Jun 19 2016

Udta Punjab- Movie Review

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A hard hitting film filled with top notch performances that brings out all kinds of emotions and opens your eyes to harsh realities from India’s very own Punjab.

Rating-4/5

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Jun 19 2016

The Conjuring 2- Movie Review

Roochster

I found myself screaming, squeezing Karan’s hand and shivering in anticipation for most parts of the movie which is so well directed that you just can’t miss it.

Rating- 4/5

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May 3 2016

Captain America Civil War- Movie Review

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OK let me be honest with you. I am not an Avengers fan. Also, I haven’t seen any Captain America movie so this was a first. I was invited to go for the special preview at PVR Phoenix and I was super excited! Sadly no plus ones allowed and I think Karan was quite jealous cause then he said, ‘Its ok Captain America is anyway boring’ to which I said, “you’re just like the fox who said the grapes our sour cause we couldn’t reach them” 😛 😛 Anyway, here’s what I thought of it.

Plot in short– While the Avengers are doing their best to save people and the world, sometimes, unintentionally it leads to collateral damage. This makes the government doubt the accountability of the superheroes. While Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes must be given full freedom to be themselves and continue helping people while Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks it’s best to let the government take a call on how to protect the country. Standing strong against each other, the Avengers are forced to take sides resulting in a Civil War.

IMG_20160429_180449722The Good-Even though this is supposed to be a ‘Captain America’ film, Ironman Robert Downey Jr. kind of owns it. Some other noteworthy performances come from Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie and Paul Rudd. The action sequences were well choreographed, especially the ones that involved Spiderman. In fact, I think I loved all the parts that had Spiderman. The computer graphics are great in parts and alright in some.

The Not-so-good– I must admit, Avengers is so not my thing and Captain America who I wanted to watch was really not the most important part of the film. Ironman got more screen time and had better screen presence too. I also have to say that I was quite bored in many parts. There is drama, humour, action, yes but the film is not action packed and fast paced as I had imagined and wished it to be. It was a bit of a drag.

IMG_20160429_173356655_HDRVerdict– Captain America/ Avengers is probably not my thing and if you’re a crazy superhero fan, you’re definitely giving me gaalis right now.  It was just a bit better than ok.

Rating– 3/5

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May 2 2016

Nil Battey Sannata- Movie Review

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A heartwarming story emotionally and beautifully told,  that will make you feel proud to be an Indian.

Rating- 4/5

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Apr 15 2016

Fan- Movie Review

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fan-movie posterI hadn’t seen the trailer of Fan and neither did I know Shahrukh Khan was playing a double role until I came home and opened a website to read the names of the cast of the film. Hawww! How could I not know it was him only!

Plot in short– Aryan Khanna (Shahrukh Khan) has a huge fan following but there’s one in particular called Gaurav Chadna (Shahrukh Khan)  who would do anything to get just five minutes with the star, to show him his trophy that he won in a talent contest and to offer him some Son Halwa sent by his parents. But one incident spoils everything and turns the fan into a creep and imposter. Will this madness ever stop and how?

The Good– Shahrukh Khan is definitely the best part about the film. In terms of creepiness, remember how creepy-scary Darr was? This is that multiplied 5 times. I was quite creeped out and my heart was beating fast thinking of what would happen next throughout the film. Shahrukh Khan as the fan is actually better than Shahrukh playing Aryan Khanna. The make up and hair artist and stylist play a huge part in making him look the way he looks. Kudos to them! The screenplay and direction is fantastic! Maneesh Sharma takes the story to another level by using the actors’ full potential.

The Not-so-good– There are several things that I found a bit stupid. For example how people barely notice the Aryan Khanna look-alike when he’s walking on the street or when he fools the guards of Aryan Khanna’s mansion and reaches the star’s house inside, almost fooling the wife. But suddenly people recognize him in London at Madam Tussaud’s museum. Also, I felt that it was rather lame for the star to be chasing his fan single handedly when he has the power to call the cops, involve goons and what not to get rid of pschopaths like Gaurav.

Verdict– Ignore the stupidity and enjoy ‘Fan’ for what it is. A thrilling, engaging and entertaining film that one must watch. Hats off to Shahrukh Khan for his best performance yet. For once I can say he deserves an award.

Rating– 4/5

P.S.- Prepare to be totally creeped out!

 

 

 

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Apr 10 2016

The Jungle Book (Hindi)- Movie Review

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the-jungle-book-posterAs children we’ve all seen ‘The Jungle Book’ and have a special liking for all the characters. Who can forget the song ‘Jungle jungle pata chala hai’ everytime the show came on TV? The Jungle Book as a film in 3D goes one step further and makes us relive our childhood in the most fun way.

Plot in short– Mowgli (Neel Sethi) has been brought up by wolves and a black panther (Om Puri) since childhood and living with them, he adapts to their way of living in the jungle. But how long can he stay? After all, there is Shere Khan, the tiger (Nana Patekar) who is out to kill him. Will he be able to escape from the dangerous Shere Khan and go to the land of humans?

The Good– The best thing about the film is the breathtaking visuals! The computer graphics artists definitely know their shit. The voice overs of Bagheera by Om Puri and Baloo by Irrfan Khan are superb! Little Mowgli played by Neel Sethi is so natural that one would never think he’s not from the jungle. I also thought that Kaa’s voice over by Priyanka Chopra was fantastic but very short. I wish we got to see more of Kaa. The story is perfect for the first part. It leaves you wanting for more. The flow of the screenplay is perfect. The songs are great to listen to. The Hindi version of Bare Necessities is not bad but at all.

