Jan 8 2016

Wazir- Movie Review


wazir movie posterWhat happens when you put Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar together? Either they both sing in their unconventional- singer voices or both completely engross you with their acting skills and take you with them on an interesting journey. I feel lucky to have experienced both in the film Wazir. Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Danish (Farhan Akhtar), an ATS officer loses his four year old daughter Noorie while trying to fight a terrorist. This makes him so angry and driven that he single handedly kills the terrorist in a shoot out. This step makes him lose his job and he is suspended. A chance meeting with a physically challenged, retired chess champion Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) makes him realize that there’s a politician involved in terrorist activities and he must be finished.

The Good– Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi are the true heroes here. They’ve written a top notch screenplay that works well in director Bejoy Nambiar’s favour.  Fast paced and thrilling, Wazir will not bore you one bit in spite of the underlying sadness in the characters that is with you throughout. Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar play a huge role in accomplishing that. Aditi Rao Hydari, despite her small role shines through. Neil Nitin Mukesh is getting better and more convincing with every film as the bad guy. The music in the film is nice and hummable. I came back home to listen to ‘Tere bin’ by Shantanu Moitra, sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal in their soulful voices.

The Not-so-Good– The chess bit might just be overdone a bit more than my liking. Apart from that, there’s not much that I think was not that good except for maybe that the second half of the film is slightly slow compared to the first half.

Verdict– Wazir is a good thriller that has some incredible performances. Go watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 5 2015

Dil Dhadakne Do- Movie Review


Dil dhadakne do posterAfter Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Dil Dhadakne Do has been the most awaited movie this summer and boy was I excited to watch it! Here’s a quick review.

Plot in short– A dog by the name of Pluto tells the story of a Punjabi family that’s got quite a lot of issues in their lives. The husband (Anil Kapoor) and wife (Shefali Shah) are rich but have their own set of problems. The business is going downhill and so is their married life. Their son (Ranveer Singh) is an obedient boy (so they think), following his father’s footsteps and trying hard to do well at the business but sadly can’t so they’re trying to marry him off to a rich man’s daughter. Their daughter (Priyanka Chopra) is married unwillingly to rich businessman Rahul Bose. There’s everything but love in their marriage and she can’t wait to break free and get back to her one time love Farhan Akhtar. It’s their parent’s anniversary and to celebrate, invitations are sent out to close friends and family for a cruise holiday in Turkey and Greece. On the cruise, Ranveer meets Anushka Sharma, a dancer, Priyanka Chopra meet her ex boyfriend Farhan Akhtar and bitter truths come out between the anniversary couple. Will this dysfunctional family come together?

The Good– Being a Zoya Akhtar film, this one is a pure family entertainer with witty dialogues by Farhan Akhtar, a super stylish ensemble cast, setting, production design, beautiful cinematography and very good performances. She brings out the best side in all her actors. As you will see, Anil Kapoor, with his salt and pepper hair looks like the charming 50 year old who barely looks his age. He’s fantastic as the authoritative and hyper father. Shefali Shah as the wife and mother plays her part with finesse. Priyanka Chopra flaunts her taunt body and delivers an outstanding performance. Ranveer Singh is superb! Naturally witty with his own style, he creates a screen presence like no one else. All the supporting actors- Farhan Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Anushka Sharma, Zarina Wahab, Riddhima Sud, the gossiping aunties, and the others equally contribute in making the film a fun 170 minutes to watch.

The Not-so-good– Even though the film is entertaining, there are some things which are extremely underplayed. For instance, Ranveer and Anushka’s love story doesn’t seem to have enough depth to go fighting for it in the end. Also, the first half is a bit of a drag. Too many people, maybe? The music by Shankar Ehsaan & Loy is alright. Luckily not too many songs. The humour in the film may not appeal to a large audience. The classes may love it but the masses may not because of the ‘upper class humour’.

Verdict– A movie with a happy ending and some great performances, this one’s a fun, light humoured family entertainer.

