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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Movie Review: Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai

A love story between a human and an alien from Mars- it sounds really interesting on paper but for making a film out of it, one needs to have strong writing abilities. And when you have a writer who has written films like Heyy Babyy & Masti making his debut as a director, you automatically look forward to a "comical entertainer" along with some over the top jokes & dialogues.

Rajesh Parekh (Ritesh Deshmukh) is a simple Gujarati boy who's been looking for love since he was a baby. Thoroughly unsuccessful in his endeavors, he nearly gives up till he meets Natasha (Sonal Sehgal), the girl of his dreams. Desh (Ruslaan Mumtaz) is the youngest superstar of the country and Mothers want to adopt him and their daughters want to marry him. But when will he find the girl of his dreams? All of their worlds turn upside down when Tara, an alien from Venus, lands on Earth in the search of true love. Rajesh and Tara meet & become good friends. What happens next? Does Rajesh, Tara & Desh find true love?

The first half is extremely well made with a lot of comical scenes, some of them being so hilarious that you almost start enjoying the film to the core. The brilliant cameos by Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Sajid Khan & Priyanka Chopra add value to the first half. Scenes between Ritesh & Vishal are top notch! The film takes a dig in the second half with some dull/boring moments. At the end, the film turns out to be another love triangle kind of a movie with painfully predictable end. Dialogues are witty & exciting.

Ritesh Deshmukh yet again plays a lovable loser after last years Aladin but looks as if he's tired, especially in the close up scenes. Jacqueline is masculine yet so cute. Ruslaan Mumtaz looks good in whatever role he has but his voice has been dubbed :( Vishal plays his part well as a horny friend we usually see around! Satish Shah as Ritesh's dad is fantastic and Sonal Sehgal is soo beautiful, I wish she was seen more and more in films. Ritesh & Jacqueline share amazing chemistry on screen.

Music by Sajid Wajid is good and I love Keh Do Zara & Koi Rok Bhi Lo the most. Background score is good too!

Milap Zaveri does well with his debut film with some amazing moments. One should surely look forward to his next and expect something better than this!

The final verdict.
Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is yet another romantic comedy which works well in parts and disappoints in the rest. Watch it for the Comical situations, Ritesh & Jacqueline chemistry, Good Music & Awesome Cameos.

Rating: 2.5 (Average)

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Monday, April 5, 2010
(Answers) Trivia Quiz-1

As expected very few could answer the trivia quiz "Powerful Siblings" that I put up on the blog yesterday.

Without wasting time, the answers are:

1.) Baldev Raj Chopra, Yash Raj Chopra, Vinod Chopra & Hiroo Chopra (who is now Hiroo Johar)
2.) Vilayti Raj Chopra
3.) B.R. Films, Yash Raj Films, Vinod Chopra Productions and Dharma Productions.
4.) Bhoothnath, Pyaar Impossible, 3 Idiots and My Name Is Khan.

Surprised?? Yes, its true. (Aditya Chopra & Uday Chopra), Karan Johar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Ravi Chopra are first cousins. :O

So, its just one family in Hindi film industry which has to its credit more than half of the total blockbuster films ever made!

Little has been written about why all these different production houses were formed but as it said that "let the history be where it is and live in the moment", I shall not get into it.

The first person to answer was Gagandeep but she made a small mistake :D
The second person to answer was Rajat and he too made a small mistake :D
The third person to answer was Shray and he got it all correct!

A big shout out to the winners!!!
They can be found on twitter here:

The next Trivia Quiz will come very soon!

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Sunday, April 4, 2010
Trivia Quiz-1

Powerful Siblings

Four siblings- 3 Brothers & 1 sister.

They set up Four different yet powerful film production houses and all of them are operational today.

1.) Name the four siblings?
2.) Name their father?
3.) Name their production houses?
4.) Name the last film that came out of these production houses?

Put list of complete answers in the comment section below.

You can copy answers but remember the other person may or may not be as informative as you :p

All the best!

Answers shall be disclosed out tomorrow.

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Friday, April 2, 2010
Film Report- February, 2010 (Part 2)

This post is in continuation to the Part 1 of the February films which can be read here.

I always try to watch new films & write about them on Friday itself but somehow fail being consistent so coming up with short reviews for people who haven't seen the February releases.

1.) Striker- (Thiller/Drama)
Rating: 3 (Good)

Starring Siddharth (RDB fame), Padmapriya, Aditya Pancholi, Ankur Vikal, Anupam Kher and Seema Biswas, Striker is a thriller set in the Mumbai ghetto in the mid '80's and is based on true life accounts, it is a story about triumph of human spirit over indomitable odds. Striker is written, produced & directed by Chandan Arora who earlier made Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh (2005) & Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon (2003).

Striker starts off well but somewhere drops in between which makes it a little boring and also the theme of the film attracts a limited audience. Nevertheless, it certainly works well considering the previous work of the director. Siddharth has given a wonderful performance and the music of the film is also good in parts. "Cham Cham" sung by Sonu Nigam is brilliant and everybody should listen to it once.

