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Sehar SEHAR has been released on DVD by KRIA
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
SEHAR stars Mahima Chaudhary, Arshad Warsi, Pankaj Kapur, Sushant Singh. The film is Directed By Kabeer Kaushik.
SEHAR disappoints big time as far as the content is concerned. There's not much meat in the narrative to keep the viewer glued to the screen for the next 2.30 hours. SEHAR has just one song [the romantic track], but the song and even the romance bit looks forced in the narrative. Cinematography is up to the mark. The background score is alright. Dialogues gel well with the mood of the film. Cast in a serious role, Arshad Warsi gets into the skin of the character and proves his versatility as an actor. But post MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. and HULCHUL, the actor's image is more of a funster than a serious cop and that will come as a shocker to his hardcore fans. Mahima Chaudhary has been cast for the glamour bit than taking the story forward. Pankaj Kapoor is noteworthy. Sushant Singh does his part effectively. Suhasini Mulay is first-rate. On the whole, SEHAR is a dull and dry subject that will appeal to a very thin segment of moviegoers. At the box-office, however, it will be a non-starter.
RATING: *

7 ½ Phere 7 ½ PHERE has been released on DVD by VENUS/RAINBOW
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
7 ½ PHERE stars Juhi Chawla, Irfaan Khan, Anang Desai, Neena Kulkarni, Lalit Tiwari,
Vallabh Vyas. The film is Directed By Isshaan Trivedi.
Director Isshaan Trivedi has handled the light moments well. Cinematography is alright. Dialogues are the highpoint of the enterprise. Talking of performances, both Irrfan and Juhi vie for top honors. The general perception about Irrfan is that he looks best in roles that demand intensity, but the actor is a delight to watch in a role that requires him to be witty all the while. He is simply adorable! Juhi is first-rate yet again. Among character actors, Sri Vallabh Vyas and Neena Kulkarni are the best. On the whole, 7 ½ PHERE is a fairly decent entertainer that holds appeal for those who prefer light entertainers. At the box-office, 7 ½ PHERE is more of a big city film that would've fared much better had it released during an open week, backed by more hype.
RATING: **

Waqt WAQT has been released on DVD by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, Making of, Press meet, Interviews, Premier of Waqt.
WAQT
- THE RACE AGAINST TIME stars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah and Boman Irani. The film is Directed By Vipul Shah.
Adapted from the Gujarati play 'Aavjo Vhala Fari Malishu', WAQT is targeted at the family audiences. Vipul Shah has extracted wonderful performances from the entire cast. Story-screenplay-dialogue writer Aatish Kapadia has presented a simple story, but garnished it with enough engaging moments. Anu Malik's music gels well with the mood of the film. The Holi track, 'Do Me A Favour, Let's Play Holi, 'Miraksam' and 'Subah Hogi' [breath-taking locales of Morocco] are the best tracks in the film. 'Chhup Ja Chhup Ja' is very imaginatively filmed. Cinematography [Santosh Thundiyil] is first-rate. The film looks visually rich, indoors and outdoors both. The sets [Omung Kumar] give the film an opulent look. WAQT rests on three performances without which the impact wouldn't have been hammer-strong. Amitabh Bachchan proves yet again that he's invincible when it comes to dramatics. The energy and vigor with which he performs every scene and dance make you look at him in complete awe. His presence alone lights up even an ordinary sequence! Akshay Kumar is getting better with every release. The actor handles his part with complete understanding of the character and scores in the emotional moments. Shefali Shah is another talent to watch out. The actress is elegance personified and conveys the pathos convincingly. Also, she matches the Big B at every step. Priyanka Chopra doesn't get meaty scenes in the enterprise, but she does leave an impact nonetheless. Boman Irani excels and together with Rajpal Yadav brings the house down. Yadav specially is outstanding. On the whole, WAQT is a well-made family entertainer that makes you laugh and cry, thanks to the strong emotional quotient in the film. Here's a film that should strike a chord with every family. At the box-office, WAQT - THE RACE AGAINST TIME has all it takes to climb the ladder of success in days to come. A must-see for every parent and every child!
RATING: ****

yakeen YAKEEN has been on DVD released by VENUS/RAINBOW
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
YAKEEN stars Arjun Rampal, Priyanka Chopra, Kim Sharma, Saurab Shukla, Sudhanshu Pandey, Anang Desai and Ankur Nayyar. The film is Directed By Girish Dhamija.
Director Girish Dhamija seems comfortable while attempting a suspense-thriller. Together with writer Vikram Bhatt, Dhamija spins a tale that's watchable. Vikram Bhatt specializes in thrillers and it's pretty evident that as the writer of YAKEEN, he knows where to put the comas and full stops. Himesh Reshammiya seems to stress on soulful tunes, instead of sound and fury and it's evident in this score as well. 'Meri Aankhon Mein Hai Tu' and 'Bhoolna Nahin' are tunes you'd want to hum when you hear them again. Cinematography [Anushuman Mahaley] is eye-pleasing, with the visuals of Manali giving the film a distinct flavor. The chase sequence in the post-interval portions [Abbas Ali Moghul] is expertly executed. Editing [Kuldeep Mehan] could've been tighter in the second half. Visual effects [Biju D.] are tacky. The makeup of Arjun during the hospital sequences [Arunadetya Seal M] is realistic. Cast in a complex role, Arjun Rampal delivers his best performance so far. The role would've lost its bearings had it been entrusted to an inferior actor, but Arjun sinks his teeth into it and emerges trumps. The actor portrays the gamut of emotions with aplomb and delivers a flawless performance. Priyanka Chopra is bound to win laurels yet again, after AITRAAZ. Kim Sharma is effective in a brief role. Saurabh Shukla is excellent. Ankur Nayyar is efficient. Anang Desai is alright. Sudhanshu Pandey is first-rate, handling his part with efficacy. On the whole, YAKEEN will face an uphill task due to two factors mainly: Lack of hype and a strong opposition this week [SARKAR]
RATING: **

fareb FAREB has been on DVD released by BHAVNA INDO USA CORP
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
FAREB stars Shilpa Shetty, Manoj Bajpai, Shamita Shetty, Kelly Dorji, Milind Gunaji and Parmeet Sethi. The film is Directed By Deepak Tijori.
Deepak Tijori takes two steps forward as a storyteller. He gets the grammar of film-making right this time. Tijori has also filmed a few sequences with flourish. Anu Malik's music is in sync with the film and thankfully, the songs don't pop up every fifteen minutes. 'Pehle Se Ab Woh Din Hain' and 'Barasja Ae Badal Barasja' are tracks that come easy on your lips. Cinematography [Manoj Soni] is of standard. Dialogues [Girish Dhamija] are okay. Editing [Asif Khan] could've been sharper. Manoj Bajpai handles his role with amazing ease. He is superb in two sequences. Shilpa Shetty maintains her part with grace and maturity. Shamita Shetty is getting better with every film. Kelly Dorji is expressionless. Milind Gunaji and Parmeet Sethi are okay. On the whole, FAREB is an average fare. At the box-office, the not-too-happening star cast coupled with ordinary merits and a super-strong opposition [DUS] will result in FAREB going unnoticed.
RATING: **

mughal-e-azam A 2-Disc DVD of the new colourized MUGHAL-E-AZAM has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
MUGHAL-E-AZAM stars Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Durga Khote. The film is Directed By K. Asif.
K. Asif's MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a tribute to the imagination, uphill struggle and dedication of a genius. The popular legend may have been filmed many times on the silver screen, but none can match MUGHAL-E-AZAM. In terms of gloss as well as content. The grandiose look, the haunting musical score, the breathtaking battle scenes, the splendid performances, the heart-rending emotions, the legendary romance between Salim and Anarkali and of course, the confrontation scenes between Akbar and Salim… MUGHAL-E-AZAM will always remain a benchmark. This milestone in Indian cinema has now been revived in color [in the original version, only one song - 'Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya' - was in color; the remaining film was in B & W], with an upgraded, contemporary sound system [Dolby Digital]. Apart from its epic sweep, MUGHAL-E-AZAM has a delicate heart - the romance between the legendary characters is one thing you'd never forget. On the whole, MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for those who have seen it in B & W. Now watch it in color and experience the splendour. MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for today's generation, who, perhaps, may not have watched this classic. Watch this epic and you'll realize the difference between the cinema of yore and the cinema of today. MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for every moviegoer. Here's a prime example of pure, unadulterated cinema!
RATING: *****

silsiilay SILSIILAY has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
SILSIILAY stars Tabu, Bhumika Chawla, Celina Jaitley, Riya Sen, Natasha, Jimmy Shergill, Rahul Bose, Ashmit Patel, Kay Kay and Shahrukh Khan. The film is Directed By Khalid Mohamed.
Director Khalid Mohamed has handled a few individualistic sequences well. Himesh Reshammiya's music is soulful and seeped in melody. 'Ban Jaiye', 'Mera Chandi Mera Sona Tu', 'Ahista Ahista' and 'Chahat Ki Guzarish Hain' are compositions that stand out. Santosh Sivan's cinematography is up to the mark. The film has an ensemble star cast, but the one performer who towers above the rest is Tabu. Bhumika Chawla is a complete revelation. She looks alluring in a glamorous avtaar. Celina Jaitley is better than her earlier films. Riya Sen takes a step forward as an actor. She is effective. Natasha is first-rate. The guys get ample footage. Rahul Bose is competent enough. Jimmy Shergill looks good and performs ably. Ashmit Patel is decent, but the long hair tones down his personality. Kay Kay is, as always, dependable. New-find Karan manages to make his presence felt despite sharing the screen space with actors like Tabu and Kay Kay. On the whole, SILSIILAY is more of an experiment that caters to a very small segment of moviegoers. At the box-office, the film holds no appeal for an ordinary cinegoer. Below average.
RATING: *

d D has been released by KRIA
with Subtitles in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
D stars Randeep Hooda, Goga Kapoor, Chunky Pandey, Isha Koppikar, Rukhsaar. The film is Directed By Vishram Sawant.
Director Vishram Sawant deserves distinction marks for handling the subject in the most convincing fashion. The past two years have seen a number of first-timers explode on the big screen, but Sawant supersedes just about everyone. His style of storytelling is refreshingly different and most importantly, here's a director who concentrates more on substance than style in his maiden effort. Cinematography is first-rate. The film captures the authentic look to precision. The background score is another area that deserves the kudos. The dialogues have rustic flavor and are soaked in acid at times, so vital for a film of this genre. Frankly speaking, D wouldn't be what it is without Randeep. The actor looks and performs the part with such élan that it's indeed difficult to absorb the fact that D is his second film [after Mira Nair's MONSOON WEDDING]. If Vishram Sawant did repose tremendous faith in Randeep, the actor lives up the expectations completely. D has more than 35/40 characters, but the ones who stand out are in this order: Goga Kapoor [excellent], Chunkey Pandey [fantastic -- stages a terrific comeback!], Sushant Singh [first-rate], Yashpal Sharma [effective] and Ishrat Ali [good]. Both Rukhsaar and Isha Koppikar make their presence felt. On the whole, D is one film that stays with you even after the show has concluded. Well crafted and told in the most natural fashion, D should prove to be the cynosure of many movie buffs. A brilliant effort, this is a must-watch film that has the potential to grow with a strong word of mouth in days to come. Gangster films fare the best in Mumbai and D should charter the same path!
RATING: ****

Kaal KAAL has been released by YASH RAJ FILMS
with Subtitle in English, Arabic and Spanish, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, The songs of "KAAL", The Making of, Original Theatrical Trailer, TV Promos.
KAAL stars Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham, Lara Dutta and Esha Deol. The film is Directed By Soham.
Besides Soham's razor-edge execution, three more departments that shine brightly are cinematography [Santosh Thundiyil], sound [Dwarak Warrier] and background score [Salim-Sulaiman]. In fact, the three factors are the three pillars of this enterprise. But towering above everything else is Soham's deft execution. The songs have been placed intelligently in the narrative. Special mention should be made of the SRK-Malaika track, which is simply mind-blowing. SRK's toned physique is sure to catch a lot of people by surprise! The performances of the three lead characters are perfect. No one shows a hint of artifice or fakery. Ajay Devgan finds the right tone for his character and delivers a knockout performance. Vivek Oberoi is likeable; the role suits him to the T. John Abraham continues to show signs of a gifted actor and his performance in KAAL only cements his position further. The girls don't have much to do in the film, except wear good make-up and appear in skimpy clothes. Both Esha Deol and Lara Dutta are strictly okay. Vishal Malhotra is efficient. Kushal Punjabi is equally good. Parmeet Sethi, does an okay job. Dayashanker Pandey impresses in a brief role. On the whole, a thriller like KAAL signifies the changing face of Hindi cinema and that's a step in the right direction. A sure-shot success all the way!
RATING: ****

Jo Bole So Nihaal JO BOLE SO NIHAAL has been released by LEENA ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, Making of the film, Theatrical Trailer & TV Promos.
JBSN stars Sunny Deol, Kamaal Khan, Shilpi Sharma, Nupur Mehta and Aroon Bakshi. The film is Directed By Rahul Rawail.
As far as execution is concerned, director Rahul Rawail merges form and content beautifully. The film bears a striking look all through and certain sequences have been handled amazingly well. Rawail, who has not attempted comedy many times in the past, handles this genre with effortless ease, proving his versatility as a storyteller. The dialogues [Sanjay Chhel] are amongst the highpoints of the enterprise. The witty one-liners and the comic dialogues are sure to entertain the viewers. Cinematography is excellent, with the spell-binding locales of U.S.A. making the film appear like a visual treat. Action is another area where this film works in a big way. The stunts are simply outstanding! Music [Anand Raaj Anand] is quite alright. The songs fit in the narrative and even their placement is proper. Some people are born to play certain roles. For the main role in JO BOLE SO NIHAAL, you just can't imagine any other actor than Sunny doing justice to it. He handles the comic as well as moments demanding histrionics with that rare understanding and delivers a performance that's sure to be talked about in days to come. Kamaal Khan doesn't register an impact. He needs to work on his dialogue delivery, so vital for any actor. Shilpi Sharma doesn't get much scope. Nupur Mehta is expressive enough. Surekha Sikri is first-rate. Aroon Bakshi impresses. On the whole, JO BOLE SO NIHAAL has three aces -- Sunny Deol, excellent comedy and vibrant action. At the box-office, the business will be the brightest in North India [Delhi-U.P., Punjab, parts of Rajasthan]. At other places, it will range from good average to average.
RATING: ***

KoiMereDilMeinHai KMDMH has been released by VENUS
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
KMDMH stars Priyanshu, Dia Mirza, Rakesh Bapat, Neha, Kadar Khan. The film is Directed By Deepak Ramsay.
Director Deepak Ramsay makes a decent debut. Music [Nikhil-Vinay] is just okay. The film has songs aplenty, but the one that stands out is 'Dosti Se Aashiqui Hai'. The remaining songs don't really elevate the status of this romantic-musical. Cinematography [Uday Tiwari] is nice. KOI MERE DIL MEIN HAI is primarily a film about four people, but Priyanshu and Dia stand out with effective portrayals. Rakesh Bapat and Neha don't get much scope to really register an impact. They are passable nonetheless. Amongst character actors, Kader Khan and Sadashiv Amrapurkar are impactful. On the whole, KOI MERE DIL MEIN HAI is a routine fare, with nothing exciting to offer. At the box-office, the lack of hype as well as face-value will make it go unnoticed.
RATING: **

Main Aisa Hi Hoon MAIN AISA HI HOON has been released by SPARK
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
MAHH stars Ajay Devgan, Sushmita Sen, Esha Deol and Anupam Kher. The film is Directed By Harry Baweja.
MAIN AISA HI HOON works for two factors: Harry Baweja's execution and Ajay Devgan's performance. Harry has tackled different genres in the past and the film-maker ventures into a different alley this time around. Directorially, he shows his competence in several sequences and there's no denying that as far as execution is concerned, this is amongst Harry's finest works. Ideally, a film like MAIN AISA HI HOON should've been a songless flick, but too many songs in the narrative only mar the impact. Although the film does boast of a couple of hummable tunes [Himesh Reshammiya], you only wish that there were valid situations to fit in those numbers. MAIN AISA HI HOON is embellished with high-quality performances and topping the list is evidently Ajay Devgan. One of the brightest actors of his generation, Ajay is remarkable all through the enterprise. Handling a complex role with complete understanding, MAIN AISA HI HOON ranks amongst his finest works, at par with some of his accomplished performances -- THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH, ZAKHM, LAJJA, DEEWANGEE and HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM. The 'discovery' is undoubtedly the child actor who walks straight into your heart -- Baby Rucha. Bagging a complex role is indeed difficult, but doing full justice to it and delivering a fabulous performance is much more difficult. A performance that truly deserves laurels. Sushmita Sen is another topper. The actress displays terrific understanding while enacting this part. Esha Deol, despite her ill-conceived role, is a treat. The actress is getting better with every release. Anupam Kher is, as always, efficient. Vikram Gokhale, Lillete Dubey, Anjan Srivastava and Dinesh Lamba are adequate. Master Raj Gokani is cute. On the whole, MAIN AISA HI HOON could've been an engaging saga, but it runs out of steam in the post-interval portions. At the box-office, the film might appeal to a very tiny segment of viewers, but for the majority, it would only be a disappointment.
RATING: **

Kyaa Kool Hai Hum KYAA KOOL HAI HUM has been released by RAINBOW
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
KKHH stars Tushar Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh, Neha Dhupia and Isha Koppikar. The film is Directed By Sangeet Sivan.
Sangeeth Sivan tackles a different genre this time around and he does it extremely well. It's difficult to make people laugh, but Sivan succeeds in tickling your funny bone at most places. One of the strong pillars of KYAA KOOL HAI HUM are its dialogues, which are exceptional. The witty one-liners are sure to catch your attention from the word go. Without doubt, the dialogues are the USP of the enterprise. Music [Anu Malik] is in sync with the essence of the film. But barring the title track, the remaining numbers don't stay with you after the show is over. Even the Jay Sean track doesn't make you jump with excitement. Cinematography [Ramji] is up to the mark.
After MASTI, KYAA KOOL HAI HUM is another film that showcases Ritesh's talent to the optimum. The actor sheds his inhibitions and delivers an incredible, knockout performance. Tusshar is lovable and the sincerity in his performance shows all through. Cast in a role that suits his persona, Tusshar handles his part with remarkable ease and emerges trumps. Isha Koppikar is a revelation. The industry and moviegoers are sure to wake up to this reservoir of talent after this film. Neha Dhupia doesn't really get much scope or the best lines, but she fits part extremely well. Anupam Kher is in form after a long time. He is outstanding! Razzaq Khan is another actor who is superb. Shoma Anand is competent. Sushmita Mukherjee does very well in a brief role. Avtar Gill, Vijay Patkar, Raj Zutshi and Bobby Darling lend able support.
On the whole, KYAA KOOL HAI HUM is a refreshing, fun-filled entertainer targeted at the youth mainly. At the box-office, the film should sail safe on the basis of the youth brigade. Its business at multiplexes during the weekends mainly will be heartening. Has the potential to grow with a good word of mouth!
RATING: ***

Lucky LUCKY has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, Deleted Scenes and Interviews.
LUCKY stars Salman Khan, Sneha Ullal and Mithun Chakraborty. The film is Directed By Radhika Rao & Vinay Sapru.
Radhika and Vinay score as technicians, the film wears a Hollywoodish look all through. Radhika and Vinay have handled most parts of this 'offbeat' love story well. Every frame looks well worked upon and the two principal performances are worth noting. Adnan Sami's music is soul-stirring. 'Jaan Meri Ja Rahi Sanam', 'Sun Zara', 'Lucky Lips', 'Chori Chori' and 'Shayad Yehi To Pyaar Hai' are tunes that you'd want to hum again and again. The impact of the music is elevated thanks to the lavish picturizations. Cinematography [Sudeep Chatterjee] is award-worthy. The locales of Russia enhance the impact to a major extent. Background music [Monty] makes a valuable contribution as well. Salman Khan delivers a knockout performance. The actor handles the emotional part with amazing maturity. Sneha Ullal is photogenic, acts confidently and most importantly, looks the character. On the whole, LUCKY works for the aforesaid four reasons [fresh pairing, soul-stirring music, vibrant action and breath-taking locales].
RATING: ****

Black
A 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION of BLACK has released on DVD by YASHRAJ FILMS.
BEWARE OF SINGLE DISC PIRATED DVDs.

DISC 1 - THE FILM:
16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio). Subtitles in 11 languages – English,Spanish, French, Arabic and Hindi. Original 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound. Digitally re-mastered from the original film. The making of BLACK. Original Theatrical Trailer. Television Promos. THE COLOURS OF BLACK - Bhavna Somaiya in conversation with Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Sanjay Leela Bhansali on BLACK.
DISC 2:

Original Soundtrack Audio CD of the film.


BLACK stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Nandana Sen. The film is Directed By Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
As a storyteller, Bhansali displays his abilities in several sequences. Cinematography [Ravi K. Chandran] has an international feel. Every frame is worthy of an accolade. Sets [Omung Kumar] are authentic to the core. Background music [Monty] is appropriate.
BLACK belongs to Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji primarily. For those who feel that Bachchan had exhausted himself after enacting just about every role in his illustrious career, this one is an eye-opener. Bachchan comes up with a performance that he'll always be remembered for!
Bhansali has always made his heroines look special. And BLACK is no different. There's no denying that Rani delivers her best performance to date. The actress conveys through expressions solely and what a terrific impact she makes! Here's a performance that should act as a reference guide for all aspiring actors. And yes, she's bound to walk away with all major awards next year as well! Shernaz Patel is exceptional. Dhritiman Chaterji is excellent. Nandana Sen impresses in a small but significant role. Ayesha Kapur is first-rate.
On the whole, BLACK is an honest and sincere attempt. At the box-office, from the business point of view, BLACK should work best at metros, especially Mumbai, but in several circuits - the mass-oriented belt especially - it stands little chance. However, its business in Overseas, in U.S.A. and U.K. mainly, will be fabulous.
RATING: *****

MUMBAI XPRESS has been released by KRIA INC
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
MUMBAI XPRESS stars Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala, Om Puri, Saurab Shukla, Vijay Raaz, Pratima Kazmi, Sharat Saxena and Master Hardik. The film is Directed By Singeeetham Srinivasa Rao.
MUMBAI XPRESS works primarily because director Singeeetham Srinivasa Rao has treated the film with that rare maturity so vital for a light-hearted entertainer. Comedy is serious business and if placed in inept hands, the outcome would've been tragic. The absence of songs in the film only succeeds in keeping your interest alive.
Dialogues [Saurabh Shukla] are fantastic. A film like MUMBAI XPRESS relies completely on witty lines and Shukla's pen works magic. Cinematography [Siddharth] is adequate. Stunts [Vikram Dharma] are effective.
MUMBAI XPRESS is a Kamal Haasan film all the way. As the story-screenplay writer, he deserves browny points for making an implausible plot look thoroughly interesting. As the lead man, the actor is in complete form this time around, handling the comic situations with effortless ease. MUMBAI XPRESS wouldn't have been as impactful had it not been for Kamal Haasan's bravura performance.
There are three more performances that deserve an ovation: Om Puri, Vijay Raaz and Saurabh Shukla. Om Puri is superb in a role that seems tailormade for him. Vijay Raaz proves yet again that he's amongst the best talents India has produced of late. Saurabh Shukla is first-rate yet again. His sequences with Kamal Haasan and Om Puri are amazing.
Manisha Koirala is likeable. Also, she looks quite pretty. Pratima Kazmi is brilliant again. Sharat Saxena provides some entertaining moments. Master Hardik is cute and stands on his feet despite facing veterans.
On the whole, MUMBAI XPRESS is a well-made entertainer that has ample moments to keep you in splits. At the box-office, the film should work with word of mouth. Its business at multiplexes of metros mainly will be excellent.
RATING: ***

KHAMOSH has been released by SPARK
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
KHAMOSH stars Shilpa Shetty, Rajeev Singh, Shawar Ali, Kelly Dorji, Rajat Bedi, Kainaaz, Vrajesh Hirjee, Rakhi Sawant, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Makarand Deshpande and Juhi Chawala. The film is Directed By Deepak Tijori.
Deepak Tijori has handled a few portions with precision, keeping the viewer on the edge of his seat, but a couple of well executed individual sequences do not matter if the overall script is patchy. Frankly, Tijori is grossly letdown by the screenplay department.
The film has just one song and it's an okay track otherwise. Gifted cinematographer Thomas Xavier is not in complete form this time around. The lighting at several places is inconsistent.
Shilpa Shetty does a decent job, although there's not much scope for any actor to display histrionics. Newcomer Rajeev Singh has screen presence and as an actor, doesn't disappoint. Shawar Ali doesn't impress. Kainaaz and Rajat Bedi are effective enough. Vrajesh Hirjee is extremely efficient. Kelly Dorjee gets no lines to deliver. Vishwajeet Pradhan is alright. Rakhi Sawant is excellent in a brief role. Makrand Deshpande goes over the top. Juhi Chawla delivers a sincere performance.
On the whole, KHAMOSHH - KHAUFF KI RAAT lacks in chills, thrills and most importantly, it rests on a faulty script. At the box-office, a disappointment!
RATING: *

TANGO CHARLIE has been released by SPARK
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and a making of featurette.
TANGO CHARLIE stars Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Tanishaa, Nanadana Sen, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty and Kelly Dorji. The film is Directed By Mani Shankar.
Mani Shankar's handling of the subject deserves credit. True to Mani's style, the director enmeshes heavy gadgetry and stylized action to great advantage. Music [Anu Malik and Anand Raaj Anand] is weak. Frankly, there's not much scope for songs in this genre and even the ones that have been incorporated, don't appeal. Cinematography [Surendra Reddy] is noteworthy.
TANGO CHARLIE belongs to Ajay Devgan completely. He carries the film on his shoulders and delivers a striking performance. Bobby Deol is average. Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty leave a mark in small, but significant roles. The two leading ladies, Tanishaa and Nandana Sen, get no scope in this male-dominated film.
Amongst the supporting cast, Kelly Dorji stands out. He manages to make his presence felt. Sudesh Berry, Shahbaaz Khan, Vivek Shauq and Sanjay Mishra are as usual. Alok Nath and Tiku Talsania are routine.
On the whole, TANGO CHARLIE is a decent fare. At the box-office, the strong star cast may result in the film opening well and eventually should find some takers in certain circuits.
RATING: ***

BEWAFAA has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
BEWAFAA stars Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Sushmita Sen. The film is Directed By Dharmesh Darshan.
There's no denying that director Dharmesh Darshan has handled the drama with sensitivity. The film does boast of some well executed sequences.
Nadeem-Shravan's music conveys the various moods of the characters effectively. 'Ek Dilruba Hai', 'Pyaar Ka Anjaam', 'Kehta Hai Kabutar' and 'Ek Bewafaa Hai' are tracks that the viewer carries home after the show has concluded. The filming of 'Ek Bewafaa Hai' specifically is mind-blowing.
Dialogues [Dharmesh Darshan, Raj Sinha] are poetic at times and straight out of life at places. Cinematography is of standard. The film bears a rich look throughout. Sets [Bijon Dasgupta] are opulent.
BEWAFAA is embellished with fine performances, with Kareena Kapoor topping the list. This is Kareena's film all the way and the talented actress knows how to absorb a meaty role like this. She looks stunning, emotes with complete maturity and delivers a knockout performance.
Akshay Kumar does well in a role that fits him like a glove. Anil Kapoor handles his part with effortless ease. Sushmita Sen is first-rate in a brief role.
On the whole, BEWAFAA will meet with mixed reactions. At the box-office, the film will have to rely on patronage from ladies mainly to leave a mark.
RATING: ***

Veer-Zaara
A 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION of VEER-ZAARA has released on DVD by YASHRAJ FILMS.
BEWARE OF SINGLE DISC PIRATED DVDs.

DISC 1 - THE FILM:
16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio). Subtitles in 11 languages – English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Dutch, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Original 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound. Digitally re-mastered from the original film.
DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Making of the Songs. Karan Johar in conversation with Yash Chopra on Veer-Zaara. Glimpses from the Veer-Zaara Premiere. Deleted Scenes. Deleted Song: YEH HUM AA GAYE HAIN KAHAAN. Television Promos. Original Theatrical Trailor.

