Sep 4 2015

Welcome Back- Movie Review

Roochster

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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Feb 20 2015

Badlapur- Movie Review

Roochster

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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May 23 2014

Kochadaiiyaan- Movie Review

Roochster

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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Jul 26 2013

Bajatey Raho- Movie Review

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Bajatey-Raho-posterVinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey make a great time and usually choose great films. Was this one any good? Well from the trailer it did seem fun. Here’s my review.

Sukhwinder Baweja (Tusshar Kapoor) and his mother (Dolly Ahluwalia) along with Mintoo (Vinay Pathak), Ballu (Ranvir Shorey) and a young boy (Husaan Saad) are on a mission to con the evil businessman/ industrialist Mr. Sabbarwal (Ravi Kissen) for something dreadful he did in the past.

Director Shashant Shah who’s made films like Dasvidaniya and Challo Dilli has hit a hattrick with his small budget comedy film Bajatey Raho. Now the story is nothing spectacular or unique. There are too many cliché’s for it to be different so I wish a little more attention was paid to the story. What is done well is the screenplay. There was a good flow that kept the movie going and made it entertaining without thinking about how predictable it is apart from a few songs that popped up now and then. The cinematography by Arun Varma is very good. Lovely colours and light used in various scenes. Both art direction and styling are simple and real. The sweaters suited Tusshar Kapoor and Dolly Ahluwalia dressed up as a more fashionable, modern lady looked surprisingly good.

The background music helps quicken the pace. The music is ok. The song ‘Naagin Naagin’ stands out and doesn’t quite fit in with the theme of the movie.  The song ‘Tennu main love karda’ from Desi Boyz converted into a bhajan is quite hilarious.

All the actors in the movie are brilliant but Dolly Ahluwalia steals the show! She is superb! Her comic timing and acting ability is fantastic! Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey sort of go hand in hand and share great chemistry as we have seen in the past. They were both a treat to watch. Tusshar Kapoor was good too. Ravi Kissen is a natural actor and delivers his performance with ease. Vishakha Singh as Tusshar Kapoor’s love interest was not bad either even though there was barely any chemistry between her and Tusshar. Anya Singh as Gudiya was probably the only actor who was trying too hard to act.

Small budget films are finally getting the attention they deserve and people do like them. Bajatey Raho might be a little too predictable but it’s a movie that’s fun to watch and is quite entertaining too. If not at a theatre, do watch it at home.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Mar 15 2013

3G- Movie Review

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3G posterNeil Nitin Mukesh convinced me in his interview that 3G is unlike any other horror movie (no clichés). Also, the romantic song with him and Sonal Chauhan is quite nice. That and the trailer made me think that maybe, just maybe 3G would be like one of those crazy psycho thrillers I love. And what a mistake!

Sam (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and Sheena (Sonal Chauhan) go on a vacation to Fiji islands. While they are stuck together in a musical embrace, Sam’s phone falls into the water and they quickly go buy a new one. This new phone that he buys is weird. He gets random calls in the middle of the night or even during the day and when he picks up, there’s a video of this good looking lady making sexual sounds or of her being killed. Things get scarier when this 3G phone’s ghost gets into Sam and he starts acting like a freak.

Such a sad thing that this movie has 2 directors- Shantanu and Sheershak and both are absolutely clueless about what they want in the film and that translates into a film that’s a complete mess. The screenplay is all over the place with too many things happening all at once making you wonder if it even makes sense.  Even though Sam is possessed and acting like a complete freak, Sheena accepts him with open arms, not even once thinking about informing the police or consulting a doctor (because she looooves him!). They keep changing hotels thinking the ghost will leave them instead of going back home. You’ll be laughing at the stupidity of the so called horror scenes! The cinematography is nice but more so because visually Fiji, Sonal Chauhan and Neil Nitin Mukesh are attractive. Sonal Chauhan is mostly in shorts throughout and looks good but her make up is quite patchy, especially in the tub scene. You’ll see that her face looks pink while the back of her neck looks wheatish. Tch tch tch! When you reach the climax, you’ll be thanking your stars that the movie finally got over. Oh and the ringtone that plays again and again throughout the movie is extremely annoying!

Neil Nitin Mukesh tries too hard to scare you but he’s not got it in him yet. He can do better though if given the right film. Sonal Chauhan is just good looking with a great body and readiness to do kissing scenes. They both look rather confused throughout and I don’t blame them. Mrinalini Sharma as the ghost is possibly the worst one ever.

The music in the film by Mithoon is quite blah except for that one romantic song- ‘Kaise bataoon’ which was one of the reasons for me to go watch this dumb movie!

I certainly don’t recommend it; not even for home viewing!

Rating– 1/5

 

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Sep 23 2011

Mausam- Movie Review

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All the controversies in the past 2 weeks actually got me more excited than I was to watch Mausam. It looked like the perfect romantic movie in this lovely season. So, how awesome was Mausam? You’re just about to find out.

The story is something like this- Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor like each other but since they’re both very conservative and shy, they can’t express their love to each other. Then Sonam moves to Scotland and Shahid bichara can’t find her until after 7 years in Scotland. They meet and date but  when she’s finally going to make him meet her family, he disappears due to the Kargil war. Now in that war, he paralyses his left arm and can’t go back cause he’s afraid she wont accept him so now she’s waiting for him. To look for him, she goes to their old village, but can’t find him there. This Pakda-pakdi thing goes on for a few more years (mausams) and leads to a very crazy last half hour of the movie.

Believe me; being a hardcore romantic movies lover, I actually thought this movie would have some soul. The song ‘Rabba main toh mar gaya oye’ is so beautiful; that actually made me think that the movie would be too. But afsos, it’s so painfully long and the last half hour as I said is so stupid that you might want to actually curse yourself for sitting through it. There could have been a simple story but no, do ghanton ko teen ghante mein stretch kiya hai and as a result, you kind of get restless towards the end. Pankaj Kapur’s definitely lost it.

Shahid Kapoor has acted really well and looked very good as Harinder Singh. His character is very lovable but somehow I felt that the story made him look like an idiot in the second half, especially the part where he reaches out for a small kid on a ferrous wheel with his paralysed hand. Reminds me of Nirupa Roy in Amar Akbar Anthony and how Sai Baba sends light into her eyes for her to see again. Sonam Kapoor on the other hand, luckily had very few lines to say and did her part well. She looked simple and yet classy.

The music was decent and the cinematography was nice too but the story was dragged and the director and editor need to go back to 1975 for making a love story that is so not believable, let alone romantic! In short, Mausam was boresome!

Rating– 2/5

 

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