Oct 24 2014

Happy New Year- Movie Review


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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Aug 24 2012

Shirin Farhad ki toh nikal padi- Movie Review


The fact that Boman Irani and Farah Khan were playing the lead actors in the movie made me go and watch the film. Here’s my review.

So, Farhad works at ‘Tem Tem Bra and Panty shop’ in South Mumbai. He’s 45 years old and unmarried. Shirin, 40 years old, works as a Secretary at the Parsi Trust. They both meet, like each other and then fall in love. Then, of course there are small conflicts, family matters that complicate things but not too much.

Bela Bhansali Sehgal marks her debut as a director with this movie and to be honest, I would say she’s a better editor than a director. What could have been an extremely sweet film with good actors and a simple story was made into 2 hours overdone bawaness. I get that she wanted to highlight the life of parsis but she got a little too carried away with stereotyping them. She probably put the whole Parsi acting community except for Cyrus Broacha. Even with the setting being nice and pretty and all that jazz, the story just doesn’t have that appeal.

The actors are all good. Boman Irani and Farah Khan have both lost a lot of weight. Boman Irani’s acting is heartwarming and its always nice to watch him act. Farah Khan is probably acting for the first time and  she’s not too bad. They both look good together and have good chemistry too.

The music is very bad! There’s a song called, “Gadheda” to which Boman Irani dances to. Farah Khan has been given Shreya Ghoshal’s voice and also Usha Uthap’s voice. So weird!

Overall, it’s an ok movie. Not bad but not as good as I thought it would be also.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Dec 24 2010

Tees Maar Khan- Movie Review


My name is Sheila…Sheila ki jawani…I’m too sexy for you…main tere haath na aani! This song has been stuck in everyone’s heads since atleast a month and now after watching the movie, there’ll definitely be more fans of the song if not the movie.

Tees Maar Khan (TMK) a.k.a Akshay Kumar is a con artist who plans to rob a train loaded with antiques that can fetch him enough moolah for the rest of his life. In order to rob the train, he disguises himself as a film director and cons Bollywood superstar Aatish Kapoor (Akshaye Khanna), desperately wanting an Oscar and Sheila (B grade actress and TMK’s girlfriend), with a lead role in a ‘period film’ called Bharat Ka Khazana (supposedly based on the Kakori conspiracy case of the pre-Independence era).

Farah Khan’s known for her masala movies and she’s made 2 really good ones. I don’t understand why this went wrong. It’s funny in parts but not funny enough. There’s drama and action but not enough. Somehow, I just couldn’t enjoy this movie completely. The dialogues are very ok. I didn’t find myself laughing at most jokes. OK I laughed a lot at the ‘Mere desh ki dharti scene’ and I must admit it was very funny.

Coming to the acting part…There’s Akshay Kumar who’s acted better in the past and there’s Katrina who’d have made atleast 10,000 people watch the movie only for her item song- Sheila ki jawani. Her role has no matlab only. I think the supporting actors- Raghu & Rajiv, Aarya Babbar and Akshaye Khanna were way better!  The music is not that great except for Sheila ki jawani, Wallah re wallah and the title track which are good but not excellent. I still think Munni’s better than Sheila in all respects.

So yeah, Tees Maar Khan is just average and I’m quite disappointed. I expected more from Farah Khan.

Rating– 2.5/5

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