I Love NY Movie Review - A Short Lived Romance...
Right from superstar Amitabh Bachchan to the Khan's or the Kumar's and Kapoor's, every actor has one delayed film, which frequently kept changing its theatrical release date. Once, a film goes into the delayed mode, the distributors also hesitate to invest in such film. It's only when another film of that actor turns out to be a box office success, the distributors or the makers try to cash in over the latest glory of that actor, by releasing their delayed film. Sunny Deol-Kangana Ranaut starrer film 'I Love NY' is one such delayed film, which frequently failed to meet its theatrical release date. The makers tried to release it at the time of Sunny Deol's other releases. Sadly, none of his recent films were hit, thus the chances of the release of the film 'I Love NY' started to fade out, until, the super success of Kangana Ranaut's 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'. Thus, let's find out whether the release of 'I Love NY', may turn up as a favourable decision for its lead actors or might end up being one among those type of films, which only tries to cash in over its star's latest glory.Story:
'I Love NY' is a story of Chicago based Randhir Singh (Sunny Deol), who gets drunk while partying with his friends. In the drunken state, his friends accidently boards him into a plane to New York. After reaching New York Randhir (still intoxicated) ends up in an apartment which has a similar address to that of his residence. This apartment belongs to Tiku (Kangana Ranaut), who has a special date with her lover Ishan (Navin Chowdhary) and gets the shock of her life, when she sees Randhir in her apartment. What happens when Ishan reaches there is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The one liner story is interesting and has full potential to become a good romantic comedy. Sadly, it's the weak screenplay and lethargic direction which slows down the pace of the film. The movie starts with few good, enjoyable moments like Sunny Deol reaching New York part, Kangana discovering Sunny in her apartment, followed by few chat scenes between Sunny and Kangana. But, once the novelty factors dries out, the movie keeps dragging on and on with never ending scenes like the fight between Kangana and Navin, Reema Lagoo track, Navin's over reaction, Sunny's slow dialogue delivery, Kangana's dumb expressions and many more. The first half is still enjoyable, but the second half is boring, dragging and super lengthy. The camera work is good, but most of the scenes are inside the apartment, making its viewers feel highly claustrophobic.Music & Direction:
The movie belongs to T-Series banner and thus, there are a few good songs like 'Aao Na' and 'Halki Halki'. Though, R.D.Burman's composed song 'Aaja Meri Jaan', which was recorded for a 90's film starring Kishen Kumar, is one of the best songs from this whole album. 'Gud Naal Ishq' is also a remix song which features Sunny Deol dancing in the streets of Chicago. Background music is jarring.
Director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru bring up a great one liner concept which if would have been executed by some ace directors, the end results would have been highly positive. They should have kept the movie point to point and not just keep rolling their camera.Performances:
Sunny Deol looks cute and adorable. It's nice to see him in such type of films. Though, his stubble keeps playing hide and seek in every scene of his. Kangana Ranaut looks sweet and charming. It's the presence of these actors which bind you throughout the film. Navin Chowdhary hams to the fullest. Tannishtha Chatterjee, Prem Chopra, Reema Lagoo, Manoj Joshi and Maya Alagh are wasted.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, as mentioned earlier, there is some dum, due to novel one liner storyline followed by decent performance by its lead pair and few enjoyable songs. Sadly, these ingredients are not enough to make this delayed film work well at the box office. The movie starts to stale out as it progresses and ends up as a short lived romance.Rating - 1.5/5
Baahubali Movie Review - Valorous Saga...
Much before the invasion of computer graphics in our Hindi cinema, our film makers had their own ways of making magnum opus type of films. K. Asif's 'Mughal-E-Azam' could be termed as the inceptor of such type of films followed by the multi-starrer entertainers in the 70's & 80's leading to periodic romantic costume drama in the later years. The fad changed with the arrival of computer graphics as, people were excited to see something impossible being created by the latest technology. At that time, many South Indian films were dubbed in Hindi, so that the audience here can see the usage of international technology in our Indian films. Films like 'Hum Se Hain Muqabala', 'Jeans', 'Aparichit', 'I', 'Robot', 'Makkhi' and many such films are perfect examples of South Indian films with some fantastic computer based graphics attached to it. Also, most of these films possessed good conviction factor and were presented in a total entertaining manner. 'Makkhi' was a revenge based story of a fly which was presented in a totally entertaining and convincing manner with fantastic C.G.I effects. It's impossible to even imagine such type of film and director S.S.Rajamouli made it with such an ease that it was accepted by people all over the country. The latest venture of this ace director is 'Bahubali', which is a period drama being made in two parts, out of which the first part gets released this Friday. Thus, let's find out whether 'Bahubali' will add to the elite list of good creative films being made under the South Indian banner or might end up being another big attempt gone wrong type of film.
