talaash : movie review

talaash movie poster

talaash movie poster

i knew the story of talaash before viewing it in theatres. but what a movie. and like aamir said, those who have known the story and have read the secret still found it interesting. how true!

i loved the movie due to the intensity aamir portrays his character and the bloody truth of being human ~ having to face something ~ which we aren’t fully responsible for. he tries to take a nap on a sunday afternoon while going to a nearby park, where his character’s only child dies in a mishap.

responsibility is a double edged sword and so shekhawat’s character feels it all along that he was responsible for his child’s death, spoiling his relationship with his lovely wife. only when she has found a neighbour who can talk with the departed ones, she realises that they have been osing out on time. inspector shekhawat is on another mission, of deaths related to a superstar and the talaash (search) for the background of this untimely and illogical death of a well known character in bollywood.

suddenly, rosy comes in and the search takes turns and twists. kidnapping and other motives are sprayed on the canvas.

i loved the pace of the film and the music has been going on through my ears for last 2 months or so.
jee le zara, muskaanein jhooti hain are my favorites and jiye laage na – most heard song of the album.

aamir, raani and kareena have done a good work

overall this movie is definitely worth watching!


Shanghai movie review


Shanghai Poster

Shanghai Poster

Shanghai ~ the name just based on the thought process that todays leaders in India – just want to replicate the success of Shanghai in their elected area. Nobody seems to mind about the consequences of the progress from nothing to everything and of people’s unity with their soil. A political satire in its own way, Shanghai depicts the problems the leaders face while trying to progress against some NGO’s and the NGO’s view from the background.

IBP ~ India Bana Pardes! the name of the party that promotes itself into making India a foreign land. The people once were so attracted towards the development of the West ~ the politicians thought of making one in here itself ~ in a symbolic place called Bharat Nagar. The slums are being moved out of the city by 50 kms and in comes Mr. Ahmedi ~ played by Prasonajeet who takes the cause of opposing the plans of the development of Bharat Nagar.

He is brutally killed in front of everybody ~ his followers on one side and his opponents on the other. How a student of his – Shalini Sahay – played by Kalki, a video shooter and a photographer Joginder Parmar ~ Emraan Hashmi and the government official ~ T. A. Krishnan ~ Abhay Deol (with a Tamilian accent!)  go to the base of the plot to kill Ahmedi – form the narrative of Shanghai.

The story is based on the novel ~ comes with the opening credits ~ is so relevant today, it fails to beat the impact of time.

Dibakar Banerjee just ROCKS man! This is the second movie of his that i saw and liked. Oye Lucky Lucky Oye was brilliant piece of work too. His choices of actors has been also good. Abhay Deol never looked same in both of his movies and well different thena ZNMD too. Emraan Hashmi ~ though might have been cast a year ago ~ proves his worth with this role. Kalki has a small role. Prosanajit well adds intensity of Dr. Ahmedi to this film. Farooq Sheikh, Chinmay Mandalekar and Anant Jog have some important parts of the film.

Music is from Vishal and Shekhar, but we hardly have one song playing in the mind when we leave ~ Bharat Mata ki Jai.

The climax unfolds how brains of an intelligent guy can save many and destroy many! Whereas in the end we still see the picture we saw about 10-12 years ago. Just a word of thought.

A nice and thoughtful watch with the pleasure of a good filmmaking from an old narrative which totally fits in our present.

ek main aur ekk tu – Movie Review

the title says it all, it’s a romcom about two strangers – Imran – who plays Rahul Kapoor,  an architect, always achieving silverware instead of gold ~ as his dad taunts him always. Meets Riana, played by Kareena who is a hair stylist.

Ek main aur ekk tu Poster

Ek main aur ekk tu Poster

Imran gets dumped by the company and Riana has had a break up ~ both land up a grocery shop first and @ a psychiatrist’s clinic later, Kareena grows suspicious of Imran following her as her BF would have kept someone to spy on her and messes up.  They meet again due to the mess up on the Christmas eve, get drunk and married in a chapel which is open 365 days/year on the later part of the night ~ only to realise what went wrong the next day!

They decide to annul the marriage and get out of this new-found relationship status and where it ends forms the other part of the story after interval.

It’s such a typical masala stuff which we have already seen in a typical KJo movie that you can guess what will happen one after the another.

