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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Onir who is known for his creatively different films tries to explore metro-sexual sexuality and the carnal shenanigans of the high society in Delhi with the background of the fashion world. Mohan aka Afzar (Ashish Bisht) is a small town boy who comes to Delhi to be a top model but the high profile judges make a mockery of his small town innocence and he is at a loss as to how to survive in the big city. So he meets a high society priestess Sonal (Raveena Tandon) who becomes his friend, philosopher and guide and he becomes her toy-boy oblivious to her husband (Sanjay Suri) Slowly Mohan becomes a known name on the fashion circuit, and falls in love with a single woman café owner Raina (Arpita Chatterjee) who ignores him royally as she has a sister to look after, and is going steady with her next door French hotelier boyfriend who also teaches French Benoit (Simon Freenay). But Mohan who calls himself now as Afzar pursues her and even tries to win over her but she chickens out and flies out to France with her sister and boyfriend and here Raveena too is angry about his looks out for fresher pastures and she tries to put him down. There is also an angle of homosexuality of a café owner Areesz Gandhi who helps Afzarr, but Afzar is heartbroken.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

LAPWACHHAPI (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film is a good horror tale in the realm of William Friedkin, Roman Polanski, (Rosemary’s Baby), Stephen King, M Night Shyamalan.and RGV Closer home. A young married couple Tushar (Vikram Gaikwad ) and Neha ( Pooja Sawant ) come to a remote village at their driver Bhaurao (Anil Gawas) instance to protect Vikram from some loan sharks as Pooja is eight months pregnant but the environment of the village is very eerie and Pooja starts seeing things about pregnant women cutting up their bellies and three small children playing hide and seek and giving the knives to the pregnant women to abort their babies. Pooja is horrified but even more scary is the lady of the house Usha Naik whose erratic behavior stupefies her and she asks her husband to leave the place but he just ignores her and then the whole seriousness of the matter strikes her when the whole background of the isolated house is shown to her via illusions and how a pregnant woman was killed and how three children were drowned in a nearby well and how there is a ghastly practice of throwing girl child into the wells because it is presumed that it will lead to a good harvest . And then Pooja realizes that even her husband is in cahoots with the perpetrators of these ghastly acts but she fights everyone to save her child. The film is photographed beautifully with even the sugarcane field looking very scary. The director Vishal Furia has used every horror film idiom to scare his audience and he succeeds in doing that and especially his use of jerks and background music is superb. Pooja Sawant does well in a powerful role. The veteran Usha Naik is simply superb. Anil Gawas does well. Vikram Gaikwad is good. Hridaynath Rane as the hocus-pocus man is chilling. The background music elevates the horror in the film.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

KAAY RE RASCAALA (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text] This is a breezy entertainer about a young boy Raja (Gaurav Ghatnekar ) who is very resourceful at making money and becomes a wheeler dealer and also is good at conning people. But he lands up in trouble when he tries to blackmail the CM of the state (Nagesh Bhosale) with a recorded version of his sexual escapades in a pen-drive and which he threatens to hand over to the media. Gaurav Ghatnekar plays this boy who also tries to con a rich man who is also the brother in law of the CM who is childless and wants a son desperately and so Gaurav cooks up a story and tells him that his son is alive and trains a child actor (Master Nihar Gite) to play this part, all this for a huge amount of money . There is also a comic Nikhil Ratnaparkhi who is Gaurav’s house owner and after him to pay the rent and is henpecked by his wife a South Indian Supriya Pathare who wants her cousin (Shrikant Mhase), a Rajnikant clone top marry their daughter (Bhagyashree Mote) who is in love with Gaurav Ghatnekar. All this is in good fun and there is a good comedy of errors which keeps the audience laughing in the aisles. Gaurav is promising. Bhagyashree makes a good debut. Veteran Nagesh Bhosle is as good as ever. Siddheshwar Jhadbukke is good as the CM’S PA. Master Nihar Gite is absolutely amazing and the surprise factor in the film. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi is an amazing old hand at comedy as is Supriya Pathare. Shrikant Mhase does his Thalaiva act very well. Music by Rohan –Rohan is very good and all the songs are picture perfect. The cinematography is colorful and luminous. Director Giridharan Swamy has made a wonderful comedy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

