Monday, July 27, 2015

Review of Masaan

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Cast: Sanjay Mishra (Vidyadhar Pathak), Richa Chadha (Devi Pathak), Vicky Kaushal (Deepak Chaudhary), Shweta Tripathi (Shaalu Gupta), Pankaj Tripathi (Sadhya Ji), Nikhil Sahni (Jhonta), Satya Kam Anand (Vikram Mallah), Bhagwan Tiwari (Inspector Mishra), Vineet Kumar (Doctor Chaudhary), Bhupesh Singh (Sikandar Chaudhary)
Direction: Neeraj Ghaywan
Producers: Manish Mundra, Vikas Bahl, Melita Toscon du Plantier, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Vikramadita Motwane, Marie Jeane Pascal, Shaan Vyuas
Production Company: Drishyam Films, Phantom Films, Macassar Films, Shikya Entertainment  
Written by: Neeraj Ghaywan, Varun Grover
Music: Indian Ocean Band
Cinematography: Avinash Arun Dhaware
Edited by: Nitin Baid
Release Date: 24th July, 2015 (19th May, 2015 at Cannes)
Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes
Language: Hindi

Masaan, a film by debutant director Neeraj Ghaywan, is a very different film which Indian Cinema has not seen in the recent past. Masaan is going to touch your hearts. It has already won two awards at 68th Cannes International Film Festival this year: International Federation of Film Critics award (FIPRESCI) and Prix de I’Avenir ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ award for Neeraj in the Un Certain Regard section. Masaan’s screening at Cannes fetched the whole team 5 minute long standing ovation. Neeraj has assisted Anurag Kashyap for Gangs of Wasseypur. When Varun Grover joined hands with Neeraj to write this film, the result which has come out as Masaan is a must watch. Indian Ocean Band’s music is a delight to ears. Masaan was also showcased as the opening movie in Jagran Film Festival (1-5th July, 2015) at Delhi. I was one of the lucky one to catch this show, and I was touched, moved with the movie. Jam packed audience at Jagran Film Festival also gave the Masaan Team standing ovation.

Masaan has got raving reviews from all across the corner after its release. I feel very incompetent to review this movie, since many details are to be seen and felt, very difficult to express through writing.

Masaan is a story of life, death, innocent love, natural progression to explore love as adults, the need to be part of a family, conservative yet adopting a modern outlook towards life, complex mix of modernity with tradition, rebelling against the moral constructs of the society, corruption by a police officer etc.  Masaan is definitely going to have a lingering impact on you, make you accept death as an inevitable part of life, value life more, handle the loss of life, grow beyond grief, face the turbulence of life and the necessity to move on in life irrespective of situations. Oh yes, there are moments of innocent love which is going to bring lot of smile on your face. The film does not try to convey what is right and what is wrong, it does not take any stand as such. It just projects certain realities of life. Certain scenes are so intricately handled, minute details are covered, and these generate so many emotions within us.

The word Masaan means cremation grounds (Ghat), where dead bodies are cremated. The movie is set up in the backdrop of Banaras Ghat. Different stories are conveyed, intertwined with one another. Initial credits in the screen are followed by a message which meant that life is an arrangement of five elements whereas death is actually disarray of the very same five elements. It sets out the tone of the whole movie.

The film begins with Devi Pathak (Richa Chadha) watching a porn film and later going to meet her boyfriend Piyush Agarwal who used to come to her coaching institute where she was working as a receptionist. Both of them are caught red-handed by police officials in a hotel during their first sexual encounter. Inspector Mishra (Bhagwan Tiwari) does not waste a minute in shooting Devi’s video. Meanwhile, Piyush attempts to commit suicide in the restroom. Life takes a humiliating turn for Devi.

