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Movie Review: Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai (2010)

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai: Amongst Bollywood’s best underworld sagas

once upon a time in mumbaai

Rating: 3.5 out of 5*

Starring: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai and Randeep Hooda

Director: Milan Luthria

You seldom get period dramas in Bollywood which are not about historical characters. This year that way has been very lucky that way. Couple of months ago we had Badmaash Company and now we have Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. Of course both are completely different from each other, the first being set in the fast 90s and the latter being set in colourful 70s. And director Milan Luthria makes enough efforts to make OUATIM look very authentic and worth a watch for its settings.

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Posted by Editor on 30 July, 2010
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Movie Review: Khatta Meetha (2010)

Khatta Meetha: Avoid this bitter pill

Khatta Meetha

Rating: 1.5 out of 5*

Starring: Akshay Kumar, introducing Trisha, Urvashi Sharma, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Milind Gunaji and Manoj Joshi

Director: Priyadarshan

Satire is a genre rarely touched by Bollywood mainstream filmmakers, so when a big star like Akshay Kumar decides to co-produce one with a director like Priyadarshan with whom he has never delivered a flop, naturally expectations run high. But what one gets at the end of the day is a migraine inducer. Remake of Malayalam film Vellanakalude Nadu (1988) starring Mohanlal, Khatta Meetha neither entertains nor offers anything new.

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Posted by Editor on 23 July, 2010
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Movie Review: Udaan (2010)

Udaan: On par with World Cinema’s best

udaan

Rating: 3.5 out of 5*

Starring: Introducing Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

India’s official entry to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year, Udaan directed by debutante director Vikramaditya Motwane is an excellent coming of age movie that deserves to be watched by every teenager and their parents.

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Posted by Editor on 16 July, 2010

Movie Review: Tere Bin Laden (2010)

Tere Bin Laden: Hilariously good

tere bin laden

Rating: 3.5 out of 5*

Starring: Ali Zafar, Pradhuman Singh, Sugandha Garg and Piyush Mishra

Director: Abhishek Sharma

There are some films that are winners right from the time their very first promo is unleashed and Tere Bin Laden is one such film! Since the time many months back the hilarious promo of this Abhishek Sharma debut directorial venture came on, tremendous curiosity value for the film arose despite the fact that the film doesn’t carry any big face value. The film thankfully lives up to the promise and entertains making it a winner in all its departments.

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Posted by Editor on 16 July, 2010
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Movie Review – Lamhaa (2010)

Lamhaa: Definitely deserves a watch

lamhaa

Rating: 3.5 out of 5*

Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Kunal Kapoor and Anupam Kher

Director: Rahul Dholakia

While the burning issue of Kashmir has been handled before on the Indian screen rarely any effort has been such well researched, carrying such depth and effectively narrated with technical finesse as Rahul Dholakia (Parzania) directed Lamhaa. Taking you straight into ‘the world’s most dangerous place’, Dholakia offers a very disturbing piece that brings out many emotions out of you.

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Posted by Editor on 16 July, 2010
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Movie Review – Red Alert (2010)

Red Alert – The War Within: A good attempt

red alert

Rating: 3 out of 5*

Starring: Suniel Shetty, Sameera Reddy, Bhagyashree, Vinod Khanna, Ashish Vidyarthi, Gulshan Grover and Naseeruddin Shah (in Sp App)

Director: Anant Narayan Mahadevan

With a hard hitting realistic film Red Alert – The War Within actor turned filmmaker Anant Narayan Mahedevan has finally found his calling after directing a good number of average movies distinctively belonging to a diverse genre. The film based on a true story manages to strike a chord with the manner Mahadevan has narrated the subject without taking sides and has been ably supported by his ensemble cast.

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Posted by Editor on 9 July, 2010
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Movie Review: Milenge Milenge (2010)

Milenge Milenge: Boring

milenge milenge

Rating: 1.5 out of 5*

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Aarti Chabbria, Satish Shah and Delnaz Paul

Director: Satish Kaushik

Milenge Milenge is a poor rehash of John Cussack – Kate Beckinsale starrer romantic comedy Serendipity (2001) that was about destiny bringing two lovers back together. But perhaps makers Boney Kapoor and Satish Kaushik were not as lucky to quickly encash on its success as their copy took a good seven years to come on screen. In the meanwhile a small film starring TV actor Sarwar Ahuja and veteran actress Tabassum’s granddaughter Khushi titled Hum Phirr Milein Na Milein released and flopped last year carrying the same plotline.

