Super Nani Movie Review - 'Beauty and The Dramatic Beasts...'
The moment we talk about yesteryear actresses, Rekha's name pops up instantly due to her eternal beauty, super hit films and some wonderful melodious songs. Many of her contemporary actresses have aged out, but Rekha still manages to set your eyeballs rolling. Rekha started her film career at a very early age where she looked fat, dark and not that charming. Gradually, she started growing up and groomed herself as an actress and also, started looking beautiful with each passing year. It was after the late 80's era, when she self claimed herself to be the number one female superstar and started working majorly in female oriented or female centric films. Though, her last successful film was 'Phool Bane Angaarey' and after that, her films in the lead role fared bad to worse at the box office. But, after every few years she kept attempting and failed miserably. On the other hand, the films like 'Koi Mil Gaya', 'Krissh', 'Bhoot' and a few more in which she played the character roles were popular. Her last two released films were a super flop at the box office and were released at a gap of four years, and now again after the gap of four years she is back in the lead role, with her latest film 'Super Nani'. So let's find out, whether 'Super Nani' will finally give Rekha her much needed success at the box office, or even this movie, will sink without trace, just like her last few films.
'Super Nani' is a story of an elderly aged housewife Bharti Bhatia (Rekha), who throughout her life just gave priority and concentrated on the lives of her husband (Randhir Kapoor) and their kids. Despite of her hard work and commitment towards her family and home, she had no respect or appreciation from her family members. She realizes her true value only when her grandson Mann (Sharman Joshi) comes back from New York and helps her out in setting a modeling career for her. This upsets the family members and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The story is based on the Gujarati play 'Baa Ae Maari Boundary' and also has huge similarities with Nutan starrer film 'Mayuri'. The concept was brilliantly placed in the play and the mentioned film, sadly here the whole presentation is super loud (literally yelling) and on the lines of Ekta Kapoor type of soap opera. Every actor associated with the film (including the maid servant) gets good screen space and loud dramatic dialogues. The logic and conviction factor is highly missing in the film. There are few entertaining scenes like Sharman making Rekha imitate, dance and sing songs from films like Mughal-E-Azam, Mother India, Guide and few more. Also, the ads in which Rekha appears, makes her look super gorgeous. But besides these minor good points, the movie is full of negative points. To begin with, weak screenplay and tacky dialogues. There are back to back over stretched and boring scenes which dilutes the flow of the film. There is a good amount of preaching associated with the film on topics like family bonding, live-in relationships and many more. The dialogues seems like a hammer hitting your head and the loud colours and dialogue delivery will put Priyadarshan's films to shame. The love track, dramatic track and even the comical track is outdated and fails to appeal its urban audience. There are few scenes like Sharman testing his love which has shamelessly been lifted from the 90's film 'Afsana Pyaar Ka'. The topic of women empowerment goes wasted and should have been presented in the format of films like "English Vinglish".Music & Direction:
Music by Harshit Saxena and Sanjeev Darshan is not up to the mark as that of Indra Kumar's films. 'Prabhu Meri' is melodious and has a catchy tune. 'Radha' reminds you of 'Mera Piya Ghar Aaya'. 'Nani Maa' by Sonu Nigam is soulful. 'Maayeru' was unwanted.
Director Indra Kumar tries to make a female version of 'Baghban' and despite of good concept fails to even come close to the level of 'Baghban'. Indra Kumar goes totally opposite of his last directed film 'Grand Masti', inspite of the film being a family drama he still portrays women in a degrading manner and tries to cover up the issue by talking about women empowerment. He should have directed the film in a contemporary manner and not in his 90's style of direction due to which the movie looks like a glorified version of Ekta Kapoor types of television serial.Performances:
Rekha looks gorgeous and manages to keep you indulged in this super stretched, preachy and boring film. She is a bit loud in some scenes, but manages to shine in the dramatic ones. Sharman Joshi irritates you to the fullest, with the help of his bad Hindi. Randhir Kapoor is also loud and fails to impress. Shweta Kumar and Anupam Kher are wasted. Rajesh Kumar is good in his role.
