Mar 18 2016

Kapoor and Sons- Movie Review


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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Mar 14 2014

Bewakoofiyaan- Movie Review


BEWAKOOFIYAAN-PosterYou know the movie’s going to be lame when you have Sonam Kapoor as the lead actress in a film called ‘Bewakoofiyaan’. Did Ayushmann Khurrana save the day? Well, you’ll know soon.

Plot in short– Due to recession, boyfriend Mohit (Ayushmann Khurrana) loses his job as Senior Marketing Executive at an airline company, is broke and looking for a job desperately. Girlfriend Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) who is earning well supports him emotionally and financially and hopes he gets out of this phase soon. Both of them are willing to get married even with the current situation but there is a major hurdle- Mayera’s father (Rishi Kapoor). Will their love survive with all the bewakoofiyaan they do?

The Good– I think the styling is superb! Both Sonam and Ayushmann look very stylish. The cinematography and colours make every frame look rich. Good job by the art department too.

Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as the father even though his role is not half as good as Steve Martin’s in Father of the Bride. Why am I comparing this movie to that? Well, you’ll know when you watch the film. It will also remind you of ‘Meet the parents’. Ayushmann Khurrana is a great actor and even in this film, he proves that. He is effortless and natural in his acting ability. Sonam Kapoor as an actress has been quite bad in the past and when we compare those films to this, she’s gotten better for sure. I wouldn’t say she’s very good though. The background score settles on the average fence.

The Not-so-good– Now, the story and screenplay I have certain issues with. While it tries to be all modern and fresh, Bewakoofiyaan is goes a little overboard with the whole ‘love’ thing. In today’s day and age, love is not enough to keep going or surviving. I can say that the director tried hard but couldn’t do much to save people from getting bored or waiting for the film to end soon. Even two hours felt incredibly long. Luckily there aren’t too many songs in the movie except for the song ‘Gulcharrey’ which is alright.

Verdict– Below average, Bewakoofiyaan is not worth watching in the theatre for sure. Watch it at home, that too only if you’re Ayushmann’s or Rishi Kapoor’s fan and really bored.

Rating– 2/5


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Oct 9 2013

Besharam- Movie Review


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 6 2013

Shuddh Desi Romance- Movie Review


shuddh-desi-romance-2013-movie-posterSo, Shuddh Desi Romance probably wasn’t exactly ‘shuddh’. Now, was it worth it is the question. You’ll get your answer soon. Read on.

A shy young boy Raghuram (Sushant Singh Rajput) jumps into the decision of his life- marriage, only to be the ‘Runaway Bridegroom’. Reason? On his way to the wedding, he meets Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) who’s got that something to make his heart beat faster. A couple of weeks later they meet again only to realise that they’re attracted to each other and there’s there’s an unsaid chemistry between them.  So on a drunken night they decide to marry. Now this time, Gayatri’s got the wedding butterflies and she runs away. A few days later Raghu meets the girl he was to marry first (Vaani Kapoor) and decides to give their incomplete story a second chance.

Here’s a story that talks about how scary a marriage can be. To be in the spotlight, be judged, greet and meet hundreds of people you’ve not met before, being with someone you barely know, the scary word ‘commitment’ are all reasons to make you run away. This feeling is so common with us today that the concept makes complete sense. Director Maneesh Sharma has beautifully told us the story that is not only fun to watch but also seems so real. In many ways it reminded me of Band Baaja Baaraat and yet this one is entirely different. The story by Jaideep Sahni is very well written, sometimes getting a little repetitive but still very enjoyable and different. I wish it was edited better in the second half though. There are some really simple and subtle moments even in the loudness that make the film so endearing.

Being a Yashraj film there are gorgeous colours captured very well with cinematographer Manu Anand’s lens and Rashmi Sethi’s skillful art direction. The costumes and sets are very today and suit the characters. The music by Sachin-Jigar is not bad at all. I love the songs ‘Tere mere beech mein’ and ‘Gulabi’. Great background score too.

I’d like to specifically mention the casting director for this film. Shanoo Sharma has perfectly cast all the characters. Parineeti Chopra is full of life and adds so much by just being there. She’s a natural and has no pretence or ‘typical heroine nakhras’. Co-actor Sushant Singh Rajput who reminds me of Ranveer Singh in this film is fantastic! I loved him in Kai Po Che and he’s too good in Shuddh Desi Romance too. There’s great chemistry between them. Newcomer Vaani Kapoor is unconventional in her own way and yet likable. In fact, all three characters have this effortless chemistry throughout the film. Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as usual and delivers a good performance.

