Movie Reviews
  • Cast: Imran Khan, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan, Shenaz Treasurywala, Vijay Raaz

    Directed by Abhinay Deo

    Rating: ***

    Very rarely we come across a film that disgusts and delights in equal measure. A film that has us crinkling our nose, yet sticking a thumb up for approval. Delhi Belly is one such film. And though many of us feel, we're too old for potty humour, we're not. As you would imagine, Delhi's Belly manifests an upset stomach, rumbling constantly, warning you of its ominous contents. This sound can be roughly translated in words, by the song, 'I want to break free' by Queen.

    The storyline is fairly uncomplicated for films in this genre. Parallel stories collide at certain parts but it seems natural and not Kukunoor-ish.  The film is about three Delhi bachelors, Tashi (Imran Khan), Arup (Vir Das) and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor), living in (by far) the filthiest bachelor pad constructed by any set designer ever.

    Professionally, Arup is a cartoonist for an ad agency

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  • Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jafri, Ashish Chowdhury, Mallika Sherawat, Kangana Ranaut, Satish Kaushik

    Directed by Indra Kumar

    Rating: ** 1/2

    No animals were hurt in the making of this film, unless you consider Ashish Chowdhury in his gorilla costume being abused by another gorilla (who is apparently the Emraan Hashmi of the ape world). This is ironic as Hashmi is himself often referred to as the chimp of the human world. And yes, this film is about the famously-foolish-foursome from 'Dhamaal' monkeying around like this was the Indian version of 'The Planet of the Apes'.  And if the brand of humour called 'idiotically hilarious' doesn't row your boat, don't get on this roller-coaster of non-stop madness. But if it does, enjoy the ride.

    The film has quite a bit for a plot, considering such films can even manage without one. Our super-zeros, Adi (Arshad Warsi), Manav (Javed Jaffrey), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Boman (Ashish Chowdhury) still love doing what

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  • Cast: Vinay Pathak, Kay Kay Menon, Minisha Lamba, Suresh Menon, Amol Gupte

    Directed by Sagar Ballary

    Rating: *1/2

    Comic actors over generations have relied on two vital skills: the ability to annoy and the art of appearing quite foolish. And some legends like Jim Carrey and Jerry Lewis have excelled in both these vocations. Buffs of the first installment of this film would be quick to point out that it is lead actor, Bharat Bhushan's (Vinay Pathak) idiosyncrasies that can fry one's 'bheja' deliciously. But in this watered-down sequel, unfortunately, he's either become tolerable or we've become immune to his nonsensical behaviour.

    The basic plot of the film doesn't throw-up any surprises. But then, in a film like this, you're more concerned with the imbecilic situations that our lead zero, Bharat, lands himself into. This time around, income tax officer, Bharat wins a TV game show that gets him on a cruise liner where he bumps into visionary scammer and perverted freak, Ajit Talwar (Kay

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  • Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Piyush Mishra, Deepti Naval, Prashant Narayan, Gautam Sharma, Shilpa Shukla, Pawan Malhotra, Vedita Pratap Singh

    Directed by Ankush Bhatt

    Rating: Taare Zameen Par

    When I make a gangster movie, it will feature Muslim and Hindu extremists. The Hindus will wear saffron and the Muslims will flaunt smudgy eye make-up. There will be riots too and a tranny whore, a corrupt cop who swings both ways (between the two rival gangs), etc. This was probably director Ankush Bhatt's vision before he planned to make Bhindi Bazaar Inc.

    Okay, to break this film down to a line: It's about a chess game, wherein every move is vaguely metaphoric and hence intercut with a pointless story from the lives of our two lead slum dogs, Darzi (Gautam Sharma) and Fateh (Prashant Narayan). These two are children when they're inducted into the world of pick-pocketing and kite-flying (yes, the two are very connected!).

    After picking roughly 550 wallets each, they grow up to become capable henchmen

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  • Shaitan

    Cast: Rajit Kapoor, Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Pawan Malhotra, Shiv Pandit, Gulshan Devaiya, Neil Bhoopalam, Kirti Kulhari

    Directed by Bejoy Nambiar

    Rating: **1/2

    Teens in Bollywood movies are usually blessed with a disposable income, fancy wheels and a life that makes you forget yours. The ones in 'Shaitan' confirm to the above, don't confirm to a limited dosage of cocaine and have a healthy appetite for destruction. While some may blame the parents for lack of bum-slapping during childhood, what really is pumping the insanity and unwarranted angst into the veins of today's youth is the game that could be included in the Olympics of the future, Angry Birds! Or not?

