Friday, September 25, 2009

What's Your Raashee Movie Review


Overall Rating: 1.88/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
There is no easy way to say this. Ashutosh Gowariker's What's Your Raashee? is an excruciatingly painful film to watch. For the most part humorless and misguided, the film lumbers along for an unforgivable three-hours-and-thirty minutes, during which even the most patient viewers might contemplate suicide.The encounters between Yogesh and each of the girls get repetitive soon enough, and the screenplay slips into something of a cyclic mess, with each meeting-scene between boy and girl predictably followed by a song.If you survive the film's plodding pace and make it to the final act, you're expecting to be gratified by a smart ending. After all, which girl does Yogesh Patel eventually choose? Prepare to be disappointed by a cop-out climax that clearly indicates the writers had no idea how to clean up this mess they made.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
To cut a long story short, WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE? is a king-sized disappointment from one of the finest storytellers of India. Ashutosh Gowariker gets it wrong this time thanks to the poor screenplay. The writing is the biggest culprit here. Sohail Sen's music is easy on the ears, but why so many songs? A few songs can easily be deleted.the concept of WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE? is interesting, but the big screen adaptation isn't. To start with, you connect with barely a few stories, mainly the one who has a past and also the final one, of an underage girl. But several stories appear ridiculous and hence, ruin the impact generated by several wonderful moments.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
There are dollops of humour in the writing and Hurman’s perfect timing complements the antics of Priyanka’s characters. But at many instances, the gag is simply stretched or falls flat.Another setback is that with as many as 12 Priyanka Chopra, one intermittently gets puzzled in identifying one from the other. Twelve characters are too much for an instant recall. After a point, the boy-girl encounters gets repetitive with cyclic sessions of ‘ What do you do? What are you hobbies? ’ interrogation. The pacing is slow and for a simplistic romantic comedy, What’s Your Raashee is tediously long at a 3 hour 30 minute runtime. And despite that the narrative lacks conviction
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Avijit Ghosh Site:TimesOfIndia
It's really a long, long list of women. And it has resulted in a long, long movie. The movie's first hour is also its most entertaining. Not that the movie degenerates thereafter, it merely gets repetitive and wears you down.If the movie still works to an extent, it is because Gowariker maintains fluidity in the narrative and gets uniform good work from his support cast.Size matters. A less-than-ruthless editor could have easily trimmed What's Your Raashee by 45 minutes without compromising on its soul. Gowariker seems to have fallen in love with his own work. Too bad, his indulgence prevents the audience from doing the same.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:IIndiatimes
What's Your Raashee? is ultimately a performance-oriented film. A terrific ensemble cast from the world of television and theatre collaborate to its feel-good believability which lasts as long as their screen time. As for the man behind Yogesh, Harman Baweja is sincere in his endeavours but not so fascinating a presence to resist getting overshadowed by his leading lady.And boy, what a lady! Priyanka Chopra transforms into 12 new skins with astonishing distinction, voice and spirit. The actress reinvents herself into this unique individual every single time ranging from batty, bashful and boisterous. This is simply her show. If only it weren't three and a half hours long.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Verma Site:NDTV
Only characters and interactions carry this story. When that becomes shaky, the pace, burdened with too many songs and some feeble comedy, goes into slow motion. And you are so exhausted that you can barely keep track of the girls or their sagas or why Yogesh does or doesn’t like them. Moreover, this entire exercise swirls around Harman who seems sincere enough but simply doesn’t have the screen presence or the acting chops to pull it off.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Suranjana Nandi Site:Buzz18
At times one may feel that Gowariker is better off doing period films that require a big scale production. Everyday films are just not his cup of tea. The problem? He makes it too normal. Too 'everyday'. There's a tale. But there's no twist to it. There's a heart. But it doesn't have erratic BP. Rashee is too simple… almost mundane like everyday life.It's too long. Too inane. And at times, very boring. Buy the DVD, in parts if possible but there's no way you can sit through it in the theatre.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Martin D Souza Site:Glamsham
The premise is silly, the plot frivolous and the execution lacks direction. It appears as though Gowariker has let go of the reins and is not aware of what is happening. The movie breaks the three-hour barrier. Each Sun Sign lasts for over 12 minutes and is most often punctuated with a song.The music is a huge draw but is overused, the start is terrific; giving one a Broadway feel but then comes the downer... It's easy to predict the fate of this flick at the Box Office!
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Dil Bole Hadippa Movie Review

