Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Teri Meri Kahaani review

    Shayar and Garfunkel

    Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Prachi Desai, Neha Sharma

    Directed by Kunal Kohli

    Rating: 1/2 *

    Cracking of knuckles, the Angry Birds background score and pure and pleasant snoring are sounds that one can be greeted with while watching ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. These are, of course, sounds produced by the audience and aren’t a part of the movie.  And while looking at the screen is the primary job in a movie hall, what Kunal Kohli offers us this week makes this the hardest and most ungrateful job ever. It would be easy to pick 100 reasons but one of the popular arguments would be: lack of anything that you’ve not already seen before. Novelty releases dopamine in the brain but the three disconnected (yet forcefully similar) love stories in this film ensure your brain doesn’t produce any dope (yours, mine or for anyone else).

    If you’ve seen the promos, you know that the film features three different stories with the same lead pair spanning across decades. The first is based in 1960s

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  • Gangs of Wasseypur review

    A still form Gangs of Wasseypur

    Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Reemma Sen, Piyush Mishra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi

    Directed by Anurag Kashyap

    Rating: ***

    One of the reasons why Slumdog Millionaire was a global explosion was because it meticulously recorded and reported on the underbelly of Mumbai in a way that you could not just see but also experience the proceedings on the screen. This doesn’t mean that when you go to watch ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, the usher would come and stab you silly or the popcorn vendor would hold a bucket to your chest to buffer the sound of a pointblank fire. But what you see and hear will surely make you a happy hostage, willing to surrender to Wasseypur: a land where ‘kabootars’ multitask and uprooting rail tracks to loot carriages is hardly a task.

    Sardar Khan with his Bengali bride Durga

    Firstly, here’s what you shouldn’t expect from this film. If your neighbour/ friend/ colleague/ driver told you that this film is based on the coal mafia, he/she didn’t know any better. The central characters are Read More »from Gangs of Wasseypur review
  • ‘They distribute through VCDs’

    'Superman of Malegaon' along with the director of the film - Faiza Khan

    After successful screenings at festivals across the globe, ‘Supermen of Malegaon’ is slated for theatrical release in India on June 29, 2012. The film has had an extraordinary journey since the idea was first mooted but its biggest hurdle was securing a theatrical release in India, which has now been achieved. ‘Supermen of Malegaon’ is a documentary that captures a motley bunch of cinema fanatics in Malegaon, Maharashtra who remake Bollywood and Hollywood films with miniscule budgets, which they shoot, star in and screen for their local audience in Malegaon. This time, they take on the challenge of making Supermen. The project took off when Director Faiza Ahmad Khan, along with co-producer Gargey Trivedi and Siddharth Thakur, won the Asian Pitch in Singapore. The Asian Pitch is organised by Mediacorp in Singapore, NHK in Japan and KBS in South Korea. Several directors were invited to pitch their subjects, and Supermen of Malegaon was one of the three films that won. The film was
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  • ‘Period films have rarely been in colour’

    Kohli's unending love for love stories
    Many may argue that Kunal Kohli likes to stick to love stories, even if it’s a story about a terrorist or a rebel. But then what’s wrong in dedicating one’s career to Bollywood’s favourite genre. “Apart from Sholay, every big Bollywood blockbuster has been a love story,” says the chirpy Kohli defending his choice of films. His latest magnum opus, ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra seems to be more ambitious if not risky than most of his previous stints. One reason for this would be that it features three love stories set in three different eras. Apart from the limitations of portraying a period, it also means braving the skepticism that most would have for a film that isn’t contemporary or based on present day. If not anything, it can limit the audience to those who appreciate period films. But Kohli is confident that his three love stories would be as identifiable with the youth today as any other. He infact adds that he has dared to showcase the fun and
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  • ‘I love my wife more than my car’

    Boman Irani talks movies
    Great actors have one thing in common. They can get inside the skin of the character to such an extent that it's impossible to distinguish them from the character they're playing.  Boman Irani is definitely one such actor. From the stern principal of a medical college in Munnabhai MBBS to the neurotic college director Prof Sahasrabudhhe. His ability to convey an entire horizon of emotions through his expressions and body language have put him into a league of his own. His latest stint as a middle-aged cynical Parsi father in 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' lives up to his brand. We got the man himself, Boman Irani, to come and visit the Yahoo! India office where he chatted with Kunal Guha about his mantra for acting and what he looks for in films before deciding to feature in them. Here's a transcript of the chat.

    What excited you about the film and your character when you first heard a narration of 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari'?
    Honestly, I was cast even before the narration. Mapuskar (Director Rajesh

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