Mar 18 2016

Kapoor and Sons- Movie Review

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kapoorandsons posterYou know how some movies take you in emotionally and leave you speechless. Kapoor and Sons is just that kind of movie. Who would’ve thought!

Plot in short– Arjun, the younger brother (Sidharth Malhotra) works as a bartender and a struggling writer in New Jersey while Rahul (Fawad Khan), the older brother, successful writer and entrepreneur is happy in London. They’re forced to come back to their roots, in Coonoor when their 89 years old grandfather (Rishi Kapoor) suffers a heart attack. During their time together at home, they find out that their parents (Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor) are going through a rough marriage and financially, their father is finding it difficult to cope with the times. They also meet Tia (Alia Bhatt) and develop fondness and friendships individually. The brothers too have their own issues which need to be sorted amongst themselves. How will this dysfunctional family who throws crockery at each other while fighting be able to be happy and together again?

The Good– There are very few movies that have a mix of everything, the kind we call ‘Masala movies’ in Bollywood. The perception one has for this label is that these movies have music, dance, romance, melodrama, action and comedy. Movies like DDDLJ, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dil to pagal hai, Dil, Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met, etc. are great examples. I could see myself feeling all the emotions that were meant to be felt while watching the film. Director Shakun Batra is fantastic! He knows how to draw your attention and not let it leave the screen. I swear I did not look at my phone except for in the interval to say how much I’m enjoying the film. The screenplay writing is so perfect that I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s written for the audience of today, an audience that will relate and accept and love. There are a lot of lovely colours and beautiful looking sets that make Coonoor look picture perfect. And lets also give some credit to the performances. The actors, all of them- Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan are brilliant. Even the guy who plays the Kishor, the servant is such a natural. I don’t think the film would have been so good without the realistic performances. It’s just overall such a fun, emotional and happy film that I can’t help but sing praises of it.

The Not-so-good– While I loved the film in its entirety, there are some flaws which can easily be ignored because you’ll be having such a good time. Things like chemistry- Alia Bhatt with Sidharth Malhotra… just didn’t see any. Also, funny how staying in Coonoor or abroad, they all have a typical ‘Bambaiya’ accent. The Mandakini and potty jokes were a bit too much.

Verdict– Get out and watch Kapoor and Sons NOW! You just can’t miss it, dude! Once you see it, you will know why I said so. Ok bye!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Feb 10 2012

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu- Movie Review

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I was really really looking forward to watching this romantic comedy especially ‘cause Kareena was in it and Karan Johar had produced it. Is it the perfect movie to watch with your Valentine? You’re just about to find out!

As we’ve all heard, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is inspired by the movie ‘What Happens in Vegas’ but I felt it was also similar to ‘Just Married’, ‘Wake up Sid’, ‘I hate Love Stories’, ‘Break ke baad’ and many more such movies. A guy and a girl, get drunk one night and when they wake up the next morning, they’re married. Now all they need to do is get an annulment of their marriage. But, during this period, love comes in the way and things take a turn.

I honestly expected better from this film. Even though it’s barely a 2 hours film, the pace is slow and gets a little pointless. It could easily pass off as a one hour episode of one of the popular comedy sitcoms.  So much could have been done in those 2 hours! I’m not saying that what’s there is bad; I’m just saying that there could have been scenes which would add to making the story interesting. But I loved the camera work, costumes, art direction and make up.

Actingwise, I think Imran Khan has done a good job. He’s definitely getting better at acting and is also getting movies that suit him. Kareena Kapoor is good but too much smiling got a little annoying, even though she looks gorgeous!

Amit Trivedi as a music director has been pretty promising in the past. I wonder what went wrong here. Except for the title track, I wouldn’t care to listen to any of the other tracks.

Overall, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is not a chick flick I’d recommend, especially if you’re going to watch it with your Valentine. Maybe my expectations were too high but this one’s just ok.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Nov 9 2010

Golmaal 3- Movie Review

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The Golmaal movies have always been in the ‘stupid-comedy’ category. They’re obviously not meant for everyone so do not judge me when I say that I liked it, especially if you make faces at stupid jokes!

I’m feeling lazy to type the story but in short its basically about these 5 orphans (Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Kunal Khemu, Tusshar Kapoor & Shreyas Talpade) with the help of Kareena Kapoor (also an orphan) bringing two old lovers (Mithun Chakraborthy & Ratna Pathak), who had to break up because of the girl’s villainous father together.

The story isn’t really something to brag about. It’s predictable and there’s no “wow” thing in it. The ending isn’t that great but what makes the movie a hit for me are the dialogues, the way all the actors look (except Shreyas Talpade) and the camera work. It has been shot really well, especially the action scenes.

The comedy timing of all the actors and dialogues are kick ass! There was this one scene after the interval which totally cracked me up- The Hum saath saath hai scene. If you’ve seen the movie, you’d know which one I’m talking about.  Some of the dialogues are legendary! Mithun Chakraborthy is truly a star!

Coming to the way the actors looked… I couldn’t take my eyes of Kareena… she looks gorgeous in all the scenes! For the first time I think I actually thought Ajay Devgan looked good! Kunal Khemu also for some reason looked pretty decent… otherwise I think he looks like a servant! I had a problem with Shreyas’ styling. Whoever did it, probably hated him ‘cause he looks so ganda! His hair and clothes look really really bad!

The songs aren’t that great but its ok. The movie is not about the music anyway.

Rohit Shetty has done it again! Golmaal 3 as a movie was howlarious in the second half and decent in the first half. I’d say it’s a little above average for me.

Rating– 3.5/5

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