Ek Paheli Leela

In Bollywood, there are certain people, for whom the saying 'out of sight, out of mind' refuses to be true. The western import to Bollywood aka Sunny Leone is definitely one of them! Despite having not a single release since the last year (her last release was RAGINI MMS 2), still, her films are awaited with same enthusiasm and excitement. If one Sunny Leone wasn't enough, this week's release EK PAHELI LEELA sees Sunny Leone in a double role! Will Sunny live upto providing double the excitement or will this double role saga land mean double-trouble at the Box-Office windows for Sunny and the film, let's analyze!

The film starts off with the introduction of Karan (Jay Bhanushali) who gets up suddenly from a disturbed sleep because of a few 'torturous memories' that have been torturing him ever since the time he moved into a new house. Around the same time, the viewers are also treated to the introduction of the London based eye-candy supermodel Meera (Sunny Leone). Once, without asking Meera, her business manager Andy (Andy) plans a trip to Rajasthan (India), because he had already committed to the client by taking an advance for the shoot. Despite her refusal to come to India, Andy and his friends manage to get her to shoot in Rajasthan. Amidst their shooting, a rich prince Ranveer Singh (Mohit Ahlawat), who sees Meera, falls for her enchanting beauty. Gradually, the duo fall in love and get married. Meanwhile, in an attempt to solve his sleeping disorder and disturbing dreams, a very worried and distressed Karan meets up with a 'Nadi Shastra' guru, who tells him that he has taken birth in this janam because of certain tasks which were left incomplete 300 years ago. He also adds that, during that time, he wasn't able to marry his lover Meera (Sunny Leone). He adds that the reason for their love failure were of the evil ways of Bhairav (Rahul Dev), who was so much besotted with Leela's beauty that he carved a lifelike idol! Wasting no time, in search of his lost love, Karan reaches Rajasthan. Even though he wants to tell the 300 year saga to Meera, he understands the fact that, Leela, who is now Meera, is happily married to Ranveer.

Does Karan manage to convince Meera about their past lives, will he ever be able to rekindle the age old love in Meera aka Leela's heart for him, what ultimately happens to Leela's idol that Bhairav had so finely crafted, and what is the unexpected twist in the tale that changes the story of history, is what forms the rest of the film.

The film not just marks Bobby Khan's directorial debut in Bollywood, but also Sunny Leone's 'double role debut' in Bollywood. As far as Bobby Khan and his direction cum writing are concerned, he smoothly sails his way through the film. He (along with Ahmed Khan) has not just done not just a commendable job, but an exceptional job of presenting Sunny Leone in a never-before glam avatar. They have done total justice to the 'expectations' which the audiences have from a Sunny Leone film. Even though the first half is lengthy, the second half is what really works in favor of the film and in the interest of the audience. One has to applaud Bobby for having tackled the skin show aesthetically, which doesn't even, for once, come across as cheap or anything of that sort. All in all, Bobby Khan scores really big with his directorial debut EK PAHELI LEELA.

As far as the performances are concerned, it's a mere child's play to decipher that it is the 'omnipresent' Sunny Leone who leads the film right from the word go. Sunny is equally convincing and at ease in her glam avatar as much as her 'Rajashthan ki chhori' avatar! Watching her groove and gyrate to the beats of the songs is a visual treat in itself. All in all, she delivers a 'paisa vasool' performance in this film. As far as the heroes of the film are concerned, while Jay Bhanushali tries too hard (read 'struggles') with his character, the duo of Rajniesh Duggal and Rahul Dev leave an impact, despite having short roles. The film also sees the return of the 90's supermodel Jas Arora, who, does a decent job in the film. The surprise packet of the film is the towering Mohit Ahlawat, who plays his part with perfection, thus adding the required 'alpha male quotient' to the film. The rest of the characters fill in the gaps to make the film a complete package.

The film's music (Meet Bros Anjjan, Amaal Mallik, Dr. Zeus, Tony Kakkar, Uzair Jaswal) is already a rage with a couple of outstanding tracks. While the film's cinematography (Basha Lal) and screenplay (Jojo Khan) are top-class, the film's dialogues (Bunty Rathore) are decent. The locations of the shoot are superlative and are presented really well. Brownie points to the costume designers for designing such fabulous costumes.

