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  • Movie Review: MAIN TERA HERO by FENIL SETA

      Prior to the release of Chashme Baddoor last year, director David Dhawan admitted that he was nervous before the film went on floors as the film was devoid of his three favourite stars – Govinda, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan. One year later, David Dhawan is back with another comedy, Main Tera Hero, which again doesn’t feature his three favourites (although Salman is present in a small way). And just like Chashme Baddoor, Main Tera Hero is a hilarious ride and proves that David need not always incorporate his favourite actors in the film. His execution and his excellent team of writers are enough to take the film to dizzying heights. And moreover, this time he has Varun Dhawan, who is guaranteed to win

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  • Movie Review: YOUNGISTAAN by FENIL SETA

    A question troubling me since childhood is, why is almost 80-90% of our ministers over 50 years of age? Why can’t our authorities be young and dynamic, especially since a major section of our population comprise of the youth? Youngistaan attempts to show how a country can hope for change if it’s headed by a person who’s young, not just in age but also in thought. Although it could have been much better, the 133 minute long film is a fine attempt by the makers. Moreover, Jackky Bhagnani finally proves he’s one of the best talents around! The story of the movie: Abhimanyu Kaul (Jackky Bhagnani) works in a gaming company in Japan and is in a live-in relationship with Anwita (Neha Sharma). Abhimanyu’s father

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  • Movie Review: RAGINI MMS 2 by FENIL SETA

    I strongly believe that Bollywood has been churning out some great films in almost every genre, except for one – horror. Very few horror films of Bollywood create an impact and we have a long way to go in this regard. Everytime an interesting horror film is all set to release, expectations that the flick would push the envelope escalates, only to let down viewers. Ragini MMS 2 is no exception. Disappointing fare! The story of the movie: After Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) escapes from the haunted house, she fails to get over the trauma and is admitted in a mental asylum. On the other hand, an eccentric filmmaker Rocks (Parvin Dabas) decides to make a film on this incident. He casts porn star turned film

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  • Movie Review: BEWAKOOFIYAAN by FENIL SETA

    At a time when films are more and more relevant and true-to-life, it’s not surprising that few makers are trying to incorporate the recession setting in their narrative. 2 ½ years back, Desi Boyz too tackled this burning issue but abandoned it mid-way. Bewakoofiyaan however has recession, layoffs etc as the focus from start to finish. It’s nothing extraordinary but it’s light, breezy and executed and performed very well. Surely worth a watch! The story of the movie: The film is set in Delhi-NCR. Mohit Chadda (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in AirConnect as a Senior Executive and earns fairly well. His girlfriend, Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) earns more than him but this never leads to any problem between the two. Being in love since 2 years, they

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  • Movie Review: QUEEN by FENIL SETA

    When Phantom Films was launched and announced, many felt that the films they would churn out would surely be worth a watch but these films wouldn’t have universal appeal and would be relegated to the so-called niche audiences. Thankfully, that’s not the case! The first 2 films of Phantom – Lootera and Hasee Toh Phasee – were not only sensible and thought-provoking but also largely entertaining. And the tradition continues with the third film of Phantom, Queen! Well-directed and well-performed, Queen is one of those films of the year that one shouldn’t miss at any cost! The story of the movie: Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is from Rajouri, Delhi. She is obedient and has lived a sheltered life with his family. She’s introduced to Vijay (Rajkummar

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  • Movie Review: SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS by FENIL SETA

    Marriage jokes can never go out of fashion. What’s more, one doesn’t need to tie the knot to enjoy the jokes and it raises laughs across people of all age groups. And sure enough, many films have been attempted as well that revolve around the nok-jhok associated with the members of this sacred institution. A film bearing the title Shaadi Ke Side Effects immediately arouses curiosity and when one learns that it stars Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan and directed by the same genius who made Pyaar Ke Side Effects, expectations are bound to be skyhigh. The theatrical trailer confirmed that the film is going to be a laugh-riot and most importantly, very relatable. And sure enough, the film has tons of laugh-out-loud moments that

