Oct 24 2014

Happy New Year- Movie Review

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happynewyear-posterI was more excited to watch Happy New Year for Farah Khan than for Shahrukh or Deepika. Somehow, Farah Khan’s films are the extremely corny, masala films which are my favourites! Does this fall into the ‘Watch’ or ‘Miss’ category? You’re just about to find out.

Plot in short– Charlie (Shahrukh Khan) avenges his father’s death by hiring a bunch of nuts for robbing diamonds worth 300 crores at the Atlantis, Dubai.

The Good– If you’re a masala movie fan like me, you will definitely enjoy Happy New Year for its over-the-top comedy, extra fillmy punches and colours. Her style defines Bollywood in its true sense, making the audience at single screens blow seetis and maaro taalis whenever Shahrukh Khan or Deepika Padukone appear on screen whether its showing his six pack or the way she moves her body to the tune of ‘Lovely’. The music and dance in the film complement the screenplay which is kind of crazy. There are many LOL moments, mostly stupid ones and some gross ones (like when Abhishek Bachchan vomits all over the people while doing the Dahi Handi).  For a film like this which doesn’t make sense (‘cause you’re making the most of the journey rather than the final product), it’s ok to have average actors because script is king. Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah, Anupam Kher and Jackie Shroff are all good actors and have done a good job but nothing worth winning an award for! The dances have been choreographed really well! Superb locations, gorgeous sets and brilliant styling make for a very glamourous looking film.

The Not-so-good– This film is clearly for the masses and I wouldn’t urge people to go watch it unless you’re a fan of this genre. However, I wish the story wasn’t dragged so much. It felt like it would never end! Also, I wish there was more emphasis given to the story. If dancers like them would win world-level dance competitions, the real dancers would forget what dance really is.

Verdict– A typical Farah Khan film that could have been better in so many ways and yet was fun to watch. Not bad but not that great either. So it may not be a ‘Paisa vasool’ film but it definitely is a Timepass film which I enjoyed.

Rating– 3/5

 

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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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Jul 6 2012

Bol Bachchan- Movie Review

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I didn’t have a good feeling about Bol Bachchan ever since I saw the trailer because it looked really stupid. Whether it’s unbearably stupid or bearably stupid you’re just about to find out.

Ok in one line, to get into Ajay Devgn’s good books and get a good salary, Abhishek Bachchan starts off with a lie…

The dialogues are horrible, especially Ajay Devgn’s. I feel so bad for Rohit Shetty because after giving us hits like the Golmaal series, All the Best and superhit Singham, Bol Bachchan is like a slap in the face! The action sequences are typically Rohit Shetty type with cars flying and all that jazz but they look too made up just for the heck of it. Also, I felt that the comedy was a little too over-the-top and not funny at all!

The styling is superb! I loved everything Prachi Desai and Ajay Devgan wore. Asin’s hairdo was different and looked quite good on her. Good camera work too. The music sucks!

The thing with this movie is that there are good actors but the screenplay and dialogues screwed it up. Abhishek Bachchan was superb as Abbas the pansy! The only scenes I probably laughed at must be the ones in which he plays that character. I loved Prachi Desai’s performance as always. She’s subtle and looks beautiful. Ajay Devgn was good too but there was nothing different for him to do. All the other supporting actors were either from Comedy Circus or a part of all the earlier Rohit Shetty films and no doubt they’re good.

Overall, Bol Bachchan was boring and a waste of time. A sincere request. Don’t watch this movie. Please.

Rating– 1.5/5

 

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Jul 4 2012

Bol Bachchan- Movie Preview

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Bol Bachchan releases on 6th July 2012. Here’s my reaction after watching the trailer and my expectations from the film.

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Jan 6 2012

Players- Movie Review

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Painfully long but entertaining and well shot with pakao music by Pritam and Neil Nitin Mukesh’s best performance yet!

