Nov 12 2015

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo- Movie Review


prdp-posterI had been seeing every single ‘Dubsmash’ of the much awaited Salman-Sonam starrer ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ since about a month and it only made me more and more curious to know how it would be as a film. Salman Khan of course was my biggest reasons but Sonam Kapoor definitely made her presence felt with all the social media posts everyday with regards to her outfits and all the promotions that the duo were doing.

Plot in short-Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) belongs to a Royal family with an evil brother and the CEO (Armaan Kohli) who want to kill him and two step sisters who are not in talking terms with him because they think he wants to rule with all the wealth from his ancestors. His manager (Anupam Kher) somehow saves him and has doctors attending to him 24/7 so he can attend his coronation ceremony with his Bride-to-be Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) in four days. In Ayodhya, Prem Dilwale, who looks exactly like Prince Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) is a small time actor who does Ram Leela shows for a living. Not knowing if Prince Vijay would be able well enough to attend his coronation ceremony, he requests Prem Dilwale to pretend to be Prince Vijay for those four days until Princess Maithili is with them. Turns out that Prem and Maithilee fall in love and the family comes together as one. What happens to the Vijay then? D’oh! The film’s title is only ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ so that would be an easy guess.

The Good– Salman Khan is the biggest reason to watch this film and I would totally watch it again. It’s so nice to see him in movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sooraj Barjatya films like these where he plays the kind of person you want to marry. I wont deny that Sooraj Barjatya went a little overboard with trying too hard to instill good values and old school romance but we’ll come to that a bit later. What I really like about the film is that human emotions are shown in the most simple, pure form, not sliding towards ‘just- an- adult- audience’ to get eyeballs. The sets and styling add to the grandeur of the film. I also thought Sonam Kapoor was not that bad compared to her previous really bad performances. Anupam Kher, Armaan Mallik, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Swara Bhaskara are all a great support to the film.

The Not-so-good– Sooraj Barjatya has great intentions but he has forgotten that an audience in the 21st century is watching his film. The story is kacha and the characters are not sketched out properly, leaving a very incomplete-ish, half-hearted story that could have been written better. The screenplay is all over the place, especially in the first half where you’re like what the hell am I watching and from which generation! It’s a little too corny and most people, who are not Salman Khan or Sooraj Barjatya fans, will wait to run out of the theatre! The visual effects are quite amateurish; especially the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ parts. The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not appealing at all. I’m surprised I was actually waiting for the title song to play till the end because all the other songs were so stupid and unnecessary. Not that I love the title track but it’s an example to tell you how bad the other songs were. So yes, quite a few flaws in a film that also has a very funny title.

Verdict– Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is not the kind of film most people would like but if you’re a Salman Khan fan and also a Sooraj Barjatya fan, you wont mind sitting through the entire film and even get teary eyed. I did, multiple times.

Rating– 3/5

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Feb 13 2015

Roy- Movie Review


Roy movie posterThey say ‘It’s the journey that’s important and not the destination.’ I have to say that none made sense whatsoever in this wanna-be psycho-thriller-with-good-songs film Roy.

Plot in short– Kabir ( Arjun Rampal) is a film maker who is in the process of making the third part of an already hit series of films called ‘Guns’. The premise of his story is that the central character is a thief named Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) who is wanted by the cops for stealing a painting worth millions. Somehow  Kabir goes through a writer’s block until Ayesha comes along. He falls in love with the gorgeous Ayesha Aamir (Jacqueline Fernandes), also a film maker. The more he spends time with her, the more he begins to draw inspiration from his life and pen it into his script. His life and the film stop abruptly when Ayesha decides to go back. Will Kabir be able to finish the story without Ayesha and release his film?

The Good– The acting. Arjun Rampal has drastically improved his acting skills. Ranbir Kapoor got the most boring and useless role of his life but he doesn’t fail to deliver a good performance. Jackqueline Fernandez, like Katrina Kaif is getting better with every film even though she has an unmistakable firangi accent. But I’d say more than her acting, everyone would notice how hot she looks. Everything from her hair to her clothes to the make up… it’s all done very well. The other supporting actors- Anupam Kher, Shernaz Patel, Rajit Kapur and Barun Chanda are good. The music is excellent! I absolutely love the song ‘Sooraj dooba hai’. ‘Chittiyan Kalaiyan’ is fun. ‘Tu hai ke nahin’ is ok. The locations chosen in Langkawi are fantastic!

The Not-so-good– Screenplay, editing, direction! What the hell was the director Vikramjit Singh thinking! The movie is so SLOW that I was falling asleep! Everytime I thought now there’ll be some twist, some suspense some mystery and I was mistaken. There’s a scene in which Arjun Rampal just tells Jacquelie not to go to which Jacqueline says she always wanted to do ballet but was scared on stage and then randomly starts doing ballet on the beach in front of Arjun Rampal. Uhhh yeah! So there are many such lame scenes adding to the never-ending monotonous screenplay. I was hoping that there would be some psychological disorder Arjun Rampal has but sadly, there was nothing. I don’t know why Ranbir Kapoor even agreed to do this film.

