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  • 'The Shaukeens' Tweet Review: Akshay Kumar stands out in the film -1839047661 minutes ago

    New Delhi: 'Tere Bin Laden' director Abhishek Sharma, who received rave reviews for making an outstanding comic satire is back with his next movie 'The Shaukeens'. The movie stars veteran actors Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra in key roles. While Akshay Kumar features in a cameo as...
  • 'Mardaani' review: Reasonably short and minus songs, the film is consistently watchable August 23, 2014

    Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Jisshu Sengupta Director: Pradeep Sarkar As movie cops go, Mardaani's Shivani Shivaji Roy, played by Rani Mukerji, feels closer in spirit to Aamir Khan's straighttalking Ajay Rathod from Sarfarosh over largerthanlife supermen Chulbul Pandey or Bajirao Singham. This mostly gritty thriller directed by Pradeep Sarkar opens nicely and coasts...
  • 'Mardaani' Tweet Review: Rani Mukerji delivers one of her finest performances as a tough but sensitive police officer August 22, 2014

    She kicks, punches and doesn't take any nonsense. Shivani Shivaji Roy, a fearless cop with the Mumbai police is as tough as she looks. Starring Rani Mukerji, the latest YRF film 'Mardaani' has been directed by noted filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar. Known for films like 'Laaga Chunri Mein Daag' and 'Lafange Parinde',...
  • 'Hate Story 2' review: With a flawed script, sluggish plot and illogical twists, the film can't keep you engaged July 19, 2014

    Cast: Jay Bhanushali, Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh Director: Vishal Pandya Aren't thrillers made with the sole idea to put the viewers on the edge of their seats? Wouldn't you consider intense excitement, the need to build up tension and anticipation of events to happen as some of the basic elements for a...
  • 'Pizza 3D' tweet review: This horror movie fails to haunt you July 18, 2014

    We often don't expect a lot from remakes and most of the times, such movies disappoint us. 'Pizza 3D' is a namesake remake of Tamil movie 'Pizza' that was directed by Karthik Subbaraj in 2012. But what's interesting here is that it's a 3D movie and horror junkies can actually...
  • 'Amit Sahni Ki List' tweet review: Predictable in parts but a feel good film July 18, 2014

    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 own...
  • 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil' tweet review: This story of friends eloping is mildly cute, but not entertaining July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil' marks the debut of Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth. The expectations are really high from debutant Armaan Jain, who is taking the Kapoor legacy forward in Bollywood. The movie has been directed by Arif Ali, who is Imtiaz Ali's younger brother. This movie...
  • 'Filmistaan' tweet review: A hit at film festivals, it isn't one of the best Bollywood projects of all time June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: From being screened at national and international film festivals to winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Amitabh Bachhan taking to Twitter to praise the film and Vidhu Vinod Chopra sponsoring a vacation for the team, Nitin Kakkar's 'Fimistaan' has quite evidently earned huge...
  • 'Holiday' Tweet Review: First day, first show June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The latest film from the stable of director AR Murugadoss of 'Ghajini' fame, 'Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty' stars Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the leading roles. A remake of the 2012 Tamil film 'Thuppakki', starring Vijay and Kajal Agarwal, the film revolves around Virat, an...
  • 'Maleficent' tweet review: You'll fall for the deliciously evil Angelina Jolie, film's appealing visuals May 31, 2014

    New Delhi: With Angelina Jolie performing 'Maleficent' one of the first key acting roles in years, the expectations from her fans and critics are obviously high. As the actress had said in one of her interviews that she wanted to perform something 'silly' and 'crazy' to offset some of...
  • 'CityLights' Tweet Review: It gives you a reality check on life May 30, 2014

    After receiving rave reviews for 'Shahid', Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao team up once again for Vishesh Films 'City Lights'. The actordirector duo along with newcomer Patralekha present a grim story of a migrant couple who struggle to make ends meet in Mumbai. The film is remake of British film...
  • Tiger Shroff's 'Heropanti': Tweet review May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: There's a lot of buzz regarding Sabbir Khan's 'Heropanti' as it marks the debut of Jackie Shroff's son Tiger Shroff. People are comparing this movie with his father's movie 'Hero', which was Jackie Shroff's claim to fame. 'Heropanti' is the remake of Telegu movie 'Paragu'. Tiger Shroff has...
  • 'Kochadaiiyaan' Tweet Review: Watch the film for its technical brilliance; it's new to Indian cinema May 23, 2014

    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 in...
  • 'The Xpose' review: A wooden Himesh Reshammiya makes a caricature of '60s thrillers May 18, 2014

    Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Zoya Afroz, Ananth Mahadevan, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sonali Raut, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Bharat Dhabolkar, Jesse Randhawa, Rajesh Sharma Director: Ananth Mahadevan Rating: 1.5/5 What genre does a film fall in, if the hero always enters a scene in slowmotion? And what if the accompanying earsplitting background score makes...
  • 'Godzilla' review: The visuallystriking monster towers over the film's flaws May 16, 2014

