Feb 25 2016

Neerja- Movie Review


It’s always nice to watch a film based on true events which haunt you for days together and for me Neerja is a winner because of the realistic performances (shockingly so by Sonam Kapoor), well written screenplay brilliantly executed by director Ram Madhvani and the entire team that made it look so effortlessly real.

Rating- 4/5

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Nov 12 2015

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo- Movie Review


prdp-posterI had been seeing every single ‘Dubsmash’ of the much awaited Salman-Sonam starrer ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ since about a month and it only made me more and more curious to know how it would be as a film. Salman Khan of course was my biggest reasons but Sonam Kapoor definitely made her presence felt with all the social media posts everyday with regards to her outfits and all the promotions that the duo were doing.

Plot in short-Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) belongs to a Royal family with an evil brother and the CEO (Armaan Kohli) who want to kill him and two step sisters who are not in talking terms with him because they think he wants to rule with all the wealth from his ancestors. His manager (Anupam Kher) somehow saves him and has doctors attending to him 24/7 so he can attend his coronation ceremony with his Bride-to-be Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) in four days. In Ayodhya, Prem Dilwale, who looks exactly like Prince Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) is a small time actor who does Ram Leela shows for a living. Not knowing if Prince Vijay would be able well enough to attend his coronation ceremony, he requests Prem Dilwale to pretend to be Prince Vijay for those four days until Princess Maithili is with them. Turns out that Prem and Maithilee fall in love and the family comes together as one. What happens to the Vijay then? D’oh! The film’s title is only ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ so that would be an easy guess.

The Good– Salman Khan is the biggest reason to watch this film and I would totally watch it again. It’s so nice to see him in movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sooraj Barjatya films like these where he plays the kind of person you want to marry. I wont deny that Sooraj Barjatya went a little overboard with trying too hard to instill good values and old school romance but we’ll come to that a bit later. What I really like about the film is that human emotions are shown in the most simple, pure form, not sliding towards ‘just- an- adult- audience’ to get eyeballs. The sets and styling add to the grandeur of the film. I also thought Sonam Kapoor was not that bad compared to her previous really bad performances. Anupam Kher, Armaan Mallik, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Swara Bhaskara are all a great support to the film.

The Not-so-good– Sooraj Barjatya has great intentions but he has forgotten that an audience in the 21st century is watching his film. The story is kacha and the characters are not sketched out properly, leaving a very incomplete-ish, half-hearted story that could have been written better. The screenplay is all over the place, especially in the first half where you’re like what the hell am I watching and from which generation! It’s a little too corny and most people, who are not Salman Khan or Sooraj Barjatya fans, will wait to run out of the theatre! The visual effects are quite amateurish; especially the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ parts. The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not appealing at all. I’m surprised I was actually waiting for the title song to play till the end because all the other songs were so stupid and unnecessary. Not that I love the title track but it’s an example to tell you how bad the other songs were. So yes, quite a few flaws in a film that also has a very funny title.

Verdict– Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is not the kind of film most people would like but if you’re a Salman Khan fan and also a Sooraj Barjatya fan, you wont mind sitting through the entire film and even get teary eyed. I did, multiple times.

Rating– 3/5

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Jan 23 2015

Dolly Ki Doli- Movie Review


Dolly ki Doli movie posterI never really looked at Sonam Kapoor as a good actress especially after seeing all her previous films. Dolly Ki Doli, however was something else. I can say I really enjoyed myself throughout the length of the film. Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Dolly (Sonam Kapoor) is a runaway bride. She and her fake family get her married, steal money and jewellery on the first night of her wedding from the house and run away leaving the dulha and his family in shock and embarrassment. Will Dolly ever be caught? Does she not want to really settle down?

