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)

Movie Review : Phantom

Phantom:  A Thriller I wish had more Punch

Political Thrillers are Kabir Khan’s forte, what with his previous movies “Kabul Express” & “Ek Tha Tiger” both phantom-poster-saif-ali-khan-katrina-kaifwere of the same genre. But his last enormously successful “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was more of a family drama with Indo-Pak theme. Well the expectations from “Phantom” are sky high…

Taking his love for political thriller Kabir Khan constructs “Phantom” based on Hussain Zaidi’s book “Mumbai Avengers” which is a fiction post 26/11 massacre in Mumbai. The plot is of how an Ex Army Officer Daniel Khan (Saif Ali Khan) is called for a mission by RAW to eradicate the master minds of 26/11 massacre. How Daniel goes ahead with the mission and whether he is successful in completing the mission is what the movie all about.

Adopting Hussain Zaidi’s novel the screenplay by Kabir Khan & Parvez Shaikh is taut but inconsistent. The sequence when Daniel executes his mission one by one is technically brilliant but looks too easy to be true and lacks the edge of the seat moments which is the prime issue with the script. Another issue of the screenplay is that goes back & forth many times adding on to the inconsistency more. The prime sequences especially the Pakistan sequence looks all over place again taking away from the thriller element. The background story of Daniel does not have the impact hence the fallen hero element falls flat. Daniel’s accomplice Nawaz Mistry’s (Katrina Kaif) character is not fully defined till the end, whether she is a RAW agent or whether she is an outsourced resource working for RAW, it is not clear. The forced brewing romance between Daniel & Nawaz is a waste and slows down the pace. Even the climax looks a bit weak for a thriller. And to top it all the significance of the title “Phantom” never comes across in the movie.

The dialogues by Kabir Khan & Kausar Munir are strong at some places and it falls flat in a few. But overall the dialogues make sense.

Another major drawback of the movie is the casting. Saif Ali Khan as Daniel Khan looks a bit too casual for the role, though he tries his best to fit into the mould but is grossly unsuccessful. Rather he looks as if he has just walked out of “Agent Vinod” and entered the sets of “Phantom” as he enacts Daniel Khan with the same tempo. The rugged RAW agent gait just like Akshay Kumar in “Baby” is missed in this movie. Katrina Kaif as Nawaz Mistry looks hardly an agent and looks more like a beautiful Barbie doll who is decked up even in Syrian war sequences. Sometimes she looks confused and out of place in the movie, overall an average performance. Sabyasachi Chakrabarty as the Raw Chief Roy stands out and gives a restrained performance and suits the role to the “T”. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Mishra a worker in RAW who creates a plan for Daniel is the best performance of the movie; he overshadows everybody including the lead cast. Rest of the cast does the job well.
It is Aseem Mishra’s cinematography which elevates the movie, whether it is London, Chicago, Beirut or Lebanon, all are captured with élan. Rajat Potdar’s production design compliments the story and is also a highlight of the movie. Subarna Rai Chaudhuri’s costume designing is another highlight; it blends with the various countries shown in the movie. Kudos to the technical team of “Phantom” for making it worth a watch.

Music by Pritam gets lost in the proceedings; apart from “Afghan Jalebi” none of the other tracks make any impact.

Kabir Khan is successful in making a technically brilliant movie, but a weak lead pair and a script which has inconsistencies makes “Phantom” an average film. Especially after the brilliant “Baby” by Neeraj Pandey which falls in the same genre, “Phantom” lacks the punch which is required in such thrillers.Definitely not Kabir Khan’s best…

“Phantom” could have been a brilliant spy drama falls short, hence I will go with Three stars…..

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

In case you have missed the trailer, watch it again

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Official Trailer: Phantom

Kabir Khan is back what he does best with “Phantom” a political thriller; the story is adapted from the novel “Mumbai Avengers” written by the famous crime author Hussain Zaidi.phantom-poster-saif-ali-khan-katrina-kaif

The story & screenplay has been written by Kabir Khan and Parveez Shaikh, and tells the story of global terrorism after 26/11 attacks in Mumbai wherein the main lead Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif play secret agents who are sent in mission. Not much has been revealed as far as the story goes.

