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movie review : Rockstar (2011)

Jordan – the rockstar’s love saga cuddles up to your heart’s strings but the story has a few unanswered questions.

Imtiaz Ali‘s Rockstar begins in Prague, where the audiences are taken to a jam-packed venue ready to watch Jordan (Ranbir Kapoor) take the stage. He is emotionally troubled, dejected and has a lot of hate piled up within him.

Flashback – We are in Delhi, where a localite named Janardhan is not interested in anything else but music. The drive to fulfill his dreams is present in abundance but what’s lacking is that scar, a jolt that would make his passion even more believable. The storytellers thought it would be best to introduce a chick who would screw his mind, and this would allow rage to enter his music and at the same time would change the reason for his existence. Heer (Nargis Fakhri) – the hot and suave girl who studies in a neighbouring college and is supposed to be getting married in two months time rejects Janardhan’s proposal to be his girlfriend. Even though he tells her “tu aur main rock kar denge“. That’s our naive Jordan who wants to be the next Jim Morrison.

She wants to get her hands dirty and do all the crazy stuff that she can’t once she ties the knot. And that’s how Heer and Janardhan pair up to explore the unexplored. Jordan (that’s how she introduces him to her friends) forgets he was ever into music, gets thrown out of his house and spends two months in a dargah. This is where he rediscovers music. All this while Heer is married and has packed off to Prague. Ustad Jameel Khan (Shammi Kapoor) refers Jordan to a record company, and Janardhan a.k.a. Jordan receives a kick start to his career and also takes him to Prague. The lead-duo meet up again and this time things go as they had never planned it. They fall in love.

Heer is torn between marriage and love so she asks the to-be-rockstar to fuck off. Circumstances put Jordan in trouble, he ends up in jail and the small time singer returns home to India where the media has portrayed him as a notorious musician. Fame follows and despite having everything Jordan hates his life. He can’t get over Heer, even a kiss with journalist Sheena (Aditi Rao Hydari) does not give him an erection.

Two years pass by and in the meantime Heer has been diagnosed with some thing serious, has returned back to India as she tells her husband about her unfaithfulness. Her condition worsens with each passing day and she feels better only in Jordan’s presence. Isn’t that enough to conclude they are made for each other?

The movie does have loose ends with unanswered questions but the Kapoor lad has given a terrific performance and Nargis Fakhri is a gift to Bollywood. Hot, fresh and guess what – she can act! Several character actors play it real and Rahman‘s score makes the movie even more grand. All of Imtiaz‘s stories have a common theme – Complications in love. He tells love tales differently. With Rockstar, Imtiaz explains the loneliness that one has to deal with when s/he is up there on top. It’s not just sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. There is more to life than what meets the eye. Rockstar‘s not a winner all the way but I’m still going to watch it again for one of my favorite Bollywood directors Imtiaz, and of course for Ms. Fakhri!

Rating : 4/5

Read the music review for Rahman’s album Rockstar


film review : Delhi Belly (2011)

Assuming that I was the last person to have watched Delhi Belly, this is what I have to say about the flick. Every Indian film maker who aspires to make a youth oriented adult comedy movie keeping every requirement in toe would have always thought of including everything that Delhi Belly and it’s characters have to blurt out. But, what must have stopped them is whether it would be accepted or not, they might get voted as the worst film makers for having taken this step, they might become a laughing stock for not knowing how to present comedy and for openly mentioning expletives. Not anymore. The bold step for Bollywood has been taken by the makers of Taare Zameen Par, Peepli Live and Dhobi Ghat.

Although Delhi Belly does not have a so-called story in place, it is carried forward by the strong implementation of situational dialogues, swear words that we thought only you and me used, introduction to oral sex for all the newcomers and of course the characters who do not tire away from using the f-word. While I was having a fuckin’ good time watching this movie on the 70mm screen, I realized this is as close as it can get to our everyday conversations with almost everybody around us.

Story goes something like this – Three friends Tashi (Imran Khan), Arup (Vir Das) and Nitin (Kunal Kapur) share a filty room in Delhi. Tashi‘s girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz, hot!) is supposed to deliver some packet to this gangster Somaya (Vijay Raaz) who is ruthless and true to his profession so much so that he doesn’t think twice before he blows up your ass-hole. A confusion ensues due to the packet being handed over to Tashi first, which then goes on to Nitin and finally is given to Arup for delivery. Obviously, it doesn’t reach the gunda. Post this I’m sure life couldn’t get more fucked and more dramatic for these Delhi regulars.

While all of this is at play the fat Nitin is busy tripping on his own shit and does not give a shit about anything else. He is gripped by the world’s deadliest problem of loose motions bestowed upon him by the pubic hair flavored tandoori chicken. Assisting the trio while they save their ass from the gang is the easily charming Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan), who has a thing for Tashi. Although Tashi was set to marry Sonia in the beginning, it’s old news now that it’s actually him and Menaka who live happily ever after.

