Nov 28 2015

Tamasha- Movie Review

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Even with Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead and the song ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’, Tamasha remains nothing but a twisted, creepy love story which you don’t want to watch again, ever.

Rating– 2/5

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May 15 2015

Bombay Velvet- Movie Review

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bombay velvet posterSince the time I saw the trailer and heard the songs from Bombay Velvet, I knew the film would be absolutely brilliant. Well, umm I wish that was the case for real!

Plot in short– Balraj a.k.a Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) has one dream- to be a big shot. Impressed with his dare devil attitude, Kaizad Khambata ( Karan Johar), editor of a tabloid called ‘Torrent’ appoints Balraj to manage his club named ‘Bombay Velvet’ and also wipe out Jimmy Mistry (Manish Chaudhury), editor of another tabloid called ‘Glitz’. Jimmy appoints the gorgeous Rosie (Anushka Sharma), a jazz singer to lure Johnny and destroy his competition among other things. Meanwhile, Johnny and Rosie fall in love and are in too deep to fall out of it. What happens to Bombay Velvet?

The Good– I haven’t seen any period film look so rich and real. Every set, every costume, props, graphics, hair and make up done take you back to the 60s and 70s. There’s a tremendous amount of effort that went into the research and ground work plus the magnificent camera work that make it a visual delight, this Bombay Velvet. Apart from that, the actors are all superb! While Ranbir and Anushka draw you in with their performance and chemistry, Satyadeep Misra, Kay Kay Menon, Manish Chaudhury and Karan Johar are good. Raveena Tandon in her special appearance looks more ravishing than she has ever looked. I’d like to point out that the music and background score of the film are fantastic! Amit Trivedi makes jazz come alive with some of his compositions. I like Anurag Kashyap’s Tarantino-like story-telling style, however there is room for improvement. The part where Karan Johar, unable to keep his straight face, breaks into an infectious giggle away from everyone is one of the best scenes in the movie, without a doubt.

The Not-so-good– While there are so many nice things about the movie, the screenplay and editing could have been way better. The first half is a bit of a drag and overall, there is something amiss, perhaps more attention given to the script.

Verdict– Bombay Velvet is visually stunning and has some great performances and music but falls short of a script that’s interesting enough to hold a two and a half hours film.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Feb 13 2015

Roy- Movie Review

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Roy movie posterThey say ‘It’s the journey that’s important and not the destination.’ I have to say that none made sense whatsoever in this wanna-be psycho-thriller-with-good-songs film Roy.

Plot in short– Kabir ( Arjun Rampal) is a film maker who is in the process of making the third part of an already hit series of films called ‘Guns’. The premise of his story is that the central character is a thief named Roy (Ranbir Kapoor) who is wanted by the cops for stealing a painting worth millions. Somehow  Kabir goes through a writer’s block until Ayesha comes along. He falls in love with the gorgeous Ayesha Aamir (Jacqueline Fernandes), also a film maker. The more he spends time with her, the more he begins to draw inspiration from his life and pen it into his script. His life and the film stop abruptly when Ayesha decides to go back. Will Kabir be able to finish the story without Ayesha and release his film?

The Good– The acting. Arjun Rampal has drastically improved his acting skills. Ranbir Kapoor got the most boring and useless role of his life but he doesn’t fail to deliver a good performance. Jackqueline Fernandez, like Katrina Kaif is getting better with every film even though she has an unmistakable firangi accent. But I’d say more than her acting, everyone would notice how hot she looks. Everything from her hair to her clothes to the make up… it’s all done very well. The other supporting actors- Anupam Kher, Shernaz Patel, Rajit Kapur and Barun Chanda are good. The music is excellent! I absolutely love the song ‘Sooraj dooba hai’. ‘Chittiyan Kalaiyan’ is fun. ‘Tu hai ke nahin’ is ok. The locations chosen in Langkawi are fantastic!

The Not-so-good– Screenplay, editing, direction! What the hell was the director Vikramjit Singh thinking! The movie is so SLOW that I was falling asleep! Everytime I thought now there’ll be some twist, some suspense some mystery and I was mistaken. There’s a scene in which Arjun Rampal just tells Jacquelie not to go to which Jacqueline says she always wanted to do ballet but was scared on stage and then randomly starts doing ballet on the beach in front of Arjun Rampal. Uhhh yeah! So there are many such lame scenes adding to the never-ending monotonous screenplay. I was hoping that there would be some psychological disorder Arjun Rampal has but sadly, there was nothing. I don’t know why Ranbir Kapoor even agreed to do this film.

