Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Review: Ek Tha Tiger

    Give it to me, Tiger
    Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth
    Directed by Kabir Khan
    Rating: *

    Ek Tha Jackie Shroff. And then he had a son. But this one belongs to the genre mastered by Jackie Chan and plastered with superhuman stunts by Salman Khan: action comedy mashed up with a spy thriller. If you thought Agent Vinod (read review) made a Ronald McDonald out of the genre, Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) takes a mousey tail and sticks it up his nose for Salman to swing from ear to ear. Regardless, if you've followed Salman's recent films, you know that they're in a genre of their own and cannot be graded for the story, screenplay, performances or any other metric used to evaluate other films. They can just be enjoyed or suffered, depending upon the elasticity of your tolerance.

    Enemy spies materialising from every nook and cranny are smashed shapeless by our indestructible RAW agent Tiger (Salman Khan). Tiger's only grouse: no time for love and his undercover operations

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  • Ek Tha Tiger review

    A still from 'Ek Tha Tiger'

    Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth
    Directed by Kabir Khan
    Rating: *

    Ek Tha Jackie Shroff. And then he had a son. But this one belongs to the genre mastered by Jackie Chan and plastered with superhuman stunts by Salman Khan: action comedy mashed up with a spy thriller. If you thought Agent Vinod (read review) made a Ronald McDonald out of the genre, Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) takes a mousey tail and sticks it up his nose for Salman to swing from ear to ear. Regardless, if you’ve followed Salman’s recent films, you know that they’re in a genre of their own and cannot be graded for the story, screenplay, performances or any other metric used to evaluate other films. They can just be enjoyed or suffered, depending upon the elasticity of your tolerance.

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  • Weekend Watch: Kill List

    A still from 'Kill List'

    Genre: Crime/ Thriller
    Language: English
    Release Date: March 2011    
    Verdict: Spine chiller


    The first thing about this striking British thriller is that it’s incomprehensible without subtitles for the cockney accent. This is because when the Irish gargle out English, it really doesn’t speak volumes of how close Ireland is to England, geographically. But look beyond that and it offers a nail-biting shocker to remember.

    While the film opens and continues to be, for the large part, a straight-out action flick, progressively it develops into a dark cult classic. And that is one of the biggest attractions about the film- that you can never predict where the story will take you. Without being a spoiler, we can tell you that the film takes us into the lives of two professional hitmen who were former military men and how their lives take an unexpected turn after a series of missions.

    The film lends a creepy feeling right from the beginning with subtle and some obvious hints about a parallel
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  • Teaching German, playing Russian


    The many avatars of Elena Kazan
    Most would think that Bollywood’s imports from the West are restricted to item girls who barely pass for being stunning and little else. But there is a growing new league of actresses like Giselli Monteiro (a Brazillian model who acted in ‘Love Aaj Kal’), Hazel Keech (Kareena’s friend in ‘Bodyguard) and many others who are willing to go against the grain and prove that ‘firangs’ can make a mark in Hindi films instead of being stereotyped like Bob Christo.
     
    Elena Kazan is one such actor. Some might remember her as a face that endorsed many brands or as the Russian spy from ‘Agent Vinod’ or for her supporting role in ‘Gandhi to Hitler’. Her filmography is particularly impressive for a foreigner as it extends beyond Bollywood and includes Bengali and Tamil films as well. Her biggest break, ‘Prague’ (yet to release) opposite Chandan Roy Sanyal will be her first lead role in a Hindi film.

    But acting was a chance encounter for Elena who had never considered it professionally. Born in
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  • Here’s the ‘Baap of Bollywood’

    The many faces of Shireesh Sharma
    The very fact that we never had a film called ‘Father India’ says a lot about the state of neglect that Baaps have endured in Hindi cinema. While every hero worth his six-pack abs is willing to swear by his mother and believes that he won’t get very far in life without his ‘maa ka aashirwaad’, the father is often reduced to a disciplinary grouch and at best, a bankable provider.  So you could be an Alok Nath, a Kader Khan, an Ajit Vachani or a Rajeev Verma, who have all played doting dads in numerous iconic films but still haven’t got the recognition or fame that they truly deserve.

    Here, we present Shireesh Sharma, a man who is merely three films old in Bollywood and is hopeful and enthusiastic to join the above brigade of veteran actors to follow a passion he had brushed aside for years. Shireesh’s story is unlike others in his league as he has ventured into the field of films much later in life, having been in the hospitality and tourism industry for over three decades. He began
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