Overall Rating: 2.32/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Dil Bole Hadippa, produced by Bollywood's ‘I-Proud-To-Be-A-Punjabi’ film studio, Yash Raj Films, is an unimaginative and thoroughly boring comedy.The plot of first-time director Anurag Singh's Dil Bole Hadippa is full of holes. Its formulaic screenplay is packed with clichés and stereotypes that you've seen dozens of times before in films produced by the same banner. The never-ending references to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, the patriotic clap-traps, and those overused Punjabi lines – very little is original here. it's a crushing bore of a film that's neither thrilling in its cricket scenes, nor entertaining in its humour. What's it going to take to expect some originality and inventiveness from one of the biggest players in Bollywood?To be honest, dil bole sudharjaa!
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
DIL BOLE HADIPPA tries to capture the spirit of the game and the aspirations of a sportsperson, who's keen to play for her pind. On paper, the concept, which bears an uncanny resemblance to SHE'S THE MAN, sounds interesting, but the problem is its writing, which is tame and mediocre.But there's a flipside too. The romantic moments between Rani and Shahid Kapoor lack fizz. Even the assorted characters in the film, like Sherlyn Chopra, Vrajesh Hirjee and Rakhi Sawant, contribute nothing to the film. They're mere props.Final word? You expect DIL BOLE HADIPPA to score a century, like several films churned out by Yash Raj. But it settles down in the half-century range. Strictly average!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Avijit Ghosh Site:TimesOfIndia
DBH's heart, especially in matters of gender, is certainly in the right place. But the movie never really manages to entice the viewer into the make-believe world it creates: a world filled with green fields, red tractors, multi-coloured trucks and hyper-energetic Punjabi village folk. Director Anurag Singh neither manages to create an appealing romantic social nor a sincere sporty movie.The movie fails to build any sort of dramatic tension that Lagaan built in the climax.There's a limit to willing suspension of disbelief. Worse, the unappetising songs interrupt the narrative's flow.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
There's indulgence and there's overkill. But when it stretches beyond that, it's simply an excessive fest of clichés. In that sense alone, Dil Bole Hadippa , though not necessarily a bad film, suffers from too many déjà vu-evoking distractions to wholly work.Truth be told, Dil Bole Hadippa only works as long as Veer takes centre stage. Rani, as the animated, over-confident Sardar boy and die-hard cricket buff is instantly endearing and amusing. If you can discount some of the Veer-Zaara inspired cheesiness to follow along with terrible exercises of humour and a reaa-llll-yy long climax, your 'Dil' might just find enough strength to mutter 'Hadippa'. Ha, like that's ever going to happen!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
Most of Dil Bole Hadippa relies on the confidence of the lead pair. Their charming enthusiasm and ability to infuse energy into the erratic screenplay is the movie's biggest trump card.Yet despite its flawed screenplay and cheesy treatment, there is an underlying goodness and innocence to the film. There is no vulgarity and some nice bits on family values and religious harmony. Come on! Cinema need not always be dark and edgy. It's a long weekend ahead. And Dil Bole Hadippa is just the kind of movie you will enjoy with your family. This one is an easy watch.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Dil Bole Hadippa is a celebration of the never-say-die spirit of Yash Raj Films. For years they have epitomized bhartiya sanskriti amidst Punjab’s sarso-de-khet which they continue to do even today without much advancement.This time they seek faint inspiration from the Hollywood flick She’s The Man (2006), replace the soccer with cricket, liberally regurgitate plotlines from their recent library of films and deck it up with patriotic sentiments. Dil Bole Hadippa comes as another feel ‘good’ film from the Yash Raj banner but off late audiences have upgraded to ‘better’ narratives
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Indiaglitz Site:Indiaglitz
‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ carries nothing exceptional other than usual traits of what a Yash Raj banner would offer: colorful costumes, grandiloquently rich locations in backdrops.The problem with ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ isn’t about including ‘Cricket’ factors, but the very clichéd way of narration. It would’ve been a spellbinding show, perhaps, if Anurag had conceptualized interesting and innovative ideas. On the pars, the screenplay fails to be riveting in many parts letting you easily predict what’s gonna happen next.Finally, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ isn’t an appreciable piece of work from Yash Raj Banner. Sparing the exotic locations and performance by Rani Mukherji, the film hasn’t got anything special to watch out for.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Ashok Nayak Site:Nowrunning
Dil Bole Hadippa is a confused tale - with passion for cricket as its main backdrop, it blends in patriotism, romance, jealousy and many more varied emotions. Apart from the several loose ends in the script, DBH lacks excitement much like Rani's Tara Rum Pum. The first half of the movie is slow paced, but does have a moment or two worth of chuckles and a sizzling item number by Rakhi Sawant. Post interval the movie takes a romantic angle but before you could even realize, it completely takes up cricket and patriotism. Climax is just another run-of-a-mill kind To sum up, Dil Bole Hadippa is Rani Mukherji's show all the way. Sadly, the movie as a whole disappoints.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wanted Movie Review


