Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo Movies Review: Daawat-e-Ishq

    Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher

    Direction: Habib Faisal

    Rating: ***
    1/2

    ‘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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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Raja Natwarlal

    Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick, Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon

    Direction: Kunal Deshmukh

    Rating: ** ½

    ‘Raja Natwarlal’ had the potential to become a good con film, albeit with a completely borrowed premise from several Hollywood films, particularly from ‘Oceans Eleven’. Our director, Kunal Deshmukh, however, finds the need to play to the gallery, interspersing the narrative with unnecessary elements that completely slacken the pace of the story.

    The basic requirement of a good con story is a crisp taut script that keeps the viewer engaged and hooked. An insipid romantic track and completely superfluous songs dilute Deshmukh’s screenplay.

    Most of the time, like planning a good holiday, plotting a heist is more fun than the actual deed. But, the loopholes are so evident and our cocky protagonist (Emraan Hashmi) is so indiscreet that it is impossible to ever really invest into their big idea.

    ‘Raja Natwarlal’ has some crackling performances by the likes of Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Mardaani

    Cast: Rani Mukerji, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jisshu Sengupta

    Direction: Pradeep Sarkar

    Rating: ***

    ‘Mardaani’ had a lot of potential – it could have been a gripping police drama. Alas, the payoff doesn’t quite deliver on its promise. While the plot trajectory is immensely engaging, here again is a climax not only hugely disappointing, but also extremely problematic.

    Just as in ‘Singham Returns’, there is a tough, honest cop with an insight into the criminal mind. Inspector Shivani Roy (Rani Mukherjee) is calm and precise in approach and meticulous in execution, as is evident from her water-tight plan to bust a heinous crime racket. Drugs and sex trafficking being her primary concern.

    What deeply disturbs, however, is the protagonist’s utter lack of faith in the Indian judicial system. A film that glorifies and even espouses vigilante justice by a senior police officer can only be interpreted with dark tones in India, a country of over a billion of which a fair chunk suffers crime, inequality

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