The Good– I have to say that this film is a joy ride. It is 1 hour 40 minutes of drama and fun. Abhishek Dogra, the director has done a brilliant job in making a film that has no dull moments at all. The screenplay has the biggest role in this. It is fast paced and well written. Every actor has performed to the best of their ability. Sonam Kapoor has shown signs of improvement and her accent is less snobbish. Her make up and hair has also drastically improved as compared to the rest of her films. Rajkummar Rao delivers a realistic performance. I remember seeing Varun Sharma in Fukrey and thought he was superb! Well, I repeat. He is superb! Bang on comic timing, natural and a lot of fun to watch on screen. I don’t think anyone could have done this role better than him. For me, he stole the show in Dolly ki Doli and I would want to watch the film again mostly because of him. The other supporting actors- Archana Puran Singh, Manoj Joshi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and the others also make the film a treat to watch. Pulkit Samrat looks like a cake but unfortunately didn’t have much acting scope. He was way better in Fukrey. The old actress who plays the fake dadi was also given equal importance with just one dialogue in the film- “Beti de di, sab kuchh de diya.” That was a real LOL scene.

The Not-so-good– While there are so many good things about the film, I can barely point out the bad because I enjoyed the film so much. So Pulkit Samrat is an absolute hotty, he doesn’t do justice to the role. Also, I felt that the climax of the film was a tad bit disappointing. It just didn’t strike a chord. The music too is below the mark.

Verdict– Overall, Dolly Ki Doli is a fun film that deserves a watch. Jaake dekho!

Rating– 3.5/5


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Mar 14 2014

Bewakoofiyaan- Movie Review


BEWAKOOFIYAAN-PosterYou know the movie’s going to be lame when you have Sonam Kapoor as the lead actress in a film called ‘Bewakoofiyaan’. Did Ayushmann Khurrana save the day? Well, you’ll know soon.

Plot in short– Due to recession, boyfriend Mohit (Ayushmann Khurrana) loses his job as Senior Marketing Executive at an airline company, is broke and looking for a job desperately. Girlfriend Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) who is earning well supports him emotionally and financially and hopes he gets out of this phase soon. Both of them are willing to get married even with the current situation but there is a major hurdle- Mayera’s father (Rishi Kapoor). Will their love survive with all the bewakoofiyaan they do?

The Good– I think the styling is superb! Both Sonam and Ayushmann look very stylish. The cinematography and colours make every frame look rich. Good job by the art department too.

Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as the father even though his role is not half as good as Steve Martin’s in Father of the Bride. Why am I comparing this movie to that? Well, you’ll know when you watch the film. It will also remind you of ‘Meet the parents’. Ayushmann Khurrana is a great actor and even in this film, he proves that. He is effortless and natural in his acting ability. Sonam Kapoor as an actress has been quite bad in the past and when we compare those films to this, she’s gotten better for sure. I wouldn’t say she’s very good though. The background score settles on the average fence.

The Not-so-good– Now, the story and screenplay I have certain issues with. While it tries to be all modern and fresh, Bewakoofiyaan is goes a little overboard with the whole ‘love’ thing. In today’s day and age, love is not enough to keep going or surviving. I can say that the director tried hard but couldn’t do much to save people from getting bored or waiting for the film to end soon. Even two hours felt incredibly long. Luckily there aren’t too many songs in the movie except for the song ‘Gulcharrey’ which is alright.

Verdict– Below average, Bewakoofiyaan is not worth watching in the theatre for sure. Watch it at home, that too only if you’re Ayushmann’s or Rishi Kapoor’s fan and really bored.

Rating– 2/5


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Jun 21 2013

Raanjhanaa- Movie Review


Raanjhanaa-Movie--PosterThere was something very captivating about the trailer. I was looking forward to watching Raanjhanaa for many reasons- AR Rahman’s music, progress in Sonam Kapoor’s acting, the simplicity of Dhanush and a sweet love story from what I could see. But I guess there was more… much more.

A small town Hindu boy (Dhanush) is in love with a Muslim girl (Sonam Kapoor). Their romance begins to brew at a young age and gets over before it even blooms as her parents find out. They send her to Aligarh to study and get over her “pointless” crush. After many years, she returns, in love with a young dynamic student in Delhi fighting for causes (Abhay Deol) while her Raanjhanaa is still deeply in love with her.

