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  • Steven Baker Talks To Kalki Koechlin

    (Steven Baker is a Hindi film journalist and post graduate in Indian cinema) Kalki Back With ´That Girl in Yellow Boots´ , ´Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara´ & ´Happy Days´! LINK

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  • Once upon a time in Mumbai – That 70s (flop) show

    So here is a gangster with a heart of gold who loves the city where he grows up and becomes its self-appointed safe-keeper. And there is another gangster, who is more ambitious then conscientious, who ultimately manages to overthrow the first guy and take over the city while ruining it completely. That in a nutshell, is what Once upon… is all about. The film’s attention to detail is amazing. Not only are the clothes and cars from the 70s, but every poster on the wall, every doorknob and every newspaper shown seems authentic. It is evident that the city has changed so much since those days that too many location shoots wouldn’t have been possible. But there’s an overdose of the 70s atmosphere in the

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  • Komal Nahta on OATIM opening and KM BO

    Box Office: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’ Off To A Good Start Komal Nahta great news for the industry, the Ajay Devgan – Emraan Hashmi starrer Once Upon A Time Mumbaai got off to a very good start with 100 per cent occupancy at places on Friday. The film took a good opening in Bombay and good to average opening at other places. Akhsay Kumar and Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha has yielded good shares on the strength of a decent start last week but the drop in collections was perceptible, if not alarming. The film’s total collections from its first week (July 23-29) were Rs. 21,11,62,041 from 440 cinemas. MORE

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  • Filing of income tax return deadline extended till Aug 4

    NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department on Saturday extended the last date of filing income tax returns to August 4 due to inclement weather and some technical snags. Last dates for filing of income tax returns was to expire today. “The Central Board of Direct Taxes has decided to extend the due date of filing of income tax returns to August 4, 2010,” the board said in a statement.

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  • गणेश चतुर्थी पर झोपड़पट्टी में लड्डू का टोकरा लेकर पहुँचे रफ़ी साहब

    गणेश चतुर्थी पर झोपड़पट्टी में लड्डू का टोकरा लेकर पहुँचे रफ़ी साहब (Todays generation must read this and understand how little gestures like this from legends have made India what is today, instead of making issue out of every possible thing that can make them hog limelight, on both sides of the fence) श्रध्दांजलि, दीपक महान | शनिवार , 31 जुलाई 2010 पिछले कई सालों से मैंने रफ़ी साहब के बारे में अपने जज्बातों का ज़िक्र किया है पर आज उनकी पुण्यतिथी पर मैं आपके साथ बाँटूगा कुछ जाने अनजाने लोगों के विचार जो मेरे पास रिकॉर्ड कर, सहेज कर रखे हुए हैं । ये संवेदनशील बातें करते हुए कई दफा मैंने लोगों को हँसते-रोते देखा, बड़े बुजुर्गों और रोबदार व्यक्तियों को भावुक होते हुए

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  • Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai First Day Business

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai had a below par first day of 5.50 crore nett approx. The film did pick up but the big jump occurred mainly in the Maharashtra and Gujarat area. Mumbai circuit was best while CP Berar and Nizam were next as many cities of Maharashtra are in these circuits. The North, Bengal, Rajasthan and CI were all pretty low. The film will depend heavily on what happens on Saturday and Sunday. It needs these days to be strong and the sustain on Monday in order to emerge a decent success at the box office. The all India break down is as follows. Mumbai – 2.25 crore

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  • Scre Latest Top 10

    1. Aisha 2. OUATM 3. IHLS 4. Pepli Live 5. Trajneti 6. 3 Idiots &. Khatta Meetha 8. Raavan 9. Lamhaa 10. Kites ( Courtesy: Landmark) To be noted: a smal, non romantic film like ppepli LIve’s Soundtrack is at 4! And 3 Idiots is back at 6! And Aisha at No 1! Bravo Amit Trivedi!

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  • Thoughts on “Once Upon a Time…”

    Ah.. After a long time I saw Hindi movie which was good and was able to “satisfy” me as an Audience. Once Upon A time.. Is a very good Effort by the Director. Also, its very refreshing from the current Bollywood movies. Yes, it seems slightly predictable but the movie is good and certainly one of the better movies of this year.

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  • Box Office: Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai opens well with 80% occupancy

    MUMBAI: Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai, directed by Milan Luthria that stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai, has taken a good opening at the box office. The gangster flick that depicts the crime scenario in Mumbai during the 70s and 80s has not only got good reviews but has also been liked by all those who’ve seen the film. The film opened to about 75 – 80 per cent occupancy. The advance bookings of the film too are doing well and according to the multiplexes the weekend looks very good. The other release, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, based on the novel by the same name by Stephenie Meyer, which stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, too has got

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  • some thoughts on Rocket Singh – salesman of the year

    Rocket Singh was a huge surprise last year. Not only did it meet the expectations, it did surpass them by a good enough margin to be a must watch film in a year dominated mostly by mediocre to above-average films at best. I, no doubt have a weakness for 3 idiots for its strong entertainment quotient but this one gets my vote as a better film in the quality segment. The film tells about the story of a young Surd Harpreet Singh, who has always been a below average student. He barely manages to pass his final year exams to become a graduate. Things don’t seem very bright for him however he has already decided that he wants to choose sales as his profession. Although he

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  • Prediction Thread- Toran Adarsh’s report tomorrow

    I start it. OATIM Picks up…. Genre for a film is very important. A film based on the 70s underworld of Bombay may not connect initially with todays’ generation. No one expected OATIM to take flying start and it did not. But after an expected sedate start (excellent at some cinemas) the film showed a reamrkable pick and many cinemas were almost running full by the late shows. ………..

