Kaagaz Ke Fools Movie Review - Koraa Kaagaz...

Expectations:

Everybody remembers Vinay Pathak's short, yet memorable career on T.V, due to some notable works in 'Hip Hip Hurray', 'Margarita', 'Oye', 'House Arrest', 'Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun?', 'The Great Indian Comedy Show' and many more. Thanks to the popularity on television, the recall value was so high that cine-lovers noticed his small appearances, in big films. It took him almost a decade to make his big mark with 'Bheja Fry' which was a huge surprise hit. There were few more great films like 'Dasvidaniya', 'Mithya', 'Chalo Dilli', etc., which enhanced Vinay's potential, as a great actor. The success of 'Bheja Fry' also started a series of Vinay Pathak-Saurabh Shukla-Ranvir Shourie-Rajat Kapoor camp of films, which were churned out on frequent intervals. Sadly, the magic started to fade out with the debacle of 'Bheja Fry 2' and few other films. Vinay was back, doing small but important roles in the film. After a long time there is a solo release of Vinay Pathak, known as 'Kaagaz Ke Fools', which was originally titled as 'No Rules For Fools'. Thus, lets find out if 'Kaagaz Ke Fools' will bring back the lost glory of the talented actor, Vinay Pathak or might add on to the long list of another half baked product type of film.

Kaagaz Ke Fools ReviewStory:

'Kaagaz Ke Fools' is a story of honest writer Purushottam (Vinay Pathak) and his nagging wife Niki (Mugdha Godse). Niki wants to see Purushottam get established and publish his novel and one day out of rage, fights badly with Purushottam. Purushottam leaves his house and gets on a drinking spree, where he accidentally lands up in an illegal casino. Luck shines at Purushottam and he wins a big hand and gets befriend by a call girl Rubina (Raima Sen). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Kaagaz Ke Fools StillScreenplay & Technicalities:

The story is one liner and has no head or tail attached to it. The screenplay is weak, bland and tiring. The happenings are so slow and outdated that it will make some low budget T.V series look like a classic. Except for few one liner punches, there is not even a single scene worth mentioning. On the other hand the loud Punjabi backdrop is highly irritating and Mugdha Godse's Marathi accent flavoured in Punjabi style is a torture. The moment she opens her mouth one would wish for turning deaf. There are lots of irrational, unwanted, repetitive, bland, boring and irritating scenes in the film. One fails to understand the basic motive behind the film, whether it's a husband - wife fight story or a casino experience tale or a prostitute and her client relationship or a writers struggle to get its book published. The camera work is tacky and makes the film look totally outdated. The editing is so weak that despite of the film being less than two hours, seemed like a never ending experience.

Kaagaz Ke Fools WallpaperMusic & Direction:

Music has nothing to boast about and background music adds up among the worst things to happen to this film.

Director Anil Chaudhary was seen performing as an actor in many films and now dons the director's hat. He brings up a confused and half baked tale with lots of flaws and foolish stuff attached to it. There is nothing entertaining in this film, except for an interesting line up of actors.

Performances:

Vinay Pathak seemed lost with his new wig in this film. The comical punch was highly missing along with his fake appearance. Mugdha Godse is terribly bad and hams to the fullest with her Marathi accent wale loud Punjabi speech. Raima Sen looks good and does her short part, with grace. Saurabh Shukla and others, lend good support.

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

Dum??? Well, frankly speaking, there is no such dum in this senseless film, where the makers had the audacity to match up the title with one of the classic films from our country - 'Kaagaz Ke Phool'. The movie might not bad, but is a definitely boring, confused, bland and dragging, making it more of a koraa kaagaz (blank) type of experience for its viewers.

Rating - 0.5/5

Kaagaz Ke Fools

There have been many instances in Bollywood, when the filmmakers have begged, borrowed or simply stolen their film's titles from yesteryear's hit tracks or have simply (unabashedly) retained the same film name with a 'brand new' cast. The title of this week's release, which goes by the name of KAAGAZ KE FOOLS, has been very clearly 'inspired' by the yesteryear cult film 'KAAGAZ KE PHOOL'. Will this week's release match upto the 'name-esis' of the original… let's analyze.

