Apr 16 2016

Mumbai Cocktail Week 2016

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I was invited to go for the Mumbai Cocktail Week Closing Party that took place at Mahalaxmi Racecourse on 9th April 2016. This event was the last day of the week-long celebration of cocktail craftsmanship in 100+ celebrated bars in Mumbai.

The closing event was in association with the Worli Festival. There were various stalls at the venue and a big stage where several artists performed. Unfortunately, there were barely 100 people at the venue among which were some of us bloggers.

The event was from 4pm to 10pm and it coincided with a horse race event so sound was also a problem during performances.

Overall, it was a disappointing event but we made the most of it with some drinks from the bar made by Mumbai Cocktail Week’s expert bartender.

Here are some pictures from the Mumbai Cocktail Week Closing Party.

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Apr 15 2016

Fan- Movie Review

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fan-movie posterI hadn’t seen the trailer of Fan and neither did I know Shahrukh Khan was playing a double role until I came home and opened a website to read the names of the cast of the film. Hawww! How could I not know it was him only!

Plot in short– Aryan Khanna (Shahrukh Khan) has a huge fan following but there’s one in particular called Gaurav Chadna (Shahrukh Khan)  who would do anything to get just five minutes with the star, to show him his trophy that he won in a talent contest and to offer him some Son Halwa sent by his parents. But one incident spoils everything and turns the fan into a creep and imposter. Will this madness ever stop and how?

The Good– Shahrukh Khan is definitely the best part about the film. In terms of creepiness, remember how creepy-scary Darr was? This is that multiplied 5 times. I was quite creeped out and my heart was beating fast thinking of what would happen next throughout the film. Shahrukh Khan as the fan is actually better than Shahrukh playing Aryan Khanna. The make up and hair artist and stylist play a huge part in making him look the way he looks. Kudos to them! The screenplay and direction is fantastic! Maneesh Sharma takes the story to another level by using the actors’ full potential.

The Not-so-good– There are several things that I found a bit stupid. For example how people barely notice the Aryan Khanna look-alike when he’s walking on the street or when he fools the guards of Aryan Khanna’s mansion and reaches the star’s house inside, almost fooling the wife. But suddenly people recognize him in London at Madam Tussaud’s museum. Also, I felt that it was rather lame for the star to be chasing his fan single handedly when he has the power to call the cops, involve goons and what not to get rid of pschopaths like Gaurav.

Verdict– Ignore the stupidity and enjoy ‘Fan’ for what it is. A thrilling, engaging and entertaining film that one must watch. Hats off to Shahrukh Khan for his best performance yet. For once I can say he deserves an award.

Rating– 4/5

P.S.- Prepare to be totally creeped out!

 

 

 

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Apr 1 2016

Ki & Ka- Movie Review

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Ki & Ka posterThis year so far Bollywood has made some fantastic films and its only April still. Everytime people compare Bollywood with Hollywood’s standards, totally degrading Bollywood, it angers me. There is so much beauty in the films we make even though they may not be technically as superior or may not have the budgets as they do. Whatever it is, Ki & Ka would be a slap in the face to all those Bollywood haters.

Plot in short– The tagline of the film says ‘Striling, pulling, samething.’ In Kia’s (Kareena Kapoor) world, there is no time to cook, clean or socialize with the neighbours. Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) on the other hand, is a builder’s son who doesn’t want to live off his father’s money but be a home maker and look after his family. They meet and fall in love and decide to get married. Can this role reversal result in a happy marriage?

The Good– This movie is meant for those who are open minded and non- judgmental. If you’re not one of these, then please go watch it with an open mind. Director R Balki who is also the writer of the film, has brilliantly executed a concept that works in today’s day and age. Many may not agree but that is only because of the kind of image one has in their head of what a man and a woman are meant to do in their lives. What Ki and Ka show is how wonderful life can be without the pressure of doing something you don’t want to do or being someone you don’t want to be.  A home maker deserves as much respect as a corporate slave. With the crisp screenplay and editing, you will find it an absolute pleasure to watch. Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor may not look like the ‘ideal’ on screen pair but both share great chemistry together. Kareena with her un-Kohled eyes and natural make up looks gorgeous while Arjun Kapoor on his Segway looks like the most chilled out person on Earth! They’re both so comfortable in their roles that it looks so real. Swaroop Sampat who plays Kareena’s mother in the film is effortlessly lovable in her character. I also thought Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan’s appearance was great! I found myself laughing and crying in the film and could relate to so much.

