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3 Idiots (2009)

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There are three guys in this film trying to make their own independent, free-thinking mark in life. Apparently that’s what makes them idiots according to their elders. Only an idiot would give up a high paying engineering career to become a photographer. Only an idiot could possibly fail to overcome the fear of failure that stops him from achieving high grades when his impoverished family’s future is at stake. Only an idiot would want to take a conceptual approach to … (read more)

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Don (2006)

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Don… If your first thoughts were of Don salami, then allow me to introduce you to the other non-cured meat variety — a suave criminal, a stylish James Bond-like figure ruling the underworld with vicious tenacity. A seminal film of 70s Bollywood, with a big star cast (Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman), it was a blockbuster that spawned several hit tunes, notably “Khaike Paan Banaraswala”. It was a slice of 70s action movie, in the vein of Bond and Dirty Harry … (read more)

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Asoka (2001)

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Like any genre, Sword and Sandals seems to go through its up and downs. It certainly seemed the thing to do in the days of Gladiator and it seems, with Troy to be seen soon as not to mention the Alexander the Great biopics, it still maintains a certain respectability. Of course quality films don’t rely upon the wistfulness of the general populace but it certainly helps with the marketing.

So Asoka, at its most basic, is a Sword … (read more)

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Talaash (2003)

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Sitting here wondering what to write about this movie, I cannot help but make a comparison to a scene out of the not-as-good-but-still-amusing-sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. That scene is, of course, their descent into hell. Apart from the somewhat appropriate metaphor for the falling into endless degradation and infinite horror, the dialogue is somewhat appropriate. For those of you unfamiliar with the scene, let me transcribe it for you:


<Pause for breath>


Jokes … (read more)

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Line of Control – Kargil (2003)

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It’s not often one finds an imdb review (usually written by some 12-year-old in Bumfuck Nebraska) suitable as a quotable quote but with Kargil; Line Of Control, the review which begins as “Dull, tedious and racist” is hard to beat and harder to deny.

Based on battles which took place on the line of control (a kind of fuzzy and perennially combat strewn no man’s land) in the region of the India and Pakistan border in 1999, Line Of Control(read more)

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Khushi (2003)

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One of the interesting things about delving into a new film culture is seeing how they approach different genres. One of the disappointing things is finding out that maybe that culture’s treatment of those genres is not to your tastes.

So, while I stand by my enthusiasm for Bollywood dramas and epics, it’s going to be cold day in Calcutta before I line up for another Bollywood teen comedy.

How bad was bad? Pretty bad. We’re talking mugging on a … (read more)

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