Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • In conversation with Mira Nair

    Mira Nair on the setsWhile finishing ‘The Namesake’, in New York in 2007, Nair read the manuscript of Hamid's unpublished novel, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. She found it immensely readable and was thrilled to have found a springboard from which to enter the worlds of both modern-day Lahore and New York. Through her own Mirabai Films and Pilcher's New York-based Cine Mosaic, the two optioned the film rights to the novel.

    Mira Nair is in India passionately promoting her forthcoming release ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. Excerpts from a candid chat:

    Q. ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ is essentially a monologue. How difficult is it to translate a book like that into a film?

    It was possibly the most challenging adaptation that I have ever been involved with in my work so far because when a director chooses a novel you bring a lot of things to it; you want to inhabit that world for more than few years of your life. So I view a novel as a springboard for my imagination and besides the inherent challenge of

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Shootout At Wadala

    Shootout At WadalaCast: John Abraham, Tusshar Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Sonu Sood and Manoj Bajpai

    Direction: Sanjay Gupta

    Rating: **1/2

    Sanjay Gupta relies on style and noise to bail him out of a plot that’s replete with loopholes and a script that reeks of shoddy writing. ‘Shooutout At Wadala’ is not lacking in visual sheen, if only a toned canvass, low angle shots and tight close-ups could substitute the need for a rational narrative.

    It is a typical Bollywood gangster saga; reminiscent of the storytelling style in ‘Vaastav’ and this film’s prequel ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’, the story unfolds in flashback as our protagonist (John Abraham) reveals how Manohar Arjun Surve became Manya Surve. The sketchy characterization however evokes neither compassion nor repulsion. Whether it was Raghu (Sanjay Dutt) in ‘Vaastav’ or Maya (Vivek Oberoi) in ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’, their performances were a layered rendition distinctively angst ridden and restless. Abraham grapples with the portrayal,

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  • Live Tweet Review: Shootout At Wadala

    It is the sequel to 2007 film Shootout at Lokhandwala, and is based on the book Dongri to Dubai. The film features John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor and Sonu Sood in lead roles.

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Bombay Talkies

    Tribute to Indian Cinema: Bombay TalkiesCast: Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqeeb Salim, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vineet Singh

    Direction: Karan Johar, Dibakar Bannerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap

    Rating: ****

    ‘Bombay Talkies’ boasts of superb craft; crisp writing, skillful direction and brilliant performances. Four directors, four stories, one film; is there a common thread? Maybe. One of the characters in each of these stories is extremely influenced by some aspect of Bollywood – old Hindi film songs (the street child who is a gifted singer), acting (a talented theatre actor who never really pursued his dream), dancing (a small boy aspires to become a dancer like Sheila) and stardom (Vijay who comes all the way from Allahabad to meet Amitabh Bachchan). For all of us who are aware of these directors’ previous works, each of them has his or her own USP and they play to their strengths.

    It’s delightful to see Karan Johar recognize that his core strength is relationships and not mush. KJo steps away from his usually voluptuous

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  • Live Tweet Review: Bombay Talkies

    India's finest directors: Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee have come together to tell you a story like never before.

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    A film about love, sorrow, pain and desire. A film to celebrate the emotion of Cinema.
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