    The film introduces 5 friends, Amrita/ Amy (Kalki Koechlin), Dushyant/ Dash (Shiv Pandit), Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam), Karan/ KC (Gulshan Devaiya) and Tanya Sharma (Kirti Kulhari). Apart from Dash, who works at a coffee shop, the rest belong to affluent families. So, like most rich and rotten teens their age, they

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  • Cast: Salman Khan, Asin, Arya Babbar, Paresh Rawal, Puneet Issar, Mahesh Manjrekar

    Directed by Anees Bazmee

    Rating: *1/2

    Whistle-blowers rejoice! Salman is back and this time he's ditched his belt to fiddle inside his pant pockets (read: Dhinka Chika, in case you don't have a television set at home). The thing with Salman's films is that they're in a genre of their own. A genre that 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. I hope you would consider this vague disclaimer before reading this review and before going to watch this monsoon musical.

    But you're on this page hoping to get an idea about this film, so let's get down to business. The film is about a spoilt brat called Prem (the 14th time Salman has used this as a screen name) and his annoyingly happy family. Prem's daddy, Rajveer Kapoor (Mahesh Manjrekar) has the memory of a

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  • Kuch Luv Jaisa

    Cast: Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose, Sumit Raghavan

    Directed by Barnali Ray Shukla

    Rating: ** 1/2

    Chance meetings in Hindi films have always seemed less accidental and too fantastic to even be possible. Like the prankster Raj meeting the docile Simran while she tries desperately to catch a moving train (Eurorail, no less) in DDLJ. But then if filmy love stories were believable and logical, would they be as much fun and exciting?  May be, may be not.

    Anyway, this one is about an underappreciated housewife, Madhu Saxena (Shefali Shah) whose relationship with her husband (Sumit Raghavan) has been reduced to a clinical one. Like most neglected housewives, she wants to break-free and feels that her life is drifting away aimlessly and that she couldn't be all the things she wanted to. Oddly, one can empathise with her simple sufferings, without actually being in her shoes. Perhaps, that is the power of a well-written character.

    Luckily, all is not lost. Just as her husband forgets one of her

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  • Hangover 2

    Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Paul Giamatti, Mike Tyson

    Directed by Todd Phillips

    Rating: *

    There are multiple things that can ruin a movie-watching experience. A relentlessly howling baby by your side, a phone that rings loudly and is then answered by an even louder person etc. But while watching Hangover 2, one will be bothered by something entirely different: the unwarranted hoo-hah over the most unfunny scenes. So each time the bald, bearded and portly Alan (Zack Galifianakis) does as much as twitch his nose, certain quarters of the audience burst out laughing like it's going to be their last. And this puts you off more than the witless wonder called American humour that is manifested on the screen.

    For those who've seen Part 1, you know what to expect (not much!). Yet, this film will surely kick back your limited expectations from the movie by a peg or two. This time around the boozy foursome, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zack

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  • Cast: Jishu Sengupta, Raima Sen, Riya Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee

    Director: Rituparno Ghosh

    'Kashmakash' is the dubbed version of Rituparno Ghosh's 'Noukadubi' based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore. It's a period film and unless you are prepared for it, you might find the notions of love, old-fashioned and the pace at which the plot unfolds, tedious.

    Ramesh (Jishu Sengupta) is in love with Hemnalini (Raima Sen) and is planning to propose marriage very soon. He is suddenly summoned to his village where his father has already fixed up his marriage to a widow's daughter. He has no choice but to agree to the wedding when the widow and the would-be bride threaten to commit suicide. On his way back to Kolkata with his newly-wed wife the boat capsizes. He finds Kamla (Riya Sen), unconscious on the shore, dressed as a bride and assumes she is his wife. It's only later that he realizes that Kamla was married to someone else and she is not the woman he married.

    The plot has an interesting

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  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama

    Cast: Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonalli Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma

    Directed by Luv Ranjan

    Rating: *

    If you've reached this page, you're possibly considering this painfully tacky take on anti-rom-coms. While most films in this genre aim to prove that love can be a painful experience, this one is hell-bent on establishing that women have been created by God with a sole purpose to exploit men. While the exclusive purpose of 'Pyaar ka Punchnama' is to punch you with stereotypes, minimum wage acting and characters that make caricatures look good.

    The film is about three friends who share a pad in Delhi. First, Vikrant (Raayo Bhakhirta), who looks like a cross between a watered-down Sendhil and Kunal Kapoor, has special talents: smoking, playing the guitar, maintaining a poker face and usually managing to perform these three simultaneously. Second, Rajat a.k.a Rajjo (Kartikeya Tiwari), special trait: unnecessarily smiling between all his dialogues,

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