Jan 9 2015

Tevar- Movie Review

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Tevar movie posterMost of us women are looking for that ‘hero’ in our life who will sweep us off our feet, protect us, care for us, even sing songs and dance with us and make us feel like a princess. The existence of such heroes is all because of Bollywood and let me tell you that Tevar’s lead man Arjun Kapoor is surely going to make you swoon!

So glad to be back on Roochster and write my reviews again after a long wedding break! Now here’s my take on Boney Kapoor’s Tevar.

Plot in short- Pintoo a.k.a Ghanshyam (Arjun Kapoor) is a master at Kabaddi and bashes up any street lafanga who tries to mess with the women in Mathura. On a random day when he’s on his way to go and play kabaddi, he gets his hands dirty by crossing Gajender Singh’s (Manoj Bajpai) path. Now Gajender Singh is this corrupt politician’s brother who has the hots for Radhika (Sonakshi Sinha) and is on a mission to marry her whether she wants to or not. Will Pintoo and Radhika be able to match up to Gajender’s influence and power around town and free themselves from the chase?

The Good– The screenplay earns the film most points as you wont find yourself bored at any given point apart from a few long action scenes. Good direction by Amit Ravindernath Sharma for putting together a good end product. Some dialogues stand out but that’s because Arjun Kapoor shines. He’s acted very well and leaves you wanting for more. His character is perfectly sketched and he’s been lucky enough to get a role like this where the ‘hero’ of the film gets up even after being stabbed in his back, stomach and arms. No matter how silly and cliché that is, it’s a true Bollywood masala film that the masses love. Sonakshi Sinha too has acted well. She speaks volumes with her eyes and is convincing enough to play the damsel in distress with all the drama in her life. Together she and Arjun Kapoor sizzle on screen. Manoj Bajpai who plays the bad guy is perfect! All the supporting actors such as Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval, Arjun Kapoor’s sister, Kaakdi and all the other actors support beautifully. The music overall is just ok. My favourite number is the duet love song- Joganiyan and I also like Superman which is so typically a Sajid-Wajid number and has been choreographed well by Remo Desouza. Top notch cinematography by Laxman Utekar who has been working on every other film in Bollywood these days. But he is that good.  The background score by Clinton Cerejo is also well paced and takes the film forward. As much as I dislike action scenes, I have to say that the stunts are all well designed and the action sequences come off as well choreographed overall.

The Not-so-good– There aren’t many downfalls in the film apart from the fact that it is slightly longer than my liking. There could have been fewer action scenes and definitely 1-2 songs less to cut the length short. I would have liked better songs too in the film.

Verdict– Tevar has the right amount of attitude, romance, action, drama and comedy to make it a ‘paisa vasool’ entertainer for the masses. Arjun Kapoor is the next best thing! It was awesome to see a typical Bollywood film after so long! Jaake dekho!

Rating– 3.5/5

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May 3 2013

Shootout At Wadala- Movie Review

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Shootout at wadala-PosterDirector Sanjay Gupta is back with yet another stylized action film- Shootout at Wadala which tells us the story of Manya Surve, a notorious gangster who was killed in an encounter in Wadala in the 1980s.

John Abraham plays Manohar (Manya) Surve. In college, he’s a good guy, has a steady girlfriend and even scores well in his exams. So what made him become a gangster? A murder accusation leads him to jail because of which he gets aggressive and wants to kill the people behind his imprisonment.

This is a film only for the masses, rather only for guys who love violence. I went to watch it at a single screen and it was housefull! Sanjay Gupta’s style of film making is typical- action, dialogues and the women all must stand out. The action is very good, the dialogues are killer and the women are nothing but sex objects. In spite of having good dialogues, the screenplay fails to find a steady ground. It goes all over the place and doesn’t do much to tell the story properly. Sanjay Gupta as a director must realize that the film should be beyond violence, abuses and women. The writing is so weak that you wont feel for Manya Surve or his girlfriend. Also, there’s no special effort made by the production team to work on the look of the film. Apart from using old cars, Kangana Ranaut’s styling and Sonu Sood’s clothes in a few scenes, you wont feel like you’re back in the 1970s or 1980s.

On the bright side, the cinematography is rich, the editing for the action scenes is outstanding and yes Milap Zaveri does cause a stir among the audience with his powerful lines.

