Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • In conversation with Vidya Balan

    Vidya Balan in 'Ghanchakkar'With back-to-back hits, Vidya Balan seems invincible. Dressed in character, Vidya is wearing a not-very-flattering black kurta with floral-printed leggings and some very bizarre accessories. She has spoken a bit of Tamil, a little Kannada, some Bangla and lots of Punjabi on her promotional tour of ‘Ghanchakkar’. On a wind-swept Bangalore afternoon, Vidya finally settles down to talk to us about her experience of working in a comic suspense thriller, a role very different from her previous ones.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    After all the serious roles, what made you decide on a comedy?

    When Raj Kumar came to me with the script I was fascinated because the same person who wrote ‘Aamir’ and No One Killed Jessica’ had written this. For him to want me to play this character, it was unimaginable for me because she is the exact opposite of Sabrina in ‘Jessica’. I loved the fact that he had the faith that I could play a character that was diametrically opposite. And it really seems like the

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Raanjhanaa

    Cast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskar, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

    Direction: Aanand L Rai

    Rating: *** ½

    ‘Raanjhanaa’ is like a Shakespearean tragedy, rendering an unusual love story that is so rare to find these days. Brilliantly filmed in the colour-soaked bylanes of Benares, the first half is a visual treat. Much like the director’s first film ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ (2011), the second of the film suffers because of the slow pace and a somewhat hurried resolution.

    Dhanush may not have the looks, the physique or the charm of a typical Bollywood hero but I haven’t seen another lover as charismatic as our Kundan of ‘Raanjhaana’. Son of a Hindu priest falls hopelessly in love with a Muslim girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) and this relationship is impossible in the U.P. heartland. Our ‘Raanjhanaa’ however, refuses to yield, he will do anything to get his girl; follow her everywhere, slash his wrists, even wait for her for eight long years when she is packed off to Aligarh. And

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  • Yahoo! Tweet Review: Raanjhaana

    Discover the colours of love with Dhanush & Sonam Kapoor in their romantic film 'Raanjhanaa' directed by Aanand L Rai.

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Fukrey

    The 'Fukrey' teamThe 'Fukrey' team

    Cast:  Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma, Richa Chadda, Priya Anand, Pankaj Tripathi

    Direction: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba

    Rating: ***

    ‘Fukrey’ creates memorable characters and some sadi dilli nostalgia but the film never really becomes more than the sum of its parts. The linear narrative is peppered with genuine humour but the pace is slow and the events predictable.

    ‘Fukrey’ is about four losers who are looking for a shortcut to make big money. Their go-to person for all kinds of jugaad is Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi), he might be a college watchman by profession but show him the money and he can get you anything from leaked examination papers to a meeting with Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) who deals with everything illegal. While their jugaad goes all wrong and the plot drags along, it’s these characters who make the film watchable.

    Richa Chadda as the feisty, abuse-spewing Punjaban makes for an interesting personality. Pulkit, Manjot, Ali and Varun compliment each other and

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  • Jeet Gannguli Unplugged

    Jeet Gannguli's performance
    ‘Aashiqui 2’ is the latest entrant to the Rs 100-crore club, but Jeet Gannguli seems to be quietly soaking in the success. As I walk in to interview him at his office in Andheri, suburban Mumbai, he wastes no time in ordering a special Bengali roll for me the moment I tell him that I am from Kolkata. Over a cup of tea we chat about life before and after ‘Aashiqui 2’. Excerpts from the interview:

    ‘Aashiqui 2’ has joined the Rs 100-cr club and everyone is talking about the film’s music. How does it feel?

    ‘Aashiqui’ was a huge hit and when I was offered ‘Aashiqui 2’ I was honestly a little scared. It’s been more than 20 years since ‘Aashiqui’ and people still remember the music. Initially, I was undecided whether I should accept the film but after the music release I felt on top of the world.

    What do you think was so exceptional about the music, that everyone loved it?

    I think the music of a film works only when it has melody and soul. The ‘Aashiqui’ franchise is known for two things; eternalRead More »from Jeet Gannguli Unplugged


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