Feb 7 2014

Hasee Toh Phasee- Movie Review


hasee-toh-phasee-movie-posterHasee toh Phasee is not your typical romantic comedy! But then, we all know that Parineeti Chopra does not do the typical Bollywood films! Anyway, here’s my review.

Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) is in a committed relationship with Karishma (Adah Sharma). They are engaged to get married but it’s more of conditional love than actual love between the two. And then he meets Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), Karishma’s sister who had fought and run away from home 7 years back and has now returned for her sister’s wedding. She’s a bit strange and he’s stuck in his current personal life and professional life scenario. Can Nikhil find his true identity in a relationship? Can Meeta sort herself out and start expressing herself better?

Director Vinil Matthew has made an unpretentious, refreshingly different and youthful romantic flick that surprises you and entertains you at the same time. The screenplay is slightly slow in parts and could have been better but well written nonetheless. The kind of humour you will find is situational more than slapstick and you will find yourself giggling from time to time. I like that. Also, the characters have certain traits that are different from the usual heroes and heroines we see in our films. I like that the emotional moments aren’t given the melodramatic treatment. They’re subtle and have their own identity which is cool.

The look of the film is great. I love the way the camera takes us into their lives showing not a glossy but a very natural and beautiful picture. Siddharth Malhotra’s brown eyes made me want to stare at them forever! The styling is simple and fits the characters well. I like that Parineeti’s look was not glamourous at all and that like the rest of us, she repeats her clothes.

The background score is apt and the music by Vishal & Shekhar is decent. I like the songs ‘Zehnaseeb’ and ‘Manchala’. I also love Ishq Bulava…It’s been sung really well.

Parineeti Chopra is the definite hero of the film. She’s just superb in her acting and dialogue delivery. Her stoned expressions, the ease with which she says really difficult lines, her simplicity and casual demeanour all speak volumes for her. She’s got no pretence whatsoever and makes every scene worth watching. Now, Siddharth Malhotra is totally drool-worthy! He’s unpretentiously hot and mysterious. There’s something about him! You know what I mean? Anyway, about his performance, well, he’s alright. He’s a bit ‘thanda’ as a performer. Adah Sharma looks pretty and convinces as the difficult girlfriend even though her features don’t make her look so. Manoj Joshi as the father is brilliant throughout. Acting comes to him naturally and he’s just right with the way he expresses. Sharat Saxena, Sameer Khakhar and all the other supporting actors have done a good job.

Overall, Hasee toh Phasee as a title may not suit the film but if you’re looking to watch an unconventional romantic comedy, watch this one.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Sep 6 2013

Shuddh Desi Romance- Movie Review


shuddh-desi-romance-2013-movie-posterSo, Shuddh Desi Romance probably wasn’t exactly ‘shuddh’. Now, was it worth it is the question. You’ll get your answer soon. Read on.

A shy young boy Raghuram (Sushant Singh Rajput) jumps into the decision of his life- marriage, only to be the ‘Runaway Bridegroom’. Reason? On his way to the wedding, he meets Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) who’s got that something to make his heart beat faster. A couple of weeks later they meet again only to realise that they’re attracted to each other and there’s there’s an unsaid chemistry between them.  So on a drunken night they decide to marry. Now this time, Gayatri’s got the wedding butterflies and she runs away. A few days later Raghu meets the girl he was to marry first (Vaani Kapoor) and decides to give their incomplete story a second chance.

Here’s a story that talks about how scary a marriage can be. To be in the spotlight, be judged, greet and meet hundreds of people you’ve not met before, being with someone you barely know, the scary word ‘commitment’ are all reasons to make you run away. This feeling is so common with us today that the concept makes complete sense. Director Maneesh Sharma has beautifully told us the story that is not only fun to watch but also seems so real. In many ways it reminded me of Band Baaja Baaraat and yet this one is entirely different. The story by Jaideep Sahni is very well written, sometimes getting a little repetitive but still very enjoyable and different. I wish it was edited better in the second half though. There are some really simple and subtle moments even in the loudness that make the film so endearing.

Being a Yashraj film there are gorgeous colours captured very well with cinematographer Manu Anand’s lens and Rashmi Sethi’s skillful art direction. The costumes and sets are very today and suit the characters. The music by Sachin-Jigar is not bad at all. I love the songs ‘Tere mere beech mein’ and ‘Gulabi’. Great background score too.

I’d like to specifically mention the casting director for this film. Shanoo Sharma has perfectly cast all the characters. Parineeti Chopra is full of life and adds so much by just being there. She’s a natural and has no pretence or ‘typical heroine nakhras’. Co-actor Sushant Singh Rajput who reminds me of Ranveer Singh in this film is fantastic! I loved him in Kai Po Che and he’s too good in Shuddh Desi Romance too. There’s great chemistry between them. Newcomer Vaani Kapoor is unconventional in her own way and yet likable. In fact, all three characters have this effortless chemistry throughout the film. Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as usual and delivers a good performance.

Shuddh Desi Romance is a fresh film. It’s fun, different and crazy in its own way. Watch it for the quirky screenplay, natural and effortless performances and because it’s totally relatable with the youth of today.

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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May 11 2012

Ishaqzaade- Movie Review


I’d only seen the ‘Pareshan’ song and Parineeti Chopra’s superb performance in ‘Ladies vs Ricky Behl’ before the release of ‘Ishaqzaade’. I didn’t have any idea what the movie was about but it had a very raw feel to it which didn’t look very appealing to be honest.  Now that I went to watch it, here’s my review of it.

Story in short? Parma (Hindu boy) and Zoya (Muslim girl) belong to a small town called Almor where everyone has guns and politics plays a huge role. Both their fathers are politicians and hate each other and so by default, so do Parma and Zoya. In a turn of events, they get married and then things get pretty messed up for them.

To start with, the performances were superb! Parineeti Chopra is a supremely talented actress, very natural and full of life. I loved her in the movie and she totally stole the show! Arjun Kapoor is good too and has a very raw look which is appealing somehow. Together they have great chemistry that makes every scene with them a treat to watch.

Except for the first half an hour when I was wondering why I went for the movie, I was gripped throughout. But then it only got better. In fact, it picked up pace just a little before the interval. Other than that, superb direction, editing and dialogues, realistic setting, costumes and make-up, outstanding performances by both Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor and average music by Amit Trivedi.

To me, it was like another Romeo & Juliet, with quite a bit of violence but charming in its own way. I really liked it and totally recommend it!

Rating– 3.5/5

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