Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Y! Meta Review: Cocktail

    Saif with his leggy beauties in CocktailHomi Adajania's "Cocktail" like the name promises is a heady mix of friendship, love and drama. The fact that Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali have written the script ensures that the concoction is strong enough to keep you entertained for the most part. However, the fun is slightly diluted by the pace of the second half.

    Raja Sen in his review asks some very pertinent questions:

    Why, Bollywood, why? Why this cold shower, this Vicky Christina Bar-Bar-Rona? Why must you promise a potent, heady concoction only to water it down with clichéd club soda, like a sadistic bartender? Why must the most modern aspect of a contemporary film be the clothes the actors wear? Why must characters, in a bid to prove how blasé they are, flip themselves the bird while trying on said clothes? And why -- oh lord why -- can't films be as efficiently short as heroines' skirts nowadays are?

    While Taran Adarsh is not too impressed with the film post-interval, he points out the highlights:

    First things first! COCKTAIL

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  • Y! Meta Review: Gangs of Wasseypur

    Manoj Bajpai in Gangs of WasseypurAnurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" is serious storytelling but there's never a dull moment. Gone are the days when serious films and masala films were separated by watertight compartments in Bollywood. Kashyap's story about the coal and scrap mafia of Wasseypur, inspired from real-life events, peppered with choicest abuses from Bihar's heartland, makes from a very enjoyable watch.

    Rajeev Masand says Wasseypur is a "gripping film" because it's much more than a revenge saga:

    On the surface, Gangs of Wasseypur is a revenge saga, a tableau of vengeance between generations of gangsters. Scratch that surface and you'll discover more than just a grim portrait. Director Anurag Kashyap decides to tell this story his way, infusing it with moments of sly wit that give the blood-soaked drama irresistible color.

    Baradwaj Rangan in his review talks about the "text appeal" of Wasseypur and how it boasts of moments that are strung together brilliantly to make the film memorable:

    The film unfolds

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  • Review: Teri Meri Kahaani

    Teri Meri KahaaniKunal Kohli's 'Teri Meri Kahaani' is a breezy romantic comedy which makes for an effortless watch. After a futile attempt at serious storytelling (Fanaa) and a vain shot at originality (Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic), Kohli's latest film is a simple tale, which works mainly because it is so mediocre that you don't need to give it much thought.

    Like the promos have made it abundantly clear, the film is about love in three different eras and fortunately for us, the fact that the lead roles in the three stories are played by the same actors is purely coincidental and it is not a rebirth saga.

    In 1910, Javed (Shahid), a compulsive flirt falls for Aradhana (Priyanka), a freedom fighter's daughter. He gets jailed to impress her but her father plays spoilsport. In 1960, a struggling musician, Govind (Shahid), arrives in Bombay with dreams of making it big in the film industry. He falls for the famous heroine Rukhsar (Priyanka), who is equally smitten but her best friend also is also in love with

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  • Review: Ferrari Ki Sawaari

    Ferrari Ki SawaariRajesh Mapuskar's "Ferrari Ki Sawaari" is a well-intentioned film but it tries too hard to strike an emotional chord. While an interesting plot and some fine writing could have made this film stand-out but a light-hearted film infused with too much sentimentality spoils the fun.

    Rusy's (Sharman Joshi) son is a gifted 12-year-old who is a young aspiring cricketer. Despite limited means Rusy wants to do the best for his son. The little boy gets a chance to go to Lords for a cricketing camp and Rusy has to somehow arrange for a big sum of money to make his dream come true. In comes a local politician who wants Sachin Tendulkars's Ferrari on loan for his son's wedding. Rusy becomes the connection between the Ferrari, Sachin Tendulkar and the money that the groom's father is ready to shell out for the 'Ferrari ki sawaari'. The honest and upright Rusy succumbs to pressure and tries to make quick money to pay for the camp but the simple plan obviously goes all wrong.

    Sharman Joshi and Boman

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Shanghai

    Movie Stills: ShanghaiDibakar Banerjee's 'Shanghai' is an intense political thriller that has a tight script and commendable acting holding the plot together all along. Banerjee's plots are rooted in reality and this one explores the issue of illegal land acquisition.

    An upcoming International Business Park (IBP) holds the promise of transforming a small Indian town into Shanghai. On the eve of its launch, a social activist Dr Ahmedi (Prosenjit Chatterjee), who is protesting illegal land acquisition by the multi-national company, is killed by a speeding truck. The professor's adherents believe that this was a political conspiracy, devised and executed by the state's ruling party.

    Was it an accident or a premeditated murder attempt? Shalini Pearson Sahay (Kalki Kochelin) fights a lone battle to unravel the murder mystery and seeks the help of a shady porn filmmaker Jogi (Emraan Hashmi). A high-ranking bureaucrat, T.A. Krishnan (Abhay Deol) is brought in to investigate the case but the ministry doesn't really

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