Movie Reviews
  • Ahoy Captain!

    Cast: Kainaz Motiwala, Vickrant Mahajan, Prem Chopra, Blue eyeliner, Green eyeliner, Purple eyeliner, Audi SUV

    Directed by Vickrant Mahajan (who is also the lead actor, lyricist, writer of the film and if you're particularly unlucky, he would be sitting next to you in the movie)

    Rating: Minus 2

    There are movies that stand up for women’s rights and there are those like this that sit down on women’s wrongs. In the same vein as Hema Malini’s directorial misadventures, ‘Challo Driver’ is one such cinematic zit that is nurtured into becoming malignant. If this film actually had a decided moral, it must be that women can do everything. This includes being highly qualified but picking a job that befits an illiterate only because they’re also adventurous and stupidly stubborn and stubbornly stupid. And girls just wanna have… at your cost (since you will pay for the multiplex ticket). Prostration guaranteed.

    'Talk to the eyeliner since the rest don't want to hear anymore'

    Tanya Malhotra (Kainaz Motiwala) is an occupation-less yet fiercely driven and Read More »from Challo Driver review
  • Saif with his leggy beauties in CocktailHomi Adajania's "Cocktail" like the name promises is a heady mix of friendship, love and drama. The fact that Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali have written the script ensures that the concoction is strong enough to keep you entertained for the most part. However, the fun is slightly diluted by the pace of the second half.

    Raja Sen in his review asks some very pertinent questions:

    Why, Bollywood, why? Why this cold shower, this Vicky Christina Bar-Bar-Rona? Why must you promise a potent, heady concoction only to water it down with clichéd club soda, like a sadistic bartender? Why must the most modern aspect of a contemporary film be the clothes the actors wear? Why must characters, in a bid to prove how blasé they are, flip themselves the bird while trying on said clothes? And why -- oh lord why -- can't films be as efficiently short as heroines' skirts nowadays are?

    While Taran Adarsh is not too impressed with the film post-interval, he points out the highlights:

    First things first! COCKTAIL

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  • Cocktail review

    Keeping up with the Khan-dashians
    Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda

    Directed by Homi Adajania

    Rating: *1/2

    Those who love judging a film by its trailer will be quick to assume that this is another version of ‘Love Aaj Kal’. Those who watch American reality shows would spot similarities with ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’- as Saif looks old enough to father the two leading ladies in this film. But those who actually watch this film will know that it’s neither. It’s a hollow approach to relationships that leaves you with an empty feeling of nothingness. Here’s a cocktail mixed with laughs, dances, songs, tears, stunning beaches but the cumulative effect of this mix: permanent sobriety.

    Welcome to present day London, where Veronica’s (Deepika Padukone) present is all about making her presence felt wherever she goes. So if she’s at a club, she has to get nasty on the platform, if she’s getting wasted in a limo, her bladder will be the first to give up. Read More »from Cocktail review
  • Bore Bachchans

    Cast: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Neeraj Vora

    Directed by Rohit Shetty

    Rating: 0.25 *

    Just after a cameo jig in the title song, Big B offers a disclaimer: he isn’t a part of this film, even though his name is. And that is hint enough for the wise. But for those who don’t know, Bol Bachchan (BB) jams chopsticks up the nose of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s comic classic ‘Gol Maal’ and digs itself six feet under with it. While the story is same in theory, being a Rohit Shetty film only adds some cars nailing somersaults, trucks attempting a ballet, baddies playing mid-air Garba after being biffed and Ajay Devgn drawing his eyebrows close enough to show that he means business.    

    Presenting the mightiest gunda of Ranakpur, human Google translator (Hindi to nonsensical) Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgn). He comes, he punches, he delivers a line in two languages and he leaves. His opening shots and exits are in slow-mo and his lines leave you with loose motions. Lost in

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  • Maximum review

    Mooch is the secret of my energy: Sonu Sood in Maximum

    Cast: Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak, Amit Sadh

    Directed by Kabeer Kaushik

    Rating: Minus five

    Contrary to popular belief, this film isn’t about a nighty-clad mother (maxi-mum). It is about Aamchi Mumbai- the maximum city. But director Kabeer Kaushik’s film takes minimum interest in Suketu Mehta’s interpretation of the city and if anything, only curdles it into a milkshake of clichés. So Mumbai isn’t about the ‘Mum-bhais’ anymore. It’s about trigger-happy encounter cops, dance bars which can’t be distinguished from item song shoots and a lot of people lying mum in a pool of their own blood; pretty much like the theatre screening this film.

