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Fraud comedy isn't quite on the money [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

August 2, 2013


BAJATEY RAHO ?12A?. VERDICDirector: Sushant Shah Starring: Tusshar, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Dolly Ahluwalia, Ravi Kissen The Plot: Devious and conniving, Sabharwal (Ravi Kissen) is a crook who swindles money from innocent people.

Using the tricks of the criminal trade, his frauds earn him millions.

The innocent Baweja loses thousands when he is swindled.

by Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rush, who wrote, directed and star in the coming-of-age, feel good comedy about 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell). Duncan's summer starts to look up when he is befriended by Owen (Sam Rockwell), the gregarious manager of the local Water WizzWater Park. The 12A certificate film is released in cinemas on August 28. Answer the following question to enter the contest: Who plays Duncan in The Way Way Back? Send entries to The Way Way Back Contest, c/o Marion McMullen, Shared Content Unit,Trinity Mirror Regionals, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69, 3EB EST. Closing date midnight, Thursday, August 8. Standard terms and conditions apply. Full list of winners available upon request. The winner must be available to travel to London on Tuesday, August 13 and return home on Wednesday, August 14. One of the people travelling must be over 18.

Disgraced by society and taken to court for his misdoings, the humiliated Baweja dies of a heart attack.

Meanwhile, Mrs Baweja (Dolly Ahluwalia) is threatened by loan sharks who will stop at nothing to recover the money which her late husband is assumed to have stolen.

So to avenge her husband's death, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

With the help of her son Sukhi and friends Mintoo (Vinay Pathak) and Ballu, she teaches Sabharwal a lesson too hard to forget!

But will Mrs Baweja and this motley gang succeed in paying back her husband's debt and be able to clear his name in court? The verdict: From the director of Chalo Dilli comes India's first comic thriller.

this week's DVDs Director Shah knows exactly what is required for this kind of genre and so goes all out to create an interesting premise.

Shah delivers plenty of well-defined characters with their own personal stories which we can relate to in our own daily lives.

Trance (15) ART auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) accrues massive gambling debts and agrees to clear his arrears by helping criminal Franck (Vincent Cassel) to steal Francisco Goya's painting Witches In The Air as it goes under the hammer.

But scenes involving the four underdogs managing to turn Sabharwal's life upside down are the funniest of all.

A scrawny script dilutes plenty of other potential laugh-out- loud comical moments, but the power-packed performances help to mask the film's flaws.

The heist goes as planned until Franck knocks Simon unconscious and the auctioneer wakes some time later, bloodied and disoriented, suffering from severe memory loss - which is unfortunate when it transpires that the painting has gone King of comedy Vinay Pathak is in his element and equally matched by the highly spirited Dolly Ahluwalia.

Tusshar Kapoor is a natural when it comes to comedy which seems to be his forte. Once again he missing and its location is buried deep within Simon's fractured memory.

gives a performance which shows he is at ease on screen even when helping to pioneer a new genre. Brijendra Kala and Rajinder Sethi are superb in supporting roles.

So Franck enlists the services of sexy hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) to dig deep within Simon's subconscious and tease out the location of the stolen canvas.

Manish Gajjar is the Bollywood consultant for VUE Cinemas based at Vue Birmingham - the No 1 choice for Hindi movies in the West Midlands. For more information on film times and to purchase tickets in advance visit or call 08712 240 240 (calls cost 10p per minute from BT, other network may cost more).

Filmed on location in London, Trance is a tricksy psychological thriller, penned by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge, which plays loose and fast with our preconceptions.

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