Bollywood films I've seen

With a short review for each film.
They appear in the order in which I saw them.

9/10 very good to excellent
8/10 good - worth a watch
7/10 has its qualities - agreeable
6/10 has its moments but dispensable
5/10 blah ^_^

My criteria are as various as directing, story & dialogues, acting, originality, cinematography, entertainment value, etc.

I try to be as objective as one can be when reviewing.
I know what I liked is not necessarily great and vice versa.
The few 10/10 are purely subjective though ;)
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1.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her. (186 mins.)
Director: Nikhil Advani
“ Nice romance-comedy drama, original plot though a bit too melodramatic sometimes. Good actors. Good work on the soundtrack and the musical numbers.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
2.
Devdas (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. (185 mins.)
“ Masterpiece. Classic indian litterature adapted (not the first time nor the last) for the big screen. Amazing performance by Aishwarya Rai. Superb cinematography. 10 Filmfare awards (Indian Oscars equivalent), a record (just like DDLJ in 1995; only Black, 3 years later, same director that Devdas, has more Fimfare awards: 11).

10/10 ” - Aryia
 
3.
Fanaa (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sweet blind girl Zooni meets a flirty Rehan. She ignores her friends' warnings. It's her time to discover life. Is she making the right love choice? (168 mins.)
Director: Kunal Kohli
“ Beautiful and original story, with epic romanticism. Aamir Khan and Kajol both great. Nice cinematography and dialogues. Good music. The film has its flaws here and there but still remains deeply enjoyable and a work of quality.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
4.
My Name Is Khan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An Indian Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President seriously, and embarks on a cross-country journey. (165 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
“ Touching life journey. Good cinematography. Great actors, both incredible, definitely among Kajol and SRK's best performances. Plus, this is a film with a reflection on society. Very good work by director Karan Johar.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
5.
3 Idiots (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots". (170 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ Great comedy, mixing slapstick humour, causticity, reflection on the Indian educational system, a message about following one's heart... Surprising screenplay, with some unexpected turns. Very very entertaining.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
6.
Dil Se.. (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary (163 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Very good independent movie. One of SRK's best performances. Preity Zinta's first movie and she delivers a promising work. Manisha Koirala also good. Poetic film surrounded by an aura of mystery. Suspenseful. But also tragic film that will spare nothing of humans' troubled hearts and relationships to the viewer.
AMAZING soundtrack and choreographies (respectively by A.R Rahman and Farah Khan, this explains that).
I would call it a must see.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
7.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension. (183 mins.)
Director: Farhan Akhtar
“ Nice movie, quite entertaining, with good actors. But if the screenplay begins originally, it then becomes much much more conventional, and the ending seems precipitate. For me, a one time watch, not more.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
8.
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A prostitute agrees to get impregnated and then give the baby to a couple (Raj and Priya) in exchange for a million rupees. Everything changes when she develops feelings for the baby and Raj. (160 mins.)
“ Very nice little comedy drama with an excellent performance by Preity Zinta, and a good job by Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji. Original story. There is at two points a "rip-off" of Pretty Woman, not enough though to consider the film a remake or even a half remake. Two musical numbers really stand out as very good (Number 1 Punjabi and Deewani).

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
9.
Salaam Namaste (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A quirky take on life and relationships as it looks at a fairy tale with a bit of a squint and an endearing look at what being in love really means. (158 mins.)
Director: Siddharth Anand
“ Very funny, lively and entertaining comedy/rom-com/drama with a modern plot. Great performances by Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan (one of his best I thought).

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
10.
Veer-Zaara (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Veer-Zaara is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love story that is an inspiration and will remain a legend forever. (192 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
“ Well done romantic drama, though suffering from too much conventionality, I guess specifically in the direction and in some scenes (action/dialogues). A scene towards the scene is especially cheesy and annoying. That's a pity because the film has good actors, a very good cinematography, and an original plot base.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
11.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
This story is about six friends who help an English filmmaker create a documentary about Indian freedom struggle. During filming, this group of friends learn about those before them and the importance of fighting for their rights. (157 mins.)
“ Interesting and original political/social drama, though too far fetched in the reaction of the characters, towards the end. Their evolution seems too brutal, or too rapidly extreme. However it doesn't take away the originality of the plot and it remains a good watch.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
12.
Earth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence. (110 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Independent movie from the "elements trilogy" by Deepa Mehta. Good performance by Aamir Khan. Harsh, powerful drama about religious conflicts.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
13.
Ghajini (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A short-term memory loss patient sets out on his journey to avenge the death of his beloved girl. (183 mins.)
Director: A.R. Murugadoss
“ Remake of Memento. Beautiful visual style during the fight scenes, modern and dynamic. Gripping story where action, thriller, comedy and drama blend extremely well. Convincing performances by Aamir Khan and Asin.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
15.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt. (189 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
“ One of the best. One of my all time favourite, and not just in Bollywood. Romantic comedy, with small but touching insights about women's condition in India. Great couple (Kajol/SRK). Simple but extremely efficient story, because very well directed, played, edited. Plus the soundtrack only contains hits, and the musical numbers really honors the songs by being as beautiful.

