Movie Review: Padmaavat

Padmaavat: An Epic made in an Epic Proportion

The second name to Grand and opulent cinema is Sanjay Leela Bhansali. His vision is of a large canvas with larger than life characters and if it is historic then nobody can match Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s finesse today, a true successor to K Asif.

The cinematic adaptation of “Padmaavat” the epic poem written by Mallik Muhammad Jayasi on Queen Padmavati could not have been done by any Padmaavatother film maker other than Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

“Padmaavat” which is based on the epic poem with few tweaks, though story line wise it is wafer thin but the screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself and Prakash Kapadia kind of makes up for the thin plot. Every sequence is written keeping in mind the opulence and larger than life presentation on screen. The characters especially the three prime subjects Queen Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and the antagonist Allauddin Khilji are written with a specific characteristics and it is prevalent in the movie throughout. Even some of the support characters are so beautifully written that they do stay in your mind even after the movie is done and over, like the character of Mehrunisa, wife of Allauddin Khilji or the loyal slave of Allauddin Khilji, Mallik Kafur. Each character is justified in the screenplay. The screenplay is lucid, but where it falters is the connectivity with each sequence. It feels like the screenplay is a series of events put in chronological order with no connection what so ever. This disconnects the emotional connect with the story. Nevertheless the second half and its pace saves the day, especially the climax sequence of Jouhar keeps you invested till the last frame. But I still feel that run time could have been reduced by good 15 minutes. The song sequences hamper the flow and look forced, which is unlike Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s previous movies wherein music has played a pivotal role in the overall screenplay.

Prakash Kapadia again scores high in dialoguebaazi which is again a highlight of any Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie, and Padmaavat keeps the tradition alive. Prakash gives quite heavy dialogues but it does not sound preachy or cheesy, rather it complements with the proceedings on screen.

It is definitely the performances that play a pivotal role in making “Padmaavat” a treat to watch. Starting with the antagonist played by Ranveer Singh, Ranveer plays Allauddin Khilji with panache and effortless fervor. The madness that Ranveer brings to the character adds to the nastiness of the character and the only emotion that comes in your mind is HATE for the character. Ranveer will definitely be the toast of the next award season for sure. Now coming to our main protagonist Queen Padmavati played by Deepika Padukone, Deepika brings the right combination of innocence and brains to the character beautifully. Though in the first half she is more of a beauty but by the second half Deepika with her performance epitomizes Queen Padmavati and kills it in the final sequence. Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh shows a lot of restraint in his performance which was required for the character. Shahid owns the character and gives a convincing performance and mouths the heavy duty dialogues with élan and conviction without sounding cheesy. Aditi Rao Haidri as Mehrunisa looks and acts beautifully. Jim Sarbh as Mallik Kafur the Bisexual Slave, gives the much needed edge to his character. Other actors like Raza Murad, Anupriya Goenka, Veena Mehta, Ayam Mehta and other supporting cast do their best.

Every frame of “Padmaavat” is like a canvas with right colors and opulence, and the complete credit goes to Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee and Production Designers Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty. Sudeep Chatterjee’s genius camera work creates the magic on screen and every frame looks spectacular. Production Design by Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty add the colour to the frames with the detailed and larger than life sets which brings the whole frame lively.

Costume Design by Maxima Basu, Harpreet Rimple and Chandrakant Sonawane bring the characters live with their detailed and intricate costumes. The jewellery needs a special mention, each and every piece of jewellery is apt and does not look jarred and it adds on to the costume.

“Padmaavat” may not be Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best as far as music goes, other than the “Ghoomar” song; none of the other songs make any impact.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali yet again proves that he is a master of larger than life story telling, though he misses the emotional quotient in this movie but somehow manages it with the grandeur and opulence and justifies the budget completely.

“Padmaavat” is definitely not Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best but still is better than some of his previous movies. I will go with 4 stars.

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Official Trailer : Padmavati

PadmaavatThe much-awaited trailer of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati was released today. The Movie features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmini, alongside Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, and Aditi Rao Hydari.

Slated for a December 1 release, Padmavati tells the story of Alauddin Khilji who desired a Rajput queen called Padmavati. Padmavati was the queen of Chittor and she is believed to have killed herself rather than letting Khilji capture her.

