Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • 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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  • Yahoo! India Movies Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    Kate and Riz in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'Cast: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Imaad Shah

    Direction: Mira Nair

    Rating: ****

    Mira Nair takes on the daunting task of adapting Mohsin Hamid’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and skillfully transforms a monologue into an engaging plot. She weaves an elaborate tale, infusing it with warmth and texture.

    Mira Nair’s narrative feels like a constant dialogue with the audience where she questions our presumptuous notions of the “other”. She introduces a third act; what does her protagonist do once the alienation is complete, after Changez (Riz Ahmed) decides to give up his American dream and return to Pakistan, a nation in turmoil? The third act provides a perspective and makes us hopeful of a possible closure.

    Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) is charming and intelligent, excelling first at Princeton University and soon establishing himself as a successful business analyst on Wall Street. His professional achievements are complimented as he finds himself falling in love with the beautiful

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Aurangzeb

    Prithviraj and Arjun in AurangzebPrithviraj and Arjun in Aurangzeb
    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff

    Direction: Atul Sabharwal

    Rating: ***1/2

    Atul Sabharwal weaves an intriguing tale in ‘Aurangzeb’; the collusion of the powerful and the corrupt. The nexus of ministers, real estate developers and the police is almost impenetrable and there is no place for those who don’t fall in line.

    Arjun Kapoor in a double role is undisputedly the star of ‘Aurangzeb’. Twin brothers separated when young usually makes for a clichéd portrayal. Actors try so hard to play the two characters differently that the depiction eventually looks forced but Arjun doesn’t fall into these trappings. He plays brothers Ajay and Vishal, one is the spoilt brat born with a silver spoon, smug about his position of privilege. The other is a small town boy, unaware that he could have been the successor to an empire. Arjun plays the two characters with aplomb, there are some similarities and yet, he manages to create two distinctive characters, each immensely

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  • Live Tweet Review: Aurangzeb

    Gurgaon is the most modern boom-town of “India Shining”, the new frontier to be conquered by those who understand real estate. This city rose from a small town to a boom town satellite city in just fifteen years.

    However the law and order is yet to catch up.

    A family of Policemen...
    A family of Gangsters...

    Aurangzeb: The film

    Under the guise of a respected citizen, Yashwardhan (Jackie Shroff) runs a parallel world – a world, where he is the Emperor.

    To bring down a criminal... the law will have to now think like a criminal.

    When Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) is planted in Yashwardhan's world in place of Ajay (Arjun Kapoor), the lawmakers (Rishi Kapoor & Prithviraj) roll the dice and a sequence of events unravel – something much more than what Vishal bargained for, as he finds himself in a predicament that puts him to
    the test.

    Aurangzeb is all about a world where Kingship knows no Kinship and where there can be only one Emperor.

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Go Goa Gone

    Meet the zombie hunterCast: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Puja Gupta, Anand Tiwari

    Direction: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.

    Rating: ***

    Are we familiar with zombies? Not really…okay, may be. But do we understand entertainment? Of course, we do. The directors of ‘Go Goa Gone’ understand that zombies are a completely foreign concept for many of us. They have therefore infused the narrative with dollops of comedy to ensure that this unusual premise is made palatable for the average Hindi film buff.

    Saif Ali Khan plays the Russian Mafioso whose rave party in an isolated Goan island goes all wrong. The revelers indulge in some red drugs and the morning after, they are loitering around zombified, hungry for blood. Blonde Saif nails it as Boris, the zombie hunter; he speaks with a twang, peppering his dialogues with choicest desi abuses (he is actually from Delhi). His portrayal, much like Javed Jaffrey’s pseudo- Australian accent in ‘Salaam Namaste’ (2005), remains the most memorable one from the film.

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