Movie Review: Jolly LLB 2

Jolly LLB 2: Right Mix of Realistic & Commercial Cinema

“Jolly LLB” released in 2013, set a trend for court room drama genre. Based on the real life incident of hit and run, the movie was a commercial and critical success.

“Jolly LLB 2” is a sequel of the same, but with an absolutely new story of police fake encounters which are rampant nowadays. The story shifts to Lucknow for the sequel, and tells the story of yet another lawyer Jagdishwar Prasad Mishra a.k.a Jolly (Akshay Kumar) who though a LLB, but works as a Man Friday for the renowned lawyer Rizvi (Ram Gopal Bajaj), doing odd jobs for him. In course of things Jolly comes across Hina (Sayani Gupta) who is struggling to get a lawyer for her husband’s fake encounter case and she wants Rizvi to fight the same. Jolly gives false promises to convince Rizvi to fight her case and takes money from her. On knowing that she has been duped by Jolly, Hina commits suicide. All hell breaks loose on Jolly, whether he redeems himself as a lawyer and a human being is what the rest of the movie is all about.

Written by the director Subhash Kapoor himself, the story is engaging and the screenplay fast paced. Subhash definitely has studied the law practice very closely, as he gets the nuances of law and its practice absolutely bang on. One the biggest plus for the script are its well defined characters. Each character no matter how small it is has been included for a reason. Another plus is the pace of the movie; it does not have any dull moment and keeps you glued on till the end with twist and turns thrown in to pep up the narration. What Subhash gets absolutely right from his writing is the emotional quotient, it is neither too overpowering with melodrama, neither it is too subtle for a commercial movie; the balance is absolutely in right proportion. The script has the right mix of realistic and commercial cinema. Though I thought the movie could have been concluded with more finesse, as there are a few loose ends which are not addressed. Another dampener is the songs which slows the pace a bit. The dialogues also are apt as per the narration.

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With a good script it is absolutely essential to compliment it with strong performances, and “Jolly LLB 2” does not disappoint, rather it fares with flying colours. Akshay Kumar who played Jagdishwar Prasad Mishra, gets his act bang on from the first frame, his dialect his body language suits the character to the T. Akshay Kumar yet again proves that as an actor he has grown tremendously and his endeavour for doing good impactful roles has paid off. Annu Kapoor as lawyer Sachin Kantilal Mathur, gives a crackling and memorable performance. I would request Annu Kapoor to do more movies so that we can see the glimpse of his brilliance. Saurabh Shukla reprises his role from the prequel as Justice Sunderlal Tripathi, and yet again gives an impactful performance justifying his National Award for the prequel. Another performance which stands out though being a small role is of Sayani Gupta’s portrayal of Hina Siddiqui, her portrayal consolidates the narration and her presence is felt even when her role is over. Kumud Mishra who plays the cunning and shrewd Inspector Suryaveer Singh, does justice to his character of an antagonist. Huma Qureshi as Pushpa, Jolly’s wife does well, though her character does not create any impact on the narration. Rest of the cast comprising of Vinod Nagpal, Vishwa Mohan Badola, Manav Kaul, Ram Gopal Bajaj, Sanjay Mishra, Gurpal Singh and Brijendra Kala do an excellent job.

Subhash Kapoor proves that the success of “Jolly LLB” was not a fluke and that content is the king. Subhash not does an exemplary job as a writer but also as a director for extracting some brilliant performances from the cast. Though “Jolly LLB 2” may not be a movie with technical finesse, but overall Subhash has a winner, which will impress the classes and the masses alike.

Music of “Jolly LLB 2” is nothing to write home about. Editing by Chandrashekhar Prajapati needs a special mention, as his razor sharp editing keeps the pace in check, though the songs could have been edited. Production design by Gautam Sen, keeps the aesthetics as realistic as possible, especially the court room set.

“Jolly LLB 2” pulls the right strings and eventually entertains as well as addresses some stark realities with ease… I will go with FOUR stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Official Trailer: Jolly LLB 2

Jolly LLB was a surprise hit of 2013, which told the story of a not so successful lawyer Jagdish Tyagi (Arshad Warsi) who fights his biggest case against a renowned lawyer Tejiner Rajpal (Boman Irani) and wins. Loosely based on Sanjeev Nanda hit and run case the movie was critically and box office success. It fetched National Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Best Supporting Actor to Saurabh Shukla for the role of the judge….

