Category: Bollywood Movie Reviews
Critically acclaimed film maker, Rituparno Ghosh's Last Lear starring Amitabh Bachchan , Preity Zinta and Arjun Rampal is all set to hit the screns later this year. The movie has got critical acclaim from many of the film festivals that it has been shown. Here is a review by Variety on Rituparno Ghosh's Last Lear.
The reviewer does not have much praise for the movie and its story line but he reserves praise for the starcast, especially Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta.
Last Lear Star Cast
Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Shefali Shah, Divya Dutta, Jisshu Sengupta. (English, Hindi dialogue)
Variety's Review Of Last Lear
A grand old stage vet experiences a tragic downfall when he ventures into his first starring film role in "The Last Lear," Rituparno Ghosh's badly calculated behind-the-scenes meller that exhibits a peculiar contemptuousness toward movies and moviemaking. A decidedly serious dramatization of Utpal Dutt's play, "Aajker Shahjahan" (The Emperor Today), and also partially made to honor superstar Amitabh Bachchan -- here incredibly in his first primarily English-lingo pic -- Ghosh's handling is stodgy and dull and calls out for trimming. Local auds and non-resident Indian fans will flock to see this unusual Bachchan project and will patiently look past work's myriad problems.The premiere of a film titled "The Mask" provides Ghosh's narrative with a rather creaky framing device to rewind to the film-within-a-film's genesis: Journo Gautam (Jisshu Sengupta) uses an interview with great thesp Harish (Harry) Mishra (Bachchan) as a vehicle to introduce the old, crusty artist to rising hot-shot helmer Siddarth (Arjun Rampal).
It takes a long while to fill in this phase of the saga, since the action first involves "Mask" co-star Shabnam (Preity Zinta), hiding from her cruel husband by going to Harry's home. There, it's revealed that Harry is now infirm and bedridden, with the household run by his longtime companion Vandana (Shefali Shah), who at first treats Shabnam with spite.
Eventually, the women grow comfortable with each other, as Shabnam relates to Vandana how she got to know Harry while making the film. At the same time, outside the premiere screening, Gautam recalls his side of the Harry story.
Pace is particularly slack in the early going as characters and relationships are established across locales and timeframes, making Harry's first encounter with Gautam long overdue.
A man living in the memories of his legendary Shakespearean performances, Harry is a flatly drawn curmudgeon that Bachchan uses for the personal pleasure of much scenery chewing, declamations and more than a few of his signature flourishes. A theatrical moment when Harry breaks into a Prospero soliloquy from "The Tempest" in the middle of his Kolkata living room is a case of Shakespeare-gone-kitsch.
Pic : A Scene From Last Lear
Exactly one week after delivering that dead duck of a film, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, the director shows up with Darling, something of a comic-horror film in which Fardeen Khan finds himself being stalked by the ghost of his mistress who died in a scuffle with him.
Esha Deol plays the ghost in question, who returns to complete some unfinished business with her cad of a boss who got her pregnant and then refused to leave his wife for her. Scared out of his wits, Fardeen can’t come clean to his wife Isha Koppikar, and doesn't know how to get those pesky cops off his back.
What's interesting about Darling is the manner in which director Ram Gopal Varma turns around the cliches you normally associate with ghosts in Hindi films: they’re mysterious, you don't see them too often, they appear in a fog-like smoke, they don't speak too much. But the ghost in Darling is a yackety-yack bitter ex who smacks him around, disturbs his love-making session with his wife, sobs in his living room, and calls him a bastard at least fifty times in the film.
The film’s best moments are the ones in which Esha Deol's ghost shows up at all the wrong times to make Fardeen's life a living hell. Like the time she shows up under his table while he’s dictating a letter to his secretary. Or the time she shows up in hospital when Fardeen Khan and his wife visit a friend recovering from an accident. Or then the time she shows up in his office when he's being interrogated by the police.
Although disguised as a horror film, the only bit in Darling that really spooks you is Esha Deol's determined, defiant gaze as a dead body. The film works more as a comedy, and introduces a bunch of supporting characters who provide the laughs: Fardeen Khan's annoying co-worker with the sing-song voice, an investigating officer with a Sherlock Holmes hangover, and best of all, the detective's dead-silent female assistant who looks like something straight out of a Ramsay film.