Overall Rating: 2.82/5

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Wanted is a film that makes no bones, no pretences about the fact that it'll do anything to get a reaction out of you. It's loud, vulgar, offensive, violent, cold-blooded, dumb, and silly.At times downright stupid and unapologetically excessive, Wanted is a B-grade crowd-pleaser that knows exactly who its audience is.The film is a showcase not so much for Salman's acting, but for his scorching screen-presence and his infectious enthusiasm for dancing.For die-hard fans of the star who don't have a problem with extreme violence and juvenile comedy, this might be a treat. For others though, it's strictly average entertainment.I'm going with two out of five for Prabhu Deva's Wanted. Carry cotton for your ears and a Crocin for the headache.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
A departure from candyfloss movies and diabetic-sweet characters that most Hindi movies boast of, WANTED takes you back to those days when popular cinema reigned supreme, when the sole motive of the film-maker was to entertain. WANTED is for those who seek unabashed entertainment and relish masala films. Damn the indomitable critics, pseudo intellectuals and connoisseurs of parallel cinema, this one's not for them. WANTED is for the aam junta.But WANTED is not without its share of flaws. The film stands on a thin storyline and the viewer can guess what's in store next, which means that there's not much novelty in the plot.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Avijit Ghosh Site:TimesOfIndia
The movie is an engrossing yarn of crooked cops, double-crossing villains and a love track - all told at a breathless pace. There's suspense too. Director Prabhu Deva deftly manages to weave in the smaller narratives without losing control over the main story. Wanted is really about style. Smartly lensed, the movie has riveting fight sequences by action director Vijayan. Shiraj Ahmed's dialogues -- Bahut ghoor raha hai. Apni bahen ki shaadi karaega - are sure to induce plenty of seetis and taalis in single-screen theatres.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
Wanted is a modern-day rarity, a B-grade actioner that really doesn't spend any time trying to class up its tackiness or pretend to make sense. Scenes merge for no reason whatsoever, the girl pops up wherever guns are fired, and Salman Khan's schizophrenic hair changes style in every single shot. The writing is both amateurish and crass, while the songs are plain hideous. And hey, who wants to waste time with twists? Just keep the punches thick and fast.Khan might be having fun, but the fact a film like Wanted underscores is how badly Bollywood needs a breed of younger leading men. And how the existing lot need roles that fit.
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Ratings:3/5Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
The story by Puri Jagannath is nothing path-breaking and resorts to regular formula like underworld gang war, undercover cops, love at first sight angle, etc etc. But Prabhu Dheva's fast paced direction doesn't give you time to ponder over what's happened and keeps you riveted with the heavy-duty editing and hard-hitting action. What actually gets the graph down is that after glorifying the hero throughout, the climax makes him weak on usual pretexts of father's death or friend's kidnap. There are times when you care a damn about nutrition and indulge in some lip-smacking junk food. 'Wanted' is just that recipe. Never mind some extra calories!

