ZED PLUS – Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, KK Raina, Mona Singh


Fislan Hai 
Ishq Ishq
Maula Pal Mein Palat De Baazi  

Directors: Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Producer: Mukund Purohit, Mandira Kashyap
Star Cast: Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, KK Raina, Mona Singh
Release Date: 28 November 2014 (India)
Genre: Drama,Social
Writers: Ram Kumar Singh
Rating : 2/5


Story: An unsuspecting local from a Rajasthani small town is picked out by the Prime Minister for zed plus security. The power goes to his head and he develops far-reaching political ambitions.

Review: The film is set in a small town in Rajasthan, in a very rustic setting. Our main character Aslam (Hussain) is the village Simple Simon who by his own admission is a ‘puncture-wala’ and runs a small, home-grown business. He also has a problem with his neighbour, who he is shown to have a major row with early on in the film. The altercation turns violent however and the two are separated. What is not known to his dutiful and beautiful wife Hameeda (Mona Singh) is that he is having an affair with Saeeda (Ekavali Khanna), who he sneaks out to visit under cover of the night for some sexual healing rather than just polite conversation.

Aslam’s luck changes when he, as an important person at a nearby holy place, happens to be around when the Prime Minister of India happens to visit the holy place for blessings. The PM is shown not to speak English and he appears to need his assistant to do translation duties for him. Aslam tells him that he will be blessed if he gives up various vices of the flesh and appetite. The PM replies that he will only give up ladies’ fingers, as in, the vegetable. Nonetheless, the PM is grateful to Aslam and provides him with special security after Aslam tells him that he is troubled by certain neighbourhood elements. In time, Aslam gets used to his status and the power goes to his head. He is then persuaded into chasing political ambitions. How he copes with it comprises the rest of the film. The narrative, while apparently authentic is overly long, unfocused and takes too long to get to the point to depict its satirical content. The subject matter could have been interesting but it is mired in tedious, very boring, rural and regional cliches that audiences have already seen, so many times.

Summary : The setting for Zed Plus is a small town in Rajasthan. Set in this situation, the Prime Minister visits a Dargah to seek blessings. He is impressed by Aslam who helps at the said religious place. After seeking his blessings, he asks Aslam what he wants. Aslam replies that he is troubled and needs protection. After that, zed plus security is accorded to Aslam and his wife and he need to get used to that lifestyle. Over time, Aslam’s ambitions grow and he is coerced into having political ambitions. He then stands foe elections himself. However, he soon learns about the vagaries of politics and gets his feet on the ground. 

Posted from Times of India 

Zid – Karanvir Sharma, Mannara, Mohan Kapoor

Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Producer: Anubhav Sinha
Star Cast: Karanvir Sharma, Mannara, Mohan Kapoor

Release Date: 28 Nov 2014 (India)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action
Writers:Vivek Agnihotri, Rohit Malhotra
Rating : 1.6/5


Story: A crime reporter rents an outhouse in Goa in the middle of nowhere. The landlord’s daughter falls madly and obsessively in love with him. They get involved in a hit-and-run case which complicates this fanatical love story.

Review: ‘Zid’ is nothing like we have never seen before – it’s a story of how love, lust and obsession can drive someone to crime and insanity. Of course, there are the usual suspects – like a love triangle, a cocky detective, some lame witnesses, and stormy nights (every time crime unfolds). Praise the heavens! Ronnie (Karanvir) a crime reporter based in Goa is coping with memories of his ex-girlfriend. His over-zealous boss advises him to get ‘laid’ to get over the past, and says, “Your cabin is like your sex life.” Dull, dark and dusty that is.

Ronnie moves to an eerie outhouse in the back of the beyond to start afresh. The landlord’s daughter, Maya (Mannara) – overacting from the word go – warms up to Ronnie like she’s been waiting for him for the last few lives (haunting, alright!). She lives with her ailing father, has an alligator for a pet, and spends her day swinging from a tree. Watch out, her pet has a bigger role than her father (interesting, huh?).

Moving on, it gets weirder. She falls in love with Ronnie instantly and soon it leads to obsession. For him it’s casual flirting, for her it’s pure pyaar. They go on a date night, but what could have been a ‘happy ending’ turns into a tragic night. His car hits a girl on a bike and Ronnie is ridden by fear and guilt. His ex-girlfriend Priya (Sharddha) obviously makes a re-entry, driving Maya to extreme lunacy.

Enter, detective Moses, always wearing a wicked, know-it-all grin. More chaos ensues; logic slips off like satin lingerie. There’s ample kissing and some love-making too. Hold on, our ladies even pull off their tees (yeah: topless!) with ease. Yet, we fail to get seduced with a storyline thinner than our leading ladies’ sheer tops.

The performances are forgettable and flaws scream out loud. The climax tries to shock, but leaves you shaken and wondering – whose zid was this anyway? As the case comes to a painful close, a guy sitting next to me exasperatingly said, “It’s time for a standing ovation.” I rest my case.

Posted from Times of India