Ki and Ka: Movie Review

Ki & Ka: Has the Spice but still remains bland…

Ki_and_Ka_Movie_ReviewBeing different is R Balki’s forte, and “Ki & Ka” is no different. It tells us of role reversal of genders in Indian Society. Abroad house husbands are quite common, but not in India, hence a movie on house husband is a novel idea for India….

R Balki tells us the story of Kia and Kabir. Kia (Kareena Kapoor) is a high flying marketing manager who meets Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) son of a reputed builder, in a flight and subsequently they fall in love and get married..But they were a different couple, where Kabir took the responsibility of taking care of the household chores and Kia took the responsibility of being the bread earner. The movie chronicles whether the love of Kia (Ki) and Kabir (Ka) remain intact in a role reversal of sorts in a society where a “Man” is supposed to be the bread earner and the “Woman” to be the support for the “Man”…

Story & Screenplay by R Balki has a new age feel, and depicts the characters accordingly whether it is Kia’s character of a high flying corporate executive who is ambitious and a go getter or Kabir who is today’s youth who does not have any qualms of adapting to the responsibilities of a house maker or Kia’s mothers character a modern day woman who is comfortable of his daughter being an ambitious go getter and her son-in-law being the house maker. Though the characters are extremely well etched but where the writing fails is its screenplay, Balki fails to create an interesting premise for these extremely strong characters. The screenplay is flat throughout the movie not peaking even once. Rather the screenplay looks like a collaborations of incidents in the couple’s life and their tiffs which does not add any meat to the screenplay. There is not a single scene which stands out from cinematic stand point. Overall the screenplay pulls down the film, and the concept loses its inherent novelty….

It is the dialogue which tries pull up the screenplay a bit through its witty and extremely realistic lingo. The dialogues are believable and blend well with the modern theme…especially all the dialogues pertaining to gender equality and relationship sound extremely natural and realistic, something which today’s viewers would connect to…

The biggest highlight of the movie is its crackling performances by the ensemble cast. Starting with Kareena Kapoor who plays the ever ambitious Kia, well it is good to see a remarkable performance from her after a long time. Kareena again proves her mettle with her portrayal of Kia; she keeps the complexity of the character subtle which brings the freshness in her performance. Arjun Kapoor as Kabir is the scene stellar; his portrayal is effortless and makes the character endearing and lovable through his performance. Arjun shows that he can portray a sensitive character even with his rugged look. But one thing that stands out is the apt chemistry of Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, I just hope that someone should repeat the pair in a matured love story. It was a delight to see Swaroop Sampat after a long hiatus, and mind you she does not disappoint at all, rather she adds the panache to the movie. Swaroop Sampat’s performance is effortless and brings the necessary balance between the two principal characters beautifully; I hope film makers should cast her more often now. Rajit Kapoor as the Kabir’s businessman father has a small role but he shines with his portrayal of high handed businessman who disapproves his son’s approach to life. The cameo by Amitabh Bachchan & Jaya Bachchan is the biggest highlight of the movie, the banter between Jaya and Amitabh was cute, especially Amitabh’s sulking act won our hearts over. Rest of the support cast does not disappoint as well…

P C Sreeram yet again gives us brilliant cinematic visuals through his excellent camera work. Though with this movie which was shot substantially indoors the cinematographer had absolutely no scope to show his talent, but not with P C, he captures the love and chemistry with absolute élan…

Production Design by Rupin Suchak is innovative, especially the flat of the couple which looks like a railway station….something different from the usual home settings….

Music has never been a strong point in Balki’s movies, so is “Ki & Ka”…. Other than “High Heels” which is the revamped version of Yo Yo Honey Singh’s runaway hit and to some extent “Ji Hazoori” by Mithoon, other tracks are easily forgettable…

Just having a good concept does not suffice for a Good movie but it needs to be backed by a equally brilliant writing which unfortunately is the biggest flaw in R Balki’s screenplay, which is flat throughout the movie…But where Balki scores his getting some brilliant performances from the lead pair and other cast, something which he has been doing brilliantly in his previous movies as well. But Balki’s writing which was brilliant in “Cheeni Kum” and “Paa” was unfortunately seen missing in “Shamitabh” and in “Ki & Ka”, but knowing Balki we are sure he will bounce back with an excellent story again… till then give me “Paa” or “Cheeni Kum” anyday….

For its novel idea and brilliant performances I will give “Ki & Ka”….3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

 

Movie Review : Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do: Redefining the Indian Family

Family entertainers in Bollywood reminds you of two names Rajshri Productions and Sooraj Barjatya, where the large family sings, dances, laughs and cries together with their “Sanskar” intact.

Zoya Akhtar’s “Dil Dhadakne Do” redefines the Indian family or should I say the Indian High Society family. Portraying the Mehra’s, Zoya dissects the hypocrisy, the fakeness and the make believe world the so called high society families live in.

