Dec 7 2013

Club 60- Movie Review


Club 60 posterNot very often do you get to watch movies like Club 60. There’s something very endearing about movies like that because they come straight from the heart. So when I read the title, I thought it would be an extremely lame film with a bunch of oldies but I was clearly wrong.

The film tells the story of Tarique (Farooque Sheikh) and his wife Saira (Sarika). They move to Mumbai after their only son dies in a shootout in the U.S. Tarique who was working goes into depression while Saira continues to work to get her mind off what has happened. On a random day, they meet Manubhai (Raghubir Yadav) who is full of life, can be pushy and annoying and wears the most atrocious clothes. He encourages the couple to open up, meet people and become members of Club 60. This Club 60 is not just a place for senior citizens to play a sport or eat food but also to bond and fill the gaps they have in their life.

Director Sanjay Tripathi has done everything right to make a heartfelt film. The story is simple and has a lot of soul. More than anything, the screenplay here works. The characters are well etched out, are relatable and bring a sense of warmth into the story. The dialogues don’t seem forced or fake crating a natural flow and making it fun to watch. There’s not pretence whatsoever in terms of costumes, make up or look of the film.

The camera work is good in parts but otherwise very basic. I also felt that the background music went well with the theme. The music is not bad either but I wish there were fewer songs in the movie. I like the Ghazal-ish song that comes towards the end.

Being an emotional film, the actors had a major role to play. They would either make or break the film. Luckily, the performances are all top rated. Farooque Sheikh and Sarika have great chemistry and are natural actors. It’s lovely to see the emotions on Sarika’s face. So lovable and motherly. Farooque Sheikh too is so good that he says so much without saying anything at all. Raghubir Yadav has a very annoying character to play but he plays it with flair. Towards the end, I did get teary eyed while watching him perform and ended up ignoring his really bad tshirts which he’s worn throughout the film. Sharat Saxena, Tinny Anand and Satish Shah too are fun to watch.

Overall, a sweet and heartwarming film with characters you will love and feel connected to although it is slightly dragged. Go watch with your grandparents!

Rating– 3.5/5


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May 31 2013

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani- Movie Review


Yeh Jawaani hai deewani posterI was so excited to watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and had great expectations from it as a film. But you know what? It went way above my expectations! This is one of those love stories you wont mind watching over and over again. Here’s why.

Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) are best friends who live life to the fullest without a care in the world. They love travelling and decide to go to Manali to explore, trek and have a good time. Naina (Deepika Padukone) who’s been a geek all her life decides to get out of her mould and do something she’s never done before. She finds about this Manali trip and decides to go too. During this trip she makes new friends, discovers new things about herself and also falls in love with Bunny. But things are about to change as Bunny wants to travel the world and would soon be going to Chicago to do a course in Journalism. Eight years hence, at Aditi’s wedding, they meet again. This time, everything has changed.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen a very good romantic comedy. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani deserves to and will do very well at the box office and otherwise! Even though it’s nothing but a simple love story, the screenplay is so well written and the story is so well told, that you will enjoy every minute of it. Director Ayan Mukherjee knows how to connect with his audience and he does it very well. With a very good script he manages to tell a story with subtlety and charm. The movie might seem a little long, especially towards the end but you wont mind it that much because you wont find yourself getting bored at any point. Cinematographer V. Maniknandan has captured the beauty of Manali beautifully and adds colour and richness to every frame. I’d say the Deepika Padukone’s styling could have been better considering they’ve made her wear short skirts and dresses in Manali where it snows. Also, wearing a piece of cloth with a ghagra and dupatta for a wedding function in India is a bit too much… or should I say too little?

The casting is bang on! I love how easy going and real the characters are. They all make a difference to the story and have an important part to play. There’s this unsaid chemistry between all the actors, especially Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya and Kalki which reflects in their performances. Ranbir Kapoor is filled with passion and has this magnetic pull that attracts you towards him. He’s pure magic on screen and plays his part with full sincerity. Deepika Padukone is only getting better as an actress. She’s convincing as Naina and has acted well. Aditya Roy Kapur is a good actor but I wish he had more depth to his character than just someone who’s messing around with his life. Kalki Koechlin I have always liked and in this film too she’s very good. The energy she brings to the film is good with her fun and bindaas character. Kunaal Roy Kapur’s role is not any different from what he’s done in the past and he already knows he’s entertaining. Evelyn Sharma as the delicate darling is fun to watch. Tanvi Azmi and Farooq Shaikh are very good.

The music by Pritam is foot tapping. Songs like ‘Badtameez Dil’, ‘Balam Pichkari’ and ‘Dilliwali girlfriend’ stand out. Madhuri Dixit in ‘Ghagra’ seemed a bit out of place and didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the movie but as a song its alright.

I can’t tell you how much I loved Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. I can watch it many more times and still love it! Ranbir and Deepika make a superhit jodi together and Ayan Mukherjee is a fantastic director!  You just cannot miss this movie. You will love it!


Rating– 4.5/5


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