Movie Review : Thugs Of Hindustan

Thugs Of Hindustan the much awaited movie of the year released today with a lot of anticipation….But what we get is an extremely averageTOH Review movie which is high on spectacular Action (Most of it is mindless) and amazing CGI.

Vijay Krishna Acharya the director spent more on the technical aspect of the movie to make it a spectacle…the action is world class, the CGI is Hollywood Standard, the cinematography by Manush Nandan is top notch and the Production Design is out of this world but unfortunately the STORY is missing…written by Vijay himself the movie has a very 80’s revenge drama feel what with a climax song as well, which was so rampant in the 80’s…the plot is immensely predictable and the characters extremely clichéd and the movie just goes down the drain in the second half…even the dialogues feels dated…

Other than Aamir Khan rest of the ensemble casts performance seems forced and average, even of Amitabh Bachchan, who seems repeating his Khuda Gawah act…Aamir Khan saves the day with his performance as Firangi as the character is extremely edgy and unpredictable and Aamir seems to be enjoying the act….The second actor who kind of manages her own in the mayhem is Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira….Katrina Kaif is there just to add the glamour quotient, she is precisely there for 2 songs.

The movie is devoid of any emotional quotient and you never connect to the movie till the end which was so essential for a patriotic driven theme…the other problem of the movie is the run time of 2 hrs 45 mins…it could have been easily 30 mins less…Vijay had such brilliant opportunity of fabulous ensemble cast, excellent technical team and a banner like Yashraj to back his vision but alas as his previous outing Tashan and Dhoom3 this movie also is a dud…I would say an opportunity lost….I will go with 2 stars…watch it at your own risk…

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

12 Years Of Black

“Black” which released on 4th Feb 2005, has become an iconic movie for Bollywood..

Written by Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Bhavani Iyer, “Black” was loosely based on the English movie “The Miracle Worker” which released in 1962. It told the story of the bond and relationship of a deaf & dumb girl Michelle McNally (Rani Mukherjee) and her teacher Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan). Dialogues were written by Prakash Kapadia.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali thought of the idea of “Black” while preparing for his first movie “Khamoshi-The Musical” which released in 1996, but it was only after “Devdas” which released in 2002 that Sanjay actually went ahead with “Black”. It is said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to make “Bajirao Mastaani” after “Devdas” with the cast comprising of Salman Khan as Bajirao, Aishwarya Rai as Mastaani and Rani Mukherjee as Kashi Bai, but due to personal conflict between Salman and Aishwarya the movie was scrapped, so Sanjay decided to make a low budget quickie and that is how “Black” was made.

12 Years Of Black

 

The principal cast comprised of Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukehrjee, Ayesha Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal. It is said that Rani Mukherjee was initially not very keen to play the role of Michelle as she was not very confident of doing justice to such a difficult role, but it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s belief in her that changed her mind and eventually she played the character of Michelle.

“Black” faced many hurdles during its production, one of the major setbacks was a fire which broke on the set of “Black” and destroyed the entire set erected in Film City. The production team had to re-create the sets from a scratch to resume the shoot. Another setback was during the outdoor at Shimla, for a particular sequence snow fall was to be depicted, but though the shooting was happening in January when it snows in Shimla, there was no snow falls that year. So to depict snow fall, snow making machines where used with sacks of salt which substituted for snow, but when you see the sequence you will not realize that it was fake snow. The major setback was when Sanjay did not get teh permission to shoot the indoor sequences in a vintage villa; hence a mammoth task was assigned to art director Omung Kumar to re-create the interiors of a pre-independence vintage villa in Film City, Mumbai.

“Black” was critical and a box office success, though being an unusual concept. Amitabh Bachchan was seen in a completely different avatar in the movie, far removed from his super star persona. “Black” fetched Amitabh Bachchan his second National Award for Best Actor, earlier he got his first National Award for Agneepath. Additionally Amitabh won all the major awards for Best Actor including Filmfare for that year. Since “Black” Amitabh has done some path breaking roles in Cheeni Kum,  Paa, Piku and Pink out of which Amitabh Bachchan has received National Awards for Paa & Piku.

