Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2013

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Best movies of 20132013 has seen more downs than ups where Bollywood films are concerned but there have been some pretty awesome films that I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching. Here’s a list of the ones I loved and would recommend if you haven’t seen them already!

1)      Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani– This is undoubtedly my favourite film of the year! A must see Rom-Com! Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur & Kalki Koechlin. Directed by Ayan Mukherji
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/05/yeh-jawaani-hai-deewani-movie-review/

2)      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Inspiring and an award winning performance from Farhan Akhtar. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/07/bhaag-milkha-bhaag-movie-review/

3)      Goliyon ki Raas leela Raam Leela- A very well made modern day Romeo & Juliet. Starring Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Review-
http://roochster.com/2013/11/goliyon-ki-raasleela-ram-leela-movie-review/

4)      Special 26- A great heist story based on a real robbery that took place in 1987. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpai & Jimmy Shergill. Directed by Neeraj Pandey
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/02/special-26-movie-review/

5)      Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns- A rare instance of a sequel which is more fun to watch than its prequel. Starring Jimmy Shergill, Irrfaan Khan, Soha Ali Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/03/saheb-biwi-aur-gangster-returns-movie-review/

6)      Jolly LLB- Small film with a big heart. Starring Arshad Warsi & Boman Irani. Directed by Subhash Kapoor

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/03/jolly-llb-movie-review/

7)      Go Goa Gone- A fun zombie film that was different and pretty twisted! Starring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das & Puja Gupta. Directed by Krishna D.K & Raj Nidimoru.

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/05/go-goa-gone-movie-review/

8)      The Lunchbox- An unconventional and light hearted romantic comedy for all ages. Starring Irrfan Khan & Nimrat Kaur. Directed by Ritesh Batra

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/the-lunchbox-movie-review/

9)      Shuddh Desi Romance- Two great non-commercial actors in a love story that’s brave and very today. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput & Parineeti Chopra. Directed by Maneesh Sharma

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/shuddh-desi-romance-movie-review/

10)   B.A. Pass- A very bold film that’s brilliantly executed. Starring Shilpa Shukla & Shadab Kamal. Directed by Ajay Bahl

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/08/b-a-pass-movie-review/

 

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Dec 29 2013

Dubai Diaries: Day 2

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Day 2- Deira City Centre, Desert Safari

Deira City CentreWe started our morning with shopping! Aah! The feeling of entering a mall! *grinning wickedly*

Deira City Centre, DubaiSo Deira City Centre is one of the malls that has the most sales which is where I did all my chocolates and baby clothes shopping.

Shopping at Deira City CentrePalak, Masi, Mummy and I posing before we head in four different directions.

Super offers at Deira City CentreThis is one awesome supermarket! Offers you just can’t resist!

Dancing at Deira City CentreSo we had a strict time limit for shopping we needed to keep up to and luckily, I had some more time left which is what made me participate in a random dance contest to win a free Signal toothbrush! Woohoo!

Lunch at Deira City CentreThis was my lunch at the Food Court at Deira City Centre. Stir fried veggies, fried rice and Mirinda! Mine was actually the best choice from all 8 of us there!

Dunkin' Donut! I had heard a lot about Dunkin’ Donuts so thought I’d try. The one I had was Boston Cream Pie which was just ok. I wouldn’t say its better than Mad Over Donuts!

Dubai Desert SafariAfter resting for less than an hour, we set out to the main attraction in Dubai! The Desert Safari! And what a ride it was! Superb! Driving a car on the dunes requires a tremendous amount of skills!

You must have a posy picture on the gorgeous Dubai sands!

Group picture at the desertIf you have long hair, be prepared to see it fly all over your face! A nice group picture clicked by Palak!

Camels at the safariOnce we reached the main area, everyone had to go for a camel ride! Not my idea of fun for sure! Scary the way the animal sits and stands man!

Quad BikingQuad Biking! Now this you must do but do it when you can see stuff and not like us when its too dark and you have a set boundary to ride around. Can get monotonous after the first ten minutes so share the ride with your friend.

