Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Top Movies of March 2009 by Critics Choice

This Site Aggregates reviews from all critics from around the web and present an overall score. Based on that Score Top Movies of March 2009 are:

  1. Firaaq 3.31
  2. Gulaal 3.0
  3. Little Zizou 2.9
  4. 13 B  2.6
  5. Baraah Aana  2.41

8x10 Tasveer Music Review


Overall Rating: 3/5

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Joginder Tuteja Site:BollywoodHungama
8X10 Tasveer has an average soundtrack with Nazaara Hai being the pick of the lot. The two romantic numbers do not go an extra distance though the sole rap song (I Got The Picture) does make for an interesting hear. Still, if one is looking for a hit soundtrack here, then that is not quite in the anvil.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:IANS Site:Indiatimes
Easily the best song of the album, "Nazaara hai" sets the adrenalin pumping with its strong musical backing and powerful vocals by Vishal Dadlani of the composer duo Vishal and Shekhar.The number is soaked in the flavour of rock music. The predominance of the electric guitar, especially in the middle of the song, makes it a sure shot hit with music buffs. On the whole, Salim-Sulaiman have kept up their good work in "8x10 Tasveer" and are definitely emerging as one of the best in the business.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Aditya Mehta Site:Buzz18
When a movie director takes special interest in his film's soundtrack, it shows. Even more when the filmmaker happens to be a thinking man, as we learned with Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D and Gulaal. Nagesh Kukunoor has got three (four?) different dudes contributing to the soundtrack of his soon-to-hit-the-theatres Akshay Kumar starrer 8x10 Tasveer.Nagesh Kukunoor's 8x10 Tasveer has an engaging soundtrack... and thumbs up to the Bohemia track!

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Abid Site:Glamsham
When the basic story line of Nagesh's film was first revealed it was generally assumed that the music would not find much representation during the proceedings in the tense, psychological thriller, except for some fast paced (mainly background tracks). But as they say, appearances can be deceptive! 8x10 TASVEER boasts of some of the best compositions of the year (thus far), namely ''Nazaara Hai'', ''Haafiz Khuda and its versions, ''Aaja Maahi'', and of course the rocking title track by Bohemia... Unfortunately the album has not been promoted as aggressively as it should have been though there is still time and one hopes for a massive turn around in its fortune when (and if!) the film releases on 3rd April.

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Ratings: - Reviewer:-- Site:OneIndia
8X10 Tasveer has an average soundtrack with Nazaara Hai being the pick of the lot. The two romantic numbers do not go an extra distance though the sole rap song (I Got The Picture) does make for an interesting hear. Still, if one is looking for a hit soundtrack here, then that is not quite in the anvil.

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Most Searched Movies March 2009

These were the 5 Most searched Movies in March 2009 on this site

  1. Aloo Chat
  2. Gulaal
  3. Aa Dekhen Zara
  4. Straight
  5. Ek The Power of One
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Aa Dekhen Zara Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.19/5

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

It's a smart new concept, a snazzy coupling between Neil and Bipasha and a thriller's edge that keeps Aa Dekhen Zara cruising along. The plot does tend to lose its grip in-between, but gets back on the rails before a crackling climax. Neil, who had already grabbed eyeballs in his debut venture, Johnny Gaddar, once again displays an easy charm and an effortless grace before the camera. He's roguish, yet vulnerable, all at the same time. Now that's a heady cocktail, indeed! And Bipasha too proves she's lucky with the boys...Remember her fundoo act with young Ranbir Kapoor in Bachna Ae Haseenon?

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
In a nutshell, AA DEKHEN ZARA promises the moon, but what you eventually get in return is merely a mirage. On the whole, AA DEKHEN ZARA had the potential to be an exciting fare, but the post-interval portions prove a deterrent. The fantastic promotion coupled with the popular musical score will ensure ample footfalls in the opening weekend, but the film lacks the stamina to run steadily.

