Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review - A Never Ending Saga...
The 80's and the 90's era saw some powerful performance driven films presented with great music under the ace direction of Mahesh Bhatt. Films like 'Arth', 'Saaransh', 'Naam', 'Kaash', 'Daddy', 'Saathi', 'Tamanna', 'Aawargi', 'Zakham' and many more, established Mahesh Bhatt as a serious filmmaker who presented his films in a commercial manner. Though post mid 90's his films started to deteriorate and thus, after giving us a National award winning film 'Zakham', he retired as a director and started looking after the production company launched by him and his brother Mukesh Bhatt. The production company started churning out back to back musical films which also managed to ring the cash register. Most of these films used to be remake of some international films and were decent potboilers in terms of its content. Its after the phenomenal success of'Aashiqui 2', Mahesh Bhatt decided to make more performance driven films by supporting films like 'Citylight'. And now he comes up with a matured love story 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'. The movie also marks the return of director Mohit Suri in the Bhatt camp after doing an independent film like 'Ek Villian'. Thus, let's find out whether 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' will give us another performance based music film on the lines of 'Aashiqui 2' or might end up joining the list of consecutive mediocre films recently been made from the "Bhatt" camp.
'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' is a story of a housewife Vasudha (Vidya Balan), who stays with her little kid Sanj (Kabir Shaikh), waiting for her lost husband Hari (Rajkummar Rao). It's then when she meets the owner of the hotel she is working in, Aarav Ruparel (Emraan Hashmi). Aarav gets impressed by the working skills of Vasudha and thus offers her a big post in his Dubai hotel. In Dubai Aarav keeps interacting with Vasudha and falls in love with her. What happens when Aarav expresses his love for Vasudha is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The one liner story is good and has full potential of being a great emotional drama. Sadly, the movie ends up as a predictable, stretched, boring and unintentionally funny due to its weak screenplay, terrible dialogues (by Shagufta Rafiq) and outdated direction. Every scene is super stretched to its fullest, and in comparison to it, it might make Ekta Kapoor be proud of her tacky T.V shows. Not only the film's narration is super slow, but also there is nothing concrete happening in the film. There are so many bad to worse scenes like Emraan testing Vidya's integrity, police making deal with Vidya, Emraan's flashback, Vidya's theory of a perfect garden, Vidya trying to leave Dubai, Amala trying to convince Vidya even without knowing her backstory, Rajkummar Rao knowing the incidents of Vidya and Emraan's life and writes it down with full details in a book and many such scenes which will ruin the viewing of this film. There are few decent scenes like Rajkummar Rao at a prayer ceremony, Emraan sharing his past to Vidya, Rajkummar's anger towards Vidya and a couple of more scenes which might keep you interested for a while in this boring and dragging film. The dialogues are outdated and over dramatic. The cinematography is good and the movie has been shot in high production values.
Music has been integral part of Bhatt camp and with Mohit Suri back in the camp the expectation level is at its top notch. Songs like 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani', 'Yeh Kaisi Jagah' and 'Hasi' are great. The rest of the songs are enjoyable.
Director Mohit Suri comes up with a good one liner subject, but fails to do justice to it. The movie has lots of technical faults along with slow narrative patterns and outdated presentation values. It seems as if the makers were highly obsessed about the drama in their scenes, due to which they failed to use the editor's expertise. There is lots of stuff happening around in the film and yet nothing much or unique is happening except for non stop blabbering by the lead actors.
