Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • ‘Pre-planning means no spontaneity’

    The many faces of Priyadarshan
    Priyadarshan talks about the challenges and thrills of making ‘Tezz’, his most ambitious film ever

    The very mention of Priyadarshan can mentally transport you into one of his loud and obnoxious comedies. Following the success of films like ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Malamaal Weekly’ and many others, Priyadarshan has been branded as a director who knows just what it takes tickle his audience silly. But his recent Hollywoodesque action thriller ‘Tezz’ looks like an ambitious and daring adventure. Surely something he has never done before. Kunal Guha met up with the director on the sets of his upcoming film ‘Malamaal Weekly 2’ to understand just why he would want to jump out of his comfort zone and invest himself in such a riskyproject.

    Why would you movie out of your genre to make a film like ‘Tezz’? Has this been a closeted desire to make an action thriller?
    I like and enjoy every kind of film. I started off with serious films like ‘Gardish’, ‘Virasat’, ‘Kanjivaram and ‘Kala Pani’ and it’s only after

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  • Firangs are perceived as morally bankrupt

     

    The many faces of Kalki

    The exotically named Kalki Koechlin, who debuted in director Anurag Kashyap's acclaimed ‘Dev D’ and more recently, went on to marry the director, has famously been known as Bollywood’s trouble child. This image has been inflicted upon her for the kind of roles she has chosen to do. While most ‘white’ girls have been confined to item numbers and dialogue-less roles, Kalki surely stands alone with meaty roles that have helped her carve a niche for herself. Her performance in the critically-acclaimed ‘Shaitaan’ and the festival-hopper ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’ declared one thing- she’s here to stay. Clearly excited about her next release ‘Shanghai’ she met Kunal Guha from Yahoo! India for a chat. Excited- because she reached the venue (a dingy manager’s room at PVR Juhu) before this reporter did. Here is a transcript of the conversation:

    What inspired and excited you about your role in ‘Shanghai’?

    I am a big fan of Dibakar’s work. When he called me in the last minute and told me about

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  • Bittoo Boss review

    Bittoo Boss
    Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Amrita Pathak

    Directed by Supavitra Babul

    Rating: *

    While Ranveer Singh’s Bittoo (Band Baaja Baaraat) set the mould for Punjabi jats with Bollywood dreams to chuck their diction classes and mouth desi-speak, this Bittoo doesn’t manage to perfect the imperfections required. Or you could say that his crudeness and misplaced machismo seems scripted and rehearsed and his stubble- meticulously parlour-ed. So for those comparing this film to Ranveer’s debut dhamaka, don’t. That one had substance, a story and well, Anushka Sharma.

    Dance like a videographer

    The Bittoo (Pulkit Samrat) in the title is a wedding videographer or a ‘VDO shooter’ as his festive business card reads. His kalakaari with the camera is world famous in a small town in Punjab and no shaadi worth its genda phool lifts a finger before he arrives. Why? Because his cinematic genius has the ability to transform a Katto into a Katrina. And that he does, just like a director carefully framing his shots, orchestrating the

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  • Housefull 2 review

    1/3rd of the dirty dozen

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Riteish Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Shazahn Padamsee, Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani

    Directed by Sajid Khan

    Rating: *

    Comedy fueled by confusion yields very little. And in Bollywood, this leads to people repeating their punch lines, screaming while spitting with expressions more animated than the next Pixar production. Here we have a house full of just this. The success factors are the usual: foreign locations, a minimum of two top stars (John-Akshay) and a maximum of two average stars to make the top stars feel more significant (Shreyas-Riteish). Then there has to be unaccountable opulence (since the audience wants to escape from their middle-class drudgery), dhishooming at the ratio of 30:1, naach-gaana by the united blues of Thailand and so on.

    Something the script writer deserves, if this film had one

    The above image is a good example of what one can expect as an excuse for humour in this film. People

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  • Blood Money review

    'I wish you were this large'
    Cast: Kunal Kemu, Amrita Puri

    Directed by Vishal Mahadkar

    Rating: 0.25 *

    Two images spring to mind looking at the above photograph: SRK and the movie ‘Titanic’. And while anyone who stretches his arms isn’t SRK, this film has a lot in common with a sinking ship. The title and the promos may suggest a crummy mix of ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Blood Diamond’ but it’s largely a snore fest often interrupted by a jolting background score. So let’s make this review a little less painful and attempt a graphic novel approach.

    Soul sisters?
    This annoyingly chirpy couple lands up in Cape Town, SA where the husband has nailed a top job with the prestigious Trinity Diamonds. For those can’t tell the husband from the wife in the above picture, Kunal (Kunal Khemu) is the one on the right along with his wife Arzoo (Amrita Puri). The two are densely in love and spend quality time narrating fairy tales to each other (Arzoo actually takes us through the unedited version of Hansel and Gretel!).

    If we can charter a flight, can’t we afford suits that fit us?
    Now for the ignorant, selling

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