Coming soon- Best & Worst of 2006

Will have my list as well ! Come back next year

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Bhagam Bhag



Bhago Bhago !

Run away from this movie. You miss nothing if you miss it. A mish mash of a couple of sequences put togther and you have a movie that does'nt know if it is supposed to be a comic caper or a murder thriller.

Akshay Kumar does'nt have much to do but tries his best. Paresh Rawal is there for appearance sake and completely underutilised. I thought I would say a few words on the story but believe me, to embark on that journey is absolutely a challenge so I will let it be, in my own selfish interest.

Govinda is gone. That comic hero of the David Dhawan movies has disappeared. Except for a 30 second sequence in a police station in London which has an Indian Police Comissioner (Jackie Shroff), Govinda looks puffed up and tired.

Lara Dutta looks nice and must be wondering what she really did in the movie.

Aaah ! Will the real Priyadarshan stand up ! Will the real Priyadarshan stand up !

Where art thou ? Art thou the same one who made Hera Pheri and Hungama ?

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Bhagam Bhag

Watching this movie today ! So watch out for some thought on this Priyadarshan's latest.

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Kabul Express-Two Indians, an American, One Afghan and a Pakistani on a journey together




Kabul Express


A movie every Hindi movie watcher should watch. The movie is not great but to be watched at least once. Reason- It is one more Hindi movie among a few of the ones in the recent history that actually makes you believe there is hope for Hindi cinema to move ahead from the senseless candy floss and tear jerkers that seem to roll out.


The movie is the tale of two journalists from India (John Abraham & Arshad Warsi) who are down in Afghanistan trying to get an interview with the fleeing Taliban. They have an immensely pleasant Afghan guide and driver (Hanif Hum ghum), an American Journalist Jessica Beckham (Linda Arsenio) whom they rescue on the way from a few Afghan dacoits and a Paksitani Taliban Imran (Salman Shahid) who commandeers their vehicle on his quest to reach the border and get back into Pakistan.


There are many references to the fact that Afghanis are not the enemy. The Taliban is not Afghanistan etc etc. The hypocrisy of the Pakistan government and all the horrors of war.That exactly is the problem with this movie. Kabir Khan (Director and writer) tries to say it all in one movie and that makes sure that you get a feeling of a soul in the movie but it just disappears along the way and all you come out remembering are the one liners and comic expressions delivered with absolute brilliance (as usual) by Arshad Warsi.

The high point of the movie, other than the documentary style story telling with international styling, is the brilliant turnout of performances from one and all. John can act if forced to, Arshad does what he does, the Afghan and Pakistani actors really do a great job. The look in the face of Hanif hum Ghum which moves from despair to anger to acceptance is absolutely refreshing and innocent. Salman Shahid is absolutely controlled as the Pakistani Taliban soldier just looking to get home.

The argument about Imran Khan and Kapil Dev, the argument about who started the war and Arshad asking Ms. Beckham if she plays football, all are really memorable sequences.The references to Madhuri do, Kashmir Lo and Arshad and John mentioning that Madhuri has gone to the US evicts response from the Pakistani saying- everything that's good goes off to the US. references to Pepsi and Coco Cola and many other references while entertaining only add to what I said before- Too many stories attempted to be told in one movie !
Still, a must watch

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Coming Soon - Kabul Express!

Watched this refreshing movie. Will share my thoughts soon !

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24



One of the best formats to hit television screens this century.

24 in its 4th season on AXN runs 3 episodes back-to-back at 12 PM (IST) on Saturdays. The format is real time (the story runs as per actual minutes) and always depicts events that occur in 24 hours.

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) of CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit) is always the man of the 'hour' saving the day and the US of A from its multiple enemies.

The format being real time with parallel action in progress is always addictive ! Don't miss it.

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ULTRAVIOLET



Eagerly awaiting the release of DVD of this movie. For two things- Mila Jovovich (unarguably the best female action star in cinema today) and for the intense action scenes in the movie.

Directed by Kurt Winner, the movie is about the ever lasting battle between humans, vampires with the cure for vampires at stake.

Also starring William Ficthner (The longest Yard) and Nick Chinlund (Tears of the Sun), the movie is unliklely to be a great hit but will have it moments for sure !

Will keep you posted if i get my hands on this movie !

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