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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movie Review: JAI HO by FENIL SETA

  The corruption levels are at an all-time high and it’s not uncommon to see ministers acting in a high-handed manner as if they own the land. Jai Ho throws light on this aspect and also makes it clear that a common man should not be underestimated at any cost. At the same time, it

(Crisp) Movie Review: MISS LOVELY by FENIL SETA

MISS LOVELY is shockingly a dull and forgettable fare. The direction is bad and incoherent and there are hardly any scenes that engage. Even the storyline isn’t that impressive and bad execution adds to the mess. Nawazuddin and Anil George play their parts well. Niharika Singh, the Miss Lovely, is an actor to watch out

Movie Review: KRRISH 3 by FENIL SETA

What started off as an inspiring and fascinating tale of an underdog has now transformed into one of the biggest film series of Indian Cinema and even features a superhero – the first of our cinema – Krrish! As the third part in the series, Krrish 3, was about to release, there was tremendous hype

Reaction Time – Dhoom 3 Trailer

First thing first, it is not a review. I am writing what was my reaction on every scene of the trailer. It will be good if you have opened the trailer and this post at the same time. See a scene and then see reaction. And it is just for fun. Opening scene: City shot

(Crisp) Movie Review: MICKEY VIRUS by FENIL SETA

MICKEY VIRUS is more of a thriller than a comic caper. The narrative has quite a few twists-n-turns, most of which were unpredictable, that made for a great watch. Dialogues arouse laughs and Saurabh Verma’s direction is good but could have been better. The film moves too swiftly at places and also he should have

Movie Review: SHAHID by FENIL SETA

It’s very rare that a newspaper article remains etched in one’s mind for years. But that’s what happened with me when I read about the assassination of lawyer Shahid Azmi in Feb 2010 and few days later, about his life and times. Here was a man who selflessly defended the wrongly accused and was generous

Movie Review: BOSS by FENIL SETA

I have problems with makers who tend to reveal too much of their film’s content in their promos. An ideal theatrical trailer is one that gives a slight but sufficient idea about the film’s plot and mood and at the same time, generates tremendous excitement. So when the trailer of Boss was out, I had

(Crisp) Movie Review: GRAVITY by FENIL SETA

GRAVITY should not be missed. The film literally transports you in a different ‘world’ and doesn’t let your attention wander even for a nanosecond! There are tons of ‘Oh-my-gosh’ moments that keep viewers on the edge of the seats. VFX, 3D is out of the world and for me, it’s the best 3D experience after

Movie Review: BESHARAM by FENIL SETA

Director Abhinav Singh Kashyap made the powerful directorial debut ever, with Dabangg. Ranbir Kapoor, on the other hand, is riding high post the spectacular success of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. When both collaborated, one surely expects nothing less of fireworks. Sadly, the promos of their film Besharam made it evident that this is a film

‘Besharam’ film review: Even Ranbir Kapoor can’t save this one

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Jaaved Jaffery, Amitosh Nagpal, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Himani Shivpuri Director: Abhinav Kashyap The Indian Express rating: *1/2 This is a film which pre-empts us from coming up with the classic line, “haaye, sharam nahin aati hai kya”, because it is called‘Besharam’. Which then frees it to indulge in

Movie Review: THE GOOD ROAD by FENIL SETA

I first heard of The Good Road in March 2013 when it was declared a winner in the ‘Best Film In Gujarati’ category at the 60th National Film Awards 2013. The film was almost forgotten, despite it’s release on July 19, when it got back in news after it was chosen as India’s official entry

Movie Review: THE LUNCHBOX by FENIL SETA

The dabba system in Mumbai is incredible and renowned and praised globally as every single day, the dabbas always precisely reach at the right time and at the right place. A few years back, an article in The Times Of India stated that ‘(the system is so well coordinated and organized that) no roti ever

Movie Review: PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO by FENIL SETA

Shahid Kapoor in his decade-old career has played various roles with elan but has never got an opportunity do an over-the-top drama. Sure, we got to see his comic timing in films like 36 China Town, Chup Chup Ke, Chance Pe Dance etc. Yet, one would be genuinely surprised when Shahid unleashes his never-before-seen comic

Movie Review: GRAND MASTI by FENIL SETA

The manner in which adult jokes are regularly circulated by almost one and all through SMS, tweets, whatsapp etc is a clear indication that there are a huge number of people who enjoy and relish such brand of humour. And in the same way, most of them are bound to come for adult and sex-based

Movie Review: SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE by FENIL SETA

Times have changed and so has our films. Ideas that were considered taboo are now translated onto celluloid and that too in the so-called commercial setup and by reputed film banners. Shuddh Desi Romance is undoubtedly one such film that in a way challenges the sacred and age-old institution of marriage. But it’s all treated

Movie Review: SATYAGRAHA by FENIL SETA

The corruption in the present-day scenario is at an all-time high and so is the discontent among the citizens. The unearthing of scam after scam and blatant violation of laws by a section of elite population has fuelled the anger. In fact, a mere newspaper article is capable of igniting the fire within people. Hence,

Movie Review: MADRAS CAFE by FENIL SETA

An interesting wave is going on in Bollywood where all types of films are being made. While there’s a re-emergence of massy entertainers and herogiri masala films, there has also emerged a splurge of what is generally termed as arthouse, serious and parallel cinema. What’s more, films belonging to the latter category are getting thumbs

(Crisp) Movie Review: THE CONJURING by FENIL SETA

THE CONJURING rests on a very simple and beaten-to-death idea: a family moving into a new house and having horrible and eerie experiences. However, it’s not just another horror flick. The film ranks high when it comes to the scary quotient. Also, the approach in the second half is drastically different. You look forward to

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