Apr 15 2016

Fan- Movie Review


fan-movie posterI hadn’t seen the trailer of Fan and neither did I know Shahrukh Khan was playing a double role until I came home and opened a website to read the names of the cast of the film. Hawww! How could I not know it was him only!

Plot in short– Aryan Khanna (Shahrukh Khan) has a huge fan following but there’s one in particular called Gaurav Chadna (Shahrukh Khan)  who would do anything to get just five minutes with the star, to show him his trophy that he won in a talent contest and to offer him some Son Halwa sent by his parents. But one incident spoils everything and turns the fan into a creep and imposter. Will this madness ever stop and how?

The Good– Shahrukh Khan is definitely the best part about the film. In terms of creepiness, remember how creepy-scary Darr was? This is that multiplied 5 times. I was quite creeped out and my heart was beating fast thinking of what would happen next throughout the film. Shahrukh Khan as the fan is actually better than Shahrukh playing Aryan Khanna. The make up and hair artist and stylist play a huge part in making him look the way he looks. Kudos to them! The screenplay and direction is fantastic! Maneesh Sharma takes the story to another level by using the actors’ full potential.

The Not-so-good– There are several things that I found a bit stupid. For example how people barely notice the Aryan Khanna look-alike when he’s walking on the street or when he fools the guards of Aryan Khanna’s mansion and reaches the star’s house inside, almost fooling the wife. But suddenly people recognize him in London at Madam Tussaud’s museum. Also, I felt that it was rather lame for the star to be chasing his fan single handedly when he has the power to call the cops, involve goons and what not to get rid of pschopaths like Gaurav.

Verdict– Ignore the stupidity and enjoy ‘Fan’ for what it is. A thrilling, engaging and entertaining film that one must watch. Hats off to Shahrukh Khan for his best performance yet. For once I can say he deserves an award.

Rating– 4/5

P.S.- Prepare to be totally creeped out!




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Apr 11 2014

Bhoothnath Returns- Movie Review


Preachy and a little too long, Bhoothnath Returns is not as entertaining as the first part even though it’s got great performances, especially from the little boy- Parth Bhalerao.

Rating- 2.5/5


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Aug 8 2013

Chennai Express- Movie Review


Chennai Express posterChennai Express was one of the biggest films releasing this year because of two reasons- Shahrukh Khan and Rohit Shetty. And guess what? Both were disappointing.

Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) makes a promise to his grandmother that he will go to Rameswaram from Mumbai to immerse his grandfather’s ashes into the sea. Now the real plan is to get a break from making sweets and go to Goa with his friends. And so he boards the Chennai Express. He meets Meena (Deepika Padukone) along with her four scary looking cousins and her father who wants her to marry Tangaballi (Nikitin Dheer). From there, things go south and Meena and Rahul must find their way out of it.

I love Rohit Shetty’s films because they are pure entertainment. As a movie goer, one would want to watch two and a half hours of comedy, action, romance, songs, beautiful visuals and lots of drama but also a screenplay that holds you in place not matter how cliché the story. Shetty has of course spoofed the clichés to create another cliché (if you know what I mean) but he falls short of what he does best in this one unfortunately. There are some really funny scenes in the movie like for instance in the train when Shahrukh and Deepika speak to each other in the form of popular songs. Now that doesn’t quite work towards the end when the bad guy starts singing too. The story is obviously nothing to boast of but the screenplay and dialogues aren’t that well written either. Also there are too many Tamil dialogues which are fine but it would have been nice to have subtitles. The action sequences are typical of Shetty but somehow they didn’t quite work in Chennai Express. They seem forced and out of place even though they’re well choreographed.

Cinematographer Dudley has done a brilliant job except that the post production backgrounds are easily noticable. Otherwise, stunning visuals! The styling is bang on! Deepika looks gorgeous in her sarees and beautifully done makeup and hair. Shahrukh looks about 5 years younger thanks to the clothes and Botox. Superb art direction with a great choice of colours and props. The editing is too good!

The background music is good. The music by Vishal & Shekhar is a mix of good and ok. I like the songs ‘Titli’ and ‘1234’. The rest are unimportant.

