Movie Review : Sui Dhaaga

Sui Dhaaga Made In India is an inspiring story yet predictable….where the movie stands out is in the simplicity of the characters whom we see sui dhaagain our day to day life and also in the way Sharat Kataria creates humour as well as drama from day to day life.

You fall in love with the characters Mauji brilliantly and earnestly played by Varun Dhawan and Mamta played superlatively by Anushka Sharma the moment the movie starts and keep your smile intact throughout the movie

The other two actors who make a mark are Raghubir Yadav who plays Mauji’s father and Yamini Das who plays Mauji’s mother, the rest of the ensemble cast also do a brilliant job.

The first half is just brilliant but it is the second half where the movie falls in the trap of predictability…yet it is the performances which keeps you invested.

Kudos to Sharat Kataria for choosing a subject which shows the state of our handloom workers and why they are leaving their ancestral work due to plausibility of opportunities and resources.

Sui Dhaaga- Made or is it Mad in India makes you laugh, cry and cringe as well, but at the end puts a smile on your face…

Movie Review : Dishoom

Dishoom: An Extremely Average Punch with No Impact

Rohit Dhawan came up with a decent fair with “Desi Boyz” in 2011 wherein he explored the world of Gigolos, but with “Dishoom” Rohit explores the thriller genre…

“Dishoom” is primarily set in Middle East where an Indian cricketer Viraj Sharma (Saqib Saleem) is abducted 36 hours before the final between India & Pakistan. The Indian Govt sends a Special Task Force official KabirShergill (John Abraham) for the mission of getting back Viraj. Kabir teams up with aDishoom Review rookie inspector Junaid (Varun Dhawan) from the police department in Middle East and starts his hunt for the cricketer. Whether Kabir successfully finds out Viraj Sharma is what the story all about…

Story & Screenplay written by Rohit Dhawan himself and Tushar Hiranandani takes a predictable path for a thriller. The suspense is revealed too soon in the movie and the nuances of a thriller just evaporates. There are too many unwanted characters who do not have any relevance to the actual story like the character of Khabri Chachu or Akshay Kumar’s cameo as Sameer Gazi or Nargis Fakhri’s cameo as Samaira. Both the writers fail to give an edge of the seat thriller which was possible looking at the concept. Unnecessary comic sequences marred the overall impact of the story, like the track where Satish Kaushik’s voice speaks to Junaid telling him that they did not like his photo in the matrimonial site, this is repeated many times and it hardly looks funny. Junaid’s character looks a replica of Varun Dhawan’s character in “Main Tera Hero”. There is nothing new in the writing and you feel that the writers are in the 80’s zone wherein the heroine used to dance at the villain’s den. The main antagonist Wagah (Akshay Khanna) looks meek and there is no element of fear in his character, and if the character of the antagonist is weak in a thriller then the movie falls flat and that is exactly what happens with “Dishoom”….

Even the dialogues written by Hussain Dalal does not help, the dialogues especially the comic once sound too forced and hardly make you laugh…

Performances by the ensemble cast does not create any impact whatsoever… John Abraham as Kabir Shergill again repeats his macho act with a frown all throughout the movie, so if you have seen Welcome 2 &Rocky Handsome then you have seen John’s performance in “Dishoom”, and it is absolutely not up to the mark. John has the same expression throughout the movie and you feel that John really needs a crash course in acting. Same goes with Varun Dhawan who has been stuck to his “Main Tera Hero” demeanor in all his films except “Badlapur”, so Varun does not offer anything new in this movie which we have not seen in his earlier films. It is high time for Varun to stop imitating Govinda because he ends up hamming instead of entertaining, and his act gets on to your nerves after sometime. Jacqueline Fernandez repeats her glamour act yet again and ends up being a show piece in the movie. Akshay Khanna is back with his mean act of Wagah in “Dishoom” and fails in his portrayal of an antagonist. He ends up being more of mockery than the dreaded villain, well blame is half on the writing and half on Akshay who failed to get the act right. Saqib Saleem as Viraj Sharma the cricketer in the only one who impresses a bit. The cameos of Akshay Kumar & Nargis Fakhri are a waste….

