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Saif Ali Khan on ‘Phantom’ and flops

Handout photo of "Phantom"

Saif Ali Khan did not have a good year in 2014. Three of his films, “Humshakals”, “Bullet Raja” and “Happy Ending”, crashed at the box office. He is back with “Phantom”, a thriller based on a fictional plot to bring back the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Khan spoke to Reuters about his latest project and what went wrong with his last few films.  Full Article | It’s not just about Katrina Kaif’s looks in ‘Phantom’ 

Screenshot taken from official trailer of the film 'Phantom'
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Pakistan court bans Kabir Khan's 'Phantom'

A Pakistani court on Thursday banned an Indian film about the 2008 Mumbai attacks in response to a petition filed by the man New Delhi accuses of masterminding the killing of 166 people over three days. "Phantom" is described as a political thriller set in aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and features Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif opposing a villain named "Harif Saeed".  Full Article 

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MOVIE REVIEW

'Manjhi' documents the life of Dashrath Manjhi

There are some stories that stay on the pages of a newspaper, some that become dinner-table conversation, and others that lead to heated television debates. And then there are those which are so inspiring and with such inherent drama that you can’t help but think that only the big screen would do justice to it. The story of Dashrath Manjhi is one such.  Full Article 

Abhishek Bachchan in a still from “All Is Well”

Avoid 'All Is Well' at all costs

If ever there was a movie that was the very antithesis of its title, it has to be Umesh Shukla’s "All Is Well". The film, about a father and son’s troubled relationship, is barely coherent as it hurtles from one disastrous scene to the next, without making any sense. The movie should never have been made and no one should have to sit through the travesty that it is. Avoid at all costs.  Full Article 

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Movie Review

Many unnecessary elements in “Brothers”

Director Karan Malhotra takes Gavin O’Connor’s tale of a broken family finding catharsis and redemption in a fighting pit and embellishes it with things it didn’t need. Stereotypes, item songs and melodrama abound in this film, and Malhotra makes sure the compelling theme of a family torn apart by an alcoholic father is obscured by bloody fight sequences and trite dialogue, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Read 

Bangistan
Movie Review

Bangistan: Failed attempt at satirizing religion

Karan Anshuman’s “Bangistan” is supposed to be a satirical, slapstick take on terrorism and racial stereotyping of Muslims. But what it ends up being is another story. It is a truly misguided attempt at satirizing religion. It neither engages, nor entertains.  Full Article | Interview: Karan Anshuman 

Drishyam: Remake falls a tad short
Movie Review

Drishyam: Remake falls a tad short

Since the release of Malayalam film “Drishyam” in 2013, it has been remade in four different languages. The latest is Nishikant Kamat’s Hindi adaptation. In each remake, Kannada, Telugu or the Tamil version, the story doesn’t change, right from the opening shot to the way it ends, except the actors. Kamat’s film works well if you haven’t seen the original. Otherwise, this remake might fall a tad short.   Read 

Tabu, in a still from "Drishyam". Handout image.
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What not to ask Tabu

Tabu, whose latest role is that of a ruthless police officer investigating her son’s disappearance in the Bollywood remake of Malayalam film “Drishyam” (Visual), is tired of answering questions about her career choices. So you abandon all pretence of asking questions and launch into a conversation instead. And that’s when the true Tabu emerges.  Full Article 

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“Masaan” is full of small details

Stunningly shot by Avinash Arun, director Neeraj Ghaywan's debut film is austere but effective, managing to oscillate between its two story threads without losing its flow for the most part. Narrating the story of Devi and Deepak, two residents of Banaras whose lives are inextricably linked to the ghats, Ghaywan sketches a portrait of a city that is decayed, both physically and morally.  Full Article 

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Movie Review

"Bajrangi Bhaijaan" is an easy, breezy watch

Unlike superstar Salman Khan's previous avatars, the hero in “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” has a coherent story and a sketched out part, making it a huge improvement over his recent films. In spite of some soppy dialogue and a jingoistic end, the film is an easy, breezy watch, which you might enjoy even if you are not a die-hard Salman Khan fan.  Full Article 

Movie Review: Bahubali
Movie Review

Bahubali: towering scale and vision

For two-and-a-half hours, “Bahubali” (which means the one with strong arms) consistently delivers top-class entertainment and spectacle, which is not true of any movie to have come out of Bollywood in a long, long time. S S Rajamouli’s scale and vision are as towering as the waterfall that forms a crucial part of the film’s backdrop.  Full Article 

Box Office Formula

A Minute With

Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor Khan

On why she chose to act in a film in which she has a very small part.  Full Article 

Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar

On why she never compares herself with brother Farhan Akhtar.  Full Article 

 Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

On censorship and the making of NH10  Full Article 

Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan

On why he said yes to “Badlapur  Full Article 

Sriram Raghavan

Sriram Raghavan

On his love of the crime genre   Full Article 

Nandita Das

Nandita Das

On why she isn’t doing too many films  Full Article 

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