India Masala

Love, Sex Aur Dhokha: Unsettling yet compelling

March 19, 2010

Dibakar Banerjee’s “Love, Sex Aur Dhokha” isn’t an easy watch by any means. There are some deeply unsettling, stomach-churning moments in tlsd1he film that make you want to leave the theatre.

Has Bollywood run out of heroes?

March 18, 2010

Javed AkhtarAt the ongoing FICCI Frames conference, during a very engaging debate on scripts in Indian cinema, writer Javed Akhtar came up with an interesting observation.

Road, Movie: This trip is boring

March 5, 2010

Road, MovieA road trip epitomises my idea of a good time and so does watching a great film. A combination of the two on celluloid is an exciting proposition.

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge: Contrived comedy

March 5, 2010

Atithi Tum Kab JaogeA moustache. That was the basis for one of the best comedies of Indian cinema — Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s “Golmaal” — made in the 1970s.

Teen Patti: The game is over

February 26, 2010

teenpattiIf you’ve played cards or for that matter, any kind of game, you will know a good start is only half the battle won.

Karthik Calling Karthik: Farhan saves this insipid thriller

February 25, 2010

kckFarhan Akhtar has now come to be associated with a particular kind of cinema – slick production values, quirky characters and smart writing. So when I went in to watch his latest production, “Karthik Calling Karthik”, I was expecting something similar. While I got to see the first two aspects, the third, and the most important was gravely missing.

Toh Baat Pakki: Crashing bore

February 19, 2010

tohbaatpakkiWhen you make a movie with two accomplished actors like Tabu and Sharman Joshi, the least you can do is make the best use of their talent. As you can guess, director Kedar Shinde doesn’t manage to do that all with “Toh Baat Pakki”.

My Name is Khan: Gimmicky, average cinema

February 11, 2010

mnikThere is no easy way to say this. In spite of the hype surrounding it and for all the solidarity being expressed and the many, many hours of time and energy being spent  tweeting and talking about it — “My Name is Khan” is a very average, ordinary film that goes as haywire as the debate surrounding it has gone.

Is Bollywood’s unity a farce?

February 8, 2010

For more than a week now, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been in the centre of a storm — after his comments supporting the participation of Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League.

Ishqiya: Raw, gripping cinema

January 29, 2010

ishqiyaEven if you didn’t know it before, the first few frames of debutant director Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Ishqiya’, will confirm that he has imbibed a lot of his skill from his mentor Vishal Bhardwaj. The look, tone and feel of the film are all very reminiscent of Bhardwaj’s films.