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  • Hrithik in AgneepathHrithik had to be cajoled by Karan Johar to accept the role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in Agneepath. Hrithik's contention was that he doesn't like working in remakes, especially if it's a classic and he was expected to step into the shoes of Big B. Why remake a classic and spoil it's sanctity was his question?

    Does Hrithik really hate remakes or is he scared to take a risk? A quick look at his filmography will prove that Duggu is better at romantic roles than the action ones. It's been a while since Hrithik has given a big hit, even in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara the credits had to be shared. Taking on a role which was made iconic by Amitabh Bachchan is a big task. Not only will there be inevitable comparison between the two but Hrithik has to deliver as the angry young man which is clearly not his comfort zone.

    At this point in Hrithik's career is it a smart move? Or is it too big a risk?

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  • Ranveer: The con manBollywood handles love stories well but somehow when it comes to other genres something goes amiss. We are not good at handling adult themes, our action films become clichéd revenge sagas and we definitely don't do horror well. When it comes to con jobs, I can think of only a few films that make for a fun watch, probably the ones that would make it to my list are 'Bunty and Babli', 'Bluffmaster' and 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye'.

    This Friday, Maneesh Sharma's 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' hits the theatres. Can Ranveer and Anushka charm the audience with their con job?

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    What's your favourite Bollywood con film?

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  • Vidya Balan'The Dirty Picture' managed to create ample pre-release buzz thanks to a voluptuous Vidya in the lead and a storyline inspired by Silk Smitha, who was known for her overt sexuality. Milan Luthria's film stands out not only for the bold theme but for Vidya's 'bomblaat' performance.

    Raja Sen in his review writes about Vidya's performance:

    Balan exultantly runs with it, making the character her own with remarkable commitment to the role. There is no vulgarity -- even when she writhes awkwardly and desperately around a whip -- simply because Balan visibly chooses to have a helluva time. She might not match the legend whose name she's borrowed in terms of sheer screen raunch, but outdoes her with an assault of unashamed oomph. Vanity is disregarded early on as we see the actress' paunch rolling over her waistline, even when she's at her hottest, and later, as her gut barrels out of shape and yet she continues to wear midriff-baring tops, we see just how defiantly unapologetic she is.


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  • ParineetaVidya's decision to do Silk Smitha's role has raised quite a few eyebrows. However, before we question her real reason to do 'The Dirty Picture', let's take a look at her credentials as an actor.

    Vidya was noticed in her very first outing on the silver screen. As Lolita in 'Parineeta', Vidya brought a rare charm back to Bollywood, reminiscent of the allure of some of the yesteryear heroines. Her restrained and sensitive portrayal impressed both critics and viewers. Vidya managed to hold her own in a film that boasted of biggies like Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan.

    Bhool BhulaiyaHer next memorable outing was in Priyadarshan's 'Bhool Bhulaiya'. Vidya played the role of Avni who suffered from a psychiatric condition called Dissociative Identity Disorder. Vidya was at her histrionic best playing duel personalities of the sophisticated Avni during the day and the Bengali dancer Manjulika at night.

    PaaVidya's performance in 'Paa' as a single mom of a child suffering from a rare genetic condition called

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  • RockstarOut beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field…
    I'll meet you there.


    The film begins and ends with these lines. Imtiaz Ali's 'Rockstar' is a passionate ride, an emotional high that only a passion for music and intense love can evoke. He blends these two to make a film about emotions that do not follow the diktats of logic. Falling in love is easy; it's only the technicalities of the relationship that makes things difficult. But sometimes even falling in love is difficult; we end up questioning our feelings. Conflicting emotions, unrequited love coupled with pangs of guilt cause a restlessness that becomes unbearable.

    Ranbir as the anguished and disturbed rockstar does a commendable job. The character's aggression does not stem from his arrogance but from the internal turmoil that's burning him. Ranbir has indeed come a long way from his first 'towel dance' in 'Saawariya'. It's something to conceive a character like that on paper but the brilliant execution of such

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  • Ranbir Kapoor in RockstarImtiaz Ali's romantic comedies were a breath of fresh air. Viewers were saturated with frothy love stories doled out by the Yashraj and Dharma camps that had a generous overdose of mush. Films like 'Socha Na Tha' had a premise and characters that the audience could easily relate to. Ali scored with 'Jab We Met', Kareena's character Geet was one of the most endearing characters we had seen in a long time. While 'Love Aaj Kal' wasn't as big a hit but the story and music worked for hopeless romantics.

