Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Review: Ek Tha Tiger

    Salman and Katrina back togetherIn Kabir Khan's 'Ek Tha Tiger' Jason Bourne meets Chulbul Pandey. Kabir's protagonist tries to tread the fine line where an undercover RAW agent, who by definition needs to maintain a low profile, has to also appeal to the masses. The big challenge for the director was to find a way of resolving this dichotomy and capitalizing on the 'Salmantricks'.

    The premise is simple enough: India's top spy goes by the name Tiger (Salman Khan) and though few know his real name, they all known of his daredevilry and grit. He is sent to Ireland on a relatively harmless mission where he meets Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and promptly falls in love with her. However, in their world of dark secrets, multiple identities and impending threats, there is no space for love and emotions. Tiger and Zoya's love story follows a predictable trajectory where they must run and hide to exotic locales so that they eventually become untraceable.

    Salman's entry and the Matrix-ishtyle fight sequences in the very first scene were

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  • Review: Gangs of Wasseypur II

    Nawazuddin SiddiquiAnurag Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur II' is even better than its prequel. The complete competence with which Kashyap handles this subject is proof that he completely owned the plot and the narrative. There was so much going on in 'Gangs of Wasseypur I', that at times, it was difficult to keep track of the details but 'Wasseypur II' has enough clarity, is much better nuanced and is not as dark as the first one.

    If the first one was all about Manoj Bajpai, this one belongs to Nawazuddin Siddiqui completely. Nawazuddin manages to imbibe various aspects of Faisal's character and essays the role with impeccable ease. Your heart goes out to the conflicted protagonist. The druggie Faisal who is so busy puffing away at his joint that he is almost indifferent to his father and elder brother's murder, the reluctant gangster who is thrust into the limelight by default, the lover who is as smitten despite the tough exterior.

    While Siddiqui never really leaves the spotlight, every other member of

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  • Y! Meta Review: Jism 2

    Sunny Leone in Jism 2Every new Bollywood film claims that it will be breaking stereotypes but what the filmmakers actually do is package and market the product in a way that ensures salability. Does the audience feel cheated? I am sure they do but the collection of the first weekend rakes in the moolah by then. The same can be said about 'Jism 2' but if you are were just expecting lots of skin show, then the film is a total paisa vasool.

    Vinayak Chakravorty in his review says that this film will guarantee a hit because everyone has been waiting for Bollywood's first erotica:

    Look what the Bhatts have done. They have just beaten everyone in Bollywood - Aamir Khan included - in the game of clever marketing. Jism 2, more than a film, is a brainwork marvel at hardselling a porn star as B-Town's latest sex bomb. If hype over style and substance has become the mantra to ensure first-weekend spoils, Pooja has played her Sunny card well. The PR frenzy around the debutante sets a new yardstick for film marketing.

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  • 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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