Emraan Hashmi looks good and delivers a decent performance. Vidya Balan performs her role with full ease. Together they both try their level best to save this sinking film besides of such a boring screenplay. Rajkummar Rao is smashing and should have been more in the film. Prabal Punjabi keeps repeating a same dialog throughout the film. Master Kabir is cute and does his part with grace. Namit Das, Madhurima Tulli, Suhashni Mullay and Sara Khan were highly wasted in the film. It was great to see south Indian actress Amala back in the movies.Final Verdict: So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well the only dum this movie has is some fantastic songs and decent performances by its lead actors. Besides these minor good points, the movie lacks good screenplay and entertaining direction. Even if the movie would have released in the 90's era when Mahesh Bhatt was a big director, its chances of being successful would have been heart breaking. 'Hamari Adhuri Khani' has been a never ending saga with lots of glitches, over dramatic scenes, highly stretched and boringly predictable screenplay. In short, a big disappointment for all who love good dramatic love stories and were expecting a good emotional drama from the Bhatt camp.Rating - 1/5
JURASSIC WORLD starts off 22 years after the Isla Nublar incident, with two young boys Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) visiting their aunt Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is the park operations manager of Jurassic World, a fully functional dinosaur theme park off the coast of Costa Rica. Upon arriving on the Island, Claire is too busy to spend time with them so she leaves them in the care of her assistant Zara (Katie McGrath), since Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) the park's owner arrives and takes Claire to see their new dinosaur, the Indominus Rex.
However, upon inspection Masrani tells Claire, he wants Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a velociraptor expert to make sure the enclosure is adequate and safe. Owen is training the velociraptors to respond to commands when Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), head of InGen security, arrives and tells him he wants to use the tamed raptors as weapons in war but when one of the staff falls into the enclosure Owen must rescue him before escaping himself, proving that the raptors are by no means tamed. In the meantime, Gray and Zach leave Zara to explore the park before travelling on the monorail to the gyrosphere attraction.
However, all hell breaks loose after Claire takes Owen to the Indominus Rex enclosure and discovers that the creature has seemingly scaled the wall and escaped. Owen and two staff enter the enclosure while Claire heads back to the control center to track the indominus but Lowery (Jake Johnson) discovers that it is still in the enclosure, Claire warns the three as the Indominus appears out of nowhere and kills one of the staff and crashes through the containment door and the new beast escapes. From here on, the film becomes a roller coaster ride with the park patrons scrambling to escape the killer on the loose, while Owen and Claire are on a dual mission to rescue her nephews and put down this highly intelligent dinosaur.
The first half of the film is a visual treat (especially in 3D) as the filmmaker gives us a full tour of the advanced dinosaur park. The kids in the park have a blast exploring and learning about this ancient species through advanced technology. Zach and Gary's unattended tour in the gyrosphere, is certainly a look out for, with visuals that definitely make you reminisce of the previous films. Director Colin Trevorrow does a marvelous job of developing the characters, and setting the premise of JURASSIC WORLD while simultaneously linking it to the previous films. On the other hand, the second half of the film features unending thrill rides in the form of a cat and mouse game between Clare and Owen and the Indominus rex.
As far as performances go, Chris Pratt adds life to the character of Owen, bringing in his own carefree yet cautious approach towards training the velociraptors. Bryce Dallas Howard has the audience wondering at first thanks to her striking resemblance to Jessica Chastain; however she plays her character as the uptight park manager really well. Irrfan Khan has a very meaty role in this Hollywood big budget film and as always, he manages to charm the audiences with his performance.
The effects and CGI used for the dinosaurs are probably the best in the series so far. However, where the film lags behind the previous ones is in terms of overall carnage that unlike in THE LOST WORLD seems much more muted.
Overall, despite JURASSIC WORLD being predictable in parts, it does not fail to amaze you, developing into a fitting sequel to its predecessors. The film is for both, the young audiences who haven't seen the series on the big screen and also for the ones who have been following it for decades. JURASSIC WORLD is surely a big screen experience that is not to be missed, especially if you can catch it on IMAX 3D.
