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  • Tiger Shroff's box-office record has been quite impressive so far and the success of Baaghi 2, (The film has already amassed more than 150 crores!), is only going to add to the buzz....
  • For more than fifty years the ‘To Sir With Love’ formula has provided the template for most teacher-student themed movies and Hichki, too uses it with a twist....
  • Taking inspiration from that real life incident and characters, director Raj Kumar Gupta (who has given some notable films such as Aamir and No One Killed Jessica) delivers Raid....
  • Anushka Sharma's strange fascination for the paranormal themes is the first thing that strikes a curious mind....
  • Besides the routine box-office-pleasing Masala movies,Akshay Kumar has regularly picked up tough films with social conscience.This time he presents yet another taboo theme- lack of menstrual hygiene in majority of Indian women!...
  • With some slick promos Aiyaari did look interesting to begin with, and the debates and discussions about whether it should be banned for defaming the armed forces, only raised the public interest further....
  • Will it ever see the light of the day? Or will the flames of political protests and mindless arson burn it to ashes? The whole socio-political drama surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ kept the audiences on tenterhooks....
  • Mukkabaaz is a taut film with a tough core....
  • Tiger Zinda Hai is running to packed houses, earning millions and all is well again in Salman Khan’s kingdom...
  • Vidya Balan, one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema, hasn’t had a smooth run in the recent past. Will she do better in her latest venture- Tumhari Sulu?...
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle is based on the same theme- that of rebooting life afresh!...
  • Writer-directior Abhay Chopra's Ittefaq remake is indeed special because the original mystery thriller was produced by his grandfather B.R. Chopra and directed by his grand-uncle Yash Chopra....
  • As a producer, Aamir Khan has clearly understood the versatility of the film medium to crack the code of critical and commercial success....
  • Rohit Shetty’s USP is his ability to create entertaining potboilers catering to popular tastes....
  • The reprise of David Dhawan’s 1997 hit Judwaa pits his son Varun in Salman Khan’s shoes....
  • Hansal Mehta teams up with Kangna Ranaut, a self-styled diva, basking in the success of her Queen and Tanu Weds Manu portrayals....
  • Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a watchable rom-com about impotence!...
  • Toilet- Ek Prem Katha comes up with a plot that entertains while enlightening and educating about the evils of this abominable ‘tradition’ of open defecation!...
  • Milan Luthria's new film Baadshaho is a mutistarrer crime caper....
  • When Bollywood’s NRI-targeting, star-studded glossy big banner entertainers are falling like ninepins, there comes a small budget Hindi hinterland comedy that endears itself to audiences....
  • Director Imtiaz Ali and the lead actors Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma are three people desperately needing a hit, following their recent rough patches at the box office. ...
  • Every year, there is a Salman Khan- movie that lights up the Eid festivities and becomes a blockbuster! ...
  • Saket Chaudhary’s Hindi Medium takes a satirical look at the average Indians' rather unnecessary and unholy English-school education- fixation....
  • Chetan Bhagat’s novel Half Girl Friend gets a same named movie make-over....
  • With Sarkar 3, Ram Gopal Verma’s ambitious Sarkar-trilogy comes to its final conclusion- or does it?...
  • On paper, Begum Jaan looks like a pretty good recipe for a watchable film....
  • We get another ‘Dulhania’ themed film with the same director (Shashank Khaitan), same hero (Varun Dhawan) and same heroine (Alia Bhatt) but with a different storyline, settings and characters....
  • Akshay Kumar has discovered a magic formula at the box office...
  • Kaabil versus Raees. It was supposed to be a Hrithik versus SRK match....
  • The controversies kept hounding SRK’s Raees and kept it in the news. Now that it is out into the theatres, let’s see if the film is worth all that attention....
  • With 2016 almost over, we finally get to see Dangal. Where does it rank amongst Aamir’s much-acclaimed repertoire? ...
  • Talented duo - Sujoy Ghosh and Vidya Balan- returns with Kahaani 2, which is not a sequel but an independent film in the same suspense thriller genre....
  • Being young is not always easy. It comes with its own set of insecurities and inadequacies....
  • The talk was on for quite some time for a Rock On sequel, and finally it comes 8 years later! So how is it?...
  • Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has kept itself in headlines for last few months, mostly for the wrong reasons....
  • M.S. Dhoni- The untold story is an interesting sports saga and an inspiring biopic....