    Pratap Pandit (Sonu Sood) is an encounter cop of few words and many bullets. A family man by every right, he is sorely disappointed when his wife- Supriya (Neha Dhupia) succumbs to a bullet later in the film. That said, unlike every self-respecting family man, he is a regular at dance bars and has his way with item girls who

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  • Manoj Bajpai in Gangs of WasseypurAnurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" is serious storytelling but there's never a dull moment. Gone are the days when serious films and masala films were separated by watertight compartments in Bollywood. Kashyap's story about the coal and scrap mafia of Wasseypur, inspired from real-life events, peppered with choicest abuses from Bihar's heartland, makes from a very enjoyable watch.

    Rajeev Masand says Wasseypur is a "gripping film" because it's much more than a revenge saga:

    On the surface, Gangs of Wasseypur is a revenge saga, a tableau of vengeance between generations of gangsters. Scratch that surface and you'll discover more than just a grim portrait. Director Anurag Kashyap decides to tell this story his way, infusing it with moments of sly wit that give the blood-soaked drama irresistible color.

    Baradwaj Rangan in his review talks about the "text appeal" of Wasseypur and how it boasts of moments that are strung together brilliantly to make the film memorable:

    The film unfolds

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  • Teri Meri KahaaniKunal Kohli's 'Teri Meri Kahaani' is a breezy romantic comedy which makes for an effortless watch. After a futile attempt at serious storytelling (Fanaa) and a vain shot at originality (Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic), Kohli's latest film is a simple tale, which works mainly because it is so mediocre that you don't need to give it much thought.

    Like the promos have made it abundantly clear, the film is about love in three different eras and fortunately for us, the fact that the lead roles in the three stories are played by the same actors is purely coincidental and it is not a rebirth saga.

    In 1910, Javed (Shahid), a compulsive flirt falls for Aradhana (Priyanka), a freedom fighter's daughter. He gets jailed to impress her but her father plays spoilsport. In 1960, a struggling musician, Govind (Shahid), arrives in Bombay with dreams of making it big in the film industry. He falls for the famous heroine Rukhsar (Priyanka), who is equally smitten but her best friend also is also in love with

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  • Shayar and Garfunkel

    Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Prachi Desai, Neha Sharma

    Directed by Kunal Kohli

    Rating: 1/2 *

    Cracking of knuckles, the Angry Birds background score and pure and pleasant snoring are sounds that one can be greeted with while watching ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. These are, of course, sounds produced by the audience and aren’t a part of the movie.  And while looking at the screen is the primary job in a movie hall, what Kunal Kohli offers us this week makes this the hardest and most ungrateful job ever. It would be easy to pick 100 reasons but one of the popular arguments would be: lack of anything that you’ve not already seen before. Novelty releases dopamine in the brain but the three disconnected (yet forcefully similar) love stories in this film ensure your brain doesn’t produce any dope (yours, mine or for anyone else).

    If you’ve seen the promos, you know that the film features three different stories with the same lead pair spanning across decades. The first is based in 1960s

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  • A still form Gangs of Wasseypur

    Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Reemma Sen, Piyush Mishra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi

    Directed by Anurag Kashyap

    Rating: ***

    One of the reasons why Slumdog Millionaire was a global explosion was because it meticulously recorded and reported on the underbelly of Mumbai in a way that you could not just see but also experience the proceedings on the screen. This doesn’t mean that when you go to watch ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, the usher would come and stab you silly or the popcorn vendor would hold a bucket to your chest to buffer the sound of a pointblank fire. But what you see and hear will surely make you a happy hostage, willing to surrender to Wasseypur: a land where ‘kabootars’ multitask and uprooting rail tracks to loot carriages is hardly a task.

    Sardar Khan with his Bengali bride Durga

    Firstly, here’s what you shouldn’t expect from this film. If your neighbour/ friend/ colleague/ driver told you that this film is based on the coal mafia, he/she didn’t know any better. The central characters are Read More »from Gangs of Wasseypur review
  • Ferrari Ki SawaariRajesh Mapuskar's "Ferrari Ki Sawaari" is a well-intentioned film but it tries too hard to strike an emotional chord. While an interesting plot and some fine writing could have made this film stand-out but a light-hearted film infused with too much sentimentality spoils the fun.

    Rusy's (Sharman Joshi) son is a gifted 12-year-old who is a young aspiring cricketer. Despite limited means Rusy wants to do the best for his son. The little boy gets a chance to go to Lords for a cricketing camp and Rusy has to somehow arrange for a big sum of money to make his dream come true. In comes a local politician who wants Sachin Tendulkars's Ferrari on loan for his son's wedding. Rusy becomes the connection between the Ferrari, Sachin Tendulkar and the money that the groom's father is ready to shell out for the 'Ferrari ki sawaari'. The honest and upright Rusy succumbs to pressure and tries to make quick money to pay for the camp but the simple plan obviously goes all wrong.

    Sharman Joshi and Boman

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