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Subhash Kapoor the director takes the journey forward in the sequel “Jolly LLB 2” which again emphasizes on the legal system prevalent in India through another not so successful lawyer Jagdishwar Mishra essayed by Akshay Kumar. Saurabh Shukla again reprises his award winning role of Justice Sunderlal Tripathi yet again for this movie. The rival advocate is being played by Anu Kapoor. The rest of the cast comprises of Huma Qureshi, Sayani Gupta, Elli Avram, Manav Kaul & Kumud Mishra. Arshad Warsi again reprises the role of Jagdish Tyagi in a cameo…

Written by Subhash Kapoor the story in kept under wraps and not much has been revealed…

Music has been composed by a fleet of Music Directors like Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt, Komail Shayan & Vishal Khurana.. Cinematography is of Kamal Jeet Negi….

“Jolly LLB 2” is produced by Fox Star Studios and releases on 10th February 2017…

The official trailer almost looks like a rehash of the prequel, but can Akshay Kumar give a impactful performance and whether it becomes a success as its prequel,  is what needs to be seen…till then enjoy the Official Trailer…

Movie Review : Dishoom

Dishoom: An Extremely Average Punch with No Impact

Rohit Dhawan came up with a decent fair with “Desi Boyz” in 2011 wherein he explored the world of Gigolos, but with “Dishoom” Rohit explores the thriller genre…

“Dishoom” is primarily set in Middle East where an Indian cricketer Viraj Sharma (Saqib Saleem) is abducted 36 hours before the final between India & Pakistan. The Indian Govt sends a Special Task Force official KabirShergill (John Abraham) for the mission of getting back Viraj. Kabir teams up with aDishoom Review rookie inspector Junaid (Varun Dhawan) from the police department in Middle East and starts his hunt for the cricketer. Whether Kabir successfully finds out Viraj Sharma is what the story all about…

Story & Screenplay written by Rohit Dhawan himself and Tushar Hiranandani takes a predictable path for a thriller. The suspense is revealed too soon in the movie and the nuances of a thriller just evaporates. There are too many unwanted characters who do not have any relevance to the actual story like the character of Khabri Chachu or Akshay Kumar’s cameo as Sameer Gazi or Nargis Fakhri’s cameo as Samaira. Both the writers fail to give an edge of the seat thriller which was possible looking at the concept. Unnecessary comic sequences marred the overall impact of the story, like the track where Satish Kaushik’s voice speaks to Junaid telling him that they did not like his photo in the matrimonial site, this is repeated many times and it hardly looks funny. Junaid’s character looks a replica of Varun Dhawan’s character in “Main Tera Hero”. There is nothing new in the writing and you feel that the writers are in the 80’s zone wherein the heroine used to dance at the villain’s den. The main antagonist Wagah (Akshay Khanna) looks meek and there is no element of fear in his character, and if the character of the antagonist is weak in a thriller then the movie falls flat and that is exactly what happens with “Dishoom”….

Even the dialogues written by Hussain Dalal does not help, the dialogues especially the comic once sound too forced and hardly make you laugh…

Performances by the ensemble cast does not create any impact whatsoever… John Abraham as Kabir Shergill again repeats his macho act with a frown all throughout the movie, so if you have seen Welcome 2 &Rocky Handsome then you have seen John’s performance in “Dishoom”, and it is absolutely not up to the mark. John has the same expression throughout the movie and you feel that John really needs a crash course in acting. Same goes with Varun Dhawan who has been stuck to his “Main Tera Hero” demeanor in all his films except “Badlapur”, so Varun does not offer anything new in this movie which we have not seen in his earlier films. It is high time for Varun to stop imitating Govinda because he ends up hamming instead of entertaining, and his act gets on to your nerves after sometime. Jacqueline Fernandez repeats her glamour act yet again and ends up being a show piece in the movie. Akshay Khanna is back with his mean act of Wagah in “Dishoom” and fails in his portrayal of an antagonist. He ends up being more of mockery than the dreaded villain, well blame is half on the writing and half on Akshay who failed to get the act right. Saqib Saleem as Viraj Sharma the cricketer in the only one who impresses a bit. The cameos of Akshay Kumar & Nargis Fakhri are a waste….

