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2 years ago, there arrived a small gem of a film, 99. Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, it was a terrific roller-coaster ride and showed how one can come up with a gripping and funny tale based on a true incident. And when the director duo announced their next, Shor In The City, naturally I was waiting for it with bated breath. The film is ready since months but couldn’t release as it was touring festivals, wowing the audiences worldwide! This further upped my curiosity by many notches! Finally, Shor In The City has released and thankfully, meets all the expectations! It is quirky, engaging, completely absorbing and gives a paisa vasool time to the viewers!
The story of the movie: Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor) is newly married to Sapna (Radhika Apte) and runs an illegal book printing house alongwith his rowdy buddies Mandook (Pitobash Tripathi) and Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi). A routine robbery in the train results in their world going upside down. Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is an NRI who has come back to India to start a new business. As news spread that a rich NRI has arrived, the local goons (Zakir Hussain, Suresh Dubey) threaten him to pay ‘protection money’. Sawan (Sundeep Kishan) is an aspiring cricketer who wishes to get into Under 22 Mumbai Cricket Team. But he realizes that won’t be possible unless he coughs up a huge amount of money, something which he doesn’t have. On the other hand, his girlfriend Sejal (Girija Oak) is pressurizing him to act More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 25, 2011 – 11:50 IST
A major chunk of the film industry is under the misapprehension that when a film makes it to the festival circuit, it holds zilch prospects at the box-office. It isn’t for the aam aadmi; these films are sans entertainment. Tags such as offbeat and unusual are attached to it, even before the audience can give its mandate. But the perception has gradually changed with time, with more and more people getting cinema literate. These films have been successful in striking a chord with the festival crowd as well as passionate moviegoers. Most importantly, these films have quashed the notion that they aren’t commercially viable.
SHOR IN THE CITY, which won tremendous acclaim at various international festivals, takes this legacy forward. Like some striking films in the past, this one has the power to mesmerize and fascinate the festival crowd as well as those looking for an intelligent film while planning a trip to cineplexes. Yet, it is not one of those regular entertainers that we churn out with amazing regularity and which insult the intelligence of the viewer.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Get ready for a film that keeps you on the edge, but at the same time is one helluva entertaining film. As a film, SHOR IN THE CITY absorbs you into its world in no time. It is slick, has a lot of nervous energy and also has its share of fun moments. This one actually stands out in the crowd due to its unconventional plotline as More >
Ekta Kapoor uses media speculations to her benefit, names reel life boyfriend after real man in life
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 25, 2011)
Speculations about Abhay Deol’s love life and his involvement with the former Miss Great Britain, Preeti Desai, have been going on since the time they met.
And though neither of them have said anything conclusive about their relationship yet, Ekta Kapoor seems to be using the media speculations to her benefit.
Desai will be making her debut in Kapoor’s forthcoming film Shor In The City.
In this Balaji Telefilms’ black comedy, Preeti’s love interest, Sendhil Ramamurthy’s character goes by the name ‘Abhay’.
Kapoor’s marketing strategy is clearly evident, as her relationship with one Abhay on-screen and another off it is sure to garner a lot of attention for the film.
After all, with Desai hanging out with one Abhay almost all the time over the last few months, the name will not require much practising.
And who knows, maybe it will help her perform better with her love interest on screen as well.
By Taran Adarsh, February 11, 2011 – 12:03 IST
Hindi films have often depicted rare illnesses/disorders/disabilities… GHAJINI [Anterograde Amnesia], PAA [Progeria], MY NAME IS KHAN [Asperger Syndrome], TAARE ZAMEEN PAR [Dyslexia], BLACK [Alzheimer's], KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK [Schizophrenia], GUZAARISH [Paraplegia]. Now Ganesh Acharya’s ANGEL talks of Cerebral Palsy. Like his peers, Acharya isn’t merely highlighting a disability. ANGEL is primarily a love story… a hatke prem kahani in filmi lingo.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Love can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. It can happen to people who have arrived at the sunset of their life and also to those with serious disabilities. Though we talk about how love is the purest emotion, our society, very often, does not accept love when it doesn’t fit into our perception of love. To cite an example, love between an elder person and someone half his/her age or love between members of the same sex or between disabled individuals may make us uncomfortable. We get judgmental at times, thinking that we are right, while others — those who don’t act according to what we feel is right — are labeled as rebels, oddballs and misfits. ANGEL does that. It goes into the unconventional zone, depicting a love story between a social misfit and a woman suffering with Cerebral Palsy.
