Sanjay Dutt-Indra Kumar to join hands for Total Dhamaal sequel of comedy blockbuster Double Dhamaal

The ‘Munna Bhai’ of Bollywood is back inaction and offers are pouring in for Sanjay Dutt left, right and centre. In Magic Makers, an interactive show at fame that connects the makers of a film with fans, director Indra Kumar announced the third installment of the Dhamaal series with Bollywood’s most versatile actor, Sanjay Dutt. Indra said, “Many actors were keen to play the lead for the sequel of Double Dhamaal, but I was sure that if there is a sequel, then it will be with actor Sanjay Dutt only. I waited for over three years for him, and next year, I plan to direct Sanjay in the sequel which will definitely be a ‘Total Dhamaal’ for viewers and his fans.

The filmmaker is all set for the release of Great Grand Masti, which is expected to hit the silver screen on July 22.Indra who received bouquets and brickbats in equal measure for the thriller-comedy film, Masti, said, “While in India people appreciate Hollywood films like Hangover, I thought why not make a film in Bollywood along similar lines. In Bollywood, an adult-comedy film is considered as a taboo. It is high time people grow up and learn to appreciate good films irrespective of the genre.”

While Masti was not well-received by critics and many criticized the maker for the content of the film, Indra released Grand Masti after a hiatus of nine years. He said, “Post the release of Masti in 2004, I gave up on the idea of a sequel to the movie. However, one fine morning I woke up and realized that I was wrong and I should direct a sequel and that’s how Grand Masti was released in 2013.”

When quizzed on why actor Tusshar Kapoor, the co-producer of Great Grand Masti, was not considered for the upcoming film, he said, “There was no compulsion to cast him, and apart from Aftab, Vivek and Ritesh, there was no need for the fourth lead in the film.” Meanwhile, the director is already on the lookout for the right cast for the sequel to Dil, which he plans to direct along with his daughter, Shweta Kumar.

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Hathyar (1989) Hindi Movie: J.P.Dutta’s Underrated Tale Of Crime And Violence!

A little boy sits on a rocking horse while his father sings a lullaby to him. Soon the mother joins in and adoringly vows to not let her son go away from her sight. Their idyllic conversation is interrupted by the kid’s uncle who gifts him a toy gun, much against the father’s wishes. The uncle quips that the kid is brave and toys like these are what brave men should indulge themselves with. The father retorts “aaj kal sharafat ko hi kayarta kehte hain” (nowadays decency is what is mistaken for cowardice) and asks the kid to hand over the toy gun to him. But the kid is enthralled by it and refuses to hand it over. We then see shots of a rifle being loaded with bullets and as the person holding it takes aim, his face is revealed. The kid has now grown into a young man, but what has stayed with him is his fascination for the gun. It also hints that this obsession is going to last for a lifelong. This powerful scene marks the opening of J P Dutta’s Hathyar.

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PK: Hirani needs Sanju!

Note: When I refer to Raj Kumar Hirani (RKH), I equally refer to his partner in crime Abhijat Joshi.

Rather than the obvious disappointment or anger I have towards a bad movie, I was rather disgusted by PK. It is that movie whose every beat serves a purpose, a purpose of proving a point so obvious, a point so dumbed down, a point already proved last year at the cinemas. It doesn’t have a single moment, which is just out there without any ulterior motive.Continue reading “PK: Hirani needs Sanju!”

PK Movie Review: That’s how Hirani Rolls

After two Munna bhai movies and one 3 Idiots, one knows what to expect from a Rajkumar Hirani film. His cinema inhabits a world where good triumphs over evil without the need for bloodshed violence or even as much as a mother-sister gaali. Problems themselves are not urgent in nature, not in the literal sense, and yet these are existential issues that are tackled, issues that otherwise we overlook in our daily lives. It is this “slice of life” side to his cinema that touches hearts, despite the fact that a lot of his treatment is silly, farcical even.