  • Rakaysh Omprakash Mehra’s track record as a film-maker has shown wide fluctuations....
  • This social thriller-courtroom drama doesn’t just hold you in thrall but it also shakes you to the core with a hard-hitting, no nonsense commentary on the social ills plaguing modern India....
  • Tapping into the Olympic craze, Bollywood has made a conscious effort to release sports-centric films in 2016....
  • Baar Baar Dekho is a slick, contemporary, NRI-targeting ‘urban relationship drama’....
  • Murugadoss has become an indelible part of Bollywood history as the man who delivered the first 100 crore-film Ghajini (2008)...
  • The Eid-release of a Salman-blockbuster has become Bollywood’s famous tradition since last few years....
  • Much before its release, Udta Punjab was a hot topic on conventional and social media....
  • Kashyap sure knows how to tell grim and gory stories of sick characters in sordid settings....
  • This suspense thriller based on a Korean film, brings together acting talents of Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan....
  • The promising young lead pair of Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor- comes together in this martial arts-centric thriller. How does the experiment work?...
  • Hansal Mehta's Aligarh is a biopic and yet another gritty tale with dark tidings....
  • The questions surrounding Fan made it one of the most anticipated movies of the year....
  • In Ki and Ka, R. Balki decides to focus on the gender role reversal in a modern urban marriage....
  • This Karan Johar-produced new offering is a film worth a watch and here’s why!...
  • Neerja is a biopic of Neerja Bhanot, the brave flight attendant of Pan Am 73, who played a pivotal role in handling the hijack drama....
  • The story adapted from Charles Dickens’s ‘Great Expectations’ leaves many loose ends....
  • Airlift is a docudrama depicting Indian history’s little-known glorious chapter, a gigantic rescue mission during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war. ...
  • The first major release of 2016, Wazir raised many expectations....
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani had faced various obstacles from the time it was announced....
  • Rohit Shetty brings Shahrukh Khan and Kajol together after a long hiatus. How does the dream pair work its magic?...
  • A director on a roll, an actress on the top of her game and an actor who is struggling for a hit… Tamasha is an interesting recipe....
  • Sooraj Barjatya teams up with his lucky mascot star Salman Khan in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and what do we get? Another Preachy Prem of course!...
  • Vikas Bahl has tried make a Disney-like modern day fairy tale in the form of an over-the-top frothy rom-com....
  • So how does this comeback film work for Aishwarya and the audience?...
  • Very few court cases have ever generated the kind of intrigue and interest that the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case has...
  • Singh Is Bliing once again proves Akki’s hold on box-office. ...
  • The anti-Pakistan rhetoric in Phantom promotions did capture some public attention. But finally what do we get out of this film?...
  • Masaan is the colloquial equivalent of the Hindi word Shamshaan (the Hindu cremation ground) and the film deals with that theme,...
  • Ajay Devgn’s latest Hindi flick is inspired by Jeethu Joseph’s story that earlier formed the basis of successful Malyalam and Tamil films....
  • The last few months have been trying times for Salman Khan…. quite literally! The superstar, whose Eid releases have been Bollywood box-office highlights for last quite a few years, has been in the eye of the storm....
  • This time around Remo gets a bigger budget and bigger stars to flaunt on a much bigger stage- and that too in 3D. But does this ‘bigger’ reprise work well?...
  • Finally 4 years after her award-sweeping 2011 ZNMD-success, Zoya Akhtar has come back with Dil Dhadakne Do. So how does the film fare?...
  • In 2011, Tanu Weds Manu became a sleeper hit. This film about an unlikely romance between a staid NRI doctor and a wild desi girl had enough wacky humor to overcome a slightly predictable storyline. ...
  • From the time I watched the promos of Shoojit Sircar’s new film Piku, I was in a quandary. ...
  • Without any filmi family background or any big banner godfather, Akshay Kumar has been coolly churning 100 crore hits one after another....
  • The ‘invisible man’ theme has already been successfully used in Hindi cinema- first in the 1964-Mr. X In Bombay and then in the 1987-Mr. India. ...
  • Director Dibakar Banerjee has given us some interesting off-beat movies. Now he joins hands with India’s premier mainstream banner Yashraj Films to present his take on Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s famous fictional detective....
  • Now full eight years later Navdeep Singh comes up with his second film NH 10. ...
  • Yashraj Films couldn’t have chosen a more unlikely lead team for their latest film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. But they have done that....
