Chef movie review: This Saif Ali Khan film doesn’t come together as a fully satisfactory dish


Chef movie cast: Saif Ali Khan, Padmapriya Janakiraman, Svar Kamble, Dhanish Karthik, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Milind Soman
Chef movie director: Raja Krishna Menon
Chef movie rating: 2 stars

Roshan Kalra is a chef who is shown unraveling when we first meet him: frothing at the mouth, and out of a job. Right from then on, ‘Chef’ takes pains to tell us that despite himself, and the roadblocks he runs into, Kalra will get to where he needs to, not wants to.

This is a grown-up premise, and the film is fashioned as a solid rom com cum a late coming of age tale of Peter-Pan-like adults. It is no surprise that this desi ‘Chef’ is a near-faithful adaptation of the Hollywood hit of the same name, directed by Jon Favreau. And it is perfectly apt that Roshan Kalra is played by Saif Ali Khan, a star desperately in need of grown-up re-invention.

‘Chef’ is a good-looking film, with good-looking people. The ingredients have been carefully assembled. Khan is ripe for real difference, playing a divorced, middle-aged man and a father to a young boy (Kamble), who is a natural. The leading lady (Janakiraman) has a smile that reaches her eyes: she feels organic in a way no one else does. And there’s a solid supporting cast: we see Chandan Roy Sanyal having fun, and an all-too brief turn by the deliciously salt-and-pepper Milind Soman.

There are some interesting flavours here, but ‘Chef’ feels derivative, and doesn’t come together as a fully satisfactory dish. And that’s got to do with the uneven, stodgy writing. The smoothness that should have been part of a first-rate spread is evident only in some parts: the others are awkward and stilted and contrived, and that impacts the entire film.

This is the kind of film which lends itself to different languages and inflections. Roshan’s ex is a Malayali, so for her to break into her native tongue is natural. That’s true for her son as well, and he does best. Roshan himself is heard speaking perfectly passable Angrezi but they all affect a strange, plastic English Hindi mix, created solely in Bollywood.

And the way the food on display is handled is a disappointment. Kalra claims he is a great chef (did I hear three Michelin stars mentioned somewhere?) but is to be seen twirling his fork around some pasta, mostly. It’s a mystery why Kalra has been written so blandly. A man who loves food literally dives into, takes deep swallows of it, sniffs the aroma, eats with contagious pleasure. Yes, he seems to have lost his mojo, we are told, but what is it that brings him back to the table, all guns firing? I kept waiting for the tipping point. The film does make a stab at depicting the sensuousness that comes with the true enjoyment of cooking and savouring colors and tastes, but it remains, just that, a stab: no one, including Kalra, gets their nose really busy.

Still, this is where Saif Ali Khan needs to be, this zone, where he can be a flawed person in search of his true self. Here he plays, variously, a failed husband, a father not very good at parenting, and a man not knowing what he wants. And he could have made a meal of it, if this was a better realized film.

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“Look At How They Treat Taimur, Misha Or Even AbRam” – Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar, along with Varun Dhawan were in a puddle of sorts the last weekend after the IIFA. Their skit involved some jokes related to the ‘N’ word – and it didn’t go down well with a majority. Many felt that three industry insiders taking a dig at Kangana Ranaut was unfair, specially because she spoke her mind and the alleged truth.

Soon after, Varun, Karan and Saif apologised for their comments. They said it was all said as a joke which got misinterpreted. But the damage was done. Now Saif wrote an open letter through DNA giving his full and final take on the matter.

Here are a few excerpts from his letter:

“It was not supposed to be a big deal, but I realised at some point, that it might have offended Kangana (Ranaut). I called her and apologised personally. That should be the end of it. Everybody needs to take a chill pill and back off.”

“In today’s world, apologies are made through Twitter or though some other social media platform. That, is basically apologising to your fans and the world in general, instead of apologising to the person concerned, because you don’t want to lose support.”

“I’m sure it’s not the first or the last time I’m going to say something stupid in an attempt to be funny. And I apologised to Kangana, so I don’t owe anybody else an explanation. The issue is over.”

