Aug 30 2014

Singham Returns- Movie Review


Apart from the message, the film was filled with violence, loudness and just didn’t have the grandeur or entertainment value as much as Singham.

Rating- 2.5/5


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Dec 27 2013

Mahabharat- Movie Review


Mahabharat posterI remember being told the various Mahabharat & Ramayan stories by my grandmother as a child. Back then, we also used to watch both the Ramayan and Mahabharat serial on Tv. Oh how can we forget the way the Mahabharat song starts or the ‘Main samay hoon’ part with the Rishi muni and space in the background. Anyway, let’s get down to the review of the animated Mahabharat.

Coming to the story. The Pandavs and Kauravs who are at constant war with each other must fight to survive and rule over Hastinapur. Besides the war, we also learn about the five pandavs, the bravest and wickedest kauravs and of course, Draupadi.

I wonder what director Amaan Khan was thinking. I don’t deny the fact that making Mahabharat could be tough but it’s very unfair to watch such a mediocre animated version when you see some pretty brilliant animated films from across the world. Why does India have to have such a poor presentation of their beautifully written mythological tales? The screenplay is a major minus point which takes away the main aspect of the film. The start itself is so poor that I can’t begin to tell you about the remaining. 2 brothers playing at Gateway of India start fighting over a gold coin they both discover. Randomly, an eagle pops out of the coin and starts telling them the Mahabharat story. While all this is going on, there are two squirrels passing comments and a dog making faces. Now just think if the start is like that, what the film would be like.

The animation is horrible and the visual effects aren’t cool either. It’s like watching a video game with a story. So many jerks and grossly designed visuals that you’d rather go back home and watch the BR Chopra Mahabharat on Youtube. There are too many characters and it can get confusing if you don’t remember the story. I got confused so imagine children! Pity them!

The voice overs are kind of a saving grace in this sinking ship. They say the dialogues like they’re meant to even if their faces look like a really bad version of them. For example, Vidya Balan’s animated avatar looks really bad. I’d say Sunny Deol and Amitabh Bachchan’s avatars were the most identical. Anil Kapoor’s too was close to how he looks. The rest were just really bad. Anupam Kher who plays Shakuni mama is probably the most annoying character in the film. His voice gets to you after a while.

The music in the film is not worth mentioning. The background score is a decent attempt but could have been better.

It’s sad that children of this generation have this rendition of Mahabharat to see. I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone. Please avoid.

Rating– 2/5

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Aug 30 2013

Satyagraha- Movie Review


satyagraha-movie-posterPrakash Jha’s films are always hard hitting dealing with political issues or issues related to the general public. Satyagraha is no different and we got that from the title and trailer itself. So how was it? You’re just about to find out.

Dwarka Anand(Amitabh Bachchan) loses his son Akhikesh, an engineer in a road accident. A politician looking out for his own reputation in public promises a sum of 25 lakhs as compensation for the mishap. As Akhilesh’s wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao) tries to follow up with the government officials, she realises that none of them are really bothered and are only heating up the chairs sitting in offices. Her father-in-law Dwarka decides to do something about the issue and slaps an official and gets imprisoned. To fight for their rights, Akhilesh’s close friend Manav (Ajay Devgan) and journalist Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor Khan) form a team along with wanna-be politician Arjun (Arjun Rampal) and involve social media and the public. How much of a fight can they put up against the strong politicians and corrupt officials?

The subject is powerful. What lacks is the screenplay. The film drags most of the time because of poor editing too.  Sadly Prakash Jha’s magic doesn’t entirely work this time. I found myself getting distracted by my phone’s constant beeps too often which is obviously not a good thing. Director Prakash Jha went a little too far with the political clichés which we’ve seen the most in his films. I understand that he wanted to stress on the issues that have affected India the most in the recent past, corruption being the most popular, but he forgot to give importance to the script. I would have liked to see less drama internally and more about the issue the movie talks about.

Great work on the costumes and art direction. The cinematography by Sachin Krishn is good in parts. There’s good use of light. The background music works well but weak music and I really didn’t get the point of an item number. The only song that stands out is Raghupati Raghav Rajaram which is not original as we know.

What works for the film are the performances. Amitabh Bachchan is top notch. Even though he underplays the character, he’s done a fantastic job as an actor. Ajay Devgan is brilliant and looks great. Kareena Kapoor looks gorgeous with her strong eye make up and is good. Amrita Rao looks nice but as an actress doesn’t make an impact. Arjun Rampal looked out of place with acting that is just ok. Manoj Bajpayee as the corrupt politician is perfect for the role.

