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Subhash K Jha: “Zilla Ghaziabad is an ode to mayhem and machismo”

Written by on February 25th, 2013

Zilla Ghaziabad Starring Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi,Paresh Rawal,Arshad Warsi, Chandrachur Singh,Ravi Kissan, Divya Dutta. Directed by Anand Kumar Rating: ** ½ Wasseypur’s gangs never had it so good. Seeing the glorious guttural outflow of gore blood bullets and profanities in Zilla Ghaziabad one could safely(?) assume, Wasseypur is safe. So is the other release this […]

“When Prabhu dances time freezes” – Subhash K Jha reviews ABCD (Any Body Can Dance)

Written by on February 12th, 2013

Anybody Can Dance(ABCD) Starring Prabhu Deva, Kay Kay Menon, Ganesh Acharya Directed by Remo D’Souza Rating: *** “Indians don’t have a mind to think,” mock-whispers Kay Kay Menon, playing the sort of slimeball you thought went out of style with Prem Chopra. Menon, who once was a formidable actor, hams it to the hilt as […]

“Special 26 achieves a rare synthesis of real-life credibility and cinematic flamboyance.” – Subhash K Jha reviews the movie

Written by on February 10th, 2013

Starring: Akshay Kumar,Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgil, Rajesh Sharma, Kishore Kadam, Kajal Aggarwal Written & Directed by Neeraj Pandey Gimme raid, said the fake CBI officers who in a daredevil swoop-down on a well-known jewellery outlet in Mumbai in 1983, escaped with a loot worth lakhs. If done today it would have been a […]

Special Feature: Subhash K Jha shares memories of Abhishek Bachchan on his birthday!

Written by on February 5th, 2013

Today, as Abhishek Bachchan grows a year older and pretends to be much older than he really is, I think back to the day almost two years in April 2011 when he came to my home in Patna. At around 6 pm when Abhishek taken off his shoes and had plonked himself comfortably on the […]

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Subhash K Jha: Bejoy Nambiar bleeds brilliancy into the film David

Written by on February 4th, 2013

David Starring Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vinay Virmani, Tabu, Lara Dutta, Nasser,Rohini Hattangadi, Monica Dogra Directed by Bejoy Nambiar Rating: **** ½ Bejoy Nambiar’s second feature film after Shaitaan interconnects the lives of three characters named David, played with outstanding conviction by actors belonging to three different generations. They three protagonists who by chance share […]

Vishwaroop

Subhash K Jha: “Vishwaroop is edge-of-the-seat entertainment”

Written by on February 1st, 2013

Vishwaroop Starring Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose Directed by Kamal Haasan Rating: **** First things first. Kamal Haasan’s enormously controversial film doesn’t hurt Muslim sentiments. In fact it doesn’t hurt the sentiments of any section of the people except those party-poopers who think having a ball at the movies went out of style with […]

Akaash Vani Takes On Race 2

Written by on January 21st, 2013

Is the independent film directed by a fresh talent and featuring names that are not the marquee rulers here to stay? Judging by the curiously heightened appeal of this Friday’s release Akaash Vani, one would think that the small film with under-exposed faces has finally found its bearings towards the box office. Some would say […]

“There are seeds of a gripping cops thriller in Mumbai Mirror” Subhash K Jha reviews the movie

Written by on January 17th, 2013

Starring Sachiin Joshi, Gihani Khan, Vimla Raman, Prakash Raj, Mahesh Manjrekar Directed by Ankush Bhatt If Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg were to be merged wuth Anant Velankar in Govind Nihalani’s Ardh Satya we would probably get Abhijeet Patil in Mumbai Mirror. Patil, played by entrepreneur-actor Sachiin Joshi, is the product of Mumbai’s underbelly. He is […]

Subhash K Jha Selects His 10 Favourite Films Of 2012

Written by on January 17th, 2013

That 2012 began with an overwrought hyper-melodramatic brutal and tumultuous remake of Agneepath and ended with Yash Chopra’s muted mellow all-heart-no-malice ode to romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan seems indicative of the direction that Bollywood seems headed for. The journey, as we can see, is unpredictable and largely exciting. Looking back, some films of 2012 […]

“This is an enjoyable and eventually disturbing riches-to-ragging story to start off the year” – Subhash K Jha reviews Table No. 21

Written by on January 5th, 2013

Starring Paresh Rawal, Rajeev Khandelwal, Tena Desae Directed by Aditya Dutta The last 30 minutes of this gripping thriller has a life of its own. In fact the end-game is so stunning and so overpowering in its message that it makes us overlook the ingrained improbability of the rest of the film. Not that Table […]

“You’ve never quite seen or experienced a film like Talaash” – Subhash K Jha reviews Talaash

