Mar 18 2016

Kapoor and Sons- Movie Review

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kapoorandsons posterYou know how some movies take you in emotionally and leave you speechless. Kapoor and Sons is just that kind of movie. Who would’ve thought!

Plot in short– Arjun, the younger brother (Sidharth Malhotra) works as a bartender and a struggling writer in New Jersey while Rahul (Fawad Khan), the older brother, successful writer and entrepreneur is happy in London. They’re forced to come back to their roots, in Coonoor when their 89 years old grandfather (Rishi Kapoor) suffers a heart attack. During their time together at home, they find out that their parents (Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor) are going through a rough marriage and financially, their father is finding it difficult to cope with the times. They also meet Tia (Alia Bhatt) and develop fondness and friendships individually. The brothers too have their own issues which need to be sorted amongst themselves. How will this dysfunctional family who throws crockery at each other while fighting be able to be happy and together again?

The Good– There are very few movies that have a mix of everything, the kind we call ‘Masala movies’ in Bollywood. The perception one has for this label is that these movies have music, dance, romance, melodrama, action and comedy. Movies like DDDLJ, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dil to pagal hai, Dil, Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met, etc. are great examples. I could see myself feeling all the emotions that were meant to be felt while watching the film. Director Shakun Batra is fantastic! He knows how to draw your attention and not let it leave the screen. I swear I did not look at my phone except for in the interval to say how much I’m enjoying the film. The screenplay writing is so perfect that I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s written for the audience of today, an audience that will relate and accept and love. There are a lot of lovely colours and beautiful looking sets that make Coonoor look picture perfect. And lets also give some credit to the performances. The actors, all of them- Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan are brilliant. Even the guy who plays the Kishor, the servant is such a natural. I don’t think the film would have been so good without the realistic performances. It’s just overall such a fun, emotional and happy film that I can’t help but sing praises of it.

The Not-so-good– While I loved the film in its entirety, there are some flaws which can easily be ignored because you’ll be having such a good time. Things like chemistry- Alia Bhatt with Sidharth Malhotra… just didn’t see any. Also, funny how staying in Coonoor or abroad, they all have a typical ‘Bambaiya’ accent. The Mandakini and potty jokes were a bit too much.

Verdict– Get out and watch Kapoor and Sons NOW! You just can’t miss it, dude! Once you see it, you will know why I said so. Ok bye!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Aug 14 2015

Brothers- Movie Review

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So good to see Jackie Shroff act again along with Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra totally rocking it with their performances in a film that could have been so much more meaty in terms of screenplay.

Rating- 3/5

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May 15 2015

Bombay Velvet- Movie Review

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bombay velvet posterSince the time I saw the trailer and heard the songs from Bombay Velvet, I knew the film would be absolutely brilliant. Well, umm I wish that was the case for real!

Plot in short– Balraj a.k.a Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) has one dream- to be a big shot. Impressed with his dare devil attitude, Kaizad Khambata ( Karan Johar), editor of a tabloid called ‘Torrent’ appoints Balraj to manage his club named ‘Bombay Velvet’ and also wipe out Jimmy Mistry (Manish Chaudhury), editor of another tabloid called ‘Glitz’. Jimmy appoints the gorgeous Rosie (Anushka Sharma), a jazz singer to lure Johnny and destroy his competition among other things. Meanwhile, Johnny and Rosie fall in love and are in too deep to fall out of it. What happens to Bombay Velvet?

The Good– I haven’t seen any period film look so rich and real. Every set, every costume, props, graphics, hair and make up done take you back to the 60s and 70s. There’s a tremendous amount of effort that went into the research and ground work plus the magnificent camera work that make it a visual delight, this Bombay Velvet. Apart from that, the actors are all superb! While Ranbir and Anushka draw you in with their performance and chemistry, Satyadeep Misra, Kay Kay Menon, Manish Chaudhury and Karan Johar are good. Raveena Tandon in her special appearance looks more ravishing than she has ever looked. I’d like to point out that the music and background score of the film are fantastic! Amit Trivedi makes jazz come alive with some of his compositions. I like Anurag Kashyap’s Tarantino-like story-telling style, however there is room for improvement. The part where Karan Johar, unable to keep his straight face, breaks into an infectious giggle away from everyone is one of the best scenes in the movie, without a doubt.