There’s a whole lot of research and mehnat gone into making the sets and locations come to life, trains being a huge part of it. The cinematography works its magic in several scenes and makes every frame look fresh.

The Not-so-good– While many will embrace the subject with open arms, most will turn it down due to narrow mindedness and stereotyping. So this turns out to be a negative because people aren’t even accepting the idea. It may be a little slow in parts but it doesn’t overpower the good in the movie. I wish Arjun Kapoor’s character tried atleast a little to do something with his time instead of acting so lukha at the age of 28. The final thing that didn’t go too well with me was the music. There’s no song that I would like to have on my playlist from Ki & Ka.

Verdict– Ki and Ka is a progressive film about a progressive ladKI and ladKA. Open your mind and I promise you will love it.

Rating– 4/5

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Feb 12 2016

Fitoor- Movie Review

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Fitoor posterIn Kamaal R Khan’s words, “What a Wahiyat, Ghatiya, Pakaoo film #Fitoor! It will beat #BombayVelvet easily. Abhishek has defeated Anurag Kashyap by far”. So, I thought it would be boring and slow too but that’s ‘cause sometimes movies like these that look too ‘artsy’ turn out to be complete rubbish. Now, here’s how it turned out to be for real.

Plot in short– As a young boy from Kashmir, Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) falls in love with Begum Hazrat’s (Tabu) daughter Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) and she too somewhere has feelings for him. They are separated when Firdaus moves to London for further studies. When he’s old enough to make a living, Begum makes Noor meet the gorgeous, sexy and totally different Firdaus in Delhi, where she now lives. She helps him make a career out of his passion that is art and painting and pushes him to go after Firdaus about whom he’s already smitten. Will their love stand the test of time and materialize into something?

The Good– One thing about Fitoor you can’t deny is that it is visually stunning! The snow falling like musical notes onto their faces, the houses, Begum Hazrat’s creepy yet beautiful mansion, Katrina’s red hair, Aditya’s body and natural acting which we have never seen before, Tabu…everything about her, the dialogues, the soulful music, the red and yellow dry leaves dancing around with the breeze… There’s basically a lot of beauty in the look and feel of the film which I loved. What I like about director Abhishek Kapoor is that like in Rock On and Kai Po Che, he makes sure his characters are well sketched and each stands out from the other making their own presence felt in the film. With Fitoor too, Tabu’s sadness is seen in the way she’s lying on the diwan, smoking sheesha and the longing she has in her eyes for love. I also absolutely loved Aditi Rao Hydari. She’s one of the understated actresses in Bollywood and I think she should get more recognition.

The Not-so-good– Although the film moves at a pace of its own, it could have been crisper in terms of screenplay and editing. I can’t really think of anything major that I did not like because there was so many wonderful things to watch.

Verdict– With a fairytale-ish feel to it, Fitoor is engrossing, visually  beautiful and Tabu is just brilliant!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jan 29 2016

The Danish Girl- Movie Review

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Painfully slow but also tragically beautiful, The Danish Girl is a movie that celebrates Eddie Redmayne as an actor and it will touch your heart.

Rating- 4/5

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Jan 22 2016

Kya Kool Hain Hum 3- Movie Review

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Basically Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 is a badly made adult comedy that makes no sense whatsoever and isn’t any fun to watch starring out of work actors and models with big tits.

Rating- 1/5

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Dec 1 2015

Vanilla Infused Kitchen, Bandra (W)- Review

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I had been following Vanilla Infused Kitchen on Instagram for a while before I actually got to try some of the stuff. The completely self-taught home baker Shazli from Bandra has mastered the art of making beautiful cakes after 4 years of R&D and she has arrived! Yup, she has, alright.

