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Bahut Hua Sammaan movie review
With lockdown still on in certain places like restaurants, malls, multiplexs and specially Cinema Houses, there has been a torrent of releases on the web platform or OTT as it is called, both in form of new web series as well as new movie offerings like Bahut Hua Sammaan. This is now the new norm to keep us all busy during this slowdown period and also keep them entertained. Though some big releases are still being held back for hopefully a full theatrical release later this year. While some of these OTT offerings are run-of-the-mill, some outright boring, some gripping and some entertaining . Latest in this sequence is the film- Bahut Hua Samman on Disney-Hotstar. An innocuous movie you might think, it seems that it was complete with them for some time and then they realised it's time to take it out of the bag. Released on 2nd October Bahut Hua Sammaan is a satire on the current soci ....
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Such comedies can only be pulled off by Kishore Kumar, the genius. What strikes you about him in the early movies, and particularly in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, is his busy energy. Not only do his songs which he sang for other actors haunt us to this day but the movies he directed, produced, wrote and acted in were not all comedies but some socials too with a message. When we mention Kishore Kumar what comes to mind is the maverick comedian, doing as he pleases but still able to raise the laughs, it wasn’t only what he did but his persona was such that even a silly thing would evoke laughter. Same is the case with this movie which seems to have been made with a mind that it may flop but the reverse happened and it went on to be a hit and he nominated the rights of the movie to his secretary to avoid Income Tax issues. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi is one of the few movies to star all the thre ....
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Gulzar's Angoor 1982
This 1982 movie is a delightful Indianised adaptation of Shakespeare's play 'Comedy of Errors'. Angoor is a remake of 1963 Hindi film Do Dooni Char with two sets of twins. It is a superb subtle comedy with great artistes like Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma. Directed efficiently by Gulzar and released on 5 March 1982, it is a genuine comedy of errors as both the sets of twins do not know about each other, no lying and no impersonation. Angoor was a comedy of different caliber rarely viewed on Indian cinema screens. It was in the league of comedy like Pyar kiye jaa and Padosan the evergreen comedy classics. Mr and Mrs Raj Tilak (Utpal Dutt and Shammi) have twins and due to some convoluted logic, name them both as Ashok, and as luck would have it they adopt a set of twins and name them both Bahadur as per the same logic. Shortly after fate intervenes and each parent is separated with o ....
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Golmaal 1979
Every once in a while a delightful comedy is served by the Hindi film Industry, this 1979 movie was one such movie Golmaal ... a once in a decade comedy of that time. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Golmaal is the story of an average well educated Indian common man who would like to pursue good things in life, but is looking out for that elusive job which will not only give him a decent life but will also solve most of his monetary issues. Our young man of the story is Ramprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar-Superb) or Ram for short, he follows the Indian virtues but has taste for finer things of life like music, sports and as every Indian loves a taste for acting and films. He wants to live a full life, he has the responsibility of his unmarried sister Ratna (Manju Singh-very subtle character unlike many over-distraught sisters of Bollywood) who is herself pursuing post-graduation. They ....
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Padosan - 1968
Padosan literally takes cue from the commandment ‘Love thy neighbor’. One of the most hilarious movies of all times in Bollywood. Packed with the most sort after comedians, like Mehmood, Kishore Kumar, Keshto Mukerjee, Mukri, Agha etc., of the time who went beyond their craft to produce magic on the silver screen. Their comedy was a few notches higher than the usual slapstick comedy which the Indian audiences were so used to see, more of situational and oral comedy interspersed with high quality dramatics. Padosan is easily the cult comedy with no other probably even coming close to it. Though there were some racial stereotypes in the movie which by today’s standards would have caused a furor, but I am sure that when these saviors of humanity the racial crusaders see the movie in private they would also not be able to resist a laugh or two. It is to be taken in the spirit of com ....
