Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Ghanchakkar

    Ghanchakkar trailerCast: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Namit Das and Rajesh Sharma

    Direction: Raj Kumar Gupta

    Rating: ***

    ‘Ghanchakkar’ is an unusual film and needs a little patience because the pace is quite slow. In fact, it’s a little too long for a thriller and considering it hardly has any songs to break the monotony, it starts too feel a bit tedious in parts.

    The director Raj Kumar Gupta and the lead cast Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi have a very flattering filmography at the moment. Raj Kumar Gupta’s previous films were ‘Aamir’ (2008) and ‘No One Killed Jessica’ (2011) and both received huge critical acclaim.  After ‘The Dirty Picture’ and the ‘Kahaani’, it’s as if Vidya can do no wrong. And Emraan has had some of his career’s best roles in recent times, experimenting with unconventional characters in ‘Shanghai’ and ‘Ek Thi Daayan’.  Needless to say the anticipation was quite high in ‘Ghanchakkar’.

    ‘Ghanchakkar’ is a comic suspense thriller and while the film has an interesting premise, it falters on

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  • Yahoo! Tweet Review: Ghanchakkar

    Emraan plays the title character in Ghanchakkar - a suave safe-cracker who likes the finer things in life. He decides to pull off one last heist which leads to unexpected confusion and chaos. The question is does he get out of it without losing it and who is conning who? Is Ghanchakkar really Ghanchakkar?

    Ghanchakkar: The film

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  • Face-to-face with Emraan Hashmi

    Emraan HashmiOnce tagged as the serial-kisser, Emraan Hashmi is now experimenting with all kinds of roles. He talks to us about this exploratory stage in his career and his experience of working with the Vidya Balan.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    After films like ‘Shanghai’ and ‘Ek Thi Daayan’, how was the experience of working in a film like ‘Ghanchakkar’?

    It’s been great, I have always wanted to do comedy, I don’t like the typical theatrical over-the-top comedy, Bollywood is known for. I knew that when I get a comedy, I would want a film with a great story, with a great character and a film that has different elements in the film, which is a rarity. When the script came to me I just felt that it has got elements of thrill, suspense, comedy, it’s got a mix bag of things and that made it very exciting for me.

    What kind of roles does Emraan Hashmi get these days? Do you think filmmakers have a certain slot for you?

    There has been an element of surprise in my films and I don’t want to be slotted as an

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  • 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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