Jul 17 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan- Movie Review

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan posterI woke up at 7am to watch my Salman Khan in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Excitement was flowing through my system even as I was on my way to PVR Juhu, impatient to watch the 9am show, and before that hoping there wouldn’t be a long queue for tickets. So there I was in my seat, waiting eagerly for my Salman to appear on the big screen. But even before he came, the visuals before me took me in completely, making me forget that I was there, so early in the morning just for him.

Plot in short– ‘Shahida’ (Harshali Malhotra) a mute 6 year old girl from the Kashmiri side of Pakistan named after her mother’s favourite cricket Shahid Afridi gets left behind near the tracks of a train going from India to Pakistan in the wee hours of the night as she gets off trying to save a goat’s kid stuck inside a ditch. Finding another train to get onto, she hopes to go back home to her mother only reaching a village in Haryana where she meets our Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Salman Khan). Pawan or Bajrangi as he calls himself is a worshipper of Lord Hanuman, the monkey God and believes in always telling the truth. He meets Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan), his father’s friend’s daughter in Delhi and also stays in their house. They fall in love and want to get married but can only do so if Pawan can make enough money to buy a house.  Shahida who is mute and cannot read or write has no way to tell them where she’s from and so she too starts living with Rasika’s family and Pawan. As time passes by they find out that she’s from Pakistan and the only person who can take her there is Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Will he be able to cross the border and find her family? What are the obstacles that come in their way when he tries to?

The Good– Everything about the movie is good. I am not even exaggerating. Director Kabir Khan and his entire crew have let no stone unturned in making sure that the movie is made in the most honest and sincere way, not thinking of only Salman Khan and his superstar status. Salman Khan’s role is that of a very simple guy and he plays it with perfection. I can easily say that this is Salman’s finest performance and he made us cry this time. The pretty little girl Harshali Malhotra too is excellent as a mute child. She speaks volumes with her hand gestures and eyes alone. Kareena Kapoor Khan is merely a supporting actor here with not much to do but she looks gorgeous and does her usual Kareena stuff. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s entry scene is superb! The funny Pakistani reporter Chand Nawab’s scene is exactly like the one I had seen on Youtube ages ago and laughed my ass off. He’s one of the best actors we have today and is as natural as natural can get. Also, the screenplay is refreshing and moves steadily throughout. The camera work is brilliant. Beautiful visuals. The music is not the typical Salman Khan type foot tapping sorts that we’ve heard and danced to in the past. The ‘Selfie’ song is quite fun though. People in the theatre went crazy! Technically superb and emotionally perfect.

The Not-so-good– To be honest, I can’t think of anything. Just the fact that Salman Khan didn’t have any work to do apart from go and drop the girl to her mother.

Verdict– This has to be the best Salman Khan movie after Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Pure content with brilliant performances. Left me teary eyed in the end.

Rating– 4.5/5

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Oct 2 2014

Haider- Movie Review

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haider-posterYou know its a Vishal Bhardwaj film when you walk out of the theatre with a heavy heart. Haider is not your typical Bollywood flick and Shahid Kapoor is far from being the ‘Chocolate Boy’ in this powerful film. Here’s my review.

Plot in Short– Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Haider, the film tells the story of Haider (Shahid Kapoor), a poet who returns to his home after several years only to find that his father is missing, his house is burnt and his mother is having an affair with his uncle. Something’s fishy and Haider does not plan to let it be.

The Good– The adaptation has been brilliantly executed. To have Kashmir as the backdrop of the film only made it more interesting. Vishal Bhardwaj has played his cards well and made a masterpiece of a film. Superb screenplay written by him along with Basharrat Peer. I actually made an effort to read the credits online once I got home because making such a powerful film like this, rich in content is not common. Each character has been given life, making the viewer completely engrossed in watching the film from beginning to end no matter how long it is. The cinematographer Pankaj Kumar has captured beautiful moments on camera, making Kashmir look splendid in its most raw form. The most amazing part about Haider is the stunning performances by each and every actor. Award winning performances especially by Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Shahid Kapoor. Its films like these and a director like Vishal Bhardwaj that bring out the best in these actors. I can easily say that this is Shahid Kapoor’s and Shraddha Kapoor’s best film yet. The music and background score which is intense too goes very well with the theme of the film. The song ‘Bismil’ has been choreographed very well and is well composed. I also really really liked the song ‘Aao na’. I couldn’t imagine anyone but Vishal Dadlani singing it!

The Not-so-good–  There’s not much I didn’t like in this movie apart from the fact that it is slightly long and a bit disconnected in a few parts but I guess that’s the beauty of it.

Verdict– Get blown! Haider must be watched for its performances, direction, story, music, Kashmir, cinematography, background score and almost everything else. I loved it!

Rating– 4.5/5

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