Rating– 3.5/5




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Feb 28 2014

Shaadi Ke Side Effects- Movie Review


Shaadi-Ke-Side-Effects-PosterI was really looking forward to watching Shaadi Ke Side Effects for multiple reasons. One- Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan are superb actors! Two- I loved Pyaar ke side effects. Three- My shaadi will happen soon so I wanted to see what the ‘side effects’ are! Haha well, here’s what I thought of the film.

Plot in short– Trisha (Vidya Balan) and Sid (Farhan Akhtar) are married and in love until they give birth to a challenging responsibility- a child. How complicated do their lives get after marriage and once the baby is born is what Shaadi Ke Side Effects is all about.

The good– The concept on the whole works. A funny take on the side effects of a marriage is a good enough reason to watch it and then you have two great actors- Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar who are natural and are blessed with an incredible ability to act effortlessly. I also thought Vir Das, Ram Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri who played important parts in the film were quite entertaining. Director Saket Chaudhary who’s also made Pyaar Ke Side Effects has done a good job with directing this one but only the first half. The screenplay works well in the first half of the film to a level where you relate and laugh out loud with all your heart. Farhan Akhtar’s styling goes with today’s times and he looks younger and fitter than ever! Vidya Balan looks good in some scenes but the open hair bothers me a bit.

The cinematography is lovely and the art direction is fantastic with the most gorgeous colours. The music however is just ok. I like the romantic peppy number- Tumse pyaar ho gaya.

The Not-so-good– While the first half of the film was a lot of fun to watch, the second half was a drag. The story started moving in a not-so-interesting direction so better editing would have made it shorter and better for sure. The songs too could have been better.

Verdict– Great performances, an engaging and entertaining first half that couples in love will enjoy watching together, especially those intending to marry.

Rating– 3/5


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Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2013


Best movies of 20132013 has seen more downs than ups where Bollywood films are concerned but there have been some pretty awesome films that I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching. Here’s a list of the ones I loved and would recommend if you haven’t seen them already!

1)      Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani– This is undoubtedly my favourite film of the year! A must see Rom-Com! Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur & Kalki Koechlin. Directed by Ayan Mukherji

2)      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Inspiring and an award winning performance from Farhan Akhtar. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

3)      Goliyon ki Raas leela Raam Leela- A very well made modern day Romeo & Juliet. Starring Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

4)      Special 26- A great heist story based on a real robbery that took place in 1987. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpai & Jimmy Shergill. Directed by Neeraj Pandey

5)      Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns- A rare instance of a sequel which is more fun to watch than its prequel. Starring Jimmy Shergill, Irrfaan Khan, Soha Ali Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

6)      Jolly LLB- Small film with a big heart. Starring Arshad Warsi & Boman Irani. Directed by Subhash Kapoor

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/03/jolly-llb-movie-review/

7)      Go Goa Gone- A fun zombie film that was different and pretty twisted! Starring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das & Puja Gupta. Directed by Krishna D.K & Raj Nidimoru.

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/05/go-goa-gone-movie-review/

8)      The Lunchbox- An unconventional and light hearted romantic comedy for all ages. Starring Irrfan Khan & Nimrat Kaur. Directed by Ritesh Batra

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/the-lunchbox-movie-review/

9)      Shuddh Desi Romance- Two great non-commercial actors in a love story that’s brave and very today. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput & Parineeti Chopra. Directed by Maneesh Sharma

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/shuddh-desi-romance-movie-review/

10)   B.A. Pass- A very bold film that’s brilliantly executed. Starring Shilpa Shukla & Shadab Kamal. Directed by Ajay Bahl

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/08/b-a-pass-movie-review/


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Jul 12 2013

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Movie Review


bhaag_milkha_bhaag_posterVery rarely do you come across a film that is nearly flawless. When you see the trailer and songs of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, you would never expect it to be so good but it’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised now isn’t it?

