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MAMI Film Festival – Day 8

Day 1, 2 & 4 are here Day 5, 6, 7 are here DAY 8 Bekas – The best film at MAMI for me. Two brothers in Kurdistan, Iraq, orphaned (Bekas means ‘orphan / without parents’), poor but with an innocence not yet ravaged by the harsh realities of life. Both kids get by with [...]

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MAMI film festival – Day 5, 6, 7

(MAMI Days 1, 2 & 4 are here) DAY 5 – All About Eve This took me back to those teenage days when TNT brought in a personal revolution in my life. Always a lover of old-world charm and all things ancient, Hollywood movies of the 30s and 40s were a dream world. The etiquette, [...]

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MAMI film festival Day 1, 2, 4

I’ve spent many days and quite a few nights dreaming of MAMI. Maybe it was from the guilt of not having written anything about it. Or maybe from withdrawal symptoms. MAMI was hardly an experience as it was meant to be, both due to the selection of films as well as personal constraints, yet it [...]

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‘Before Midnight’ – Does love endure all?

What happens to love at midnight? Does it disappear like Cinderella as the gong strikes 12? Or transforms like Shrek into everlasting love? What happens to love as it ages anyways? We grope, we fumble, we curse, we scream, we don’t understand but we give in. To the magic or trickery as you might call [...]

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Blue Is The Warmest Color – emotionally draining or hot and boring?

I watched BITWC at MAMI and not without fighting a few battles for it. It included doing a town-to-Andheri trip in rush hour traffic, giving up watching ‘The Past’ after much deliberation, and other such sundry mad-hatter-ness over-enthu cuts are usually prone to. I had bought the hype completely and the third, on–request screening at [...]

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The Lunchbox – cinema that nourishes

Cinema is a big lie. Loneliness isn’t as poetic as it pretends to be on celluloid. And nostalgia is a double-edged sword, its pain bitter-sweet but pain after all. Not many have the courage to show it as it is and we keep buying those lies, keeping the pretence going. Good things happen to good [...]

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The World Before Her – The more things change, the more they remain the same

We love living in extremes. Grey areas aren’t appealing because they force us to think. They are meant for individual assessment whereas black and white are fit for mass consumption. So we’ve draped ourselves with stark definitions of tradition and modernity and live a bipolar existence, merrily swinging between both. Sometimes, we find solace in [...]

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Celluloid Man – 100 years of losses and gains

“Pain is temporary, film is forever” – Michael J. Fox Unfortunately, it is not. And neither are memories, both die, if not carefully preserved. Without memories, the past is a blank slate, existing in a space where we cannot touch it. Without a past we are a blank slate, forever trapped in a present that [...]

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What’s happened to love in movies today? or दिल-ए-नादाँ तुझे हुआ क्या है?

Insights don’t owe the source anything. Neither is observation obligated to its genesis. So while watching Aashiqui-2, when my mind began wandering with a momentum that had nothing to do with the emotional quotient of the film, it was time to set pen to paper. Or well, keyboard to MSWord. Why rein in a capricious [...]

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Aashiqui 2 – Film Review

PRODUCER – Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Bhatt, Krishan Kumar DIRECTOR – Mohit Suri WRITER – Shagufta Rafiqui CAST – Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Mahesh Thakur MUSIC – Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly, Ankit Tiwari Passionate love stories will never stop capturing the imaginations of Bollywood. If it isn’t re- inventing legendary romances, it is busy creating teeny [...]

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Ek Thi Daayan – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ekta Kapoor, Gaurav Dohru, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj DIRECTOR – Kannan Iyer WRITER – Mukul Sharma, Vishal Bhardwaj CAST – Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi MUSIC – Vishal Bharadwaj Set in the parallel world of witchcraft and wizardry, the film ‘EK Thi Daayan’ spins a yarn of magic, black, [...]

