Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2013


Best movies of 20132013 has seen more downs than ups where Bollywood films are concerned but there have been some pretty awesome films that I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching. Here’s a list of the ones I loved and would recommend if you haven’t seen them already!

1)      Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani– This is undoubtedly my favourite film of the year! A must see Rom-Com! Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur & Kalki Koechlin. Directed by Ayan Mukherji

2)      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Inspiring and an award winning performance from Farhan Akhtar. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

3)      Goliyon ki Raas leela Raam Leela- A very well made modern day Romeo & Juliet. Starring Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

4)      Special 26- A great heist story based on a real robbery that took place in 1987. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpai & Jimmy Shergill. Directed by Neeraj Pandey

5)      Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns- A rare instance of a sequel which is more fun to watch than its prequel. Starring Jimmy Shergill, Irrfaan Khan, Soha Ali Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

6)      Jolly LLB- Small film with a big heart. Starring Arshad Warsi & Boman Irani. Directed by Subhash Kapoor


7)      Go Goa Gone- A fun zombie film that was different and pretty twisted! Starring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das & Puja Gupta. Directed by Krishna D.K & Raj Nidimoru.


8)      The Lunchbox- An unconventional and light hearted romantic comedy for all ages. Starring Irrfan Khan & Nimrat Kaur. Directed by Ritesh Batra


9)      Shuddh Desi Romance- Two great non-commercial actors in a love story that’s brave and very today. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput & Parineeti Chopra. Directed by Maneesh Sharma


10)   B.A. Pass- A very bold film that’s brilliantly executed. Starring Shilpa Shukla & Shadab Kamal. Directed by Ajay Bahl



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Nov 29 2013

Bullett Raja- Movie Review


Bullett-Raja posterBullett Raja did not look exciting to me when I saw the trailer and as a movie too, it barely entertained. For some reason, Saif Ali Khan to star in a film like this just does not make sense to me. Also, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s style of film making may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and its sequel and  Paan Singh Tomar may have worked but Bullett Raja clearly doesn’t. Here’s why.

What’s the story like? Well, let me try this. Raja (Saif Ali Khan) and Rudra (Jimmy Shergill) turn into gangster best friends in Uttar Pradesh and get into a political trap. Then it’s all about a power struggle, hidden ambitions and revenge. In the middle of it all, Raja finds love in Mitali (Sonakshi Sinha) who encourages him to fight what he’s fighting.

I can’t begin to tell you how bored I was while watching the film. Even the people in the theatre were watching it quietly. Not a sound, not a ‘taali’ from anyone especially when you expect it for a movie with a theme like this. The screenplay and dialogues do not do justice to the story which itself is nothing great. Tigmanshu Dhulia is a skilled director who does his best at directing but doesn’t succeed much because of the weak script. There isn’t much to boast about. The styling is ok. Saif Ali Khan looks too wanna-be-ish with the tikka and bad hair.

The cinematography by P.S. Vinod is good. The action scenes look alright. The background score by Sajid-Wajid is very effective while the music is really bad. I can’t name even one song that I liked.

Saif Ali Khan as Bullett Raja is not convincing at all in terms of his look or the way he acts. In fact, Jimmy Shergill who plays the second lead is better and more realistic. Jimmy Shergill’s role is better too. Saif just looks stupid prancing around like a wanna-be Gunda. Sonakshi Sinha looks beautiful even though her role is pointless as are most characters in the film. There’s no scope for her to show her acting skills. Raj Babbar, Gulshan Grover and Ravi Kissen who are actors of high caliber are reduced to doing roles that barely count. Vidyut Jamwal who was last seen in Commando is not bad at all. As a cop, he does justice and also looks the part. Unfortunately he had a very short role in Bullett Raja. Chunky Pandey too is barely there (Thank God!)

So, yes Bullett Raja is not my idea of a good film and is not entertaining at all. Go ahead and miss it.

