Reviews

  • 'Ten Kings' review: Must read, an interesting adaptation of Rig Veda Yesterday

    It is rare to find an interesting story from ancient Indian history. The known author Ashok K Banker in his 340 page historical fiction Ten Kings brings to you an incident from ancient vedic text of Rig Veda which is now regarded as historical fact by scholars, historians and archaeologists. Based...
  • 'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read 3 days ago

    I have said this earlier and I have no qualms in saying this again that Shobhan Bantwal is a reader's delight. You expect certain things from every Shobhan Bantwal book after reading its blurb and she delivers exactly the same. Nice, breezy and uncomplicated stories make her books absolute page-turners...
  • 'Love Kills' review: A well-written thriller 3 days ago

    I had read Jacob Hills by Ismita Tandon and had quite liked the book though it had left me disgusted. It was a well-written book with some shocking facts as it was based on a true story. Ismita's latest offering is Love Kills and I must say her writing style...
  • 'God Is A Gamer' review: A thriller that will keep you on your toes 3 days ago

    Before I begin with my review of God Is A Gamer, I would like to confess something here. I am a very impatient man when it comes to books that I look forward to read once they're announced and there are a couple of authors who make the cut for...
  • 'Creature 3D' review: The film fails spectacularly in getting the basics right 3 days ago

    Cast: Bipasha Basu, Imran Abbas Naqvi Director: Vikram Bhatt Steven Spielberg famously explained that his decision to reveal as little of the shark as he possibly could, until one was two-thirds into Jaws, helped escalate the audience's tension. After all, what really scares you is the stuff you can't see. Director Vikram...
  • 'Finding Fanny' review: Film starts off slowly but draws you into its drama 3 days ago

    Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor Director: Homi Adajania Five restless Goans, a ratty ol' Dodge, and an unfortunate cat...that's all the ingredients director Homi Adajania employs to whip up the lighthearted soufflé that is Finding Fanny. Sprinkled liberally with uproarious humor, the film makes some rather...
  • 2014 Hero Karizma ZMR review: Improves upon many but not all aspects of the previous bikes 4 days ago

    The reactions to the reveal of the new Karizma were pretty strong. For every comment that said the new bike looked great, there was one person who claimed to have his eyes glaze over at Hero's umpteeth cosmetic update to the motorcycle. And two others who hated the way it...
  • 'Creature 3D' tweet review: This one is strictly for Bipasha Basu's fans 4 days ago

    Directed by Vikram Bhatt, Creature 3D is touted to be India's first 3D monster thriller science-fiction film. The movie has a lot of VFX which is supposedly the USP. Bipasha Basu has again shown her never-ending love for horror flicks and played the main lead...
  • 'Finding Fanny' tweet review: The film belongs to Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor, they are brilliant 4 days ago

    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...
  • 50 dengue cases in Punjab so far this year: Punjab Health Minister 6 days ago

    Chandigarh: Fifty confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in Punjab so far this year, state Health and Family Welfare Minister Surjeet Kumar Jayani said on Wednesday. "These 50 cases of dengue are being treated in different government hospitals of the state," he said, adding that the state government has constituted...
  • Apple Pay review: Simplifies payments, improves security 6 days ago

    Few people use their phones to pay for goods and services at retail stores. That's because it's not difficult to pull out a plastic credit card, however insecure that technology might be. Apple is trying to change that with Apple Pay, which will come to the new iPhones in October...
  • Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review: They neutralise a key Android advantage 6 days ago

    Apple's new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus are both larger than the current 4-inch models. They neutralise a key advantage Android phones have had: size. And Apple managed to make its new phones thinner, with edges that are curved and fit nicely in the hands. Gone is the...
  • Apple Watch review: Its first smartwatch points to another winner for Apple 6 days ago

    Cupertino: As computerised wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. I like that it will come in two sizes, so the watch won't feel giant on smaller hands, as some competing watches do. I also like that Apple will offer a variety of straps and materials, so fitness buffs can get...
  • Apple Watch gets mixed reviews in the fashion world 6 days ago

