Movie Review Mardaani

Mardaani: A Celebration of Woman Power

There are some movies which are made just to entertain but there are some which makes you think, Mardaani falls in the latter genre.

Human Trafficking is a business which is growing at an alarming rate worldwide and India is a hub of Child Movie Review MardaaniTrafficking and Mardaani deals with this topical subject.

Gopi Puthran chooses a controversial topic of Human Trafficking for his story and the risk with such subjects is that it becomes preachy. But thankfully Gopi’s screenplay refrains from doing so and tells the story in a thriller format of a crime branch Inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukherjee) who has a soft spot for an orphan Pyari (Debutant Priyanka Sharma). Life takes a turn for Shivani when Pyari goes missing, how Shivani busts the Human Trafficking nexus and finds Pyari constitutes the rest of the story.

Gopi’s screenplay captures the modus operandi of how human trafficking is done in a thriller format which is engaging and keeps you at the edge of the seat; not much time is spent on the emotional quotient. It is the climax which looks a bit too convenient. The characters are realistic and so are the dialogues. But I thought the Thriller quotient could have been much better as the surprise element is missing in most part of the movie.

The performances are the biggest highlight of the movie. Rani as Shivani gives a crackling performance, everything from her body language to the way she speaks everything is spot on. Rani Mukherjee again proves that you cannot keep a good actor away for too long. Another brilliant performance is of the debutant Tahir Raj Bhasin who plays the antagonist Karan, he is so good that you start hating him, truly a brilliant debut. Tahir’s portrayal of Karan is a perfect complement to Rani’s portrayal of Shivani. Mona Ambegoankar gives a superb performance, though her role is small but she shines even in a brief role, sad to see that a brilliant actress like her is underutilized. Another debutant Priyanka Sharma as Pyari shows spark. Jishu Sengupta the Bengali actor is wasted in a brief role. Rest of the cast is cast well and they do a good job. I should mention Shanoo Sharma the casting director who has done a brilliant job of casting.

The second highlight is the cinematography by Artur Zurawski who captures the bylanes of Mumbai and Delhi well and keeps the tone as realistic as possible in lieu of the narration.

With “Mardaani” Pradeep Sarkar resumes his original form which was seen in “Parineeta” (2005). Though a dark and sensitive subject, but Pradeep handles it well and keeps the narrative simple though a bit of twists would have been better. But Pradeep is successful is extracting some brilliant performances from the cast which is commendable.

Kudos to Pradeep Sarkar for taking up such a sensitive issue for a movie and showing how women can defend themselves against odds. This movie is a true celebration of woman power, I will go with 3 and a half stars…

Movie Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Trailer : Happy New Year

Happy_New_Year_Poster_(2014_film)Actor Shahrukh Khan and Director Farah Khan combo is back. After their successful collaboration with their previous two movies “Main Hoon Naa” (2004) and “Om Shanti Om” (2007) they come together this Diwali with “Happy New Year”. The movie has an ensemble cast of Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff.

Farah Khan wanted to make this movie in 2005 after “Main Hoon Naa” but due to various constraints the project got shelved and the Shahrukh- Farah combo made “Om Shanti Om”in 2007. “Happy New Year” as a project was revived in 2012 when the script got finalized and after many casting glitches the principal shooting commenced from Aug 2013 in Dubai.

Whether “Happy New Year” repeats the same success of Shahrukh-Farah’s previous association is yet to be seen….Music is by Vishal-Shekhar and knowing Farah’s penchant for grand song and dance sequences looking at the Trailer she will not disappoint us…..

“Happy New Year” is produced by Shahrukh Khan’s home production “Red Chillies Entertainment”,the movie releases on 24th October 2014…..

Review : Singham Returns

Singham Returns: A complete Rohit Shetty masala fare

There are some movies which defy all logic but still you enjoy it and “Singham Returns” is one such movie…
The movie begins with a startling message “There are only 47000 people employed in the Mumbai Police force to protect 1.85 cr civilians of Mumbai”, Review Singham Returnsthis message actually started me thinking. Well this movie is Rohit Shetty’s tribute to Mumbai Police.

