Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • ‘Nobody will believe in you’

    A still from 'Love, Lies and Seeta'
    Love, Lies and Seeta

  • ‘Cliches give you instant accessibility’


    Director Habib Faisal talks about his kind of cinema

    Very few may know Habib Faisal for his directorial debut in 2010- ‘Do Dooni Char’. The film managed fairly well at the box office but didn’t get him the kind of recognition that he deserved. Regardless, his heart-warming story of a middle-class family that aspired to own a car (in Do Dooni Char) earned him a National Award for “Best Hindi film” apart from a couple of Filmfare trophies. Today, he is excited about his latest directorial venture ‘Ishaqzaade’ which is releasing under the Yash Raj banner. His association with the production house has been a seasoned one as he has had story, screenplay or dialogue credits in many Yash Raj movies like ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’, ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ and even the breakthrough hit ‘Band Baaja Baraat’. While the promos of his latest reveal the larger plot of the film, he seems to be cautious about letting out too much. The reason for his secrecy, “It will be a spoiler if I tell you more than the promos tell you.” Fair enough. But he
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  • Ishaqzaade review

    Ishaqzaade

    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. So

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  • Dangerous Ishhq review

    The many avatars of Karisma Kapoor

    Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Rajneesh Duggal, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta

    Directed by Vikram Bhatt

    Rating: 0

    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

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  • The Forest review

    A still from 'The Forest'

    Cast: Javed Jaffrey, Nandana Sen, Ankur Vikral, man-eating leopard

    Directed by Ashvin Kumar

    Rating: *

    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

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