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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Desi Boyz


Its an Akshay Kumar film , so we keep out intelligence quotient down for 3 hours .

So London is hit by recession and two bachelors , Akshay and John Abraham are out of jobs .

But John has a high maintainence girlfriend ( Deepika Padukone ) and he needs money to err, ' maintain ' her . Plus Akshay has a nephew whose parents are dead , leaving the responsibility of caring for the boy on him , so he needs money too , or the authorities threaten to mave the nephew to a foster home .

Enter Sanjay Dutt , with his job offer for an escort company , Desi Boyz .

So Akshay and John do pole dancing , dating with women for money---everything except sex .

But Deepika Padukone is bound to know this at some point , and when she does , her temper's gonna fly through the roof....

But till she does , and even after she does come to know the facts , we get to see some wholesome entertainment , some real laughs , some funny situations .

The director does manage to deliver a funny movie that is low on the intelligence factor ( infact , way too low ) but high on entertainment .

Both Deepika and Chitrangada Singh ( Akshay's girlfriend ) look good .

Dialogues are witty , and the laughs come easily .

Verdict--decent .
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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:50 PM
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The Dirty picture

If Silk Smitha ,the sultry sex symbol of south India of the eighties is somewhere up there in heaven today , then nowadays she must be smiling

No , not just because she is still capable of raising the hots of everyone up there , including the gods , like she used to when on earth ( that I am sure she is still capable of ).....

......But because she has managed to do something that she could never even hope to do in her lifetime---become the leading lady of an A grade film !!

Like so many stupendous failures , she's achieved in death what she couldn't achieve in life---reached the pinnacle of success......

For it is certainly the controversial manner of her death ( by suicide )that has inspired Balaji films to make a classy film on a woman who was branded a slut , if not a whore in her lifetime , and take a classy heroine like Vidya Balan for the role.....

And above all ,they have made a good and different film on Silk Smitha's life---full of some good performances from the cast......

But from amongst the cast , its Vidya Balan who stands out the most---giving a performance of a lifetime ; not just a performance but a role that many top heroines would vie for......( now when I look up into the sky , do I see Silk Smitha smiling again ?? )

What comes to her aid in making her performance more memorable are the razor sharp dialogues written by a brainy scriptwriter, delivered by Vidya with a fabulous sense of timing

She plays---with aplomb---the role of a girl who yearns to be a film star ; who escapes from her home before she is married off , to the big city , in search of a role in films.....

......A girl who is ready to bare all and dare all for reaching the top.....

......A girl ready to take off clothes at the drop of a hat , not just in front of the camera , but off it too , especially in the darkness of the bedroom at night.....

And when a girl is ready to do the latter part , but naturally a line of men is ready to line up to bed her.....

All of whom are ready to fulfill their lust with her in privacy , but none are ready to even acknowledge her existence in public.....

......For the fame and the adulation that she has achieved is of the dirty kind......

She's become a woman who raises the temperature of men , but in this hypocritical society of ours , she has neither respectability nor place.....

She is shunned in gatherings of allegedly ' decent ' people ( the same people who enjoy her at night become ' decent ' in front of their wives during the day ) , and increasingly , this fact begins to bite her.....

But what bites her more are the fickle ways of fame and fortune.....

The same public that lined up theaters to see her movies now moves on to the next sex symbol.....

What saves other people in such situations is family and loved ones.....

But her family she has forsaken long ago in her search for elusive success , and no one wants to fall in love with a slut.....

......Which means she has to lead a life of loneliness amidst failure---and failure leads her to drunkenness and penury......

But the greatest failure is the fact that the person who hated her success and the way she got it now loses that hate he had for her---he has no need to hate someone who's inconsequential , she feels.....

But she is SILK , born to live a life of celebrity and fame.....

.....And if celebrity and fame is going to desert her , she feels no need to live.....

Its time to say goodbye to the world......

A goodbye that fills your heart with pathos for someone who was only supposed to rouse the feelings in your private parts.....

Well ,thats what is called a powerpacked filmy performance , isn't it.....

Verdict---good .
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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:52 PM
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Lanka


Bijnor in the badlands of Uttar Pradesh---the modern day Lanka.....

