Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Please enjoy some Jesus Christ Superstar! (Even if you don't celebrate. ESPECIALLY if you don't celebrate.)

You know, it's funny. When I tell non-desi types that I love Indian movies, the first reaction I get is something along the lines of "Oh, I love/hate musicals." But Indian movies aren't really "musicals" the way we make them over here in the West.

Fun fact: I loathe most contemporary Broadway musicals and, by extension, most of the "musical" crap that airs on American television, too. With the exception of the High School Musical series, which is delightful.

My biggest problem with contemporary musicals is the music. To be quite frank, it really sucks. Hard. Tuneless, aimless, and sucky - which is why it's a niche genre for those who fetishize big vocal performances instead of being for everybody. *whistles some Rogers & Hart to herself*

Seriously, y'all. I heard a snippet of the new Breakfast at Tiffany's musical and wanted to poke my ear drums out. It doesn't even begin to touch the genius of Henry Mancini's score and Audrey Hepburn's sweet little voice...

Anyways, for all of Webber's faults, the fact remains that Jesus Christ Superstar is a fantastic rock opera. So now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to put on my white-fringed shirt and head over to my parents house for Easter dinner.

Back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow! But!! The next two weekends, I'll be out of town. Las Vegas and New York. If you are there, feel free to drop me a line!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday Post: L.O.V.E. birds?

Sad news first, Tamil film actress Sukumari has passed away.

Born in 1940 in then Travancore, Sukumari began her career at the age of 10 with a cameo in Tamil movie ‘Oru Iravu’ in 1951. In a career spanning more than five decades, she acted in over 2,500 films, including in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Oriya and Bengali. A versatile actor, she shared the screen with big names, including Mamooty, Mohanlal, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan and also yesteryear stars MG Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Nageswara Rao and Prem Nazir.

My thoughts are with her family and friends on this sad day.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WEDNESDAY POST: Celebration time!

HUGE rally in support of Marriage Equality here in Washington, DC yesterday! It was quite heart-warming (and contained a refreshing lack of signs with dead babies on them.) This was the scene on my walk to the Metro yesterday evening... still PILES of people milling around. I think there is going to be another one today.

On that note, you might be interested in this podcast on how the American conversation on homosexuality has affected Bollywood.

To understand just how much America -- and it's ideas about gay rights and other issues -- continue to influence the rest of the world, it's worth watching a movie called English Vinglish, a Bollywood hit from last year, starring Indian screen legend Sridevi. Her character, Shashi, is visiting her sister in the U.S. for a few weeks, and starts taking English-language classes in Manhattan…

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Post: No Preferential Treatment Edition!

Vancouver Desi is the one outlet staying on top of TOIFA. Today they look at what stars are likely to be paid.

t’s hard to know exactly what members of India’s entertainment A-list will be paid for their appearances and performances at the first-ever Times of India Film Awards, set to take place April 4-6. But if it’s anything like what they earn for events in India, some are in line for six-figure paycheques.

Also, Anurag Kashyap tweeted out the link to my rant on TOIFA and I couldn't figure out why (since I've been busting his ass for years and I assumed he didn't know I existed or thought - fairly enough - I was full of shit) but apparently he was mad that tabloids were circulating a rumor that he and Huma Quereshi were having an affair.

Suspiciously the link to MY blog in that "Tweet no. 5" that Bollywood Life posted is missing. Hmm…

Monday, March 25, 2013


First we have Midnight's Children, which will be getting a US theatrical release. Based on the Salman Rushdie novel of the same name - and entertainingly code named with the most boring name they could think of while filming "Winds of Change" - it looks set to be as beautifully shot and acted one would expect a Deepa Mehta film to be. The film stars Rahul Bose, Siddharth, Soha Ali Khan, Shabana Azmi, Shriya Saran, and Anupam Kher.

Monday Post: Let it snow, let it snow...

Good morning!! And a big Happy Monday to you, friends!

We're piled under a mountain of snow here in Washington, DC today and - alas - all offices are still open, so imagine me wailing like Karishma in the voice of Alka Yagnik as I head out into the snow, hoping that Akshay will pick me up on his dog sled and deliver me to work safely.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

100 Crore Club Member Badge No. 4: Golmaal 3

How can there be any bad music? All music is from heaven. If there is anything bad in it, I put it there - by my implications and my limitations. Nature builds the mountains and man puts in the fences and labels.