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  • Movie Review: GUNDAY by FENIL SETA

    It has been a while since two hero films (in which both heroes are thick friends) have been churned out in Bollywood. The bond of friendship can be a strong factor in taking a film forward and hence, Gunday, a tale of two friends, is at an advantage. That it’s backed by a respected banner like Yash Raj Films and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar (who made the entertaining Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) was like an icing on the cake. But very shockingly, Gunday is a king-sized disappointment! The story of the movie: Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) are refugees from Bangladesh who are compelled to come to Calcutta during the 1971 War. They fail to get the required help from the government

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  • Can Gunday really cross 100 crore?

    It is no secret that a full-on masala entertainer replete with sharp dialogues, raw action, macho men, beautiful heroine and loads of drama can work wonders at the box office, if made well, boasts of saleable stars and marketed smartly. Hence, a lot of buzz surrounds Gunday, starring Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. It’s produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar who earlier directed the comic caper Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Gunday however is a complete departure from Zafar’s earlier work. Set in the 70s Calcutta, Gunday is a tale of 2 men, originally refugees from Bangladesh, who become very powerful and even get worshipped by the masses. The treatment is quite filmy and it is evident that several

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  • Shah Rukh Khan at heart is still simple-Juhi Chawla

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 13, 2014) Juhi Chawla, in real life, is quite like we know her on screen — simple, emotional, sensitive and spontaneous. As she says, “I think more from my heart. My brains don’t work as much.” After losing her mother to an accident, her father to illness and not still having come to terms with her brother Bobby Chawla’s coma, she has become more quiet and thinks a little more. Ahead of her upcoming release, Gulaab Gang, which makes her both excited and anxious, she talks to Bombay Times about the super bright and simple Shah Rukh Khan, her emotional anchor and husband Jai Mehta and her past vulnerability versus Madhuri Dixit. Excerpts:   Tell us about your journey into

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  • John to play dreaded gangster; Anil Kapoor to play Bal Thackeray in Sanjay Gupta’s next?

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 13, 2014) Sanjay Gupta’s films are about gangsters, real life incidents and style. We have now learnt that Sanjay is ready to shoot his next film titled Mumbai Saga, which again is based on a real-life gangster of the 80s and the 90s, who changed the skyline of Mumbai. This gangster, being played by John Abraham, will be shown from the age of 22, where he was a vegetable vendor, to the age of 45, when he became a narco smuggler and the ganglord of Mumbai, who ruled the businesses of drugs, arms and real estate. He was responsible for breaking the strong nexus between the mills and the politicians at that time. He, in effect, became the broker for

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  • How Prime Focus played a huge part in the success of Gravity

    Ankur Pathak (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 12, 2014) Alfonso Cuaron’s Sandra Bullock-George Clooney starrer space drama Gravity, which has recieved 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, was partly shot in 3D, but chunks of it was converted to the format from 2D by Prime Focus India. To make the space spectacle look as astounding as it does, about 400 technicians from the Indian branch of Prime Focus, a company that specialises in rendering visual effects, animation and 3D-conversion, worked in tandem with teams from London and Los Angeles. Before it came on board, Cuaron asked the team here to do test-runs, and impressed by the results, Prime Focus was aboard the space mission. It helped that the VFX firm enjoyed tremendous goodwill in LA circles, having

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  • Sometimes my mother sends me an email saying, ‘Don’t say penis on stage’-Vir Das

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 12, 2014) Vir Das, 34, is pretty much to himself when he is not working. He likes being alone with his girlfriend Shivani Mathur and his bulldog, Doctor Watson. He is ambitious, hardworking, socially awkward and dons four hats, of being a standup comedian to an actor to producing events to now, becoming a musician. He is a restless person who, on any given day, wakes up with a lot of ideas and then needs to execute them in a manic fashion. He is a diehard romantic and extremely sensitive to the few people close to him in his life, but is emotionally detached from the larger world. Ahead of his ‘senseless appearance’ as he calls it in his upcoming

