Oct 25 2013

Ishk Actually- Movie Review


Ishq Actually posterI think something’s terribly wrong with Rajeev Khandelwal. No, I mean it! Seriously!  Ishk Actually actually sucks. Here’s why.

Gia (Neha Ahuja) is this woman who is about to get engaged to her boyfriend (Rayo Bakhirta) but everything changes when she meets Neil (Rajeev Khandelwal) with whom she had a one night stand some time ago. With lots of flashbacks and flash’fronts’, we must deal with what will happen to Gia’s love story. Will she marry this man who loves her like crazy or go back to the man with whom she fell in love?

I can’t believe Rajeev Khandelwal did this film! I really thought an actor with his caliber would choose something that will get him one step higher as an actor. Maybe he had his reasons to do it but either way, bad choice. Director Anish Khanna is not only poor with his directorial debut but has also made a film that bores to the core with its pace and uninteresting story. With a theatre filled with…wait for it… 9 people (including me), 4 of them (from London) had come to watch it thinking they would get to see a typical Bollywood movie. Sadly but not surprisingly, they walked out of the theatre in the interval wishing me luck. Haha! Bad screenplay, bad direction, bad story and bad acting.

What I really liked about the movie was the cinematography. Sheer brilliance in every frame. And I mean it. Visually the film is beautiful! Duleep Regmi, take a bow. Also the styling and art direction is very good. Great locations and sets.

The background music is lovely. Even the music for that matter is not bad. I found myself enjoying the nightclub song- ‘Lucky tonight’ and another romantic song called ‘Aye dil bata’. Its melodious and nice to listen to.

Acting wise, Rajeev Khandelwal disappoints and mainly because he’s not put his heart and soul into it and you can see it. He looks like a hot Italian though and you can’t stop staring at him when he’s on screen. Neha Ahuja can never be an actress because she’s horrible at it. She can do modelling or come in ads though. Rayo Bakhirta is ok. He’s good only in parts. Ann Mitchai with her accent is ok but still doesn’t do much to save the sinking ship. All the other actors are strictly ok.

So basically Ishk Actually is the worst movie I have seen in 2013. Even the Rajeev Khandelwal fans will be disappointed. Please avoid.

Rating– 1/5

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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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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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Oct 9 2011

Soundtrack- Movie Review


Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan shine in their performances and the music is great but Soundtrack as a film had a lot more potential if only it was directed better, especially the first half!

Rating- 3/5

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Jun 10 2011

Shaitan- Movie Review


I hadn’t seen the trailer before watching Shaitan as I was travelling and I don’t watch Tv but I went for it mainly because I know Rajeev Khandelwal and I’ve seen him in Aamir and I think he’s a great actor. Also, I read Anurag Kashyap’s name somewhere in the poster so I just had to go watch it.

Shaitan is a movie about a group of friends in Mumbai living ordinary lives. On a completely reckless night, they kill a few people sleeping on the road which puts them in a tough spot. They decide to run away from it but only till a cop catches them and asks for Rs.25 lakhs as a way to get out of the situation. That leads to many more complications and sub plots.

It’s not your regular happy youth film but dark, intriguing and crazy. The main story is interesting but somehow the sub plots confused me a bit- Amy’s mother and why exactly she needed to be there in the story and also, Rajeev Khandelwal’s little story with his wife. I just felt it was unnecessary and added just so he has a bigger role in the movie.

The positives- I love the way the director has presented the song Khoya Khoya Chand. That was just superb and so brilliantly shot! In fact, I think the whole film is shot amazingly and the editing has also been done extremely well! The vision of the director (Bejoy Nambiar) combined with the cinematographer’s eye made the movie visually very appealing. The music is refreshingly different and adds meaning to the scenes.

I also felt that the casting was great! Kalki Koechlin, Rajeev Khandelwal and Neil Bhoopalam are the stars of the film.

Overall, Shaitan was nice. I liked it because it was zara hatke and kept me glued to my seat throughout.

Rating– 3/5

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