Movie Review: Tamasha

Tamasha: Ranbir & Deepika crackle in the otherwise confused Tamasha

Imtiaz Ali after a subtle “Highway”, comes back with the big budget love story “Tamasha”, which explores an array of human emotions….

Imtiaz again teams up with Ranbir Kapoor after “Rockstar” and Deepika Padukone after “Love Aaj Kal” and explores the crackling chemistry of Ranbeer Kapoor & Deepika Padukone very well…Tamasha Review

“Tamasha” explores the story of Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) & Tara (Deepika Padukone) who meet in Corsica when both are on a holiday and they promise not to reveal their true identities and will behave as somebody else without any inhibitions. They spend time at Corsica and separate with a promise that they would not meet again. But destiny had different plans as both meet again and plan to have a relationship, but Tara could not fathom the Ved who is more like a corporate machine and in a rat race, what happens to their relationship is what the movie is all about…

Imtiaz Ali’s story & screenplay starts with a lot of colours and develops the lead characters well with a lot of fun sequences in Corsica. The movie looses steam in the second half when the movie becomes predictable and becomes a mish mash of Imtiaz’s previous movie “Jab We Met”, “ Love Aaj Kal” & “Rockstar”. Imtiaz Ali oscillates from effervescent love to dark emotions like “Rockstar”, rather Imitiaz  over does the dark emotion even in sequences where it was not required. One of the major issue of the script was the to & fro of flashback which puts a break to a smooth narration and also dilutes the message of being what we believe we are…..Another part where he falters is to justify the lead Ved’s erratic behaviour time and again. Somewhere I felt Imtiaz was confused on what he wanted to make, a flowery love story or a dark love story which was clear in a not so convincing and predictable climax……

It is the lead pair of Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone who make the movie a worth watch, especially Ranbir Kapoor who yet again proves his mettle as a class actor, he just lights up the screen and to compliment him is Deepika Padukone who as Tara is like a fresh air and shows immense confidence and maturity in emotional as well as comic scenes. The chemistry of the lead pair just engulfs the entire movie that the other actors just do not matter. Though Piyush Mishra as the story teller and Javed Shaikh as Ved’s father do a brilliant job and make their presence felt….

Ravi Varman’s cinematography elevates the movie by capturing Corsica, Shimla & Delhi like a dream. Aki Narula & Anahita Shroff Adajania’s costumes give the required colour to the characters…

It is the music of A R Rahman which brings another dimension to the movie and elevates the narration in a musical format with the sequential songs, but “Mutturghasti” rendered by Mohit Chauhan tops the chart with its fresh rendition…

Imtiaz Ali tries to play with various emotions in the movie resulting in NOT so consistent narration which ultimately becomes the biggest drawback of the movie….but he successfully renders the message of “Living Life Full size by being what you are”

But the crackling chemistry of Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone deserves 3 stars….

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

 

 

Official Trailer: Bajirao Mastani

Official_Trailer_Bajirao_MastaniSanjay Leela Bhasali is back with his new magnum opus “Bajirao Mastani” , based on the book “Baji Rao 1, The Second Hereditary Peshwa of Maratha Empire” which is based on the life of Peshwa Bajirao Peshwa 1 and his second wife Mastani….

Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to make “Bajirao Mastani” just after “Devdas” (2002) in 2003, and the original cast was Salman Khan & Aishwarya Rai as Bajirao and Mastani respectively, Rani Mukherjee was supposed to play Peshwa’s first wife Kashi Bai. But due to Salman and Aishwarya’s break up, Kareena Kapoor was considered for the role of Mastani, but since they did other movies as a pair Sanjay Leela Bhansali scrapped the idea to make the movie in 2003….

But after the stupendous success of  “Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram Leela” , Sanjay Bhansali decided to make “Bajirao Mastani” by casting the successful pairing of Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone in the titular role of Bajirao and Mastani respectively, and Priyanka Chopra plays the role of Peshwa’s first wife Kashi Bai….

