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  • Just back from Dhoom 3

    Dhoom 3 is the film that has surprised me the most this year. Nothing that I had read or heard had prepared me for this. I knew this would be different from the earlier Dhoom films, but this different? It has nothing in common with the non-thinking speed-driven bikes, gals and hunks film s that the earlier two were. This is good storytelling at its best, and quite an ambitious story it is.. an epic one fact, closest in spirit to the better superhero movies that Hollywood makes, closer to something like Endhiran/Robot in term s of having heart at the core of its superficial action trapping. The story-telling is surprisingly lean and muscular. They have cut out all the flab. Inspector’s Jay ‘s wife

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  • Saw Ram-Leela 24 hrs back

    Normally I come back from a film, make myself a cup of tea without milk or sugar, and write about it furiously while the adrenalin is still high. I like to write like a lover than a critic. But It has been more than 24 hours since I saw Ram-Leela and I still haven’t got the nerve to write about it. There was so much happening in the film, visually, aurally, in terms of narrative, in terms of character, with allusions to so many myths, so many traditions, with such wild experimentations in choreography, with spoken words; throwing up so many ideas, about love, about war, about gender-politics, about power; that it was impossible to take it all in one viewing, let alone write about

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  • Just back from Krrish 3

    Just back from ‘Krrish 3’, and disappointed is not the word. In fact writing this is an ordeal. I don’t know why I am even bothering. I mean it is so bad that I don’t even need to warn my friends not to see it. They would have heard about it from someone or the other. I guess now that I am in front of the computer Let me vent it out. Just one confession though. I cannot say I have watched the film. Almost after the first ten minutes or so I gave up on it. I could not walk out because my wife would not approve, after paying Rs.350 a ticket. So I surfed the Net, went through all the pieces in NDTV,

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  • Just back from The Lunchbox

    That The Lunchbox would be a good film, was never in doubt whe I booked my ticket. ( One can sense these things.) But how good, and in what ways good was the question in my mind. Well first thing first, the film is every inch as good as it is being made out to be. So that gets ‘ How good’ out of the way. Now to ‘ In what ways’ good… Everyone to whom the film would be of interest knows what it is about – two lonely people making that connection. And a miscarried dabba is the cupid here. But there are so many things beyond this basdic premise that makes the film special. Firstly, it is tremendously entertaining and moving. You

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  • Just back from Chennai Express.

    I must confess I haven’t seen any of the Rohit Shetty films , on big or small screen, since Zameen. The trailer of this one hadn’t particularly impressed me and it had been an effort sitting through Shahrukh’s last, Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The only reason I went for this one is because my wife is a die-hard Shahrukh fan, and there was no other film that I could take her to this weekend. Ship of Theseus was gone. Even BA Pass wasn’t running. Let me also confess I had to buy the ticket in black, paying double the price for a couple of balcony tickets in a single-screen theater. But when the film started, after the trailers of Krissh 3 and Satyagrah, both looking

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  • REcords Chennai Express is chasing

    We at Bollywood Hungama decided to take a look at some of the records King Khan may just be desperately looking at breaking with Chennai Express: The first and by far one of the biggest records is that held by professional rival and frenemy Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger, for being the fastest film to reach the Rs. 100 crore mark, in just 5 days. Back in December 2009, Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots created history with a lifetime domestic collection of Rs. 202.47 crores, as compared to SRK’s current highest Jab Tak Hai Jaan that stands at Rs 120.85 crores. SRK will certainly be gunning for the record of Aamir’s that has endured for 3 and half years now. While on one hand SRK battles

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  • Saw Bhag Milkha Bhag last Saturday

    To start with, let me confess, reaction to a film for me is a one –zero binary affair. Either it connects with me and engages or it does not. The nuances come later. Well this one connected . Right from the first frame. The non-linear style of storytelling is that I have been pleading for has been employed here to great effect. It makes a long story more absorbing if you don’t start in the beginning and end in the end. Jodhaa Akbar did not follow this pat and dragged. 3 Idiots did and had us in its grip throughout. And when a film connects, the length does not deter, in fact just the opposite happens. You want the movie to go on and on.

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  • Just back from Bhag Milkha Bhag ( written on Saturday night)

    Bhag Milkha Bhag Actually I saw the film last night, but was too exhausted at 2 am to write down my impressions as I usually do immediately after seeing a film to so that I don’t lose the spontaneity of the reaction. Well, let me try recapture the ardour. To start with, let me confess, reaction to a film for me is a one –zero binary affair. Either it connects with me and engages or it does not. The nuances come later. Well this one connected . Right from the first frame. The non-linear style of storytelling is that I have been pleading for has been employed here to great effect. It makes a long story more absorbing if you don’t start in the beginning

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  • Fukrey Is Exceptional In Gurgaon In Second Week

    Fukrey is doing exceptinal businesss in Gurgaon as the second weeeknd was better than the first weekend. This is the first time it has happened in Gurgaon since the nine multiplex release in the city. The first and second weekend collections of Fukrey in Gurgaon are as follows. First Weekend Friday – 8,72,227 Saturday – 11,06,677 Sunday – 11,21,262 TOTAL – 31,00,166 Second Weekend Friday – 8,75,450 Saturday – 12,29,918 Sunday – 11,58,124

