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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: **

    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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  • I stumbled upon this old video of Sachin Tendulkar with Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and it came as a surprise.

    This is the muhurat shot for Andaz Apna Apna. Dharmendra takes the clap and a really young Sachin – the same goes for the rest of the cast, is seen shaking hands with Aamir and others. Oh my god - how young and cute they all looked.

    Twenty years on, this video is perhaps one of the best things to stumble up on the internet. Especially on the day the movie turns 20.  Enjoy

  • Cast: AmitabhBachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra

    Direction: Nitesh Tiwari

    Rating: ***

    Nitesh Tiwari’s ‘Bhootnath Returns’ is perfectly timed for this election season. While the film drives home a very pertinent message, the execution is labored and preachy.

    There was a time in Hindi cinema when any film with a message, patriotic or otherwise, ended up being jingoistic and sermonic. Then Rajkumar Hirani happened and he crafted an impeccable blend; his satires were perfectly pitched, they addressed real issues and at the same time were so skillfully steeped in humour that the audience was never made to feel like there was any form of pontification.

    Despite genuine attempts at tongue-in-cheek humour, ‘Bhootnath Returns’ failsto replicate that model. The film looks promising when we see a Hogwarts-like (theschool in the Harry Potter series) fantasy place called “Bhoot World”, where ghosts are waiting for their chance to be reborn. However, the novelty fades soon and once

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  • We are an impatient bunch. We can sit through a movie, but once the action is over, the hero hugs the heroine, the last scene fades out and the end credits start rolling, we just have to leave. It is part of our DNA.

    But, if you are an Avengers fan – not just a casual movie goer – you know you will be in for a treat if you stay a bit longer.  Now, if you walked out without waiting for the end credits of Captain America : The Winter Soldier, let me tell you what you are missing.

    There are TWO, yes TWO teasers as the end credits roll.  Both of which will give you a sneak peek at how the future of the Marvel universe is going to be.

    End credit #1

    The prelude to Avengers : Age of Ultron. You get to see a sneak peek at Baron Wolfgang von Strucker who has somehow got Loki’s mind controlling scepter.  And a look at ‘The Twins’.  Von Strucker says that the ‘age of miracles’ has arrived.  We have to wait till 2015 for the movie to hit the marquee

    End credit #2
    The Winter Soldier.  We see him at

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