Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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The entire ordeal is 2 hours & 38 minutes long. After a while people feel – ‘theatre mein baitna hai mushkil’ in fact a few patrons got up from their seats thinking the movie is over and sat back realizing it is not, and this happened twice.

Karan Johar is still in the hangover of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and completely ruins kuch kuch hota hai in multiple occasions. The storytelling is over the top, the casting is just about ok and I am pretty sure there was no editing done at all.

The only thing holding the movie together is Arijit Singh’s soulful voice, Amitabh bhattacharya for his amazingly deep lyrics and Anushka Sharma for taking the movie forward throughout even when she is off the screen.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan falls face flat in the few screen footages she has been allowed and Fawad Khan Stands out like a sore thumb, rest of the casting is non-existent. The first half is sort of watchable with déjà vu of bachna ae hasino, anjaana-anjaani, & tamasha. The movie goes a steep downhill from the second half, the damage is so much that even a guest appearance from the king khan himself is unable to salvage the wreckage.

But, there is one good news take away – finally after 18 years from release of Kuch Kuch Hota hai finally Karan Johar eats his words and declares – ‘Ladka aur Ladki Dost Ban sakte hain’

Verdict – watch it if you must but you have been warned.

 

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Pink

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Pink is the truth, be prepared to face it even before you enter the theatre or multiplex premise. This is not a movie which you can watch while munching a pop-corn or sipping coke. Prepare yourself for anger and self-disgust for what is to come.

The last time we saw Taapsee Pannu was in chashme baddoor, this is not the same girl for sure, after a long time Amitabh is playing a supporting role and it is refreshing to see that the focus is not really on him. Wherever Shoojit Sircar is involved the level of intellectual content is scaled up quite high, each and every scene in the movie is content rich and thought provoking.

The lives of three office-going Delhi girls are portrayed here, along with the brooding & sulking old man next door played by Amitabh. When the crisis is at hand nobody stands with the small group of truth, instead everyone sides with power. The director Aniruddha portrays gray, brown and other darker shades with finesse. The editing is sharp and the screenplay is brilliant. Few glitches in supporting actor casting can be easily overlooked.

When the movie gets over you realize that you are angry. Mainly for two reasons – first is that you feel that the punishment is not good enough and second you realize that this is the truth and not just a movie. This review is short because the 136 minute inside the theatre has to be felt and not written about.

Verdict – watch it because you need to

Nannaku prematho (To father,with love)

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After much speculation on Jr NTRs new look and the aura created around the movie it is very easy to get disappointed, but leaving out all the cheering, fan following and the hype the movie delivers to a certain level.

The backbone of the movie is a corporate espionage drama twined with a twenty-year-old revenge story and of course as the title suggest a father son bonding angle. Jr NTRs carries the entire movie on his shoulders from the 1st scene onwards. Just like all the spicy offerings in earlier movies in this one too he is seen singing, dancing, kicking bad guys butts by defying gravity and of course being ridiculously confident in equally ridiculously impossible situations. The style factor has definitely amped up and the pointed bearded look suits him very well. The efforts made to fit the character is really seen.

This movie is a good afternoon home DVD watch after a leisure Sunday meal with family, the entire setting is London so the not only the songs sequences but the general scenes are pleasing to the eyes. Talking of songs Devi Sri Prasad peppy numbers are energetic foot tapping which again Jr NTR excels in delivering with ease. The leading lady Rakul Preet Singh has not much to do except be impressed by the charming bearded lad, in fact everyone in the movie gets impressed including Jagapati Babu who plays the arch enemy.

Ashish Vidyarthi & Rajendra Prasad could have been utilized more, casting could have included Shayaji Shinde as his absence is felt throughout.

In conclusion the hard work by Jr NTR to reinvent himself is visible, if a slick flick with impossible stunts, fast songs your mug of boost then this movie is the ‘on the rocks’ for you.

Verdict – go for it, take a leap of faith – with subtitles if necessary.

 

 

Tvf Permanent Roommates

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For those netizens who are still unaware of the original series concept please do not read further and browse through the various channels in you tube and come back in a few hours.

(After a few hours….) Good, you are back, and thanks all others who were waiting patiently so far, lets continue, then.

Permanent roommates narrate the story of Tania and Mikesh (Collectively called Tankesh) playing relationship snake and ladder throughout the 2 seasons. The S01E01 was released with a humble beginning on Oct 29 2014 of just 14.30 long. So convenient that it’s like someone could watch the episode while taking a leisure trip to the washroom. However, as the popularity and the sponsorship increased the story line grape-vined to parallel stories (some relevant others not) the final episode of season2 was 55:28 long. If you are still in the washroom, then that’s another issue of course.