10/10 ” - Aryia
 
16.
Hum Tum (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A novel look at the eternal battle of the sexes and the trials and tribulations of Karan and Rhea and their attempts to understand each other. (142 mins.)
Director: Kunal Kohli
“ A good romance-comedy drama. Good actors (Saif Ali Khan/Rani Mukerji). Original plot and construction: we follow the evolution of the heroes and their relationship through the several times they meet across a few years. Each meeting is separated from the others in the film with an over 1 minute long humouristic cartoon (see poster) presenting a little boy and girl and reflecting about men-women relationships, in link with the meeting our heroes just had.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
17.
Aamir (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London is forced to participate in a terrorist plot. (99 mins.)
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
“ A film that reminded me of Phone Booth. Well mastered thriller, but in the end leaves a taste of uncompleted journey, even of frustration. That's a pity, because some scenes were really intresting.
The director did something way better later with No One Killed Jessica.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
18.
Fire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Interesting independent movie, actually the first of Deepa Mehta's trilogy about various social problems in India. The second one is Earth and the third Water (they are not sequels: each movie stands apart). Fire is about homosexuality (not only, but this is the main theme). You feel that the plot is based on a good idea but somehow it doesn't manage to be really compelling. Interesting, but not much more.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
19.
Om Shanti Om (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In the 1970s, Om, an aspiring actor, is murdered, but is immediately reincarnated into the present day. He attempts to discover the mystery of his demise and find Shanti, the love of his previous life. (162 mins.)
Director: Farah Khan
“ Excellent comedy drama evoking reincarnation and our hero trying to resolve his previous unnatural death. The film is also a tribute to the cinema and at some point a satire of Bollywood. It has substance behind the nice story.
Deepika is really nice in her Bollywood debut. The cinematography and the musical numbers are beautiful (Farah Khan, again). The film can make you laugh, cry, drool (SRK's shirtless ^^), it has all the ingredients for a top entertainer and the director knows how to use them.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
20.
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young man and young woman fall in love against their feuding fathers' wishes in this version of 'Romeo and Juliet' set in contemporary India. (162 mins.)
Director: Mansoor Khan
“ One of Aamir Khan's first film. He was simply gorgeous. Yeah that's the most important thing to mention ^^ Nice romance drama. Not very original but well done, well played, and quite gripping.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
21.
Black (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world. (122 mins.)
“ One of the most awarded indian films (11 Filmfare Awards for instance, which is a record). Based on the real story of a blind and deaf girl (Helen Keller). Powerful and very moving film with AMAZING acting (Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan, and the stunning Ayesha Kapoor).

