Aug 17 2016

Rustom- Movie Review

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rustom movie posterAkshay Kumar has been doing some pretty interesting films off late and Rustom is definitely one of them. I was expecting it to be a really good murder mystery considering the story is based on true events. Here’s what I felt.

Plot in short– Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) a reputed Naval officer surrenders himself to the police for shooting his wife’s lover. Has he been framed or has he really committed the crime?

The Good– There’s nothing that stands out particularly for me to say that the film was very good. The performances were all alright. Akshay Kumar looked great in the white uniform and was subtle and to-the-point where acting is concerned. Ileana D’Cruz didn’t have much to do apart from crying in most scenes. The lady who played the maid is excellent. Arjan Bajwa who had a very small role was ok but I don’t blame him ‘cause there was anyway barely anything to do.  Kumud Mishra as the manipulative tabloid editor was convincing. The songs are not bad. I love the songs ‘Tere sang yaara’ and the ‘Dekha hazaaron dafaa’. The production design is average. If the film had a better screenplay, the court room drama which goes on for most of the film could have been more relevant and real.

The Not-so-good– The film could have been so much more real and believable than what it is. Also, what’s with Esha Gupta? She looks like a plastic doll and can barely act. The art direction was not as refined as one would have expected it to be.

Verdict– Even though there could have been many better things about the movie, it was decently entertaining and good enough to watch once at home.

Rating– 3/5

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Jan 22 2016

Airlift- Movie Review

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Airlift-PosterWhen I saw the trailer of Airlift it reminded me so much of Argo which has a very similar story. There may be the similarity of fleeing from the hostage country to their own, but apart from that, Airlift is based on a true story.

Plot in short– Airlift highlights the 1990 Iraq- Kuwait war that left about 1,70,000 Indian nationals hostage in Kuwait.  Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar), a Kuwait-based Indian businessman along with his wife (Nimrat Kaur) and his office staff helps free the Indian hostages from the war zone in Kuwait during the reign of Iraqi emperor Saddam Hussein.

The Good– The performances for one are top grade. From Akshay Kumar to Nimrat Kaur to Purab Kohli to all the other supporting actors, they all make the film interesting to watch thanks to their fantastic performances. The screenplay writer has handled the story well and written the script in a way that engrosses the audience. The movie is well paced. Director Raja Krishna Menon has put together a team of people who know how to do their work well; taking the art director, stylists, cinematographer, producer and every single person involved. There’s no melodrama or filminess to make the film look larger than life, which I like.

The Not-so-good– I felt that even though the story and screenplay are well written, there could have been more heroic scenes where you feel more proud of Akshay Kumar. I also felt that there was no need for so many songs during the film.

Verdict– Airlift is another one of Akshay Kumar’s best films in the recent years. Go watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Aug 14 2015

Brothers- Movie Review

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So good to see Jackie Shroff act again along with Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra totally rocking it with their performances in a film that could have been so much more meaty in terms of screenplay.

Rating- 3/5

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Jan 24 2015

Baby- Movie Review

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baby-posterI had just seen a war movie- American Sniper recently and was not quite prepared to go watch anything even remotely similar anytime soon that too  at 11 in the morning. But just like me, there was a theatre full of people who came to watch Akshay Kumar in Baby. You will soon know if it was worth it.

Plot in short– A team of Indian secret agents led by Danny Denzongpa set out on a mission to find and stop the leader of a terrorist group who are planning an attack on India. Will they be able to stop the attack?

The Good– I like how Neeraj Pandey, the director and screenplay writer has kept the pace going. Even though the movie is quite long, the second half is twice as gripping as the first half so you wont find yourself getting bored at all. The characters are well thought of and each one plays their part well. Akshay Kumar’s performance is top notch. He’s a good actor… the kind of actor who can act and do action scenes better than the other guys. Apart from him, the other supporting actors- Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh, Madhurima Tuli and the others all play an important part in making the film interesting to watch. The locations are beautiful, especially in Saudi Arabia. Beautiful cinematography. I have to say that I was very impressed with the action sequence where Taapsee Pannu fights Sushant Singh single handedly.

The Not-so-good– Now the film is slightly longer than I hoped for but thankfully the screenplay keeps it going. Also I felt that the songs were unnecessary and not even that great.

