Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Fukrey

    The 'Fukrey' teamThe 'Fukrey' team


    Cast:  Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma, Richa Chadda, Priya Anand, Pankaj Tripathi

    Direction: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba

    Rating: ***

    ‘Fukrey’ creates memorable characters and some sadi dilli nostalgia but the film never really becomes more than the sum of its parts. The linear narrative is peppered with genuine humour but the pace is slow and the events predictable.

    ‘Fukrey’ is about four losers who are looking for a shortcut to make big money. Their go-to person for all kinds of jugaad is Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi), he might be a college watchman by profession but show him the money and he can get you anything from leaked examination papers to a meeting with Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) who deals with everything illegal. While their jugaad goes all wrong and the plot drags along, it’s these characters who make the film watchable.

    Richa Chadda as the feisty, abuse-spewing Punjaban makes for an interesting personality. Pulkit, Manjot, Ali and Varun compliment each other and

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  • Jeet Gannguli Unplugged

    Jeet Gannguli's performance
    ‘Aashiqui 2’ is the latest entrant to the Rs 100-crore club, but Jeet Gannguli seems to be quietly soaking in the success. As I walk in to interview him at his office in Andheri, suburban Mumbai, he wastes no time in ordering a special Bengali roll for me the moment I tell him that I am from Kolkata. Over a cup of tea we chat about life before and after ‘Aashiqui 2’. Excerpts from the interview:

    ‘Aashiqui 2’ has joined the Rs 100-cr club and everyone is talking about the film’s music. How does it feel?

    ‘Aashiqui’ was a huge hit and when I was offered ‘Aashiqui 2’ I was honestly a little scared. It’s been more than 20 years since ‘Aashiqui’ and people still remember the music. Initially, I was undecided whether I should accept the film but after the music release I felt on top of the world.

    What do you think was so exceptional about the music, that everyone loved it?

    I think the music of a film works only when it has melody and soul. The ‘Aashiqui’ franchise is known for two things; eternalRead More »from Jeet Gannguli Unplugged
  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Yamla Pagla Deewana 2

    Dharam, Bobby and SunnyCast: Dharmedra, Sunny, Bobby, Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva

    Director: Sangeeth Sivan

    Rating: **

    Sangeeth Sivan’s ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ is organized chaos.  It’s like a montage of gags put together, there is nothing offensive about the humour but it isn’t smart either.

    What makes it really difficult to review; is that the film’s plot trajectory is completely undefined. The narrative doesn’t follow any rationale but is it a fun watch? Well, there are some moments that evoke genuine laughter but some gags are so silly that you laugh at the inherent stupidity of the intended humour.

    Dharmendra and Bobby are con men and there latest fraud involves Deol 3 falling in love with the business tycoon’s daughter, which will ensure a hassle-free residency in London and also inheritance to all his property. Though the first meeting between boy and girl, begins with a fight over Salman’s ‘Dabangg’ cut-out and ends in the mini-skirt clad heroine chasing our hero with a trishul in a

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  • Y! Tweet Review: Yamla Pagla Deewana 2

    'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2' comprises of comedy, action & romance. The twisted trios; Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol are back with a bang, except they are funnier, crazier and make tigers look like whimpering cats. The sequel directed by Sangeeth Sivan follows the adventures in UK where they get into fresh troubles and fresher adventures. The rest of the cast includes Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Sucheta Khanna.

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani


    Ranbir and Deepika work their magic
    Ranbir and Deepika work their magic


    Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin

    Direction:Ayan Mukerji

    Rating:****


    ‘Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani’ is a frothy romance, bubbling with infectious effervescence and palpable energy. Karan Johar has trained his disciples well; Ayan Mukerji definitely knows how to competently weave an urban love story, complete with exotic locales, a colourful Bollywood wedding,dollops of mush, a dash of melodrama and loads of fun.

    Kabir Thapar aka Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) was lured more by wanderlust than by any of the other girls he compulsively flirted with.Naina Talwar (Deepika Padukone) was the complete opposite; a topper all her life and now a med student, like most nerds she had completely missed out on the fun element in her life. After a chance encounter with her school classmate, the wild Aditi (Kalki Koechlin), Naina impulsively decides to make a trip to Manali. While the four (Ranbir, Deepika, Kalki and Aditya) forge a strong bond during the trip, they separate

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