Monday, May 19, 2014

No smoking please (Rani madam)

Kangana Ranaut is our favorite actress (we are also fans of Vidya Balan and Kajol Mukherjee). Just like many of her co-actors Kangana has played different roles with aplomb, we really liked Queen, the most recent release is Revolver Rani, which we did not like quite so much (the reviews are mixed, see below: no spoilers).


What is not on is pictures of the beautiful lady* while smoking. We thought this sort of thinking went out of fashion (for men at least), but apparently if a girl has to be shown as edgy then those little wisps of smoke make all the difference. What a pity.
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Revolver Rani establishes Kangana Ranaut as the most fearless actress in Bollywood. After winning our hearts as the achingly naïve dumped bride in Queen, she does a 360-degree flip in this film. As the psychotic, murderous, sexually ravenous dacoit turned politician Alka Singh, she is frankly ugly, literally and figuratively.

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Alka is the lone woman warrior in the Chambal region, a land overrun by corruption, misguided machismo and guns. Naturally, she has to shout louder and shoot harder than the boys. It’s a startling performance that goes almost over the top, but Kangana reins herself in and expertly balances madness and vulnerability. She alienates and yet keeps us invested.

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The people around Alka are nasty too. Quite deliberately, debutant director Sai Kabir gives us no one to root for. Revolver Rani is co-produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia and echoes his own films, like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, in which scorpion-like characters try to out-sting each other. On Alka’s team is a selfish, philandering, greedy boy toy named Rohan, played very well by Vir Das. 
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The performance to watch out for is Piyush Mishra as Alka’s Machiavellian uncle, a man willing to destroy her life to preserve their power. Kabir, who has also written the film, piles on the betrayals and counter-betrayals. There are goon-like politicians, sting operations, a hilariously hyperactive TV news anchor, and relentless shootouts — just in case you forget that the film was called Revolver Rani.

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Some of this works and some of it doesn’t. But what keeps Revolver Rani together are the performances and the sly humour. I particularly enjoyed the two testosterone-filled duffer politicians whose only aim is to kill Alka. If you like uplifting, cheerful cinema, then this isn’t the movie for you. But if, like me, you can enjoy bad people doing bad things, then Revolver Rani will be fun.
Revolver Rani establishes Kangana Ranaut as the most fearless actress in Bollywood. After winning our hearts as the achingly naïve dumped bride in Queen, she does a 360-degree flip in this film. As the psychotic, murderous, sexually ravenous dacoit turned politician Alka Singh, she is frankly ugly, literally and figuratively.
Alka is the lone woman warrior in the Chambal region, a land overrun by corruption, misguided machismo and guns. Naturally, she has to shout louder and shoot harder than the boys. It’s a startling performance that goes almost over the top, but Kangana reins herself in and expertly balances madness and vulnerability. She alienates and yet keeps us invested.
The people around Alka are nasty too. Quite deliberately, debutant director Sai Kabir gives us no one to root for. Revolver Rani is co-produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia and echoes his own films, like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, in which scorpion-like characters try to out-sting each other. On Alka’s team is a selfish, philandering, greedy boy toy named Rohan, played very well by Vir Das. The performance to watch out for is Piyush Mishra as Alka’s Machiavellian uncle, a man willing to destroy her life to preserve their power. Kabir, who has also written the film, piles on the betrayals and counter-betrayals. There are goon-like politicians, sting operations, a hilariously hyperactive TV news anchor, and relentless shootouts — just in case you forget that the film was called Revolver Rani.
Some of this works and some of it doesn’t. But what keeps Revolver Rani together are the performances and the sly humour. I particularly enjoyed the two testosterone-filled duffer politicians whose only aim is to kill Alka. If you like uplifting, cheerful cinema, then this isn’t the movie for you. But if, like me, you can enjoy bad people doing bad things, then Revolver Rani will be fun.
- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/reviews/movie-review-by-anupama-chopra-revolver-rani-s-sly-humour-is-fun/article1-1212377.aspx#sthash.oghptMS7.dpuf
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Link: http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/reviews/movie-review-by-anupama-chopra-revolver-rani-s-sly-humour-is-fun
Revolver Rani establishes Kangana Ranaut as the most fearless actress in Bollywood. After winning our hearts as the achingly naïve dumped bride in Queen, she does a 360-degree flip in this film. As the psychotic, murderous, sexually ravenous dacoit turned politician Alka Singh, she is frankly ugly, literally and figuratively.
Alka is the lone woman warrior in the Chambal region, a land overrun by corruption, misguided machismo and guns. Naturally, she has to shout louder and shoot harder than the boys. It’s a startling performance that goes almost over the top, but Kangana reins herself in and expertly balances madness and vulnerability. She alienates and yet keeps us invested.
The people around Alka are nasty too. Quite deliberately, debutant director Sai Kabir gives us no one to root for. Revolver Rani is co-produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia and echoes his own films, like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, in which scorpion-like characters try to out-sting each other. On Alka’s team is a selfish, philandering, greedy boy toy named Rohan, played very well by Vir Das. The performance to watch out for is Piyush Mishra as Alka’s Machiavellian uncle, a man willing to destroy her life to preserve their power. Kabir, who has also written the film, piles on the betrayals and counter-betrayals. There are goon-like politicians, sting operations, a hilariously hyperactive TV news anchor, and relentless shootouts — just in case you forget that the film was called Revolver Rani.
Some of this works and some of it doesn’t. But what keeps Revolver Rani together are the performances and the sly humour. I particularly enjoyed the two testosterone-filled duffer politicians whose only aim is to kill Alka. If you like uplifting, cheerful cinema, then this isn’t the movie for you. But if, like me, you can enjoy bad people doing bad things, then Revolver Rani will be fun.
- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/reviews/movie-review-by-anupama-chopra-revolver-rani-s-sly-humour-is-fun/article1-1212377.aspx#sthash.oghptMS7.dpuf
Revolver Rani establishes Kangana Ranaut as the most fearless actress in Bollywood. After winning our hearts as the achingly naïve dumped bride in Queen, she does a 360-degree flip in this film. As the psychotic, murderous, sexually ravenous dacoit turned politician Alka Singh, she is frankly ugly, literally and figuratively.
Alka is the lone woman warrior in the Chambal region, a land overrun by corruption, misguided machismo and guns. Naturally, she has to shout louder and shoot harder than the boys. It’s a startling performance that goes almost over the top, but Kangana reins herself in and expertly balances madness and vulnerability. She alienates and yet keeps us invested.
The people around Alka are nasty too. Quite deliberately, debutant director Sai Kabir gives us no one to root for. Revolver Rani is co-produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia and echoes his own films, like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, in which scorpion-like characters try to out-sting each other. On Alka’s team is a selfish, philandering, greedy boy toy named Rohan, played very well by Vir Das. The performance to watch out for is Piyush Mishra as Alka’s Machiavellian uncle, a man willing to destroy her life to preserve their power. Kabir, who has also written the film, piles on the betrayals and counter-betrayals. There are goon-like politicians, sting operations, a hilariously hyperactive TV news anchor, and relentless shootouts — just in case you forget that the film was called Revolver Rani.
Some of this works and some of it doesn’t. But what keeps Revolver Rani together are the performances and the sly humour. I particularly enjoyed the two testosterone-filled duffer politicians whose only aim is to kill Alka. If you like uplifting, cheerful cinema, then this isn’t the movie for you. But if, like me, you can enjoy bad people doing bad things, then Revolver Rani will be fun.
- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/reviews/movie-review-by-anupama-chopra-revolver-rani-s-sly-humour-is-fun/article1-1212377.aspx#sthash.oghptMS7.dpuf
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