Tag Archives: Thriller

Heartless

Review :  Shekhar Suman’s directorial debut Heartless is inspired by the Hollywood medical thriller Awake. The film, nicely adapted and understated (except for the misplaced title track) deals with the disturbingly real phenomenon of anesthetic awareness in which surgery patients, though paralyzed are conscious of everything they are experiencing including pain. It’s an absorbing thriller. And one doffs one’s hat to Shekhar ...

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Dedh Ishqiya

Review :- Dedh Ishqiya is a sequel to the zany 2010 black comedy Ishqiya. Like its prequel, the idiom and the setting are rural. The spoken language is Hindi with a peppering of heavy-duty Urdu. Thank God for the English subtitles in circuits except the Hindi belt! What’s also nice is the contemporary thought woven in (with references to Iphone-5 ...

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Jackpot

Review :- Goa forms the backdrop for this who-gets-the-moolah caper. Francis (Joshi) packs in the muscle and has a can of beer always close at hand. He is also street-smart enough to impress Maya (Leone), the oomphy voice of reason in the movie. Boss Man (Naseeruddin) is a veteran raver whose clothes are as colourful as his principles and punchlines. ...

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Raqt

Review :- Raqt is a disaster. If it doesn’t give you a throbbing headache, you deserve a medal for putting up with utter crap in the name of cinema. The film is loaded with terrible dubbing, out of focus scenes, sleazy songs, tacky dialogues, horrible outfits, a dumb story and pathetic direction. If you must know the story – Sonia ...

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Madras Cafe

Review :- Straight up, Madras Cafe couldn’t be more different to director Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor. Political, tense, finally explosive, Madras Cafe is no picnic in the neighborhood park. Major Vikram Singh (Abraham) lands in Sri Lanka, heading RAW’s covert operations. He must work with colleague Bala to get Anna Bhaskaran (Rathnam), head of the rebel LTF group – “Also ...

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Nasha

Review :- Lean, mean teens, with hormones gushing through your jeans, get ready to spray them denims already. ‘Nasha’ unclothes the tantalizing desires of stud-boy teenagers who are out for their ‘de-virginization’ – or pehla nasha. With their boxers down and tongues twirling around. The story churns up a visual world of sex, sin, seduction and all the sensations that ...

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D-Day

Review :- Straight up, D-Day is explosive at three levels. The plot crackles. The acting sears. And the music flares with passion. Four Indian agents, angry and RAW, enter Pakistan to bring Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor), a Dawood-like don, hated for his terrorism, home. Wali Khan (Irrfan) has married a local woman and fathered a child, but longs to find ...

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Ghanchakkar

Review :- Director Raj Kumar Gupta is an ‘inspired’ writer/ filmmaker. He draws liberally either from other cinematic material or from headlines. His first film Aamir had many similarities to the Filipino film Cavite. His No One Killed Jessica was quite obviously taken from the Jessica Lal murder case. In his third movie outing Ghanchakkar, the director, is ‘inspired’ by ...

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Shortcut Romeo

Review :- Welcome to the wild – lions, zebras, giraffes, deer, and leopards aplenty (film is shot in the stunning landscapes of Maasai Mara, Kenya). And of course, amongst them all lives the beastly man who hunts, hacks and kills his own kin for survival. This story has one such fierce and furious being called Suraj (Neil). His aimless life ...

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Ek Thi Daayan

Review :- A young boy is obsessed with the occult. As he grows up, he takes his obsession to giddy lengths—often letting the lines between reality and fiction blur. When you meet the unassuming, bespectacled Kannan Iyer in person, you will never guess that he’s the man who has served up one of Indian cinema’s taut supernatural thriller’s Ek Thi ...

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