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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 –

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

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

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

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

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 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

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,

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

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

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

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!

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,

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

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