Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Movie Review - Emotion & Comedy Ki Salaami

Expectations:

We live in the country where cinema, cricket and politics have been the most talked topics from the pan shop corner to the corporate meeting rooms. There have been innumerable films made on cinema and cricket, but when it comes to political satire there are very few or would rather say except for 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' and its countless clones there is nothing much to talk about. Thus, whenever any political satire film releases claiming to be on the lines of 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron', it's like an indication for all cinema lovers that they will be witnessing yet another bad inspired film. The first promo and marketing strategies of 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' too faintly claimed to be on the lines of 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron', thus the expectation level with this film too, was on the lowest level. But, there have been times when thanks to the low expectations the movies have fared out way beyond the set expectations. So let's find out whether 'Eekees Toppon Ki Salaami', will be yet another failed attempt to create a weak version of 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' or might surprise you with a decent political satire one has been lusting to see from a long time.

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Movie Review

Story:

'Eekees Toppon Ki Salaami' is a story of an honest government worker Purushotam Narayan Joshi (Anupam Kher) and his ungrateful sons Shekhar (Manu Rishi) & Subhash (Divyendu Sharma). The father has been a staunch follower of truth and ethics, whereas the sons turn out to be totally opposite of what he had expected. On his retirement day, Purushotam Joshi gets framed into a false allegation followed by the disrespect from his sons, which eventually ends up taking his life. The last wishes of Purushotam Joshi was to get honoured by the twenty one gun salute. How do his sons realize their mistakes and try to get their father's last wish fulfilled is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story is originally different and unusually good. It has emotional, comical and dramatic moments properly woven into it. There are many good scenes, especially in the first half of the film where Anupam Kher shines out in every scene of his. Right from his chat with Aditi Sharma to his retirement day followed by his kids trying to convince him for signing wrong documents and when Divyendu reads Anupam Kher's diary. Along with these good scenes there are few more entertaining and engaging scenes like Rajesh Sharma's speech to Aditi, Manu and Divyendu trying to search canon, people praising about Anupam Kher, Sudhir Pandey as a dead body and the finale moments. It's due to these scenes one gets engrossed in the film. On the flip side, the songs dilute the film and are unwanted. There are many side tracks like the minister's story, drainage track, Neha Dhupia track and a few more which stretches the film to its fullest and should have been strictly trimmed to the minimal length. It's due to these scenes that the intensity and the entertainment factor of the film gets diluted. Dialogues are good and goes well with the film. The camera work is strictly average. The movie should have been trimmed down by fifteen twenty minutes.

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami RatingsMusic & Direction:

The music by Ram Sampat is good. Though, the songs dilute the flow of the film, 'Ghoor Ghoor Ke' is visually interesting as it pays tribute to many dance songs of our Hindi cinema. 'Bitua' is brilliantly placed in the film and leaves you with a lump in your throat. Rest songs were not required.

Debutant director Ravindra Gautam comes up with an unusual political satire, which is good and interesting. The message attached to the film connects to its viewers and is dealt in a decent manner. It's only that the film could have attained a much higher level if the unwanted side tracks along with the unnecessary length would have been trimmed down. The impact of the film is diluted in several scenes, but is thankfully restored in the climax scenes due to which the movie ends up as an above average product.

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami storyPerformances:

Anupam Kher is outstanding in his part. He was totally natural in almost every scene of his, especially in the dramatic and emotional ones. The integrity of his character reflected in his facial expressions and body moments and one does wish to see more of him in this film. Manu Rishi was good in his part of a lecherous son and yet again proves that a good actor does not need a longer or meatier role to display his brilliance. Divyendu Sharma overacts in the initial part of the film and at times was a bit loud. Aditi Sharma was very good in her part. Rajesh Sharma, Neha Dhupia and Aashif Sheikh were wasted. Uttara Baokar and Sudhir Pande added the fun element to the film.

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

Dum? Well, if you want to see a decent and interesting film about a common man presented with the dash of political satire, 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' is your movie of the week. Out of the multiple releases this week, this movie is way ahead of all of them. It's not a great or outstanding film like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' or even closer to it, due to its super length and plenty of unwanted scenes. But, nevertheless it's an emotion and comedy ki salaami to those films with good intentions and creative plot line attached to it.