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  • A designer gangster flick – Sandy’s review of Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai

    Director: Milan Luthria Starring: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut, Prachi Desai and Randeep Hooda Rating: ** Milan Luthria, who showed promise with his earlier films like Kachche Dhaage and Taxi No 9211, takes a Ram Gopal Varma subject, and treats it how a Karan Johar would. Over-stylised and shallow, the film serves old wine in a new bottle, with none of the grittiness and punch that one saw in gangster flicks like Satya and Company. And even if it tries to be different in tone, it doesn’t have the class of a Johnny Gadaar. Luthria peddles a less than serviceable script, perhaps hoping its period details will keep it interesting for the audiences. It tries to capture the zeitgeist of the 70s as seen

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  • Below The Mark Opening For Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

    Below The Mark Opening For Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (This is quite a surprise because the movie has had good reviews) Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai opened to a disappointing response at the box office this morning. The opening was better in pockets of the Mumbai circuit namely Ahmedabad and Pune but the rest of the country showed low collections for first two shows. LINK

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  • Milind’s Top Ten Crime Dramas Ever!!

    Sachin bhai has termed OUATIM somewhere in between ‘Satya’ & ‘Company’.And i have complete faith in his reviews. Let me take a chance to present the top 10 gangster movies ever[both hollywood and bollywood combined]. 1. The Godfather and Godfather 2: No one can beat these two movies to the top slot.Infact not even these two movies can be placed ahead of each other.They are masterpieces in the truest terms,the knitting of power,desire to rule..the style,the charm,the gravity,the portrayal..all cannot be matched,infact its been unparalleled in the history of cinema anywhere. Al Pacino and Marlon Brando giving stellar performances,infact Al Pacino became a living legend right from his first movie-such was the finesse with which he portrayed the role!! Infact if i have to have

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  • Ajay more than Akshay

    Against the backdrop of all this brouhaha over Akshay Kumar, it is Ajay Devgan who shines as a far more interesting actor-star. Look at his portfolio! Dramatic action films like Company, Gangajal, Apaharan, Raj neeti. Comedies like Golmaal, Al The Best, Ishq and Atithi. Award-wining portrayals like Janam and Bhagat Singh ( National awards , no less.) Cameos like Khakee, Lajja. Romcoms like Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha. Romantic tragedies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. And potpourri like Bhoot, Phol aur Kaante, Diljale etc. And now the stunning Once Upon A Time in Mumbai. I mean that’s what being an actor-star is about and not doing one mindless comedy after another, the box office statistics be damned!

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  • The Underworld in Cinema!!

    It was most probably Deewar for which Amitabh Bachchan met ‘Haji Mastan’-the then crimelord of the City of Dreams-Bombay. Cinema has always paid tribute to the mafia/underworld/crime-lords from time to time in a regularly regular fashion. Be it ‘The Godfather’/ ‘Scarface’/ ‘Carlito’s Way’/ ‘Departed’/ ‘Pulp Fiction’/’Gangs of New York/’Donnie Brasco‘ in Hollywood or Be it ‘Deewar’/’Agneepath’/’Zulm Ki Humkumat’/’Satya’/’D’/’Risk’/’Vaastav’/’OUATIM‘ in Bollywood…..they all have not only showcased the lifestyle of gangsters but also their modus operandi.It has been a far more superlative effort by Hollywood to capture crime on reel as usual but Bollywood has its masterpieces.Some highly absorbing pieces of cinema have adorned the Silver Screen that have sung the untold saga of crimes in the history of Indian Cinema. If ‘Deewar‘ showcased the influence of

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  • Hindustan Time’s Review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Director: Milan Luthria Actors: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi Rating: *** Sultan Mirza turns into a bit of a Mirza Ghalib over a few drinks. Or so his girlfriend (Kangna Ranaut) suggests. A woman’s deep attraction to powerful men, at its bizarre state, reveals itself in the shape of the ‘gun moll’. The examples are aplenty. The girlfriend here is a ‘70s film actor. Sultan’s the dominant Mafiosi. His life, she tells him, could make for a great film: “You don’t need to act. There’s a new boy Amit. He has eyes just like yours. They speak volumes.” The scene refers to Amitabh Bachchan of course, and perhaps a story that later became Yash Chopra’s Deewar in ‘75. The actor

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  • OUATIM – 4 Stars from TOI

    Story: Revisit the 1970s Mumbai underworld when smuggling was the most heinous crime (the age of innocence, huh!) and benevolent don, Sultan Mirza (reference point: Haji Mastan) was the mafioso king. The film presents the rise and reign of Sultan over the city as a glorified Robin Hood figure and his tempestuous relationship with his biggest fan-turned-foe, Shoaib Khan (reference point: Dawood Ibrahim), who joins him as a rookie gangster, only to outplay him and usurp his empire. This becomes the beginning of Mumbai’s tryst with ugly crime: gang wars, shoot-outs, bombs, terror and the big bad bhai log as we know them today…. Movie Review: So, you’ve seen Satya and loved it. You’ve also seen Company and lapped it up too. Had a most

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