Feb 12 2016

Fitoor- Movie Review


Fitoor posterIn Kamaal R Khan’s words, “What a Wahiyat, Ghatiya, Pakaoo film #Fitoor! It will beat #BombayVelvet easily. Abhishek has defeated Anurag Kashyap by far”. So, I thought it would be boring and slow too but that’s ‘cause sometimes movies like these that look too ‘artsy’ turn out to be complete rubbish. Now, here’s how it turned out to be for real.

Plot in short– As a young boy from Kashmir, Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) falls in love with Begum Hazrat’s (Tabu) daughter Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) and she too somewhere has feelings for him. They are separated when Firdaus moves to London for further studies. When he’s old enough to make a living, Begum makes Noor meet the gorgeous, sexy and totally different Firdaus in Delhi, where she now lives. She helps him make a career out of his passion that is art and painting and pushes him to go after Firdaus about whom he’s already smitten. Will their love stand the test of time and materialize into something?

The Good– One thing about Fitoor you can’t deny is that it is visually stunning! The snow falling like musical notes onto their faces, the houses, Begum Hazrat’s creepy yet beautiful mansion, Katrina’s red hair, Aditya’s body and natural acting which we have never seen before, Tabu…everything about her, the dialogues, the soulful music, the red and yellow dry leaves dancing around with the breeze… There’s basically a lot of beauty in the look and feel of the film which I loved. What I like about director Abhishek Kapoor is that like in Rock On and Kai Po Che, he makes sure his characters are well sketched and each stands out from the other making their own presence felt in the film. With Fitoor too, Tabu’s sadness is seen in the way she’s lying on the diwan, smoking sheesha and the longing she has in her eyes for love. I also absolutely loved Aditi Rao Hydari. She’s one of the understated actresses in Bollywood and I think she should get more recognition.

The Not-so-good– Although the film moves at a pace of its own, it could have been crisper in terms of screenplay and editing. I can’t really think of anything major that I did not like because there was so many wonderful things to watch.

Verdict– With a fairytale-ish feel to it, Fitoor is engrossing, visually  beautiful and Tabu is just brilliant!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jan 8 2016

Wazir- Movie Review


wazir movie posterWhat happens when you put Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar together? Either they both sing in their unconventional- singer voices or both completely engross you with their acting skills and take you with them on an interesting journey. I feel lucky to have experienced both in the film Wazir. Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Danish (Farhan Akhtar), an ATS officer loses his four year old daughter Noorie while trying to fight a terrorist. This makes him so angry and driven that he single handedly kills the terrorist in a shoot out. This step makes him lose his job and he is suspended. A chance meeting with a physically challenged, retired chess champion Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) makes him realize that there’s a politician involved in terrorist activities and he must be finished.

The Good– Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi are the true heroes here. They’ve written a top notch screenplay that works well in director Bejoy Nambiar’s favour.  Fast paced and thrilling, Wazir will not bore you one bit in spite of the underlying sadness in the characters that is with you throughout. Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar play a huge role in accomplishing that. Aditi Rao Hydari, despite her small role shines through. Neil Nitin Mukesh is getting better and more convincing with every film as the bad guy. The music in the film is nice and hummable. I came back home to listen to ‘Tere bin’ by Shantanu Moitra, sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal in their soulful voices.

The Not-so-Good– The chess bit might just be overdone a bit more than my liking. Apart from that, there’s not much that I think was not that good except for maybe that the second half of the film is slightly slow compared to the first half.

Verdict– Wazir is a good thriller that has some incredible performances. Go watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jul 3 2015

Guddu Rangeela- Movie Review


With a thin plot, Guddu Rangeela manages to bring out the best in the screenplay, direction and performances making it a decent Bollywood entertainer.

Rating- 3/5


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Oct 16 2013

Boss- Movie Review


Boss posterWho would’ve thought that Boss would be a paisa vasool entertainer? Only Akshay Kumar fans, of course! Well, I’m not much of an Akshay Kumar fan, to be honest. Anyway, here goes my review.

