Sep 9 2016

Baar Baar Dekho- Movie Review


A simple story moulded into a poorly written screenplay performed by amateur lead actors.

Rating- 2.5/5


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Aug 17 2016

Rustom- Movie Review


rustom movie posterAkshay Kumar has been doing some pretty interesting films off late and Rustom is definitely one of them. I was expecting it to be a really good murder mystery considering the story is based on true events. Here’s what I felt.

Plot in short– Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) a reputed Naval officer surrenders himself to the police for shooting his wife’s lover. Has he been framed or has he really committed the crime?

The Good– There’s nothing that stands out particularly for me to say that the film was very good. The performances were all alright. Akshay Kumar looked great in the white uniform and was subtle and to-the-point where acting is concerned. Ileana D’Cruz didn’t have much to do apart from crying in most scenes. The lady who played the maid is excellent. Arjan Bajwa who had a very small role was ok but I don’t blame him ‘cause there was anyway barely anything to do.  Kumud Mishra as the manipulative tabloid editor was convincing. The songs are not bad. I love the songs ‘Tere sang yaara’ and the ‘Dekha hazaaron dafaa’. The production design is average. If the film had a better screenplay, the court room drama which goes on for most of the film could have been more relevant and real.

The Not-so-good– The film could have been so much more real and believable than what it is. Also, what’s with Esha Gupta? She looks like a plastic doll and can barely act. The art direction was not as refined as one would have expected it to be.

Verdict– Even though there could have been many better things about the movie, it was decently entertaining and good enough to watch once at home.

Rating– 3/5

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Jul 1 2016

Kerry on Kutton- Movie Review


Kerry on Kutton is raw in all aspects except for the performances of all the actors which help in adding some tadka to an otherwise average film.

Rating- 2.5/5


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Apr 15 2016

Fan- Movie Review


fan-movie posterI hadn’t seen the trailer of Fan and neither did I know Shahrukh Khan was playing a double role until I came home and opened a website to read the names of the cast of the film. Hawww! How could I not know it was him only!

Plot in short– Aryan Khanna (Shahrukh Khan) has a huge fan following but there’s one in particular called Gaurav Chadna (Shahrukh Khan)  who would do anything to get just five minutes with the star, to show him his trophy that he won in a talent contest and to offer him some Son Halwa sent by his parents. But one incident spoils everything and turns the fan into a creep and imposter. Will this madness ever stop and how?

The Good– Shahrukh Khan is definitely the best part about the film. In terms of creepiness, remember how creepy-scary Darr was? This is that multiplied 5 times. I was quite creeped out and my heart was beating fast thinking of what would happen next throughout the film. Shahrukh Khan as the fan is actually better than Shahrukh playing Aryan Khanna. The make up and hair artist and stylist play a huge part in making him look the way he looks. Kudos to them! The screenplay and direction is fantastic! Maneesh Sharma takes the story to another level by using the actors’ full potential.

The Not-so-good– There are several things that I found a bit stupid. For example how people barely notice the Aryan Khanna look-alike when he’s walking on the street or when he fools the guards of Aryan Khanna’s mansion and reaches the star’s house inside, almost fooling the wife. But suddenly people recognize him in London at Madam Tussaud’s museum. Also, I felt that it was rather lame for the star to be chasing his fan single handedly when he has the power to call the cops, involve goons and what not to get rid of pschopaths like Gaurav.

Verdict– Ignore the stupidity and enjoy ‘Fan’ for what it is. A thrilling, engaging and entertaining film that one must watch. Hats off to Shahrukh Khan for his best performance yet. For once I can say he deserves an award.

Rating– 4/5

P.S.- Prepare to be totally creeped out!




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Oct 30 2015

Titli- Movie Review


An interestingly told and engaging story of a man, his wife and his life with noteworthy performances by the entire cast.

Rating- 3.5/5

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Jan 24 2015

Baby- Movie Review


baby-posterI had just seen a war movie- American Sniper recently and was not quite prepared to go watch anything even remotely similar anytime soon that too  at 11 in the morning. But just like me, there was a theatre full of people who came to watch Akshay Kumar in Baby. You will soon know if it was worth it.

Plot in short– A team of Indian secret agents led by Danny Denzongpa set out on a mission to find and stop the leader of a terrorist group who are planning an attack on India. Will they be able to stop the attack?