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
22.
Kurbaan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A woman finds that her neighbors are terrorists, and her husband is not who he claims to be. (161 mins.)
Director: Rensil D'Silva
“ Gripping thriller that can keep you on the edge of your seat. Not action packed at all (the film prefers realism), but really suspenseful. In one word: intense.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
23.
Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shruti and Bittoo become partners in their very own "Wedding planning ka bijness" in Delhi and in the process discover friendship, love and one another. (139 mins.)
Director: Maneesh Sharma
“ Nice little story, with pleasant music and actors, but not very inventive. There is some originality along the plot, that's for sure, but the characters lack depth and the ending feels precipitate in its conventionality. It nevertheless remains enjoyable.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
24.
No One Killed Jessica (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case. (136 mins.)
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
“ Very good drama (based on the real story of Jessica Lall's murder) with equally good direction and acting. If you like investigation and especially trial stories (like me), you'll find the movie gripping.
Special mention to the director for having admirably recreated the muggy atmosphere of a damp policer office and of a rough courtroom.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
25.
Udaan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
“ Moving and tastefully done coming-of-age drama. Nice acting. Interesting story, though in the first half there are moments when you may feel that the rhythm is too slow and that the movie isn't going anywhere. But all of this is forgotten when it comes to the transcendant ending.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
26.
Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Governor Jaisingh Sinha is murdered and the needle of suspicion points towards his estranged son, Sahil Sinha who must prove his innocence. (173 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Rai
“ Good thriller plot but awfully dated direction and choreography (only one musical number is good). You really wonder what went through the choreographer, stylist and director's mind. The film remains enjoyable nevertheless thanks to its gripping plot.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
27.
Rangeela (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A poor young woman, who dreams of Bollywood fame, is caught in a love triangle between her childhood friend and a famous actor. (142 mins.)
Director: Ramgopal Varma
“ A really nice and refreshing comedy, with very good musical numbers. The plot is simple but manages to avoid many clichés of the genre. Aamir Khan delivers a cute and funny performance, and Urmila Matondkar is very charming. I would really recommend this film.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
28.
Dhobi Ghat (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The lives of four people intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video. (100 mins.)
Director: Kiran Rao
“ Independent movie written and directed by Mrs Aamir Khan.It's Mumbai seen through the different characters. The city is the binding link, a character in itself. A touching and deep mosaic film yet with a highly ethereal side.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
29.
Patiala House (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
a victim of British racial violence and profiling prevents his son from playing cricket. (140 mins.)
Director: Nikhil Advani
“ A film that reminded me of Bend It Like Beckham (one of my fave films, btw). It suffers from some typical Bollywood-for-really-mainstream-audience elements, which tend to deaden the viewers' minds, but apart from that the film is enjoyable. Akshay Kumar is amazing of sincerity here. He is the heart of the story and makes it very moving.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
30.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love journey of an ordinary man Suri and his 'total opposite' love Taani. (167 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
“ A somehow conventional story though the film possesses an original plot basis, it nevertheless remains highly entertaining, funny, charming and touching. The cinematography is truly beautiful, and the acting and dialogues very good.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
31.
Love Aaj Kal (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An old-fashioned romantic tells his personal love story to a modern man who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Has love really ever changed? (128 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
“ A very nice and modern romantic comedy exploring uncommited and long distance relationships. The flashbacks involving young Rishi Kapoor (played, as the hero, by Saif Ali Khan), are delightful and proves Khan's diversity.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
32.
Tere Bin Laden (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A reporter casts a fake Bin Laden to act in his video message to America, so he can immigrate there. (95 mins.)
Director: Abhishek Sharma
“ Funny satire revealing Ali Zafar but where the show is stolen by the hilarious Pradhuman Singh.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
33.
Kites (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A wounded man searches for his sweetheart in the Mexican desert while on the run from the police, bounty hunters, and others. (123 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ Excellent fast-paced melting-pot film that offers romance, drama, suspense, action, humour. Barbara Mori has an incredible presence. The movie also possessed a strong direction and a beautiful cinematography. A PURE entertainer like you don't meet that often.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
34.
Wake Up Sid (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A spoiled young adult living in Mumbai experiences a change in his lazy ways when he meets a woman at a party, who inspires him to "wake up". (138 mins.)
Director: Ayan Mukherji
“ Really enjoyable coming of age story with an excellent performance by Ranbir Kapoor.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
35.
Kaminey (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The desperate lives of two estranged twin brothers converge over missing drugs, politics, racial prejudice, corrupt cops and an unplanned pregnancy. (130 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
“ Very good gangster story mixing dark atmosphere, humour and drama.Priyanka Chopra delivers an excellent performance. Shahid Kapoor does a pretty good job too.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
36.
Jab We Met (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman. (138 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
“ Very good rom-com with a fiery performance by Kareena Kapoor. The first half of the movie is often hilarious, while the second half is much calmer (well that's necessary for the drama part) but also more conventional. The film nevertheless leaves you in a good mood and you won't regret watching it. The musical numbers are well made. I especially liked Nagada Nagada.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
37.
Thank You (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Three wives engage the services of a private investigator after they suspect their respective husbands of infidelity. (125 mins.)
Director: Anees Bazmee
“ Average comedy leaning towards the no-brainer category. The actors are good. Irrfan Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Rimi Sen (in a small but hilarious role) really stand out. The musical numbers are average. The plot has an original basis, that I liked a lot, a funny and caustic development, but everything goes down towards the end (I won't say more to avoid spoiling people). Therefore the film is just ok to watch as pop corn entertainment.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
38.
Dhoom (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Dhoom reinvents the classic cops and robbers tale for the 21st century. Fast bikes, big action, and non-stop fun make for a thrilling story. (129 mins.)
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi
“ A pleasant action/heist film with an important comedy part, Dhoom belongs to the "pop-corn entertainment" category (not very deep characters, extravagant action scene, etc). The acting is ok, stunts good, plot coherent and entertaining. The musical numbers are very good.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
39.
Tanu Weds Manu (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Manu comes to India to find a bride for himself and falls for Tanu at first sight but Tanu, a free spirited girl has no plans of marrying him. (113 mins.)
Director: Anand Rai
“ This rom-com is okay, but just a one time watch, as there is a side to this story you can't help but finding insipid. A few days days after watching the film, you can have completely forgotten about it. There are some nice scenes, it's well written, the couple of actors does a good job, the characters have some depth, but their love story in itself is in fact quite dull...

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
40.
Dhoom 2 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Back in action DHOOM:2 reinvents the action comedy genre and propels it into the 21st century. Go on and enjoy the ride once again with Jai and Ali. (152 mins.)
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi
“ Just like Dhoom, this is an action/heist/comic film belonging to the "pop-corn entertainment" category. This sequel is definitely better than the fisrt (which was already pleasant in its genre). The villain (Hrithik Roshan) has more depth, the plot is less conventional and offers some nice twists. The musical numbers are still very good, and the cinematography has style. I found the character played by Bipasha really boring, and I guess that for the charm factor, Aishwarya was well enough. But apart from that, it's a good entertainer.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
41.
Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
After numerous attempts at suicide fail, a couple decide to live it up, and then kill themselves on New Year's Day. (151 mins.)
Director: Siddharth Anand
“ A very good rom-com, comic during the first two thirds of the story, and romantic during the last one.
The plot is really unconventional and it's one of the strengths of the movie.
The film manages to be really funny, relying on different things such as black humour, a crazy road trip, etc... giving it aspects of a screwball comedy.
The actors do a very good job, while the direction reveals itself classy and original, with a real sense of cinematography.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
42.
Ishqiya (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While on the run from goons, a man and his nephew fall for a kidnapper's seductive widow. (118 mins.)
“ Terrific movie with 3 very good actors, and a special mention for Arshad Warsi who really delivers an amazing performance. There is humour, action, suspense, crime, love, sensuality, and the movie succeeds in each one of these categories. The plot is truly great, and while there are some things you don't understand at first, you're amazed when all fall in place in the end.
A very, very, very good film!!

