Jun 19 2016

Udta Punjab- Movie Review


A hard hitting film filled with top notch performances that brings out all kinds of emotions and opens your eyes to harsh realities from India’s very own Punjab.


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Oct 2 2014

Haider- Movie Review


haider-posterYou know its a Vishal Bhardwaj film when you walk out of the theatre with a heavy heart. Haider is not your typical Bollywood flick and Shahid Kapoor is far from being the ‘Chocolate Boy’ in this powerful film. Here’s my review.

Plot in Short– Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Haider, the film tells the story of Haider (Shahid Kapoor), a poet who returns to his home after several years only to find that his father is missing, his house is burnt and his mother is having an affair with his uncle. Something’s fishy and Haider does not plan to let it be.

The Good– The adaptation has been brilliantly executed. To have Kashmir as the backdrop of the film only made it more interesting. Vishal Bhardwaj has played his cards well and made a masterpiece of a film. Superb screenplay written by him along with Basharrat Peer. I actually made an effort to read the credits online once I got home because making such a powerful film like this, rich in content is not common. Each character has been given life, making the viewer completely engrossed in watching the film from beginning to end no matter how long it is. The cinematographer Pankaj Kumar has captured beautiful moments on camera, making Kashmir look splendid in its most raw form. The most amazing part about Haider is the stunning performances by each and every actor. Award winning performances especially by Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Shahid Kapoor. Its films like these and a director like Vishal Bhardwaj that bring out the best in these actors. I can easily say that this is Shahid Kapoor’s and Shraddha Kapoor’s best film yet. The music and background score which is intense too goes very well with the theme of the film. The song ‘Bismil’ has been choreographed very well and is well composed. I also really really liked the song ‘Aao na’. I couldn’t imagine anyone but Vishal Dadlani singing it!

The Not-so-good–  There’s not much I didn’t like in this movie apart from the fact that it is slightly long and a bit disconnected in a few parts but I guess that’s the beauty of it.

Verdict– Get blown! Haider must be watched for its performances, direction, story, music, Kashmir, cinematography, background score and almost everything else. I loved it!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Dec 6 2013

R…Rajkumar- Movie Review


R Rajkumar posterR…Rajkumar is certainly not another Rowdy Rathore! It can’t even be compared and expect not to be impressed! Here’s why.

The basic story is that Romeo Rajkumar (Shahid Kapoor) goes to Dhartipur and starts working for a Drug dealer Shivraj (Sonu Sood) and is given the dirty job of getting rid of the drug dealer’s rival dealer Parmar (Ashish Vidyarthi). While he’s meant to destroy Parmar, he falls for Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha). Now he does not know that Parmar is Chanda’s uncle and has joined hands with Shivraj because Shivraj too has his eyes on Chanda for marriage. Will Rajkumar be able to stand up against his own boss for his love?

Prabhu Deva must realise that not all his movies will work in Bollywood. This one falls into the ‘masala film’ catergory, yes but isn’t ‘masaaledaar’ enough. The problem lies in the story and screenplay. To a certain extent, direction too. There’s no substance in the basic story and because of that the screenplay suffers. There’s one dialogue that is overused in the film- “Silent ho jaa varna voilent ho jaaoonga”.  I was quite fed up with all the repetition in terms of content for the film so I definitely think it could have been edited better with more concentration on the script.

Stylingwise, Shahid Kapoor looks ok. There’s nothing great about the way he looks. In fact, Sonu Sood stands out more. Sonakshi Sinha in Indian clothes looks perfect for the role and carries off every piece of clothing with flare. The action scenes have been shot and choreographed very well. I’d say, that’s probably one of the good things in the film.

The cinematography is good. The art direction and choice of locations is lovely. Sandeep Chowta is brilliant when it comes to background score and music in general and R Rajkumar is not exception in terms of superb background score. Pritam’s music is alright in the fim. Except for ‘Gandi baat’ and ‘Saari ke fall se’ I didn’t quite enjoy any songs. The item number is forgettable. The choreography of all the songs is very good though, especially Gandi baat and Saree ke fall se. Shahid Kapoor is just getting better as a dancer!

