Feb 26 2016

Aligarh- Movie Review


The proverb ‘Slow and steady wins the race’ holds true for Aligarh as Manoj Bajpai’s flawless performance takes you through his emotional journey in the most sensitive and intense manner leaving you with a heavy heart.

Rating- 4/5

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Jan 23 2015

Dolly Ki Doli- Movie Review


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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Mar 8 2014

Queen- Movie Review


Queen-Movie-PosterThere are far too many things to love about Queen and I can safely say that this is one of the best movies ever made in Bollywood! Let me start off…

Plot in short– Rani Mehra (Kangana Ranaut), a simple Punjabi girl from Delhi is dumped by her fiancé (Rajkummar Rao) because she doesn’t match up to his ‘status’.  That makes her upset and after sleeping over it, she decides to go alone for her honeymoon. It’s a journey not just to a place but to finding a person who she didn’t know existed in her.

The good– I didn’t think Kangana Ranaut could do anything but drunk scenes and talk like a pigeon. In Queen, she’s not only proved me wrong but has completely taken me by surprise. She’s uninhibited and plays her part like a pro! She’s real, believable and very likable. The way she dresses throughout, her accent, her way of communicating, her reactions to various experiences and so much more bring us closer to her character and leave us wanting to know more about her. I also thought the other actors- namely Lisa Haydon who plays her new found BFF in France, Rajkummar Rao, her friends and family in the movie are all well casted and have done a fantastic job! They’re all natural, effortless and add to the chemistry in their relationship with Kangana Ranaut’s character which only makes you enjoy the film more.

Apart from the performances, I must congratulate the director and screenplay writer for making a film that is entirely unpretentious and focuses on good story telling, real relationships, Indian values and optimism. There are some things that make this film particularly relatable. For instance, even in her drunken state, when she’s dancing like the strippers on the bar table, she removes her jacket, spins it round and round like the dancers and instead of throwing it out like most films would do, she stuffs in in her bag. Or another example would be how with the days she spends on her holiday; the mehndi on her hands fades and looks as ugly like it does on our hands after three to four days. You’d also feel patriotic when there’s a huge crowd gathered to eat yummy ‘golgappas’ from her stall. You feel happy for her when she’s happy and sad when she’s sad. I love everything about the treatment of the film!

The look in terms of make up, styling, costumes, hair, locations is as real as real can be. With a no make up look, Kangana plays the part of a girl coming from a conservative Indian family. She doesn’t dress well, has no intention of trying to impress anyone and loves her family. The cinematography by Bobby Singh is smooth and well shot.  The background score and music make the film more fun to watch. Amit Trivedi is pure genius!  I loved the songs ‘O Gujariya’, ‘London Thumakda’ and ‘Hungama’ which is superb!

The not-sogood– The only drawback perhaps is the fact that the length of the film is a bit much. I’m not complaining about the content at all though. I just wish it wasn’t so long. The songs could have been shorter and the editing could have been crisper.

Verdict– I’m just really happy I saw Queen. It’s delightfully awesome! MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4/5

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