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'PK': noble message, weak narrative

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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 | A Minute With: Rajkumar Hirani 

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 

"Zed Plus" suffers from lack of logic
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"Zed Plus" suffers from lack of logic

Director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's “Zed Plus” isn’t a frighteningly boring or stupid movie; it has its moments and most actors manage to effectively play their roles. But the film is marred by a conspicuous absence of logic at crucial points. It remains, till the end, just marginally more engaging than your average Bollywood flick, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Full Article 

"Happy Ending" is old wine in an older bottle
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"Happy Ending" is old wine in an older bottle

The directors of "Happy Ending" start off by mocking conventional romantic stories, but by the end of the film, they have had the infamous airport proposal, the road trip that helps the bond between two characters, and even the dream sequence songs. The only happy ending here is when you walk out of the theatre, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Review 

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"Kill Dil" marred by a weak script

Director Shaad Ali tries to package this unoriginal storyline with some frills, including kitschy dance numbers and smart dialogue, but they can’t camouflage the weakness of his script. For a film that starts off well, playing out like a Western and capturing the camaraderie between the leading men Tutu and Dev, “Kill Dil” slides downward remarkably quickly, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Movie Review: The Shaukeens
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The Shaukeens: Weak story banks on Akshay

In this Abhishek Sharma film, three old men looking for a weekend of fun with a young woman turn it into a sleaze-fest by leering at every female on the street and drooling over sexy female bodies. Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and Annu Kapoor play three dirty old men who fly to Mauritius, hoping to spend a little less time fantasizing about sweet young things, and getting some action instead.  Full Article 

Movie Review: Tamanchey
Movie Review

“Tamanchey” is a DOA film

The producers of “Tamanchey” (“Guns”) are being sued by a man who claims to have directed the film but hasn’t been credited for it. This is hardly new or surprising in an industry not known for respecting writers and directors. What’s really baffling is that someone would want to take credit for this appalling gangster film, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar  Full Article 

"Bang Bang!": It's all about Hirtihik Roshan
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"Bang Bang!": It's all about Hirtihik Roshan

Siddharth Anand’s “Bang Bang!” is a remake of Tom Cruise's “Knight and Day”, a fun caper about an unlikely couple on the run from the U.S. Secret Service. In the Bollywood version of the movie, the single-line plot gets expanded to include all the trimmings that India’s mainstream cinema seems to love so much, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.   Review 

Going International

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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