Review

  • 'Katiyabaaz' review: The film is a slice of life that will resonate with you 10 hours 3 minutes ago

    Cast: Ritu Maheshwari, Loha Singh Director: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa When we go the movies, we long for a good story to unfold. It is a rare thing then to come away with the image of one unforgettable character. Katiyabaaz, an excellent documentary on the tangled power struggles in Kanpur in the...
  • 'The Expendables 3' review: With big names, the film is one noisy bore 10 hours 1 minutes ago

    Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li Director: Patrick Hughes The most impressive stunt in The Expendables 3 is stuffing so many former A-listers in the same frame. After all, how often do you see a film starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarznegger, Mel Gibson, Harisson Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas? Sadly,...
  • 'Mardaani' review: Reasonably short and minus songs, the film is consistently watchable 10 hours 6 minutes ago

    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 straight-talking Ajay Rathod from Sarfarosh over larger-than-life supermen Chulbul Pandey or Bajirao Singham. This mostly gritty thriller directed by Pradeep Sarkar opens nicely and coasts...
  • Why Rani Mukerji as Shivani Shivaji Roy in 'Mardaani' gives Bajirao Singham and Chulbul Pandey a run for their money Yesterday

    New Delhi: In one of the first scenes in 'Mardaani', Rani Mukerji is shown in an undercover avatar, wearing a typical Maharashtrian sari, complete with earrings, bindi, bangles and her hair in a simple plait. She carries a blue cloth bag (the kind used to buy and carry vegetables) --...
  • TVS Scooty Zest review: A fun, light and agile scooter Yesterday

    The Scooty is a big brand name at TVS. In many ways it was synonymous with the girls' scooter as a generic name for a while. TVS does make two Scootys right now, but this scooter here is all new and TVS says it is aimed at young girls who...
  • 'Katiyabaaz' tweet review: The story of Kanpur's Robin Hood Yesterday

    The award-winning documentary by Deepti Kakkar and Mustafa is the story of an electricity thief in Kanpur, who provides Robin Hood style services to the poor people in a city that faces 15 hours power cut every day. The main leads in this documentary are Loha Singh...
  • 'Mardaani' Tweet Review: Rani Mukerji delivers one of her finest performances as a tough but sensitive police officer Yesterday

    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',...
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi reviews flood situation as death toll rises to 16 in Bihar 3 days ago

    Toll due to floods in Bihar rose to 16 with fresh deaths reported in Nalanda and elsewhere in the state even as the state government is preparing the details of damage due to inundation for acquiring central assistance. Two deaths were reported in Nalanda since on Wednesday while other cases of...
  • Hyundai Elite i20 review: An evolutionary product that could take the competition back to the drawing board 4 days ago

    The Indian automotive industry is showing some signs of recovery, the last couple of months has sales graphs climbing steadily north. Make no mistake however, this is not a blanket growth. Not every manufacturer is showing a coming back to form, the buoyancy is coming in from a handful of...
  • KBC 8 review: Big B's unique style, Kapil Sharma's comic timing keep the viewers engaged 5 days ago

    Megastar Amitabh Bachchan may have left his fans a bit disappointed with his debut fiction show 'Yuddh', but he made sure the grand premiere of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 8' lived up to its hype. The game of knowledge, which has been the talking point for its format, prize money and...
  • Review: Unlike the new Foursquare app, Swarm feels like a clumsy afterthought 1 week ago

    New York: A loyal Foursquare user since 2010, I was annoyed to learn that my favourite "check-in" app was reinventing itself. The service has split into two and got rid of quirky features such as naming a mayor for each venue. Foursquare began five years ago as a tool for letting people...
  • 'Singham Returns' review: The predictable story tires you out eventually August 15, 2014

    Cast: Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Amole Gupte Director: Rohit Shetty There isn't one quiet moment in Rohit Shetty's 'Singham Returns'. This sequel is an orgy of relentless action, shrill dialoguebaazi, and eardrum-shattering background music. And yet, buried somewhere under all that noise is a well-meaning - although misguided - story...
  • Tata Zest review: A highly competent car that can match the Xcent, Amaze or Dzire August 12, 2014

    The Zest has been drawn from the ground up, keeping all of Tata Motors' baggage from the past aside. Work on this car began nearly three years ago involving over 6,000 engineers and technicians spread across 11 technical centers in five countries. That might seem like a lot of manpower...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Entertainment', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' August 9, 2014

    In this episode, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Entertainment', 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'. He also talks to actors Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor on their coming film 'Singham Returns'. ...
  • 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' review: This is comfort food for those who like their movies all warm and fuzzy August 9, 2014

    Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Juhi Chawla Director: Lasse Hallström The first five minutes or so of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' are so clunky you'd be forgiven for slumping in your seat despondently, writing off the film as another one of those clueless Hollywood productions determined to...
  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy' review: The film feels fresh and zany, impossibly hard to resist August 9, 2014

    Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper Director: James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy, based on one of the relatively lesser-known comic books in the Marvel canon, is a very different film from the Iron Man, Thor or Captain America movies. Unlike most superhero films today whose storylines and conflicts are inevitably...
  • 'Entertainment' review: The humour isn't just slapstick , it's also repetitive and lazy August 9, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia and Ritesh Deshmukh Director: Sajid-Farhad Anyone who's ever got a bad review tends to believe that movie critics don't want to enjoy a film. That they go into a movie thinking of new and different ways to shred it to bits. That's not true I can assure...
  • RBI to unveil credit policy review, interest rate may remain unchanged August 5, 2014

    The Reserve Bank of India will come out with its credit policy review on Tuesday. It is likely to maintain status quo on interest rate in its bi-monthly monetary policy review. The central bank may prepare ground for an easier rate regime by introducing some liquidity enhancing measures. In spite...
  • 'Junglezen Sheru' by Samarpan is a delightful read August 5, 2014

    There're books that you pick because their blurb looked interesting to you. The reason why I picked up Junglezen Sheru was the same but when I saw the genre of the book which is Fiction/Spirituality, it intrigued me and that's when I thought, I am sure there book has something...
  • Upendra Namburi does it again with well-crafted '60 minutes' August 5, 2014

    There are very few books that can make me sit straight and finish them in a single go. Two Indian authors who manage to do so time and again when it comes to corporate thrillers/drama are Ravi Subramanian and Upendra Namburi. I remember reading Upendra Namburi's 31 when it...
  • '22 Jump Street' review: The movie is wildly entertaining, hilarious and cleverly written August 7, 2014

    Cast: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill return as a pair of unlikely, bumbling cops in 22 Jump Street, one of those rare comedy sequels that succeeds in delivering even more laughs than its winning original. Returning directors Phil Lord and Christopher...
  • 'Hercules' review: The film is watchable and occasionally good fun too August 7, 2014

    Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt Director: Brett Ratner Die-hard fans of Gladiator and 300 would do well to stay away from director Brett Ratner's Hercules, a trashy swords-and-sandals saga based on the brawny titular hero of Greek mythology. Ratner possesses neither Ridley Scott's refined...
  • Akhilesh Yadav writes to Narendra Modi seeking CSAT review July 28, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding his intervention and review of the UPSC Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) question format. The chief minister has called for a review of the question format as it hurts the prospects of the students belonging from...
  • Honda Mobilio diesel vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi: Honda's first MPV has the jaws to bite away a significant chunk from the Ertiga's share of pie July 26, 2014

    There are many MPVs out there in the market, more so in the sub-ten-lakh rupee bracket. But there is a new breed that has taken birth - MPVs that are based on small-car platforms, have small engines too, but still promise large space and a car-like driving feel. I like...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Kick', 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' July 25, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Kick' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. ...
  • 'Kick' review: It has a mission to reinforce that Salman may be a bad boy but has a heart of gold August 7, 2014

    Cast: Salman Khan,Jacqueline Fernandez and Randeep Hooda Director: Sajid Nadiadwala If you look really closely, you'll notice that the new Salman Khan starrer Kick is fashioned as a mirror to his own life. Directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, this is a movie on a mission. A mission to whitewash the actor's controversial personal...
  • 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' review: Whimsical, busy, irresistibly charming, an absolute must-watch August 7, 2014

    Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric Director: Wes Anderson Few modern filmmakers can claim to leave as distinct a stamp on their work as Wes Anderson. His cinematic style and visual language is so unique, you recognize it just moments into a film: the brightly colored dollhouse aesthetic of his...
  • LG G Watch: First impressions review July 25, 2014

    Mumbai: While LG's G Watch, the first Android Wear smartwatch, has been available to purchase (through Google Play Store) for Indian users for about a month now, it was early this week only when LG officially announced the launch of the smartwatch in India, alongside the LG G3 India launch....
  • Reviewers pour cold water on Amazon's Kindle Fire smartphone July 25, 2014

    Amazon.com's new Fire smartphone features "gimmicks" - such as 3D effects and object scanner - that may not be enough to entice users away from similarly priced Apple iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S5, reviewers said. Among the features of its first smartphone, Amazon has introduced "Dynamic Perspective", four cameras that track...
  • 'Kick' tweet review: Go with an open mind, don't expect intellectual pontification and you'll have a great time July 25, 2014

    With Eid only a few days away, Salman Khan's latest release, 'Kick', is set to hit the theatres today. A directorial debut of film producer Sajid Nadidadwala, 'Kick' also stars Randeep Hooda, Jacqueline Fernandez and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in key roles. Is Salman Khan a superhero or adrenaline junkie? Why does his...