Feb 20 2015

Badlapur- Movie Review

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badlapur-poster1Very recently, a friend asked me which film I thought was the best so far in 2015 and all I could do was think really hard until I gave up. Badlapur hadn’t released then. Today, I can confidently answer that question. This Varun Dhawan- Nawazuddin Siddiqui  starrer is one of the most intense, well directed and better films that has released since the past 3-4 months and you have to go watch it.

Plot in short– After a bank robbery In Poona, Layak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Harman (Vinay Pathak) accidentally kill a woman and her child during their escape from the cops.  Raghu (Varun Dhawan), the husband of the woman and father of the child is furious and sets out to avenge their deaths.

The Good– Sriram Raghavan has made movies like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar in the past which were good films and then he made Agent Vinod which was awful. I didn’t know what to expect from Badlapur because I couldn’t picture Varun Dhawan in a serious, intense film. Also, after looking at the trailers I wasn’t expecting an outstanding film. I guess I was wrong. Badlapur caught me by surprise! The story is a simple thriller about taking revenge for something not acceptable. What we see in the film is a great show from start to end, scene after scene. Gripping screenplay, intense characters, brilliant execution of story, top notch performances by every actor in the film, crisp editing, expert camera work, good background score and music that lingers on.

Coming to the performances… Is it the same Varun Dhawan we saw in Student of the year and Main tera hero? I guess not. The actor has evolved and how! He is powerful and flawless in his performance giving us a clear indication that he must be taken seriously as an actor. Standing at an equally important level is Nawazudding Siddiqui who unflinchingly plays his role and makes us believe that he is Layak, the man who is responsible for killing two people, a faithful lover, the apple of his mother’s eyes. Another performance that stands out is that of Radhika Apte who plays Harman’s wife, ready to do anything for her husband. I have to say that the entire supporting cast too gives the film the respect it deserves. Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak, Kumud Mishra, Huma Qureshi, Pratima Kannan are all winners throughout the film.

The Not-so-good– I can’t point a finger at what I didn’t like because I was glued to my seat even during the interval anticipating the second half. If I had to pick on something I didn’t like it would be the last half an hour or so. I felt that was slightly dragged and could have been to-the-point.

Verdict– Badlapur is a must watch and most definitely in the list of movies to watch in 2015! Highly recommended!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Jul 11 2014

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania- Movie Review

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Humpty Sharma ki dulhania posterI had no hopes when I saw the trailer of Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania. Somehow, it looked like a really bad romantic comedy that would fall flat on its face. Surprise! Surprise! It was actually worth it! Here’s more.

Plot in Short– Small town girl Kavya’s (Alia Bhatt) life is about to change as her father (Ashutosh Rana) decides to get her married to a NRI, Angad (Siddharth Shukla). Things take a complete 360 degrees turn when Delhi boy Humpty (Varun Dhawan) enters her life. Kya Humpty Sharma dulhania le jaayega?

The Good– What makes the film fun to watch is that the screenplay keeps you engrossed. Very well written and very much in sync with today’s times, the dialogues are quirky and relatable. Lots of sarcasm too which makes it fun to watch. Very well directed by Shashank Khaitan, Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania is entertaining throughout. Superb performances by Alia and Varun who share great chemistry on screen. The supporting cast too has done a great job! I must mention that the cinematography is beautiful and so is the art direction. Lovely colours. Alia Bhatt’s stylist, make up artist and hairstylist are brilliant! They have made her look gorgeous throughout. The music is ok but the song ‘Samjhavan’ is amazing, beautifully penned and playlist-worthy.

The Not-so-Good– There’s barely anything that I didn’t like in the movie. I actually really enjoyed watching the whole damn thing without getting bored. But yes, the music could have been better for sure. Also, I felt that Siddharth Shukla seemed a little out of place even though he’s subtle and simple as an actor.

Verdict– A great romantic comedy for everyone to watch!

Rating– 4/5

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Apr 4 2014

Main Tera Hero- Movie Review

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Main tera hero posterMore than it being a Varun Dhawan film, I was looking forward to watching David Dhawan directing his son and also to see if ‘Main tera hero’ would be as crazy as all his other films. Well, I must say he did live up to my expectations! Here’s my review.

