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  • Planet Bollywood Movie Review: Johnny Gaddaar

    PB “Every film has a beginning, middle, and end, but not necessarily in that order.” – Jean Luc Goddard Read once again the writer’s name above. Trust me, I didn’t choose it that way. Guess some things are just meant to be. GN: “Who is your favorite actor?” NM: “Amitabh Bachchan”

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  • Times Of India Review: Johnny Gaddaar

    29 Sep 2007, 0045 hrs IST,Nikhat Kazmi,TNN LINK Johnny Gaddaar (thriller) Cast: Neil Mukesh, Dharmendra, Rimi Sen Direction: Sriram Raghavan Critics rating: /photo.cms?msid=2412930 WHEN a guy dedicates his film to James Hadley Chase, you know the battle is already half won. For if there ever was a baap of the thriller genre, it was Mister Chase. Most of his books can now be called cult classics (who remembers No Orchids for Miss Blandish?). Hence the importance of Sriram Raghavan’s film which tries to bring alive a lost world of chills, thrills and twists in the tale; when heroes were grey and morals were undefined. More importantly, an unpredictable world where heroes turned losers with just a frown on Lady Luck’s brow. The film teasingly weaves

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  • Movie Review: Johnny Gaddaar

    LINK After an impressive debut in Ek Hasina Thi, director Sriram Raghavan is back with his next outing, Johnny Gaddaar. Without building up any suspense, let me proclaim, that Johnny Gaddaar is one of the finest Bollywood thrillers to hit the big screen. My days of kvetching that Bollywood film makers cannot make good thrillers are over. Sriram Raghavan has arrived!!! Movie Story The story revolves around a gang of five men – Vinay Pathak, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Dharmendra, Zakir Hussain and Daya, who gather Rs. 2.5 crore to give to a corrupt inspector in return of some valuables worth a fortune. Seeing the huge sum of money, one member of the gang decides to betray his Gang and decides to keep the entire sum

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  • Indiatimes Movie Review: Johnny Gaddaar

    LINK 28 Sep, 2007 06:32 pm ISTlPraveen Lance Fernandes/INDIATIMES MOVIES Cast: Dharmendra, Neil Mukesh, Zakir Hussain, Vinay Pathak, Rimmi Sen, Govind Namdeo, Daya Shetty, Ashvini Kalsekar. Director: Sriram Raghavan Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Rating: **** If Farah Khan claimed Main Hoon Na to be a tribute to Bollywood films of the 70s and 80s, Sriram Raghavan pin-points to one of the finest storytellers – Vijay Anand. In fact before the title credits, he pays tribute to Vijay Anand and author James Hadley Chase, a pioneer in the thriller department. Clearly Sriram is a person who had been exposed to films like Jewel Thief , Teesri Manzil and Johnny Mera Naam and their influence is evident in the film. No, Johnny Gaddaar is not a plagiarized or partly

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  • Vinay Pathak is of course not an idiot

    Vinay Pathak is of course not an idiot September 29, 2007 7:20:08 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network Especially after BHEJA FRY, everyone would have expected Pathak to succumb to the temptation of playing dumb, brainless or a twisted comic character. But the ‘idiot’ man from the Sagar Ballary directed film certainly has other ideas as he continues to impress with different acts in each of his subsequent films. After BHEJA FRY, he was seen in a small role in BUDDHA MAR GAYA as a horny doctor who is willing to take a ‘chance’ and take a romp with a struggling actress (Rakhi Sawant). Though the film came and went on to be a dud at the box office, Vinay’s act didn’t fail

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  • Quirky item song in NO SMOKING

    Quirky item song in NO SMOKING September 29, 2007 7:43:23 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network A quirky item song shot on popular ramp walker Jessy Randhawa is currently on air. Going with the theme of the film, the song is titled ‘Jab Bhi Cigarette Jalti Hi Main Jalta Hoon’. A night club song, it is smoky, haunting and a little eerie. So what’s really different about it? Well, the quirky part comes from the fact that though the song is picturised on a woman, the voice which is heard is that of Adnan Sami. Now even that may have not been too edgy an experiment but what catches your attention is that Jessy actually lip synchs (Yes, you heard it right!) to

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  • Johny Gaddar Review by Sunny

