Hate Story 2 Movie Review: 'Filmi Vendetta'
Revenge drama has been one of the most popular genre in our Hindi cinema. Though the majority of these films dealt with the revenge between the hero and the villain, there were few films where the story was portrayed from the female perspective. Now, most of these female revenge drama type of films were made to encash over the popularity of the actress and few of them did have a good plot line attached to it. Films like 'Zakhmi Aurat', 'Khoon Bhari Maang', 'Shradhanjali', 'Mrityudand', 'Ek Haseena Thi', 'Bandit Queen' and few more are perfect example of good female oriented revenge drama from our Hindi cinema. These films were made with lesser budget in comparison to the male oriented revenge drama and also managed to touch the female audience base, thus even with a decent run over the box office they managed to end up delivering better profit to their producers account. Thus, we did witness many more films under this genre, but with even lower production cost and relatively new actress. Sadly, almost all of these after effect type of films ended up in the 'B-Grade' category. Two years back we saw a similar type of low budget film 'Hate Story', but this time it was intellectually crafted to the level of erotic thriller around it. The whole erotica thriller worked for the film and just like mentioned earlier ended up being a profitable film for the producers. Looking at the profit and this new niche audience for such film, the makers decided to start a franchise under the same name and returned back, with 'Hate Story 2'. So let's find out whether 'Hate Story 2' will be as impactful, erotic or dramatic as its earlier part, or, this movie too, might be among all those film trying to cash in over the past glory of its predecessor.
'Hate Story 2' is a story of Sonika (Surveen Chawla) who is a mistress of a powerful politician Mandar Matre (Sushant Singh). Sonika is stuck here due to her old grandmother and the fear of Mandar and his associates. At that time she meets Akshay (Jay Bhanushali), an aspiring photographer and falls in love with him. Hell breaks out when Mandar comes to know about Sonika and Akshay's love story. Mandar and his men teach them a bitter lesson, after which Sonika returns back to take her revenge and that's what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story has lots of shades from Uma Thurman's 'Kill Bill', especially in the first hour of the film. These parts are badly adapted and lacked the intensity required, for such scenes. Second half is way better than the first half as the movie now starts focusing over the revenge drama between Surveen and Sushant, unlike the first half where the writers take lot of time in establishing the plot line. Also, the initial parts with the non-linear treatment fails to draw the curiosity level. The best parts of the movie are in the second half where the battle grows up between Surveen and Sushant. Though they should have been more powerful and brutal they seemed pretty simple and weak. 'Hate Story' was an erotic thriller, but 'Hate Story 2' is more of a dramatic thriller and lacks highly over the sex quotient. Fans of 'Hate Story' will be highly disappointed and what they seek will be found in one song and a couple of scenes only. Camera work is average and just goes with the flow of the film.
Music of 'Hate Story 2' is good and songs like 'Hai Dil Ye Mera' and 'Kabhi Aaayine Pe' expresses the feel of the film. 'Aaj Phir Tumpe' is well shot and is different to what its original was from the movie 'Dayavan'. 'Pink Lips' featuring Sunny Leone was not required.
Director Vishal Pandya lacks the intensity which was created by Vivek Agnihotri in 'Hate Story'. The hangover of 'Kill Bill' tries to dilute the flow of the film. Vishal should have portrayed more brutal or hard hitting scenes in the film and even the killings should have been more engaging. He highly succeeds in giving a good intense drama between Surveen and Sushant, due to which one tends to be engaged in the film despite its massive flaws and weakness.Performances:
Sushant Singh is outstanding and probably the best thing to happen in this film. After a long time an actor in such mass villainous role tends to appeal and shine due to his screen presence. Remove him, and the movie ends up being a B to C grade film with no soul attached to it. Surveen Chawla fails to lure her erotic audience, but when pitted against Sushant Singh delivers a fine performance. Jay Bhanushali was wasted and failed to impress.
Dum? Well, if you are expecting to see an erotic thriller on the lines of 'Hate Story' then let me warn you that you will end up being highly disappointed. As for all those who are expecting 'Hate Story 2' to be among those path breaking revenge drama, they too might end up on a disappointing note. The movie works mainly for its niche audience who love typical masala films with filmi vendetta attached to it along with a powerful screen presence of Sushant Singh in the film.Ratings: 2/5
Pizza Movie Review - Appetizer With Mix Flavours
Horror films in our Hindi cinema have been following a typical pattern where in, mostly a family moves to a new location which eventually turns out to be haunted. The spirits keep haunting them for quite a while and finally posses one of them followed by some religious solutions. Though, there were occasional horror films like 'Darna Mana Hain', 'Ragini MMS', 'Darling' and a few more which dared to walk on the unconventional path rather than giving us the same old wine in a new bottle. This week released film 'Pizza' too, seems to be among those few content based horror films with a unique storyline attached to it. So lets find out, whether 'Pizza' may manage to give us the much required path breaking Hindi horror film or might end up offering nothing except a unique concept.