The story is Milkha Singh’s. An athlete who’s struggle was not only about winning races but about overcoming his darkest nightmares and fears. His courage and willpower along with his coaches motivated him to such an extent that he’s known as ‘The Flying Sikh’ because of all the records he broke and all his achievements. The film also gives a huge account of his childhood days when he was separated from his family because of the India-Pak partition.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has made Rang De Basanti in the past and we already know how brilliant he is as a director. He chooses the most powerful stories and turns them into masterpieces. He did that with Rang De Basanti and now Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Yes, it is a lengthy film of 3 hours and 8 minutes and not everyone will think its ok to watch his love story and childhood story which take up so much time. However, if you’re making a biopic, there’s a lot to consider because as an audience you would want to know what made the person do certain things and if they had a connection with their past. Even a film like Titanic had a love story. The fact that its a period film means there are even more things to consider. For example the styling, the look and make up of all the characters and places. I did expect a bit more ‘vintage looking’ film though.

Prasoon Joshi has written the story and screenplay and I think he’s done a fabulous job!  From start to end, in spite of the length, the film is gripping and entertaining. There’s drama, there’s comedy, there’s action, romance, patriotism and so much more. The cinematography by Binod Pradhan is like visual poetry and beautifully done.

The background score is good. The music by Shankar Ehsaan & Loy goes well with the theme but the songs don’t stay with you for too long after the film. I liked ‘Mera yaar’ in particular though. Nice and refreshing. The song ‘O rangrez’ is sung beautifully by Javed Bashir and Shreya Ghoshal. ‘Angreza’ is well composed. The choreography of the songs also deserves a mention.

Farhan Akhtar has proved in the past that he’s an all rounder. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag only reiterates the fact that he’s a brilliant actor. Natural, subtle and powerful. He’s perfect for the role of Milkha Singh and it shows how hard he’s worked for the film in terms of the look and character. Pawan Malhotra and Divya Dutta as supporting actors deliver fantastic performances. They’re both superb! Even the little boy Jabtej Singh who played Milkha junior is good. Sonam Kapoor barely had any acting but she looked pretty and was not bad at all. Prakash Raj too has a small but fun role and as usual entertains. So basically, all the performances in the film are top notch.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a inspiring, entertaining and an amazing film. It might be a little lengthy but totally worth a watch. Farhan Akhtar’s best performance yet. Must see!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Jun 14 2013

Fukrey- Movie Review


fukrey-posterWeird title, new actors and a trailer that doesn’t look that appealing is not inviting enough to go watch ‘Fukrey’. But then, if Farhan Akhtar who’s made and been a part of some really good films has produced it, there must be something right? Well, that’s why I just had to give this a chance. Here’s my review.

Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Chucha (Varun Sharma) are buddies who are brats of the first order and have a unique talent- to make money winning lotteries thanks to Chucha’s dreams. Laali (Manjot Singh) whose father owns a small food stall selling jalebis, etc. is struggling to get into college with a bit of jhol via the college’s security guard. An aspiring musician Zaffar’s (Ali Fazal) father’s paralysis treatment can only happen with a good sum of money which he doesn’t have. Due to desperate measures, they all turn to the college’s security guard who’s pretty influential. One such person he knows is Bhooli Punjaban (Richa Chaddha) who is a gundi. One thing leads to another and they get themselves into a big mess.

What is nice is the way the story unfolds with its many subplots all forming a nice build up to the climax. The screenplay is well written with dialogues and situations that will crack you up when you least expect it. The production design is real and contemporary, keeping with the times and so is the styling of all the actors. Delhi forms an integral part of the film and the characters are beautifully sketched out. Good job director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba! The cinematography is good. The background score is very good. The music by Ram Sampat will grow on you after the film but the song ‘Ambarsariya’ sung by Sona Mahapatra is superb!

Coming to the performances… Pulkit Samrat as Hunny is not only ridiculously handsome but also a very good actor. He’s a natural and has acted very well. I have to admit that I have a HUGE crush on him! Ali Fazal as Zaffar is alright. His character is my least favourite. Manjor Singh as Laali is good. Varun Sharma as Chucha has some of the best lines in the film and his expressions are hilarious! Richa Chaddha as Bhooli is just fantastic! She is supremely talented! The other two lead actresses Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh are nice to watch.

