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Feb 09, 2014

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Movie review: Jai ho

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Mar 8 2014

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Release Date: Dec 20, 2013

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Nov 1 2013


Krrish 3

Krrish 3 released on Friday, the Diwali weekend, and brought in nothing but prosperity for the makers of the movie. The Hrithik Roshan starrer, produced and directed by dad Rakesh Roshan, is third in the series after 'Koi Mil Gaya (2003) and 'Krrish' (2006). This much hyped superhero saga is already flying high at the BO, raking in ₹ 25 cr crore in India on Friday itself, opening to a 'fab' response in Pakistan and collecting over ₹ 9 cr from Thu + Fri of *Overseas* revenue, as per Analyst Taran Adarsh.




The cast? Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra (they reunite after xxx), Kangana Ranaut and Vivek Oberoi.




The plot? The movie continues the story of Rohit Mehra and his superhero son Krrish (both played by Hrithik) from the previous two movies and introduces the “bad guys” Kaal (Vivek) and Kaya (Kangana).




So what is all the hype for? Lets list those out first-


#1 It's said to be one of the most expensive movie made in India.


#2 The special effects by Red Chillies VFX compares to Hollywood action genre movies like 'Spiderman', 'Wolverine' etc.


#3 Hrithik plays triple role in the movie, excelling in all three roles.




Five interesting facts about the movie:


#1 Hrithik wanted to play both the hero and the villain in the movie, but papa said no.


#2 Hrithik's mask was made of wax that often started to melt in the Hyderabad and Mumbai heat forcing him to change 5-6 masks a day. In the end, he used a total of 500 masks.


#3 The actions sequences in the snow have been shot in the Alps in Switzerland.


#4 The movie has been dubbed in Tamil and Telugu for South India release.


#5 The movie's first trailer released on YouTube got 2.3 millions view on its first day, beating the record held by 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' of 1 million views. It went on to become the most viewed trailer on YouTube ever, getting 12 million views.




All that said, we have got to say that in our opinion, there's no doubt that this is where 'Bollywood' achieves Hollywood level special effects and action sequences. We say, go watch the movie in the theater just to to see Indian film industry reach that height. However, it seems to be a East meets West mix also where you see the high end Hollywood action blended with desi drama. So wait for Netflix, if you're not an action buff and don't care about the desi drama part.


 

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Sept 24, 2013

The Lunchbox : A review

(In theaters now)

(by Sujata Sharma, New Delhi, India)

 

Directed by Ritesh Batra
Produced by

 

Anurag Kashyap
Guneet Monga
Karan Johar
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Arun Rangachari

Starring Irrfan Khan
Nimrat Kaur
Nawazuddin Siddiqui

The best moment of the movie was when Saajan is asked by his friends what the name of his girlfriend is. He pauses, smiles, then gets serious, then smiles. The audience is waiting with bated breath as the moment stretches on and on… Finally he says ‘Ila’. And all the bated breaths are released.

Saajan is not a teenager or even a young man, he is retiring in a month, so that would make him about 60 years old. However, at that moment, he looks very much like a teenager in love. Ila is not some hot diva. She is an ordinary looking housewife who labours in the kitchen, wears cotton suits and no makeup. However, she is the light of his eyes and the mistress of his heart. Such is the power of love.

As the name suggests, the lunchbox is the main protagonist in the movie – the cupid that brings the two lovers together. They would have never met, had a mistaken delivery of the lunch box not taken place. Ila (Nimrit Kaur) leads a humdrum existence as a housewife committed to her busy and indifferent husband and a daughter. She seeks to engage her husband’s attention by cooking scrumptious meals, packing them lovingly in a lunch box and sending them off through a well oiled machinery of Mumbai dabbawallas. However, due to an error, her lunchbox reaches the desk of a grave and somber government

 


official and a widower, Saajan Fernandez (Irrfan Khan), who is facing an impending retirement. Realization of the mistake leads to exchange of scribbled notes. They are two lost, lonely souls in a busy, crowded city, and they are hopelessly drawn to each other. The inevitable and impossible love story happens. The love story is supported by Saajan’s young colleague, Sheikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), when an unexpected friendship develops between him and Sheikh, and a Ila’s neighbor, simply called Aunty, who is never seen, just heard. Will they finally get together ? Will Ila find the courage to break her failing marriage ? Will Saajan manage to turn his back on his fears ?  

All the actors have done a superlative job. Irrfan Khan and Nawazzudin Siddiqui have always been predictably excellent actors. Give them a role, and they will do magic. They do not surprise you here either. However it is Nimrat Kaur, as a debutante who takes your breath away. She literally breathes her character. You cannot imagine her as anyone else except the plain, simple and yet, dreamy Ila. Her eyes speak, much more than the dialogues ever could. Lillette Dubey as her mother appears in just two scenes and yet, manages to impress.

Though the movie’s pace is unhurried, it does not test your patience. You will not find your attention flagging off even for a while, as it is engrossing, despite the storyline being thin. A bonus is that you will find yourself laughing a lot since there is subtle comedy throughout the length of the movie.

My final verdict : The Lunchbox is not just a beautiful love story. It makes you wonder why you are leading your routine life, giving so much, asking for so less. It hurts, in a good way. A must, must, MUST watch.

However, the movie is not for kids, mainly because they may get bored. No nudity or disturbing scenes though. There are no songs in the movie, except just a stanza of 90s song of 'Saajan' but no original song.

Again, overall, a must see in theatre, mainly because its so good that one cant wait

 

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Sept 15 2013

Movie: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

 

We talked about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Ramleela' movie to be released this November. Another top banner November release is going to be 'Gori Tere Pyar Mein'.

 

Directed by: Punit Malhotra (the young 82 born Manish Malhotra's nephew of 'I Hate Luv Storys' fame)

 

Produced by: Karan Johar, Dharma Productions

 

Cast: Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor (seen together after 'Ek Main Aur Ek Tu') and Shraddha Kapoor (of 'Aashique 2' fame)

 

Release Date: 22 November 2013

 

The movie is a romantic comedy that revolves around a shallow self centered city boy, Sriram Venkat (Imran Khan) and the be-the-change-you-want-to-see kind of political activist, Dia Sharma (Kareena Kapoor).  They meet, clash and part ways. Except he 

 follows her to where she moves, a village in Gujarat.

 

Looking at the trailer, seems like the kind of movie you would want to watch in the theater, though not quite sure yet how much of their relationship depicted is not quite for kids. Seems interesting enough to know about, even tentatively put in the theater-watch list, but lets' wait to hear more..

Sep 6, 2013


Movie: Ram Leela


Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali


Produced & Music by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali


Cast: Deepika Padulone, Ranveer Singh, Richa Chadda


Release Date: Nov 15  2013




No, the movie is not based on the Hindu epic, Ramayan as the name might suggest. It is not the story of Ram and Sita. It is in fact, a story of Ram and Leela, the main characters that are based on the characters of Shakespear's epic novel, Romeo and Juliet. The movie, we hear, depicts Gujarati culture and is set in Kutch. The tag line 'Goliyon ki Ramleela' hints at the opposition that their love probably faces. We also hear that Priyanka Chopra is doing a dance sequence for the movie- not sure yet if it is an 'item' song. The choreography is done by Prabhu Deva's equally talented brother, Vishnu Deva.



Another interest in the movie is Deepika's upward stride this year. So far the year has seen her reach the Rs 500 crore mark (from 'Race 2', 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' and 'Chennai Express')- a feat no other Bollywood heroine has achieved in a single year. If this movie is dealt as good a fate as her other releases this year, then she's sure to touch the Rs 600 crore mark.






