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Movie Review: Monsoon Shootout’s Biggest Strength Is Its Cast

Director Amit Kumar ‘s Monsoon Shootout premiered for the first time in Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and it has taken a good four years to have a mainstream release in India.
The film luckily doesn’t show much weariness as Rajeev Ravi’s dimly lit frames and Gingger Shankar’s powerful background score lends it the much-needed foreboding tone.
Monsoon Shootout is more of a whydunnit – a psychological thriller that explores the notion of justice and if the end in fact does justify the means. At the centre of this dark noir world is Anu (Vijay Varma), a rookie cop who finds himself one rain washed night chasing a criminal, Shiva, down the slimy serpentine lanes of a Mumbai slum. His gun is attentively pointed at Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddique), who is just a jump away from evading death or in a sombre scenario – an arrest. And at this precise point Anu must make the choice that his father always spoke about – the “teen raaste (3 routes) ” that life offers – Ek “sahi (right)”, Ek “galat (wrong)” and Ek “beechka (mid-way)” raasta.

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Movie Review: ‘Fukrey Returns’ Is Fun, but No Match to the First

Our beloved Fukrey boys – Honey, Lali, Choocha and Zafar – return with this latest instalment. Fukrey, the surprise hit of 2013 about “chaar Dilli ke laundey” and their much loved shenanigans, would warrant a sequel no doubt. The writing then was the hero – sharp and witty, propped up by some great performances.
While Fukrey Returns is no match to its predecessor, it is fairly enjoyable in parts.

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‘Firangi’ Review: It Looks Like a Cheap Imitation of ‘Lagaan’

At best, Firangi looks like a cheap imitation of Lagaan. A desi underdog who takes on the mighty British and registers a small but decisive victory, which got lost somewhere in the annals of history .
Much like Lagaan, it’s Amitabh Bachchan’s booming voice that introduces us to the film and its context. The year is 1921, India is still under the British rule, and we deal with a rather peculiar case of a man named Manga who cures people of their back pain by kicking them.

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An Insignificant Man – From Aam Aadmi to CM

The story of An Insignificant Man is the product of a long-term project, which was pre-visualised in a brilliant way. It shows a certain time in history, which cannot be ignored – neither can it be repeated.
It’s like someone has put you in a time-machine and you hurtling with the mufflerman Arvind Kejriwal through Delhi streets. One of Indian politics’ simplest trendsetters on and off the political field, Kejriwal’s story has everything – struggles, challenges, scams, mufflers, khaansi and Wagon R. The movie confirmed its preconceived notion that it would be one-sided. So it is! But many interesting sub-stories have been left out.
It could’ve been tempting for filmmakers to delve into a lot of live footage, and the rights and wrongs of elections. But even amidst the thick foliage of footages, the documentary shows clarity of thought and a strong focus on the story of Kejriwal, who through his unflinching negotiation skills coupled with a very perceptive moral compass, pulls off a very important election win amidst hatred, mistreatment and non-cooperation from his own party members! The story just goes from one sketch to another.

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After Sujoy Ghosh, Apurva Asrani steps down from IFFI jury

In the aftermath of Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s sudden decision to drop two films from the line-up of International Film Festival of India’s Indian Panorama section, director Sujoy Ghosh had stepped down from the jury yesterday. Now, writer Apurva Asrani has also decided to resign from the jury. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s ‘S Durga’ and Ravi Jadhav’s ‘Nude’ were originally approved by the jury, but the I & B ministry removed them without any intimation.

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Manoj Kumar: What Shah Rukh Did Was Hitting Below The Belt, What Ranveer Did Was In Good Taste

The new gen star of Bollywood, Ranveer Singh recently impressed Manoj Kumar with his photoshoot! It was not an ordinary photo-shoot. It was Ranveer Singh mimicking the iconic pose of Manoj Kumar with his hand on his face. The same pose was mimicked by Shah Rukh Khan during Om Shanti Om and he was dragged in the court by the veteran actor. When asked about why he chose to react positively to Ranveer Singh’s this photoshoot, he gave his reasons to hitlist.
He told,” I have seen the snapshot. He has done a good job of imitating me. I laughed a lot when I saw the picture. Ranveer is on the right track. What Shah Rukh did was hitting below the belt, what Ranveer did was in good taste.”
Well, it was just a decade ago and it is surprising that Manoj Kumar gave his thumbs up to Ranveer’s experiment with the pose. He even captioned the photo as ‘Workin’ the Manoj Kumar.’ It turns out that the much loved veteran actor is quite impressed with Ranveer Singh’s acting.

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Baahubali actress Anushka Shetty rejects Karan Johar’s film. Is Prabhas the reason?

There was much speculation about Baahubali actress Anushka Shetty’s Bollywood debut, with filmmaker Karan Johar. However, the actress, who shot to fame with the Baahubali franchise, has now reportedly opted out of the project, as she did not like the role offered to her.
“Karan was keen on casting Anushka in one of his projects, but she didn’t find the role adequate enough for her. She had rejected Tamasha for similar reasons as well. And yes, there are speculations that she may have consulted Prabhas before refusing the film,” said a source.
Earlier, Anushka had rejected Ajay Devgn’s Singham and the Golmaal series.
Looks like Anushka is following in Prabhas’s footsteps. KJo had approached Prabhas for a film, but apparently Prabhas asked for a salary of Rs 20 crore, which KJo didn’t agree to.
Anushka and Prabhas have always created much buzz, because of their extremely close friendship. However, they have vehemently denied being in a relationship.
Currently, she is part of G Ashok’s modern-day thriller Bhaagamathie

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