The Good– I like how Neeraj Pandey, the director and screenplay writer has kept the pace going. Even though the movie is quite long, the second half is twice as gripping as the first half so you wont find yourself getting bored at all. The characters are well thought of and each one plays their part well. Akshay Kumar’s performance is top notch. He’s a good actor… the kind of actor who can act and do action scenes better than the other guys. Apart from him, the other supporting actors- Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh, Madhurima Tuli and the others all play an important part in making the film interesting to watch. The locations are beautiful, especially in Saudi Arabia. Beautiful cinematography. I have to say that I was very impressed with the action sequence where Taapsee Pannu fights Sushant Singh single handedly.

The Not-so-good– Now the film is slightly longer than I hoped for but thankfully the screenplay keeps it going. Also I felt that the songs were unnecessary and not even that great.

Verdict– Watch Baby not for the strange title but for the fast paced thriller that it is. The second half is very engrossing and Akshay Kumar proves yet again that he is Bollywood’s best action hero.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jan 16 2015

Alone- Movie Review


Alone posterImagine going for a horror movie called ‘Alone’ alone starring Bipasha Basu whose acting method includes breathing heavily and showing skin. To add to that, I watched the film at a shady theatre filled with men carrying newspapers (I wonder why!). Uhh yeah as snobbish as it may sound, the single screen theatres in the burbs can in no way be compared to those in town. Sigh! Let’s get down to business now.

Plot in short– Sanjana and Anjana (Bipasha Basu) were conjoined twins. They both fell in love with the same guy- Kabir (Karan Singh Grover) but he only loved Sanjana. So as to pursue love and start living individual lives, the twins decide to get operated and have separate bodies. Sadly, only Sanajana survives the operation. Cut to present day. Sanjana and Kabir are married and stay in Mumbai. Something strange happens to her mother in Kerala and that brings the both of them there, to her mother’s house. As she spends time at home, strange things start happening to her too. She starts seeing her dead sister Anjana doing spooky things and scaring the shit out of her. Badla! Duh!

The Good– So…. Ummm… well to start off, it isn’t that bad a movie. I mean, it’s strictly average. The story is predictable but luckily the climax was not for me atleast. I like how hot Bipasha Basu looks throughout. So that sort of covers up a lot of bad things in the movie which I will come to later. She’s mostly wearing negligees, short night dresses, tank tops and super short shorts which help her flaunt her curves. Karan Singh Grover is also a good looking actor who I saw acting for the first time and thought he’s pretty decent. I thought supporting actress Sulbha Arya who plays the maid of the house is a superb actor and even though she had to be a part of some really corny scenes, she did a good job along with the actress who plays her daughter.

The Not-so-good– Bipasha Basu is a hottie but as an actor she’s got a long way to go. Since Raaz, she’s been doing numerous horror flicks but her acting has remained the same since. Shame shame puppy shame! The story is unoriginal and predictable with bits and pieces of many horror movies. I wonder why they always make her walk out of the house all alone at night when she hears strange sounds and then the wind (read ghost) makes her hair fly a bit for effect. Then she’s either thrown somewhere or comes back into the house running breathing heavily shouting ‘bachao bachao’ (to titillate the male audience, of course). The ghost make up is terrible and so are the visual effects. Luckily not too many songs in the film. They’re nothing to boast about either.

Verdict– I mentioned it is an average movie earlier because I didn’t really get bored. There were some unintentionally funny scenes which kept the audience entertained. So I’d say no need to spend money and watch in a theatre. Watch it when it comes on Tv. Its timepass.


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Oct 2 2014

Bang Bang- Movie Review


Bang Bang-PosterI confess! I was super excited to watch Bang Bang only because of the star cast and of course because it was going to be a typical Bollywood film! Was it worth the excitement? Read on.

Plot in short– Harleen (Katrina Kaif) is a bank receptionist and bored with her life. In order to find herself true love, she sets herself up on a date with the help of a site called ‘ Cut to entry of Rajveer (Hrithik Roshan), her date and the thief who stole the Kohinoor diamond and has people chasing him everywhere. Harleen must make a choice. She can either go back to her routine, dull life or be with this crazy man and travel the world with him and his escapades.

The Good– Well, the cinematography definitely tops the charts. Glossy, rich and sharp, the visuals are stunning! I thought the performances were decent but not wow! I must admit though that both Hrithik and Katrina looked droolworthy! They look great on screen! Even the styling, hair and make up is amazing! Beautiful locations too! So I’d say lookwise, the film is bang on! The music and background score is not bad either. There are barely any songs in the film but the songs ‘Tu meri’ and ‘Meherbaan’ are foot tapping and melodious.

