May 23 2014

Heropanti- Movie Review


A masala movie that works because of Kriti Sanon’s acting skills and beautiful screen presence, Prakash Raj’s brilliant performance and Tiger Shroff’s stunts and dance moves.

Rating- 3/5

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Nov 23 2013

Singh Saab The Great- Movie Review


Singh Saab The Great PosterSunny Deol is by far the laziest action hero because he only uses his hands and eyes! His action scenes in Singh Saab The Great prove it! Now, of course there’s more to say about the movie so read on.

Sunny Deol plays Singh Saab, a collector who fights for people’s rights and isn’t afraid to use his ‘teen kilo ke haath’to break their heads. Everything is hale and hearty until a News reporter (Armita Rao) comes into the scene and reveals that Singh Saab is not Singh Saab after all and has a past where he a jail history of 7 years. Bhoodev (Prakash Raj) is the reason for that. So instead of ‘badla’, Singh Saab chooses the path of ‘badlav’ to settle scores.

The story by Shaktimaan is alright. To make it interesting, the screenplay and direction go hand in hand along with several other factors. Director Anil Sharma has tried to make it as melodramatic as possible with some really well choreographed action scenes. The vibe is right. You can see various emotions swinging through from one character to the other and that is the power of good actors and the director who make it happen with some really corny dialogues that the Sunny fans will love. The cinematography by S.Gopinath is beautiful and all the moments are captured beautifully, especially the last action sequence.

The background score by Monty Sharma is fantastic! It adds drama and goes very well with the pace of the film. I would however wish that there were fewer songs. Except for the title track I didn’t think the music by Sonu Nigam and Anand Raj Anand was that great. The item number was not needed and neither were the other songs.

Sunny Deol was last seen in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 which was not a typical Sunny Deol film. Singh Saab The Great definitely is and goes well with the kind of intensity and persona Sunny Deol radiates on screen. You can’t deny the screen presence and charm he has and even with that, he comes across as a good human being. Debutant actress Urvashi Rautela who plays his wife is not bad. She’s a decent actress that way. I thought Anjali Abrol was very good though. She looks good and has it in her to be a really good actress. Amrita Rao as a journalist looks like she’s trying too hard. She’s not too convincing. Prakash Raj as the villain is superb, yet again but doesn’t do what he did in Singham. This role isn’t meaty enough like that. Johnny Lever as far as I remember used to do comedy. Well, in Singh Saab he’s just an extra and makes no difference by being there in the film. Ouch! Sad but true!

As a film, Singh Saab The Great is surprisingly not bad at all just that it’s an hour too long so a little work in the edit department would have helped a great deal. This one’s for all the Sunny Deol fans!

Rating– 2.5/5

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Nov 15 2013

Rajjo- Movie Review


rajjo-movie-posterRajjo’s tagline is ‘A film for the masses and classes’. Ummmm so yeah, I went to watch that, obviously not expecting much and here’s what I thought.

A young boy Chandu (Paras Arora) falls in love with Rajjo (Kangana Ranaut) a woman whose life has always been a struggle and in order to make a living, she dances and works in the kotha. Things change when she starts developing feelings for him too and they decide to run away and get married. Sadly, Chandu’s parents reject her because of her past. A politician Handa (Prakash Raj) desires Rajjo and tries separating the couple. Will Rajjo be strong enough to withstand all the pressures and troubles to be love and respected by her one and only?

Director Vishwas Patil belongs to another century. Like seriously! What in the world was he thinking?! The story is outdated and with that so is his film making style. The screenplay is also written shabbily not doing much for the weak plot. I wish there was more substance and less sleaziness. I’m sure the half filled theatre was there only to see “those” scenes which don’t exist (so sad!). Also the item numbers don’t do much. Kangana Ranaut doesn’t titillate the audience as much as a Katrina Kaif or Kareena Kapoor would. The styling and look is tacky even with decent camera work by Binod Pradhan. There are no dialogues for impact. In fact, I remember being distracted for about ten minutes with my phone and when I looked at the screen, I was as disinterested as I was before those ten minutes. The editor didn’t do his job properly or maybe it was director Vishwas Patil who felt every scene was important.