As an actor I wouldn’t say Shahid Kapoor has gotten better. In fact, I think this film just doesn’t go with his personality even though he has put in all the efforts to be as dramatic as possible. Sonakshi Sinha as an actress is great but this is another one of her films where she’s just there to look good and do a bit of nakhras. Both lack chemistry as the lead pair of the film. Sonu Sood not only looks good in the film but also does a good job with acting. He creates more of an impact as compared to Shahid Kapoor. (So sad!)

So as a film R Rajkumar fails to impress. The acting overall is decent and the action is very good. Apart from that, everything is unimpressive so avoid watching R…Rajkumar.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Sep 20 2013

Phata Poster Nikla Hero- Movie Review


Phata poster nikla hero posterWhat a movie! Ha! That’s not to be taken as a compliment, just by the way. I wouldn’t dare recommend it to anyone or I’ll have stones thrown at me, especially from the serious movie types.

Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) wants to be a typical Bollywood hero. His mother (Padmini Kolhapure) on the other hand wants him to be a Police Officer and make her proud and so she makes him promise that he’ll be a good, honest and non-corrupt cop when he grows up. Circumstances and various situations, sometimes known and sometimes unpredictable, lead him into acting like a real life cop, making things difficult for them. During this madness, he meets Kajal (Ileana D’cruz) who’s a social activist and is constantly informing the cops about any bad things that she witnesses. Together they get themselves into a mess and being a hero is the only way out.

If you’re seen Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani or Andaz Apna Apna, you would be aware of his exaggerated style of film making which includes everything from the dialogues to the screenplay to the acting.  In Phata poster nikla hero, Mr. Santoshi over does everything. The first half is still ok and a little enjoyable but by the second half we lost the plot. From being a hero to cop to hero again and to a cop again, Santoshi not only confuses the hell out of us but also the character. It’s so sad that Shahid Kapoor had to play such an indecisive man who can’t follow his dream and who’s like one of those people living in the 20th century still. There were very few ‘laugh-out-loud’ scenes.

The styling is great! Both Shahid and Ileana look great! I also really liked the art direction and overall look of the film. I didn’t however think the cinematographer Ravi Yadav did complete justice with his camera work.  There are many action scenes in the film which have been choreographed pretty well.

The music is ok. The song ‘Main tere agal bagal hoon’ stands out and is fun to watch and listen to. ‘Dhating’ starts off randomly but is choreographed well. Shahid Kapoor as we all know is a superb dancer! Apart from that, the music doesn’t cause much of a stir.

With a film like this, the actors are the ones who have the capacity to carry the entire film on their shoulders. Shahid Kapoor sort of does that but can’t do much with such a weak script. He’s a great looker with funny lower teeth and a great body though which add to his plus points. Ileana D’Cruz has a typical girl-who-has-no-other-kaam-dhandha kind of role. She looks pretty and has done the exaggerated acting bit as told to her but somehow she looks very out of place. Saurabh Shukla and Darshan Jariwala are both brilliant and do their roles with flourish! Padmini Kolhapure is good. Salman Khan in his cameo role has the most ridiculous dialogues and doesn’t do anything but promote Being Human and Andaz Apna Apna 2! Mukesh Tiwari as the Napoleon, the villain is just about ok.

Phata Poster Nikla Hero is very average. Shahid Kapoor deserves to do better films.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jun 22 2012

Teri Meri Kahaani- Movie Review


I had only seen the songs from the movie and I was sort of confused what the movie would be like. It looked like just another chick flick. Was it?

Well, Kunal Kohli as a director is back with his kind of cinema which is filled with fairytale romance and lots of happy things, very tastefully done. Shahid and Priyanka star in 3 mini stories in 1 big story where the main idea is the same- where love overcomes everything and if it’s meant to be, it will happen. The 3 mini stories are based in 1910, 1960 and 2012.

