Movie Reviews
  • Madras Cafe: The filmCast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Siddharth Basu

    Direction: Shoojit Sircar

    Rating: ***1/2

    ‘Madras Cafe’ is an engaging tale. Commendable mostly because Shoojit Sircar manages to weave an interesting plot and well-executed conflict stories are a rarity in Bollywood.

    Any political thriller runs the risk of being biased and I am sure there will be an equal share of viewers who will be offended by the alleged pro-state stance taken by the director. To be fair to him, however, the narrative at various times does mention that every one has their version of the truth and it just depends on perspective.

    Or like our protagonist reiterates, one man’s revolutionary is another man’s terrorist.

    The director has also made it quite clear that the Indian state was quite ambiguous in its approach and subsequent resolution during the crisis. Prejudices aside, I am just looking at the cinematic merits of the film.

    The film provides a comprehensive context to the Sri Lankan civil war and a taut narrative

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  • OUATIMD: The filmOUATIMD: The film

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan

    Direction: Milan Luthria

    Rating: ** 1/2

    ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara’ disappoints on various accounts. Most of all it is the labored pace and the tedious romantic track that makes the film a boredom-inducing watch.

    If you are expecting that the sequel to ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’ would be a fast-paced action thriller, then you are in for a not-very-pleasant surprise. ‘OUATIMD’ is a long winding love triangle where the protagonist and his aide just happen to be gangsters.

    Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) is so busy chasing his object of affection and obsessing about her that he seems least interested in cementing his supremacy in the underworld. Akshay’s quest for both love and power is handled in such a flippant manner that neither manages to make an impact.

    Akshay Kumar’s act is high on style but the portrayal falls flat. It does not have the punch that Ajay Devgn had brought on screen as the brooding Sultan Mirza (in ‘Once Upon A Time In

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  • Chennai ExpressChennai Express

    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan,Deepika Padukone

    Direction: RohitShetty

    Rating: ***

    If you are familiar with Rohit Shetty’s craft and think SRK is one of the best things to happen to Hindi cinema, then ‘Chennai Express’ is a blockbuster. Shetty and SRK keep you entertained throughout.

    There isn’t a single original idea in the plot but a majority of the audience were sure not complaining. In fact, the whole idea of spoofing everything that SRK has done before and more adds to the entertainment quotient. ‘Chennai Express’ works at a level where ‘Himmatwala’ had colossally failed – it manages to successfully spoof the Bollywood-formula.

    I guess what makes the film watchable, is the fact that Shah Rukh and Deepika sure did seem to have a lot of a fun during the making of the film. It’s quite evident that while they approached the role with utmost seriousness, they treated themselves very casually. In a film like this one, it is pointless to mention that there was absolutely zero chemistry between the lead

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  • Cast: Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Rishi Kapoor, Shruti Haasan

    Direction: Nikhil Advani

    Rating: ****

    Tales of espionage in Bollywood seldom manage to arouse or sustain the tension that the genre demands. Director Nikhil Advani, however, delivers splendidly on this account, weaving a taut narrative complete with unpredictable twists and turns. Not only does he spin a thrilling tale, he infuses the story with sensitivity and emotion.

    Four RAW agents have been trained over the years for one specific task – capture India’s Most Wanted man and bring him back to the country alive, so that he can be punished for his crimes. Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), one of the RAW agents who infiltrated into Pakistan, has spent the last nine years of his life there hoping to find a trail of the elusive Iqbal Seth.

    Just when the Indian sleuths are about to give up pursuit, the most-wanted Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor) gives them a glimmer of hope. He is adamant to make an appearance at his son’s wedding.

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  • Farhan Akhtar in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutt, Pawan Malhotra, Prakash Raj

    Direction: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

    Rating: ****1/2

    They called him The Flying Sikh – the man who, besides being the only Indian to win an individual athletics goal at the Commonwealth Games, represented India in the finals of the 400 meters Olympics in Rome, finishing fourth.

    The story of an athlete from a non-athletic nation capturing the global imagination makes Milkha Singh a ripe subject for a biopic – and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra does full justice, producing a slow-burn film that lays out its story with style and flourish.

    Much of the story is in flash-back mode; there is much back and forth in the narrative. But Mehra’s control on his craft is so immaculate that the film never descends into incoherence, and the viewer is never lost; to this sure-footed narrative the director adds high craft as he plays with hues and with camera angles to enhance his tale. Thus, the tale of the athlete’s troubled early years

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  • Lootera
    Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Adil Hussain
    Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane
    Rating: ***1/2

    ‘Lootera’ oozes with the allure of an old-world charm and Sonakshi befittingly plays the heroine of this epic drama. Vikramaditya Motwane’s subtle love story has an inherent appeal but is weighed down by a labored pace.