The film starts off with a search operation by Dev (Saurabh Shukla) and Nikki (Mugdha Godse). This brother-sister duo are in search of Nikki's 'non-ambitious but honest' husband Purushottam Tripathi (Vinay Pathak), who leaves the house after a tiff with his nagging (but loveable) wife Nikki. While on one hand, Nikki's relatives help to reconcile her relationship with Purushottam, on the other hand, the couple's common friend lays his bets on them getting divorced. Caught in a whirlpool of relatives, friends and emotional turmoil, Purushottam lands up in a gambling den, where he drinks heavily and wins not just the money but also the company of a 'working woman' prostitute Rubina (Raima Sen). Despite all her attempts to seduce him, the 'patni-vratha' Purushottam refuses to give in to her advances. Seeing a 'truthful human' in her, he starts staying with her, but without any intimacy between them. On a professional front too, his life is in turmoil as his book 'Ek Thehri Si Zindagi' fails to find any publisher, which further adds to his frustration. One day, when Purushottam is totally out of control emotionally, he again lands up at the same gambling den. Lady Luck favors him to the core and he makes a killing, so much so that he even defeats the owner of the gambling den 'in his own game'. He, then, hands over all the winnings to Rubina asking her to fund her brother's education. The next day, a series of incidents happen in quick succession that puts everyone including Purushottam in a tizzy. While on one hand, Purushottam gets kidnapped in broad daylight, on the other hand, someone renames his book from 'Ek Thehri Si Zindagi' to 'Ek Tharki Si Zindagi', which lands up being a Bestseller' in no time of its publishing. Who are the people responsible for Purushottam's kidnapping and what are their motives, who is responsible for the renaming of the book, do Purushottam and his wife ever make peace with each other or do they land up divorcing each other is what forms the rest of the story.

Right from the word go, the film lacks any substance which could be reason enough to hold the attention and the interest of the viewers. As the film progresses, the audiences' interest starts deteriorating. And the only person who is to be blamed for this is none other than the film's director Anil Kumar Chaudhary, who lacks directorial skills. His amateurish direction is visible from the fact that, almost in every scene, there are onlookers who are happily watching the film's shoot! All that one can tell this 'aspiring director' is to sharpen his Ps and Qs of filmmaking if he wants to retain himself in Bollywood.

As far as the film's performances are concerned, the two words that sum up all the characters are 'heavily miscast'. It's really sad to see Mugdha Godse making a mockery of herself in the role of a 'nagging but lovable' Punjabi wife. The more she tries to speak the Punjabi dialect, the more her character suffers at the dialogue delivery. Raima Sen, on the other hand, tries her level best to look and behave like a mistress, but fails to impress. Can someone explain the reason as to why Saurabh Shukla's character was sporting a fake bushy moustache? There are many places wherein even he starts hamming in the film. The only saving grace of the film is indeed Vinay Pathak with his holier-than-thou character. The fact that performing such 'Mr. Clean' roles is a cakewalk for him, he brings nothing new on the table, except for the fact that his (unwanted) wig starts screaming for all the (unwanted) attention in the film. The rest of the characters of the film are either irritating or purely thrusted in the film with a sole purpose of completing a typical happy-go-lucky type of Punjabi film!

While the film's cinematography (Aniket Khandagale) is non mentionable, the film's music (Sangeeta Pant) is anything but memorable. The background score (Surender Sodi) brings some respite to the film and its progress, the film's editing (Kshitija Khandagale) is pretty much average. The film's sound (Suresh Sharma) suffers heavily, which results in the film's characters' dialogues going out of place in many frames.

On the whole, KAAGAZ KE FOOLS can be skipped without any regret.

