Delhi-6 : Good, but could have been Better

21 02 2009

I went into the movie hall with big expectations. And why wouldn’t I? After seeing a masterpiece like Rang De Basanti coming from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s hat, one would expect something close to that if not better. But then I had read rave reviews about the movie as well. But then I have a tendency to not go by the reviewer’s words as the choice of a movie varies largely from person to person.

Delhi 6

Delhi 6

Delhi 6 had a very promising start. The way Chandni Chowk (Delhi – 110006) was introduced was mind blowing. I had been there just once and I could still feel the heartbeat of the place. I could imagine how the guys from Delhi would be feeling! And the action has been very well captured – especially the Friday namaz of Jama Masjid, the bustling narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and the attitude of its residents.

Delhi-6 is a story of a simple guy – Roshan Mehra (Abhishek Bachchan) from the US of A who brings his grandmother (Waheeda Rahman) back to her own motherland. She is ailing with some heart disease which cannot be cured. And she wants to die in India. They get a warm welcome from the residents of Delhi-6. Roshan, who is not very familiar with such kind of hospitality finds it awkward, but later he starts enjoying it. He captures all these moments in his Motorola (I think it was Moto ROKR E8). There he meets one of his neighbor – Bittu Sharma (Sonam Kapoor), a wannabe Indian Idol. But her father wants her to get married at any cost. The first half of the movie goes in introducing these entertaining and interesting characters. Some characters like Ali uncle (Rishi Kapoor), Gobar (Atul Kulkarni), Madangopal (Om Puri), Jaigopal (Pavan Malhotra) and Jalebi (Divya Dutta) were very interesting and lively. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of all these people. Apart from them, the cameos by Vijay Raaz – Kawwa Biryani fame of Run – as Inspector Ranvijay, characters like Mamdu, Rama Bua etc were nice and memorable. Cyrus Sahukar and Prem Chopra were grossly underutilized. But the director can’t be blamed for that in a movie that has so many characters.

The heart of the movie revolves the “Kala Bandar” (Black Monkey). No, it’s not about some gorilla or chimpanzee, but it’s a hysterical character that everyone tries to make use of for their own good. A series of murders and robbery happens and whatever happens in and around Delhi, the kala bandar is accredited for that. The life of the people in Chandni Chowk changes, when one of their own “brother” Mamdu’s shop is allegedly attacked by the kala bandar. Then a series of allegations results in a Hindu-Muslim riot situation. So far so good, but how each of the characters were used in this scenario would make you love or hate the movie.

The performance of Abhishek and Sonam, both were good, if not exceptional. Some scenes were done very nicely. Waheeda Rahman was at her best. So were Rishi Kapoor and Atul Kulkarni. And I must mention that Sonam Kapoor looked gorgeous! She has now climbed up my list of favorite heroines she is just one below Priyanka Chopra, who is still at the top 🙂

According to me, the plot was very good. But the climax could have been handled in a much more interesting way. I understood what the director wanted to convey. But then the message is not in pure black and white. It has so many gray shades that it leaves the viewer confused at times as to what exactly the director wanted to say. I wouldn’t say that Delhi-6 is a worthy follow-up for Rang De Basanti, but on an individual note, it’s a good movie. I can say that this is the best movie in 2009 (considering that it’s just February!). But I feel this one would not get the word-of-mouth publicity that RDB got. And although my head says that the movie won’t be a blockbuster, my heart wants it to be one!!!

Rating: *** (3/5)


Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

20 12 2008

This movie was launched with a lot of hype about how great the movie is. Some even went on to say that the movie was even supposed to be better than DDLJ. So basically when I sat to watch the movie, my expectations were sky high.

When the movie started, after seeing the first five minutes, I had a feeling that the movie would be something different and I was so sure that I would love the film. But as the movie progressed, the feeling was continuously changing. And the moment the “youthful” SRK entered, and the heroine could not recognize him… MAN!!! I was irritated. I don’t know if the heroine suffered from Prosopagnosia or it is something inbuilt into girls that when a guy gets rid of his mustache and redresses his hair, he becomes unrecognizable! Thank God, our Police doesn’t suffer from this disorder 🙂

Coming to the story, its a story of a married couple Surinder Sahni a.k.a Suri and Taani, who are “socially” married, but not in any other way. Mentally, Taani has not yet accepted Suri as her husband. The movie starts with Suri going to attend Taani (Suri’s school teacher’s daughter) marriage. But when the baaraat was arriving, their bus meets with an accident and everyone dies. Taani’s dad gets a heart attack and on the death bed, he requests Suri to marry Taani. And Taani left with no other choice than accepting he dying father’s wish marries the boring Suri.