Vidyadhar Pathak (Sanjay Mishra, Devi’s father), once a professor, now sits in one of the ghat as a Pandit to conduct rituals and sell Puja materials, and also translates some work to earn a living. He reaches police station to bail Devi out. Oh, it is such a strong emotional moment, when Devi and Vidyadhar are sitting in two chairs adjacent to each other in front of Inspector Mishra. One can relate with both the characters. Vidyadhar is a person, for whom, respect in the society matters a lot. Vidyadhar and Devi’s humiliation reflect so much through their body language. Even after their coming back home, without uttering a word, Vidyadhar expresses to Devi his grief, pain, disbelief, humiliation. Inspector Mishra later emotionally blackmails Vidyadhar when Piyush dies and demands money from him.

And then there is story of Deepak Chaudhary (debutant Vicky Kaushal), who is from Dom community, lives in Harishchandra Ghat along with his parents, brother and sister-in-law. He is also pursuing his final year engineering from a polytechnic college. Masaan shows the lives of people of his community dealing with deaths every moment and earning their livelihood out of deaths. There is a dialogue in the movie which says: There are only two kings in Banaras – one is Kashi King and another one is Dom king; and how true this is.  The dom community is in ghat with the funeral pyre most of the time. They even use this holy pyre to light their stove at home to cook food.

Deepak falls in love with Shaalu Gupta (debutant Shweta Tripathi), an upper caste girl, who is so much a lover of poetry and well-versed with the works of Mirza Ghalib, Bashir Badr, Nida Fazli, Akbar Allahabadi etc. The way love blossoms between Deepak and Shaalu does bring lot of smile. It is interesting to see, how Deepak chooses facebook to connect with Shaalu. Music by Indian Ocean band, and lyrics by Varun Grover (inspired from the poet Dushyant Kumar’s ghazal) : “Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai, main kisi pull sa thartharata hum…” add so much meaning to Deepak and Shaalu’s love.

A strong bond is shown between Vidyadhar Pathak and adorable orphan kid Jhonta (Nikhil Sahni), who assists him in his shop at ghat. Jhonta loves to dive deep into Ganga but does not get permission from Vidyadhar.

Another character Sadhya ji (Pankaj Tripathi), is a clerk in the railway reservation center. How his character is introduced and his role adds to the film’s plot, watch the film to know.

How does the story of Masaan move further? Does Devi’s character succumb to guilt and humiliation? How does she address her own guilt? Does she outgrow it to take charge of her life? How the relationship between Devi and her father Vidyadhar shape up after the unfortunate incident? How do they arrange money for Inspector Mishra? What happens to Deepak and Shaalu’s love story? What actually happens when one person who sees deaths every moment but has to face the death of his most beloved one? How to overcome the grief and feeling of loss?  Does the holy river Ganges able to fill the gap between caste, genders created by human beings in the society? Although, the climax, rather the whole plot, might raise certain questions in your heart i.e. what if the things which happened never happened at all or had taken a different turn?

Certain moments which are definitely going to give you goosebumps: Understated emotions between Devi and Vidyadhar; Deepak trying to cry his heart out and say: ye dukh sala khatam hi nahi hota; Vidyadhar’s realization of how he became a self-centered person to fulfill his own motives, Jhonta’s love towards Vidyadhar and determination to help him; Skullcrushing scenes in the ghat; Deepak’s father wanting Deepak to move out of house / ghat life by fetching a job; Vidyadhar packing food for Devi etc.  

What a fabulous acting by Sanjay Mishra as Vidyadhar Pathak. He brings so much life to all those understated or unstated emotions. Richa Chadha has again proved herself, such a restrained performance. She brings out Devi’s guilt, rebelliousness, and desire to grow in life so well through her performance. The little kid Nikhil Sahni is simply adorable. Pankaj Tripathi is also very good. A special mention for debutants Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi, how innocently, naturally and beautifully they have loved each other in the film. Vicky and Shweta would make us want to fall in love again. Vicky has played his role & delivered the dialogue so convincingly. He expresses happiness as well as grief of Deepak so well. Shweta with her beautiful smile and poetry sprouting role as Shaalu has added lot of freshness to the film. Both Vicky and Shweta are awesome. Rest of the actors have also done justice to their characters.

Indian Ocean’s music, Varun’s lyrics and Avinash Arun’s cinematography adds lots of magic to the film.

