Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Laal Rang - Video Review

Ratings: 3/5 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Veerappan - Trailer Review

Trailer Appeal - 4/5

RGV is back with a bang and this time with dreaded dacoit Veerappan slated to release on 27th May. Film is based on Operation Cocoon, which was to get Veerappan Dead or Alive. This was a mission headed by the Commander of the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force, Vijay Kumar, who masterminded the final assault on Veerappan. Vijay appoints Kannan, who is a non-conformist, one who would willingly flout rules as long as Veerappan is captured. Priya is by hired by Kannan to befriend Muthulakshmi, so that the STF can get closer to her husband Veerappan.

2 things that you instantly admire in the trailer are: 
- Sandeep Bhardwaj as merciless, fearless, tyrant Veerappan. He is a fantastic find by RGV and he brings alive Veerappan on screen. Sandeep is from NSD and with such stupendous acting he has a bringht career ahead in Bollywood. 
- Mesmerizing cinematography by Aniket Khandagale with superb VFX 

Sachiin J Joshi(Kannan), Usha Jadhav(Muthulakshmi) & Lisa Ray(Priya) are the other actors in the film. However, I strongly believe that this film would be known only for Sandeep Bhardwaj. Overall trailer is very gripping. Let's hope RGV is able to bounce back to his natural charm which has been missing for quite some time.

Udta Punjab - Trailer Review

Trailer Appeal - 2/5

Udta Punjab is based on the theme of drugs in Punjab, where a large proportion of youth is drug addict. Again a fantastic theme, which hasn't been explored. But trailer doesn't give a feel for the film. I just hope they don't trivialize the issue and just focus on action masala sequences. It would be a disgrace such grave subject.

Shahid Kapoor as druggie rockstar Tommy Singh is very impressive. Alia Bhatt in a non glamorous avatar as a laborer from Bihar looks very different but not believable. It is good that she is trying different roles but definitely needs to put in more effort. Diljit Dosanjh  was also largely unimpressive. He is a well known name in Punjabi films. Time will tell if that translates to fan following in Bollywood as well. Kareena Kapoor brings in some energy in trailer that could be one of the saving grace for the film.

Director Abhishek Chaubey is no newcomer to Bollywood and has been associated with many critically acclaimed films namely Ishqiya, Kaminey, Omkara, Maqbool. Film is slated to be released on 17th June 2016.

Lets wait and watch but for the time being, I am giving it a thumbs down.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fan - Movie Review

Ratings: 3/5 

Fan is a movie about passion, devotion and obsession. It is a story of all those starstruck fans for whom their idol is the reason to their life. Coincidentally and (un)fortunately, there isn't a dearth of fans like that in India who are always ready to go overboard to fulfill their craziness. You, me and our society is no one to judge them and label them as stupid, psycho or crazy because it is difficult to understand their perspective unless you are a Fan. As Gaurav says in the film, "Rehne de tu nahi samjhega"

Film starts with the tribute to SRK with footage of his old hits, his first Filmfare award and what not. SRK plays almost himself as Superstar Aryan Khanna, which must have come naturally to him. What I admired in the film was character portrayal of Gaurav the Fan (also played by SRK with 3D scanning and prosthetics). Expressions of Gaurav the Fan are praiseworthy and you'll admire his transition from a bindaas carefree happy go lucky guy to a revengeful mastermind schemer. 2 scenes which I particularly remember are: 

i) His eyes popping out when he gets the call from Aryan Khanna 
ii) He bites his lip and shows with action, "De de ke maara.. De de ke maara"

Other actors hardy have any screen time. Of course, when you have 2 SRKs in the film then other actors shouldn't have much hope of any footage. Waluscha de Sousa plays Aryan's wife and does justice to her role as a beautiful mannequin. Yogendra Tiku and Deepika Amin as Gurav's parents makes you empathize with them. Especially the scene where they are supporting Gaurav as backstage artists. Shriya Pilgaonkar (daughter of talented Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar) reminds you of cute and bubbly Priety Zinta / Genelia D'souza. 

