Give Hindi releases a miss; American Comedy Intern of the Week Pick

New Delhi: A host of releases are vying for attention this week.

Comedian Kapil Sharma makes his film debut with Abbas Mustan directed Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karoon. Co-stars include Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Phadnis and Varun Sharma. First post is convinced that the directing duo can travel back in time since they effortlessly managed to make this film which comes straight out of the dreadful 90s era of Bollywood when logic failed and women served as props to the man who has always been the hero. In short, the film is torture.

Bollywood Life agrees that it is a stupid comedy without any logic. Not only do the makers glorify polygamy, but their attempts are downright laughable and unconvincing. However, Sharma shows promise as an actor.

Madhur Bhandarkar returns to the big screen with Calendar Girls, a drama set in the modeling industry. NDTV Movies says that the five newcomers are exploited more by the camera than by the glamor industry that the film tries to denigrate. Littered with biased gender politics and stereotypes, this one can easily be missed.

The Quint calls the film “an unimaginative piece of monotone‘ which ends in an unfortunate journey both for the five girls indistinguishable from each other and for those who watch them.

Director Rikhil Bahadur’s tale of self-discovery, Time Out, starring Chirag Malhotra and Pranay Pachauri, may take a while to sink in, but when it does, it’s liberating and enlightening. India time notes that the film dealing with the hypocrisy that exists in our society regarding sexual orientation proves a point.

American comedy The Intern starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway directed by Nancy Meyers is coming to India this week. Forbes calls it “a pretty terrific, genuinely feminist mainstream comedy” that never gives in to cheap thrills or stereotypical sitcom constructs of its characters. Telling the story of a 70-year-old widower who signs up for an internship at an online clothing store run by a female entrepreneur, the film happens to be Hathaway’s vehicle, though DeNiro is awesome too.

The Hollywood Reporter is slightly less impressed calling the script bland and lukewarm and the humor forced and unrelated to the plot. But the reviewer agrees that Hathaway and DeNiro, especially the former, add a lot of charm to their characters.

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