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By UPALA KBR (Mid-Day; December 23, 2009)

Ekta Kapoor says the promo of her film Love Sex Dhoka is going to be the most controversial promos released this year. Incidentally, the 90-second promo of LSD will be released along with Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots in theatres across India on December 25.

Says Ekta, “We have already edited the 90-second promo thrice! When I first saw it, I was so shocked I fell off my chair. We had to edit almost 30 per cent of the controversial version in order for it to be shown with 3 Idiots. We will be releasing the unedited version on the internet simultaneously along with the trailer. The promo will be shown across only 290 multiplex screens across India. We didn’t want the promo to run at all theatres as it’s a digital medium.”

Ekta feels that it will be met with a largely polarised reaction. “It will shock the daylights out of people. They will either hate or love it but they can’t ignore it. The censor board was adamant that we couldn’t show these scenes without a U/A certificate.”

She adds, “The promo is not too sexually explicit but the dialogues and basic premise are raw and explicit. We had 40 beeps in the original promo which has now been cut down to two.”

Dibakar Banerjee says, “The censor board didn’t allow the promo to run without a U/A certificate. Some cuss words have been edited out. One of the scenes edited out is a slightly explicit scene where the male protagonist and another girl are rehearsing how to seduce a famous public figure on camera for a sting operation with some intricate moves. They found these objectionable and we had to remove them. Love Sex Dhoka is isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.”

UPSET: Sherlyn Chopra
Sherlyn Chopra, still raw from her reality show experience, talks to BT…

REAGAN GAVIN RASQUINHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 1, 2009)

Loose at the seams but not quite ready to come apart just yet, the brave and beautiful Sherlyn Chopra is teary and frayed, betrayed. A theme that she first visits. Fresh out of the Bigg Boss house, after having somehow managed a four-week run there. It’s still too soon, the experience too raw for her. Words come haltingly as she recounts, “The inmates would be so awfully judgemental of me. For two weeks I indulged in gossip with Kamal. Then I realised that I cannot be on both sides and that I couldn’t go on doing this. So I went to each person I gossiped and bitched about and apologised to them. People like Poonam Dhillon said that they enjoyed my act, to go forth and come clean. I don’t want to merely read the Bible, but to live the Word. But then there were others who thought that this was all just a facade. How could they be so cruel? Is this the level at which they think? Must they taint me with the same
brush?”

The mixed emotion in her voice is unmistakable as a cocktail of feelings put together by the shoddy treatment that was meted to her. It’s something she wants to wash off her hands and move on. “Yes, I came across as a loner on the show and that came across from Day 1. I’m not a good talker, I’m a good listener. Is there anything wrong with that? They, of course, took the liberty of coming to the conclusion that this was because of my ego or that I had attitude! You know, I love doing chores around the house, the dishes… whatever! In fact, I have obsessive compulsive disorder. I have to see my surroundings clean and tidy. If they aren’t, then I will do it myself. So how can they accuse me of not taking part in household activities,” she demands to know, adding, “And when I would get into these tasks, they’d pass bitchy comments to the effect that I prefer to do domestic chores rather than talk to them.” Gossip certainly seems to be the name of the game in the house. But then all is not woe, with the true natures of the inmates coming increasingly to the fore, it’s all down to who is friend and who is foe. “It was a combination of conspiracy and desperation that got me evicted,” reflects Sherlyn. Well, there is always wisdom in hindsight… Moving on, though, she’s now back in the real world from her short exile. A world where she is appreciated more. She is, of course, wildly popular and one of the most downloaded women, her pictures sizzling up many a PC screen. She digs this, and her spirits immediately perk up when she is reminded of this. So how does she feel? “Yes, the response is awesome, and I get a lot of offers for photoshoots, a lot of people would love to connect with me but I keep reminding them that I have an exclusive agreement with the Times.” Atta girl, Sherlyn! The house may be one less without you, but we for sure, are richer for your return.
reagan.gavin@timesgroup.com

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Parinda, Satya, Vaastav, Company and Gangster-these are handful of Hindi films which were based on the mafia/gangster menace and also very well executed. Now Baabarr should be added to this list of ‘finest gangster films of Bollywood’! The film is violent, gory and raw but at the same time, it’s thoroughly engrossing packed with award-winning performances and amazing execution! It was a must-watch but unfortunately, was missed by many!

