Mayank Shekhar reviews Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Actors: Randeep Hooda, Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill
Rating: ***1/2 “Iss haveli mein sirf wafadar reh sakte hain
(Only the truly trusted can stay in this palace),” says the queen to her chauffeur. “Aap wafadar hain? (You’re the faithful one?),” casually snaps the driver. This is when the chauffeur and the queen, far away from the king, are locked in passionate love. It’s a cracker line. This film is full of such; the skill and wit in its writing shows.
The owner of the said palace, the Sahib (Jimmy Shergill) of this story, is sovereign of a small town called Deogarh. He is of course a king in name only: “Rutba hai, rupai nahin (He has class, no money)”.
We’re in the heartless badlands of Uttar Pradesh. These are deeply politicised parts of India that run on patronage of criminals, who are brokers of both power and state money (government tenders, contracts, etc). It’s a mysteriously scary place that outsiders can rarely make sense of. Which is probably why there are such few outsiders in the first place.
From a family that once deemed itself royal, the young dapperly dressed Sahib’s now reduced to being the top local fixer, a glorified hit man. He appears to be going through a rough patch lately. His closest rival (Vipin Sharma) seems to have an upper hand in this political game of deceit and profit. (more…)
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When I set out to watch Mausam,i had a pre-determined state of mind not to like it.I had read the reviews by the Siskel–Taran Adarsh and Ebert-Komal Nahta [pun intended] and had been influenced a lot by my fellow NG-ites who were pouring in with terrible reviews about the directorial debut of Pankaj Kapoor.
But strangely,the movie did have an impact on me,somewhat positively.It is no masterpiece,not even on the fringes of it but it has quite a few heart-warming tones running throughout. The length of the film is not a question in itself as is the pace.But i will first defend some accusations and then embark on my views regards the film. The pace of the film is definitely slow but the slowness is not dragging. The sequences have been built around many incidents that have rocked India through the past two decades and the effective summation can be:
1. Overwhelming if one is well versed with the intended desire of some directors who are well influenced by the European “feel” and “class” and try injecting the same in their movie. As for example,Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta are two directors who Americanize the emotions,to some extent. Kapur is highly and radically different from them but he does take the liberty to induce various subtle tones about an under-expressed emotion in a manner that has a very operatic touch to it.
2. Underwhelming if one is accustomed to a fast paced narration where each scene might be disjointed from the former but individually the pack enough punch to make up for literally no story. (more…)
Superb promos for a new channel by Viacom 18- featuring Salman Khan
One of Lata’s best songs.Its the passion with which she sings that song that makes it so much more beautiful to listen to. My dad introduced me to this music and song. He used to sing these lines (the opening lines of this sings) all the time. Its a fantastic song with great lyrics.
Dil toh hai Dil- Lata mageshkar
Salman, Aamir are my seniors: SRK
Press Trust Of India
Mumbai, September 28, 2011First Published: 17:58 IST(28/9/2011)
He plays superhero G.One in the film.They may not be the best of buddies anymore, but the baadshah of Bollywood has a soft corner for the reigning Bodyguard of the film industry.
Shah Rukh was his loquacious best while replying to a query on what he felt about the “phenomenon that is now the new Brand Salman Khan”, at the ‘Express Adda’ event, hosted by the Indian Express, in Mumbai last night.
“These are my senior actors. They were working in films (for) about four years before I came. Aamir and Salman. Everybody keeps talking about us, the triumvirate,” SRK said. (more…)
There are all kind of guesses being taken these days about who will take over the mantle from salman khan (in fact for the first time in bollywood history even the outgoing king is as much of a debate as the heir apparent. and if ra1 succeeds, the debate wiull rage on. earlier it was very clear, dilip kumar took over from k l sehgal, rajendra kumar took over for a brief while from dilip kumar, rajesh khanna took over for an even briefer but whirlwind while from rajendra kumar, amitabh bachchan took over from rajesh khanna and salman emerged only after amitabh bachchan almost retired. however between 1998 – 2008 a section of media and midlle class had been projecting srk as the king even as salman is the real choice of the viewers (i will shoot down anyone who uses the word ‘masses’ instead of ‘viewers’ in front of me. that will be the practical Hitler response to the ideological Hitler behaviour)
However instead of getting into that debate i will discuss here which of the current starts is likely to take over the crown of bollywood’s king. the names usually thrown are…
On the whole, FORCE is an engrossing story of vendetta and the execution of the material makes it stand out in the crowd. The film has the requisite amount of zing and force, so essential for action movies that talk of heroism. If you are looking for a sensible masala film with substance, FORCE should most definitely figure on your agenda. Recommended!
Forced my hub to make me the heroine. Made it look that he forced me. Changed his status from hit to flop director at one go.
Forced my hub to produce a film for me making me the director, script writer. Film flopped big time. But got some acclaim. I am writing one more script to finish him off. I changed his outlook. Entire credit goes to me.
I do nothing except look on with awe and more awe. I am more happy if he stays longer in bathrooms than outside. So that I need not deal with some heroine who falls all over him and stars in every one of his films. And then she has the gall to come to the party and destroy my happiness.
I took to interior decoration as my hub is going to try his luck for the next 10 years and wont have time to take care of my existence. I am not complaining. He is too busy and I am too lazy. (more…)
“Aap ka Suroor was a hit, but the three flops after that is a burden on me. I am confident ‘Damadamm’ will relieve me of it. There is a debate about why I became an actor and this film will answer that,” Himesh told PTI.
“When Kajrare and Karzz didn’t do well, I thought that we should make an honest film which will make people spend 200 bucks for a ticket, and it will carry forward the comedy tradition established by Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn with films like’Garam Masala’ and ‘Golmaal.
Al his previous films revolved around serious romantic storylines but Himesh is venturing into comedy for the first time with ‘Damadamm’. And the 38-year-old says he has Kishore Kumar as his inspiration because he was the only singer-actor who he has Kishore Kumar as his inspiration because he was the only singer-actor who was successful. (more…)
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