Feb 27 2015

Dum Laga Ke Haisha- Movie Review


Heartfelt, real, funny, fresh, different and well executed in terms of performances, art direction, dialogues, direction and cinematography except for the music that didn’t quite click.

Rating- 4/5


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Mar 14 2014

Bewakoofiyaan- Movie Review


BEWAKOOFIYAAN-PosterYou know the movie’s going to be lame when you have Sonam Kapoor as the lead actress in a film called ‘Bewakoofiyaan’. Did Ayushmann Khurrana save the day? Well, you’ll know soon.

Plot in short– Due to recession, boyfriend Mohit (Ayushmann Khurrana) loses his job as Senior Marketing Executive at an airline company, is broke and looking for a job desperately. Girlfriend Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) who is earning well supports him emotionally and financially and hopes he gets out of this phase soon. Both of them are willing to get married even with the current situation but there is a major hurdle- Mayera’s father (Rishi Kapoor). Will their love survive with all the bewakoofiyaan they do?

The Good– I think the styling is superb! Both Sonam and Ayushmann look very stylish. The cinematography and colours make every frame look rich. Good job by the art department too.

Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as the father even though his role is not half as good as Steve Martin’s in Father of the Bride. Why am I comparing this movie to that? Well, you’ll know when you watch the film. It will also remind you of ‘Meet the parents’. Ayushmann Khurrana is a great actor and even in this film, he proves that. He is effortless and natural in his acting ability. Sonam Kapoor as an actress has been quite bad in the past and when we compare those films to this, she’s gotten better for sure. I wouldn’t say she’s very good though. The background score settles on the average fence.

The Not-so-good– Now, the story and screenplay I have certain issues with. While it tries to be all modern and fresh, Bewakoofiyaan is goes a little overboard with the whole ‘love’ thing. In today’s day and age, love is not enough to keep going or surviving. I can say that the director tried hard but couldn’t do much to save people from getting bored or waiting for the film to end soon. Even two hours felt incredibly long. Luckily there aren’t too many songs in the movie except for the song ‘Gulcharrey’ which is alright.

Verdict– Below average, Bewakoofiyaan is not worth watching in the theatre for sure. Watch it at home, that too only if you’re Ayushmann’s or Rishi Kapoor’s fan and really bored.

Rating– 2/5


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Apr 12 2013

Nautanki Saala- Movie Review


Nautanki saala posterAyushmann Khurrana is not just a good host, but is also a great singer and actor which he’s proved with his debut film- Vicky Donor. Nautanki Saala looked awesome when I saw the trailer and I could barely wait to watch the movie.

Ram (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a stage actor who bumps into Mandar (Kunal Roy Kapoor), who is about to commit suicide because his girlfriend Nadini (Pooja Salvi) broke up with him. Ram is a good man and so he not only saves his life but takes Mandar home to bring him out of his suicidal phase and to help him start afresh by pushing him into playing the character of ‘Ram’ in his play- Raavanleela. Ram’s girlfriend (Gaelyn Mendonca) cannot stand Ram’s new BFF Mandar and wants him out of the house. Ram decides to help his friend get back to his girlfriend instead of save his sinking relationship. Ram must do some quick thinking to set things straight in his and his new friend’s pretty messed up love life.

Nautanki Saala is the official remake of a French play titled ‘Apres Vous’. No wonder the treatment is unlike a typical Bollywood film. Rohan Sippy smoothly tells the story in the first half with witty dialogues, superb comic timings, bang on visuals and background music. I went mad laughing at some of the scenes; like the one where the South Indian Producer is taking the audition of Mandar as Ram and how he tries the voice modulation test on him, or how the receptionist mutters some words at the hospital and Ayushmann, very innocently has reacts with a blank expression, trying to figure out what she said. The second half, however is super slow. It just goes on and on and on. It feels like Mr. Sippy was super excited in the beginning and so made a kickass first half and then dulled out towards the end. The second half which was an hour seems like 3 hours!

The costumes and styling overall is superb! The costumes in the play are not the typical types you’ve seen in Ramayan or Ramleela. They’re contemporary. The cinematography by Manoj Lobo gives the film a very rich look, especially the theatre scenes. He’s created magic by using beautiful colours and lights to add to the overall look of the film. A huge credit goes to the Art Director and Production team who’ve found the best looking places in Mumbai to shoot at.

Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunal Roy Kapoor have this amazing chemistry and are so much fun to watch that you wont even feel like they’re acting. They’re so natural and witty. Kunal Roy Kapoor did get a bit monotonous after a while and also reminded me of his character in Delhi Belly but that’s ok to pass because he was hilarious in most scenes. Pooja Salvi as Nandini shouldn’t have been in the film at all. She needs to learn how to act first. Gaelyn Mendonca acted very well as the girlfriend and she has potential to do some more meaty roles in the future. All the other supporting actors, especially the South Indian producer, the receptionist, Lokesh and Mandar’s grandmother contribute a lot to the entertainment factor in the film.

The music in the film is fresh and goes well with the theme of the film. I loved the romantic numbers, especially ‘Mera Mann’ and also ‘Saadi galli’.

For me, Nautanki Saala worked only in the first half. The second half was a bit of a bore. It’s almost like yin and yang.

Rating– 3/5


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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012


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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