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Critic's review: Khalid Mohamed

  • Lootera critic review on Deccan Chronicle
     
    Lootera

    Rating: Lootera critic rating: 6 out of 10

    Cut back to the era of pure romance. Not quite made for each other, a Zamindar’s daughter and a mysterious stranger, talk in casual whispers by a lakeside. She articulates her feelings, he’s not quite sure how to respond. That’s just one of the many delicate vignettes in director Vikramaditya Motwane’s 'Lootera', "inspired" as the end credits hurriedly mention, by O.Henry’s short story 'The Last Leaf'. Incidentally, it was earlier adapted...full review

     
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    The Hangover III

    Rating: The Hangover III critic rating: 6 out of 10

    That trio with box-office brio in back, in the officially finale to a ha-ha franchise. No more Hangovers after the third installment. And you don’t lament the closure, simply because the first outing of the buddies — called the Wolfpack much like Frank Sinatra and his pals were called the Rat Pack back in the 1960s — was the most outrageously funny in the series. The next was an undurable clone. And now, the third-parter is comme ci comme ca...full review

     
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    Fast & Furious 6

    Rating: Fast & Furious 6 critic rating: 6 out of 10

    It’s time to fasten the seat belts, gulp at the screeches and slam-biff-kapows, and pray hard that all the guys and gals out there in Fast and Furious 6, survive yet another edition of hell on wheels. Despite the cornball storyline and that extreme sense of deja phew, this addition to the 12-year-old franchise, still has you fixated — a guilty pleasure, perhaps, of watching a galaxy of high-end car brands — a Dodge Challenger, Nisaans and Aston Martins...full review

     
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    Shootout At Wadala

    Rating: Shootout At Wadala critic rating: 6 out of 10

    Aha there goes the camera, ogling at the ample assets of Ms Sunny Leone. Then there’s Priyanka Chopra, all blingy with micro-light-bulbs a la Amitabh Bachchan in Yaarana. And the third item gal, Sophie Choudhary, breaks into a boogie which is about as exciting as a punctured tyre. But then what would entertainment be without dollops of vulgarity? And of course do be prepared for unchecked violence since the Sanjay Gupta-helmed Shootout at Wadala...full review

     
  • Mud critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Mud

    Rating: Mud critic rating: 8 out of 10

    Its look is so deceptively calm — located in a smalltown around the Mississippi delta, still to be smothered by cellphones and Internet — that at first glance, it seems to be just another coming-of-age tract inspired by the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Underneath its laidback tempo and a hazy, yesteryear atmosphere, though, Mud written and directed by Jeff Nichols, several issues are being addressed: Parental neglect...full review

     
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    Rise Of The Zombie

    Rating: Rise Of The Zombie critic rating: 2 out of 10

    He’s quite a Foody Foodpecker. For some curious reason, he’s constantly eating, chomping, swallowing, devouring and slurping but going by the expression on his face, never digesting the intake. Quake. Meet India’s first Foodzilla. Or on second thoughts, avoid the man who becomes hopelessly obsessed with his next — strictly non-vegetarian — meal. Be it veal or eel. Now why should anyone in his right mind venture out to Rise of the Zombie anyway?...full review

     
  • Himmatwala critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Himmatwala

    Rating: Himmatwala critic rating: 2 out of 10

    Such woes, it’s one of those — a retread which the publicity blast had made you wait for with utter dread. Padmalaya Studios’ 1983 pots-and-pans pourri has been concocted for no express purpose but to make mega-bucks. Now, you may ask, “So what? That’s show business, after all.” Agreed, commerce is of prime importance. But those still stalwart enough to crave a shred of sense and sensibility, competent filmmaking and vulgarity-free entertainment...full review

     
  • Himmatwala critic review on Deccan Chronicle
     
    Himmatwala

    Rating: Himmatwala critic rating: 2 out of 10

    Such woes, it’s one of those — a retread which the publicity blast had made you wait for with utter dread. Padmalaya Studios’ 1983 pots-and-pans pourri has been concocted for no express purpose but to make mega-bucks. Now, you may ask, “So what? That’s show business, after all.” Agreed, commerce is of prime importance. But those still stalwart enough to crave a shred of sense and sensibility, competent filmmaking and vulgarity-free entertainment...full review

     
  • Sona Spa critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Sona Spa

    Rating: Sona Spa critic rating: 2 out of 10

    Behold and lo! Here’s the Wizard of Doze. That’s Naseeruddin Shah, in what could be the weirdest and briefest role of his career. So there he is for starters, sitting on a royal chair, informing all and sundry that every human being needs eight hours of sleep daily. Ulp, those who manage just seven have cataclysmic cause to worry. Get set, now, for an absurd curry. Truly, Makarand Deshpande’s Sona Spa is more than likely to make you go bah than wah-wah...full review

