Titoo MBA Movie Review - 'Titillating it's Targeted Audience...'

Expectations:

Last year a small but relatively big film 'B.A. Pass' had released and had managed to grab the eyeballs of critics and good cinema lovers. The movie dealt with the taboo subject of gigolo and was presented in a realistic manner. Kamal Hassan starrer 'Zara Si Zindagi' incepted this subject in one of its tracks from the movie and Akshay Kumar-John Abraham's 'Desi Boys' glorified it in a popular manner. Along with these films, there were some B-grade flicks like 'Double Cross - Ek Dhoka' or 'Mr.100' and few more, where the subject was dealt with the crudest level. This week released film 'Titoo MBA' too, features a tale of gigolo, but has been camouflaged in a dramatic love story format. So, let's find out whether 'Titoo MBA' will entertain its audience on the lines of 'Desi Boys' or might add to the list of B-grade types of flicks where such subjects are used only to add up the sex quotient.

Story:

'Titoo MBA' is story of an ordinary Chandigarh boy Titto (Nishant Dahiya), who keeps venturing in different types of business. Unfortunately, every business he tried to establish ended up as a disaster due to which he ends up under heavy debt. Titoo with help of his childhood friend, enters into a new career and starts minting money. He gets married to Gulshan (Pragya Jaiswal) and tries to keep his secret intact. Gulshan on the other hand, starts suspecting Titoo and thus tries to find out the real truth. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Titoo MBA Movie Poster

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story is a weak version of 'Desi Boys' and has many similarities. The whole premise of the film is super loud and has lots of unwanted scenes added in it. The screenplay fails to connect in the first half of the film and only due to the dramatic portions works mildly in the second half. There are lots of trashy and cheap scenes like Titoo pressing his clients breast, a godman giving dog shit as his blessing to his disciple followed by kicking on his bum and is known as 'bund pe laat marne wale baba', Titoo's first time interaction with females presented as if they are raping him, Gulshan's friend chasing a black dog for his poop, etc. The whole dramatic part is super stretched to its fullest and the finale portions are totally unconvincing and impractical. There are occasionally funny scenes in the film , which might manage to get you a few laughs, but besides that, the whole movie is a half baked product presented in a confusing manner.

Music & Direction:

Music by Arjuna Harjai is weak and lacks the popular chartbuster song. ]

Director Amit Vats tries hard to make a dramatic film with a basic plot line of 'Desi Boy's and thus have relocated the film in a small town of Chandighar. He has made a decent film presented in wrong manner. The movie ends up being a confused product where it's neither funny nor emotionally romantic. The whole reasoning and justification in the finale protion fails to connect with its audience. The sex based scenes are badly presented. The movie only works in few comical and dramatic scenes.'

Performances:

Nishant Dahiya and Pragya Jaiswal does a decent job and are presented well in the film. Abhishek Kumar is funny.

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

Dum? The movie is not bad as one expects it to be. It's no where close to films like 'Desi Boys' in terms of entertainment or realistic like 'B.A.Pass'. As mentioned earlier, it's a confused product which will end up titillating its targeted audience due to the loud humour and unwanted tracks attached to it with the theme of gigolo.

Ratings: 1.5/5

Happy Ending

In the years gone by, Bollywood has been a witness to many changing trends (read 'genres'). Amongst all the genres that we have experienced so far, what reign supreme and are considered to be the most privileged genres are romance, action and comedy. This week's release is the Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D'Cruz starrer HAPPY ENDING, which too, falls in the genre of rom-com.

Needless to say that, Saif Ali Khan, after the debacle of BULLETT RAJA and HUMSHAKALS, has got all his hopes pinned on this film. Will this film manage to catapult him to the top slot where he once belonged and will this film also manage to make its filmmakers and audiences 'Happy' by the 'Ending' is what we will find out. Let's analyze.

