Nov 28 2015

Tamasha- Movie Review


Even with Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead and the song ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’, Tamasha remains nothing but a twisted, creepy love story which you don’t want to watch again, ever.

Rating– 2/5


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Feb 21 2014

Highway- Movie Review


Highway Movie PosterHighway looked like a great film from the trailer itself. Also, the song Maahi Ve created quite a ripple in our hearts. So how was the movie on the whole? Here’s what I thought.

The plot– Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

The good– Alia Bhatt is definitely the best thing about the movie. She’s natural, effortless and expressive. I misjudged her in Student of the year as a dumb actress and I have to admit she’s proved me wrong with her performance in Highway. Randeep Hooda’s a great actor and has acted really well in Highway but there are some dialogues he speaks which are unclear. The story is simple and its one of those movies that you can watch many times. Imtiaz Ali, the director who’s made romantic comedies like Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met knows how to connect with his audience in the most subtle and simple way. He lets his characters breathe and lets silences speak for themselves through the film. Even with less dialogues and melodrama, there are some funny moments that make the film enjoyable.

Visually, the film is stunning! Amazing locations, gorgeous frames captured through the cinematographer’s lens and it will make you want to go on a road trip for sure! It gave me a strong urge to see Himachal Pradesh for sure with all its beauty! The background score and music by AR Rahman is brilliant! The song Maahi Ve is undoubtedly a favourite!

The not-so-good– I’m a sucker for romantic movies so I really liked this one but I’m not sure if realists will as much as idealists like me do. You know what I mean? There’s a lot of dreaminess in this film that might not appeal to the masses. I can’t actually find too many not-so-good things in the movie but yes, I would have liked the first half to be better paced.

Verdict– I loved Highway! Alia Bhatt gives a top rated performance and Imtiaz Ali as a director passes with flying colours! Watch it!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 21 2013

Raanjhanaa- Movie Review


Raanjhanaa-Movie--PosterThere was something very captivating about the trailer. I was looking forward to watching Raanjhanaa for many reasons- AR Rahman’s music, progress in Sonam Kapoor’s acting, the simplicity of Dhanush and a sweet love story from what I could see. But I guess there was more… much more.

A small town Hindu boy (Dhanush) is in love with a Muslim girl (Sonam Kapoor). Their romance begins to brew at a young age and gets over before it even blooms as her parents find out. They send her to Aligarh to study and get over her “pointless” crush. After many years, she returns, in love with a young dynamic student in Delhi fighting for causes (Abhay Deol) while her Raanjhanaa is still deeply in love with her.

What starts as a simple sweet love story takes a complete different path during the course of the film and towards the end. Do not judge by the trailer. Like Sonam Kapoor’s film Mausam where the couple meets and separates at several occasions in their lives, I thought this film would be on the same lines. Luckily it isn’t. The growth of the story is good but there are too plots and messages to convey and the pace is poor leading you to watch a film that goes on and on and on. Director Aanand Rai could have handled the screenplay and editing better even though his actors, music and visuals have contributed the most. The cinematography and art direction go hand in hand presenting vibrant colours and characteristics so deeply Indian. The look of every character is distinct right from the start to the end. Sonam Kapoor wearing the most simple and basic kurtis and leggings with barely any make up looks lovely.

The music by AR Rahman goes well with the theme of the film but doesn’t make for an album I’d like to buy. The song ‘Tum Tak’ stands out the most. The background score helps in creating added drama.

Sonam Kapoor for once does justice to her character. She’s shown progress as an actress and hopefully will get better from here. Dhanush who makes his Bollywood debut has something about him even though he isn’t the best looking guy with a chiseled body or strong personality. In his own way he makes a presence. Now of course, there are parts in the second half where you’d wonder if he has the personality to be a leader of a political party but then you’ll smile feel for him when you see the love for Zoya in his eyes. Even though they both look extremely odd together they form a good team. Abhay Deol in his short role barely has anything to do but does it well. The three of them remind me of Kajol-Arvind Swamy-Prabhudeva together in Sapnay. The guy who plays Dhanush’s friend- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayubb delivers a good performance. Even the girl who dotes on Dhanush- Swara Bhaskar is convincing.

Raanjhanaa is a commendable attempt with good performances and story but it takes forever to end.

Rating– 3/5


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Nov 11 2011

Rockstar- Movie Review


My expectations from Rockstar were pretty high, considering there’s Ranbir Kapoor as factor 1 and Imtiaz Ali as factor 2. So, this was bound to be a hit, right? Well, read further and find out!

Ranbir Kapoor has one dream- to be a rockstar. But when he becomes one, he realizes there’s a lot more than just the fame and money. There’s loneliness, pain and an emptiness inside which can only be filled by true love.

The story is as obvious as it gets and still it’s somehow not how it should be. Rockstar could have been a hard-hitting film with a super performer as the lead actor but the story focuses too much on the confusing love story between Ranbir and Nargis. I like the way it’s all been edited though and the locations are pretty awesome!