'Pizza' is the story of Kunal (Akshay Oberoi), a pizza delivery boy who gets trapped in a haunted house on his way to deliver a pizza order. The supernatural elements in that house some how also connects with Kunal's pregnant wife Nikki (Parvathy Omanakuttan) and his boss (Rajesh Sharma). How does Kunal escape from that haunted house and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The film is a remake of a south Indian hit film by the same name. The storyline and concept is very strong and unique. The film starts on a slow note, but as it progresses, it starts to get gripping and has an interesting middle hour attached to it. The curiosity attached to the film keeps you glued to the film. At many places, it keeps losing its grip over the horror content and starts to focus on its side tracks. The climax ends up being a let down and could have been much better than, the actual. It's very important for such horror based thriller films to give a proper justification towards its finale, failing to which the whole effort gets ruined. The ones who are expecting some spooky chills will have some to relish. Though, such scenes should have been more in the film and the optimal usage of 3D should have done in maximum scenes.
Frankly speaking music in such films is not actually required and if forcefully placed ends up diluting the impact of the film, like it does in 'Pizza'. The background music goes well with the flow of the film.Director Akshay Akkineni dares to attempt a different style of a horror film and succeeds in the middle portions of the film. If only he would have kept the same tempo throughout the film, the impact would have been much stronger. He should have added some more detailing to the happenings rather than focusing on the side tracks. Still, it's a decent attempt in comparison to what we have been witnessing in the name of horror in our country.Performances:
Akshay Oberoi looks good for his role, but fails to get inside the skin of its character. He also struggles to act in many scenes. Parvathy, Dipannita Sharma, Arunoday Singh, D'Santosh and Hussain Dalal lend good support. Rajesh Sharma is great in his part. Omkar Das Manikpuri and Sonali Sachdev are wasted.
Dum? Well, there is decent dum in the middle portions of the film with some chills and has an interesting storyline attached to it. It's only due to inconsistent screenplay, weak climax, lack of horror content and some minor diversions the movie ends up an appetizer with mix flavours instead of being a whole three course meal. Yet, its way above the routine horror films we have been witnessing in the recent times.Ratings: 3/5
Amit Sahni Ki List Movie Review: "Blurry Impressions"
Actor Vir Das started his film career by doing one scene in Akshay Kumar - Katrina Kaif starrer film 'Namaste London'. That one scene opposite Rishi Kapoor was loved by film lovers and thus in the following years, we witnessed the gradual growth of his screen appearance which recently reached to hero based roles. Very few actors like Mumtaz, Mithun Chakraborty, Irrfan Khan, K.K Menon, Nawazuddin and a few more have achieved stardom by going through this sort of transformation from a one scene to lead roles in Hindi films. Along with films, Vir is also known for his superb stand up acts, which displays his brilliant comic timing. These comic antics were eventually displayed in films like 'Delhi Belly', 'Go Goa Gone' and few more. Thus, whenever Vir did a lead role one expected the film to be an out and out comical entertainer. Sadly, his choice of films doesn't do justice to his comical power, but looking at the promo of his latest film 'Amit Sahni Ki List', looks like finally, he is in his comfort zone and will please his fans by giving a good rom-com. So let's find out, whether 'Amit Sahni Ki List' will manage to do justice to the potential of Vir Das or might end up among those films which fails to tickle the funny bone.
'Amit Sahni Ki List' is a story of Amit (Vir Das) who, after getting dumped by his first girlfriend decides to make a list of all the qualities he seeks in a perfect girl. Amit keeps hunting for his perfect girl based on the list he made but fails miserably. Finally, comes Mala (Vega Tomotia), who is totally opposite of what Amit is, and later they get engaged. After the engagement, enters Devika (Anindita Nayar) who is the perfect dream girl Amit has been waiting for as per his list. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story line is very good as per the need of a perfect romantic comedy. The situations and story narration is great, but screenplay fails to do justice to it. The scenes are either abruptly placed or lacked the intensity in it. The situations are comical yet, you fail to laugh or even in the emotional scenes where you fail to connect with the feelings of the lead protagonists. There are few comical moments in the weak first half (which could have been a great) which keeps you glued to the film, but it's the second half of the film which turns out to be a better part of the movie. Scenes like Vir trying for bungee jumping, Vir in a dilemma, Vir forcefully trying to do a breakup, the breakup consultant scene and few more keeps you entertained in the film. The biggest problem in this rom-com is in the initial parts where the dates and breakups turns out to be lame instead of being funny. Also, the conviction factor is missing. Camera work is fine and goes with the flow of the film.