“Black” catapulted Rani Mukherjee to the league of good actresses and also consolidated her position in Bollywood. She won all the major awards for “Best Actress” including the Filmfare Award for “Black”. Another actor who created a mark with “Black” was Ayesha Kapoor who played the kid Michelle. Ayesha received the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor Female category.

Ravi K Chandran will be remembered for his brilliant cinematography of “Black”. He swept all the awards for Best Cinematography for that year including a Filmfare award.

“Black” won 11 Filmfare awards, making “Black” the movie which has received the maximum no. of Filmfare Awards till date.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is famous for his music and extravagant song sequences, surprisingly did not have a single song in Black, but still it captured the hearts of the audience till today.

“Black” I think is the best movie that Sanjay Leela Bhansali made till date. The movie had the correct emotional content which was shot with technical finesse and the performance from the entire cast was just magical.

“Black” is and will remain a cult classic for Indian Film Industry, and it is one of the “Must Watch” movies of Bollywood…

Watch the movie trailer of “Black”

42 Years Of Deewar

Yash Chopra has an extra ordinary body of work, but “Deewar” will always be the shining gem in his career as a filmmaker.

“Deewar” is and always be an iconic movie for Indian movies, whether it is the script, the dialogues, the ensemble star cast, the performances or the direction, “Deewar” scored in all the departments.

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But what made the movie the huge success, is its strong writing by the duo writer Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar , popularly known as Salim-Javed. The story & screenplay mirrored the sentiments of the masses then who were disappointed due to the unfulfilled promises which were made after independence and the corruption which was brewing, and that struck the right chord with the masses. The story was of two brothers Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi (Shashi Kapoor), one brother Vijay chooses the wrong path to earn his living and becomes a smuggler, on the other hand   the younger brother Ravi chooses the path of righteousness and joins the police force. The tussle between ideologies of the two brothers and their mother becomes the crux of the story.

The impactful dialogues were like the cherry on the cake, some of the dialogues are still so famous like the iconic “Mere Pass Ma Hain” or the climax temple scene “Khush To Bahut Hoge Tum”. Each character was written with precision and made an impact on the audience. It is believed that Vijay’s role was loosely based on then Don Haji Mastaan who was also a coolie in the docks initially..

The casting of the movie went through a lot of changes, the original cast comprised of Rajesh Khanna playing the role of Vijay and Navin Nishchol playing the role of Ravi and Vijayantimala was cast in the mother’s role, but writers Salim-Javed insisted on Amitabh Bachchan being cast as Vijay as they had some problems with Rajesh Khanna in the past, so Amitabh Bachchan was signed up for the role of Vijay, due to which both Navin Nishchol and Vijayantimala refused to be part of the movie so subsequently Shashi Kapoor was signed to play Ravi and Nirupa Roy was signed to play the mother’s role. It is said that Yash Chopra almost finalized Waheeda Rehman to play the mother’s role after Vijayantimala exited, as he wanted a strong actor to play the role as it was a crucial character of the movie, but since Yash Chopra was simultaneously making “Kabhie Kabhie” wherein Waheeda Rehman was playing Amitabh Bachchan’s wife, so he thought that the casting Waheeda as Amitabh’s mother would be detrimental for “Kabhie Kabhie”, hence he dropped the idea and finally Nirupa Roy did the iconic role and she is still remembered for this role and later Nirupa Roy played Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in multiple movies.

Music was one of the strong points of any Yash Chopra movie but the plot did not have too much scope for songs, still two romantic songs were included which were shot on Shashi Kapoor and Neetu Singh were included, they were “Maine Tujhe Manga Tujhe Paya Hai” and “Keh Doon Tumhe”, both became popular, but the producer still though that song wise the movie lacked the punch, hence though shooting was over, a mujra song “Koi Mar Jaaye” was added and shot on Aruna Irani. The music was rendered by R D Burman.

The iconic look of Amitabh Bachchan of a knotted shirt was a result of an error by the tailor who made Amitabh’s shirt too long, and in order to camouflage the error it was knotted, which became a rage.

