India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola: Done in by half measures

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You know it’s a bad omen when a scene in a Vishal Bhardwaj movie reminds you of one in Shirish Kunder’s last film. I felt the dread creep up on me as I watched a scene where a breathless reporter reports a UFO sighting in an Indian village — reminding me of a similar scene in “Joker”, a film that ranked as one of the worst of 2012.

Thankfully, that was the only UFO scene in the film, but there was one which involved cow dung being flung across fields, as well as a long-drawn-out scene where two men try to pull a bucket out of a well.

If all this is making you wary, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Bhardwaj’s film starts off funny and his trademark style is evident — from the brilliant “cigarette smoking is injurious to health” message at the beginning to the Tarantino-esque first scene.

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl: One-time fun

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You cannot help but feel that Maneesh Sharma’s “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl” is a mash-up of past Yash Raj films like “Badmaash Company”, “Bunty Aur Babli” and even “Bachna Ae Haseeno”.

The story is one you’ve seen before — a smart-talking con man takes off with suitcases of money after tricking three very gullible women.

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