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Action film "Baby" gets it right

Action film "Baby" gets it right

“Baby” is a fast-paced, smartly written and well-acted film that never wavers from its subject. Even if it doesn’t always keep you in suspense, it doesn’t let you wander too far. The movie takes inspiration from Hollywood espionage films but adapts the genre to the Indian context, adding the right touch of patriotism, secularism and family values to make it palatable, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Movie Review 

"Dolly Ki Doli" is a breezy watch
Movie Review

"Dolly Ki Doli" is a breezy watch

Sonam Kapoor doesn’t quite pull it off as Dolly, the protagonist in "Dolly ki Doli". She is too well turned out to be convincing as a rough-and-tough con-woman. Nevertheless, "Dolly Ki Doli" is a breezy watch, one that is salvaged largely because it knows how to deliver smart lines and, most importantly, knows when to end, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

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"Alone" has meaningless twists and turns

Bhushan Patel’s remake of Thai film “Alone” relies on the usual horror movie tricks to scare the audience, but the story is saddled with so many meaningless twists and turns that it’s more exhausting than scary toward the end. It is just another in a long line of Bollywood horror films that think all it takes to scare audiences is creaking sounds and deserted houses.  Read | Interview: Bipasha Basu 

"Tevar" is a mix of everything
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"Tevar" is a mix of everything

Tevar, as is evident from the promos, is a hodgepodge of everything, and yet another in a long line of Bollywood assembly line productions where South Indian films get homogenized; they are polished with a bit of song and dance, and then pushed out into the world as blockbuster films that try to break box-office records.  Full Article 

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Movie Review: Ugly

Dark thriller about aftermath of kidnapping

Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly” is a dark thriller about the aftermath of a child’s kidnapping. Kashyap sets up the first half well, and tension among the characters is palpable. But in the second half, the plot slips. Kashyap seems to lose track of all the balls he’s been juggling and holes in the script start to appear.  Full Article 

'PK': noble message, weak narrative
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'PK': Noble message, weak narrative

Rajkumar Hirani makes his main protagonist an outsider, places him in a corrupt environment, and then lays the onus on him to change the system. As with most good things, the trick lies in knowing when to stop. Hirani and Aamir Khan don’t. They seem so intent on hammering the message home that it hampers the cause more than helping it, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.   Full Article 

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra performs during the15th International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa, Florida, April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia/Files
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Priyanka Chopra sets sights on American TV

Priyanka Chopra might be one of the most sought-after stars in India right now, but she has set her sights far away across the Atlantic. After cutting a single with rapper Pitbull, singing at the NFL, and being signed on by the clothing brand Guess as their top model, the 32-year-old actress is all set to star in an American television series this fall, developed around her by the ABC TV network.  Full Article 

Action Jackson
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Action Jackson: Ugly, loud masala entertainer

Prabhudheva’s last film “R…Rajkumar” was misogynistic, offensive and a perfect prototype of what Bollywood considers a “masala entertainer”. With “Action Jackson”, it just got uglier and louder, and, if past audience reactions are anything to go by, is well on its way to box office glory, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Sulemani Keeda: Mostly an inside joke

'Sulemani Keeda': Mostly an inside joke

“Sulemani Keeda”, a slacker comedy about two struggling writers in Bollywood, seems like an inside joke that only a few people are let in on. The conversations laced with profanity, and the relentless waiting outside producers’ offices is all too familiar to those who are struggling to enter Bollywood, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Read 

'Ungli' let down by script, dialogue
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'Ungli' let down by script, dialogue

Just like his perception of the problems that plague India, the scope of Director Rensil D’Silva’s film is also extremely myopic. The film’s lofty ambitions fall short, and despite commendable performances, “Ungli” does nothing more than skim the surface of the real issue it is trying to get to the heart of, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Year in Review

A Minute With

A Minute With

Actress Nandita Das.  Full Article 

Ending Bias

Ending Bias

Bollywood makes up for years of bias against women  Full Article 

A Minute With

A Minute With

Parineeti Chopra - on criticism and why it's OK to laugh at oneself.  Full Article 

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A Minute With

Bollywood's Kalki Koechlin on playing disabled teen.  Full Article 

In Conversation With

In Conversation With

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life  Full Article 

Representing Manipur

Representing Manipur

Priyanka Chopra on playing Mary Kom.  Full Article 

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