VEER-ZAARA stars Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee. The film is Directed By Yash Chopra and Written by Aditya Chopra.
Reviewed By: Anant Mathur
INSTANT CLASSIC...those are the only words that can describe Veer-Zaara. Yash Chopra promised a new love legend and boy did he deliver. This movie is totally Aditya Chopra's baby. Yash Chopra has directed it and I don't want to take anything away from his talents, he's one of the best directors in the world. But Aditya Chopra who wrote the story, dialogue and screenplay deserves his due. How I wish he had directed Veer-Zaara. This is totally his baby.
From the opening scene to the closing scene...you're in awe of this wonderful story of love and friendship. All the war movies released in the last few years claimed to be showing the friendship between India and Pakistan and yet when you watch them you realize they have nothing to do with friendship. Veer-Zaara is not a war film and yet it showcases the friendship from a humanity standpoint. What a great sub-plot.
Now for the performances...Even though Shah Rukh Khan has been winning awards for SWADES. I think he did a better job of acting in Veer-Zaara and Main Hoon Na. SWADES has him playing the same character as always. Veer-Zaara and Main Hoon Na had the scope of showcasing something different and I think he should've won for one of those. His role is Veer-Zaara has him playing Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh; the role seems tailor made for Mr. SRK. He goes through even the most difficult scenes with ease, which shows how talented he really is.
Preity Zinta, if there's one actress who gets better with each performance, its miss Zinta. She is just a sight and a treat to watch in this film. And trust me, long after the show is over, if there's one name you remember from the film its Zaara Hayaat Khan.
Rani Mukherjee is another actress who everyone loves to watch on screen; with Veer-Zaara she proves that the size of the role doesn't matter it’s how you portray the character that will have people remember the character. We'll always remember Saamiya Siddiqui.
Since we're talking about characters, we can't go on without talking about Divya Dutta, she's simply amazing in this film. The role is made for her; no one else could have pulled of the character so well.
There are lots of cameos in the film; I'll leave those to your imagination, just in case you haven't seen the film.
There are so many things you can talk about when you speak of a film like Veer-Zaara, but the bottom line is its top quality. You won't find many films like this. In fact, I doubt that you can.
On the whole, it's a wonderful family film and also the perfect date movie. So no matter who you are...IT'S WORTH THE MONEY...so watch it!
RATING: *****

KISNA has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and a making of featurette.
KISNA stars Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharvani, Antonia Bernath. The film is Directed By Subhash Ghai.
Reviewed By: Anant Mathur
My god!!! What a horrible film. One expects a lot better stuff from Mr. Subhash Ghai. Claiming to be a showman is only good if you can back it up with good films. Lately, Mr. Ghai has disappointed to say the least. I fail to understand what the point of Isha Sharvani's character is in the film. Okay so the girl can do a rope dance, that doesn't mean you put that in the story. Her character doesn’t belong in the story.
It seems like Mr. Ghai used the First Draft of his film. Doesn't he think he should read his script over to make sure it makes sense? It seems like he wrote it, then forgot about it and then saw this girl who could do a rope dance and figured. Oh I should put her in the film, no one has ever seen a girl doing a rope dance. Mr. Ghai needs to re-read his scripts to make sure there are no loose ends. That’s what a good writer does. You can’t be happy with the first thing you write that’s just wrong. He seems like an amature with this film.
The story could have been so good without the Isha Sharvani character. Her character totally screwed up the plot and the story. Mr. Ghai needs to stop making formula films, not every film needs to have a love triangle. Stories can be told without triangles. Mr. Ghai needs to take some pointers from the like of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mani Ratnam. Stop making the same story over and over and over again. What an idiot! If you’re out of ideas, don’t make films anymore; we don’t need to be tortured like this.
Mr. Ghai needs to go back to film school and learn the latest techniques of filmmaking and story telling. Doesn't he realize that the audience is getting smarter...People will no longer accept the crap filmmakers dished out 10-20 years ago. Kisna is actually worst than the worst films made 10-20 years ago.
Mr. Ghai did everything in the film from Direction to Writing to Producing to Editing. He seems to be very proud of that fact because its there in BIG letters in the film... Perhaps he should concentrate on just one thing and leave the others to professionals. Okay...I don't want to talk about Mr. Ghai anymore...He's leaving a bad taste in my mouth.
All the performances are average and I’m being generous here. The only one that stands out is a cameo by Sushmita Sen. Isha Sharvani need to climb back up the rope she came down from. She can’t act and the only reason it seems she’s in this movie is because she can dance on a rope. That’s the dumbest thing ever!!
On the whole, I have never said this about a film, but...I WANT MY MONEY BACK...Don't waste your time or money on this one. Unless you want to see a girl spinning on a rope at 20 different parts of the film, for no reason what so ever. This is the by far the worst Subhash Ghai film ever. One expects more from him. DON"T WATCH IT AT ANY COST. Even if it’s the last film left on earth, it’s better not to see it.
RATING: *

KARAM has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
KARAM stars John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Bharat Dabholkar, Shiny Ahuja, Murli Sharma and Anjan Shrivastava. The film is Directed By Sanjay F. Gupta.
Director Sanjay F. Gupta has mounted the film well, but the film will be remembered more as a stylish fare than a gripping fare.
Music [Vishal-Shekhar] gets no scope in a film like this. Yet, 'Tinka Tinka' is the only track that seems decent. The track in B & W, 'Tera Hi Karam', should be deleted for it only acts as a speed breaker. Cinematography is in keeping with the mood of the film. Action scenes seem repetitive, especially the 'Matrix' kind of stunts.
John Abraham makes a sincere effort to live his role and he succeeds largely. The extremely talented actor seems to be taking giant strides with every film. Priyanka Chopra is quite effective.
Bharat Dabholkar seems more convincing than his earlier film outings [PAAGALPAN, GOD ONLY KNOWS]. Shiny Ahuja suffers due to a sketchy characterization. He is okay nonetheless. Vishwajeet Pradhan is passable. Murali Sharma is efficient. Rajesh Khera is adequate. Anjan Shrivastava is wasted.
On the whole, KARAM is all gloss, no substance. At the box-office, its rejection is foreseeable.
RATING: *

MY BROTHER NIKHIL has been released by ELITE
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
MBN stars Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawala, Purab Kohli, Victor Banerjee, Lillete Dubey and Gautam Kapoor. The film is Directed By Onir.
Editor turned director Onir's execution of the subject is laudable. The director scores distinction marks in the last twenty minutes of the enterprise.
Cinematography [Arvind Kannabiran] is striking. The locales of Goa only accentuate the proceedings. Music [Viveck Philip] is a mere gap-filler in a film like this. Dialogues [Amitabh Varma] are natural to the core.
MY BROTHER NIKHIL is embellished with superior performances and topping the list is, without doubt, Sanjay Suri. A performance that deserves an ovation, Suri proves yet again that he's amongst the brightest actors today. The actor delivers a performance that is bound to be talked-about for days to come.
Juhi Chawla is in complete form. There's no denying that her performance in this film would rank amongst the finest in her career.
Another actor who stands out is Purab Kohli. Purab is extraordinary. Victor Banerjee is, like always, tremendous. Lillete Dubey is highly competent. Gautam Kapoor is efficient.
On the whole, MY BROTHER NIKHIL is a thought-provoking film that should strike a chord with mature audiences. An ideal multiplex film, it might start slowly, but should pick up with a strong word of mouth gradually. Highly recommended!
RATING: ***

ZEHER has been released by SPARK
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
ZEHER stars Emran Hashmi, Shamita Shetty and Udita Goswami. The film is Directed By Mohit Suri.
Debutante director Mohit Suri succeeds in keeping you hooked to the drama for most parts of the film. Suri's style of narration is very contemporary and to his credit, the debutante director concentrates more on narrating a taut story than merely making the film appear visually enticing. This clearly indicates that Suri is well aware that content is supreme, not just technique.
There's not much scope for music in a film of this genre. Yet, a few songs truly stand out, 'Agar Tum Mil Jao Zamana Chhod Dennge Hum' [Anu Malik] and 'Woh Lamhe Woh Baatein' [Mithun Sharma, Naresh Sharma]. Cinematography [Fuwad Khan] is appropriate. Dialogues [Jay Dixit] are excellent.
ZEHER rests on three major performances - Emran Hashmi, Shamita Shetty and Udita Goswami. Emran delivers, what can be rightly termed, as his finest performance to date.
Shamita Shetty is a surprise, a revelation. The actress, who had wasted herself and her talent in inconsequential roles, proves that she can deliver if given an opportunity. She looks gorgeous all through, but more than anything else, it's her talent that you notice at the end of the show. This film should prove a turning point in the actress' career!
Udita Goswami is first-rate. Her role may not be lengthy, but the hammer-strong impact of her character remains right through the end. Ninad Kamat is another actor to watch out. He is fantastic! Sameer Kochhar leaves a strong impact in a key role.
On the whole, ZEHER is targeted mainly at those who enjoy intelligent thrillers. A well-made crime story, it should appeal to viewers of metropolis mainly. At the box-office, the film's fate rests on a strong word of mouth.
RATING: **

HUM DUM has been released by TTE
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
HUM DUM stars Romit Raaj, Anjana, Ranveer Sheorey and Tanvi Azmi. The film is Directed By Kushan Nandy.
Director Kushan Nandy deserves browny points for the fun-filled and poignant moments in the film. The director also deserves marks for extracting superb performances from the two newcomers. However, he should've trimmed the film by at least 20 minutes for a better, stronger impact.
Music is just about okay. The songs are also relegated to the background partly because they haven't been promoted aggressively. Cinematography is of standard. Dialogues deserve special mention. They are first-rate.
Romit Raaj is a welcome addition to the list of talented performers. Again, you don't really expect much from the youngster, but he catches you unaware from the word go. His performance, in the emotional scenes specifically, is noteworthy. Anjana is another new face who's supremely talented. She handles her part like a true professional and emerges trumps. In fact, the chemistry the two newcomers share is the mainstay of the film.
Ranveer Sheorey is competent. Tanvi Azmi is first-rate. Jaidev Hattangadi is okay. Benjamin Gilani is effective. Shammi is lovable.
On the whole, HUMDUM is evidently a multiplex movie, targeted at a very select audience. But, surprisingly, the film has been [suddenly] released without any hype, hoopla and build up. It's because of this factor that HUMDUM will suffer the most. However, a good word of mouth, especially by its target audience [youth], should help to an extent!
RATING: **

KUCHH MEETHA HO JAYE has been released by SHEMAROO FILMS
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
KMHJ stars Arshad Warsi, Mahima Chaudhary, Sachin Khedekar, Iravati Harshe, Jaspal Bhatti, Parvin Dabas, Kanwaljeet Singh, Rohit Roy, Sandhya Mridul and Aditya Lakhia. The film is Directed By Samar Kahn.
Samar Khan has executed a couple of sequences efficiently. But he is letdown, by a dull and unimaginative screenplay.
Himesh Reshammiya's music is passable. The title track is the pick of the lot, while the remaining tracks are strictly okay. Cinematography [Sameer Arya] is admirable. Dialogues are functional.
An actor of the calibre of Arshad Warsi is wasted in the film. Also, he suffers on account of poor characterization. Mahima Chaudhary looks pretty and delivers an efficient performance. The film has a number of character actors, but Sachin Khedekar and Iravati Harshe stand tall with natural performances. Jaspal Bhatti is, as always, funny. Parvin Dabas doesn't get much scope. Kanwaljeet Singh hams. Rohit Roy deserved a better role. Ditto for Sandhya Mridul and Aditya Lakhia. Mrinal Kulkarni is passable.
On the whole, KUCHH MEETHA HO JAYE is a weak fare. Below average!
RATING: *

SOCHA NA THA has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
SOCHA NA THA stars Abhay Deol, Ayesha Takia, Suresh Oberoi, Ayesha Jhulka and Rati Agnihotri. The film is Directed By Imtiaz Ali.
Debutante director Imtiaz Ali deserves marks for keeping the viewer's interest alive, albeit sporadically. He has also extracted decent performances from the principal cast and even this aspect needs to be noted.
Sandesh Shandilya's music is melodious. The tunes are soft and easy on the ears. 'Yaara Rab', 'Abhi Abhi Mere Dil Mein' and the title track can easily be singled out for their honey-sweet tunes. But the absence of a hit track in a love story is sorely felt! Cinematography is decent. Dialogues deserve special mention. The youth is sure to identify with it!
SOCHA NA THA marks the debut of yet another Deol and in that respect, the comparison with his peers is inevitable. Abhay is an efficient actor and the boy-next-door looks gel well with the character he portrays. He has handled the dramatic moments as well as the emotional ones without resorting to going overboard.
Ayesha Takia is a delight! The bubbly actress is a complete natural and although her make up/appearance, at times, is not right, she makes it up with a fine performance.
The film has a number of character actors, but it's Ayesha Jhulka who stands out and delivers a first-rate performance. Suresh Oberoi proves yet again that he's a dependable performer. Rati Agnihotri is alright.
On the whole, SOCHA NA THA could've been an ideal popcorn flick targeted at the youth, but it misses the bus. At the box-office, don't expect much!
RATING: **

JURM has been released by RAINBOW
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
JURM stars Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Gul Panag, Milind Soman, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Vivek Shauk and Shakti Kapoor. The film is Directed By Vikram Bhatt.
Director Vikram Bhatt has shot the film stylishly, but the predictable screenplay as well as the fact that there's nothing new to look forward to takes the graph of the film down.
Music [Anu Malik, Anand Raaj Anand] is a mixed bag. The best three tracks are placed in the first half of the film ['Nazrein Teri Nazrein', 'Meri Chaahaton Ka' and 'Aksar Ye Hota Hain Pyaar Mein'], while the tracks in the second half are plain gap fillers. Cinematography [Pravin Bhatt] is alright. Action scenes [Abbas Ali Moghal] are striking. Dialogues are commonplace.
JURM rests on Bobby's shoulders and the actor does reasonably well. Lara Dutta runs through her role mechanically. Milind Soman is just about okay. Gul Panag is efficient.
Amongst character actors, Ashish Vidyarthi and Vivek Shauq can be singled out. Shakti Kapoor is as usual.
On the whole, JURM has an exciting first half, but a dull second. At the box-office, it will face tough times.
RATING: *

ZAMEER has been released by RAZE
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
ZAMEER stars Ajay Devgan, Mahima Choudhary, Amisha Patel, Alok Nath. Shakti Kapoor and Vivek Shauq. The film is Directed By Kamal.
Direction [Kamal] is uninspiring. The director seems to be stuck in the long-gone era. Music [Jatin-Lalit] is a weak point. 'Tere Pyaar Mein' is the only song that you'd want to hum. Cinematography [Hari Nair] is just about okay.
Ajay Devgan goes through his part without much effort. Amisha Patel hams throughout. Mahima Chaudhary is the only one who convinces with her performance. Kulbhushan Kharbanda is wasted. Alok Nath is efficient in a small role. Shakti Kapoor is alright. Vivek Shauq provides some light moments.
On the whole, ZAMEER is an apt example of inferior form of cinema. At the box-office, a fiasco.
RATING: *

SHABD has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
SHABD stars Sanjay Dutt, Aishwarya Rai, Zayed Khan and Sadia Siddiqui. The film is Directed By Jai Prakash.
The only complimentary thing about Leena's direction is that she has handled a few sequences well.
Music [Vishal-Shekhar] is melodious and very much with the times. In fact, a couple of songs do stand out - 'Khoya Khoya Thha Duniya Ki Raahon Mein', 'Chahaton Ka Silsila' and 'Sholo Se' [picturized brilliantly]. Another winning score from the duo! Cinematography [Aseem Bajaj] is excellent. The film is visually striking.
Sanjay Dutt enacts his part well. Aishwarya Rai takes to the role with conviction.
Zayed Khan is a complete miscast. Sadia Siddiqui is very effective. Kamini Khanna goes overboard.
On the whole, SHABD is too abstract to appeal to the traditional Indian audiences. At the box-office, the film will find it difficult to stay afloat after its first weekend. Poor show!
RATING: *

CHAAHAT - EK NASHA has been released by VIDEO SOOUND
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
CHAAHAT stars Manisha Koirala, Aryan Vaid, Preeti Jhangiani, Sharad Kapoor. The film is Directed By Jai Prakash.
Director Jaiprakash has handled some dramatic sequences well, but he should've ensured that the script is captivating in the second half. Music is quite good, but the non-promotion makes the effort go waste. Cinematography is functional. Manisha Koirala appears disinterested and runs through her role mechanically. Aryan Vaid flaunts his physique throughout. As an actor, he shows improvement over his debut film MARKET. Preeti Jhangiani is competent. Her dare-bare look is sure to be noticed. Sharad Kapoor wears one expression throughout. Govind Namdeo is as usual. Sayaji Shinde and Snehal Dabhi go overboard. On the whole, CHAAHAT - EK NASHA doesn't have much to offer.
RATING: *

SHEESHA has been released by ELITE
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
SHEESHA stars Neha Dhupia, Sonu Sood, Vivek Shauq. The film is Directed By Ashu Trikha.
Director Ashu Trikha catches your finger and takes you right there, but suddenly abandons you in the latter part. However, there's no denying that he's an efficient technician who can really work wonders if given the right script. The packaging of the film is truly first-rate! Music [Sen Brothers] is melodious. 'Yaar Ko Maine', 'Mujhe Jeena Sikha Do Na' and 'Assi Ishq Da Dard' are well tuned and equally well filmed. Cinematography [Raju Kaygee] is up to the mark. Dialogues [Sanjay Masoom] are functional. If you thought that Neha Dhupia carries the two difficult roles with terrific understanding and emerges trumps as a performer. Sonu Sood does a decent job. Vivek Shauq provides some entertaining moments. On the whole, SHEESHA is at best an ordinary fare.
RATING: *

CHEHRAA has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
CHEHRAA stars Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Irfan Khan, Preeti Jhangiani. The film is Directed By Saurab Shukla.
Director Saurabh Shukla has chosen an uninspiring story and the execution is equally lacklustre. Music [Anu Malik] is a negative aspect. Barring 'Kabhi Khamosh Baithogi', none of the songs are worth humming. Cinematography [Fuwad Khan] is eye-pleasing. CHEHRAA belongs to Bipasha Basu. The actress goes through her difficult part with admirable ease and emerges trumps. Dino Morea handles his part with conviction. There’s a noticeable improvement in his acting. Preeti Jhangiani has no role to talk of. Irrfan is getting typecast in similar roles. Govind Namdev and Navni Parihar are adequate. On the whole, CHEHRAA is a weak fare with poor prospects.
RATING: *

A 2-DISC COLLECTORS DVD of SWADES has been released by UTV
with Subtitle in English, Arabic,Spanish,German, Dutch, Italian, Malay & French. Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DISC 2 FEATURES: The Story, Talent Files, Unseen Scenes, Stills Gallery, Theatrical Trailors, Original Auitions, Production Notes, Bloopers, Nehaflix.com, English Translation of Songs, Special Relevance Information.
SWADES stars Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Rajesh Vivek, Dayashanker Pandey and Markarand Deshpande. The film is Directed By Ashutosh Gawarikar.
Director Ashutosh Gowariker has drawn fine performances from the cast. And a few sequences do have the masterly strokes of an efficient technician. A.R. Rahman's music may sound soothing when you hear it, there's not one track you carry home after the screening has concluded. Cinematography [Mahesh Aney] is excellent. The rural look has been captured beautifully. Dialogues [K.P. Saxena] are outstanding.Shah Rukh Khan is extremely likeable, confirming yet again that he's not merely a super-star, but a super actor as well. Gayatri Joshi makes a confident debut. Gayatri manages to make her presence felt. The film has a number of characters, but if one were to choose those who displayed their skills effectively, it would be in this order: Kishori Ballal, Rajesh Vivek and Dayashanker Pandey. At the box-office, the film may appeal to those who believe in this form of cinema.
RATING: ***

Padmashree LALOO PRASAD YADAV has been released by NEM
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
PLPY stars Sunil Sheety, Mahesh Manjrekar, Johny Lever, Kim Sharma. The film is Directed By Mahesh Manjrekar.
Mahesh Manjrekar tries hard to come up with a rib-tickling thriller. Every character in PADMASHREE LALOO PRASAD YADAV is meant to look like a buffoon. Dialogues [Sanjay Pawar] are witty at places. Cinematography [Vijay Arora] is of standard. Now for the performances: Masumeh carries off the role with complete conviction. Here's an actress who can really deliver! Suniel Shetty tries to do his best and elevate every ordinary sequence. Gulshan Grover is alright. Johny Lever is relegated to the backseat. Kim Sharma and Anupama Verma are okay. On the whole, PADMASHREE LALOO PRASAD YADAV is average.
RATING: **

BULLET has been released by RAZE
with Subtitle in English, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
PLPY stars Aseem Merchant, Asad Sikandar ,Sadhika, Rosy Vanrose, Iqbal Khan. The film is Directed By Irfan Khan.
Director Irfan Khan has come up with a polished product. BULLET - EK DHAMAKA abounds in special effects and action scenes [Asad Sikander] and in those departments, the film does impress a great deal. Music [Anand Raaj Anand, Somesh Mathur] is functional. The track 'Ishq Aasaan Hain', is well filmed. Cinematography [Emillion Christoff] is first-rate. Aseem Merchant does an able job. He looks the character he's portraying. Iqbal Khan does quite well. His voice is a major asset. Asad Sikander is exceptional in stunts. Saadhika radiates oomph and does well. On the whole, releasing the film with two biggies [BLACK, SHABD] will only prove disadvantageous.
RATING: **

ELAAN has been released by RAZE
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. Bonus Features Include: The Making of, Original Theatrial Trailer and more.
ELAAN stars Arjun Rampal, Mithun Chakraborty, John Abraham, Amisha Patel, Lara Dutta, Rahul Khanna. The film is Directed By Vikram Bhatt.
Vikram Bhatt has made a stylish film, no two opinions on that. Pravin Bhatt’s camerawork captures Europe exquisitely. Dialogues are wonderful at places. The costumes and styling [Anna Singh] are awesome. ELAAN has a large cast, but only a few actors really make an impact. Arjun Rampal is functional. John Abraham looks great, acts well most of the times. Amisha Patel has been photographed extremely well. Giving her that extra edge/mileage. Rahul Khanna hams in his first commercial outing. Lara Dutta lends freshness to the enterprise. Mithun Chakraborty plays the mandatory villain with honesty, but he can’t recreate the terror of Gabbar Singh. Chunkey Pandey grossly irritates. On the whole, ELAAN is body beautiful minus soul.
RATING: **

BLACKMAIL has been released by RAZE
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
BLACKMAIL stars Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Priyanka Chopra, Dia Mirza, Parth Dave and Mukesh Rishi. The film is Directed By Anil Devgan.
Director Anil Devgan has made a slick product. The action, backed by the right sound and editing, makes for some interesting moments. In fact, the action portions are the mainstay of the film. The music [Himesh Reshammiya] is a disappointment simply because the songs are out of place and have not been weaved into the story. Cinematography is quite good. BLACKMAIL belongs to Ajay Devgan completely. The actor puts his best foot forward and delivers a striking performance. Suniel Shetty is adequate, while Dia Mirza stands out in her scenes. Priyanka Chopra does not have much to do. Parth Dave is convincing. Mukesh Rishi is as usual. On the whole, BLACKMAIL is not as gripping as one would've expected it to be, nothing to rave or rant about!
RATING: **

INSAN has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
INSAN stars Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Tusshar, Esha Deol, Lara Dutta, Laila, Koena Mitra
, Rahul Dev and Archana Puransingh. The film is Directed By K. Subhash.
K. Subaash has handled a few sequences dexterously. The film tries to say more than required in those 2.30 hours! Himesh Reshammiya's music is plain mediocre. Naeem-Ejaz's dialogues are punch-packed at places. Action scenes [in plenty] are as usual. INSAN belongs to Akshay Kumar completely. Ajay Devgan has a serious role and he takes to it like a seasoned player. Without doubt it's a sincere performance. Tusshar is just about okay. Esha Deol is likeable. Lara Dutta has no role to talk of. Koena Mitra carries one expression throughout, whether happy or sad. Laila doesn't impress. Amongst character actors, Rahul Dev and Archana Puransingh register an impact. On the whole, INSAN is a typical masala film that may find some patronage with the hardcore masses.
RATING: **

AB TUMHARE HAWALE WATAN SATHIYO has been released by ZEE NETWORK.
with English, French and Arabic Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, plus a FREE Audio CD of the Film, .
ATHWS stars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sandali Sinha, Divya Khosla, Kapil Sharma. The film is Directed By Anil Sharma.
Anil Sharma's USP has always been dramatic portions and a few sequences stand out. Anu Malik's music is a mixed bag. 'Chali Aa' and 'Hume Tumse Hua Hain Pyaar' are decent numbers. Cinematography [Kabir Lal] is outstanding. The lensman captures the various colors in the story to perfection. Action scenes [Tinu Verma] are well handled. AB TUMHARE HAWALE WATAN SATHIYO boasts of a mammoth cast, but it's Akshay Kumar who towers above one and all. His role is the type that would appeal to the masses completely and he enacts it well too. Amitabh Bachchan breathes fire when he confronts his opponents. Bobby Deol is likable. He does it like a seasoned player. Divya Khosla makes a decent debut. Sandali Sinha impresses a great deal. Ashutosh Rana and Danny Denzongpa are adequate. Govind Namdev is competent. On the whole, AB TUMHARE HAWALE WATAN SATHIYO will meet with mixed reactions.
RATING: ***

VAADA has been released by BABA TRADERS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
VAADA stars Arjun Rampal, Amisha Patel, Zayed Khan, Virendra Saxena, Rakesh Bedi and Rajesh Vivek. The film is Directed By Satish Kaushik.
Director Satish Kaushik handles the complex subject well. Cinematography [Johny Lal] is efficient. Action scenes [Abbas Ali Moghul] are well executed. Himesh Reshammiya's music is pleasant. 'Teri Kurti', 'Main Ishq Uska' and the title track are hummable. VAADA rests on two strong shoulders - Arjun and Zayed - and though both deliver competent performances, it's Zayed who walks away with ceetees and taalis in the end. Amisha Patel hams. She just doesn't deliver. Virendra Saxena, Rakesh Bedi and Rajesh Vivek are adequate. On the whole, VAADA will meet with mixed reactions from the paying public. A theme like this is bound to find its share of supporters and adversaries. At the box-office, VAADA has some chances at multiplexes mainly. It will have to rely heavily on word of mouth to make some impact.
RATING: ***

PAGE 3 has been released by DIGIOPTIX
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
PAGE 3 stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Boman Irani, Bikram Saluja, and Tara Sharma. The film is Directed By Madhur Bhandarkar.
Madhur Bhandarkar has handled a couple of dramatic portions well. Music [Shamir Tandon] is functional. Cinematography [Madhu S. Rao] is okay. Dialogues [Sanjeev Dutta, Madhur] are alright. Konkona Sen Sharma is restrained, but it’s not a performance that you c arry home. Sandhya Mridul excels in a significant role. Tara Sharma is fair. Boman Irani is outstanding yet again. Atul Kulkarni hardly gets scope. Bikram Saluja acts sincerely. Upendra Limaye [the cop] registers a strong impact. Jai Kalra makes a fair debut. Rehan Engineer impresses in a small role. Soni Razdan, Suchitra Pillai, Anju Mahendroo, Maya Alagh, Kunika and Madan Jain are adequate. On the whole, PAGE 3 is a well-intended attempt, but a film like this caters to the big city audiences. At the box-office, it has better scope at multiplexes of metros mainly.
RATING: **

RAINCOAT has been released by BABA TRADERS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
RAINCOAT stars Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai, Sameer Dharmadhikari and Mouli Ganguly. The film is Directed By Rituparno Ghosh.
Rituparno Ghosh's direction deserves no points. The film is too offbeat, atypical and nonconforming for the Indian audiences. Cinematography is passable. The background music is minimal. Both Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai are strictly okay. No great shakes definitely! Annu Kapoor is the scene stealer. Sameer Dharmadhikari is adequate. Mouli Ganguly leaves a strong impression. On the whole, RAINCOAT will appeal to a handful of critics and connoisseurs of art house cinema who'll heap lavish praises/lustrous words.
RATING: *

HULCHUL has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, The Making Of, Deleted Scenes and much more.
HULCHUL stars Akshay Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty, Arshad Warsi, Jackie Shroff, Arbaaz Khan, Amrish Puri, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Akhilendra Mishra, Deep Dhillon, Upasna Singh and Farha. The film is Directed By Priyadarshan.
With Priyadarshan in the director's seat and an interesting storyline on hand, you expect nothing but a qualitative product. The director succeeds on various levels. Vidyasagar's music is just about okay. The tunes are functional, but the ones that stand out ['Dekho Zara Dekho' and 'Rafta Rafta'] do so thanks to their aggressive promotion. The background music is effective and does enhance the impact of dramatic scenes. Cinematography [Jeeva] is excellent. Action [B. Thyagarajan] is functional. HULCHUL is embellished with marvellous performances and the best part is that the director has cast actors who have a flair for comedy, their comic timing is fantastic. Akshaye Khanna is incredible, displaying his acting skills to the T. One of the most accomplished actors of the new generation, Akshaye's versatility is more than evident. The other performance that stands out is that by Arshad Warsi. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to state that the actor towers above one and all in the first half. This is another performance after MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. that will fetch him laurels. Kareena Kapoor looks ethereal and delivers a highly competent performance. Her performance continues to linger in your memory even after the show has concluded. A Priyadarshan film would be incomplete without Paresh Rawal's winning performance. The actor delivers an astounding performance. He is in terrific form. Amrish Puri is, like always, first-rate, essaying the role like a true veteran. Lakshmi is superb. She looks regal and essays her part with aplomb. Farha stages an impressive comeback on the big screen. The film has a huge supporting cast, but Jackie Shroff and Suniel Shetty stand out of the lot. Arbaaz Khan is strictly okay. Manoj Joshi does a fine job. Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Akhilendra Mishra, Deep Dhillon and Upasna Singh are adequate. On the whole, HULCHUL works. It'll appeal to those who enjoy light entertainers and also those who like family drama kind of situations. At the box-office, HULCHUL should have a joyous ride at the ticket window, with the distributors of this laugh-riot laughing all the way to the bank.
RATING: ***

MUSAFIR has been released by BABA TRADERS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
MUSAFIR stars Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy, Mahesh Manjrekar and Aditya Pancholi. The film is Directed By Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta and his efficient team of screenplay writers [Sameer Malhotra and Venita Coelho] have populated MUSAFIR with not just a variety of multi-dimensional characters. Directorially, there's no denying that Sanjay Gupta is a fantastic technician and of late, an accomplished storyteller. MUSAFIR is the most stylish film Bollywood has witnessed in 2004, but MUSAFIR is not just style, but offers substance as well. It's raw, but smartly and tastefully woven in the narrative. A feast for the hoi polloi. The dialogues [Milap Zaveri], again raw, have tremendous mass appeal and would be loved by the viewers. Vishal-Shekhar's music is another aspect that deserves browny points. 'Ishq Kabhi Kariyo Na', 'Saaki Saaki' and 'Door Se Paas' are already popular and when viewed with the story, the appeal is only enhanced. Cinematography [P.S. Vinod] is of international quality. Action [Tinu Verma] is realistic and that works greatly in a film like this. MUSAFIR is embellished with some great performances, but the film clearly belongs to Anil Kapoor. No two opinions on that! The actor ignites the screen with an authoritative performance. This is without doubt his best performance so far! Sanjay Dutt is not on the front seat this time, but his character is the type that would draw ceetees and taalis from the masses. Sameera Reddy is a revelation. The actress handles a complex role with flourish. Mahesh Manjrekar emerges trumps yet again in a Sanjay Gupta film. He is excellent! Aditya Pancholi is first-rate. On the whole, MUSAFIR has style and substance. At the box-office, a catch-you-unaware plot, will take it to the winning post.
RATING: ****

AITRAAZ has been released by ZEE NETWORK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
AITRAAZ stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The film is Directed By Abbas-Mustan.
Director duo Abbas-Mustan score on several levels. They deserve full marks for reposing absolute faith in an actress who hasn't really proved herself as a classic performer - Priyanka Chopra - for the most vital role in the film. The screenplay [Shyam Goel, Shiraz Ahmed] is almost foolproof. Dialogues are excellent. Himesh Reshammiya's music sounds pleasant to the ears. Cinematography [Ravi Yadav] is first-rate. AITRAAZ belongs to Priyanka Chopra completely. No two opinions on that! Kareena Kapoor does get the opportunity to display histrionics, she doesn't let the opportunity pass by. Akshay Kumar underplays his character ably. Amrish Puri is alright. Paresh Rawal is excellent. Ditto for Annu Kapoor. Vivek Shauq leaves a mark. Upasna Singh and Feroze Irani are adequate. On the whole, AITRAAZ is a well-crafted thriller that meets the expectations. At the box-office, it's the kind of film you'd want to spend your hard-earned money on and not regret later for doing so. Go for it!
RATING: ****

DHOOM has been released by YASH RAJ FILMS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
DHOOM stars Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, John Abraham, Esha Deol and Rimi Sen. The film is Directed By Sanjay Gadhvi.
Dhoom is a total "Guys Night Out" kind of film! Fast Bikes, Fast Women and a Fast Pace...what more could a guy ask for. A very different kind of Hindi film from the norm. It's great to see all the new directors trying new genres in Hindi Films. Of the cast, its Uday Chopra who steals the show...he shows how much he has grown as an actor in the last 4 years with this film. His character is surely to be loved by everyone. Abhishek Bachchan is excellent as usual. John Abraham is okay, he suits the part well. Esha Deol is perfect for her role, she does a good job and leaves a good impression. Rimii is also quite good. The music of the film is very catchy...Dhoom Machale, Shikdum and Dilbara are picturized very well...The music is by Pritam and he has done an adequate job, the music fits well with the plot of the film. The Director Sanjay Gadhvi (Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai) has done a 180 degree turn from his first film. Most directors get stuck doing one genre of filmmaking, but Gadhvi has proved that he can break-away and do something different and do it well. Dhoom is mostly for guys who like fast machines. It's probably the first of its kind in Hindi Cinema and I hope that there are many more. Technically speaking...the film is as good as any hollywood film made about fast machines. On the whole, It's worth a look, get ready for some FAST ACTION and ENJOY!
RATING: ***

DIL BECHAARA PYAAR KA MAARA has been released by BABA TRADERS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, music launch party and special interview.
DBPKM stars Vikas Kalantri, Divya Palat, Aslam Khan, Aman Sondhi and Rajpal Yadav. The film is Directed By Onkar Nath Mishra.
Director Onkar Nath Mishra makes a fair debut. He shows a flair for light entertainers. His choice of the subject is perfect. Nikhil-Vinay's music is melodious. The title track and 'Masoom Sa Ik Chehra', which have been publicized enough, sound pleasant to the ears. Cinematography [Suresh Suvarna] is up to the mark. Action scenes [Parvez Fazal Khan] are functional. The three boys, Vikaas, Aslam and Aman, enact their parts with enthusiasm. Aslam shows an improvement over his debut film. Vikaas needs to go easy on his expressions. Aman does make an effort, but needs to be polished. Amongst the leading ladies, Divya Palat stands out, while Mallika and Jonita are plain ordinary. But the star of the show is undoubtedly Rajpal Yadav, who infuses life into the character as also the film. Shehzad Khan [as Chaman Chindi] is competent. They tend to go overboard, but given the genre of the film, you don't really mind. On the whole, Releasing the film at a better period would've helped.
RATING: ***

DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, music launch party and special interview.
DNJAK stars Salman Khan, Preity Zinta and Bhumika Chawla. The film is Directed By Atul Agnihotri.
Director Atul Agnihotri's choice of the subject is right, he has extracted wonderful performances from at least two actors [Salman, Preity], but he should've ensured that the writing is of superior quality. The emotional are the best part of the enterprise. The music is again mediocre. Despite topnotch names at the helm of affairs [A.R. Rahman, Himesh Reshammiya], the tunes are ordinary. 'Mere Sone Sone Yaar - Balle Balle' and 'Bindiya Chamakne Lagi' are tuneful, but the absence of a chartbusting score is sorely felt. The background music [Vikey Goswami] is lackluster. Cinematography [Stephen Fernandes, Kishore Kapadia] is of standard. DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA will be most remembered for Salman Khan's genuinely captivating performance. The actor proves to be an expert tour guide through this familiar terrain and carries the film on his broad shoulders. The actor is taking a step forward with every film. Preity Zinta is full of life and so endearing. Her scenes with Salman are a highpoint. Bhumika Chawla is strictly okay. The film has a number of character actors, but only Rati Agnihotri and Delnaaz Paul stand out. On the whole, DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA has its moments, but not enough to have a lingering effect. At the box-office, the film will have to rely solely on word of mouth [from ladies] to salvage its position on the box-office charts.
RATING: **

WAJAHH has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
WAJAHH stars Arbaaz Khan, Gracy Singh, Shamita Shetty, Zulfi Sayed and Satish Kaushik. The film is Directed By Gautam Adhikari.
Director Gautam Adhikari tries hard to keep you on the edge, but his execution, thanks to an inefficient script, gives away. Anand Raaj Anand’s music is strictly okay. The Daler Mehndi track and the one filmed on Shamita [‘Yeh Zamana’] are hummable. Cinematography [S.R.K. Moorthy] is functional. Dialogues [Galib Asad Bhopali] are outright predictable. Arbaaz Khan looks ill at ease. Ditto for Gracy Singh, who goes over the top in the climax. Shamita Shetty doesn’t get much scope. Satish Kaushik provides some entertaining moments. Zulfi Syed is alright. Vijayendra Ghatge and Sudesh Berry are mere props. Zahid Ali is fair. On the whole, WAJAHH – A REASON TO KILL is a weak fare in all respects. At the box-office, the lack of aggressive promotion and a poor opening, coupled with a nondescript script, will only prove damaging.
RATING: *

STOP has been released by ELITE
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
STOP stars Dia Mirza, Gauri Karnik, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Ishitta Arun and Rocky Bhatia. The film is Directed By Ajai Sinha.
Director Ajai Sinha doesn't deliver. He is terribly letdown by the script. Vishal-Shekhar's music is functional. 'Meri Kahani' - filmed on Rocky and Dia - is the pick of the lot. Cinematography is the only redeeming aspect of the enterprise. The locales of Dubai are visually striking. Amongst performances, Tejaswini Kolhapure does leave a mark in a well-defined role. Rocky Bhatia enacts his part with sincerity and does a decent job. Both Ishita Arun and Gauri Karnik could've performed better had there been meat in their characters. Dia Mirza, in a small but significant role, is maturing into a fine actress. Kiran Janjani looks the character and enacts it well. Om Puri is splendid. Himani Shivpuri is okay. Harsh Chhaya hams. Ditto for Ali Asgar. On the whole, STOP! has precious little to offer in terms of content. Lack of face-value and a poor start at the ticket window will only add to its woes.
RATING: *

PHIR MILENGE has been released by UTV
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
PHIR MILENGE stars Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty. The film is Directed By Revathy.
Director Revathy deserves a pat for attempting an issue-based film. The film has barely three songs - 'Jeene Ke Ishaare', 'Khul Ke Muskurale' and 'Kuch Pal'. There's no denying that the songs come at proper points. Cinematography is of standard. Dialogues are functional. PHIR MILENGE belongs to Shilpa Shetty completely. She delivers, what can be rightly called, the performance of her career. The viewer feels and empathizes with the character mainly because of her effective portrayal. She conveys the pain and the emotional upheaval through her expressive eyes, making it amongst the most memorable performances the year has seen so far. Salman Khan leaves an impression. Abhishek Bachchan's performance is first-rate. Nasser looks the part. Mita Vashisht is convincing. In the final tally, PHIR MILENGE may appeal to a small chunk of multiplex-going audiences. At the box-office, the film has face-value to attract the cinegoers.
RATING: ***

EK SE BADHKAR EK has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
ESBE stars Suniel Shetty, Isha Koppikar, Raveena Tandon and Shekhar Suman. The film is Directed By Kundan Shah.
Director Kundan Shah is not in form this time around. Music is also a negative aspect. In fact, the film could've done without three/four songs. They seem like a stumbling block in the narrative. Cinematography is inconsistent. Dialogues are witty. Suniel Shetty tries hard to act. Shekhar Suman is lively, coming up with one-liners effortlessly. The gifted actor needs to do more films! Raveena Tandon is effectual in a few scenes, but mechanical otherwise. Isha Koppikar lacks the power to carry off the role. Amongst character actors, Gulshan Grover is most efficient. Sadashiv Amrapurkar does his part quite well. Deepak Shirke does manage to make you laugh. Makrand Deshpande looks disinterested. Asrani is first-rate. Rana Jung Bahadur and Vivek Shauq support well. On the whole, EK SE BADHKAR EK falls short of expectations and at best, might appeal to a small segment of audience in metros mainly.
RATING: **

KISS KIS KO has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, The Musical Launch and Deleted Scenes.
KISS KIS KO stars Sudhanshu Pandey, Karan Oberoi, Chin2 Bhosle, Siddharth Haldipur and Sherrin Varghese. The film is Directed By Sharad Sharan.
Director Sharad Sharan has shot the film stylishly. The screenplay is absolutely lackluster and that is this film's biggest undoing. You expect the songs to be pleasant in a Boy Band film and the tracks don't disappoint. Only thing, there are too many songs in the narrative and since they haven't been promoted extensively, the impact gets diluted. Cinematography is eye-catching. The locales of Indonesia give the film a fresh feel. The choreography deserves special mention – it's fantastic. The five boys get equal footage in the enterprise, but Sudhanshu Pandey, followed by Karan Oberoi, leave an impression. Bhumika Puri looks like a doll, but needs to loosen up. Ditto for Aparna Kumar. Aly Khan and Raj Zutshi are competent. On the whole, KISS KIS KO is a weak product. At the box-office, lack of aggressive promotion and a dull opening will spell doom for this film.
RATING: *

DOBARA has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
DOBARA stars Jackie Shroff, Raveena Tandon and Mahima Chaudhary. The film is Directed By Shashi Rajan.
Director Shashi Ranjan has handled the subject with flourish. He has drawn excellent performances from the key cast and even otherwise, his handling of a few sequences deserves to be lauded. Anu Malik's music is melodious. 'Humnasheen' and 'Mujhse Kyon Roothe Ho?' are foot-tapping, racy numbers. Cinematography is pleasing and captures the various moods well. Though Jackie, Raveena and Mahima have a number of films to their credit, their performances in DOBARA would stand out in their resume. This is Jackie's most convincing performance since KAASH and PARINDA. The actor is completely focused this time around! Raveena is in sync with her character, essaying her part with élan. Her expressions are just perfect! Mahima is first-rate. She's indeed an efficient actress. Gulshan Grover is likeable in a brief role. Soni Razdan and Vikram leave an impression in cameos. Vrajesh Hirjee and Seema Biswas are adequate. On the whole, DOBARA is a mature love story that would appeal more to the intelligentsia at metros. At the box-office, the film will have to rely on word of mouth to salvage its position!
RATING: **

MADHOSHI has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
MADHOSHI stars John Abraham, Bipasha Basu and Priyanshu Chatterjee. The film is Directed By Tanveer Khan.
Debutante director Tanveer Khan seems to have opted for an interesting story and has developed it well till two-thirds of the film, but messes it up completely in the last part. Roop Kumar Rathod's music is pleasant. The film has a couple of hummable tunes, notable among them being 'O Jaane Jaana', 'Pyar Ka Khumar' and 'Yeh Ishq Hai Gunaah To'. Cinematography [Damodar Naidu] is serviceable. MADHOSHI belongs to Bipasha Basu completely. This author-backed role demanded an actress of substance and Bipasha lives up to the expectations till the last scene. John Abraham proves yet again that he's amongst the gifted actors around. The incredibly talented actor leaves an impression despite it being a heroine-centric film. Priyanshu is first-rate, enacting his part with utmost sincerity. Shweta Tiwari is excellent. Smita Jaykar, Rajiv Verma, Anang Desai and Vikram Gokhale are adequate. On the whole, MADHOSHI could've found all-round appreciation had the makers chosen a better climax.
RATING: **

A 2 DISC DVD of LAKSHYA has been released by UTV
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, Making of Lakshya, Making of Main Aisa Kyon Hoon, Deleted Scenes and lots more BONUS features.
LAKSHYA stars Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Om Puri, Boman Irani and Sushant Singh. The film is Directed By Farhan Akhtar.
One-film-old Farhan Akhtar takes colossal strides as a director in his second venture. His storytelling is riveting, his penchant for breathtaking visuals is evident in every frame, plus he has drawn fantastic performances from the cast. As a technician, he is amongst the best today. Cinematography is outstanding. Overall, the film bears an international look. The action scenes are well executed. Music [Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] is functional, with just one number leaving a mark, 'Main Aisa Kyun Hoon'. The choreography [Prabhu Deva] of this track is awesome. The background music is effective. LAKSHYA belongs to Hrithik Roshan undoubtedly. A performance like this comes once in a while and can compete with the best from across the Atlantic. Preity Zinta's character Romi is modeled after renowned TV journalist Barkha Dutt and she enacts the part with incredible élan and authority. Amitabh Bachchan's work is commendable. Om Puri has a few scenes and he does it well. Of the strong supporting cast, Boman Irani and Sushant Singh leave the most impression. On the whole, the intelligentsia/gentry/classes will love the film.
RATING: ****

MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI has been released on DVD by ZEE NETWORK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MSK stars Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Amrish Puri, Rajpal Yadav, Kader Khan and Satish Shah. The film is Directed By David Dhawan.
David Dhawan is known for his kind of movies and the masala that MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI offers is enough to satiate the appetite of those looking for masala entertainment. Anees Bazmee's script is a prime example of make-believe, escapist cinema. Sanjay F. Gupta's cinematography is outstanding. Rumi Jaffrey's dialogues are in keeping with the mood of the film. Action scenes [Mahendra Verma] are first-rate. Sajid-Wajid's musical score is rich enough. 'Rab Kare', 'Jeene Ke Hain Chaar Din', 'Laal Dupatta' and the title track are gems and the choreography of each track [Farah Khan] deserves distinction marks. Of the cast, Salman Khan enacts his part with gusto. Not only does the actor look dashing, the ease with which he handles the comic portions is incredible. Akshay Kumar is a revelation. With MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI, he surpasses his previous work. Priyanka Chopra gives an equally good account of herself. Though the role doesn't really demand histrionics, the pretty lass carries off her part effortlessly. Amrish Puri is excellent. Rajpal Yadav [in a double role] is excellent. Kader Khan's character will be liked by the masses. Satish Shah is adequate. On the whole, MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI is an apt example of escapist cinema that transports you to a world of make-believe. Rich in face-value with light moments aplenty, the film has all it takes to woo the masses.
RATING: *****

A 2 DISC DVD of KYON HO GAYA NA has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, Second Disc contains: 25 Bonus Songs, deleted scenes, out-takes, director's commentary and making of the film.
KHGN stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vivek Oberoi, Suniel Shetty, Tinnu Anand. The film is Directed By Sameer Karnick.
Director Samir Karnik is saddled with a puny story and a shoddy screenplay. Cinematography is excellent. Every sequence looks visually rich. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is melodious. 'Pyaar Mein Sau Uljhane Hain', 'Aao Na' and 'No No' are the best tracks. Vivek Oberoi tries hard to enact the role of a lover-boy, but succeeds partly. He impresses only towards the latter reels. Aishwarya Rai looks stunning [like always!] and enacts her part well. Amitabh Bachchan is extremely likeable. Suniel Shetty is passable. Om Puri and Rati Agnihotri are commendable. Tinnu Anand is adequate. On the whole, the strength of its impressive cast as well as the fantastic promotion embarked upon by its makers will find patronage at multiplexes of metros.
RATING: ***

FIDA has been released on DVD by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. FIDA stars Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Yash Tonk, Kiran Kumar and Achint Kaur. The film is Directed By Ken Ghosh.
Ken Ghosh needs to be lauded for swimming against the tide, by opting for a story that defies stereotype. Anu Malik’s music is of a superior quality and the aggressive promotion by the producers only enhances the impact of songs. ‘Nazar Nazar’ [Shahid’s introduction] and ‘Aaja Ve Mahi’ [brilliantly filmed] are the pick of the lot. Cinematography [Amit Roy] is fantastic. The film wears a posh, classy look throughout. Dialogues [Kiran Kotrial] sound fresh at times. Shahid Kapoor has all it takes to be an actor of substance. He handles his part with complete understanding. Fardeen Khan is fair. He has the suave look to carry off this character. Kareena Kapoor is in great form. The actress gets the best part and must say, she sinks her teeth into it and emerges with flying colours. This is amongst her finest work to date. She looks bewitching as well. Plus, the chemistry between Shahid and Kareena is electrifying. On the whole, FIDA has thrilling moments, its prospects should be better at multiplexes.
RATING: ***

TAARZAN has been released on DVD by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JULIE stars Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Yash Tonk, Kiran Kumar and Achint Kaur. The film is Directed By Abbas-Mustan.
Directors Abbas-Mustan have handled a few sequences with aplomb. Another factor that stands out is the car, designed by famed automobile designer Dilip Chhabria, and the thrills that have been executed by action directors Kaushal-Moses. Himesh Reshammiya’s music is pleasant. The title track as well as ‘O Sajan’ and ‘Ooh La La’ stand out. Cinematography is of standard. Vatsal Sheth, who makes his bow on the big screen after his television debut a couple of years ago, acts ably. He has screen presence, dances well, emotes as required. Ayesha Takia doesn’t really get a chance to display histrionics, but does her glamorous part with confidence. Ajay Devgan, in a brief role, is as usual. Amrish Puri tends to go overboard. Farida Jalal is, like always, dependable. Rajpal Yadav is a scene-stealer yet again. Pankaj Dheer and Mukesh Tiwari impress. Gulshan Grover and Sadashiv Amrapurkar are okay, while Shakti Kapoor is fair. On the whole, TAARZAN THE WONDER CAR is a different experience that will find its share of supporters and adversaries.
RATING: ***

GARV has been released on DVD by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. GARV stars Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Mukesh Rishi, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Farida Jalal and Akanksha. The film is Directed By Puneet Issar.
Director Puneet Issar makes an impressive debut as a storyteller. He knows the technicalities right, has drawn competent performances from the cast and has handled the dramatic sequences with flourish. The dialogues [Anirudh Dhodapkar] are the high point of the film and elevate even an ordinary sequence to above-ordinary heights. Ditto for the effective background score [Aadesh Shrivastava]. Action sequences [Mahendra Verma] are appropriate. Cinematography [Steven Fernandes, Kishore Kapadia] is of standard. Music is a mixed bag. The two songs that stand out are 'Saiyaan' [Sajid-Wajid] and 'Marhaba' [Anu Malik]. GARV belongs to Salman Khan, who carries the film on his broad shoulders. The actor takes to his part like a fish takes to water and emerges trumps. Shilpa Shetty gets no scope at all. Blink an eyelid and she's gone! However, she sizzles in the dance numbers. Arbaaz Khan does leave a mark, more so towards the second half. Akanksha also gets scope in the post-interval portions and she does it well. Amrish Puri and Anupam Kher are proficient, like always. Mukesh Rishi is first-rate. Govind Namdeo is superb. Anant Jog, Mohan Joshi and Shivaji Satam are adequate. On the whole, GARV will meet with diverse reactions. While the hardcore masses will love it, the gentry/family/critics may not really take to it.
RATING: ***

DEEWAAR has been released on DVD by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DEEWAAR stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Amrita Rao, Raghuvir Yadav and Akhilendra Mishra. The film is Directed By Milan Lutharia.
DEEWAAR is director Milan Luthria's third outing [after the interesting KACHCHE DHAAGE and the utterly forgettable CHORI CHORI] and you can't help but notice the giant strides he has taken as a technician. The film is stylishly shot and has a grand look.Writers Sridhar Raghavan, Gaurang Doshi and Milan Luthria deserve a pat for attempting a novel theme and packaging it well. Cinematography [Nirmal Jani] is outstanding. Action scenes [Tinu Verma] are well executed. Music [Aadesh Shrivastava] is a mixed bag. 'Leke Aayee Hain Hawayein Ye Ishara' is the pick of the lot. Adesh's background music is superb; it often enhances the impact of the scenes. DEEWAAR has an impressive cast, but it is Amitabh Bachchan who towers above all with a splendid and power-packed performance. Sanjay Dutt is in form yet again. Dutt comes up with an extremely likeable performance that is sure to win him plaudits from the viewers. Akshaye Khanna is a treat to watch. The youngster proves yet again that he is amongst the most gifted actors of the present generation. Amongst character actors, Raghuvir Yadav, Aditya Shrivastav and Akhilendra Mishra stand out with praiseworthy portrayals. On the whole, the plusses in DEEWAAR outnumber the minuses in the film. The lethal combination of a fantastic star cast, hi-voltage dramatic sequences, a riveting second half and vibrant action will ensure a successful run for the film.
RATING: ***

A 2 DISC DVD of MAIN HOON NA has been released by EROS ENTERTAINMENT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, the making of and lots more BONUS features. Please BEWARE there are many PIRATED versions of Main Hoon Na are currently available for rent and sale in the USA & Canada. The pirated DVDs contain a Video Sound logo on the movie as well a Video Sound text/logo which appears off and on in the middle of screen. These DVDs have not been made by Video Sound.
MHN stars Shahrukh Khan, Amrita Rao, Zayed Khan, Sushmita Sen, Boman Irani, Satish Shah and Kiron Kher. The film is Directed By Farah Khan.
Farah Khan makes a sensational debut. Of course, she always knew the technicalities of film-making right, but her abilities come to the fore while filming the emotional moments. Anu Malik's music is a major asset. Cinematography [V. Manikandan] is top class. Dialogues [Abbas Tyrewala] are fantastic. Stunts [Allan Amin] can easily match international quality and the usage of effects only enhances the outcome. Editing [Shirish Kunder] is perfect. Effects [Rajtaru] are outstanding. Now to the performances! MAIN HOON NA reinforces your confidence in SRK. The actor gives his best shot and delivers yet another power-packed performance. The role not only does full justice to his status as the country's super-star, but also as a performer. Another performance that stands out is that of Zayed Khan. With this performance, Zayed takes a giant leap as a performer. Sushmita Sen looks like a million bucks and her on-screen chemistry with SRK is fantastic. Amrita Rao is another revelation. She gets ample scope to display a wide variety of emotions and she more than lives up to the occasion. Kiron Kher is fantastic yet again. Boman Irani's role is simply lovable. Satish Shah is superb. Bindu is a pleasure to watch. Murli Sharma is another actor who stands out in a brief role. On the whole, MAIN HOON NA reinforces your faith in Bollywood commercial cinema.
RATING: *****

HUM TUM has been released on DVD by YashRajFilms
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, Exclusive deleted scenes, Television Promos, Original Theatrical Trailer, plus many other BONUS features.
Please BEWARE that there are many pirated DVDs of HUM TUM available for rent and sale. The pirated DVDs contain a Video Sound logo which is shown during the entire movie. These DVDs have not been authored and or made by Video Sound. The original DVD of HUM TUM will be released by YRF shortly.
HUM TUM stars Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Kiron Kher & Rati Agnihotri. The film is Directed By Kunal Kohli.
Director Kunal Kohli succeeds on two fronts; he has shot the film exceedingly well and has also extracted fantastic performances from not just Saif and Rani, but also from every character in the film. Jatin-Lalit's music is amongst the high points of the enterprise. Cinematography [Sunil Patel] is strikingly beautiful. Dialoges [Kunal Kohli] are natural to the core. Casting is one of the film's strengths. It would be hard to imagine anyone other than Saif as the wisecracking Karan. Saif's style is perfect for this role. Likewise, Rani's effervescent personality infuses Rhea with buoyancy. Rani takes a giant leap as an actor, making you realize that she is amongst the finest actresses of her generation. Not only has Rani looked gorgeous, even her performance is flawless. Kiron Kher is marvellous. Another lovable performance this! Rati Agnihotri is first-rate. On the whole, HUM TUM is a decent fare, topped with captivating performances and mesmerising music.
RATING: ****

ASAMBHAV has been released on DVD by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. ASAMBHAV stars Arjun Rampal, Priyanka Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah, Mukesh Rishi, Sharat Saxena and Tom Alter. The film is Directed By Rajiv Rai.
Director Rajiv Rai is just not in form this time around. The film pales when compared to his earlier products. In fact, it won’t be wrong to state that this is amongst his weakest films. Even his writing is below par. Viju Shah’s music consists of forgettable tunes. The songs flow in rapid succession, but you don’t carry them once the show has concluded. One definitely misses a hit number like ‘Oye Oye’ or ‘Mast Mast’, which were heard and seen in Rajiv and Viju’s earlier films. Cinematography [Sukumar Jatania] is fantastic. The locales of Locarno are a visual treat. Dialogues [Naeem Sha] are monotonous. Action [Mahendra Verma] is alright. ASAMBHAV belongs to Naseeruddin Shah. The veteran enacts his part with admirable ease. Arjun Rampal does play the super-hero who bashes up 20 guys at a go, but the role offers him no scope to display histrionics. Priyanka Chopra’s there to add glamour to the proceedings. Amongst the horde of character actors, Sharat Saxena, Mukesh Rishi and Tom Alter are noticeable. Dr. Mohan Agashe is wasted. Shawar Ali is relegated to being a sidekick. Jameel Khan [as Bhatnagar] is passable. Newcomer Chetan Hansraj is wooden. On the whole, ASAMBHAV is a weak film in all respects. At the box-office, its chances of survival look completely asambhav [impossible].
RATING: *

GAYAB has been released on DVD by YashRajFilms
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. GAYAB stars Tusshar Kapoor, Antara Mali, Raman Trikha, Govind Namdeo, Raghuveer Yadav and Rasika Joshi. The film is Directed By Prawaal Raman.
Director Prawaal Raman has yet to grasp the art of writing the screenplay and giving it an interesting form, thereby mesmerizing the viewer for the next two hours. It lacks terror and suspense - so vital in a film like this! Cinematography [Pietro Zuercher] is consistent. Special effects [Huzefa Lokhandwala] are decent at times, but tacky at most places. Tusshar looks the character he has been assigned to portray and he does it well. Antra Mali just doesn't deliver. Raman Trikha is adequate. Govind Namdeo and Raghuveer Yadav are as usual. Rasika Joshi tends to go overboard at times, but stands out due to her characterization. On the whole, GAYAB is strong on hype, but weak in content. The USP of the film is the invisible factor in the story, but an amateur screenplay ruins the show.
RATING: **

SHART has released on DVD by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SHART stars Tusshar Kapoor, Gracy Singh, Amrita Arora, Shakti Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Rajpal Yadav. The film is Directed By Poori Jagannath.
Director Poori Jagannath has handled a few dramatic sequences well. Anu Malik’s music is average. Cinematography is just about okay. Tusshar Kapoor tries hard to infuse life in his character. Gracy Singh does her part convincingly. Amrita Arora has her moments. On the whole, SHART is a weak fare in all respects. At the box-office, its survival seems bleak.
RATING: *

JULIE has been released on DVD by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JULIE stars Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Yash Tonk, Kiran Kumar and Achint Kaur. The film is Directed By Deepak Shivdasani.
Director Deepak Shivdasani has handled a few sequences like a seasoned player. Nishikant Kamat's screenplay has its share of loose ends. Frankly, the film has basic flaws in the plot [pointed above], which do take a toll on the screenplay. Sanjay Pawar's dialogues sound different, but go over the top at times. Himesh Reshammiya's music is a mix of melodious and raunchy numbers. At least two numbers, 'Ae Dil Ye Bata' and 'Ishq Tezaab Hai Rabba', stand out for their catchy tunes. Background music [Naresh Sharma] is appropriate. Neha Dhupia gets tremendous scope to display histrionics and anatomy. While she exposes her anatomy without inhibitions, her performance isn't as awe-inspiring as one would've expected it to be. Sanjay Kapoor enacts his part with complete understanding of the character. Priyanshu Chatterjee gets the meatier part and he sinks his teeth into it, delivering a competent performance. Yash Tonk has a small role, which he carries off quite well. Achint Kaur is first-rate. Kiran Kumar, Sudhir Joshi, Kamini Khanna and Donny Bharadwaj lend decent support. On the whole, JULIE is an ordinary product.
RATING: *

DEV has been released on DVD by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DEV stars Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Rati Agnihotri and Amrish Puri. The film is Directed By Govind Nihalani.
Nihalani has shot the film like an accomplished veteran [which he is]. The film has minimal scope for music [Aadesh Shrivastava] and the songs also come at the right places. Cinematography [Govind Nihalani] is outstanding. Dialogues [Govind Nihalani, Meenakshi Sharma] are straight out of life. Action scenes [Jai Singh] are life-like. It would be difficult to imagine anyone except Amitabh Bachchan enacting the title role. To say that this is amongst his most memorable performances would be putting it very mildly and understating the performance of this veteran. Om Puri is fabulous. Of course, the actor has excelled in other films as well, but his role in ARDH SATYA earlier and DEV now will always remain a benchmark. Fardeen Khan springs a surprise by enacting a difficult role with flourish. Kareena Kapoor is first-rate. Rati Agnihotri is competent. Amrish Puri is bankable, like always. Ehsaan Khan is an actor to watch. The actor gets ample scope to display histrionics and he makes the most of it. On the whole, DEV is a realistic fare that may appeal to a select few. At the box-office, the film may win plaudits from a handful of critics [who are awe-inspired by makers of parallel cinema] and connoisseurs of meaningful cinema.
RATING: ***

AAN has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. AAN stars Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Shatrugan Sinha, Jackie Shroff, Lara Dutta, Raveena Tandon, Preeti Jhangiani, Om Puri and Paresh Rawal. The film is Directed By Madhur Bhandarkar.
Director Madhur Bhandarkar has targeted the film at the masses and that is evident not only in the dramatic portions, but also when it comes to weaving action in the screenplay. Music [Anu Malik] is a mixed bag. Cinematography [Madhu Rao] is fantastic. Dialogues are power-packed. It would be doing gross injustice to the film without praising the action co-ordinator's [Abbas Ali Moghul] contribution. To say that the stunts are the mainstay of the film would be an understatement. The performances are of a high standard. Akshay stands firm on his feet in dramatic portions. Suniel delivers yet another performance that he can be proud of. Shatrughan Sinha returns to the screen after a hiatus and though he has his moments. Om Puri leaves a mark in a significant role. Paresh Rawal brings a smile on your face yet again. Jackie Shroff doesn't get ample scope. Ditto for Raveena. Lara Dutta is wasted. Preeti Jhangiani is adequate in a brief role. Irrfan Khan is a scene-stealer. On the whole, those who prefer hardcore masala flicks to feel-good entertainers will like AAN.
RATING: **

The 2 Disc Set of KAL HO NAA HO dvd has been released by YASHRAJ FILMS with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and lots of Bonus Features (The Making of, 35 mins of Deleted Scenes, Optional Director's Commentary throughout the film, Television promos, Theatrical Trailor, plus subtitles in French, Spanish, Arabic, Malay and Dutch and much more!).
KHNH stars Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Sushma Seth, Reema Lagoo, Satish Shah. The film is Directed By Nikhil Advani.
Nikhil Advani makes a confident debut. Karan Johar's overall scripting and the detailing that has gone into some sequences proves that Hindi cinema has writers of calibre. Niranjan Iyengar's dialogues are excellent. Cinematography [Anil Mehta] can be compared to the best of international cinema. The indoor sets [Sharmishtha Roy] meet the demands of the script to the T. Costumes [Manish Malhotra] and make-up [Mickey Contractor] deserves special mention. One can't imagine KAL HO NAA HO without SRK. The actor delivers yet another bravura performance that he can be proud of, when he looks back in life. The role gives him immense scope to exhibit a gamut of emotions and the actor carries not just his role, but the entire film on his firm shoulders. Preity Zinta has never looked so pretty, nor has she ever acted with such conviction. This film should consolidate her status as an actress of substance. Saif Ali Khan is a revelation. The actor manages to stand on his own despite towering performances by SRK and Preity. Not only does the actor look suave, he even carries off his role with élan. Jaya Bachchan delivers yet another flawless performance. At the box-office, KAL HO NAA HO should emerge a winner, setting new records!
RATING: *****

YUVA has been released by NET EFFECT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. YUVA stars Abhisheik Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol, Om Puri and Saurabh Shukla. The film is Directed By Mani Ratnam.
Director Mani Ratnam tries to strike a balance between realism and make-believe. A.R. Rahman's music is hummable [well shot]. Cinematography [Ravi Chandran] is first-rate. The stunts are fantastic. YUVA clearly belongs to Abhishek Bachchan, who delivers his best performance so far. Abhishek has handled it with amazing confidence. This performance surely merits an award! Vivek Oberoi may have looked uncomfortable in his last few films, but he is back in his element this time. He comes up with a natural performance. Ajay Devgan comes across as strongly as the other two actors. Amongst the leading ladies, it is Rani Mukerji who is the best of the lot. The role demanded an actress of substance and Rani more than lives up to the expectations. Kareena is highly competent. She looks gorgeous throughout. Esha Deol justifies her part. Om Puri enacts his part with conviction. Saurabh Shukla and Vijay Raaz are adequate.
RATING: ****

CHARAS has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CHARAS stars Jimmy Shergill, Uday Chopra, Namrata , Hrishitaa Bhatt and Irrfan Khan. The film is Directed By Tigmanshu Dhulia.
A competent storyteller, Tigmanshu the director is letdown by Tigmanshu the writer. Tigmanshu does deserve marks for attempting a daringly different subject, but he should've ensured that the narrative is as simple as possible. Raju Singh's musical score is fairly arresting thanks to the Namrata and Hrishitaa tracks. Cinematography [Setu] is outstanding. Not only are the locales of North India bewitching, Setu's lens also captures them with amazing results. Dialogues [Tigmanshu Dhulia] are fantastic. Action [Allan Amin] is first-rate. CHARAS belongs to Irrfan Khan. The actor surprises you yet again with a performance that deserves an ovation. After HAASIL and MAQBOOL, this is yet another performance that the actor will be remembered for. Jimmy Shergill seems to be getting comfortable with the camera with every film, getting more and more natural with every release. Uday Chopra is inconsistent - at times competent, at times not in complete form. Both Namrata Shirodkar and Hrishitaa Bhatt don't really get much scope. In a brief role, Varun Badola does justice to his character. On the whole, CHARAS is a half-baked product that disappoints.
RATING: **

RUN has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. RUN stars Abhishek Bachchan, Bhoomika Chawla, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ayesha Julka and Mukesh Rishi. The film is Directed By Jeeva.
Director Jeeva is just not able to get the viewer hooked on to the proceedings because he is saddled with an outdated story [N. Linguswamy]. Having an obsolete or mundane story is still pardonable, but RUN doesn't even have any twist in the tale or a stimulating screenplay. Himesh Reshammiya's music is tuneful and thanks to some good promotion, you tend to hum the songs when it plays on the big screen. Cinematography [Jeeva] is better than his direction. Action sequences [Peter Hain] are well executed, but the sequences are so raw that it might tend to put off the ladies and family audiences. Dialogues [Kamal Pandey] are alright. Abhishek Bachchan provides some engaging moments thanks to his performance. He seems to be taking a step forward with every film. Bhoomika Chawla doesn't get much scope to display histrionics. She run through her part mechanically. Mahesh Manjrekar has a half-baked role, but he enacts it like a seasoned performer. Cast in different roles, Ayesha Julka and Mukesh Rishi are passable. Goga Kapoor is adequate. Vijay Raaz tends to go overboard.On the whole, RUN is too weak a fare to leave any impact whatsoever.
RATING: *

