Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Y! Meta Review: London Paris New York

    London Paris New York

    Debutant director Anu Menon's 'London Paris New York' is an effortless watch and the fast pace of the film doesn't give the viewer too much time to ponder over the flaws.

    I have realized the least I expect from a film, the better it works for me and Shubhra Gupta seems to echo the same sentiment in her review:

    A film that sounds like an itinerary of newlyweds on an international honeymoon manages to deliver a desi rom com with flavour and zing, coasting on a guy and a girl who look like they can't wait to get it on. That last is such a rarity in a Bollywood flick that it makes us willing and able to overlook the saggy bits.

    Kunal is definitely not willing to overlook the flaws and he gives 'LPNY' a 0.3 rating:

    Often directors believe the city their film is set in is a character in itself. By that logic, this one has three and if you watch this movie, they perform better than the lead cast. 'Accidently in love' is the most jaded theme in Hindi films and orchestrating that in foreign

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  • Y! Meta Review: Jodi Breakers

    Madhavan and Bipasha in 'Jodi Breakers''Jodi Breakers' could have been a fun film but the execution is bad. Ashwini Chaudhary gets the various elements in place but the bungled treatment makes the film a tedious watch.

    Avijit Ghosh in his review points out:

    At first glance, Jodi Breakers has a lot going for it: an unusual and interesting lead pair, fabulous outdoor location (Greece, in this case) and foot-stomping music. But the movie is let down by a script that lacks fizz and connect. Director Ashwini Chaudhary's venture begins as a comedy but gradually morphs into romance and loses momentum in the second half. Not even Helen can perk things up. Romance as remorse doesn't work here.

    For a romantic comedy, most of the humour in the film is pretty inane. There is Omi Vaidya's Kamdev scene, which works to a certain extent but his accent is not as amusing as before. Like Piyali Dasgupta writes in her review, it's the supporting characters that provide some relief:

    Some form of reprieve to see Milind Soman and Dipanita Sharma

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  • Y! Meta Review: Ekk Deewana Tha

    Prateik and AmyLike someone rightly said some films should not be remade and Gautham Menon's 'Ekk Deewana Tha' definitely shouldn't have been.

    Taran Adarsh points out the obvious loopholes in his review:

    Both, the Tamil version [VINNAITHAANDI VARUVAAYAA] and also its Telugu adaptation [YE MAAYA CHESAVE] were considered path-breaking motion pictures. Though essentially a remake, EKK DEEWANA THA conjures memories of K. Balachander's roaring hit EK DUUJE KE LIYE. Menon is a master storyteller, no two opinions on that, but EKK DEEWANA THA fails to leave an impact for a valid reason: A beaten to death plot tends to stagnate after a point. Also, Menon overstays the hospitality by dragging the film in its second hour. Just when you think the story would conclude, Menon does a time travel and starts a new chapter in this never-ending love story. That, honestly, only makes this snail-paced movie a taxing and cumbersome experience.

    Bollywood loves a good romance but not one where the plot is dragged endlessly

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  • Y! Meta Review: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

    Kareena in EMAETThe one thing that makes debutant director, Shakun Batra's 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' work is the fact that the film steers clear of melodrama and has an unpredictable climax but was there much else?

    Avijit Ghosh writes in The Times of India, that the film is the 'sweetest heartbreak':

    With only the faintest trace of the Hollywood hit, What Happens in Vegas (2008), Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu shows what first-rate direction and a cute but brave script can do to the done-to-death story of opposites getting attracted to each other. EMAET has heart, charm and an enviable lightness of being. And it certainly helps that the lead players are in fine form. Like quality wine, Kareena seems to improve with every passing year though you find shades of Geet (Jab We Met) in her part. And Imran brings just that right amount of balance to the difficult part of an uptight, gawky individual who evolves with every passing day. The movie is essentially his journey from boy to man. With its neon lights and flash, Las

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  • Can Bollywood handle a complicated heart?

    Bollywood love storiesCan Bollywood handle a complicated heart? As far as love stories are concerned, with a few exceptions, Bollywood usually loves to play it simple. Some of our favourite Bollywood romances follow an uncomplicated plot, a predictable conflict and a simplistic resolution.

    Whether it was K. Asif's 'Mughal-e-Azam', Raj Kapoor's 'Bobby', Mansoor Khan's 'Qayamat Se Qayamet Tak' or Aditya Chopra's 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge', parents have always been responsible for the conflict. The resolution has therefore been simple; rebel and elope or convince the parents that you were always the right choice.

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    If only matters of the heart had such easy resolution. Only a select few filmmakers have dared to dabble in more complex issues. Vijay Anand's 'Guide' for example, dealt with an unusual premise, where a guide falls in love with a unhappily married woman; while she manages to walk out on her marriage, her new relationship becomes complicated and unhappy.

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