Movie Reviews

Mayank Shekhar's review: Kya Yahi Sach Hai

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A hammy waiter at a party suddenly grits his teeth, growls, scowls, runs towards a senior police officer’s wife to grab a piece of jewellery from her neck. The fellow’s picked up by the cops after. At the interrogation, he reveals that necklace was actually his wife’s. He’d pawned it off at a gambling den. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: Don 2

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It wasn’t hard to tell where Farhan Akhtar’s 2006 remake of Don was coming from. The writers here have sub-plots. They continue to stretch and add thought to thought. The picture promises to never end. It gets hard to carry on with inane inventiveness.

Critics' verdict: Don 2 gets mixed reports!

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Farhan Akhtar's Don 2 has witty, zany and cooler dialogues, great action sequences, sleek & stylish package, but lacks a tight script. SRK who's back in a negative avatar with the film has done full justice to his role. Here's what critics are saying about the movie

Mayank Shekhar's review: Pappu Can’t Dance Saala

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Survival’s a full-time job in Mumbai. Anybody who’s struggled their way through the city’s innards will know this. The makers of this movie do too. Their empathy constantly shows. Be that as it may, the hero here seems to be having a rather rougher day than usual. Mayank Shekhar writes.

Mayank Shekhar's review: Lanka

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The girl's a doctor. So is her dad. Goons guard their house round-the-clock. We’re in a north Indian small town, which like many, we’re
told, is essentially one man, Bhaisaab’s (Manoj Bajpayee’s) personal fiefdom. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl

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After Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer-Anushka pair up again. Some more fine-tuning could’ve helped. This is when the commercially inevitable takes precedence over satisfactory explanations. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: I Am Singh

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The film's audience, apparently Americans, as you know, think Osama bin Laden was Sikh. They need serious education. The characters knock some sense into their heads, read out page after page from Wikipedia, in Hindi and English, on philosophy, history, teachings and scriptures of Sikhism.

Mayank Shekhar's review: The Dirty Picture

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The Dirty Picture even when not mimicking its subject, somewhat retains its ‘80s feel: excessive dialoguebaazi, often loaded with double entendres, some loud scenes with actors always in a state of emergency, and the “serial kisser" who must land a Sufi song, and a girl’s lips to satisfy his core audiences.

Mayank Shekhar's review: Dam 999

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Walking over a bridge, the Kerala couple in this film, ex-lovers, look towards a river embankment before them. "Do you remember this dam?" the hero asks. "They're like us, holding pressure!" Audience laughs. Here's why. Read On..

Mayank Shekhar's review: Desi Boyz

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You figure this formula for the moolah could be a post-2000 film by David (born Rajinder) Dhawan. It turns out his son’s the director. Generations change. So do audiences. Same garbage gets recycled still. We deserve it.