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Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Movie Review

Movie: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India (Hindi, Bollywood)

Languages: Hindi (Khadi Boli)(Mainly), English (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Rating: 7.5/10 IMDB  3/5 Bollywood Hungama  3.5/5 Movies NDTV

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Review:

Very rarely we expect something “off-track” from Bollywood. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is one such movie that is completely off-track from the norms of today’s Bollywood. There are many things different about this film such as it is filmed in a small city only (there are no exotic locations in the movie), it is a romantic movie but not a one we have become accustomed of seeing in Bollywood. Last but not least, there is no “hourglass figured” lead actress in this film. Having said this now I must come to the story-line of this movie. Well, the out-of-league story-line is the reason why I am writing a review for Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The movie tells the story of a matric fail guy named Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmann Khurana), Prem is a guy who despite having no talent and decent education dreams of a good life and beautiful life partner. But destiny has something else for him. His parents almost force him to marry Sandhya (a girl who is fat). Sandhya is educated and qualified for teaching, keeping in mind the financial situation of his family Prem agrees to marry her. Although in his heart he never accepts Sandhya as his wife. From the wedding night itself a sort of strangeness comes between the couple. This strangeness turns to separation when in a marriage party Prem abuses his wife in front of his friends. Sandhya by chance listens to this insult and slaps him on the face.

After this incident, Sandhya goes back to her home and files for divorce. Upon hearing about the divorce Prem’s mother fell unconscious and asks her son to bring back Sandhya. Prem is still unmoved and they all go for divorce to court. The judge decides in the favor of Sandhya, but with a condition  that both needs to stay for some days together so that they can resolve their issues and if still there is no mutual consent for staying together the court will accept their divorce petition. Now, these few days prove to be the most “precious” of Prem and Sandhya’s life as they discovers more about each other and their relation becomes even stronger after winning the “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” competition.

Characters To Watch Out:

Ayushmann Khurrana as Prem Prakash Tiwari: He has given his best in this film, Ayushmann is a multi-talented person and he is definitely getting better by age. His body language and face expressions are an absolute treat to watch. Whenever he is frustrated or crying in the film one can feel the misery of the character of Prem. Full marks to Ayushmann for the acting and portraying this role with full intensity.

Bhumi Pednekar as Sandhya Varma: Bhumi is the dark horse of Dum Laga Ke Haisha. I never expected such high-class and flawless acting from a newcomer, but she has done it quite convincingly. Her dialogue delivery and body language is really appreciable.

Sanjay Mishra as Chandra Prakash Tiwari: Sanjay is a well-known face in Bollywood from the long time. In this film too he is at his usual best. Without him the “light part” of this will would have been uncompleted. His lighthearted dialogues and comic acting as the father of a unworthy son is something to be remembered for a long time.

My Verdict And Rating of This Film:

I have rated Dum Laga Ke Haisha 10 out of 10 mainly because of its high quality acting, wonderful direction and a kind of “realistic” and thought-provoking story-line. One thing about which I was a little disappointed was the music of this movie which is to me a below average one. Anyways who cares about songs these days in movies. In my view if you are brave enough to see some realistic story in Bollywood movies then go for this one. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a surprise package according to my understanding which I am sure a true movie lover would always appreciate.

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Chup Chup Ke – Movie Review

Movie: Chup Chup Ke

Year: 2006

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Mainly) (Some Gujarati, Bengali & English)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Chup Chup Ke Movie Review:

A fantastic movie requires a good story-line, excellent camera work, wonderful dialogues, and some amazing acting by the cast. With Chup Chup Ke you get all these things in a single package of just over 160 minutes. The movie has all the masala and magic that you associate with good Bollywood films. It has a huge star cast to be specific it is a “multi-starrer” movie that is very common in Bollywood. It was released in 2006 almost a decade ago from today. But, having seen it 4th time last night I couldn’t control but write a review of it. There is a very simple and straight forward story-line that is well supplemented by the music and songs. For me, the thing that makes this movie stand out from others is its dialogues and the excellent acting by the characters. Priyadarshan has a reputation of making good comedy movies in India. And in Chup Chup Ke he has once again given us a reason to feel happy after watching a movie.