“Deewar” was released on 24th Jan 1975, and was a super hit, and ran for 100 weeks earning  1 crore from each territory and making it the 4th Highest grosser Bollywood movie of 1975..

It earned the highest no. of Filmfare awards for the year beating the iconic movie “Sholay”. It received 7 Filmfare Awards which was record and was broken by “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” winning 10 awards in 1995..

“Deewar” remains in the heart of cine lovers till today, and will remain so till eternity….

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Movie Review : Pink

Pink: The New Color of Women’s Liberation

“PINK” as the name suggests is a woman centric theme. But it is far removed from the fun & frolic that you normally associate to the color “PINK”, it is the story of struggles and tribulation of an average Indian women of today…

“PINK” tells the story of three working girls Minal Arora (Tapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) who stay together in PG accommodation in Delhi. Their life takes a 360 degree pink-movieturn when one night they fall prey to a gang of guys comprising of Rajveer (Angad Bedi), Dumpy (Raashul Tandon) and Vishwa (Tushar Pandey) who take them to a resort at Surajkund and there they try to be physical with them and Minal ends up breaking a glass bottle on Rajveer, post which the girls flee. Next how their lives change for the worst is what the movie is all about…

Written by Ritesh Shah, this court room drama is an interesting watch thanks to the taut script. Ritesh keeps the screenplay very straight and to the point, not digressing a wee bit from the main plot which keeps the audience completely engrossed till the end. Each character especially of the three girls are sculpted with immense minuteness and complete precision. The character of advocate Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) is like a foil on the young helpless girls, I wish Ritesh would have given a bit peep on the Deepak Sehgal’s past but nevertheless the character is so strongly written that it over powers other characters completely.Ritesh does not waste time on clichés and keeps it as realistic as possible. Another character which also impresses throughout, is the character of the defense lawyer played by Piyush Mishra, rather the war of words between Deepak Sehgal and the defense lawyer make the court room proceedings interesting. Another thing which would have made the movie more interesting if Ritesh would have also shown how Deepak Sehgal does his investigation for the case. But overall brilliant writing.

Ritesh Shah’s dialogues lifts the screenplay, especially the court room sequence. The dialogues are taut and gives a message without being preachy. The dialogues have been painstakingly written keeping in mind the character who would say the dialogues making it sound as realistic as possible.
In a nutshell the real hero of the movie is the writing…

Good writing can go down the drain if it is not backed up with some good performances. Amitabh Bachchan as Deepak Sehgal the aging advocate gives a crackling performance, especially in the court room sequences. I must say Amitabh Bachchan is having a blast in his career at this age, first “Piku”, then “Teen” and now “Pink”, all three movies have tapped his potential as an actor to the fullest and you can feel as an audiences that even he is enjoying it….Next actor who impresses and stands high in front of Amitabh Bachchan is Piyush Mishra as the defense lawyer, who successfully makes you hate him, and that I think is no mean task…Piyush Mishra’s verbal war fare with Amitabh’s character are the highlight sequences of the movie. Now the three girls played by Tapsee Pannu as Minal, Kirti Kulhari as Falak and Andrea Tariang as Andrea, all the three do a splendid job but Tapsee Pannu steals the show with her portrayal. After her brief role in “Baby”, Tapsee again shows that she is an actress who should not be taken lightly. Kirti’s character starts as a timid character but later blooms and how, especially her emotional breakdown scene in the court just takes your heart away, definitely a brilliant actress, I hope Kirti gets more opportunities in this glamour stuck Bollywood who give Smita Patil Award to Katrina Kaif (Are we kidding???). Debutant Andrea Tariang has a brief role and not too much of histrionics but her silence says it all and the looks portrays the pathos which a page long dialogue would not justify. Angad Bedi as the spoilt brat Rajveer does his mean act well, though not a longish role but Angad justifies his presence completely. Dhritiman Chaterjee as the judge also does a brilliant job, and brings a meat to a role which in other movie is only confined to saying “Order, Order”. Other actors like Mamta Shankar (Good to see her in a Bollywood Movie), Rushal Tandon, Tushar Pandey, Vijay Verma and Vinod Nagpal also do a brilliant job. Overall the cast justifies the writing to the “T”.

