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Movie Review – Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

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Directed by Ravi Kumar and starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee among others, ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ is a docu-drama which deals with one of the worst industrial disasters in world history – The Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

It’s been 30 years since that night on 2nd December in 1984 in Bhopal. The events of that fateful night have been well documented across many documentaries and articles. But Ravi effectively humanizes the tragedy.

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Movie Review – Youngistaan


Starring Jackky Bhagnani, Farooque Sheikh and Neha Sharma in lead roles, Youngistaan is Syed Ahmed Fazal’s first directorial venture. From the trailers, it looked like an interesting take on politics. What better time to release this flick than during the current election season when everyone’s waiting for the days ahead to see who finally forms the government in Delhi. So does it work out? Let’s check.

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Movie Review – Ragini MMS 2


Directed by Bhushan Patel and co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under the Balaji Motion Pictures, Ragini MMS 2 is Sunny Leone’s third venture into Bollywood as a mainstream actress after Jism 2 and Jackpot. It is said to be India’s first horrex (Horror + Sex) flick promising scares for everyone and also whistles from the hoi polloi. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The story goes like this –

Uday and Ragini’s MMS goes viral. Uday is killed while Ragini becomes a lunatic. A filmmaker is quite interested in this story. He feels that there’s something more to the entire episode. And since the girl has become a lunatic, one cannot believe her completely. Therefore, he with his crew set out to the same very house where the MMS was shot to film a movie on this entire episode.

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Guest Post: Movie Review – Yamla Pagla Deewana 2


Cast: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva, Anu Kapoor

Producer: Dharmendra

Director: Sangeeth Sivan

Plot: Gajodhar(Bobby Deol) and Dharam (Dharmendra) are two con artists who are on a mission to rob a ‘used-to-be-millionaire’ Mr Khanna played by Anu Kapoor. Paramveer (Sunny Deol) works for a bank in Scotland and he’s sent to recover loan installments from Mr Khanna who’s now drowning in a heap of debt. There are a lot of crazy things that happen while everyone tries to do their part. Gajodhar falls for Suman (Neha Sharma), daughter of Anu Kapoor. But when they realise that the ‘rich’ daughter is not Suman but Reet (Kristina Akheeva), the whole movie turns into one hilarious flick! On the other hand, Joe Armstrong also known as Dude (Anupam Kher) is on his own mission of making a name for himself and wants to grab Mr Khanna’s land for building the eighth wonder of the world! The film makes you laugh till your stomach hurts and if you see a chimpanzee drinking bottles of whiskey and making paintings which can touch everyone’s soul, you just can’t stop laughing.

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Movie Review – Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani


What do you expect from a Karan Johar movie?

1. Good performances and good chemistry between the leads?
2. Soulful music?
3. Beautiful locales?
4. Story?
5. Melodrama?

Does the movie deliver on all these counts? Let’s check it out?

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (YJHD) is directed by Ayan Mukherji whose first movie was “Wake Up Sid” and produced by Dharma Productions. It stars Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur in lead roles. The movie has been in the news since the time the promos began airing on TV.

It’s the story of Bunny (Ranbir), Naina (Deepika), Aditi (Kalki) and Avi (Aditya). Its the story of their friendship and love. Its the story of growing up from just studying and enjoying life to becoming mature adults. Its the story of these four which begins from an adventure holiday and moves on to one of their marriages.

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Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu

Tanu weds Manu (TWM) is direct by Anand L Rai (of Thoda Life Thodi Magic and Strangers fame or shall I say infame :P) and has the unusual pairing of Kangana Ranaut and Madhavan in the lead. With some interesting and catchy promos, the unique pairing, Kangana’s fresh appeal where she smiles and dances unlike her usual ‘drugged’ roles and the Sadi Galli soundtrack, TWM has kept pretty good pace with its promotions.

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Movie Review – I Hate Luv Storys

I Hate Luv Storys (IHLS) stars Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan. It is directed by Punit Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar. This is the first time both these actors are working in a Karan Johar production. The movie is especially important for Sonam who flopped miserably in Saawariya and Delhi 6 in terms of looks as well as her acting. Imran had a good start with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na but came back to earth when Kidnap bombed.

