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  • Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Ronit Roy, Revathi

    Direction: Abhishek Varman

    Rating: ***


    Anyone who has tried to convince conservative parents to bless their inter-caste/inter-state/inter-religion union will definitely relate to these young lovers. The story is heart-warming but it takes too long to get to the point and provide a resolution.

    Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) fall in love during their two-year program at India’s premium B-school. However, when they want to tie the knot, they realize that the North-South divide is far too vast for their parents. Their problems are genuine and they try very real methods to convince both the families. But since there is neither high drama nor roll-on-the-floor comedy, the sequences seem to stretch on forever.

    Arjun and Alia both infuse fresh energy into their parts and try their level best to rise above the weak script. This is Arjun’s first real romantic role and somehow, the constant confused

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  • Cast: AmitabhBachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra

    Direction: Nitesh Tiwari

    Rating: ***

    Nitesh Tiwari’s ‘Bhootnath Returns’ is perfectly timed for this election season. While the film drives home a very pertinent message, the execution is labored and preachy.

    There was a time in Hindi cinema when any film with a message, patriotic or otherwise, ended up being jingoistic and sermonic. Then Rajkumar Hirani happened and he crafted an impeccable blend; his satires were perfectly pitched, they addressed real issues and at the same time were so skillfully steeped in humour that the audience was never made to feel like there was any form of pontification.

    Despite genuine attempts at tongue-in-cheek humour, ‘Bhootnath Returns’ failsto replicate that model. The film looks promising when we see a Hogwarts-like (theschool in the Harry Potter series) fantasy place called “Bhoot World”, where ghosts are waiting for their chance to be reborn. However, the novelty fades soon and once

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  • Cast: Varun Dhawan,Ileana D’Cruz, Nargis Fakhri, Arunoday Singh, Rajpal Yadav, Anupam Kher

    Direction: David Dhawan

    Rating: ***



    If you have to make slapstick comedy, do it like David Dhawan. ‘MainTera Hero’ has the right dose of mad humour, well choreographed fight sequences, some peppy dance numbers, an ogle-worthy hero and two well-sculpted heroines.

    David Dhawan’s comedies usually boast of a multi-star cast but for ‘Main TeraHero’, Varun Dhawan provides the perfect blend of Salman-tricks and Govinda-esque school of humour. He has an inherent stupid look on his face and it seems to go so well with his character, Sreenath Prasad in this film. While he seems to struggle a bit with the comic timing, he manages to charm his way through the film. The close-up shots of his six-pack abs and the ease with which he performs the action and dance sequences are definitely whistle-worthy.

    This is the kind of comedy that a Sajid Khan or more recently an Indra Kumar (of ‘Grand Masti’ fame) aspires to

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    Cast: Sunny Leone,Parvin Dabbas, Sandhya Mridul, Divya Dutt

    Direction: Bhushan Patel

    Rating: ½


    The makers of this film would have you believe that ‘Ragini MMS 2’ belongs to the new “horrex” genre – horror + sex. Be not confused, this film is simply the mainstreaming of porn in Hindi cinema. There is enough opportunity for cheap titillation.

    The film is replete with sexual innuendos and the director makes sure that Sunny Leone gets to brandish her craft with flair. Therefore, the plot completely focuses on getting Leone to shed her inhibitions and indulge in real or imaginary intimate scenes with almost every man of the cast. The brief seems to be very clear, if you have a porn star on the house, then we must have enough scenes of her either topless or walking around skimpily clad in clothes that look straight out of a Victoria Secret catalogue. Is that consequential to the story? May be not but who cares? The storytellers most definitely don’t.

    If you really care about the story, the

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  • Cast: AyushmannKhurrana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

    Direction: NupurAsthana

    Rating: **


    ‘Bewakoofiyaan’ reeks of confused storytelling. The filmmakers seem to have lost the plot somewhere during the making of the film – Is the focus on recession and the impact it has on a nascent romantic relationship? Or is this just another love story that has its share of upheavals?

    Mohit Chaddha (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a marketing whiz in a stable relationship with Mayera Sehgal (Sonam Kapoor), a financial genius. The next imminent thing to do for this young couple is to get married and they need Mayera’s bureaucratic father, V K Sehgal’s (Rishi Kapoor) permission for that. Just when Mohit is trying to make a good impression, he loses his job, which would possibly further jeopardize his equation with his would-be father-in-law.