2.) Click (Horror)
Rating: 2 (Average)

Starring Shreyas Talpade, Sadha & Sneha Ullal, Click is a story about haunted pictures. Directed by Sangeeth Sivan (Apna Sapna Money Money, Kyaa Kool Hai Hum), Click look very similiar to the Thai film "Shutter"

Click is a below par film which has a lot of flaws but is still watchable once. A couple of scenes do scare you and only people who have nothing better to do should watch this film.

3.) Teen Patti (Thriller)
Rating: 2.75 (Above Average)

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, R. Madhavan, Saira Mohan, Raima Sen and others, Teen Patti is about greed and deception. The film has a super exciting 1st half but drags down in the second half.

Super performances by all and showing underground Indian casinos works well! Direction is good too and the music is so-so. The film didn't connect well to the audiences may be because of its advanced theme, watch it if you like thrillers.

4.) My Name Is Khan
The full review of the film can be read here.

5.) Karthik Calling Karthik
The full review of the film can be read here.

Yet to see the 6th release Toh Baat Pakki.

Let me know what you people liked and disliked. :)

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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Film Report- February, 2010 (Part 1)

February was better than January in terms of quality films.

Major Film Releases along with the their box office results are as follows:

Striker (Disaster)
Click (Disaster)
Toh Baat Pakki (Flop)
Teen Patti (Disaster)

*My Name Is Khan is the #1 all time grosser in Overseas territory beating 3 Idiots & Kabhi Alvida Na Kehnda. It is also the #2 all time grosser overall (Overseas + India) beating Ghajini and just behind 3 Idiots.

Two other relatively smaller films which were released in February were Aakhari Decision & Sukhmani (Both Disasters)

Achievers of the Month (February)
Star - Shahrukh Khan
Actor - Shahrukh Khan
Actress - Kajol
Director - Karan Johar
Music - Shankar Ehsaan Loy (My Name Is Khan & Karthik Calling Karthik)
Song - Noor E Khuda (My Name Is Khan) & Cham Cham (Striker)
Singer (Male) - Sonu Nigam (Striker- Cham Cham)
Singer (Female) - Alyssa Mendonsa (Karthik Calling Karthik- Uff Teri Adaa) & Shreya Ghoshal (My Name Is Khan- Noor E Khuda)
Special Mention - Siddharth (Actor- Striker)
Chandan Arora (Writer, Producer, Director- Striker)
Shailendra Barve (Music Composer, Cham Cham Song from Striker)
Team of My Name Is Khan (for making such a wonderful film)
Tabu (Actresses- Toh Baat Pakki)
Farhan Akhtar (Actor, Producer- Karthik Calling Karthik)
Deepika Padukone (Actress- Karthik Calling Karthik)
Vijay Lalwani (Writer, Director- Karthik Calling Karthik)

Disappointment of the Month - None! [All films were atleast one-time watch :)]

Movie of the Month

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Part 2 of the report can be read here.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010
New Releases: 19th March, 2009

So many film releases and I feel guilty about not watching them. And, the truth is I still can't do anything and won't be able to write much for a few days so just thought why not get you the overall reviews/feedback of people around which could help you to decide the best bet this weekend.

Okay, the first release this week is Love Sex Aur Dhokha, before you jump to a conclusion, its not a porn film although it is said to be based on the infamous 2004 DPS MMS Scandal and is about Voyeurism (Google it if you don't know what it is). Starring some new faces and directed by Dibakar Baneerjee (Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! & Khosla Ka Ghosla), LSD has been called a path breaking film by many film critics. Audience reaction has been mixed so far. The Best.

The second release this week is a sports film Lahore, directed by Sanjay Puran Singh. Lahore is an award winning tale which is touted to be the best sport film of India and has some of the best people behind it. The response from the critics has been good but not as good as LSD. Audience reaction has been better than LSD. The Second Best.

The third release is Shaapit, a horror film directed by Vikram Bhatt who earlier made 1920 & Raaz. Shaapit starring Aditya Narayan (Debut) & Shweta Agarwal (debut) is again touted to be the most scariest film of India by the makers and people who have seen it call it so. Critics response so far has been extremely mixed for this one. The Third Best.

All three films have merits and demerits, but Love Sex Dhokha has been called as the best film of the year so far which is why I would recommend this film to all film lovers.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Movie Review: Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?

Comedies are always seen as a safe bet in Bollywood and Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is yet another comedy film which deals with a social issue of Indian Hospitality. Starring Ajay Devgn, Konkana Sen Sharma & Paresh Rawal, ATKJ? is directed by Ashwni Dhir (who earlier made One Two Three) and produced by the young actress Amita Pathak (Haal-E-Dil), daughter of film producer Kumar Mangat. ATKJ? is presented by Warner Bros and has music by Pritam.