Dinner at the Desert safariSo this was the stage area where all the performances of the night would take place and we would eat our dinner.

Vegetarian Dinner at the Desert SafariA bland but decent vegetarian meal. And Canada Dry! Didn’t think it would still exist!

Tanoura DanceTanoura Dance! A must see! Wow! This man was spinning for atleast 10 minutes at a stretch! Amazing stuff!

Tanoura Dance 2Some more of the Tanoura dance. This time he was spinning the skirt.

Sheesha at the Desert SafariSheesha! Didn’t get cool reactions from family but couldn’t resist having a few drags.

Bday celebrations in DubaiBack at the hotel celebrating my Maasa’s 60th birthday with awesome cake-ice cream from Baskin Robbins! Yummeh! What a day!

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Dec 27 2013

Mahabharat- Movie Review

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Mahabharat posterI remember being told the various Mahabharat & Ramayan stories by my grandmother as a child. Back then, we also used to watch both the Ramayan and Mahabharat serial on Tv. Oh how can we forget the way the Mahabharat song starts or the ‘Main samay hoon’ part with the Rishi muni and space in the background. Anyway, let’s get down to the review of the animated Mahabharat.

Coming to the story. The Pandavs and Kauravs who are at constant war with each other must fight to survive and rule over Hastinapur. Besides the war, we also learn about the five pandavs, the bravest and wickedest kauravs and of course, Draupadi.

I wonder what director Amaan Khan was thinking. I don’t deny the fact that making Mahabharat could be tough but it’s very unfair to watch such a mediocre animated version when you see some pretty brilliant animated films from across the world. Why does India have to have such a poor presentation of their beautifully written mythological tales? The screenplay is a major minus point which takes away the main aspect of the film. The start itself is so poor that I can’t begin to tell you about the remaining. 2 brothers playing at Gateway of India start fighting over a gold coin they both discover. Randomly, an eagle pops out of the coin and starts telling them the Mahabharat story. While all this is going on, there are two squirrels passing comments and a dog making faces. Now just think if the start is like that, what the film would be like.

The animation is horrible and the visual effects aren’t cool either. It’s like watching a video game with a story. So many jerks and grossly designed visuals that you’d rather go back home and watch the BR Chopra Mahabharat on Youtube. There are too many characters and it can get confusing if you don’t remember the story. I got confused so imagine children! Pity them!

The voice overs are kind of a saving grace in this sinking ship. They say the dialogues like they’re meant to even if their faces look like a really bad version of them. For example, Vidya Balan’s animated avatar looks really bad. I’d say Sunny Deol and Amitabh Bachchan’s avatars were the most identical. Anil Kapoor’s too was close to how he looks. The rest were just really bad. Anupam Kher who plays Shakuni mama is probably the most annoying character in the film. His voice gets to you after a while.

The music in the film is not worth mentioning. The background score is a decent attempt but could have been better.

It’s sad that children of this generation have this rendition of Mahabharat to see. I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone. Please avoid.

Rating– 2/5

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Dec 20 2013

Dhoom 3- Movie Review

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Dhoom 3 posterI can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to watch Dhoom 3, especially because Aamir Khan was in it! I actually left earlier from work than usual just to go watch it and quickly write my review. So I’m just going to get down to it without much ado.

A magician (Jackie Shroff) is trying hard to make ends meet by trying to run ‘The Great Indian Circus’ in Chicago. He gives his life because of bank troubles. To avenge his father’s death, son (Aamir Khan) grows up to bring back the circus his father lost by looting all the branches of the bank his father lost his life for. Now of course, this robber is not only smart but is one step ahead of the U.S. Police. So much so, that they need to call two Indian cops (Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra) to catch him. Things aren’t as they seem though and we soon find out that Aamir Khan has more to him than meets the eye.

Firstly, let me tell you that this is a movie for the masses entirely. Director Vijay Krishna Acharya who’s written the screenplay and dialogues for the previous two Dhooms got it slightly off this time around. The story picks up only from the interval and thankfully it does get better. The rest of the film is a mix of hot bodies, over-the-top stunts and Aamir Khan! Not to forget Uday Chopra’s monkey face that keeps popping up every fifteen minutes. I wish it was more thrilling and exciting to watch.