Masaan, a must-watch film, showcases the journey of transformation, journey from the Ganges to Sangam; talks about the very essence of life.

Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review of Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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Cast: Salman Khan (Pavan Kumar Chaturvedi aka Bajrangi), Kareena Kapoor (Rasika), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Chand Nawab), Harshaali Malhotra (Munni aka Shahida), Najeem Khan, Ali Quli Mirza, Deepti Naval, Om Puri, Sharat Saxena, Adnan Sami (Special Appearance)
Direction: Kabir Khan
Produced by: Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh
Written by: Kabir Khan (Dialogue), Kausar Munir (Additional Dialogue)
Screenplay: Kabir Khan, V Vijayendra Prasad, Parveez Shaikh, Asad Hussain
Story : V Vijayendra Prasad
Music: Pritam Chakraborty, Komail Shayan (KK), Background score – Julius Packiam
Cinematography: Aseem Mishra
Edited by: Rameshwar S Bhagat
Production Company: Salman Khan Films, Kabir Khan Films
Distributed by: Eros International
Release Date: 17th July, 2015
Duration: 154 minutes
Language: Hindi

When it is a Salman Khan movie, generally people don’t even wait for the review or even want to have a look at reviews. He is indeed a massive crowd puller. I have loved him in many of his early days’ movies viz. Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Sath Sath Hain etc. At the same time, I have not so much enjoyed his few of latest releases viz. Jai Ho, Dabbang 2, Ready, Kick etc. Although these movies were super hits and did major business at box office, I did feel that the power and charisma of Salman Khan were responsible for the same in comparison to the film. But here, we have a movie after a gap of few years – Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which is definitely very nicely presented. I liked most parts of the movie. Indeed there are certain scenes, where one wonders, whether this is really believable. But overall, the movie has blend of so many wonderful emotions, dialogues, screenplay which makes the whole plot of Bajrangi Bhaijaan touch your hearts. Kabir Khan has definitely given some good movies in the past – Kabul Express, New York and Ek Tha Tiger. With Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir Khan has explored the hate story of India-Pakistan in a new manner. The name of the movie is also thoughtfully crafted where the message is to grow beyond the concept of borders, be secular, accept the diversity of religion / culture / habits. The whole story can be summed up in two lines, but the beauty of the movie is in its screenplay, how it is presented. Certain dialogues, moments are surely going to generate lot of emotions, sighs, good feelings, sense of loss, sense of wanting to be together, desire to get rid of the borders, break the barriers etc. There is so much innocence as well in the movie. Many hard core realities are conveyed in a very subtle manner. So many social issues are also addressed in this film in a subtle manner viz. child trafficking, religious barriers, patriotism (on either sides of the border), corruption etc. The need to transform one’s own thoughts and to accept others without being judgmental is also beautifully projected. The showstopper scene is of course the climax scene. I am not revealing the same, I know, all of you are going to love the same.

The film begins with credits shown in the backdrop of beautiful visuals of mountains. The opening scene is in Pakistan occupied Kashmir where people are sitting and watching a cricket match between India and Pakistan on TV. Of course there is jubilation when Pakistan wins. One of the spectator is a pregnant woman who is fond of cricketer Shahid and wants to name her yet to be born child after him. Then the frames move to 6 years later, where the lady is shown in her family with a pretty girl child named Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra). Shahida is a mute girl. Parents are advised to visit Hazarat Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi, since the belief is that every prayer is answered over there and miracle can be expected for Shahida’s case as well so that she starts speaking. Father being an ex-military person can’t get visa to India and so mother determines to take Shahida to Delhi. India- Pakistan Samjhauta express takes them to Delhi and they visit the wish-fulfillment Dargah. But things go wrong on their return. Shahida just gets down when the train was stationery for a pretty long time and ends up missing her train. Unable to cry for help, she gets stranded and lost in Kurukshetra. Her family is troubled in Pakistan.

