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  • Movie Review: MAIN TERA HERO by FENIL SETA
    fenil_seta | April 6, 2014, 11:48 AM | no comments | 52 views

     

    Prior to the release of Chashme Baddoor last year, director David Dhawan admitted that he was nervous before the film went on floors as the film was devoid of his three favourite stars – Govinda, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan. One year later, David Dhawan is back with another comedy, Main Tera Hero, which again doesn’t feature his three favourites (although Salman is present in a small way). And just like Chashme Baddoor, Main Tera Hero is a hilarious ride and proves that David need not always incorporate his favourite actors in the film. His execution and his excellent team of writers are enough to take the film to dizzying heights. And moreover, this time he has Varun Dhawan, who is guaranteed to win every viewer’s heart!

    The story of the movie: Shreenath Prasad (Varun Dhawan) aka Seenu lives with his parents in Ooty. He’s terrible in studies and is notorious for his mischievous behavior. After being taunted by his father (Manoj Pahwa), Seenu decides to go to Bangalore for higher studies. In college, he comes across Sunaina (Ileana DCruz) and falls for her. By doing so, he gets into the bad books of Angad Bedi (Arunoday Singh). But Seenu is sharp and successfully thwarts Angad and his attempts to defeat him. However, the real trouble begins when Aisha (Nargis Fakhri) springs from nowhere and falls in love with Seenu. (more…)




  • Movie Review: YOUNGISTAAN by FENIL SETA
    fenil_seta | March 29, 2014, 10:53 PM | no comments | 7 views

    A question troubling me since childhood is, why is almost 80-90% of our ministers over 50 years of age? Why can’t our authorities be young and dynamic, especially since a major section of our population comprise of the youth? Youngistaan attempts to show how a country can hope for change if it’s headed by a person who’s young, not just in age but also in thought. Although it could have been much better, the 133 minute long film is a fine attempt by the makers. Moreover, Jackky Bhagnani finally proves he’s one of the best talents around!

    The story of the movie: Abhimanyu Kaul (Jackky Bhagnani) works in a gaming company in Japan and is in a live-in relationship with Anwita (Neha Sharma). Abhimanyu’s father Dashrath Kaul (Boman Irani) is the Prime Minister of India. While in office, he passes away and due to prevailing circumstances, Abhimanyu is asked to take his place. As the inexperienced Abhimanyu is sworn in as the Prime Minister, he earns backlash from media, a section of population and also from his own partymen. How he comes out of it and tries to run the country forms the crux of the film.

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  • Movie Review: RAGINI MMS 2 by FENIL SETA
    fenil_seta | March 23, 2014, 11:10 AM | no comments | 13 views

    I strongly believe that Bollywood has been churning out some great films in almost every genre, except for one – horror. Very few horror films of Bollywood create an impact and we have a long way to go in this regard. Everytime an interesting horror film is all set to release, expectations that the flick would push the envelope escalates, only to let down viewers. Ragini MMS 2 is no exception. Disappointing fare!

    The story of the movie: After Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) escapes from the haunted house, she fails to get over the trauma and is admitted in a mental asylum. On the other hand, an eccentric filmmaker Rocks (Parvin Dabas) decides to make a film on this incident. He casts porn star turned film actor Sunny Leone (Sunny Leone) for the role of Ragini and self-obsessed TV actor Maddy (Karan Mehra) for the role of Ragini’s boyfriend Uday (Rajkummar Rao). What’s more, Rocks, at the suggestion of script writer Satya (Saahil Prem) decides to shoot in the same haunted house where the incident took place. As expected, strange things start happening with the unit members the moment they reach the haunted location.

    Ragini MMS was a realistic fare and had a gripping direction and terrific performances. Few scenes did manage to give the chills. Ragini MMS 2, on the other hand, appears too filmy. Except the climax, not a single scene gives a scare as it’s too in-your-face. Also, the background score is unnecessarily added that further takes away the impact. Moreover, some fine performers like Parvin Dabas go overboard with their acts. Thirdly, the sex scenes fail to titillate much and few such sequences (Saahil-Sunny’s lovemaking scene and Sunny-Sandhya Mridul kiss) serves no purpose at all. And like it has happened in the past, hot scenes shown in the promos are not there in the film. Lastly, few questions are left unanswered, which again isn’t a good idea. (more…)




  • Movie Review: BEWAKOOFIYAAN by FENIL SETA
    fenil_seta | March 16, 2014, 11:10 AM | no comments | 22 views

    At a time when films are more and more relevant and true-to-life, it’s not surprising that few makers are trying to incorporate the recession setting in their narrative. 2 ½ years back, Desi Boyz too tackled this burning issue but abandoned it mid-way. Bewakoofiyaan however has recession, layoffs etc as the focus from start to finish. It’s nothing extraordinary but it’s light, breezy and executed and performed very well. Surely worth a watch!

