Jul 17 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan- Movie Review


Bajrangi Bhaijaan posterI woke up at 7am to watch my Salman Khan in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Excitement was flowing through my system even as I was on my way to PVR Juhu, impatient to watch the 9am show, and before that hoping there wouldn’t be a long queue for tickets. So there I was in my seat, waiting eagerly for my Salman to appear on the big screen. But even before he came, the visuals before me took me in completely, making me forget that I was there, so early in the morning just for him.

Plot in short– ‘Shahida’ (Harshali Malhotra) a mute 6 year old girl from the Kashmiri side of Pakistan named after her mother’s favourite cricket Shahid Afridi gets left behind near the tracks of a train going from India to Pakistan in the wee hours of the night as she gets off trying to save a goat’s kid stuck inside a ditch. Finding another train to get onto, she hopes to go back home to her mother only reaching a village in Haryana where she meets our Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Salman Khan). Pawan or Bajrangi as he calls himself is a worshipper of Lord Hanuman, the monkey God and believes in always telling the truth. He meets Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan), his father’s friend’s daughter in Delhi and also stays in their house. They fall in love and want to get married but can only do so if Pawan can make enough money to buy a house.  Shahida who is mute and cannot read or write has no way to tell them where she’s from and so she too starts living with Rasika’s family and Pawan. As time passes by they find out that she’s from Pakistan and the only person who can take her there is Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Will he be able to cross the border and find her family? What are the obstacles that come in their way when he tries to?

The Good– Everything about the movie is good. I am not even exaggerating. Director Kabir Khan and his entire crew have let no stone unturned in making sure that the movie is made in the most honest and sincere way, not thinking of only Salman Khan and his superstar status. Salman Khan’s role is that of a very simple guy and he plays it with perfection. I can easily say that this is Salman’s finest performance and he made us cry this time. The pretty little girl Harshali Malhotra too is excellent as a mute child. She speaks volumes with her hand gestures and eyes alone. Kareena Kapoor Khan is merely a supporting actor here with not much to do but she looks gorgeous and does her usual Kareena stuff. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s entry scene is superb! The funny Pakistani reporter Chand Nawab’s scene is exactly like the one I had seen on Youtube ages ago and laughed my ass off. He’s one of the best actors we have today and is as natural as natural can get. Also, the screenplay is refreshing and moves steadily throughout. The camera work is brilliant. Beautiful visuals. The music is not the typical Salman Khan type foot tapping sorts that we’ve heard and danced to in the past. The ‘Selfie’ song is quite fun though. People in the theatre went crazy! Technically superb and emotionally perfect.

The Not-so-good– To be honest, I can’t think of anything. Just the fact that Salman Khan didn’t have any work to do apart from go and drop the girl to her mother.

Verdict– This has to be the best Salman Khan movie after Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Pure content with brilliant performances. Left me teary eyed in the end.

Rating– 4.5/5

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Apr 11 2014

Bhoothnath Returns- Movie Review


Preachy and a little too long, Bhoothnath Returns is not as entertaining as the first part even though it’s got great performances, especially from the little boy- Parth Bhalerao.

Rating- 2.5/5


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Oct 11 2013

War Chhod Na Yaar- Movie Review


war-chhod-na-yaar posterWe’ve seen movies like Border and LOC based on the never-ending Indo-Pak war. And now we have ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’ which is a satirical comedy on the concept of war between the two nations. Here’s what I thought of it.

The concept is based on the title. India and Pakistan are at constant war with each other and the reasons just keep growing. In this movie, Captain Rana (Sherman Joshi) from India and Captain Qureshi (Jaaved Jafferi) are soldiers on different sides of the border but friends. They have no problems with each other except for the one the ministers from both the countries, China and USA have. News reporter Ruth Dutta (Soha Ali Khan), who is eagerly looking for a breaking story, finds that the whole ‘war’ scene doesn’t really exist but is created because of some really selfish politicians for their own selfish purposes.

Director Faraz Haider has smartly executed the concept even though the screenplay is not as good as one would have expected it to be. It could definitely have been written better. Like for instance there are some really lame situations like when chicken are released on to the other side of the border to distract the Pakistani soldiers. I understand that they were trying to be funny but it’s extremely stupid to see that in a ‘war’ situation. There are some funny scenes and the rest are just trying-to-be-funny. The whole antakshari part looks incredibly fake and pointless. Also, there’s a lot of hate for China from the writers and director and that is evident in abundance throughout the film.

The setting is bang on. The desert, the barbed wires, tents, etc. make it look very real. The background music is average and the music is not worth mentioning. The cinematography by Sejal Shah is good. Visually, the film is rich, well, atleast everything shot at the desert.

Coming to the performances, Sharman Joshi and Jaaved Jafferi are both at par with each other. They are fun to watch and very entertaining. Dalip Tahil who has multiple roles plays his parts with ease and a huge amount of confidence. He doesn’t make the US accent sound bad at all. Sanjay Mishra too is hilarious to watch and has played his part well. Soha Ali Khan is seen too many times as a reporter now so there was nothing challenging or different about her in this film. She was good but nothing to write about.

Overall, War Chhod Na Yaar is good but not as good as it could have been. There are a lot of drawbacks from the writing and direction department.

Rating– 2.5/5



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Dec 4 2010

Phas Gaye Re Obama- Movie Review


I had to take a pick between watching Deepika Padukone act and a movie I wasn’t expecting much from. I chose the latter and so, I went for Phas gaye re Obama.

Rajat Kapoor plays a NRI in New York who is struck by recession and hence comes to India to sell his ancestral property in some village. He comes across crazy gundas with a hierarchy obviously leading to a politician. The movie is basically about how he gets out of the mess and returns home to his family.

So… The first half was kinda boring. The story is good and interesting but the dialogues and direction lack big time! There might be some dialogues that were really funny because there were these 2 mad guys sitting next to me who laughed at everything but in general, the entertainment quotient was a little less. The second half was still better. They’ve tried to make the setting look very real but it seems a little pointless because the dialogues and big city- accent don’t match the setting.

As an actor I’ve always thought Rajat Kapoor is slightly dull and a little too subtle in his acting. He to me, just didn’t suit the role. Neha Dhupia who plays the role of a gundi tried really hard but unfortunately she didn’t sound or look like one! Amol Gupte, Manu Rishi and Sanjay Mishra were really good. They delivered what they were meant to.  Luckily there were no songs in the movie!

Overall, the movie is ok and can be watched at home. No need to go to the theatre.

Rating– 2.5/5

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