3A.M. Movie Review - 'More than three reasons to watch this modern spook'

Expectations:

In todays times with the help of modern technologies and the power of the internet, the world has become smaller and easily reachable. The influence of the foreign culture is tremendous in every Indian, who wants to match up the superior level of the people from the west. The same can be seen in the world of our Hindi cinema, where many new foreign based genres are being introduced. Our people are trying their best to at least match up to the level of these films, especially in the technical and creative department. With every released film the gaps between the work quality is reduced as the makers are not giving up easily. The recently released film '3 A.M.' belongs to the genre of horror films, a genre which is far below the achievement level of our people, especially in the case of the technical and content level. So let's find out whether '3 A.M', will bridge the gap between us and foreign film makers who love making horror films with total conviction and hard work.

3 AM Movie ReviewStory:

'3 A.M' is story of Sunny (Rannvijay Singh), who decides to shoot a new television show for his T.V channels with the help of his friends Raj (Kevin Dave) and Cyrus (Salil Acharya). Together, they go to the haunted places and try to capture the paranormal activity. In their first mission to the Rudra mills, where his girlfriend committed suicide. The trio experiences many unusual happenings in the film, which leads them to the haunted world and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story is definitely different and refreshing. The first half starts with many unwanted scenes, but as it progresses, it comes on it's right track. The second half of the movie is enjoyable as it fails to use any of the formula based content. The flashback scene should have been omitted. Though, one will strongly remember the popular TV show - 'Girls Night Out', where these girls were sent to the haunted places under the observation of Rannvijay and team. '3 A.M', seems like the cinematic expansion of this popular TV show. Since it's a horror film, one does expect to witness some good chills, but sadly there were none to be found. The story narration is brilliant and is one of the different made Hindi horror films. The camera work is average and rises high over the spooky scenes.

3 AM Movie Wallpaper

Music & Direction:

Music in such films is not required as it dilutes the flow of the film. Even in the recently released film the music fails to connect with the flow of the film.

Director Vishal Mahadkar brings up a different and unique subject which is not presented in the typical formula based film style. He manages to keep you involved in the film with the help of his cinematic senses.

Performances:

Rannvijay Singh looks fantastic and tries to act in a decent manner. Anindita Nayar lends good support. Salil Aharya over acts. Kavin Dave adds the fun element to this film.

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

Dum? Well '3 A.M' is a very well made film with a noble intentions. Its not the typical Indian horror films and tries to match up to expectations of urban level people. It's just that being a horror film, it requires some chills and trills, which in case of '3 A.M', its nowhere to be found. But despite of these minor loopholes, '3 A.M' more than three reasons to be watching and can be termed as modern day spooky Hindi film.

Ratings : 3/5

Chaarfutiya Chhokare Movie Review : 'Hat Ja Re Chokre... Bheja Na Thok Re...'

Expectations:

Every year there are some few independent films, which releases only in film festivals. Most of these films are very high on the content level with a good cinema attached to it. Thus, based on the reactions in these film festivals, few of these films finally manage to get its theatrical release. Films like 'Filmistaan', 'Shahid', 'The Lunchbox', 'B. A Pass' and few more turned out to be the perfect bet played by the distributors or the presenters. But, then there are few films like 'Miss. Lovely', 'Prague', 'Mastram', etc., which promote themselves only on the basis of the film festival's laurels or the curiosity attached to it and fails to match up to the expectation level of its targeted audience. 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' starring Soha Ali Khan seems to be another small independent film riding high over the curiosity attached to it and the laurels of being screened at film festival. Thus, let's find out whether 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' will manage to hit the right cord and join the elite list of some great independent small films or might end up being another failed attempt by amateur filmmakers.

Chaarfutiya Chhokare Movie Review

Story:

'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' is the story of Neha Malini (Soha Ali Khan), who is a part of an NGO and wants to start a school in a rural area of Bihar. In the process, she meets up with three teenage boys who are hard core criminals as per the law. Neha tries to learn more about these kids and also finds a connection between them and the school contractor Lakkhan (Zakir Hussain). How does Neha stop the criminal activities is what the entire film is all about.

Chaarfutiya Chhokare Still

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The one liner story is mind blowing and hard hitting. It's a perfect subject for a short film, but after being elaborated in a full fledge feature film, the whole impact goes in vain. The story is super dragged and has loads of additional tracks attached to it. These tracks not only dilute the flow of the film, but also manages to ruin the message attached to the film. The makers take super slow narrative style to establish the plot and keeps following the slow pace till the end. Post interval the movie turns out to be a B-grade revenge potboiler which seems to be a total contrast to the theme of the film. Though, on papers the flashback track of the kids followed by the finale part must've seemed brilliant. The camera work is not up to the mark and film is shoddily presented.

