Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Review: Dum Maaro Dum

    Dum Maaro Dum

    Director: Rohan Sippy
    Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Rana Daggubati, Prateik, Bipasha Basu and others
    Rating: **

    Bollywood has showcased Goa in different ways. A great place to unwind (Dil Chahta Hai), an ideal location for screwball comedies (Golmaal series) or even cute love stories (Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd). This one explores the beach town's prime export, drugs.

    "Rape, tourist ki maut, prostitution, all crimes are linked to drugs," says a cocky politician. He skipped pollution and population? Anyway, he's requesting angry young ACP, Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan), to consider the task of sweeping Goa off all illegal intoxicants. With little hesitation, Kamath accepts the job. But only under the condition that he gets to pick his team and that he is allowed to play by his own rules (unlike other action heroes who love being forced into teams and pushed around by rule books?).

    Kamath teams up with Rane (a very animated Govind Namdeo) and Mercy (random Goan cop) to bust every rave

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  • Washboard abs milega dobara

    Zindagi Na Milege Dobara

    Zindagi Na Milege Dobara's teaser has Hrithik, Abhay and Farhan flaunting their chiseled abs. Is B'wood's obsession with lean eternal?

    Bollywood's lead heroes have always been voluntary shape-shifters. Every time one gains popularity for a certain waist size, others fall in line to chisel themselves into the same. But this wasn't the case back in the day. There was a time in Hindi cinema when one's physique didn't matter and Sanjeev Kumar was a lead hero and fat-burners were the least popular drug.

    And if you thought, we're just quoting pre-historic examples, you thought wrong. Remember, Rishi Kapoor confidently twisting his wiggly-comfortably-round self in Chandni? Or perhaps even Govinda at the peak of his career, gyrating better than Munni or Sheila in his seriously overweight state in Sajan Chale Sasural. Neither of them shaped up or needed to ship out on account of their excess flab. It was a blissfully corpulent world.

    It was only by the fag end of the 80s, when a new look

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  • Movie Review: Teen Thay Bhai

    Teen Thay Bhai

    Sometimes films read like a dream on paper but do not live up to the written word on celluloid. The carefully crafted idiosyncrasies, the bizarre setups, the exaggerated reactions might have immense potential for a rib-tickling page-turner but fail to be enacted on the big screen. Such is the case of this simple tale of three brothers.

    As the title suggests, the film is based on the lives of three brothers of the Gill clan. Their names, as the promo gives away, are funnier than most gags in the film. The eldest and the unreasonably angry one is Chiksi (Om Puri), the quirky excuse-for-a-dentist is Happy (Deepak Dobriyal) and the blissfully idiotic one is Fancy (Shreyas Talpade). Like most screen brothers in comic films, they can't stand each other and end up spouting Punjabi abusives over the most trivial things. So, 'Tere Piyo di' and ''Khottay de puttar' are prefixed to every dialogue.

    If you care, the plot involves a grandfather's singular will that requires the Gill bros to

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  • Movie Review: Thank You

    Movie: Thank You

    Bollywood's warped take on adultery dictates that every husband's chief passion after cricket and before pissed-drunk-dancing is cheating on their wives. And husbands will cheat, regardless of whether or not their wives are naggers, nosey, indifferent or caring. Why? Because from 'Biwi No 1' to 'No Entry' this genre has broken every box office record, that's why! And Anees Bazmee's 'Thank You' is yet another to further engrave the above point.

    If you've clicked on the promo at the end of this page, you know this film is about three cheating husbands, Raj (Bobby Deol), Yogi (Suniel Shetty) and Vikram (Irrfan Khan). What you don't know is that they're involved in the business of luxury yachts in Canada and can afford fancy sports cars and mansions. But professions in films are as detailed as the makeup man's dialogues in the film, so the unfounded affluence is only fair.

    Anyway, getting to the cheating part. Being Bollywood heroes, even cheating has to involve singing, dancing and

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  • 5 Hollywood movies you don’t want to miss in 2011

    Take Me Home Tonight

    2011 has been a disappointing year so far for Hollywood with box office duds like "Red Riding Hood" and "From Prada to Nada". Yet, there's much to be anticipative of. Here are a few movies you'd surely want to wait for.

    Beginners

    Beginners is a beautifully quirky film about how a man handles a bundle of shocking news (his elderly father announces that he has terminal cancer and that he's gay) while he tries to clutch on to a relationship. Evan McGreggor stars as the lead in this delightful journey about understanding, accepting and appreciating life.

    Henry's Crime

    If you've watched "Double Jeopardy", you know the US law, also applicable in India that forbids a person from being convicted of the same offense again. This loophole in the legal system is used by ex-con Henry (Keanu Reeves) in planning to rob the same bank he has falsely been convicted of robbing. Pickled along with this, is Henry's love story with a cynical woman called Julie (Vera Farmiga) who eventually becomes his

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