Movie Review : Hawaizaada

Hawaizaada: A flight that never takes off

Biopics are in vogue in Bollywood and “Hawaizaada” is yet another biopic of the first man to fly in a 8 years before04-hawaizaada Wright Brothers did so, and he was an Indian.

“Hawaizaada” is the story of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who built a flying machine and was the first man to fly in 1895.
Written by Vibhu Puri & Saurabh Bhave, the screenplay tells the story of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade (Ayushman Khurana) who with the help of his mentor Shastryji (Mithun Chakraborty) and through many struggle and tribulation is successful in making the first flying machine and also the first man to fly.

The plot is interesting but unfortunately the screenplay does not do justice to the plot. More than half of the first part is spent on establishing the love story between Shivkar and the nautch girl Sitara (Pallavi Sharda) but in vain. The love story fails miserably to connect and the nonexistent chemistry between the lead actors does not help either. Later part of the screenplay explores how Shivkar makes the flying machine but here again the lack of research for the subject makes it weak and too fairy tale. And too many songs do not help the pace either. The pace is extremely slow and the characters look too cardboard type with a lack of realism which is a must if we are dealing with a biopic or something from the history. The British characters look like caricatures. Some characters are unnecessary and does not make any sense to the overall plot.

The dialogues look too forced upon and does not gel with the time (1895). Even the dialect used is too inconsistent. The English dialogues sound amateurish and unintentionally funny.

Casting wise Ayushman Khurana as Shivkar Talpade is a miscast as he fails to bring that seriousness to the character and does not connect. In a nutshell Ayushman’s performance is quite ordinary. Pallavi Sharda as Sitara only increases the glamour quotient; otherwise she is the most misfit amongst all the characters. It is Mithun’s portrayal of Shastriji which is still up to the mark. But the real show stopper is the child artist Naman Jain as Narayan whose sincere performance is the highlight of the movie. Other actors like Jayant Kriplani, Lusheen Dubey are wasted.

The two major highlights of the movie are the Cinematography by Savita Singh and the production design by Subrata Chakraborty & Amit Ray. Savita Singh’s camera work creates the magic of the era with élan and every shot is like a portrait. Subrata Chakraboty and Amit Ray’s production design enhances the era. Every prop has been well researched and placed well.

Music by Rochak Kohli, Mangesh Dhakde, Ayushman Khurana & Guest Composer Vishal Bharadwaj is good and the instrumentation is as per the era shown. But too many songs reduce the impact and relevance in the plot.

Vibhu Puri’s direction is inconsistent; he neither has been successful in creating a good biopic neither a love story. The lack of research on the subject is quite blatantly visible.

Vibhu had everything going for him with a lavishly mounted movie and equally good set of actors but alas he fails to create the necessary impact. I would say an opportunity lost. I will go with 2 stars….

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Movie Review: Khamoshiyan

Khamoshiyan: A Silence which is below average & equally amateurish

khamoshiyan-poster2The Bhatts have created a successful model of making profit making movie propositions and “Khamoshiyan” is one such attempt of combining erotica with horror with melodious music, a formula they have mastered since “Raaz” (2001).

Written by Mahesh Bhatt’s protégé Vikram Bhatt “Khamoshiyan” is a lame attempt in the horror genre, which basically is a three character story of Kabir (Ali Fazal) a fallen writer who wants regain his glory and hence he heads to Kashmir in search of a new plot for his story and ends up in a cottage run by a mysterious lady Meera (Sapna Pabbi). Meera has her husband Jaidev (Gurmeet Singh) who is bedridden. Their life changes with super natural happenings.

The story is too feeble and the screenplay is more feeble for a 122 minutes run. Vikram Bhatt tries the same old combination of erotica and horror but fails miserably. There are no scary moments and the erotic sequences are unnecessarily put in, to increase the oomph factor. The so called horror sequences are predictable and look amateurish. The main issue of the plot is that it oscillates between being a erotic love story and horror and fails in both.

The star cast primarily comprising of only 3 actors Ali Fazal, Gurmeet Singh & Sapna Pabbi and their performances are below average. Ali Fazal as Kabir looks completely confused all throughout the movie but is sincere in his attempt but the screenplay and underdeveloped character pulls him down. Debutant Sapna Pabbi who plays the mysterious Meera looks dazed and has a single expression of frown till the end, her dialect as well is below average, and she has to really work hard if she wants to continue in Bollywood. The worst among the three is TV actor turned bollywood actor Gurmeet Singh who was supposed to play the villain Jaidev and also give the scares as well but falls flats both in the portrayal as well as in the writing.

The only good thing to write about “Khamoshiyan” is its music by Jeet Ganguly, Naved Jaffar, Ankit Tiwari & Bobby Imran. Special mention of the title track composed by Jeet Ganguly and sung by Arijit Singh. The Cinematography by Nigam Bomzan captures South Africa shown as Kashmir quite well.

Debutant director Karan Darra fails to make an impact with his direction and the confused plot does not help either. In a nutshell “Khamoshiyan” is a half baked attempt which does not impress at all. I will go with One and a Half star…..

Movie Rating: (1.5 / 5)

Official Trailer : Detective Byomkesh Bakshy

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy- Synopsis

Yash Raj Films has lately tried to dabble in various genres and in their attempt to do something different they have
come up with the Bollywood adaptation of the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi created  & written by Sharadindu Bandopadhyay.

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Named on the character itself “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy” is directed by Dibakar Banerjee. This would be Dibakar’s  first attempt in crime thriller. The adapted screenplay has been written by Dibakar himself along with Urmi Juvekar.

The story basically captures Byomkesh Bakshy’s first case that he undertakes as a detective. The story is based in 1943 Kolkata during World War II.

The lead role of Byomkesh Bakshy is being played by Sushant Singh Rajput. The rest of the cast includes Anand Tiwari, Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee, Divya Menon, Neeraj Kabi, Miyang Chang & Aryann Bhowmik.

It is rumored that Swastika’s role was initially supposed to be done by Rani Mukherjee but since it had some bold scenes hence Rani refused.

It has music by Dibakar’s protégé Sneha Khanwalkar. It is being jointly produced by Aditya Chopra & Dibakar Banerjee.

Byomkesh Bakshi became famous as a television serial in 1993 which had Rajit Kapur playing the lead and KK Raina as his accomplice…

Whether the movie adaptation will be as successful as the television version…well for that we need to wait till 3rd April 2015…till then watch below the Official Trailer of the movie, which looks interesting and different….

Movie Review : Baby

Baby: Definitely not a Baby step but a giant leap in Espionage genre

Baby PosterThere are few movies which break the mould of your quintessential Bollywood movie and Neeraj Pandey has done it successfully with his previous movies “A Wednesday” & “Special 26”. With “Baby” he takes huge leap with a genre that has not been explored too often in Bollywood, the espionage genre.

“Baby” as a movie has a huge canvas spread across countries like Turkey (Istanbul), Nepal (Katmandu), Saudi (Abu Dhabi) and Story & Screenplay written by Neeraj Pandey himself, tells the story of a secret Intelligence cell “Baby” headed by Firoz Ali Khan (Danny Denzongpa) and with the help of his trusted lieutenant Ajay Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar) he unveils a plot of terrorist attack on India planned by the international terrorist group headed by Maulana Mohammed Rehman (Rashid Naz).

The screenplay is gripping and fast paced with every sequence flowing smoothly to other. The characters are well defined and have a purpose in the story. The screenplay is patriotic without being preachy. The “Argo” style climax is nail biting. It keeps you at the edge of the seat throughout its run time of 159 minutes. Where it fails albeit in a small proportion is that it took the complete first half to set up the base and it is only in the second half when the real plot commences. The dialogues are smart and at the same time witty adding to the entertainment quotient.

