Dec 27 2013

Mahabharat- Movie Review


Mahabharat posterI remember being told the various Mahabharat & Ramayan stories by my grandmother as a child. Back then, we also used to watch both the Ramayan and Mahabharat serial on Tv. Oh how can we forget the way the Mahabharat song starts or the ‘Main samay hoon’ part with the Rishi muni and space in the background. Anyway, let’s get down to the review of the animated Mahabharat.

Coming to the story. The Pandavs and Kauravs who are at constant war with each other must fight to survive and rule over Hastinapur. Besides the war, we also learn about the five pandavs, the bravest and wickedest kauravs and of course, Draupadi.

I wonder what director Amaan Khan was thinking. I don’t deny the fact that making Mahabharat could be tough but it’s very unfair to watch such a mediocre animated version when you see some pretty brilliant animated films from across the world. Why does India have to have such a poor presentation of their beautifully written mythological tales? The screenplay is a major minus point which takes away the main aspect of the film. The start itself is so poor that I can’t begin to tell you about the remaining. 2 brothers playing at Gateway of India start fighting over a gold coin they both discover. Randomly, an eagle pops out of the coin and starts telling them the Mahabharat story. While all this is going on, there are two squirrels passing comments and a dog making faces. Now just think if the start is like that, what the film would be like.

The animation is horrible and the visual effects aren’t cool either. It’s like watching a video game with a story. So many jerks and grossly designed visuals that you’d rather go back home and watch the BR Chopra Mahabharat on Youtube. There are too many characters and it can get confusing if you don’t remember the story. I got confused so imagine children! Pity them!

The voice overs are kind of a saving grace in this sinking ship. They say the dialogues like they’re meant to even if their faces look like a really bad version of them. For example, Vidya Balan’s animated avatar looks really bad. I’d say Sunny Deol and Amitabh Bachchan’s avatars were the most identical. Anil Kapoor’s too was close to how he looks. The rest were just really bad. Anupam Kher who plays Shakuni mama is probably the most annoying character in the film. His voice gets to you after a while.

The music in the film is not worth mentioning. The background score is a decent attempt but could have been better.

It’s sad that children of this generation have this rendition of Mahabharat to see. I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone. Please avoid.

Rating– 2/5

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Nov 23 2013

Singh Saab The Great- Movie Review


Singh Saab The Great PosterSunny Deol is by far the laziest action hero because he only uses his hands and eyes! His action scenes in Singh Saab The Great prove it! Now, of course there’s more to say about the movie so read on.

Sunny Deol plays Singh Saab, a collector who fights for people’s rights and isn’t afraid to use his ‘teen kilo ke haath’to break their heads. Everything is hale and hearty until a News reporter (Armita Rao) comes into the scene and reveals that Singh Saab is not Singh Saab after all and has a past where he a jail history of 7 years. Bhoodev (Prakash Raj) is the reason for that. So instead of ‘badla’, Singh Saab chooses the path of ‘badlav’ to settle scores.

The story by Shaktimaan is alright. To make it interesting, the screenplay and direction go hand in hand along with several other factors. Director Anil Sharma has tried to make it as melodramatic as possible with some really well choreographed action scenes. The vibe is right. You can see various emotions swinging through from one character to the other and that is the power of good actors and the director who make it happen with some really corny dialogues that the Sunny fans will love. The cinematography by S.Gopinath is beautiful and all the moments are captured beautifully, especially the last action sequence.

The background score by Monty Sharma is fantastic! It adds drama and goes very well with the pace of the film. I would however wish that there were fewer songs. Except for the title track I didn’t think the music by Sonu Nigam and Anand Raj Anand was that great. The item number was not needed and neither were the other songs.

Sunny Deol was last seen in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 which was not a typical Sunny Deol film. Singh Saab The Great definitely is and goes well with the kind of intensity and persona Sunny Deol radiates on screen. You can’t deny the screen presence and charm he has and even with that, he comes across as a good human being. Debutant actress Urvashi Rautela who plays his wife is not bad. She’s a decent actress that way. I thought Anjali Abrol was very good though. She looks good and has it in her to be a really good actress. Amrita Rao as a journalist looks like she’s trying too hard. She’s not too convincing. Prakash Raj as the villain is superb, yet again but doesn’t do what he did in Singham. This role isn’t meaty enough like that. Johnny Lever as far as I remember used to do comedy. Well, in Singh Saab he’s just an extra and makes no difference by being there in the film. Ouch! Sad but true!

As a film, Singh Saab The Great is surprisingly not bad at all just that it’s an hour too long so a little work in the edit department would have helped a great deal. This one’s for all the Sunny Deol fans!

