Jul 4 2014

Bobby Jasoos- Movie Review


Vidya Balan chose a great film once again with a highly engaging screenplay but it could have had a better climax and better editing.

Rating- 3.5/5


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Feb 28 2014

Shaadi Ke Side Effects- Movie Review


Shaadi-Ke-Side-Effects-PosterI was really looking forward to watching Shaadi Ke Side Effects for multiple reasons. One- Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan are superb actors! Two- I loved Pyaar ke side effects. Three- My shaadi will happen soon so I wanted to see what the ‘side effects’ are! Haha well, here’s what I thought of the film.

Plot in short– Trisha (Vidya Balan) and Sid (Farhan Akhtar) are married and in love until they give birth to a challenging responsibility- a child. How complicated do their lives get after marriage and once the baby is born is what Shaadi Ke Side Effects is all about.

The good– The concept on the whole works. A funny take on the side effects of a marriage is a good enough reason to watch it and then you have two great actors- Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar who are natural and are blessed with an incredible ability to act effortlessly. I also thought Vir Das, Ram Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri who played important parts in the film were quite entertaining. Director Saket Chaudhary who’s also made Pyaar Ke Side Effects has done a good job with directing this one but only the first half. The screenplay works well in the first half of the film to a level where you relate and laugh out loud with all your heart. Farhan Akhtar’s styling goes with today’s times and he looks younger and fitter than ever! Vidya Balan looks good in some scenes but the open hair bothers me a bit.

The cinematography is lovely and the art direction is fantastic with the most gorgeous colours. The music however is just ok. I like the romantic peppy number- Tumse pyaar ho gaya.

The Not-so-good– While the first half of the film was a lot of fun to watch, the second half was a drag. The story started moving in a not-so-interesting direction so better editing would have made it shorter and better for sure. The songs too could have been better.

Verdict– Great performances, an engaging and entertaining first half that couples in love will enjoy watching together, especially those intending to marry.

Rating– 3/5


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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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Aug 15 2013

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara- Movie Review


Once upon ay time in mumbai dobaara posterOnce upon a time in Mumbaai was unexpectedly good and that’s what raised the bar for Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara. Was it a better film? You’re just about to find out.

The sequel tells us the story of Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) an Underworld Don who is influential and lives life king-size in Mumbai. He hires Aslam (Imran Khan) at a young age to work for him and be one of his gang members. Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha) enters both their lives and everything changes. Can a mere gang member of a Don win against the Don himself and woo his lady love or will he be a shadow of the master for the rest of his life?

Milan Luthria is a great director! He knows his craft well and makes films for the masses. Now, we’ve already seen that in his earlier films and obviously this one is no exception. The story by Rajat Arora has nothing to boast about but I liked the end. In layman’s terms, this one’s a love triangle with the backdrop of the Underworld in the 1970s and 80s. The focus is on the love stories so you can’t really call it a gangster film. The screenplay is very good. The dialogues are alright but not as powerful as the ones in the prequel. The art direction is smart keeping in mind that it is a period film. Great visuals, sets and costumes. Cinematographer Ayananka Bose has captured Mumbai and all the actors beautifully with his lens, adding his bit to every frame. The action scenes are choreographed well by Javed Eijaz.

The background music is killer! Super job by Sandeep Shirodkar! Pritam’s music this time is just about average. I like the song ‘Yeh tune kya kiya’. ‘Tayyab Ali’ is of course a copy and so the credit goes to the original composers of the song- Laxmikant Pyarelal. Imran Khan’s done a very bad lip sync of the song in the film, by the way. I would have liked the movie without so many songs.

Moving on… The performances are all noteworthy. Who would have imagined Akshay Kumar with his voice playing a Don? Well, I certainly didn’t. Surprisingly, he was quite impressive even though Ajay Devgan’s voice and persona makes the dialogues sound better. Imran Khan who’s not known for acting was quite decent as Aslam. Sonakshi Sinha was outstanding as usual. She has a great on screen presence. Sonali Bendre had a short role but was graceful and mature. Far better than the actress she used to be.

So as a film, Once upon ay time in Mumbai dobaara was entertaining but not as powerful as Once upon a time in Mumbaai. Watch it for the brilliant performances.

Rating– 3/5

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Jun 28 2013

Ghanchakkar- Movie Review


Ghanchakkar-posterPut Vidya Balan in a movie and you know it’s going to be worth your time and money. Ghanchakkar is a film that must be watched for its twisted story. Here’s more.