Verdict– Roy is highly boring, slow and a complete let down. The songs which didn’t even need to be there in the film are the saving grace.

Rating– 1.5/5


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Jan 24 2015

Baby- Movie Review


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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Apr 4 2014

Main Tera Hero- Movie Review


Main tera hero posterMore than it being a Varun Dhawan film, I was looking forward to watching David Dhawan directing his son and also to see if ‘Main tera hero’ would be as crazy as all his other films. Well, I must say he did live up to my expectations! Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Seenu (Varun Dhawan) is a brat from Coonoor, a small town in South India and wants to go to the big city- Bangalore to get a college degree and also prove to his parents that he is no vagabond. At his college, TIFT, he meets Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz) whom he immediately falls for, hard. Little does he know that there’s a giant of a police officer, Angad Negi (Arunoday Singh) who would kill for her and does everything he can to keep everyone away from her. Things only get more complicated from thereon and it only gets more difficult for Seenu to be with his lady love.

The Good– I’d like to say that David Dhawan has stuck to his style of film making. Over-the-top acting, humour, dialogues and background music are enough to label ‘Main tera hero’ as a typical David Dhawan film. Now, Varun Dhawan was launched with Student of the year but this is a proper Father-Son debut film which launches Varun in a grand way. I loved the background music, cinematography and styling. The actors all look really good. Actingwise, I’d say Varun Dhawan has the potential to act well but by putting on the Govinda act, he just didn’t seem natural. Ileana DeCruz on the other hand looks stunning and can act well too. Arunoday Singh is a hottie and I think I’d faint if I saw him in person. I really like him because he acts well too but I’m not sure if I liked him in this role. Either way, he was good. Nargis Fakhri with her pouty lips and gorgeous face had her accent all over place and the Hindi kind of disappointed. She was very good in Madras Cafe but the bar just went down a few notches with her performance in this film. All the other actors- Saurabh Shukla, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and the rest do justice to their parts with a whole lot of over-acting of course. The choreography for all the dances is very good, especially ‘Besharmi ki height’.

The Not-so-good– I have no shame in admitting that I have loved some of David Dhawan’s films. Main Tera Hero unfortunately is not one of them. The screenplay isn’t too well written and the story seems unoriginal, constantly reminding you of Housefull, directed by Sajid Khan. I would have liked there to be some uniqueness in the plot. I barely found any scenes funny because they were so badly exaggerated and pretentious. Also, looking at Varun Dhawan in every frame did get a bit annoying even though he has a good body and all that. I wouldn’t quite put it in the romantic comedy category. The music by Sajid-Wajid is ok. The song “Tera hero idhar hai” was fun.

Verdict– All in all, an average masala film that could have been way better and shorter.

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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Jun 7 2013

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2- Movie Review


yamla-pagla-deewana-2 posterI’ve seen Yamla Pagla Deewana before this and I knew exactly what I was going for. Only, I didn’t think it was going to be so bad! Well, here’s my review

Dharam (Dharmendra) and his notorious son Gajodhar (Bobby Deol) are busy fleecing people in Varanasi as ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana Baba’. They come across a super rich man who has a daughter he wants to marry off in London. Their plan is to go to London and get Bobby married to the rich man’s daughter (Neha Sharma). Well mannered and decent Paramveer (Sunny Deol) turns out to be the architect to change the look of the club the rich man owns. Unfortunately, Paramveer is Dharam’s first son.

I don’t know why this film was made in the first place. Bad story, bad screenplay, bad direction are reasons enough to make this is flop film already! What’s the point in spending money on costumes, hair, make up, actors, etc.? The story by Lynda Deol is written so badly that there’s barely any scope for it to do well as a film. For instance, there’s an orangutan and sumo wrestlers to add humour because Johnny Lever and Anupam Kher who are meant to do comedy in the film just got offered the worst roles of their lives! Please notice both of them. You will agree that their roles are not only pointless but also absolutely ridiculous and not funny at all!

The good thing is that they’ve shot in Scotland and UK and there are some pretty visuals. The cinematographer has captured it all well. I also think the background score by Raju Singh is very good although the music is a letdown.

I wouldn’t boast about the performances because there’s not much to really point out except the fact that it’s always nice to see Dharmendra on screen. He’s a good looking man at his age and tries his best to look and act cool. There was barely any scope to act in this film anyway. Bobby Deol is subtle and good. He’s actually too cool for the film. The sardar look really suits Sunny Deol and even though I can’t say too much about his acting, he looks rather dashing and it’s nice to see him do action scenes with his ‘angry man face’. Anupam Kher and Johnny Lever as I said have wasted their time and done the worst roles of their lives. Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva look pretty and that’s that.

As a film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is worse than the first part and totally a time waste! Not entertaining at all!

Rating– 1.5/5

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May 25 2013

Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke- Movie Review


hum_hai_raahi_car_ke posterSometimes you just know that a movie is going to be really bad before even seeing it and yet you muster up the courage to go and watch ‘Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke’ on a Saturday morning when most people are either sleeping still or heading to work. Here’s my review.

