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Gloriously vague, but not dismissable, Sandy’s views on JTHJ

Saw the film today at Inox, was nearly 55-60 per cent full. The feeling I have is that the film is doing reasonably well, but clearly is no blockbuster success. Personally I quite liked the film and I believe it will age well. I thought Shah Rukh was wonderful, very consistent and in character throughtout.

Sandy’s Review Of The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture Starring: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor Director: Milan Luthria By Sandhya Iyer Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria, as producer and director respectively, get many things right about ‘The Dirty Picture’. Firstly, this was a smart subject to chose. When you make a bio pic on Silk Smitha, automatically a

Sandy’s review of Mausam

An uninspiring Beauty Mausam Starring: Shahid Kapur, Sonam Kapoor, Aditi Sharma Director: Pankaj Kapur Stars: **1/2 Much was expected from Pankaj Kapur, given his own credentials as an intense actor and the meaningful films he’s been a part of. The promos of Mausam, though a bit affected, did evoke some curiosity, given that the film

Vital or fatal – Which way will ‘Ra. One’ go? Sandhya Iyer Express News Service Last Updated : 16 Sep 2011 01:27:19 PM IST It happens once or twice in a decade that one witnesses a real epic, dream project. These ventures are generally so high-budget and so crazily-hyped that while under production they are viewed with a mix of curiosity, hope and skepticism.

The Lion King (3 D) review

Sandhya Iyer There is a great deal of nostalgia one attaches with The Lion King – Walt Disney’s animation film of 1994 that was hailed as an instant classic when it released. Over the years, the spell-binding music, story, characters have all became part of cinematic lore. The movie now returns with a 3 D

Whimpers more than roars – Sandy’s review of Singham

Singham Director: Rohit Shetty Starring: Ajay Devgan, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj, Anant Jog, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni Rating: ** Hindi Sandhya Iyer Even considering that South remakes are in vogue and have given Bollywood huge hits by way of Ghajini and Wanted, the announcement of Singham did seem somewhat odd. The Tamil film that starred

Hit Melegi Dobara – Sandy’s review of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Director: Zoya Akhtar Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Kalki Stars:***1/2 Sandhya Iyer Zoya Akhtar’s latest, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – after a promising debut with Luck By Chance – is a film driven by atmospherics and chemistry of its lead character rather than any real drama. But the tone of the

Delhi Belly and the recurring theme of retribution

Sandhya Iyer This is something that occured to me when I saw the film, but it took me a while to really gather my thoughts and pen it down The fact that this Akshat Varma penned script, stylishly directed by Abhinay Deo is a tightly-woven, smartly executed one is something all reviews have agreed. Varma

It seems Delhi Belly is on its way to be a cult film – Komal Nahata Delhi Belly had a very good weekend at the box-office. The Aamir Khan Productions’ film made a total of Rs. 23.25 crore (all-India net collections) in its first weekend (July 1 – 3, 2011). The Imran Khan starrer had a good opening on Friday (Rs. 6.25 cr) and collections picked up on Saturday (Rs.

Outstanding, outrageous – Mayank Shekhar – 4 stars (Delhi Belly) Delhi Belly Director: Abhinay Deo Actors: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunal Roy Kapoor Rating: **** Delhi Belly, most would know, is a fairly common bowel problem. Usually firangi, low-budget backpackers get these loosies, when they hang out in Third World countries (like ours), where their food and water supposedly comes mixed with 10 per

‘One of the smartest scripts to hit the horizon’ – Nikhat Kazmi (Toi) 4 stars

Critic’s Rating: **** Cast: Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Shehnaz Treasurywala, Poorna Jagannathan, Vijay RaazDirection: Abhinay DeoGenre: ComedyDuration: 1 hour 36 minutesAvg Readers Rating: Rate this movie 1 (Poor) 1.5 (Below average) 2 (Average) 2.5 (Above average) 3 (Good) 3.5 (Good +) 4 (Very good) 4.5 (Very good +) 5 (Outstanding) Smart

Of motion and emotions …Sandy’s review of Delhi Belly

Of motion and emotions Direction – Abhinay Deo Starring: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Poorna Jagannath, Shenaz Treasuryvala Stars: ***1/2 Hindi/English Sandhya Iyer This tightly-woven film gets to business rightaway with the strains of Saigal Blues (excellent) in the title credits – as the camera takes you nook by nook through

Twice, not so nice – Sandy’s review of Double Dhamaal

Director: Indra Kumar Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Mallika Sherawat, Kagana Ranaut, Jaaved Jaffery Stars: **1/2 Double Dhamaal, a sequel to the well-received Dhamaal, that seemed uproariously funny in the promos turns out quite tame in the end. Full credit to those who cut the trailers smartly, but the film itself relies too

Heartbreak House – Sandy’s review of West Is West

Director: Andy DeEmmony Starring: Om Puri, Aqib Khan, Linda Bassett, Ila Arun, Vijay Raaz Rating: *** English In East Is East we saw a harried Jehangir Khan aka George (Om Puri) with his dysfunctional Anglo Pakistani family, running his shop along with his firang wife Ella (Linda Bassett), and trying fruitlessly to instill a sense

First Day First Show: Book Review

Author: Anupama Chopra Pages: 376 Publisher: Penguin Price: 499 It wasn’t exactly fashionable to be a film journalist when a 20 something Anupama Chopra set her mind to write on Bollywood. Her intellectually inclined family was taken aback by her decision. Even more bemused was the India Today editor Arun Poorie who took her interview.

Ram Gopal Varma’s reaction to D K Bose – ‘It’s brilliant!’

I thank Aamir for forcing us to grow up: RGV Priyanka Dasgupta, TNN | Jun 8, 2011, 10.46am IST After singing “Baba badnaam hui” on his micro blogging site, RGV says the explicitness of the lyrics of “DK Bose” will unleash a new genre of films. Trust Ram Gopal Varma to come up with

Ready, unsteady – Sandy’s review

The first half bored me terribly, while I was okay about the second, even liking some of it. The film feels harmless while you are watching it, but if you do a rethink, the utter stupidity and pointlessness of it hits you hard. So on hindsight – though I didn’t exactly hate the film –