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Movie Review: Shaandaar

October 22, 2015

Handout photo from the film "Shaandaar"

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Movie Review: Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

October 16, 2015

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Luv Ranjan
‘s “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” is a glossier version of the 2011 Bollywood film. It is, in effect, a “Sex and the City” – for men. This is a world where men are perfectly turned out, live in luxurious apartments, and are preoccupied with the women in their lives. It is also a world where women are the enemy – you might sleep with the enemy, but in the end, it’s the brotherhood that is your true comfort and solace.

Movie Review: Wedding Pullav

October 16, 2015

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Binod Pradhan
‘s “Wedding Pullav” is a romantic comedy featuring one of the classic tropes of the genre – the best friends who aren’t sure they are in love until a rival appears on the scene. Despite the tried and tested theme, “Wedding Pullav” is insipid and uninspiring in every frame.

Movie Review: Singh is Bliing

October 2, 2015

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Movie Review: Singh is BliingHaving first captured the south Indian movie market and then Bollywood, prolific director Prabhudheva is now turning his eyes towards the unofficial adopted home of India’s film industry – Punjab. In “Singh is Bliing”, a 141-minute tribute to the awesomeness of the Punjabi gene, Akshay Kumar repurposes the same role he’s done in millions of other films – the sometimes bumbling but loveable rascal whose only purpose in life is to beat up the bad guys, save the good ones, and fall for a beautiful girl along the way.

Courtroom drama, and a resignation, in India’s Oscar fight

September 23, 2015

Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court“, a multi-lingual film about India’s creaking judicial system, has been chosen as the country’s entry to the 2016 Oscars in the best foreign-language film category. But Wednesday’s announcement was marred by a jury member resigning minutes before the final vote and accusing committee chairman Amol Palekar of corruption.

Movie Review: Katti Batti

September 18, 2015

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Movie Review: Meeruthiya Gangsters

September 18, 2015

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In search of good roles, not stardom – Imran Khan

September 17, 2015

Seven years ago, Imran Khan was an up-and-coming star and touted as the next big thing in Bollywood. But his last three movies were box-office bombs and he dropped off the radar for several film-makers, losing projects he had already signed.

Bollywood’s ‘Talvar’ does a ‘Rashomon’ on Aarushi murder case

September 16, 2015
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One of India’s most sensational murder cases is at the centre of a new Bollywood film that attempts to deconstruct a crime that transfixed the country and dominated headlines for weeks.

Movie Review: Hero

September 11, 2015

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Handout still from "Hero"When Sajid Khan remade “Himmatwala” in 2013, actor Naseeruddin Shah said films that shouldn’t have been made in the first place are being remade. Subhash Ghai‘s “Hero” (1983) fits that mould. A one-toned and regressive film that looks good only through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, Nikhil Advani‘s remake does not even attempt to iron out flaws in the narrative.