Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Khiladi 786

    Movie stills: Khiladi 786Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin, Himesh Reshammiya

    Director: Ashish R Mohan

    Casting: **

    This is Ashish R Mohan's directorial debut but having assisted on the 'Golmaal' series, he is quite familiar with the shortcut to the 100 crore club; sign up a popular Bollywood actor, pack in a few well-choreographed Matrix-style action sequences, pepper the narrative with clichéd slapstick humour, throw in an item song complete with pelvic thrusts and you have the perfect blockbuster that will set the cash registers ringing.

    'Khiladi 786' has a plot, okay may be a mishmash of several other plots that we have seen before. Khiladi 786 aka 72 Singh (Akhshay Kumar) belongs to a family of thugs who work in collusion with the police in Punjab. While the brave fake cop has a heart of gold, his search for a life partner is proving futile. On the other hand, underworld don TTT (Mithun Chakraborty) is looking for a suitable alliance for his sister Indu (Asin).

    Enter Mansukh (Himesh Reshammiya), his father runs a

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Talaash

    Talaash: The movieCast: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor

    Direction: Reema Kagti

    Rating: ****

    Reema Kagti's 'Talaash' is a suspense thriller that not only boasts of a taut script but has a multi-layered structure that manages to pack in enough surprises to keep the viewer hooked till the very end. The storyteller's craft lies in the fact that the modus operandi of the plot seems as intriguing as the motive of the crime.

    Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) is investigating the death of actor Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) whose car seems to have suddenly veered out of control and plunged right into the sea. Considering the actor was neither under the influence of alcohol/drugs nor was he suicidal, the death throws up a lot of unanswered questions. The plot thickens when Armaan's widow informs the police that the actor had withdrawn Rs 20 lakh on the day of his death, raising suspicion that he might have been a victim of blackmail or extortion.

    One of the prime suspects in this case is a pimp and

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Life of Pi

    Photos from 'Life of Pi'Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

    Direction: Ang Lee

    Rating: ****

    Ang Lee takes on the arduous task of translating Yann Martel's 'Life of Pi' into cinema, a book that deeply philosophizes faith, hope and illusion. Ang Lee transports you into Pi's world; as a viewer you might be captivated by the visual spectacle that the director has managed to create on screen but you are also fascinated by the young boy who is struggling to survive at sea and is trying to come to terms with his relationship with God.

    Photos: Special screening of 'Life of Pi'

    Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) is quite a spiritual boy from his childhood. His family runs a zoo in Pondicherry and Pi is distraught when they decide to relocate to Canada. As the family sets assail in a ship with the zoo animals, a terrible storm leaves Pi (Suraj Sharma) shipwrecked, stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. They manage a miraculous feat of surviving 227 days at sea braving storms, hunger and a carnivorous island among many

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  • In conversation with Suraj


    Q. This is your first film, tell us a little about your experience.

    A. Life changing sounds redundant, honestly it was the making that really changed me, I grew up metaphorically…it's just been so much, it's quite a personal, emotional, taxing and at the same time rejuvenating experience.


    Q. We have heard that you almost stumbled upon this role. How did it all happen?

    A. Basically I was accompanying my brother for the auditions and Dilip Sir (the casting director) just said that you should also audition and I did. I didn't expect anything and I never thought that I did be a part of this. And as the call backs kept happening, I didn't expect anything but I started to want it a lot. I read the book somewhere in the middle of those auditions.

    When I was cast I didn't know what to do, I went to my brother because he is the only one who has been in the same situation and I asked him what I should do. He said you have been given the opportunity of a lifetime and it just landed in your lap, you

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  • In conversation with Tabu

    Q. The first thing your fans want to know is where have you been?

    A. I am waiting for projects which are convincing and till they come I have to wait for it. I also know that nothing is 100 per cent perfect but even if it is 60 per cent perfect and has the factors that work for me, then I am ready to do the film.


    Q. 'Life of Pi' is a magnum opus, how was the experience of working in a film like this one?

    A. It was an intense experience in many ways, like you said I was a part of a big project. The story is about a small family, essentially it is about the boy, not about me but I wanted to be a part of this project because I knew that even though I don't have the central character, I will take back something from this film, I was completely sure of that. And I was really looking for that kind of experience at that time when the film came to me. I am a huge fan of Ang Lee.


    Q. How was the experience of working with him as he created this magic onscreen? How was it different from working with Read More »from In conversation with Tabu

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