This boy/man Imran has displayed spot-on comic timing assisted by the natural Vir Das (who is also a standup comedian) and Kunal Kapur whose expressions are real. The women in the flick are stylish, hot and do not have to act a lot. Vijay Raaz was never out of work and he never will be, because no one else could have said chutiye and bhenchod the way he did. Amitabh Bhattacharya is the man who penned down those witty lyrics. The real heroes of the film are Ram Sampath who gives a music score which is par-excellence and writer Akshat Verma for coming up with the craziness. Of course the cruise was headed to the shore by Abhinay Deo (also the director of Game), and he is getting ‘there’.

Everything in this movie is straightforward. Whether it is the grossness of the contents or the love-making. While I never bother joining the fan pages for Bollywood films (or any films for that matter), this time I made sure I logged onto the Marc Zuckerberg website and joined their official page. This is how the movie made me feel in 2D, I wonder how it would have felt with those detailed 3D glasses. Don’t bother, just keep reading. And, people who hated Delhi Belly or thought it wasn’t enough to tickle their funny bone should go watch Chillar Party for obvious reasons.

Rating : 4/5


film review : Aashayein (2010)

A certain breed of film-makers in Bollywood believe in making films solely because it has a good story to tell, a couple of lessons to teach and some social messages to pass. Nagesh Kukunoor would be a proud member of that club and he sure would be satisfied when he has to look around at the kind of movies being made. If Iqbal talked about a deaf and mute boy chasing his dreams to be a apart of Indian cricket squad, Dor brought together two women from different backgrounds and how they emotionally come to each other’s rescue. Sure he has had his share of mistakes but then who does not make mistakes.

Aashayein, although had weak promos, was something I had decided to watch when I first saw the teaser on television. The reason being Kukunoor‘s storytelling and secondly the name of the film. Aashayein translates to hopes and the movie provides loads of it. The film opens with Rahul (John) shown betting on a India vs. New Zealand match putting all of his chick Nafisa‘s (Sonal) savings on the line. This is where we are introduced to his addiction to smoking. A big win and a couple of celebrations later we come to know that Rahul is suffering from cancer that arises due to smoking and has just three months to live. Not being able to bear the fact that his girlfriend has to suffer due to his condition, Rahul packs off to this particular hospice where people basically spend the last moments of their life.

Here Rahul meets other important characters of the film, who have their own problems and issues and the only common thing in all their lives is the fact that they are all dying. Padma (Anaitha) is a seventeen year old girl who is full of hatred and wants to experience love. Parthasarthi (Girish Karnad) is another resident who has lost his voice due to throat cancer and a veteran natural actor that Girish is, he pulls off his role without effort.

Farida Jalal plays the part of an HIV positive woman named Madhu and it is through her character that Kukunoor wishes to clear certain wrong notions to do with AIDS. Govinda (Ashwin Chitale) is a kid who becomes a spiritual savior for Rahul and adds more dimension to his motionless life. The screen is rekindled everytime Rahul interacts with any of these characters who share the hospice with him.

A simple movie like Aashayein that does not boast of a big budget, has lesser known actors, and isn’t noisy is always walloped and rated less by the brainless critics. By the way these are the same critics who chose to praise a trash like My Name is Khan. Anyway, Aashayein is an uncomplicated film and does not bore you. Watch it for its lively moments and make sure you catch the movie before it is forced to leave the theatres. And that is going to happen soon as it has already been declared a flop.

Rating : 3.5/5


movie review : Khatta Meetha (2010)

The release of Khatta Meetha makes certain things clear. There is no need of a script, there is no need of actors, music can be anything that can just classify to be called music, background score need not be in sync with what is happening in the scene, direction can be equivalent to a newborn learning how to shit, and the sequences through the movie need not be interlinked. Priyadarshan is on a movie making spree and that could be probably because he needs to meet a certain target before he gives up. But uncle please spare us.

Is he the same film-maker who made Hera Pheri, Hungama, Hulchul? The king of situational comedy gifted with a good sense of cinematic humor makes even proven comics like Johnny Lever and Rajpal Yadav look like fools. Lever does a bizzare role of a driver of a road-roller. And his act in this movie is like a threat to all his previous works. Even Makrand Deshpande has been wasted. Not one moment or part of the movie is worth mentioning. The movie was more like a torture to me and I wish I had carried some cyanide along with me.

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The only face worth remembering on my way back home was that of Urvashi Sharma who has been presented non-glamorously. And if I have not talked about the lead pair, let me make it clear that Trisha has nothing to do in the movie so I really do not know whether she can act or not, and Akshay Kumar irritates you so much that you would rather prefer to call up someone in the middle of the movie and distract yourself. Akshay Kumar has done worse movies though. Remember brain-fucking Chandni Chowk To China?