9.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
43.
Saawariya (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two souls arrive in a small town, one on vacation, the other to meet a lover. They spend the most magical dream-like days of their lives in that town... with each other. (142 mins.)
“ This movie possesses a terrific cinematography that conveys a dream-like feeling. The images can be breathtaking and the direction is top. The acting is good, Sonam and Ranbir delivers well in their first movie. The only problem is that the story (adapted from a Dostoyevsky's short-story called "White Nights") seems to lack something. It's difficult to explain, but it's as if an ingredient was missing, and I can't pinpoint it. Anyway, the plot remains interesting (though not gripping) and the film is definitely worth a watch.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
44.
Tees Maar Khan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
Posing as a movie producer, a conman attempts to trick an entire village into helping him rob a treasure-laden train. (135 mins.)
Director: Farah Khan
“ This comedy relies exclusively on absurd humour, so if you don't like that particular style stay the hell away from this movie ;) Tees Maar Khan manages to be quite funny, though you'll probably need half an hour to adapt to the nonsensical, over-the-top and extravagant style. After that adaptation, I assure you that it's possible to actually enjoy the movie. But do remember that it's purposely absurd and, at times, parodic. The musical numbers are excellent, both in music and choreographies (well, it's a Farah Khan movie, no surprise). Acting is fine.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
45.
Namastey London (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man takes his thoroughly-British daughter to his home country, India. There, he arranges her marriage to someone she considers a fool. The daughter attempts to outwit them, but the groom quietly and patiently hatches his own plan. (128 mins.)
“ Nice rom-com, with good acting by Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. The story is interesting, manages to be funny or moving when necessary, and you can easily have sympathy for the protagonists. It's not faultless (it can lack subtlety sometimes), but you'll spend a good moment watching this movie.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
46.
Break Ke Baad (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Childhood friends Abhay and Aaliya experience plenty of obstacles in their paths as they find their way in the world and back to each other. (118 mins.)
Director: Danish Aslam
“ Good actors, but unfortunately not much to remember after having watched this movie. The love story fails to touch the viewers because of its extremely common aspect and lack of challenge and climax. It actually feels more like a non-story, but it remains watchable.

5/10 ” - Aryia
 
47.
Heyy Babyy (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Aarush, Ali and Tanmay wake up to find a baby left outside their door. (144 mins.)
Director: Sajid Khan
“ Based on the french comedy "3 hommes et un couffin" ("3 men and a cradle", also adapted in the US as "3 men and a baby").
This comedy has some very funny parts, but also some very dumb parts belonging to the "no-brainer" category. Also, it manages to be moving, but also has a few improbable drama elements. It's therefore a bit difficult to judge it. I wasn't bored when I watched it and easily watched it till the end... So I guess it makes it an acceptable comedy.

Note that there's an item number by a great star in this film, I won't say who. I didn't know and was happily surprised :)

5/10 ” - Aryia
 
48.
New York (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
It's story about three students studying at the New York State University whose lives are changed by 9/11 and its aftermath. (153 mins.)
Director: Kabir Khan
“ Very good drama with really good performances by John Abraham and Neil Mukesh. The plot is suspenseful and never over-the-top even in the most dramatic parts. The story is interesting and moving. The direction and cinematography are effective. I'd recommend this film to a large number of people.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
49.
Delhi-6 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A story about love, hope and self-discovery set in the walled city of Delhi (zip code 6) and its chaotic but touching life that forces us to ask questions about ourselves. (141 mins.)
“ Interesting film about the daily life in a Delhi neighbourhood where all kinds of different people live. This slice of life movie has good actors (very good job here by Sonam Kapoor), a weel written screenplay and a nice direction. However it lacks some pep, some rhythm. I'd really qualify the film on the whole as more "interesting" than "enjoyable". It nevertheless remains good.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
50.
I Hate Luv Storys (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Jay doesn't believe in love Stories, and Simran, is a girl who's in love with the idea of Love itself. (129 mins.)
Director: Punit Malhotra
“ This rom-com deeply lacks originality despite its desperate attempt at freeing itself from the genre code. The problem is that you can't really identify with the characters and you don't believe in their love story.
The film has two good actors as the leading pair, a nice cinematography, and funny references to famous rom-coms, but the story remains endlessly dull. Pity.

