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  • Film : Department
  • Producer : Siddhant Oberoi, Amit Sharma
  • Director : Ram Gopal Varma
  • Star Cast : Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati, Madhu Shalini, Lakshmi Manchu, Nathalia Kaur and others…
  • Music Director : Bappi Lahari
Rating: 2/5

Ram Gopal Varma’s prestigious film, Department bombed at the box office. People who came out of theatres after watching this movie looked distressed and sad. When asked as to how the movie was many of them gave thumbs down. Everyone expected that Department would be a big hit as Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati appeared together but there was nothing great except the trio. Quickly go through this review before you watch the film.

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The plot revolves around cops and mafia in Mumbai. Sanjay Dutt who is a special police office and Rana Daggubati, an encounter specialist team up to wipe out mafia from Mumbai. While Vijay Raaz plays the main gangster in the movie, Amitabh Bachchan appears as the gangster-turned-politician.

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The first draw back of the film is the plot. We have seen many movies with the same subjects such as Once Upon A Time in Mumbai. Therefore, there should be something exceptionally good in the movie if the story is routine and unfortunately the music is not forgettable but a torture. The camera angles are undoubtedly experiments of Ram Gopal Varma, which were pain to eyes. There’s not even at least one plus point in the movie.

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When the film is filled with so much of action captures in weird angles the scope to analyze the performance of any actor had become a real challenge. Amitabh Bachchan did his best, Rana and Sanjay Dutt were okay. Vijay Raaz as dhoti-clad gangster irked the viwers.

Final Word:Better think twice before you watch

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    The Lunchbox Movie Review

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She is not the eye candy heroine yet she is a surprisingly magnificent actress who understands every shade of her character, performing it with strikingly beauty. Nawazuddin Siddiqui essays his role with keenness and he is praiseworthy brilliant at his work. As a supporting character, he is hard to miss for the wonderful chemistry that passes gradually out of his good-fellowship with Irrfan. A few of them makes for the film’s most prominently powerful moments. It's naturally powerful! Final Word:The Lunchbox is one of those films that will spellbind you with absolute simplicity. Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur build their character intimately without meeting each other for once all through the film. Normally such stories lose their steam soon enough, yet Batra’s expertise manages the film accompanying its deep-rooted beauty of an unlikely love story. It is such a powerful as well as effective film that I can’t really settle for anything less than 4 star. It's undoubtedly a real fulfillment for the film buffs. The Lunchbox Movie Releases on 20th Sep 2013 {slideshow}images/reviewslideshows/TheLunchBox{/slideshow} {youtube}Enq9nNGnMFY|620|400|1{/youtube} (AW:SB)

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    John Day Movie Review

    Film : John Day Producer : Anjum Rizvi, Aatef A Khan and K Asif Director : Ahishor Solomon Star Cast : Naseeruddin Shah, Randeep Hooda, Vipin Sharma... Music Director : Kshitij Tarey & Strings Rating: 3/5 Ahishor Solomon's 'John Day', starring Naseeruddin Shah, Randeep Hooda, Shernaz Patel and Elena Kazan, is emotionally strained, tense up, affecting the sense of touch as well extraordinarily great. Other Ratings Average Movie Rating   AVG:3/5 Sify Not Yet Rated         Deccan Not Yet Rated The Times of India Not Yet Rated BharatStudent Not Yet Rated Rediff Not Yet Rated Story : John Day, named after its protagonist, opens with two teenagers lying to their parents and wandering off to a forest in the middle of nowhere (because that’s just what teenagers do, apparently) and one of them ends up getting murdered. Surprise, surprise! John Day (Naseeruddin Shah) -- the deceased teen’s father – is an honest manager of a place called the Royal Citizen Bank (or something equally awkward) and supportive husband of his traumatized wife, Maria (Shernaz Patel). Two years after losing his only child, when John’s bank is robbed, he comes across a file stored in one the lockers. The file bears the name of the place where his daughter was murdered. The film subsequently spirals (downwards) into unnecessarily violent scenes and dialogues sprinkled accompanying indecent language. Analysis : There is a prevalent fact that in today’s world there is no place for the weak. Likewise this film, as we discover accompanying the thrill of chancing upon an unanticipated little gem. Known to be an inspiration from a Spanish film. There's really nothing to be given figuratively where writer-director Ahishor Solomon got the raw material for this gripping cat-and-mouse tale. Whether the kitchen where the food on the table originates really mean anything? What counts is the quotient of curiosity and suspense pretended by the script. At the same time 'John Day' ranks very high. Not for a while have we seen a film so steeped in hopelessness, so wrapped up closely in anxiety, so audaciously especially in graceful folds in hopelessness and yet it engages our senses without miring the plot in mortality. The story not intended for the fastidious and the two main characters are continuously distressed by their unalterable tragic parts. Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda, real-life guru and pupil, play people who know no happiness. Incidents from their past continue to shadow and chase their present and there is barely a moment in the plot when John (Shah) and Gautam (Hooda) are happy except when they are accompanying their beloved 'Other'. 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