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D-Day: Mission Emotional

Very few filmmakers have actually cracked the spy thriller genre in India. Despite the political context and our long history of tension...»

Ramaiya Vastavaiya: Fossil of a formula

Stale as yesterday’s meal, director Prabhu Deva retrofits his debut Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana to launch producer Kum...»

Heroine: The dirtier picture

There’s nothing that ruins a deliciously bad film than seriously sincere acting. Maybe a lesser actor would have ensured there was nothi...»

Raaz 3: Ghost-directed?

We always have a choice. God-given free-will. We choose our destiny.Hang on, why are we philosophising about a schlocky assembly-l...»

Joker: Call this funny?

Halfway into the film, a guy on screen took his sunglasses off to vent: “Sweet Mother of God, what the hell is going on.” It ga...»

Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi - The 'uncool' get their due

There's a lot in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi that you usually don't find in Bollywood these days. When was the last...»

Delhi In A Day - A taste of the real India

There's something immensely charming and instantly likeable about Prashant Nair's Delhi In A Day that makes you settle into the p...»

Ek Tha Tiger: In no man’s land

There's a lot to like in Ek Tha Tiger. But just not enough. The good stuff first. This is a Salman Khan film that does n...»

Gangs of Wasseypur - Gags of Wasseypur

It’s possible that Gangs of Wasseypur probably did not need two parts — or five hours and forty minutes — for this story to unfol...»

Jism 2: For the sleep-deprived

When an adult entertainer as pretty as Sunny Leone makes her acting debut, you don't expect her to come up with an award-winning perform...»

Bad stunt double

Sitting through Bol Bachchan is like sitting through multiple car wrecks. No, seriously. There is enough car-on-car action all th...»

Maximum: Maximum bore

When a family of ten including six noisy children got into the theatre, talking and scrambling around for popcorn, we rolled our eyes pre...»

Gangs of Wasseypur : Part-time Avenger

Good filmmaking doesn’t always translate to good storytelling. While every frame here is so passionately put together (cinematography by...»

Teri Meri Kahaani: Trolling Shakespeare

If the other release of the week, Gangs of Wasseypur split its epic story into two parts that add up to five hours and twenty minutes, t...»

Ferrari Ki Sawaari - Bumpy emotional roller-coaster

It is never easy to make a film where one of the characters actually gets to say “I just stole Sachin's Ferrari.” And this — the fact tha...»

Lights, Camera, Conversation… — The north-south non-divide

Never mind the perceived wisdom that people on either side of the Vindhyas are chalk and cheese. They aren't — at least when it comes to a c »

Shanghai: The plot thickens

Six years ago, the country discovered an honest voice in Dibakar Banerjee with Khosla Ka Ghosla when an unlikely bunch of ordinar...»

Living up to the name

It's as rowdy as it gets in Bollywood in this faithful remake of the Telugu film Vikramakudu (Siruthai in Tamil) where Aks...»

Lights, camera, conversation - Not a lovable story

In the opening sequence of Ram Gopal Varma's “Department,” we see a cop (the tall and wiry Rana Daggubati) in uniform, and in motion. He'...»

Department - Lost in the underworld

The man who once rose above the ordinary to explore the underworld through films such as Satya and Company has now sunk to...»

Housefull 2 - No brainer

Movie: Housefull 2 Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Ritesh Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Asin, Zarine Khan, Jacquel...»

Blood Money: When Hansel got more than just candy

“You thought this was some cheesy 80s film,” Kunal Khemu asks the bad guys in the end. Oh boy, you missed the first scene, didn't you? <...»

Shaken, not stirred enough

Let me say this first. Don't listen to me. I'm a Sriram Raghavan fanboy. Though Agent Vinod isn't half the mind-game Johnny Gad...»

Kahaani - Twists in the tale

Movie: Kahaani Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Nawazuddin SiddiquiSujoy Ghosh's suspense thriller pr...»

Hacker, Traitor, Soldier, Spy

The most fascinating part of fiction, or ‘story' as the word means, is it is not real. Just like magic. Or cinema. There's willing susp...»

One Minute Review

Chaar Din Ki ChandniGenre: ComedyDirector: Samir KarnikCast: Tushaar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher, Om Puri,...»

This ‘Kahaani' is truly a thriller

A rare original story from Bollywood that engages both mind and heart, Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani lives up to the age old adage that it...»

Paan Singh Tomar: The man who knew to run

Biopics, intentionally or otherwise, tend to glorify or idolise the characters they are based on. Tigmanshu Dhulia's painstakingly resea...»

