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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Aug 2 2013

Rabba Main Kya Karoon- Movie Review


Rabba-Main-Kya-Karoon-Movie-PosterWe’ve seen too many Rom-Coms about extra-marital affairs in the recent past and Rabba Main Kya Karoon is no different. So what’s the point in watching it? I asked myself the same question when I walked out after the movie. Well, here’s what I thought of it.

Akash Chopra and Tahira Kochar who have been in love for many years are all set to get married until Akash’s brother Arshad Warsi comes into the picture and draws Akash’s attention to ‘hormones’ that haven’t been activated yet. As the days come closer, Akash starts to realise what he’s been missing out on all these years because he’s never been single. Will he be able to stay faithful to his going-to-be-wife?

Director Amrit Sagar could have said that he was making a film inspired by ‘Masti’, ‘Biwi no.1’, ‘Shaadi no.1’, etc. because this film lacks all originality. The story is predictable and so overdone that it would be nicer to turn back to those movies to get entertained instead. The dialogues aren’t too funny and the screenplay is a bit of a drag. The editor probably got bored watching the film over and over again while editing and thought it better to go back to sleep.

The styling of all the actresses is done very well. The art direction is good. The cinematographer has captured the visuals beautifully on his camera. The music is average. The background score goes well with the film luckily.

Coming to the performances… Newcomers Akash Chopra and Tahira Kochar are not bad at all acting-wise but chemistry lacks between them. Akash Chopra is a decent actor but not your typical Bollywood hero. Tahira Kochar looks lovely and acts well too. Arshad Warsi as usual is superb! I really wish we could see him more often in films. Paresh Rawal doesn’t have a major role but is still fun to watch. Shakti Kapoor is alright. Tinu Anand barely has dialogues but is still fun to watch. Riya Sen’s acting has improved ten folds.

Rabba Main Kya Karoon is a mixture of several films related to the concept of cheating in marriage. There may not be any kissing scenes, violence and abuses as this is supposed to be a family entertainer but it disappoints where originality is concerned and very little attention is given to the story and screenplay which are the most important factors to make a good film.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Apr 7 2013

Himmatwala- Movie Review


Himmatwala posterI had heard only bad things about Himmatwala and sadly didn’t even have company to go watch it in a theatre. The only thing I was wondering was if it really was that bad. I just had to watch it and see what went so wrong. Thankfully my brother got it for me and I could watch it at home. Here’s what I thought of it.

Ajay Devgan plays Himmatwala- a tough man who fights (physically) for women and children’s rights. At a young age when he lost his father, he was made to run away from the village but something makes him go back to his village to avenge his father’s death and that’s when he meets his old mother and sister who because of an asshole of a village landlord need to shift into a hut outside the village.

Sajid Khan’s films right from Heyy Babyy have always been about making people laugh at the corniest of jokes and childish humour which not everyone can digest and have patience watching. I love masala movies which have a bit of everything; and for me, Himmatwala is no different. If you’ve grown up watching films from the 80s and 90s where Kader Khan is always talking to the audience more than the characters in the film, saying the corniest of phrases or for that matter where the hero is a heavyweight champion and in this case, can lift an entire bullock cart without the bull and fling it at the gundas. It’s also the kind of film where the hero saves atleast one woman, preferably a sister from being raped.

Sajid Khan hasn’t made a mockery of the films from the 90s but has made exactly the kind of film that you’ve already seen during your growing up years. Most of it makes no bloody sense but the punches (comedy) and punches (with a fist) all add entertainment value for those who don’t mind stupid humour. I felt like I was back to the 90s man! I cracked up at the ridiculous cheesy dialogues, the over-the-top action, Paresh Rawal’s outrageous hairstyle, the sets and the whole idea of there being a ‘Himmatwala’.

Ajay Devgan as Himmatwala didn’t work much even though the tough guy look suits him. But if Salman Khan was doing that part, he would kill it and the movie would be a super duper hit for sure! Paresh Rawal with all his antics was hilarious and reminded me of Kader Khan. Tamannaah, the new actress looked pretty and acted ok but doesn’t quite fit the bill of a Bollywood actress, especially with a film like Himmatwala. Mahesh Manjrekar was superb!

The music in the film is unoriginal and hence, no comments. The Dhokha song was quite bad. The ‘Naino mein sapna’ song had everything it required except for the right actors to dance to it. Somehow Ajay Devgan doing those lame steps makes it look even lamer. Even ‘Taki re Taki’ doesn’t do much.

