Aug 8 2013

Chennai Express- Movie Review

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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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Feb 10 2012

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu- Movie Review

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I was really really looking forward to watching this romantic comedy especially ‘cause Kareena was in it and Karan Johar had produced it. Is it the perfect movie to watch with your Valentine? You’re just about to find out!

As we’ve all heard, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is inspired by the movie ‘What Happens in Vegas’ but I felt it was also similar to ‘Just Married’, ‘Wake up Sid’, ‘I hate Love Stories’, ‘Break ke baad’ and many more such movies. A guy and a girl, get drunk one night and when they wake up the next morning, they’re married. Now all they need to do is get an annulment of their marriage. But, during this period, love comes in the way and things take a turn.

I honestly expected better from this film. Even though it’s barely a 2 hours film, the pace is slow and gets a little pointless. It could easily pass off as a one hour episode of one of the popular comedy sitcoms.  So much could have been done in those 2 hours! I’m not saying that what’s there is bad; I’m just saying that there could have been scenes which would add to making the story interesting. But I loved the camera work, costumes, art direction and make up.

Actingwise, I think Imran Khan has done a good job. He’s definitely getting better at acting and is also getting movies that suit him. Kareena Kapoor is good but too much smiling got a little annoying, even though she looks gorgeous!

Amit Trivedi as a music director has been pretty promising in the past. I wonder what went wrong here. Except for the title track, I wouldn’t care to listen to any of the other tracks.

Overall, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is not a chick flick I’d recommend, especially if you’re going to watch it with your Valentine. Maybe my expectations were too high but this one’s just ok.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Feb 3 2012

Chronicle- Movie Review

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Interesting, exciting and engaging Chronicle is a movie you must watch!

Rating- 3.5/5

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Feb 1 2012

Oye Kake, Fort- Review

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I had heard so much about this place and how it serves pure Amritsari water and blah blah blah that I just had to go check it out! Here’s what I thought of it.

Food– You’ll find North Indian food here- kulchas, dals, parathas, sabjis, chawal basically typical Punjabi cuisine. We were four of us and decided to call for 2 lassis (initial taste-bitter, found a small strip of plastic in mine so probably readymade lassi), 2 makke di rotis (ok), 1 sarson da saag (slightly bland), 1 Amritsari roasted papad (not nice) and 1 Cheese garlic kulcha (no traces or taste of cheese) to start with. We got complementary chhole (decent) with the kulcha. So yeah, after being totally disappointed with the food, we decided not to call for anything more and fill our stomachs properly at a restaurant we could trust. About the Amritsari water taste, does it really matter?

Ambience– Oye Kake is located in an area your dad might be familiar with. It’s in Fort, the left lane from Chroma, right next to Yazdani Bakery. The décor is simple, contemporary with a dash of ‘desi’ness.  The music instruments, frames and fun stuff on the wall brings out the theme but I wish there were more colours.

Service– The service was sad. When I gave them the strip of plastic they just took and it didn’t even apologize let alone do something about the lassi. Also, I don’t think they really cared if we really enjoyed the meal ‘cause they didn’t bother to come and take feedback or in any way look like they were interested in working on their negatives.

Prices– The prices are very reasonable but the food and service make me regretfully say that it’s not worth it. The kulcha was for Rs. 89, the sarson da saag for Rs. 89, Lassi for Rs. 40, Makke di roti Rs. 25. The bill came up to Rs. 368 and we were barely full or satisfied.

Verdict– They’ve got to change their attitude most importantly followed by the food quality. They do have potential to do better.

Rating– 2/5

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Jan 27 2012

The Descendants- Movie Review

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Heartwarming film with a beautiful setting, great performances and superb cinematography!

Rating- 4/5

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Jan 26 2012

Agneepath- Movie Review

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I hadn’t seen the original Agneepath and neither was I that excited to watch this one because of the violence but Sanjay Dutt’s look and Hrithik Roshan sort of made me want to; also because Karan Johar was producing it, I thought it might just be worth a watch.

