Movie Review: Ghayal Once Again

Ghayal Once Again: Hardly anything to be “Ghayal” About

Ghayal Once Again Movie ReviewOnce upon a time in Bollywood there was a genre called the Deol genre which meant shouting in the name of acting and Super human powers accompanied with “Dhai Kilo ka Haath” where people used to fly if Sunny Deol gave them one punch, the adrenalin rush made box office hits. But that was 1990’s but now we are in 2016, and today Bollywood movies have seen a sea change in the way the movies are made and presented….

But unfortunately “Ghayal Once Again” belongs to the 1990’s genre of Bollywood action movies where the hero is the supreme power and has the capacity to change the society single handedly….

So the story of “Ghayal Once Again” starts where “Ghayal” (1990) ends and Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) who is out of jail and suffering for nero issues (which is not made clear whether it was mental issue or neuro issue)and runs an honest newspaper “Satyakam” which is famous for its various sting operations and expose. Things changes for Arun when his good friend and confidant Ex ACP Joe D’Souza (Om Puri) gets killed in an accident, but his whole world gets completely changed when a bunch of college kids comprising of Rohan (Shivam Patil), Anushka (Aanchal Munjal), Varun (Rishab Arora)  and Zoya (Daina Khan) accidental shoot the video of Joe D’Souza’s murder by city’s richest businessman Raj Bansal’s( Narendra Jha) son Kabir Bansal (Abhilash Kumar) and the real reason of Joe D’Souza’s death surfaces. Is Arun able to get justice for Joe’s murder is what the movie is all about..

Story written by Shaktimaan Talwar, Sagar Pandya and Sunny Deol himself and screenplay by Sanjay Masoom & Vishal Vijay Kumar tries to re-create “Ghayal” through its main protagonist Arun Mehra, but somehow fails miserably. The main issue of the story & the screenplay is its confused genre whether it is a movie on youth or a revenge drama or a thriller or an out and out action movie, till the end the audience could not make out. Just showcasing technological advancement does not make it a modern and contemporary movie. “Ghayal Once Again” tries to be under the shadow of its original “Ghayal”, but the problem is times have changed and the way a story is narrated is completely different in 2016 than how it was told in 1990. The screenplay follows the age old style of narration which falls flat, especially in the second half when unnecessary emotional twists are introduced which has no relevance what so ever. All the characters including the main protagonist Arun Mehra look like card board characters straight out of a below average Bollywood potboilers from the 80’s….

The dialogues by Vishal Vijay Kumar is too 90’s and sounds artificial. Having some English dialogues does not necessarily mean that it is today’s lingo. None of the dialogues make any impact in this high octane melodrama…

The biggest flaw of the movie are its performances, starting from Sunny Deol as Arun is over the top and repetitive shouting and screaming in the name of acting really bogs you down. The young debutants Shivam Patil, Anchal Munjal, Diana Khan and Rishab Arora are complete wash out as far as their performances goes, they look outright unconvincing. Narendra Jha as Raj Bansal is the only decent performance amongst the entire cast, though weak writing puts his performance down. Soha Ali Khan as Dr Rhea looks perpetually lost throughout the movie. Manoj Joshi as the Home Minister Appa Saheb overacts and hams incessantly. Other actors like Ramesh Deo, Zakir Hussain, Sachin Khedekar, Tisca Chopra, Neena Kulkarni, Nadira Babbar and Om Puri are wasted in small roles.

Sunny Deol as a director has only emphasised on the CGX which I must say is good, but fails to put a soul into the movie neither through its writing nor by extracting good performances from his ensemble cast. Sunny Deol’s first movie “Dillagi” was still better than “Ghayal Once Again”. In this movie Sunny completely looses track of what he intends to show….

Definitely an extremely weak attempt…I will go with One and a Half star….

Movie Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars (1.5 / 5)


Movie Review : ABCD 2

ABCD 2: Too Much Dance, Too Much Glitz But Not Too much of Story

ABCD revived the genre of dance based movies in 2013, which gave Mithun and B Subhash success in the 80’s. It cemented Remo D’Souza as a sought after director and gave India its first answer to Hollywood’s movie “Step Up”…..

Remo takes the sequel ABCD 2 a step further where Vishnu Sir takes another task of training a group of underdogs from Nalasopara which includes Suresh (Varun Dhawan) a waiter, Vinnie (Shradha Kapoor) a hair stylist and a bunch of their motley gang to participate in the International Hip Hop contest in Las Vegas.

Well as claimed in the beginning Remo D’souza’s story is inspired by a true story of a dance group from Nalasopara called “Ficticious”. ABCD 2 ReviewScreenplay is by Tushar Hiranandani & Remo himself, which does not give that impact though the story is awe inspiring saga of bunch of nobodies who become somebody. The screenplay emphasizes more on the dances than on the story making it look like a Dance reality show. It lacks the emotional quotient. There are too many tracks one of Vishnu and his family, one of Suresh and his dancer mother, a dancer Vinod who has some ailment but none of these tracks make any sense in the overall scheme of things and it just remains just a track to increase the run time. The characters are not fleshed out properly not even of the 3 principal characters Vishnu, Suresh and Vinnie. Overall the ABCD 2 becomes an array of dance events and nothing more.

Dialogues by Mayur Puri, is funny in some sequences but for most part of it the dialogues does not give the required punch especially in the confrontation sequences or emotional sequences and the sequence falls flat.

One thing that stands out is the choreography and the well mounted dance sequences. Rather it is the dance sequences which are the hero of the movie. Everyone knows Remo’s fascination for Hip Hop and he utilizes his love for the dance form in this movie. Choreography by Remo & Terence Lewis is extremely well executed and shot. Especially the “Ganaraya” song in the pre climax, the usage of Ganesh mantras in a Hip Hop form was the best fusion I have seen in recent time. The love song “If you hold my hand” shot at the Grand Canyon is very well executed and the usage of the 3D format particularly for this song is very well utilized. The Climax song is very well choreographed but I just hope the song was also up to the mark.

Performance wise the movie takes does not boast of any stand out performance, Prabhu Deva as Vishnu Sir Looks disinterested all throughout the movie. Varun Dhawan as Suresh tries very hard but gives a very average performance; he actually falls flat in the emotional sequences. Shradha’s portrayal of Vinnie remains average as well. Lauren Gattlieb as Olive is good in Dance sequences but the same cannot be said about her acting skills. Puneet as the deaf & dumb dancer Vinod and Dharmesh as the dancer from Gujarat still stand out with their performances as compared to the rest of the dancers. Tisca Chopra is wasted in a miniscule role of Vishnu’s wife. Pooja Batra as the owner of an Indian Restaurant does not have much to do than smiling in all the frames. Overall the movie is very weak in performances.

Music by Sachin-Jigar is as peppy and melodious as it was for ABCD. Some of the songs like “Chunar” sung by Arijit Singh is a stand out and so is the “Ganaraya” song which basically mixes Indian classical ragas with foot tapping sounds.

Remo wins brownie points for the well executed and choreographed songs, but fails in creating an overall impact especially due to the lack of story and absence of any emotional quotient or should I say not so well executed emotional sequences. Somewhere the movie does not connect and remains as I said earlier an array of well mounted dance sequences….

For dance lovers the movie is a treat but rest it is just an average dance movie….It will go with 2 and a half stars….

Movie Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

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