Shuddh Desi Romance is a fresh film. It’s fun, different and crazy in its own way. Watch it for the quirky screenplay, natural and effortless performances and because it’s totally relatable with the youth of today.

Rating– 3.5/5


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Jul 19 2013

D-Day- Movie Review


D-Day posterI saw D-Day and Ramaiya Vastavaiya on the same day. Guess which one was better! Guess! Don’t worry! You’ll get you answer soon enough.

Rishi Kapoor (Iqbal Seth) as we’ve seen in the trailers plays a terrorist/don staying in Karachi. 4 Raw agents- Wali (Irrfan Khan), Zoya (Huma Qureshi), Rudra (Arjun Rampal) and Aslam (Aakash Dahiya) are sent on a mission to bring Iqbal Seth to India to face justice.

Nikhil Advani who’s first directorial venture was ‘Kal ho naa ho’ has come a long way and not in a good way. D-Day might sound and look really interesting but it lacks what makes a good film- a well written story. The screenplay is so badly written that I was yawning through most parts of the movie. No dialogue made an impact even though there are a couple of them that were meant to. Apart from the last 15 minutes or so, the entire movie was a bore! I didn’t understand why the love stories were given so much importance. 3 songs are wasted on Arjun Rampal and Shruti Haasan out of which one made sense. The way that entire song ‘Alvida’ is shot is beautiful. The cinematography otherwise by Tushar Kanti Ray is nice.

The art direction and visuals on screen are realistic. There are a lot of action scenes but none too gripping. The styling of the actors is alright. The music by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy is ok except for the song ‘Alvida’. The background score could have been better to give the film a bit more character.

Irrfan Khan and Arjun Rampal are the pillars of the film. Arjun Rampal especially is only improving with every film. Huma Qureshi is a good actor and has done a decent job in this film. Aakash Dahiya as Aslam is very good. Rishi Kapoor is a brilliant actor but I think his role in D-Day doesn’t do much for him. With barely any scenes and dialogues, Rishi Kapoor’s role is more like a long cameo. Shruti Haasan is good in some scenes and not so good in some but she looks lovely. Nasser (who plays the RAW chief) is a superb actor and could have had more to do in the film.

So, D-Day might have looked promising in the promos but as a film it lacks a lot apart from the performances which are top notch. I would not recommend it.

Rating– 2/5

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May 17 2013

Aurangzeb- Movie Review


Aurangzeb PosterI thought Arjun Kapoor was pretty good in his debut film Ishaqzaade which I liked very much. In Aurangzeb, he plays two roles. Did he get into the grey of his character? Is the film any good? You’re just about to find out!

The film can be explained well with the phrase- ‘Kingship knows no kinship’. Ajay (Arjun Kapoor) who stays with his criminal father (Jackie Shroff) is a spoilt brat.  His twin Vishal(who he doesn’t know is living) stays with his mother (Tanvi Azmi), brother Arya (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and a dying father (Anupam Kher).  Arya is deeply influenced by his father’s belief – ‘Sapnon se apne bade hote hain’ (Our loved ones are dearer than our dreams). He sets out on a mission along with his uncle Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) to give justice to his step-mother (Tanvi Azmi) and brother Vishal.

We all remember the kind of person Aurangzeb the Mughal Emperor was. Selfish, power-hungry and so ruthless that he wouldn’t even spare his own brothers to be on the throne. This story is based picking up Aurangzeb’s character. Nice concept! Director Atul Sabharwal has executed it very pretty well with a screenplay that doesn’t get slow or bore you. It’s rather well paced throughout, except for maybe a few scenes where there’s unnecessary drama and the last ten minutes of the movie. However, the locations are real and you not all glossed up. The cinematography by N. Karthik Ganesh is vibrant and rich.

The background music goes well with the film. The music is upbeat but the songs slow down the pace of the film a bit and seem kind of irrelevant. I like the song ‘Barbaadiyaan’.

Coming to the performances… Arjun Kapoor who was last seen in Ishaqzaade has shown his capabilities as an actor in Aurangzeb. To do a double role so early in his career is a huge opportunity and he’s done full justice to it. He manages to do a negative role with ease. Prithviraj Sukumaran looks his part and has done a good job. I’d like to see him in more Bollywood movies. Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Tanvi Azmi and Amrita Singh are brilliant actors and they immediately take the movie to another level with their performances. Sasheh Agha as the girlfriend is ok. She had to kiss, strip and expose more than she had to act so can’t say much about her making a difference.

As a film Aurangzeb was interesting to watch and I quite enjoyed the double role twists but there were twists too many along with oodles of drama. Watching it once is good enough.