Pic : Darling Movie
Check out film critic Rajeev Masand's review of Indra Kumar's comedy Dhamaal
We've become so accustomed to vulgarity in the name of humour that we've forgotten to appreciate clean comedies. Which is why I want to roll out the carpet for this week's new Bollywood release, Dhamaal, a genuinely funny, plot-driven family comedy directed by - surprise, surprise - the king of melodrama himself, Indra Kumar.
The film stars Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey and Ashish Chaudhary as a bunch of unemployed, down-on-their-luck no-gooders who go in search of a ten-crore rupee treasure they learn about from a dying mob-boss.
As luck would have it, the secret of this hidden treasure also reaches the ears of a crooked cop, played by Sanjay Dutt. So now you've got five guys heading in the direction of this stacked-away money, each encountering oddballs along the way, each trying to reach the location before the others so he can claim the full amount himself.
What's refreshing about Dhamaal is the fact that it doesn't fall into any of the traps that recent hits in the comic genre - Partner and Heyy Babyy succumbed to - it's not vulgar, it isn't full of sexist jokes, the dialogues aren't stupid, and you don't feel like the gags are being stretched out endlessly.
Having said that, let's not get too carried away and put either the director or the writers on a pedestal just yet, because Dhamaal is after all a rather blatant rip-off of the evergreen Hollywood hit, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
Dhamaal works primarily because it's a cleverly written film that moves briskly from one gag to another, leaving you with hardly any time in between to stop and ponder.
And although you can trace back several of the jokes to popular American films like Starsky & Hutch, Road Trip and even the Mr Bean TV series, it's the manner in which these jokes come together in the screenplay that deserves credit.
Pic : Dhamaal Movie
After RGV Ki Aag, my psychiatrist adviced, “ No More Ramu Movies” . But my craze for movies outweighed the doctor’s invaluable advice. I told myself, I am safe and sound after RGV Ki Aag. What harm can Darling do to me? Did I underestimate RGV’s ability in producing excruciating films? Read on to know….
Darling Ki Kahani
Aditya ( Fardeen Khan) is happily married with Isha Koppikar . And to get some additional happiness he engages in an amorous relationship with his sexy secretary, Geeta (Esha Deol). And just when you wished you were in Fardeen’s place, his fun filled life takes a round about turn, when he accidentally kills Esha Deol. From then onwards, Darling is a tale of Esha’s seek for revenge.
Horror Or Comedy?
Ramu does well to setup the premise pretty quickly. He pretty well establishes his lead characters in a matter of a few reels. Two hot songs and some love scenes later Ram Gopal Verma quickly gets to his story telling. The first half of the Darling is filled with horror scenes, the wide-eyed corpse of Esha watching Fardeen, or the one where Fardeen digs the grave only to find Esha Deol stting with her leg spread besides it.
But post interval it is all comedy. The scenes of the James Bond inspired Inspector and his expressionless deadpan assistant are hilarious, even the scene with Esha crouched under Fardeen’s table as he is dictating notes to his secretary has you laughing loud. So we had horror and comedy. During the closing sequence, Ramu decides to add a bit of melodrama to Darling. So that’s it Ramu’s Darling –E-Khaaz Mixed Bhaji. This new dish by Ramu surely could have been tastier had he added only one masala than mixing it all.
Pic : Darling Movie
Indra Kumar has given Bollywood some great films like Dil, Beta, Raja and Ishq. But on the other hand he has also made pedestrian movies like Mann, Pyaare Mohan and Rishtey. This week Indra Kumar returns to his favorite genre, comedy, with a mad cap film Dhamaal. The tagline of Dhamaal suggests that, “You Shall Die Laughing”. So is there any tinsi winsi bit of truth in that statement or is it just a figment of imagination of someone heading the promotion team of Dhamaal. Read on to know…
Dhamaal Ki Kahani
Four good for nothing guys ,( Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Riteish Deshmukh and Ashish Choudhary) and a cop ( Sanjay Dutt) get some invaluable information that could lead them to 10 crores. Then begins a race among the five of them to reach the money. The problems they face in their task to find the money forms the crux of the plot.