This time Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) is posted in Mumbai where he finds himself in between political tussle between Guruji’s (Anupam Kher) party and their coalition party headed by Prakash Rao (Zakir Hussain). Prakash Rao has a strong backing in the form of Baba (Amol Gupte) who runs an Ashram which finances Prakash Rao’s party. Things turn worse for Singham when a constable of his team is found dead in an ambulance with heaps of cash. How Singham solves the mystery of his constable’s death and brings law and order in Mumbai forms the rest of the movie.

Story by Rohit Shetty tries to touch upon issue from corrupt politicians with black money to God man and politician nexus, and the role of a policeman and their sacrifices which keep the civilians safe. Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal is packed with clichéd situations of how police are puppets in the hands of the politicians, but where Sajawal’s screenplay differs is the way the police is shown to solve the issue, though a bit too farfetched especially the climax, still it conveys a very strong message. Some sequences stand out like the dead constable’s wife is forced to work as a domestic help to run the household expenses or when a women lambasts Singham when he beats his son for taking money from the corrupt politician. I thought the villain’s characters were too much of a caricature especially Baba’s. Overall the screenplay is tight and crisp but with enough cinematic liberties.

What elevates the screenplay are the impactful dialogues by Sajid-Farhad, some of the dialogues are clearly for the gallery and gets enough whistles.

Ajay Devgn as Bajirao Singham again gives an impactful performance or should I say a seeti maar performance with his trademark dialogue from the previous Singham “Atta Mazhi Satakli”, well in some scenes Ajay goes a bit overboard but looking at the response of the crowd I should say it was worth it. Kareena as Avni has nothing much to do other than looking pretty and mouthing some comic dialogues, I think Kareena should take a break from the bubbly roles that she is portraying since “Jab We Met” days. Amol Gupte’s portrayal as Baba goes overboard and he hams all throughout the movie. Zakir Hussain as Prakash Rao is a caricature, which even an actor of his caliber could not salvage as the writing is weak. The rest of the ensemble cast Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ashwini Kalsekar, Dayanand Shetty, Sharat Saxena, Savita Joshi do a good job, though I felt Govind Namdeo as Singham’s father is wasted.

Action is a highlight of all Rohit Shetty movies, and this movie does not disappoint. Action designed by Rohit himself in collaboration with Jai Singh Nijjar and Suneil Rodrigues is filled with cars being blown, people flying and enough fisticuffs to keep the adrenalin rush and Dolby Sound blaring. Overall the action is typical Rohit Shetty style which an audience expects from his movies.

Cinematography by Dudley captures Mumbai well and the aerial shots and action sequences are worth a mention. Music is a big disappointment although it had an impressive lineup of composers from Jeet Ganguli, Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros and Yo Yo Honey Singh. Rather Yo Yo Honey Singh’s song “Atta Majhi Satakli” sounds like a rip off from “Lungi Dance”.

Rohit Shetty clearly plays to the gallery and the masses and gives a paisa vasool entertainer worth an addition to the 100 crore club. I will go with 3 stars….

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Flashback : Celebrating 21 years of Hum Aapke Hain Koun!

21 Years Of Hum Aapke Hain Koun!

Hum Aapke Hain Koun

After “Maine Pyar Kiya”, Sooraj Barjatya had a writer’s block and could not decide on his next film, as per his father’s suggestion he started watching Rajshri Production’s earlier films. Sooraj Barjatya was impressed by Rajshri’s previous blockbuster “Nadiya Ke Paar” and he decided to adapt this movie in a contemporary way and that is how “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” was written. Sooraj Barjatya wrote the screenplay as a musical, which resulted in 14 songs.

“Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” created history for Hindi cinema, and it saw a change in the way Film distribution was done in Bollywood. During the 90’s there was a drop in theater viewing due to cable network, video and piracy. Rajshri Productions wanted the audience to experience the movie in the Theaters hence theater owners who wanted to show “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” had to upgrade their theaters like installing Optical Stereo sound system.

