Movie Reviews
  • 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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  • Jism 2 review

    2 Jisms in Jism 2

    Cast: Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda, Arunoday Singh

    Directed by Pooja Bhatt

    Rating: 1/2 *

    Breathing is an operation of inhaling and exhaling. Sunny Leone makes this process a delight as her lovely lady lumps rise and descend like waves in a stormy sea. So the biggest selling point of Jism 2 is that Sunny breathes a lot and offers the same twin reasons to watch this film that she has in her entire filmography. Her indecent exposure has worried many but there are way bigger exposés in store here. For starters, how Arunoday Singh manages to unconvincingly pull off two satellites clipped on to his head as ears or how Randeep Hooda breaks into the hamming hall of fame without slipping in any ants in his pants. The film lives up to its title by allowing one to examine the human body in more ways than most doctors get to. Regrettably, it is your jism which is reduced to rubble in the process of watching this dribble.

    The movie opens to a shiny and smooth canvas- a topless back of porn star

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  • KSKHH

    Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupam Kher, horny pug

    Directed by Sachin Yardi

    Rating: **

    When you go to watch KSKHH, you know what you’ve signed up for. Nothing in this review or what anyone tells you should alter anything. It is (as you would expect) a willful plunge into an ocean of sexual innuendos, perpetually horny pugs, more gay jokes than Dostana can cover in the next ten sequels and some very well done movie spoofs. My pick: the pointy brassiere-clad Bra.One whose sole purpose in life is to support women in, well, you know what. Double meaning with triple seasoning and everything, everywhere has some trace of filthy literature. Not even the sign boards are spared: La Whore Dhaba, Cock Tail bar etc.

    No prizes for guess what I have in my mouthAdi (Tusshar Kapoor) is a struggling actor who hasn’t resigned despite being reduced to endorsing some of the most despicable and entertaining Home Shopping products on TV (drastic skin whitening, constipation cures etc). His roommate and

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  • 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'

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  • 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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