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  • Besharam: The filmCast: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh

    Direction: Abhinav Kashyap

    Rating: ***

    We have come to expect a certain amount of discretion and class when Ranbir Kapoor decides to do a film and it rankles when we realize that his latest work disappoints on various accounts. Ranbir does his best to rise above a flimsy plot but he gets no support from the other quarters.

    Abhinav Kashyap’s storytelling might not be nuanced but it usually promises to deliver on the entertainment quotient. However, the director falls short even on this account. While the first half of ‘Besharam’ holds promise, the second half quickly slips into a drag. The humour is forced and the romantic track falls flat with zero chemistry between the film’s lead pair Ranbir and Pallavi Sharda.

    Pallavi Sharda tries to play a feisty Punjabi kudi but comes across as loud, screechy and rude. With little grace and even lesser appeal she is no match for Ranbir, who oozes charm even when the role

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  • India's entry to Oscars is always riddled with controversy and this year is no different

    When Gyan Correa's debut film 'The Good Road' left behind films like 'The Lunchbox', 'Ship of Theseus' 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' and 'English Vinglish', not everyone was cheering and most let their displeasure known through the social networking sites. Karan Johar who presented 'The Lunchbox' was quick to post on twitter 'Really shocked and dissapointed....#LUNCHBOX had every factor working in its favour...we may have just lost our golden chance....SAD!!!'. Soon to follow suit was Anurag Kashyap who posted "Feeling very, very disappointed, can't comment on the film I have not seen, but it better make it to final five... I hope and pray I am wrong and it actually is a film that knocks the socks off everyone," and followed it up with, "I don't know who the federation is. But it goes to show, why we completely lack the understanding to make films that can travel across borders."

    Still from 'The Lunchbox' Soon, more tweets followed

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  • Irrfan in 'The Lunchbox'Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqqui

    Direction: Ritesh Batra

    Rating: ****1/2

    ‘The Lunchbox’ is a delectable love story, made exquisite because it’s a most beautiful rendition of the most fundamental need of an individual – the need for companionship.

    Sometimes loneliness becomes an abstract concept and yet, a very real issue and you find yourself establishing an unlikely intimacy. An intimacy with someone you have never met. It then becomes possible for you to share your innermost insecurities, the little joys, the mundane happenings and thoughts about an almost implausible escape.

    You look forward to the little joys of opening an empty lunchbox, an affirmation of the fact that your experiments with new recipes are working. And in the quiet acknowledgment you find a sense of self-worth. It gives you a sense of liberation from the detached void that exists in your own marriage.

    Your daily lunch hour is now a time you look forward to because along with the delicious food, a

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: The Lunchbox
  • Movie Stills: Phata Poster Nikla HeroCast: Shahid Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Padmini Kolhapure, Sanjay Mishra, Saurabh Shukla

    Direction: Rajkumar Santoshi

    Rating: ***

    After last week’s ‘Grand Masti’, ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ almost has a cleansing effect on your palate. The film is not a laughter riot but it’s definitely a one-time fun watch.

    ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ cannot boast of a strong plot, strong performances or ingenious humour but the film is peppered with moments of genuine situational comedy and some great acting by the supporting cast. Sanjay Mishra and Saurabh Shukla shine, displaying their flair for wit and are spot on with their comic timing.

    Shahid Kapoor has an inherently charming personality but at this point of his career, he desperately needs a successful film. His previous big releases ‘Mausam’ (2011) and ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ (2012) bombed at the box office and there’s no scope for error this time around and you can sense this tension in Shahid’s performance.

    While he is confident in the dance and action

    Read More »from Yahoo Movie Review: Phata Poster Nikla Hero
  • Grand MastiCast: Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani

    Direction: Indra Kumar

    Rating: 0

    Indra Kumar might want to pass this off as an adult comedy but ‘Grand Masti’ takes crassness in cinema to a whole new level. Even if you were to surrender yourself to the shock value of the cringe-worthy jokes, they are repetitive and unabashedly unoriginal.

    ‘Grand Masti’ is not only offensive but regressive cinema. Sample this:

    1)   The film starts with our heroes eliciting how A, B, C has been taught all wrong and then cut to tight close-up of body parts to enunciate their real meaning.

    2)   Riteish has an infant child and is always complaining about the lack of a sex life and to elaborate his desperation he doesn’t refrain from using abusive language against his newborn.

    3)   A buxom former girlfriend has no qualms about announcing that she now owns a milk factory and over again and over again they crack innuendos surrounding “milk production”.

