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  • Madras Cafe: The filmCast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Siddharth Basu

    Direction: Shoojit Sircar

    Rating: ***1/2

    ‘Madras Cafe’ is an engaging tale. Commendable mostly because Shoojit Sircar manages to weave an interesting plot and well-executed conflict stories are a rarity in Bollywood.

    Any political thriller runs the risk of being biased and I am sure there will be an equal share of viewers who will be offended by the alleged pro-state stance taken by the director. To be fair to him, however, the narrative at various times does mention that every one has their version of the truth and it just depends on perspective.

    Or like our protagonist reiterates, one man’s revolutionary is another man’s terrorist.

    The director has also made it quite clear that the Indian state was quite ambiguous in its approach and subsequent resolution during the crisis. Prejudices aside, I am just looking at the cinematic merits of the film.

    The film provides a comprehensive context to the Sri Lankan civil war and a taut narrative

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Madras Cafe
  • OUATIMD: The filmOUATIMD: The film

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan

    Direction: Milan Luthria

    Rating: ** 1/2

    ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara’ disappoints on various accounts. Most of all it is the labored pace and the tedious romantic track that makes the film a boredom-inducing watch.

    If you are expecting that the sequel to ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’ would be a fast-paced action thriller, then you are in for a not-very-pleasant surprise. ‘OUATIMD’ is a long winding love triangle where the protagonist and his aide just happen to be gangsters.

    Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) is so busy chasing his object of affection and obsessing about her that he seems least interested in cementing his supremacy in the underworld. Akshay’s quest for both love and power is handled in such a flippant manner that neither manages to make an impact.

    Akshay Kumar’s act is high on style but the portrayal falls flat. It does not have the punch that Ajay Devgn had brought on screen as the brooding Sultan Mirza (in ‘Once Upon A Time In

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!
  • Chennai ExpressChennai Express

    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan,Deepika Padukone

    Direction: RohitShetty

    Rating: ***

    If you are familiar with Rohit Shetty’s craft and think SRK is one of the best things to happen to Hindi cinema, then ‘Chennai Express’ is a blockbuster. Shetty and SRK keep you entertained throughout.

    There isn’t a single original idea in the plot but a majority of the audience were sure not complaining. In fact, the whole idea of spoofing everything that SRK has done before and more adds to the entertainment quotient. ‘Chennai Express’ works at a level where ‘Himmatwala’ had colossally failed – it manages to successfully spoof the Bollywood-formula.

    I guess what makes the film watchable, is the fact that Shah Rukh and Deepika sure did seem to have a lot of a fun during the making of the film. It’s quite evident that while they approached the role with utmost seriousness, they treated themselves very casually. In a film like this one, it is pointless to mention that there was absolutely zero chemistry between the lead

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Chennai Express
  • Breaking bad in B’wood

    Gulshan Grover opens up about his life, his films and how villains have changed over the years

    The living room of Gulshan Grover’s Versova pad is a picture of calm with everything, including the upholstery done in white. On one side of the white wall hang black and white portraits of the star with eminent Hollywood personalities like Goldie Hawn, Ben Kingsley, Al Pachino and the likes. The other side of the wall in adorned with framed posters of his films. The room is devoid of any over-the-top furnishing with only one enormous couch holding the center of attention. Very functional indeed.

    Grover walks into the room, dressed impeccably in formals. One look at him and it is difficult to imagine this courteous, soft-spoken man is the same man as his 'bad' on-screen persona. As he takes a seat opposite me and strikes the yogic pose with one dangling limb, one couldn’t help imagining that the real Grover is going to take over and mouth ‘I am a bad man’, his famous dialogue from Ram Lakhan.

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  • ‘Audience will be satisfied’

    Says Poonam Pandey about her bold character in her debut film ‘Nasha’. More

    Poonam Pandey is having sleepless nights. Her tweet reads, “Tweethearts! Yaar Tenssion aa gaya ... cudnt sleep Last night. .. Just just 3 days to go 26th July,”. For the uninitiated, Poonam’s debut film Nasha is hitting the screen this week. For someone who is yet to prove her mettle, the starlet has 4,07950 followers on twitter. But there is nothing random in the economics of being Poonam Pandey. Apart from her strategist, she has a team of 17 people (including two lawyers) who manage her website and social networking sites. "Before posting any pictures on the site, I send them to my lawyers so that I don't get into any legal hassle,"she says. Strategy or fore-sightedness, it seems to have worked well for her. In a candid chat, the motor-mouth starlet talks about her debut film and her role.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    In a recent interview, you had mentioned that you rejected few offers before taking up Nasha.