Rating– 2/5

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Sep 6 2013

Zanjeer- Movie Review


zanjeer-posterZanjeer was a film I was so not excited to watch. From the trailer it looked quite bad and Ram Charan and Priyanka Chopra somehow look extremely odd together. But then it’s a remake of the film that made Amitabh Bachchan a star. I just had to watch it to see if this new one was any good.

Vijay Khanna (Ram Charan) is an ACP and an extremely serious cop who gets transferred time and again because of the way he deals with the bad guys. He’s had a painful past where his parents got murdered when he was eight years old and ever since then he’s been looking for the killer. Mala (Priyanka Chopra), a NRI is in India for a friend’s wedding and she accidently witnesses a murder in a zone where something fishy is going on. Ever since the Oil Mafia Teja (Prakash Raj) finds out about this, he sends his men after her. Vijay comes to the rescue and gives her shelter in his house. He becomes friends with Sher Khan (Sanjay Dutt) who deals in illegal buying and selling of cars. Will they be able to beat Teja and find the killer of his parents?

Director Apoorva Lakhia tried his best to make a 2013 version of the superhit film Zanjeer that people loved. To be honest, after watching this, I want to see Zanjeer even more only to see what made it so good. The screenplay by Suresh Nair and dialogues by Chintan Gandhi leave no impact. For a genre like this I would have expected some really hard hitting dialogues. Also, the entire effort by the cast and crew seems half-hearted or like they were expecting it to be a flop film. The cinematography by Gururaj is excellent. He keeps pace with the various actions scenes and does a good job with his lens. The costumes and make up I felt were a bit over-the-top. It was totally unnecessary for Ram Charan to have such huge biceps and dress up like a stud half the time. I understand he’s the hero but dude! Seriously?!

The background score of the film is excellent! It brings in some energy to the film. The music by Meet Brothers, Chirantan Bhatt and Anand Raj Anand is very very bad. The movie could have been way better without them.

Coming to the performances… Ram Charan as an actor does not do justice to the role at all. Being fit and chiseled does not make one a good actor. He’s got this one expression throughout and looks like a robot. Priyanka Chopra is extra loud and seems more wanna-be-ish in this film than she has ever been in her acting career. This is probably one of her worst performances. Sanjay Dutt is good. I wouldn’t say he’s excellent but he convinces you as Sher Khan and looks intimidating. Prakash Raj with his comic-villain role is perfect. He’s just too good! Mahie Gill as Teja’s mistress is alright; a bit annoying at times. Atul Kulkarni has a small role but does it well.

I can say that Zanjeer 2013 was as per my expectations- quite bad. Looking at the story though I want to watch the old Zanjeer and then I’ll be able to really tell how bad this one is. Watch when it comes on TV.

Rating– 2.5/5


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Mar 9 2013

Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns- Movie Review


Saheb-Biwi-Aur-Gangster-Returns-posterSaheb Biwi aur Gangster has returned and how!

The sequel goes one step ahead of the prequel and has an independent story keeping the 3 central characters in mind. Irrfan Khan plays Soha Ali Khan’s love interest. He wants to kill Saheb (Jimmy Sheirgill) whose grandfather had killed Irrfan Khan’s grandfather in some war. Mahie Gill is the ‘Biwi’ of the crippled ‘Saheb’ and is mostly drunk throughout and wants to finally have her own identity but needs a mastermind to help her. That mastermind turns out to be the ‘Gangster’ (Irrfan Khan), Saheb’s enemy.

Tigmanshu Dhulia and his team have outdone themselves with the sequel which is better than it’s prequel which seems to be a rarity in Bollywood films. The way the story unfolds is interesting and gripping. The setting is real, rustic and not over-the-top as they show in most movies. The styling is also tastefully done to suit the characters. The cinematography is good in some parts and bad in some.

Jimmy Sheirgill is a delight to watch in the film. I think he’s also extremely underrated and should get his due by doing more interesting roles. Mahie Gill is a little annoying with her forever drunken voice. She looks really good in the movie though. Irrfan Khan is natural and effortless. Soha Ali Khan is superb! I think it’s her best performance yet and she too should get her due by doing films with substance. The supporting cast is good too except for Pravesh Rana who should stick to doing reality shows.