Dil Dhadakne Do
The film starts off with the introduction of the dysfunctional family of the Mehras which consists of Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) who is not just a self made successful businessman, but also a self proclaimed one at that! His wife is Neelam Mehra (Shefali Shah) whose life is all about wicked, sarcastic and tongue-in-cheek one-liners. Despite having a million differences with each other, they pretend to the world that they are the 'best couple', only because their whole world revolves around the worry of 'log kya kahengey'. The Mehras have a daughter Ayesha Mehra (Priyanka Chopra), who is not just the 'inheritor' of acute business acumen, but also is a successful entrepreneur and the owner of an extremely successful online travel portal. Her success can be gauged by the acknowledgement given to her by the 'Forbes' magazine. Then there is the 25 year old carefree dude Kabir Mehra (Ranveer Singh), who is in charge of spearheading the once-successful-now-struggling AYKA industries. But the fact of the matter is that, while his heart lies in flying (he owns a private plane), he was thrusted the family business by his 'strategically planning' parents. The Mehra family will be totally incomplete without the mention of their family dog cum family member named Pluto Mehra (voiceover by Aamir Khan). Bitter reality strikes the Mehra family when they get to know that their company AYKA is not just running into losses, but also is losing its credentials and integrity from the market. Around the same time, a big celebration is being planned in the lavish 'Pullmantur Sovereign Valleta' cruise liner for Kamal and Neelam Mehra in lieu of their 30th wedding anniversary. Being firm opportunists, Kamal and Neelam grab this opportunity with both their hands and convert this event into a matchmaking event between Kabir Mehra and Noori Sood (Ridhima Sud), the only daughter of Lalit Sood (Parmeet Sethi). The Mehras firmly believe that if their 'plan' works out, then, AYKA can be easily bailed out of financial losses by the 'Mr. Moneybags' Lalit. But, what happens on the cruise is out of anyone's imagination. While Kabir falls madly in love with the London based 'Muslim' artiste Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma), Ayesha realizes that she cannot pretend to love her dominating and egoistic husband Manav (Rahul Bose) because she finds her true love in the journalist Sunny Gill (Farhan Akhtar). Besides this, there are many other dirty linens that gets washed in public. Do the Mehras become successful in their plan of saving AYKA by marrying off their son to the rich Soods, does Kabir marry Farah Ali or Sood's only daughter Noorie, does Ayesha come out of the unsuccessful marriage and what 'role' does Pluto Mehra play in the whole family drama is what forms the rest of the film.
First things first. Zoya Akhtar needs to be applauded totally for having pulled off such a magnificent film with such utmost ease. Zoya has redefined and redesigned the term 'slice of life' with this film. Full points to her for having chosen (read 'handpicked') such a vibrant cast who make the audiences believe that all the onscreen characters that they portray are totally relatable. Only when you have an able director at the helm of things will it be possible for each actor to get into the skin of their respective character. Zoya Akhtar and her sharp directorial vision does exactly just that with DIL DHADAKNE DO. In addition to that, the exceptionally taut screenplay (Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar) serves as a topping in the already delicious dessert called DIL DHADAKNE DO. Despite the fact that this film definitely qualifies to be a hallmark of a great writer in terms of story-screenplay, it does have its share of drawbacks in the form of its excessive length playing the spoilsport in the film. DIL DHADAKNE DO is all about delving into relationships, love and compromises, besides throwing light and giving a deep insight into the thought process of business families. While the first half of the film is neat and believable, proceedings in the second half moves at such a snail's pace that it actually starts testing your patience! The film's climax is totally dramatic (it almost takes the steam out of the full film in a jiffy).However there are a few sequences which stand out. For example, the first meeting between Rahul Bose and Farhan Akhtar and also between the Mehra family and the Sangha family.
