Meera (Anushka Sharma) and Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) are a happy couple, safely ensconced in their cushy corporate jobs. Meera gets a taste of Delhi lechery when there's an attempt to molest her. Arjun, in an attempt to get her over the trauma, plans a getaway for her birthday. As they hit the dusty 'NH10', they become embroiled in a case of honor killing in front of their own eyes. Their ugly run-in with the killers headed by Satbir (Darshan Kumaar) takes a nasty turn, the conspiring policemen are of no help, Arjun gets seriously injured and Meera has to slug it out on her own through extremely tough circumstances.
Sudip Sharma's writing is soaked in the blood-n-dirt of Haryanvi villages and the big city milieu. The screenplay is taut and the pace zips along. Jabeen Merchant's editing is sharp and the edit patterns surprises you with its sudden innovativeness. There are interesting nuances that establishes the path-breaking attempts in a very subtle manner. Arjun gifts a cigarette packet to Meera to smoke only on her birthday. Meera rubs off a derogatory word written on a toilet door in a Dhaba. Ammaji (Deepti Naval) disdainfully clearing the wardrobe of her murdered daughter Pinky.
Anushka Sharma packs in an incredibly strong performance laced with intense vulnerability. Her character graph shows a natural progression stemming from uncertainty, fear, inherent intelligence and how she gets forced into pumping steel-in-her-veins. The physical conditioning through the rough terrain must have been very difficult. When she hysterically screams 'F**k You' to the killers, you can feel her cumulative agony. Neil Bhopaalam, as the supportive husband with an immature streak delivers a solid performance. Darshan Kumaar is a totally violent contrast to the calm-n-collected husband of MARY KOM. He's a pleasant revelation. Deepti Naval shines in a cameo. Her dramatic shift from empathy to antipathy is electrifying.
Music has been used in a matter-of-fact manner and at no point;it takes anything away from the narrative or the pace of the film. ShilpaRao has outstandingly sung 'Le ChalMujhe' in an unplugged format. It literally digs its claws in your heart with the sheer authenticity of angst. The flagship number 'Chil Gaye Naina' isn't a part of the film, and, thankfully, the makers didn't use it in the end credits either. Arvind Kannabiran's cinematography is brilliant as he expertly captures the jilted images in spite of difficult lighting conditions.
Director Navdeep Singh is at the top of his game. After many years in the wilderness post the critically acclaimed MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER and a failed production plan with Abhay Deol, Singh retains his sanity and doesn't compromise on his or writer Sudip Sharma's vision. But, in spite of a water tight plot, one can question Arjun's motivation to go after rogue killers even though he's with a lady in tow. Was he that naive? Also, the climax seems somewhat rushed and way too sudden.
On the whole, NH10 is a wonderfully made film with an outstanding performance by Anushka Sharma. It will be well appreciatedby an intelligent audience that's gunning for women safety and empowerment. The sound cinematic credentials and gripping narrative is the high point of the film. But, as mentioned earlier, the glorification of violence isn't easy to stomach. You need to be really motivated to absorb it. This National Highway has its shares of potholes, but, it is a must visit. Do go the NH10 way!
Dirty Politics Movie Review - Even 'Surf' wont help...
