Jul 6 2016

Sultan- Movie Review

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Sultan poster‘Khoon mein teri mitti, mitti mein tera khoon. Upar allah, neeche dharti, beech mein tera junoon…Aye Sultan!’

Just when you thought Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s got to be his best performance till date, Salman Khan gives us Sultan. And what a film it is!

Plot in short– Sultan (Salman Khan), a young man without an aim in life falls in love with a wrestler Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) who wants her husband to be a strong, dedicated wrestler too, just like her father. To win her heart and some respect, he works hard and becomes a world class wrestler. After a few years of being married and having great wrestling careers, Sultan’s arrogance goes up with his popularity while Anushka must leave wrestling to start a family. Things go awfully wrong and Sultan loses Aarfa and his purpose in life. A few years later, he gets an opportunity to wrestle again, only at a deadlier level. Will he risk it all to bring his old life back?

The Good– Salman Khan! Man! Every Eid he’s just been giving us brilliant films! Sultan too, without a doubt falls into that category. I’m not saying this just cause I’m a huge fan of his but seriously, he’s just doing better films and his performances are so much more real. This is probably the first time he’s done a role as inspiring as this and his hard work clearly shows; whether it’s his Haryanvi accent or the way he expresses himself when he looks at his fat belly in the mirror or the way he wrestles. Anushka Sharma plays a simple girl and totally rocks the look. She’s also so sincere in her performance that you can’t help but love her. Ali Abbas Zafar, whose directed movies like Gunday and Mere Brother ki Dulhan has outdone himself in Sultan. The screenplay is gripping and interesting, the film is well shot, the fight sequences are decent, and the music by Vishal and Shekhar is great. I can’t really tell which one’s my favourite song cause they’re all so good. I love the choreography in the songs. Especially that ‘bum step’ from ‘Baby ko bas pasand hai’. I could watch Salman do that step a million times and never get sick of it! The background score too is fantastic! The supporting cast plays an equally important part in making sure there’s never a dull moment. The actor who plays Salman’s best friend- (Anant Sharma) is one to watch out for! Great talent! Randeep Hooda has a small role but a great screen presence and performance. Amit Sadh is there in bits and parts and is good.

The Not-so-good– Except for the length of the movie which is two hours and 50 minutes (lots of Salman time which is not a bad thing for fans like me), there’s really not that much I can point out that would make this film any less awesome.

Verdict– Sultan is a must watch! Don’t ask why. Just go watch it and then come back and thank me.

Rating– 4/5

 

 

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Oct 24 2014

Happy New Year- Movie Review

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happynewyear-posterI was more excited to watch Happy New Year for Farah Khan than for Shahrukh or Deepika. Somehow, Farah Khan’s films are the extremely corny, masala films which are my favourites! Does this fall into the ‘Watch’ or ‘Miss’ category? You’re just about to find out.

Plot in short– Charlie (Shahrukh Khan) avenges his father’s death by hiring a bunch of nuts for robbing diamonds worth 300 crores at the Atlantis, Dubai.

The Good– If you’re a masala movie fan like me, you will definitely enjoy Happy New Year for its over-the-top comedy, extra fillmy punches and colours. Her style defines Bollywood in its true sense, making the audience at single screens blow seetis and maaro taalis whenever Shahrukh Khan or Deepika Padukone appear on screen whether its showing his six pack or the way she moves her body to the tune of ‘Lovely’. The music and dance in the film complement the screenplay which is kind of crazy. There are many LOL moments, mostly stupid ones and some gross ones (like when Abhishek Bachchan vomits all over the people while doing the Dahi Handi).  For a film like this which doesn’t make sense (‘cause you’re making the most of the journey rather than the final product), it’s ok to have average actors because script is king. Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah, Anupam Kher and Jackie Shroff are all good actors and have done a good job but nothing worth winning an award for! The dances have been choreographed really well! Superb locations, gorgeous sets and brilliant styling make for a very glamourous looking film.

The Not-so-good– This film is clearly for the masses and I wouldn’t urge people to go watch it unless you’re a fan of this genre. However, I wish the story wasn’t dragged so much. It felt like it would never end! Also, I wish there was more emphasis given to the story. If dancers like them would win world-level dance competitions, the real dancers would forget what dance really is.

Verdict– A typical Farah Khan film that could have been better in so many ways and yet was fun to watch. Not bad but not that great either. So it may not be a ‘Paisa vasool’ film but it definitely is a Timepass film which I enjoyed.

Rating– 3/5

 

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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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Feb 18 2011

7 Khoon Maaf- Movie Review

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Darrrrrling! I just had to watch this movie and I’m so glad I did! Some of you might wonder why and some of you just think I like every movie that comes out! Ummm…the latter ones, you just don’t know me at all!

So the movie is based on a novel called Susanna’s Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond. Priyanka Chopra, the woman in question marries and then kills 7 men (actually 6) due to different reasons.

In one word, to me it was interesting. Movies like this are not made often. Vishal Bhardwaj has taken up a great concept and tried his level best to make something different and intriguing. I like movies that make you think after they’re over. This one did that for me. Questions like ‘Why didn’t she just divorce them instead of kill?’, ‘How did she get away with all the murders?’, ‘The men, or even her didn’t have families?’ etc.  The climax of the film also left many questions unanswered in my head. For me, that’s a win!

Ok coming to the other things. Priyanka Chopra looks lovely in the first half of the film but who the hell did her make up in the second half?! She looks bad and for the first time I think she looks really ugly! Her make-up artist screwed up big time!  I also thought she didn’t have much acting to do. The male actors hardly had a role since it was about Susanna but I think they all contributed well to all the stories in the movie. The music is superb! I love all the tracks. I also really liked the way they did up the main house. Very good art direction!

Yes, it does have its shortcomings and it’s not a movie everyone can handle, but 7 Khoon Maaf was good according to me and I enjoyed the experience.

Rating– 3/5

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Nov 26 2010

Break Ke Baad- Movie Review

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I know you’re expecting a bad review…and a bad review is what you’re gonna get.

Story- Boy and girl who are chaddi buddies fall in love. Girl has big dreams of being an actress and boy has only one dream- to be with girl (loser). So girl goes to Australia to fulfill her ambition and decides for the both of them that a break is what they need from their relationship. Boy is upset and misses girl. Girl is selfishly doing her own thing in Australia and then calls off their relationship completely. Boy comes to Australia to make things right and sets up a catering business. Finally he has a dream! Girl is still being a stubborn bitch but realizes she’s taking her loved ones for granted so she gets back to boy. Yeah I just told u the whole story! Hawww! Thank me! I’ll be saving you a trip to the theatre!

So why is it not worth watching? Ummm Deepika and Imran are reason enough. Ok also the screenplay. The first half is bullshit! You’ll feel extremely disconnected throughout! I know its supposed to be a simple story like Jab We Met but the screenplay needs to work too, especially if you have actors like Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan! Imran Khan in fact was not that bad. Deepika I feel cannot have good chemistry with anyone…not even her real boyfriend on screen!

It has been shot very well and a lot of money has gone into set design and art direction but what’s the use? The movie just doesn’t work. I think the supporting cast has acted better than the main cast. The songs aren’t great either except for maybe ‘Adhoore’ which is not bad.

Below average movie. One of those you can watch at home if you’re really bored.

Rating- 2/5

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