Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Shaitan: Movie review


    Cast: Rajit Kapoor, Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Pawan Malhotra, Shiv Pandit, Gulshan Devaiya, Neil Bhoopalam, Kirti Kulhari

    Directed by Bejoy Nambiar

    Rating: **1/2

    Teens in Bollywood movies are usually blessed with a disposable income, fancy wheels and a life that makes you forget yours. The ones in 'Shaitan' confirm to the above, don't confirm to a limited dosage of cocaine and have a healthy appetite for destruction. While some may blame the parents for lack of bum-slapping during childhood, what really is pumping the insanity and unwarranted angst into the veins of today's youth is the game that could be included in the Olympics of the future, Angry Birds! Or not?

    The film introduces 5 friends, Amrita/ Amy (Kalki Koechlin), Dushyant/ Dash (Shiv Pandit), Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam), Karan/ KC (Gulshan Devaiya) and Tanya Sharma (Kirti Kulhari). Apart from Dash, who works at a coffee shop, the rest belong to affluent families. So, like most rich and rotten teens their age, they

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  • Ready: Movie review

    Cast: Salman Khan, Asin, Arya Babbar, Paresh Rawal, Puneet Issar, Mahesh Manjrekar

    Directed by Anees Bazmee

    Rating: *1/2

    Whistle-blowers rejoice! Salman is back and this time he's ditched his belt to fiddle inside his pant pockets (read: Dhinka Chika, in case you don't have a television set at home). The thing with Salman's films is that they're in a genre of their own. A genre that 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. I hope you would consider this vague disclaimer before reading this review and before going to watch this monsoon musical.

    But you're on this page hoping to get an idea about this film, so let's get down to business. The film is about a spoilt brat called Prem (the 14th time Salman has used this as a screen name) and his annoyingly happy family. Prem's daddy, Rajveer Kapoor (Mahesh Manjrekar) has the memory of a

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  • Kuch Luv Jaisa: Review

    Kuch Luv Jaisa

    Cast: Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose, Sumit Raghavan

    Directed by Barnali Ray Shukla

    Rating: ** 1/2

    Chance meetings in Hindi films have always seemed less accidental and too fantastic to even be possible. Like the prankster Raj meeting the docile Simran while she tries desperately to catch a moving train (Eurorail, no less) in DDLJ. But then if filmy love stories were believable and logical, would they be as much fun and exciting?  May be, may be not.

    Anyway, this one is about an underappreciated housewife, Madhu Saxena (Shefali Shah) whose relationship with her husband (Sumit Raghavan) has been reduced to a clinical one. Like most neglected housewives, she wants to break-free and feels that her life is drifting away aimlessly and that she couldn't be all the things she wanted to. Oddly, one can empathise with her simple sufferings, without actually being in her shoes. Perhaps, that is the power of a well-written character.

    Luckily, all is not lost. Just as her husband forgets one of her

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  • Hangover 2: Film review

    Hangover 2

    Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Paul Giamatti, Mike Tyson

    Directed by Todd Phillips

    Rating: *

    There are multiple things that can ruin a movie-watching experience. A relentlessly howling baby by your side, a phone that rings loudly and is then answered by an even louder person etc. But while watching Hangover 2, one will be bothered by something entirely different: the unwarranted hoo-hah over the most unfunny scenes. So each time the bald, bearded and portly Alan (Zack Galifianakis) does as much as twitch his nose, certain quarters of the audience burst out laughing like it's going to be their last. And this puts you off more than the witless wonder called American humour that is manifested on the screen.

    For those who've seen Part 1, you know what to expect (not much!). Yet, this film will surely kick back your limited expectations from the movie by a peg or two. This time around the boozy foursome, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zack

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  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama: Review

    Pyaar Ka Punchnama

    Cast: Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonalli Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma

    Directed by Luv Ranjan

    Rating: *

    If you've reached this page, you're possibly considering this painfully tacky take on anti-rom-coms. While most films in this genre aim to prove that love can be a painful experience, this one is hell-bent on establishing that women have been created by God with a sole purpose to exploit men. While the exclusive purpose of 'Pyaar ka Punchnama' is to punch you with stereotypes, minimum wage acting and characters that make caricatures look good.

    The film is about three friends who share a pad in Delhi. First, Vikrant (Raayo Bhakhirta), who looks like a cross between a watered-down Sendhil and Kunal Kapoor, has special talents: smoking, playing the guitar, maintaining a poker face and usually managing to perform these three simultaneously. Second, Rajat a.k.a Rajjo (Kartikeya Tiwari), special trait: unnecessarily smiling between all his dialogues,

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