Rohit Dhawan instead of going a step forward with is second film has slipped. The movie has a very amateurish feel overall and as a viewer you feel that the director has no control on the proceedings. Rohit completely fails as a director whether it is in the writing department or acting department or music department…he was confused whether he should make an action comedy or a taut thriller… and he ends up making a mish mash of the two genres. Overall a very average effort from Rohit Dhawan…
There are only two aspects wherein “Dishoom” redeems itself, first being the cinematography by Ayananka Bose which captures each frame whether it is the city life of Middle East or the sand dunes with perfection, and second being action direction Allan Amin, the bike chase the helicopter chase all has been perfectly shot and are of international standards…

Music by Pritam yet again disappoints, would love to have our old Pritam back…

Overall “Dishoom” is an extremely average fair and fails to connect…I will go with TWO stars….

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Movie Review: Airlift

Airlift: A story of courage said with perfection

Movie Review of Airlift

Movie Review of Airlift

We always complain about the conditions of our country taking the facilities given to us for granted, well “Airlift” shows us whatever our country has given us should be cherished.

“Airlift” is based on the real life events wherein a Kuwait based Indian businessman with the help of the Indian Government took the responsibility of getting back 1,70,000 Indians from Kuwait when Sadam Hussain invaded Kuwait. It tells the story of Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar) a successful businessman in Kuwait who takes the onus of 1,70,000 Indians stranded in Kuwait to send them back to India, and with the help of the Indian Government succeeds in getting back 1,70,000 Indians from Kuwait….

Written by Raja Krishna Menon, Ritesh Shah, Suresh Nair & Rahul Nangia the screenplay chronicles the events which led to the rescue of the Indians stranded in Kuwait. The writers have been successful in re-creating the events but the biggest plus about the writing is its characterization; each character is written and conceived well. Though there could have been more tension depicted during the attack which is a bit of a downer, the other thing which could have better is the climax, it could have been a bit more nail biting. But otherwise overall the writing does complete justice to the events, especially when the flag is hoisted in the Jordan Airport at the climax, your heart will fill up with emotion….

But the biggest highlight of the movie is its performances. Akshay Kumar’s act as Ranjit Katiyal a shrewd businessman who decides to stand by for his fellow Indians is the best performance of the movie. After “Baby” Akshay yet again proves with his performance in “Airlift” that he is not an actor who can be ignored. With every movie Akshay is raising his bar as an actor showing his versatility. Nimrat Kaur as Amrita Katyal, Ranjit’s better half gives a power packed performance; her whole transformation from a snooty rich house wife to a woman who stands for his man in his endeavour is natural and believable. Nimrat’s performance compliments Akshay’s portrayal, and both look good as a pair, I hope more film makers cast them again. Innamul Haq as the Iraqi major gives a memorable performance, his dialect to his body language everything is perfect to the “T”, definitely an actor to watch out for in future. Prakash Belawadi as George the grumpy old man yet again gives a stellar performance after “Talvar”; he convincingly portrays the irritating character. Purab Kohli also shines in small role of Ibrahim, most of his performance is through his eyes, another actor who has been royally ignored by the industry though he has the talent. Another brilliant actor Kumud Mishra as the External Affairs Joint Secretary Sanjeev Kohli does an exemplary job, yet another actor who has been ignored for long. Rest of the ensemble cast of Nissar Khan, Ninad Kamat, Surender Pal, Kaizaad Kotwal do an excellent job, thus raising the standard of the movie.

Priya Seth’s cinematography complements the narration and brings that extra edge to the proceedings….

