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  • 'Rio 2' review: The film is predictable yet undeniably entertaining 5 days ago

    Director: Carlos Saldanha "Rio 2" has neither the wit of "The Lego Movie", nor the classic appeal of "Frozen", yet it's a perfectly enjoyable sequel, bright and beautiful to look at, and set to a clutch of terrific tunes. Like its 2011 predecessor, it's a charming and cheerful film that...
  • 'Bhoothnath Returns' review: The film works as it has a heart 5 days ago

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani Director: Nitesh Tiwari Its release shrewdly timed just as the nation goes to polls, "Bhoothnath Returns" casts a satirical eye on the messy business of Indian politics and the workings of election campaigns. The twist, of course, is that it's a 60-something-year-old invisible...
  • Jackky Bhagnani's 'Youngistaan': Tweet review March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Jackky Bhagnani turns a young PM in Syed Ahmad Afzal's 'Youngistaan'. The actor, who has featured in films like 'FALTU' and 'Rangrezz', transformed his look to like a politician. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, the film focuses on a young man who is forced to take up the PM's...
  • 'Ragini MMS 2' review: It might be smarter to market this unintentionally hilarious movie as a spoof instead March 21, 2014

    'Ragini MMS 2' is less a movie and more a product. Not only does the film have no creative vision, this is a design-by-committee movie out to do one thing and one thing only - make money. Even before you see the names of the creative personnel, you see names...
  • 'Gang of Ghosts' review: Easy steps to ruin a potentially good film March 21, 2014

    How to ruin a potential cult film. Take a super hit regional film. Copy it word by word, scene by scene. Put dollops of Bollywood commercial elements in it. Completely misinterpret each and every point of the original script and just do a token service to some burning issues of...
  • 'Gang of Ghosts' Tweet Review: The satire lacks the required humour March 21, 2014

    If its anything like the original, Satish Kaushik's 'Gang of Ghosts' is going to be a movie worth watching. An official remake of Bengali hit film 'Bhooter Bhabishyat', the film is a satire and has the Sharman Joshi, Mahie Gill and Anupam Kher playing important roles. The film talks about...
  • Sunny Leone's 'Ragini MMS 2': Tweet Review March 21, 2014

    Sunny Leone's Bollywood debut 'Jism 2' may have made headlines for its explicit content, but the film didn't establish Indo-Canadian adult film star as an actor to watch out for. Sunny, who failed to impress her fans with her acting potential in 'Jism 2' and 'Jackpot', returns with 'Ragini MMS...
  • Bewakoofiyaan Tweet Review: First day, first show March 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Ayushmann Khurrana might be just two films old in Bollywood but the actor always tries to portray characters you can relate to on screen. And, in his upcoming film Ayushmann plays an urban guy who can go to any lengths to impress his girlfriend's father. Directed by Nupur...
  • 'Total Siyapaa' review: It is a premise ripe with comic potential March 7, 2014

    Cast: Yami Gautam, Ali Zafar, Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher Director: E Niwas 'Total Siyapaa,' directed by E Niwas, puts a nice little spin on the typical meet-the-parents scenario. Asha (Vicky Donor's Yami Gautam) is a Punjabi girl living in London. When she brings home her boyfriend Aman (Ali Zafar) for...
  • 'Queen' Tweet Review: The film helps you to rediscover yourself March 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Bollywood films have always shown a rosy picture of honeymoons with the lead couple singing songs in the exotic of locales, but Vikas Bahl's 'Queen' gives a new twist to the tale when the bride lands up alone on her honeymoon in Amsterdam. Kangana Ranaut (Rani) plays a...
  • 'Gulaab Gang' Tweet Review: First day, first show March 7, 2014

    New Delhi: For those who grew up in the 1990s, watching a movie with arch rivals Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla would perhaps be unthinkable. Two decades later producer Anubhav Sinha has managed a casting coup of sorts by casting the reigning Divas of 90s together for a film. Inspired...
  • 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' Tweet Review: First day, first show February 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Director Saket Chaudhary's 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' is quirky take on life of a newly married couple played by Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. The supremely talented actors pair up on screen for the first time and going by their past performances, 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' promises to...
  • 'Darr@The Mall' review: It refuses to swim in a tide of hysterical terror February 22, 2014

    Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Nushrat Bharucha, Arif Zakaria Director: Pawan Kripalani Rating: 3 out of 5 It is easy to dismiss all films of the horror genre as surplus spook, more amusing and annoying than scary. Once in a while there comes a clutter-breaker among the harvest of scare fests that...
  • 'Highway' Tweet Review: First day, first show February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: After playing Shanaya Singhania, a rich brat in Karan Johar's 'Student of The Year', who would hanker after popular brands and be dressed up to the nines, the critics thought she would be comfortable playing roles that would establish her as Bollywood's style diva. But with her nod...
  • 'Ya Rab' review: Ajaz Khan gives a message against religious intolerance February 9, 2014

    Cast: Ajaz Khan, Akhilendra Mishra Director: Hasnain Hyderabadwala Rating: 3 out of 5 There is something to be said about a film that speaks out loudly against the religion of intolerance and the culture of violence. An eye for an eye may be fine for an era gone-by. In today's...
  • 'Heartless' review: Shekhar Suman's film is a spoof, not an adaptation of 'Awake' February 8, 2014

    Cast: Adhyayan Suman, Ariana Ayam, Om Puri Director: Shekhar Suman Actor Shekhar Suman has earned huge attention with his comedic skills, well-crafted acts, and a powerful connect with the audience in his TV shows. This is precisely why when he started promoting 'Heartless' we all felt he'd earn the same...
  • 'Babloo Happy Hai' review: A strong message is gently conveyed in the film February 8, 2014

    Cast: Sahil Anand, Erica Fernandes Director: Nila Madhab Panda Rating: 4 out of 5 First, a question for the director: Why on earth has he given such a moronic robotic title to a film that informs, entertains and engages our attention? In short 'Babloo Happy Hai' does everything cinema is...
  • 'Heartless' tweet review: Shekhar Suman, don't be this heartless towards the viewers February 7, 2014

    As an actor and TV host Shekhar Suman has always managed to wow his fans, but does he leave a lasting impact with his directorial debut film 'Heartless' too? To the uninitiated, the movie has been inspired by Hollywood film 'Awake' and puts forth a never seen before phenomenon of...
  • '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...
  • 'One By Two' Tweet Review: First day, first show January 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Known for crossover films, actor Abhay Deol's maiden production venture 'One By Two' has the actor playing an aspiring singer who is in desperate need to re-invent himself. The film's other lead, Preeti Desai plays an aspiring dancer who has been written off even before she has established...
  • 'Karle Pyaar Karle' review: It celebrates the spirit of being young January 18, 2014

    Cast: Shiv Darshan, Hasleen Kaur Director: Rajesh Pandey Rating: 3 out of 5 Though there are five-six villains in various get-ups appointed to create mayhem in the romance, the biggest enemy that the film's dare-to-stare couple faces is the couple themselves! Yup, Kabir and Preet, played by debutants Shiv Darshan...
  • '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...
  • 'Sholay 3D' Tweet Review: Relive the cult classic on the big screen January 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Director Ramesh Sippy's 'Sholay' is probably the most cherished film in the history of Indian cinema. Each and every character of the film has become legendary now. They have been copied and reproduced on screen several times, but their original charm is still intact. The film was first...
  • 'Mr Joe B Carvalho' Tweet Review: First day, first show January 3, 2014

    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...
  • 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' review: The film is a test of how many puns you're willing to endure December 20, 2013

    Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn Voices: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte In 2009's Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, nerdish inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) hit upon a plan to turn water into food. But after the initial excitement of skiing over mountains of ice...
  • 'Dhoom 3' review: The film is a sloppily scripted sandwich of hammy acting December 20, 2013

    Cast: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya Dhoom 3 is a sloppily scripted sandwich of hammy acting and cheesy dialogue. Which wouldn't have mattered if it was at least as much fun as the previous two films, because this franchise has never...
  • 'Dhoom 3' Tweet review: First day, first show December 20, 2013

    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...
  • 'Jackpot' review: Noir also needs a controlled script December 14, 2013

    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...

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Prince Charles did not support Rushdie over The Satanic Verses

Britain's Prince Charles turned his back on author Salman Rushdie during the fatwa over publication of 'The Satanic Verses' as he believed the book was offensive to Muslims, a novelist has revealed.