Sep 9 2016

Baar Baar Dekho- Movie Review

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A simple story moulded into a poorly written screenplay performed by amateur lead actors.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Feb 12 2016

Fitoor- Movie Review

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Fitoor posterIn Kamaal R Khan’s words, “What a Wahiyat, Ghatiya, Pakaoo film #Fitoor! It will beat #BombayVelvet easily. Abhishek has defeated Anurag Kashyap by far”. So, I thought it would be boring and slow too but that’s ‘cause sometimes movies like these that look too ‘artsy’ turn out to be complete rubbish. Now, here’s how it turned out to be for real.

Plot in short– As a young boy from Kashmir, Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) falls in love with Begum Hazrat’s (Tabu) daughter Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) and she too somewhere has feelings for him. They are separated when Firdaus moves to London for further studies. When he’s old enough to make a living, Begum makes Noor meet the gorgeous, sexy and totally different Firdaus in Delhi, where she now lives. She helps him make a career out of his passion that is art and painting and pushes him to go after Firdaus about whom he’s already smitten. Will their love stand the test of time and materialize into something?

The Good– One thing about Fitoor you can’t deny is that it is visually stunning! The snow falling like musical notes onto their faces, the houses, Begum Hazrat’s creepy yet beautiful mansion, Katrina’s red hair, Aditya’s body and natural acting which we have never seen before, Tabu…everything about her, the dialogues, the soulful music, the red and yellow dry leaves dancing around with the breeze… There’s basically a lot of beauty in the look and feel of the film which I loved. What I like about director Abhishek Kapoor is that like in Rock On and Kai Po Che, he makes sure his characters are well sketched and each stands out from the other making their own presence felt in the film. With Fitoor too, Tabu’s sadness is seen in the way she’s lying on the diwan, smoking sheesha and the longing she has in her eyes for love. I also absolutely loved Aditi Rao Hydari. She’s one of the understated actresses in Bollywood and I think she should get more recognition.

The Not-so-good– Although the film moves at a pace of its own, it could have been crisper in terms of screenplay and editing. I can’t really think of anything major that I did not like because there was so many wonderful things to watch.

Verdict– With a fairytale-ish feel to it, Fitoor is engrossing, visually  beautiful and Tabu is just brilliant!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Aug 28 2015

Phantom- Movie Review

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An average thriller that is gripping in parts only and otherwise a long, never ending story.

Rating- 3/5

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Oct 2 2014

Bang Bang- Movie Review

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Bang Bang-PosterI confess! I was super excited to watch Bang Bang only because of the star cast and of course because it was going to be a typical Bollywood film! Was it worth the excitement? Read on.

Plot in short– Harleen (Katrina Kaif) is a bank receptionist and bored with her life. In order to find herself true love, she sets herself up on a date with the help of a site called ‘Trueluvv.com. Cut to entry of Rajveer (Hrithik Roshan), her date and the thief who stole the Kohinoor diamond and has people chasing him everywhere. Harleen must make a choice. She can either go back to her routine, dull life or be with this crazy man and travel the world with him and his escapades.

The Good– Well, the cinematography definitely tops the charts. Glossy, rich and sharp, the visuals are stunning! I thought the performances were decent but not wow! I must admit though that both Hrithik and Katrina looked droolworthy! They look great on screen! Even the styling, hair and make up is amazing! Beautiful locations too! So I’d say lookwise, the film is bang on! The music and background score is not bad either. There are barely any songs in the film but the songs ‘Tu meri’ and ‘Meherbaan’ are foot tapping and melodious.

The Not-so-good– Bang Bang is clearly a mix of a number of action flicks that have released in the recent past such as Dhoom, Ek Tha Tiger, A Holiday, etc. There goes the originality. The direction by Siddharth Anand is very ok. Sadly it has to rely on the weak screenplay which is nothing but a sequence of chase scenes. Keep an eye out for all the ads you get to see in the film such as Pizza Hut, Mountain Dew, Johnson Tiles, etc. which didn’t have to be so ‘in-your-face’.

Verdict– Overall, Bang Bang is nothing but a time pass film which is high on glamour and low on substance. It may be a treat for all the Hrithik, Katrina, Barbie and Ken fans though.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Dec 20 2013

Dhoom 3- Movie Review

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Dhoom 3 posterI can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to watch Dhoom 3, especially because Aamir Khan was in it! I actually left earlier from work than usual just to go watch it and quickly write my review. So I’m just going to get down to it without much ado.

