Apr 1 2016

Ki & Ka- Movie Review

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Ki & Ka posterThis year so far Bollywood has made some fantastic films and its only April still. Everytime people compare Bollywood with Hollywood’s standards, totally degrading Bollywood, it angers me. There is so much beauty in the films we make even though they may not be technically as superior or may not have the budgets as they do. Whatever it is, Ki & Ka would be a slap in the face to all those Bollywood haters.

Plot in short– The tagline of the film says ‘Striling, pulling, samething.’ In Kia’s (Kareena Kapoor) world, there is no time to cook, clean or socialize with the neighbours. Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) on the other hand, is a builder’s son who doesn’t want to live off his father’s money but be a home maker and look after his family. They meet and fall in love and decide to get married. Can this role reversal result in a happy marriage?

The Good– This movie is meant for those who are open minded and non- judgmental. If you’re not one of these, then please go watch it with an open mind. Director R Balki who is also the writer of the film, has brilliantly executed a concept that works in today’s day and age. Many may not agree but that is only because of the kind of image one has in their head of what a man and a woman are meant to do in their lives. What Ki and Ka show is how wonderful life can be without the pressure of doing something you don’t want to do or being someone you don’t want to be.  A home maker deserves as much respect as a corporate slave. With the crisp screenplay and editing, you will find it an absolute pleasure to watch. Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor may not look like the ‘ideal’ on screen pair but both share great chemistry together. Kareena with her un-Kohled eyes and natural make up looks gorgeous while Arjun Kapoor on his Segway looks like the most chilled out person on Earth! They’re both so comfortable in their roles that it looks so real. Swaroop Sampat who plays Kareena’s mother in the film is effortlessly lovable in her character. I also thought Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan’s appearance was great! I found myself laughing and crying in the film and could relate to so much.

There’s a whole lot of research and mehnat gone into making the sets and locations come to life, trains being a huge part of it. The cinematography works its magic in several scenes and makes every frame look fresh.

The Not-so-good– While many will embrace the subject with open arms, most will turn it down due to narrow mindedness and stereotyping. So this turns out to be a negative because people aren’t even accepting the idea. It may be a little slow in parts but it doesn’t overpower the good in the movie. I wish Arjun Kapoor’s character tried atleast a little to do something with his time instead of acting so lukha at the age of 28. The final thing that didn’t go too well with me was the music. There’s no song that I would like to have on my playlist from Ki & Ka.

Verdict– Ki and Ka is a progressive film about a progressive ladKI and ladKA. Open your mind and I promise you will love it.

Rating– 4/5

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Jan 9 2015

Tevar- Movie Review

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Tevar movie posterMost of us women are looking for that ‘hero’ in our life who will sweep us off our feet, protect us, care for us, even sing songs and dance with us and make us feel like a princess. The existence of such heroes is all because of Bollywood and let me tell you that Tevar’s lead man Arjun Kapoor is surely going to make you swoon!

So glad to be back on Roochster and write my reviews again after a long wedding break! Now here’s my take on Boney Kapoor’s Tevar.

Plot in short- Pintoo a.k.a Ghanshyam (Arjun Kapoor) is a master at Kabaddi and bashes up any street lafanga who tries to mess with the women in Mathura. On a random day when he’s on his way to go and play kabaddi, he gets his hands dirty by crossing Gajender Singh’s (Manoj Bajpai) path. Now Gajender Singh is this corrupt politician’s brother who has the hots for Radhika (Sonakshi Sinha) and is on a mission to marry her whether she wants to or not. Will Pintoo and Radhika be able to match up to Gajender’s influence and power around town and free themselves from the chase?

The Good– The screenplay earns the film most points as you wont find yourself bored at any given point apart from a few long action scenes. Good direction by Amit Ravindernath Sharma for putting together a good end product. Some dialogues stand out but that’s because Arjun Kapoor shines. He’s acted very well and leaves you wanting for more. His character is perfectly sketched and he’s been lucky enough to get a role like this where the ‘hero’ of the film gets up even after being stabbed in his back, stomach and arms. No matter how silly and cliché that is, it’s a true Bollywood masala film that the masses love. Sonakshi Sinha too has acted well. She speaks volumes with her eyes and is convincing enough to play the damsel in distress with all the drama in her life. Together she and Arjun Kapoor sizzle on screen. Manoj Bajpai who plays the bad guy is perfect! All the supporting actors such as Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval, Arjun Kapoor’s sister, Kaakdi and all the other actors support beautifully. The music overall is just ok. My favourite number is the duet love song- Joganiyan and I also like Superman which is so typically a Sajid-Wajid number and has been choreographed well by Remo Desouza. Top notch cinematography by Laxman Utekar who has been working on every other film in Bollywood these days. But he is that good.  The background score by Clinton Cerejo is also well paced and takes the film forward. As much as I dislike action scenes, I have to say that the stunts are all well designed and the action sequences come off as well choreographed overall.

