Movie Reviews
  • Madhavan and Bipasha in 'Jodi Breakers''Jodi Breakers' could have been a fun film but the execution is bad. Ashwini Chaudhary gets the various elements in place but the bungled treatment makes the film a tedious watch.

    Avijit Ghosh in his review points out:

    At first glance, Jodi Breakers has a lot going for it: an unusual and interesting lead pair, fabulous outdoor location (Greece, in this case) and foot-stomping music. But the movie is let down by a script that lacks fizz and connect. Director Ashwini Chaudhary's venture begins as a comedy but gradually morphs into romance and loses momentum in the second half. Not even Helen can perk things up. Romance as remorse doesn't work here.

    For a romantic comedy, most of the humour in the film is pretty inane. There is Omi Vaidya's Kamdev scene, which works to a certain extent but his accent is not as amusing as before. Like Piyali Dasgupta writes in her review, it's the supporting characters that provide some relief:

    Some form of reprieve to see Milind Soman and Dipanita Sharma

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  • A Jodi made in Greece

    Cast: R Madhavan, Bipasha Basu, Omi Vaidya, Milind Soman, Dipanita Sharma, Mrinalini Sharma, Helen

    Directed by Ashwini Chaudhary

    Rating: **1/2

    Hearts and buttocks may not serve the same purpose but when in love, both are subject to equitable amount of pain. This is one of the many pearls of wisdom you might pick up from this rom-com about breaking marriages and bandaging hearts. While similar films have managed well in exploring the intricate particulars of relationships, this one dares to not take itself as seriously and makes for a flaky yet pleasant watch.

    The film ushers us into the curious life of Sid Khanna (R Madhavan), a marriage breaker by profession and a divorcee by marital status. Although he isn’t a divorce lawyer, he lies very well and helps people part with their insufferable partners without getting bankrupt due to alimony. His friends and supporting cast include sexual athlete and bartender Nano (Omi Vaidya) and a couple who devise their screen time between offering

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  • Prateik and AmyLike someone rightly said some films should not be remade and Gautham Menon's 'Ekk Deewana Tha' definitely shouldn't have been.

    Taran Adarsh points out the obvious loopholes in his review:

    Both, the Tamil version [VINNAITHAANDI VARUVAAYAA] and also its Telugu adaptation [YE MAAYA CHESAVE] were considered path-breaking motion pictures. Though essentially a remake, EKK DEEWANA THA conjures memories of K. Balachander's roaring hit EK DUUJE KE LIYE. Menon is a master storyteller, no two opinions on that, but EKK DEEWANA THA fails to leave an impact for a valid reason: A beaten to death plot tends to stagnate after a point. Also, Menon overstays the hospitality by dragging the film in its second hour. Just when you think the story would conclude, Menon does a time travel and starts a new chapter in this never-ending love story. That, honestly, only makes this snail-paced movie a taxing and cumbersome experience.

    Bollywood loves a good romance but not one where the plot is dragged endlessly

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  • I hope you don't have lice

    Cast: Prateik Babbar, Amy Jackson, Sachin Khedekar

    Directed by Gautham Menon

    Rating: Minus Ek

    Pain and pleasure have the same facial expression. This is why you will share the same face with the lead cast of ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ through the entire runtime. Love stories that curdle, portray societal and familial tribulations. But here, there is a far graver issue beyond the usual jaat-paat, rich-poor etc: The lead duo can’t act to save Tibet. And as dismissive as it may sound in the first paragraph of this review, it is in fact the iceberg that makes this painful love story crash as we endure the burn.

    The film is about an aspiring filmmaker and unemployed dreamer Sachin (Prateik Babbar) who gets knocked out of his world when he bumps into a celestial Mallu-Catholic girl Jessie (Amy Jackson). Following a bit of cutesy stalking, he proposes. She rejects on account of avoiding inter-caste hassles and for their age difference (she’s a year older). He refuses to give up and takes stalking to

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  • Kareena in EMAETThe one thing that makes debutant director, Shakun Batra's 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' work is the fact that the film steers clear of melodrama and has an unpredictable climax but was there much else?