5/10 ” - Aryia
 
51.
Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A middle class family in India tries to buy a new car. (112 mins.)
Director: Habib Faisal
“ Very nice litte comedy/family drama that could be qualified as a slice of life. Rishi Kapoor is great in the lead role. The story is funny, witty but also realistic and sometimes moving. It treats some social problems faced in India, it has a nice message in the end, and it's fresh. Definitely a good watch.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
52.
Aisha (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Chaos results after a wealthy woman decides to turn match-maker for a naive village belle. (126 mins.)
Director: Rajshree Ojha
“ Inspired by Jane Austen's novel "Emma", "Aisha" is a decent movie with a good cast (very good performances by Sonam Kapoor and the newcomer Amrita Puri) and storyline, but that unfortunately lacks passion and energy. It didn't demand me an effort to sit through the movie, but I'm pretty sure a lot of viewers experienced boredom at some point or another.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
53.
Dum Maaro Dum (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A corrupt police officer is entrusted the task of apprehending drug-dealers. (128 mins.)
Director: Rohan Sippy
“ Good mosaic film about various persons linked more or less directly to the drug traffic taking place in Goa. Each characters has an original story and the film really manages to avoid predictability. It also possesses a fast pace, a strong cinematography and a good cast. Definitely worth a watch.
Note that Deepika performs here a nice item number on a cover of the famous "Dum Maro Dum" song from the film "Hare Rama Hare Khrishna" (1971).

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
54.
Dostana (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two straight guys pretend to be gay in order to secure a Miami apartment. When both of them fall for their roommate Neha, hilarity ensues as they strive to convince one and all that they're gay, secretly trying to win her heart. (145 mins.)
“ Great comedy that kept me laughing during most of it. It's lively, modern, and, more importantly, often hilarious. The cast is excellent: John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol are very good, while Abishek Bachchan steals the show. The dynamics between the characters of John and Abhishek reminded me of the one between Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in "Some Like It Hot". The cinematography is really nice, as well as the music.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
55.
Baazigar (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young man with a vendetta against a business tycoon seduces and kills his eldest daughter and then proceeds to his younger daughter but she begins to suspect her new lover's ulterior motive. (175 mins.)
“ Good thriller that unfortunately suffers from kitsch musical numbers (especially in the costumes, sometimes the dancing, but however never the music that is really well done - you're caught by the songs' melodies after just one listening) and an over dramatic ending (typically in the old Bollywood style).
Apart from those 2 points, Baazigar has many qualities: amazing acting by SRK, good acting by Kajol, strong suspense, and interesting psychology of characters.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
56.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The wacky adventures of a young man who is willing to sacrifice his own love to insure the happiness of others, and get the girl-of-his-dreams married to the boy-of-her-dreams. (150 mins.)
“ A rom-com that is not disagreeable but that I think fails to leave a strong impression on the viewer's mind. It's bubbly, has an unusal cartoony humour, a nice pair of actors... but the story is far from memorable and is a bit dull, the characters are not very deep and the music easily forgettable...
It's not boring when you watch it, it has some funny parts, but it's the kind of films I forget almost just after watching them.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
57.
I Am (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Four traumatic and life-changing stories in various parts of modern secular India. (95 mins.)
Director: Onir
“ A nicely done mosaic movie that combines 4 stories about 4 conflictual elements or taboos of the modern Indian society (artificial insemination, homosexuality, religious dialogue and child abuse). The 4 stories are interesting and it's a pleasure to see on the screen again Nandita Das, Manisha Koirala and Juhi Chawla.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
58.
Delhi Belly (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three struggling room-mates unknowingly become potential prey of a ruthless gangster. (103 mins.)
“ An irreverent, politically incorrect and modern comedy that provides good laughs and a fast pace. It's an enjoyable ride!

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
59.
Ready (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Set in Thailand and India, a case of mistaken identity leads to love; and a man and his family concoct a grand scheme to win over the hearts of a woman and her greedy conniving uncles. (145 mins.)
Director: Anees Bazmee
“ Humourous and cartoonesque action, archetypal storyline, good feelings. It's not disagreeable to watch, but it remains so simple and childish (by the way I'm sure kids would love this movie). It has an entertainment value. It's a mix of action, adventure, humour, romance and vaudeville. It can be a nice watch, if you don't mind for the sometimes "dumb" humour and the naivety of the concept.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
60.
Milenge Milenge (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Hoping that destiny will re-unite them, a couple, on the verge of getting married, attempt to locate each other. (109 mins.)
Director: Satish Kaushik
“ A simple yet entertaining romance, remake of Serendipity. It's not over-long nor really cheesy. It lacks some sparks, but I thought it was a very correct watch.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
61.
Raajneeti (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When the American-educated scion of a powerful Indian family returns to the subcontinent, his first taste of power starts him down a corrupt path. (163 mins.)
Director: Prakash Jha
“ A mosaic movie revolving around politics, Raajneeti offer some very intense moments, and an interesting gallery of characters. I think however some points could have been better developed.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
62.
Badmaa$h Company (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In the 1990s, Four young friends get together in Mumbai to start a company, which turns out to be an instant hit due to their unorthodox methods. (142 mins.)
Director: Parmeet Sethi
“ A funny, lively, modern, entertaining movie. The actors are natural, the plot is smart, the film has the right balance between humour and drama, and maintains it until the end.
It reminded me a bit (though it's not at all a remake) of the french comedy La Vérité Si Je Mens, whose characters - a bunch of friends who want to make it big - also evolve in the field of clothing.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
63.
Darr (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Darr is a girl's (Kiran) story caught between one man's (Sunil) love and another man's (Rahul) obsession. (178 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
“ Darr ("Fear") is a very good thriller that offers a well mastered suspense, top musical numbers (like the one filmed during Holi or when Juhi dances alone on an instrumental music) and good acting. I would really recommand it. The plot is simple - a man obsessing over a girl who was at school with him - but well thought out, and the movie never loses itself or becomes too much.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
64.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor. (156 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ After a hilarious beginning, the movie goes, I think, too deeply in the tear-jerker category. It lacks subtlety in its morality. Quite simply, it's "too much", even though it manages to keep funny moments until the end. But despite this unsubtlety in good feelings, the film still offers some very good moments and storylines.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
65.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer. (144 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ More originality and more subtlety (even though it would still need more, especially towards the end) for this sequel, that I prefered. This film is really funny, and Arshad Warsi at his comical best!

