Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Chaar Din Ki Chandni review

    Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhava,

    Directed by Samir Karnik

    Rating: Minus Chaar

    The writers of ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ and CAPTCHA writers serve the same purpose: waste your time and question your being (considering your taste in films!). Nonsensical has always been Bollywood’s version of slapstick. A wafer-thin plot, exaggerated characters who believe comedy means screaming out lines and repeating jokes which weren’t funny the first time around. But CDKC, miraculously, even manages to insult this disreputable genre. While a romantic comedy surrounding a wedding would be an impulsive 'paisa-daalo' for any financier, the unaccounted risks surface from the cracks in the characterization. And even for a person with superhuman tolerance, they will seem unnecessarily quirky and embarrassingly desperate in their attempt to entertain. If you’ve seen the promos of this film, you know the type. But you’re wrong. It’s not even worthy of being a no-brainer that you gape at on TV during aimless

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  • London, Paris, New York review

    Cast: Ali Zafar, Ali Zafar's 33 teeth, Aditi Rao Hydari

    Directed by Anu Menon

    Rating: 0.3 * (0.1 for each city)

    Often directors believe the city their film is set in is a character in itself. By that logic, this one has three and if you watch this movie, they perform better than the lead cast. ‘Accidently in love’ is the most jaded theme in Hindi films and orchestrating that in foreign locations is like a prototype. But this celluloid catastrophe trashes tried and tested formulas to prove that sometimes even marking all the ticks can produce a big cross at the box office.

    The duo that laugh, cry, make love, sneer across the three megacities include Nikhil Chopra (Ali Zafar), an aspiring filmmaker and Lalitha Krishnan, a stereotypical social activist. Nikhil and Lalitha meet by chance (about time we have a premeditated love story!) at London airport, where the latter is stalled as her New York flight gets postponed. Nikhil decides to grin his way into playing tour guide to Lalitha.

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  • Paan Singh Tomar review

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill

    Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

    Rating: ***

    A biopic on a non-public figure is like felicitating a Martian, no one on earth cares. Little known is often the same as little cared for but it could also mean little to compare with. So you have the world to improvise on the character and dress up his life to achieve cinematic victory. And that is just what this film has managed to a large extent with our super ‘daaku’ and national champ, Paan Singh Tomar. While legendary filmy dacoits like Gabbar Singh are remembered for their deliciously daring dialogue-baazi, Paan can be betokened with prefixes like selfless, considerate and even humane, making him as endearing as a ‘daaku’ can get.

    Predictably, Paan Singh is a victim of society and unavoidable circumstances push him to pick up his rustic double barrel. And like many other Bollywood baddies, he meets his inglorious end. But the journey of his life makes for a delightful watch. It begins from when he was a lad in

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  • Jodi Breakers review

    A Jodi made in Greece

    Cast: R Madhavan, Bipasha Basu, Omi Vaidya, Milind Soman, Dipanita Sharma, Mrinalini Sharma, Helen

    Directed by Ashwini Chaudhary

    Rating: **1/2


    Hearts and buttocks may not serve the same purpose but when in love, both are subject to equitable amount of pain. This is one of the many pearls of wisdom you might pick up from this rom-com about breaking marriages and bandaging hearts. While similar films have managed well in exploring the intricate particulars of relationships, this one dares to not take itself as seriously and makes for a flaky yet pleasant watch.

    The film ushers us into the curious life of Sid Khanna (R Madhavan), a marriage breaker by profession and a divorcee by marital status. Although he isn’t a divorce lawyer, he lies very well and helps people part with their insufferable partners without getting bankrupt due to alimony. His friends and supporting cast include sexual athlete and bartender Nano (Omi Vaidya) and a couple who devise their screen time between offering

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  • ‘I was hit and I defended myself’

    Saif Ali Khan has been granted bail against charges of assault. Here’s what he has to say in his defense

    Last night, Saif Ali Khan allegedly punched Iqbal Sharma, former Deputy Director General of South Africa's department of Trade and Industry and presently the CEO of Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA) at Wasabi, Mumbai’s plush Japanese restaurant in Taj Mahal Hotel. The alleged reason: Sharma asked Saif’s table to keep a lid on the decibel levels. Following his knockout at Wasabi, Sharma filed a police complaint against the 41-year-old actor, charging him with assault.

    And this isn't the first time Saif has roughed up someone. 17 years ago, Saif had bashed up gay activist Ashok Row Kavi. Here's Kavi's version of the incident

    Saif, who has been granted bail for his offence, has a different story to tell. He explains, “There was an ugly incident last night where my friends and the ladies with us were abused and I was assaulted.”Although most TV reports only talk about Saif’s

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