And where there is a Lanka , there is a Ravan.....

Except the fact that this Ravan is far more cruelier , far more merciless , far more sanguine than the old Ravan of the myth and folklore that is the Ramayana.....

For the Ravana of Ramayana was a gentleman who never touched the lovely , pure-as-raindrops Sita....

Maybe because it was satyayug and those times were far more innocent.....

But this Ravan lives according to the morals of the kalyug that he lives in.....

A kalyug that neither respects nor protects the body or the virginity of women......

This Ravan's Sita is a frail , delicate , fair complexioned doctor ( now would you believe that !! ---now what got into the head of the director to make the damsel in distress , especially this kind of distress , a doctor......especially with a doctor father !! ) .

And the Ravan is unrelenting in pursuit of his unbridled lust as he forces this hapless victim to become his bedmate , spending night after night enjoying her soft-as-silk flesh in her very home in the presence of her helpless parents.....

And he keeps a close watch on her and her movements---not allowing her to escape his evil clutches or take recourse to the law , a law which is in his own hands anyway ; he being virtual dictator of the small town.....

Anybody daring to cross the Ravan's path is destined to die a gory death , as an inspector who dares to confront him in the name of his own backward caste soon finds out at the cost of his life.....

In such a situation where is the Ram that this Sita waits for desperately to rescue her ??

Well ,there is no Ram....

So we have to make do with a Vibheeshan......

A Vibheeshan who comes back after many years in the big city to live with his long lost brother.....

And the coming back of this Vibheeshan stirs surprising emotions of love and brotherhood in the hard-as-a-rock Ravan.....

Maybe these emotions are stirred because the Ravan , living a hard life with no wife or companion , needs someone to emotionally connect to.....

But the Vibheeshan is a different and better man than the malicious Ravan.....He is man with a heart.....

And his heart is moved by the plight of Sita.....It is moved by her tears , moved by the sheer desperation of her desire to escape.....

But Vibheeshan loves his brother too much to act quickly.....He first asks his brother to correct his injustice , to marry the innocent Sita.....

But the Ravan refuses !! He wants her to be a prey of his lust , nothing else.....

Finding no help or hope from anywhere , Sita's father tries to help her escape this living hell.....

And Vibheeshan's heart is roiled when he watches the unimaginably ruthless Ravan go to unprecedented depths of evilmindedness to teach Sita's father a lesson he will never forget......

And he makes up his mind to free Sita from this her horrors.....

So does he succeed in his attempt to free the modern day Janaki....??

Does this modern day Ravanayan ( how can we call it Ramayan ??--there is no Ram , and Ravan dominates the movie ) have a happy ending ??

Considering the fact that the Sita of yore got no justice , that she had to disappear in the bowels of her mother the earth , does the modern day Sita fare any better ??

Happily she does , if that is one of the blessings of the modern age where women have got some life liberty and freedom and some semblance of equal rights.....

So this kalyug we belong to is better at least in some respects to the satyayug

And you would prefer the Ravan of the kalyug too , for Manoj Bajpai has put up a bravura performance in Ravan's role---a performance that holds this film together , overshadowing everyone else......

Only the ending comes a little too fast and is a bit disappointing , but its still a decent movie .

Verdict---not great , but decent enough .
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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:53 PM
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MI4

Tom cruise is on--as usual--on a mission that looks too impossible to accomplish .

A die hard nuclear terrorist has stolen the source codes for Russian nuclear weapons from the Kremlin , and completed a neat job by exploding a part of the Kremlin with bombs . And he intends to send a signal to Russian nuke submarines patrolling the oceans to fire their nukes on to America and start a nuclear war .

Tom Cruise has the task to stop him---at all costs....and against all odds , of course.....

And this leads to a long chase from Moscow to the sands of Dubai to the dusty streets of our very own amchi Mumbai.....

And its all packed with nonstop action---from climbing the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai using ' sticky ' handgloves to falling down from it using a rope.....and then finding the rope too short to reach the floor Tom wants to reach , making him jump from megaheight to directly inside the building---just accurately enough.....

.......And immediately after the jump , an out of breath chase in a sandstorm , while Tom's partners , including a delectable black woman , indulge in shootings galore......

