Direct: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast: Rani Mukherjee and Tahir Bhasin
Writing review after many months. Have watched quite a movies, mostly on small screen and very few on big. Never wrote in more than 4 lines comment about a movie. But this particular movie “Mardaani” made me to write a short review and share my views so that people could not know about it, at least whoever reads this.
Movie is about crime branch inspector Shivani Roy (Rani Mukerji). She is in pursuit of an adopted girl. The early signs showed a simple kidnapping but further investigation reveals abduction by a drug and human trafficking syndicate, comprising of various politicians and gang leaders, the most fierce being Karan or Walt played by Tahir Bhasin. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
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. Continue reading
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?
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.
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. Continue reading
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! Continue reading
The corruption levels are at an all-time high and it’s not uncommon to see ministers acting in a high-handed manner as if they own the land. Jai Ho throws light on this aspect and also makes it clear that a common man should not be underestimated at any cost. At the same time, it also demonstrates how a big difference can be made by a simple act of kindness. The thought behind the film is definitely noble but the script, execution and treatment prevents the film from making a huge impact. At best, it’s a decent one time watch!
The story of the movie: Jai (Salman Khan) is an ex-army officer who now has his own garage. Always wanting to help others, he comes up with a noble idea – help somebody and request that person to help three more people and so on. Jai however soon realizes that his concept isn’t as simple to execute as he had originally planned. On the other hand, he gets pitted against the powerful Home Minister, Dashrath Singh (Danny Denzongpa). While Dashrath has loads of power, money and manpower, Jai is all alone with only his utmost bravery and good deeds as his weapons. Continue reading