As much of a Bollywood fanatic I may be, I’ll be the first to admit we don’t do serious movies well. There are very few thrillers or realistic dramas that have done well in the past. However, every so often a director takes a risk and a gem is released. One such gem was the 2008 thriller drama, A Wednesday. Now director Neeraj Pandey returns with his second film, Special 26, starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee and Jimmy Shergill in pivotal roles.
Special 26 is inspired by the true story of a group of conmen robbing corrupt businessman and politicians by posing as CBI inspectors and income tax officers. They manage to get away with each crime since no one wants to confess to hoarding large sums of black money.
Akshay Kumar stars as Ajay Singh, the leader of this group of 4 conmen from cities across India, including Anupam Kher as P.K. Sharma. They successful rob a corrupt minister in Delhi by convincing police officer Ranveer Singh (Jimmy Shergill) to assist during the raid. After being made for a fool, Ranveer Singh joins forces with the real CBI officer Wassim Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) to catch these conmen. Continue reading
There are certain movies you watch for cinematic excellence and there are certain movies you watch for pure masala entertainment. Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2 falls squarely into the latter category.
The sequel to the 2008 hit, Race 2 treads down a familiar path with the same formula as the first installment: broody, suave men; sexy women; fast moving cars; double and triple-crosses; and a catchy soundtrack. If the formula isn’t broken, then why change it. So for fans of the first film, Race 2 succeeds. Continue reading
It’s Eid weekend in the Middle East and that means a lot of movies in the cinemas. Along with the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, this weekend sees the release of Sony Pictures, Hotel Transylvania.
This 3D animated feature film revolves around Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and his attempts to shelter his daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez). Dracula sets up a human-free haven at Hotel Transylvania but all hell breaks loose when human Jonathan (voiced by Andy Sandberg) crashes Mavis’ birthday celebrations.
Ramandan is officially over which means the summer blockbusters are finally hitting the big screens in Dubai. And this week, thanks to Empire International, I caught a chance to watch Total Recall a day before it premiered to the public in Dubai.
Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale, Total Recall is a remake of the 1990 hit film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A handsome spy travels the world and a beautiful woman also makes an appearance. Sounds familiar? Yes, Ek Tha Tiger‘s plot sounds very similar to the recent Agent Vinod. Thankfully, the similarities end there and Ek Tha Tiger proves to be more superior.
Ek Tha Tiger marks the first time Salman Khan makes an appearance in a Yash Raj Film, which is especially surprising considering his 20+ year career in Bollywood. So how what happens when you take Salman “Masala Entertainer” Khan fare and cross it with Kabir “New York” Khan’s direction? An entertaining film that makes a little more sense that Salman’s previous outings.