Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: Happy New Year

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan (Chandramohan Sharma aka Charlie), Deepika Padukone (Mohini Joshi), Abhishek Bachchan (Nandu Bhide and Vicky Grover), Boman Irani (Temhton Irani aka Tammy), Sonu Sood (Jagmohan Prakash aka Jag), Vivaan Shah (Rohan), Jackie Shroff (Charan Grover). Emotional Appearance: Anupam Kher (Manohar Sharma, Charlie’s father). Special Appearances: Dino Morea (host of World Dance Competition), Prabhu Deva (Dance Instructor), Sarah-Jane Dias (Laila), Malaika Arora Khan (an actress), Anurag Kahsyap (himself- Judge), Visha Dadlani (Himself, judge), Sajid Khan (Director), Geeta Kapoor (Judge of World Dance Competition)
Genre: Action, Comedy-Drama
Direction: Farah Khan
Production: Gauri Khan, Red Chillies Entertainment
Written By: Farah Khan, Althea Kaushal, Mayur Puri (Dialogues)
Cinematographer: Manush Nandan
Editor: Anand Subaya
Music: Vishal Shekhar, Background Score – John Stewart Sduri
Distributed by: Yash Raj Films
Release Date: 24th October, 2014
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hours 59 minutes

Happy New Year, a typical Farah Khan film with her lucky mascot Shah Rukh Khan. Although the movie has nothing new to offer, not to be seen with logics in place, very very predictable plot, and a few SRK dialogues rewritten, still, you may like to watch the movie for its light-heartedness.

The stage is set for the World Dance Championship at Dubai and the movie begins with the narration of Shahrukh Khan: there are only two types of people in the world- Winners and Losers. And he takes us through the flash back about the story of six losers coming together for a mission.

Charlie (Shahrukh Khan), Boston University topper, wants to take revenge with diamond merchant Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) for betraying his father Manohar (Anupam Kher), implicating him, spoiling his business and framing him in a fake robbery. Charlie had been following Charan for the last eight years to keep a close watch on his every step. And then comes an opportunity to avenge Charan when he announced to the world in regard to 9 precious diamonds being brought and kept at his world famous locker – Shalimar Vault (which was originally made by Manohar). And the same day at the same venue, World Dance Competition’s opening ceremony was also there. Charlie plans to skillfully set up a heist plot against the international dance competition scenario.

Charlie gets his team ready for the mission of stealing these diamonds with Jagmohan Prakash aka Jag, an ex-army bomb squad expert (Sonu Sood), Temhton Irani aka Tammy, a 50-year stud and an expert to open any coded lock  (Boman Irani), a hacker Rohan (Vivaan Shah), Nandu Bhide (Abhishek Bachchan) and Mohini Joshi, a bar dancer (Deepika Padukone). Everybody had a reason to be part of Charlie’s mission. Rest of the story is all about how this team of six losers plan the whole mission. How do they execute the whole plan? Are they able to fetch victory in their mission? How do they breach the security?

Yes, indeed the movie is funny in parts. Certain dialogues from SRK’s movies (DDLJ, Chak De, Devadas, Don, Main Hoon Na etc.) are rewritten. Boman has done complete justice to his stud act. Sonu, SRK have lavishly flaunted their six/eight pack abs. Abhishek is good as Nandu Bhide though his vomit is unbearable. Deepika is definitely ravishing with her athlete figure. Vivaan Shah is promising.

Movie in the second half drags. Three-hour long movie seemed to be pretty long. Emotions / pain don’t generate any empathy, don’t touch the hearts. Humour at places goes overboard. Farah has tried to evoke sense of patriotism through ‘India Wale…’ number and a shayari by SRK towards the end of the movie which conveyed that let India be a country of scams / poor people, still everybody’s heart has ‘Tiranga’; but it does not seem to fit completely. Music by Vishal-Shekhar does not do great wonders except ‘Manwa Laage…’.

The best scene in the movie: AbRam Khan’s debut at the credit segment with SRK.

Watch the movie for just the starry element in it (minus logic).

Rating: 2.75 /5

Friday, October 3, 2014

Review : Bang Bang

Bang Bang, another release alongside Haider. This film is absolutely for Hritik Roshan's fans. There is entertainment quotient in this movie for action-flick lovers.

Rajveer aka Jay (Hrithik Roshan) has stolen Kohinoor from UK and is being followed by bad men as well as government agencies. Rajveer lands up in Shimla, where he incidentally meets Harleen (Katrina Kaif) in a restaurant, who was there on a blind date through a website ''. Harleen who was having a monotonous but peaceful life along with her grandmother and working as Bank receptionist, life took a complete u-turn for her after meeting Rajveer. The complications for Harleen starts unfolding.

The whole movie revolves around Rajveer that how he protects Kohinoor and how he saves himself and Harleen also.  

There are shades of Ek Tha Tiger, Dhoom in certain scenes. 

As far as the performances are concerned, Hrithik has done very well. His dance sequences are very good as always. Katrina has done this before also - a sweet, pretty looking lady. Danny and Pavan Malhota are also good. Kanwaljeet and Deepti Nawal, although having very less screen time, are very good.

Watch Bang Bang for Hrithik and action sequences. A decent entertaining film.

Rating: 3/5


Review : Haider

Haider is one of the best release of this year. Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation on Shakespeare's Hamlet has highlighted Kashmir issue. Everything about this film is simply great. First of all let me talk about script. Well crafted script and screenplay. The dialogues depicting the plight of Kashmiris is surely going to touch hearts. What a tragedy! Kashmir is torn between India and Pakistan. They have to show ID cards every now and then in their own homeland. Whoever is doubted to be a militant or suspected of having even a remote connection with a militant is arrested, tortured, kept in cells, killed in encounters etc. Survey says, many people are missing in Kashmir. 

Haider - Shahid Kapoor's best film, comes home from Aligarh on learning about his family house being burnt, father missing. He gets shocked and depressed to find his mother (Tabu) in a singing-dancing mood with his Khurram Chacha (Kay Kay Menon). Haider is not ready to believe that his father is dead. He along with his love interest (Shraddha Kapoor) starts searching for his father in every camp, jail, cells but efforts are all in vain. Then comes Rudaar (Irfaan Khan) as messenger of Haider's father. The message brought by him shakes Haider.

What happens thereafter? Is Haider's father dead or alive? Was there any romantic angle between Kay Kay Menon and Tabu in the movie? What path Haider choose in his life? 

It is sad to see the challenges faced by Kashmiris every moment. So much of uncertainties and  unpredictability to be faced by the people.  

The song 'Bismil Bismil' is great.

Shahid is excellent, deserves a National award. Vishal Bhardwaj is to applauded for handling such a sensitive issue in such a subtle and empathetic manner. Tabu- what a delight to watch her on screen. Kay Kay Menon- as always - another great performance from him. Irfaan Khan - what a powerful entry, even though screen time is less. Shraddha Kapoor's performance is ok.

Haider may not be liked by you, if you are looking for fun element. It is a very intense movie. Go for it, if you love this genre and also to enjoy great performances.

Rating: 5 /5