......And then to Mumbai for the delectable black woman to briefly romance Anil Kapoor , only to almost strangle him in bed---before continuing on the mission of course.....

One word about Mumbai and India---the movie thankfully moves away from stereotyped shots of beggars and children shitting on the streets that have marked Hollywood movies from Indiana Jones onwards , and shows the glamorous part of it .

The special effects are something to watch , and the action is fastpaced . But some of the stunts are frankly unbelievable .

Yeah---unbelievable , mission impossible......you get to see all unbelievable things become believable and impossible missions become possible in this movie......

Verdict---good for a one time watch .
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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Don 3D

In the original film , Amitabh plays a Don who gets killed midway , and has to be replaced by a lookalike---thus proving the Don is not really unbeatable .

But Farhan Akhtar makes this film with the same premise he made his last Don film--''Don ke dushman kee sabse badi galti kya hai ?? Kee woh Don kaa dushman hai !! "

Meaning---Don is invincible , and anyone who crosses his path is doomed......

Though the above dialogue is never said in the film , Akhtar tries to show Don as unbeatable in every situation.....and all the situations however bad , are the product of the Don's planning anyway.....

But Shah Rukh Khan the actor have the acting capabilities required to play such a towering character , whose survival skills are obviously greater than the Don of yore played by Amitabh ??

The answer is that sadly he does not.....

While Amitabh played his lesser Don with absolute confidence , and the lookalike who replaces him with ever greater aplomb , the modern day Don fails to achieve the larger than life persona that Amitabh managed to inject into his role of Don.....

The fault is partly that of the scriptwriter---the dialogues given to Shah Rukh to mouth simply lack the powerpunch of the dialogues that had made the Amitabh acted Don such a cult hit .

So whats the story ??

Shah Rukh voluntarily surrenders to the Thai police because his arch enemy Vardhan ( Boman Irani )is in jail in Thailand , and has the keys to a box containing a tape which shows a murder being planned---that of a potential Swiss bank chief by his rival , who eventually succeeds in murdering the potential chief and becoming bank chief . Shah Rukh....oh oh sorry....Don intends to use the tape to blackmail the Indian deputy ( played by Ali Khan )of the bank chief to help him get the currency plates of Swiss money , so that he can print them illegally and become a billionaire . But the Indian deputy can only partially help , and the services of a computer hacker are required to hack into the security system of the bank , as Don and Vardhan and their cronies plan a daring Robbery of the currency plates .

But before that Don and Vardhan break out of the Thai jail in a well managed and well shot jailbreak sequence.....

On the trail of Don is an Indian officer , Priyanka Chopra , and by now Don has developed a sentimental attachment to her as well.....

But is it so easy to hack into the security system of a bank and rob it , just using a computer hacker ?? Anyway , this part of the film is too ' hightech ' for people in small towns to absorb , and only the educated audiences will be able to understand it . This too is a break from Amitabh's Don , where for all his style , Don and his lookalike were earthy characters who could connect with the lower classes and rural audiences .

On the other hand , Shah Rukh ( or is it director Farhan Akhtar ?? )makes it clear that he is a hero for the classes , and his niche audience is not the small town , but it is the multiplex crowd , or better still , the NRIs settled in America , Europe , middle east etc......
The small town and lower classes and left to our very own Salman Khan, who else....

So is Don really invincible ??

The ending makes that all too clear as all the pieces in the jigsaw fall exactly as the Don wants them to---yes , even those events which seemingly went against him had actually been planned by him from the start.....

And the ending is a triumph , both for the Don and especially for the director , who actually manages to bring the whole thing to a successful conclusion......

And yeah , in the end , you do get the feeling of having watched a good film.....

The hitch is actor Boman Irani , who has a permanent scowl on his face which doesnt suit him well---he should stick to comedy roles.....

On the other hand Priyanka Chopra looks good , and the others act their roles well too.....

The music is suitable for the movie , but one word---dont watch the movie in 3D ; the 3D effects really suck .

Verdict---decent .
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Sherlock holmes--the game of shadows


Director Guy Ritchie tries to give a new avtar to Sherlock Holmes as befitting the modern era---and totally fails !!

