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HERO - 1983
This movie out and out belonged to the hero of the film, a new face. A bit of background of HERO is warranted here. Subhash Ghai the self-proclaimed showman of the film industry (a title earlier enjoyed by Raj Kapoor), wanted a replacement for Sanjay Dutt with whom he had a difficult time during the shooting of ‘Vidhataa’ after a search he zeroed in on Jaikishen Kakubhai Shroff or Jackie Shroff as we know him today and who is also lovingly called Jaggu Dada. Before this movie which catapulted Jackie and the heroine of the film Meenakshi Sheshadri (Miss India 1981) to unprecedented fame, both had done forgettable roles in ‘Swami Dada’ and ‘Painter Babu’ respectively. This blockbuster hit and third highest grosser of the year was released on 16th December 1983. It was refreshing to see new faces in a slightly different narrative while the Big B still ruled the roost in the ....
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Karz 1980
This 1980 movie about reincarnation was one of the best reincarnation movies made in the Hindi film industry and Karz is also one of Subhash Ghai's better made films. Fantastic song picturisation like the 'Ek Hasina Thi' and the eponymous 'Om Shanti Om' which had Rishi Kapoor dancing on a revolving LP on stage. Karz was a trend-setter in film song picturisation in future Hindi films, it was in the category of musical thriller a genre specific only to our Bollywood industry. Though inspired by the 1975 Hollywood film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud but perfectly blended for Indian sensibilities. It spawned many other remakes in various Indian languages and also a latter-day adaptation in the 2008 movie Karzzz by Himesh Reshammiya proving it's popularity and subject durability. Karz was well received by the youngsters in India but not so with the older population. Though proclaimed a h ....
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Dharmatma 1975
Dharmatma was released on 25 July 1975 in the same year as Sholay and Deewar the two most successful movies of the year but this movie held its own against the two giants and was hugely successful. It was produced and directed by Feroz Khan. It was inspired by the Hollywood movie the Godfather and Premnath who plays Dharamdas in this movie his character was modelled on the real life character of the Matka King of India Ratan Khatri. Dharmatma was one of the first movies to be shot in Afghanistan and it also contains some scenes about Buzkashi which is a sport played in Afghanistan on horsebacks, apart from beautifully capturing scenic locales of Afghanistan for which the movie received the best cinematography award in that year's Filmfare. Dharmatma movie established Feroz Khan as a successful actor and a stylish director. Who subsequently gave many hits like Jaanbaaz and Dayavaan. ....
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Deewar (1975)
Another iconic movie released on 24th January 1975, a few months before Sholay was Deewar - a tale of two brothers on opposite sides of the law. It explored the relations between siblings who grew up under the shadow of their father’s unfortunate disrepute and how each of them took that slander and grew in two opposite directions, one who cannot forget and forgive, becomes a street smart, law-breaker and the other who moves on with the times and is an educated person on the right side of the law. The title - Deewar thus suggesting the wall of ideology drawn between them. This movie was iconic as it was released before Sholay and after Zanzeer and firmly established Amitabh Bachchan as the new superstar of that era and confirmed his image of the ‘Angry Young Man’. With this movie he established an enduring partnership with Shashi Kapoor with this duo giving many subsequent hits t ....
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Sholay (1975)
Sholay (1975) was not just a movie, but a full scale audio and visual experience which was absolutely new to the Indian audience in the seventies and it was not just about achieving perfection in all departments. Be it casting, acting, direction, a balanced story, fantastic screen-play and out of the world dialogues, but it had something absolutely novel to offer the Indian audience for the first time, a wide screen experience. Indian cinema was hitherto been confined to a 35MM screen almost squarish and no one had experimented with the 70mm visual delight it just created magic. The year was 1975 and Sholay was released on 15th August, the Independence Day. It’s first week was dull as in those times the dacoit films was an oft repeated formula. It is also rumored that it was a sort of remake of a 1971 dacoit drama Raaj Khosla’s ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ with even the name of th ....