Update: Nov 15th, 2013

Movie Review by Manibala Jonnalagadda:

Caveat - I am not huge desi movie goer, however see enough tasteful movies upon friends recommendation.

My two cents:

Please stay away from the movie:...If you don't like violence, gun portrayal in a very seemingly casual way, as you carry your phone or keys, and do not want to watch any kind of violence against women.

Please give it a chance:.....if you can discount the violence, over the top language, but like varied settings ( antique jewelry, antique furniture, lots of lehengas and such)

The film is based on Romeo and Juliet and the plot did stick to a lot of the original narrative...Item song from Priyanka Chopra packed a punch but stay away if you are like me who is thinking about how they objectify women in the name of celebration ....None of the songs really came across as instant hitshowever Deepika Padukone was powerful in the garba style dancesRanveer Singh had the power in his dances, but I am not much of a fan of obvious mega pelvic thrusts to mimic acts of nature that are being passed as danceOverall I give this film 2 1/2 stars...But this is coming from a person who is not your typical desi movie watcher


September 1 2013

Hindi movies that'll be released this month-

Date

Movie

About

We Say

Sep 6

Zanjeer

A Remake, Starring Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt

Skip it!

Shuddh Desi Romance

A Romantic film, Starring Sushant Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Rishi Kapoor

Wait for DVD/ Netflix

Prague

A Psychological thriller, Starring not very known actors

Skip it!

Sep 13

Grand Masti

An Adult Comedy, Starring Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi. Aftab Shivdasani

Wait for DVD/ Netflix

John Day

A Thriller, Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Randeep Hooda

Wait for DVD/ Netflix

I Love New Year

A Romantic Comedy, Starring Sunny Deol, Kangna Ranaut

Skip It!

Horror Story

Horror film, Starring not very known actors

Skip It!

Sep 20

Phata Poster Nikla Hero

A Romantic Comedy, Starring Shahid Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, Padmini Kolhapure

Wait for DVD/ Netflix

Dabba (or LunchBox)

Drama, Starring Irrfan Khan

Watch it!

Sep 27

Warning

A Thriller, Starring not very known actors.

Skip It!

 

Aug 31, 2013, Sat

Movie Review: Satyagraha

Prakash Jha’s ‘Satyagraha’ released on Friday. We went to watch the evening show and were honestly surprised to see barely any crowd at all. Later learnt that that was pretty much the story everywhere, the crowd came in for later shows as positive feedback spread by word of mouth. And positive our feedback certainly is.

Satyagraha’s star cast is impressive. With names like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Amrita Rao and Ajun Rampal, there really was no doubt that this is a must-watch on that ground alone. And the cast certainly lives up to the expectations. Every one of them.

  1.  Amitabh, though doesn’t have as much of screen shot as Ajay (he takes the lead role), his role is pivotal and well portrayed. And yes, it does seem like Anna Hazare inspired character.
  2. Ajay Devgan was as cool as ever. Loved his role, his character, the portrayal and his performance. No, it wasn’t about a six-packed-macho-man-beating-up-goons. He looked very real, even ‘sporting’ a little flab that was deliberate, I feel.
  1. Kareena Kapoor shines, both literally and figuratively. Again, she’s seems very real, being a little filled up. But more importantly, her attire was impressive throughout the movie- mostly in blue jeans and comfortable tops with scarves.  So in that respect, you can see that her character is inspired from veteran CNN Chief International Correspondent and journalist Christiane Amanpour, who we remember mostly for her coverage of the Gulf war in 1990. In fact, she came to be identified with CNN’s coverage of a war zone.
  2. Manoj Bajpai- he was perfection personified. When is he ever not? His clothes, his acting, his accent- all an absolute treat to watch. His kurtas were the perfect hues of color. Loved his wardrobe.
  3. Coming to Arjun Rampal. He’s excellent. He never disappoints. He portrays the role of a local political ‘dada’ that gets direction and goal very well with the perfect dialogue delivery and accent. But (yes, there’s a but) at the same time, the fact that he’s the common link to Prakash Jha’s ‘Rajneeti’ of 2010, makes you compare his Satyagraha role to his Rajneeti role. And that pales his role here (not performance, mind you) in comparison. And that disappoints you (again, not Arjun Rampal).
  4. Amrita Rao- she looks good, she does good. Her attire and looks seems to be inspired from Maneka Gandhi’s (late Sanjay Gandhi’s wife) looks.

 

Since I mentioned ‘Rajneeti’, will say this- Rajneeti was a better movie- the perfect blend of Indian politics and ‘God Father’ storyline that it provided, along with the powerful cast, took it to an amazing level of entertainment value. But again, I compare only because of the powerful cast here too. Rajneeti was about Politics and this is about fighting corruption. However, according to Trade analyst, Taran Adarsh’s tweet on Twitter, this is Prakash Jha's biggest opener thus far. It collected Rs. 11.21 cr on it’s first day, beating Rajneeti.

 Satyagraha is a must watch for three reasons-

  1. The powerful cast- as already described.
  2. It’s a clean family movie (unlike ‘Rajneeti’) depicting the power of mobilizing the ‘Janta’ (common people) against a corrupt government. You might say that’s been done before, but the difference is this movie shows you how to do it. Not by hoping that someday a muscle man will come and fix things, but by using the power of social media, by motivating the youth, by doing the right thing and by keeping the focus.
  3. Lastly, it’s an awesome movie to let our kids (especially those who are born and raised outside of India) get a feel of the Independence struggle, the original Satyagraha Movement of Gandhiji. Let them seen the struggle on the streets of India, the impact on the poor, the strength in unity and also the ‘mob mentality’. The movie gives a good feel of the non violence aspect of the Freedom Struggle of India- how it was a challenge to keep it that way and how easily the ‘mob mentality’ can take over.  You leave the theatre thinking about the Freedom Struggle and how despite the fact that India’s Freedom Struggle is largely known for its non violence theme, how violently it had all ended upon achieving it. The message of the movie is conveyed well!

Go watch it.

(by Sonal Kulshrestha)

Aug 29 2013, Thu

Satyagraha Book On the Making of the Movie


We have heard of behind the scenes books on popular Hollywood movies like Harry Potter that takes the readers on the complete film making journey. But have you heard of a behind the scenes book for our Bollywood movie?


Well, according to IBN Live, 'Satyagraha' book was launched yesterday by the team of Prakash Jha's 'Satyagraha' movie. The book depicts the behind the scenes stories during the filming of the movie, that releases this Friday. It has all the work hard and play hard scenes of the cast and the crew. The book is published by Om Books International. The book called, 'Satyagraha: The Story Behind the Revolution', costs Rs 995 and will be available for purchase a few days after the movie's release this Friday. 

 

The book launch event, we hear, was attended by Prakash Jha and his all his cast like- Manoj Bajpayee, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Amrita Rao, but cospicious by their absence were Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgan.


Incidently, Prakash Jha had also released the behind the scene book for his 2012 movie, Rajneeti. Both the books are written by Verma.


Photo Credit: Business Of Cinema

Aug 26 2013, Mon 

Chennai Express- fast on its track, beating all records

Times Of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu are all abuzz with the news of Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer, Chennai Express, breaking all records.

