Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lafangey Parindey

Lafangey Parindey is a 2010 Hindi romantic comedy film directed by Pradeep Sarkar, produced by Aditya Chopra and starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. The film was released on 20 August 2010 under the Yash Raj Films banner. The story of the film is partially inspired from the 1978 English film, Ice Castles and the 1999 Tamil film, Thulladha Manamum Thullum.

Pinky Palkar (Deepika Padukone) is an aspiring skater who dreams of making it big through a television show. Her dreams go awry when One-Shot-Nandu (Neil Nitin Mukesh), a fighter who pummels his opponents in the ring blindfolded, knocks her down in a freak car accident turning her blind. Despite her handicap, Pinky is determined to participate in the show. Full of remorse, Nandu teaches her to "see" through her blindness. In return, she teaches him to skate; allowing Nandu to be her partner in the competition.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 3D science-fiction action-horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, and Wentworth Miller. It is the fourth installment in a series of film adaptations based loosely on Capcom's survival horror video game series Resident Evil. It is also the first film in the series to be released in 3D. In the film Alice searches for and rescues remaining survivors in Los Angeles of the T-virus outbreak, who team up against Albert Wesker, the head of the Umbrella Corporation.

After the events of Resident Evil: Extinction, the Alice clones (Milla Jovovich) attempt to kill Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) at his base in Japan. All present clones are killed in an explosion, as Wesker escapes in an aircraft. The original Alice ambushes him, but Wesker injects her with a serum that neutralizes the T-virus in her system, eliminating her superhuman powers and making her human again. He reveals that his T-Virus powers have surpassed her own, but before he can kill her, the aircraft crashes and Alice emerges from the wreckage.

Six months later, Alice follows a repeating emergency broadcast from a survivors' safe haven known as "Arcadia" in Alaska. After many fruitless months searching for Arcadia and finding no survivors along the way, including her friends Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and K-Mart (Spencer Locke), Alice begins to lose hope, believing herself to be the last surviving human on the planet. Stopping on an abandoned beach, Alice finds the helicopter taken by Claire and the others when they and Alice parted ways. A crazed Claire, under the influence of an Umbrella Corporation device attached to her chest, attacks her. Alice removes the device, finding that it has damaged Claire's memory, which she slowly regains.

Flying a two-person plane, they enter the ruins of Los Angeles and find a small group of survivors, led by Luther West (Boris Kodjoe) living in a maximum security prison, surrounded by the undead. Alice crash lands the plane on the roof of the prison and learn that Arcadia is not a fixed place but actually a cargo tanker traveling along the coast. Since the plane cannot take more than two, Alice and the survivors try to figure out a means to make it to Arcadia together.

The survivors have been keeping watch on a prisoner, Chris (Wentworth Miller), whom they found locked in a maximum security cell when they arrived. He says that he is a soldier who fought the early outbreak, but was locked up by prisoners as a cruel joke when the mission failed and knows a way to reach the coast, and thereby Arcadia, but will not reveal it unless he is released.
They do not believe him, and keep him locked up until the undead manage to tunnel through the sewer ways and up into the prison, and a giant axe wielding Nemesis monster starts to break down the front gate; Alice and survivors are out of time to find a means to reach Arcadia so they decide to free Chris and use his escape route. He recognizes Claire and reveals himself as her brother, though she does not remember him.

Chris' proposed method, a stored military vehicle, is legitimate, but the vehicle is not operational and they are left with no other option but to use the tunnel to escape through the sewers, and storm drains which empty at the coast. The group fights their way out — Alice, Claire, and Chris manage to escape into the sewers.
They continue to Arcadia, finding the ship completely functional, but abandoned. Exploring its inner depths, they realize that it is a trap set by Umbrella to lure survivors to the ship to conduct experiments on them.