London Paris New York: Love, lost and found

First things first. A romantic comedy about two attractive strangers falling in love overnight in a romantic setting is a fairytale. So...»

Lost in translation

Movie: Ekk Deewana Tha Cast: Prateik Babbar, Amy Jackson It's a remake of the Tamil blockbuster “Vinnait...»

Don't play it again, Gautham

Ekk Deewana Tha (Hindi)Cast: Prateik, Amy Jackson, Manu RishiDirector: Gautham Vasudev MenonDir...»

A little less inspiration, please

Before scripting, I suspect the writers (Shakun Batra and Ayesha DeVitre) put together an edit of their favourite movie moments and then...»

Gali Gali Chor Hai - Jaane Bhi Do… Yawn-o!

Even if you miss the entire first half of the film or catch it 10 minutes before the halfway point, you will miss absolutely nothing in...»

Truly contemporary

Movie: Agneepath Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra There is a question th...»

Back to action-laced melodrama

Debutant director Karan Malhotra revisits Mukul Anand's Agneepath like a devotee in awe of the deity. The timeline remains almost...»

Players - Join the players?

Critics seem to underestimate the genius of Abbas-Mustan or even Farhan Akhtar who came out with a similar film a fortnight ago. Decades...»

Don 2 - Back in style

Movie: Don 2: The King is Back Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Kunal Kapoor The King i...»

Don 2 - Two plates and a ham burglar

Imagine this. You're in prison. You haven't eaten all day. And someone tells you: You have 15 minutes to come up with a script for the <...»

Reflecting reality

Writer-Director Saurabh Shukla has mounted this romantic comedy as the clash of cultures that happens in every metropolis with Vidyadhar...»

One-minute review - Loot

Genre: Comedy Director: Rajneesh Thakur Cast: Govinda, Suniel Shetty, Javed Jaffery, Mahaakshay, Ravi Kissen,...»

If only…

Movie: Ra. One Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal In the Indian cinema “Ra.One” is defin...»

Yet another stereotype

Debutant Raghaav Daar's film owes its inheritance to the good old Jagte Raho kind of cinema, but the problem is in an effort to m...»

A love story that defies logic

After Tasveer and Aashayen, Nagesh Kukunoor once again sets the mood well, but falters when it comes to taking the leap of...»

Mujse Fraaandship Karoge - Comedy of errors

Movie: Mujse Fraaandship Karoge Cast: Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D'Souza Yash Raj Fil...»

Bollywood incompatibility

Love Breakups Zindagi feels like a lifetime with its never-ending soap operatic candyfloss treatment with overly made-up actors. »

Nothing to laugh about

Who would have ever thought that Lisa Haydon would be the best thing about a film with all those big names? And no, she doesn't have any...»

Love, lust and intrigue

There is a scene in the film where Randeep Hooda, who plays an ambitious gangster Babloo, tells his silent lover (Deepal Shaw), “Soon th...»

The Dirty Picture - Only surface level dirty

Picture this: A sexy Scarlett Johansson (or Zuleikha Robinson if you want some Indian blood) in a Kimi Katkar biopic directed by Danny B...»

Rockstar: Hype and reality

An attribute of the advertising world, ‘look' has become the new currency in Bollywood. Perhaps that's why the promos look authentic, bu...»

Ghost: Confused Ghost

When a film begins with a doctor on duty doing the “naughty-naughty” with a nurse in the hospital before the resident ghost bumps one of...»

Ekk Deewana Tha: Why didn't we fall in love with Amy?

From the moment he decided to cast Amy Jackson as Jessie, one of the most complex women characters ever written in Tamil cinema, Gautham...»

Jodi Breakers: This Jodi fails to work

Ashwini Choudhary's Jodi Breakers is about Sid (R. Madhavan), a newly divorced man enjoying his freedom with girls in bikinis, wh...»

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya: Romance on the run

The key to the success of a romantic comedy is the chemistry between the lead players. The dictum is often repeated but seldom followed....»

One-minute review: Bumboo

Bumboo Genre: Comedy Director: Jagdish Rajpurohit Cast: Kavin Dave, Sharat Saxena...»

Jannat 2: Hardly heaven

You know the drill. The characters are often products of broken families. They all have their baggage. There's a moral conflict involving...»

Ek Tha Tiger: A smart Tiger indeed

In the opening sequence when the boot meets the cheek in ultra slow motion, you dread you are being fed yet another Ready-made Sa...»



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