I enjoyed watching ‘Himmatwala’ and you can judge me or call me crazy for liking senseless movies but I’ll be honest and say that if it comes on Tv, I will watch it, just like I’d watch a ‘Biwi ho toh aisi’ or any of those typically 90s ka movies.

Rating– 3/5


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Jan 4 2013

Table No.21- Movie Review


Gripping, interesting story with a powerful message shot at beautiful locations with good performances by Paresh Rawal , Rajeev Khandelwal and Tena Desae.

Rating- 3.5/5


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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012


Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.


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Dec 7 2012

Khiladi 786- Movie Review


Non-existent story, bad screenplay and direction, decent performances and styling, good background score and a waste of a ‘Khiladi’ movie; but then, what did you expect?

Rating- 2/5

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Sep 28 2012

Oh My God! – Movie Review


OMG! Surprise Surprise!

So, Kanjilal Mehta is an atheist who lives life on his own terms. He owns an antique shop in Chor bazaar and fools people into buying God’s statues for a heavy price. Things change when his shop is the only one destroyed by an earthquake. To claim money for the damage, he approaches an insurance company which blatantly refuses saying its an act of God. Now his only way to get the money is to fight a case with God himself.

So, the film Oh My God is based on the famous Gujarati play- Kanji Viruddh Kanji. The director Ashvini Yardi has done a good job with it thanks to the powerful script and screenplay. You wont expect it to be that good but it is, surprisingly. The second half is very good. There is substance in the story and that’s what entertains you throughout without getting bored. The social message also comes across well.

Paresh Rawal as an actor is brilliant! He’s a natural and completely effortless in playing his character. Akshay Kumar also has acted well. His role sounds and looks very corny but he’s convincing enough to look the part (Krishna bhagwan). I also thought Mithun Chakraborthy was fantastic! He barely had dialogues and conveyed alot through his eyes and expressions. All the other actors are also very good.

The good part is that there aren’t any songs in the movie apart from ‘Go Go Govinda’ which is a fun track with Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhudeva.

Overall, OMG Oh My God is a good film. It was surpringly entertaining and fun to watch!

Rating– 3.5/5


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Mar 2 2012

Will you marry me? – Movie Review


Things that stand out in the film- Rajeev Khandelwal’s outrageous hair and the fact that he acted in a movie like this, Muzammil Ibrahim’s killer body, Shreyas Talpade’s bathroom scene, Paresh Rawal (the only one who was just superb), bad screenplay and dialogues, horrible music, Celina Jaitley’s fakeness, Mugdha Godse’s styling and the fact that a movie like this made it to the theatres!

Rating- 1.5/5

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Jun 9 2011

Ready- Movie Review


I was in Goa when Salman Khan starrer Ready released and I had to wait until I got back so I could go watch it. So yeah, I saw it 5 days after its release. Was it worth the wait?

The story is something like this- Asin (Sanjana) has two evil maamas (do not get along) who want to get her ancestral wealth of 200 crores. Salman (Prem) is the hero and so he jumps to rescue her from their evilness and gets them on the right path. Lots of masala and dhamaal happens in between all of that.

I love stupid, senseless and corny movies meaning movies for the masses and can watch them again and again if they’re really funny. For Ready, unfortunately, I can’t say the same. The story is nothing to brag about so leaving that aside, although I love Salman Khan to death and the main reason to watch this movie was him, I must say that the dialogues were very sad, the jokes or rather pjs were old and as a movie Ready could have been so much better!

Asin is a good actress but somehow I just feel that she and Salman don’t look good together. They just looked odd, you know what I mean? She just doesn’t go with the whole commercial film image. On the other hand, Salman Khan is Salman Khan. He’s just something else. With no air about himself he’s just himself even while acting and most Salman fans will agree that that’s what makes him Salman Khan and that’s why we love him. I just felt that he should have had more action scenes ‘cause those were the best scenes in the movie. I also felt Aarya Babbar who has a very small role really cracked me up with his expressions, especially in the action scene where the crab bites his butt! Mahesh Manjrekar was very annoying!

I admit that some dialogues were really funny but most were not. I also thought that the songs were ok except for Dhinka Chika and Character Dheela. They obviously did not have any connection with what was happening in the film and were just ghusaaod anywhere but a lot of masala films are like that so I wont single this one out in that department!

Overall, Ready was disappointing and very ok. If I had to compare, I’d say Dabangg was more entertaining than this. Watch it if you’re a Salman Khan fan!

Rating– 2.5/5

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