IHLS is one of those cliched love stories where the girl loves the guy, the guy doesn’t believe in love and then falls in love with the girl by the end of the story. The story is actually as wafer-thin as that if you may want to call it.

But what makes it different is the treatment. The pairing of Imran and Sonam is really as fresh as a daisy. Sonam looks fabulous. She has never ever looked even 10% of this before. For the girls, Imran is as usual a treat to watch. One thing is for sure; Karan Johar makes his actors look amazing despite anything else. Their acting skills are nothing too great to look out for. Actually none of the side actors except Imran’s friend have much to do. Interestingly, Imran doesnt seem to know how to dance. Check out the title song for that ;). All the songs of the movie are melodious. Many of them are of chartbuster variety. My personal favourites are Bahara, Bin tere (All three versions), Jab Mila Tu and Sadka. The locations are amazing – interestingly this time its New Zealand and not Switzerland.

In the end, it all boils down to what you expect from the movie. IHLS never promised an amazing storyline or tried to impress the critics. It project itself as a simple youthful feel good movie about love and relationships. And truthfully speaking it does deliver on that front. Yes, probably the cliches like referring to DDLJ, K2H2, KAANK etc did get a bit too much. It did get a bit melodramatic at many places.

But all in all a sweet and romantic movie meant to be watched with the person you love – AT LEAST ONCE! You will surely feel good when you come out of the theater.

Rating – 2.5/5

Movie Review – Kites

First things first! This movie is probably a first attempt by a Bollywood director to directly target his movie to an international audience. I mean common having a special international version in English (dont understand what does that mean as the Hindi version is itself 60-70% English and Spanish) with the so called “steamy scenes”, and also a realise in 35 new countries where Hindi movies have never been before and also entering the US Top 10 is definitely big stuff!!! Or is it?

Kites starts off with a sequence showing Hrithik in his amazingly toned and fit body training dancers in salsa. He is a happy go lucky guy who marries illegal immigrants who want to get a green card in the US of A and he some good cash. One fine day Kangana Ranaut (really didnt get what did she try to achieve by doing a blink and a miss role!) comes up to him and confesses about her love and he realises that he has hit the jackpot with her dad being the biggest man in Vegas owning the biggest casino. From then on he meets Nicholas Brown (Tony – God he just had one expression on his face throughout the movie! Awful!!!) and he his fiancee Barbara Mori who was (she looks pretty ok) his last “illegal” wife. The subsequent story about their love, high speed chases, action is all a bit too predictable.

There are a problems aplenty with this movie! What I dont understand is why is 90% of the movie in English and Spanish??? I mean even today why are we Bollywood actors / directors so happy to please the Westerners. Why is the West the be all end all of every thing?? The language barrier would have affected the audience in a big big way even in cities. Hrithik Roshan acts ok and has an amazing body and as usual dances well but at many places you do feel that he is trying to woo the international audiences and stake a claim in Hollywood or something and that really does look a bit too over the top. The climax though “different” from the rest doesnt work one bit because you dont feel for the pair, as the chemistry isnt developed well. So sad for a couple whose pairing was talked about for months if not years!

Recently Hrithik said on Twitter that Indians are used to Biryani but they should try pasta also which meant that he thinks Indians are used to watching lovey – dovey and happy kind of movies and should accept something different. But Mr Hrithik Roshan, I personally feel theres nothing so different in this movie other than the fact that its an Indian – Mexican love story with 90% of the dialogues in English and Spanish. Another sore point of the movie is the music. Few tunes like Dil Kyun Ye Mera are hummable but they dont register the kind of impact that needs to be registered.

One thing which I did like is the amazing photography of the locales in USA and Mexico. Didnt though such beautiful places existed there.

In the end, I would just like to advise the Indian directors by saying that whatever you guys think about making movies for international audiences, getting Oscars and all that, Indian audiences are the ones who make or break your movies. By saying Indians dont like pasta and like biryani and all such nonsense, you cant hide a “HOLLOW SCRIPT”


Rating – 1.5/5

Movie Review – Love Sex Dhokha (LSD)


First things first, Love Sex Dhokha (LSD) is an experimental movie and an amazing sign about the progressive times our Bollywood movie industry is going through. When one saunters into the theater, he/she doesn’t know what to expect and what not to. This fact coupled with hearing/reading either completely positive or completely negative reviews about the movie and just seeing 8 people in the movie hall (me included) made me seriously wonder as to how the movie would pan out.

