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Critics writer: Raja Sen

Raja Sen
Rediff
Name:  Raja Sen

Publications:  Rediff

Reviews: 10 
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    Heroine (2012)

    Heroine
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Drama

    Heroine is an unbelievably trashy film
    3

    English Vinglish (2012)

    English Vinglish
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Drama

    English Vinglish is a winner all the way
    8

    Cocktail (2012)

    Cocktail
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Romance | Comedy

    It's a pity, and not just because this could have been the great unconventional cinematic threesome we so desperately need. Cocktail has a handful of moments and a few genuine sparks, but finally crashes and burns so spectacularly that it's hard to focus on the positives. We must thank it, thus, for Diana Penty.
    4

    Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

    Gangs of Wasseypur
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Crime

    Yet it is the excess that suffocates all the magic, originality dying out for lack of room to breathe. Kashyap gets flavour, setting and character right, but the lack of economy cripples the film. There is a lot of gunfire, but like the fine actors populating its sets, Wasseypur fires too many blanks.
    5

    Rowdy Rathore (2012)

    Rowdy Rathore
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Action

    We've seen it all before and apparently — going by the numbers generated by Ghajini, Wanted, Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ready and Singham -- that's what we want. A good meaty chunk of pointless predictability, brutal violence avenged by even more sadistic violence, and one-liners than make no sense: everything serving only to prostrate the film at the feet of the star, making him the all-powerful messiah who can alone deliver us from boredom if we applaud loud enough.
    4

    Department (2012)

    Department
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Action

    The director who showed us how to film violence is now sucking basic action scenes of their dynamism, leaving them dry and dead, but filming his movie's carcass from multiple angles. Tragically enough, Satya [ Images ] and Shiva are just names of characters for the new Ramu.
    2

    Ishaqzaade (2012)

    Ishaqzaade
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Romance

    Ishaqzaade, despite its artistry, deserves no pardon.

    Jannat 2 (2012)

    Jannat 2
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Thriller

    A lot would have been forgiven -- as it often is with these producers -- if the film had either a meatier plot or a more gripping narrative, but this one's just tiresome as the obvious story drags on. A couple of chase sequences, particularly one through the arteries of a Dargah, are slickly shot, but even these lose their charm as they get needlessly long-winded. And finally, telling a bad actress she looks like Angelina Jolie [ Images ] is just cruel -- to both her and to the audience forced to sit there while she tries to smile coyly through a silly pout.

    Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen (2012)

    Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Comedy

    Housefull 2 is shamefully bad. So bad that Ranjeet - the rapey villain of yore - who appears in one scene, is the most dignified thing about the film.
    2

    Agent Vinod (2012)

    Agent Vinod
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Action

    Agent Vinod may be the best looking actioner we've seen, and Sriram Raghavan may be a unanimous choice to hold the joystick, but watching him play this particular game shows him distracted by the window dressing -- and not trying hard enough to save the princess.
    5

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