Feb 20 2015

Badlapur- Movie Review


badlapur-poster1Very recently, a friend asked me which film I thought was the best so far in 2015 and all I could do was think really hard until I gave up. Badlapur hadn’t released then. Today, I can confidently answer that question. This Varun Dhawan- Nawazuddin Siddiqui  starrer is one of the most intense, well directed and better films that has released since the past 3-4 months and you have to go watch it.

Plot in short– After a bank robbery In Poona, Layak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Harman (Vinay Pathak) accidentally kill a woman and her child during their escape from the cops.  Raghu (Varun Dhawan), the husband of the woman and father of the child is furious and sets out to avenge their deaths.

The Good– Sriram Raghavan has made movies like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar in the past which were good films and then he made Agent Vinod which was awful. I didn’t know what to expect from Badlapur because I couldn’t picture Varun Dhawan in a serious, intense film. Also, after looking at the trailers I wasn’t expecting an outstanding film. I guess I was wrong. Badlapur caught me by surprise! The story is a simple thriller about taking revenge for something not acceptable. What we see in the film is a great show from start to end, scene after scene. Gripping screenplay, intense characters, brilliant execution of story, top notch performances by every actor in the film, crisp editing, expert camera work, good background score and music that lingers on.

Coming to the performances… Is it the same Varun Dhawan we saw in Student of the year and Main tera hero? I guess not. The actor has evolved and how! He is powerful and flawless in his performance giving us a clear indication that he must be taken seriously as an actor. Standing at an equally important level is Nawazudding Siddiqui who unflinchingly plays his role and makes us believe that he is Layak, the man who is responsible for killing two people, a faithful lover, the apple of his mother’s eyes. Another performance that stands out is that of Radhika Apte who plays Harman’s wife, ready to do anything for her husband. I have to say that the entire supporting cast too gives the film the respect it deserves. Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak, Kumud Mishra, Huma Qureshi, Pratima Kannan are all winners throughout the film.

The Not-so-good– I can’t point a finger at what I didn’t like because I was glued to my seat even during the interval anticipating the second half. If I had to pick on something I didn’t like it would be the last half an hour or so. I felt that was slightly dragged and could have been to-the-point.

Verdict– Badlapur is a must watch and most definitely in the list of movies to watch in 2015! Highly recommended!

Rating– 4/5


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Aug 7 2011

I am Kalam- Movie Review


I’d been looking forward to watching this movie for a long time now and I knew it would be great! Was it?

A little boy from Rajasthan, who works at a small dhaba has big dreams- to be educated, to stand on his own two feet, and make a lot of money. APJ Abdul Kalam is his hero and Rajput Ranvijay Singh is his only friend. He teaches his new friend Hindi and many other things while his friend teaches him English. This way they both learn and enjoy a friendship that is beautiful and meaningful.

The main child, Kalam (Harsh Mayar) is natural and very lovable as an actor. I also really liked Gulshan Grover. He didn’t play a ‘bad man’ in this movie and kind of even underplayed his character which was nice.

As a movie, I thought it started off beautifully with the Rajasthani folk music playing in the background which continued till the end. The setting was very real as were the dialogues. The cinematography was great too.

In its entirety, ‘I am Kalam’ is a good movie with barely any flaws; its sweet and a delight to watch. I recommend! Go watch!

Rating– 3/5

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Mar 2 2011

True Grit- Movie Review


I went for this movie thinking it’d be one of those dramas I’d need a lot of concentration watching. Well, I did need a lot of concentration to watch it indeed. Reason? Aage padho!

The movie in short is about how a young girl (Hailee Steinfeld) along with a tough U.S. Marshal (Jeff Bridges) and a Texas ranger (Matt Damon) sets out to find her father’s murderer.

Wild wild west! It’s one of those movies which need your concentration because of the old western accent especially Jeff Bridges’s. Starting mein Jeff Bridges has this scene where he’s in the courtroom. I didn’t understand anything! Subtitles would’ve helped in that case! And the girl reminded me of Tom Hanks for some reason. I wonder if anyone else thought the same.

Other than that, there are great performances, a very real setting which will make you go back to the 1800s, a simple and sweet story and some great shots! Apart from all the good stuff, I thought the movie was a little long and could have been edited better. I understand it’s supposed to be a journey but it just felt a little long-ish.

Otherwise, True Grit as a movie was nice. Worth watching once for sure.

Rating– 3/5

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Feb 18 2011

7 Khoon Maaf- Movie Review


Darrrrrling! I just had to watch this movie and I’m so glad I did! Some of you might wonder why and some of you just think I like every movie that comes out! Ummm…the latter ones, you just don’t know me at all!

So the movie is based on a novel called Susanna’s Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond. Priyanka Chopra, the woman in question marries and then kills 7 men (actually 6) due to different reasons.

In one word, to me it was interesting. Movies like this are not made often. Vishal Bhardwaj has taken up a great concept and tried his level best to make something different and intriguing. I like movies that make you think after they’re over. This one did that for me. Questions like ‘Why didn’t she just divorce them instead of kill?’, ‘How did she get away with all the murders?’, ‘The men, or even her didn’t have families?’ etc.  The climax of the film also left many questions unanswered in my head. For me, that’s a win!

