Movie Review: Kahaani 2-Durga Rani Singh

Kahaani 2-Durga Rani Singh: A Kahaani too Predictable

kahaani-2-movie-reviewIt is always a hard luck for a sequel to be compared to its prequel which cannot be changed and “Kahaani 2” without doubt will be compared to “Kahaani”, though both the movies are different and has no bearing with each other, other than the genre. The comparison is inevitable since Sujoy Ghosh teams up again with Vidya Balan after “Kahaani” and that to in a thriller..

“Kahaani 2” commences with the story of a middle class working woman Vidya Sinha(Vidya Balan) who has a spastic daughter Mini (Tunisha Sharma) who is wheel chair bound. One day when Vidya returns home she finds Mini missing and she receives a call that her daughter has been kidnapped and she needs to come to a place if she wants her daughter alive. Vidya meets with an accident when trying to reach the destination as mentioned by the kidnapper and goes in coma. Inspector Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal) is given the charge of investigating the accident. Inder discovers that Vidya looks like Durga Rani Singh, who is wanted for kidnapping and murder in Kalinpong. As evidence Inderjeet just has a diary written by Vidya. Is Inderjeet able to solve the mystery of whether both Vidya and Durga Rani Singh are same or whether they are two different individuals is what the movie is all about..

Story by Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair has an interesting premise, and screenplay by Sujoy Ghosh holds the story from beginning till the end, but still there was something missing which was the biggest draw of its prequel “Kahaani”. Sujoy tries to imbibe enough twists and turns in the script but half hour into the movie and you can make out the story. “Kahaani 2” misses the shock element which “Kahaani” had and for which it became a milestone movie. The climax looked weak as there was no novelty at the end. There are enough loopholes in the script in the form of co-incidences which is quite blatant to be ignored. Dialogues by Sujoy Ghosh & Ritesh Shah are realistic and to the point, not beating around the bush. “Kahaani” scored due to the unpredictability factor where “Kahaani 2” fails miserably, as it is too predictable…

Performance was the highlight of “Kahaani” and “Kahaani 2” does not disappoint us in that department, Vidya Balan as Vidya Sinha /Durga Rani Singh gives us a believable and honest performance as usual, but looks extremely tired and worn out throughout the movie which steals the spark off her performance, but overall she does not disappoint. Arjun Rampal as Inspector Inderjeet Singh gets the nuances of his character bang on, his laid back demeanour suits the character. Kharaj Mukherjee as Prabal Haldar, gives the much needed comic relief in the proceedings and his typical bong accent adds on to the humour. Child actor Naisha Khanna as child Mini is the highlight performance. Being a child Naisha gets the act right from the word go and she impresses the most with her vulnerable act. Tunisha Sharma as the Teen Mini as nothing much to do but still does a decent job. Jugal Hansraj as the antagonist Mohit Dewan tries very hard to be mean but yet is not completely convincing, rather the female actor who played the Nepali woman police constable gives more chills than Jugal. Bengali actors Tota Roy Choudhury & Kaushik Sen are wasted in inconsequential roles. Another actor who steals the show is Manini Chadha who plays Rashmi Singh, Inderjeet Singh’s wife; she is so easy in her portrayal that the acting and reality blend beautifully, definitely an actor to watch out for. Amba Sanyal as Mini’s Dadi gets the mean and prudish act bang on…Rest of the cast also do a competitive job…

It is camera work by Tapan Basu that lifts the movie. Whether it is the by lanes of Chandan Nagar or Kolkata or the beautiful Kalimpong, Tapan’s cinematography blends with the narrative beautifully. Each frame has been meticulously shot keeping in mind the premise of the movie.

Sujoy Ghosh got the premise correct but fails in bringing in the novelty and ends up making “Kahaani 2” predictable, which becomes the biggest flaw of the movie. After “Kahaani”, a lot was expected from Sujoy Ghosh but he does not match the expectations completely and misses it a wee bit, I hope it does not cost him grave. We still believe in Sujoy Ghosh as a director, give us “Jhankar Beats” any day….

