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...
Shararat (2002) Cast: Abhishek Bahchchan, Hrishtaa Bhatt, Amrish Puri, Helen, Mohnish Bahl Director: Guru Dev Bhalla Music Director: ------- Nutshell: A film from a time warp with some old world charm due to its cast of crinklies   Lying unsold for more than a year, Shararat sees the light of day on the heels of an...
Shakti - The Power (2002) Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Shahrukh Khan Director: Krishna Vamsi Music Director: Ismail Darbar Nutshell: Sridevi's debut as producer is "inspired" by Not Without My Daughter   Shakti-the Power is Sridevi’s first venture into production for a film that was meant to be her comeback vehicle. But having fallen pregnant...
Shabd (2005) Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Aishwarya Rai, Zayed Khan. Director: Leena Yadav Music Director: Vishal Shekhar Nutshell: An ambitious project by Leena Yadav doesn't quite click as expected   Shabd is a difficult film, not merely in terms of storyline but execution as well. The premise is such that it extends beyond normal Hindi film...
Sannata (1981) Cast: Sarika, Deepak Parashar, Shobha, Lalita Pawar, Pinchoo Kapoor, Iftikhar Director: Tulsi & Shyam Ramsay Music: Rajesh Roshan Synopsis: Similar to Do Gaz Zameen ke Neeche but not quite as effective 10 years on   The Ramsays, flushed by their early successes tried to repeat a similar formula they had employed in their...
Samay (2003) Cast: Sushmita Sen, Sushant Singh Director: Robby Grewal Music Director: Sandeep Chowta Nutshell: a taut and intelligently made thriller - brilliant debut from Robby Grewal   Robby Grewal’s maiden effort Samay, is a taut and intelligently made thriller, made more in the vein of a Hollywood thriller and devoid of bollywood frills such...
Sawan Bhadon (1970) Cast: Rekha, Naveen Nishal, Shyama, Jayshree T, Iftikhar Director: Mohan Segal Music Director: Sonik-Omi Nutshell: Vintage Bollywood family drama potboiler full of twists and intrigue - epic!   No wonder people look back fondly to the 60’s and the 70’s as being part of the “Golden Age” of Bollywood movies when family...