Official Trailer : Padmavati

padmavatiThe 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: Befikre

Befikre: A caricature in the name of Modern Love Story

Befikre-Movie-ReviewAditya Chopra tries to break his mould of a conventional love story maker to a contemporary love story maker with “Befikre”; well there is no problem in that but we have misconceptions of a modern or contemporary love story that it needs to be bereft of any emotions and passion, and that a modern day couple are only there for fun…

Taking that concept Aditya Chopra weaves in the quirky love story of Dharam (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) who are two modern day individuals. Dharam the latest export from India who lands in the romantic city of Paris and meets Shyra, a free spirited Indian girl born and brought up in Paris, who calls herself a French girl, both start a casual fling which then gets converted to a live in and then a break up and then good friends, but do they ever find their real feelings for each other is what the movie explores…

Story by Aditya Chopra & Sharat Kataria and screenplay by Aditya Chopra himself takes inspiration from whole lot of Hollywood and Bollywood movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding, No strings Attached, YRF’s own Shudh Desi Romance or Band Baaja Baraat and Tamasha. In a nutshell there is nothing new in the premise neither in the screenplay, wherein a boy and a girl start a relationship with no strings attached and eventually they fall in love with each other and life gets complicated. Rather to add to the modernism the couple start making out at the drop of a hat as if they are sex maniacs, even the casting shows people kissing throughout. Where the story fails miserably is the lack of any emotional quotient in the scenes, rather the graph remains flat throughout the movie and never peaks and in the end you hardly care whether girl and the boy eventually remain happy ever after. The characters including the leads look like caricatures with no depth what so ever. In short the movie just falls flat and right from the word go and Aditya Chopra looses the plot with “Befikre”…

The dialogues by Sharat Kataria are the only saving grace in the scenes which makes you smile. The dialogues are cute, funny and at the same time contemporary, not heavy duty.

In a love story the most essential component is the chemistry, well unfortunately there is NO chemistry between Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, though Ranveer Singh is in a comfortable space with the character where the fun part is concerned, but then it is a repetition of what he did in “Band Baaja Baraat” and it was novel at that time. Where Ranveer struggles in bringing the passion in emoting love, he is fine till the fun element is intact but when it becomes serious emotion Ranveer fails. Vaani Kapoor also gives a sincere performance but the chemistry with Ranveer. Debutant  Armaan Ralhan as Anya, Shyra’s fiancé gives a inhabited performance, being his first movie he looks and acts well, though it is the script which pulls him down.  Akarsh Khurana and Ayesha Raza who play Shyra’s parents do a good job, but they have nothing much to do. Rest of the foreign cast try to fit in but look confused.

Music by Vishal Shekhar is average and none of the songs have a recall value, something which is so opposite to an Aditya Chopra movie. Choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant has nothing new and original it is typical run of the mill…

It is the camera work by Kaname Onoyama which makes the movie worth a watch; he has captured Paris and France like poetry…

Aditya Chopra in his previous movies has shown brilliance in creating moments in his moments, who can forget the mother daughter scene or the pre climax sequence of DDLJ, or all the sequences of Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan in Mohabbatein, or the cute yet uncomfortable chemistry of the leads of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, but that brilliance is completely missing in “Befikre”. Rather you feel Aditya has made the movie in a rush and missed on all the crucial elements which have a USP of his movies. Aditya Chopra disappoints us with “Befikre” and it is definitely his weakest film till date. Rather after watching “Befikre”, you doubt whether it is the same director who directed DDLJ….

A huge let down by Aditya Chopra, I will go with Two Stars…

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

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)

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…

 

Movie Review : Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do: Redefining the Indian Family

Family entertainers in Bollywood reminds you of two names Rajshri Productions and Sooraj Barjatya, where the large family sings, dances, laughs and cries together with their “Sanskar” intact.

Zoya Akhtar’s “Dil Dhadakne Do” redefines the Indian family or should I say the Indian High Society family. Portraying the Mehra’s, Zoya dissects the hypocrisy, the fakeness and the make believe world the so called high society families live in.

First_Look_Poster_of_Dil_Dhadakne_DoDDD is primarily a story of the Mehra family, a rich Punjabi family from Delhi which is headed by Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) the father, Neelam Mehra (Shefali Shah) the mother, Ayesha Mehra/Sanga (Priyanka Chopra) the daughterand Kabir Mehra (Ranveer Singh) the youngest son and heir to the Mehra Empire, not to forget the cute Pluto Mehra (Aamir Khan’s voice) the dog, who is the narrator as well.

