Aug 22 2014

Mardaani- Movie Review


mardaani posterRani Mukherji Chopra is back with a bang! Long overdue but Mardaani is totally worth it! Here’s more.

Plot in short– Shivani (Rani Mukherji) works for the Mumbai Crime Branch and is always on the lookout for criminals that cause a menace in the city. Things get steamed up when a Drugs and Human Trafficker (Tahir Bhasin) who has been picking up young girls kidnaps her adopted niece Pyaari.

The Good– Rani Mukherji Chopra is definitely a major plus point for the film. Like Vidya Balan, she has the capability to carry the entire film on her shoulders. Even in an entirely deglamorised avatar, she looks great! We have seen too many actors playing cops but she’s one female actor who wins you over with her effortless acting. Tahir Bhasin who plays the bad guy is superb! He’s convincing and does make you hate him. All the other performances too are up to the mark and bring the movie forward. Director Pradeep Sarkar along with his entire team has created a film that must be watched by all. With a hard hitting subject like human trafficking, he brings out all the emotions that should be brought out while watching a film. The good thing is that there isn’t too much drama. The screenplay is well paced and well written. The cinematography by Artur Zurawski is top notch. About the music, I loved the fact that there were no songs during the course of the film. The one at the end was a brilliant composition and went well with the theme of the film. It focused on one thing alone, not diverting to any other subjects and got over in two hours.

The Bad– I can’t say that I disliked anything. To be honest, I quite enjoyed the entire experience and felt proud to be a woman at the end of the film. Yes but I do wish there were some twists and moments of suspense to make things more exciting.

Verdict– A great concept, well executed with some brilliant performances. Watch it, especially for Rani Mukherji Chopra!

Rating– 3.5/5


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Jul 25 2014

Kick- Movie Review


kick movie posterI have been down with a viral flu and resting at home since the past 4 days! I must have seen atleast 6-7 movies on TV because that’s how bored I was! Luckily Kick released and I got to go watch my Salman Khan on big screen! I was really looking forward to watching Kick after Jai Ho. Another film in Salman Khan’s 100 crore club? Ummm maybe!

Plot in Short– Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) is a 40 yr old unemployed genius who doesn’t dedicate himself to one place of work simply because it doesn’t give him the ‘kick’. His relationship with Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) doesn’t last because she wants to be with someone more stable in his career. After parting ways, he begins to take life seriously and now has a purpose- to make lots of money by stealing from the rich only on festival days, mind you; and help the children who need medical treatment (Being Human/ Robinhood?) by hiding under a mask and calling himself ‘Devil’ while Jacqueline decides to forget him, continue working as a psychiatrist and get married to a cop (Randeep Hooda) who is chasing Salman. Sigh!

The Good– Salman Khan is the number one reason to watch Kick. He’s not got many applause-worthy dialogues and neither is his performance exceptional in this one but with the French beard he takes all the ‘Hot’ points. Jacqueline Fernandez only had one expression throughout and she really tried but all she could do was look pretty. Randeep Hooda was actually the best where acting is concerned. Apart from that, to be honest, I can’t find too many reasons. The first half is very different from the second half. I personally thought the second half made more sense and had some substance as opposed to the first half. The chase sequences were well done. Also, the cinematography in general is very good. Kudos to Ayananka Bose and Alexander Witt. The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not bad at all. I like the songs ‘Yaar na miley’ and ‘Jhumme ke raat’. The styling is good.

The Not-so-Good– So besides the good things, the not-so-good list is quite long. Starting with debutant director Sajid Nadiadwala’s work as a director, the story, the screenplay, the editing, and the ‘Hangover’ song. Bleh! I was pretty disappointed because the message was good but the execution not-so-good. It reminded me films like Dhoom, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Jai Ho, etc. I wish it was more original.

Verdict– Unfortunately not a Paisa Vasool film. You can watch it for ‘Kicks’ if you’re a Salman Khan fan and you looooove him like me. He gets half a mark for being Salman Khan in an otherwise flop film.

Rating– 2/5

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Jul 18 2014

Hate Story 2- Movie Review


I can easily say that Hate Story 2 is the twisted- corny- and- B grade- female version of Ghajini and it’s not worth your time.