No , the time Sherlock Holmes lives in is still the 1890s , but his personality is tried to be changed by the director .

Instead of the cool Sherlock Holmes who seemed to be unruffled by any situation and lived a life of calm detachment , we get to see a comedian who is not averse to disguise himself in women's clothes with lipstick and mascara and all---oh i forgot....the situation demanded it.....
But why does the director have to invent such a situation at all ??

And when the time comes to deal with the villains , this Sherlock Holmes transforms into a action machine that would put a Rambo to shame.....
He does somersaults and what not---and the cameraman adds special effects straight from the matrix movie to enhance the action .

In fact , all tricks in the book are used to try to make the movie work---in fact , too many tricks , and what we get too see is a movie where too many things happen too fast . Indeed , the pace of the movie is breathless .

But the movie has no seriousness and mocks itself as it moves along , with the caricature of Holmes behaving in a silly manner trying to crack stupid jokes .

Only the villain , Holmes' old enemy Professor James Moriarty is dead serious in his acting , and also in his aims . And he aims to start a world war by creating an incident which would put France and Germany at loggerheads with each other . He hopes to reap enormous profits by selling weapons and ammunition to both sides in the conflict .

But Holmes , the ever prescient detective , smells the scent of his plan and decides to stop him .

But before all that Moriarty tries to kill Holmes friend Watson on his honeymoon ---something that Holmes prevents by singlehandedly fighting the horde of assassins in an superactionpacked sequence.
Shades of Arnold Shwarzneggar in Commando ?? Or Sylvestor Stallone in Rambo ?? Naah.....
In fact the action is all second rate , and unconvincing .

So does Holmes manage to stop a world war from happening ??

Dont bother to watch the movie for that.....
It isn't worth it .

Go and read about world war one and world war two instead . Yeah , those wars did happen anyway . I guess Holmes was either too old or dead by that time and couldn't prevent them.....
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The darkest hour 3D

Two american young men are on a business trip to Russia , but fate has other plans for them....

For while they are in Moscow , the earth is attacked by critters from outer space .

But if you are expecting to shake hands with little green men , then forget it.....

For these space invaders are straight out of science fiction.....or maybe thats what people in outer space really are like , who knows.....

They are invisible creatures composed of lethal microwave radiation and can be detected only by electricity.....

Any attempt to shake hands with them will lead to dissolution of the person attempting the handshake into dust as microwave radiation shears him apart.....

Thats what they do---these microwave creatures kill humans by literally grinding them to dust....

And they have come to earth to eat their ' food '---its rich and varied minerals , what else.....

But before they eat their ' food ' they must take control of the planet by finishing off its original inhabitants....

As the population of the earth gets decimated by these aliens , the young men from America have to face the hard reality that the home and hearth that they wished to return to in America no longer exist.....

......And the city of Moscow where they are has all its population killed , leaving it an empty hulk.....

But it is a beautiful emptiness.....

For the director and the cameraman have pulled off a triumph in showing an entire city in all its stark beauty but devoid of its population......

The streets , the boulevards , the tall buildings , the bridges , the railways , the underground metro , indeed the Kremlin all are shown---but without a single living soul in them......

How come an entire city which should be thriving with population is shown with all its places empty of people ?? And yet the concrete jungle remains ?? One must only salute the wonders of modern technology in making the population of a mighty city disappear from the final print of the film

But by chance , or by the director taking some cinematic liberty , our American young men come upon two lovely American young women who are similarly trapped but alive in Moscow.....

And they team up with some brave desperados out to save mother Russia from the evil foreign invaders---once again !!......for nobody's forgotten the epic fight put up by the Russians when the nazis attacked Russia half a century ago.....

And help is at hand !!

An eccentric old Russian coot has discovered a microwave gun which can stun and kill the invading barbarians....

And a Russian submarine is waiting in the Moskva river that flows through Moscow....
Its waiting to take those who wanna return home to America---if anything like home still exists.....

So do our heroes manage to save themselves and their girls and reach America safely ??

But do the Russians they have teamed up with want to leave mother Russia defenceless and go away just when they have discovered a weapon to fight the hated foe ??

Go and watch the movie for the answers....

For it looks good in 3D....

