (Riya Sen), unconscious on the shore, dressed as a bride and assumes she is his wife. It's only later that he realizes that Kamla was married to someone else and she is not the woman he married.

    The plot has an interesting

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  • In the name of God. What have we done?

    The one film that redefined crass commercialism and toilet humour at its worst (I cringe at that 'chhed' line every time someone says it and giggles) has been named the year's 'wholesome entertainer'. By the National Film Awards committee, no less.

    The National Film Awards are announced for the singular purpose of plugging in the holes (pardon) left behind by popular film award ceremonies that are rigged, bought or are blatant showcases of favouritism in the industry. Or so I thought. Well, looks like we might need another body to take care of that, because this year's awards smack of giving in to popular demand rather than reward genuine achievement in the field of cinema.

    Dabangg, last year's answer to the void that was left behind by the underwear/drawstring/mattress/pillow innuendo-laden era of David Dhawan, Govinda and Karisma Kapoor, is a lot of things - entertaining, yes. Hilarious, in parts. Paisa vasool, to the bottom galleries. But

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  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama

    Cast: Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonalli Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma

    Directed by Luv Ranjan

    Rating: *

    If you've reached this page, you're possibly considering this painfully tacky take on anti-rom-coms. While most films in this genre aim to prove that love can be a painful experience, this one is hell-bent on establishing that women have been created by God with a sole purpose to exploit men. While the exclusive purpose of 'Pyaar ka Punchnama' is to punch you with stereotypes, minimum wage acting and characters that make caricatures look good.

    The film is about three friends who share a pad in Delhi. First, Vikrant (Raayo Bhakhirta), who looks like a cross between a watered-down Sendhil and Kunal Kapoor, has special talents: smoking, playing the guitar, maintaining a poker face and usually managing to perform these three simultaneously. Second, Rajat a.k.a Rajjo (Kartikeya Tiwari), special trait: unnecessarily smiling between all his dialogues,

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  • If you think it's time for you to start a family and you are
    prepared for the responsibility of a new member in your life, there are a few
    other things that you should consider before you start expanding your family:

    - Before you start trying for the baby, it's always a good idea
    to go for preconception
    . Your gynaecologist is the first person you should see before
    you start planning a child. It's always a good idea to get a physical
    examination done before you start panicking if it takes time for you to

    Also, fertility
    among men and women seem to be on a rise and it's always advisable
    to get a complete health check done before you lose time wondering what's going
    wrong every month. Sometimes, small problems can be cured by simple medication.

    Read: Pregnancy
    against all odds

    Diet and nutrition - A
    is essential while trying to conceive. Green leafy vegetables, like
    spinach, rich in iron and calcium should be a part of your

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  • Bollywood, Drugs and Violence

    Fame and glamour are a heady mix and there are very few who manage to remain grounded despite the high they offer. Bollywood has sometimes been in the news for all the wrong reasons and some of our reel heroes have been in the news for their aberrant behaviour in real life.

    Bollywood's bad boys have had their share of run-ins with the law; be it drugs, alcohol or a history of violent relationship with women, our stars have often fallen from grace. While the media hype around these cases claims to uncover Bollywood's dark underbelly and the law plays a merely farcical role, the bigger question that needs to be addressed is the lack of any remedial approach to deal with such recklessness.

    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan was headed back to "jail" almost immediately after her release. After spending 13 days of her 3-month sentence, Lindsay Lohan was expected to report to a rehab clinic within 24 hours to start her 90-day programme as ordered by the court.

    Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen, one of the highest paid actors on

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  • Deliciously dangerous

    Colin Farrell with fangs in Fright Night manifests the perfect recipe for a new-age blood-sucking pop thriller

    Fright Night, Colin Farrell's latest vampire-comic-thriller just released its first video trailer and we have to confess, it was love at first bite. Formulaic as it may be, a combination of humour and the right amount of uncertainty that keeps one at the edge of one's seat could just be the future of thrillers.

    Now, why does a vampire-thriller have to funny, you might ask. The answer to that is the answer to many other questions. Why does a cellphone also need to be a shaving razor or why does your TV set have to be an internet browser too etc? It's because we are a generation of people who want everything and in excess. And we're not settling for anything less than a large tub of cheese and caramel popcorn mixed in equal proportion.

    Farrell, who plays a friendly neighbourhood vampire, is also a wise cracking smart-ass who is also suave and charming. The trailer reveals how

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