Sanjay (Emraan Hashmi), a thief is married to Neetu (Vidya Balan) who loves dressing up in the most outrageous clothes, picking up ideas from fashion magazines. An offer to make a huge sum of money by being a part of a bank robbery gets him and Neetu tempted and he decides to do it so that he wont have to steal again for a long time and can chill in his house doing nothing. The stolen money is hidden in a secret place which only he knows about. Three months after the robbery he finds himself forgetting things including where he hid the money. It becomes a matter of concern when the two men who robbed the bank with him threaten to kill him and his wife if they don’t get the money in a week.

Director Raj Kumar Gupta has made movies like Aamir and Noone killed Jessica in the past and has been much appreaciated. With Ghanchakkar, he’s attempted comedy along with thriller and has done a good job. The concept is bizarre of course! You can’t imagine anyone marrying a thief knowing he’s a thief who just sits at home the whole day. So yes, the entire concept it fun and different but I wish the screenplay was a bit tighter. It is a bit lengthy for my liking even though you wont really find yourself getting bored. Better editing could have done the job. There are some really funny scenes which are both subtle and loud. The entire robbery scene was hilarious because of something as simple as face masks of popular actors. Also, the thrilling aspect continues to make you think till the very end and somehow, you wont be able to guess the climax which is the point of a thriller.

The look of the film is real and believable even though Vidya’s clothes are not. I get that the character is fictitious and is meant to look like that but I think it was overdone somehow. Emraan Hashmi’s small ponytail and worn off look don’t suit him at all. The cinematography by Setu is good.

The music by Amit Trivedi is ok in this film even though he’s given us some brilliant music in the past. The background music could have been better.

This is not the first time Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi are seen together but this time they lack chemistry. Even the kissing scenes are quite blah. Both are capable actors that have done good work in the past, especially Vidya Balan but in this film their acting comprises of yelling at each other. They’re both ok. The stars of the film are Namit Das and Rajesh Sharma who play Idris and Pandit and are just hilarious! They probably have the best lines in the film but even with just expressions they’re superb!

Overall, Ghanchakkar is fun but could have been better in terms of pace and better screenplay.

Rating– 3/5

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Dec 30 2012

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2012


Best Movies of 2012

1)      Kahaani- Mind blowing story and well paced thriller. Starring Vidya Balan. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

2)      Rowdy Rathore- Paisa Vasool masala film. Starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Prabhudeva.

3)      Ek Tha Tiger- Entertaining thriller. Starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif. Directed by Kabir Khan

4)      Barfi- The performances make the film fun to watch. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’cruz. Directed by Anurag Basu.

5)      OMG Oh My God! – Very Good movie with a beautiful message. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar & Mithun Chakraborthy. Directed by Umesh Shukla.

6)      English Vinglish- Simple, emotional and moving. Starring Sridevi, Priya Anand & Mehdi Nebou

7)      Talaash– Slightly slow but superb thriller! Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor. Directed by Reema Kagti.

8)      Paan Singh Tomar- Unpretentious & endearing with a great story and gripping  performance by Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan Khan & Mahie Gill. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

9)      Vicky Donor- Surprisingly fun and real with natural performances. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gupta & Annu Kapoor. Directed by Shoojit Sircar.

10)   Ishaqzaade- Charming, different and entertaining. Starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor. Directed by Habib Faisal.


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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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Dec 2 2011

The Dirty Picture- Movie Review


When I heard that ‘The Dirty Picture’ is based on Silk Smitha’s life, I quickly did a Google search and found out that she had done a small role in the movie ‘Sadma’ with Kamal Hasan and she looked extremely horny and weird. Why would anyone make a movie about Silk Smitha and why would Vidya Balan put on so much weight for a movie?! Read on.

The Dirty Picture is about Silk Smitha’s life. Reshma (Vidya Balan) runs away from home searching for work that will make her rich and famous. As luck would have it, even with her simple looks, she manages to get a song in a movie. People don’t like the movie, but when they see her sensuous moves and kaatil adaayein, she becomes the most wanted girl and everyone wants to sign her in their films. From Reshma, she becomes Silk and men love her, want her and can’t get enough of her. But is there anything besides money and fame in her life?

Ekta Kapoor knows what works and what doesn’t. She’s made a smart move and created a film that will be remembered not only for Vidya Balan’s acting and passion to be the character she plays, but everything about the movie replicates a person’s life we knew nothing about. To me that is a big deal. The story is very well played out and each character is well defined. The dialogues are superb and I love the way everything from the 80s ka setting to the costumes to the songs look so real and suit the time she lived in. The whole crew and especially the director Milan Luthria have done a damn good job!