“The real flagbearer of nepotism, I’d say is the media. Look at how they treat Taimur, Shahid’s daughter Misha or even Shah Rukh’s son AbRam. They photograph them and hype them up to be the next big thing and the child has no choice. From a young age they have to deal with being celebrities, which they don’t really deserve, before they can even speak or talk, leave alone understand what is happening.”

“If you say star kids have an advantage, of course, they do. It’s an advantage created by the press because people are interested in them. There is a curiosity to see Taimur, Sara or Ibrahim. It’s supply and demand. People want it, media serves it. So we’re all part of the same vicious circle in that sense.”

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Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan’s son Taimur turns seven months old, here are seven of his cutest photos

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan’s photogenic son Taimur Ali Khan turned seven months old on July 20. Taimur was born on December 20, 2016, and rest as they say is history. Within hours of his arrival into the world, Tamiur shot to fame, sending social media into a tizzy. The internet couldn’t get enough of Kareena and Saif’s gorgeous son. Taimur’s aunt Karisma Kapoor on Thursday shared a picture of a birthday cake on her Instagram. Karisma wrote along with the picture, “Our baby turns 7 months”. As Taimur celebrates seven months, here’s a quick glance at Taimur’s best pictures.

Taimur instantly became a photographer’s delight. Every time he stepped out of his house, paparazzi frenzy ensued. Saif Ali Khan used new born Taimur’s photograph as his Whatsapp display picture but someone leaked the picture and it went viral. “Saif and I keep arguing that he is more like a Pataudi and I am like no, he is like a Kapoor. But of course, his gorgeous sea blue eyes which he has taken from my grandfather and Lolo and that is amazing. I think it’s going to be a beautiful journey,” Kareena said during an interview.

The photo of Taimur dressed in a white kurta made us wonder if he is more Pataudi than Kapoor. “Every month (with Taimur) is going to be different. I think he is a perfect mix of Saif and me, more so like me, of a Kapoor, I think so. I think he looks exactly like my dad because I think I look like my dad. He is more like my dad,” said Kareena.

Recently, Kareena Kapoor also expressed her surprise on people’s reactions to her motherhood. “I read these comments and I feel that’s the most stupid thing because having a child doesn’t mean you don’t feel good. If you are feeling good, if your mental health is good then automatically your child feels well. Taimur is happy and everyone is happy. I never feel any kind of pressure. I am the most relaxed and chilled out girl,” Kareena told

“I have started going to bed early. Nowadays, I wake up very early so that I can be with Taimur. I think I get to spend time with Taimur during the morning,” Kareena said during a Facebook live session.

In an interview with, Saif Ali Khan said, “I am a friend, philosopher, and guide to Taimur. I adore him. I think guys always take a little longer than women (to build a connection with kids) because they have the baby inside them for so long so, there’s an instant kind of connect. Whereas with men, when the baby starts looking at you, the connect grows… I find it a little awkward to express how much I love my son or how I feel about him.”

“But with all my kids, I have to be protective and be a guide and genuinely be there, always. So, it really doesn’t matter if I change diapers or not, or express my love like that because when he comes to me, when he is 16 or is 30, and if I am still alive, that’s the time when the father needs to be there, be his rock like my father was. He never changed any of our diapers but he was the greatest dad ever because we would call him anytime and he would be there and I think, to be there is the main thing,” Saif added.

A newly born Taimur with mother Kareena Kapoor Khan.

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Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan and the art of the non-apology

Also known as World Nepotism Day. Also known as the day that one of the biggest sh*tstorms of Bollywood commenced. Also known as the day that Kween Kangana took a big fat mirror, mirror on the wall and held it up to the bad bully of tinsel town.

This day marked the start of Karan ‘flag bearer of nepotism’ Johar’s new identity. It was also the day that the strugglers and the outsiders found a shining, albeit minuscule, beacon of hope.

It was the day that Kangana Ranaut appeared on Karan Johar’s (in)famous chat show Koffee With Karan and left Bollywood as we know it — shook (pardon me, my millennial is showing).

Several controversies later, the Hindi film industry was in the news once again at the IIFA 2017 awards function held in New Jersey — as three of Bollywood’s beaming products of nepotism waved their privileged silver-spoons in the air as they cracked tasteless wisecracks about a strong and unfiltered individual in her absence.

