Trailer Mardaani

Rani Mukherjee is back with YRF’s “MARDAANI”……Directed by Pradeep Sarkar (Of Parineeta Fame) this is his second movie with Rani after “Laaga Chunri Mein Daag”released in 2007…..the movie is based on the organized crime of Human Trafficking and Rani plays a tough cop Shivani Shivaji Roy a departure from her previous roles….the movie releases 22nd Aug’14….Below is the trailer which looks interesting…

Review Ek Villain

Ek Villain: A Violent Love Story

After “Aashique 2 “ Mohit Suri is counted amongst the top directors of Bollywood today and “Ek Villain” is his first movie outside Vishesh Films. Hence a lot of expectations were built before the release by Balaji’s Marketing strategy and with good music to back it, this could have been a cake walk for Mohit .Ek Villain

“Ek Villain” is the Bollywood remake of the Korean movie “I Saw the Devil”, Mohit with Tushar Hiranandani tries his best to put it in a Hindi Film formula. So it tells us the story of Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) who is the henchman of the local goon Ceaser (Remo Fernandes) who kills people for living but life changes for him when he meets Ayesha (Shradha Kapoor) and marries her but the happiness is short lived when a serial killer Rajesh (Riteish Deshmukh) plays havoc with their lives. How Guru copes up with the serial killer makes the rest of the story.

Written by Tushar Hiranandani the screenplay is bumpy and the problem is Tushar wanted to mix all genres in one film whether it was Romance or Thriller or Action and too many sub plots and inane characters in the sub plots weakens the main plot. The is no proper justification given as to why Rajesh becomes a serial killer, I felt some more work should have gone in making this character believable, it looks half baked. The biggest plus of the screenplay is, that it is fast. The dialogues by Milap Zaveri at times is good and at times it looks too dramatic for no rhyme and reason.

Mohit Suri’s direction emphasizes too much into blood and gore. The confrontation sequences between the two main protagonists Guru and Rajesh looks interesting initially but later becomes repetitive. Mohit tries to put quite a few twists which makes the movie a bit interesting. But Mohit fails to keep the interest of the audience till the end which is important for a thriller.

It is the performances by the lead cast which lifts the movie especially the chemistry between Sidharth & Shradha. Sidharth as Guru puts his best till date, it is a good to see Sidharth doing something which is outside his comfort zone. Shradha Kapoor brings the freshness with her portrayal of Ayesha and her presence gives the audience a breather from the blood and gore. Riteish Deshmukh as Rajesh brings enough menace required for the role but it is the writing which puts him down, this could have been a memorable character. Other actors like Remo Fernandes and Shaad Randhawa are wasted. Kamal R Khan (Remember KRK) is irritating and wastes screen time.

The music is another highlight of the movie, somehow Mohit just like his uncle Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt gets the best from his composers. So again Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon and the Pakistani music band SOCH ( Rabi Ahmed & Adnan Dhool )give melodious music, especially “Galiyaan” composed and sung by Ankit Tiwari and “Banjara” composed by Mithoon and sung by Mohd. Irfan are the best.

Cinematography by Vishnu Rao is pleasing to the eyes. Editing by Deven Murudeshwar is good.

Mohit Suri could have made the movie into a classic thriller but alas misses it; I would go with 3 Stars (One Extra Star for Sidharth & Shradha’s chemistry)

Trivia Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s DEVDAS

TRIVIA….Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s DEVDAS went over budget due to its lavish sets….for more details read below…

 

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Trailer UGLY

TRAILER OF Ugly

At last Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly” releases Aug’14….after almost a year from its official release date of Oct’13…..A psychological thriller Written & Directed By Anurag Kashyap himself stars Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Surveen Chawla & Sidharth Kapoor….The trailer looks interesting and hope the movie is interesting as well…..

