Sep 9 2016

Baar Baar Dekho- Movie Review


A simple story moulded into a poorly written screenplay performed by amateur lead actors.

Rating- 2.5/5


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Feb 7 2014

Hasee Toh Phasee- Movie Review


hasee-toh-phasee-movie-posterHasee toh Phasee is not your typical romantic comedy! But then, we all know that Parineeti Chopra does not do the typical Bollywood films! Anyway, here’s my review.

Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) is in a committed relationship with Karishma (Adah Sharma). They are engaged to get married but it’s more of conditional love than actual love between the two. And then he meets Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), Karishma’s sister who had fought and run away from home 7 years back and has now returned for her sister’s wedding. She’s a bit strange and he’s stuck in his current personal life and professional life scenario. Can Nikhil find his true identity in a relationship? Can Meeta sort herself out and start expressing herself better?

Director Vinil Matthew has made an unpretentious, refreshingly different and youthful romantic flick that surprises you and entertains you at the same time. The screenplay is slightly slow in parts and could have been better but well written nonetheless. The kind of humour you will find is situational more than slapstick and you will find yourself giggling from time to time. I like that. Also, the characters have certain traits that are different from the usual heroes and heroines we see in our films. I like that the emotional moments aren’t given the melodramatic treatment. They’re subtle and have their own identity which is cool.

The look of the film is great. I love the way the camera takes us into their lives showing not a glossy but a very natural and beautiful picture. Siddharth Malhotra’s brown eyes made me want to stare at them forever! The styling is simple and fits the characters well. I like that Parineeti’s look was not glamourous at all and that like the rest of us, she repeats her clothes.

The background score is apt and the music by Vishal & Shekhar is decent. I like the songs ‘Zehnaseeb’ and ‘Manchala’. I also love Ishq Bulava…It’s been sung really well.

Parineeti Chopra is the definite hero of the film. She’s just superb in her acting and dialogue delivery. Her stoned expressions, the ease with which she says really difficult lines, her simplicity and casual demeanour all speak volumes for her. She’s got no pretence whatsoever and makes every scene worth watching. Now, Siddharth Malhotra is totally drool-worthy! He’s unpretentiously hot and mysterious. There’s something about him! You know what I mean? Anyway, about his performance, well, he’s alright. He’s a bit ‘thanda’ as a performer. Adah Sharma looks pretty and convinces as the difficult girlfriend even though her features don’t make her look so. Manoj Joshi as the father is brilliant throughout. Acting comes to him naturally and he’s just right with the way he expresses. Sharat Saxena, Sameer Khakhar and all the other supporting actors have done a good job.

Overall, Hasee toh Phasee as a title may not suit the film but if you’re looking to watch an unconventional romantic comedy, watch this one.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Sep 20 2013

The Lunchbox- Movie Review


thelunchbox posterSometimes you just know that a film will be outstanding the moment you see its trailer. The Lunchbox is exactly that and so much more.

A simple, middle-class, lonely man- Mr. Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) has a dull, routine life until he starts receiving a ‘dabba’ during lunch time that’s not really his. The dabba is meant to go to the husband of Ila, a woman who is lonely (Nimrat Kaur), has a child and a friend/ neighbour with whom she communicates via a window. She tries too hard to win her husband’s heart but fails every single time and hence starts to send new food items that might get his attention. As days go by, letters are exchanged in the dabba and thus a new relationship between two individuals who know nothing about each other is born.

Director Ritesh Batra who is also the writer of the film has created magic with his characters alone. Their personalities are so clear and strong that you’re keen to know more about them as the movie progresses. Each character has a presence that doesn’t just melt away with the story. In fact, they only get stronger. Without complications in their personalities, the story is told in the simplest manner possible. The director chooses to keep things as real as possible. The office environment, Irrfan Khan’s house, his neighbours, Nimrat Kaur’s house, the city, the Dabbawalas, the trains, buses, rickshaws, taxis all become an integral part of his story.  Superb art direction production design. I love that the clothes too are simple, repeated and relatable. No pretense whatsoever. No make up either. I also like the fact that there’s barely any background music. The only songs you will hear are the ones the Dabbawalas sing in the train and the ones played on the radio or ‘cassette’ as Ila asks aunty to play. What’s also nice is that Ila always writes to Mr. Fernandes in Hindi whereas Mr. Fernandes responds to her in English. They stick to their characters which don’t seek acceptance but just an ear to be heard or eyes to read in this case.

Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur shine like diamonds in their performances. They are natural, grounded and spontaneous in their acting. Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the annoying assistant does his part just the way he’s meant to do it. Another one of those Director’s actors. Auntyji played by Bharati Achrekar is not seen throughout the film but she has a strong presence in the film and is very entertaining. Lilette Dubey (the mother), Denzil Smith (the boss) and Nakul Vaid (the husband) all play their parts well.

The Lunchbox is a film that is for everyone to watch. Enjoyable, tasty and unique. Must watch!

Rating– 4/5


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Feb 10 2012

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu- Movie Review


I was really really looking forward to watching this romantic comedy especially ‘cause Kareena was in it and Karan Johar had produced it. Is it the perfect movie to watch with your Valentine? You’re just about to find out!

As we’ve all heard, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is inspired by the movie ‘What Happens in Vegas’ but I felt it was also similar to ‘Just Married’, ‘Wake up Sid’, ‘I hate Love Stories’, ‘Break ke baad’ and many more such movies. A guy and a girl, get drunk one night and when they wake up the next morning, they’re married. Now all they need to do is get an annulment of their marriage. But, during this period, love comes in the way and things take a turn.

I honestly expected better from this film. Even though it’s barely a 2 hours film, the pace is slow and gets a little pointless. It could easily pass off as a one hour episode of one of the popular comedy sitcoms.  So much could have been done in those 2 hours! I’m not saying that what’s there is bad; I’m just saying that there could have been scenes which would add to making the story interesting. But I loved the camera work, costumes, art direction and make up.

Actingwise, I think Imran Khan has done a good job. He’s definitely getting better at acting and is also getting movies that suit him. Kareena Kapoor is good but too much smiling got a little annoying, even though she looks gorgeous!

Amit Trivedi as a music director has been pretty promising in the past. I wonder what went wrong here. Except for the title track, I wouldn’t care to listen to any of the other tracks.

Overall, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is not a chick flick I’d recommend, especially if you’re going to watch it with your Valentine. Maybe my expectations were too high but this one’s just ok.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jan 26 2012

Agneepath- Movie Review


I hadn’t seen the original Agneepath and neither was I that excited to watch this one because of the violence but Sanjay Dutt’s look and Hrithik Roshan sort of made me want to; also because Karan Johar was producing it, I thought it might just be worth a watch.

The story is very 90s so you might not be able to relate to it completely but anyway… Vijay’s father is killed by Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) who wants to claim Mandwa (land/ small town) and use it for his cocaine business. When Vijay (Hrithik Roshan) grows up, he joins Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) who is into human and drug trafficking and a direct link to Kancha. So he uses him to take badla from his arch enemy- Bollywood’s wanna-be-Voldemort (Sanjay Dutt).

Being 26th January, a national holiday, the theatres were all House Full! I swear! It’s been a long time since Ruchi Mehta has not got tickets for a movie! But luckily, I got at Regal and went for the evening show.

Coming to the movie, I thought the direction was very good! The dialogues could’ve been more impactful to bring out the intensity and filminess. The setting and costumes were pretty good and even the cinematography. I particularly thought the background music was superb and added a lot of character to the movie. The special effects were quite bad though.

Acting-wise, Rishi Kapoor was brilliant and played his part the best, Sanjay Dutt looked eerie and villainous which was the intention and was even pretty good as Kancha but I think he could have still acted better, Hrithik Roshan was very intense, true to his character and did not overdo the acting so yes he was very good, Priyanka Chopra was ok ya just that she had a useless role.

The music was very ok. Chikni Chameli is copied but Katrina Kaif’s moves in the song were just too good! I really really liked this song by Sonu Nigam called ‘Abhi mujh mein kahin’. Beautifully sung!

Overall, Agneepath was ok. Decently entertaining but too long!

Rating– 2.5/5


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