This is where entry of Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi aka Bajrangi (Salman Khan) happens with ‘selfie’ song. Shahida is so expressive through her awestruck eyes and the way she follows Pawan. Pawan is a Hanuman devotee and that is how he proudly introduces himself as Bajrangi. He even bows in front of monkey since monkey is a form of Hanuman for him. It is really great to see Pawan and Shahida develop a great bond. Pawan develops a unique way to decode Shahida’s response by her raising hand for every correct answer.

Pawan is shown to be a person whose integrity lies in being true and honest to the core. He has come from his home town to Delhi to be with his late father’s friend and family. Rasika (Kareena Kapoor) becomes his love interest.

Pawan assumes Shahida to be a Brahman girl just because she is so fair and starts calling her Munni. It is hilarious as well as very nice to see that a person who is a hardcore Hindu, a vegetarian when learns that Munni is a Muslim from Pakistan, a non-vegetarian, breaks all boundaries and crosses borders to make her reach safely at her place.

Challenges were many on his path, since her whereabouts were not clear. No entry to the country officially. In spite of all odds, how Pawan makes Rasika reach her destination is awesome. Good Samaritans like Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin), a reporter, Maulana (Ompuri) and a Bus conductor definitely help him in his journey.

Indeed there are certain unrealistic scenes in the film, but one tends to ignore the same since overall the film is well packaged, be it its theme of Indo-Pak enmity, the bond of love etc.

The real star of the show is Harshaali Malhotra. Without uttering a word, she has expressed it so well through her eyes, body language, mannerisms. Simply superb! Her smile is going to win your hearts. Salman has underplayed himself, which would definitely make you fall in love with him. Kareena has a small role but very much likeable. Another star is Nawazuddin who again wins hearts with his effortless and natural performance.

There are so many moments which need a special mention. But as mentioned earlier, the show stopper scene is the climax scene. I sincerely wished, why can’t India and Pakistan be family again.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan endorses the religion of Humanity, Love and Togetherness!!! A perfect Eidi from Salman Khan!!! It is an entertainer and inspires us to accept the diversity, culture and habits across the border and love them. Bajrangi Bhaijaan will definitely win your hearts.

Rating: 4/5 ( Very Good)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review of Baahubali : The Beginning

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Cast: Prabhas (Amarendra Baahubali & Shivudu alias Mahendra Baahubali), Rana Daggubati (Bhallala Deva), Tamannaah (Avantika), Anushka Shetty (Devasena), Sathyaraj (Kattappa), Nassar (Bijjala Deva), Ramya Krishnan (Sivagami), Rohini (Shivudu’s mother Sanga), Adivi Sesh (Bhadrudu), Tanikella Bharni, Sudeep (Aslam Khan), Nora Fatehi (cameo), Scarlett Mellish Wilson (cameo), Gabriela Bertante (cameo)
Direction: S. S. Rajamouli
Produced by: Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Screenplay: S. S. Rajamouli, Rahul Koda, Madhan Karky, V Vijayendra Prasad
Story : V Vijayendra Prasad
Music: M.M. Keeravani (lyrics by Manoj Muntashir in Hindi)
Cinematography: K. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production Company: Arka Media Works
Distributed by: Dharma Productions (in Hindi) (Telugu – Arka Media Works; Tamil – Studio Green, UV Creations; Malayalam – Global United Media)  
Release Date: 10th July, 2015
Duration: 159 minutes
Language: Hindi

About Baahubali – The Beginning: This is supposed to be one of the most expensive film (approximately 250 crore) in the history of Indian Cinema. It is a two-part Telugu Epic film written and directed by S. S. Rajamouli (Eega fame – Makhi in Hindi). It is simultaneously made in Tamil as well and dubbed in Hindi, Malayalam and French. Karan Johar presents the Hindi version. The first part has seen its release on 10th July, 2015 and the second part (Baahubali – The Conclusion) will be released in 2016. It is reported that some of the great scenes in the movie are shot in Rock Garden of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and a few other scenes are shot at Ramoji Film city as well as in Kerala (Adirapalli waterfall). It has two national award winning technicians, music director Keeravani and production designer Sabu Cyril. A battle scene is shot for 20 minutes, and it took almost four months to shoot. The movie has 2000 junior artists, 600 technicians, horses, elephants etc. The film contains approximately 4500 visual effects and computer graphics. Baahubali: The Beginning has been styled and spelled as bāhubaLi in posters and screen.

