Thursday, December 19, 2013

Micro Review: Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries): Good Debut - Kiran Rao as Director

Dhobi Ghat also named as Mumbai Diaries is a directorial debut of Kiran Rao (Aamir's wife) produced by Aamir Khan Productions. with Prateik Babbar, Aamir Khan, Kriti Malhotra and Monica Dogra in lead roles.

Dhobi Ghat was premiered in 2010 in Toronto International Film Festival in September. It was released in Jan'2011. The story is about Arun (Aamir Khan) an artist, exhibition in an art gallery and a one night stand with an American Banker Shai (Monica Dhingra).

Overall an interesting serious stuff with a good amount of acting by all artists. 

Micro Review: MANGAL PANDEY - THE RISING: Superb Acting By Aamir Khan

Mangal Pandey - The Rising has been directed by Ketan Mehta and screenplay by Farrukh Dhondy. The movie is about Magal Pandey who played a major role in 1857 revolution against British ruling in India. Though the movie was released in 2005 but is an evergreen movie with excellent direction, story line, costume design, and an excellent piece of acting by Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherji make this movie a must watch evergreen movie. 

Micro Review: Rang De Basanti: A Serious Drama About India

Rang De Basanti was released in 2006 with Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi in main roles was filmed in Delhi and is about corruption in the country. It has been well directed by Rakeysh Omparkash Mehra.

A British filmmaker comes to India to make a documentary on Indian freedom fighters for which 5 youth are selected. One of them meets with an accident and gets killed and when gone into details, it relates to the corruption as a root cause.

Overall an interesting and a must watch movie! 

Micro Review: 3 Idiots: Highest First Day Collection On First Day Release of 2009 Movies

3 Idiots was highly acclaimed for its direction, story and acting; and had highest first day collection on its release among 2009 Bollywood movies. It is excellently directed by Rajkumar Hirani and is based on 'Five Points Someone - what not to do at IIT' and equally popular book written by Chetan Bhagat.

Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi have played the roles of three friends and Boman Irani has played a role of a professor. A very interesting movie to watch with your family.

Micro Review: Raja Hindustani: An Exceptional Love Story

Directed by Dharmesh Darshan, Raja Hindustani is an exceptional love story having Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor in lead roles. If you have missed this movie, go for it and you will surely love to watch this love story.

Raja Hindistani (Aamir Khan) is a taxi driver cum tourist guide having his own rule sets for life and to any extent to follow those rules set by him. Aarti (Karisma Kapoor) falls in love with Raja and the story takes you to many ups and down making it an interesting take. 

Micro Review: Ghajini: A Unique Psychological Thriller With Lots Of Action Packed

Sanjay Singhania (Aamir Khan) is an exceptionally successful businessman who falls in love with a poor girl Kalpana (Asin) who live with high self esteem. Sanjay disguises as an ordinary man and starts getting into the life of Kalpana and gradually convinces her to marry with him.

But soon after their marriage, Kalpana gets brutally killed by Ghajini (Pradeep Rawat) and Sanjay takes an oath to kill Ghajini. Unfortunately he suffers with Short Term Memory Loss but despite this he manages to keep him intact with his mission of finding and killing Ghajini by managing his shortcomings in a unique manner.

Micro Review: Lagaan (2001): Rated As All Time 25 Best Sports Movies In Times Magazine in 2011

Lagaan was released in 2001 and has acclaimed various awards and accreditation worldwide. It is an epic sports drama, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and has Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh in lead roles. The movie has been a great box office hit in its year of release, 2001. Empire magazine rated it as 55 in ranking in 2010 under the category of 100 best films of World. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Microfilm Review: Yaadon Ki Baaraat: One Of The Hit Movies of 1973

Yaadon Ki Baaraat was directed by one of the hit directors of 70's Nasir Hussain. This was a multi star movie having Dharmendra, Vijay Arora and Tariq (debut) as three brothers in lead role who get separated due to bad circumstances in their childhood. Zeenat Aman and Neetu Singh were also there in the movie with Ajit as the main villain.

Overall a must watch movie to enjoy even today if you have missed it..

Microfilm Review: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: First Blockbuster of Aamir Khan

QSQT was produced by Nasir Hussain in 1988 and was directed by Mansoor Khan, his son. Aamir Khan, a newcomer, and Hussain's nephew was in lead role with Juhi Chawla. Both worked too well in this movie and it became a big hit at that time. The music was so good that even today if you listen to its songs, you would love it.