To be honest, this is not a Shahrukh Khan film. Rohit Shetty and Shahrukh make an odd combo and it shows in the film. He’s supposed to exaggerate but not overact which he’s done here. Yes, he is funny in some scenes like when he starts speaking in a shaken up voice in the train in front of the baddies and maybe one or two more here and there. But that’s it. In this one, he’s quite awkward. The star of the film is Deepika Padukone without a doubt. She stays true to her character and that’s amazing. Her accent stays throughout the film and not once does she overact. She’s just throwing one surprise after another since ‘Cocktail’. With every movie she’s getting better as an actress. Nikitin Dheer who plays Tangaballi looks the part and does full justice to his character. Sathyaraj who plays Deepika’s father is alright.

As a film Chennai Express is a letdown and not something you need to watch at a multiplex. Watch it at home instead just for Deepika’s performance.

Rating– 2.5/5

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May 3 2013

Bombay Talkies- Movie Review


Bombay-Talkies-posterCelebrating 100 years of cinema with four established film makers and their short films. What more can any movie buff ask for? Here’s my review of four ‘slice of life’ films that are all in some way very ‘Bombay’.

Karan Johar’s short film is about the relationship between a reserved husband, his confident journalist wife and a gay intern. Dibaker Banerjee’s short film is about a father who’s a struggler in life and doesn’t have work but lives to see his daughter smile. Zoya Akhtar’s short film is about a little boy who’s dream is to be a dancer. Anurag Kashyap’s short film is about a man who travels all the way from Allahabad to Mumbai to get Amitabh Bachchan to taste some ‘Murabba’ sent by his unwell father.

Let’s start with Karan Johar’s film first. We’ve only seen glossy, rich films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Student of the year, etc., from Karan Johar and everything’s always larger than life. But in Bombay Talkies, the characters, the setting, the story is so real that you’d be surprised that it’s made by him. I wish he’d do more films like this one. The cinematography in some scenes is lovely! The performances are superb! Rani Mukherji without a doubt stands out. Saqib Saleem was very ok in his previous films but is very convincing in this one. Randeep Hooda also played his part well. Even with its predictability, the film is well paced and has high entertainment value.

The next one is Dibaker Banerjee’s film which is slightly heavier as compared to the first one. Nizamuddin Siddiqui is a brilliant actor and he proves it time and again with every film he does. This one is no exception. The entire look of the film is strikingly real. All the actors look their part and deliver great performances. I love the cinematography from start to finish! The shadows, lighting, the angles all make the film a delight to watch.

Now, I personally am not a Zoya Akhtar fan but there’s something that draws you in while you’re watching this short film, probably the story. The beginning of the film was quite ‘filmy’ but I liked the end. Ranvir Shorey plays the little boy’s father but I felt he didn’t look or act the part convincingly enough. I can imagine Ram Kapoor acting like the tough daddy. The little boy and girl are a delight to watch. The Katrina Kaif as an angel part is quite lame. The camera work is simple.

Last but not the least; Anurag Kashyap’s short film is a bit of a disappointment. After seeing his work in the past, you’d expect better. The story is good but a bit of a drag. I felt quite restless while watching it, perhaps because it got a bit repetitive. The actor Vineet Kumar is decent but doesn’t have the screen presence to hold your attention. The camera work in this too is simple.

Bombay Talkies is a great concept with great individual stories. I’d love to watch more such movies in the future made by other film makers and artists.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012


Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.


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Nov 13 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan- Movie Review


Yash Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, romance, the song ‘Saans’, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif. So many reasons to watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan! Here’s what I thought of it.

So, Shahrukh Khan plays Major Samar who diffuses bombs for the Indian army. He meets Akira (Anushka Sharma), a journalist who falls in love with him but discovers something about his past which has made him the man he is today. His past has Meera (Katrina Kaif) who is engaged to someone else but loves Shahrukh Khan. Then a couple of accidents (literally) change things a bit. Will not say more.