First_Look_Poster_of_Dil_Dhadakne_DoDDD is primarily a story of the Mehra family, a rich Punjabi family from Delhi which is headed by Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) the father, Neelam Mehra (Shefali Shah) the mother, Ayesha Mehra/Sanga (Priyanka Chopra) the daughterand Kabir Mehra (Ranveer Singh) the youngest son and heir to the Mehra Empire, not to forget the cute Pluto Mehra (Aamir Khan’s voice) the dog, who is the narrator as well.

So the plot unravels in the luxury cruise where the Mehra’s are celebrating 30 years of Kamal & Neelam Mehra’s, Wedding Anniversary with their friends, or should I say so called friends. How the skeletons of the Mehra family comes out of the closet, the so called business deals in the name of family ties, the bitchiness of the high society crème del a crème wives and the merry go round of relationships constituents the premise of DDD.

Story & Screenplay written by Zoya Akhtar & Reema Kagti emphasizes the relations and their complexities, how we fake in front of the world and how an Image in the society is more important than the feelings and relationship. But the biggest flaw of the movie is its pace. In an attempt to make it realistic somewhere the writers compromised on the pace. Another issue with the script was that it focused on too many issues of the heart and the end result was that none of the issues made any impact. But some sequences are so impactful that it remains with us long after the movie is over like the confrontation scene of Sunny and Manav, the pre climax hospital scene between Kabir and Neelam and all the sequences when Pluto is narrating the story. The one relationship which becomes the highlight of DDD is the relationship of the sibling Ayesha & Kabir, all their sequences do not have too many dialogues but their expressions said it all. The principal characters of Kamal, Neelam, Ayesha and Kabir are very well written, especially Kabir’s character which starts being a not so confident guy to a guy who comes on his own, the transition is shown beautifully. The screen time of 170 mins is another flaw, which could have been edited at least by 30 mins. The biggest flaw was the climax which according to me was NOT well defined and concluded.

The dialogues written by Farhan Akhtar is witty and yet impactful. Javed Akhtar’s dialogue of Pluto gives that necessary impact which was required.

The best USP of the movie are the performances, starting with Anil Kapoor who plays Kamal Mehra, his portrayal as the dominating, egoistic control freak yet weak and vulnerable when alone, is spot on and Anil yet again proves his mettle as a performer. Ayesha played by Priyanka Chopra was the most difficult role of the movie, a strong headed individual yet being loyal to her parents was not an easy portrayal, but Priyanka does it brilliantly and convincingly. Ranveer Singh’s portrayal of Kabir is the highlight of the movie, his portrayal goes through various layers and Ranveer portrays it seamlessly. Rather for the first time Ranveer’s scenes wherein he does not have any dialogues yet he creates an impact with his expression, I think this is Ranveer’s second best portrayal after “Band Bajaa Baraat” . I have to mention Pluto the dog, he was so cute that he remains in with you even when the movie gets over, and Aamir Khan’s voice over enhances the impact. Shefali Shah as Neelam Mehra gives the most restrained performance and it works wonders and makes her stand out in the ensemble cast, I must say Shefali is the most under rated and under used actress of Bollywood. Anushka Sharma as Farah Ali is wasted and her character is not only brief but does not add too much, she is decent in whatever she is given but does not create any impact. Farhan Akhtar as Sunny is a guest appearance role, but every sequences he over shadows the rest in the frame, Farhan’s aura is impeccable and I think one of the best guest appearance role in recent time. Rest of the cast comprising of Divya Seth, Manoj Pahwa, Parmeet Sethi, Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, newcomer Ridhima Sud, Vikram Massey, Ayesha Raza, Vandana Sajnani, Dolly Matoo everybody did an excellent job and enhanced the overall impact of the movie.

Carlos Catalan’s cinematography remains the highlight of DDD as it was for Zoya’s previous movies “Luck By Chance” & “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, all sequences across India, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and Tunisia has been captured beautifully and takes the movie a few notches higher.

Costume design by Arjun Bhasin, as usual is classy yet understated and apt for each character. Neil Patel’s Production design captures the mood of the movie well. The editing by Anand Subaya and Manan Mehta was the weakest; I think the editing could have been crisp.

Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is not that great excluding the title song and Galla Goodiyan song which has been picturised by Bosco-Ceaser well, the other song which has been well choreographed is “Girls can Swing”.

Zoya Akhtar scores high on performances that she has extracted from the ensemble cast but unfortunately fails in creating a cohesive screenplay and fails miserably in concluding the movie. I would say DDD is Zoya’s weakest film till date.

I would say a huge opportunity lost with such a crackling star cast if the screenplay would have been good then it would have a classic for sure….I will go with 3 stars (One additional star for the performances)…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

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Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Kangana’s show all the way…

tanu-fullsize-story_032315071434Some movies go beyond their expectations due the brilliant performances by the cast, ”Tanu Weds Manu returns” is one such movie wherein the performances not only camouflages the overall flaws but raises the standard of the movie.

