Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo Movies Review: Hasee Toh Phasee

    Parineeti and Siddharth Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Siddharth Malhotra, Manoj Joshi, Sharat Saxena, Adah Sharma

    Direction: Vinil Mathew

    Rating: ***

    ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ is not a frothy romance, bubbling with KJoesque romance. It’s a slow love story that requires your patience, especially with the pace at which it progresses. You either need to have a lot of time at hand or need to be a total emotional fool to completely invest in this story.

    At the heart of this tale are two endearing characters – they might be weird, quirky or even stupid at times but you somehow buy into their story. They take you through their unusual experiences and you play along simply because most of it is infused with so much genuine fun. You are even ready to indulge their idiosyncrasies and the general stupidity of the situations because Parineeti is so damn adorable as the nerdy scientist.

    If you scratch a little deeper under the surface you realize that besides the eccentricities, Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) is a person that no one gets

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: One By Two

    Abhay Deol and Preeti DesaiCast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Lillete Dubey, Rati Agnihotri

    Direction: Devika Bhagat

    Rating: *

    ‘One By Two’ deserves an award for the most uninspired piece of work. This is the kind of experimental film, which should have been probably been a film school project and never made it to the big screen.

    Abhay Deol sleepwalks through a film that reeks of shoddy writing and dull characterization. Amit Sharma (Abhay Deol) is a lousy employee, a boring lover and basically a loser who loves to wallow in self-pity after his girlfriend ruthlessly dumps him. Instead of channelizing his energy into something worthwhile, he continues to be obnoxious to people around in more ways than one.

    In a parallel world, Samara Patel (Preeti Desai) with a size zero body and very long legs aspires to become a successful dancer. Her mother (Lillete Dubey) is an alcoholic and she has a spate of bad luck before she can realize her dream. Unlike what the trailers would have you believe, the two lead characters actually

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Jai Ho

    Jai HoCast: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Tabu, Danny Denzongpa

    Direction: Sohail Khan

    Rating: **

    Salman Khan’s box-office draw is indisputable but you can’t circumvent every rule in the book and hope to just ride on star power. The least expectation from a Salman film is that despite it’s complete disregard for logic, it will succeed in entertaining but ‘Jai Ho’ fails even on that account.

    Jai (Salman Khan), a former army official, espouses fervent humanism and to champion this noble thought he doesn’t refrain from using all forms of violence possible. The problem with a thought like this one is that brutal force is offered as a simplistic solution to many complex issues that plague contemporary Indian society. Impassioned speeches fail to strike a chord, when you realize that the aam aadmi is basically hapless, unless they have someone like Salman to bail them out of their misery.

    Salman as the slightly unscrupulous Chulbul Pandey (in ‘Dabangg’) was a treat to watch but Jai Agnihotri, as the upright

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Dedh Ishqiya

    Dedh Ishqiya: The filmCast: Madhuri Dixit, Naseerudin Shah, Huma Qureshi, Arshad Warsi, Vijay Raaz

    Direction: Abhishek Chaubey

    Rating: ****

    Abhishek Chaubey renders a delectable mystery. He seems to have mastered the art of perfectly executing thrillers laced with dark humour.

    I love the way ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ seems to build-up like a romantic story – Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit), a widow, is looking for a suitor to fulfill her dead husband’s last wish. Nawabs from different parts of the country have assembled to display their prowess, especially to brandish their eloquence as poets.  You realize that there is some underlining tension to the prolonged romantic idling but Chaubey never falters on the pace, taking his time to peel the layers and reveal the true nature of his female characters.

    Chaubey’s male characters are uncomplicated, their motives crystal clear, almost helpless in their naiveté. Blinded by love or the notion of it, they repeatedly succumb to manipulation even when they are convinced that they are

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Dhoom 3

    Aamir's high-enery actionCast: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Katrina Kaif

    Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya

    Rating: ****

    ‘Dhoom 3’ is big on style and completely delivers on the entertainment quotient. The fact that it comes at a cost of suspension of logic at times, I guess is a given. What rankles is that a film with Aamir Khan is expected to have some kind of coherence to rationale. The film’s adherence to plot points slips every now and then but they make up for it with super chase sequences.

    The ‘Dhoom’ franchise has always been obsessed with the anti-hero. From Hrithik Roshan’s different looks in ‘Dhoom 2’ to the suspense around who will be chosen as the next villain has always garnered attention. Much before the shooting started we were already discussing who would be the female lead opposite Aamir Khan, what would be his look, what would be different in this installment of the action flick?

    I guess as far as the anticipation around the anti-hero is concerned, ‘Dhoom 3’ does complete justice –

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