Verdict– Watch Baby not for the strange title but for the fast paced thriller that it is. The second half is very engrossing and Akshay Kumar proves yet again that he is Bollywood’s best action hero.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 6 2014

Holiday- Movie Review

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Holiday-2014-Movie-PosterFrom the looks of the poster I thought ‘Holiday- A soldier is never off duty’ would be an out and out action flick starring Khiladi Kumar but let me tell you it was a lot more than that.

Plot in short– On leave from the Indian Army, Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) is bride hunting and meets Sahiba (Sonakshi Sinha). Along with his cop buddy (Sumeet Raghavan) he catches a terrorist who is part of a sleeper cell. From then on, he is engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with a terror mastermind (Freddy Daruwala).

The Good– A R Murugadoss who has written the story for popular films like Ghajini and Jai Ho in Bollywood, has written and directed Holiday. The film which has a fairly large patriotic streak is for the aam janta. It’s what we call a ‘masala film’. There is a little of everything and most importantly a message for the people of India. While the story is good, I wouldn’t say the screenplay and direction is superb. If it hadn’t been for the story, three hours of watching the film just for Akshay Kumar would be a nightmare! A crisper script and fewer songs would have helped increase the pace. The acting is definitely up to the mark, be it Akshay Kumar who had people blowing whistles and clapping everytime he appeared on screen. Sonakshi Sinha could have got a better role but she didn’t do a bad job with what she got. Supporting actor Sumeet Raghavan was natural. Govinda who made a special appearance was ok. The baddie Freddy Daruwala got the expressions right but failed with dialogue delivery. The action sequences are well choreographed. The cinematography, art direction and styling make the film look rich.

The Not-so-Good– As I mentioned earlier, the screenplay and direction could have been better. The editing could have been crisper. Pritam’s music is decent. Songs are placed anywhere and for the heck of it. They don’t take the story forward.

Verdict– Holiday is meant to be an entertainer for the masses so please don’t watch it if you’re going to crib. I didn’t think it was bad at all. Watch it especially if you’re an Akshay Kumar fan or if you want to watch a film about our war heroes.

Rating– 3/5

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Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2013

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Best movies of 20132013 has seen more downs than ups where Bollywood films are concerned but there have been some pretty awesome films that I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching. Here’s a list of the ones I loved and would recommend if you haven’t seen them already!

1)      Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani– This is undoubtedly my favourite film of the year! A must see Rom-Com! Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur & Kalki Koechlin. Directed by Ayan Mukherji
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/05/yeh-jawaani-hai-deewani-movie-review/

2)      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Inspiring and an award winning performance from Farhan Akhtar. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/07/bhaag-milkha-bhaag-movie-review/

3)      Goliyon ki Raas leela Raam Leela- A very well made modern day Romeo & Juliet. Starring Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Review-
http://roochster.com/2013/11/goliyon-ki-raasleela-ram-leela-movie-review/

4)      Special 26- A great heist story based on a real robbery that took place in 1987. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpai & Jimmy Shergill. Directed by Neeraj Pandey
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/02/special-26-movie-review/

5)      Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns- A rare instance of a sequel which is more fun to watch than its prequel. Starring Jimmy Shergill, Irrfaan Khan, Soha Ali Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/03/saheb-biwi-aur-gangster-returns-movie-review/

6)      Jolly LLB- Small film with a big heart. Starring Arshad Warsi & Boman Irani. Directed by Subhash Kapoor

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/03/jolly-llb-movie-review/

7)      Go Goa Gone- A fun zombie film that was different and pretty twisted! Starring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das & Puja Gupta. Directed by Krishna D.K & Raj Nidimoru.

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/05/go-goa-gone-movie-review/

8)      The Lunchbox- An unconventional and light hearted romantic comedy for all ages. Starring Irrfan Khan & Nimrat Kaur. Directed by Ritesh Batra

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/the-lunchbox-movie-review/

9)      Shuddh Desi Romance- Two great non-commercial actors in a love story that’s brave and very today. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput & Parineeti Chopra. Directed by Maneesh Sharma

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/shuddh-desi-romance-movie-review/

10)   B.A. Pass- A very bold film that’s brilliantly executed. Starring Shilpa Shukla & Shadab Kamal. Directed by Ajay Bahl

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/08/b-a-pass-movie-review/

 

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Oct 16 2013

Boss- Movie Review

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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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Aug 15 2013

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara- Movie Review

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Once upon ay time in mumbai dobaara posterOnce upon a time in Mumbaai was unexpectedly good and that’s what raised the bar for Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara. Was it a better film? You’re just about to find out.