Himanshu Sharma’s story of “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” starts four year hence Tanu & Manu’s marriage when domestic problems crop up and they decide to part ways, the story takes a turn when Manu (Madhavan) meets Tanu’s look alike Kusum a.k.a Datto (Kangana Ranaut) and decides to marry her, do Tanu & Manu sort out their differences and re-unite or they part ways forms the crux of the story.

Himanshu Sharma keeps the spirit intact in the sequel as well which was the USP of the first part. The screenplay and story explores the couple’s life after marriage. The screenplay is quite fast and engaging other than a few sequences like Komal’s kidnapping which has no relevance to the main story line. Second half the pace becomes a bit slow due to too many songs. Himanshu scores high in conceptualizing and writing the character of Datto which becomes the major highlight as well as the USP of the movie. Rest of the characters is repeated from the sequel. The love story between Manu & Datto is captured with sensitivity and innocence. Himanshu showcases two type of outlook towards women in our society, one that of Tanu’s family who though being from a small town are open minded towards their daughter, and on other side Datto’s family who though Datto being a successful athlete are orthodox of her choice of life partner.

It is the dialogues which is the biggest highlight of the movie. It is in sync with the flavor of a small town and it is witty and gives you the laughs and makes the movie engaging. Rather the dialogues by Himanshu kind of overcome the flaws of the screenplay.

Performance wise the movie scores the highest and the shining star is Kangana’s portrayal of both Tanu and Kusum a.k.a Datto, her portrayal of Tanu as the bohemian free spirited is an extension from the first part but it the portrayal of Datto, the Haryanvi athlete from Delhi University steals your heart. Kangana’s body language to her get up to her dialect of Datto everything is so spot on that you sometimes feel that it is being portrayed by a different actor, another award winning performance by Kangana. Madhavan as Manu underplays himself and acts mostly by his eyes, which was the most endearing part. Deepak Dobriyal out did himself with this movie as Pappi, though in the first part he does show the spark but in the sequel he excels so much that he overshadows other actors in the frame at times, definitely an excellent portrayal. Jimmy Shergill as Raja Bhaiya again gives a restrained performance; he is one actor who has been underutilized by Bollywood. Rajesh Sharma as Datto’s brother has a brief and gives an impactful performance. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Chintu shines in his brief undefined role. Rest of the cast consisting of Swara Bhaskar, Ejaz Khan, Rajendra Gupta, Navni Parihar, K K Raina, Dipti Mishra do a brilliant job…

Music which was the highlight of the prequel, does not disappoint us in the sequel as well, the highlight being “Banno” by the newbie Tanisk & Vayu and “Ghani Bawri” sung by Jyoti Nooran and the “Old School Girl” rendered by Kalpana Gandharv brings a smile to your face.

Anand L Rai has been successful in keeping the basic ethos of the movie and extracting out some of the best performances by the cast, especially by Kangana Ranaut. Anand’s major highlight has been capturing the stories from small towns and characters as well which connects with the viewers well, and he does not disappoint us with “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”…
A MUST watch… I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

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Synopsis of Bollywood Movies This Weekend : 12th Sept’ 14

Finding Fanny

Creature 3D

Finding Fanny Creature 3D
“Finding Fanny” is director Homi Adajania’s next and looking at the promos it feels that Homi is back to his form of “Being Cyrus” mould. The movie has an impressive ensemble cast of Nasseruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor.

The story revolves around five dysfunctional characters of Fredie, Rosie, Don Pedro, Angie and Savio who take a road trip to find Fredie’s love Stefanie Fernandes whom Fredie had confessed his love 46 years ago through a letter which never reached Stefanie.

The movie is being produced by Dinesh Vijan and presented by Fox Star Studios. Performances by the principal cast would be the sole highlight of the movie. The movie is a bilingual in English and Hindi and releases tomorrow 12th Sept’14.

“Creature” is a monster sci-fi thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt staring Bipasha Basu, Pakistani actor Imran Abbas Naqvi & Mukul Dev as the principal cast.

The story happens when Ahana decides to buy a property in a secluded hill and converts it into a hotel, problem starts when the guests gets attacked by a mysterious creature and are killed. Ahana decides to fight the evil.

Presented by T-Series and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Kishan Kumar the movie has music by Mithoon and Tony Kakkar. In accentuate the horror quotient the movie is being presented in 3D.

It looks like a quintessential Vikram Bhatt horror movie which he has mastered all these years, and Bipasha seems to have a meaty role after a not so important role in “Humshakals”. The main focus would be on the VFX as well. Let us see whether this movie would be the India’s answer to “Predator”. The movie release tomorrow 12th Sept’14.