Now I’m all for jokes, even dark humour (AIB roast — hilarious), but when you take a hot topic that affects many (Mumbai isn’t known as the City of Dreams for nothing; outsiders swarm in millions to make something out of themselves here) and make light of the matter on an influential public platform — juxtaposing an issue that many face discrimination over, with ‘yo mama, yo papa’ jokes, especially when you are the very force that forms the driving factor behind said discrimination — then it is clear that you are bullies. Plain and simple.

What followed is a tradition in Bollywood — if there is a statement, there will be a retraction.

Behold, the outpouring of ‘heartfelt’ apologies and ‘genuine regret’ while looking at the incident in hindsight. Behold carefully crafted words scripted by PR representatives of the stars, with the sole purpose of doing damage control before their client’s reputation is blown to smithereens.

So here we have Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan taking to various social media platforms and giving exclusive one-on-one interviews where they are deeply apologetic over what has transpired.

Because it’s not like they didn’t know they were going to crack the joke right? It’s not like they didn’t conceive, conceptualise and consequently pen the whole damn thing down in their pre-written script for the most awaited award function of Bollywood.

Nope, the joke came out of nowhere, hit them smack in their face and took them by complete surprise; much like their papa-mumma’s legacy.”

Make no mistake, there will be countless more Karans, Saifs and Varuns that will make such comments in the future, just because they can. Because they were born into a family that had already established a name for themselves and these kids were none too happy to accept that, and flaunt it.

Let’s see how Karan Johar would have made his directorial debut without such ease if it weren’t for veteran director Yash Johar a.k.a Karan’s Papa. How Saif Ali Khan would have gotten his big break if it weren’t for yesteryear’s beloved star Sharmila Tagore. How Sara Ali Khan is getting her big break because of her dad. How Varun Dhawan would have blown us all away with his impeccable comic timing without comedy king David Dhawan.

There’s no denying that these individuals are talented — they wouldn’t have been able to sustain themselves in the industry if they weren’t (*cough* Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Esha Deol *cough*), but their parents’ legacy had a lot to do with the turbo push that they received which propelled them towards immediate stardom.

Because what mind boggling level of privilege would you have to come from to actually feel entitled, moreover comfortable, to make the joke ‘Nepotism Rocks’!?

One thing is for sure — Saif, Karan and Varun may not yet have mastered their craft, but they sure have mastered the Art of the Non-Apology.

They will because they can, and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it.

The Teaser Of Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi Is Here

Produced by Cinestaan Film Company and Ashi Dua Sara of Flying Unicorn, Kaalakaandi is written and directed by Akshat Verma and stars Saif Ali Khan along with a set of interesting actors like Deepak DobriyalVijay RaazKunaal Roy KapurSobhita DhulipalaAkshay OberoiIsha TalwarShenaz TreasuryShivam PatilAmyra Dastur and Neil Bhoopalam in a special appearance. The film is slated to release on September 8th, 2017. Here’s the teaser:

Considering it’s coming from the writer of Delhi Belly, this is definitely a fun flick to watch out for!

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Here’s What Karan Johar Did For Sara Ali Khan At His Party

Five years ago, Karan Johar introduced Alia Bhatt to the film fraternity at this birthday party. Alia told us all during her Facebook live with Karan on his birthday, that the filmmaker actually took out half an hour from his own party to introduce Alia to everyone in the room. He wanted to make sure she was mingling with the right people and was being noticed.

Cut to five years later and Karan was reportedly doing the same for Saif Ali Khan‘s daughter Sara Ali Khan at his 45th birthday party. The filmmaker apparently introduced her to everyone at the party and of course, made sure she had a good time. Does anyone play mentor as well as KJo does? We think not!

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Ranveer – Deepika arrive together; Mira Rajput, Kareena party under one roof at KJo’s bash

Karan Johar

Karan Johar

It was and eventful Saturday night for B-town as Karan Johar hosted a bash for celebrated shoemaker Christian Louboutin. Bollywood couples came together in their fashionable best, a look at the picture.


New mommy Karrena Kapoor Khan was seen in ahot black jumpsuit, flaunting her sexy back with hubby Saif Ali Khan! Bebo is rapidly shedding those extra kilos gained during her pregnancy and these pictures are just proof of it.