As a film Satyagraha could have been outstanding with its relevance in today’s times but doesn’t quite impress as much or make you feel a strong emotion while watching it. I’d say Satyagraha is a bit of a let down.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Apr 12 2013

Commando- Movie Review


Commando posterI never thought I’d end up watching and out and out action film because that’s just not my kind of genre. But guess what? The keeda in me made me go watch it. That too alone! Ha! Here’s my review.

Remember movies where the villain wants to forcefully marry the heroine and she escapes into a jungle where she finds a hero who saves and protects her from the baddies. He also does chivalrous things like skillfully making a makeshift bed for the night, hunting for fish to eat, etc.? Well, Commando is all of that and more! In this, the hero (Vidyut Jammwal) is a Commando who beats up the villain’s men left, right and centre, set booby traps to protect the pretty Punjabi kudi (Pooja Chopra) who he randomly met at a bus station and of course for that one important goal- to get rid of all the baddies in India to make it a safer and better nation.

There’s obviously no importance given to the story because the film is all about Vidyut Jammwal’s amazing body and stunts. The director Dilip Ghosh is very clear with what he wants his audience to see and leaves no stone unturned to make Vidyut do the best fight scenes, almost like what you’d see video game characters do. In the beginning itself, they mention that all the stunt scenes by Vidyut Jammwal are done by him without any harness or safety gear, except for one scene where he jumps down from a valley. The biggest credit in the film would go to Action Director- Franz Sphilhaus who’s choreographed every move brilliantly, making it look natural and smooth. The cinematography by Sejal Shah is outstanding! All the forest scenes, especially the ones taken in pure sunlight are beautiful. I’d also like to specially mention that the Editor- Amitabh Shukla too has done a fantastic job and would remind you of the editing done in Ghajini’s action scenes where you enjoy every cut and transition. Some of the locations they’ve shot at are breathtaking and the credit goes to the production designer for that.

I wish there was more to the story that just plain action but I guess most guys enjoy such movies. It was fast paced but seemed more like watching a video game. Also, in today’s day and age, a villain who looks like that with his background story seems a bit outlandish. Some dialogues are very good and if Salman Khan said them, the entire nation would go crazy, but coming from Mr. Jamwal, with barely any expression on his face, came across as made up.

Coming to the performances… Vidyut Jammwal is definitely the One man army with his chiseled body and action-packed performance. actually does action scenes like a true martial artist and not just an action star like Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, etc. However, he barely speaks anything or shows any emotions on his face which make him seem like one of those ‘Brawn without brain’ actors. Pooja Chopra looks pretty and acts well in a few scenes but her character is done to death and you wont go back and remember her for this performance. She’s just okay. The villain, Jaideep Ahlawat is superb! He not only looks scary with his white eyes but also plays his part very well as the bad guy.

The music by Mannan Shaah is ok except for the song ‘Saawan bairi’ sung beautifully by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, shot exceptionally well in slow motion and choreographed amazingly! The song doesn’t even go with the theme of the movie but both the actors look stunning and just as a music video, it works wonders!

If you’re an action movie fan, watch Commando for Vidyut Jammwal’s mind-boggling action sequences and for those who are not, just go with an open mind and you might just think the movie is not that bad.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Apr 7 2013

Himmatwala- Movie Review


Himmatwala posterI had heard only bad things about Himmatwala and sadly didn’t even have company to go watch it in a theatre. The only thing I was wondering was if it really was that bad. I just had to watch it and see what went so wrong. Thankfully my brother got it for me and I could watch it at home. Here’s what I thought of it.

Ajay Devgan plays Himmatwala- a tough man who fights (physically) for women and children’s rights. At a young age when he lost his father, he was made to run away from the village but something makes him go back to his village to avenge his father’s death and that’s when he meets his old mother and sister who because of an asshole of a village landlord need to shift into a hut outside the village.

Sajid Khan’s films right from Heyy Babyy have always been about making people laugh at the corniest of jokes and childish humour which not everyone can digest and have patience watching. I love masala movies which have a bit of everything; and for me, Himmatwala is no different. If you’ve grown up watching films from the 80s and 90s where Kader Khan is always talking to the audience more than the characters in the film, saying the corniest of phrases or for that matter where the hero is a heavyweight champion and in this case, can lift an entire bullock cart without the bull and fling it at the gundas. It’s also the kind of film where the hero saves atleast one woman, preferably a sister from being raped.

