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well, the title “love sex aur dhoka” may ring bells with the hollywood movie”sex lies and videotape”… but i’m not sure if there is more to it than that.

it is, however, similar to guy ritchie’s “lock stock and two smoking barrels”… in the way how three different stories and their characters are loosely intertwined within each other and run through pretty much parallely…

produced by (surprisingly) ekta kapoor and her balaji telefilms, directed by dibakar banerji, it is built on the backdrop of crowded streets and dingy hotel rooms in delhi, the jat culture and its cacophony.

there is a story about love that ends in honor killings by the girl’s family. a story about voyeurism-intimacy being shot on video without the girl’s knowledge, sold for money and masculine pride. a story about what struggling actresses can face in vanity vans and how they can use it to their advantage. entire movie is shot on  digital camera and the concept of tehelka (layman’s word for sting operaton) is used time and again.

people come out walking with a disturbing overdose and shocking revelations of some real issues that prevail in and around delhi, haryana, chandigarh and lucknow.

rating : thoughtful movie but with a multiplex shelf life.

PS : there is quite some material on internet on how we can help save
honor killings and injustice against women with some websites seeking public support for their PIL – public niterest litigations too.
will put a couple of more links here.

karthik calling karthik


karthik callin karthik…

cuh-maun farhan how could you do this after dil chahta hai and rock on..
you have disappointed an entire cult following of yours..

a mediocre story line based straight out of a ‘self help – build your confidence’ types book… well educated talented and hardworking young man is bullied by everyone due to his submissive behaviour as he grapples with some nightmarish childhood memories.
then he gets a call from himself. calls follow, for hours everyday. he helps himself out of his problems one by one by building on things like – learn to say no, show people you are useful to them, and the kind. suddenly his detractors are scared of him, his is the apple of his boss’s eye and the hottie in office – read deepika padukone – starts dating him, landlord stops holding him for a ransom every morning etcetera.

Karthik Calling Karthik poster

“uff teri ada, i love the way you groove” is a good song and deepika and farhan have some chemistry, good pair..

all of the above is wound up in the first 45 minutes of the movie. however now, he has to confess to his girlfriend about his phone friend, gets an ultimatum to get psychologically treated instead and tries to cope up with it for the sake of the girl.. here is where you really lose interest, the direction is plain jane with most of the dialogues having no background music – a la farhan akhtar. the story gets really slow and you aren’t sure wether there is a climax at all.

my rating : a wrong attempt to adapt the hollywood brad pitt starrer fight club.

rann

Rann, Amitabh Bachchan,Ritesh Deshmukh,Paresh Rawal,Mohnish Behl,Suchitra Krishnamurthy,Rajat Kapoor,Gul Panag,Neetu Chandra,Rajpal Yadav,Sudeep,Rahul Pendkalkar,Neena Kulkarni,Simone Singh,Iklaq Khan,K K Raina

Amitabh Bachhan owns and runs a news channel with authentic news pledging to all media ethics. However due to this, his channel is not a hit with the TRPs, though it has a respectable image. One of his ex employees has left him to start another channel B which is a big hit owing to the true and false masala it offers to viewers as well as some betrayers working with A. Amitabh’s son who has returned from the US after an affluent education wants to revamp A’s revenues and market share. There is an industrialist and a politician in this hullabaloo too who have their own vested interests.

Now a false sting operation video and exchange of interests in the background makes for a fast and furious story line, just like ram gopal verma’s sarkar and sarkar raj(i am praising only the story part strictly 🙂 ). it is ritesh deshmukh, an employee with A who unravels the dark side of politics, bureucracy and media. performances are good, bad and mediocre, amitabh bachhan with good role in some time.

maybe madhur bhandarkar is thinking…. hey how did i miss out on the media thingie?? hmmmmmm this rgv guy has gone places from underworld to politics to media … i shall have to be quicker to put the remaining professions in my kitty..

my rating : * * * one time watch.

PS : on the 3rd, read about unfortunate death of Mr Pravin Mahajan, imprisoned uncle of Rahul Mahajan who is getting married today on the 6th in his reality show… the show sure gets a lot of TRPs owing to the timing of these events.. i couldnt help wondering whats going on here…

fashion

madhur bhandarkar at his usual best, has made a documentary but glamourous film on the dark secrets of the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry. not very predictable but not shocking either. somewhat like his earlier movie page3, but i think this one had more authentic story.

fashion-poster

i think all the wannabe models will know a lot of things from this.

next time we shall see a cover girl on femina, we know what goes behind it..

priyanka chopra has acted well, depicting all shades in a successful model’s lifecycle. however the screen has her 90% of the time and somewhere its an overdose.

mugdha godse is pleasant. big eyes, sharp voice.. sensible acting.

all in all an ok movie.

 

rating ** 1/2

a wednesday

what the terrorists can do to us, even we can do to them, why always go the conservative and non effective ways ? it’s the common man who speaks up.

a concept that the frustrated common man wants to see, very good directon, fast moving and interesting all along.

naseeruddin shah is the right pick and has done justice like he does most of the times.jimmy shergill looks hot n smart in the new serious look.

my rating ***

theres something we all have to stand up against, we need to learn from the movie..

rock on rocks on!

very south bombay – the attitudes, the irani food joints, the people, the situations.

good story, somewhat on the lines of dil chahta hai…

unfinished music-  sets ur musical juices flowing, u want to hum, u want to jam in..

very non filmy  – characters are very matured and deeper than dialogues and complete. there are subtle shades of gestures, mannerisms  easily going within the past and present flashes along with the music which is the central theme..

very well directed by abhishek kapoor.farhan akhtar has proved that he is more than just a typical bollywood director. arjun rampal looks great in the rock theme.

 

my rating **** ½ rock on…

welcome to sajjanpur

all shyam benegal movies come with their messages and this one did too.

a small village with illiterate residents come to the protagonist (shreyas talpade) to get their letters written and  replies read. Their problems vary  in the background of unbalanced, partial socio political situations and a divide which exists between urban and rural india. Shreyas talpade gets a peek into each one’s lives and tries to solve their problems going a step ahead of just a letter writer.

The first half is slow, but in the second half all the parallel sub plots pick up links to each other and it takes shape.

and yeah the message ? … an eye opener for everyone, india is not all that shining. Facilities in all aspects, transport and communication, education ,employment opportunities et al need to be improved in rural india where people don’t complain much,they find their ways around it or keep quiet.