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  • Raanjhanaa and Chetan Bhagat’s Revolution 2020

    Looking back on Raanjhanaa, I realise , the core relationships bear a striking resemblance to Chetan Bhagat’s Revolution 2020. The Kundan-Zoya-Jasjit equation has a strong parallel with Gopla-Arati-Raghav threesome. And the background is Banaras. But then, it could be a coincidence. And if Rai indeed has been inspired by Revolution 2020, he has worked on it enough to transform it to a fairly different story, though the core sentiments are from the book. Any thoughts from guys who have read the book and seen the film?

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  • Just back from Raanjhaana

    Just back from Raanjhaana, and am totally bowled over. It’s a monster of a film, big in ambition and originality, craft and beauty. While walking out of the theater I was wondering what must be the IQ of Anand L Rai. How the hell could he think of Dhanush for a Banaras film? How could he think of AR Rahman when conventional wisdom would demand a northy composer . And then how could he write lines like these and direct the film with almost total control. So as I said where shall I start from? Maybe with Dhanush . Havent seena performance like this since the hey-days of Kamal Hasan at his peak during Swatimutyam, Moonrum Pirai days. He acts with every muscle of his

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  • My thoughts on Bhag Milkha Bhag trailer

    With ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’ Mehra seems to be achieving what he aspire to do but failed to achieve in Delhi 6.: Capturing the psycho-profile of small town people, their smiles and tears, their hopes and heartbreaks, their small moments of trials and triumphs. This is helped to a great degree by the natural and easy-flowing performance of Farhan Akhtar as against the stiff and vapid portrayal of Abhishek Bachchan. Of course, the characters seem to be better-written here. Farhan nad Sonam here look like real human beings to whom you can relate to. In Delhi 6, the characters looked like abstract configurations , not flesh and blood. And Aabhishek made it worse by failing to infuse any life, any trace if individuality into the character

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  • Just back from Fukrey

    After a spate of good films , went wrong on this one. Thought Fukrey will be reasonably funny. But it was totally flat. The basic idea had a lot of potential. But director Mrigdeep Singh just doesn’t know how to do comedy. Looking at the one can appreciate what kind of genius it took to pull off a Delhi Belly. And even Go Goa Gone worked . There are many things here that are wrong. At a directorial level it lacks comic and narrative energy. The actors seem to be acting well, but their notes are all wrong fora comedy. They are too goody, goody.. and sincere..lacking any kind of quirkiness. It looks like they are in Student of the Year rather than Fukrey. The

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  • Don’t like being the tagged the next superstar: Ranbir Kapoor

    “I don’t have a personality like Salman Khan or Shah Rukh Khan that I can be myself and the film will be a huge hit. I have to be a character,” he added. Since starting his career in Bollywood, Ranbir has appeared only in ten full-fledged films. The actor says he is not multi-talented to do more than one project at a time. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Bollywood/Don-t-like-being-tagged-as-the-next-superstar-Ranbir-Kapoor/Article1-1073021.aspx

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  • Ranbir Kapoor’s BO power

    Friday is the day for which industry people wait for with bated breath as the audiences pronounce their verdict on the films released that day. Bollywood Hungama, for the past few weeks, have given yet another reason to bite their nails, with our weekly Box Office report card on some of the biggest names in the industry. This week, we focus on the newfound superstar Ranbir Kapoor, and his recent successes. In this analytical report, we compare the actor’s recent films since 2010 in terms of Opening Day Collections and First Weekend Collections. Interestingly, Ranbir has shown great consistency with his films earning a steady Rs. 20- Rs 30 crores over the weekend. His latest film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani however, has broken all the

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  • The 100 cr Club as per Taran

    Bollywood’s 100 Crore clubBy Bollywood Hungama News Network Reaching the coveted Rs. 100 crore mark has become a must for every big film in Bollywood. In this exclusive report, we take a look at some of the biggest hits that have reached the Rs. 100 crore mark segregating them on the basis of the number of days taken to get there. Interestingly, of the top 10 films that have been the fastest to reach the mark, Salman Khan rules the roost with 5 of his films on the top, the longest being Ready taking 14 days to reach Rs. 100 crore. Below is a detailed report of Bollywood’s 100 Crore Club (following table contains domestic box office figures only). Sr. No. Movie Name Release Lifetime

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  • Saw Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani last night…

    Saw ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ last night. Was relieved to find that almost all the reviewers except for Baradwaj Rangan had got it wrong. It is NOT a film in the Aditya Chpra – Karan Johar mould, in fact miles away from it. One could say it is more in the Wake Up Sid territory, trying to explore the nuances of contemporary relationship rather than staging a melodramatic story. In fact some would say, it has no ‘ story’. And to me that’s such a blessed relief. First, the form of the film. Ayan Mukherjee is a very sincere filmmaker who wants to capture the lives of contemporary urban youth ( yes, lives of urban youth, because that’s what he knows firsthand.) and their subtle

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  • Five movies Spielberg connects with

    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: A search for the father in myself, as well as a catharsis film for me after my parents’ divorce. Saving Private Ryan: A homage to my dad. 3 Idiots: I’ve seen it three times, loved the emotional undertones. Jaws: The hardest movie I ever made in my career. I wanted to give up movie making after that. The Godfather: Nobody could have directed this movie better than Francis Ford Coppola. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Hollywood/I-ve-watched-3-Idiots-thrice-admits-Steven-Spielberg/Article1-1027736.aspx

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  • Saw Kai Po Che yesterday..

