Uvaa Movie Review - A New Solution For An Old Problem...

Expectations:

Before you confuse this movie, "Uvva" with Maniratnam's film 'Yuva', let me warn you except for the homophonic name there is nothing common in these two films. The latest release is a small film with relatively new actors along with a few talented actors in supporting roles. The sad part is, like many such small films this one also releases with minimal publicity and no fanfare. Though, there have been many such small films which were very high on its content level and deserved to be watched by cine loving audience. Thus, let's find out whether 'Uvva' too, despite of being a small and independent film deserves to be watched or might be among all those low budget films which keep releasing every week only in a niche part of our country.

Uvaa Movie ReviewStory:

'Uvva' is a story of five spoilt teenagers from a small village. The headman of the village (Om Puri) admits them into a big city school under the guidance of its principal (Rajit Kapoor), so that the teen kids can have a better future. The gang continues doing their mischiefs due to which they keep getting several punishments. One day, while doing a joint study session they witness a brutal incident which changes their life. What's the incident and how does it affect them is what the film is all about.

Uvaa Movie StillScreenplay & Technicalities:

The one liner story is different and has a different take on an age old problem of rape, which our country has been facing. It's just that the screenplay is full with so many unwanted chapters and side tracks due to which the wait towards the climax looks tiring and never ending. The first half is fully wasted in school happenings where many idiotic stuff keeps happening (students lusting on teachers, students pushing teacher, students teasing each others, peon teasing student, yoga teacher seducing P.T sir, sir wooing a teacher, students taking drugs, etc). It's only in the second half the story gains its momentum with few hard hitting scenes related to the rape issue followed by the court room drama. In between, there are few comic relief, but nothing worth mentioning. The camera work is strictly average.

Uvaa Movie WallpaperMusic & Direction:

There are two good songs 'Jiyo Lalla' and 'Vande Mataram'. But 'Ishq Phobia' is so bad that the dances and song fails to even sync with each other.

The director Jasbir Bhatti comes up with a good one liner script with decent support by some good actors. He ends up the film with Jimmy Shergil and Parikshit Sahani's different solution for rape culprits, which is impractical but sounds satisfactory. If only the movie would have a better screenplay and some good actors the impact would have been much better.

Performances:

A couple of actors from the new comer lot are fine, but the rest of them are over the top. Jimmy Shergil, Sanjay Mishra, Parikshit Sahani, Rajit Kapoor and Om Puri lend good support. Sangram Singh and Archana Puran Singh were wasted.

Final Verdict: So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well, as mentioned the one liner storyline and a new solution to an old problem, sounds interesting in this relatively small film. Besides the noble thoughts and few decent scenes, there is nothing much to boast, due to which the positive points go in vain.

Rating: 1.5/5
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Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Movie Review - The Curious Satire Case...

Expectations:

In the 80's, director Ketan Mehta made a satire in Gujarati known as 'Bhavni Bhavai', which starred ace actors like Naseerudin Shah, Smita Patil, Om Puri and others. Ketan and his team presented this movie in an unimaginable funny way, with a very hard hart hitting theme attached to it. Many such attempts were made in our Hindi films varying from films like 'Kissa Kursi Ka' to 'Peeli Live', and most of them were loved by good cinema lovers. The makers tried to narrate their harsh views, but, in the most different and unimaginable conditions. The latest to join this list of good entertainer is 'Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho', thus let's find out whether 'Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho' will add up to the elite list of good satire from our Hindi cinema or might be yet another inspired version of 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron'.

Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho ReviewStory:

'Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho' is a story of a village youngster Arjun (Rahul Bhagga) and his secret relationship with Maya (Hrishita Bhatt). Maya's husband Sualaal Gandaas (Annu Kapoor) is highly suspicious about his wife and one fine day, catches Arjun with Maya red handed. Sualaal's henchmen beat Arjun badly and later files a case against him for raping Sualaal's prize winning buffalo - Miss. Tanakpur. This leads to police investigation, followed by a court case and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Movie StillsScreenplay & Technicalities:

The story is unique and makes you curious to know more about it. The movie starts with some double meaning jokes followed by Anu Kapoor bedroom talks leading to public's overreaction and an abrupt ending. Along, with these negative points the movie also has some lethargic screenplay along with few unwanted side tracks. All these and more, dilutes the film, which had started with some good comic scenes featuring Sanjay Mishra, Annu Kapoor and Om Puri. Together, all three of them ride high over the average screenplay due to some good one liner dialogues and brilliant characterization. The camera work is decent. Editing should have been more crisp whereas, some scenes needed strict trimming.

Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Movie WallpaperMusic & Direction:

'Naach Basanti Naach' is a funny and entertaining. But, besides this song, there is nothing much to cherish about the music of this film.

Director Vinod Kapri comes up with a different, yet interesting take on our courts and judicial systems. Though, it's nowhere close to recently released Marathi film 'Court', which is one of the best take on our judiciary system. Also, the weak screenplay ruins the flow of the film. Nevertheless, the comic stuff in between the scenes keeps you entertained throughout the film.

Performances:

Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra and Anu Kapoor are hilariously superb in their respective roles. Rahul Bhagga does his part with grace. Ravi Kishan, Hrishita Bhatt and Brijendra Kale were wasted.

Final Verdict: So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well, due to its unique and out of the box type of backdrop, the movie ends up as a curious satire court case. Where despite of knowing the reality still, one does tend to stay connected throughout the film, which entertains you only in parts. If only the unwanted tracks and weak script would be corrected the impact would have been worth hearing.

Rating: 3/5

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ABCD - Any Body Can Dance - 2

No film in Bollywood is ever complete without its share of song and dance. Despite dance being an integral part of any Bollywood film, the irony is that, there have been very few films which have been made on dance as the central theme. The recent times have however witnessed the 'evolution' of dance as the central theme in Bollywood with Remo D'Souza's ABCD - ANY BODY CAN DANCE that released in 2013. This week sees the sequel of the film titled ABCD - ANY BODY CAN DANCE 2. Will this sequel dance its way into the hearts of the audience or will it turn out to be a film with 'two left feet', let's analyze.

The film starts off with Suresh aka Suru (Varun Dhawan) and Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor)'s dance troupe 'Mumbai Stunners' being disqualified in the dance competition 'Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin'. The judges reason their disqualification in the competition as blatantly copying the dance steps and moves of a Philippine dance group. In no time, all the members of 'Mumbai Stunners' get tagged as 'cheaters' everywhere they go and also in their day to day lives. The going gets so tough that most of the team members even call it quits from the troupe. The omnipresent taunt of being a 'cheater' starts echoing in Suresh's mind all the time. That's why in order to prove himself and gain the lost respect; he decides to participate in an ultra-prestigious global dance competition that is to be held in Las Vegas. It is out of pure co-incidence that he 'accidentally' meets an alcoholic Vishnu (Prabhu Dheva), whom he considers as their sole ray of hope to Las Vegas. After much persuasion, Vishnu decides to choreograph 'Mumbai Stunners', who now have to clear the national auditions that are being held in Bangalore, in order to participate in the global championship. As luck would have it, Vishnu's intense training helps 'Mumbai Stunners' find their way to Las Vegas. It is here that the second half of the story unfolds, which sees Vinnie badly injuring her leg during the competition, Vishnu's hidden agenda and many other things. After all the ups and downs, 'Mumbai Stunners' manage to reach the finals of the global dance championship, when calamity strikes the team's performance, thus stunning everyone present there, including the judges. What is this calamity that strikes the 'Mumbai Stunners', what secret is Vishnu hiding, do 'Mumbai Stunners' make India proud by winning the dance championship... is what the rest of the film is all about.