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Posted by Editor on 9 July, 2010

Movie Review: I Hate Luv Storys (2010)

I Hate Luv Storys: Fun Till It Lasts

I Hate Luv Storys

Rating: 3 out of 5*

Starring: Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sammir Dattani, Sameer Soni and Kavin Dave

Director: Punit Malhotra

Boy hates mushy love stories, doesn’t believe in love and all those things that come along with it whereas the girl is a big believer in romance and is living her own perfect love story with a childhood pal. Boy meets this girl and don’t get along but eventually love strikes! First for the girl but the boy rejects it explaining that he only thought of her as a friend. Soon love strikes him too but by then it is too late. He tries to woo her back and ends up doing all those mushy things that he hated in the first place. Punit Malhotra’s debut directorial venture, I Hate Luv Storys works well when it tries to poke fun at these elements but eventually falls in the same clichéd trap when it comes to delivering as a film.

I Hate Luv Storys’ main lead character, J (Imran Khan) tries to poke fun of all the mush and romance ideas that generate from Bollywood. Ironically, working with Bollywood’s King of mush, filmmaker Veer Kapoor, he barely manages to keep a straight face about all that’s happening around him. A complete opposite of J, Simran (Sonam) joins Veer Kapoor’s production as a set designer. As expected clashes take place between the two but eventually they end up becoming good friends. Gradually she ends up falling for, Mr. Wrong at the risk of dumping her loyal perfect Mr. Right Raj (Sammir). J rebuffs her. Hurt, she tries to get over her fixation for J and decides to concentrate on her relationship with Raj. But by then J has fallen head over heels in love with Simran and wants her back. How he tries to use all the tricks from the clichéd Bollywood references and much more to woo Simran back, forms the rest of the film.

First timer, Punit delivers big when it comes to giving the film a fresh treatment in terms of narrative and style and laces it with some extremely laugh out loud one liners. But as a writer, he falls short of offering anything new when it comes to the script. Agreed, it tries to take a funny look at the romance seen through the typical eyes of Bollywood, by doing a parody of sorts on filmmakers. He includes his own producer Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and even Aditya Chopra in it but one fails to understand why Punit doesn’t give a new perspective about the same in his own film given the resources he had in hand.

The jovial first half has its moments but the second half tends to drag, especially since you can predict well in advance how and where it is all heading. But, full marks to his actors including the periphery ones, who keep it rocking with their perfect acts. Vishal and Shekhar’s chart topping music also aids IHLS and lifts it above the average. The innovative production design works well with the theme of the film. Ayananka Bose continues to surprise with camerawork with each passing film. She has captured the New Zealand locales superbly.

Imran Khan, after a lackluster performances in Kidnap and Luck is back in top form and very much at ease playing a rom com lead. He adds more fun to his character with his body language and facial expressions. Sonam Kapoor is aptly cast as the dreamy lover girl and wows in her more contemporary city gal avatar unlike her first two films Saawariya and Delhi 6 which presented her in a more ethnic way. The chemistry between this fresh pairing is amazing. Kavin Dave as Imran’s office colleague is hilariously good. The graffiti on his Tees make you LOL as well. Sammir Dattani delivers his lines monotonously. Perhaps he was asked to appear as a boring boy friend. But he does it well. Sameer Soni is fun with his take on Karan Johar and so is Aamir Ali as the hot shot romantic star of the film he is shooting. Bruna Abdullah is smoking hot in her special appearance as Imran’s flirt interest.

IHLS is fun till it lasts but once you come out of the cinema hall you realize that it fails to make an impact as a romantic comedy thanks to the feeling of déjà vu. IHLS works as pure popcorn fun.

Abhijit Mhamunkar /Sampurn Wire

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Posted by Editor on 2 July, 2010
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Movie Review: Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta (2010)

Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta: A Solid Bore

Mr Singh Mrs Mehta

Rating: 1.5 out of 5*

Cast: Prashant Narayanan, Aruna Shields, Lucky Hassan and Naved Aslam

Director: Pravesh Bhardwaj

Aditya Mehta (Prashant Narayanan) is an artist who is more shown painting his wife’s toenails than the colours of the canvas. His wife Sakhi Mehta (Lucy Hassan) is shown to be having an extramarital affair with Karan Singh (Naved Aslam). Now, Karan’s wife Neera Singh (Aruna Shields) discovers that her husband is cheating on her and she ends up seeking solace in Aditya’s company. They get drawn together by shame and anger as they find more comfort in each other’s friendship. But despite bonding well, they try not to have a relationship with each other.

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Posted by Editor on 25 June, 2010
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