Ok coming to the other things. Priyanka Chopra looks lovely in the first half of the film but who the hell did her make up in the second half?! She looks bad and for the first time I think she looks really ugly! Her make-up artist screwed up big time!  I also thought she didn’t have much acting to do. The male actors hardly had a role since it was about Susanna but I think they all contributed well to all the stories in the movie. The music is superb! I love all the tracks. I also really liked the way they did up the main house. Very good art direction!

Yes, it does have its shortcomings and it’s not a movie everyone can handle, but 7 Khoon Maaf was good according to me and I enjoyed the experience.

Rating– 3/5

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Dec 17 2010

Mirch- Movie Review


The movies this week weren’t too interesting and I wasn’t too keen on watching Tron Legacy cause it’s just not my type of movie so I chose Mirch.

There are like 5 stories in this movie so I’m not sitting and typing so much. I’ll tell you in short. A struggling writer approaches a producer with his rejected script with too much hope. The producer says sorry boss, give me a script which is solid. The only way to make money from a film is a dumdaar actor or sex.  So the writer thinks up 4 different stories, inspired from Panchatantra, in which there’s infidelity, sex and smart women.

Now coming to my review. The beginning of the movie almost made me snore. The title credits were simultaneously rolling with the protagonist waiting for his girlfriend and drinking beer at the same time. So for the first five minutes, all I could see was his hand and a glass of beer and car keys. But don’t worry… it could only get better from there. And it did. The stories were genuinely good. Ok the 2 stories after the Interval were a little weak compared to the first two.

There are some really talented actors in the movie- Konkana Sen Sharma, Raima Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Boman Irani, Shreyas Talpade, Shahana Goswami, Sushant Singh, Prem Chopra, Ila Arun, Arunoday Singh and Tisca Chopra. Director Vinay Shukla’s very smartly used most of them more than once in all the stories in the movie and they’ve done a good job, except for maybe Arunoday Singh who was just ok.

Cinematography could have been way better considering the beautiful locations they got. The music was pretty good and went well with the movie theme.

Overall, Mirch had quite a bit of masala to make it entertaining but it would’ve been better if the pace was faster too.

Rating– 3/5

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Nov 19 2010

Guzaarish- Movie Review


Two magical movies released together. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and Guzaarish. No points for guessing which one I wanted to watch more eagerly! If you thought Guzaarish, you suck!

The movie is about a paraplegic ex- magician (Hrithik Roshan) who’s been paralysed since 14 years. He has a nurse (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) who takes care of him.  As his health deteriorates, he files a petition in court (aakhri Guzaarish) to be mercy-killed (Euthanasia).

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created magic… in his sets. Sorry, but the movie is just not that good. I had great expectations and I’m sure many others did, but Guzaarish was slow and dull. I know the genre is drama but it doesn’t need to drag so much! It went at the pace of 20km/hr or something! I expected more magic but was only left to watch drama and more drama!

The Art Direction is superb! It’ll definitely an inspiration to all those doing Interior Designing and art direction. The colours, designs, props and everything used just makes the film look so rich! Even the cinematography… though simply shot, it looks beautiful! The choreography of whatever little dance and magic sequences were there is also brilliant! The music, which is attempted by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself, is not something I’d listen to otherwise, but it goes very well with the movie theme. So yes, technically, the movie was 1st class!

Coming to the other things… Hrithik’s acting was just ok. I think anyone could have done his part. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan reminded me of Rekha… the way she looked and even her acting. I’m not saying she was bad… she was ok! Aditya Roy Kapoor, who plays Hrithik’s student had a tiny role that needn’t have been there at all. That angle in the movie just seemed pointless to me. He’s a decent actor though.

Guzaarish is just ok.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Oct 15 2010

Knock Out- Movie Review


I wasn’t too keen on watching Knock Out but since @BeingSalmanKhan said that the movie is good, I thought, “Ab toh movie dekhna banta hai boss!”

A lot of people would think it’s a copy of  the movie ‘Phone Booth’ but it’s not. Yes, 90% of the movie takes place in a phone booth but the story is very Indian. I wont say much…Just that it reminded me of the movie ‘A Wenesday’.

Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan play the lead roles in the movie and we all know that they both are great actors. They’ve done a great job, especially, Sanjay Dutt. Irrfan Khan looks horrible in his really bad hairstyle! Kangana Ranaut, who I call a pigeon, plays a reporter. She looks really nice but her voice is super annoying and someone needs to teach her how to act!

The movie moves at a good pace and you wont find yourself getting bored which is a good thing, more so because there are no songs. But there are some unnecessary scenes which they could have cut out. The good thing is that there are a few messages that make you a little more aware as an Indian and also feel slightly more patriotic after watching this movie.

Overall, Knock Out wont really knock you out but it is a decent attempt at delivering some important messages to the people of India and its decently entertaining.

Rating– 3/5

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