The pace of the movie is good, Imran plays a very likeable character, Kareena @ her usual best.

Amit Trivedi and Amit Bhattacharya again give some good and memorable songs.

The pairing of Ranbir and Kareena can’t happen as they are paternal cousins, they reject this idea and Imran gets a chance instead!! Same happened in Rockstar and one here!

Being with the special one on this movie made it more special and memorable 😉

Was busy last week so this review took time 🙂


Don 2: The King is Back – Movie review

Don 2 Movie Poster
Don 2 Movie Poster

This movie starts with the European drug cartel trying to kill Don, who is their prime enemy in Asia and trying to take over Europe single-handedly. The story shifts to Malaysia, where their agents have planned to kill Don while he comes up to take a package. Finally, Don gets to know of the idea and surrenders in front of Roma (Priyanka Chopra) and Malik (Om Puri) to get into the safe haven – jails – at the moment.

Don has fights with Vardhaan (Boman Irani) inside the jails, where a small flashback shows how he landed up there. While he argues with Vardhaan to act together and get out of the jail. They go according to the plans and then set out to Europe where Don has his agent Ayesha (Lara Dutta) and plan to get a tape which only Vardhaan and Singhania can get access to. As Singhania is now dead, only Vardhaan can solve the missing link.
The video in the locker shows a German Bank, where Singhania and A K Diwan (Aly Khan) have a close agreement to save the President’s chair – which he holds for more than a decade – while killing the winning candidate and he is shown to be killed by Singhania.
Don and Diwan now have an agreement for which he has to give the plan of the Bank in return of the tape. He hires another gang (of Jabbar) to kill Don, not fully trusting him. Don tries to loot the bank for the currency printing moulds and now has two insiders planning against him, Jabbar and Vardhaan. What and how he plans, is the climax of the movie.
The movie, takes time gripping the audience and seems like a puzzle most of the time, where the audience has to concentrate more.
Farhan Akhtar and the two writes, Amrish and Ameet have tried hard to keept it simple but the twists are so much and time-consuming that it tries to become a gnag war movie once a while,  a heist movie another time and finally an action thriller at the end.
There are no clues how Don survived these many years, while being constantly pursued. Another thing was Don’s gang, of whom, nobody is shown in this movie, not even Anita (Ishaa Koppikar – in Part 1). The character of Roma, is given less screen presence and Priyanka Chopra has less to act than fight. her love angle with Don is not explored too.  
Shahrukh excels again as Don, but its the story that takes the burden off his shoulders and puts it on the other characters. Hritik appears in a sequence as Don, however there is no Katrina Kaif in the movie as romoured.
There’s just one song (Zara Dil ko thaam lo) in the film which saves much time.
Overall, Don 2 could have been a better movie if the concepts were streamlined, and not being better in parts – as an end product which has been released now.
Finally, SRK appears on a bike with number plate as Don 3. Would you wait for a sequel to this one…?

Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol – Movie Review

Mission impossible Ghost Protocol Poster
Mission impossible Ghost Protocol Poster
MI 3 was long way back, then came in the alpha male movies – The Bourne Ultimatum (Matt Damon) and the new Bond flicks, with James Bond played by Daniel Craig. But Tom Cruise is back with a bang with MI 4!!
It can’t get better than this…. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt an IMF agent, who is rescued from Russian prison for the crime he committed while people thought his wife was murdered. Another agent Jane (played by Paula Patton) has her lover – Trevor (Josh Holloway) – involved in an attempt to recover the codes used to activate the nuclear missiles of Russia. Trevor is killed by an assassin who tries to sell the codes to Cobalt in Dubai. She rescues Ethan in a bid to get these codes – from Cobalt – a nuclear scientist (Michael N.) also known by the world as Kurt Hendriks.
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Banner Poster