The film released on 5th Aug 1994 with only 26 prints all over India and Rajshri Production made adequate arrangements to avoid piracy of the movie. Later due to word of mouth and immense popularity of the movie, many other theater owners agreed to upgraded their theaters in order to exhibit the movie. The cost of the tickets were increased, but it did not deter people to watch the movie in the theater, this gave around 50% spike in audience coming to theaters to watch the movie.

“Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” also opened the potential of Bollywood movie in international market and catering to the NRI Diaspora. In London the movie ran for a year. The film gave way for glamorous family dramas.

The movie earned a gross revenue of over 1 billion making “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!”the first Indian movie to earn such high revenue . People flocked to see the movie multiple times and most of its revenue came from repeat business. The famous Painter M F Hussain saw the movie 85 times.

“Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” will always be remembered as a trendsetter for Indian Cinema…

Trailer : Rang Rasiya

“Rang Rasiya” is a cinematic adaptation of Ranjit Desai’s biographical novel on the famous painter Raja Ravi Varma who gave faces to our Hindu Gods & Godesses…..starring Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen, Paresh Rawal, Ashish Vidyarthi……directed by Ketan Mehta, the movie has been in cans since 2008… last the movie will see a commercial release this Diwali on 23rd Oct’14….the movie will also release in English as “Color Of Passion”…

Review : Entertainment

Entertainment: Not Much of an Entertainment

entertainmentAfter a successful stint as writers of Golmaal series, Bol Bachchan, Housefull etc the brother duo Sajid-Farhad debut as directors with “Entertainment”.

For the last few movies that I watched in the comedy genre there has been a flaw, in the second half the comedy becomes a mundane caricature and there are hardly any laughs, the same flaw is pertinent in “Entertainment” as well.

Story by K Subhash tells us the story of Akhil Lokhande (Akshay Kumar) who is struggling to make his ends meet, suddenly has a strike of luck when he discovers that he is the son of multi millionaire Pannalal Johri (Dalip Tahil) who is dead. When he reaches to claim his fortune he comes to know that his father has willed his entire property to his favorite pet dog Entertainment (Junior). The rest of the movie tells us how Akhil & Entertainment fight for the fortune.

Well the story premise sounds silly but the screenplay by Sajid-Farhad makes it completely chaotic. The first half still has some laughs but in the second half the screenplay falls completely flat with mundane sequences and forced situations which look completely out of place. Overall the screenplay’s funny quotient depletes in the second half and looks kiddish.

Dialogues by Sajid-Farhad themselves sound funny initially but it gets repetitive and starts irritating. Sajid-Farhad dialogues have too much emphasis on rhyming of dialogues, which initially brings some laughs but later becomes too repetitive and sounds jarring.

Hamming is passed as acting in this movie. Akshay Kumar as Akhil the main protagonist tries hard to act funny but is successful initially but later he becomes repetitive and hams incessantly. Krushna hams all throughout the movie. Johnny Lever still is successful is bringing some laughs. Tamanah Bhatia is the decorative piece of the movie. The two villains played by Prakash Raj & Sonu Sood add up to the buffoonery. Cameos by Reteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade & Choreography Remo D’Souza are wasted. Mithun Chakraborty in a guest appearance has nothing much to do in this maddness. The real hero is the dog Junior, whenever he is on the screen it is a delight but unfortunately the screen time of Junior is in the first half and then in the climax.

Music by Sachin-Jigar is nothing to write home about, rather the tunes seems a rehashed version of their previous movie “FALTU”. Even the choreography by Remo D’Souza is average. Cinematography by Manoj Soni looks too artificial, what with too much of color being used in VFX.

