Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012

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Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.

 

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Dec 28 2012

Happiness Deli, Fort- Review

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Happiness DeliSo there was this deal from Timesdeal which said that I could get a pizza/burger, a sandwich/salad and a drink worth Rs. 500 for Rs.250. Was it worth it? You’re just about to find out.

Food– Happiness Deli is just another cafe that serves sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, desserts, hot and cold drinks and sides. Unfortunately we didn’t get to choose our sandwich/ pizza/ drink and with our limited options we could have a cold corn and cheese sandwich, an iced tea, a cold coffee and a Margherita pizza (8”). Our sandwich came first and it was quite bad. There was no salt, pepper or any kind of taste except for boiled corn and cheese randomly put into 2 slices of bread. I asked them to atleast grill it which they said they can’t for whatever reason they have. Next, we had our drinks. The iced tea was good and so was the cold coffee but the quantities of both were more like a tasting. Our pizza finally arrived and gladly that did not let us down. The crust was nice and thin and the taste was superb! I would totally have that again. No meal is complete without a dessert and so I thought chalo let me finish off the meal with a happy ending.  Unfortunately the Oreo Mousse cake didn’t taste as good as it looked. It was quite bad.

Ambience– There are 2 outlets of Happiness Deli in South Mumbai apart from the one at Radio Club. We went to the Fort one very close to HDFC bank at Kala Ghoda. The cafe is decent but a bit cramped up.

Service– The service is alright. However, I would have liked it if my sandwich was grilled for me or the drinks were on our table before the food.

Prices– The prices are reasonable and especially if you go after 8pm, you can get good discounts. But Timesdeal and Happiness Deli certainly fooled us with their supposed ‘offer’. The Corn and cheese sandwich was not more than 50 bucks. The 8” Margherita was for Rs. 105 and the drinks together would not have been more than 160 bucks. So the deal that was apparently worth Rs. 500 was for Rs.250 which is what we would have paid anyway. The dessert of course was at an added cost of Rs. 70 approximately.

Verdict– I recommend the pizza and would like to try more of their food. Reasonably priced, Happiness Deli is a decent enough place to grab a snack but I wouldn’t recommend it for desserts.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

 

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Dec 21 2012

Dabangg 2- Movie Review

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Dabangg-2-PosterDabangg as a movie was ok and I was expecting better from part 2. But I guess experience says that sequels are rarely as good as or better than the first movies and in the case of Dabangg 2, I have to agree.

So, Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) is happily married to Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) and stays in Kanpur with her, Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and their father (Vinod Khanna). This time he has a new enemy- Baccha bhaiyya and his brothers. Now, the crux of the story is this- Villian bullies people from town and Chulbul, Chulbul kills villain’s brother. Villain takes badla and attacks Chulbul’s pregnant wife and brother. Chulbul doesn’t take that too well and fights bare-chested in the last sequence to create dramatic effect. Haha

Ok so the story of the movie as you read above is quite useless. Arbaaz Khan as a director has tried his best to keep up the standard by using the best editors, action directors, cinematographers, stylists and production designers. However, he failed to work on the screenplay and dialogues which were much better in the first Dabangg. Somehow, I was pretty bored throughout in spite of seeing my favourite Salman Khan in the movie. There was barely any humour or emotional connect with the characters except for that one scene when Salman Khan is crying like a baby.

Coming to the performances… Salman Khan is such a star that even if he says dialogues half heartedly, people love him (including me). I understand that he’s supposed to have attitude and style in the movie but in Dabangg 2 he’s sort of taken the audience for granted and it seems as though he’s just been woken up and pushed to act. Sonakshi Sinha is lovely! She not only looks beautiful but also convinces as Chulbul’s wife. Prakash Raj who was brilliant in Singham was good here too but he didn’t have much meat to his character because it was all given to Salman Khan. I thought Deepak Dobriyal (the guy who plays Genda) was very good too. Arbaaz Khan was too busy being a director to bother paying attention to acting instead of just mugging lines.

The music of the film by Sajid Wajid is decent. The song ‘Dagabaaz’ is really well sung and good to listen to. ‘Fevicol’ is a great dance number with crazy lyrics!

Overall, Dabangg 2 goes one step lower in comparison to Dabangg and I’m very disappointed. I still love Salman Khan though! 😛

Rating– 2/5

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Dec 18 2012

Piccoli Tortini, Bandra (w) – Review

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Piccoli TortiniThanks to Burrp I got to go try the very classy cafe- Piccoli Tortini in Bandra. Here’s my review.