Rating– 3/5

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Apr 5 2013

Chashme Buddoor- Movie Review


David Dhawan without Govinda or Salman Khan is like a sea without salt and I say this because Chashme Buddoor is dooor from entertaining even with good performances by Rishi Kapoor and Lilette Dubey.

Rating- 1.5/5


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Nov 13 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan- Movie Review


Yash Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, romance, the song ‘Saans’, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif. So many reasons to watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan! Here’s what I thought of it.

So, Shahrukh Khan plays Major Samar who diffuses bombs for the Indian army. He meets Akira (Anushka Sharma), a journalist who falls in love with him but discovers something about his past which has made him the man he is today. His past has Meera (Katrina Kaif) who is engaged to someone else but loves Shahrukh Khan. Then a couple of accidents (literally) change things a bit. Will not say more.

If you’ve seen Yash Chopra’s movies in the past you’ll know what his love stories are all about. There’s a lot of depth and warmth in each character in the story, there’s amazing music (always) and beautiful visuals. I found most of that missing in his last movie! There’s nothing great about the story and the screenplay is just too weak which could have been saved with better editing. The visuals are beautiful ok- Ladakh and London mainly and of course our gorgeous heroines in them with all the lovely styling, clothes, make-up and hair. The thing is that they’ve tried to make it as ‘today’ as possible, so much so that Shahrukh Khan probably has kissing scenes for the first time ever but the ‘YC’ (Yash Chopra) factor is somehow missing. The first half was extremely slow and boring. I would have really liked the film if it was just the second half.

Coming to the performances… Shahrukh Khan knows all the passionate love wala looks by heart now and he does  them well even with the new heroines even if they lack chemistry or look like his daughters. Luckily, he didn’t overact this time. I like his rugged man look when he’s in the army. Otherwise he looks like a wanna-be with gel in his hair trying to look young. The dance sequence with Katrina in ‘Ishq Shava’ doesn’t suit him at all! Katrina Kaif has done a decent job and you can’t take your eyes off her when she’s on screen. Anushka Sharma I love! I think she’s a natural actor, looks great and she was perfect for the role with all that energy and that contagious smile.

AR Rahman is losing the magical touch he has with music. You wont believe ‘Challa’ by Rabbi is his composition. It’s so bad! I love the song ‘Saans’ though sung by my favourite female singer- Shreya Ghoshal. Ishq Shava and Heer are both nice. Jiya re is fun only while watching the movie.

So, I feel bad but I expected much more from Yash Chopra’s last movie which was not that bad but could have been so much better! This is probably Shahrukh Khan’s low phase but I do hope he bounces back with a better film soon.

Rating– 3/5


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Oct 19 2012

Student Of The Year- Movie Review


I’m a huge Karan Johar fan and have loved watching every movie of his, yes even Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham so how could I leave out Student of the year?! Anyway, here’s my review.

So, there’s this huge University at Dehradun which calls itself a school housing some really posh students who travel in Ferraris. They have the ‘Student of the year’ competition going on every year thanks to their happy and gay principal Rishi Kapoor. Through this, relationships are formed and some are broken. Student of the year is about 3 friends and their ups and downs in their friendships.

This is one of those movies which college students will love and the rest of us might not relate to it as much. Karan Johar has a typical style- making everything look beautiful and filmy! Visually rich in terms of cinematography, styling, make up, hair, production design and music too. The editing could have been better though. The first half of the movie just goes on and on and there’s too much bakbak in the starting from all the supporting actors.

I have a huge crush on Siddharth Malhotra! I swear! He’s so hot and what a body! I felt like a college kid again after watching him! By the way he acts pretty well and has good screen presence.  Alia Bhatt was alright. She’s pretty. Varun Dhawan was good but didn’t look like the rich spoilt brat. Rishi Kapoor as usual was too good! Sana Saeed (little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) barely had any dialogues. She just had to look hot and bitchy which she did very well. Even the guy who played ‘Pseudo’ was very natural. All the other supporting actors did a good job.

The music by Vishal and Shekhar mainly includes some fun foot tapping numbers like ‘Disco Deewane’ but also has a different and nice track called ‘Ishqwala love’ which can grow on you after listening to it a couple of times.

Overall, it was a little better than ok for me. I was wondering how come no Shahrukh Khan in this movie (even a guest appearance).

Rating– 3/5


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May 4 2012

Housefull 2- Movie Review


Stupid glossed out movie with decent performances and songs, good styling, beautiful locations, lame jokes and a very annoying Chunkey Pandey!

Rating- 2.5/5

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