Music & Direction:

Songs and especially the lyrics are haunting and are the best thing to happen in this film.

Debutant director Manish Harishankar comes up with a brilliant one liner idea which is on the lines of international films like 'Jhonny Mad Dog', 'Ezra' and many more. In such films the connect has to be perfect and one should feel for its main protagonist, sadly none were to be found in case of 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare'. Right from the continuity problem, to its presentation and bad performances by the actors, the director does not get anything right in this film.

Performances:

Soha Ali Khan fails to do justice to her character and delivers a weak performance. Seema Biswas and Mukesh Tiwari do not have anything new to offer. Zakir Hussain hams to the fullest. Harsh Mayar is a good child actor, but lacked the conviction factor.

Chaarfutiya Chhokare Wallpaper

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

Dum?? Well, except for the one line theme with good message there is nothing positive about this weak, boring and badly made film. If such films were to be released in the 80's era, without the message slides, it would have been termed out as a B-Grade potboiler. The child trafficking matter in the movie 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' is very badly presented and deserved to be addressed with the song from the movie 'Chillar Party', which is - 'Hat ja re chokre.. Bheja na thok re.. ' as it's a 'Tai Tai Phish..'

Ratings : 1/5

Daawat e Ishq Movie Review - Love & Food Ka Mild Tadka

Expectations:

Romantic film is the most popular genre, across the globe. If the makers manage to get its right essence, they have a winner in their hand. On papers almost all of these films seem quite similar but the moment they are presented with a different backdrop, they manage to distinguish with each other. The Yash Raj banner has been known for giving us some of the most memorable romantic films in our Hindi cinema. Besides giving us some great classics the same banner has also given us many decent rom-com's which are made with only one intention and that is- to entertain its audience. So the latest from this banner is 'Daawat-e-Ishq', which is directed by Habib Faisal, who gave us films like 'Do Dooni Chaar' and 'Ishaqzaade'. Both his films had the cities playing as a key character and with 'Daawat-e-Ishq', he seems to venture into the culture of traditional cities like 'Hyderabad' & 'Lucknow'. So, let's find out whether this blend of two different cities will manage to boom the love in its audience's heart or might just land as a typical romantic film presented in a different package to make it look different.

Story:

'Daawat-e-Ishq' is a story of Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra), a middle class girl whose dream is to be become a shoe designer. On the other hand, her father (Anupam Kher) wants to get Gulrez married to some boy from their community and has been saving money for her dowry. But, the amount they have is too less to find a suitable bridegroom and thus, one fine day they decide to trap a rich guy from another city. In that process Gulrez meets Tariq (Aditya Roy Kapur), a chef from Lucknow. Tariq loves Gulrez and wants to get married to her, but Gulrez has some other plans. What plans?, Well thats what the entire film is all about.

Daawat-e-Ishq Movie Poster

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story is different and has a good social message attached to it. The different cities, cultural elements, social message and food factor work well in favour of the film. Though, the initial part of the film takes its sweet long time to establish the main plot, but once established, it goes on the right track till the weak finale portions. One would enjoy scenes like Parineeti's entry scene, Parineeti's chat with Karan Wahi followed by her outburst, Parineeti and Anupam Kher planning the con, Aditya pleasing Parineeti with food, Aditya-Parineeti knowing each other and a few more add ons. But on the flip side the screenplay is not consistent, it keeps wavering and had a few downsides too. The climax is weak, predictable and unconvincing. The makers could have done much better as the script has its necessary ingredients. All they needed was to trim down the social message angle and enhance over the food and romantic track. The camera work was good and goes well with the flow of the film. Editing should have been much better.

Music & DirectionThe music by Sajid Wajid is not that great, but title song and 'Mannat' are best of the lot. 'Jadu Tone Waaliyaan' could have been used in a better way. 'Rangreli' was unwanted.

Director Habib Faisal is known for adding the local flavor and minute detailing in his films. In 'Daawat-e-Ishq', he tries to add too much flavor, but when it comes to detailing it does not match up with the requirement. It's great to add the social cause with the film, but when it gets overdone it seems too verbose and preachy, just like it did in films like 'Jai Ho'. The love track and even the backdrop of food is not that sufficient to match up to the appetite required for such types of films. Still, he ends up delivering a better film with the good theme attached to it in front of mindless crap that we have been witnessing in recent times.