The Not-so-good– Bang Bang is clearly a mix of a number of action flicks that have released in the recent past such as Dhoom, Ek Tha Tiger, A Holiday, etc. There goes the originality. The direction by Siddharth Anand is very ok. Sadly it has to rely on the weak screenplay which is nothing but a sequence of chase scenes. Keep an eye out for all the ads you get to see in the film such as Pizza Hut, Mountain Dew, Johnson Tiles, etc. which didn’t have to be so ‘in-your-face’.

Verdict– Overall, Bang Bang is nothing but a time pass film which is high on glamour and low on substance. It may be a treat for all the Hrithik, Katrina, Barbie and Ken fans though.

Rating– 2.5/5


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Aug 22 2014

Mardaani- Movie Review


mardaani posterRani Mukherji Chopra is back with a bang! Long overdue but Mardaani is totally worth it! Here’s more.

Plot in short– Shivani (Rani Mukherji) works for the Mumbai Crime Branch and is always on the lookout for criminals that cause a menace in the city. Things get steamed up when a Drugs and Human Trafficker (Tahir Bhasin) who has been picking up young girls kidnaps her adopted niece Pyaari.

The Good– Rani Mukherji Chopra is definitely a major plus point for the film. Like Vidya Balan, she has the capability to carry the entire film on her shoulders. Even in an entirely deglamorised avatar, she looks great! We have seen too many actors playing cops but she’s one female actor who wins you over with her effortless acting. Tahir Bhasin who plays the bad guy is superb! He’s convincing and does make you hate him. All the other performances too are up to the mark and bring the movie forward. Director Pradeep Sarkar along with his entire team has created a film that must be watched by all. With a hard hitting subject like human trafficking, he brings out all the emotions that should be brought out while watching a film. The good thing is that there isn’t too much drama. The screenplay is well paced and well written. The cinematography by Artur Zurawski is top notch. About the music, I loved the fact that there were no songs during the course of the film. The one at the end was a brilliant composition and went well with the theme of the film. It focused on one thing alone, not diverting to any other subjects and got over in two hours.

The Bad– I can’t say that I disliked anything. To be honest, I quite enjoyed the entire experience and felt proud to be a woman at the end of the film. Yes but I do wish there were some twists and moments of suspense to make things more exciting.

Verdict– A great concept, well executed with some brilliant performances. Watch it, especially for Rani Mukherji Chopra!

Rating– 3.5/5


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Jun 27 2014

Ek Villain- Movie Review


ek-villain-movie-posterFrom the looks of it, Ek Villain looked like a must watch film, especially because it seemed like a good ‘thriller’. How thrilling was it? You’re just about to find out.

Plot in short– Guru (Siddharth Malhotra), a gangster because of circumstances and Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) fall in love and are married. The love story loses balance when a psychopath serial killer (Riteish Deshmukh) kills Aisha. When his lover becomes the latest victim of the serial killer, Guru blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.

The Good– Riteish Deshmukh takes the cake for performing like a star. He is very talented and should definitely be seen in more films. Siddharth Malhotra is a complete hotty and I have a huge crush on him. Haha! Besides the looks part, he’s acted well too. I like that he’s not too filmy or melodramatic. He’s got the potential to do some serious shit. Shraddha Kapoor has acted better than what she did in Aashiqui 2 so yeah that’s a good thing too. Aamna Shariff too played the wife effortlessly. Now, the story didn’t appeal to me much but if you watch the film you can get two different stories which would have worked better than this. I think if just Riteish’s story was taken along with Aamna Shariff and the various other characters, it would make for a better watch. The styling and make up is top notch. The cinematography is lovely in parts and average in some. The music is soothing to the ears. I like the song ‘Teri galliyan’ a lot.

The Not-so-Good– The screenplay and dialogues are a bit messed up. The direction contributes to it. Some scenes are super corny like the part when the nurse checks Riteish Deshmukh’s pulse, declares him dead and when an injection is stabbed into his heart, he wakes up with a jolt. Quite stupid eh? Yeah, many more such stupid scenes in the movie to laugh at. Kamaal R. Khan was very annoying as expected. I also felt that the editing could have been crisper.

Verdict– Corny and barely thrilling, Ek Villain works because of the performances, especially by Riteish Deshmukh.

Rating– 2.5/5

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