In Conversation with Actor Manoj Bakshi: “Not Much apart from your performance is under your control in a film”

Actor Manoj Bakshi, who is slowly learning the  tricks of the trade in Bollywood after a stupendous stint on the stage and in TV spoke to MAM recently. Read on.Continue reading “In Conversation with Actor Manoj Bakshi: “Not Much apart from your performance is under your control in a film””

MAM is now 2 Years ‘Young’: The Journey Continues

Last year around the same time when I was sitting down and penning down my thoughts on the recap of MAM’s 1st year, everything looked so nostalgic. The nostalgia still remains 2 years into the journey, but there’s also the eagerness to move forward and to branch out into frontiers not yet fully explored.Continue reading “MAM is now 2 Years ‘Young’: The Journey Continues”

The Worst of Bollywood: 2012

Frankly, this is one article I look forward to writing each year. It takes a great deal of patience and hard research to compile this list, but in the end it’s all worth it. Just in case you are wondering, a few Hall of Famers do not qualify. That includes RGV and other Jokers. They transcend all such lists. Hope you enjoy reading about the others, as I have enjoyed writing about them.

Kachche Players

Abbas-Mustan, who have made a career out of borrowing from Hollywood, make their first ‘official’ remake – of The Italian Job. The budget seems to be in place, but the execution is crappy. A bunch of bad actors, who keep calling each other “Player” to justify the film’s title, combine their individual expertise to rob a moving train. This movie is a prime example of why Indian thrillers are ages behind their Hollywood counterparts.


Although there is no ranking, I would rate this one as the worst of the lot. In the limited space provided, I wonder if I’ll be able to do sufficient injustice to it. To begin with, the story itself is flawed. In the first scene, the villain kills the hero’s father. In the last scene the hero avenges his death. He does this single-handedly and without any special aid. Then why was the rest of the movie made? Horrible, hammy performances grate on the nerves and script inconsistencies, make you, the viewer, look like a fool. I barely liked the original Agneepath, but this one gives commercial cinema a bad name.
Interesting, this film also revealed the hypocrisy of our Health Ministry in one stoke. Whenever, Katrina Kaif smoked during the Chikni Chameli song, there was a statutory warning at the bottom of the screen. No such caveat when Sanjay Dutt merrily puffed away a chillum in the same song.

Jism Thoo

I can’t decide which is more funny, the preposterous story or the bad acting. In order to spy on a rogue police officer, his former lover is ensnared. Another officer on the trail and the lover hire an apartment bang opposite where the rogue is staying hoping he will notice. He doesn’t. So finally, the lover has to walk up to his door and knock. Sheesh. The story is just an excuse to ‘show’-case Sunny Leone. But audiences have already seen more of her in her earlier, errr, features. An early Pooja Bhatt shows no signs of being an early Mahesh Bhatt.

Weak Tha Tiger

The mindless Salman Khan entertainer attempts to do something intelligent and fails. Primarily because then Salman does not fit the bill. A RAW agent falls for an ISI agent and they plan to elope and settle in marital bliss. Sounds like an interesting premise, but the film is far from it. Totally unimaginative and boring. Hard to believe this is coming from the director of Kabul Express.

Bore Bachchan

Bol Bachchan ke actors…..characters!
Bol Bachchan ki story…….chori!
After using the title for three films, Rohit Shetty finally decides to use Golmaal’s premise as well. The trouble is both Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan are bad at slapstick. In recent memory, Anil Kapoor has already used the faulty English routine in Tashan to disastrous effect. Why repeat that silly formula again? OK, I did smile a couple of times but that’s about it.

Raaz Cheee
Another lame attempt by Vikram Bhatt to scare you. This one is so bad I don’t even think it’s a copy. Bollywood horror films are stuck in a rut using same old themes of vengeful spirits. Why, one of them even enticed Aamir Khan this year.

Son of Sardard
This is a remake of a Telugu film, Maryada Ramanna which itself borrows its story from Our Hospitality, a Buster Keaton classic. While the mindless Salman Khan film provided bang for the buck early on, the Ajay Devgan counterpart has already run out of steam. And Sonakshi Sinha better contemplate a career more meaty than acting as the foil in most of them. This one also has the worst choreographed action scenes of the year.

