Jul 3 2015

Guddu Rangeela- Movie Review


With a thin plot, Guddu Rangeela manages to bring out the best in the screenplay, direction and performances making it a decent Bollywood entertainer.

Rating- 3/5


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Jan 4 2014

Mr. Joe B. Carvalho- Movie Review


Mr. Joe B. Carvalho posterYou know it’s going to be a lame movie when the title itself reads ‘Mr. Joe B. Carvalho. Just how lame I’ll tell you.

Joe B. Carvalho is an aspiring detective, personality similar to Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Pink Panther) who is careless, random and a mamma’s boy. He gets an assignment that will not only make him more confident as a person but also give his career a boost. This assignment turns out to be a comedy of errors but also brings him close to his long lost love (Soha Ali Khan).

I have no idea what debutant director Samir Tewari had in mind but he probably loves Govinda too much and has watched too many David Dhawan films which led him to make what he’s made. The story lacks clarity and the screenplay is patchy from start to finish. The kind of humour you will find in the film is exactly like its title- slapstick and so not many people will find it funny. At the start itself, when Arshad Warsi enters a crime scene, he removes a rope and starts to skip. So he just skips up and down, round and round, in the air until he confuses the bad guys and ties them up. And of course, there are some very corny and ridiculous dialogues (PJs) in the film which cracked me up but I’m not sure if you’ll find them amusing. Here are some…

Shakti Kapoor- Mere paas ek case hai. Arshad Warsi- Briefcase?

Javed Jaffery1 – Jab dekho criticize karte rehte ho. Javed Jaffery 2– Iska naam hona chahiye Critic Roshan!

Javed Jaffery in his schizophrenic mode 1- Theek tarah se kheech.  Javed Jaffery in his schizophrenic mode 2- I’m pulling! Javed in mode 1- Haan toh main kab kaha tu stree ling hai!

Maut, potti aur Carlos kahin bhi aa sakta hai”.

Soha Ali Khan’s stylist and make up artist has done a good job. I didn’t think visually the film was spectacular but it wasn’t too bad either. The cinematography is alright. The music is not worth mentioning. I can’t name one song that I liked.

The performances saved the movie to a great extent. Arshad Warsi is a great actor and he did his best to be funny. Unfortunately, the one liners just weren’t funny enough. Soha Ali Khan looks gorgeous and she too has done her best to be funny but somehow she just doesn’t fit into the versatile actress category. Javed Jaffery is superb! He’s hilarious and has amazing comic timing. With the kind of changes his character goes through, his voice modulation and sense of comedy makes it fun to watch him. Himani Shivpuri was the most annoying in the film. She kind of overdid the whole blind mother part and wasn’t funny at all. All the other actors- Shakti Kapoor, Ranjeet, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Joshi and the others were good.

This film is easily forgettable.  Do not watch it.

Rating– 2/5

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Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2013


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

2)      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Inspiring and an award winning performance from Farhan Akhtar. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

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

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

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

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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Aug 2 2013

Rabba Main Kya Karoon- Movie Review


Rabba-Main-Kya-Karoon-Movie-PosterWe’ve seen too many Rom-Coms about extra-marital affairs in the recent past and Rabba Main Kya Karoon is no different. So what’s the point in watching it? I asked myself the same question when I walked out after the movie. Well, here’s what I thought of it.

Akash Chopra and Tahira Kochar who have been in love for many years are all set to get married until Akash’s brother Arshad Warsi comes into the picture and draws Akash’s attention to ‘hormones’ that haven’t been activated yet. As the days come closer, Akash starts to realise what he’s been missing out on all these years because he’s never been single. Will he be able to stay faithful to his going-to-be-wife?

Director Amrit Sagar could have said that he was making a film inspired by ‘Masti’, ‘Biwi no.1’, ‘Shaadi no.1’, etc. because this film lacks all originality. The story is predictable and so overdone that it would be nicer to turn back to those movies to get entertained instead. The dialogues aren’t too funny and the screenplay is a bit of a drag. The editor probably got bored watching the film over and over again while editing and thought it better to go back to sleep.

