Aug 30 2014

Singham Returns- Movie Review


Apart from the message, the film was filled with violence, loudness and just didn’t have the grandeur or entertainment value as much as Singham.

Rating- 2.5/5


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Aug 8 2013

Chennai Express- Movie Review


Chennai Express posterChennai Express was one of the biggest films releasing this year because of two reasons- Shahrukh Khan and Rohit Shetty. And guess what? Both were disappointing.

Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) makes a promise to his grandmother that he will go to Rameswaram from Mumbai to immerse his grandfather’s ashes into the sea. Now the real plan is to get a break from making sweets and go to Goa with his friends. And so he boards the Chennai Express. He meets Meena (Deepika Padukone) along with her four scary looking cousins and her father who wants her to marry Tangaballi (Nikitin Dheer). From there, things go south and Meena and Rahul must find their way out of it.

I love Rohit Shetty’s films because they are pure entertainment. As a movie goer, one would want to watch two and a half hours of comedy, action, romance, songs, beautiful visuals and lots of drama but also a screenplay that holds you in place not matter how cliché the story. Shetty has of course spoofed the clichés to create another cliché (if you know what I mean) but he falls short of what he does best in this one unfortunately. There are some really funny scenes in the movie like for instance in the train when Shahrukh and Deepika speak to each other in the form of popular songs. Now that doesn’t quite work towards the end when the bad guy starts singing too. The story is obviously nothing to boast of but the screenplay and dialogues aren’t that well written either. Also there are too many Tamil dialogues which are fine but it would have been nice to have subtitles. The action sequences are typical of Shetty but somehow they didn’t quite work in Chennai Express. They seem forced and out of place even though they’re well choreographed.

Cinematographer Dudley has done a brilliant job except that the post production backgrounds are easily noticable. Otherwise, stunning visuals! The styling is bang on! Deepika looks gorgeous in her sarees and beautifully done makeup and hair. Shahrukh looks about 5 years younger thanks to the clothes and Botox. Superb art direction with a great choice of colours and props. The editing is too good!

The background music is good. The music by Vishal & Shekhar is a mix of good and ok. I like the songs ‘Titli’ and ‘1234’. The rest are unimportant.

To be honest, this is not a Shahrukh Khan film. Rohit Shetty and Shahrukh make an odd combo and it shows in the film. He’s supposed to exaggerate but not overact which he’s done here. Yes, he is funny in some scenes like when he starts speaking in a shaken up voice in the train in front of the baddies and maybe one or two more here and there. But that’s it. In this one, he’s quite awkward. The star of the film is Deepika Padukone without a doubt. She stays true to her character and that’s amazing. Her accent stays throughout the film and not once does she overact. She’s just throwing one surprise after another since ‘Cocktail’. With every movie she’s getting better as an actress. Nikitin Dheer who plays Tangaballi looks the part and does full justice to his character. Sathyaraj who plays Deepika’s father is alright.

As a film Chennai Express is a letdown and not something you need to watch at a multiplex. Watch it at home instead just for Deepika’s performance.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jul 6 2012

Bol Bachchan- Movie Review


I didn’t have a good feeling about Bol Bachchan ever since I saw the trailer because it looked really stupid. Whether it’s unbearably stupid or bearably stupid you’re just about to find out.

Ok in one line, to get into Ajay Devgn’s good books and get a good salary, Abhishek Bachchan starts off with a lie…

The dialogues are horrible, especially Ajay Devgn’s. I feel so bad for Rohit Shetty because after giving us hits like the Golmaal series, All the Best and superhit Singham, Bol Bachchan is like a slap in the face! The action sequences are typically Rohit Shetty type with cars flying and all that jazz but they look too made up just for the heck of it. Also, I felt that the comedy was a little too over-the-top and not funny at all!

The styling is superb! I loved everything Prachi Desai and Ajay Devgan wore. Asin’s hairdo was different and looked quite good on her. Good camera work too. The music sucks!

The thing with this movie is that there are good actors but the screenplay and dialogues screwed it up. Abhishek Bachchan was superb as Abbas the pansy! The only scenes I probably laughed at must be the ones in which he plays that character. I loved Prachi Desai’s performance as always. She’s subtle and looks beautiful. Ajay Devgn was good too but there was nothing different for him to do. All the other supporting actors were either from Comedy Circus or a part of all the earlier Rohit Shetty films and no doubt they’re good.

Overall, Bol Bachchan was boring and a waste of time. A sincere request. Don’t watch this movie. Please.

Rating– 1.5/5


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Jul 4 2012

Bol Bachchan- Movie Preview


Bol Bachchan releases on 6th July 2012. Here’s my reaction after watching the trailer and my expectations from the film.

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Jul 22 2011

Singham- Movie Review


RESPECT! Singham is one of those movies I went for without any expectations whatsoever and came back with new found respect for Ajay Devgan and Prakash Raj as actors and Rohit Shetty as a director. Here’s why.

Bajirao Sigham (Ajay Devgan) is a police officer in a small town called Shivgad where he is idolized by everyone for his honesty and bravado. On the other hand, Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj) is a nasty gunda and businessman who kills innocent people and who wants to be a politician. The hero needs to destroy the villain and the rest you’ll find out while watching the movie so I’m not giving out any details here.

First things first. Ajay Devgan blew me away with his superb acting and action sequences. He was just simply awesome! His intense eyes, the way he maarod the dialogues,  the way he beat up the goons, the way he looks as a tough cop and how he softens up when it comes to expressing love. I can’t say any actor’s done a better job as a cop before. Serious! This has to be one of Ajay Devgan’s best performances yet! I also loved Prakash Raj who was just too good as a villain. I really wish to see him in more Bollywood films. Both these actors make the movie what it is. Debutant Kajal Aggarwal, (love interest of Ajay Devgan in the movie) was not bad either. She has great screen presence.

Rohit Shetty has done an amazing job in creating a film that the audience loved. Everyone went crazy clapping, hooting, whistling and cheering throughout the film. I wouldn’t compare it to Dabangg except that Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan’s look is the same in both the movies and they both have a title song choreographed similarly. The background music just adds to the intensity and drama in the film and the timing is perfect! The way the action scenes have been done is also brilliant! I just felt that the songs were spoiling the flow of the movie which could have been avoided and the love angle could have been given less importance.

Otherwise, I can’t really find many faults. Everyone’s done a fabulous job in the film. I was completely entertained throughout and enjoyed every minute of Singham. I really did!

Rating– 3.5/5

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