Anjaana Anjaani :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –
Two strangers meet and feel the sparks igniting between them – with you waiting to see if the climax goes the merry Bollywood way or is there a twist in store… but behind all that, is the strong undercurrent of suicidal tendencies from our lead pair.
It’s a Siddharth Anand movie – and typically so from the beginning to the title scroll.

THE CAST –

Ranbir Kapoor keeps leaping with performance after performance. With this movie, he takes his screen presence up by another umpteen notches. Priyanka Chopra is overdone in some scenes but well that is pardonable in this genre (or the lack of it).
The support cast is just about good enough – Zayed Khan though retains as many emotions and expressions as he boasted in Chura Liya Hai Tumne.

THE MUSIC –

The music is yet again the trump card of the film. As with Bachna Ae Haseeno (Siddharth Anand’s previous), Vishal-Shekhar throw in amazing numbers in this album. You’ll be at a loss to pick out a weak link throughout.

The fast and bouncy title track is however the ace of the pack and a worthy candidate for numerous repetitions.

THE VERDICT –

Anjaana Anjaani is a kind of movie that will only cater to the put-your-hair-down-and-rejoice kind of audience in the theatres. If you are even remotely into ‘meaningful cinema’ – or think it’s best not to be associated with an admiration or two for such movies, please give this a skip.
And for all those who loved Bachna Ae Haseeno – it’s time to pump up the volumes, all over again!

THE SCORE –

7.00 / 10.00

 

Anjaana Anjaani

Dabangg :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

Good guy grows up to be a man of honour despite all obstacles and ends up cleansing the society by getting rid of the goons one after another – the biggest of them all, in the end.

Sounds familiar? Well then that is where the similarities end with other melodrama episodes. What remains for you to witness is nothing but The Salman Khan Show – Unleashed!

THE CAST –

Sonu Sood leaves you with a performance you will revere him for some time to come. And so do most of the support cast which includes Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna & Om Puri among others.

While Sonakshi Sinha comes out more often in the Katrina-esque genre, Dimple Kapadia shows she is still the actor par excellence she has been through decades. Mahesh Manjrekar stars in a cameo, but doesn’t miss out on leaving his imprint.

Salman Khan towers above the rest though – and in what magnitude!

THE MUSIC –

While Munni has already been Badnaam for some time now, the rest of the score also compliments the sequences superbly – especially Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. Superb music once again from Sajid-Wajid and not to forget, Lalit Pandit for Munni!

THE VERDICT –

Dabangg will definitely go on to be one of the highest grossing movies of all time and much like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge did, it will do so on a very simple plot as offering.

Don’t miss out on this one!

THE SCORE –

8.50 / 10.00

 

Dabangg

 

Rajneeti :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

Rajneeti, by Prakash Jha’s admission itself, borrows heavily from the Mahabharata. Well, it also cleverly adds to it pieces of other flicks and a dash of Nehru-Gandhi family affairs. What you get in the end is an attempt at trying to put together a solid representation of the state and times of Indian politics, but you are somehow left with a feeling of sourness – one that stems from a hastily prepared side-dish.

THE CAST –

With a deluge of accomplished actors, Rajneeti does not fall short of star-power or superb performances. Ranbir Kapoor, however, steals the show with a finesse that is unmistakable and a silent statement that he’s the one for the coming years. Nana Patekar and Manoj Bajpai are in their elements and at times exemplary.

The remainder of the starcast is pretty solid too. However, the under-use of Naseeruddin Shah comes across as a hard deal.

THE MUSIC –

The music is used judiciously in the screenplay and only as far to heighten it. The album by itself is good with compositions from multiple music directors. Bheegi Si by Pritam and Mora Piya by Aadesh Srivastava are the stand-outs.

THE VERDICT –

Rajneeti is good – only as far as the premise and the performances go. For the rest of it, well it’s a melodramatic movie that promises so much and delivers the routine.

