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Manthan 1976
A masterpiece from a master craftsman, Shyam Benegal's Manthan is based on the life and times of the Milkman of India Verghese Kurien who brought about the White Revolution, the man responsible for the Amul story and co-operative milk farming in India on mass scale. After the Green Revolution in the sector of farm produce which made India self-sufficient in food grains, this was the next important revolution towards self-sufficiency in milk production a day-to-day need, we can thank his efforts for our daily milk which is the first thing that we require and we get it like clockwork, round the year. It shows the coming together of people in a co-operative way. Manthan is not the story of one person but the millions of heroes who joined this revolution, painted beautifully on the celluloid by Benegal. The white revolution’s concept goes way back to pre-partition India when small milk ....
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Masoom - 1982
Released in 1982, Masoom is adapted from the famous novel Man, Woman and Child by Eric Segal. It was Shekhar Kapur’s (Dev Anand’s nephew) debut directorial venture. Masoom is considered to be one of the most sensitively handled project, with the illegitimate child angle. With lyrics and screenplay written by Gulzar it was a formula bound for success. This is one of the projects of Kapur which did see the light of day. Masoom is a story of a child’s innocence and the film has brilliant music by none other than R.D. Burman with “Do naina ek kahani”, “Tujhse naraz nahin zindagi” topping the charts and the eponymous “Lakdi ki Kathi” which became the childhood anthem of sorts. The film was a hit with the middle class audience. With the ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Saeed Jaffery and Tanuja who were all at the peak of their craft and child brigade led by ....
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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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The Dirty Picture - movie review
The story of The Dirty Picture is set against the colorful and entertaining backdrop of the fierce male-dominated South-Indian film industry of the 80s. This film chronicles the meteoric rise and steep fall of the erstwhile screen sensation. A story loosely based on the life of the South’s sex-siren of the eighties – Silk Smitha. The Dirty Picture - movie review... Reshma (Vidya Balan) runs away from her house to get role in the films, wearing revealing clothes. She lands up as an ‘extra’ with dancing in the background. Her bold dancing titillates the male audience in the cinema hall. This brave, daring and provocative girl had a meteoric rise in the South film industry. Reshma is now a junior artist who became the most sought after female protagonist of the early 80s. A friendly director suggests her to take up a stage name “Silk”. She is lucky again and gets a break a ....
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Chargesheet - movie review
He was the most dashing personalities of his times for whom girls used to die for. Dev Anand, the evergreen hero is back with his new film Chargesheet. The story of Chargesheet is about Sultanbhai (Naseeruddin Shah) who is an underworld don based in Dubai, and has promised Maria, his mistress a big budget Bollywood film. So Maria lands in India and visits the sets of a big budget film which is entirely being shot in Panchgani in Maharashtra. Mahesh (Jackie Shroff) is the director of this film which is being financed by the Dubai don. Mahesh as a director has given many hit films in the past with his heroine Minnie Singh (Divya Dutta) but is less inclined to repeat her in the new venture as he has to launch Maria via this film. If she is not given the main lead in this new film, the established actress Minnie Singh threatens the director to expose him in front of his family ab ....
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That Girl in Yellow Boots - movie review
The film That Girl in Yellow Boots was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, followed by Venice Film Festival after it played in several festivals worldwide including South Asian International Film Festival. That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth's (Kalki Koechlin), a British woman who comes to search for her father – who abandoned her family in England while she was very young. All she knew was his name and doesn’t even know how he looks. A British citizen Ruth has to patiently wait for her turn at the foreigners’ registration office in Mumbai. The girl wants an extension of her tourist visa but what she comes across is greed and corruption. To stay afloat, Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) makes a living in Bombay by giving hand jobs to wrinkled, old customers who come to the shady massage parlour. She attends to various character ....
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7 Khoon Maaf movie review
‘7 Khoon Maaf’ in English means: Seven Murders Forgiven. It is a black comedy thriller revolving around the life of a beautiful lady played by Priyanka Chopra who goes on to kill all the husbands in her life. 7 Khoon Maaf movie review... Based on Ruskin Bond's short story - Susanna's Seven Husbands, the film features seven male actors with Naseeruddin Shah who plays the oldest husband. Other husbands of the lady are Neil Nitin Mukesh as the young Army Major, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Annu Kapoor and Russian actor Aleksandr Dyachenko. The seventh husband is a mystery which keeps the viewer glued till the end of the film. Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, a beautiful lass, who over the course of thirty-five odd years, gets married seven times due to the untimely and mysterious deaths of half a dozen of her hapless husbands. Susanna Anne Marie Johannes (Priyanka Chopra) feels be ....
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Bolo Raam, movie review
The film Bolo Raam is a remake of Tamil film 'Ram' which has an interesting plot with an engaging screenplay. Actors of high calibre like Naseruddin Shah, Om Puri and Padmini Kolhapure come together unfortunately for this lack luster thriller at the end of the year. A suspense tale, the film Bolo Raam begins with Raam (Rishi Bhutani) who is locked up in jail on charges of killing his own mother Archana (Padmini Kolhapure). Raam falls into a state of shock and is unable to come out of it. He has this brief psychotic disorder, after his mother's death and becomes silent, refusing to talk or react in any manner. The investigating officer, Indrajeet Singh Rathi (Om Puri) is puzzled and despite several attempts, he is unable to make Raam speak. So he consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Negi (Naseeruddin Shah), to determine the cause of Raam's state of mind and the reason for his silence. Th ....
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Firaaq, movie review
Most films about riots are full of violence that they set out to critique. Actress Nandita Das has her debut in direction with Firaaq, which explores the fierce and delicate emotions of fear, anxiety, prejudice and ambivalence in human relationships during the riots. Firaaq is an Urdu word that means both separation and quest. The film is a work of fiction, based on a thousand stories.The story is set over a 24-hour period, one month after a carnage that took place in Gujarat, India, in 2002. It traces the emotional journeys of ordinary people - some who were victims, some perpetrators and some who chose to watch silently. As an ensemble film, it follows multiple narratives that are at times interconnected and at times discreet, yet all are united by their spatial and emotional context. A middle-class housewife Aarti (Deepti Naval) closes the door on a woman desperately seeking ref ....
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