  • More than a decade later, Sadhu Agashe, the famed encounter-specialist cop makes a return in Ab Tak Chhappan-2....
  • After his brilliant debut film Ek Hasina Thi, director Sriram Raghavan has given us an edgy Johnny Gaddar and an insipid Agent Vinod....
  • Movies like Roy are exceptions to that fair-play rule....
  • The unexplained murder of a Delhi-based dentist couple’s teenager daughter Aarushi Talwar and the events that followed must count as one of the most discussed and debated mysteries in India....
  • The director had termed Shamitabh as ‘a tribute to the greatest baritone in Indian cinema’....
  • Who in the right frame of mind would name a spy thriller- Baby?...
  • Dolly Ki Doli, the latest Sonam Kapoor flick produced by Arbaaz Khan presents a familiar plot....
  • Now practically every other film tries to make a violent love-story using rustic locales; hinterland lingo; a consortium of cops, goons and politicos; crude humor; bone-crunching violence and a raunchy item songs....
  • There were speculations and counter-speculations aplenty when it came to discussing PK, which arguably was 2014’s most eagerly awaited movie....
  • 2014 hasn’t been too kind to Saif Ali Khan, the actor and Saif Ali Khan, the producer. So is his new home production going to provide him with the Happy Ending for the year?...
  • After bank robbers (Dhoom 3), human traffickers (Mardaani), coal black marketeers (Gunday) and conmen (Daawat E Ishq), it is the turn of contract killers in Kill Dil....
  • Farah Khan's brand of films- a crazy potpourri of comedy-action-melodrama-song-and-dance is an unabashed continuation of the famed MKD-formula....
  • To say or not to say- that’s the question....
  • The pairing of Hrithik-Katrina and the release date on a long weekend were strong enough reasons to watch Bang Bang. ...
  • The original Khoobsurat has gone on to acquire an all-time classic status. Now Anil Kapoor and his daughter Rhea decide to remake it with a total Disney makeover,...
  • The very fact that Daawat-E-Ishq happens to be a Yashraj film is almost a guarantee that it is going to be worth watching on big screen....
  • Adajania's new movie Finding Fanny turns its attention on Goan Catholics....
  • Mary Kom’s life-story is interesting, intriguing and inspiring in equal measures....
  • Mardaani ticks many right boxes to draw you to the theatre....
  • Naturally the expectations are high when Shetty once again teams up with Devgn to dish out Singham Returns. Is it a perfect reprise?...
  • When I first saw the trailer of this movie, I thought – “Oh, sure it looks like yet another Sajid Khan no-brainer!”...
  • In their short careers so far, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, both have given enough evidence of their star potential....
  • So as a movie-buff I was naturally curious to see how her latest outing Bobby Jasoos had shaped up. More than anything else, I was waiting to see if Vidya could reclaim her form back!...
  • In Ek Villain, Suri is teaming up with Ekta Kapoor, a producer with a Midas touch; Siddharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor, two young stars who have tasted success early in the career and Riteish Deshmukh, who is trying to move on from his comic caper...
  • ‘Yeh Fugly Fugly Kya Hai?’ A song in the background asks.If you have not been careful enough to spot it early in the titles, then you won’t get the answer....
  • From Hey Baby to Housefull 1 & 2 to Himmatwala to Humshakals has been a progressively mind-numbing, mind-dumbing ride, which well and truly defies logic....
  • Even though the small-budget film is getting commercially released in 2014, it has already been shown in various film festivals all over the world and has even won the Best Film National Award in 2012....
  • Both, Akshay Kumar and A. R. Murugadoss know a thing or two about converting a popular South Indian masala flick into a Bollywood blockbuster...
  • Jackie made his debut In the 1983- film Hero and now, three decades later Tiger is making his Bollywood entry through Heropanti. ...
  • Time and tide wait for no one; not even for Subhash Ghai, Bollywood’s self-proclaimed showman and a proven dream merchant....
  • Coming in the wake of the likeable Queen, it was but natural that the film Revolver Rani would raise expectations of another memorable Kangna Ranaut performance...
  • Chetan Bhagat’s books have long been Bollywood favourites and for a definite reason, too....
  • While the original Bhootnath (2008) made good business at the box-office, it left with an impression of underutilizing the Big B factor....
  • Still David Dhawan keeps dishing up the similar muddled plots, hoping that a charismatic hero would carry the film on his shoulders!...
