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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Sep 12 2014

Finding Fanny- Movie Review


Finding-Fanny-PosterSo let’s get this straight… Finding Fanny is not your typical Bollywood film. It’s edgy, quirky, different and not meant for the masses.

Plot in short– After almost 3 decades, Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) gets back an undelivered love letter he had written to the only woman he loved (Stephanie Fernandes) all his life. The possibility of them being together is driving him crazy and so he decides to make a trip and find her. To help him out, a sweet girl from the village (Deepika Padukone), a crazy painter (Pankaj Kapur), a heartbroken mechanic (Arjun Kapoor) and a grumpy middle-aged woman (Dimple Kapadia) join in and make the trip.

The Good– When you have seasoned actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur and Dimple Kapadia to steal the show, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor are just the cherry on top. I think the performances helped a great deal in making the film fun to watch. I wouldn’t say the movie was a laugh riot throughout or was completely entertaining, but it did have some moments. The setting is superb! Goa looks amazing with the yellow grassy fields, beautiful architecture and gorgeous colours. The styling of the actors too is very real and believable. The cinematographer has an eye that slips into a dream-like setting and captures beauty in its entirety. Superb work! The music is fresh.

The Not-so-good– While the look of the film is brilliant, the treatment of the story is very different.  The screenplay is quirky and the direction is slightly a bit over the place which might make you a bit restless. The two hour film may seem slightly longer. I also wish the film wasn’t dubbed in Hindi at all because the dubbing job was done very badly.

Verdict– So when I walked out of the theatre, there were mixed reactions, mostly not so good. I however felt that the film deserves to be watched for not being your typical Bollywood film and hats off to Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor for being a part of it. It’s an average watch.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jan 10 2014

Dedh Ishqiya- Movie Review


dedh-ishqiya-movie-posterDedh Ishqiya is not just about Madhuri Dixit if that’s your reason to go watch it. It’s a multi-starrer film that’s quite an entertainment package! Here’s more on what makes Dedh Ishqiya a must watch movie this January!

Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit Nene) from Mahmudabad lost her Nawab husband and is looking to get married again. In order to find the perfect partner, she hosts Nawabs from various places to recite poetry and win her over. Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) who is actually a thief poses as the Nawab of Chandpur in order to win her over and in turn falls in love with her. His partner in crime Babban (Arshad Warsi) falls in love with Begum’s friend and confidante Muniya (Huma Qureshi) who is planning to have Begum Para kidnapped. Will love conquer all?

So Abhishek Chaubey has directed Dedh Ishqiya which is the second film in the Ishqiya franchise. Darab Farooqui, the writer has paid special attention to the story this time. I wouldn’t want to compare it to Ishqiya but this one is more likeable. There’s free flowing Urdu, poetry, gorgeous clothes worn by both Madhuri and Huma, beautiful havelis they’ve shot at and in general just more classy. Ishqiya had this rustic, raw feel to it which was nice too but I liked this better. The screenplay is smooth and well written. There’s a certain charm in the humour and you would be entertained throughout. Mr. Chaubey knows his craft and does full justice to his characters in the film.

The cinematography isn’t breathtaking but it makes the film look rich and beautiful.

The music by Vishal Bhardwaj is alright. I thought the choreography of the songs is superb especially Madhuri’s solo number choreographed by Pandit Birju Maharaj. There aren’t any songs I specifically liked otherwise but they go well with the theme of the film.

Madhuri Dixit Nene at her age looks fantastic! She’s beauty inside out and is an effortless actor. There’s a huge amount of grace in her that comes across in her performance too. Naseeruddin Shah is a brilliant actor as we all know and in Dedh Ishqiya he really does look and acts like a Nawab. The way he speaks Urdu, well, not many can speak with such flair. There’s an unsaid chemistry between both Madhuri and Naseeruddin and that has a lot to do with their acting skills. Arshad Warsi deserves to do more movies simply because he is talented and it shows on screen. Huma Qureshi has barely acted in a few films but makes an impact with her confidence and strong screen presence. Vijay Raaz as Jaan Mohammad is a delight to watch.

I’d definitely recommend Dedh Ishqiya because it’s different, charming and entertaining at the same time. Also because watching Madhuri Dixit Nene on screen after so many years is a treat!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 13 2013

Jackpot- Movie Review


Jackpot-posterJackpot? Really? It’s got Sunny Leone! Ok yes, then has to be a Jackpot. Ummm, well not really! Here’s more on that. Ummm, yeah.

Here’s the story- Francis (Sachiin Joshi) and his friends, all conmen decide to con a casino owner by the name of Boss (Naseeruddin Shah). Boss has a hot secretary (Sunny Leone) who falls in love with Francis without knowing his true intentions. She’s also confused about whether she should be on her boss’ side or Francis’ side. A con is planned but doesn’t really go as planned because Boss is one step ahead. But is he?