MOM

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Atrocities against women and rapes are once again the issue of our directors and ad filmmaker Ravi Udyawar has attempted to project such an issue in his debut film ‘Mom’. Portrayed excellently by numero uno superstar Sridevi playing the caring sensitive Devki Agarwal, mother of two girls, foster mother of a girl Arya who is a teenager (Sajal Ali) and who is raped by a group of unruly boys out to teach their teacher Sridevi a lesson for disciplining them. The court releases the boy for lack of evidence but the girls mom takes revenge on them by castrating one of them (Pitobash Tripathy) in true bobbitting style of the film ‘I spit on Your Grave’, then in true Agatha Christie fashion poisons one them with cyanide found in apple seeds and puts the blame on his younger brother who is also one of the culprits and he is jailed for it and then goes after the most unruly of them Jagan played by Abhimanyu Singh in a climax shot in snow laden mountains which is thrilling. But one gets a feeling of déjà vu as we have seen the same kind of characters and revenge in films like ‘Maatr’, ‘Pink’, ‘Insaaf Ka Tarazu’, ’Aaj Ki Aawaz’, the super successful Death Wish Franchise. But what redeems this film is Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s excellent performance as DK, a private investigator who gives Sridevi all the dope on the culprits but is killed finally by Abhimanyu Singh. Akshaye Khanna plays a brilliant silent but strong cop Matthew Francis and knows about Sridevi’s revenge saga but silently supports her. Pakistani star Adnan Siddiqui plays the suave husband Anand, of Devki and the father of two daughters very well. Sajal Ali acts well but she looks like a Kareena Kapoor clone but admittedly she does justice to her difficult role. Abhimanyu Singh makes a chilling villain. Pitobash Tripathy deserves much more as an actor. Yuvraj Singh Bajwa as Akshaye Khanna’s deputy does well. The actor playing the aggressive weight conscious six pack rapist villain is very impressive. Director Ravi Udyawar has made good use of Anay Goswamis camera work in which he has captured the Delhi night locations beautifully and especially his depiction of the gruesome rape in a closed car riding alone silently on the highway with eerie back ground music is simply superb. He has been able to draw an extraordinary performance from Sridevi especially when she breaks down. The music by AR Rehman is good as always. The editing is swishy sharp. Overall a film to be seen for the superb performances of Sridevi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

GUEST INN LONDON

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film is the what could be called as the sequel of the super hit Atithi Kab Jaoge but due to title infringement reasons is now titled as ‘Guest in London’ in which a Punjabi uncle and a Muslim aunt, a pleasant natured couple come as guests to stay in the house of Aryan (Kaarthik Aryan) and Ananya (Kriti Kharbanda), who are couple posing as about to be a married couple for visa reasons and the permit to stay in UK and a work permit. Aryan is a well meaning corporate ladder climber whose boss Kaalia is a very tough boss but Aryan is a hard worker and impresses him and even accepts his uncle and aunt who have made Aryan’s home as their own but Ananya who is a cab driver, a student, an orphan and an independent girl is irritated by the somewhat loud Punjabi uncle but is moved by the kindness of his wife and eventually she accepts them too but then things get too hot at Aryan’s boss’ party when Uncle creates an unpleasant situation and the boss asks Aryan to select between him or his uncle and aunt. Aryan opts for his uncle and aunt but things take a turn when the Punjabi uncle and aunt give parties for the neighbors and have loud music sessions and create a din and finally Aryan takes a decision to leave them stranded far away, But things take a turn when a surprise courier delivers a box full of photographs and other personal things and Aryan and Ananya get to know from an officer (Sharad Kelkar) that the Punjabi uncle and aunt have come to London to collect the belongings of their only son (Ajay Devgn) who died in the Twin Tower Attack of 2011 and have transferred his dues to the account of Aryan who wants to start his own software company. Aryan and Ananya immediately apologize to his uncle and aunt and all is well. The film is funny and has it’s good share of punches. Paresh Rawal is wonderful as the Punjabi Uncle and Tanvi Azmi is a good performer as the Muslim wife. Kartik Aryan is very good. Viewers will see the film with a certain expectations from him and he certainly hasn’t let them down. He continues his good acting form from his past films and entertains to the fullest. Kriti Kharbanda is impressive. She does justice to her role. It was fun to see her fit really well into the film. She’s gone a bar higher after her performance in the film. Sanjay Mishra is hilarious. V N Badola is very good. Sharad Kelkar is good in a brief cameo. Ajay Devgn is a surprise in a special appearance. The actor playing Aryan’s boss deserves kudos. The music is very good. The cinematography is excellent. The background music deserves a mention. Director Ashwini Dheer has made a wonderful comedy and we wish that there is a tri-quel and Dheer shouldn’t stick to sit-coms.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