  • Ekta Kapoor, who had produced the original Ragini MMS, now comes back with a sequel, making multiple key changes....
  • More important is its core message. “Don’t keep harping on the heart-breaks. Get a grip on life and move on!”...
  • “A Yashraj movie featuring Rishi Kapoor; I have to see it.” Yes, that was my reasoning to watch Bewaqoofiyaan....
  • Gulab Gang, a film apparently inspired by a Bundel Khand-based social vigilante Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, created the right pre-release buzz. But did it justify that?...
  • Shaadi Ke Side Effects features two of the most talented lead actors- Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. On paper, it looks a good bet for a fun-filled theatre outing. But is it?...
  • With successful and well-acclaimed films such as Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar in his kitty, Imtiaz Ali has proved that any new venture of his is obviously worth looking forward to. ...
  • Yashraj films have had a super successful 2013, ending with the biggest hit of the year Dhoom 3. Here comes their first 2014 release featuring their two protégés- Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, along with another perennial favourite Priyanka Chopr...
  • Karan Johar movies have a typical glossy, urban, candyfloss feel. But will Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films joining in as the co-producer bring some new elements, some fresh ideas on board?...
  • So when Jai Ho was to be released in the first month of 2014, there was a question in many minds whether Salman’s magic touch would continue to hold sway at the box-office....
  • Miss Lovely is a tough film made on a tough topic. It shakes us to the core by showing a slice of life, far removed from the daily mainstream grind....
  • How does this second coming of Ishqiya work out? Titled as Dedh Ishqiya, is it really half a step ahead of its predecessor?...
  • I was quite interested to know whether Mr. Joe B Carvalho, supposedly a story of an inept small town private detective, was an equally interesting take....
  • Lots of questions were being asked before the Dhoom 3 release. Will the film surpass the success of previous two films of this super-hit franchise?...
  • Prabhu Deva has developed a peculiar brand of movies- full of masala and totally bereft of realism....
  • After wooing the critics and multiplex audiences with his intriguing political thrillers, Tigmanshu Dhulia tries to translate the formula for mainstream masses....
  • To be frank Imran and Kareena as the lead pair did not really set Ganges on fire in their first outing and a question remained whether they would bring anything new this time around to change the situation. ...
  • Is this Romeo-Juliet adaptation a masterpiece or a bad miss?...
  • Rakesh Roshan comes up with yet another installment in his sci-fi series, which began with an ET-inspired Koi Mil Gaya and went on to create an Indian superhero Krrish. ...
  • Popular TV-host Manish Paul makes his debut in tinsel town. With an interesting title and a promise of a techno-age comedy-thriller, his debut vehicle Mickey Virus looks an interesting proposition on paper. How is it actually?...
  • Remakes of hits from South have been doing very well in Bollywood. So there is hardly any surprise when Akshay Kumar who last year reaped a rich harvest from such remake- (Read Rowdy Rathod!) now comes up with one more similar offering. ...
  • When a regional film gets selected as the Indian entry for the Oscars, (and that too after toppling a strong contender backed by Bollywood heavyweights!), one is bound to be curious....
  • The super-talented, super-likeable Kapoors- (Neetu-Rishi-&-Ranbir) coming together for the first time to work with Abhinav Singh Kashyap, the man who directed the super-hit Dabangg. Now who would miss such a film?...
  • Is BA Pass just some sleazy soft porn or is there more to it?...
  • ‘There is something about this Lunchbox!’That was the first thought in my mind, when I decided to watch ‘The Lunchbox’. ...
  • When Sachin Tendulkar decides to endorse a film on his Facebook page, you naturally become curious. ...
  • From its catchy title, young good-looking lead actors and contemporary ‘Live-in relationship’ theme, Shuddh Desi Romance promised to be an interesting film....
  • One look at the promos was enough to make me cringe but still I did not want to be biased, so I watched the full 2013 version of Zanjeer....
  • Weaving real life socio-political issues into the story-line and presenting a big canvas picture with a multi-star cast is a formula that has worked well for Prakash Jha....
  • Say what you may about Rohit Shetty’s films. Call them silly, crude, crass, mindless and other things in the same vein. ...
  • When Nikhil Advani announced a film, a spy thriller about an imaginary plot about nabbing India’s most wanted terrorist criminal Dawood Ibrahim, it evoked mixed reactions....
  • Lootera was something that raised expectations, especially since it was said to be a lavish period film set in the early 1950s. With the rather odd lead pair of Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, how does this film fare on silver screen?...
