Shomini Sen

  • 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' tweet review: Watch it for the talented Ralph Fiennes 25-07-2014 02:02 PM

    When a film boasts of an enviable star cast consisting of actors like Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum and Adrien Brody- you can't go too wrong with the film. Academy award winning director Wes Anderson comes up with humorous, poignant film called 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' based on Stefan...
  • 'Amit Sahni Ki List' tweet review: Predictable in parts but a feel good film 18-07-2014 01:51 PM

    We all have lists in life. And we try to put as many ticks on those lists in our lifetime. But is it okay if a person you meet in your life appeals to you but does not really match your list? Funny man Vir Das comes up with his...
  • Episode two of 'Yudh' picks up pace but a jumbled screenplay overpowers good performances 16-07-2014 11:47 AM

    New Delhi: The second episode of 'Yudh' starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role gave a little more insight into the world of businessman Yudhisthir Sikarwar's life. While pilot saw Yudh- as Sikarwar is fondly called by friends and family- being tipped by an unknown man about how the general...
  • 'Yudh' first episode review: Slow and obscure, the pilot of Amitabh Bachchan's family drama fails to impress 15-07-2014 11:02 AM

    New Delhi: When in 2000, Amitabh Bachchan took on the host's position for Siddhartha Basu's 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', it proved to be a turning point for not just Bachchan but also for Indian television. Bachchan in some way was responsible for heralding a new era in Indian television. Thanks to...
  • Vidya Balan, the boss of Bollywood: In 'Bobby Jasoos', she proves again that she does not need a male lead to shine 04-07-2014 03:16 PM

    New Delhi: We don't want Vidya Balan to work with any of the Khans. No seriously, because as an actress Balan shines only when the film has her as the central character. Or so has been the trend. The latest, 'Bobby Jasoos' once again reiterates that an actress of Balan's...
  • 'Bobby Jasoos' tweet review: It's a fun film, keeps one engaged mostly 04-07-2014 10:14 AM

    Over the years, Vidya Balan has created a niche for herself in Bollywood. A genre which has Vidya playing the main protagonist, with a strong author-backed role where she is the hero of the film. Following the footsteps of 'Dirty Picture' and 'Kahaani', Vidya comes back on the big screen...
  • Why we shouldn't yet celebrate Riteish Deshmukh's performance in 'Ek Villain' 27-06-2014 03:04 PM

    New Delhi: While the industry is going gaga over the Riteish Deshmukh's reel makeover in the recent 'Ek Villain', it is important for everyone to know that they are just happy that he is not dressed in drag in yet another film. Such is the situation in our country that...
  • 'EK Villain' tweet review: Predictable in parts but worth a watch 27-06-2014 09:43 AM

    It has been a while since a thriller, which does not feature a superstar, has generated so much curiosity that most theaters are running full house on its first show. Mohit Suri's 'Ek Villain' featuring Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh and Shraddha Kapoor has garnered enough curiosity thanks to its edgy...
  • Screening of Sri Lankan film 'With You, Without You' cancelled in Chennai after threats from a Tamil group 21-06-2014 03:54 PM

    New Delhi: The screening of Sri Lankan film 'With You Without You' had to be cancelled in Chennai on Saturday after officials at PVR Cinemas, which released the film in India and was screening it in their halls, received threat calls from a Tamil group. Threats started coming in prior...
  • Jon Favreau's 'Chef': Tweet review 20-06-2014 02:38 PM

    New Delhi: Actor-filmmaker Jon Favreau's 'Chef' is a light-hearted comedy about a Chef who quits his job at the peak of his career following an verbal altercation with the restaurant's owner. The film then narrates the journey of the Chef and how he rediscovers his own talent as he goes...
  • Watch: What in the world is Poonam Pandey doing in this bizarre World Cup 2014 video inside a deserted bar? 18-06-2014 12:09 PM

    New Delhi: I'd blame the scorching heat outside in Mumbai. The heat has clearly affected Poonam Pandey grossly. Because there is no other way one can explain her extremely strange way of cheering for the world cup. Pandey is seen in a video dancing or rather just simply moving her...
  • 'Grace of Monaco' tweet review: Nicole Kidman tries to salvage the film, but weak screenplay lets her down 13-06-2014 01:14 PM

    New Delhi: Hollywood actress Grace Kelly left her glorious career in films to settle down in holy matrimony with the love of her life Prince Rainier of Monaco. What seemed to the world as a fairytale soon started having cracks. Director Olivier Dahan takes up the story of legendary Hollywood...
  • Want both 'Holiday' and my film to do good business this Friday, says 'Filmistaan' director Nitin Kakkar 05-06-2014 08:34 AM

    New Delhi: In India a film may get critical acclaim, win accolades at prestigious film festivals but still remain in oblivion from the general public. Director Nitin Kakkar's 'Filmistaan' is one such case. Having won the National Award for Best Hindi Film in 2012 the film could not get a...
  • Why it was a good idea to cast Rajkummar Rao's girlfriend Patralekha in 'City Lights' 30-05-2014 12:49 PM

    New Delhi: It isn't easy to work with your partner especially if both of you are in the same profession. Rivalry, insecurity are bound to crop. Besides there are bound to be comparison made and one almost, always will outshine the other. When Mahesh Bhatt introduced his new heroine Patralekha...
  • 5 reasons why it will be really awkward to date the CGI Rajinikanth of 'Kochadaiiyaan' 23-05-2014 02:22 PM