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:RajeevMasand Site:IBNLive
For a thriller, Aa Dekhen Zara is awfully snail-paced, and every moment in that dark-room waiting for photographs to develop feels like real time. Neil Nitin Mukesh is stiff for the most part and fails to leave much of an impression. Bipasha Basu, saddled with a thankless role, can't do much to help either.First-time director Jehangir Surti fails to inject that edge-of-the-seat excitement into this thriller, making it a long, tedious affair. I'll go with one out of five for Aa Dekhen Zara; believe me the future has never looked so bleak.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
I'm not sure what director Jehangir Surti was trying to achieve with this film utterly lacking in originality or intelligence, but let's assume he tried to make a fun children's movie. Yet this is fantasy by-the-numbers, the script coming together as if assembled by a couple of 14-year-olds who have sneaked a couple of espressos. All the elements you can think of are in place, but nothing connects. Judging by the fact that a couple of 10-year-olds behind me were gleefully predicting every scene ahead, either the film's soothsaying camera is more common than we know or -- and, admittedly more realistically -- the same can be said for the generic plot.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes
But there’s enough masala to spice up the soup. N2M takes over the movie as he sings, acts and dances; Bipasha Basu is hotter than ever and Rahul Dev adds a neat cameo as the baddie who wants to get his hands on that camera. Director Jehangir Choudhury takes his time telling his story and the pace flags here and there, but what the hell, make the most of the ride.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Udita Jhunjhunwala Site:DNA

The script is so full of holes you can sieve tea through it. The performances are largely wooden (Rahul Dev, Sophie Chaudhary included). Basu is styled like she's 14 and mopes around a lot. Mukesh appears ill at ease. He could do with some dancing lessons and with learning that acting goes way beyond angling yourself for the camera.The filmmakers could have done with a future photo of March 27 to see the fate of their film. As it is, the future's not bright for Aa Dekhen Zara


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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Naresh Doshi Site:ApunKaChoice
What could have been a tight thriller ends up a hodgepodge as the plot goes completely haywire with characters like a provocatively underdressed RAW agent ( Sophie Choudhary ) and her corrupt senior who goes on shooting spree in Bangkok and bumps off a couple of cops on his trail to Ray and the camera. The run-up to the climax, full of chases and shootouts, doesn’t really kick the adrenaline, but is engrossing enough.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:-- Site:IndiaGlitz
When previous week’s releases catered to specified groups: either multiplex or single screen audiences, ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’ savors to the best for all… Possibly, for those buffs of ‘Final Destination Series’, it may not exceed your expectations. But, pace dropping off in the latter part adds to the negative traits. But loaded with finest songs, it eclipses those diminishing factors.

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Ek The Power of One Review

Overall Rating: 1.3/5
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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywoodhungama
EK - THE POWER OF ONE isn't new-age cinema by any standards, but it holds your interest at several points, especially the penultimate 20 minutes. It's strictly for those in a mood to catch a mass entertainer.On the whole, EK - THE POWER OF ONE is age-old masala with new packaging. It's more for the Hindi belt than the metros. Business at single screens should be better, while multiplexes might be weak.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Patcy N Site:Rediff
Ek is a full-on masala film, which may have become a hit in the 1970s. However, it's way too outdated in today's times of realistic movies.Even after so many years of acting, Bobby Deol looks wooden.The audience still loves Nana Patekar , and he was welcomed on screen with whistles. Patekar is supposed to provide comic relief in the film, but really, just disgusts with his performance, and double-meanings.

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: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Ek employs as many filmi formulas as possible from crime investigation, family drama to romance and political conspiracy and successfully fails on every level. Action director Peter Hein (of Ghajini fame) elongates every stunt sequence to exaggeration. Bobby Deol appears exhausted and old though the family never realizes he’s a decade elder than their actual estranged son. He maintains consistency in sporting the same ineffective cold-blooded attitude that started from Badal and continues till Chamku

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes
If the plot sounds shaky, wait, its execution (no pun intended) plunges it several painful notches lower. In fact, every single aspect of this utterly inane film is a disaster. It’s difficult to decide what’s worse: Bobby Deol’s bizarre hairstyle or his acting (the former wins by a whisker) . Nana Patekar as the maverick cop who hunts Nandu down does his usual number but even his style cannot carry off the wannabe dialogue (which goes from “darrling” and “swittie” to a reference to Hamlet’s soliloquy). Chunkey Pandey surfaces in an unbearably grating, hammy act. And some completely crass jokes are the last straw; in fact, the film ends with one. Truly a fitting finale.