Suddenly midway through Season2 TVF decided to launch their own app and website and made the last 2 episodes exclusive, this was a gamble because it was no longer in youtube platform for all to see but people had to download the app or go to their website to see them. This gamble paid off as the android app download soared to 1 million within a short time with high rating.

In spite of all the marketing and repeated threatening to like, share & comment in every video the actual reason for the popularity is the series itself. The story line is quite simple and very much relatable to almost all target viewers. The script and dialog is absolutely fantastic. The casting and characterization is very elaborate and meticulously executed (Even a cab has a name) The only reluctant improvement in the series could have been the length of the episodes and few episodes could have stayed on track of the story – like S02E04 titled ‘dinner’

In conclusion, very high standard and hilarious series with good mix of light and heavy subjects flawlessly picturized, there is a takeaway for everyone. Watery eyes are guaranteed – sometime from rib tickling laughter and other times from heart wrenching moments.

Verdict – If you can take an Ola then why rent a bus for the same? didn’t get it? then watch it now. In fact, save it offline and show it to your grandchildren when they are old enough.

Akira

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AR Murugdoss is the same guy who gave us ‘Gajini’ right? Murugadoss movies are character centric the original Gajini was played in Tamil by Surya and Aamir in Hindi, both these actors are exceptionally talented to fit the shoes of the characters to the ‘T’. Akira on the other hand is the remake of the 2011 movie ‘mouna guru’ except that the protagonist was male in the tamil version and in Akira it’s female.

The casting is very appropriate to the point that except the noteworthy characters everyone else leave your mind the moment they leave the screen. When they reappear, the audience is like – who is this again? Oh ya…. The brother, ok ok. Konkana, Atul Kulkarni, Amit Saad could have been given a longer screen presence.

Akira is a headstrong girl who does not tolerate injustice in the city of Rajkot. Scene changes to Mumbai after few years. Akira tames the college bully in a jiffy (as expected) and seeks justice for her professor. She gets tangled midst of a corrupt illegal money heist and makes life very difficult for ACP Rane (Excellent debut by Anurag Kashyap). She kicks butt all the way delivering very convincing kicks and punches dressed in her flowery waistcoat & nagra shoes.

Konkana plays the cop who is extremely pregnant and extremely honest both of which is disadvantage for her presently, yet she wades through the systematic enquiry and lands up with the correct sequence of events which the audience have by this time already forgotten some induced chemical-locha injections ago. Saved by transgender Rani (brilliant acting by Kajol Saroj) she embarks on a mission of revenge.

The storyline could have been a bit more convincing. This is a kind of movie where screenplay would have worked wonders and goes without saying casting selection is pathetic.

Verdict – Action movie with a woman as a protagonist – watch Mardaani instead.

Baar Baar Dekho

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The first things that one notices within 10 minutes into the movie and also the trailer – where are Siddharth Malhotra’s abs? and then there are those thick rimmed spectacles that Katrina wears to portray the girl next door character.

It really takes a lot of imaginative efforts from the audience to picture Sidharth as a serious workaholic mathematician, but the good news is finally we have Katrina’s British accent justified on screen, yay!

Jai & Diya (Sidharth & Katrina) are thick from very childhood and graduates to being in love till finally Diya decides to propose marriage. Jai is unable to come up with strong reason not to and so his entire world falls apart as both families come together to celebrate the big fat Punjabi wedding. He does what every lead actor becomes in the hands of debut directors, clueless!

The second half of the movie is back and forth time travel through various exotic sets and impressive graphics till audience is left with only one question – when will he return back to the present day and make everything as before. The melodies from Arijit singh are really notable. No wait… the singers are Armaan Malik, Bilaal saeed, ArkoPravo. Oh no…. there is no Arijit singh as well ? Sau aasmaan, Nachne de saare & of course Kaala Chashma are the best moments of the movie.

In conclusion the various sequences of the movie are “inspired” from – up (the beginning), minority report (the future sequences), Hasee toh phansee (expression of Siddharth in the entire movie) and click starring adam sandler (story line is almost same, except a remote is replaced with a dhaaga? really?)

Decent screenplay, good damage control by the supporting actors. Special mention Ram Kapoor, Rajit Kapoor and Saarika. Strict editing and few facial expressions from the lead pair could have turned the tables maybe.

This movie has its uses of course. Guys show it to your Girlfriends who wants to take the next step and you don’t. Subordinates show it to your boss to show what work life balance is all about, couples planning their holidays skim through the songs to figure out the best choice of destination.

Arrright then, lets address the elephant in the room. Katrina’s wash board abs are absolutely drool worthy and the efforts taken by her has to be appreciated and very appropriately utilized in all possible moments. (there, I said it, happy?)

Verdict – One time watch – ek baar dekho 🙂