Blog Posts by Sayoni Sinha

  • ‘Embarrassed to watch my films’

    Says Ajay Devgn on why he doesn’t like watching himself in his earlier films. Excerpts

    After ‘Rascals’ bombed at the box-office and audience rejected this crude slapstick film, Ajay Devgn came out with a statement that he will never do any film, which has double-meaning jokes or vulgarity. True to his word, he has stayed away from anything remotely corny, making sure that his family audience is happy. Now he is back in the remake of the 80s hit ‘Himmatwala’ directed by his college buddy Sajid Khan. In a candid chat, Ajay Devgn talks about wearing white keds, dancing and his biggest critic.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    How did ‘Himmatwala’ come about?

    Sajid and I are college friends and he has always been a ‘Himmatwala’ freak. Right from the college days, he has been talking about remaking ‘Himmatwala’ when he becomes the director. When he called me up, I knew what it was about. This film is an out and out commercial film with bit action, comedy and melodrama like the 80s. So it was

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  • DVD Watch: If I were you

    Two women meet accidentally and form an unusual friendship. But one of them has a secret

    This 2012 film has Marcia Gay Harden playing the wife whose husband is having an affair with a much younger girl. Two women who meet by chance when Madelyn (Marcia) accidentally land up in the same restaurant where her husband is having a cozy time with his mistress. After an altercation between the lovers, Lucy (Leonor Watling) tries to commit suicide, only to be saved in the nick of time by Madelyn.

    Unaware that Madelyn is the wife of the man she is in love with, the two forge a friendship for bettering their respective love-lives. Hoping to keep a track of her husbands trysts with the  other woman, things work fine for Madelyn until Lucy forces her to play Lear in a amateur production.

    The film largely belongs to Marcia Gay Harden and scores for genuine camadiere between the two women and there are a few heart touching moments which makes this watch worthwhile. Especially the scene where MadelynRead More »from DVD Watch: If I were you
  • Celebs Recommend: 'The Sessions'

    ‘Break Ke Baad’ director Danish Aslam recommends ‘The Sessions’

    Directed by: Ben Lewin

    Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt

    Based on: 'On Seeing a Sex Surrogate' by Mark O'Brien

    The film is based on the true story of the severely disabled author Mark O'Brien, a survivor of childhood polio. The disease left him with an iron lung and mobile wheelchair. John plays Mark while Helen Hunt is plays his therapist. At the age of 38, he decides to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his  dream a reality.(Read Review)

    Danish Aslam recommends 'The Sessions' for the steller performances by the lead cast. “The best performance by John Hawkes ever, easily one of the best performances this year and a shame that he's not even nominated. Ditto for Helen Hunt. And a hauntingly sensitive and yet funny look at a topic (sex therapy for a virgin living in an Iron Lung) that I could never imagine being handled so adeptly. One of the best movies I've

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  • '100-crore club will be outdated soon’

    Sajid Khan talks about how ‘Himmatwala’ changed the way he viewed films 30 years ago

    When ‘Himmatwala’ released in 1983, an 11-year-old boy would go to one cinema hall every week to watch the film. Once a week, for 36 weeks, he skipped his lunch and used the lunch money to buy tickets. His love for films was so intense that he would enact few scenes from the film at Juhu beach and earn appreciation and money. 30 years later, he is all set to pay tribute to his favourite childhood film with his own version.

    It is difficult to not feel the childlike enthusiasm in Sajid Khan as it talks about his latest film, set to be released in two weeks. As he sat smoking countless cigarettes (I have to give up smoking, he says) and talking about his larger-than-life take on the ‘83 hit, Sajid makes no bones about being unfazed by the inevitable comparisons with the earlier film. “When you see the film, you will realize that the script is different. Today, every film is a remake.”

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  • KJO compares his next to Jab We Met

    With 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani', Karan Johar hopes to revisit the formula love story

    The uncrowned king of family entertainers himself hasn't made an archetypal love story since the 1998 film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.  ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ however, he insists, revisits the same space. "I would define the film as a perfectly formulated formulaic love story. After Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ can be put in the same bracket," he says.

    When the Kareena Kapoor Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Jab We Met’ released, the two actors had already broken up in real life. The film however, went on to become a raging success. Now, another former-real-life couple, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, will be seen together in Karan Johar's upcoming production, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (YJHD).

     The filmmaker says, "After JWM, we haven't had a quintessential love story in Bollywood. In the past few years, we've seen a slew of masala action entertainers and experimental cinema. We've had films like Read More »from KJO compares his next to Jab We Met


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