“Padmavati” releases on 1st December 2017 till then enjoy the Official Trailer…

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Movie Review: Bajirao Mastani

Bajirao Mastani: Epic Love Story of Epic Proportion

Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies are always larger than life both in scale and grandeur, with “Bajirao Mastani”, Sanjay Leela Bhansali outdid himself in scale, grandeur and histrionics…

Technically this is Sanjay Leela Bhansali first political love story which is straight from history, and such subjects are like walking on tight rope where a slight slip tends to ruin the entire movie. But fortunately Sanjay balances the fact and the fiction very well and does complete justice to the subject…

“Bajirao Mastani” is based on Marathi novel “Rau” written by N.S. Inamdar, which has been adapted by Prakash Kapadia. Prakash’s screenplay keeps the entertainment quotient alive with the right balance fact and fiction. He blends the then political scenario in Peshwa and the love story beautifully. Each character has been chalked out well and has a purpose in the larger scheme of things. The research gone behind the script is quite obvious right from the first frame. Another plus about the screenplay is though the characters are larger than life but still they have been given humane side to it which makes the story more relatable. Each character has been sketched with their shortcomings and vulnerabilities and that makes it more endearing. The pace of the movie is one of its biggest plus for Prakash Kapadia, who did not slow done the pace even once making it worth 2 and half hour. Though one thing I missed in the writing was the passion in the love story, Prakash could have put some more effort on the love story of the Peshwa and Mastani….

One of the biggest highlight of the movie is its dialogues and Prakash has taken special care of making the dialogues sound more relatable though it has heavy duty drama to it. The dialect has been given special emphasis, the characters from the Peshwa, right from Bajirao, to Kashibai, to Bajirao’s mother Radhabai has been given a maharashtrian dialect even when they are mouthing hindi dialogues, and Mastani has been given Urdu dialogues with a Hindustani dialect.

Now the ensemble cast which makes the movie grow above the grandeur and scale. Starting with Ranveer Singh who epitomizes Peshwa Bajirao to the hilt, the body language to his dialect, everything is just apt. It shows that Ranveer has actually lived the character throughout, and off course is one of his best performances till date, and as far as the movie is concerned it is the best. He not only portrays the larger than life Peshwa well but the vulnerabilities of the character has been grasped and performed well by Ranveer, especially the climax sequence. Deepika Padukone as Mastani complements the energy of the Peshwa with a much more restrained and surreal performance, she talks more through her eyes than through words. But where the hit pair of Ranveer and Deepika missed the plot is the chemistry, it was not the same as it was in “Ram Leela”. Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai steals the show and hearts as well; her portrayal of a strong yet shy, vulnerable yet commanding wife of Peshwa just took away all the sympathy. Priyanka acted and looked like Peshwa’s wife and stole our hearts. Radhabai, Bajirao’s mother, a role which was tailor made for Tanvi Azmi, she comes on her own in this movie or rather I must say her true potential has been exploited in this movie. Rest of the cast like Milind Soman,  Aditya Pancholi, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vaibhav Tatwawdi all do a splendid job…

One thing that makes “Bajirao Mastani” a masterpiece is its cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee, every frame is like a painting, there is not a single frame which looks ordinary, every frame is opulent and enhances the visual quotient of the movie. Sudeep has done an excellent bringing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s vision to life on celluloid.

To make the visuals opulent the production design by Salomi Dhatrak, Sriram Iyengar & Sujeet Sawant has played a key role. Re-creating an era gone by was no mean task but sets looks so real as if it has been shot on location.

Another big contributor to create the magic in the movie are its costumes by Maxima Basu and Anju Modi. Every costume is a detailed work on the period the movie is based on and the jewellery just enhances the costumes more, every piece of jewellery shows the research and study that has gone behind it.

The music by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself brings back the melody in Bollywood, from the classical “Mohe Rang Do Lal” & “Albela Sajan” to the foot tapping “Pinga” & “Malhari” to soft “Deewani Mastani” to “Aayat” which is a sufi song, every track ahs a different flavor and character which complements the era and re-discovers the folk flavor of Maharashtra. Definitely one of the best albums of Bollywood for 2015…

To complement the music the choreography just lifts the songs to a different level, “Mohe Rang De Lal” choreographed by Pt. Birju Maharaj is pure Kathak, “Pinga” choreographed by Remo is in lavani style, “Deewani Mastani” is mujra…in short every song has been shot as a classic….

