India Masala

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge: Not original, but surprisingly good

By Guest Contributor
October 14, 2011

By Urjita Patil

When I was asked if I wanted to go watch Nupur Asthana’s “Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge”, I cringed, not just at the title but even at the fact that it was promoted as “not another formulaic, generic, yuppie, teenage, wannabe cult movie” which meant it was definitely going to be “just another formulaic, generic, yuppie, teenage, wannabe cult movie”.

What’s your favourite Jagjit Singh song?

October 10, 2011

There aren’t too many people who can claim a cure for the malaise caused by Mumbai traffic. The two people responsible for that cure, at least in my humble opinion, died within a week of each other.

Rascals: Too much torture

October 6, 2011

David Dhawan must really hate us. Or maybe he wants to exact revenge on his audience. That must be why he subjected us to this three-hour monstrosity that is called “Rascals”.

Force: If only muscles could act

September 30, 2011

When a movie has at least three prominent product placements in the first ten minutes of a film, you are bound to cringe. Nishikant Kamat’s “Force” will make you wince, at least in the first half of the film, and not just because of the product placements. Thankfully, unlike most films, this one gets better — so there is hope yet.

Timeline of a Paris Hilton encounter

September 25, 2011

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, a little background. Paris Hilton, American socialite and reality TV star is in India to launch her handbag line.

Speedy Singhs: Flat aftertaste

September 23, 2011

Robert Lieberman’s “Speedy Singhs” is a feel-good movie that surprises you with an actual story and one that doesn’t leave the same bitter aftertaste as recent mindless comedies.

Mausam: Several seasons too old

September 23, 2011

If director Pankaj Kapur hadn’t gone to pains to establish that “Mausam” plays out between the mid-90s and the early years of this century, you’d be forgiven for thinking this film takes place in the 20s — when there was no internet, no phones and no technology. Why else would two, reasonably well-off, intelligent people who obviously have access to technology be unable to trace each other? It makes no sense, and instead of feeling sad for them, you feel frustrated.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan: Fun one-time watch

September 9, 2011

Ali Zafar’s “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is a slightly mindless but mostly funny rehash of an old romantic movie theme. Two guys, one girl, a wedding, lots of impossible situations and lots of songs are what make up this film.

That Girl in Yellow Boots: Stark, unsettling cinema

September 1, 2011

Anurag Kashyap’s “That Girl in Yellow Boots” is an unsettling tale of a girl in search of the father who walked out on her as a child. Kashyap holds back very little in his narration of this tale, portraying Mumbai as a ruthless city that makes her search even more difficult than it should have been.

Bodyguard: Protect yourself

August 31, 2011

Watching a Salman Khan film ‘first day first show’ is an experience in itself. I watched it in a multiplex, where there were snaking queues full of excited fans, hoping they’d get tickets for the first show of “Bodyguard”. They were hooting, cheering and screaming in the aisles even before the movie started.