It is said that editing “Makes” or “Breaks” a movie and in “Pink”, Bodhaditya Banerjee’s editing makes the movie taut without any once of sluggishness. Abhik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography captures vibrancy of Delhi and the grimness of a court room with equal élan.

Now let us talk about the “Captain” of the ship Aniruddha Roy Choudhury, who debuts in Bollywood with “PINK”. After some brilliant movies in Bengali like “Anuranan” & “Antaheen”, Aniruddha does an equally impressive debut with “PINK”. “PINK” not only entertains but also raises a lot of pertinent questions which are like a taboo for a working women, especially if she lives alone, and Aniruddha has very beautifully portrayed a modern day woman and her struggles in a modern yet feudal society of today’s India. Two things that Aniruddha scores as a director, first being straight forward and completely glued to the main plot without falling prey for typical Bollywood trappings and secondly extracting some memorable performances by the entire cast.

A truly brilliant cinema which should not be missed, I will go with Four and a Half stars…

Movie Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Movie Review : Wazir

Wazir: Not too many thrills as a Thriller

“Wazir” has a fantastic set up, a stellar cast of Amitabh Bachchan & Farhan Akhtar, a good concept and a fantastic set up to mount the movie…..but still “Wazir” makes you feel wanting for more after the movie is over….

The spark that Bijoy Nambiar showed us in “Shaitaan” is missing in “Wazir”….the concept was brilliant with a premise of a crippled Chess player Omkar Nath Dhar a.k.a Pandit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) who meets Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) a suspended ATS officer who has lost his daughter for his duty and in bargain his wife Ruhana (Aditi Rao Haidri) leaves him. Pandit ji whose daughter gets killed mysteriously at politician Izaad Qureshi (Manav Kaul) house wants to unravel his daughter’s death, the rest of the movie deals with Panditji and Danish’s struggle to get justice….

The story and screenplay by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi had a good premise but looses the steam as it Wazir Movieprogresses and the second half though full of twists and turns but still it fails to create an impact. And the climax which actually reveals the suspense does not create the impact which should have been created. The whole reference to chess and wazir does not come out that clearly. The screenplay could have been tighter by creating more twists. It is said that the antagonist of the story needs to be strong but somehow the character of Izaad Qureshi seems too weak and is shown as an easy target. Though the principal characters of Panditji and Danish are written well, the writing for the rest of the cast is not upto the mark. Rather the whole suspense of the Wazir just fails to impress making the climax look weak…

It is the performances of the cast that makes the difference especially Amitabh Bachchan who plays Panditji with complete conviction and gives a crackling performance to complement him Farhan Akhtar as Danish Ali as the ATS Officer gives a convincing performance as well, this being one of his first serious action role, he bowls us over with his earnest performance. But it is Amitabh Bachchan’s show all the way. Manav Kaul as Izaad Qureshi the politician gives a good performance but it is the writing which pulls him down. Neil Nitin Mukesh as Wazir has a small but effective role which he does with full conviction. Aditi Rao Haidri as Roohana does not have much to do other than looking beautiful. John Abraham in a cameo is wasted.

The cinematography of Sanu Varghese adds to the darkness to the thriller. The action sequences are a highlight of the movie, every action sequence is convincing…

Music in “Wazir” does not have much to do but some songs remain with you like “Tere Bin” & “Maula Mere Maula” by Shantanu Moitra..

Bijoy Nambiar had a fantastic premise which he fails to utilize completely, and gives us a half baked thriller which could have been better, though he does a splendid job with his direction but it is the writing which fails…..

Definitely a onetime watch, especially for Amitabh Bachchan…. I will go with 3 stars

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Flashback : Celebrating 40 years of Sholay

15th August 1975, became a Golden date for Indian Film Industry, the date when “Sholay” was released. The history of the Indian Film Industry cannot be complete without mentioning “Sholay”

“Sholay” a movie which not only became the biggest hit for the Indian Film Industry but also became a landmark movie since it had a lot of 40yearsSholayfirsts. It was the first 70 MM movie for Bollywood & it had a stereophonic sound which redefined the way movies were seen.