LAKEER has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. LAKEER stars Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Sohail Khan, John Abraham, Nauheed Cyrusi and Apoorva Agnihotri. The film is Directed By Ahmed Khan.
LAKEER boasts of some brilliantly executed sequences and those clearly indicate that Ahmed Khan is an accomplished technician. Not once do you get the impression that the film has been directed by a first-timer. When a film boasts of a musical score by A.R. Rahman, it is only natural to expect a chartbuster. Johny Lal's cinematography captures the mood of the film with utmost precision. This is amongst Johny's finest works to date. Mehboob's dialogues are well worded at times, but oft-repeated at places. The background score [Aadesh Shrivastava] is excellent. Action scenes [Abbas Ali Moghul] are top class. It's after a long time that you find Sunny Deol keeping you engaged with his performance. Suniel Shetty looks dashing in a new look and comes up with an equally convincing performance. Sohail Khan is a revelation. John Abraham has to convey so much through facial expressions and he does it like a seasoned performer. Nauheed Cyrusi is first-rate. Nauheed stands out with an uninhibited performance in this male-dominated flick. Apoorva Agnihotri leaves a strong impression. Vrajesh Hirjee, Hemant Birje and Avtar Gill are adequate. On the whole, given the impressive face-value and vibrant action, it might appeal to the masses, but not the classes and family audiences.
RATING: **

POLICE FORCE has been released on DVD by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. POLICE FORCE stars Akshaye Kumar, Raveena Tondon, Amrish Puri and Raj Babbar. The film is Directed By Dilip Shukla.
Writer-Director Dilip Shukla’s treatment of the subject is archaic and might have appealed to the viewers in the 1990s, not in the current scenario. Besides lackluster direction, the film is also weak in its music department [Anand-Milind]. In fact, in a film like this, the makers should’ve avoided inserting the songs since it hampers the narrative of the film. None of the performances really stand out. Akshay goes through his role without much of an effort. His stunts are well executed of course. Raveena looks least interested in the goings-on. Amrish Puri gives a good account of himself. Raj Babbar tends to go over the top. Mohan Joshi is as usual. On the whole, POLICE FORCE has nothing forceful about it. Dull.
RATING: *

MASTI has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MASTI stars Vivek Oberai, Aftab, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ajay Devgan, Lara Dutta, Amrita Rao, Genelia and Tara Sharma. The film is Directed By Indra Kumar.
Director seems to be in form this time around. Comedy is a difficult emotion to capture on celluloid, but Indra has captured it all like a seasoned veteran. Undoubtedly, this is amongst his finest efforts to date. Anand Raaj Anand's music is like icing on the cake. Mazhar Kamran's cinematography is first-rate. If MASTI belongs to anyone, it's Aftab Shivdasani. Aftab is absolutely remarkable in the film, proving that his timing for comic sequences is just perfect. Ritesh Deshmukh follows next with an incredible performance. Vivek Oberoi does reasonably well in a few scenes, the actor in him doesn't really come across so strongly in this fare. However, there's no denying that the chemistry between the three heroes is tremendous! Ajay Devgan does well in a role that seems tailormade. Lara Dutta looks the part she has been asked to portray and she looks convincing. Amongst the wives, Genelia is the best, followed by Amrita Rao. While Genelia looks the stern and demanding wife and is sure to be noticed, Amrita carries off the over-possessive bit well. Tara Sharma doesn't impress at all. Satish Shah is superb. IArchana Puransingh is too good as the mother-in-law. Shahbaaz Khan is alright. Rakhi Sawant leaves a mark in a small role. On the whole, MASTI has all it takes to appeal to the cinegoers - an impressive star cast, popular music, dollops of comedy and most importantly, sex - not in visuals, but in dialogues and gestures.
RATING: ****

BARDAASHT has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. BARDAASHT stars Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Ritesh Deshmukh, Tara Sharma and Rahul Dev. The film is Directed By E. Niwas.
Director E. Niwas' obsession with the police force shows the third time in BARDAASHT [after SHOOL and DUM], though he hasn't got into a too realistic groove this time around. What makes BARDAASHT watchable is the way Niwas unfolds the story - it moves on a singular path from start to end [there's no romantic track or an item song or a comedy track to mar the smooth flow of the narrative!]. Himesh Reshammiya's music is melodious, in keeping with the mood of the film. The film has three songs in all and at least two stand out - 'Janaabe Aali' and 'Silsile'. The background music [Amar Mohile] is adequate. Cinematography [Rakesh Manikantan] is first-rate. Dialogues [Girish Dhamija] are punch-packed. Abbas Ali Moghul's action scenes are well executed. Vikram Bhatt's story may seem jaded, but the screenplay is what matters eventually and that's where Bhatt deserves marks. The simplistic manner in which the sequence of events unfolds makes it even more identifiable. However, a better climax was the need of the hour, for not only does it look contrived, but is even a compromise in terms of writing. BARDAASHT is a triumph for Bobby Deol, who takes full advantage of the role offered to him and gives his best shot. He displays the gamut of emotions like a seasoned performer and delivers a knock-out performance. In fact, it won't be wrong to state that this is amongst Bobby's best performance to date! Lara Dutta looks lovely and delivers an equally fine performance. Ritesh Deshmukh, in a brief role, leaves a mark. However, the revelation is Tara Sharma, who disappointed in her first two films [SAAYA, MASTI], but is fantastic this time around. Rahul Dev is competent yet again. Vishwajeet Pradhan is alright, while Ganesh Yadav stands out with a first-rate job. Nagesh Bhosle impresses. Virendra Saxena is flawless. On the whole, BARDAASHT is a well-made entertainer, but it requires more hype and a strong word of mouth to register an impact at the box-office.
RATING: ***

SHAADI KA LADDOO has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SKL stars Mandira Bedi, Sanjay Suri, Ashish Chaudhary, Samita Bangargi, Negar Khan. The film is Directed By Raj Kaushal
In these fast-changing times, when genuinely hatke fares are being attempted and accepted, director Raj Kaushal has let go of an opportunity to make one such film. Frankly, he is letdown by the writer and editor of the film. However, Raj has drawn fine performances from the principal cast. If the writing leaves a lot to be desired, the editing is worse. Either the editor [Sanjib Datta] must've been snoozing while editing the film [the film needs to be trimmed mercilessly!] or he was simply unconcerned. The film tends to get so talk-heavy at times and also the pace of the narrative is so lethargic that the viewer loses all interest in the goings-on. Vishal-Shekhar's music is the only saving grace. 'Chal Hatt' is the best song of the enterprise. The remix version of 'Musumu Suhasi' is easy on the ears, while 'Bach Ke Rehna' is another raunchy track. Cinematography [Amit Roy] is inconsistent. Amongst performers, Sanjay Suri stands out with a near-perfect performance. He plays the henpecked husband with admirable ease and it is thanks to his portrayal that the film sparkles intermittently. Aashish Chowdhry is adequate, but is sidelined when sharing the frame with Suri. Mandira Bedi exudes the oh-so-cool attitude with dexterity. She shows signs of a tremendous performer during the finale. Samita Bangargi is cute, but doesn't get ample scope to perform. Divya Dutta is fantastic. Though she tends to go overboard in a scene or two, the actress does manage to hold your attention at most times. Sameer Malhotra is wooden. Negar Khan exudes sex appeal and looks the part she is portraying. On the whole, SHAADI KA LADDOO is a weak fare. At the box-office, the film holds scant appeal.
RATING: *

SHEEN has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SHEEN stars Raj Babbar, Tarun Arora, Sheen. The film is Directed By Ashok Pandit
Ashok Pandit's intentions seem honest, but he should've stuck to making a realistic fare, instead of padding the goings-on with commercial ingredients. Had this film been a songless fare, the results would've been even more impactful. The script [Raman Kumar, Dr. Agni Shekhar and Ashok Pandit] is also not without its share of flaws. Nadeem-Shravan's music is pleasing to the ears, but when viewed with the narrative, it stands out as a sore thumb. The only song that really leaves an impact is 'Aao Jannat Mein Jahannum Ka Nazara Dekho' - its placement is just right and the wordings [Sameer] have a hammer-strong impact. Nadeem Khan's cinematography is wonderful. Dialogues [Raman Kumar] are a major asset. If SHEEN belongs to anyone, it's Raj Babbar who delivers a knock-out performance. Anoop Soni as the terrorist leaves an equally strong impression. Sheen makes a confident debut. Tarun Arora draws a blank this time around. Kiran Juneja and Samay Pandit are adequate. On the whole, SHEEN will meet with diverse reactions - a few might empathize with the issue, while others may not really want to reopen the wounds. At the box-office, it stands a tough chance in the wake of low-key publicity and major oppositions [MAIN HOON NA, a week before and LAKEER, RUN and YUVA in the coming weeks]. If tax-exempted, the film might benefit to an extent.
RATING: **

KRISHNA COTTAGE has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KC stars Sohail Khan, Isha Koppikar, Natasha, Rati Agnihotri and Raj Zutshi. The film is Directed By Santram Verma
Director Santram Verma is a good technician, but his efforts get sidelined thanks to amateurish writing. Verma has executed a couple of sequences deftly and if given a better script, can come up with better results. Anu Malik's music is a mixed bag. 'Bindaas' is the pick of the lot in terms of its tune as well as its execution. Cinematography is up to the mark. The dark and spooky look is well depicted throughout. The background score [Amar Mohile] deserves special mention for it enhances the impact of several sequences. Special effects [Maya] are top class. After a smash performance in I - PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN, Sohail Khan disappoints this time around. This one is a relatively bland performance. Natasha comes across well. Isha Koppikar carries off her part with sincerity, not going overboard at all. A confident performance! Rati Agnihotri looks her part and lends credibility to it. Raj Zutshi does well in a brief role. Again, the culmination of his character could've been better thought of. On the whole, KRISHNA COTTAGE has its moments, but not enough to enjoy an innings like some of the films belonging to this genre [RAAZ, BHOOT]. At the box-office, an open week [no oppositions!] and the commencement of summer vacations might just go in its favour!
RATING: **

YEH LAMHE JUDAAI KE has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. YLJK stars Shah Rukh Khan and Raveena Tandon. The film is Directed By Birendra Nath Tiwari
Director Birendra Nath Tiwari does make an attempt to join the loose ends of the film, but the outcome is least convincing. Music [Nikhil-Vinay, Rajendra Salil] seems inspired by the Nadeem-Shravan tracks, post-AASHIQUI. Cinematography is bad. The looks of both Shah Rukh Khan and Raveena Tandon give the film a dated look. SRK is as usual, but the dubbing leaves a lot to be desired. It just doesn't sound like SRK. Raveena goes through her part mechanically. Mohnish Bahl is strictly okay. Navneet Nishan makes her presence felt. Kiran Kumar is adequate. Avtar Gill is so-so. On the whole, YEH LAMHE JUDAAI KE is a non-starter.
RATING: *

HAWAS has been released by ASIAN
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. HAWAS stars Meghna Naidu, Shawar Ali, Tarun Arora, Mukesh Tiwari, Vivek Shauq and Varun Vradhan. The film is Directed By Karan Razdan
Razdan's directorial prowess comes to the fore in a couple of well executed scenes. Daboo Malik's music is fair. 'Teri Chahat Mein' [repeated twice] is the pick of the lot, followed by 'Maine Dil Tujhko Diya'. Cinematography [Rajendra Prasad] is quite nice; the locales of Dubai and Sharjah are well captured on celluloid. Meghna Naidu reminds you so much of Bipasha Basu in looks and looks equally alluring. As an actress, she is quite convincing and excels in dances. Shawar Ali does not have the looks of a conventional Bollywood hero, but he sure has the trappings of a fine actor. He does deliver the right expressions that this role demands. Tarun Arora tries to be comfortable with the camera and succeeds. Mukesh Tiwari seems ill at ease in an Arabic accent. Vivek Shauq and Varun Vardhan are passable. On the whole, HAWAS is a notch above the ordinary. And with sex, sleaze and skin-show as its trump cards, besides a mass appealing title, it has chances of scoring well at the ticket window, mainly at the small centers.
RATING: **

MEENAXI-Tale of 3 Cities has been released by YASH RAJ FILMS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MEENAXI stars Tabu, Raghuvi Yadav and Kunnal Kapoor. The film is Directed By M.F. Husain
MEENAXI is all about colors and visuals. With noted painter M.F. Husain in the director's seat yet again [after that fiasco called GAJA GAMINI], you expect the director to have learned a lesson or two about weaving magic on the silver screen. Unfortunately, MEENAXI is akin to a beautiful Husain creation without a soul! A.R. Rahman's music is plain mediocre. The master composer is not in his element here. Santosh Sivan's cinematography is fabulous. Dialogues are poetic. Tabu, Raghuvir Yadav and Kunnal Kapoor try hard to get going. Tabu has never looked so pretty ever. Draped in ethnic outfits, her looks stand out more than her performance. However, Tabu's Hyderabadi dialect is all trumps! Raghuvir Yadav gives a decent account of himself, although his talent remains untapped in an enterprise like this. Debutante Kunnal Kapoor looks confident. Despite performing with seasoned performers, this newcomer holds his innings well. Nadira Babbar is lovable. Sharat Saxena and Bharat Kapoor don't really get much scope. On the whole, MEENAXI is a damp squib. At the box-office, its rejection by the classes as well as the masses is inevitable.
RATING: *

LOVE IN NEPAL has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. LIN stars Sonu Nigam, Jharna Bajracharya, Fllora Saini, Sweta Keswani, Ganesh Yadav, Vijay Raaz and Rajpal Yadav. The film is Directed By Rajat Mukherjee.
Director Rajat Mukherjee seems comfortable in a genre that demands intense moments, but is handicapped by a weak script. The screenplay is the biggest drawback of the enterprise. LOVE IN NEPAL does boast of a couple of melodious compositions by Nikhil-Vinay. ‘Ek Anjaan Ladki Se’ and ‘Bolo Kya Khayal Hai’ are the pick of the lot. Cinematography [Madhusudhan Shi] is alright. LOVE IN NEPAL should prove to be a turning point in Sonu Nigam’s career. The talented singer delivers a performance that has life. A competent actor, Sonu’s acting abilities come to the fore this time around. Fllora exudes confidence and enacts her part with utmost conviction. If given the right roles, she should make a mark for herself. Rajpal Yadav carries off his part with maturity, despite a sketchy character. Sweta Keswani is extremely confident. Ganesh Yadav tends to get loud. Vijay Raaz is wasted. Jharna Bajracharya’s skin show holds appeal for the front-benchers. Raj Zutshi and Ehsaan Khan are adequate. On the whole, LOVE IN NEPAL is weak in merits. Lack of hype and face-value will only add to its woes.
RATING: *

AB TAK 56 has been released by BOLLYWOOD
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. AB TAK 56 stars Nana Patekar, Prasad Purandare, Yashpal Sharma, Mohan Agashe, Revathi and Hrishitaa Bhatt. The film is Directed By Shimit Amin.
Debutante director Shimit Amin has handled a few sequences with flourish. But the genre Shimit Amin has opted for looks less exciting given the fact that there has been an overdose of gangster films in the past [RGV's SATYA and COMPANY stand tall in the list]. From the viewer's point of view, those looking for entertainment are sure to be disappointed, for the film tends to get grim and morbid after a point. The film scores distinction marks in the technical department. Cinematography [Vishal Sinha] is of superior quality. The camera captures the bylanes of Mumbai with as much flourish as it captures the coastline of Mauritius. Dialogues [Sandeep Srivastava] are superb. In fact, they contribute enormously in giving the film a real feel. Salim-Sulaiman's background score is top notch. It's another feather in their cap, after the scintillating score in BHOOT. Action [Parvez Khan] looks straight out of life. Nana Patekar delivers a flawless performance. Prasad Purandare is a revelation. Another actor who impresses with his performance is Jeeva. Yashpal Sharma is, like always, highly competent. Nakul Vaid is first-rate, making his presence felt with a natural performance. Kunal Vijaykar is wonderful, enacting his part with utmost conviction. Mohan Agashe is adequate in a small role. Both Revathi and Hrishita Bhatt don't get ample scope, but leave a mark nonetheless. On the whole, AB TAK 56 is a very Mumbaiya kind of a film that will appeal to a limited number of viewers in Mumbai only. The not-too-aggressive promotion, coupled with the blood and gore depicted in the film, will only go against it.
RATING: **

KHAKEE has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. IPTBI stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Aishwary Rai, Akshay Kumar, Tusshar Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Jaya Prada and Tanuja. The film is Directed By Rajkumar Santoshi.
One wouldn't call KHAKEE the best script Santoshi has tackled, but it certainly would rank amongst the best. From the execution point of view, Santoshi is in form yet again. Another aspect that enhances the film is the dialogues [Rajkumar Santoshi], which will be met with a thunderous applause at various junctures of the film. Cinematography [K.V. Anand] is brilliant. Action sequences [Tinu Verma] are outstanding and one of the major assets of the enterprise. Music [Ram Sampath] belongs to the popular genre, but all three songs of the film – 'Wada Raha', 'Dil Dooba' and 'Aisa Jadoo' [Lara Dutta] – seemed forced in the screenplay. Had KHAKEE been a songless film, the script would've been even more tighter. In KHAKEE, Amitabh Bachchan delivers one of the best performances of his career. He has some of the toughest scenes in the film. In fact, a lesser actor would've failed to do justice to the role. But Bachchan's expressions, voice and movement bring the character to life. This performance should serve as a textbook for everyone facing the camera in Bollywood. Akshay Kumar is fantastic. The actor leaves a strong impression despite pitted against powerful performers. He is incredible in light sequences. Undoubtedly, this is his career-best performance. Ajay Devgan adds yet another feather in his cap with a performance that could've been essayed only by a master performer. His confrontations with Amitabh Bachchan are exemplary. Aishwarya Rai gets a role to prove her talent and she more than lives up to the expectations. Tusshar may not have many lines to deliver, but his presence and expressions register a strong impact. Tanuja is tremendous in a small, but significant role. Jaya Pradha is adequate. Atul Kulkarni is a complete natural. Lara Dutta is fantastic in the 'Aisa Jadoo' number. On the whole, KHAKEE has wonderful performances, intriguing web-like storyline, outstanding action and expert direction as its trump cards. All these factors put together should prove a rewarding experience for its investors.
RATING: ****

SUNO SASURJI has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SUNO SASURJI stars Aftab Shivdasani, Amisha Patel and Kader Khan. The film is Directed By Vimal Kumar.
Vimal Kumar's direction is below par. Music [Sanjeev-Darshan] is quite okay with a few hummable songs. Though the story had the potential to be a rib-tickling comedy, it falls flat partly because the execution of the subject is dull and partly because the gags and punches have been witnessed umpteen number of times earlier. In fact, the viewer can actually guess what the next sequence would be like. Aftab Shivdasani is not able to carry off the role. Amisha Patel doesn't impress either. Kader Khan is as usual. On the whole, SUNO SASURJEE is a stale product with dim chances. SUNO SASURJEE tries very hard to look like a David Dhawan film, but comes across as a poor cousin.
RATING: *

INSAAF - THE JUSTICE has been released by VIDEOO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. INSAAF stars Namrata Shirodkar, Sanjay Suri, Dino Morea, Henna, Kunika and Raj Babbar. The film is Directed By Shrey Shrivasatav.
Unfortunately, INSAAF - THE JUSTICE suffers because debutante director Shrey Shrivasatav seems completely ill at ease handling a delicate issue in his maiden venture. The story he has opted for had scope for a lot of drama, but the writing [Sudhindra Subhash, Chinton Mokashi, Anant Balani] is so routine that the viewer can actually guess what the next sequence would be like. Even the dialogues are outright predictable. The music [Nikhil-Vinay] is no great shakes either. In fact, given the theme of the film, INSAAF - THE JUSTICE should've been a songless film. Cinematography [Nezeeb Khan] is alright. Of the performances, Namrata Shirodkar does make an effort to enact her part with conviction. Sanjay Suri does not impress, partly due to a half-baked characterisation. Dino Morea is a complete miscast. Though the actor shows improvement in a few sequences, he just doesn't look the character he's been asked to portray. Henna is just about okay. Kunika is average, while Dayal does not evoke terror - which Raj Babbar [INSAAF KA TARAZU] and Charan Raj [PRATIGHAAT] did so effectively. On the whole, INSAAF - THE JUSTICE is a complete letdown. At the box-office, it just won't work!
RATING: *

KISMAT has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KISMAT stars Bobby Deol, Priyanka Chopra and Kabir Bedi. The film is Directed By Guddu Dhanoa.
Though handicapped by a routine story, director Guddu Dhanoa makes an earnest effort to keep the show going. While the first half is quite interesting, he runs out of steam in the second half. Anand Raaj Anand's music is an asset. And the picturisation of the songs only elevate the musical score. From the lot, 'Mahi Mahi Mahi' and 'Sajna Se Milne Jaana' can easily be singled out for their racy tunes. Priyanka's dances in these two numbers also deserve immense praise. Sripad Natu's cinematography is upbeat. Action sequences are very well executed. After a hiatus of almost a year, Bobby Deol re-emerges with a likeable performance. He seems to be looking more comfortable in angry young man roles. One would've expect the heroine to look like a decorative item in a film like this, but Priyanka Chopra gets ample scope to display histrionics and she carries off her part with conviction. The pack of villains – Kabir Bedi and Shahbaaz Khan – don't get much scope really. Kabir Bedi is suave as ever, conveying so much through his eyes. Shahbaaz Khan is okay. Ashish Vidyarthi is efficient. Mohan Joshi is adequate. Smita Jaykar is fair. Sanjay Narvekar [Bobby Deol's friend] is first-rate. On the whole, KISMAT is a predictable fare that holds appeal for front-benchers mainly. For the gentry and the multiplex audiences, it has precious little to offer. However, its reasonable price should prove advantageous for its distributors.
RATING: **

AGNI PANKH has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. AGNI PANKH stars Jimmy Shergill, Rahul Dev, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Shamita Shetty, Divya Dutta and Richa Pallod. The film is Directed By Sunjiv Puri.
Director Sunjiv Puri does not convince either as a writer or as a director. From the scripting point of view, the film looks like a half-hearted attempt. As for the direction, it's below the mark as well. Prittam's music looks more like a gap-filler. None of the tunes are appealing. The background music [Salim-Sulaiman] is strictly okay. Cinematography [Inder Ji Bansal] could've been better. Given the fact that the film has been shot in Kashmir, the film should've scored marks in the visual category at least. But Kashmir hasn't been captured to the optimum by the lensman. Jimmy Shergill is alright, though he tends to go overboard at times. Sameer Dharmadhikari doesn't impress at all. Rahul Dev has been wasted. None of the leading ladies, Richa Pallod, Shamita Shetty and Divya Dutta, get scope to display histrionics in this male-dominated enterprise. Vrajesh Hirjee tries to provide some relief. Kiran Kumar is okay. On the whole, AGNI PANKH is bound to go unnoticed since the flaws outnumber and outweigh the assets. Below average.
RATING: *

TUM has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. TUM stars Manisha Koirala, Karan Nath, Netanya Singh and Rajat Kapoor. The film is Directed By Aruna Raje.
As director, Aruna isn't in good form. Though she tackled relationships with utmost sensitivity in her last release RIHAEE [1990; Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Naseeruddin Shah], she seems to have lost balance this time around. Despite the fact that the 'bedroom' sequences between Manisha and Karan earlier and between Manisha and Rajat Kapoor subsequently might provide some cheap thrills to the front-benchers, one wonders why the director insists on projecting Manisha as some Sex Goddess. Manisha looks far from being an alluring, sexy woman. Music [Himesh Reshammiya] does not contribute in taking the story forward. However, the Adnan Sami track – 'Kyon Mera Dil' – is the pick of the lot. Cinematography is okay. None of the performances stand out, partly because of inept writing. Manisha Koirala tries to get into the skin of the character but ignites a few sequences only. Karan Nath doesn't look the part he's projecting. Rajat Kapoor is expressive enough. Netanya Singh hams throughout. Aman Verma seems to have a Bachchan hangover and it shows. Bobby Darling is a complete miscast. On the whole, TUM? is a poor show. At the box-office, the steamy bedroom scenes [that have been publicised] might excite the front-benchers initially, but eventually even that won't salvage a weak script.
RATING: *

RUDRAKSH has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. RUDRAKSH stars Sanjay Dutt, Bipasa Basu, Sunil Shetty, Isha Koppikar and Kabir Bedi. The film is Directed By Mani Shankar.
Mani Shankar, who's credited with the story, screenplay, dialogues, editing, SFX and direction, scores marks on the SFX front. He is a competent technician, but… an ineffective storyteller. If RUDRAKSH is an extremely difficult film to make, it is much more difficult to comprehend and understand the flick. An apt case of body beautiful, minus soul! If you're under an impression that RUDRAKSH is a present-day interpretation of 'Ramayana', let's get it right at the very outset – it's not! Mani Shankar has merged Indian mythology in the plot in an attempt to suit Indian sensibilities. Unfortunately, the story makes sense, but the screenplay does not. You just don't relate to it! The technician in Mani Shankar overpowers the storyteller in him completely. The film offers some hitherto unseen special effects to the Indian viewer. Though the basic concept of the film [good versus evil] is interesting, the narrative and the sequence of events are not. Although the film starts off very well, the narrative tends to get confusing after a point. One misses an impeccably woven character drama with a profound emotional dimension. Besides special effects, the film works in a big way in the cinematography [T. Surendra Reddy], action [Abbas Ali Moghul] and background score [Sashi Preetam] departments. However, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is strictly okay, with just one song fitting in the narrative – 'Ishq Khudai' – which will be loved for its erotic flavour. RUDRAKSH rests on Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty's shoulders and both enact their parts with utmost sincerity. Dutt seems to be enjoying his work and it shows on screen. Shetty too is up to the mark. The get-ups of both Dutt and Shetty would also be appreciated. Bipasha Basu does an okay job, while Isha Koppikar leaves an impression in a negative role. Kabir Bedi is alright. Nigar Khan sizzles in the dance track. On the whole, RUDRAKSH proves the adage 'All that glitters is not gold' absolutely right. The film has gloss, no soul, which will take a toll on its overall business.
RATING: **

JAAGO has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JAAGO stars Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Kapoor, Raveena Tandon. The film is Directed By Mehul Kumar.
Mehul Kumar is back yet again with a hard-hitting fare. However, the film does have its share of loose threads… The screenplay is not as well penned as one would've expected it to be. In JAAGO, the director recreates the magic with Manoj Bajpai, who delivers an astounding performance. Yet another factor that stands out is K.K. Singh's dialogues. To state that the dialogues are the soul of the film would be an understatement. The background score [Sameer Sen] is up to the mark. Sanjay Kapoor is appropriate. Raveena Tandon conveys the pathos effectively. Akhilendra Mishra enacts the bad man role with flourish. On the whole, JAAGO has a hard-hitting theme as its USP, but the very theme will meet with diverse reactions from cinegoers. While the masses might take to the theme, the orthodox families specifically may not really stomach the disturbing issue the film tries to project. At the box-office, the film has some chances in the Hindi belt. A solo release may also help to an extent. However, business in multiplexes won't be really rewarding!
RATING: **

I - PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN has been releaseed by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. IPTBI stars Sohail Khan, Heena Tasleem, Asif Shaikh, Mona Ambegaonkar, Tim Lawrence and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. The film is Directed By Puneet Sira.
In style and ambition, Sira seems inspired by Rajkumar Santoshi's works, mainly GHAYAL. The comparisons notwithstanding, Sira is a director to watch. His style of storytelling is novel. He doesn't beat around the bush, but comes to the point straightaway. One can look forward to his films. There's no scope for music in a film like this. Yet, the makers have incorporated a few songs in the narrative, which takes the graph of the film downwards. Even otherwise none of the songs register any impact whatsoever. Cinematography is quite okay. The background score is highly effective. Dialogues are first-rate. I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN should prove to be a turning point in Sohail Khan's career. The youngster takes giant strides as an actor and emerges trumps. If he made people notice the brawn in his first film [MAINE DIL TUJHKO DIYA], he'll make people notice the histrionics in I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN. Kulbhushan Kharbanda excels in a significant role. Aasif Sheikh gets immense scope to perform and he does leave an impression. Mona Ambegaonkar is a revelation. She enacts her part with utmost conviction. Heena Tasleem [Sohail's sweetheart in the film] is alright. Tim Lawrence [Cane] looks apt for the part. Imran Ali Khan looks good and suits the role, but brushing up his acting skills and diction would only help him. On the whole, I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN caters to that segment of viewers who appreciate violent, realistic, hard-hitting films. At the box-office, the film holds appeal for the urban audiences mainly.
RATING: ***

FUN2SHH has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. FUN2SHH stars Paresh Rawal, Anuj Sawhney, Iqbal Khan, Raima Sen, Netanya Singh and Kader Khan. The film is Directed By Imtiaz Punjabi.
Director Imtiaz Punjabi has shot the film stylishly, but how one wishes he would've concentrated less on making each frame look alluring and more on substance. Pritam's music is functional. 'Dhuan Dhuan' is the pick of the lot in terms of orchestration, rendition and picturisation. Dialogues [Praveen Raj, Rajesh Khatter] are well penned, mainly those delivered by Paresh Rawal. Cinematography [Faroukh Mistry] is inconsistent – at times perfect, at times dark. Some of the special effects are well executed. Talking of performances, the film belongs to Paresh Rawal. But the actor is not in complete form as he was in HERA PHERI or AWARA PAAGAL DEEWANA. Perhaps, the role this time around is not author-backed, nor does the script give him optimum scope to have an encore. Anuj Sawhney is alright, but needs to work hard in sequences that demand dramatics. Iqbal Khan makes a confident debut. He has a good voice, but needs to polish his acting skills, mainly in sequences that are aimed at the hoi polloi. Both Raima Sen and Netanya Singh don't get scope to display histrionics. Gulshan Grover does his part[s] with élan. Kader Khan goes overboard. Farida Jalal is fair. Narendra Jha [Senapati] is competent. Ashish Vidyarthi does not impress. Paintal is okay. On the whole, FUN2SHH has an interesting first half, but an uninspiring second half takes away the sheen from the enterprise. The film has some curiosity value, but the content [script] does not match the expectations one has from a subject like this.
RATING: **

AETBAAR has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. AETBAAR stars Amitabh Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, John Abraham, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Pramod Moutho and Tom Alter. The film is Directed By Vikram Bhatt.
Director Vikram Bhatt seems to be in form after a long, long time. The film has able performances, several thrilling moments, a believable plot. Girish Dhamija's dialogues are noteworthy. Pravin Bhatt's cinematography is of standard. Rajesh Roshan's music is strictly functional. The action sequences [Abbas Ali Moghul] are first-rate. Amitabh Bachchan enacts his part with utmost conviction, reassuring the viewer yet again that there's none to match him when it comes to dramatics. Bipasha Basu springs a surprise. The actress succeeds in making you sit up and take notice of her talent. But the 'discovery' is definitely John Abraham. John oozes intensity, love, hate, relentlessness and some rabidly obsessive behaviour, making you wonder that if this is what he can achieve in his third film, imagine what the output would be, say after 10 or 20 films. Supriya Pilgaonkar is competent enough. Pramod Moutho, Tom Alter, Shruti Ulfat and Ali Asgar lend adequate support. On the whole, AETBAAR has the merits to catch the audience attention, but the path won't be rosy taking into account the fact that it's pitted against a mammoth opposition [KHAKEE]. Yet, despite the opposition, AETBAAR stands a major chance with word of mouth. Go for it!
RATING: ***