- Charles Ives (1874-1954), American composer

They keep speaking about Kurosawa. But what about our directors, like Naseer Hussain and Ramesh Sippy? I’m sure they haven’t even heard of director Brij Sadanah, who has made a brilliant film Victoria No. 203. What about Manmohan Desai, Ramesh Sippy and Prakash Mehra? We have so many great directors. Just because some people have read too many books and watched too much cinema, they think they are superior. I’m sure even my driver has watched a lot of films but that doesn’t make him a critic.

- Rohit Shetty, Indian director

Golmaal 3 (2010)

For the intro to the 100 Crore Club series click here. Then see Member Badge No. 1, Member Badge No. 2, and Member Badge No.3.]

One of the many irritating side effects of the rise of the “multiplex film” in Hindi cinema is that it has encouraged critics and entertainment journalists to put everything that is not a “multiplex film” into one giant category - the Timepass, One Time Watch, Leave Your Brain at Home, Only For Dummies category. Films in this category are often tagged with another term: Bad.

A single pratfall is enough to set off a thousand keyboards in Pavlovian response, furious typing out condescending reviews.* How dare anybody find this funny?! But in reality the Only For Dummies category flattens out a wide variety of films of widely varying quality and the audience knows this. It’s why Ajay Devgn-Sanjay Dutt starrer Rascals was firmly rejected; why Arshad Warsi-Ritesh Deshmukh starrer Double Dhamaal did only okay; and why Golmaal 3 was a genuine word-of-mouth 100 Crore Club smash. All three are the same Only For Dummies genre and were reviewed equally poorly but Golmaal 3 had something special. Magical, even. And audiences responded.

Saturday Post: Legal edition.

Just a quick post today, as I have a long list of chores. (Spring cleaning time!)

Sanjay Dutt is still the story of the moment, with most of Bollywood pleading for his release. Clarifying on what I wrote yesterday - you can also check the comments of Friday's post for a nice discussion on the topic - I absolutely think Sanjay should serve out his full sentence without complaint. What better way to show that he's reformed himself since those days than to accept the verdict of the court. It's really quite shameful to see celebrities and rich people whining about how justice applies to them also.

Those producers who signed Sanjay for films must have known this was always a possibility, so they can't complain about it now.

And over at OneIndia is an interesting op-ed about how Sanjay himself is a distraction from the real issues of organized crime.

Bollywood is not only a dream which attracts young talents but also an opportunity for the mafia to make make money by alluring unsuspecting filmmakers into a whirlpool from where there is no easy escape. Those who dare to defy the mafia pays for it dearly. The link between the two world rocked the popular imagination after the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts when the names of Dutt and film producers lika Samir Hingora and Hanif Kadawala came to the fore, it was in the 1970s and 1980s when the nexus had surfaced although not as alarmingly. The kidnapping of the producer of a hit Amitabh Bachchan-starrer of the early 1980s was a big blow to the film industry in those times.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Post: You mean I have to sit WHERE?!

So, my worries of Loehmann's Twin were unfounded. It turns out they must have been negotiating what films would be showing this week - Paradesi and Attacks of 26/11. Ah, well. I'll see some DVDs instead and wait until HIMMATWALA next week. I'm very excited for Himatwala… though the music seems less than stellar, maybe the songs will grow on me in context.

One thing I did learn, though, while googling around for information on Loehmann's - they had been briefly shut for health code violations in December 2012. Ew.

Speaking of violations, the juicy story today is SAIF ALI KHAN FORCED OUT OF VIP LOUNGE at the Lucknow airport.

The economizing nawab only had an "executive club" boarding pass which did not entitle him to VIP LOUNGE access.

The Nawab of Pataudi demanded to speak to the General Manager of the airport. But, we hear that by the time the GM arrived to handle the situation, an angry Saif had stormed out of the VIP lounge. Later the General Manager sat with the actor in the regular lounge until he boarded the flight to Mumbai.

HA!!! I can just picture Saifu scowling in a corner, forced to breathe the same air as us normals.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Yes, I know it's probably pointless but... ELEPHANTS!

