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Movie Review: Tanu weds Manu (2011)

Tanu weds Manu

Released on 25th Feb,2011
Tanu Weds Manu

Producers: Vinod Bachchan, Shailesh R. Singh, Surya Singh

Banner: Vitcom 18 Motion Pictures Paramahans Creations and Movies Ltd

Director: Anand.L.Rai

Cast – Credits : R Madhavan as Manoj Sharma; Kangna Ranaut as Tanuja Trivedi; Jimmy Shergill as Raja; Ravi Kissen · Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi ,Swara Bhaskar[Tanu’s friend]

Music: K rsna

Stars***

Marriages are solemnized on earth although made in heaven. Tanu weds Manu showcases both unlike poles attracting to each other. Initially Tanu does not want to marry the simpleton yet intelligent Dr.Manu. However if it was not for the family’s satisfaction and Manu would have not made it to Kanpur he would have not met Tanu.

After meeting Tanu begins the interesting journey of Tanu weds Manu. What all happens in their life, the two opposite personalities keep bumping into each other and inspite of the fact that Tanu does not want to marry Manu nor does she love him. This small town girl who has studied in Delhi does not believe in arranged marriages also she always likes to do things opposite to what her parents want her to do. Her rebellious kind of a nature provokes her to do something happening and different in life.

The film tells the story of two individuals who are thrown together by destiny. Manu a doctor by profession has lead an unromantic life but after meeting Manu he gets cleaned bowled by her persona and decides to marry her. But Tanu rejects his proposal as she is already in love with someone else. Tanu very easily falls in love and also falls out of love. But finally she decides to marry Jimmy Shergill[Raja]. Nonetheless the best boy for Jimmy and Tanu’s marriage is Manu. He is there at every step buying the trousseau for Tanu, getting her married in the court. Finally, when Tanu realizes Manu’s love she clearly informs Jimmy about her love for Manu. The breath taking scenes as to what will happen to Manu’s love keeps the audiences nerves thudding. The climax in which Jimmy decides amicably to part with Tanu brings sympathy for Jimmy too. The romantic thrills and comic situations keep one glued to the silver screen. Though just love is being depicted yet you feel there is so much of happening.

Direction: Director Anand.L.Rai holds the sequences brilliantly. He really seems to have used all the nuances to holding your breath while depicted the intricacies in love. hold. The North Indian backdrop and its flavor have been portrayed excellently. Anand has carried forward the “Shaadi Ka Mahaul” brilliantly. A good on screen narration.

Story-Screenplay-Dialogues: A well knit, intriguing story, with tight screenplay. Comic yet emotional dialogues will definitely be liked by the audiences. Every minutest expression has been showcased with delicacy. While igniting romantic inclination towards Manu, Tanu recollects the difference in mannerisms of both R. Madhavan and Jimmy Shergill with reference to her dupatta episode-for this u need to watch the film. What will happen to the feelings of Dr Manu how will he win Tanu forms the crux of the intriguing story. Kya Shaadi upperwallen ke yahn se tai hoti hai? To know this go watch TWM

Performances: Madhavan has surely underplayed his emotions in a subtle, exuberant yet electrifying manner. For this he definitely deserves a pat on his back. Madhavan’s exuberant and simple performance will make the girls fall for him. Kangana has brilliantly performed her bubbly and extrovert character. Jimmy Shergill plays a negative character. He did equal justice to his character. Jimmy is surely matured in his performance. Swara Bhaskar plays Tanu’s friend she is a pleasant surprise and has performed well.

Music Director: Krashana has done a good job. Songs suit the situation and also pep your ears. Probably lack of promotions could not prove its worth.

Editing- Fast paced editing is enjoyable. Cinematography is ok.

TWM will allure the audiences down North. Overall a must watch film. . Kya Shaadi upperwalle ke yahn se tai hoti hai? To know this go watch TWM

-Lipika Varma

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Posted by Lipika Varma on 27 February, 2011
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Movie Review: Saat Khoon Maaf (2011)

Saat Khoon Maaf

Saat Khoon Maaf

Director:Vishal Bhardwaj

Producers:Vishal Bhardwaj, Ronnie Screwvala

Star Cast: Priyanka Chopra as Susanna,Neil Nitin Mukesh as Major Rodriques
John Abraham as Jimmy, Irrfan Khan as Wasiullah, Aleksandr Dyachenko as Vronsky, Annu Kapoor as Keemat Lal, Naseeruddin Shah as Tarafdar, Vivaan Shah

Usha Uthup as a Maid, Konkona Sen Sharma in a Guest appearance

Stars: ***

Saat khoon maaf is a thriller, drama and a black comedy film. The story is based on Ruskin Bond’s novel ‘Susanna’s seven husbands. Susanna’s husbands [on reel] Naseeruddin Shah, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Anu Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Vivan Shah (son of Naseeruddin Shah) and the actor from Russia Aleksandr Dyachenko.

