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Guns íní goons gyaan


Director: Anurag Basu
Emraan Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut, Shiny Ahuja

In his attempt to introduce a wheel within wheels, Anurag Basu leaves his audience lost in a confused maze of flashbacks. The necessary ingredients are all there, a gangster with a heart of gold, a beer bar girl and the Ďotherí man. But all it lacks is harmony. Gangster fails to capture either the freshness of a love story or the jungle reality of the mafia world, leaving aside the tautness of a mystery thriller. Also, the volley of justifications offered to validate a womanís drinking makes the hackles rise unconsciously.

However, one scene has earned the film its rating, towards the end, when we come across the middle class sexual duplicity of the CBI cop (Emraan). The performances are average, with Gulshan Groverís being slightly above and debutante Kangna Ranautís slightly below it. The songs are okay, too, except that one could not help wincing at Pritamís version of Bhebe dekhechho ki, originally from the Bangla band Mohiner Ghoraguli.

Sunayani Ganguly

Sellersí market

the pink panther

Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Beyonce Knowles, Jean Reno

Instead of the Sellersí drooping moustache itís Martinís toothbrush upper lip; instead of the nasal French drawl itís the hamburrgerr accent. Youíre going to miss the original Clouseau terribly in this latest film in the Pink Panther series. Steve Martin is too quintessentially American father of the bride to fit into the maddeningly eccentric French inspector Jacques Clouseau who beats not just the killer, but also his conspiring boss, played oh so cooly, by Kevin Kline to clinch the credit. Beyonce Knowles is the surprise seductress who does a tantalising number. Jean Reno is Clouseauís aide on Kevinís payroll, but who finally falls in line with his inspector. Clouseau apart from causing the usual havoc including bringing shame to the French honour unravels the murder of a soccer coach by deciphering the Chinese accent and retrieves the pink panther from Knowlesí clutch bag. With all its subplots and side characters, Shawn Levy doesnít lose his plot and tickles you right to the end.

Anasuya Basu

Whoís scared'

darna zaroori hai

Directors: Ram Gopal Varma , Sajid Khan, Jijy Philip, Chekeravarthy, Prawal Raman, Manish Gupta, Vivek Shah
Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Manoj Pahwa, Arjun Rampal, Bipasha Basu, Makarand Deshpande, Anil Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Suniel Shetty, Rajpal Yadav, Sonali Kulkarni, Randeep Hooda, Zakir Hussain, Rasika Joshi, (Nisha Kothari)

If itís a horror film you would agree darna zaroori hai. But RGV makes a mockery of the scare factor. The multiple-horror film takes off with a cheeky one, Sajid Khanís take on RGVís Darna Mana Hai. A die-hard horror film buff Manoj Pahwa is not impressed, he wants a refund. But on his way back home through a graveyard he suffers a heart failure. The jingling of coins in his own pocket scares him and the sight of a looming figure in the moonlight (it turns out to be a huge poster of Darna Zaroori Hai) kills him. Now thatís at best a smart promo-film and it stops at just that.

The film switches to the storytelling mode. Directed by Manish Gupta it is hackneyed stuff. Grandma tells eerie tales to five kids but they all turn out to be you-know-what. RGVís Amitabh-Riteish starrer is a total let-down. Vivek Shahís Rajpal-Suniel Shetty episode irritates with Rajpal repeating himself. Jijy Philipís Mallika-Anil episode is interesting and keeps the curiosity alive till the end. Prawal Ramanís Arjun-Bipasha-Makarand episode has a twist and is somewhat eerie. Two unexpectedly subtle but powerful performances are by Riteish and Randeep Hooda. In Chekeravarthyís story, Randeep is a man possessed by an evil spirit. Darna Zaroori Hai entertains to a point with its variety, but whoís scared!

Madhuparna Das

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