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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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Hum Tum (2004)

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Hum Tum. Him and Her. Man and Woman. Yash Chopra’s Hum Tum is a classic battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy. The story of cartoonist Karan (Saif Ali Khan) and student/businesswoman Rhea (Rani Mukerji) unfolds over a nine year period in which both characters and their relationship grow and become something the actors succeed in making you actually care about.

Karan and Rhea meet as students on a flight to New York, pack more into a six hour stopover in Amsterdam en route … (read more)

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Dil Chahta Hai (Heart’s Desire) (2001)

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Bollywood is now the only film culture in the world to resist Hollywood, and if Heart’s Desire (aka Dil Chahta Hai) is anything to go by, it will resist it for some time yet. This was 2001’s biggest Bollywood film, and its easy mix of appealing characters and lightweight melodrama will appeal to anyone with any sense of fun.

Watching it I was reminded of the Hollywood of the 1940s, where movies simply aimed to please. The major difference … (read more)

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