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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.

Movie Review: Brothers

August 14, 2015

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Bollywood finally wants to pay the price for remakes

November 22, 2014

A cinema-goer asks for directions at the ticket counter of a PVR Multiplex in Mumbai

It’s hard to watch some Bollywood films without thinking “I’ve seen this somewhere before.” Certain scenes, certain plots seem awfully familiar. That’s because they came from other movies. The generous among us might say that the filmmakers are “inspired” or perhaps they’re making an “homage.” Others call it “lifting.”

South Indian masala remakes no longer a sureshot Bollywood hit

January 31, 2014

Once considered a permanent fixture on the yearly slate of most production houses, the masala film, a hodgepodge of romance, action and comedy that revolves around a flawless hero, is slowly losing its sheen among Bollywood audiences.