Apr 18 2014

2 States- Movie Review

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2-states-posterWhat a refreshing start to my Good Friday birthday! Not expecting it to be too full, I left aaram se from home to watch 2 States only to be lucky enough to get the last available seat in the entire theatre! Believe it or not, it was house full at 10 30am; and it’s not even a Salman Khan film! It’s definitely got to do with Alia Bhatt because majority of the crowd was college students! Anyway, here’s what I thought of the filmy adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s ‘2 States’.

Plot in short- Ananya (Alia Bhatt), a Tamilian from Chennai and Krish (Arjun Kapoor), a Punjabi from Delhi meet and fall in love at IIM Ahmedabad. After being in a happy relationship for almost three years they decide to get married. The only problem now is- their parents. How far can they go to make their parents happy to be together?

The Good- Director Abhishek Varman might not be as fast paced a story teller as Chetan Bhagat but he’s done a good job nonetheless. 2 States as a film hits the right spot where emotions are concerned. I saw myself laughing, crying, relating and getting goosebumps throughout the film. Even though the film is adapted from the novel, the screenplay brings the film to life, giving it its own identity. I would have enjoyed it as much even if I hadn’t read the novel. The casting has a lot to do with making the film enjoyable. I can easily say that Alia Bhatt is the next big thing after her performance in the film Highway and now 2 States. She is fresh, effortless and natural in her performance; Arjun Kapoor is slightly thanda but true to his character. They both share sizzling chemistry on screen and it automatically makes the film more fun to watch. Amrita Singh and Revathy both fit their roles perfectly and are super convincing as the tough mother-in-laws. Ronit Roy as Arjun Kapoor’s father delivers a fine performance. I also thought that the styling is top notch! Superb clothes, make- up and hair and it all just adds to making the film look like a fancy Indian magazine. The simple and yet effective cinematography and art direction make the film visually stunning! I also thought that the music by Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy is foot tapping and hummable. It went very well with the film. I loved the song ‘Mast magan’.

The Not-so-good- What I felt lacked, and most people would agree with me is the length of the film. The first half of the first half flows smoothly but starts getting very slow till the interval. The second half becomes even slower. So that is where the problem lies.  Pacing up the conflicts between the families or just editing better could have made it a lot more crisp and fun to watch.

Verdict- If you want to watch a good romantic comedy and have two and a half hours to spare, watch 2 States, especially if you are in or have been in a complicated relationship.

Rating- 3.5/5

 

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Apr 11 2014

Bhoothnath Returns- Movie Review

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Preachy and a little too long, Bhoothnath Returns is not as entertaining as the first part even though it’s got great performances, especially from the little boy- Parth Bhalerao.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Apr 4 2014

Main Tera Hero- Movie Review

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Main tera hero posterMore than it being a Varun Dhawan film, I was looking forward to watching David Dhawan directing his son and also to see if ‘Main tera hero’ would be as crazy as all his other films. Well, I must say he did live up to my expectations! Here’s my review.

Plot in short- Seenu (Varun Dhawan) is a brat from Coonoor, a small town in South India and wants to go to the big city- Bangalore to get a college degree and also prove to his parents that he is no vagabond. At his college, TIFT, he meets Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz) whom he immediately falls for, hard. Little does he know that there’s a giant of a police officer, Angad Negi (Arunoday Singh) who would kill for her and does everything he can to keep everyone away from her. Things only get more complicated from thereon and it only gets more difficult for Seenu to be with his lady love.

The Good- I’d like to say that David Dhawan has stuck to his style of film making. Over-the-top acting, humour, dialogues and background music are enough to label ‘Main tera hero’ as a typical David Dhawan film. Now, Varun Dhawan was launched with Student of the year but this is a proper Father-Son debut film which launches Varun in a grand way. I loved the background music, cinematography and styling. The actors all look really good. Actingwise, I’d say Varun Dhawan has the potential to act well but by putting on the Govinda act, he just didn’t seem natural. Ileana DeCruz on the other hand looks stunning and can act well too. Arunoday Singh is a hottie and I think I’d faint if I saw him in person. I really like him because he acts well too but I’m not sure if I liked him in this role. Either way, he was good. Nargis Fakhri with her pouty lips and gorgeous face had her accent all over place and the Hindi kind of disappointed. She was very good in Madras Cafe but the bar just went down a few notches with her performance in this film. All the other actors- Saurabh Shukla, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and the rest do justice to their parts with a whole lot of over-acting of course. The choreography for all the dances is very good, especially ‘Besharmi ki height’.