Dum? Well, if you are die hard Rekha fan then just go and watch the movie for her evergreen looks along with a good message associated. But, the whole message is portrayed in a very loud and over dramatic manner with a very weak screenplay attached to it. The movie might get a decent audience in the rural areas of our country and will be liked on the small screen, but as far as others are concern the movie seemed like a tale of an eternal beauty & the dramatic beasts associated with it.Ratings - 1.5/5
Roar Movie Review - Squeal...
Jungle adventure based films were one of the popular genre in our Hindi cinema right from the Dara Singh's days of 'King Kong', 'Tarzan' and 'Godzilla' types of films. These movies were highly inspired from the Hollywood films and later on, after the late 60's we saw the same genre getting regenerated with jungle adventure and friendship bonding tracks (between man and the animal) attached to it. Films like 'Habari', 'Haathi Mere Saathi', 'Safari', 'Main Aur Mera Haathi', 'Tarzan', 'Do Shikari' and many more are perfect examples of our filmmakers trying to make Hollywood inspired films featuring jungle, adventure and animals attached to it. Not to forget, the snake based Naag-Naagin dramas with films like 'Nagin' and 'Nagina' topping the long list of snake drama films. Many of these films were super successful at the box office and thus we did see many B-grade film makers churning out low budget films with unnecessary skin show to titillate its audience in the form of films like 'Jungle Love', 'Sheela', 'Nagin Ka Inteqaam' and many more. One of this weeks release film 'Roar - Tigers of Sunderban', narrates the tale of white Tiger hunting in the marshy heartland of Sundarban forest. Now, with relatively new star cast and a weak promo, there's not much expectations with this film, but as per the makers they have made a film which is at par with international technology and a genre never seen in our Hindi cinema. So let's find out whether, 'Roar' will give us an out and out animal based adventure thriller on the lines of Hollywood flicks like 'Ananconda' or might add to those B-grade types of over the top films which are highly popular in the matinee shows in some shady single screen cinema halls.
'Roar' is the story of an army officer Pundit (Abhinav Shukla) who wants to avenge his brother's death which was caused by a Maneater white tigress roaming around in the Sunderban jungle. He is supported by his army colleagues and together they set out with help of a local guide Jhumpa (Himarsha Venkatsamy) in the marshy land of Sunderban to hunt down the tigress. But, little did they know that they are heading down for a tough task and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The story in one line is very good and is a perfect ingredient for a Hollywood type of masala flicks. The screenplay is lethargic and has been indulged with unwanted side tracks and super stretched drama. The whole conviction and practicality was highly missing in the film as the basic plot line seemed so juvenile and unreal. The makers have over styled the film right from the styling of the each character to the locations, shot taking, costumes and much more, to make it resemble with Hollywood flick 'Annaconda'. The female characters in the first half of the film wear skimpy clothes and keep flaunting their body parts with lots of cleavage show in an inappropriate manner. Even in the dramatic or dramatic scenes they speak dialogues like if they are trying to seduce someone. One can clearly make out that such scenes have been indulged in the film only to cater the titillating audiences. Thank God, the makers did not force a bathing or a love making scene, due to which it would have been a semi porn film. Speaking about reality factor, everything associated with the film (except for its topographic location) is a fantasy. There are so many trashy scenes like a highly protected wild life reserve with only one female forest officer to guard it, army guys easily getting huge amount of ammunition to hunt down a animal which has never harmed them or is of no concern to them, not even a single bullet among the thousand fired touches the animals, emotional side of a animal is displayed in typical Hindi film manner, Hulk sized man hitting tigers like a fly, thousands of snakes comes out from all over to avenge a death of a fellow snake, a female army officer fighting goons with bad camera angles only trying to capture her cleavage moments, tribal people dancing like they have been dancing in a rave party, hunters waiting in mid air to attack the tigress and many more which will be loved by the B-grade film lovers and all those who love to see trashy films after getting drunk and with a bunch of wild friends. The camera work is good and the locations are outstanding. The movie has been shot in very well manner.
