May 22 2015

Tanu weds Manu Returns- Movie Review

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Tanu-Weds-Manu-Returns-PosterVery rarely would you find sequels better than the first part. Tanu Weds Manu has returned and how! Let me explain.

Plot in short– Tanuja (Kangana Ranaut) and Manoj (R Madhavan) have been married, maybe not happily since 4 years. With disagreements, senseless arguments and fewer sparks both want to end their marriage to live a more peaceful life. A heated up fight at the psychiatrist makes Manu end up in a mental hospital while Tanu escapes to Kanpur. Feeling slightly bad for her husband, she calls his friend Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal) to come rescue him. Once back home, she goes back to being the rebellious, notorious Tanu who would walk out in a towel while a boy’s family has come home to meet her sister. During her stay at her family home, she reconnects with one time boyfriend Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Sheirgill) and also basks in the attention she gets from a new lawyer friend- Chintu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) who’s been staying without paying rent at her family home. Meanwhile, Manu comes to India and meets a Tanu look-alike Kusum (Kangana Ranaut) who is a state level athlete from Haryana. Within a couple of weeks he falls for her and is ready to get married. What will happen to Tanu and Manu’s marriage?

The Good– I have to say I enjoyed every minute of the film. Not once did I get distracted by my phone’s constant vibrations (Whatsapp messages). The pace is perfect and the very well written dialogue and screenplay by Himanshu Sharma add the raw desi masala mixed with real cinema making it juicy and flavourful in one go. Director Aanand L. Rai expertly weaves his magic in combining it with great music, styling, production design, cinematography and acting. The song ‘Banno tera swagger’ is a definite favourite. Kangana Ranaut shines in her performance as both Tanu and Kusum, making a clear demarcation between both characters. She looks gorgeous! R Madhavan in all his subtlety is superb! He has great screen presence. Supporting actors Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi is a live wire, very entertaining, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Chintu is good, Jimmy Sheirgill is Raja Awasthi is charming. All the other actors too made their presence felt, adding value to the film.

The Not- so-good– I didn’t want it to end. I wish they make a part three.

Verdict– I loved the film and would highly recommend it to everyone. Two hours of pure desi entertainment- music, drama, humour and a lot of masala. MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Aug 2 2013

Chor Chor Super Chor- Movie Review

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Chor Chor Super Chor PosterThere are some trailers that make the movie seem really good when in actuality it’s quite the opposite. Chor Chor Super Chor is something like that and I was quite disappointed.

Satbir (Deepak Dobriyal) is an honest man even though he’s got friends who are small time thieves. He does the shittiest of jobs such as dressing up as a Samosa at a mall for a living. His friends try to coax him into trying his hand at stealing but he chooses not to stoop to that level because of his principles. When he falls in love with a lovely looking girl his entire world turns upside down. The only way to save him and his thief friends is to start a reality show that will bring back his respect and love.

So we have yet another Delhi- based small budget film. Not all work and this is one of those. The concept is great! The entire idea of there being a con for a con is brilliant but what went wrong here is the screenplay. It’s unnecessarily long and boring after a point. The editing could have been way better and atleast 45 minutes of the movie should have been cut off. There are some funny scenes in the movie but nothing groundbreaking like the entire ‘Dressing up as a samosa for promotion’. Delhi has been captured well in cinematographer Rakesh Haridas’ lens. The setting is real and so is the styling of all the characters.

Great background music too. The songs weren’t required even though they weren’t bad. They seem very out of place. I like the song ‘Na ishq kariyo jhalle’ sung by Papon.

Deepak Dobriyal is in the lead this time unlike his other films where he’s played the supporting actor. He’s understated and natural which is what makes him endearing as an actor. Priya Bathija is the actress in the film who is paired opporsite Deepak Dobriyal. Now that’s just an odd pairing. They just look weird together and even lack chemistry for obvious reasons. The rest of the cast have done a good job and create some good moments.