HAPPY ENDING starts off on a 'happy starting' (no pun intended here!). It starts off with Kareena Kapoor's character (cameo) confessing her love by telling those three magic words to Yudi, a one-book wonder author and someone who is (self-confessedly) not allergic to 'I Love You', but the baggage attached with it'. And when Yudi doesn't reciprocate her feelings, Kareena's character shows him the middle finger (quite literally!). No sooner does she exit Yudi's life, enters Vishaka (Kalki Koechlin), a dentist by profession, and is head over heels in love with Yudi. She loves Yudi so much that she even installs a mobile app called 'Nospace' on his cell so that she can keep track of his whereabouts. While she leaves no stone unturned in gaining his attention, Yudi is totally unmoved by her and her feelings and emotions towards him and wants to constantly break up with her. Whenever Yudi is in trouble or feeling lonely, the only two people whom he always looks upto are his 'ex-girlfriend-now-a-mother-of-three childen' Divya (Preity Zinta), and his best friend of many years Montu (Ranveer Shorey), both of whom lend him a patient listening and help him sort out the mess of his life. Because he blows up all the money that he had made from his book, he returns back to writing but, he gets dejected when he sees that the same publishers hiring the gorgeous Aanchal Reddy (Ileana D'cruz), whose romantic novels sell like hotcakes. What peps him up is the offer to write a script for 'Armaanji' (Govinda), an actor who wants to capture multiplexes after having conquered the single screens. To get a hold of 'success formula' in writing, Yudi decides to befriend Aanchal. Taking resort to a few tricks here and there, Yudi not only manages to befriend her, but also lands up spending 'quality time' with her. Right at the start of this 'relationship', the duo agree to be together without falling in love with each other. While Aanchal is clear about this relationship, it is Yudi who goes onto realize that he has actually fallen in love with her!

Will Yudi gather the guts to confess his feelings to the very practical Aanchal, what happens to the status of his relationship with Vishaka, and does Divya and Montu's advice really make a difference in Yudi's messed up life and lastly, does Yudi manage to stage a writing comeback with Armaanji's film is what forms the rest of the film.

The director duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (popularly known as Raj and DK) who have previously made films like 99, SHOR IN THE CITY, GO GOA GONE, have tried to move an inch ahead of their comfort zone, but are not very successful at it as one would have expected them to be. They seem to be struggling with the film's plot mid way. While the first half of the film is enjoyable and bearable, it's the second half which tends to drag at many points. Even though the film is really funny in parts, a crisp hand at the editing table could have saved this semi-drag fiasco. The irony of the film is that the film falls into the same cliched category which the filmmakers have tried to make a mockery of! The film shows deep traces of the hit American show 'CALIFORNIFICATION' and Saif's own film HUM TUM.

As far as the performances of the film is concerned, HAPPY ENDING is a Saif Ali Khan film all the way... right from the word 'go'. This is a script which Saif can effortlessly carry and he does just that. He hardly falters in either of the two roles (we won't spoil the suspense of his second role) played by him. His chemistry with both Ileana and Kalki is sparkling and believable. There are places where his character reminds you of his earlier film COCKTAIL. One has to admit that, Saif has really come a long way in his double role as compared to his triple role in HUMSHAKALS. Ileana D'Cruz, on the other hand, continues her stint with sweet and bubbly character, much like her last film. A strange thing about this girl is that, despite having somewhat stereotyped roles, her performances just don't look repetitive at all! Maybe it's something that's got to do with the camaraderie that she shares with the camera and her co-stars. Kalki, who is back after her last hit film YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, is as usual, a delight to watch. When her real life quirkiness combines with her reel life character, the resultant is sheer magic. As far as the veteran actor Govinda is concerned, he shines in his role which seems like was written keeping him in mind. The only drawback is that the length of his role could have been increased in order to get the much-needed impact in the film. But, the cinegoers will surely rejoice to see him back on the silver screen in a comic part, as shown in this film. Ranveer Shorey lightens up the film's moments with his comic timing. Special brownie points to Preity Zinta, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ileana's real life boyfriend Andrew Kneebone (blink and you miss role) for their cameos in the film.

The music (Sachin-Jigar) of the film is hummable. The songs that really stand out in the film are 'Paajitussi such a pussycat' and 'G phaadke' (despite its suggestive lyrics). Because of the film's hummable lyrics, the film's choreography (Remo D'Souza) also becomes praiseworthy. Raj and DK, who also double up as the film's writers, do a reasonably good job, if not splendid. Call it as their good luck or Censor's overlooking, one really wonders as to how Raj and DK managed to get away with a handful of expletives/ cuss words in the film, even though it goes with the 'flow' of the film.

On the whole, HAPPY ENDING is a film which leaves you with a happy feeling. It drags in parts but is worth a watch, at least for Saif's performance.

Kill Dil Movie Review - 'Dil Diya, Dard Liya..'

Expectations:

Director Shaad Ali debuted with 'Saathiya', which was a remake of 'Alaipayuthey' directed by Mani Ratnam. The movie was an instant hit along with great music by A.R Rahman. Though, it took three more years for Shaad to get his original due as a director in the form of 'Bunty Aur Babli', which was an out and out entertainer with super popular music. Hindi film industry started looking forward to this talented director, who had the potential of delivering a commercial film with good cinematic gene derived from his father Muzaffar Ali (director of National award winning film 'Umrao Jaan'). Sadly, in spite of fantastic music his last released film 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom' bombed badly and it took Shaad seven years to come up with his latest film 'Kill Dill'. Right from the first promo, the curiosity factor had risen high due to a unique cast of the film featuring a veteran actor like Govinda to the current heart throb Ranveer Singh. Every film Shaad made, were in the banner of Yash Raj Films and YRF banner is known for giving fair chances to their directors even after giving a flop film. Recently we saw directors like Vijay Krishna Acharya (Dhoom 3) and Pradeep Sarkar (Mardaani), returning back in the banner with a hit film and thus one does expect to see Shaad bounce back with his latest film. So let's find out whether Shaad will give us another entertainer on lines of his earlier films or might end up being a the victim of great expectations.

Kill Dil Movie Poster

Story:

'Kill Dill' is a story of two childhood friends Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), who are raised by an underworld don, Bhaiyaji (Govinda). Dev and Tutu grew up to be Bhaiyaji's best shooters and assassinate people on his command. One day while partying, Dev saves the life of Disha (Parineeti Chopra) and thus starts a new chapter in Dev's life. Dev's bonding with Disha helps him to transform himself into an honest person by leaving his dark world of crime. Bhaiyaji does not support this decision of Dev and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story will remind you of more than a dozen films, which have been based on the same plot line. Also, there are some shades from films like 'Ram Balram' and 'Saathi'. The film starts on a fun note with some cute moments between Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra. Scenes like Ranveer saving Parineeti in the night club followed by riding on the bike with her, Ranveer - Parineeti SMS chats, Ranveer searching for job and few more manages to bring a smile on your face. Besides these few minimal scenes the movie lacks the thrill and entertaining factor. Second half of the film drags to the fullest and keeps boring you with its non conviction theme and taken for granted types of scenes. The lead characters are half baked and fails to connect with its audience. These characters end up being soulless as scenes like Ranveer's change of heart, Govinda's desperation for Ranveer and Ali, Parineeti's change of heart and many more lacks the conviction factor. As the saying goes 'save the best for the last', out here the worst is saved for the last and that's the most lame climax ever seen in Hindi cinema. It's like having a 'KLPD' or 'Anticlimax' in the climax scene. The camera work is good, but nothing worth boosting for as the locations and sets in the film seemed fake.

Kill Dil Movie ReviewMusic & Direction:

The music has been an integral part in Shaad's films and in case of 'Kill Dill' there are some enjoyable tracks like 'Kill Dill', 'Sweeta', 'Happy Budday', 'Nakhriley' and 'Daiaa Maiyaa' by music director Shankar Ehsaan Loy. 'Bol Beliya' is worth only for Govinda's dance. 'Sajde' is visually good. The Background music is enchanting.

Director Shaad Ali brings up a tale which has been told infinite times in our Hindi films. Such films were presented with lots of melodrama and out here he prefers the light way, which works only in the initial part. As the movie progresses the fun elements dry out and the movie lacks the much needed high voltage drama. Shaad tries to blend masala entertainment and romance, but ends up delivering a boring product with a bitter taste.

Kill Dil Movie StillPerformances:

Ranveer Singh looks cute and his initial scenes with Parineeti Chopra are enjoyable. It's the high energy of Ranveer Singh which keeps you associated with the film, despite of his weak character. Parineeti Chopra is seen in a glamorous avatar and tries to carry it with total grace. It's good to see Govinda back in an important role, but thanks to bad writing you will wish to see him sitting back at home only. If you want to see Govinda in a negative role, go and watch him in 'Shikari', where he was menacing and devilish. Ali Zafar looks great but was unwanted. Alok Nath does his part with grace.

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

Dum? Well, the packaging of the film is good with an interesting star cast, enjoyable music and a solo release at the cinema halls, due to which the movie will generate a good amount of curiosity and expectations. Sadly, due to weak screenplay and dull direction the movie fails to meet the expectation level and ends up delivering a weak-boring-confused product. One thing it manages to give is a heart break, which could be retermed as dil diya and dard liya.

Ratings : 2/5

The Shaukeens Movie Review - Not So Keen...

Expectations:

Remaking super hit films of the 70's, 80's and the 90's era is now a common thing in our Hindi film industry. Most of the filmmakers remade the classics or blockbuster hits just to cash in over the past glory of that film as these movies have a good recall value and many cinema loving audiences love to see their favourite film in a new style with some big superstar actor associated with it. Few of the big films got instant success at the box office, but the ones without any big stars attached to it, sank badly. The whole purpose of making a remake is to enhance the earlier film in every possible aspect or narrate it once again from a different director's point of view. Very few filmmakers succeeded in extracting a proper remake, rest others just follow the fad. Then came a few more films where some smaller films of earlier eras were remade and were enhanced as per today's scenario. These movies, when released were smaller films, but relatively became classic on the home video level only due to its superb content and fantastic performances. The latest to join the bandwagon is 'The Shaukeens', which is a remake of the Basu Chatterjee's film 'Shaukeen' (1982). The original 'Shaukeen' was a decent earner at the box office and was 'A certified in its time for the bold theme attached to the film. The main protagonist were common people with an untold problem and was hilariously displayed by the director on the big screen. But, 'Shaukeen' was a relatively smaller film and 'The Shaukeens on the other hand is co-produced by superstar Akshay Kumar and has roped in some talented actors along with a good director and a grand release. So let's find out whether 'The Shaukeens' will manage to do justice to its original predecessor or might be just another remake made only to cash in over its past glory.

The Shaukeens Movie Poster

Story:

'The Shaukeens' is the story of three elderly friends Lali (Anupam Kher), KD (Annu Kapoor) and Pinky (Piyush Mishra). Each of them has their own story and reasons of being unhappy in life and seek some excitement. They plan to hire an escort service and other stuffs, but everything goes in a vain and finally they travel all over to Mauritius so that they can have their fun without any interruption. They meet Ahana (Lisa Haydon) and the trio wants to impress her, but Ahana is die hard fan of superstar Akshay Kumar (Akshay Kumar) and will do anything to meet her idol. This excites the gentlemen and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