Claire now remembers what happened to her group when they arrived to Alaska: Umbrella ambushed their group when they landed on the beach, attaching the devices to them, though she managed to escape. They release the survivors, among them K-Mart, and Alice continues deeper into the ship, finding escape helicopters and a purging bomb. Deeper inward, she finds Wesker, who explains the price of his survival, is a war within himself for control against the T-Virus.

By assimilating Alice, the only individual to bond successfully with the T-virus, he might be able to gain full mastery of it. At this point the crew of the ship had abandoned Wesker, terrified by his cannibalism.
Chris, Claire, and Alice battle the super-powered Wesker and seemingly kill him with help from a recovered K-Mart. Wesker does not die, but regenerate and escapes on a helicopter. He activates the purge bomb on the Arcadia in attempt to destroy the ship and kill the remaining survivors.

Anticipating his actions Alice had hidden the bomb on board the helicopter, which is destroyed by the explosion. Alice, Claire, and Chris watch the destruction from the deck of the Arcadia.
Alice resolves to turn Arcadia into a real safe haven and broadcasts its message for any other survivors. As Claire, Chris, and Alice decide how to proceed with all the survivors, they see an approaching Umbrella assault fleet led by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who is under the control of the same Umbrella device used on Claire.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

We Are Family

We Are Family is a Hindi film directed by Siddharth Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar. The project features actors Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in the lead roles, and is a remake of the 1998 film Stepmom. It released worldwide on September 3, 2010, and a day before in India and UAE.

Maya (Kajol) is a perfect mother. Her life revolves around her three children, Aleya (Aanchal Munjal), Ankush (Nominath Ginsburg), and Anjali (Diya Sonecha). Despite being divorced from her husband, Aman (Arjun Rampal), Maya has ensured that everything runs smoothly in her house and that they continue to remain a happy family unit. However, when Aman introduces his girlfriend, Shreya (Kareena Kapoor) a career oriented woman, who has a lot to learn about children, to the family, the situation immediately takes an unexpected turn.

When Shreya comes with Aman to Anjali's birthday party, she accidentally drops Anjali's cake - this causes the kids to perceive Shreya as a witch. The next day, Aman tells Shreya to babysit the three kids at his house because Maya is out of town. At a fashion show Anjali helps Shreya with the outfit. When Shreya goes to get ice cream for the kids, Aleya tells Anjali and Ankush that she is using them so she can take their dad away; soon after Anjali goes missing. At the police station, Shreya and the kids see Maya and Aman, and Shreya is told by Aman that she cannot go near the children unless she has Maya's permission.

Several days later, Maya finds out that she has cancer and tells Aman - this prompts him to move back in with the family. However, when Maya tells the kids that she has cancer, Aleya retaliates by going to one of her friend's party with an older boy. After a few days later Maya tells Shreya that she has cancer. Shreya agrees to move in and leaves her career as a fashion designer. In the following days, all three kids develop an attachment towards Shreya. But when Maya and Shreya have a fight Aman tells Maya that they should not be competing with each other. At the same time Maya faints and ends up in the hospital and the doctor tells her that in a few days she will die. Shreya has to take care of the kids while Aman is with Maya at the hospital. Maya comes home for Diwali and all the kids make a special event for her. When they take a photo, Maya tells Shreya that she is now family. Ten years later we see Aleya getting married and Shreya gives her a bracelet which belonged to Maya. Aleya wishes that her mother was there. In the end, Shreya looks at the stars and remembers what Maya said to her.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Peepli (Live)

Peepli Live is a Hindi film written and directed by Anusha Rizvi in her first directorial venture, and produced by Aamir Khan. The film stars Naya Theatre company member Omkar Das Manikpuri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers. Peepli Live, distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, was released on 13 August 2010.

A comic satire on farmers' suicides and subsequent media and political response, Peepli Live competed in the Sundance Film Festival, the first film from India to achieve this feat. It received an 'A' adult certificate in India for language use. The movie was picked up by specialty German distribution company Rapid Eye Movies for a special screening at the Berlin International Film Festival. Peepli Live has reportedly recovered its cost before its release itself.

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