    The story of the movie: The film is set in Delhi-NCR. Mohit Chadda (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in AirConnect as a Senior Executive and earns fairly well. His girlfriend, Mayera (Sonam Kapoor) earns more than him but this never leads to any problem between the two. Being in love since 2 years, they decide to finally get married. Mohit is thus introduced to Mayera’s father, retired IAS officer V K Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor). Mr Sehgal is completely against Mohit and the fact that Mayera is ready to marry a person who earns less than her. Mohit tries his best to impress his to-be-father-in-law when calamity strikes. Mohit is kicked out of his job. While the tension of paying house rent, car and credit card EMI looms over Mohit, what scares him the most is how will Mr Sehgal react once he learns that Mohit is jobless?

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  • Movie Review: QUEEN by FENIL SETA
    fenil_seta | March 10, 2014, 11:20 AM | no comments | 17 views

    When Phantom Films was launched and announced, many felt that the films they would churn out would surely be worth a watch but these films wouldn’t have universal appeal and would be relegated to the so-called niche audiences. Thankfully, that’s not the case! The first 2 films of Phantom – Lootera and Hasee Toh Phasee – were not only sensible and thought-provoking but also largely entertaining. And the tradition continues with the third film of Phantom, Queen! Well-directed and well-performed, Queen is one of those films of the year that one shouldn’t miss at any cost!

    The story of the movie: Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is from Rajouri, Delhi. She is obedient and has lived a sheltered life with his family. She’s introduced to Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) as a family friend and he starts wooing her. Soon, both fall for each other and their wedding gets fixed. Rani naturally is very excited. But all hell breaks lose 2 days before the wedding. The marriage is called off. A devastated Rani suddenly decides to go on her European honeymoon, all alone! During the course of her journey, she discovers new people and new ways of life. More importantly, she discovers herself.

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  • Movie Review: SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS by FENIL SETA
    fenil_seta | March 2, 2014, 11:49 AM | no comments | 2 views

    Marriage jokes can never go out of fashion. What’s more, one doesn’t need to tie the knot to enjoy the jokes and it raises laughs across people of all age groups. And sure enough, many films have been attempted as well that revolve around the nok-jhok associated with the members of this sacred institution. A film bearing the title Shaadi Ke Side Effects immediately arouses curiosity and when one learns that it stars Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan and directed by the same genius who made Pyaar Ke Side Effects, expectations are bound to be skyhigh. The theatrical trailer confirmed that the film is going to be a laugh-riot and most importantly, very relatable. And sure enough, the film has tons of laugh-out-loud moments that make for a great watch!

    The story of the movie: Siddharth Roy aka Sid (Farhan Akhtar) and Trisha (Vidya Balan) are married to each other and try unconventional methods to maintain the zing in their lives. However, one day Trisha finds out that she’s pregnant and as a result, Siddharth’s life goes for a toss. After the baby, Mili, is born, Siddharth finds it difficult to fulfill his responsibilities as a doting father and husband and in the process, fights between the couple become common. With no hope in sight, Sid approaches his brother-in-law Ranvir (Ram Kapoor) who is considered as an ideal hubby-and-dad. He gives some debatable tips which Sid laps it up instantly. What happens thereafter forms the rest of the story.