The Not-so-good– There aren’t many downfalls in the film apart from the fact that it is slightly longer than my liking. There could have been fewer action scenes and definitely 1-2 songs less to cut the length short. I would have liked better songs too in the film.

Verdict– Tevar has the right amount of attitude, romance, action, drama and comedy to make it a ‘paisa vasool’ entertainer for the masses. Arjun Kapoor is the next best thing! It was awesome to see a typical Bollywood film after so long! Jaake dekho!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Sep 12 2014

Finding Fanny- Movie Review

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Finding-Fanny-PosterSo let’s get this straight… Finding Fanny is not your typical Bollywood film. It’s edgy, quirky, different and not meant for the masses.

Plot in short– After almost 3 decades, Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) gets back an undelivered love letter he had written to the only woman he loved (Stephanie Fernandes) all his life. The possibility of them being together is driving him crazy and so he decides to make a trip and find her. To help him out, a sweet girl from the village (Deepika Padukone), a crazy painter (Pankaj Kapur), a heartbroken mechanic (Arjun Kapoor) and a grumpy middle-aged woman (Dimple Kapadia) join in and make the trip.

The Good– When you have seasoned actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur and Dimple Kapadia to steal the show, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor are just the cherry on top. I think the performances helped a great deal in making the film fun to watch. I wouldn’t say the movie was a laugh riot throughout or was completely entertaining, but it did have some moments. The setting is superb! Goa looks amazing with the yellow grassy fields, beautiful architecture and gorgeous colours. The styling of the actors too is very real and believable. The cinematographer has an eye that slips into a dream-like setting and captures beauty in its entirety. Superb work! The music is fresh.

The Not-so-good– While the look of the film is brilliant, the treatment of the story is very different.  The screenplay is quirky and the direction is slightly a bit over the place which might make you a bit restless. The two hour film may seem slightly longer. I also wish the film wasn’t dubbed in Hindi at all because the dubbing job was done very badly.

Verdict– So when I walked out of the theatre, there were mixed reactions, mostly not so good. I however felt that the film deserves to be watched for not being your typical Bollywood film and hats off to Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor for being a part of it. It’s an average watch.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Apr 18 2014

2 States- Movie Review

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2-states-posterWhat a refreshing start to my Good Friday birthday! Not expecting it to be too full, I left aaram se from home to watch 2 States only to be lucky enough to get the last available seat in the entire theatre! Believe it or not, it was house full at 10 30am; and it’s not even a Salman Khan film! It’s definitely got to do with Alia Bhatt because majority of the crowd was college students! Anyway, here’s what I thought of the filmy adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s ‘2 States’.

Plot in short– Ananya (Alia Bhatt), a Tamilian from Chennai and Krish (Arjun Kapoor), a Punjabi from Delhi meet and fall in love at IIM Ahmedabad. After being in a happy relationship for almost three years they decide to get married. The only problem now is- their parents. How far can they go to make their parents happy to be together?

The Good– Director Abhishek Varman might not be as fast paced a story teller as Chetan Bhagat but he’s done a good job nonetheless. 2 States as a film hits the right spot where emotions are concerned. I saw myself laughing, crying, relating and getting goosebumps throughout the film. Even though the film is adapted from the novel, the screenplay brings the film to life, giving it its own identity. I would have enjoyed it as much even if I hadn’t read the novel. The casting has a lot to do with making the film enjoyable. I can easily say that Alia Bhatt is the next big thing after her performance in the film Highway and now 2 States. She is fresh, effortless and natural in her performance; Arjun Kapoor is slightly thanda but true to his character. They both share sizzling chemistry on screen and it automatically makes the film more fun to watch. Amrita Singh and Revathy both fit their roles perfectly and are super convincing as the tough mother-in-laws. Ronit Roy as Arjun Kapoor’s father delivers a fine performance. I also thought that the styling is top notch! Superb clothes, make- up and hair and it all just adds to making the film look like a fancy Indian magazine. The simple and yet effective cinematography and art direction make the film visually stunning! I also thought that the music by Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy is foot tapping and hummable. It went very well with the film. I loved the song ‘Mast magan’.

