Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle’s stiflingly and oppressively visceral film “Slumdog Millionaire” is above all about the realisation that most slum dwellers in Mumbai have no hope whatsoever of escaping their wretched existence. In the end, the movie seems like one giant heap of rotting and fetid urban squalor from which emerges a momentary [...]

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Maharathi

Maharathi

Most storytellers seek inspiration from Hollywood films. But very few film-makers look at what our auteur have to offer. MAHARATHI is the cinematic adaptation of Uttam Gada’s Gujarati play, which was a huge success two decades ago. Another reason that enhances the curiosity is the fact that it brings four of the finest talents of [...]

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Oh, My God!!

Debutante directors have new stories to tell. Predictability is passe, unconventional is in. First-time director Sourabh Shrivastava’s OH, MY GOD!! may give an impression that it’s yet another offshoot of BRUCE ALMIGHTY [the source of GOD TUSSI GREAT HO], but the fact is that OH, MY GOD!! reminds you of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee/Basu Chatterjee films [...]

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Dil Kabaddi

Dil Kabaddi

ll sometime back, the three-letter word, sex, was considered taboo on the Hindi screen. But it’s out of the closet now. DIL KABADDI goes a step further — it takes you inside the bedroom of two couples and makes you listen to the bedroom chat that they indulge in, bringing the sex lives out in [...]

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Meerabai Not Out

Meerabai Not Out

It’s often said that cricket and Bollywood are two major passions of Indians. Director Chandrakant Kulkarni’s MEERABAI NOT OUT narrates the story of a cricket enthusiast who goes to the extremes — even on the day of her engagement — to watch a game of cricket.
But interesting ideas don’t necessarily translate into interesting films. MEERABAI [...]

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Bidda

Bidda

Adi Lokesh made a big name through the blockbuster film ‘Jogi’ directed by Prem in which he played the role of a gangster Bidda. Director Vishwa thought of catching on his popularity in Bidda’s role and scripted this film, which also introduced Adi as the hero.
With an illogical story and nonsensical narration, Vishwa has made [...]

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Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

Now here’s a chor who robs just about everything — car, TV, music system, crockery, artefacts, furniture, even dry fruits, also a pomeranian. Whatever he can lay his hands on. Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! is, reportedly, straight out of real life. A conman who gave sleepless nights to many [...]

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Sorry Bhai!

Sorry Bhai!

Director Onir has always defied stereotypes. Recall his first two films — MY BROTHER NIKHIL and BAS EK PAL. With Sorry Bhai!, Onir takes the road less traveled.
‘Come, fall in love… with you brother’s bride’, says the tagline of the film.
Agreed, there must’ve been real- life instances of a guy falling in [...]

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Dostana

Dostana

Recall the ‘Kantaben’ episode in Karan Johar’s KAL HO NAA HO. The episode is alive even today, in skits, on stage, amongst friends. That was a mere trailer. Picture abhi baaki hain. DOSTANA takes ‘Kantaben’ episode to another level altogether.
DOSTANA is no BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. It’s not a serious take on homosexuality either. On the contrary, [...]

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Yuvvraaj

Yuvvraaj

Every step you take, every move you make… we’ll be watchin’ you. Have altered the lines of a famous song.
For, this one’s applicable for Subhash Ghai, a proficient storyteller, one of the most successful stories from this side of the Atlantic. Irrespective of how his films are received at the ticket window, Ghai’s movies are [...]

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Dasvidaniya

Dasvidaniya

There’s something to be said about this sensitive slice-of-life cinema. And it’s this. You really can’t keep a good man down.
Returning to the ambit of the dull workingclass protagonist that he almost patented in Bheja Fry Vinay Pathak delivers yet another bravura performance as a man who learns to live only [...]

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Shoot on Sight

Shoot on Sight

The world is divided. And the colour of the skin as also your religious beliefs have created the great divide. Jag Mundhra’s SHOOT ON SIGHT looks at the war waged by the fundamentalists against the ‘oppressors’.
Set in U.K., SHOOT ON SIGHT narrates the story of an honest Muslim cop’s nephew turning into a terrorist. There’s [...]

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