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  • Enjoyed playing the role of Defence Intelligence Agent in Holiday-Akshay Kumar

    Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; February 12, 2014) A number of factors make Holiday — A Soldier Is Never Off Duty exciting. It’s a collaboration between Akshay Kumar and Vipul A Shah, who have given hits like Aankhen, Waqt — The Race Against Time, Namastey London and Singh Is Kinng. Then, it’s helmed by A R Murugadoss, who pioneered the 100-crore club with his first Hindi film, Ghajini. Now, the trade is curious to see his second outing. Not to forget the pairing of Akshay and Sonakshi, who have given a success like Rowdy Rathore. All eyes are on Holiday… because it has an engaging story revolving around an army captain — played by Akshay — some high-end action, romance and a good soundtrack by Pritam.

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  • Hrithik Roshan pushes for Oct 2 deadline for Bang Bang?

    Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 12, 2014) By walking out of Shuddhi, Hrithik Roshan has sparked off speculations that not only is he not at his prime physically, but has also hit an emotional low following his separation from wife Sussanne. But that’s far from the truth. According to a source close to the Bang Bang unit, which has just wrapped up a shoot in Shimla, when Hrithik joined them last week, he was extremely focussed and energetic. “There are no signs of fatigue, he is untiring on the sets, and after the delay brought on by his accident on the sets and subsequent surgery, he is determined to keep the film’s October 2 date with the theatres. That’s the reason he has decided

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  • I have not done any kind of ‘plastic surgery’-Anushka Sharma

    Hellooooo everyone !! Today I am here to talk about my lips !! Yes ! There ! I said it .. My lips ! As a person I find it difficult to talk about my personal life and hence have always maintained a low profile choosing to interact with you all on twitter with my random -mostly illogical thoughts seeming like the only thing I feel ok about ..that’s just who I am .. But in today’s time where PR stories and feeding people with information constantly or making appearances is a fad somewhere people like me get lost in translation or in this case translations! Lately there has been a LOT of talk about me in this particular episode of KOffee with Karan. Mainly

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  • Farhan, Ranveer, Priyanka, Anushka to shoot for Zoya Akhtar’s film on a cruise in May-June?

    Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 11, 2014) Zoya Akhtar’s next film, starring, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Shrama and Priyanka Chopra, has been kept strictly under wraps because the filmmaker likes to do her work quietly and let her films do the talking. But Mirror has learnt that the director has made trips to South Africa and Italy to check out and explore different kinds of cruises. According to a source, “The first schedule will be shot abroad a cruise liner with the lead star cast. The dates of the actors are being worked out and most likely the shoot will be in May-June. Major portions of the film will be shot on the ship and it is an important part of the film.”

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  • Holiday trailer not being ready due to Pritam was a joke, confirms Vipul Shah

    Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 11, 2014) At a recent award function, producer Vipul Shah jokingly said on stage that couldn’t unveil the trailer of his upcoming Akshay Kumar starrer, Holiday, as the music is not ready. Now this was far from truth as Pritam Chakraborty had already delivered the songs to Vipul. This wisecrack resulted in fans riling against the composer on a social networking site for his late latif ways. According to a source, when Pritam woke up to these comments, he took a screenshot and texted it to Vipul. The producer admitted to Mirror that Pritam was upset because it was being misconstrued as him unprofessionalism. “I explained to him that it was just a joke but he groused that people

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  • Kareena should ask what is the film and not who is in the film-Anurag Kashyap

    DNA (February 7, 2014) Anurag Kashyap makes his debut on Koffee With Karan this week. Known to be honest to a fault, the director shocks and surprises host Karan Johar with candid answers! We are delighted with his responses. The film industry and it’s people might not take it in the right spirit. But then Kashyup has never cared about that. Read on… K: A film you saw recently that you thought was over-rated? A: Shuddh Desi Romance. K: Complete the sentence. Ram Gopal Varma is… A: Ram Gopal Varma was… not is.

