Good films require innovation; bad ones are usually recipe-based. And the really terrible ones? Those are recipes gone horribly wrong. What the makers of The Xposé will have you believe is cinema is actually punch lines, and lots of songs roughly mashed together.
Remember the ‘milk miracle’ of the 1990s? Apparently when a spoonful of milk was held up to the trunk of a Ganesha idol in Delhi, the deity ‘drank’ it. Soon, believers all over the country were offering milk to Ganesha, and the statues were gladly obliging.
Writer-director Amole Gupte’s forte is working with children. In films like Taare Zameen Par and Stanley Ka Dabba, he presented children in all their heartbreaking vulnerability and complexity.
While the plot of the film is as old as the jeans of our young characters, it is the treatment of the film, the sub-plots and the character artists that make it worth watching.
The film’s lead character is called STD, its dialogues are cheesier than a block of cheddar and the murder mystery is more mediocre than anything you have watched in a long time. This Rajeev Khandelwal-starrer is not meant for the fans of the genre, or anyone else.
Mishti plays a typical Subhash Ghai heroine. Merge the personalities of the female protagonists of Taal and Pardes in your head, and you will get Kaanchi. What we missed in Kaanchi was Ghai's magical touch.
This Tigmanshu Dhulia's film celebrates the undying spirit of Revolver Rani, played by Kangana Ranaut, who is as aggressive as she is vulnerable. The film in the entirety fails, but not Revolver Rani who's not only larger than life but larger than the film itself.
In 2 States, the story is the weakest link. The film is bolstered by talented actors, gorgeous songs by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, nice styling, sumptuous production design and a few sparkling moments. And yet it is a slog.
Bhootnath is worth watching for its feel good political message, and Parth Bhalerao, who plays Akhrot, the street-smart Dharavi kid who befriends a ghost, writes Anupama Chopra.
David Dhawan's Main Tera Hero, starring Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz and Nargis Fakhri is recommended for Bollywood masala lovers, David Dhawan fans, suckers for any kind of comedy and pure vellas. Here're five things that make it work as an entertainer.