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 The story is outdated and with that so is his film making style.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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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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