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  • Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mithun Chakraborty, Johnny Lever, Krushna Abhishek

    Director: Sajid-Farhad

    Rating: *½

    ‘Entertainment’ is one of those films where the people in the 2-minute end credit video seem to have more fun than you did during the entire run-time (2 hours 21 minutes) of the film. It is also the kind of film that makes me realize that this is one of those Fridays when I have lost a few precious hours of my life that I will never get back.

    I guess Sajid-Farhad had this novel idea where they wanted Bollywood fans to have their very own dog story and Akshay Kumar being a dog-lover conceded to share the limelight with a Golden Retriever. In fact, reports suggest that the plot has been inspired by a true story, where a Parsi gentleman had left all his assets to his pet dog. So our directors had a borrowed idea, but then they had no clue on how to weave a story around it. Therefore, they wind up packing in every absurdity possible to make this film work.

    We have

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  • Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddique, Mithun Chakraborty, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Mishra

    Direction: Sajid Nadiadwala

    Rating: ***
    1/2

    ‘Kick’ is the kind of film where I allow my better judgment to be blurred and just soak in this spicy potpourri. This delicious Bollywood masala fare is served with a dash of romance, a generous dose of action, dollops of melodrama and some pontification.


    Not only are there Salmantricks galore for every die-hard fan, but also two strong male supporting characters, which is a first. Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddique are perfectly cast and belt out commendable performances.

    Randeep Hooda plays a tough cop – intense, sharp and suave. Hooda stands tall in a film that is essentially supposed to belong completely to Salman Khan. You cannot help but notice this no-nonsense cop, who talks tough but is afraid to be jilted at the altar. It’s amazing how he blends the intensity with vulnerability, making him such an

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  • Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Shukla, Ashutosh Rana

    Direction: Shashank Khaitan

    Rating: ***1/2


    ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ promises simple, unadulterated fun, that has become such a rare commodity these days. The film makes no bones about the fact that it is hugely inspired by Bollywood’s classic love story ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ but it is the little spins the director has weaved into the narrative that makes the film such a fun watch.

    While our NRI Simran in ‘DDLJ’ (1995) was engaged to a desi munda in India, feisty Punjabi kudi Kavya (Alia Bhatt) is set to be married off to an NRI doctor settled in the US. While DDLJ’s Raj had to fly down from London to win over the girl’s family, our Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan) lands in Ambala to build his case with the strict father of the bride. Despite the little variations, you might feel that you are watching ‘DDLJ’ all over again, but Shashank Khaitan’s irreverent treatment just makes ‘HSKD’ worth your while.

    It is

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  • Cast: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Kiran Kumar, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Tanvi Azmi, Arjan Bajwa

    Direction: Samar Shaikh

    Rating: ***

    Samar Shaikh’s naïve detective is not savvy but despite the lack of sophistication, our lady Karamchand has a certain charm that keeps us intrigued. The same can be said about the film ‘Bobby Jasoos’, while it might not break new ground as a Bollywood detective film, it manages to keep us entertained.

    Bilkis aka Bobby Jasoos (Vidya Balan) has no formal training, no exceptional expertise, and no finesse and yet, this 30-year-old Hyderabadi girl from a middle-class Muslim family wants to become a famous detective. No one takes her seriously, neither her family nor a potential employer, except her two loyal sidekicks – Shetty (Prasad Barve) and Munna (Aakash Dahiya). In fact, when you see her go about her business, you realize that though she might be good with her many guises, she lacks a basic quality that any detective should possess – discretion. In fact, most of

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  • Sidharth and Shraddha in 'Ek Villain'Sidharth and Shraddha in 'Ek Villain'
    Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Kamal R Khan, Remo Fernandes, Shaad Randhawa

    Direction: Mohit Suri

    Rating: **
    1/2


    Mohit Suri has an exciting germ of an idea but instead of building on the suspense, the director bundles in every filmy element into ‘Ek Villain’. There is so much going on in this film that it leaves the viewer exhausted and exasperated.

    Here’s a plot that needs to be moulded into an intriguing psychological thriller; a story that is crying out for a “different” approach but alas, it falls prey to the typical tried and tested formula.

    For once the villain at hand has a very clear victimology, his psychosis has a definitive trigger and every kill is a false reaffirmation. It would have been interesting to see how this character developed from his first attack and how he is eventually found out. However, by the first half, Suri has already dished out both the conflict and a quick resolution, while the second half is a regular Bollywood revenge

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  • Saif in a triple role in 'Humshakals'Saif in a triple role in 'Humshakals'
    Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Bipasha Basu, Tamannaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta, Satish Shah

    Direction: Sajid Khan

    Rating: *

    After ‘Himmatwala’ proved to be a box office disaster, if Sajid Khan meant to silence all his critics with ‘Humshakals’, he has surely managed to do that. The film had such a mind-numbing effect on my senses that I am finding it hard to come-up with a nuanced critique.