There’s talk that ANGEL is similar to GUZAARISH. It’s not. Nor is it similar to SADMA. In GUZAARISH, Hrithik was completely paralyzed below More >
Filmmakers usually dabble in one particular genre of cinema in which they are comfortable. Some of them try to experiment in other genres too. While few are successfully able to do the switch, the rest miserably fail. For instance, Raj Kumar Santoshi came up with hard hitting classics like Damini, Ghayal, Khakee, Halla Bol but in between also entertained audiences with capers like Andaz Apna Apna and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. In the yesteryears, Ramesh Sippy, Yash Chopra and many others successfully made films, each have a different feel, mood and genre. Now Madhur Bhandarkar attempts something similar. Known for his realistic films, the maverick director changes tracks and has come up with a romcom, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji! The good news is that Bhandarkar doesn’t badly falter as the film is a smooth ride. However, at the same time, there are some points in the film that clearly prove his incompetence as a director of such kind of a film. But overall, it’s worth giving a watch!
The story of the movie: 38-year-old Naren (Ajay Devgn) is all set to get divorced from his wife (Rituparna Sengupta). To get over the loneliness, he accommodates 2 paying guests in his house-Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya) and Abhay (Emraan Hashmi). At this point, Naren falls for 21 year old June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee), who works as an intern at Naren’s office. June is cute, vibrant and bubbly and Naren cant stop getting attracted to her. Milind, a budding poet and employee at a More >
By Taran Adarsh, January 27, 2011 – 10:41 IST
Hindi cinema has never been short of movies which abound in humor. In fact, there’s a barrage of funny films these days. Whether it’s the gentle humor that keeps us smiling constantly [on the lines of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee's films] or the incisive and sharp wit of TERE BIN LADEN, DO DOONI CHAAR and PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA or the boisterous laughathons attempted by David Dhawan, Anees Bazmee and Priyadarshan, we’ve enjoyed our share of laughs. But I genuinely feel that the comedy scene in Bollywood is slowly, but perceptibly changing, veering more towards realism and this is exactly what we get to watch in Madhur Bhandarkar’s new outing DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Okay, okay, so we associate Madhur with somber/serious cinema, tackling issues that concern us, right from CHANDNI BAR to JAIL. By now famous for his socially relevant, hard-hitting films that take potshots at the upper crust, Madhur changes tracks with this one. DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI is a light entertainer at heart, but there’s something about the landed gentry in this one as well. It exposes the dual lives they lead.
Without beating around the bush, let me pronounce that I was skeptical about Madhur’s abilities when it came to handling light films. Oh yes, he has a terrific sense of humor in real life. On reel, he’s synonymous with hard-hitting movies, isn’t it? So what prompted this National Award winning More >
Ajay and Emraan talk of emotions and temptations
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 11, 2011)
In their last outing, Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai — one of the biggest hits of 2010, intense lover-boy Ajay Devgn and serial-kisser Emraan Hashmi rocked. Different as they are in acting styles, looks and screen mannerisms, these actors portrayed their ‘screen lover act’ with precision. Ajay was his brooding self, making women go weak-kneed with just the flip of his eyelids and the passion in those searing dark eyes; Emraan was the louder, more robust lover, using his physicality to convey his feelings. The outcome was terrific. Both men managed to strike goals in their individualistic style.
