Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Movie Micro Review: Kahaani: Well Acclaimed by Critics Worldwide

Rated 5.0 out of 5
Well Acclaimed by Critics Worldwide
Screenplay of Kahaani was well acclaimed by film critics worldwide on its release in March 2012 that was marked as a thriller movie written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. Vidya Balan got the best actress award in thie movie among many awards that this movie won - best director besides 5 Filmfare awards and 3 National Film awards.

The story is about male dominance in Indian society and its negative impacts on feminism and motherhood. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Movie Micro Review: Ramaiya Vastavaiya: Good Debut Shruti Haasan and Girish Taurani

 First to Review on Amazon India
Rated 4.0 out of 5
Good Start by Debut Shruti Haasan and Girish Taurani

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Debut artists Girish Taurani and Shruti Haasan have done a good piece of acting in this movie. Sonu Sood is elder brother of Shruti who for the first time in her life goes away from her brother to attend her friend's marriage. There she meets a boy of her age who has come to attend the same marriage from Australia.

The story moves further with a friendship happening between Shruti and Girish that later turns into love. And then start a series of twists... 

Music Album Micro Review: Ramaiya Vastavaiya: Good Lyrics and Music

 First to Review on Amazon India
Rated 4.0 out of 5
Good Lyrics and Music

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Hip Hop Pammi is an interesting fast number that would be enjoyed. It is sung by Mika Singh and Monali Thakur. Another interesting romantic number is Jeene Laga Hoon that is quite soothing and has a good music, sung by Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal.

Overall an interesting album to watch out. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Movie Micro Review: LUCK BY CHANCE: A Good Drama Movie Released In 2009

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
A Good Drama Movie Released In 2009
Written and directed by Zoya Akhtar, and produced by Farhan Akhtar, Luck By Chance, released in 2009 has Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Konkana Sen Sharma, Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor in lead roles.

The movie was well acclaimed by critics when it was released though not doing well in terms of collections, the story of movie is about a new actor who comes to Bombay to build his career and the struggle he had to face to overcome obstacles coming his way during his journey of establishing himself.

Overall an interesting story well supported by good piece of acting by all the artists. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger: A Good Action Thriller

Ek Tha Tiger was released in 2012, produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yashraj Films, and directed by Kabir Khan. It was a pure action packed suspense, thriller with excellent piece of acting from Salman Khan, Ranvir Shorey and Girish Karnad. 

Salman Khan is a top cop/spy of Indian Police and is known as "Tiger" in his department, RAW. Katrina Kaif is Zoya, a spy in Pakistan ISI. 

Overall an interesting and engrossing movie.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Movie Review: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein: Ok To Watch For One Time

Directed by Punit Malhotra, directed by Karan Johar, the love story of Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is about a young south Indian guy Sriram Venkat who returns from the U.S. after completing his studies and settles down in Bangalore. He agrees to marry a girl Vasudha as per his parents choice but the girl is unwilling to marry Venkat as she loves some other guy.

Venkat meets Vasudha and tells her about his earlier fiancee Dia who left him due to their huge difference in lifestyle and preferences. Gradually Vasudha agrees to marry Venkat but on their wedding day she convinces him that Dia is the only love of his life and he would not be able to live without her. And then there is a twist in the story....

Roles are well played by Venkat (Shahid Kapoor), Vasudha (Shraddha Kapoor) and Dia (Kareena Kapoor Khan)...

Movie Review: Dhoom 3: Whole Credit For Good Collection Goes To Aamir Khan

New faces on Dhoom 3 are Aamir Khan (as Sahir and Samar), Katrina Kaif (as Aaliya), Jackie Shroff (as Iqbal Haroon Khan, Father of Sahir and Samar) Andrew Bicknell (as Anderson, owner of One of the biggest chain of banks in Chicago - Western Bank of Chicago) and Tabrett Bethell (as Victoria, local police associate). The regular faces are that of ACP Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali Akbar (Uday Chopra). Story writer and director Vijay Krishna Acharya and producer Aditya Chopra have put in all their efforts possibly to make it another hit, which is being proven right, looking at the collection at box office in India and abroad.

If the collection goes beyond estimated, the whole credit would go to Aamir Khan who has stolen the show with his usual style of gelling well with the character that he has to live in any movie. And if the collection goes less than the estimation, the discredit must go on the poor story line even after putting lot of efforts by other sections to overcome the shortfall. Katrina has as usual nothing to give much to the credit of a movie except using her unilateral talent that she carries since beginning of her career. Abhishek Bachchan has nothing fresh to provide in Dhoom 3. In fact he seems to be lingering on with the same style of working. Uday Chopra also had the same style of comedy.

In any case Dhoom 2 still stays at the top among all three versions so far as far as story, direction, perfection, comedy, acting and delivery is concerned, may be due to Hrithik Roshan whose acting and delivery is difficult to beat by anyone in the industry. Even Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra were better in Dhoom 2. Overall, still a good to watch and enjoy movie, because of two Aamir Khans in the movie with excellent piece of acting  by both characters.

5 Offbeat Must Watch Movies

5 Offbeat Bollywood Hindi movies that I would like to recommend are as below:

1. Bazaar: Directed by Sagar Sarhadi, Bazaar was a mission to convey a strong message against girl child selling from India, belonging to poor families, to Outside countries. The movie had most of the parallel cinema actors that became a solid factor to make it more powerful. Actors like Farookh Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Supriya Pathak and Smita Patil in lead roles.

