Rohit Vats

Rohit Vats

Rohit Vats is a film journalist who loves to read in between the lines. He can spend hours watching films and cricket matches. Also a script consultant.

Articles by Rohit Vats
October’s trailer has been appreciated for its soothing feel. The film stars Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu.
October’s trailer has been appreciated for its soothing feel. The film stars Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu.

Went with Varun Dhawan purely on instincts: Shoojit Sircar on October

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 12:00 PM IST
Shoojit Sircar’s slice of life films have made a mark for their unconventional take on love. He talks about his creative process ahead of October starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu.
Missing is directed by Mukul Abhyankar.
Missing is directed by Mukul Abhyankar.

Missing movie review: Slightly disoriented, but Manoj Bajpayee-Tabu make it work

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 04:03 PM IST
Missing isn’t a spellbinding thriller you were waiting for, but it has its moments. Here’s our movie review.
Missing is a murder mystery.
Missing is a murder mystery.

Maybe none of them is a culprit: Manoj Bajpayee reveals why there is a limited promotional drive for Missing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 01:29 PM IST
Missing, directed by Mukul Abhyankar, is a murder mystery involving three characters, played by Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu and Annu Kapoor.
Baaghi 2 is all about Tiger Shroff.
Baaghi 2 is all about Tiger Shroff.

Baaghi 2 movie review: Goa bears Tiger Shroff’s wrath and so do we

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2018 04:20 PM IST
At nearly 150-minute of runtime, Baaghi 2 is a big disappointment, especially for those who were waiting for a new action star to take over Bollywood. Here’s our movie review.
Rani Mukerji makes a nice comeback with Hichki.
Rani Mukerji makes a nice comeback with Hichki.

Hichki movie review: Rani Mukerji’s well-intentioned film could have been so much more

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2018 04:58 PM IST
Hichki is a well intentioned film that will give you ample opportunities to wipe tears, but it doesn’t make a strong comment. Here’s our movie review.
Urvashi Rautela plays Taasha in Hate Story 4.
Urvashi Rautela plays Taasha in Hate Story 4.

Hate Story 4 movie review: So much hate is injurious to your health. Zero star

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2018 12:31 PM IST
Hate Story 4 is nothing more than a failed attempt to titillate the audience. Here’s our movie review.
Urvashi Rautela plays the lead in Hate Story 4.
Urvashi Rautela plays the lead in Hate Story 4.

Hate Story 4: Can erotic thrillers guarantee success in Bollywood?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2018 12:56 PM IST
Vikram Bhatt started experimenting with Kasoor (2001) and aced the formula with Raaz (2002). He devised a formula that was to rule the box office for the next decade: Melodious music, titillating scenes and unapologetic approach during promotions.
Pari is Anushka Sharma’s third home production.
Pari is Anushka Sharma’s third home production.

Pari movie review: Anushka Sharma’s film is jumbled, chaotic and bland

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2018 12:26 PM IST
Anushka Sharma’s film Pari is a confusing tell of ghosts, ghouls, djinns and forced legitimacy. Here’s our movie review.
Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, has died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai on Sunday.(PTI)
Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, has died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai on Sunday.(PTI)

Sridevi, Bollywood’s Chandni, was a superstar like none other

Hindustan Times | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2018 12:08 PM IST
Sridevi, the Hawa Hawaai girl of Indian cinema, was more than just an actor. She was an icon in true sense. Those who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s would remember her charm and onscreen influence. It was more than just style.
Welcome To New York is directed by Chakri Toleti.
Welcome To New York is directed by Chakri Toleti.

Welcome To New York movie review: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha’s extended IIFA promo is a never-ending pain

Hindustan Times, New York | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2018 06:23 PM IST
Welcome To New York is not worth wasting your time, money, patience and intelligence. Here’s our movie review.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama released in 2011.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama released in 2011.

Decoding the success of Pyaar Ka Punchnama: How it became a sleeper hit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2018 08:36 AM IST
Pyaar ka Punchnama released without a huge publicity drive and surprised many by striking gold at the box office in 2011.
Nushrat Bharucha came to limelight after Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011).
Nushrat Bharucha came to limelight after Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011).

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety: My other films didn’t work because they were bad films, says Nushrat Bharucha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2018 10:38 AM IST
Nushrat Bharucha is soon going to be seen in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, her fourth film with Kartik Aaryan and Luv Ranjan. She talks about her experiences.
Luv Ranjan’s first film Pyaar ka Punchnama has a cult status now.
Luv Ranjan’s first film Pyaar ka Punchnama has a cult status now.

Had they been boys in Pyaar Ka Punchnama, nobody would have raised eyebrow: Luv Ranjan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2018 12:56 PM IST
His critics believe that Luv Ranjan has repeated the basic premise of PKP in SKTKS. In a freewheeling chat, he answers every question.
Rakul Preet and Sidharth Malhotra in a still from Aiyaary.
Rakul Preet and Sidharth Malhotra in a still from Aiyaary.

Aiyaary movie review: Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra film reminds you of TV show CID

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2018 10:20 AM IST
Aiyaary, which means the act of espionage, is designed as a race between two gifted people who understand the nuances of the country’s defence programmes. Here’s our movie review.
Kuch Bheege Alfaaz features Zain Khan Durrani and Geetanjali Thapa in lead roles.
Kuch Bheege Alfaaz features Zain Khan Durrani and Geetanjali Thapa in lead roles.

Kuch Bheege Alfaaz is about celebrating inner beauty, says Onir

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2018 06:27 PM IST
Kuch Bheege Alfaaz is Onir’s second film in seven months. In a freewheeling chat, he talks about his creative process and lead actors.
Angira Dhar, Vicky Kaushal in a still from Love Per Square Foot.
Angira Dhar, Vicky Kaushal in a still from Love Per Square Foot.

Love Per Square Foot movie review: This Valentine’s special is youthful, urbane and lovable

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2018 02:27 PM IST
A newspaper advertisement for a housing scheme for couples brings them together, but it may not culminate on a happy note. Here’s our movie review.
PadMan is based on a real story.
PadMan is based on a real story.

PadMan: Menstrual hygiene is good, but Akshay Kumar’s social entrepreneurship is the key idea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2018 09:49 AM IST
Akshay Kumar’s superstardom is the perfect vehicle to deliver dollops of information on hygiene and gender sensitisation, and it has been done with earnestness. However, this isn’t the most striking idea in the film.
Akshay Kumar is probably the biggest superstar in Bollywood right now.
Akshay Kumar is probably the biggest superstar in Bollywood right now.

Before PadMan, Akshay Kumar’s box office success rate explained in graphs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2018 02:07 PM IST
If the pre-release buzz is anything to go by, PadMan is expected to open to packed houses. Here, we have tried to explain Akshay Kumar’s box office pull in graphs.
Jim Sarbh has lived in Australia for some years. (Photo: ERRIKOS ANDREOU)
Jim Sarbh has lived in Australia for some years. (Photo: ERRIKOS ANDREOU)

Padmaavat: How Jim Sarbh humanises Ranveer Singh’s tyrant, Khilji

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 05:37 PM IST
In Padmaavat, Jim Sarbh plays a slave who becomes a tyrant’s companion. He plays a man who is more than just a friend and less than a soulmate to Ranveer Singh’s Khilji.
Padmaavat is a feast for eyes.
Padmaavat is a feast for eyes.

Padmaavat movie review: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film does what Karni Sena wanted to do

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 12:50 PM IST
Padmaavat movie review: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film is projected as a clash of ideas about love and war, and how they hold different meanings for different people. The film has Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.
Angad Bedi has earned praise for his role in Tiger Zinda Hai. (Photo: Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Angad Bedi has earned praise for his role in Tiger Zinda Hai. (Photo: Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Many youngsters started keeping turban after Diljit Dosanjh’s success: Angad Bedi talks about Soorma

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2018 01:00 PM IST
Angad Bedi is all praise for his Soorma co-star Diljit Dosanjh in Soorma. He talks about Pink, Tiger Zinda Hai and Inside Edge.
Kay Kay Menon plays a cop in Vodka Diaries.
Kay Kay Menon plays a cop in Vodka Diaries.

