Sunday, June 6, 2010

Power packed Rajneeti

It is power packed Rajneeti, nothing else. It is Prakash Jha, who gave us movies like Mrityudand, Gangajaal and Apaharan. It is modern day Mahabharat and when you want to make a movie on Rajniti, you will find all the ingredients in this Epic. It is a perfect entertainer, executed well with superb performance from Nana Patekar, Ranbir, Arjun, Nikhila Trikha and Manoj Bajpai. Are you missing few names? Yes, Katrina with so much mileage in this star-studded cast couldn't do justice to it. The best suited role for her is an anglo-Indian or a US/UK return babe. Ajay Devgn did well, but could have done better. It was great to see the return of Manoj Bajpai. Definitely this one is his best performance since Satya. Nana did justice to the part he played with a totally different look altogether. The whole movie is about Ranbir, who gave a stylish performance. The treatment was excellent, especially when Kunti meets Karna or Krishna influencing Arjun to kill Karna or the friendship between Durwadhan and Karna. Songs used in background as per requirement which helped to keep the flow of the movie intact. After the 2.45 hr experience, you will feel like you have just read and finished the whole Mahabharat and not very sure that it is a happy ending or a bitter one.

The story is about Indian politics, democracy and elections. Above all, it is a story of a few people who control the destiny of millions and their unstoppable ambition, and their bitter and violent battle to achieve it. This is the story of people who understand power - and know how to wield it at will.

It is the story of a fiercely fought election campaign, where money-power and corruption are the accepted norms, and where treachery and manipulation are routinely used weapons. As the personal drama of these conflict-ridden characters unfolds against this gritty backdrop, love and friendship become mere baits, and relationships get sacrificed at the altar of political alignments. The darkness that rises from their soul threatens to envelope all that they hold precious. Until eventually, in the crescendo of increasing violence, the line between good and evil blurs, making it impossible to distinguish heroes from villains.

Raajneeti has its ugly underside. It is about politics, and beyond. A must watch for everyone.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Baadma$h Company review: It is a Bad Mess

I got few good ratings from different sources before planning to watch this movie on the eve of a very special day. But what a waste :( :( ... The movie is a real mess. They tried to show the reality but ignored the "real facts of life". In the first half you will keep thinking that where I have wasted the money. Or you may think that this is way producers make money in shortcut making fool of the audiences. The second half saved the movie a little bit. The story is quite simple, Shahid wants to earn quick money and a smuggler helped him in this process. 2 of his friends join him and a girl who later becomes his girlfriend. After some time money came between Shahid and his friendship and other relations. Finally Shahid realize it and reunite his team. His is a story which Indian audience will like. Good foreign locations, sexy Anushka will bare minimum cloths, drama, and melodrama and finally out of the blue, a happy ending. The director looked promising in some shots but failed to gather those to make a whole movie. Story outline was good definitely, but weak screenplay (definitely done without any research) and hopeless execution made a total mess. Shahid has grown a new symptom of over acting. Anushka and Chang can't act. With Anupam kher in a small role, Pavan Malhotra and Vir Das helped the overall acting quality to come to a level at least. The makeup person should get some credit for creating different looks for Shahid and Co. Lots of loose ends you will find in this movie. E.g. easily convincing big brands and get a deal. Why Anushka start liking Shahid? Why Anupam Kher doesn’t like Pavan Malhotra? Why Shahid start fighting with his friends one by one? When Shahid was in jail, why he was not charged with his earlier con activities? Why Shahid's friends came back to form the team so easily. And 7 different colour shirt concepts is total bullshit ... who will buy this? Then the fat dancing Michel Jackson was looking like Vir Das :) ! Finally in the last scene, Anupam Kher and wife was looking too odd in western dresses as compared to the character he was playing. Overall, you can definitely give it a miss and prepare for Kites on 21st of this month. My verdict is 0.5 for Vir Das + 0.5 for Pavan Malhotra + 0.5 for rest of the departments.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How to train your dragon review : a training for me

HTTYD was a brief training session for the Dragons, Hiccup and his friends, his father and other Vikings and of course Me. Storyline is simple. A young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his father and viking leader Stoik, will not allow his small, inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged this species. With the efforts from Hiccup and Toothless, the vikings and dragons destroy the evil and a friendship between them blooms. This movie reminded me of another classic animation movie "Monster Inc.". The concept is very similar in both the movies. There it was monster vs human child and here it is Dragon and Human. There one monster and a child change the whole monster-child relation which is similar to the change happened in Dragon-Viking relation.

