Are emotions inherently adolescent? Karan Johar thinks so, as he gets Ranbir Kapoor – who has built his career playing the man-child needing a relationship to grow up – to play his surrogate. He names his character Ayan – of course after his still-growing-up protege Ayan Mukherjee (director of 2 movies starring Ranbir getting life lessons from sorted women) – who is an adolescent navigating a world of adult relationships, finding it impossible to deal with his one-sided love. In the process of making Ayan realise “That’s life buddy!!!”, Karan Johar comes up with a movie which is essentially a distillation of all Imtiaz Ali movies into a tremendously clear minded closure to unrequited love and everything that comes along with it.Continue reading “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review : Karan Johar re-invented”
This is not a review of either of the Hindi Diwali releases that hit the theatres over the weekend. Neither is this post devoid of spoilers, so read ahead only if you are okay with those two warnings.Continue reading “Musings Over The Diwali Releases: ADHM v/s Shivaay”
Here comes a complicated, contemporary, mature, quadrilateral love story from Karan Johar…well not actually. It is a story of Love, Love lost and Lust with sprinklings of friendship. KJo- true to his reputation weaves a web for his NRI audience with a multi- country, multi-emotional, musical that has you riveted to your seat for the most part atleast. And thankfully there are no uncles, aunts, bhangra songs or sunflower fields!!!Continue reading “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: A Quick Review”
All of us are becoming increasingly impatient. Before you even read this review, you perhaps want to know whether you should watch Ae Dil Hai Mushkil or not; and if the film is worth all the hype and expectations. I usually reserve this verdict for the later part of the review but considering this is the season of Diwali generosity and more importantly some things need to be stated first up, I will answer that coveted question by putting forth a single argument or plea. if you want to call it that.Continue reading “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review: Except for the Last 30 Minutes, the Film is a Total Hoot”
Let’s admit it – we all secretly make fun of the quintessential Bollywood hero. Once the euphoria over their smashing dialogues, classic mannerisms and the routine song and dance settles down, we all relegate our heroes to dumb charades, comedy shows and ‘how-much-do-you-know-Bollywood’ quizzes. The Amitabhs, the Shahrukhs, the Salmans (the list can have at least a dozen more names) – they are all icons, etched in the memory and idiosyncrasy of generations of cinema lovers but they are ‘typical’ at the end of the day. Each different from one another but more of the same ‘hero’ we pay to watch on the big screen. Some bit of memory jog and you would realize that an entire clan of actors or ‘heroes’, as we fondly call them, have grown up under the aegis of this iconic few – giving Bollywood a plate full of characters that taste almost the same.Continue reading “2 Kapoors in 2 Weeks: How Bollywood ‘Hero’ is Undergoing a Quiet Revolution”
At the outset, Kapoor and Sons is a simple story of a dysfunctional family aptly headed by the evergreen loverboy of the Bollywood- Kapoor clan: Rishi Kapoor. He plays Daddu, a retired armyman with an obsession for Mandakini from RTGM and gradually graduates to online porn. Though he plays a soon to be nonagenarian, he still retains his ‘Bobby’ charm and acts with effortless ease inspite of donning a makeup that must have required him atleast a couple of hours to apply.Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921): A Quick Review”
What if I tell you that Bollywood has been mostly lying to you all these years? Don’t kill me. But, then I guess we all know about it – at least subconsciously, at the back of our heads. The Hindi film world’s portrayal of quintessential ‘Indian family’ and its ‘values’ has been so typical and utopian that it makes you cringe in your seat a little. I mean there is nothing wrong in portraying a ‘happy family’ with set spaces for parents, grannies, children and a puppy may be, but Bollywood should take the blame for serving us more of the same, so much of so that you may start believing that nothing, absolutely nothing can ever go wrong with your parivaar! Really?Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review: All Very Real and Heartfelt, Sans the Needless Drama”
Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan who is known for his roles in action movies like Zanjeer, and for hosting the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, had garnered popularity with audiences as the “angry young man” in a series of successful Bollywood Films. He may get a lot of compliments for working round the clock with energy equal to any young actor, but the legendary actor hates the “exaggerated praise” people pour on him. As the Bollywood Shehanshah turns 73 today, here are are a few of his memorable movies which perhaps could be remade with these Gen X stars:-
- Sholay — We all know how the attempted remake of Sholay by RGV failed at the B.O. However think about how it would be when two live wires Arjun Kapoor and Ranvir Singh go on to re-creating the magic on 70 mm in their style.
- Kabhie Kabhie – One of the most romantic film which we have ever seen in Bollywood, will make us fall in love again if its remade but with a hint of the new age romance angle. Who would be better than the Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan to essay the role along with the handsome hunk Ali Fazal.
- Bade Miyan Chote Miyan – A chaotic comedy riot essayed by the comic timing of Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan
- Dostana – A friendship – love triangle saga timed in todays era remade with Aditya Roy Kapoor & Sushant Singh Rajput…. Are you already thinking on how it would look on the celluloid?
Every time you develop a pre-conceived notion, some higher power quietly smirks to mock you. Many a times it has been proclaimed loud and clear, do not judge a book by its cover, and yet the human nature is such that we do inevitably conjure up a feeling by just looking at things and not experiencing them. Now that the life gyaan is over, I must admit that despite many years of writing film reviews, I can’t help forming an opinion of the film before even seeing it, like most of us. However, I try my best to not force the opinion on anyone before I get to see the film, neither do I fish around for the buzz or response to the film before buying the ticket. On first chance, I walk up to the window and purchase the ticket, ready to see my predilection turn true or false. The beauty lies in being surprised with a crash of your earlier notion. Khoobsurat is one such film.Continue reading “Khoobsurat Movie Review: A Sweet Surprise”