My Review of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is very Simple and to put it bluntly it is like “Enjoying Sex With and Without Condoms during First half & Second Half respectively”
In today’s modern times, watching a movie that takes you back to 80’s and 90’s subject of teaching values, reminding of culture and tradition is like expecting to watch and listen to a boring lecture from Mullah’s, Swamy’s or Fathers on their respective Auspicious days. But when same subject are lectured / preached by Specialists who are Modern but culturally rooted and knowledgeable, whose works are recognized world over, cherished and appreciated, your expectations bounds to be sky high. You seek to gain knowledge, learn values and become righteous. Sooraj Bharjatya is one such personality who is a specialist in this genre, hence the expectations are huge, tremendous, unbeatable and to meet such demand is challenging. Sometimes best of the best would fail given the time and circumstances in a Modern Day film making. Did Sooraj meet your expectations? Did he recreate the magic of HAHK or HSSH? It’s you who have to decide that. I can only give my views and my opinion on the film.
In First half all the songs hinder the pace and rhythm of the movie which actually drifted the intention of Sooraj. He could have added few more scenes instead of songs. None of the songs were situational and all disrupted the flow of movie watching experience. 30-45 mins before the interval movie catches the rhythm of the flow and from then on it continues to entertain till the end. Continue reading
Well, I never expected this movie to touch me so much but it did. The depth of emotional scenes in this movie are beyond words, only to be felt, experiencing the trauma one goes through each characters by putting oneself in their shoes.
You might find many couples in most part of India just like Mary (Shefali Shetty) and Garson Fernande (Jackie Shroff) where a woman struggles every minute of her life, fighting off herself in midst of relationship crisis & injustice bestowed upon her just to save & protect the family she love, for the sake of her children, their future & their happiness from being destroyed in minutes. One may find happiness to be a distant dream because of their sacrifices but not for them as they are strong enough to find the happiness in little things, things that would mean world to them, things they wished to hate and in happiness of their loved ones.
Yes, it is the same old story because even in case of men it is not entirely different as we see men turn drunkards / alcoholic resulting in domestic violence, extra marital affairs, sin, tearing down the family, hurting & losing the loved ones & destroying themselves in the end. We also see men seeking redemption, reconciliation in which some may fail and some may actually succeed.
The characters shown on the screen attributed with the above characteristics would seem clichéd; watched umpteen numbers of times that will disinterest your movie watching experience but the act of our Couple (Jackie & Shefali) and their performances in Brothers was nothing like seen before because each emotional scene was filled up with such depth of emotions that even considering to pretend to experiencing it alone would literally swirl you down into depression. Continue reading
I am bit confused about Phantom
On one hand they have named all the real names of masterminds behind 26/11 attacks and the actors look just like them. It needs guts to name those who are still out at large with followings in their home country which could pose a serious threats to the director or anyone associated with the film anywhere and anytime.
On the Other hand the screenplay lacks which impacts good direction by Kabir. For example, the execution of the targets that takes places is shot brilliantly but it don’t impact on the viewers that such thing was really executed, it lacked conviction.
I think Kabir got carried away with the emotions related to 26/11 while shooting but failed to recreate that onscreen or in reel life. The impact or the thrill was missing whenever each target is executed or action took place. The whole Syrian mission (Though shot well with brilliant locales) hindered the flow of the movie that could have been taken out of the book without screwing the mission. Continue reading
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy – Truly Spectacularly Different
Very few movies have been path breaking and DBB is one of them. It should be compared to the best of Hollywood movies. The settings, the costumes, the cinematography & the screenplay are Oscar worthy. The movie is very fast paced and if one doesn’t notice things or understand the followings then one will be like the character “Bhuvan Babu’s” son. It’s very amusing to find such movies made in Bollywood. This movie is in totally different league and the very opening scene itself affirms my claim.
Sushant Singh is Outstanding and the actor who played the character of Dr is brilliant but the main Hero is the director and so is the director Dibaker Banerjee. Take a bow Mr. Banerjee. Take a Bow.
Yes! The movie is truly Spectacular in its treatment, absolutely different kind of a movie that one has hardly seen in Indian cinema for a very long time and its soul is complete Desi yet Superior in Quality.
The unraveling of plot, build-up of suspense, twists and the details captured were intriguing, fascinating and engrossing. Overall an OUTSTANDING MOVIE OF THE YEAR. 5/5 Continue reading
When you go for a movie, you go with the hope to get entertained, thoroughly enjoy, come out with smiling faces and Happy New Year exactly does that. It’s thoroughly entertaining, witty and totally paisa vasool movie and you will come out with smiling faces. We all know what is the story of the movie, we all know there is no secret in the movie, we also know that this is mindless entertainment and we also know that it is somewhat inspired from couple of Hollywood movies but in spite of these “we know things”, I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie with my family.
We all know how good the movie “Chak De India” is and how brilliantly Srk performed but one thing I observed that whenever there are any dialogue deliveries related to the country or patriotism, his voice tone gets Hindustani from filmy and ignites some kind of fire, magic, passion and love for the country within. His speech from “Filmfare” award on “best personality award”, his speech and dialogues of the movie” Chak de India”, his emotional and heartrending dialogues of “Swadesh” and a small but stirring dialogue of HNY during the last dance enraptures you completely.