The styling of all the actresses is done very well. The art direction is good. The cinematographer has captured the visuals beautifully on his camera. The music is average. The background score goes well with the film luckily.

Coming to the performances… Newcomers Akash Chopra and Tahira Kochar are not bad at all acting-wise but chemistry lacks between them. Akash Chopra is a decent actor but not your typical Bollywood hero. Tahira Kochar looks lovely and acts well too. Arshad Warsi as usual is superb! I really wish we could see him more often in films. Paresh Rawal doesn’t have a major role but is still fun to watch. Shakti Kapoor is alright. Tinu Anand barely has dialogues but is still fun to watch. Riya Sen’s acting has improved ten folds.

Rabba Main Kya Karoon is a mixture of several films related to the concept of cheating in marriage. There may not be any kissing scenes, violence and abuses as this is supposed to be a family entertainer but it disappoints where originality is concerned and very little attention is given to the story and screenplay which are the most important factors to make a good film.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Mar 15 2013

Jolly LLB- Movie Review


jolly-llb_posterFrom the look of it and the trailers, I thought it would be very boring and it was my last choice of film this weekend. But then I thought, chalo, let’s give it a chance. And so I did. Here’s my review.

Jolly, a.k.a Jagdish Tyagi (Arshad Warsi) is a newbie lawyer from Meerut. He moves to Delhi to make it big. Out there he learns that money can buy anything and lawyers need to lie at the drop of a hat. In his effort to give his career a push, he gets himself into a hit-and-run case by filing a PIL. Now the lawyer whom he has to fight is a shrewd, well established lawyer- Rajpal (Boman Irani) who has all the resources to win the case. Jolly is about to lose focus but girlfriend (Amrita Rao) shows him the path to being an honest and sincere lawyer and person. Can Jolly fight for justice without money or power?

First things first. This is no big budget film with stars to make the marketing easy. The film thrives on direction and good actors. With Jolly LLB, the battle seems to be won. Subhash Kapoor who’s written the story and directed the film has done a great job. Some of the dialogues are quite funny and they do add some character to an otherwise serious courtroom drama. The styling is modest and the production design is kept real which is good. The camera work is good.

Coming to the performances. Arshad Warsi in my opinion has always been a good actor and deserves to do more films like this. His performance as Jolly, the lead character is good, especially in the second half. He’s very likable. Boman Irani as the arrogant and over-confident lawyer is almost perfect. He’s probably only done good work in his career and be it negative or positive he does it with grace. Another actor who’s superb and has done a fantastic job is Saurabh Shukla as the judge. He’s hilarious and so natural that it’s a delight to watch him on screen. Amrita Rao is kind of useless in the film and luckily we don’t get to see her much. Her voice is a bit annoying.

There are barely any songs in the movie which is a good thing. They are quite sad anyway. I’ve heard a song called ‘Law lag gaye’ though which is a little catchy but not in the film.

The film is made with a lot of heart and I think it’s quite entertaining too. There were some people even clapping and cheering in the theatre which is a good sign. Go watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 24 2011

Double Dhamaal- Movie Review


I’ve seen Dhamaal and have laughed like crazy which is what drove me to watch Double Dhamaal. Was it as good as the first one? Aage padho!

So what’s the movie about? The four nuts Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Ashish Chowdhry and my favourite Javed Jaffrey  are struggling to make money for a living and they find Sanjay Dutt (their earlier tormentor) living the good life. The fun begins when they try to mess his life up and the tables turn on them.

To begin with, this movie is stupid, random and dumb in most parts so do not expect much when you go. Do not try to make sense of everything you see and trust me, you will find yourself laughing and having a good time. If you liked Ready, you definitely should like this. If not, then you’re a suck up who likes Ready only because Salman Khan is in it and that movie was very stupid and hardly funny!