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Commando – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Vipul Shah DIRECTOR – Dilip Ghosh WRITER – Riteish Shah CAST – Vidyut Jamwal, Pooja Chopra, Jaideep Ahlawat MUSIC – Mannan Shah In the age of dumb comedies and South style masala remakes, comes a good old, hardcore action film with an equally traditional good-vs-evil, one-man army setup. Commando Karnaveer Dogra (Vidyut Jamwal) [...]

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Nautanki Saala! – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ramesh Sippy, Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Roopa De Chaudhury DIRECTOR – Rohan Sippy WRITER – Nipun Dharmadhikari, Rohan Sippy, Charu Dutt Acharya (adapted from the adapted from French comedy ‘Apres Vous’) CAST – Ayushmann Khurana, Kunal Roy Kapur, Pooja Salvi, Gaelyn Mendonca, Evelyn Sharma MUSIC – Mikey McCleary, Falak Shabbir, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak [...]

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Chashme Baddoor – Movie Review

FILM – Chashme Baddoor PRODUCER – Viacom 18 Motion Pictures DIRECTOR – David Dhawan WRITER – Sai Paranjpe (original), Renuka Kunzru & David Dhawan (adapted), Sajid – Farhad (dialogues) CAST – Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Taapsee Pannu, Divyendu Sharma MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid There is something valiant about David Dhawan’s attempt to infuse his brand of ‘cool’ [...]

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Himmatwala – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Vashu Bhagnani, Siddharth Roy Kapur DIRECTOR – Sajid Khan WRITER – Sajid Khan, Sajid 1, Farhad MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid CAST – Ajay Devgn, Tamannaah Bhatia, Paresh Rawal, Mahesh Manjrekar, Zarina Wahab With a grandiloquent poster of a macho Ajay Devgn taming a tiger, Sajid Khan proclaimed that the 80’s were back. For many [...]

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Zilla Ghaziabad – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Vinod Bachchan DIRECTOR – Anand Kumar WRITER – Vinay Sharma CAST – Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Oberoi, Ravi Kishan, Sunil Grover, Paresh Rawal, Minissha Lamba, Chandrachur Singh, Charmy Kaur MUSIC – Amjad Bagadba, Nadeem Khan, Bappa Lahiri Mayhem, chaos and bloody rivalry are on loose. Zilla Ghaziabad is under siege due to [...]

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Sona Spa – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Madan Paliwal DIRECTOR – Makarand Deshpande WRITER – Makarand Deshpande CAST – Naseeruddin Shah, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Ahana Kumrah, Shruti Vyas MUSIC – Shamir Tandon, Shailendra Barve The world of sleep is said to be our conduit to the other world. It is also said to be our recharge button for this world. Our [...]

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Rangrezz – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Vashu Bhagnani DIRECTOR – Priyadarshan WRITER – Mushtaq Shiekh (Screenplay), Samuthirakani (Story) CAST – Jackky Bhagnani, Amitosh Nagpal, Vijay Verma, Priya Anand MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid, Sundar C Babu Priyadarshan’s films are a world of their own. Like Prakash Jha and Madhur Bhandarkar, his movies too have a stamp that over the years has [...]

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Aatma – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak DIRECTOR – Suparn Verma WRITER – Suparn Verma, (Screenplay & Dialogues), Sudarshana Dwivedi (Dialogues) CAST – Bipasha Basu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Doyel Dhawan, Shernaz Patel, Tilottama Shome MUSIC – Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur The aqua blue graphic novel-like posters alerted us to feel it around us. ‘Aatma’, the Bipasha-Basu-Nawazuddin [...]

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Mere Dad ki Maruti – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ashish Patil DIRECTOR – Ashima Chibber WRITER – Neeraj Udwani (Story), Neeraj Udwani, Pooja Desai, Ashima Chibber (Screenplay), Ishita Moitra (Dialogues) CAST – Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty, Prabal Punjabi, Ram Kapoor, Ravi Kissen MUSIC – Sachin Gupta Sameer (Saqeeb Saleem) is a no-good college-going youth. Carefree and careless, he is the target of [...]