Elephants have been an interest of mine for so long that I can't remember when I first began reading about them. They have language, culture, and intensely emotional lives.

And stupid, greedy people are slaughtering them to make jewelry and trinkets from their teeth. It's disgusting, sickening, and there's nothing I can do to stop it.

Except complain on the Internet.

If you are in America and would like to join me in complaining - and maybe feel slightly less helpless - there is a White House Petition going and it takes like two seconds to register.

And if you are in Washington, DC, you should know that THE NEW ELEPHANT HOUSE OPENS TOMORROW!!!! Ambika, the grand dame of the National Zoo elephants at 60-something (one never asks a lady her age), was given as a gift to the children of the United States from the children of India in 1961. She was originally from Karnataka.

(Photo credit: Smithsonian)

Thursday Post: J bole to Jail.

Good morning, friends! So, usually on Thursdays I check the local movie schedule but there is nothing listed this weekend at Loehmann's Twin! Does anybody know what has happened? Please let me know!!

But my little troubles aside, the big news today is… Sanjay Dutt is going to jail. Al Jazeera has the full story. For his participation in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Sanjay was sentenced to 5 years, of which he's already served 18 months.

The BBC has a really nice photo spread of Sanjay, looking back at some of the milestones in his life.

Manorama Online has Bollywood's reaction. Sanjay has three films in production right now. Sucks to be them.

And Sandip Roy over at Firstpost takes a flippant tone with an instructional piece for stars:

If you are a filmstar and you need to act out in public, try and avoid national security risks. Blackbucks, pavement dwellers, security guards at Wankhede stadium, diners at the Taj, Farah Khan’s husband are all legitimate targets in our society for shooting, mowing down, abusing, or slapping.

Don't forget journalists who work at Star and Style!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Post: Golmaal, golmaal, everything's gonna be golmaal!

To mangle an old saying: If Dhoom 3 is filming and Abhishek Bachchan has a function to attend and leaves… does anybody notice?

Just kidding! What would Dhoom be without our A.C.P. Jai Dixit? The bad guy needs to be chased by somebody! Is anybody else anticipating the crazy camera angles Vicky will have to use to fit both Abhishek and Aamir into the same frame? *ba da boom*

Dhoom 3! I can't wait! And, you know, it's funny. After all the serious things I'd been thinking about, last night while I was walking home, I was thinking that it might be a good time to re-start my 100 Crore Club series. I left off with Golmaal 3, which I had re-watched but never wrote about. I absolutely would not mind watching that movie again. (I think this would make 5 times I'll have seen it?) Golmaal 3 is a slice of pure entertainment, served piping hot with a scoop of hilarity.

^^ This scene remains the most clever bit of work I've seen out of Bollywood in the last few years. Do you know how hard it is to do comedy like this? And the perfect use of sound effects? And the framing? Use of visual effects? Nobody gives out awards for this kind of work but I appreciate it.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Post: Whither Feroz Khan...

Good morning! Sorry for the downer tone of the last few posts. I'm actually not an angry person but I feel like watching Paradesi really gave my soul a good scrubbing. And things I had grown complacent about felt wrong somehow.

I don't know if that makes sense.

It's been a while since a film has sat this long with me.

And through that filter, things like this list of marketing strategies for Bollywood seem even more crass and pointless than they usually do.

Such Viral marketing was used by the makers of “Heroine” also who collaborated with portals like Pre-orders for clothes were opened, inspired by actress Kareena Kapoor’s glamorous look in the film. Movies have started to allot a fair share of the marketing budget to online media. In addition, the web is relied upon heavily for word-of-mouth publicity and sales of movies and music.

I'm not saying I don't want my very own Being Human T-Shirt or something (BECAUSE I REALLY DO) but there has to be some substance to the film that the pre-ordered outfits are promoting, you know?

Anyways, to the extent that I can identify Times Group outlets, I'll be steering clear of them. Yes, including Filmfare.

Monday, March 18, 2013

TOIFA, payola, and the straw that broke Filmi Girl's back...

We are not in the newspaper business, we are in the advertising business.