Kunal Kohli has proved himself as a good director in the past with movies like Hum Tum and Fanaa and Mujhse Dosti Karoge. Being a period romance film, which moves into 3 different eras, it was a pretty tough job to do. But I think he’s done it really well. I personally felt that the 1960s era was depicted the best. Showing good old Bombay, keeping in mind the smallest details in the sets, costumes, makeup, hair, etc., I felt the entire look was bang on. The 1910 and 2012 ka stories also had a very real look; 2012 maybe a little exaggerated. The first half was too good and I was actually looking forward to watching the second half but that kinda let me down. The pace of the film slowed down along with the interest level. Even the background music was very very good.

Shahid Kapoor looks fantastic in the film. He’s even gotten better as an actor and is superb in the first half. Priyanka Chopra somehow doesn’t suit the role of a girl in the 1960s or 1910. She looks too modern and her body language doesn’t communicate otherwise. She’s acted decently. I thought Prachi Desai in her small role was great though. Her understated acting makes her stand out and she was perfect for the role.

All in all Teri Meri Kahaani is nice but could have been way better.

Rating– 3/5

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Sep 23 2011

Mausam- Movie Review


All the controversies in the past 2 weeks actually got me more excited than I was to watch Mausam. It looked like the perfect romantic movie in this lovely season. So, how awesome was Mausam? You’re just about to find out.

The story is something like this- Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor like each other but since they’re both very conservative and shy, they can’t express their love to each other. Then Sonam moves to Scotland and Shahid bichara can’t find her until after 7 years in Scotland. They meet and date but  when she’s finally going to make him meet her family, he disappears due to the Kargil war. Now in that war, he paralyses his left arm and can’t go back cause he’s afraid she wont accept him so now she’s waiting for him. To look for him, she goes to their old village, but can’t find him there. This Pakda-pakdi thing goes on for a few more years (mausams) and leads to a very crazy last half hour of the movie.

Believe me; being a hardcore romantic movies lover, I actually thought this movie would have some soul. The song ‘Rabba main toh mar gaya oye’ is so beautiful; that actually made me think that the movie would be too. But afsos, it’s so painfully long and the last half hour as I said is so stupid that you might want to actually curse yourself for sitting through it. There could have been a simple story but no, do ghanton ko teen ghante mein stretch kiya hai and as a result, you kind of get restless towards the end. Pankaj Kapur’s definitely lost it.

Shahid Kapoor has acted really well and looked very good as Harinder Singh. His character is very lovable but somehow I felt that the story made him look like an idiot in the second half, especially the part where he reaches out for a small kid on a ferrous wheel with his paralysed hand. Reminds me of Nirupa Roy in Amar Akbar Anthony and how Sai Baba sends light into her eyes for her to see again. Sonam Kapoor on the other hand, luckily had very few lines to say and did her part well. She looked simple and yet classy.

The music was decent and the cinematography was nice too but the story was dragged and the director and editor need to go back to 1975 for making a love story that is so not believable, let alone romantic! In short, Mausam was boresome!

Rating– 2/5


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Jul 9 2010

Milenge Milenge- Movie Review


I love watching stupid movies and but obviously, this one had to be on my list of ‘Stupid movies to watch’! So I woke up my brother and dragged him to New Empire to watch Milenge Milenge because I knew no one else would agree to go for it! 😛

Ok now from where do I start?! The movie has bad music, bad dialogues, bad costumes, bad make-up & hair, bad chemistry between Kareena & Shahid, copied story and uska bhi bad execution! Now to watch all this bad stuff, I luckily went to a bad theatre where I spent only 60 bucks!

I’m not being mean! Before going for the movie I did know it would be a stupid movie and that I should not expect much from it; but this is below what I expected also! As most would know, this movie is inspired by the Hollywood flick ‘Serendipity’, which is one of the sweetest romantic- comedies ever made. But this movie is anything but sweet, romantic or comedy. Ok maybe one two scenes here and there were funny but otherwise, the movie is quite sad. Kareena and Shahid were a thousand times better in Jab we met!

I wont say I regret going for it. It’s not so bad also… It’ll remind you of one of those films they made in the 90s. In fact, their dressing sense is so bad; it takes you back at least 10 years in time! I’ll say go with your friends and have a good laugh.

Rating- 1.5/5

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