Sajid-Farhad’s debut does not create any impact and they come up with a below average fare. If you are a dog lover you may like the movie in bits and pieces but overall it is below average, I will go with Two & a Half Stars (Half star extra for the Dog Junior)

Trailer : Roar- Tigers Of the Sundarbans

A film based on Wild Life “Roar-Tiger Of Sundarbans” is a movie directed by actor Kamal Sadanah….it stars Abhinav Shukla and Kingfisher Calendar girl Himarsha V……the movie releases 19th Sept’14…

Trailer : Raja Natwarlal

Emraan Hashmi is back with “Raja Natwarlal”, a story of a con man…to help him in the con is Paresh Rawal….this movie is a debut for Pakistani actress Humaima Malick….presented by UTV and directed by Kunal Deshmukh the movie releases on 29th Aug’14..

Movie Review : Kick

Kick: A Glossy Salman Masala Fare

There is a new genre which has originated in the last few years and it is called the Salman Khan genre of Bollywood movie, which has only one highlight and that is Salman himself. Kick also explores the typical Salman Khan genre of movie and takes it to dizzying heights with a glossy packaging by Sajid Nadiadwala who debuts as a director with Kick.

Kick Movie ReviewKick is the remake of Telugu blockbuster of 2009 with the same name, but Sajid has made enough and more changes in the screenplay to fit it to the bollywood mould. It tells us the story of Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) a Good Samaritan who gets a Kick by doing odd jobs which gives him an adrenaline rush, what instigates him to become Devil is explored in the 146 mins of screen time.

The Story is by Vakkantham Vamsi and screenplay by Rajat Arora, Keith Gomes, Sajid Nadiadwala himself and with additional screenplay by Chetan Bhagat. The beginning is weak which explores Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) and Devi Lal (Salman Khan) love story which goes nowhere excluding some funny sequences. The screenplay picks up with the entry of Inspector Himanshu Rai (Randeep Hooda) and Devil (Salman Khan) and it suddenly becomes a racy thriller till the climax. It has too many characters with too many plots going in parallel which has no relevance to the main plot. There are too many loop holes in the script which does not form a cohesive narration. But it is the dialogues of Rajat Arora which is the winner and brings the applause and the whistles.

Sajid Khan has not compromised on anything, whether it is the lavish settings, brilliant action sequences and grand song picturization. As a debut Sajid has shown a spark as a film maker. He does complete justice to Salman Khan the star, giving him a larger than life role and showcasing all the Salman antics which he knows will be lapped up by the audience. While watching this movie and the way the audience were going berserk it proved that Sajid has a winner in hand. I hope only if he invested a bit more on the screenplay then it would have been a complete package.

Cinematography by Ayananka Bose is another highlight of the movie; Ayananka captures Polland and India beautifully. Action by Anal Arasu is very impressive especially the Bus chase sequence in Warsaw.

Almost all Salman Khan movies are strong in music content, and Kick is no exception. Himesh Reshamiya (Jumme ki Raat & Tu Hi Tu), Meet Bros (Hangover) and Yo Yo Honey Singh (Yaar Na Mila) have given foot tapping music. To compliment it Ahmed Khan has choreographed the songs beautifully and on a lavish scale. Though as per the screenplay Jumme Ki Raat and Yaar Na Mila look a bit forced.

After Dabangg , Salman Khan looks at ease in Kick, he makes a strong impact with a tailor made role of Devil which was missing in his last few movies. Randeep Hooda as Himanshu Rai does a brilliant job and stands tall in front of Salman’s larger than life portrayal. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the main villain Shivam brings the arch typical villain of Bollywood back with his portrayal and is excellent. In this movie it was important to have a very strong actor playing the villain to compliment Salman’s Devil and Nawazuddin does complete justice. Jacqueline Fernandez does not have much to do other than looking good and she does add the glamour quotient well. Mithun Chakroborty, Archana Puran Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Mishra  & Vipin Sharma are wasted in brief roles.

Sajid Nadiadwala does a successful job of creating a typical Salman Khan blockbuster and it will definitely rake in the moolah, but my humble suggestion please do not look out for logic and you will be not be disappointed.  Kick is definitely a movie for the Salman Khan fans, I will go with 3 stars….