-Vineet Jain, managing director, Times Group as quoted in the article “Citizen Jains” by Ken Auletta from the October 8, 2012 issue of The New Yorker

My friends, I am not a naive person. I recognize that there is a certain level of corruption built into any entertainment industry. Whether it’s stars selling their image to advertisers for buckets of cash - yes, even “serious” Hollywood actors, who just to go to Japan or Europe to do it - or starlets (male and female) earning an audition on their backs. When power, money, desperation, and greed all come together, the mixture can be rather disgusting.

I mean, I live in Washington, DC. I should know, right?

But I had no idea to what extent payola and media consolidation had permeated what we may as well call the Bollywood Industrial Complex until I started looking a little closer at the scandal and lack of scandal surrounding the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA).

Monday Post: The Very Helpful Edition.

A big happy birthday to SHASHI KAPOOR! He's 75 today!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Filmi Girl and the Mystery of the Vanishing Interval

(Just an FYI, I'm feeling a bit ranty after the brilliance of Bala's Paradesi. A "serious" film in which the audience - at least the audience in my suburban theater in Washington, DC - took great pleasure in cheering and talking back to the screen in excitement. You know, that delightful thing called WATCHING A MOVIE WITH AN ENGAGED AUDIENCE!)

...But this rough magic

I here abjure, and, when I have required

Some heavenly music, which even now I do,

To work mine end upon their senses that

This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,

Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,

And deeper than did ever plummet sound

I'll drown my book.

- Prospero, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I (or just watch Amitabh Bachchan recite it.)

Something kept returning to me while I was trying to do some reading for another puzzle I was trying to solve, so I thought I may as well write it down here and get it out of my head - the lack of an interval break in Kai Po Che. More specifically, a story Danny told me about being at the press screening and how he and a few others stood up at about the time it felt that there should be an interval break but the film kept going and they had to sit back down again. This tracks closely with my own experience of watching Kai Po Che and spending about half an hour in the middle of the film waiting for a break that never came.

“But this rough magic I here abjure...”

Is it me or is there something missing from recent Bollywood films? Some magic that certain filmmakers have either forgotten how to wield or deliberately put aside.

The secret lies in the interval.

Paradesi: The World Is Flat.

I had planned on running a few errands after the screening but there was something really unpleasant about walking out of Bala’s Paradesi and into the strip mall parking lot. The garish green decorations and leprechaun cut-outs decorating the drug store did nothing to assuage the feeling.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day - traditionally a day for the Irish diaspora to come together and celebrate their community; more recently, an excuse for white Americans of any ethnic background to drink green-dyed beer and whiskey until they vomit in the streets.

Éirinn go Brách. How soon we forget.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday Post: On Par With Hollywood Edition

I actually was planning on skipping an update post today because I have a ton of errands and things to do today but a quick browse through the day's news changed my mind.

There are some pretty epic East Meets West stories worth pointing out.

First of all, Forbes reports on Spielberg's trip to India and shares some interesting tidbits I didn't see elsewhere.

The partnership with Reliance which has so far involved a cash infusion of $525 million by Ambani, has proved to be a boon for DreamWorks after it parted ways with Paramount. The two sides first met in Cannes and inked the deal after a year of tough negotiations. In 2009, Reliance Entertainment paid $325 million for a 50% stake. Last year, the Indian company forked out a further $200 million to fund the studio.

In other words, this trip of Spielberg's was Anil Ambani's way of showing that Spielberg - and the Bollywood directors who came to kowtow before him - are just his dancing monkeys. I almost can't decide which I find more embarrassing, that Anil Ambani is pushing so hard to be "on par with Hollywood" despite the fact that HE is the one holding the purse strings or all the directors who showed up to kowtow in front of Spielberg, as if he is some great visionary instead of just a guy who excels at making movies that please the contemporary American middlebrow palate.

And now everybody is falling over themselves because this guy might make a movie about the India-Pakistan conflict… to be "adapted" from a Hollywood film? Great. Everybody get ready for some daddy issues and oversimplification of complex politics presented in a way that makes the audience think they know something. You know, like Lincoln.

I'll mostly interested in watching Irrfan Khan and Anil Kapoor campaigning so hard for a role that they sprain something because if this DOES take place you can bet on two things.

a) the leads will probably be either American or British.

b) there is going to be an explosion… of poorly researched articles by Western entertainment journalists talking about the border.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Post: It's not a flop, it's defamation!

