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Aug 28, 2015
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Movie Review: Phantom

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Even before the first scene in Kabir Khan’sPhantom”, there is a long, hastily narrated disclaimer using all sorts of legalese about how the film does not allude to any person, dead or alive. But once the movie gets underway, you realise that the disclaimer was just that – legalese.

Aug 25, 2015
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Interview: ‘Phantom’ not trying to cash in on 26/11 sentiment, says Saif Ali Khan

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Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan did not have a good year in 2014. Three of his films, “Humshakals”, “Bullet Raja” and “Happy Ending”, crashed at the box office. More than 10 months after “Happy Ending” came out, Khan is back with “Phantom”, a thriller based on a fictional plot to bring back the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

Saif plays Shaikh Daniyal, a disgraced agent who is brought back to carry out the mission. Khan spoke to Reuters about “Phantom”, what went wrong with his last few films, and what his new plan of action is. (Portions of the interview have been edited.)

Aug 21, 2015
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Movie Review: All Is Well

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If ever there was a movie that was the very antithesis of its title, it has to be Umesh Shukla’s “All Is Well”. The film, about a father and son’s troubled relationship, is barely coherent as it hurtles from one disastrous scene to the next, without making any sense.

Aug 21, 2015
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It’s not just about Katrina Kaif’s looks in ‘Phantom’

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Katrina Kaif routinely finds a place in lists ranking India’s most Googled celebrities. She says her looks got all the attention in her first few Bollywood films.

The 32-year-old actress has been trying to change the perception that she can’t act, and her meaty roles in upcoming Bollywood films “Phantom” and “Fitoor” seem to have been chosen with care.

Aug 21, 2015
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Movie Review: Manjhi – The Mountain Man

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There are some stories that stay on the pages of a newspaper, some that become dinner-table conversation, and others that lead to heated television debates. And then there are those which are so inspiring and with such inherent drama that you can’t help but think that only the big screen would do justice to it. The story of Dashrath Manjhi is one such.

Aug 14, 2015
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Movie Review: Brothers

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The makers of “Brothers” did the honourable thing by buying the official remake rights of Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 film “Warrior“, but they couldn’t resist adding a dash of Bollywood flavour. Director Karan Malhotra takes O’Connor’s tale of a broken family finding catharsis and redemption in a fighting pit and embellishes it with things it didn’t need – thereby ruining a perfectly good film.

Aug 7, 2015
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Movie Review: Bangistan

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Karan Anshuman’s “Bangistan” is supposed to be a satirical, slapstick take on terrorism and racial stereotyping of Muslims. But what it ends up being is another story.

Aug 6, 2015
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Interview: Karan Anshuman on ‘Bangistan’

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As a film critic for one of Mumbai’s most read tabloids, Karan Anshuman judged a Bollywood movie each week. This week, it’s his turn to be judged.

Anshuman’s debut film “Bangistan“, a satire about two militants on a suicide mission, opens in cinemas on Friday.

Jul 30, 2015
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Movie Review: Drishyam

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Since the release of Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam film “Drishyam” (Visual) in 2013, it has been remade in four different languages. The latest is Nishikant Kamat’s Hindi adaptation. In each remake, whether it is the Kannada, Telugu or the Tamil version, the story doesn’t change, right from the opening shot to the way it ends, except the actors.

Jul 29, 2015
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What not to ask Tabu

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Interviewing movie stars is usually a cut-and-dried affair. When a new film is about to open in cinemas, entertainment reporters get a call from the publicity agency. A couple of days later, you are ushered into a room with a dozen waiting journalists, and after an hour or so, you are taken to the celebrity for the promised interview. With the warning: 15 minutes only.

The questions follow a set pattern – the film, the star’s other projects and perhaps their career. But one interview with Tabu is enough to shatter this template.

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