Movie Review – “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”

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

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…!

“Mistress America” Movie Review – From Boring Start To An Eventful End.

Movie: Mistress America                                                               Release Year: 2015

Country: United States of America                                               Language: English

Genre: Comedy

Mistress America Review:

Directed by Noah Baumbach, Mistress America is a movie that feels boring in the start before gradually gripping your interest. It stars Lola Kirke and Greta Gerwig in lead roles with Heather Lind, Matthew Shear, Michael Chernus and, Jasmine Cephas Jones in supporting roles. The film has some nice cool music score and the direction is great. Screenplay is written by Noah and Greta herself which looks nice with no fumbles.

Lola and Greta they both have looked extremely good in Mistress America. I am watching them for the first time and it’s difficult for me to tell who was better than the other. But, I slightly feel Lola (the chief protagonist) of the film has been fantastic with her body language and looks (of a college going girl with lonely life).

Storyline:

Tracy (Lola) is a college student and lives a low life that’s not exciting rather boring and dull. One day she gets a call from her mother who tells that she is soon going to marry with some man. The man has a daughter named Brooke Cardines (Greta), a confident self-sustaining and stylish women who is in early 30s.

Tracy decides to meet Brooks and after spending a night with her and knowing her aspirations and lifestyle becomes very influenced with her. Brooks want to open a restaurant for which she is getting investors. But, all of a sudden her whole plan is jeopardized as one of her partners pulled out of the plan. At this juncture Brooke has no other option but to seek help from her ex-fiance (Dylan) who is married to her best friend (Mamie).

Meanwhile, Tracy has written  a short story titled “Mistress America” for her college’s literary society. Tracy helps Brooke to reach Connecticut with her friends Tony and Nicolette. Things were on course before Brooke receives a call from her dad stating that he is no longer marrying Tracy’s mother.

Mistress America Movie
Tracy & Brooke Looking For Solutions of Their Problems…

The newly formed bond between the “stepsisters to be” is further shackled when Brooke finds out that Tracy has written a story on her life. Tracy explicitly denies that it is written after her rather says it’s a work of fiction “inspired” by Brooke. Something Brooke doesn’t agree to and the two break up.

The story gets published in the journal and Tracy is happy and confident now. On thanksgiving she visits Brooke and asks her to spend the occasion with her which she agrees. The movie ends here with two sitting in a restaurant and enjoying the evening together. As written in Mistress America, Brooke’s dream of having a restaurant never gets fulfilled as she pays her debts off and decides to move West to Los Angeles. As for Tracy, things look pretty optimistic as she leaves her old literary society and decides to start her own one.

My Verdict & Rating:

Mistress America may not be a memorable piece of cinema but it is nonetheless worthy of watching. The film makes you laugh and think at the same time. It is not that typical “haha hehe” comedy movie but a carefully crafted one that uses humor as a supporting element to the overall theme. Mistress America gets a flat 8/10 from me.

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” Review – An Entertaining & Adventurous Journey With Ricky Baker

Movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople                              Release Year: 2016 (Worldwide)

Country: New Zealand                                               Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Adventure

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Movie Review:

After reading about its success and praises showered by the critics to its director. I decided to watch Hunt For The Wilderpeople and for once the praises were right. Directed by Taiku Waititi, Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a much sought breather of a cinema in today’s movie world. The film despite having few characters and very limited storyline is a good piece of cinema to watch.

Hunt-for-the-Wilderpeople
Aunt Bella Embracing Little Ricky To Her Home.

There are many aspects in the movie that grabbed my attention such as high quality acting by the protagonists (specially Julian Dennison), great picturization showing the audience New Zealand’s enchanting countryside landscape, some Māori inspired music, couple of nice songs and yes “Haiku”. As for what’s a “Haiku” means it will be more interesting for you guys to find it out yourself after seeing the film.

At the time of writing this review this film has already become the highest grossing New Zealand movie of all time in the country. Not surprisingly, it is still playing worldwide so it will garner more money in coming weeks. That will make it more successful commercially than already it is now. The film’s director Taiku Wakiti is already in the news for being chosen by Marvel to direct Thor: Regnarok (2017). Well, only time will tell how he does that job.

Now coming back to Hunt for the Wilderpeople let’s see what’s the movie is about?

Storyline:

The film is beautifully divided into 10 chapters that makes it interesting to watch. It feels as if you are reading the book in an animated way. Ricky Becker is a 13-year-old fat kid. He is troublesome and notorious. Child Welfare Services (For whom he is a real “Bad Egg”) chooses a new home for him where he meets a kind-hearted woman Bella (who asks him to call her aunt even though she isn’t his aunt really). Bella’s husband a former convict Hec (Sam Neill) isn’t much happy with her decision to adopt Ricky to live with them. Unfortunately, for Ricky things get worse when Bella dies and Uncle Hec asks him to go back to the welfare department. But, Ricky is not ready to go back that juvenile center and is adamant to live with Hec.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Julian Dennison as Ricky Baker in Hunt for the Wilderpeople

There is a kind of animosity between two and the adventure begins when they are forced to work and live together while the whole country is after them. This part of the film is really watchful and appeals to you emotionally in a very subtle humorous way. It shows different shades of humanity as Ricky who is an orphan just want to live free of state’s interference and Paula (the officer) is unwavering in her pursuit of him. Her dialogue “Not a Single Child Left Behind” conveys multiple meaning to the audience depending how you want to interpret it.

In the end, after trying his best Ricky and Hec has to lose against the government authorities. The army finds them and Hec is sent to a jail. While Ricky is send back to the welfare department. But, Ricky gets a new home and he goes to Hec asking him to accompany for another adventure this time not to run away from the authorities, but to find the supposedly extinct “Huia” bird that they saw in the jungle. Hec gladly agrees and the two goes to jungle again.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Sam Neill and Julian Dennison in Hunt for the Wilderpeople

My Verdict and Rating:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople gets 8/10 from me because of the awesome acting by young Julian Dennison and some awesome portrayal of New Zealand’s exquisite beauty. If you are looking to see some cool adventure stuff, then go for it. This is a good piece of cinema that every movie lover will love. So, don’t wait anymore and watch Hunt for the Wilderpoeple ASAP..!

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