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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 again doesn’t feature his three favourites (although Salman is present in a small way). And just like Chashme Baddoor, Main Tera Hero is a hilarious ride and proves that David need not always incorporate his favourite actors in the film. His execution and his excellent team of writers are enough to take the film to dizzying heights. And moreover, this time he has Varun Dhawan, who is guaranteed to win

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  • 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 person who’s young, not just in age but also in thought. Although it could have been much better, the 133 minute long film is a fine attempt by the makers. Moreover, Jackky Bhagnani finally proves he’s one of the best talents around! The story of the movie: Abhimanyu Kaul (Jackky Bhagnani) works in a gaming company in Japan and is in a live-in relationship with Anwita (Neha Sharma). Abhimanyu’s father

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  • 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 would push the envelope escalates, only to let down viewers. Ragini MMS 2 is no exception. Disappointing fare! The story of the movie: After Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) escapes from the haunted house, she fails to get over the trauma and is admitted in a mental asylum. On the other hand, an eccentric filmmaker Rocks (Parvin Dabas) decides to make a film on this incident. He casts porn star turned film

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  • 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 finish. It’s nothing extraordinary but it’s light, breezy and executed and performed very well. Surely worth a watch! The story of the movie: The film is set in Delhi-NCR. Mohit Chadda (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in AirConnect as a Senior Executive and earns fairly well. His girlfriend, Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) earns more than him but this never leads to any problem between the two. Being in love since 2 years, they

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  • 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 – were not only sensible and thought-provoking but also largely entertaining. And the tradition continues with the third film of Phantom, Queen! Well-directed and well-performed, Queen is one of those films of the year that one shouldn’t miss at any cost! The story of the movie: Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is from Rajouri, Delhi. She is obedient and has lived a sheltered life with his family. She’s introduced to Vijay (Rajkummar

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  • 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 film bearing the title Shaadi Ke Side Effects immediately arouses curiosity and when one learns that it stars Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan and directed by the same genius who made Pyaar Ke Side Effects, expectations are bound to be skyhigh. The theatrical trailer confirmed that the film is going to be a laugh-riot and most importantly, very relatable. And sure enough, the film has tons of laugh-out-loud moments that

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  • 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 like Yash Raj Films and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar (who made the entertaining Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) was like an icing on the cake. But very shockingly, Gunday is a king-sized disappointment! The story of the movie: Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) are refugees from Bangladesh who are compelled to come to Calcutta during the 1971 War. They fail to get the required help from the government

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  • 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 also demonstrates how a big difference can be made by a simple act of kindness. The thought behind the film is definitely noble but the script, execution and treatment prevents the film from making a huge impact. At best, it’s a decent one time watch! The story of the movie: Jai (Salman Khan) is an ex-army officer who now has his own garage. Always wanting to help others, he comes

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  • (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 for but she doesn’t have much to do in the film. Big Disappointment! My rating – * ½ out of 5! LINK

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  • 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 and excitement that was generated but at the same time, a section of filmgoers had their apprehensions which were justified in many ways. Many of these fears stemmed from the Ra.One debacle, which was also VFX-laden but failed to impress audiences. Thankfully, Krrish 3 is no Ra.One! It has its share of blemishes, but its positives tremendously outweigh the negatives! The story of the movie: Krishna (Hrithik Roshan) is happily

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  • 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 Well, it’s fine. background music is good. Jackie Shroff dialog Jackie looks good. Tricks are also good. Kid look annoying by the way. Aamir Khan entry Amazing, Rohit Shetty who? This scene has surpassed all Rohit Shetty flying scenes. Aamir Khan with no expressions He is looking too serious in this. I think he doesn’t know he will land safely or not. Yash Raj logo Great, Shukar hai ke wo

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  • (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 ensured that the entire hacking business was put forward in a simple and efficient manner. Nevertheless, he keeps viewers engaged from start to finish. Manish Paul, as expected, does an extremely confident debut but the real surprise of the film is Varun Badola! What an actor man! Elli Avram is decent and is quite sizzling while Manish Chaudhary is effortless. Puja Gupta (who played the neighbor in Vicky Donor) leaves

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  • 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 enough to even waive off his fees for cause of the poor. And he was killed. We don’t come across such great men every now and then. No wonder this was a sensitive story but a story waiting to be told. Hansal Mehta took the challenge and thankfully, treated it beautifully. In other words, Shahid is a must watch film that should not be missed! The story of the movie:

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  • 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 a ball but at the same time, I wondered if the makers have revealed a bit too much, since the basic storyline was very much out from the promos. Thankfully, I was wrong! Boss has lots to offer than what is revealed in the trailers! And another great thing about the film – one enjoys the ‘beech mein naa bol’, ‘boss is always right’ moments even more despite seen it

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  • (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 AVATAR. But the only 2 actors too take the film many notches higher. George Clooney as always is very adorable. Sandra Bullock kills it with her mindblowing act. Watching it on the giant IMAX screen was an experience in itself and I would recommend you to the same, if possible. My rating-**** ½ out of 5! LINK

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  • 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 where one should not expect much. And sure enough, Besharam is fun-filled timepass ride. It is nothing extraordinary and has quite a few loopholes. But the funny moments, characters and performances ensure that audience get their money’s worth! The story of the movie: Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) is an orphan based in Delhi. He is a car mechanic but doesn’t shy away from stealing cars. He falls for Tara (Pallavi Sharda)

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  • ‘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 every single “shameless” thing a Bollywood flick safely can, presumably because it has an A-list star. This is a film in which the hero is a self-confessed luchcha-lafanga: remember that phrase? The kind of thing that the villain used to do— be an illiterate lout, crack cheap jokes, harass the heroine, and pull at his crotch whenever possible — is now down to our hero. Not discreetly, that would be

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  • 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 to the Oscars. For a section of audiences and industrywallahs, it was a big blow as they wanted The Lunchbox to get selected. Almost 99% of these hadn’t seen The Good Road and yet came heavily down on it. Naturally, the curiosity for The Good Road went on an all time high, at least with me and I decided to watch it on an immediate basis! And very sadly, it

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  • 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 reaches the wrong mouth’! Unfortunately, dabbawalas are also humans and at times, they do err (we have had a personal experience). And director Ritesh Batra choses to tell one such tale that changes lives, with his debut venture The Lunchbox. And as expected, this is one brilliant film! The story of the movie: Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) is a lonely widower who works in the Claims department. Ila (Nimrat Kaur)

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  • 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 side and raises tons of laughs in Phata Poster Nikhla Hero! And that is enough reason to watch this comic caper despite the fact that it has glitches. The story of the movie: Savitri (Padmini Kolhapure) lives in a small village and works as a rickshaw driver. Her lifelong dream is to see her son Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) as a police officer. But Vishwas dreams to be an actor.

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  • 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 films too. Hence, a film like Grand Masti comes at an appropriate time. The intentions of the makers were clear enough from the theatrical trailer (one of the most talked-about promo in recent time for sure) itself. And expectedly, the film is abound with naughty jokes, below the belt humour and titillating visuals. Sadly, the loose ends are there too but Indra Kumar’s execution saves the day! The story of

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  • 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 very well and very convincingly and despite the loose ends, Shuddh Desi Romance is a fairly entertaining ride! The story of the movie: Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) is based in Jaipur who is primarily a tourist guide. But he also doubles up as a ‘paid baraati’ for Goyal (Rishi Kapoor) as and when required. He comes across two wonderful ladies at different points in his life – Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra)

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  • 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, one expects a film titled Satyagraha, directed by Prakash Jha and inspired from the very popular Anna Hazare movement to make the most tremendous impact. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Satyagraha is strictly an average fare and riddled with avoidable goofs. The story of the movie: Dwarka Anand (Amitabh Bachchan) is an honest, righteous school principal who lives with his son Akhilesh (Indraneil Sengupta) and daughter-in-law Sumitra (Amrita Rao) in

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  • 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 up from audiences and many such films have succeeded commercially at the box office. Madras Cafe, featuring John Abraham as the actor and producer, too belongs to this genre. At the face of it, it’s a political spy thriller-cum-action drama. But it doesn’t boast of the typical ‘commercial’ elements and it clearly does not conform to the unwritten rules that film after film is bound to adhere to. In short,

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  • (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 know what happens next. Film goes on a high in the climax while the final scene is brilliant. I was really hoping that this film would finally scare the daylights out of me and that I won’t be able to sleep at night for a couple of days at least! Well, that didn’t happen. However, this was scariest out of all the horror films I have seen and does give

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