Review : Kai Po Che

Kai Po Che: Awesome Threesome

Abhishek Kapoor’s 2nd film after “Rock On”, “Kai Po Che” is also based on friendship..

Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel “3 Mistakes of my Life”…”Kai Po Che” is a story of 3 friends Ishaan, Govind & Omi and their trials & tribulation to Kai Po Cheachieve success in life. Set in the backdrop of Gujarat of late 90’s it incorporates some of the major events like the Earthquake and the Godhra riots and its effect on the lives of the 3 friends.

The strongest point of the movie is the ensemble cast, Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh & Raj Kumar Yadav have been aptly cast for the roles of Ishaan, Omi & Govind respectively. These actors with their performance take the movie to a different level especially Sushant & Raj Kumar Yadav. Raj Kumar’s role of Govind had many layers and he has played it brilliantly. Sushant’s debut role of Ishaan is an author backed role and he does it well, you will remember his character even after the movie is over. Amit Sadh as Omi does a good job as his character changes from a naïve guy to a hard core politician. Amrita Puri as Vidya is likable with her bubbly portrayal. Rest of the support cast also does well.

The film lacks due to its pace. The screenplay written by Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat, Pubali Chaudhari & Supratik Sen is good but it is slow in patches which is the biggest drawback. The camaraderie between the friends is captured well with some brilliant moments. The characters are very well written and believable.

The cinematography by Anay Goswami is rustic and gives the right feel and ambience to the narration. The production design by Sonal Sawant recreates the Gujarat of the 90’s well. Niharika Bhasin Khan has done a brilliant and detailed job with the costume. Music by Amit Trivedi and lyrics by Swanand Kirkire is good and it flows with the narration, especially Meethi Boliyan & Manja.

For me it was not on the league of 3 Idiots or  Dil Chahta Hai or even Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock on, but it is worth a watch. I would sum it up as a good movie which could have been great provided the screenplay was crisp. I will go with Three & a Half Stars.

Review : Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children: A Rich Dish with all the ingredients but with an average taste

 

On the onset I salute Deepa Mehta for taking the risk of adapting a complex novel of Salman Rushdie “Midnight’s Children” into a movie.

The story spans from 1917 Kashmir to 1977 Mumbai, and tells the story of two children one born to a rich family and other to a poor family on the Midnight’s Childrenstroke of midnight of 15th Aug 1947, when India got independence. How their destiny changes after they are swapped, the son of the rich is swapped with the son of the poor forms the crux of the story.

Though the story starts long before the kids are born in Kashmir 1917 with a doctor Azam Aziz (Rajat Kapoor) and how he gets married to Naseem (Shabana Azmi) and has three daughters Mumtaz (Shahana Goswami), Emerald (Anita Majumdar) & Alia (Shikha Talsania). The story progresses with Naseem who gets married to Ahmed Shinai (Ronit Roy) and then gives birth to a son who is swapped by a son of the poor Saleem (Darsheel Safary/Satya Bhabha) and her son Shiva (Sidharth) by Mary (Seema Biswas). The destiny changes for Saleem who is bought up in a rich family and Shiva who is brought up by a street singer. How they grow up and go through ups & downs of life constitutes the rest of the story.

The screenplay by Salman Rushdie himself is the biggest hindrance, Rushdie struggles to put his renowned novel in a 2 and a half hour script. The main drawback is the pace which is slow at times, but it has its moments like the sequence when Emergency is called by PM Indira Gandhi, or when the kid Saleem realizes that he has gift of connecting with all the children who were born at the same time as him or Saleem’s interaction with his father or his nanny Mary, all these become the highlight of the otherwise slow movie.

Deepa Mehta has captured each era with minutest details with Production Designer Dilip Mehta, Costume designer Dolly Ahluwalia and cinematographer Giles Nuttgens. Actually the Production Design, Costume Design & Cinematography are the biggest highlights of the movie.

Performances by the ensemble cast starting from Rajat Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shahana Goswami, Ronit Roy, Seema Biswas, Rahul Bose, Soha Ali Khan, Sidharth, Shriya Saran, Darsheel Safary and rest of the supporting cast do an exemplary job, but Satya Bhabha who plays the main protagonist the older Saleem in the movie does not come out as strong as the supporting cast.

Music by Sidharth Mahadevan blends with the mood of the movie. But where Deepa lags is the slow screenplay & Satya Bhbha’s performance..

Overall a Midnight’s Children is a rich dish with an average taste, I will go with TWO & A HALF STARS

Review : David

David: A mish mash of 3 uninspiring stories

 

I had expected a lot from Bejoy Nambiar’s second offering after ‘Shaitaan’, but was gravely disappointed.

‘David’ comprises of three stories based on three principal characters by the same name DAVID. One story is set in 1975 London, second story in 1999 Mumbai and third story 2010 Goa.

DavidThe first story has Neil Nitin Mukesh playing a side kick DAVID of gangster Iqbal Ghani (Akarsh Khurana) in London, 1975. Second story has Vinay Virmani playing DAVID an aspiring Rock singer and a son of a Christian priest Father Noel (Nasser) in Mumbai, 1999. Third story has Vikram playing DAVID a good for nothing alcoholic in Goa who falls head over heels in love with Roma (Isha Sherwani), 2010.

Amongst the 3 stories the first story of the gangster is the only decent one as compared to the other three. Shot is black & white it gives a different mood to the narration and definitely the story had a Bejoy Nambiar stamp all across. The second story of the aspiring rock star never really picks up and is completely flat albeit better than the last story. The last story of the good for nothing alcoholic is the weakest and has no relevance to the other 2 stories. The climax is the biggest let down wherein Nambiar tries unsuccessfully to join the 3 stories.

The story & screenplay written by Bejoy Nambiar & Natasha Sahgal is weak and uninspiring. Other the first story which has some moments the other 2 stories are a washout.

The biggest strength of the movie is the Cinematography & Music. The camera work by R.Rathnavelu, PS Vinod & Shanu Verghese is brilliant and gives a distinct character & mood to the three stories based 3 different eras. The music pulls the otherwise weak movie to a certain level, the music is a blend of folk, rock  & retro and Bejoy cleverly has roped in 8 music directors Bramfatura, Mikey McCleary, Maatibaani, Remo Fernandes, Prashant Pillai, Gaurav Godkhindi, Aaron Carvalho, Dub Sharma for the brilliant music, especially the “Mast Kallandar” song sung by Rekha Bhradwaj is a stand out.

Performance wise Neil repeats his Jhonny Gaddar act (its high  time he tries something else), Vinay Virmani  does not impress much in this movie, Vikram one of the best performance of the movie falls flat due to a weak script. Tabu & Nassar do a decent job, Monica Dogra as Noor is completely miscast, Isha Sharwani looks beautiful (well she was signed to do only that). The most impressive of the other cast is definitely Akarsh Khurana who plays Iqbal Ghani to the T. Other supporting cast Lara Dutta, Rohini Hatangady, Satish Kaushik, Prahlad Kakkar (his debut), singer Shweta Pandit, Shweta Menon do a good job. Sarika in a guest role for the song “Mast Kalandar” was brilliant.

Overall David is a huge disappointment, Bejoy Nambiar after a brilliant “Shaitaan”, gives a complete wash out “David”…I give 2 star (One star for the music and camera work)