  • So how did this much-anticipated comic thriller unfold on screen? Did it add to Vidya’s growing list of stupendous performances?...
  • Before watching Raanjhana, I kept weighing its pros and cons. Unsure till the last moment, I finally decided to take the plunge...
  • So does this ‘boastful’ comedy have enough substance to wow? Let’s find out....
  • “Since we have so many in house actors, we don’t need outside actors.” Sunny Deol frankly answered one of the journos who (rather needlessly!) wondered why Deols did not hire services of any major actors from the industry!...
  • So what do we get to see from the director – actor team that gave us an interesting coming of age rom-com in Wake Up Sid?...
  • A Yashraj film is an event by itself and always raises expectations. Before you start watching Aurangzeb, you wonder about its choice of title. What exactly is in store for you?...
  • This week's box office saw the openings of three Bollywood movies - Ishkq In Paris, Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke and Zindagi 50-50. Unfortunately, all the three movies opened to a very poor start....
  • Now comes Gippi, a film that gives away precious little about its plot through its title. Is it going to be any different?...
  • It comes as no surprise that for his latest film Shootout at Wadala Sanjay Gupta has chosen the real life story of Manya Surve, a dreaded gangster....
  • It may be Hollywood-inspired but still Go Goa Gone is a fresh funny take on zombies. A definite Bollywood first!...
  • Bombay Talkies…a movie celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema; a movie featuring 4 top contemporary film-makers’ independent shorts…The hype build-up was systematic and sustained....
  • So is Ek Thi Daayan- a horror-film produced and co-written by the talented Vishal Bhardwaj any different?...
  • Zero Dark Thirty is a riveting and provocative story of manhunt for America's most wanted terrorist!...
  • It is said to be an adaptation of a French comedy called Apres Vous. So how does this French ‘nautanki’ fare in its Bollywood avatar?...
  • Knowing Dhawan’s forte of colorful but crass comedies, it is hard not to harbor serious reservations about the new deal. So how is it?...
  • By what token the original Himmatwala became a classic worthy of a remake is beyond me....
  • A tiny shock; a little fright; a teeny-weeny edge-of-the seat white-knuckled moment; a minor unexpected twist…don’t we even have the fundamental right to expect these very basic courtesies to be extended to us when we watch a supposed horror movi...
  • Writer-director Subhash Kapoor presents a witty satire on the inefficient Indian legal system and shows us how the system is being manipulated in a million ways by corrupt cops, unscrupulous lawyers and moneyed people....
  • There were plenty of expectations from this second installment of Race. But what did we get in the end?...
  • In 2011, Tigmanshu Dhulia extrapolated Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam theme in the context of the current status of ex- rulers of princely states. His inspired take Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster was one of the sleeper hits of the year. ...
  • I, Me Aur Main tries (rather unsuccessfully!) to find a middle path between a rom-com and an emotional drama...
  • Even though they happened way back in 2008, the terrorist attacks of 26/11 are still fresh in every Indian’s mind. Don’t you still remember that eventful day when people all over India and all across the globe sat transfixed in front of their tel...
  • In his debut film Rock On, Abhishek Kapoor had successfully used the theme of friends from diverse backgrounds coming together to pursue a common goal. Now for his second film Kaipo Che, he uses the same theme in a different context....
  • Zila Ghaziabad is supposedly based on a real-life story of a deadly gang-war that raged in UP’s Ghaziabad district in the 1990s. The question is how has director Anand Kumar (with past duds like Delhi Heights and Jugaad) presented that crime saga o...
  • After delivering hits in its first two ‘murderous’ outings with Emraan Hashmi, the production house decided to change the leading man and opted for Randeep Hooda, another of their favourite faces....
  • To make an acting debut- not just in a cameo but in a central role- at the ripe old age of eighty is a challenging task for anyone. But if that debutante happens to be Asha Bhosle, then challenge becomes a near daunting one....
  • The history is full of moving stories, which have not received their fair share of limelight. 1930’s Chittagong revolt is one such overlooked, undervalued event from Indian freedom struggle....
  • ABCD’s high-octane, highly skilled dances may not really prove that ‘Anybody can dance’ but it certainly manages to show the brighter side of the often-reviled dancing reality programs...
  • The controversies surrounding the release of Kamal Haasan’s Tamil film Vishwaroopam (titled Vishwaroop in Hindi) kept all the national and regional TV channels busy for days....
