Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Review: Chalo Dilli

    A still from Chalo Dilli

    Cast: Lara Dutta, Vinay Pathak

    Directed by Shashant Shah

    Rating: ***

    Films have always capitalised on misfit jodis for generations. From 'Beauty and the Beast' to 'Laurel and Hardy', one has observed that painfully different people collectively make great cinema. There is just something about every 'ugly' that drives every 'pagli' insane and capturing just that makes a great popcorn watch.

    Our unarguably disparate couple here include Mr 'Buffoon bhaisaab' aka Manu Gupta (Vinay Pathak), a saree trader from Chandni Chowk and Mrs 'La-di-da behenji' aka Mihika Mukherjee (Lara Dutta), an investment banker with a penchant for vanity. The two are thrown together as their flight from Mumbai to Delhi is diverted to Jaipur and their journey to reach their final destination becomes an unending yet delightful trip.

    Manu is man of thousand words and each and every one of them is politically incorrect and usually shamelessly intrusive, if not offensive. While Mihika is a selectively social,

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  • Review: Shor in the city

    A still from Shor in the city

    Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Nikhil Dwivedi, Pitobash Tripathi, Senthil Ramamurthy, Zakir Hussain

    Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK

    Rating: ** 1/2

    Films about Mumbai have always thrived on stereotypes and will continue to do so. But despite the cliches, 'Shor in the City' manages to bring it together, tickling and terrorizing you in equal proportion. And Shor's biggest merit is that it doesn't forcefully weave the parallel stories that light up the screen (down with Kukunoor!). The characters may spill over from one to the other but don't necessarily become game-changers for the neighbouring plot.

    So let's get to the root of the shor. The film is divided into three parallel stories being narrated in snatches during Mumbai's noisiest time of the year- the ten-day celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi (the best way to maximise the tittle?). The first is a 'dark' tale (not a pun on the complexion) of Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy), a US-returned businessman who wants to set up a

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  • Is Bollywood getting too sensitive?

    Big B quits Ram Gopal Varma's 'Department', hurt by Ramu's SMS about his son's latest release. Is Bollywood getting too sensitive?

    It's not business, it's personal, particularly for our beloved B'wood biggies. Muck squirted on beta Ranbir on 'Koffee with Karan' and daddy refuses to act in Karan's next. Then, one is familiar with this unsaid (and obvious) pattern in failed Bollywood relationships: the two can't be co-stars in the future, won't be seen at social or promotional events together and would be glad to skip even attending the premiere of each other's movies. So, the break-up is more like a social media exercise. And did you wonder why Shahid and Kareena weren't cast as a pair again despite being a superhit onscreen jodi? Well, it could have something to do with them parting ways off-screen just before the release of Jab We Met and also that's when Kareena met Saif. Or are we over-editorialising this?

    Another classic case-study is Bollywood's own bad boy, Salman Khan. You

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  • ‘So what if Nana yells on the sets’

    Shagird director, Tigmanshu Dhulia backs Nana despite his peculiar ways as he offers 'good suggestions' to improve the film

    Nana Patekar in Shagird

    Nana Patekar is not new to this branch of cinema that is trigger-happy. Having played an encounter cop in the past, in Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Shagird', he returns in a slightly twisted avatar, as a corrupt cop with a sense of humour. Difficult to digest? Well, wait for May 13 for the film's release to find out how it translates on the screen. Meanwhile, in an exclusive for Yahoo! India, Dhulia takes us through his journey of filming his latest and yes, putting up with Bollywood's most idiosyncratic actor, Nana.

    What triggered the idea to write Shagird and what helped you in completing this script from scratch to final draft?
    I had never done a thriller before and I wanted to do it very badly. I had a plot that required a character who was approximately the same age as Nana and of his fitness level as well. Luckily, he liked the script and then I tried to make the

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  • Review: Zokkomon


    Director: Satyajit Bhatkal
    Cast: Darsheel Safary, Anupam Kher, Manjari Phadnis

    Rating: **

    Zokkomon is a brilliant business plan and every parent's best bet for escaping their kids for a few hours. A superhero movie that features Darsheel Safary's journey from awkward to awesome has to be the best way to kick-start the summer vacations.

    The film opens to an establishing shot of rural India which is done with Kailash Kher belching out a number, appropriately picturised on Makarand Deshpande. This is done simultaneously as Kunal (Darsheel Safary) is being sent to the custody of his legal guardian, Chacha (Anupam Kher) after the demise of his parents. And the helicopter shot of Hogwarts Express that you might have caught in the promos is actually Indian Rail that's taking Kunal to his predictably evil uncle and aunt who leave no stone unturned to give him the Cinderella treatment.

    Soon, Kunal is forsaken at an amusement park by his evil chacha, who then pronounces him dead, to polish off

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