Of the star cast, there is no one actor who single handedly 'captains' the ship as every main lead in the film is definitely worth his / her salt in the film. Anil Kapoor not just rocks the show, but also stuns you with his effortless performance. He is superlative by all means. The salt and pepper hair that he sports only adds elegance and style to his character. Lending him able support is his (onscreen) better half Shefali Shah, who comes up with a stunning performance. Her delivery of wicked and tongue-in-cheek humour is something that needs to be seen in order to be believed. Of the younger lot, Ranveer Singh has definitely taken a giant leap from all of his previous performances and delivers a crisp act here. He holds the film strongly on his shoulders and also prevents it from sinking. The same applies for the multi-talented Priyanka Chopra, who, besides looking stunning and stealing the show with her superior acting abilities, has also sung the title track in the film. This film will definitely be one of the films that will shine in her bio data. On the other hand, Anushka Sharma, whose last film BOMBAY VELVET met with negative reactions, has proved with DIL DHADAKNE DO as to why she is always a safe bet. Despite not having a lengthy role, she is definitely on a roll with this film and delivers one of the 'watch out for' performances in the film. Farhan Akhtar, on the other hand, is as versatile as ever. He too comes up with an astounding performance. Rahul Bose and Zarina Wahab do total and utmost justice to their respective roles. Last, but not the least, a special word of mention to the dog's voiceover by Aamir Khan, without whom, the film will be nothing but a silent drama.
As far as the film's music is concerned, it is decent and goes with the pace of the film. The film does have its share of melody under the sun in the form of some really soothing music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy). Despite the fact that the songs like 'Gallan Goodiyaan', 'Dil Dhadakne Do', 'Girls Like To Swing' stand out amongst the rest of the album, one would still rue the absence of a chartbuster. A deserving special mention to the film's cinematography (Carlos Catalan) for having presented some of the breath taking and amazing visuals in the film. The film's editing (Manan Mehta, Anand Subaya) gives the film its pace with which the film sails smoothly.
DIL DHADAKNE DO is a film that is targeted primarily to the multiplex audience and would resonate well with today's youth. On the other hand, the single screen audiences might find it difficult to comprehend the film's proceedings.
On the whole, if you want to understand the nitty-gritty's (read 'the do's and don'ts) of a complex family relationship, then, do yourself and your family a favour by taking them to meet the Mehras this weekend. In simple words, DIL DHADAKNE DO makes for a decent watch.
Dil Dhadakne Do Movie Review - Elite Entertainer...
We all know about the great writing flair of Javed Akhtar due to his path breaking films as a story writer followed by soul touching lyrics in many popular songs. Javed Akhtar's first wife Honey Irani despite of been popularly known as a child actor, also portrayed her writing skills by giving us some great films like 'Lamhe', 'Darr', 'Aaina', 'Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai', 'Kya Kehna', 'Koi Mol Gaya' and few more. The legacy continued with the launch of their son Farhan Akhtar as a writer-director in 'Dil Chahta Hai' followed by their daughter Zoya Akhtar as a writer-director for 'Luck By Chance'. Though, Zoya Akhtar got her biggest commercial hit in the form of 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' which connected with both, classes and masses. Thus, right from the first announcement of her latest film 'Dil Dhadakne Do' with its unique ensemble cast on a cruise liner, the expectations were at its peak as the recall value of Zoya's last hit film 'ZNMD' was very high. So let's find out whether 'Dil Dhadakne Do' will match up to the high expectations and surpass the popularity level of 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' or might end up being a medium level product just like it was in 'Bombay Talkies'.Story:
'Dil Dhadakne Do' is a story of a business tycoon Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) and his wife Neelam Mehra (Shefali Shah), who are celebrating their thirtieth marriage anniversary on a luxury cruise liner with their children Kabir (Ranveer Singh) & Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra). They are joined by their families, friends and relatives along with Ayesha's husband Manav (Rahul Bose). Kamal Mehra on the other hand is going through a financial crisis and so, wants his son Kabir to marry Nuri (Riddhima Sud), daughter of business tycoon Lalit (Parmeet Sethi). Little do they know, that Kabir is getting attracted towards a dancer Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The one line story is a typical Bollywood family drama type of story which we have been witnessing in the 60's, 70's and the 80's era films with actors like Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Shammi Kapoor, Govinda, Rishi Kapoor, etc. Right