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Trailer : Mary Kom

Priyanka Chopra strikes back with “Mary Kom” a biography of boxer Mary Kom…..after “Barfi” this is Priyanka Chopra’s 2nd deglam role……will this movie also fetch Priyanka the same accolades which she received for “Fashion” & “Barfi”…..for that we have to wait till 5th Sept’14 when the movie releases……Omung Kumar the famous Art Director debuts as a director with this movie…..


Trailer Khoobsurat (2014)

Sonam Kapoor is back with “Khoobsurat”…..a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movie of the same name……It introduces Pakistan’s latest heartthrob Fawad Khan….directed by Shashank Ghosh the movie releases 19th Sept’14… [su_youtube url=”” width=”500″ height=”300″]

Khoobsurat Cast & Crew: Banner : Walt Disney Pictures,Anil Kapoor Films Company Release Date : 19 Sep 2014 Genre: Comedy Director : Shashank Ghosh Star Cast : Sonam Kapoor,Ratna Pathak,Prosenjit Chatterjee,Fawad Khan,Kirron Kher,Aamir Raza Hussain

Movie Review : Pizza

Pizza: A soggy crust with bland Toppings

Pizza is a remake of 2012 Tamil hit of the same name. UTV as the presenter with Sidharth Roy Kapur & Bijoy Nambiar as the producers, the expectations from such a movie is high. A team of Debutants from the director Akshay Akkineni to lead actors Akshay Oberoi and Parvathy Omnakuttan ,does the movie deliver…. Pizza tells us the story of a young couple Kunal (Debutant Akshay Oberoi) and Nikita (Debutant Parvathy Omnakuttan). Akshay a pizza delivery boy and Nikita a struggling Horror story writer, things change for them when Akshay goes to deliver pizza one night in a bungalow and gets trapped and weird things starts happening in the house. The rest of the story deals with how Kunal overcomes the odds. Pizza-3D-Hindi-Movie Story by Abhay Subbaraj and Akshay Akkineni and the screenplay again by Akshay himself, things should have been under control for Akshay as a debutant, but it does not. With a crisp beginning the movie slowly becomes soggy and completely nosedives in the second half. The first half gives you enough punch and keeps you at the edge of the seat with its unexpected thrills and the 3D format enhances the experience and you expect a high octane second half, but alas it is nowhere near to anything which is high, a weird twist just kills the essence of the movie and falls flat. It almost felt as if the first half and the second half was two different movies. Rather as a viewer you feel cheated at the end. Performance wise the movie lacks the histrionics punch, both Akshay Oberoi and Parvathy Omnakuttan does not look convincing. Akshay though is good in certain sequences but looks perpetually lost. Parvathy on the other hand just does not impress and there is no chemistry between the lead pair. On the other hand Rajesh Sharma as the Pizza shop owner, D Santosh as the chef and Hussain Dalal as the steward impress with their earnest and sincere portrayal. Rest of the cast like Deepanita Sharma and Arunoday Singh are wasted. Akshay Akkineni as a debutant director on one hand shows a spark but on the other hand his direction looks extremely amateurish especially how he portrayed the twist. Cinematography by Jay Krishna Gumadi especially in the first half impresses. Pizza had the toppings to make a good horror cum thriller but weak screenplay base makes it soggy and tasteless.I will go with 2 stars….

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)


Super Star Salman Khan in the new Blockbuster releasing this Eid…Sajid Nadiadwala debuts as a Director with this film…..other star cast includes Jacqueline Fernandez , Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui….Await the Blockbuster

Kick Cast & Crew
Banner : Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment & Utv Motion Pictures
Director : Sajid Nadiadwala
Release Date : 25 Jul 2014
Star Cast : Salman Khan,Jacqueline Fernandez,Randeep Hooda,Nawazuddin Siddiqui,Mithun Chakraborty,Archana Puran Singh,Saurabh Shukla,Sanjay Mishra,Kavin Dave,Sumona Chakravarti,Nargis Fakhri

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Review Humty Sharma Ki Dulhania

Humty Sharma Ki Dulhania: Nothing New about this Dulhania

hskd2“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” is not only a movie for a lot of us, but it is an experience which I have re-visited God knows how many times, that I have lost count….

“Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” is a tribute to the cult classic “DDLJ”, and Shahshank Khaitan who debuts as a director with this movie tries to replicate the Raj & Simran magic with Humty & Kavya the two principle characters of this movie. But unfortunately the magic just does not happen.

Story & Screenplay written by Shahshank tries to replicate a lot of sequences from “DDLJ”, like the cool father of Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan) or the quintessential strict typical Punjabi dad of Ambala girl Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt). Kavya’s Father Mr Singh (Ashutosh Rana) fixes her marriage to his childhood friend’s son Angad (Sidharth Shukla). Kavya meets Humpty in Delhi, when she visits Delhi for her trousseau shopping or should I say lehenga and invariably falls in love with ever so imperfect Humpty Sharma. Humpty lands at her wedding celebrations in Ambala and confesses his love for Kavya to his father, well after which it is predictable and this is where the movie falters, there is nothing new. It has some moments especially the sequences with Humpty and his friends Shonty and Poplu or sequences when Kavya is pulling Humpty’s leg. But it clearly misses the real core of the story, it is the love angle. There are no sequences which really help to develop the chemistry of the lead pair.

It is the dialogues written by Shahshank himself which lifts the screenplay. The dialogues are funny, witty and catchy. The lingo is typical Delhi as per the setting.

The performance of the lead pair Varun and Alia is crackling, especially Alia’s, she is getting better with each movie. Varun as Humpty fits the bill and portrays his character well. Alia as Kavya overshadows all with her typical Punjabi girl act. Ashutosh Rana as Kavya’s father is good. But it is Humpty friends Shonty played by Gaurav Pandey and Poplu played by Sahil Vaidya who add the zing to the narration; both the actors have done a brilliant job. Sidharth Shukla is introduced in this movie but he has very less scope and as his character is not developed well, nevertheless his good boy act is pleasant but there is no histrionics which is displayed by the debutant.

Music which is the highlight of all Dharma Production movies, unfortunately is average in this movie, excluding the peppy “Saturday Saturday” and the romantic “Samjhavan” rendered beautifully by Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal and music by Sharib-Toshi ,are two of the best tracks, rest fails to impress.

The production design by Parichit Paralkar is realistic and it is complimented well with Neha Parti’s cinematography which is true to the setting and narration of the movie.

Shashank Khaitan’s direction shows a spark but it is the weak story & screenplay which fails him. Overall “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” is an average fair and worth one watch. So if you have nothing to do go for this movie, I will go with 3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Trailer Haider

Vishal Bharadwaj is back with his adaptation of William Shakespeare Hamlet ……..”HAIDER” based on the backdrop of Kashmir this drama has a impressive ensemble cast of Tabu, Shahid Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Ashish Vidyarthi & Irrfan Khan in a cameo……the first look is mighty impactful…..presented by UTV the movie releases on 2nd Oct’14….

Trailer Finding Fanny

Homi Adajania is back with his second English film after “Being Cyrus” and his third feature film after “Cocktail”, “FINDING FANNY” with a superb cast of Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah & Pankaj Kapoor. This is Deepika & Arjun’s first English movie….Releasing on 12th Sept’14… will also release in Hindi as well…the Trailer is funny and expect some crackling performances by the ensemble cast..

Trailer Daawat-e-Ishq

Parineeti Chopra is back with Aditya Roy Kapur in YRF’s “Dawat-E-Ishq”, they are paired for the first time…..Written & Directed by Habib Faisal….”Dawat-E-Ishq” is a love story with food as a back drop…Produced by Aditya Chopra the movie is releasing on 5th Sept’14….. the promo looks interesting….


TRIVIA….Did you know that the story of “KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI” was actually a combination of TWO stories written by Karan Johar for his debut…for details read below….

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Review Le Kar Hum Deewana Dil

Le Kar Hum Deewana Dil: An amateurish & pointless take on a Love….

