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Rang De Basanti (2006) Cast: Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Atul Agnihotri, Kunal Kapoor, Alice Patten Soha Ali Khan Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Music Director: A.R Rahman Synopsis: Brilliant "coming of age" tale of the youth of today.   You may ask what does History offer the youth of today? So detached is the youth with the...
Raju Chacha (2000) Cast: Kajol, Ajay Devgan, Rishi Kapoor Director: Anil Devgun Music Director: Jatin Lalit Synopsis: Super lavish production fails to mask a failed Sound of Music clone   From the house of Devgun comes Raju Chacha, a lavish extravaganza with gargantuan expectations to live up to. There has been so much written about...
Ramchand Pakistani (2007) Cast: Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqui, Syed Fazal Hassan, Noman Ijaz, Maria Wasti Director: Mehreen Jabbar Music Director: Debajyoti Mishra Nutshell: Topical film about a young boy and family trapped in a political quagmire   This new digitally shot Pakistani film has finally arrived and does not disappoint. Mehreen Jabbar already enjoyed a...
Raincoat (2004) Cast: Ajay Devgun, Aishwarya Rai Director: Rituparno Ghosh Music Director: ------- Synopsis: Fair if uninspiring adaptation of O. Henry's "The Gift of Magi"   "The Gift of the Magi" is one of O. Henry's most famous stories and contains many of the elements for which O. Henry is widely known, including poor, working-class...
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya (2000) Cast: Manisha Koirala, Arvind Swamy Director: T.T Rajeev Kumar Music Director: Jatin Lalit Nutshell: high tedium is far from the fantasy/comedy that the producers intended   The title is taken from a song in Akele hum akele tum and initially I had hopes that this would be...
Licence (1976) Cast: Najma, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Afzaal & Aziz Mian Qawwal, Nimmi, Aurangzeb, Nanha, Jaggi, Changezi, Afshan, Saqi, Rehan Director: Aslam Irani Nutshell: All the ingredients of a typical Punjabi masala rollercoaster with all the necessary ingredients in place.   Licence (note the Lollywood spelling) arrived just a few months before the...
Swades (2004) Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Director: Ashutosh Gowariker Music Director: A.R.Rahman Nutshell: An enormous let down after Lagaan, Swades is lavish but deadly dull   Lagaan is a masterpiece of Indian cinema. The odds are that it be would be virtually impossible to attain the same status, let alone surpass it. Yet, expectations...
Soch (2002) Cast: Sanjay Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Raveena Tandon Director: Sushen Bhatnager Music Director: Jatin-Lalit Nutshell: a totally flat thriller lacking any shred of tension or suspense - time waster!   It seems that Raveena Tandon is the chosen one when it comes to bastardising Hitchcock’s past classics. She managed a Kim Novak in Vertigo...
Shikari (2000) Cast: Govinda, Karisma, Tabu Director: N. Chandra Music Director: Aadesh Shrivastava Nutshell: Govinda adds a new dimension to his repertoire with a negative role.   Shikari is one hell of a mess and primarily because the director has handled the subject with no conviction and ends up with a convoluted fare with little...
Shaitan Khopdi (2000) Cast: Devraj, Vinita, K. Kumar Director: Vasan Nutshell: Futuristic South Indian twist on the Frankenstein theme - very odd indeed.   Having endured Khopdi just a couple of days ago and found it to be nothing less than excruciating, it was a particularly brave decision to go for Shaitan Khopdi as...