A magician (Jackie Shroff) is trying hard to make ends meet by trying to run ‘The Great Indian Circus’ in Chicago. He gives his life because of bank troubles. To avenge his father’s death, son (Aamir Khan) grows up to bring back the circus his father lost by looting all the branches of the bank his father lost his life for. Now of course, this robber is not only smart but is one step ahead of the U.S. Police. So much so, that they need to call two Indian cops (Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra) to catch him. Things aren’t as they seem though and we soon find out that Aamir Khan has more to him than meets the eye.

Firstly, let me tell you that this is a movie for the masses entirely. Director Vijay Krishna Acharya who’s written the screenplay and dialogues for the previous two Dhooms got it slightly off this time around. The story picks up only from the interval and thankfully it does get better. The rest of the film is a mix of hot bodies, over-the-top stunts and Aamir Khan! Not to forget Uday Chopra’s monkey face that keeps popping up every fifteen minutes. I wish it was more thrilling and exciting to watch.

I thought Dhoom was good and Dhoom 2 was superb! Sadly, even though Aamir Khan is in Dhoom 3, because of the weak story, screenplay and direction, even he can’t save it entirely. The music by Pritam is average. ‘Malang malang’ has sounds good but not so much that I would listen to it everyday. The background score is good. I loved how they’ve choreographed the song though! The trapezes, rings, air lifts et al are done very professionally. Even the tap dance bit in Aamir Khan’s entry song is very well put together.

With the best technology in place, I felt that the computer effects could have been better. In some scenes it just looks very amateurish. Lookwise, I’d say the art direction is brilliant! The sets are gorgeous and cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee has given each frame a great amount of depth. I wish I could say the same about the action scenes though. They’re almost like South-Indian meets Hollywood! There are too many stunts and unnecessary action scenes that take up about half an hour of the film. I understand shooting chase sequences can be tough but they could have got it right if they hadn’t tried too hard to be like Fast and the Furious or films of that genre. Editing better would have worked wonders!

Aamir Khan, whom the film is all about looks great at his age with his body and shite but hey, this role was so Hrithik! The hat I think was only to make him look taller, especially in the scenes with Abhishek Bachchan. We all know Aamir Khan is a great actor but somehow this movie was so not him. I thought he acted well in the second half but we’ve seen him act better. Abhishek Bachchan has the same role with the same expressions. The only difference is that it’s gotten worse.  Uday Chopra of course, does what he does best- annoy. His mere presence in Dhoom 3 has brought down the entire Dhoom franchise several notches lower. His acting skills have gotten worse with time. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful with a perfectly carved body and that’s that. There’s no acting skill required for her role. Jackie Shroff has a small role but makes a solid impact. I wish we could see him in more films. The boy who played young Aamir Khan- Siddharth Nigam was good in parts.

Dhoom 3 was definitely the least entertaining film of the Dhoom franchise. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t as enjoyable as the previous two either. Strictly timepass!

Rating– 3/5

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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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Nov 13 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan- Movie Review

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Yash Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, romance, the song ‘Saans’, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif. So many reasons to watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan! Here’s what I thought of it.

So, Shahrukh Khan plays Major Samar who diffuses bombs for the Indian army. He meets Akira (Anushka Sharma), a journalist who falls in love with him but discovers something about his past which has made him the man he is today. His past has Meera (Katrina Kaif) who is engaged to someone else but loves Shahrukh Khan. Then a couple of accidents (literally) change things a bit. Will not say more.

If you’ve seen Yash Chopra’s movies in the past you’ll know what his love stories are all about. There’s a lot of depth and warmth in each character in the story, there’s amazing music (always) and beautiful visuals. I found most of that missing in his last movie! There’s nothing great about the story and the screenplay is just too weak which could have been saved with better editing. The visuals are beautiful ok- Ladakh and London mainly and of course our gorgeous heroines in them with all the lovely styling, clothes, make-up and hair. The thing is that they’ve tried to make it as ‘today’ as possible, so much so that Shahrukh Khan probably has kissing scenes for the first time ever but the ‘YC’ (Yash Chopra) factor is somehow missing. The first half was extremely slow and boring. I would have really liked the film if it was just the second half.

Coming to the performances… Shahrukh Khan knows all the passionate love wala looks by heart now and he does  them well even with the new heroines even if they lack chemistry or look like his daughters. Luckily, he didn’t overact this time. I like his rugged man look when he’s in the army. Otherwise he looks like a wanna-be with gel in his hair trying to look young. The dance sequence with Katrina in ‘Ishq Shava’ doesn’t suit him at all! Katrina Kaif has done a decent job and you can’t take your eyes off her when she’s on screen. Anushka Sharma I love! I think she’s a natural actor, looks great and she was perfect for the role with all that energy and that contagious smile.