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
If there is one reason why Ek-The Power of One is not a supreme disaster - it's Nana Patekar. He plays a perverted CBI inspector who sleeps with every woman he bumps into as a part of his 'investigation'. His cheesy one-liners and trademark mannerisms come as a lifeline for the hapless viewer.Bobby should consult cousin Abhay before signing future projects while Nana Patekar also needs to stop wasting his potential. Cliches, stereotypes and a predictable plot, make this story 'of power' one colossal bore. Just forget about it!

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Videsh Reviews


Overall Rating: 1.83/5

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywoodhungama

On the whole, VIDESH - HEAVEN ON EARTH works in parts, but it's not enough.Despite the hiccups, you can't deny the fact that Deepa has handled the material with sensitivity. Even the end -- you can predict the conclusion -- is well executed. At the box-office, the Indian market may not be too receptive to the film. It will have to look internationally to recoup the investment.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
A thought-provoking film unquestionably, Videsh is slow in parts and indulgent too. You could argue also that like "Water", Mehta's last film, this one too serves up an image of India and the immigrant lifestyle that the West is happy to lap up. Two out of five for director Deepa Mehta's Videsh. It's hardly perfect, but watch it nevertheless for Preity Zinta's earnest performance; that is unquestionably this film's biggest strength.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
The film scores mainly in its cinematography (Giles Nuttgen) which captures the claustrophobic interiors of the NRI existence with chilling close-ups. Preity's new home is a festering ghetto, spilling over with disgruntled people who left their homes in search of paradise. And ended up with no hope, no space, no pride. Preity Zinta too puts in a powerful performances as the de-glamourised, disenchanted young bride, but the rebellion comes too late and the snake-lore, complete with a nag-pariksha, seems too bizarre in a 21st century denouement of domestic violence.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
It’s as difficult to relate with the titles (even on an sarcastic note), as impossible it is to connect with the treatment of this film (even after metaphorical decoding).Deepa Mehta chose to be daringly different in all her earlier ‘element’ary outings including Fire, Earth and Water but never lost her connect with the audience. She tries a bit too hard to be deliberately different here and it shows. Heaven on Earth turns into a hell of a viewing experience.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes

If this sounds bizarre, well, it is an incongruous intertwining of domestic violence and alienation with the ancient tale dramatised in Girish Karnad’s Naga Mandala, in which a bride tries to woo her indifferent husband with a magic potion but succeeds instead in enchanting a cobra. Put simply, it just doesn’t work here, transposed into a Canadian context (why, why, Deepa?).To her credit, Preity Zinta gives more than she gets as she traverses fantasy and reality seamlessly in a marvelous performance. Even if the movie doesn’t.


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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:-- Site:Indiatimes
It’s as difficult to relate with the titles (even on an sarcastic note), as impossible it is to connect with the treatment of this film (even after metaphorical decoding).Deepa Mehta chose to be daringly different in all her earlier ‘element’ary outings including Fire, Earth and Water but never lost her connect with the audience. She tries a bit too hard to be deliberately different here and it shows. Heaven on Earth turns into a hell of a viewing experience.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Aa Dekhen Zara Music Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.4/5

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Joginder Tuteja Site:BollywoodHungama

