Jan 9 2015

Tevar- Movie Review

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Tevar movie posterMost of us women are looking for that ‘hero’ in our life who will sweep us off our feet, protect us, care for us, even sing songs and dance with us and make us feel like a princess. The existence of such heroes is all because of Bollywood and let me tell you that Tevar’s lead man Arjun Kapoor is surely going to make you swoon!

So glad to be back on Roochster and write my reviews again after a long wedding break! Now here’s my take on Boney Kapoor’s Tevar.

Plot in short- Pintoo a.k.a Ghanshyam (Arjun Kapoor) is a master at Kabaddi and bashes up any street lafanga who tries to mess with the women in Mathura. On a random day when he’s on his way to go and play kabaddi, he gets his hands dirty by crossing Gajender Singh’s (Manoj Bajpai) path. Now Gajender Singh is this corrupt politician’s brother who has the hots for Radhika (Sonakshi Sinha) and is on a mission to marry her whether she wants to or not. Will Pintoo and Radhika be able to match up to Gajender’s influence and power around town and free themselves from the chase?

The Good– The screenplay earns the film most points as you wont find yourself bored at any given point apart from a few long action scenes. Good direction by Amit Ravindernath Sharma for putting together a good end product. Some dialogues stand out but that’s because Arjun Kapoor shines. He’s acted very well and leaves you wanting for more. His character is perfectly sketched and he’s been lucky enough to get a role like this where the ‘hero’ of the film gets up even after being stabbed in his back, stomach and arms. No matter how silly and cliché that is, it’s a true Bollywood masala film that the masses love. Sonakshi Sinha too has acted well. She speaks volumes with her eyes and is convincing enough to play the damsel in distress with all the drama in her life. Together she and Arjun Kapoor sizzle on screen. Manoj Bajpai who plays the bad guy is perfect! All the supporting actors such as Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval, Arjun Kapoor’s sister, Kaakdi and all the other actors support beautifully. The music overall is just ok. My favourite number is the duet love song- Joganiyan and I also like Superman which is so typically a Sajid-Wajid number and has been choreographed well by Remo Desouza. Top notch cinematography by Laxman Utekar who has been working on every other film in Bollywood these days. But he is that good.  The background score by Clinton Cerejo is also well paced and takes the film forward. As much as I dislike action scenes, I have to say that the stunts are all well designed and the action sequences come off as well choreographed overall.

The Not-so-good– There aren’t many downfalls in the film apart from the fact that it is slightly longer than my liking. There could have been fewer action scenes and definitely 1-2 songs less to cut the length short. I would have liked better songs too in the film.

Verdict– Tevar has the right amount of attitude, romance, action, drama and comedy to make it a ‘paisa vasool’ entertainer for the masses. Arjun Kapoor is the next best thing! It was awesome to see a typical Bollywood film after so long! Jaake dekho!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 6 2014

Holiday- Movie Review

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Holiday-2014-Movie-PosterFrom the looks of the poster I thought ‘Holiday- A soldier is never off duty’ would be an out and out action flick starring Khiladi Kumar but let me tell you it was a lot more than that.

Plot in short– On leave from the Indian Army, Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) is bride hunting and meets Sahiba (Sonakshi Sinha). Along with his cop buddy (Sumeet Raghavan) he catches a terrorist who is part of a sleeper cell. From then on, he is engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with a terror mastermind (Freddy Daruwala).

The Good– A R Murugadoss who has written the story for popular films like Ghajini and Jai Ho in Bollywood, has written and directed Holiday. The film which has a fairly large patriotic streak is for the aam janta. It’s what we call a ‘masala film’. There is a little of everything and most importantly a message for the people of India. While the story is good, I wouldn’t say the screenplay and direction is superb. If it hadn’t been for the story, three hours of watching the film just for Akshay Kumar would be a nightmare! A crisper script and fewer songs would have helped increase the pace. The acting is definitely up to the mark, be it Akshay Kumar who had people blowing whistles and clapping everytime he appeared on screen. Sonakshi Sinha could have got a better role but she didn’t do a bad job with what she got. Supporting actor Sumeet Raghavan was natural. Govinda who made a special appearance was ok. The baddie Freddy Daruwala got the expressions right but failed with dialogue delivery. The action sequences are well choreographed. The cinematography, art direction and styling make the film look rich.