It was really sad to see a bunch of talented actors having to act in this movie. Prakash Raj for one who I think is brilliant is a waste in this film. They could have taken any other B grade actor for his role. Kangana Ranaut looks very pretty and all of that but I think she had a better role in Krrish 3 instead! In Rajjo she’s just ok. Mahesh Manjrekar as a eunuch is superb though. He’s effortless in his performance. Newcomer Paras Arora is a decent actor but fails to make a difference to the already drab film. All the other supporting actors are not bad but the weak script and poor direction brings out the worst in them.

On the whole, Rajjo fails miserably and with that Kangana Ranaut must realise that she must choose her films wisely if she wants to stick around in Bollywood. So going against the tagline I’d just like to say that this film is neither for the masses nor classes. Do NOT watch it!

Rating– 1/5


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Sep 6 2013

Zanjeer- Movie Review


zanjeer-posterZanjeer was a film I was so not excited to watch. From the trailer it looked quite bad and Ram Charan and Priyanka Chopra somehow look extremely odd together. But then it’s a remake of the film that made Amitabh Bachchan a star. I just had to watch it to see if this new one was any good.

Vijay Khanna (Ram Charan) is an ACP and an extremely serious cop who gets transferred time and again because of the way he deals with the bad guys. He’s had a painful past where his parents got murdered when he was eight years old and ever since then he’s been looking for the killer. Mala (Priyanka Chopra), a NRI is in India for a friend’s wedding and she accidently witnesses a murder in a zone where something fishy is going on. Ever since the Oil Mafia Teja (Prakash Raj) finds out about this, he sends his men after her. Vijay comes to the rescue and gives her shelter in his house. He becomes friends with Sher Khan (Sanjay Dutt) who deals in illegal buying and selling of cars. Will they be able to beat Teja and find the killer of his parents?

Director Apoorva Lakhia tried his best to make a 2013 version of the superhit film Zanjeer that people loved. To be honest, after watching this, I want to see Zanjeer even more only to see what made it so good. The screenplay by Suresh Nair and dialogues by Chintan Gandhi leave no impact. For a genre like this I would have expected some really hard hitting dialogues. Also, the entire effort by the cast and crew seems half-hearted or like they were expecting it to be a flop film. The cinematography by Gururaj is excellent. He keeps pace with the various actions scenes and does a good job with his lens. The costumes and make up I felt were a bit over-the-top. It was totally unnecessary for Ram Charan to have such huge biceps and dress up like a stud half the time. I understand he’s the hero but dude! Seriously?!

The background score of the film is excellent! It brings in some energy to the film. The music by Meet Brothers, Chirantan Bhatt and Anand Raj Anand is very very bad. The movie could have been way better without them.

Coming to the performances… Ram Charan as an actor does not do justice to the role at all. Being fit and chiseled does not make one a good actor. He’s got this one expression throughout and looks like a robot. Priyanka Chopra is extra loud and seems more wanna-be-ish in this film than she has ever been in her acting career. This is probably one of her worst performances. Sanjay Dutt is good. I wouldn’t say he’s excellent but he convinces you as Sher Khan and looks intimidating. Prakash Raj with his comic-villain role is perfect. He’s just too good! Mahie Gill as Teja’s mistress is alright; a bit annoying at times. Atul Kulkarni has a small role but does it well.

I can say that Zanjeer 2013 was as per my expectations- quite bad. Looking at the story though I want to watch the old Zanjeer and then I’ll be able to really tell how bad this one is. Watch when it comes on TV.

Rating– 2.5/5


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Jul 12 2013

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Movie Review


bhaag_milkha_bhaag_posterVery rarely do you come across a film that is nearly flawless. When you see the trailer and songs of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, you would never expect it to be so good but it’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised now isn’t it?

