Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • 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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  • Yahoo Movies Review: R…Rajkumar

    R...Rajkumar promotionsCast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood, Ashish Vidyarthi, Asrani

    Direction: Prabhu Dheva

    Rating: *1/2

    Just when you thought that Prabhu Dheva had perfected the art of churning out potboilers with typical southern spicing, ‘R… Rajkumar’ disappoints like nothing else.

    ‘R…Rajkumar’ is the kind of formulaic film that was very popular in the 1970s. When made well, it works because of nostalgic value but unless there is at least one unique thing in the plot, the action formula has become so passé.

    Rajkumar (Shahid Kapoor) decides to become the right-hand person of a local goon after he’s struck by love at first sight. His research is so bad that he doesn’t even realize that he is helping the rival gang. By interval the director has exhausted all his ploys and yet we are forced to sit through another hour of mindless violence and slapstick humour.

    If stories like this one need to have some sort of structure, we have already seen the set-up, the conflict and have a fair idea of the

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Bullett Raja

    Bullett Raja's historical connectionCast: Saif Ali Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Sonakshi Sinha, Vidyut Jamwal, Raj Babbar

    Direction: Tigmanshu Dhulia

    Rating: ***

    Tigmanshu Dhulia’s films usually boast of very nuanced writing. However, in his attempt to make an out-and-out commercial film, Dhulia sacrifices the many intricacies that we have come to associate with his storytelling.

    ‘Bullett Raja’ plays shamelessly to the gallery, starting with a raunchy item song even before we begin to establish the lead characters. That kind of sets the tone for the rest of the film; the narrative follows the predictable formula, interspersing a gangster movie with redundant song-and-dance numbers, peppering it with a tepid romantic track, liberally adding some dialoguebaazi, all of which fail to add the desired zing to this masala flick. I am sure there is a better way to churn out a typical Bollywood potboiler.

    ‘Bullett Raja’ does have some first class action sequences; Saif Ali Khan and Vidyut Jamwal are fit and effective. The easy camaraderie

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