Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • 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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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Singham Returns

    Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amole Gupte, Mahesh Manjrekar, Anupam Kher

    Direction: Rohit Shetty

    Rating: ***1/2

    Rohit Shetty is no doubt getting better at his game. There are still a lot of vehicles turning turtle, gun-blazing machismo, smashing of glasses and damdaar dialoguebaazi in ‘Singham Returns’ but there is also a method in this madness.

    Even though Shetty tries to pack in a neat little message for Independence Day, masala remains his forte and he stays true to his style. He shows some restrain, going slow on the sermonizing and melodrama for the most part. Even the romantic track is a subtle insertion, which doesn’t slow the pace of the story.

    ‘Singham Returns’ meanders close on the edge of over-the-top drama but someone was keeping a tab on some kind of script and narrative and the fact that Shetty’s overenthusiasm had been reigned in more than once was quite obvious. In fact, I was quite impressed by the way we were progressing on collecting evidence and maintaining

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Entertainment

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mithun Chakraborty, Johnny Lever, Krushna Abhishek

    Director: Sajid-Farhad

    Rating: *½

    ‘Entertainment’ is one of those films where the people in the 2-minute end credit video seem to have more fun than you did during the entire run-time (2 hours 21 minutes) of the film. It is also the kind of film that makes me realize that this is one of those Fridays when I have lost a few precious hours of my life that I will never get back.

    I guess Sajid-Farhad had this novel idea where they wanted Bollywood fans to have their very own dog story and Akshay Kumar being a dog-lover conceded to share the limelight with a Golden Retriever. In fact, reports suggest that the plot has been inspired by a true story, where a Parsi gentleman had left all his assets to his pet dog. So our directors had a borrowed idea, but then they had no clue on how to weave a story around it. Therefore, they wind up packing in every absurdity possible to make this film work.

    We have

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Kick

    Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddique, Mithun Chakraborty, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Mishra

    Direction: Sajid Nadiadwala

    Rating: ***
    1/2

    ‘Kick’ is the kind of film where I allow my better judgment to be blurred and just soak in this spicy potpourri. This delicious Bollywood masala fare is served with a dash of romance, a generous dose of action, dollops of melodrama and some pontification.


    Not only are there Salmantricks galore for every die-hard fan, but also two strong male supporting characters, which is a first. Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddique are perfectly cast and belt out commendable performances.

    Randeep Hooda plays a tough cop – intense, sharp and suave. Hooda stands tall in a film that is essentially supposed to belong completely to Salman Khan. You cannot help but notice this no-nonsense cop, who talks tough but is afraid to be jilted at the altar. It’s amazing how he blends the intensity with vulnerability, making him such an

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