So the plot unravels in the luxury cruise where the Mehra’s are celebrating 30 years of Kamal & Neelam Mehra’s, Wedding Anniversary with their friends, or should I say so called friends. How the skeletons of the Mehra family comes out of the closet, the so called business deals in the name of family ties, the bitchiness of the high society crème del a crème wives and the merry go round of relationships constituents the premise of DDD.

Story & Screenplay written by Zoya Akhtar & Reema Kagti emphasizes the relations and their complexities, how we fake in front of the world and how an Image in the society is more important than the feelings and relationship. But the biggest flaw of the movie is its pace. In an attempt to make it realistic somewhere the writers compromised on the pace. Another issue with the script was that it focused on too many issues of the heart and the end result was that none of the issues made any impact. But some sequences are so impactful that it remains with us long after the movie is over like the confrontation scene of Sunny and Manav, the pre climax hospital scene between Kabir and Neelam and all the sequences when Pluto is narrating the story. The one relationship which becomes the highlight of DDD is the relationship of the sibling Ayesha & Kabir, all their sequences do not have too many dialogues but their expressions said it all. The principal characters of Kamal, Neelam, Ayesha and Kabir are very well written, especially Kabir’s character which starts being a not so confident guy to a guy who comes on his own, the transition is shown beautifully. The screen time of 170 mins is another flaw, which could have been edited at least by 30 mins. The biggest flaw was the climax which according to me was NOT well defined and concluded.

The dialogues written by Farhan Akhtar is witty and yet impactful. Javed Akhtar’s dialogue of Pluto gives that necessary impact which was required.

The best USP of the movie are the performances, starting with Anil Kapoor who plays Kamal Mehra, his portrayal as the dominating, egoistic control freak yet weak and vulnerable when alone, is spot on and Anil yet again proves his mettle as a performer. Ayesha played by Priyanka Chopra was the most difficult role of the movie, a strong headed individual yet being loyal to her parents was not an easy portrayal, but Priyanka does it brilliantly and convincingly. Ranveer Singh’s portrayal of Kabir is the highlight of the movie, his portrayal goes through various layers and Ranveer portrays it seamlessly. Rather for the first time Ranveer’s scenes wherein he does not have any dialogues yet he creates an impact with his expression, I think this is Ranveer’s second best portrayal after “Band Bajaa Baraat” . I have to mention Pluto the dog, he was so cute that he remains in with you even when the movie gets over, and Aamir Khan’s voice over enhances the impact. Shefali Shah as Neelam Mehra gives the most restrained performance and it works wonders and makes her stand out in the ensemble cast, I must say Shefali is the most under rated and under used actress of Bollywood. Anushka Sharma as Farah Ali is wasted and her character is not only brief but does not add too much, she is decent in whatever she is given but does not create any impact. Farhan Akhtar as Sunny is a guest appearance role, but every sequences he over shadows the rest in the frame, Farhan’s aura is impeccable and I think one of the best guest appearance role in recent time. Rest of the cast comprising of Divya Seth, Manoj Pahwa, Parmeet Sethi, Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, newcomer Ridhima Sud, Vikram Massey, Ayesha Raza, Vandana Sajnani, Dolly Matoo everybody did an excellent job and enhanced the overall impact of the movie.

Carlos Catalan’s cinematography remains the highlight of DDD as it was for Zoya’s previous movies “Luck By Chance” & “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, all sequences across India, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and Tunisia has been captured beautifully and takes the movie a few notches higher.

Costume design by Arjun Bhasin, as usual is classy yet understated and apt for each character. Neil Patel’s Production design captures the mood of the movie well. The editing by Anand Subaya and Manan Mehta was the weakest; I think the editing could have been crisp.

Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is not that great excluding the title song and Galla Goodiyan song which has been picturised by Bosco-Ceaser well, the other song which has been well choreographed is “Girls can Swing”.

Zoya Akhtar scores high on performances that she has extracted from the ensemble cast but unfortunately fails in creating a cohesive screenplay and fails miserably in concluding the movie. I would say DDD is Zoya’s weakest film till date.

I would say a huge opportunity lost with such a crackling star cast if the screenplay would have been good then it would have a classic for sure….I will go with 3 stars (One additional star for the performances)…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

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Official Trailer : Dil Dhadakne Do

Well “Dil Dhadakne Do” is the most awaited movie of the year 2015, thanks to the ensemble star cast of Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma , Shefali shah & Rahul Bose….Phew isn’t it exciting well the original cast was more exciting what with Anil Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Madhuri Dixit…well things did not work out and excluding Anil Kapoor the entire cast was changed….