Vidya Balan is the star of the show, undoubtedly! I can’t imagine any actress who’d put on 12 kgs for a movie, jeopardizing her film career. She deserves a standing ovation and hats off to her for pulling it off so beautifully! She looks fantastic even though she has an ugly paunch in the movie and acts effortlessly! RESPECT! She can probably be called the female Aamir Khan in Bollywood who does films because they mean something and not just to make money or whatever other reasons other actors have. She definitely deserves all the awards this year! Naseeruddin Shah might be old but does such a good job that you’d feel no one else would match up to him for the part of Surya. Tusshar Kapoor plays a lallu in the movie and luckily didn’t have a big role so he was quite ok. Emraan Hashmi has acted decently but his voice is quite irritating and monotonous!

The movie has only 3 songs out of which Ooh Lala is just too good and I can’t stop dancing everytime I listen to it thanks to Bappi Lahiri. Even Ishq Sufiyana is lovely.

The Dirty Picture is one of the best movies of 2011 and I totally recommend it! Go watch it in a single screen theatre to really enjoy it! Superb hai boss!

Rating– 4/5



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Apr 21 2011

Dum Maaro Dum- Movie Review


The reason I went to watch this movie is Abhishek Bachchan. I think he’s a brilliant actor no matter what people say. What I thought about the movie is irrelevant then…Ok no, read read! 😛

Dum in hindi refers to drugs. So the movie is based on that. Basically, Prateik Babbar has a girlfriend who gets a scholarship but he doesn’t and can’t afford to pay the fees of the University he wants to go to. He gets involved exporting drugs and is sent to juvenile prison when Abhishek Bachchan, the police officer in charge catches him at the Goa Airport. Joki, Rana Daggubati, a musician has an aspiring air hostess, Bipasha Basu as his girlfriend who is ambitious but is forced to take help from a drug mafia (Aditya Pancholi) in Goa who bribes her into exporting drugs if she wants to fulfill her ambition of being an air hostess. As the movie progresses we move deeper into the plot and see the power of the drug mafia.

Supposedly a thiller, I didn’t think it was that thrilling. The background music only has Dum Maaro Dum ka starting ka tune and Midival Punditz have taken credit for that. The story falls flat because there’s no proper build-up of the plot. They were trying too hard to put in love stories and songs to make the movie a little light which sort of takes away from the main story about the whole drug mafia scene. So even though the movie is just about 2 hrs and 15 mins, it seems incredibly long! They could have made it so much more classy and interesting!

The actors apart from Abhishek Bachchan and Prateik Babbar are quite bad. This Rana guy is just too bland and has an expressionless voice. Bipasha looks hot but that’s it.

The music by Pritam is not bad. I like the songs ‘Te Amo’ and ‘Mit jaaye gham’.

According to me, Dum Maaro Dum lacks dum. I didn’t have great expectations anyway!

Rating– 2/5


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Jan 7 2011

No One killed Jessica- Movie Review


Eye opener- that’s what the movie has been for me. I was completely ignorant about the entire Jessica Lall murder case and so this movie was literally like news for me. News very well told.

As the title suggests, the movie is about the entire Jessica Lall murder case, from the day she died till when justice was done. The way her sister Sabrina tried to get justice and how the media took responsibility and brought the case back to track when it was almost dead because the killer was on the loose. It shows how even though there were 300 people present at the party where she died, 98% of them refused to tell the truth.

Director Rajkumar Gupta who’s made ‘Aamir’ before this is an awesome director. I think he’s chosen a fantastic subject and worked on it beautifully. The entire Jessica Lall ‘Hatyakaand’ is depicted very well except for maybe a scenes when it slows down. I loved the opening shot where Vidya’s mobile is ringing… just seems very real. The cinematography is very very good!

The two lead actresses- Vidya Balan (Sabrina Lall) and Rani Mukherji (NDTV reporter) have done a great job. I’d say Vidya more cause atleast in the first half, Rani was just reading out lines without expressions. Vidya Balan is a superb actress. Even though she’s worn really bad clothes, has no make up and not too many dialogues, she conveys everything she has to beautifully. Rani on the other hand looks gorgeous…I couldn’t stop staring at her eyes; but compared to her work from before, in this one she’s blah. Yeah, also the ladies who play mothers in this movie didn’t act too well… One of them just had one dialogue repeated thrice… “Mere Monu ko kuch nahi hona chahiye” or something like that.  And the girl who plays Jessica (Myra) is very sweet looking.

I think Amit Trivedi once again has made music that’s a class apart. What makes it awesome is that it’s not the kind of music you hear everyday. It’s different in a nice refreshing way.

So overall, No One killed Jessica for me is a Hit and I loved it! Dekho! Dekho!

Rating– 4/5

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