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Movie Review – “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”

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Movie: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil                                    Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                                   Language: Urdu & Hindi (Main), English (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) – Review

Karan Johar said in an interview that “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” is not a typical love story or a love triangle. Yes, he was absolutely true to his words, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a movie that transcends the boundaries of a typical love story that we (Hindi Audience) is accustomed of seeing.

Set in some of the Europe’s exotic cities, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is the story of Ayan Sengar (Ranbir Kapoor) & Alizeh Khan (Anushka Sharma). Aishawarya Rai is there in supporting role while Fawad Khan, Lisa Haydon and Imran Abbas Naqvi plays cameo. Screenplay is good, but plot is a bit confused. Being a movie based on Romance there’s hardly any romance in the film except for some passionate kissing scenes (not something that we are accustomed of seeing in Hindi movies).

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s biggest success is its music, composed by Pritam this is without doubt this year’s best album in Bollywood so far. Songs like Bulleya, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Channa Mereya hits you hard and you can feel them inside your heart.

Storyline:

Ayan is seeing giving an interview, he is a rich guy who wants to become a singer and is doing MBA, because of his dad’s wish. One night he meets Alizeh in a club, they become friends and eventually plans to travel to Paris together for a vacation. After, Ayan’s breakup with his girlfriend Lisa.

Alizeh tells Ayan that she loved a boy named Ali in Lucknow. But, now wants to move on with her life after he left her. Everything changes when she sees Ali in a Paris disco. Ali convinces her and they get married leaving Ayan alone, who by this time is in love with Alizeh.

Ayan, then meets Saba (a poetess who is happily divorced). They start a live in relationship which breaks because Ayan couldn’t get over the thoughts of Alizeh. But, he becomes a famous singer because of Saba’s poetry that he uses in his song’s.

Finally, he gets to meet Ali who tells him that 2 years back he and Alizeh broke up and she left him. Ayan tries to find Alizeh and when she meets him he is distorted to know that she is suffering from last stage cancer. The film ends as Ayan completes his interview to a journalist. We can only guess that his love was “unrequited one”….

My Verdict & Rating:

I gave Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, 7/10. The film is good but not engaging enough. There are times when you feel Karan has unnecessarily stretched it. 150 minutes is way too long for this movie. One thing that I feel is that normal people will find it hard to connect with this film. As the film depicts the love that is still a part of elite class’s lifestyle in India. The real life love in our part of the world is way too different from this one. But, the movie is definitely worth giving a try. Ranbir Kapoor has overshadowed everyone with his great performance. Anushka is as effervescent as she is and does a nice job here too. Aishwarya Rai is looking good and makes an impact in the second half of the film.

10 Movies To Watch This Diwali With Family & Friends

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10 Movies To Watch This Diwali With Family & Friends

Diwali is a festival of lights and sweets. Celebrated across India with intense passion and reverence. An occasion that brings friends and family together for celebration. Being a country obsessed with Movies, I have compiled a list of 10 Movies that you can watch with your friends and family this Diwali weekend. This list has movies based on the theme of “friendship, love, family and fun”.

 

Andaz Apna Apna -1994
     Andaz Apna Apna -1994 Hindi Movie

Andaz Apna Apna – This 1994 Bollywood Comedy Film is without doubt a treasure of our country’s cinema history. With an ensemble cast featuring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Shakti Kapoor (as the legendary character of “Crime Master Gogo”) Andaz Apna Apna is a pure delight that you can enjoy with family on any occasion. A rating of 8.7 on IMDB is a testimony to the fact that Andaz Apna Apna is an all-time favorite movie of Indians.

 

Anand 1971 Movie
Anand 1971 Movie Poster

Anand – A 1971, Bollywood Drama Movie, featuring Rajesh Khanna as Anand (Main Protagonist), with Amitabh Bachchan and Sumita Sanyal in supporting roles. Anand is an emotional movie about friendship, love and sacrifice. An IMDB rating of 8.9 makes Anand, the No. 01 Movie among “Top 250 Indian Movies” list. Surely, a film that is worth watching. The 2003 Shahrukh Khan starrer Mega BlockBuster Hit “Kal Ho Na Ho” is inspired by Anand. So, I am leaving that out of this list.

Gol Maal 1979 Movie
Gol Maal 1979 Comedy Movie

 

 

Gol Maal – Amol Palekar’s best movie, Gol Maal is a 1979 Comedy that still makes you burst with laughter. The film was a “Mega Hit” of its time and is one of the milestone movies in the career of the Director “Hrishikesh Mukherjee”. Gol Maal features talented stars like David, Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutt, Deven Verma, Dina Pathak to name a few.

 

Chupke Chupke 1975
Chupke Chupke 1975 Comedy.

 

Chupke Chupke – A 1975, Bollywood Comedy Film starring the stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bahaduri, Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra, and Om Prakash in the lead roles. The movie is also well-known for its songs written by Anand Bakshi and the music is composed by the great S.D.Burman.

