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'Fitoor': No 'great' expectations from this adaptation

Friday, 12 February 2016 14:30
Film: "Fitoor"; Director: Abhishek Kapoor; Cast: Tabu, Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgn, Aditi Rao Hydari, Talat Aziz and Rahul Bhat; Rating: **1/2To begin with, the title "Fitoor" is such a misnomer. There is nothing maddening or crazy in…

'Visaaranai': Honest, spine-chilling take on abuse of power

Saturday, 06 February 2016 12:40
Film: "Visaaranai"; Cast: Dinesh, Murugadoss, Samuthirakani, Ajay Ghosh, Kishore and Anandi; Director: Vetrimaaran; Rating: ****1/2National Award-winning filmmaker Vetrimaaran's "Visaaranai" reminded me of a couple of words - system and power - from Ram Gopal Varma's (RGV) films. System, in RGV's…

'Ghayal Once Again': High-octane action, drama

Friday, 05 February 2016 17:38
Film: "Ghayal Once Again"; Director: Sunny Deol; Cast: Sunny Deol, Soha Ali Khan, Om Puri and Tisca Chopra; Rating: ***A superhero action film, "Ghayal Once Again" is a sequel to the 1990 released "Ghayal".This edition takes off from where its…

'Sanam Teri Kasam': Intense and emotional

Friday, 05 February 2016 15:32
Film: "Sanam Teri Kasam"; Directors: Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru; Cast: Harshwardhan Rane, Mawra Hocane, Murli Sharma, Anurag Sinha, Manish Choudhari, Divyetta Kaveri and Vijay Raaz; Rating: ***"Sanam Teri Kasam" is an intense love story of two diametrically opposite people;…

'Room': Engaging psychological drama

Saturday, 30 January 2016 14:37
Film: "Room"; Director: Lenny Abrahamson; Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, Tom McCamus and William H. Macy; Rating: ***1/2A gripping and intriguing drama based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name, the film is complex and…

'Saala Khadoos': Clearly a champ

Friday, 29 January 2016 13:19
Film: "Saala Khadoos"; Cast: R. Madhavan, Zakir Hussain, Ritika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar and Nassar; Director: Sudha Kongara"Saala Khadoos" is an inspirational sports drama, based on some true incidents. The film revolves around the theme of exalting women to join and…

'Airlift': A salute to an unsung hero

Friday, 22 January 2016 17:36
Film: "Airlift"; Director: Raja Krishna Menon; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Purab Kohli, Inaam-ul-Haq, Kumud Mishra and Prakash Belawadi; Rating: ***1/2"Airlift" is a human saga set in the backdrop of war-ravaged Kuwait in August 1990, when Saddam Hussein attacks and…

Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip' - Entertaining roadless trip

Saturday, 16 January 2016 14:35
Film: "Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip"; Director: Walt Becker; Cast: Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Josh Green, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse MacCartney; Rating: **1/2"Alvin and The Chipmunks" films, which are based on anthropomorphic, strato-falsetto…

'Point Break' - An action-packed thriller

Thursday, 31 December 2015 16:36
Film: "Point Break"; Director: Ericson Core; Cast: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Ray Winstone, James Legros and Tobias Santelmann; Rating: ***Director-cinematographer Ericson Core's "Point Break" is inspired by Kathryn Bigelow's cult film of the same name, starring…

'Bhale Manchi Roju' - Excellent writing makes this a winner

Saturday, 26 December 2015 14:51
Film: "Bhale Manchi Roju"; Director: Sriram Adittya; Cast: Sudheer Babu, Wamiqa Gabbi, Sai Kumar, Venu, Posani Krishna Murali, Dhanya Balakrishna, Chaitanya Krishna and Prudhviraj; Rating: ****The best thing to have happened to Telugu cinema since "Baahubali: The Beginning" is the…