Food– Piccoli Tortini means small tart in Italian and the place sure does live up to its name. As we were expected to come drop in from our Christmas trail, the menu was pre-decided for us. We tried their Veg paninis- tomato, mozzarella and basil which were yum. Next, we tried the chocolate cupcake which was decent and the ‘piccoli tortini’ which was made of ricotta cheese and was just the right amount of sweet! Now that was definitely the highlight and I think you’ll love it too! The Pumpkin spiced cupcake was not bad either. I didn’t like the cinnamon taste in it though. The cold coffee was very ordinary and could have been better. And of course, since this is an Italian cafe, you’ll find pizza, pasta, starters here besides the regular coffees and teas.

Ambience– Located at Bandra west on Hill road, Piccoli Tortini just like its name, is a tiny place hidden behind a bus stop, very close to Mocha Mojo. Very classy, very pretty and very feminine, the cafe is an ideal place for girlfriends to catch up and relax. The interiors, furniture, the cutlery, menu and even tissues are lovely!

Service– The staff seem courteous and seem to be settling in as of now. We however had the opportunity to be served by the owner herself so we obviously got more attention and gave her our feedback on the spot.

Prices– Ok so this cafe is definitely on the expensive side. The cupcakes which are medium sized cost Rs. 90 each, a Veg panini costs Rs. 195, the little tortini costs Rs. 70, a cappuccino costs Rs.185 and all this plus taxes amounts to quite a bit. So to have an evening out with the girls might just turn out to be a high ended affair. The quality is definitely good but the sizes don’t justify the costs and that is where the problem lies.

Verdict– Piccoli Tortini is a beautiful cafe in Bandra that oozes warmth and love but all at a price. You must have the little ricotta cheese tortini!

Rating– 3/5

 

 

 

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Dec 16 2012

The Hobbit- Movie Review

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The movie was so interesting that I fell asleep one hour into the first half and walked out half n hour after the interval!

Rating– No rating.

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Dec 11 2012

Starbucks, Colaba- Review

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Starbucks is overrated and how! I can’t even begin to tell you about how I finally got the taste of what the obsession or following is all about. And what a disappointment! Due to unbelievably long lines, I got to try it only in the third week of its opening and have been there several times after that to both the Taj and Fort outlets. Here’s my review.

Coffees, etc– The first time I went to Starbucks I had the Java Chip Frappuccino and loved it! The chocolate chips in it and the quantity make it totally worth it, a very good choice if you like chocolate. I wouldn’t say so about the Iced Cafe Latte which got over in a minute and didn’t even taste that good; or the Green Tea Latte which was more like soup and totally sucked! The Caramel Frappuccino was ok. At the Fort outlet you’ll have to ask them to put less sugar and to make the coffee strong because they make everything super sweet there. I’m looking forward to trying their Signature Hot Chocolate which I hear is supposed to be kickass! From my experience I wouldn’t say Starbucks is wow! I’d go for a Di Bella any day! For food they have sandwiches, muffins, rolls, etc and I’d like to try them soon.

Ambience– Starbucks has a certain rustic appeal to it. I loved the interiors at both the outlets. The one at Taj is more grand, classy and has a more International appeal. The one at Fort is more rustic and Indian. There are beautifully carved frames, doors, furniture and the curtains are huge and lovely. I’d like to point out though that this kind of grandness is not cool for Mumbai because there are far too many people who are Starbucks loyalists and standing in a long queue is not fun at all! So it would be great if they could reduce their grandness for more tables and chairs and hence more people to be accommodated. If I had to choose, I’d go to the Taj one for sure!

Service– Having multiple cash counters and more staff to make coffees can speed up the service and hence prevent us from waiting to get a cup of coffee! Overall, the service is quite below expectation.

Prices– It’s a good thing that the prices aren’t steep otherwise I wouldn’t find myself going there again because honestly I;ve had better coffee and I’m not interested in going there just for its name. The Java Chip Frappuccino (regular) is for Rs.140 plus taxes. The Green Tea Latte is for Rs. 90 plus taxes and so on.

Verdict– Not wow and not a ‘must go to’ place for coffee but it’s not bad either. I hope they do something about the long queues and make more space for more people. The Java Chip Frappuccino is a must have!

Rating– 3/5

 

 

 

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Dec 7 2012

Khiladi 786- Movie Review

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Non-existent story, bad screenplay and direction, decent performances and styling, good background score and a waste of a ‘Khiladi’ movie; but then, what did you expect?

Rating- 2/5

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Nov 30 2012

Talaash- Movie Review

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My mind has been blown! Once again, Aamir Khan proves that he’s not just doing movies to make money or remain famous. He’s genuinely interested in making movies that move you or make you think. With Talaash, he restores all the faith we have in good Indian cinema. Read more.

