Movie Reviews

Mayank Shekhar's review: My Friend Pinto

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The film’s lead character is a proverbial village idiot. Prateik Babbar plays Pinto. There is a visceral quality to his screen presence. You can sense it right away. It may not be enough to support an entire movie. But it’s endearing.

Mayank Shekhar's review: Love, Breakups, Zindagi

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He’s young, in his early thirties, yet already twice divorced. His father was in the ball bearing business, which as you may guess, must be a fact quite hard to grow up with. Kids at school would give him a hard time, his dad was after all the “ball bearing man.” Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: Soundtrack

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These are musicians world-famous, north of Mumbai’s Worli. The front man is the resident DJ at a nightclub called Tango Charlie. When not spinning on the console, his partner’s busy with a groupie going down on him in the greenroom. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's Review: Rascals

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The two main blokes in this movie are called Chetan Chauhan or Chetooji, and Bhagat Bhosle aka Bhagguji, named after, we presume, Chetan Bhagat, popular writer of lowbrow English fiction. These fellows play small-time thugs, conmen; out to kill each other’s game. It might of interest to viewers to know exactly who they are, besides the characters they fake. A background might take, maybe a minute or two, to explain. The writers couldn’t care less. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: Chargesheet

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Of the trio that ruled Hindi cinema in the 1950s, Raj Kapoor is long gone, Dilip Kumar has been ailing for a while, Dev is still a competing star, director, writer, and if need be, the audience for his films. Dev's genius may defy description. Mayank Shekhar writes.

Mayank Shekhar's review: Force

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You could see this film following the return of seriously mind-numbing violence at the theatres. But that’ll only be partly accurate. Action mainly for action’s sake had never really left the building. Mayank Shekhar writes.

Mayank Shekhar's review: Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster

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It's the page-turner script that steals the show. It's packed with enough turns, intrigues and twists to hold your attention, keep you guessing. All of it bound by some sort of logic still. Mayank Shekhar writes.

Mayank Shekhar's review: Speedy Singhs

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The makers have roped in actor Rob Lowe who plays a sports coach and Candian stand-up star Russel Peters who does the same old, jaded gags that he’s doling out, I hear, for 22 years now! Between the two of them, the producers could have run out of money to spare. The movie’s execution remains slightly amateurish, fairly tacky, mostly "NRI movie" type. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: Mausam

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Harry (Shahid) doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t womanise. In the real world, such a man would be dangerous! In the pictures, he makes for the ideal Rajshri Prem-type Bollywood hero. Ayat (Sonam), on the other hand, rarely talks, radiantly smiles, shyly whispers. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: Jaana Pehchana

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I walked into a film called Jaana Pehchana, a prophetic title, given that the phrase means familiar. Unlike most readers on this page, I knew this was going to be a sequel to Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se. I stepped out having watched two pictures for the price of one, both this, and almost wholly, the 1978 Rajshri hit. Read On..