The Not-so-good- I have no shame in admitting that I have loved some of David Dhawan’s films. Main Tera Hero unfortunately is not one of them. The screenplay isn’t too well written and the story seems unoriginal, constantly reminding you of Housefull, directed by Sajid Khan. I would have liked there to be some uniqueness in the plot. I barely found any scenes funny because they were so badly exaggerated and pretentious. Also, looking at Varun Dhawan in every frame did get a bit annoying even though he has a good body and all that. I wouldn’t quite put it in the romantic comedy category. The music by Sajid-Wajid is ok. The song “Tera hero idhar hai” was fun.

Verdict- All in all, an average masala film that could have been way better and shorter.

Rating- 2.5/5

 

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Mar 21 2014

Ragini MMS 2- Movie Review

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A badly made ‘horrex’ (Horror+Sex) sequel film that is neither horrific nor sexy starring Sunny Leone dressed in lingerie moaning and groaning to titillate the audience.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Mar 14 2014

Bewakoofiyaan- Movie Review

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BEWAKOOFIYAAN-PosterYou know the movie’s going to be lame when you have Sonam Kapoor as the lead actress in a film called ‘Bewakoofiyaan’. Did Ayushmann Khurrana save the day? Well, you’ll know soon.

Plot in short- Due to recession, boyfriend Mohit (Ayushmann Khurrana) loses his job as Senior Marketing Executive at an airline company, is broke and looking for a job desperately. Girlfriend Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) who is earning well supports him emotionally and financially and hopes he gets out of this phase soon. Both of them are willing to get married even with the current situation but there is a major hurdle- Mayera’s father (Rishi Kapoor). Will their love survive with all the bewakoofiyaan they do?

The Good- I think the styling is superb! Both Sonam and Ayushmann look very stylish. The cinematography and colours make every frame look rich. Good job by the art department too.

Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as the father even though his role is not half as good as Steve Martin’s in Father of the Bride. Why am I comparing this movie to that? Well, you’ll know when you watch the film. It will also remind you of ‘Meet the parents’. Ayushmann Khurrana is a great actor and even in this film, he proves that. He is effortless and natural in his acting ability. Sonam Kapoor as an actress has been quite bad in the past and when we compare those films to this, she’s gotten better for sure. I wouldn’t say she’s very good though. The background score settles on the average fence.

The Not-so-good- Now, the story and screenplay I have certain issues with. While it tries to be all modern and fresh, Bewakoofiyaan is goes a little overboard with the whole ‘love’ thing. In today’s day and age, love is not enough to keep going or surviving. I can say that the director tried hard but couldn’t do much to save people from getting bored or waiting for the film to end soon. Even two hours felt incredibly long. Luckily there aren’t too many songs in the movie except for the song ‘Gulcharrey’ which is alright.

Verdict- Below average, Bewakoofiyaan is not worth watching in the theatre for sure. Watch it at home, that too only if you’re Ayushmann’s or Rishi Kapoor’s fan and really bored.

Rating- 2/5

 

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Mar 14 2014

Gulaab Gang- Movie Review

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Madhuri Dixit Nene and Juhi Chawla are the highlights of the film but even they can’t save Gulaab Gang from being a boring, badly written and directed, uninspiring tale of a woman who’s actually done so much for people!

Rating- 2/5

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Mar 8 2014

Queen- Movie Review

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Queen-Movie-PosterThere are far too many things to love about Queen and I can safely say that this is one of the best movies ever made in Bollywood! Let me start off…

Plot in short- Rani Mehra (Kangana Ranaut), a simple Punjabi girl from Delhi is dumped by her fiancé (Rajkummar Rao) because she doesn’t match up to his ‘status’.  That makes her upset and after sleeping over it, she decides to go alone for her honeymoon. It’s a journey not just to a place but to finding a person who she didn’t know existed in her.

