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  • Shahrukh vs Ajay: Why Bollywood can’t afford a Diwali clash!

    Let’s get straight to the point. Bollywood just can’t afford two big films. Not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow. It is as simple as that. While the media is going berserk ‘worrying’ about whether Shahrukh Khan’s yet untitled film with Yash Chopra would indeed have competition from Ajay Devgn’s ‘Son of Sardar’ this Diwali, it seems nothing more than just a fantastical feeling to actually foresee this happening. No, the clash is definitely not happening and if one would have to ask Shahrukh or Ajay about it, they would say the same. Well, under their breath at least if not out in open. More…. .

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  • My review of Housefull 2 | ****

    Extracts: - Playing the son of ‘vaasna ka pujari’ Ranjeet, Akshay is a complete riot with his lusty mannerisms and overtures. Watch out for his opening scene in a shaking van, parachute landing over his prospective mother-in-law or the bedroom scene with Asin. - John Abraham who lets go of his macho and masculine side here and (surprise-surprise) brings in a slight feminine streak in his walk, talk and body language. He clearly seems to be enjoying doing everything that he has never done before. - What doesn’t quite cut much ice though are a couple of action sequences, one in each halves of the film, which are totally forced into the proceedings. - Moreover in the middle of the second half, the emergence of third and the fourth

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  • My review of Agent Vinod : ***1/2

    While of late style and technique has seen a manifold increase in Bollywood, filmmakers are also pushing the boundary when it comes to challenging the audience. Yes, there are escapist films being made (and loved as well). However there are filmmakers who are aspiring to merge hardcore commercial cinema with elements that require one to think hard and grasp the context of a scene rather than being spoon fed. ‘Agent Vinod’ is an example of one such cinema. Though there is always a risk element associated with such endeavours, Saif Ali Khan and Sriram Raghavan seem to have taken a conscious call in this direction.   One has to be very attentive while watching ‘Agent Vinod’, especially its first half. There are country settings that

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  • My review of Agneepath: *** – Not quite iconic

    ‘Agneepath’ turns out to be a film that starts off well, builds great momentum, has a wonderful interval point but then starts going down in the second half in a big way. So much so that by the time the moment of reckoning arrives, you have been so exhausted with at least 30-40 minutes of extended storytelling that you don’t really give out a cry of euphoria when Vijay Deenanath Chauhan eventually emerges victorious. More below    

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  • Reflections – Are awards a sham?

    By Joginder Tuteja 1995 – That was the time when I was a school going teenager and there were only one recognised awards – ‘The Filmfare Awards’. Nominations were eagerly awaited, bets were placed on the eventual winner, homework was finished well in advance to watch the coveted awards ceremony (albeit it was ‘deferred live’, but the who cared) on Doordarshan and phone calls were made during advertisement breaks to share notes on what was the winning score by now (on the bets being won when nominations came spot on). 2012 – The scenario has changed. Well, completely. This week’s ‘Reflections’ is about the innocence lost with commercialisation taking over everything and everyone.  

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  • Reflections: Is Bollywood heading South, turning ‘desi’?

    ‘Desi’ is in. Now haven’t we heard that way too often right through the year gone by? Ever since Ghajini turned into a huge success, Bollywood has been accused of picking up rights of South films (which pride themselves at being ‘desi’) left, right and centre at a feverish pace. Super success of films like Bodyguard, Ready and Singhamfurther resulted in rights of many other South films being picked soon after their release (or at times even before that). It is being also said that Bollywood is short of original ideas and South seems like the only resort. Also, it is being reaffirmed that going ‘desi’ is the only way out! But wait, is that really the case? The way I look at films lined up ahead, that doesn’t necessarily

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  • My list of Top-10 most anticipated albums in 2012

    2011 was just about good when it came to music in Bollywood. There weren’t many earth shattering albums hitting the stands which worked in entirety and those which were lapped up did come with an expiry date. One hopes though that the scenario changes in 2012. Here is presenting the list of Top-10 most anticipated soundtracks in year to come.     More in link below:

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  • Top 11 soundtracks of 2011

    Top 11 soundtracks of 2011 By Joginder Tuteja, Jan 7, 2012 – 16:39 IST In the year gone by there were quite a few surprises in store when it came to Bollywood music. While a few biggies didn’t quite boast of memorable music with the albums not even moving an inch on the stands, a few smaller movies sprung a pleasant surprise. Also, it was interesting to see young guns like Sachin-Jigar, Ram Sampath, Krsna and Sohail Sen making their presence felt in a big way. Here is presenting some of the best soundtracks from the year gone by. While some scored high on popularity meter, a couple didn’t quite cover the kind of distance they deserved though a few could well be ‘lambi race

