Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Raaz 3 review

    A still from the movie Raaz 3

    Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Bipasha Basu
    Directed by Vikram Bhatt
    Rating: 1/2*
    The world is made of up of good and evil forces. Aatmas and Parmatmas. Those with chalk-smeared faces and those who merely appear as blinding lights and speak with an echo. But none of them can be immortal enough to live through a show of 'Raaz 3'. The prospect of getting horrified in three-dimension could be promising. But Indian horror films, as pioneered by the Ramsays, have rarely gone beyond junior artists in Halloween costumes grunting like death-metal vocalists. Here you have just that, and perhaps a few mouth-to-mouth adventures and some Kentucky fried frights. Yes, it is no raaz that you're up for some good ol' Bhatt kicking.
    Bips, don't lie

    Pat! Pat! Shanaya Shekhar (Bipasha Basu) whacks her five-inch lashes uncomfortably as she has just lost the best actress award to budding newcomer Sanjana Krishnan (Esha Gupta). Her obvious assumption: There is no God or he has better films to watch. Luckily, an

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  • Joker review

    A still from Joker
    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Minisha Lamba, Shreyas Talpade
    Directed by Shirish Kunder
    Rating: One crop circle

    If we don’t have any extraterrestrials ever bothering to visit us, we know who to blame now. Shirish Kunder’s ‘Joker’ can be watched on TV sets with small picture tubes but not by those with a narrow imagination. After all, films featuring aliens enjoy unlimited creative liberty to design beings who defy form and feature for one simple reason: no one knows how they look. But regrettably, ‘Joker’ uses this great power with great irresponsibility and provides us with actors in pumpkin suits who put up a minimum wage performance. And while an orderly mind will be weak to comprehend the true meaning of ‘Kaala Ghoosh Goot Goot’ (a character’s trademark dialogue in the film), we can only guess that it is a warning to exit the movie screen as soon as possible unless you want your brains scooped out of your ears. Unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury, so we brave this Read More »from Joker review
  • Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi review

    Kiss and smell, anyone?
    Cast: Farah Khan, Boman Irani, Kavin Dave, Shammi, Kurush Deboo, Daisy Irani
    Directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal
    Rating: **1/2

    Romantic novels crack it as they're painted by the flamboyant technicolour of one's imagination. But 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi' (SFKTNP) goes on to prove that the hero doesn't need to be right out of Mills and Boons and his love interest can have a few extra love handles. Love stories about the middle-aged have been only appreciated for their comic relief or for catering to those from the same age group as the couple on the screen. But brushing aside these notions, we are ushered into a world where man meets woman, a seductive saxophone fills up the air and then their paunches collide. Love at first bump. No honking sound-effects thankfully.

    The film takes us into an average Parsi colony and all the stereotypes about their idiosyncrasies are quickly furnished. Neurotic man who writes love letters to Indira Gandhi- tick. Neurotic man who solves every

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  • Y! India movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger

    Katrina and Salman in a still from Ek Tha TigerEk Tha TigerCast: 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 make him a

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  • Yahoo! 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 make him a

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