Nov 28 2015

Tamasha- Movie Review

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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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May 8 2015

Piku- Movie Review

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piku-posterSo there was PK and now there’s Piku. Yeah it’s been a while since I’ve written a review. NH10 was the last one and then came tons of social events, travels and laziness galore. Anyhow, let’s get down to my review.

Plot in short– Piku (Deepika Padukone), an irritable, eccentric, crazy Bengali woman of 30 has been taking care of her baba- Bhaskor (Amitabh Bachchan) ever since her mother passed away. Due to his own securities and old age health problems, constipation being a major one, he just cannot do without Piku to an extent where she can’t even get married. Originally from Kolkata and staying in Delhi, Bhaskor wants to visit his ancestral home and brother in Kolkata but that can’t happen without darling daughter Piku. But then comes a shitty problem- Bhaskor’s constipation cannot handle the claustrophobic loos in the plane or the discomfort in the train. So they decide to travel 1500 kms by car. Irrfan Khan, the owner of the cab service ends up driving them there because none of his drivers can take Piku’s eccentricities or mood swings to tolerate her for so long. Will Piku’s life ever be straightened out?

The Good– When you have three outstanding performers- Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone what can go wrong? Well, not much. I love how natural they all are in their performances, often making you forget that you’re watching a film. Amitabh Bachchan as the grumpy, finicky and difficult father whose Bangla accent is perfect and body language bang on; Irrfan Khan didn’t have much of a challenging role but he was good. Deepika Padukone just gets better with every film. She was great for the part of Piku and expressed herself beautifully in every scene. Moushmi Chatterjee too was rather entertaining. The director Shoojit Sircar has paid attention to every detail and made the setting as real as possible. Everything from the styling to the set design to the background score, screenplay, cinematography and editing make Piku a very interesting story to watch.

The Not-so-good– Although I really enjoyed myself through the course of the film but there were certain parts which felt like a drag and in totality they did make the two hours five minutes film seem like it was atleast three hours. I also felt that the ending could have been slightly better.

Verdict– Piku is a delightful film that will take you through a journey that’s rather unusual and yet heart warming.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Oct 24 2014

Happy New Year- Movie Review

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happynewyear-posterI was more excited to watch Happy New Year for Farah Khan than for Shahrukh or Deepika. Somehow, Farah Khan’s films are the extremely corny, masala films which are my favourites! Does this fall into the ‘Watch’ or ‘Miss’ category? You’re just about to find out.

Plot in short– Charlie (Shahrukh Khan) avenges his father’s death by hiring a bunch of nuts for robbing diamonds worth 300 crores at the Atlantis, Dubai.

The Good– If you’re a masala movie fan like me, you will definitely enjoy Happy New Year for its over-the-top comedy, extra fillmy punches and colours. Her style defines Bollywood in its true sense, making the audience at single screens blow seetis and maaro taalis whenever Shahrukh Khan or Deepika Padukone appear on screen whether its showing his six pack or the way she moves her body to the tune of ‘Lovely’. The music and dance in the film complement the screenplay which is kind of crazy. There are many LOL moments, mostly stupid ones and some gross ones (like when Abhishek Bachchan vomits all over the people while doing the Dahi Handi).  For a film like this which doesn’t make sense (‘cause you’re making the most of the journey rather than the final product), it’s ok to have average actors because script is king. Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah, Anupam Kher and Jackie Shroff are all good actors and have done a good job but nothing worth winning an award for! The dances have been choreographed really well! Superb locations, gorgeous sets and brilliant styling make for a very glamourous looking film.

The Not-so-good– This film is clearly for the masses and I wouldn’t urge people to go watch it unless you’re a fan of this genre. However, I wish the story wasn’t dragged so much. It felt like it would never end! Also, I wish there was more emphasis given to the story. If dancers like them would win world-level dance competitions, the real dancers would forget what dance really is.

Verdict– A typical Farah Khan film that could have been better in so many ways and yet was fun to watch. Not bad but not that great either. So it may not be a ‘Paisa vasool’ film but it definitely is a Timepass film which I enjoyed.

Rating– 3/5

 

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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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May 23 2014

Kochadaiiyaan- Movie Review

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I got quite bored during the film in spite of watching the well animated clones of Superstar Rajnikant and dazzling Deepika walking, dancing and acting.  

Rating- 2/5

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Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2013

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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
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/05/yeh-jawaani-hai-deewani-movie-review/

2)      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Inspiring and an award winning performance from Farhan Akhtar. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/07/bhaag-milkha-bhaag-movie-review/

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
Review-
http://roochster.com/2013/11/goliyon-ki-raasleela-ram-leela-movie-review/

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
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/02/special-26-movie-review/

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
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/03/saheb-biwi-aur-gangster-returns-movie-review/

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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Nov 15 2013

Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram Leela- Movie Review

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Ramleela-posterSanjay Leela Bhansali is a fantastic director! Goliyon ki Raas Leela Ram Leela just proves that. Here’s more.

So Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) belong to families that are constantly at war with each other, trying to kill and beat each other up all the time. Yes, you guessed it right. It’s Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

If you’ve seen Ishaqzaade and Issaq in the recent times, you would see a lot of similarities. Ram Leela however, is a classier more passionate film in terms of content among other things. With films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Black to his credit, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created magic yet again. His every idea is romanticized on screen creating visual poetry you would like to continue watching in real life as well. His vision is both dreamy and real and that translates beautifully. Cinematographer S Ravi Varman creates perfection in his every frame adding to the exquisiteness of the gorgeous sets and locations. The Art director has a huge hand in this who brings out the best in every shot with sets that look grand and palace-like. There’s richness in every frame and the culture, traditions and music are depicted beautifully, making India look more beautiful than what it already is. The screenplay may seem stretched in the second half but you wont mind it because there’s this magnetic force pulling you in which has the ability to keep you gripped. There’s a lot of passion with which the film has been made and it shows.

The costumes, hair, make up and overall look of the film have been given a lot of attention. Each character has a defined sense of dressing. The background score is great and the music by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself is alright. The songs ‘Lahu muh lag gaya’ and ‘Dhol baaje’ have this Gujarati-folk-ish thing to it that makes it nice to listen to and watch. Brilliant choreography in both the songs. The rest are quite blah.

Ok so now when it comes to performances, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone sizzle on screen. They have this raw, sensual chemistry that is sexy and unpretentious. They look great together and have done a brilliant job acting as well. Ranveer Singh’s accent sometimes slips but Deepika is steady and shines in her performance. Supriya Pathak with her annoying Gujju accent is still powerful and holds your full attention. All the other supporting actors too are exceptional and create the right impact.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is definitely back with a bang and Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram Leela is a film you must watch for its richness in every form!

Rating– 4/5

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Aug 8 2013

Chennai Express- Movie Review

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Chennai Express posterChennai Express was one of the biggest films releasing this year because of two reasons- Shahrukh Khan and Rohit Shetty. And guess what? Both were disappointing.

Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) makes a promise to his grandmother that he will go to Rameswaram from Mumbai to immerse his grandfather’s ashes into the sea. Now the real plan is to get a break from making sweets and go to Goa with his friends. And so he boards the Chennai Express. He meets Meena (Deepika Padukone) along with her four scary looking cousins and her father who wants her to marry Tangaballi (Nikitin Dheer). From there, things go south and Meena and Rahul must find their way out of it.

I love Rohit Shetty’s films because they are pure entertainment. As a movie goer, one would want to watch two and a half hours of comedy, action, romance, songs, beautiful visuals and lots of drama but also a screenplay that holds you in place not matter how cliché the story. Shetty has of course spoofed the clichés to create another cliché (if you know what I mean) but he falls short of what he does best in this one unfortunately. There are some really funny scenes in the movie like for instance in the train when Shahrukh and Deepika speak to each other in the form of popular songs. Now that doesn’t quite work towards the end when the bad guy starts singing too. The story is obviously nothing to boast of but the screenplay and dialogues aren’t that well written either. Also there are too many Tamil dialogues which are fine but it would have been nice to have subtitles. The action sequences are typical of Shetty but somehow they didn’t quite work in Chennai Express. They seem forced and out of place even though they’re well choreographed.

Cinematographer Dudley has done a brilliant job except that the post production backgrounds are easily noticable. Otherwise, stunning visuals! The styling is bang on! Deepika looks gorgeous in her sarees and beautifully done makeup and hair. Shahrukh looks about 5 years younger thanks to the clothes and Botox. Superb art direction with a great choice of colours and props. The editing is too good!

The background music is good. The music by Vishal & Shekhar is a mix of good and ok. I like the songs ‘Titli’ and ‘1234’. The rest are unimportant.

To be honest, this is not a Shahrukh Khan film. Rohit Shetty and Shahrukh make an odd combo and it shows in the film. He’s supposed to exaggerate but not overact which he’s done here. Yes, he is funny in some scenes like when he starts speaking in a shaken up voice in the train in front of the baddies and maybe one or two more here and there. But that’s it. In this one, he’s quite awkward. The star of the film is Deepika Padukone without a doubt. She stays true to her character and that’s amazing. Her accent stays throughout the film and not once does she overact. She’s just throwing one surprise after another since ‘Cocktail’. With every movie she’s getting better as an actress. Nikitin Dheer who plays Tangaballi looks the part and does full justice to his character. Sathyaraj who plays Deepika’s father is alright.