Is there any Dhamaal In Dhamaal?
There are two types of comedies. One is the situational type comedy a prime example being Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal and the other are those leave your brain home kind of David Dhawan comedies. Both types of comedies if well made are equally humorous.
Pic : Dhamaal Movie Review
You must have read what Rajeev Masand
thought about Pooja Bhatt's film, Dhoka that talks about a police officer and his suicide bomber wife. Here is what film critic Taran Adarsh has to say about the Dhoka.
Dhoka Movie Review
Powerful. Thought-provoking. Disturbing. That sums up DHOKHA, directed by Pooja Bhatt.
After attempting PAAP and HOLIDAY, Pooja charters into a new -- and most difficult -- terrain with DHOKHA. With terrorism raising its ugly head in Hyderabad recently, a film like DHOKHA is all the more topical. In this case, the suicide bomber is the cop's wife. Whew, piping hot stuff indeed!
What sets DHOKHA apart from films of its ilk is that the film never takes sides. It doesn't blame any particular community, in fact it's not pro or anti any religion. It blames the people who spread terror in the name of religion. Also, it denounces terrorism in very clear words. DHOKHA hits where it hurts. You want to know the reason why people turn into jehadis. DHOKHA probes into the issue and provides the answers.
To sum up, DHOKHA is one of the finest and powerful films to come out of the Bhatt camp. This one dares to unruffle a few feathers!
Film critic Rajeev Masand reviews Pooja Bhatt's Dhoka. Here is what he says to say about the movie.
Noble intentions alone don't make a good film, and that becomes clear as crystal while watching Pooja Bhatt's new film Dhokha, this week's other new release. The film, her third directorial outing after Paap and Holiday, is unarguably the most relevant of her three films because it touches upon themes that are significant and critical.
Newcomer Muzammil Ibrahim stars as a young Muslim police officer who learns that his cute-as-a-cupcake wife Tulip Joshi may have been a suicide bomber responsible for the death of many innocent people.
It's a discovery he can't quite come to terms with because it dawns on him that he may have never really known this person he shared his home, his heart and his life with for two whole years.
Determined to get some answers, he sets off on a mission to trace why and how she may have led this double life.
Now with this film Pooja Bhatt makes an earnest attempt to address so many urgent issues - everything from communal prejudices and cultural stereotyping to terrorism in the name of religion and exploitation at the hands of the establishment. Problem is, in her over-enthusiasm she forgets that key rule that movie directors can never really afford to forget - feature film is a popular medium, it must engage. It mustn’t become a bhashan that bores the audience.
Despite a solid premise, Dhokha fails to realise its potential because the screenplay is often contrived, often convenient, and at times just hopelessly idealistic.
An everyday policeman just tumbles into a full-fledged terrorist outfit. A suspicious spiritual leader shows up out of thin air to participate in a never-ending question-answer session on the relevance of jihad. And a suicide bomber strapped with kilos of RDX gets to go home scot-free after he's persuaded not to blow up VT Station. If only the world were so simple.
Pic : Dhoka Movie Review
Let's get one thing straight! To remake a film that not only set box-office records and is referred to as a classic, but also one that by far has the biggest recall value, is playing with aag. Ramgopal Varma, the maverick film-maker, has the courage to remake SHOLAY, a film that continues to be one of the favorite entertainers across the globe.
Comparisons with SHOLAY are obvious and one presumes, RGV knew it all along that's he's bound to feel the heat by those who swear by SHOLAY. To give the credit where it's due, RGV remains faithful to the classic, not once does he deviate from the plot, not once does he twists facts… you know exactly what to expect and where the story is heading.
Jai, Veeru, Thakur, Basanti and above all Gabbar are characters that attained cult status over the years, especially Gabbar. RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG does justice to those characters, especially Gabbar, who wore a sinister look on his face all the while. Terror has a new name now. It's Babban!