I thought Dhoom was good and Dhoom 2 was superb! Sadly, even though Aamir Khan is in Dhoom 3, because of the weak story, screenplay and direction, even he can’t save it entirely. The music by Pritam is average. ‘Malang malang’ has sounds good but not so much that I would listen to it everyday. The background score is good. I loved how they’ve choreographed the song though! The trapezes, rings, air lifts et al are done very professionally. Even the tap dance bit in Aamir Khan’s entry song is very well put together.

With the best technology in place, I felt that the computer effects could have been better. In some scenes it just looks very amateurish. Lookwise, I’d say the art direction is brilliant! The sets are gorgeous and cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee has given each frame a great amount of depth. I wish I could say the same about the action scenes though. They’re almost like South-Indian meets Hollywood! There are too many stunts and unnecessary action scenes that take up about half an hour of the film. I understand shooting chase sequences can be tough but they could have got it right if they hadn’t tried too hard to be like Fast and the Furious or films of that genre. Editing better would have worked wonders!

Aamir Khan, whom the film is all about looks great at his age with his body and shite but hey, this role was so Hrithik! The hat I think was only to make him look taller, especially in the scenes with Abhishek Bachchan. We all know Aamir Khan is a great actor but somehow this movie was so not him. I thought he acted well in the second half but we’ve seen him act better. Abhishek Bachchan has the same role with the same expressions. The only difference is that it’s gotten worse.  Uday Chopra of course, does what he does best- annoy. His mere presence in Dhoom 3 has brought down the entire Dhoom franchise several notches lower. His acting skills have gotten worse with time. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful with a perfectly carved body and that’s that. There’s no acting skill required for her role. Jackie Shroff has a small role but makes a solid impact. I wish we could see him in more films. The boy who played young Aamir Khan- Siddharth Nigam was good in parts.

Dhoom 3 was definitely the least entertaining film of the Dhoom franchise. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t as enjoyable as the previous two either. Strictly timepass!

Rating– 3/5

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Dec 17 2013

Art on Sale: Snowman Doll

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Artist– Yenieta Bhansali

Product– Snowman Doll

Description– Crochet, handmade doll for the festive season. A keepsake for all ages!

MRP– Rs. 400

Roochster’s Sale Price– Rs. 300

Snowman

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Dec 16 2013

Art on Sale: Santa Claus Doll

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Artist– Yenieta Bhansali

Product– Santa Claus Doll

Description– Crochet, handmade doll for the festive season. A keepsake for all ages!

MRP– Rs. 700

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Santa Claus Doll- Yenita Bhansali

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Dec 14 2013

Vicinia Cafe & Bar- Kemps Corner- Review

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When I heard that Subway had shut down at Kemps Corner I was a bit surprised only to find out that a sweet looking cafe called Vicinia had opened. I did want to try it immediately but never got the chance. Now that I finally did, here I am writing about my experience.

Vicinia Cafe2Food– The menu at Vicinia consists of European and American cuisine. My brother and I wanted to get a taste of everything and so we tried quite a few dishes. As an accompaniment with our food we called for mocktails. I had an Orange Blossom which was quite nice and my brother had a Sparkling Guava drink which was alright. As a starter the first thing that caught my eye was the Cranberry and Goat cheese Crostini. Interesting combination and taste. I totally recommend it! We also tried the Cottage cheese skewers which tasted very good but were too small so it was more like having a starter before a proper starter. I wanted to try the pizza so thought a Margherita would be the best to get an idea. The crust was hard and the pizza sauce was just ok so the pizza overall was a disappointment. The Herbed Rice with Mixed Veggies was superb! It had the right flavours to make it deliciously good! I just wish the portion size of all these dishes was larger. Superb presentation of food otherwise! After a heavy meal, surprisingly I still had space for desserts and so we tried the Gooey Chocolate cake which was yummy. The Berry Ricotta Crumble looked better than it tasted and I would have finished it if it was tastier. I also tried their Classic Cold Coffee which I will recommend because it really was awesome!