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
66.
Fashion (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A small-town girl finally realizes her dream of becoming a famous supermodel but soon finds out that there's a price for her glamorous new life. (167 mins.)
“ A simple story of rise and fall that is well directed and played, which gives an enjoyable movie that brings more than just pop-corn entertainment.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
67.
Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Raj is a heartbreaker. His love stories with Mahi, Radhika and Gayatri finally teach him about love and life in their own sweet, sexy and sassy way. (152 mins.)
Director: Siddharth Anand
“ A not so cliché story, this film is a nice entertainment. It has good actors, funny moments, drama (but without getting too cheesy). My favourite part was with Bipasha. I just thought that maybe, the whole film and especially the end lacked some sparks...

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
68.
LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A video camcorder, a store security camera, and concealed cameras candidly expose lives in three loosely-linked tales. (155 mins.)
“ One of the most original film I've ever seen when it comes to direction. The choices are bold and highly interesting. The stories don't seem like much at first but then get deeper and more sour. LSD is a very unconventional movie, when it comes to both its content and form, and will probably have you thinking about it some time after you saw it.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
69.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged. (155 mins.)
Director: Zoya Akhtar
“ A fresh, fun and entertaining movie that has this wonderful quality of making you think about yourself and your life. It begins like just a road trip in Spain for 3 buddies, but slowly their failures and anguishes are revealed, in a subtle way (the movie never becomes a drama and never uses pathos). Along their trip, they'll evolve and question themselves just as you'll ponder on your own conception of life. It's at the same time simple and deep and is supported by a very strong cast. It also possesses a good cinematography.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
70.
Force (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A vengeful drug-dealer/gangster targets and terrorizes an entire police unit and their families. (137 mins.)
Director: Nishikant Kamat
“ An action movie that actually manages to deliver more than just brutal force and grows into a thriller.
The action scenes and fights are powerful and very well carried out: they don't aim at being realistic, but at displaying raw strength and precisely choreographed movements. There's not one ounce of humour in the fights, so don't expect the Dabangg style.
Despite being an action movie, the storyline is interesting and conveys some tension and emotion while not stepping into too much clichés. The characters in particular are enjoyable.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
71.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A quirky rom-com where Kush finds the ideal Indian bride Dimple for his brother Luv and a series of comical and unpredictable events follow. (139 mins.)
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
“ A nice little rom-com, led by 3 very charming actors. It has a fast pace, a dynamic direction really emphasizing the humouristic side of the story and GREAT musical numbers (dancing, music & really welcome cinematographic references). A fun film!

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
72.
Aarakshan (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A decision by India's supreme court tests a man's friendships and loyalty. (164 mins.)
Director: Prakash Jha
“ Good actors, interesting story, though there is definitely something old-fashioned in this movie, that makes it difficult to be actually moved by what happens.
It's not boring, you want to watch till the end, but the interest remains kind of superficial, because you know where this is going...
I don't know if it comes from the direction or dialogues, or even screenplay, but there is something a bit too naive in Aarakshan. IMHO :)

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
73.
Mausam (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A war, religious conflicts, and misunderstandings create obstacles for a couple of different faiths. (161 mins.)
Director: Pankaj Kapur
“ This classy love story about a relationship frustrated by war and socio-political turmoil is beautiful to watch, because a great deal of attention was given to costume, cinematography, direction, and the visual in general. However, in the second half of the movie you have too much coming and going and missed chances that gives a repetitive aspect to the plot. Despite that and the emotional flatness that some scenes conveys, it's not a bad film.
I liked the final climax (based on the Gujarat riots) that I thought very well done, except for a moment that I would have prefered a bit less cliché.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
74.
Rockstar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Janardhan Jakhar chases his dreams of becoming a big Rock star, during which he falls in love with Heer. (159 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
“ A good movie that shows originality in its non linear narration and its story. Nice soundtrack. It's difficult to believe Nargis Fakhri had never played anything before this and had to learn hindi specifically for the film. She's very good. Ranbir is good too, but that's less a surprise ^^

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
75.
Ra.One (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A video game developer's world spirals out of control when his shape-shifting indestructible virtual creation becomes all too real. (156 mins.)
Director: Anubhav Sinha
“ A solid superhero movie, Ra.One has good action, stunts and visual effects, as well as humour. Even better, it also has a surprising story, taking a definitely unexpected turn for this kind of film. I also loved SRK and Kareena Kapoor's performances.