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Jolly LLB – Film Review

PRODUCER – Fox Star Studios DIRECTOR – Subhash Kapoor WRITER – Subhash Kapoor CAST – Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, Manoj Pahwa, Mohan Kapoor MUSIC – Krsna Our Indian judicial system offers on a ready drama for storytellers to milk. We all know of the sluggish pace of hearings, cronyism that brings [...]

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SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHENGA – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ashok Pandey DIRECTOR – Anshul Sharma WRITER – Upesh Thapliyal, Vijay Manral CAST – Sanjay Mishra, Vishwa Mohan Badola, Pragati Pandey, Zakir Hussain, Ranjan Chabbra, Disha Pandey, Pramod Pathak, Paritosh Sand MUSIC – Manish J. Tipu Saare Jahaan Se Mehenga, as the name suggests, is about that devil of rising prices that never [...]

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Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Rahul Mittra, Tigmanshu Dhulia DIRECTOR –Tigmanshu Dhulia WRITER –Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kamlesh Pandey CAST –Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill, Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Raj Babbar MUSIC –Sandeep Chowta Among the many senseless ‘sequels’ Bollywood churns up here comes one that is a sequel in the true sense and doesn’t simply ride on the brand [...]

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Attacks of 26/11 – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Parag Sanghavi DIRECTOR – Ram Gopal Varma WRITER – Ram Gopal Varma, Rommel Rodrigues CAST – Nana Patekar, Sanjeev Jaiswal, Atul Kulkarni, Ganesh Yadav, Saad Orhan, Ravi Kale, Asif Basra MUSIC – Rooshin Dalal, Amar Mohile, Vishal R Khosla, Sushil R Khosla, Mohan Khan For an event that shook our nation’s conscience by [...]

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The love for “Midnight in Paris” is our own love for the past

Perhaps the most beautiful emotion to feel and soak in, besides love, is nostalgia, humankind’s singular tool to change the past, otherwise believed to be unchangeable. It is our very own time-travel device that takes us to places that never were but have become because of the way we choose to remember them. Present is [...]

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Silver Linings Playbooks – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti DIRECTOR – David O. Russell WRITER – David O. Russell (Screenplay), Matthew Quick (based on his novel CAST – Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker MUSIC – Danny Elfman Sometimes films tell us more about ourselves than we know. It’s not as much as [...]

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Kai Po Che – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur DIRECTOR – Abhishek Kapoor WRITER – Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat, Pubali Chaudhuri, Supratik Sen CAST – Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amrita Puri MUSIC –Amit Trivedi This is not the first time the permanently-in-story-draught Bollywood has looked to Chetan Bhagat for ensured success. There was [...]

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Murder 3 – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt DIRECTOR – Vishesh Bhatt WRITER – Based on ‘The Hidden Fac’ written by Andrés Baiz (screenplay), Arturo Infante & Hatem Khraiche, Sanjay Masoom (Dialogue) CAST – Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren/Mona Laizza, Rajesh Shringapure MUSIC – Pritam Chakraborty, Anupam Amod, Roxen Band Apparently, Murder-3 is an official [...]

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Jayantabhai ki Love Story – Movie Review

FILM – Jayantabhai ki Love Story PRODUCER – Kumar S Taurani DIRECTOR – Vinnil Markan WRITER – Kiran Kotrial CAST – Vivek Oberoi, Neha Sharma, Nasser, Shishir Sharma MUSIC – Sachin, Jigar, Kiran Kamath Love stories and bhaigiri is a ticklishly sweet combo. Bhais= cold, cruel, crude. Love=sweet, soft, lofty. Where’s the connect, we may [...]

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ABCD (Anybody Can Dance) – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala DIRECTOR – Remo D’Souza WRITER – Tushar Hiranandani (Screenplay), Amit Aryan & Mayur Puri (Dialogues) CAST – Kay Kay Menon, Prabhu Dheva, Salman Yusuf Khan, Lauren Gottlieb, Prince Gupta, Dharmesh Yelande, Mayuresh Wadkar, Vrushali Chavan, Ganesh Acharya, MUSIC – Sachin-Jigar On first glance it seems like a desi [...]