The movie is about Puneet (Ajay) & Munmun (Konkona), a happily married couple living in Mumbai whose lives take an interesting turn when a distant relative, Chachaji (Paresh Rawal) turns up unannounced at their doorstep from a far off village. The guest overstays his welcome so much so that the exasperated couple come up with various ploys to hasten his departure to hilarious results.

ATKJ? is based on Sharad Joshi's novel Tum Kab Jaoge Atithi and the screenplay by Ashwni Dhir, Robin Bhatt & Tushar Hiranandani makes the film majorly watchable due to the simple comic situations & social message imbibed in them. Some sequences like the "entry of Chachaji", "Kitne aadmi the", etc., are damn hilarious and make you go crazy laughing. The film starts with a bang and has a solid first half but from there on falls little flat although it finishes up by a wonderful ending. The comedy & the preaching "that we should not think bad about guests" works well which works for the film.

Ajay Devgn, a two time National Award winner, makes sure that he continues his brilliant run with comedies after Golmaal series & All The Best. He is so brilliant and mind you not just with comedy but also gives an outstanding emotional touch to his performance at the end. Another two time National Award winner Konkona is first rate and looks amazingly beautiful. Paresh Rawal (another National Award winner) is the man who outperforms all and gives yet another wonderful performance after last month's Rann. Supporting actors such as Satish Kaushik, Akhilendra Mishra, Sanjay Mishra have done good.

I am usually hooked to the music of a film 1 week before the release but the music of ATKJ? sounded really bad when I first heard it. Surprisingly, with visuals, the music is better infact I loved the way the song Beedi Jalaile was changed into Jyoti Jailaili. Innovative is the word which can describe the totally situational songs of ATKJ?

Although I am a big fan of "over the top comedies" but its always interesting to see a film with simple & realistic comedy, all thanks to this guy called Ashwni Dhir who makes a good film after a not so good One Two Three. I would like to add here that the Ashwni Dhir, the writer still outperforms Ashwni Dhir, the director because some stupid silly direction mistakes are not expected from a good director.

Overall, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is a good film with beautiful performances, nice story and an important message. Comedy film with the humor that it real and true is something rare today which gives this Atithi a warn welcome to your homes. Don't miss it!

Rating: *** (Good)

Story/Screenplay/Dialogoes: ***
Acting: ****
Music: **1/2
Direction: **1/2

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Monday, March 1, 2010
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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Movie Review: Karthik Calling Karthik

Karthik Calling Karthik is yet another different film from the makers of Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Don, Rock On, Luck By Chance, etc.,

Starring Farhan Akhtar & Deepika Padukone, It is directed by debuntant Vijay Lalwani Farhan Akhtar has just done two films as an actor which now have cult following of their own. Let’s find out if Karthik Calling Karthik joins the league.

Karthik Calling Karthik is a story about this introvert guy named Karthik who lives a life that nobody would want to live. He lives a life of a loser and admits it to the core. One day suddenly things change and he gets a call from a person who also claims to be Karthik. How tables turn and Karthik gets the life he had never dreamt of. He gets an upper position at work, 4 times the salary, respect and lastly his girl.

What follows’ is a thrilling, romantic & soulful ride of this man's victory & defeat.

Well... I think the story is brilliant but the screenplay lacks what a film of this genre should have had. There are a lot of unanswered questions which makes you sad that a very beautiful story is wasted due to the somewhat average screenplay.

What works for the film is the first half which is so fast paced and interesting that by the interval you expect the film to be nothing less than a cult film and what is delivers from thereon is a little disappointing. Second half is a little boring, slow paced and leaves manyy questions unanswered.

Calling Farhan Akhtar the most talented young filmmaker/actor won't be an understatement because he's proved his worth twice before as an actor and double that times as a filmmaker. He has portrayed a difficult character with so much ease that you just completely get into it. I think it is an important film for Farhan who deserves accolades for this performance. Deepika Padukone is brilliant again after Love Aaj Kal. She is so natural yet loving. Ram Kapoor is good & Shefali Shah is okay.

Shankar Ehsaan Loy have recently given music to a very important film "My Name Is Khan" and carry out the form in Karthik Calling Karthik but they somehow lack the magnetic quotient which could attract audiences. Uff Teri Ada & Kaise Main Bataun should be the best pick which are sheer melodies with brilliant lyrics. Background Score is also okay.

The new director Vijay Lalwani has done well with his debut film, he has dealt with minute details about the character of Karthik which works for the film. I also loved the romantic angle of the film which shows the versatility of the filmmaker.

Overall, Karthik Calling Karthik is a good film with outstanding performance by Farhan Akhtar. It has its share of loopholes but is still amazingly beautiful because of its superbly handled 1st half and moderately good 2nd half.

My Rating: *** (Very Good)

Story/Screenplay: ***
Acting: ***1/2
Music: **1/2
Direction: ***
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