Khamoshiyan Movie - 'Less said, the better..'
The horror genre was mostly dominated by the Ramsay brothers and Mohan Bhakhri in the 80's, until the arrival of Ram Gopal Varma's 'Raat' and Mahesh Bhatt's 'Junnon'. These movies were technically much better than the usual craps made in those times. The Bhatt's enhanced the face of Indian horror films with Bipasha Basu starrer film 'Raaz', by combining horror, romance, music and drama with relatively know actors. After the super success of 'Raaz', the Bhatt's kept venturing into few more genres and eventually kept churning out a horror film at frequent intervals. Their latest offering is 'Khamoshiyan' is another musical erotica with a supernatural element attached to it. The promos are interesting and have the much needed curiosity factor required to watch a film. Thus, let's find out whether 'Khamoshiyan' will add as a another feather in the Bhatt's cap or might be another weak attempt with forced erotica added only to titillate its targeted audience.
'Khamoshiyan' is a story of a writer Kabir (Ali Fazal) who is in search of a story for his new book. He lands up in an isolated place which is managed single-handedly by Meera (Sapna Pabbi). Kabir starts bonding with Meera and falls in love with her. Little does he know that Meera has a dark secret related to her husband Jaidev (Gurmeet Choudhary). What's the secret and how does that affect Kabir and Meera is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is simple and has the stamp of Bhatt's style attached to it. The first half is totally gripping and does full justice to the theme of the film. It has curiosity, mystery, supernatural, sensuous romance, and melodious music perfectly blended. The problem starts with the second half of the film and that too with the Gurmeet's chapter, followed by the whole supernatural element, which is confusing and taken for granted. The writers fail to add the needed detailing to the supernatural chapters right from the Gurmeet's obsession for a butterfly, the cremation guy's track, Sapna's past which is easily forgotten in the last shot of the film and a few more questions related to Gurmeet and the supernatural element. The second half is a total contrast to its first half, and keeps going down and down with every next scene leading to a disappointing climax. The camera work is good and works in the favour of the film. The special effects could have been better.Music & Direction:
Music in Bhatt's film has been a strong selling point and even in Khamoshiyan there are few very good songs. 'Khamoshiyan', 'Baatein Ye Kabhi Na', 'Kya Khoya' and 'Tu Har Lamha' are melodious and soothing. 'Bheeg Loon' is bit misfit. Director Karan Darra does full justice film to the mysterious promos of the film in the first half. He keeps you glued to the silver screen with his engrossing style of direction, but is let down by the writers in the second half where the movie goes for the toss. The supernatural element was over the top and weakly explained. There were many unwanted scenes in the second half, which were just added to increase the screen length and fails to work in the favour of the film.Performances:
Ali Fazal is great in his role and does full justice to his character. Sapna Pabbi adds the mystery factor in the film through her beautiful eyes and delivers a confident performance. Gurmeet Choudhary looked smashing and will be a treat for his female fans. Sadly, his character was half baked and ends up as a weak link in the film. Vinod Rawat lends good support. Debina and Vikram Bhatt were wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? There is a good amount of dum in the first half of the film with a proper engaging screenplay,melodious music and mild erotica, but as the movie progresses it starts to slide down and ends up being a half baked product. The movie had potential to be another 'Raaz' style of slow supernatural film. Till the time the secrets were not revealed in the film, the movie was perfect, but once revealed less said the better.Ratings : 2/5
Rahasya Movie - 'Watch it before its 'Rahasya' gets revealed...'
There have been many Hindi films which have been inspired by some or other real life incidents. These small real life incidents have motivated film makers, to churn out various kinds of genre, including some good dramas like Sunil Dutt's 'Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke', Vinod Khaana's 'Achanak' and a few more which were loosely inspired by real life murder cases. Then there were some dramatic presentations in the form of Raj Kumar's 'Police Public' or Nana Patekar's 'Phaasi Ka Phanda' and many more, which ended up being more filmy than the real instances. Though, there were few daring ones like Rani-Vidya's 'No one killed Jessica' or Ram Gopal Varma's 'Not a love story' and a few more which tried to capture as much reality as they could. The first promos of Kay Kay Menon's 'Rahasya' instantly reminds you of the real life murder happening in Aarushi murder case. So, let's find out whether 'Rahasya' is actually inspired by the real lifehappening or might be having basic similarities resulting in a completely different film of its own.
