Movie Review: Rocky Handsome

Rocky Handsome: Too Brawny Less Brainy

Nishikant Kamat is recognized as a film maker who makes sensible cinema what with “Domibivili Fast”, “Mumbai Meri Jaan”, “Force”, “Lai Bhari” and “Drishyam” remake. “Force” was undoubtedly one of the most stylish and path breaking films of 2011, it actually established John Abraham as an action hero…Rocky Handsome Movie Review

With “Rocky Handsome”, Nishikant Kamat again comes together with John Abraham to re-create the magic of “Force” again. This time they choose to adapt the 2010 Korean hit “The Man From Nowhere”…. It tells the story of Kabir Ahlawat (John Abraham) a man with a past and who runs a Pawn shop in the by lanes of Goa, the only person he is close to is Natalie (Baby Divya Chalwad) a child who is his neighbour. Problem starts when the drug gang lord Kevin (Nishikant Kamat) kidnap Natalie and kills her mother Anna (Nathalie Kaur). Kabir goes onto a rampage against Kevin to find out Natalie, whether Kabir is able to find Natalie is what the story is all about….

Adapted by Ritesh Shah, the screenplay relies heavily on the action sequences, and fails in content. The first half struggles to set up a story and the movie oscillates from being a thriller and action movie. The back ground story of the principal character Kabir is never explored properly right till the end of the movie. Another issue of the movie is it tries to explore all crimes, right from Drugs to illegal organ trade to child trafficking and fails to focus on one making it a jamboree box. One of the main issues of the movie is that none of the characters are very well defined and hence the portrayal looks superfluous. It is said that the antagonist needs to be strong in any action packed movie, unfortunately the antagonist in “Rocky Handsome” look meek and the main protagonist looks like a super hero who can do anything. All the antagonists in the movie look like psychos, and it becomes dawn irritating after a point. Overall the screenplay looks more like a relay of action sequences placed one after another with no relevance to story or content…The dialogues unfortunately remain average keeping the movie flat….

Unfortunately the performances also lack the punch. John Abraham as Kabir Ahlawat has only one expression all throughout the movie and looks convincing only in action sequences where he is punching baddies black and blue. John just sleepwalks through his role making no impact. Nishikant Kamat as the baddie Kevin oscillates being serious and quirky at the same time and ends up half of the time hamming. Sharad Kelkar as the ANC officer impresses must say the actor has come a long way from TV soap operas to silver screen and making an impact as well. The one actor who melts your heart with her cute performance is Baby Divya Chalwad as Natalie, she actually overshadows John Abraham in a few scenes. Divya is definitely a impressive child protégé who has been introduced in Bollywood after a long time. Shruti Hasan in a song cameo looks beautiful…Rest of the cast like Nathalie Kaur, Kazu Patrick Tang, do an average job making no impact what so ever….

Well the real Hero of the movie is its action sequences by Kaecha Kampakdee & Sunil Rodrigues. The stunts are international quality with a lot of finesse though it quite gory at times… Cinematography by Shankar Raman is another highlight, he captures the action sequences as well as teh beautiful locales of Seychelles with equal finesse making the movie look good…

As far as the music goes there is only one song “Rehnuma” sung by Shreya Ghoshal & Inder Bawra and music scored by Sunny & Inder Bawra which is melodious….

Nishikant Kamat with “Rocky Handsome” gets the technical the technical aspect right with larger than life action sequences and an international look but fails in telling a story with finesse which has been his forte till now…

“Rocky Handsome” is your quintessential action saga which has more punches in the action sequences than in the content or performances…. I will go with 2 stars….