    Some would say the film is insulting because it

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Grand Masti
  • Shuddh Desi Romance: The filmCast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Vaani Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

    Direction: Maneesh Sharma

    Rating: ***

    Big fat Indian weddings make for a colourful backdrop and Bollywood loves using it to render its many love stories. Maneesh Sharma uses the same flashy canvas to mock the vibrant façade it manages to create.

    Modern relationships are caught in transition - some are being redefined, traditional mindsets are being challenged, the man-woman equation has many new aspects to it. Societal pressure sometimes try to thwart this change, the expectation that everyone has to be happily married by a certain age puts immense pressure on individuals and their families and Indian weddings are sometimes used to veil the changing dynamics of relationships.

    Maneesh Sharma tries to address the various nuances of love and commitment. He does raise some valid points but his treatment remains superfluous at best. It’s as if the filmmakers were scared to take a strong stand, afraid that it will

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  • Rumour has it that Shahid Kapoor gave a tough time to the 'Phata Poster Nikla Hero' director

    Starry tantrums have been a part of the glamour industry since ages. Even the ones who don’t have many successful films in their kitty throw a tantrum or a two. The latest to join the bandwagon is none other than Shahid Kapoor who has apparently harrowed the director of his latest movie.

    The movie may have a song 'Mai Tere Agal Bagal Hun' but Shahid seems to be staying far away from the sets. Sources revealed to zoOm that during the shoot of the movie, Rajkumar Santoshi went a little overboard one day and consumed a little more than extra time of the actor than what was actually scheduled. While Shahid remained mum at that time, he turned the table on the director the next day. Sasha was apparently so miffed with the director that he did not report on the set at all the next day. The director got a drift of things and quietly changed the schedule as per Sasha’s fancies.

    While Shahid seems to be

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  • Sushant Singh Rajput on being an introvert and his role in ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’

    It’s been hours since Sushant Singh Rajput has got up from his seat. The actor has been busy promoting his second film 'Shuddh Desi Romance' looks fatigued but doesn't protest when he sits for a quick chat. "I am an introvert and still not very comfortable talking about myself," he says about himself. Dressed in a tee and jeans, the actor talks softly, smiles a lot and has a glint in his eyes when he talks about his engineering days. Sushant who has come a long way since playing Manav in ‘Pavitra Rishta’ days talks about his character in the film and what excites him as an actor.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    When you take up a film, what excites you as an actor?

    When you read a script, it has to be something new and interesting. When you read it, you should be intrigued. It stimulates your curiosity and you have an instinctive feeling towards the character you have to portray. It should make you want to be a

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  • Will Satyagraha work?Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amrita Rao, Manoj Bajpai

    Direction: Prakash Jha

    Rating: ***

    ‘Satyagraha’ manages to stir the latent patriotic fervor in its audience but is deeply flawed in its execution. Prakash Jha’s storytelling not only offers simplistic solutions to very complex issues but I find his approach very problematic.

    ‘Satyagraha’ brings to fore a lot of systematic problems entrenched in the Indian society – corruption, government apathy, the collusion of the powerful and the helplessness of the common man. While all these issues are real, the director’s addressing of them is almost flippant. At the very onset, it is abundantly clear that even the protesters, with the exception of Dwarka Anand (Amitabh), have vested interests.

    Manav Raghavendra’s (Ajay) involvement is totally emotional; for Yasmin Ahmed (Kareena), a peoples’ protest against the state government makes for a good story for her channel and Arjun’s (Arjun Rampal) support

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Satyagraha

  • Ajay Devgn talks about the most challenging part of working in ‘Satyagraha’. Here’s more

    When Ajay Devgn walked out of Prakash Jha’s ‘Aarakshan’ citing date problems, people weren’t very surprised. It was quite known within the circles that Ajay was not happy with the way he had to play the second fiddle to Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in ‘Raajneeti’. Ajay who has teamed up with Prakash Jha a number of times to make hard-hitting films like ‘Gangaajal’, ‘Apaharan’ is back with ‘Satyagraha’ where he dons a number of shades for his character. As he sits for a quick chat, Ajay tells us why he chose to do another political drama and his role in the film.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    Why another political drama?
    It is not exactly a political drama. Politics in the backdrop but it is fabulous story to tell about the characters where my character who is an entrepreneur believes that greed is most important and greed is progress and how we channelize this greed and progress to inspire the youth

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