Ambience– Located at Kemps Corner, Vicinia is a sweet little cafe and bar that replaced the famous Subway. With a mezzanine floor, Vicinia is adorned with simple and yet comfy-classy furniture. Its actually much larger than it looks from down. Well lit, it gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling and would be a great place to go on a date or simply catch up with a close friend.

Vicinia Cafe1Service– The staff is warm and know their stuff. Our food didn’t take too long to come and there were some nice recommendations from them which helped us pick what we did.

Prices– I wouldn’t say that the items on the menu are well priced because for the quantity you are paying much more. The portion size is small and you would have to call for many items to go out with a full stomach. The Cottage cheese skewers were for Rs.225, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Crostini Rs. 425, the mocktails were for Rs. 150, Margherita pizza was for Rs. 295, Veg Paprika with Herbed Rice was for Rs. 450. The gooey chocolate cake was for Rs. 250 and the Berry Ricotta crumble was for Rs. 200. The Classic cold coffee was for Rs. 135.

Verdict– A great place to meet a friend for a light snack and cold coffee. I recommend their Classic Cold Coffee, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Crostini and Veg paprika with Herbed Rice.

Rating– 3/5

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Dec 13 2013

Jackpot- Movie Review

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Jackpot-posterJackpot? Really? It’s got Sunny Leone! Ok yes, then has to be a Jackpot. Ummm, well not really! Here’s more on that. Ummm, yeah.

Here’s the story- Francis (Sachiin Joshi) and his friends, all conmen decide to con a casino owner by the name of Boss (Naseeruddin Shah). Boss has a hot secretary (Sunny Leone) who falls in love with Francis without knowing his true intentions. She’s also confused about whether she should be on her boss’ side or Francis’ side. A con is planned but doesn’t really go as planned because Boss is one step ahead. But is he?

Ok I was as confused as you are right now. Haha! The story is not thrilling at all and neither does it make any sense. The screenplay worsens it. Luckily it doesn’t go on for too long otherwise I would have walked out without feeling guilty and trust me when I say that because I would never walk out on a movie. The characters lack any depth. Director Kaizad Gustad was probably thinking he’d hit the jackpot with this one, especially by casting Sunny Leone but he fails miserably.

Everything about the film is so B grade. The cinematography is ok. I understand it’s based in Goa but it just seems that the stylists didn’t bother at all. It’s as if the actors picked up clothes from home and wore them. Sunny Leone obviously would be given special treatment being the star in the film. Oh how special! Her makeup in the film is really bad though. All caked up, she looks like a firang trying too hard to be a simple Goan girl. Obviously now the clothes she wears are to create some excitement in this otherwise dull film. Sadly, that doesn’t work either because there’s just one scene in which she strips to her lingerie. Otherwise we just get to see her wearing tight-fitted clothes.

The music in the film is not worth mentioning and neither is the background score. I can’t say much about the performances either.

Sachiin Joshi doesn’t look or act promising one bit. He’s not got that lead actor thing in him and can easily pass off as a side actor whose presence doesn’t make a difference. Sunny Leone was good in Jism 2. I wonder what happened here. She’s nothing but eye candy and if this is going to be her choice in films, she’s had it with her Bollywood career. Naseeruddin Shah might look very interesting with the wig and funny clothes but I think his role was the most boring in this film. Jackpot is probably one of his worst films, acting-wise too. I can say the same thing for Makarand Deshpande. All the other actors don’t do much either except for go with the painful flow of the film.

Jackpot doesn’t hit the jackpot in any department and I can easily say that I wouldn’t recommend this film at all. Waste of time and money!

Rating– 1.5/5

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Dec 13 2013

What The Fish!- Movie Review

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What the fish! posterDimple Kapadia was the only reason for me to watch ‘What the Fish!’ I felt there had to be something about the movie because otherwise we don’t get to see the beautiful actress much. Let me tell you about my experience.