The biggest plus of the movie was the brilliant story & screenplay written by Salim-Javed which was inspired by Akiro Kurusawa’s 1954 movie “Seven Samurai”. Every character was written well and till today every character is remembered, right from Jai & Veeru to Gabbar to Sambha, who had only one sentence in the entire movie. The screenplay had a huge hangover of Hollywood westerns like “The Magnificent Seven” and “Once Upon A Time in the West”..

The impact of the screenplay was enhanced by crackling dialogues. The dialogues became so popular that later an audio cassette of the entire dialogues were launched, which were sold like hot cakes….creating a trend for dialogue cassettes for future…

Second highlight was the stellar ensemble cast comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Asrani, Jagdeep, Sachin, A K Hangal, Keshto Mukherjee, Viju Khote, Satyen Kapoo, Leela Mishra & Mac Mohan.

A lot of musical chair happened for the casting. Danny Denzongappa was the first choice for playing Gabbar but due to date hassles as he had to leave for Afghanistan for his prior commitment of “Dharmatma” and had to excuse himself, after which a newcomer Amjad Khan was signed up for the role….who never looked back after “Sholay” ,as Amjad’s performance of Gabbar made the character an iconic villain. It is said that the original choice to play Thakur Baldev Singh was Pran, but it did not work out and later Sanjeev Kumar was signed up to play Thakur, a much older role for Sanjeev Kumar’s age at that time. Dharmendra was keen to play Thakur but settled for Veeru since he was paired opposite Hema Malini, whom he was wooing that time. Shatrughan Sinha was the original choice to play Jai, but Amitabh Bachchan who was not really a big star that time convinced the Sippy’s through the writers Salim-Javed and bagged the role.

G. P. Sippy the producer went all out to fulfill his son Ramesh Sippy’s dream into a blockbuster and was made with a budget of Rs. 30 million. All the action sequences were elaborately shot. The train robbery sequence took 7 weeks to be shot.

Ramesh Sippy had to re-shoot the climax, as per the original climax Thakur kills Gabbar, but the censors thought that the climax was too violent and hence Ramesh had to change the climax.

“Sholay” was panned by the critics and it was written off. Due to the negative feedback and lack of enough visual marketing “Sholay” was a flop in the first 2 weeks and after positive word of mouth, it picked up from the third week. After the third week it was no looking back for “Sholay”, it celebrated Golden Jubilees in 60 theatres across India, a record which still stands undefeated. It also celebrated Silver Jubilee in 100 theatres across India. Minerva Theater in Mumbai ran “Sholay” for 5 years, making it the longest running movie till “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” broke that record.

“Sholay” will always be remembered as the landmark movie which re-defined Bollywood. Even after 40 years the movie still creates an impact which was evident when it was re-released in 3D format on 3rd Jan’14, it was appreciated as it was in 1975….

“Sholay” will be remembered and appreciated by all generations…

Movie Review : Piku

Piku: A “Mishti” Father Daughter relationship… Bong style

Shoojit Sircar right from his first film “Yahaan”(2005) has dabbled in distinct subjects which showcases our society in various forms. “Piku” looks at the father daughter relationship with a refreshing twist.

Juhi Chaturvedi after her impressive debut “Vicky Donor” comes up with a simple yet refreshing story of father daughter relationship. The Piku Movie Reviewplot is a simple tale of Father Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) a hypochondriac and his daughter Piku (Deepika Padukone). The story is essentially the bitter sweet of the father daughter relationship and going to one’s roots. The story does not have any conflicts nor any high voltage drama but still you fall in love with the movie and its characters.

Juhi compensates the wafer thin story with an engrossing screenplay of daily mundane father daughter squabbles and a road trip which changes the course of their respective lives. Every character has been written well whether it is the main lead or the domestic help Budhan. Every sequence is written with minutest details. The humor is subtle but it dominates the theme which is the most incredible quality of the screenplay. Where it fails albeit marginally is giving the story a conclusive end, rest it entertains and takes you back to the Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee genre of movies.

Dialogues it another big plus of the movie, Juhi Chaturvedi’s tongue and cheek dialogues complements the screenplay and takes the movie a notch higher.