The story of the movie: The film is based in Amarganj, the Uttar Pradesh town where criminal incidents occur daily and has become a part and parcel of the residents. In one of its dingy lanes, Baabarr (Sohum Shah) emerges as a ruthless gangster. Working with his 5 brothers, Baabarr runs an extortion racket and doesn’t think twice before killing. The govt entrusts the task of eliminating Baabarr and his gang and all their activities to S P Dwivedi (Mithun Chakraborthy). How Dwivedi, along with corrupted Daroga (Om Puri) go about doing their duty is what follows next in the film.

Director Ashuu Trikha may not accept, but the truth is that Baabaar, undoubtedly, is based on dreaded UP gangster, Rafiq Qureshi’s life. The director and the screenwriter (Ikram Akhtar) wonderfully trace Baabarr’s journey from his first murder at 12 years to his death at just 22 or 23 years. The film keeps you on the edge of your seat right from the beginning and has several high-voltage shocking scenes which give goosebumps.

One of the four factors that make Baabaarr stand out is that it takes us to a world which we are ignorant about. The film throws light on Amarganj where murders take place casually, where people have more guns in their houses than chairs, where people are never ever given lessons on good manners and where people are addressed as ‘Oye Pehelwan’ instead of ‘Hey Dude’! However, the setting doesn’t look unrealistic at all (it isn’t actually) and the viewer absorbs everything that is projected in the film. Secondly, every character in the film is added with a purpose and each of them is damn interesting. My 5 favourites were Baabarr, Daroga, Maamu (Tinnu Anand), Sarfaraaz (Shakti Kapoor) and the sexiest one in the film, Tabrez (Sushant Singh)!
Thirdly, everything that happens in the film has a purpose. Meaning, none of the scenes were unnecessarily added-it was all connected to the main plot. For instance, one may feel that grown-up Baabarr’s intro scene where he kills a businessman named Jilani was just added to project Baabarr’s ruthless and merciless nature. But the scene is well connected to the next one and also to the storyline. And lastly, the climax of this film is shocking! There is an excellent twist that takes place which catches you unawares! It doesn’t spoil the film at all and also looks justified. In short, a great work by the writer-director duo!

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Some scenes of the film are memorable. Baabarr’s first murder at 12 and Baabarr killing Jilani in his own factory set the mood. Tabrez finishing Akram in a cow slaughter house is gruesome scene but clapworthy. The intermission point was easily the best scene of the film!

The only glitch in the entire film is that it gets a bit slow in the 2nd half.

Every actor in the film has pitched in a fabulous performance-in fact, much much better than their other films in recent times. Newcomer Sohum Shah rocks with his finest performance. Since it his debut, he doesn’t come with the baggage of any past significant performance and thus, one connects to his character instantly. Also, the actor wonderfully exhibits the ruthlessness that his character needed. Even his dialogue delivery rocked. This year, except Raj Singh Chaudhary of Gulaal, none of debutants have managed to impress and hence, Sohum has high chance of bagging the Best Debut award next year!

However, the question arises that based on his appearance and the kind of character he played in Baabarr, will he be offered other types of roles in future? I hope he gets as he’s a truly a gem! Best of luck! (P.S.: Is Sohum Shah Mukesh Shah’s son who is the co-producer of the film?!)

Mithun Chakraborty does his job with élan. His meeting with Sohum is an explosive scene! Om Puri rocks and this was certainly one of the finest performances of his life. The way he changed his mannerisms, walking style and accent for this role and did a great job is definitely praiseworthy. Same goes for Sushant Singh who delivers phaadu performance! I have loved this talented actor since 16 December and am impressed to see him in such an interesting role. Here is an actor who deserves to be a superstar!

