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Do me a favour and don’t waste the precious 2 hours and 10 minutes of your life on this flick. Rowdy Rathore is the perfect example of a situation where a producer should think a hundred times before taking the decision to pour crores into a flop idea. Directed by Prabhu Deva, and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rowdy Rathore is a disaster of a movie. 

The film is driven by a loose plot, one which involves a pick-pocketer, Shiva (Akshay Kumar) who also happens to be a “humshakal” (lookalike) of an honest, righteous police officer Vikram Rathore, (also played by Akshay Kumar, obviously). Because of being a lookalike of Vikram, Shiva is unwillingly caught in a game of revenge. Baapji (Nassar) and his goons who are the “bhais” of a small town Devgarh are under the illusion that Shiva is Vikram Rathore and they are now after Shiva to finish him off. The film is basically about how Shiva comes to know the whole story behind Baapji’s enemity with Vikram Rathore, and about how Shiva must now take Rathore’s place and kill off Baapji and his goondas. 

Sonakshi Sinha plays Paro, Shiva’s love interest. She is at times the damsel-in-distress, and at times the inspiration behind Shiva’s countless cheesy dialogues and dance moves. Sonakshi Sinha can pull of the dance moves and good looks, but unfortunately that is not enough to get you through the film. She gives a lot of awkward expressions and her dialogue delivery throughout the film seems a bit forced. This being a complete Akshay Kumar film, Sonakshi Sinha has little to do. 

Akshay Kumar gives it his all. His moustache, his built body, his humorous dialogue delivery, and of course, his fighting abilities. There are a few well directed action sequences, but nothing that stands out. All those scenes have been ripped off from Vikramarkudu anyway. If you didn’t know, Rowdy Rathore is a remake of Vikramarkudu, a telugu film. 

The music of film is something that’ll last in audience’s memory for a month or so, and then it will be forgotten. Sajid-Wajid being the music directors you can expect a lot of loud music throughout the film, but after the first song or two, it starts sounding repetitive. The “Chinta Ta Ta Chita” beat is used in almost every song in this film, and it makes every song sound similar. 

Films like these make me wonder what exactly happens at the narration sessions between the director and the actor. How does a director narrate nonsensical scenes to an actor and still manage to sound like a professional filmmaker? How does the actor react to these scenes after they have been narrated to him/her? 

There was only one thing that made this horrid experience more enjoyable for me in the theatres. And the thing was my tray of nachos and cheese that I was munching on. If you walk into the theatre expecting a life-changing experience, or mind-blowing acting, you will be majorly disappointed. You might get a few laughs out of the first few scenes, but later you’ll be sitting there cursing yourself for wasting 2 hours of your life. 2 hours of your life which you will never get back! 

FILM-O-METER RATING: 2 OUT OF 5   


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If you still haven’t watched Kahaani, here is something that will get you going. IT WILL BE THE BEST 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES YOU WILL SPEND IN A THEATRE.

And if that’s not reason enough, the thrill, the excitement, the plot, and the suspense will definitely get your feet walking towards the theatre on their own. Sujoy Ghosh, the director of Kahaani should go ahead and a take bow, because he has created a masterpiece.

Kahaani is a suspense-thriller about a pregnant woman, Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), coming to Kolkatta to find her husband, Arnab Bagchi, who has gone missing. In her search of her missing husband, Vidya is aided by a local police officer, Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay). What follows is a roller-coaster of events that lead to the truth behind the hunt for a missing man and raise questions about the very existence of a man named Arnab Baghchi.

Shot in the backdrop of Kolkatta during the Durga Puja festival, the film is vibrant, colourful and has a rustic feel to it. Every shot has meaning to it, and nothing seems unnecessary or out of place. There are no songs used as fillers, and that helps in maintaining the continuity of the film.

Vidya Balan does a complete 180 turn from her character in The Dirty Picture. After seeing her seductive side, dressed provocatively in The Dirty Picture, her character in Kahaani is a refreshing change. She is covered head to toe, and has mannerisms and body language of a pregnant woman downpat. Parambrata, who plays Vidya’s pillar of support, has a gentle attitude towards everything which makes his character all the more amiable. The entire film is bound by the characters of Vidya Balan and Parambrata Chattopadhyay, and it is interesting to see how their relationship evolves over the course of the plot.

Other than the plot, the script and the acting, the background score is also something to watch out for. It brings a new feel to film, making the scenes seem darker, more dangerous, and heartwarming when necessary. Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ touches the heart. All these separate elements come together to make the film into a package that is thrilling, exciting and – at the same time – entertaining.

In the past two weeks, the Hindi film industry has really outdone itself, and it has given us all a ray of hope. Kahaani proves that Bollywood is capable of making more than just “leave your brain at home” type masala films. If you haven’t watched this masterpiece yet, you are missing out on one of the most brilliant movies to be made this year.

This is where you stop reading, and book your movie tickets, because I am giving it 4.5 stars out of 5!