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Zoya Akhtar after her critically acclaimed “Luck By Chance” and her successful road movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” comes up with her latest “Dil Dhadakne Do” a story on relationships.

The story written by Zoya Akhtar & Reema Kagti tells us the story of the dysfunctional Mehra family who plan to reconnect with each other on a cruise. The dialogues have been written by Farhan Akhtar so expect some witty dialogues and additional dialogues by Javed Akhtar promise the poetry as well…

Zoya repeats her favorite Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for music, so expect another chart buster album from the trio

Produced by JungleePictures and Excel Entertainment, distributed by Eros International the movie releases on June 5th, 2015….

The official trailer looks quite promising and looks like Zoya has another winner…..

Official Trailer : Kill Dil

YRF and Shaad Ali come together again after their not so successful “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” (2007). The movie has an interesting ensemble cast of Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra. Govinda plays the role of a antagonist and both Ranveer Singh & Ali Zafar play assasins.

The official trailer gives a feel of a Bollywood version of a Quinton Tarantino movie; interestingly the title of the movie has also been inspired by Quinton Taratino’s movie Kill Bill. Shaad Ali for the first time is trying a movie in action genre, his previous movies have been romantic frothy movies like Saathiya, Bunty Aur Babli and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

Music is by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Gulzar, can they re-create the magic of Bunty Aur Babli and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, well we have to wait and watch.

The movie releases on 14th Nov’14……

Review : Lootera

Lootera: A beautiful canvas without a soul

“Lootera” is a movie set in 1950’s India. An India which was young as a nation and there were many changes which took place ending the Zamindari system.

LooteraThe story starts with the Zamindar of Manikpur Roy Chaudhuri who has a huge estate and the only heir to this is her daughter Pakhi Roy Chaudhuri (Sonakshi Sinha). Enter an archeologist Varun Srivastav (Ranveer Singh) and his friend Devdas (Vikrant Massey) who comes to Manikpur for excavation near the Zamindar’s 300 years old ancestral temple and becomes their house guest. The story unfolds with Pakhi & Varun falling in love which each other with a decision to get married. Pre Interval a twist leaves Pakhi and her father heartbroken and they are robbed of their ancestral wealth. One year hence the lovers re-unite in Dalhousie. The story unfolds as to how Pakhi & Varun re-discover their love for each other taking it to a tragic climax.

The Story (inspired by O’Henry’s short story “The Last Leaf) & Screenplay by Vikramaditya Motwane and Bhawani Iyer captures the 50’s India well but fails miserably in the pace. Though the movie is a love story but somehow it does not connect and the soul is missing. The story has some good moments between the lead pair Pakhi & Varun but these moments are stretched and you start thinking when it would end. Being a bit of a thriller it lacks the drama and at the end it becomes predictable. Dialogues by Anurag Kashyap brings the crispness in the otherwise morbid pace.

The technical departments are the stars of the movie. Camera work by Mahendra Shetty is superb, each shot looks like a painting. Dalhousie is captured beautifully. Production Design by Aditya Kanwar compliments Mahendra’s camera work in creating the 50’s look. Every detail is taken care of starting with the props, the location etc, creating a riveting image. Another brilliant work has been by Costume director Subarna Ray Chaudhuri. She has done a remarkable job in creating the correct clothes of that period. Right from the clothes to the accessories has been brilliantly created. Overall the camera, Production design & Costume design has made “Lootera” a beautiful painting.

Editing by Dipika Kalra has been a letdown as the pace is too slow and the movie could have been 15 to 20 minutes short.

Amit Trivedi’s music is the biggest highlight of the film. The music reminds you of the music of S D Burman & R D Burman. Special mention for “Sawar Loon” which has rendered by Monali Thakur is brilliant. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics is poetic and blends well with the mood of the film.

Director Vikramaditya Motwane who gave us the brilliant “Udaan” creates a riveting painting but it does not have the soul. Vikramaditya stresses more on the expressions of the actor rather than the dialogues. Some sequences are directed well like the chase sequence. But movie fails to capture the attention of the viewer  because of the pace.

“Lootera” has some good performances; Sonakshi Sinha proves that she can portray sensitive roles well. Ranveer Singh is a bit stiff in the first half but slowly and steadily by the second half he shows why is he the most sought after newcomer in the current lot of new actors. But Vikrant Massey who plays Ranveer’s friend Devdas in the movie, shines with his easy performance, an actor who shows the spark. Rest of the cast like Adil Hussain & Divya Dutta do justice to their miniscule role. Rather Divya Dutta is completely wasted in a 2 minute role.

Overall “Lootera” could have been a classic but falls flat due to its pace, I go with 2 & a half stars.