May 2 2016

Nil Battey Sannata- Movie Review


A heartwarming story emotionally and beautifully told,  that will make you feel proud to be an Indian.

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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May 22 2015

Tanu weds Manu Returns- Movie Review


Tanu-Weds-Manu-Returns-PosterVery rarely would you find sequels better than the first part. Tanu Weds Manu has returned and how! Let me explain.

Plot in short– Tanuja (Kangana Ranaut) and Manoj (R Madhavan) have been married, maybe not happily since 4 years. With disagreements, senseless arguments and fewer sparks both want to end their marriage to live a more peaceful life. A heated up fight at the psychiatrist makes Manu end up in a mental hospital while Tanu escapes to Kanpur. Feeling slightly bad for her husband, she calls his friend Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal) to come rescue him. Once back home, she goes back to being the rebellious, notorious Tanu who would walk out in a towel while a boy’s family has come home to meet her sister. During her stay at her family home, she reconnects with one time boyfriend Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Sheirgill) and also basks in the attention she gets from a new lawyer friend- Chintu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) who’s been staying without paying rent at her family home. Meanwhile, Manu comes to India and meets a Tanu look-alike Kusum (Kangana Ranaut) who is a state level athlete from Haryana. Within a couple of weeks he falls for her and is ready to get married. What will happen to Tanu and Manu’s marriage?

The Good– I have to say I enjoyed every minute of the film. Not once did I get distracted by my phone’s constant vibrations (Whatsapp messages). The pace is perfect and the very well written dialogue and screenplay by Himanshu Sharma add the raw desi masala mixed with real cinema making it juicy and flavourful in one go. Director Aanand L. Rai expertly weaves his magic in combining it with great music, styling, production design, cinematography and acting. The song ‘Banno tera swagger’ is a definite favourite. Kangana Ranaut shines in her performance as both Tanu and Kusum, making a clear demarcation between both characters. She looks gorgeous! R Madhavan in all his subtlety is superb! He has great screen presence. Supporting actors Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi is a live wire, very entertaining, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Chintu is good, Jimmy Sheirgill is Raja Awasthi is charming. All the other actors too made their presence felt, adding value to the film.

The Not- so-good– I didn’t want it to end. I wish they make a part three.

Verdict– I loved the film and would highly recommend it to everyone. Two hours of pure desi entertainment- music, drama, humour and a lot of masala. MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4.5/5

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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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