What starts as a simple sweet love story takes a complete different path during the course of the film and towards the end. Do not judge by the trailer. Like Sonam Kapoor’s film Mausam where the couple meets and separates at several occasions in their lives, I thought this film would be on the same lines. Luckily it isn’t. The growth of the story is good but there are too plots and messages to convey and the pace is poor leading you to watch a film that goes on and on and on. Director Aanand Rai could have handled the screenplay and editing better even though his actors, music and visuals have contributed the most. The cinematography and art direction go hand in hand presenting vibrant colours and characteristics so deeply Indian. The look of every character is distinct right from the start to the end. Sonam Kapoor wearing the most simple and basic kurtis and leggings with barely any make up looks lovely.

The music by AR Rahman goes well with the theme of the film but doesn’t make for an album I’d like to buy. The song ‘Tum Tak’ stands out the most. The background score helps in creating added drama.

Sonam Kapoor for once does justice to her character. She’s shown progress as an actress and hopefully will get better from here. Dhanush who makes his Bollywood debut has something about him even though he isn’t the best looking guy with a chiseled body or strong personality. In his own way he makes a presence. Now of course, there are parts in the second half where you’d wonder if he has the personality to be a leader of a political party but then you’ll smile feel for him when you see the love for Zoya in his eyes. Even though they both look extremely odd together they form a good team. Abhay Deol in his short role barely has anything to do but does it well. The three of them remind me of Kajol-Arvind Swamy-Prabhudeva together in Sapnay. The guy who plays Dhanush’s friend- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayubb delivers a good performance. Even the girl who dotes on Dhanush- Swara Bhaskar is convincing.

Raanjhanaa is a commendable attempt with good performances and story but it takes forever to end.

Rating– 3/5


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Jan 6 2012

Players- Movie Review


Painfully long but entertaining and well shot with pakao music by Pritam and Neil Nitin Mukesh’s best performance yet!

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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Apr 8 2011

Thank You- Movie Review


Thank You is a movie for the masses. If that’s your forte, read on; and if it’s not, read if you’re just curious!

Akshay Kumar, like Salman Khan is the movie Partner, is one of those relationship fixers. Now, Irrfan Khan, Bobby Deol and Sunil Shetty are cheating on their wives, like in the movies Biwi No.1, Masti, Shaadi No.1, No Entry, etc. The wives get suspicious and get Akshay Kumar for professional help and catch their husbands red handed. But the husbands are also smart. On finding out that their wives have hired a “jaasoos” to find out about their secret love lives, they also seek help from the same guy (Akshay Kumar) and of course, there are many other twists and complications to make the movie run for a little more than 2.5 hours.

As I already mentioned in my summary of the story, Anees Bazmi’s ‘Thank You’ is a mixture of tons of ‘married-husbands-cheating-and-wives-finding-out’ kind of movies. Super predictable only with new faces. Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Irrfan Khan looked completely out of place! Akshay Kumar was good but he really needs to stop doing roles in which he’s helping people out like he did in ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’! Sunil Shetty was really funny in some scenes in a very natural way which is totally awesome considering he’s not your typical hero! Rimi Sen and Celina Jaitley were just dressed in bad clothes with bad make-up and the acting bit doesn’t even count!

The Mallika Sherawat song was very stupid and it didn’t look like a New Year’s Party to me as it was meant to! The songs are quite useless and that stupid flute tune they kept playing was also thoda annoying! I loved the locations though, especially the houses…well scouted for!

Overall, Thank You is not a movie for everyone and needn’t have been made. I’m giving one star to Sunil Shetty and one star aise hi. Ghar pe tv pe dekh lo toh chalega! And for the first time Thank You has come after Welcome! (This joke was meant for those who will understand it! :P)

Rating– 2/5

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Aug 7 2010

Aisha- Movie Review


After reading about the movie’s promotions and news from SonamAKapoor’s Twitter updates every single day, I saw the much awaited Aisha this morning. Ab kya kahoon?