Vivan Shah (son of Naseeruddin Shah) is in awe with Priyanka and she gets him educated. He has a soft corner for Priyanka.[Sussana]

Life can be mean to some and they have to relish bad taste in their relationships. So in order to get rid of the unusual relationship and find solace in life Sussana kills her husband’s cleverly by not really committing the murder. Well! The murders of these hubby’s are meticulously managed by Priyanka and her loyal servants. But when she kills the Russian hubby it becomes a little difficult for Susanna to escape. But with the entry of Anu Kapoor who is clean bowled by the beauty of Susanna, helps her get rid of the cold blooded murder. Now wife murdering the husband’s may sound treacherous. But why Sussana decides to kill them forms the crux of the story?

Director Vishal Bhardwaj has intelligently painted the tale on the celluloid. Painting the novel on to the screen, nonetheless, becomes a difficult job. However he has been true to his craftsmanship. Showing older Priyanka and convincing her to look so real must have been so tough but this has surely enabled him to portray her character so very truly. Vishal has done justice to all his male characters. A brilliant job indeed!

Performances of all the actors however is praiseworthy but nothing much to vouch for. John as a druggist has done justice to his character. Naseer was as usual meticulous in his bong character. Irfan performed his usual self nothing great. But the man who remained in the” Not Smooching Controversy was brilliant. Yeah! You guessed rightly Anu Kapoor performed so very exuberantly that his performances will surely leave an undying impression on the audiences. Vivan has ample of potentials. He surely inherits it from both his father and mother. He was excellent in his performances. Vivan as a beginner deserves a pat on his back. Last but not the least Priyanka Chopra enacted well. Her mind blowing performances both as beauty and the beast will kill the audiences

Music: Music is wonderful and the sexy peppy number “Darling… which is already a rave amongst one and all will be liked by the audiences.

Editing: The fast paced editing has added colors to the film However towards the end few scenes could be chopped off to make the film crisper. Cinematography with proper lightings brings the sequences alive.

Flaws: the film could be shorter towards the climax. SKM targets class and International audiences. Minus bollywood ishtyle filmy masala which could restrict the aam junta from coming to the box office windows.

All in all SKM to Priyanka… But Y… for this….. You definitely need to watch the flick at least once.

-Lipika Varma

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Posted by Lipika Varma on 18 February, 2011

Movie Review: Patiala House (2011)

Patiala House

patiala house

Producers: Nikhil Advani,Mukesh Talreja,Bhushan Kumar,Bhushan Kumar,Kishan Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, Zoeb Springwala.

Director: Nikhil Advani.

Starcast: Akshay Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Dimple Kapadia, Prem Chopra, Hard Kaur and Soni Razdan

Stars: **

Patiala House is a film about the Kahlon household of Southall. The family is headed by orthodox Sikh Gurtej Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor) who expresses every emotion with a little moustache dance. He is deadly against the British for the Shiks who were subjected to racists exploitations.All the family members which comprises of about 13-15 members in all have to follow Gurtej blindly. No one is allowed to pursue any profession of their own. Although all the members of the family do not want to agree to whatever Gurtej dictates but the eldest of all Parghat Singh [Akki] is indifferent to their ideas. He believes in following his father blindly.While 17 years old he was selected to represent the England team but Gurtej did not allow him to play for them as an Indian this would bring disgrace to his country. Anushka Sharma is seen playing the love interest of Akki and she brings back the light of the day in the life of the cricketer.Dimple plays a silent watcher as a mother. Hard Kaur fashioned as a Punjabi aunt dressed as a Sikh is another comic element. Well! Will Gattu[ Akki ]turn to his passion “Cricket” and will Gurtej accept Akki playing for the England team forms the crux of the story.

Story Sreenplay: The tale is based on family bonding, attachments and emotional proximity. An engaging family drama with cricket. Let’s hope the father son relationship and the feeling of other family members amalgamated with cricket brings the audiences at the box office windows.

Performances-Appearances of cricketers like Symonds, McCullum, Gibbs, Pollard and ex-England captain Nassir Hussain who tries to speak Hindi seems like an unintentional comic element. Hard Kaur fashioned as a Punjabi aunty is worth a watch and finally when she comes back to her normal avatar of jazz singer she looks a killer.

Anushka looks good and definitely done a wonderful jabbering job. Akshay Kumar has definitely tried to aptly perform this emotional character. Nonetheless we miss his regular genre of screaming, laughing and punching. Last but not the least Rishi Kapoor tried to keep up to his angry fatherly character.

Music-The film’s music is predictably bhangra. Music has nothing much to offer.