Verdict---watchable .
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Players

Go for gold !!---says one of the promos of the movie......

Thats what the moviegoer goes for---to the theater , I mean.....

Hyped and overhyped movies come and go---hyped movies sink fast and overhyped movies sink faster......

And the bechara moviegoer---he is in search of a good movie , only to be disappointed time and again.....

Only once in a while he strikes gold......

Thats what I did too---searching for a good movie among the mediocre stuff I was being forced to watch , Ashdoc finally struck paydirt.....!!

For this is a movie that lives upto the expectations created for it , and its publicists wont have to run away to Lonavala or wherever they are said to run away to escape from the uncomfortable questions posed by the press after their overhyped movie expectedly flops.....

So what gold are these players after ??
Its the gold owned by Romania being shifted back to its home country after being given to the Russians for safekeeping long ago .
......And the players mean to strike it on the train that carries it from Russia to Romania .

First lets make good and evil clear.....
Actually none of the players are good.....
For they plan to snatch the gold belonging to a sovereign nation......
But above all they kill ( or have to kill ) innocent Russian guards whose only mistake is to be guarding the train carrying the gold......
For example , Bobby Deol , who is supposed to be a nice guy who is stealing the gold only for raising money to make his paralysed daughter's life more comfortable actually coldbloodedly shoots a Russian guard trying to stop the robbery.....

But directors Abbas-Mustan pull off a coup by convincing the audience that some of these players are nice guys....
This is of course something they have pulled of even more successfully in the past , when in their movie Baazigar Shah Rukh Khan goes on a spree of killing innocent people in his quest for revenge and yet wins the sympathy of the audience .

The filming of the robbery is a coup in itself , for it has some genuine heart-pounding nerve-wrenching moments as the players bring another train parallel to the gold carrying train and steal the gold while both trains are still moving fast.....

......And the photography is excellent throughout as the movie moves from the icy winter of Russia to the warmer climes down under in New Zealand......

For the movie doesn't end with the heist in Russia , as predictibly there is a twist....
Typically for a crook , the bad guy then reveals himself , raking the moolah all for himself and leaving the others high and dry while he scampers off to New Zealand.

Thats not gonna stop our intrepid players---they track him down and plan to steal what the director has led us to believe is rightfully theirs ( all stolen gold belonging to someone else , but sshhh....its just a movie....) .

Not so easy, guys---the bad player has an accomplice working for him among the good guys ; an accomplice telling him the good guys' every move.....
.......All twists and turns as the movie goes along.....

And the twists and turns do deliver the surprises at key moments , giving some sound entertainment.......

So go watch it......

Verdict---good.
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J Edgar

This movie shows the life story of J Edgar Hoover , the legendary director of the FBI---the man who built it into the formidable organisation that it is today .

It shows how little power it had in the beginning , and how Edgar built it step by step to fight the internal security threats to the land of the free---America , what else.....

And even in 1919 , before the era of the cold war has begun , the threat that Edgar perceives to the American way is that of communism.....
For the bolshevics have taken power in Russia and are hellbent on spreading communism everywhere......
From giving radical speeches to bombblasting people , they are trying to foment revolution across the world.....

It is upto people like Edgar to protect the Americans from this danger.....
And protect them he does , by taking risks to his career as he has to bend the official rules many a time .

.......And as the great depression of 1929 strikes , Edgar moves onto facing the next danger , that of rising criminality among the population which has turned to crime as they have lost their jobs due to the collapsing economy .
What makes his job even more difficult is the fact that unlike the contempt they have for communism , common people regard the gangsters as heroes in the depressed economic times . But Edgar triumphs over the gangsters too , catching many and teaching many a lesson they will never forget.....

And as always , he bends the rules to do so.....
Which prompts some Presidents to think of removing him.....

No problem for our intrepid hero......
He uses the FBI to keep tabs on their personal lives , and if threatened with removal , he subtly threatens to expose the personal lives of the high and mighty , like President Roosevelt's wife's affairs or President Kennedy's romp in the bed with an East German communist woman......

So presidents come and go , but J Edgar Hoover is a constant , a permanent factor in the security system of the world's most powerful democracy......

