Jul 31 2015

Drishyam- Movie Review


Drishyam excels in many ways such as performances, cinematography and styling and will keep you gripped during most parts, giving special credits to Ajay Devgn and Tabu but falls short of a tighter screenplay that could have made the movie more thrilling.

Rating– 3/5


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Mar 8 2014

Queen- Movie Review


Queen-Movie-PosterThere are far too many things to love about Queen and I can safely say that this is one of the best movies ever made in Bollywood! Let me start off…

Plot in short– Rani Mehra (Kangana Ranaut), a simple Punjabi girl from Delhi is dumped by her fiancé (Rajkummar Rao) because she doesn’t match up to his ‘status’.  That makes her upset and after sleeping over it, she decides to go alone for her honeymoon. It’s a journey not just to a place but to finding a person who she didn’t know existed in her.

The good– I didn’t think Kangana Ranaut could do anything but drunk scenes and talk like a pigeon. In Queen, she’s not only proved me wrong but has completely taken me by surprise. She’s uninhibited and plays her part like a pro! She’s real, believable and very likable. The way she dresses throughout, her accent, her way of communicating, her reactions to various experiences and so much more bring us closer to her character and leave us wanting to know more about her. I also thought the other actors- namely Lisa Haydon who plays her new found BFF in France, Rajkummar Rao, her friends and family in the movie are all well casted and have done a fantastic job! They’re all natural, effortless and add to the chemistry in their relationship with Kangana Ranaut’s character which only makes you enjoy the film more.

Apart from the performances, I must congratulate the director and screenplay writer for making a film that is entirely unpretentious and focuses on good story telling, real relationships, Indian values and optimism. There are some things that make this film particularly relatable. For instance, even in her drunken state, when she’s dancing like the strippers on the bar table, she removes her jacket, spins it round and round like the dancers and instead of throwing it out like most films would do, she stuffs in in her bag. Or another example would be how with the days she spends on her holiday; the mehndi on her hands fades and looks as ugly like it does on our hands after three to four days. You’d also feel patriotic when there’s a huge crowd gathered to eat yummy ‘golgappas’ from her stall. You feel happy for her when she’s happy and sad when she’s sad. I love everything about the treatment of the film!

The look in terms of make up, styling, costumes, hair, locations is as real as real can be. With a no make up look, Kangana plays the part of a girl coming from a conservative Indian family. She doesn’t dress well, has no intention of trying to impress anyone and loves her family. The cinematography by Bobby Singh is smooth and well shot.  The background score and music make the film more fun to watch. Amit Trivedi is pure genius!  I loved the songs ‘O Gujariya’, ‘London Thumakda’ and ‘Hungama’ which is superb!

The not-sogood– The only drawback perhaps is the fact that the length of the film is a bit much. I’m not complaining about the content at all though. I just wish it wasn’t so long. The songs could have been shorter and the editing could have been crisper.

Verdict– I’m just really happy I saw Queen. It’s delightfully awesome! MUST WATCH!

Rating– 4/5

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Jan 20 2013

Inkaar- Movie Review


inkaar posterThe trailer looked interesting and that is what made me want to go watch the movie. Also, Sudhir Mishra and Chitrangda Singh are reasons enough.

Maya (Chitrangda Singh) joins an ad agency where Rahul (Arjun Rampal), the CEO, helps her take her career to greater heights. Her confidence increases and she starts doing very well, so much so that she is promoted to be the National Creative Head. In the middle of all this, she falls in love with him and they have an affair that’s sizzling. Now in a workplace, there can be competition and jealousy among other things. Maya accuses Rahul of sexually exploiting her and reports it to a Social worker who then forms a committee from the agency itself to help sort out the issue.

Sudhir Mishra’s made his own version of Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Corporate’ and the entire premise is well established. There are a few loopholes in the story, especially in the second half but the flow of the screenplay is good and there wont be a dull moment. Sure, you will feel a little restless at some moments and the film might feel like a drag then but the performances keep you gripped. What makes me wonder is… where is the ‘sexual harassment’ in the story? You’ll just find it like a cat and mouse game where one is trying to beat the other at their game and at the end of it, both can’t do without each other. The styling is good and so is the cinematography.

Coming to the performances… Arjun Rampal who usually acts with his dead pan expressions surprisingly did a good job in this one. I didn’t think he was that great in Rock On but Inkaar is his best performance according to me till date. He easily convinces as an egoistic, arrogant and yet charmingly good looking ad guru. Chitrangda Singh as we all know is a stunner and no doubt she looked drop dead gorgeous in this too but her performance wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. Not that she wasn’t good at all but she could have acted better.

The music by Shantanu Moitra is average. I like the title song that plays in the beginning when both of them are in the water and also the song ‘Maula tu maalik hai’.

Inkaar could have been a great film only if the story was cut short and the ending made not to please but to pleasantly surprise. The performances are the saving grace.

Rating– 2.5/5


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Mar 8 2012

Kahaani- Movie Review


Vidya Balan’s proved what a brilliant actor she is in the past with the movies she’s done and I had no doubt that Kahaani would be as good if not better. Here’s what I thought of ‘Kahaani’.

Vidya Balan (Vidya Bagchi) is a pregnant lady in search of her missing husband in Kolkata. As time goes by, various mysteries unfold leading to the truth.

And what a movie! The story is different and I love the way it unfolds bit by bit. The screenplay is superb and gripping, the cinematography makes the film look beautiful, the background music makes you move with the story, the production design, costumes, make up is all so real that you feel like you’re watching a real story. It’s just amazing the way the beginning leads to an end you’d never anticipate and that’s what makes a film stand out and that’s what cinema is all about! Sujoy Ghosh, the director is passionate and it shows in his work. Brilliant is not the word!

Vidya Balan is natural and unpretentiously real in her acting and that’s what makes you believe that she really is Vidya Bagchi. Her character is one you sympathize with and at the same time find her independent, brave and strong willed to go looking for her husband on her own. When she acts, it doesn’t look like she’s acting and that’s the best part about her. I also thought her co-actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay (Rana) was very natural and endearing. There’s a creepy character who plays a contract killer in the film who actually creeped me out big time! In fact, I think every character contributed well in the film.

Three cheers for Kahaani and its entire team! I recommend it! Do not miss it!

Rating– 4/5

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