Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Scary demons of a bygone era

1/5 Imagine the following scenes, set in a mansion which looks like a cross between royal palace of the Mughals and a five star hotel, and the characters dressed in heavy jewelry, saris, lehengas, kurta payjamas and pagdis, with swords for accessories. The king and his sisters reunite, hug and make peace. The soon-to-be-queen ofContinue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Scary demons of a bygone era”

Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 : Double the bias, double the fun – This one ups the ante!

* * * 1/2 The best works of art are those which make no pretension of being impartial and free of bias. Hence, label this movie (like its predecessor) misogynistic but the makers open their line of attack with a full throttle and boy, they score again and how!  You may agree or disagree withContinue reading “Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 : Double the bias, double the fun – This one ups the ante!”

Masaan : Redemption, Art and Banaras

* * * * The darkest spots are often beneath the flame. Varanasi, Benaras or Kashi- the religious capital of India, the oldest living city of world, the home to Shiva might draw people from all over the world with the lure of nirvana, of witnessing a living museum of the times as old asContinue reading “Masaan : Redemption, Art and Banaras”

Bajrangi Bhaijaan ***1/2

Salman, Secularism and actually a ‘Story’, Rejoice! It was high time someone actually realized the potential of Bhai’s stardom, and made a better use of it than just making him do embarrassing moves and mouth silly lines in an incoherent apology of a story. Not that it stopped his fans from turning those movies intoContinue reading “Bajrangi Bhaijaan ***1/2”

Any Body Might Dance, but certainly not anybody (or everybody) can make a movie!

* * In what can be one of the most cruel comments for the makers of this movie, it reminds you disturbingly of that Farah Khan atrocity –Happy New Year, in many ways. Both the films are about an international dance championship, the protagonists are a bunch of losers out to win the competition toContinue reading “Any Body Might Dance, but certainly not anybody (or everybody) can make a movie!”

Dum Laga Ke Haishaa – * * * 1/2

Nostalgia and love, often intervened, are the two emotions which probably touch the deepest chords of our hearts. Yet, while it has been reasonably and excessively milking the latter for stories, Bollywood hasn’t really mastered the skill of evoking nostalgia on screen, often confusing it with period setting or a bland regressive imitation of theContinue reading “Dum Laga Ke Haishaa – * * * 1/2”

Tevar: Atrocity, not Attitude

*1/2 So the right wing felt offended by pk and called for a ban. Keeping aside the violent nature of those protests, I have a similar desire each time I come across such banalities which Bollywood tries to pass off as ‘masala’, ‘paisa-vasool’ etc. My sentiments get badly hurt – those of rationality and self-respect,Continue reading “Tevar: Atrocity, not Attitude”

Happy New Year, and all things wrong with Bollywood!

So as you read this, Farah Khan and SRK are probably laughing their way to the 100 crore club, shattering many records (highest first day collections, fastest 100 crores, widest release etc). In all probability it will create many more records, and add many a zeroes to the bank balance of the makers. Well, withoutContinue reading “Happy New Year, and all things wrong with Bollywood!”

Chennai Express : Masaala Mix turned bland!

* * ½ Rohit Shetty Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Niketan Dheer, Kamini Kaushal Masala Mix turned bland! For a nation known for its cultural, linguistic and all sorts of diversity, Bollywood has seldom explored the phenomenon for cinematic purposes. In that respect, Chennai Express (CE) can be called path breaking. But sadly, in every otherContinue reading “Chennai Express : Masaala Mix turned bland!”

Aurangzeb * * * ½

* * * 1/2 Yashraj Films Atul Sabharwal Rishi Kapoor, Prithviraj, Arjun Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Jackie Shroff, Deepti naval, Swara Bhaskar, Sasheh Agha, Sikander Kher, Anupam Kher Straight off the mark, Aurangzeb is an engaging experience, due to a number of reasons, the first being an impressive ensemble of talented and promising actors of yesteryearsContinue reading “Aurangzeb * * * ½”