    Mohit Chaddha is a decent guy – in fact, quite an indulgent boyfriend. He is ready to apologise every time he snaps at his girlfriend, he realizes that his frustration is

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  • Cast: Madhuri Dixit Nene, Juhi Chawla Mehta, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Divya Jagdale

    Direction: Soumik Sen

    The biggest feat that Soumik Sen has accomplished with ‘Gulaab Gang’ is that he managed to cast once arch rivals, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Juhi Chawla-Mehta as the hero and villain in his film, the rest is just backdrop.


    Baradwaj Rangan
    says in his review, that he was expecting a “fiery feminist drama” but what he watched instead was a “Tamil/Telugu mass-hero masala movie – only, with women.” He explains:


    As with the heroes in those films, we are teased with flashes of the heroine’s (Madhuri Dixit-Nene, playing Rajjo) presence before finally getting to the scene that reveals her face. We get the moment where she issues a challenge to the villain and walks away in slow motion. (It’s a villainess, really, a scheming politician named Sumitra, and played by Juhi Chawla. We get a glimpse of her feet first, which is only right given that that’s where she wants the men around

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  • Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon

    Direction: Vikas Bahl

    Rating: ****

    The best thing about ‘Queen’ is that Vikas Bahl has crafted memorable characters that don’t conform to Bollywood stereotypes. The story weaved around these characters stays always relatable, luring you into Rani’s (KanganaRanaut) world fuelling your wanderlust.

    Yes, weddings are the most overused canvas in contemporary Hindi films but there is a touch of relatability in this one. This wedding is chaotic unlike our typically glossy Bollywood weddings and you spot a touch of authenticity when you see our winter bride wearing a slightly oversized sweater over her sequined dress for the mehendi ceremony. When ‘London Thumakda’ plays out on the big screen, you do feel like joining the fat aunties and doing your own little jig with them.   

    The promos did prepare us for it but when Rani is dumped at the altar, your heart goes out to her character. You can see the initial shock register on her face and as the truth

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  • Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Ram Kapoor, Vir Das, Purab Kohli

    Direction: Saket Chaudhury

    Rating: ***

    Saket Chaudhury’s ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ is a classic example of a director approaching a topic that he is quite obviously not convinced about. The narrative is peppered with genuine humour but the plot baffles you with the many theories it throws up and immediately debunks.

    Gender roles are being redefined daily, and contemporary marriages are complex entities. Throw into it a metrosexual male, who is not the traditional MCP husband but one who wants to make an honest attempt at becoming a good father. Instead of making an example out of a man who is trying so hard, the director makes him apologise for the lifestyle choices he makes, which is merely to also seek private space in a marriage.

    We are handed this ridiculous notion that pursuing your own passion/hobby/alone-time is tantamount to adultery. Unless your marriage is this all-consuming entity where every bit of your time is

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    Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway'
    Cast: Alia Bhatt,Randeep Hooda

    Direction: Imtiaz Ali

    Rating: ****

    Is this Imtiaz Ali’s best film till date? While the answer to that is open to debate and discussion, there is no doubt that ‘Highway’ is Ali’s boldest film. He makes no concessions in his storytelling, he doesn’t attempt to play to the gallery and he definitely doesn’t try to adhere to any Bollywood formula.

    Right at the onset when we see preparations are underway for an impending wedding, there isn’t a colourful song-and-dance number covertly inserted into the plot. Instead the scenes play out like a home video, handheld shots taken by a video camera that probably wasn’t even high-definition.

    The abduction is not premeditated but once it’s done we have no option but to flee. Our road trip is initially through the arid, dusty roads of North India. The landscape is much like the relationship between the captor and the hostage – a strange apathy emanating from the barren lands.

    When Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) is held

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  • Arjun and Ranveer in 'Gunday'Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Irrfan, Saurabh Shukla

    Direction: Ali Abbas Zafar

    Rating: ***

    Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Gunday’ is set in a very 1970-ish mould: destitute boys, who eventually emerge as the messiah of the poor, a tale of friendship, love, betrayal and inevitable reunion. The director does inject a neat twist into this predictable plot but it is the performances that make the film more watchable.

    Arjun Kapoor plays the hotheaded Bala who doesn’t think before pulling the trigger. He brings a rare vulnerability to his portrayal. Even though his character is brash, uncouth and reckless, you can’t help but feel for this angst-ridden gunda.

    Ranveer’s Bikram, as a character is a lot more linear unlike the layered Bala. There is ample show of their well-sculpted bodies as they indulge in slow motion fistfight sequences and it is a welcome change to see that filmmakers are increasingly aware of the female gaze as well when they are selecting their male protagonists.

    The

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