PAAP has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. PAAP stars John Abraham, Udita Goswami, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Denzil Smith, Sandeep Mehta, Madan Bhiku, Gulshan Grover and Anahita Uberoi. The film is Directed By Pooja Bhatt.
PAAP marks Pooja's directorial debut and although on new turf, she has created an engrossing fare that is visually stunning and thematically moving. The film is extremely successful in drawing the viewer into its world.Tackling a serious theme in her very first film must've been nothing short of a challenge. And Pooja emerges trumps. The deft handling of the story manages to keep the viewer enticed for the next two hours [12 reels]. Brilliantly shot by cinematographer Anshuman Mahaley [the locales of Spiti cannot be described in mere words!] and efficiently edited by Akiv Ali, PAAP also boasts of brilliantly-penned dialogues that are soaked in emotions [Niranjan Iyengar], a well-Indianised screenplay [Mahesh Bhatt] and scintillating performances by the entire cast. John Abraham takes giant strides as an actor. The kind of maturity he reflects in his fourth film is rare. Dr. Mohan Agashe is superb Denzil Smith is first-rate, while Sandeep Mehta is an actor to watch. Child artiste Madan Bhiku is next to perfect. Gulshan Grover and Anahita Uberoi are efficient. However, it is new-find Udita Goswami who surprises you with a performance that is sure to find a place in all award nominations next year. You can't help but put your two hands together for this bravura performance! The music gels well with the narrative. 'Intezaar' [music: Anu Malik; singer: Anuradha Paudwal] and 'Lagan' [music: Shahi; singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan] are the pick of the lot. On the whole, PAAP satiates the appetite of the urban audience looking for a story-based fare.
RATING: ***

The 2 Disc Set of LoC (Line of Control) dvd has been released by EROS with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
LoC stars Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Nagarjuna, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Shetty, Sanjay Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Abhishek Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Ashutosh Rana, Rani Mukherjee, Esha Deol, Raveena Tandon, Kareena Kapoor, Mahima Chowdhary, Namrata Shirodhkar, Isha Koppikar, Priti Jhangiani, Priya Gill and Raj Babbar. The film is Written, Produced, Edited and Directed By J.P. Dutta.
Undeniably a brilliant director, amongst the best cinematic storytellers of our times, J.P.'s latest work is embellished with razor-edged dialogues [O.P. Dutta], amazing cinematography [Karim Khatri], well executed war sequences [Bhiku Verma] and effective background score [Aadesh Shrivastava]. Anu Malik's music gels well with the mood of the film. L.O.C. is a demonstration of his cinematographic skills. J.P. knows how to convey his feelings about men in combat, and he has the tools, the money and the collaborators to make it possible. His cinematographer brings a newsreel feel to a lot of the footage. And that's a big compliment!
L.O.C. is based on a number of true stories from the Kargil war. L.O.C. works primarily because it shows the world the harsh reality without pulling any punches. The story about our soldiers is told with competency. The story manages to move us through all sorts of different landscapes and scenarios, giving us an unforgettable glimpse of a world unknown to most of us. It is probably the most vivid and visceral war film ever witnessed on the Indian screen.
With a massive cast like the one assembled in this film, it is rather difficult to pinpoint every actor and talk about their on-screen work. But, must add, after years of watching screen heroes go through an extended adolescence, it's a pleasure to encounter the same names act as grown-up men this time around. The performances that stand out in this war epic are [in this order] – Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Manoj Bajpai. Ajay gets into the skin of the role and delivers a performance that's sure to win accolades. Saif is getting better with every film. He manages to stand out despite the heavy line-up. Abhishek Bachchan is extremely likeable. This is amongst his superior performances. Manoj Bajpai is controlled and the camaraderie he shares with Ashutosh Rana is fantastic. Sanjay Dutt's role doesn't have much meat, while Suniel Shetty is relegated to the backseat. Akshaye Khanna is alright.
On the whole, L.O.C. is a powerful experience. It has power-packed direction and power-packed sequences that remain etched in your memory even after the show has concluded. More than anything else, L.O.C. is a triumph for the master film-maker who has the guts and the vision to make a film of this magnitude! In a nutshell, the war epic sweeps you completely off your feet!
RATING: ****

EK HASEENA THI has been released by NET EFFECT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. EK HASEENA THI stars Saif Ali Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Seema Biswas and Pratima Kazmi. The film is Directed By Shriram Raghavan.
Director Sriram Raghavan is a director to watch! He strikes the right balance between realism and commercialism, between form and content. The background music [Amar Mohile] is fantastic, enhancing the impact of sequences considerably. Cinematography [C. K. Murlidharan] is amongst the assets of the film. The sound quality [Dwarak Warrier] is top notch. Besides a tight screenplay, the film rests on two solid performances, that of Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar. Saif seems to have emerged as one of the finest actors we have today. Saif handles the part like a pro. Urmila delivers yet another knock-out performance. A tricky role that demands histrionics, the actress takes to her part like a fish takes to water. She leaps ahead with this performance! Seema Biswas is fantastic. Pratima Kazmi is first-rate. Aditya Shrivastav is effective. On the whole, EK HASINA THI, has some fresh things to say about love, passion, deceit and destiny. The film has all the potential to carve a niche for itself. At the box-office, the theme would not only strike a chord with the multiplex audiences, but will appeal at the grassroots level as well. It has all the merits to grow as days progress. Recommended!
RATING: ***

PLAN has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. PLAN stars Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Dino Morea, Sameera Reddy, Sanjay Suri, Bikram Saluja, Rohit Roy, Riya Sen and Mahesh Manjrekar. The film is Directed By Hriday Shetty.
An appealing story is presented in a stylised format by debutante director Hriday Shetty. As far as technicalities go, Hriday Shetty knows his job well. The film is stylishly shot, but how one wishes Shetty would've kept a strong check on the screenplay. Dialogues [Milap Zaveri] are witty and well worded. Cinematography [Basha Lal] is up to the mark. Anand Raaj Anand's music is a mixed bag. While 'Aanewala Pal', 'Aankhon Mein Suroor Hain' and 'Hota Hain Hota Hain' sound pleasant, the remaining tracks are strictly okay. It would be wrong to compare Sanju's performance as Munna [MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S.] with that of Musa [PLAN]. If Munna had a comic streak to his personality, Musa has a non-nonsense approach. However, Sanju scores yet again in a role that seems tailor-made for him. Amongst the four kids, Sanjay Suri stands out with a natural performance. The next best is Dino Morea, who seems to be taking a step forward with every film. Bikram Saluja shows vast improvement over his previous works. Rohit Roy is competent as well. The leading ladies are mere decorative pieces. Priyanka Chopra goes overboard this time around. Sameera Reddy gets no scope at all. Payal Rohatgi does a lot of skin show, while Riya Sen's presence in the story is akin to a puzzle. Mahesh Manjrekar's role is an extension of his work in KAANTE, but this one is not a patch on his earlier work. Sanjay Mishra is alright. On the whole, PLAN meets with the expectations partly.
RATING: **

MUNNA BHAI MBBS has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MBMBBS stars Sanjay Dutt, Gracy Singh, Sunil Dutt, Jimmy Shergill and Arshad Warsi. The film is Directed By Rajkumar Hirani.
Rajkumar Hirani's strength lies in the fact that he has extracted wonderful performances from just about everyone in the film, not just from the principal cast. The screenplay [Rajkumar Hirani, Lajan Joseph and Vidhu Vinod Chopra] could've been tighter. The film has engaging moments in abundance, but the goings-on could've been concise towards the second half. Dialogues [Abbas Tyrewala] are commendable, especially the ones delivered by Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi. The witty one-liners and the tapori lingo should go down well with the masses. Cinematography [Binod Pradhan] is flawless. If VAASTAV was a turning point in Sanjay Dutt's fluctuating career, another film that will make people sit up and notice his talent is MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. Known as an 'action man' all through his career, the actor proves with this performance that he can carry off a light-hearted flick firmly on his shoulders. Sunil Dutt is such a pleasure to watch after a hiatus. The small but significant role remains etched due to this veteran's expert portrayal. Gracy Singh is first-rate, delivering a controlled performance. The actress is getting better with every release. Jimmy Shergill is excellent. Arshad Warsi is outstanding, complimenting Sanjay Dutt at every step. Boman Irani is fabulous. Rohini Hattangadi lends adequate support. On the whole, MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. is amongst the best movies churned out from Bollywood in the recent times.
RATING: ****

BAGHBAN has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. BAGHBAN stars Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Mahima Choudhary, Paresh Rawal, Aman Varma, Lilette Dubey, Suman Ranganathan, Sameer Soni, Divya Dutta, Avtar Gill, Asrani and Rimi Sen. The film is Written/Produced By B.R. Chopra and Directed By Ravi Chopra.
Director Ravi Chopra, who has attempted various genres in the past [ZAMEER, THE BURNING TRAIN, MAZDOOR, AAJ KI AWAZ], is most comfortable attempting this genre. Aadesh Shrivastava's music gels well with the mood of the film. 'Meri Makhna Meri Soniye' and 'Pehle Kabhi Na Mera Haal Aisa Hua' are melodious. Cinematography [Barun Mukherji] is striking. Amitabh Bachchan delivers a wonderful performance, this one towers above the rest. It's yet another memorable performance in his illustrious career. Hema Malini looks elegant and conveys the pathos convincingly. The actress hasn't lost her sheen at all. Paresh Rawal and Lilette Dubey are lovable. Aman Verma stands out. Samir Soni is alright, while Saahil and Nasir get no scope. Divya Dutta scores full marks. Suman Ranganathan is passable. Yash Pathak is cute and confident. Rimi Sen doesn't get any scope. Nakul, Avtar Gill, Asrani and Sharat Saxena perform their parts ably. Salman Khan does an okay job. Mahima Chaudhary doesn't get any scope. On the whole, BAGHBAN has strong emotions as its trump card, which will appeal to the family audience more than the youth. At the box-office, if the word of mouth catches on, this 'gardener' [BAGHBAN] will be rewarded with fruits, like its predecessors.
RATING: ****

CHAMELI has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CHAMELI stars Kareena Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Kabir, Yashpal Sharma and Makrand Deshpande. The film is Directed By Sudhir Mishra.
Director Sudhir Mishra is letdown by a shoddy screenplay. Sandesh Shandilya's music might appeal to connoisseurs, but doesn't have much to offer to the man on the street. 'Bhaage Re Mann' can be singled out for its mesmerising effect. Cinematography [Aseem Bajaj] is first-rate. The sound quality is of standard. Dialogues are simple, although the frequent 'mute beeps' [censors?] in the dialogues mar the impact. Kareena Kapoor tries hard to look the character, but her otherwise polished personality acts as a major deterrent. There's no denying that the actress does make a sincere attempt – the styling, the get-up, the mannerisms are just right – but she seems miscast in a role that demands crudeness and rawness. Rahul Bose is competent, but he needs to go easy on his accent. Kabir leaves a mark in a small role. Yashpal Sharma deserved a better role. Ditto for Makrand Deshpande. On the whole, CHAMELI does not deliver. At the box-office, the film caters to a niche audience but in view of the fact that the film lacks a solid script to keep the viewer hooked, even that segment of viewers may not take to it whole-heartedly. Below average.
RATING: *

PAISA VASOOL has been released by SPARK or NET EFFECT
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. PAISA VASOOL stars Manisha Koirala, Sushmita Sen, Makrand Deshpande, Sushant Singh and Rakhi Sawant. The film is Directed By Srinivas Bhashyam.
Director Srinivas Bhashyam is saddled with an uninspiring screenplay and he needs to partner the blame partly. He may be a sound technician, but a director ought to be a good story teller. Bapi-Tutul's music is as unexciting as the script. Dialogues are witty at times. Cinematography is the sole redeeming aspect of this enterprise. The dame duo occasionally injects life with their performances. Manisha Koirala makes a sincere attempt and so does Sushmita Sen. But it is Sush who seems more comfortable attempting comedy. She displays a flair for light entertainers and can work wonders if offered such roles. Makrand Deshpande is getting typecast. Sushant Singh does his part well. Rakhi Sawant is fair. On the whole, PAISA VASOOL disappoints big time.
RATING: *

ISHQ HAI TUMSE has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. IHT stars Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Alok Nath, Vikram Gokhale, Neena Kulkarni, Tiku Talsania, Beena and Himani Shivpuri. The film is Directed By G. Krishna.
Director G. Krishna is an average storyteller. He is partly letdown thanks to a lackluster script. Dialogues are strictly okay. Cinematography is of standard. Himesh Reshammiya's music is amongst the highpoints of the enterprise. Not only are the songs tuneful, even their picturisation is striking. Amongst the songs, 'O Soniya' is the pick of the lot mainly due to its foot-tapping orchestration. Dino Morea looks ill at ease in a role that demands histrionics. At times disinterested, at times not too expressive, Dino just doesn't convince. Bipasha Basu does her part well, getting into the skin of the character. But, as mentioned above, the role is in sharp contrast to her image, which may not go down too well with the masses. Alok Nath and Vikram Gokhale enact their parts like seasoned performers. The remaining cast is passable, endorsing their parts mechanically. On the whole, ISHQ HAI TUMSE has an attractive star cast and tuneful music as its strong points, but a routine script is its biggest weakness.
RATING: *

PINJAR has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. PINJAR stars Urmila Matondkar, Priyanshu, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Suri, Sandali Sinha. The film is Directed By Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi.
Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi chooses a difficult story for his big screen debut. Fortunately, he gets it right on all fronts. There's no denying that Dwivedi is an exceptional story teller. The film depicts history in the right perspective. Music [Uttam Singh] is mellifluous; it gels well with the period look. 'Watna Ve' is the pick of the lot, more so because of its rich lyrical value. Cinematography [Santosh Thundiyil] is of international standards. It gives the film the look of an epic. The locations also succeed in taking you to that period. Dialogues [Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi] are brilliant. Ranging from poetic to acidic to patriotic, the dialogues add sheen to the enterprise. Costumes and sets [Muneesh Sappel] deserve a special mention as well. Performance-wise, PINJAR rests on two strong shoulders – Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpai. Urmila transforms into Puro with such correctness that it's impossible to believe that it's an actress portraying a part. She is so believable. With PINJAR, besides BHOOT, the actress not merely takes a step forward, but plunges ahead with a giant leap. Manoj Bajpai is outstanding in a role that seems tailormade for him. Priyanshu is first-rate, making you realise that here's a reservoir of talent that needs to be tapped. Sanjay Suri is excellent – controlled, subdued and likeable. Here's an actor who deserves to be picked up by qualitative film-makers. Sandali Sinha is efficient, slipping into her part with ease. Isha Koppikar doesn't get much scope. Seema Biswas is wasted. Lillete Dubey and Kulbhushan Kharbanda, as Urmila's parents, are natural to the core. On the whole, PINJAR caters more to the thinking audience. Also, it's for those who like period fares.
RATING: ***

MUDDA has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MUDDA stars Arya Babbar, Rekha Vedavyasa, Prashant Narayanan, Dolly Ahluwalia and Aditya Shrivastava. The film is Directed By Saurabh Shukla.
Debutante director Saurabh Shukla has chosen a difficult subject for his debut vehicle. Attempting a serious issue like the one depicted in the film does require complete understanding of the subject. On the technical side, the cinematography is just about okay. Dialogues are well penned at places, especially the ones delivered by the two warring politicians. Jeet-Pritam's music is functional. Barring the nautanki number, the remaining songs are plain mediocre. Arya Babbar shows a certain growth as an actor in his second film. Getting into the skin of the character and essaying a role that's not run-of-the-mill types was a challenge and the youngster passes the test with good marks. Prashant Narayanan is efficient, conveying so much through his facial expressions. Rekha Vedavyasa looks the character – of a simpleton – and is a decent actress. Dolly Ahluwalia is excellent and a welcome addition to the list of talented character artistes. Aditya Shrivastava is first-rate. On the whole, MUDDA – THE ISSUE reflects realism.
RATING: *

TUMSE MILKE WRONG NUMBER has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. TMWN stars Rakesh Bapat, Parvin Dabas, Richa Pallod, Rinku Ghosh, Vrajesh Hirjee, Yash Tonk, Tinnu Anand and Benjamin Gilani. The film is Directed By Jignesh V. Vaishnav.
Jignesh M. Vaishnav's direction lacks the impact required for a whodunit. The biggest flaw of the film is its half-baked screenplay [Sunjiv Puri]. In fact, the writer seems to have taken the viewer for granted. Daboo Malik's music sounds pleasant, but the placement of all songs is such the impact is lost. The background score [Raju Rao] is okay. Cinematography [Indrajeet Bansal] is of standard. Rakesh Bapat hams to the hilt. Also, he looks tired at some places and fresh in some. Parvin Dabas gets no scope. Richa Pallod is quite nice. Rinku Ghosh looks alluring and makes her presence felt. Vrajesh Hirjee plays to the gallery. Yash Tonk is alright. Tinnu Anand and Benjamin Gilani have nothing worthwhile to do. On the whole, WRONG NUMBER just does not connect with the viewer.
RATING: *

DIL PARDESI HO GAYAA has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DPHG stars Kapil Jhaveri, Saloni Aswani, Amrish Puri, Prem Chora, Ashutosh Rana, Mukesh Rishi and Raza Murad. The film is Directed By Saawan Kumar.
Saawan Kumar's direction comes to the fore whenever the Indo-Pak issue arises in the film. Usha Khanna's music is a major asset. 'Ek Pakistani Chehra', 'Tu Kaun Kahan Se Aayee Hai' and 'Mera Sona Sajan Ghar Aaya' are the pick of the lot. Dialogues [Shyam Gupta] are outstanding. It wouldn't be wrong to state that they are the soul of the film. Cinematography [Harmeet Singh] is good. Kapil Jhaveri does a confident job. He emotes his part convincingly. Saloni Aswani looks photogenic and radiates confidence. Amrish Puri lends class to his role. Prem Chopra steals the show. His presence elevates the second half of the film considerably. Ashutosh Rana is effective. Mukesh Rishi breathes fire in his role. Raza Murad is perfect. Mushtaq Khan and Navni Parihar are adequate. On the whole, DIL PARDESI HO GAYAA is a fairly engrossing fare.
RATING: **

OUT OF CONTROL has been released by RAJSHREE
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. OUT OF CONTROL stars Ritesh Deshmukh, Brande Rodericks, Hrishita Bhatt, Amrish Puri, Satish Kaushik and Satish Shah. The film is Directed By Ramanjit Juneja and Apurva Asrani.
Directors Ramanjit Juneja and Apurva Asrani make a decent debut. Anand Raaj Anand's music is pleasing to the ears. The pick of the lot is 'U.S.A. Vich L.A. Te Main L.A. Di Maina' in terms of orchestration, rendition [excellently rendered by Sunidhi Chauhan] and picturisation. Cinematography is striking. The locales of U.S. and Switzerland are well captured on celluloid. Dialogues are witty and the ones delivered by Satish Kaushik and Satish Shah deserve special mention. This is Ritesh Deshmukh's second film and in terms of performance, the youngster leaps ahead. Hrishita Bhatt is quite alright, playing the plain Jane part with ease. But it is Brande who hits a boundary in her very first Hindi film. Amrish Puri is first-rate, enacting his part with conviction. Satish Kaushik excels as Ritesh's buddy. Satish Shah is wonderful, carrying out a difficult role with flourish. On the whole, OUT OF CONTROL is a decent entertainer that will attract cinegoers in good numbers initially.
RATING: **

TEHZEEB has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. TEHZEEB stars Urmila, Diya Mirza, Arjun Rampal, Shabana Azmi, Rishi Kapoor, Rekha Rao and Diana Hayden. The film is Directed By Khalid Mohamed.
Director Khalid Mohamed has handled several individualistic sequences with flourish [especially the mother-daughter confrontations], but is letdown by his own script. Santosh Sivan's cinematography is outstanding. Dialogues [Javed Siddiqui] are realistic. TEHZEEB belongs to Shabana Azmi and Urmila Matondkar jointly. It's a delight watching Shabana on the big screen after a hiatus. This performance reaffirms the fact that there's none to match this actor when it comes to histrionics. Urmila tends to go overboard at times, but is brilliant in a few sequences. Arjun Rampal is a revelation. The actor manages to create a strong impact despite this being a woman-oriented theme. Dia Mirza hams throughout. Rishi Kapoor does his part mechanically. Diana Hayden makes a terrible debut. Her accent only worsens things. Rekha Rao is adequate. On the whole, TEHZEEB lacks the power to captivate, mesmerise and enthral the viewer, courtesy a weak script.
RATING: *

AANCH has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. AANCH stars Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Suchinder Bali, Sharbani Mukherji, Ayesha Jhulka, Nirmal Pandey and Akhilendra Mishra. The film is Directed By Rajesh Singh.
Director Rajesh Singh's work is patchy – the film looks well shot at times, but extremely tacky at places. Also, he has chosen a theme that restricts it to a region. Universal acceptance for this genre is absolutely ruled out. Sanjeev-Darshan's music is a minus point. Not one song in the entire film is worth mentioning. Cinematography is strictly functional. Dialogues are well penned at places. Nana Patekar is plain average. Paresh Rawal is loud – again, not in form this time around. The love interest – Suchinder and Sharbani – perform better. Suchinder is an okay actor, but lacks the trappings of a star. Sharbani shows a marked growth over her previous performances. She does her part well. Ayesha Julka is wasted. Ditto for Nirmal Pandey, who gets nothing concrete to do. Poonam Jhawar gets negligible scope. Akhilendra Mishra is competent. On the whole, AANCH is a dull and dry fare, offering minimal entertainment to the viewer.
RATING: *

JANASHEEN has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JANASHEEN stars Fardeen Khan, Celina Jaitley, Feroz Khan, Johnny Lever, Kashmira Shah, Archana Puransingh and Harsh Chhaya. The film is Directed By Feroz Khan.
Feroz Khan’s work as a technician is, like always, absolutely flawless. The manner in which the director executes each shot proves yet again that here’s a veteran who believes in changing with the times. The film has style, but how one wishes the maker would offer substance as well. The screenplay has its engaging moments, but is inconsistent, jerky and not as intriguing. F.K. products have always been embellished with a good score. The songs that stand out are ‘Nashe Nashe Mein Yaar’, ‘Pyar Hone Laga Hai’ and ‘Teri Chahat Mein Paagal Hoon’. Cinematography is first-rate. Dialogues are well penned, especially those delivered by Feroz Khan. Coming to the performances, JANASHEEN clearly belongs to Feroz Khan. The actor sets the screen afire every time he appears. His presence is electrifying! Fardeen Khan is inspiring in a few sequences, although one expected him to hit a boundary knowing that he has evolved as an actor after a captivating performance in KHUSHI. Celina Jaitley looks like a doll, has been photographed amazingly well, acts better than her maiden film [KHEL], but still needs to work on the emotional and hi-pitched dramatic scenes. Johny Lever irritates. Kashmira Shah, in a wierd get-up, is ok. Yash Tonk is alright. Ditto for Archana Puransingh. Harsh Chhaya is efficient. On the whole, JANASHEEN pales in comparison to F.K.’s earlier works, although it has some plusses on its side.
RATING: **

JANASHEEN has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JANASHEEN stars Fardeen Khan, Celina Jaitley, Feroz Khan, Johnny Lever, Kashmira Shah, Archana Puransingh and Harsh Chhaya. The film is Directed By Feroz Khan.
Feroz Khan’s work as a technician is, like always, absolutely flawless. The manner in which the director executes each shot proves yet again that here’s a veteran who believes in changing with the times. The film has style, but how one wishes the maker would offer substance as well. The screenplay has its engaging moments, but is inconsistent, jerky and not as intriguing. F.K. products have always been embellished with a good score. The songs that stand out are ‘Nashe Nashe Mein Yaar’, ‘Pyar Hone Laga Hai’ and ‘Teri Chahat Mein Paagal Hoon’. Cinematography is first-rate. Dialogues are well penned, especially those delivered by Feroz Khan. Coming to the performances, JANASHEEN clearly belongs to Feroz Khan. The actor sets the screen afire every time he appears. His presence is electrifying! Fardeen Khan is inspiring in a few sequences, although one expected him to hit a boundary knowing that he has evolved as an actor after a captivating performance in KHUSHI. Celina Jaitley looks like a doll, has been photographed amazingly well, acts better than her maiden film [KHEL], but still needs to work on the emotional and hi-pitched dramatic scenes. Johny Lever irritates. Kashmira Shah, in a wierd get-up, is ok. Yash Tonk is alright. Ditto for Archana Puransingh. Harsh Chhaya is efficient. On the whole, JANASHEEN pales in comparison to F.K.’s earlier works, although it has some plusses on its side.
RATING: **

PATTH has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. PATTH stars Sharad Kapoor, Nirmal Pandy, Mukesh Tewari, Shama Sikander and Rakhee Sawant. The film is Directed By Shivram Yadav.
As a director Shivram Yadav has manage to capture the essence of the Mumbai underworld with authenticity and manages to add a certain amount of realism. Sadly Yadavs biggest fall is originality as the film proceeds like every other gangster film. No technical flair, no performances that blow the viewer away, and no new twists in a oft repeated tale make the film below the mark. Technically the musically the film is below the belt. In terms of performance Sharad Kapor makes a honest attempt at a role which was perfected by Sanjay Dutt in films like VAASTAV, KABZAA, NAAM and HATHYAR! Govind Namdeo plays his Underworld Don act to perfection. Millind Gunaji is menacing in his role and he leaves a mark. Ditto for Nirmal Panday who lives the role of the dreaded Bhullar. Mukesh Tiwari is average in a role that doesn't require much at all. The female cast don't have much to do at all. Payal Rohatgi is a poor version of Namrata Shriodkor in VAASTAV. Rakhee Sawant doesnt have much to do at all. The rest of the cast are below the mark.
RATING: *

SSSSHHH... has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SSSSHHH... stars Tanisha, Dino Morea, Karan Nath, Gaurav Kapoor and Suvarna Jha. The film is Directed By Pavan Kaul.
Director Pavan Kaul is an efficient technician. Technically speaking, the film is way above slasher flicks like KUCCH TO HAI and the recent SAMAY. There's consistency in the making throughout, which needs to be lauded. But Kaul is handicapped by not just the screenplay, but also music [Anu Malik]. The songs are mere gap fillers. The screenplay is the biggest culprit. Besides a faulty screenplay, the film also suffers due to its excessive length. Moreover, the climax is long-drawn, hence loses its impact. Cinematography [Hiroo Keswani] is outstanding. Not only does the lensman do full justice to the exotic locales, but also succeeds in creating an eerie ambience. Now to the performances! Tanisha is an okay actress. Looks-wise, she photographs well from certain angles, resembling her sister Kajol and mother Tanuja at places. But she needs to work on her dialogue delivery as well as her overall appearance. Dino Morea shows improvement over his previous performances, but he doesn't have a role that actually demands histrionics. Karan Nath has a meatier role and he does it with conviction. Amongst friends, Gaurav Kapoor and Suvarna Jha stand out. Aly Khan is wasted. Maya Alagh doesn't get scope either. Shivaji Satam is passable. On the whole, SSSSHHH… holds tremendous curiosity value and shock value. It does succeed in scaring you, but intermittently. However, it falls short in that one vital department that is the lifeline of every film – a taut screenplay. At the box-office, the fresh look and an aggressive promotion will help it find flavour with youth mainly, but its business will taper down after the initial curiosity settles.
RATING: **

DHOOP has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DHOOP stars Om Puri, Revathi, Sanjay Suri and former Miss India – Universe Gul Panag. The film is Directed By Ashwini Chaudhary.
Director Ashwini Chaudhary narrates a subject that is beyond the norms and dictates of commercial cinema. Despite the various highs, the film falters badly in the screenplay department. Dialogues are of superior quality, complimenting the genre and the situation perfectly. Music [Lalit Sen] is fair, although certain songs stand out for their rich lyrical value [Nida Fazli]. The film is purely performance-based and how well the two lead characters have shouldered the responsibility! It's the histrionics displayed by Om Puri and Revathi that elevates the proceedings and inculcate life into every frame. Gul Panag makes a fair debut and manages to stand her own against the two stalwarts. Sanjay Suri impresses in a cameo. On the whole, DHOOP is at best a fair attempt, but from the box-office point of view, an offbeat theme, almost nil publicity, absence of a hi-profile star cast will spell doom. All in all, can't really bask in this dhoop.
RATING: **

JODI KYA BANAI WAH WAH RAMJI has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JKBWWRJ stars Paresh Rawal, Amar Upadhyay, Reema Sen, Gulshan Grover, Tiku Talsania and Kunika. The film is Directed By Raman Kumar.
Simply put, the director and writers Umesh Shukla and Anuraag Prapanna have tried so hard to inject humour in the story that every other emotion – drama and emotional quotient – takes a complete backseat in this enterprise. Even the action sequences are laced with comedy! As far as humour goes, the one-liners are just about passable. A few comic sequences manage to bring a smile, while a few others are repetitive. Anand Raaj Anand's music is nothing to hum about. The tunes are plain mediocre and even otherwise, they don't contribute in moving the story forward. Cinematography is alright. The film rests on Paresh Rawal's shoulders and it wouldn't be wrong to state that the actor infuses life into the film. Amar Upadhyay is just about okay. Reema Sen overacts. Gulshan Grover is competent. Tiku Talsania excels in his part. Kunika, as the Bengali tenant, is decent. On the whole, JKBWWRJ is a light entertainer but the comedy is such that it has been witnessed umpteen times in the past. At the box-office, lack of publicity and ordinary merits will only add to its woes.
RATING: **

INTEHA has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. INTEHA stars Ashmit Patel, Nauheed Cyrusi and Vidya Mallavde. The film is Directed By Vikram Bhatt.
Director Vikram Bhatt's efforts have to be lauded for extracting good performances from a comparatively new cast. Unfortunately, that's the only department he really scores in, for the treatment of the story is as lifeless as the screenplay. Even the characterisation isn't convincing. Even the climax is anything but convincing. Besides a faulty script, Anu Malik's musical score does precious little to elevate matters. The tunes sound the same all through. Moreover, most songs pop up at regular intervals, whether needed or not.Dialogues [Girish Dhamija] are a mixed bag, at places good, at most times oft-repeated. Cinematography [Pravin Bhatt] is eye-catching and compliments the genre perfectly. Debutante Ashmit Patel is fair. Nauheed Cyrusi is slightly better than her debut venture SUPARI, but that's not saying much. It is Vidya Mallavde who is most convincing. Her efforts on the screen are completely believable. An actress to watch, given the right roles! On the whole, INTEHA has more minuses than plusses. At the box-office, due to tough competition with other films in its week of release and no hype or publicity to back it up, INTEHA will find it difficult to survive. Below average.
RATING: *

RAJA BHAIYA has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. RAJA BHAIYA stars Govinda, Aarti Chhabria, Tiku Talsania, Rakesh Bedi, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Ajit Vachhani and Anang Desai. The film is Directed By Raman Kumar.
Director Raman Kumar is completely at sea in his comeback. May be the long gap has taken its toll. One needs to remind him that over the years the taste and preference of the audiences have changed. Dialogues [Imtiaz Patel], which should have been the highlight of films belonging to this genre, are repetitive. Music [Nadeem-Shravan] is strictly okay. 'Tu Jo Has-Has Ke' is the only track that stands out. Talking of performances, Govinda falls flat. He tries hard to infuse life in his role, but there's nothing original about it. Aarti Chhabria is tolerable, but her retarded antics irritate. The supporting cast looks straight out of a play where the mikes have gone awry. Tiku Talsania, Rakesh Bedi, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Ajit Vachhani and Anang Desai are loud and irritating. On the whole, RAJA BHAIYA has everything going against it, most importantly its script. At the box-office, it has no chances whatsoever.
RATING: *

