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“Bhoothnath Returns”… The perfect ghost

April 13, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… How times change. In 1984, when Amitabh Bachchan was still playing the angry young man, his cure for the malignant tumour of political corruption, in Inquilaab, was to become Chief Minister and whip out a machine gun and pump bullets into the members of his party. Now that he’s older – and, on […]

“Jal”… Water, water, nowhere…

April 5, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Two vastly different films vie for space in Girish Malik’s Jal. The first one is a sort of tragic satire. A Russian conservationist comes to the Rann of Kutch to study flamingos. She delights at the pink-hued birds taking flight, and one day, while taking a swim in a brackish lake, she discovers […]

“Main Tera Hero”… Beta No. 1

April 5, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Any film that takes a dig at Katrina Kaif’s Hindi can’t be all bad – even if does feature Nargis Fakhri, the latest claimant to Kaif’s throne. Tamil cinema has a thing for casting heroines who don’t look like they’ve ever stepped south of the Vindhyas. Hindi cinema, meanwhile, has a thing for […]

“Youngistaan / Dishkiyaaoon”… Papa’s boys

April 1, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… It must be strange being a producer’s kid. You see daddy whipping out his purse and making stars of others, and you think “Why can’t that be me?” And so you set out in search of stardom. And then you discover that all of daddy’s money can only get you to the point […]

“O Teri”… Corpse and nation robbers

March 29, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… It’s election time, and some genius probably thought Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was ripe for an update. And so we have two bumbling reporters (Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi) mired in deal-making politics, scams, a bridge collapse, unprincipled media practices, and a corpse that just won’t lie still. (Reporter One: “Yeh Avinash hai.” Reporter […]

“Ankhon Dekhi”… In plain sight

March 24, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Watching Rajat Kapoor’s marvellous Ankhon Dekhi, you may find yourself wishing that we had one of those “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” awards. The casting is perfect, the performances exquisite. It’s a cliché to say that an actor has “lived” his role – but that sense of not-acting-but-being is […]

“Lakshmi”… Hyderabad blues

March 23, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… And this month’s Juhi Chawla Award for Playing Against Type goes to… Satish Kaushik, the cuddly Calendar from  Mr. India who plays Reddygaru in Lakshmi. We first see him as he alights from a car in the outskirts of Hyderabad. He’s clad in a white shirt, a white dhoti, and from his shoulder […]

“Bewakoofiyaan”… Money matters

March 16, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… They’re yuppies. Mohit (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in the airline industry. (In other words, he has a high-flying job.) Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) works in the financial services industry. (In other words, she’s into money.) They earn a lot. They spend a lot. In a terrific early scene in Bewakoofiyaan, Mohit shows Mayera his Gold […]

“Queen”… Self life

March 9, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Kangana Ranaut looks different in Queen. The actress has always come across like a bundle of raw nerve endings, her hair seemingly frizzed by those naked electrical impulses, perpetually in angst, but here, as Rani, she looks relaxed, radiant. In the film’s celebratory opening scenes, we hear Rani’s thoughts about her impending marriage […]

“Gulaab Gang”… That touch of pink

March 9, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… I walked into Soumik Sen’s Gulaab Gang expecting a fiery feminist drama. I walked out having watched a Tamil/Telugu mass-hero masala movie – only, with women. I’m serious. As with the heroes in those films, we are teased with flashes of the heroine’s (Madhuri Dixit-Nene, playing Rajjo) presence before finally getting to the […]