    Director Saket Chaudhary’s debut venture Pyaar Ke Side Effects was one-of-its-kind and boasted of several interesting and never-before-seen moments. For instance, I can still vividly recall the sequence where the characters of Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat are fighting with each other and a scoreboard pops up (Check out the scene here)! Something like this was novel then (and even today) and one does expect Saket to come up with something in the same league with Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Thankfully, the film does have such moments and that too from the very beginning. Moreover, many funny scenes that one must have repeatedly seen in the promos successfully raise laughs when seeing the film as well! Also, the first half never gets boring. One thing beautifully leads to another. The intermission point is crucial and very interesting. (more…)




  • Movie Review: GUNDAY by FENIL SETA
    fenil_seta | February 18, 2014, 2:13 PM | no comments | 2 views

    It has been a while since two hero films (in which both heroes are thick friends) have been churned out in Bollywood. The bond of friendship can be a strong factor in taking a film forward and hence, Gunday, a tale of two friends, is at an advantage. That it’s backed by a respected banner like Yash Raj Films and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar (who made the entertaining Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) was like an icing on the cake. But very shockingly, Gunday is a king-sized disappointment!

    The story of the movie: Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) are refugees from Bangladesh who are compelled to come to Calcutta during the 1971 War. They fail to get the required help from the government and hence start doing odd jobs to earn a living. From being gun couriers, they turn into coal thieves and ultimately, the biggest gunday of Calcutta. By this time, they become the best of friends. They trust no one except themselves and work in complete harmony. They even fall for the same girl – cabaret dancer Nandita (Priyanka Chopra). On the other hand, the new ACP Satyajit Sarkar (Irrfan Khan) vows to bring Bikram and Bala to book. How he attempts to do so and how Bikram-Bala work out a solution when they both fall in love with the same girl forms the crux of Gunday!

    Gunday has a terrific beginning actually. The entire sequence when Bikram and Bala as kids make ends meet makes for a great watch. Ranveer-Arjun’s entry is clapworthy and the action scene involving Bikram-Bala and Dibakar’s men is quite fun. Nandita’s entry is hilarious and after this point, the film begins to go on a downhill majorly because the goings-on just don’t seem convincing. There’s a major twist in the tale later on which is predictable. But more than that, it’s the unconvincing sequences that are a downer. The manner in which Bikram and Bala become sworn enemies of each other didn’t seem acceptable. Their fight scene in the second half is very boring. Even the fight in the climax, though shot well and put to good music (title song) seems extremely over-the-top and doesn’t work. On the positive side, few scenes make a huge impact (especially Nandita blasting Bala in the second half). Also, Tune Maari Entriyaan is too good with the choreography being quite impressive! (more…)




  • Can Gunday really cross 100 crore?
    fenil_seta | February 13, 2014, 4:06 PM | no comments | 1 views

    It is no secret that a full-on masala entertainer replete with sharp dialogues, raw action, macho men, beautiful heroine and loads of drama can work wonders at the box office, if made well, boasts of saleable stars and marketed smartly. Hence, a lot of buzz surrounds Gunday, starring Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. It’s produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar who earlier directed the comic caper Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Gunday however is a complete departure from Zafar’s earlier work. Set in the 70s Calcutta, Gunday is a tale of 2 men, originally refugees from Bangladesh, who become very powerful and even get worshipped by the masses. The treatment is quite filmy and it is evident that several scenes in the film will intice loads of claps and whistles, especially in the single screens. Songs aren’t that great but Tune Maari Entriyaan has become quite popular.

    A section of trade and experts are hoping that Gunday can cross 100 crore mark. After all, it has the complete masala entertainment element (described above). Moreover, Ranveer is riding high after the super-success of Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela, which also earned more than 100 crores. However, while the buzz for Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela was huge, the same can’t be said for Gunday (though Arjun-Ranveer’s antics have been loved a lot). Moreover, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela’s songs were liked immensely and had become a rage. Gunday songs haven’t worked in a similar way. Also, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela starred Deepika Padukone and her chemistry with Ranveer was eye-catching. Not to forget, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s setting was appealing and larger-than-life. And when it comes to Gunday, the chemistry between Priyanka-Ranveer or Priyanka-Arjun isn’t that hot. And although Gunday boasts of some superb action scenes (especially the ones shot atop the train and at the coal mine) but again, it hasn’t had a tremendous impact.