And he keeps his image in the mind of the American public as a larger than life hero , by creating photo-ops and planting fictitious stories in the press about how he caught such and such criminal or how he personally fought and arrested such and such lawbreaker......

All this is fine , but there is a major flaw in the film.....
And the flaw is that the movie concentrates too much on Edgar's personal life.....

But what is so fascinating about his personal life that the movie has to change gear ??
It is the fact that the final protector of western democracy from the scourge of communism , the pillar of America's much vaunted security apparatus , his homoness....err.....his highness J Edgar Hoover is....is gay !!

And the movie spends way too much of its time in showing Edgar's lack of interest in women and his affair with his aide Mr Tolson .
And this ruins the movie as the parts showing all this move very slowly and reduce it to a personal story rather than how Edgar was in the thick of fighting America's enemies .

Also way too much time is spent in showing the kidnapping of the baby of American hero Charles Lindbergh and its investigation and aftermath .

In the end Edgar dies in office during the presidency of Richard Nixon .
But as Nixon's agents move to scour Edgar's office to find out what secrets he has kept from them , they find it empty......
All his secret files have been destroyed by his faithful secretary Miss Grandy---the old cocksucker ( as Nixon calls him ) has outwitted the president one last time.....

And the director of the film ( Clint Eastwood !! He should have stuck to western movies , really ) has outwitted me too---out of my money.....
......For frankly , I didn't like the film at all....

Verdict---not good .
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The dogs of war--

The tin-pot republic of Zangaro---typical specimen of the hellhole that is Africa.....

Its ruled by a typically brutal dictator called Simba....oh actually it is Zimba....

But Zimba Simba who cares......they are all the same in the banana republics of Africa arent they.....

He's come to power by killing all his enemies , and to make sure no one entertains any future thought of enemity to him , he kills them before they have such thoughts.....

And he lives lavishly with his harem in the midst of his garrisoning troops in their barracks while his country is awash in a sea of crime and injustice.....

Into this godforsaken place comes our hero---posing as a wildlife photographer.....

He's instantly suspected for what he is---for who would come to this hellish place taking photographs if he is not sent by Zimba's enemies for taking measure of Zimba's power and the potential of destroying it.....

......And so he is packed off to jail where amidst myriad tortures , he meets the leader of the democratic movement of Zingaro who is cooling his heels in jail for the past 4 years for preaching democracy.....

But our hero's a white man---a citizen of the United States , and that country wont take the death of its countryman so lightly.....

So he cant be killed and has to be sent home.....

A home where the people who have sent him are waiting for his report on the situation in Zingaro......

For them he is just a mercenary , a dog of war......

.....And such dogs are expendible.......

But before such dogs are expended they have their uses.....

And his use to his handlers is to assemble a pack of dogs like himself and start a revolution in that little corner of Africa called zingaro.....

.....And their plan is to prop up a suitably black president who allows them to loot the mineral resources of his country and make money.....

But our dog is a dog with a mind of his own.....

And above all he's a good dog.....

He's not got long to live due to a fatal disease, and so has no use for the money his handlers are offering him.....

And at the end of his life he wants to do something good for humanity.....

But firstly , does he succeed in bringing revolution to Zingaro ??

Happily he does , and the director torches alight Frederick Forsythe's dull novel by moving away from the script and showing some real action unlike the novel which concentrated only on the planning of the coup and disappointingly stopped before some fighting broke out.....

As President Zimba's palace is swept by a hailstorm of firepower and the invaders fire grenades , rockets and bullets into the garrison protecting Zimba , the question is not whether Zimba will go but in how short a time will Zimba's power collapse.....

But the bigger question is---what is our hero's plan to put idealism in action in Zingaro ??

And will the people who financed him take his betrayal lying down ??

For answers to it , watch THE DOGS OF WAR.....

I found it a decent watch.....
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The last viceroy

The last viceroy tells the story of the last but momentous chapter in the history of British rule over India---of the end of the empire in a bloodbath of epic proportions .

Lord Louis Mountbatten arrives in India with his wife Edwina to close the 175 year old rule of Great Britain over the Indian subcontinent---the jewel in the King's crown .