Music in such films has to be good or enjoyable. Sadly, none of the songs do justice to the film and infact, ends up being the negative part of the film.
Director Ajay Bhuyan comes up with a good story line, which if properly handled would have ended up giving us a good romantic comedy. Sadly, his writers deceived him over the moments and he himself could not do proper justice to the film. The film is like its hero's list, which is perfect on papers, but misses its magic.Performances:
Vir Das does a decent job and performs well with the help of his comic timings and funny acts. Though, he could have done much better. Vega Tamotia is sweet and charming. She does proper justice to her role. Anindita Nayar looks beautiful, but ends up delivering a plastic type of performance. Kavi Shastri lends good support.
Dum? Well the movie on paper has more potential than on silver screen. It's a decent romantic comedy with good story line attached to it. Sadly, the screenplay lacks the conviction as well as entertaining factor due to which this perfect list gets smudged, leaving behind blurry impressions.Ratings: 2/5
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Review - Humptyfull ride with a great fall...
Our Hindi cinema could be subdivided into the certain eras related to some cult classic films, for eg. 'Mughal-E-Azam' era, 'Sholay' era or even 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' and few more. The reason for such division is not due to the super success of these cult classic films, but also that these movies inspired many more films during that period which had a strong hangover of these films. Speaking about 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', it kept inspiring many romantic comedy types of films in the 90's and early 2000 era and some traces could be seen in some of the recent films like 'Heropanti' and few more. Few films managed to end up on a decent note, but rest others sank as quickly as they could, though none of these films could match up to the magic of the path breaking film. 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' from the Karan Johar banner seems to be one another such film which has high influence of 'DDLJ' with a fresh pair of talented actors associated with it. So let's find out, whether 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' will manage to match up to the level of the cult classic film or might be another half baked product trying to encash over the curiosity factor attached to it.
'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' is a story of Kavya (Alia Bhatt) who wants to buy a designer dress for her marriage without taking any help from her father (Ashutosh Rana). Kavya comes to Delhi to buy the dress on her own and in that process meets Humpty (Varun Dhawan), who eventually helps her a lot. After a short while, both of them fall in love with each other. Kavya returns back to her home and Humpty follows her back in order to win the hearts of her family members. But things do not go as Humpty had planned and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The story has traces of 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' and starts in an entertaining manner. There are some enjoyable scenes in the initial part like, Varun and his friends trying to threaten the professor, Varun-Alia coffee meet, Varun and Alia's drink chat followed by Varun - Siddharth Shukla track and few more. The humour quotient in the film keeps you glued to the silver screen, but as the movie progresses the weakness of the writers starts to ruin the impact of the film. The movie slides downwards in the second half reaching to a disastrous and lame ending, which lacks highly over the conviction level and also seemed like a spoof to 'DDLJ'. There are many unconvincing moments in the film right from the love part between Alia and Varun, followed by Varun's father and friends trying to financially help Alia, Varun-Ashutosh Rana track, Ashutosh Rana's decision in the finale and many more. The writers take their liberty of not establishing these scenes, nor do they create some good moments between the lead pair. Due to such circumstances, the movie goes on a total doldrums and seemed stupid and disappointing. The screenplay in the second half is very bad and has been super stretched in an annoying manner. Though the occasional humour keeps you engaged in the film, despite of the chaos in the script. Camera work is fine but nothing great about it.Music & Direction:
Music is good and entertaining. 'Saturday Saturday', 'Lucky Tu', 'Maine Tenu' are great followed by other songs, which keeps you lighted up in this dull film.
Director Shashank Khaitan tries to create a film, which if written better, would have been termed as modern day 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Sadly, he ends up delivering a confused product which lacks the magic of the cult classic film and also fails to end up like a spoof to 'DDLJ'. He takes his audience for a ride and keeps things only to himself and does not give proper justification to his characters and script of the film.Performances:
Varun Dhawan looks cute and super confident. He is outstanding in all the enjoyable scenes and tries very hard to rise above the weak script. His performance and dancing skills are enjoyable. Alia Bhatt does full justice to her role and looks beautiful in it. Varun and Alia's jodi looks good and compliments each other. Siddharth Shukla looks outstanding and has a decent track in the film, which later disappears just as the ice cube disappears in water. Ashutosh Rana does full justice to his role, but lacks the intensity. Gaurav Pandey and Sahil Vaid lend good support. Kenny Desai, Deepika Ami and Jaswant Daman were fine on their part.
