India Masala

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: A fun, breezy film

May 31, 2013

Deepika Padukone has obviously never gone on a trek before. Why else would she be wearing a mini-skirt and fur boots on the Himalayas? She’s also got perfectly set, blow-dried hair during these treks, and even after a day of playing Holi during the festival of colours, which would render most of us looking like something the cat dragged in, Padukone looks radiant. But that is the world she and other characters in Ayan Mukerji’s “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” inhabit.

Bombay Talkies: The magic of celluloid

May 3, 2013

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Aashiqui 2: Tuneless tale

April 26, 2013

Mohit Suri may have done the impossible and crammed every single romantic movie cliché in “Aashiqui 2”. There are traces of the 1973 hit “Abhimaan” along with the original “Aashiqui” (1990). Director Suri tries to inject an intense vibe in his new film, but fails miserably.

Commando: For diehard action fans

April 12, 2013

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Nautanki Saala: A comedy of errors

April 12, 2013

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Himmatwala: Do not step into this time warp

March 29, 2013

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At the end of a long monologue in “Himmatwala”, where Ajay Devgn rattles off the same sentence in five different languages, he turns to the camera and asks “mazaa nahi aaya na?” (That wasn’t fun, was it?) It’s almost as if director Sajid Khan knew what a bad film he was making, but went ahead and made it anyway.

Aatma: No soul in this horror flick

March 22, 2013

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The real test of a good horror movie, at least in my book, is when you can’t stop thinking about it and feel a shiver down your spine at night. All the great horror movies do that to you.

Jolly LLB: Little justice in this legal tale

March 14, 2013

Subhash Kapoor’s “Jolly LLB”, about a small-town lawyer who dreams of fame and wealth but develops a conscience along the way, is the film version of the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns: Rerun of the quirky and violent

March 8, 2013

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I, Me aur Main: Let down by inconsistencies

March 1, 2013

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