Where the movie makes the biggest impact, it is its performances. Amitabh Bachchan as the quirky Bhashkor Banerjee is brilliant and is another feather in the superstar’s cap. To complement Amitabh’s act, Deepika as Piku gives a sterling performance by far her best till date. But it is Irrfan’s act as Rana Choudhary which steals the show, though a bit under played but Irrfan shines and how. Another highlight performance is Moushumi Chatterjee’s Chobi Mashi act, her free spirited performance makes you fall in love with the character, though it is a brief role. Other actors like Raghuvir Yadav, Jishu Sengupta, Balendra Singh, Swaroopa Ghosh give a good performance making it a worth watch.

Kamlajeet Negi’s camera work is simple yet captivating and complements the plot. Veera Kapur’s costumes are absolutely apt and done with minutest details.

Music by Anupam Roy flows with the narration and extremely soulful, though songs are at the back ground but helps in taking the plot further.

Shoojit Sircar again shows his mettle with “Piku” and yet again proves that to tell a good story you do not need a big canvas….
“Piku” is like a fresh air which rejuvenates and lingers in your memory long after it is over….A DEFINITE WATCH…I will go with Four & A Half Stars….

Movie Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Official Trailer : Piku

Piku is Shoojit Sircar’s next offering having an impressive ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Jeeshu Sengupta & Raghuvir Yadav…Piku Trailer

Written by Juhi Chaturvedi  (Vicky Donor fame)….Piku is a story of father daughter relationship, an eccentric father being played by Amitabh Bachchan and daughter “Piku” being played by Deepika Padukone. This is the second time that Amitabh and Deepika play father and daughter after “Aarakshan” (2011)….

Piku marks the Bollywood debut of Anupam Roy, a song writer and composer from Bengali cinema. Looking at his track record of Anupam we expect a good album…

Produced by MSM Motion Pictures (Sony Entertainment Television’s movie wing), Rising Sun Films (Founder Shoojit Sircar & Ronnie Lahiri) & Saraswati Entertainment Creations Ltd…and distributed by Yashraj Films….

Gauging by the trailer of “Piku” looks like an entertaining look at human bond and emotions….

Piku releases on 8th May’2015…..

Movie Review : Shamitabh

Shamitabh: A good concept but an average execution stops it from becoming a classic

R Balki’s movie has been different in concept and content right from his first film “Cheeni Kum” and then “Paa”. Balki is also responsible for presenting Amitabh is various avatars and with “Shamitabh” he continues with his endeavor with a new concept and again presenting Amitabh in a different avatar.

Written by Balki the concept of the movie is unique and tells us the story of a dumb actor Danish (Dhanush) who wants to make it big in Shamithah ReviewBollywood but his handicap of being dumb fails him every time till he meets Akshara (Akshara Hasan) who is an AD and who sees a potential in Danish and helps him medically to solve his problem of speech but even after the surgery they still have an issue of a voice for Danish. After an extensive search they come across Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) who is convinced by Akshara to become the voice of Danish and hence the Star “Shamitabh” is born, what happens after Danish becomes Shamitabh forms the rest of the movie.

The concept is new but the screenplay fails to justify the unique concept as the pace becomes slow in parts and some of the sequences look too convenient to take the movie ahead like the sequence of how Akshara & Danish discover Amitabh which looks too clichéd. The good part of the script is that the all the three protagonists Danish, Akshara & Amitabh are etched out well and some sequences especially between Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan are the highlight of the movie. The main highlight of the script is the chemistry between the two protagonist Danish & Amitabh. The main flaw is the climax which looked quite hurried and the movie ends abruptly keeping many questions unanswered. Another flaw is that some sequences are stretched unnecessarily slowing the pace.

The performances are the highlight of the movie and makes it watchable. Amitabh Bachchan as Amitabh Sinha is good and it showed on screen that he enjoyed playing the role. Dhanush as the dumb actor Danish excels and rises above the script in his portrayal. The chemistry of Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan is the highlight of the movie. Debutant Akshara Hasan is impressive but she needs to work on her diction and dialogue delivery. Rest of the cast is impressive.