    LINK Warning: Some plot spoilers included Johny Gaddar is the latest offering from Sriram Raghavan, the man who gave us Ek Hasina Thi. The film is inspired by some of veteran director Vijay Anand’s works and James Hadley Chase novels. The main protagonist(or should we say, antagonist!) Vikram aka Johny also borrows some of his ideas from the Amitabh Bacchhan thriller Parwana. The premise is simple yet very different from your average Bollywood fare. Five conmen plan a deal which will make each of them richer by 50 Lakh in 3 days. Sheshadri(Dharmendra) is supposedly the top guy, a la Danny Ocean. He’s supported by Prakash(Vinay Pathak), Shardul(Zakir Hussain), Shiva(Daya Shetty) and Vikram(Neil Mukesh). Vikram however, has other plans; he borrows several ideas from his

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  • Bollywood’s most paisa vasool lines

    How many times have you found yourself rewinding a scene … just to hear that one dialogue again? Sometimes a powerful line has a much greater impact than any other aspect of a movie. The most recent example is Chak De India. Today it seems no talk on sports is complete without incorporating a ‘Chak De’. In fact, spoofs of famous one-liners are even driving advertisement campaigns across different media. Here’s a look at some of Bollywood’s most famous lines that made you say ‘Wah Kya Dialogue Hai’

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  • Raj Kanwar launches Shatrughan’s son

    Link With a string of star kids making a beeline for Bollywood, here’s another one. Director Raj Kanwar who is known to launch many new faces in Bollywood like Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan and Arya Babbar will be launching another actor in his upcoming film. And this time it will be a star kid. The director’s next untitled venture is all set to star Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv. Raj Kanwar confirms the reports “Yes I have signed him for my next film. The film is going to be a big one. And the launch will be announced soon. At the moment it is too early to comment on the film.”

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  • “Irrfan Khan plays Shah Rukh Khan in Sunday” – Rohit Shetty

    Link Rohit Shetty is the son of legendary action director and actor Action Shetty. But that is not his only claim to fame. The director, who is all of 33, is one of the youngest and most talented directors around. His journey as a filmmaker began from the age of 15, when he started assisting Kuku Kohli for Phool Aur Kaante . The director is only two films old with Zameen and Golmaal . Now he is all set to come up with his two new films, namely Golmaal 2 and Sunday . So we at Indiatimes Movies spoke to him regarding his upcoming films and more. What do you have to offer in Sunday ? Sunday is a comedy-thriller which has dual amount of

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  • Vidhu Vinod Chopra defends ‘Eklavya’s Oscar entry

    Link The producer and director of Eklavya – India’s entry for next year’s Oscars, Vidhu Vinod Chopra , has decried the controversy surrounding its submission. ‘Eklavya’ starring Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan in the title role, tells the story of an aging sentry and the secrets of the royal family he protects. The choice by the Film Federation of India last week set off rumours of bias on the jury with the maker of a little-known movie which was the other main contender now challenging the selection in court.

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  • A leaf from Shah Rukh’s past: He courted Gauri for 6 years

    link A new book on Shah Rukh Khan reveals interesting facts from the superstar’s past. Shah Rukh as a child was weak in Hindi, dreamt of representing the country in international sports events and as a young man had to court his love Gauri for six years before he could win her, says a new book. Shah Rukh was bright, naughty, fond of sports but was weak in Hindi either scoring very low marks or failing in the subject says the book ‘SRK: King Khan’ by journalist, critic Deepa Gahlot.

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  • Taran Adarsh Reviews JOHNNY GADDAAR

    Praise all over for Neil… LINK Whodunits and suspense sagas sound interesting on paper, but not every film-maker can translate them with panache on celluloid. The year 2007 has witnessed a number of suspense thrillers hit the Indian screen, like RED – THE DARK SIDE, RAQEEB, THE TRAIN, NAQAAB, AGGAR and MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER, but a majority of them sank faster than Titanic because the suspense in the end didn’t measure up to the expectations. JOHNNY GADDAAR, directed by Sriram Raghavan, belongs to a different variety of thrillers altogether. In JOHNNY GADDAAR, the viewer knows, at the very outset, who the actual gaddaar is, but his partners-in-crime don’t. The gaddaar accidentally ends up eliminating every one in his gang. Just when you think that

