Director: Rahul Dholakia
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan
This Robin Hood-esque film has Shah Rukh Khan playing the mobster with a heart of gold. Despite his brooding, kohl-eyed look and killer acting chops, the film (reportedly based on the real-life story of a liquor baron), ends up becoming a mish mash of something we have seen in virtually every Bollywood film. Apart from the doe-eyed Mahira Khan, the only silver lining seems to be an intense performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy
What happens when a visually challenged couple gets hitched? They light up each other’s lives, of course. However, trouble brews in their paradise when Supriya (Yami) is raped, and Rohan (Hrithik) sets out to avenge her. While the moral of the story may indicate that revenge is a dish best served blind (in this case), it is Hrithik’s virtuoso performance that holds this film together, in what could have been a ‘heavily inspired’ plotline.
Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga
Director: R Parthiepan
Cast: Shanthnu, Parthiepan,
The plot revolves round a cab driver, his attractive wife and an NRI. As the viewer tries to fill in the blanks, the leisurely pace poses a speed breaker. With a promising beginning, the screenplay takes a dip midway through, pepping up again towards the end. Despite a wafer-thin plot, the actors give nuanced performances, particularly Shanthnu.
— Malini Mannath