'Bahubali' is a story of Shiva (Prabhas), a tribal boy who lives beneath huge waterfalls. Shiva's ultimate aim is to climb up those waterfall mountains, so as to meet the lady of his dreams Avantika (Tamannaah). After a long struggle Shiva climbs up the mountains and expresses his love for Avantika. It is then, when Shiva comes to know about the huge kingdom of Mahishmati. Little did he know, that instead of the King Bhall Dev (Rana Daggubati), he was the right heir to this massive kingdom, as his father Amarendra Bahubali (Prabhas) was the most favourite person from the kingdom. Despite of being a royal blood, Shiva still had to live with his foster parents and how did that happen is what the entire film is all about.
The story has some reminderance of films like 'Kochadaiyaan', 'Veer' and few more. But despite of these minute similarities, the movie has its own story to narrate. Though, the first half takes a lot of time in establishing the plot line with an unwanted romantic track and a couple of other scenes. These scenes should have been kept to minimal and the movie should have been set to its theme, right from the first scene. It's the interval point, from where the movie starts to pick up its momentum and moves towards a solidly gripping second half with a fantastic breathtaking climax. There are some great cinematic moments like Prabhas lifting the Shiv ling, Rana's bull fight, Prabhas saving the statue of Rana, Prabhas killing the prince followed by flashback part featuring the planning and execution of the war. Couple of action scenes were over the top and besides these few weak scenes, there are some great action scenes followed by a highly powerful climax fight, with an interesting twist which makes you want for part 2 on a desperate basis. The computer based effects are of international standards. The brilliant vision of S.S.Rajamouli and his special effects team takes this movie at par with International films. Editing should have been a bit crispier in the first half.
Music by M.M.Kreem does not work in the favour of the film and adds up as a distraction. If the songs were omitted the impact of the film would have been more strong.
Director S.S. Rajamouli dares to make a film with the grandeur which is at par with many Hollywood films. He narrates the film in a style of a graphic based novel, and keeps his audience involved in the film. Right from the first scene of the film, the scale of the film is super high and has been presented in a brilliant manner.
Prabhas looks great and portrays his role with total ease. Rana Dugabbati is impressive in his negative role and gives good competition to his co-actors. Ramya Krishnan is outstanding. Tamannaah, Nassar, Sudeep and others were fine in their part. Anushka Shetty hams to the fullest and will remind you of Rakhee from 'Karan Arjun'.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi'iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, it's said that good things come to those who wait, and if you can wait or pass through the weak first half of the film, the second half has lots of good treats for its cinematic fans. The fantastic direction, brilliant background score, flawless action scenes, spectacular scale and decent performances make this movie a valorous saga of entertainment.Ratings - 3.5/5
MINIONS begins at the dawn of time starting as single-celled yellow organisms, that evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters, starting from a T. Rex to Napoleon, the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin (Pierre Coffin) has a plan, and he-alongside the ukulele maestro Stuart (Pierre Coffin) and lovable little Bob (Pierre Coffin) ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to New York City, ending in modern London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date saving all of Minion kind from annihilation.
Going into MINIONS that comes after two highly successful films DESPICABLE ME and DESPICABLE ME 2, we wondered if this film which is basically a spin off from a major franchise would be capable of holding its own in terms of entertainment quotient and box office collections. However, the film that starts off at the beginning of time traverses the journey of the Minions from single celled being to what they have grown to become in the much loved DESPICABLE ME series in a beautiful funny narrative. Another bone of contention was that though the earlier films made the lovable pill shaved yellow creatures into rage, what worked well were the inexplicable language they talk and their faithfulness towards their evil master. However, would a full length feature film based solely on creatures whose language we cannot understand work with the audience. But after watching the film, we came out pleasantly surprised. Not only do the Minions live up to their tag of being the ever funny yellow beings but their language has since begun to make sense.