Director Kamal Sadanah tries hard to give us an animal adventure based film as per international standards and has worked hard for it. It's just that the VFX technology they have used has been obsolete in the west and has been replaced with motion capture technology. Though, at many places the mixing is not up to the mark, making the animals unreal and fake at times. Also, Kamal should have worked hard on the story line of the film as the whole soul of the film is missing and should not have succumb to add unnecessary scenes in order to woo his single screen audience. It's a good opportunity getting wasted out here, but nevertheless as said earlier the movie will be highly appreciated in the matinee shows and by the trashy film lovers.Performances:
Speaking about the performances almost every actor in this film has a super hammed and were total stiff in every scene of theirs. Abhinav Shukla looks decent in front of all others associated with the film. Himarsha Venkatsamy acts-dance-talks like if she is trying to seduce someone. Nora Fatehi does unwanted cleavage show in every scene of hers. Varinder Singh Ghuman is shirtless most of the time displaying his Hulk sized body. Achint Kaur has hardly anything to offer. Subrat Dutta was fine in his part.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, it's a well tried film with breathtaking locations and styling attached to it. But, lacks badly in the writing part along with terrible performances and weak conviction level. The unwanted Naag-Ka-Badla track, emotional side of the tigress, unwanted cleavage show and Hollywood styled drama will be loved and enjoyed by those people who like watching such films which goes totally wrong. The movie had potential to roar like a tiger, but ends up squealing like an ugly pig.Ratings : 1/5
Happy New Year Movie Review - Happy Dj vu Year...
It's the festive time and our Hindi film industry is back with another star studded big budget film to cater its cinema loving audience. The big films are planned as per the festive season, which now includes holidays like Eid, Dussehra, Christmas, Diwali and many more. But, originally Diwali releases used to be the mother of all the releases. The big banners used to release their big budgeted films, mostly on the biggest festive season, so that it could get the maximum viewers as its like a family activity for cine lovers. But, at that time there used to be multiple releases of big films giving its audience multiple options along with few Hollywood films catering to its targeted audience. Sadly, with more exhibit options available the releases have narrowed down and the majority of times it's only one big film releasing in the cinema hall. If the released movie is good and entertaining, the audience love to watch it again and this festive joy is restored in the film. But, many times we have seen that the films released are only big in names and very small in terms of content, due to which, despite of bad reviews and verdict, the cinema lovers are forced to see the only option available and yes, that's how many bad films easily enter the world of 'Crores Club'. So let's find out whether this Diwali release 'Happy New Year' will double the festive joy of the cinema loving audience by giving us another out and out Farah Khan style of entertainer on the lines of her earlier films like 'Main Hoon Na' and 'Om Shanti Om' or might end up being another over hyped size zero content based film trying only to encash over the festive time and monopoly release.
[Spoiler Alert!] 'Happy New Year' is a story of Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan) who's father (Anupam Kher) was framed by a big diamond merchant Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff). After years of research, Charlie waits for the right opportunity to seek his revenge. He plans to rob the most expensive diamonds under the security of Charan Grover, thus forms a group consisting of an explosive expert Jagmohan (Sonu Sood), bar dancer Mohini (Deepika Padukone), alcoholic doppelganger Nandu (Abhishek Bachchan), safe expert Tammy (Boman Irani) and a hacker Rohan (Vivaan Shah). Apart from the robbery they have to participate in a dance competition and together how do they overcome these challenges, is what the entire film is all about. [Spoiler Alert Ends]Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is one liner and has been stretched to almost three long hours. The first half of the first half is full of introduction of all the characters and at that time you know what the whole story of the film would be and how will it end towards the finale portions. Once the long introduction is made the movie takes its own sweet time to reach the interval portions with back to back songs and unwanted scenes. It's foolish to expect logic in such type of so called masala entertainers, but in 'Happy New Year', the writers try hard to sell their logic attached to the robbery and technical detailing with which how they manage to break into the worlds 'mehfooz' (guarded) safe, but will only be able to convince the kids below 5 years. There are many unintentionally funny scenes like Shah Rukh Khan's reaction over the word 'chor', Sonu Sood introduction scene, selection of Shahrukh's team from India, ShahRukh and team decoding the security systems and much more. The second half is still better than the first half, despite of it, also being super stretched, at least it has something to offer in terms of screenplay and story level. ShahRukh Khan fans will be feasted with his entry scene flaunting his muscular body and reciting his own dialogues from earlier films. There are some good small moments in the film due to which you are little bit entertained in this film, scenes like Deepika's 'Chak De India' speech, Boman's mother's track, Abhishek's snake dance step, Prabhudeva coaching the team, mind talks in the lift, Jackie-ShahRukh Khans meet, Vivaan visualizing the plan, Abhisheks strip show and few more. Thanks to these scenes the movie does not end up being bland or super bore and manages to entertain you in bits and pieces. The camera work is not up to the mark, the computer generated images are weak and fails to match up the required level for the film. The almost three hour length, dilutes the effect of the film.
