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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Jun 5 2015

Dil Dhadakne Do- Movie Review

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Dil dhadakne do posterAfter Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Dil Dhadakne Do has been the most awaited movie this summer and boy was I excited to watch it! Here’s a quick review.

Plot in short– A dog by the name of Pluto tells the story of a Punjabi family that’s got quite a lot of issues in their lives. The husband (Anil Kapoor) and wife (Shefali Shah) are rich but have their own set of problems. The business is going downhill and so is their married life. Their son (Ranveer Singh) is an obedient boy (so they think), following his father’s footsteps and trying hard to do well at the business but sadly can’t so they’re trying to marry him off to a rich man’s daughter. Their daughter (Priyanka Chopra) is married unwillingly to rich businessman Rahul Bose. There’s everything but love in their marriage and she can’t wait to break free and get back to her one time love Farhan Akhtar. It’s their parent’s anniversary and to celebrate, invitations are sent out to close friends and family for a cruise holiday in Turkey and Greece. On the cruise, Ranveer meets Anushka Sharma, a dancer, Priyanka Chopra meet her ex boyfriend Farhan Akhtar and bitter truths come out between the anniversary couple. Will this dysfunctional family come together?

The Good– Being a Zoya Akhtar film, this one is a pure family entertainer with witty dialogues by Farhan Akhtar, a super stylish ensemble cast, setting, production design, beautiful cinematography and very good performances. She brings out the best side in all her actors. As you will see, Anil Kapoor, with his salt and pepper hair looks like the charming 50 year old who barely looks his age. He’s fantastic as the authoritative and hyper father. Shefali Shah as the wife and mother plays her part with finesse. Priyanka Chopra flaunts her taunt body and delivers an outstanding performance. Ranveer Singh is superb! Naturally witty with his own style, he creates a screen presence like no one else. All the supporting actors- Farhan Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Anushka Sharma, Zarina Wahab, Riddhima Sud, the gossiping aunties, and the others equally contribute in making the film a fun 170 minutes to watch.

The Not-so-good– Even though the film is entertaining, there are some things which are extremely underplayed. For instance, Ranveer and Anushka’s love story doesn’t seem to have enough depth to go fighting for it in the end. Also, the first half is a bit of a drag. Too many people, maybe? The music by Shankar Ehsaan & Loy is alright. Luckily not too many songs. The humour in the film may not appeal to a large audience. The classes may love it but the masses may not because of the ‘upper class humour’.

Verdict– A movie with a happy ending and some great performances, this one’s a fun, light humoured family entertainer.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

 

 

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May 15 2015

Bombay Velvet- Movie Review

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bombay velvet posterSince the time I saw the trailer and heard the songs from Bombay Velvet, I knew the film would be absolutely brilliant. Well, umm I wish that was the case for real!

Plot in short– Balraj a.k.a Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) has one dream- to be a big shot. Impressed with his dare devil attitude, Kaizad Khambata ( Karan Johar), editor of a tabloid called ‘Torrent’ appoints Balraj to manage his club named ‘Bombay Velvet’ and also wipe out Jimmy Mistry (Manish Chaudhury), editor of another tabloid called ‘Glitz’. Jimmy appoints the gorgeous Rosie (Anushka Sharma), a jazz singer to lure Johnny and destroy his competition among other things. Meanwhile, Johnny and Rosie fall in love and are in too deep to fall out of it. What happens to Bombay Velvet?

The Good– I haven’t seen any period film look so rich and real. Every set, every costume, props, graphics, hair and make up done take you back to the 60s and 70s. There’s a tremendous amount of effort that went into the research and ground work plus the magnificent camera work that make it a visual delight, this Bombay Velvet. Apart from that, the actors are all superb! While Ranbir and Anushka draw you in with their performance and chemistry, Satyadeep Misra, Kay Kay Menon, Manish Chaudhury and Karan Johar are good. Raveena Tandon in her special appearance looks more ravishing than she has ever looked. I’d like to point out that the music and background score of the film are fantastic! Amit Trivedi makes jazz come alive with some of his compositions. I like Anurag Kashyap’s Tarantino-like story-telling style, however there is room for improvement. The part where Karan Johar, unable to keep his straight face, breaks into an infectious giggle away from everyone is one of the best scenes in the movie, without a doubt.

