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Movie Review: Dedh Ishqiya

February 28, 2014

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4.5 Stars If you enjoyed the hilarious antics of Khalujaan and his nephew Babban the first time around in Ishqiya, then you will certainly delight in their follies in Dedh Ishqiya. The unusual name aside, director Abhishek Chaubey happily rides on the coattails of the first instalment—a trend that seems to have firmly established itself in Bollywood (see Dhoom, Krrish, and Murder, […]

Review: Bullett Raja

February 20, 2014

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Half a star I had a choice: it was either Bullett Raja or R…Rajkumar. I chose the first but only because the trailer showed some signs of comic relief and also because I don’t particularly like Shahid Kapoor. I rushed in two minutes late, right into Mahie Gill’s dharakta chest and the spectacularly meaningless song “Don’t Touch My Body”. (Her […]

2013: A Year in Bollywood

January 20, 2014

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We comb through the year’s cinematic offerings and identifies the best, the worst, and the most embarrassing trends. Words by Reena Karim and Mrigaa Sethi Gangster Flicks Director Ram Gopal Varma started the gangster film trend with the masterful Satya in 1998. Since then many have tried, some have succeeded, and most have failed miserably. This year, we have […]

Movie Review: Chennai Express 2.5 Stars

December 27, 2013

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Outside of the occasional North-South crossover, the Mumbai film industry has largely ignored the existence of all points south, with the exception of side characters named Pillai who go “aiyo”. Chennai Express attempts to narrow the divide, but if Shahrukh Khan’s buffoonery and Deepika Padukone’s hardhitting Southern accent had you, then be prepared for me to rain on your parade. Trust me, […]

Movie review: Grand Masti Zero stars

October 17, 2013

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Grand Masti fails on so many levels that it’s hard to imagine why it was conceived in the first place. Both the film and its 2004 prequel, Masti, only confirm one thing: Indian filmmakers cannot pull off an adult comedy even if their lives depended on it. The movie is an insult to Bollywood, which just celebrated its […]

New Bollywood Releases

September 2, 2013

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Chennai Express Chennai Express seems to have all the ingredients of a blockbuster: a funny yet action-packed storyline and a power cast comprising the sultry Deepika Padukone and (almost) everyone’s favourite Shahrukh Khan. Even though the movie isn’t out for another week, Shahrukh Khan fans are already calling it a winner. But we’ll be the judge of that in our review […]

Movie Review: Shootout at Wadala

June 26, 2013

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2 Stars Two things got me super excited about watching Shootout at Wadala. First, it was based on crime reporter S. Hussain Zaidi’s book Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia; I am a sucker for the Mumbai noir genre. Secondly, when the first promos hit the Internet, we found out that the characters Manya Surve (John Abraham) and […]