Suri wants to keep her happy but he is not able to do that. One fine day a dance competition is announced and Taani requests Suri to allow her participate in the competition. Suri wishes to see her dance and so he asks his best friend Bobby (Vinay Pathak.. not even Vinay could save this sinking ship called RNBDJ) to change his look. Bobby does his best and guarantees that his bhabhi wont be able to recognize him (I appreciate Bobby’s confidence in guessing Taani’s IQ) and if she does then he will close his hair styling business and return back to his village.

Suri goes to the competition, in the same kind of dress he wore in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai during the college days, to see his wife dance. But in turn he ends up participating in the competition. And Rab decides to make Taani his dancing partner. And when Taani asks his name, he becomes RAJ… Naam To Suna Hi Hoga Aapne. Then for the next one hour, Raj impresses Taani in even given opportunity. Finally on a day when Raj claims his birthday, he takes Taani out and proposes her. She agrees to run away with Raj far away from her boring husband Suri.

But her heart doesn’t fully agree to this decision. This puts her in deep dilemma. Whether to go with Raj who gives her all the love and happiness in the world or to stay back with Suri who held her hand in the moment of highest pain when she lost her father and everything else in the world. Her decision is the climax of the movie…

CLIMAX (Click and drag to read the climax): On the D-day of the dance show when Raj’s name is announced on the stage, he doesnt turn up. And after a few seconds on wait, SRK comes in as Suri and dances with Taani. It it only when Suri dances like Raj, does she Raj = Suri. Thank God… her passion for dancing helps her understand the “complex” equation… nahi to pata nahi kya hota! And then there is a typical Yash Raj banner dialogue and then THE END – I heaved a sigh of relief!

Rating: 4/10
My Thoughts: Don’t watch it unless someone buys u a ticket!

Six Movies This Weekend

23 11 2008

This weekend has been the most relaxing weekend of 2008 for me. I did not do anything apart from the thing I love doing… that is watching movies! I watched six movies from Friday night to Sunday evening. That’s an extraordinary feat for a normal person and a “good one” for a movie freak like me.

I would like to note down about the movies I saw for two things. One – so that I can remember what was special in the film (from my perspective). And TWO – for others who have a similar taste as I do to decide if they really want to watch the movie.

NOTE: Rollover the text after CLIMAX to read the climax.

Bankok Dangerous:
Reason I saw the movie: Nicholas Cage
How was it: Okay. Not Bad
What was good: Action was good. Nick was great as usual. Screenplay was nice.
What was bad: Bad storyline. Some scenes were poorly shot.
Gist of the movie: Nicholas Cage is a contract killer who decides to call it a day after his current assignment. He usually kills the guy who helps him in the assignment. But he could see the same passion to succeed in the guy who is helping him in this assignment. So he decides to teach this kid the tips and tricks of trade. And as the assignment is getting over, this kid gets stuck in the villian’s trap.
Climax: Nicholas Cage had to shoot a good local politician. But he does not do that. Instead he kills the person who hired him and also kills himself.
My Verdict: 6/10

Righteous Kill
Reason I saw the movie: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro combination
How was it: Very Good
What was good: Al Pacino
What was bad: A few screwed up scenes in between
Gist of the movie: Its the story of two cops who are incharge of investigating a case of a series of murders done by a serial killer. He writes poems after killing all the people. But he kills only bad people. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are accompanied by two offiers from local police department and one of the officers who had a personal grudge with Robert De Niro believes that Robert De Niro is the serial killer.
Climax: Al Pacino does all the murders. Russel Crowe kills him in the end and quits police duty.
My Verdict: 9/10