The Not-so-good– I think Shere Khan has a huge part to play and Nana Patekar is excellent as an actor but somehow his voice just didn’t go with the majestic Tiger’s appearance and character. I would have liked to hear a deeper voice for Shere Khan. I can’t really think of anything else except that I wish this is the first of many more parts to come. If it doesn’t, me and Jungle Book’s many fans will be very upset.

Verdict– Go back in time and relive ‘The Jungle Book’ in 3D. This is way better than the series we used to love watching every Sunday on Doordarshan. Go! Go! Go!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Apr 1 2016

Ki & Ka- Movie Review

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Ki & Ka posterThis year so far Bollywood has made some fantastic films and its only April still. Everytime people compare Bollywood with Hollywood’s standards, totally degrading Bollywood, it angers me. There is so much beauty in the films we make even though they may not be technically as superior or may not have the budgets as they do. Whatever it is, Ki & Ka would be a slap in the face to all those Bollywood haters.

Plot in short– The tagline of the film says ‘Striling, pulling, samething.’ In Kia’s (Kareena Kapoor) world, there is no time to cook, clean or socialize with the neighbours. Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) on the other hand, is a builder’s son who doesn’t want to live off his father’s money but be a home maker and look after his family. They meet and fall in love and decide to get married. Can this role reversal result in a happy marriage?

The Good– This movie is meant for those who are open minded and non- judgmental. If you’re not one of these, then please go watch it with an open mind. Director R Balki who is also the writer of the film, has brilliantly executed a concept that works in today’s day and age. Many may not agree but that is only because of the kind of image one has in their head of what a man and a woman are meant to do in their lives. What Ki and Ka show is how wonderful life can be without the pressure of doing something you don’t want to do or being someone you don’t want to be.  A home maker deserves as much respect as a corporate slave. With the crisp screenplay and editing, you will find it an absolute pleasure to watch. Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor may not look like the ‘ideal’ on screen pair but both share great chemistry together. Kareena with her un-Kohled eyes and natural make up looks gorgeous while Arjun Kapoor on his Segway looks like the most chilled out person on Earth! They’re both so comfortable in their roles that it looks so real. Swaroop Sampat who plays Kareena’s mother in the film is effortlessly lovable in her character. I also thought Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan’s appearance was great! I found myself laughing and crying in the film and could relate to so much.

There’s a whole lot of research and mehnat gone into making the sets and locations come to life, trains being a huge part of it. The cinematography works its magic in several scenes and makes every frame look fresh.

The Not-so-good– While many will embrace the subject with open arms, most will turn it down due to narrow mindedness and stereotyping. So this turns out to be a negative because people aren’t even accepting the idea. It may be a little slow in parts but it doesn’t overpower the good in the movie. I wish Arjun Kapoor’s character tried atleast a little to do something with his time instead of acting so lukha at the age of 28. The final thing that didn’t go too well with me was the music. There’s no song that I would like to have on my playlist from Ki & Ka.

Verdict– Ki and Ka is a progressive film about a progressive ladKI and ladKA. Open your mind and I promise you will love it.

Rating– 4/5

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Mar 18 2016

Kapoor and Sons- Movie Review

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kapoorandsons posterYou know how some movies take you in emotionally and leave you speechless. Kapoor and Sons is just that kind of movie. Who would’ve thought!

Plot in short– Arjun, the younger brother (Sidharth Malhotra) works as a bartender and a struggling writer in New Jersey while Rahul (Fawad Khan), the older brother, successful writer and entrepreneur is happy in London. They’re forced to come back to their roots, in Coonoor when their 89 years old grandfather (Rishi Kapoor) suffers a heart attack. During their time together at home, they find out that their parents (Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor) are going through a rough marriage and financially, their father is finding it difficult to cope with the times. They also meet Tia (Alia Bhatt) and develop fondness and friendships individually. The brothers too have their own issues which need to be sorted amongst themselves. How will this dysfunctional family who throws crockery at each other while fighting be able to be happy and together again?

The Good– There are very few movies that have a mix of everything, the kind we call ‘Masala movies’ in Bollywood. The perception one has for this label is that these movies have music, dance, romance, melodrama, action and comedy. Movies like DDDLJ, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dil to pagal hai, Dil, Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met, etc. are great examples. I could see myself feeling all the emotions that were meant to be felt while watching the film. Director Shakun Batra is fantastic! He knows how to draw your attention and not let it leave the screen. I swear I did not look at my phone except for in the interval to say how much I’m enjoying the film. The screenplay writing is so perfect that I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s written for the audience of today, an audience that will relate and accept and love. There are a lot of lovely colours and beautiful looking sets that make Coonoor look picture perfect. And lets also give some credit to the performances. The actors, all of them- Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan are brilliant. Even the guy who plays the Kishor, the servant is such a natural. I don’t think the film would have been so good without the realistic performances. It’s just overall such a fun, emotional and happy film that I can’t help but sing praises of it.

The Not-so-good– While I loved the film in its entirety, there are some flaws which can easily be ignored because you’ll be having such a good time. Things like chemistry- Alia Bhatt with Sidharth Malhotra… just didn’t see any. Also, funny how staying in Coonoor or abroad, they all have a typical ‘Bambaiya’ accent. The Mandakini and potty jokes were a bit too much.

Verdict– Get out and watch Kapoor and Sons NOW! You just can’t miss it, dude! Once you see it, you will know why I said so. Ok bye!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Mar 2 2016

Zootopia- Movie Review

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Brilliantly written and executed with a very skilled animation team, Zootopia is fun, charming, witty and cute.

Rating- 4/5

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Feb 26 2016

Aligarh- Movie Review

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The proverb ‘Slow and steady wins the race’ holds true for Aligarh as Manoj Bajpai’s flawless performance takes you through his emotional journey in the most sensitive and intense manner leaving you with a heavy heart.

Rating- 4/5

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