Dec 4 2010

Phas Gaye Re Obama- Movie Review


I had to take a pick between watching Deepika Padukone act and a movie I wasn’t expecting much from. I chose the latter and so, I went for Phas gaye re Obama.

Rajat Kapoor plays a NRI in New York who is struck by recession and hence comes to India to sell his ancestral property in some village. He comes across crazy gundas with a hierarchy obviously leading to a politician. The movie is basically about how he gets out of the mess and returns home to his family.

So… The first half was kinda boring. The story is good and interesting but the dialogues and direction lack big time! There might be some dialogues that were really funny because there were these 2 mad guys sitting next to me who laughed at everything but in general, the entertainment quotient was a little less. The second half was still better. They’ve tried to make the setting look very real but it seems a little pointless because the dialogues and big city- accent don’t match the setting.

As an actor I’ve always thought Rajat Kapoor is slightly dull and a little too subtle in his acting. He to me, just didn’t suit the role. Neha Dhupia who plays the role of a gundi tried really hard but unfortunately she didn’t sound or look like one! Amol Gupte, Manu Rishi and Sanjay Mishra were really good. They delivered what they were meant to.  Luckily there were no songs in the movie!

Overall, the movie is ok and can be watched at home. No need to go to the theatre.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Nov 10 2010

Action Replayy- Movie Review


To be very honest, I thought this movie would be awesome because it not only looked different but also because of the whole 70s theme. Lekin… itna disappointing it was! Haaaayye!

Action Replayy is supposed to be a light-hearted comedy about Kishan and Mala who’ve had a bad marriage since 35 years and their son Bunty tries to make it right by going back to the 70s when they first met and solves all the problems.

Getting down to what I thought about the movie… The story was lifted from a Gujarati play called Action Replay and before that a Hollywood movie called Back to the Future so there’s nothing mahaan about the story. I barely found myself feeling connected to the story in any way and rarely laughed at a “supposed-to-be” funny scene.

The setting is great though! The set designer and art director should be given due credit for making the setting look so real and colourful. It’s not an easy job so, kudos!

I wouldn’t say the same about the costumes, acting and everything else. Akshay Kumar looks like ulti and was even a little annoying with the bunny teeth and ugly glasses. I didn’t wanna look at him at all, forget the lallu boy acting. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks beautiful and I think she’s looking prettier by the day! Even as an old woman, she looked gorgeous!  She’s done a decent job actingwise. Aditya Roy Kapoor was good and Rannvijay Singh Singha was ok… they deserve a movie which brings out their real talent!

The music by Pritam is very ok except for 2 songs. ‘Zor ka jhatka’ is a great number and I toh start dancing only whenever I hear it! The song ‘Nakhre’ is perfect for the 70s and is pretty good too.

So, Action Replayy didn’t really work for me. It was well below average.

Rating– 1.5/5

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