The story is Milkha Singh’s. An athlete who’s struggle was not only about winning races but about overcoming his darkest nightmares and fears. His courage and willpower along with his coaches motivated him to such an extent that he’s known as ‘The Flying Sikh’ because of all the records he broke and all his achievements. The film also gives a huge account of his childhood days when he was separated from his family because of the India-Pak partition.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has made Rang De Basanti in the past and we already know how brilliant he is as a director. He chooses the most powerful stories and turns them into masterpieces. He did that with Rang De Basanti and now Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Yes, it is a lengthy film of 3 hours and 8 minutes and not everyone will think its ok to watch his love story and childhood story which take up so much time. However, if you’re making a biopic, there’s a lot to consider because as an audience you would want to know what made the person do certain things and if they had a connection with their past. Even a film like Titanic had a love story. The fact that its a period film means there are even more things to consider. For example the styling, the look and make up of all the characters and places. I did expect a bit more ‘vintage looking’ film though.

Prasoon Joshi has written the story and screenplay and I think he’s done a fabulous job!  From start to end, in spite of the length, the film is gripping and entertaining. There’s drama, there’s comedy, there’s action, romance, patriotism and so much more. The cinematography by Binod Pradhan is like visual poetry and beautifully done.

The background score is good. The music by Shankar Ehsaan & Loy goes well with the theme but the songs don’t stay with you for too long after the film. I liked ‘Mera yaar’ in particular though. Nice and refreshing. The song ‘O rangrez’ is sung beautifully by Javed Bashir and Shreya Ghoshal. ‘Angreza’ is well composed. The choreography of the songs also deserves a mention.

Farhan Akhtar has proved in the past that he’s an all rounder. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag only reiterates the fact that he’s a brilliant actor. Natural, subtle and powerful. He’s perfect for the role of Milkha Singh and it shows how hard he’s worked for the film in terms of the look and character. Pawan Malhotra and Divya Dutta as supporting actors deliver fantastic performances. They’re both superb! Even the little boy Jabtej Singh who played Milkha junior is good. Sonam Kapoor barely had any acting but she looked pretty and was not bad at all. Prakash Raj too has a small but fun role and as usual entertains. So basically, all the performances in the film are top notch.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a inspiring, entertaining and an amazing film. It might be a little lengthy but totally worth a watch. Farhan Akhtar’s best performance yet. Must see!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Jul 5 2013

Policegiri- Movie Review


Policegiri movie posterInspired by Dabangg, Singham and Rowdy Rathore and since ‘cop films’ are ‘in’ these days, looks like director K.S.Ravikumar wanted to remake his Tamil hit ‘Saamy’ to create a buzz using the Munnabhai star. Sanjay Dutt is in jail at the right time. Atleast he won’t have to face the media asking him questions about why he would do a film like Policegiri. Gah! Here’s my review.

Sanjay Dutt plays a badass Deputy Police Commissioner- Rudra who makes sure things are in order in the town where’s he posted. He beats up the bad guys for peace and harmony among the people but at the same time also takes bribes from illegal shop owners, smugglers, etc. as long as people are not harmed. He has a girlfriend (Prachi Desai) who is proud of him until she finds out about him taking bribes from politician Nagori (Prakash Raj) who does everything bad to be in the good eyes of people.

Imagine the kind of writing when you have a dialogue like “Born in Mumbai ‘bought up’ in India” (for those who know the difference between bought and brought) and Sanjay Dutt saying it so confidently. The story is so weak that the screenplay and dialogues can barely hold up. There are a few funny scenes and seeti-bajao dialogues though but the rest is quite boring. Some action scenes are well choreographed and the editing of the action scenes is very good. Beautiful cinematography except for a stupid song which is shot entirely in front of a chroma screen and a few other scenes. The styling is ok, the make up is horrible! Prachi Desai looks caked up!

The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not cool and the background score doesn’t do much either.

Sanjay Dutt’s performance is not that great to be honest. Also, at the age of 53, he looks a lot older. So to play a 25-30 yr old guy in love doesn’t suit him at all. Prachi Desai’s character is also quite lame and she doesn’t contribute much to the film. This might be her worst film yet. Where’s the Prachi Desai we saw in Rock On? Sanjay Dutt and Prachi Desai’s chemistry is also non-existent. Prakash Raj is superb! I loved him in Singham and in this film too with the limited scope that he had, he’s done full justice. If it weren’t for him, the film would be a bigger flop. Rajpal Yadav along with Rajat Rawail are there for entertainment but are quite annoying. Om Puri does his best.