Hum Apke Hain Kaun 1994
Hum Apke Hain Kaun 1994 Movie

 

 

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun – Released more than 2 decades ago in 1994, Hum Apke Hain Kaun is Bollywood’s one of the all-time most watched movie. It was the Top Grossing Bollywood Movie of its time. Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan’s romance is an absolute delight to watch. The film has it’s fair share of emotional drama too. A perfect recipe for this Diwali for your family.

Dil Chahta Hai 2001
Dil Chahta Hai 2001 Movie

Dil Chahta Hai – The 2001 Coming of Age Movie, Dil Chahta Hai has it’s appeal in the Indian Urban Masses. Starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna the film revolves around friendship, fun and the problems in relationships. A Movie that will remind you of your younger days, Dil Chahta Hai is an “ultimate film” to watch this Diwali.

 

Jab We Met 2007 Movie
Jab We Met 2007 Movie Poster

Jab We Met – This 2007 Romantic Comedy is one of India’s all-time most watched movie. The film stars bubbly Kareena Kapoor as a Punjabi girl who is feeling to get married to her boyfriend. She meets a billionaire (Shahid Kapoor) during her journey who is “depressed”. The film has some great music and songs. Check them Out Here..!

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 Movie
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 Movie

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – A film that has run uninterrupted for more than 1000 weeks in a Mumbai theatre. Commonly referred to “DDLJ” this 1995 Classic Bollywood love story is something that most Hindi movie lovers have seen more than once. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. Dilwale Dulhania Lejayenge is a milestone in the history of not just Bollywood but Indian Cinema too. It is a musical Blockbuster also and its songs are still popular on Indian FM stations. Listen all the songs Here..!

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988 Movie
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 1988 Movie

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak – This 1988 film is the first step of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla towards their eventual stardom in Hindi Film Industry. The songs “Papa Kehte Hain”, “Ae Mere Humsafar”, “Gazab Ka Hai Din” are still popular on TV as well as radio. The movie revolves around the popular theme of kids of enemy families falling in love with each other. A theme that ruled the 80s and 90s in Bollywood.

Hungama-2003-movie
Hungama 2003 Movie

Hungama – This 2003, Priyadarshan Movie is one of the “underrated movies” in the Hindi Film Industry. Hungama is a charming comedy that makes you laugh relentlessly. With likes of Rajpal Yadav, Akshay Khanna, Paresh Rawal in the film this is a must watch for you. A semi-hit when released Hungama has garnered a strong fan base over a period of time now.

Other than the above mentioned movies in the list. The movies that couldn’t find a place in my list but are worth mentioning here are:

Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Baghban (2003), Hera Pheri (Series), 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014), and Mr. India (1987).

So enjoy and Happy Dilwai To You All…!

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Review – The “Untold” Remains Untold In This Supposedly Biopic

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Movie: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                                                  Genre: Sports, Biography

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English)

M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story Review:

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, was among the most anticipated films of Bollywood this year. The reason is quite simple, it is supposedly a biopic on Indian’s greatest captain and perhaps its best cricketer (at least in terms of achievements in International Arena). The movie has a tag line “The Man You Know, The Journey You Don’t”. All this made quite a buzz around the movie months before it was released. The movie got even more attention when in May this year Emran Hashmi starer Azhar (Azharuddin’s Biopic a former Indian Captain too) failed to charm the audience and critics. But, unfortunately after all these big talks M.S. Dhoni’s so called “Untold Story” too fails to do justice to the “Biography” genre.

Well, I said this because in a Biography you got to show the good as well as bad times and circumstances. But, Neeraj Pandey’s Dhoni biopic has very easily bypassed the “controversies” that the Indian Captain has gone through or have at least seen in his playing career. The reasons can be many but two of the widely speculated ones are:

  1. This movie is being funded by Arun Pandey (A close M.S. Dhoni friend and associate).
  2. M.S. is still the captain of the Indian National Cricket Team in One Day and T20 formats. And, he is willing play till 2019 (something he said in a press conference earlier this year).

So, amid all these scenarios Neeraj Pandey’s M.S. Dhoni doesn’t turn out to be a great piece of cinema, but yes a popular movie for the masses in this “cricket mad” country.  The movie talks about Dhoni’s life till 2011 World Cup. And here lies a great setback for audience like me. We wanted to know so much about his relations with Ganguly, Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer and many others. But, nothing has been told about them and abrupt ends of their career. Mind you meanwhile Gautam is back in the test squad but the others have retired long ago.

We are also not told how Dhoni always keeps calm in tough situations? Is it natural or something he has developed over time. There is also no mention of his relationship with Lakshmi Rai? We also don’t get to know what happened in IPL that led to the suspension of Chennai Super Kings (A team Dhoni has lead since the inception of IPL in 2008). His close association with N. Srinivasan (Former BCCI Chief) too has been kept at bay from the audience. All in all, it can be said easily that M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a great PR attempt for the Indian captain that sidelines all the tough/rough/controversial phases of his career and focuses mostly on his struggle to become a cricketer. The movie of course tells the story of his deceased girlfriend (Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha) and present wife (Kiara Advani as Sakshi)

Well, after all the criticism in the above mentioned part you might not be willing to read this review any further. But, as a movie/cinema lover I got to do this while writing. I am not criticizing Dhoni or his tenure, but I am just not convinced with this film been an “Untold Story”. Whatever is shown we all know thoroughly. It is just that I am disappointed with Neeraj Pandey who is a very good director, but it seems he too was not brave enough to rack up any controversy. Anyways, now let’s talk about the good part of it.