Animation was classic and with 3-D, it actually added a new dimension. The emotions conveyed in a very sweet manner. First time I think the Dragon was given a very sweet face in any movie, it can even smile with the short tooth. Well now if I start talking about the graphics and animation quality etc, then it will sound like "Chota Muh Badi Baat". Only I can say is a must must watch movie (4.5/5) for everyone (specially children).

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Story telling at its best : The Japanese Wife review

The Japanese Wife is the story telling at its best. A simple story told in an extraordinary way, mixing a lot of human values, emotions and romance. Senomoy (Snehamoy Chatterjee) is a school teacher and lives with his mashi at Sunderban, Westbengal wrote to Miyage in Japan after reading one of her article. She wrote back. They started exchanging letters and became penfriend. Soon they fell in love and get married through letters and gifts. M sent a ring with her name on it and S sent bangles made of shell (Sankha) and vermilion powder (sindoor) as sign of marriage. One day mashi asked Snehamoy to get married to Sandhya. Then he revealed that he is already married. After few years again Sandhya came to their house but as a widow with her son for shelter. Slowly Snehamoy and Sandhya became close but within some limits. Senomoy kept telling Miyage about each and every event in his life. One Miyage wrote that she is ill and need to go and stay at her brother's place at Yokohama and later she detected for Cancer. Senomoy took six months leave from his school and tried to get each and every possible medical helps for Miyage. One day he went to Calcutta to visit a famous Oncologist who told that Miyage has very less chance to survive. It was a stormy day, senomoy then called Miyage but the call get disconnected in mid-way. With a broken heart Senomoy came back home and became bedridden with high fever. Sandha and his mashi tried best to cure him, but one night he passed away. Miyage after getting the news came to visit her Senomoy's place in white saari only to find some sweet memories of their 17 years of distant relationship which was all stored in Senomoy's room.

The rural Bengal shown by Aparna in a nice way and was enough to recall our sweet old days. Rahul Bose did his part with perfection as Snehamoy. Same for Raima as Sandhya. Moushumi (Snehamoy's Mashi) was not so spontaneous in her role. While watching the movie, you may raise question about the nature of the distant relationship and why Snehamoy is not accepting Sandhya. In the last ten minutes of this movie you will get answers to all your questions. You will understand the depth of the distant relation, the sacrifice done by both of them and above all, the meaning of all the letters and the gifts they exchanged in last 17 years. Somewhere you will find the influence of Satyajit Ray in the small details of the movie. Over all a must watch movie for all ages.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Name is Khan review : movie with a message ...

MNIK release in Mumbai itself gives some idea about the movie. Entertaining first half, you are not sure which way the movie will go. Then in the middle lots of melodrama which create a mess and uncertain situation. Finally wind up well at the end.

Well I should say that after Swades, this is another Shah rukh movie I liked. Also for the first time I saw him act better than Kajol. Karan Johar done a real good job. The message was good and packaged in a nice way. Performance was superb from all actors. Kajol only in few occasion was a bit dull or seems to be trying too hard. Overall the magical chemistry was there, SRK and Kajol complimeted each other very well. Music was marvelous from the magical trio. Screenplay classic, the pace was very smooth and didn't felt bore. Dialogues also placed nicely. I just loved the way Shah rukh first time said "my name is Khan and I am not a terrorist". I felt that the situation was nicely created for this one liner. Only disappointment was the flood scene. It could have done in much better way. Overall it is a nice experience. 3.5/5