Love, Lies and Seeta
Blog Posts by Kunal Guha
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra
Directed by Habib Faisal
Rating: ** 1/2
We’ve all seen love stories featuring inter-caste couples, ‘Bombay’ being one of the finest in that league. So we know exactly what to expect when ‘Ishaqzaade’ shows sparks of ending up like one. Basic elements in such films: cultural differences are brushed aside for a healthy tolerance if not acceptance of each other’s religious beliefs, fierce parental opposition leading to arms being pulled out of the holster and so on. But this film makes a very simple yet crucial point: the story doesn’t need to be radically different to throw you off your feet. It is the treatment and the finer nuances of presentation which qualify as laudable differentiators. For one- the filmic reality is done away with and how situations pan out are way more believable than in most films. So if they’re in love and you’re happy to see them like that doesn’t mean that the director will indulge in your candy floss fantasy. SoRead More »from Ishaqzaade review
Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Rajneesh Duggal, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta
Directed by Vikram Bhatt
Rating: 0Read More »from Dangerous Ishhq review
Past life regression is like Reiki or market-linked mutual funds or pay hikes in journalism. You and everybody else has to believe in it wholeheartedly for it to materialize into anything. But this dangerous story that takes us through several births, a few deaths, many rented costumes and some dodgy ruins needs a little more faith and lots of laxatives to digest.
The film opens with supermodel Sanjana- trotting her high heel shoes at a Manish Malhotra show. Soon the collection is ignored to announce that she’s become the face of the year or the decade and will get to work out of Paris for year. Everyone, including Manish Malhotra goes ‘woo-hoo!’ But Sanjana’s upset to be separated from her front-row boyfriend Rohan (Rajneesh Duggal). After a few teary-eyed goodbyes, she returns to suggest that they elope in sappy drooling dialogues that won’t get your popcorn soggy. Just then, half a
Cast: Javed Jaffrey, Nandana Sen, Ankur Vikral, man-eating leopard
Directed by Ashvin Kumar
Rating: *Read More »from The Forest review
A thriller can be measured for its ability to make you predict multiple outcomes. And like horror, the extent of fear and thrill that it evokes is always limited only to one’s imagination. Here, the object of our collective fear is one of the fastest man-eating cats ever- a leopard. With that knowledge, now the number of times you get to see the spotted cat will dictate the importance you assign to it. If it appears too often, you won’t care to be scared. If it appears marginally, you would be tastefully terrified and longing for more. Luckily for director Ashvin Kumar, his man-devouring billi makes a cameo and does evoke just about enough fear to sail this low-budget thriller.
The story is about a complicated couple – Pritam (Ankur Vikal) and Radha (Nandana Sen) who decide to join the birds, bees and uneducated flees in the wilderness to rekindle their failing relationship. For