Shomini Sen

  • 'Khaad' review: Filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly's Bengali film celebrates humanity in its absolute sense 26-11-2014 11:27 AM

    Filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly always has a knack of narrating stories of the common man; of those who you would meet on a daily basis but wouldn't know about their struggles or the hardships that they have been through, tucked neatly behind a ready smile. Ganguly's film 'Shabdo' won critical appreciation...
  • Why Govinda's comeback performance in 'Kill Dil' shouldn't be celebrated just yet 15-11-2014 06:59 AM

    He had ruled the Box Office in the 1990s with his slapstick comedies. He may not be a Khan, but Govinda has always enjoyed the same amount of popularity like SRK and Salman. His fan base may have been different but his films always managed to bring in the moolah....
  • 'Kill Dil' tweet review: Predictable masala potboiler, brings back memories of '90s cinema 14-11-2014 09:44 AM

    New Delhi: Director Shaad Ali made an impressive debut with 'Saathiya' and followed it up with the fun 'Bunty Aur Babli'. But after the debacle of his third film 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom', Shaad Ali took a sabbatical of sorts. The director is back with 'Kill Dil'. The film has an...
  • 'Chotushkone' Review: Srijit Mukherjee weaves yet another compelling story of friendship, love and deceit 04-11-2014 01:30 PM

    When a film's opening scene has a woman writing her last note before ending her life, you know the film's tone is going to be morbid. Yet, Srijit Mukherjee's latest Bengali film 'Chotushkone' is surprisingly charming and clever and manages to bring a smile or two on the viewers' face...
  • Why Abhishek Bachchan really needs to break off from the pack now and feature in solo-hero films 27-10-2014 12:14 PM

    New Delhi: It's not easy to shine in a film which is tailor-made to showcase superstar Shah Rukh Khan's talent. And Abhishek Bachchan managed to do just that in Farah Khan's latest blockbuster 'Happy New Year' which hit the theatres on Diwali. The actor, son of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan,...
  • 'Happy New Year' tweet review: A typical Farah Khan venture, the film has its usual jokes 24-10-2014 09:41 AM

    New Delhi: Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan have delivered blockbuster hits in the past. They team up once again for 'Happy New Year'- a heist drama which also stars Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. The story is about a bunch of losers...
  • Abhishek Bachchan: Not that arrogant to think I will do only solo-hero project 22-10-2014 07:26 AM

    Abhishek Bachchan's last two films 'Dhoom 3' and 'Bol Bachchan' were blockbusters. And yet the actor is not considered in the superstar league. The actor whose hit films include mostly multi-starrer will be seen in Farah Khan's latest 'Happy New Year' which is also is an ensemble film co-starring Shah...
  • Reporter asked to stand up on a chair and dance for asking an 'unhappy' question: What happened at the press conference of 'Happy New Year' 21-10-2014 02:29 PM

    New Delhi: Patience is a virtue you learn when you are a film reporter cooling your heels, waiting for a superstar to arrive at an event. Mostly no event starts on time and it's accepted that the star would arrive an hour or two behind schedule. If you are lucky,...
  • Never used social media to market my films: Shah Rukh Khan 21-10-2014 07:38 AM

    He has often been accused of going overboard marketing his films. Each time Shah Rukh Khan, Badshah of Bollywood, comes up with a new marketing strategy during his films' release. The actor recently appeared in a satire video which had him playing himself taking 'not' so politically correct questions from...
  • 'Humsafar' Episode 1 review: Less of Fawad Khan on screen but a gripping story makes up for his absence 14-10-2014 10:56 PM

    At a time when Pakistani actor Fawad Khan has become a national heartthrob in India, Zee Network's Zindagi channel has decided to air popular Pakistani show 'Humsafar' for the Indian audience. The show opened to mixed response in Pakistan back in 2011 and soon became a national sensation getting almost...
  • Is there such a thing as 'too much of Rekha'? Apparently there is 13-10-2014 11:11 AM

    Last night Colors channel had two shows back to back featuring veteran actress Rekha promoting her new film 'Super Nani'. Between 9 and 12, Rekha, wearing her golden Kanjeevaram, red lipstick and a dash of sindoor, took over the channel and spoke more about her past glory than the film...
  • 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' tweet review: A bit exaggerated, it still manages to bring a smile on your face 10-10-2014 10:57 AM

    New Delhi: Should a common man get a 21 gun salute when he dies? Director Ravindra Gautam narrates such a tale of a patriarch who wants a 21 gun salute after his death. The film is a satire and explores the struggle that a common man goes through in his...
  • Haider, Harud, Shaurya: Films that depicted the grim reality of Kashmir 08-10-2014 12:23 PM

    Vishal Bhardwaj's latest 'Haider' has once again brought to the fore the grim reality that exists in the picturesque Kashmir. Terrorism ridden, the beautiful valley has been subjected to wars, torture and destruction for years now. While the state provided the best locales for shooting films in the 1960s, over...
  • '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...
  • 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...