Vodka Diaries movie review: Kay Kay Menon trips, so do we

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2018 02:55 PM IST
The audience wants complexity, deeper inward journey of the characters, but it gets more of Kay Kay’s cynical mannerism.
Vikas Gupta is the second runner-up of Bigg Boss 11.
Vikas Gupta is the second runner-up of Bigg Boss 11.

Bigg Boss 11 ‘mastermind’ Vikas Gupta reveals why he didn’t win the show

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2018 12:56 PM IST
Vikas Gupta says he was shocked for a moment when he couldn’t make it to the last lap. He talks about his journey in Bigg Boss 11, Shilpa Shinde and controversies.
Vineet Singh is terrific in Mukkabaaz.
Vineet Singh is terrific in Mukkabaaz.

Mukkabaaz movie review: Anurag Kashyap’s angry film spares no one; Vineet Singh is our own Rocky

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2018 09:44 AM IST
Anurag Kashyap’s terrific form continues as he spares no one. From reverse casteism to the messed up political scenario, he trains his gun to many evils. Here’s the movie review.
Mukkabaaz is releasing on January 12, 2018.
Mukkabaaz is releasing on January 12, 2018.

Mukkabaaz: Anurag Kashyap reveals the reason behind Jimmy Shergill’s bloodshot eyes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2018 08:33 PM IST
Jimmy Shergill is a playing a political strongman in Mukkbaaz. The film also features Vineet Singh, Ravi Kishan and Zoya Hussain in important roles.
Bigg Boss 11 will have its finale on January 14.
Bigg Boss 11 will have its finale on January 14.

Bigg Boss 11 contestants in a mall: Do they deserve to be treated like caged animals?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2018 04:29 PM IST
The contestants still in the game are Shilpa Shinde, Hina Khan, Vikas Gupta, Luv Tyagi, Akash Dadlani and Puneesh Sharma.
Sajjad Delafrooz was born in Iran. He is 34.
Sajjad Delafrooz was born in Iran. He is 34.

Tiger Zinda Hai: Meet Sajjad Delafrooz, the terrifying villain Abu Usman in Salman Khan’s film

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2017 07:37 PM IST
Born in Iran, Sajjad Delafrooz had to stick to a plan for a really long time to finally land a substantial role in Bollywood. Meet the guy who played the villain in Tiger Zinda Hai.
Here are the best and worst films of 2017.
Here are the best and worst films of 2017.

Haraamkhor to Machine: 5 best and 5 worst Bollywood films of 2017

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2017 03:07 PM IST
It wasn’t very difficult to choose the bottom five films of the year, but it was real pain to select the top five. Haraamkhor and Newton were clear choices, but there was a tough fight for the rest three films.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reprise their roles in Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to Ek Tha Tiger.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reprise their roles in Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to Ek Tha Tiger.

Tiger Zinda Hai movie review: Salman Khan on a horse is far more lethal than ISIS

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2017 04:34 PM IST
Tiger Zinda Hai is probably the best Ali Abbas Zafar could do with a superstar. Here’s our movie review of Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif’s film.
The year 2017 totally belonged to Rajkummar Rao.
The year 2017 totally belonged to Rajkummar Rao.

Rajkummar Rao is our film personality of the year: Here’s what changed for him in 2017

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rohit Vats
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2017 10:52 AM IST
In 2017, Rajkummar Rao has been seen in Trapped, Behen Hogi Teri, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Newton, Shaadi Me Zaroor Aana and one of India’s most ambitious web series, Bose: Dead Or Alive. He is our film personality of the year.
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