Mar 18 2016

Kapoor and Sons- Movie Review


kapoorandsons posterYou know how some movies take you in emotionally and leave you speechless. Kapoor and Sons is just that kind of movie. Who would’ve thought!

Plot in short– Arjun, the younger brother (Sidharth Malhotra) works as a bartender and a struggling writer in New Jersey while Rahul (Fawad Khan), the older brother, successful writer and entrepreneur is happy in London. They’re forced to come back to their roots, in Coonoor when their 89 years old grandfather (Rishi Kapoor) suffers a heart attack. During their time together at home, they find out that their parents (Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor) are going through a rough marriage and financially, their father is finding it difficult to cope with the times. They also meet Tia (Alia Bhatt) and develop fondness and friendships individually. The brothers too have their own issues which need to be sorted amongst themselves. How will this dysfunctional family who throws crockery at each other while fighting be able to be happy and together again?

The Good– There are very few movies that have a mix of everything, the kind we call ‘Masala movies’ in Bollywood. The perception one has for this label is that these movies have music, dance, romance, melodrama, action and comedy. Movies like DDDLJ, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dil to pagal hai, Dil, Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met, etc. are great examples. I could see myself feeling all the emotions that were meant to be felt while watching the film. Director Shakun Batra is fantastic! He knows how to draw your attention and not let it leave the screen. I swear I did not look at my phone except for in the interval to say how much I’m enjoying the film. The screenplay writing is so perfect that I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s written for the audience of today, an audience that will relate and accept and love. There are a lot of lovely colours and beautiful looking sets that make Coonoor look picture perfect. And lets also give some credit to the performances. The actors, all of them- Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan are brilliant. Even the guy who plays the Kishor, the servant is such a natural. I don’t think the film would have been so good without the realistic performances. It’s just overall such a fun, emotional and happy film that I can’t help but sing praises of it.

The Not-so-good– While I loved the film in its entirety, there are some flaws which can easily be ignored because you’ll be having such a good time. Things like chemistry- Alia Bhatt with Sidharth Malhotra… just didn’t see any. Also, funny how staying in Coonoor or abroad, they all have a typical ‘Bambaiya’ accent. The Mandakini and potty jokes were a bit too much.

Verdict– Get out and watch Kapoor and Sons NOW! You just can’t miss it, dude! Once you see it, you will know why I said so. Ok bye!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Aug 14 2015

Brothers- Movie Review


So good to see Jackie Shroff act again along with Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra totally rocking it with their performances in a film that could have been so much more meaty in terms of screenplay.

Rating- 3/5


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Jun 27 2014

Ek Villain- Movie Review


ek-villain-movie-posterFrom the looks of it, Ek Villain looked like a must watch film, especially because it seemed like a good ‘thriller’. How thrilling was it? You’re just about to find out.

Plot in short– Guru (Siddharth Malhotra), a gangster because of circumstances and Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) fall in love and are married. The love story loses balance when a psychopath serial killer (Riteish Deshmukh) kills Aisha. When his lover becomes the latest victim of the serial killer, Guru blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.

The Good– Riteish Deshmukh takes the cake for performing like a star. He is very talented and should definitely be seen in more films. Siddharth Malhotra is a complete hotty and I have a huge crush on him. Haha! Besides the looks part, he’s acted well too. I like that he’s not too filmy or melodramatic. He’s got the potential to do some serious shit. Shraddha Kapoor has acted better than what she did in Aashiqui 2 so yeah that’s a good thing too. Aamna Shariff too played the wife effortlessly. Now, the story didn’t appeal to me much but if you watch the film you can get two different stories which would have worked better than this. I think if just Riteish’s story was taken along with Aamna Shariff and the various other characters, it would make for a better watch. The styling and make up is top notch. The cinematography is lovely in parts and average in some. The music is soothing to the ears. I like the song ‘Teri galliyan’ a lot.