Arif Ali brother of Imtiaz Ali debuts in this movie as a director and introduces the new pair of Armaan Jain (Grandson of Raj Kapoor ) and Deeksha Seth (Miss India Finalist)…..

Lekar Hum Diwana Dil ReviewArif who also is the writer of the movie is heavily influenced by his Brother Imtiaz Ali’s movies like “Socha Na Tha”, “Jab We Met” and even his recent “Highway”. So as you guessed it right the story is of a young couple Dinesh a.k.a Dinoo (Armaan Jain) and Karishma (Deeksha Seth) who are utterly confused whether they are in love or are just good friends , but they decide to elope as Karishma is forced to marry a groom from a Shetty family. They get married and travel half way through India from Goa to Nagpur to Raipur to the forest of Bastar after which they realize that they are not compatible and call it quits and return home. They apply for divorce so the remaining plot surrounds whether they separate or they come together.

The issue of the screenplay written by Arif Ali himself first is the length of 140 mins which was not required for a wafer thin plot, secondly the screenplay which just does not go anywhere. Till the end the lead pair looks confused and not sure and so does the audience. After the movie is over you feel confused whether the couple were really in love. The first half when they elope has some moments but in the second half it drags unnecessarily. Even when they elope there was no requirement of putting the Naxalite angle, other than for a song sequence which looks straight out of the 80’s & 90’s movie wherein there used to be a song in the villain’s den. Arif wanted to target this movie for the youth but unfortunately it does not have any elements which may lure the youth.

The lead pair of Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth does not impress at all, especially Armaan who has a heavy hangover of his Uncle Randhir Kapoor style of acting and his dialogue delivery & Diction needs to be polished. Deeksha Seth looks completely confused throughout the movie and looks like “Alice in Wonderland” not knowing what is happening. The rest of the ensemble cast of Kumud Mishra, Sudeep Sahir, Anita Kulkarni, Rohini Hattangadi, Varun Badola, Gautami Kapoor try to put some sense through their performances but all in vain as the writing is so weak that they could not salvage.

Arif Ali’s direction does not create any impact as his writing; he just fails to get the lead pair to act. Arif has concentrated more on the portraying the cool quotient like the lingo and the look of the movie but fails miserably to set the love story properly the first requisite in a love story, only if the look could make a movie work….

Well there are only two highlights of the movie which shines in this otherwise chaos is the cinematography by Laxman Utekar which captures right from the cool city life of Mumbai to the forests of Chattisgarh extremely well and beautifully. Second highlight is the music by A R Rahman, especially the peppy “Khalifa” and the ever so romantic “Allahada” which is written beautifully by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

“Le Kar Hum Deewana Dil” is pointless and does not make any sense as it misses the soul completely. I will go with 2 stars (An extra star for A R Rahman’s melodies)

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Movie Review Bobby Jasoos

Bobby Jasoos: A thriller without thrills

Vidya Balan strikes back as “Bobby Jasoos” wherein she plays an amateurish detective. But does it really create an impact???

In the beginning of the movie you get introduced to the world of Mughalpura in Hyderabad, the place where Bobby Jasoos stays and her struggle to become a famous detective and her immediate family of sisters and Khala’s. Life changes for her when a stranger Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar) gives her an assignment to find out a girl Nilofer in Mughalpura. Who is Anees Shaikh and why does he want to know about the girl….forms the rest of the plot.

Written by Samyukta Chawla Shaikh, the story and screenplay emphasizes not only on Bilkis Ahmed’s a.k.a Bobby Jasoos’s professional adventure but also her personal bobby jasoos movie reviewlife and somewhere in the story and screenplay that takes pretence and the movie looses completely on the aspect of edge of seat thriller which is expected from a detective movie. There are many characters introduced in the movie but many of them have no relevance to the main plot. The sequence which involves Bobby’s personal life is very well written. After an hour especially post interval is when the screenplay just falls flat and the not so impactful climax does not help either.