If missed, do watch it now... 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Micro Review: Sholay: A Movie That Became A Benchmark In Bollywood Cinema

A movie that became a benchmark in bollywood cinema in entertainment category. Movie had all time favorite stars performing excellent roles. Amitabh Bachchan as Jai, Dharmendra as Viru, Hema Malini as Basanti, Jaya Bhaduri, Amzad Khan as Gabbar Singh, Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur Sahib and Asrani, Jagdeep and so on.

Micro Review: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: One Of The Best Indian Comedy Movie

This was another benchmark movie like Sholay. Sholay was an entertainer, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was an excellent, pure and state of the art comedy movie. It had Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Satish Shah, Om Puri, Ravi Vaswani and Neena Gupta in lead role and had lot of super laughing moments almost in every scene.

Micro Review: The Dirty Picture: Loved It - The Reality Behind The Scene

This was a fantastic movie depicting the real life picture of a movie star. The rise and fall of stardom, the compromises, the luxuries, the losses and the wins that become part of life once a person falls into this lifestyle. The life totally changes and becomes artificial rather than living a real life.

Vidya Balan did a fantastic piece of acting and so did Naseeruddin Shah, Imraan Hashmi and other actors.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Movie Micro Review: Anand: Babu Moshai Ham Sab Upar Wale Ke Haath Ki Kathputli Hain

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A lovely story of life and death in which Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of a doctor and Rajesh Khanna plays the role of a patient suffering from third stage of lymphosercoma of blood (blood cancer) and has hardly any time left to survive.

Despite knowing the fact that he is alive only for few more days, Anand (Rajesh Khanna) stays as cheerful and lively as any normal and healthy person. A must watch movie that is sure to bring tears in your eyes...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Movie Micro Review: Ek Tha Tiger: A Fantastic Movie

This is a lovely movie comprising of a tough intelligence officer who has all success to his credit on whatever mission he is assigned to solve. He is commonly known as Tiger among his fellows and superiors. For the first time in his life he falls in love with a girl when he is sent on a high stake mission but unfortunately the girl (Zoya) with whom he falls in love with is from Pakistani intelligence who is after Tiger to finish him at any cost.

Movie Review: Aashiqui 2: All Credit Goes To Music And Lyrics

This movie is among those few in which all the songs touch top of the charts rank. All the song, music and lyrics of this movie is fantastic. Story is about a drunkard and self demeaned singer who lost his vigor and wish to be among the best of the singers in the country though he could have. He meets a girl whose voice is as good as his and his sole intention goes into making her number one singer of the country. 

The love in between them takes quite a number of twists and twirls and finally meets with a tragic end.

Movie Review: Barfi: Priyanka And Ranbir Proved And Got 100

If someone has to see Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor act to prove their talent, this is the movie. In Barfi both have acted very well. Credit goes to the story, script and location setting too. Though Ranbir is seen in a comedy role but story has a deep serious touch. A must watch.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Movie Review: Besharam 2013: What A Shameless Attempt

If this is called acting what Ranbir Kapoor has done in Besharam 2013 directed by Abhinav Kashyap, then probably every 9 guys out of 10 in India are Ranbir Kapoor. Stupid storyline, Rubbish dialogues, and B-grade acting is short enough to win over the hearts of Indian cinema goers. Had it been some other actor than Ranbir Kapoor, the presentation could have been much better and a little graceful.

Ranbir Kapoor is Babli in Besharam, an orphan who doesn't know about his parents and has grown up in an orphanage. Due to lack of education he grows up into an arrogant, unscrupulous, shameless, unashamed and unblushing guy. Due to lack of basic education in his real life, Ranbir has all this by default and hence it was quite natural for him to perform this role in a real shameless manner. There was a total lack of decency in acting and dialogues and hence probably movie is not meant for family.

Acting by all - Pallavi Sharda, Randhir Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Javed Jaffery is not more than average. Worst of them all is Ranbir's. It is a sheer waste of talent of good actors like Javed Jaffery. Overall this movie is bound to be a big flop and can't be given more than 1 out of 5 based on failure of all sections - direction, acting, songs, lyrics, script, dialogues. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Movie Review: Zanjeer (2013): No Comparison With The Original Done By Amitabh Bachchan And Pran

It would be foolish to compare Zanjeer (2013) starring Ram Charan as the angry ACP Vijay Khanna with the one made in 1973 with Amitabh Bachchan as the young angry police inspector Vijay Khanna. The earlier one is a superb classic movie and probably whatever number of remakes are done of this movie, none will be able to beat this superb movie done by Amitabh Bachchan.