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  • If SRK can, why can’t Bittoo?’ ask Bittoo Boss makers (the people who made Pyaar Ka Punchnama)

    Makers of Bittoo Boss are miffed with the manner in which their theatrical promo has come under the axe. Apparently, the Censor Board has found the humour quotient in the film way too risque and have simply banned its screening in theatres as well as television. “The promo comes with the tagline of ‘Bittoo Sab Ki Lega!!!’ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/more/news/view/id/1399628

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  • Reflections: Will filmmakers stand up for Shah Rukh Khan?

    ‘Jitne moonh utni baatein’ – Shah Rukh Khan could well be muttering this under his breath right from the time promotion of Ra.One kick-started till the time Don 2 was eventually declared a hit. In fact in his two decade of movie making experience, 2011 could well go down as the most eventful year for Khan who has seen the worst and the best of the worlds in a matter of few months. While for detractors, he was pretty much a punching bag that was finally softened enough to be hit hard, even for die hard fans there was a chink in his armour that was exposed. Naturally there were ‘talks’ and though he may laugh away with the adage of ‘kuch toh log kahenge’, deep down in his

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  • Happy New Year friends :-0)

    All u Players from the Department, eat some Barfii and enjoy a Housefull party before 2012 starts a Race for a new Kahaani to be told. A Heroine will rise, a Raaz would be told and a Joker will laugh the most. Talaash for the most Dabangg actor would be over as stars walk on an Agneepath, take on the Tiger, sing Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya and finally find Jannat. With love: Bittoo Boss.

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  • SRK silences detractors as Don 2 turns into a hit

    Shah Rukh Khan must have gone through some real anxious times when the Thursday evening press show resulted in select mischief mongers spreading negative word of mouth about his latest releaseDon 2. Critics in general weren’t really kind too and despite the fact that the film took the best opening ever for a non-holiday release, there were many waiting with daggers and all set to attack after the weekend went by. However as things stand today, Shah Rukh is pretty much having the last laugh with the film holding well even on the weekdays, hence ensuring that the film is a clean hit and may just turn superhit. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/features/type/view/id/2935

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  • First Look – Our verdict [Agneepath, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, Ferrari Ki Sawari, Ekk Deewana Tha, Gali Gali Chor Hai]

    Christmas weekend was quite eventful for Bollywood not just because it saw the release of Don 2 but also due to a handful of promos that flooded the world of web as well as theatres. While some of them pretty much arrived with a roar, a couple just made us wonder if the wait was worth it. Here is our quick analysis on the first impression made and whether they have resulted in the kind of excitement quotient that was originally envisaged. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/slideshow/type/view/id/1008

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  • Reflections: 2011 – The year that was

    Great, so with Don 2 managing to get that much needed ‘opening’ at the box office, 2011 is ending in a positive note. It started off well with No One Killed Jessica and ending too isn’t the kind that one would really complain about. At times it was content that proved to be a winner while in some cases, it was buzz and star power that did the trick. Purists may question the growth of cinema per se, what with ‘Chikni Chameli‘ turning out to be ‘kaan-phaadu’ (as the slang goes) but for those who suddenly felt that ‘masala’ was the way to go; it was the likes of Singham that did the trick. With less than 100 hours left before the New Year beckons, here is ‘reflecting’ on how well

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  • My take on Don 2: ****

    ‘Wow’ – Now this is what you end up exclaiming not just around the time when end credits start rolling for ‘Don 2′ but quite a few times during the two and a half hours narrative of the film. Now this is one film which doesn’t take audience’s intelligence for granted. Gripping, stylish, thrilling and constantly making you think about what would happen next, ‘Don 2′ is unpredictable with several engaging sequences that ensure that it turns out to be much more than just a ‘paisa vasool’ affair. http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/hindi/review/13172.html  

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  • Happy Diwali folks!

    This Diwali, be a ‘Rockstar’ and make sky lit up like an ‘Agneepath’ so that there is full-on ‘Damadamm’ for ‘Ladies v/s Desi Boyz’ which would keep ‘Ra. One’ entertained as he watches ‘The Dirty Picture’. Signed : ‘Don’

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  • Reflections – Does Bollywood need Censor board?