If Sanjay Dutt was out, I would throw him back in jail for doing this film. Waste of money!

Rating– 1.5/5



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Dec 21 2012

Dabangg 2- Movie Review


Dabangg-2-PosterDabangg as a movie was ok and I was expecting better from part 2. But I guess experience says that sequels are rarely as good as or better than the first movies and in the case of Dabangg 2, I have to agree.

So, Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) is happily married to Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) and stays in Kanpur with her, Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and their father (Vinod Khanna). This time he has a new enemy- Baccha bhaiyya and his brothers. Now, the crux of the story is this- Villian bullies people from town and Chulbul, Chulbul kills villain’s brother. Villain takes badla and attacks Chulbul’s pregnant wife and brother. Chulbul doesn’t take that too well and fights bare-chested in the last sequence to create dramatic effect. Haha

Ok so the story of the movie as you read above is quite useless. Arbaaz Khan as a director has tried his best to keep up the standard by using the best editors, action directors, cinematographers, stylists and production designers. However, he failed to work on the screenplay and dialogues which were much better in the first Dabangg. Somehow, I was pretty bored throughout in spite of seeing my favourite Salman Khan in the movie. There was barely any humour or emotional connect with the characters except for that one scene when Salman Khan is crying like a baby.

Coming to the performances… Salman Khan is such a star that even if he says dialogues half heartedly, people love him (including me). I understand that he’s supposed to have attitude and style in the movie but in Dabangg 2 he’s sort of taken the audience for granted and it seems as though he’s just been woken up and pushed to act. Sonakshi Sinha is lovely! She not only looks beautiful but also convinces as Chulbul’s wife. Prakash Raj who was brilliant in Singham was good here too but he didn’t have much meat to his character because it was all given to Salman Khan. I thought Deepak Dobriyal (the guy who plays Genda) was very good too. Arbaaz Khan was too busy being a director to bother paying attention to acting instead of just mugging lines.

The music of the film by Sajid Wajid is decent. The song ‘Dagabaaz’ is really well sung and good to listen to. ‘Fevicol’ is a great dance number with crazy lyrics!

Overall, Dabangg 2 goes one step lower in comparison to Dabangg and I’m very disappointed. I still love Salman Khan though! 😛

Rating– 2/5

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Jul 22 2011

Singham- Movie Review


RESPECT! Singham is one of those movies I went for without any expectations whatsoever and came back with new found respect for Ajay Devgan and Prakash Raj as actors and Rohit Shetty as a director. Here’s why.

Bajirao Sigham (Ajay Devgan) is a police officer in a small town called Shivgad where he is idolized by everyone for his honesty and bravado. On the other hand, Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj) is a nasty gunda and businessman who kills innocent people and who wants to be a politician. The hero needs to destroy the villain and the rest you’ll find out while watching the movie so I’m not giving out any details here.

First things first. Ajay Devgan blew me away with his superb acting and action sequences. He was just simply awesome! His intense eyes, the way he maarod the dialogues,  the way he beat up the goons, the way he looks as a tough cop and how he softens up when it comes to expressing love. I can’t say any actor’s done a better job as a cop before. Serious! This has to be one of Ajay Devgan’s best performances yet! I also loved Prakash Raj who was just too good as a villain. I really wish to see him in more Bollywood films. Both these actors make the movie what it is. Debutant Kajal Aggarwal, (love interest of Ajay Devgan in the movie) was not bad either. She has great screen presence.

Rohit Shetty has done an amazing job in creating a film that the audience loved. Everyone went crazy clapping, hooting, whistling and cheering throughout the film. I wouldn’t compare it to Dabangg except that Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan’s look is the same in both the movies and they both have a title song choreographed similarly. The background music just adds to the intensity and drama in the film and the timing is perfect! The way the action scenes have been done is also brilliant! I just felt that the songs were spoiling the flow of the movie which could have been avoided and the love angle could have been given less importance.

Otherwise, I can’t really find many faults. Everyone’s done a fabulous job in the film. I was completely entertained throughout and enjoyed every minute of Singham. I really did!

Rating– 3.5/5

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