Fukrey is a fun, fresh and entertaining film albeit a little long. The performances by Richa Chaddha, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma are noteworthy. Do watch!

Rating– 3/5


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Dec 23 2011

Don 2- Movie Review


You know, I was really really looking forward to watching Don 2, not because I love Shahrukh Khan but because I loved Don. Let’s see if this sequel is as good as the real shit.

In this movie, Don, a.k.a SRK gets himself arrested to join Vardhan (Boman Irani) in prison obviously because he has something big in mind. He wants to rob currency printing plates from a German bank and Boman Irani is the key to doing that with the help of a hacker (Kunal Kapoor). Roma (Priyanka Chopra) is a cop and obviously trying to get hold of Don not only because that’s her job, but also because she ‘laaouuus’ him.  So it’s basically based on the line, ‘Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, naamumkin hai’.

First of all, Shah Rukh Khan already gave us one stupid film this year- Ra.One. Second of all, Don was so good, but somehow Don 2 just lacks everything that could have made one hell of an awesome film! Farhan Akhtar is a good director and has an amazing eye for the way a film should look but he just isn’t good enough. The story lacks the thrills and freshness we saw in Don. The whole plot of the movie goes for a toss. Most of the movie is predictable.

Shahrukh Khan is getting older by the day and it shows- in the way he looks and the way he acts. The way he said his dialogues in the earlier Don were a 100 times more effective than in this one! His romantic scenes with Priyanka Chopra were good though. In fact, she was pretty good- not too loud or heroine-type. She played her part well. I also liked Boman Irani even though he had a small role.

The music is ok, not as good as Don’s. Even then, the look of the film (clothes, cinematography, and sets) is classy and looks very International!  Kudos to Farhan Akhtar for that!

Oh story for you! My friend and I had gone to Eros to watch the theatre. The crowd was crazy! People were yelling for most of the first half of the movie,there were drunk men dancing with fake guns on stage later they got slapped and dragged out by cops and to watch that half the theatre went out. So you can imagine what was more interesting to watch!

Rating– 2.5/5


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Jul 15 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara- Movie Review


I had just seen the song Senorita and one dialogue where Hrithik Roshan is formally dressed and Abhay Deol says, “Arjun my buwoy, tum is the uniform mein the mantal lag rahe ho” That was what made me go and watch this movie. Was it any good? You’re just about to find out!

So, like The Hangover, 3 friends decide to go to Spain for 3 weeks to have their Bachelor’s trip before their friend Kabir (Abhay Deol) gets married to his girlfriend Natasha (Kalki Koechlin). Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) is a workaholic and Imran (Farhan Akhtar) works as a copywriter at an ad agency. They decide to do loads of adventurous things as a part of this trip and at the end of it realize ke ‘Zindagi na milegi dobara’ toh karo jo karna hai abhi.  

Ok here’s the truth. ZNMD is quite like The Hangover 2- Bradley Cooper- Hrithik Roshan (Serious and sensible, they even look alike), Zach Galifianakis- Farhan Akhtar (entertainer) and Ed Helms- Abhay Deol (the one who is super loyal to his fiancée and yet faces trouble.)It will also remind you of Dil Chahta Hai; only that was more original and funny. In this some scenes were hilarious and at the same time, some were quite blah! You’d wish there’d be more adventure and excitement to really feel it’s a Bachelor’s trip.

ZNMD lacks the “naturalness” of the characters, especially Hrithik. I personally felt he’s too filmy to be in this kind of movie. You know what I mean? He looks great but is fit for love stories which need proper proper acting. This movie is the type that requires the actors to be at ease and let the dialogues flow and not look rehearsed. I loved Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar. For that matter, even Kalki Koechlin and Katrina Kaif were good and did their part very well.

I loved the cinematography though. Superb visuals, especially the song where they’re in the car travelling, it is so beautifully shot I can’t tell you! Luckily there weren’t too many songs in the movie.

So, I thought ZNMD was just okay.

Rating– 2.5/5

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