As a film Chennai Express is a letdown and not something you need to watch at a multiplex. Watch it at home instead just for Deepika’s performance.

Rating– 2.5/5

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May 31 2013

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani- Movie Review

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Yeh Jawaani hai deewani posterI was so excited to watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and had great expectations from it as a film. But you know what? It went way above my expectations! This is one of those love stories you wont mind watching over and over again. Here’s why.

Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) are best friends who live life to the fullest without a care in the world. They love travelling and decide to go to Manali to explore, trek and have a good time. Naina (Deepika Padukone) who’s been a geek all her life decides to get out of her mould and do something she’s never done before. She finds about this Manali trip and decides to go too. During this trip she makes new friends, discovers new things about herself and also falls in love with Bunny. But things are about to change as Bunny wants to travel the world and would soon be going to Chicago to do a course in Journalism. Eight years hence, at Aditi’s wedding, they meet again. This time, everything has changed.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen a very good romantic comedy. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani deserves to and will do very well at the box office and otherwise! Even though it’s nothing but a simple love story, the screenplay is so well written and the story is so well told, that you will enjoy every minute of it. Director Ayan Mukherjee knows how to connect with his audience and he does it very well. With a very good script he manages to tell a story with subtlety and charm. The movie might seem a little long, especially towards the end but you wont mind it that much because you wont find yourself getting bored at any point. Cinematographer V. Maniknandan has captured the beauty of Manali beautifully and adds colour and richness to every frame. I’d say the Deepika Padukone’s styling could have been better considering they’ve made her wear short skirts and dresses in Manali where it snows. Also, wearing a piece of cloth with a ghagra and dupatta for a wedding function in India is a bit too much… or should I say too little?

The casting is bang on! I love how easy going and real the characters are. They all make a difference to the story and have an important part to play. There’s this unsaid chemistry between all the actors, especially Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya and Kalki which reflects in their performances. Ranbir Kapoor is filled with passion and has this magnetic pull that attracts you towards him. He’s pure magic on screen and plays his part with full sincerity. Deepika Padukone is only getting better as an actress. She’s convincing as Naina and has acted well. Aditya Roy Kapur is a good actor but I wish he had more depth to his character than just someone who’s messing around with his life. Kalki Koechlin I have always liked and in this film too she’s very good. The energy she brings to the film is good with her fun and bindaas character. Kunaal Roy Kapur’s role is not any different from what he’s done in the past and he already knows he’s entertaining. Evelyn Sharma as the delicate darling is fun to watch. Tanvi Azmi and Farooq Shaikh are very good.

The music by Pritam is foot tapping. Songs like ‘Badtameez Dil’, ‘Balam Pichkari’ and ‘Dilliwali girlfriend’ stand out. Madhuri Dixit in ‘Ghagra’ seemed a bit out of place and didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the movie but as a song its alright.

I can’t tell you how much I loved Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. I can watch it many more times and still love it! Ranbir and Deepika make a superhit jodi together and Ayan Mukherjee is a fantastic director!  You just cannot miss this movie. You will love it!

MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4.5/5

 

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Jan 25 2013

Race 2- Movie Review

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Race 2 posterRace came years ago and everyone enjoyed it. Was Race 2 as good? You’re just about to find out.

So, Saif Ali Khan is back in another race for money and love and this time he’s got new competition. Deepika Padokone, Jacqueline Fernandes and John Abraham. They decided not to include Bipasha Basu in this one because Abbas Mustan wanted to cast Johnny boy. Anil Kapoor and his dumb assistant Ameesha Patel are also there to make the film lighter with their double meaning pjs.

The director duo Abbas Mustan is slowly losing it. With the attempt of making it filled with twists and turns, the movie only gets longer and a little pakao. Sure, the film is well styled in all respects and has the shine of a freshly cut diamond but the story and sense the film should have lacks a bit. It clearly isn’t as good as Race.

The actors in the film are all average. I wouldn’t say anyone’s performance is very good. Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel are good but have such cheesy lines that they get annoying after a while. Saif Ali Khan looks his age now with his hair gelled back. His entry scene with him walking out of the water like a young stud boy didn’t help one bit! Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandes look hot with all their sexy outfits revealing their legs and cleavage. Add John Abraham to that list. He’s smoking hot! 😛

The songs are decent and can be danced to. Thank you Pritam! The songs ‘Beintehaan’ and ‘Party on my mind’ are the best in my opinion.

Race 2 as a movie has been disappointing albeit a little entertaining thanks to the 2 and a half  hour fashion show.

Rating– 2.5/5

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