Putting an end to all rumors suggesting a trouble in DeepVeer’s paradise, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone stole the show as they arrived together.


Another alleged couple, Sidhartha Malhotra and Alia Bhatt arrived at KJo’s house together. Sid and Alia seem all set to make relationship official as they have been spotted at various events togther, unlike before.


King Khan attended his best fiend’s bash too.


Sridevi and Boney Kapoor’s daughter. Janhvi Kapoor was spotted at the party too.


While her husband Shahid Kapoor may have skipped the party last night, wifey Mira Rajput looked her fashionable best as she arrived for the party.


Deepika Padukone, 31, looked an ethereal beauty as she donned a floor length anarkali by Sabyasachi which boasted of a hand painted floral pattern!


Arora sisters, Malaika and Amrita snapped as they enter the venue. they were accompained by Anu Deewan who is a regular at Bollywood parties.


Kareena let her hair down as she was joined by BFFs amrite Arora, Manish Malhotra and actress Alia Bhatt for the night.


This picture of the three gorgeous ladies sums up all the fun about last night.


Kareena Kapoor Khan, amrita Arora and Sohil Khan’s wife Seema Khan strike a pose for the lens.


The ever bubbly, Srilankan beauty Jackueline Fernandez was seen in attendance too.


Aamir Kahan’s wife Kiran Rao was papped at the party too last night.


Filmmaker Farah Khan was captured by the shutterbugs as she arrived in her car for the starry night.


Heartthrob Aditya Roy Kapur was all smiles for the camera!


The famous Kareena Kapoor Khan Pout!


Kareena Kapoor Khan Kisses Seema Khan as Amrita Arora clicks a selfie !

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5 Things We Loved About Rangoon



Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon is intrinsically a film about romance in the time of war and is set in pre-independent India in 1943 amidst the on-going World War II. The film touches upon the two on-going movements back then – one of Ahimsa by Mahatma Gandhi, and the other of Subhash Chandra Bose – a more violent attempt to get India independence along with the Indian National Army.

Amidst this, we have three main characters – the stoic Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor), an Indian soldier who has just spent eight months as a prisoner in Japanese custody. He somehow escapes this, establishing himself as the brave, unabashed soldier who will do anything for his country. Then there’s the ridiculously good looking Russi Billimoria (Saif Ali Khan), a well established studio owner who used to once be an action superstar until he loses his hand in a stunt accident. Lastly, there’s Julia (Kangana Ranaut), a leading action heroine, Rusi’s muse and Nawab’s lover. She’s physically strong yet emotionally vulnerable as she discovers herself through the forests of Arunachal Pradesh.

I watched the film yesterday and here are five things we loved about the film.

Shahid & Kangana’s Chemistry

Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut

Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut

Absolutely electrifying. These two were terrific and brought so much intensity and passion to the screen, it’s almost hard to believe there are rumours doing the rounds that the two don’t get along. This pairing, honestly, might just be my favourite one. I was rooting for them right from the very beginning. PS – I must add that this was one of Shahid’s best performances so far. A full 10/10 for his acting chops.

Saif Ali Khan’s Fabulous Performance

Saif Ali Khan, Kangna Ranaut

Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut

This film has made me realise that Saif Ali Khan is one of those actors who has been drastically under-appreciated. Saif as the jealous and controlling fiancé is absolutely amazing and proves what a fine actor he is.


Good, soulful music is always synonymous with a Vishal Bharadwaj film. Ye Ishq Hai is undoubtedly the highlight of the film.

Supporting Cast

As great as the leading trio was, the supporting cast were the ones who held the film together. Satoru Kawaguchi as the Japanese soldier was incredible. His comic timing was on-point and he makes you feel a range of emotions. You want to be angry with him but can’t help rooting for him either. His scenes with Shahid and Kangana stand out in the film, and that says quite something about his potential. Saharsh Shukla also doesn’t go unnoticed as Julia’s spot boy.

