Jan 23 2015

Dolly Ki Doli- Movie Review

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Dolly ki Doli movie posterI never really looked at Sonam Kapoor as a good actress especially after seeing all her previous films. Dolly Ki Doli, however was something else. I can say I really enjoyed myself throughout the length of the film. Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Dolly (Sonam Kapoor) is a runaway bride. She and her fake family get her married, steal money and jewellery on the first night of her wedding from the house and run away leaving the dulha and his family in shock and embarrassment. Will Dolly ever be caught? Does she not want to really settle down?

The Good– I have to say that this film is a joy ride. It is 1 hour 40 minutes of drama and fun. Abhishek Dogra, the director has done a brilliant job in making a film that has no dull moments at all. The screenplay has the biggest role in this. It is fast paced and well written. Every actor has performed to the best of their ability. Sonam Kapoor has shown signs of improvement and her accent is less snobbish. Her make up and hair has also drastically improved as compared to the rest of her films. Rajkummar Rao delivers a realistic performance. I remember seeing Varun Sharma in Fukrey and thought he was superb! Well, I repeat. He is superb! Bang on comic timing, natural and a lot of fun to watch on screen. I don’t think anyone could have done this role better than him. For me, he stole the show in Dolly ki Doli and I would want to watch the film again mostly because of him. The other supporting actors- Archana Puran Singh, Manoj Joshi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and the others also make the film a treat to watch. Pulkit Samrat looks like a cake but unfortunately didn’t have much acting scope. He was way better in Fukrey. The old actress who plays the fake dadi was also given equal importance with just one dialogue in the film- “Beti de di, sab kuchh de diya.” That was a real LOL scene.

The Not-so-good– While there are so many good things about the film, I can barely point out the bad because I enjoyed the film so much. So Pulkit Samrat is an absolute hotty, he doesn’t do justice to the role. Also, I felt that the climax of the film was a tad bit disappointing. It just didn’t strike a chord. The music too is below the mark.

Verdict– Overall, Dolly Ki Doli is a fun film that deserves a watch. Jaake dekho!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Jan 24 2014

Jai Ho- Movie Review

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Jai Ho msg from Salman KhanI didn’t expect anything from ‘Jai Ho’ to be very honest looking at the trailer and songs I had seen.  Apart from the fact that Salman Khan was in it, there was no reason why I would watch ‘Jai Ho’ unless I read and heard just good reviews of the film. Anyway, getting down to my review…

Jai (Salman Khan), an ex soldier for the Indian army gets suspended for no fault of his and starts living the life of a common man doing good deeds and helping people. He starts a chain- instead of saying thank you when helped, you help three other people and let those three people help three more people thus spreading positivity and being a good Samaritan. He gets into a mess while trying to help and raise his voice against injustice and lands himself in a mess when a corrupt politician (Danny Denzongpa) and his family do everything they can to get Jai and his family out of the way.

Inspired from the Telegu film ‘Stalin’, Jai Ho is a remake and what a great one! This is Sohail Khan’s best work yet as a director and he does full justice to the story. He left no stone unturned to make the film as entertaining as possible. He even made Salman get his shirt off in the climax fight scene. Apart from a few really sad comedy scenes at the start, the film is gripping and enjoyable for what it is and not just because of Salman Khan. The dialogues don’t stand out like his past few films but the script does most of the work. The message is strong and the idea itself is all heart. When you see Jai Ho, you will see Salman Khan’s heartfelt performance and know that this film propagates the message of ‘Being Human’ and that’s pretty damn noble. In spite of there being lots of action, the intention is good and it will remind you of Singham and Munnabhai MBBS.

Technically, the film is not bad. The cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil is good in parts, the action sequences are well choreographed but we’ve seen Salman do better and the editing also could have been better. The styling is simple and unpretentious. Salman does dress like a common man albeit the different colours of Raybans he wears. Daisy Shah’s stylist, makeup artist and hairstylist have done a splendid job! She looks drop dead gorgeous!

I would have liked a couple of songs from Salman Khan’s movies usually but this one fails to create any excitement, music-wise. ‘Tere naina’ might be the only ok sounding song but otherwise, Jai Ho loses points because of the music. The background score by Sandeep Shirodkar is power packed and takes the film forward.

We’ve seen Salman Khan the superstar in far too many films where you can easily say that he’s not even interested in making an effort to act. Dabangg 2 would be the biggest example of that. In Jai Ho though, we get to see Salman Khan the actor. You can see that he’s delivering a performance from his heart and not just for the heck of it. He may look a little old (how long can he look 25, right?) but still manages to make your heart skip several beats. He’s done a fine acting job in this one! Daisy Shah is a newcomer and barely has a meaty role. She’s a great dancer for sure, but acting, well we’ll just have to see her in a film that allows us to see her acting potential better. Tabu after so long was a pleasure to watch. She’s a great actress and has done a fine job with her role. Genelia Deshmukh is another actress who’s done a great job in spite of the short role in the film! She’s really talented and should be seen acting more often. All the other actors- Mukul Dev,  Ashmit Patel, Aditya Pancholi, Yash Tonk, Danny Denzongpa, Pulkit Samrat, Santosh Shukla, Mahesh Manjrekar and all the others who had small roles in the film have played a major supporting role.

Sometimes, we underestimate the power of a superstar. Who knows? Jai Ho could inspire a ton of Salman Khan fans and others to do good and help people in the society.

I loved the film for the message it gives out, for Salman Khan, all the other superb performances and above all for being an entertaining masala movie that’s made from the heart.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 14 2013

Fukrey- Movie Review

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fukrey-posterWeird title, new actors and a trailer that doesn’t look that appealing is not inviting enough to go watch ‘Fukrey’. But then, if Farhan Akhtar who’s made and been a part of some really good films has produced it, there must be something right? Well, that’s why I just had to give this a chance. Here’s my review.

Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Chucha (Varun Sharma) are buddies who are brats of the first order and have a unique talent- to make money winning lotteries thanks to Chucha’s dreams. Laali (Manjot Singh) whose father owns a small food stall selling jalebis, etc. is struggling to get into college with a bit of jhol via the college’s security guard. An aspiring musician Zaffar’s (Ali Fazal) father’s paralysis treatment can only happen with a good sum of money which he doesn’t have. Due to desperate measures, they all turn to the college’s security guard who’s pretty influential. One such person he knows is Bhooli Punjaban (Richa Chaddha) who is a gundi. One thing leads to another and they get themselves into a big mess.

What is nice is the way the story unfolds with its many subplots all forming a nice build up to the climax. The screenplay is well written with dialogues and situations that will crack you up when you least expect it. The production design is real and contemporary, keeping with the times and so is the styling of all the actors. Delhi forms an integral part of the film and the characters are beautifully sketched out. Good job director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba! The cinematography is good. The background score is very good. The music by Ram Sampat will grow on you after the film but the song ‘Ambarsariya’ sung by Sona Mahapatra is superb!

Coming to the performances… Pulkit Samrat as Hunny is not only ridiculously handsome but also a very good actor. He’s a natural and has acted very well. I have to admit that I have a HUGE crush on him! Ali Fazal as Zaffar is alright. His character is my least favourite. Manjor Singh as Laali is good. Varun Sharma as Chucha has some of the best lines in the film and his expressions are hilarious! Richa Chaddha as Bhooli is just fantastic! She is supremely talented! The other two lead actresses Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh are nice to watch.

Fukrey is a fun, fresh and entertaining film albeit a little long. The performances by Richa Chaddha, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma are noteworthy. Do watch!

Rating– 3/5

 

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