Much like the first film, ABCD - ANY BODY CAN DANCE 2 too has its story plot woven into the theme of dance. To start with, director Remo D'souza gets full brownie points for making no mistakes in directing the film that is at par with international dance themed movies. He needs to be applauded for extracting some of the best dance movements out of his lead actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. Despite the fact that the film is devoid of any concrete story as the whole, it solely concentrates on the basic premise of dancing, around which the movie is based. In that context, the film's screenplay (Tushar Hiranandani) does justice to the film. With the film being mounted on such a large canvas, Remo D'souza justifies every rupee of the money that's spent on the film. Full marks to him for making ABCD - ANY BODY CAN DANCE 2 as one of the best dance based films that Bollywood has ever witnessed, with stunning visuals that look splendid in 3D. The film also mirrors the immense growth and the transformation of Remo D'souza from being a choreographer to a fine director. While the film makes for a wholesome entertainer, it is the second half of the film that qualifies to be better than the first, especially the last 20 minutes of the film, which look spectacular on the big screen. While Remo stays true to the film, he could have taken cinematic liberties especially in the culmination of the movie, which he avoids.

As far as the performances are concerned, the film undoubtedly belongs to the lead pair of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. Varun is so sincere and dedicated in his work that it reflects in his performance. What really works in the favour of the film is the fresh pairing of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. This film acts as a perfect platform for Varun to exhibit his dancing skills. His chemistry with Shraddha is simply 'picture-perfect'. The same applies to Shraddha as well who delivers a beautiful performance in this film. She also impresses immensely with her brilliant dancing skills. Prabhu Dheva, on the other hand, delivers what is expected of him. He does surprise the viewers in a handful of situations, but, overall, he delivers a power-packed performance. Of the other actors, Dharmesh Yelande, Lauren Gottlieb, Raghav Juyal shine in the supporting cast. Pooja Batra, Kapil Sharma and Navjot Singh Sidhu do their bit in their respective cameos.

The music of the film (Sachin-Jigar), impress with a couple of hum-worthy songs like 'Bezuban phir se' and 'Sun Saathiya', but sadly the impact of the music fizzles out the very moment the movie ends. As the film is totally based on dance, Remo D'souza's choreography is simply outstanding.

While the film has extremely amazing production value and production designs, one really reserves the special points to the choreographer of lights, who does a stunning job in this film. The cinematography by Vijay Arora is top class, especially in the Grand Canyon sequences and Las Vegas dance sequences. The 3D technology only adds glitter to the film. While the film's editing (Manan Sagar) is good, there are scenes, which, if edited out, could have added to the novelty value of the film. Also, the real reason why the 'Mumbai Stunners' copy the dance steps from a foreign band is not explained. The film's dialogues (Mayur Puri) are good, if not exceptional. Amidst all the highly production values, the culmination of the movie fails to leave a smile on the face of the audience when it ends.

On the whole, ABCD - ANY BODY CAN DANCE 2 makes for a good viewing and this film will surely find its way to its target audience - the youth, as the film has the right mix of content and visuals in it.
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ABCD 2 Movie Review - Naach Toh Jaane, Par Script Tedaa...

Expectations:

Right from the rise of the talkie cinema, our Hindi films were highly fascinated towards dance based films. Few of these films like Uday Shankar's 'Kalpana', V.Shantaram's 'Janak Janak Payal Baje', Jaya Prada's 'Sargam', Yash Chopra's 'Dil To Pagal Hain', Subhash Ghai's 'Taal', Ram Gopal Varma's 'Naach' along with 'Dance Dance', 'Disco Dancer', 'Amrapali', 'Nache Mayuri' or T.V Series like Hema Malini's 'Nupoor' and many more are still remembered for the great dances attached to it. With changing times this genre shifted its base from big screen to the small screen in the form of reality dance shows, until the release of Choreographer Remo D'Souza's film 'ABCD - Anybody Can Dance'. This movie enhanced the modern form of dancing, from small television screen to the big silver screen. Despite of being a non-starrer film the movie was a surprise hit with some fantastic dancing and outstanding music attached to it. Thus, right from the announcement of its sequel 'ABCD2' and its unique cast consisting of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, the excitement level has risen high. So let's find out whether 'ABCD2' will live up to the high expectation level by enhancing the franchise to a different level or might end up being yet another sequel trying to cash in over its brand image and star value.

