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Akira could have been a great concept – but on screen, it’s weak

In Bollywood, women-centric movies are always considered extremely powerful, even prior to their release. From Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980) to Bandit Queen (1994), from Mother India (1957) to Mary Kom (2014); female oriented movies have made headlines everywhere. Akira, featuring Sonakshi Sinha, is also a movie based on a journey of a woman, but in different circumstances. Sonakshi Sinha, as a performer, has always lived up to the expectations of the masses. Having directed movies like Ghajini (2008) and Holiday (2014), A R Murugadoss has brilliantly proved his mettle in direction. With a star studded cast such as Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap, Akira looked quite promising. Sonakshi SinhaPhoto: Screenshot The story line revolves around a girl named Akira (Sonakshi) who ...

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Will Freaky Ali be a nostalgic reminder of Happy Gilmore?

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is well known for his challenging roles and award-winning performances in various movies. Dekh Indian Circus (2011), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Talaash (2012), The Lunchbox (2013) and Manjhi (2015) are some of the more well-known movies he has starred in. He is currently making waves in Bollywood with his latest comedic role in Sohail Khan’s directorial venture Freaky Ali. The film is officially set to hit cinemas on September 9, 2016. However, the trailer has already managed to create an enormous hype by building excitement amongst filmgoers by giving them a tempting nibble of the ultimate treat. Freaky Ali’s story revolves around the character of Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), ...

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Will Rang Raaz: The Secret of Colour be a step forward in Pakistani cinema?

Making it as an independent filmmaker in Pakistan is not easy. Having a film industry that consistently puts dance numbers, good-looking actors and fancy costumes over character, story and plot is bad enough. But the fact that studios here are not ready to invest and original ideas only makes it worse. But that hasn’t stopped aspiring filmmaker and playwright Hamza Bangash from bringing his ideas to life and overcoming a number of barriers that can come in the way of any aspiring filmmaker. In 2014, his short film Badal premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Court Metrage, which is an incredible achievement in itself. And now, two ...

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Save your money and do not watch Teri Meri Love Story

Jawad Bashir has a unique way of incorporating humour into his songs and acts, case in point: Teen Bata Teen from the mid-90s. It took Bashir quite a few years to embark on the route of film production. He made his debut with the horror flick, Maya (2015) and his latest venture is supposed to be an out and out comedy filled with an element of romance. That being said, Teri Meri Love Story is a rom-com featuring Mohib Mirza, Omar Shahzad, Ushna Shah, Uzma Khan, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Salman Shahid, Laila Zuberi and Ahmed Abdul Rehman in pivotal roles. Photo: Farah Fashion The movie starts off with Esha (Ushna Shah), who is head ...

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s teaser is out and it was worth the wait!

We finally caught a glimpse of Karan Johar’s ambitious project, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushaka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachan and our very own Fawad Khan. What I gathered from the snippet is that the movie is fresh, dark, passionate and has a melodious soundtrack. This is Karan Johar’s first directorial venture after Student of the Year (2012). But Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is expected to be comparatively bigger, better and more appealing. Ranbir Kapoor, Anushaka Sharma and our very own Fawad Khan.Photo: Instagram Karan Johar and Fawad KhanPhoto: Instagram I am extremely excited about the following things. 1. Music Karan Johar is famous for the euphonious music ...

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Nerve: It’ll surely get on your nerves

With the Pokémon Go epidemic sweeping worldwide (which is getting people to run into traffic while looking at their smartphones) it seems the timing for Nerve could not have been better. It is a thriller about people performing embarrassing and increasingly death-defying stunts in the name of a shadowy online game in an attempt to gain popularity and cash. Emma Roberts stars as Vee, a high school senior who lives on Staten Island with her clingy but hardworking mother Nancy (Juliette Lewis). Vee is afraid to tell her mom that she wants to go across the country to an arts college in California because she is ...

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Can Baar Baar Dekho make it big?

Sidharth Malhotra (Jai) and Katrina Kaif (Diya) are starring together in a seemingly fun-loving movie; Baar Baar Dekho. But it’s not just the duo that has us anxiously waiting for the movie to hit the cinemas. The film has already generated a lot of hype with the release of its song Kala Chashma. Its lyrics and catchy tune have made it a super hit, along with Sidharth and Katrina’s groovy dance steps. The movie has a feel good vibe. Jai and Diya are seen falling in love and planning their future. Jai thinks life is a simple equation – according to him, “Jai plus Diya equals to ...

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Ben-Hur: A disaster of biblical proportions

Oh my god! What have they done? Why would anyone in their right mind go about screwing with a universal classic? But you can’t really talk sense with Hollywood, now can you? You can instantly tell how bad a remake is if one of the action sequences replicated from its 50s version is not even half as good as its predecessor. Heck! Even the one gracing the 20s variant was light years ahead of the current monstrosity. Toby Kebbell and Pilou AsbækPhoto: IMDb Jack HustonPhoto: IMDb Grandeur, miracles, spirituality, poetic revenge, homoeroticism, and horses that are trying ...

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Happy Bhaag Jayegi: Yay or nay?

What’s the formula for an entertaining movie? Whisk romance, comedy, drama, emotions and relatable characters together, and there you have it; an entertaining movie. Happy Bhaag Jayegi is a combination of all the aforementioned ingredients, plus another ingredient; a comical Indo-Pak angle. Happy Bhaag Jayegi is about Harpeet aka Happy (Diana Penty) who, on her wedding night, plans to ditch her groom, Bugga (Jimmy Shergill) and plans on eloping with her boyfriend Guddu (Ali Fazal). Thanks to a carelessly formulated runaway plan, things take a chaotic turn and Happy ends up jumping off her balcony, into the wrong truck, which takes her ...

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Ben-Hur: Fast & The Furious – Jerusalem Drift

I have seriously had enough! Hearing out all my chachus and mamoos praising the hell out of Ben-Hur (1959) all my adult life has simply taken its toll. Me: “Maamo, The Shawshank Redemption.” Mamoo: “Nah, Ben-Hur!” Me: “Chachoo, 17 Academy Awards for the Lord of The Rings trilogy!” Chachoo: “Meh, Just one Ben-Hur and 11 Oscars!” Me: “D-Day landing sequence from Saving Private Ryan.” Not just maamo and chachu but maami and chaachi too: “Ben-Hur’s Chariot Race… debate settled!” Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959)Photo: IMDb Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959)Photo: IMDb There is just no winning with this lot as far as Ben-Hur ...

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