Dec 21 2016

Dangal- Movie Review


2016 has been a good year for Bollywood with movies such as Neerja, Sultan, Rustom, Kahaani 2, Saala Khadoos, Aligarh, Airlift, Udta Punjab, Pink 2, Ki & Ka, Wazir, Kapoor & Sons and Fan, Azhar, Dear Zinadgi and now Dangal.

Dangal works for its focused screenplay and powerful performances by every actor, making it a film that joins the ‘Best movies of 2016’ gang. Go watch!

Rating– 4/5


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Dec 20 2013

Dhoom 3- Movie Review


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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May 3 2013

Bombay Talkies- Movie Review


Bombay-Talkies-posterCelebrating 100 years of cinema with four established film makers and their short films. What more can any movie buff ask for? Here’s my review of four ‘slice of life’ films that are all in some way very ‘Bombay’.

Karan Johar’s short film is about the relationship between a reserved husband, his confident journalist wife and a gay intern. Dibaker Banerjee’s short film is about a father who’s a struggler in life and doesn’t have work but lives to see his daughter smile. Zoya Akhtar’s short film is about a little boy who’s dream is to be a dancer. Anurag Kashyap’s short film is about a man who travels all the way from Allahabad to Mumbai to get Amitabh Bachchan to taste some ‘Murabba’ sent by his unwell father.

Let’s start with Karan Johar’s film first. We’ve only seen glossy, rich films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Student of the year, etc., from Karan Johar and everything’s always larger than life. But in Bombay Talkies, the characters, the setting, the story is so real that you’d be surprised that it’s made by him. I wish he’d do more films like this one. The cinematography in some scenes is lovely! The performances are superb! Rani Mukherji without a doubt stands out. Saqib Saleem was very ok in his previous films but is very convincing in this one. Randeep Hooda also played his part well. Even with its predictability, the film is well paced and has high entertainment value.

The next one is Dibaker Banerjee’s film which is slightly heavier as compared to the first one. Nizamuddin Siddiqui is a brilliant actor and he proves it time and again with every film he does. This one is no exception. The entire look of the film is strikingly real. All the actors look their part and deliver great performances. I love the cinematography from start to finish! The shadows, lighting, the angles all make the film a delight to watch.

Now, I personally am not a Zoya Akhtar fan but there’s something that draws you in while you’re watching this short film, probably the story. The beginning of the film was quite ‘filmy’ but I liked the end. Ranvir Shorey plays the little boy’s father but I felt he didn’t look or act the part convincingly enough. I can imagine Ram Kapoor acting like the tough daddy. The little boy and girl are a delight to watch. The Katrina Kaif as an angel part is quite lame. The camera work is simple.

Last but not the least; Anurag Kashyap’s short film is a bit of a disappointment. After seeing his work in the past, you’d expect better. The story is good but a bit of a drag. I felt quite restless while watching it, perhaps because it got a bit repetitive. The actor Vineet Kumar is decent but doesn’t have the screen presence to hold your attention. The camera work in this too is simple.

Bombay Talkies is a great concept with great individual stories. I’d love to watch more such movies in the future made by other film makers and artists.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012


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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Nov 30 2012

Talaash- Movie Review


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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Jul 1 2011

Delhi Belly- Movie Review


I’ve been so looking forward to coming back and writing my review of Delhi Belly only because the movie is simply awesome and no one should miss it!

So what’s it about? Well, Imran Khan, Kunal Roy Kapoor and Vir Das live together in a not-so-clean-and-hygienic apartment in Delhi. They’re ambitionless, lazy and are struggling to pay off their rent. With a mistake in dropping off the right package to the right person, these three land themselves into a crazy mess involving diamonds, a brand new car, gundas and a bad belly through it all.

Delhi Belly according to me was just superb! From the beginning to the end, I was hooked on, in spite of the poor sound quality at Eros theatre, in spite of 4 annoying college kids talking about some stupid chat messages on FB behind me and in spite of not having seen the trailer before. I’d say it’s a movie for the youth of today from the big cities. The language, the setting, the dialogues and everything is very today and unpretentiously cool.

