Jan 10 2014

Yaariyan- Movie Review


yaariyan-posterExpect Yaariyan to be the kind of film where couples come to make out! Uhhh…ok let’s just get down to my review.

The story is something like this. So a bunch of students from an Indian college in Sikkim must compete with an Australian college in order to save the college property from being sold to a foreigner intending to make a resort (Student of the year?). During the course of these challenges, they learn about love, friendship and strengths.

This is Divya Khosla Kumar’s debut directorial venture and I must say she is far from original. There are too many similarities to Student of the year and other Karan Johar films. The start of the film itself is so typically Karan Johar that it will remind you of Kuch Kuch hota hai. Even the characters are so similar. Sadly, there’s nobody else to blame but her for the story, screenplay and direction but Mrs. Divya Kumar herself who needs to get more creative and be a better writer. Everything in this movie is OTT! Lots of scenes in the movie don’t make sense at all or seem completely out of place.

Its funny how all the actors look like they’ve been bathed in make up and gotten out of a factory all dolled up with fake eyelashes, powdered cheeks and glossy lips. The styling is mostly good apart but ridiculously fake and its unlikely to see students wearing the kind of clothes the actresses are wearing in the movie.

The cinematography has a fresh streak and beautiful locations have been selected to shoot at which adds to the look of the film in general. Sameer Arya deserves a pat on his back for making all the frames look so good.

The background score and music of the movie deserve praise though. Several music directors deserve credit for it. Pritam, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, and Anupam Amod have made music that people are loving. When the song ‘Sunny sunny’ came, there were a bunch of school kids in the theatre who got up to dance! No jokes! The song ‘ABCD’ is also quite fun. I’m pretty sure these two songs are a rage at night clubs. Among the romantic or slow numbers the songs ‘Baarish’ and ‘Allah waariyan’ are great.

Keeping in mind that all the actors are new, I can say Divya Kumar hasn’t done that bad a job. Some of them can barely act but then in an average movie like this, they’re ok. Himansh Kohli who plays the lead in the movie does not have the looks of an actor and can do with a haircut but is surprisingly not bad. Rakul Preet, the lead actress is good. She’s got lovely big eyes. All the other supporting actors and actresses are alright. Deepti Naval is as simple and natural as always and so is Smita Jaykar.

The main target audience of this film is the youth and I feel old just saying that because I did not enjoy it very much. I like the music and the beautiful locations. Apart from that its just a below average film.

Rating– 2/5

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Nov 29 2013

Bullett Raja- Movie Review


Bullett-Raja posterBullett Raja did not look exciting to me when I saw the trailer and as a movie too, it barely entertained. For some reason, Saif Ali Khan to star in a film like this just does not make sense to me. Also, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s style of film making may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and its sequel and  Paan Singh Tomar may have worked but Bullett Raja clearly doesn’t. Here’s why.

What’s the story like? Well, let me try this. Raja (Saif Ali Khan) and Rudra (Jimmy Shergill) turn into gangster best friends in Uttar Pradesh and get into a political trap. Then it’s all about a power struggle, hidden ambitions and revenge. In the middle of it all, Raja finds love in Mitali (Sonakshi Sinha) who encourages him to fight what he’s fighting.

I can’t begin to tell you how bored I was while watching the film. Even the people in the theatre were watching it quietly. Not a sound, not a ‘taali’ from anyone especially when you expect it for a movie with a theme like this. The screenplay and dialogues do not do justice to the story which itself is nothing great. Tigmanshu Dhulia is a skilled director who does his best at directing but doesn’t succeed much because of the weak script. There isn’t much to boast about. The styling is ok. Saif Ali Khan looks too wanna-be-ish with the tikka and bad hair.

The cinematography by P.S. Vinod is good. The action scenes look alright. The background score by Sajid-Wajid is very effective while the music is really bad. I can’t name even one song that I liked.

Saif Ali Khan as Bullett Raja is not convincing at all in terms of his look or the way he acts. In fact, Jimmy Shergill who plays the second lead is better and more realistic. Jimmy Shergill’s role is better too. Saif just looks stupid prancing around like a wanna-be Gunda. Sonakshi Sinha looks beautiful even though her role is pointless as are most characters in the film. There’s no scope for her to show her acting skills. Raj Babbar, Gulshan Grover and Ravi Kissen who are actors of high caliber are reduced to doing roles that barely count. Vidyut Jamwal who was last seen in Commando is not bad at all. As a cop, he does justice and also looks the part. Unfortunately he had a very short role in Bullett Raja. Chunky Pandey too is barely there (Thank God!)