On the whole, EK PAHELI LEELA is worth watching, purely because of Sunny Leone and the way she has been presented… like never before!!!

Ek Paheli Leela Movie Review - A glamorous reincarnated tale...

Expectations:

Bimal Roy's 'Madhumati' and Kamal Amrohi's 'Mahal' were the successful inceptor of reincarnation films in our Hindi films. These films like 'Mehbooba', 'Janam Janam', 'Tum Mere Ho', 'Hamesha', 'Prem' and many more, mostly used to be tale of two lovers getting departed in one birth and gets reunited in another. Then, there were films like 'Karz', 'Kudrat', 'Karan Arjun', 'Om Shanti Om', 'Makkhi', and few more which was presented with a twist and had revenge drama attached to it. The first promo of 'Leela' itself states it clearly that it is a film based on reincarnation and for some strange reasons it reminds you of Karishma Kapoor's 'Dangerous Ishq', may be due to the multiple characters attached to it. Thus, let's find out whether 'Leela', will be yet another typical reincarnation, based film of two departed lovers or might be a game changer in this genre.

Ek Paheli Leela Movie Review

Story:

'Leela' is a story of Karan (Jay Bhanushali), a talented musician who gets hold of an old record of Rajhasthani folk songs and while hearing it he keeps seeing disturbing visuals. Later, he comes to know that these visuals are related to a 300-year-old tale featuring Leela (Sunny Leone) and Shravan (Rajneesh Duggal). This leads him to Rajasthan where he meets an international model Meera (Sunny Leone), and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story has huge similarities with many reincarnations based films like, 'Kudrat' or 'Dangerous Ishq', but despite of these structural similarities the movie is presented in an intriguing manner. The screenplay has some interesting twist and turns which keeps you glued to the silver screen as you want to know what happens next. The climax is something different than what we have seen in such type of films. The film would have been better with limited songs as there are almost half dozen songs back to back, in the first half. In addition, the side track of Ehsaas Qureshi and few more should have been strictly omitted from the film. The whole 'nadi-shastra' track was highly unconvincing. Sunny's costume in her past life is more exposing than, Zeenat Aman's basic costume in 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram'. The movie is around two and half hours long which, if would have been little shorter would have given a better and positive impact. Such films need good actors and sadly, in 'Leela' the few actors fail to enhance the film above the interesting storyline. The camera work is good and has been presented in a glamorous manner.

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Music & Direction:

Since the movie is a product of 'T-Series' music company, almost all the songs are great. Right from the remix avataar of Sonu Nigam's 'Deewana', Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam's, 'Dhol Baaje' to chartbuster songs like 'Desi Look', 'Saiyyan Superstar, 'Ek Do Teen Chaar', 'Glamorous Aakhiyan' to romantic songs like 'Tere Bin' or 'Khuda Bhi', the music caters to everyone. The background music is fine as per the flow of the film.

Director Bobby Khan narrates an old tale, but in a different manner with some good screenplay attached to it. He adds up the glamour quotient with the presence of Sunny Leone and satisfies her ardent fans through her love making scenes, fashion show and dances. Along with the skin show, he blends an interesting story line and keeps your interest in the film intact. Sadly, the length of the film along with weak performances by some actors and overdose of songs, the movie ends up as an above average film. Only if, these minor mistakes would gave been taken care of, the end result would have been great.

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Performances:

Sunny Leone looks smashing and charms the screen with her looks. She slips easily into the role of Meera the model, but struggles a lot in her desi looks and performance of Leela. Jay Bhanushali and Mohit Ahlawat lend good support. Jas Arora apes Gulshan Grover and hams to fullest. Rahul Dev was great in his small role. Ehsaan Qureshi was horrible. Rajneesh Duggal, Andy and Shivani Tanksale were fine in their parts.

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

Dum??? Well, the movie is a decent watch with good music score and a gripping story line. It's just that the logic goes for a toss at times in this stretched film, due to which the quality of the film drops down drastically. Sunny Leone's ardent fans and all those who love masala entertainers will enjoy this glamorous reincarnated tale, which could have been better..., much better.