The Shaukeens Movie Review

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story is quite similar to the original one, except for the drastic change in the character or track of Mithun Chakroborty. Recently, we have experienced a few remakes of smaller films like 'Khoobsurat' and 'Chashme Baddoor', where the films were presented with different perspectives and in a contemporary manner. 'The Shaukeens' also begins in a different style, but is not able to get rid of the shadow of the original film. The first half starts with some entertaining scenes like the intro of all the characters, trio in the part followed by convincing their families for Bangkok trip, trio clicking pictures of Lisa followed by introducing each others, trio consoling Lisa over her break up followed by Anupam Kher and Annu Kapoor making Lisa meet Akshay Kumar and few more. These scenes manages to get a smile on your face due to the cuteness of the three elderly gentlemen. As the movie progresses towards the second half, Akshay Kumar's track is inserted, which dilutes the flow of the film. As the makers come back to their original trio actors, it looks like we are watching two different films being forced by the makers to blend and become one. The last thirty minutes are extremely bland and whole soul of the film gets lost. The jokes started to fall flat and the repenting part is totally unconvincing. The camera work is average and locations of Mauritius fails to enhance the level of the film.

Music & Direction:The music has few chartbuster songs like 'Alcoholic', 'Ishq Kutta Hai' and 'Manali Trance' are badly placed in the film. 'Meherbani' is enjoyable. 'Lonely' and 'Aashiq Mizaaj' are funny.

There is no second opinion that director Abhishek Sharma wanted to enhance the level of original 'Shaukeen' and thus tries to add glamour and style to his film 'The Shaukeens'. Sadly, the output is not favourable and overwhelming. The movie starts well and ends up as a confused project. He should have presented the whole film in a different way, just like how Sonam Kapoor starrer 'Khoobsurat' was presented. It's a huge opportunity lost for the director who gave us a hilarious film like 'Tere Bin Laden'.

Performances:

Akshay Kumar looks smashing but his role is quite weak in terms of the required character. Anupam Kher and Piyush Mishra are super cute in the film and it's due to their simplicity along with smartness of Annu Kapoor, that you are glued to this film. The makers should have added more scenes of the trio's, due to which the movie would have ended up on a positive note. Lisa Haydon looks great but fails to match her ace performance in 'Queen'. Rati Agnihotri, Manoj Joshi and Cyrus were wasted. Cameos by Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Sunil Shetty and Dimple Kapadia were hilarious.

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

Dum? Well, I would say 'The Shaukeens' is not a bad or terrible film. Its relatively average film with some good entertaining moments and fine performances attached to it. Its just the merging of Akshay Kumar's track fails to enhance the weak second half of the film followed by bland climax. The ones who have not seen 'Shaukeen', would recommend them to watch the original 'Shaukeen' rather than its remake. On overall basis cinema loving audiences will prefer to check out their other options and would be not so keen to watch the half baked product like 'The Shaukeens'.

Ratings: 2/5

Rang Rasiya Movie Review - Celebrating Cinematic Boldness

Expectations :

Director Ketan Mehta has been known for making some path breaking film in our Indian cinema right from his first feature film 'Bhavni Bhavai' followed by films like 'Holi', 'Mirch Masala', 'Sardar' and few more. These films were bold in their own way and displayed a hard hitting untold human tale. Like many other great directors Ketan too, ventured into the starry world of commercial cinema, but struggled to set himself in this artificial candy floss world. His last released film 'The Rising - Ballad Of Mangal Pandey', was a historical film set on the life of freedom fighter Mangal Pandey. The movie lacked the intensity of Ketan Mehta's earlier films and thus he came up with a small but relatively big film, 'Rang Rasiya' which displays the happenings from the life of the nineteenth century's Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. The movie was ready for its release, but got stuck due to censor and other issues. Finally, it is ready for good cinema loving audience, who have been waiting for five long years to see this film. Thus, let's find out whether 'Rang Rasiya' will join the elite list of great films by director Ketan Mehta or might lack the magic due to its long delay and minimal marketing.