John Abraham as Manya Surve is surprisingly good. This is by far his best performance to date; probably because he hasn’t got the chance to do any challenging roles in the past. Tusshar Kapoor is alright. Anil Kapoor as always delivers an effortless performance and looks so young! Sonu Sood and Manoj Bajpayee are very good. Mahesh Manjrekar has a small role but is amazing to watch! Kangana Ranaut looks gorgeous but is stuck with the same crying and cribbing kind of role. She still reminds me of a pigeon.

The music by Anu Malik is ok. The background score is very good. What is annoying is that the songs just come up randomly during the movie. Sunny Leone as an item girl has nothing to flaunt but her physical assets. She’s not that great a dancer and can’t mesmerize you with expressions. Priyanka Chopra’s dance number is better.

Shootout at Wadala has nailed it in the camera, dialogue and edit department and can be a major part of John Abraham’s showreel but fails to make an impact as a film based on true incidents. I got quite bored during the course of the film.

Rating– 2/5

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Feb 8 2013

Special 26- Movie Review

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Special 26 posterNot many heist movies can have the kind of effect ‘Special 26’ has on you. This one’s a gem in Bollywood’s treasure chest. Here’s why.

So what’s the movie about? Well, in 1987, a man robbed jewellery worth lakhs from Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai by hiring 28 recruits who applied to work with the CBI. He claimed he was from the CBI and made the shop owner switch off all the cameras, phones and produce cash and jewellery for inspection. In thirty minutes, while the recruits searched for vital information, he walked out of the shop without being suspected by anyone. Special 26 is based on that event.

I must salute Neeraj Pandey, the director of the film for making a film on this incident. He is pure genius. The story is fast paced and gripping. You might feel a little restless in the first half but the second half makes you understand why that was important. The setting is so real that you’ll go back to the 1980s with all the Marutis and Ambassadors, the old school telephones, Vimal ads, etc. The background music is superb! Sanjoy Chowdhury, take a bow! Bobby Singh, the cinematographer’s done a good job with the camera work.

Coming to the performances… Anupam Kher is brilliant, especially in the scene where he’s caught and has to confess to Manoj Bajpayee; Akshay Kumar is good, Manoj Bajpayee is very good as a tough CBI officer,  Jimmy Sheirgill and Divya Dutta don’t have much to do but still make an impact. Kajal Aggarwal just had to look pretty as Akshay Kumar’s love interest and she did it well.

There’s not much music in the movie luckily but I really like the first song that plays when they introduce Kajal Aggarwal.

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, watch Special 26 and I promise you, you wont be disappointed.

Rating– 4/5

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Jun 6 2010

Raajneeti- Movie Review

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I cannot understand what made people like this movie! It’s so full of crap! Based on the Mahabharat, this political-themed movie is not at all interesting. The first half was so bad, one of my friends actually wanted to walk out!

There is an endless list of points which I think make the movie quite a disaster. The message to be given out is good but unfortunately it has been executed so badly, that you’d feel a disconnect throughout.  All that publicity about Katrina Kaif playing a character similar to Sonia Gandhi’s is such bullshit cause if you see in the movie, she’s dressed like that for only the last 10 minutes! A brilliant actor like Naseeruddin Shah is completely wasted in this film! Ranbir Kapoor is good but his character goes through a very weird change, as if two characters have been meshed into one… it doesn’t even seem appropriate. Arjun Rampal as I can see is trying really hard to prove his acting skills…There’s this one scene in the movie in which he means to act like the bad guy where he starts to sing the famous song “Akhiyaan milaaye kabhi akhiyaan churaaye” from the movie Raja and it’s supposed to be creepy, but the way he sings it, one cannot help but laugh! The editing in some parts is done very badly and the cinematography is also not worth mentioning. Manoj Bajpayee is outstanding! Nana Patekar and Ajay Devgan are ok…nothing great!

The romantic angles in the movie are quite messed up and what’s funny is that almost all the characters are negative characters so it would be confusing to understand the difference between good guy and bad guy in this film. The second half is thoda bearable with a little drama at least but it doesn’t really do much for the movie as a whole.

The ensemble cast is probably one of the reasons film critics have given the film 3 stars and above; otherwise the film would flop without a doubt!

Rating- 2/5

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