What’s Good in M.S. Dhoni’s Untold Story?

While biopic nature of the film will be a topic of contention. There is no dispute in the fact that Sushant Singh Rajput has won the hearts with his acting. I am extremely glad to see his body language that would make even Dhoni blush. He has mastered it all very well. His way of talking and face expressions too are very much Dhoni like. It seems that this movie will be a landmark movie for Sushant’s future as a “movie star”. Kiara Advani too is convincing as Sakshi (although there’s not much for her in the film anyway). Disha Patani has done a fabulous job as Dhoni’s first girlfriend. The rest of the cast too has given their best. It’s a nice thing about M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story that despite no big star playing any other cricketer’s role the film has still looked pretty decent and one feel no void in it. The music of the film is really great and enjoyable. Editing is fine, choreography competent and background score comprehensive.

My Verdict & Rating of the film

I would rate M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, 7/10. The film has all aspects of being a good movie and it’s a must watch for cricket lovers as well as general audience. But, there’s a word of caution from me “Don’t just think that you now know all you wanted to know”. Because the legend of M.S. Dhoni is not over yet and there’s much “UNTOLD” in it that we would love to know about and will know one day…

Movie Review: “A Flying Jatt” Reminiscent of Doordarshan Era…

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Movie: A Flying Jatt                                   Release Year: 2016

Country: India (Bollywood)                      Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy

Languages: Hindi (Few Dialogues in English & Punjabi)

A Flying Jatt Review:

I watched it yesterday and was perplexed trying to understand what it was all about?

Was A Flying Jatt Indian Superhero movie? or

It was a movie promoting “environment awareness among kids”? or

It was just made for the sake of making a movie?

Remo D’Souza is a dance master and it is quite evident in his direction too. Being a Super hero movie you expect lots of action sequences. Alas! The film has very few of them and that too reminiscent of the “Doordarshan Era”. I remember Shaktiman, Karma, Junior G (Indigenous Super Heroes) of late 1990s India. Frankly, speaking Flying Jatt is no better than them.

Choreography wasn’t impressive for me, music and background scores will appeal to kids (under 10) and songs were the only cheering aspect of the movie. Visual effects were below par again reminding you of Doordarshan days. On top of all this, as if this wasn’t humiliating enough for you. There is a pathetic villain with an annoying pet dialogue (surprise, surprise) …

Jacqueline Fernandez is there to look stupid. That’s it… And yes, Amrita Singh packs a punch in the role of Mrs.Dhillon.

Now let’s see what’s the story of the film:

The story is about a guy named Aman ( Tiger Shroff) who is a martial arts teacher but a coward and shy person. His father has created an “Eco-friendly” society near a lake somewhere in Punjab. There’s a small island in the lake that has an old tree (revered by the Sikh community of the area). And, that tree is the source of conflict in the film as the city’s famous businessman Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) wants buy that island and raze the tree. In order to lure Aman’s mother he offers her a huge amount in exchange for the land, but she abuses him in front of all saying she will not sell that land to anyone.

In the very next move, Malhotra calls Aman to his mansion and threatens him to kill his mother. He even goes on to recruiting a foreign contract killer a 7 feet tall man called Raka (Nathan Jones). He orders him to go and cut that tree, but upon arriving at the tree Raka faces stiff resistance from Aman. Suddenly, something happens and both of them gets faint down. Only to find out later that Aman has become a super hero while Raka a super villain.

In the second half movie becomes kind of “sermonic”, as it becomes clear that the director is fixated to teach us “environment protection” via Flying Jatt. We also get to know that our hero’s power come from trees while Raka’s powers are accumulated through ‘pollution’ that is in abundance on this earth.

Ultimately, the Fying Jatt has to defeat Raka on another planet and in space. Even there too pollution is present and Raka shows stiff resistance before being neutralized by Aman.

Funny things about A Flying Jatt:

  1.    He follows traffic lights.
  2.    He is scared of dogs.
  3.    He flies hardly 2-3 meters off the ground because of high phobia.
  4.    He buys sabzi (vegetables) for home.
  5.    Most importantly he is “Aagyakari Beta” (moma’s boy).

My verdict and rating:

The movie has earned almost double than its budget which is a thing for the director. But, its ratings are extremely poor, with TOI being exceptional to give it 3.5/5 (God knows what happened to them). In fact, on my part, I am feeling extremely generous to give it a 5/10 rating.

I won’t recommend A Flying Jatt to any serious cinema lover. It’s a big “NO TO WATCH” movie guys. Please stay away… However, I would highly recommend it to kids as it has some moral lessons for them. Besides some Doordarshan time graphics.