'Rahasya' starts with the mysterious murder of Ayesha (Sakshi Sem). Her father, Dr. Sachin Mahajan (Aashish Vidyarthi) is accused of killing his own daughter along with the involvement of Ayesha's boyfriend Riaz (Kunal Sharma). The mystery widens up and thus, C.B.I officer Sunil Paraskar (Kay Kay Menon) is assigned to find out the reality behind the murder of Ayesha. Whathappens next is what the entire film is all about.Story:
The story starts with some similarities with the real life happenings, but as it progresses, it sets on its own course. It's more of a, 'Who did it?' type of film where the writers succeeds in keeping you involved in the film right from its first scene till the finale portions. Right from the entry of Kay Kay Menon, the first half of the film is brilliantly thrilling with some good scenes like, Kay Kay's interaction with Ashish, whole investigation on the murder spot followed by investigating Mita Vasisht and her husband and few more such scenes. The second half starts in bit slow mode, but gains its momentum till the finale portions with loads of twists and turns. Though, there are few minor loopholes in the revelation chapter, but looking at the whole product one can overlook them.Music & Direction:
Background music by Ranjit Barot is haunting and goes with the flow of the film.Director Manish Gupta comes up with yet another good murder mystery after 'Stoneman Murders' and has presented it in a gripping manner. He smartly mixes up fact and fiction and keeps full focus on the plot of the film, without wandering away from the main story line. He makes a few blunders based on assumptions in the finale part and should have minorly trimmed down the second half.Performances:
Kay Kay Menon is superb in the film and carries the film on his shoulders. Ashish Vidyarthi, Tisca Chopra, Mita Vasisht, Ashwini Kalsekar and Bikramjeet Kanwar Pal lend good support and portray their part with total grace. Sakshi Sem and Kunal Sharma are fine in their part. Nasir Abdullah, Ramesh Deo, Usha Jadhav and others are wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum?? Well, the movie is a good murder mystery presented in a thrilling manner with some good performances by its lead actors. The promos are a bit misleading as the movie works on itsown merits and has some marginal errors. But, on an overall basis, it's a well made thriller. Thus, if you love good, 'Who did it?' type of murder mystery films, then would recommend you to watch this movie instantly before... its 'Rahasya' gets revealed.Ratings : 3.5/5
Baby Movie - 'Thrillingly Dazzling..'
Director Neeraj Pandey debuted with a relatively smaller film 'A Wenesday' and astonished the cinema lovers by its outstanding theme, powerful performances and brilliant direction. With every passing yearthe movie kept growing on and on over its loved audience and has been remade in several regional languages along with an official Hollywood adaptation. Neeraj returned back after a gap of five years in the form of an another thriller 'Special 26', which was another great piece of cinema in its own way. Both the films established Neeraj as one of the promising and looked after director from our Hindi cinema. The cinema lovers loved the twist and hard hitting presentation in Neeraj's films and wanted toseem more films from this talented film director. Thus, right from the day of the making till the release of the first promo of his latest film 'Baby', there was a huge amount of anticipation associated with it. Petty stuffs like Akshay Kumar's stern looks, terrorism based subject, new style of action scenes,intriguing poster and many more are rising the curiosity factor associated with the film. Thus, let's find out whether 'Baby' will add as one more feather in Neeraj's cap or might be a victim of over expectation associated with the film.
'Baby' is the story of a secret service organized by the government of India to stop the terrorism and the activities associated with it. The agency is led by its chief Feroze Ali Khan (Danny Denzongpa) and most of its operations are led by Ajay Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar). The secret service organization was formed on an experimental basis for a period of five years and in its fifth and most crucial year one of a terrorist Bilal Khan (Kay Kay Menon) escapes from the custody of police forces. Ajay starts hunting down Bilal and others, associated with him with the help of his colleagues (Rana Duggabati, Taapsee Pannu and Anupam Kher). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is daringly different and has some shades of Nikhil Advani's 'D-Day'. 'Baby' is a combo of realism and fantasy as the theme is realistic and the concept is like a dream come true. Right from thefirst introduction scene in the film the movie is like a non stop thriller with lots of happenings going around in the film. There are some fantastic scenes like Akshay chase scene in Istanbul followed by his interaction with Jameel Khan, Taapsee Pannu's fight with Sushant Singh, Akshay-Rana-Anupam in the Saudi mission followed by the finale act and many more. These scenes will keep your eyes glued to the silver screen without blinking for a single moment. The screenplay is so gripping that it enhances your curiosity level and raises the excitement to know more about the next happenings in the film. The movie gets bit mellowed down in the family part and needed trimming in the extended chase and dramatic scenes, due to which the intensity of the film gets diluted in a few places. The climax scene has some similarities with Ben Affleck's 'Argo'. Dialogues are outstanding and few of Akshay's dialogues will be applauded. The camera work is of top notch and has been shot as per total international standards. The movie has been shot in some great locations of Istanbul, Nepal and Saudi Arabia. Editing should have been tighter and strict in some places.Music & Direction:
Music is not required in such type of films and Neeraj respect the genre of this film by not adding unwanted songs in the film. 'Main Tujhse Pyaar' is a sweet song and has been mildly placed in the film.'Beparwah' featuring Esha Gupta is used in the end credits. The background music is superb and does full justice to the feel of the film.
