Friday, 29 November 2013

Misses The Mark My Review Bullett Raja

Director  Tigmanshu Dhulia

Starring   Saif Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergill, Sonakshi Sinha, Raj Babbar, Gulshan Grover, Ravi Kishan, Vipin Sharma, Chunky Pandey, Vidyut Jamwal

Bullet Raja - Movie Poster

Tigmanshu Dhulia, UP, Saif Ali Khan. Interesting combination. We have seen what Dhulia is capable of in the UP turf. From the characters to the crackling dialogues, he has shown us his penchant for dark tales, with his brand of noir. Riding on the success of Paan Singh Tomar and Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, his latest film had a lot of expectations riding on it. Saif has shown he can be a Langda Tyagi when given the chance (Omkara)

The film starts with a Pulp feel, with Saif walking straight into a gun pointed at him and the films zooms into flashback. Opening with an item song and gun toting men, the film almost tries to reassures that we are very much in the heartland of UP. Raja Misra (Saif)  is running away from some goons chasing him and hides himself in a barat. The marriage is where he meets Rudra (Jimmy) and they bond over booze. The same night the family is attacked by Rudra's uncle Lallan (Chunky Pandey) who wants to kill everyone and help the rival gang. Raja helps Rudra by putting his own life in danger and fighting the goons, tamanchas blazing all around.

Thus begins the friendship which will see them change from regular, everyday Joes into the dreaded and respected Raja And Rudra Bhaiya. Their godfather is the powerful politician played by Raj Babbar. Forced into picking up the gun by circumstances, the duo become his most trusted and he lets them control the "security" of entire UP. From then on its a saga of rivalries, shootings and dialoguebazi.

There is a string of villains. From Gulshan Grover to Ravi Kishan playing a cross-dressing sharp shooter, to Vipin Sharma playing a top level fixer operating from inside a jail.

Revenge becomes the focus of the film as Raja fights and shoots through the lanes of Lucknow.

Sonakshi Sinha plays his love interest, a Bengali girl from Kolkata who aspires to be an actress.

Despite having a decent plot, and some good performances, specially by Jimmy Shergill, the film just fails to remain taut. The script had scope, but was not exploited. The layers of UP politics have not been unraveled, which could have made this film truly substantial. Songs come and go, and since the music is so bad, they do nothing but to slow the film down.

Saif has put in effort, his chemistry with Jimmy Shergill is excellent. The scene where Saif is explaining to Jimmy that he can not remember a girl's name is fun. Jimmy Shergill is one of the most under-rated actors. He is pitch perfect as Rudra. Sonakshi is a prop in the film, and its easily her worst film.

The dialogues are strictly ok, with a few sparks here and there.

If this is Tigmanshu doing "masala", it lacks the kick. I would blame the screenplay, which has too many characters coming and going. The entire sequence to introduce Vidyut Jamwal is un-necessary and indulgent. Even the twist in the end is predictable.

This film really disappointed a Tigmanshu fan like me. Will hope now that his next will make me forget this one.

My Verdict 2.5/5

Monday, 25 November 2013

Total Siyapaa Theatrical Trailer Ali Zafar Yami Gautam

Total Siyapaa is based on a Spanish film Seres Queridos, a comic love story of a Palestinian boy and a Jewish girl and her crazy family. Neeraj Pandey of A Wednesday has adapted into an Indo-Pak love story.

Starring Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam (Vicky Donor), this re-make is almost as funny and crazy.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Gunday Teaser Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor

After a successful rom-com Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ali Abbas Zafar returns with Gunday. Very different in flavor from his debut film, Gunday is massy and full of action. The film is produced by Aditya Chopra.

Where Ranveer has tasted success with the recent Ram-Leela, Arjun Kapoor desperately needs this to do well.

Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in Gunday

With Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, Gunday also stars Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, here is the teaser.


That Awkward Moment Trailer. Zac Efron

For Zac Efron fans comes this film, That Awkward Moment. A rom-com that deals with that moment in a relationship where the question "where is this headed" looms large.

Looks like a fun film.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

What The Fish! Theatrical Trailer

Here comes the theatrical trailer of what looks like a crazy fun film, at least going by what one can see here.