Varanam Aayiram
Reason I saw the movie: The hype about Surya’s acting
How was it: Good.
What was good: Surya’s acting. The plot and cinematography
What was bad: A few flaws. Poor acting by Divya.
Gist of the movie: Its a story of Surya (in double-role – the father-son duo) where the father dies when the son is on a army rescue mission and Surya gets the news when he is on board in the helicopter. He is shocked and broken after hearing the news. Then he thinks about everything that has happened between him and his dad. And the rest 85-90% of the movie is in flashback. Sameera Reddy is sexy as ever. And had a nice and easy role to play in the movie. Surya has amazed in the various roles he did in the movie. The college boy of 60’s, young father of 70’s, school boy of 80’s, college boy of 90’s, upcoming successful businessman, a passionate lover, a depressed lover, a drug addict, a military officer and a throat cancer affected old man. All these roles in a single movie… thats the most amazing part which deserves a standing ovation!
Climax: No surprise element here. The son Surya finishes his rescue mission successfully and comes back home and does the last rites.
My Verdict: 7.5/10

Reason I saw the movie: Did not have anything better to see and my cousin had said that the movie is a good one time watch
How was it: Surprisingly good
What was good: Everyting that a Tamil action movie should have
What was bad: Over-powered hero’s emotionless acting
Gist of the movie: The movie begins with a few goons chasing a guy named Ganesh (the hero) who seems to be absconding. He is hiding himself in a medical hostel in Chennai. Till the interval, you dont even come to know why the goons are chasing him. Its only after the interval that he reveals the story to Vadivel. Then the rest of the story is how he rescues himself and Trisha from the mess.
Climax: The villain’s sister had accidentally died with electric shock while trying to kill the hero as he had rejected her marriage proposal. The two villian brothers go on a hunting mission and the younger brother kills himself. The hero breaks the main villian’s hand but spares him his life.
My Verdict: 6.5/10

Reason I saw the movie: It got released this week
How was it: Okay… Not bad
What was good: The plot, Mithun’s performance, the music of Rahman and a few nice scenes.
What was bad: The execution, Salman’s acting, and the length of the movie
Gist of the movie: Salman loves Katrina. Boman Irani (Katrina’s father) does not want her to marry Sallu coz he believes that Sallu is not a family man. Sallu’s father threw him out of the house 12 years back. He has not seen his father since then. Then he reads in the paper that his father is dead. So he goes back home to get his share of his father’s multi-billion fortune. What happens is a series of melodramatic events between his mentally retarded step-brother Anil Kapoor and his spoilt debt-ridden younger bother Zayed Khan.
Climax: The relatives poison Anil Kapoor’s inhaler and try to put the blame on Salman and Zayed. But Salman takes Anil to hospital at the right time and begs Boman who is there in the hospital at that time to rescue his brother even at the cost of Katrina (which impresses Boman). In the end, everything ends well.
My Verdict: 5/10

Mixed Doubles
Reason I saw the movie: Had heard a lot about it
How was it: Amazing
What was good: The acting of all the Ranvir Shorey, Konkona, Vinay Pathak and most of the other actors
What was bad: Nothing really
Gist of the movie: Its about a happy couple (Ranvir and Konkona) who are leading a normal life. But Ranvir is not that satisfied with the relationship and wants to do something different. One day his old buddy from US turns up for dinner and claims that the secret of his youth is swinging (wife-swapping). Ranvir does everything to convince Konkona to go for it. He finds Rajat Kapoor through an ad. And then just before the d-day (or rather d-night), he comes to know that his friend had just fooled around and they never did such a thing in the US. But Ranvir had already put his foot in the hole and could not get out that easily. What happens later is the best part of the movie.
Climax: Ranvir’s and his one-night partner play a lot of games and she sleeps before he could do anything and Konkona just talks with Rajat Kapoor to spend the night. And the movie ends with a quarrel between Ranvir and Konkona but they cool down later and are back to their normal life.
My Verdict:8/10

Thats it for this week!

Rock On… But It Hardly Rocks!

31 08 2008

Friday evening I read the reviews on Rediff and Rock On bagged 4/5 stars. Taran Adarsh gave it a four again. DNA… 4 again. So obviously my expectations were sky high. Taran Adarsh even went on to say that this one is like Dil Chahta Hai 2. But alas, by the time the movie got over, I was still searching for atleast one scene which was made as good as DCH… forget exceeding it.