What I love about Ranbir Kapoor is that he gets into the skin of his character and does it really well. In the beginning, he plays Janardhan, a young aspiring singer trying his luck everywhere and doing everything he’s told. He’s innocently adorable. After the transformation, he becomes Jordan, a passionate lover who’s angry almost all the time and sometimes seems to have a mental problem. Nargis Fakhri is another Katrina Kaif. By this I mean that she looks very pretty but can’t act. I wish her well though.

The music by A.R. Rahman is just not how it used to be and for me that is a major let down, especially for a movie like Rockstar where music is of utmost importance. I like Katiyan Karoon and Tum Ho; Sadda Haq is amazing in the movie but I don’t think I’d really download or go buy the music of Rockstar because I wouldn’t see myself listening to the songs otherwise. I’d really expected a lot more from the man who’s made awesome music in the past.

So, Rockstar is really disappointing as a movie even though Ranbir Kapoor’s done full justice to his role.

Rating– 2.5/5


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Jan 26 2011

127 Hours- Movie Review


True stories are always intriguing and I don’t know if I’m the only one but when I watch a true story, I end up reading up about it or looking for videos and pictures for the next 3-4 days atleast. 127 hours is one of those. Now, what did I think about the movie? Read on!

127 hours is the real life story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber, played by James Franco. One April morning in 2003, he set out to explore The Blue John Canyon, Utah. While hiking, he slipped and fell into a deep crevice in one of the huge rocks. AS he slipped, his arm got crushed under a very heavy boulder which forced him to get stuck there for 127 hours. This is his survival story, directed by Danny Boyle.

The survival story itself is huge in itself. I just wish it was told better. Yes, you’ll find most part of the movie without dialogues and lots of silence but I just felt there was something missing. For example, Cast Away is sort of similar in terms of how the protagonist is alone and how he survives. I just think that story was told better.

Also, because of the silence, people were talking to each other in the theatre, discussing what’s happening, which really pissed me off! I had to go and sit somewhere else!

Coming to the good parts about the movie. James Franco portrays Aron Ralston very convincingly. I loved the cinematography…very real. The music was decent.

Overall, 127 hours is a story worth watching although, it could’ve been better.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Oct 4 2010

Robot- Movie Review


I didn’t expect much from this Rajni(kant) and Aishwarya starrer but what do you know! Robot a.k.a Robot was not bad at all!

The film is as massy as it can get! Rajni is a scientist and Ash his love interest. Rajni makes a Robot called Chitti who looks exactly like hi. This robot is made with the intention of helping the Indian Army and protecting the people of India. Unfortunately, Danny Denzongpa (villain) who is also Rajni’s mentor is super jealous of Rajni’s achievements and so, tries a lot of things to make sure Rajni becomes unsuccessful. Then of course many more things happen and I’m not gonna tell you what!

The story is very 90s. It’s obviously not the most practical story but I guess in a movie yeh sab chalta hai especially if Rajnikant is in it… Hai na? 3 hours seem a little long…I wish it was shorter! The special effects are superb though and especially the last half an hour. There aren’t any legendary dialogues in this movie but there are some scenes which are extremely ridiculous and yet cool!

Aishwarya looks beautiful! Her hair and make-up person has done a brilliant job! Rajnikant looks like a monkey with his beard and long ugly-looking hair…luckily they didn’t make the robot look like that (not that the Robot looks like a hero)! But when you watch Rajni on screen, you know he’s a star and no matter how old he is with however little hair on his head, he still has that presence which you can’t deny. He and Aishwarya both have acted well. The action scenes are outstanding! Also, I love the locations they’ve chosen for their songs! Director Shankar has done a good job as a director and the background music was great but somehow I felt that this was AR Rahman’s worst album as a music director. Maybe it’s just me who feels this way but I didn’t like even one song! Very surprising!

So overall, Robot was a full on masala film, quite entertaining but it loses points because it was really long! No Rajni fan should miss this!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 18 2010

Raavan- Movie Review


Got home half drenched after watching Raavan…Ok no, it’s the mad rain! So now here’s what I thought of the movie.

Simple story, similar to the epic tale Ramayana, Raavan is sort of an adaptation based in today’s times in some village in India. According to me, Main Ratnam has done a fairly good job. The story could’ve been better but there are other things in the movie that are superb.

Abhishek Bachchan who plays Beera in the movie is abso-fu**in-lutely brilliant! I have never seen an actor put so much life in to a character. He’s got a slightly negative role in the movie and has done it so well; he deserves a Filmfare for it! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the other hand was very ok and really needs to work on her acting skills. As for Govinda, I think this was the first time I’ve seen him do a character role and he was pretty decent… He’s usually trying to act like a stud otherwise (which he clearly is NOT!)

The cinematography by Santosh Sivan is so good that you’d actually feel like visiting all the places the film has been shot at. Beautiful visuals! The music- songs and background score- bloody awesome!  I have no words to describe what a genius A.R Rahman is! I love the way Behene De is shot;  it’s made me love the song even more! I wish there was more of Ranjha Ranjha though!

But to be honest, this movie belongs to Abhishek Bachchan for his stellar performance. He, without a doubt really is one of the best actors we have in Bollywood!

I know a lot of reviews for this movie by other movie critics and people might be negative, but it’s really not that bad. The experience was great and I’m so glad I saw Raavan!  If you love movies, do watch this.

Rating- 3/5

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