Trivia Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s DEVDAS

TRIVIA….Did you know how much time it took to compose the songs of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Devdas“…..Read Below

 

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Trailer Devdas (2002)

NOSTALGIA….Trailer of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus “DEVDAS“…released on 12th July 2002…based on the novel of Sarat Chandra Chottopadyay this movie is remembered for its grand scale sets, its dialogues and its music which still is famous even after 12 years….

Review Humshakals

Humshakals: Officially Declared Sajid Khan the “King Of Trash”

Sajid Khan strikes back with his slap stick comedy genre with “Humshakals” but the problem is that there is not enough laughs to sustain 159 mins…

humshakalsSo Sajid goes back to his “Housefull “ mould of European mansions, swanky cars, heroines wearing skimpiest costumes and too many characters who are a caricature. Sadly for “Humshakals” it falls flat and what we get is a trash in the name of comedy.

The Story written by Sajid Khan of three sets of Humshakals of Ashok (Saif), Kumar (Riteish) and Mamaji alias KANS (Ram Kapoor), one set of Ashok who is heir to the multimillion empire of Sighanias, Kumar who is Ashok’s best friend and Mamaji who is scheming to confiscate the empire from Ashok, another set wherein all three are mental patients Ashok, Kumar & Jhonny, and third set consists of Ashok and Kumar who are feminine by nature and Mamaji who is bar dance owner. CONFUSED well this just the beginning, Sajid thought that he could actually better Shakespear’s Comedy of Error but alas there is no story.

Screenplay should I say the lack of it credited to Robin Bhatt, Akash Khurana and Sajid Khan is just a shocker and imagination just goes wild. A sequence has a doctor giving a medicine potion which makes human beings act like DOGS and you see both Reteish & Saif acting like dogs well this is utterly insane in the name of comedy. The Dialogues by Sajid Khan and Adhir Bhatt is equally bad what with “Aap Meri Zindagi mein Aaye to Mere Bacche Ka Baap Ban Jaye”….

The performances by the ensemble cast is just too childish to laugh, for Saif I think this is his worst performance till date. Making faces does not suffice for acting and Saif is so bad when he is imitating actors. Reteish still gives you a few laughs but he could not salvage the mayhem around. Ram Kapoor looks completely lost all throughout the movie. Satish Shah as the warden hams all throughout. The actresses have no scope to act, they are there as eye candy wearing skimpiest clothes. I can still understand for Tamanah Bhatia and Esha Gupta who are relatively new and hence they did this film but why the hell did Bipasha Basu do this film she looks like a glorified extra in the movie.

The only good thing about the movie is the cinematography by Ravi Yadav which is good and catchy to the eye. Music by Himesh Reshamiya is extremely average, excluding “Caller Tune” none of the other songs are worth mentioning.

Sajid Khan’s “Humshakals” has outdone Ram Gopal Varma’s “Aag” in making Trash, and RGV’s “Aag “ looks like a classic in front of SK’s “Humshakals”. Sajid Khan has to relearn what is entertainment before venturing to his next project. I will go with “NO STARS”

Review F*UGLY

F*UGLY: A Half Baked Attempt of a good concept

F*UGLY, the name seems unusual and hatke, I kept wondering what it really meant, well the beginning credits clarifies the same; it meant “FIGHT AGAINST INJUSTICE”. The hatke quotient stops in the name itself.

So Fugly delves in the latest trend of exploring our Capital Delhi. The story is of 5 friends, Dev (debutant Mohit Marwah), Devi (debutant Kiara FUGLYAdvani), Gaurav (Boxer Vijendra Singh) and Aditya alias Haggu (Arfi Lamba), who lead a chilled and care free life. In one incident wherein Devi is molested by a grocery shop owner and the friends decide to teach him a lesson and kidnap him and enroute they have an accident with a police van and they meet Police Inspector Choutala (Jimmy Shergill). This incident changes their life forever and Choutala starts blackmailing them and how these friends fight against Choutala and the system constitutes the rest of the story.