But as the scenes unfolded one after the other, I knew that I was witnessing something so different never before attempted in Indian cinema. If I am right, this is the first time that an entire movie has been shot with a handycam. This gives the movie a grainy, fuzzy and a rather original in-house kind of look and feel putting it in the leagues of Paranormal Activity or Blairwitch Project. All the actors seem normal people like you and me. One factor could be that the director Dibankar Banerjee (of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Khosla Ka Ghosla fame) didn’t want big stars while the other more valid facor could be that big stars don’t have the guts to act in such movies.

Even the stories depicted – that is honour killing (Love), the MMS Scandal (Sex) and Sting Operation (Dhokha) have a sense of reality attached to them. None of the scenes in them look forced and the way the actors act, it feels they aren’t acting at all and its reality. Even the sex scene may seem titilating at first, but when taken with the movie into account, it does take the story forward.

The film does have its share of negatives with a use of a hand held camera causing a lot of grainy footage throughout the movie, all new actors and things like that.

But then this is a film which does signify the progressiveness and the willingness of our filmmakers to go beyond the obvious song and dance sequences in our normal movies.

Rating – 3/5

PS – The movie is made for a very niche audience (the multiplex crowd specially and in that also for a very select few who like to watch different kind of movies)

Movie Review – Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani


Raj Kumar Santoshi has come up with a romantic comedy for just the 2nd time in his career. When Andaz Apna Apna came way back in 1994, it was a big box office failure despite the presence of big stars like Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Karishma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon. But over the years with its reruns on television, it has acquired a cult-like status among the people. In the midst of all this, he has come up with at times hard-hitting, at times woman oriented and many times very violent movies like Ghayal, Ghatak, Damini, China Gate, Lajja, Khakee to name a few.

So one is pretty surprised to see Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (which is projected as a rom-com) from his stable. This is the first Hindi movie I went to watch in the theater since coming here to Pune 5 months ago. I was just hoping that the 90 bucks spent would be worthed. From the first scene onwards, wherein Ranbir Kapoor catches a criminal because there’s no brake in his cycle, Santoshi promises complete entertainment not exactly mindless or slapstick like “All the Best” but with good dialogues and comic situations.

The dialogue writing is really brilliant. The witty one – liners from Ranbir from time – to – time make one laugh like never before. I am sure many of you would disagree with me but the point is that this movie hasn’t been projected to be some amazing blockbuster wherein you gotta put your brain and stuff like that. Its one of the most endearing family entertainers in recent times due to its simplicity that is no item songs, no skin show by Katrina, no vulgar or crude comedy nothing. What else does a movie – goer want.

Katrina as always looks gorgeous to say the least. I surely agree to the fact that she isn’t a great actress but she surely has improved quite a lot over the years and I am sure she’s capable of going a long way. She and Ranbir really do share a great on – screen chemistry and the freshness of this pairing is what makes you really love them.

Pritam is again back as the music director with songs from various singers including Alisha Chinoy, Atif Aslam, Hard Kaur, KK and many more. Even though he copies most of his music (which is obviously wrong), I am sure whenever we read that he is the music director, we surely await the movie. All the songs are good in their own way and aptly placed. But the best according to me has to be the two by Atif Aslam (Even though I dont have really good things to say about Pakistan, they surely have singing gems like him). The way he has sung Tu Jaane Na and Tere Hone Laga Hoon, you can’t help but remember your loved one (even if you don’t have, you would surely looong to have one :)). Especially the picturization of Tu Jaane Na is splendid.

It may not have a great story but it leaves you with a smile when you come out of the theater. So guys if you like a simple, sweet, cute, clean and wholesome family entertainer (which I am sure you will agree is difficult to find in Bollywood these days), then this is the movie for you. GO AND ENJOY IT!!!!

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