The sequel tells us the story of Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) an Underworld Don who is influential and lives life king-size in Mumbai. He hires Aslam (Imran Khan) at a young age to work for him and be one of his gang members. Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha) enters both their lives and everything changes. Can a mere gang member of a Don win against the Don himself and woo his lady love or will he be a shadow of the master for the rest of his life?

Milan Luthria is a great director! He knows his craft well and makes films for the masses. Now, we’ve already seen that in his earlier films and obviously this one is no exception. The story by Rajat Arora has nothing to boast about but I liked the end. In layman’s terms, this one’s a love triangle with the backdrop of the Underworld in the 1970s and 80s. The focus is on the love stories so you can’t really call it a gangster film. The screenplay is very good. The dialogues are alright but not as powerful as the ones in the prequel. The art direction is smart keeping in mind that it is a period film. Great visuals, sets and costumes. Cinematographer Ayananka Bose has captured Mumbai and all the actors beautifully with his lens, adding his bit to every frame. The action scenes are choreographed well by Javed Eijaz.

The background music is killer! Super job by Sandeep Shirodkar! Pritam’s music this time is just about average. I like the song ‘Yeh tune kya kiya’. ‘Tayyab Ali’ is of course a copy and so the credit goes to the original composers of the song- Laxmikant Pyarelal. Imran Khan’s done a very bad lip sync of the song in the film, by the way. I would have liked the movie without so many songs.

Moving on… The performances are all noteworthy. Who would have imagined Akshay Kumar with his voice playing a Don? Well, I certainly didn’t. Surprisingly, he was quite impressive even though Ajay Devgan’s voice and persona makes the dialogues sound better. Imran Khan who’s not known for acting was quite decent as Aslam. Sonakshi Sinha was outstanding as usual. She has a great on screen presence. Sonali Bendre had a short role but was graceful and mature. Far better than the actress she used to be.

So as a film, Once upon ay time in Mumbai dobaara was entertaining but not as powerful as Once upon a time in Mumbaai. Watch it for the brilliant performances.

Rating– 3/5

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Apr 12 2013

Commando- Movie Review

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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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Feb 8 2013

Special 26- Movie Review

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Special 26 posterNot many heist movies can have the kind of effect ‘Special 26’ has on you. This one’s a gem in Bollywood’s treasure chest. Here’s why.

So what’s the movie about? Well, in 1987, a man robbed jewellery worth lakhs from Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai by hiring 28 recruits who applied to work with the CBI. He claimed he was from the CBI and made the shop owner switch off all the cameras, phones and produce cash and jewellery for inspection. In thirty minutes, while the recruits searched for vital information, he walked out of the shop without being suspected by anyone. Special 26 is based on that event.

I must salute Neeraj Pandey, the director of the film for making a film on this incident. He is pure genius. The story is fast paced and gripping. You might feel a little restless in the first half but the second half makes you understand why that was important. The setting is so real that you’ll go back to the 1980s with all the Marutis and Ambassadors, the old school telephones, Vimal ads, etc. The background music is superb! Sanjoy Chowdhury, take a bow! Bobby Singh, the cinematographer’s done a good job with the camera work.

Coming to the performances… Anupam Kher is brilliant, especially in the scene where he’s caught and has to confess to Manoj Bajpayee; Akshay Kumar is good, Manoj Bajpayee is very good as a tough CBI officer,  Jimmy Sheirgill and Divya Dutta don’t have much to do but still make an impact. Kajal Aggarwal just had to look pretty as Akshay Kumar’s love interest and she did it well.

There’s not much music in the movie luckily but I really like the first song that plays when they introduce Kajal Aggarwal.

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, watch Special 26 and I promise you, you wont be disappointed.

Rating– 4/5

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