Theme of the film is quite fresh - "A crazy fan and his quest to meet his idol". But somehow script writer Habib Faisal couldn't build on the story further and story fizzles out by interval. What follows is a typical Bollywood Masala movie of "Catch me if you can". It is a hackneyed plot which is not only shown in Hollywood (The Fan, 1996) but also in SRK's own film Duplicate (1998). I am glad that the film doesn't have any songs (not even the Jabra Fan) and manages to get over under 150 min. But the chase sequence promoting tourism in Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Indra Vihar, Delhi were a bit drag.

There are limitless glitches in script which are hard to ignore. Superstar running amok after a common man, jumping from building, bleeding everywhere. Why does he has a security team and army of bodyguards? Gaurav wasn't a bright student in his class and runs a cybercafe. Suddenly post interval he becomes crime master Gogo, manages to get Aryan's phone number, gets access to his itinerary, manages to get fake id, WOW! May be Director forgot to show that Gaurav did a brief stint in Al-Qaeda where he was taught to become James Bond. Even the end of film was negative and reaffirms the fact that a fan's only identity is his idol. He is nothing without him. C'mon, is that the message SRK wants to give to another 100 psychotic fans of his who are ready to go any extreme with a drop of hat.

Verdict: This film is an out and out masala flick made for the numerous fans of SRK. If you are a fan (of SRK or any other celebrity) then it'll strike a chord with you. Else, you won't be able to relate with all the craziness going around. However in absence of any good films in theater now, you can go and watch it. You won't be pleased but not a bad idea to beat scorching heat in AC and comfortable sofas.

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Some thoughts, not related with movie review but about our society that Fan makes me ponder:

1. Is this obsession of putting stars on pedestal good for our society? What impression does it create on young minds. Why this adulation is reserved only for Films and Cricket (not any other sport)? Unfortunately, it is nothing less than a contagious disease. These mere mortals then gets elected as our MLAs/MPs and enjoy further stardom.

2. For any Superstar, it must be a routine to face psychotic fans like Gaurav. Does that disturb them or they enjoy this stardom? Of course they can't share their time with every fan but how do they appease everyone so that other Gauravs aren't born?

3. Parent of Gaurav were throughout supporting his madness for Aryan. Isn't that what is happening courtesy various reality shows in India? Parents are lobbying for their kids, buying votes so that their kids can win. Kids are dancing on item numbers in an age when they should be singing nursery rhymes. Kids get heart broken and cry copiously when they get eliminated from a show. Camera loves those scenes, doesn't it? Should winning a reality show be a dream for these kids or they should get inspired to do something meaningful?

4. SRK says a very good line towards the end of film. "I am also a normal person like you. I came from an average background, had lots of dreams and had to face lots of challenges. I struggled hard and finally became what I am today. Still, I have my own problems my own challenges even now that I have to deal with. Why do you idolize me? Why do you want to become Junior Aryan Khanna when you can become a great Gaurav Chandna. I hope all these fans remember these lines and make their own mark in society. Adios!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sarbjit - Trailer Review

Trailer Appeal - 4.5/5

Completely blown away with the revolution of Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai) for her innocent brother Sarbjit (Randeep Hooda) in theatrical trailer Sarbjit, slated to release on May 20th.

Wow! Finally Aishwarya Rai packs a punch that has left me agape. I have never seen such aggression and intensity in otherwise emotionless Aishwarya. Randeep Hooda's transformation from a hunk to a helpless victim is praise worthy. I won't be surprised if he bags Filmfare Critics Award for his performance.

Director Omung Kumar has another ace up his sleeves after critically acclaimed Mary Kom. You'll also get to see talented Richa Chaddha and Darshan Kumar showing their acting prowess.

Bollywood ReviewsNow is very positive on Sarbit and wishes its crew good luck for a successful release!