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Bollywood preview

bollywood Updated: May 18, 2012 15:00 IST

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Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

Is Department worth your time?

Film: Department
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan (last acted in Aarakshan, 2011), Sanjay Dutt (last acted in Agneepath) and Rana Daggubati (last Hindi film he acted in: Dum Maaro Dum, 2011)
plot: Three cops — each symbolic of Bollywood’s ‘Bumbai’ police stereotypes — fight a drug racket in their own angry, young and old ways.

Director
Ram Gopal Vama (last directed Not A Love Story; 2011)
Based on the Neeraj Grover murder incident, this film made headlines years before it released. It received some of the worst reviews ever. It was particularly criticised for the way it was shot.

Music
Bappi Lahiri, Dharam-Sandeep, Vikram Magi
A controversial song from the album ran into some trouble with the censor board and was eventually edited out of the final cut. The lyrics were ‘Laal batti aati hai, sab ki ph*t jaati hai’.

Controversies/stunts
Ramu claims he did away with all the ‘heads’ for this film. Apparently it was shot by students with 5D cameras, who worked on their own, without a director of photography. There was no editing or art department heads either. Of course they didn’t, that’s why Not A Love Story looked like it did. This explains a lot.

Marketing/hype
Nothing that matters or can convince anyone to watch a movie that has no DP, art director or professional editor.

Our assessment
It might take more than some promos (which by the way highlight terrible footage of ‘Bumbai’) to get audiences to forgive Ramu for putting them through Not A Love Story. Bachchan and Dutt followers, who have loved Sarkar, will go watch this willingly. The rest, who have seen this film’s trailers, may realise that the headache is really not worth it. —Compiled by Serena Menon

For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page of Hindustan Times’ Do! section.