Blog Posts by Vishwas Kulkarni

  • Titanic 3D: A spectacular tearjerker

    Kate and Leo in Titanic
    The film cost $200 million, a fact that overshadowed a lot of its finer points when first released in 1998. Nevertheless, in its newer avatar, Titanic returns to the screen in 3D. It is also a gimmick that yet again overshadows what made it the highest-grossing film of all time: a genuinely heartbreaking love story enacted by two incredibly gifted thespians: Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet. So here's the bottom line: don't watch it for the 3D, watch it for them, watch it for a time when their promise was not as fondly recognized by critics, who might have been too eager to trash the sheer extravagance of Cameron's vision or too reserved to gush about a spectacle that in fact has not aged in these 15 years. Perhaps Cameron is not as cheesy as we imagine him to be. And perhaps $200 million was not that big a gamble for a film that has gleaned $1.8 billion in box-office receipts.

    For beginners, the story goes like this: Rose (Kate Winslet) is a society debutante who is being married off

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  • The Hunger Games

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    There is something about the fantasy genre that evokes scary images of obese geeks from upstate New York obsessed with an alternative universe or angsty goth chicks in foggy suburbs who tuck Margaret Atwood paperbacks under their armpits en route to school in the hope that a vampire will rescue them from the unbearable heaviness of being. As a result, the genre, despite the stupendous success of Twilight and other such franchises, remains on the periphery of cinematic respectability.

    The Hunger Games, which creates such as an alternative universe, though overcome with remarkable dexterity the trappings of its generic leanings. The plot goes like this: North America has had a dramatic realignment and has been reduced to a dsytopian squalor; its inhabitants remind you of M Night Shyamalan’s The Village who live on a budget that befits a Govind Nihalani film from the 1970s.

    At the heart of this society is a nasty annual Olympic of human cruelty. From each of the 12 districts that rebelled

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  • Hollywood Watch: The Artist

    The Artist
    The Artist will turn out to be one of the most enduring works of cinematic art in the coming years. The film is an ode to the silent film era, and true to its genre, is entirely without dialogue.

    A silent movies superstar, George Valentin (played beautifully by Jean Dujardin) is at the top of his game at Kinograph Studios in 1927. That is until the talkies come into play. The superstar is too arrogant to give in to this new technology, something that leads to his downfall. His descent into alcoholism and depression coincides with the rising star of Peppy Miller, played immaculately by Berenice Bejo. Bejo's vulnerability and note-perfect performance is truly heartrending. She attempts to resurrect the life and career of the man she loves, George Valentin.

    The film's greatest strength is that it does not push the nostalgia pedal. While the film is shot at 18 frames per second like all silent films were, the narrative and production standards are not compromised with any gimmicky cuteness

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  • 10 Sexy Scandals

    With starlet Nupur Mehta trapped in a match-fixing storm, here are 10 Bollywood babes who starred in national scandals

    1. Mandakini (1993)
    If there were a Nobel Prize for notoriety, Mandakini would have won it hands-down. Her entry with Ram Teri Ganga Maili made her a household name (she appeared in a diaphanous sari revealing her breasts). Then after a string of flops, she began to be seen in the company of a certain Mr. D (read Dawood Ibrahim), playing arm candy to him at matches in Sharjah, weird stuff like that. Then post the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993, Mandakini literally vanished once Dawood Ibrahim was cited as the culprit behind the carnage. An entire generation is obsessed with the idea of her being Dawood Ibrahim's mistress, that the don himself had sired a son thanks to her. Today, Mandakini, leads a very different life. She is married to a descendent of the Dalai Lama called Dr Kagyur T Rinpoche Thakur. He gives yoga classes under the name of R. Thakur in a neighbourhood Read More »from 10 Sexy Scandals
  • Pooja-Sky smoochathon shocks guests

    She was seen as the wiser one from the lot that was hosted by Bigg Boss, until Sky came onto the show. Tired of his antics, more than half the house was up in arms against the man, except the Kama Sutra campaign girl (Bedi had done a campaign for Kama Sutra condoms in the late ‘80s and had stirred quite a hornet’s nest). The latest we hear is that she’s ruffled quite a few feathers at veteran villain Ranjeet’s holi bash, where she was seen canoodling with her beau Sky (aka Akashdeep Saigal) at a swimming pool. This confirms rumours that the two are indeed seeing each other and making no bones about it. Bystanders were a tad shocked with the brazen PDA but then again “it’s Pooja. She’s always lived life on her own terms,” adds a source. Sky and Pooja were first seen publicly at the launch of Dabboo Ratnani’s famed calendar. They posed together for the media then. Then they were seen a suburban café next.

    Here's a spectrum of Sky's erratic behaviour on Bigg Boss

    Pooja has had a turbulent

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