PK falls in this universe of Hirani fair and square. It is far-fetched, laden with conveniences and liberties that are unpardonable otherwise in a movie. Yet at its core is Hirani magic at work- as he brings up a very poignant issue to the fore with the subtlety on he can conjure.Continue reading “PK Movie Review: That’s how Hirani Rolls”

PK Movie Review (2014): Plan Asinine From Outer Space

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Rating: *
While watching movies, I often wonder how the germ of the idea for the story came about. It must have started as a thought, and then more ideas added to it. Characters devised around which the story can revolve, scenes and situations imagined and finally dialogues put in. A similar thought struck me while enduring PK. The writers would no doubt have read about the spate of spiritual / religious babas going bust like dot com companies of late. So why not make a movie about it? The movie shall deliver a sucker punch to the concept of organized religion. But wait…hasn’t it already been done by Paresh Rawal in OMG: Oh My God and the play it is based upon? Hmmm, yes. But that’s where a human exposes the sham of blind faith. We shall bring a wholly original twist to it. Import an extra-terrestrial, throw him into the muck and let his naiveté bring out the God fraud.Continue reading “PK Movie Review (2014): Plan Asinine From Outer Space”

Ladies we Loved & Lost

‘Lost’ is a hyperbole. None of them have passed away. But we certainly lost them to a plethora of options available around us – options that are merely entertaining but are passed off as talent.

While the story holds true many deserving people in the Hindi film industry – actors and technicians alike – I just picked a few actresses who came into limelight during early 2000s. It was definitely the start of a change in Bollywood in terms of content and execution. The Kashyaps and Bharadwajs were beginning to find their ground and were looking for new faces as the old ones were too obsessed with their returns on investments.

Some of the fresh faces found lasted for more than a few films while others bit the dust too early. But sadly enough, none of them had the longevity in the industry, I thought they would. Here are my top 5 picks:Continue reading “Ladies we Loved & Lost”

Zanjeer Movie Review : Shamefulness abounds!

Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer. This is one hell of an unintentionally hilarious film. Sample this.

Priyanka Chopra in Zanjeer 20131. Every time Ram Charan’s take on the iconic character of Vijay Khanna goes out to beat some goons, they orchestrate a BG of ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’. Satyagraha much?

2. Vijay gets nightmares of horsemen and people with ‘scary looking’ knives reminding him constantly of a dreaded incident earlier in his life. Some Bhaag Milkha Bhaag? Also, it turns out the ‘dreaded incident’ never involved any horsemen.

3. Priyanka Chopra’s Mala is a police witness in a murder who is given a lot of money to go out and shop when her life is in danger. Also, when does get out of the house, she suddenly discovers an accent, considering she is coming from USA. Not only that, Vijay, who told her to shop, apparently freaks out at her roaming around free.

4. NRI girls from America come to India to dance on cheap innuendo laden songs at their friends weddings in India.Continue reading “Zanjeer Movie Review : Shamefulness abounds!”

Zanjeer (2013) Movie Review: A Legacy Blown to Dust

Zanjeer- Ram CharanDisclaimer– Before I go on to write anything about Zanjeer (2013) I should admit that I wanted to only view this film as a standalone film and not do any comparison whatsoever with the original iconic film made by Prakash Mehra way back in 1973. Continue reading “Zanjeer (2013) Movie Review: A Legacy Blown to Dust”

Zanjeer(2013 Hindi): Official Trailer

Zanjeer is one of the most successful films ever in Bollywood, which gave Bollywood  the Angry Young Man and one of India’s most recognized superstars, Amitabh Bachchan to us.The film earned around 6 crores way back in 1973. Zanjeer was remade in Malayalam as Naayattu with Action Star Jayan reprising the role of Big B,while Tamil Version had MGR, and Telugu version had N.T.R in lead role. Cops are the  flavour of the season with success of Dabbang,Rowdy Rathore and Singham and here’s another film aspiring for the same.Continue reading “Zanjeer(2013 Hindi): Official Trailer”