    Hence, in my opinion, it won’t be an easy task for Gunday to cross the 100-crore-mark and even the opening won’t be similar as Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela (which had a rocking opening of 15 crore). However, word of mouth can be crucial if audience reaction is positive, Gunday can earn big time. Let’s hope for the best! (more…)




  • Shah Rukh Khan at heart is still simple-Juhi Chawla
    fenil_seta | February 13, 2014, 4:06 PM | no comments | 5 views


    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 13, 2014)

    Juhi Chawla, in real life, is quite like we know her on screen — simple, emotional, sensitive and spontaneous. As she says, “I think more from my heart. My brains don’t work as much.” After losing her mother to an accident, her father to illness and not still having come to terms with her brother Bobby Chawla’s coma, she has become more quiet and thinks a little more. Ahead of her upcoming release, Gulaab Gang, which makes her both excited and anxious, she talks to Bombay Times about the super bright and simple Shah Rukh Khan, her emotional anchor and husband Jai Mehta and her past vulnerability versus Madhuri Dixit. Excerpts:
     
    Tell us about your journey into films?
    As we are sitting here, in this very Sun-n-Sand Hotel, I am reminded of the pool scene we shot in Darr. The yellow chiffon sari I wore, Yash Chopraji and Shah Rukh and me. How time flies. I still remember how I was so excited to work with Yashji and be his heroine. It was beyond my dreams that I could have one day become a Yash Chopra heroine. I had never thought so big and wondered if I could have lived up to his expectations. I was born in Ambala, after which we briefly lived in Delhi where my mum worked in the housekeeping department of Oberois. My dad worked for the Income Tax department and they decided to move to Mumbai when I was four as my mum had got a job with the Taj. My dad too took a transfer. My mom worked so that she could add to the family income. We had a comfortable life thanks to both of them putting their efforts but there was nothing like excess. Then I went to school and college here and then coincidentally slipped into films. Youth really has its flight, takes chances, doesn’t think too much and that is the beauty of it. Now when I look back, my friends were taking part in the Femina Miss India contest. And there were these forms going around in HR college. So I too decided to fill up a form. I had always been a studious and conscientious daughter, who wanted good grades for my parents. I knew I was good, but also knew that there were prettier girls in my class and that always kept me grounded. I still remember my dad’s reaction when I told him that I wanted him to sign my form. I didn’t know what I was wearing, a friend of mine did my make-up and I went for an interview to the Femina office at the Times of India building and the next thing I knew was that I had been shortlisted for the finals at the Shanmukhananda Hall. There were prettier girls than me, but I know I nailed it because of one smartass answer I gave. I got lucky and that is where my journey began in films. Just soon after winning Miss India, my first film literally walked to me.
     
    Your favourite directors?
    Yash Chopra, for his dream-like films and the way he presented his heroines. Only he would take care of what they are wearing and how they are looking. He was very sweet and there was always khanna peena with him. He would never shout, but knew how to get his work done. Working with him was a big experience in my life. Azizji (Aziz Mirza) for his warmth that shows even in his films. He is very well read and jovial. Be it his lyrics, his music, his sense of poetry or sense of humour, his warmth shows. And Mahesh Bhatt. Maheshji was one director I would just laugh listening to. He would not only tell you what you are supposed to do, but would also tell you what should be going on in your mind while shooting. A director normally tells his main characters about what to do, but he was one director who for instance in a police chowki scene would also tell the hawaldar standing behind what he must imagine in his head while the scene is being shot. For example he would tell him ‘imagine that you have fought with your wife and come.’ In his films, everyone was alive.
     
    Your favourite actors?
    Each actor has been a character. But the two obvious ones are Shah Rukh and Aamir. Aamir was the one who taught me my dialogues and acting in my screentest for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, post which I went to shoot South films. By the time I came back to shoot QSQT, I felt mujhko toh kaam aata hai. So he would fumble more than me in QSQT. But in reality we had both started together and there was no awe as we were both just as bad or good. He had assisted Nasir Hussain and knew the technical side. He would always think his scenes while I would be spontaneous. He was always intelligent and would get into details and would get into the length and breadth of every thing. We got on very well. Of course, he has become more serious now and is doing great work. He was not completely happy with all the films he was doing then. I, of course, was learning anything and everything from everyone and didn’t know he would become the phenomenon he is today or that Shah Rukh would have become what he is. Hum log ko toh koi credit hi nahi deta. They should be grateful to me as because of me they became huge stars :) Shah Rukh has always worked 20 hours a day. He told me once, ‘I have six tracks going on in my head and I can think clearly through each one of them.’ I was baffled then only as I felt yeh kaise ho sakta hai, mera toh ek bhi nahi chalta. He would help the director in writing and staging the scenes and would rehearse with you even 20 times. When he came to the set, I knew that the director would be at ease as he would make it all work. He would make us laugh and keep us entertained. That time, even though he was just three years into Bollywood, while a star’s water would usually be served in silver glasses, Shah Rukh in his initial years would have his tea from the same glass that the crew would have and have dal chawal with the unit. He was very simple. Now, things may have changed a little, but I think at heart he is still simple. He is very intelligent and he reads a lot. I wish though he could stop smoking and just care about his health and rest a little more.
     