Rang Rasiya Movie Poster

Story :

'Rang Rasiya' is a story set in the 19th century of an Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma (Randeep Hooda). He not only gave faces to the Hindu gods, but also gave life to the mythological characters from Hindu literatures. He got his inspiration from Sugandha (Nandana Sen) and thus gave her face to the Hindu goddess. But along with these paintings, he also painted some nude paintings of her due to which he is dragged into the court. Thus, begins the journey of Raja Ravi Varma and his enchanting painting and what happens next, is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities :

The movie is an adaptation of aMarathi writer Ranjit Desai's biographical novel 'Raja Ravi Varma'. We all have read about Raja Ravi Varma in our history text books. Here in 'Rang Rasiya', the makers narrate the happenings of his life in a proper dramatic manner. The screenplay is beautifully woven with small and big moments related to Raja Ravi Varma with a backdrop of lots of other issues. The first half takes its time to settle down, but once set the movie goes on an intriguing ride. Unlike many periodic films, this movie never goes on the preachy or boring mode, due to which you are totally engrossed in the film. The makers have made this movie visually appealing with the display of paintings in the credit titles, mystic and historical locations of our country when Randeep goes on India tour, the art exhibition, printing press track, love making scenes which have been shot in a totally aesthetic manner, painting the goddess, film screening at Watson hotel and many more. These scenes add the rich colours to the film due to which you are left astound at many points in the film. Ketan adds many petite scenes like Randeep showing his painting to Nandana, people praying the paintings, Rashaana Shah's view on Randeep's paintings, Randeep narrating the tale of Urvashi, Dada Saheb Phalke and Bal Gangadhar Tilak's track in the background and few more, which enhances the scale of the film to an international level. Though, as said earlier the initial part lacks the connectivity in few parts. Also, the track of Rashaana Shah could have been portrayed in a better manner. The first half of the film is a little bit weak in comparison to the outstanding second half of the film followed by a fantastic climax. The camera work is superb and the creative team has cleverly captured the real locations and brilliantly placed them in the film.

Music & Direction :

Music by Sandesh Shandilya is good, but not outstanding. Though the title track 'Rang Rasiya' keeps going with the flow of the film. 'Anhad Naad' is beautifully placed in the film. 'Kahe Sataye' is total colourful experience. The background music is haunting and works in the favour of the film.

Director Ketan Mehta narrates an untold story of Raja Ravi Varma without being preachy and boring. He sticks to his subject and displays it in total cinematic style with a good blend of history, drama and romance. It's due to his expertise, the love making and nude scenes don't look forced or out of place. These scenes, just like other scenes, work as a part of the story telling and goes perfectly with the flow of the film. In a single tale of Raja Ravi Varma, director Ketan Mehta touches many topics and displays the right vision of the visionary painter.

Performances :

Randeep Hooda is superb in his role and enhances the level of his performances from his earlier films. After a while he makes you forget that he is an actor and one starts to look upon him as Raja Ravi Varma, only. Nandana Sen looks beautiful and does full justice to her part. We wish to see more such good performances in films to come. Gaurav Dwivedi, Vipin Sharma, Jim Boeven, Feryna Wazheir, Sachin Khedekar, Tom Alter and few more lend good support. Vikram Gokhale, Paresh Rawal and Darshan Jariwala were fine in their part. Rashaana Shah seemed forced. Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Muley, Prroshant Narayan, Sri Vallabh Vyas, Ashish Vidhyarthi and few more were wasted.

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

Dum? Well, this movie has all the dum required for watching good historical film with great storytelling and fantastic performances. The masala lovers might shy away from this movie or may only watch for the wrong reasons. But, this movie will be cherished by people who love good cinema and want to know more about real life characters outside our history books. 'Rang Rasiya' is, like celebrating cinematic boldness where bold is not in terms of nudity, but in terms of our rich heritage and proud culture.

Rating: 4/5

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