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Monthly Archives: March 2013

How can you not like a Bollywood comedy about cars and cricket?  Lots of amusing characters and good performances by Boman Irani and Sharman Joshi in this story about a single dad trying to raise money for his cricket prodigy son. Nice car too. 70/100

Aamir Khan has been prominent in India attempting to produce something different in Indian film. This project is a thoughtful and emotional piece about the people of Mumbai. We meet an artist, a visiting NRI, a dhobiwallah and a young bride, whose tale is told through a series of tapes found by the artist. The film is well acted and beautifully filmed and just makes you want to jump on a plane there despite the sadness of the themes. 75/100

Such a pity that a book with so much potential is spoiled by an attempt to be arty. Why don’t the editors tell these authors that just telling the story well can carry as much meaning as trying to lace the book with symbols and surreal moments? Interesting characters, unusual historical background and location should have been enough, but no, we have to give the main character terminal cancer to make it more dramatic. As if the Kashmir situation isn’t dramatic enough. Anyway, still a good read but it could have been so much more. 63/100