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Critics writer: Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times
Name:  Anupama Chopra

Publications:  Hindustan Times

Reviews: 5 
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    Rowdy Rathore (2012)

    Rowdy Rathore
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Action

    Rowdy Rathore beats you to a pulp, cinematically. It’s a relentless assault that kicks in as soon as the credit titles roll. Directed by Prabhu Deva, this is the fourth remake of the story about a super-strong police officer named Vikram Singh Rathore, who twirls his moustache and smashes baddies into the ground. He is transferred to a village in Bihar, which is so lawless that a baddie kidnaps a police officer’s wife and systematically rapes her over many days. The baddie’s father and uncle, both glowering, unwashed and vicious, run the place. So the cop has to beg the father to return his wife, even as she stands, sobbing, with the rapist son in clear view of everyone. Needless to say, Vikram Singh Rathore starts to clean up the joint. But when Rathore is killed in battle, a small time conman named Shiva, who just happens to look exactly like him, takes his place. Logic, of course, is the last priority here. The idea is to have fun and revel in a purposefully over-the-top, kitschy, retro-movie. So Akshay swaggers in slow motion and Sonakshi Sinha provides oomph with close-ups of her waist. Shiva refers to her as “meraa maal.” Is this entertaining? Not for me. There were a few fun moments. For instance, Shiva is such a smooth thief that he casually steals cell phones even as people are still talking on them. But these are few and far between. Mostly, Rowdy Rathore alternates between ugly violence and crude comedy or rude romance. The film is one more in the line of movies — many of which are remakes from the south — that value masala above all else. But Dabangg and even Wanted, the latter of which was also directed by Prabhu Deva, were far more cohesive and compelling. Rowdy Rathore is pure noise. Only the brave should venture in. (You can watch Anupama Chopra review the latest releases on The Front Row, every Friday at 8.30 pm on Star World)
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    Jannat 2 (2012)

    Jannat 2
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Thriller

    The most interesting thing about Jannat 2 is Sonu’s thorny relationship with Pratap. The two dislike each other but they need each other and eventually develop mutual respect and affection. Director Kunal Deshmukh and his writers Sanjay Masoom and Shagufta Rafique make this the centrepiece of this largely predictable film. But in doing so, they totally ignore what is supposed to be the plot driver — the love story. Sonu’s grand passion for Jhanvi is reduced to a few songs and the requisite kissing scenes. Of course you also have to ask how it is that a doctor who runs a charity hospital never figures out what her man actually does. Logic isn’t a priority here. Deshmukh is creating an old-school Bollywood film with high drama, punchy dialogue, thunderous background music and villains who glare and maim with aplomb. Some sequences are nicely done, including a chase sequence in a dargah. Emraan Hashmi and Randeep Hooda are also extremely watchable. But there are no surprises here and by the second half, Jannat 2 starts to feel like an endurance test with your head being bludgeoned by the violence and incessant Hindi swear words. After a while, I had to ask: Why am I spending so much time with these unpleasant people? In case you’re wondering, no, this film’s story has no connection with the first Jannat. It’s called Jannat 2 because, I think, the first was a success. To underline the connection, characters repeat the word jannat often. As they do the other signature phrase: kutti kamini cheez.

    Tezz (2012)

    Tezz
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Action

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    Blood Money (2012)

    Blood Money
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Action

    Blood Money finds some traction in the climax but it's too little, too late. By then, you are disengaged and debating dinner choices.
    4

    Chaurahen (2012)

    Chaurahen
    Audience Ratings: 0.0
     

    Genre:  Drama

    Chaurahen brims with tortured souls, pensive silences, meaningful looks and meals left unfinished. Not surprisingly, it’s a slog of a film.
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