Aa Dekhen Zara ends up giving a listener what he/she expected in the first place. None of the songs in the album are a bad hear at all with a couple of them ('Aa Dekhen Zara' and 'Mohabbat Aap Se') turning out to be the pick of the lot. Moreover, if promoted aggressively, even 'Gazab' has good potential. A decent soundtrack.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:-- Site:Indiatimes
Aa Dekhen Zara is another audible Bollywood ''party-album'' with all ''disco-dhamaal'' in constructively innovative 80's flavored thriller appeals. Gourav Dasgupta lauds up with couple of spicy and massy tracks like ''Aa Dekhen Zara'', ''Power'' and Rock the Party'' while Pritam makes it a ''decent-hear'' with two likeable tracks in ''Gazab'' and ''Mohabbat Aapse''.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
The opening track Gazab is a breezy listen. A hip-club number with corny lyrics like 'Gazab Haiyo Rama Zulum Haiyo Rama', the fusion surprisingly works well. It gets even better in the club mix.But after a spirited beginning ADZ starts going downhill, till a classic salvages the album from disaster.Verdict: Download the new Aa Dekhen Zara on your phone and give the other tracks a miss

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Satyajit Site:Glamsham
To cut a long story short, AA DEKHEN ZARA is another audible Bollywood ''party-album'' with all ''disco-dhamaal'' in constructively innovative 80's flavored thriller appeals. Neil Nitin Mukesh singing efforts is appreciable but still not newsmakers to surprise all. Gourav Dasgupta lauds up with couple of spicy and massy tracks like ''Aa Dekhen Zara'', ''Power'' and Rock the Party'' while Pritam makes it a ''decent-hear'' affair with two likeable tracks in ''Gazab'' and ''Mohabbat Aapse''. ''Aa Dekhen Zara'' and ''Gazab'' can be ranked as front runners while rest of them waits for a good on-screen show of the flick.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Usha Lakra Site:ApunKaChoice
If you are expecting music of ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’ to be in the same league as the superhit track Aa dekhen zara of ‘80s then you will meet sheer disappointment. The music of the movie is less than average and two tracks by Pritam don’t do any good to the movie’s soundtrack.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Aloo Chat Review

Overall Rating: 2.13/5

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

ALOO CHAAT makes you smile sporadically. At most times it's like watching a TV serial that's not hard to predict. 20 minutes into the film and you know what the culmination would be.ALOO CHAAT suffers due to one major reason: It just doesn't hold your attention. The screenplay relies on the same old tricks and the same old situations that we've watched over and over again. You do smile at times not because the scenes are funny, but because the dialogues are witty.On the whole, ALOO CHAAT just doesn't work. Below average

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
So what do we have here? A spoof on the East versus West debate along with an effortless plea for integration. While Aamna Sharif does manage to make a charming transition from TV to films, it is stalwarts like Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra and Kulbhushan Kharbanda who keep the momentum flowing. Appetising fare.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Elvis D Souza Site:Rediff
This movie is not as tedious as some other 'comedies' that have robbed us of valuable hours of our lives in the recent past, but it still feels like a single episode of a television sitcom was stretched to feature length.It would be interesting to see what these two rumoured real-life lovebirds would be able to do with a script that actually gave their characters a narrative arc and told a story through them. Aloo Chaat unfortunately is not that script, or film. Those venturing into a cinema to watch this, do so at their own peril.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:-- Site:Indiatimes
The narrative is kept crisp and concise, and focuses mainly on female bonding within the family. The comedy isn’t slapstick. The humour is handled rationally; Some scenes have you in splits. Also, the Aloo Chaat symbolism is smartly incorporated in the story.Aloo Chaat isn’t any boring health food. It’s instead easily edible and guarantees some tangy tickles.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes
You could find this movie offensive and/or irritating if you could even begin to take it seriously. It has its stray moments, but they are more like aberrations. This is a chaat that will give you a very bad case of Delhi belly.
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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
Barring a few laughs here and there, most of it is a drag. It's boring screenplay and slow pace fails to create an impact of a good comedy.With tighter execution, Aloo Chaat could have been a breezy, time pass affair. It might still be endurable on home video. But otherwise you are better off enjoying some real aloo chaat outside the theatre.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Sonia Chopra Site:Sify
Like all other films this week, this one too is interestingly titled. But Aloo Chaat’s content is not as palatable as the film’s mouth-watering name. One can’t recommend Aloo Chaat simply because the `who’s-a-good-bahu’ recipe has turned stale, and the audience’s taste has since evolved.
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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:-- Site:IndiaGlitz