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  • Cast: Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Rishi Kapoor, Shruti Haasan

    Direction: Nikhil Advani

    Rating: ****

    Tales of espionage in Bollywood seldom manage to arouse or sustain the tension that the genre demands. Director Nikhil Advani, however, delivers splendidly on this account, weaving a taut narrative complete with unpredictable twists and turns. Not only does he spin a thrilling tale, he infuses the story with sensitivity and emotion.

    Four RAW agents have been trained over the years for one specific task – capture India’s Most Wanted man and bring him back to the country alive, so that he can be punished for his crimes. Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), one of the RAW agents who infiltrated into Pakistan, has spent the last nine years of his life there hoping to find a trail of the elusive Iqbal Seth.

    Just when the Indian sleuths are about to give up pursuit, the most-wanted Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor) gives them a glimmer of hope. He is adamant to make an appearance at his son’s wedding.

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: D-Day
  • Anand GandhiAnand Gandhi’s very first feature-length film ‘Ship of Theseus’ has got phenomenal critical appreciation. After it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was called “the hidden gem of the year”. As Anand Gandhi prepares for the film’s India release, he made a quick stop at our Bangalore office and told us why despite an unusual premise the film is not for a niche audience.

    Excerpts from a candid chat:

    Mira Nair told me in a recent interview that she found your work very interesting. What’s it like to get such recognition for your very first feature-length film?

    It’s been very reassuring; the last 7-8 months since our September Toronto premiere have been constantly reassuring. Everyone has responded very warmly to the film, especially peers, senior filmmakers, who have been making really good cinema in the last couple of decades, have said really kind things about the film and that’s very reassuring.

    Your film has a very unusual premise, do you think it will find a

    Read More »from In conversation with Anand Gandhi
  • Farhan Akhtar in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutt, Pawan Malhotra, Prakash Raj

    Direction: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

    Rating: ****1/2

    They called him The Flying Sikh – the man who, besides being the only Indian to win an individual athletics goal at the Commonwealth Games, represented India in the finals of the 400 meters Olympics in Rome, finishing fourth.

    The story of an athlete from a non-athletic nation capturing the global imagination makes Milkha Singh a ripe subject for a biopic – and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra does full justice, producing a slow-burn film that lays out its story with style and flourish.

    Much of the story is in flash-back mode; there is much back and forth in the narrative. But Mehra’s control on his craft is so immaculate that the film never descends into incoherence, and the viewer is never lost; to this sure-footed narrative the director adds high craft as he plays with hues and with camera angles to enhance his tale. Thus, the tale of the athlete’s troubled early years

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Riding on the success of ‘Raanjhanaa’, here’s Sonam Kapoor at her candid best

    As we are ushered into cosy and warm room in Anil Kapoor’s Juhu Bungalow, we see Sonam tapping away aggressively on her mobile phone. Dressed in an ornate Indian dress, the actress was all set to make an appearance for ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ promotions. “I have a special appearance in the film but I wanted to work with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,” she says. Riding on the success of her last film ‘Raanjhanaa’, Sonam is elated to get good response for her power-packed performance in the film. “The critics are loving me, finally,” she giggles as she sits for a quick chat with us.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    It seems you have finally proved yourself with 'Raanjhanaa'?
    I think I could have acted better. When I started out with the film, I had no inkling that the film will be liked so much. All I knew was this character would make me grow as a person and I knew Anand Rai will make a really good film. I was supposed to do

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  • Lootera
    Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Adil Hussain
    Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane
    Rating: ***1/2

    ‘Lootera’ oozes with the allure of an old-world charm and Sonakshi befittingly plays the heroine of this epic drama. Vikramaditya Motwane’s subtle love story has an inherent appeal but is weighed down by a labored pace.

    Sonakshi Sinha is the pampered daughter of a Bengali feudal lord; when a young archaeologist visits, she falls head over heels in love with him. In her previous roles as Rajjo Pandey (Dabangg) and others, she is at best been an effective prop supporting the big superstars. As Pakhi in ‘Lootera’, Sonakshi has ample scope to display her histrionics. Does she do justice to her role? Appearance-wise, there couldn’t have been a better choice; she doesn’t need to make any effort to look her part. Entrusted with a nuanced-role, Sonakshi effectively essays an understated performance.

    Motwane’s protagonist is a conflicted character, torn between the love of his life and his loyalty

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Lootera


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