At their best, David Dhawan comedies can be a little raunchy, but fun. This one is very raunchy, packed to the brim with provocative shots of women in bikinis and heaving bosoms, but there is no sign of fun. This is the kind of film that makes you wish it wasn’t your job to review movies week after week.
When a movie has at least three prominent product placements in the first ten minutes of a film, you are bound to cringe. Nishikant Kamat’s “Force” will make you wince, at least in the first half of the film, and not just because of the product placements. Thankfully, unlike most films, this one gets better — so there is hope yet.
Kamat, who earlier directed “Mumbai Meri Jaan” — on the Mumbai train blasts and its aftermath — now turns to the essential cop film. You know the drill — honest, upright police officer, out to finish the bad guys (the drug dealers in this case), falls in love with bubbly girl whose only actual function is two songs and being kidnapped by the bad guys, and lots of action scenes in deserted warehouses.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – For more than ten years, “Kaun Banega Crorepati” has been a phrase most Indians are familiar with. Despite a few hurdles and change of hosts, the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” has managed to keep the magic alive in the overcrowded world of prime-time television.
Currently in its fifth season, the show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan enjoys top ratings and enjoys a 90-minute prime-time slot. From the first season, when the show aired on a rival channel and enjoyed unparalleled success, things have changed but Siddhartha Basu, the man who produces the show says that at heart, it is the human drama that endures.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, a little background. Paris Hilton, American socialite and reality TV star is in India to launch her handbag line.
Hilton arrived in Mumbai on Friday and was supposed to make an appearance at a press conference at a suburban Juhu hotel at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Of course, as with most celebrity events, things didn’t pan out as planned. Here’s what happened –
If director Pankaj Kapur hadn’t gone to pains to establish that “Mausam” plays out between the mid-90s and the early years of this century, you’d be forgiven for thinking this film takes place in the 20s — when there was no internet, no phones and no technology. Why else would two, reasonably well-off, intelligent people who obviously have access to technology be unable to trace each other? It makes no sense, and instead of feeling sad for them, you feel frustrated.
That, in a nutshell, is how you feel about “Mausam” anyway. The promos describe the film as an “epic” love story, but the only thing epic here is the running time. The film runs for almost three hours, during which Kapur plays out the same meet-separate-meet-separate theme till you tire of it.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Pankaj Kapur doesn’t seem too worried about the week’s delay in the release of his first Bollywood film as director.
“Mausam”, starring Kapur’s son Shahid and Sonam Kapoor, didn’t get a go-ahead from the Indian Air Force in time for a Sept 16 release and will now open in cinemas on Sept 23.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Looking to expand their repertoire beyond Bollywood and cricket, online video sharing site YouTube is opening up its partner program in India.
The Google-owned website, which began a pilot project in India in December, is hoping to cash in on a huge Indian diaspora.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Women’s groups and fellow actors are standing up in support of Nikita Thukral, who was banned from the Kannada film industry for three years over an alleged affair with a co-star.
The Karnataka Film Producers’ Association had issued the ban after Thukral’s co-star Darshan was arrested on charges of domestic violence against his wife Vijaylakshmi, who accused the pair of having an affair.
Ali Zafar’s “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is a slightly mindless but mostly funny rehash of an old romantic movie theme. Two guys, one girl, a wedding, lots of impossible situations and lots of songs are what make up this film.
Imran Khan plays Kush, a young Bollywood director entrusted with finding a bride for his London-based elder brother Luv (Ali Zafar), after the latter breaks up with his long-term girlfriend and decides he has had enough of relationships and wants to “settle down.”
Mumbai (Reuters) – Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will be part of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”, in a role that marks his first foray into Hollywood.
Bachchan, who turns 69 next month, joins an illustrious Hollywood cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Macguire and Carey Mulligan, producers Warner Bros said on Thursday.