The music by Vishal Shekhar is good, but not among their best or on the level of a Shah Rukh Khan starrer film. 'Lovely' has lots of similarities with 'Ni Main Yaar Manana Ni' from Yash Chopra's film 'Daag', but Deepika's dance is a visual treat. 'Manva' will remind you of 'Mann Yeh Sahebji' from 'Shor In The City', but again is saved due to Deepika and Farahs style of presentation. 'Dance Like A Chamiya' is funny. 'Indiawaale' is placed well in the film. 'Nonsense Ki Night' is wasted. 'Satakli' is the best song of the album.
Director Farah Khan gives a decent comeback after the debacle of her worst film 'Tees Maar Khan'. Though, her best works were 'Main Hoon Na' and 'Om Shanti Om' with Shah Rukh Khan, one does expect to see a lot of entertainment in 'Happy New Year'. On the positive note, 'HNY' is way better than 'Tees Maar Khan' but no where in comparison to the fun element associated with Farah's earlier film. There is nothing new in this film and is just a combination of many films we have seen in the past. The fun element was also not up to the mark along with the excitement level, its sad that the directors who believe in the genre of masala entertainments have started succumbing to star glory rather than thinking of its entertainment hungry audience. Shah Rukh Khan fans will be super happy as Farah does justice to capture the fan mania in this film.Performances:
Shah Rukh Khan looks great in his eight packs avatar, but on overall basis the charm seems to have faded down. His involvement in the film is to the fullest and in a few scenes like narration of his father's tale, Shah Rukh Khan over shines everyone. Though, the Shah Rukh Khan aura was highly missing. Abhishek Bachchan is super funny in his medium sized role and entertains you with his gestures. After watching him in this film one does wish Abhishek's role was a bit longer and meatier. Deepika Padukone looks great and adds life to the weak screenplay and the film narration in the middle portion. Though, the magic of her character from 'Chennai Express' was no where to be found. Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah were highly wasted. Boman Irani was hilarious. Jackie Shroff was fine in his part. You will find cameo by many celebrities like Anupam Kher, Sajid Khan, Vishal Dadlani, Anuraag Kashyap, Malaika Arora Khan, Prabhu Deva and few more.
Dum? Well die hard Shah Rukh Khan lovers will love the movie as despite of being a multi starrer film, it's still a SRK film and caters mainly to his loyal audience only. There are few funny moments along with peppy music and decent support from the other actors, due to which one does manage to sit through this super lengthy film, which looks even more than three hours. So on an overall basis, 'Happy New Year' is not a boring film like 'Singham Returns' or mindless drama like Bang Bang but has everything we have seen before and nothing new to offer in any aspect. Thus, this movie could be re-termed as 'Happy Deja vu Year' which, if watched will remind you of many good entertainers and if skipped will not make you feel about missing out something important.Ratings: 2.5/5
Sonali Cable Movie Review - 'Error 404...'
After giving us some popular films like 'Andaaz', 'Seeta Aur Geeta','Shaan', 'Saagar', 'Shakti' and 'Sholay', director Ramesh Sippy started his production company 'Ramesh Sippy Entertainment (RSE)'. Under the banner of this new found company he produced several films along with the support of his son Rohan Sippy. Rohan directed some good films like 'Kuch Naa Kaho', 'Bluffmaster' and 'Dum Maaro Dum' and together the father son duo produced few good films like 'Taxi No 9211' and 'The President Is Coming'. Most of these films were youth centric and had an urban theme attached to it. Thus, one does expect to see something interesting in the banner's latest film 'Sonali Cable' starring Ali Fazal and Rhea Chakraborty. But the same banner also gave us few duds like 'Nautanki Saala', 'Fear' and 'Chandni Chowk To China'. So, let's find out whether 'Sonali Cable' despite of its low promotion and delayed release will manage to join the list of entertaining films from the banner of 'RSE' or might be among those washout types of films, which have been releasing every week without any buzz or proper marketing.
