Feb 27 2015

Dum Laga Ke Haisha- Movie Review


Heartfelt, real, funny, fresh, different and well executed in terms of performances, art direction, dialogues, direction and cinematography except for the music that didn’t quite click.

Rating- 4/5


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Aug 22 2014

Mardaani- Movie Review


mardaani posterRani Mukherji Chopra is back with a bang! Long overdue but Mardaani is totally worth it! Here’s more.

Plot in short– Shivani (Rani Mukherji) works for the Mumbai Crime Branch and is always on the lookout for criminals that cause a menace in the city. Things get steamed up when a Drugs and Human Trafficker (Tahir Bhasin) who has been picking up young girls kidnaps her adopted niece Pyaari.

The Good– Rani Mukherji Chopra is definitely a major plus point for the film. Like Vidya Balan, she has the capability to carry the entire film on her shoulders. Even in an entirely deglamorised avatar, she looks great! We have seen too many actors playing cops but she’s one female actor who wins you over with her effortless acting. Tahir Bhasin who plays the bad guy is superb! He’s convincing and does make you hate him. All the other performances too are up to the mark and bring the movie forward. Director Pradeep Sarkar along with his entire team has created a film that must be watched by all. With a hard hitting subject like human trafficking, he brings out all the emotions that should be brought out while watching a film. The good thing is that there isn’t too much drama. The screenplay is well paced and well written. The cinematography by Artur Zurawski is top notch. About the music, I loved the fact that there were no songs during the course of the film. The one at the end was a brilliant composition and went well with the theme of the film. It focused on one thing alone, not diverting to any other subjects and got over in two hours.

The Bad– I can’t say that I disliked anything. To be honest, I quite enjoyed the entire experience and felt proud to be a woman at the end of the film. Yes but I do wish there were some twists and moments of suspense to make things more exciting.

Verdict– A great concept, well executed with some brilliant performances. Watch it, especially for Rani Mukherji Chopra!

Rating– 3.5/5


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Dec 20 2013

Dhoom 3- Movie Review


Dhoom 3 posterI can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to watch Dhoom 3, especially because Aamir Khan was in it! I actually left earlier from work than usual just to go watch it and quickly write my review. So I’m just going to get down to it without much ado.

A magician (Jackie Shroff) is trying hard to make ends meet by trying to run ‘The Great Indian Circus’ in Chicago. He gives his life because of bank troubles. To avenge his father’s death, son (Aamir Khan) grows up to bring back the circus his father lost by looting all the branches of the bank his father lost his life for. Now of course, this robber is not only smart but is one step ahead of the U.S. Police. So much so, that they need to call two Indian cops (Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra) to catch him. Things aren’t as they seem though and we soon find out that Aamir Khan has more to him than meets the eye.

Firstly, let me tell you that this is a movie for the masses entirely. Director Vijay Krishna Acharya who’s written the screenplay and dialogues for the previous two Dhooms got it slightly off this time around. The story picks up only from the interval and thankfully it does get better. The rest of the film is a mix of hot bodies, over-the-top stunts and Aamir Khan! Not to forget Uday Chopra’s monkey face that keeps popping up every fifteen minutes. I wish it was more thrilling and exciting to watch.

I thought Dhoom was good and Dhoom 2 was superb! Sadly, even though Aamir Khan is in Dhoom 3, because of the weak story, screenplay and direction, even he can’t save it entirely. The music by Pritam is average. ‘Malang malang’ has sounds good but not so much that I would listen to it everyday. The background score is good. I loved how they’ve choreographed the song though! The trapezes, rings, air lifts et al are done very professionally. Even the tap dance bit in Aamir Khan’s entry song is very well put together.

With the best technology in place, I felt that the computer effects could have been better. In some scenes it just looks very amateurish. Lookwise, I’d say the art direction is brilliant! The sets are gorgeous and cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee has given each frame a great amount of depth. I wish I could say the same about the action scenes though. They’re almost like South-Indian meets Hollywood! There are too many stunts and unnecessary action scenes that take up about half an hour of the film. I understand shooting chase sequences can be tough but they could have got it right if they hadn’t tried too hard to be like Fast and the Furious or films of that genre. Editing better would have worked wonders!

Aamir Khan, whom the film is all about looks great at his age with his body and shite but hey, this role was so Hrithik! The hat I think was only to make him look taller, especially in the scenes with Abhishek Bachchan. We all know Aamir Khan is a great actor but somehow this movie was so not him. I thought he acted well in the second half but we’ve seen him act better. Abhishek Bachchan has the same role with the same expressions. The only difference is that it’s gotten worse.  Uday Chopra of course, does what he does best- annoy. His mere presence in Dhoom 3 has brought down the entire Dhoom franchise several notches lower. His acting skills have gotten worse with time. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful with a perfectly carved body and that’s that. There’s no acting skill required for her role. Jackie Shroff has a small role but makes a solid impact. I wish we could see him in more films. The boy who played young Aamir Khan- Siddharth Nigam was good in parts.