Boss tells the story of Surya (Akshay Kumar) who grew up with his father (Mithun Chakraborthy) and brother Shiv (Shiv Pandit) but due to some mishaps, was thrown out of his house and so started living with a gangster Big Boss (Danny Denzongpa) who then named him Boss. A situation arises where bad cop (Ronit Roy) is harassing his real brother Shiv because he’s in love with sister Ankita (Aditi rao Hydari). The father is no match for the cop and has no option but to hire a gangster to get rid of the bad cop, influenced by a politician. The gangster turns out to be his own son- Surya a.k.a Boss.

I must say that director Anthony D’souza has worked in perfect tandem with his production team and technical department. The story is a little lengthy with dialogues that aren’t the best but they do crack you up. There’s a scene in which Akshay Kumar wipes his forehead and some sweat falls on the grass. A plant shoots up. Man says, “Paseene mein itna power ke plant ug gaya?” to which Akshay Kumar says, “Issey ‘Power plant’ kehte hain”.  So yes, now you know what to expect! Haha! I did laugh a lot at this one though and immediately sent it to a couple of friends on Whatsapp who gave me gaalis for it!

The screenplay is a bit shaky but still makes an entertaining film because of so many things put together. The action sequences for one are brilliant! Action director Anal Arasu has done a great job, especially the last action sequence. Cinematographer Laxman Utekar has worked his magic with the camera and the slow motion shots look beautiful! The way he’s captured every frame makes the film look very rich. Also the background score and sound effects work miraculously with the flow of the film. Good job Sandeep Shirodkar and Leslie Fernandes!

I just felt that the music was average. The songs ‘Har kisiko’ and ‘Boss’ stand out and have been shot very well. The costumes are good except for the stupid looking ‘Boss ring’ Akshay Kumar keeps flashing throughout the movie.

Coming to the best part about the film… the performances. This is one of those films where the hero and villain must have great screen chemistry and we get to see exactly that. Ronit Roy is perfect as the bad cop and super convincing. Akshay Kumar is good as Boss and the way he does the action scenes is just fantastic! Shiv Pandit is natural and gives a good performance. Mithun Chakraborthy and Danny Denzongpa are superb! I also thought that the young Akshay Kumar did a great job too. Aditi Rao Hydari is not too bad either. In short, every actor in this film contributes largely into making it a performance-driven film.

Overall, Boss is a paisa vasool entertainer on the lines of Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore and Singham and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was slightly long.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Feb 15 2013

Murder 3- Movie Review


Murder-3-posterMurder 2 was quite bad and I wasn’t expecting much from Murder 3 but I went only because I thought Murder was good. Ha! Now, coming to my review…

Randeep Hooda is a photographer with a steady girlfriend- Aditi Rao Hydari. His job demands him to shift to India from South Africa and he does exactly that. Girlfriend tags along. While he’s working, she becomes suspicious of him having an affair with a hairstylist. Due to that, she decides to leave him and goes missing. Enters new girlfriend- Sara Loren who he starts dating within days of his previous girlfriend going missing. She stays with him in his house and notices scary things happening and suspects there’s a ghost in the house. But everything changes in the second half and I wont reveal any of it to you.

I don’t want to reveal the second half because that is what makes the movie worth watching. The first half of the movie is so stupid that you’ll find yourself laughing at quite a few scenes which are supposed to be serious. It’s as if both the halves of the movie were directed by two different directors. The twist at the end was definitely a good surprise and I liked that it ended that way. The cinematography is very good, the make up could have been better for Aditi Rao Hydari in the second half. The styling is good but Randeep Hooda’s hairdo doesn’t suit him or make him look younger.

I kind of missed Emraan Hashmi who’s become an almost permanent member of every Bhatt movie but seems like Randeep Hooda is the second best option for an actor who also does steamy scenes. I felt this was one of Hooda’s weakest performances. Aditi Rao Hydari looks sweet and also acted sweetly. She’s got good screen presence. Sara Loren looks good in parts in the movie and delivers a decent performance.

The music is hummable just like all the other Bhatt movies but not something I’d listen to everyday. For me Murder 3 is a good thriller which could have been way better with better direction in the first half of the movie.

Rating– 3/5

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