Sajid Khan hasn’t made a mockery of the films from the 90s but has made exactly the kind of film that you’ve already seen during your growing up years. Most of it makes no bloody sense but the punches (comedy) and punches (with a fist) all add entertainment value for those who don’t mind stupid humour. I felt like I was back to the 90s man! I cracked up at the ridiculous cheesy dialogues, the over-the-top action, Paresh Rawal’s outrageous hairstyle, the sets and the whole idea of there being a ‘Himmatwala’.

Ajay Devgan as Himmatwala didn’t work much even though the tough guy look suits him. But if Salman Khan was doing that part, he would kill it and the movie would be a super duper hit for sure! Paresh Rawal with all his antics was hilarious and reminded me of Kader Khan. Tamannaah, the new actress looked pretty and acted ok but doesn’t quite fit the bill of a Bollywood actress, especially with a film like Himmatwala. Mahesh Manjrekar was superb!

The music in the film is unoriginal and hence, no comments. The Dhokha song was quite bad. The ‘Naino mein sapna’ song had everything it required except for the right actors to dance to it. Somehow Ajay Devgan doing those lame steps makes it look even lamer. Even ‘Taki re Taki’ doesn’t do much.

I enjoyed watching ‘Himmatwala’ and you can judge me or call me crazy for liking senseless movies but I’ll be honest and say that if it comes on Tv, I will watch it, just like I’d watch a ‘Biwi ho toh aisi’ or any of those typically 90s ka movies.

Rating– 3/5


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Nov 13 2012

Son of Sardaar- Movie Review


Whistles, claps, hooting, cheering is what you get when you go for a no-brainer movie for the masses like Son of Sardaar and that is exactly the response I got from a housefull theatre for a 12 noon show on Diwali!

Ajay Devgn goes back from London to India to sell his ancestral land. Little does he know that there are people waiting there for him to take badla because his father had killed the head of their family. And of course, this is supposed to be an action comedy so you’re supposed to find this funny.

So, yeah the story isn’t something I’ll dwell on. You can expect it to be stupid. The screenplay is weak and the dialogues are repetitive. There are some funny action scenes which will make you laugh and that’s about it. Ajay Devgn doesn’t look or act like a sardar.

Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla are the best in the film. They’re very entertaining! I’d like to specially mention Mukul Dev for his performance in this one action sequence at the start when he’s following Ajay Devgn. Vindu Dara Singh is also pretty funny. The son of sardaar- Ajay Devgn I think can do superb action scenes with his intensity and also comedy with a straight face but sadly this movie cannot be counted in the category of awesome movies like Singham and the Golmaal series and so his performance is just about ordinary. I really liked Sonakshi Sinha in the movie. She not only looks good but carries off the role with such ease and energy that it’s fun to watch her act.

The music in the movie is as stupid as the movie itself. The song po-po starring Salman Khan might be a hit only because of Salman Khan and the dumb mouth step. What’s with choreographers these days, anyway? Even the ‘Rani tu main Raja’ song has a stupid step with one hand on the head.

Son of Sardaar is definitely not a superhit entertainer. Very ok and that too only if you’re the masala film type.

Rating– 2.5/5


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Jul 6 2012

Bol Bachchan- Movie Review


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


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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May 4 2012

Tezz- Movie Review


Wanna-be Hollywood action slick flick with bad dubbing & graphics, decent acting but poor build up of story leading to a below average film.

Rating- 2/5

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Oct 6 2011

Rascals- Movie Review


I went to watch Rascals with no expectations what so ever and guess what? Guess guess! I wont tell you just yet so read further!

The story- 2 con men, Chetan (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhagat (Ajay Devgan) run away with Anthony’s (Arjun Rampal) money and car. On reaching Bangkok, they both have their eyes on Kangana Ranaut who’s a rich, pretty and dumb girl (They’re obviously trying to woo her to get her money). Who gets her in the end… or do they?

As a movie, Rascals is so not funny! There are a few scenes that might be, but the rest is just really bad! All David Dhawan has done this time is concentrated on showing skin because the story and dialogues are pathetic! There’s no direction to speak of either. The songs are not that great but they suit the movie, their placement obviously does not count.

Acting-wise, Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan together didn’t seem quite right even though they can act well.  Arjun Rampal was a surprise factor though. He acted well and looked super hot… the best I’ve ever seen him look so far! From the girls, it seems that Lisa Hayden’s only reason for being in the movie is doing that one song and showing her tits and ass. I’d actually say the same for Kangana Ranaut. Please let me tell you that Kangana Ranaut this time has broken her all time record of being a pigeon. In this she not only looks and talks like one but also acts like one. She is so dumb in this movie that even a real pigeon would look smarter!

So, Rascals is totally avoidable this Dusshera! It’s not even a movie for the masses man! Masses pak jaayenge!

Rating– 1.5/5


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