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Ram Gopal Verma's RAAT (1992)
A good horror movie is a rarity in our country that churns out the largest number of films every year (you will see very few in our list too). Almost none of them measure upto the quality which come out of Hollywood, barring a few, specially those made before the turn of the century. Raat - revisited... In the previous century horror movies were a forte of the Ramsay brothers, but none of their movies except for maybe a Darwaza or a Hotel were somewhat out there but most of the films only evoked laughter rather than any sense of terror, specially in current times with an improvement in filmmaking, because of the superficial makeup and the movement of the so-called ghost or the beast or whatever you my call them. Better horror movies have been made by other directors right from the 1949 movie Mahal with Ashok Kumar and Madhubala to Raaz 3, Ragini MMS and Bhool Bhuliya as they differ ....
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Ardh Satya 1983
A hard hitting cop drama directed by Govind Nihalani which catapulted the careers of Om Puri and to some extent Shafi Inamdaar and of course Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Ardh Satya was Nihalani’s second outing with Puri after the dark Aakrosh of 1980. It released on 19th August 1983. Initially Amitabh was roped in to play the role of the cop but could not and it fell in the laps of Puri. The movie’s title - Ardh Satya is derived from the Marathi poem by Dilip Chitre which is also referenced in the movie and changes psych of the main character and the flow of the movie. After the socials of ‘60s and the soft romantic and experimental movies of the ‘70s the Rajesh Khanna variety it was the era of Amitabh Bachchan in the ‘80s with his angry young man and compelling movies. Ardh Satya was one such movie which catered to the art movie sensibilities and well as mainstream cinema dramat ....
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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro 1983
It was a satire on the murky happenings in a big city. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro explored the nexus between the big business men, the politicos and the press who would go all out and are ready to stoop to any level, back-stab or front stab for that matter, to get their own pound of flesh. The city in question is none other than Amchi Mumbai here. Adorned with the class actors of the then art cinema world, the cast of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is led by Nasseruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Om Puri, and Ravi Baswani and not to forget the dead meat Satish Shah because of whom the whole mad bungle in concrete jungle happens. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was a story by Sudhir Mishra and the talented Kundan Shah who also directed it. It seemed the story developed itself as it was being filmed, with incidents happening one after the other in sequence and taking the story forward at good pace infused with dry humor, dark ....
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Khap - movie review
Khap is a contemporary tale of traditional massacre erupting in the heartland of central India where certain villages still follow cruel age-old customs. This is where a story of passion, dishonor and deceit unfolds; where the sweet innocence of youth is throttled by uncompromising beliefs. Khap movie review... The film opens in the capital where two youths Ria and Kush fall in love. Ria (Uvika Choudhary ) is a beautiful city girl who is Madhur and Komal’s daughter. Kush (Sarrtaj Gill) is a young charming boy who has come from South Africa to India for his MBA. Sarrtaj plays the role of Kush, a young charming boy. Ria and Kush get trapped into the khap traditions and then begins the struggle of survival and escape from the village. Meanwhile, news channels highlight the death of the local couple Veer and Sureeli who are found dead in Omkar Chaudhary’s village. Omkar Chau ....
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Bin Bulaye Baraati - movie review
Bin Bulaye Baraati is a hilarious story which takes off when Gulshan Grover (Durgan Singh) a dangerous dacoit meets the don Mukesh Tiwari (Gajraj) at a casino to sell his diamonds and jewels. Aftab Shivdasani (as AD) who is on the run takes away with the van full of dacoit's fortune. Bin Bulaye Baraati movie review... As lovers, AD and Shreya (Priyanka Kothari) are on the run, they come across criminals Hazari (Sanjay Mishra) and Murari (Rajpal Yadav) who have just robbed the Police Commissioner's home, and Chetta Singh (Vijay Raaz) who has stolen the car belonging to the Commissioner's wife, Kusum (Rati Agnihotri). Shreya is the niece of Police Sub-Inspector Pralay Pratap Singh (Om Puri). The cat and mouse game of the chase results into a chaotic pile-up with more characters colliding together, leading to dramatic and comical sequences where all of them end up to take shelter at M ....
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Love Express - movie review
Mukta Searchlight's Love Express is a romantic comedy tracing the journey of two parallel love stories in a train full of Baraatis from Amritsar to Mumbai. A young couple on the way to their own wedding wants to break-up, while the other couple wants to make up after a five-year-old break-up. Love Express movie review... The first couple on the train traveling from Amritsar toMumbai decide to go against their parents wishes and break the arrangement to solemnize their arranged marriage. They want to break their wedding because it's an arranged marriage – arranged by their parents who have been friends for decades - but they are definitely not amenable to an arranged marriage and would prefer to find their own match. So they hatch a plan and are successful but at a heavy cost to their families. Will their parents and the elders allow this rebellion? Are the youngsters making the r ....
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West is West - movie review
West is West continues on from the 1999 hit film East is East which was the story about that family set in 1971 in England. It is now 1976, in Salford, Manchester, England, and remaining members of the Khan family go through their on-going struggle of the elder family members deeply entrenched in traditionally Pakistani values. So it’s the old customs versus the youngsters who were born in Britain and have an upbringing amid the British culture. West is West movie review. Sixty year old George Khan (Om Puri) who is the head of the family is still very much acting as the family dictator – enforcing his beliefs upon his family – much against the trend among the new generation. There are Tariq (Jimi Mistry), Auntie Annie (Leslay Nicole) and Maneer (Emil Marwa) in the family. The protagonist is Sajid (Aqid Khan), the youngest of the children who is now a teenager, 13 year old ....
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Kucch Luv Jaisaa - movie review
Barnali Ray Shukla debuts as a director with Kucch Luv Jaisaa. Today is 29th Feb, and Mrs. Madhu Saxena's Birthday. It comes once in four years and her husband has forgotten her birthday. She has been feeling unhappy lately the way her husband has been taking her for granted and her marriage is getting into a fatigue-zone. Kucch Luv Jaisaa movie review... Madhu is a housewife and a mother of two kids. She is a full-time mother, wife, Maths/Hindi/English teacher, agony aunt, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter, sister and the works. Her husband and family form the centre of her universe but she doesn't receive that kind of attention which she deserves! She just has no time to be 'simply Madhu'. And now today she has two options, she can choose to sulk and pity herself for the next four years or reinvent Madhu and take a grip over her life. She chooses to heat out and e ....
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Teen Thay Bhai - movie review
Rakesh Omprakash Mehra who had made outstanding movies like Aks, Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6 has produced this funny film ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ which is about three brothers and their love-hate relationship is directed by debutant director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba. It has an interesting star cast like veteran actors like Om Puri & Deepak Dobrial who are supported by the young and talented Shreyas Talpade. It also marks the debut of actress Ragini Khanna who is actor Govinda’s niece in Teen Thay Bhai. Three down-on-luck and out-of-money brothers are summoned to the death of their grandfather. With nothing in common, except their undying hate for each other, the funeral turns out to be a reunion from hell. After paying their final respects, the brothers can't wait to get as far away from each other as possible, even if it means returning to their miserable lives. Out of the blue, ....
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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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