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Jaan E Mann – Entertaining but Underwhelming Directorial Debut

First published in October 2006 It’s been the festive season and of course some of Bollywood’s best super productions of the year are released….DON starring SRK has been must see these last two weeks, but I decided to start by seeing the one that had been totally eclipsed by the Bollywood Baadshah’s blockbuster first: Jaan… Continue reading Jaan E Mann – Entertaining but Underwhelming Directorial Debut

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Umrao Jaan: Journey of a Woman’s Fate as a Courtesan

First published in November 2006 You sometimes wonder whether there is a serious shortage of inspiration for our script writers for new and original stories. Over the last few years remakes seem to be the hype in Bollywood …Let’s see, what we’ve had : Devdas a couple of years ago, earlier this year the remake… Continue reading Umrao Jaan: Journey of a Woman’s Fate as a Courtesan

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Baabul An Aspiring Progressive Movie

2006 has had great hits: Fanaa, Rang de Basanti, KANK, Dhoom 2, Krrish, DON… However, one cannot help but notice a lack of family movies. The festive season has had two major family ones, Vivah and since Friday, Baabul. Both have: addressed traditional social issues, had a star studded cast and a great promotion. On… Continue reading Baabul An Aspiring Progressive Movie

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Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna – A Controversial Summer Gem

August 2006 I am sure you have all heard of Karan Johar’s very much talked about latest movie that was released earlier this month. I always consider the coming out of his movies as a huge event that deserves a proper celebration: gang of friends or sisters to go and watch it, along with a… Continue reading Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna – A Controversial Summer Gem