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Jaya Biswas Site:Buzz18
To put it shortly, Salman Khan rocks as Radhe - a tapori, a hitman - he listens to no one and works only for 'money'bhai.The film definitely has a South Indian touch and feel to it but the best part is, as a filmmaker Prabhu Deva doesn't try to experiment much. Yet whatever he does (read silly) he does it with oodles of style. Albeit there’s a little twist in the end, the storyline is more or less predictable. An out-and-out entertainer, Salman is sure to enthrall you not only with his action but his brilliant dance steps.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Ashok Nayak Site:Nowrunning
Frankly, Wanted lacks a gripping storyline.. It's just a plot written to accommodate those numerous action sequences.Wanted is a mixed bag; the action sequences are great and so are the performances but the runtime, music, half-baked love angle and a lot more ensures it falls way short of expectations.While the music is below average, it's the songs that prove to be sleeping pills and Salman Khan dancing around trees is hard to digest. Bollywood is desperately in need of younger 'superstars'.To sum up, Wanted works in parts and mainly due Salman Khan. Scenes involving Prakash Raj are also amongst the highlights of this lengthy action masala entertainer.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Esha Razdan Site:RealBollywood
If you are crazy about regular commercial masala films leaving your brains at home, Wanted is the right choice. Wanted is a canvas painted in south Indian colours where you can get a glimpse of Rajnikanth in our macho man Salman Khan.Wanted is undisputedly a well-written story with an excellent screenplay. But there is a flipside to it. It is a well-written story which lacks good direction and editing.Wanted rides on Salman Khan despite his regular run-of-the-mill, yet nice performance.On the whole, ‘Salman Khan’ factor will pull the audience to make this film survive. Infact, half the battle is won, courtesy loads of hype.One time watch.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ruslaan movie review


Overall Rating: 1.5/5

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Ratings: 1.5/5Reviewer:Avijit GhoshSite:TimesOfIndia
Ruslaan neither has the urgency of breaking news or the perspective of a docu-drama. In fact, the film's first half reminds you of the 1970s family socials and is good enough to give a headache to even a Saridon.In the second half, the film warms up by its own standards. The bomb blast, followed by the arrest and the police torture of the protagonist, gives Ruslaan a sense of focus. But we soon realize that director Mohan C Sharma and writers Brahma-Dhruv are simply not up to the task. The only redeeming feature is that they take care to represent every point of view.
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Aamras review

Overall Rating: 1.75/5

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Ratings:2/5Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
So what’s the story you ask? There isn’t much in this wafer-thin chapter compassing their coming of age days. Director Rupali Guha starts her story with a khatta meetha feel-good feel (characteristic of father Basu Chatterjee’s films) but soon this aamras tastes like aam-ka-achar as masala is mixed in the treatment. Aamras can qualify as a decent recipe for a good novel. It’s too dilute for a film and ends up being an ordinary fare. ‘Aam’ras!
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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Avijit Ghosh Site:TimesOfIndia
Aamras is an ode to teenage friendship: bonding, crushes, heartbreaks, jealousies, everything a blend of sweet and sour.And though the film occasionally feels like a Banegi Apni Baat type of tv serial, it develops a sweet tempo and tenor of its own. It has sensitivity too: that Jiya has a hearing problem shows how new Bollywood is willing to make progressive moves within the limits of commercial cinema. But the Parimal Tripathi gag - a character who dresses the same way as Dharmendra in Chupke Chupke - doesn't work. Pre-teens and early teens will surely find Aamras as refreshing as nimboo-pani.
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Vaada Raha. Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.5/5