AR Rahman is losing the magical touch he has with music. You wont believe ‘Challa’ by Rabbi is his composition. It’s so bad! I love the song ‘Saans’ though sung by my favourite female singer- Shreya Ghoshal. Ishq Shava and Heer are both nice. Jiya re is fun only while watching the movie.

So, I feel bad but I expected much more from Yash Chopra’s last movie which was not that bad but could have been so much better! This is probably Shahrukh Khan’s low phase but I do hope he bounces back with a better film soon.

Rating– 3/5

 

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Aug 15 2012

Ek Tha Tiger- Movie Review

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First day first show! Believe it or not, but a show at 9 30 am was housefull and probably for the first time in years, I made sure the tickets were booked in advance! Reason? Do I really need to even say it? Salman Khan ya! Duh!

So, as we’ve seen in the trailers, Salman Khan plays an agent from RAW (India Intelligence Agency). The story of the movie revolves around a scientist from the Trinity College who is a suspect for selling the secrets of missile technology of India to Pakistan. While he’s on his mission, he meet Katrina Kaif who works as the scientist’s caretaker. Then of course, mashallah, he falls in love with her and romance happens, thriller happens and action happens. To know more, go to IMDB man!

The entire film looks so rich and beautiful I can’t tell you! Superb cinematography! Breathtaking visuals and good direction. Kabir Khan’s directed John Abraham starrer Kabul Express which wasn’t that great and New York which was good so I was hoping this would be a decent watch, keeping in mind its also a Yash Raj film. The actors look well styled. I felt the story of the film was good too even though most of it was super predictable, filmy and the concentration was more on the love aspect.

Salman Khan, after a very long time does not overpower the film. His character is intense and yet simple. He’s not trying to act too smart like in Dabangg, Wanted, Bodyguard, etc. He’s never looked hotter and I wouldn’t change a thing about the way he’s acted! Katrina’s role is also as important as his and she looks beautiful with her natural make-up. She also has some action scenes for which she got lots of whistles and hoots. I think both have done justice to their parts. There’s good chemistry and even with the height difference, they compliment each other very well. Ranvir Shorey plays an integral part in the movie as Salman’s friend and he’s acted well too.

In a movie like this, the background music plays an important role and I must say that they’ve done a good job with it. The ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ tune is perfect for the movie! The songs are nice. I love ‘Mashallah’ and even ‘Banjara Banjara’ and ‘Laapata’ are decent.

Overall, it’s not a superhit film for me but I was entertained throughout and I think Salman should do more films like this.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jan 26 2012

Agneepath- Movie Review

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I hadn’t seen the original Agneepath and neither was I that excited to watch this one because of the violence but Sanjay Dutt’s look and Hrithik Roshan sort of made me want to; also because Karan Johar was producing it, I thought it might just be worth a watch.

The story is very 90s so you might not be able to relate to it completely but anyway… Vijay’s father is killed by Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) who wants to claim Mandwa (land/ small town) and use it for his cocaine business. When Vijay (Hrithik Roshan) grows up, he joins Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) who is into human and drug trafficking and a direct link to Kancha. So he uses him to take badla from his arch enemy- Bollywood’s wanna-be-Voldemort (Sanjay Dutt).

Being 26th January, a national holiday, the theatres were all House Full! I swear! It’s been a long time since Ruchi Mehta has not got tickets for a movie! But luckily, I got at Regal and went for the evening show.

Coming to the movie, I thought the direction was very good! The dialogues could’ve been more impactful to bring out the intensity and filminess. The setting and costumes were pretty good and even the cinematography. I particularly thought the background music was superb and added a lot of character to the movie. The special effects were quite bad though.

Acting-wise, Rishi Kapoor was brilliant and played his part the best, Sanjay Dutt looked eerie and villainous which was the intention and was even pretty good as Kancha but I think he could have still acted better, Hrithik Roshan was very intense, true to his character and did not overdo the acting so yes he was very good, Priyanka Chopra was ok ya just that she had a useless role.

The music was very ok. Chikni Chameli is copied but Katrina Kaif’s moves in the song were just too good! I really really liked this song by Sonu Nigam called ‘Abhi mujh mein kahin’. Beautifully sung!

Overall, Agneepath was ok. Decently entertaining but too long!

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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