    Madhuri Dixit and you were always pitted against each other in your peak days. Did that bother you then?
    Yes, at that time there was Madhuri and me, as we had come into the industry at the same time. Her Dil and my QSQT were released three months apart. There were comparisons. Now, I read in her interviews and realise that she was not even bothered and was actually just doing her own thing at that time. She was really mature. But I think I was not so wise so I would get affected as people would always keep telling me, ‘See what you are doing and see what Madhuri is doing.’ I was vulnerable. I had not come in knowing this is where I was going to go and was not sure of myself. I was living and learning and experiencing and getting scared of where I was myself. There were many times when I would feel, ‘Shit, what if I my next film bombed?’ I was insecure, inexperienced and young.
     
    Who was your emotional anchor at that time?
    My emotional anchor was my mom. But I lost her in a car accident a year after my marriage. A few years later, my dad became sick and I lost him too. My brother Bobby is eight years older than me. As kids, he and I would fight like cats and dogs. He would often push me and I would go flying and would hate him for it. He initially moved to Delhi to work, but then returned to Mumbai to build a career and we lost our mother. After losing her, my brother became my anchor and I thought he would be there with me through thick and thin, but he has been in coma for a few years now. My husband Jai is today my anchor in every way and I am most attached to my children, Jai and my in-laws. What Jai cannot solve for me, I leave it to time to sort itself. I was broken when I lost my mum and then again when my brother fell ill. I became spiritual. I questioned many things and am still questioning. Sometimes I feel scared that there is no one sitting up there. Of course, I also hold on more to my family and value them even more now.
     
    How did you meet your husband?
    We got married 15 years ago. I had known him vaguely when I was in college. Then I lost touch with him as I started working. Much later, I met him again in a restaurant when I had gone with my friends for dinner. We started keeping in touch. I was an actress by this time. He started wooing me for a year and then we got married.
     
    What is he like?
    He is very generous and for him friendships mean a lot. He is very large-hearted and he has a more forward looking vision than mine. At times I am not able to look at things and maybe, I am looking at the smaller picture, but he will help me stand above it and look beyond.
     
    In Gulaab Gang, were you comfortable playing a villain given that you have always been loved for your innocent, sweet onscreen image?
    First I was appalled and wondered why they wanted me to play a villain. But then I realised that I don’t have to become Prem Chopra or Gulshan Grover. I have to just be me with a little play with it and it will happen.

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  • John to play dreaded gangster; Anil Kapoor to play Bal Thackeray in Sanjay Gupta’s next?
    fenil_seta | February 13, 2014, 3:55 PM | no comments | 13 views


    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 13, 2014)

    Sanjay Gupta’s films are about gangsters, real life incidents and style. We have now learnt that Sanjay is ready to shoot his next film titled Mumbai Saga, which again is based on a real-life gangster of the 80s and the 90s, who changed the skyline of Mumbai. This gangster, being played by John Abraham, will be shown from the age of 22, where he was a vegetable vendor, to the age of 45, when he became a narco smuggler and the ganglord of Mumbai, who ruled the businesses of drugs, arms and real estate. He was responsible for breaking the strong nexus between the mills and the politicians at that time. He, in effect, became the broker for builders and was responsible for buildings being built in place of mills. But he did something so terrible that he had to get his face changed without which he would have been caught. He had turned gangster for the sake of his brother, who he wanted should become a chemical engineer from London. While his brother did become that, ironically, he finally became a gangster himself.

    Great actors Anil Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee return in this Sanjay Gupta film. Interestingly, Anil will be seen playing the leader of the ruling political party then, who was no less than the tiger of Mumbai’s jungle. It’s a no-brainer to guess who that could be. (more…)



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