He arrives just as a sea of violence is about to erupt in India---for led by the ambitious and powerhungry Muhammad Ali Jinnah , the muslims in the subcontinent are not only demanding the carving out of the nation of Pakistan , but they are also baying for the hindus' blood.....
......For the nation of Pakistan has to live upto its name---pak means pure in urdu , and what better way to make it pure than to ethnically cleanse it of all the infidels who dared inhabit it......

The hindus on the other hand , are led by the apostle of nonviolence---the ' great soul ' mahatma Gandhi who has made himself great by teaching a pacifist ideology and taught the hindus to bow and acceed to the muslims' every demand , including the creation of Pakistan .
But Gandhi has such a hold over the mind of the hindus due to his saintly behaviour that it is said that the capital of India is not at Delhi , but at wherever Gandhi is camping !!

......And this Gandhi is not there to greet Mountbatten as he alights from his plane ,for he has gone to bihar in one of his hopeless attempts to create communal amity between hindus and muslims---a fact which erks Edwina Mountbatten .

On the other hand , she is mightily pleased with the reception given to her by the future prime minister of India Nehru , and this leads to not only mutual attraction between them but a fullscale affair.....
All this happens under the watchful eye of Louis Mountbatten , who not only takes it all in his stride , but also develops a liking for Nehru himself !!

On the other hand , Mountbatten is not impressed by the personality of Jinnah , whom he grows to detest....
While Nehru is all charm , Jinnah is cold and forbidding , and the viceroy finds him quite extravagant in his demands for his new nation .

But first things first , and Mountbatten has to make a tour of the north west frontier . Here on landing , he is confronted by savage pathans in the thousands , all well armed and screaming for being given the Pakistan they want.
Mountbatten is well prepared for this , as he disarmingly waves at the barbaric horde wearing a muslimtype green dress , making them think he has acceeded to their demands and they are appeased without violence !

As everywhere Mountbatten tours he sees scenes of muslims butchering hindus , he not only concludes that Pakistan must be given , but also feels that the British must pull out of India before mayhem is unleashed and thereby makes a fatal mistake---he brings forward the date of declaration of independence from june 1948 to august 1947 , leaving the state machinery no time to cope with the mammoth task of partition .
......For not only is the nation to be partitioned , but govt property has to be divided ; but above all no proper arrangements are made to garrison the state of punjab , where post partition violence is expected .

Mountbatten does make a last attempt to convince Jinnah of the cabinet mission plan of a united by loosely federated India , but Jinnah is unrelenting.....
The ' great soul ' Gandhi goes one step forward by offering Jinnah the prime ministership of undivided India , but Sardar Patel simply refuses to entertain this idea ( thank god !! imagine Jinnah as India's PM..... )

The friendship between the Mountbatten couple and Nehru increases in the cool climes of Shimla , the summer capital of the British raj , where Nehru and Edwina find time to romance......
But Nehru's temper explodes when Mountbatten shows him the future plan of India---it envisages total balkanisation of the subcontinent as the princely states are left to choose to remain independent . Mountbatten has to sooth Nehru by removing that option , leaving them to join either India or Pakistan .

Jinnah is another matter altogether---he is unwavering and says that the Pakistan given to him by Mountbatten is divided into two wings with no link to east Pakistan---he calls it motheaten.....
But Mountbatten proves a tough negotiater and forces Jinnah to accept his partition plan at the meeting of representatives of all religions by forcing him to nod slightly in acceptance of the plan .

The die is cast , and Sir Cyril Radcliffe is given 5 weeks to draw the map diving the nation , giving precious little time for minorities on both sides to shift to the nation where their community is in majority .

The day the Indians have been waiting for a thousand years arrives as the nation awakes to life and freedom at midnight when the world is asleep---in Nehru's words , at least .
Mountbatten invites the press to take photos as the Indians blow conches of triumph , and to his surprise Future president Rajendra Prasad toasts King George with a glass of wine on this august occasion.....

But independence unleashes a torrent of violence as trains carrying dead hindus and sikhs come to India---and hindus and sikhs unleash bloody revenge . Mountbatten's mistake of bringing the independence date forward has produced terrible results......
Gandhi's attempt to save muslims in India only makes them spit on him....