My choice this weekend is… Bala's Paradesi! I'm hoping the US release has English subtitles but even those in Northern India can watch it, too, because Anurag Kashyap is going to be distributing it.

I am disappointed that we won't be getting Mere Dad Ki Maruti, since (in my opinion, at least) young Saqib Saleem is one to watch out for. But it should play just as well on the small screen and Y-Films has been good about making things available online.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday Post: Happy Birthday, Aamir!

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the one-and-only Perfectionist of Bollywood… Mr. Aamir Khan!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Post: Never getting married edition!

I've written about this before but those of us non-desis who write about Indian film really need to be aware that for many second-generation (and beyond) in the Indian diaspora have a deep cultural attachment to films that goes beyond our love of films as an art. (And far beyond the jollies some of us get from mocking the campy costumes and plots or whatever.)

Irna Quershi writes about exactly this in the Guardian.

Classics like Pakeezah, Mughal-e-Azam and Taj Mahal infused in me a sense of belonging. This was the first time I actively listened to Bollywood music, usually just recording the songs from the TV manually, by holding a cassette recorder near the speakers. These songs felt special because they were in my mother tongue which I rarely spoke outside home. It was the first time I hummed popular songs that weren't in English. These films made me feel that our language, music, clothes and culture were worthy of appreciation.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Post: Super Duper Important Edition

The big story of the day is still Steven Spielberg's visit to Mumbai. The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy rundown of the Maestro of Middlebrow's Q&A with assembled Bollywood directors. No word on whether he was served monkey brains, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom-style.

If you ask me, which nobody did, Spielberg should have been doing the "Q," not the "A" in this scenario.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Post: Vidyut Jamwal for King of Everything.

The fawning coverage of Steven Speilberg's visit to India is embarrassing. Speilberg ain't all that, y'all.

(Unless you're a grown man with a simplistic view of history and race, daddy issues, and a love of sweeping orchestral scores.)

So instead of that, let's talk TIMES OF INDIA FILM AWARDS, which are turning out to be a real political hot potato for British Columbia.

What’s the payoff for British Columbia’s $11-million investment in a celebrity-driven series of events designed to market this province to residents of India?

Tough to say.

And with a hat tip to CoffeeQueen, read a take down of the TOIFA from noted Indo-Canadian academic SUNERA THOBANI.

'Celebrating Women' was organized to coincide with International Women's Day. I use the word coincide advisedly, not commemorate or celebrate, for nothing about the event was recognizable as having anything to do with IWD. Indeed, the event could more appropriately be characterized as a hijacking of the issues -- often life and death ones -- which women all around the world, including in India and Canada, associate with IWD. For over a century now, women organize IWD to commemorate and renew their collective struggles for economic, social and political justice.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Post: WOMEN! Women, women, women. Women.

Happy Women's Day! And there is a huge outpouring of women-related stories.

Setting the tone for the coverage is a MID-DAY post titled: "It's raining women" followed by a whole string of photos of male filmmakers. Because nothing says "women" like Sudhir Mishra and Subhash Ghai.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tiger: The story of a spy!

The literal translation of the Japanese title of Ek Tha Tiger is... TIGER: STORY OF A SPY!

Kabir Khan has been going to town with promotions and I've been trying to follow them as well as I can. Here he is getting flowers from "tarento" and former J-POP singer Sugimoto Aya.

According to a write-up, Kabir Khan says Ek Tha Tiger had played in 40 countries and now he's very happy to bring it to Japan and would love to come back and film... budget allowing.

I'll try to keep an eye out for reviews and other promotional things!

Thursday Post: No names required.

No new films again this week at my local theater but I'm glad Kai Po Che is still holding strong. For sure, it's definitely the best Hindi film I've seen in ages and ages.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Post: Sona sonaaaa!

Surprise, surprise… neither the Times of India nor any other Bollywood press outlet has not picked up on the story that B.C. Premiere is in hot water for leaked memos about her party using public money to gain "easy" ethnic votes (from, say, Indian-Canadians) by doing things like HOSTING THE TIMES OF INDIA AWARDS.