Rajamouli’s magnum opus has been designed on a very high scale, be it its production design, visual appeal, background score or narration. The war sequences shot in the movie have feel of Mahabharata (Even Rajamouli has mentioned in the media during his interviews that he was highly inspired from the epic Mahabharata). Some awe-inspiring visuals gave me goosebumps, especially magnificent waterfall shots and palaces.

As the name conveys, Baahubali means the one with strong arms. This first part of the movie introduces the story of Shivudu aka Shiva (Prabhas), his search for the reasons of being identified as Baahubali, and later unfolds the story of two brothers and their contest for the dynasty of Mahishmathi Kingdom. Indeed certain plots are larger than life and could have been unbelievable in the non-epic format, but the whole screenplay makes it very much integral part of the film. Lot of minute details is taken into consideration. Pre-intermission, every character is introduced so that the right background is set further.

The movie begins with introducing Mahishmati Kingdom and the nearby areas through map. It is heavy downpour, and we see Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), who is injured badly and also hurt with an arrow pierced at the back, trying to save herself and a newly born infant from the enemies who are following her. She fights back and tries to put a brave front. She gets drowned but she keeps her arm with the child above the water level, whom she names as Mahender Baahubali. A group of tribal people rescues the child, whereas Sivagami loses her life. One amongst the tribal, Sanga (Rohini) adopts the child and brings him up as Shivudu / Shiva. He grows up completely ignorant of his lineage. Even as a child, Shiva was fascinated with the waterfall and the mountain, and he used to try climbing the same in spite of Sanga’s emotional blackmailing. Destiny makes Shiva meet feisty warrior Avantika (Tamannaah), and he also ultimately climbs the mountain with waterfall. He gets a new purpose which makes him land in Mahishmati Kingdom.

Post-intermission gets more gripping and riveting. The movie showcases the story of Mahishmati Kingdom. What could be the purpose of Shiva in going to Mahishmati Kingdom? What power play happens in the kingdom which resulted in the initial scene of injured Sivagami trying to save the child. Who was Shivgami ? How was Mahender Baahubali identified by people at the kingdom, though he went there for the first time? What is the story of two brothers Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas in double role) and Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati)?  How does the character of Kattappa (warrior slave of the kingdom) shape up in the film?

Certain scenes are awesome and breathtaking viz. Shiva’s attempt to climb the mountain with waterfall, Bhallala Deva’s (Rana Daggubati) fight with bull with bare hands, Shiva’s attempt to move and carry shrine stone on his shoulder, his deep dive in between the valleys of the mountain, swinging from vines so as to climb the waterfall, people at the kingdom erecting a golden statue etc. The 20-minute battle scene deserves a special mention. Very nicely shot.

Every actor in this film has done so much justice to their characters, be it Rana, Prabhas, Ramya, Sathyaraj, Nassar, Anushka, Rohini etc.

The first half although has some amazing shots, the second half steals the show with the story unfolding in a magnificent manner. Dubbed version has some lip sync issues as well.

The last frame of this movie definitely makes one look forward to its second part releasing in 2016. Although, it seems predictable, but Rajamouli’s treatment of the plot is certainly going to be interesting and worth watching.

Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali : The Beginning” is spectacular, visually appealing.

Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Honda Jazz: Experience the Dream Ride

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I was extremely delighted when I received an invite mail for the Pre-Launch Event of Honda Jazz on 4th July, 2015. When I looked at the venue details, my joy was doubled since the event had to happen at F1 track of Buddh International Circuit. It was also a proud moment since I was amazed at the trust shown by Honda upon us bloggers as influencers to be part of this Pre-Launch event of Honda Jazz. A perfect Hangout with Honda.