The good- I didn’t think Kangana Ranaut could do anything but drunk scenes and talk like a pigeon. In Queen, she’s not only proved me wrong but has completely taken me by surprise. She’s uninhibited and plays her part like a pro! She’s real, believable and very likable. The way she dresses throughout, her accent, her way of communicating, her reactions to various experiences and so much more bring us closer to her character and leave us wanting to know more about her. I also thought the other actors- namely Lisa Haydon who plays her new found BFF in France, Rajkummar Rao, her friends and family in the movie are all well casted and have done a fantastic job! They’re all natural, effortless and add to the chemistry in their relationship with Kangana Ranaut’s character which only makes you enjoy the film more.

Apart from the performances, I must congratulate the director and screenplay writer for making a film that is entirely unpretentious and focuses on good story telling, real relationships, Indian values and optimism. There are some things that make this film particularly relatable. For instance, even in her drunken state, when she’s dancing like the strippers on the bar table, she removes her jacket, spins it round and round like the dancers and instead of throwing it out like most films would do, she stuffs in in her bag. Or another example would be how with the days she spends on her holiday; the mehndi on her hands fades and looks as ugly like it does on our hands after three to four days. You’d also feel patriotic when there’s a huge crowd gathered to eat yummy ‘golgappas’ from her stall. You feel happy for her when she’s happy and sad when she’s sad. I love everything about the treatment of the film!

The look in terms of make up, styling, costumes, hair, locations is as real as real can be. With a no make up look, Kangana plays the part of a girl coming from a conservative Indian family. She doesn’t dress well, has no intention of trying to impress anyone and loves her family. The cinematography by Bobby Singh is smooth and well shot.  The background score and music make the film more fun to watch. Amit Trivedi is pure genius!  I loved the songs ‘O Gujariya’, ‘London Thumakda’ and ‘Hungama’ which is superb!

The not-so-good- The only drawback perhaps is the fact that the length of the film is a bit much. I’m not complaining about the content at all though. I just wish it wasn’t so long. The songs could have been shorter and the editing could have been crisper.

Verdict- I’m just really happy I saw Queen. It’s delightfully awesome! MUST WATCH!

Rating- 4/5

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Feb 28 2014

Shaadi Ke Side Effects- Movie Review

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Shaadi-Ke-Side-Effects-PosterI was really looking forward to watching Shaadi Ke Side Effects for multiple reasons. One- Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan are superb actors! Two- I loved Pyaar ke side effects. Three- My shaadi will happen soon so I wanted to see what the ‘side effects’ are! Haha well, here’s what I thought of the film.

Plot in short- Trisha (Vidya Balan) and Sid (Farhan Akhtar) are married and in love until they give birth to a challenging responsibility- a child. How complicated do their lives get after marriage and once the baby is born is what Shaadi Ke Side Effects is all about.

The good- The concept on the whole works. A funny take on the side effects of a marriage is a good enough reason to watch it and then you have two great actors- Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar who are natural and are blessed with an incredible ability to act effortlessly. I also thought Vir Das, Ram Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri who played important parts in the film were quite entertaining. Director Saket Chaudhary who’s also made Pyaar Ke Side Effects has done a good job with directing this one but only the first half. The screenplay works well in the first half of the film to a level where you relate and laugh out loud with all your heart. Farhan Akhtar’s styling goes with today’s times and he looks younger and fitter than ever! Vidya Balan looks good in some scenes but the open hair bothers me a bit.

The cinematography is lovely and the art direction is fantastic with the most gorgeous colours. The music however is just ok. I like the romantic peppy number- Tumse pyaar ho gaya.

The Not-so-good- While the first half of the film was a lot of fun to watch, the second half was a drag. The story started moving in a not-so-interesting direction so better editing would have made it shorter and better for sure. The songs too could have been better.

Verdict- Great performances, an engaging and entertaining first half that couples in love will enjoy watching together, especially those intending to marry.