Chor Chor Super Chor really let me down in terms of content. It could have been a great film but fails to make a mark. Avoid!

Rating– 2/5

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Dec 21 2012

Dabangg 2- Movie Review

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Dabangg-2-PosterDabangg as a movie was ok and I was expecting better from part 2. But I guess experience says that sequels are rarely as good as or better than the first movies and in the case of Dabangg 2, I have to agree.

So, Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) is happily married to Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) and stays in Kanpur with her, Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and their father (Vinod Khanna). This time he has a new enemy- Baccha bhaiyya and his brothers. Now, the crux of the story is this- Villian bullies people from town and Chulbul, Chulbul kills villain’s brother. Villain takes badla and attacks Chulbul’s pregnant wife and brother. Chulbul doesn’t take that too well and fights bare-chested in the last sequence to create dramatic effect. Haha

Ok so the story of the movie as you read above is quite useless. Arbaaz Khan as a director has tried his best to keep up the standard by using the best editors, action directors, cinematographers, stylists and production designers. However, he failed to work on the screenplay and dialogues which were much better in the first Dabangg. Somehow, I was pretty bored throughout in spite of seeing my favourite Salman Khan in the movie. There was barely any humour or emotional connect with the characters except for that one scene when Salman Khan is crying like a baby.

Coming to the performances… Salman Khan is such a star that even if he says dialogues half heartedly, people love him (including me). I understand that he’s supposed to have attitude and style in the movie but in Dabangg 2 he’s sort of taken the audience for granted and it seems as though he’s just been woken up and pushed to act. Sonakshi Sinha is lovely! She not only looks beautiful but also convinces as Chulbul’s wife. Prakash Raj who was brilliant in Singham was good here too but he didn’t have much meat to his character because it was all given to Salman Khan. I thought Deepak Dobriyal (the guy who plays Genda) was very good too. Arbaaz Khan was too busy being a director to bother paying attention to acting instead of just mugging lines.

The music of the film by Sajid Wajid is decent. The song ‘Dagabaaz’ is really well sung and good to listen to. ‘Fevicol’ is a great dance number with crazy lyrics!

Overall, Dabangg 2 goes one step lower in comparison to Dabangg and I’m very disappointed. I still love Salman Khan though! 😛

Rating– 2/5

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Aug 19 2011

Not a love story- Movie Review

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I hadn’t followed the Neeraj Grover murder case at all until just now, very recently, when Maria Susairaj was released from jail after a 3 yrs sentence for destroying evidence related to the murder.

Based on a true story, Not a love story is about how this struggling actress moves to Mumbai. She is then signed her for a Bollywood film by a good casting director. They make love one night and the next morning, her fiancé comes to surprise her at her residence but instead finds the casting director sleeping naked on the girl’s bed. Impulsively, he stabs the man with a knife. In order to hide the body, the fiancé cuts the body into pieces and fits it into plastic bags which both the actress and him destroy by burning.

Now one would expect this kind of story to be dealt with in a very sensible way as it is a sensitive subject. But no, Ram Gopal Varma goes all out and makes you squirm in your seat with disgust. The camera angles, the way the kissing scenes have been shown look extremely vulgar, sleazy and gross especially because there isn’t any need to do so. No one killed Jessica (the movie) was atleast done tastefully and not just for popping eyeballs!

Anyway, coming to acting, Mahie Gill (Maria Susairaj) who I thought was a good actress was mostly just sobbing throughout the film and got irritating after a point. Also, Ramu kept zooming into her face which was not exactly pleasant to look at without make up (Sorry), not that her legs were either. Deepak Dobriyal (Jerome) acted well but looked very creepy. I’d partially blame the cameras for that.

I just felt that the cameras could have been handled a little more seriously and respectfully. The annoying thing was that Rangeela song they kept playing throughout the movie, especially as her ringtone.

So, Not a love story is not something I’ll recommend. Follow the news instead.

Rating– 2/5

 

 

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