from the first scene of the film the movie is highly predictable and moves on a snail pace. It's the treatment and the characters which makes 'Dil Dhadakne Do' interesting followed by the whole premise setting in the luxury cruise liner. There are many small moments and minute scenes like Anil Kapoor - Shefali Shah argument over the dinner, introduction of various characters while boarding the ship, Ranveer - Anushka Sharma first date, Anil-Shefali convincing Ranveer to get married, Priyanka Chopra playing tennis with Rahul Bose, Ranveer imagining a break-up story, Farhan Akhtar's view over equality, Priyanka explaining reasons related to Rahul Bose to her family, Anil firing Ranveer, family argument in the medical ward, Anil-Shefali's repenting, followed by the finale moment and few more, which will help you being engaged to the silver screen. Not to forget the quirky dialogues by Pluto the dog (voiced by Aamir Khan & penned by Javed Akhtar). On the flip side, the length of the film is almost three long hours and has many repetitive moments followed by few bland places in the middle portion of the film. Also, the dramatic finale part might ruin the viewing experience for many people who like films from of this genre. There should have been more hilarious or comical moments that would have kept the fun element intact in the film. The movie has been beautifully shot on the luxury cruise liner with some breath taking visuals of Greece and Turkey.Music & Direction:
Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is not at par with their last two associations with Zoya Akhtar's films. Though, 'Swing' and 'Gallan Goodiyaan' are visually entertaining. 'Pehli Baar' could have been avoided. 'Dil Dhadakne Do' is used in the end credits. The background music is outstanding and goes brilliantly with the flow and setting of the film.
Director Zoya Akhtar comes up with an old story line in a modern packaging associated with it. She adds up the minute nuances in the film due to which the movie looks highly appealing. She does full justice to her main lead characters and displays them in all shades of life. The movie might not be Zoya's best work in terms of quality or on a commercial level, but is a far better product in this type of genre. It is a sweet and clean family film with some brilliant performances, which is hardly seen in recent cinema.Performances:
Anil Kapoor looks fantastic and gives an ace performance as per the demand of his character. It's tough to take away your eyes from this evergreen actor. His body mannerisms and facial expressions are enough to essay his performance. Ranveer Singh is cute and charming. He adds up the life in the film, which at times tends to be bland and boring. Priyanka Chopra looks stunning and slips easily into her character. Shefali Shah is outstanding and delivers a fine performance. Together all these four main characters compliment each other's work and emerge as a winning team. Anushka Sharma is not up to the mark. Its good her role was not that lengthier. On the other hand, Farhan Akhtar was great in his small role and one does wish to see more of him in the film. Rahul Bose does full justice to his character. Zarina Wahab, Riddhima Sud, Parmeet Sethi, Manoj Pawa and others lend good support. Pluto the dog is super cute and entertains you with its presence.Final Verdict: So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well the movie is an elite entertainer with decent performances and great moments attached to it. It's not as classy as Zoya's debut film 'Luck By Chance' or highly entertaining as 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', but still has its own merits to end up as a decent watch. The masses might find it tiring, bland and boring, but for the ones who love such types of ensemble films will not be disappointed for sure. On an overall basis, 'Dil Dhadakne Do' is like having a Pani Puri in a five star hotel, which is totally healthy and looks visually appealing, lacking a bit over the spices.Ratings : 3.25/5
Welcome To Karachi Movie Review - Lunatics No 1
We all remember the 'No.1' tag attached to the titles of Govinda and David Dhawan. Along with this, actor-director jodi, two more people were associated with this tag, Karishma Kapoor and producer Vashu Bhagnani. Vashu Bhagnani started his production house with 'Coolie No.1' followed by many super hit films. But after the dream run for five to six years, his films started falling over the box office. After giving around eight to nine disaster films, he introduced his son Jackky Bhagnani in a yet another flop 'Kal Kissne Dekha'. Despite of these flops Vashu Bhagnani came up with one more film 'F.A.L.T.U' which also had his son as the lead role. 'F.A.L.T.U' was a box office hit and thus Vashu Bhagnani made three more films with his son along with two big budget films directed by Sajid Khan - 'Himmatwala' & 'Humshakals'. Vashu Bhagnani's latest film 'Welcome 2 Karachi' again stars his son along with his co-star Arshad Warsi from the movie 'F.A.L.T.U'. Thus, let's find out whether 'Welcome 2 Karachi' will be another sleeper hit like 'F.A.L.T.U' or might add on to the long list of flops and disasters produced by Mr.Bhagnanai.