Rating- 3/5

 

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Feb 21 2014

Darr @ The Mall- Movie Review

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Darr @ the mall posterWho would watch a movie called ‘Darr @ The Mall’ man?! Ummm, that’s right. Me. Why would I want to watch it, you ask? Well, cause I LOVE horror movies. How much did I love this? Or did I?

The plot- Asia’s largest mall is ready for inauguration, although there’s a myth surrounding the mall. There have been nine accidental deaths in the mall and the owners are sick of the stories about the mall being haunted. So they decide to re-launch their mall in a grand way. This is when the lead hero of the film Jimmy Shergill (Vishnu Sharma) enters. He is an ex-army officer but lends up becoming the chief security officer of the Amity Mall. On the opening eve the owner of the mall, Mr. Manchanda calls a press conference and to dispel the fears announces that he would spend a night at the Mall with the board of directors. Manchanda and his cronies step into the Mall to spend a night and this to Manchanda is a big business strategy. Manchanda and group are not the only ones to be inside the Mall this night. Manchanda’s daughter Ahana and her friends make their way inside, as wells as Vishnu, the chief of security at the Mall who has a past that haunts him. Facts come clear only by the end when circumstances throw Vishnu, Manchanda and Ahana together. Their stories connect and lead to a mysterious past.

The good- The only good in the film is Jimmy Shergill. He’s a good actor even though he stars in crappy films like this. I’d say the concept of a mall being haunted is scary and a good idea but it really could have had a better story and screenplay.

The bad- Where do I start? Should I talk about how badly written the script is or should I describe the terrible direction. I can’t believe the same director of Ragini MMS- Pawan Kirpalani made this mess! The entire film is quite predictable and so badly written that you’d want to walk out of the theatre after watching the first 15 minutes itself. I was restless throughout the film but still sat through it. The stylist has done a bad job with the actress’ costumes. The cinematography is just ok that too in parts. The computer graphics are bad too! The make up for the ghosts and children acting as ghosts is as bad as the make up in Jaani Dushman. Like a Ram Gopal Verma film, the background score involves children singing, doors opening and loud bangs but this is actually worse than a Ram Gopal Verma film so just imagine. The music is by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy. What a waste! Even the item number by the firang fails to do much. To be honest, I didn’t get scared watching the film at all.

Verdict- So there aren’t too many good horror films in Bollywood and otherwise but this one is worse than bad! Do not waste your time or money on this one!

Rating- 1/5

 

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Feb 21 2014

Highway- Movie Review

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Highway Movie PosterHighway looked like a great film from the trailer itself. Also, the song Maahi Ve created quite a ripple in our hearts. So how was the movie on the whole? Here’s what I thought.

The plot- Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

The good- Alia Bhatt is definitely the best thing about the movie. She’s natural, effortless and expressive. I misjudged her in Student of the year as a dumb actress and I have to admit she’s proved me wrong with her performance in Highway. Randeep Hooda’s a great actor and has acted really well in Highway but there are some dialogues he speaks which are unclear. The story is simple and its one of those movies that you can watch many times. Imtiaz Ali, the director who’s made romantic comedies like Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met knows how to connect with his audience in the most subtle and simple way. He lets his characters breathe and lets silences speak for themselves through the film. Even with less dialogues and melodrama, there are some funny moments that make the film enjoyable.

Visually, the film is stunning! Amazing locations, gorgeous frames captured through the cinematographer’s lens and it will make you want to go on a road trip for sure! It gave me a strong urge to see Himachal Pradesh for sure with all its beauty! The background score and music by AR Rahman is brilliant! The song Maahi Ve is undoubtedly a favourite!

The not-so-good- I’m a sucker for romantic movies so I really liked this one but I’m not sure if realists will as much as idealists like me do. You know what I mean? There’s a lot of dreaminess in this film that might not appeal to the masses. I can’t actually find too many not-so-good things in the movie but yes, I would have liked the first half to be better paced.

Verdict- I loved Highway! Alia Bhatt gives a top rated performance and Imtiaz Ali as a director passes with flying colours! Watch it!

Rating- 3.5/5

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