    New Delhi: Three years is a long, long wait for any Rajinikanth fan and while after a long hiatus, the actor returns to the screen in a double role in 'Kochadaiiyaan', the film isn't your typical Rajini film. Firstly it doesn't have the actor physically present in the frames- just...
  • 'Kochadaiiyaan' Tweet Review: Watch the film for its technical brilliance; it's new to Indian cinema 23-05-2014 10:21 AM

    New Delhi: Rajinikanth is back! After three long years, the superstar is back on the silver screen with a period drama called 'Kochadaiiyaan'. The film just like its name is unique as it introduces animated motion capture technology in 3D for the first time in India. The film has been...
  • Why I think an ethnic Batman would be cool: The time has come, maybe, for cinema to look outside Hollywood for Bruce Wayne 15-05-2014 07:51 AM

    Ben Affleck's selection as the Batman in Zack Snyder's 'Superman Vs Batman' had received strong criticism from almost all quarters, including Affleck's strong fanb base. No one really doubted Affleck's acting capability but perhaps most had a problem adapting to the change. While the comic book hero character has been...
  • Mere paas maa hai: 20 truly dramatic dialogues that form the lifeblood of Bollywood's long-suffering mothers 11-05-2014 07:01 AM

    Hindi cinema, for years, has used the mother-son relationship in its stories. The matriarch has held equal importance (if not more) like the patriarch in the Bollywood family. And the mother has been presented in all forms, from being nave and unwed, to the sole bread earner of the family,...
  • Jon Hamm's 'Million Dollar Arm': Tweet review 09-05-2014 02:40 PM

    New Delhi: Is baseball similar to cricket? Director Craig Gillespie tries to draw the comparison between the two popular games in his new film 'Million Dollar Arm'. Featuring 'Mad Men' actor Jon Hamm in the lead role, the film is a biographical story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein who discovers...
  • Satyajit Ray's 93rd birth anniversary: Calligraphy, costume designing, singing; the other talents of the genius 02-05-2014 01:19 PM

    More than two decades after his death, India and especially Bengal still celebrates the work of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The man who put Indian cinema on the international map continues to inspire new age filmmakers, both in India and abroad with his awe inspiring craft. But the filmmaker's talent...
  • Why Andrew Garfield makes for a cooler, wittier Spider-Man 02-05-2014 09:31 AM

    New Delhi: A character can be loved or loathed simply because of the artist who plays the part. An actor always makes or breaks a character. Each actor brings his own style to the character and has the potential to make the simplest of the character the high point of...
  • 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' tweet review: Andrew Garfield shines again 01-05-2014 01:26 PM

    New Delhi: Spidey is back! The popular comic book super hero Spiderman aka Peter Parker is back again to save the world from mayhem and destruction that Electro creates in the city to over throw Spiderman. Featuring Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx as Spiderman and Electro respectively, the film is...
  • 'Kaanchi' Review: Subhash Ghai's film makes you cringe and laugh at the same time 26-04-2014 10:24 AM

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Subhash Ghai's films would guarantee a huge opening. They would be quintessential masala potboilers, high on Indian values, where the heroine would be the pure virginal beauty and the hero would be a dutiful son or someone wronged by the society. The film would...
  • Tweet review: Subhash Ghai's 'Kaanchi' 25-04-2014 01:27 PM

    New Delhi: It has been a while since the audience watched a Subhash Ghai film. His last outing as a director was 'Yuvraaj' which inspite of having Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead, failed to make a mark at the Box Office. Five years later, Subhash Ghai is...
  • On Chetan Bhagat's birthday, these are 10 life lessons we learnt from his books 22-04-2014 12:33 PM

    New Delhi: He may have received criticism for his writing time and again, but there is no denying that Chetan Bhagat is one of India's most successful writers. The former investment banker who turned 40 on Tuesday is perhaps the only author who has had all his books adapted into...
  • 'Anupam Kher either has verbal diarrhoea or the Alzheimer's: documentary filmmaker Rakesh Sharma lashes out at the actor 22-04-2014 08:42 AM

    New Delhi: An old documentary film on the Gujarat riots of 2002 has brought Anupam Kher and filmmaker Rakesh Sharma at loggerheads. The film 'Final Solution' was a documentary feature on the 2002 riots that shook Gujarat. During a TV debate on CNN-IBN, documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan accused Kher (who...
  • 2 States: Why Alia Bhatt has more to her than the 'Bhatt' tag 20-04-2014 08:12 AM

    New Delhi: One wouldn't have thought much of Alia Bhatt's acting prowess if one had judged her debut performance in the ostentatious college romance 'Student Of The Year' back in 2012. She played a rich brat who wore Prada and Gucci to a make believe college created by Karan Johar...
  • Producers wanted to cast Rajesh Khanna in 'Kalicharan', not Shatrughan Sinha: Subhash Ghai 19-04-2014 01:36 PM

    New Delhi: Subhash Ghai's directorial debut, 'Kaalicharan' which became a cult hit in 1976 was to have Rajesh Khanna in the lead role if producer NN Sippy had his way. The film which put Shatrughan Sinha in the big league was Ghai's directorial debut and featured the actor in a...
  • '2 States' tweet review: Tends to drag in parts, but it's enjoyable 18-04-2014 09:51 AM

    New Delhi: Chetan Bhagat's best selling novel '2 States' finally comes on the big screen. Ever since the book released, which was a few years ago, there have been speculations about which director and actors will be part of the project. Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt play Krish and Ananya,...
  • 61st National Film Awards: Has the jury selected the deserving films? 17-04-2014 02:09 PM

    New Delhi: When the winners of 61st National Awards were announced on Wednesday evening, I was quite sure that there will be quite a few rants on my Twitter timeline for the jury had ignored some extremely deserving work last year. Knowing the nature of most armchair critics (we all...