Aloo Chaat the film, is rich in masala - with plots within sub-plots, with wisecracks dripping endlessly like that tangy chutney, and is a treat that you don't want to miss.It tickles you, shakes you, rattles you, and gags you as it takes you through the narrow lanes and equally narrow minds of orthodox Delhi parents, to a wider world of love and romance, and an unexpected twist in the tale...Well, don’t miss this ALOO CHAAT, although there’s something spicy missy…


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Barah Aana review


Overall Rating: 2.41/5

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Baraah Aana starts off as a charming tale of ordinary characters changed by extraordinary circumstances, but it loses direction mid-way. In the end, it's a promising film that delivers only part of what it promises. Which is a shame because it could have easily been so much more. I'm going with two out of five and an average rating for director Raja Menon's Barah Aana; it's a film with many merits, but alas it fails to hold it all together. One hour and thirty five minutes have never felt longer.

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Ratings2/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Come to think of it, BARAH AANA is more of an experiment. It offers entertainment - the kind the multiplex audiences enjoy - in its own simple way. It strives to strike a balance between real and surreal and succeeds partly. But there's no denying that a film like BARAH AANA also caters a miniscule section of moviegoers. On the whole, BARAH AANA is a fairly engrossing fare. The problem is that the material as also its execution limits it to a tiny section of audience: a handful of multiplexes at a handful of centres.

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Ratings3/5 Reviewer:Subhash K Jha Site:NowRunning
A mellow, mirthful and at times moving story of three north Indian migrants, "Barah Aana" may not be the ideal idea of an evening out or even an entertainer. But for a discerning audience, this tale of tantalizing possibilities brings in a sense of un-visited surprise

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Patcy N Site:Rediff
Barah Aana is not as comical as the makers make it out to be. The film highlights the sorry plight of the three protagonists, who are very unhappy with their lives. The second half, however, brings a smile to your face on a few occasions. The story is simple and short, yet, it tends to drag on and on.The film has no songs, helping the story move along well. Overall, the film is worth a one-time watch.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes
Naseeruddin Shah strikes again this week. As a taciturn driver who has crude barbs and arrows thrown at him by an abrasive memsaab — till he has his revenge. Not quite Aravind Adiga’s Booker winner The White Tiger, but you get the drift.Overall, this is an entertaining effort, with some sure direction, tellingly real characters, and largely efficient acting. A thank you to director Raja Menon is in order for inserting no gratuitous item numbers. What a relief — and it does help keep the film a taut and focused 97 minutes.

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Ratings2/5 Reviewer:Martin D Souza Site:Glamham
While the first half of the film is thoroughly enjoyable, the second half slides rapidly. To Menon's credit, he does succeed in touching upon everyday situations that you can immediately relate to.Watch it for the first rate performances.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Firaaq Review

Overall Rating: 3.31/5

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

Told with utmost sensitivity, the film pricks your conscience at several points of the narrative and when you make it to the Exit after the film has ended, you carry the burden of a lot of questions on your mind. In the whole, FIRAAQ is one of the finest docu-dramas made in India. It's disturbing. It's powerful. It's thought-provoking. A film for the discerning viewer who likes to go beyond the stereotype.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
Ostensibly, the film is set against the aftermath of Gujarat 2002 and opens with stark, stomach-churning visuals of a mass grave being dug for the people killed in the riots.The film is a balanced, sensitive documentation of contemporary India's most trying times and posits a much-needed plea for sanity, peace and tolerance. The signature frame of the film -- young, orphaned Mohsin-Mohan sitting forlorn beside his bowl in a refugee camp, with a million questions clouding his innocent eyes -- haunts you, long after curtain call.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Remember, the most compelling films are the ones that transport you to the centre of the drama, and make you a participant in the action. Firaaq is a noble film, an admirable debut, but you don't feel the pain.Overlook these faults, however, and make it a point to watch Firaaq. It's an unsettling film, one that throws up difficult questions and demands urgent responses. I'm going with three out of five for Nandita Das' Firaaq; perfect it isn't, but it's much better than anything else you're likely to have watched recently.