Written by on December 2nd, 2012

Starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkumar Yadav Directed by Reema Kagti If God lies in the details, then by God, Talaash gets it foot into the temple-door all right. A film about …well, search, pursuit, exploration and salvation Talaash throws forward the kind of “entertainment” that mainstream Hindi cinema was never conceived to be. Walking […]

“It is that slice of cinema that bedazzles, beguiles and bewilders the senses.” – Subhash K Jha reviews Life of Pi(dubbed)

Written by on November 25th, 2012

Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Rafe Spall Directed by Ang Lee Some epic novels should never go into movie adaptations. Majestic magnificent and moving as it is, I am not too sure that Yann Martel’s novel was ever meant to be filmed. Trust the amazing Ang Lee to move into non-cinematic literary […]

“JTHJ is an ambrosial autumn sonata done in colours and moods that redefine Mr Yash Chopra’s legendary levels of aesthetics” – Subhash K Jha reviews Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Written by on November 15th, 2012

Starring Shah Rukh Khan,Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma Directed by Yash Chopra Flawed but fabulous, the pasha of romance Yash Chopra’s swan song – may God rest his rhapsodic soul—is a swoon-worthy ode to that achy-breaky feeling called love. Reams of poetry and volumes of prose have been written on it. But no poet no author […]

“Son Of Sardaar is a rollicking rumbustious wild and wacky action-comedy” – Subhash K Jha

Written by on November 15th, 2012

Starring Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Tanuja, Mukul Dev, Vindoo Dara Singh Directed by Ashwani Dhir Every time Vindoo Dara Singh who plays a part of an extended patriarchal Punjabi parivaar in the Sikh heartland, opens his mouth to speak, he is shushed down by others saying, ‘Silencer lagaa’. By God, at […]

“To this day Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron remains a crazy film” – Subhash K Jha reviews this 1983 release

Written by on November 3rd, 2012

Starring: Naseerudin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Bharve, Pankaj Kapoor, Satish Shah Directed by Kundan Shah It was the year before Mrs India Gandhi was assassinated. The nation was not in the best of moods. There were raised voices and frayed tempers prevalent across the nation as corruption and intolerance reached an all-time high. Given the […]

“Jha enters the dark largely-unexposed world of the Naxalites fighting for their land and dignity” – Subhash K Jha about Chakravyuh

Written by on October 27th, 2012

Starring Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Anjali Patil, Esha Gupta, Om Puri, Manoj Bajpai Directed by Prakash Jha Becket beckons Bollywood once again.  The immortal French play by Jean Anouilh was furnished a sensitive renewability by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in Namak Haraam 38 years ago and then again much later by Govind Nihalani in Dev. Now the stories of two friends separated […]

“Rani gets a firm grip on the intriguing flavour of this out-of-the-box comedy.” – Subhash K Jha reviews Aiyyaa

Written by on October 15th, 2012

Starring Rani Mukherjee, Prithviraj &  A Cast Of  Certifiable Lunatics Directed by Sachin Kundalkar Somewhere towards the ‘grind’ finale, when you are grinding your teeth in exasperation at the banality of the burlesque, a hideous character named Gagabai is seen slithering dancing and cavorting all over a set that looks like a psychedelic nightmare-scape from Anurag Kashyap’s Dev […]

Subhash K Jha: “Makkhi is fiercely original and an engaging piece of cinema”

Written by on October 13th, 2012

Starring Sudeep, Samanth Ruth Prabhu, Nani Written & Directed by S S Rajamouli This is a love triangle with a twist. It’s a the story of a man,woman and…a fly! By now we’ve all heard of Rajamouli’s Eega cracking boxoffice records inTamil. The Hindi version comes to us with a tremendous pre-release expectations. Shall we just saw, […]

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Subhash K Jha reviews Chittagong: “Long live the upsurge of acting talent that has taken over Bollywood.”

Written by on October 11th, 2012

Starring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajumar Yadav, Jaideep Ahlawat & Delzad  Hiwale Directed by Bedabrata Pain Right away, Chittagong, taking its title from that scenic lush-green spot in Bangladesh where a band of brave boys took on the British Raj and gave it a run for its money, must be praised for taking a slice of relatively-unknown […]

Subhash K Jha reviews English Vinglish – “Gauri Shinde brings to the comfort of the familiar a feeling and flavour of wonderment, discovery and beauty”

Written by on October 5th, 2012

Starring Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou,Sujata Kumar Directed by Gauri Shinde There are no villains in English Vinglish. Only imperfect human beings like you and I, who make that common error of taking loved ones for granted. Admit it. At some point in our lives we have all felt that if we don’t speak good […]

Hindi Film Review: ?

Written by on February 17th, 2012

Footage Compiled by Yash & Allison It is rare for horror in Bollywood to not appear horrific in ways that the genre was never meant to be. More often than not, horror films in India rely on stock shock treatment – creaking doors, heart-pounding background music, startling sound effects…you numb it! Here is the real […]

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