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  • Movie stills: JokerWell, Shirish Kunder has done the impossible; he has outdone himself at bad filmmaking, 'Joker' is worse than 'Tees Maar Khan'. I guess it's time that Kunder considered outsourcing some of his work because clearly, story, direction and editing was too much on his plate.

    Raja Sen in his review says that 'Joker' is a daft comedy:

    So what happens if a film -- one ostensibly in the guise of a comedy -- doesn't try too hard? The humour here isn't grating, overdone, outrageous, offensive, excruciating, unwatchable. This, then, may just be an approach that could be called a step forward in an Akshay Kumar comedy if only the aforementioned humour wasn't also nonexistent. There isn't a single line in Kunder's film that actually works, leaving us with a film that, while commendably brisk in a 100-minute package, refuses to get going at all.

    Maybe you thought star power would make this film work but even Sonakshi Sinha's good luck charm seems to have failed this time. Anupama Chopra writes:

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  • Joker review

    A still from Joker
    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Minisha Lamba, Shreyas Talpade
    Directed by Shirish Kunder
    Rating: One crop circle

    If we don’t have any extraterrestrials ever bothering to visit us, we know who to blame now. Shirish Kunder’s ‘Joker’ can be watched on TV sets with small picture tubes but not by those with a narrow imagination. After all, films featuring aliens enjoy unlimited creative liberty to design beings who defy form and feature for one simple reason: no one knows how they look. But regrettably, ‘Joker’ uses this great power with great irresponsibility and provides us with actors in pumpkin suits who put up a minimum wage performance. And while an orderly mind will be weak to comprehend the true meaning of ‘Kaala Ghoosh Goot Goot’ (a character’s trademark dialogue in the film), we can only guess that it is a warning to exit the movie screen as soon as possible unless you want your brains scooped out of your ears. Unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury, so we brave this Read More »from Joker review
  • Kiss and smell, anyone?
    Cast: Farah Khan, Boman Irani, Kavin Dave, Shammi, Kurush Deboo, Daisy Irani
    Directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal
    Rating: **1/2

    Romantic novels crack it as they're painted by the flamboyant technicolour of one's imagination. But 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi' (SFKTNP) goes on to prove that the hero doesn't need to be right out of Mills and Boons and his love interest can have a few extra love handles. Love stories about the middle-aged have been only appreciated for their comic relief or for catering to those from the same age group as the couple on the screen. But brushing aside these notions, we are ushered into a world where man meets woman, a seductive saxophone fills up the air and then their paunches collide. Love at first bump. No honking sound-effects thankfully.

    The film takes us into an average Parsi colony and all the stereotypes about their idiosyncrasies are quickly furnished. Neurotic man who writes love letters to Indira Gandhi- tick. Neurotic man who solves every

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  • Salman and Katrina back togetherIn Kabir Khan's 'Ek Tha Tiger' Jason Bourne meets Chulbul Pandey. Kabir's protagonist tries to tread the fine line where an undercover RAW agent, who by definition needs to maintain a low profile, has to also appeal to the masses. The big challenge for the director was to find a way of resolving this dichotomy and capitalizing on the 'Salmantricks'.

    The premise is simple enough: India's top spy goes by the name Tiger (Salman Khan) and though few know his real name, they all known of his daredevilry and grit. He is sent to Ireland on a relatively harmless mission where he meets Zoya (Katrina Kaif) and promptly falls in love with her. However, in their world of dark secrets, multiple identities and impending threats, there is no space for love and emotions. Tiger and Zoya's love story follows a predictable trajectory where they must run and hide to exotic locales so that they eventually become untraceable.

    Salman's entry and the Matrix-ishtyle fight sequences in the very first scene were

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  • Katrina and Salman in a still from Ek Tha TigerEk Tha TigerCast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth
    Directed by Kabir Khan
    Rating: *
    Ek Tha Jackie Shroff. And then he had a son. But this one belongs to the genre mastered by Jackie Chan and plastered with superhuman stunts by Salman Khan: action comedy mashed up with a spy thriller. If you thought Agent Vinod (read review) made a Ronald McDonald out of the genre, Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) takes a mousey tail and sticks it up his nose for Salman to swing from ear to ear. Regardless, if you've followed Salman's recent films, you know that they're in a genre of their own and cannot be graded for the story, screenplay, performances or any other metric used to evaluate other films. They can just be enjoyed or suffered, depending upon the elasticity of your tolerance.

