Jan 8 2016

Wazir- Movie Review

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wazir movie posterWhat happens when you put Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar together? Either they both sing in their unconventional- singer voices or both completely engross you with their acting skills and take you with them on an interesting journey. I feel lucky to have experienced both in the film Wazir. Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Danish (Farhan Akhtar), an ATS officer loses his four year old daughter Noorie while trying to fight a terrorist. This makes him so angry and driven that he single handedly kills the terrorist in a shoot out. This step makes him lose his job and he is suspended. A chance meeting with a physically challenged, retired chess champion Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) makes him realize that there’s a politician involved in terrorist activities and he must be finished.

The Good– Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi are the true heroes here. They’ve written a top notch screenplay that works well in director Bejoy Nambiar’s favour.  Fast paced and thrilling, Wazir will not bore you one bit in spite of the underlying sadness in the characters that is with you throughout. Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar play a huge role in accomplishing that. Aditi Rao Hydari, despite her small role shines through. Neil Nitin Mukesh is getting better and more convincing with every film as the bad guy. The music in the film is nice and hummable. I came back home to listen to ‘Tere bin’ by Shantanu Moitra, sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal in their soulful voices.

The Not-so-Good– The chess bit might just be overdone a bit more than my liking. Apart from that, there’s not much that I think was not that good except for maybe that the second half of the film is slightly slow compared to the first half.

Verdict– Wazir is a good thriller that has some incredible performances. Go watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Nov 12 2015

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo- Movie Review

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prdp-posterI had been seeing every single ‘Dubsmash’ of the much awaited Salman-Sonam starrer ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ since about a month and it only made me more and more curious to know how it would be as a film. Salman Khan of course was my biggest reasons but Sonam Kapoor definitely made her presence felt with all the social media posts everyday with regards to her outfits and all the promotions that the duo were doing.

Plot in short-Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) belongs to a Royal family with an evil brother and the CEO (Armaan Kohli) who want to kill him and two step sisters who are not in talking terms with him because they think he wants to rule with all the wealth from his ancestors. His manager (Anupam Kher) somehow saves him and has doctors attending to him 24/7 so he can attend his coronation ceremony with his Bride-to-be Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) in four days. In Ayodhya, Prem Dilwale, who looks exactly like Prince Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) is a small time actor who does Ram Leela shows for a living. Not knowing if Prince Vijay would be able well enough to attend his coronation ceremony, he requests Prem Dilwale to pretend to be Prince Vijay for those four days until Princess Maithili is with them. Turns out that Prem and Maithilee fall in love and the family comes together as one. What happens to the Vijay then? D’oh! The film’s title is only ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ so that would be an easy guess.

The Good– Salman Khan is the biggest reason to watch this film and I would totally watch it again. It’s so nice to see him in movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sooraj Barjatya films like these where he plays the kind of person you want to marry. I wont deny that Sooraj Barjatya went a little overboard with trying too hard to instill good values and old school romance but we’ll come to that a bit later. What I really like about the film is that human emotions are shown in the most simple, pure form, not sliding towards ‘just- an- adult- audience’ to get eyeballs. The sets and styling add to the grandeur of the film. I also thought Sonam Kapoor was not that bad compared to her previous really bad performances. Anupam Kher, Armaan Mallik, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Swara Bhaskara are all a great support to the film.

The Not-so-good– Sooraj Barjatya has great intentions but he has forgotten that an audience in the 21st century is watching his film. The story is kacha and the characters are not sketched out properly, leaving a very incomplete-ish, half-hearted story that could have been written better. The screenplay is all over the place, especially in the first half where you’re like what the hell am I watching and from which generation! It’s a little too corny and most people, who are not Salman Khan or Sooraj Barjatya fans, will wait to run out of the theatre! The visual effects are quite amateurish; especially the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ parts. The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not appealing at all. I’m surprised I was actually waiting for the title song to play till the end because all the other songs were so stupid and unnecessary. Not that I love the title track but it’s an example to tell you how bad the other songs were. So yes, quite a few flaws in a film that also has a very funny title.

Verdict– Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is not the kind of film most people would like but if you’re a Salman Khan fan and also a Sooraj Barjatya fan, you wont mind sitting through the entire film and even get teary eyed. I did, multiple times.

