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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Jul 31 2015

Drishyam- Movie Review


Drishyam excels in many ways such as performances, cinematography and styling and will keep you gripped during most parts, giving special credits to Ajay Devgn and Tabu but falls short of a tighter screenplay that could have made the movie more thrilling.

Rating– 3/5


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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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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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