Director Neeraj Pandey comes up with an interesting thriller and does his part with total grace. He fails to get distracted at any given point and keeps going with the flow of the film. He treats the film as per international level and that too with total sensibility attached to it. The only problem is that everything in the film happens very easily and there is no hardship attached to the film. He fails to give the 'lump in the throat' factor as he gave us in the climax of 'A Wednesday' or the jump on your seat factor as he gave us in the climax of 'Special 26'. But, nevertheless he manages to give us a great thriller with many good cinematic moments attached to it.Performances:
Akshay Kumar looks superb and slips easily into his character. His body mannerisms, dialogue delivery and whole appearances enchances his character. Taapsee Pannu's fight scenes are outstanding. Danny Denzongpa, Kay Kay Menon, Jameel Khan and Anupam Kher despite of a small role are superb in their parts Rana Duggubati, Madhurima Tuli and Sushant Singh were wasted. Rasheed Naz is impressive. Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, 'Baby' is a well made and fantastically presented film, which will keep you engaged throughout the film. It might lack some main factors in comparison to his last two releases, but has its own merits to boast about. The movie should have been more hard hitting and bit trimmed down. Nevertheless, right from the first shot of the film till the finale portion, despite of a few flaws 'Baby' is a neat thrillingly dazzling experience.Ratings : 4/5
Dolly Ki Doli - 'Bhaag Dolly Bhaag...'
Our Hindi films have been fascinated by con based films. Viewers love to see our stars conning normal people in films. Though most of the films have been highly inspired by some or another international film,there are few films like 'Special 26', etc based on the real instances and happenings from our country. The main ingredient required in such type of films is to show the different ways of conning with novelty factor. Sonam Kapoor starrer film 'Dolly Ki Doli' too, comes up with a unique and novel concept where a girl keeps conning well to do bridegrooms by marrying them. The promos look appealing and the star cast seems promising. So, let's find out whether 'Dolly Ki Doli' will give us another fun entertainer on the lines of Sonam's last hit 'Khoobsurat' or might be another con based film where besides the novel idea, has nothing more to offer.
'Dolly Ki Doli' is a story of Dolly (Sonam Kapoor)who gets married to well to do bridegrooms and after their first night of the wedding robs them and goes absconding. Two of Dolly's conned husbands (Rajkummar Rao & Varun Sharma) join hands with the officer in charge (Pulkit Samrat) and starts hunting for Dolly. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The basic story concept is inspired from a Marathi play 'Toh Mi Navech', which was adapted in the form of a film 'Woh Main Nahin', featuring yesteryear actor Navin Nischol and Rekha. The writers did change the main story of a con man into a con woman along with the mystery genre to a comical one in case of 'Dolly Ki Doli'. Also, the novelty factor attached to this movie has been already revealed in the promos of the film, due to which the movie seemed predictable and lacked the intensity. There are some enjoyable scenes like Rajkummar Rao - Sonam Kapoor's wedding night scene followed by Sonam modus of operation, Sonam meeting Varun and his family followed by the whole marriage track, cops interrogating Sonam's grandmother,Varun s interaction with Rajkummar over drinks, Rajkummar's advice to Pulkit and few more. It's due to these scenes you are glued to the silver screen despite of knowing the plot line. There should have been little more time devoted to the Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma's tracks.On the flip side, the movie lacks over the twist factor as everything was revealed in the promos of the film. The soul and intensity were missing as the story goes so fast and does not get time to settle down. There are many loopholes and taken for granted scenes like, Rajkummar Rao finding Sonam Kapoor, Sonam's family agreeing to marriage proposal despite of police behind them, Pulkit's track and others. The climax was a bit odd and lacked the required punch. The camera work was good and the movie has been visually presented colourfully.Music & Direction:
Music in such films has to be peppy and chart buster. Sadly, in 'Dolly Ki Doli', Sajid Wajid's songs like 'Phatte Tak Nachana', 'Dolly Ki Doli', 'Fashion Khatam' and 'Babaji Ka Thullu' are visually good but lacks the chart buster factor. 'Mere Naina' should have been omitted from the film.