FILM-O-METER RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5

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  Singham promises to be nothing more than a fultoo action and masala flick. Its a weekend film and a complete surprise coming from Rohit Shetty’s box of goodies. Unlike his previous films, Singham makes somewhat of an impact on the audience – at least for the 2 hours that you’ll spend inside the theater. The same formula as any 90s movie, but with a different and modern look. With a lot of action sequences (some over-the-top) and some cheesy one-liners, this film is a one time watch.

     Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgan) is an honest cop with his own ideals and believes that problems can be solved by talking them out, and he uses violence mostly as a last resort. After a tiff with a local “dada” by the name of Jaykant Shirke (Prakash Raj), Singham gets transferred to Goa where he sees corruption and violence as a daily way of life. His girlfriend (Kajal Agarwal) encourages him to fight and put an end to the practice of police officers bowing down to local gang-lords.  

    Ajay Devgan is pretty convincing in the role of a “marathi manus”…and uses many Marathi words with diction that is close to acceptable. Words like “tujhya aaichya gaavat” definitely hit homeruns. His effort and hardwork on his physique shows and that six-pack is will not go unnoticed. In fact, it is safe to say that Devgan gave quite a tough competition to Salman and it will be difficult to decide which cop you like best. Kajal Agarwal gives justice to her trivial role and at times manages to come across as a very natural actress sparing some scenes which will rank high on the cheesy meter. Prakash Raj plays the “gunda” in the film and plays it with conviction. At times, his lines seem forced and fake but overall, he will make the audience hate him for who he is. Lastly, the real Marathi color of the film is seen because of Ashok Saraf, who plays a sarcastic “hawaldaar” who firmly believes that the system will never change, and that corruption will always remain a way of life. Saraf adds a lot of comic relief to an otherwise tense situation.

     The movie is for the masses, and as mentioned earlier, it is indeed a weekend film. There is nothing that you learn from the movie, and nothing that might inspire the audiences. It is a family entertainer, and it should taken at its face value. Watch it if you are an absolute fan of action films.

 FILM-O-METER RATING: 4 OUT OF 5  

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Three roommates. One package. A bad case of diarrhoea. And a big misunderstanding. This pretty much sums up Delhi Belly.

Directed by Abhinay Deo, Delhi Belly is about three roommates – Tashi (Imraan Khan), Arup (Vir Das), and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor). Tashi’s girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala) hands Tashi a mysterious package that he is supposed to deliver to an address. However, the package gets lost in transit and there begins the trouble. The three roommates must fight off goons, save Tashi’s girlfriend and find the package with the help of Tashi’s colleague Maneka (Poorna Jagannathan).

The film is a brilliant piece of work, but it is not for everyone. There is a heavy use of bad language and lots of sexually explicit scenes. But, never at any point does it seem like it is overdone. The dialogues and the bad words in them flow quite naturally. From the direction, to the screenplay, to the dialogues, to the songs – everything in the film is unique and hasn’t been done before.  

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     Stanley Ka Dabba will surely take you down memory lane. Times when you had the best dabba during lunchtime, or the times when you forgot your dabba, and had to eat from your friend’s boxes. It’s a beautiful story, filled with meaning and memories. It shows the great bond that students have with their teachers, peers and other people around them.

     Stanley (Partho) is a boy who is smart, intelligent, but goes to school everyday without a lunchbox. Mr. Varma (Amole Gupte) a teacher in Stanley’s school does not like the fact that Stanley does not bring his own lunchbox and then shares food with the other boys in the class. Mr. Varma is a teacher who likes to feast on the food brought by other children in the school, because he never brings a lunchbox himself to school. The students then decide to trick their teacher and eat in different places everyday so that they won’t get caught.

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     Bollywood music directors have recently developed a knack for producing songs that are full of controversies. Basically, they are the kind of songs that you cannot just put on a CD without giving it another thought, or actually be able to play it in front of an audience. (Especially, not your parents)

     Well, the music directors of Aamir Khan’s new production Delhi Belly starring Imraan Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor, have come out with a new track called Bhaag D.K. Bose. The title sounds quite harmless, but after listening to the entire version, I was a bit taken aback! Being an RJ on a radio, I didn’t want to play this song live on-air. Give it a listen, and get to know for yourself, what it is that I am talking about.

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     Going in, I didn’t think Shor in the City would be a captivating movie because quite frankly, Tusshar Kapoor is just not one of the actors from the “promising actors” league. But, what a shocker of a movie. The directors of this film, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K are an award winning team of directors with their first film being Flavors in 2004. The story of Shor in the City revolves around three main people. Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor) who re-publishes books illegally along with two of his partners in crime – Mandook (Pitobash Tripathy) and Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) to sell them on traffic signals. The second angle of the storyline looks at Abhay, (Sendhil Ramamurthy) an NRI who leaves his past, and returns to India to start a small business and lastly, Sawan (Sundeep Kishan), who is a young, aspiring cricketer struggling to get an entry into the Indian cricket team.

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