The story is very 90s so you might not be able to relate to it completely but anyway… Vijay’s father is killed by Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) who wants to claim Mandwa (land/ small town) and use it for his cocaine business. When Vijay (Hrithik Roshan) grows up, he joins Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) who is into human and drug trafficking and a direct link to Kancha. So he uses him to take badla from his arch enemy- Bollywood’s wanna-be-Voldemort (Sanjay Dutt).

Being 26th January, a national holiday, the theatres were all House Full! I swear! It’s been a long time since Ruchi Mehta has not got tickets for a movie! But luckily, I got at Regal and went for the evening show.

Coming to the movie, I thought the direction was very good! The dialogues could’ve been more impactful to bring out the intensity and filminess. The setting and costumes were pretty good and even the cinematography. I particularly thought the background music was superb and added a lot of character to the movie. The special effects were quite bad though.

Acting-wise, Rishi Kapoor was brilliant and played his part the best, Sanjay Dutt looked eerie and villainous which was the intention and was even pretty good as Kancha but I think he could have still acted better, Hrithik Roshan was very intense, true to his character and did not overdo the acting so yes he was very good, Priyanka Chopra was ok ya just that she had a useless role.

The music was very ok. Chikni Chameli is copied but Katrina Kaif’s moves in the song were just too good! I really really liked this song by Sonu Nigam called ‘Abhi mujh mein kahin’. Beautifully sung!

Overall, Agneepath was ok. Decently entertaining but too long!

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Jan 18 2012

Kerala Ayurveda Centre, Andheri (w)- Review

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I got a good deal from Snapdeal which is what made me go to Kerala Ayurveda Centre for  this particular massage package. Here’s more on it.

The package– The package was for Rs. 1650 but I got it for Rs. 400 thanks to Snapdeal. It included a head massage, a full body massage, an Ayurvedic facial, a Nasiyama (nasal Ayurvedic drops) and supposedly steam which I didn’t get ‘cause they expected me to choose – either a bath or steam that too after knowing that a person’s body would be dripping in oil after the massage! So obviously I chose to go for a bath instead. The total time allotted for this was 1 hour 20 mins.

The place– Let me be clear with you. Spa might just make a massage sound better but this was clearly just a massage place and in no way a spa as I thought it would be! Located at Andheri West, Kerala Ayurveda Centre is on the first floor of the building to the right of Star Bazar. It’s quite a shady place and I definitely wouldn’t go there knowingly. There’s no music, no dim lights and no AC! I was actually hunting for hidden cameras because the place looked like one of those, you know? Luckily there weren’t and I with relief went for my massage package.

The experience– The massage was good but the head massage wasn’t. It wasn’t relaxing like it should have been and it all got over in 50 minutes. When I asked the lady she said ‘bas itna hi hai’ and the remaining time was apparently for the bath. I was quite pissed off and even told her that the package is for 1 hr 20 mins after which she gave me a massage for 10 mins more. The Nasiyama was horrible! It didn’t open help clear my nose or throat but instead gave me irritation in my throat. Plus the shadiness of the room was getting to me! For my bath I was given Medimix soap and 2 small sachets of Pantene Shampoo and a towel that didn’t smell clean. Ugh.

Cost and Duration– In spite of what they say, the package is for 1 hr only and 20 mins is allotted for your bath. It costs Rs. 1650 (Snapdeal- Rs. 400)

Verdict– I wouldn’t go there again. Not worth it at all!

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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Jan 13 2012

Ghost- Movie Review

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The worst wanna-be-scary movie I have seen yet with bad cinematography, bad story, bad direction, ugly make-up and bad acting from everyone but Shiney Ahuja.

Rating- 0.5/5

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Jan 6 2012

Players- Movie Review

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Painfully long but entertaining and well shot with pakao music by Pritam and Neil Nitin Mukesh’s best performance yet!

Rating- 3/5

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