Bullett Raja – Usual Bollywood Vomit

The only group of people for whom Bullett Raja is appropriate are masochistic Indian moviegoers who derive their jollies from painful lashes on their back. The rest ought to stay at home than subject themselves to this puerile attempt at movie-making. Insufferable Garbage – Beginning to End From the opening “encounter” scene on a rural […]

Race 2 Review – Slick Junk

Cherry, I don’t have time to pop your cherry – RD (Anil Kapoor) to his dimwitted assistant Cherry (Ameesha Patel) in Race 2 Race 2 follows the odious tradition of its five-year-old predecessor Race in shoveling out manure by the truck-load. Given our extreme dissatisfaction with Race (2008), we went in, braving the mid-Atlantic chill […]

Agent Vinod – Not Good at Box Office

Agent Vinod, which had a fairly wide release in the U.S. (for a Bollywood film), hasn’t done well at the box office. And that’s a shame because the movie is a decent Hindi action, spy thriller. Here’s how Agent Vinod fared at the U.S. box office compared to a few prominent Bollywood films:   Related […]

Agent Vinod Review – Oozes Panache

It took the bozos over four decades but with Agent Vinod Bollywood has finally turned in the first Indian action thriller that desi Bond and Bourne aficionados can watch without cringing. Written and directed by Sriram Raghavan, Agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Prem Chopra) is a well crafted Hindi action film that has […]

Aarakshan Review – Half-Baked Look at Reservations

Aarakshan (Reservations) turned out to be a disappointment for us. Directed by Prakash Jha, one of India’s rare political film-makers, the much hyped movie is supposedly centered on the hot-button issue of reservations aka affirmative action that allows less qualified candidates from lower castes to get government jobs and seats in colleges via special quotas. […]

Dil Chahta Hai – A Charmer

(For Aditya) Not since we smoked pot in secret for the first time – in our college loo of all places – have we derived so much pleasure. (Like our former President Bill Clinton, we didn’t inhale… Ha ha, as if you believe us.) Really, rarely have we seen a Hindi movie with mucho gusto […]