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Listen Amaya – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ashok Sawhny, Thomas Kurian & Rajiv Malhotra (co-producer) DIRECTOR – Avinash Kumar Singh WRITER – Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh (screenplay and dialogues), Vikas Chandra (additional dialogue) CAST – Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Swara Bhaskar MUSIC – Indraneel Hariharan ‘Listen Amaya’ must be an exciting prospect for lover’s of that time in [...]

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David – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ram Mirchandani, Bejoy Nambiar, Priti SinhA,Vikram Vinay SinhA, Sharada Trilok DIRECTOR – Bejoy Nambiar WRITER – Bejoy Nambiar, Natasha Sahgal CAST – ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vinay Virmani, Tabu, Isha Sharvani MUSIC – Maati Baani, Bramfatura, Remo Fernandes, Modern Mafia, Prashant Pillai, Anirudh Ravichander Bejoy Nambiar burst onto the scene in 2010 [...]

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Midnight’s Children – Movie Review

PRODUCER – David Hamilton DIRECTOR – Deepa Mehta WRITER – Salman Rushdie (Adapted from his book of the same name) CAST – Satya Bhabha, Siddharth, Shriya Saran, Rajat Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shahana Goswami, Ronit Roy, Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose, Soha Ali Khan, Seema Biswas, Khulbhushan Kharbanda MUSIC – Nitin Sawhney If you’ve read the book, [...]

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Special 26 – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Shital Bhatia, Kumar Mangat Pathak DIRECTOR – Neeraj Pandey WRITER – Neeraj Pandey CAST – Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill, Kishore Kadam MUSIC – M.M. Kareem, Himesh Reshammiya Suspense thrillers, especially of the cop-n-thief chase variety, are fun. The heady chase, the intriguing whos, whens and whys, and the nail-biting [...]

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Vishwaroop – Movie Review

PRODUCER – DIRECTOR – Kamal Hassan WRITER – Kamal Hassan CAST – Kamal Hassan, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat MUSIC – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy The films of Kamal Hassan especially the ones directed by him, come riding on wide ambition and a scale that is always pushing the boundaries. Much like the actor’s approach [...]

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AkaashVani – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak DIRECTOR – Luv Ranjan WRITER – Luv Ranjan MUSIC – Hitesh Sonik CAST – Kartik Tiwari, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh Nijjar, Sana Shaikh There are myriad shades of love, romance and relationships to explore and while Bollywood is happy running around a few superficial trees, Luv Runjan’s AkaashVani [...]

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Race-2 – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Kumar S Taurani, Ramesh S Taurani, Ronnie Screwvala DIRECTOR – Mustan Burmawalla, Abbas Burmawalla WRITER – Shiraz Ahmed CAST – Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel MUSIC – Pritam A sequel is something that takes the first part onward. But then when has Bollywood ever understood [...]

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Inkaar – Movie review

PRODUCER – Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Tipping Point Films DIRECTOR – Sudhir Mishra WRITER – Manoj Tyagi CAST – Arjun Rampal, Chitrangda Singh, Deepti Naval, Vipin Sharma MUSIC – Shantanu Moitra What happens when a strong, socially relevant theme is dipped in glamour with its motivations set in thrilling rather than engaging with the subject? [...]

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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola – Movie Review

FILM – Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola PRODUCER – Vishal Bhardwaj, Kumar Mangat Pathak DIRECTOR – Vishal Bhardwaj WRITER – Abhishek Chaubey (Screenplay), Vishal Bhardwaj (Screenplay, Story & Dialogues) CAST – Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Aarya Babbar MUSIC – Vishal Bhardwaj The name gives you an indication. Strange-sounding, un-heard of and [...]

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Gangster Squad – Movie Review

FILM – Gangster Squad PRODUCER – Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross DIRECTOR – Ruben Fleischer WRITER – Will Beall (Screenplay), (Based on “Tales from the Gangster Squad” by Paul Lieberman) CAST – Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Anthony Mackie MUSIC – Steve Jablonsky Los Angeles of the 50’s is [...]