Debutant director Samar Shaikh tries his best to make the setting as realistic as possible and is successful as well, right from the dialect of all the characters to the settings, but where the movie falters is the absence of thrill which is expected from a movie based on a detective.

It is the superlative performances of the ensemble cast which lifts the movie. Vidya Balan as Bilkis Ahmed/ Bobby Jasoos does a good job. Ali Fazal as Tasawur is earnest in his portrayal but somewhere he gets overshadowed by the rest of the cast. Other cast like Arjan Bajwa, Supriya Pathak, Kiran Kumar, Aakash Dahiya, Rajendra Gupta, Benaf Dadachanji and Prasad Barve do a fantastic job rising above the writing. Tanvi Azmi and Zarina Wahab are excellent but are wasted in brief roles.

Another highlight of the movie is the Production Design and the Costumes. Production Design by Tariq Umar Khan is spot on and very realistic, the same goes for the costumes by Thei Tekchandaney & Sheetal Sharma which absolutely blends with the narration.

The third highlight is the Cinematography by Vishal Sinha which captures Hyderabad especially the locality of Charminar like a dream.

Shatanu Moitra’s music is average excluding one song “Arziyaan”..

After watching the movie I was confused whether I liked the movie or did not like it, so I came to the conclusion that it is a” Thriller without the Thrills” I will go with Two and a Half Stars, watch it for its performances…

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)


NOSTALGIA…”Dil Chahta Hai” a cult movie of 2001 which changed the face of Bollywood and how movies are made in Bollywood….see the Official Trailer of “Dil Chahta Hai

Trivia Of Dil Chahta Hai

TRIVIA….”Dil Chahta Hai” a cult movie which changed the way movies were made in Bollywood….it also consolidated Aamir Khan’s position in Indian Cinema…But did you know Aamir was not a part of the original cast of “DIL CHAHTA HAI“…..for more read below…


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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


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

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….

Movie Review Citylights

Citylights : Falls short from being a classic

Citylights re-unites the director actor duo Hansal Mehta & Rajkumar Rao after a superb “Shahid” which won each of them the National Award this year.CityLights

Citylights is an adaptation of 2013 Award winning movie “METRO MANILA” directed by Sean Elllis and Hansal Mehta does complete justice to the original. The story is credited to Sean Ellis the original writer of METRO MANILA; the adapted screenplay is by Ritesh Shah. Ritesh stays true to the original but adapts it to the Indian context of people from smaller towns who migrate to the city of dreams Mumbai expecting to make a better living. Just a piece of advice if you are looking at an entertaining movie then this is definitely not the right choice.

Citylights is the story of Deepak (Rajkumar Rao) and Rakhee (Patralekha) who come to Mumbai from Rajasthan to make a better living but become victim of the shrewd reality of city life. The story by Sean Ellis captures the pathos of a small town guy well in his story and Ritesh’s screenplay captures the nuances well. At times the movie’s pace becomes sluggish especially during song sequences which was unnecessary. Some of the sequences are very well written albeit I felt the climax was a bit hurried and could have been presented well.

It is the performances which make the movie memorable. Rajkumar Rao gives another brilliant performance. His portrayal of Deepak Singh is so realistic that you wonder whether he is really acting. The Dialect to the body language is all up to the mark. Another superb performance is of Manav Kaul who plays Vishnu a friend of Deepak with ulterior motives. After “Kai Po Che” Manav again shows his caliber, this is an actor to look forward to. Sadia Siddique as Vishnu’s wife is good albeit her role is small. Patralekha as Rakhee does show a spark but gets overshadowed by Rajkumar and Manav.

Production Design by Rajat Poddar is realistic. Editing by Apoorva Asrani could have been sharp. Jeet Ganguli’s music is good but does not gel with the narration rather it hampers the pace.

Hansal Mehta’s forte is to get the human emotions bang on and he succeeds in this movie as well but fails a bit in giving it a Thriller edge and finesse in the narration which was the highlight in the original METRO MANILA. I will go with THREE AND A HALF STARS…