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‘Jagga Jasoos’ Review: Ambitious Disney Comedy-Adventure Succeeds Despite Occasional Misfires

  • Indiewire
‘Jagga Jasoos’ Review: Ambitious Disney Comedy-Adventure Succeeds Despite Occasional Misfires
While promoting writer/director Anurag Basu’s “Jagga Jasoos,” leading man Ranbir Kapoor offered a vibrant description of the multi-year process of making the film: “It was like we were fleas on the back of a mad dog who was trying to cross a very busy highway.”

The accuracy of Kapoor’s statement comes into sharp focus about two hours into the 182-minute feature, as the action-comedy-adventure Disney co-production hurtles us from Purulia and Ukhrul in India, to Moombaka and Shundi in Africa, and we begin to feel increasingly overwhelmed as we try to work out exactly how we got from place to random place. Basu’s exceedingly ambitious storytelling vision is the kind that most creatives in Bollywood might never even dare (let alone carry out), but it’s a double-edged sword responsible for the film’s most memorable moments, but also for often losing grasp of the narrative
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Jagga Jasoos Movie Review

What is it about?

Jagga Jasoos finally hits the screen. The film was in its production for last four years. The movie brings back Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif on screen. Katrina Kaif plays a teacher and also a journalist who narrates an adventure story to her students and that is the start of the film. Ranbir Kapoor plays a higher secondary school kid. Jagga Jasoos is an adventure spy thriller which takes through a whole lot of stuff and keeps the audiences hooked through the mysteries that Ranbir tracks. Saswata Chatterjee plays Ranbir Kapoor's foster father who is a...

Jagga Jasoos Movie Review

What is it about?

Jagga Jasoos finally hits the screen. The film was in its production for last four years. The movie brings back Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif on screen. Katrina Kaif plays a teacher and also a journalist who narrates an adventure story to her students and that is the start of the film. Ranbir Kapoor plays a higher secondary school kid. Jagga Jasoos is an adventure spy thriller which takes through a whole lot of stuff and keeps the audiences hooked through the mysteries that Ranbir tracks. Saswata Chatterjee plays Ranbir Kapoor's foster father who is a...
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Jagga Jasoos Synopsis!

  • Bollyspice
Yesterday saw the release of the trailer for Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jassos! Starring Ranbir Rapoor and Katrina Kaif, the movie is a full on musical in the Broadway sense with many lines sung, but of course with the Indian styling and music by Pritam.

Icymi here is the trailer again!

Jagga bata raha hai apni kahaani

Sunlo in his musical zubaani

Now have the official synopsis of the fabulous around the world adventure!

The protagonist Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) is a shy young boy in a quaint little town, with his accident-prone father, Bagchi (Saswata Chatterjee). As he grows up, his father admits him to a boarding school – and mysteriously goes missing. Over the years, the only contact Jagga has with his father is a VHS tape that he sends via post every year on his birthday.

Jagga grows into a curious, clever and sharp person – a quasi-detective, using tricks
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Liff Special Movie Review: Nirbashito

  • Bollyspice
Churni Ganguly’s National Award winning film Nirbashito (The Banished) is both an unflinching and compassionate look at the idea of exile, through the story of a writer, a poet, whose work has so inflamed political sensibilities that she ends up banished from her homeland, forceably torn from her home, moments after fussing over and feeding her beloved cat, Baaghini, which is the last thing she looks at as she is dragged out the door, flown to Rajasthan, taken to Delhi, and from there out of the country, under tight security. Nowhere, it seems, is safe for this writer. Nowhere in India, at least, and perhaps nowhere in the world, as the tight security which her Swedish protectors provide for her once she arrives in Stockholm shows.

Those of us who have, perhaps, chosen to live or work or study elsewhere, may connect with the feelings of being uprooted and
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Preview of the films at this years London Indian Film Festival

  • Bollyspice
The festival returns this month for its sixth edition. Every year Liff aims to bring audiences some of the very best new Indian independent cinema, which includes features, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and emerging filmmakers. This year’s line up promises to leave you entertained, informed, thought provoking and even in some cases leaving a screen shocked.

We now present the films that will be screened at this prestigious festival

Umrika | Opening Night | UK Premiere | cert 12A

Hindi with English subtitles | 98 min | India 2015 | Dir. Prashant Nair | with: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe, Prateik Babbar.

This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner is an uplifting, rights of passage tale about two brothers from a small village who have dreams of making it big in Umrika (America). Udai (Pratiek Babbar) is the eldest and adored by his hard-working mum. He leaves their hamlet on a bullock
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Rituparno Ghosh’s last film “Jeevan Smriti” to be telecast on Doordarshan today

Rituparno Ghosh’s last film “Jeevan Smriti” to be telecast on Doordarshan today
Rituparno Ghosh’s last completed film Jeevan Smriti: Selected Memories (77 mins), an impressionist documentary on Rabindranath Tagore will be telecast on August 8, 10:30 pm on Doordarshan.

The film in English celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore while the telecast coincides with 22nd Shravan, his death anniversary.

Jeevan Smriti is produced by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and filmmaker Sanjoy Nag is the creative producer.

“The film focuses on some key journeys in Tagore’s life that evolved and enriched his quest to re-imagine a new India, which would rise above narrow patriotic concerns prevailing in the country of the time,” Rituparno had said. “The idea is not to stick to the expected austerity of the standard documentary film, but to bring Tagore alive as a flesh and blood person whom the average Indian can relate to despite his lofty philosophical expression, as a lovable and highly accessible vulnerable human being.
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Electrifying First Trailer For Dark Bengali Film Meghe Dhaka Tara

In 1960, Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak rocked the international film scene with his stark melodrama, Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star). That film, along with the works of Satyajit Ray, put Calcutta on the art-film map, and continues to resonate with film audiences worldwide 50 years later. Such is that resonance that a new film with the same title approaches the earlier one with a biographical slant, looking into not only its making, but also the circumstances surrounding its production and the state of Ritwik Ghatak as a human being tormented by his own demons. The new film stars Saswata Chatterjee (breakout star of Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani as the assassin Bob Biswas) as Ghatak, and his performance even in these few minutes of footage is...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Nominations for the 2013 Iifa awards have been announced with Barfi! leading the pack with 13!

