Dec 1 2015

The Good Dinosaur- Movie Review

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The Good Dinosaur is a fun, well animated film children may enjoy but there’s nothing original about the story and screenplay and the predictability is disappointing.

Rating– 3/5

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Oct 30 2015

Titli- Movie Review

Roochster

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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Aug 28 2015

Phantom- Movie Review

Roochster

An average thriller that is gripping in parts only and otherwise a long, never ending story.

Rating- 3/5

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Jul 17 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan- Movie Review

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan posterI woke up at 7am to watch my Salman Khan in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Excitement was flowing through my system even as I was on my way to PVR Juhu, impatient to watch the 9am show, and before that hoping there wouldn’t be a long queue for tickets. So there I was in my seat, waiting eagerly for my Salman to appear on the big screen. But even before he came, the visuals before me took me in completely, making me forget that I was there, so early in the morning just for him.

Plot in short– ‘Shahida’ (Harshali Malhotra) a mute 6 year old girl from the Kashmiri side of Pakistan named after her mother’s favourite cricket Shahid Afridi gets left behind near the tracks of a train going from India to Pakistan in the wee hours of the night as she gets off trying to save a goat’s kid stuck inside a ditch. Finding another train to get onto, she hopes to go back home to her mother only reaching a village in Haryana where she meets our Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Salman Khan). Pawan or Bajrangi as he calls himself is a worshipper of Lord Hanuman, the monkey God and believes in always telling the truth. He meets Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan), his father’s friend’s daughter in Delhi and also stays in their house. They fall in love and want to get married but can only do so if Pawan can make enough money to buy a house.  Shahida who is mute and cannot read or write has no way to tell them where she’s from and so she too starts living with Rasika’s family and Pawan. As time passes by they find out that she’s from Pakistan and the only person who can take her there is Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Will he be able to cross the border and find her family? What are the obstacles that come in their way when he tries to?

The Good– Everything about the movie is good. I am not even exaggerating. Director Kabir Khan and his entire crew have let no stone unturned in making sure that the movie is made in the most honest and sincere way, not thinking of only Salman Khan and his superstar status. Salman Khan’s role is that of a very simple guy and he plays it with perfection. I can easily say that this is Salman’s finest performance and he made us cry this time. The pretty little girl Harshali Malhotra too is excellent as a mute child. She speaks volumes with her hand gestures and eyes alone. Kareena Kapoor Khan is merely a supporting actor here with not much to do but she looks gorgeous and does her usual Kareena stuff. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s entry scene is superb! The funny Pakistani reporter Chand Nawab’s scene is exactly like the one I had seen on Youtube ages ago and laughed my ass off. He’s one of the best actors we have today and is as natural as natural can get. Also, the screenplay is refreshing and moves steadily throughout. The camera work is brilliant. Beautiful visuals. The music is not the typical Salman Khan type foot tapping sorts that we’ve heard and danced to in the past. The ‘Selfie’ song is quite fun though. People in the theatre went crazy! Technically superb and emotionally perfect.

The Not-so-good– To be honest, I can’t think of anything. Just the fact that Salman Khan didn’t have any work to do apart from go and drop the girl to her mother.

Verdict– This has to be the best Salman Khan movie after Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Pure content with brilliant performances. Left me teary eyed in the end.

Rating– 4.5/5

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Jul 3 2015

Guddu Rangeela- Movie Review

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With a thin plot, Guddu Rangeela manages to bring out the best in the screenplay, direction and performances making it a decent Bollywood entertainer.

Rating- 3/5

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Jun 26 2015

Inside Out- Movie Review

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A charming, positive and well scripted film skillfully animated, that teaches you the value of your every emotion and how it affects your life.

Rating- 4/5

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May 22 2015

Tanu weds Manu Returns- Movie Review

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Tanu-Weds-Manu-Returns-PosterVery rarely would you find sequels better than the first part. Tanu Weds Manu has returned and how! Let me explain.

Plot in short– Tanuja (Kangana Ranaut) and Manoj (R Madhavan) have been married, maybe not happily since 4 years. With disagreements, senseless arguments and fewer sparks both want to end their marriage to live a more peaceful life. A heated up fight at the psychiatrist makes Manu end up in a mental hospital while Tanu escapes to Kanpur. Feeling slightly bad for her husband, she calls his friend Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal) to come rescue him. Once back home, she goes back to being the rebellious, notorious Tanu who would walk out in a towel while a boy’s family has come home to meet her sister. During her stay at her family home, she reconnects with one time boyfriend Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Sheirgill) and also basks in the attention she gets from a new lawyer friend- Chintu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) who’s been staying without paying rent at her family home. Meanwhile, Manu comes to India and meets a Tanu look-alike Kusum (Kangana Ranaut) who is a state level athlete from Haryana. Within a couple of weeks he falls for her and is ready to get married. What will happen to Tanu and Manu’s marriage?