Hangout with Honda Synopsis
Almost top 100 bloggers were invited from all across the country. We had to reach at Radisson Blu (Greater Noida) first. What a delight meeting all fellow bloggers. After registration formalities, chit-chats with bloggers, and sumptuous lunch, we were taken to Buddh International Circuit. Lot of surprises was waiting for us over there viz. an awesome host VJ Yudhishtir, presentation, games, quiz, rewards, band performance clubbed with snacks, drinks, dinner etc. We all got to drive the All New Jazz at F1 track. A day very well spent. What an amazing experience – truly a Dream Ride in Jazz at F1 during Hangout with Honda. Congratulations to Honda team for putting up such a great event which was so very well co-ordinated and organized. You took care of our to & fro travel, food, stay for outstation bloggers at Radisson etc. Thank you for making us feel so important.

My Aha Moments during ‘Hangout with Honda’

Registration: Registering for such a grand event of Pre-launch of Honda Jazz i.e. Hangout with Honda itself gave lot of high. When I started blogging 15 months back, I never saw the opportunities coming my way through my blog writing. I am absolutely in love with blogging. 

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Chit-Chat with fellow bloggers: Hangout with Honda not only enhanced the delight of experiencing Honda Jazz but also expanded the horizon of my friendships. Met amazing bloggers from the world of Travel, Food, Fashion, Beauty, Books, Photography, Technology etc.

Image(s) Courtesy: Photographs clicked using mine and Rahul Prabhakar’s mobiles

Interaction with the host VJ Yudhishtir: I have seen Yudhi so many times on television, but interacting with him in person and also clicking a selfie with him – absolutely loved these moments. And Yudhi, you were just awesome. You captured the audience’ attention with your great sense of humour, simplicity, humility. You instantly connected with all of us. Love you Yudhi for being such a great host and giving all of us wonderful memories of Hangout with Honda. Just check out the photos – am I not glowing!!!

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Presentations about The All New Jazz: It was great to meet a few of the top authorities from Honda team to understand their journey to come up with the All New Jazz. Mr. Katsushi Inoue (CEO, Honda Cars India Limited), Mr. Jnaneswar Sen (Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Cars India Limited), Ms. Anita Sharma (AVP – Marketing, Honda Cars India Limited), Mr. Shakeel Anjum (DGM Marketing Communications, Honda Cars India Limited), Ms. Saba Khan, Ms. Navneet Kaur (Strategy and Product Plan, Honda Cars India Limited) were the few ones to grace the occasion with their sheer presence. Mr. Katsushi Inoue spoke about the All New Honda Jazz that it is for the younger generation who wants ‘Everything’. Ms, Navneet Kaur presented the technical details as well as features of Jazz. Details about the vehicle is given in the later part of this document under the head “The Jazz‘y’ World”. Holding on to the information till then. Yes, hold your breath to read the details.

Some Fun Moments during Hangout with Honda: Quiz by Yudhi, Photo-bomber activity, Digital Selfie all added up to the fun element.

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from Honda Car’s Facebook Page

Safety Instructions at the Control Room: This was a fabulous experience understanding  the safety instructions to drive at F1. The kind of infrastructure maintained to monitor the F1 track, response time in case of accidents are all just superb.

The Dream Ride at F1 track: When I look back, these moments appear to be so surreal. Ah! I was excited as well as nervous to drive in F1. Wearing the safety helmet and just standing there in front of the stadium gave me goosebumps. I just could not believe that I was standing at Buddh International Circuit – the famous F1 track.

I got the Car No. 6 and I was the second from the Lead Car. Mr. Lalit from Buddh International Circuit team accompanied me during my drive. There were 4 more vehicles following me. And when we all completed our drive, rest of my friends were looking for who was driving Car No. 6… since maximum number of call outs were done for me, either to slow down or to keep pace with the vehicle in front. Indeed I was conscious of driving and it was fun driving. Enjoyed every bit of my dream ride.

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The Jazz‘y’ World
What stayed with me after Mr. Kasushi and Ms. Navneet’s Presentation: What caught my attention is the advertisement of Honda Jazz: “Why settle for more, when you can get everything”. Indeed Honda Jazz offers everything. At the end of this post, I am sure, all of you would resonate with what I said.

