Wazir: A Quick Review

Wazir PosterAmitabh Bachchan doesn’t need to do any roles in Hollywood. Being in Bollywood, the Big B has already superseded the Big H. Most of the action heroes in Hollywood (read Stallone, Arnold, Costner) still rely on their brawn to showcase their ‘angry young men’ image. While AB has smoothly transitioned from a ‘ Deewar’ and ‘Agneepath’ to a ‘Piku’ and ‘Paa’. His metamorphosis from a superstar to a super-actor seems to be complete with ‘Vazir’. Moreover, one more song in his baritone voice is a treat.Continue reading “Wazir: A Quick Review”

Wazir Movie Review: Quite Watchable Despite a Very Predictable Plot

thequint-2016-01-2ac76806-b41b-47d6-8f77-7d38b8147b36-WazirWazir gets its atmospherics spot on. The chessboard metaphor for real-life shenanigans of loss, longing and revenge is beaming with promise and purpose, the players in the game are up to the task, and the editor on the editing table respects your time for once. But alas, all of this wonderful premise is bogged down by a curiously unidimensional and predictable plot. More on that later. But to begin with, it’s a relief to see a Hindi film with visible signs of a plot after a considerably long time. No, I am not being sarcastic – just look up the list of major releases that you have had in the last couple of months. So, being an eternal optimist that I am, I straightaway declare Wazir to be a decently good omen to begin the New Year. *Touchwood*.Continue reading “Wazir Movie Review: Quite Watchable Despite a Very Predictable Plot”

Wazir Movie Review: A Failed Gambit.

One thing that is undeniable about Bejoy Nambiar is the fact that he is talented. But, a common complaint about his works so far is that they have been visually appealing, but lacking meat. Shaitan for example, started off with a bang, but ran out of steam halfway and fizzled out rather meekly. David was an interesting experiment in storytelling, but fell apart due to the poor writing, especially in the case of Vikram’s plotline. But that being said, both movies had the stamp of a maker, who wasn’t afraid to acknowledge that he possessed his own style. And there is a method to his flashiness, unlike that of a Sanjay Gupta or a Rohit Shetty. So when he decided to combine his visual flair, with the solid writing talents of Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi in Wazir, it created a lot of anticipation for the project, but does it live up to the expectations of a discerning audience?Continue reading “Wazir Movie Review: A Failed Gambit.”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review

This movie will definitely make 300 Cr plus.. for Haldiram’s. After Zandu Balm’s success credited to Dabangg, Haldiram seems to have adopted the marketing strategy for their national and International consumers. They seem to have spent the entire marketing budget for 5 years on the movie with even a forgettable song dedicated to their menu.Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review: The Return of Sooraj’s Prem

Prem, the Indian name for love was associated with a villain for a long time, thanks to Prem Chopra and Premnath. And then came Sooraj R Barjatya’s Maine Pyaar Kiya and Prem got associated with everything positive. Such was the impact of his debut movie that you will find many people who were born in the late 80’s naming their child Prem.Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review: The Return of Sooraj’s Prem”

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”

Kaththi Movie Review: A Social Message Delivered via a Commercial Film

Over the years writer-director A.R.Murugadoss has made an impact with his films in Tamil (and their remakes in Telugu-Stalin and Hindi-Ghajini and Holiday). One may or may not like his films but I guess there is no debate about the fact that he does manage to bring in a variety of subjects with his films, with no film of his so far having any resemblance to any of his previous works. Even in case of an ambitious project like 7 Aum Arivu (2011) while the final outcome wasn’t all that satisfactory, the premise was quite interesting. When Murugadoss and Vijay joined hands for the first time for Thuppakki (2012) what emerged was a good commercial Tamil film which according to me is the best Vijay film since Pokkiri (2007). So with both of them coming back together for Kaththi obviously the expectations were clear and the questions were many. Continue reading “Kaththi Movie Review: A Social Message Delivered via a Commercial Film”

3G Movie Review: More ludicrous than scary

The third release of this weekend was 3G, starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan. If any of you saw the small little film Table No 21 that came out at the start of this year, you would know that Shantanu and Sheershak who wrote it, have taken over the director’s seat in 3G apart from scripting it.Continue reading “3G Movie Review: More ludicrous than scary”

David Movie Review: Davidozydrowsydavid

There are times when I am not really sure whether I should reject a film or not. I am not sure if I enjoyed it, it was artistic, or it was boring, long, and inconsistent but ultimately alright. I have such feelings now, and they are quite mixed.

There are three stories, they are all linked. Protagonist’s name is David in all three. One story is film noir/Gangster film, second one is a political commentary, and the third one is a love story. I think that is enough information about the film. But the film isn’t really much about the stories, and that I realized after a while. It is more concerned about a wrestling match, a really awkward supernatural touch in the Goa/love story, and more about a fight in the political drama story where the protagonist uses red chilies to fight. Though, by being more practical, I can pretty much laud the director for showing that a young lean boy cannot kick asses of four goons.  Because, when I try to write a review of a film, I tend to write about what I remember, not what was shown well, or what made sense or what didn’t.Continue reading “David Movie Review: Davidozydrowsydavid”