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Miley Naa Miley Hum Movie Review

Written by on November 5th, 2011

Starring Chirag Paswan, Kangna Ranaut, Neeru Bajwa and Sagarika Ghosh, Kabir Bedi, Poonam Dhillon Directed by Tanveer Khan There are some unexpected surprises in this sleeper rom-com, the newcomer Chirag Paswan being one of them. In a tailormade role that projects him as an ideal son, considerate boss, supportive friend and sensitive lover Chirag doles […]

Damadamm Movie Review

Written by on October 26th, 2011

Starring Himesh Reshammiya, Purbi Joshi, Sonal Sehgal Directed by Swapna Waghmare So here he is. Himesh Reshammiya is back in front of the camera. This time he moves away from the wannabe-rockstar’s image to play a working-class nerd. Himesh’s Sameer is a bit of an idiot. So he celebrates the departure of his over-possessive bossy […]

Azaan Movie Review

Written by on October 15th, 2011

Starring Sachiin Joshi,Candice Boucher,Sarita Choudhary,Aly Khan, Ravi Kissen, Aarya Babbar Directed by Prashant Chadha Rating: *** ½ As we see rescue operations post a bombing attack being carried out in slow motion, the soundtrack goes almost inert in a show of frozen protest…And you know there and then that Aazaan has something out-of-the-ordinary to offer […]

Mod Movie Review

Written by on October 15th, 2011

Starring Ayesha Takia Azmi, Rannvijay Singh, Raghuvir Yadav, Tanve Azmi Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor Ahhhhhhh! It’s been a while since one felt that stab in the heart while watching a love story trot towards its somber culmination. Love’s like that. When put on film it can make you fall in love with the emotion called […]

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Movie Review

Written by on October 1st, 2011

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And the power to create a cinema that takes the prevalent language of narration into the domain of the dark and unpredictable, is a privilege belonging to some politically savvy filmmakers. Sudhir Mishra tops the list. Tigmanshu Dhulia follows close behind. The manner in which Dhulia brings into foreplay the murky sleazy […]

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Not A Love Story Movie Review

Written by on August 21st, 2011

Which demons could possibly provoke two normal healthy ambitious young people to kill a man, cut his limbs into several pieces and attempt to dispose of his body in the thick jungles? Not A Love Story attempts to unravel the abiding mystery of human nature and the extreme measures it resorts to when pushed to […]

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Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande Movie Review

Written by on August 20th, 2011

Starring: Parvin Dabas,Vansh Bhardwaj,Ashish Nair,Kudeep Ruhil Directed by Parveen Dabas Ekdum sahi hai, boss! As Anna Hazare – God bless his revolutionary soul – shifts from Tihar to Ramlila Maidan, our cinema has made a far more gradual movement  from  the ‘arty-unintelligible’ grammar of  Mani Kaul to the ‘arty-accessible’ language of Parvin Dabas’ film. This is the land […]

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Subhash K Jha Reviews ‘Phhir’

Written by on August 15th, 2011

Starring: Rajneesh Duggal, Adah Sharma, Roshni Chopra Directed by Girish Dhamija The best performance in this pretty but listless supernatural thriller comes from the film’s producer Vikram Bhatt who plays a sinister extortionist’s voice on the telephone. We never see the character. But it remains the single-most expressive performance in a film suffused with deadpan […]

Khap Movie Review

Written by on July 29th, 2011

Starring Om Puri,Govind Namdeo, Manoj Pahwa,Mohnish Behl, Anooradha Patel,Uvika Chowdhary,Sarrtaj Directed by Ajai Sinha Rating: *** Issue-based films tend to get themselves into trouble.And we don’t mean just the trouble caused by disgruntled parties, political or otherwise. The balance that needs to be struck between headlines and their cinematic interpretation often tends to get lost […]

Subhash K Jha Review: Cycle Kick

Written by on June 17th, 2011

Starring: K.P. Nishan, Sunny Hinduja, Dwij Yadav, Tom Alter Directed by Shashi Sudigala In the clamorous clutter of releases this week Cycle Kick stands out for being the least fashionable/trendy and the most original. Yes, it has its flaws…It is excessively syrupy in places and often amateurish in parts. But the sum-total of the components […]