VIK 1Desserts– Vanilla Infused Kitchen is your dessert heaven. They bake various kinds of cakes, Jar desserts, cupcakes, Brownies, chocolates and a lot more. Their cakes range from Rs. 1000- 1800 per kg depending on the cake you choose. For cupcakes, you need to order minimum 12 pieces. They also make Chocolate Hampers for occasions.

The first time I tried her stuff, the delivery had gone terribly wrong because of which all the desserts she had sent were mixed into each other, causing a flavourful confusion of sorts. So the second time around, she made sure she sent me a proper box with 6 cupcakes so I could taste each one properly. Here’s what I thought.

VIK 2Gooey Chocolate Brownie (Rs. 750 for 750gms) – Excellent taste and texture of the brownie. It could have been more gooey but otherwise, it was absolutely yummyinmytummy.

Red Velvet cupcake (Rs. 70 per piece) – Not many can get the Red Velvet right in terms of everything. I enjoyed every bite of this one!

Salted Caramel Kitkat (Rs. 70 per piece) – The crunchiness of the Kitkat along with the cupcake made it a very enjoyable eating experience.

Boston Cream Pastry cupcake (Rs. 75 per piece) – My favourite from all the cupcakes I tried! It was amazing how the cream came oozing out after my first bite. I can’t tell you how much I loved it! I was left craving for more after I finished gobbling it down within seconds! An absolute must have for sure!

Homemade Toffee Buttercream cupcake (Rs. 70 per piece) – This was my least favourite cupcake to be honest. I felt the icing was too strong in flavour and it overpowered the muffin underneath.

Hummus (Rs.250 for 450gms) – Now, she doesn’t usually make Hummus unless you’re an old client of hers or unless she really loves you but I have to say I’m just lucky cause I got to try her Hummus. It is perfect, probably the best hummus I’ve ever had! If you’re lucky too or get the chance to, you must order the Hummus for any party or when you want to have a healthy meal.

VIK HUmmusWhere? – Currently Shazli works out of her home kitchen in Bandra near Mount Mary Church. You can call her on 9819652129 to place an order or follow Vanilla Infused Kitchen on Instagram and Facebook to see delicious, mouth watering pictures of all the cakes she bakes!

Verdict– Vanilla Infused Kitchen has lip smacking desserts which you just can’t resist. I’ve only tried the cupcakes yet, but I can’t wait to try all the other items on her menu. I recommend the Boston Cream pastry cupcake, Brownie and Hummus! Go try!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Oct 30 2015

Titli- Movie Review

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An interestingly told and engaging story of a man, his wife and his life with noteworthy performances by the entire cast.

Rating- 3.5/5

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Oct 5 2015

Brewbot, Andheri (W)- Review

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Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Came here for the second time and it’s been an equally disappointing experience.

Food– The food is bland, the quantity is less and nothing great about the taste overall.
They brew their own beer and we had called for the Mojo Rising 2 ltrs tower which was nice and malty. I had a Cranberry Basil punch which was good.
The fries were so less…smaller than Mc Donald’s regular sized fries. The boys had the Chicken slider which is basically 3 mini burgers that they said were very bad. Karan said that the bread was more flavourful than the pattie. Shame! He would rate that dish -1 on 5. Uuhhh yeah that bad.
The Farmhouse pizza which had a pesto base, topped with bell peppers and pine nuts was so-so. Bland again. We avoided the mushrooms and pumpkin on it. Thank God!
The Onion rings were… wait for it… bland again. Less oily though, which is a good thing.
The Lemon cheesecake was thankfully our last order and luckily tasted good with the right texture and taste. I would have it again if I ever went there.

Ambience– Great place to hang out with a nice vibe, good music and comfortable seating. They have Jenga and Uno to entertain. It’s quite a large place actually with an inside and outside section along with a space on top as well.

Service–  Good service. We would have liked better recommendations for food though.

Prices– We paid Rs. 3549 in total for the 4 of us  including the Beer tower which is not bad but it pinched ‘cause the food was not good at all.

Verdict– Gave it a second chance and was disappointed again. I’m not sure if I’d go there again. Oh well.

Rating– 1.5/5

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Sep 11 2015

Hero- Movie Review

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A typical Bollywood masala film with a screenplay written for the 90s era, made for star kids from 2015 who can barely act.

Rating- 2.5/5

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