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  • Dharm director sends legal notice to the Film Federation

    LOL! Love Talwar’s answer..this girl rocks:-)!!! LINK By Subhash K. Jha, September 28, 2007 – 12:52 IST The pall of controversy surrounding the selection of Eklavya as India’s official entry to the Oscars has thickened. Director Bhavna Talwar and her husband producer Sheetal Talwar have sent a legal notice to the Film Federation Of India, alleging that the selection of Eklavya was “biased and vitiated and intended to wrongfully benefit the producer of the film Eklavya.” One more jury member for the selection committee, writer Jaleel Sherwani has come forward to express strong disapproval of the selection. “After the decision I haven’t been able to sleep or eat. It is wrong. Dharm should’ve gone. I don’t know how this happened. But I’ve decided never to

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  • Open letter to Vidhu Vinod Chopra from Sajid Khan

    LINK By Sajid Khan (as told to Joginder Tuteja), September 28, 2007 – 11:03 IST Congratulations for the selection of Eklavya – The Royal Guard as India’s nomination for Oscars. I saw your comments about films made by you and others in the recent past and what may/may not be worthy enough for recognition at the heartland of India and at the highest level. I am quite sure that you have made some highly respected films in the past and I am also certain that you have the greatest knowledge of films made across the globe. I am also absolutely fine if you comment on films made by lesser mortals like me or others who may have had an accomplished body of work behind them.

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  • Butts and abs

    There’s a rumour going around that the RK banner’s next big hope, Ranbir Kapoor has been bold enough to drop his underpants in his debut film, Saawariya. Apart from prancing around in a see-through white towel (how RK-ish, remember all those RK heroines wet and white?) there’s an unconfirmed buzz that Sanjay Leela Bhansali shot a flash of Ranbir’s bare butt where the towel drops off. The animated but muffled discussion is, will that shot be retained by SLB or snipped by the censors? If it doesn’t make it to the final cut, we’ll never know for sure if it was shot in the first place since everything about SLB’s film is so hush-hush. One might find Om Shanti Om, the competitor to Saawariya at

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  • Review – Johnny Gaddar

    source:withoutgivingmovieaway Story – brilliant, colors – vibrant, camerawork – creative, sound – unobtrusive, editing – slick, entire team – smart! Sorry, director saahab, I have run out of adjectives, so choose a superlative for yourself and I’ll agree. What do I say? Where do I start? I must admit, it is the most difficult to write about a suspense thriller “without giving the movie away”. Any specifics that I would like to talk about will contribute to you knowing a bit about the movie. And that would be a crime in this genre. So, here is my attempt at being as unambiguous as possible. This movie will be talked about a lot for the stylish homage the director pays to the people/styles of movie-making that

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  • Karan Nath in ‘Tera Kya Hoga Johnny’

    source:indiafm Sudhir Mishra is all set to relaunch Karan Nath in Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. He faced the camera for the first time as a child artist in the film, Mr. India. Karan Nath’s career graph nevertheless remained stagnant with films like Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa, Tum, and Sssshhh and Loc Kargil. However, Sudhir Mishra’s Tera Kya Hoga Johnny brings him again into limelight. Sudhir seems to be confident about his choice and says, “Karan Nath has a great potential as an actor and I fail to understand why anyone in the industry hasn’t recognized it yet.” He also adds, “It’s an actor whose potential when tapped, becomes a star, nobody is born star.” On asking, what role does Karan play in the film; Mishra says,

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  • Movie review | Johnny Gaddaar | Joginder Tuteja

    Rating ***1/2 Johnny Gaddaar – Sriram reinvents thriller genre Exclusive by Joginder Tuteja, IndiaGlitz [Saturday, September 29, 2007] http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/hindi/review/9465.html Remember the theme music of 70s flicks like AMIR GARIB, FAKIRA and TRAIN amongst the more popular YAADON KI BARAAT, KAALICHARAN and of course JOHNNY MERA NAAM, which is considered no less than a cult classic today? When you hear similar music in the opening credit title rolls of JOHNNY GADDAAR, you know that director’s Sriram has his mind (and most importantly his heart) in the right place. He does pay homage to the ‘masala’ flicks from the 70s but in the style of 21st century. Ab yeh hua naa ek unique combination!

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