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Knives Out poster
A successful author of mystery books is found dead in his attic study in mysterious circumstances with his throat slit right after his 85th birthday celebrations, leaving behind a big fat bank balance and estate and his quibbling family. Knives Out movie review... It looks like a suicide but someone does not seem to think so and mysteriously hires an eccentric ace detective to solve the death puzzle, the inquisition that follows a la Agatha Christie style points at every member of the family as suspect as each could have a motive and are lying through their rich pompous noses. There's the younger son who it seems has been fired by the old man and is unable to cope with it , the daughter's husband is playing Rasputin behind her back and the elder son's widow is skimming on the old man's generosity all in all everyone of them had had a run in with the old man just before celebrations ....
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Network - Bengali film review
Network is a Bengali film with English sub-titles, an engrossing thriller set against the backdrop of the media industry that speaks about the perils of privacy encroachment in present times. Saswata Chatterjee as the protagonist with Rini Ghosh, Sabyasachi, Indrajit and Bhaskar Banerjee in key roles with Darshana Banik, Saayoni Ghosh and Anindya Chatterjee in special appearances. Network film review... An indie film produced by Priti Basu and Saptaswa Basu, and directed by Saptaswa Basu, Network has an exciting first half which makes one feel for the protagonist of the film. You are as good as your last film - this is what the first half establishes about a brilliant film writer-director - Abhijit Ganguly (played by Saswata Chatterjee). After his young daughter's untimely death, Abhijit has turned into a walking shadow, a media professional who has long lost his fame who is r ....
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Rescue Hindi novie reviw
RESCUE - is a fresh approach to story telling in Bollywood. This dark comedy thriller is about three Medical students - Honey, Ayesha and Meera.  Rescue movie review... Though the film is a fiction, the story is based on a true incident that occured sometime back in a town of Maharashtra. Honey (Sreejita De), Ayesha (Megha Sharma) and Meera (Ishita Ganguly) have approached an estate agent Jatin (Rahulganesh Thulsiram) for renting PG accommodation in Mumbai. Jatin shows them a flat in a multi-story building which they approve and start residing in it. Picky about every facility that was promised to them, the girls point out to the broker about the absence of cooking gas cylinder and several other things which needed to work properly. Jatin attends to their issues and brings in the agreement deed which is to be signed by the girl (a requisite for such deals). Moody as they are ....
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Ishq Tera film review
Ishq Tera is a psychological thriller based on the subject of split personality. It makes one wonder what if you fall so madly in love which leads to the question about whether you would accept your love blindly? Hrishitaa Bhatt and Mohit Madaan play the husband and wife in this sensitive film which later turns into a thriller in the second half. Ishq Tera is based on real life events of a woman with a broken mind and a man with a broken heart. The story of how men prey stealthily on the disturbed woman as her man fights to free her mind and win her heart, again and again and again. Are we all who we seem to be, or is there someone else inside of us? Is the husband who he says he is or is he the one responsible for her madness and the prime cause for her broken mind and broken heart? What if you fell in love with a young lovely woman and that too on the day her mother gets sh ....
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Married 2 America - movie review
The film opens with a man made disaster. The Dam designed and executed in its erection was carried out by a US multinational and it was headed by a talented NRI Ravi. Married 2 America movie review... Ravi Malhotra, an NRI living in the US, works for the mighty Larsan & Jason, a US based multinational which is into huge infrastructure projects throughout the world. They build dams and bridges. One of its recent contracts was in India - the Dharbhanga Dam project in Bihar in the district of Saurabhpur. It was planned and executed with a hundred years warranty, by their top architect and engineer Ravi Malhotra. But within a few years, three of the dam's gates are burst open, leaving hundreds of people dead, thousands are rendered homeless and public property worth crores washed down in floods. The Indian government is contemplating suing the company for damages worth 2 billion ....
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