Well the remake of Zanjeer starring Ram Charan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Raj and Mahi Gill is merely an okay kind of time pass. Zanjeer (2013) has been directed by Apoorva Lakhia and is on the same theme of fight between system and mafias. Ram charan as ACP Vijay Khanna is not as impressive and convincing as Amitabh Bachchan was. So instead of comparing the old Zanjeer and this new one, let us have a glance at other actors and the story.

Ram Charan is overdone in this movie where he is given a case to solve that involved an oil kingpin mafia and an eyewitness Mala (Priyanka Chopra) for a murder done by this mafia kingpin Teja (Prakash Raj). Counterpart of original role of Sher Khan played by Pran has been done by Sanjay Dutt and probably he is the one who carries the story on his shoulders throughout.

Overall if you have not seen the original Zanjeer, it is better to go for that rather than this remake.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Movie Preview: Satyagraha by Prakash Jha: Wake Up Call For Youth India: Now or Never

Prakash Jha has been known for giving meaningful, intense and thought provoking films which are mostly of political or socio-political genre. Usually his movies are multi-starrer and for last few years he has been a regular fan of Ajay Devgn for giving him lead role in his films. Mrityudand, Gangajal, Rajneeti, Damul, Apaharan, Chakravyuh are some of the hit movies Prakash Jha has given so far. And now it is Satyagraha that is planned to be released on 30th August 2013. Prakash is married to Deepti Naval, famous actress for her roles in Chashme Buddoor, Saath Saath, Ankahi etc.

Satyagraha is a waking call for youth of the country to wake up and have a final war against corruption to wipe it out of country once for all. As per Prakash Jha, Satyagraha is a mode of having a dialogue with the youth of the country. This is also a multi-starrer having Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpai, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao and Vipin Sharma in lead roles. 

The famous bhajan of Mahatma Gandhi - Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patita Pavan Sita Ram... has been picturized in Satyagraha in a refined and modernized manner keeping current situation of the country in mind and also the demand of time. In this Bhajan the youth of India prays to God not to give now more patience as has been enough now. It is time to shred off the patience and kill corruption from our country.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Movie Review: Madras Cafe: A Bold Debut by John Abraham

Madras Café is a marvelously woven intrinsic and intense movie with a classical touch. This is a debut launch as producer from actor John Abraham and kudos to him for starting in such a challenging and non-orthodox manner. Madras Café has John Abraham in lead role as one of the most efficient agent in Indian Army Intelligence. The movie has been released on 23rd Aug 2013 starring John Abraham, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanjay Gurbaxani, Sheetal Malhar, Rashi Khanna, Nargis Fakhri and Leena Maria. It has been excellently directed by Shoojit Sircar. Music Director is Shantanu Moitra. The movie belongs to Thriller genre.

This Hindi Political Spy Thriller action packed extremely fast movie revolved around early 1990s depicting civil war in Sri Lanka. Vikram Singh (John Abraham) is deputed on a special and critical mission by Intelligence Agency of India, RAW to go to Sri Lanka on a secret agenda. During his secret mission of making Anna Bhaskaran (Ajay Ratnam), a rebel leader, a powerless entity; lot of eye opening facts are revealed in life of Vikram Singh. Shoojit Sircar doesn't seem to compromise even on the minutest of the scale when he is required to direct a movie. At times the movie appears as a documentary but that is what the story is supposed to go so as to bring some amount of absorption of theme of the movie in its audience.

If you intend to watch this movie for the sake of some dances, easygoing story and lot of music, Madras Café is not meant for you. You will have to be attentive to capture the main storyline. At many places and especially during the last 15-20 minutes, you will have to hold your nerves to catch some of the most intense situations of the story. Overall I would recommend it as a Must Watch.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Movie Review: Zameen

Zameen directed by Rohit Shetty, released in 2003 is a good, action packed thriller with lot of action and stunt. Lead roles have been played by Abhishek Bachchan (ACP Jaidev), Ajay Devgan (Colonel Ranvir Singh Ranawat), Bipasha Basu (Indian Airlines Flight Supervisor Nandini) and Mukesh Tiwari (Pakistani Terrorist Baba Zaheer Khan). All four have justified with the roles played by them.