Ratings : 3/5
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Bang Bang Movie Review - 'BLAND BLAND'

Expectations:

I still remember watching 'Dhoom' and had loved the international styling attached to it. The movie was a perfect entertainer with good music, power packed action, fast car chase and decent storyline attached to it. Sadly, 'Dhoom 2' despite of being a bigger film was just about style and marketing. It was promoted and marketed in a brilliant manner and was made only to capitalize over the curiosity and the hype, associated with it. The screenplay and conviction level was highly missing and the movie looked like a full-length feature film displaying only the physical potentials of Hrithik Roshan in terms of his looks and dancing skills. The wounds of 'Dhoom 2' got fresh when Hrithik Roshan recently mentioned in one of his interviews, that his latest film 'Bang Bang' is on the lines of 'Dhoom 2'. But with Katrina Kaif associated with the film, that's an official remake of Hollywood film 'Knight and Day' and the high level marketing associated with the film, one does expect it to be better and more entertaining than 'Dhoom 2'. Thus, let's find out whether 'Bang Bang' will give us a sleek, stylish action flick with a good dosage of entertainment and thrill or will it be just like all those festive season big budget films which, despite being weak films, manage to rake in a good amount of money due to its marketing strategies.

Story:

'Bang Bang' is a story of a small town girl Harleen (Katrina Kaif), whose routine world turns upside down with the entry of Rajveer (Hrithik Roshan) in her life. Till the time Harleen could come to know that Rajveer is an international criminal who is being chased by the mafia and the secret agencies, things go way beyond her control and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Bang Bang Movie Poster

Screenplay & Technicalities:

We all know that 'Bang Bang' is an official remake of Hollywood film 'Knight and Day' but despite of that, the story strongly reminds you of Bollywood films like 'Ek Tha Tiger', 'Dhoom 2' and many more courting this genre. The story was predictable and stale. In the movie, Katrina keeps getting tranquilized and I guess the same could be said for the screenplay writers as the screenplay is hardly to be seen in the film. Though, there are few very good action sequences like the jump and chase scene in Shimla followed by a car chase scene where Hrithik saves Katrina and the whole water scooter based scenes which was beautifully presented. But, besides these few amazing stunt scenes there is nothing else exciting to watch except for Hrithik Roshan's Greek God physique, which will be lured by the female folks and also might trigger the gay instincts in every man. The in-brand advertisements will make you laugh at the way they have been placed in the film. The screenplay defies the logic in a big way and Hrithik, still thinks he is in his 'Krrish' mode, thus, keeps jumping off the cliff, bridges and many other places without even getting a single scratch over his perfect body. The dramatic scenes are stretched without any reason and keeps adding the unnecessary length to the film. The cinematography is superb and all the locations add more colours to this film.

Music & Direction:

Music by Vishal Shekhar is good, but lacks the chartbuster song required for such types of big budget films. The songs are visually entertaining, especially 'Tu Meri' and 'Bang Bang' which adds on to the positive points related to the film. Hrithik Roshan's flexible dancing, adds fire to these songs and keeps you flabbergast. 'Uff' was not required. 'Meherbaan' is good and blends well with the film.

Performances:

Director Siddharth Anand tries to attempt a sleek action entertainer and at many points he manages to get some, but at rest of the places, his writers backstab him and ends up giving a half baked product. This movie could have been made by any junior assistant director as there was no finesse or expertise attached to it. His story narration, done to death theme, typical Bollywood rotten dialogues and the conviction level, fail to do justice required for such types of films. Looks like Hrithik must've given Siddharth a dare just like he keeps giving to other celebrities, to make an action film and sadly Siddharth fails to do it.

Bang Bang Movie Review

Hrithik Roshan looks fantastic and will make every other actor look like a commoner in front of him. He is outstanding in all the action scenes and songs. The only reason to watch this film is Hrithik, Hrithik and only Hrithik. Katrina Kaif looked good, but failed to match up to the Hrithik's level of sexiness. Her weird style of asking repetitive questions will irritate you. Danny looks terrific, but has very less to offer. Javed Jaffery, Pawan Malhotra and Vikram Ghokhle are wasted. Cameo by Kanwaljit Singh, Deepti Naval and Jimmy Shergil is good.