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Movie Review: Jai Gangaajal

Jai Gangaajal: Old wind in a new Bottle

Prakash Jha has been synonymous with realistic cinema especially with political background of Bihar. Prakash Jha did a comeback of sorts with “Gangaajal” in 2003 which was based on Bhagalpur blinding incidents and which became a big hit establishing Prakash Jha as a commercial film maker….Jai Gangaajal Movie Review

Jai Gangaajal is an extension of his “Gangaajal” which is based on the same premise of Police Force against corrupt politicians. But the main protagonist is now a female SP Abha Mathur who gets her first big posting in Bankipur district where the local politician Babloo Pandey (Manav Kaul) and his younger brother W Pandey (Ninad Kamat) rule and their atrocities are on the high what with the local police like B N Singh (Prakash Jha debuts in the film) who are hand in gloves with the local politician. The politician is into land mafia due to which the farmers are committing suicide. Is Abha Mathur able to bring justice to the people of Bankipur is what the rest of the movie all about…

Story & Screenplay written by Prakash Jha looks like a mesh mash of his previous films. The major issue of the movie is the main protagonist Abha Mathur’s character which is the weakest in the film and the supporting characters especially Inspector B N Singh over shadows the main protagonist. Rather the character Abha Mathur looks more like a supporting character. The first half is spent on establishing the story wherein there a flashes of some good sequences but in the second half the movie just looses itself and becomes more of sequence of killing and revenge with no concrete story line. The climax is so abrupt that you feel the writer Prakash Jha just wanted to end the movie somehow letting a lot of questions unanswered. Though the screenplay has its moments but it gives just a momentary high to the screenplay and it becomes flat again. One of the biggest flaw of “Jai Gangaajal” is that there nothing new and the movie is predictable. Another flaw is its run time of 158 mins which was too long for a predictable movie….

The dialogues also do not offer anything new and does not show any newness. The dialogues just like the screenplay remains flat. Overall a very disappointing effort in writing…

Maybe the writing is weak but Priyanka Chopra as SP Abha Mathur does complete justice to her character. At times she looked lost due to weak characterization. It is Prakash Jha as B N Singh who steals the show with his realistic portrayal and cool demeanour. Manav  Kaul as Babloo Pandey again repeats his act of “Wazir”, I think somewhere he is replicating his act which may lead to him being type cast. Ninad Kamat as W Pandey gives a brilliant performance of a tyrant who will not stop to get things done his way. Ninad get the rawness of his character right, definitely one of the best performances of the movie. Rest of the ensemble cast comprising of Kiran Karmakar, Murali Sharma, Jagat Singh Solanki, Vega Tamotia, Rahul Bhatt and the child actor Ayush Khedekar do a good job but it is the writing which pulls them down…

Somehow Prakash Jha the actor over shadowed Prakash Jha the director and writer. Somewhere you would feel that Prakash Jha’s intention to make “Jai Gangaajal” was more to launch himself as an actor. His brand of movies is getting repetitive and he needs to rediscover himself. His brilliance was at its peak with “Damul”, “Mrityudand”, “Gangaajal” & “Rajneeti”; we would love to see the same Prakash Jha again…

“Jai Gangaajal” deserves Two and a Half Stars….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Movie Review: Zubaan

Zubaan: Glitzy & Sparkling without A Soul

Zubaan Movie ReviewOff late “Coming of Age” theme movies have been quite common, “Zubaan” is an addition to that list of movies, and where “Zubaan” is different is its musical format…

Story of Mozez Singh narrates the story of Dilsher (Vicky Kaushal) who is the son of a singer who used to sing Gurubani in a gurudwara in Gurdaspur. Dilsher leaves music after his father’s untimely death and goes to Delhi to earn money and work under his idol, construction magnate Gurpreet Sikand (Manish Choudhary). Dilsher joins Sikand’s construction company which irks his son Surya Sikand (Raaghav Chanana) as Guru Sikand starts giving more importance to Dilsher than Surya. Dilsher meets Ameera (Sarah Jane Dias) in a party who is a free spirited girl and who is a proficient singer. They have instant liking for each other which upsets Surya more. Whether Dilsher achieves success against Surya’s wishes and becomes like his idol or does he re-discovers his love for music is what the movie all about…..

Screenplay by Mozez Singh & Sumit Roy tries a musical format as a narration for a story of ambition and greed but results in two tracks one a story of ambition and other the “Coming of Age” story which does not blend till the end which is the biggest flaw of the writing. The story of ambition and greed with construction as the background has more impact than the “Coming of Age” track. The writing comes out as confused as the lead character Dilsher. The characterization of the main lead Dilsher and Ameera is flawed due its inconsistency. Though other characters like Guru Sikand, Surya Sikand even Mandira Sikand are defined well. Another issue of the movie is its pace which is slow, especially due to the songs which does not blend with the narration and looks as if it has been added as an afterthought. The weakest is the love track of Dilsher and Ameera which is void of any chemistry. In one word the writing is very average without a soul…

Sumit Roy’s dialogues are also not that impactful which could have helped the otherwise flawed screenplay.