I knew it was going to be a chick flick the moment I saw the trailer; and also knew that the film would revolve around Sonam Kapoor as her dad’s the producer.

Adapted from the movies ‘Emma’ and ‘Clueless’, Aisha (Sonam Kapoor) is about a rich spoilt girl who loves shopping, hanging out with her girlfriends and doesn’t really care about her career. She loves playing cupid but hasn’t been in love herself. And predictably, jealousy and loneliness make her realize that she’s in love with her childhood friend Arjun (Abhay Deol).

Aisha as a film is as predictable as one can get. The thing is that you’ll know what’ll happen next but the movie just drags and drags…There are so many scenes which could have just been edited, which would make the movie a crisper product eventually…but no!

Sonam Kapoor for the first time annoyed me with her tenh-tenh (my way of saying whiny, girly nakhras) style of talking. Someone who would be perfect for Aisha’s role in my opinion is Kareena Kapoor. I was surprised to see Abhay Deol in a movie like this! He’s a good actor but in this one, the guy hardly needed to act as Miss Goody-two-shoes  hogged up the entire movie! One actor who stood out was Cyrus Sahukar! He’s naturally good humored and so while acting, he didn’t have to try too hard. The clothes were super-stylish and looked hot on Sonam Kapoor but somehow her make-up in lots of scenes was really bad! There’s nothing outstanding about the way its shot but there are some really nice locations these people have scouted! The music is something I won’t complain about at all! The songs somehow make the movie more complete. Amit Trivedi, once again has made great music, especially the songs ‘Lehrein’, ‘Shaam’ and ‘Suno Aisha’.

So overall, Aisha for me is an average chick flick.

Rating- 2.5/5

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Jul 3 2010

I Hate Luv Storys- Movie review


Another love story and as predictable as it can get! Yes yes, I Hate Luv Storys is no different from any other love story you’ve seen before… but what’d u expect?!

After Jab we met, directors started believing that a simple love story can still be great to watch… and I think that’s so true! I can never get sick if love stories! If you agree, then read on.

[Story in short] The story is as simple as this. Boy meets girl & flirts with her. Girl is in a serious relationship with her supposed “Mr. Right” but the “spark” is missing. Girl starts getting to know the new boy and realizes he has that spark, even though he doesn’t believe in “love”. Girl thinks boy likes her but boy doesn’t like her…yet so she runs away to forget the boy. Song happens and in that the boy realizes he’s in love with her. He confesses his love but she says no because now she’s back with Mr. Right. Boy makes girl jealous with a random girl. Girl realizes she can’t kid herself so she goes looking for boy. Boy at the airport, running away to mother realizes that he has to give it one last shot and tell her how he feels. Boy tells girl “I love you”. Girl tells boy “I love you too”. Luv Story complete.

What I luv about the movie– Great look and feel in terms of costumes, sets, etc. Lots of colours used just like any Karan Johar/ Yash Chopra movie. Good acting by everyone, especially the fat guy- Kavin Dave and Samir Soni. For the first time I actually liked Imran Khan and I think Sonam Kapoor’s definitely on her way to becoming a star! Great cinematography! Songs have been picturized sensibly and not just thrown in. Lots of metaphors used, especially in the second half.

What I don’t luv about the movie– The script. The story was simple and super predictable but the screenplay is really messy in several parts. Sonam Kapoor’s make-up person needs to realize that her bleached face looks bad! Sameer Dattani & Sonam Kapoor’s matching outfits got to me… like really got to me!

So if you’re wondering if this movie is worth a watch I’d say hell, why not! It’s a simple chick flick which is super predictable. Now if you’re a serious movie critic who does not like movies which have some amount of stupidity in them, please do yourself a favour and avoid watching this movie! It’s strictly for those who love love stories!

Rating- 3/5

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