A popular actor mysteriously meets with an accident, falls into the sea and drowns. Aamir Khan, the cop in charge of this case, with his personal issues tries to solve the mystery and find the person behind the actor’s death. Kareena Kapoor plays a prostitute and Rani Mukherji plays Aamir’s wife. Will not reveal anymore.

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti have written a very clever and gripping plot that you can’t possibly predict until the very end. That is beautifully executed in a mind numbing suspense thriller film. I also think that a story like this could be a brilliant book! The cinematography is outstanding and rich, especially the scene shot in the water with Kareena Kapoor and Aamir Khan. The screenplay and dialogues are good. The production design, make up, hair is all wonderfully styled. All the characters are well defined and the build up to the climax is very well paced in the second half of the movie. Yes, the first half is a bit slow but chalo, maaf kiya because it all comes together and makes sense in the end!

Aamir Khan is fantastic throughout the film and doesn’t for a second make you feel like you’re watching Aamir Khan the star! He’s completely ghusaod himself into the skin of the character he plays. Kareena Kapoor looks stunning and plays her role with a tremendous amount of confidence and ease. Rani Mukherji, even with barely any make up, convinces you well that she’s a depressed housewife longing for love from her husband. I also thought Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shernaz Patel acted very well.

The music and background score by Ram Sampat is noteworthy. ‘Jee Le Zara’ sung by Vishal Dadlani has a lot of soul, ‘Muskaanein jhoothi hain’ sung by Suman Shridhar has that thriller edge to it and is sung with lots of style, ‘Jiya laage na’ sung by Sona Mohapatra and Ravindra Upadhyay is my personal favourite! Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are beautiful and meaningful as most times.

I left the theatre with lots of questions in my head, confusion, goosebumps and awe. To me it is a superb film that cannot be missed!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Nov 23 2012

Breaking Dawn part 2 (The Twilight Saga) – Movie Review

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I’ve read all the books from the Twilight series and obviously was looking forward to watching the final part of the last book.

Edward and Bella have a beautiful baby girl and call her Renesmee. The only problem is she’s half human and half vampire. The volturi are out to kill her because they feel she’s a threat to their kind. Will this be the end of Edward and Bella’s ‘pyaar ki nishaani’?

I thought this was a great end to the epic series. I liked the first movie- Twilight and this one the best from all. I don’t remember the end to the book but the movie’s end was definitely different and unpredictable. Visually also all the actors, the production design and everything looks better. So I can safely say that this one’s a well directed movie with great computer graphics. The background music is very good.

Kristen Stewart for the first time in the entire Twilight series has acted well. She looks happy and it’s actually nice to see her that way. Robert Pattinson is the same and doesn’t do much in this movie except for smiling alot. Taylor Lautner is good. Michael Sheen, the Volturi leader has acted really well and convinces as being the bad guy. The girl who plays Renesmee I thought could have been given more dialogues instead of just touching people’s faces throughout the film.

Breaking Dawn part 2 has not disappointed me even a bit and I was quite entertained throughout without getting bored. If you’re a Twilight series fan, this one you should not miss!

Rating– 3/5

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Nov 23 2012

Life of Pi- Movie Review

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I haven’t read the book…yet. The movie has inspired me to. Here’s why.

Pi’s father decides to move from Pondicherry to Canada for a better life. He owns a zoo and supports a family of 4 including Pi. They decide to go by sea and encounter a deadly storm. The only survivors- Pi, an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a tiger find themselves in a lifeboat. In barely any time, the tiger eats up all the animals except for Pi who strives to save himself from being eaten. As the food and water supplies on the lifeboat get over, Pi thinks of various ways to keep himself and the tiger alive in a beautiful adventurous journey.

Ang Lee is pure genius! The way he’s woven the entire story into a blanket of beautiful visuals and storytelling makes it a film that everyone will love. Yes it is slightly slow, especially in the first half but then you forget all about the pace as you’re busy taking in the beauty of imagination and Pi’ journey with Richard Parker- the tiger. I’ve seen the movie Cast Away starring Tom Hanks which was fantastic! I think this one’s pretty similar but goes up by several notches for sure. What makes it even better are the breathtaking 3D effects and the cinematography which play a major role in making the journey worth it.

Coming to the performances… Suraj Sharma who plays Pi for most of the film speaks the unspoken. His performance makes you feel what he feels. I think that’s the biggest compliment I can give him. Irrfan Khan and Tabu don’t have big roles in the film but still deliver beautifully as usual. All the other actors, including the animals, especially the tiger contribute largely to make the film what it is.

On the whole, Life of Pi is an inspiring film that must be watched by everyone! Do not watch it at home! Thank you Yann Martel for writing such an amazing story, a masterpiece and Ang Lee for making it come to life.

Rating– 4/5

 

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