Nov 29 2013

Bullett Raja- Movie Review

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Bullett-Raja posterBullett Raja did not look exciting to me when I saw the trailer and as a movie too, it barely entertained. For some reason, Saif Ali Khan to star in a film like this just does not make sense to me. Also, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s style of film making may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and its sequel and  Paan Singh Tomar may have worked but Bullett Raja clearly doesn’t. Here’s why.

What’s the story like? Well, let me try this. Raja (Saif Ali Khan) and Rudra (Jimmy Shergill) turn into gangster best friends in Uttar Pradesh and get into a political trap. Then it’s all about a power struggle, hidden ambitions and revenge. In the middle of it all, Raja finds love in Mitali (Sonakshi Sinha) who encourages him to fight what he’s fighting.

I can’t begin to tell you how bored I was while watching the film. Even the people in the theatre were watching it quietly. Not a sound, not a ‘taali’ from anyone especially when you expect it for a movie with a theme like this. The screenplay and dialogues do not do justice to the story which itself is nothing great. Tigmanshu Dhulia is a skilled director who does his best at directing but doesn’t succeed much because of the weak script. There isn’t much to boast about. The styling is ok. Saif Ali Khan looks too wanna-be-ish with the tikka and bad hair.

The cinematography by P.S. Vinod is good. The action scenes look alright. The background score by Sajid-Wajid is very effective while the music is really bad. I can’t name even one song that I liked.

Saif Ali Khan as Bullett Raja is not convincing at all in terms of his look or the way he acts. In fact, Jimmy Shergill who plays the second lead is better and more realistic. Jimmy Shergill’s role is better too. Saif just looks stupid prancing around like a wanna-be Gunda. Sonakshi Sinha looks beautiful even though her role is pointless as are most characters in the film. There’s no scope for her to show her acting skills. Raj Babbar, Gulshan Grover and Ravi Kissen who are actors of high caliber are reduced to doing roles that barely count. Vidyut Jamwal who was last seen in Commando is not bad at all. As a cop, he does justice and also looks the part. Unfortunately he had a very short role in Bullett Raja. Chunky Pandey too is barely there (Thank God!)

So, yes Bullett Raja is not my idea of a good film and is not entertaining at all. Go ahead and miss it.

Rating– 2/5

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Mar 17 2013

Mere Dad ki Maruti- Movie Review

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Mere Dad Ki Maruti posterI should’ve known that naming movies after cars would become a trend. Why, of course! Its movie full of advertising for them! Here’s what I think about the 1 hr 40 mins car ad!

Ram Kapoor is a strict father to a lallu son Saqib Saleem. The boy is trying hard to impress Rhea Chakraborty who is the college hotty. So in order to have the most perfect first date, he along with best friend Prabal Panjabi decides to take his brand new car (which is actually supposed to be gifted to his to-be-jijaji on his marriage day). Unfortunately, the Maruti disappears and then follow a series of misadventures.

Firstly, there’s nothing new about the story. It seems like you’re watching a teenage version of ‘Ferrari ki Sawari’ and of course, a much more exaggerated version (Punjabi style). The first half will make you wonder why you’re even watching the movie because everything is so OTT (Over-the-top) and for what? Even such a short movie felt really long! I agree that the cinematography is very rich and the overall production design is beautiful and so is the styling. But the screenplay falls flat on its face. The last fifteen minutes luckily act as the saving grace in an otherwise boring movie.

Saqib Saleem as the lead actor tries too hard but doesn’t match up to Prabal Panjabi who is naturally funny and cute. I think he was a lot better in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. Rhea Chakraborty who plays the bitchy Jasleen looks her part and to a certain extent acts it too but I guess teenagers and kids will be able to relate to her the most. Ram Kapoor as the scary father is convincing and has even acted well but the very fact that his character’s so over-the-top is a bit annoying. Ravi Kissen seemed a bit out of place in this movie but he’s a good actor and even with the small role did a good job.

There’s not much music in the movie, just a couple of songs but the background music is good and adds alot to the film.   I’m surprised this film is produced by Yash Raj Films because they’ve definitely done better films in the past even if they’re with new actors or a crazy story. This one’s a major let down.

By the end of the film I had seen enough of the red Maruti Ertiga which is spacious, is called a Life Utility Vehicle (LUV) and costs about 6 lakhs. Purpose served I guess.

Rating– 2/5

 

 

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Jan 13 2012

4084- Movie Review

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Superb acting, especially by Atul Kulkarni and Kay Kay Menon, good build up of story, some really funny dialogues but a movie guys will enjoy watching more than girls!

Rating- 2.5/5

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