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Movie Review: Khoobsurat

Photo taken from the official Facebook page of "Khoobsurat"

If you are looking for a modern version of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s much-loved film of the same name, then Shashanka Ghosh’s “Khoobsurat” may disappoint you. It is a harmless film, one that doesn’t say much and doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a cinematic experience, but doesn’t scar you for life either, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

A still from the film "Daawat-e-Ishq" from its Facebook page.

"Daawat-e-Ishq" unpalatable like stale biryani

“Daawat-e-Ishq” is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute. There is nothing that can be salvaged in this project. It doesn’t work as a love story or a crime caper, and is as unpalatable as five-day-old biryani, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

A handout still from "Finding Fanny"
Movie Review

"Finding Fanny": A film with a flimsy premise

In Homi Adajania’s version of Goa, there are winding pathways, crumbling mansions, and the sleepy village of Pocolim where “life doesn’t pass you by, it passes you by at the pace you want it to.” The setting is perfect for a road movie with quirky characters, but "Finding Fanny" falters for want of a strong premise.  Full Article 

Director Danis Tanovic gestures during a news conference to promote the movie Epizoda u Zivotu Beraca Zeljeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 13, 2013.   REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Files

Hashmi’s “serial kisser” tag didn’t matter

When Danis Tanovic chose Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi to play a Pakistani whistle-blower in his new project, the Oscar-winning Bosnian film-maker wasn’t aware of the actor’s notoriety as Indian cinema’s “serial kisser”. "It’s funny how the image that you got [of] him in your head and the image that he has are totally different things," he said.  Full Article 

Mary Kom” neglects the sport, resorts to cheap tricks

"Mary Kom" is a travesty of a movie

Director Omung Kumar takes cinematic liberties galore, but even those do not increase your interest. “Mary Kom” neglects the sport at the centre of the story and resorts to cheap tricks. Mary Kom is a travesty of a movie because it dumbs it down to such an extent that every nuance, context and truth is obliterated, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Priyanka Chopra on playing Mary Kom 

Priyanka Chopra in an interview with Reuters
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Priyanka Chopra on playing Mary Kom

The decision to cast Chopra in the role of boxer Kom has led to accusations that the film’s producers preferred to go with a bankable star rather than another actor from Manipur or elsewhere in the northeast. Chopra discussed this and other aspects of playing Kom in our interview.  Full Article 

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Darshan says he is the hero of ‘Mary Kom’

Even though he is not playing the lead in “Mary Kom“, debutant actor Darshan Kumar calls himself the hero of the film. Kumar plays Onler Kom, the on-screen husband of India’s best known female Olympic medallist – portrayed by Priyanka Chopra – and is on the lookout for “meaty” roles.  Full Article 

Actor Emraan Hashmi is seen in a handout from the film "Raja Natwarlal"

Raja Natwarlal” is flimsily written, half-hearted

“Raja Natwarlal” is a flimsily written and half-heartedly directed film, which falls short of its lofty ambitions because no one associated with it seems to have any concern for detailing or authenticity on celluloid. Emraan Hashmi seems to have got the role down pat, and doesn’t feel the need to do anything extra. The script holds Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon down, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Rani Mukerji on her “Mardaani” roles

Rani Mukerji on her “Mardaani” roles

Rushing from one TV studio to the other to promote “Mardaani,” Mukerji told India Insight in a telephone interview how she hopes audiences will appreciate that a female police officer does exactly what her male counterparts are expected to do, and how she learnt gangsters are caught.  Full Article 

A picture taken from the Facebook page of "Katiyabaaz".
Documentary Review

Transforming banal reality into a gripping tale

The award-winning documentary by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar takes a compelling look at the problem of chronic power outages that the industrial city of Kanpur has suffered for decades. “Katiyabaaz” is remarkably balanced; it highlights everyone’s complicity and does not let anyone off the hook, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Full Article 

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‘Singham Returns’

Movie review: It is exactly what you would expect a Rohit Shetty movie to be.  Full Article 


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‘Humshakals’ Review

What he lacks in terms of an actual script, Sajid Khan tries to make up for by exploiting every possible Bollywood stereotype.  Full Article 

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Vijender Singh enters the Bollywood ring with ‘Fugly’  Full Article 

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Guns and Gowns

Documentary shows two faces of the Indian woman  Full Article 

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