So, yes Bullett Raja is not my idea of a good film and is not entertaining at all. Go ahead and miss it.

Rating– 2/5

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Aug 7 2011

I am Kalam- Movie Review


I’d been looking forward to watching this movie for a long time now and I knew it would be great! Was it?

A little boy from Rajasthan, who works at a small dhaba has big dreams- to be educated, to stand on his own two feet, and make a lot of money. APJ Abdul Kalam is his hero and Rajput Ranvijay Singh is his only friend. He teaches his new friend Hindi and many other things while his friend teaches him English. This way they both learn and enjoy a friendship that is beautiful and meaningful.

The main child, Kalam (Harsh Mayar) is natural and very lovable as an actor. I also really liked Gulshan Grover. He didn’t play a ‘bad man’ in this movie and kind of even underplayed his character which was nice.

As a movie, I thought it started off beautifully with the Rajasthani folk music playing in the background which continued till the end. The setting was very real as were the dialogues. The cinematography was great too.

In its entirety, ‘I am Kalam’ is a good movie with barely any flaws; its sweet and a delight to watch. I recommend! Go watch!

Rating– 3/5

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Oct 15 2010

Knock Out- Movie Review


I wasn’t too keen on watching Knock Out but since @BeingSalmanKhan said that the movie is good, I thought, “Ab toh movie dekhna banta hai boss!”

A lot of people would think it’s a copy of  the movie ‘Phone Booth’ but it’s not. Yes, 90% of the movie takes place in a phone booth but the story is very Indian. I wont say much…Just that it reminded me of the movie ‘A Wenesday’.

Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan play the lead roles in the movie and we all know that they both are great actors. They’ve done a great job, especially, Sanjay Dutt. Irrfan Khan looks horrible in his really bad hairstyle! Kangana Ranaut, who I call a pigeon, plays a reporter. She looks really nice but her voice is super annoying and someone needs to teach her how to act!

The movie moves at a good pace and you wont find yourself getting bored which is a good thing, more so because there are no songs. But there are some unnecessary scenes which they could have cut out. The good thing is that there are a few messages that make you a little more aware as an Indian and also feel slightly more patriotic after watching this movie.

Overall, Knock Out wont really knock you out but it is a decent attempt at delivering some important messages to the people of India and its decently entertaining.

Rating– 3/5

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Jun 9 2010

10 Reasons why you should watch the movie CHASE


Ok this is not my typical review (Since I’m not really a writer, I have the liberty to write as I please) But there are reasons why you must watch this movie! Read on.

1) I promoted it for 20 days online because I got paid for it!

2) Tarina Patel and Udita Goswami do a lot of cleavage-showing. So does Anuuj Saxena, in a few scenes.

3) Haha ok since I remember this corny scene very well, here it is:

SCENE: Udita Goswami dances provocatively around Anuuj Saxena who is in a “vegetative state” on a hospital bed. Cop sees all the tamasha and enters without knocking, once she finishes dancing and has now stripped into her maroon corsette and mini skirt.

Cop– Yeh kya ho raha hai
Udita– Main bas apna kaam kar rahi thi.
Cop– Kaam ya kaamasutra?

4) You must hear Anuuj Saxena say his dialogues. He sounds like Hrithik Roshan from Koi Mil Gaya.

5) Towards the end, there’s this one scene in which Anuuj Saxena asks the bad guys to come to some Rustomji park. There’s a huge black statue right in the middle of the park where all the 3 bad guys are, 2 of them being cops, and they don’t realise that Anuuj Saxena has painted himself black and is dressed up like Mr. Rustomji (whose statue magically disappeared!) And of course, there’s a hidden camera which is recording everything and the video is being played LIVE on News Channels directly!

6) Udita Goswami is dressed up as Lady Gaga in the last song and dancing around Anuuj Saxena. This was one of the USPs of the movie!

7) The movie is less than 2 hours!

8 ) Udita Goswami says “Izaazat” instead of “Ijaazat” and “Saajish” instead of “Saazish”

9) The tag line of the movie is “Think Fast…Run Faster”. Sadly, there’s no thinking in the movie, only running.

10) You will surely have a good time watching this movie with friends! Lots of things to laugh at!

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