Rocky Handsome Movie Review : Superman? Batman? Naw, John Abraham!

Maybe it’s just me, but then there is something really charming about a man in black suit going around assassinating people like its a part of his daily routine. When Director Lee Jeung-beom made The Man From Nowhere (2010), little did he know that the film would be ripe for an Indian remake. Thankfully, Director Nishikant Kamat and Ritesh Shah (Screenplay/Dialogues) don’t mess too much with the original material and serve it right back to us in India as Rocky Handsome. What works for them is John Abraham fits right in as the lead and also produces an otherwise not so masala film as the trailers would have shown. And ahoy, Rocky Handsome turns out quite a good watch on a weekend where you have a largely disappointing magnum opus releasing with it. Continue reading “Rocky Handsome Movie Review : Superman? Batman? Naw, John Abraham!”

Welcome Back Movie Review: Trying Too Hard To Be Like Its Prequel

In 2007, Anees Bazmee was at the top of his game when he delivered Welcome along with Akshay Kumar. Today, Bazmee is struggling to make his own comeback with Welcome Back and he does not have Kumar. However, he has managed to retain the majority of his motley crew and added a couple of stalwarts to the wolfgang as well. But he is straddled with John Abraham and Shruti Haasan playing the lead pair as opposed to a highly successful Kumar and Katrina Kaif pairing in 2007. Nevertheless, Welcome Back is mounted on an enormous scale with money spent profusely on every thing possible. Yet, there was much thanda buzz around it leading upto its release. So, has Bazmee manage to score an ace to bring his market back up in B Town? Recently, Anil Kapoor said in an interview that it is important for this film to work so that Base Industries (Firoz Nadiadwala’s Company) stays in business.

Welcome Back Poster 3Welcome Back, is more like a spinoff of its prequel using similar tropes and plot points, minimally turned on their heads to provide the pretense of freshness. The film starts with the don duo, Uday (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) having bettered themselves for a life in Dubai. They find another lost sister, Ranjana (Shruti Haasan) who they have to get married. Ranjana likes Ajju Bhai (John Abraham) who happens to be Dr Ghunghroo’s (Paresh Rawal) illegitimate son. There is also Chandni (debutante Ankita Srivastava) who has wooed the dons once again, albeit she along with her mom (Dimple Kapadia) forms a team of con artists who are out to dupe them. To complete the wolfpack, there is Wanted Bhai (Naseeruddin Shah) and his drug-addict son Honey (Shiney Ahuja, making his comeback). While in Welcome, Uday and Majnu clearly had the upper hand over a meek Akshay Kumar, Ajju is a beast of his own kind and an infamous street gangster from Bombay. One of the reasons why Welcome Back does not ring true as much as Welcome did. If Ajju is a recognized criminal with many cases against him, and is clearly stronger than the dons, why does he need to play games with them to win Ranjana? A lot of the contrivances in Welcome Back look like they have been made to happen to regurgitate the success of the first part. That apart, a barrage of insipid songs haunt your senses as they play out, remarkably a romantic number between the lead pair. Infact, their chemistry is so half-baked that you would lose interest in them right away. Unlike Welcome, there are no clear motives of characters and they are used by the screenplay (Bazmee, Rajeev Kaul, Rajan Aggarwal, Praful Parekh) to satisfy the unreal plot.

However, Welcome Back is not all bad. There are numerous lough out loud moments, specially abled by the chemistry provided by Patekar and Kapoor, propelled by Raaj Shaandilya’s dialogue. Many a times I found myself guffawing at the punches, and very few times at the gags, specially the long gag at a graveyard in second half falls flat. Welcome Back gets boring at times, and is very entertaining at other times, but never does it get unbearable. The production values of Welcome Back are huge but still some frames suffer from bad CGI work. Kabir Lal’s cinematography is very touristy and grand, but also very tacky at times. The action by Abbas Ali Moghul is well suited for Abraham. Music of the film, despite done by a variety of artists, lags much behind its first part. 

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Yevadu Telugu Film Trailer

Yevadu was supposed to be released in July 2013 but due to the political situation in Andhra Pradesh the release of the film was delayed.Though there were talks of the release date being shifted a couple of times, nothing was officially confirmed.Finally the film will release on 12th Jan 2014.Ram Charan‘s last hit was Naayak which was released on Sankranti period.  Dil Raju is the producer of the film whose last film Ramayya Vasthavayya was a flop. The film features Shruti Hassan and Amy Jackson in female lead roles. The film also has Allu Arjun and Kajal Aggrawal in cameo. The film will be dubbed into Malayalam and Tamil.Continue reading “Yevadu Telugu Film Trailer”

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”

Gabbar Singh-A Fan Boy Tribute to Power Star

Gabbar Singh has been in the news since the day it was announced with fan boy posters coming out even before shooting started. If you are following director Harish Shankar on twitter, you would know that he is a fan boy of Pawan Kalyan. My apprehension with the movie was on account of Pawan Kalyan’s track record of late. When recently Pawan did the remake of Love Aaj Kal as Teenmaar it did not work for me, they had butchered the script to suit Pawan. And his last release Panjaa was not exactly a typical Pawan Kalyan film. The makers were trying to do something different and yet tried to keep Pawan’s fan following in mind as seen in case of Pawan shaking his legs at the end of the movie and the end result was there for all to see. The other reason for my worry was whether Harish deliver when he himself is fan of his lead actor, will he deliver the film which will be enjoyable fare both to fans and non-fans and I must say ,Continue reading “Gabbar Singh-A Fan Boy Tribute to Power Star”

‘3’ Music Review : Kolaveri and Beyond

3 marks the debut of 2 people in the Tamil film industry in a formal manner. Aishwarya Dhanush the eldest daughter of Superstar Rajnikanth and wife of the man in demand Dhanush, turns filmmaker with 3 and the music is composed by a newcomer, Anirudh Ravichander. Starring Dhanush and Shruti Hassan, the film shot into the limelight in mid November with the official unveiling of the single “ Why this Kolaveri Di” which went on to become a smashing phenomenon, not just in South India or India but also Internationally. Hence the music launch of 3 was eagerly being looked forward to by a lot of people including me. With Kolaveri the 21 year old Anirudh had showed that he had a lot of promise. And hence it was interesting to see if the rest of the album lived up to the hype generated by Kolaveri or if it was just a flash in the pan.Continue reading “‘3’ Music Review : Kolaveri and Beyond”

Why this Kolavery Di?- Dhanush and Anirudh create magic !!!

Its time for Regional Cinema to finally take a bow.While the OST of films like Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa have in the recent past managed to get noticed across the Country, generally regional films and their music do not really transcend to a Pan Indian audience. Of course there is an occasional ” Appadi Podu” ( from Gilli ) or “Aa Ante Amalapuram” ( from Arya ) which are still popular even today in far off Mumbai.But with the upcoming Tamil movie 3 directed by Aisharwaya Dhanush and starring her husband Dhanush & Shruti Hassan in the lead,things have completely reached new levels of reach & recognition.Continue reading “Why this Kolavery Di?- Dhanush and Anirudh create magic !!!”

7am Arivu Movie Review -Soda without fizz

Note-“Suspension of disbelief,” remember  you would need this a lot while watching this movie.

7am Arivu is A.R.Murgadoss’s homecoming after his foray into Telugu and Hindi Film Industry with Stalin and Ghajini respectively .Here he teams up again with Suriya.Continue reading “7am Arivu Movie Review -Soda without fizz”