Official Trailer : Piku

Piku is Shoojit Sircar’s next offering having an impressive ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Jeeshu Sengupta & Raghuvir Yadav…Piku Trailer

Written by Juhi Chaturvedi  (Vicky Donor fame)….Piku is a story of father daughter relationship, an eccentric father being played by Amitabh Bachchan and daughter “Piku” being played by Deepika Padukone. This is the second time that Amitabh and Deepika play father and daughter after “Aarakshan” (2011)….

Piku marks the Bollywood debut of Anupam Roy, a song writer and composer from Bengali cinema. Looking at his track record of Anupam we expect a good album…

Produced by MSM Motion Pictures (Sony Entertainment Television’s movie wing), Rising Sun Films (Founder Shoojit Sircar & Ronnie Lahiri) & Saraswati Entertainment Creations Ltd…and distributed by Yashraj Films….

Gauging by the trailer of “Piku” looks like an entertaining look at human bond and emotions….

Piku releases on 8th May’2015…..

Movie Review : Hunterr

Hunterr: A true Sex comedy of Bollywood which is not cheap or crass

Bollywood has been shying away from the genre of “Sex Comedy” for quite some time. Literally the first being “Grand Masti” in 2013, but it was crass and extremely irritating in the name of comedy.Hunterrr-Movie-Poster

But “Hunterr” tries to break the shackles of an arch typical Bollywood format of this genre and makes it more realistic and yet funny. Harsvardhan Kulkarni explores this genre through his Hunterr Mandar Pongshe (Gulshan Devaiah) who is a compulsive “Vasu” or in other words a person who has this compulsive urge to make love to any woman. The story explores Mandar’s journey right from his childhood when he first learnt of birds & bees to early thirties when he going to get married to Tripti (Radhika Apte). The story explores his escapades with women in his life and how his conscience awakes forms the rest of the story…..

Writer & Director Harshvardhan Kulkarni tries to make his debut as a director through a story and script which if not handled with care may derail and become crassly. But Harshvardhan successfully makes it realistic and refrains from being crassly with double meaning dialogues. The main issue is with the narration when the story switches from his childhood to his present day to a few months earlier which majorly disrupts the overall narration. Other issue of the movie is its climax which happens almost abruptly. The characters are very well written and all the female characters are shown as strong individuals who do not have any inhibitions to do what they want like the two main characters Tripti & Jyotsna.

The sequences are very realistic and a lot of people will actually identify with their adolescent days, especially men. The dialogues act as a beautiful wrapper on the script and does not sound crassly and double meaning. Rather the dialogues are very blunt and on your face.

Gulshan Devaiah as Mandar is so convincing that you may think that he is “Vaasu” in real life as well. Gulshan depicts the various ages of Mandar with élan, in short he is brilliant and the real spark of the movie. Radhika Apte as Tripti gives another power packed performance of a woman of today who knows and is aware for her needs. Sai Tamhankar portrays Jyotsna, Mandar’s neighbor with such brilliance that you sympathize with her at the end even after her having an extra marital affair with Mandar. Veera Saxena as Parul is the only weak portrayal in the movie but she somehow manages. In a brief role Rachel D’Souza as Shobha creates an impact. Other cast like Neena Kulkarni, Sagar Deshmukh, Suraj Jagan also give a stellar performances.

Music by Khamosh Shah is worth mentioning. The soundtrack has a lot of variety in genres, so you have “Hunter 303” in 80’s style disco mode sung by Bappi Lahiri which has become an instant hit, the romantic “Naina” & “Chori Chori” is equally hummable and the cherry on the cake is Altaf Raja rendered “Dil Lagana” which transports you to the 90’s. Overall the songs do not pose as hindrance but blends well with the narration.

Harshvardhan creates an impact with his debut, it is the narration which makes it less than brilliant. But I must say an impressive debut by Harshvardhan Kulkarni. I will go with 3 stars….