    Enemy spies materialising from every nook and cranny are smashed shapeless by our indestructible RAW agent Tiger (Salman Khan). Tiger's only grouse: no time for love and his undercover operations make him a

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  • Give it to me, Tiger
    Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth
    Directed by Kabir Khan
    Rating: *

    Ek Tha Jackie Shroff. And then he had a son. But this one belongs to the genre mastered by Jackie Chan and plastered with superhuman stunts by Salman Khan: action comedy mashed up with a spy thriller. If you thought Agent Vinod (read review) made a Ronald McDonald out of the genre, Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) takes a mousey tail and sticks it up his nose for Salman to swing from ear to ear. Regardless, if you've followed Salman's recent films, you know that they're in a genre of their own and cannot be graded for the story, screenplay, performances or any other metric used to evaluate other films. They can just be enjoyed or suffered, depending upon the elasticity of your tolerance.

    Enemy spies materialising from every nook and cranny are smashed shapeless by our indestructible RAW agent Tiger (Salman Khan). Tiger's only grouse: no time for love and his undercover operations make him a

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  • Give it to me, Tiger!
    Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth
    Directed by Kabir Khan

    Ek Tha Jackie Shroff. And then he had a son. But this one belongs to the genre mastered by Jackie Chan and plastered with superhuman stunts by Salman Khan: action comedy mashed up with a spy thriller. If you thought Agent Vinod (read review) made a Ronald McDonald out of the genre, Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) takes a mousey tail and sticks it up his nose for Salman to swing from ear to ear. Regardless, if you've followed Salman's recent films, you know that they're in a genre of their own and cannot be graded for the story, screenplay, performances or any other metric used to evaluate other films. They can just be enjoyed or suffered, depending upon the elasticity of your tolerance.

    Enemy spies materialising from every nook and cranny are smashed shapeless by our indestructible RAW agent Tiger (Salman Khan). Tiger's only grouse: no time for love and his undercover operations make him a

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  • Nawazuddin SiddiquiAnurag Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur II' is even better than its prequel. The complete competence with which Kashyap handles this subject is proof that he completely owned the plot and the narrative. There was so much going on in 'Gangs of Wasseypur I', that at times, it was difficult to keep track of the details but 'Wasseypur II' has enough clarity, is much better nuanced and is not as dark as the first one.

    If the first one was all about Manoj Bajpai, this one belongs to Nawazuddin Siddiqui completely. Nawazuddin manages to imbibe various aspects of Faisal's character and essays the role with impeccable ease. Your heart goes out to the conflicted protagonist. The druggie Faisal who is so busy puffing away at his joint that he is almost indifferent to his father and elder brother's murder, the reluctant gangster who is thrust into the limelight by default, the lover who is as smitten despite the tough exterior.

    While Siddiqui never really leaves the spotlight, every other member of

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  • Sweet nothings in Wasseypur
    Cast: Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jameel Khan, Zeishan Quadri, Aditya Kumar
    Directed by Anurag Kashyap
    Rating: ***

    Phuchchak! A stab in the eye. Krreeeech! A human head severed from the rest. Swish! Swoosh! Perpendicular and tangent blades inserted into flesh. And then, a semi-automatic is used to poke intestines swinging from a carcass that has been polka-dotted with gun fire. Now you know, when director Anurag Kashyap says dark, he means 99% cocoa.

    Following the chain of events in the first part, this was meant to be a revenge account. And in its 159-minute runtime, only a few bullets are dodged and the rest find shelter in their targets to ensure that the ‘badla’ is avenged proportionately. Many will complain that they have limited tolerance for graphic violence, while those who have an appetite for it would demand an utmost number of people to be wasted cleverly. So instead of analyzing this film, let’s review these distinct sets of film goers and what this Read More »from Gangs of Wasseypur 2 review
  • Sunny Leone in Jism 2Every new Bollywood film claims that it will be breaking stereotypes but what the filmmakers actually do is package and market the product in a way that ensures salability. Does the audience feel cheated? I am sure they do but the collection of the first weekend rakes in the moolah by then. The same can be said about 'Jism 2' but if you are were just expecting lots of skin show, then the film is a total paisa vasool.

    Vinayak Chakravorty in his review says that this film will guarantee a hit because everyone has been waiting for Bollywood's first erotica:

    Look what the Bhatts have done. They have just beaten everyone in Bollywood - Aamir Khan included - in the game of clever marketing. Jism 2, more than a film, is a brainwork marvel at hardselling a porn star as B-Town's latest sex bomb. If hype over style and substance has become the mantra to ensure first-weekend spoils, Pooja has played her Sunny card well. The PR frenzy around the debutante sets a new yardstick for film marketing.

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