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Booking movie tickets online is the easiest way to book tickets, but not all multiplexes have a smooth gateway for online transcations. Inox Movies, which earlier wanted a login to book tickets, has done away with login. You can book tickets without logging in.

I tried to book tickets for Rocket Singh on Friday evening, but the payment gateway had some problems. After selecting seats and taking my credit card information, the gateway would get into ‘processsing’ for few seconds before returning with ‘Booking Cancelled’ page. After 3 futile attempts, I gave up.

Rs.945/-  (Rs.300/- per ticket plus Rs.15/- for booking charges) was charged on each attempt, but my tickets were not booked.Total of Rs. 2835/- has been charged and i did not get tickets!

Usually charges on such futile transactions are reimbursed or credited back to the credit card. I was sure it would happen this time too, but to my shock it hasn’t.

I received my credit card statement with charges for 3 Inox transcations. I am furious with the payment gateway of Inox movies. There is no contact information for online transcations. I have mailed  contact@inox.co.in and waiting for a reply.

Here is the screenshot of my credit card statement:

Inox movies online ticket booking unsafe

You can see the booking transaction at Fame cinemas, where i booked the tickets after futile attempts with Inox. Fame cinemas too has a horrid payment gateway, but Inox has the worst of these multiplexes.

There has been no credit of the Inox transction in unbilled transctions either. The worst thing is there is no login information, and no reference number for these transactions.

All the movie buffs, take this as a warning to booking tickets online at Inox Movies. Please tweet/circulate this message amongst your friends.

P.S.: If anyone has faced similar situation, please let me know of any Inox contact information for online booking screw-ups.

Will update if i find anything.


After a month and half, I got the refund from Inox.

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Based on Vikas Swarup‘s Q&A, Slumdog Millionaire is a masterpiece created by director Danny Boyle with lesser known actors in lead roles. The movie, set around Mumbai slums, revolves around a ‘slumdog’ who wins the top prize by answering all the questions right in the game show Who wants to be a millionaire?

Slumdog Millionaire - Dev Patel and Freida Pinto

Slumdog Millionaire - Dev Patel and Freida Pinto

Jamal Malik, played by Dev Patel, who works as a chaiwala in a call center answers all the questions right and the suspicious host, Anil Kapoor, who also runs the show, asks for a probe. Mumbai cops, lay their hands on him and the story evovles as Jamal explains how he knew the answers to the questions asked. The story, though not extraordinary with drama, fantasy and love, has been well handled to keep you interested.

The mesmerizing city of Mumbai has be beautifully captured even though it mostly showcases slums. The story could have given rise to a perfect masala bollywood movie, but Boyle has made it an interesting flick. The screenplay gives a subtle touch of documentary style of film making, nicely portrayed in a commercial movie story.

Characters are developed wonderfully. Kid Jamal, played by Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, and middle Jamal, played by Tanay Chheda have got meaning ful screen presence. Jamal’s brother, Salim, also portrayed as a trio, makes an impressive character. Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, playing the youngest Salim needs a special mention. Jamal’s love interest, Lathika, is played by Frieda Pinto, Tanvi Ganesh and Rubiana Ali. The adoloscent Lathika, played by Tanvi Ganesh, known as Cherry in Pila street leaves a lasting impression. All the actors have done justice to their role.

Finally, background score and music. AR Rahman has given the soul to the movie, especially in the sequence where slum kids playing cricket in a private place are chased away by cops. Rahman’s composition is mesmerizing, although you can readily identify it to sound Rahmanic at times.

Definitely worth a watch, and a lesson to bollywood filmmakers as how to make a movie out of a masala story in a different way. I go with 4/5 stars for the movie and wish it wins an academy award.

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Life.. updates

Sun Dec 14, 11:50pm:

Have been terribly busy of late. Haven’t got enough time to blog, click or read. My blog hits seems to have *hit* all time low. Thanks Reema for the butterfly.

Watched Rab ne bana di jodi today. Here is a brief review of Rab ne bana di jodi:

Surinder Sahni’s character is beautifully composed, nothing like we’ve seen in recent past. Shah Rukh Khan has given an excellent performance as Mr.Sahni, an average middle class married man. The other role of SRK is typical ‘Raj, Naam toh suna hoga.‘ Anushka Sharma is not bad at all. Few unnecessary songs, over-dramatic/stupid scenes spoil what would otherwise have been a good movie.

When will these Hindi filmakers stop making 3hrs movies! They can easily edit by 30-45min and make it an interesting flick. I know audio makes an important part, but still.

I’d go with 2.5 out of 5 stars for RNBDJ. 0.5 for music, included. :-)

Hope to keep floating.
P.S.: WP seems to have some problem with publishing. I’ve reported it, hope it gets better soon.

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Priyanka Chropa and Harman Baweja - Love story 2050

He is awesome! I never thought i’ll ever write a post on any movie but this guy is incredible as far as the trailers of his new movie, Love story 2050, i have watched. His uncanny resemblance to Hrithik Roshan does not make him another wannabe star. Not just his looks, and his physique has resemblance with Hrithik but also his dance moves seems to be at least as good. The days when sons of yesteryear film industry people making their presence including the Jimmys and Tommys, Harman is one to watch out for irrespective of the success of his movie.

For advertisers, Harman would be Hrithik at 90% discount.

I can’t comment much about his acting skills, but if he can match Hrithik even in that then he’s gonna be the star of future in Bollywood, may be till 2050, sidelining the k-k-khans. You can point no flaw in his dancing skills, he is amazing. The song ‘milo na milo’ reminds me so much of Hrithik’s song ‘Dil ne dil ko pukara’ in Kaho naa pyaar hai. The music of the movie also sounds good. For those who haven’t watched the trailers, check out the video i’ve embedded from youtube below.

Milo na milo

Sach kehna

Check out the pretty good, futuristic, Love story 2050 website. First time i saw the trailer, i thought some new Hrithik’s movie. Then realized that this is new guy. With pretty Priyaka Chopra is his co-star, I think i’ll watch this movie, what about you?

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