Chennai Express that had already seized the record of being the fastest movie to reach the 100 crore mark after beating Salman Khan's 'Ek Tha Tiger' in its first week, has now earned the new status of being in the Rs 300 crore club, now beating Amir Khan's '3 Idiots' that to date held the top grosser position. Along with the above mentioned three movies, Ranbir Kapoor's 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' (again, with Deepika) is also in the Rs 300 crore club.  

With this, Shah Rukh as has regained his "King" status in Bollywood and Rohit Shetty, the movie's director, has gained the status of the most successful Hindi movie director, having bagged his 4th Rs 100 crore club movie, others in the club being- Singham, Golmaal 3 and Bol Bachchan. 

Shah Rukh Khan fans out there,its' certainly time to celebrate, coz guess, your 'King Khan' is not going out anytime soon.....


Aug 10 2013


Movie Review: Planes


Release Date: August 9, 2013


Directed by: Klay Hall


Produced by: Disney Toon Studios


Cast (voice of): Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Priyanka Chopra (That's the desi connection! But wait, there's more)


Disney's Planes movie was inspired from the Disney-Pixar movie, Cars of 2006. No, Disney-Pixar did not produce this one, but the connection between the two is John Lasseter, the executive producer of this movie and the director of Cars and Cars 2, who also happens to be the Chief Creative Director of both the Disney-Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Planes is his vision.


That said, lets move on to the desi connection. After all, that's what interests us the most. Like we said, yes, one interesting desi link is Priyanka Chopra lending her voice to the character of a racer plane, Ishani, the Pan-Asian champ from India. Wow! Priyanka Chopra is certainly going places- and we're talking international places! And more interestingly, of all the international players in the race, our


 

Indian Ishani was amongst the lead. In fact, there's even a romantic linkup there. But wait! There's more! The international race takes the main characters to India- Ishani and Dusty (the male-plane lead, the American herro) fly over the symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. What's more, and this truly is interesting, there's our very own desi song that plays in the background.

Now that we've given you all this information, go see the movie in the theaters with your little ones (if you haven't already), for there's something about seeing India and related stuff on the big screen. And how's the movie? Oh, excellent!

Aug 10 2013

Movie Review: Chennai Express
This Rohit Shetty directed movie is an ABSOLUTE MUST SEE IN THE THEATER. That’s the word and it obviously spread well and good because it beat all records of consistently brining in good collections on its first three days, collecting about 30 crore on each day, making a 90 crore nett in its first weekend, according to Boxoffice India. So what’s so special about the movie? We have loads of reasons-
1.       First and foremost is Deepika Padukone. She’s an absolute charmer. Her acting, her beauty, her accent, her outfits, and her comic timing- everything perfectly fell in place for this movie. She carries the role with an ease that has probably always been there in all of her movies, but it literally screams out at you in this one. She has as much screen presence as king Khan himself, and you notice every bit of it.
 
2.       Coming to SRK, the king himself. So glad that he plays his age- close enough, he says he’s 40 in the movie. He got that part. But he forgot to act like one. Think he would have come across so much better as an actor had he remembered to act like a 40 year old too, except that some of the scenes were funny because he didn't. Don’t get me wrong- he looks handsome ( I’m saying so for the very first time), he looks ageless, he looks muscular, he looks charismatic and everything else- so rest assured, if you’re a SRK fan, you’ll be drooling and you’ll be proud of him. No, he's not playing a South Indian, but looks truly dashing dressed as one on the two occasions in 'lungi' and the forehead 'tilak'. As for his pairing with Deepika- it was really wonderful to see their chemistry- not cheesy but classic. There's no need to even bring up the age difference- that's how good they looked together!
 
3.       Let’s talk of the sets and the sights. Those couldn’t have been prettier! Its one thing to impress with locations like New Zealand, but another with staying home. It warms the heart to see such amazingly beautiful scenic beauty in India. The train routes, the temples, the greenery, the flowers, the colorful saris and 'lehengas' and all things traditional- the very ethnic urn, the classical dances of the South, etc. A complete visual treat!
 
4.       And now for the supporting cast. Every single one of them was tailor made for the part. Wonder where they got all the wonderful South Indian goons :)
 
5.       Last but not the least, in fact, the very central- Tamil theme! Although portrayed comically, somehow ended up being an ode to the Tamil culture. Once again, largely due to the sets and sights that we mention above, but also because of the brilliant touch that the movie ends on- a very upbeat dance number, the Lungi Dance, by Honey Singh that’s a tribute to the 'Thalaiva', the supreme boss- Rajnikanth. It's cool and funny. That certainly pulled in all the Rajnikanth fans from down South. Plus the other lungi song, Kashmir Mein Tu Kanyakumari, almost made ‘lungi’ look cool- specially so because of the way Deepika and other girls sporting it looked like- complete with heels!
 
Enough said- (must) see it for yourself!
 

Aug 7 2013


Movie: Jobs


Cast:


Ashton Kutcher


Josh Gad


Ahna O'Reilly


Dermot Mulroney


Matthew Modine


Release date: August 16, 2013 (USA)


Director: Joshua Michael Stern


Way back around this time last year we had talked of the movie being made on the life of Steve Jobs (played by Ashton Kutcher), the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.  The desi connection being that a part of the movie has been shot in India.  The India sequences of the Steve Jobs biopic, shot in Delhi, pertains to the phase of his life when he had dropped out of college at the age of 18 and visited India in the hopes of meeting the Indian mystic, Neem Karoli Baba. He, along with his friend, then visted another baba, Hariakhan Baba.


The initial trailer showed Steve Jobs as a college drop out. A week before the movie's release, Open Road Films released the new trailer seen here that focuses on Jobs as an 'American legend'.

Although the movie is getting mixed reviews, some giving it a three star, we think it's a must-watch- and not just because of the India connection.


Afterall, Steve Jobs has taken the gadgets industry to heights never before envisioned. He practically defined the must-have gadgets. He changed the very nature of the'toys' kids play with. 

Aug 1 2013

Movie: Madras Cafe

Release Date: August 23, 2013

Directed by: Shoojit Sircar (of Vicky Donor fame)

Produced by: John Abraham, Ronnie Lahiri (Rising Sun Films and JA Entertainment )

Cast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri (of Rockstar fame), Jacqueline Fernandez (of Race 2 fame), Leena Mari and Rashi Khanna (new comer).

Plot: Madras Cafe is set in the back drop of the Civil War in Sri Lanka in the 1990s and involves all the players of the plot- the Indian Intelligence Agency- RAW, the LTTE, the war correspondents and of course, the Sri Lankan Army.

It's interesting to see so many non-resident Indians and in fact foreigners making it big in the Indian film industry. We hear that while Jacqueline is born to a Sri Lankan father and a Malaysian mother, Nargis has parents from Pakistan and Czech Republic.

According to India Today, Nargis refused the body double and insisted on doing the underwater action sequences herself, doing several retakes even.

After Vicky Donor, this is Abrams second stint at production.

The movie certainly has historical significance (even though facts are often distorted in movies) and so worth the watch. Also, because John Abrams, more often than not, delivers.

 

July 20 2013

Movie Review: Bhaag Milka Bhaag

The movie, starring Farhan Aktar as Milka, released on July 12, making 51 crores in the first week and grossing $ 1.4 million overseas, according to the box office. The director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had a hard time getting financial backup for this project as the non-formula biopics are not exactly a popular genre in the Indian film industry. After knocking different doors for 3 years, he started with producing the film on his own, but had to let go of 50 per cent of its rights to complete the film, according to TOI.

The movie is based on the true story of Milka Singh, the national champion runner and olympian who came to be known as the 'Flying Sikh' as he  rose to great heights even in the face of immense personal tragedies.