The Good– I have to say I enjoyed every minute of the film. Not once did I get distracted by my phone’s constant vibrations (Whatsapp messages). The pace is perfect and the very well written dialogue and screenplay by Himanshu Sharma add the raw desi masala mixed with real cinema making it juicy and flavourful in one go. Director Aanand L. Rai expertly weaves his magic in combining it with great music, styling, production design, cinematography and acting. The song ‘Banno tera swagger’ is a definite favourite. Kangana Ranaut shines in her performance as both Tanu and Kusum, making a clear demarcation between both characters. She looks gorgeous! R Madhavan in all his subtlety is superb! He has great screen presence. Supporting actors Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi is a live wire, very entertaining, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Chintu is good, Jimmy Sheirgill is Raja Awasthi is charming. All the other actors too made their presence felt, adding value to the film.

The Not- so-good– I didn’t want it to end. I wish they make a part three.

Verdict– I loved the film and would highly recommend it to everyone. Two hours of pure desi entertainment- music, drama, humour and a lot of masala. MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4.5/5

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May 15 2015

Bombay Velvet- Movie Review

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bombay velvet posterSince the time I saw the trailer and heard the songs from Bombay Velvet, I knew the film would be absolutely brilliant. Well, umm I wish that was the case for real!

Plot in short– Balraj a.k.a Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) has one dream- to be a big shot. Impressed with his dare devil attitude, Kaizad Khambata ( Karan Johar), editor of a tabloid called ‘Torrent’ appoints Balraj to manage his club named ‘Bombay Velvet’ and also wipe out Jimmy Mistry (Manish Chaudhury), editor of another tabloid called ‘Glitz’. Jimmy appoints the gorgeous Rosie (Anushka Sharma), a jazz singer to lure Johnny and destroy his competition among other things. Meanwhile, Johnny and Rosie fall in love and are in too deep to fall out of it. What happens to Bombay Velvet?

The Good– I haven’t seen any period film look so rich and real. Every set, every costume, props, graphics, hair and make up done take you back to the 60s and 70s. There’s a tremendous amount of effort that went into the research and ground work plus the magnificent camera work that make it a visual delight, this Bombay Velvet. Apart from that, the actors are all superb! While Ranbir and Anushka draw you in with their performance and chemistry, Satyadeep Misra, Kay Kay Menon, Manish Chaudhury and Karan Johar are good. Raveena Tandon in her special appearance looks more ravishing than she has ever looked. I’d like to point out that the music and background score of the film are fantastic! Amit Trivedi makes jazz come alive with some of his compositions. I like Anurag Kashyap’s Tarantino-like story-telling style, however there is room for improvement. The part where Karan Johar, unable to keep his straight face, breaks into an infectious giggle away from everyone is one of the best scenes in the movie, without a doubt.

The Not-so-good– While there are so many nice things about the movie, the screenplay and editing could have been way better. The first half is a bit of a drag and overall, there is something amiss, perhaps more attention given to the script.

Verdict– Bombay Velvet is visually stunning and has some great performances and music but falls short of a script that’s interesting enough to hold a two and a half hours film.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Feb 6 2015

Shamitabh- Movie Review

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shamitabh-posterWhen you put two talented actors together in a film that is all about acting, you know you just have to watch it. And I did. Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Danish (Dhanush), a mere bus conductor has a big dream- to be a Bollywood superstar. Now the problem is that no one will sign him for a film because he is mute and a mute actor would not be able to say the dialogues in a film. He chances upon a young assistant director (Akshara Haasan) But then he meets Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan), a drunken old Bollywood struggler lying around outside a studio. His voice is just what Danish needs to get closer to his dream. After a lot of coaxing, Amitabh agrees. Danish starts living his dream as Shamitabh while Amitabh remains just the voice. How long can this duo sustain without egos taking over?

The Good– Director R. Balki who has directed Cheeni Kum and Paa before Shamitabh, sure knows how to bring out the best in his actors. His film deals with human relationships, their ups and downs, their emotions and complexities in life. The screenplay is well written, letting some scenes go on for longer than expected and creating their own moment. The three central characters played by Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan are well sketched out. Amitabh Bachchan can act drunk and how! I wonder if he was actually under some sort of nasheela influence while acting out those scenes.  His performance shines through! Dhanush too is excellent! He may not be the best looking, conventional hero but he can act very well. The emotions are conveyed beautifully even without dialogues. Akshara Haasan who makes her debut with this film is a natural. She acts not like an actor but what she says on screen comes from within. She’s got a deadpan style of acting and in a strange way that works. The cinematographer has done a fine job with the camera.

The Not-so-good– I did not like the picturization of the song ‘Piddly’ and the songs overall also are not that great. I also feel that the ‘dumb’ situation could have been handled with more sensitivity.

Verdict– Watch Shamitabh because it is a good film overall.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Jan 24 2015

Baby- Movie Review

Roochster

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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