Jai Ho Democracy

When you Google search the term 'democracy', it yields the result stating that, 'democracy' means a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. In the last few years, Bollywood has witnessed a few films that were made on this theme. While some of them were hard-hitting and in-the face, there have been others that have made a mockery of the same. This week's release is JAI HO DEMOCRACY, a political satire. Does this film redefine the term 'democracy' or does it land up becoming 'demo-crazy', let us analyze.

The film starts off with a very unexpected 'incident' that sparks and spells 'bombarding' at the LoC of the two warring countries viz., India and Pakistan. And the unexpected incident happens to be that of a hen which enters the No Man's Land and both the countries claim their ownership over it. The problem gets severe when a young Indian military cook is sent into the No Man's Land to bring back the hen. As expected the young soldier gets stuck between the crossfire and has no escape. Just when he loses all hope, a Pakistani senior cook comes to his rescue with food and water risking his own life and the two bond immediately. The news of the 'invasion' in the No Man's Land spreads like wild fire and the media starts following up on the story, sometimes making up facts. In an attempt to win the situation, the India army wants their superiors' command to wage a war against Pakistan's army, but can't do so without the permission of a 'series' of ministers, including the Home Minister Dulari Devi (Grusha Kapoor). In order to reach to a concrete decision about waging a war against Pakistan, a joint meeting is called for comprising of Pandeyji (Om Puri), Choudhry (Satish Kaushik), Mohini Devi (Seema Biswas), Major Baruah (Adil Hussain), Bashir Baig (Aamir Bashir), Mrs. Bedi (Rajni Gujral). The entire meeting is supervised under the 'able' leadership of Ramalingam (Annu Kapoor). What starts off as a collective meeting in order to come to a collective conclusion, lands up becoming a battleground for personal egos, self respect and clash of individual attitudes between the ones hailing from the old school of thoughts versus the ones hailing from the new school of thought. In the meanwhile, an impromptu friendship between the military cooks stuck in No Man's Land, changes the feelings of enmity into friendship. Will the two countries ever be able to make peace with each other, is the 'dosti' in No Man's Land between the two countries for real, what decision does the committee members ultimately land up taking, and who becomes the ultimate owner of the hen… is what forms the rest of the film.

As far as the film's direction is concerned, it is helmed by Ranjit Kapoor, the man who was the dialogue writer of the cult classic JAANE BHI DO YAARO. JAI HO DEMOCRACY is his second film as a director after the forgettable CHINTUJI. The film starts off on an extremely good note. Just when the film is settling down with the script and the viewers, the film starts lagging big time, so much so that it becomes irrational and irritating beyond a point. While the film's writers (Ranjit Kapoor, Sreekanth Agneeaswaran, Bikramjeet Bhullar) had a unique idea, the end product suffers heavily because of bad direction and editing. While the film's first half is (somehow) bearable, the film's second half starts testing your patience. One just did not expect the seasoned actors to ham the way they have done in the mid-course of the film. And sadly, it is the weak second-half that is to be blamed for this fiasco.

As far as the performances are concerned, despite having seasoned actors in the film, it is not surprising that not even a single character stays with you by the time the film ends. And the reason for this is purely because the director has not portrayed these actors as characters, instead he has tried to make a handful of caricatures of real life politicians. While Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Aamir Bashir play their part as per the demand of the script, it is the ever-so-dependable Annu Kapoor, who excels in the role of a south Indian minister. The rest of the cast merely help to carry the film forward.

In satires like this, it is but obvious that there is no place for romantic songs, as all the tracks featured are basically 'dialogues-in-disguise-of-songs'. The film's music (Ray N Brotherhood) definitely adds glitter to the film. The film's cinematography (Arvind Kannabiran) is average. As told earlier, it is the film's haphazard editing (Roshni D'Souza, Ashwin Hegde) that takes the steam out of the film.

On the whole, JAI HO DEMOCRACY is an average film that can be skipped.