Farhan Aktar has surpassed any other role that he as ever played in any other movie (and he has played every single of those roles to perfection). He talks, walks, sings and dances like any smart sardar you would have know (and you would have known quite a few if you grew up in Delhi or Punjab). His body language and expression reflects the age he played at each stage just right.

Not surprisingly, Farhan Aktar's role has won much accolades from the film fraternity. Shah Rukh Khan called his performance inspirational, Hrithik said that the film is phenomenal, while Amitabh Bachchan blogged that the movie is "too emotionally and creatively moving to put anything down in words".

The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor and Divya Dutta. Sonam Kapoor looks natural and perfect for the role, doing a really good job! In fact, everyone in the supporting cast (Prakash Raj, Dalip Tahil and others) has done well.

 

We generally like to recommend movies that you must watch in a theater with your kids. So this one doesn't qualify due to the nature of tragedies in the life of Milka Singh- partition riots and killings. The reaction of the kids we spoke varied from 'it's okay' to 'it's good, but didn't like it'. Some of the men said, it was more like a documentary.

Nonetheless, it's a must-watch- for history’s sake (my kids were full of questions about the India- Pakistan partition) and for Farhan Aktar), albeit on dvd or netflix.


 

Jun 19 2013

Fukrey Movie Review

So we saw ‘Fukrey’ and we were right in what we thought the movie will be. Nowhere near ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Zindagi Na Milege Dobara’, BUT- that being said, still a full-on entertainment.

We said-

1.     Its’ worth a watch for witty punch lines, talented cast, fast pace, good songs (especially ‘Amabrsariya’)and for just plain entertainment value.

 

Right on. The punch lines are funny and well delivered by the seemingly newbie cast. Our favorite was Manjot Singh. There was something about the way he talked. Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, and Ali Fazal were good in their respective roles.

The girls, Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh, both portrayed the perfect look of ‘Delhi girls’. Priya Anand is one talented dame- she was convincing as a girl born and raised in the US in ‘English Vinglish’ and she’s just as convincing as a punjabi kudi here.

Pankaj Tripathi did complete justice to his role. If you grew up in Delhi, you would have known some guy that has the ‘jugaad’ (a way) for everything.

The song- ‘Ambarsariya’ by Sona Mohapatra, was beautiful. The lyrics are adapted from old punjabi folk song by Munna Dhiman and music is by Ram Sampath. What does ‘Ambarsariya’ mean? Apparently, ‘Ambarsar’ is another name for Amritsar. ‘Ambarsariya’ means someone who is from Amristar in Punjab.

2.     If you’re a Punjabi, watch it for the ‘bholi punjaban’.

And ‘Bholi Punjaban’ was certainly worth watching. Richa Chadda played the role to perfection- her attire, the accent, the style, the hair, the ‘chaal’ (walk) and the gym setting she was often found in.

3.     If you’re from Delhi, watch it for the ‘Delhi-lingo’ and to revisit different parts of Delhi.

Again, that’s a good reason to watch the movie. If you grew up in Delhi, ‘Jugaad’ was definitely a part of your vocabulary. And somebody would certainly have proposed ‘setting’ with you.

 

As for the streets of Delhi- loved to watch the city- the college, the terrace, the girl in the balcony just looking out, the boy passing by, etc. It’s easy for movies to be pleasing to eyes when you see beautiful by-lanes of Spain, but to see plain old ‘gali-nukuds’ (street corners) and the ‘chut’ (terrace) evokes nostalgia for sure.

4.     If you’re a fan of Farhan Aktar, you don’t need us to recommend the movie to you.

To be honest, we were wrong here. The movie does sell on entertainment value, but you don’t see Farhan Aktar anywhere, and we don’t mean literally. His signature is missing- maybe that was the intention- a different kind of a ‘guys’ movie?

So what’s not good about the movie? As a parent, you’re actually appalled at all the wrong choices made by the young people in college. Especially because the parents were nowhere around. Thankfully, the movie winds up well. The kids, and we’re talking about kids born and raised outside of India, won’t get the jokes and the lingo. But still it would be worth your while to expose them to it anyway J- only your older kids, though. Due to casually thrown in bad words, we would rate the movie PG-13. 

Jun 14 2013

'Fukrey' releases today!

The producers of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, namely Farhan Aktar and Ritesh Sidwani, continue the Bollywood’s love for bromance genre since ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was lapped up & devoured by the audience in 2001.

‘Fukrey’ is directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and stars Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadda, Vishakha Singh and Priya Anand in the lead roles. Haven’t heard of them? You may have. Pulkit Samrat was seen as Lakshya Virani in the popular tv show ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. Ali Fazal was seen in the movie ‘Three Idiots’- the student who sings the song ‘Give Me Some Sunshine’ and commits suicide. Manjot Singh played Lucky in ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’. Richa Chadda was also seen in ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ as Dolly and then again in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ as Nagma. Pankaj Tripathi was in 'Gangs of Wasseypur' Also. And remember Priya Ananad? She was played the born and raised in US girl in 'English Vinglish'.

 

The lead characters play loafers from Delhi with big dreams. Looks like  the movie is not in the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Three Idiots’ and ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ league, but its’ worth a watch for witty punch lines, talented cast, fast pace, good songs (especially ‘Amabrsariya’)and for just plain entertainment value. If you’re a Punjabi, watch it for the ‘bholi punjaban’. If you’re from Delhi, watch it for the ‘Delhi-lingo’ and to revisit different parts of Delhi. If you’re a fan of Farhan Aktar, you don’t need us to recommend the movie to you.

And what does ‘fukrey’ mean you ask? "Fukre" is somebody who acts tough but is a chicken really. He's all talk and no show.

 

Movie Review: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yes, we were right in recommending ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’. This Ayan Mukerji directed and Karan Johar produced movie has already been declared as the first blockbuster of 2013.

 

We gave three reasons to watch this movie- let’s review if we were right-

1. We said the movie is a must watch because it stars two of the coolest youngsters of this generation. Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone totally live upto that image. Not just the coolest, they’re one of the most talented as well. Ranbir Kapoor does not need to prove himself as an actor after giving stellar & very varied performances in ‘Wake up Sid’, ‘Rocket Singh’, ‘Rajneeti’ and ‘Barfi’, but he still amazes you with his multi-faceted talent. He’s convincing in any role that he’s called upon to play, and this is no exception. Deepika too can portray a ‘simple girl at heart’ character with ease even when wearing short skirts, tiny shorts, barely-there blouses, low tied lehengas or whatever it is that the supposedly ‘wild’ girl wore. Of course, she did need to take the help of glasses on several occasions to really bring home the difference. Talking of the wild girl, Kalki Koechlin was impressive. She and Aditya Roy Kapoor certainly did their part in making the movie “theater-watch-worthy”.

2.      We said watch the movie for the songs. There’s ‘Badtameez Dil’ sung by Ranbir himself- beautiful sung and equally impressive- his fast paced dance, his totally today’s global look and the very glamorous sets. Then there was the ‘Dilli Wali Girlfriend’- again the song, the dance and everything about it was “theater-watch-worthy”.  Ranbir’s expressions and the body stances- very impressive. Not seen an actor give such perfect expressions for each and every line of the song. All other songs are just as good.