Rating- 2/5

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Jul 16 2014

Jamjar Diner, Versova- Review


Oh I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to try Jamjar Diner since the time it opened. Unfortunately, the distance (South Mumbai to Versova) was just too much. Luckily, I had to go shopping that side and so Fash and I just decided that we’d just go! Bahut ho gaya!

Jamjar diner  foodFood– Jam Jar serves Italian, American and Mexican food apart from various drinking options. We had gone for lunch and were super hungry so we decided to quickly call for a starter that they recommended – JJ’s Chili Cheese toast. Ok so it was nice but not the best I’ve had. With ketchup, oregano and chilli flakes, it tasted better. For main course I decided to call for the Basil Pesto+ Feta+ Roasted Veggies sandwich. Now it smelled really good and was stuffed with veggies but tastewise, it was quite bland and there was barely any feta. After having half the sandwich I decided that some more feta was needed to improve the taste and thankfully, it got a lot better. Fash had the Chimichurri Grilled chicken and she loved it. For drinks, I had a good old Chocolate milkshake. Trust me; it was just too good to be true! One glass just ain’t enough! Fash decided to go healthy and had the Carrot+Apple+Ginger juice which was nice and refreshing. She also called for the Smoked Paprika Fries which were just perfect. After eating so much we were quite full but couldn’t go without trying a dessert. We wanted to try the Flower Pot Surprise (Brownies, marshmallows & ice cream) but ended up having the Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Mousse which was absolutely delicious, especially the salted caramel at the bottom! So, the food overall was tasty, well presented but slightly bland.

Ambience– Located at Versova, Andheri West, Jamjar Diner place gets full marks for its ambience. Skillfully decorated, you will find something new to look at everytime you go there, especially because there is so much to see! Lots of vintage and classic looking furniture and accessories with lovely colours everywhere. The vibe is positive and fun and that translates into an experience that is such. You’ll find randome things like a Jukebox, Mango Bites, a gramophone, old Tv set, ancient looking barni, pots, pans, plates, tools, a goldfish in a glass bowl and so much more. All of it adds character and makes Jamjar Diner an interesting place to kill time, especially if your friend’s late.

Jamjar diner, VersovaService– I was quite happy with the service. These guys know their stuff and will help you choose something nice, especially if you’re there for the first time. Our waiter was nice. We were stuffed and still wanted to have the Flower Pot dessert. He told us that it would get too heavy for us so go for something lighter; which is exactly what we did.

Prices– The prices are slightly on the higher side. You would end up spending about 800 bucks per head without alcohol. Jamjar’s Chilli Cheese toast was for Rs. 225 which I felt was a bit overpriced. The Veg sandwich that I had was for Rs. 295. The Chimichurri Grilled Chicken was for Rs. 312. The Smoked Paprika fries were for Rs. 156. The awesome Chocolate milkshake was for Rs. 156 and the Carrot, apple and ginger juice was for Rs. 174. The dark chocolate & salted caramel mousse was for Rs. 174. So our bill came up to Rs. 1720 including taxes and service charge.

Verdict– Jamjar Diner is sweet and has such a positive vibe that you’d want to visit again and again even though the food is slightly bland and the prices a little high. You must have their chocolate milkshake!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jul 13 2014

Dawn of the planet of the apes- Movie Review


Highly engaging and action packed screenplay from start to finish, Dawn of the planet of the apes is a well made movie with superb computer graphics and performances.

Rating- 3.5/5

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Jul 11 2014

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania- Movie Review


Humpty Sharma ki dulhania posterI had no hopes when I saw the trailer of Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania. Somehow, it looked like a really bad romantic comedy that would fall flat on its face. Surprise! Surprise! It was actually worth it! Here’s more.

Plot in Short– Small town girl Kavya’s (Alia Bhatt) life is about to change as her father (Ashutosh Rana) decides to get her married to a NRI, Angad (Siddharth Shukla). Things take a complete 360 degrees turn when Delhi boy Humpty (Varun Dhawan) enters her life. Kya Humpty Sharma dulhania le jaayega?

The Good– What makes the film fun to watch is that the screenplay keeps you engrossed. Very well written and very much in sync with today’s times, the dialogues are quirky and relatable. Lots of sarcasm too which makes it fun to watch. Very well directed by Shashank Khaitan, Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania is entertaining throughout. Superb performances by Alia and Varun who share great chemistry on screen. The supporting cast too has done a great job! I must mention that the cinematography is beautiful and so is the art direction. Lovely colours. Alia Bhatt’s stylist, make up artist and hairstylist are brilliant! They have made her look gorgeous throughout. The music is ok but the song ‘Samjhavan’ is amazing, beautifully penned and playlist-worthy.

