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Kapoor & Sons- Synopsis

Dharma Production is back with a triangular love story “Kapoor & Sons” which is primarily a story of two brothers Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) who fall for the same girl Tia (Alia Bhatt). Well you wonder what is new, the new twist is the backdrop of a dysfunctional family of the Kapoors which includes the GrandpaOfficial Trailer of Kapoor & Sons (Rishi Kapoor), the parents played by Rajat Kapoor the father and Ratna Pathak Shah the mother. Written by Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra “Kapoor & Sons” is a heady mix of a triangular love story with a quirky dysfunctional element makes it a bit different…

The ensemble cast of Rishi Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rajat Kapoor & Ratna Pathak Shah makes it more compelling…

Shakun Batra is back wearing the director’s hat for the second time after “Ek Main Aur Ek Tum”(2012). Dharma Production’s latest offering has music by a band of music directors Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Fazilpuria, Arko Parvo Mukherjee, Benny Dayal, Nucleya & Tanishka Bagchi, well which makes the music much awaited…

The cinematography is by Jeffery F Bierman and Edited by Shivkumar V Panickar…..

“Kapoor & Sons” is produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar & Apoorva Mehta and distributed by Fox Star Studios and hits theatres 18th March 2016….

Till then enjoy the Official Trailer Below….

Movie Review: All Is Well

All Is Well: All is NOT well about this movie

All is well posterThe 2012 hit “Oh My God”, was very different and questioned many religious beliefs which made Umesh Shukla a name to reckon with.

The expectations with “All Is Well”, Umesh’s second offering was high, though the movie has been in the making for a long time.

“All Is well” is a typical family drama of a dysfunctional family of Mr Bhalla (Rishi Kapoor), his son Inder Bhalla (Abhishek Bachchan) and Inder’s mother Pammi Bhalla (Supriya Pathak), situation forces the family to get scattered, and they come together for a family crisis created by the local goon Chima (Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub). How they bond in the time of crisis and how they discover each other is what the story deals with.

The story by Umesh Shukla and screenplay by Sumit Arora & Niren Bhatt, starts with a promise which looks like a road movie of a family but fizzles out completely half hour into the movie. The humor is forced and you get a feeling that you are watching a movie from the 90’s, in short the humor looks quite dated. The reason between the rift between the Bhalla couple does not look very convincing, they are just shown fighting which happens in any couples lives. Inder’s character and his phobia of getting married looks quite meek. Almost all the characters look over the top, especially Cheema’s character the comic villain which was a trend in late 80’s and early 90’s, but unfortunately the villain becomes a joker. The whole sequence of the Mama and the Mami is unnecessary and does not create any impact rather than adding on to the buffoonery. All the characters of Nimmi (Asin) Inder’s girlfriend look like bunch of jokers which hardly make you laugh.

Another flaw in the writing are the dialogues which sound dated and even the comic dialogues are hardly few which make you laugh. Overall the writing of the movie right from the screenplay to the dialogues, it is a big disappointment, whereas it was the strongest point of Umesh Shukla’s previous movie “OMG”.

The movie lacks on the performance front as well. Abhishek Bachchan who is seen on screen after 3 years and who plays Inder Bhalla looks completely disinterested and acts with the same monotonous expression. Rishi Kapoor as Bhalla is tries very hard to give a convincing performance but the weak writing fails him, but yet full credit to him for giving an honest and sincere effort. Supriya Pathak as Pammi is completely wasted with hardly any dialogues and with the same expression throughout the movie. Asin as Nimmi is as irritating as she has been in her previous movies. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Cheema is the only actor which is successful in making you laugh in a few sequences but he is also pulled down by the poor writing. Rest of the cast perform quite average. So the movie fails in the performance segment as well.

Other technical departments like art direction by Munish Sappel are very average, so is the cinematography by Sameer Arya which is extremely inconsistent and dated. The editing by Sanjay Sankla is not upto the mark…

Music has been given by a plethora of music director’s right from Himesh Reshammiya, Amaal Mallik, Mithoon & Meet Bros…but none of the songs create any impact though they are melodious since none of the songs are placed aptly…

Umesh Shukla fails badly though he had a stellar cast and a good production house backing him. It is absolutely below average attempt from a director who showed promise in his first venture.

Overall “All is Well” is neither a comedy nor a family drama and a below average movie, I will go with One & a Half Stars…..

Movie Rating: (1.5 / 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….

Review : Student Of The Year

SOTY:Karan Johar‘s larger than life Bollywood movie

Welcome to the world of KJo, actors in perfect designer clothes, best of cars, candy floss romance, good looking actors, picture perfect sets & settings well color co-ordinated,  in short a larger than life Bollywood movie fare.

Let us accept it that KJo has created his own brand of cinema, which you can love or hate but definitely cannot ignore it & SOTY is exactly the same Student Of The YearKJo brand of movie.

SOTY  is a story of two friends Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) & Abhimanyu Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) who meet in St Teresa who initially hate each other but eventually become friends until the “Student of the Year” challenge is declared by the dean Yogendra  Vashisht (Rishi Kapoor). The challenge turns the friends into competitors, how it plays havoc in their lives forms the basis of the story…

Though the story is predictable but the screenplay by Rensil Dsilva creates the impact, some sequences are very well written and some look a bit amateurish, like the main challenge to win “Student of the Year” looks weak. The pace is slow at times. The dialogues of Niranjan Iyengar makes up for the loose screenplay, it is spunky and the lingo is contemporary adding to the zing.

The debutants especially Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra are impressive, they grow as the movie progresses. Varun in particular excels both in acting as well as dancing, a lad to watch out for. Sidharth does justice to whatever given. Alia Bhatt has little to do, her character reminds you of Poo in K3G but without the spunk, but overall she is decent. The main highlight is the support cast especially Rishi Kapoor who plays the gay dean with panache; his portrayal is both funny and moving. Other cast like Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Kayoze Irani, Sana Saeed, Mansi Rach, Sahil Anand & Gautami Kapoor are impressive.

The music by Vishal Shekhar is good and so is the picturization by Farah Khan, Vaibhavi Merchant, Bosco-Ceaser & Remo. All the songs are lavishly shot and the look is rich, but the Disco Song by Remo & Radha song by Farah Khan stands out.

The camera work by Ananyanka Bose is good. How can you miss the costume designer in a Karan Johar movie both Manish Malhotra & Shiraj Siddique do a splendid job which gives the movie the zing.

In a nutshell SOTY is lavishly mounted candy floss over the top KJo –ish type of Bollywood cinema which is aptly shouldered by Varun Dhawan & Sidharth Malhotra. 3 stars from me, one extra for the debutants.