Mar 22 2013

Rangrezz- Movie Review


Rangrezz posterPriyadarshan’s films have always been based on realistic situations and people. Jackky Bhagnani is no star to pull anyone into watching Rangrezz and neither is him dancing to Psy’s Gangnam Style to get some popularity votes. So what can you expect from a movie like Rangrezz and is it worth watching? Read on.

Rangrezz is full of social messages about love, marriage, trust and friendship. Jackky along with his 2 best friends decides to save a long lost friend who wants to commit suicide because the father of the girl he likes and his own mother (both politicians with lots of connections) are against them getting married and will do everything they can to stop them. So the 3 friends help the couple elope, getting terribly beaten up in the bargain, so much so that one goes deaf, one loses a leg and one’s eye almost pops out. The funniest part is that both the friends of Jackky Bhagnani don’t even know the guy. They’re just playing ‘Rang De Basanti’ for the sake of friendship and because of too much ‘velagiri’in life.

Rangrezz is Bollywood’s remake of the Tamil hit ‘Naadodigal’directed by Priyadarshan who’s made some pretty awesome movies in the past, the slice of life type- Hera Pheri, Hulchul, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Chup Chup Ke, Malamaal Weekly, etc.  In Rangrezz too, you’ll see things as they are. No heavy make up, no designer clothes, no big cars, no swanky houses, etc. The entire look and feel of the film is that of middle class people and everything about them. The cinematography by Santosh Sivan was ok. I think he’s done better work in the past. Also the action scenes were a bit much. I felt that there was too much to be said in the main plot. Also, in the first half I was so disinterested, that the only thing that kept me hooked were the performances. The second half was way better!

The hero of the film Jackky Bhagnani is a decent looker and has given very average performances in the past. In Rangrezz he’s good. Rajpal Yadav is just superb! His comic timing and expressions are brilliant! All the other actors in the film are not biggies or are hardly known but have acted very well! Pankaj Tripathi and Lushin Dubey as the parent politicians gave powerful performances. I also thought the 2 guys who play his friends were very natural.

The music in the film is ok. The romantic song that comes in the start is nice.

Rangrezz as a film has a good social message but the screenplay, the innumerable characters and the long story with many other stories in it make you wonder why this film was even made. The only saving grace are the performances.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Oct 26 2012

Ajab Gazabb Love- Movie Review


Good music, choreography, styling and performances with a few funny scenes but weak story and screenplay make it a ‘watch- at- home- if- you’re- bored’ kind of movie.

Rating- 2.5/5

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