Urvashi Sharma was fine but one may argue that her character was unnecessary. Mukesh Tiwari was brilliant, esp in the pre-climax scene inside the prison. Ditto for Tinnu Anand, who shows his extremely talented side in the pre-climax. Shakti Kapoor is surprisingly, extremely likeable! Govind Namdeo was as usual. Kashish Khan as Baabarr’s wife gives a nice ‘Kaminey’s Charlie-type’ performance! Abbas Ali Moghul, the action director of the film, is there for a scene and plays the role of Akram Qasai. He’s a great actor! Pratima Kazmi plays Lilavati, a character based on Mayawati. Shockingly, a beep tone is inserted whenever her name is mentioned in the film! Others also do a great job.

Anand Raj Anand’s music was alright. The title song is impressive. Suhass Gujarathi’s cinematography is brilliant and the dingy by-lanes of Uttar Pradesh towns are well captured. Abbas Ali Moghul charms as the actor and also as the action director! Although some scenes had too much bloodshed, it was needed. Sunil Singh’s background score was in sync with the film’s mood.
Vikram Misra and Ikram Akhtar’s dialogues were one of the best things about the film. The best dialogue of the film (and one of the best in recent times) is: “Gas khatam ho gayi hai…tujhe jalakar chai banayenge tujh pe!” Absolutely rocking!

Ikram Akhtar has also written the story and script of the movie and he excels thoroughly! The film keeps you on the edge of the seat and doesn’t bore even for a moment! Great job by Akhtar, who has scripted some contrastingly light films like Nayee Padosan, Joru Ka Ghulam, Chal Mere Bhai etc!

Finally, Ashuu Trikha is a revelation! The director has always done a fine job in his past films (Deewanapan, Sheesha, Alag) but was let down by faulty scripts. In Baabarr, however, he is armed with a flawless script and he does a brilliant job. He succeeds in exposing the gangster-police-politicians nexus that is rampant in the interiors of the country and where lawlessness prevails. Hats off to Ashuu and hoping to see him with such nice films in future!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   Baabarr’s childhood
2.   Baabarr finishing Jilani
3.   Tabrez’s entry
4.   Baabarr and Tabrez’ confrontation during the tender meeting
5.   The intermission point
6.   Baabarr shot
7.   Dwivedi teaches Daroga a lesson
8.   The last 25 minutes

On the whole, Baabarr is surely one of the best gangster films that has come out from Bollywood. Although it has excessive violence, it manages to impress with his intriguing execution and performances. The film wasn’t publicized well when it released in September this year. But now, all movie buffs, do catch it on DVD! Don’t Miss It!

My rating-**** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Baabarr-178084-1.html

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HOT: Kareena and Saif get ready to kiss in their next film

Saif Ali Khan, who’s romantically linked with Kareena Kapoor on screen for the first time and also kisses her

TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; October 23, 2009)

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan fans can heave a sigh of relief. Bollywood’s Jodi No 1, seen at fashion shows, parties, holidays abroad but never together on screen, are finally a couple in Karan Johar’s next film Kurbaan (directed by Rensil D’Silva). It’s releasing late November and has Saifeena (as the couple is popularly known in Bollywood in context to the Brangelinas and TomKats of Hollywood) romantically linked, sharing a kiss, making steamy love and what have you…
Their pairing in the film that deals with terrorism in the US, goes beyond glamour, stardom, style and sophistication. Saif, naturally, would rather downplay the kissing and lovemaking in the film. “There’s much more to the film than intimate scenes,” he promises. “But, yes, the intimate moments are bold and honest. Just as the action scenes are raw and bloody. And the songs, genuine and real. Or the story — brutal and shocking.”

He’s conscious of the risk of capitalising on or sensationalising the fact that Kareena and he are
involved off-screen as well. Or that audiences, jaded by the knowledge they the actors know each other so well, might not find their intimacy on screen exciting enough. “But what happens in Kurbaan,” argues Saif, “is that two great actors — if I may call myself that — come together and do what they’re best at. This is what Kareena and I do to earn our living. It’s been widely reported on our holidays and days off… now you see it on screen.”
Kareena was unavailable for comment. Or, maybe she’s not the kiss and tell type of actress.