Rohit Vats

  • 6 books Rajkummar Rao loves and wants you to read 27-02-2014 11:27 AM

    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 18-02-2014 04:14 PM

    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 18-02-2014 03:54 PM

    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? 18-02-2014 03:37 PM

    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 18-02-2014 03:05 PM

    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 14-02-2014 09:57 AM

    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 07-02-2014 02:54 PM

    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 07-02-2014 09:50 AM

    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 04-02-2014 04:38 PM

    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 04-02-2014 10:26 AM

    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 31-01-2014 11:55 AM

    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 21-01-2014 11:15 AM

    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 18-01-2014 11:45 AM

    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 17-01-2014 10:05 AM

    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 10-01-2014 08:15 PM

    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...
  • Gulaab Gang: Madhuri Dixit's third innings starts with an aggressive stance 10-01-2014 12:41 PM

    New Delhi: A couple of months ago, I got the chance to watch 'Abodh', Madhuri Dixit's debut film. The quintessential Madhuri spunk was there, and to be very honest it didn't look like her first film. Though her childlike face was full of curiosity, but the love for the camera...
  • It was tough to convince my husband of my abilities: 'Yaariyan' director 07-01-2014 10:06 AM

    New Delhi: Divya Khosla had come to Mumbai from Delhi as a model, but destiny has transformed her into a director. Her first project 'Yaariyan' is hitting the screens on January 10, 2014. She opens her heart in a candid chat about her film, marriage, struggle and competition with 'Dedh...
  • 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Tweet Review 03-01-2014 05:36 PM

    New Delhi: Martin Scorsese doesn't need to prove anything else. A quick look at his filmography will convince you about his calibre. The maverick director is back with a new film called 'The Wolf of the Wall Street' with his favourite actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. The film is...
  • 'Mr Joe B Carvalho' Tweet Review: First day, first show 03-01-2014 09:43 AM

    New Delhi: After the critical-commercial success of 'Jolly LLB', Arshad Warsi has emerged as someone who is capable of carrying the burden of being the 'solo' hero. He is once again going to be seen in director Samir Tewari's 'Mr Joe B Carvalho', in which he plays a detective who...
  • 'Don't waste your emotions so easily, they are costly'

    Pentaprism |  Rohit Vats
    A winter morning in Delhi is quite an experience, especially when you are forced to sleep on the floor. Some friends had stayed overnight as...

  • Happy birthday Salman Khan: The 48yearold virgin 27-12-2013 12:20 AM

    New Delhi: If you have a knack for surprising news and exciting events, you know who your man is. Yes, he might not be producing 'quality' content in a critic's term, but he is not there to be ignored. The personification of sheer star power, Salman Khan is known for...
  • Dhoom 3: 10 completely fake spoilers from the film 20-12-2013 03:29 PM

    New Delhi: So 'Dhoom 3' has hit the theatres and promises the fireworks expected of a big fat YRF production with Aamir Khan playing the anti-hero. We'd never jump you with real spoilers. But we are totally open to having fun with some fake ones. Who knows, maybe Yash Raj...
  • 'Dhoom 3' Tweet review: First day, first show 20-12-2013 09:36 AM

    New Delhi: Vijay Krishna Acharya would like to leave behind the failure of 'Tashan' with 'Dhoom 3'. In film circuits, he is known as someone who is technically sound and knows the pulse of the audience. Now, it's his time to prove all those claims right. The film revolves around...
  • The best Bollywood stories of 2013 that you would like to hear again and again 19-12-2013 01:30 PM

    New Delhi: Unlike 2012, this year didn't see my experiments in the story department of Hindi films. Last year, there were films such as 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Paan Singh Tomar', 'Vicky Donor' and 'Kahaani', which were not only technically sound but also were experimental in many ways. The cash registers...
  • 10 directors who created an alternative world in 2013 14-12-2013 03:01 PM

    New Delhi: The trends suggest that commercial filmmakers like to follow the path much travelled rather than trying their hands at something new in the Hindi film industry. However, there are people who are trying to strike a balance between commercial and critical aspects. Here is my list of ten...
  • 'Jackpot' review: Noir also needs a controlled script 14-12-2013 07:15 AM

    Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Sachiin Joshi, Sunny Leone Director: Kaizad Gustad Yes, the promos of 'Jackpot' appeared soaked in fun, but the film turned out to be an attempted noir, which tries to establish some reverse con-artists as normal human beings. Unfortunately, the coolness of these characters gets lost somewhere in...
  • Will Sunny Leone, Naseeruddin Shah hit the 'Jackpot'? 12-12-2013 03:48 PM

    New Delhi: Kaizad Gustad is returning to direction after a long time with 'Jackpot'. The film features Naseeruddin Shah, Sachiin Joshi and Sunny Leone as characters that are expert con and reverse con artists. Kaizad Gustad have a long association with Naseeruddin Shah since their 'Bombay Boys' days, "I have...
  • Dear birthday, happy Rajinikanth to you 12-12-2013 10:18 AM

    New Delhi: I remember last year I was writing something on Rajinikanth and somewhere in the article I referred to him as a powerful Southern superstar. Somebody, obviously one of his fans, took offense and asked me to not call him a Southern star. He further suggested Rajinikanth should be...
  • 'Savita Bhabhi Movie' goes to Hollywood, set to enter the film festival circuit 11-12-2013 10:45 AM

    New Delhi: 'Savita Bhabhi Movie' is on its way to Hollywood. The creators of the movie have just completed and launched an English version of the movie which was made especially for the overseas market and non-Hindi speaking audience. The movie has been dubbed by professional voice artists of Indian...
  • I am who I am, I can't erase the internet: Sunny Leone 10-12-2013 01:30 PM

    New Delhi: Since her stint in 'Bigg Boss', Sunny Leone has become a favourite with the producers in the Hindi film industry. So far, she has been featured in films such as 'Jism 2' and 'Shootout At Wadala', and now she will be seen in Kaizad Gustad's 'Jackpot'. Sunny talks...