Friday, 28 June 2013

Tayyab Ali Song Promo Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara

Here it is, the OUTMD's version of the very popular Tayyab Ali song from Amar Akbar Anthony, filmed originally on Rishi Kapoor.

Here it has Imran Khan dancing on this retro track.


My Review Ghanchakkar

Director : Raj Kumar Gupta

Starring : Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, Namit Das

Ghanchakkar is the story of a Safe breaking expert Sanju (Hashmi) who after being nudged and poked by his wife Neetu (Vidya) agrees to do one last job, where his share of Rs. 10 crore will ensure a luxurious retirement. The duo of Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and Idris (Namit Das) have approached him, where everything else is ready and all they need is Sanju to get into the safe where Rs. 30 crore have been kept. So far so good. The robbery is successful and Sanju has to now keep the money safely for 3 months and then the share will be split. Three months later, Sanju has forgotten all about the robbery due to partial memory loss post an accident, Pandit and Idris, and where he has kept the money.

The premise is very interesting, a heist with a twist. But that is what it remains, a promising premise.

The execution and storytelling leaves too much to be desired. I found Vidya's over the top character irritating. The Punjabi accent was coming and going at will, much like Sanju's memory. The clothes were totally wrong given the fact her constant companions were Vogue and Cosmopolitan, and given the interiors of the plush house, hard to digest. I actually am surprised that an actor of her caliber actually agreed to do such a flimsily etched character. It whiffed of  "lets do something hat-ke".

Emraan is okay, and looks suitably confused and lost (pun intended). Rajesh and Namit share a great chemistry and do have some moments where one chuckles.

The film opens interestingly but then its just downhill somewhere before interval. I liked the bank robbery sequence, which is the highlight of the film according to me. But these kind of films need to be crisper and not repetitive. The entire process makes you shift uneasily and murmur, come on, get on with it now.

Raj Kumar Gupta, the director shows sparks in some scenes, I liked the bank robbery sequence, some moments between Sanju and Neetu, specially as things get tense in the later part, some quirky bits with Rajesh and Namit, but too little, too thinly spread.

What must have sounded interesting on paper gets yawn inducing, and the climax, which was actually my favorite part of the film comes too late, when I am already half out of my seat waiting for it to end.

There are many entertaining and quirky films in the genre, in English and other languages, the key is to keep it moving and here the duration is 137 mins, which is way too long for the tale being told and considering there are hardly any songs in the film.

The stars given are purely for the attempt to tell a different tale.

My rating : Disappointed.

Ok, to be fair 1.5/5

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

O Rangrez Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Song Video

The first song that I actually like from the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag sound track apart from the Gurbani. The music is by Excel favorites Shankar Ehsaan Loy. The lyrics are penned by Prasoon Joshi. The film stars Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor. The film is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.


Friday, 21 June 2013

JOBS movie Trailer Ashton Kutcher

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starring Ashton Kutcher comes "JOBS", the story of legendary Steve Jobs. It traces his life from being a college drop out to the iconic entrepreneur we all know him as.

Though it is still a bit hard for me to visualize Kutcher in this role, but then again, I will be happy to be proven wrong.

Here's to you Steve!

Raanjhanaa Review : Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Director : Aanand Rai

Starring :  Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Swara Bhaskar

I am a sucker for love stories and romance. Set it up in the vibrant colorful by-lanes of Benaras and put in the most unconventional hero one has seen in recent times, you get my curiosity soaring.

I had quite enjoyed Aanand's debut, Tanu Weds Manu despite the weak second half. This one betters his first, despite a meandering and convenience laden chunks in the second half.

Dhanush shines in this epic love story spanning almost 2 decades. If there was a figment of doubt in me regarding him in a Bollywood film, I am so glad to be proven wrong. The role is tailor made for him, as a Tamil boy whose family has settled in Benaras generations back. One look at Zoya ( Sonam Kapoor) and the young Kundan is in love for life. It doesn't take much to figure that their love is not going to be an easy journey, considering they are of different religions.

Kundan's love is pure, all encompassing and never say die. Despite being spurned by Zoya who is now a teenager, and a series of slaps later, Kundan manages to stir her heart. But they are separated before their love can bloom and her parents send her away to Aligarh. Eight years later, while Kundan has been counting every heartbeat waiting for his love to return, Zoya comes back changed and in love with someone she has met in her Delhi college. As his world breaks around him piece by piece, we are taken on to a journey which  only strengthens his undying love for Zoya.

The film has many twists and turns and I definitely do not want to give any spoilers here.

The script is strong till the end, barring the middle where the film takes on political issues and college activism.

The Benaras of Raanjhanaa is beautiful, with couple of excellently shot Holi sequences, the music is used well and the songs become sweeter as the story unfolds. A.R Rahman proves yet again why he is god for so many music lovers. Vishal and Nataraja deserve a special mention for the camerawork, and so does Hemal Kothari, who has infused a beautiful rhythm in this love story. Specially in the first half. The dialogues are really well written, and give form to the characters and a platform to perform. My favorite is "Hum Benaras ke hain, yahan nahi jeete toh kahan jeetenge".

This film throws surprises at you and the best part is, most of the time it doesn't question your intelligence.  .

Coming back to Dhanush, he is so believable that you might find your eyes moist when he hurts and you will laugh and chuckle with him as he does all crazy things possible that lovers often do. I for one might see it again only for him. Sonam has put in hard work and it is evident. Though in some crucial scenes her limitations as a performer are obvious, specially her lack of control on diction in  high emotional scenes. Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub ( as Murari)  is brilliant as usual, there is not a single performance of his where he has not impressed me. His friendship is unquestioning and he is always there for his bachpan ka yaar. I have had the pleasure to watch the yet unreleased Shahid by Hansal Mehta, where again he was superb. Watch out for him. Swara Bhaskar is again very nuanced, though her character is not multi-dimensional. Sonam's shortcomings are more visible since she is surrounded by such great performers.

Abhay Deol, hmmmm, well he really is of very little consequence to the film, barring some twists in the tale.

Over all a film you must watch, for it also heralds the comeback of a certain kind of love story... my lips are sealed, can't say more.

My Rating 3 for the film extra .5 just for Dhanush


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Shuddh Desi Romance - Raghu & Gayatri Teaser Parineeti Sushant

Maneesh Sharma of Band Baaja Baarat and Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl returns with Shudh Desi Romance. Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film is looking fresh and spunky. Sushant Singh Rajput is the next big thing to look out for. Parineeti seems to be treading known ground by the looks of this.I am really excited by this first look teaser.

The edit and soundtrack of the teaser itself speaks volume about this fun filled romance.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013


आबो हवा बदलें इस शहर की चलो यारों

मुस्कुराएं देख के अजनबियों को, 

दोस्ती दुश्मनों से भी करें यारों 

सुने क्या कहता है राह पर सोता मुफ़लिस 

दो बात सुनें उसकी, कुछ अपनी भी कहें यारों 

भागे कहाँ जा रहे हैं हम, क्या ढूँढ़ते हैं रात दिन,

इक पल के लिए ठहरें, कुछ सांस तो भरें यारों 

क्या मिलेगा दिल में छिपा के रंज इतने,

कब जाना है यहाँ से, किसको है ये खबर यारों