Sultan: A Quick Review

Whenever there is a movie with Salman in the lead, it is no longer just a movie but an experience. The world can be divided in to 2 kinds of audience- Salman Baiters and Salman Fans. Both have their reasons for watching it.

For the Baiters: Sultan is everything that you love to hate in a Sallu movie. Like a gym routine, he acts with his upper-body and dances with his lower-body. He gives us one more eve-teasing song which will be played in all the Indian weddings and discos – Baby ko Base pasand hai (Baby loves Base) where he keeps strutting his butt in yet another ‘innovative’ manner. It sounds more appropriate for the heroine (Anushka) though, as Sultan looks anything but a 30 yr old wrestler- with a puffed up face and a saggy torso. Wish he had taken make up lessons from Rajinikant as one of the song choreography seems to be influenced from a Rajini movie.

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Sultan Movie Review: Salman Khan and Eid, the Combination Works Once Again

A quiet moment when you just stand transfixed as you see your beloved in front of you, only to see her walk past you as if she did not even acknowledge your presence. Your heart aches and you pine, not just for her but also for all those wonderful moments that you both shared together. And you repeat the act every day, only to see your lady love walk away the same way. What would such a moment remind you of? Would you really expect this from a Salman Khan film? Actually I wouldn’t and not because Salman isn’t good with romance, in fact he has done enough and more romantic films but then there’s always that expectation that he would come up with something animated that catches the lady’s attention at the end. But that doesn’t happen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s latest film, the well anticipated Sultan that’s bhaijaan’s Eid attraction this time around.Continue reading “Sultan Movie Review: Salman Khan and Eid, the Combination Works Once Again”

Sultan Movie Review: This Calls for Giant Leaps of Faith and Your Unflinching Love for Salman

Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Sultan’ has all the trappings of an earth-shattering blockbuster and in all probability it will be one. Not just because it has the box-office demigod Salman Khan, the man who can right now earn 200 crores even by selling peanuts outside a theater, but also because it is a story of redemption, revival and fighting for one’s love – a potion that can be sold like hot cakes to Indian audiences. The fact that Sultan has Bollywood’s original bodybuilder Khan playing a wrestler at a tender age of 50 only adds to the aura and intrigue of the film. But alas, all that augurs well does not necessarily end well. And a lion’s share of that blame should lie at the feet of the director.Continue reading “Sultan Movie Review: This Calls for Giant Leaps of Faith and Your Unflinching Love for Salman”

Bollywood Actors Who Could Star In Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure

The makers of Chhota Bheem have just released Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure and the animated characters and their antics continue to be loved immensely by kids. If the film would have starred Bollywood celebs, we feel the following actors would have done full justice to the epic characters:

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Chhota Bheem : We feel that Bollywood’s Bhaijaan Salman Khan will be the apt choice to play the role of Chhota Bheem, thanks to his drool-worthy muscles and philanthropic ways. Salman is a mastikhor with a heart of gold just like Chhota Bheem and his Dabangg persona will make the enemies run away. Chhota Bheem 2

Chutki : We feel that the current reigning queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone will be perfect to play the role of Chutki as she has the right amount of spunk and her dimples make her look as cute as the female protagonist of the popular cartoon series.
Chhota Bheem 3Indumati : Indumati is the princess of Dholkapur and we believe that Bollywood’s quintessential fashionista Sonam Kapoor, who played a royalty in her last release Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, will be the perfect choice for the role.
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Dholu-Bholu : Kalia’s chelas Dholu-Bholu never fail to tickle our funny bone with their silly antics. We believe that the two on-screen brothers – Ramesh and Suresh, who feature in the ad series of a popular chocolate brand, will be able to pull of the role easily.
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Hidimbak: As the antagonist of the upcoming film Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure is the powerful Hidimbak, we think that given his gigantic physique and ability to cake walk through fights, WWE champ Khali will be able to play the role with utmost ease.Chhota Bheem 6
Kalia : With his quirky humour and evil demeanour, Ganesh Acharya can step into bully Kalia’s shoes quite comfortably.
Produced by Rajiv Chilaka and Samir Jain under their banner Green Gold Pictures, the film has been directed by Rajiv Chilaka and Rusauro B. Adorable and is currently playing in theatres across India.

Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2015

Let me start the post with the disclaimer that I haven’t seen some of the acclaimed films of 2015. The most prominent ones among them are Titli, Manjhi, Drishyam,Maragarita with a Straw and Court (though I am told that the last one is mostly in Marathi). On the other hand, I have purposefully kept BAAHUBALI away from this list because the Hindi version is primarily a dubbed one. So, my post may suffer from the problem of exclusion. At the same time, it’s a highly personal choice and in no way reflects the true merit of any film.Continue reading “Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2015”

Bollywood Movies 2015: The Year End List

2015 was arguably a good year for Hindi Cinema. Though there might not have been any landmark movies, but there were many brave attempts and I am sure a few of them will live long enough to be discussed on forums like these.One can never possibly compile the year’s best list. A movie, like love, is an extremely subjective experience. So I won’t say this is my list of year’s best films,but rather list of 10 films that engaged me sufficiently and a few of them left an impact deep enough to mull over them for days in a row.Continue reading “Bollywood Movies 2015: The Year End List”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: Old School Sanskaar Meets New Age Salman Khan

prem-ratan-dhan-payo-posterNot everyone can like Sooraj Barjatya. It’s not easy. But, not everyone can really dispute the fact that he is good at what he does. Yes, he takes familial values to astronomical heights, he is too sanskaari and painfully old school in matters of romance, he is too engrossed into the lessons from Ramayana, and he is obsessed and surprisingly comfortable with lengthy soundtracks and lengthier run time. But, he is also extremely successful in retelling stories with same moral messages again and again, he is very aware of his strengths and has never really yet bored us to death with any of his films (given the template in question, death by boredom is a distinct possibility).Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Review: Old School Sanskaar Meets New Age Salman Khan”

Indian Panorama promises to showcase riveting films from different parts of the country at IFFI 2015 in Goa

~ Indian Panorama Section to screen 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films ~

 

~The list of films includes internationally acclaimed films like Court, Masaan, Radiopetti, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali and Cinemawala ~

 

~Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan to be the only commercial film in Indian Panorama section~Continue reading “Indian Panorama promises to showcase riveting films from different parts of the country at IFFI 2015 in Goa”

Phantom (2015) Movie Review: Bollywood’s Poetic Justice

I have lived in Bombay for more than 25 years of my life. I have witnessed more than dozen terrorist attacks on my hometown, with two of the attacks, the 93 Bombay Blasts and 26/11 attacks being the worst terrorist attacks ever seen in mankind’s history in my opinion. Unfortunately, there have not been many films on these attacks, or on the after effects of the attack.  I still remember 26/11 vividly, the reason being I was supposed to go to Cafe Leopold on the same day but I was not keen to travel to South Bombay. Not a day goes by thinking, what if I was there on that day at that place. For those who grew up in Bombay, it was like seeing a part of our identity being destroyed.Continue reading “Phantom (2015) Movie Review: Bollywood’s Poetic Justice”