    Picture this. ‘DK Bose’ is the talk of the town, for right as well as the wrong reasons, and even as the parents and their 9 year old kids (ref: Anubhav Sinha’s tirade against the song) totally understand the connotations of the song, the makers are sounding completely oblivious to the ‘double meaning’ here. Censors felt the same too and passed the song with flying colours. The immediate accusation that comes in is – ‘Would the Censors have been equally oblivious had the film come from a lesser banner and starred the likes of an Emraan Hashmi or a Riteish Deshmukh or a Tusshar Kapoor?’ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/features/2011/06/16/7602/index.html

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  • My review of DTBHJ – ***1/2

    By Joginder Tuteja ***1/2 A couple of years back Amitabh Bachchan had commented that if there was one film maker who had the potential to carry forward the legacy of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee, it could be Madhur Bhandarkar. Well, his prophecy has indeed come true with ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai’ indeed reminding audience of the cinema of yore where films were made in and around real-life situations. It is these real-life situations that make ‘Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji’ a smile through film where audience gets into a feel-good zone for those two hours. Really, right from the time the opening credits start rolling till the last frame comes up on screen, a smile seldom leaves you. And even when it does for

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  • Happy New Year guys!

    THANK YOU 2010 for being a ROCKSTAR year. As a new GAME begins and MAUSAM gets colder, get READY as PATIALA pegs are served on the HOUSE. Have fun because aaj raat 7 KHOON MAAF. Don’t act FALTU, stop being a BOL BACHCHAN and enjoy kyunki DIL TO BACCHA HAI JI and ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA, with or without a BODYGUARD.

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  • Akshay and Farah enjoy biggest opening ever (14 crores) with TMK

    Akshay Kumar has all the right reasons to smile. His TEES MAAR KHAN has now taken the biggest ever opening of his career with the first day netting over 14 crores (as confirmed by the makers UTV Motion Pictures). Before TEES MAAR KHAN, Akshay’s biggest opener was HOUSEFULL with the first day collections boasting of collections over 10 crores. However TMK with 14 crores has surpassed that mark by a huge margin, hence promising an enormous number once the first week comes to a close. http://glamsham.com/movies/scoops/10/dec/25-akshay-farah-biggest-opening-tees-maar-khan-tmk-121011.asp

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  • Reflections – Main aur meri tanhai (Watching films alone in theatres)

    This Friday, I saw Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu all alone in a theatre. And also Diwangi Ne Hud Kar Di (yes, I ‘actually’ saw it and am perhaps the only person in the globe to have reviewed it as well – check Google!). Last week it was Raama – The Saviour, the week before Nakshatra and the one before that Dus Tola. I watched each of these films. ALONE. Main. Meri tanhai. Aur ek 200 seater auditorium.

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  • My review of Golmaal 3 | ****

    ‘Golmaal 3′ is not a great piece of cinema. It’s purpose of existence is simple, give audience those two and a half hours of non-stop fun, come what may, and ensure that there is no dull moment that goes past by. This is what one gets to see in this non-stop laugh riot that begins well, has a good middle portion and a convincing end as well, all of it making sure that the time that audience spends watching the film flies by in a jiffy. Go~go~go watch it this Diwali! http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/hindi/review/12680.html

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  • Exclusive | My review of Action Replayy

    Forget the flamboyance or the energy that one expects from Akshay Kumar, he actually gets into a garb as never worn before. Donning an ill fitting ‘kurta-pyajama’, a pair of TV screen style glasses, a ‘champu’ haircut, an awkward walk and last but the most visible aspect of his personality – two protruding teeth, Akshay is as unlike a hero as one can expect from him or any other supporting actor filling a frame. http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/hindi/review/12648.html

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  • Akshay-Farah-Shirish come together for Tees Maar Khan 2

    Roll out the red carpet and let the celebrations begin. Even though Tees Maar Khan is still a couple of months away from release, the makers have already set up the film as a franchise. Not just considering it to be a one off film, Farah Khan, Shirish Kunder and Akshay Kumar are collaborating all over again for Tees Maar Khan 2. The film would go on floors in early 2012. Confirms Farah Khan, “We have been talking about it for so many months. However, now concrete plans are being devised. Starting yesterday, we have officially started working on the film. It is a movie that we feel leads into a franchise.” More…Link

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