The dialogues Though sound philosophical but are not very catchy.

Cinematography and editing is absolutely normal.

Direction- Like any other bollywood movie Nikhil tried to bring all the elements of masala. Nonetheless something seemed to be missing on the cricket field as it failed to keep the nerve of the onlookers thudding. Nothing much to vouch for.

All in all the usp of the film Akki and Anushaka demand a onetime watch atleast.

-Lipika Varma

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Posted by Lipika Varma on 12 February, 2011

Movie Review: Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) 2011

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)

Dhobi Ghat

Director: Kiran Rao

Starring: Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kirti Malhotra

Rating: ***

Watching a 95-minute- Dhobi Ghat -Mumbai diaries has a different and a fresh way of storytelling.  This film surely stands apart from our earlier films also because the narration of the characters has been showcased through different means. Like Yasmin’s life has been narrated over on the television set. The movie is about four unrelated characters, who come across each other after spending few days in the company of each other and later they slowly move onto their way of living.

The incidents that occur in the life span of these four characters surely keep the anxiety level of the on looker at a higher level.

Arun (Aamir Khan), a chain smoker and artist (painter), goes to bed with Shai (Monica Dogra), an NRI investment banker who wants to capture ‘poor India, hungry India’. Shai also gets close to Dhobi, Munna (Prateik Babbar) also invites him home for tea and then goes ahead to shoot his portfolio, as he wants to be an actor. While Shai is busy scanning the by-lanes of Mumbai with her camera, Arun gets en-tangled with his new muse, Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra), whose depressing story is filmed in abandoned tapes that he finds lying  in his  fresh rented apartment. Pratiek plays three characters simultaneously- a rat killer, Dhobi and a gigolo.

Kiran Rao showcases ample of potentials as fresh director. She has the guts of painting the celluloid in a different way. Indeed an

intense, intelligent film. It’s a great idea to ally characters from all spheres of life with the background of the city the film is surely a festival film and also for classes. The masses may be attracted by Aamir‘s charm.

Prateik has played all the three characters in a very subdued manner. Acting genes in the actor has been proved by his meticulous performances. Monica believed as an upper class NRI has definitely performed exuberantly, being a first timer there will be no looking back for her. Kirti Malhotara’s monologue does not bore you at all. You surely crave to know what will be her end. She deserves a pat on her back for her brilliant performances.

Aamir brings-forth his contemplative role with great burgeon; His strip of white hair will indeed steal the hearts of many a beautiful young girls.

The ending is abrupt so for traditional audiences may not like it as they are more used to the summing up of each trail.

Cinematography is pretty attractive. Music soothes ones ears. Effective editing as per the demand of the script indeed is excellent without which the film would have been a drab.

All in all Aamir Charm will surely allure the audiences and create traffic jam at the box office windows.

-Lipika Varma

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Posted by Lipika Varma on 21 January, 2011

Movie Review: Turning 30!!! (2011)

Turning 30!!!

Turning 30 movie poster

Cast and Credits:
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Producer: Prakash Jha
Banner: Prakash Jha Productiion Music Director – Sidharth Suhas

Lyricist: Kumaar, Prashant Pandey
Star Cast: Gul Panag, Purab Kholi Siddarth Makkar, Tillotama Shome, Jeneva Talwar, Anita Kanwar, Rahul Singh, Sameer Malhotra
Special Appearance: Ira Dubey

Renowned for producing political and serious dramas, producer-director Prakash Jha takes a different route this time with a young urban love story titled ‘Turning 30’. Being a women-oriented movie, the film marks the debut Director of Alankrita Shrivastava who has assisted Prakash Jha in various projects The film showcases the trial and tribulations that a woman faces in this male dominated society.
The fears and struggles faced by a single woman who is reaching 30th year is Naina Singh (Gul Panag), is making it big in her advertising career. She is fun loving, spunky, cheerful, independent, and, of course, single. She owns a quaint yet charming apartment, loves to party hard, and has a boyfriend whom she considers to be her life partner. All goes well until she is just days away from welcoming her 30th birthday. With this, begins her journey of discovering her true self. Jai (Purab Kohli), an intelligent and creative youngster, who is a heartthrob and desire of every single girl. But that’s not all. Rishabh (Sid Makkar) is an investment banker. Rishabh ditches Naina and re- enters Jai in the life of Naina. Will Naina take Jai back in her life or will she go back to Rishabh forms the crux of the story.

Alankrita Shrivastava as a debut director showcases ample of potentials. The story has been portrayed in a contemporary manner. Women having faced such problems will surely identify with it. A good start with a fresh attempt indeed.

The critically acclaimed ‘Dor’, actor Gul Panag looks glamorous, chick and yet natural. She has definitely put life into the character by making it alive. Purb Kholi indeed looked very cute and a sincere lover boy. Young girls will surely vouch to have a boy friend like him in real.