Out here you’ve got actors who are great at comedy even though they’re not stars. Their comic timing is superb! Obviously now Mallika Sherawat and Kangana Ranaut (pigeon) are just there to show some cleavage; oh and let me add Ashish Chowdhry to that list too! 😉 There are some crazy-ass dialogues in the film that made me and my brother laugh like mad! For example, a man says “Gun de!” to which Javed Jaffrey replies saying “Tu ganda!” As I said, it’s not meant for people who don’t like or understand slapstick humour. The songs are random and come in from nowhere but the ‘Jalebi Bai’ song is something I can listen to some more and get used to even though it’s is something I can listen to some more and get used to even though it’s an absurd name for a song!

Double Dhamaal wasn’t as good as the first one but it wasn’t bad either. It’s one of those movies I can watch again if it comes on Tv. Go watch it and have a good laugh!

Rating– 3/5

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Apr 1 2011

F.A.L.T.U. – Movie Review


Chaar bajj gaye lekin party abhi baaki hai! was all that I had heard/seen of the movie. From the name only I thought it’d be a stupid faaltu movie! Now, how faaltu is the question. Read on!

A group of 4 friends are rejected by all the colleges as they they’re the ‘don’t-give-a-shit-about-studies type. When their parents grill them about getting into a good college so they can have a bright future, they create a fake college for a day to get out of the mess. What follows is a lot of crazy stuff which I will not enlighten you with here in my review.

So, if you’ve watched the Hollywood flick ‘Accepted’ you might just think this movie’s a waste of time. I was just hoping they’d be a little original! But if you’re in college and went to watch this with your friends, you’ll enjoy it. The movie has flop actor Jackie Bhagnani whose papa is the producer of the film. He’s actually quite a sweet boy but doesn’t know anything about acting! Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Darshan Jariwala and Boman Irani were great and the other actors don’t matter much.

Even though the song’s aren’t that great, except for one, Remo Desouza’s choreography is outstanding, especially the last dance sequence with all the neon lights n all. Superb! It’s supposed to be a comedy film but I didn’t really find any of their jokes that funny.

But all in all, it’s a light hearted film with a good message in the end for college kids. For everyone else, watch ‘Accepted’ instead. Lekin itna bhi faltu nahin hai.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Nov 9 2010

Golmaal 3- Movie Review


The Golmaal movies have always been in the ‘stupid-comedy’ category. They’re obviously not meant for everyone so do not judge me when I say that I liked it, especially if you make faces at stupid jokes!

I’m feeling lazy to type the story but in short its basically about these 5 orphans (Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Kunal Khemu, Tusshar Kapoor & Shreyas Talpade) with the help of Kareena Kapoor (also an orphan) bringing two old lovers (Mithun Chakraborthy & Ratna Pathak), who had to break up because of the girl’s villainous father together.

The story isn’t really something to brag about. It’s predictable and there’s no “wow” thing in it. The ending isn’t that great but what makes the movie a hit for me are the dialogues, the way all the actors look (except Shreyas Talpade) and the camera work. It has been shot really well, especially the action scenes.

The comedy timing of all the actors and dialogues are kick ass! There was this one scene after the interval which totally cracked me up- The Hum saath saath hai scene. If you’ve seen the movie, you’d know which one I’m talking about.  Some of the dialogues are legendary! Mithun Chakraborthy is truly a star!

Coming to the way the actors looked… I couldn’t take my eyes of Kareena… she looks gorgeous in all the scenes! For the first time I think I actually thought Ajay Devgan looked good! Kunal Khemu also for some reason looked pretty decent… otherwise I think he looks like a servant! I had a problem with Shreyas’ styling. Whoever did it, probably hated him ‘cause he looks so ganda! His hair and clothes look really really bad!

The songs aren’t that great but its ok. The movie is not about the music anyway.

Rohit Shetty has done it again! Golmaal 3 as a movie was howlarious in the second half and decent in the first half. I’d say it’s a little above average for me.

Rating– 3.5/5

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