3.      We said watch the movie for Maduri Dixit’s item song, Ghagra, that we thought, judging by the video, was more of a special appearance song. Nah, we were wrong. It was an ‘item’ song, contributing nothing to the story, with a cheap dialogue or two, pun filled lyrics that doesn’t go with the otherwise family rating that the movie is deserving of. Not to say that Madhuri didn’t look good- she looked marvelous in Manish Malhotra Ghagras. Again, Ranbhir’s dance was dashing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


When we asked some kids what did they like about the movie, believe it or not, the answer was that the actors were all in the same age category and just suitable for the role. They loved the adventurous parts of the movie, the wedding parts and Ranbir’s dance steps.

So if you haven’t already, go watch it folks. This one is certainly worthy of being watched on the big screen. And sooner rather than later.

(To watch the trailer of the movie, the video of the songs 'Badtameez Dil' and 'Ghagra' scroll further down).

 

May 15 2013

The Great Gatsby

We saw the Great Gatsby. A must watch movie. The splendor of the sets, the authenticity of the era, the wonder of the cast- all contribute to making the movie a well made classic. It reminds you of stories like 'The Wuthering Heights' and ‘Gone With The Wind’. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire certainly have given a performance of that caliber. Carey Mulligan didn't make that big of an impression though. Not to us. Amitabh Bachchan has done justice to his ‘guest appearance’, his highly anticipated Hollywood debut. His role, like he always insisted, was really short, but worth the good-will it generated between the two mega industries- Hollywood and “Bollywood”.

Like we said before, 'The Great Gatsby' movie is  the Australian film maker, Baz Luhrmann's take on the 1925 classic novel by the same name by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is not the first time that a movie has been made based on this novel. The last feature film based on it was in 1974 starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

Go watch it, women! Although this is no chick flick, a warning- the men in your life would rather watch “Iron Man 3”, we think. And before we forget, the movie is PG-13, it truly is- don’t take your under 13 to the theaters at all, make that under 15.

 

May 2 2013

Aashique 2:

Release Date: May 10 2013


 If you have seen the original Aashique of 1990 produced by Gulshan Kumar and directed by Mahesh Bhatt, you would know that it was a beautifully made movie. Not that we were impressed with Rahul Roy, but he along with Anu Agarwal, who we thought did an awesome job, did manage to covey what young love is all about. The melodious music by Nadeem Shravan was an instant hit. The movie came to be known more for its songs, in fact, it won various Filmfare Awards like –Best Music Director (Nadeem Shravan), Best Male Playback Singer-(Kumar Sanu for "Ab Tere Bin"), Best Female Playback Singer –(Anuradha Paudwal for "Nazar Ke Saamne") and Best Lyricist Award –(Sameer for "Nazar Ke Saamne"). These are ‘listenable’ even today. Yes, even today, ‘Dheere Dheere Se Meri Jindahi Mein Aana’ makes you swoon with thoughts of your loved one!


And now, thirteen years later, comes the sequel- Aashique 2. This time produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Bhatt & Krishan Kumar. Directed by Mohit Suri. The male lead role is played by Aditya Roy Kapur. Remember him? He was in the movie Action Replayy, playing Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai's son who goes back in time to make their marriage a success. He had started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V. The female lead is played by Shraddha Kapoor of ‘Luv Ka The End’ (2011) fame.

Aashique 2 is in no way a continuation of the original storyline. Talking of the storyline, it’s broadly similar- a love story where boy meets girl, boy helps girl make her career, boy-girl sing beautiful soulful songs together, and of course they live happily ever after.

Go check it out, we say. We hear that Aditya is a natural and Shraddha’s beauty and innocence is capturing. Watch it for the awesome soundtrack too. And when you do, let us know what you thought of it.

Apr 12 2013

TOIFA 2013: Barfi becomes the best...

TOIFA 2013 were held in Vancouver, Canada Apr 4th- Apr 6th. And in case you’re wondering what is TOIFA? The Times of India Film Awards is a global IPR with the mission of ‘ taking the charm of Bollywood to global destinations and engaging with the global Indian, south Asian communities and fans of Bollywood across the world’, according to its website.

The three day event kicked off with a musical extravaganza on the 4th, followed by Nominations Gala & Technical Awards on the 5th and finally the star-studded ultra glamorous Awards Night on the 6th.

The April 4th musical concert at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, featured famous musical artists like- Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Hard Kaur, Shalmilee and Shiamak Davar- none of whom need any introduction.

Of course, all of Who’s-Who of tinsel town flew to Canada to be part of the event. And guess what? The 39 year old, as beautiful as ever, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan performed on the stage! According to IBNLive.com, her performance on songs from her hit flicks like "Dhoom 2" and "Devdas" was "one of the highlights of the gala night." This was her first live show since giving birth to her daughter. And when hubby, Abhishek, won the Best Actor in a Comic role award, he was all praise for his gorgeous wife. "I really owe this to Aishwarya and the love and support she has given me," the 37-year-old actor said. "She makes me the person that I am."

Others who performed at the event included Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and even Abhishek Bachchan.

Getting to the crux of the matter, awards were handed out in 14 main categories based on online votes from Hindi-film fans around the world.

Winners & Nominations were as follows-

TOIFA Award 2013 for Best Director:

  • ****Anurag Basu – Barfi*****WINNER!
  • Anurag Kashyap – Gangs of Wasseypur
  • Gauri Shinde – English Vinglish
  • Shoojit Sircar – Vicky Donor
  • Sujoy Ghosh – Kahaani

TOIFA Awards for Best Film

  • *****Barfi*******WINNER!
  • Gangs of Wasseypur
  • Kahaani
  • Paan Singh Tomar
  • Vicky Donor

TOIFA Awards for Best Actor Male

  • Hrithik Roshan – Agneepath
  • Irrfan Khan – Paan Singh Tomar
  • Manoj Bajpai – Gangs of Wasseypur I
  • **********Ranbir Kapoor – Barfi*******WINNER!
  • Shahrukh Khan – Jab Tak Hai Jaan

TOIFA Awards for Best Actor Female

  • Deepika Padukone – Cocktail
  • *****Priyanka Chopra – Barfi*****WINNER!
  • Sridevi – English Vinglish
  • Vidya Balan – Kahaani

TOIFA Awards 2013 for Best Actor – Supporting role

  • *****Annu Kapoor – Vicky Donor*****WINNER!
  • Boman Irani – Ferrari Ki Sawaari
  • Krushna Abhishek – Bol Bachchan
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Talaash
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TOIFA Awards 2013 for Best Actress – Supporting role

  • Anushka Sharma – Jab Tak Hain Jaan
  • *****Dolly Ahluwalia – Vicky Donor*****WINNER!
  • Ileana D’cruz – Barfi
  • Rani Mukerji – Talaash

    TOIFA Awards 2013 for Best Actor – Negative Role



    • Bipasha Basu – Raaz 3
    • *****Rishi Kapoor – Agneepath*****WINNER!
    • Sanjay Dutt – Agneepath
    • Tigmanshu Dhulia – Gangs of Wasseypur


TOIFA Awards 2013 for Best Actor – Comic Role

  • *****Abhishek Bachchan – Bol Bachchan*****WINNER!
  • Ajay Devgan – Bol Bachchan
  • Akshay Kumar – Housefull 2
  • Annu Kapoor – Vicky Donor
  • Best Playback – Female


 


TOIFA Awards for Debut Male


  • *****Ayushman Khurana – Vicky Donor*****WINNER!
  • Arjun Kapoor – Ishaqzaade
  • Varun Dhawan – Student of the Year
  • Sidharth Malhotra – Student of the Year

TOIFA Awards for Debut Female

  • Alia Bhatt – Student of the Year
  • Huma Qureshi – Gangs of Wasseypur
  • *****Ileana D’cruz – Barfi*****WINNER!
  • Yami Gautam – Vicky Donor

And from the world of music….