THE SLUM STARS

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The film is about a gang of innocent abandoned kids named Kanhhaiya, Gudiya and Chandu who lead troubled lives in the slums. The Child trafficker Ghutan, a local don and his keep Surma, use their terror to sell these kids. Ghutan is controlled by a bogus Swami, a criminal who fakes himself as a spiritual leader. Swami is led by Netaji, a greedy politician who has an upper hand in all the crimes. When Gudiya becomes one of the victim, forced by Surma into sexual exploitation, these kids decide to run away from these people, who are trying to destroy their lives. They somehow travel from the city through dusty roads that lead them into a village in Rajasthan where they meet a Ghost. This ghost then helps the kids to teach Ghutan, Surma, Netaji and other criminal a lesson through his powers. The film is in the mould of Salaam Bombay and Slumdog Millionaire. Director Sandeep Singh successfully conveys his message. Harry Sachdevaa, Chiragdeep Gill, Riddhima Malhotra, Yashwant Chopra, Gurpreet Singh Tuti act well. The music is good. Technically alright. The performers are good. Overall a film with a good message.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

HRIDAYANTAR (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The film is about the marital woes of a successful hotelier Shekhar Joshi (Subodh Bhave) and his successful ad executive wife Samaira (Mukta Barve). Mukta always complains of less attention from her husband while Subodh complains about his wife not understanding his hard work or hardships and their marriage counselor friend Ashwini (Sonali Khare Anand) tries to make their relationship a better one. The couple has two young daughters Nitya and Nysha and one fine morning Nitya is diagnosed with an extreme form of leukemia and their entire world goes up side down but Shekhar and Samaira who were contemplating divorce, come together in their times of stress and the girl even couldn’t be stopped from dying even after a bone marrow transplant from her sister and so her disappointed parents loose all hope and try to give their daughter the happiest time of her life. Debutant Vikram Phadnis has made a good sensitive film though it reminds one of films like Dying Young, my sister’s keeper, War of the Roses, Dard Ka Rishta and the Jackie Shroff starrer Jung. The direction of the film has been top notch. To debut with such a sensitive and emotional film and execute it superbly is no small feat. He’s announced himself as a director quite well with this film. Subodh Bhave is a veteran in such roles now and he delivers a power packed performance. Mukta Barve is excellent as the mother of two daughters. Sonali Khare is a welcome comeback to the big screen. She is one of the better performers in the film. Meena Naik as the understanding grandmother is superb. The two child actors Trushnika Shinde and and Nishta Vaidya are very promising. Amit Khedekar as the supportive doctor is a good actor and we should see more of him . Shiamak Davar and Hrithik Roshan in their special appearances are amazing. Atul Parchure and Vishakha Subedar shine in brief roles. The music is good and the songs are tuneful especially the children’s song. The cinematography is colorful and the color palette is easy on the eyes and the soft focus lighting too is good though the sound engineer goes overboard in recording the background talk. The background music is very good. Overall a very touching sensitive film.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

CONDITIONS APPLY (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The film deals with the institution of marriage and its relevance in modern times. Abhay Kelkar (Subodh Bhave) plays a successful General Manger of an automobile firm who is against the status of marriage and has vowed that he won’t marry ever but his colleague and friend Minar ( Atul Parchure ) and his wife Urmilla (Radhika Vidyasagar) are always after him to find a good girl and marry and be happy rather than being single and lonely. Even Subodh’s parents Sharad Kelkar (Rajan Tamhane) and Meera Kelkar (Utkarsha Naik) are after him to marry but he has a chip on his shoulder because after the passing away of his father, his mother remarried and he couldn’t forget his gather and hence this complex. But as fate would have it his friend Minar l wins a contest to meet a RJ of a popular FM Radio channel Swara Haldankar ( Deepti Devi ) and he takes Abhay along with him and they initially fight but become friends and start a live in relationship even though Deepti Devi’s parents Raghuveer ( Milind Phatak ) and Kamal (Aatisha Naik) advise her against it but she prefers to be independent and enjoys her days of live in relationship but soon start arguments and quarrels and fights between Subodh and Deepti Devi and they separate but very soon get together and get married. The film talks about how the youth of today don’t believe in getting into arranged marriages and want friendships and live in relationships. Subodh Bhave is a proven performer and is impressive as is Deepti Devi who plays the RJ character very well. Vineet Sharma as Deepti Devi’s boss does very well.The rest of the cast lend good support. Revati Limaye as Subodh’s co-worker does a good job. The DOP Krishna Soren has just used the close ups, mid-shots, and over shoulder shots and sometimes it gives the feeling of a play. The director Girish Mohite who is a veteran has handled the film very well aided by a good script by the well known Sanjay Pawar. The music by Avinash-Vishwajeet is melodious and its picturizations have been done very well. The editing is slow but steady. A film for every one in the family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

