Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo Movies Review: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

    Imran and Kareena go all outCast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Anupam Kher

    Direction: Punit Malhotra

    Rating: **1/2

    I have always maintained that Karan Johar teaches his protégés well; they almost always get the entertainment quotient and the slick productions qualities right but alas that can’t be said about ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’.

    The production is so slick that even when Dia Sharma (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Sriram Venkat (Imran Khan) choose to stay in a dusty Gujarati village, they are always impeccably dressed. Imran’s white linen shirts don’t even have a speck of dust on them, Kareena’s kohl-lined eyes are always perfectly done and she exhibits the most extensive cotton kurta collection possible in a poor village. I guess she dresses immaculately to express solidarity with the impoverished village folk.

    And this in effect is what exposes the inherent superfluousness of the plot. Sriram actually makes a very valid point when he erupts and blames Dia of being a hypocrite. The fundamental

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela

    Ram and Leela sizzle togetherCast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak Kapur

    Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

    Rating: ***1/2

    So what do we know about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films? Bhansali creates a visual spectacle that (when done well) transports you to his make-believe world.

    A viewer is overwhelmed by the opulence of the sets - the colour, the grandeur, involved in the tragedy that strikes the star-crossed lovers, ready to suspend rationale and inhabit the director’s universe for a few hours. The question is whether you remain engaged for all the time that you decide to suspend logic and participate in Bhansali’s flight of fantasy? While first half of ‘Ram-leela’ is an engrossing watch, the second half seems too long – the feuding families spend so much time trying to level scores that after a point you really don’t care.

    ‘Ram-leela’ is yet another Bollywood love saga inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. What really stands out in this one is how Bhansali has managed to deconstruct the

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Shahid

    ShahidCast: Raj Kumar, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Prabhleen Sandhu, Kay Kay Menon and Tigmanshu Dhulia

    Direction: Hansal Mehta

    Rating: ****

    Shahid Azmi’s life was both fascinating and tragic and Hansal Mehta renders his tale displaying exceptional craft. A taut narrative and commendable performances ensure that the director never loses grip despite a sometimes labored pace.

    The director does complete justice to a complex story like ‘Shahid’ that is at once disturbing and inspiring. We follow Shahid’s early life - his resistance to systematic brainwashing, his refusal to bow down to unfortunate circumstances and his undaunted will to rise above injustice and prejudice.

    There’s a big lesson to be learned here – our response to situations, no matter how unfair they might be, defines us and who we chose to become. Shahid dispelled the notion that succumbing to violence is probably the only fitting reply to discrimination by an apathetic state. He emerges an unlikely messiah, his own unfortunate

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Boss

    The 'Boss' is hereCast: Akshay Kumar, Shiv Pandit, Aditi Rao Hydari, Mithun Chakraborty

    Direction: Anthony D’Souza

    Rating: **1/2

    Anthony D’Souza blatantly panders to the typical Bollywood formula. Shoddy writing and mediocre performances do nothing to lift the sagging plot.

    The plot trajectory is something like this – action, song, drama. Repeat. For some variation we have, action, action, song, drama… more drama.  Once the story starts panning out in this predictable format and you realize that the plot is as new as any 1970’s potboiler, there is little to keep you hooked.

    Akshay Kumar’s action-and-comedy routine has been done to death and there is no attempt by the actor to infuse any novelty into his character. In fact, Akshay himself looks bored and sleep walks through most of the film. Wouldn’t he much rather risk taking on something different, a character that challenges his craft as an actor, a role that is layered and complex?

    Since, Akshay was introduced so late in the narrative, I had hoped that

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  • In conversation with Rajkummar Rao

    Shahid songIt’s a lazy Saturday afternoon but Rajkummar has a busy schedule. He is promoting his forthcoming film ‘Shahid’ based on Shahid Azmi’s life. Shahid was 32 when he was assassinated in his Mumbai office in 2010. Rajkummar Rao talks to us about his journey in a film like this one and the unusual challenges he faced.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    What are the challenges of doing a biographical role like ‘Shahid’?

    As an actor when I started the film, I didn’t think about the future or whether there might be any controversy or criticism surrounding the role. As an actor, my job is to…I have to be honest to my character, I have to give 200 percent of my craft to the character…more than a challenge, this film has been a responsibility for me, I think when you do a real life character there is lot of responsibility on your shoulder, especially in the case of Shahid (Azmi) when he is not around and a lot of people were not aware of his case. So, his family and the people who know you are going to

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