All the characters of this movie are very interesting and they have given their best onscreen. The moment you will start watching this movie you will fall in love with the characters and enjoy their journey throughout the movie. The characters of Gundya & Bandya are the heartbeats of this movie. Without them the movie would be very dull. Now coming to the story-line Chup Chup Ke portrays the story of a young man named Jeetu Prasad Sharma (Shahid Kapoor) who has a lot of debt over him, 1.39 million Rupees to be precise. After Jeetu fails to resolve his debt crisis he decides to commit suicide, but destiny has something else for him. He is found by a fisherman (Bandya) who along with his master Gundya tries to use Jeet for extracting money because they think that Jeet is a rich guy. Jeet after coming back to consciousness in hospital plays a smart move by pretending himslef as a “deaf & dumb” man. Meanwhile, Gundya too has his own issues related to debt and needs his “fishing ship” back from Prabhat Singh Chauhan (Om Puri) a rich Gujarati business man/money-lender. To resolve his problem Gundya leaves Jeet and Bandya as “security” to Prabhat Singh Chauhan till he gives all his money back. From here starts a series of comic events as well as some drama in the life of Jeet. To learn more about it, I am leaving it here and urging you too see the movie yourself. One thing is assured that you won’t be disappointed after watching this film.

My Favorite Characters:

Paresh Rawal as Gundya – He is just awesome and hilarious at times. Some wonderful dialogues by him would leave you laughing on your couches. Paresh Rawal has a reputation of giving some awesome comic performances and he lives up to his reputation in this film also.

Rajpal Yadav as Bandya – Rajpal Yadav has established himself as a great comedy actor with wonderful acting skills and they are on full display in this film. His acting, dialogue delivery is superbly supported by his awesome face expressions that made me laugh again and again. He has definitely given one of his best performance in Chup Chup Ke.

My Rating of Chup Chup Ke:

I rated this movie 10 on 10 and the reason is obvious, it’s a great family entertainer that you can enjoy easily with your family as well as friends. The movie has no cheap or double meaning comic script rather has interesting and clean comedy. The songs are good and you must listen to the full album of this film here.

My Verdict of The Movie:

If you want to see a family movie that has comedy, romance, drama as well as good music then Chup Chup Ke is a must watch for you. You will enjoy the movie from the start till the end of it. The movie also gives a good message of love and humanity that we all need irrespective of our lingual and regional differences. 

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Welcome To Karachi – Movie Review

Movie: Welcome To Karachi 

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India

Language: Hindi & Urdu

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Rating:

4.5/10 – IMDb 

33%  – Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome To Karachi Review:

Before writing anything about the movie, I would love to emphasize the fact that it is a “Political Satire“. However, it may not be the best of “Political Satires” that we have seen till now. But, keeping in mind the films that have hit the screens this year so far, it is definitely one of the best till date. Now coming to the film, it can be said conspicuously that it is has a totally “illogical” story-line. But, as this is a comedy what else would you expect? The ending of Welcome To Karachi is really very “unsatisfying”. One would have been wondering actually what happened to “Shami and Kedar”? The visual effects of this movie are just “okay” there’s nothing to tell about it. The music is fine although not too great. The main “USP” of the movie is its cast. Be it Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb, Adnan Shah, or Ayub Khoso. All the characters have played their role very well. Even, the small characters too have given awesome performance. Among the scenes that I like the most is the one that happened outside the Indian Consulate Office in Karachi. It may be an exaggerated scene with no reason and logic but, it conveys a very clear message in the form of “stupidity” that how today’s “International Relations” are going on. Every country is jealous of its rival and want to “eliminate” it. The move also sheds a light on “American” involvement on Pakistan’s land and how things are manipulated. The truth is not always what we see, it differs from person to person. I am happy to see that this movie doesn’t promote any “ultra nationalism” or “hatred”. The director has dealt well with a weak but, comic story-line. For me Arshad Warsi was the one who really carries the movie along on his shoulders. Arshad is well-known for his ‘comic” roles in Bollywood and once again he delivered it well in “Welcome To Karachi”.

My Rating of Welcome To Karachi:

I have rated the movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its small but powerful punches of “dark political satire” and some awesome acting by the cast. With just over 2 hours this is a wonderful comedy film to relieve your mind of all the tensions you may have.

My Verdict of Welcome To Karachi:

If you like some “lighthearted” cinema that make no sense. But, gives you entertainment and lot’s of funny moments to laugh about then go for this. I bet you will not be disappointed. Just forget the “logic part” and enjoy the movie…! Anyways there’s very little logic in India and Pakistan relations!

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