Ok I was as confused as you are right now. Haha! The story is not thrilling at all and neither does it make any sense. The screenplay worsens it. Luckily it doesn’t go on for too long otherwise I would have walked out without feeling guilty and trust me when I say that because I would never walk out on a movie. The characters lack any depth. Director Kaizad Gustad was probably thinking he’d hit the jackpot with this one, especially by casting Sunny Leone but he fails miserably.

Everything about the film is so B grade. The cinematography is ok. I understand it’s based in Goa but it just seems that the stylists didn’t bother at all. It’s as if the actors picked up clothes from home and wore them. Sunny Leone obviously would be given special treatment being the star in the film. Oh how special! Her makeup in the film is really bad though. All caked up, she looks like a firang trying too hard to be a simple Goan girl. Obviously now the clothes she wears are to create some excitement in this otherwise dull film. Sadly, that doesn’t work either because there’s just one scene in which she strips to her lingerie. Otherwise we just get to see her wearing tight-fitted clothes.

The music in the film is not worth mentioning and neither is the background score. I can’t say much about the performances either.

Sachiin Joshi doesn’t look or act promising one bit. He’s not got that lead actor thing in him and can easily pass off as a side actor whose presence doesn’t make a difference. Sunny Leone was good in Jism 2. I wonder what happened here. She’s nothing but eye candy and if this is going to be her choice in films, she’s had it with her Bollywood career. Naseeruddin Shah might look very interesting with the wig and funny clothes but I think his role was the most boring in this film. Jackpot is probably one of his worst films, acting-wise too. I can say the same thing for Makarand Deshpande. All the other actors don’t do much either except for go with the painful flow of the film.

Jackpot doesn’t hit the jackpot in any department and I can easily say that I wouldn’t recommend this film at all. Waste of time and money!

Rating– 1.5/5

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Sep 13 2013

John Day- Movie Review


John Day posterJohn Day looked extremely interesting when I saw the trailer and of course Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda have the biggest part to play in that. Well, I should have just stuck to the trailer. Here’s why.

John Day’s (Naseeruddin Shah) daughter lies to her parents to go to a romantic forest outing with her boyfriend but dies mysteriously. Two years later, Day’s wife (Shernaz Patel) is attacked at their home, again mysteriously and she goes into coma soon after. At the same time, the bank he’s a manager of is robbed leaving behind a file which has information about the same place his daughter was murdered. This affects John Day to a great extent and from there starts his journey to find the murderer of his daughter and justice for his wife. Randeep Hooda plays a corrupt and a violent cop (so scary that he bites off people’s ears and breaks heads with thick sticks lying around!) who’s had a seriously damaging past that affects him and people in his present. He’s involved in this situation too. Sigh!

The first half was very interesting and gripping. I liked the pace and the way things were going. But the moment the second half started, things started getting extremely complicated and difficult to understand the point. Make a dark film with thrills, understandable. Make a dark film with too many things happening and not getting to the point can be a waste of time. In this case, I was getting impatient for the film to end because of so much going on. Ahishor Solomon (debutant director) got too carried away trying to make his movie as thrilling and intense as he could. The screenplay went a bit haywire. The cinematography by Prakash Kutty is good, especially the scenes where natural light is used. Nice locations and realistic setting.

Superb background music by Sandeep Chowta as usual. There are lots of scenes in which all you can hear is the sound of the cigarette burning while Randeep Hooda takes a drag. It takes courage to have so much silence in a film. It’s a good thing there’s no music in the film because without it too, it gets quite a bit.

The performances are the saving grace of the film. Randeep Hooda and Naseeruddin Shah are both brilliant actors. They are effortless and natural in their acting.  Even though Naseeruddin Shah has the whole film named after his character, I think Randeep Hooda is outstanding in the film. His performance is top notch and his good looks don’t come in the way of that. Shernaz Patel is a great actress too and so motherly that you instantly feel for her. Elena Kazan who plays Randeep Hooda’s girlfriend has a strange accent but acts well. Sharat Saxena and Makarand Deshpande too are actors of another level.

As a thriller, John Day is a big let down. I saw ‘Horror Story’ on the same day and trust me I enjoyed that more!  So yeah, if it weren’t for the performances, I would not have liked the film at all.

Rating– 2/5


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Jan 13 2012

4084- Movie Review


Superb acting, especially by Atul Kulkarni and Kay Kay Menon, good build up of story, some really funny dialogues but a movie guys will enjoy watching more than girls!

Rating- 2.5/5

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Dec 2 2011

The Dirty Picture- Movie Review


When I heard that ‘The Dirty Picture’ is based on Silk Smitha’s life, I quickly did a Google search and found out that she had done a small role in the movie ‘Sadma’ with Kamal Hasan and she looked extremely horny and weird. Why would anyone make a movie about Silk Smitha and why would Vidya Balan put on so much weight for a movie?! Read on.

