Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Y! Meta Review: Agneepath

    Hrithik in AgneepathKaran Malhotra's 'Agneepath' is definitely a visual spectacle but do we have an appetite for a three-hour-long revenge saga complete with blood, gore and heightened melodrama any more?

    Rajeev Masand in his review commends the acting but rightly points out that it's 'over-indulgent':

    Debutant director Karan Malhotra's re-telling of Mukul Anand's 1990 vendetta movie 'Agneepath' is a glossy, well-acted production. Compared to recent 'mass entertainers' that tend to lazily sacrifice story and plot for retro-style action and star appeal, this remake rolls along like a well-oiled machine. And yet, after watching three hours of stabbing, gunfire, blasts, and hand-to-hand fighting, you realize the film is somewhat crippled by its over-indulgent length.

    Malhotra's remake might be a tribute to the cult classic but the close-ups and the loud background score is almost reminiscent of RGV's films. Mayank Shekhar in his review says:

    The debutant director (Karan Malhotra) is an equally unapologetic

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  • Is Hrithik taking a big risk?

    Hrithik in AgneepathHrithik had to be cajoled by Karan Johar to accept the role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in Agneepath. Hrithik's contention was that he doesn't like working in remakes, especially if it's a classic and he was expected to step into the shoes of Big B. Why remake a classic and spoil it's sanctity was his question?

    Does Hrithik really hate remakes or is he scared to take a risk? A quick look at his filmography will prove that Duggu is better at romantic roles than the action ones. It's been a while since Hrithik has given a big hit, even in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara the credits had to be shared. Taking on a role which was made iconic by Amitabh Bachchan is a big task. Not only will there be inevitable comparison between the two but Hrithik has to deliver as the angry young man which is clearly not his comfort zone.

    At this point in Hrithik's career is it a smart move? Or is it too big a risk?

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  • Y! Meta Review: Players

    PlayersAbbas Mustan, our desi experts on action thrillers are back with their latest offering 'Players'. Do the 'Players' manage to thrill or is it just another show of style over substance?

    Kaveree Bamzai calls the film "a genuine copy of a Hollywood film":

    Bollywood has realized it can camouflage its lack of stories with lots of thrills, chases, heists making the location exotic and the villains international even if it has to finally buy the remake rights legally. As one character's motto in the movie goes - videshi gadiyan, desi bomb - of the inanimate and animate kind. Even better if they wear slinky gowns and shake their booty. It allows you to laugh and lust in equal measure.

    Taran Adarsh in his review points out the flaws in the screenplay:

    While a one-page synopsis of the film would evoke euphoric and ecstatic reactions, it's the screenplay, with a running time of almost 2.45 hours [20 reels], that lacks the power to keep you enthralled and enchanted. In short, PLAYERS has style and

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  • Y! Meta Review: Ladies vs Ricky Bahl

    Ranveer and Anushka The biggest question for Maneesh Sharma's 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' was would it recreate the magic of 'Band Baja Baraat'? While the film is definitely a fun onetime watch, it lacks the spark of the team's last outing.

    What's missing in this film? Nikhat Kazmi writes in her review:

    Firstly, there is no humour, no earthy flavour (remember the vows on the bread pakora), no tingling chemistry between the lead pair -- everything which made the first film such a winner. More importantly, Anushka has a role only post-interval and the first half is devoted to his exploits with the other three girls.

    The pace of the narrative is important in a con story and Raja Sen in his review points out the biggest flaw of the film:

    There is a plot in Maneesh Sharma's latest, but essentially imagine a long and rather unfunny Khosla Ka Ghosla and you'll get the gist. Ricky Bahl swindles a bunch of interesting but gullible women, and they -- in Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less fashion -- scheme to get their

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  • Ladies vs Ricky Bahl review

    Cast: Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Dipannita Sharma, Aditi Sharma, Shireesh Sharma

    Directed by Maneesh Sharma

    Rating: * 1/2

    Films about conmen rarely con the audience since we love watching people getting fleeced. There's just something special about someone who can massage egos and charm one and all to part with their wallets (or purses in this case). Also, who doesn't want to learn how to tweak human emotions for capital gains? Or how to pursue fancy vocations with much diligence and little credentials. Many personalities for the price of one single multiplex ticket: a Christmas bargain indeed!

    The title clearly spells out the unimaginative plot. Our slicker-than-the-rest hero, Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) dons many avatars to enchant and deceive women from diverse worlds. And as difficult as it is to digest, these cheated women from different cities not only find each other but also join forces to avenge their collective wounds. But how do they find him? How do

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