The first problem is the story by Rahul Handa which is Rang De Basanti Meets Fukrey,it hangs between being comedy or a serious issue based movie and does not have the punch. The second problem is with the screenplay which is slow and the sequences look too half baked and without the punch and the transition from flash back to present looks disjointed. The songs have no relevance to the story and look forced. And the biggest is the climax which does not justify the overall narration. The dialogues by director Kabir Sadanand and Rajveer Ahuja ranges from being witty to unintentionally funny. The characters look too monotonous and repeated.

Performance wise it needed more punch from the debutants, Mohit Marwah as Dev looks too stiff and needs diction lessons as his dialogues are not clear. Boxer Vijendra Singh sleep walks through his role of Gaurav and is average as the fun loving Jat. Kiara Advani as Devi is crackling and justifies her character well and she shines amongst the other debutants Mohit and Vijendra, watch out for this girl. Arfi Lamba as Aditya becomes quite monotonous after a point and his comedy tracks look forced. Jimmy Shergill as R S Choutala is the bright spot of Fugly, he is just superb and rises above the writing with his brilliant portrayal, another under rated actor of Bollywood. Rest of the cast sleep walk through their portrayal.

Another problem is the editing by Shounok Ghosh, it is not crisp and overall flow looks bumpy. Cinematography by Milind Jog is good and captures Delhi & Ladakh well.

The Music by Yo Yo Honey Singh sounds repetitive and other music directors Raftaar and Prashant Vadhyar does not impress.

Kabir Sadanand took a topical subject but fails in the narration, it neither falls into the category of serious cinema nor a comedy. Kabir also stumbles is extracting a crackling performances by the cast excluding for Jimmy Shergill and Kiara Advani. Overall I will go with 2 Stars…one Star for Jimmy and Kiara.

Trailer of 1989’s Blockbuster Movie MAINE PYAR KIYA

NOSTALGIA….the movie that made Super Star Salman Khan….Trailer of the Blockbuster hit of 2009 “Maine Pyar Kiya”….Re-visiting old memories when watching a movie was an event….I am sure many will have some memories to share associated with this movie

Trailer Grace of Monaco

Yash Raj Films makes their debut in Hollywood with the movie “Grace Of Monaco“……It is based on the life of Hollywood actress Grace Kelly who married the Prince of Monaco…..the other producers are Stone Angels Films & TF1 Films Production and presented by Warner Bros…Directed by French Film Maker Olivier Dahan staring Nicole Kidman in the lead….the movie releases in India on 13th June’14

Movie Review Filmistaan

Filmistaan: Worth a watch for all movie buffs….

Nitin Kakkar’s “Filmistaan” at last had a commercial release after 2 years doing the rounds of Film Festivals and winning various awards since 2012, the most renowned award being the National Award for best feature film in Hindi in 2012

“Filmistaan” is a heartwarming story of how films bind two warring nations India & Pakistan. It is a simple story of a wannabe actor and movie buff Sunny Arora (Sharib Hashmi) who is struggling to become an actor and who gets an opportunity to work as an Assistant Director with an American Crew for a documentary in Rajasthan. During the Rajasthan outdoor shoot Sunny gets kidnapped by the terrorists by mistake and is taken to Pakistan and held captive in a small village near the border. In this village he befriends Aftaab (Inaamulhaq) another movie buff who has a business of selling pirated CD’s of Bollywood movies. How their friendship becomes stronger and what partition is meant for a common person is explored in the rest of the movie beautifully.

The Story and Screenplay written by Nitin Kakkar himself is the strongest point in this movie. It has some funny as well as heartwarming moments which explore the sentiments of the people of both the nations well. Some of the sequences like when the whole village watching “Maine Pyar Kiya” in zapped attention, or how the kids get entertained by Sunny mimicking various actors, or when the video of Sunny is being shot as a captive is hilarious. All the sequences between the two friends Sunny and Aftab are written and executed beautifully. All the characters are written with a lot of depth. It is the climax which I think could have been written much better, it looks hurried and as if the director wanted to finish the film anyhow.