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Naughty Gang movie review
Writer-Director Pankaj Kr Virat's NAUGHTY GANG is the story of a group of young boys who want easy money and quick success, no matter even if they tread the wrong path to achieve it. Naughty Gang movie review... Naughty Gang is humourous in parts, while the rest of the film seems to be a confusing journey with quite a few moments making you itch for a loo break. The film begins with Ballu shown as the pampered (by his mother) brat who is often scolded upon by his father to mend his ways even while the boy is studying in the school. Ballu is supported by his friends Raja and Harry while the girl Vidya has a soft corner for this naughty kid. This soft corner blossoms into love as they are shown grown ups later on. At one time, this gang of 3 boys are compelled to leave the village for their misdeeds which attracted ire of the Sarpanch and other villagers. One fine day, this trio l ....
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Love you to Death - movie review
Love You To Death is a comic film about love that does not exist. The story is about the rich daughter in law and her husband’s family’s attempts to usurp her money who controls the purse strings at home. In the process we have three murders waiting to happen. Love you to Death - movie review... It has some good performances by Chandan Roy Sanyal and the contemporary woman played by Yuki Ellias. Suhasini Mulay is the same lady who played Aamir Khan’s mother in Lagaan. What a transformation! Kallol Banerjee is very natural and Nicholas Brown is the typical character who is into green earth type of campaigns. Sagar Salunke who plays Chhotu the domestic help of the family portrays the archetypal domestic helps of our times.. There are no twists and turns nor anything unusual in the script. Yet it does score over with its originality. Sundari and Ravi (Suhasini Mulay and Ka ....
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Chaalis Chauraasi - movie review
Mere presence of Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Ravi Kishan in a film had raised expectations of high tension entertainment, and it does, albeit to some extent in Chaalis Chauraasi. Chaalis Chaurasi has a talented cast of this foursome, who by their sheer brilliance save the otherwise sloppy script. Albert (Kay Kay Menon) is a car thief, Bobby (Atul Kulkarni) is a bar singer, Shakti (Ravi Kishan) is a drug peddler and Pankaj (Naseeruddin Shah) a former English professor fallen on hard times happen to come together. Pankaj aka Sir comes up with a plan to rob Rs. 20 crores. He knows the place, and has some information about two men guarding it. They decide pull off a robbery in the guise of police. To present yourselves as cops, you have to act like one and even think like a cop. To a certain extent they succeed, but trouble brews when they come across re ....
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Pappu Cant Dance Saala- movie review  
Pappu Can't Dance Saala is yet another Bollywood flick featuring odd couples – the subject which has always connected with audiences. There were many subjects which the hindi film industry has served us - incompatible individuals who somehow hall in love even with their conflicting personalities which are exploited for humour. Ideally, Pappu is a pseudonym addresses to those males who, generally speaking are considered nincompoops. Vidhyadhar Acharya (Vinay Pathak), a medical representative in Mumbai, has come to the city from Benares. He is a simpleton who hasn't left his small town values behind in Mumbai, the city which never sleeps. The film Pappu Can't Dance Saala has a fine story which depicts the intricate style of living of those thousands of small town dreamers who arrive in this mega city. It wouldn’t be fair to address them as ‘pappus’ Vidhyadhar lives in a ....
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Shakal Pe Mat Ja - movie review
Shakal Pe Mat Ja is an unconventional film and its title itself sounds funny. The concept is interesting, and the four protagonists are very natural, but the film lags in its departments of screenplay and editing. It is a story of 4 young boys who get caught up as suspects at the Delhi international airport, on the anniversary of the American terrorist attacks, while capturing a American Airways aircraft landing on their camera. Shakal Pe Mat Ja is a comedy based on mistaken identities with the background of terrorism and its threat. Four young people are detained at the Delhi international airport, while capturing an aircraft landing, on their handycam. Four amateur filmmakers are out to film a documentary on security issues around the airport. Incidentally, it is a high alert around the capital’s airport area and thus they become victims of suspicion. Cops grab hold of th ....
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