Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo Movies Review: Kill Dil

    Cast: Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Ali Zafar, Govinda

    Direction: Shaad Ali

    Rating: **

    Shaad Ali’s ‘Kill Dil’ is a fine example of a film marred by lousy storytelling. It’s an even bigger shame since the director did manage to get a decent cast in place, who seem completely convinced about this ridiculous plot.

    Even if you were to make discounts for a disjointed plot trajectory and absence of credible plot points, I somehow couldn’t make peace with a complete disregard for rationale.

    Yes, yes, there are a lot of Hindi films completely bereft of logic, the most recent one being ‘Happy New Year’ that I did like. ‘Dabangg’, ‘Dhoom 3’, ‘Kick’, among others, with their flimsy plotlines and over-the-top histrionics, somehow managed to engage me for the runtime of the film. And while I might have been clicking my tongue as I walked out of the theatre at the excesses, I nonetheless still enjoyed these films while I was watching them.

    Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for ‘Kill Dil’.

    Dev

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: The Shaukeens

    Cast: Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra, Annu Kapoor, Lisa Haydon and Akshay Kumar

    Director: Abhishek Sharma

    Rating: *1/2

    Sitting through a film like ‘The Shaukeens’ is a depressing experience. We see a lot of lousy writing but a film as banal as this one deserves a special call-out.

    You would understand if amateurs were at work here, but the screenplay is by Tigmanshu Dhulia and actors of the calibre of Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra have agreed to do this film. You can’t expect a better replacement than them for the indomitable trio of Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and AK Hangal who starred in the original ‘Shaukeen’ (1982). And yet, it boils down to one of the most blah outings at the theatres in recent times.

    You are ready to account for some amount of sleaze when three lecherous old men, Lali (Kher), KD (Kapoor) and Pinky (Mishra) head to Mauritius for some adult fun. They rent a house that belongs to dusky diva Ahana Bhasin (Lisa Haydon), who is also an aspiring designer. Having

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  • 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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