  • The influential CEO (Arjun Rampal) of a leading advertising agency stands accused of sexually harassing his female colleague (Chitrangada Singh), who is the agency’s National Creative Director and a Board- member....
  • Post-Makdee, Maqbool, Omkara, Blue Umbrella and Kaminey, Vishal Bhardwaj rose to become one of the hottest independent-minded directors. ...
  • The promos of this film looked interesting. So how is the real deal? Is Rajeev Khandelwal’s checkered career going to receive a fillip from this suspense thriller? ...
  • Of late, Hindi cinema has been happily churning out new editions of popular film franchises. ...
  • For a long time, Talaash had been in the news for wrong reasons. Its long delayed release had fanned speculations that Aamir was not happy with the final product. There were rumours afloat that the film was being reshot. Mind you that as a hero, this...
  • As Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture releasing just after his death, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has already made it to the milestone page in the history books. But where does it actually stand in the glittering array of films that he made over a career ...
  • Remakes of South Indian hits are proving to be safe bets for many film-makers. Ghajini, Wanted, Ready, Body Guard, Singham, Rowdy Rathore…the list is endless. Now Rajmouli’s Telugu hit Maryada Ramanna gets a Hindi (sorry- Punjabi!) makeover in So...
  • For the first time, Karan Johar decides to leave his big stars and makes a film with a bunch of unknown youngsters. But being Karan Johar, he still doesn’t spare any effort to make his film as lush and lavish as his earlier star-driven vehicles. So...
  • The parallel cinema of the post-Millennium Bollywood is certainly proving to be a winner. Realistic yet entertaining; avoiding commercial clichés yet proving viable at the box-office, this genre is the most vibrant and enticing thing happening in co...
  • It’s a love story. It’s a hate story. It’s a human story. It’s a pest story. Director S.S. Rajamauli had this wacky idea for his Telugu blockbuster Eega. After seeing its Hindi dubbed version Makkhi, one just marvels how well it has captured ...
  • Why do directors who dished out such promising debut films, falter so badly in their second offering? First Sagar Ballary did it and now it is Sanjay Kandhury’s turn. If Ballary’s fall from a brilliant Bheja Fry to an obnoxious Bheja Fry 2 was on...
  • Cinema (or for that matter any art form!) may not have the power to change social mindset. But it certainly has the power to bring more awareness about various social complexities. Prakash Jha has always used his cinema to do the same. His UP-Bihar-c...
  • Just over a month ago, I watched Sachin Kundalkar’s Marathi film Gandh, which by the director’s own admission, was inspired by World Cinema. It was a collection of three short-stories based on the theme of smell. The first story in Gandh was Lagn...
  • Yes, a debut in any profession is quite a difficult proposition but a comeback is even trickier, particularly if you have left your career after reigning like a queen! That must have been the peculiar predicament faced by Sridevi when she signed for ...
  • That's the opening salvo in the recently released Raaz 3 but in a way this tag-line explains Madhur Bhandarkar's film-making philosophy. Films like Chandani Bar, Satta, Page 3, Traffic Signal, Jail, Corporate and Fashion have already shown his penc...
  • After seeing Ranbir’s Chaplinesque antics in the promos and remembering writer-director Anurag Basu’s uneven track record (Saaya, Gangster, Murder, Kites…), I was not really sure if I wanted to see Barfi in the theatre. I had decided to wait fo...
  • When you are taking on something as powerful as God and Religion, you need to firmly keep your wits about yourself. Paresh Raval and Akshay Kumar's OMG, based on a popular Gujarati play Kanji Virudh Kanji (which in turn was supposedly inspired by an...
  • Parsis, since the time they arrived on the Indian shores way back some centuries ago, have made good of their promise to mix into the Indian mainstream, just like sugar in milk. Yet their typical goofy, quirky image (besides their tall real life achi...
  • I still remember watching the first day, first show of Dabangg on an Eid holiday and then, coming out happy, having thoroughly enjoyed the Salman-act of single-handedly carrying the typical Masala film. I was happy because in a way, he was reviving t...
  • Half an hour into the first part of the film, I sat there wondering if director Anurag Kashyap (who also co-wrote and co-produced the film) had bitten off more than he could chew. What I was seeing on screen was a relentless spate of violence and cri...