Rating– 3/5

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Jun 21 2013

Shortcut Romeo- Movie Review

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Shortcut Romeo posterGoing to watch a movie knowing it’s going to be stupid is kind of fun by itself but not when you have to go alone to a multiplex and spend 300 bucks on it! Ouch! Here’s my take on Neil Nitin Mukesh’s Thromance (Thriller-Romance) film Shortcut Romeo.

Suraj (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is a brat who steals and fleeces people to live a rich life without having to work for it. After getting thrown out of his house, he lands up at his uncle’s place in Mumbai. On a random day he discovers two a Golf Course where he records a video of a rich lady (Ameesha Patel) and an instructor making love. In order to make quick bucks, he threatens Ameesha Patel to let him use her money freely as and when he likes. Things change for the worse when he’s with his friends in South Africa and realises she’s not an easy person to mess with.

I want to know what director Susi Ganesh was thinking! I would say that broadly the concept is interesting and with a little more attention to the story and screenplay, a good thriller could have been made. But there are too many things that make it a blunder film. The screenplay with its many twists and turns is all over the place. There is no flow or smooth transition from one scene to the next. It seems disjointed and amateurish. There are so many shots with a chroma screen behind that you can literally see how fake the set up is. The cinematography by N.K. Ekambram is brilliant but only in the scenes shot in South Africa.  Neil Nitin Mukesh is more like “Needs-a-haircut-Romeo”. Ameesha Patel looks good but poor thing had to do most of her scenes in a terrace-sized balcony. Superb locations in South Africa and gorgeous indoor sets otherwise!

The background score is fantastic! Do not miss the horse background sound at the time when NNM is chased by gundas at a racecourse and he tires them out by running almost 5 laps before the action begins. Pointless? Haha! The music by Himesh Reshammiya is catchy but forgettable. Again, the random flow of events with songs added in the middle spoil whatever interest level Mr. Susi tries to create.

Neil Nitin Mukesh’s performance is ok. He’s just not there yet. Ameesha Patel looks very good but I wish she could act that well too. She has the potential and I think she’d do great at negative roles. Puja Gupta looks hot in the first half and ok in the second. She can barely act. Vrajesh Hirjee is annoying and he just made the film ten times worse with his presence!

Shortcut Romeo is far from entertaining. Waste of money and time!

Rating– 2/5

 

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Jan 6 2012

Players- Movie Review

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Painfully long but entertaining and well shot with pakao music by Pritam and Neil Nitin Mukesh’s best performance yet!

Rating- 3/5

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Feb 18 2011

7 Khoon Maaf- Movie Review

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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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Aug 20 2010

Lafangey Parindey- Movie Review

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I don’t understand why this movie needed to be called ‘Lafangey Parindey’! Is Yash Raj trying to go the Vishal Bhardwaj way? If yes, this movie is so not the type!

From the promos we understand that Neil Nitin Mukesh (NNM) is a fighter and Deepika Padukone (DP) is blind and she skates. Theek hai.  When you watch the movie, you’ll see that DP can actually see. Then there’s this “suspense” reason why she loses her eyesight. Now this suspense reason is not highlighted well. I guessed it from the beginning only. I’m not going to tell you the story or it will spoil a suspense you might not guess!

Neil Nitin Mukesh & Deepika Padukone in a film together is a big no-no! There is no chemistry at all! In fact, the kiss at the end was not even necessary. It didn’t show any chemistry either! DP is too stiff and even though she repeats her clothes so many times, her Reebok shoes do not make her appear poor at any cost! NNM is average as an actor and doesn’t look anything like a “Bambaiya” who stays in a chawl-ish area. I was reminded of the movie Rangeela where Aamir Khan and Urmila Matondkar share that kind of relationship as friends. But in this movie, it just looks completely fake! Story as I said lacked masala… it was bland. With whatever the director got, he’s directed it in a way that you can’t hate the movie completely.

The music is ok but the songs ‘Dhatad Dhatad’ and ‘Main lafanga’ stand out. They’re quite nice.

Overall, Lafangey Parindey for me was very ok. Lacked the spark!

Rating– 2.5/5

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