Apr 26 2013

Aashiqui 2- Movie Review


aashiqui-2-posterI don’t remember Aashiqui as much as I remember the songs in the movie. I was hoping Aashiqui 2 would not let me down as a movie or for its music. The song ‘Tum Hi Ho’ is beautiful but was the movie as good? You’re just about to find out.

Alcoholic rockstar (Aditya Roy Kapoor) bumps into simple, talented and aspiring singer (Shraddha Kapoor) who works at a bar in Goa to make some money and support her family. They fall in love and the rockstar’s career takes a backseat as he’s too busy trying to do everything he can to make the sweet singer’s dreams come true. His efforts bear fruit and so does her talent to an extent where she becomes an overnight star and he a ‘dharti pe boj’. Now it’s either alcohol or her he has to choose from.

From the beginning itself, you will feel let down. The story will seem less cooked, with characters that are not at all well defined. You will wonder why Aditya Roy Kapoor was beaten up by random people, or why his father shares a friendly relationship with him on the phone and yet doesn’t come see him in the hospital. There’s no mention of the mother, let alone a frame with a garland showing her as dead. Ok if that is irrelevant, one would wonder why a simple, talented girl would go to Goa to sing in a bar instead of trying her luck in Mumbai bars. Another funny thing is when Aditya’s drunk and driving a tourist vehicle late at night, he bangs into a tree and has no damages whatsoever. Shraddha’s a bag of vegetables falls down and instead of helping the poor guy, she makes him pick up the vegetables (makes you wonder who goes vegetable shopping late at night). These are just a few loopholes that the story writer forgot to consider. Mohit Suri has done a decent job with the direction but could have atleast tried to make a little more sense with the screenplay.

The cinematography by Vishnu Rao is below average and the blurriness in the opening sequence kills it! Shraddha Kapoor’s styling is good but I felt Aditya Roy Kapoor could have been styled better. The art direction is good.

The Bhatts have made some really good movies in the past with good stories and superb music. Aashiqui 2 has good music too but the song ‘Tum Hi Ho’ is an award winning track and reaches your heart from the first time you hear it. Shreya Ghoshal and Arjit Singh take a bow!

Coming to the performances… Aditya Roy Kapoor as Rahul Jaykar is not bad but not that great either. A commercial film like Aashiqui 2 is not his genre. I see him doing unconventional roles like his brother Kunaal Roy Kapoor where the characters are more real and natural and there’s less drama. He looks very handsome though in a not so unconventional way! Shraddha Kapoor plays a character that’s too sweet and simple to believe with a few melodramatic scenes where her acting is tested. She’s good though and looks beautiful.

At the end of the film, I came out with mixed feelings. It was weirdly nice. Entertaining but stupid also. Not that great to watch in a theatre but two hours of good timepass when watching at home.

Rating– 3/5

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Sep 6 2012

Raaz 3 (3D) – Movie Review


Raaz 1 was epic, Raaz 2 was ok and s Raaz 3 was ummm… you’ll find out soon. Read on.

So, Bipasha Basu plays this insecure actress who can’t imagine being anything but the best. When Esha Gupta wins the best actress award, Bips can’t take it and so goes to this creepy man from hell whose aatma bhatkos in India and he can help Bips make Esha suffer. By suffering I mean scary things. And yes, Emraan Hashmi is a lallu director who helps Bips (his girlfriend who treats him like shit) make Esha suffer.

First of all, I was totally freaked out! This is probably the scariest movie I’ve seen in the past one year.  Raaz 1 might have had just one or two scary scenes, but Raaz 3 was full of them! The broad story was good but the screenplay and direction was as shaky as watching a 3D movie without the 3d glasses. Some of the 3D effects were good but otherwise it was just a gimmick to draw audiences, especially to a paid preview show (which I went for). The ghosts’ make up was like ulti with worms even though the sound effects were very good. The set design was very good though. There was this one scene to wards the end where the bad ‘aatma’ tells Bipasha that if she wants to kill Esha, “Tumhe mere saath woh sab karna padega jo ek zinda aurat ek zinda aadmi ke saath karti hai”. And he’s got all these worms all over his body and flies and mosquitoes over his head. So yeah, it was pretty gross and pointless also.

Coming to the performances, Emraan Hashmi as the hero was good. Bipasha Basu also acted well but looked quite old even with all the skin show. Esha Gupta looked gorgeous but was alright. She can’t dance, that’s for sure!

The music is not that great. There’s just one song I liked- Deewana kar raha hai by Javed Ali which is quite melodious.

Jo bhi ho, for me Raaz 3 might not be the best horror movie to watch but it served its purpose. I was bloody petrified and it was entertaining to an extent. If you’re a horror movie fan and like Bollywood’s corniness, go watch Raaz 3.

Rating– 2.5/5


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May 4 2012

Jannat 2- Movie Review


The second half is decent, Randeep Hooda is fantastic and the song ‘Tu hi mera’ is nice to listen to apart from which the entire movie is very blah including Emraan Hashmi!

Rating- 2.5/5

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