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has definitely outdid himself with “Bajirao Mastani” as far as the grandeur and scale goes, but he has been successful in keeping the humane touch to the otherwise opulent presentation, definitely a classic which will grow with time….definitely a “MUST WATCH”….I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Movie Review: Tamasha

Tamasha: Ranbir & Deepika crackle in the otherwise confused Tamasha

Imtiaz Ali after a subtle “Highway”, comes back with the big budget love story “Tamasha”, which explores an array of human emotions….

Imtiaz again teams up with Ranbir Kapoor after “Rockstar” and Deepika Padukone after “Love Aaj Kal” and explores the crackling chemistry of Ranbeer Kapoor & Deepika Padukone very well…Tamasha Review

“Tamasha” explores the story of Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) & Tara (Deepika Padukone) who meet in Corsica when both are on a holiday and they promise not to reveal their true identities and will behave as somebody else without any inhibitions. They spend time at Corsica and separate with a promise that they would not meet again. But destiny had different plans as both meet again and plan to have a relationship, but Tara could not fathom the Ved who is more like a corporate machine and in a rat race, what happens to their relationship is what the movie is all about…

Imtiaz Ali’s story & screenplay starts with a lot of colours and develops the lead characters well with a lot of fun sequences in Corsica. The movie looses steam in the second half when the movie becomes predictable and becomes a mish mash of Imtiaz’s previous movie “Jab We Met”, “ Love Aaj Kal” & “Rockstar”. Imtiaz Ali oscillates from effervescent love to dark emotions like “Rockstar”, rather Imitiaz  over does the dark emotion even in sequences where it was not required. One of the major issue of the script was the to & fro of flashback which puts a break to a smooth narration and also dilutes the message of being what we believe we are…..Another part where he falters is to justify the lead Ved’s erratic behaviour time and again. Somewhere I felt Imtiaz was confused on what he wanted to make, a flowery love story or a dark love story which was clear in a not so convincing and predictable climax……

It is the lead pair of Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone who make the movie a worth watch, especially Ranbir Kapoor who yet again proves his mettle as a class actor, he just lights up the screen and to compliment him is Deepika Padukone who as Tara is like a fresh air and shows immense confidence and maturity in emotional as well as comic scenes. The chemistry of the lead pair just engulfs the entire movie that the other actors just do not matter. Though Piyush Mishra as the story teller and Javed Shaikh as Ved’s father do a brilliant job and make their presence felt….

Ravi Varman’s cinematography elevates the movie by capturing Corsica, Shimla & Delhi like a dream. Aki Narula & Anahita Shroff Adajania’s costumes give the required colour to the characters…

It is the music of A R Rahman which brings another dimension to the movie and elevates the narration in a musical format with the sequential songs, but “Mutturghasti” rendered by Mohit Chauhan tops the chart with its fresh rendition…

Imtiaz Ali tries to play with various emotions in the movie resulting in NOT so consistent narration which ultimately becomes the biggest drawback of the movie….but he successfully renders the message of “Living Life Full size by being what you are”

But the crackling chemistry of Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone deserves 3 stars….

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

 

 

Official Trailer: Bajirao Mastani

Official_Trailer_Bajirao_MastaniSanjay Leela Bhasali is back with his new magnum opus “Bajirao Mastani” , based on the book “Baji Rao 1, The Second Hereditary Peshwa of Maratha Empire” which is based on the life of Peshwa Bajirao Peshwa 1 and his second wife Mastani….

Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to make “Bajirao Mastani” just after “Devdas” (2002) in 2003, and the original cast was Salman Khan & Aishwarya Rai as Bajirao and Mastani respectively, Rani Mukherjee was supposed to play Peshwa’s first wife Kashi Bai. But due to Salman and Aishwarya’s break up, Kareena Kapoor was considered for the role of Mastani, but since they did other movies as a pair Sanjay Leela Bhansali scrapped the idea to make the movie in 2003….

But after the stupendous success of  “Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram Leela” , Sanjay Bhansali decided to make “Bajirao Mastani” by casting the successful pairing of Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone in the titular role of Bajirao and Mastani respectively, and Priyanka Chopra plays the role of Peshwa’s first wife Kashi Bai….

The rest of ensemble cast comprises of Tanvi Azmi, Sukhanda Khandkekar, Anuja Gokhale, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vaibbhav Tatwawdi, Milind Soman, Ayush Tandon & Sanjay Mishra…

The story has been adapted and screenplay written by Prakash Kapadia. The cinematography is by Sudeep Chatterjee….