The Not-so-good– While there are so many nice things about the movie, the screenplay and editing could have been way better. The first half is a bit of a drag and overall, there is something amiss, perhaps more attention given to the script.

Verdict– Bombay Velvet is visually stunning and has some great performances and music but falls short of a script that’s interesting enough to hold a two and a half hours film.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Apr 18 2014

2 States- Movie Review

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2-states-posterWhat a refreshing start to my Good Friday birthday! Not expecting it to be too full, I left aaram se from home to watch 2 States only to be lucky enough to get the last available seat in the entire theatre! Believe it or not, it was house full at 10 30am; and it’s not even a Salman Khan film! It’s definitely got to do with Alia Bhatt because majority of the crowd was college students! Anyway, here’s what I thought of the filmy adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s ‘2 States’.

Plot in short– Ananya (Alia Bhatt), a Tamilian from Chennai and Krish (Arjun Kapoor), a Punjabi from Delhi meet and fall in love at IIM Ahmedabad. After being in a happy relationship for almost three years they decide to get married. The only problem now is- their parents. How far can they go to make their parents happy to be together?

The Good– Director Abhishek Varman might not be as fast paced a story teller as Chetan Bhagat but he’s done a good job nonetheless. 2 States as a film hits the right spot where emotions are concerned. I saw myself laughing, crying, relating and getting goosebumps throughout the film. Even though the film is adapted from the novel, the screenplay brings the film to life, giving it its own identity. I would have enjoyed it as much even if I hadn’t read the novel. The casting has a lot to do with making the film enjoyable. I can easily say that Alia Bhatt is the next big thing after her performance in the film Highway and now 2 States. She is fresh, effortless and natural in her performance; Arjun Kapoor is slightly thanda but true to his character. They both share sizzling chemistry on screen and it automatically makes the film more fun to watch. Amrita Singh and Revathy both fit their roles perfectly and are super convincing as the tough mother-in-laws. Ronit Roy as Arjun Kapoor’s father delivers a fine performance. I also thought that the styling is top notch! Superb clothes, make- up and hair and it all just adds to making the film look like a fancy Indian magazine. The simple and yet effective cinematography and art direction make the film visually stunning! I also thought that the music by Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy is foot tapping and hummable. It went very well with the film. I loved the song ‘Mast magan’.

The Not-so-good– What I felt lacked, and most people would agree with me is the length of the film. The first half of the first half flows smoothly but starts getting very slow till the interval. The second half becomes even slower. So that is where the problem lies.  Pacing up the conflicts between the families or just editing better could have made it a lot more crisp and fun to watch.

Verdict– If you want to watch a good romantic comedy and have two and a half hours to spare, watch 2 States, especially if you are in or have been in a complicated relationship.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Sep 20 2013

The Lunchbox- Movie Review

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thelunchbox posterSometimes you just know that a film will be outstanding the moment you see its trailer. The Lunchbox is exactly that and so much more.

A simple, middle-class, lonely man- Mr. Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) has a dull, routine life until he starts receiving a ‘dabba’ during lunch time that’s not really his. The dabba is meant to go to the husband of Ila, a woman who is lonely (Nimrat Kaur), has a child and a friend/ neighbour with whom she communicates via a window. She tries too hard to win her husband’s heart but fails every single time and hence starts to send new food items that might get his attention. As days go by, letters are exchanged in the dabba and thus a new relationship between two individuals who know nothing about each other is born.

Director Ritesh Batra who is also the writer of the film has created magic with his characters alone. Their personalities are so clear and strong that you’re keen to know more about them as the movie progresses. Each character has a presence that doesn’t just melt away with the story. In fact, they only get stronger. Without complications in their personalities, the story is told in the simplest manner possible. The director chooses to keep things as real as possible. The office environment, Irrfan Khan’s house, his neighbours, Nimrat Kaur’s house, the city, the Dabbawalas, the trains, buses, rickshaws, taxis all become an integral part of his story.  Superb art direction production design. I love that the clothes too are simple, repeated and relatable. No pretense whatsoever. No make up either. I also like the fact that there’s barely any background music. The only songs you will hear are the ones the Dabbawalas sing in the train and the ones played on the radio or ‘cassette’ as Ila asks aunty to play. What’s also nice is that Ila always writes to Mr. Fernandes in Hindi whereas Mr. Fernandes responds to her in English. They stick to their characters which don’t seek acceptance but just an ear to be heard or eyes to read in this case.

Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur shine like diamonds in their performances. They are natural, grounded and spontaneous in their acting. Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the annoying assistant does his part just the way he’s meant to do it. Another one of those Director’s actors. Auntyji played by Bharati Achrekar is not seen throughout the film but she has a strong presence in the film and is very entertaining. Lilette Dubey (the mother), Denzil Smith (the boss) and Nakul Vaid (the husband) all play their parts well.

The Lunchbox is a film that is for everyone to watch. Enjoyable, tasty and unique. Must watch!

Rating– 4/5

 

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May 31 2013

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani- Movie Review

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Yeh Jawaani hai deewani posterI was so excited to watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and had great expectations from it as a film. But you know what? It went way above my expectations! This is one of those love stories you wont mind watching over and over again. Here’s why.

Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) are best friends who live life to the fullest without a care in the world. They love travelling and decide to go to Manali to explore, trek and have a good time. Naina (Deepika Padukone) who’s been a geek all her life decides to get out of her mould and do something she’s never done before. She finds about this Manali trip and decides to go too. During this trip she makes new friends, discovers new things about herself and also falls in love with Bunny. But things are about to change as Bunny wants to travel the world and would soon be going to Chicago to do a course in Journalism. Eight years hence, at Aditi’s wedding, they meet again. This time, everything has changed.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen a very good romantic comedy. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani deserves to and will do very well at the box office and otherwise! Even though it’s nothing but a simple love story, the screenplay is so well written and the story is so well told, that you will enjoy every minute of it. Director Ayan Mukherjee knows how to connect with his audience and he does it very well. With a very good script he manages to tell a story with subtlety and charm. The movie might seem a little long, especially towards the end but you wont mind it that much because you wont find yourself getting bored at any point. Cinematographer V. Maniknandan has captured the beauty of Manali beautifully and adds colour and richness to every frame. I’d say the Deepika Padukone’s styling could have been better considering they’ve made her wear short skirts and dresses in Manali where it snows. Also, wearing a piece of cloth with a ghagra and dupatta for a wedding function in India is a bit too much… or should I say too little?

The casting is bang on! I love how easy going and real the characters are. They all make a difference to the story and have an important part to play. There’s this unsaid chemistry between all the actors, especially Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya and Kalki which reflects in their performances. Ranbir Kapoor is filled with passion and has this magnetic pull that attracts you towards him. He’s pure magic on screen and plays his part with full sincerity. Deepika Padukone is only getting better as an actress. She’s convincing as Naina and has acted well. Aditya Roy Kapur is a good actor but I wish he had more depth to his character than just someone who’s messing around with his life. Kalki Koechlin I have always liked and in this film too she’s very good. The energy she brings to the film is good with her fun and bindaas character. Kunaal Roy Kapur’s role is not any different from what he’s done in the past and he already knows he’s entertaining. Evelyn Sharma as the delicate darling is fun to watch. Tanvi Azmi and Farooq Shaikh are very good.

The music by Pritam is foot tapping. Songs like ‘Badtameez Dil’, ‘Balam Pichkari’ and ‘Dilliwali girlfriend’ stand out. Madhuri Dixit in ‘Ghagra’ seemed a bit out of place and didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the movie but as a song its alright.

I can’t tell you how much I loved Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. I can watch it many more times and still love it! Ranbir and Deepika make a superhit jodi together and Ayan Mukherjee is a fantastic director!  You just cannot miss this movie. You will love it!

MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4.5/5

 

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May 10 2013

Gippi- Movie Review

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gippi-posterGippi from the trailer itself looked like one of those typical teenage chick flicks where there’s a prom, a hot, bitchy popular bully with two chamchis (followers), a cute guy who is hard to get, a competition, troubled family background and lots of colours. This one is no different. Worth watching yet? You’ll soon find out.