THE SCORE –

6.50 / 10.00

Rajneeti

Kites :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

Kites is different. It’s a film that for once, defines why the production house is so called – Film Kraft.

It’s nothing short of a carefully crafted piece of art that may still find few connoisseurs. A superbly woven tale of endless love that transcends the barriers of race, religion and language – and glides into eternity, Kites will go into the books as one of the better films ever produced.

THE CAST –

Hrithik Roshan just takes everything about an actor to a different level altogether. He’s light years above the script and is ably supported by Barbara Mori. While the supporting cast sticks to their track, they are not the reason you would want to remember this love story.

It’s the Hrithik & Barbara Show, and it is awesome!

THE MUSIC –

Rajesh Roshan again comes up trumps in a home production. While the background music is well laid out too, the standout number remains Zindagi Do Pal Ki besides the other chartbusters including Dil Kyun Yeh Mera.

The soundtrack may not be Rajesh’s best but is definitely the ideal thing to have happened for the movie – subtle, soothing and ethereal!

THE VERDICT –

Kites has received a lot of flak in several reviews and from several big-mouths. It’s time people understood they had no business to talk about something that they did not understand at all – it doesn’t have to be the clichéd rocket science or mathematics all the time, you can actually miss everything in a piece of art such as this.

THE SCORE –

8.50 / 10.00

Kites

3 Idiots :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

I don’t quite remember the last time I saw a movie that delivered more on every count than it promised.

3 Idiots is not quite the Sholay of our times nor the Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge of the decade – but in its own way, it is much beyond the league of such movies.

It is absolutely no wonder then that this movie is all set to trash all previous records of the Indian Film Industry – and if I may, perhaps go out and make a mark on the global commercial film platform.

The plot is simple – three college friends and the way their lives are intertwined.

Five Point Someone? Well, that’s best left for you to decide. I really don’t bother who wrote what and what came out of it, all that matters now having watched the movie is that AAL IZZ WELL!!

THE CAST –

Madhavan is superb in his subtle and suggestive act. Parikshit Sahni makes a return to the screen as Madhavan’s father with a tight performance.

Sharman Joshi is his usual impeccable self, it seems he has taken off from where he left in Rang De Basanti.

While Kareena Kapoor and Boman Irani are adorable in their roles, the laugh riot king is without doubt Omi Vaidya who just kills the competition with his class act of Chatur Ramalingam.

And as is customary, a worthy mention goes out to the Ace of Indian Film Industry – Aamir Khan. He does what he does best – deliver distinctively!

THE MUSIC –

Shantanu Moitra again comes up trumps with the score.

While he has been regularly serving collector’s edition scores for Vidhu Vinod Chopra since the Parineeta days, he takes the score to a different level altogether with superbly crafted numbers.

Give Me Some Sunshine and Jaane Nahin Denge are amazingly likeable while Pagal Stupid Mann is adorable. The ace of the album definitely is Behti Hawaa Sa – superbly sung by Shaan and shot slickly in the movie.

THE VERDICT –

There are just no two ways about this – 3 Idiots is the toast of the season, from now on!

THE SCORE –

9.50 / 10.00

Paa :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

Much was made of Auro and his class act before the release of this movie. While director Balki deserves credit for conceptualizing this film, where he misses out is the execution and the sustained interest in the movie.

The plot revolves around a single mother, played (a class act) by Vidya Balan, and Auro – her child, who has the rare genetic disorder of Progeria. Abhishek Bachchan plays a vibrant, young politician who coincidentally becomes a part of Auro’s life and that’s where the story starts off – if I may so put it.

What eventually happens and how facts unfold is the only aspect that you are made to sit through for.

THE CAST –

Amitabh Bachchan has lately been trying out movies that will add to his CV value of versatility – Black, Kaante and Sarkar being the previous ones (This is not the forum to write about AAG!!)

While Paa is another great piece of act from the legendary actor, it falls short on promise.