Dhoom 3 was definitely the least entertaining film of the Dhoom franchise. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t as enjoyable as the previous two either. Strictly timepass!

Rating– 3/5

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Sep 6 2013

Shuddh Desi Romance- Movie Review


shuddh-desi-romance-2013-movie-posterSo, Shuddh Desi Romance probably wasn’t exactly ‘shuddh’. Now, was it worth it is the question. You’ll get your answer soon. Read on.

A shy young boy Raghuram (Sushant Singh Rajput) jumps into the decision of his life- marriage, only to be the ‘Runaway Bridegroom’. Reason? On his way to the wedding, he meets Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) who’s got that something to make his heart beat faster. A couple of weeks later they meet again only to realise that they’re attracted to each other and there’s there’s an unsaid chemistry between them.  So on a drunken night they decide to marry. Now this time, Gayatri’s got the wedding butterflies and she runs away. A few days later Raghu meets the girl he was to marry first (Vaani Kapoor) and decides to give their incomplete story a second chance.

Here’s a story that talks about how scary a marriage can be. To be in the spotlight, be judged, greet and meet hundreds of people you’ve not met before, being with someone you barely know, the scary word ‘commitment’ are all reasons to make you run away. This feeling is so common with us today that the concept makes complete sense. Director Maneesh Sharma has beautifully told us the story that is not only fun to watch but also seems so real. In many ways it reminded me of Band Baaja Baaraat and yet this one is entirely different. The story by Jaideep Sahni is very well written, sometimes getting a little repetitive but still very enjoyable and different. I wish it was edited better in the second half though. There are some really simple and subtle moments even in the loudness that make the film so endearing.

Being a Yashraj film there are gorgeous colours captured very well with cinematographer Manu Anand’s lens and Rashmi Sethi’s skillful art direction. The costumes and sets are very today and suit the characters. The music by Sachin-Jigar is not bad at all. I love the songs ‘Tere mere beech mein’ and ‘Gulabi’. Great background score too.

I’d like to specifically mention the casting director for this film. Shanoo Sharma has perfectly cast all the characters. Parineeti Chopra is full of life and adds so much by just being there. She’s a natural and has no pretence or ‘typical heroine nakhras’. Co-actor Sushant Singh Rajput who reminds me of Ranveer Singh in this film is fantastic! I loved him in Kai Po Che and he’s too good in Shuddh Desi Romance too. There’s great chemistry between them. Newcomer Vaani Kapoor is unconventional in her own way and yet likable. In fact, all three characters have this effortless chemistry throughout the film. Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as usual and delivers a good performance.

Shuddh Desi Romance is a fresh film. It’s fun, different and crazy in its own way. Watch it for the quirky screenplay, natural and effortless performances and because it’s totally relatable with the youth of today.

Rating– 3.5/5


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May 17 2013

Aurangzeb- Movie Review


Aurangzeb PosterI thought Arjun Kapoor was pretty good in his debut film Ishaqzaade which I liked very much. In Aurangzeb, he plays two roles. Did he get into the grey of his character? Is the film any good? You’re just about to find out!

The film can be explained well with the phrase- ‘Kingship knows no kinship’. Ajay (Arjun Kapoor) who stays with his criminal father (Jackie Shroff) is a spoilt brat.  His twin Vishal(who he doesn’t know is living) stays with his mother (Tanvi Azmi), brother Arya (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and a dying father (Anupam Kher).  Arya is deeply influenced by his father’s belief – ‘Sapnon se apne bade hote hain’ (Our loved ones are dearer than our dreams). He sets out on a mission along with his uncle Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) to give justice to his step-mother (Tanvi Azmi) and brother Vishal.

We all remember the kind of person Aurangzeb the Mughal Emperor was. Selfish, power-hungry and so ruthless that he wouldn’t even spare his own brothers to be on the throne. This story is based picking up Aurangzeb’s character. Nice concept! Director Atul Sabharwal has executed it very pretty well with a screenplay that doesn’t get slow or bore you. It’s rather well paced throughout, except for maybe a few scenes where there’s unnecessary drama and the last ten minutes of the movie. However, the locations are real and you not all glossed up. The cinematography by N. Karthik Ganesh is vibrant and rich.

The background music goes well with the film. The music is upbeat but the songs slow down the pace of the film a bit and seem kind of irrelevant. I like the song ‘Barbaadiyaan’.