Now let me tell you about the performances and I would like to start with “Boman Irani & Abhishek Bachchan’s” deadly comic duo but if you want to segregate the performance based on individual than you can’t decide which actor was better in the two. The next best was the team’s (all actors together specially in the first half of the film) enthralling performances followed by “Srk”, “Deepika”, “Sonu” and 50gm ka paneer as the Leading actors. On the other hand, Jackie Shroff was looking fab as villain and he justified his role without much hazzle or show off.
Farah Khan is brilliant in direction and her direction was best in the first half of the movie. Some of the scenes are rib tickling and in continuation which does affect your stomach and the team has done an exceptionally brilliant job in the comic department. They were absolutely hilarious in most of the comic scenes only due to their timing and expressions. Overall the Movie is Fantastic. 4/5 Continue reading
Judgment at Nuremberg – The film is totally set in Courtroom from the beginning till end and I must confess that the performance by “Maximilian Schell” as “Hans Rolfe” is one of the best ever performance from any lawyer I have seen till now. He totally owned the show and the film. He was just incredible. The way he pitched his arguments and counter arguments rattled me. I was just waiting him to thrash the opponent along with the judge and I by no mean discrediting other actors in the film but he was The Best. Must watch and highly enjoyable film. Thanks for the recommendation @cr7, its Highly Recommended!!!
Kramer v/s Kramer – This is another film where you don’t feel that you are watching the relationship of father and son on the reel, it is as real as it can get and Never in the film I felt it was an act for the film. It looked so pure and genuine. Dustin Hoffman is incredible and genuine as a father and Meryl Streep is so beautiful and resentful as a mother and a wife that you will have one hell of a time watching this movie. It never occurred to me about “Akele Hum Akele Tum” until Meryl comes back to get the custody of her child. I felt both were totally different movies till that point. I felt that there should have been a sequel to it and I wanted them to unite together at the end. It totally captivates and enthralls you with high emotions in the end and it is Highly Recommended!!!
Good Will Hunting – Watched it again and loved it again as usual.
Highway – Weird movie and didn’t understand a thing about the purpose of the movie because definitely it was not for entertainment. Aliya looked like a clone of Kareena Kapoor in all emotional and crying scenes but did it wonderfully. Liked her acting in some scenes and in most she was over acting. Loved her last emotional outburst in front of her family. Continue reading
“12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley
“Her,” Spike Jonze
“Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki Continue reading
• Oscar winners upon being presented with their award, must sign an agreement stating that if they wish to sell their statuettes they must first offer them to the Academy for $1. If they refuse, they cannot keep their trophy. The rule has been in effect since 1950, which means that older statues do sometimes appear on the open market. Interestingly, Steven Speielberg bought Bette Davis’ Oscar for $578,000 in 2001 and donated it back to the Academy and Michael Jackson paid over a million for David Selznick’s award in 1999. Steven Spielberg also bought Clark Gable’s 1934 Best Actor Oscar for It Happened One Night, for the bargain price of $550,000 in 1996.
If a film is to be considered for an Oscar nomination, it must meet several criterias. It must be 40 minutes long; on 35mm or 70mm film, or 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format at a minimum resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels and must be screened for paid admission in Los Angeles for at least seven days. This was the reason Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight, which was produced in 1952, won an Oscar in 1972, only after it played in Los Angeles.
• The only sequel to ever win a Best Picture Oscar was The Godfather II in 1974. Peter Jackson could be about to follow suit with his spectacular sequel to Lord Of The Rings, The Two Towers. Also, The only Academy Award winner who won but was never officially nominated was Hal Mohr for Best Cinematography for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935). Mohr was the first and only person to win via a write-in vote.
• The Oscar statuette, which stands at 13 1/2 inches tall and weighs 8 1/2 pounds are gold-plated metal ones.The Oscar statue is one of the most recognized trophies in the world that has existed since 1929. Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. The statuette is made of tin, copper and antimony, with a thick covering of 24 carat gold. However, During World War II, Oscar winners were presented with statues made from plaster instead of gold, in public recognition of the war effort.
• The Dolby Theatre was formerly known as the Kodak Theatre and has temporarily been renamed the Hollywood and Highland Center Theatre. It has been the most recent home of the Oscars and seats 3,332 people. But the interesting fact is that many actors and people from Hollywood do not make it to the actual event. People are allegedly invited to fill the seats for which they are paid $125 to fill up the auditorium. The theater has hosted the Academy Awards ceremonies and is the first permanent home for these annual awards ceremonies. Continue reading
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Salman Khan takes a jibe at AR Rahman at Kapil Sibal’s album launch
The tension between the Salman Khan and AR Rahman was the talking point of an event. Once again, Salman has put his foot in his mouth. The launch of ‘Raunaq’, a musical collaboration between Rahman and Union Minister (Telecom & IT) Kapil Sibal, set the stage for a somewhat hostile interaction between the star and the Oscar-winning composer. Continue reading