Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur is being touted as one of the best Bollywood flicks so far this year and I was pretty sure I was not gonna like it. Thanks to Varun Dhawan, the shoes he usually gets into is hardly interesting. Add to the fact that Sriram Raghavan’s previous flick was the atrocious Agent Vinod, things were never tempting. And just as I had expected the previews didn’t sell me but the rants were so much that I couldn’t give this a miss. Especially when the rants came from a friend who had worked in the movie. Continue reading Badlapur: What I Thought!
Vidya Balan is the reason why I go in for a movie without a second thought. The amount of charm she packs in a movie is just unreal. She has proved more than once that she can effortlessly carry a movie on her sole shoulder. She was on a winning streak with Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani and that streak inevitably broken by movies like Ghanchakkar and Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Well guess what, she is back on track and hell, she can capture audiences like ever before. Continue reading Bobby Jasoos
I do like Bollywood movies and I desperately want to fall in love with some, to the point it might get stuck in my head for years to come. Very few movies has had the ability to let that happen though, assured I’d be telling my kids about Sholay one day but the same couldn’t be said about the much recent movies. There are of course exceptions that might just end up on the list, I adore Dev D for example and The Lunchbox, Kahaani, Gangs Of Wasseypur and a dozen more could be contenders as well. Continue reading Highway: What I Thought!
It had been a longtime since I opined about a Bollywood movie, the reasons for which happens to be its duration and there was nothing that caught my attention or even the slightest bit of intrigue. So let me just a stretch a bit. Hasee Toh Phasee was something I initially turned my back on thinking its your usual romcom then I decided to give it a chance, just for Parineeti Chopra. It was anything BUT your usual romcom. There were indeed antiques of it from time to time but it was much more enjoyable thanks to the film’s slightly artsy production. Unlike the typical Bollywood romcoms ‘cheesy’ had not been served hot from frame one but as I said there were scenes that constantly reminded you that you were indeed watching one.
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Among the slew of modern movies churned out over the past few years, The Lunchbox comes off as surprisingly delighting without any of the bells and whistles the aforementioned movies had. Its a simple tale of an old-school romance between an Indian housewife and an accountant way into his 50/60s that touches on the more simple things in life. Continue reading The Lunchbox: What I Thought!
John Abraham produced and acted Madras Cafe had been the talk of the town much before it was released, and much of the talk arising from the sensitive and controversial theme it had.
Shoojit Sircar, who previously directed the critically acclaimed Yahaan and the over-rated Vicky Donnor helms Madras Cafe. Thankfully, Sircar handles Madras Cafe with utmost care not to overdo the war or the assassination finale. It was indeed a bold move. The movie’s first half packs a punch and a lot had been squeezed into it, be it the civil war or the politics that was in play behind all the events. And the same had been narrated via cut shots and collages. The pacing too was brisk leaving no time to take in breath, inducing a kind of grim feel consistently till the end. It essentially had that Hollywood vibe thanks to the brilliant cinematography by Kamaljeeth Negi. Continue reading Madras Cafe: What I Thought!
Walking outta the theatre after watching Ghanchakkar, I felt like a victim of that Expectation vs Reality meme. I had huge expectations for Ghanchakkar but when faced with the reality that was the movie, I was gravely let down. Especially I’d went in for Raj Kumar Gupta’s previous movie No One Killed Jessica with half the expectation and was blown away. I did the mistake of going in excited and was sorely disappointed with Ghanchakkar. Continue reading Ghanchakkar: What I Thought!