While the film takes the first 20 or minutes to set the premise, and could leave the viewer some serious questions about their decision to watch the film, MINIONS begins to come into its own once the three main protagonists Kevin, Stuart and Bob reach Villain Con (the Comic Con for Villains). From here on, the entire film is a rollercoaster ride of jokes, gags and the bizarre minion logic that shapes up into a marvelous feature film. Writer Brian Lynch does an amazing job with the characterizations especially since the film that is majorly based in the 70s London. In fact the British stereotypes in this film are brilliant and just downright hilarious. Coming to the very talented Pierre Coffin who voices all the minions, though lacking the effort to make each one sound different, Pierre does imbibe the devilish yellow little critters that creates the much needed emotional connect.
But what got us the most was the stunning voiceover performance from Sandra Bullock. Despite being a definite far cry from her usual films and roles, Bullock does a good job with Scarlett, bringing a human dimension to an animated character. With notable references to pop culture and conspiracy theories thrown in among the gags, MINIONS is a treat for both the adults and kids.
The simplistic nature of the film coupled with visual cues and the 'Bananas', MINIONS heaps on the humour for any film lover. Though the film does have its share of loopholes, directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin have done a good job in making a film that can rightly be titled one of the most successful spin off films. While quite a few of the gags that were seen in the trailer do tend to slow down the proceedings, the film doesn't fall flat.
On the whole, if you are a fan of those funny little yellow critters then MINIONS is definitely a must watch this weekend.
2 Chehare Movie Review - Dummies Guide to the 90's Era...
There was a time when our Hindi films used to take years, in making. There used to be various reasons for these delays, but despite of it, if the star cast of the film was strong or the movie had good content, they used to manage to get its theatrical release. One of India's magnum opus film, 'Mughal-E-Azam' got released after almost two decades. Similarly, films like 'Pakeezah' and few more films got released after many years with sometimes a change of its original actors. Despite of all the hurdles, these movies due to its content and grandeur, managed to pass the box office acid test. But, then there were also films like 'Love And God' (Sanjeev Kumar), 'Milenge Milenge' (Shahid- Kareena), 'Sanam Teri Kasam' (Saif Ali Khan), 'Deewana Main Deewana'(Govinda-Priyanka), 'Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke' (Shahrukh-Raveena), 'Yaar Meri Zindagi' (Amitabh-Shatrughan) and many more films despite of getting released after more than a decade failed miserably at the box office due to various reasons. One of this week's release films, '2 Chehare' was originally conceived in the mid 90's and now after two decades finally gets its theatrical release. So, let's find out whether '2 Chehare' will manage to get its proper due based on the interesting star cast or might end up joining the long list of films which fared miserably at the box office.Story:
'2 Chehare', is a story of a Pune based taxi driver Ballu (Shatrughan Sinha), who lives with his wife (Farha) and younger brother Ajay (Suniel Shetty). One day, due to a college enemity Ajay gets killed by Vicky's (Monish Behl) goons, leaving behind his newly wedded wife Radha (Raveena Tandon). Ballu migrates to Mumbai, where he encounters a local goon Babu (Sunil Shetty), who works for Vicky's father (Kiran Kumar). What happens next is what the entire film is all as about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The basic plot line of the film reminds you of Amitabh Bachchan starred film 'Kasme Vaade' with the exchange of the brothers characters. But, once 60 to 70% of the film is done, there is a super abrupt Ekta Kapoor's T.V serial type of twist in the film, where Sunil Shetty's character gets transformed to Krishna Abhishek. There are many side plots running in the film and the continuity jump in the scenes is constantly visible, mainly due to its actors looking old or gaining weight. There are many negative points in the film starting with a totally out of place seductive song featuring Sahil Khan and Negar Khan, followed by abrupt jumps in scenes with bad editing and skipping of scenes, partial dubbing of the main actors, usage of stock shots and jarring background sound. The only positive point in this film is that it has a huge nostalgic flavour of the 90's era due to familiar character actors, usage of multiple villains, dialogue, drama, item song, dance bar, hill station location, over lit background light, colourful clothes, tapori language, family emotions, dramatic twists, background posters (featuring Micheal Jackson, Samantha Fox, Arnold, Maddona, Sholay, etc) and many such nostalgic stuff. Sadly, none of them work in the favour if the film.Music & Direction:
The movie has music by Anand Milind with songs sung by Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, Poornima and other such singers from that era. The songs are peppy and unintentionally entertaining.