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

Dum? Well, except for Hrithik's dance and thrilling action stunts there is absolutely not much dum in this weak remake of Hollywod film 'Knight and Day'. The movie lacks the excitement and entertaining factor required for such films but will still cash in over, its brilliant marketing strategies and festive holiday attached to it. We cannot blame Hrithik for giving us a half baked film as he had mentioned earlier, only that 'Bang Bang' is on the lines of 'Dhoom 2'. However, we never knew it would be a line below it. Thus, on an over all basis we would re-term 'Bang Bang' as 'Bland Bland' version of 'Knight and Day'.

Ratings : 2.5/5

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Haider Movie Review - 'Picturesque, Poetic & Philosophical Drama'

Expectations:

While watching the recently released documentary on the National Film Archive Of India founder P. K. Nair (Celluloid Man), they mentioned the list of lost important films Mr. Nair had identified. One of them was 'Khoon Ka Khoon', which was released in 1935 and was based on William Shakespeare's, 'Hamlet'. It was shot in the play within a play format by Sohrab Modi and was one of the first known Shakespeare talkies. Almost, two decades later Kishore Sahu imitated Lawrence Olivier's Hamlet and made a frame to frame similar product, with the same name, starring young Mala Sinha. The makers failed to adapt it to Indian conditions and were followed by many such types of films including an action film made by Kamran Khan (Father of Farah and Sajid Khan) starring Dara Singh also known as 'Khoon Ka Khoon'. In 2003, director Vishal Bhardwaj surprised the entire industry by giving us a brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth in the form of 'Maqbool', followed by 'Omkara' which was adapted from Shakespeare's 'Othello'. He presented these timeless classics brilliantly, which gelled perfectly with its Indian surroundings. Thus, expectations were on its top level when Vishal announced 'Haider', his third adaptation of Shakespeare's plays. In a long time span of eight years between 'Omkara' and 'Haider' we witnessed few weak movies from Vishal. Thus, let's find out the fate of his latest released film 'Haider', whether it will give us back the Vishal Bhardwaj we all love for his initial films or might give us another self-indulgent film matching up to his last few films.

Haider Movie Review

Story:

'Haider' is a story of Haider Meer (Shahid Kapoor), who is trying to find his missing father (Narendra Jha). Haider's mother (Tabu) and uncle Khurram Meer (Kay Kay Menon) are lost in their own world and thus the only support he has is of his beloved Arshia (Shraddha Kapoor). Enters Roohdar (Irrfan Khan), who has a special message from Haider's father, which changes Haider's life completely and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Haider Movie Still

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story as we all know is adapted from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', but has been beautifully woven into the raw Kashmir set in the mid nineties. The politics and the happenings of Kashmir blend brilliantly with the classic play. The screenplay is indulging and thought provoking, especially in the first half of the film, where the movie goes on a razor sharp mode. The second half, takes the story forward, but slows down in the middle portions. In addition, the pre climax part did not gel with the flow and the style of the film. Nevertheless, the weak points are balanced with a brilliant climax, which haunts you even after the film is over. There are some brilliant scenes, especially every scene featuring Shahid Kapoor and Tabu, Irrfan's track, Shahid's public speech followed by his outrage and many more. Kulbhushan Kharbanda's scene is the sole and the theme of the film, wished the makers would have given it more detailing then the impact would have been more powerful. On the flip side, few tracks needed some explanations and detailing, especially Tabu and Shraddha's characters at the end. The narrative style should have been bit gripping, mainly in the middle portion of the film. The cinematography is of top notch and the picturesque location of Kashmir takes this movie on another level. The locations are integral part of the film and works as a character in the movie.

Haider Movie

Music & Direction:

Music by Vishal Bhardwaj might not be as popular as his earlier films, but is totally poetic and brilliantly placed in the film. 'Jhelum' chokes you with its pain followed by 'Aaj Ke Naam' in the end credits. 'Gulon Mein Rang Bhare' is romantically beautiful. 'Bismil' is on the lines of 'Ek Haseena Thi' from the movie 'Karz', where there was humungous drama in the song. It is very tough to surpass the drama created in 'Ek Haseena Thi', but 'Bismil' brilliantly outshines the classic song and sets its own mark. 'Aao Na' is another good song, but not properly placed in the film.

It is very tough for a director to match up to the expectation level set by their own films. Vishal Bhardwaj too comes up with the baggage of two great films and few lost ones, thus there were equal chances of 'Haider' falling in any of these brackets. However, Vishal gets everything right in 'Haider' and does full justice to the Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. Unlike other filmmakers, he works hard in the detailing of every small element associated with this film. Such films maintain the pride of Indian cinema and will lure the good film lovers for posterity.