Rating: 3.5/5

Barefoot to Goa Movie Review - An Enhanced Short Film...

Expectations:

Film festivals are like a religious celebration for all cine-lovers. They get to preview some of the best work from all over the globe, along with few good piece of cinema from our own country. Along with these films, there are few small independent film without any big names attached to it and are struggling hard to get a distributor or a presenter. If these movies manage to impress the film festival members, then they would stand chances of getting a distributor or a presenter leading to proper theatrical release of that film. Every year we witness couple of such films being released and following the trend, 'Barefoot To Goa' is one such film which was screened in few prestigious film festivals. So, let's find out whether 'Barefoot To Goa', will manage to make its deep mark over the good cinema lovers mind or might end up being another films with lots of laurels attached to it catering only to the film festival audience.

Barefoot to Goa Movie Review

mobil mp3 indirStory:

'Barefoot To Goa' is a story of old lady Ammaji (Farrukh Jaffar) residing in Goa, who keeps writing letters about her illness to her son settled in Mumbai. Sadly, her daughter-in-law hides these letters and keeps them away from her husband. One day Ammaji's granddaughter Diya (Saara Nahar) finds one letter and comes to know about her grandmother's illness. Diya and her elder brother Prakhar (Prakhar Morchhale) decides to go to Goa to meet their grandmother and bring her to Mumbai with them. The trip does not start as they had expected and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story is simple and one liner, it has some shades and remembrance of Gulzar's, 'Kitaab'. The screenplay is slow and is woven in the style of the Iranian films. The movie relays only on the moments and situations happening in the journey with long shots of one incident. There are some sweet moments like writer narrating the letter to Ammaji, kids planning to show the letter to their dad, kids on expedition followed by the choking climax. Sadly, the narration is too slow, due to which the impact of these scenes get diluted and seems repetitive. There is no hardship of cinematic moment in the journey of the kids, due to which one fails to connect with it. The camera work is not up to the mark.

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Music & Direction:

The background music is fine as per the flow of the film. 'Naina' by Yesudas is a treat for fans of this musical genius.

Director Praveen Morchhale comes up with a short film subject and enhances it as a feature film on the lines of Iranian cinema. He keeps it very simple and sweet, but fails to enhance the screenplay and create some good moments, which are essential to connect you with the flow of the film. In addition, on technical basis one can narrate such a tale with the help of the visuals, but Praveen fails to achieve any of these.

Performances:

It was good to see Farrukh Jaffar in this small, yet important role after watching her in few brilliant films like 'Swades' and 'Peepli Live'. Saara Nahar is cute as the granddaughter while Prakhar Morchhale lends good support. Ajay Chourey, Purva Parag, Kuldeep Dubey and others were fine in their part. There were many other supporting actors who were caught peeping in the camera.

Barefoot to Goa Movie Wallpaper

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

Dum??? Well, the movie has a beautiful story line with lots of innocence attached to it. One would love to see such film on the television and in the film festival, but will struggle to find a decent audience in the cinema hall due to non-star cast and weak narration. The climax, despite of being a shocker ends up being a bit abrupt, leaving a bad taste. On an overall basis, it's a decent watch for all those who love such type of simple films and all those who love to watch short films, as 'Barefoot To Goa' is nothing but an enhanced short film with a screen length of bit more than an hour.

Rating : 2.5/5

Dharam Sankat Mein Movie Review - Atheist Approach...

Expectations:

Recently veteran actor Shashi Kapoor was honored with Dada Saheb Phalke award. Decades back this fine actor made his first big mark in a national award winning film 'Dharamputra', which was directed by Yash Chopra. The movie narrated a tale of a Hindu fanatic who later comes to know that he was born as a Muslim. A few years ago a British film 'Infidel', turned out to be a surprise hit and was loved by cine-lovers all across for its witty take on two religions. The main protagonist is a Muslim, who comes to know that by birth he is a Jew. Well 'Dharamputra' never got officially adapted, but 'Infidel', definitely does, in the form of 'Dharam Sankat Mein Hain (DSMH)'. So let's find out whether 'DSMH', will be an another eye opener on the beliefs and misbeliefs related to our religions or despite of being an official adaptation, might end up being a weak version of films like 'PK' or ' OMG - Oh My God '.