EK HASEENA THI EK DEEWANA THA

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film is an old fashioned tale about an heiress and her step father out to murder her for her property. Natasha (debutant Natasha D’Souza) is in love with a spirit ghost boy Dev (Shiv Darshan) who has been hired to kill Natasha but falls in love with her and tries to save her umpteen times from her step father who wants to kill her but this gets the goat of Sunny (Upen Patel) who is engaged to be married to Natasha and he tries to unravel the mystery about Dev and tries to make everyone see that he is a ghost who is upto no good but everyone ridicules him and a tutored pshycic professor (Krishan Tandon) spreads hocus pocus about a spirit who has possesed Natasha but in actual proceedings it is Dev who saves Natasha from her evil stepfather (Rumi Khan) and a kind family friend Lalit Tiwari also aides Dev after the stepfather aide Rita (Soni Kaur) gets killed in a mistaken identity. Finally the mystery is unravelled and Sunny dies pledging his love to Dev who now becomes a part of the mortal world. Suneel Darshan’s direction is very good and he has captured the locales of London, Manchester, Scotland, etc with picture perfect visuals. He’s done good justice to the story. The music by Nadeem is a welcome score by the king of romantic meody of the 90’s. Shiv Darshan is a vast improvement from his first film. He has done a good job. He’s acted very well in this film. Natasha D’Souza makes a good debut. Her chemistry in this film with Shiv is great. She has acted quite well in her debut. Rumi Khan makes a good villain. Lalit Tiwari is impressive. Upen Patel is very good and deserves more appreciation. He has given a solid performance in this film. Soni Kaur, Dimppy Ramdayal, Krishan Tandon, San Mahajan, lend good support. A Film for true romantics.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

RINGAN (Mar.)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1460204096552{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This film is an Iranian genre of cinema with a boy as a protagonist and his father Arjun Magar (Shashank Shende) who has to pay off the local village money lender a sum of Rs.100000, to release his mortgaged land and so with his son Abhimanyu aka Abdu, (Sahil Joshi) he comes to the holy shrine of Pandharpur to pray to Lord Vitthal to make his wish come true but on reaching Pandharpur he is looted of all his belongings and he is on the streets and he curses the idol of Lord Vitthal as he is unable to help him. But things improve and with the Lord Vitthals wishes he gets a good job and makes a savings of Rs. 50,000 but needs another Rs.50000, so he takes the wrong path of looting his boss’s till but his son takes back the looted money to the rightful owner , who on hearing the sad story , gives the money to the son’s father to remove the lien from his property as the money lender is about to upsurp his and to start a dairy and he goes back to the village and comes back to resume his duties in the shop. There is also a side track aout the son pining for his mothers tenderly love but his mother has passed away and so he assumes a woman of lesser morals as his mother as his father goes to meet her. There is also a local idol maker who takes the son under his wings. The film is touching and has been acclaimed at many festivals. Director Mane has done a good job though we have seen the film of this genre many a time like Elizabeth Ekadashi, Vitthal Vitthal, Gajar , etc. Shashank Shende has essayed the fathers part very well.And child wonder Sahil Joshi isvery impressive.Suhas Shirsat as Arjun’s friend is very good. Umesh Jagtap as Arjun’s brother is very good.Abhay Mahajan as Abdu’s friend is excellent. Kalyani Mulay as the kind hearted prostitute is very effective. The music is melodious and devoted to Lord Vitthal. The film is technically very slick and the temple scenes and the Pandharpur bylanes are brilliantly captured by the DOP. The editing is sharp. A good film for any cineaste.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]