Sep 4 2015

Welcome Back- Movie Review


Ridiculously corny, not funny, not entertaining and not worth your time or money in spite of the huge star cast, production costs involved and the so called legacy of ‘Welcome’.

Rating- 1.5/5



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Sep 12 2014

Finding Fanny- Movie Review


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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Dec 13 2013

What The Fish!- Movie Review


What the fish! posterDimple Kapadia was the only reason for me to watch ‘What the Fish!’ I felt there had to be something about the movie because otherwise we don’t get to see the beautiful actress much. Let me tell you about my experience.

So, (Mausiji) Dimple Kapadia is a lonely divorced mother who leaves her house in Delhi in the hands of her niece for about a month when she goes to meet her son. The most important things in the house are her fish Mishty and a money plant. Leaving that responsibility with full trust, she comes back to find that her house was as it was… many years ago when she was still with her husband. What she doesn’t know is all the mishaps that have occurred in that one month and that her fish and money plant aren’t the same.

I’d like to say that ‘What the fish’ has an interesting story. However, the screenplay isn’t as exciting as it could have been. Perhaps the director tried too hard to say too much. With individual stories in the big picture, he got a little carried away. Even the two hours seemed too long because of how stretched it is. There are some scenes which are repetitive like the one with one scene about a woman in a white saree running out and Dimple Kapadia face palming or everytime a tenant goes to the Fish Store to buy a fish for the aquarium. It could all have been a lot more fun if the movie ended in an hour. But unfortunately it didn’t.

The setting is real, believable and you do get a Delhi vibe. The characters are a big exaggerated and that’s ok but somehow there’s a hotchpotch in the story telling style which stops the smooth flow of the story and thus diverges from the entertaining factor especially in the second half. The styling is simple; with no extra effort paid to making any of the characters look more than what they’re supposed to be. The cinematography could have been a hundred times better. It’s as if a regular video camera was just handed over to someone who can use it and then high contrasts were used in the edit room later. I wish more attention was given to the editing of the overall film.

Anyway, coming to the performances… Dimple Kapadia is superb! As an annoying and nagging ‘mausiji’ she not only convinces but gets into the skin of her character. Even though she’s not there throughout, she has a strong presence. All the other actors too have done a good job. I thought Anand Tiwari’s role was quite funny in its own way and the role completely suits him. The girl who plays his fiancée Gopa – Deepti Pujari is sweet and plays her part with flair. Manjot Singh, Vishal Sharma and Meenal Tyagi are natural and fun to watch.

Overall, an average film with good performances.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jul 13 2012

Cocktail- Movie Review


I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to watching Cocktail ever since I saw the trailer. Chick flick and all that jazz. So as soon as I got done with school, I ran to watch the movie and here’s what I thought of it.

The story is about Gautam (fun, flirtacious, outgoing), Veronica ( loud, attention-seeking, outspoken) and Meera (cultured, boring, compassionate). So, Gautam and Veronica hit it off instantly and start dating but then Meera gets into the picture and things get complicated between the three of them.

In a way, the main plot is a lot like Dil to pagal hai- Gautam- Shahrukh, Meera- Madhuri, Veronica- Karishma. What I mean is there is nothing unique about the story. Its quite predictable. The screenplay is not up to the mark because of which the entire story starts falling down rapidly even though the look entices you and makes you want to watch the entire film. Superb styling and cinematography- very rich. The direction and editing is a bit disconnected because of which there’s no proper flow and it gets you a little restless, especially in the second half of the movie.

I love how Deepika Padukone is styled in terms of costumes, hair, etc. She totally looks the character even though her personality doesn’t allow her to project that in the best possible way. I thought Diana Penty was really boring. She was seedhi-saadhi  and looks beautiful which she had to be but there’s no charm in her which would draw you to her. Saif was his usual self, subtly funny and charming but nothing different from his earlier roles.

Pritam has done a good job with regard to the music yet again. Groovy numbers and Kavita Seth’s voice in ‘Tumhi ho bandhu’ is just too good! I love how the verses have been sung by her! I also like ‘Daaru Desi’ and the songs they played in the nightclub scenes.

So yes, I am quite disappointed with Cocktail. I’d suggest you wait for it to come on some TV channel or just watch it on Dvd.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Feb 11 2011

Patiala House- Movie Review


Before watching the movie only I knew it wouldn’t be that great. The trailers anyway said it all! That, coupled with drunk cheapdas in the audience is enough to say about my Patiala House experience.

Story– A mellow man (Akshay Kumar) is born to do only one thing in life-play cricket and his father doesn’t allow him to do just that because of some stupid filmy reason. They stay in Patiala house where there are atleast 40 (exaggerated number) family members out of which none can do what they want in life because of the head of the house (Rishi Kapoor). So a pretty neighbour (Anushka Sharma) works her charm and makes Akki realize that he needs to stand up or no one else in the family can. So he goes and plays and we know what happens then. Another ‘Bend it like Bekham’. Right?

Of course it’s right! The story is super unoriginal and predictable, with quite a lot of wtf moments and they made Akshay Kumar a “Gattu” AND Hard Kaur looks not only uncomfortable but also stupid in the movie! I honestly laughed every time I saw her! Also, Anushka Sharma speaks too fast and firangs were made to speak in Hindi which sounded like some alien language! Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia were great! Anushka Sharma looked beautiful, flawless. Gattu a.k.a Akshay Kumar looked good too and acted decently well.

Anyway, the music, by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy is very ok. The cinematography is very good though. Some shots have been shot brilliantly!

So I’d say Patiala House is ok. It’s not super bad. It’s not as bad as Nikhil Advani’s earlier film- ‘Jaane kahan se aayi hai’ but it’s still ok bad… if you know what I mean!

Rating– 2/5

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Sep 10 2010

Dabangg- Movie Review


Chulbul “Salman Khan” Pandey has done it again! His cool style, dialogue delivery, the dances, the action, the smile, the filminess…uffff! I’m floored… by him…not the movie!

Dabangg means fearless. Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) is a fearless, corrupt cop who also calls himself “Robinhood Pandey”. He’s got a sad family life but his love life becomes hot and happening after he meets Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha). He has a step brother, Makkhan Pandey (Arbaaz Khan) who is slightly dumb. He gets influenced by a corrupt wanna-be politician and starts killing people for the politician so that he gets some money to pay his father’s hospital bills. Later he realizes he’s being used as he was asked to kill his own brother. But then he realizes and blah blah blah.

Salman Khan is awesome! The moustache looks great on him and he still manages to look handsome in the movie in spite of wearing pants and shirts and police-ki-vardi. The way he delivers his dialogues, dances, does his action scenes, you’d just be staring at him, especially if you’re a crazy fan like me! Sonakshi Sinha is a breath of fresh air! She’s beautiful and acts very well! I think she’s going to be a great actress in Bollywood! The story is a bit thanda… almost pointless. Mahesh Manjrekar shouldn’t have been there at all!

The action scenes are a class apart! They remind me of how the directors from the south make films. Great action cuts! There are some comedy scenes which are decent because of the dialogues but there are a lot of scenes in the movie which were just irrelevant. Being a 2 hours ka movie it felt long! The first half was quite slow. The music is good but the songs are placed anyhow which kinda spoils it! The song ‘Munni badnaam hui’ is kickass and you can’t get enough of Malaika Arora Khan!

Overall, it’s ok…there are a lot of WTF moments in the movie…can be watched once.  This one is for all the crazy Salman Khan fans out there! 😉

Rating– 2.5/5

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