Plot in short– Seenu (Varun Dhawan) is a brat from Coonoor, a small town in South India and wants to go to the big city- Bangalore to get a college degree and also prove to his parents that he is no vagabond. At his college, TIFT, he meets Sunaina (Ileana D’Cruz) whom he immediately falls for, hard. Little does he know that there’s a giant of a police officer, Angad Negi (Arunoday Singh) who would kill for her and does everything he can to keep everyone away from her. Things only get more complicated from thereon and it only gets more difficult for Seenu to be with his lady love.

The Good– I’d like to say that David Dhawan has stuck to his style of film making. Over-the-top acting, humour, dialogues and background music are enough to label ‘Main tera hero’ as a typical David Dhawan film. Now, Varun Dhawan was launched with Student of the year but this is a proper Father-Son debut film which launches Varun in a grand way. I loved the background music, cinematography and styling. The actors all look really good. Actingwise, I’d say Varun Dhawan has the potential to act well but by putting on the Govinda act, he just didn’t seem natural. Ileana DeCruz on the other hand looks stunning and can act well too. Arunoday Singh is a hottie and I think I’d faint if I saw him in person. I really like him because he acts well too but I’m not sure if I liked him in this role. Either way, he was good. Nargis Fakhri with her pouty lips and gorgeous face had her accent all over place and the Hindi kind of disappointed. She was very good in Madras Cafe but the bar just went down a few notches with her performance in this film. All the other actors- Saurabh Shukla, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and the rest do justice to their parts with a whole lot of over-acting of course. The choreography for all the dances is very good, especially ‘Besharmi ki height’.

The Not-so-good– I have no shame in admitting that I have loved some of David Dhawan’s films. Main Tera Hero unfortunately is not one of them. The screenplay isn’t too well written and the story seems unoriginal, constantly reminding you of Housefull, directed by Sajid Khan. I would have liked there to be some uniqueness in the plot. I barely found any scenes funny because they were so badly exaggerated and pretentious. Also, looking at Varun Dhawan in every frame did get a bit annoying even though he has a good body and all that. I wouldn’t quite put it in the romantic comedy category. The music by Sajid-Wajid is ok. The song “Tera hero idhar hai” was fun.

Verdict– All in all, an average masala film that could have been way better and shorter.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Oct 19 2012

Student Of The Year- Movie Review

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I’m a huge Karan Johar fan and have loved watching every movie of his, yes even Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham so how could I leave out Student of the year?! Anyway, here’s my review.

So, there’s this huge University at Dehradun which calls itself a school housing some really posh students who travel in Ferraris. They have the ‘Student of the year’ competition going on every year thanks to their happy and gay principal Rishi Kapoor. Through this, relationships are formed and some are broken. Student of the year is about 3 friends and their ups and downs in their friendships.

This is one of those movies which college students will love and the rest of us might not relate to it as much. Karan Johar has a typical style- making everything look beautiful and filmy! Visually rich in terms of cinematography, styling, make up, hair, production design and music too. The editing could have been better though. The first half of the movie just goes on and on and there’s too much bakbak in the starting from all the supporting actors.

I have a huge crush on Siddharth Malhotra! I swear! He’s so hot and what a body! I felt like a college kid again after watching him! By the way he acts pretty well and has good screen presence.  Alia Bhatt was alright. She’s pretty. Varun Dhawan was good but didn’t look like the rich spoilt brat. Rishi Kapoor as usual was too good! Sana Saeed (little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) barely had any dialogues. She just had to look hot and bitchy which she did very well. Even the guy who played ‘Pseudo’ was very natural. All the other supporting actors did a good job.

The music by Vishal and Shekhar mainly includes some fun foot tapping numbers like ‘Disco Deewane’ but also has a different and nice track called ‘Ishqwala love’ which can grow on you after listening to it a couple of times.

Overall, it was a little better than ok for me. I was wondering how come no Shahrukh Khan in this movie (even a guest appearance).

Rating– 3/5

 

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