Dum? Well the movie starts with loads of entertaining dum with good foot tapping music and few good looking people attached to it. It's only since the pre-interval the movie starts to wobble a lot leading towards a stupid and weak climax. It has a lot of hangover of 'DDLJ' but does not do proper justice to it. So on an overall basis, would sum it up by using the popular nursery rhyme where after a Humptyfull (entertaining) ride has a great fall where none of the kings men (writers and director) could put Humpty back to track again.Rating : 2.5/5
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA is akin to the entertainers we had relished in 1980s and 1990s, using the time-tested template [boy meets girl, love blossoms, boy/girl's authoritarian parent acts as a roadblock], but Shashank makes sure to prettify it with dollops of entertainment, light-hearted drama, heartfelt emotions and of course, harmonious songs that linger in your memory. Most importantly, the chemistry between its lead pair -- Varun and Alia -- is simply electrifying, which acts as the icing on the cake.
In a nutshell, HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA is a fascinating youth drama + family entertainer that delivers big time.
The plot, first! When Kavya Pratap Singh [Alia Bhatt], a chirpy, yet feisty girl from Ambala, decides to make a trip to Delhi for her marriage shopping, she meets a young, carefree Delhi lad, Humpty Sharma [Varun Dhawan]. Humpty's father [Kenny Desai] is the owner of a campus bookstore, where Humpty and his two best friends, Shonty [Gaurav Pandey] and Poplu [Sahil Vaid], have grown up together.
Kavya is unattainable for Humpty initially, which makes her even more endearing to him. But he is not the one to give up so easily. With some help from his two best friends, he finds out all about her and through an interesting turn of events [including a ploy to save Kavya's friend Gurpreet's marriage], they start growing closer to each other.
The more time they spend with each other, their love-hate banter grows, but their chemistry is apparent. They are both different, yet very similar as people.
Once Kavya's trip ends, she heads back to Ambala, knowing very well that her father, the very strict, yet loving Mr. Singh [Ashutosh Rana], would never accept her love for Humpty. But even though they both weren't looking for love, love happened. So Humpty, accompanied by his two friends, decides to go get Kavya. That's the beginning of a journey for him that he wouldn't have imagined undertaking even in the wildest of his dreams.
Humpty, against all odds, decides to convince Kavya's family to agree to his alliance with her. Does he succeed in his mission?
HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA is a quintessential Bollywood romance and ticks all the customary boxes that make a love story work. Yet, Shashank Khaitan makes sure the screenwriting incorporates several amusing and compelling episodes that steer clear of rusty formulas that we are used to watching in films of this genre. Shashank also steers clear of full-scale melodrama, loud and familiar masala and earsplitting background score, which could've seeped in naturally, given the genre of the film. He keeps it subtle, but makes sure the film wins you over. The sequences between Varun and Ashutosh Rana are the highpoint of the film. I'd like to single out the sequence at the railway station; it's incredible. Of course, the ones between Varun and Alia are the soul of the enterprise and the chemistry makes it all the more interesting.
As a storyteller, Shashank knows his fundas right and he gives his lead actors a well-knit, cohesive screenplay to peg their acting skills. Additionally, the film is brimming with several earnest episodes, besides decorating the sequences with witty lines. Furthermore, the soundtrack compliments the proceedings delightfully. 'Samjhawan' is hugely popular, while 'Saturday' has caught on big time too. The vibrant colors of North India are captured proficiently by the DoP [Neha Parti Matiyani].
You can't help but get fully sold on the charming performances pitched in by the principal cast. In fact, it won't be erroneous to state that Varun and Alia add strength and solidity to their respective parts. Varun gets the attitude of the character spot-on and pulls up a winning act. He reveals a sharp timing for comedy, but springs a big, big surprise in the emotional ones. In short, he makes you sit up, watch and applaud his act. Alia seems to be making the right career choices. HIGHWAY and 2 STATES specifically proved that she could transcend the glamour quotient and HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA substantiates the fact that she will be the top contender at the awards season next year -- with as many as three diverse performances getting nominated for the top honors.
Moreover, it's difficult to take your eyes off Varun and Alia when they're on screen. Above and beyond, the chemistry between them is crackling.
Siddharth Shukla makes a comfortable switch from TV to the big screen. He gets the nuances of his character very well. Ashutosh Rana is top notch, essaying his part with gusto. It's an absolute delight watching him in a challenging role after a hiatus. The supporting cast -- Kenny Desai [Varun's father], Jaswant Daman [Alia's grandmother], Deepika Amin [Alia's mother], Mahnaz Damania [Alia's sister], Aditya Sharma [Alia's brother], Gaurav Pandey -- is just perfect, but I'd like to single out Sahil Vaid [Poplu], who's simply terrific!
On the whole, HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA is a beautifully textured love story that wins you over. There's no stopping this one from hitting the bull's eye. Sure-shot winner!
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