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. Continue reading →
Akshay is busy shooting for his films till the 23rd of this month
Akshay Kumar, who has always been known to be superstitious about his films and has never believed in keeping private trial shows, is now all set to follow the other Aamir Khan’s example and bend his own rules for his February release Special Chabbis with multiple trials.
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.” Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →