• 6 books Rajkummar Rao loves and wants you to read February 27, 2014

    Rajkummar Rao is the face of brave, new cinema that is slowly gaining prominence in the Hindi film industry. He started his Bollywood career with Dibakar Banerjee's pathbreaking film 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha', and went on to do films such as 'Shaitaan', 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Talaash', 'Kai Po Che' and...
  • 'Shabdo' review: Discuss this film with mates in your next 'adda' session February 18, 2014

    Cast: Ritwik Chakraborty, Raima Sen, Churni Ganguly, Victor Banerjee, Srijit Mukherji Director: Kaushik Ganguly In almost every film industry, there is a dearth and need of films that speak up about the relevant issues. It's a general perception throughout the world that films are only meant for entertainment. However, to...
  • 'Children of the Pyre' review: Do you make money by selling shrouds? These children do February 18, 2014

    Cast: Yogi, Manish, Ashish, Gagan, Ravi Director: Rajesh Jala Filmmaking is not just another job; especially of you are into indies. We all have heard and felt that cricket and cinema are the two essential lifelines of India, but we generalise the term so much that we forget to understand...
  • 'Harud' review: Whose Kashmir is this actually? February 18, 2014

    Cast: Shahnawaz Bhat, Reza Naji Director: Aamir Bashir When somebody reviews a film, the first thing which is expected from that person is a neutral approach, but can a reviewer really remain unbiased while watching a film like 'Harud'? When we decided to start a new section to give space...
  • 'Mumbai Cha Raja' review: It's not assertive but definitely in search of a solution February 18, 2014

    Cast: Rahul Bairagi, Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Tejas Parvatkar, Dhanshree Jain Director: Manjeet Singh What 'Salaam Bombay' and many other films tried to communicate about the lives of slum dwellers in late 1980s is almost true in 2013 as well. It's not an attempt to establish a connection between Mira...
  • 'Gunday' Tweet Review: First day, first show February 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Director Ali Abbas Zafar's 'Gunday' started making heads turn with its very first trailer. The film has an impressive star-cast which comprises of Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. With such an ensemble cast, the audience can always hope for a good film, but sometimes...
  • Hasee Toh Phasee: How Parineeti turned around Bollywood's stereotype of a mad scientist February 7, 2014

    New Delhi: I always get confused between a scientist and a spy in Hindi films. They both have the same language, same mannerism and same parameters of stupidity. One look at them and you understand which word are they going to utter. If they are not doing 'tango-charlie' then they...
  • 'Hasee Toh Phasee' Tweet Review: First day, first show February 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Sidhart Malhotra's real test is going to be his second film. He got the chance of his life time when Karan Johar decided to present him in 'Student of the Year', but this is not going to happen everytime. Will he be able to consolidate his position in...
  • Review: 'The Making of Don' is written like a film's screenplay which helps the readers February 4, 2014

    Book: The Making Of Don Author: Krishna Gopalan When there is a director like Chandra Barot, who established Amitabh Bachchan as an anti-hero in 'Don' (1978), but couldn't make any film in next 13 years, then there is definitely a story, and Krishna Gopalan should be appreciated for his efforts...
  • Babloo Happy Hai: Director Nila Madhab Panda's road trip from Delhi to Manali February 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Nila Madhab Panda made heads turn with his debut feature 'I Am Kalam' and went on to make critically acclaimed 'Jalpari'. The director with a social concern is back with 'Babloo Happy Hai', which is set to hit the screens on February 7, 2014. He talks about his...
  • '12 Years A Slave' Tweet Review: A fantastic drama you don't want to miss January 31, 2014

    New Delhi: '12 Years A Slave' is nominated in several categories for this year's Oscar Awards, and is all set to give a tough competition to films like 'Gravity' and 'American Hustle'. The film opened to positive criticism in the West and now it has hit the Indian screens. Directed...
  • Revealed: How to make a hit Bollywood film January 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The trends are changing and they are changing fast. Earlier, the film used to become a hit and then the audience would start talking about it, now the potential audience are enticed to talk about the film and then it becomes a hit. For an average Bollywood film,...
  • 'Om Dar B Dar' review: Still ahead of its time, this film will challenge your depth January 18, 2014

    Cast: Anita Kanwar, Lalit Tiwari, Gopi Desai, Manish Gupta, Aditya Lakhia Director: Kamal Swaroop When I got the news that PVR is releasing 'Om Dar B Dar' after 25 years of its 'origin', I felt 'different'. Was the film incomprehensible in 1988, was it made ahead of its time, and...
  • 'Miss Lovely' Tweet Review: First day, first show January 17, 2014

    New Delhi: After receiving appreciation at several film festivals, 'Miss Lovely' has finally released in India. Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, the film features Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anil George and Niharika Singh in the lead roles. The film is the story about two brothers who are involved in the business of C-grade...
  • 'Yaariyan' review: The film loses steam just when it was required the most January 10, 2014

    Cast: Himansh Kohli, Serah Singh, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria, Dev Sharma, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover Director: Divya Khosla Kumar I personally like the films which highlight the problems of modern youth, but then the designer youngsters of the Hindi film industry don't seem to have one. Anyway, I think...