Kangana Ranaut, Varun Dhawan, Shekhar Kap​​​​​​​​​​​​ur, Vivek Oberoi, Mini Mathur, Shrishti Behl and many others present together at the Cinema Summit

Renowned filmmakers, marketers and distributors all gathered today sharing their insights on the future of cinema at the first e​​​​​​​​​​ver Jagran Cinema Summit held at JW Marriott, Juhu.  The event kick started with the opening ceremony where Shekhar Kapur, Kangana Ranaut, Vinod Srivastava, Sr. General Manager – Strategy and Brand Development – Jagran Prakashan Ltd. and Ajay Brahmatmaj inaugurated with light lamping ceremony followed by key note speech from director Shekhar Kapur where he addressed to the new-age filmmakers to be storytellers utilizing digital platforms available today.Continue reading “Kangana Ranaut, Varun Dhawan, Shekhar Kap​​​​​​​​​​​​ur, Vivek Oberoi, Mini Mathur, Shrishti Behl and many others present together at the Cinema Summit”

Housefull 3 Movie Review : Jaundice Better Or Typhoid?

Housefull-31-2016-Official-HD-PosterWhat do you really expect when you walk in to a theater to watch a film like Housefull 3? If you have been aware of the previous two films of the franchise, then obviously, you will expect the silly and the dumb to play out in equal proportions, right? If you have not, then it might be nightmarish. But then Housefull is a genre film, created by Sajid Khan, who helmed the reins of previous two films as well. However, in this one, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has handed over the command to Sajid – Farhad, who have written many films for Rohit Shetty and directed the 2014 disaster, Entertainment. No big hopes, there! In my honest opinion, Housefull was a decent watch but Housefull 2 got excruciating. That apart, when the franchise is sort of successful and into its third film, one cannot continue complaining about the genre of it all. Yes, Housefull films rest on wafer-thin plots, lot of exaggerations, silly jokes, under-written female characters, cheap potshots on sensitive issues and a hell lot of caricature. But can they entertain? Because if they can, without crossing the line of humor of course, then the purpose is fulfilled. Intelligence may be insulted but the ticket price cannot be considered to have been completely wasted, no matter what you choose to believe.Continue reading “Housefull 3 Movie Review : Jaundice Better Or Typhoid?”

Happy New Year Movie Review: Nonsense Done Right

Farah Khan’s latest venture, Happy New Year, is out in theaters this weekend. And even if you are a plonked outcast lying in some run down part of any city in India, or a swanky tycoon flying around the world for business, you would have come across the obnoxiously omnipresent promotional wave of HNY. Much thanks to Farah’s unapologetic muse and the producer of the film, Shah Rukh Khan, and his army of men who have made sure that HNY becomes a household name, even before its release. The first promo did not create the waves SRK or Farah may have expected it to and neither did the subsequent songs, clumsily painting a lopsided picture of HNY. However, this did not stop their team to serenade all our senses with overdoses of publicity for HNY, so much so that it cooked a pretty smashing buzz for the film, whether good or bad, right before its release. Post Tees Maar Khan, has Farah been able to resurrect herself?Continue reading “Happy New Year Movie Review: Nonsense Done Right”

Happy New Year Movie Review: Steal-Deal

This movie was fun. Guys, wait. Before you start throwing oranges, and bananas, and eggs at me, let me brief it up. I did not like its occasionally serious use of clichés. I did not like its sappy melodrama, and I did not, for the life of me, liked a good part of the song and dance sequences. Parts of them were quite a spectacle, sure, but mostly songs and dances in a movie requiring dance sequences were bland and, unnecessary, at most, and hindering, at-least.Continue reading “Happy New Year Movie Review: Steal-Deal”

Happy New Year Movie Review: Get Ready for the Party Folks

That all eyes have been focusing on Farah Khan’s Happy New Year is no exaggeration by any standard. After all be it her back to back successes with Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om, both with Shah Rukh Khan, her first failure in the form of Tees Maar Khan, her subsequent fall out and later patch up with SRK, Farah and her movies have always been in the news. Needless to say it was but natural that people would be curious to know if Happy New Year could bring Farah Khan back to form and if her combination with SRK would turn out to be successful once again. And going by all the buzz right from the release of the first look posters, to the teaser, songs and the trailer, there was no doubt that Happy New Year (or HNY from hereon) would be closely scrutinized as the team geared up for a grand Diwali release.Continue reading “Happy New Year Movie Review: Get Ready for the Party Folks”

Humshakals Movie Review : The Joke’s on You, Sajid!

Humshakals PosterAll through the weekend, I have read atleast 4-5 reviews of Sajid Khan’s latest big budget summer film, Humshakals. Even the most sellout critics, or rather trade analysts, have ruthlessly panned it, painting it as a blustery, agonizingly mawkish film. Some may think that why do these people bother to go and watch his films when they are already expecting a steady quality decline. One answer to that is that reviewing Humshakals is like reviewing any other weekend release, a job for most critics. The other answer is that we voraciously look forward to Sajid’s film to pull out our knives and go scything at him, producing a hilarious piece for people to read and share on social networks. I have only one question to everyone – What did you go in expecting in a Sajid Khan film? You already knew Humshakals will serve the most puerile form of physical comedy, most of which may also not be as funny. Then why the mercurial tempers at having received exactly that. Here is where I tend to think that critics look forward to such opportunities, which is a little uncalled for. Continue reading “Humshakals Movie Review : The Joke’s on You, Sajid!”

The Worst Of Bollywood: 2013

The bigger your box office collection, the bigger your star power, the more chances you have of making it to this illustrious list. Of course you also need to have sucked enough for me to take notice.

So presenting in chronological order, to the tune of drumrolls, the Worst Bollywood Movies of 2013.

(Dimaag Ka) Rape 2

Draw four points – A, B, C and D. Now draw as many lines as possible between any two of them so that you have space for no more. If the four points represent Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez and the lines represent betrayal, you have the plot of Race 2. The focus entirely is on showing off swanky automobiles and other things in the manner of swanky.  A bad beginning for the year.Continue reading “The Worst Of Bollywood: 2013”

The 100 Crore Fatigue!

Chandan Cinema-Juhu playing Aatma and Rangrezz during Himmatwala's release week !!!

Post the release of Himmatwala, a film which I voraciously wrote about here, a welcome speculation has been born. On the Wednesday of its first week, many cinephiles shared a picture of the largely famous Chandan Cinema in Juhu, Mumbai where it showed that the theater was running 3 shows of Aatma and 2 shows of Rangrezz, both released a week earlier to Himmatwala.Continue reading “The 100 Crore Fatigue!”

Himmatwala: The Viewer That Is

Director: Sajid Khan

Rating: Not Applicable

If you have been following Sajid Khan’s early shows on television, you’ll remember him more as a film buff than as a filmmaker. He adores campy cinema and loves it when actors ham. All of us have guilty pleasures so that’s perfectly all right. But to convert them to a feature length film is stretching it. A few days ago, I revisited the Jeetendra version and thought I have seen the nadir. But Sajid Khan has just invented a world below this muck.Continue reading “Himmatwala: The Viewer That Is”