But Nehru sees no choice but to ask Mountbatten to continue as governor general . This is opposed by Edwina who feels she might get too deeply involved with Nehru if this sojourn in India continues .

But Mountbatten's continuance proves lucky for India as he answers Nehru's desperate plea to save his home state of Kashmir from pathan irregulars sent by Pakistan to invade it by sending the Indian army after the maharaja signs the instrument of accsession .

When Mountbatten confronts Jinnah over the rape of scottish nuns by his pathans in Kashmir , Jinnah candidly admits to his hold over them by offering to pull the pathans back if India pulls back its forces .

Back in India , Gandhi has paid for his appeasement of Pakistan by his death at the hands of an assassin---sending Nehru into grief . Mountbatten consoles Nehru and asks him to speak to the Indian people on radio that very night . Nehru responds by making one of the finest speeches in his life .

And its time now for Mountbatten to leave India---his work is over.....
This time Edwina asks him to stay on---as Mountbatten himself admits , she has found love here......

But time and tide wait for none , and the time of the British is over.....
As they leave , the Indian public crowds the last viceroy's motorcade in a moment of brief nostalgia for the raj......

Most nostalgic of them all is Nehru , who gifts a rose to Edwina to cherish the bygone days of love before she ascends into the aircaft that will take her away....

An era has passed......
The halycon days of empire are over.....

And so is the movie....

Verdict----good , if you are a history buff .
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Agnipath

Agneepath.....phew !! This is really the path of fire........

For violence drips through the entire narrative , and I wasn't surprised to see a few women walk away from the theater within the first hour itself , inspite of paying 350 rupees ......

What surprised me however , was the fact that a girl gave me tickets for free !!
She said she had got the tickets for free herself and wasn't interested in seeing the movie.....

For the first hour , and also the last , the movie is filled with crude and barbaric violence and also some rough language .

You have to enter the theater with a particular mindset , that you have to see , and more particularly be unmoved by the extreme roughness of the film .

Having made up such a mindset , you can enjoy the film , especially if you are a male.

So whats the story ??

Master Deenanath Chauhan ( the surname should have been Chavan , considering the fact that he is shown as ghati ) is an extremely principled teacher who tries to rouse his villagefolk against the plans of Kancha Cheema ( played by Sunjay Dutt ) to establish a cocaine producing plant in his village Mandwa . But he is framed in a rape case and hanged by Cheema , forcing his son and pregnant wife to flee to Mumbai .

The son decides to work for a goon cum maha-pimp Rauf Lala ( played by Rishi Kapoor ) who plys the female sex slave trade , auctioning young girls in barbaric open market where the screaming writhing girls are pulled out of underground cages and dragged by their hair to be examined by lecherous buyers for their beauty and ' physical fitness ' for sex . Not surprisingly , the mother kicks the son out and does not want to meet him again . The son grows up to be---who else could it be---Vijay Deenanath Chauhan , the Hrithik Roshan wanting to be the modern day Amitabh......

And to cut a long story short , he manages to get the better of Rauf Lala and his son and become the master of Rauf's empire ( inspite of Rauf's goons all being muslim !! Hindu muslim bhai bhai anyone.....) and then use his power to get to Mandwa to take bloodsoaked revenge against Kancha. Actually much of the blood that flows is Hrithik's , the way Kancha mauls him in Mandwa , but finally Hrithik does get to hang him in the same manner Kancha did his father .

Oh yes ,there are also other characters along the way like commissioner Gaitonde ( On Puri ) who wants to but never could destroy the criminal rackets , and also Priyanka Chopra as Hrithik's girl.....not to forget Sallu's exgirl Katrina in the chikni chameli item song .

But does Hrithik Roshan's mother have to deliver her second child ( a girl ) in the middle of the randbazaar by the hands of prostitutes , and does Hrithik have to grow up with and fall in love with the daughter ( Priyanka ) of a randi ?? Oh , I forgot , crudeness is supposed to be the hallmark of this film , and the director wants the situations to be as sleazy as possible .

And only if you understand the august intentions of the director to make a film as sleazy , rough and crude as possible , will you like the film . I did . You decide for yourself.....

Verdict---depends , really.....
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I liked the first one so will watch this on sunday. Got the DVD on last friday itself
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