8.5/10 ” - Aryia
 
76.
The Dirty Picture (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The love story between an actress and a director. Inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha. (144 mins.)
Director: Milan Luthria
“ One of my favourite films of 2011, The Dirty Picture has a beautiful cinematography, nice costumes, top acting, very pleasant songs and musical numbers, and of course a timeless story of the rise and fall of a star. Much recommended!

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
77.
Desi Boyz (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two friends lose their jobs, then part bitterly after they get exposed as male escorts. (122 mins.)
Director: Rohit Dhawan
“ Nice movie, that appears as a good comedy in its first part, however the second part suffers as it turns into a conventional drama and lacks subtlety. Too bad, because the film has a nice cast and entertaining musical numbers. The cinematography is fine too. But it still remains pleasant to watch despite the problems after the interval.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
78.
Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A smooth and charming conman, Ricky Bahl, cons girls for a living but finally meets his match is this fun-filled "ROM-CON." (140 mins.)
Director: Maneesh Sharma
“ A movie that delivered much more than what I had expected. I found the plot and its turns very entertaining, and liked the fact that it keeps you wondering throughout it. I really appreciated the acting, as well as the film's stylish look.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
79.
Shaitan (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident. (121 mins.)
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
“ Shaitan is an intense and unconventional thriller/drama with a strong suspense, good acting (special mention to Rajeev Khandelwal and Kalki Koechlin) and an interesting plot.
It definitely won't appeal to everyone as most of its characters aren't likeable, and seeing them sink deeper and deeper in violence has something quite unsettling.
Some elements, I think, should have been more developed, but on the whole it remains a really good movie.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
80.
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two best friends being convinced that they are not in love search for each other's love. (155 mins.)
Director: Abbas Tyrewala
“ Such a fresh, cute, and realistic love story!! The actors are all natural and adorable, there are many little details that makes the characters seem real, but you also have humour and a small touch of madness. The particular narration process was also a very good idea. I liked this movie a lot :)

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
81.
Luck by Chance (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Vikram gets tapped to play the male lead in a Bollywood film, he can't believe his luck. But it may ruin his relationship with his girlfriend. (156 mins.)
Director: Zoya Akhtar
“ An interesting insight in the hindi film industry and the fight for newcomers to find their way in. The film is well-written, well played, and has a rather unconventional, but realistic, development. I thought it may lack some peps, some sparks, but it still remains a definitely good movie.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
82.
Race (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Destiny makes two brothers- Ranvir and Rajiv - enemies of each other. Everything is fair in love and war. (149 mins.)
“ There is a good story, but this good basis is somehow "dumbed down" by an highly unsubtle writing and direction. As it is, I think the movie was still enjoyable, mostly like a guilty pleasure, because of the twists, the unpredictability, the suspense, the actors and the cinematography that definitely looks good. But, done in another manner, it could have been way better than just this pop corn entertainment.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
83.
Parineeta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The lifelong romance between Lolita (Balan) and Shekar (Khan) is upset by the arrival of another man. (130 mins.)
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
“ 3 excellent lead actors in a good story in which you can easily believe, a classy and stylish direction as well as cinematography, a beautiful soundtrack... What else could one ask for? It's a very well done movie.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
84.
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A few drinks too many leads an uptight architect and quick-witted hairstylist to marry in Las Vegas. Can a mistake lead to friendship and love? (110 mins.)
Director: Shakun Batra
“ Very nice film, often sold as a rom-com, when it's actually more a "slice of life" film. The two main actors are great. Even if you're not a Kareena or Imran fan, you can just love them there. The characters are well written, realistic, touching and funny. I spent a very good moment with this movie; It's fun, entertaining, without the need for you to turn off your brain. I'll see this again with pleasure.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
85.
Game (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A wealthy man invites four people to his private island to blame three of them for his daughter's sudden death. The next morning, the wealthy man is found murdered. (135 mins.)
Director: Abhinay Deo
“ Game is a good whodunnit with an Agatha Christie type of plot. The intrigue is very well mastered: it maintains the viewer's interest, has surprising turns without them being too far-fetched and unrealistic. It also has a nice style, and I liked a lot Abhishek Bachchan's charismatic performance. A good movie, and a really good movie in its specific genre.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
86.
Don 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An international gangster turns himself in, then dramatically escapes - only to face treachery and betrayal. (148 mins.)
Director: Farhan Akhtar
“ I enjoyed a lot this film. SRK is very sexy when he's a badass. The sexual tension between his character (you don't know if you hate or love him) and Priyanka's character in this sequel is really intense. The story has all the suspense and turns it needs. One of the best action films/thrillers of 2011. I want Don 3!! :)