Rating- 3/5

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Apr 21 2011

Dum Maaro Dum- Movie Review

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The reason I went to watch this movie is Abhishek Bachchan. I think he’s a brilliant actor no matter what people say. What I thought about the movie is irrelevant then…Ok no, read read! 😛

Dum in hindi refers to drugs. So the movie is based on that. Basically, Prateik Babbar has a girlfriend who gets a scholarship but he doesn’t and can’t afford to pay the fees of the University he wants to go to. He gets involved exporting drugs and is sent to juvenile prison when Abhishek Bachchan, the police officer in charge catches him at the Goa Airport. Joki, Rana Daggubati, a musician has an aspiring air hostess, Bipasha Basu as his girlfriend who is ambitious but is forced to take help from a drug mafia (Aditya Pancholi) in Goa who bribes her into exporting drugs if she wants to fulfill her ambition of being an air hostess. As the movie progresses we move deeper into the plot and see the power of the drug mafia.

Supposedly a thiller, I didn’t think it was that thrilling. The background music only has Dum Maaro Dum ka starting ka tune and Midival Punditz have taken credit for that. The story falls flat because there’s no proper build-up of the plot. They were trying too hard to put in love stories and songs to make the movie a little light which sort of takes away from the main story about the whole drug mafia scene. So even though the movie is just about 2 hrs and 15 mins, it seems incredibly long! They could have made it so much more classy and interesting!

The actors apart from Abhishek Bachchan and Prateik Babbar are quite bad. This Rana guy is just too bland and has an expressionless voice. Bipasha looks hot but that’s it.

The music by Pritam is not bad. I like the songs ‘Te Amo’ and ‘Mit jaaye gham’.

According to me, Dum Maaro Dum lacks dum. I didn’t have great expectations anyway!

Rating– 2/5

 

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Apr 1 2011

Game- Movie Review

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Abhishek Bachchan for me is one of the best actors in Bollywood. He has so much potential it’s not even funny! And that’s one of the reasons I had to watch this movie! For him.

So basically, Game is a thriller. The main plot is that Sarah Jane is killed and Anupam Kher (her father) makes Abhishek Bachchan, Jimmy Shergill, Boman Irani and Shahana Goswami meet him at his private island in Greece to solve the murder mystery and punish the guilty. But since it’s a thriller, there are mysteries that unfold every few minutes and swerve you away from the main plot to make it seem twisted.

Twisted it is. They’ve tried to make it like an Abbas-Mastaan movie, filled with interesting twists but all we got to see was annoying sub-plots throughout! The actors have all done a good job and tried to look convincing with whatever they could give to the story but it just does not seem like a “Game”. I loved the locations and the cinematography! The background score reminded me of Inception’s. The music by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy is just ok. I just felt that they could have made this a huge hit if there was something different about it. The trailers made it look awesome but it just didn’t live up to those expectations. Game was just ok for me.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jun 18 2010

Raavan- Movie Review

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Got home half drenched after watching Raavan…Ok no, it’s the mad rain! So now here’s what I thought of the movie.

Simple story, similar to the epic tale Ramayana, Raavan is sort of an adaptation based in today’s times in some village in India. According to me, Main Ratnam has done a fairly good job. The story could’ve been better but there are other things in the movie that are superb.

Abhishek Bachchan who plays Beera in the movie is abso-fu**in-lutely brilliant! I have never seen an actor put so much life in to a character. He’s got a slightly negative role in the movie and has done it so well; he deserves a Filmfare for it! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the other hand was very ok and really needs to work on her acting skills. As for Govinda, I think this was the first time I’ve seen him do a character role and he was pretty decent… He’s usually trying to act like a stud otherwise (which he clearly is NOT!)

The cinematography by Santosh Sivan is so good that you’d actually feel like visiting all the places the film has been shot at. Beautiful visuals! The music- songs and background score- bloody awesome!  I have no words to describe what a genius A.R Rahman is! I love the way Behene De is shot;  it’s made me love the song even more! I wish there was more of Ranjha Ranjha though!

But to be honest, this movie belongs to Abhishek Bachchan for his stellar performance. He, without a doubt really is one of the best actors we have in Bollywood!

I know a lot of reviews for this movie by other movie critics and people might be negative, but it’s really not that bad. The experience was great and I’m so glad I saw Raavan!  If you love movies, do watch this.

Rating- 3/5

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