For me, Rock On was just another movie. It had some good performances by Arjun Rampal and Farhan Akhthar, but apart from that this movie does not deserve anything more than 2 to 2½ stars. It did not have a mind-blowing storyline (like Dil Chahta Hai did), it did not have some exceptionally well shot scenes (again like what DCH did) and it did not have emotions booming out (again like DCH). So I fail to understand what exactly was there in this movie that makes it VERY GOOD? For a non-rock-lover like me, none of the songs made much sense. And I’m sure no rock-lover would appreciate it either. So apart from the fact that this movie was made by Anil Ambani’s Big Entertainment, this movie had no other reason to get so much acclaim that it is getting now.

The movie starts of in a similar way like Dil Chahta Hai where the friends are separated and everything goes in flashback. How they were together, rocking all the time. And now they compromised with the choices they made with their lives and they are living a life in which they are suffocating themselves. Then Farhan’s wife discovers his past and she tries to unearth his buried past and tries to make him happy. But when the plan backfires, she gives him the typical filmy heroine dialogue and goes to her maika. Then Farhan realizes the mistake he did with his life and gets back to his band. And then finally they give another show successfully.
The movie had too many flaws in it. The biggest one was Farhan’s behavior. When the band breaks up after Arjun Rampal hits the director of their music album and Farhan, he (Farhan) leaves the city… which is fair enough. But for the same reason he dumps his girlfriend!!! Now what was that? I mean, if I have some problem with my rock band, I fight with one of the band members and then I dump my girlfriend… how DUMB is that! Next, when Arjun and Farhan patch up again, the scene had ZERO emotions. It actually took KD to tell us not to get senti… Thanks KD, I never knew the scene was a senti scene. I felt like someone cracked a PJ and then said… “Doston, joke khatam ho gaya… ab haso”!!!

These were two glaring mistakes in the film. If I go on to point out other silly mistakes like lack of lip sync in far too many scenes during songs and playing improper chords of the guitar, I would probably end up writing a bigger blog than the entire script of the movie!

On the whole, I think this was just an average movie. It did not take me by the wave. It did not even emote 1/10th the emotions as what a classic like Dil Chahta Hai emoted. I could not even smile on most of the jokes (rather PJs). It did not have any extraordinary mind-blowing acting performance by any of the actors, although I would say that Arjun and Farhan were better than the others.  The story was lukewarm. The cinematography/direction was average. Music was okay. Overall this was just an OKAY film. Watch it only if you have nothing else to do and have a few bucks to spend (or waste)!

Rating: 2/5

Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa ~ Fresh n Awesome

5 07 2008

Remember the feeling that you had when you came out of the cinema halls after watching Dil Chahta Hai? How refreshing was it? It was an amazing feeling… right? Didn’t you tend to love each and every character in the film? Well, you will have a similar feeling after watching Jaane Tu… Although Dil Chahta Hai’s storyline was mind blowing, Jaane Tu plays itself safe with the tried and tested love triangle/quadrangle story.

The plot of the movie is similar to Ishq Vishk or Niram (Malayalam). Two best friends – a boy and a girl. They like each other more than anyone else. But they don’t know that they are in love. Their friends, parents, everyone thinks that they are in love. But not these two. The story is the same, but its the execution and the casting that makes this movie special. Like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’s story was almost similar to a dozen movies made one a similar plot. Yet even after 19 years of its release, QSQT holds a special place in our hearts.

The movie begins with a group of friends narrating the story to one of the group member’s yet-to-be girlfriend at the airport. The story of how Jai (Imran Khan) does everything under the sun to keep Aditi (Genelia) happy. They are one of the friends who cross the limits of friendship, yet don’t realize that they are in love. When their parents ask if they are ready for marriage, they are shocked. They refuse and then start searching for a life partner for the other. Aditi manages to get a girlfriend for Jai. But later she feels jealous as Jai moves away from her. Then she herself gets engaged to her father’s friend’s son. But both Jai and Aditi’s relationship with their fiancee/girlfriend turns sour and like a good hindi movie, the two marry in the end.