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Rajdhani Express – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Ritika Kohli, Rajesh Patel, Manoj Kejriwal DIRECTOR – Ashok Kohli WRITER – Ashok Kohli CAST – Leander Paes, Jimmy Shergill, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sudhanshu Pandey, Puja Bose, Sayali Bhagat, Gulshan Grover and Mukesh Rishi MUSIC – Lahu Yadav and Ritesh Nalini We have seen a lot of multiple stories in non-linear narratives. So much [...]

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Table No. 21 – Film Review

PRODUCER – Vicky Rajani, Sunil Lulla DIRECTOR – Aditya Datt WRITER – Sheershak Anand, Shantanu Ray Chhibber, Aditya Datt, Abhijit Deshpande CAST – Paresh Rawal, Tena Desae, Rajeev Khandelwal A suspense thriller with a social theme – that is Table No 21. Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya (Teena Desae), a young couple, win a holiday [...]

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The Impossible – Film Review

PRODUCER – Álvaro Augustin, Belen Atienza, Enrique López Lavigne DIRECTOR – J.A. Bayona WRITER – Sergio G. Sánchez CAST – Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland MUSIC – Fernando Velázquez The Impossible is the true story of a family that survived the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. It is a tale of grit, survival, [...]

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Hansa – Movie Review

FILM – Hansa PRODUCER – Manav Kaul DIRECTOR – Manav Kaul WRITER – Manav Kaul CAST – Trimala Adhikari, Suraj Negi, Kumud Mishra, Asish Kumar Up in the hills, away from the raging materialism of the bustling cities life is slower, simpler and seemingly less complicated. But human aspirations, irrespective of our locations are universal. [...]

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Chinese Zodiac – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong, Barbie Tung DIRECTOR – Jackie Chan WRITER – Jackie Chan CAST – Jackie Chan, Kwon Sang-woo, Liao Fan, Yao Xing Tong, Zhang Lan Xin, Laura Weissbecker MUSIC – Roc Chen, Nathan Wang The affable, almost clownish, dare-devil treasure hunter Asian Hawk is back. Jackie Chan reprises his much-loved role [...]

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Dabangg 2 – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan DIRECTOR – Arbaaz Khan WRITER – Dilip Shukla CAST – Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid What do you call a film trying hard to be exactly like its prequel? Cashing in on established brands is a popular and safe business [...]

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Rise of the Guardians – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Christina Steinberg, Nancy Bernstein DIRECTOR – Peter Ramsey WRITER – David Lindsay-Abaire (Screenplay) Based on the book “The Guardians of Childhood” William Joyce VOICE CAST – Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law MUSIC – Alexander Desplat Evil exists, always has and always will. What doesn’t need to, is our [...]

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The Hobbit – The Unexpected Journey – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, DIRECTOR – Peter Jackson WRITER – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro (Based on the book, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien) CAST – Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo [...]

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Myoho – Movie Review

PRODUCER – Chetan Vohra DIRECTOR – Ranjan Shandilya WRITER – Ranjan Shandilya CAST – Kanwaljit Singh, Yashpal Sharma, Malay Chakrabarty, Brijendra Kala MUSIC – Runa Rizvi In divisive and obstinately communal times like ours chest-beating and preachy philosophies hold no appeal. Hence, writer-director Ranjan Shandilya takes the action-reaction discourse of karma and lays out the [...]

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The Last Act- Movie Review

FILM – The Last Act PRODUCER – Large Short Films DIRECTOR – Asmit Pathare, Nitin Bhardwaj, Tathagata Singha, Nijo – Rohit, Tejas Joshi, Jagannathan Krishnan, Kabir Chowdhry, Nitye Sood, Varun Chowdhury, Anurag Goswami, Rohin V, Himanshu Tyagi WRITER – Asmit Pathare, Nitin Bhardwaj, Tathagata Singha, Nijo – Rohit, Tejas Joshi, Jagannathan Krishnan, Kabir Chowdhry, Nitye [...]

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