I also haven't seen any reference to I Love NY being an "adaptation" of the Soviet classic The Irony of Fate… no, I lied. There was a post on Koimoi about it.

“With both films seemingly carrying similar plotlines, one waits to see the kind of ingredients that director duo of Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru (who have earlier made Salman Khan starrer Lucky – No Time for Love) have added to I Love NY to further spice up affairs. One thing is sure though that the film carries ample scope for entertaining audience”, the source adds.

AKA it's a ripoff of The Irony of Fate but nobody cares because a) it's Sunny Deol and b) it's not HOLLYwood, darling.

To be fair, I only care because a) I've seen the original and love it and b) I'm grossed out at the thought of Kangs in a romance with Sunny Deol.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The Times of India Awards haven't even begun but are already inspiring a lot of drama.

Vikram Bajwa, member of B.C. Liberal Party, minced no words as to the discrimination which will follow, past these Awards for Indo-Canadians, as majority of B.C. taxpayers are against such "wasteful money spending", by B.C. Govt.

Apparently, B.C. Premier Christy Clark has become embroiled in "Ethnic Gate." and it seems the TOIFA is just one of many strategies for winning "ethnic" votes…

It outlined a strategy to appeal to ethnic voters that included “quick wins” to be had by apologizing for historical wrongs affecting certain ethnic groups and building a stable of supporters to call in to radio talk shows. The uproar also relates to using government staff and resources for party purposes.

There is a lot more out here on this scandal - and it looks like Vikram Bajwa is really on a tear!

“Why should an average B.C. resident pay through their tax dollars $11 million to $15 million for a bunch of Indian movie stars to come here for a day?” Bajwa said.

I wonder if this story will get picked up in the Indian press… the only story I saw today on TOIFA in the Indian newspapers was this press release on TOIFA celebrating Women's Day by flying Dia Mirza and Diana Hayden out to the River Rock Casino Resort in Vancouver.

Because it's not a REAL promotional event if Dia Mirza isn't there.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Shahid Kapoor: Rambo Rajkumar's official photographer...

Do you follow Shahid Kapoor on Twitter? No? Oh.


You guys, it's been too long. TOO LONG, since I've seen Sasha being all charming and romancy on screen. How long has it been since Mausam? *swooo~ooon*

Shahid has been clicking away and I'm going to take a page from the Bollywood media and share some of Shahid's snaps!


Monday Post: The Muscles from Mumbai (is not a thing or IS IT?)

Another horrible review from Rachel Saltz from I Me aur Main in which she tries to make up a slang term ("(Mr. Abraham is one of those Muscles From Mumbai actors.)"), speculates on the Changing Moral Landscape of India, and then gives away the plot twist.


Much better to read the Vigil Idiot's take. (Because, you know… abs!)

In better news, Kai Po Che seems to be doing better in its second week than either new release.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Saturday Post: Let's all Harlem Shake!

Possibly the best review of I Me Aur Main you will read.

The first time we see [Chitrangada Singh], we wonder if we’ve accidentally walked into the screening of Inkaar 2. Either that, or she had no time between wrapping up the original and starting this movie to even change her hairstyle or nail polish, never mind get a new wardrobe. Ok, maybe I’m nitpicking. But there’s so much time to get distracted during this film that it was bound to happen, and I will generously forgive myself.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Post: When Rishi Kapoor and Ali Zafar have a charm off, everybody wins.

The Attacks of 26/11 comes out today and reactions have been heated.

Terror attacks, hatred and the state of Mumbai’s police are all tricky issues to deal with, but Varma doesn’t even pretend to take an in-depth look at these issues. He resorts to jingoistic and lazy film-making that is doing the victims of the Mumbai carnage a disservice. Skip this film and if you really want to know what happened in Mumbai that night, look for the Channel 4 documentary Terror in Mumbai. Now that’s how you tell a story.

And then there is I Me Aur Main

I Me Aur Main’s runtime of 108 minutes is probably the best thing about the film. But then, there’s also three gorgeous people wearing the best of clothes, Mini Mathur in a delightful and fairly impressive turn, and Zarina Wahab as the overindulgent, criminally naive but lovable mother.

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