'Sonali Cable' is the story of an enthusiastic girl Sonali (Rhea Chakraborty), who runs a cable internet business in a small part of Mumbai city. With help and financial support of local politician Meena Tai (Smita Jaykar) and her son Raghu (Ali Fazal), Sonali plans to expand her business and raise the standards of her services. Meanwhile, a giant corporation, company run by Wagela (Anupam Kher) keeps acquiring the other small cable internet businessman and now eyes on the area of Sonali. Sonali and Raghu decide to stand against the large organization and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The one liner story concept is superb and displays the reality happenings of our country, where many small vendors keep getting crushed by the giant corporate companies. But, films don't work only on the merits of one liner story and needs a good screenplay to support it. Sadly, the screenplay here is confusing, boring, over dramatic and totally predictable. The whole set up, looks, characters, language, etc seemed fake and artificial. The scenes are abruptly placed in the film and there are plenty of unwanted side tracks which keep running along with the main story line. The pain and soul of the film is nowhere to be seen. There are more than dozen preposterous scenes where one keeps getting unintentional laughter due to the silly happenings over the silver screen. The climax is terrible and sums up the whole matter in a few minutes. Dialogues are over the top and editing is very weak.Music & Direction:
The music is bland and fails to go with the flow of the film.
Director Charudutt Acharya gives a bad shape to a good concept. He should have been realistic and direct to the point, instead of adding the glamour quotient and multiple tracks in the film. The movie keeps dragging in the middle portion and many scenes are unnecessarily stretched to its extreme level. The whole conviction factor was highly missing in this film.Performances:
Rhea Chakraborty looks cute and reminds you of Genelia D'Souza. Sadly, her performance was terrible and at times hammed to the fullest. Ali Fazal seemed lost in this film and fails to do justice to his role. Anupam Kher was irritating and creepy. Smita Jaykar and Swanand Kirkire were fine in their parts.
Dum? Well, except for a one liner concept, there's absolutely no dum in this over dramatic, super stretched, artificial film. The movie joins the list of bad films from the 'Ramesh Sippy Entertainment' banner and for all those seeking to see a good film with the young star cast. Well, they will experience the 'error 404' problem which occurs in the case where a website is not to be found, out here it's the good film which is not to be found.Ratings : 1/5
Tamanchey Movie Review: It's A Gun Without Fire!
Expectations:The crime love story genre always has a lot to offer to keep their viewers hooked on to their seats and that is exactly what we expect out of Tamanchey. But what makes Tamanchey different from other mushy love stories? Well, it involves two bad assess and that's what we hope gives it an edge.Also the talented Richa Chadda who was last seen in Fukrey was lauded with appreciation for her performance in the same, and we hope she raises the bar higher with Tamanchey and well, we have our eyes on Nikhil Dwivedi too.
So, let's find out what Navneet Behal's Tamanchey has in store for us!
Plot: Tamanchey is about two criminals Munna Mishra, a kidnapper (played by Nikhil Dwivedi) and Babu, a drug peddler (played by Richa Chadda) who were destined to meet when their police van met with an accident. The two are at loggerheads at first but build an excellent rapport when they join forces to plot a jail escape. In the meanwhile, Things get steamy between the two criminals and Babu deserts Munna in Delhi after a fiery love making session. Smitten now by his lady love, a dejected Munna goes in search of her, only to find out that she is the puppet of a gangster named Rana!( played by Amandeep Singh Sidhu). By now we have come to the part where Babu has fallen for Munna too and the story enfolds itself when the duo manages to escape from the clutches of the dreaded gangster Rana.
Performance:Tamanchey takes a lot of time into getting the characters familiar with the audience in the first half and the crux of the story only kicks in minutes before the interval. Even after hard work and tireless efforts on the part of the lead pair Munna and Babu they duo lack the punch that it takes to help the movie transcend into a block buster. Also, the story was pretty predictable like any regular hate-turned love story and the scripting could have been a little more crisper, if anything.
Final Verdict:Tamanchey is like any average hate turned love story which fails to keep you hooked on to your seats till the end of the movie. The plot is repetitive, and the dialogues seem forced and it dosen't really give you a run for your money!Ratings: 1.5
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