Kab Tak Hai Yawn
8 years ago, Yash Chopra announced his retirement with Veer-Zaara and I was saddened. A brilliant career had come to an end with a whimper. So when he came out of retirement (they all do) for JTHJ, my hopes were up again, and were dashed with equal force. This is a bad, bad movie. And the de facto retirement will ensure that this remains the swan song. Shah Rukh Khan does odd jobs in London where he falls for Katrina. Due to reasons too childish to explain, he has to abandon her and return to India where he becomes a bomb disposal expert. A job he presumably found on naukri.dom. Enter Anushka Sharma, still bubbly hence annoying as the documentary film maker making a film on our bomb disposer. Circumstances lead him back to London and then, the ultimate film cliché…a convenient memory loss. If it’s a YashRaj film, SRK will be SRK. Be it anyone’s film, Katrina will be Katrina. Her lips will move, eyes blink alone and neck won’ tilt at all. That’s her acting for you. But the No. 1 disappointment – the Gulzar / A. R. Rahman combination does not give you a single song worth remembering.

DaJunk 2
For me, the year ended with this monstrosity of a movie. Critics often dismiss bad movies saying that it has no story to speak off. It has never been truer than it is for this one. Just stock chracters – hero, heroine, villain, supporting characters, an item girl and their interplay. Plenty of effete action and dumb comedy. After watching this, if you are still a Salman Khan fan, all I can say is…his 100 crore plus career has a bright future.

In Conversation With Namrata Rao: I was scared before meeting Aditya Chopra for the first time


Other than Vidya Balan, there’s another girl who is responsible for the super success of the latest toast of Bollywood – Kahaani, its editor; at least that is what director Sujoy Ghosh has been telling everyone at every given opportunity.Continue reading “In Conversation With Namrata Rao: I was scared before meeting Aditya Chopra for the first time”

Disappointing Films of 2012

As the year passes by, every film buff likes to look back on the films that gave him/her a sheer viewing pleasure and made for a memorable movie watching experience. And then, there are films which also cause nothing but sheer disappointment, heartbreak and anguish, mainly due to the expectations that were attached to these films.

In this post I look back at some of the films that I personally found to be disappointing this year. So in case if you find one of your favorite films to be in the list, kindly mujhe maaf karna 🙂Continue reading “Disappointing Films of 2012”

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Movie Review: A Tale of Eternal Romance in the old fashioned Yash Chopra Way

Teri aankhon ki namkeen mastiyaan
Teri hansi ki beparwah gustaakhiyaan
Teri zulfon ki lehraati angdaaiyaan
Nahin bholoounga main
Jab tak hai jaan, Jab tak hai jaan

A Yash Chopra film has always been special and has held a special appeal of sorts over the years. After making films of various genres, in the last 2 decades the veteran filmmaker for reasons known best to him went on to focus on making romantic tales told in his own characteristic fashion. And time and again he made us fall in love.Continue reading “Jab Tak Hai Jaan Movie Review: A Tale of Eternal Romance in the old fashioned Yash Chopra Way”

Dil To Pagal Hai- Old Love in New Bottle

“Someone somewhere is made for you” promised Madhuri in the brilliantly done opening credits of Dil Toh Pagal Hai. I believed in her, still do. The spell that was cast in 1997 in the dark theatre in Bhubaneswar, refuses to wear off till date. So does the freshness of this Yash Chopra directed love triangle that gave Bollywood love a new definition and a makeover.

Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), came at a time when Bollywood was undergoing a sea change. A churn was on in the way films were made, the way they were received and the people who were watching it. DTPH is perhaps the best example of how mainstream Hindi cinema blended to manage new tastes while still not alienating traditional likes.Continue reading “Dil To Pagal Hai- Old Love in New Bottle”

Neela Aasman So Gaya: A Humble Tribute to Yash Chopra

2012 has been a mixed year for me, I must admit. Among all the things that I expected to do this year, writing this post was certainly not something I had in mind. With less than a month to go for the release of Jab Tak Hai Jaan the only thing on mind was the film and the review that I would go on to write.Continue reading “Neela Aasman So Gaya: A Humble Tribute to Yash Chopra”

Wait For Rahman "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" Music Review

Alright, so we have Yash Chopra, AR Rahman, Gulzar and all the biggest names of bollywood coming together to make a film, where Yash Chopra himself has said earlier that songs are the highlights of his films. So expectations from the music surpass the expectations from the film automatically, at-least as far as I am concerned. Because I feel the hilariously schmaltzy Veer-Zaara and awkwardly cheesy Dil To Paagal Hai, doesn’t matter how poor those films were, still, featured astounding music.Continue reading “Wait For Rahman "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" Music Review”