Daily Archives: January 5, 2013
Joginder Tuteja, IndiaGlitz [Saturday, January 05, 2013]
2012 was an eclectic year for Bollywood as far as sheer variety was concerned. With middle of the road films also finding their due popularity, the line was diminished further between commercial and non-commercial cinema. This resulted in actors from varied genres of films finding a unanimous nod of approval from audience as well as critics alike.
Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
Even though as a film ‘Barfi!’ was a tad uneven, what enabled the narrative to keep peaking at regular intervals was one man – Ranbir Kapoor. One can keep assigning adjectives to his act but rest assured, he would be pretty much finding himself in the awards arena at every function. He more than just justifies his selection for the film and his mannerisms, body language, smile, angst, pathos, quest for smaller things in life and reasons to be happy are what make ‘Barfi!’ endearing. The youngest superstar that Bollywood has today.
A source informs, “Akshay is busy shooting for his films till the 23rd of this month and once he finishes the first schedule of Vipul Shah’s remake of Thuppaki and Milan Luthria’s film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again , he will start showing the film to his Bollywood camp. Akshay is one actor who does not believe in having trial shows for his film and this will probably be the first time for him. He always kept a show a day prior to his release for the entire industry but this time around, it looks like he will have at least 8 to 10 trials.”
The source further said, “There are a couple of reasons for that. Akshay is very confident. He has rarely done realistic films and is eager to see how the industry welcomes him in this different genre.”
They seemed like an ideal married couple. They had their own dreams and hopes for a better future. They looked cute together and were game for some cutesy and naughty stuff, in private. Most importantly, they looked innocent. However, a good old saying holds true – don’t judge a book by its cover. One never knows the kind of brutal and shocking past a person have had, even though his present state might not be giving even the slightest inclination of the same. Table No. 21 deals with this notion though it is essentially a thriller. Not a great piece of cinema…but a well-executed 108 minutes of entertainment…and surprises and shocks too!
The story of the movie: Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya (Tena Desae) are thrilled as they win a trip to Fiji. Their marriage anniversary coincidentally falls on this trip and on this special day, they meet a suave Mr Khan (Paresh Rawal) who runs a lavish resort and hosts an exciting live game – Table No.21 – which is seen by millions of viewers worldwide. Khan invites the couple to play the game and they accept. The rules are simple – there will be eight questions and the answers should only be in ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and there will be a task associated with this question. They get a chance to win Rs 21 crore if they successfully answer all questions right and complete the tasks. However, there’s a catch – they can’t lie while answering for if they lie, they die! Initially, the questions seem easy and Viaan-Siya enjoy the game. But as the game progressed, the questions get more and more personal and even disgraceful. The tasks get even more shocking and in some cases, near-fatal. However, Vivaa-Siya can’t quit mid-way and the only way they can get out is by completing the game till. Will they succeed?
Table No. 21 has a crisp and fast-paced narrative although at places, the film could have saved more time. There are plenty of flashbacks in between but is well shot and doesn’t delay the proceedings. The initial sequences are breezy, romantic and even funny. But the film gets into serious shocking zone from the fourth question. The thrill continues in the second hour too. After a point, it does get too heavy and didn’t seem convincing. The final flashback in the climax was too shocking and registers impact. But at this point, one loses sympathy for a principal character in the movie. A conventional ending would have just not worked after that. And very thankfully, the film ends on a much unexpected but extremely justified note.
TABLE NO 21: Terrific!
Director : Aditya Datt
Music : Gajendra Verma, Soumyadeep Burman (Remix) and Sachin Gupta
Lyrics : Gajendra Verma, Aseem Ahmad Abbasee, Jaspreet Jazz and Sheershak Anand
Starring : Rajeev Khandelwal, Tena Desae and Paresh Rawal
(Kudos to Ritesh Deshmukh)
BALAK PALAK: The age of innocence!
Director : Ravi Jadhav
Music : Vishal-Shekhar
Starring : Subodh Bhave, Madan Deodhar, Anand Ingale, Kishore Kadam, Avinash Narkar, Prathamesh Parab, Supriya Pathare, Rohit Phalke, Shashwati Pimplikar, Bhagyashree Shankpal, Amruta Subhash, Vishakha Subhedar, Sai Tamhankar, Satish Tare
January 4, 2013 02:52:07 PM IST
By Martin D’Souza, Glamsham Editorial Send to Friend
Most shocking speech from a leader in parliament . He says, ‘Aap apne ghar ko sudhar lejiye, tab hum par dkhalaj kareye’.
Does this guy act on behalf of ISI/terrorist organization in indian parliament ?
