Review: Ayus & Pari’s ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’

Mumbai: Actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra during the song launch Of film Meri Pyaari Bindu in Mumbai on April 18, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

Film: “Meri Pyaari Bindu”; Directed by Akshay Roy; Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra; Rating: **(2 stars) Sometimes a debutant director shows a spark that never quite lights up the screen. God knows, Akshay Roy displays a keen eye for Kolkata’s eccentricities: the trams and the fast-food lanes, the Durga idol silhouetting the hero’s suicide attempt, the loud boisterous parents of ...

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Review: RGV’s ‘Sarkar 3’

Mumbai: Actors Amitabh Bachchan,Jackie Shroff, Rohini Hattangadi, Yami Gautam and Amit Sadh during the trailer launch of their upcoming film "Sarkar 3" in Mumbai on March 1, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

Film: “Sarkar 3”; Director: Ram Gopal Varma; Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy, Yami Gautam; Rating: **** It is easy to see the third instalment of Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar” franchise as an unnecessary carryover of a saga that has lost its relevance and sheen. But “Sarkar 3” rises far above the wasteland of a stagnant crime-drama ...

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Review: ‘Running Shaadi’

Mumbai: Actors Amit Sadh, Taapsee Pannu and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar during the press conference of film in Mumbai on Feb 3, 2017. (Photo: (IANS)

Film: “Running Shaadi”; Director: Amit Roy; Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Amit Sadh, Arsh Bajwa, Bijendra Kala ; Rating: **1/2 This film, with the recent controversy that plagued its title, suffers from the curse of its name. The constant bleeps in between the dialogues is a frustrating, kill joy. And that is not the only one. Though with an interesting premise and ...

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Will Smith’s ‘Collateral Beauty’- Opposite of what nasty reviews say


“Collateral Beauty” has been dealt with by critics the world over with undeserved savagery. It has its deep flaws, yes. And the core premise of a satirical personification of Time, Death and Love, is hard to swallow. Film: “Collateral Beauty”; Director: David Frankel; Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Michael Pena; Rating: **** But ...

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Review Film: ‘Rock On 2’

Mumbai: Actors Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor during the teaser launch of film Rock On 2 in Mumbai, on Sept 2, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Film: “Rock On 2”; Director: Shujaat Saudagar; Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Shraddha Kapoor, Prachi Desai, Shashank Arora, Kumud Mishra; Rating: ** A sequel to the 2008 film, “Rock On!!”, which was about the coming together of a band called Magic, this one is more than the reinforcement of the band. The narrative begins with the band being ...

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The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rekha – Rekha – The Untold Story


Title: Rekha – The Untold Story; Author: Yasser Usman; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 499 Film stars are expected to shock with their apparel and appearances, but not with socio-religious customs. Yet she began applying sindoor – the traditional symbol of a married Hindu woman – even a decade before her one acknowledged marriage and at an official award ...

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Review: Katrina and Sidharth’s ‘Baar Baar Dekho’

New York: Actors Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif during promotion of their upcoming film "Baar Baar Dekho" in New York, on Aug 18, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Film: “Baar Baar Dekho”; Director: Nitya Mehra; Cast: Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra; Rating: **** What if we get the chance to rectify all the big mistakes of our life? And what if a magical wand takes us into the future to personally witness all those critical twists and turns on the road journey of life where we may swerve ...

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Review: Sonakshi’s ‘Akira’ Ace performances with a strong story

Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha spotted at mehboob studio in Mumbai, on Aug 22, 2016.  (Photo: IANS)

Film: “Akira”, Director: A.R. Murugadoss, Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit Sadh, Nandu Madhav, Mukesh Hariawala; Rating: *** A crime based action drama, “Akira”, meaning “graceful strength” in Sanskrit, is the story of a strong girl who fights against all odds to prove her innocence. A simple story, narrated from the Investigating Officer, Rabiya Sultan’s point of ...

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Movie Review: Salman’s ‘Sultan’

Mumbai: Actors Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma during the promotion of film Sultan on the sets of colors tv serial Udaan, in Mumbai, on June 21, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Film: “Sultan”; Director: Ali Abbas Zafar; Cast: Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma; Rating: **** Nope, you can’t touch this. Salman Khan’s superstardom is beyond the precincts of rationale or logic. To his credit, he is now finally surrendering to his characters. After last year’s Eid’s heartwarming “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” act, this festive season Salman pushes himself physically and emotionally to a ...

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Movie Review: ‘Joy’ A Jennifer Lawrence film all the way


Film: “Joy”; Language: English; Director: David O. Russell; Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Isabella Rossellini; Rating: **1/2 Compared to “Silver Linings Playbook”, “American Hustle” or “The Fighter”, there is a distinct, yet distant feel to director David O. Russell’s “Joy”. It is playful, snappy and stylised. It has the flair ...

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