Director Raja Krishna Menon after relatively smaller movies like “Bas Yun Hi” & “Bara Anna” comes to his fore with “Airlift”. It is not an easy task to adapt a real life event, but Raja does it with complete conviction and succeeds as well, especially in extracting the performances from the actors. Thanks to Raja that a lot of good actors got a chance to showcase their talent in this movie. Well Raja Krishna Menon is definitely a director to watch out for…

Though Music does not play too much of part in “Airlift” but one song which needs a mention is the song “Tu Bhoola Jise” sung beautifully by KK and music by Amaal Mallik and the romantic “Soch Na Sake” sung by Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar and Amaal Mallik and music by Amaal Mallik…

“Airlift” tells the inspiring story of courage with panache, definitely a MUST watch, I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Movie Review: Singh Is Bliing

Singh Is Bliing: Nothing so Blingy, But Akshay Shines

Singh-is-Bliing-PosterAkshay Kumar just like Govinda in the 90’s has created a niche in his kind of comedy and “Singh Is Bling” is a step forward to the same.

Prabhu Deva & Akshay Kumar combo in their last outing “Rowdy Rathore” (2012) was a huge hit. This time Prabhu Deva takes the flavour of “Singh Is King” of an innocent Sardar, Raftaar Singh and mixes it with his kind of masala and presents “Singh Is Bling”. The premise primarily tells us the story of a good hearted but good for nothing Raftaar Singh (Akshay Kumar) who is sent to Goa by his father to work at his friend’s casino. Things change for him when he is given the task of taking care of Sarah (Amy Jackson), daughter of a don Rana (Kunal Kapoor) who comes to Goa from Romania in search of her mother. The comedy of errors which entails constitutes the rest of the movie….

Story & Screenplay by Shiraz Ahmed is like a series of events interwoven into a script, with lack of consistency and cohesiveness. Though the comic sequences does give you enough laughs and keeps you entertained. The first half is breezy and keeps you entertained; it is the second half when the script starts to slip when unnecessary characters are introduced and little bit of emotions is thrust on us. The emotional sequence fails to connect. Some of the sequences are put with no relevance to the overall story like Emily’s sleep walking sequence takes up screen time for no rhyme or reason, or the Punjab sequence when Raftaar takes Sarah to his home, which is stretched with unnecessary song sequence. The climax is a bit over the top what with a single man fighting with dozen men, too farfetched to be true. But overall Shiraz tries to keep the entertainment quotient intact and is successful partially.

It is Chintan Gandhi’s dialogues which are like the cherry on the cake, which complements the screenplay which is essential for a comic caper. Rather it is the dialogues which make a few mundane sequences in different light, especially the sequences when Emily is translating the English to Hindi for Raftaar Singh….

Akshay Kumar is the star of “Singh Is Bliing” and his portrayal of Raftaar Singh, is the reason to watch the movie, it is funny, it is witty and full of paisa vassol entertainment. Akshay again proves that amongst his contemporaries he is the best in comic timings. He yet again proves his verstatlity, whether it is the undercover agent in “Baby”, or an emotional man in “Brothers” or the crusader in “Gabbar Is Back”, or a naive Sardar in “Singh Is Bliing”, he is impressive in each and every role that he has done, kudos to Akshay Kumar for choosing such versatile roles and doing justice to them. Another good performance is by Lara Dutta as Emily the geeky translator; she yet again proves her penchant for comic timings and does an excellent job. Amy Jackson as Sarah has nothing much to do in histrionics department, she just looks good and does some amazing stunts, which is all that she does. Rati Agnihotri as Raftaar Singh’s mother does her bit well. Arfi Lamba & Anil Mange as Raftaar Singh’s friends is very good and they compliment Akshay’s act. Yograj Singh as Raftaar Singh’s father is very good and does complete justice. Kunal Kapoor who appears in Bollywood after a long hiatus as Sarah’s father is impressive but sounds too much like his grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor. Kay Kay Menon as Mark hams unnecessarily all throughout the movie and is one of the worst performances of movie. Rest of the cast like Murli Sharma & Pradeep Rawat do a good job…Overall it is the performance of the ensemble cast which makes the movie a worth watch…

Dudley’s cinematography captures Punjab, Goa and Romania beautifully and gives that glamour quotient to the movie.

Music is another highlight of the movie, but Sneha Khanwalkar’s “Tung Tung Baje” which has the feel of Punjab throughout the song and “Aaja Mahi” the love song by Manj Musik are the best tracks of the movie….

