Aug 17 2016

Rustom- Movie Review

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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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Apr 4 2014

Main Tera Hero- Movie Review

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Main tera hero posterMore than it being a Varun Dhawan film, I was looking forward to watching David Dhawan directing his son and also to see if ‘Main tera hero’ would be as crazy as all his other films. Well, I must say he did live up to my expectations! Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Seenu (Varun Dhawan) is a brat from Coonoor, a small town in South India and wants to go to the big city- Bangalore to get a college degree and also prove to his parents that he is no vagabond. At his college, TIFT, he meets Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz) whom he immediately falls for, hard. Little does he know that there’s a giant of a police officer, Angad Negi (Arunoday Singh) who would kill for her and does everything he can to keep everyone away from her. Things only get more complicated from thereon and it only gets more difficult for Seenu to be with his lady love.

The Good– I’d like to say that David Dhawan has stuck to his style of film making. Over-the-top acting, humour, dialogues and background music are enough to label ‘Main tera hero’ as a typical David Dhawan film. Now, Varun Dhawan was launched with Student of the year but this is a proper Father-Son debut film which launches Varun in a grand way. I loved the background music, cinematography and styling. The actors all look really good. Actingwise, I’d say Varun Dhawan has the potential to act well but by putting on the Govinda act, he just didn’t seem natural. Ileana DeCruz on the other hand looks stunning and can act well too. Arunoday Singh is a hottie and I think I’d faint if I saw him in person. I really like him because he acts well too but I’m not sure if I liked him in this role. Either way, he was good. Nargis Fakhri with her pouty lips and gorgeous face had her accent all over place and the Hindi kind of disappointed. She was very good in Madras Cafe but the bar just went down a few notches with her performance in this film. All the other actors- Saurabh Shukla, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and the rest do justice to their parts with a whole lot of over-acting of course. The choreography for all the dances is very good, especially ‘Besharmi ki height’.

The Not-so-good– I have no shame in admitting that I have loved some of David Dhawan’s films. Main Tera Hero unfortunately is not one of them. The screenplay isn’t too well written and the story seems unoriginal, constantly reminding you of Housefull, directed by Sajid Khan. I would have liked there to be some uniqueness in the plot. I barely found any scenes funny because they were so badly exaggerated and pretentious. Also, looking at Varun Dhawan in every frame did get a bit annoying even though he has a good body and all that. I wouldn’t quite put it in the romantic comedy category. The music by Sajid-Wajid is ok. The song “Tera hero idhar hai” was fun.

Verdict– All in all, an average masala film that could have been way better and shorter.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Sep 20 2013

Phata Poster Nikla Hero- Movie Review

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Phata poster nikla hero posterWhat a movie! Ha! That’s not to be taken as a compliment, just by the way. I wouldn’t dare recommend it to anyone or I’ll have stones thrown at me, especially from the serious movie types.

Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) wants to be a typical Bollywood hero. His mother (Padmini Kolhapure) on the other hand wants him to be a Police Officer and make her proud and so she makes him promise that he’ll be a good, honest and non-corrupt cop when he grows up. Circumstances and various situations, sometimes known and sometimes unpredictable, lead him into acting like a real life cop, making things difficult for them. During this madness, he meets Kajal (Ileana D’cruz) who’s a social activist and is constantly informing the cops about any bad things that she witnesses. Together they get themselves into a mess and being a hero is the only way out.

If you’re seen Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani or Andaz Apna Apna, you would be aware of his exaggerated style of film making which includes everything from the dialogues to the screenplay to the acting.  In Phata poster nikla hero, Mr. Santoshi over does everything. The first half is still ok and a little enjoyable but by the second half we lost the plot. From being a hero to cop to hero again and to a cop again, Santoshi not only confuses the hell out of us but also the character. It’s so sad that Shahid Kapoor had to play such an indecisive man who can’t follow his dream and who’s like one of those people living in the 20th century still. There were very few ‘laugh-out-loud’ scenes.

The styling is great! Both Shahid and Ileana look great! I also really liked the art direction and overall look of the film. I didn’t however think the cinematographer Ravi Yadav did complete justice with his camera work.  There are many action scenes in the film which have been choreographed pretty well.

The music is ok. The song ‘Main tere agal bagal hoon’ stands out and is fun to watch and listen to. ‘Dhating’ starts off randomly but is choreographed well. Shahid Kapoor as we all know is a superb dancer! Apart from that, the music doesn’t cause much of a stir.

With a film like this, the actors are the ones who have the capacity to carry the entire film on their shoulders. Shahid Kapoor sort of does that but can’t do much with such a weak script. He’s a great looker with funny lower teeth and a great body though which add to his plus points. Ileana D’Cruz has a typical girl-who-has-no-other-kaam-dhandha kind of role. She looks pretty and has done the exaggerated acting bit as told to her but somehow she looks very out of place. Saurabh Shukla and Darshan Jariwala are both brilliant and do their roles with flourish! Padmini Kolhapure is good. Salman Khan in his cameo role has the most ridiculous dialogues and doesn’t do anything but promote Being Human and Andaz Apna Apna 2! Mukesh Tiwari as the Napoleon, the villain is just about ok.

Phata Poster Nikla Hero is very average. Shahid Kapoor deserves to do better films.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012

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Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.

 

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