Producer - Director K.C.Bokadia was a big name in the mid 80's till the end of the 90's era. He was known for investing his money in an out and out masala potboilers and churned out some great hits like 'Teri Meherbaniyan', 'Pyar Jhukta Nahin', 'Naseeb Apna Apna', 'Aaj Ka Arjun', 'Phool Bane Angaarey', etc. Few of these films were stuck in midway and saw the light of theatrical release only with the financial help of K.C.Bokadia. Sadly, with the rise ofthe millennium era, we saw a drastic drop in terms of quantity as well as quality of films under his banner. His last few films were victim of delayed release and thus there was not much excitement related to the release of his latest film 'Dirty Politics', despite of having some great names like Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Om Puri attached to it. Thus, let's find out whether 'Dirty Politics' will be an out and out masala entertainer with hard hitting messages attached to it or might be among those films which for a namesake has a great star cast associated with it.Story:
'Dirty Politics' is the story revolving around the mysterious disappearance of a dancer turned politician Anokhi Devi (Mallika Sherawat). C.B.I officer Satyaprakash Mishra (Anupam Kher) is appointed to investigate the whole matter of Anokhi Devi with help of daring officers Nirbhay (Sushant Singh) and Nischay (Atul Kulkarni). Satyaprakash Mishra suspects everyone right from the local goon Mukhtiar Khan (Jackie Shroff) to the topmost politicians (Om Puri and Ashutosh Rana). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is weakly inspired by the real life happenings Bhanwari Devi's scandal that took place in Jodhpur. The makers have glorified the whole incident with the help of unwanted drama, cuss words, sex scenes, action sequences and bland melodrama. There are a couple of good dramatic scenes like Om Puri-Ashutosh Rana discussing about Mallika Sherawat, Om Puri convincing Mallika Sherawat, Anupam Kher-Om Puri meet followed by Anupam Kher's meet with Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher's outburst in the crowd and few more might entertain the mass audience. Also, the unwanted overdose of gross sex scenes between Om Puri and Mallika Sherawat were forced into the film only to titillate the front benchers. The screenplay is slow with lengthy scenes testing your patience level. The drama associated in the film is outdated and totally television styled. The second half keeps wandering in unwanted territories and is super stretched with repetitive and dragging screenplay. There are plenty of illogical scenes like when a politician calls up a goon, he picks up a gun and then takes the call followed by a C.B.I officer fighting a criminal case in court instead of a lawyer and many more. The story narration and shot taking are dated. The finale part lacks the entertainment as well as conviction level.Music & Direction:
The music is created to lure the mass audience. 'Ghaghara' is like an item song and 'Chal Dum' is a love making song involving Om Puri and Mallika Sherawat. The actions and camera angle are cheap and tacky.
Director K.C.Bokadia brings up an interesting subject with good star cast attached to it. Sadly, the screenplay is weak and his style of treatment to the film is old fashioned. The movie lacks on the dramatic front and ends up being a dragging piece of cinema with a few good scenes due to the presence of great actors in the film.Performances:
Anupam Kher is superb in his role and does his part with total dedication. He is highly perfect in this imperfect film. Mallika Sherawat ends up being a bimbo trying to enchash over her glamorous image. Om Puri is loud and entertaining in parts. Ashutosh Rana, Jackie Shroff, Govind Namdev, Sushant Singh, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Sharma and others are fine in their small parts. Naseeruddin Shah is highly wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, there are a couple of entertaining scenes due to the presence of Anupam Kher, Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. But, besides that there is nothing much to watch out for in this 90's styled potboiler. The filth in this film is quite high that, even a powerful detergent like 'Surf' won't help to clean away the dirty stuff associated with it.Ratings : 1.5/5
Badmashiyaan Movie Review - Bad-Mash
Often, many of our Hindi films have been officially or unofficially remake of foreign films. Few good directors, though, have tried to Indianise them with the help of their sensibilities and support of good performances attached to it. On the other hand, we have seen many directors blindly aping the original source with a high hangover of the foreign film, ending up giving us frame to frame copy with just Indian actors replacing the original ones. One might not find an Indian wearing cowboy dress while ridinga horse nor witness any cop wearing a stylish suit and eating doughnut, sipping in, a black coffee in any part of our country. These situations may seem common in the foreign countries according to their lifestyle. Still, many of our filmmakers have tried to establish these genres and situations in our Hindi film and the end results in most of these cases have been a bad failure. This week's released film 'Badmashiyaan' is a remake of a Korean film starring mostly new actors, including Sharib Hashmi, who is riding high over the popularity of his last released film 'Filmistaan'. So, let's find out whether 'Badmashiyaan' will be another frame to frame copy of its original source or might be yet another good Indianized adaptation with some good performances attached to it.Story:
'Badmashiyaan' is a story of Dev (Sidhant Gupta), who falls in love at first sight with Nari (Suzanna Mukherjee) and later wants to get married to her. Before he could propose to her, she runs away, leaving him stranded with burdens of love. Dev hires a detective, Pinkesh (Karan Mehra), who finds out about Nari and her latest love affair with a don Jassi Chaudhary (Sharib Hashmi).On the other hand Palak (Gunjan Malhotra) enters into the life of Dev and how everyone of them gets interlinked with each other is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story as we all know is inspired from a Korean film 'Couples' and one may also find basic similarities with Akshay Kumar-Sunil Shetty starrer film 'Aawara Pagal Deewana', which itself was a remake of a Hollywood film 'The Whole Nine Yards'. 'Badmashiyaan' starts on a very dull note with a boring and bland first half, which is full of idiotic and cheap scenes featuring Sidhant Gupta. Scenes such as Sidhant's fight with the taxi driver followed by his vulgar antics at the bank, cops interrogating Sidhant and a few more are among the worst scenes of the film. The middle part of the film struggles to get on the right track and keeps giving us bad to worse scenes in the form of Karan Mehra's confusing track which features a highly unwanted pissing scenes. The only saving grace in the first half of the film is the entry of Sharib Hashmi, whose track in the second half manages to keep you engaged to this dull and boring film. Sharib's flashback scenes followed by his restaurant scene with Suzanna, Sharib firing the aunty, Sharib at Sidhant's house and few more works out to be the best part of the film. Also, the way all these stories interlinked is remarkable, but till then you will run out of your patience and thus the impact gets diluted. If only the writers would have worked out more on the track of the don the movie would have ended up on a positive note. The camera work is good and gives the movie a fresh look.Music & Direction:
Music by Bobby-Imran is very average and lacks the Chartbuster popular song. 'Garden Garden Gave' is enjoyable as might appeal to Sharib's 'Filmistaan' fans. 'Thode Se Hum' is a sweet song. Rest all songs are unwanted and fails to go with the flow of the film.
Director Amit Khanna brings up an interesting love story with a good concept, but fails badly in itsexecution. The whole purpose and feel of the film fails to connect as it is ruined by the weak screenplay and bad performances. Amit should have treated the film in a bit different manner and should have avoided the typical run of the mill type of treatment.Performances:
Sidhant Gupta looks cute, but does not know the basic alphabet of acting. He is weak in performing and loud in expressing. Suzanna Mukherjee is sweet and charming and does her part with ease. It's only in some comical scenes she overdoes it and starts to ham miserably. Sharib Hashmi is the only saving grace in the film and does his part with total dedication. The moment he appears on the screen, the whole mood and feel of the film changes. He is lovable in his cute don avatar and shines out in the comical scenes. Though, it's nowhere close to his flawless performance in 'Filmistaan' and will disappoint its loyal audience who has been expecting a similar type of performance from him. Karan Mehra is entertaining in few scenes and irritating in others. Gunjan Malhotra is fine in her part. Nitin Goswami's track with Sharib is superb, wished the makers had kept more of them in the film.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, this is one of those films where besides the good concept and the basic idea of the original foreign film, there is nothing much to boast about. 'Badmashiyaan' is a slow, boring and a bland film with some terrible performances, which seems like a bad-mash of few inexperienced people. Watch it only for few enjoyable scenes and comical performance of Sharib Hashmi.Ratings : 2/5
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review - A Sweet and Neat 'Indian' Film