Daawat e Ishq Movie Review

Performances:

Parineeti Chopra looks sweet and gives a decent performance. But, after watching her in 'Hasee Toh Phasee', the expectation level has risen way above what she delivers in this film. Aditya Roy Kapur does his part with grace, but seems to struggle a lot in the dancing and action scenes. Anupam Kher lends good support. Karan Wahi cameo is welcomed.

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

Dum? Well, there is decent dum in terms of a different story line and its narrative part. The movie could have been like a three course meal, instead ends up giving you a good starter and a decent main course failing badly on the dessert part. Also, if you are expecting a food based romantic film, then you might end up being disappointed as the dramatic portions and the social message attached in the film finds more footage in it. Thus, would sum it up by saying that 'Daawat-e-Ishq' is a one time watch, with a mild tadka of love and food, which should have been strong, very strong.

Ratings : 2.5/5

Daawat e Ishq Movie Review - Love & Food Ka Mild Tadka

Expectations:

Romantic film is the most popular genre, across the globe. If the makers manage to get its right essence, they have a winner in their hand. On papers almost all of these films seem quite similar but the moment they are presented with a different backdrop, they manage to distinguish with each other. The Yash Raj banner has been known for giving us some of the most memorable romantic films in our Hindi cinema. Besides giving us some great classics the same banner has also given us many decent rom-com's which are made with only one intention and that is- to entertain its audience. So the latest from this banner is 'Daawat-e-Ishq', which is directed by Habib Faisal, who gave us films like 'Do Dooni Chaar' and 'Ishaqzaade'. Both his films had the cities playing as a key character and with 'Daawat-e-Ishq', he seems to venture into the culture of traditional cities like 'Hyderabad' & 'Lucknow'. So, let's find out whether this blend of two different cities will manage to boom the love in its audience's heart or might just land as a typical romantic film presented in a different package to make it look different.

Story:

'Daawat-e-Ishq' is a story of Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra), a middle class girl whose dream is to be become a shoe designer. On the other hand, her father (Anupam Kher) wants to get Gulrez married to some boy from their community and has been saving money for her dowry. But, the amount they have is too less to find a suitable bridegroom and thus, one fine day they decide to trap a rich guy from another city. In that process Gulrez meets Tariq (Aditya Roy Kapur), a chef from Lucknow. Tariq loves Gulrez and wants to get married to her, but Gulrez has some other plans. What plans?, Well that's what the entire film is all about.

Daawat-e-Ishq Movie Poster

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story is different and has a good social message attached to it. The different cities, cultural elements, social message and food factor work well in favour of the film. Though, the initial part of the film takes its sweet long time to establish the main plot, but once established, it goes on the right track till the weak finale portions. One would enjoy scenes like Parineeti's entry scene, Parineeti's chat with Karan Wahi followed by her outburst, Parineeti and Anupam Kher planning the con, Aditya pleasing Parineeti with food, Aditya-Parineeti knowing each other and a few more add ons. But on the flip side the screenplay is not consistent, it keeps wavering and had a few downsides too. The climax is weak, predictable and unconvincing. The makers could have done much better as the script has its necessary ingredients. All they needed was to trim down the social message angle and enhance over the food and romantic track. The camera work was good and goes well with the flow of the film. Editing should have been much better.

Music & DirectionThe music by Sajid Wajid is not that great, but title song and 'Mannat' are best of the lot. 'Jadu Tone Waaliyaan' could have been used in a better way. 'Rangreli' was unwanted.

Director Habib Faisal is known for adding the local flavor and minute detailing in his films. In 'Daawat-e-Ishq', he tries to add too much flavor, but when it comes to detailing it does not match up with the requirement. It's great to add the social cause with the film, but when it gets overdone it seems too verbose and preachy, just like it did in films like 'Jai Ho'. The love track and even the backdrop of food is not that sufficient to match up to the appetite required for such types of films. Still, he ends up delivering a better film with the good theme attached to it in front of mindless crap that we have been witnessing in recent times.

Daawat e Ishq Movie Review

Performances:

Parineeti Chopra looks sweet and gives a decent performance. But, after watching her in 'Hasee Toh Phasee', the expectation level has risen way above what she delivers in this film. Aditya Roy Kapur does his part with grace, but seems to struggle a lot in the dancing and action scenes. Anupam Kher lends good support. Karan Wahi cameo is welcomed.

