Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo Movies Review: Happy New Year

    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, Jackie Shroff

    Direction: Farah Khan
    Rating: ***1/2

    Will ‘Happy New Year’ make big money? Most definitely.  Are there instances that defy logic? Obviously. Does this multi-starrer entertain? Absolutely.

    Farah Khan plays to her strengths. She has an ensemble cast that for the most part don’t disappoint. She has a convincing revenge saga, action sequences designed to thrill, plenty of song and dance, a generous dose of drama, a downplayed romantic track - all this is strung together with a thread of emotions by a director who knows her target audience.
    The first half seemed to be moving very slowly; the setting-up took a lot of time and it wasn’t till Mohini’s (Deepika Padukone) entry that things seemed to really move along. I was pleasantly surprised that Deepika was used so well in this film. I was half expecting her to be a beautiful prop, where the men planned the heist and Shah Rukh hogged

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  • Rajkummar Rao at MAMI 2014

    The 16th Mumbai Film Festival organized by Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) began on the 14th October at PVR Andheri, Cinemax Versova and Chandan Cinema in Juhu. Actor Rajkummar Rao, who won his first National Award this year for his role in Hansal Mehta’s ‘Shahid’, is associated with the festival and he spoke to Yahoo Movies about why this festival is so close to his heart and how things are after he won the most prestigious award for an actor.

    What is the best thing about this festival?

    I think it is a really important festival for everyone, for each and everyone one of us. I have been attending the festival for the last three years now and I have been watching some great films. This is the only platform where you get to watch films from around the world, some really beautiful films, which you will otherwise not get to see on the big screen especially.

    Also, MAMI was the festival where ‘Shahid’ got its first award, that way also it’s very special for me. And since, it’s

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Daawat-e-Ishq

    Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher

    Direction: Habib Faisal

    Rating: ***

    ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ is a delectable love story. And what I like about this flossy romance is that it manages to pack-in a neat little message for prospective grooms and dowry-seeking parents.

    Usually I love Parineeti Chopra, who plays the feisty Gulrez Qadir, in this film. Gullu is good but Tariq Haidar (Aditya Roy Kapur) is even better. Our Lucknowi cook Taru, with his surma-lined eyes, unpolishedEnglish and brash manners is a sure charmer.

    I find it refreshing that even though Gullu falls for Taru’s tasty treats and his smoky eyes, she stays focused on her plan. It doesn’t seem right that despite his genuine honesty, she has no change of heart but then, she didn’t get a fair deal in the first place. Her anger and revenge seem misplaced but then she doesn’t seem like a person, who has really thought through her plans. She is guided more by her impulses and less by the consequences.

    Her father is

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Finding Fanny

    Cast: Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur

    Direction: Homi Adjania

    Rating: ***1/2

    Most of our films are sagas of love, revenge, struggle, survival and vindication; ‘Finding Fanny’ is a celebration of the mundane and of the irony inherent in a journey of five oddball characters.

    Homi Adjania’s ‘Finding Fanny’ is quirky. The characters, much like the story they are a part of, have no aspirations. They seem happy with their routine life in Pocolim, a sleepy village in Goa.

    Angie (Deepika), a young virgin widow, is lonely but is also completely okay living a sexless life. Even as she urges Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) to find the love of his life, Stephanie ‘Fanny’ Fernandes, you can’t help but wonder whether she really wants him to find love or whether her exertions and his quest provide a break from the monotony for her.

    Her mother-in-law Rosie (Dimple Kapadia) is a feisty woman who, all her life, has preserved the memory of a husband who abandoned

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Mary Kom

    Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar, Sunil Thapa

    Direction: Omung Kumar

    Rating: ****

    First things first, loud applause for debutant director Omung Kumar – attempting a biopic on a boxing champion most of us had never heard of before her Summer Olympics bronze medal is worth plaudits.
    Then again, you can see why Kumar chose Kom as his subject – her life reads like a film script, complete with early struggles, hard-won victories, personal conflicts, hard training, amazing comeback. The nuts and bolts of the story exist in Kom’s life, but it still needs a competent director to pull it all together into a cohesive narrative, and to his credit Kumar accomplishes that.
    Priyanka Chopra plays Kom – and a large part of her performance relates to the science and art of boxing. Was the actress doing it right? Were her foot movements correct? Was her guard right? Did she carry off the one-two punches properly? I can’t vouch for any of that; I don’t watch boxing. What I can vouch for is that I found

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