Jan 29 2016

Saala Khadoos- Movie Review


Saala khadoos posterA couple of days before release, I read tweets from so many celebrities and movie critics who got to attend preview shows of Saala Khadoos, all saying the same thing- that the film is brilliant and the actress Ritika Singh is a great performer. Well, maybe not brilliant but the film is very gripping and entertaining and yes Ritika Singh is a fresh face with a rawness in her which stands out.

Plot in short– A boxing coach Adi Tomar (R. Madhavan) from Hissar (Haryana) is transferred by the Sports Association of India to Chennai on false charges of sexually harassing the players. Knowing this is because of the old enmity between Adi Tomar and a villainous coach from the association (Zakir Hussain) he agrees and goes, hoping to find gems to participate at the national level. He doesn’t quite see the fire he wants in any players until he meets Madhi, a Macchi-bechnewali (Ritika Singh) who is aggressive and fights like her boxing idol Mohammed Ali. He convinces her to play, bribing her with 500 bucks a day which is good to keep her poor family happy. Will she be able to be the boxing champion as Adi, her coach had imagined her to be?

The Good– The character sketches were vividly drawn out in a mish-mash of a story that is scripted really well. There is never a dull moment. In fact, I think there is a lot of energy in the performances, songs and background score. The film is action packed and it’s fun to watch the journeys of both the protagonists. Ritika Singh is like any other girl without all the girly nakhras except for maybe one scene where she’s all dressed up in a saree when she’s going to tell her coach about her feelings for him. R. Madhavan is fantastic as the rude, angry coach. He’s bulky, looks like a mess but has the arrogance and confidence that women like me love. I wish he spoke more clearly though. Zakir Hussain, the selector coach has become an expert at doing these villainous roles and is perfect. Nasser with his south Indian accent and funny scenes, especially where he’s talking about alcohol and eating liver is a lot of fun to watch. All the other supporting actors have made it movie worth watching. I like that the actors are wearing as good as no make up, natural, junglee hair and old faded clothes to keep it as real as possible.

The Not-so-good–  Even though the movie as a whole is entertaining, I couldn’t help but be reminded of some recent movies which are almost the same; namely, Chak De India, Mary Kom and Million Dollay Baby. Also, I find it a little funny that the girl who stays in the slums of Chennai and sells fish for a living doesn’t have a south Indian accent and neither does her family. Only the Junior coach (Nasser) has an accent for that matter. Nobody else in the entire film. Also, there was nothing in the film I didn’t expect. It was all quite predictable, fun to watch nonetheless.

Verdict– First time director Sudha Kongara’s Saala Khadoos is worth a watch for the performances and the quick paced screenplay.

Rating– 3.5/5


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May 22 2015

Tanu weds Manu Returns- Movie Review


Tanu-Weds-Manu-Returns-PosterVery rarely would you find sequels better than the first part. Tanu Weds Manu has returned and how! Let me explain.

Plot in short– Tanuja (Kangana Ranaut) and Manoj (R Madhavan) have been married, maybe not happily since 4 years. With disagreements, senseless arguments and fewer sparks both want to end their marriage to live a more peaceful life. A heated up fight at the psychiatrist makes Manu end up in a mental hospital while Tanu escapes to Kanpur. Feeling slightly bad for her husband, she calls his friend Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal) to come rescue him. Once back home, she goes back to being the rebellious, notorious Tanu who would walk out in a towel while a boy’s family has come home to meet her sister. During her stay at her family home, she reconnects with one time boyfriend Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Sheirgill) and also basks in the attention she gets from a new lawyer friend- Chintu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) who’s been staying without paying rent at her family home. Meanwhile, Manu comes to India and meets a Tanu look-alike Kusum (Kangana Ranaut) who is a state level athlete from Haryana. Within a couple of weeks he falls for her and is ready to get married. What will happen to Tanu and Manu’s marriage?

The Good– I have to say I enjoyed every minute of the film. Not once did I get distracted by my phone’s constant vibrations (Whatsapp messages). The pace is perfect and the very well written dialogue and screenplay by Himanshu Sharma add the raw desi masala mixed with real cinema making it juicy and flavourful in one go. Director Aanand L. Rai expertly weaves his magic in combining it with great music, styling, production design, cinematography and acting. The song ‘Banno tera swagger’ is a definite favourite. Kangana Ranaut shines in her performance as both Tanu and Kusum, making a clear demarcation between both characters. She looks gorgeous! R Madhavan in all his subtlety is superb! He has great screen presence. Supporting actors Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi is a live wire, very entertaining, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Chintu is good, Jimmy Sheirgill is Raja Awasthi is charming. All the other actors too made their presence felt, adding value to the film.

The Not- so-good– I didn’t want it to end. I wish they make a part three.

Verdict– I loved the film and would highly recommend it to everyone. Two hours of pure desi entertainment- music, drama, humour and a lot of masala. MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Feb 24 2012

Jodi Breakers- Movie Review


To be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything from this movie after I saw the trailer. It looked quite stupid. Now the question is… was it?

Predictable as it seems, Bipasha and Madhavan play the Jodi breakers who successfully makes unhappy marriages end in divorce. The twist comes right before the interval when we find out that Madhavan has a ‘maksad’ behind splitting one of the jodis and oops! It’s too late cause Miss Sexy Bips has fallen head over heels in ‘lou’ with Mr. Chashmish Motu. Bas haan now enough said. Let’s get to the review.

The story is as I said, predictable. The beginning is a little dull and slow but it gets better. I think what keeps the movie going is the fact that the locations and sets and all the actors’ hair, make up and clothes are all superb! Of course, the director has done a decent job too. The music by Salim Sulaiman is very ok, not something I’d download and listen to.

Bipasha has never looked so sexy and Madhavan has never looked so fat and out of place. I’ve always enjoyed Madhavan’s performance in his earlier films but this one was just ok. Bipasha Basu tried to act a little cute and was pretty good at it but her performance overall is consistent with the earlier ones. I really liked Milind Soman though. Besides looking smashing, he’s also done a pretty good job as an actor. Omi Vaidya’s only funny scene was the Kamdev Baba one apart from which all the other ‘supposed’ funny dialogues of his were not funny at all! Dipannita Sharma is also a pretty decent actor even though she’s super skinny.

Overall, Jodi Breakers is a timepass chick flick. Watch at home types.

Rating– 2.5/5


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Feb 25 2011

Tanu Weds Manu- Movie Review


I was expecting this one to be a nice and sweet romantic comedy… Well, read further to know what I thought of it.

R. Madhavan (Manu), a doctor from London comes to India to find himself a wife and he meets Kangana Ranaut (Tanu), a rebellious girl from Kanpur who smokes, drinks and has a gunda boyfriend (Jimmy Shergill).  As strange as it may sound, when Manu goes to meet Tanu at her place, she’s drunk and passed out. Manu still looks at her face and says yes for marriage. Basically love at first sight. Only later he realizes that she loves someone else and so he helps them get together. Does Tanu wed Manu then?

The story is unoriginal and very predictable. It’s a mix of movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Jab We Met, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, etc. But the dialogues in some scenes do make you crack up.

The pigeon with blown-up lips (Kangana) luckily doesn’t have too many dialogues in the movie…her voice is super screechy but she looks beautiful. I really liked Madhavan. He’s simple, subtle and endearing. Jimmy Shergill, who plays a negative character, is actually a pretty good actor. Where has he been all this while?

The music is not that great except for the song which everyone loves- ‘Sadi Galli’ but sadly, that is not shown fully. In all honesty, I thought it was an average movie overall. It had the potential to be way better!

Rating– 2.5/5

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