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Banner Poster

Ethan is asked to meet the secretary as the IMF has been disavowed and the secretary gives Ethan the mission to track Cobalt down – but these guys are suddenly attacked by a team of Russians, killing the secretary, leaving an analyst – Brandt (Jeremy Renner) left with him. Now the mission Ethan has – to track Cobalt down and is assisted by the team of three – Brandt, Benji and Jane – with no official help on hand.
The story has been well written and developed on screen.
You suddenly feel that you have globetrotted after you have seen this movie, as countries and people change after a few sequences. Germany, Russia, Dubai, India are the prominent places.
The stunts @ Burj Khalifa and in general – all – those from Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner and the starting sequence of Trevor are awesome!!!! You just have your adrenaline pumping after you have seen this kind of stuff.
The natural calamities – sandstorm in Dubai and the blasts have been used with their greatest effect to gather that grip on the audience.
The scenes in India – have been showed to be in Mumbai – whereas it seems that the palace is somewhere in Rajasthan and the other sequences are with in Hyderabad (most of the scenes featuring Telugu Language) or Bangalore (the IT hub of the country).
Anil Kapoor is on the reels for just a few minutes as Brij Nath (an Indian businessman) having satellites useful for the launch of the Russian Missiles.
The film is so well done that the suspence between the two characters in IMF (Brandt & Ethan) is continued till the end – for a nail-biting finish.
Bard Bird must be applauded for this effort.
Jeremy Renner is the new Bourne and I must admit it that it would be fun watching him!
Rating : I must admit its 10/10!!!

Ra.One Movie Review

Well, well, well. This movie could have been better. As Hollywood movies come and go by – year on year in Indian market, releasing sometimes, before or with the International release dates, pulling crowds.

So expectations are huge, about the concepts and overall material which would be showed in the theaters. As we have already have had the feast of eyes with Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings – it was a tough task for the Ra.One team.

Lets shoot of at the story first.

Shekhar Subramaniyam is an employee at the company developing software games. We do not know what he actually does – work at – graphics or programming or networking – it’s never shown. His kid Pratik doesn’t like his good doing, down to earth persona. Shekhar is married to Kareena – who is doing a thesis on abusive words in the Indian languages. OMG. Aren’t there much choices left these days? So, one day, the kid asks his dad to program in such a way that the villian of the video game is always powerful than the good part of the video game. so the team who are advised that they will be sent back home or will work as waiters, suddenly develop a program and the owner releases it.

In comes the villian, Ra.One – symbolic of Raavan who has been loaded with the devil like qualities of 10 persons from History. The AI thing in the program realises its strength and comes into real world, when it looses to Pratik in first two rounds of the game and asks him to complete it or it will comeinto “real” world from the program.

Shekhar and Jackie Chan (the character is always referred to as rather than his real character name :() is killed and Ra.One comes into reality.

The good part of the program is then brought into real world by the kid, which again is portrayed by SRK as G.One (the Good One) !!!

Rest of the film then checks out how Pratik and G.One fight Ra.One for the good of this world.

The music is not so worthy and takes the pace off the film.

SRK must have thought of some good director for this kind of film as the film lacks that ~ something special kind of feeling.

Kareena is just there for a few scenes.  The kid acts good but the main character of this film as always revolves around SRK.

The film pays tribute to Robot (Chitti), Khalnayak and other notable films of the past.  Having seen Ironman and Tron : Legacy, it was kind of mixture for me.

News is that the 3D version hasn’t yet arrived.

Last Sunday – The Other Guys and Nacho Libre

Saw 2 movies 🙂

The Other Guys poster
The Other Guys poster

The Other Guys came in @ 12 pm this sunday. was a cool movie about everyday cops. two Rocking Cops – the Rock (Dwayne Johnson ) and Samuel Jackson are the Cool dudes of the city who literally destroy millions worth of things for catching thieves who robbed somebody or the banks of a few thousand dollars. One day they call their shot, when they learn that the robbers of a jewellery store are pros. Everybody else of the department comes to fill in the void and that fight starts at the funeral of these two rocking cops. In come the Other guys (Walhberg and Ferrell). One is hot-headed and the other one is so cool ~ that he never minds hearing bad words for him. Mostly from his partner. He gets a chance to get into the cop picture while he pursues a guy who might lead them to the robbery case. and rest all is how they make sure that the culprits are punished.

The story and dialogues were good. Overall a nice watch on a sunday afternoon.
The other was : Nacho Libre.
A monk likes wrestling and doing shit stuff. Gets a partner. and helps to run an orphanage, which has a beautiful nun ~ on whom he has secretly developed a liking. Funny premise, and good entertainment.  The color shades of this movie are too far different from those bright ones we say in the  movies. Just a don’t mind kind of thing.  Jack Black is so funny in this pic.