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Ratings: 4/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
The gravity of loss is monumental to those directly affected. But it has a way of creeping into the lives of bystanders as well. In her very first and exceptionally powerful display of directorial and writing skills, Nandita Das translates the language of fear and its dialects through the medium of human emotions and their striking dissimilarity while confronting the same horror, namely, Gujarat carnage in 2002.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
The language credibly switches from Hindi, English, Gujarati to Urdu in individual episodes and the wordplay is particularly expressive in Sanjay Suri and Naseeruddin Shah’s chapters. The pacing is slow. The performances are of high order with each member of the cast delivering outstanding acts.Firaaq (implying quest) isn’t flawless but is sensitive enough to end your search for a poignant human drama.

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Ratings: 2.5/5 ReviewerJaya Biswas Site:Buzz18
Firaaq to some extent fails to really tug at your heartstrings, maybe because we have recently watched a slew of films dealing with similar emotions. The novelty was perhaps missing somewhere. But do watch it for Nandita's direction, Naseeruddin Shah and Deepti Naval's powerhouse performances.With a subject like this, Firaaq may not be a conventional crowd puller.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes
With a starcast like this, the acting is expectedly good. All the same, some actors stand out. Naseeruddin Shah delivers yet another virtuoso performance as a musician gently oblivious of harsh reality.Though there are some heavy-handed scenes and characters, Firaaq scores in its overall restraint. It’s not often that an actress turns director; Nandita Das certainly gives us reason to celebrate with this film.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Subhash K Jha Site:NowRunning
Haunting and powerful in its depiction of a time when humanity is frozen in anguish and terror, "Firaaq" draws its tremendous strength from the screenplay and characters which seem to observe life's keenest and meanest blows without flinching. Here's a film that must be seen not because it tells a story that touches every life. But because it touches our lives with such persuasiveness without resorting to overstatement.

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Straight Review


Overall Rating: 2/5

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

Director Parvati Balagopalan has chosen an interesting story, but hasn't been able to stretch it for two hours convincingly. In fact, there's no movement in the first hour. The three characters [Vinay Pathak, Gul Panag and Anuj Chaudhary] keep talking randomly, without coming to the main issue. Besides, the conversation, most of the times, is absolutely bland.There's a flicker of hope in the second hour. A few sequences are interestingly handled, but what gets served eventually and the time it takes to reach the culmination, the entire journey is so yawn-inducing.On the whole, STRAIGHT is as confused as the protagonist in the film. Disappointing!

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
The film is a breezy exploration of the twin bogeys that most Indian men have about their sexuality. First, they are embarrassed by their virginity -- you can't not have done it by now! -- and second, they still like to play it straight. Alternate sexuality is very much in the closet and most men -- and women -- would be traumatised to find their hormones acting strangely. Low key and light-hearted, the film cruises along untrodden paths, with Vinay Pathak cementing his place as a tedha-medha (read unconventional) actor who successfully dares to go solo.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Despite the occasionally pretentious dialogue and the low brow comedy, Straight does have a few enjoyable moments. If that's enough for you, then perhaps you'll give this film a chance. I'll go with an average rating at best, and two out of five for director Parvati Balagopalan's Straight. It's an opportunity lost. A confused film with no clear end in sight.

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
There's nothing objectionably bad about the movie, and while it starts off promisingly, it finally leaves you with absolutely no reason to recommend it to anyone. There are some quirks, but the vaguely handled characters are sadly predictable in the way they iron out those kinks. And the direction is so, so amateurish you begin having second thoughts about buzzless multiplex movies.

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Abhishek Mande Site:Buzz18
The problem with Straight is that even though there are quite a few funny scenes, not all of them blend as seamlessly as they should in the storyline. So the film ends up dragging, the narrative staggers and the less-than-impressive songs slacken the pace even further.Straight could have been so much funnier. But somehow it just manages to lose the plot and your interest.

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