Since the story is on global terrorism hence the Producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Kabir Khan have kept no stone unturned and the film is shot all across the globe from Beirut, Lebanon and the mountains of Kfardebian (shown as Syria) to UK & Canada to Jammu & Kashmir to Punjab and to Mumbai….

The principal cast comprises of Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and many actors from various countries where it was shot.

Cinematography is by Kabir Khan’s regular Aseem Mishra, hence we can expect some splendid visuals.

Releasing on 28th Aug’15 the movie has been produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his banner Nadiadwala Grandsons and it is being distributed by UTV….

The trailer gives us a glimpse of an action packed thriller shot realistically, a far cry from Kabir Khan’s last blockbuster “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”…..

Well only time will tell whether “Phantom” will be Kabir Khan’s second blockbuster in 2015…till then enjoy the trailer

Movie Review : Bang Bang

Bang Bang: All about glitz and glamour but no content

Bang Bang“Bang Bang” is Sidharth Anand’s first foray into action, a departure from his rom coms like “Salaam Namaste”, “Bachna Aai Haseeno”, “Tara Ra Rum Pum” and “Anjana Anjani”.

Officially it is the remake of Tom Cruise’s not so impressive “Knight & Day”. “Bang Bang” has a wafer thin story by Patrick O Neil about Rajveer Singh (Hrithik Roshan) a thief who steals the Kohinoor diamond from London, falls in love with a dumb damsel Harleen (Katrina Kaif) and is in search of international terrorist Omar Zafar (Danny), why, when and how is what the movie is all about…

Screenplay by Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair is equally unimpressive. The central character is almost like a super hero, I think the writers created an alter ego of Krish with Rajveer Nanda who jumps, leaps, uses state of art gadgets, shows his well sculpted body and kisses his damsel with passion, he is too perfect to be believable. The plot or should I say chaos is just a collage of some action sequences, car chases in international locations and songs in beautiful locations like Greece, nothing more than that. I did not expect such a half baked plot from Sujoy, it had a premise of a sleek spy thriller but the screenplay just does not pick up. Even the love story does not strike a chord, it only has some kissing sequences, and songs which pop up from nowhere. Half hour into the movie and you can predict the narration.

Dialogues by Abbas Tyrewala is amateurish and too mundane with desh bhakti punch lines like the 80’s, even the dialogues could not salvage the bland script.

Performance wise Hrithik Roshan sleep walks through his portrayal and it felt that it was an extension of his previous character Krish. Katrina Kaif with her forced innocent act as Harleen Sahani the bank receptionist is irritating and she end up being an arm candy and only needs to look good. Danny has a hackneyed villainous character of Omar Zafar who is a quintessential bollywood villain, but his presence makes an impact. Pawan Malhotra is wasted as Intelligence Officer Dilawar, as his character is poorly written and half backed. Deepti Naval, Kanwaljit Singh, Jimmy shergill and Vikram Gokhale are wasted in insignificant cameos. Javed Jaffery as Hamid Gul has nothing much to do. In short a good ensemble cast is wasted in a half baked story.

The best aspect of the movie is its action by Parvez Shaikh, it is sleek and well choreographed. Choreography by Bosco Ceaser & Ahmed Khan is done well, especially the song “Tu Meri” song which showcased Hrithik’s brilliant moves. Music by Vishal Shekhar is foot tapping and breezy, apt for the kind of subject, even the background score by Salim-Sulaiman is good. Another highlight of the movie is the cinematography by Vikas Sivaraman and Sunil Patel which added the glitz and style to the narration.

Sidharth Anand had everything going for him in this movie, superstar Hrithik Roshan and the beautiful Katrina Kaif, Fox star as the producer did not spare any expense in making “Bang Bang” a grand cinematic experience, but it is opportunity lost due to weak and half baked script. Even Sidharth’s direction is inconsistent, he concentrated more on style and glitz and less on the content and eventually the movie falls flat.

A plot which could have been a good spy thriller, but fails miserably, I will go with 2 stars….

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)