The Not-so-Good– The screenplay and dialogues are a bit messed up. The direction contributes to it. Some scenes are super corny like the part when the nurse checks Riteish Deshmukh’s pulse, declares him dead and when an injection is stabbed into his heart, he wakes up with a jolt. Quite stupid eh? Yeah, many more such stupid scenes in the movie to laugh at. Kamaal R. Khan was very annoying as expected. I also felt that the editing could have been crisper.

Verdict– Corny and barely thrilling, Ek Villain works because of the performances, especially by Riteish Deshmukh.

Rating– 2.5/5

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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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Oct 19 2012

Student Of The Year- Movie Review


I’m a huge Karan Johar fan and have loved watching every movie of his, yes even Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham so how could I leave out Student of the year?! Anyway, here’s my review.

So, there’s this huge University at Dehradun which calls itself a school housing some really posh students who travel in Ferraris. They have the ‘Student of the year’ competition going on every year thanks to their happy and gay principal Rishi Kapoor. Through this, relationships are formed and some are broken. Student of the year is about 3 friends and their ups and downs in their friendships.

This is one of those movies which college students will love and the rest of us might not relate to it as much. Karan Johar has a typical style- making everything look beautiful and filmy! Visually rich in terms of cinematography, styling, make up, hair, production design and music too. The editing could have been better though. The first half of the movie just goes on and on and there’s too much bakbak in the starting from all the supporting actors.

I have a huge crush on Siddharth Malhotra! I swear! He’s so hot and what a body! I felt like a college kid again after watching him! By the way he acts pretty well and has good screen presence.  Alia Bhatt was alright. She’s pretty. Varun Dhawan was good but didn’t look like the rich spoilt brat. Rishi Kapoor as usual was too good! Sana Saeed (little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) barely had any dialogues. She just had to look hot and bitchy which she did very well. Even the guy who played ‘Pseudo’ was very natural. All the other supporting actors did a good job.

The music by Vishal and Shekhar mainly includes some fun foot tapping numbers like ‘Disco Deewane’ but also has a different and nice track called ‘Ishqwala love’ which can grow on you after listening to it a couple of times.

Overall, it was a little better than ok for me. I was wondering how come no Shahrukh Khan in this movie (even a guest appearance).

Rating– 3/5


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Sep 2 2010

We Are Family- Movie Review


And finally I watched the much awaited Step Mom copy, Karan Johar’s “We are family”! As much as I knew that this movie couldn’t even come close to Step Mom, I had to watch it for Kajol and obviously to see how filmi it would be!

Ok for those who haven’t even seen Step Mom; it’s about this mother of 3 who has split with her husband. Her husband finds himself a girlfriend who he’s completely in love with and gets her home to meet the kids and ex-wife. Turns out, the mother and kids don’t want to accept her. The ex-wife after a medical check-up realizes she has cervical cancer and will die soon so she decides to accept the new girl in her ex-husband’s life and learns that she’s not bad at all. The kids too start liking her and she becomes their step mom.

Phew! Ok now being a Karan Johar movie, you’d obviously predict the usual drama, oodles of emotions, songs, dance, rich sets and all that jazz. This movie has all of that! Acting- wise, Kajol was as brilliant as ever! She’s a natural actor and does her job flawlessly! Kareena Kapoor was lovely! Her character was a little too forgiving and nice but she did it very well! She looked gorgeous! Arjun Rampal was ok…I would’ve preferred someone who can match up to someone as powerful as Kajol… Arjun Rampal was just…dull!  I was wondering why Shahrukh Khan wasn’t in this film! The kids were cute, except for the teenager kid. The music is not something you’d listen to otherwise, but it fits in well with the movie.

I can’t say much about the story because it’s copied but to be honest, it’s not as good as the original movie! There were lots of moments in which tears were flowing down my cheeks and some happy moments too; but it lacked that “something” which could’ve made it a really good movie! Luckily it was just 2 hours and not longer! The ending was very stupid! It should’ve ended with Kajol’s death!

So anyway, I wont recommend this movie to those who prefer watching “smart movies” and don’t like Karan Johar movies (this one’s not directed by him, by the way)!  This movie is for emotional fools like me!

Rating– 3/5

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