The last single girl.

Last night, I was watching Sex and the City: The Movie (2008), well, for the 42nd time, and of course I drew a parallel. When Carrie Bradshaw’s Vogue Editor talked about “The last single girl” photo shoot featuring Carrie in various designer wedding dresses, me, while sipping my cheap beer (month end plus just quit my cushy job) exclaimed to myself, “Mm hmm, I know exactly what you mean, girl.” Only difference being, she was a 40-year-old bride, and I am 28. But hello? That’s New York and this is Bombay. It’s only fair.

Now if there’s anything that’s exactly like SATC in my life it’s the fact that I lucked out in my girlfriends department. I’ve my own set of Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, even though they’re physically not here with me in Manhattan aka Mumbai.

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Waiting review: Effortless performances in a warm tale about hope and waiting


Director: Anu Menon

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor, Arjun Mathur, Suhasini Maniratnam, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee

Director Anu Menon has clearly come a long way since her 2012 debut, London Paris New York. She ably sets most of her movie in the confines of a swanky, state-of-the-art private hospital in Kochi. Two people, Professor Shiv Natraj (Naseeruddin Shah) and Tara Deshpande (Kalki Koechlin) patiently wait everyday for their respective spouses to wake up from coma. While the one-liner idea sounds brilliant on paper, executing it in a full blown feature format takes talent. And, Menon is successful to a large extent.

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Zubaan review: Noteworthy performances in an unconventional film

zubaanDirector: Mozez Singh

Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Sarah-Jane Dias, Manish Choudhary, Raaghav Chanana, Harmehroz Singh, Meghna Malik

Debutant director Mozez Singh’s Zubaan, a movie about a dirt-poor boy in the quest to find success who eventually questions his own choices in this part-time song-and-dance musical was made after Singh waited nine years to make his dream project. He didn’t want to compromise the way he wanted to treat it. And, it shows. Given the resources, Singh’s treatment is very fresh and urban.

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Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 review: Distasteful, crass & illogical

Director: Umesh Ghadge

Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani, Shakti Kapoor, Mandana Karimi, Darshan Jariwala, Meghna Naidu, Gizele Thakral, Claudia Ciesla

You know what to expect from a movie that spells cool with a K. What you don’t expect though, is finding out that it isn’t the worst part about the movie. You wish it was though. Because, Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 (KKHH 3) serves you much worse, in abundance – a song that goes ‘Oh boy oh boy, you’re my soft toy’ for example. Directed by Umesh Ghadge and written by Milap Zaveri, the third installment in the ‘Kya Kool’ franchise is a challenge to your intellect, senses and overall sanity. Continue reading

Nirbaak review: A Shocking Experiment Ahead Of Its Time (And Not For Everyone)

As I walked into a theatre for the star-studded premiere of National Award winning director Srijit Mukherji’s Nirbaak on a hot Friday evening in Andheri; I decided to keep my fondness for some of his earlier movies at bay. I had mixed feelings and expectations after watching the trailer; so I settled down on the comfortable sofa and let the film do the talking.

So, what’s common between a dog, a tree, a corpse and a narcissist? The answer is love — silent love. Love binds these four stories together by a common thread, in the form of Sushmita Sen. The hyper narcissist, played by Anjan Dutta is the story of Samson, an old loner who is so self absorbed that he smooches as well as masturbates to his own reflection. He spends hours looking at the mirror lovingly, appreciating himself, taking really long luxurious soapy baths and then spraying self with half a bottle of deodorant to last a lifetime. Continue reading

Ta Ra Rum Pum: You’re Doing Parenting Wrong If You Name Your Kids Princess & Champ

ta_ra_rum_pum_ver4_xlgI put myself through 156 minutes of intense pain so you wouldn’t have to. In my defence, I needed this money to go and buy my beer

First let me make one thing very clear—Ta Ra Rum Pum is a cinematic experience like no other; it has the best of everything—the best Halloween-inspired hairstyle, sported by Rani Mukherjee, a daughter whose name is ‘Princess’ (yes, yup), a son whose legit name is ‘Champ’ (you don’t say?) and the best car racer in the world, the father of Michael Schumacher, Shri Shri Saif Ali Khan. Continue reading

Krrish: The Indian Superhero Who Makes Superman Look Like KRK

Whether you’ve seen Krrish 3 or not, you haven’t seen it this way

Wait, where’s Krrish 2? Also, Vivek Oberoi still works in Bollywood? Was I in a coma for the past few years?

After suffering 152 minutes (the run-time of the film) of intense pain, I have come to the conclusion that my editor hates me. Why else would she put me through the pain that I had managed to escape back when the movie had actually released?  Continue reading

Ram Leela: Riot of colors generously spread on a wafer thin plot

M_Id_420168_ramleelaSanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Goliyon  Ki Raasleela – Ram Leela’ doesn’t tell you anything new, that you don’t know already after watching Bollywood movies for two decades. Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the ending. Rest of the film is also typical. Boy meets girl from rival family. Falls in lust. Then, in love. Elopes. Gets caught. Cries. Dies.

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Lootera: To longing. To love. To the last leaf on the tree.

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I always thought there are two kind of filmmakers in Bollywood. One who make films that they believe in, for themselves, without worrying about big budget or stars, like say, a Anurag Kashyap or Dibakar Banerjee. And then there are filmmakers who make mindless mass ‘entertainers’ in order to boast about a 100 crore profit, like, a Sajid Khan or Rohit Shetty.

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A few good men.

10-Salman-Khan-meets-Faith-Aanlingan-NGO-childrens-in-MandwaIndia is ruled by two things – Cricket and Bollywood. These are the two things that always manage to create mass hysteria and bind our countrymen together. We laugh together when we win a cricket series 4-0 against Australia, and we cry together when Shah Rukh Khan dies at the end of a movie. But amidst all these glamour and passion, there lies a side we do not really know about Bollywood and cricket. A lot of these celebrities are engaged in some really great social work and endorse social initiatives in their own little way. Continue reading