Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?

The Salman Khan starrer Dabangg (2010) was not only a trendsetter of sorts in Hindi films; it even inspired similar versions in a few other languages, most notable of them being Gabbar Singh (2012) in Telugu. Despite basically using the same plot outline of Dabangg, director Harish Shankar made an effort to make a few simple changes, basically adapting it in a way that made sure that the personality of superstar Pawan Kalyan was well highlighted, making the film a delight to watch for fans and even the general audience. It was but natural that there would be an extension of the brand Gabbar Singh, after all who wouldn’t want to put his/her money on a winning horse.But with Dabangg 2 not meeting with the same reception as Dabangg the prospect of once again going for an adaptation was ruled out. After the mega success of Attarintiki Daaredi the project was announced, but there were frequent changes, the director, DOP and even the title ended up finally changing. What remained constant eventually was the presence of Pawan Kalyan and producer Sharrath Marar.Continue reading “Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?”

40 Years of Sholay: The Film That Redefines Class, Totally

Note-Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Independence Day. 40 Years ago this day, the iconic Sholay had released. Here’s a personal tribute of sorts to the film,as I reflect back in time over Sholay.

For someone who wasn’t even born when Sholay actually released in India (15th August, 1975), I am proud to say that I’ve seen the film thrice in theatres. Sholay was a film which I kept hearing of when I was growing up, both my parents being ardent fans of the film. Unfortunately by the time I remember frequenting theatres the film had completed its original theatrical run in Chennai or Madras as it was referred to then, the city I belonged to those days. Unfortunately there wasn’t any way to watch the film those days unless there was a re-release in your city (which happened once every few years) as it was yet to be shown on TV and there was no home video (VHS) available of the film back then in the 80’s and early 90’s. Of course things slowly changed in the mid 90’s as the film became a lot more accessible to people, creating a whole new set of fans in the processContinue reading “40 Years of Sholay: The Film That Redefines Class, Totally”

Dr. Prakash Baba Amte Marathi Movie Review: Good Intentions, Mediocre Execution

(Post Contains Some Spoilers)

A couple is wandering through the tribal areas of Maharashtra which is visibly cut off from the rest of the world and is devoid of any development.  In this desolate area, they come across a tribal woman who has given birth to a child. Devoid of any medical help, the woman uses a stone to crush the biblical cord and free the child. The couple especially the woman is aghast on seeing this. In another scene, they encounter a quack getting ready to sacrifice a human being in order to cure an ill person, while the relatives of the person and other bystanders partake in it blindly.Continue reading “Dr. Prakash Baba Amte Marathi Movie Review: Good Intentions, Mediocre Execution”

Cult classic ‘Sholay’ returns, in 3D

Gabbar-solo2Sholay, which created history in Indian cinema by celebrating silver jubilee in over 100 theatres across the country in 1975, is all set to recreate the same magic in 3D. Sholay Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. & Pen India Pvt. Ltd. have collaborated with Ketan Mehta’s Maya Digital Studios to create the 3D version of this cult classic.

While every Indian has unquestionably watched Sholay, the new generation has been deprived of watching it on the silver screen.  A team of 350 people worked for more than a year under the leadership of Siddhartha Jayakar, who is a veteran in the field of computer animation, visual effects and conversion from 2D to 3D. Continue reading “Cult classic ‘Sholay’ returns, in 3D”

NTR Jr.'s Ramayya Vastavayya Movie Review: Same Old Telugu Revenge Drama

The expectations with Ramayya Vastavayya were huge, considering the fact that it brings back together producer Dil Raju and NTR Junior after the success of Brindaavanam. Also director Harish Shankar is fresh from the success of Gabbar Singh just as NTR Junior has been with Baadshah.

Like all mandatory Telugu big star film and like most NTR junior film which seem to exploit and milk the brand of actor NTR, this movie  is similar as it has NTR junior mouthing his grandfather NTR’s dialogues ‘Emantivi Emantivi’. NTR Junior (Nandu) is a college student who has no interest in studies at all. He falls in love with Akarsha (Samantha) at first sight, like many Telugu film makers would like to believe falling in love is the same as stalking, here we have Nandu stalking Akarsha and physically molesting her till she also falls in love with her.Continue reading “NTR Jr.'s Ramayya Vastavayya Movie Review: Same Old Telugu Revenge Drama”

Ramayya Vasthavayya: Trailer

Ramayya VastavayyaProlific Telugu film producer Dil Raju joins hands with popular actor Jr.NTR once again after the super success of Brindavanam (2010). Adding weight to the project is the direction of Harish Shankar who made the blockbuster Gabbar Singh featuring Pawan Kalyan last year. Continue reading “Ramayya Vasthavayya: Trailer”

Peechha Karro Movie Review- Underrated Hindi Comedy

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Andaz Apna Apna are rightly considered as two landmark comedies in Indian cinema. However, in between these two films another film was released, which can easily be counted as one of the funniest films to be ever made. But the film didn’t go on to attain cult status like the above mentioned films and remains a largely unknown and underrated film. The film in question is Peechha Karro which is directed by Pankaj Parashar and stars Farooque Shiekh, Amjad Khan, Rajendranath, Satish Shah, Ravi Baswani and Anupam Kher amongst a host of other talented actors.

People who have grown up during the Doordarshan era will definitely remember Pankaj Parashar with much admiration and nostalgia. After all he was the man who directed Karamchand, one of the landmark shows of the Doordarshan era featuring Pankaj Kapur in the iconic role of Karamchand.  Besides this, he had also helmed Jalwa starring Naseeruddin Shah and Chaalbaaz, which arguably can be rated as two of the slickest movies of the 80’s era.

Usually, I consider writing synopsis of a film to be the most boring part while writing a post. However, this is one film, wherein I had lot of fun while writing the synopsis.
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Holi & The Unholy

HOLI is one of the most important festivals of India, as it marks the victory of good over evil. Yes,Dussehra/Diwali are not the only festivals celebrating the end of sin/sinners; but Holi also is celebrated for the same reason. Continue reading “Holi & The Unholy”

Cinemausher’s Best Films of 2012

I love lists, especially year end list for movies! Last year when i had an opportunity to make this list, I had jumped to the occasion and this year fortunately (or unfortunately) for readers, I am churning out a list of my best films of 2012. Personally, for me, this year has been good with regards to movie especially with resurgence of Malayalam Cinema. If you ask me to describe 2012 at movies in one word, then it has to be “FANBOYISM”, we witnessed it with Agent Vinod in Bollywood, Gabbar Singh in Tollywood, and even in Hollywood with the release of The Dark Knight Rises. Whether fanboyism is good or bad for industry in the long run is altogether a different matter. Coming back to the list, this year has been bit difficult, probably due to many choices. Also after watching so many movies one tends to become desensitized while watching films, but it is always good to see some good work of art which touches your heart and moves you. Oh, and lastly, the list is not in any particular order. So here goes my Best Films of 2012:Continue reading “Cinemausher’s Best Films of 2012”