How Jazz offers Everything? : Are you the one, who never settles for less, rather u don’t even settle for more, want everything? Honda Jazz is the right choice. It is definitely going to set a new benchmark in premium hatchback segment.

Feel young at Heart: Jazz’s exterior has been designed with a great sporty look. Utility wise also, many factors are taken into consideration. It has sporty sleek head lamps, front grille with premium black gloss and chrome finish, LED high mount stop lamp, premium LED rear tail lamps, Chrome rear license garnish, Alloy wheels, Electric adjustable & foldable outside mirror with turn indicators, Rear parking camera with multi view display and guidelines, Rear micro antenna.

Travel in your Comfortable style: Interiors has been designed keeping the comfort level of customers in mind. Magic seats allow various seating modes as per the requirement by just flipping and unflipping between different settings. Interestingly, four modes are there: Tall Mode, Utility Mode, Refresh Mode, Long Mode. Honda describes it as ‘Highly Functional and Versatile Interior’. Literally, it lets us fit in almost everything, be it cycle, groceries, plants etc. The recline feature allows one to use the front seat as a calf support for the rear seat passenger when the front seat is fully laid back and the headrest is removed. This is certainly going to be a feature and one of the unique proposition of Jazz. ‘Man Maximum Machine Minimum’ absolutely fits Jazz.

Enjoy Picnics: Magic seats when clubbed with very good Cargo Space makes the vehicle very much suitable for picnics, family tours. Cargo has 354 L capacity. Wow, isn’t it too good. Yes, 354 L capacity makes the cargo more spacious and more convenient luggage room.

Hot Jazz with Cool Attitude: Interiors reflect the cool jazzy attitude. Integrated 15.7 cm (6.2”) Touchscreen AVN, Auto AC with Touchscreen Control Panel, Integrated Audio with 12.7 cm (5”) Screen, Advanced Multi Information Combimeter with Eco Assist Ambient Rings,  Multi-Functional Steering Wheel with Audio Controls, Hands Free Telephone Controls & Paddle Shifts (CVT only) and premium /spacious interiors give a perfect cool jazzy attitude to the vehicle.

Best in Segment Technology: Indeed, Best in Segment fuel efficient diesel engine (i-DTEC) and fuel efficient petrol automatic (i-VTEC CVT) are used. The advantages are shown as below in the pictures. The engine performance and fuel efficiencies is worth mentioning. 6 speed MT gearbox in i-DTEC is unique. The paddle shifter in 1.2 liter i-VTEC is brilliant. Excellent acceleration is there.

Image Courtesy: Brochure of Honda Jazz
Flaunt the Colour of your Choice: The All New Jazz is getting launched in seven colours viz. Sunset Orange, Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Tafelta White, Golden Brown Metallic and White Orchid Pearl. My all time favourite is definitely Carnelian Red Pearl. What is yours?

Drive Safe: The All New Jazz comes with an array of safety features, like SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, impact mitigating headrest and immobilizer anti-theft system, to name a few. In case of unfortunate collision, ACETM body structure and pedestrian injury mitigation technology minimize injuries. So, please feel secure and drive Honda Jazz.


Official Launch in India

By the time, I would be publishing this post on my blog, Honda Jazz would have seen its official launch i.e. on 8th July, 2015.

The Price for different variants are as mentioned below:

For any further information, please refer this link at . Download its brochure at

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Source of Information and Image Courtesy for this Blog Post: Many informations are gathered out of ‘Hangout with Honda’ event of which I was part of. Lot many other information are collected from  and facebook page of Honda Car India i.e.

A few images are picked up from the above mentioned links, a few others from the brochure.

Thank you Honda for giving me this lifetime opportunity to attend ‘Hangout with Honda’ prior to its official launch.

Are you ready to experience Honda Jazz. The punch line suits: Nothing else is a Jazz. Why to settle for more, when  you can get Everything with Honda Jazz. Enjoy your dream ride with the All New Jazz from Honda.

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