2. Arth: Arth was directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1982 with a strong cast of Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Kiran Kumar. The movie is about a successful director Inder (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) and his extra marital relationship with Kavita (Smita Patil) that his wife Pooja (Shabana Azmi) comes to know at some point of time. Pooja leaves her husband for cheating her and that is where Raj (Raj Kiran) comes into her life to take her out of her depression phase. A must watch to understand the complex relationship in life and how to manage them in a better way.

3. Shatranj Ke Khiladi: Directed by Satyajit Ray in 1977, Shatranj Ke Khiladi is based on classic tale from Munshi Premchand. Amzad Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Richard Attenborough, Saeed Jaffery and Shabana Azmi in lead roles. The story is about Wajid Ali Shah and his life filmed around 1857 era. A good to watch movie to learn about Wajid Ali Shah and Awadh.

4. Satyakam: A 1969 movie directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, is based on the novel written by Narayan Sanyal in Bengali with the same name. This classic movie had Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjeev Kumar and Ashok Kumar in lead roles. The story is about a lifelong struggle of Satyapriya Acharya (Dharmendra) for his ideologies and the sacrifices he was forced to make to maintain this.

5. Jajantaram Mamantaram: Directed by Soumitra Ranade, Jajantaram Mamantaram was released in 2003. The story is about Gulliver's travel encounter with Bakasura based on the book by Jonathan Swift. An interesting movie to watch especially by kids.

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5 Offbeat Movies That Are A Must Watch

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Movies come in different flavors. Some movies wake us, some rake us, some shake us, some take us, some make us and some fake us...

It is very difficult to ascertain that a movie which I liked 5 years back will have the same impact alive still. There are still certain movies that you might have watched 20 years back and still feel some touch alive that you found as the best part of that movie. The same fragrance in such cases stays there for years without losing a bit out of it. The credit for such movies can never go to a single dimension - story, songs, dialogues, direction, set design, acting etc. In such cases, the effort involved is manifold and hence credit goes multiple departments.

It requires a big heart to opt for an offbeat movie over a masala/ commercial movie by a producer/ director as the chances of failure go higher in an offbeat movie. Advantage of an offbeat movie is that usually it asks for low budget in its making...but is not true in all cases.

Top 5 offbeat movies that are a must watch in my opinion are as below, as these are the movies that force you to think differently...

1. Bemisaal: This 1982 movie that was produced by Debesh Ghosh and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee had a strong story line with excellent direction and acting. Cast included Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Mehra, Rakhee, and Deven Verma. Story is about an orphaned boy living in a very poor and shabby condition when gets adopted by a rich family where he becomes a part and he grows well along with the same age son of that family. A time comes when this orphan child does not take a minute to decide on taking a tough call of his life to pay back the debts to this family. A must learn some great life lessons presented in a very powerful way...

2. Sadma: Sadma came in 1983 that was directed by Balu Mahendra. Cast of this movie is Kamal Hassan and Sridevi and music is from Ilyaraja. The movie was about a young girl who goes back to her childhood mentally after meeting with a serious accident, played by Sridevi, who gets rescued by Kamal Hassan. The movie has many serious and emotional twists that will bring tears to your eyes.

3. Hey Ram: The movie was selected for Oscars in Best Foreign Film category for the year 2000. Hey Ram was directed, produced and written by Kamal Hassan and strongly displayed the all round capabilities of this versatile actor. The movie is about the partition time and about killing of Mahatama Gandhi by Nathuram Godse. This off beat movie did not do well in India but was well praised all across the globe in most of the countries.

4. Mili: Released in 1975, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the movie has Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Ashok Kumar in lead roles. The story of Mili is about a girl who is suffering from a serious disease termed as Pernicious Anemia where chances of survival are minimal or rather negligible. The movie has many ups and down with a number of heart touching messages. This girl who knows that she will be dying soon loves to live her life without compromising with her happiness. A young man who comes to live in the neighborhood is always depressed and lost in drinks. The girl becomes an inspiration for this man who stops drinking, starts living his life and gradually falls in love with this girl... without knowing about the serious facts about the girl who is going to die soon.

5. Aadharshila: An off beat movie produced and directed by Ashok Ahuja in 1982 had Naseeruddin Shah and Anita Kanwar in lead roles. The story, it is said, is the reality faced by Ashok Ahuja about his struggles and hardship during becoming a filmmaker. A good to watch damn serious movie...

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Micro Review: Bollywood Movie: Agneepath

 First to Review on Amazon India
Rated 4.0 out of 5
An Excellent Acting By Amitabh, Mithun And Danny
Amitabh Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa and Mithun Chakraborty did a fantastic piece of acting in Agneepath that was released in 1990, directed by Mukul S Anand. Both Amitabh and Mithun got National Film Award for acting in this movie for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Though it did not make much collection at box office but the movie has established itself as a landmark and thus becomes a must watch. 

Micro Review: Bollywood Movie: Faraar

 First to Review on Amazon India
Rated 4.0 out of 5
An Interesting Story About A Fight Within

Amitabh Bachachan, Sharmila Tagore and Sanjeev Kumar are in lead roles in Faraar directed by Shankar Mukherjee. It was released in 1975. In this movie Amitabh Bachchan is on the run most of the time. He had to murder the rapists of his sister and to save himself from getting arrested he abducts a child.

The child turns out to be the son of his ex-lover who has got married to a police inspector....
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