Jul 6 2016

Sultan- Movie Review

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Sultan poster‘Khoon mein teri mitti, mitti mein tera khoon. Upar allah, neeche dharti, beech mein tera junoon…Aye Sultan!’

Just when you thought Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s got to be his best performance till date, Salman Khan gives us Sultan. And what a film it is!

Plot in short– Sultan (Salman Khan), a young man without an aim in life falls in love with a wrestler Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) who wants her husband to be a strong, dedicated wrestler too, just like her father. To win her heart and some respect, he works hard and becomes a world class wrestler. After a few years of being married and having great wrestling careers, Sultan’s arrogance goes up with his popularity while Anushka must leave wrestling to start a family. Things go awfully wrong and Sultan loses Aarfa and his purpose in life. A few years later, he gets an opportunity to wrestle again, only at a deadlier level. Will he risk it all to bring his old life back?

The Good– Salman Khan! Man! Every Eid he’s just been giving us brilliant films! Sultan too, without a doubt falls into that category. I’m not saying this just cause I’m a huge fan of his but seriously, he’s just doing better films and his performances are so much more real. This is probably the first time he’s done a role as inspiring as this and his hard work clearly shows; whether it’s his Haryanvi accent or the way he expresses himself when he looks at his fat belly in the mirror or the way he wrestles. Anushka Sharma plays a simple girl and totally rocks the look. She’s also so sincere in her performance that you can’t help but love her. Ali Abbas Zafar, whose directed movies like Gunday and Mere Brother ki Dulhan has outdone himself in Sultan. The screenplay is gripping and interesting, the film is well shot, the fight sequences are decent, and the music by Vishal and Shekhar is great. I can’t really tell which one’s my favourite song cause they’re all so good. I love the choreography in the songs. Especially that ‘bum step’ from ‘Baby ko bas pasand hai’. I could watch Salman do that step a million times and never get sick of it! The background score too is fantastic! The supporting cast plays an equally important part in making sure there’s never a dull moment. The actor who plays Salman’s best friend- (Anant Sharma) is one to watch out for! Great talent! Randeep Hooda has a small role but a great screen presence and performance. Amit Sadh is there in bits and parts and is good.

The Not-so-good– Except for the length of the movie which is two hours and 50 minutes (lots of Salman time which is not a bad thing for fans like me), there’s really not that much I can point out that would make this film any less awesome.

Verdict– Sultan is a must watch! Don’t ask why. Just go watch it and then come back and thank me.

Rating– 4/5

 

 

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Aug 22 2014

Mardaani- Movie Review

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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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Mar 17 2013

Mere Dad ki Maruti- Movie Review

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Mere Dad Ki Maruti posterI should’ve known that naming movies after cars would become a trend. Why, of course! Its movie full of advertising for them! Here’s what I think about the 1 hr 40 mins car ad!

Ram Kapoor is a strict father to a lallu son Saqib Saleem. The boy is trying hard to impress Rhea Chakraborty who is the college hotty. So in order to have the most perfect first date, he along with best friend Prabal Panjabi decides to take his brand new car (which is actually supposed to be gifted to his to-be-jijaji on his marriage day). Unfortunately, the Maruti disappears and then follow a series of misadventures.

Firstly, there’s nothing new about the story. It seems like you’re watching a teenage version of ‘Ferrari ki Sawari’ and of course, a much more exaggerated version (Punjabi style). The first half will make you wonder why you’re even watching the movie because everything is so OTT (Over-the-top) and for what? Even such a short movie felt really long! I agree that the cinematography is very rich and the overall production design is beautiful and so is the styling. But the screenplay falls flat on its face. The last fifteen minutes luckily act as the saving grace in an otherwise boring movie.

Saqib Saleem as the lead actor tries too hard but doesn’t match up to Prabal Panjabi who is naturally funny and cute. I think he was a lot better in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. Rhea Chakraborty who plays the bitchy Jasleen looks her part and to a certain extent acts it too but I guess teenagers and kids will be able to relate to her the most. Ram Kapoor as the scary father is convincing and has even acted well but the very fact that his character’s so over-the-top is a bit annoying. Ravi Kissen seemed a bit out of place in this movie but he’s a good actor and even with the small role did a good job.

There’s not much music in the movie, just a couple of songs but the background music is good and adds alot to the film.   I’m surprised this film is produced by Yash Raj Films because they’ve definitely done better films in the past even if they’re with new actors or a crazy story. This one’s a major let down.

By the end of the film I had seen enough of the red Maruti Ertiga which is spacious, is called a Life Utility Vehicle (LUV) and costs about 6 lakhs. Purpose served I guess.

Rating– 2/5

 

 

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May 11 2012

Ishaqzaade- Movie Review

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I’d only seen the ‘Pareshan’ song and Parineeti Chopra’s superb performance in ‘Ladies vs Ricky Behl’ before the release of ‘Ishaqzaade’. I didn’t have any idea what the movie was about but it had a very raw feel to it which didn’t look very appealing to be honest.  Now that I went to watch it, here’s my review of it.

Story in short? Parma (Hindu boy) and Zoya (Muslim girl) belong to a small town called Almor where everyone has guns and politics plays a huge role. Both their fathers are politicians and hate each other and so by default, so do Parma and Zoya. In a turn of events, they get married and then things get pretty messed up for them.