The Not-so-Good– As I mentioned earlier, the screenplay and direction could have been better. The editing could have been crisper. Pritam’s music is decent. Songs are placed anywhere and for the heck of it. They don’t take the story forward.

Verdict– Holiday is meant to be an entertainer for the masses so please don’t watch it if you’re going to crib. I didn’t think it was bad at all. Watch it especially if you’re an Akshay Kumar fan or if you want to watch a film about our war heroes.

Rating– 3/5

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Dec 6 2013

R…Rajkumar- Movie Review

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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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Nov 29 2013

Bullett Raja- Movie Review

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Bullett-Raja posterBullett Raja did not look exciting to me when I saw the trailer and as a movie too, it barely entertained. For some reason, Saif Ali Khan to star in a film like this just does not make sense to me. Also, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s style of film making may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and its sequel and  Paan Singh Tomar may have worked but Bullett Raja clearly doesn’t. Here’s why.

What’s the story like? Well, let me try this. Raja (Saif Ali Khan) and Rudra (Jimmy Shergill) turn into gangster best friends in Uttar Pradesh and get into a political trap. Then it’s all about a power struggle, hidden ambitions and revenge. In the middle of it all, Raja finds love in Mitali (Sonakshi Sinha) who encourages him to fight what he’s fighting.

I can’t begin to tell you how bored I was while watching the film. Even the people in the theatre were watching it quietly. Not a sound, not a ‘taali’ from anyone especially when you expect it for a movie with a theme like this. The screenplay and dialogues do not do justice to the story which itself is nothing great. Tigmanshu Dhulia is a skilled director who does his best at directing but doesn’t succeed much because of the weak script. There isn’t much to boast about. The styling is ok. Saif Ali Khan looks too wanna-be-ish with the tikka and bad hair.

The cinematography by P.S. Vinod is good. The action scenes look alright. The background score by Sajid-Wajid is very effective while the music is really bad. I can’t name even one song that I liked.

Saif Ali Khan as Bullett Raja is not convincing at all in terms of his look or the way he acts. In fact, Jimmy Shergill who plays the second lead is better and more realistic. Jimmy Shergill’s role is better too. Saif just looks stupid prancing around like a wanna-be Gunda. Sonakshi Sinha looks beautiful even though her role is pointless as are most characters in the film. There’s no scope for her to show her acting skills. Raj Babbar, Gulshan Grover and Ravi Kissen who are actors of high caliber are reduced to doing roles that barely count. Vidyut Jamwal who was last seen in Commando is not bad at all. As a cop, he does justice and also looks the part. Unfortunately he had a very short role in Bullett Raja. Chunky Pandey too is barely there (Thank God!)

So, yes Bullett Raja is not my idea of a good film and is not entertaining at all. Go ahead and miss it.

Rating– 2/5

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Jul 5 2013

Lootera- Movie Review

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Lootera PosterLootera looked beautiful from the time I saw the trailer and the song ‘Sawaar loon’ is lovely. There’s a charm which instantly draws you besides the fact that there’s Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh in this love story directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. Well, there’s more. Read on.

Varun (Ranveer Singh), a thug posing as an archeologist goes to a zamindar’s property in Calcutta with the intention of stealing all his expensive property. Whilst in the process, he falls in love with the zamindar’s daughter (Sonakashi Sinha) and likewise. Very soon though he has to get on with the purpose of his visit and so it’s almost like stabbing the father and daughter who are left with nothing but a small farmhouse in Dalhousie. A couple of years later, they are destined to meet again, only this time, she’s dying of tuberculosis and he’s trying to escape from the police and needs refuge. Is her Lootera here to stay?