Gurpreet Kaur a.k.a Gippi (Riya Vij) is a simple chubby teenage girl who goes to school in Shimla. She stays with her divorced mother and has a brother. With a handful of thick friends she’s happy and content in her world of food and Shammi Kapoor songs. She meets a young, handsome and charming Arjun (Taaha Shah) whom she is attracted to at her father’s party. In order to gain some popularity and show Shamira (Jayati Modi), the popular hotty that she is no less, she introduces Arjun as her boyfriend only to be embarrassed by him and his friends. The year is about to end and the school needs the right head girl. Will Gippi challenge Shamira and win?

Director Sonam Nair makes sure you’re entertained, especially if you’re below 15 years of age. Others will like it too but find it slightly kiddish, especially the acting. More on that later. So the story is nothing to boast about. What manages to work well is the screenplay and the glossy look of everything, like in all Karan Johar’s films. The styling is very good and so is the production design. So much colour and richness! Good cinematography Anshuman Mahalay!

The background music goes well with the movie but the music somehow doesn’t ring a bell. Vishal and Shekhar haven’t created the magic they did in Student of the Year.

Coming to the performances… You’ll find a bunch of new faces and expect them to know how to act a bit. Well, don’t expect. Gippi- Riya Vij doesn’t act and she doesn’t even pretend to act. Her way of talking (accent) will remind you of Sonam Kapoor from Aisha. Upscale and with no expressions on the face. Some people might think that’s natural but hey, I’m not paying money to watch a chubby girl with done up hair and cool clothes to say her lines with just a smile. The popular school girl Jayati Modi is another one of those Louis Vuitton types but still acts better than Riya Vij ‘cause you’d actually want to call her a ‘bi**h’. The boy who plays Gippi’s brother- Arbaaz Kadwani should have been the main character. He’s a natural in the real sense! Divya Dutta as the mother is subtle with the right amount of drama and I like that. Taaha Shah as Arjun is super cute and acted well too but I wish his character had a little more depth. The girl who plays Gippi’s best friend- Doorva Tripathi is naturally good and cute even though her expressions aren’t loud.

Gippi as a film has all the ingredients to make it a likeable film, even with all its predictability. What lacks is a dose of acting skills in the main character to make you enjoy the film like it should be. School and college kids might love it and even make it a ‘cult’ film but it didn’t warm my heart enough to recommend it to cinema lovers. Watch it at home.

Rating– 2.5/5

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May 3 2013

Bombay Talkies- Movie Review

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Bombay-Talkies-posterCelebrating 100 years of cinema with four established film makers and their short films. What more can any movie buff ask for? Here’s my review of four ‘slice of life’ films that are all in some way very ‘Bombay’.

Karan Johar’s short film is about the relationship between a reserved husband, his confident journalist wife and a gay intern. Dibaker Banerjee’s short film is about a father who’s a struggler in life and doesn’t have work but lives to see his daughter smile. Zoya Akhtar’s short film is about a little boy who’s dream is to be a dancer. Anurag Kashyap’s short film is about a man who travels all the way from Allahabad to Mumbai to get Amitabh Bachchan to taste some ‘Murabba’ sent by his unwell father.

Let’s start with Karan Johar’s film first. We’ve only seen glossy, rich films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Student of the year, etc., from Karan Johar and everything’s always larger than life. But in Bombay Talkies, the characters, the setting, the story is so real that you’d be surprised that it’s made by him. I wish he’d do more films like this one. The cinematography in some scenes is lovely! The performances are superb! Rani Mukherji without a doubt stands out. Saqib Saleem was very ok in his previous films but is very convincing in this one. Randeep Hooda also played his part well. Even with its predictability, the film is well paced and has high entertainment value.

The next one is Dibaker Banerjee’s film which is slightly heavier as compared to the first one. Nizamuddin Siddiqui is a brilliant actor and he proves it time and again with every film he does. This one is no exception. The entire look of the film is strikingly real. All the actors look their part and deliver great performances. I love the cinematography from start to finish! The shadows, lighting, the angles all make the film a delight to watch.

