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The Final Call - A ZEE5 Original

The Final Call Review – An Edge Of The Seat Experience   by Paresh B. Mehta Get set for an edge-of-the-seat thrills with the series of THE FINAL CALL, a ZEE5 Original that is based on Priya Kumar’s book ‘I will go with you‘.   Amidst the chattering of the passengers in an aircraft, while someone is heard cribbing about…

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Ra One - movie review
India’s most expensive film Ra One has finally released, with its aggressive pre-release promotion a month before its release. The special effects are excellent and are comparable to the best in Hollywood. Its concept is fine, the video game subject too is latest. Where it lacks, or what is unwanted is its scenes like the Karwa Chauth which is seen in the typical Indian TV soaps, and the protagonist, which the director thinks all the South Indians are curly haired. Ra One is the story of a father (Shah Rukh Khan) trying hard to ‘fit-in’ in his son’s (Master Armaan Verma) badass world, a cool dude son trying hard to ‘dude-up’ his dad from ‘aiiiyyyo’ to‘yo!’ and a mother (Kareena Kapoor) lost in translation between her husband’s ‘ingeva’ and her son’s ‘in’ it!’ Shah Rukh Khan plays a Subramaniyam - South Indian game designer, who still hasn’t come ....
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Rascals - movie review
On what should have been one of the happiest days of his life (on his engagement day) Anthony Gonsalves (Arjun Rampal) is robbed of Rupees 30 lakhs by a con man and on that particular day, the other con man divests him of his brand new Mercedes. Rascals movie review... Chetan Chauhan (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhagat Bhosle (Ajay Devgan) are con men who happen to swindle Anthony Gonsalves (Arjun Rampal) separately but on the same day. Chetan is a cultivated and suave master con, who operates in high society; among the rich and famous and usually goes for the big kill. Little does he realize that the guy he dismissed as small time is going to cost him big bucks. With their ill begotten gains, they board a flight to Bangkok only to find themselves seated next to each other. As there is no way two can men can exist in the same town together, Chetan decides to send Bhagat packing back to Ind ....
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Housefull, movie review
After ‘Heyy Babby’, its 'Housefull' the latest film directed by Sajid Khan which is a slapstick, a situational comedy about mistaken identities with the top notch star cast, all of who seem to be in good form. Housefull movie review... Housefull is a romantic comedy story which is about Aarush (Akshay Kumar) who plays a luckless, lazy loser trying to change his luck by finding true love. In this quest for true love, how one lie leads to another and how different people from different walks of life come together, adding even more confusion to this hilarious comedy of errors resulting in total confusion and chaos. So we have Aarush (Akshay Kumar) - the world's unluckiest man and given to self pity at times. Being jinxed, he believes his bad luck can vanish if he finds true love. He is in Macao, where he is ditched by his girlfriend Pooja (Malaika Arora). Then he moves back to ....
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EMI, movie review
Sattar (Sanjay Dutt) owner of Good Luck Recovery Agency is the saviour and the solution for all those ever caught in the debt trap in the movie EMI. From bhaigiri to business to politics to social work - that's how Sattar wants to progress in life. He has already graduated from bhaigiri to business and is now eager to jump into politics. Most sought after by banks, telecom companies and various multinationals, today his Good Luck Recovery Agency is Number 1 in India. Sattar follows a simple rule when it comes to his business - Loan liya hai to chukao, shaadi kiya hai to nibhao... EMI is a pick on the easy-to-get but taxing-to-hold loans and credits. It’s a narrative of interconnecting characters coming from different strata and style. Anil and Shilpa (Ashish Choudhary and Neha Uberoi) want to begin their lives together. They look at everything as a couple. They have along and fru ....
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The Last Lear, movie review
The Last Lear is inspired by the famous Bengali actor, activist and playwright Utpal Dutt and his play "Aajker Shahjehan" (The Emperor Today). The play was about the enormous trust and faith that actors repose on those who support their art. Just as much as it is about the betrayals of that very trust. The Last Lear having a Bollywood star cast is an English language film. It has Amitabh, Arjun Rampal and Preity couldn't have been more perfect. Amitabh hogs the limelight not in as towering personality, but as Harish Mishra. Harish Mishra (Amitabh Bachchan) is the protagonist of this offbeat film. The film-within-the film is a lamentation about the dying art of the circus. As winds of change accompanying neo-liberal policies sweep across the country, older cultural forms give way to newer ones. In this moment of transition, trust and treachery collide and crumble. What does a 65 ....
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Rock On!!, movie review
Rock On!! is the story of 4 friends who want put together the greatest band this country has ever seen. They are in their early twenties, wild and carefree, and their main focus in life is about music and friendship. Aditya Shroff (Farhan Akhtar), Joe Mascarenhas (Arjun Rampal), Rob (Luke Kenny) and K.D.(Purab Kohli) together create the rock band 'Magik'. The film is about friendship and the passion for music. This group takes part on a competition for Indian Rock Bands where the winner will be offered a contract for an album and at least one music video. These guys need money for new instruments. What not they have to do to earn the money, even at times by playing old Hindi songs at random Dandiya parties! Their reluctance and helplessness is beautifully captured in close-ups. They win the competition, and while signing the contract, are forced to make a number of compromises. Now ....
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Om Shanti Om
Om Shanti Om is a Manmohan Desai type of a masala film of the 1970s. It has the premise of reincarnation as was in Subhash Ghai's "Karz". Okay, it is a joyous film which has its silly giggling and overacting in parts, especially the typical mother (Kirron Kher) of a struggler son, who lives, thinks that one day her son would definitely become a super star of Bollywood, since her husband could not fulfill his dream. A typical filmy mother. Its here and a few other scenes where the film appears unrealistic. Debutante Deepika Padukone is the hasina in this case. Shanti has a pretty face, charming smile and an old-world charm… She is the reigning superstar of 70s. Shah Rukh Khan is the deewana, he is in love with her. Om, who is a struggling actor - a junior artist and her biggest fan. He dies in a mishap while watching Shanti in danger on an opulent film set which is on fire. Thi ....
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Kahaani 2, movie review
A suspense thriller featuring Vidya Balan, directed by Sujoy Ghosh. It is not a sequel of the 2012 film, just another installment of PEN's 'Kahaani' brand.

Kahaani 2 : Durga Rani Singh movie review

Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan) is a single mom, working woman happily living with her daughter in Chandannagar a small town in West Bengal. Her teenaged daughter is wheelchair ridden hence the mother keeps a nurse while she is out in her office. This morning, the mother-daughter wake up late, so while rushing around with her morning chores, Vidya realizes that the nurse hasn't come for her duty. This caring mother ensures that her old neighbour keeps a periodic watch on her house till the time nurse arrives to keep her daughter some company. On returning home in the evening Vidya finds her daughter missing with no leads despite checking in with the neighbours. It is about 10 minute ....
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ROY - Hindi movie review
The subject is abstract and more so is the story telling of ROY. This film is not for the masses, its for the pseudo-intellectuals, to be precise. Debutant director Vikramjit Singh who is also the writer of this romantic thriller is innovative in his presentation of life and times of a successful yet quirky filmmaker. A different approach in showing on screen, the moods, senses, sensitive moments and the dreams of a director while he is working on the story simultaneously directing the film. We get a visual treat of colours, the locales, the actual depiction of thought process of a filmmaker, most often dubbed as arrogant and abnormal. About the story, ROY is the creative portrayal of the sketch of a filmmaker who works on his own terms. Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal) is a trend-setter film maker who has made 'Guns' and 'Guns II', which is the story of the protagonist in his films, an ....
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