Dec 13 2013

What The Fish!- Movie Review


What the fish! posterDimple Kapadia was the only reason for me to watch ‘What the Fish!’ I felt there had to be something about the movie because otherwise we don’t get to see the beautiful actress much. Let me tell you about my experience.

So, (Mausiji) Dimple Kapadia is a lonely divorced mother who leaves her house in Delhi in the hands of her niece for about a month when she goes to meet her son. The most important things in the house are her fish Mishty and a money plant. Leaving that responsibility with full trust, she comes back to find that her house was as it was… many years ago when she was still with her husband. What she doesn’t know is all the mishaps that have occurred in that one month and that her fish and money plant aren’t the same.

I’d like to say that ‘What the fish’ has an interesting story. However, the screenplay isn’t as exciting as it could have been. Perhaps the director tried too hard to say too much. With individual stories in the big picture, he got a little carried away. Even the two hours seemed too long because of how stretched it is. There are some scenes which are repetitive like the one with one scene about a woman in a white saree running out and Dimple Kapadia face palming or everytime a tenant goes to the Fish Store to buy a fish for the aquarium. It could all have been a lot more fun if the movie ended in an hour. But unfortunately it didn’t.

The setting is real, believable and you do get a Delhi vibe. The characters are a big exaggerated and that’s ok but somehow there’s a hotchpotch in the story telling style which stops the smooth flow of the story and thus diverges from the entertaining factor especially in the second half. The styling is simple; with no extra effort paid to making any of the characters look more than what they’re supposed to be. The cinematography could have been a hundred times better. It’s as if a regular video camera was just handed over to someone who can use it and then high contrasts were used in the edit room later. I wish more attention was given to the editing of the overall film.

Anyway, coming to the performances… Dimple Kapadia is superb! As an annoying and nagging ‘mausiji’ she not only convinces but gets into the skin of her character. Even though she’s not there throughout, she has a strong presence. All the other actors too have done a good job. I thought Anand Tiwari’s role was quite funny in its own way and the role completely suits him. The girl who plays his fiancée Gopa – Deepti Pujari is sweet and plays her part with flair. Manjot Singh, Vishal Sharma and Meenal Tyagi are natural and fun to watch.

Overall, an average film with good performances.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Sep 27 2013

Warning- Movie Review


warning-2013-posterImagine Bollywood’s version of JAWS! I thought Warning would be that, but I was wrong. Here’s my review of a film that tries to be different but has many minus points.

Based on true events, Warning tells the story of a group of friends who meet after a long time and decide to go for a luxurious yacht ride. They decide to take a dip in the gorgeous ocean water while on their ride and after some drinking. A stupid mistake lands them into a serious situation. They’re helplessly stuck in the water with no way to get back on to the yacht. What are the consequences that await them? Will they survive?

Director Gurmmeet Singh had a great story to tell. The concept is nice and not something you’ve seen before. We’ve seen too many shark attack movies and luckily this one’s not trying to be like them. But that sort of turns into a negative point because of how the story has been executed. There are barely any thrilling scenes; the characters have not been formed properly, not letting us into their little world so you don’t end up feeling anything for them. The screenplay moves very slowly, barely creating a build up to what lies ahead so you end up feeling restless and bored. For instance, everytime they wanted to show a shark, they did what they do in cartoons- show the fin and the people reacting on seeing it. Cliché and not thrilling. The background score doesn’t do much to enliven the scary moments either. Also, there are some really dumb moments in the movie like when the handmade string of costumes don’t work and fall back in the water, they prefer to not wear them and instead let them float on the water. So yes, the writing is quite poor and doesn’t make sense in many situations. The songs in the movie were not required at all and are a bit annoying. They spoil whatever little pace the movie is moving at. A movie that should ideally be not more than half an hour long stretches for almost two hours.

The cinematography by Franz Pagot is very good; even the shots underwater. I wonder they decided to make this a 3d film. There was nothing 3d about it except for the water hitting the screen in a song. Completely illogical.

Manjari Fadnis who plays an aquaphobic mother plays her part well. Santosh Barmola who plays her ex-lover is good too. Jitin Gulati and Madhurima Tuli are a strong support to the lead actors. Suzana Rodrigues and Sumit Suri are alright.

I wouldn’t say Warning is bad but it’s not a film I will recommend either. I’d say good attempt for trying something different.

Rating– 2.5/5

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