The rest of ensemble cast comprises of Tanvi Azmi, Sukhanda Khandkekar, Anuja Gokhale, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vaibbhav Tatwawdi, Milind Soman, Ayush Tandon & Sanjay Mishra…

The story has been adapted and screenplay written by Prakash Kapadia. The cinematography is by Sudeep Chatterjee….

The melodious music has been composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself…..all the released three songs Gajanana, Deewani Mastani and Pinga have been a hit….

The movie has been produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kishore Lulla and distributed by Eros International….

The trailer gives us a peek of the magnum opus, and it looks like the larger than life Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie…from sets to costumes, everything looks spectacular….

The movie releases on 18th Dec’15…

 

Movie Review : Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: It is only Salman’s Prem all the way

Sooraj Barjatya has always been synonymous with good wholesome family entertainers, thriving on values and traditions of Indian society. The Indian audience whether in India or abroad has always lapped whatever Sooraj has offered, well excluding an exception of “Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon” wherein he diverted a bit and faced a lot of flak. Another highlight of Sooraj’s films has been its screenplays which stick to the basic premise of the story…

Well “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” digresses from a normal Sooraj Barjatya movie, it gives prominence to the star Salman Khan than the basic premise, and this is where actually the movie falters. Whenever a maker gives more prominence to the star than the story and screenplay it becomes an indulgent cinema…

PRDP written by Sooraj Barjatya tells the story of the good Samaritan Pream Dilwala (Salman Khan) from Ayodhya who is a part of the local PRDP ReviewRam Leela as a narrator and who is besotted by princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor). Trouble brews when Maithili’s fiancé Vijay Singh (Salman Khan in a double role) who is reigning the prince of Pritampura falls prey of a conspiracy and meets with an accident and is bed ridden, in order to replace the prince, Diwan Sahab (Anupam Kher) the trusted servant of the royal family replaces Prem Dilwala with the prince. How Prem Dilwala changes the relationship of the otherwise dysfunctional royal family and whether the original prince comes back and who conspires to kill the prince is what the story is all about…..

Sooraj in order to accommodate more of Salman stretches the story for a good 2 hours 55 minutes which is quite a long run, which could have been easily cut by 30 minutes. Another flaw are the song sequences which sprouts out of nowhere and slows down the pace, well song sequence have been Sooraj’s strong point somehow becomes his weak point in PRDP. Another flaw of PRDP is the screenplay which never peeks and maintains a monotonous pace both in the first half as well as the second half. The first half is dedicated to setting up the story, and second half is dedicated half to the love story of Prem and Maithili which falls flat due to lack of any chemistry between the lead pair Salman Khan & Sonam Kapoor, and rest in reconciliation of the brother and sisters of the royal family which looks too rushed and abrupt. The climax is quite weak and you feel the whole action to be forceful rather than being part of the flow. But trust Sooraj with his touch of emotional moments, and he does not falter here, some sequences especially the brother sister sequences are touchy and you feel from the heart, rather the sequences between Prem and Chandrika (Swara Bhaskar) the princess of Pritampura or the relationship between Diwan Sahab & Prem are very well written and are the emotional highlights of the movie. But overall the story and screenplay fails neither to peak emotionally neither entertains completely….

PRDP is a Salman Khan movie and he is there in every frame playing dual role of Prem Dilwala and Prince Vijay Singh, and he makes both the characters his own. He performs both the characters with panache and with complete sincerity and you can differentiate between the two characters even when they are in the same frame. Salman nails the innocence for Prem Dilwala and the arrogance of Prince Vijay Singh very well. Sonam Kapoor as Maithili looks good as the royal princess with her looks but yet again fails in histrionics and again has the same expression throughout the movie, quite a disappointment I must say which also hampers the love story of the movie due to lack of chemistry. Anupam Kher as Diwan Sahab does complete justice to his role of the confidant of the royal family; I must say an earnest performance. Swara Bhaskar as Chandrika, Vijay Singh’s sister is the strongest female role of the movie, and she gives a crackling performance. Neil Nitin Mukesh as Ajay Singh the younger brother does not have much to do, though he suits the role as far as the look goes but the same cannot be said about his performance which gets overshadowed completely. Armaan Kohli who plays the scheming villain does complete justice. Deepak Dobriyal as Kanhaiya is wasted in a half baked role, though he does complete justice to whatever was given. Rest of the cast like Sanjay Mishra, Suhasini Mulay, Sucheta Khanna, Manoj Joshi are wasted in inconsequential roles….