Priyanka (Adah Sharma and Shammi (Dev Goel) are chaddi buddies (childhood friends) who stay next door to each other. Shammi must go to Pune to attend a wedding which happens to be on the first day of the New Year. He drags Priyanka along who is bound with work responsibilities and decides to attend calls while on their way to celebrate the New Year travelling and at a party in Khandala. Shammi decides to take the old highway route and that’s when their misadventures start.

Director- Producer Jyotin Goel is still an amateur director and you’ll be able to see that when you watch Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke. The story is very simple so what was needed was a good screenplay. Sadly, that’s missing big time. The execution as a result suffers. It starts off decently but gets really annoying and boring very soon. Some of the characters are very badly written! It’s supposed to be a comedy but there are barely any funny scenes. For instance, all of Chunkey Pandey’s roles in the movie are supposed to make you laugh but they will annoy you big time. The cinematography is perhaps the only good in the movie. The movie lacks in so many ways that I can’t sit and list them down here. The music by Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur is strictly ok.

Adah Sharma is likable in the start but loses her charm in the second half of the movie. She’s not that great an actress but way better than her co-actor Dev Goel. He cannot act and gets very irritating with the way he talks with smile plastered on his face all the time. He looks like Ranveer Singh+Akshay Kumar and has a good body but that’s it. Chunkey Pandey is as I mentioned earlier, annoying. Juhi Chawla’s role in the movie will make you sick! Sanjay Dutt looks like he’s just doing a favour by being in the film and I don’t doubt that’s the case.

I obviously wont recommend a film like this. Not worth your time or money! Avoid!

Rating– 1/5



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May 17 2013

Aurangzeb- Movie Review


Aurangzeb PosterI thought Arjun Kapoor was pretty good in his debut film Ishaqzaade which I liked very much. In Aurangzeb, he plays two roles. Did he get into the grey of his character? Is the film any good? You’re just about to find out!

The film can be explained well with the phrase- ‘Kingship knows no kinship’. Ajay (Arjun Kapoor) who stays with his criminal father (Jackie Shroff) is a spoilt brat.  His twin Vishal(who he doesn’t know is living) stays with his mother (Tanvi Azmi), brother Arya (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and a dying father (Anupam Kher).  Arya is deeply influenced by his father’s belief – ‘Sapnon se apne bade hote hain’ (Our loved ones are dearer than our dreams). He sets out on a mission along with his uncle Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) to give justice to his step-mother (Tanvi Azmi) and brother Vishal.

We all remember the kind of person Aurangzeb the Mughal Emperor was. Selfish, power-hungry and so ruthless that he wouldn’t even spare his own brothers to be on the throne. This story is based picking up Aurangzeb’s character. Nice concept! Director Atul Sabharwal has executed it very pretty well with a screenplay that doesn’t get slow or bore you. It’s rather well paced throughout, except for maybe a few scenes where there’s unnecessary drama and the last ten minutes of the movie. However, the locations are real and you not all glossed up. The cinematography by N. Karthik Ganesh is vibrant and rich.

The background music goes well with the film. The music is upbeat but the songs slow down the pace of the film a bit and seem kind of irrelevant. I like the song ‘Barbaadiyaan’.

Coming to the performances… Arjun Kapoor who was last seen in Ishaqzaade has shown his capabilities as an actor in Aurangzeb. To do a double role so early in his career is a huge opportunity and he’s done full justice to it. He manages to do a negative role with ease. Prithviraj Sukumaran looks his part and has done a good job. I’d like to see him in more Bollywood movies. Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Tanvi Azmi and Amrita Singh are brilliant actors and they immediately take the movie to another level with their performances. Sasheh Agha as the girlfriend is ok. She had to kiss, strip and expose more than she had to act so can’t say much about her making a difference.

As a film Aurangzeb was interesting to watch and I quite enjoyed the double role twists but there were twists too many along with oodles of drama. Watching it once is good enough.

Rating– 3/5

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Feb 8 2013

Special 26- Movie Review


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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Apr 1 2011

Game- Movie Review


Abhishek Bachchan for me is one of the best actors in Bollywood. He has so much potential it’s not even funny! And that’s one of the reasons I had to watch this movie! For him.

So basically, Game is a thriller. The main plot is that Sarah Jane is killed and Anupam Kher (her father) makes Abhishek Bachchan, Jimmy Shergill, Boman Irani and Shahana Goswami meet him at his private island in Greece to solve the murder mystery and punish the guilty. But since it’s a thriller, there are mysteries that unfold every few minutes and swerve you away from the main plot to make it seem twisted.

Twisted it is. They’ve tried to make it like an Abbas-Mastaan movie, filled with interesting twists but all we got to see was annoying sub-plots throughout! The actors have all done a good job and tried to look convincing with whatever they could give to the story but it just does not seem like a “Game”. I loved the locations and the cinematography! The background score reminded me of Inception’s. The music by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy is just ok. I just felt that they could have made this a huge hit if there was something different about it. The trailers made it look awesome but it just didn’t live up to those expectations. Game was just ok for me.

Rating– 2.5/5

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