Shortcomings? Oh yes! The romantic track, involving Ajay - Nisha Kothari, is a yawn. To be more specific, the by-now-famous 'suicide' sequence doesn't work. Prior to that, Prashant and Sushmita's meeting with Nisha's parents to seek her hand in marriage for Ajay also falls flat. Besides, this is not for the faint-hearted who detest violent films. RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG is sure to give them hiccups.
To cut a long story short, the comparisons with SHOLAY will tell on RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG.
In the dark underbelly of Mumbai city, a nihilistic new leader has risen to rule the fetid underworld. His name is Babban [Amitabh Bachchan]. Cruel beyond imagination, psychotically violent and far more devious than any gangster the city has ever known.
Nobody has ever seen him and if they did, they didn't survive to tell the tale. But one man believed in his existence. And that is Inspector Narsimha [Mohanlal], who has a single-minded determination to finish Babban.
RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG is SHOLAY, yet different. Sure, the story is the same, but the setting and interpretation of the story are different, very contemporary. As a storyteller, the RGV stamp is visible in a couple of sequences. Note Bachchan's spine-chilling introduction. Nisha's introductory sequence also makes you break into a chuckle. The Sachin episode that gives birth to a bitter enmity is tremendous. The sequence outside the courtroom [Bachchan - Mohanlal face off] is remarkable. Bachchan avenging his brother's death by eliminating Mohanlal's family is terrifying…
Ramu's take on Sholay, Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag Releases today. After Sarkar, Ramu has quite not been able to hit the bull's eye at the box office. So will his remake of the cult classic Sholay manage to woo the audience? Read the review of RGV Ki Aag to find out....
Review of Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag
Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag is fantabulous, it is one of the finest films to have graced Bollywood. Ram Gopal Verma is surely a magician to have made a film par excellence. Was this what Ramu expected the audience to mouth out after watching this film? Then these words of appreciation may just be available to Ram Gopal’s ears in some of his fanciest dreams. Oops, did I say dreams. Ok, our dear Ramu is not going to have dreams for quite some time. Sleepless nights and nightmares are all that Ram Gopal Verma is privileged to have after making a film like Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag.
Is Picture Mein Kya Hain ?
Sholay toh dekhi hogi aap logon ne. Ok, then it’s the same plot. Only the characters get some new weird funny names and the screenplay and dialogues are thrown in an Aag, all the humor, romance, thrills, emotions are removed. Yes, that sums up Ramu’s Aag.
Ajay pheeka Devgan, Nisha overacting Kothari , Prashant expressionless Raj are abysmal, to say the least. There is no chemistry between any of the actors. No romance between the lead pair, no bonds of friendship between the two friends. Absolutely nothing. The badly choreographed songs are a patience testing tool for the audience.
Movie Review : Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag
Sajid Khan's debut film as a director, Heyy Babyy hits the screen this week. Known for his stand up comedy shows, one surely expects some serious dose of laughter from Sajid's film. So will Sajid Khan's debut venture be a comical gem or will it fall into the category of films that will be promoted with full blast but will fizzle out once they release. Read on to know....
Heyy Baby Movie Story
Arush (Akshay Kumar), Al (Fardeen Khan), and Tanmay (Ritiesh Deshmukh) three close buddies are Sydney's biggest casanova's. Their life suddenly takes a turn for the good when a baby is left at their doorstep. Initiallly perturbed by the baby's presence, they finally start developing love for the cute angelic baby. And when the three men and their baby were living all cosy and happy, the baby's real mother ( Vidya Balan) turns up and snatches the baby from them. How they redeem the baby and win Vidya's heart forms the crux of the film.
Heyy Babyy Review
First thing's first. Is Heyy Baby a copy of Three Men And A Baby
? As Sajid Khan said in an interview, "Heyy Babyy is as similar to Three Men And A Baby as much as Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
is similar to Patch Adams
." So is that statement true? It's Absolutely True.
But is Heyy Babyy as refreshing a comedy as Three Men And A Baby? Sorry, the answer is a BIG NO. With Heyy Babyy Sajid resorts to the same cliches, abundant hamming and crass humor that he so badly condemned on his comedy shows. And that is what is a major disappointment.
Heyy Babyy Review
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