    Sonakshi Sinha is the pampered daughter of a Bengali feudal lord; when a young archaeologist visits, she falls head over heels in love with him. In her previous roles as Rajjo Pandey (Dabangg) and others, she is at best been an effective prop supporting the big superstars. As Pakhi in ‘Lootera’, Sonakshi has ample scope to display her histrionics. Does she do justice to her role? Appearance-wise, there couldn’t have been a better choice; she doesn’t need to make any effort to look her part. Entrusted with a nuanced-role, Sonakshi effectively essays an understated performance.

    Motwane’s protagonist is a conflicted character, torn between the love of his life and his loyalty

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  • Ghanchakkar trailerCast: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Namit Das and Rajesh Sharma

    Direction: Raj Kumar Gupta

    Rating: ***

    ‘Ghanchakkar’ is an unusual film and needs a little patience because the pace is quite slow. In fact, it’s a little too long for a thriller and considering it hardly has any songs to break the monotony, it starts too feel a bit tedious in parts.

    The director Raj Kumar Gupta and the lead cast Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi have a very flattering filmography at the moment. Raj Kumar Gupta’s previous films were ‘Aamir’ (2008) and ‘No One Killed Jessica’ (2011) and both received huge critical acclaim.  After ‘The Dirty Picture’ and the ‘Kahaani’, it’s as if Vidya can do no wrong. And Emraan has had some of his career’s best roles in recent times, experimenting with unconventional characters in ‘Shanghai’ and ‘Ek Thi Daayan’.  Needless to say the anticipation was quite high in ‘Ghanchakkar’.

    ‘Ghanchakkar’ is a comic suspense thriller and while the film has an interesting premise, it falters on

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  • Cast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskar, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

    Direction: Aanand L Rai

    Rating: *** ½

    ‘Raanjhanaa’ is like a Shakespearean tragedy, rendering an unusual love story that is so rare to find these days. Brilliantly filmed in the colour-soaked bylanes of Benares, the first half is a visual treat. Much like the director’s first film ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ (2011), the second of the film suffers because of the slow pace and a somewhat hurried resolution.

    Dhanush may not have the looks, the physique or the charm of a typical Bollywood hero but I haven’t seen another lover as charismatic as our Kundan of ‘Raanjhaana’. Son of a Hindu priest falls hopelessly in love with a Muslim girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) and this relationship is impossible in the U.P. heartland. Our ‘Raanjhanaa’ however, refuses to yield, he will do anything to get his girl; follow her everywhere, slash his wrists, even wait for her for eight long years when she is packed off to Aligarh. And

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  • The 'Fukrey' teamThe 'Fukrey' team

    Cast:  Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma, Richa Chadda, Priya Anand, Pankaj Tripathi

    Direction: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba

    Rating: ***

    ‘Fukrey’ creates memorable characters and some sadi dilli nostalgia but the film never really becomes more than the sum of its parts. The linear narrative is peppered with genuine humour but the pace is slow and the events predictable.

    ‘Fukrey’ is about four losers who are looking for a shortcut to make big money. Their go-to person for all kinds of jugaad is Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi), he might be a college watchman by profession but show him the money and he can get you anything from leaked examination papers to a meeting with Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) who deals with everything illegal. While their jugaad goes all wrong and the plot drags along, it’s these characters who make the film watchable.

    Richa Chadda as the feisty, abuse-spewing Punjaban makes for an interesting personality. Pulkit, Manjot, Ali and Varun compliment each other and

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  • Dharam, Bobby and SunnyCast: Dharmedra, Sunny, Bobby, Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva

    Director: Sangeeth Sivan

    Rating: **

    Sangeeth Sivan’s ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ is organized chaos.  It’s like a montage of gags put together, there is nothing offensive about the humour but it isn’t smart either.

    What makes it really difficult to review; is that the film’s plot trajectory is completely undefined. The narrative doesn’t follow any rationale but is it a fun watch? Well, there are some moments that evoke genuine laughter but some gags are so silly that you laugh at the inherent stupidity of the intended humour.

    Dharmendra and Bobby are con men and there latest fraud involves Deol 3 falling in love with the business tycoon’s daughter, which will ensure a hassle-free residency in London and also inheritance to all his property. Though the first meeting between boy and girl, begins with a fight over Salman’s ‘Dabangg’ cut-out and ends in the mini-skirt clad heroine chasing our hero with a trishul in a

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