For most of us, the festive season is also about entertaining ourselves with a Bollywood biggie. Following two blockbuster Eid releases in the last two years, WANTED  and DABANGG , Salman Khan, the darling of the masses, unleashes yet another entertainer this Eid [this time, it coincides with Ganesh Chaturthi] — Bodyguard. The buzz around a Salman movie only got bigger this year, but the pertinent question is, will Salman deliver yet another festive hit with Bodyguard? After having set such high standards for himself, will Salman surpass his previous achievements? Well, that should be easy to pull off taking into account [a] Salman’s current form at the box-office and [b] The film has the merits to stand on its feet. (more…)
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He knows everything about nothing… and he’s on a mission to destroy himself! He is Chatur Singh 2 Star (Sanjay Dutt), an infamous member of the Mumbai Police Department who, in his career, has been most successful at botching up cases and making a fool of himself. In spite of being a disgrace to the team, Chatur Singh has just been handed the biggest case in the department’s history and of course, this is the perfect chance for him to prove everyone why he is the best officer they have.
Chatur Singh takes off on the secret mission to South Africa and he immediately ensures that there is trouble for all… because he is the biggest trouble of all! His antics are hazardous to health and definitely likely to cause serious injury; he is absolutely clueless and yet he keeps stumbling on all the right clues thanks to a little help from the pretty Sonia (Ameesha Patel). His bumbling mannerisms, clumsiness and of course his ‘super intelligence’ sets off a string of hilarious events which lead to more chaos and confusion than anyone could have ever imagined. The criminals are on the run, with Chatur in close pursuit! (more…)
Life is carefree and filled with series of mischievous events for dashing and happy-go-lucky Yuvraj and rocking rebel Gurnoor at the Patiala University, until they are bedazzled by the charming and sexy Noor who sweeps them off their feet the moment she lands in their lives, as both vie for their lady love’s attention and her heart. (more…)
A Prakash Jha film is talked about for more reasons than one. It provides food for thought. It sets you thinking. Be it DAMUL, MRITYUDAND, GANGAAJAL, APAHARAN or RAAJNEETI, there was enough fodder in each of those films. Besides, each of those films left an indelible impression on the minds of the viewer. So, quite naturally, the expectations from his new release Aarakshan are enormous. This one also tackles a rather serious social issue — caste-based reservation. However, Aarakshan not only talks about reservation, but also about the commercialization of educational institutions. (more…)
Directly or indirectly, terrorism has influenced the lives of all and sundry. The issue has been portrayed in numerous motion pictures. Yet another film on terrorism may seem tedious, which is why, I presume, Karan Razdan must have added an unexpected twist to the story of his new film THE WARNING. Replicating the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai at the very commencement, the writer-director merges supernatural and the concept of karma in the plotline of his new endeavor. What happens to the terrorist in his afterlife? That’s a first for a Bollywood film. (more…)
Certain villages in India still follow the age-old customs that have been condemned by the judiciary as well as by the principled and upright citizen. Khap, directed by Ajai Sinha, who has a number of successful television shows to his credit, deals with the issue of honor killing. It’s a story that sends a shiver down your spine because it depicts how couples in love are butchered in the name of honor.
Based in the heartland of India, the director adopts a bold stance of catching the bull by the horns. Come to think of it, people residing in the metros may not be well aware of how innocent people are killed in the name of false honor. This film questions the tradition, but at the same time, the talented storyteller ensures that it doesn’t come across as a dark/depressing tale or a documentary with gruesome killings dominating the show. A love story with some interesting, entertaining moments have been interwoven in the narrative to make this film palatable. (more…)
In spite of being born into abject poverty, Chhotu an inventive child with a cheerful disposition does not let his grim circumstances defeat him. In order to support his family, he works in a small road side food stall during the day; however spends his evenings voraciously reading books he has somehow managed to gather. He someday dreams of getting an education, and commanding his own destiny.
On a hot sultry day, Chhotu encounters the local prince. The pauper is captivated at the sight of the crisp tie that the prince sports. He is immediately drawn towards it. The prince eyes the camel the pauper has tamed, and is instantly mesmerized. Thus an unlikely friendship is struck between the two, which dares to defy the stringent class barriers of the village. (more…)
The trend of atypical masala entertainers began all over again with WANTED, which was effectively emulated by the super-successful DABANGG. The larger-than-life hero knocks down 50 thugs and sends them flying in the air with just one punch. He romances the heroine. Puts his life at stake by catching the bull by the horns. Emerges victorious in the finale… Come to think of it, the Indian audience is starved for true-blue masala entertainers that were admired and revered in the 1970s and 1980s. Oh, can we ever forget the serpentine queues outside cinema halls to watch those movies, starring our fav stars? With SINGHAM, the Ajay Devgn – Rohit Shetty team goes back to their roots; both started with action films, if you recall — PHOOL AUR KAANTE and ZAMEEN, respectively. SINGHAM is one of those earthy, traditional, uncomplicated masala movies that most of us grew up on. The protagonist of SINGHAM is not the desi version of James Bond, nor is he any kind of a superhero. (more…)
By and large, after graduating from school/university, before one steps into a fresh phase in life, friends do settle on having some fun… It could be an extended bachelor party. It could be an excursion. Living each moment to the fullest is what most of us are thinking at that point of time. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is also about living each precious moment, as if there’s no tomorrow. It’s a film that also deals with surmounting and overpowering our personal fears. In this case, it changes the lives of three youngsters who embark on a road trip to Spain.
Zoya Akhtar represents the new brigade in Bollywood. But the talented storyteller is mired in controversies pertaining to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Is it similar to HANGOVER? Or is it a present-day adaptation of Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut DIL CHAHTA HAI? (more…)
We live in an era wherein brands and franchise have become the order of the day. When a movie works with the audience and also has strong recall value, the film-makers plan to keep the franchise breathing by either making a prequel or sequel. Though Murder had released more than seven years ago [April 2004], it continues to linger in public memory for varied reasons and not only for its sizzle factor. Murder had a spellbinding story, great music and proficient performances by its principal actors. In fact, Murder catches the attention of spectators to this date and obtains high TRPs, despite several telecasts on TV. ‘Tremendous repeat value’, like they say in filmi parlance.
Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt choose not to make movies with big stars. Instead, they substitute stars with big initiatives and innovative concepts. In fact, their penchant to work with a new cast and crew is simply unstoppable. Besides, the success ratio indicates that their strategy has paid off rich dividends even with fresh talent. What sets apart their films, besides the above said reasons, is the fact that their films are high on sexual content. An innovative story with generous doses of eroticism has always proved a winning blend. (more…)