Verdict– Roy is highly boring, slow and a complete let down. The songs which didn’t even need to be there in the film are the saving grace.

Rating– 1.5/5

 

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Apr 11 2014

Bhoothnath Returns- Movie Review

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Preachy and a little too long, Bhoothnath Returns is not as entertaining as the first part even though it’s got great performances, especially from the little boy- Parth Bhalerao.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Dec 31 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2013

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Best movies of 20132013 has seen more downs than ups where Bollywood films are concerned but there have been some pretty awesome films that I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching. Here’s a list of the ones I loved and would recommend if you haven’t seen them already!

1)      Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani– This is undoubtedly my favourite film of the year! A must see Rom-Com! Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur & Kalki Koechlin. Directed by Ayan Mukherji
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/05/yeh-jawaani-hai-deewani-movie-review/

2)      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Inspiring and an award winning performance from Farhan Akhtar. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/07/bhaag-milkha-bhaag-movie-review/

3)      Goliyon ki Raas leela Raam Leela- A very well made modern day Romeo & Juliet. Starring Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Review-
http://roochster.com/2013/11/goliyon-ki-raasleela-ram-leela-movie-review/

4)      Special 26- A great heist story based on a real robbery that took place in 1987. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpai & Jimmy Shergill. Directed by Neeraj Pandey
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/02/special-26-movie-review/

5)      Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns- A rare instance of a sequel which is more fun to watch than its prequel. Starring Jimmy Shergill, Irrfaan Khan, Soha Ali Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Reviewhttp://roochster.com/2013/03/saheb-biwi-aur-gangster-returns-movie-review/

6)      Jolly LLB- Small film with a big heart. Starring Arshad Warsi & Boman Irani. Directed by Subhash Kapoor

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/03/jolly-llb-movie-review/

7)      Go Goa Gone- A fun zombie film that was different and pretty twisted! Starring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das & Puja Gupta. Directed by Krishna D.K & Raj Nidimoru.

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/05/go-goa-gone-movie-review/

8)      The Lunchbox- An unconventional and light hearted romantic comedy for all ages. Starring Irrfan Khan & Nimrat Kaur. Directed by Ritesh Batra

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/the-lunchbox-movie-review/

9)      Shuddh Desi Romance- Two great non-commercial actors in a love story that’s brave and very today. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput & Parineeti Chopra. Directed by Maneesh Sharma

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/09/shuddh-desi-romance-movie-review/

10)   B.A. Pass- A very bold film that’s brilliantly executed. Starring Shilpa Shukla & Shadab Kamal. Directed by Ajay Bahl

Review- http://roochster.com/2013/08/b-a-pass-movie-review/

 

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Oct 9 2013

Besharam- Movie Review

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besharam_posterIf Ranbir Kapoor’s worked his magic on you in the past, there’s no doubt you’d watch Besharam! I went for it in spite of the horrible reviews I read and heard. In fact, I was so excited to watch it that I was contemplating watching it in Dubai where I was on a holiday. Now that I think of it, I’m glad I didn’t waste a single dirham on it. Satyaanaash ho gaya!

Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) is a car thief who steals and then sells cars to support children from an orphanage he grew up at. He falls in love with a girl whose car he steals. Now there’s this mafia/don (Javed Jaffrey) who buys that stolen car and has a huge sum of money in the car. To win the love of Tara, Ranbir goes back to stealing her car for her only to be chased by cops who are husband and wife (Rishi Kapoor & Neetu Kapoor). Will Mr. Besharam succeed and get both the love of his life and her car back?

Abhinav Singh Kashyap who’s directed Dabangg has gone down several levels where his direction skills are concerned. Not that I thought highly of Dabangg, but Besharam is quite bad! The problem starts with the story and screenplay itself. Shabbily written. The styling that way is not bad and the look as a whole of the entire film can be compared to any blockbuster film. So the makeup, hair, costumes stylists and art direction team has done a very good job. The cinematography by Madhu Vannier is very good too. The action scenes have been well designed.