    Can Ali recreate the magic? Initial response to the film's promos seems to suggest that Ranbir can really not be convincing as the anguished 'Rockstar'. Some also say that his performance looks forced especially in the song 'Sadda Haq'.

    Ranbir managed to surprise us in 'Rajneeti', pulling off an intense role with ease after having essayed only romantic ones before. Can he do the same with 'Rockstar'? Let's hope so, we would hate to be disappointed.

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  • SRK: The complete entertainerShah Rukh has been on a promotional spree leading up to the release of his superhero flick. For the past few days SRK is everywhere, doing what the audience love to see him do- giving the Big B a massage on 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', talking about how reel and real life blurs at times with Barkha Dutt on NDTV, telling his biggest fan, Farukh about his childhood on UTV STARS' 'Live My Life'.

    Love him? Hate him? But you just can't ignore him. The thing about SRK is that he is total 'paisa vasool'. He might turn up late for every promotional event but he is sure to entertain once he arrives, saying the right thing, giving the right sound byte and ever ready to break into a dance or do the 'Chammak Challo' number wherever possible.

    I am not sure how seriously Shah Rukh takes himself as an actor but he sure does take himself seriously as an entertainer. While a lot of Bollywood actors might refuse to do commercials and dance at weddings, SRK has no problem breaking into a spontaneous jig on

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  • 'Dum Maaro Dum' has managed to create a lot of pre-release buzz. First it was the remake of the cult song — 'Dum Maaro Dum'; later the people of Goa were upset with the filmmakers for allegedly portraying them negatively, thankfully that has been put to rest before the film's release this Friday. The essential question however is whether the film will live up to the hype? And more specifically- will this film finally break Abhishek's jinx?

    While at a recent press conference Abhishek appeared quite defensive, the Indian Express article says, "Moot the topic of his string of flops and a negative article in a certain national magazine and the actor retorts, "it does have a huge effect" it kills the confidence, it's embarrassing and degrading, but it makes me strike back too. Also, every five years some magazine or the other writes off a star, before me, they did the same to Hrithik Roshan, and we prove them wrong all the time."

    Well, if he's preparing to strike back, it will be a welcome

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  • Dil Toh Bachcha Hai JiAfter repeatedly attempting realistic portrayals, Madhur Bhandarkar tries his hand at comedy. However, the moral of 'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji' is - when in love, men are emotional fools and women are manipulative. Bhandarkar's weakness remains the same -blatant stereotyping, the fact that the graph of all the three stories follows the same trajectory just shows lack of imagination.

    Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgn) is going through a divorce and falls for a young intern, June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee). Pinto seems quite interested in her new boss but Naren decides to wait till his divorce is through to broach the topic with her. But he might just be a little late in disclosing his true feelings.

    Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya) works for a marriage bureau and romantic poetry is his passion. He falls for a radio jockey, Gungun (Shradha Das) who is an aspiring actress. She uses Milind to bail her out when she needs a script for her radio show after a late night party and sometimes to fund her social

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  • Bollywood, Drugs and Violence

    Fame and glamour are a heady mix and there are very few who manage to remain grounded despite the high they offer. Bollywood has sometimes been in the news for all the wrong reasons and some of our reel heroes have been in the news for their aberrant behaviour in real life.

    Bollywood's bad boys have had their share of run-ins with the law; be it drugs, alcohol or a history of violent relationship with women, our stars have often fallen from grace. While the media hype around these cases claims to uncover Bollywood's dark underbelly and the law plays a merely farcical role, the bigger question that needs to be addressed is the lack of any remedial approach to deal with such recklessness.

    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan was headed back to "jail" almost immediately after her release. After spending 13 days of her 3-month sentence, Lindsay Lohan was expected to report to a rehab clinic within 24 hours to start her 90-day programme as ordered by the court.

    Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen, one of the highest paid actors on

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