Abhishek Bachchan is just about right in his role but it is Vidya Balan who walks away with a class act.

THE MUSIC –

Illayaraja has scored the music for the film and yes, it again suffers from the Whatever-I-Hum-Is-Awesome syndrome (due credit must be given to the pioneer of this style – A.R.Rehman).

While you bend your ears a little to understand what is going on, you soon give up rightly taking the song to be a filler jingle.

THE VERDICT –

Paa is anything but what was promised at the outset. While it may be a novel movie and one that you probably would do well to sit through, it is not quite exceptional material.

Credit should still be given to director Balki for braving to make a novel attempt.

THE SCORE –

6.00 / 10.00

Kurbaan :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

Kurbaan was definitely one of the movies this season that created a lot of pre-release following.

The plot of the movie can easily be mistaken to have been entirely inspired from Yash Raj Films’ New York, released earlier this year.

The movie however saves a lot of weaknesses on the surface through some very well homeworked screenplay and impeccable performances by the starcast.

A Dharma Productions movie has always been a dicey proposition when it comes to expecting the worth of the movies churned out – off late, there have hardly been wow flicks coming out. However, with Kurbaan you are assured of a well crafted film if not one with great content on offer.

The movie begins with the backdrop of the Delhi University and the events in the lives of our leading actor and actress. It moves on to gripping shores when the couple moves to the USA and is in the midst of a sleeper cell setting in a dedicated neighborhood. How their lives then meander through several courses is left for you to witness and take back.

THE CAST –

Saif Ali Khan is exceptional and at times almost carries the film single-handedly.

Kareena Kapoor has been made to look good and as far as her act goes, she does a decent job of executing her role according to the demands of the script at various stages.

Om Puri and Kiron Kher are routine in their character acts also supported in cameos by Nauheed Cyrusi and Dia Mirza.

Vivek Oberoi has been wasted in the movie given his impeccable record of performing character roles suited to such storylines.

THE MUSIC –

The music from Salim-Suleiman is pleasing to state the least. The duo have worked well to keep the earthiness in their music throughout the album.

While Shukraan Allah is without doubt the pick of the songs, the title track is equally well-made to give you the right feel given the backdrop of the movie or without.

THE VERDICT –

Kurbaan is definitely a movie that cannot do severe harm to your merry-making plans on a rainy day.

The film will not be making heads turn or possibly even just break-even at the box office but surely this is a marked improvement from the Dharma Productions stable after some real sub-standard servings in the last couple of years.

Watch it if you need an assurance to keep your faith intact with the production house.

THE SCORE –

6.00 / 10.00

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani finally offers me something I had hoped to see more than an year back – Katrina Kaif opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

The plot is not much to speak about – a clichéd storyline so to speak with some good, some excellent and some sub-par performances.

But what sets APKGK apart is the finer moments every now and then that make you feel that this movie can’t just be written off. The director (Raj Kumar Santoshi) returns to the comic genré after a long time – Andaz Apna Apna being his last such venture. And although he still retains elements of banana-peel humor which makes you frown and feel cheated at moments during the movie, yet there are enough novel comic ones that keep the funny-bone tickled every now and then.

THE CAST –

Ranbir Kapoor is once again just too good – he carries the film on his shoulders for the most part.

The on-screen chemistry between Katrina & Ranbir looks good and promises to hold good prospects for more ventures in due course of time.

Darshan Jariwala and Smita Jaykar are exceptional in their acts and so are the bunch of friends hanging around with Ranbir.

The other actors barring Upen Patel are reasonably good too – Upen Patel delivering one of the most feeble roles to have been portrayed in recent times.

THE MUSIC –

The music from Pritam is superb (most of the tracks) and has been complemented well by S. Thiru’s terrific cinematography.

Most of the tracks are already topping the charts and will continue to do so on account of superior shelf life content this time from Pritam.

THE VERDICT –

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is a movie whose verdict depends on the kind of frame of mind you are carrying in to the auditorium.

