Some stars have made careers out of making “masala” entertainers, like Rajnikanth, Mithun, Akshay to some extent; and audiences don’t really care for reviews or others opinions on their movies, since they want to watch unadulterated entertainment. Our most wanted bhai’s movie, also falls in this category.
Habib Faisal, the writer-director of Daawat-E-Ishq gave us the brilliant Band Baaja Baaraat (2010-he wrote it), the phenomenal Do Dooni Chaar (2010) and the arguably interesting Ishaqzaade (2012). After watching his latest works, including Bewakoofiyaan, which came earlier this year and now Daawat-E-Ishq, one must wonder if he has completely lost track of good screenwriting or not. Both the films this year have been extremely sub-standard and put a serious question mark on him. From the first look itself, I did not expect much out of DEI, the songs did not work as YRF may have imagined them to and the film exuded a thanda vibe overall. Not much of that is changed even when you watch the film as it looks a hurried half cooked recipe of a delicious idea. Yes, Daawat-E-Ishq is a dud for most parts. This review may have spoilers and so that was the word of caution. Usually, I tend to avoid spoilers but some appalling fallacies cannot be brought to light without mentioning them. Continue reading “Daawat-E-Ishq Movie Review: Too Bland A Meal”
David Dhawan’s Main Tera Hero is out and believe it or not, people will flock to the theaters to watch it. It is the perfect weekend getaway for a superficial Indian audience that pretty much cares only about good songs, good looking men and women, some action and a lot of romance. Yes, Main Tera Hero is the Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani of this year. Masala without substance. And incidentally enough, it has Evelyn Sharma as well, yes the doe-eyed eye candy who became popular with YJHD. Continue reading “Main Tera Hero Movie Review : Entertaining, But Stupid”
Post Paan Singh Tomar, Tigmanshu Dhulia has been on every movie buff’s ‘director-to-watch-out-for’ list, even when Haasil remains his best directed film for me. Earlier this year, he gave us the delectable Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns which quite did not get the universal acclaim it aimed to fetch post PST. And now comes Bullett Raja with Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Jimmy Sheirgill amongst a host of supporting actors. Despite Saif having successfully pulled off a similar character before and it being set in Dhulia-world, this one smelt different, and not the right kind of different. Yes, from the first trailer itself. The songs did not work much as the promos hit the tv screens and Bullett Raja could create meager anticipation in the audience, largely buttressing on cheesy, pseudo badass one-liners of the lead which made it reek of a campy Salman/Akshay south remake. But then, it turns out to be a not so terrible film, only that it is Dhulia’s weakest.Continue reading “Bullett Raja Movie Review : Trying too hard to be cool”
Remakes are the order of the day in Indian Film Industry today. If you cant remake a recent South Indian film in Hindi, then why not make the film that started that trend in 1983? Guess that was the reasoning enough for Sajid Khan to dole out the crummiest film in many ages that leaves you with the most disgusting aftertaste, induces a brain-curdling effect making you wish you were in coma and assaults your existence to leave you scarred and scared for all your life. From the release of its trailer itself, I knew Himmatwala would be a stunning exercise of atrocious cinema. Every snarky tawdry promo and song was making millions of lives miserable all day everyday and the doomed day finally arrived, Himmatwala, a remake of K Raghavendra Rao‘s 1983 original hit the screens today.Continue reading “Himmatwala Movie Review: A huge dump on your intelligence!”
If you have been following Sajid Khan’s early shows on television, you’ll remember him more as a film buff than as a filmmaker. He adores campy cinema and loves it when actors ham. All of us have guilty pleasures so that’s perfectly all right. But to convert them to a feature length film is stretching it. A few days ago, I revisited the Jeetendra version and thought I have seen the nadir. But Sajid Khan has just invented a world below this muck.Continue reading “Himmatwala: The Viewer That Is”