    I understand that a movie like this one expects you to suspend logic and embark on an irrationally insane journey with the filmmakers. But the least expectation that you have from a film that promises to be a laughter riot is that every once in a while it will tickle your funny bone. However, there is no fun to be had here.

    In fact, most of the gags fall flat like the PJs Ashok (Saif Ali Khan) relentlessly cracks in the film. More than once, I felt like pleading for a reprieve from the onslaught of humorless antics that the lead cast was up to, much like the other characters ask Ashok to spare

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  • Cast: Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Prakash Raj

    Direction: Sabbir Khan

    Rating: **

    Sabbir Khan’s ‘Heropanti’ has the most obsolete and predictable premise possible in the history of Bollywood masala filmmaking. Yes, we are used to a staple diet of typical “formula” films but this one reeks of lazy storytelling – clichéd plot, borrowed ideas and shoddy execution. Tiger Shroff’s lacklustre debut adds no spark to the sinking narrative.

    A bride goes missing on her wedding day, refusing to be forcefully married to a man she doesn’t love. The father (Prakash Raj) and other trigger-happy uncles are ready to hunt down the absconding couple to restore honour in the Jat family. They quickly kidnap the boy’s friend who they think has helped the two elope. Most of the first half of the film is spent beating up the three boys including our hero Bablu (Tiger Shroff). How can you take a guy who is called Bablu seriously?

    I guess, it was intended that Tiger Shroff would make a debut much like Hrithik Roshan –

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  • Cast: Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem, Anuj Sachdeva, Makarand Deshpande

    Direction: Amole Gupte

    Rating: ****

    ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ is a delightful tale, striking just the right chords that tug at your heartstrings. Amole Gupte has infused so much personality and emotion into his characters that each and everyone stays with you much after you have left the theatre.

    Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare (Partho Gupte) watches longingly as children his age glide past in shiny new roller skates. For a teenager who has had to drop out of school to make ends meet, learning to skate is a far cry. However, our child hero has an undaunting spirit and exceptional friends who not only fuel his ambitions but are also instrumental in their own little way to aid him achieve the impossible.

    It is adorable to see his teenage friends - a car mechanic, a rag picker, a zari weaver and a flower seller – use their ingenuity to craft together a roller skate. Sunidhi Chauhan’s ‘Ghoom Gayi’ plays in the background, creating just

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  • Kangana in 'Revolver Rani'Kangana in 'Revolver Rani'

     Cast: KanganaRanaut, Vir Das, Piyush Mishra, Kumud Mishra

    Direction: Sai Kabir

    Rating: ***


    Sai Kabir’s ‘Revolver Rani’ reeks of confused storytelling.  At the onset it feels like a comedy but as the plot thickens, you realize that this is a dark film. The characters have cruel intentions and the protagonist is a mere pawn.

    Alka Singh’s (Kangana Ranaut) political ambitions and her rivalry with the opposition seem to form the crux of the narrative in the first half. There are moments of genuine humour as Alka takes on her enemies, guns blazing, perched atop a Pajero. There is equal measure of fun to be had when her opponents futilely plan on taking her out.

    Kangana’s role demands her to essay contrasting emotions and she competently delivers with considerable ease. Her only weakness is her conniving boyfriend Rohan Mehra (Vir Das) who aspires to become a Bollywood actor and is hoping that Alka will finance his vain ambitions.

    Vir Das seems to struggle with his character. It is completely

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  • Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Ronit Roy, Revathi

    Direction: Abhishek Varman

    Rating: ***


    Anyone who has tried to convince conservative parents to bless their inter-caste/inter-state/inter-religion union will definitely relate to these young lovers. The story is heart-warming but it takes too long to get to the point and provide a resolution.

    Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) fall in love during their two-year program at India’s premium B-school. However, when they want to tie the knot, they realize that the North-South divide is far too vast for their parents. Their problems are genuine and they try very real methods to convince both the families. But since there is neither high drama nor roll-on-the-floor comedy, the sequences seem to stretch on forever.

    Arjun and Alia both infuse fresh energy into their parts and try their level best to rise above the weak script. This is Arjun’s first real romantic role and somehow, the constant confused

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