Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • Yahoo! Movies Review: D-Day

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Rishi Kapoor, Shruti Haasan

    Direction: Nikhil Advani

    Rating: ****

    Tales of espionage in Bollywood seldom manage to arouse or sustain the tension that the genre demands. Director Nikhil Advani, however, delivers splendidly on this account, weaving a taut narrative complete with unpredictable twists and turns. Not only does he spin a thrilling tale, he infuses the story with sensitivity and emotion.

    Four RAW agents have been trained over the years for one specific task – capture India’s Most Wanted man and bring him back to the country alive, so that he can be punished for his crimes. Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), one of the RAW agents who infiltrated into Pakistan, has spent the last nine years of his life there hoping to find a trail of the elusive Iqbal Seth.

    Just when the Indian sleuths are about to give up pursuit, the most-wanted Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor) gives them a glimmer of hope. He is adamant to make an appearance at his son’s wedding.

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  • In conversation with Anand Gandhi

    Anand GandhiAnand Gandhi’s very first feature-length film ‘Ship of Theseus’ has got phenomenal critical appreciation. After it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was called “the hidden gem of the year”. As Anand Gandhi prepares for the film’s India release, he made a quick stop at our Bangalore office and told us why despite an unusual premise the film is not for a niche audience.

    Excerpts from a candid chat:

    Mira Nair told me in a recent interview that she found your work very interesting. What’s it like to get such recognition for your very first feature-length film?

    It’s been very reassuring; the last 7-8 months since our September Toronto premiere have been constantly reassuring. Everyone has responded very warmly to the film, especially peers, senior filmmakers, who have been making really good cinema in the last couple of decades, have said really kind things about the film and that’s very reassuring.

    Your film has a very unusual premise, do you think it will find a

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    Farhan Akhtar in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutt, Pawan Malhotra, Prakash Raj

    Direction: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

    Rating: ****1/2

    They called him The Flying Sikh – the man who, besides being the only Indian to win an individual athletics goal at the Commonwealth Games, represented India in the finals of the 400 meters Olympics in Rome, finishing fourth.

    The story of an athlete from a non-athletic nation capturing the global imagination makes Milkha Singh a ripe subject for a biopic – and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra does full justice, producing a slow-burn film that lays out its story with style and flourish.

    Much of the story is in flash-back mode; there is much back and forth in the narrative. But Mehra’s control on his craft is so immaculate that the film never descends into incoherence, and the viewer is never lost; to this sure-footed narrative the director adds high craft as he plays with hues and with camera angles to enhance his tale. Thus, the tale of the athlete’s troubled early years

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  • Yahoo! Tweet Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is based on the life of former Indian athlete Milkha Singh. Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the movie has been directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra himself, the script written by Prasoon Joshi, and stars Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor. 

    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: The film

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Lootera

    Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Adil Hussain
    Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane
    Rating: ***1/2

    ‘Lootera’ oozes with the allure of an old-world charm and Sonakshi befittingly plays the heroine of this epic drama. Vikramaditya Motwane’s subtle love story has an inherent appeal but is weighed down by a labored pace.

    Sonakshi Sinha is the pampered daughter of a Bengali feudal lord; when a young archaeologist visits, she falls head over heels in love with him. In her previous roles as Rajjo Pandey (Dabangg) and others, she is at best been an effective prop supporting the big superstars. As Pakhi in ‘Lootera’, Sonakshi has ample scope to display her histrionics. Does she do justice to her role? Appearance-wise, there couldn’t have been a better choice; she doesn’t need to make any effort to look her part. Entrusted with a nuanced-role, Sonakshi effectively essays an understated performance.

    Motwane’s protagonist is a conflicted character, torn between the love of his life and his loyalty

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