Avengers Age Of Ultron

The year 2015 seems to be an exciting fare for the Indian Hollywood movie fan base. With multiple big releases (FURIOUS 7, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, JURASSIC WORLD, MINIONS, STAR WARS, and others) slated to hit screens, the audience are quite literally spoilt for choice. With the storm created by Furious 7 that released earlier in April finally calming down, the latest release AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON promises to kick up yet another thunder cloud. But will the second installment, in by far one of the biggest superhero franchises that has been setting up the whole concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, live up to the audiences' expectations that have been building up for the past three years (post the release of The Avengers in 2012)… let's analyze.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON starts off with the viewer highly anticipating a sequel that will spell the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end, a more than fitting transition from the first Avengers film that will culminate in setting up the premise of Avengers: Infinity Wars. Coupled with the hype the makers generated about the 'New Characters' (Vision, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver) being revealed in the film, the audience can't help but expect a fare to rival the first film. As expected, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON stars off with a bang, an action sequence featuring the big guns working in unison to take down yet another H.Y.D.R.A stronghold, and acquire Loki's Chitauri scepter. However what awaits them there is something unexpected, in the form of 'enhanced beings' Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. At odds of an unknown threat, the earth's mightiest heroes are at a loss being unable to comprehend what is happening. Nevertheless brute force does come in handy with the Hulk smashing his way through, attaining victory for the Avengers.

With scepter in hand the team heads back to base (Stark Tower that has since been converted to the Avengers HQ), where Tony Stark and Bruce Banner uncover the secrets the scepter holds. Uncovering an unknown AI (Artificial Intelligence) both Stark and Banner decide to develop a structure that can adapt the AI to fit Stark's dream of creating an Iron Legion, of course for peace keeping. However, from here on the story takes a dramatic turn with the alien AI proving pretty advanced debilitating and eventually destroying J.A.R.V.I.S and finding its home in one of Stark's iron bots, and being rechristened as Ultron. Deviating from the comic Avengers that depicts Ultron as a creation of Hank Pym (aka Ant Man) that first appeared in the comic Avengers #54 (1968), the film shows the AI as a byproduct Stark and Banner's tinkering.

Similar to the comics where Ultron believes that humanity in all its forms in flawed and needs to be exterminated to save the world, the film shows him understanding that the biggest threat to Humanity is humanity itself if it fails to evolve. With this ideology Ultron sets his sights on first terminating the Avengers before bringing upon the earth an extinction event. Initially assisted by both Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, Ultron manages to wreak havoc with blatant disregard for collateral damage. Thus commences yet another battle between the good and the evil.

The film itself seems to lack a certain 'X' factor (no pun intended considering that Scarlett Witch does group with the X-Men) that the prequel had. Though the action sequences that are a plenty never fail to impress, the viewer is left with a feeling of wanting more, especially in terms of story and depth. For instance Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a fearful yet svelte and ruthless killer has been resigned to play the role of the monstrous Hulk's pacifier, as she has fallen in love with Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). On the other hand, what works for the film is that since Ultron is based on Stark's consciousness, the audience is treated to some intense verbal jostling that they have known and liked. Simultaneously, Hawk Eye/ Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) who was largely incapacitated in the previous Avengers as Loki's minion, seems to be main focus of the film. However, the makers of the film haven't featured much of the back story (read origin story) of the twins Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch who incidentally are Magneto's children.

As for the performances, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/ Iron Man is his usual best with witty one liners and stupefying comebacks, Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian Thor is selflessly loyal in trying to save the home of his beloved Jane, nothing more can ever be asked of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner who yet again puts up a stellar performance, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/ Captain America still continues to play the man from the past with aplomb. However, a special mention goes out here to James Spader who voices Ultron giving the mechanical maniac a more surreal dimension. However, in terms of direction Joss Whedon has put in a lot of effort in making the film look extravagant which will surely give the fans a thrilling visual treat. At the same time, one feels that the characters look more to be just doing their business on a daily basis rather than being faced with huge threat of extinction. Also, the signature humor from the prequel is in smaller dose in the latest movie. The background score is good but doesn't distract the viewer from the spectacular visuals engrossing the viewer.

