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Staying Alive - movie review
Sujit Sen, the talented script writer has come up with a fine black comedy Staying Alive, which borrows from real life. Staying Alive is based on a true story of a journalist Aditya (Anant Mahadevan) whose third heart attack sends him to the intensive cardiac care at a hospital. On the neighboring bed is an underworld kingpin, Shaukat Ali (Saurabh Shukla) whose love of kebabs has led him to his first heart attack. Aditya is a newspaper sub-editor while Shaukat Ali is a hardened gangster and ironically it is Shaukat who is petrified of dying, while Aditya scoffs at death. The “seasoned” Aditya scoffs at death whereas newcomer to-heart-ailments Shaukat is petrified. The two unlikely hospital inmates strike a love-hate relationship with Aditya relaying a few truths about life to Shaukat. Shaukat appreciates the joy of staying alive even in a life deprived of kebabs. Slowly a ....
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Sadda Adda - movie review
'The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you' is the point that Writer and Director Muazzam Beg, in his directorial debut with Sadda Adda, the bollywood film tries that to put across the point - That the only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams – is you! Sadda Adda - movie review... People have dreams, but not all of us have the guts to put faith in ourselves. Most of us lose focus and give up. We are most afraid to believe in our own dreams. Those who do are the true winners. This slice of life film is set in the backdrop of our capital city- Delhi. A city that brings in thousands of North Indians in search of opportunities that was never available in their own home towns. Like-wise, six boys from different states come together to share a two BHK apartment in a middle-class colony, which they lovingly call "Sadda Adda". Kabir (Kuna ....
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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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Soundtrack - movie review
If Beethoven were alive today- he’d be a DJ and this is would be his story! Soundtrack is the feature film directorial debut of Neerav Ghosh. Soundtrack movie review... Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal), a 26 year old from a small town in India comes to the maximum city, Mumbai, carrying just three things - a guitar, a pair of headphones and a dream. Son of a musician, his dad’s dream was cut short by an untimely death. With the help of his late father’s friend, Surinder, he lands a job at “Tango Charlie” and proceeds to make it the city’s most rocking night club. He started to compose music by day and worked at Tango Charlie as a DJ by night. There are DJs who play music, and there are DJs who play the crowds. Raunak is both. Charlie (Mohan Kapoor), the owner of the club becomes his patron and fan. He creates opportunities for concerts and introduces Raunak to Film makers ....
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Saheb Biwi aur Gangster - movie review
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster is an altered version of the Guru Dutt’s classic Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962) which was produced by him and directed by Abrar Alvi. The adapted version too has streaks of brilliance. Based in a small town in the Northern part of India, Sahib Biwi aur Gangster is a story packed with intrigue betrayal and ambition between a beautiful Begum, her Nawab husband and an ambitious young boy. The Nawab (Jimmy Shergill) and his Begum (Mahie Gill), live in their ancestral royal house trying to maintain the status and structure their ancestors had left behind. But due to the changing time, some extreme financial conditions and the long gone habit of a royal having a mistress, the Nawab tries real hard to maintain his status and financial conditions. His rival political party, belonging to Gainda Singh is on a constant mission to eliminate the Nawab and his allies, ....
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Speedy Singhs - movie review
A Hollywood production titled Breakaway has it release in India as Speedy Sings. The film is a cross-cultural hockey drama set in the Indo-Canadian community in suburban Toronto, Canada. The movie is a full action, colourful, humourous and a heart-felt musical. The setting is an obstacle-strewn love story with a dramatic quest for the hero. Speedy Singhs movie review... It is also a keenly observed cross-cultural drama in the same classification as Bend It Like Beckham and Slumdog Millionaire with the hero caught between a family's traditional expectations and a dream to make it big in the national sport of an adopted country. Rajveer Singh is a 21 year old man dreaming of a professional hockey career. We open with him dreaming of scoring a game-winning goal, followed by a moment of bliss as beautiful girls surround him. He has the talent to succeed but faces many hurdles. Being ....
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Shabri - movie review
Shabri is the story of how a simple woman from a Mumbai slum ends up threatening the biggest corridors of power in the matka gambling underworld of the city. It is a story of survival, dignity, determination and human triumph in the face of impossible odds. Shabri (Eesha Koppikar) works in a flour mill to support her alcoholic father, a mother and a younger brother Bandya who is mixing with the local good-for-nothings. The neighborhood is teeming with young jobless desperate boys whose heroes are the local matka gambling den operators. Bandya looks up to Murad who runs a matka den. Murad (Raj Arjun) has a soft corner for both Shabri and Bandya. Murad who has himself being sucked into the black hole of survival that the neighborhood breeds, does not want Bandya to meet the same fate. He wishes him to study, get a degree and wriggle out of the cursed place. He helps Bandya with money ....
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Stand By - movie review
Stand By is about football and the central plot is that we have an Indian coach who aspires to make his team an international standards. Even this film has differences with the Indian sporting body and an effort to keep it purely on merits of the footballers and get politics out of the game. National award winning director Sanjay Surkar shows how the influence of powerful politicians plays a key role in a team selection and how the rich-kids or the influential ones get a chance to play, whereas the really talented guys slog it out to make a mark. Stand by is a story of two friends Rahul (Adhinath Kothare) and Shekar (Siddharth Kher), who play football for the state of Maharashtra. Their lives change as this beautiful game turns ugly and the fate of the footballers is no longer decided on merits. The thick friends share a common passion - football. While Rahul is rooted to the gr ....
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Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande - movie review
Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande is the story of a gang comprised of four friends- Rajbir (Parvin Dabas), Sexy(Vansh Bharadwaj), Ambani (Ashish Nayyar) and Doctor (Kuldip Ruhil) who are given a job which will give them enough money to make all their dreams come true, but to achieve the same they will have to go against their conscience and the village, Kanjhawla, to which they belong. Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande movie review... Rajbir is an orphan and belongs to Kanjhawla village. He is 31, and his friends Ambani, Sexy and Doctor work with him for Fauji. He is the defacto leader of the group and other guys look unto him. He is the most introspective of the gang and gets along with Doctor the most. Goading them on to make this job successful is their boss, Fauji (Sharat Saxena), who stands to gain the most from the job’s success and realize his dreams of becoming a politician. He has been in ....
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Singham - movie review
Singham is a hard core action film, an action film like no other with a universal appeal and has something to take home for everyone. It is a remake of the 2010 Tamil film Singam featuring Suriya and Anushka Shetty and directed by Hari. In recent times even as action movies have gained immense popularity amongst cine goers there is a void for earthy action films with elements of heroism, idolism, machismo and valor. Among the things which work in favour of this film doesn’t have any item numbers like what is in vogue in every other Bollywood film. Exciting are the scenes where Bajirao Singham confronts the villain Jaikant Shirke every time. Singham is a loud melodramatic film about an upright cop who is cornered by a power-crazed criminal who runs unlawful businesses like kidnapping, ransom in the guise of being a respectable citizen. The story begins in a Goa city Police S ....
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