The background music is not bad but the music by Lalit Pandit is very average. The song ‘Dil ka jo haal hai’ is one of the nicer songs but is very 90s. All the other songs are ok.

The performances are top class. Ranbir Kapoor as usual gives his best, Rishi Kapoor is Chulbul Chautala is convincing and so is Neetu Kapoor as Bulbul Chautala. They both are great together. Pallavi Sharda who is a new actress is not bad at all but doesn’t match up to Ranbir Kapoor. Javed Jaffrey who plays a negative character is superb! I really wish he was seen more in films. Even as a baddie, he’s amazing to watch! Himani Shivpuri is a bit annoying and you’d wish she wasn’t there in the film at all. Amitosh Nagpal who plays Ranbir’s friend in the movie is good.

As a film, Besharam fails to entertain and I feel bad for Ranbir Kapoor. From a film graph that was only going up, this one goes way back to the Saawariya category even though as an actor he remains at the top. So yeah, I obviously agree with everyone else who’s seen Besharam and said it sucks! Do not watch it!

Rating– 1.5/5

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Sep 20 2013

Phata Poster Nikla Hero- Movie Review

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Phata poster nikla hero posterWhat a movie! Ha! That’s not to be taken as a compliment, just by the way. I wouldn’t dare recommend it to anyone or I’ll have stones thrown at me, especially from the serious movie types.

Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) wants to be a typical Bollywood hero. His mother (Padmini Kolhapure) on the other hand wants him to be a Police Officer and make her proud and so she makes him promise that he’ll be a good, honest and non-corrupt cop when he grows up. Circumstances and various situations, sometimes known and sometimes unpredictable, lead him into acting like a real life cop, making things difficult for them. During this madness, he meets Kajal (Ileana D’cruz) who’s a social activist and is constantly informing the cops about any bad things that she witnesses. Together they get themselves into a mess and being a hero is the only way out.

If you’re seen Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani or Andaz Apna Apna, you would be aware of his exaggerated style of film making which includes everything from the dialogues to the screenplay to the acting.  In Phata poster nikla hero, Mr. Santoshi over does everything. The first half is still ok and a little enjoyable but by the second half we lost the plot. From being a hero to cop to hero again and to a cop again, Santoshi not only confuses the hell out of us but also the character. It’s so sad that Shahid Kapoor had to play such an indecisive man who can’t follow his dream and who’s like one of those people living in the 20th century still. There were very few ‘laugh-out-loud’ scenes.

The styling is great! Both Shahid and Ileana look great! I also really liked the art direction and overall look of the film. I didn’t however think the cinematographer Ravi Yadav did complete justice with his camera work.  There are many action scenes in the film which have been choreographed pretty well.

The music is ok. The song ‘Main tere agal bagal hoon’ stands out and is fun to watch and listen to. ‘Dhating’ starts off randomly but is choreographed well. Shahid Kapoor as we all know is a superb dancer! Apart from that, the music doesn’t cause much of a stir.

With a film like this, the actors are the ones who have the capacity to carry the entire film on their shoulders. Shahid Kapoor sort of does that but can’t do much with such a weak script. He’s a great looker with funny lower teeth and a great body though which add to his plus points. Ileana D’Cruz has a typical girl-who-has-no-other-kaam-dhandha kind of role. She looks pretty and has done the exaggerated acting bit as told to her but somehow she looks very out of place. Saurabh Shukla and Darshan Jariwala are both brilliant and do their roles with flourish! Padmini Kolhapure is good. Salman Khan in his cameo role has the most ridiculous dialogues and doesn’t do anything but promote Being Human and Andaz Apna Apna 2! Mukesh Tiwari as the Napoleon, the villain is just about ok.

Phata Poster Nikla Hero is very average. Shahid Kapoor deserves to do better films.

Rating– 2.5/5

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May 31 2013

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani- Movie Review

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Yeh Jawaani hai deewani posterI was so excited to watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and had great expectations from it as a film. But you know what? It went way above my expectations! This is one of those love stories you wont mind watching over and over again. Here’s why.

Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) are best friends who live life to the fullest without a care in the world. They love travelling and decide to go to Manali to explore, trek and have a good time. Naina (Deepika Padukone) who’s been a geek all her life decides to get out of her mould and do something she’s never done before. She finds about this Manali trip and decides to go too. During this trip she makes new friends, discovers new things about herself and also falls in love with Bunny. But things are about to change as Bunny wants to travel the world and would soon be going to Chicago to do a course in Journalism. Eight years hence, at Aditi’s wedding, they meet again. This time, everything has changed.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen a very good romantic comedy. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani deserves to and will do very well at the box office and otherwise! Even though it’s nothing but a simple love story, the screenplay is so well written and the story is so well told, that you will enjoy every minute of it. Director Ayan Mukherjee knows how to connect with his audience and he does it very well. With a very good script he manages to tell a story with subtlety and charm. The movie might seem a little long, especially towards the end but you wont mind it that much because you wont find yourself getting bored at any point. Cinematographer V. Maniknandan has captured the beauty of Manali beautifully and adds colour and richness to every frame. I’d say the Deepika Padukone’s styling could have been better considering they’ve made her wear short skirts and dresses in Manali where it snows. Also, wearing a piece of cloth with a ghagra and dupatta for a wedding function in India is a bit too much… or should I say too little?

The casting is bang on! I love how easy going and real the characters are. They all make a difference to the story and have an important part to play. There’s this unsaid chemistry between all the actors, especially Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya and Kalki which reflects in their performances. Ranbir Kapoor is filled with passion and has this magnetic pull that attracts you towards him. He’s pure magic on screen and plays his part with full sincerity. Deepika Padukone is only getting better as an actress. She’s convincing as Naina and has acted well. Aditya Roy Kapur is a good actor but I wish he had more depth to his character than just someone who’s messing around with his life. Kalki Koechlin I have always liked and in this film too she’s very good. The energy she brings to the film is good with her fun and bindaas character. Kunaal Roy Kapur’s role is not any different from what he’s done in the past and he already knows he’s entertaining. Evelyn Sharma as the delicate darling is fun to watch. Tanvi Azmi and Farooq Shaikh are very good.

The music by Pritam is foot tapping. Songs like ‘Badtameez Dil’, ‘Balam Pichkari’ and ‘Dilliwali girlfriend’ stand out. Madhuri Dixit in ‘Ghagra’ seemed a bit out of place and didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the movie but as a song its alright.

I can’t tell you how much I loved Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. I can watch it many more times and still love it! Ranbir and Deepika make a superhit jodi together and Ayan Mukherjee is a fantastic director!  You just cannot miss this movie. You will love it!

MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4.5/5

 

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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012

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Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.

 

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Sep 14 2012

Barfi!- Movie Review

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I was super eager to watch the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Barfi! because of how awesome it looked from all the promos. Here’s what I think.

Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor) plays a lovable and full of life deaf and mute guy who is in love with Shruti. She feels the same but because of parental pressure; she succumbs and marries a normal guy who’s rich. Then, Barfi meets Jhilmil, a simple girl who is mentally challenged. Years later, Barfi bumps into Shruti and sparks fly again, this time only from Shruti’s side. I will not disclose more than this.

Let me be completely honest with you. I am disappointed. Yup! The story is simple and nice and the treatment is good but the pace is not how I imagined. Yes, the background music and comedy is good but the screenplay is a bit of a drag. In the course of the movie, you’ll be looking for the direction the film is going in. I really liked the production design and look of the film though and Anurag Basu has directed the film well with whatever content he had in hand.

Ranbir Kapoor, as usual shines with his performance. He’s effortlessly lovable and totally convinces you that he is indeed Barfi! and no one can play it better than him. Priyanka Chopra’s performance is shockingly superb! I can say it’s her best performance till date because there wasn’t even a spoonful of Priyanka I could see in her acting. She’s played the character of Jhilmil very very well and even looks it! Ileana D’Cruz was also quite decent in her acting and looks so delicate and skinny that Priyanka looks like Tuntun in comparison. All the other actors also have acted well.

The music by Pritam is different and refreshing, especially the song that plays before the movie starts with the credits. I like the title song and another one that has a bit of a classical edge to it.

So, Barfi! is sweet as the name suggests with outstanding performances from Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor who definitely deserve awards.  Only, I wish the pace of the film was quicker and I wish there were more funny scenes with Ranbir Kapoor.

Rating– 3/5

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