Prabhu Deva breaks his mould of south Indian masala Bollywood movie maker and tries it differently with a bit of more northern touch and it works to some extent, but it is Akshay Kumar who shines through and makes the movie his own with his sheer enthusiasm and dedication….I will go with 3 stars (One additional star for Akshay Kumar)

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Movie Review: Brothers

Brothers: Emotion & Blood Gore both over the top

Remakes have been a part of Bollywood history since long, rather now it is more of Official remakes. “Brothers” isBrothers Posters one such remake of 2013 Hollywood movie “Warrior”.

“Brothers” is a tale of two half brothers David Fernandes(Akshay Kumar) and Monty Fernandes(Sidharth Malhotra)who due to circumstances get separated only to come face to face as rivals in a Boxing competition.

With the original story of “Warrior” written by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman, and adapted screenplay by Ekta Pathak Malhotra “Brothers” is dipped in emotions, especially in the first half when it tells the story of the two brothers David & Monty and their equation with their father Gary Fernandes (Jackie Shroff). Rather the first half is so much soaked in over the top emotion that you start feeling quite uncomfortable 30 minutes into the movie. In the name of emotions all the characters are shown either crying, yelling and shouting (call it emotional outburst) or breaking things which gets on to your nerves after a certain point. Each and every character is one dimensional whether it is the brothers or their father or David’s wife Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandes) without any depth or variation neither in their expression nor in their overall impact. The second half is completely dedicated to the boxing matches which looks quite amateurish and with two extremely irritating commentators leading us to a very predictable climax. The only item song is placed in the most inappropriate of situation. Overall “Brothers” is a very poor adaptation of “Warrior”, which neither impresses as an emotional movie or a sports movie.

Dialogues by Sidharth & Garima are quite clichéd and you feel you are watching a movie from the 80’s, rather in the emotional sequences the dialogues do not create any impact making it fall flat on the face. Especially the dialogues of the two commentators are the most irritable.

Akshay Kumar’s honest and earnest portrayal of David Fernandes is the only saving grace of the movie performance wise. He portrays the Physics teacher turned fighter with gusto and also looks fit and agile like a boxer. Sidharth Malhotra as Monty Fernandes has the same expression all throughout the movie and tries very hard to portray the angry young man act but fails miserably, rather his good looks acts detrimental for the role of the rugged Monty, though credit should be given for the training that he went through to portray the character which shows as well. Even Sidharth’s dialect looks forced. Jackie Shroff’s performance as Gary Fernandes, the estranged father borders between over acting and hamming, in some sequences he is so over the top that you cannot even hear his dialogues properly. Jacqueline Fernandes as Jenny has very little to do other than being moist eyed in every scene of hers. Shefali Shah as Maria, the mother gives us a crackling performance in a cameo. Ashutosh Rana as Pasha is wasted in a not so well written role. Kiran Kumar as Briganza, the businessman is again wasted in a inconsequential role. Kulbhushan Kharbanda in a cameo as the school principle was earnest. The two commentators Raj Zutshi & Kavi Shastri are the most irritating of the lot, rather they looked like a caricature. Rest of the cast does not create any impact.

Hemant Chaturvedi’s cinematography is gritty as per the requisite of the story.

Ajay-Atul’s music is very weak, excluding the item song “Mera Naam Mary”, rest of all the songs below par. Ganesh Acharya’s choreography of “Mera Naam Mary” is extremely cheap and I wonder what prompted Kareena Kapoor to do the song. This is by far the cheapest song that Kareena has done.

Karan Malhotra’s direction is extremely over the top whether it is the emotional sequences or the fight sequences which is outright gory in the name of boxing. The only emotion which is displayed is the emotion of hatred all throughout the movie.
It is Akshay Kumar and his portrayal which makes the movie watchable. Rather the whole movie is rested on Akshay Kumar’s broad shoulders.

I will go with 2 stars…

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Movie Review: Gabbar Is Back

Gabbar Is Back: Old Bottle New Wine

Gabbar PosterWell as the name suggests “Gabbar Is Back” is your quintessential Bollywood action pot boiler albeit with a slight freshness in the presentation.

After the critically acclaimed “Baby”, Akshay Kumar is back playing what he is best at, an action hero who punches the goons, does somersaults and kicks in flying motion, in short our own Bollywood masala hero.