Director Abhishek Dogra brings up a unique concept and tries to present it in a comical manner. He highly succeeds in a few comical tracks and in extracting decent performances from most of his actors. But, fails on the soul factor as the movie seemed hurried and less on the content factor.Performances:
Sonam Kapoor looks ravishingly beautiful in all her bridal avatars. She essays her part with total grace and does full justice to her character. Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma are the show stealer in this movie and are the best thing to happen in this film. Remove them and there is hardly anything left in the film. Wished the makers had given them lengthier roles. Pulkit Samrat apes Salman Khan and hams in almost all the scenes. Manoj Joshi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Brijendra Kale and Archana Puran Singh are superb in their parts. Rajesh Sharma was wasted. Cameo by Archana Puran Singh and Saif Ali Khan was welcomed.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, there is a good amount of dum in some comical tracks and fine performances from most of its cast. The movie had potential to be much better than what it is and should have more detailing attached to it. There is lots happening in the film, but despite of that, the soul keeps missing at most of its place. On an overall factor,the movie is a decent, one time watch and will be liked by the family audiences. Thus, looking at its script which keeps running on and on without settling down at any point the movie should have been renamed as 'Bhaag Dolly Bhaag'.Ratings : 3/5
Alone Movie Review - In Company Of Spooky Drama...
There was a time when horror films in our Hindi cinema were mostly made by the Ramsay Brothers followed by Mohan Bhakri and a few more. Most of these films had few regular faces such as Deepak Parasher, Raj Kiran, Javed Khan, Hemant Birje, Navin Nischol, etc. Mahesh Bhatt's 'Junoon' and Ram Gopal Varma's 'Raat' were the first steps to raise the bar of Hindi horror films followed by many films like 'Bhoot', 'Raaz', '1920',etc. Though, Emraan Hashmi was there in a few of these horror films, but the most popular face among todays actors in horror films is of Bipasha Basu. Bipasha was seen in many horror films like 'Raaz', 'Raaz 3', 'Darna Zaroori Hai', 'Aatma', 'Rakth' and 'Creature'. Her latest offering is 'Alone' and the sizzling promos have created a good amount of curiosity. So, let's find out whether 'Alone' will be another winner in Bipasha Basu's hit horror films basket or might suffer the same fate as her last film 'Creatur'did.Story:
'Alone' is a story of two conjoined twin sisters Anjana & Sanjana (Bipasha Basu) who gets separated after a surgery. Sanjana only survives the surgery and later marries her childhood love Kabir (Karan Singh Grover). Sanjana's mother (Neena Gupta) suffers a head injury due to which the couple have to come back to their native place. In her native place Sanjana could feel the presence of Anjana and starts experiencing supernatural activities. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is an official adaptation of a Thai horror film of the same name. The movie runs on a slow narrative style and gains its momentum only towards the middle portions of the film. There are few scenes which will give you good amount of chills and thrills, especially in the first half of the film. Sadly the horror part starts to dilute as the movie enters in the second half and drifts towards the dramatic stuff. The screenplay keeps you engaged in the second half of the film, but ends up on a predictable twist. The hide and seek between the spirit and Bipasha takes a lot of time, followed by repetitive night shots which tends to test your patience. The movie should have been point to point with little trimming in the middle portions of the film. The camera work is good and the special effects are decent in comparison to many of the recent so called horror films. The locations of Kerela are breath taking and adds as a positive point in favour of the film.Music & Direction:
The music is haunting and soothing. Songs like 'Katra Katra' and 'Aawara' sounds good and has good visuals attached to it. The eroticism in 'Katra Katra' works in the favour of the film.
Director Bhushan Patel completes his hat-trick of horror films with 'Alone'. He adapts the original film and does decent justice to it. He excels in the music, drama and erotic scenes but fails a bit on the horror front. If only the horror element would have been more in the second half the movie would have ended on the positive note.Performances:
Bipasha Basu in twin avatar is good and does her part with total grace. She has excelled herself in such types of films and one can feel her real fright. Karan Singh Grover will be like a candy treat for all his female fans. He looks smashing but fails in the dramatic scenes. He stutters in certain scenes and needs to work over it. Zakir Hussain and Sulbha Arya are fine in their parts. Neena Gupta was wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well the movie has few good spooky scenes along with romantic songs and few erotic moments. The die hard horror fans will be disappointed as the horror part goes missing in the second half of the film. Nevertheless 'Alone' is a better made horror film in comparison to many others we have seen in the name of Hindi horror films and has will give you good company of spooky drama associated with it.Ratings : 3/5
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