Dimple Kapadia returns in this ensemble film as a strict, OCD ridden aunt who leaves her house in the care of her niece. What happens next is the exact opposite of what she hoped. The cast includes some known and some totally fresh faces. Look out for Manu Rishi, who is back with his inimitable style.

What The Fish! Enjoy

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Lust Dhishkiyaaon My Review Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Director  Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Starring   Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Abhimanyu Singh, Supriya Pathak, Gulshan Devaiah, Richa   Chaddha, Barkha Bisht, Sharad Kelkar, Homi Wadia, Raza Murad

From the first frame, color bursts on the screen, dhols and nagadas thump and the rhythm of Bhansali's version of The Rann takes over. Two warring clans, Rajadis and Sanedas, the Montagues and Capulets in this version of Romeo And Juliet. They carry revenge in their hearts and guns in their hands. If they had their way, they will not breathe the same air.

The Rajadi hero, Ram (Ranveer) with his oiled and chiseled body and a devil may care attitude dares to fall in love with the enemy. Leela (Deepika) is the daughter of the Saneda godmother (Supriya Pathak). The first time they meet, in the splendor of Holi, its not subtle, it doesn't stop at just the ankhon hee aankhon main ishaaras. The bold and feisty Leela kisses first and speaks later. This grabbing-at-what-your-heart-desires sets the tone of love that this avatar of modern day Romeo and Juliet share. A gun carrying Leela and a porn video parlour owning Ram, their love is all consuming.

The passion and unashamed lust, throbbing in every frame Ranveer and Deepika share is crackling. This is what chemistry between on-screen lovers looks like. Not shy, using double-entendre with gusto - "Jigar pe mat ja warna trigger dabaa doongi", they steal kisses, have dangerous clandestine meetings, and head straight on, not caring where this liaison will lead.

The director wins at this because you root for these two foolish lovers, you know it is not going to end well, yet you hope.

Deepika Padukone is such a pleasure to watch, beautiful, delivers her finest. Smoky hot in some scenes and like a helpless doe in others, she makes this film work. Ranveer, I must say, has won me back after Band Baaja Barat, his only other film I liked his performance in. Hard work on his body pays off as he stands in a dangerously low tied dhoti, his abs glistening and his eyes smoldering. Their scenes have a rare rawness and sex appeal, which is missing from films these days.

The supporting cast is almost pitch perfect. Supriya Pathak puts the S in sinister and it's good to see her in this godmother avatar.  Abhimanyu Singh and Sharad Kelkar are totally at ease playing the men who will kill for honour, Richa Chaddha and Barkha Bisht both give their best shot in the small roles they get in this saga. Special love for Raza Murad sahab, his voice still resonates. Gulshan Devaiah has a lot of promise, and he again has done a great job playing the bad man.

The grand canvas of this film is painted in deep red hues, reflecting blues and white sands by Ravi Varman. If you liked Barfi and the glowing dappled glaze, you would be mesmerized by the sheer holi he plays with the palette in front of him. Wasiq Khan's art, Anju Modi's costumes, the choreography, all compete in bringing SLB's vision to life.

Now for what did not work for me is the second half which just keeps stretching. The script fumbles and loses steam. Too many songs, specially the Priyanka Chopra number "Raam chahe Leela" which is there for no reason whatsoever. The story whose end we know, becomes convoluted with unnecessary twists and turns. I also ended up rolling eyes at a Twitter reference. You confused me there Mr. Bhansali, the Rannjor you show is so steeped in its own world, the gun blazing, law less communities, its hard to imagine twitter being part of their lives, still a mainly urban phenomenon.

This film is classic SLB. If you like his kind of cinema, his version of worlds he creates, you would definitely like this film. He knows romance and the play of emotions and has masterfully handled scenes, specially the climax. If you want realism, let me save you your ticket money right here.

My Verdict 3/5

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Dhoom Machale Dhoom Song Promo Dhoom 3 Aamir Khan Katrina Kaif

Here is the latest Song promo of Dhoom 3, produced by Aditya Chopra and Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. He has also written the film.

The buzz is huge and Aamir will bring in his fans out to watch this third in the Dhoom series.

Katrina is looking sizzling hot in this song, a new version of the title track.