Jan 24 2014

Jai Ho- Movie Review

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Jai Ho msg from Salman KhanI didn’t expect anything from ‘Jai Ho’ to be very honest looking at the trailer and songs I had seen.  Apart from the fact that Salman Khan was in it, there was no reason why I would watch ‘Jai Ho’ unless I read and heard just good reviews of the film. Anyway, getting down to my review…

Jai (Salman Khan), an ex soldier for the Indian army gets suspended for no fault of his and starts living the life of a common man doing good deeds and helping people. He starts a chain- instead of saying thank you when helped, you help three other people and let those three people help three more people thus spreading positivity and being a good Samaritan. He gets into a mess while trying to help and raise his voice against injustice and lands himself in a mess when a corrupt politician (Danny Denzongpa) and his family do everything they can to get Jai and his family out of the way.

Inspired from the Telegu film ‘Stalin’, Jai Ho is a remake and what a great one! This is Sohail Khan’s best work yet as a director and he does full justice to the story. He left no stone unturned to make the film as entertaining as possible. He even made Salman get his shirt off in the climax fight scene. Apart from a few really sad comedy scenes at the start, the film is gripping and enjoyable for what it is and not just because of Salman Khan. The dialogues don’t stand out like his past few films but the script does most of the work. The message is strong and the idea itself is all heart. When you see Jai Ho, you will see Salman Khan’s heartfelt performance and know that this film propagates the message of ‘Being Human’ and that’s pretty damn noble. In spite of there being lots of action, the intention is good and it will remind you of Singham and Munnabhai MBBS.

Technically, the film is not bad. The cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil is good in parts, the action sequences are well choreographed but we’ve seen Salman do better and the editing also could have been better. The styling is simple and unpretentious. Salman does dress like a common man albeit the different colours of Raybans he wears. Daisy Shah’s stylist, makeup artist and hairstylist have done a splendid job! She looks drop dead gorgeous!

I would have liked a couple of songs from Salman Khan’s movies usually but this one fails to create any excitement, music-wise. ‘Tere naina’ might be the only ok sounding song but otherwise, Jai Ho loses points because of the music. The background score by Sandeep Shirodkar is power packed and takes the film forward.

We’ve seen Salman Khan the superstar in far too many films where you can easily say that he’s not even interested in making an effort to act. Dabangg 2 would be the biggest example of that. In Jai Ho though, we get to see Salman Khan the actor. You can see that he’s delivering a performance from his heart and not just for the heck of it. He may look a little old (how long can he look 25, right?) but still manages to make your heart skip several beats. He’s done a fine acting job in this one! Daisy Shah is a newcomer and barely has a meaty role. She’s a great dancer for sure, but acting, well we’ll just have to see her in a film that allows us to see her acting potential better. Tabu after so long was a pleasure to watch. She’s a great actress and has done a fine job with her role. Genelia Deshmukh is another actress who’s done a great job in spite of the short role in the film! She’s really talented and should be seen acting more often. All the other actors- Mukul Dev,  Ashmit Patel, Aditya Pancholi, Yash Tonk, Danny Denzongpa, Pulkit Samrat, Santosh Shukla, Mahesh Manjrekar and all the others who had small roles in the film have played a major supporting role.

Sometimes, we underestimate the power of a superstar. Who knows? Jai Ho could inspire a ton of Salman Khan fans and others to do good and help people in the society.

I loved the film for the message it gives out, for Salman Khan, all the other superb performances and above all for being an entertaining masala movie that’s made from the heart.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 29 2013

Dubai Diaries: Day 2

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Day 2- Deira City Centre, Desert Safari

Deira City CentreWe started our morning with shopping! Aah! The feeling of entering a mall! *grinning wickedly*

Deira City Centre, DubaiSo Deira City Centre is one of the malls that has the most sales which is where I did all my chocolates and baby clothes shopping.

Shopping at Deira City CentrePalak, Masi, Mummy and I posing before we head in four different directions.

Super offers at Deira City CentreThis is one awesome supermarket! Offers you just can’t resist!

Dancing at Deira City CentreSo we had a strict time limit for shopping we needed to keep up to and luckily, I had some more time left which is what made me participate in a random dance contest to win a free Signal toothbrush! Woohoo!

Lunch at Deira City CentreThis was my lunch at the Food Court at Deira City Centre. Stir fried veggies, fried rice and Mirinda! Mine was actually the best choice from all 8 of us there!

Dunkin' Donut! I had heard a lot about Dunkin’ Donuts so thought I’d try. The one I had was Boston Cream Pie which was just ok. I wouldn’t say its better than Mad Over Donuts!

Dubai Desert SafariAfter resting for less than an hour, we set out to the main attraction in Dubai! The Desert Safari! And what a ride it was! Superb! Driving a car on the dunes requires a tremendous amount of skills!

