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Priyanka Chopra Does A Ben Kingsley- Subhash K Jha Reviews Mary Kom

Written by on September 6th, 2014

It’s that life-defining moment when a character on screen transforms totally into a real-life personality. We’ve seen Seema Biswas, Ben Kingsley and Farhan Akhtar metamorphose into real-life characters in front of our bewildered eyes. Now it is Priyanka Chopra. She virtually transforms her physicality before entering the spirit and the soul of boxing champ Mary […]

Dapper Caper- Subash K Jha Reviews Raja Natwarlal

Written by on August 30th, 2014

“Tu apna kiss karta reh,” Paresh Rawal sarcastically scoffs at the ‘serial kisser’ Emraan Hashmi after he catches him necking with Pakistani bombshell Humaima in a lift in Cape Town. These inhouse jokes, I tell you! They are the life and death of a certain kind of cinema where the script has to be far […]

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“Mardaani is a film that makes all the correct noises about child trafficking.” – Subhash K Jha’s movie review

Written by on August 25th, 2014

Starring Rani Mukherjee, Tahir Bhasin, Jisshu Sengupta, Anil George Directed by Pradeep Sarkar A stellar cast only adds to this accomplished film’s sense of creative propriety. Mardaani is a film that makes all the correct noises about child trafficking. And by “correct noises” I do mean the soundtrack which is among the most evocative provocative […]

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is soft supple sensuous stroll through a world created in vivid colours – Subhash K Jha

Written by on August 10th, 2014

Starring Om Puri, Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte le Bon Directed by Lasse Hallstrom “Food is memory,” says the doll-like vision of a woman named Charlotte le Bon to our young hero Hasaan, played with a striking sensitivity by the little-known Manish Dayal (where were you hiding, young man?) If food is indeed memory then […]

Woof, Yeh Mohabbat! – Subhash K Jha reviews Akshay Kumar’s Entertainment

Written by on August 9th, 2014

Starring Junior, Akshay Kumar, Tamannah, Mithun Chakraborty, Krushna Abhishek Directed by Sajid-Farhad The canine-hero’s name in the list of actors in the credit titles comes first because that’s how Akshay Kumar wants it. This film tells you to love animals. It’s a simple straightforward  premise structured around a comical plot about a gold-digger wastrel whose […]

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Fugly Movie Review: “At Last, A Film With A Social Conscience” – Subhash K Jha

Written by on June 14th, 2014

Fugly Starring Jimmy Sheirgil, Mohit Marwah, Kiara Advani, Vijendra Singh, Arfi Lamba Directed by Kabir Sadanand Rating: **** Let’s first get the picture right. Contrary to what the trailers and promotional images tell, Fugly is not a Fukrey-friendly flick about four friends having a ball in life. This film means business. Light on top and […]

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Hardhitting blunt riveting depiction of communal disharmony – Subhash K Jha Reviews ‘Dekh Tamasha Dekh’

Written by on April 19th, 2014

Starring: Vinay Jain, Satish Kaushik, Tanvi Azmi, & hordes of other talent Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan Routinely, we love to sweep the truth about Hindu-Muslim relations under the carpet. Or simply sugar-coat it to make the actual volume of mutual distrust and animosity palatable to a nation steeped in escapism and self-delusion. Dekh Tamasha […]

Subhash K Jha: “Bewakoofiyaan is Frothy Fun But Thought-provoking”

Written by on March 15th, 2014

Bewakoofiyaan Starring Rishi Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Nupur Asthana Rating: *** ½(three and a half stars) Sometimes, love just ain’t enough. So there we have two people in love. The pampered but not spoilt bureaucrat’s daughter Mayera and her lover beau Mohit whose upward mobility is frozen by an employment meltdown in […]

No One Can Touch This, Bhansali’s Genius Explodes On Screen – Subhash K Jha on Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela

Written by on November 16th, 2013

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali Just when you think you have seen it all, there comes a film that reminds you of how far the cinematic medium has come…And how far it can go in the right hands. And let’s face it. Bhansali is Bhansali. His visual imagery in all […]

FRAMING MOVIES Special Edition: Twenty-Eight: Amar Prem (1972)

Written by on October 30th, 2013

From its opening montage of a young rustic girl watching her callous husband bring home another wife, to the dying moments when the woman, now in her twilight years, is taken away to the relative comfort of her foster-son’s home as the festivities of Durga Puja break out on the streets of Kolkata… Amar Prem […]

“John Day is a restless edgy drama of the doomed and the damned.” – Subhash K Jha