SAMAY has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SAMAY stars Sushmita Sen, Sushant Singh, Rajesh Khera and Jackie Shroff. The film is Directed By Robby Grewal.
Debutante director Robby Grewal has opted for a theme that sounds interesting, but when viewed in totality, the outcome falls flat. The screenplay meanders from plausible to implausible at regular intervals. The climax is its biggest flaw. Music is nothing to talk about. The item number is completely out of place and merely looks like an excuse to provide some skin show. The dialogues are in sync with the proceedings. Ditto for the background score and cinematography. Sushmita Sen, cast in a challenging role, does full justice to her part. Sushant, playing her assistant, is convincing. Jackie Shroff doesn't get any scope. On the whole, SAMAY – WHEN TIME STRIKES doesn't 'strike' due to a weak climax mainly, which is the backbone of any suspense-thriller.
RATING: **

MAIN MADHURI DIXIT BANNA CHAHTI HOON has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MMDBCH stars Antara Mali, Rajpal Yadav, Raman Trikha, Govind Namdeo and Reeta Bhaduri. The film is Directed By Chandan Arora.
Editor turned director Chandan Arora is a welcome addition to the growing list of directors for whom substance matters more than stars. Although the film doesn't star a single known name, the director has extracted wonderful performances from the entire cast. Technically too, the film is just right. The songs -- most of Madhuri's numbers -- have been presented with a different beat and the results are satisfactory. 'Maar Dala' [from DEVDAS] and 'Dhak Dhak Karne Laga' [from BETA] can easily be singled out for near-perfect rendition. Cinematography is inconsistent. Dialogues are realistic. Now to the performances! Antra Mali is brilliant as Chutki, expressing the gamut of emotions with élan. The vulnerability that her character exudes comes across very well. Rajpal Yadav is outstanding yet again. The actor conveys the helplessness with utmost precision. Raman Trikha is confident. Govind Namdeo shines in a significant role. Sudhir Pandey is first-rate. Reeta Bhaduri is fair. Benjamin Gilani is competent. Vandana Sajnani is adequate. On the whole, MMDBCH is nothing short of an experiment which will meet with diverse reactions -- some would love it, some would ignore it. At the box-office, the film caters to a niche audience who have an appetite for different cinema. Business at multiplexes in metros should prove to be better.
RATING: **

KHEL has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KHEL stars Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Ajay Jadeja, Celina Jaitley, Suhasini Mulay and Akhilendra Mishra. The film is Directed By Yusuf Khan.
KHEL marks the directorial debut of well-known editor Yusuf Khan and must say, the director knows his job well. Besides handling the second half with maturity, Yusuf has presented the goings-on in a trendy fashion. Music is functional, with 'Chad Gayee' and 'Chori Chori' being the pick of the lot. The background score is effective. Cinematography is sparkling. Sunny Deol is seen in a role of substance. He delivers a punch-packed performance. His action sequences will be very well received. Suniel Shetty is excellent. The suppressed anger he conveys through his expressions shows the growth of the actor. Ajay Jadeja does not deliver at all. He is blank throughout and his dialogue delivery is flat. Celina Jaitley looks gorgeous, but needs to work on her acting abilities and train herself in voice modulation. Suhasini Mulay is first-rate. Mohan Joshi and Akhilendra Mishra don't get much scope. Vijay Raaz is wasted. On the whole, KHEL is a fair entertainer — its target audience being the masses, not critics or multiplex-going audience. At the box-office, the holiday period will help the film take a good start and eventually, it will find patronage in the interiors.
RATING: **

ZAMEEN has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. ZAMEEN stars Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu, Abhishek Bachchan, Pankaj Dheer and Mukesh Tiwari. The film is Directed By Rohit Shetty.
Director Rohit Shetty knows his job very well. He handles the dramatic sequences with élan. Writer Suparn Verma deserves kudos for giving that extra sheen to the enterprise with his deft writing. Himesh Reshammiya's music is hummable. The film has three songs in all [the title track – picturised on singers Shaan and K.K., 'Ek Simple Si Coffee' and 'Dilli Ki Sardi'] and all three fit in the goings-on beautifully. 'Dilli Ki Sardi' is a chartbuster. Dialogues [Javed Siddiqui] are simply brilliant and a major asset to the film. Aseem Bajaj's cinematography is fantastic. The camera movements at several places deserve a special mention. Action sequences, will keep the viewers spellbound. Editing [Bunty Nagi] is efficient. Ajay Devgan towers above one and all, delivering a performance that's truly awe-inspiring. The actor adds yet another feather to his well-decorated cap with this performance. Abhishek Bachchan is extremely efficient, conveying various emotions, mainly pathos, through his eyes. He is remarkable all through. Bipasha Basu registers a strong impact. Pankaj Dheer is outstanding, especially in the sequence when he confronts the terrorist. Mukesh Tiwari is first-rate yet again. D. Santosh, Sanjay Mishra and Manish Khanna lend adequate support. On the whole, ZAMEEN is a winner all the way. The film has all it takes to appeal to the cinegoers and should prove a success story in days to come. Class 'A'.
RATING: ***

XCUSE ME has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. XCUSE ME stars Saahil Khan, Sharman Joshi, Jaya Seal and Sonali Joshi. The film is Directed By N. Chandra.
Director N. Chandra's flair for comedy was evident in STYLE and he carries it forward this time around. However, the film stands on a waferthin storyline and there aren't any twists and turns in the sequel - the film loses some of its sheen. Sanjjjeev-Darshan's music is functional, although the two tracks that have been extensively promoted – 'Ishq Hua' and 'Yeh Tu Kya Kar-rayla Hain?' – are the pick of the lot. Cinematography is first-rate. The locales of Mauritius provide a good setting for a theme like this. Dialogues are well penned, catering to the masses completely. Sharman Joshi is a complete natural. Saahil Khan shows vast improvement over his first film. The two leading ladies – Jaya Seal and Sonali Joshi – don't really get much scope to exhibit histrionics. Pratap Singh has done very well. Given the right roles, he should prove to be an actor of calibre. Mushtaq Khan is efficient. Saurabh Shukla is simply hilarious. On the whole, XCUSE ME is a fair entertainer that should appeal to the youth mainly. But the tough oppositions this week and also next week may cut into its business.
RATING: **

MUMBAI MATINEE has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MM stars Rahul Bose, Perizad Zorabian, Vijay Raaz, Saurabh Shukla and Anusha. The film is Directed By Anant Balani.
Director Anant Balani has handled the light sequences with aplomb, but he is terribly handicapped by a weak screenplay. Music is functional, with just one song – 'Loot Gaye' [Anand Raaj Anand] – starying on your lips. Cinematography [Sanjay Nair] is up to the mark. Rahul Bose delivers a competent performance yet again. The actor is getting better with each film. Perizaad Zorabian doesn't get any scope at all. Kaabir [Rahul Bose's friend] is excellent. Vijay Raaz and Saurabh Shukla are first-rate. Asrani is likeable. Bakul Thakkar leaves an impact in a small role. On the whole, MUMBAI MATINEE has something for the classes, but nothing for the masses. At the box-office, the multiplex-audience may opt for the film out of curiosity, but the numbers will be very, very limited. Heavy usage of English language in the film may also restrict its prospects to an extent.
RATING: *

KUCH NAA KAHO has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KNK stars Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Satish Shah, Suhasini Muley, Jaspal Bhatti, Himani Shivpuri and Tanaz Currim. The film is Directed By Rohan Sippy.
KNK marks the directorial debut of Rohan Sippy, son of the celebrated Ramesh Sippy. There's no denying that debutante Rohan Sippy knows his job. He has handled a few emotional moments with expertise and has also drawn competent performances, besides making every frame look colourful and visually enticing. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is soft and pleasant sounding. Cinematography is eye-catching. Dialogues are alright. Abhishek Bachchan radiates confidence. Aishwarya Rai is just about passable. Arbaaz Khan does make his presence felt. Master Parth Dave is simply outstanding, expressing a gamut of expressions effortlessly. Satish Shah, Jaspal Bhatti, Himani Shivpuri, Tanaaz Currim and Suhasini Mule provide able support. On the whole, KNK is appealing, but in parts. At the box-office, the film will find the going tough despite the presence of popular stars and excellent publicity to back it up.
RATING: **

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Full Frame & Widescreen) has been released by FOX SEARCHLIGHT
with English,and Spanish Subtitles, Additional Languages: French,and Spanish, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio & English dubbed audio in Dolby surround, Commentary, Making Of, Music Video, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Trailers, plus lots more. BILB stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Janathan Rhys Meyers ,Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi and Juliet Stevenson. The film is Produced/Directed By Gurinder Chadha.
RATING: ****

MARKET has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MARKET stars Manisha Korila, Suman Rangnathan, Vallabh Vyas, Swetha Menon, Sayaji Shinde, Govind Namdeo, Anupam Shyam, Prathima Kazmi, Pankaj Berry and Vallabh Vyas. The film is Directed By Jaiprakash.
Director Jai Prakash has done his homework well. He puts his message across very convincingly. Effort has been taken to look into the minutest detail of life in a brothel. Music [Altaf Raja] doesn't boast of chartbusting tracks, nevertheless it gels very well with the mood of the film. Cinematography [Thomas Xavier] is good. Dialogues [Masood Mirza, Meeraq Mirza] are punch-packed and clapworthy. They also hold tremendous mass appeal. Of the cast, Manisha Koirala is the pick of the lot. She is in form after a long time. Suman Ranganathan looks sensuous and acts well. Shweta Menon is passable. Well-known model Aryan Vaid doesn't get a dream launch, but he does leave an impression in the latter half of the film. Sayaji Shinde is fantastic. Govind Namdeo is first-rate. Anupam Shyam is competent. Prathima Kazmi is superb. Pankaj Berry and Vallabh Vyas lend adequate support. On the whole, MARKET has two factors going in its favour – its title-value and the issue it depicts. At the box-office, the film has the merits to pick up gradually on the strength of these two factors.
RATING: ***

JOGGER'S PARK has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MM stars Perizaad Zorabian and Victor Banerjee. The film is Directed By Anant Balani.
Director Anant Balani has done justice to a subject that was otherwise quite difficult to narrate. Music [Tabun Sutradhar] is soft on the ears and the songs are well placed in the enterprise. The best song is the Adnan Sami-rendered track, 'Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye'. Cinematography [Sanjay Nair] is fair. Victor Banerjee is first-rate. The gamut of emotions he displays at a stroke clearly proves the infinite range he possesses. But it is Perizaad Zorabian who takes a giant leap. Camera-friendly and natural are two adjectives to describe this upcoming actress, who looks apt for her part. Divya Dutta gets just one powerful sequence to showcase her talent and she comes out with flying colours. She is tremendous in the climax. Khalid Siddiqui and Hiten Tejwani are wasted. Abha Dhulia is so-so. On the whole, JOGGERS' PARK is an honest attempt at meaningful, sensible cinema that's slowly proving a healthy alternative for the discerning audiences of metros. At the box-office, the film caters to a niche audience and it should find favour with the multiplex-going patrons – its target audience!
RATING: **

BOOM has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. BOOM stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Javed Jaffry, Katreena Kaif, Madhu Sapre, Padma Lakshmi, Zeenat Aman and Bo Derek. The film is Directed By Kaizad Gustad.
BOOM marks the directorial debut of Rohan Sippy, son of the celebrated Ramesh Sippy. There's no denying that debutante Rohan Sippy knows his job. He has handled a few emotional moments with expertise and has also drawn competent performances, besides making every frame look colourful and visually enticing. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is soft and pleasant sounding. Cinematography is eye-catching. Dialogues are alright. Abhishek Bachchan radiates confidence. Aishwarya Rai is just about passable. Arbaaz Khan does make his presence felt. Master Parth Dave is simply outstanding, expressing a gamut of expressions effortlessly. Satish Shah, Jaspal Bhatti, Himani Shivpuri, Tanaaz Currim and Suhasini Mule provide able support. On the whole, KNK is appealing, but in parts. At the box-office, the film will find the going tough despite the presence of popular stars and excellent publicity to back it up.
RATING: *

KOI MIL GAYA has been released by YASHRAJ FILMS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KMG stars Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Rekha, Johnny Lever, Rajat Bedi, Prem Chopra, Mukesh Rishi and Rakesh Roshan. The film is Directed By Rakesh Roshan.
Director Rakesh Roshan is in comfort zone vis-à-vis handling dramatic scenes. Rajesh Roshan comes up with a winning score yet again. The songs have a mesmerising effect and the choreography in almost all the songs is splendid. To single out, 'Idhar Chala' and 'It's Magic' are the pick of the lot. Cinematography [Sameer Arya, Ravi K. Chandran] is first-rate. Dialogues [Javed Siddiqui] are good at places. Action sequences [Tinu Verma] have the required punch. Hrithik Roshan dominates the show and packs in a power-packed performance. The actor takes to it like a fish takes to water. As an actor, he scales dizzier heights with this splendid performance. Preity Zinta excels in a role that doesn't really require histrionics, but does require the confidence to carry it off convincingly. Rekha is credible. Rakesh Roshan is effective in a small role. Johny Lever does manage to raise a few laughs. Mukesh Rishi is alright Ditto for Prem Chopra and Rajat Bedi. On the whole, KOI... MIL GAYA tackles a novel concept as far as the Indian screen is concerned. At the box-office, the initial draw has been terrific, but it remains to be seen how the audiences respond to the alien.
RATING: ****

CHUPKE SE has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CS stars Masumi, Zulfi Syed, Raman Lamba, Rati Agnihotri, Tinnu Anand, Reema and Om Puri. The film is Directed By Shona Urvashi.
Director Shona Urvashi gets the technique of film-making right, but is letdown by the writing [Abbas Tyrewala, Shona herself]. The script fluctuates from plausible to implausible with regularity and that's where it falters. The film is embellished with some good songs [Vishal Bhardwaj], but how one wishes they were promoted aggressively. 'Kajrare Nainawale' and 'Kehte Kehte' stand out. Cinematography [Madhu Ambat] is alright. Masumi looks her part, of a middle class girl with stars in her eyes, and does quite well. Zulfi Syed looks suave and carries off his part with confidence. Raman Lamba exudes confidence as well, although his characterisation is underdeveloped. Rati Agnihotri goes over the top completely. Tinnu Anand is just perfect. Dilip Prabhavalkar tends to get theatrical. Reema is wasted. Jayant Kripalani is effective. MTV host Cyrus Broacha [sp. app.] should stick to television. It is Om Puri who steals the show with an amazing performance every time he appears on screen. On the whole, CHUPKE SE... is a typical multiplex fare, but an overdose of such fares [JOGGERS' PARK, RULES], coupled with the regular flow of star cast films and not-too-strong publicity, will make a dent in its business. It's bound to get lost in the crowd!
RATING: **

TERE NAAM has been released by EROS as a 2 Disc Set
Disc 1 contains the movie with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. Disc 2 contains the following bonus features: Show Reel of Tere Naam, Salman Khan Special Interview, plus 15 songs of Salman Khan.
TERE NAAM stars Salman Khan, Bhoomika Chawla, Ravi Kissen, Sarfaraz Khan, Sachin Khedekar, Savita Prabhune and Anang Desai. The film is Directed By Satish Kaushik.
Director Satish Kaushik is in complete form this time around. Himesh Reshammiya's music may not boast of chartbusting hits, but gels well with the mood of the film. The 'Odhni' number is the pick of the lot. Cinematography [S. Sriram] is excellent. Dialogues [Jainendra Jain] are natural to the core. Action sequences [Mahendra Verma] are raw and appealing...And now to the performances! Salman Khan is exceptional in a role that fits him to the T. Bhoomika Chawla reminds you of Bhagyashree. Her performance is first-rate. Ravi Kissen is excellent. Sarfaraz Khan is another actor who catches your attention with a flawless performance. Sachin Khedekar, Savita Prabhune and Anang Desai lend decent support. On the whole, TERE NAAM is rich in emotions -- a fact that would go in its favour completely. The hype surrounding the film has resulted in a strong opening and coupled with its merits, it should prove an earner for its investors. Business in the Hindi belt should prove to be the best, considering the backdrop of the film [North India]. For lovers of Hindi cinema, says 'yes' to TERE NAAM.
RATING: ***

A single DVD set of MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON has been released by Rajshri Productions
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. Besides the main movie, the disc contains the complete Valentine's Day sequence along with the 'Sanjana...' song as a bonus feature. Please note: Rajshri will also release a Multi Disc DVD set of MPKDH at Diwali time (approx.). MPKDH stars Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Pankaj Kapur, Himani Shivpuri, Reema Lagoo, Johnny Lever and Farida Jalal. The film is Directed By Sooraj Barjatya. Directorially, MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON is a Sooraj R. Barjatya show all the way. Besides the family values and typical Indian emotions, Sooraj gives the film a contemporary look. He deserves a 10 out of 10. Anu Malik's music has a different sound and the best part is they've been merged beautifully in the script. Well worded and well tuned, each song has been rendered with a lot of feeling. The choreography [Jay Borade] is apt. Rajan Kinagi's cinematography is first-rate. Hrithik Roshan is in top form this time around, the actor is capable of so much more than just flexing his muscles. Kareena Kapoor is a delight to watch. She's gotten into the skin of the character and portrayed her part with utmost conviction. The actress is remarkable all through the film. Abhishek Bachchan underplays his part well. Pankaj Kapur is fabulous. Himani Shivpuri is excellent. On the whole, MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON is a worthy successor to Sooraj R. Barjatya's previous hits.
RATING: *****

A Collector 2 DVD Set of CHALTE CHALTE has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. Disc 2 contains the music release function of Chalte Chalte plus other bonus features. CHALTE CHALTE stars Shahrukh Khan & Rani Mukherjee. The film is Directed By Aziz Mirza. Chalte Chalte is Aziz Mirza's finest attempt as a storyteller. Rumi Jafry's dialogues are excellent. Amongst Jatin-Lalit's tracks, 'Tauba' and 'Suno Na' stand out for their honey-coated tunes. Ashok Mehta's cinematography is first-rate, like always. And now to the performances! CHALTE CHALTE clearly belongs to Shah Rukh Khan, an actor par excellence. One actually runs out of adjectives and personifications if asked to describe this performance by the actor. Rani Mukherji takes a step forward, proving that she's a reservoir of talent. Rani has never looked as gorgeous as in this flick. Amongst character artistes, Satish Shah and Lillete Dubey stand out. On the whole, CHALTE CHALTE has several aces in its kitty – the light and emotional moments, the performances, the deft execution of the subject that makes you fall in love with love… But, most importantly, the film has tremendous emotional appeal to make the family audience throng the theatres.
RATING: *****

PARWANA has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CM stars Ajay Devgan, Ameesha Patel, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Kader Khan, Gulshan Grover, Akhilendra Mishra, Sharat Saxena, Pramod Moutho, Ketaki Dave and Jagdeep. The film is Directed By Deepak Bahry.
Director Deepak Bahry has opted for a theme that has precious little to offer and that's where he stumbles. Sanjeev-Darshan's music is equally uninspiring. Barring 'Pallu Gira Diya', the remaining numbers are mere gap fillers. The action sequences [Veeru Devgan] between the two actors are deftly handled. In fact, the stunts are the redeeming feature of this enterprise. Cinematography is patchy; at places alright, at times dull. Dialogues are monotonous and rudimentary. Ajay Devgan gives a sincere account of himself, but looks out of place in an enterprise like this. Amisha Patel continues to be wooden. Pooja Batra has no role to talk of. Sadashiv Amrapurkar does quite well. Kader Khan is wasted in an insignificant role. Gulshan Grover is convincing. Akhilendra Mishra does an okay job. Sharat Saxena suffers due to a sketchy role. Pramod Moutho is so-so. Ketaki Dave does her Gujarati act yet again, but irritates. Jagdeep manages to raise a few laughs. On the whole, PARWANA has nothing new to offer. At the box-office, the film has some chances at small centres where masala films are still lapped up. However, much cannot be expected in big cities and multiplexes.
RATING: *

CALCUTTA MAIL has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CM stars Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Manisha Korila, Sayaji Shinde, Satish Kaushik and Saurabh Shukla. The film is Directed By Sudhir Mishra.
The director has handled certain scenes with aplomb. CALCUTTA MAIL is touted as an emotional thriller. But neither is the emotional quotient potent enough to give you goose bumps, nor is it an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Another factor that works against the film is its music. The songs act as speed-breakers since they are forced in the goings-on. In fact, the film would've had a better impact had it been a songless enterprise. Dialogues are passable. Ditto for the cinematography. It's the performances that are the saving grace, as the big names don't disappoint. Rani is natural. Her light moments and chatter-box mannerisms provide a welcome relief. This performance will add value to her already-heavy resume. Manisha Koirala impresses in the little footage she gets. Sayaji Shinde gets stereotyped in another negative role, which he executes with full justice. Satish Kaushik's role is a pleasant surprise. His performance is first-rate. Saurabh Shukla is competent. But it is the ever-reliable Anil Kapoor who comes up with a powerful performance. His emotional outbursts engage the viewer to a major extent. On the whole, CALCUTTA MAIL disappoints. With no hype or hoopla surrounding the film, it will face an uphill task at the box-office.
RATING: **

GANGAAJAL has been released by VENUS RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. GANGAAJAL stars Ajay Devgan, Gracy Singh, Yashpal Sharma, Mukesh Tiwari, Mohan Joshi and Akhilandra Mishra. The film is Directed By Prakash Jha.
Prakash Jha is not in form this time around. He has relied on a genre that holds scant novelty for the present-day audiences. The absence of songs and romance is also a major deterrent, which makes it a morbid experience. Cinematography is alright. The locations of Wai give the film a fresh look. Dialogues are power-packed. Ajay Devgan does his part exceedingly well, carrying the film on his firm shoulders. Gracy Singh fails to impress. Yashpal Sharma leaves an indelible impression and Mukesh Tiwari is simply superb. Mohan Agashe and Mohan Joshi are as usual. Akhilendra Mishra is alright. On the whole, GANGAAJAL has its limitations thanks to its oft-repeated theme. At the box-office, the film may appeal to a select few, but ladies and family audiences will keep away from a film of this genre. Business in U.P. and Bihar should prove to be the best.
RATING: **

KYON? has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KYON stars Rahul Dev, Sanober Kabir, Amit Jain, Chaitanya Choudhary, Prateeksha, Sachit Patil, Smita Jaykar and Anju Mahendru. The film is Directed By Kalpana Lajmi.
Directorially, Kalpana Lajmi leaves a lot to be desired. Bhupen Hazarika's music is soulful. Cinematography [Mahesh Aney, Arvind Kannabiran] is inconsistent. The background score [Kalyan Baruah] is effective. Barring Chaitanya Choudhary and Sanober Kabir, none of the newcomers strike a chord. Amit Jain ought to control his facial expressions. Sachit Patil is so-so. Prateeksha doesn't get much scope. Chaitanya does impress, while Sanober appears confident. Rahul Dev is getting typecast. Amongst character artistes, Smita Jaykar, Kunika and Anju Mahendru are adequate. On the whole, KYON? stands on a weak foundation -- script -- and with no face-value to attract the audiences, its journey at the box-office will be woeful.
RATING: *

MUMBAI SE AAYA MERA DOST has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. MSAMD stars Abhisek Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Akhilendra Mishra, Yashpal Sharma, Chunkey Pandey and Raageshwari. The film is Directed By Apoorva Lakhia.
Director Apoorva Lakhia knows the technique right. Together with cinematographer Gururaj R.J., he formulates an ambience that looks enchanting. The visual impact of this film is stunning. There's no denying that the director knows his job as a technician. His shot execution is far superior from most first-timers. In fact, it matches some of the best names on Hindi film circuit today. The climax is fantastic and the action in the climax [Shahid Ali] succeeds in keeping you spellbound. Anu Malik's music has the rustic feel, which gels beautifully with the genre. 'Saiyyan' is the best of the lot and the choreography of this track [Vaibhavi Merchant] is fantastic. Even the background score is first-rate. Gururaj R.J.'s cinematography is fabulous. The sand dunes have never looked so beautiful as in this film. Editing [Steven Bernard] could've been sharper. Costumes [Kinnari Pannikar, Theia, Pooja] are well worked upon. Abhishek Bachchan enacts his part with conviction. There's no denying that the actor is cultivating his individual style and that's a welcome move. Lara Dutta looks gorgeous, but looks too up-to-the-minute to play a village belle. However, her performance is quite alright. Yashpal Sharma is outstanding in a role that looks so authentic. Aditya Lakhia [Surya] is natural. Akhilendra Mishra is effective. Dayashankar Pandey and Shubro Bhattacharya irritate. Raageshwari and Chunkey Pandey don't impress. On the whole, MUMBAI SE AAYA MERA DOST has its moments of glory, but they're far to less to generate a lasting impact. Ordinary.
RATING: **

FOOTPATH has been released by TIPS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. FOOTPATH stars Bipasha Basu, Aftab, Rahul Dev, Emraan Hashmi, Aparna Tilak, Irfan Khan, Anupama Verma, Arif Zakaria, Anup Soni. The film is Directed By Vikram Bhatt.
Director Vikram Bhatt has handled a few dramatic scenes with ease, with the finale being the best part of the enterprise. Writer Mahesh Bhatt has come up with a half-baked script. Girish Dhamija's dialogues are power-packed and also the saving grace to an extent. Nadeem-Shravan's music is a sore point. Practically all the tunes sound the same. Pravin Bhatt's camerawork is flawless. Aftab Shivdasani does well in a role that is not everyone's cup of tea. Rahul Dev is effective enough. Debutante Emraan Hashmi carries off the role without resorting to being loud. A complete natural. Bipasha Basu has nothing to do other than look pretty. Newcomer Aparna Tilak is quite good. Irfan Khan is excellent in a cameo. Anupama Verma and Arif Zakaria don't get much scope. Anup Soni is first-rate. On the whole, FOOTPATH is a routine fare that may not find many takers.
RATING: **

HUNGAMA has been released by RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. HUNGAMA stars Aftab, Akshay Khanna, Rimi Sen, Paresh Rawal. The film is Directed By Priyadarshan.
Director Priyadarshan's funda is clear – Provide non-stop entertainment. Neeraj Vora's dialogues are the mainstay of the enterprise. They succeed in enhancing the impact of light scenes. Cinematography is alright. Nadeem-Shravan's music is ear-pleasing. Akshaye Khanna is the sober of the lot and like always, comes up with a decent performance. Aftab Shivdasani is reasonably good. Newcomer Rimi Sen takes you by surprise. Extremely attractive and photogenic, the actress holds on despite sharing the frame with seasoned performers. Paresh Rawal is loud and theatrical, but it goes well in a film like this. The masses are sure to like him. Shoma Anand is equally convincing. Shakti Kapoor is as usual. Rajpal Yadav is brilliant. On the whole, HUNGAMA is a light entertainer with several hilarious moments. At the box-office, the business will be best in Mumbai.
RATING: ***

CHORI CHORI has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CHORI CHORI stars Ajay Devgan, Rani Mukherjee, Sonali Bendre. The film is Directed By Milan Luthria.
Director Milan Luthria has handled a few sequences with flourish. Sajid-Wajid's music is quite okay. Cinematography is striking. The outdoor locales of North India appeal. Rani Mukherjee registers a strong impression. Ajay Devgan's performance is lacklustre. Sonali Bendre does her part efficiently. Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Kamini Kaushal are fair. On the whole, The film starts off pretty well, but runs out of steam in the second half.
RATING: **

DARNA MANA HAI has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DMH stars Saif Ali Khan, Aftaab, Vivek Oberoi, Shilpa Shetty, Sanjay Kapoor, Isha Koppikar, Nana Patekar, Rajpal Yadav, Raghuvir Yadav, Sohail Khan, Sameera Reddy and Antra Mali. The film is Directed By Prawaal Raman.
Director Prawaal Raman seems to have grasped the technicalities that go into the making of a slick film and like his mentor Ram Gopal Varma, Prawaal also uses sound to his advantage. The USPs of DARNA MANA HAI are the sound quality and the scary moments that have been injected in the stories. Cinematography is striking. Vivek Oberoi, Nana Patekar and Shilpa Shetty register some impact. Aftab is just about okay, while Saif's performance suffers due to the sketchy characterisation. Sanjay Kapoor, Sohail Khan and Antra Mali are so-so. Ditto for Isha Koppikar. Raghuvir Yadav and Rajpal Yadav are seasoned performers and they use their body language to the fullest. Boman Irani impresses. Sushant is passable. On the whole, DARNA MANA HAI caters to the intelligentsia more than the average cinegoer of today, who may find the concept of the film difficult to digest.
RATING: **

3 DEEWAREIN has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. 3 DEEWAREIN stars Jackie Shroff, Naseeruddin Shah, Juhi Chawla, Nagesh Kukunoor. The film is Directed By Nagesh Kukunoor.
Director Nagesh Kukunoor has created the right ambience and has also extracted natural performances from one and all. While the characters are believable and the script intriguing, the cinematography provides the important 'view' in the film. Thick walls, imposing fences and confined spaces give the film a realistic feel. The usage of the background music at a few places only, works. Naseeruddin Shah is fabulous. Jackie Shroff is first-rate. He manages to convey the pain through expressions. Nagesh Kukunoor is equally convincing. Juhi Chawla is amazing. This is amongst her finest performances. On the whole, 3 DEEWAREIN is a film for mature audiences and critics, who love to go ga-ga over arty movies. It may also hit upon some glory at the film circuit. But on home turf, its appeal would be restricted to a minority in big cities only. At the box-office, the film has dismal chances!
RATING: **

JAAL - The Trap has been released by RAINBOW<
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JAAL stars Sunny Deol, Tabu, Amrish Puri. The film is Directed By Guddu Dhanoa.
Guddu Dhanoa's direction is an asset. For writers Rajiv Kaul and Praful Parekh, it's yet another triumph. Aadesh Shrivastava's background score is first-rate. Tinu Verma's action sequences are the best in the recent times. Cinematography is of standard. Dialogues are okay. Editing could've been better. Production values are lavish. The makers have left no stone unturned in giving the film a lavish look and the money spent is visible in every frame. Sunny is extremely likeable, essaying a role with utmost conviction. Tabu is outstanding. Reema Sen enacts her part without going overboard. Amrish Puri is as usual. Anupam Kher is first-rate. Ashish Vidyarthi impresses yet again. Shahbaaz Khan leaves a mark. On the whole, JAAL – THE TRAP is a well-made flick with two strong points – the story and the action sequences. At the box-office, the film has all it takes to keep its investors safe thanks to its reasonable price-tag.
RATING: ***

OOPS! has been released by RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. OOPS! stars Kiran Janjani, Vikas Sethi, Adyasha, Mink Singh. The film is Directed By Deepak Tijori.
Director Deepak Tijori needs to be complimented for opting for a bold theme for his debut film, but as a writer, he should've given the story a proper culmination. Music [Ravi Pawar] is quite tuneful. Unfortunately, the non-promotion of songs is another area where the film suffers. Cinematography [Thomas Xavier] is first-rate. The choreography of the songs deserves special mention. The choreography of the strip show also deserves full marks. Both Kiran Janjani and Vikas Sethi do quite well in their debuts, delivering committed and believable performances. Adyasha does very well. Mita Vashisht is brilliant. Her work is bound to win her tremendous acclaim. Mink is superb. Kiran Kumar is just alright. On the whole, OOPS! has a novel theme and sex as its USP. However, the subject being alien for the Indian masses, would restrict its appeal to the urban youth primarily. At the box-office, the film should generate some curiosity in metros mainly, but a long run seems unlikely.
RATING: *