    Cast: Aaron TaylorJohnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston Director:Gareth Edwards He's bigger, ferocious and a lot better than his predecessors. Godzilla who stirs you with his deafening roar, the ominous attacks, the radioactive beams he shoots from his mouth and even his scaly and...
  • 'Mastram' review: Imaginary biography of the writer of soft porn 'classics' like 'Baniye ka Lollipop' lacks colour May 10, 2014

    Film: 'Mastram' Cast: Rahul Bagga, TaraAlisha Berry, Kapil Dubey Director: Akhilesh Jaiswal Rating: 2.5/5 "Yowan ki pehli barsaat..." "Kaamnaon ki chimney se dhuaan..." "Kaamnaon ke naag phankarne lage..." Hilarious and 'erotic' phrases such as these, and several artistically blurred fantasies of an earnest and passionate writer, are the only 'graphic' things you will come across in 'Mastram'. How...
  • 'Hawaa Hawaai' tweet review: First day, first show May 9, 2014

    New Delhi: With filmmakers like Karan Johar and Tarun Mansukhani already rooting for Amole Gupte's 'Hawaa Hawaai', the bar has already been set high by the director. The film that is based on children and their dreams has touched a million hearts. Amole Gupte's muchanticipated film features son Partho and...
  • 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' review: Vijay Raaz's directorial debut isn't perfect, but watchable May 5, 2014

    Cast: Manu Rishi, Vijay Raaz, Rajendranath Zutshi, Vishwajeet Pradhan Director: Vijay Raaz The year 1947 holds great importance in the lives of the people on both side of the border. The consequences of IndiaPakistan partition be it in the form of assassinations, communal riots or atrocities against women which...
  • 'Purani Jeans' Review: This story of friendship has nothing new to offer May 2, 2014

    What do you expect from a movie that is based on true friendship? Well, an intense bonding between the friends, few heartwrenching dialogues and a fabulous story line that touches your soul. Director Tanushree Chatrji Bassu's 'Purani Jeans' lacked all three. What seemed to be a delight to watch...
  • 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' tweet review: The film deserves applause for its emotional complexity May 2, 2014

    Partition, the most traumatic and harrowing chapter in the history of India, has always been the subject of numerous Bollywood films. From rapes, riots to mayhem that IndiaPakistan partition, the most brutal upheavals of the 20th century lead to, the filmmakers have used virtually every aspect to recount its loss,...
  • 'Purani Jeans' tweet review: First day, first show May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Whenever there's a story based on friendship, it takes us on a trip down the memory lane of our good old school days where friendship mattered the most. Director Tanushree Chatrji Bassu's ' Purani Jeans' is based on on this theme of friendship. Starring Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal...
  • 'Samrat and Co' review: Rajeev Khandelwal as Indian Sherlock Holmes fails to solve this mystery what is the point of the film? April 26, 2014

    Film: 'Samrat & Co' Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Madalasa Sharma, Gopal Datt Director: Kaushik Ghatak Before we plunge into the review, we would like to share a line spouted by Rajeev Khandelwal in the very last scene of the film: "Asaan case ek tuti hui pencil ki tarha hoti hai there is no...
  • 'Revolver Rani' review: Kangana Ranaut is terrific as Revolver Rani, but the film fails to deliver April 26, 2014

    In her last film 'Queen', Kangana Ranaut demonstrated her class with her effortless transition from an intense actress we had known for years to comedic genius. And with her justreleased 'Revolver Rani', the actress absolutely relishes playing the ferocious dacoit turned politician. Whether it is the ease with which she...
  • 'Kaanchi' Review: Subhash Ghai's film makes you cringe and laugh at the same time April 26, 2014

    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...
  • 'Revolver Rani' Tweet Review: First day, first show April 25, 2014

    Filmmaker Karan Johar lauded her impeccable acting, megastar Amitabh Bachchan sent her a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation and Bollywood's reigning Khans congratulated her for the success of 'Queen'. Yes, that's how big and impactful Kangana Ranaut's contribution was in Vikas Bahl's film. Going by the interest...
  • 'Transcendence' review: The film is clunky and lifeless April 19, 2014

    Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman Director: Wally Pfister If Spike Jonze's 'Her' imagined a delicate, heartfelt romance between man and his artificially intelligent operating system, then 'Transcendence', directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, takes a less optimistic view of the future, cautioning us about the dangers of relying too heavily...
  • 'Rio 2' review: The film is predictable yet undeniably entertaining April 12, 2014

    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 really doesn't...
  • 'Bhoothnath Returns' review: The film works as it has a heart April 12, 2014

    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 ghost who's...
  • 'Bhoothnath Returns' tweet review: Unrealistic yet enjoyable April 11, 2014

    What happens when a ghost decides to contest elections? Will it add to the existing chaos? Or will it smoothen the whole process? Director Nitesh Tiwari explores this whacky idea in 'Bhoothnath Returns'. A sequel to the enjoyable 2008 film 'Bhoothnath' the film has Amitabh Bachchan in the title role and...
  • 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...

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Novelist Salman Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize

Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie is the winner of this year's PEN/Pinter Prize in recognition of his support for freedom of speech and generous help to other writers, the prize judges said on Friday.