“Gabbar Is Back” is the remake of 2002 tamil hit “Ramanna” Directed & Written by A R Murugadoss. A R Murugadoss’s story does not have any new plot to offer, what with our lead Aditya (Akshay Kumar) plays soft hearted crusader who fights against corruption and punishes corrupt Govt. official with a pseudo name “Gabbar”.

The story & screenplay is extremely predictable, but there has been an effort with additional screenplay by Rajat Arora to make the screenplay more contemporary and to add flavor of Bollywood. A few sequences like hospital sequence or the initial kidnapping sequences makes the movie impactful in the first half but the freshness and nuance factor fades away in the second half. More cardboard characters are introduced including the arch typical villain Digvijay Patil (Suman Talwar). Especially the climax becomes too preachy.

Dialogues by Rajat Arora have nothing new to offer and sounds too pompous and extremely over the top.
It is the performance of Akshay Kumar as Aditya a.k.a “Gabbar” which binds the movie. Akshay is extremely comfortable playing the character and looks at ease which adds to the overall impact of the character. Shruti Hasan has a very brief role of a typical chirpy girl which she tries hard to make it look convincing and is successful to some extent. Suman Talwar as Digvijay Patil plays the arch typical villain with flaring nostrils and angry face, in nut shell nothing new. Jaideep Ahlawat as the CBI inspector Kuldeep Pahwa hams incessantly and literally shouts his dialogues. Sunil Grover as Sadhuram puts an honest effort and gives us a convincing performance. Not much to be said of the rest of the cast.

Krish ,the debutant director in Hindi films who is big name of Telugu movies, fails to do complete justice and the stale story & screenplay did not help as well. Where Krish scores is in the overall presentation which has a slight freshness….

The rest of the technical team does not impress too much….Even the production value is low considering the movie coming from Bhansali Productions which is known for its opulent production value…

If you are a diehard Akshay Kumar fan then you may like the movie, others please wait for the television premiere…I will go with Two & a Half Star….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Movie Review : Baby

Baby: Definitely not a Baby step but a giant leap in Espionage genre

Baby PosterThere are few movies which break the mould of your quintessential Bollywood movie and Neeraj Pandey has done it successfully with his previous movies “A Wednesday” & “Special 26”. With “Baby” he takes huge leap with a genre that has not been explored too often in Bollywood, the espionage genre.

“Baby” as a movie has a huge canvas spread across countries like Turkey (Istanbul), Nepal (Katmandu), Saudi (Abu Dhabi) and Story & Screenplay written by Neeraj Pandey himself, tells the story of a secret Intelligence cell “Baby” headed by Firoz Ali Khan (Danny Denzongpa) and with the help of his trusted lieutenant Ajay Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar) he unveils a plot of terrorist attack on India planned by the international terrorist group headed by Maulana Mohammed Rehman (Rashid Naz).

The screenplay is gripping and fast paced with every sequence flowing smoothly to other. The characters are well defined and have a purpose in the story. The screenplay is patriotic without being preachy. The “Argo” style climax is nail biting. It keeps you at the edge of the seat throughout its run time of 159 minutes. Where it fails albeit in a small proportion is that it took the complete first half to set up the base and it is only in the second half when the real plot commences. The dialogues are smart and at the same time witty adding to the entertainment quotient.

There are very few films which boast of the fact that it was aptly cast, in “Baby” the biggest highlight is perfect casting done by Vicky Sidana. Akshay Kumar as Ajay Singh Rajput the leader of the mission fits the bill completely. His agility, his demeanor everything is spot on and this performance is one of his best performances as well. Danny Denzongpa as Firoz Ali Khan is brilliant as the head of secret service team. It was good to see Danny after a gap in a role which complements his persona and stature completely. Tapsi Pannu in a small role as Agent Priya Suryavanshi is impressive and creates an impact. Rana Dagubatti as Jai Singh Rathore is good but he does not get a chance to show his histrionics in a brief role. Anupam Kher as Shuklaji gives the necessary punch to the proceedings. Rashid Naz as Maulana the head of the terrorist group gives the necessary chill with his presence. Kay Kay Menon as Bilal shines in a brief role. Another cracker performance was of Sushant Singh as Wasim, he created an impact in a brief role. The rest of ensemble cast Madhurima Tuli, Jameel Khan, Murli Sharma, Mikal Zulfikar do a brilliant job.

Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee is another highlight of the movie; he has captured Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Katmandu, Mumbai and Delhi to perfection. Background score by Sanjoy Chowdhury enhances the sequences and adds to the impact. Abbas Ali Moghul’s action is spot on especially the chase sequences, the action is realistic and without the unnecessary frills. Good Editing is one of the pre-requisite of a good thriller and Shree Narayan Sigh does not disappoint, every sequence blends easily to other. Sanjeev Ravade’s production design is realistic and blends with the narration beautifully. Costume design by Falguni Thakore again blends with the narration which is commendable. In a nutshell the technical team put a brilliant effort which enhances the movie watching experience.

“Baby” is another feather on Neeraj Pandey’s cap, making him a well sought out film maker and I feel Akshay Kumar should do more such movies which compliment his persona perfectly…

Kudos to team “Baby”, I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Official Trailer : Baby

After the successful “A Wednesday” & “Special 26” Writer Director Neeraj Pandey comes  with his new offering, Baby-movie-First-Lookanother Thriller “BABY”.

It has an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati (last seen in Dum Maro Dum), Taapsee Pannu, Anupam Kher, Madhurima Tuli, Kay Kay Menon, Sushant Singh (will be seen after a long time), Danny Denzongappa, Mikaal Zulfiqar (British Pakistani Actor) & Rasheed Naz (Pakistani Actor of Bol fame)

BABY tells the story of the a group of Officers headed by Ajay Singh Rajput who go on a mission to stop a major terrorist attack on the nation masterminded by a International Terrorist group.

It has music by MM Kreem & Meet Bros….

Baby is being produced by T-Series in association with Crouching Tiger, Friday Filmworks & Cape of Good Films

The official Trailer looks promising and looks like a complete action flick. Will Neeraj be third time lucky at the Box Office for that we have to wait till 23rd January 2015…when the movie opens in theatres…till then enjoy the Trailer…..

 

Official Trailer : The Shaukeens

“The Shaukeens” is a remake of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 movie “Shaukeen” staring Ashok Kumar, A K Hangal, Utpal Dutt, Rati Agnihotri and Mithun Chakravorty in a cameo.

After the successful “Tere Bin Laden” this is Abhishek Sharma’s second directorial venture. It has the story adapted by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sai Kabir and Screenplay by Tigmanshu Dhulia which like the original tells the story of three old men Lali, KD and Pinky who are friends and want to re-live their lives and have fun so they decide to go to Mauritius where they meet Ahana and all three of them try to woo her resulting in comic situations.

The ShaukeenThe movie stars Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra & Lisa Hayden. Akshay Kumar plays himself in a cameo and Rati Agnihotri who was the heroine of the original is in a special appearance.

A lot of musical chair happened for casting the female lead, the original choice was Nargis Fakhri but she gave preference to her Hollywood venture after which the movie was offered to Shradha Kapoor but things did not work out, ultimately Lisa Hayden was chosen for the female lead.

This movie re-unites three real life friends from NSD Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra. The cast is interesting and the promo looks like a sex comedy.

The movie has been produces by Ashwin Varde and Murad Khetani and the movie releases on 7th November 2014….

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)

Review : Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara

Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara: Not as impactful as the first part

Milan Luthria has a fascination for 70’s & 80’s, and it shows in his last two movies “Once upon A Time in Mumbai”, “The Dirty Picture” and now “Once upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara”.

The first part was an out and out gangster flick wherein it showed Mumbai in the 70’s when mafia was emerging and Sultan (Ajay Devgan) was ruling the city until Shoaib (then played by Imraan Hashmi) his protégé ditches him and takes control of the mafia of Mumbai (then Bombay) and flees to Dubai.