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
87.
Agneepath (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young boy's father is lynched before his eyes; fifteen years later he returns home for revenge. (174 mins.)
Director: Karan Malhotra
“ This comes really close to the appellation "masterpiece".
This phenomenal movie has amazing actors (Sanjay Dutt is incredible here!), a stunning cinematography, a beautiful soundtrack, but most of all, a dramatic story whose intensity cannot leave the viewer unfazed.
I didn't see the 3 hours go by.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
88.
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A smuggler rises to power in in 1970s Mumbai, a younger gangster seeks to overthrow him, and a police officer is caught in the middle. (134 mins.)
Director: Milan Luthria
“ This film about the rivality between an underworld boss and a wannabe don offers good entertainment. There is a good cast (gotta love Emraan Hashmi!) and an interesting story.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
89.
Pardes (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This film takes a serious look at the lives of Westernized Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in North America... (191 mins.)
Director: Subhash Ghai
“ Not an unpleasant watch (can anything with SRK be really unpleasant? ^^), however I think this film fails to really leave a mark. The screenplay and music are okay but it doesn't really click, at least for me.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
90.
Murder (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Living in Bangkok with her husband Sudhir and the child from his first marriage to her sister, Simran... (130 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ A rather simple story (a remake of a movie I can't remember the title) yet interesting, suspenseful, well played, but unfortunately poorly directed. The technique here has a cheap feel to it. It's nevertheless worth a watch!

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
91.
Life in a Metro (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Six different stories, about nine people, each with different issues and problems, all occurring within one place: the METRO. (132 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ A mosaic movie with storylines revolving around love and sex, this film is well done, yet... I don't know, I thought it lacked something. It took me a long moment to really get into the stories, and in the end I felt like something was missing. I hesitated with a 7, but I give it an 8 for the cast, coherent screenplay with some really good moments, and overall good technique.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
92.
Murder 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An ex-cop is hired by a pimp to find missing call girls and the man responsible behind their abduction. (127 mins.)
Director: Mohit Suri
“ Excellent! I didn't know it was the remake of a Korean thriller when I began watching it, and I found myself thinking that it somehow reminded me of Korean films like "I Saw The Devil". The fcat the I made the link without knowing about the remake is a good sign, because this kind of Korean movies are excellent.
This film has intensity, suspense (it can really test your nerves!), darkness, great actors (Emraan Hashmi, I'm telling you you gotta love this guy! And the actor playing the murderer, he really is scary), top cinematography, and excellent screenplay (the stuff that differs from the Korean version are very good ideas that add to the uneasiness of the viewer).
The low rating of this film here on IMDB is a SHAME!!

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
93.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the 'professional' way, and the way of his heart. (150 mins.)
Director: Shimit Amin
“ Nice little story for a nice film that won't make you go all "wow" but that offers decent entertainment with thinking.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
94.
Singham (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A truly honest police officer is transferred to a town controlled by a gangster he has humiliated. The gangster believes he can use good power to bring down this officer who made him look foolish and weak. (143 mins.)
Director: Rohit Shetty
“ That one was a surprise. Not the masala stuff I feared, it actually has a solid storyline, a great actor (Ajay Devgn), and beautifully shot action scenes. Singham is a treat for the eyes with an intelligent story. Real good entertainment.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
95.
Kahaani (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him. (122 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
“ A very good and unusual thriller, Kahaani is also another way for Vidya Balan to show all her acting abilities. The movie has an intelligent screenplay, a well executed direction and a nice and original OST.

9/10 ” - Aryia
 
96.
Omkara (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'. (155 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
“ Adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, Omkara honours the original play with a beautiful cast (Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi for the main protagonists, but also Konkona Sen Sharma and Naseerudin Shah) and a solid direction.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
97.
Jannat: In Search of Heaven... (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Arjun is a reckless young man with an obsession for making money at card games. A chance meeting with a girl in a mall... (140 mins.)
Director: Kunal Deshmukh
“ Simple story, basic technique, but the plot managed to keep my interest, and the main role is nicely played by Emraan Hashmi. A very correct movie.

7/10 ” - Aryia
 
98.
London Paris New York (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Nikhil and Lalitha are two completely different individuals who are drawn to each other in spite of their differences -- or perhaps because of it. Follow their journey as they meet in London, Paris and New York for a night in each city. (100 mins.)
Director: Anu Menon
“ Cute actors for a cute rom-com. LPNY is not unpleasant, however the story remains too superficial and I'm afraid the film difficultly leaves a mark on viewers. It has nice settings, everything is okay, but for me nothing never really clicked.

6/10 ” - Aryia
 
99.
Ishaqzaade (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A love story of a passion ignited by hatred. Of two people. Born to hate. Destined to love. (120 mins.)
Director: Habib Faisal
“ This film was a good surprise. A very intense love story, a screenplay well crafted, two good actors, and probably one of the best soundtracks of the year. Plus, the picturisation of the songs does them honour. Definitely a good watch.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
100.
Agent Vinod (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A series of seemingly unconnected events across the world leads to Agent Vinod undertaking a globe-trotting mission to discover why his colleague was murdered. (157 mins.)
Director: Sriram Raghavan
“ A good classic spy movie. It has well shot action, the right dose of suspense, glamour and locations. The story is coherent, easy to follow and does not go haywire. Music and actors are more than okay. Nothing new, but nice! It delievrs exactly what it's supposed to deliver.

8/10 ” - Aryia
 
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Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011)
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Three man staying under same roof are in search of true love. They meet their ladies but will these man be able to convince them to be their soul mates? (143 mins.)
“ A nice film portraying 3 very different male friends and their romantic discomfitures. It has 3 really nice actors, enjoyable characters, and a rather non formulaic development. I spent a good moment with this film.

8/10 ” - Aryia