TOIFA Awards for Best Music Director

  • *****Ajay Atul – Agneepath*****WINNER!
  • Pritam Chakraborty – Cocktail
  • Pritam Chakraborty – Barfi
  • Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani – Student of the Year

TOIFA Awards 2013 for Best Lyrics

  • Amitabh Bhattacharya – Abhi Mujhme Kahin (Agneepath)
  • *****Gulzar – Saans (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)*****WINNER!
  • Javed Akhtar – Jee Le Zara (Talaash)
  • Swanand Kirkire – Aashiyan (Barfi)

TOIFA Awards 2013 for Best Playback – Female Songs/Films

  • Kavita Seth – Tumhi Ho Bandhu (Cocktail)
  • *****Shalmali Kholgade – Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade)*****WINNER!
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Itni Si Hasi (Barfi)
  • Suman Sridhar – Muskaane Jhooti Hai (Talaash)

TOIFA Awards 2013 for Best Playback- Male

  • Ayushman Khurana – Paani Da Rang (Vicky Donor)
  • Mohit Chauhan – Barfi (Barfi)
  • Nikhil Paul George – Aashiyaan (Barfi)
  • *****Sonu Nigam – Abhi Mujhme Kahi ( Agneepath)*****WINNER!

     

 

(Source: TOI)

So if you haven't already, do watch 'Barfi' (as if we still need to tell you that)!

Also, needless to say, for the Indian Canadians, this was an evening to remember. Read all about the diaspora the event aroused at-

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/06/toifa-vancouver-awards_n_3030345.html#slide=2312939


 

 

Apr 7 2013

Movie: Chashme Baddoor

Release Date: Apr 5 2013

Directed by: David Dhawan
Dialogues by: Sajid - Farhad
Screenplay by Renuka Kunzru
Story by:

Sai Paranjpye

Cast:

Ali Zafar

Siddharth

Taapsee Pannu

Divyendu Sharma

Music by: Sajid-Wajid
Studio: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

 The movie was released last Friday and we deliberately decided to keep mum about it. Yes, like many of you, not a big fan of re-making old classics. And classic is what the original 'Chasme Budoor' was. The 1981 Sai Paranjpye directed original movie that starred Farooq Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswani and Deepti Naval had the audience ROFL. The cast, their comic timing and the characters that they played to perfection! So, no, didn't think anybody could repeat that combination. We all saw what happened when Ram Gopal Varma remade the 1975 Ramesh Sippy's Sholay. The result was the disastrous 'Aag' (2007). Now, 'Don' and 'Devdas' were done well and they did well. But even then 'Chasme Budoor' and 'Angoor' are way too high up on the mantle to be touched. And so we thought. And so omitted the mention of the movie. And btw, there are serious talks of 'Angoor' being remade by Rohit Shetty with SRK soon.

Anyway, so here we are mentioning the movie with all our hang-ups with it. And since we mention, we do also have to cite our friends who saw the movie and said they really liked it. It was funny.  And that kids will enjoy it too. But then, of those who liked it, most hadn't seen the original. So they only had the comedies of today to compare with. But to be honest, have got to grudgingly admit, the trailer does seem funny.

So go check it out. And if we do before you, sure will tell you more.

 

 

Apr 4 2013

Movie: Chennai Express

Directed by- Rohit Shetty
Produced by- Gauri Khan
Story by- K. Subaash

Starring-

Deepika Padukone
Shah Rukh Khan 


Studio- Red Chillies Entertainment
Distributed by- UTV Motion Pictures

Release date- 8 August 2013

 

Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone pair is back on our silver screen once again after the 2007 blockbluster hit, Om Shanti Om. Not that we're a big fan of this pair, but they sure make the movie more sellable. Besides. some might be. Also this is the first time that SRK and Rohit Shetty (of Bol Bachchan, Singham, GolMaal 3 fame) have teamed up together. Their next venture together is already on the cards. Apparently they're going to do a remake of the 1982 classic comedy, Angoor.

So what is the movie about? We hear Chennai Express is about a man's journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram in south and what happens along the way. And no, Shah Rukh Khan is not playing a south-indian, in fact, he's from Maharashtra. And yes, our SRK is playing his age, er, actually not his age, but close- he's playing a 40 year old man.

Needless to say, with big names like these, we have to keep it in our must-watch list, until proven otherwise.

 

Mar 20 2013

 

 

Mar 18 2013


2012 National Film Awards Announced

After the 58th Filmfare Awards and the Zee Cine Awards, today the National Film Awards for the year 2012 were announced. While 38 films in 14 languages were the declared winners, the winners from the world of Hindi Cinema in leading categories are the following-

Best Feature Film: Paan Singh Tomar by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a director: Chittagong (Hindi) by Bedabrata Pain and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) by Siddhartha Siva

Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment: Vicky Donor

Best Actor: Irrfan for Paan Singh Tomar

Best Supporting Actor: Annu Kapoor for Vicky Donor

Best Supporting Actress: Dolly Ahluwalia for Vicky Donor

Best Male Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan for the song ‘Bolo Na' in Chittagong

Best Screenplay Writer (Original): Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani

Best Screenplay Writer (Adapted): Bhavesh Mandalia and Umesh Shukla for OMG - Oh My God!

Best Editing: Namrata Rao for Kahaani

Best Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi for ‘Bolo Na' in Chittagong (Hindi)

Special Jury Award: Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus, Talaash

Best Children's Film: Dekh Indian Circus

Best Animation Film: Delhi Safari

Best Child Artist: Virendra Pratap for Dekh Indian Circus

The National Film Awards will be presented at a ceremony later this year by President Pranab Mukherjee. 

So while 'Barfi' didn't make it to the top in the National Film Awards, unlike the Filmfare Awards and the Zee Cine Awards, 'Vicky Donor' and 'Kahaani' ('s) kahaani was pretty much the same here as well- both getting top recognitions here as well. So if you haven't watched these movies yet, do watch it, but might as well wait for the original print dvd or Netflix now.

Source: http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/03/18/national-awards2012-list-winners-idINDEE92H0BN20130318

 

Mar 11 2013


In the desifilmey segment, lets' talk about Satyagarh..


Movie: Satyagarh- Democrazy Under Fire


Release Date; Aug 15 2013


Cast:


Amitabh Bachchan
Ajay Devgn
Kareena Kapoor
Arjun Rampal
Manoj Bajpai
Amrita rao


Directed by-  Prakash Jha


Produced by -


Prakash Jha (Prakash Jha Productions)
Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapur  (UTV Motion Pictures)


The Prakash Jha movie, Satyagraha, is one of the most anticipated movie of 2013, one that Amitabh often talks about on his blog and facebook page, even uploading pictures of the shooting ( the picture here is courtesy of his facebook page also). The talk is that Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of a Gandhi inspired character. Kareena Kapoor, its said, is to play the role of an international news correspondent.  Apparently her role is inspired by the Chief CNN correspondent, Christiane Amanpour who gained popularity in India during the CNN coverage of the Gulf War.

The movie has also generated interest since Amitabh and Kareena are featured together in a movie for the first time since 'Dev' in 2004, finally bridging the rift between the Bachchans and the Kapoors that was caused by Abhishek- Karishma split. Amitabh has also seemed exciteded about showing Kareena the trailer of his Hollywood debut, The Great Gatsby,in which he has a cameo appearance. On his facebook page, he posted a picture of Kareena watching the trailer. Leonardo DiCaprio is Kareena's favorite, he wrote.