If you’ve seen Yash Chopra’s movies in the past you’ll know what his love stories are all about. There’s a lot of depth and warmth in each character in the story, there’s amazing music (always) and beautiful visuals. I found most of that missing in his last movie! There’s nothing great about the story and the screenplay is just too weak which could have been saved with better editing. The visuals are beautiful ok- Ladakh and London mainly and of course our gorgeous heroines in them with all the lovely styling, clothes, make-up and hair. The thing is that they’ve tried to make it as ‘today’ as possible, so much so that Shahrukh Khan probably has kissing scenes for the first time ever but the ‘YC’ (Yash Chopra) factor is somehow missing. The first half was extremely slow and boring. I would have really liked the film if it was just the second half.

Coming to the performances… Shahrukh Khan knows all the passionate love wala looks by heart now and he does  them well even with the new heroines even if they lack chemistry or look like his daughters. Luckily, he didn’t overact this time. I like his rugged man look when he’s in the army. Otherwise he looks like a wanna-be with gel in his hair trying to look young. The dance sequence with Katrina in ‘Ishq Shava’ doesn’t suit him at all! Katrina Kaif has done a decent job and you can’t take your eyes off her when she’s on screen. Anushka Sharma I love! I think she’s a natural actor, looks great and she was perfect for the role with all that energy and that contagious smile.

AR Rahman is losing the magical touch he has with music. You wont believe ‘Challa’ by Rabbi is his composition. It’s so bad! I love the song ‘Saans’ though sung by my favourite female singer- Shreya Ghoshal. Ishq Shava and Heer are both nice. Jiya re is fun only while watching the movie.

So, I feel bad but I expected much more from Yash Chopra’s last movie which was not that bad but could have been so much better! This is probably Shahrukh Khan’s low phase but I do hope he bounces back with a better film soon.

Rating– 3/5


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Oct 25 2011

Ra.One- Movie Review


I wasn’t really dying to watching Ra.One until I saw Taran Adarsh’s 4.5 stars. Since then, I’d been super excited to watch it! How authentic was his review this time?

Shahrukh Khan plays this video game scientist who creates two characters for his newest video game. His son likes villains better so the bad one Ra.One (Raavan) is more powerful than the ‘good one’ G.One. His son plays the game and loves it but does not complete level 2 because of which Ra.One, jumps to life and is out to kill him and everyone who comes in between. And then comes G.One, the superhero apparently who’ll do everything he can to protect Shahrukh’s son and wife (Kareena Kapoor).

So, where does Chhamak Chhalo fit in? Don’t ask me man! Shahrukh Khan’s honestly tried too hard to make the superhero film of the century, but he fails. He’s not a superhero from any angle! He can’t even play a south Indian scientist to say the least! More on that later.

The start was horrible and made me think “WTF is this!”, but luckily it got better. Only, not better enough. There were interesting parts, yes but there were lots of boring parts too. The story is predictable which is fine, but it’s so badly written! There’s not enough drama, action, build up of story and emotions. The graphics are superb, especially the whole C.S.T thing and I wish I had seen it in 3d to experience the real thing lekin utna kaafi thodi hai pichar ko bachaane ke liye? The music by Vishal & Shekhar is decent- Chhamak Chhalo steals the show!

Coming to the performances, as I said earlier, SRK is so disappointing. He might be good as Rahul, Raj and Don but being a superhero is so not his thing. In fact, I’m confused, is he supposed to be a superhero or a robot?! He just can’t carry it off like apna Krrish a.k.a Hrithik Roshan who looks and acts like a superhero or Rajnikant who was super entertaining as Chitti the Robot. Kareena Kapoor looks beautiful as always and was good as the wife even though she looks twice as young as Shahrukh. The kid acted pretty well too. The show stealer however was Arjun Rampal, surprisingly. He was very good as Ra.One and looked evil too.

I’d just like to say that Taran Adarsh is stupid and does not have a conscience so do not bother reading his fake review. Shahrukh Khan fans will still go for it but others, please remember I warned you! Ra.One might seem like a lot of fun but all that glitters is not gold. This Diwali, go buy real gold instead! 😛

Rating– 2.5/5

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