May 16 2014

The Xposé- Movie Review


The Xpose posterAsk anyone to join you for a Himesh Reshammiya movie and you know their response already! Well, as expected, I went to watch ‘The Xposé’ alone. Let’s get down to the review.

Plot in short– Based in the 1960s, The Xposé tells the story of a mysterious murder of a starlet (Sonali Raut) that takes place at a grand Bollywood after-party. There are several suspects out of whom there’s an upcoming star heroine (Zoya Afroz), a South Indian superstar (Himesh Reshammiya), a director (Ananth Mahadevan) and a Star music composer (Yo Yo Honey Singh). Who could it be?

The Good– I have seen all of Himesh’s movies in the past and trust me when I say that this one is undoubtedly the best. The film is a murder mystery and has a well written screenplay, with some glitches here and there, of course, but at least it’s entertaining. I did not find myself getting bored at all. The background score is brilliant and has that thriller feel to it. The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not bad. I like the finale song- ‘Icecream khaungi’ in spite of the lame lyrics. It will remind you of RD Burman’s style of music. I also liked the songs ‘Dard dilo ke’, Surrroor’, which I felt would have sounded better if someone apart from Himesh sang it. The song ‘Sheeshe ka samundar’ sung by Ankit Tiwari is beautiful!  When it comes to the look of the film, I wouldn’t say it takes you back to the 60s, but it’s tastefully done and none of the actors look badly styled. The art direction and cinematography go hand in hand and it all comes out beautifully on screen. About the performances, I’d say that I’m surprised how hard Himesh Reshammiya has worked on his look and his overall screen presence. He’s done a decent acting job too. The debutant actresses Zoya Afroz and Sonali Raut are very good too. They look lovely and are casted well. Ananth Mahadevan, Irrfan Khan and Yo Yo Honey Singh play a great supporting cast.  So looking at all of it put together, I’d say Ananth Mahadevan has directed it really well.

The Not- so-good– So as far as the not-s-good aspects of the film are concerned, I can easily say that the length is one of them. It’s only a film of two hours but you’d feel you’ve been there longer than that. It could have been edited better and the length of songs played could have been shorter. Also, a few things you will find extremely silly. Like Himesh holding an unlit cigarette throughout and the lame reason behind it and some corny dialogues. Apart from that, there’s not much I didn’t like.

Verdict– Go for it or watch it at home with an open mind. It’s really not as bad as you think. Give ‘The Xposé’ a chance.

Rating– 3/5

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Dec 7 2012

Khiladi 786- Movie Review


Non-existent story, bad screenplay and direction, decent performances and styling, good background score and a waste of a ‘Khiladi’ movie; but then, what did you expect?

Rating- 2/5

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