Piku should hopefully be some good shit, says Raja Sen. Ah, god bless Shoojit Sircar and his love for bodily fluids. After his two-fingered salute to sperm in Vicky Donor, the director is back with Piku, a film that looks to be a fond take on constipation and the importance of, um, motion. Amitabh Bachchan features as a cantankerous old man prioritising his stomach and his toiletary routine above all else, much to the chagrin of his pretty daughter Piku, played by Deepika Padukone. As shown ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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Stay away from theatres, I’d say. 50-kos away, even, writes Raja Sen in Gabbar is Back review. Villains aren’t what they used to be. I haven’t seen the original South Indian versions of many of the cruelly loud movies we’re subjected to every few months, but the ones they make in Hindi cinema are so definitively STAR VEHICLES that they deserve the all-caps rebuke. There is clearly no other purpose to these movies than to blatantly make the hero always look good, ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Mr X is a stupid, slow mess that could still have been made entertaining with an interesting protagonist, says Raja Sen. What is the worst thing a tacky filmmaker can do? Overblown dialogue, corny acting, big conceptual plot-holes, continuity errors, melodrama, weak subplots…. All of those are regrettable but forgivable. For the kind of B-grade movies a director like Vikram Bhatt routinely churns out, these are all par for the course. The most unforgivable sin is to be boring, and ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Alas, as an indictment of our legal system, Court doesn't prick deeply, says Raja Sen. An Indian courtroom is not a place you want to be. The universally slumped shoulders, the increasingly clerical lawyers, the incomprehensible antiquated legalese, all ticking away under a slow moving fan, creaking almost as slowly as the cases being argued. It is in this world that Chaitanya Tamhane's impressive directorial debut Court is set, and the director takes his time making us watch paint dry. The ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The first trailer for Bombay Velvet brings with it an overwhelming feeling of deja view, says Raja Sen. It’s almost here. The first trailer for Bombay Velvet -- Anurag Kashyap’s biggest budget opus, a jazz-soaked 1960’s ode to crime in Mumbai -- is here, and despite all the stylish bells and whistles, the overwhelming feeling is one of deja view: been there seen that, many times over. As we see the journey of steel-cage fighting achiever Johnny Balraj riding up the ranks ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Review: Bombay Velvet is an epic misfire Rediff.com, 1 week ago Trailer Review: Anurag Kashyap embraces retro masala with Bombay Velvet INooz, 2 months ago
Raja Sen was most thrilled about catching Jerry Seinfeld in India this weekend, but the performance has, it appears, been scrapped. For the most preposterous reasons. Here, then, is a script of Jerry and the gang dealing with the news. Interior. Jerry's apartment. Kramer is staring suspiciously at something resembling a vada-pao. George is walking around, sweating profusely. Jerry is sitting by the phone wearing red tankpants and a blue t-shirt. Elaine enters. She's trying to carry in three ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The star of many blockbuster films, Aamir Khan turns 50 on March 14.While he has been associated with some of the most memorable films of his time in his over three-decade-long career, everything else he does, inadvertently or otherwise, makes headlines.What are your thoughts on the star actor as he crosses an important milestone of his life? What do you make of his illustrious career, his social activism, his hosting turn on TV, among other things?Discuss this, and much more!Join film ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Your FAVE Aamir Khan Movie? VOTE! Rediff.com, 2 months ago
With his newest show, Shah Rukh Khan’s finally found the right television shoes for himself, notes Raja Sen. One of the things we learnt over the last dozen years is that nobody can suit up quite like Amitabh Bachchan. What the megastar managed to do with Kaun Banega Crorepati is the stuff of pure legend, single-handedly expanding the small-screen while using his diction, poise and grace to position himself as a singularly immaculate gameshow host. Many an imitator -- including Shah Rukh ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Leonard Nimoy let us all experience how sexy thinking could truly be, says Raja Sen. I doubt anybody really remembers the first time they watched Star Trek. How old they were, what episode it was, what was the point at which Scotty beamed the gang back up onto the USS Enterprise... All of those seem irrelevant particulars. What everyone does remember is a moment, or a glimpse: the bridge of the USS enterprise, the urgency, the ray-guns, the way the doors swooshed open automatically, the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is so simple that it never gives you a single moment of unpredictability, writes Raja Sen. There’s a lot to be said for the 1990s, and Kumar Sanu doesn’t make the list. Not only is it hard to look past the impossibly nasal voice, he’s also a singer who flourished at a time when Hindi film music was actively choking the Hindi film, forcing formulaic ditties into movies made for the sake of holding them. Looking back from here, he had a few good ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Box office: Tanu Weds Manu Returns gets impressive opening Rediff.com, 19 hours ago Box Office: Sunny loses out to Deepika Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago Box Office: Decent opening for Gabbar Is Back Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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