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The trailer of Fatso had certainly raised some expectations. Moreover, with Rajat Kapoor at the helm and the talented Ranvir Shorey, Gul Panag, Purab Kohli and Neil Bhoopalam forming an ensemble cast, one would certainly head for a treat with Fatso.

Fatso is the story of Sudeep (Ranvir Shorey) but only after his best friend Navin (Purab Kohli) dies in an accident just before he is about to get married to his sweetheart Nandini (Gul Panag). The guys including Yash (Neil Bhoopalam) meet with an accident and Navin dies on spot. Navin is taken to an afterlife which is neither heaven nor hell and neither is it up in the skies nor is it underground. It is a simple building that has elevators and different floors and the main premise of the post death circumstances is like an old school government building. Navin learns that he has been mistakenly brought across while Sudeep was the one whose time was up. Navin gets furious but the guardians of afterlife suggest that his soul takes over Sudeep’s body, hence compensating for the error. The rest of the film follows Sudeep aka Fatso and his trials and errors to win over Nandini. There is some competition from Yash as he is eyeing for the heartbroken pretty lady as well. Fatso in a nutshell is a story that puts soul above body and tries to hammer the point home. Continue reading “Fatso – Movie Review” »

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The age old myth that sequels do not work in Bollywood has been broken down to pieces and naturally we have been and would get to see at least a dozen sequels in a year’s time (start with Murder 2, Don 2, run through Housefull 2 and all the 2’s & 3’s that are coming up).

Kunal Deshmukh is back with his trusted lead actor Emraan Hashmi with the objective of reaping the benefits of the successful Jannat that released some four years back. Jannat 2 has been directly aimed at the masses and the single screen audiences. There is no need to get into any sort of comparisons with Jannat, the prequel, since there is absolutely nothing that remotely connects the latter to the former – story, premise, characters or anything (apart from the Jannatein Kahaan song that has the same theme tune as that of Jannat Jahan). Continue reading “Jannat 2 – Movie Review” »

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Small films that try to venture into the territory of indie films run a fatal risk. Commercial potboilers always have an excuse when they go wrong with a lot of aspects of filmmaking that they are meant to be mainstream films. Experimental films or off beat ones such as Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi does not have that privilege. Indie films are looked at with respect and a sense of awe. Whether or not they do well at the box office, there is a certain section of movie going audience who crave for films that challenge the conventional filmmaking and storytelling formulas.

Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi had promise. With Kay Kay Menon, Ranvir Shorey and non mainstream actors such as Pradhuman Singh and Manu Rishi, one would have expected a unique ride of 24 hours through the city of Mumbai. Unfortunately, one would crave for something different by the time Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi pulls the curtains down. Continue reading “Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi Review” »

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Bollywood action films often try to emulate Hollywood. The trailer of Tezz had certainly set the stage to expect something on the lines of Speed. In case you have been expecting a premise that would swoon you over your feet, then you may be in for disappointment.

Tezz has nothing original. Whether we talk about the speeding train with a bomb on it, a threat from unknown miscreants who are in reality, good men turned bad to avenge wrongs of the past and a team of good civil servants who are willing to go to any extent to save the ill fated men, women and children on the train. Continue reading “Tezz – Movie Review” »

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We all knew what we were getting into with Vicky Donor. If the premise and the promos were not intriguing enough, the mildly extensive promotions made by John Abraham for his first production venture had surely managed to create some interest in the film.

Vicky Donor is exactly what it promised to be – noble, funny and authentic. While Dostana had taken up the Gay issue and possibly did not do too much of a justice to the community but managed to have a box office success riding on the star power and entertainment quotient, Vicky Donor picks up the issue of infertility and sperm donation and Shoojit Sircar handles the subject in a very matured way yet not compromising on the entertainment aspect. Continue reading “Vicky Donor – Movie Review” »

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A section of movie going audience would head to Bittoo Boss expecting a fun rom com ride, another section would expect another lively take on Punjabi weddings and the culture (the Band Baaja Baaraat way) and a fan base of television actor turned film actor Pulkit Samrat that would certainly not want to miss out on his debut. Few people would look out for what Supavitra Babul has in store to offer as a writer and director since the premise of the story, although interesting, is still encapsulated by weddings, boy falls for a girl and at the end of the day a funny take on seemingly mundane incidents of life. Continue reading “Bittoo Boss – Movie Review” »

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When real life problems are portrayed on celluloid, it can make for an intriguing watch or a callous take of reality. Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein is true to its intent and does not indulge in popular gimmicks to drive home an ideology. Work and all work is not what life is meant for, it is the finer things that matter most. Pramod Joshi, a Marathi filmmaker of repute, ropes in the talented Sachin Khedekar and the versatile veteran Anupam Khar in central characters to make a film that intends to harp on the fact that ego, being workaholic, pursuit of materialistic happiness and ignorance of immaterial care towards emotions are not what life is all about. Continue reading “Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein – Movie Review” »

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When the director of a film says that his film is all about entertainment and does not try to portray intellectuality or anything close to logic, it is our natural responsibility to take it that way and judge the film accordingly. Housefull 2 lives up to its expectation of being a sequel. Hathyar was a disaster after the life changing (for Sanjay Dutt) Vaastav and Hangover 2 just could not be even a quarter of what the prequel was despite the killing looks of Bradley Cooper and mad comic act of Zach Galifianakis.

Housefull 2 manages to do exactly what Sajid Khan had done with Housefull, entertain the audience. There is never a dull moment in the film. People are screaming at the top of their lungs, there are dialogues which outside the cinematic world would mean nothing and would not be termed as humorous at the least, action sequences that defy everything including the plot line and characters that are as whacky as the film itself. Continue reading “Housefull 2 – Movie Review” »

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Apparently, Vishesh Films have got several concept notes made out of the same concept and as per strong directives from the master filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt all the new and upcoming directors in the Bhatt camp must, and are only capable of, tweak the same concept a bit here and there and serve afresh with some or no additional seasoning.

Considering the promotion of the film and the hype some songs had created prior to its release, the plot is perhaps anything but a mystery yet here is a quick rundown as per reviewing protocol. Kunal (Kunal Khemu) and Arzoo (Amrita Puri) get to live their dreams when the husband gets a posh job with a diamond trading company in Cape Town owned and managed by Zaveri (Manish Chaudhuri). Diamond trading is not a neat business but an industry that employs smuggling, terrorism, exploitation, murders and God knows what other crimes are not committed by the players in this game. Kunal gets dragged to making more money and in the process gets distanced from his wife, closer to his colleague (Mia Udeya), fights (literally) and kills (literally) for his survival and eventually after a few hang outs with terrorists, warlords, hit men and the likes, manages to succumb to his realization of guilt and heads for redemption. Continue reading “Blood Money – Movie Review” »

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Bumboo had never projected itself as a movie that is high on senses and logic. Weird characters come across each other at weird circumstances and weird consequences must follow. The only problem is that in this whole game of weirdness, the film turns out to be weird enough.

Bumboo had all the ingredients to be an amazing experience. Since it is an adaptation of a French film that has been remade in Hollywood and now Bollywood, one would assume that the characters, narrative and the story certainly had something worthwhile for the repeated remakes. I could have been able to provide better insights had I seen any of the several western counterparts of Bumboo. Continue reading “Bumboo – Movie Review” »

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