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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 […]

Subhash K Jha Reviews Gali Gali Chor Hai

Written by on February 3rd, 2012

Starring: Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Satish Kaushik, Mugdha Godse, Anu Kapoor Directed by Rumi Jaffery While credit must be given to writer-director Rumy Jaffery for focusing on the issue of corruption noble intentions don’t necessarily make a notable work of art. Certainly Gali Gali Chor Hai(GGCH) must have sounded amusing and topical on paper.It is […]

Subhash K Jha selects his 10 Favourite Films of 2011

Written by on January 28th, 2012

1. Pyaar Ka Punchnama: The year’s sleeper success that kept us awake for a good 2 hours with its celluloid anthem of ribtickling misogyny. Three room-mates and their troubled love relationships formed the core of the comic conflict. Every character and each episode spilled over with a delightful déjà vu. Debutant director Luv Ranjan managed a […]

Chaalis Chauraasi Movie Review

Written by on January 13th, 2012

Starring Naseerduddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon, Ravi Kissan Directed by Hriday Shetty Four fine actors, one wild unpredictable night of adventure. As a premise for a two-hour adventure-caper this sounds exactly like the recipe Sudhir Mishra ordered from his scriptwriters when he made Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin 15 years ago. Times have changed. […]

Land Gold Women Movie Review

Written by on December 2nd, 2011

Starring Narinder Samra, Neelam Parmar, Chris Villiers and Hassani Shapi Written & Directed by Avantika Hari There is a nip in the British air…The verdant tranquility of Birmingham is torn apart by the kind of domestic violence that we read about and talk only in hushed whispers, and that too when references are made to […]

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 […]

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