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

Dum? Well, there is decent dum in terms of a different story line and its narrative part. The movie could have been like a three course meal, instead ends up giving you a good starter and a decent main course failing badly on the dessert part. Also, if you are expecting a food based romantic film, then you might end up being disappointed as the dramatic portions and the social message attached in the film finds more footage in it. Thus, would sum it up by saying that 'Daawat-e-Ishq' is a one time watch, with a mild tadka of love and food, which should have been strong, very strong.

Ratings : 2.5/5

Khoobsurat Movie Review - Desi Disney Beauty

Expectations:

Almost every fairy tale we had read in our childhood, got its cinematic avatar with help of one of the worlds top most production house 'Disney'. Besides the fairy tale based animation films, 'Disney' also ventured into making all sorts of films, but mainly focused on kids, teens and family based feel good films. They expanded their production house and entered India with few joint productions followed by producing films like 'Do Dooni Chaar' and 'Zokkomon'. Their latest film is 'Khoobsurat', which is an official remake of the classic 'Khubsoorat' starring Rekha in the lead role. Looking at the promos of 'Khoobsurat', one does get a feel of 'Disney' styled fairy tale type of film, where a common girl falls in love with a prince. So, let's find out whether Sonam Kapoor starrer 'Khoobsurat' will be another weak remake of a classic film made only to cash in over its past glory or might be on lines of Disney films which narrates feel good type of films, targeting kids, teenagers and family audiences.

Khoobsurat Movie Review

Story:

'Khoobsurat' is a story of Dr. Milli Chakravarty (Sonam Kapoor), who goes to a princess state to treat the Raja (Aamir Raza Hussain). Though, the Raja's wife (Ratna Pathak), feels that Dr. Milli is a total misfit for their palace and wants her to leave the premise as soon as possible. In the due course Dr. Milli starts developing a bond with the Prince Vikram Singh Rahtore (Fawad Afzal Khan). How does this bond convert into love?Well, that's what the whole film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story has the basic essence of the 80's super hit film 'Khubsoorat', but besides that, the whole plot has been changed and the main focus here is on the romantic life of its main protagonist. One will find many similar scenes and situations from the original film, especially in the initial phase of the film. The movie has some witty dialogues and interesting writing in the first half of the film and the finale moments. Scenes such as Sonam at the dinner table, Sonam's bonding with Aamir Raza Hussain, Sonam talks to her mom Kiron Kher, followed by Faward's meet with Sonam's parents and few more keeps you entertained in this film. Though, the abrupt editing in the initial phase of the film dilutes the fun and flow of the film. The middle portions of the movie, especially the slow romantic track drags quite long and detaches you from the film. The writers should have added some good moments in these tracks, due to which the impact would have been much better. The camera work is good and the palatial locations are very good. Editing is not up to the mark.

khoobsurat Movie Still

Music & Direction:

Music by Sneha Khanwalkar is very good and has a good variety of songs. Though, songs like 'Baal Khade' and 'Maa Ka Phone' are not properly used. 'Engine Ki Seeti' and 'Abhi Toh Party' are fun. 'Preet' and 'Naina' are the best tracks from the album.

Director Shashank Ghosh narrates the remake of the classic film in a sweet and comical manner. Also, the royal settings associated with this film makes the movie more of a 'Disney' film than a remake of the classic Hindi film. Though, he should have focused more on the bonding and relationship of Sonam with the house members, rather than focusing on the lame and lethargic love track of Sonam and Fawad Khan. The love track lacks good moments and conviction factor due which the films drifts away from its main theme and ends up as a decent one time watch.

Performances:

Sonam Kapoor looks cute and does a decent job. She slips very easily into the character of a chatterbox with a clean heart and does full justice to it. Fawad Khan looks cool and gets his part perfectly. Ratna Pathak looks smashing and gives a great performance, wished her role was a bit elobrated. Kirron Kher was super hilarious. Aamir Raza Hussain lends good support. Aditi Rao Hyadari and Cyrus Sahkar are wasted.

Khoobsurat Movie Wallpaper

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

Dum?, Well the movie is a decent fun loving one time candy floss entertainer, catering the teens and family audiences. It cannot be compared with the original classic hit film 'Khubsoorat' as the whole storyline has been majorly changed. It's a clean family entertainer with a Cinderella or meeting the Prince charming type of concept attached to it, due to which the movie ends up being another 'Disney' type of fairy tale type of love story, which in case of 'Khoobsurat' could be termed as desi tale of a 'Disney' beauty.

Ratings: 3.5/5

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