Ghancakkar: A complete chaos in the name of comedy
Rajkumar Gupta takes a break from the realistic brooding movies like “Aamir “ & “No One Killed Jessica” and tries his hand in comedy and the result is a complete chaos in the name of cinema.
The story is of a pro bank robber Sanjay Atre (Emraan Hashmi) who successfully loots a bank with Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) & Idris (Namit Das) and after the loot they decide to share the booty after 3 months. But when Pandit and Idris contact Sanju for the booty after 3 months they are shocked to realise that Sanju has lost his memory and does not remember where has he hidden the loot. The story revolves around as to how Sanju remembers where he hid the booty.
The story & screenplay by Parvez Sheikh & Rajkumar Gupta lacks the sleekness and the punch of a thriller and the climax is a downer. The movie is very slow in parts.
For the first time Vidya Balan completely falls flat in her portrayal of Neetu, a chirpy punjabi girl, she is very repetitive and after one point becomes irritating and her over the top avatar does not help much. Emraan Hashmi manages a decent performance. But Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das steal the show from the lead pair.
Music by Amit Trivedi is also not upto the mark and is more of a cacophony. Cinematography by Setu is decent but since the whole movie is limited to an apartment, there is not much that a camera man could show.
Overall Rajkumar Gupta dissapoints and Ghancakkar falls flat on its expectations. I will go with 2 STARS only for the performance of Rajesh Sharma & Namit Das.
Raanjhnaa: A confused Love Story
After the successful “Tanu Weds Manu” Anand L Rai comes with his next “Raanjhnaa” a launch pad for the debutant actor Dhanush (Son-in-law of Rajanikanth).
“Raanjhnaa” tries to portray the strengths of Dhanush as an actor and in the bargain the movie loses its plot completely in the second half.
The story revolves around the main protagonist Kundan (Dhanush) and his love for a Muslim girl Zoya( Sonam Kapoor). His dedication for his lady love forms the crux of the story wherein he waits for his lady love for 8 years much to the dislike of his friends. His blind love for Zoya creates havoc in Zoya and his fiancé’s Jasjeet’s (Abhay Deol) life leading it to the climax.
The movie fails as the screenplay tries to highlight the actor than the story. The Story & Screenplay by Himanshu Sinha starts with a fresh approach but by second half when the political angle is introduced in the story the movie goes downhill. The first half is fresh and frothy and the second half is tedious. It almost seems that the first & the second half are two separate movies. The strong point of the movie is the dialogues again written by Himanshu Sinha.
Varanasi is shot beautifully by Natarajan Subramaniam & Vishal Sinha. Editing by Hemal Kothari lacks the finesse especially in the second half.
Dhanush’s work shows the sincerity but he lacks the charisma of a leading man. Sonam Kapoor is much better than her previous movies but falls flat in the high octane sequences. But the main highlight performances are of the supporting cast especially Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, who plays Kundan’s friend Murari and Swara Bhaskar, who plays Bindu the secret lover of Kundan. Abhay Deol in a special appearance shines.
Music by A R Rahman is melodious, a good come back after the not so impressive “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics is poetic and riveting.
Anand L Rai’s narration is confusing of whether he wanted to make a love story or a political drama. Overall “Raanjhna” could have been poetic but unfortunately it is tedious. I will go with TWO & A HALF STARS.