  • Bollyspice
The Nominations for the 2013 Iifa (International Indian Film Academy) awards have been announced and Anurag Basu’s beloved Barfi! leads the pack with 13! Also in included in the esteemed lists are films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahaani, Agneepath, Vicky Donor, Paan Singh Tomar, Talaash, English Vinglish and more. The nominees in each category are voted on by members of the Indian Film Industry at the official Iifa Voting Weekend. The votes are then tallied and the final list is compiled for the popular categories. The winners of the popular categories are determined by the fans because they can vote for who they think are the best in each category at Iifa’s website.

The nominees are….

Best Singer – Female

Shreya Ghoshal – ‘Chikni Chameli’ (Agneepath)

Rekha Bhardwaj – ‘Phir Le Aya Dil’ (Barfi!)

Shreya Ghoshal – ‘Aashiyan’ (Duet) (Barfi!)

Kavita Seth – ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’ (Cocktail)

Shalmali Kholgade – ‘Pareshan’ (Ishqzaade)

Best Singer – Male

Mika Singh
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Reflections 2012: Top 10 Iconic Film Characters

  • Bollyspice
A great film character can be pivotal to ensuring that a Bollywood film has a lasting effect on you. They are also the ones that are the most talked about amongst friends and family long after they have seen a film; more so than a film’s direction, production, etc. That’s why for the first time, BollySpice has devised a top ten list of this year’s most iconic film characters. This list has aimed to highlight particular characters whom we feel have left a permanent mark on Hindi cinema and will be remembered for years to come!

10.) Tehmur – Talaash

Talaash was quite a unique film which has been rarely created in Bollywood. Though it met with mixed reception, its villain Tehmur was one of the memorable characters in the film. Seen limping throughout, Tehmur exuded selfish qualities and in order to get what he wanted, he will do anything – including blackmail.
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“I am not in favor of Kahaani 2″ – Saswata Chatterjee

  • Bollyspice
If there was anyone who ruled the internet after Kahaani, it was the contract killer Bob Biswas i.e. Saswata Chatterjee. But he is not game for a sequel to Kahaani, as opposed to director Sujoy Ghosh who is keen on the sequel.

“I am not in favour of Kahaani 2. I don’t believe in sequels, in the first place. Even if Kahaani 2 is made, I will not be in it as my part is over,” he stated.

Saswata also added that according to him, sequels never work out. “Tell me which sequel of a hit Hindi film has ever worked like the original,” he questioned.

Saswata is currently shooting for Nik Dutta’s next film Aschorjo Prodip and has turned down 2 Bollywood films, saying that his dates are booked till the end of 2013.

“I am not in favor of Kahaani 2″ – Saswata Chatterjee is a post from: BollySpice
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Single screen theatres resurface to tell Vidya's Kahaani

If Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani has catapulted director Sujoy Ghosh into the big league, it has also benefited much-neglected single-screen theatres in the city that have done roaring business for three weeks now..I personally feel that Kahaani will do business worth Rs.3.15 crore to Rs.3.45 crore (over $670,000) in Kolkata. Bollywood films are hardly screened in rural areas, but the movie is really doing well in Kolkata and its outskirts,. said Arijit Dutta, proprietor of Priya Cinemas and vice-president of the Film Federation of India.Ever since multiplexes came up in the city, the footfall at single screen theatres had thinned drastically. But Vidya.s Kahaani, the gripping tale of a woman in search of her husband, is such a hit that it is single-handedly luring audiences to these halls.It.s a boon for single-screen theatres which are suddenly minting money. Some such theatres are Jaya-1, Malancha, Elite, Mitra,
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Kahaani Movie Review

  • Bollyspice
Bollywood isn’t exactly popular for good thrillers. Very few of those who claim to be of this genre actually manage to shock and surprise you with their storyline. Without doubt, Kahaani belongs to this elite group. From the moment of its amazing opening sequence you realize that this one is going to be an enjoyable roller coaster ride.

Sujoy Ghosh, who last awed us with his Jhankaar Beats, indeed brings to us ‘the mother of a story’ in Kahaani. Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), heavily pregnant but determined, arrives in Kolkata in search of her missing husband. But was seems to be a simple missing person’s case turns out to be more twisted and complicated than expected. It’s Kolkata so yes, anything can happen. With things not what they seem to be and people not what they appear like, Vidya has to fight a lone battle and against time to find her husband.
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Rang Milanti – a watchable love tale

Rang Milanti – a watchable love tale
Koushik Ganguly’s Rang Milanti (Queen of hearts, 2011) is a youth-based film – and an interesting one. The basic plot revolves round the sweet and svelte Kamalika who is hopelessly in love with four young men – all friends themselves, and is not sure whom she will accept as her life-partner. So, she calls on all of them and conveys her dilemma. These four young men come from different social and psychological back-grounds and promise that who-ever is the ‘best’ fit will win over the girl, while the others will accept and continue to be friends.

Then comes this psychiatrist cum love doctor who advises Kamalika with testing his paramours with ten different situations, evaluating each and then moving towards the one with maximum points. As the film progresses, this unique ‘swayamvara’ turns and twists, taking us into a moderately enjoyable ride. Each of the ten phases are marked by names of
See full article at DearCinema.com »

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