Both Imran and Genelia were amazing in their roles. They managed to full birdie with this one. I have seen Genelia in two other movies (Santosh Subramanium and Mere Baap Pehle Aap) and in both the movies, I did not like her very much. But this one changed it all. Imran was very natural and did not have the first-timer fear factor in him. This boy is far far better than Ranbir Kapoor (who undeservedly won all the awards last year for best new comer) and this year, Imran can easily beat Harman Baweja, who has had a very bad career launch with Love Story 2050. The other supporting cast were also very good. Ratna Pathak as Jai’s mother was awesome. Naseeruddin Shah as Jai’s late father (who speaks from a photo frame – the Hum Panch way) was too good. Paresh Rawal, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan with their limited roles did well. They managed to tickle the funny bone at the right moment.

Music by the God himself – Rahman – was worth a bow. The first time I heard the music, it did not have the classic touch that every Rahman music has. But after watching the movie, I feel the music was apt for the story. Every song was composed keeping the script in mind. And the best thing in the movie was – every song was worth its presence. Nowhere will you feel that the song was not required. The songs were not used as fillers. They deserved their place. And Rahman does full justice to the script!

There were a few scenes that you will remember forever. The scene where Aditi asks her brother Amit if she can sit and he says, “You home, your bum, you can sit wherever you want!”. The dialogue was so spontaneous that you will laugh at it every time you think about it. There were many such scenes which will be remembered for a long time for its classic execution.

I spent 100 bucks for the movie and it was worth 200 bucks. Total paisa wasool stuff! And also worth watching second time.

Rating: 4.5/5
Advice: Worth spending your hard-earned money on!

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic ~ Thoda Boring

4 07 2008

I watched Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic last night. It was a good movie after I was suffering Friday Syndrome all day long! This movie was released last week and long with another movie with a similar name – Thodi Life Thoda Magic. I do not understand why people do this? Is it like they are so sure that the movie wont work and the only prospective viewers for the movie are the ones who mistakenly enter the cinema hall wanting to watch Saif and Rani and end up watching Jackie Shroff and Meera Vasudevan!!!

Coming back to the point, this movie was, I guess, supposed to release during summer vacation days. And one very strong reason behind this is that this movie is meant for kids. And they will have hell a lot of fun watching this one. It has four kids troubling their caretaker Saif Ali Khan. Its a perfect movie for kids of all ages (under 16).

But wait… if this was a movie intended for kids, then what was the song – Lazy Lamhe – doing in the movie? The plot of the song is a pool-side party with all firang babes in bikini. I can understand a one or two second shot if it was very much required. But this 5 minutes 12 seconds song!!! I think Kunal Kohli was out of his mind when he was shooting this song. Or probably he forgot that he was making a movie for kids. Or another reason could be that he wanted to impress a few movie reviewers who do not give 3+ stars unless they see girls in chaddis!

From the acting perspective, Saif and Rani were just ordinary. You just cannot believe that these are the same actors who portrayed Langda Tyagi (Omkara) and Michelle McNally (Black). It depends so much on the director and the story line for an actor to get his best out of him/her! All the four kids were awesome… They acted beyond their age and gave out mind-blowing performance. Amisha Patel was a waste of casting anyway. They could have got any female actor in her place as the role demanded nothing out of her.

The movie begins with Saif’s car hitting another car (a BMW hitting a Maruti 800) in the streets of Delhi and the couple in the car (parents of four kids) dying on the spot. Then the court gives a landmark decision and asks Saif to take care of the four kids. They are irritated because they knew that Saif and killed their parents and wanted to take revenge. While doing so they are also frustrated to stay with him and ask God for help. And the God in the movie (Rishi Kapoor) sends his favourite angel (Rani) to help the family. She being an angel does a dozen magic tricks and gets Saif and the kids together. Finally God asks to her to come back to heaven, but these five of them (the kids and Saif) pray to God to give her back and God hears their prayers (yet again!) and they get Rani back… THE END!

If Yash Raj film plan a comeback after the Tashan debacle with such a silly plot, either they are insane or they are taking the audience for granted! I am not sure if this movie will be in the screens for more than 2 weeks!

My Rating: 2/5
My Advice: Watch it only if you have nothing else to do and someone is sponsoring the ticket!