Rohit Dhawan instead of going a step forward with is second film has slipped. The movie has a very amateurish feel overall and as a viewer you feel that the director has no control on the proceedings. Rohit completely fails as a director whether it is in the writing department or acting department or music department…he was confused whether he should make an action comedy or a taut thriller… and he ends up making a mish mash of the two genres. Overall a very average effort from Rohit Dhawan…
There are only two aspects wherein “Dishoom” redeems itself, first being the cinematography by Ayananka Bose which captures each frame whether it is the city life of Middle East or the sand dunes with perfection, and second being action direction Allan Amin, the bike chase the helicopter chase all has been perfectly shot and are of international standards…

Music by Pritam yet again disappoints, would love to have our old Pritam back…

Overall “Dishoom” is an extremely average fair and fails to connect…I will go with TWO stars….

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Movie Review: Dilwale

Dilwale: No heart & Soul in this Dilwale

DilwaleRecipe of a hit movie, sign up a hit pair from the past, sign up two new actors from the current lot, to support sign a bandwagon of comedians, sign up a successful director, shoot in exotic foreign locations, show stylish cars and blow it up and at the end take the story idea from an old Bollywood successful movie and put some scenes in the name of script, and you have a hit Bollywood movie dish ready to earn 300 to 400 crores….

Well I guess this is how “Dilwale” was made. Rohit Shetty completely looses the plot with this movie and attempts a love story which is definitely not his forte and he fails miserably.

With a clichéd story line of two brothers Raj (Shahrukh Khan) and Veer (Varun Dhawan) who own a garage in Goa modifying cars and live a quite life of fun and bhaichara, till Veer falls in love with Ishita (Kriti Sanon) who happens to the sister of Meera (Kajol). Both Meera and Raj who have a history 15 years back when Raj was Kali a gangster in Bulgaria. The young couple Veer and Ishita now need to re-unite the warring lovers Raj and Meera, so that they can get married. How they unite the warring couple is what the movie is all about.

Written by Yunus Sajawal, the screenplay looks too dated and extremely predictable, even the so called twists that have been incorporated. There are glaring loop holes in the movie, like both Veer & Ishita were young enough to understand what was happening 15 years back, but they are shown to be completely ignorant, I guess Yunus took the proverb “Ignorance Is Bliss” too seriously. The whole premise is too much of 80’s masala. Some of the characters like the comedians Mani (Johnny Lever), Oscar (Sanjay Mishra) and the local gangster King (Boman Irani) all look as an afterthought which was put as comedy ka tadka in the otherwise bland story. None of the characters are well etched including the lead pair, rather the characters of Veer and Ishita look like glorified support cast. In the climax Yunus completely looses it with “No punch” at all, something which is expected in a Rohit Shetty movie. Rather the climax looks too rushed as if the makers were in hurry to wrap up the movie or were not sure how to wrap the movie. In a nutshell the writing is extremely weak…

Dialogues by Farhad-Sajid does not help either, rather it is too childish and amateurish. Some of the jokes in the name of comedy are so clichéd that you will hardly laugh. Even the so called love scenes between the lead pair are without the punch and passion.

It is only Shahrukh Khan who carries the movie on his shoulders. His portrayal of Raj/Kali is the only decent act of the movie. Well as in his previous movie, Shahrukh plays himself and NOT the character. Kajol as Meera repeats her act of the vivacious character which she has been doing since her DDLJ days. I still feel Kajol has the talent but she just does not do anything different. Rather I would love to see Shahrukh and Kajol in a matured love story. Varun Dhawan as Veer hams throughout the movie in the name of the comedy. Rather this is Varun’s weakest performance till date. Kriti Sanon as Ishita has nothing much to do other than looking good, but still she registers her presence in the scenes which includes her, with her confidence. I would love to see Kriti in a much more defined role. Johhny Lever as Mani bhai brings some much needed laughs with his mallu act. Sanjay Mishra as Oscar though is completely wasted but still manages some laughs. Varun Sharma as Sidhu is repetitive of his Fukrey act. Boman Irani as King is one of the worst performance of the movie. Both Vinod Khanna and Kabir Bedi are wasted….

Cinamatography by Dudley manages to give the glamour quotient to the movie. Music by Pritam is good with some melodious tracks like “Janam Janam” and immensely popular “Mohe tu Rang De Gerua”…

“Dilwale” is undoubtedly Rohit Shetty’s weakest movie till date; it completely lacks the Rohit Shetty touch and does not look like a Rohit Shetty genre of movie. It lacks in high octane action and it lacks in humour, two of Rohit Shetty’s forte. I think Rohit should stick to his kind of comedy like “Golmaal” which is pure entertainment and not venture in genres like love story which according to me is definitely NOT his cup of tea….