Love Express Subhash K Jha

Written by on June 13th, 2011

God and Subhash Ghai know, the film industry needs new talent. It is therefore heartening to see Ghai patronize newcomers. Love Express, directed by Sunny Bhambani and starring Sahil Mehta, Mannat Ravi, the film is a sadly uninspired vehicle to accommodate new talent. Everyone connected with this rather touchingly disoriented low-budget romantic comedy set in […]

Subhash K Jha Reviews West Is West

Written by on June 10th, 2011

Starring: Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Ila Arun, Introducing Aqib Khan Directed by Andy deEmmony Rating: *** ½ Twelve years have passed since East Is East the cult British film on the blithe angst of the Asian diaspora in England. In the sequel,which let me quickly add, is a decent engaging and warm follow-up to the […]

Kashmakash

Written by on May 22nd, 2011

Starring Prosenjit, Jishu Sengupta, Raima Sen,Riya SenDirected by Rituparno Ghosh How does one go about adapting a popular Rabindranath Tagore novel that’s filled with melodramatic coincidences without making it look like a distant cousin of a Hindi potboiler written by Gulshan Nanda rather than Tagore? Ghosh has earlier done a delicately-drawn Tagore portrait on celluloid […]

Shagird

Written by on May 12th, 2011

Starring Nana Patekar, Mohit Ahlawat, Rimi Sen, Anurag Kashyap Written & Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia There is this utterly delightful action sequence where Nana Patekar, playing a belligerent corrupt but effectual cop in a crime-infested small town of Uttar Pradesh run by the political mafia, barges on to a nefarious hide-out. He peeps into the […]

Zokkomon

Written by on April 23rd, 2011

Starring: Anupam Kher, Darsheel Safary, Manjari Phadnis Directed by Satyajit Bhatkal Heartwarming performances and noble intentions do not make great cinema. This one falls short of expectations, mainly because of the poor special-effects and the failure of the plot to take off. To imagine a film about a flying hero without convincing technique to make […]

Teen Thay Bhai

Written by on April 16th, 2011

Starring Om Puri, Deepak Dobriyal, Shreyas Talpade Directed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba Rating: 1.5 Some comedies mean well. But they lose their way in their noble intentions. Teen Thay Bhai seems like a terrific idea for a comedy. Three brothers separated more at mirth than by birth, trying hard to keep the spirit alive. They […]

Life Goes On

Written by on March 26th, 2011

Starring Sharmila Tagore, Girish Karnad, Om Puri, Soha Ali Khan, Mukulika Banerjee, Neerja Naik, Rez Kempton Written & Directed by Sangeeta Dutta One of the many pleasures of watching this supple evocative elegiac family saga is to see the timeless Sharmila Tagore share screen space with her real-life daughter Soha, who by the way, has […]

Film Review: Hum Dono (in color) – Subhash K. Jha

Written by on February 5th, 2011

Abhi na jao chhod kar ke dil abhi bhara nahin…The film’s anthemic love ballad, regarded as one of the finest love songs ever composed for Hindi cinema, rings through your heart after the lengthy film is done – and let’s face it, nearly 3 hours of playing-time for a long-forgotten war saga can get tedious […]

Subhash Jha: The lives on the streets never looked more dangerous and less glamorous in Allah ke Banday

Written by on November 26th, 2010

A feeling of foreboding and damnation builds up in the narration from the first frame itself. Here’s a gloriously gutsy film exploring the underbelly of Mumbai through the lives of two slumkids who grow up in identical circumstances but with somewhat disparate values. First-time director Faruk Kabir displays remarkable skill in creating a pastiche of […]

Subhash Jha: “Guzaarish is a big, beautiful, dazzling, emotional movie experience”

Written by on November 19th, 2010

Breathe a sigh of relief. During a year when cacophonic crassness masquerading as comic entertainment has been sanctioned by critics and the masses, Guzaarish comes along to remind us that excellence of the highest order is alive and throbbing in our cinema. Ironically this wonderful work of art, nuanced and magical in its portrayal of […]

Action Replayy

Written by on November 8th, 2010

It is the season to be jolly. And boy oh boy,if it’s a festive fiesta of flamboyant filminess that you’re looking for, then Action Replayy is your one-stop masti mela. It’s is a feisty feast, as splashy in colour and mood as it’s tangy in flavour and fervour. Serving up its delectable back-to-the-future core idea […]

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