The director must have tried to make an action version of 'Kasme Vaada', but due to delays in the making and mid way exit of Sunil Shetty and Raveena Tandon, added an Ekta Kapoor's T.V serial type of track where the actors get replaced and the story goes for a super toss.Performances:
Shatrughan Sinha lacks the heroic power and intensity. Sunil Shetty looks terrible both, in his looks as well as acting. Raveena Tandon looks great in the songs, but has hardly anything to offer. Farha ends up as a mere support and her weight keeps fluctuating as per the mood of the film. Krishna Abhishek looked lost. Shakti Kapoor, Monish Behl, Kiran Kumar, Surendra Pal and others are fine in their parts. Sahil and Negar Khan's cameo was unwanted.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???Dum??? Well, besides for getting nostalgic and witnessing the bad side of the 90's era, there is nothing worth watching in this weak dummies guide to the 90's era.Rating: 0.5/5
Guddu Rangeela Movie Review - Mix Shades Of Dramedy
Almost two decades back, Arshad Warsi debuted with a surprise hit 'Tere Mere Sapne' and got instant recognition due to his loveable character in the film. He kept enhancing his comical image with films like 'Golmaal', 'Dhamaal', 'Munnabhai MMBS', 'Ishqiya' and many more. He also attempted some serious types of films, but none of them were successful at the box office, despite the fact that few films like 'Sehar', etc were highly appreciated by the critics and the good cinema lovers. There were many bad films where he cloned his own comical characters and ended up delivering a disaster. His last few films ended up as a disaster over the box office with 'Jolly LLB' being his last solo starrer hit film at the box office. Thus, the expectation level rises up right from the first promo of 'Guddu Rangeela', as Arshad Warsi returns back with the director of his last hit film. Thus, lets find out whether 'Guddu Rangeela', will be another good and successful film for Arshad Warsi or might end up being yet another disaster film from his recent times.
'Guddu Rangeela' is a story of two small town crooks Guddu (Amit Sadh) and Rangeela (Arshad Warsi), who with the help of their musical band keeps spying over the rich people's house and share all the details to the robbers of that area. Due to some circumstances Guddu and Rangeela end up in a financial crisis and at that time they meet Gora Bengali (Dibyendu Bhattacharya), who wants Guddu and Rangeela to kidnap Baby (Aditi Rao Hydari), so that they can seek ransom for her brother-in-law Billu Pehelwan (Ronit Roy). As the story moves ahead, we come to know about a connection between Guddu / Rangeela with Billu Pehelwan. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The story is interesting and has been structured on the lines of spaghetti western type of films. The movie starts on a comical note and keeps unfolding with a good amount of drama and thriller elements. The first half is entertaining with few good comical scenes between Amit Sadh - Arshad Warsi, Ronit Roy's menacing looks and style, the twists related to Aditi Rao Hydari and the intermission part, Ronit Roy catches Dibyendu, Antakshri between Amit Sadh and the constable, Arshad - Ronit's first fight, etc. On the flip side, the movie takes its own sweet time to come on the right track due to the slow narrative pattern. Also, the weak last twenty minutes of the film break the flow of the film. The climax and the finale portions could have been much, much better than what it was. The cinematography by Jamie Fowlds is very good and all the locations are captured quite beautifully.Music & Direction:
Speaking about the music of the film, there are some fantastic songs like 'Mata Ka Email', 'Sooyian' and 'Guddu Rangeela', 'Sooiyaan'
Director Subhash Kappor has made comical films with backdrop of many different themes. He dares to deliver a spaghetti western type of film with 'Guddu Rangeela'. He starts on a brilliant note with the help of many good scenes leading to a bland end part of the film.
Arshad Warsi does a decent job and entertains you with his brilliant comic one liner. Amit Sadh and Aditi Rao Hydari look cute and end up doing justice to their roles. Ronit Roy was simply marvelous. He kills his opponent with his menacing looks itself. Shriswara, Brijendra Kale, Brijendra Kal and a few more are wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, this movie has a good first half, decent music and enjoyable performances by its lead actors. It's only due to the slow narrative part, weak climax and a bit weak screenplay in the second half of the film, the movie ends up being mixed shades of dramedy, which had the full potential to become colourfully good.Ratings - 3/5
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