There was a time when our Hindi films used to narrate the story of a common man and social issues related to him. With changing times, our hero from small village migrated to small houses of big cities and gradually transformed as a modern day corporate or a rich N.R.I guy. Big banners like 'Yash Raj', 'Mukta Arts', 'Dharma Productions', 'Vishesh Films' and few more were pioneers in establishing the rich, stylish heroes and grand set up in our Hindi cinema. But, these films narrated the story of metro cities or foreign countries and the common man from a small town started to fade out in our films. Thus, when we saw films like 'Queen', 'Ankhon Dekhi', 'Do Dooni Chaar', etc. displaying the tale of a middle class family, the end result was overwhelming. The same 'Yash Raj' banner, which is known for its glamorized films now comes up with a unique love tale of a couple residing in a small town in India. The loyal fans of 'Yash Raj' banner still expects to see some larger than life or glamorized love stories, thus a film like 'Dum Laga Ke Haisa' seems like a bold and a risky step from their side. So, let's find out whether a film like 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' will add to up to the elite list of feel good films or might struggle hard to match up to the mammoth expectations related to the one of India's biggest production house, which at once used to be known as an alternate name for romantic films.Story:
'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' is a story set in the mid 90's era. Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) and his father (Sanjay Mishra) own an audio cassette shop in Haridwar. Prem's family is going through bad financial times and thus they decide to get him married to an educated girl Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar). Prem is not happy with this marriage as he finds Sandhya very fat and totally opposite of his dream girl image. Sandhya tries appealing Prem, but fails miserably and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is unique and fascinating. Though, the basic plot line might remind you of a Rishi Kapoor-Farha-Radhika starrer film 'Naseeb Apna Apna', but besides that the whole concept is originally different. Right from the first frame of the film one does get transported into the simpler times of the 90's era with help of minute detailing attached to the film. The first half is sweet, funny and enjoyable with good moments like Ayushmann meeting Bhumi in a temple followed by Sanjay Mishra trying to convince Ayushmann for marriage, the first night between Ayushmann and Bhumi followed by both of them going for shopping, Bhumi trying to seduce Ayushmann, Bhumi and Ayushmann fighting with each other through songs and family members watching them, Ayushmann's outburst at his friend's marriage and many more such scenes. The second half also keeps the mood intact doing justice to superb first half of the film, but drags in the middle portions followed by a predictable ending. A couple of scenes in the second half seemed forced and were a bit loud. If only there were few good moments to establish the bonding between Ayushmann and Bhumi in the later part of the film, the end results would have been outstanding. The sudden change of heart seemed bit abrupt and pretentious, nevertheless the basic soul of the film is kept intact till the end of the film. The race in the finale even after being predictable stands out and works in the favor of the film. The camera work is superb and does full justice to the feel of the film.Music & Direction:
The music by Anu Malik is soothing and perfect for such type of films. It's great to see this talented music composer who gives us some great songs like 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage', 'Sunder Susheel', 'Dard Karara' and 'Tu'. The title track is a bit average in comparison to other songs. 'Prem's Theme' and background music enhance the mood of the film.
Director Sharat Katariya who once wrote an outstanding comical film 'Bheja Fry', comes up with an impressive story line. He highly succeeds in capturing the basic nuances of a small town family and most importantly in establishing the fact of true love. He sticks to his subject and does not wander out at any point. Though, last half an hour could have been much better as it fails to match up to the level of the brilliant first half of the film.Performances:
Firstly, kudos to Ayushmann Khurana for choosing such an unusual script. He does his part with total conviction. You can easily connect to his pain and agony as he brilliantly displays it with his fine acting. Bhumi Pednekar is sweet and charming. She sweetly expresses her feelings through her eyes and facial expressions. Sanjay Mishra, Sheeba Chadda, Seema Pahwa, Dhruv Singh and other family members are outstanding. These supporting actors add up as a brilliant package to this film and shines even in their small roles. Cameo by Kumar Shanu is welcomed.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, there is a good amount of dum for all those who love to see, feel good films with slice of life type of theme attached to it. The whole concept, treatment and performances in 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' is enjoyable and will be loved by the family audiences. The youngsters might find them alienated with the theme of the film. Also, the middle portions if were taken care the movie would have ended among the list of great films in recent times. Nevertheless, a special thanks to Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma for bringing up such a unique romantic tale, which displays much more than the external and superficial love through this sweet and neat Indian film.Ratings : 3.5/5
Ab Tak Chhappan 2 Movie Review - Hits Outside The Target Board...