The sequel starts with Shoaib (now played by Akshay Kumar) is the ruler of Mumbai who operates from Dubai. His enemies like Rawal (Mahesh Manjrekar) try an assassination attempt on him in Dubai. In order to teach him a lesson Shoaib returns to Mumbai to kill Rawal with the help of his protégé Aslam (Imran Khan) but eventually falls in love with a struggling actress Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha) not knowing that Aslam his protégé is also in love with Jasmine. Rest of the plot mainly concentrates on the love triangle.

The story & screenplay by Rajat Arora starts off as a gangster flick but ultimately ends up being a love triangle and there is where the film fails to live up to its expectations created by its previous part. The second half is extremely stretched and too many songs slow down the pace and the run time also increases. Another issue is, there are too many characters and sub plots which have no relevance to the main story.
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The real highlights of the movie are its dialogues just like its previous part, which is again written by Rajat Arora. Every scene is packed with metaphors & punch line, but at times it also becomes repetitive and monotonous.

Akshay Kumar looks good as the gangster Shoaib but his act becomes repetitive after some time, though it shows he is trying hard. Imran Khan as Aslam is a miscast and never in the whole movie does he look convincing as a henchman, though he is good in the romantic scenes. The surprise packet is Sonakshi Sinha, she lightens up the screen whenever she is there, at times she overshadows Akshay & Imran in a few scenes. Sonali Bendre as Mumtaz (previously played by Prachi Desai in the first part) is wasted but she shines in the 2 scenes that she has in the movie. Mahesh Manjrekar does not impress too much. Abhimanyu Singh does not give the same punch which Randeep Hooda did in the first part. Overall other than Sonakshi Sinha none of the other actors create any impact.

Cinematograhy by Ayananka Bose is superb and captures the Mumbai in 80’s well. Production Design by Priya Suhas is excellent and creates the right ambience of 80’s Mumbai. Costumes by Manish Malhotra & Kunal Rawal do justice to the period. Overall the Cinematography, Production Design & Costume Department takes the movie a few notches above the first part.

Music by Pritam is average and does not have any song which is impactful unlike his scores in the first part.

Director Milan Luthria has gone completely wrong in the casting in this film and other issue is that he is not sure whether he wanted to make love story or a gangster flick. The length is another drawback. I would go with 2 and a half stars….

Review : Rowdy Rathore

Rowdy Rathore: Trash Unlimited

“Rowdy Rathore” co-produced by UTV and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, directed by Prabhu Deva redefines trash. It is Imagetrue South remake with dollops of mindless action, cleavage show, loud music, disjointed screenplay etc. “Rowdy Rathod” has everything which can be termed as cheap & trash.

The story or should I say the lack of it is straight out of a 80’s pot boiler, the lead actor Akshay Kumar has double role, one a honest Cop and other a con man, can’t be more predictable than this. The honest cop Vijay Rathod, is posted in a small town of Bihar Devgarh, which is ruled by local goon Bapji(Nasser) and his brother. The honest Cop makes life hell for the goon. The goon attacks the Cop and kills him, wait there is a twist actually he is not dead and he is taken to a hakim by his colleagues and then to Mumbai for further treatment which the goon is completely unaware. Mumbai is the city wherein the “Humshakal” con man Shiva lives and he is mistaken as the cop. After a lot of drama the con man is persuaded to go to Devgarh as the cop who is now dead, then as expected the con man has a “Hriday Parivartan” and takes revenge from the goon and everybody live happily ever after. CONFUSED, well I said there is strictly “NO STORY”.

The screenplay is full of senseless action, songs which just comes with no relevance. The comedy track is utterly cheap. I am shocked a renowned production house like UTV and a director like Sanjay Leela Bhansali can even support such a “TRASH”.

Acting is replaced by hamming, Akshay Kumar hams throughout, Sonakshi Sinha is there only for the songs and pelvic thrusts. A actor like Naseer is wasted, rest of the cast are over the top.
The music is targeted to the front benchers which Sajid Wajid has mastered by now. The lyrics are senseless. With Prabhu Deva as the director we expect good choreography but SAD the dances are cheap & vulgar with only pelvic thrusts.

Overall “Rowdy Rathod” is definitely not a movie of 2012, it is from the genre of 1980’s trash pot boilers, but it still had an element of entertainment. But unfortunately “Rowdy Rathod” is far from being entertaining. “ONE STAR” from me….