Though AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON ends up much like the first, giving the viewer a peak at what to expect next, the film leaves a lot to be desired. The main antagonist Ultron, being essentially a robot/software somewhere, lacks the ability to establish a rapport with the audience, despite James Spader's marvelous job of dubbing for the part. At the same time, the film feels like it is meant essentially to set up each of the characters for their individual stories, effectively building up the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On the whole, with its stunning visuals and awe inspiring action sequences (especially in IMAX 3D and 3D), AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is definitely the movie to watch this weekend. With the strong fan base of the franchise, it is expected to open to full house all across.

Jai Ho Democracy Movie Review - Just like a parliamentary bill...

Expectations:

It's often said that making a comedy film is one of the toughest challenges for any film writer or director. If the situations or the punch lines fall flat, the whole impact of the film goes wrong. To top it up, if it is a political satire, the makers have the toughest job to do as it has to be presented in its wittiest form matching with the sensibilities of its viewers based on the political happenings around them. Films like 'Kissa Kursi Ka', 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron', 'O Teri', 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and few more tried to achieve the most toughest form of comical films. Out of which, very few films managed to hit the bulls-eye, as the rest of them landed up miles away from its target board. The latest to join the bandwagon is 'Jai Ho Democracy', which has an interesting list of actors associated with it. Thus, let's find out whether 'Jai Ho Democracy' will join the elite list of the notable political satire type of films or might end up being yet another clone of some classic film.

Jai Ho Democracy Movie ReviewStory:

'Jai Ho Democracy' is a story set on the border of India & Pakistan, where a hen accidently lands up into the no man's land. Indian army officer (Mukesh Tiwari) forces one of his army men to go into the no mans land and get the hen back. The army man gets stuck there, as the Pakistani army starts firing. This leads to a debate with a demand for a war, due to which a special committee is formed (Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Annu Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain & others) to seek a solution to this crisis. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Jai Ho Democracy Movie StillScreenplay & Technicalities:

The one liner story idea and concept seem interesting on papers, but fails to get it executed on the big screen. One will find shades and similarities from films like 'No Man's Land', 'Ek Ruka Hua Faisla', 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' and a few others. The basic plot seems kiddish and the instances also are narrated in the over the top type of format. There are occasional enjoyable moments like Satish Kaushik's usage and apologizing for cuss words, Annu Kapoor reading the papers in fast English, the usage of 'Sadan' word in the meeting followed by a discussion over coughing leading to Vijay Kashyap's speech. After a foolish start, the middle portions in the movie are entertaining, but later the movie slides down drastically and ends up being another weak product of a half baked script. There are couple of unwanted side tracks which fails to connect with the flow of the film. The last part of the film is dragging and senseless. The committee members fighting in the meeting (with references of Ganpati Bapa, Mahatma Gandhi's stick, lungi, etc.) is surely the worst scene of the film followed by the army people celebrations at the no man's land.

Jai Ho Democracy Movie WallpaperMusic & Direction:

The background music is average and goes in the favour of the film.

The movie is directed by Ranjit Kapoor & Bikramjeet Singh Bhullar. They come up with an interesting story idea but fail to do justice to it and ends up being a victim of weak writing work. They could have added lots of humorous situation and moments filled with witty one liners, failing to which the whole impact is missing.

Performances:

Annu Kapoor is one of the best from all of the actors and does his part with total grace. Satish Kaushik is entertaining and would have loved to see more of him. Adil Hussain, Om Puri and Seema Biswas lend good support. Aamir Bashir, Mukesh Tiwari, Benjamin Gilani, Dolly Ahluwalia, Rajni Gujral are wasted. Vijay Kashyap is fine in his part.

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

Dum??? Well, the basic plot line and decent performances by some actors make this movie watchable in parts only, as its foundation is laid on the basis of some stupid concept followed by repetitive and bland scenes. On an overall basis, this movie is just like a parliamentary bill, which is made with noble intentions but ends up being misused.

Ratings - 2/5

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