The Not-so-good– While there are so many nice things about the movie, the screenplay and editing could have been way better. The first half is a bit of a drag and overall, there is something amiss, perhaps more attention given to the script.

Verdict– Bombay Velvet is visually stunning and has some great performances and music but falls short of a script that’s interesting enough to hold a two and a half hours film.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Mar 13 2015

NH10- Movie Review

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NH10 posterThere’s a lot more to NH10 than Anushka Sharma’s funny looking lips. Let me tell you.

Plot in short– Married couple Meera (Anushka Sharma) and Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) are off on a holiday for Meera’s birthday and they are looking forward to being away from the chaos of work and the hustle bustle in Delhi. While they’re on their way, they get involved in a very nasty mess, a very bad situation. Will they be able to get out of it?

The Good– I knew this would be a brilliant film the moment I saw the trailer. I am so glad I saw it first day first show although watching it first thing in the morning may not be the best thing because of how gory, dark and intense it is. So unless you’re ok with it being a heavy morning, I suggest you watch it right before dinner. As a film, NH10 is extremely gripping. The screenplay does full justice to the story and everything else falls in place perfectly. Director Navdeep Singh has executed the story to the best of his ability. The cinematography, background score, music, styling and setting all are top notch and in perfect sync with the script. Coming to the performances, I love Anushka Sharma more than ever before! She’s badass and has everything in her an actress should have (not the post lip job lips).  Her performance in NH10 deserves an award or two for sure. Certain scenes like towards the end when she pulls out a cigarette from a pack on the floor, lights it and smokes it slowly while the killer of her husband is lying on the floor, bleeding and struggling to get up. The moment she’s done smoking, she gets up and beats him to death, in style. Neil Bhoopalam has a small role in the film and is not bad but not outstanding like Anushka either. Darshan Kumaar who plays the villain a.k.a actor in a negative role is good. He could have been more evil. All the other supporting actors have played their parts well.

The Not- so- good– To be honest I can’t think of what I don’t like about the film. The one hour fifty five minutes just went off without any distractions or dull moments.

Verdict– An absolute must watch NH10 is another intense film in early 2015 after Badlapur that is making Bollywood and us Indians proud. Go watch it today!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Jan 11 2013

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola- Movie Review

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matru-ki-bijlee-ka-mandola posterWhat a strange movie title! Is the movie as strange or stranger? You’re just about to find out.

So, Matru (Imran Khan) stays in a village called Mandola where he works as a driver for a rich industrialist called Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur) who wants to demolish the farmers’ crops and make money by building malls, hotels, buildings, etc. Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Azmi) is a corrupt politician who wants her son Baadal (Arya Babbar) to Mandola’s beautiful daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma). Then of course, there are adventures and misadventures in this comedy drama.

Vishal Bhardwaj’s films are always a little heavy and dark. MKBKM is slightly different with the kind of humour there is in it though. It’s boring in parts and very funny in some. The village setting is rustic and real along with the styling of all the characters. Each one is unique in their own way including Gulabo (Gulabi Bhains). Good camera work and interesting story telling style.

Coming to the performances… Imran Khan was ok. He didn’t have that much to do in the film. Anushka Sharma was good. Pankaj Kapur and Shabana Azmi were the stars of the film. Arya Babbar played the character very well and was fun to watch.

The music by Vishal Bhardwaj is different but not that great. Luckily there were just 2 or 3 songs in the movie.