The Not-so-good– What I felt lacked, and most people would agree with me is the length of the film. The first half of the first half flows smoothly but starts getting very slow till the interval. The second half becomes even slower. So that is where the problem lies.  Pacing up the conflicts between the families or just editing better could have made it a lot more crisp and fun to watch.

Verdict– If you want to watch a good romantic comedy and have two and a half hours to spare, watch 2 States, especially if you are in or have been in a complicated relationship.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Feb 14 2014

Gunday- Movie Review

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Gunday-Movie-PosterFor Gunday I wasn’t expecting any theatre to be housefull; that too a show at 1:30 pm. But you know what?  I was wrong! I had to watch it in a theatre that stinks of pee (Central Plaza) ‘cause that was the closest theatre and the next show wasn’t too far away. Anyway, getting down to my review.

Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) both Bangladeshi refugees escape from Bangladesh as Gun Couriers. In Calcutta they take up a job at a small restaurant where they get thrown out from. They decide to make money to survive by stealing coal from trains and selling it. As time goes by, they become greater and more successful at smuggling coal and soon become the most popular ‘Gunday’ in Calcutta. A tough cop (Irrfan Khan) is all set to catch both of them and put them behind bars for all the criminal evidence he has against them. Will their ‘gundagiri’ be successful?

Director Ali Abbas Zafar definitely knows how to make his actors give their finest performance. If you see the story, it’s a typical Bollywood film from the 70s or 80s where revenge and blind love are the basics. The screenplay is alright and the background score really adds pace to the film which seems a bit slow at times. I wish the twists weren’t so predictable. I could guess every single one! The dialogue delivery though is superb! The action scenes are decently choreographed.

The styling is good. Both the actors have killer bodies that you can’t help stare at! The setting could have been better for sure. It all feels too polished and fresh for the 70s, 80s and 90s. The cinematography is great but then, all of Yash Raj’s films have the best cinematographers and use the best equipment to get the most splendid results.

When we speak of performances, there’s no denying that Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor are fantastic actors! They’re smooth, expressive and say their dialogues with style. While Ranveer Singh has his body to score lots of points, Arjun Kapoor impresses with the way he plays a grey shade to his character. Their chemistry is free flowing and entertaining and the best part is that both complement each other. Priyanka Chopra doesn’t have a major role but it is still significant and has done a good job. She looks as scintillating as ever! Irrfan Khan by default makes his presence felt in a large way. He is an actor of another level. Just too good!

The music by Sohail Sen is not exceptional and not that bad either. ‘Tune maari entry’ is my favourite. The other songs are alright. The visuals are beautiful in the song with Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh.

On the whole, Gunday is a one time watch. Masala entertainer with superb performances!

Rating– 3/5

 

 

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May 17 2013

Aurangzeb- Movie Review

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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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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012

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Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.

 

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May 11 2012

Ishaqzaade- Movie Review

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I’d only seen the ‘Pareshan’ song and Parineeti Chopra’s superb performance in ‘Ladies vs Ricky Behl’ before the release of ‘Ishaqzaade’. I didn’t have any idea what the movie was about but it had a very raw feel to it which didn’t look very appealing to be honest.  Now that I went to watch it, here’s my review of it.

Story in short? Parma (Hindu boy) and Zoya (Muslim girl) belong to a small town called Almor where everyone has guns and politics plays a huge role. Both their fathers are politicians and hate each other and so by default, so do Parma and Zoya. In a turn of events, they get married and then things get pretty messed up for them.

To start with, the performances were superb! Parineeti Chopra is a supremely talented actress, very natural and full of life. I loved her in the movie and she totally stole the show! Arjun Kapoor is good too and has a very raw look which is appealing somehow. Together they have great chemistry that makes every scene with them a treat to watch.

Except for the first half an hour when I was wondering why I went for the movie, I was gripped throughout. But then it only got better. In fact, it picked up pace just a little before the interval. Other than that, superb direction, editing and dialogues, realistic setting, costumes and make-up, outstanding performances by both Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor and average music by Amit Trivedi.

To me, it was like another Romeo & Juliet, with quite a bit of violence but charming in its own way. I really liked it and totally recommend it!

Rating– 3.5/5

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