To start with, the performances were superb! Parineeti Chopra is a supremely talented actress, very natural and full of life. I loved her in the movie and she totally stole the show! Arjun Kapoor is good too and has a very raw look which is appealing somehow. Together they have great chemistry that makes every scene with them a treat to watch.

Except for the first half an hour when I was wondering why I went for the movie, I was gripped throughout. But then it only got better. In fact, it picked up pace just a little before the interval. Other than that, superb direction, editing and dialogues, realistic setting, costumes and make-up, outstanding performances by both Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor and average music by Amit Trivedi.

To me, it was like another Romeo & Juliet, with quite a bit of violence but charming in its own way. I really liked it and totally recommend it!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 9 2011

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl- Movie Review

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I’ve loved Anushka Sharma since her first film and liked Ranveer Singh in his but I absolutely loved them together in Band Baaja Baaraat and couldn’t wait to watch Ladies vs Ricky Bahl for the same reason. Was the movie any good though? You’re just about to find out!

Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) is a conman who’s conned more than 30 rich beautiful girls for money. He changes his look and city to avoid getting caught. Out of the 30 dumb girls, there’s one smart girl who gets hold of two others and they pull in (Ishika) Anushka Sharma, who’s a brilliant salesgirl to con the charmer. The rest of the story is predictable so I wont say anymore.

If you’re a girl who’s filmy, romantic and loves Bollywood, here’s a movie you just can’t miss! The story is simple but the treatment is great! Superb screenplay, brilliant cinematography and colours (Yashraj never goes wrong with that ever!), lovely sets, make-up and costumes, realistic dialogues and acting, ok music and superb direction. There aren’t too many faults I could find in this film to be honest. It was just pure entertainment and fun throughout.

Ranveer Singh in this movie is just fantastic! He not only looks good but also acts well and I love the way he says ‘I love you’! I just melted when he said it! 😛 Anushka Sharma is gorgeous! She has amazing screen presence and anything she wears looks as if it’s just made for her. She’s a natural actor and I love the way she delivers her dialogues. All the supporting actors are also very good but I’ll specially mention the girl who plays ‘Dimple’. She’s got the best lines and was just perfect for the role with superb comic timing! She definitely deserves an award for the best supporting actress!

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl might not appeal to a lot of guys but most girls will love it even though it is predictable. It’s a fun film and I think you should watch it!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Oct 14 2011

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge- Movie Review

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With a title like that, who’s going to take it seriously? Well, I decided to go for it only because I love chick flicks. Did I just end up wasting my time?

Rahul and Vishal are friends. Rahul is a rockstar whereas Vishal is just a sidekick who helps him write corny lyrics for his songs. Malvika and Preity are best friends. Malvika’s a hottie who Vishal likes and Preity’s a photographer who keeps a safe distance from relationships and men. Vishal becomes Rahul and talks to Malvika (who is actually Preity) and Preity becomes Malvika and talks to Rahul (who is actually Vishal) on Facebook and they start getting to know each other. Little do they know that in real life, Vishal and Preity can’t stand each other.

Let me tell you that sometimes the most unexpected movies can turn out to be awesome! Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is one such movie. There’s not a single dull moment and I really did enjoy the entire movie. Even though the story is simple, the direction, screenplay, dialogues, performances and setting make it a treat to watch! College kids will definitely relate to it the most. The music reminds me of the music in High School Musical- not something people will listen to a lot but good enough for the movie.

The girl who plays ‘Preity’ has acted brilliantly and she’s one talented actress. Prabal Panjabi was also hilarious and super cute even though he’s a tingu.

Trust me, you might think this movie looks stupid and must be just like how the title sounds, but its totally worth watching it. I really enjoyed it! A must watch for people in college!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 11 2010

Band Baaja Baaraat- Movie Review

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You’re probably wondering why I went for a movie which has a star cast without stars. Well, I went for it because it’s a Yash Raj film. Simple. Anything romantic, colourful and filmy attracts my attention and so I went for Band Baaja Baaraat (BBB) alone! Yes! Alone because most of my friends would just make a face at the mention of the film’s name or actors in it.

So yes, BBB is full of shaadis. How Shruti (Anushka Sharma) and Bittoo (Ranveer Singh) want to be the best wedding planners in Delhi and so start a Wedding Planning company called ‘Shaadi Mubarak’ . Their rule is that “Agar karna hai vyapaar, toh na karo pyaar” or something like that. They love working together and depend on each other to make all the weddings successful. BUT one night they get drunk and sleep together and before she knows it, Shruti’s in love with Bittoo. Uh Oh!

Yeah yeah, pata hai predictable hai lekin sadela film nahin hai. Like I said earlier, I love Yash Raj films and the dhinchakness is just awesome! The sets look beautiful and vibrant and so do Anushka’s costumes. It makes you wish that your wedding would look as beautiful as their sets.

Amar Singh’s son Ranveer Singh is not bad for his first film but I’d rather watch him as a side actor. Anushka Sharma looks gorgeous in the film. I also think she’s a great actress, very natural. So that way the director’s done his job pretty well, especially cause he wasn’t working with “stars”. The dialogues in some scenes were good but otherwise could have been better. Also, I think the music could have been way better… I just liked one song-Ainvayi Ainvayi. The background score was good though.

So overall, BBB is not mahaan but it’s not bad either. I liked it because it’s entertaining. Time pass movie.

Rating– 3.5/5

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