Performances:

Shahid Kapoor gives one of his best performances in this movie. A good actor mostly performs through their eyes and here, Shahid too performs brilliantly with his eyes. Tabu gives yet another powerful performance and her scenes with Shahid are spellbinding. You can feel her every emotion through her brilliant performance. Wished, the makers would have given her character a proper justification at the end. Shraddha Kapoor looks cute and beautiful. Her chemistry with Shahid looks fiery and goes well in the romantic portions of the film. However, her role should have been more elaborated. Kay Kay Menon, Narendra Jha and Lalit Parimoo lend good support. Irrfan Khan and Kulbhushan Kharbanda's cameo is powerful. Ashish Vidyarthi and Aamir Bashir were wasted.

Haider Movie Wallpaper

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

Dum? Well, if you love good, intelligent, meaningful cinema, then 'Haider' is your film of the year. The movie might not be on the lines of Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Maqbool' or 'Omkara', but is definitely in his top three best films and one of the finest adaptation of 'Hamlet' from our country. The masala film lovers might find this movie a bit slow and arty due to which most of them would prefer to avoid it, but for rest, it is a treat to cherish. Instead of terming 'Haider' as a plain adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, I would re-term it as a picturesque, poetic and a philosophical adaptation of Shakespeare's drama made by people who love cinema, for the people who love cinema.

Ratings : 4/5
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Desi Kattey Movie Review - 'Cut To The 90's...'

Expectations:

Remember those masala pot boiler films from the 80's and 90's era which featured childhood friendship, childhood love, die hard friends getting separated, children converting into adulthood in a song while running, insertion of melodrama in every scene and many more formula based scenes. With the rise of multiplex era, these formula based films started to mellow down and films started becoming more realistic. But recently the masala entertainers are back and are a great source of generating blockbuster numbers over the box office. Thus, there was an immense rise in remakes of south Indian films and films from the 80's and 90's era. Most of these films featured superstars and worked mainly on the aura of that superstar, due to which the makers churn out great profit. But then there were few small films which tried to follow the same path with absence of the crowd puller star, fails miserably over the box office. Though, film makers find a decent crowd for such films, especially in the small centers where the audience lure over these types of films. The latest to join such types of films is 'Desi Kattey' featuring Sunil Shetty, Jay Bhanushali and Akhil Kapur. So lets find out whether 'Desi Kattey' will manage to rake in some good moolahs without the absence of any superstar actor or might end up being another weak attempt of some hit masala entertainer from the 80's/90's era.

Desi Kattey Movie ReviewStory:

'Desi Kattey' is story of two childhood friends Gyani (Jay Bhanushali) and Pali (Akhil Kapur) who makes local guns and have only one aim in life, which is to be the kind of the crime world just like Hari Shankar Tripati (Ashutosh Rana). As they grow up they start committing crime and at that time meet Major Suryakant Rathod (Sunil Shetty), who wants to change their lives for their betterment. Gyani and Pali have their own individual views over this new activity in their life and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Desi Kattey Movie StillScreenplay & Technicalities:

The story is highly inspired by Mahesh Bhatt's 'Saathi' and has some shades of recently released film 'Gunday', in the initial parts of the film. The first half takes lots of time to establish the plot line, with loads of characters and happenings in the film. Sadly the second half goes on the super slow and dragging mode with an overdose of melodramatic scenes which seemed like never ending scenes. There are few good action scenes, but besides those scenes there is nothing much to take back home from this weak and over the top film. Killings and trashy dialogues go hand in hand in every scene, but still fails to create a good amount of curiosity in the narration of the film. You will find all the traditional formula based scenes of the 80's/90's era in this film and the whole product looked dated. The camera work is average and editing should have been super crisp in the second half.

Music & Direction:

Music by Kailash Kher has nothing to boast. The songs are boring and dragging.

Director Anand Kumar brings another boring and over dramatic film after the debacle of his debut film 'Zila Ghaziabad'. His story narration lacks the conviction factor and fails to extract decent powerful performances from his stars. Many dramatic scenes looked like never ending scenes, where the absence of the director is visible.

