Apr 10 2016

The Jungle Book (Hindi)- Movie Review


the-jungle-book-posterAs children we’ve all seen ‘The Jungle Book’ and have a special liking for all the characters. Who can forget the song ‘Jungle jungle pata chala hai’ everytime the show came on TV? The Jungle Book as a film in 3D goes one step further and makes us relive our childhood in the most fun way.

Plot in short– Mowgli (Neel Sethi) has been brought up by wolves and a black panther (Om Puri) since childhood and living with them, he adapts to their way of living in the jungle. But how long can he stay? After all, there is Shere Khan, the tiger (Nana Patekar) who is out to kill him. Will he be able to escape from the dangerous Shere Khan and go to the land of humans?

The Good– The best thing about the film is the breathtaking visuals! The computer graphics artists definitely know their shit. The voice overs of Bagheera by Om Puri and Baloo by Irrfan Khan are superb! Little Mowgli played by Neel Sethi is so natural that one would never think he’s not from the jungle. I also thought that Kaa’s voice over by Priyanka Chopra was fantastic but very short. I wish we got to see more of Kaa. The story is perfect for the first part. It leaves you wanting for more. The flow of the screenplay is perfect. The songs are great to listen to. The Hindi version of Bare Necessities is not bad but at all.

The Not-so-good– I think Shere Khan has a huge part to play and Nana Patekar is excellent as an actor but somehow his voice just didn’t go with the majestic Tiger’s appearance and character. I would have liked to hear a deeper voice for Shere Khan. I can’t really think of anything else except that I wish this is the first of many more parts to come. If it doesn’t, me and Jungle Book’s many fans will be very upset.

Verdict– Go back in time and relive ‘The Jungle Book’ in 3D. This is way better than the series we used to love watching every Sunday on Doordarshan. Go! Go! Go!

Rating– 4/5


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Sep 4 2015

Welcome Back- Movie Review


Ridiculously corny, not funny, not entertaining and not worth your time or money in spite of the huge star cast, production costs involved and the so called legacy of ‘Welcome’.

Rating- 1.5/5



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Mar 1 2013

The Attacks of 26/11- Movie Review


The-Attacks-of-26-11-posterJust like the unfortunate 9/11 attacks in New York, the terror attacks on 26/11 in Mumbai have left a deep impact among us Indians and people all over the world. What happened on 26/11/08 was shameful and absolutely disgusting. Now when you have a movie based on such an eventful incident, who wouldn’t want to see it? So how was Ram Gopal Verma’s interpretation? Read on.

On 26th November 2008, 10 members of the the Lashkar-e-Taiba came to Mumbai and attacked innocent people at Leopold Cafe, Taj Mahal Hotel, Hotel Trident, Nariman House, CST station, Cama Hospital and on the streets on a cold winter night. For 3 more days, they housed themselves in Hotel Taj and Nariman House and continued with the killing. After repeated attempts from the Indian forces, all the terrorists were found and killed. Ajmal Kasab who was caught alive gave vital information about the purpose of attacks and what he had been taught by the leader. After 4 years justice was done and he was hanged to death for the heinous crime committed.

Ram Gopal Verma has not covered all of this. He decided to give Nana Patekar an important role because he’s got it in him to deliver powerful dialogues like noone else can. What Ramu forgot to do was to direct and work on a proper plot. I understand there’s so much to 26/11 and he just wanted to highlight a few things but how about doing it properly? In his attempt to showing the attacks, he missed out on Hotel Trident and Nariman House. He also decided that showing people dying is the way to go rather than working on the screenplay and edit. The first half to be honest was a little boring and wasn’t even half as hard hitting as I had imagined it to be. The second half still got better with the Cama Hospital scene. The opening scenes have been shot well but the cinematography is more like the type he does for his horror movies. Also, there’s too much blood.

The guy who plays Ajmal Kasab (Sanjeev Jaiswal) is good but there’s too much faaltu ka dialogue-baazi he maaros which gets a little pakao. Nana Patekar says his lines so slowly in his narration that I was almost snoring and he too has this 100 hrs long dialogue towards the end which was totally unnecessary. Other good actors like Atul Kulkarni, etc have been wasted in cameos.

To me the film was disappointing and didn’t do justice to the sensitivity of the subject. I don’t recommend it.

Rating– 2/5

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Jun 6 2010

Raajneeti- Movie Review


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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