“Kahaani 2” is good as a standalone movie and watchable, but if compared to “Kahaani” it is average.. I will go with 3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Movie Review: Rock On 2

Rock On 2: Nothing rocking about it…

Excel Entertainment, co-partnered by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani has always tried in re-inventing content in Bollywood, starting from their first “Dil Chahta Hai”. “Rock On” which released in 2008, introduced rock music to Bollywood and each and every song became popular taking the music directors Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to a different level, and so were the movie which was based on a rock band “Magik” and its team members. “Rock On” was not only received critical acclaim but it was a box office hit…So naturally when its sequel “Rock On 2” happens the expectations are naturally sky high…

“Rock On 2” takes you 10 years hence from where the prequel ended, it tells the story of each band member and their respective struggles and how they come together to make music again is what the movie is all about…rock-on-2-review

Story written by the erstwhile director of “Rock On”, Abhishek Kapoor and Pubali Chaudhuri and screenplay by Pubali Chaudhuri, completely looses the plot right from the word go. The movie just does not have any high at all, it is flat all throughout. There is not a single scene which makes you sit up. The screenplay is painstakingly slow and fails to create any interest whatsoever. Even the characters from the prequel Adi (Farhan Akhtar), Joe (Arjun Rampal) and KD (Purab Kohli) look bored and completely exhausted, and their beard look endorses the same. The characters from the prequel which were so interesting, the script fails to take them to the next level rather the writing turns them into a complete bore. Even the introduction of new characters like Jia (Shradha Kapoor) and Uday (Shashank Arora) does not help. The writing is too morose and fails miserably…

Surprisingly the dialogues by Farhan Akhtar which is otherwise witty just sounds mundane and does not help the otherwise bland script a wee bit..

But kudos to the performances, Farhan Akhtar as Adi again gives a honest and impactful performance but it is the writing which overshadows his sincere act. Arjun Rampal as Joe again plays the subtle act well, rather I must say Arjun has become a restrained actor in all these years and it shows well, so another good performance by Arjun. Purab as KD again reprises the role of the chirpy band member again but somewhere he overdoes it and it looks and sounds cheesy. Shradha Kapoor as Jia is her most restrained performance till date where she goes beyond playing a chirpy girl, and she does well but again the writing fails to do justice to her earnest and sincere performance, but whatever said Shradha shows that she can do serious role with equal ease. Shashank Arora and Prachi Desai are wasted in uninspiring roles. Kumud Mishra as Vibhuti Charan Sharma a sarod guru and Jia’s father is a one dimensional character and he has the same morose expression throughout the movie, and is Kumud’s weakest portrayal in recent time. But I must say one of the saving grace of the movie is its performances…

The prequel “Rock On” was success due to its amazing music, somewhere this movie just fails to create that impact with its music. None of the songs in the movie created by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is noteworthy that to in musical is a huge let down..I think it is Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s weakest album till date…A complete let down…

Debutant director Shujaat Saudagar, fails completely in his first outing and does not any spark as well…I must say one of the weakest debut as director in this year…

The other good thing about the movie other than the performance is its cinematography by Marc Koninckx, it captures the natural beauty of Meghalaya like a dream and the movie looks more like a promotion for Meghalay Tourism than a feature film. I am sure after watching the movie visiting Meghalaya would be in the wish list of many…

“Rock On 2” fails at various levels barring the performances and the cinematography, and in a nut shell “Rock On 2” is a promotion for Meghalaya Tourism and nothing beyond that…I will go with two and a half stars…

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

 

Movie Review : Roy

Roy: No joy in this Roy

It is good to see that story telling in Bollywood is changing and film makers are trying different subjects and Roy Posterdifferent formats of storytelling. But being different does not mean that the entertainment quotient is missing or the pace needs to be slow.

Vikramjit Singh the debutant director and writer of Roy completely loose the plot in being different. Roy tells the story of hot shot film maker Kabir (Arjun Rampal) who is not only known for his successful movies but also for his Casanova ways and his link ups. While making his third movie he meets Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandez) a British film maker while shooting his movie in Malaysia and falls in love. As a film maker he gets the writer’s block in scripting his movie which is based on a thief ROY (Ranbir Kapoor). Somewhere Kabir’s personal life starts reflecting in the script and what happens when Kabir gets entangled in the web of real life and his imaginary life of his movie forms the crux of the rest of the movie.