In my opinion, this movie will tickle you every now and then and on the whole convince you to forget the crappier humor and situations thus making it a watchable time-out option.

The film will actually do great business as is obvious from the sold out shows all over.

THE SCORE –

6.50 / 10.00

Bachna Ae Haseeno :: Re-Viewed!

THE PREMISE –

Bachna Ae Haseeno should’ve been the first review to belong here. Somehow, the review did not get to see the light of your LCD and remained confined to the blog post archives folder – all the time, when I merrily kept hitting the keyboard for one movie or the other.

This movie would always remain special for me – for it marks the first getaway during the best phase of 12 months of my life.

As for the review, well here goes…

THE PLOT –

Bachna Ae Haseeno is one movie that promises you, if nothing, at least a superb screenplay – advertised fantastically by the opening title track.

The plot revolves around Ranbir and his ‘stints’ with the Haseenas – Minnisha, Bipasha & Deepika.

The movie provides you all the stories in a nutshell during the first half and then moves on to a damage control phase – from Raj’s (Ranbir) point of view, which so often is the pulse in most YashRaj movies.

The plot snowballs into a predictable climax though and thus leaves you with less than the right punch in the end.

THE CAST –

Ranbir Kapoor is fantastic!

He makes great use of his terrific screen presence – and delivering superb project and chemistry with all his leading ladies.

Minnisha Lamba and Bipasha Basu are equally good in their performances and complement the storyline superbly.

Deepika Padukone is the worst thing that could’ve happened to this movie – why didn’t they have Katrina Kaif for the role? She would’ve looked much more convincing!

The rest of the cast is good too, including Hiten Paintal and Kunal Kapoor.

THE MUSIC –

The music is just so so superb!!

After a very long time we find an album here which can boast of a chartbuster in each of its numbers.

The title song however would have to be the first among the equals – nostalgic when you consider Sumit Kumar singing along his legendary father and Ranbir Kapoor shaking a leg to one of the most popular numbers filmed on his illustrious father.

This album has both shelf life and substance. Two thumbs up!!

THE VERDICT –

Bachna Ae Haseeno is without doubt one of the top entertainers this year and would go down as probably one of the better films to have come out of the YashRaj stable.

This weekend (and perhaps a couple more!), you know what to watch when you are in the mood for movie & mischief..!

THE SCORE –

8.50 / 10.00 (Revised)

London Dreams :: Reviewed

THE PLOT –

London Dreams actually did not feature on my must-watch list this weekend, but then there was nothing else to watch (like all those days!) – so, here goes!

I actually did not have an inkling of what the storyline was meant to be when the movie just about began, but quite soon it did manage to meander into a clichéd drama of sorts in prospect.

The story deals with the single-minded determination of a boy to achieve success against all odds and how his best friend goes out of his way to work for his success – and oh yes, all the misunderstandings that follow.

THE CAST –

Salman Khan walks away yet again with the honour for man-of-the-movie. He exudes superb confidence in playing out his character and rarely looks out of place or overboard – which is exceptional given the kind of role he had on his cards.

Ajay Devgan & Rannvijay are just about alright while Asin is completely misplaced – in fact, I wonder what makes folks cast her in the lead when in fact, Sakshi Gulati would have been a better choice (rather than limiting her to a cameo).

THE MUSIC –

The music is not quite at par with the ‘Rock-On’ score but yes, some of the numbers do end up looking and sounding better in the movie than they would on the audio players.

Although the score lacks shelf-life, it’s not an entirely forgettable album.

THE VERDICT –

London Dreams could have been a story better told and time better spent had the director thought of putting more substance and a convincing crescendo to the apparently weak climax.

The movie actually scores low in screenplay at crucial junctures and at some times gives you the impressions of an ad-hoc editing production.

It’s not passable altogether but yes, as I have been saying for some time now, with not much else to choose from, London Dreams is not a nightmare altogether!

THE SCORE –

5.00 / 10.00