    Cupertino: Apple's newly unveiled smartwatch on Tuesday split fashion arbiters who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance. Many praised the Apple Watch, priced from $349 when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic, but some bloggers and editors said the watch had a masculine aura, which would limit its...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Mary Kom' September 6, 2014

    In this episode of 'Now Showing', CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom. ...
  • 'Mary Kom' review: The film is watchable, but never great like it should've been September 8, 2014

    Cast: Priyanka Chopra Director: Omung Kumar In one scene in Mary Kom, Priyanka Chopra, playing the titular boxer, has just received a letter in the mail with promising news. Too excited to wait till her husband is out of the shower, she relays the information to him even as he cranks open...
  • Motorola's new Moto G: First impressions review September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Riding high on the success of the Moto G, Motorola today introduced the successor to its affordable smartphone. Named the '2nd Gen Moto G', the Android smartphone comes with improved specs and at a price, which is Rs 1000 cheaper than its predecessor. The new Moto G (16GB) carries...
  • 'Mary Kom' tweet review: Priyanka Chopra surprises with her performance September 5, 2014

    Boxing and cinema have enjoyed a great relationship. That's why the viewers have been awaiting the release of 'Mary Kom'. And since 'Barfi!' star Priyanka Chopra plays Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom, the excitement is expected to be intense. Priyanka Chopra may not have tried to look like the boxer...
  • 'The Mockingbird Next Door' speaks of an era gone by and of the times we live in September 3, 2014

    When "To Kill a Mockingbird" released in 1960, it created a sensation. The theme was bold, ahead of its time and reflective of the society and its prejudices. The book was a hit like no other. It won the Pulitzer and many other awards. There was a movie made, which...
  • 99: The book is thought provoking and entertaining September 3, 2014

    Writers live on forever. There is this immortality which is attained when you write a book. The concept of death is then cheated on and rightly so. When Khushwant Singh passed away, there was this surge of emotions in the country and outside of the country as well. India had...
  • Review petitions by death row convicts to be heard by 3 judges in open court: SC September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday laid down new rules on review petitions filed by death row convicts. The court ruled that petitions by death row convicts will be heard by a bench of three judges in an open court. Earlier, the petitions were heard in the chambers of...
  • 'Raja Natwarlal' review: Interesting story told predictably, it leaves you bored out of your mind August 30, 2014

    Star Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Mallick, Kay Kay, Paresh Rawal, Deepak Tijori, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub Director: Kunal Deshmukh I can think of a few things one could do to bide 2 hours and 20 minutes. Like catch reruns of Modern Family on television, speed-read the new Chetan Bhagat bestseller so you don't...
  • 'Step Up: All In' review: Too much plot and less dancing defeats the film's very purpose August 30, 2014

    Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, and Adam G Sevani Director: Trish Sie With Step Up: All In, we've arrived at the fifth installment in the dance-movie franchise, although - let's face it - they really keep making the same movie over and over again. Sure the faces change, and they move...
  • 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' review: Bland, unimaginative, this film needn't have been made August 30, 2014

    Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner Director: Jonathan Liebesman The question you'll likely ponder after watching the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is this: Who exactly is it meant for? The 30-something-year-olds who might be nostalgic about reconnecting with characters from their youth? Or kids themselves, unfamiliar...
  • 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' tweet review: The ninja brothers are mind-blowing August 29, 2014

    When the first' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' was released back in the year 1990, I wasn't even born then, but I remember seeing the movie as a child. Not knowing much about the box-office collection, I came to know it later that the movie made $25 million at the...
  • 'Step Up All In' tweet review: Even with amazingly choreographed dance sequences, the film is a let down August 30, 2014

    The 'Step Up' series is one of those uncommon franchise that has shown success and growth with each installment. Just like the way in which dance numbers are now more about spunk, energy and how flashy they are, their stories have emerged fantastic. Directed by dancer and choreographer Trish Sie, ...
  • 'Katiyabaaz' review: The film is a slice of life that will resonate with you August 23, 2014

    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 August 23, 2014

    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 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 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 August 22, 2014

    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) --...