The melodious music has been composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself…..all the released three songs Gajanana, Deewani Mastani and Pinga have been a hit….

The movie has been produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kishore Lulla and distributed by Eros International….

The trailer gives us a peek of the magnum opus, and it looks like the larger than life Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie…from sets to costumes, everything looks spectacular….

The movie releases on 18th Dec’15…

 

Official Trailer : Tamasha

Imitiaz Ali after the critically acclaimed “Highway” (2014) is back with a mainstream romantic drama “Tamasha”. As the title suggests it will be drama to its fullest….

The story is of Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) & Tara (Deepika Padukone), Ved who fanaticizes about various characters of the stories that he has Tamasha Trailerheard during his growing up years and Tara who is a huge fan of Asterix comics and lives life on her own terms. Both meet in the beautiful island of Corsica, France and they start living a life that they always wanted with no strings attached just like the story they had heard, post which they go their respective ways only to meet again after many years, but now they meet as what they really are, can they re-connect again is what the movie is all about….

The story premise sounds interesting and Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone again pair together after the huge box office hit “Ye Jawaani Hain Deewani” (2013).

Imtiaz Ali is working with both the actors for the second time, he has worked with Ranbir Kapoor in “Rockstar” (2011) and with Deepika Padukone in “Love Aaj Kal” (2009), and both the films consolidated the position of the respective actors.

Shot extensively in Corsica the cinematography of Ravi Varman looks appealing in the Official Trailer.

Imtiaz Ali again pairs with A R Rahman for “Tamasha”…..will it again put A R Rahman back in the marquee, well only future will tell once the music releases…..

Produced by Nadiadwala Grandsons (Sajid Nadiadwala) and distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, “Tamasha” releases on 27th November, 2015….

Till then enjoy the Official Trailer which looks appealing…..

 

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 : Happy New Year

Happy New Year: Too many & too much spoil the New Year

Big Star cast and big production value do not necessarily give you a GOOD movie; I guess Bollywood directors should realize this…

“Happy New Year” is another such opportunity, but somehow falls short in the overall narration…

Happy_New_Year_Poster_(2014_film) (1)Written by Farah Khan, Mayur Puri and Althea Kaushal “Happy New Year” is your Bollywood take on “Ocean’s Eleven” with the desi Bollywood tadka of Naach Gaana, Patriotism and over the top comic sequences. The story is of five losers headed by Charlie (Shahrukh Khan) who plan a heist to steal diamonds worth 300 crores , how they implement the plan and whether they are successful in the heist is what the movie is all about….

The story concept wise is brilliant but it is the screenplay which is full of loop holes and unnecessary sequences which do not add up to the overall movie experience. The first half drags, as it is solely spent to introduce the characters. The main issue in the narration is the emphasis on the Dance Competition and less screen time is spent in the planning of the heist. Though each character is defined excluding Charlie’s well, but later the main characteristics are sidelined like Jag (Sonu Sood) is supposed to be deaf by one ear but this is conveniently over looked in many sequences, such is the case with other characters as well. The chemistry between Charlie and Mohini (Deepika Padukone) is missing completely. The climax looks too convenient and a bit stretched. Another issue is the 179 mins of screen time which is way too long and it could have been 30 mins short.

The dialogues are more of a spoof of previous Shahrukh Khan Movies, and there is nothing original.The dialect of both Mohini and Nandu are inconsistent. Excluding a few sequences the comic sequences falls flat and is hardly humorous.

Shahrukh Khan performs earnestly even in silly sequences, but definitely it is not his best. Abhishek Bachchan as Nandu Bhide unfortunately is a badly written character which is more of a clown without much to do. Sonu Sood as Jag is good in showing his abs but unfortunately the same could not be said for his performance. Boman Irani repeats his quintessential Parsi act as Tammy, I feel he is being repetitive and should re-invent himself. Deepika Padukone as Mohini unfortunately has nothing much to do but she is good and lights up the screen. Vivaan Shah as the hacker Rohan shows promise but his character is too one dimensional for any histrionics. Jackie Shroff as the antagonist Charan Grover looks too haggard to be a suave businessman and his act does not impress too much. Rest of the cast is also average.