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

 

Trailer : Bombay Velvet

Anurag Kashyap is ready with his most ambitious, first mega project “Bombay Velvet”, based on Gyan Prakash’s novel “Mumbai Fables”.

Set in the 1960’s Bombay (and not Mumbai) this neo noir Romantic thriller tells the love story of a boxer Johnny Balraj (played by Ranbir Bombay Velvet TrailerKapoor) and jazz singer Rosie (played by Anushka Sharma) who works for a club Bombay Velvet, run by media mughal Kaizad Khambatta (Played by Karan Johar).

There are too many firsts in the movie, this is Anurag Kashyap’s first mega budget movie, going by the looks in the promos it looks quite stylish for a Anurag Kashyap movie, Karan Johar debuts as an antagonist for the first time (it will be interesting to see how he pulls off), this is Ranbir Kapoor’s first dark movie, all in all “Bombay Velvet” is a much awaited movie of the year.

Produced by Fox Star Studios and Phantom this mega budget movie has music by Amit Trivedi and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Looking at the promo of “Bombay Velvet” the whole look of the movie has been inspired heavily by neo noir Hollywood movie “LA Confidential” and some shades of “Godfather”.

Whatever maybe the case “Bombay Velvet” is undoubtedly a movie to watch out for…..and your wait ends 15th May’15…..till then enjoy the promo…..

Movie Review : NH10

NH 10: Gritty, Gruesome & Edge of the seat Thriller

NH10 PosterWe are in 2015 but rural India still reels in the shadow of bygone tradition and beliefs.NCR is a true picture of such India. Gurgaon which houses the best of MNC’s , Malls and plush housing societies just beyond that prevails a India where Honor Killing is not considered a crime and looked upon with a lot of pride. Well the same is the case with other A & B grade cities of India which epitomizes modern India but beyond it is still the old India which is as backward in thoughts as it was ages ago.

Navdeep Singh with writer Sudip Sharma shows the real & stark face of rural India through the eyes of the couple Meera (Anushka Sharma) & Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam). The couple plan a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city are in for a shock when their weekend plan falls through as they are drawn into a fight with the local goons.

Sudip Sharma’s script is fast and racy and keeps the audience on the edge of the seat. It is definitely not for the faint hearted because the killings are on your face and make you cringe in your seat but Sudip with the pace, kind of makes up for the gruesomeness. Some sequences make you think whether women are really safe in modern India. The main characters are well written but it is the support cast which lacks the depth due to half baked character development by Sudip. You tend to wonder how are the characters related especially the accompanists of the main goon Satbir (Darshan Kumaar) as they are not fleshed out properly. Some characters are a bit of stereotype which somewhere mars the originality. For the climax Sudip and director Navdeep Singh keeps it open ended for the audience to decide without giving any judgment.

The dialogues are dipped in authenticity with the correct accent and language, and it is not preachy with melodrama.
NH10 goes several notches higher due to the brilliant performances by the ensemble cast. Starting with Anushka Sharma who plays Meera a creative director of an Ad Agency, epitomizing the modern day woman who is independent yet fierce fully protective about her family, was quite a difficult role both physically and mentally as she is there right from the first frame to the last frame but she does it with élan and gives a crackling performance, her best till date. Neil Bhoopalam who plays Arjun an IT professional who is so full of ego that he does not care of his wife and goes ahead to fight with the goons to satisfy his ego. Arjun is definitely a complex character which Neil portrays convincingly and brilliantly. The surprise package of NH10 is Darshan Kumaar who plays the main goon Satbir. After playing the supportive husband in “Mary Kom”, Satbir’s character is a complete opposite for Darshan, but he gives his 100% and it shows, right from the accent to the body language to the demeanor he gets it right to the minutest of details. Deepti Naval in cameo of Ammaji, as usual does not disappoint, yet she again proves what a great actress she is….Another actor Ravi Jhankal as Mamaji performs well, an actor who has been around for long but not given enough chances….