    Avijit Ghosh writes in The Times of India, that the film is the 'sweetest heartbreak':

    With only the faintest trace of the Hollywood hit, What Happens in Vegas (2008), Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu shows what first-rate direction and a cute but brave script can do to the done-to-death story of opposites getting attracted to each other. EMAET has heart, charm and an enviable lightness of being. And it certainly helps that the lead players are in fine form. Like quality wine, Kareena seems to improve with every passing year though you find shades of Geet (Jab We Met) in her part. And Imran brings just that right amount of balance to the difficult part of an uptight, gawky individual who evolves with every passing day. The movie is essentially his journey from boy to man. With its neon lights and flash, Las

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  • Cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ram Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah

    Directed by Shakun Batra

    Rating: **

    It is the season of love, heart-shaped balloons and diabetes-inducing greeting cards. So when a movie tries to cash in on this circus of affection, you know what you’re in for. But despite being packaged as a V-day extravaganza, this film doesn’t subscribe to every cliché associated with this auspicious day for getting Main and Tu to become Hum. To describe the core of this film without being a spoiler, we can say that all love is friendship but not the other way around. Confused? Here’s a chart.

    All friendship is not love

    Like every heterosexual love story, this one has a boy and a girl. And since contemporary love stories have to live up to the new world solution (escapist cinema) of ditching the daily drudgery for chikna neighbourhoods, they will be based in Las Vegas. Our boy, Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) is a failing architect by profession, closet photographer and full-time domesticated rat,

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  • Hrithik in AgneepathKaran Malhotra's 'Agneepath' is definitely a visual spectacle but do we have an appetite for a three-hour-long revenge saga complete with blood, gore and heightened melodrama any more?

    Rajeev Masand in his review commends the acting but rightly points out that it's 'over-indulgent':

    Debutant director Karan Malhotra's re-telling of Mukul Anand's 1990 vendetta movie 'Agneepath' is a glossy, well-acted production. Compared to recent 'mass entertainers' that tend to lazily sacrifice story and plot for retro-style action and star appeal, this remake rolls along like a well-oiled machine. And yet, after watching three hours of stabbing, gunfire, blasts, and hand-to-hand fighting, you realize the film is somewhat crippled by its over-indulgent length.

    Malhotra's remake might be a tribute to the cult classic but the close-ups and the loud background score is almost reminiscent of RGV's films. Mayank Shekhar in his review says:

    The debutant director (Karan Malhotra) is an equally unapologetic

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  • Agneepath review

    Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra

    Directed by Karan Malhotra

    Rating: **

    A Bollywood remake is like a second child. It cannot avoid being compared to the first and invariably ends up inheriting the inferior traits of the original. This is classically true in the case of ‘Agneepath’ – a box office bummer of the 90s, remembered for the cult clearing of throat between, before and after lines gargled out by the legendary screen gangster, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (VDC). This one (thankfully) steers clear of clearing of throat but ends up being a puzzled mix of contemporary and Eastman-coloured cinema.

    Our journey into the mid-eighties begins suitably with VDC (Hrithik Roshan) as a toddler with a head full of curls (every child actor of the time looked like a baby Tendulkar). Following the original, his idealist school teacher father ends up being falsely maligned and then mercilessly wasted by a fierce goon Kancha (Sanjay Dutt), who looks like an overweight Voldemort with a nose

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  • Guzaarish review

    Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Monikangana, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shernaz Patel

    Directed: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

    Rating: *

    A song in the film Guzaarish warns you about the film. It goes something like, "Sau gram zindagi hain..." so think twice before wasting some of it watching this film. But if you're not convinced, read on. The film is based on mercy killing (a legal way to allow a terminally suffering patient to end his life painlessly). But endure this film half-way and you want to legalise mercy stabbing and mercy skull-smashing, to end the suffering you'll experience.

    Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik) is Goa's very own David Blaine, a paraplegic since 14 years following an on-stage injury. He lives in the part of Goa which falls in Eastern Europe, complete with castle, nurse Sofia D'Souza (Aishwarya Rai) who is perpetually dressed as a Spanish witch (wearing blood red lipstick) and several domestic help who look like milkmaids of different shapes and sizes. The film is a playground

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  • Cast: Reetu Jain, Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Ravi Kissen, Shweta Bhardwaj, Rajesh Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Manoj Pahwa

    Directed by Hriday Shetty

    Rating: **

    Squeezing in a series of events that take place over a night can make for a deliciously pacey watch. But Bollywood’s interpretation of this format hasn’t always managed the meat of the bat. While ‘Ek Chalis Ki Last Local’ had a crisp screenplay, ‘My Friend Pinto’ was an embarrassing take on Chaplin and ‘Chameli’ seemed pretentiously art house. Neither had the gritty zing of an ‘After Hours’ or the shivering tension of a ‘Rope’ and yet, it is refreshing that this one manages very well to keep you awake and interested if not anxious about the what would follow. Somewhere between overwhelming and underwhelming is a slot that is called unobjectionable and that is just where this one-night comic-thriller fits into.

    Bollywood has explored themes like cops breaking bad, baddies trying to start afresh and every other one in

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