Amitabh Bachchan's 'Zanjeer', started the trend of the cop's based films in our Hindi cinema. The movie portrayed the working style and the personal trauma of a police officer, which was missing in the films made prior to 'Zanjeer'. Post 'Zanjeer', one saw many films based on the life of a police officer and we did see some larger than life type of characters like Lakhan in 'Ram Lakhan', Chulbul Pandey in 'Dabangg' or Bajirao Singham in 'Singham'. On the other hand, there were some good and intense films based on this genre with films like 'Ardh Satya', 'A Perfect Murder', 'Khakhe', 'Sarfarosh','Gangajal', 'Sehar' and few more, including Nana Patekar's 'Ab Tak Chappan'. 'Ab Tak Chappan' was relatively a small film, but attained the classic status as time went by, due to its fantastic direction, tight screenplay, fiery dialogues and brilliant performance by Nana Patekar. Almost a decade later, the makers of 'Ab Tak Chappan' returns back with a sequel 'Ab Tak Chappan 2' with one of the most impressive cop Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar).So let's find out whether 'Ab Tak Chappan 2' will give us another fantastic thriller drama just like its predecessor or the absence of director Shimit Amin will act as one of the biggest negative point for the movie.Story:
'Ab Tak Chappan 2' is the story of an encounter specialist inspector, Sadhu Aghashe (Nana Patekar), who is summoned back to the encounter squad on the insistence of his senior officer (Mohan Agashe) and home minister (Vikram Ghokle). Sadhu teams up with inspector Thorat (Ashutosh Rana) and starts eliminating the underworld criminals. In that process, he undergoes a personal trauma and what follows on is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story begins in the similar pattern like 'Ab Tak Chappan', but later on goes on a different mode with very less amount of screenplay attached to it. Till the time repetitive situations are shown (Nana Patekars interaction with his team, encounters, talking to the underworld don, his interaction with the associate officer,etc) the movie seemed enjoyable and entertaining. Sadly, with the arrival of the second half of the film, the movie slides down with the abrupt screenplay, half backed characters and predictable storyline. Nana Patekar's fans will love his opening monologue followed by his first day in office, interaction with Ashutosh Rana, phone talks with Raj Zutshi, Nana scaring Ashutosh Rana followed by Nana Patekar trying to capture few criminals. Sadly, these moments starts fading out as the movie progresses towards the second half and there is nothing new or exciting left for the viewers and even Nana Patekar's fan. The brilliant writing of Sandeep Srivastava (for 'Ab Tak Chappan') was highly missed in this movie. Also, a few scenes were ruined due to the muted dialogues and the slo-mo shots. The movie is highly ruined due to the terrible cinematography. The camera angle's are highly influenced by the style of bad cinematography from Ram Gopal Varma's recent movies. Also, it is shot in a very low quality mode, due to which the movie looks tacky and distracting. The screen length is less than two hours, giving it hardly any time to establish the characters in the film.Music & Direction:
Background music fails to gel with the flow of the film.
Director Aejaz Gulab fails to even come close to the brilliance of Shimit Amin (director of 'Ab Tak Chappan') and ends up delivering a bland product. The movie has the basic flavour of 'Ab Tak Chappan', but lacks over the soul factor. The realism, fine moments, fiery dialogues, the raw styling and many more from 'Ab Tak Chappan' was highly missing in this sequel.Performances:
Nana Patekar is the only saving grace in this boring and bland film. The moment he returns back to the force, you tend to enjoy his body mannerisms, silent expressions and cold anger on his face. It's sad that a film of such talented actors goes wrong, due to which we as viewers end up missing them in films. Ashutosh Rana starts on a brilliant note and ends up being the biggest victim of half baked role in this film. Gul Panag, Raj Zutshi, Vikram Gokhle are fine in their parts, but nothing impressive. Govind Namdev and Dilip Prabhavalkar are highly wasted in this movie.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, if you are a die hard Nana Patekar fan, then you will like the movie only for his presence in the film. There are few enjoyable scenes in the initial part of the film, but later on ends up being a boring, repetitive and bland film. The makers try to fire the bullet in order to encash over the past glory of 'Ab Tak Chappan', but in terms of quality of the film, they end up hitting outside the target board.
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