The director Abhinay Deo, the scriptwriter, the editor, the DOP and the entire cast and crew of Delhi Belly have done a brilliant job! For the first time I thought Imran Khan was perfect for the role and he’s done full justice to it. Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor are superb actors and made me laugh like crazy throughout the film. The ‘tatti’ scene was hilarious among other scenes. I didn’t think any actor in the film was added for the heck of it. They all added up to making the movie what it is. Even Shenaz Treasurywala, Vijay Raaz and Poorna Jagannathan are worth a mention for their performances.

I also felt that the music is unique and not something I’d listen to on my playlist but it’s perfect for the film and each song has been placed perfectly such that it doesn’t seem random.

Overall, Delhi Belly is pure adulterated fun, entertainment and awesomeness. This is what movies are all about! You’d be a fool to miss it!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Jan 21 2011

Dhobi Ghat- Movie Review


You walk in for a film starring Aamir Khan with a lot of expectations and more often than not, you aren’t disappointed. But after walking out of the theatre, I heard someone say, while he was on a call with someone else, “Yaar yeh pichar ekdum bakwas hai! Koi paisa de, toh bhi mat dekhna!”  So my review would have been slightly different had I not heard that statement. Here’s my take on the movie.

Dhobi Ghat is a film that revolves around 4 main characters in Mumbai. Arun (Aamir Khan) a painter, Shai (Monica Dogra) a photographer, Munna (Prateik Babbar) a dhobi and Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra) a young Muslim married girl whom we see through recorded videos which she made for her brother. The movie is about their lives and how each of them, even though from different backgrounds have a few things in common- loneliness, passion for what they do everyday and the idea of love and belonging.

Honestly speaking, this movie is not for everyone. Where most people would think it’s an Aamir Khan movie toh commercial hoga, entertaining hoga and all that jazz but the fact is that it’s not. The film is a Kiran Rao film and Aamir Khan is just a part of it; which is what I liked about it. He doesn’t eat up the whole movie like all the other movies he’s done. All the characters have been woven very well, keeping in mind their own story in the story. As a director, Kiran Rao has toyed with the camera with a natural and real setting and brought out a different look and feel to each character’s individual story.

I think all the actors have acted very realistically and very well, except for Monica Dogra who, I think can’t act. Prateik Babbar was superb! Aamir Khan was brilliant as usual even though his character was not over-the-top. Kriti Malhotra who I remember was a Roadie once, was good.

The background music is perfect for the movie and the fact that there was no interval really works. It keeps you hooked.

Now coming to the part about a lot of people not liking it… This is not a movie for the masses. It’s a movie for those who like movies that make you think. There’s a lot of silence, a lot of rawness in the camera work and the entire feel of the film which cannot come under the label of “entertaining”. It’s just nice. That’s it. Now, only if you think it’s your cup of tea, watch it. I toh liked it.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Aug 14 2010

Peepli [Live]- Movie Review


Since the time I saw the trailer, I’ve been waiting to watch it. Keeping in mind the non-star cast, a lot of my friends just disagreed to go watch it, but you know me… I’d have watched it anyway.  I’m so glad I did!

If you see the trailer, it tells you almost everything. 2 farmer brothers in a village learn that on committing suicide, their family would get a sum of 1 lakh as compensation from the government. One of them smartly convinces the other to commit suicide in order to get the large sum of money. But sadly, the media hears about it and then the politicians take advantage of this situation to get more votes. Peepli Live is a humorous take on this subject.

It is one of those movies in the recent time which breaks through the clutter. After a number of really bad movies, Peepli Live is a refreshing change.  The setting, characters and costumes feel so real. Keeping in mind a village and its people, the director, Anusha Rizvi decided to go with stage actors instead of stars and has given us a real good film! There’s no glamour quotient added (item song) to make the movie sell. What really makes this movie sell is the content. The concept is different, new and has been executed beautifully. Even the language spoken doesn’t sound fake or not-village-like. I love how besides the comedy based on Nattha and him getting all the media attention, they’ve shown a hard working farmer, slogging his ass at the field and making just about 15-20 rupees a day dies a sad death alone and no one cares.  Overall, the movie is pretty entertaining if not entirely gripping. The music is of course, not the types you’d listen to on you IPod, but it goes very well with the movie.

I wont say Peepli Live is great but it is one of those movies which deserves due credit for the story, direction and acting. We all know that Aamir Khan invests his time and money in the right things only. Don’t miss this one!

Rating– 3.5/5

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