I will go with 2 & a half stars….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 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 / 5)

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Official Trailer : ABCD 2

Remo D’Souza continues Vishnu Sir’s (Prabhu Deva) journey in ABCD 2, which is a step up on the first part ABCD in terms of scale and grandness…

ABCD 2

This installment the cast comprises of Varun Dhawan & Shradha Kapoor playing the main lead as Suresh and Vinnie. Prabhu Deva repeats his act of Vishnu Sir and from the first part Dharmesh Yelande and Lauren Gottlieb are repeated along with Allu Arjun in cameo, Raghav Juyal and Prachi Shah…

Shot in US, Las Vegas and Mumbai the movie definitely looks sleek and the choreography as per the promo looks good…

Remo repeats his writing team from “ABCD”, Tushar Hiranandani writing the screenplay and dialogues by Mayur Puri….

Music again we have Sachin-Jigar scoring the music, this is their third association with Remo starting with  “FALTU” and  “ABCD” , now “ABCD 2”…expecting another foot taping music by Sachin-Jigar for this movie as well…

ABCD 2 is Produced by Disney and distributed by UTV Motion Pictures

Be ready for the Dance Musical Extravaganza from Remo D’Souza  on 19th June’15….

Till then enjoy the Official Trailer….

Movie Review : Badlapur

Badlapur: A lukewarm revenge drama

Shriram Raghvan’s fascination for dark thrillers is a known fact what with his previous movies Ek Hasina Thi & Jhonny Gaddar. He continues his fascination for the same with Badlapur.

The basic premise has many layers and Shriram Raghvan along with writer Arijit Biswas try to show the psychological side of revenge as to Badlapur Movie Reviewhow a Advertising Professional Raghav (Varun Dhawan) becomes psychotic after his wife Misha (Yami Gautam) and kid Robin get killed in a bank robbery and he plans to avenge the killers.

The basic message that Shriram wanted to portray was how revenge makes a normal human being act like an animal and in his rage he commits crimes which he does not want. This he portrayed through his two principal characters Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who commits the bank robbery and kills Raghav’s wife and kid and on the other side Raghav who in his madness to take revenge commits a crime which was not intended.

Every character in the movie is very well etched and very complex, but where the movie looses is its weak narration and slow pace. The 134 mins movie could have been trimmed at least by 15 to 20 mins to create more impact. Though the climax has a message but the overall narration does not create an impact. The first half shows promise and you expect some twist in the second half which unfortunately does not come and results in a half baked second half. I felt in some sequences the blood quotient was too stark than required.

It is the performances which is the biggest highlight of the movie, Varun Dhawan as Raghav tries to do a role which was different from his previous movies and succeeds to a large extent especially in sequences where he underplays his anger. The best performance is undoubtedly of Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the antagonist Liak with such perfection that he overshadows everybody in the frame. Huma Qureshi as the prostitute Jhimli gives another riveting performance. Yami Gautam as Misha has nothing much to do. Radhika Apte as Kanchan is good but could have been better, rather she looks quite jaded. Divya Dutta as Shobha the social worker has nothing much to do but still she shines in her brief role. Kumud Mishra, a brilliant actor but underrated by Bollywood shines in the role of the inspector who investigates the bank Robbery. Rest of the cast like Ashwini Kalsekar, Pratima Kazmi, Vinay Pathak do a brilliant job in their brief roles and makes the movie a worth watch.

Music by Sachin Jigar is melodious, especially Jeena Jeena & the rock Jee Karda. Anil Mehta’s brilliance shines through the magical cinematography which captures the suburbs well….

Shriram Raghavan gets the premise right but fails in making it an impactful narration which was the biggest flaw. The pace in the second half is so slow that you want the movie to end.

I will go with Two & a Half stars….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Trailer : Humty Sharma ki Dulhania

SOTY pair Varun Dhawan & Alia Bhatt come together in this Dharma style rom com directed by Shashank Khaitan….going by the promo it looks the arch typical Bollywood romance for the NRI market….releasing 11th July’14

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.