The dialogues written by Sharib Hashmi blends beautifully, this is again hilarious as well as emotional. It lifts the screenplay, like the dialogue when Sunny states to Aftab about a situation if the nation was one then the cricket team would be the stongest with Sachin, Dhoni, Afridi & Shoaib in one team. All in all the writing of the movie is the strongest point.

The second strong point of the movie is its performances. Sharib Hashmi as Sunny Arora is brilliantly portrayed and to compliment Inaamulhaq as Aftab again a brilliant portrayal creates the on screen bond stronger. Kumud Mishra as terrorist Mehmood creates the conflict well and his portrayal of a silent and yet aggressive character is just too good, I hope he gets more opportunities in the near future. Another brilliant performance is of Gopal Dutt playing Jawwad, the complexity of the character is well brought out by Gopal. The rest of the ensemble cast also does a brilliant job, taking the otherwise simple movie into a different level.

Cinematography by Subhranshu Das captures the rawness of the desert well and blends with the narration well. Editing by Sachindra Vats plays a key role in making the movie a worth watch.

Nitin Kakkar does a commendable job without being preachy as to how both nations India and Pakistan have so much in common and especially the Bollywood connect. For a movie buff like me it was delight to watch “Filmistaan”, I will go with 4 Stars…

Movie Review HOLIDAY

Holiday: Nothing to Cheer about this Holiday….

Holiday-A-Soldier-Is-Never-Off-Duty“Holiday-A soldier is never off duty”, yes that is the complete title of the movie which is the remake of Tamil Hit film of 2012 “Thuppakki” staring Vijay and directed by A R Murugadoss.

A R Murugadoss re-creates the same movie in Hindi for Bollywood as his second movie with Akshay Kumar after the blockbuster “Ghajani”. Story & Screenplay by A R Murugadoss is the story of an Army Officer Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) who comes for his annual holiday to Mumbai and look out for a girl for marriage and gets entangled in a web of terrorist attacks which threaten to rock Mumbai through the Sleeper cells.

The story has a novelty wherein a detailed knowledge is given as to how the sleeper cells of the terrorist organizations operate and work but it is the over stretched screenplay of 2 hrs 51 min which completely dilutes the real essence of the movie. The romantic track between Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar is unnecessary and has no connection with the main plot. To justify the romance there are songs which crop in and slows the pace of the movie. The characters also lack depth especially the main villain’s character, there is no background given. The screenplay looks disjointed at times. The Climax is too stretched. A R Murugadoss should have actually concentrated on the main plot of the terrorists and their sleeper cells and made it into a fast paced thriller which unfortunately “Holiday” fails miserably.

Akshay Kumar as Virat Bakshi the main protagonist is at ease in action sequences and when he is following the terrorists but fails miserably in romantic sequences, it is high time that Akshay should try to do some serious thrillers like “Special 26”. Sonakshi Sinha as Saiba Thappar is just for eye candy and does not create any impact in the overall scheme of things, would love to see Sonakshi in movies like “Lootera”. Newcomer Freddy Daruwala as the main villain the Head of the sleeper cells is one dimensional and has only one expression all throughout the movie and does not create any impact. Zakir Hussain is wasted in a brief role. Summet Raghavan as Mukund, Virat’s friend, is the only actor who impresses.

The main highlight of the movie is the action by Greg Powell & Peter Pedro the action directors of the Harry Botter series, Skyfall etc, the action is realistic and believable. Cinematography by N Natarajan Subramaniam is good and captures Mumbai well. Editing by Amitabh Shukla is average and is one of the flaws.

Music by Pritam is average and does not create any impact. Even the choreography by Ganesh Acharya & Bosco-Ceaser is nothing great.

A R Murugadoss fails to create another “Ghajani” and the movie remains half baked, I will go with TWO STARS….