Vikramjit’s concept is different and very complex and trying such a movie in itself is a big task. But where Vikram jit fails as a writer is his inability to execute the idea both as a story and screenplay. The story had an inherent flaw of being completely abstract and the screenplay pulls down the movie further. The 147 min movie is extremely slow and does not pick up at all; being a thriller this is the biggest flaw. Secondly the audience keeps on expecting some twist but every time it disappoints and the climax completely falls flat. The movie fails in the genre that it belonged, a thriller.

The dialogues again written by Vikramjit and Hussain Dalal is good in some sequences and it does not makes any sense in some and sounds too preachy and completely out of sync.

Performance wise Arjun Rampal as Kabir does complete justice and his earnestness shows. Ranbir Kapoor looks extremely out of sync and completely disinterested in his portrayal of the thief Roy, in some sequences he looks visibly uncomfortable. I think this is one of the weakest performances of Ranbir Kapoor after Besharam, it was sad to see Ranbir not being upto the mark. The bright spot of the movie is Jacqueline Fernandez’s portrayal of both Ayesha as well as Tia. She looked extremely glamorous and shows a huge improvement as a performer. Shernaz Patel, Rajit Kapoor & Anupam Kher are wasted completely in insignificant roles and cameos. Rest of the cast hardly has anything to contribute.

Himman Dhamija’s cinematography is so mesmerizing and he has captured Malaysia so well that you would plan your next vacation at Malaysia. The next strong point of the movie is its music by Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros & Ankit Tiwari. The music is melodious and has been beautifully choreographed by Ahmed Khan.

As a film maker Vikramjit Singh presents the movie with enough gloss & glamour and style, but unfortunately only these elements do not make a Good movie. As a debut film Vikramjit had a fabulous cast and equally good technical team. Even Vikramjit’s overall concept was also fresh and new for Bollywood but he completely wastes this opportunity with a weak story and an extremely slow paced screenplay. I will go with 2 stars…

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Review : D-Day

D-Day: Re-defining Patriotism in Indian Cinema

Patriotism in Bollywood  is synonym with Manoj Kumar and his brand of cinema. Chetan Anand and J P Dutta have also contributed equally to the patriotism in Indian Cinema. But Nikhil Advani has tried to re-define patriotism in new India through an espionage genre of movie.

The story is of 3 RAW agents Rudra Pratap Singh(Arjun Rampal), Wali Khan (Irfan) & Huma Qureshi (Zoya)  and a small time assassin Aslam D-Day(Aakash Dahiya)who are  sent to Karachi, Pakistan for Mission Goldman wherein they are supposed to get India’s most wanted criminal Don Ibrahim (Rishi Kapoor) to India.

 

The story & screenplay by Nikhil Advani, Suresh Nair & Ritesh Shah is well researched and every minute detail is painstakingly correct in the script. It has the right pace of a thriller in the first half till the interval; post interval is when suddenly the screenplay dips in pace giving way to some romantic angle between Arjun Rampal & Shruti Hasan but then it recovers soon enough. The climax is the biggest highlight of the script and is straight forward which leaves you spell bound. The best part of the script is that each character is build well and makes complete sense and is believable. Dialogues by Ritesh Shah & Niranjan Iyengar gel well with the script.

Editor Aarif Shaikh has done a splendid job in keeping the pace intact. Cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is excellent and re-creates the mood with his vision which is raw and unpredictable. The real highlight of the movie is the action by Tom Struthers (Dark Knight & Tomb Raider series), it is gritty and raw just like the mood of the movie.

After watching this movie I realized how under rated actor was Rishi Kapoor for Indian cinema till recently. He is becoming brilliant with each movie right from Agneepath. In this film whenever he is there on screen he captivates you with his portrayal, he is mean, gritty as well as completely unpredictable. A REAL CLASS ACT. Irfan as usual is good.  Arjun Rampal is another actor who is growing from strength to strength and his portrayal of Rudra is cold, mean and at the same time emotional, quite complex but Arjun does an excellent job. Huma Qureshi & Shruti Hasan did well. Other actors like Aakash Dahiya, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sree Swara Dubey, Nasir & KK Raina are apt and do a splendid job.

And last and definitely not the least Nikhil Advani after some misses like Salaam-E-Ishq and Chandni Chowk to China, gets it right with D-Day. D-day shows patriotism without being preachy and there lies the real strength of the movie. Nikhil introduces a new genre to Indian Cinema the Espionage genre of cinema which is so common in Hollywood, and he does it well.

I go with 4 stars for D-Day….