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Jul 12, 2012

Imtiaz Ali on Dara Singh

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Actor Dara Singh endeared himself to audiences playing the authoritarian grandfather in “Jab We Met”, which was to be his last appearance in a Bollywood film.

Film-maker Imtiaz Ali, who directed the 2007 hit, spoke to Reuters about working with the wrestler-turned-actor, who died in Mumbai on Thursday.

Jul 10, 2012
Jul 6, 2012
via India Masala

Bol Bachchan: All talk, no substance


A one-line review saying “this is a Rohit Shetty” film would suffice for most movies this director churns out with billion-rupee regularity, but “Bol Bachchan” is different. This time, Shetty has attempted to remake one of Hindi cinema’s most iconic comedies, one which shares its name with the series of films that gave Shetty his first hits in the industry.

In re-imagining “Gol Maal“, Shetty is taking up a gauntlet that he should have left well alone. Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s brand of comedy couldn’t be more different than Shetty’s and in trying to combine the two,  the film ends up going nowhere.

Jul 2, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
via India Masala

Teri Meri Kahaani: A love story that needs direction


As they sit sipping coffee at a roadside café in London, Radha (Priyanka Chopra) tells Krissh (Shahid Kapur) “sometimes life is a suitcase but you feel like it’s a lunch-box” (or was it the opposite?), and if you are sitting in the audience, you might be forgiven for going “Huh? Did she really say that?”

Be prepared for many such moments during this two-and-a-half-hour film that claims to be an epic love story spanning three eras. Director Kunal Kohli is obviously trying to tell you that love does not change, whether in pre-independence India or London in 2012.  If only you didn’t have to watch this film to find out.

Jun 21, 2012
via India Masala

Gangs of Wasseypur: Visceral revenge saga


Anurag Kashyap’s revenge saga “Gangs of Wasseypur” starts off in the most innocuous way — a shot of actress Smriti Irani opening the door and inviting the audience in with a beaming smile. It’s a scene millions of viewers are familiar with, thanks to the popularity of the soap, but definitely not something you’d expect to see in the first frame of a revenge drama.

Such incongruous scenes and unexpected surprises pop up regularly during the 2.5-hour-long film. Kashyap uses a tongue-in-cheek approach to tell his story, pairing it with searing imagery, a couple of history lessons and the edgiest characters you will see on screen for some time.

Jun 21, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 21, 2012

Rohit Shetty on Bollywood, success and blowing up

MUMBAI (Reuters) – There was a time when Rohit Shetty and his brand of cinema came in for much ridicule from critics and the Indian film industry. The critics don’t seem to have stopped, but the industry certainly has. After delivering two billion-rupee hits, Shetty is Bollywood’s new darling.

Everyone, including Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar, wants to work with the director. Shetty’s new film, “Bol Bachchan”, which opens in cinemas next month, stars Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn.

Jun 15, 2012
via India Masala

Ferrari Ki Sawaari: Would you please hurry up?


Towards the end of Rajesh Mapuskar’s “Ferrari Ki Sawaari“, as the protagonist and his son are re-united and embrace each other, cry and wipe the tears off each other’s cheeks, an onlooker hesitantly asks “aap jaldi karenge zara?” (would you please hurry up?). It might sound like an insensitive thing to say, but perhaps that is what someone should have said to Mapuskar as he went about making this film.

Perhaps he might have restrained himself from writing a convoluted and at times contrived script that seems to stretch on for longer than its 2 hour 15 minute duration.

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