ABCD Any Body Can Dance 2 Movie Review

Story:

'ABCD2' is a story of a small time dance group lead by Suresh (Varun Dhawan), who is caught aping an International dance, while performing on a reality based television show. This moment of shame makes Suresh and his group realize their mistake and in order to regain their lost glory, Suresh decides to participate in 'World Hip Hop' competition. But the group needs a proper guidance and thus wants a great dancer Vishnu Sir (Prabhudeva) to train them. Vishnu Sir after initial hesitation, agrees to train Suresh and his group, including their lead female dancer Vinne (Shraddha Kapoor). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

ABCD Any Body Can Dance 2 Movie Still

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story, despite being based on the real life incidents of a dance group known as 'Fictitious Group' has lots of similarities with Shah Rukh Khan's 'Happy New Year' and the basic plot line resembles with recently released small dance based film known as 'Mad About Dance'. 'ABCD2' runs on a paper thin script with minimal storyline attached to it. It's just back to back dance sequences with a namesake story attached to it. The film starts without establishing its main character and fails to connect over the soul level. Though, the first half of the film has some superb dance sequences right from the brilliant neon light dance in the opening titles, followed by Prabhudeva's dance in the pub, Dharmesh Yelande and Vinod's dance audition, Lauren's dance in the Charlie act followed by the Ganpati and India based theme dance in the last part of the film. But, besides these great dance sequences, there is nothing much to boast about. The second half is super long and has been dragged to the fullest with unwanted side tracks and boring love triangle track between Varun-Shraddha and Lauren. Generally, in most of the films the songs are added as fillers whereas here, the scenes are added as fillers. The story fails to connect with you at any level due to which even after watching some great dances, one tends to get bored with repetitive dance sequences only. The camera work is good and 3D is of top notch. Vikram Bhatt and other directors should learn from Remo D'Souza.

Music & Direction:

Music was an integral part of 'ABCD' but here, has few great scores like 'Happy Hour', 'Naach Meri Jaan', 'Sun Saathiya', 'Bezubaan Phir Se', 'Hey Ganaraya' and 'Vande Mataram'. All these songs have great dances attached to it. 'Tatoo', 'If You Hold My Hand' and other songs are wasted.

ABCD Any Body Can Dance 2 Movie Wallpaper

Director Remo D'Souza returns back with the big scale dance entertainer. Every dance sequence is fantastic and has been shot with total grace. Sadly, the movie lacks over its screenplay and stale direction. This movie is the weakest film of Remo in comparison with his last two successful films. Wished he had added a good script and kept his movie point to point to keep the impact highly positive.

Performances:

Varun Dhawan looks smashing and has done great dancing in the film. Sharaddha Kapoor looks adorable and surprises all of her viewers with her ace dancing skills. Together, both of them try their level best in this weak and blandly written film. Prabhudeva's dance is outstanding, but his story was not up to the mark and ended up being a confused product. Murli Sharma, Tisca Chopra, Prachi Shah and Pooja Batra were wasted. Laurel, Sushant Pujari, Dharmesh Yelande and others lend good support. Kapil Sharma's diehard fans might get amused over his blink and miss presence in the film.

Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

Dum??? Well, this movie has some fantastic dance sequences and that too, in 3D with the help of superb dance performances by its lead actors. The length, weak screenplay and lethargic direction make this film end up as an average product where the actors Naachna Toh Jante Hain, Lekin Script Poora Ka Poora Tedaa hain..'. Director Remo D'Souza ends up the film with a note - 'Life is all about the next step', we would love to follow that by excusing this film and wait for his next venture.

Rating - 2.5/5
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Hamari Adhuri Kahani

Life in Bollywood is all about ironies. A classic example of the same is that, while on one hand, showing an 'extra-marital affair' was never the in-thing here; on the other hand, it was never even outdated! There have been many films that have been made on the sensitive yet bold topic of extra-marital affair. Examples to this are in the form of classics like ARTH, SILSILA to the recent ones like MURDER, KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA, etc. This week's release HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI also treads on the similar lines (if not the same). Will it give a new dimension to the 'concept' of onscreen 'extra-marital affair' or will it turn out to be a dead affair at the box-office, let's analyze.