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jun 7 2013

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2- Movie Review


yamla-pagla-deewana-2 posterI’ve seen Yamla Pagla Deewana before this and I knew exactly what I was going for. Only, I didn’t think it was going to be so bad! Well, here’s my review

Dharam (Dharmendra) and his notorious son Gajodhar (Bobby Deol) are busy fleecing people in Varanasi as ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana Baba’. They come across a super rich man who has a daughter he wants to marry off in London. Their plan is to go to London and get Bobby married to the rich man’s daughter (Neha Sharma). Well mannered and decent Paramveer (Sunny Deol) turns out to be the architect to change the look of the club the rich man owns. Unfortunately, Paramveer is Dharam’s first son.

I don’t know why this film was made in the first place. Bad story, bad screenplay, bad direction are reasons enough to make this is flop film already! What’s the point in spending money on costumes, hair, make up, actors, etc.? The story by Lynda Deol is written so badly that there’s barely any scope for it to do well as a film. For instance, there’s an orangutan and sumo wrestlers to add humour because Johnny Lever and Anupam Kher who are meant to do comedy in the film just got offered the worst roles of their lives! Please notice both of them. You will agree that their roles are not only pointless but also absolutely ridiculous and not funny at all!

The good thing is that they’ve shot in Scotland and UK and there are some pretty visuals. The cinematographer has captured it all well. I also think the background score by Raju Singh is very good although the music is a letdown.

I wouldn’t boast about the performances because there’s not much to really point out except the fact that it’s always nice to see Dharmendra on screen. He’s a good looking man at his age and tries his best to look and act cool. There was barely any scope to act in this film anyway. Bobby Deol is subtle and good. He’s actually too cool for the film. The sardar look really suits Sunny Deol and even though I can’t say too much about his acting, he looks rather dashing and it’s nice to see him do action scenes with his ‘angry man face’. Anupam Kher and Johnny Lever as I said have wasted their time and done the worst roles of their lives. Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva look pretty and that’s that.

As a film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is worse than the first part and totally a time waste! Not entertaining at all!

Rating– 1.5/5

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Jan 14 2011

Yamla Pagla Deewana- Movie Review


Galti ho gayi merese! The trailers looked so good but the movie was the total opposite!

Its one of those movies that you’ve already seen. Sunny Deol, NRI from Canada is in search of his lost brother (Bobby Deol) and father (Dharmendra) in India. Dharmendra ran away with Bobby after separating from his wife in their early years of marriage because of which the brothers have never met each other and one of their parents too. That is just half the story. The other half is that Bobby is in love with a girl whose parents want her to marry someone else. So Bobby along with his brother goes to Punjab to get her and convince her family.

The story is a hotchpotch of sorts. Too many things happening and its quite annoying. I understand having all the 3 Deols is the USP of this film but the comedy was just left to the dogs! Imagine I’m a person who laughs at the most stupid jokes but here I was just hoping the movie would end soon. It got better after the interval though.I actually dragged my friend Karishma who’s come down from Ahmedabad for only 3 days manaoing her that it would be hilarious! She wanted to walk out of the theatre even before the interval and I was actually convinced with the idea but I still made her stay and throughout the movie I was looking at her and laughing. Hehehehe (Evil laugh).

Actingwise Dharmendra was a letdown. I thought Bobby Deol was quite good though. Sunny just did the corny action scenes well. The new actress just looks pretty. Johnny Lever hardly had a role. I think if he was there for longer, it would have increased the comedy percentage from 10% to 30% atleast.

The locations are superb! They could have made better use of them though. The songs are bad except for the title song. The costumes are very bad. The story as I said earlier is a hotchpotch. The dialogues are stupid.

I would’ve appreciated it if the movie was yamla, pagla or deewana… but unfortunately, it isn’t. So do not watch it please.

Rating– 1.5/5

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Aug 27 2010

Hello Darling- Movie Review


Gul Panag, I have a question for you… WHY?! As much as I knew this movie would suck, I went to watch it only thinking that Gul Panag wouldn’t ever do movies like this! But well, popat ho gaya!

The movie is about 3 so-called “hot” women working together at some Fashion House and their boss who’s a horny bugger (Javed Jaffrey whose name is Harddick in the movie), trying his luck with all the women in the office. So basically these women do stuff to teach him a lesson.

The movie was so uninteresting that I don’t know what to say! Celina Jaitley can’t act and her fake eyes and ugly hair make her look stupid and I felt like slapping her! Eesha Koppikar was ok…her Marathi accent came in 2-3 times by mistake instead of a North Indian accent. Also, her stylist was pathetic and she didn’t look like someone working at a Fashion House from any angle! Gul Panag has acted well in the past… I wonder what went wrong here…Sad! Javed Jaffrey is a brilliant actor and he does comedy well but a movie like this…Tch tch tch! Chunkey Pandey is a monkey. He tries to act funny, but he really gets annoying! For the first time I thought Divya Dutta didn’t act well! She can’t play a Guju woman! Seema Biswas was wasted in the movie! Oh and Mr. Sunny Deol has a guest appearance in the end. His voice was dubbed and that was probably the only part when the movie was a little funny!

The songs are sad! The story is pakao! The jokes aren’t funny! The acting is pathetic!

Verdict– Waste of money!

Rating– 0.5/5

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