Performances:

Jay Bhanushali tries to act like a good man and does his job in a decent manner. Akhil Kapur reminds of his uncle Vinod Khanna and does justice to the role of Aaditya Pancholi from the film 'Saathi'. He should have been meaner and hard hitting. Sasha Agha and Tia Bajpai are wasted as they overacts to their fullest. Sunil Shetty and Ashutosh Rana lend good support. Santosh Sukla, Murli Sharma and Akhilendra Mishra repeates themselves. Every actor in this movie tries to overact and fails miserably.

Desi Kattey Movie WallpaperSo bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

Dum? Well the movie is very highly inspired by 90's super hit film 'Saathi' and has some good action scenes attached to it. Sadly, due to the absence of a good director 'Desi Kattey' ends up being one of those badly made films which is like cut to the 90's era of melodrama.

Ratings : 1.5/5

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Desi Kattey Movie Review - 'Cut To The 90's...'

Expectations:

Remember those masala pot boiler films from the 80's and 90's era which featured childhood friendship, childhood love, die hard friends getting separated, children converting into adulthood in a song while running, insertion of melodrama in every scene and many more formula based scenes. With the rise of multiplex era, these formula based films started to mellow down and films started becoming more realistic. But recently the masala entertainers are back and are a great source of generating blockbuster numbers over the box office. Thus, there was an immense rise in remakes of south Indian films and films from the 80's and 90's era. Most of these films featured superstars and worked mainly on the aura of that superstar, due to which the makers churn out great profit. But then there were few small films which tried to follow the same path with absence of the crowd puller star, fails miserably over the box office. Though, film makers find a decent crowd for such films, especially in the small centers where the audience lure over these types of films. The latest to join such types of films is 'Desi Kattey' featuring Sunil Shetty, Jay Bhanushali and Akhil Kapur. So lets find out whether 'Desi Kattey' will manage to rake in some good moolahs without the absence of any superstar actor or might end up being another weak attempt of some hit masala entertainer from the 80's/90's era.

Desi Kattey Movie ReviewStory:

'Desi Kattey' is story of two childhood friends Gyani (Jay Bhanushali) and Pali (Akhil Kapur) who makes local guns and have only one aim in life, which is to be the kind of the crime world just like Hari Shankar Tripati (Ashutosh Rana). As they grow up they start committing crime and at that time meet Major Suryakant Rathod (Sunil Shetty), who wants to change their lives for their betterment. Gyani and Pali have their own individual views over this new activity in their life and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Desi Kattey Movie StillScreenplay & Technicalities:

The story is highly inspired by Mahesh Bhatt's 'Saathi' and has some shades of recently released film 'Gunday', in the initial parts of the film. The first half takes lots of time to establish the plot line, with loads of characters and happenings in the film. Sadly the second half goes on the super slow and dragging mode with an overdose of melodramatic scenes which seemed like never ending scenes. There are few good action scenes, but besides those scenes there is nothing much to take back home from this weak and over the top film. Killings and trashy dialogues go hand in hand in every scene, but still fails to create a good amount of curiosity in the narration of the film. You will find all the traditional formula based scenes of the 80's/90's era in this film and the whole product looked dated. The camera work is average and editing should have been super crisp in the second half.

Music & Direction:

Music by Kailash Kher has nothing to boast. The songs are boring and dragging.

Director Anand Kumar brings another boring and over dramatic film after the debacle of his debut film 'Zila Ghaziabad'. His story narration lacks the conviction factor and fails to extract decent powerful performances from his stars. Many dramatic scenes looked like never ending scenes, where the absence of the director is visible.

Performances:

Jay Bhanushali tries to act like a good man and does his job in a decent manner. Akhil Kapur reminds of his uncle Vinod Khanna and does justice to the role of Aaditya Pancholi from the film 'Saathi'. He should have been meaner and hard hitting. Sasha Agha and Tia Bajpai are wasted as they overacts to their fullest. Sunil Shetty and Ashutosh Rana lend good support. Santosh Sukla, Murli Sharma and Akhilendra Mishra repeates themselves. Every actor in this movie tries to overact and fails miserably.

Desi Kattey Movie WallpaperSo bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

Dum? Well the movie is very highly inspired by 90's super hit film 'Saathi' and has some good action scenes attached to it. Sadly, due to the absence of a good director 'Desi Kattey' ends up being one of those badly made films which is like cut to the 90's era of melodrama.

Ratings : 1.5/5
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