The film starts off with the old, tired and worn out Vasudha Prasad (Vidya Balan) who is almost on the verge of collapsing on the streets of Bastar district. On the other hand, her old and weak husband Hari (Rajkumar Rao) is pouring his heart out to a doctor emphasizing on the fact that Vasudha did visit him wearing a red dress, something that the doctor rubbishes as his hallucination. Amidst that time, he gets to know that Vasudha has set for heavenly abode. That's when he visits his son's home to do the last rites of his dead wife… only to be shooed away by his son. When everyone is fast asleep, he escapes with Vasudha's ashes to be immersed in Bastar and not in river Ganga. But before leaving the home with the ashes, he leaves a diary for his son (and the audience) to tell the unknown tale of Vasudha. The 20 years flashback shows Hari leaving Vasudha within a year of marriage, but not before making his presence 'felt' in her life. Also to act as an everlasting memory, he gets a tattoo done of his name of Vasudha's arm. In the diary, Hari mentions about Aarav (Emraan Hashmi), the multi millionaire business tycoon and also an owner of a whopping 108 hotels! It was actually a love at first sight for Aarav the very moment he sees Vasudha, who works as a florist in his Mumbai hotel. Aarav gets impressed with her simplicity and selflessness so much that he immediately offers her a dream job in his plush Dubai hotel. After initial reluctance, she picks up the job. Love blossoms between the duo and they find solace in each other's company. Just when everything is going smooth, there re-enters Hari into the life of Vasudha. Hari then explains the reasons and the circumstances as to why he disappeared and why the police have mistaken him as a dreaded terrorist. Vasudha, who initially is mighty upset and angry at the very sight of Hari, then seeks Aarav's help to free Hari from the police by proving his innocence. Despite this being a tough task, Aarav takes it up solely for his selfless love towards Vasudha. While accomplishing the task, a very unexpected calamity strikes Vasudha which completely shatters the lives of Aarav, Vasudha as well as Hari. What is the calamity that strikes the trio, will Vasudha and Aarav ever be able to marry each other and does Hari overcome his selfish ways to help his wife 'unite' with her real love Aarav… is what forms the rest of the story.

First things first. Despite having a huge 'star presence' in the form of acting power horses like Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkumar Rao, the film simply fails to register in the minds of the audience. And the main reason for the same is its weak script that is combined with heavy melodrama, which is tough to digest in today's time. It's hard to believe that Mahesh Bhatt who has written this script after a long time is stuck in such a time warp. It is indeed even more shocking that HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI comes from the same filmmaker who gave back to back hits like AASHIQUI 2 and EK VILLAIN last. But, in the case of HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI, one can't help but blame its poor script and direction. Despite the fact that the film does have its share of gripping moments, in totality, the film seems to be a letdown. The film's characters are half baked and operate on some bizarre logic which makes you laugh after a point! There is also barely any built up for Emraan and Vidya's love story. Eventually, you just don't feel anything for any of the characters!

As far as the performances are concerned, the film (rightly) belongs to the trio of Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkumar Rao (in that order). While Emraan does put up a strong act as the protective, caring and sensitive lover, it is his eyes that do most of the talking. Vidya Balan, despite being such a talented actress, seems to be wasted in this film. This can be attributed to the poor way in which her character has been written. There are moments which make you feel the pain and the agony that her character is going through, but looking at her character cry helplessly after every few minutes makes you immune to her pain. Rajkumar Rao, on the other hand, has a small role and will be best remembered for his howls and shouts. The rest of the characters help in moving the film forward.

Despite the film being made as a soulful one, its soul seems to be sorely missing in its music (Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon, Ami Mishra), the title song notwithstanding. The dialogues done by the Bhatt camp regular Shagufta Rafique are so outdated that it makes you wonder how disconnected they are from the today's time. One has to admit that the film's editing (Devendra Murdeshwar) is not watertight, which could have acted as a saving grace of the film, otherwise. The 'soul' saving grace of the film is in the form of its background music (Raju Singh), which helps to keep you hooked to the proceedings on the screen. The DoP (Vishnu Rao) has done a decent job.

On the whole, HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI is definitely very 'adhuri' on entertainment value and can be skipped.
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