  • A London Film School graduate (Suniel Shetty) comes to Mumbai to make a film on a serious theme – a story of a journalist who gets raped while probing a medicine-scam. With the help of his childhood friend (Rajpal Yadav), a struggling actor trying ...
  • A porn star-cum-high class prostitute (Sunny Leone) is hired by a secret service agent (Arunoday Singh) to lure and trap her former lover (Randeep Hooda), a once upright cop, who has now turned into dangerous terrorist. But as she takes up the assign...
  • It’s London. A happy-go-lucky philanderer (Saif Ali Khan) goes into a no-strings-attached live-in relationship with a bold and bindaas lass(Deepika Padukone). But when his mother arrives unannounced, he presents another girl, his girlfriend’s shy...
  • Six bachelor friends share a flat. In this place (which they call ‘Sadda Adda’), they stay, cook, eat, drink, sleep and dream together. Achieving their diverse aims and ambitions in life is not easy as it seems. With plenty of obstacles and stumb...
  • A crime-drama set in Mumbai’s Bhindi Bazaar area, featuring a gang-war between two rival pickpocket gangs and an interwoven story of two childhood friends trying to become dons of their underworld trade....
  • A Mumbai-based small-time thief (Akshay Kumar) and his crony get the surprise of their lives, when the box they have flicked contains not some valuables but a small girl, who embraces the thief, calling him her dad! The surprises continue when strang...
  • Director Deepa Mehta’s Earth was the second film in her Elements-trilogy (1996- film Fire and 2005-film Water being the other two!) and arguably the best of the three. This trilogy brought to the fore Mehta’s bold and yet sensitive cinematic visi...
  • Writer-director Tapan Sinha’s 1990-film Ek Doctor Ki Maut ranks amongst the finest in Hindi cinema. But thanks to its non-commercial ‘parallel film’ nature, it has remained amongst the hidden gems for most film-lovers....
  • B.R. Chopra’s 1963-film Gumrah, which was based on the theme of adultery, proved a major success at the box-office and 1964-film Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke almost seems like a follow-up with a similar cast (Sunil Dutt, Ashok Kumar and Shashikala), sim...
  • Watching Suraj is like entering a time warp. It is a typical over-the-top costume drama from the South which practically defines what the masses lapped up in the 1960s....
  • If you want to know why the so-called Parallel Cinema movement in Hindi cinema died down in the 1980s, then go and watch this movie- at your peril of course! The only reason I saw it was to listen to Lata Mangeshkar’s superb rendition of ‘Sang so...
  • Three men belonging to three different religions are lying down on adjacent hospital- beds, the IV line inserted in each man’s arm is seeping blood and lo, behold the receiving bottle is the same! The blood in the bottle is being given to a blind l...
  • In the 1980s, the mainstream Hindi cinema was rapidly going downhill. Amitabh’s best years were gone and his career was largely going through the rut of ‘Angry Young Vijay meets Funny Guy Anthony’ repetition. His only real contender Jeetendra ...
  • When it comes to appreciating milestone- films from other regions, not understanding the language of dialogues has often proved to be a primary irritant and deterrent for many a movie-buff. Thankfully that problem doesn’t arise in case of Tamil dir...
  • To openly discuss the issue of extramarital affair way back in 1963 was indeed courageous and definitely B.R. Chopra’s Gumrah must have been perceived then as a bold and forward film of the times. But seeing it almost fifty years later makes it loo...
  • Gulzar’s uniquely mellow and mature cinematic sensitivity as a writer-director comes across through this excellent film, which must rank as one of the best works of this much- celebrated artiste. For this film, Gulzar adapted Khwaja Ahmed Abbas’s...
  • Watching Kalyug almost a quarter century later is a mixed experience. This film which was described by Ram Gopal Verma as ‘Shyam Bengegal’s best ever film’ doesn’t carry enough punch, despite its still very much relevant core theme of corpora...
  • Bimal Roy’s films- those that he himself directed and even those that he just produced- were all notable for strong story-lines, a feel for humanity, a realistic portrayal of emotions and an unmistakable empathy towards the underprivileged. The 196...
  • Director Bimal Roy had a unique knack of presenting socially conscious themes through eminently watchable, artistically stimulating and emotionally satisfying films. His 1959- film Sujata is perhaps best example of this quality. Sujata highlighted th...
  • Viewing Jagte Raho more than fifty years after its theatrical release evokes mixed reactions. Inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, Raj Kapoor decided to try something different and chose an off-beat social satire with a totally deglamourized...

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