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  • Anushka Sharma flies down to New Zealand to be with Virat Kohli?

    Mehul S Thakkar (MID-DAY; February 7, 2014) Recently on Karan Johar’s TV talk show, Koffee With Karan Seaon 4, Anushka Sharma admitted that Virat Kohli is her favourite cricketer. But when Anurag Kashyap good-naturedly ribbed her asking Karan, “Don’t you think Virat and she look good together”, she blushed and protested, “I’m feeling naked right now.” The actress who has vehemently denied being in a relationship with the cricketer, recently flew down to New Zealand to spend some quality time with her ‘good friend’, before leaving for Sri Lanka to film Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet mid-February. After the fifth one-day international in Wellington which India lost, surrendering the ODI series to New Zealand, the squad left for Whangarei for a practice match. Skipper MS Dhoni

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  • Hrithik Roshan shoots with 2 body doubles for rooftop chase scene in Shimla

    Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; February 7, 2014) For his upcoming action thriller, Hrithik Roshan will have two body doubles help him pull off his stunts designed and choreographed by Andy Armstrong (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). One of them, Mansoor, regularly doubles up for the superstar. The other is a stunts specialist from Los Angeles. Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last July, is currently filming an extensive and dangerous rooftop chase sequence in a heavily populated area of Shimla. Says a source, “Unlike rooftops in cities like Delhi, those in Shimla are sloped with the steep valley on one side. While Hrithik will do all the close-up scenes, the body doubles will be used for wide angle and long shots.” When we spoke to our source

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  • Salman Khan now wants to work with writers from the South film industry?

    Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; February 7, 2014) If sources are to be believed, Salman Khan – who has decided to stay away from remakes of South films — is now keen to work with original scripts penned by writers from the South film industry. Sources say that around two weeks ago, the actor met with film writer K V Vijayendra Prasad. “Prasad narrated a fresh script to him and Salman has given a nod to him for the same,” says the source. It may be pointed out here that KV Vijayendra Prasad is the father of director SS Rajamouli. Having been a part of the South film industry since 1988, he has scripted around fifteen Telugu films. Interestingly, Salman’s recently released movie, Jai Ho, was a

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  • Sonam Kapoor is the final choice for Sooraj Barjatya’s film opp Salman Khan?

    Upala KBR (DNA; February 7, 2014) 2014 has begun on a good note for Sonam Kapoor. It began with Raees with Shah Rukh Khan. And now she has been confirmed for Sooraj Barjatya’s film Bade Bhaiiya with Salman Khan. This, along with last year’s critical acclaim for Raanjhaana and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has raised the actresses’ stock overnight. Sooraj has been on the lookout for a traditional Indian face to cast opposite Salman. But he was clear he didn’t want a fresh face. The story is about two brothers, and Salman plays both. Sooraj had almost finalised Deepika for the part but ultimately has selected Sonam. He felt that the Kapoor girl was more suited to the role, and had more desi appeal, in her

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  • My views on Hasee Toh Phasee

    WILL HASEE TOH PHASEE BRING MUCH-NEEDED CHEER? The year 2014 hasn’t commenced on a great note. Jai Ho, expected to be the first blockbuster, struggled to reach the 100-crore mark. Dedh Ishqiya flopped while Yaariyan was declared average at the box office. However, February might bring the much-needed cheer. There’s a promising film releasing every week and each of this film is expected to fare well at the box office. In fact, the situation reminds me of the ‘July 2011’ phenomenon. July 2011 was when four super hit films released in 4 consecutive weeks – Delhi Belly, Murder 2, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Singham. I strongly feel this rarest of rare phenomenon can repeat this month with Hasee Toh Phasee (releasing tomorrow), Gunday (14th

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