Cinematography by Manush Nandan is full of glitter and gives a glamorous look. Farah Khan and Geeta Kapoor’s choreography is pleasing especially “Manwa Laage” and “Main Lovely”.

Farah Khan had an excellent cast and a huge production house backing her and off course a superstar like Shahrukh Khan, but she completely wasted this opportunity with a mediocre script and a narration which is full of loopholes. I think Farah should have concentrated more on originality rather than on spoof of other Bollywood movies.

The movie is neither very bad neither very good, and has nothing new to offer, in a nutshell a very average attempt….I will go with 2 and Half stars….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Movie Review Kochadaiyaan

Kochadaiyaan: A complete Rajni Masala Entertainer in animation

kochadaiyaan ReviewKochadaiyaan is India’s first movie made on the technology of Motion Capture, a technique used in Hollywood movies like Avatar, Tintin & Bewoulf. Do not expect the finesse like its Hollywood counterpart, but the attempt is worth an applaud for the director Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin.

Having Super Star Rajnikanth was enough to make the movie a blockbuster but taking a path which was not explored in Bollywood and more so animation movies are not taken seriously in India, for Soundarya to try something out of the box is commendable.

But it is not only the technology but the story and screenplay by K. S. Ravikumar which is fast paced with trademark Rajni style histrionics and a story which is appealing, in short a complete Entertainer.

Kochadaiyaan is a story based in the 8th century, which tells the tale of Rana, Kochaiyaan’s son who avenges his father’s death. It could have been a mundane revenge drama but K.S. Ravikumar keeps it interesting with a lot of twists and turns.

Rajni as usual is the highlight of the movie with a double role of father Kochadaiyaan and son Rana and Rajni as usual does not disappoint, he is bang on with his histrionics and charisma. Deepika Padulone as Princess Vandhana does not have much to do but suits the part albeit her animation is the worst as compared to other actors. Jackie Shroff as Raja Mahendra does a good job so does Naseer as King Rishikodagan. Shobhana and Sarath Kumar are wasted in brief roles.

Music by A R Rahman is apt as per the movie, though the songs are not memorable or hummable. Cinematography by Rajiv Menon is impressive. Neeta Lulla’s costume design is as per the period. Editing by Antony is crisp and keeps the pace.

After Rajni it is Soundarya’s direction which is the highlight of the movie. Overall the movie is a total masala entertainer; I will go with 3 stars….

Review : Chennai Express

Chennai Express: A De-railed Train

Combination of Shahrukh Khan, Rohit Shetty & Deepika Padukone was a right recipe for a sure shot entertainment. But Chennai Express disappoints and How….

The very premise of the movie is hackneyed with glimpses of DDLJ & Jab we Met . Rahul (Shahrukh Khan)  a 40 year old bachelor who embarks on chennai-expressa journey to Rameswaram to submerge his grandfather’s ashes , but in his journey  he meets Meena (Deepika Padukone) in the train “Chennai Express” who is the daughter of the local Don of Konnam village Durgeshwara Azhagusundaram (Satyaraj). Durgeshwara wants his daughter to be married to Tangaballi (Nikitan Dheer) against Meena’s wishes and she runs away from her home and meets Rahul in the train. The journey of Rahul & Meena forms the crux of the plot.

Story & Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal is very clichéd and repetitive. The screenplay is neither a complete love story neither a comedy. Dialogues by Farhad-Sajid do not help either and lacks in humor and becomes monotonous after some time. Though it gives you some sequences which make you smile but then that is it. You keep on waiting for that typical Rohit Shetty Comic moment but it never comes. Another problem is, that the Tamil dialogues does not have subtitles and audiences like me keep wondering what is happening on the screen.

Shahrukh Khan really needs to re-invent himself. He is good but not excellent. His performance borderlines between hamming and good acting. Deepika is pleasant but her accent as a Tamilian is inconsistent. Other actors look more like amateur actors and are over the top.

Music by Vishal-Shekhar is very average and there is no memorable tune in the movie. The choreography by Farah Khan (Titli) & Chinni Prakash (Kashmir tu) are lavish and good.

Rohit Shetty ‘s direction is confusing. You keep wondering whether Rohit wanted to make a comedy or a love story. I think even he was confused coz you miss the Rohit Shetty magic which we have seen in his previous movies like the Golmaal trilogy or Bol Bachchan or All the Best.

This is definitely Rohit Shetty’s  average movie and  I will go with 2 & a Half stars…