There are very few films which boast of the fact that it was aptly cast, in “Baby” the biggest highlight is perfect casting done by Vicky Sidana. Akshay Kumar as Ajay Singh Rajput the leader of the mission fits the bill completely. His agility, his demeanor everything is spot on and this performance is one of his best performances as well. Danny Denzongpa as Firoz Ali Khan is brilliant as the head of secret service team. It was good to see Danny after a gap in a role which complements his persona and stature completely. Tapsi Pannu in a small role as Agent Priya Suryavanshi is impressive and creates an impact. Rana Dagubatti as Jai Singh Rathore is good but he does not get a chance to show his histrionics in a brief role. Anupam Kher as Shuklaji gives the necessary punch to the proceedings. Rashid Naz as Maulana the head of the terrorist group gives the necessary chill with his presence. Kay Kay Menon as Bilal shines in a brief role. Another cracker performance was of Sushant Singh as Wasim, he created an impact in a brief role. The rest of ensemble cast Madhurima Tuli, Jameel Khan, Murli Sharma, Mikal Zulfikar do a brilliant job.

Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee is another highlight of the movie; he has captured Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Katmandu, Mumbai and Delhi to perfection. Background score by Sanjoy Chowdhury enhances the sequences and adds to the impact. Abbas Ali Moghul’s action is spot on especially the chase sequences, the action is realistic and without the unnecessary frills. Good Editing is one of the pre-requisite of a good thriller and Shree Narayan Sigh does not disappoint, every sequence blends easily to other. Sanjeev Ravade’s production design is realistic and blends with the narration beautifully. Costume design by Falguni Thakore again blends with the narration which is commendable. In a nutshell the technical team put a brilliant effort which enhances the movie watching experience.

“Baby” is another feather on Neeraj Pandey’s cap, making him a well sought out film maker and I feel Akshay Kumar should do more such movies which compliment his persona perfectly…

Kudos to team “Baby”, I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Official Trailer : Shamitabh

shamitabh-261214After their brilliant collaboration in “Cheeni Kum” (2007) & “Paa” (2009) R Balki and Amitabh Bachchan are back this year with “Shamitabh”….

Written & Directed by R Balki, not much has been revealed as far as the plot is concerned. But looking at the promos it seems it is a story of a yester year Super Star played by Amitabh Bachchan and a New Super Star of today played by Dhanush…

The movie has an interesting cast comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Introducing Akshara Haasan (Kamal Haasan & Sarika’s daughter), Rekha, Abhinaya, Rukmini Vijayakumar & Rajiv Ravindranathan,, it also has cameos of lot of film makers like Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Anurag Basu, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rajkumar Hirani, Gauri Shinde, Boney Kapoor, Javed Akhtar & Ekta Kapoor..

“Shamitabh” is being produced under the banner of Hope Productions, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Wunderbar Films, Balaji Motion Pictures and being presented by Eros International & MAD Entertainment Ltd.

Music is by Illaiyaraaja and cinematography by P C Sreeram….

Will the director actor combination of R Balki & Amitabh Bachchan re-create the magic…well we have to wait till 6th Feb’15 for the verdict…till then enjoy the Trailer

Official Trailer : Dolly Ki Doli

Sonam Kapoor is back with yet another light hearted comedy “Dolly Ki Doli” after her not so successful “Khoobsurat”….

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Written By Umashankar  Singh and debutant director Abhishek Dogra, it tells the story of a con girl “Dolly” who gets married  and loots the house at night and flees…

Well premise sounds interesting with an impressive cast of Rajkummar Rao, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma (Fukrey Fame) & Saif Ali Khan in a special appearance. Mallaika Arora Khan does yet another item number for her husband Arbaaz Khan’s production.

Produced by Arbaaz Khan, this is his first non Salman Khan starrer after Dabangg & Dabangg 2. Abhishek Dogra debuts as the director with this movie.

Music is by Khan’s regular Sajid-Wajid….

The movie releases on 23rd Jan’15…the trailer looks interesting only time will tell whether Arbaaz Khan will be third time lucky without his bade bhaiya Salman Khan….till then enjoy the Trailer….