Feb 7 2014

Hasee Toh Phasee- Movie Review


hasee-toh-phasee-movie-posterHasee toh Phasee is not your typical romantic comedy! But then, we all know that Parineeti Chopra does not do the typical Bollywood films! Anyway, here’s my review.

Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) is in a committed relationship with Karishma (Adah Sharma). They are engaged to get married but it’s more of conditional love than actual love between the two. And then he meets Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), Karishma’s sister who had fought and run away from home 7 years back and has now returned for her sister’s wedding. She’s a bit strange and he’s stuck in his current personal life and professional life scenario. Can Nikhil find his true identity in a relationship? Can Meeta sort herself out and start expressing herself better?

Director Vinil Matthew has made an unpretentious, refreshingly different and youthful romantic flick that surprises you and entertains you at the same time. The screenplay is slightly slow in parts and could have been better but well written nonetheless. The kind of humour you will find is situational more than slapstick and you will find yourself giggling from time to time. I like that. Also, the characters have certain traits that are different from the usual heroes and heroines we see in our films. I like that the emotional moments aren’t given the melodramatic treatment. They’re subtle and have their own identity which is cool.

The look of the film is great. I love the way the camera takes us into their lives showing not a glossy but a very natural and beautiful picture. Siddharth Malhotra’s brown eyes made me want to stare at them forever! The styling is simple and fits the characters well. I like that Parineeti’s look was not glamourous at all and that like the rest of us, she repeats her clothes.

The background score is apt and the music by Vishal & Shekhar is decent. I like the songs ‘Zehnaseeb’ and ‘Manchala’. I also love Ishq Bulava…It’s been sung really well.

Parineeti Chopra is the definite hero of the film. She’s just superb in her acting and dialogue delivery. Her stoned expressions, the ease with which she says really difficult lines, her simplicity and casual demeanour all speak volumes for her. She’s got no pretence whatsoever and makes every scene worth watching. Now, Siddharth Malhotra is totally drool-worthy! He’s unpretentiously hot and mysterious. There’s something about him! You know what I mean? Anyway, about his performance, well, he’s alright. He’s a bit ‘thanda’ as a performer. Adah Sharma looks pretty and convinces as the difficult girlfriend even though her features don’t make her look so. Manoj Joshi as the father is brilliant throughout. Acting comes to him naturally and he’s just right with the way he expresses. Sharat Saxena, Sameer Khakhar and all the other supporting actors have done a good job.

Overall, Hasee toh Phasee as a title may not suit the film but if you’re looking to watch an unconventional romantic comedy, watch this one.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 7 2013

Club 60- Movie Review


Club 60 posterNot very often do you get to watch movies like Club 60. There’s something very endearing about movies like that because they come straight from the heart. So when I read the title, I thought it would be an extremely lame film with a bunch of oldies but I was clearly wrong.

The film tells the story of Tarique (Farooque Sheikh) and his wife Saira (Sarika). They move to Mumbai after their only son dies in a shootout in the U.S. Tarique who was working goes into depression while Saira continues to work to get her mind off what has happened. On a random day, they meet Manubhai (Raghubir Yadav) who is full of life, can be pushy and annoying and wears the most atrocious clothes. He encourages the couple to open up, meet people and become members of Club 60. This Club 60 is not just a place for senior citizens to play a sport or eat food but also to bond and fill the gaps they have in their life.

Director Sanjay Tripathi has done everything right to make a heartfelt film. The story is simple and has a lot of soul. More than anything, the screenplay here works. The characters are well etched out, are relatable and bring a sense of warmth into the story. The dialogues don’t seem forced or fake crating a natural flow and making it fun to watch. There’s not pretence whatsoever in terms of costumes, make up or look of the film.

The camera work is good in parts but otherwise very basic. I also felt that the background music went well with the theme. The music is not bad either but I wish there were fewer songs in the movie. I like the Ghazal-ish song that comes towards the end.

Being an emotional film, the actors had a major role to play. They would either make or break the film. Luckily, the performances are all top rated. Farooque Sheikh and Sarika have great chemistry and are natural actors. It’s lovely to see the emotions on Sarika’s face. So lovable and motherly. Farooque Sheikh too is so good that he says so much without saying anything at all. Raghubir Yadav has a very annoying character to play but he plays it with flair. Towards the end, I did get teary eyed while watching him perform and ended up ignoring his really bad tshirts which he’s worn throughout the film. Sharat Saxena, Tinny Anand and Satish Shah too are fun to watch.

Overall, a sweet and heartwarming film with characters you will love and feel connected to although it is slightly dragged. Go watch with your grandparents!

Rating– 3.5/5


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Sep 13 2013

John Day- Movie Review


John Day posterJohn Day looked extremely interesting when I saw the trailer and of course Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda have the biggest part to play in that. Well, I should have just stuck to the trailer. Here’s why.

John Day’s (Naseeruddin Shah) daughter lies to her parents to go to a romantic forest outing with her boyfriend but dies mysteriously. Two years later, Day’s wife (Shernaz Patel) is attacked at their home, again mysteriously and she goes into coma soon after. At the same time, the bank he’s a manager of is robbed leaving behind a file which has information about the same place his daughter was murdered. This affects John Day to a great extent and from there starts his journey to find the murderer of his daughter and justice for his wife. Randeep Hooda plays a corrupt and a violent cop (so scary that he bites off people’s ears and breaks heads with thick sticks lying around!) who’s had a seriously damaging past that affects him and people in his present. He’s involved in this situation too. Sigh!

The first half was very interesting and gripping. I liked the pace and the way things were going. But the moment the second half started, things started getting extremely complicated and difficult to understand the point. Make a dark film with thrills, understandable. Make a dark film with too many things happening and not getting to the point can be a waste of time. In this case, I was getting impatient for the film to end because of so much going on. Ahishor Solomon (debutant director) got too carried away trying to make his movie as thrilling and intense as he could. The screenplay went a bit haywire. The cinematography by Prakash Kutty is good, especially the scenes where natural light is used. Nice locations and realistic setting.

Superb background music by Sandeep Chowta as usual. There are lots of scenes in which all you can hear is the sound of the cigarette burning while Randeep Hooda takes a drag. It takes courage to have so much silence in a film. It’s a good thing there’s no music in the film because without it too, it gets quite a bit.

The performances are the saving grace of the film. Randeep Hooda and Naseeruddin Shah are both brilliant actors. They are effortless and natural in their acting.  Even though Naseeruddin Shah has the whole film named after his character, I think Randeep Hooda is outstanding in the film. His performance is top notch and his good looks don’t come in the way of that. Shernaz Patel is a great actress too and so motherly that you instantly feel for her. Elena Kazan who plays Randeep Hooda’s girlfriend has a strange accent but acts well. Sharat Saxena and Makarand Deshpande too are actors of another level.

As a thriller, John Day is a big let down. I saw ‘Horror Story’ on the same day and trust me I enjoyed that more!  So yeah, if it weren’t for the performances, I would not have liked the film at all.

Rating– 2/5


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