Shomini Sen

  • 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' review: The film doesn't entertain neither does it stir your conscience 27-09-2014 03:42 PM

    They say that content is king. That if a film's story is in place, that it is bound to work with the viewers. And when one makes a film on something as serious as child trafficking, one hopes to see a powerful film with a strong message. But director Manish...
  • Bigg Boss 8: Upen Patel flirts with Sukirti Kandpal; calls Diandra Soares 'the least beautiful female contestant' 23-09-2014 08:01 AM

    Selfies, item numbers, stand up comedy. The opening episode of 'Bigg Boss 8' was a complete entertainer. Host Salman Khan opened the show with contestants Karishma Tanna and Sonali Raut. A veteran on the Bigg Boss stage by now, Khan smoothly operated the show introducing 15 contestants turn by turn....
  • Bollywood stars find a voice on social media, talk directly to their fans on matters that affect them the most 17-09-2014 12:28 PM

    New Delhi: It is such a welcome change to see film actors speaking and raising voices at a common platform like us. Deepika Padukone's recent outburst on Twitter on a leading newspaper has yet again reiterated the fact that today's stars are more vocal about issues and unlike their seniors...
  • Five things that Bollywood can learn from 'Finding Fanny' 12-09-2014 02:41 PM

    New Delhi: It is truly a good time for Indian cinema. A time, when filmmakers are more brave and are willing to take risks to tell a story. While many of the directors are still wanting stick to the rule book and churn out formula films, there have been some...
  • 'Finding Fanny' tweet review: The film belongs to Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor, they are brilliant 12-09-2014 09:27 AM

    New Delhi: When you cast Pankaj Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah in a film together, you know you can't go too wrong with script. Homi Adajania's latest film 'Finding Fanny' is a quirky tale of five oddballs who go on a road trip in search of a certain Fanny Fernandez. The...
  • Four Anurag Kashyap films that have changed the Indian cinemascape forever 10-09-2014 01:03 PM

    He is moody, whimsical and erratic. And yet you can never have enough of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. His films are often marred by controversies and not always accepted by the audience at large, but they have always played an important part in bringing positive change to Hindi films. From realistic,...
  • The hypocrisy of Bollywood's concerns for Shweta Basu Prasad: Too little too late? 08-09-2014 09:24 AM

    New Delhi: The duality of Bollywood lies in the fact that a National Award winning actor is driven to prostitution due to lack of work and an adult star is given a chance at acting with more mainstream Hindi film offers than she can handle. The recent case of actress...
  • Why Priyanka Chopra's 'Mary Kom' is no 'Barfi!'; but still is an earnest performance 05-09-2014 07:16 AM

    There are spoilers ahead. Priyanka Chopra does not look like MC Mary Kom. The prosthetic, the bad, broken Hindi and same hairdo don't help either. A fact that Chopra herself admits but is quick to add that she only tries to represent the boxer's spirit in the biopic. And the...
  • Did 'Queen' and 'Dedh Ishqiya' win half the battle with their trailers? What a threeminute short says about your work 02-09-2014 12:26 PM

    New Delhi: Today, a trailer can literally help or harm a film. Lakhs of rupees are spent in creating the perfect trailer before a film's release - one that entices the viewers, creates adequate hype around the film and has the potential to go viral. While Hollywood has been making...
  • Why Ram Gopal Verma's tweets on Ganesha shouldn't be taken seriously 01-09-2014 11:49 AM

    New Delhi: A series of tweets on the Hindu god Ganesha seems to have upset a lot of people who follow director Ram Gopal Varma on Twitter. Varma, who later apologised for the seemingly innocuous tweets on the deity ahead of the Ganesha Chaturthi festival, asked if "Lord Ganesha eats...
  • 20 years of 'Hum Aapke Hai Koun': The film that forever changed the way Indians celebrate weddings 05-08-2014 11:53 AM

    New Delhi: On a cold winter night of 1994, wrapped in three layers, I had watched the late night show of 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' with my parents. The film had been running in theaters for a while at that time and at the behest of some friends, my parents...
  • Is Sonakshi Sinha missing out on interesting roles to chase 100 croreprojects with older stars? 04-08-2014 11:40 AM

    New Delhi: In an industry dominated by numbers, Sonakshi Sinha's career graph is mostly dominated by blockbuster films- of which most have made Rs 100 crores. And yet, when the awards are given away, her name never makes the shortlist. Sonakshi made a splashing debut as the demure potter girl...
  • Aamir Khan's nude 'PK' poster: Is Bollywood hypocritical in acceptance of male and female nudity? 01-08-2014 10:02 AM

    New Delhi: Why hasn't there been any outrage to Aamir Khan posing naked on the poster of 'PK' yet? Isn't it surprising that an actor of Aamir Khan's stature has posed nude for a poster and yet, knowing the way our society works, people are heaping the actor with compliments...
  • 5 things that have changed since Kajol last appeared in a Bollywood film 31-07-2014 05:39 PM

    There are few actresses who have dared to leave everything at the peak of their career to run a household in the recent times. But Kajol is one of them. Having always given more priority to her children and home, Kajol in the past has refused several meaty roles in...
  • Salman Khan: Why he is the wonder man of Bollywood 30-07-2014 11:46 AM

    New Delhi: He does the same thing in each of his films. Same antics, same stunts, same expressions- so much so that they look like a carbon copy of each other and yet Salman Khan's films work wonders at the Box Office every single time. Think about it. The man...
  • '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...
  • Why it is not right to compare Sonam Kapoor's 'Khubsoorat' to the original classic 22-07-2014 12:30 PM

    New Delhi: There is moment in the recently released trailer of Sonam Kapoor starrer 'Khoobsurat' where an uptight Ratna Pathak Shah asks Dr Mili Chakravarty (Kapoor) "Mujhe laga ke aap Bengali hai". To which Sonam replies, "Actually Manju (her mother, Kirron Kher) Punjabi hai, aur hum sab uspe gaye hai."...
  • '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...