The cinematography and fast paced editing does deserve a pat on the back. The film has a strong message about how women reaching thirties feel. But a bit too much of thirties philosophy makes the film slightly drab.

All in all Turning 30 is a one time watch.

-Lipika Varma

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Posted by Lipika Varma on 14 January, 2011
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Movie Review: Hello Darling (2010)

“Hello Darling”

hello darling

Director: Manoj Tiwari

Producer: Ashok Ghai

Banner :Mukta Arts LTD- Malpix Film

Music Director : Pritam Chakraborty

Star Cast: Celina Jaitley, Gul Panag, Eesha Koppikar, Jaaved Jaafrey, Sunny Deol, Chunky Pandey, Divya Dutta, Asawari Joshi, Mukesh Tiwari, Vrajesh Hirjee and Seema Biswas.

Rating: * star

Hello Darling reveals the conditions of three glamorous and intelligent women. These women are the victim of a lecherous boss. This is a heroine oriented film as there is no hero in the film as such. However the story is all about working women. Also what all they have to face in the office has been showcased in a light manner.

Mansi and Savitri (Celina Jaitley,Gul Panag and Easha Koppikhar] share a house. They are employed at a posh designing office in Mumbai. Hardik [Jaaved Jaffrey] plays the boss. He is a play boy, although married to a Gujarati house wife, Purvi. This play boy natured boss always addresses all the females as “Hello Darling.” What all he does to promote the females need to be watched. Asawari Joshi plays the secretary to Hardik. What happens to Hardik one night when he is kidnapped by these girls? And later how he lands in the Nari Sanghatana, a pati sudhar samiti, which is run by Seema Biswas to tame down lecherous husbands forms the crux of the story. Rocky a wannabe Elvis Presley [Chunky Pandey] who plays Celina’s boy friend appears in the film of and on.

However Director Manoj Tiwari has tried to rehash the remake of not one but many films- a tamil film”Magalir Mattum, a film which never released. Randhir Kapoor ‘s film “Ladies Only where he plays the lecherous boss . Undoubtedly the director could not mix and match plots from these films exuberantly, resulting in a messy tale. Comedy in the film does make one laugh. Gul Panag,Seema Biswas and Jaaved Jaffrey have performed up to the mark. They could not help do wonders with a badly rehashed script. Celina and Koppikhar could have toned down at a little lower pitch. Chunky Pandey’s role seemed to be like a worthless bauble. Nothing much to perform. Sunny Deol’s last minute entry is no saving grace for the film.

Music by Pritam reminds one of the yester- year tunes from the number.”Aa Jaane Ja…. Music sounds hummable and soothing enough to the ears.

All and all do not waste time on this week-end watching this boorish flick.

-Lipika Varma

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Posted by Lipika Varma on 27 August, 2010
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Movie Review: Lafangey Parindey (2010)

Cast : Neil Nitin Mukesh,Deepika Padukone, K.K Menon,Piyush Mishra,Namita Das, and others.

Lafangey Parindey

Director- Pradeep Sarkar

Producer: Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra

Music: R .Anandh.

‘Lafangey Parindey’ (Lafange Parinde) from Yash Raj’s Banner a film in Mumbaiya Coloquial Bhasha. A love story, which shapes up slowly and gradually. Neil Nitin Mukesh [One Shot Nandu,] a fighter who punches his opponent in the ring blindfolded. Deepika Padukone [ Pinky Palkar,] a dancer who turns blind.

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Posted by Lipika Varma on 20 August, 2010

Movie Review: Aisha (2010)

Aisha

Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Amrita Puri, Ira Dubey, Cyrus Shahukar, Arunoday Singh.

Aisha Abhay Deol Sonam Kapoor

Director: Rajshree Ojha

Rating: ***

The thing about shallow people from the beau monde is that they shouldn’t be played shallowly when brought to the screen.

Sonam Kapoor in a ‘tailor’-made role(where more moolah seems to have been spent on tailoring her chic outfits than on exploring the locations , sound sights scents and , yes, sense of this embarrassing world of excessive self-preening) gets the Jane Austen character right. Quite a leap for the actress!

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Posted by Editor on 6 August, 2010
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Movie Review: Aisha (2010)

Aisha: A competent effort

Rating: 2.5 out of 5*

Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Amrita Puri, Lisa Haydon, Ira Dubey, Cyrus Sahukar and Arunoday Singh

Director: Rajshree Ojha

Aisha is based on Jane Austin’s popular novel Emma. Western filmmakers have attempted the big screen versions of Emma before and Rajshree Ojha has come up with a competent if not a fabulous Indianised version of the same with Aisha.

Aisha Poster

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Posted by Editor on 6 August, 2010
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