The music of the film can barely be spoken about except for the song ‘Jugni’ which is not new anyway. Sandeep Chowta was briliant once upon a time but now should stick to background scores which he’s very good at.

Overall, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns is entertaining and I enjoyed it more than the first one.

Rating– 3.5/5





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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012


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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Mar 4 2012

Paan Singh Tomar- Movie Review


Slightly slow but very interesting story very well executed with a gripping performance by Irrfan Khan, very real settings, costumes and make up that make the film unpretentious and endearing.

Rating- 3.5/5

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Sep 30 2011

Saheb Biwi aur Gangster- Movie Review


I hadn’t seen a single trailer of this movie and went for it aise hi that too at one of the shadiest theatres in Mumbai- New Empire. Ha! Read on!

So basically, Jimmy Shergill is the angry-young- Saheb who has a slightly twisted Biwi (Mahie Gill). They are husband and wife but don’t exactly share that kind of relationship as he’s busy banging another woman who he says is his ‘aadat’. They live in an old palace-like building but they live off his mother’s ‘jaaydaat’ and a dirty hand in politics. He has enemies and among them a Gangster named Babloo (Randeep Hooda) is hired to kill the saheb. Things turn around when Babloo and the biwi start having their own thing going and develop feelings for each other.

The movie was quite gripping even though it seemed a little long. I’d say men, more than women will like it. It has that element in it which just makes it a for-a-guy movie if you know what I mean. The setting is very real and I loved the haveli they’ve shot at. So beautiful! The cinematography, dialogues and direction hold the film very well together making it interesting to watch.

Performance-wise I felt all 3 lead actors were great! After watching Mahie Gill in ‘Not a love story’ she looks 100 times better in this! Jimmy Shergill and Randeep Hooda I feel are two actors who don’t ever overdo acting. They’re very real and convincing in their roles, which is a good thing.

I just felt that the songs were not needed at all. Yes, the Jugni track is brilliant and was even placed well in the movie but apart from that, none of the songs really should have been there! That kind of took away from the flow of the film. Also, I felt that the bold scenes were ok but they sort of overdid them.

So, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster is an above average movie and men will enjoy watching it more than women.

Rating– 3/5


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Aug 19 2011

Not a love story- Movie Review


I hadn’t followed the Neeraj Grover murder case at all until just now, very recently, when Maria Susairaj was released from jail after a 3 yrs sentence for destroying evidence related to the murder.

Based on a true story, Not a love story is about how this struggling actress moves to Mumbai. She is then signed her for a Bollywood film by a good casting director. They make love one night and the next morning, her fiancé comes to surprise her at her residence but instead finds the casting director sleeping naked on the girl’s bed. Impulsively, he stabs the man with a knife. In order to hide the body, the fiancé cuts the body into pieces and fits it into plastic bags which both the actress and him destroy by burning.

Now one would expect this kind of story to be dealt with in a very sensible way as it is a sensitive subject. But no, Ram Gopal Varma goes all out and makes you squirm in your seat with disgust. The camera angles, the way the kissing scenes have been shown look extremely vulgar, sleazy and gross especially because there isn’t any need to do so. No one killed Jessica (the movie) was atleast done tastefully and not just for popping eyeballs!

Anyway, coming to acting, Mahie Gill (Maria Susairaj) who I thought was a good actress was mostly just sobbing throughout the film and got irritating after a point. Also, Ramu kept zooming into her face which was not exactly pleasant to look at without make up (Sorry), not that her legs were either. Deepak Dobriyal (Jerome) acted well but looked very creepy. I’d partially blame the cameras for that.

I just felt that the cameras could have been handled a little more seriously and respectfully. The annoying thing was that Rangeela song they kept playing throughout the movie, especially as her ringtone.

So, Not a love story is not something I’ll recommend. Follow the news instead.

Rating– 2/5



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