Movie Review: Meri Pyaari Bindu

Meri Pyaari Bindu: Not So Pyaari After All…

As the name suggests the movie is of the principle character Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) through the eyes of her childhood friend cum admirer cum lover Boobla (Ayushman Khurana).

The story primarily set in North Kolkata oscillates not only as far as location goes but also in overall graph of the story. So the movie is of the friendship cum love of Boobla a.k.a Abhimanyu Roy, a C grade cheap pulp novelist who re-visits his memories with her next door neighbour Bindu, an extremely vivacious, fickle minded and extremely bindass girl who brings the necessary thrill to the typical bong guy Boobla. Things change for them when they grow up and Boobla realizes his love for Bindu, and things get complicated, whether Boobla gets Bindu is what the story is all about.

Written by Supratim Sengupta, the story unfolds through the eyes of Boobla and how he perceives Bindu, his friend, confidant, love etc. The story evolves as a modern day love story of complicated youth, not knowing what they want and how life teaches them to be more mature. Well the premise seems too familiar; well that is where the flaw lies. The overall skeleton of the story does not offer anything new, but where it scores a bit are some moments of Bindu and Boobla that warms your heart and you identify it with your life. The whole story is interwoven with some Bollywood classic melodies which puts a smile on your face, especially if you have grown up in the 80’s and the 90’s when the cassettes and the two in one where the only ways to listen to music other then the radio. Supratim holds your interest all throughout the first half and during interval time you look forward what happens to both Boobla and Bindu, but what unfolds in the second half just does not match the build up of the first half, it becomes a drag and the story just does not move and is stuck in a time wrap. The over stretched climax tests your patience and you wonder what the heck is happening. One of the biggest flaw in the writing has been that it is through the eyes of the Male protagonist Boobla, you are never get to know the real Bindu , as to why is she behaving the way she is, what actually happens to Bindu, the back story of Bindu is completely missing which makes you feel that the writing is half baked and you do empathise with either of the characters.

It is the dialogues which somehow try to undo the lack of cohesive script. The spunky and funny dialogues give you the necessary entertainment.

Ayushman Khurana as Boobla is the best thing of the movie, he portrays his character with complete sincerity and it shows, keeping up the pace is Parineeti Chopra as Bindu, who has proven her acting capabilities time and again, and she does not disappoint you as Bindu as well, it is the chemistry between Ayushman and Parineeti that holds your attention throughout the movie and you would remember long after the movie is over. Aparajita Auddy as Boobla’s mother gives a crackling performance of a typical bong mother, I am sure every bong will identify with this character. Rest of the cast also give a good performance. Overall after dialogues it is the performance of the cast which stand out.

Akshay Roy who is not new to film medium thanks to his many short films that he directed, but this is his first foray to mainstream cinema, and he does not completely disappoint, though the script let’s him down but he is successful in getting some crackling performances, especially by Ayushman Khurana. He keeps it subtle, I am sure given a good script Akhay will shine..

Sachin Jigar charter a different territory with the music of this movie, “Mana Ki Hum Yaar Nahin” stays with you even after the movie is over thanks to the beautiful lyrics by Kausar Munir and Sonu Nigam and Parineeti Chopra’s vocals, “Haareya” is another feather in Arijit’s cap, “Khol de Baahein” sung by Monali Thakur is soft to your ears…

“Meri Pyaari Bindu” oscillates from being good to bad and sums up as average…I will go with 3 Stars..

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Movie Review: Fan

FAN: The Jabra FAN shines over SRK

Fan Movie ReviewFor the last few years after “Chak De”, Shahrukh just could not get it right, though his movies did 100 crores but somewhere the actor Shahrukh was camouflaged by the STAR Shahrukh Khan….

Good News is “FAN” brings back the ACTOR Shahrukh Khan on silver screen with the portrayal of Gaurav Chandana who is a BIG fan of Aryan Khanna (Shahrukh Khan) and has a striking resemblance to Aryan. Gaurav is famous amongst his West Delhi locality as the Junior Aryan Khanna. He wins a competition in a local fare and plans to visit Aryan Khanna in Mumbai on Aryan’s birthday and gift the trophy that he has won. But things go out of hand for him in Mumbai and Gaurav finds himself in the receiving end of Aryan Khanna and to his shock his matinee idol refuses to acknowledge Gaurav as his Fan. Dejected Gaurav returns to Delhi but with a vengeance in his heart to teach Aryan Khanna a lesson….is Gaurav able to take revenge from Aryan Khanna is what the movie is all about….