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is a crack film that might be a little difficult to digest but the after -taste is not that bad. So-so.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Nov 13 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan- Movie Review

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Yash Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, romance, the song ‘Saans’, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif. So many reasons to watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan! Here’s what I thought of it.

So, Shahrukh Khan plays Major Samar who diffuses bombs for the Indian army. He meets Akira (Anushka Sharma), a journalist who falls in love with him but discovers something about his past which has made him the man he is today. His past has Meera (Katrina Kaif) who is engaged to someone else but loves Shahrukh Khan. Then a couple of accidents (literally) change things a bit. Will not say more.

If you’ve seen Yash Chopra’s movies in the past you’ll know what his love stories are all about. There’s a lot of depth and warmth in each character in the story, there’s amazing music (always) and beautiful visuals. I found most of that missing in his last movie! There’s nothing great about the story and the screenplay is just too weak which could have been saved with better editing. The visuals are beautiful ok- Ladakh and London mainly and of course our gorgeous heroines in them with all the lovely styling, clothes, make-up and hair. The thing is that they’ve tried to make it as ‘today’ as possible, so much so that Shahrukh Khan probably has kissing scenes for the first time ever but the ‘YC’ (Yash Chopra) factor is somehow missing. The first half was extremely slow and boring. I would have really liked the film if it was just the second half.

Coming to the performances… Shahrukh Khan knows all the passionate love wala looks by heart now and he does  them well even with the new heroines even if they lack chemistry or look like his daughters. Luckily, he didn’t overact this time. I like his rugged man look when he’s in the army. Otherwise he looks like a wanna-be with gel in his hair trying to look young. The dance sequence with Katrina in ‘Ishq Shava’ doesn’t suit him at all! Katrina Kaif has done a decent job and you can’t take your eyes off her when she’s on screen. Anushka Sharma I love! I think she’s a natural actor, looks great and she was perfect for the role with all that energy and that contagious smile.

AR Rahman is losing the magical touch he has with music. You wont believe ‘Challa’ by Rabbi is his composition. It’s so bad! I love the song ‘Saans’ though sung by my favourite female singer- Shreya Ghoshal. Ishq Shava and Heer are both nice. Jiya re is fun only while watching the movie.

So, I feel bad but I expected much more from Yash Chopra’s last movie which was not that bad but could have been so much better! This is probably Shahrukh Khan’s low phase but I do hope he bounces back with a better film soon.

Rating– 3/5

 

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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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Feb 11 2011

Patiala House- Movie Review

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Before watching the movie only I knew it wouldn’t be that great. The trailers anyway said it all! That, coupled with drunk cheapdas in the audience is enough to say about my Patiala House experience.

Story– A mellow man (Akshay Kumar) is born to do only one thing in life-play cricket and his father doesn’t allow him to do just that because of some stupid filmy reason. They stay in Patiala house where there are atleast 40 (exaggerated number) family members out of which none can do what they want in life because of the head of the house (Rishi Kapoor). So a pretty neighbour (Anushka Sharma) works her charm and makes Akki realize that he needs to stand up or no one else in the family can. So he goes and plays and we know what happens then. Another ‘Bend it like Bekham’. Right?

Of course it’s right! The story is super unoriginal and predictable, with quite a lot of wtf moments and they made Akshay Kumar a “Gattu” AND Hard Kaur looks not only uncomfortable but also stupid in the movie! I honestly laughed every time I saw her! Also, Anushka Sharma speaks too fast and firangs were made to speak in Hindi which sounded like some alien language! Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia were great! Anushka Sharma looked beautiful, flawless. Gattu a.k.a Akshay Kumar looked good too and acted decently well.

Anyway, the music, by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy is very ok. The cinematography is very good though. Some shots have been shot brilliantly!

So I’d say Patiala House is ok. It’s not super bad. It’s not as bad as Nikhil Advani’s earlier film- ‘Jaane kahan se aayi hai’ but it’s still ok bad… if you know what I mean!

Rating– 2/5

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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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