QAYAMAT has been released by RAINBOW
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. QAYAMAT stars Ajay Devgan, Sunil Shetty, Neha Dhupia, Arbaaz Khan, Sanjay Kapoor, Isha Koppikar. The film is Directed By Harry Baweja.
Directorially, QAYAMAT is Harry Baweja's best offering so far, in terms of technique. The film has been stylishly shot and has an international feel to it. Writer Suparn Verma needs to be complimented for picking a genre that defies the stereotype and which has rarely been attempted by Hindi film-makers. Nadeem-Shravan's music sounds good to the ears. Cinematography [Sanjay F. Gupta] is awesome. The background score heightens the impact considerably. The underground sets [Nitish Roy] are fantastic. Ajay Devgan is effective in a role that requires him to emote through expressions. Suniel Shetty is first-rate. Aashish Chowdhry does a commendable job. Sanjay Kapoor and Arbaaz Khan are commendable. Neha Dhupia looks plain average, but acts well. Isha Koppikar springs a surprise in a male-dominated show. She registers a strong impact. Riya Sen is strictly okay. Ayub Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anjan Srivastava and Govind Namdeo are as usual. Deep Dhillon impresses. On the whole, QAYAMAT is a fair entertainer with an ordinary first half and an engaging second.
RATING: **

HAWA has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. HAWA stars Tabu, Mukesh Tivari, Shahbaz Khan. The film is Directed By Guddu Dhanoa.
Directorially, Guddu Dhanoa has handled a complex subject with flourish. The background score [Surender Sodhi] is excellent. Special effects are quite nice, not tacky at all. Tabu gives the role her best shot and emerges a winner once again. Shahbaaz Khan is very effective. Grusha Kapoor is okay. Emraan Khan is fair. Mukesh Tiwari makes his presence felt in a small but significant role. Vishwajeet Pradhan and Amit Behl don't get much cope. On the whole, HAWA comes at a time when the Indian audiences are in a mood to try out something different. At the box-office, the marketing strategy, plus the strong content, should attract the masses aplenty, which in turn should make its investors laugh all the way to the bank.
RATING: **

SAAYA has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SAAYA stars John Abraham Tara Sharma, Mahima Chaudhary, Zohra Segal. The film is Directed By Anurag Basu.
Director Anurag Basu, who partly directed KUCCH TO HAI, is adept at creating suspense, tension and a layer of paranoia – the presentation of incidents is most realistic and can be identified by the cinegoer of today. SAAYA is embellished with excellent cinematography, sound effects and background score that helps in creating the right mood and heightens the overall impact. Dialogues are well worded, with some lines sounding true to life. SAAYA clearly belongs to John Abraham. Enacting a very difficult role, the newcomer actually performs like a veteran and delivers a performance that's bound to win him nominations. His growth as an actor is tremendous! Tara Sharma does an average job. Mahima Chaudhary is remarkable in her role. She seems to be in form after a very long time. Zohra Segal is okay, though her mysterious character could've been better defined. Raj Zutshi irritates. On the whole, SAAYA falls short of expectations. The film has some engaging moments that keep you hooked on to the goings-on, but a handful of well-executed sequences can never really undo the harm done by a weak script and more specifically, a hard-to-digest climax.
RATING: **

88 ANTOP HILL has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. 88 ANTOP HILL stars Atul Kulkarni, Jasmine, Rahul Dev, Sweta Menon, Suchitra Pillai. The film is Directed By Kushan Nandy.
Director Kushan Nandy has worked doubly hard on giving the film the right texture in terms of technique and sound quality. The background score is another area where the film scores. Ditto for the cinematography. Atul Kulkarni is alright; he could've been better. Rahul Dev is natural, playing to perfection. Shweta Menon impresses in a significant role. Sanjay Singh is competent. Jasmine looks photogenic and makes a fair debut. Suchitra Pillai gets no scope. On the whole, 88 ANTOP HILL is high on technique, but low on substance.
RATING: **

NAYEE PADOSAN has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. NAYEE PADOSAN stars Rahul Bhatt, Mahek, Aslam Khan, Rahul Bhatt, Anuj Shrivastava, Vikas Kalantri & Vishal Kashyap. The film is Directed By B.H. Tharunkumar.
B.H. Tharunkumar's knows the grammar of film-making right. There're no continuity jerks or technical flaws. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's songs sound pleasant. Dialogues stand out in this comic venture, combining well with the screenplay. Cinematography is striking. Rahul Bhat is a complete natural, essaying a difficult role with elan. Mahek is photogenic, she does make her presence felt. Anuj Sahwhney oozes confidence as a performer and has good screen presence as well. Aslam Khan enacts his part with sincerity. Vikas Kalantri is alright. Vijay Kashyap is first-rate. On the whole, NAYEE PADOSAN boasts of some rib-tickling comedy, which is also its USP. The light moments, coupled with witty dialogues, should attract the attention of the youth - its target audience.
RATING: ****

SUPARI has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SUPARI stars Uday Chopra, Rahul Dev, Aakash Saigal, Purab Kohli, Nandita Das. The film is Directed By Padam Kumar.
Director Padam Kumar tries hard to make a statement that crime doesn't pay. Dialogue Sutapa Sikdar; addl. dialogue: Atul Sabharwal] are excellent. Uday Chopra does a decent job. Rahul Dev emotes well. Purab Kohli is a complete natural. Akash Saigal is a surprise, belting out a performance that's bound to be noticed. Nandita Das conveys a lot through her expressive eyes and that's where she scores. Her get-up is equally impressive. On the whole, SUPARI does not deliver what one expects from it. When compared to films of this genre [SATYA, VAASTAV, COMPANY], SUPARI pales considerably.
RATING: *

JHANKAAR BEATS has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JB stars Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Rinke Khanna, Rahul Bose. The film is Directed By Sujoy Ghosh.
Sujoy Ghosh surprises you as a director. His handling of individual sequences is what sustains the viewer's interest. Another aspect that deserves full marks is the dialogue [Milap Zaveri, Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair], which has a feel of today. Witty and easy on the ears, the dialogue enhance the impact of several sequences. They are simply excellent. Cinematography [Mazhar Kamran] is consistent. The editing is another aspect that deserves to be noted. Ditto for the sound quality [Dwarak Warrier], which is of top class quality. Of the cast, Sanjay Suri and Rahul Bose are the best. Both are natural to the core, especially Rahul who's very likeable. Juhi Chawla is a treat to watch. Her performance is truly an asset. Rinke Khanna is first-rate. Amongst character artists, Archana Puransingh and Dinyar Contractor stand out. Vijayendra Ghatge, Shashikala and Parmeet Sethi lend average support. On the whole, JHANKAAR BEATS has a few interesting moments.
RATING: **

BHOOT has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. BHOOT stars Urmila, Ajay Devgan, Fardeen Khan, Nana Patekar, Seema Biswas Rekha, Tanuja. The film is Directed By Ram Gopal Varma.
RGV is in complete form this time around. Undoubtedly one of the best makers in India today. The director's contribution looms large in every frame. Writers Sameer Sharma and Lalit Marathe have developed a complex subject with dexterity. Identification with the story is a major asset of the film. Two more aces of the film are Dwarak Warrier's sound effects and Salim-Sulaiman's background score. Both are of international quality. In fact, sound plays a major role in a film like this and RGV has ensured that the sound quality is superior. Vishal Sinha's cinematography is appropriate. The performances are of a high order. Ajay Devgan enacts a role that is in sharp contrast to his action image. Nana Patekar is extremely competent. Rekha is superb in her role, while Fardeen Khan [neighbour] registers an impact in a small but significant role. Tanuja [mother] proves yet again that she's a dependable performer. Victor Banerjee [psychiatrist] is first-rate. Ditto for Seema Biswas [house maid]. But the film clearly belongs to Urmila Matondkar all the way. To state that she is excellent would be doing gross injustice to her work. On the whole, BHOOT is a richly rewarding experience for the discerning horror fan. It has thrills and chills to entice, excite and scare the viewer.
RATING: ****

HAASIL has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. HAASIL stars Jimmy Shergill, Hrishita Bhatt, Ashutosh Rana, Shyam Shroff, Rajpal Yadav, Tinnu Anand. The film is Directed By Tigmanshu Dhulia.
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia does a commendable job. Jatin-Lalit's music is pleasant, complimenting the mood of the film. Cinematography is in accordance with the proceedings. Tigmanshu Dhulia's dialogues come in for special mention. His one-liners are witty and clean and keep your ears open for more. Performance-wise, it's Irfan Khan all the way. His presence and dialogue delivery instills life in every frame. Jimmy Shergill comes across as a natural performer. Ashutosh Rana, in a cameo, makes his presence felt. As usual, he essays his part with conviction. Hrishita Bhatt, with limited scope, is fair enough. Tinnu Anand is fair. On the whole, the reality element coupled with good performances will go in favour of the film.
RATING: **

ANDAAZ has been released by TIPS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. ANDAAZ stars Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra. The film is Directed By Raj Kanwar.
Director Raj Kanwar has handled a couple of sequences with utmost maturity. Nadeem-Shravan's music is another scoring point. 'Rabba Ishq Na Hove' and 'Kisise Tum Pyaar Karo' have a mesmerizing effect and take the story forward. Ishwar Bidri's cinematography is another aspect worth a mention. Of the cast, the newcomers steal the show. Lara Dutta is impressive. She handles both the emotional as well as chirpy scenes with amazing ease. Priyanka Chopra is the one to watch out for. Combining talent with sex appeal, she emotes the various shades of her character with versatility. Akshay Kumar does justice to his role. Of the supporting cast, Johny Lever plays to the gallery. Navni Parihar is effective. On the whole, ANDAAZ has freshness [Lara, Priyanka], hit music, an engaging second half and a brilliant climax as its trump cards.
RATING: ***

ISHQ VISHK has been released by TIPS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. ISHQ VISHK stars Shahid, Amrita Rao, Shenaz. The film is Directed By Ken Ghosh.
Ken has handled the emotional moments brilliantly. Another asset of the film is its music [Anu Malik]. Practically every song is a treat to the ears. The dance competition track ['Kya Mera Chehra Romantic Hai?'] is the best song, picturisation-wise, while the title track is a gem, lyrically speaking [Sameer]. Cinematography is in keeping with the mood of the film. Dialogues hold immense appeal for the youth. The sets and the overall look are first-rate. Shahid Kapur is an actor to watch. He has all the qualities to hit the top slot. Amrita Rao is a revelation. If she was quite okay in her first film, she is incredible in her second film. Here's an actress to watch. Shenaz is confident. Amongst the friends, Vishal Malhotra [Mambo] is excellent. He compliments Shahid at every step. Yash Tonk is a complete natural. Satish Shah, Neelima Azim, Upasna Singh and Anang Desai lend adequate support. On the whole, ISHQ VISHK is a film that grows on you. The film will be loved not only for the youth factor, but a strong emotional base as well. Hit music and excellent promotion by Tips.
RATING: ***

ARMAAN has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. ARMAAN stars Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Gracey Singh, Preiti Zinta, Randhir Kapoor. The film is Directed By Honey Irani.
Director Honey Irani makes a valiant attempt. There are certain scenes that touch your heart, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music serves as a soothing balm. It's the performances that are the saving grace of the film. Leading the way is Amitabh Bachchan, who's simply brilliant. Preity Zinta comes up with another superb performance, essaying her part with utmost sincerity. Anil Kapoor is another performer who does justice to his role, while Gracy Singh shows immense promise. Randhir Kapoor is alright. On the whole, ARMAAN leaves a lot to be desired. The content of the film does not match the heavy star cast.
RATING: **

THE HERO has been released by VIDEO SOUND as a 2 Disc Set containing a bonus DVD of Deol Songs
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. THE HERO stars Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Amrish Puri, Kabir Bedi. Directed By Anil Sharma.
Anil Sharma takes a step forward. The money spent is visible in every frame, the grand look of the film just cannot be overlooked. The director's efforts to give something different from GADAR is laudable. Shaktimaan's dialogues are clapworthy. Cinematography deserves distinction marks. The visual appeal of the film is terrific. Action sequences are awe-inspiring. Sunny Deol does well in a role that seems tailormade for him. Preity Zinta is competent, radiating charm all through. Priyanka Chopra oozes confidence. Amrish Puri excels. Kabir Bedi is equally convincing. Khalid Mohammed is first-rate. On the whole, THE HERO has gloss and hype as its trumpcards. At the box-office, the opening of the film is fantastic and keeping in view the vacation period, will only add to its grand opening, giving a respite to the drought-stricken industry.
RATING: ****

STUMPED has been released by VIDEO SOUND
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. STUMPED stars Raveena Tandon, Aly Khan. The film is Directed By Gaurav Pandey.
Director Gaurab Pandey's STUMPED is supposedly a film based on India's favourite game – cricket. But, unfortunately, the film will neither appeal to cricket lovers or those looking for wholesome entertainment. Music is the only saving grace of the enterprise. Cinematography is functional. Raveena Tandon does an okay job. A power-house of talent like Aly Khan is completely wasted. Amongst the character artistes, none register any kind of an impact. On the whole, STUMPED is a loser all the way.
RATING: *

CHURA LIYAA HAI TUMNE has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CLHT stars Esha Deol, Zayed Khan. The film is Directed By Sangeeth Sivan.
Director Sangeeth Sivan has handled a few sequences with dexterity. Himesh Reshammiya's music is of a mixed variety. 'Mirchi' and the title track are the pick of the lot. The background score is effective. Cinematography [T. Ramji] is first-rate. The locales of Bangkok and Pattaya [Thailand] are a visual treat. The stunts [Sham Kaushal] are fantastic towards the finale. The technique used for the stunts adds to the impact. Zayed Khan rises to the expectations and delivers a performance that takes you by surprise. Esha Deol is alright, although she does impress in a few scenes here and there. Gulshan Grover is competent. Vijay Raaz has an equally menacing get-up and he does very well. Rakhi Sawant radiates oomph and comes across as a talented performer. Salil Ankola registers a strong impact in a small, but significant role. On the whole, CHURA LIYAA HAI TUMNE has its share of plus points. The film may find some flavour with the youth mainly due to Zayed's performance, a couple of good songs and vibrant action.
RATING: **

EK AUR EK GYARAH has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. EAEG stars Sanjay Dutt, Govinda, Nandini Singh, Amrita Arora. The film is Directed By David Dhawan.
Director David Dhawan substitutes humour for story, there's no denying the fact that a few light sequences are hilarious. Nadeem Khan's cinematography is in keeping with the mood of the film. Action [Abbas Moghul] is as usual. The background score is appropriate. The animation in the opening titles [IndiaFM] is impressive. Of the cast, the show clearly belongs to Govinda, who spells a riot at most times. His flair for comedy is unparalleled and he proves yet again. A knockout performance! Sanjay Dutt compliments Govinda at every step. This jodi [Sanju-Govinda] is getting better with each film. Rajpal Yadav excels yet again. His body language, coupled with his performance, is first-rate. On the whole, EK AUR EK GYARAH falls short of expectations. Despite a few hilarious moments, excellent dialogues and Govinda's sterling performance.
RATING: **

PRAAN JAYE PAR SHAAN NA JAYE has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. PJPSNJ stars Raveena Tandon, Namrata Shirodkar, Diya Mirza, Rinke Khanna, Shweta Menon, Divya Dutta, Sushmita Sen. The film is Directed By Sanjay Jha.
Director Sanjay Jha must be complimented for tackling a theme that defies the norms of commercial cinema. Dialogues [Sanjay Pawar] are witty and at times, superb. Vijay Raaz towers above the rest with a spellbinding performance. Aman Verma is a complete natural. The six leading ladies – Raveena Tandon, Namrata Shirodkar, Diya Mirza, Rinke Khanna, Divya Dutta and Shweta Menon – fit into their roles comfortably. Raveena gets the maximum scope and her expressions towards the latter half show the growth of an actress. Divya Dutta is excellent. On the whole, PRAAN JAYE PAR SHAAN NA JAYE has some well-executed scenes, but when viewed in totality, the outcome fails to convince.
RATING: **

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LOVE AT TIMES SQUARE has been released on DVD by Media Partners
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. LATS stars Dev Anand, Rishi Kapoor, Salman Khan, Heenee Kaushik, Shoib Khan, Chaitanya Chaudhary and Siya Rana. The film is Directed By Dev Anand.
Dev Anand's direction is below the mark. Another sore point of the film is its music. Barring two songs ['Sote Sote Sapna Aaya', 'Ye Raaste'], the remaining numbers don't contribute in enhancing the impact. Cinematography is functional. Dev Anand dominates the show but his performance holds no appeal. Chaitanya Chaudhry gives a fair account of himself, while Shoeb Khan is dull. Heenee Kaushik doesn't impress. Ashish Vidyarthi hams. Moon Moon Sen, as Heenee's mother, is there merely to flash a smile or two. Satish Shah and Ketki Dave fail to evoke mirth. On the whole, LOVE AT TIMES SQUARE is too weak a fare to register any impact whatsoever. Below average.
RATING: *

BAS YUN HI has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. BYH stars Nandita Das, Purab Kohli, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan, Sameer Malhotra, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sandhya Shetty and Parmita Katkar. The film is Directed By Raja Menon.
Raja Menon's direction is very city-centric. Rajeev-Merlin's music is also of the fast-forward quality. The re-make track of "Ek Ajnabee Haseena" sung beautifully by K.K. stands out (original was by Kishore Kumar in Rajesh Khanna's film: Ajnabi). Among the cast, Purab Kohli who leaves a mark. Rajiv Gopalakrishnan is alright. Nandita Das's role doesn't demand histrionics. Nevertheless, she carries it off well. The remaining three girls are so-so. On the whole, BAS YUN HI neither entertains, nor enlightens. It may appeal to a very, very small segment of cinegoers.
RATING: *

ESCAPE FROM TALIBAN has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. EFT stars Manisha Koirala and Nawab Khan. The film is Directed By Ujjal Chattopadhyaya.
Director U. Chatterjee has tackled a few sequences with utmost maturity. Cinematography [Vivek Banerjee] is striking. Dialogues [Subhrajyoti] are authentic. Manisha Koirala breathes fire in a couple of sequences. Nawab Khan is efficient. Aly Khan is first-rate. Prithvi Zutshi [as the uncle] is competent. On the whole, ESCAPE FROM TALIBAN is engaging to an extent, but has some loopholes in its script that dilutes the overall impact.
RATING: **

KASH...AAP HAMARE HOTE has been released by Video Sound
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KAHH stars Sonu Nigam and Juhi Babbar. The film is Directed By Ravinder Peepat.
Director Ravinder Peepat seems at ease, but is letdown by a mediocre screenplay. Atul Tiwari's dialogues sound fresh. Manmohan Singh's cinematography is simply flawless. The locales of Canada are a visual treat. Akiv Ali's editing is crisp. KAHH is the perfect launch for Juhi Babbar. Cast in a difficult role, the actress takes to it like a fish takes to water. Her expressive eyes and near-perfect dialogue delivery takes you by surprise, while her overall performance is first-rate. There's no denying that she's a powerhouse of talent. Sonu Nigam gives a fair account of himself, the youngster has that boyish charm that's magnetic. Om Puri is excellent. Raj Babbar is, like always, efficient. Sharad Kapoor enacts his part with utmost conviction. Saadhika radiates oomph. Vivek Shauq stands out. On the whole, KAHH is an ordinary fare.
RATING: **

BAAZ has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. BAAZ stars Karishma Kapoor, Dino Morea, Jackie Shroff and Sunil Shetty. The film is Directed By Tinu Verma.
Directorially, Tinu Verma shows promise. Ismail Darbar's music is easy on the ears.Cinematography [Raju Kay Gee] is good. Dialogues [Sanjay Masoom] are just about okay. Editing [Keshav Naidu] is loose. Karisma Kapoor looks lovely and does a decent job. Dino Morea is likeable, showing vast improvement over his previous performances. Jackie Shroff is convincing. Sunil Shetty springs a surprise, delivering a competent performance. Preeti Jhangiani makes her presence felt. Suhasini Mulay is just about okay. On the whole, BAAZ - A BIRD IN DANGER stands on a weak foundation - the script.
RATING: *

SATTA has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SATTA stars Raveena Tandon and Atul Kulkarni. The film is Directed By Madhur Bhandarkar.
Directorially, Madhur Bhandarkar's grip on the medium can be felt, but he has chosen a theme that has been witnessed innumerable times in the past. Raju Singh's music is easy on the ears. Cinematography [Madhu S. Rao] captures the mood of the film to perfection. Raveena Tandon delivers a bravura performance. Atul Kulkarni is effective. Sameer Dharmadhikari makes a confident debut. Govind Namdeo is excellent. Vallabh Vyas makes his presence felt. On the whole, SATTA - THE GAME OF POWER is a well-made film that will win praise from the critics and may find some flavour with the gentry as well. But a dry subject like politics finds limited patronage, mainly from the family audiences.
RATING: **

KHUSHI has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and contains a making of the film. KHUSHI stars Kareena Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Johnny Lever and Amrish Puri. The film is Directed By S.J. Suryah.
Director S.J. Suryah knows his job - deserves full marks. K.V. Guhan's cinematography is top class. Dialogues [Bholu Khan, Aman Jafrey] are simple, but gel beautifully with the mood of the film. The background score [Naresh Sharma} deserves special marks. Anu Malik's music is of a hit quality. The chic choreography [Ganesh Hegde], grandiose sets [Omung Kumar] and the overall impact is simply breath-taking. Kareena Kapoor is the soul of KHUSHI. Handling the role with dexterity. Fardeen Khan's performance is a revelation. Fardeen catches you unaware with a performance that is sure to win him acclaim. Amrish Puri is extremely likeable. On the whole, KHUSHI has several engaging moments to appeal to the youth and family audiences.
RATING: ***

DIL KA RISHTA has been released by TIPS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DKR stars Raakhee, Aishwarya Rai, Arjun Rampal, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Isha Koppikar and Paresh Rawal. The film is Directed By Naresh Malhotra.
Naresh Malhotra has handled some sequences with aplomb. Ashok Mehta's cinematography is flawless. Nadeem-Shravan's music is easy on the ears. Arjun Rampal does a sincere job. He is maturing into a fine actor. Aishwarya Rai looks bewitching and scores as an actress. Priyanshu is excellent. Rakhee is first-rate. The first half has its share of enjoyable and entertaining moments. The first half is actually the best part of the enterprise.
RATING: **

TALAASH has been released by Indo American Ent
with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. TALAASH stars Raakhee, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Pooja Batra, Kabir Bedi, Raj Babbar, Ashish Vidyarthi, Arbaaz Ali Khan. The film is Directed By Suneel Darshan.
Suneel Darshan is not in form this time, mainly because the script does not offer him scope to rise beyond a point. Sanjeev-Darshan's music is of a mixed variety. 'Main Masti Mein Mastani Hoon' is the best song of the enterprise. Cinematography is alright. Dialogues are well worded and punch-packed. The stunts are well crafted. Akshay Kumar is plain mediocre. The role hardly offers him scope to try out anything different. Kareena Kapoor is her usual self. Pooja Batra leaves a mark in a small role. Kabir Bedi and Raj Babbar are adequate. Raakhee, Ashish Vidyarthi and Arbaaz Ali Khan are okay. On the whole, TALAASH relies too heavily on an oft-repeated theme, which will tell on its business eventually.
RATING: **

DUM has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DUM stars Vivek Oberoi, Diya Mirza, Atul Kulkarni, Mukesh Rishi, Sushant, Govind Namdeo, Yashpal Sharma, Vivek Shauq, Sheeba and Neena Kulkarni. The film is Directed By E. Niwas.
Director E. Niwas has tackled a different genre this time and the young director takes two steps forward as far as the shot execution is concerned. But the screenplay [E. Niwas, Mehran] is patchy. The making is stylish and the sequences, mentioned above, have depth. Surendra Rao's cinematography gives the film the right texture. Abbas Ali Moghal's action is superb. Sandeep Chowta's music is functional. Vivek Oberoi is sure to multiply his fan-following. Vivek gives his all to this character and delivers an electrifying performance. Atul Kulkarni is superb. Diya Mirza has no role to talk of. Mukesh Rishi is alright. Sushant is wasted in an insignificant role. Govind Namdeo is as usual. Yashpal Sharma is effective. Vivek Shauq, Sheeba and Neena Kulkarni are so-so. On the whole, DUM has an excellent first half, but a weak second. Although the film has several clapworthy sequences, it falls prey to mediocrity in the second half.
RATING: **

KUCCH TO HAI has been released by Video Sound
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DKR stars Tushar Kapoor, Esha Deol, Natasha, Vrijesh Hirjee, Rishi Kapoor, Jeetendra and Johnny Lever. The film is Directed By Anil V. Kumar and Anurag Bose.
Anu Malik's music is the only saving grace. The film has a mix of tuneful and foot-tapping numbers and the picturisation is first-rate. Cinematography [Johny Lal, Fawzia Fathima] is up to the mark. Tusshar is plain mediocre. Esha Deol shows improvement in terms of performance as well as her overall appearance. New-find Natassha looks sweet. Vrajesh Hirjee is the best, providing ample relief. Johnny Lever does very well. Rishi Kapoor is least convincing. Jeetendra is so-so. On the whole, KUCCH TO HAI belies the expectations that the viewer has from the film. Weak in content and a weaker climax will curtail its prospects to a great extent.
RATING: *

The 2 disc version of the KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM DVD has been released by YASHRAJ FILMS. K3G stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Farida Jalal, Sushma Seth, Alok Nath, Johnny Lever & Aryan Khan. The film is Directed By Karan Johar.
Disc One contains:
Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation, English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Malay & Dutch Subtitles, 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound.
Disc Two contains:
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham - The Making (An exclusive 45-minute long behind the scenes look), Deleted Scenes - presented by the director Karan Johar (over 30 minutes), Theatrical Trailor, Television Promos.
RATING: *****

SAATHIYA has been released by YASHRAJ FILMS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SAATHIYA stars Rani Mukherjee, Vivek Oberoi, Tanuja, Satish Shah and Sharat Saxena. The film is Directed By Shaad Ali.
Director Shaad Ali has tackled a few sequences with maturity. A.R. Rahman's music is melodious and easy on the ears. Cinematography [Anil Mehta] is wonderful. Dialogues are well worded and some of them do register an impact. Rani Mukherji is efficient. She looks pretty and does her part with conviction. SAATHIYA clearly belongs to Vivek Oberoi, who enacts his part with élan. Enacting a role that is in sharp contrast to his first two films, the youngster comes up with a sparkling performance, which is sure to multiply his fan following. Amongst character artists, Sandhya Mridul, as Rani's elder sister, is first-rate. Tanuja is just about okay.
RATING: ****

JISM has been released by WEG
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JISM stars Bipasha Basu, John Abraham and Gulshan Grover. The film is Directed By Amit Saxena.
Amit Saxena's maiden effort at direction is creditworthy. Niranjan Iyengar's dialogues are simple, contemporary, without frills. The lines compliment the goings-on beautifully. Fuwad Khan's cinematography is striking at places. M.M. Kreem's music gels well with the mood of the film. Supermodel John Abraham makes a confident debut. The actor rises beyond his looks and registers a strong impact. But the real show stealer is Bipasha Basu. Gulshan Grover is quite alright. Anahita Uberoi is superb in a small, but significant role.
RATING: **

AAPKO PEHLE BHI KAHIN DEKHA HAI has been released by T-Series
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. APBKDH stars Priyanshu, Saakshi, Om Puri and Farida Jalal. The film is Directed By Anubhav Sinha.
Director Anubhav Sinha takes a step forward when it comes to treating the subject. Vijay Arora's cinematography boosts the enterprise to a major extent. There's no denying the fact that Canada has never looked so beautiful in any Hindi film before. The sets (Acroplois) are rich and merge well with the exteriors of Canada. Nikhil-Vinay's music is yet another asset. The picturisation of 'Dil Gaya Kaam Se' is simply marvellous in terms of technique and choreography. Om Puri is the soul of the film. Priyanshu is efficient. Saakshi is likeable, enacting her part with utmost conviction. Not once does she go overboard. Farida Jalal is superb, complimenting Om Puri at every step. On the whole, AAPKO PEHLE BHI KAHIN DEKHA HAI has a universally acceptable theme.
RATING: **

CHALO ISHQ LADAAYE has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. CIL stars Govinda, Rani Mukherji, Johny Lever, Zohra Sehgal and Kader Khan. The film is Directed By Aziz Sajawal.
Cinematography [H. Laxminarayan] is functional. Dialogues are witty. Govinda goes through his role without much of an effort. He looks comfortable in what he's doing, although there was scope to perform much better. Rani Mukerji goes over the top in a few sequences. Zohra Segal is first-rate. Kader Khan is as usual. Johny Lever is a highlight - the front-benchers are sure to like hiiim.
RATING: **

KARZ has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KARZ stars Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty and Shilpa Shetty. The film is Directed By Harry Baweja.
Harry Baweja's direction is mediocre. Sanjeev-Darshan's music is passable. Cinematography (Yogesh Jani) is patchy. Action (Tinu Verma) is quite impactful. There's nothing new in Sunny Deol's role. The actor has portrayed similar roles in the past. Sunil Shetty is passable. Shilpa Shetty gets no scope. Kiron Kher is alright at places, but tends to get theatrical at times. Ashutosh Rana is the saving grace - he is simply excellent. His scenes with Sunny are immensely watchable. Johny Lever tries hard to raise a few laughs and succeeds to an extent. Sayaji Shinde does well. Shahbaaz Khan and Rajiv Varma lend adequate support. On the whole, KARZ-THE BURDEN OF TRUTH is a typical masala fare that relies too heavily on the tried and tested stuff, thus limiting its appeal.
RATING: **

LEELA has been released on DVD
with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. LEELA stars Amol Mhatre, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Deepti Naval and Gulshan Grover. The film is Directed By Soumnath Sen and is produced by Anjalika Mathur and Kavita Munjal.
Directorially, Somnath Sen has handled a couple of delicate sequences with dexterity. Dimple Kapadia essays her part with complete understanding of her character. Her performance merits an award. Deepti Naval is efficient. However, it is newcomer Amol Mhatre who registers the strongest impact, despite being pitted against stalwarts. Here's an actor to watch! Vinod Khanna and Gulshan Grover are alright. On the whole, LEELA deals with an adult theme, but there are very few takers for this genre of cinema in India.
RATING: ***

HUM PYAAR TUMHI SE KAR BAITHEY has been released by WEG as a 2 DISC set
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound plus lots of BONUS FEATURES. HPTSKB stars Jugal Hansraj, Tina Raana and Sachin Khedekar. The film is Directed By Mohan Singh Rathore.
Rajshri Films are famous for doing the unexpected. Previously, they failed to give the video rights of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, simply so they could curb the pirates. Since they succeeded with that, they also ventured into doing other things like going for a limited release for some of their films which too was another successful ploy. This time around in their latest venture Hum Pyar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe, they have gone for a very limited release (that too in north India) with little or no publicity. The film had no marketing, has not released in the overseas market (not even in many parts of India) and features a relatively no-name star cast of Jugul Hansraj and new comer Tina Raana
RATING: **

RISHTEY has been released by EROS
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. RISHTEY stars Anil Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Amrish Puri and Deepshikha. The film is Directed By Indra Kumar.
Anil Kapoor has done a credible job. Karishma Kapoor comes up with a sincere performance. Shilpa Shetty is alright. The child artiste is cute and a complete natural. The dialogues (Sanjeev Puri) are excellent. Director Indra Kumar is in his elements. Baba Azmi's camerawork is stylish and amongst the fine points of the film. Dialogue are nice at places. On the whole, RISHTEY is a decent film that has emotional moments as its trump card, which may find some flavour with women and the family audience.
RATING: **

JEENA SIRF MERRE LIYE has been released by VideoSound
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. JSML stars Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Vijayendra Ghatge, Himani Shivpuri and Kader Khan. The film is Directed By Rahul Dholakia.
Nadeem-Shravan's music is alright. The direction is limited. Cinematography is wonderful. Dialogues are well penned at places. Kareena Kapoor does a fair job. Tusshar is strictly average. He goes overboard in a few scenes. Amongst character artists, Kader Khan is the best. Himani Shivpuri is getting typecast. Vijayendra Ghatge is alright. On the whole, JEENA SIRF MERRE LIYE brings the successful combination together, but it lacks a cohesive script and more importantly, the grip to sustain the viewer's interest.
RATING: **

