Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Interview: Vikas Bahl

    Vikas Bahl with Kangana

    It’s a busy Mumbai evening but it is very quiet when I walk into the premises of Phantom, the distribution company run by Anurag Kashyap to interview Vikas Bahl, co-director of the National Award-winning ‘Chillar Party’.


    Bahl has much going on -- his team is busy promoting the forthcoming Kangana Ranaut-starrer ‘Queen’, even as Bahl, dressed casually in blue jeans and grey shirt, juggles details of another event. The phone is rarely out of his hand; in between calls, he offers me steaming tea and we settle down for a chat.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    The promos of ‘Queen’ seem to have an instant connect with the audience. How did you manage that?

    I think it is very relatable. It’s relatable yet funny, that combination is what makes it interesting. You can immediately see that you can connect with the girl and then you connect with the way she talks and then you connect with the humour that’s in it. So it seems like it’s straight out of your life, which I think works.


    Bollywood brides

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Shaadi Ke Side Effects

    Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Ram Kapoor, Vir Das, Purab Kohli

    Direction: Saket Chaudhury

    Rating: ***

    Saket Chaudhury’s ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ is a classic example of a director approaching a topic that he is quite obviously not convinced about. The narrative is peppered with genuine humour but the plot baffles you with the many theories it throws up and immediately debunks.

    Gender roles are being redefined daily, and contemporary marriages are complex entities. Throw into it a metrosexual male, who is not the traditional MCP husband but one who wants to make an honest attempt at becoming a good father. Instead of making an example out of a man who is trying so hard, the director makes him apologise for the lifestyle choices he makes, which is merely to also seek private space in a marriage.

    We are handed this ridiculous notion that pursuing your own passion/hobby/alone-time is tantamount to adultery. Unless your marriage is this all-consuming entity where every bit of your time is

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Highway

     

    Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway'
    Cast: Alia Bhatt,Randeep Hooda

    Direction: Imtiaz Ali

    Rating: ****

    Is this Imtiaz Ali’s best film till date? While the answer to that is open to debate and discussion, there is no doubt that ‘Highway’ is Ali’s boldest film. He makes no concessions in his storytelling, he doesn’t attempt to play to the gallery and he definitely doesn’t try to adhere to any Bollywood formula.

    Right at the onset when we see preparations are underway for an impending wedding, there isn’t a colourful song-and-dance number covertly inserted into the plot. Instead the scenes play out like a home video, handheld shots taken by a video camera that probably wasn’t even high-definition.

    The abduction is not premeditated but once it’s done we have no option but to flee. Our road trip is initially through the arid, dusty roads of North India. The landscape is much like the relationship between the captor and the hostage – a strange apathy emanating from the barren lands.

    When Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) is held

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  • Interview: Alia Bhatt

     

    Alia Bhatt promotes 'Highway'

     

    Her firstfilmwas a dream debut – a film with Dharma Productions that managed to score big atthe box office. Her second film is a complete contrast to the glimmer and shineof ‘Student of the Year’. On a nippy Mumbai afternoon, Alia Bhatt looks like a teenager in an over-sized ‘Highway’ jacket. She exudes a rare vulnerability, as she takes on professional and personal questions.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    Your first film ‘Student of the Year’ belongs to a very different genre. Was it challenging to work in a film like ‘Highway’?

    It was definitely challenging for me. Even at that time, doing Shanaya’scharacter (in SOTY) was challenging for me – I didn’t know how to walk inheels, how to look glamorous. Of course, this was a different involvementaltogether, it was very physically and emotionally exhausting and I had to pushmyself a lot. It was a road trip, so a lot of things happened where you had tobe strong and keep going. But it was all in a good way because you get to learna lot

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Gunday

    Arjun and Ranveer in 'Gunday'Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Irrfan, Saurabh Shukla

    Direction: Ali Abbas Zafar

    Rating: ***

    Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Gunday’ is set in a very 1970-ish mould: destitute boys, who eventually emerge as the messiah of the poor, a tale of friendship, love, betrayal and inevitable reunion. The director does inject a neat twist into this predictable plot but it is the performances that make the film more watchable.

    Arjun Kapoor plays the hotheaded Bala who doesn’t think before pulling the trigger. He brings a rare vulnerability to his portrayal. Even though his character is brash, uncouth and reckless, you can’t help but feel for this angst-ridden gunda.

    Ranveer’s Bikram, as a character is a lot more linear unlike the layered Bala. There is ample show of their well-sculpted bodies as they indulge in slow motion fistfight sequences and it is a welcome change to see that filmmakers are increasingly aware of the female gaze as well when they are selecting their male protagonists.

    The

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