In the first ten minutes of Kunal Deshmukh’s second instalment of the “Jannat” series, the director sets up his principal characters, establishes a romance angle and even adds a song for good measure. He also manages to inject no originality or freshness in any of these facets of the film, with the result that “Jannat 2” never really takes off, maintaining a staid pace throughout its two-and-half-hour duration.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Box-office success has eluded Ram Gopal Varma in recent years and critics have panned his offerings but the film-maker says his style and sensibility remains the same.
Varma, 50, has been plagued by failure in the last five years, especially after “Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag” — a 2007 remake of the Bollywood classic “Sholay” — which bombed at the box office.
Film-maker Ram Gopal Varma, in a recent chat, said films are like products which have to be manufactured and treated accordingly. I’m sure Priyadarshan agrees. He certainly seems to make his films like assembly line products — all style, no substance.
“Tezz“, similar to the Japanese movie “The Bullet Train”, is supposed to be a high-speed action thriller about a bomb on a long-distance train. Ajay Devgn plays Aakash Rana, an illegal immigrant in London who is deported to India, along with his co-workers after he is found working without a permit.
MUMBAI, April 26 (Reuters) – Political thrillers are not
that common in Bollywood but then director and producer Dibakar
Banerjee rarely chooses conventional subjects for his films.
Banerjee, 42, explored sexual attitudes in small-town India
with “Love Sex aur Dhokha”, “Love, Sex and Betrayal,” in 2010.
His latest film puts the spotlight on the dark underbelly of
urban development in rapidly modernising India.
Indians woke up on Sunday to front page newspaper ads announcing the TV premiere of “The Dirty Picture”, a National-award winning film that was both critically acclaimed and successful at the box-office.
The film, based on the life of soft porn star Silk Smitha, was one of the most popular Bollywood movies of 2011, and its success catapulted lead actress Vidya Balan into the big league.
You have to hand it to Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi – the duo have made a Bollywood film about a topic like sperm donation without a double entendre. This also speaks volumes about Chaturvedi’s skill (she wrote story, screenplay and dialogue), because ‘Vicky Donor” is hands down the funniest film of the year so far.
Sircar and Chaturvedi, both from the advertising world, address issues such as sperm donation, infertility, stereotyping and even the aching loneliness that sets in after a spouse dies young, with such light-hearted humour and panache that you cannot help but applaud their effort.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood is no longer scared of cricket.
Five years after the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, the world’s largest film industry is confident enough to release big-ticket movies during the much hyped domestic cricket season, citing cricket fatigue and India’s dismal performance overseas.
Bollywood has traditionally avoided movie releases in the March to April period when students are busy with school examinations and families stay away from cinemas.
MUMBAI, April 12 (Reuters) – Video-sharing website YouTube,
owned by Google, aims to spruce up its social
networking skills through better integration across platforms,
and hopes to more than double annual ad revenue in emerging
markets like India, a top executive said.
“YouTube has been lacking great social features. Commenting
and sharing have been part of YouTube, but the experiences could
be much better than they are,” Tom Pickett, global content head
for the website, told Reuters in an interview on Thursday during
a visit to India.