KEHTA HAI DIL BAAR BAAR has been released by VideoSound
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. KHDBB stars Jimmy Shergill, Kim Sharma, Paresh Rawal and Johnny Lever. The film is Directed By Rahul Dholakia.
Directorially, Aziz Sajawal banks on humour to carry the story ahead and in the process, relies very heavily on cinematic liberties. The screenplay is that of convenience. Jimmy Shergill tries hard, but falls flat. He does not impress at all. Kim Sharma is passable. Paresh Rawal does a decent job, but this performance is anything but memorable. Johny Lever is wasted. The direction leaves a lot to be desired. The story telling is far from convincing. The music is fairly good.
RATING: *

DEEWANGEE has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DEEWANGEE stars Ajay Devgan, Akshaye Khanna, Urmila Matondkar, Seema Biswas, Suresh Oberoi and Tanaz Currim. The film is Directed By Anees Bazmee.
Directorially, Bazmee is in great form. On the technical side, Pushan Kripalani's cinematography is eye-filling. The background score is appropriate. Ajay Devgan essays a complex role with utmost ease. Akshaye Khanna enacts a suave character with terrific understanding, proving yet again that he's amongst the best in the business today. Urmila Matondkar makes her presence felt in a male-dominated film. Amongst character artistes, Seema Biswas, Suresh Oberoi and Tanaz Currim are adequate. On the whole, DEEWANGEE has a novel story with several poignant moments as its USP. It has much to offer as compared to the vendetta fares and mushy love stories being dished out in the garb of entertainment. At the box-office, the impressive cast and the aggressive promotion have resulted in tremendous hype for the film, which in turn should translate into good business, keeping its investors smiling.
RATING: ***

DIL VIL PYAR VYAR has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. DVPV stars Madhavan, Jimmy Shergill, Sanjay Suri, Namrata Shirodkar, Hrishita Bhatt and Sonali Kulkarni. The film is Directed By Anant Mahadevan.
Jimmy Shergill stands out with a performance that is natural to the core. Madhavan is likeable and his few dramatic scenes are a treat to watch. Namrata Shirodkar essays her part with admirable ease. Not only does she look gorgeous, her performance is truly first-rate. Hrishita Bhatt is alright. Sonali Kulkarni is so-so. Gulshan Grover is quite nice, while Kiran Kumar is adequate. The dialogues (Sanjeev Puri) are excellent. Director Anant Mahadevan has extracted decent performances from the main cast. On the whole, DIL VIL PYAR VYAR is an ordinary fare – not great, not bad either – which has some chances at select theatres of metros mainly.
RATING: **

YEH KYA HO RAHA HAI has been released by SPARK
with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. YKHRH stars Aamir Ali Malik, Prashant Chianani, Yash Raj, Vaibhav. The film is Directed By Hansal Mehta.
Director Hansal Mehta deserves full marks. Aamir looks handsome and has the talent to match. Vaibhav stands out with a performance that will be loved by the viewers. Prashant has all the qualities of a star. Yash has handled a difficult role with sincerity, his expressions are just perfect. Amongst heroines, Samita stands out with a confident performance. Punarnava looks classy and leaves a mark as an actress. Payal oozes sex appeal and handles her part with precision. Deepti scores in the climax. Tarun, in a role that has grey shades, dances exceptionally well and is a complete natural. On the whole, YEH KYA HO RAHA HAI? is aimed at the youth, who may not take to it whole-heartedly.
RATING: **

SHAKTI has released as a 2 DISC set by EROS.
The 2 DISC DVD Bonus Features include:
The Making of Shakti, Behind the Songs Featurette, Theatrical Trailers & On Air Promos, Coming Attractions, 30 Hit Songs from Boney Kapoor Films, English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. SHAKTI stars Shahrukh Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Sanjay Kapoor, Deepti Naval, Jai Gidwani and Aishwarya Rai. The film is Directed By Krishna Wamsi.
SHAKTI clearly belongs to Karisma Kapoor. Shah Rukh Khan's character provides the much-needed relief. Nana Patekar is extra-ordinary in a role that seems tailormade for him. Sanjay Kapoor is extremely likeable and stands up in front of two powerful performers – Karisma and Nana. Dialogue (Kamal Pandey) are a major asset. Cinematography (S. Sriram) is breathtaking. Anu Malik's 'Ishq Kameena', which has caught in a big way, is well shot and choreographed. Director Krishna Vamsi deserves kudos for projecting the lifestyle to perfection and leaving a hammer-strong impact in several sequences. On the whole, SHAKTI has the power to satiate the appetite of those looking for meaningful entertainment. SHAKTI – THE POWER lives up to its title.
RATING: ***

ROAD has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digittal Sound - by Media Partners. ROAD stars Vivek Oberoi, Antara Mali, Manoj Bajpai, Rajpal Yadav and Makrand Deshpande. The film is Directed By Rajat Mukherjee.
ROAD defies all norms of commercial Hindi cinema. There's no denying that director Rajat Mukherjee has presented the story with style and panache. Sandesh Shandilya's music is easy on the ears. The background music (Amar Mohile) is superb and enhances the impact of several sequences. Cinematography (Sudeep Chatterjee) is fabulous. The chase sequences (Allan Amin) are fantastic. The sound effects (Arun Nambiar) deserve a special mention. Manoj Bajpai stages a comeback with gusto with ROAD. Vivek Oberoi impresses a great deal. Antra Mali exhibits her anatomy and her talent freely. Amongst the character artistes, Rajpal Yadav (excellent) and Makrand Deshpande (good) stand out. On the whole, ROAD caters more to the city audience and would appeal to those who understand and appreciate cinema of this genre.
RATING: **

GUNAAH has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital Sound - by WEG. GUNAAH stars Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Irfan Khan & Ashutosh Rana. The film is Directed By Amol Shetge.
The dialogues are remarkable. The climax is excellent. Cinematography is quite nice. Anand Raaj Anand's music is melodious. Bipasha Basu comes up with a credible performance. Dino Morea does it quite well. Irfan is excellent.
RATING: **

DIL HAI TUMHAARA has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital Sound - by TIPS. DHT stars Preity Zinta, Mahima, Arjun Rampal, Jimmy Shergil, Rekha & Alok Nath. The film is Directed By Kundan Shah.
A film that is sure to pull your heart strings. The outcome is overwhelming! Nadeem-Shravan's music is among the USPs of this enterprise. Preity Zinta steals the show with a sterling performance. Rekha is simply outstanding in a role that seems tailormade for her. Mahima Chaudhary is excellent, delivering the right expressions. Arjun Rampal leave an impression whenever he comes on screen. Jimmy Shergill does reasonably well. Alok Nath is first-rate.
RATING: ***

SUR has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound - by Media Partners. ECSLS stars Lucky Ali, Gauri Karnik & Simone Singh.
SUR has an interesting story. Tanuja Chandra succeeds in extracting fine performances from the principal cast. Cinematography (Nirmal Jani) is wonderful. M.M. Kreem's music is exemplary. Lucky Ali enacts his part with utmost ease and is a complete natural. Gauri Karnik is a bundle of talent. Simone Singh is first-rate.
RATING: **

The 2 DISC DVD of DEVDAS was released on October 15, 2002 by EROS ENTERTAINMENT.
The 2 DISC DVD Bonus Features include:
The making of the most expensive indian film ever, World premier at the Cannes Film Festival, Premier in mumbai, Trailors and a specila 10 minutes preview, Forth Coming attractions of Bollywood and lots more. Only Eros will be releasing Devdas on DVD. Any other Devdas DVDs bearing any other names are pirated. If found for sale in the USA/Canada. Email us at piracy@indianwatchdog.com. For more information on pirated DEVDAS DVDs, please CLICK HERE. EROS has also released a Curtain Raiser DVD of Devdas, which contains the making of the film, 2 songs from the film and 30 songs of Shahrukh, Madhuri and Aishwarya. The Curtain Raiser is selling for around $10 or less. For more information, please visit the EROS website at http://www.erosentertainment.com.
RATING: *****

MUJHSE DOSTI KAROGE has been released on DVD by Yashraj Films after the film finishes its run at the theatres. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukherjee & Kareena Kapoor, The Yashraj Films DVD has been released in an Anamorphic widescreen format, English Subtitles and is digitally re-mastered from the original film, with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. If you have been sold a pirated DVD of Mujhse Dosti Karoge then take it back to the store that sold it to you and demand a refund or exchange for the original.
MUJHSE DOSTI KAROGE clearly belongs to Rani Mukherji, the actress is superb in a role that fits her like a glove...Yashraj Films has always been known for memorable music...Dialogues are appropriate...Director Kunal Kohli has handled a few sequences with sensitivity...traditional in values, yet modern in their approach and outlook towards life. For more information, please visit the Official website at www.yashrajfilms.com.
RATING: ***

EK CHOTI SI LOVE STORY has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital Sound - by EROS. ECSLS stars Manisha Koirala, Aditya Seal, Saroj Bhargava and Ranvir. The film is Directed By Shahilal Nair.
This movie has created a major hype among the media in India because of certain controversial scenes. The movie is about the infatuation of a 15 year old boy for a woman, played by Manisha Koirala, double his age. It is a remake of the great English movie, Summer of 42.
PG-13 PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED
Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

RATING: **

MONSOON WEDDING has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound - by VCI. BONUS FEATURES: Full feature length commentary by director Mira Nair - behind the scene (8 mins) - original trailer (3 mins, anamorphic). Nasserudin Shah, Lilette Dubey, Vasundhra Das, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Khulbhushan Kharbandha. The film is Directed By Mira Nair and has the Music of Michael Daaney.
RATING: **

AGNI VARSHA has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital Sound - by Cinebella. AGNI VARSHA stars Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhudeva, Nagarjuna, Raveena Tandon, Jackie Shroff, Milind Soman & Sonali Kulkarni. The film is Directed By Arjun Sajnani.
A painting on celluloid...AGNI VARSHA dares to be different... An intriguing plot...The usage of special effects is commendable...Raveena Tandon is superb, but the film belongs to Milind Soman...Nagarjuna is first-rate... Cinematography (Anil Mehta) is excellent...On the whole, AGNI VARSHA will be liked by connoisseurs of meaningful cinema.
RATING: **

CHOR MACHAAYE SHOR has been released on DVD with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital Sound by Video Sound. CMS stars Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty, Shekhar Suman, Paresh Rawal & Om Puri. The film is Directed By David Dhawan and has the music of Anu Malik.
Bobby Deol gives his all to this role...Shilpa Shetty gets no scope to perform but dances exceptionally well...Bipasha Basu is wasted...David Dhawan is not in his element this time...Anu Malik's music is a sore point...CHOR MACHAAYE SHOR does have a couple of enjoyable moments...Despite impressive names on and off screen, the film has precious little to impress an avid cinegoer...On the whole, CHOR MACHAAYE SHOR stands on a weak foundation - its script.
RATING: **

CHHAL has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digittal 5.1 Sound - by WEG. CHHAL stars K.K, Jaya Seal & Prashant Narayan. The film is Directed By Hansal Mehta and has the music of Viju Shah.
Director Hansal Mehta takes giant strides as a technician and story-teller...Stylishly shot CHHAL has several spellbinding moments...Deviating from the clichéd formula, CHHAL is strong in content that leaves a hammer-strong impact...The screenplay moves swiftly and the dialogues (both Suparn Verma) have razor-edge sharpness...a brilliantly executed climax...K.K. and Prashant Narayanan are the scene-stealers...Neelabh Kaul's cinematography deserves distinction marks...Viju Shah's background music heightens the overall impact...On the whole, CHHAL is a well-made product that will have to rely on word of mouth publicity to make an impact at the box-office.
RATING: ***

SOCH has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital Sound - by WEG. SOCH stars Raveena Tondon, Sanjay Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan & Aditi Gowitrikar. The film is Directed By Sushen Bhatnagar and has the music of Jatin-Lalit.
There's no denying that writer-director Sushen Bhatnagar has shot the film well...The film clearly belongs to Arbaaz Khan...Technically speaking, shot execution is stylish...Cinematography (Rajan Kothari) is first-rate...Raveena Tandon leaves a mark in several sequences...Aditi Govitrikar does quite well...The basic premise of the film is genuinely 'hatke'...In the Bollywood scenario, a story like this would be considered more of an experiment.
RATING: **

MAINE DIL TUJHKO DIYA has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound - by Spark & Soven. SOCH stars Sohaiil Khan, Sanjay Dutt & Sameera Reddy. The film is Directed By Sohail Khan and has the music of Anand Raaj Anand, Anand Milind & Sandeep Chowta.
Sanjay Dutt excels...The action scenes (Amin Gani) are brilliant...Daboo Malik's music is a major asset...The love story is complimented by a lilting score (The picturisation of 'Thoda Sa Pyar Hua Hain' latter is spellbinding)...The film industry has one more performer to look forward to - Sohail Khan
RATING: **

JAANI DUSHMAN has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound - by Video Sound. JD stars Aftab Shivdasani, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Kumar, Sunny Deol, Manish Koirala & Sonu Nigam. The film is Directed By Rajkumar Kohli and has the music of Anand Raaj Anand, Anand Milind & Sandeep Chowta.
Director Rajkumar Kohli has tried to recreate the magic of his earlier hits...Action scenes are well shot...Special effects catch your attention at places...Businesswise, the film will leave a stronger impact at small centres...On the whole, JAANI DUSHMAN caters mainly to those who enjoy supernatural thrillers.
RATING: **

AKHIYON SE GOLI MAARE has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound - by EROS. Bonus Features include FREE EEros DVD. ASGM stars Govinda, Raveena Tondon, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor & Johnny Lever. The film is Directed By Harmesh Malhotra and has the music of Anand-Milind.
Waheeda Rehman excels in a role that seems tailormade for her...Anil Kapoor is first-rate...Abhishek Bachchan takes a step forward with this film...Fardeen Khan's sincerity shows in his work...Tara Sharma looks photogenic...Dialogues are wonderful...Cinematography is impressive...The film has several tender moments...The climax is the scoring point of the film.
RATING: **

OM JAI JAGADISH has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Bonus Gujarati Sound Track - by VIDEO SOUND. OJJ stars Waheeda Rehman, Anil Kapoor, Mahima, Abhishek Bachchan, Fardeen Khan, Urmila Matondkar & Tara Sharma. The film is Directed By Anupam Kher and has the music of Anu Malik. Waheeda Rehman excels in a role that seems tailormade for her...Anil Kapoor is first-rate...Abhishek Bachchan takes a step forward with this film...Fardeen Khan's sincerity shows in his work...Tara Sharma looks photogenic...Dialogues are wonderful...Cinematography is impressive...The film has several tender moments...The climax is the scoring point of the film.
RATING: **

YEH HAI JALWA has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 - by SPARK. YHJ stars Salman Khan, Amisha Patel, Rishi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri, Rinke Khanna, Kader Khan & Anupam Kher. The film is Directed By David Dhawan and has the music of Himesh Reshammiya.
Dialogues are witty...Himesh Reshammiya's music is an asset...Salman Khan and Rishi Kapoor stand out...The narrative is laced with light moments...A chuckle-a-minute entertainer...
RATING: **

HUMRAAZ has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 - by EROS. HUMRAAZ stars Akshaye Khanna, Amisha Patel & Bobby Deol. The film is Directed By Abbas Mustan and has the music of Himesh Reshammiya.
Expect the unexpected...HUMRAAZ has a fresh cast, a riveting script, the grandiose look and several thrilling moments to take you on a joyride for the next three hours. The film has all it takes to appeal to an avid cinegoer who's thirsting for wholesome entertainment.
RATING: ***

SHARARAT has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 - by VIDEO SOUND. SHARARAT stars Abhisheek Bachchan, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Om Puri & Amrish Puri. The film is Directed By Gurudev Bhalla and has the music of Sajid Wajid.
SHARAARAT has a different plot...Dialogues are well penned...Gurudev Bhalla has the guts to attempt a novel theme...Hrishitaa Bhatt oozes freshness.
RATING: **

MERE YAAR KI SHAADI HAI has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 - by YASHRAJ FILMS. The DVD contains the following BONUS FEATURES: Anamorphic Widscreen Presentation, The Making of, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailors And Television Promos. MYKSH stars Uday Chopra, Jimmy Shergill & Sanjana. The film is Directed By Sanjay Gadhvi and has the music of Jeet-Pritam.
Striking cinematography...Witty dialogues...Emotion-charged climax...On the whole, MERE YAAR KI SHAADI HAI is a decent entertainer.
RATING: ***

HUM KISI SE KUM NAHIN (2 DISC) has been released as a 2 DISC DVD - with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 - by Spark. HKSKN stars Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchab, Sanjay Dutt & Ajay Devgan. Disc 2 contains Special Interview & Songs. The film is Directed By David Dhawan and has the music of Anu Malik.
A crowd-pleasing effort with its brisk pacing, frequently funny situations, and top-notch comic performances. It certainly achieves what it sets out to do - give the viewernon-stop entertainment.
RATING: ***

A 3 Disc version of AANKHEN has been released on DVD - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio) and Dolby Digital 5.1 - by VIDEO SOUND. AANKHEN stars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Bipasha Basu, Sushmita Sen, Arjun Rampal & Paresh Rawal. The film is Directed By Vipul Doshi and has the music of Aadesh Shrivastava. For more information and to See what the Original & Pirated DVD Covers look like please click here.
RATING: ***

A single disc version of the KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM DVD has been released - with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio) and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound - by YASHRAJ FILMS. K3G stars Amitabh Baachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Farida Jalal, Sushma Seth, Alok Nath, Johnny Lever & Aryan Khan. The film is Directed By Karan Johar. The 2 DISC version of K3G will also be released by YASHRAJ FILMS in the next few months with lots of extra features. To See what the Pirated DVD Covers and Menu look like please click here.
RATING: *****

ASOKA was released on DVD on Feb. 05, 2002 by First Look Pictures. The DVD contain: The Making Of ASOKA, Filmographies, Theatrical Trailer, Audio Selection, English Subtitle, The Big Fight-Featurette, Song Selection & Scene Selection. We requested anyone who finds pirated Asoka on DVD to email us with stores name and location of the store so we can report the store to the MPAA as this movie is MPAA registered. Click here to see what the pirated ASOKA DVD looks like. ASOKA stars Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Hrishita Bhatt, Rahul Dev & Danny. The film is Directed By Santosh Sivan and has music by Anu Malik.
RATING: *****

DIL CHAHTA HAI has been released as a 2 DVD collecter Edition Set by Spark. Disc one contains the movie with Dolby Digital Sound, Anamorphic Widescreen and English & French Subtitles. Disc 2 contains Behind the scenes, Making of the Music, Theatrical Trailors, etc. DCH stars Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta, Akshay Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia & Sonali Kulkarni. The film is Directed by Farhan Akhtar and has the music of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
RATING: *****

COLUMBIA TRISTAR released the DVD of LAGAAN on Jan. 22, 2002. For a Preview of Lagaan Click Here. If anyone comes across pirated copies of LAGAAN for sale in your local Indian video store please give the name of the Indian Store a long with the city and state the store is located in to piracy@indianwatchdog.com. LAGAAN stars Aamir Khan, Gracie Singh, Rachel Shelly, Paul Blackthorne, Suhasini Mulay, Raghuvir Yadav, Akhilendra Mishra, Raj Zutshi, Pradeep Rawat & Kulbhushan Kharbanda. The film is Directed By Ashutosh Gowarikar.
RATING: *****

MOHABBATEIN has been released on DVD by Yashraj Films. MOHABBATEIN Stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Uday Chopra, Jimmy Shergill, Jugal Hansraj, Shamita Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani, Kim Sharma, Anupam Kher, Archana Puransingh Prazan Dastoor, Raman Lamba Shefali & Amrish Puri. The DVD is available as a 2 Disc set with a Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, subtitles in English, Arabic, French, Spanish & Malaysian. Anamorphic Widescreen, Interviews of Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Yash Chopra with Kunal Kohli, Mohabbatein The Making - 45 min capsule, Deleted Scenes, Theatrrical Trailers, TV Promos, Exclusive Photo Gallery, A collectors set of 5 postcards in every DVD, A leaf bookmark autographed by the stars, etc...The film is Directed By Aditya Chopra and has the music of Jatin-Lalit.
RATING: *****

KAHO NAA...PYAAR HAI has been released on DVD by DEI. KNPH Stars Hrithik Roshan, Amisha Patel, Anupam Kher, Farida Jalal, Mohnish Behl, Dalip Tahil & Satish Shah. The DVD is available as a 2 Disc set with a Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Arabic & Japanese. Anamorphic Widescreen, Interview with Hrithik Roshan, Amisha Patel and Rajesh Roshan, One never-before-seen song, etc...The film is Directed By Rakesh Roshan and has the music of Rajesh Roshan.
RATING: *****

HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM has been released on DVD by DEI/EROS. HDDCH Stars Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai & Vikram Gokhale. The DVD is available as a 2 Disc set with a DTS 5.1 soundtrack & English subtitles. It also has the making of the film, exclusive interviews, theatrical trailers and much much more...The film is Directed By Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
RATING: *****

BORDER has been released on DVD by DEI/EROS. BORDER Stars Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khanna, Sunil Shetty, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Puneet Issar, Sudesh Berry, Tabu, Pooja Bhatt, Sharbani Mukherjee & Rakhee. The DVD is available with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack & English subtitles. The film is Directed By J.P. Dutta and has the music of Anu Malik.
RATING: *****

TAAL has been released on DVD by EROS/B4U. TAAL Stars Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Akshaye Khanna, Alok Nath & Amrish Puri. The DVD is available with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack & English subtitles. The film is Directed By Subhash Ghai and has the music of A.R. Rahman.
RATING: *****

KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI has been released on DVD by Yashraj Films. KKHH Stars Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Salman Khan, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher, Reema Lagoo, Archana Puransingh, Johnny Lever & Neelam. The DVD is available as a 2 Disc set with a Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound & English subtitles. It also has Original Theatrical Trailer, TV Promos, The Making of, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol & Karan Johar in conversation, Deleted Scenes, Filmfare Award Clips, etc...The film is Directed By Karan Johar.
RATING: *****

DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE was released on DVD 0n January 17, 2002. DDLJ Stars Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher, Satish Shah, Himani Shivpuri, Parmeet Sethi & Mandira Bedi. The DDLJ DVD is in a spectacular 2 DVD pack with animated menus (normal and widescreen) on an anamorphic widescreen presentation and 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, with sub-titles in 7 languages (English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Malay, Hebrew & Japanese). It also has never-seen-before "deleted scenes" from the film that never made it to the theatres along with optional commentary by the director Aditya Chopra and Exclusive interviews of Uday Chopra in conversation with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Yash Chopra. In addition, it also has - A behind the scenes look at the "Making of a Classic", "The 300 Weeks Celebration" special feature, "Filmfare Awards 1995" Highlights (where DDLJ won an unprecedented 10 popular awards) and much much more...Click Here for a preview. The film is Directed By Aditya Chopra.
RATING: *****

HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN has been released on DVD by DEI/EROS. HAHK Stars Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Monish Behl, Renuka Shahne, Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo, Anupam Kher, Satish Shah, Himani Shivpuri, Bindu & Laxmikant Berde. The HAHK DVD is available as a 2 Disc DVD with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack & English subtitles. It also has never-seen-before "deleted scenes", Exclusive interviews and much much more...The film is Directed By Sooraj R. Barjatya.
RATING: *****

SHOLAY has been released on DVD by DEI. SHOLAY Stars Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan, A.K. Hangal, Asrani, Jagdeep, Mac Mohan & Deena Pathak. The DVD is available with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack & English subtitles. The film is Directed By Ramesh Sippy and has the music of R.D. Burman.
RATING: *****

AAWARA PAAGAL DEEWANA has been released on DVD with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1, by Spark. APD stars Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Aftab, Preeti Jhangiani, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal. The film is Directed By VIkram Bhatt and has the music of Anu Malik. Fabulous stunts, excellent music.
RATING: **

KUCH TUM KAHO KUCH HUM KAHEIN has been released on DVD with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1, by Media Inc. KTKKHK stars Fardeen Khan, Richa Pallod, Sharad Kapoor & Vikram Gokhale. The film is Directed By K. Ravi Shankar and has the music of Anu Malik.
RATING: *

KYAA DIL NE KAHAA has been released on DVD with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1, by Spark. KDNK stars Tushar Kapoor & Esha Deol. The film is Directed By Sanjay Chhel and has the music of Himesh Reshammiya.
RATING: *


BADHAAI HO BADHAAI has been released on DVD with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1, by Video Sound. BHB stars Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Kirti Reddy. The film is Directed By Satish Kaushik and has the music of Anu Malik.
RATING: *


The Legend of BHAGAT SINGH was released on DVD on June 18, 2002, with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1, by TIPS FILMS. TLOBS stars Ajay Devgan, Amrita Rao & Ranjeet Kapoor. The film is Directed By Rajkumar Santoshi and has the music of A.R. Rahman. THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH is a winner all the way. A must see!
RATING: *****

23rd March 1931 SHAHEED has been released on DVD, with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1, by ASIAN VIDEO. SHAHEED stars Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol & Amrita Singh. The film is Directed By Guddu Dhanoa and has the music of Anand Raaj Anand.
RATING: **

HUM TUMHARE HAIN SANAM has been released on DVD, with English Subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio) and Dolby Digital 5.1, by EROS. HTHS stars Madhuri Dixit, Shahrukh Khan & Salman Khan. The film is Directed By K. S. Adhiyaman and has the music of Nikhil-Vinay.
RATING: **

MISSION KASHMIR Starring Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta & Sonali Kulkarni, has been released on DVD on June 04, 2002 by Columbia Tristar with English Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and Anamorpic Widescreen. The film is Directed By Vidhu Vinod Chopra and has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
RATING: *****

NA TUM JAANO NA HUM Starring Hrithik Roshan, Esha Deol & Saif Ali Khan, has been released on DVD by EROS with English Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and Anamorpic Widescreen. BONUS FEATURES of the DVD include: 1 Bonus Songs DVD of 45 Songs absolutely free of all latest films released by Eros Special Interview With Hrithik Roshan. The film is Directed By Arjun Sablok and has music by Rajesh Roshan.
RATING: ***

AAP MUJHE ACHCHE LAGNE LAGE Starring Hrithik Roshan, Amisha Patel & Kiran Kumar, has been released on DVD by SPARK & SOVEN with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Vikram Bhatt and has music by Rajesh Roshan. The film is very good, but it should have ended 20 minutes before it did.
RATING: ***


COMPANY Starring Ajay Devgan, Manisha Koirala, Vivek Oberoi, Antara Mali, Mohanlal & Seema Biswas, has been released on DVD by EROS with English Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio. The film is Directed By Ram Gopal Varma and has music by Sandeep Chowta.
RATING: ***

TUMSE ACHCHA KAUN HAI Starring Nakul Kumar, Aarti Chabria, Kim Sharma, Rati Agnihotri & Dilip Tahil, has been released on DVD by TIPS with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Deepak Anand and has music by Nadeem-Shravan.
RATING: *


PYAAR DIWANA HOTA HAI Starring Govinda, Rani Mukherjee, Atul Agnihotri & Johny Lever, has been released on DVD by EROS with English Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio. The film is Directed By Kirti Kumar and has music by Uttam Singh.
RATING: *

LAL SALAAM Starring Sharad Kapoor & Nandita Das, has been released on DVD by EROS with English Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Produced By Sanjeev Karambvelaker.
RATING: *


KYA YEHI PYAAR HAI Starring Amisha Patel & Aftab Shivdasani, has been released on DVD by TIPS with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By K. Murli Mohan Rao and has music by Sajid Wajid.
RATING: *


KITNE DOOR KITNE PAAS Starring Fardeen Khan, Amrita Arora, Satish Shah, has been released on DVD by EROS with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Mehul Kumar and has music by Sanjeev - Darshan.
RATING: **


VADH Starring Nana Paekar, Puru Rajkumar, Anupama Verma, Nakul, Meghana Kothari, has been released on DVD by EROS with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By N.S.R. and has music by Vishal - Shekhar.
RATING: **


KRANTI Starring Bobby Deol, Amisha Patel, Vinod Khanna & Rati Agnihotri, has been released on DVD by EROS/B4U with English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and Anamorpic Widescreen (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio). The film is Directed By Naresh Malhotra and has music by Jatin-Lalit.
RATING: *

TUMKO NA BHOOL PAYENGE Starring Salman Khan, Diya Mirza & Sushmita Sen, has been released on DVD by Samrat with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Pankaj Parasher and has music by Sajid-Wajid & Daboo Malik.
RATING: **

HAAN...MAINE BHI PYAAR KIYA Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Karishma Kapoor & Akshay Kumar, has been released on DVD by Indo American with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Santosh Sivan and has music by Anu Malik.
RATING: *

YEH MOHABBAT HAI starring Akanksha, Rahul Bhatt, Danny Denzongpa, Shakti Kapoor & Johny Lever, has been released on DVD by Samrat with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The Film is Directed by Umesh Mehra and has Music By Anand Raaj Anand.
RATING: *

RAAZ starring Bipasha Basu & Dino Morea, has been released on DVD by TIPS with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is directed by Vikram Bhatt and has the music of Nadeem-Shravan.
RATING: ***


FILHAAL starring Tabu, Sushmita Sen, Sanjay Suri & Palash Sen, has been released on DVD by EROS with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. Filhaal is Directed by Meghna Gulzar and has the music of Anu Malik.
RATING: *


MAA TUJHE SALAAM starring Sunny Deol, Tabu, Arbaaz Khan, Sudesh Berry & Inder Kumar, has been released on DVD by EROS/B4U with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Tinu Verma and has Music by Sajid-Wajid.
RATING: **

YEH DIL AASHIQANA starring Karan Nath, Jividha, Johnny Lever & Rajat Bedi, has been released on DVD by DEI with english subtitles in 16 X 9 Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Kuku Kohli, the music is by Nadeem-Shravan and lyrics by Sameer.
RATING: *

KOI MERE DIL SE POOCHHE starring Esha Deol, Aftab Shivdasani, Sanjay Kapoor & Jaya Bachchan has been released on DVD by EROS with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The Film is Produced By Boney Kapoor, Written and Directed By Vinay Shukla and has music by Rajesh Roshan.
RATING: **

STYLE starring Riya Sen, Sharman Joshi, Sahil & Shilpi Mudgal, has been released on DVD by SPARK & SOVEN with english subtitles. The film is Directed By N. Chandra and has music by Sanjeev-Darshan.
RATING: *


PITAAH starring Sanjay Dutt, Nandita Das, Om Puri & Jackie Shroff, has been released on DVD by SPARK & SOVEN with english subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and The Making of PITAAH. Directed By Mahesh Manjrekar and has music by Anand Raaj Anand.
RATING: **

AAMDANI ATHANNI KHARCHA RUPAIYA starring Chandrachur Singh, Vinay Anand, Johny Lever, Tabu, Isha Koppikar, Ketaki Dave, Govinda & Juhi Chalwa, has been released on DVD by EROS/B4U with english subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound.
RATING: *

DULHAN DILWALE KI starring Preity Zinta & Venkatesh, has been released on DVD by EROS with english subtitles and Dolby Stereo Sound. The film is Directed By Jayanth and has music by Ramana Gogula.
RATING: *


MOKSHA starring Arjun Rampal, Manisha Koirala, has been released on DVD by EROS with english subtitles, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Ashok Mehta and has the music of Rajesh Roshan.
RATING: *


EHSAAS starring Sunil Shetty, Neha & Kiron Kher, has been released on DVD by WEG with english subtitles, Widescreen Format and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Mahesh Manjrekar and has music by Anand Raaj Anand.
RATING: ***


TERA MERA SAATH RAHEN starring Ajay Devgan, Sonali Bendre & Namrata Shirodhkar, has been released on DVD by EROS/B4U with english subtitles, The Making of Tera Mera Saath Rahen, Interview with Ajay Devgan, Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. The film is Directed By Mahesh Manjrekar and has music by Anand Raaj Anand.
RATING: ***




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