Vikramaditya Motwane is a thinking director. With Udaan, he created magic. In Lootera, keeping in mind that it’s a period film, there would be a lot of research and background work before actually starting to shoot it. He’s done a great job as a director by letting the actors breathe and act so naturally. The story is well woven and so are the characters. The screenplay is a bit of a drag though. I wish the film was better paced. Visually it is amazing! From the forest to the snow, including all the grainy night scenes, there’s something very captivating about what you see. The styling, locations and set design has a lot to do with it. Sonakshi Sinha, though in sarees throughout, looks gorgeous. Even without make-up she looks great. Ranveer Singh is well styled too.

The music by Amit Trivedi goes very well with the theme of the film and is not pretentiously ‘old’. As mentioned earlier, the song Sawaar loon is beautiful.

Sonakshi Sinha is brilliant! She’s one of the best actresses we have today and with Lootera the scale goes one notch higher. Ranveer Singh has acted well but his voice is a bit unclear in a few scenes. Divya Dutta has a small role but is good. Adil Hussain as the tough cop was also very good.

As a film Lootera is well made and makes for a great classic romance but is too slow paced to watch it more than once.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Dec 21 2012

Dabangg 2- Movie Review

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Dabangg-2-PosterDabangg as a movie was ok and I was expecting better from part 2. But I guess experience says that sequels are rarely as good as or better than the first movies and in the case of Dabangg 2, I have to agree.

So, Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) is happily married to Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) and stays in Kanpur with her, Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and their father (Vinod Khanna). This time he has a new enemy- Baccha bhaiyya and his brothers. Now, the crux of the story is this- Villian bullies people from town and Chulbul, Chulbul kills villain’s brother. Villain takes badla and attacks Chulbul’s pregnant wife and brother. Chulbul doesn’t take that too well and fights bare-chested in the last sequence to create dramatic effect. Haha

Ok so the story of the movie as you read above is quite useless. Arbaaz Khan as a director has tried his best to keep up the standard by using the best editors, action directors, cinematographers, stylists and production designers. However, he failed to work on the screenplay and dialogues which were much better in the first Dabangg. Somehow, I was pretty bored throughout in spite of seeing my favourite Salman Khan in the movie. There was barely any humour or emotional connect with the characters except for that one scene when Salman Khan is crying like a baby.

Coming to the performances… Salman Khan is such a star that even if he says dialogues half heartedly, people love him (including me). I understand that he’s supposed to have attitude and style in the movie but in Dabangg 2 he’s sort of taken the audience for granted and it seems as though he’s just been woken up and pushed to act. Sonakshi Sinha is lovely! She not only looks beautiful but also convinces as Chulbul’s wife. Prakash Raj who was brilliant in Singham was good here too but he didn’t have much meat to his character because it was all given to Salman Khan. I thought Deepak Dobriyal (the guy who plays Genda) was very good too. Arbaaz Khan was too busy being a director to bother paying attention to acting instead of just mugging lines.

The music of the film by Sajid Wajid is decent. The song ‘Dagabaaz’ is really well sung and good to listen to. ‘Fevicol’ is a great dance number with crazy lyrics!

Overall, Dabangg 2 goes one step lower in comparison to Dabangg and I’m very disappointed. I still love Salman Khan though! 😛

Rating– 2/5

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Nov 13 2012

Son of Sardaar- Movie Review

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Whistles, claps, hooting, cheering is what you get when you go for a no-brainer movie for the masses like Son of Sardaar and that is exactly the response I got from a housefull theatre for a 12 noon show on Diwali!

Ajay Devgn goes back from London to India to sell his ancestral land. Little does he know that there are people waiting there for him to take badla because his father had killed the head of their family. And of course, this is supposed to be an action comedy so you’re supposed to find this funny.

So, yeah the story isn’t something I’ll dwell on. You can expect it to be stupid. The screenplay is weak and the dialogues are repetitive. There are some funny action scenes which will make you laugh and that’s about it. Ajay Devgn doesn’t look or act like a sardar.

Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla are the best in the film. They’re very entertaining! I’d like to specially mention Mukul Dev for his performance in this one action sequence at the start when he’s following Ajay Devgn. Vindu Dara Singh is also pretty funny. The son of sardaar- Ajay Devgn I think can do superb action scenes with his intensity and also comedy with a straight face but sadly this movie cannot be counted in the category of awesome movies like Singham and the Golmaal series and so his performance is just about ordinary. I really liked Sonakshi Sinha in the movie. She not only looks good but carries off the role with such ease and energy that it’s fun to watch her act.

The music in the movie is as stupid as the movie itself. The song po-po starring Salman Khan might be a hit only because of Salman Khan and the dumb mouth step. What’s with choreographers these days, anyway? Even the ‘Rani tu main Raja’ song has a stupid step with one hand on the head.

Son of Sardaar is definitely not a superhit entertainer. Very ok and that too only if you’re the masala film type.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Sep 28 2012

Oh My God! – Movie Review

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OMG! Surprise Surprise!

So, Kanjilal Mehta is an atheist who lives life on his own terms. He owns an antique shop in Chor bazaar and fools people into buying God’s statues for a heavy price. Things change when his shop is the only one destroyed by an earthquake. To claim money for the damage, he approaches an insurance company which blatantly refuses saying its an act of God. Now his only way to get the money is to fight a case with God himself.

So, the film Oh My God is based on the famous Gujarati play- Kanji Viruddh Kanji. The director Ashvini Yardi has done a good job with it thanks to the powerful script and screenplay. You wont expect it to be that good but it is, surprisingly. The second half is very good. There is substance in the story and that’s what entertains you throughout without getting bored. The social message also comes across well.

Paresh Rawal as an actor is brilliant! He’s a natural and completely effortless in playing his character. Akshay Kumar also has acted well. His role sounds and looks very corny but he’s convincing enough to look the part (Krishna bhagwan). I also thought Mithun Chakraborthy was fantastic! He barely had dialogues and conveyed alot through his eyes and expressions. All the other actors are also very good.

The good part is that there aren’t any songs in the movie apart from ‘Go Go Govinda’ which is a fun track with Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhudeva.

Overall, OMG Oh My God is a good film. It was surpringly entertaining and fun to watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Aug 31 2012

Joker- Movie Review

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I was half expecting no one to come with me for this movie but luckily my friend Komal called and said she was coming! I couldn’t have been more thankful!

As we’ve seen from the trailers, Joker is about this village called Paglapur which is full of ‘pagal’ people but it does not exist in the map of India anywhere! Akshay Kumar (scientist in the USA) and also born and brought up in Paglapur along with girlfriend Sonakshi Sinha (sit at home girlfriend) go to India to meet his father who pretends to be dying. When they reach, they realise, that Paglapur is in a lot of shit and the people deserve a better life. Then they start weaving the alien story and things change for the good.

Ok so Shirish Kunder thinks differently from other directors. His stories are unique and might sound bizarre to most. He’s made Jaan-e-mann in the past which was worse than vomit. Joker looked quite retarded too but there was something about it which made me wanna go watch it. The story is not something I’ve heard of before. The dialogues are below average. The cinematography is very good and even the set design is quite interesting.  Shirish Kunder as a director seems a little shaky just like the script. Too much madness in the film and very kiddish humour but not that bad also.

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi are back together after Rowdy Rathore and they were ok in this one. Anyone could have done their roles. Vindu Dara Singh is annoying as usual. Shreyas Talpade who’s supremely talented has got the kind of role Tusshar Kapoor gets but he still manages to do it well.

The songs are pathetic, even the item song with Chitrangda Singh.

Overall, Joker is just ok. It’s not that bad also. I didn’t get bored watching it and laughed at some scenes.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jun 2 2012

Rowdy Rathore- Movie Review

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Khiladi Kumar is back with a bang along with beautiful Sonakshi Sinha in a paisa vasool action comedy that entertains to the core!

Rating- 4/5

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