Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Ek Tha Tiger review

    Give it to me, Tiger!
    Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth
    Directed by Kabir Khan

    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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  • Gangs of Wasseypur 2 review

    Sweet nothings in Wasseypur
    Cast: Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jameel Khan, Zeishan Quadri, Aditya Kumar
    Directed by Anurag Kashyap
    Rating: ***

    Phuchchak! A stab in the eye. Krreeeech! A human head severed from the rest. Swish! Swoosh! Perpendicular and tangent blades inserted into flesh. And then, a semi-automatic is used to poke intestines swinging from a carcass that has been polka-dotted with gun fire. Now you know, when director Anurag Kashyap says dark, he means 99% cocoa.

    Following the chain of events in the first part, this was meant to be a revenge account. And in its 159-minute runtime, only a few bullets are dodged and the rest find shelter in their targets to ensure that the ‘badla’ is avenged proportionately. Many will complain that they have limited tolerance for graphic violence, while those who have an appetite for it would demand an utmost number of people to be wasted cleverly. So instead of analyzing this film, let’s review these distinct sets of film goers and what this Read More »from Gangs of Wasseypur 2 review
  • Real to reel in GOW

    Nawazuddin posing with the poster of GOW 2
    Cinema is often inspired from real life, at least the Madhur Bhandarkars and Ram Gopal Varmas of the world would have you believe. But in this unique case from Gangs of Wasseypur, an actual incident from actor Nawazuddin Siddique’s life inspired this comic scene in the film. Click on the video below to have him narrate it in his own words:

    If you found the above scene hilarious, you would love the next one where Nawazuddin recollects another embarrassing incident from his early life in Mumbai where he met with a disastrous end, following an indecent proposal. This scene has been used in the second part of the film:

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  • Women who tried to pull down Sunny Leone

    Women who tried to pull down Sunny Leone
    While Jism 2 may not have impressed many (read review here), the film managed to garner a lot of traction for marking porn star Sunny Leone’s Bollywood debut. Given Sunny’s prior vocation, it wasn’t going to be easy for her to find her feet in Bollywood but she also had suffer a little more than she must’ve hoped for. Apart from suffering a media onslaught about her inability to express on the screen, she was torn apart from public statements issued by other actresses who firmly questioned her performance in the film.

    Prachi Saathi and Sunny Leone

     Jism 2 released along with the animated movie ‘Krishna and Kans’- a film for which Bharata Natyam dancer Prachi Saathi had lent her voice for. While Jism 2 is a film strictly for adults, ‘Krishna and Kans’ would seem more like kids entertainer. Regardless, the animated film was confident that their film would attract a larger audience. Speaking about releasing her film along with ‘Jism 2’, Prachi Saathi confidently remarked, “I am not much bothered about the clash.
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  • Jism 2 review

    2 Jisms in Jism 2

    Cast: Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda, Arunoday Singh

    Directed by Pooja Bhatt

    Rating: 1/2 *

    Breathing is an operation of inhaling and exhaling. Sunny Leone makes this process a delight as her lovely lady lumps rise and descend like waves in a stormy sea. So the biggest selling point of Jism 2 is that Sunny breathes a lot and offers the same twin reasons to watch this film that she has in her entire filmography. Her indecent exposure has worried many but there are way bigger exposés in store here. For starters, how Arunoday Singh manages to unconvincingly pull off two satellites clipped on to his head as ears or how Randeep Hooda breaks into the hamming hall of fame without slipping in any ants in his pants. The film lives up to its title by allowing one to examine the human body in more ways than most doctors get to. Regrettably, it is your jism which is reduced to rubble in the process of watching this dribble.

    The movie opens to a shiny and smooth canvas- a topless back of porn star

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