Khatta Meetha is a noisy lavatory and it does not even do so much as to let you take a peaceful dump. Avoid!

Rating : 1/5

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movie review : Raajneeti (2010)

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movie review : 3 Idiots (2009)


movie review : Raajneeti (2010)

Raajneeti (meaning politics) manages to turn back and kick all the bollywood movies that released this year for telling them the sheer meaning of serious cinema. Prakash Jha has a fabulous record of making films that revolve around politics and this time around its on a bigger scale. Raajneeti is an edge of the seat political thriller, and considering it is a serious genre there are no songs to spoil the flow. The movie is loosely based on Mahabharatha, and infact whatever has been adapted fits well. Power packed performances, a super tight plot, thrilling screenplay and some thought over editing has made the final product worth your time and money.

There is no comparison between movies made under different genres but Prakash Jha weaves all that needs to be included in a film. Rivalry, heartbreak, success, failure, power game, huge rallies presented in a way that is believable. Ajay Devgan, who otherwise plays the best part in all of Jha‘s films plays a comparatively short role in Raajneeti. Everyone from Arjun to Katrina act well, Ranbir once again proves that he is indeed a good actor, Nana Patekar speaks less but controls most of the things, and Manoj Bajpai steals the show. Raajneeti is a must watch bollywood movie of 2010, and it is extremely indulging with a pace that will make the otherwise weighty movie seem like a three hour breeze.

Rating : 4/5

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movie review : 3 Idiots (2009)

With its basic plot derived from a best selling Indian book, director Raju Hirani couldn’t have asked for more. This man with brains is real smart. And combining himself with producer Vidhu Chopra is an icing on the cake. The duo have in the very recent past delivered two of the biggest hits Indian cinema has seen. An apt title coupled with some fine actors was enough to pull the crowds even more.

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As was with the book (read Five Point Someone) the movie revolves around three main characters – Ranchoddas Chanchad aka Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju Rastogi (Sharman). The movie begins about 10 years after the characters have finished their engineering. I can relate to their sorrow. I know how it is to become an engineer. The lead in the movie Rancho is lost somewhere and even after 10 years the other two friends do not know of his whereabouts. For a reason they set off to Shimla to search him. Shimla has been very beautifully captured. On their way to Shimla we have a flashback.

Cut to Imperial College of Engineering. Headed by a relentless dean played by Boman Irani (Viru Sahastrabudhhe – Virus), this college is where it all begins. The college flashback sequence takes you through some hilarious scenes. Most notable one being the balatkar speech made by this character Chatur Ramalingam (Omi). This newcomer playing Chatur is promising and makes an impact. Even Raju’s poverty and his paralysed father provide for a couple of laughs. Before we are forced to take a break for pop-corns we are left with a question that builds the other side of interval. Don’t go for this movie expecting the book to be replicated because you will be majorly surprised. Here we have suspense too, and you do not want me to reveal it.

As for me, the three lead characters with an engineering college are the only main things that have been borrowed from the book. A couple of other things like hospitalising Raju, Raju‘s poor family remind you of the novel. Not to forget Bhagat never married his girlfriend from this book. Sob sob.

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Second half again juggles between present day and flashback. The two friends are still in search of their buddy Rancho and along the way they pick up his girlfriend Pia (Kareena) who was getting married on the same day. I knew this would happen. Anyways talking about Kareena she has been wasted as a pre-medical student who happens to be the dean’s daughter and falls for Rancho. You want to see more of her but are let down. How they end up finding Rancho brings us to the predictable climax.

Talking about the actors in the movie, as is known anything said about Aamir is always less because this perfectionist can play anyone or for that matter anything. He can convince you by playing a boulder. Because emotions talk. His role as Rancho takes you to his Dil Chahta Hai days where he played a 20-something, just that this time he looks younger ! Madhavan and Sharman have done their bits. They couldn’t have been better. As for Kareena we could have done without her. All the other vital roles have been played convincingly by polished actors, be it Boman playing the dean, Parikshit Sahni playing Farhan‘s father or Mona Singh playing Pia‘s sis.

Other important aspects for me include the music, lyrics and background score. Shantanu Moitra binds the scenes together but he has delivered better. His music is well complemented by Swanand Kirkire’s simple and sensible lyrics.

the idiots

But watching Hirani’s third movie will leave you with the same kind of feeling as was with his first two films because when it comes to the emotional scenes its signature Hirani. His films always have some new concept which he tries to repeat throughout the movie so that the audience remembers that once they are out of the cinema hall. The attempt to popularise jaadu ki jhappi through his debut did work as was with gandhigiri through his second movie, this time around it is all izz well. The philosophy is, no matter how fucked you are do not worry because all izz well.

And does the movie live up to all the expectations. Yes, it somewhat does. The 3 Idiots do end up charming you. Watch the movie for some good wholesome entertainment.


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