Keep checking this space for more information. For now, suffice to say, we're definitely interested! 


Official Trailer..... 

Feb 20 2013

Movie: Kai Po Che

Yet another of Chetan Bhagat’s book adapted into a Hindi film after Salman Khan’s ‘Hello’ adapted from ‘One Night @ the Call Center’ in 2008 and Aamir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’ adapted from ‘Five Point Someone’ in 2009. This one is ‘Kai Po Che’ adapated from ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’. In fact, his book, ‘2 States: The Story of My Marriage’ that is inspired from his and his wife’s love story, is also set to be adapted into a film, 2 States, that is also scheduled to be released sometime this year.

Anyway, we’re talking about the movie, “Kai Po Che’. Now that we have said that the movie is a film adaptation of a Chetan Bhagat book, we’re guessing you don’t need to hear any more. We know you know that this one’s not to be missed.

However, tell you some more we will. The movie is a story of three friends living in Ahmedabad, each having their own goals in life, as in the book. The movie revolves around the main character, one of the three friends, and the three mistakes of his life. The movie is scheduled to release worldwide on Feb 22, 2013. It’s directed by Abhishek Kapoor of ‘Rock On’ fame. An interesting fact about him that not many know is that he started his career as an actor in 'Uff!Yeh Mohabbat' in 1996, opposite Twinkle Khanna.

The movie stars relatively unknown actors- Sushant Singh Rajput , Raj Kumar Yadav, Amit Sadh who are probably set to gain overnight popularity come next Friday. Sushant Singh Rajput is a TV star know for the role of Manav in Pavitra Rishta. Raj Kumar- you might have seen in Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2, Chittagong or maybe Talaash? And as for Amit Sadh- he’s also a TV star best known for his role as Adi in ‘Kyun Hota Hai Pyarr’.

The movie is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV Motion Pictures of the ‘Rang De Basanti’ (Best Movie in Filmfare Awards, 2007) and ‘Jodha Akbar’ (Best Movie, Filmfare Awards, 2008) fame. And yes, Siddharth Roy Kapur is Vidya Balan’s new husband.

Now that we have thrown quite a few big names at you, needless to say, go watch the movie this weekend, please do!

 

Movie:

Special 26 (Special Chabbis)

Directed by:
Neeraj Pandey

Produced by:
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Friday Filmworks
Kumar Mangat
 
Written by:
 Neeraj Pandey
 
Starring:

 Akshay Kumar
Kajal Aggarwal
Jimmy Shergill
Manoj Bajpai
Anupam Kher
Divya Dutta
 
Music by:
 M. M. Keeravani
Himesh Reshammiya

We actually weren't going to cover this movie. Don't get us wrong, we are Akshay Kumar fan! But then common on, you don't need to be told anything about what his films are like or whether you should watch it or not.

The 45 years old actor has been in the Hindi film industry for over two decades now and has given us nothing but entertainment. Yes, Akshay Kumar has carved a unique niche for himself in the world of the dashing Khans and we love him! Now, we may think that his movies stopped bringing something new to the table a while back, but hey, why fix it if it ain't broken, eh?

So we were saying we weren't planning on covering it because we know you'll watch it sooner or later.So why are we covering it? Because a friend watched it and she really really liked it and absolutely insisted that we tell our readers to not miss this one.

 Why? Because-
1. It is based on a true story. It's inspired from the  infamous robbery of March 19, 1987, when 26 people posing as income tax officials raided a famous jewelry store in Opera House, Mumbai.
2. Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and Divya Dutta have done a good job as usual.
3. Kids can watch it too- so it's a family watch. And that's always a plus for us.

So go catch the movie.  If not in the theatre, atleast  with friends and popcorn in your home theatre.

Check back later for more info. 

 
Update: Feb 19th 2013:

We saw the movie and have got to add that the most impressive part about the movie was the absolute attention to details! Neeraj Pandey has totally succeded in re-creating the India of the late 1980s. The true story that the movie is inspired from occured in Mar 1987 and everything about the movie screamed of that decade. Right from President Giani Zail Singh, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Sunil Gavaskar batting, the attire, the Ambassador and Fiat cars on the road, down to the 'Liril' girl of that time on the magazine cover! Totally evokes nostalgia for those of us who were old enough to remember that time.

Of course, Manoj Bajpai, totally proves himself to be today's Naseeruddin Shah. Akshay, Jimmy Shergill, Anupam Kher have all given ace performances as well!

A definite must-watch!

 

Photo: Did you know that apart from being one of the most talented singers India has ever had, Asha Bhosle is also an  endowed actor?

Well, you have got to watch her in her debut performance in the hindi movie 'Mai' to be released Feb 1st 2013. This Mahesh Kodiyal directed movie stars  Ram Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapure in leading roles. Others in the movie are Anupam Kher, Navin Kaushik and Shivani Joshi, It is produced by Subhash Dawar and Nithin R Shankar.

The tag line of the film is “Love Your Mother“. The movie is based on a story of a mother who suffers from Alzheimers and is left at the mercy of her children to decide her fate. The movie is also about the wonderful relationship between the mother and the one daughter who stands by her!

From everything we hear, although many movies have been made on the theme of children not being there for their parents at the time of need and yes, these movies are really sob-stories, but the truth is that they are also must-sees not just to understand this very real plight of our beloved seniors, but also to remind us over and over, if need be, that our ageing parents need us or soon will.....

Check out the trailer to get a glimpse of Asha Bhosle's award-worthy and brings-you-to-tears kind of performance at-

http://www.desideewar.com/desifilmey.php

 

Feb 1st 2013:

MAI

Did you know that apart from being one of the most talented singers India has ever had, Asha Bhosle is also an  endowed actor?

Well, you have got to watch her in her debut performance in the hindi movie 'Mai' to be released Feb 1st 2013. This Mahesh Kodiyal directed movie stars  Ram Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapure in leading roles. Others in the movie are Anupam Kher, Navin Kaushik and Shivani Joshi, It is produced by Subhash Dawar and Nithin R Shankar.

The tag line of the film is “Love Your Mother“. The movie is based on a story of a mother who suffers from Alzheimers and is left at the mercy of her children to decide her fate. The movie is also about the wonderful relationship between the mother and the one daughter who stands by her!

From everything we hear, although many movies have been made on the theme of children not being there for their parents at the time of need and yes, these movies are really sob-stories, but the truth is that they are also must-sees not just to understand this very real plight of our beloved seniors, but also to remind us over and over, if need be, that our ageing parents need us or soon will..... 

In the desifilmney segment, we bring you the review of RACE2:

Saw Race2 and has just as we thought, this Abbas-Mustan directed sequel, Race2, lives up to the brand that is Race- fast paced, thrilling action sequences and with lots of twists and turns as it takes you through an adventurous ride of trying to keep up with the who’s and the what’s. However, it fails in two respects when compared with the original- 1. Some of the surprise elements don’t really surprise and 2. The plot is neither as solid nor as creative.

Saif Ali Khan is the complete star in the movie, his style, his very natural acting, clothes, hair and personality- everything screams star power. Yes, he’s done an awesome job. Unlike the other 40+ heros of the hindi cinema, the 1970 born actor actually truly gets away with having a twenty something pretty young lady by his side.