Dharam Sankat Mein

Story:

'Dharam Sankat Mein Hain' is a story of Dharampal Trivedi (Paresh Rawal), a caterer living with wife and children. One day, while going over his recently deceased mother's documents, finds out that he was adopted and his birth parents were Muslims. He conceals this information from his family, and with the help of his neighbour, Nawab Mehmood Shah (Annu Kapoor) locates his birth-father, who is on his death-bed in an old age home managed by Imaam Saab (Murli Sharma). Imaam Saab does not allow Dharampal to meet his father and would permit him only if he becomes a Muslim. Dharampal tries to understand the Muslims and their religion, but at the same time in order to impress a Hindu religious godman Neel Anand Baba (Naseeruddin Shah) has to follow the Hindu rituals too. How does this dilemma of Dharampal ends, is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story as we know is the official adaptation of 'Infidel' and has been brilliantly placed in its Indian version. There are some enjoyable scenes in the film, which might remind you of films like 'PK' or 'OMG - Oh My God'. The movie takes its own time to come on the right track, but even after coming keeps going off track at various intervals. The first half is a bit bland and the second half is dragging. There are some enjoyable scenes like Paresh Rawal's first visit to Naseeruddin Shah's ashram, Paresh Rawal's chat with Murli Sharma over Islam, Paresh Rawal taking training lessons from Annu Kapoor followed by training from Pandit, Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor in a party and a few more which keeps you entertained in this film. Dialogues are witty and sharp. Sadly, besides these few enjoyable scenes, the movie is a dragging and bland at many times. Also, the climax is predictable and over the top.

Dharam Sankat Mein Movie Stills

Music & Direction:

The music fails to do justice to the flow of the film. The title track might be a bit amusing, but besides that, there is nothing worthy.

Director Fuwad Khan comes up with perfect adaptation on papers, but the moment he tries to get it into the cinematic form, the charm goes missing. He raises some good points and also keeps the strong undercurrent intact of Paresh Rawal's wanting to meet his father. There should have been more such moments keeping the movie to point, instead of stretching it.

Performances:

Paresh Rawal tries to repeat his magic act of 'OMG - Oh My God', but neither does itmatch nor surpasses it. He performs naturally and does his part with total grace. Naseeruddin Shah does an extended role of his earlier role of a fake godman from the movie 'Sona Spa'. Annu Kapoor is superb in his role, remove him and there will be a huge vacuum in this film. Alka Badola Kaushal was sweet in her role. Murli Sharma and Mukesh Bhatt were fine in their roles.

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

Dum??? Well, there is occasional dum in this movie and on an overall basis, a decent film. But, as the entertaining scenes dries out the movie keeps dragging and fails to connect on any level. 'DSMH' is a weak adaptation of 'Infidel' which should have been made with total faith and belief in its original concept, rather than having an atheist approach over it.

Ratings : 2.5/5

Dharam Sankat Mein

First things first. Of late, there has been a new genre in Bollywood which has taken birth. It's called as 'practically religious' genre, under which the myths are broken and superstitions are shattered. Leading the pack are two films, viz., OMG: OH MY GOD! and PK. This week's release DHARAM SANKAT MEIN (which is a self confessed remake of the 2010's British comedy film THE INFIDEL) treads more or less on the similar genre, if not the same. Will this film too 'pray' its way to become a Box-Office hit or will it become a 'prey' to rejection, let's analyze.