The Dirty Picture is about Silk Smitha’s life. Reshma (Vidya Balan) runs away from home searching for work that will make her rich and famous. As luck would have it, even with her simple looks, she manages to get a song in a movie. People don’t like the movie, but when they see her sensuous moves and kaatil adaayein, she becomes the most wanted girl and everyone wants to sign her in their films. From Reshma, she becomes Silk and men love her, want her and can’t get enough of her. But is there anything besides money and fame in her life?

Ekta Kapoor knows what works and what doesn’t. She’s made a smart move and created a film that will be remembered not only for Vidya Balan’s acting and passion to be the character she plays, but everything about the movie replicates a person’s life we knew nothing about. To me that is a big deal. The story is very well played out and each character is well defined. The dialogues are superb and I love the way everything from the 80s ka setting to the costumes to the songs look so real and suit the time she lived in. The whole crew and especially the director Milan Luthria have done a damn good job!

Vidya Balan is the star of the show, undoubtedly! I can’t imagine any actress who’d put on 12 kgs for a movie, jeopardizing her film career. She deserves a standing ovation and hats off to her for pulling it off so beautifully! She looks fantastic even though she has an ugly paunch in the movie and acts effortlessly! RESPECT! She can probably be called the female Aamir Khan in Bollywood who does films because they mean something and not just to make money or whatever other reasons other actors have. She definitely deserves all the awards this year! Naseeruddin Shah might be old but does such a good job that you’d feel no one else would match up to him for the part of Surya. Tusshar Kapoor plays a lallu in the movie and luckily didn’t have a big role so he was quite ok. Emraan Hashmi has acted decently but his voice is quite irritating and monotonous!

The movie has only 3 songs out of which Ooh Lala is just too good and I can’t stop dancing everytime I listen to it thanks to Bappi Lahiri. Even Ishq Sufiyana is lovely.

The Dirty Picture is one of the best movies of 2011 and I totally recommend it! Go watch it in a single screen theatre to really enjoy it! Superb hai boss!

Rating– 4/5



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Sep 2 2011

That girl in yellow boots- Movie Review


You know, I didn’t even have to think twice about watching this movie for 2 reasons- Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin. So how was it?

Well, the girl in yellow boots, Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) is in search of her father in India who left her family when she was very young. She works as a masseuse in a shady massage parlour called Aspaspa where she also gives hand jobs to earn that extra amount of money to survive in a city like Mumbai. She has a boyfriend who’s a drug addict and all he wants to do is sleep with her but all she wants is to feel loved. Does she find her father in this chaos and manage to truly be loved?

Anurag Kashyap is back with another story that’s different and yet manages to be very relatable. The setting, dialogues, characters are all very real. The build up of the story is great narrowing down to an interesting thriller towards the end. Not a minute was boring in the movie. I also liked the opening song they play… very beautiful.

I love Kalki Koechlin. I think she’s good without putting in any effort of acting at all. She convinces you that she is a real character, living in that dirty house, serving those filthy clients, looking for a person whom she can call her own in a city that’s got its own shit happening.

So, in short, ‘That girl in yellow boots’ is a good movie to watch this weekend. Well done Anurag Kashyap and Kalki!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Feb 18 2011

7 Khoon Maaf- Movie Review


Darrrrrling! I just had to watch this movie and I’m so glad I did! Some of you might wonder why and some of you just think I like every movie that comes out! Ummm…the latter ones, you just don’t know me at all!

So the movie is based on a novel called Susanna’s Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond. Priyanka Chopra, the woman in question marries and then kills 7 men (actually 6) due to different reasons.

In one word, to me it was interesting. Movies like this are not made often. Vishal Bhardwaj has taken up a great concept and tried his level best to make something different and intriguing. I like movies that make you think after they’re over. This one did that for me. Questions like ‘Why didn’t she just divorce them instead of kill?’, ‘How did she get away with all the murders?’, ‘The men, or even her didn’t have families?’ etc.  The climax of the film also left many questions unanswered in my head. For me, that’s a win!

Ok coming to the other things. Priyanka Chopra looks lovely in the first half of the film but who the hell did her make up in the second half?! She looks bad and for the first time I think she looks really ugly! Her make-up artist screwed up big time!  I also thought she didn’t have much acting to do. The male actors hardly had a role since it was about Susanna but I think they all contributed well to all the stories in the movie. The music is superb! I love all the tracks. I also really liked the way they did up the main house. Very good art direction!

Yes, it does have its shortcomings and it’s not a movie everyone can handle, but 7 Khoon Maaf was good according to me and I enjoyed the experience.

Rating– 3/5

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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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