Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • 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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  • Y! Meta Review: Rowdy Rathore

    Rowdy RathoreWhile we might complain about the lack of originality, 'Rowdy Rathore' has already set the cash registers ringing. Prabhudheva seems to have mastered the art of remaking Southern super-hit films for Bollywood without the slightest attempt at novelty.

    Anupama Chopra says that the film is a "relentless assault":

    Don't Angry Me! Akshay Kumar bellows this often in Rowdy Rathore. At one point, the command even plays out as background music. I think viewers need to co-opt the line. To all the directors, producers, actors who are inflicting eighties-style, low-IQ, deafeningly loud, unapologetically crass, mind-numbing movies on us, I just want to say: Don't angry me! Don't exhaust me! Don't bludgeon me!

    Raja Sen says that 'Rowdy Rathore' may be "moronically stupid and entirely pointless" but is far less objectionable:

    We've seen it all before and apparently going by the numbers generated by Ghajini, Wanted, Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ready and Singham -- that's what we want. A good meaty chunk of

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Rowdy Rathore

    Prabhudheva's 'Rowdy Rathore' is a typical masala film, packed with romance, drama, melodrama and lots of action. The film is loaded with Tamil-style punch lines, slow motion action sequences where blood quietly trickles on to dusty ground and menacing-looking villains who live in a Ramgarh-styled (remember, Sholay) haunt.

    The protagonist is a smart small time conman who is ready to mend his ways when he falls in love. Just when he is ready to turn over a new leaf, he runs into a small girl who thinks he is her father and some goons who are people vying for his blood. A few chases and some confusion later, we realize that Shiva (our conman) has been mistaken for Vikram Singh Rathore, an upright and courageous police officer.

    Video: Lehren

    Prabhudheva manages to blend the many ingredients that can spice-up this potpourri. However, too much time is spent on the back story. We would much rather see more of Rowdy Rathore than a long tragic flashback.

    Akshay Kumar in a double role returns

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  • Review: Tezz

    Priyadarshan's TezzAfter remaking popular Malayalam films, Priyadarshan has now taken to very ineptly adapting Hollywood thrillers. His latest offering is the Keanu Reeves-Sandra Bullock starrer 'Speed', with a slight difference in the choice of the vehicle and devoid of any logic. Why else would the London Police wait for almost 10 hours for the bomber to call them and tell them how to disarm a bomb before they even start to think of an alternative? I mean if they couldn't think of it on their own, you would have expected at least one of them to have watched the 'Speed' on television considering the number of repeat runs it has had on STAR Movies.
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    Ajay as Aakash
    It is quite obvious that Ajay Devgn is completely unconvinced about the part he is playing. I mean which illegal immigrant would actually think or manage to get sympathizers when he decides to plant bombs on a passenger train to avenge his deportation? No one, unless of course the antagonist suffers from a psychiatric Read More »from Review: Tezz
  • Review: Vicky Donor

    Video: NDTV

    Bollywood has been historically weary of taboo subjects, whether it's sex, adultery or infertility. The only other recent film that actually made an attempt to handle a taboo subject like infertility was Meghna Gulzar's 'Filhal' where surrogacy and related complications between childhood friends (Tabu and Sushmita) was the main premise. Well, there was also Abbas-Mustan's 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' but let's not go there, considering it takes the concept of surrogate birth to a completely different level. Shoojit Sircar's 'Vicky Donor' attempts to explore male infertility which is a bigger taboo in a patriarchal society like ours.

    Male infertility in Bollywood on Page 2>>

    Dr Chaddha convincing Vicky
    Humour as a storytelling device is the only way to approach a subject as sensitive as male infertility. The film's USP is its complete irreverence to this topic and Dr Chaddha's (Anu Kapoor) business-like manner of looking for an eligible sperm donor. His shady clinic in Lajpat Nagar (New Delhi) is Read More »from Review: Vicky Donor

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