Coming to the performances… Arjun Kapoor who was last seen in Ishaqzaade has shown his capabilities as an actor in Aurangzeb. To do a double role so early in his career is a huge opportunity and he’s done full justice to it. He manages to do a negative role with ease. Prithviraj Sukumaran looks his part and has done a good job. I’d like to see him in more Bollywood movies. Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Tanvi Azmi and Amrita Singh are brilliant actors and they immediately take the movie to another level with their performances. Sasheh Agha as the girlfriend is ok. She had to kiss, strip and expose more than she had to act so can’t say much about her making a difference.

As a film Aurangzeb was interesting to watch and I quite enjoyed the double role twists but there were twists too many along with oodles of drama. Watching it once is good enough.

Rating– 3/5

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Aug 15 2012

Ek Tha Tiger- Movie Review


First day first show! Believe it or not, but a show at 9 30 am was housefull and probably for the first time in years, I made sure the tickets were booked in advance! Reason? Do I really need to even say it? Salman Khan ya! Duh!

So, as we’ve seen in the trailers, Salman Khan plays an agent from RAW (India Intelligence Agency). The story of the movie revolves around a scientist from the Trinity College who is a suspect for selling the secrets of missile technology of India to Pakistan. While he’s on his mission, he meet Katrina Kaif who works as the scientist’s caretaker. Then of course, mashallah, he falls in love with her and romance happens, thriller happens and action happens. To know more, go to IMDB man!

The entire film looks so rich and beautiful I can’t tell you! Superb cinematography! Breathtaking visuals and good direction. Kabir Khan’s directed John Abraham starrer Kabul Express which wasn’t that great and New York which was good so I was hoping this would be a decent watch, keeping in mind its also a Yash Raj film. The actors look well styled. I felt the story of the film was good too even though most of it was super predictable, filmy and the concentration was more on the love aspect.

Salman Khan, after a very long time does not overpower the film. His character is intense and yet simple. He’s not trying to act too smart like in Dabangg, Wanted, Bodyguard, etc. He’s never looked hotter and I wouldn’t change a thing about the way he’s acted! Katrina’s role is also as important as his and she looks beautiful with her natural make-up. She also has some action scenes for which she got lots of whistles and hoots. I think both have done justice to their parts. There’s good chemistry and even with the height difference, they compliment each other very well. Ranvir Shorey plays an integral part in the movie as Salman’s friend and he’s acted well too.

In a movie like this, the background music plays an important role and I must say that they’ve done a good job with it. The ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ tune is perfect for the movie! The songs are nice. I love ‘Mashallah’ and even ‘Banjara Banjara’ and ‘Laapata’ are decent.

Overall, it’s not a superhit film for me but I was entertained throughout and I think Salman should do more films like this.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 9 2011

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl- Movie Review


I’ve loved Anushka Sharma since her first film and liked Ranveer Singh in his but I absolutely loved them together in Band Baaja Baaraat and couldn’t wait to watch Ladies vs Ricky Bahl for the same reason. Was the movie any good though? You’re just about to find out!

Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) is a conman who’s conned more than 30 rich beautiful girls for money. He changes his look and city to avoid getting caught. Out of the 30 dumb girls, there’s one smart girl who gets hold of two others and they pull in (Ishika) Anushka Sharma, who’s a brilliant salesgirl to con the charmer. The rest of the story is predictable so I wont say anymore.

If you’re a girl who’s filmy, romantic and loves Bollywood, here’s a movie you just can’t miss! The story is simple but the treatment is great! Superb screenplay, brilliant cinematography and colours (Yashraj never goes wrong with that ever!), lovely sets, make-up and costumes, realistic dialogues and acting, ok music and superb direction. There aren’t too many faults I could find in this film to be honest. It was just pure entertainment and fun throughout.

Ranveer Singh in this movie is just fantastic! He not only looks good but also acts well and I love the way he says ‘I love you’! I just melted when he said it! 😛 Anushka Sharma is gorgeous! She has amazing screen presence and anything she wears looks as if it’s just made for her. She’s a natural actor and I love the way she delivers her dialogues. All the supporting actors are also very good but I’ll specially mention the girl who plays ‘Dimple’. She’s got the best lines and was just perfect for the role with superb comic timing! She definitely deserves an award for the best supporting actress!

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl might not appeal to a lot of guys but most girls will love it even though it is predictable. It’s a fun film and I think you should watch it!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Sep 9 2011

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan- Movie Review


Bakwas movie hai, time waste mat karo kyunki sabki acting kharaab hai, jokes aren’t funny and I can’t think of anything positive about it!

Rating– 1.5/5


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