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Ratings: 1/5Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Vaada Raha, directed by Samir Karnik is a cheesy, emotionally manipulative, sob-saga that doesn't even deserve a straight-to-television release.Sickeningly sentimental, Vaada Raha is full of logical loopholes and is directed with a loose hand by Karnik, who gives us some of the most ridiculous scenes you can think of.The film is packed with silly stereotypes like faithful dog who won't eat till his master does, cheery hospital staff straight out of a Sooraj Barjatya film, and happy patients who don't seem to ever want to leave the hospital at all.I'm going with one out of five for director Samir Karnik's Vaada Raha. Do yourself a favour. Don't even bother with this one
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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Samir Karnik's forte has been emotions and VAADA RAHA displays his prowess yet again, but the writing bogs him down.Despite the faulty script, Samir Karnik's handling of a few sequences is commendable. Binod Pradhan's cinematography is top notch. Music is a letdown. What does stand tall in VAADA RAHA is Bobby Deol's super performance. This is his most accomplished work to date!.On the whole, VAADA RAHA stands on a faulty script. Besides, the lack of hype will make the effort go unnoticed.
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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
Sameer Karnik, who made the immensely watchable Heroes, picks up a nice subject. The dilemmas faced by doctors when they become patients, is an interesting premise. But his treatment is excessively slow and melodramatic. Despite its emotional moments, most of the scenes are predictable. Even the wannabe-shocking climax isn't exactly surprising. You can sense it early on. Vaada Raha has heart. But its script lacks enough life to keep it beating.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Baabarr Movie Review


Overall Rating:2.33/5

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
BAABARR isn't just bloodshed, but at the same time, isn't for the faint-hearted either. There's violence galore, in fact several sequences are brutal, and chances are a section of the movie-going audience [read families/ladies] might shy away from this experience.Yet, what makes BAABARR a must-watch experience is its story, the strong script [Ikram Akhtar] and the deftness with which director Ashuu Trikha has narrated the story. Without a shred of doubt, BAABARR is one of the most powerful films to come out of Bollywood in 2009.
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Ratings: 1/5Reviewer:Abhishek MandeSite:Buzz18
While the action is raw and to some extent even enjoyable, what annoys most about Baabarr is the fact that it actually glorifies crime and its protagonist's actions. There's even a song being sung in his praise where our man goes about on a killing spree.The plot, I must confess, does have its strong points – especially towards the end. However the poor direction and the loud background music tends to ruin it all for you.Baabarr is such a poor attempt at filmmaking you don't want to waste your money on it.
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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Avijit Ghosh Site:TimesOfIndia
With exceptions like the vastly under-feted Sehar (2005), not many films have journeyed into the bowels of the murky crime world of Uttar Pradesh. But right from the paan-stained walls, the charpois, the milky tea, the abattoirs with those scary butcher's knives, the claustrophic bylanes, cheek-by-jowl rooftops with flying kites -- Amanganj is rich in details. We get the feeling of watching something raw and real. On occasions, the movie becomes a series of repetitive violent scenes even though the chase sequences, especially where Baabarr chases his rival Tabrez (an impressive Sushant Singh), are neatly executed. And, one wonders, whether the final twists in the tale are only for shock value, or they flow out of the narrative.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Top Movies July- August 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 July- August 2009 are:

  1. Kaminey 3.94
  2. Sankat City 3.36
  3. Love Aaj Kal 3.13
  4. Quick Gun Murugan 2.5
  5. Jashn 2.16
  6. Life Partner 2.08

Most Searched Movies July - August 2009

This Site Aggregates reviews from all critics from around the web and present an overall score. Most searched Movies in the period of July to August 2009

  1. Kaminey
  2. Love Aaj Kal
  3. Aa Dekhen Zara
  4. Aloo Chaat
  5. Agyaat
  6. Kambakht Ishq
  7. Luck
  8. Life Partner
  9. Sankat City
  10. Barah Aana

Bachelor Party Reviews


Overall Rating: 2/5

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Avijit Ghosh Site:TimesOfIndia
Bachelor Party is the sort of movie where an aging father-in-law gets bottom-spanked and whipped by call girls in high boots, where a man struckby a Viagra dart kisses a woman before discovering she is a man, where a sexy divorcee enters a room full of aging Japanese men.Bachelor Party then is coarse comedy. The problem is that all the risqué gags notwithstanding, the movie is simply not funny enough. Even the more serious attempts at humour -- the Osama-Bush spoof, for instance - fall flat. One might recall that director Ishaan Trivedi had earlier made 7 1/2 Phere (2005), a sensible but under-rated comedy that sank quietly at the box-office. This time Trivedi stoops but still fails to conquer.
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