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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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  • Cast: Varun Dhawan,Ileana D’Cruz, Nargis Fakhri, Arunoday Singh, Rajpal Yadav, Anupam Kher

    Direction: David Dhawan

    Rating: ***

    If you have to make slapstick comedy, do it like David Dhawan. ‘MainTera Hero’ has the right dose of mad humour, well choreographed fight sequences, some peppy dance numbers, an ogle-worthy hero and two well-sculpted heroines.

    David Dhawan’s comedies usually boast of a multi-star cast but for ‘Main TeraHero’, Varun Dhawan provides the perfect blend of Salman-tricks and Govinda-esque school of humour. He has an inherent stupid look on his face and it seems to go so well with his character, Sreenath Prasad in this film. While he seems to struggle a bit with the comic timing, he manages to charm his way through the film. The close-up shots of his six-pack abs and the ease with which he performs the action and dance sequences are definitely whistle-worthy.

    This is the kind of comedy that a Sajid Khan or more recently an Indra Kumar (of ‘Grand Masti’ fame) aspires to

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  • Do you have five minutes and four seconds to spare? If you do we are going to give you one of the best recap of how Bollywood music has evolved in the last 65 years.

    This mash up created by Penn Masala – is going viral on the internet.  Penn Masala has released nine albums till date and you can find all you want to know about them here.

    So, for now, just sit back, relax and take a stroll down the memory lane. The Evolution of Bollywood Music according to Penn Masala. The thought, the idea, the song selections are just perfect - however I wish I could say that about the way the group sang. But then, all it takes is just a little over 5 minutes. And we should respect the idea.

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  • Two minutes is all it takes to scare the living daylights out of you. Do not trust us? Watch this video which has gone viral on Twitter.

    This two minute movie is called ‘Lights Out’ and is directed by short film maker David F Sandberg. And it walked away with the Best Director award in the Who is There Film challenge.

    It starts off with actress Lotta Losten flicking off the lights in her hallway and seeing a silhouette.

    Here is a look at the type of responses it has been getting on Twitter.


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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Ragini MMS 2


    Cast: Sunny Leone,Parvin Dabbas, Sandhya Mridul, Divya Dutt

    Direction: Bhushan Patel

    Rating: ½

    The makers of this film would have you believe that ‘Ragini MMS 2’ belongs to the new “horrex” genre – horror + sex. Be not confused, this film is simply the mainstreaming of porn in Hindi cinema. There is enough opportunity for cheap titillation.

    The film is replete with sexual innuendos and the director makes sure that Sunny Leone gets to brandish her craft with flair. Therefore, the plot completely focuses on getting Leone to shed her inhibitions and indulge in real or imaginary intimate scenes with almost every man of the cast. The brief seems to be very clear, if you have a porn star on the house, then we must have enough scenes of her either topless or walking around skimpily clad in clothes that look straight out of a Victoria Secret catalogue. Is that consequential to the story? May be not but who cares? The storytellers most definitely don’t.

    If you really care about the story, the

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  • Cast: AyushmannKhurrana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

    Direction: NupurAsthana

    Rating: **

    ‘Bewakoofiyaan’ reeks of confused storytelling. The filmmakers seem to have lost the plot somewhere during the making of the film – Is the focus on recession and the impact it has on a nascent romantic relationship? Or is this just another love story that has its share of upheavals?

    Mohit Chaddha (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a marketing whiz in a stable relationship with Mayera Sehgal (Sonam Kapoor), a financial genius. The next imminent thing to do for this young couple is to get married and they need Mayera’s bureaucratic father, V K Sehgal’s (Rishi Kapoor) permission for that. Just when Mohit is trying to make a good impression, he loses his job, which would possibly further jeopardize his equation with his would-be father-in-law.

    Mohit Chaddha is a decent guy – in fact, quite an indulgent boyfriend. He is ready to apologise every time he snaps at his girlfriend, he realizes that his frustration is

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