Guess what, now they’re back in Madhur Bhandarkar and Kumar Mangat Pathak’s naughty comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji releasing on January 28.
Says a trade consultant, “This time the magic will be a little different. Ajay and Emraan play lovers with a difference, but the bottom line is that they’re both men seeking love, who’ll do anything to keep that emotion alive.’’ According to trade circles, DTBHJ is a film that is targeted at the youth. Distributors feel that while the 18-25 year old target group is keen to check out this slice-of-life romantic comedy with an interesting babe quotient (three hot girls), there is also tremendous curiosity about this film in the 25-40 age bracket because each of the heroes is giving his own love More >
Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Omi Vaidya are the three men whose lives change with love in Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 29, 2010)
Be it Chandni Bar, Page 3, Traffic Signal or Fashion, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s movies have always stood out for their story and characterisation as well as his mastery in dissecting life to its bare and realistic best. His next, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (presented by Bhandarkar Entertainment and Wide Frame Pictures), though a light-hearted comedy, boasts of equally welletched-out, deliciously quirky characters that are ready to touch your heart. A quick look at the three guy characters in the film will immediately bolster this truth.
The movie has an ensemble cast comprising Ajay Devgn, who is playing the role of a man who has filed for divorce, and has been paired opposite Shazahn Padamsee. Ajay is known for his comic timing and his role of Naren Ahuja, a manager at a multinational bank whose chance meeting with an impulsive, vivacious girl named June Pinto to whom he’s attracted immediately, will leave you in splits. Naren even changes his geek look to become suave in the film to win the girl. “It is a film for one and all. The youth will relate to it very well, all the three characters are drawn up fabulously. It is comedy with a soul, the subtle, intelligent sense of humour simply can’t go amiss. I can trust this one to touch everyone,” he says.
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By Taran Adarsh, November 26, 2010 – 08:59 IST
Aditya Chopra’s DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE, Karan Johar’s KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI and Farhan Akhtar’s DIL CHAHTA HAI continue to inspire and motivate film-makers to this date. Danish Aslam’s debut film BREAK KE BAAD borrows from the above-mentioned films, besides Imtiaz Ali’s LOVE AAJ KAL and several other films churned out by Yash Raj and Dharma.
I don’t think it’s sacrilege to seek inspiration from a great film, a taut script or soulful music, but the storyteller ought to take that extra effort to present something more than what we’ve watched before, in his/her film. That’s where BREAK KE BAAD fails to connect.BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
BREAK KE BAAD deals with space issues in a relationship, a much exploited and abused word used a lot in the present-day scenario. Space is almost like a break-up mantra and BREAK KE BAAD explores this concept rather than being a conventional love story. It has that typical Hollywood inspired urban drollness, approach and responsiveness, but what comes across on screen is a poor replication of romance-laden movies that we have enjoyed over the years.
BREAK KE BAAD goes wrong, sorry horribly wrong in its writing. The screenplay is full of glitches, the writing is juvenile, the situations are amateurish and I actually wondered how a shoddy screenplay like the one in BREAK KE BAAD was green-lit and approved in the first place. The intention was to make a cool film for the urban More >
Recently, (Late) B R Chopra’s son, filmmaker Ravi Chopra, was flown to the US for medical treatment. Though admitted in a Mumbai hospital in February this year, for lung infection, Ravi had not recuperated, which is when his family members decided to take him to the US for better medical treatment.
According to a source, “Ravi was in the city hospital for nearly a month and after he was discharged, his health still needed a lot of attention. He had lost several kilos and had become very frail.
His wife Renu and sons Abhay and Kapil then decided to take him to the US for better treatment.” Ravi had plans of starting several new projects under his banner B R Films.
We called B R Films to check on this. A male voice said, “Yes, Ravi saab and his family are in the US for his treatment. He is better now, but we don’t know when he’ll be back.” On being asked who he was, he refused to divulge any information. We wish Ravi Chopra a speedy recovery.