Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at www.shafiqsiddiqui.com and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (twitter.com/shafiqulhasan81)

The Expendables 3: An action-packed and star-studded extravaganza

Right after watching The Expendables 2, I anxiously awaited for the next star-studded joy ride to be released soon. And, finally, The Expendables 3 is here. The experience of watching The Expendables 3 is incomplete if, by any means, you plan to watch it on a smaller screen. It must be watched in the cinema, on the big screen. When I think of my experience of watching the movie, the only word that comes to mind and describes it perfectly is ‘unbelievable’. The plot is carefully scripted, simply because of the fact that many critics bombarded the earlier enterprises with questions regarding the loopholes in the ...

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Bobby Jasoos: A volcano of talent… wasted!

Keeping the taste of Bollywood fans and critics in mind, director Samar Shaikh and producer Dia Mirza came up with a great formula for their new movie, Bobby Jasoos, one which they thought would be a hit movie. To understand it better, the formula is a mix between women-centric movies, like No one killed Jessica, Hate Story, Dirty Picture, Gulaab Gang and English Vinglish, and detective thrillers, like John Day, Samrat & Co., Kahaani, Mr Joe B Carvalho.  So what is the movie about? Bobby Jasoos is about Bilquis Ahmed (Vidya Balan), also known as Bobby Jasoos, who aspires to be a detective ...

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Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania, another DDLJ in the making?

Young at heart and seasoned with emotions is how one would best describe the ingredients of the movie Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. There are films that cine-fans want to watch over and over again, and this is one such movie for sure. Needless to say, the movie is the outcome of the hard work of a great production house, promising debutante director Shashank Khaitan, and actors Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Shukla. What else could one expect from such an attempt? This is the typical story of a soon-to-be-wed girl, Kavya (Alia Bhatt), trying to live her life to the fullest before marriage. She makes ...

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Bewakoofiyaan: ‘Practically’ perfect

For a good movie, subject matters a lot. Bewakoofiyaan might look like a usual love story at first glance but it’s actually a very well-penned and well-conceived movie. This does not mean that the movie has nothing to do with romance; the plot, in fact, is based on romance but it also talks about the other things associated with romance in today’s ‘practical’ world. The story revolves around Mohit Chadhdha (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Mayera Sehgal (Sonam Kapoor), new-age practical and career-oriented sweethearts. Both try to build their lives around career stability, well-stocked bank accounts and better market positions. Photo: ...

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Jai Ho: Salman Khan, the new Sunny Deol?

Jai Ho has been the most anticipated movie of 2013 and 2014 as it was announced to be released initially at the end of 2013 by Sohail Khan under the name of ‘Sher Khan’ and later as ‘Mental’. The name was eventually finalised as ‘Jai Ho’. The movie is a remake of the movie Stalin, a Tollywood film inspired by Pay It Forward (2000). The movie has a lot to offer to the common man, the ‘aam janta’ as they call it. It has drama, action, romance, comedy, weird songs, Salman Khan’s very own dancing style and, of course, Bollywood masala. Salman ...

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Rest in peace Farooque Sheikh: Your humility and talent will be missed

Who would have known that the movie Club 60 would be his last performance? Who knew that so soon after playing the role of a man coming out of depression and learning to live again, he would say farewell to life forever? His name was synonymous to the word ‘politeness’ in Hindi cinema. He was also considered to be the pioneer of ‘The New Indian Cinema’ which was later termed ‘Indian Parallel Cinema’. Yes, I am talking about one of the most versatile, genuine and dependable performers of Bollywood – Mr Farooque Sheikh. With his death on December 27, 2013 due ...

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Dhoom 3: Drama, action and Aamir Khan awesomeness

Dhoom 3 was possibly the most awaited Bollywood film of 2013, and boy did it finally release with a dhoom (bang) all over the world. The film managed to do exceptional business in Pakistan, India, Dubai and the US and I personally think that the Dhoom series is at par with any Hollywood action movie, perhaps, even the Fast and the Furious series. Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif display the merchandise for Dhoom 3. Photo: IANS First things first – contrary to the gossip, Dhoom 3 is not a copy of Now You See Me, at all. Yes, the storyline revolves around ...

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Himmatwala: An unoriginal piece of disappointment

Before reviewing the new Himmatwala, allow me to introduce you to the original 1983 depiction of Himmatwala. K Raghavendra Rao’s Himmatwala (1983) was an experimental film, in which he signed Jitendra, a sinking mega star of the early 1980s whose movies were slumping at the box office back in those days. Similarly, Sridevi was signed because of the limited budget, as she was planning to leave the industry as her career, along with her movies, seemed to have plummeted. Kader Khan, who used to play negative roles, was not getting any movies either, but was signed on for this one. The concept of remaking South Indian movies ...

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Jolly LLB: A ‘jolly’ good legal tale

Movies based on the judicial system and courtroom dramas have always been admired by cine-goers. It’s not because the audience loves their favourite actors and actresses in black gowns, it’s merely because most of the courtroom scenes are penned exceptionally. For instance, we have a huge list of some amazing courtroom scenes from movies like Damini, Meri Jung, Andha Kanoon, OMG Oh My God, Geraftaar, Veer-Zaara, Shaurya, Maine Gaandhi ko nahin Maara and Aitraz. Photo: Reuters Jolly LLB is also one of them. It is based on a real life case with a few amendments. Subhash Kapoor, a talented entertainer, brings Jolly LLB ...

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Naach: Lollywood dancing to the beat of success

I am a big fan of Pakistani movies, and I am not embarrassed in the slightest to admit to this. However, for the past few years – like a decade or so – I have not come across many quality movies in terms of script, performance and concept. Khuda Ke Liye, Bol, Yeh Dil Aapka hua and few other movies were technically sound and showcased strong scripts and some impressive performances. The rest,  and I say this with deep regret, were typical in that they offered no quality content to the audience. A few days ago, I was enlightened about the trailer ...

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