Written by on September 14th, 2013

This is no place for the weak. This world as we know it. And this film, as we discover with the thrill of chancing upon an unexpected little gem. Inspired from a Spanish film, is it? I really don’t give a fig where writer-director Ahishor Solomon got the raw material for this gripping cat-and-mouse tale. […]

Subhash K Jha: “Policegiri is all loud, rumbustious, over-the-top fun to watch – especially if you are a Sanjay Dutt fan”

Written by on July 6th, 2013

Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Prakash Raj, Prachi Desai Directed by K Ravi Kumar Look. Indian cinema is like a massive bouquet of wildflowers of different colours and smells. You really can’t judge Policegiri, Sanjay Dutt’s hefty homage to hero-giri completed before his 3-year prison terms, against the soft gently-undulating movements of the week’s other release Lootera. […]

“Gupta’s third film is wacky whimsical dark scrumptious and wonderfully innovative” – Subhash K Jha reviews Ghanchakkar

Written by on June 30th, 2013

Starring Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Verma, Namit Das Directed by Rajkumar Gupta He is a lazy lazy lad. And she is one helluva crazy Punjaban whose kookie cooking drives her sullen husband up the nearest wall. Disgust on the dining-table camouflaged in  tons of  table-salt, Sanju(Emraan Hashmi, pitch-perfect in his spousal indolence) would probably have gone […]

“Raanjhanaa is an opulent epic seductive, raging and rippling ode to love” – A Review by Subhash K Jha

Written by on June 23rd, 2013

Starring Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskara, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Directed by Aanand L. Rai This enormously-enriching film about the pain of love has four heroes: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, A R Rahman’s music and the city of Varanasi. Not necessarily in that order. But then ‘orderly conduct’ is hardly a given in a film about […]

“The performances make you thankful and relieved” – Subhash K Jha reviews Fukrey

Written by on June 16th, 2013

Starring Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma,Vishakha Singh,Priya Anand, Pankaj Tripathi Directed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba There is something about the theatre of the absurd that brings on a volley of unwarranted nonsense in the filmmakers of this country. Not this time. Fukrey is about an eclectic bunch of no-good students poised between […]

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist makes us look within ourselves for answers to the chaos in the world around us.” – A Review by Subhash K Jha

Written by on May 20th, 2013

Starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Keifer Sutherland, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri Directed by Mira Nair The dubbing does subject the content to some tonal drubbing. And one wishes the Indian distributors had just let the characters speak the way they felt. Misguided vocalization cannot take away from the power and inner strengths of […]

“The film tries to weave a tender gentle love story around an MMS scandal.” – Subhash K Jha reviews I Don’t Luv U

Written by on May 19th, 2013

Starring Ruslaan Mumtaz, Chetna Pande Directed by Amit Kasaria The trouble with a well-meaning film such as this is it cannot take the story and characters to their logical conclusion and somewhere ends up ‘tale’-diving at crucial junctures in the plot. To begin with, we are introduced to Yuvaan and his college friends in Delhi […]

“A zombie fiesta that’s savagely funny and surreptitiously scary…” – Subhash K Jha reviews Go Goa Gone

Written by on May 15th, 2013

Not taking into account the  expression-less “actors” who have infested Hindi films from time immemorial, zombies are a relatively new phenomenon in Hindi cinema. We did have a zombie film some weeks ago which, like most characters in films of that genre, died a swift death. Forget that. Go Goa Gone is a savagely funny take on […]

“This is Gupta’s big-ticket comeback.” – Subhash K Jha reviews Shootout At Wadala

Written by on May 6th, 2013

Starring Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Tusshar Kapoor,Kangna Ranaut, Sonu Sood, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy Directed by Sanjay Gupta Babli badmash hai, sings Priyanka Chopra in one of the 3 utterly wasted item numbers in this film about blazing guns, flaring nostrils, sanguinary revenge and bleak atonement. Babli is not the only one who’s a badmaash here.  The characters […]

“Bombay Talkies is that rarity which makes us thankful for the gift of the movies.” – Subhash K Jha

Written by on May 5th, 2013

A girl on a railway station who croons Lata Mangeshkar songs with aching luminosity, a stoic gluttonous ostrich, a flirty cocky gay entertainment journalist, a closet actor, a little boy who likes to dance like Katrina Kaif and a man from Allahabad who just wants to meet Amitabh Bachchan for a few seconds…Such are the […]

Subhash K Jha: “Aashiqui 2 is a film with its heart in the right place.”

Written by on May 1st, 2013

Aashiqui 2 Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor Directed by Mohit Suri Rating: *** ½ It’s no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson’s 1976 drama A Star Is Born. And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older 1954 version of the same story. In spirit […]

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