Story & Screenplay by Habib Faisal starts off on a realistic ground and the first half sticks to realism, it is in the second half that the movie takes a complete U turn from Realistic cinema to typical Bollywood masala. The second half is full of glitches and flaws like everybody mistaking Gaurav as Aryan, including Aryan’s guards and wife, whereas in the first half  Gaurav was differentiable, or how did Gaurav end up in London or Aryan a super star taking up on himself to teach Gaurav a lesson looked too farfetched, especially after a realistic start. Another problem with the movie is its screen time of 143 minutes; it could have been easily 30 minutes short. But it is the characterization which stands out in the writing, off course Gaurav’s character is the best written character but even the support characters are also written well, which is Habib Faisal’s forte. The middle class ethos is portrayed brilliantly by Habib Faisal. Another thing where Habib Faisal scores is getting the true feelings of a hard core FAN in his writing. Some sequences do touch your heart and remains with you even after the movie is over, especially the last few scenes in the climax.

Dialogues by Habib Faisal and Sharat Kataria brings the Delhi lingo back and blends with the narration, the words, the pronunciations everything is just apt. It won’t be wrong to say that the dialogues of the movie took the screenplay to a different level….

But what actually makes the movie shine is the performance of Shahrukh Khan, his portrayal of Gaurav Chandana is just brilliant and reminds you of the Shahrukh Khan of “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa” or “Darr” put together but with a difference, what with him playing a 20 year old at the age of 50 and the complete Delhi mannerism which he nailed with Gaurav. Definitely Shahrukh will be the toast of the awards season for this year. Shahrukh as Aryan gives a restrained performance of cocky headed star, but it is Gaurav’s portrayal which overshadows the entire cast. Deepika Amin as Gaurav’s mother and Yogendra Tikku as Gaurav’s father complement Gaurav’s character beautifully, especially Deepika Amin, good to see that she is getting her due at last. Debutant Shriya Pilgaonkar (Actor Sachin’s daughter) as Neha, Gaurav’s friend is impressive and extremely natural though she has very less screen time, definitely an actress to watch out for. Sayani Gupta as Aryan’s PA, though a small part does complete justice to the character, though her role in the film did not justify her calibre for sure. Debutant Walusha D’Souza as Bela Aryan’s wife, is natural and does a good job, never will you feel that this is her first screen outing, she holds on to her own even in front of the stalwart like Shahrukh Khan. Rest of the supporting cast also do a good job….

Manu Anand’s cinematography gives the extra edge to the movie, whether it is the Delhi by lanes or the beautiful locations of London or Croatia, Manu captures it with brilliance, especially the chase sequences….

Well one of the flaws of the movie is its editing by Namrata Rao, being a thriller it could have been much more crisper but unfortunately some places the movie dips and fails to be a complete thriller…

I give full credit to Maneesh Sharma the director, for digging out the actor Shahrukh Khan for “FAN”. Maneesh successfully brings out the ethos of a FAN brilliantly. Well not to mention his forte in capturing the middle class Delhi brilliantly. Just one complaint Maneesh just looses it a bit in the second half, but extracts brilliant performances from the cast, especially Shahrukh Khan….But I still feel “Band Baja Baraat” as his best till date…

“FAN” is a Shahrukh Khan show all the way, and he does not disappoint with his earnest performance after a long time….I will go with Three and a Half Stars….
Movie Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Official Trailer: Fan

Yashraj Films “Fan” as per the promos is a different kind of Shahrukh Khan movie, which is not romance but a thriller wherein Shahrukh Khan plays a double role that of a super star Aryan Khanna & his 20 year old fan Gaurav.

As the name suggests the story written by Habib Faisal is of Gaurav, who is the biggest fan of Aryan Khanna and what conspires due to Gaurav’s madness for Aryan Khanna is what the movie is all about….

Fan-First-Official-Trailer

Maneesh Sharma after his not so successful “Shuddh Desi Romance” (2013) is back with a movie which has a large canvas with super star Shahrukh Khan. Definitely this is Maneesh’s biggest film till date after Band Baaja Baraat, Ladies Vs Ricky Behl & Suddh Desi Romance….

The principal cast of the movie has Shahrukh Khan (In a double role), Shriya Pilgaonkar (Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar’s daughter who is debuting with this movie), Waluscha De Souza, Deepika Amin & Yogendra Tikku….

To get the looks right for the character Gaurav, Academy Award winner makeup artist Greg Cannom (Won Oscar for Mrs Doubtfire, Bram Stocker’s Dracula & The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has been signed, and I must say he has done an impressive job with Shahrukh’s look for Gaurav…

The movie was launched in Dec’13, but the actual shooting commenced from July’14, and the actual release date was early 2015, but due to Shahrukh Khan injuries teh movie got delayed and the release date was shifted to 14th Aug’15, but again the release got delayed due to post production work of complex computer graphics and now the movie is releasing on 15th April 2016…

“Fan” has been extensively shot in Mumbai, Delhi, London & Croatia…

Music has been scored by Vishal-Shekhar….and the song “Jabra Fan” has been released…

“Fan” is produced and distributed by Yashraj Films….and releases on 15th April’16….Official Trailer below…