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Jan 11, 2013
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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.

Jan 10, 2013

Pankaj Kapur wants to act a bit before directing again

MUMBAI (Reuters) – His debut film as director didn’t do all that well but Pankaj Kapur is keen to try again — after he sticks to acting for a couple of years.

“Mausam”, starring Kapur’s son Shahid and Sonam Kapoor, was a box-office failure in 2011 and he now wants to focus on his acting career.

Jan 4, 2013
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Table No. 21: Passable fare

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As thrillers go, Aditya Datt’s “Table No. 21″ isn’t likely to keep you on the edge of your seat, but you won’t be making a beeline for the exit either. This is one of those in-between films that won’t really make it to your list of must-see movies.

Jan 4, 2013
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Rajdhani Express: The train wreck from hell

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Ashok Kohli’s “Rajdhani Express” is one of those films which will force you to answer some existential questions. Questions such as “Why am I here?” “What am I doing with my life?” and most importantly, “How did a movie like this get made?”

Dec 21, 2012
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Dabangg 2: A sequel that doesn’t take it forward

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It seems unfair to devote a whole review to Arbaaz Khan’s “Dabangg 2″, given that this is hardly a film. As a friend said, it’s a collection of deleted scenes from “Dabangg” that have been put together haphazardly to make the skeleton of a film.

Dec 18, 2012
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The best (and worst) Bollywood films of 2012

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This is what it all comes down to — a year of watching movies and writing about them distilled into one post. Here are my picks for the best and worst of 2012 from the Hindi film industry.

Dec 7, 2012
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Khiladi 786: The other ‘Son of Sardaar’

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If it wasn’t for the chorus of “Khiladi Bhaiyya” that accompanies Akshay Kumar each time he makes an entrance on screen, I would’ve forgotten I was watching Ashish Mohan’s “Khiladi 786″. I might as well have been watching “Singham” or “Golmaal” or any of the comedies earning a box-office billion that dot our cinematic landscape these days.

Nov 30, 2012
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Talaash: Searching for the perfect whodunit

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The worst thing to happen while watching a murder mystery is someone telling you the twist in the tale even before the movie began. The second-worst thing is when you figure out the twist yourself, halfway through the film.

Nov 29, 2012

A Minute With: Rani Mukerji

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Rani Mukerji, the pretty girl in the “Khandala” song, has played a firebrand reporter, an angel, a deaf-mute, con artist and even a cricket-obsessed woman disguised as a man — since her Bollywood debut in 1997.

Her last film “Aiyyaa” didn’t quite set the box office on fire but Mukerji is back this Friday in Reema Kagti’s suspense drama “Talaash”.

Nov 28, 2012
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Shiv Sena, shutdowns and double standards

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Shutting down cities seems to be the Shiv Sena’s new pastime. A week after forcing a shutdown in Mumbai to mourn the death of its leader Bal Thackeray, the right-wing party set its sights on Palghar, a sleepy town 90 kilometres north of Mumbai that finds itself at the centre of a debate on freedom of speech.

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