Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?

The Salman Khan starrer Dabangg (2010) was not only a trendsetter of sorts in Hindi films; it even inspired similar versions in a few other languages, most notable of them being Gabbar Singh (2012) in Telugu. Despite basically using the same plot outline of Dabangg, director Harish Shankar made an effort to make a few simple changes, basically adapting it in a way that made sure that the personality of superstar Pawan Kalyan was well highlighted, making the film a delight to watch for fans and even the general audience. It was but natural that there would be an extension of the brand Gabbar Singh, after all who wouldn’t want to put his/her money on a winning horse.But with Dabangg 2 not meeting with the same reception as Dabangg the prospect of once again going for an adaptation was ruled out. After the mega success of Attarintiki Daaredi the project was announced, but there were frequent changes, the director, DOP and even the title ended up finally changing. What remained constant eventually was the presence of Pawan Kalyan and producer Sharrath Marar.Continue reading “Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?”

Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 2

This one has been long overdue. I had met Anupama Chopra in the first week of June and published the first half of the interview in the first half of July. However, thanks to writing work related to Masaan promotions on MAM and the post production of my web-series, the second half got inordinately delayed. When in mid-September I finally could take out time to transcribe the interview, I decided to hold it off till MAMI, for what better occasion is there to write about the festival director of arguably India’s biggest film festival.Continue reading “Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 2”

Potential Gen X Remakes of Memorable Amitabh Bachchan Hits?

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan who is known for his roles in action movies like Zanjeer, and for hosting the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, had garnered popularity with audiences as the “angry young man” in a series of successful Bollywood Films. He may get a lot of compliments for working round the clock with energy equal to any young actor, but the legendary actor hates the “exaggerated praise” people pour on him. As the Bollywood Shehanshah turns 73 today, here are are a few of his memorable movies which perhaps could be remade with these Gen X stars:-

AB Feature- Ali Fazal !

  1. Sholay — We all know how the attempted remake of Sholay by RGV failed at the B.O. However think about how it would be when two live wires Arjun Kapoor and Ranvir Singh go on to re-creating the magic on 70 mm in their style.
  2. Kabhie Kabhie – One of the most romantic film which we have ever seen in Bollywood, will make us fall in love again if its remade but with a hint of the new age romance angle. Who would be better than the Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan to essay the role along with the handsome hunk Ali Fazal.
  3. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan – A chaotic comedy riot essayed by the comic timing of Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan
  4. Dostana –  A friendship – love triangle saga timed in todays era remade with Aditya Roy Kapoor & Sushant Singh Rajput…. Are you already thinking on how it would look on the celluloid?

40 Years of Sholay: The Film That Redefines Class, Totally

Note-Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Independence Day. 40 Years ago this day, the iconic Sholay had released. Here’s a personal tribute of sorts to the film,as I reflect back in time over Sholay.

For someone who wasn’t even born when Sholay actually released in India (15th August, 1975), I am proud to say that I’ve seen the film thrice in theatres. Sholay was a film which I kept hearing of when I was growing up, both my parents being ardent fans of the film. Unfortunately by the time I remember frequenting theatres the film had completed its original theatrical run in Chennai or Madras as it was referred to then, the city I belonged to those days. Unfortunately there wasn’t any way to watch the film those days unless there was a re-release in your city (which happened once every few years) as it was yet to be shown on TV and there was no home video (VHS) available of the film back then in the 80’s and early 90’s. Of course things slowly changed in the mid 90’s as the film became a lot more accessible to people, creating a whole new set of fans in the processContinue reading “40 Years of Sholay: The Film That Redefines Class, Totally”

Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 1

Let me start this write-up with a bias, just like the disclaimer I put up whenever I write a review. I believe that Anupama Chopra is the most credible film reviewer we have in India right now. She is honest, fair but never mean – three qualities every person with a mouthpiece should have. There are critics who express polarising reviews, albeit very well written pieces, but she is possibly one of the most balanced reviewers. Thanks to Raja Sen, I got her email id and sent her the request for the interview. Within an hour I got a reply, and she agreed to take out time soon. However, at that point of time (early May) she was getting ready for Cannes and had too many things on her plate to squeeze out time for a one-on-one interview. On the other hand, I was insistent on not doing a telephonic conversation because that is almost never fruitful. So, I decided to wait till she came back from France. In the meanwhile, I got busy with the shoot for my web series and my vacation with friends. So, the moment I set foot on India again, I sent her an email to kindly schedule an interview in the first week of June. This time, she promptly replied yet again, and confirmed the meeting.Continue reading “Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 1”

Gabbar Is Back Hindi Movie Review: Flawed Yet Enjoyable

After unleashing the atrocity called Rowdy Rathore (a remake of the Telugu superhit Vikramarkudu) more than 2 years ago, Akshay Kumar and ‘Producer’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali reunite for Gabbar Is Back – a remake of the Tamil movie Ramanna directed by A.R Murugadoss and starring Vijaykanth.

Aditya (Akshay Kumar) a college professor kidnaps and kills corrupt Government officials under the pseudo name ‘Gabbar’. This soon pits him against an old enemy Digvijay Patil (Suman Talwar) and has an honest constable Sadhuram (Sunil Grover) and a CBI officer (Jaideep Ahlawat) hot on his trail.Continue reading “Gabbar Is Back Hindi Movie Review: Flawed Yet Enjoyable”

POGO and Graphic India presents ‘Sholay Adventures’

POGO, Graphic India and Sholay Media and Entertainment have announced that they will bring “Sholay Adventures,” an animated reinvention of the beloved classic, to the small screen. The first movie in the series will premiere on POGO on Monday, January 26th at 12pm.

Sholay Adventures will be the first of four television animation films that introduce Jai and Veeru in new and mischievous kid avatars. Parents will remember the enduring qualities of friendship and loyalty from the original film, while kids will experience heroes like Jai and Veeru for the very first time. Sholay Adventures will bring together two generations in a new fun adventure.Continue reading “POGO and Graphic India presents ‘Sholay Adventures’”

Bollybook-The Big Book of Hindi Film Trivia: Book Review

Growing up in places like Chennai and Coimbatore during the Doordarshan days, chances are that if you are onto films at a very early age, the interest would primarily revolve around Tamil Cinema. However for someone like me who by now watches films in every language possible and feels that Regional Cinema has more to offer than Bollywood, it was Hindi Cinema, more popularly known as Bollywood which first appealed to me. Amitabh Bachchan appealed to me first, much earlier than say Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth or even Bruce Lee 🙂 . Considering that those were the days of no internet & satellite T.V, one could only depend upon ‘Chitrahaar’ on Doordarshan or the occasional visits to the theatre to stay tuned with Hindi films. Well there were the Bollywood magazines like Filmfare, Stardust, Cineblitz etc but then there was a problem in my case, these magazines were more less banned at home.Continue reading “Bollybook-The Big Book of Hindi Film Trivia: Book Review”

Dr. Prakash Baba Amte Marathi Movie Review: Good Intentions, Mediocre Execution

(Post Contains Some Spoilers)

A couple is wandering through the tribal areas of Maharashtra which is visibly cut off from the rest of the world and is devoid of any development.  In this desolate area, they come across a tribal woman who has given birth to a child. Devoid of any medical help, the woman uses a stone to crush the biblical cord and free the child. The couple especially the woman is aghast on seeing this. In another scene, they encounter a quack getting ready to sacrifice a human being in order to cure an ill person, while the relatives of the person and other bystanders partake in it blindly.Continue reading “Dr. Prakash Baba Amte Marathi Movie Review: Good Intentions, Mediocre Execution”