Technically PRDP stands high what with the excellent camera work by V Manikandan, it is a riot of colors giving an ode to the festival season and the royal theme. Production Design by Nitin Chandrakant Desai is the biggest highlight of the PRDP; the royal palaces have been mounted with perfection and become a character of the movie. Another highlight of the movie is the costumes by Alvira Khan & Ashley Rebello, the royal touch in the clothes cannot be missed and especially the jewellery was a real stand out….

Music by Himesh Reshammiya has the impeccable Sooraj Barjatya touch which is melodious yet rich in lyrical value, but top two are the title song and Diye Jalte…

This is the first time when I felt Salman dominating Sooraj Barjatya, which was not the case with their previous ventures. Sooraj rests his magnum opus on the broad shoulders of Salman Khan which will definitely bring in the moolah for the Rajshri’s
I will go with 2 and a half stars (1 extra for Salman Khan)

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Movie Review: Main Aur Charles

Main Aur Charles: Half Baked Thriller without the thrill

Main Aur Charles posterCharles Sobraj was one of the most celebrated serial killer during 70’s and 80’s, known for his shrewd mind and smooth style of doing crimes….

Well Prawaal Raman tries to portray a certain phase of Charles Sobraj’s life when he was arrested by the Delhi Police and he fled from Tihar Jail only to be re-captured again but with a different motive….

Prawaal Raman has tried to make a thriller but the screenplay turned out to be more of an erotic movie than a thriller what with Prawaal emphasising on Charles liaisons with various women rather than how his jail break was planned and executed. The first half the screenplay just looks like a collage of incidents with no cohesiveness whatsoever. You just cannot make any sense of what is happening and by the time the movie reaches the interval point you have lost interest in the movie. Second half is dedicated to putting the puzzle in place but again Prawaal just does not manage to put cohesiveness to the narration and the outcome is too shallow and lifeless. In his attempt to show Charles as the smooth operator with women he ends up spending more time in his affairs with various girls. Actually the base of the story is through various articles and police investigation etc which shows clearly as the screenplay is equally indecisive….In a nutshell the writing fails to create any impact which further makes the overall movie look weak….

It is the performances which makes the movie a bit watchable…. Randeep Hooda as Charles Sobraj gets his act right what with the way he changed his dialect, his body language etc., my heart goes out to him, as he puts in so much of effort and hard work but somehow the movies which he is part of fails him. The best performance off course is of Adil Hussain who plays inspector Amod Kant….he captures your attention the moment he is on screen and gives a smashing performance even overshadowing Randeep Hooda who plays the lead. Richa Chadha as Meera, Charles accomplice does a good job but the sketchy writing of her character pulls down her performance. Alexx O’Nell as Richard has the same expression on his face throughout the movie and looks utterly confused just like the screenplay. Tisca Chopra & Vipin Sharma are wasted in a small cameos….Rest of the cast look as confused as the director was….

Other than the performances three things that stands out in the movie would be the Production Design by Jitendra Kawa who re-created the 70’s and 80’s with perfection, second being costume design by Salim Asgar Ali who styled the characters to perfection that the audience is transported to 70’s & 80’s and third being the brilliant camera work of Anuj Rakesh Dhawan, which complements the production design and costumes and successfully re-creates 80’s….

Other than the script the other biggest flaw is the editing by Nipun Gupta. In a thriller the editing plays a crucial part but unfortunately in this movie it totally destroys the movie….

Prawaal Raman in his attempt to make the movie with a realistic twist fumbles and the outcome is a half baked thriller which lacked the thrills….I will go with Two & a Half Star….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)