Julia Is A Total Badass

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut’s character is the heart of Rangoon. She’s ruthless, fights the bad guys with her whip, jumps from one train to the other. She’s tough yet beautifully vulnerable and brings to the fore all the shades of being a woman. What was interesting is that Julia is the one actress who could bring commercial success to the film and her studio, bearing a striking resemblance to what Kangana is like in real life. She’s one of the few female actresses who can carry off a film just as well as a male actor, and this without a doubt is Kangana’s film all the way.

PS – I want to add again that Shahid Kapoor was AMAZING in the film!

If you’ve been a fan of Vishal Bharadwaj’s films, Rangoon is a must watch. Head to the theatre and let us know what you thought of the film. 🙂

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Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan’s film receives a MIXED response from critics

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan’s much awaited film Rangoon has finally released! What has caused more hype to the film apart from the stellar cast is the man donning the director’s hat, Vishal Bharadwaj. The story revolves around individuals and how the dynamics of love change their lives. Evidently, it is a love triangle between the stars in the film set during the time of World War 2. The movie delivers war, love, deceit in forms that only Bharadwaj can compile together! So with the film finally releasing, critics have given it a mixed response. From good to mediocre to bad ratings have been given to the film. Although it’s mostly the storytelling that has miffed the critics, who expected a lot more, performance wise, they’ve all done well. Reviewers can’t stop raving about the brilliance of Kangana, who quite possibly owns the show but not without the astounding performance of Shahid and Saif! Check out the reviews of critics of the industry.

BollywoodLife: 4 stars

The three protagonists – Kangana, Shahid and Saif deliver their best performances even in a plot that sometimes curbs them. Julia is a brave heroine, she fearless and not shameful of admitting that she’s a bastard. 3.5 stars

With so much exposure to Hollywood movies for our audience, it’s not easy to do justice to the setting. But Vishal Bhardwaj and his team deserve a pat on their backs for recreating the foregone era. Be it the production design, the beautiful locales used and and the props, the technical values are simply brilliant. Pankaj Kumar’s camera work effortlessly captures the hues of the forest, the pristine green waters of the river as well as the dark grey clouds that are a metaphor for the looming doom for some of the characters.

India Today: 2 stars

At two hours and forty seven minutes, Rangoon doesn’t satisfy either as a period love story or a rousing drama about India’s fight for independence. Working on a big canvas, Bhardwaj has enough grandeur and glamour (the sets and costumes are striking) but is short on an engaging narrative. The overblown and protracted climax, with a touch of Tarantino thrown in, makes one giggle.

Hindustan Times: 2 stars

It may be one of the most awaited films in recent times but Rangoon is a royal misfire.Within minutes of the movie’s beginning, you realise the promise of a heart-wrenching period drama was a farce — a set-up to promote a self-indulgent film that doesn’t know what it wants to be. The director Vishal Bhardwaj has desperately tried to play to the gallery, and has miserably failed.

The movie’s strongest scenes are set in the Army camp where Russi and Nawab duel, literally and figuratively, for Julia’s soul. Since Rangoon equates love for another human being with love for the country, this romance, like the movie itself, is all over the place.

Firstpost: 2.5 stars

On the face of it, this is a setting bubbling with possibilities, and considerable swathes of Rangoon (especially in its second half) do mine that potential. Ranaut delivers a seemingly effortless, chameleon-like performance as a woman who is by turns fragile and fierce, hurting yet invulnerable, a child who grows into a woman during the course of the film. The actress and the character she plays here, possess a body that is as intriguing as her mind: she appears delicate, yet explodes with energy and athleticism when life demands it of her.

With such mixed reviews, what would you do this weekend? Will you go watch Rangoon or will you skip it? Tell us in the comments section below and stay tuned to this space for hot scoop.

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5 Reasons Why The New Look Of Rangoon Is An Absolute Show Stealer!



The extended trailer of Rangoon just got out and man, are we in love! The movie promises to be full of intensity, action, drama, suspense, and solid romance – everything Vishal Bharadwaj does incredibly well in his movies. The chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut is palpable and Saif Ali Khan is unbelievably good! Here are 5 reasons why we think this new look is an absolute show stealer.

Kangana And Shahid’s Comical Romance

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor

The Badass Hero – Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana And Saif’s ‘Duelworthy’ Moment – Sword Fight

Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut

Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut

Love At The Time Of War

Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan

Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.