P C Sreeram as usual is top notch. Music by Illaiyaraja sounds fresh though most of the songs are situational.
Balki with such a brilliant idea could have done wonders but he falls short in executing the idea on the silver screen. Rather at the end it seemed that Balki was confused on how to end the movie and it showed. I will go with 3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Official Trailer : Shamitabh

shamitabh-261214After their brilliant collaboration in “Cheeni Kum” (2007) & “Paa” (2009) R Balki and Amitabh Bachchan are back this year with “Shamitabh”….

Written & Directed by R Balki, not much has been revealed as far as the plot is concerned. But looking at the promos it seems it is a story of a yester year Super Star played by Amitabh Bachchan and a New Super Star of today played by Dhanush…

The movie has an interesting cast comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Introducing Akshara Haasan (Kamal Haasan & Sarika’s daughter), Rekha, Abhinaya, Rukmini Vijayakumar & Rajiv Ravindranathan,, it also has cameos of lot of film makers like Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Anurag Basu, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rajkumar Hirani, Gauri Shinde, Boney Kapoor, Javed Akhtar & Ekta Kapoor..

“Shamitabh” is being produced under the banner of Hope Productions, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Wunderbar Films, Balaji Motion Pictures and being presented by Eros International & MAD Entertainment Ltd.

Music is by Illaiyaraaja and cinematography by P C Sreeram….

Will the director actor combination of R Balki & Amitabh Bachchan re-create the magic…well we have to wait till 6th Feb’15 for the verdict…till then enjoy the Trailer

Review : English Vinglish

Good Movie Shuvie, GR8 Performance Sherformance

“English Vinglish” Sridevi’s most awaited come back film wherein she again proves why English Vinglishshe is thenumero Uno of Bollywood. She creates an impact & how.

“English Vinglish” is a story of a simple house wife Shashi Godbole (Sridevi) whose life surrounds aroundher husband Satish (Adil Hussain) and kids (Navita Kotia & Shivansh Kotia). She runs a small business ofmaking Ladoo’s, but her not knowing English creates a gap between her husband and kids. Her daughteris embarrassed to take her to her school’s Parent Teacher meeting, her husband keeps on making fun ofher that she was born to make ladoos. This makes Shashi go into her shell, she comes to her own onlywhen she is interacting with her son Sagar. Everything changes for her when she goes to New York toattend her niece’s wedding and enrolls herself in a 4 week English Learning Course. How Shashi re-gainsher confidence and comes to her own, forms the rest of the story.

The Story by Gaurie Shinde is simple but the screenplay is mind blowing, there are small moments in themovie which takes the movie to the next level like when Shashi goes to her daughter’s Parent TeacherMeeting, her interview at the Visa Office, when Shashi goes to a coffee shop in New York, when she callsher husband from New York to tell that she is an Entrepreneur, Shashi’s interaction with her classmateLaurent, the climax speech and many more brilliantly written moments which builds Shashi’s characterfrom a not so confident house wife to a confident entrepreneur. Gaurie has done a splendid job. All thecharacters are so real that it connects, like Shashi’s character can be any Indian housewife who is takenfor granted. The dialogues add the zing to the scenes. The only flaw is that the pace slows down in thesecond half, but does it affect the overall impact….

No, absolutely not, please applaud Sridevi for her impeccable performance which binds the screenplayall throughout. She is brilliant and the impact that she makes proves that she was aptly called the ladyBachchan. Rest of the cast Adil Hussain as Shashi’s husband, Navita Kotia & Shivansh Kotia as Shashi’skids, Priya Anand as Shashi’s niece, Sujata Kumar as Shashi’s sister, Cory Hibbs as her teacher and herclassmates are brilliant, especially Mehdi Naebbou as Laurent is stands apart with his sensitive portrayal.Surprise Amitabh Bachchan cameo is watch out for…

Music by Amit Trivedi compliments the movie, Editing by Hemanti Sarkar is crisp though it could havebeen a bit tighter, Cinematography by Laxman Utekar captures the mood of the movie well.

In a nutshell “English Vinglish” is a Sridevi movie but kudos Gaurie for making a movie on a simple housewife….I give 4 stars….