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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR – I: Sleaze and Gore for ‘Realism’ Movies

Kashyap begins by dropping us in front of the television with ‘Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ playing moments before a bullet shatters the television and over a dozen people let loose their bullets and country-made grenades together with their profanity-spewing tongue. Enter realism. Or the Kashyap version of it. The gunmen go around bullet-spraying the house liberally from all sides indiscriminately with a clear intention...

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TRISHAGNI: A Layered Tale Ably Told Movies

All religions attempt to marry spiritualism and ethics. One is not supposed to entertain harmful thoughts or harbour ill-will against others, for it hampers one’s own spiritual evolution and is the breeding ground for immoral conduct. Buddhism is no exception to this general approach that all religions subscribe to. However, the teachings have to be clearly understood in the right context. Even the staunchest of...

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Agneepath: The Hritik Puppet Show Movies

Greek gods don’t walk the path of fire; it takes an angry, never-old man, sore and coarse from a long, rocky life of raw deals. And muscles might look ‘pretty’ and ‘sexy’ — whatever that means — and ‘pretty sexy’, but they don’t necessarily look menacing or dangerous, particularly when all ‘chocolate boys and men’ of Bollywood now wear muscles like there was a dress...

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RAAJNEETI: Stale curry, borrowed spices Movies

I wonder if Maharishi Ved Vyasa and Mario puzo whispered in each of Prakash Jha’s ears while he directed Raajneeti marrying the greatest epic poem of the East with the masterly pulp fiction of the West to dish out a Mahabharat-made-easy for the lovers of The Godfather. Director Prakash Jha’s standing promise of telling the hard-hitting and discomfiting truth sans bollywood melodrama stands seriously compromised...

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MY NAME IS KHAN: Unimpressive, yet relevant Movies

He is not a terrorist. Neither are millions of Muslims across the world. My Name is Khan returns to the question of confused Muslim identity in the wake of 9/11 with little novelty other than Shahrukh’s rediscovering himself as an actor playing a patient of Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. Rizwan Khan (Shahrukh) sees world in black and white, and the shades of grey...

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RANN: Truth compromised Movies

State is a concept brought to life for the purpose of preserving order and promoting welfare of the people by ensuring that every single individual is allowed maximum possible freedom to pursue his happiness without impinging upon the freedom of others. With great power comes great responsibility, but that’s more of moralizing than any thing else because with power granted, its use and misuse depends...

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KURBAAN: Unapologetic, glossless take on terrorism Movies

The opening credits with flashing images of wires, electronic devices, detonators and a swinging yellow bulb in a dingy workshop supported by thumping musical beats for a background score set the pace of the movie right at the onset and prepare the viewer for the gory things to come. The credits end with the dying glow of the bulb’s filament that soon sinks into visual...

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PUBLIC ENEMIES: Fledgling FBI’s historical struggle with John Dillinger Movies

With Johnny Depp playing the flamboyant John Dillinger under the direction of Michael Mann, one could easily expect a sleek, visual treat, which Public Enemies certainly is. However, the movie does not go beneath the very surface of the times it deals with. It does not tackle any issues other than the robberies, love life and death of John Dillinger. The movie has been criticized...

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Wanted: Prabhu-Salman joint debacle Movies

Prabhudeva attempts directing. Salman tries acting. Both fail, and call the mess Wanted. My expectations with Wanted were fairly low anyway, and the movie didn’t disappoint me on that front. To begin with, Superman Salman Khan looks a little too beefy with bad muscle definition to be performing the stunts he does in the movie. His movements are, apparently for that reason, laboured and least...

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FIRAAQ: The Scarred Human Face of Gujarat Pogrom Movies

Hatred is an effective long-term political tool because emotions are not resolvable issues. It sets the ball rolling down the slope with the ball gathering momentum on its own without requiring any more impetus till the time it hits a dead end, which is almost always a long way down the dark alley. Hatred wedges in a virtually indissoluble divide on the basis of perceived...

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