Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Ferrari Ki Sawaari review

    Scooter Ki Sawaari

    Cast: Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore

    Directed by Rajesh Mapuskar

    Rating: **1/2

    Films like these are rare. If you evaluate ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ with the usual metrics set for comedies, it lacks everything that would get a film distributer to bounce his belly or seduce an audience member to shell a chunk of his weekend budget on a multiplex ticket. No Bollywood A-listers, no comedy of errors where people get seriously injured, double meaning jokes- absent. And it doesn’t even have a story that’s compelling enough when you narrate it. But if this film does craft anything with delicious enthusiasm, it has to be the amiable characters that manage to hassle you with their problems and allow you to relish their joys as if they were your own.

    The film takes us into the unremarkable life of this Parsi family comprising three generations of men. Grandpa Deboo or Mota baba (Boman Irani) is grumpier than the average grumpy person of his age and is perpetually plopped in front of the

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  • Weekend Watch: Sunny

    Genre: Drama
    Language: Korean
    Release Date: 22 August 2011    
    Verdict: A charming tear-jerker       

    After getting accolades and praises at international festivals in New York, London, Osaka and Mumbai, South Korean film Sunny doesn’t need an Oscar nomination to second its merit. This Korean drama explores many emotions through a story that essentially based on nostalgia. The lead cast include a group of girlfriends who were thick as thieves in high school and how they change over the years. Unlike most films that reminisce the past, this one strays away from sappy melodrama and opts for a soulful approach to highly emotional situations.

    The film is intercut between the past and the present, as we seamlessly swing between the many patches of the lead character’s formative years and how she has managed to find her ground as a doting mother and wife in her present situation. The music used in the film is also a reflection of the popularity of American Pop from the 70s-80s in South Korea.

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  • 10 secrets about the new Spiderman

    The Amazing Spiderman

    One of the world's most beloved characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.  Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field.  The film is directed by Marc Webb.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves.  The film will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on June 29, 2012. So here are a few production secrets behind this mammoth blockbuster that you surely didn't know.


    The film’s exteriors were largely shot on the New York street sets at Universal Studios as the first film to shoot there following the set’s extensive rebuild following a devastating fire in 2008.  “Luckily, the set became available for us to use for several weeks of filming at just the right time,” says executive producer Michael Grillo. “Our production Read More »from 10 secrets about the new Spiderman
  • Why Saif Ali Khan should never grow up


    The united colours of Saif Ali Khan
    While A K Hangal would beg to differ, no actor would want to be typecast in Bollywood. Most may argue that it limits their creative potential to perform varied roles, it actually means that it restricts them to only a few films. But for some, holding on to a forced image is the only way to go. And the trailer of ‘Cocktail’ suggests that Saif Ali Khan is one such person. He may be branded as nasty Nawab in real life but on the big screen he has been canned as a ‘boy-next-door’ who’s always up for some good ol’ slam-bam-thank-you-maam. And this is a character hasn’t evolved much over time. From ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ to ‘Hum Tum’ to ‘Love Aaj Kal’, Saif has mastered the commitment-phobic young adult and his rehearsed goofiness ensures box office dhamakas.  So why exactly should he grow up and grow out of this typecast? Here are reasons why Saif should stick to playing the same role in every film?

    The commitment phobic

    Saif in 'Kal Ho Na Ho'
    Saif’s fans (most of them atleast) love him for the adorable indecisive
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  • Department review

    Department

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati, Madhu Shalini, Lakshmi Manchu, Nathalia Kaur

    Directed by Ram Gopal Varma

    Rating: Minus One

    RGV worshippers ready to throng multiplexes to catch this tickling thriller must be equally prepared to feature in an upcoming episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’. This is because the ace filmmaker’s camera angles could leave them spooned, smooched, thumped to the ground and splashed under a water cooler. Infact RGV’s decidedly jerky camera takes us where no man, woman or Jadoo has ever been. From inside tea cups to the labyrinths of nostrils, from being tossed around as the striker on a carom board to being flung across the beach as a ball (this one gets you clinically dizzy). But in most cases, you end up on the floor pretty close to where your dignity is for picking this film. Abused? Yes. Amused? Unintentionally. Fist? Clenched.
     
    The movie begins with the following prophetic words, ‘Power corrupts’. And while you mull over these two words

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