    Saw ‘Kai Po Che’ this morning. A very impressive film. Up there among the best male bonding Indian films ever: Dil Chataq Hai, 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Rock On, Zindagi Na MIlega Dobara… and in some ways marks a natural progression from all the films that came before it. It is such a perfectly realized film that its merits are there for all to see: a masterly control in storytelling bringing out the nuances of the three characters with clarity and subtlety, the treatment of politically sensitive issues of communal tension and political expediency with maturity and restraint without avoiding them, the great use of music, and finally the brilliant casting and performances by the three protagonists. What impressed me most , and rate

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  • Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’ earns Rs 100 crores in four days

    This was perhaps expected. Within four days of its release, Kamal Haasan’s controversial film ‘Vishwaroopam’ has grossed Rs 120 crore at Box Office and is still running to packed houses in Tamil Nadu. Kamal Haasan’s film faced flack from certain Muslim groups over its alleged offensive content and was not released in Tamil Nadu till 7 February when the Madras High Court gave it a green signal. On the first day of its release, the film got a stupendous response and the film was being screened at some theatres as early as 5 am in the morning. Within four days of its release, Kamal Haasan’s controversial film has grossed Rs 120 crore at Box Office. Rahul Bose, who plays the antagonist in the film, shared

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  • Well done ABCD

    I was gung ho about this film after the first promo itself. It’s good to see the film’s success. Released in 750 prints it has earned 5.5 cr on Day 1 as against 6.25 of Special 26 released with 1750 prints. Commendable! http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/abcd-any-body-can-dance-opening-day-box-office-collections/ http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/special-26-opening-day-box-office-collections/

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  • I feel vindicated: Kamal Hassan

    Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’ finally opened on Thursday in nearly 600 theatres across Tamil Nadu to full houses, as expected. The actor-filmmaker says the espionage thriller opened without any incident and he feels vindicated. “There was not a murmur of unrest let alone protest, anywhere in Tamil Nadu. Fans from both the communities, Hindu and Muslim, had assured me there would be absolute peace. Sure enough, the film opened today without any incident. I feel vindicated,” Haasan said. ‘Vishwaroopam’ has opened to great response in Tamil Nadu with people packing shows as early as 5 AM on Thursday and tickets all over the state are sold out till February 13. VideoPhotoGallery Pirated copies of ‘Vishwaroopam’ are out in Chennai, but Haasan said no one’s buying that

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  • Matru, Bijlee and Mandola…a bundle of delight

    Went to catch Les Miserables PVR –Forum Mall at 10 am, since that’s the only slot I had free in a long long time. The ticket girl said sorry , no show, as you are the only one in line to buy a ticket for the film. Maybe because it was the Gold Class costing 700 bucks. Any way , since I could not go back home and show my face to my wife, after having rushed from home without breakfast, I tried to check what else was running. There was Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and I walked in. And was I surprised, delightfully! This was easily the most accomplished Vishal Bhradwaj film by miles for me. A high-concept film that he managed to

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  • My predictions for Filmfare Best actor, Best Music, best Director..

    It has all come true. Just like last year. take Filmfare Best Actor Trophy as taken “Last year I had predicted all the Best Actor’s trophies for Ranbir, and the best music for AR Rahman. I still cannot be certain about Pritam for Barfi ..he has a very good chance. So has Anurag Basu as Best Director, which he will have to share with Reema Kagti and Sujoy Ghosh in various award forums. But Shahrukh and Aamir can stand on their heads, the award for the best actor is in Ranbir’s pocket. Not just Filmfare…every other award as well. The Best actress is going to have the toughest competition in years: Vidya in Kahani, Deepika in Cocktail, Priyanka in Barfi and probably Kareena in Heroine

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  • Salman Khan’s DABANGG 2 huffs and puffs at BO;

    Rs.200 crore net theatrical collection is the breakeven point for the sub-distributors and exhibitors who have paid nearly Rs.100 crores as minimum guarantee (MG) for the domestic rights of Salman starrer DABANGG 2. They have every reason to worry now. The theatrical collections of the film have dropped drastically and the box-office momentum seems to have petered out faster than expected. The scenario seems quite bleak and leave aside profits, the possibility of incurring big losses looms large on the horizon for them. According to the last available information the domestic box office collections of the film till its second Saturday (29.12.2012) were 110 crores net. Even if we take a highly optimistic projection of 160 crores net box office for the film, it falls

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