The biggest highlight of the movie is its performances, especially of Vicky Kaushal who plays Dilsher. Vicky proves that “Masaan” was not a fluke and that he is an actor to look forward to. His Punjabi dialect to his stammer is perfect, and his innocent yet shrewd portrayal is a cracker. Sarah Jane Dias as Ameera does not have much to do, other than adding the glamour quotient, but she does justice to whatever is given to her. Manish Choudhary, an actor who has been under utilized by Bollywood shows off his histrionics as Guru Sikand a shrewd businessman brilliantly. Another highlight performance of the movie is that of Raaghav Chanana as Surya Sikand, his not so confident and a perpetual loser, yet vulnerable portrayal takes your heart away at the end of the movie. Meghna Mallik as Mandira Sikand has a small but an impactful role which she does complete justice to. Rest of the cast also does a good job…

The second highlight of the movie is its music which is composed by an ensemble of music directors  Ashu Pathak, Ishq Bector, Shree D, Manraj Patar especially the tracks “Music is my Art”,“Ajj Saanu O Mileya” & “Kori Pukaar”….

The third highlight of the movie is its choreography by Uma Shankar & Gaiti Nair, special mention of “Music Is my Art”, “Kori Pukaar” which had the international dancers Les Twins, “Dhruvtara” & “Tu Hain Tera Khuda”…

The fourth highlight of the movie is its cinematography by Swapnil Sonawane which captures the country side of Punjab, the high society of Delhi and the barren desert of Rajasthan with equal finesse, making each frame picture perfect…

The Fifth highlight is Aki Narula’s costume design, which is subtle to over the top depending on the characters….

Mozez Singh gives us a technically brilliant movie with some great performances, soulful music, amazing cinematography, imaginative choreography but somewhere all this does not blend together due to its weak writing. Mozez Singh packages the movie well but misses the soul hence does not touch the hearts of the viewers….

Nevertheless a good effort….I will go with Three stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Official Trailer: Fan

Yashraj Films “Fan” as per the promos is a different kind of Shahrukh Khan movie, which is not romance but a thriller wherein Shahrukh Khan plays a double role that of a super star Aryan Khanna & his 20 year old fan Gaurav.

As the name suggests the story written by Habib Faisal is of Gaurav, who is the biggest fan of Aryan Khanna and what conspires due to Gaurav’s madness for Aryan Khanna is what the movie is all about….

Fan-First-Official-Trailer

Maneesh Sharma after his not so successful “Shuddh Desi Romance” (2013) is back with a movie which has a large canvas with super star Shahrukh Khan. Definitely this is Maneesh’s biggest film till date after Band Baaja Baraat, Ladies Vs Ricky Behl & Suddh Desi Romance….

The principal cast of the movie has Shahrukh Khan (In a double role), Shriya Pilgaonkar (Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar’s daughter who is debuting with this movie), Waluscha De Souza, Deepika Amin & Yogendra Tikku….

To get the looks right for the character Gaurav, Academy Award winner makeup artist Greg Cannom (Won Oscar for Mrs Doubtfire, Bram Stocker’s Dracula & The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has been signed, and I must say he has done an impressive job with Shahrukh’s look for Gaurav…

The movie was launched in Dec’13, but the actual shooting commenced from July’14, and the actual release date was early 2015, but due to Shahrukh Khan injuries teh movie got delayed and the release date was shifted to 14th Aug’15, but again the release got delayed due to post production work of complex computer graphics and now the movie is releasing on 15th April 2016…

“Fan” has been extensively shot in Mumbai, Delhi, London & Croatia…

Music has been scored by Vishal-Shekhar….and the song “Jabra Fan” has been released…

“Fan” is produced and distributed by Yashraj Films….and releases on 15th April’16….Official Trailer below…