Table No 21 is this year’s first release. According to the director Aditya Datt, This film is a ‘Crazy Thriller’. There were speculations in the Press and Media about Table No 21 to be a rip-off of ‘Saw’, ‘The Hunger Game’ and ‘Phone booth’ and the film does have very few inspirations from the mentioned films, But as a plot this film is very different.
The film is about a middle-class couple Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya (Tena Desae) who wins a free trip to the exotic Fiji Islands. Soon their affair turns into a reality show for 8 million viewers on the internet. The couple is invited by Mr.Khan (Paresh Rawal) to Table No. 21, A live game show where 8 questions are asked, followed by a daunting task.
There’s a Rapid Fire round too. And the prize money is Indian Rupees 21 Crores. But, A Hitch.. If you speak one ‘Lie’, You Die.
Soon arrives the moment where the couple is torn between a web of Lies, Truth and shocking reality which leads to a climax where you feel very Sad about what actually happened.
‘Table No. 21’ might just be director Aditya Datt’s ticket to fame: fame of the pure, unadulterated kinds. His earlier outings as a director – films such as ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’, ‘Dil Diya Hai’ and ‘Good Luck!’ – weren’t able to make much of an impact on either the audience or critics. However, with this film, Datt has undone all of his earlier lukewarm ventures, one might say. With a script that smells of fresh dew on grass, deals with an issue that is way more grave and at the end of the day, blends together an entire gamut of emotions from rage to sorrow, director Aditya Datt has carved to perfection a story that could have gone miserably haywire had it been dealt with in any different manner. Happily for all of us, the film steers clear of all of that.
The film has the elements of thrill – intense at the lower end of the spectrum and spine-chilling at the higher. It cleverly, beautifully builds up a story, goes forth strewing numerous hints during its course and all of them are marvellously tied together in the end. No loose end acts as an impediment in the script – and every single moment makes sense.
Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya (Tena Desae) Agasthi are a couple who, when the film begins, are on cloud nine. They are on board a flight to the Fiji Islands – a holiday which the lady has won. The exotic seascape of Fiji combined with the extraordinarily mesmerising locales make for a visionary treat. The couple enjoy their vacation and on their fifth wedding anniversary, are greeted by a bouquet of surprises – from Khan (Paresh Rawal), the owner of the resort where Vivaan and Siya have been staying.
Khan comes across as a congenial host in the beginning, only to deliver the sinister, downright scary side of himself later on in the film. Khan presents the couple with a unique offer – he asks them to participate in a one-of-a-kind game which consists of eight questions, a task after each question and a prize money of 21 crores for the winners. The game is watched by millions of viewers on Khan’s website, thereby making it a game played – and enjoyed – in front of eight million pairs of voyeuristic eyes. The smooth beginning of the game slowly transforms into a frightening nightmare and Vivaan and Siya see themselves falling defenceless, bit by bit, down into the abyss of Khan’s diabolical game.
Ankur Pathak feels Table No 21 should be watched for the reactive social commentary that it is, and should not be misconceived as a vigilante film.
If we leave aside a few embarrassing hiccups (read Rajdhani Express) that don’t even deserve to be accounted for, 2013 has begun on a hard-hitting note at the movies.
Table No. 21, the first genuine release of the centenary year of Hindi cinema is a psychological thriller that ends with a delectable twist, one which justifies the intent of the highly structured plot.
It not only conveys a relevant message, but does so without being propagandist about it.
The year 2013 starts with Aditya Datt’s latest movie Table No 21, that features Paresh Rawal, Tena Desae and Rajeev Khandelwal in the leads. Table No 21 is not a big budget movie, but it has created some buzz for two crucial reasons:
1) Its promising subject and
2) It has been widely publicised as the first release of the 100th year of Indian cinema. Story Table No 21 is an action thriller, that revolves around the life of a middle-class couple Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya Agasthi (Tena Desae).
The couple win a chance to make a trip to the beautiful islands of Fiji. They get to stay in one of the finest resorts in Fiji, free of cost. Everything seemed really great, until the couple met the charming Mr Khan (Paresh Rawal). This is when Mr Khan ask them to play the ‘tell all truth’ game that he hosts. The best part about this game was that the winner would get a staggering Rs 21 crores.
The couple takes up the challenge. The game kick starts with the couple performing impressively well. As the game proceeds, the questions and tasks become more intense, demanding and surprisingly personal, relating to significant parts of their lives. What happens next?
Will Vivaan and Siya be able to win the game? Performances Paresh Rawal stuns us with a completely new avatar in the movie. He does a brilliant job as the charming Mr Khan in Table No 21. After his critically acclaimed performance in the film Aamir, Rajeev Khandelwal is back in another different role in Table No 21.
New Delhi: The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim – the only witness in the case – on Friday spoke for the first time in front of the nation and exclusively told Zee News that his friend was “positive” and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16.