You must have a posy picture on the gorgeous Dubai sands!

Group picture at the desertIf you have long hair, be prepared to see it fly all over your face! A nice group picture clicked by Palak!

Camels at the safariOnce we reached the main area, everyone had to go for a camel ride! Not my idea of fun for sure! Scary the way the animal sits and stands man!

Quad BikingQuad Biking! Now this you must do but do it when you can see stuff and not like us when its too dark and you have a set boundary to ride around. Can get monotonous after the first ten minutes so share the ride with your friend.

Dinner at the Desert safariSo this was the stage area where all the performances of the night would take place and we would eat our dinner.

Vegetarian Dinner at the Desert SafariA bland but decent vegetarian meal. And Canada Dry! Didn’t think it would still exist!

Tanoura DanceTanoura Dance! A must see! Wow! This man was spinning for atleast 10 minutes at a stretch! Amazing stuff!

Tanoura Dance 2Some more of the Tanoura dance. This time he was spinning the skirt.

Sheesha at the Desert SafariSheesha! Didn’t get cool reactions from family but couldn’t resist having a few drags.

Bday celebrations in DubaiBack at the hotel celebrating my Maasa’s 60th birthday with awesome cake-ice cream from Baskin Robbins! Yummeh! What a day!

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Jun 29 2013

Roochster Comics: Pizza Craving!

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Pizza craving copy

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Dec 21 2012

Dabangg 2- Movie Review

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Dabangg-2-PosterDabangg as a movie was ok and I was expecting better from part 2. But I guess experience says that sequels are rarely as good as or better than the first movies and in the case of Dabangg 2, I have to agree.

So, Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) is happily married to Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) and stays in Kanpur with her, Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and their father (Vinod Khanna). This time he has a new enemy- Baccha bhaiyya and his brothers. Now, the crux of the story is this- Villian bullies people from town and Chulbul, Chulbul kills villain’s brother. Villain takes badla and attacks Chulbul’s pregnant wife and brother. Chulbul doesn’t take that too well and fights bare-chested in the last sequence to create dramatic effect. Haha

Ok so the story of the movie as you read above is quite useless. Arbaaz Khan as a director has tried his best to keep up the standard by using the best editors, action directors, cinematographers, stylists and production designers. However, he failed to work on the screenplay and dialogues which were much better in the first Dabangg. Somehow, I was pretty bored throughout in spite of seeing my favourite Salman Khan in the movie. There was barely any humour or emotional connect with the characters except for that one scene when Salman Khan is crying like a baby.

Coming to the performances… Salman Khan is such a star that even if he says dialogues half heartedly, people love him (including me). I understand that he’s supposed to have attitude and style in the movie but in Dabangg 2 he’s sort of taken the audience for granted and it seems as though he’s just been woken up and pushed to act. Sonakshi Sinha is lovely! She not only looks beautiful but also convinces as Chulbul’s wife. Prakash Raj who was brilliant in Singham was good here too but he didn’t have much meat to his character because it was all given to Salman Khan. I thought Deepak Dobriyal (the guy who plays Genda) was very good too. Arbaaz Khan was too busy being a director to bother paying attention to acting instead of just mugging lines.

The music of the film by Sajid Wajid is decent. The song ‘Dagabaaz’ is really well sung and good to listen to. ‘Fevicol’ is a great dance number with crazy lyrics!

Overall, Dabangg 2 goes one step lower in comparison to Dabangg and I’m very disappointed. I still love Salman Khan though! 😛

Rating– 2/5

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Nov 10 2012

Chasing Mavericks- Movie Review

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Bland and boring screenplay, acting and direction (except for some fantastic surf scenes towards the end) sort of spoil what could have been an interesting and inspirational film.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Oct 28 2012

Cloud Atlas- Movie Review

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Superb make up, styling, production design and characters but I felt like an idiot sitting for  2 hrs 40 mins in utmost confusion and thinking now there’ll be something breathtakingly shocking and only landed up disappointed because I already knew it was all ‘connected’ and hence the entire movie to me was pointless.  

Rating- 1.5/5

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Oct 27 2012

Ted- Movie Review

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Entertaining and crudely witty with fun performances by Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and a teddy (Seth MacFarlane) that looks and seems so believable and a story that might feel slightly long but yet well spun, Ted is refreshingly nice.

Rating- 3.5/5

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Oct 26 2012

Ajab Gazabb Love- Movie Review

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Good music, choreography, styling and performances with a few funny scenes but weak story and screenplay make it a ‘watch- at- home- if- you’re- bored’ kind of movie.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Oct 19 2012

Student Of The Year- Movie Review

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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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Oct 14 2012

Looper- Movie Review

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Crazy, exciting and engaging with an interesting story that keeps you hooked and performances that are pretty much flawless.

Rating- 3.5/5

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