'Welcome 2 Karachi' is a story of Shammi Takhur (Arshad Warsi) and Kedar Patel (Jackky Bhagnani) who, while partying, accidently crosses the Indian ocean and land up in Pakistan. There was an incident of bomb blast on that particular day and on that particular place where these two arrive. Pakistani intelligence officer Shazia (Laurel Gottlied) gets hold of Shammi's wallet and starts searching for Shammi and Kedar on the streets of Karachi. Meanwhile, Shammi and Kedar keep wandering right from the Mafia to the Taliban camps where they are trained to become a Taliban assassin. Things become bad to worse and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story seems super exciting and funny on papers, but while executing it, ends up becoming the opposite of what was expected. There are few hilarious dialogues and funny moments like the whole joke over 3G internet and barb wire, Arshad and Jaccky mistaking Barrack Obama as Nelson Mandela, Arshad and Jaccky at Panjab Da Dhabba followed by Arshad-Jaccky narrating the tale of their Taliban journey and a few more which keeps you lighten up in this highly irritating film. There are back to back boring and idiotic scenes like Jaccky at the US visa office, Arshad-Jaccky partying in the middle of the ocean, Arshad-Jaccky attending press meet at Pakistani cabinet and many such scenes. Besides these bad scenes there are some terrible scenes like Arshad Warsi trying to do a delivery of a woman, the whole fight at the embassy street where the Israelians are firing at Palestinians followed by Iraqi's firing over the Americans along with involvement of many other countries and the climax fight where the Talibani's ambush an aircraft by attacking them at the airport runway. There is no logic or soul in this badly made film. The cinematography and special effects are horrible, especially in the scenes like the boat sinking, fight at the embassy street and in the finale climax part.
Music has been an integral part of the Vashu Bhagnani's film. Sadly, in 'Welcome 2 Karachi' the songs fail to impress. The background music is very bad and highly irritating at times.
Director Ashish R Mohan wrote several comical films for Rohit Shetty and directed Akshay Kumar starrer film 'Khiladi 786'. Sadly, in the case of 'Welcome 2 Karachi' he delivers his worst, as the movie fails to impress. Ashish in order to attempt the desi version of 'Dumb & Dumber' takes his audience for granted by inserting an Afgani speaking dialogue with subtitles in Roman Hindi followed by showing posters of only known and released Pakistani films 'Khuda Kay Liye' and 'Ramchand Pakistani'. He dares to deliver back to back worst scenes in the film.
Arshad Warsi repeats his "eehh aaahh hoon", type of act which we have been watching for a long long time. He is shown as a Naval officer, but while in Pakistan he is acting like normal simpleton who barely knows about Pakistan, Taliban and the security concerns in Pakistan. Jackky Bhagnani acts decently and impresses you with his one liners in some scenes. Lauren Gottlieb has hardly any scenes and is suddenly shown dancing with Jackky in the end credit songs Pawan Malhotra and Dalip Tahir are wasted. Ayub Khoso is entertaining.Final Verdict: So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, besides a few comical moments there is nothing worthy to watch in this boring and insane film. Irrfan Khan was the original choice for this film and at the time of the shooting, he walked out of the film. That's for sure, was the most sensible stuff associated with this movie. Producer Vashu Bhagnani comes up with a yet another master trash film, after giving us trashy aces like 'Humshakals' and 'Himmatwala' due to which this movie should be renamed, 'Lunatics No.1'.Ratings - 0.5/5
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