The film starts off with the film's Hindu protagonist Dharampal Trivedi (Paresh Rawal) irritatingly waking up to the 'azaan' from the nearby mosque. Despite all this, he leads a happy and content life with his two obedient children, a loving and caring wife, alongwith a 'numero uno' catering business. His immediate neighbor happens to be a Muslim lawyer by the name of Nawab Mehmood Nazeem Ali Shah Khan Bahadur (Annu Kapoor). And it is because of his annoying behavior and religion, that Dharampal hates him to the core. Life goes smooth for Dharampal until his wife reminds him to open the bank locker of his dead mother. And when he opens the locker, his eyes get filled with tears to see all his childhood drawings that his mother had preserved through her life. In addition to this, he also finds a set of his mother's gold bangles and an old affidavit. Life suddenly comes to an absolute standstill for him when he reads the affidavit which states that he was actually adopted by his parents and that he is a Myslim by birth. Fearing shame and disgrace, he hides this religious truth from his family. At the time of distress, he finds a confidante in Nawab Mehmood Nazeem Ali, who helps him trace his parents. Nawab reveals to Dharampal that while his mother is dead, his aging father is living in a Muslim sanctorum. Upon reaching the sanctorum, Dharampal gets stopped by the character played by a mullah (Murali Sharma). He imposes a 'rule' on Dharampal that in order to meet his Muslim father, he has to inculcate the mannerisms and behavior of a devout Muslim. That's when Nawab Mehmood Nazeem Ali comes to the rescue again and starts training Dharampal in the same. Meanwhile, Dharampal's son Amit, who is a ardent devotee of the 'blue' spiritual guru Neel Anand Baba (Naseeruddin Shah), wants his father to learn proper Hinduism in order to impress his girlfriend's parents as her father is a staunch Hindu. All in all, Dharampal's life becomes one royal mess when he starts learning the 'mannerisms' of both the religions simultaneously.

During a sudden turn of events, Dharampal accidentally attracts the backlash of Muslims who come out to attack him. Having left with no other options, he reveals in front of everyone (including his family) that he is actually a Muslim by birth, which shocks and stuns everyone alike. The revelation results in his family abandoning him. When left all alone, he stumbles upon a startling truth about Neel Anand Baba, which changes the course of the film totally upside down! What was it about Neel Anand Baba that changes the course of the film completely, does Dharampal's family ever come back to him, does he ultimately manage to meet his aging father and does Dharampal's son get to marry the girl whom he loves... is what forms the rest of the film.

In totality, the film 'religiously' serves as an eye opener to a handful of religious myths and facts. And for this, the full credit goes to the film's director Fuwad Khan, who, after working as a cinematographer on many films, makes his directorial debut with DHARAM SANKAT MEIN. One has to say that he really manages to leave a mark with his debut. Despite having touched upon a very religiously sensitive topic, he has tried his level best to keep the film as simple as possible and doesn't go overboard. There are a few moments in the film which makes the film lag, but the film's script (David Baddiel) helps it to sail through. Because the viewers have already witnessed OMG: OH MY GOD and PK much before DHARAM SANKAT MEIN, the comparisons and the similarities are bound to be there. While the viewers are treated to a very engaging first half, the 'abruptness' and the 'amateur climax' of the second half, takes the steam out of the film.

As far as the performances are concerned, no prizes for guessing as to who is the star of the film! It's indeed a Paresh Rawal film all the way, who makes absolutely no mistakes at all and comes out a winner by all means. His performance is absolutely flawless and sincere. A close second is Naseeruddin Shah, who, yet again, delivers a very commendable performance and ensures that he doesn't go overboard with his character. The third powerhouse performer in the film is Annu Kapoor, who is back in form after his memorable performance in VICKY DONOR. He too delivers such a flawless and believable performance. What is remarkable about this trio of veteran actors is that, despite having oodles of experiences tucked under their belt, they do not tend to eat each other's space. Needless to say that, in a film of this stature, there is no scope for a full-fledged 'heroine'. Alka Kaushal and the girl who plays Paresh's daughter in the film are good. Murli Sharma is decent.

Even though the film's music (Meet Bros Anjjan, Sachin Gupta, Jatinder Shah, D J Kiran) is not the film's mainstay, it cannot be termed as bad either. It's actually the film's background music (Sachin Gupta) that binds the film together as one. The film's editing (Apurva Asrani) is crisp and watertight, while its cinematography (Anshuman Mahaley) complements the film's script totally. Special brownie points to the film's dialogue writers (Alpesh Dixit, Sanjay Sharma, Vijay Desai), for having come up with (timely) one liners that invokes a chuckle or two.

On the whole, DHARAM SANKAT MEIN should be watched for its sheer simplicity and also for the message that has been conveyed through the film.

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