Now, I personally am not a Zoya Akhtar fan but there’s something that draws you in while you’re watching this short film, probably the story. The beginning of the film was quite ‘filmy’ but I liked the end. Ranvir Shorey plays the little boy’s father but I felt he didn’t look or act the part convincingly enough. I can imagine Ram Kapoor acting like the tough daddy. The little boy and girl are a delight to watch. The Katrina Kaif as an angel part is quite lame. The camera work is simple.

Last but not the least; Anurag Kashyap’s short film is a bit of a disappointment. After seeing his work in the past, you’d expect better. The story is good but a bit of a drag. I felt quite restless while watching it, perhaps because it got a bit repetitive. The actor Vineet Kumar is decent but doesn’t have the screen presence to hold your attention. The camera work in this too is simple.

Bombay Talkies is a great concept with great individual stories. I’d love to watch more such movies in the future made by other film makers and artists.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Oct 19 2012

Student Of The Year- Movie Review

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I’m a huge Karan Johar fan and have loved watching every movie of his, yes even Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham so how could I leave out Student of the year?! Anyway, here’s my review.

So, there’s this huge University at Dehradun which calls itself a school housing some really posh students who travel in Ferraris. They have the ‘Student of the year’ competition going on every year thanks to their happy and gay principal Rishi Kapoor. Through this, relationships are formed and some are broken. Student of the year is about 3 friends and their ups and downs in their friendships.

This is one of those movies which college students will love and the rest of us might not relate to it as much. Karan Johar has a typical style- making everything look beautiful and filmy! Visually rich in terms of cinematography, styling, make up, hair, production design and music too. The editing could have been better though. The first half of the movie just goes on and on and there’s too much bakbak in the starting from all the supporting actors.

I have a huge crush on Siddharth Malhotra! I swear! He’s so hot and what a body! I felt like a college kid again after watching him! By the way he acts pretty well and has good screen presence.  Alia Bhatt was alright. She’s pretty. Varun Dhawan was good but didn’t look like the rich spoilt brat. Rishi Kapoor as usual was too good! Sana Saeed (little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) barely had any dialogues. She just had to look hot and bitchy which she did very well. Even the guy who played ‘Pseudo’ was very natural. All the other supporting actors did a good job.

The music by Vishal and Shekhar mainly includes some fun foot tapping numbers like ‘Disco Deewane’ but also has a different and nice track called ‘Ishqwala love’ which can grow on you after listening to it a couple of times.

Overall, it was a little better than ok for me. I was wondering how come no Shahrukh Khan in this movie (even a guest appearance).

Rating– 3/5

 

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Feb 10 2012

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu- Movie Review

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I was really really looking forward to watching this romantic comedy especially ‘cause Kareena was in it and Karan Johar had produced it. Is it the perfect movie to watch with your Valentine? You’re just about to find out!

As we’ve all heard, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is inspired by the movie ‘What Happens in Vegas’ but I felt it was also similar to ‘Just Married’, ‘Wake up Sid’, ‘I hate Love Stories’, ‘Break ke baad’ and many more such movies. A guy and a girl, get drunk one night and when they wake up the next morning, they’re married. Now all they need to do is get an annulment of their marriage. But, during this period, love comes in the way and things take a turn.

I honestly expected better from this film. Even though it’s barely a 2 hours film, the pace is slow and gets a little pointless. It could easily pass off as a one hour episode of one of the popular comedy sitcoms.  So much could have been done in those 2 hours! I’m not saying that what’s there is bad; I’m just saying that there could have been scenes which would add to making the story interesting. But I loved the camera work, costumes, art direction and make up.

Actingwise, I think Imran Khan has done a good job. He’s definitely getting better at acting and is also getting movies that suit him. Kareena Kapoor is good but too much smiling got a little annoying, even though she looks gorgeous!

Amit Trivedi as a music director has been pretty promising in the past. I wonder what went wrong here. Except for the title track, I wouldn’t care to listen to any of the other tracks.

Overall, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is not a chick flick I’d recommend, especially if you’re going to watch it with your Valentine. Maybe my expectations were too high but this one’s just ok.

Rating– 2.5/5

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