To make the proceedings of the movie more gritty Arvind Kannabiran’s cinematography played a crucial role by capturing the ruggedness of the country side realistically and making the correct divide between Gurgaon high rise and the Haryana country side. Action by Armin Sauer & Abdul Salaam Ansari is too realistic and at times gruesome but I must say effective because reality is not that rosy. But I felt the editing could have been crisper by Jabeen Merchant.

Naveen Singh after a fantastic “Manorama Six Feet Under” does impress with “NH10”, albeit falls prey to a few Bollywood stereotypes which takes away a bit of originality which was the USP of his previous movie. NH10 may not be another Manorama but it definitely is a brilliant effort by Navdeep Singh especially the performances which were A class…

I must say for Anushka Sharma who is just 7 movies old, becoming a producer and that to with such a hard hitting subject really needs guts and kudos to her for doing so…

I would go with 3 and a Half Stars….

Movie Rating: (3.5 / 5)

 

Movie Review : Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Dum Laga Ke Haisha: Has the “Dum” of a complete Entertainer

Yash Raj Films have lately digressed from big budget blockbusters and concentrated on small budget movies with content like “Mardaani”, “Bewakoofian” and now “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”.

Dum-Laga-Ke-Haisha-MovieSome movies come like a whiff of freshness and bowl you over and bring a smile on your face, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” is one such movie. Set in 1995 Haridwar it transports you to the world of 90’s aptly when Kumar Sanu was the nation’s favorite singer, so is Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushman Khurana) who is 10th fail but has a small business of selling cassettes in the by lane of Haridwar, who gets married to Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) on his father Chandrabhan Tiwari (Sanjay Mishra) insistence. The only problem is that Sandhya is double of Prem’s size which causes an embarrassment for Prem. How Prem and Sandhya come together and fall in love forms the rest of the story.

Sharat Kataria brings the freshness in the script and still keeps it realistic. Sharat beautifully sketches the main protagonist Prem & Sandhya well. Prem a guy who is good looking but low in confidence and esteem and completely under his father’s influence on the other hand Sandhya who is fat but has no qualms about her weight and is a confident girl. This is where Sharat successfully brings the freshness. Another aspect which stands out in the script is the well etched characters whether it is character of Prem’s father or his mother or his aunt. Some sequences stand out like the fight between Sandhya and Prem through songs of the 90’s. It is the second half which falls prey of a typical Bollywood format and loses its freshness to some extent.

The dialogues are realistic as well as hilarious which lifts the screenplay. Commendable is the way the dialect and the accent have been incorporated in the dialogues.

But what stands out and makes “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” a worth watch are its performances. Ayushman Khurana as Prem Prakash Tiwari is brilliant and gives a stellar performance after his debut “Vicky Donor”. Ayushman successfully captures the nuances of a low confident loser right from the accent to the body language which totally justifies his character of a small town. Debutant Bhumi Pednekar as Sandhya is crackling and shows a spark. Sanjay Mishra as Prem’s father shines and again shows his mettle as a fine actor. Other actors like Seema Pahwa, Alka Amin, Sheeba Chaddha and the rest of the cast do a brilliant job and make the movie worth a watch.

Other departments also impresses whether it is the cinematography by Manu Anand who captures Haridwar beautifully or Production Designer Meenal Agarwal who gets all the nuances right or Darshan Jalan’s Costume design which takes you back to the world of baggie pants and printed shirts.

Music by Anu Mallik is titillating from melodies of 90’s “Tu” and “Dard Karara” to the serene “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” & “Sundar Susheel” or the sufi touch of “Dum Laga ke Haisha”, all the songs are worth a listen. Do not miss the last song in the credit “Dard Karara” choreographed by Chinni Prakash, which takes you to the days of 90’s when the songs had extras dressed in identical costumes and over the top steps.

Sharat Kataria tough his debut “10 ML Love” which went unnoticed, but he proves his point as a director with this movie and he impresses to a large extent.

Overall “Dum Laga ke Haisha” succeeds in the main purpose of entertaining and which makes you smile at the end… A movie worth of Four Stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)