Story goes like this: Pakistani terrorists hijack Indian Airlines flying from Mumbai to Kathmandu, having 107 passengers on board in lieu of their leader, Baba Zaheer Khan, who is under arrest with Indian Police. ACP Jaidev is the most daring police officer in Mumbai whose capabilities are known to Col. Ranvir. Nandini is Jaidev's wife and is one of the hostages of this hijacked plane. The plot is based on a real life scenario where in a similar incident having 102 passengers on board on a plan that was hijacked to Uganda by Neo Nazis and PLO jointly.
These two daring soldiers, ACP Jaidev, and Col Ranvir, along with a handful of army rescue all the hostages safely from the land of Pakistan and are also able to kill their kingpin leader Baba who they had taken along with them as a ploy.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Movie Review: Aurangzeb: A Story Of Corrupt Politics And Integrity

Power and money corrupts mind and that has been shown in this movie. Deputy Commissioner of Haryana Police, DCP Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) has an extremely manipulative mind but has no place in life except himself. He uses relations only for his own sake to drive out his motives. ACP Arya (Prithviraj Sukumaran) has played his lead role excellently. ACP Arya lives to his wisdom and values given to him by his father played by Anupam Kher.

The story is complex, intriguing and quite interesting. This fast moving story keeps your interest alive right since beginning till the last scene.

Movie Review: Aashiqui 2: Interesting Story With Superb Music And Lyrics

The story is about Bollywood. It is about rise and fall of a star singer and how the things change around this star with his changing scenario. It is about obsession and depression. Released on 26 April 2013 under the banner of T-Series and Vishesh Films, Aashiqui 2 is directed by Mohit Suri on the story written by Shagufta Rafique. Lead roles have been played by Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. Aditya is Vidya Balan's brother-in-law and Shraddha is daughter of well known actor Shakti Kapoor. So basically both are well conversant with Bollywood.

Both Aditya Roy Kapoor (Rahul Jaykar, RJ) and Shraddha Kapoor (Aarohi Keshav Shirke) have performed excellent roles in Aashiqui 2 with full justification to the roles assigned to them. RJ has been a top singer who is passing through troubled waters as far as his career is concerned. He has given ample business and hits to the industry but somehow he could not sustain to his stardom and get delved into habit of heavy drinking. He goes into a kind of frustration and depression mode with no optimism about his career. While returning from one of his not too successful stage show, he meets Aarohi singing in a bar to earn her living. Rahul finds her voice flawless and hence introduces her to bollywood industry.

Aarohi becomes a top star singer in no time and then story moves to a sad end....

Most of the songs of this movie are a big hit like:
1. Sun raha hai na tu - sung by Ankit Tiwari
2. Sun raha hai na tu - sung by Shreya Ghoshal
3. Tum hi ho - sung by Arijit Singh

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Movie Review: Chennai Express: Big Names Short of Ideas And Delivery

Big names associated with Chennai Express like Rohit Shetty, Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Yo Yo Honey Singh etc. fail to create a magic in this movie. First of all it is not clear if the movie is meant for Hindi knowing audience or Tamil. Lot of Tamil dialogues are there in the movie where movie watchers will have no idea and they keep guessing.

Lot of masala has been tried by Rohit Shetty in an effort to draw attention from masses.  Songs, story, dialogues, script - none though are can be called as excellent. Story is quite weak and theme of the movie is light entertainment. Story is about a
Tamil girl (Deepika Padukone) who is running from her home as her father is forcing her to marry with a boy of his choice which she is not interested in. On the same train (Chennai Express) you will find Shahrukh Khan who has planned to get down at Goa though he has promised his grandmother that he is going to Rameshwaram to disperse remains of his grandfather who died recently, in the sea there. Though he promised his grandmother the same but is not serious about it and has planned to go to Goa along with his friends and enjoy there for some time.

But finding Deepika in the same train changes his plans and he decides travel ahead in the same train instead of getting down at Goa. Gradually they fall in love, and next big task for Shahrukh is to convince Deepika's father to allow him to marry with her.

The train in no way is express. It is slower than any slowest of the train. You will have a big fight in deciding which half was more boring, and slower too. Go with a 100% risk to watch this movie. It may totally spoil your mood if you go with some expectations from this movie.