     
  • Jolly LLB critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Jolly LLB

    Rating: Jolly LLB critic rating: 8 out of 10

    Rejoice! The judge doesn’t go, “Order! Order!” Neither is the witness stand the sort of wooden contraption you’ve seen in thousands of movies. No one yells, “Milord!”, and best of all this courtroom drama is as believable as life itself, with all its perils and pleasures. To put it plainly, Jolly LLB, written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, commands your attention and admiration. Obviously inspired by the BMW hit-and-run Sanjeev Nanda case...full review

     
  • Inkaar critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Inkaar

    Rating: Inkaar critic rating: 5 out of 10

    Hear ye! Hear ye! A kangaroo court of sorts is in progress at the cool office of a Mumbai ad agency. The accused is alleged to be a slimeball. And the complainant is a bombshell who claims she has been sexually harassed. Wow, hot stuff? Hardly. Inkaar, directed and co-written by Sudhir Mishra, may be thematically topical and significant since it deals with the exploitation of women at the workplace, but it’s the director’s tamest work yet...full review

     
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    Table No. 21

    Rating: Table No. 21 critic rating: 0 out of 10

    It’s a week of slim pickings. Between Rajdhani Express and Table No. 21, I flipped a coin and landed up in Fiji. That’s where the table has been laid out, largely to promote the picturesque islands — but a promotional short might have been more fruitful than this jumbo of a mumbo psycho-thriller. If the outcome will be remembered at all, it will be for Paresh Rawal’s hair styling. Whoever created his look must have been impressed...full review

     
  • Dabangg 2 critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Dabangg 2

    Rating: Dabangg 2 critic rating: 6 out of 10

    Hello again. Bollywood’s Rajinikanth is back to defy the law of gravity, ooze levity and talk with brevity. So he zooms in mid-air to bash up goons galore, takes up cudgels against an about-to-be-reelected politician, and speaks in the calculated sentences of a mathematician. And truth be told there’s no point in resisting him. Because Dabangg 2 aka Cop Chulbul Pandey aka Robin Hood, directed by Arbaaz Khan, is unpretentious if nothing else...full review

     
  • Khiladi 786 critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Khiladi 786

    Rating: Khiladi 786 critic rating: 3 out of 10

    Gloom and doom. A jeep goes crash-bang-slam-kaboom. Scores of goons are injured or dead — remember they’re human too — but does anyone care? Really, in this intended masala package about the search for a 40-plus superhero’s suitable bride, anything goes. Lots of woes. Promoted as the eighth edition in an amoeba-like franchise, Khiladi 786 is directed by Ashish R. Mohan, erstwhile assistant to Rohit Shetty. And throughout it echoes his master’s voice...full review

     
  • Talaash critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Talaash

    Rating: Talaash critic rating: 4 out of 10

    The tough cop’s blue. Because he doesn’t have a clue. A car being speed-driven by a Bollywood hero has just crashed, smashed and plunged right into the sea. Was it a road accident? Or was there foul play? Alarmingly, there have been similar fatal crashes at the same spot but the traffic police hasn’t constructed a railing, a road divider, nothing. Strange. More bizarre events follow in Talaash directed by Reema Kagti who also co-authored the script...full review

     
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    Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

    Rating: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana critic rating: 4 out of 10

    Chalo Punjab — again. And why not? Acres and acres of farmfields, a brick haveli, puttering scooters and delectable dhabas, are eminently camera-friendly. Indeed, the soft, brown-shaded backdrop is so inviting that you want to hop over there instantaneously. Alas besides its setting, director and co-writer Sameer Sharma’s tongue-twistingly titled Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is strictly bheja fry. Its ceaseless inanities and absurdities make you wish...full review

     
  • Rush critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Rush

    Rating: Rush critic rating: 4 out of 10

    Night-clubs, songs with catchy hooklines, confounding situations and jazzy Janes are a must for an Emraan Hashmi movie, most often belted out by the Mahesh-Mukesh Bhatt Brothers, who first discovered that the actor is also blessed with lucky lips. Actor? To attain that status, to be fair, Hashmi has slogged ceaselessly. With time and practice, he has become adept at high-power dramatics. Of late, he displayed a modicum of maturity...full review

     
  • Chakravyuh critic review on The Asian Age
     
    Chakravyuh

    Rating: Chakravyuh critic rating: 4 out of 10

    Apply some balm for instant calm. So, an upright cop marches straight up to a villager, looks at his gangrenous leg and applies soothing cream. And hey, as if in a dream, the cop wins over an entire hostile hamlet to his side. Woe betide, if life were that simple there would be no unrest in the nation. Really. Indeed Chakravyuh, Prakash Jha’s attempt at a political drama yet again, is simplistic to a fault. As is his wont, he lambastes the establishment...full review

     
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    Student Of The Year

    Rating: Student Of The Year critic rating: 7 out of 10

    Smile awhile. An entire scene –silent but for piano music – is made up of stolen glances and cloaked feelings. That’s romance, the kind that’s been long-forgotten in this era of hyper-aggression. Karan Johar’s Student of the Year catches the director in a youthful yet introspective mode. Plus, he has broken free of Bollywood’s necessary evil – mega-star actors. Clearly, he demonstrates that he no longer requires Shah Rukh Khan in the credit titles...full review