The Not-so-Good– There’s barely anything that I didn’t like in the movie. I actually really enjoyed watching the whole damn thing without getting bored. But yes, the music could have been better for sure. Also, I felt that Siddharth Shukla seemed a little out of place even though he’s subtle and simple as an actor.

Verdict– A great romantic comedy for everyone to watch!

Rating– 4/5

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Jul 4 2014

Bobby Jasoos- Movie Review


Vidya Balan chose a great film once again with a highly engaging screenplay but it could have had a better climax and better editing.

Rating- 3.5/5


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Jul 4 2014

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil- Movie Review


A surprisingly light hearted and entertaining romantic comedy for the youth with decent performances by the debutantes Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth which will remind you of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.

Rating- 3.5/5


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Jun 28 2014

Kirith’s Patisserie, Byculla- Review


I’m a total junk food and dessert person so it was no surprise that I was super excited to try Kirith’s Patisserie at Byculla.

What I had:

Kirith's pastries1 Chocolate heaven (Rs. 70) – Rich chocolate pastry that’s hard to share! Truly heavenly! Must have!

Death by Chocolate (Rs. 65) – Not as deathly as I wished it was. The cake was not very soft and it didn’t taste that great.

Black & White Forest (Rs. 60) – Soft, creamy and nice. Lots of cherries!

Walnut Brownie (Rs. 60) – Not the best brownie I’ve had but this one’s loaded with walnuts and is quite tasty. Not bad for the price.

Chocolate tart (Rs. 50) – Yum! Worth having for sure!

Kirith's tarts1Veg puff (Rs. 40) – Superb! Loved the crispiness of the puff and the taste of corn, spinach and cheese inside. Really good!

Veg pizza slice (Rs. 50) – The bread was a little chewy but not bad overall.

Green Goddess Burger (Rs. 50) – Avoidable. I’d go eat the burger from Mc Donald’s instead.

Kirith's savouriesWhere? I had called for all the items at home but was not too happy with that service so it would be better to just go to their outlet. They’re located at Byculla, near St. Mary’s school, opposite Mazgaon court. You can call them on 022 67303649.

Verdict– Kirith’s Patisserie is a bit of this and that. If you happen to be around Byculla, do go there and have their Chocolate heaven pastry or Veg Puff.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jun 27 2014

Ek Villain- Movie Review


ek-villain-movie-posterFrom the looks of it, Ek Villain looked like a must watch film, especially because it seemed like a good ‘thriller’. How thrilling was it? You’re just about to find out.

Plot in short– Guru (Siddharth Malhotra), a gangster because of circumstances and Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) fall in love and are married. The love story loses balance when a psychopath serial killer (Riteish Deshmukh) kills Aisha. When his lover becomes the latest victim of the serial killer, Guru blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.

The Good– Riteish Deshmukh takes the cake for performing like a star. He is very talented and should definitely be seen in more films. Siddharth Malhotra is a complete hotty and I have a huge crush on him. Haha! Besides the looks part, he’s acted well too. I like that he’s not too filmy or melodramatic. He’s got the potential to do some serious shit. Shraddha Kapoor has acted better than what she did in Aashiqui 2 so yeah that’s a good thing too. Aamna Shariff too played the wife effortlessly. Now, the story didn’t appeal to me much but if you watch the film you can get two different stories which would have worked better than this. I think if just Riteish’s story was taken along with Aamna Shariff and the various other characters, it would make for a better watch. The styling and make up is top notch. The cinematography is lovely in parts and average in some. The music is soothing to the ears. I like the song ‘Teri galliyan’ a lot.

The Not-so-Good– The screenplay and dialogues are a bit messed up. The direction contributes to it. Some scenes are super corny like the part when the nurse checks Riteish Deshmukh’s pulse, declares him dead and when an injection is stabbed into his heart, he wakes up with a jolt. Quite stupid eh? Yeah, many more such stupid scenes in the movie to laugh at. Kamaal R. Khan was very annoying as expected. I also felt that the editing could have been crisper.

Verdict– Corny and barely thrilling, Ek Villain works because of the performances, especially by Riteish Deshmukh.

Rating– 2.5/5

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