So, (Mausiji) Dimple Kapadia is a lonely divorced mother who leaves her house in Delhi in the hands of her niece for about a month when she goes to meet her son. The most important things in the house are her fish Mishty and a money plant. Leaving that responsibility with full trust, she comes back to find that her house was as it was… many years ago when she was still with her husband. What she doesn’t know is all the mishaps that have occurred in that one month and that her fish and money plant aren’t the same.

I’d like to say that ‘What the fish’ has an interesting story. However, the screenplay isn’t as exciting as it could have been. Perhaps the director tried too hard to say too much. With individual stories in the big picture, he got a little carried away. Even the two hours seemed too long because of how stretched it is. There are some scenes which are repetitive like the one with one scene about a woman in a white saree running out and Dimple Kapadia face palming or everytime a tenant goes to the Fish Store to buy a fish for the aquarium. It could all have been a lot more fun if the movie ended in an hour. But unfortunately it didn’t.

The setting is real, believable and you do get a Delhi vibe. The characters are a big exaggerated and that’s ok but somehow there’s a hotchpotch in the story telling style which stops the smooth flow of the story and thus diverges from the entertaining factor especially in the second half. The styling is simple; with no extra effort paid to making any of the characters look more than what they’re supposed to be. The cinematography could have been a hundred times better. It’s as if a regular video camera was just handed over to someone who can use it and then high contrasts were used in the edit room later. I wish more attention was given to the editing of the overall film.

Anyway, coming to the performances… Dimple Kapadia is superb! As an annoying and nagging ‘mausiji’ she not only convinces but gets into the skin of her character. Even though she’s not there throughout, she has a strong presence. All the other actors too have done a good job. I thought Anand Tiwari’s role was quite funny in its own way and the role completely suits him. The girl who plays his fiancée Gopa – Deepti Pujari is sweet and plays her part with flair. Manjot Singh, Vishal Sharma and Meenal Tyagi are natural and fun to watch.

Overall, an average film with good performances.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Dec 7 2013

Club 60- Movie Review

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Club 60 posterNot very often do you get to watch movies like Club 60. There’s something very endearing about movies like that because they come straight from the heart. So when I read the title, I thought it would be an extremely lame film with a bunch of oldies but I was clearly wrong.

The film tells the story of Tarique (Farooque Sheikh) and his wife Saira (Sarika). They move to Mumbai after their only son dies in a shootout in the U.S. Tarique who was working goes into depression while Saira continues to work to get her mind off what has happened. On a random day, they meet Manubhai (Raghubir Yadav) who is full of life, can be pushy and annoying and wears the most atrocious clothes. He encourages the couple to open up, meet people and become members of Club 60. This Club 60 is not just a place for senior citizens to play a sport or eat food but also to bond and fill the gaps they have in their life.

Director Sanjay Tripathi has done everything right to make a heartfelt film. The story is simple and has a lot of soul. More than anything, the screenplay here works. The characters are well etched out, are relatable and bring a sense of warmth into the story. The dialogues don’t seem forced or fake crating a natural flow and making it fun to watch. There’s not pretence whatsoever in terms of costumes, make up or look of the film.

The camera work is good in parts but otherwise very basic. I also felt that the background music went well with the theme. The music is not bad either but I wish there were fewer songs in the movie. I like the Ghazal-ish song that comes towards the end.

Being an emotional film, the actors had a major role to play. They would either make or break the film. Luckily, the performances are all top rated. Farooque Sheikh and Sarika have great chemistry and are natural actors. It’s lovely to see the emotions on Sarika’s face. So lovable and motherly. Farooque Sheikh too is so good that he says so much without saying anything at all. Raghubir Yadav has a very annoying character to play but he plays it with flair. Towards the end, I did get teary eyed while watching him perform and ended up ignoring his really bad tshirts which he’s worn throughout the film. Sharat Saxena, Tinny Anand and Satish Shah too are fun to watch.

Overall, a sweet and heartwarming film with characters you will love and feel connected to although it is slightly dragged. Go watch with your grandparents!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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