Befikre: A Quick Review

befikreThe opening credits of Befikre have different couples kissing in various parts of Paris. That is when you realize that this movie is unconventional. For starters, it is shot in Paris and the story line could have been inspired by a French or a Hollywood rom-com as the couple keep getting in and out of their relationships. This year seems to be a year for contemporary multi-partner romances in Bollywood -after ADHM and Dear Zindagi and now Befikre.Continue reading “Befikre: A Quick Review”

Befikre Movie Review: Behadh, Behuda aur Besharam!

Aditya Chopra could be described as one of Bollywood’s most enigmatic personalities. One has read about him being painfully shy, to the point of being almost reclusive. Therefore, one gets the feeling that he makes up for it, by making the protagonists in his movies, absolutely larger than life. Enough newsprint has been devoted to his debut, tears were shed by teenagers when Mohabbatein came out, and yawns were stifled while watching Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.Continue reading “Befikre Movie Review: Behadh, Behuda aur Besharam!”

Fan: A Quick Review

Which is the movie in which Shahrukh Khan has a double role? Duplicate

Which is the movie in which he has been himself, as a superstar? Billoo Barber
Which is the movie in which he has truly acted without overacting? Chak De India
Which is the movie in which he has done all of the above? FAN

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Fan Movie Review : Only For Shah Rukh, The Actor

fan1Shah Rukh Khan – The name itself spells a big film, if not a good film. Over the years, many have complained arduously about Khan’s lack of efforts in picking scripts and films, and intermittently succumbing to rehashed concoctions or sub par servings, packaged, garnished and decorated well enough to be shoved down your throat via extensive marketing. Some of this marketing has made people averse to watching his films or similar star vehicles, while others continue to feed on them raking in the numbers. But things changed with Dilwale, in December 2015. When another biggie clashed with it, Dilwale suffered and the numbers tapered into an abyss faster than SRK would have imagined.

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Fan Movie Review: Star At War

FAN 1We live in a country, where cinema isn’t treated as just another form of art, but as a form of sustenance. The common man sees a film as a means of escape from what he may consider a dreary life, packed with problems and tensions, and for a couple of hours, he’d like to forget it. Adding to that, most Indian movies are larger than life, and nothing ends up larger than the performances of our leading men.

There is a devil may care attitude towards life’s googlies (on screen at least) and no problem is so big that it can’t end with everybody smiling as “The End” pops up on the screen (For the most). But are these celluloid demigods really infallible? Are their lives as easy and awesome as they seem to us, the adoring public? Are they not allowed their “me time” as much as we are? And the most important question, as much as they owe their stardom to their fans, do they owe their life and privacy too?

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“I feel jittery whenever Titli is called an indie” – Kanu Behl

KanuBehl, the co-writer and director of the upcoming YRF-Dibaker Bannerjee co-production TITLI, talked to us about the journey of the film.

 With one day left for the release of Titli how are you feeling?

I am very excited. We did not make it for the festivals. Never thought of Cannes. It was always meant for the Indian Audiences. Humari mitti, humare characters, humari kahani… It is all told in a very simple language. I am therefore very curious to see the reactions of the Indian audiences.Continue reading ““I feel jittery whenever Titli is called an indie” – Kanu Behl”

Aditya Chopra gave the tagline for his upcoming next Titli

Besides producing Titli along with Dibakar Banerjee Productions, Aditya Chopra, the head honcho of Yash Raj Films has also given the tagline to the film – ‘ har family, family nahi hoti.’The co-producer Dibakar Banerjee reveals, “We were all struggling to find a befitting tagline for the poster. But nothing good was coming out. I was feeling a bit stuck when Adi very casually came up with this line and I realized that he just gave me the tagline. It came out very naturally from him”  Continue reading “Aditya Chopra gave the tagline for his upcoming next Titli”

Ritesh Batra’s workshop with casting directors Atul Mongia (Queen) and Seher Latif (The Lunchbox, Fast and Furious 7)

A workshop was conducted by  Ritesh Batra’s production company Poetic License with India’s brightest and media shy Casting Directors, Atul Mongia (Queen, Lootera, Shaghai, Titli) and Seher Latif (Lunchbox, Tigers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel part 1 and 2, Fast and Furious 7, Zero Dark Thirty, Eat Pray Love) on March 27 at Excelsior Cafe in Fort. 

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Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review: Lasting Loveliness and More

What can one expect from a script that has come out of NFDC’s Film Bazaar? Well, for the uninitiated, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) runs an annual Film Bazaar for films that have been developed in labs to reach out to potential studios and independent producers. Well, YRF and first time producer, Maneesh Sharma, deserve a hat tip just for picking up a script from the Film Bazaar. Director Sharat Katariya’s debut venture, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is that genteel deft ‘small-town’ film that Yash Raj had been aiming for in many of their last ventures, and failing miserably due to none of them ringing true. The first trailer spoke of much hope, post a disastrous 2014 for the studio. The songs worked unanimously, with the veteran Anu Malik being brought back on board. Yet, there was not enough buzz for the film, quite preternaturally. And even YRF was not sure if they should plunge in the market with large number of screens. But ahoy, DLKH is probably the best film to come out of YRF in years, and I mean years. No kidding, this one’s a stunner and there should be no skepticism in whether to watch it or to widen its release. Continue reading “Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review: Lasting Loveliness and More”