As for the twenty something pretty young ladies, Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandez, they held their ground, looked good, acted well and did more than contributed to the general beautiful look of the movie, they showed they have talent and they showed they have substance. Although, got to say that the 1985 born Sri Lankan actress, Jacqueline Fernandez, who made her acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood movie Aladin opposite Ritesh Deshmukh, has certainly shone in the movie, more than Deepika who somehow didn’t seem to get that perfect screen space where she would leave a definite mark.

Getting to John Abraham, he looks good, his muscular body shows the results of spending long hours at the gym, to say the least, but his pairing with Jacqueline doesn’t. She just looks too young for this 1972 born actor. He looks so much more like a hulky stud paired opposite Bipasha Basu (1979 born) and others in their early 30s who are no less suited for the role than the new comers.

Okay, now we have totally managed to sound like we’re so hung up on actors’ ages and their age- appropriate pairing. But then, the truth is, it is the hindi film industry that needs to get out of pairing the forty plus actors, albeit talented and regular studs, against twenty plus young girls, again, although talented and by no means less deserving. The point is, the industry is full of talented ladies like Preity Zinta (1975 born), Rani Mukherjee (1978 born), etc who can just as beautifully play the part.

 

Anil Kapoor impresses in most scenes, but his make-out scenes with Amisha Patel is something the movie could have totally done without. The same goes for the pun intented  PJs.  Our advice to Anil Kapoor- please stay away from those, you didn’t carry it well with Halle Berry in Mission Impossible IV and you couldn’t carry it well here. His pairing with Amisha Patel does look good though- exactly what we mean by taking actresses in their 30s (she’s 1975 born). But we didn’t mean keep them for fifty plus actors (Anil in 1959 born)! Again, apologize for throwing in their ages, because talent shouldn’t be about age and pairing doesn’t need to be about it either- as long as it’s done well and tastefully and not just to satisfy some fantasy of some section of the audience.
 

So, yes, you should go watch it, if you haven’t already. Should you take kids with you? Probably not if they are under 12, because a hot song (‘Be Intehaan’) and Anil – Amisha exchanges make the movie PG-13. But again, do watch the movie for the fast-paced riveting action packed thrill!

 

From the desifilmey segment, we bring you a reminder....

RACE 2 RELEASED TODAY!

What does your weekend look like? Really busy? Catching up with friends on Friday, got this big party to go to on Sat and unfortunately Sun doesn't look any better? Well, change your plans around and make room for Race 2.

Everyone who has seen the original Race needs no introduction to this now-a-brand! Directed by Abbas-Mustan  and produced by Ramesh S. Taurani, this sequel to the 2008 hit movie, Race, promises to be just as thrilling as the original, if not more!

Starring  Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Amisha Patel in lead roles and Bipasha Basu in a cameo, it certainly is a 'good-looking' movie with bunch of good-lookers.

We hear the movie picks up from where the original one left off and takes you on a world-tour with its ever so captivating twists and turns.

The songs sound awesome, you're certainly going to rock with 'Party On My Mind' by KK and Honey Singh, in that party you plan on attending soon. Other songs include 'Be Intehaan', 'Lat Lag Gayee', 'Allah Duhai Hai', all with spiced up remix versions too!

Wondering what the reviews say about the movie? Well, some say it doesn't  live up to all the hype, atleast the 2nd-half doesn't.

So if you catch a show, before we do,
Get back to us and pray tell what say you!

 

58th Filmfare Awards.....

In case you prefer watching only the filfmare acclaimed movies, say no more, here's the list of movies from 2012 that you should be catching up on, for these were the ones that were the winners in the Awards night yesterday held in Mumbai.

Best Actor- Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
Best Actress -Vidya Balan ( Kahaani)
Best Film- Barfi!
Best Director- Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani)
Best Dialogue- Anurag Kashyap, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Sachin K Ladia, Zeishan Qadri (Gangs of Wasseypur) 
Best Screenplay- Sanjay Chouhan & Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar)
Best Story- Juhi Chaturvedi (Vicky Donor)
Best Supporting Actor (Male)- Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)
Best Supporting Actor (Female)- Anushka Sharma (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Best Music Director- Pritam (Barfi!)
Best Lyrics -Gulzar (Challa), Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Best Playback (Male)- Ayushmann Khurrana (Paani Da Rang) (Vicky Donor)
Best Playback (Female)- Shalmali Kholgade (Pareshaan) ( Ishaqzaade)
RD Burman Award For Upcoming Talent In Music- Neeti Mohan (Jiya Re) (Jab Tak Hain Jaan)
Lifetime Achievement Award -Yash Chopra
Sony Trendsetter Of The Year Barfi!
Best Debut (Male)- Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor)
Best Debut (Female)- Ileana D'Cruz (Barfi!)
Best Debut (Director)- Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish)

So Vidya Balan won her 3rd Filmfare Best Actress award in 4 years. Paa, The Dirty Picture and now Kahaani. Also, Ranbir Kapoor wins it 2nd time in a row, having won last year in the same category for his film, Rockstar!

To see exclusive pictures of the event night and other details like who was with who, who wore what and the entire nominations list, visit-
http://www.filmfare.com/

End of last year we brought to you the Hindi movies that made more than 100-crores, if you don't really care for some of those Bollywood masalas, the list above could be the one that works for you. So go ahead take your pick, watch it and start crossing those off... 

 
 

Update on 03/2013:

Australian director Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will open the 2013 Cannes film festival, the world's most important cinema showcase, reports Reuters.

Amitabh Bachchan was delighted at the news, posting this on his facebook page, "Baz Luhrmann informs me that 'The Great Gatsby' has been officially selected for the opening film for Cannes film festival on May 15th .. all very excited ! And the premier of the film in New York on May 1st as told to me ... but yet to be confirmed ..
So travel coming up for these occasions .."

And so are we, excited for you, Mr Bachchan!

Update on 05/15/2013:

We saw the Great Gatsby. A must watch movie. The splendor of the sets, the authenticity of the era, the wonder of the cast- all contribute to making the movie a well made classic. It reminds you of stories like ‘The Weathering Heights’ and ‘Gone With The Wind’. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire


certainly have given a performance of that caliber. Amitabh Bachchan has done justice to his highly anticipated Hollywood debut. His role, like he always insisted, was really short, but worth the good-will it generated between the two mega industries- Hollywood and “Bollywood”.

Go watch it, women! Although this is no chick flick, a warning- the men in your life would rather watch “Iron 3”, we think. And before we forget, the movie is PG-13, it truly is- don’t take your under 13 to the theaters at all.

 

'The Great Gatsby'
 
In our desifilmey segment, we feature a Hollywood movie that is our favorite desi superstar, Amitabh Bachchan's first Hollywood venture.

Yes, we are talking about 'The Great Gatsby' in which he has a cameo appreance. The movie star...s famous Hollywood favorites like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.

'The Great Gatsby' movie is the Australian film maker, Baz Luhrmann's take on the 1925 classic novel by the same name by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is not the first time that a movie has been made based on this novel. The last feature film based on it was in 1974 starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

Set to release on May 10th 2013, the movie shows Amitabh Bachchan in the role of Meyer Wolfsheim, a flamboyant and suave Jewish money lender. On his facebook page, Amitabh writes, "It has to be one of my shortest appearances, but one of the most exciting experiences professionally." He seems really excited about the movie.

Well, Mr Bachchan, so are we! Of course, the fact that the movie stars Leonardo and 'Spiderman' Tobey is obviously just added bonus :)

Photo: In our desifilmey segment, we feature a Hollywood movie that is our favorite desi superstar Amitabh Bachchan's first venture in a Hollywood film.

Yes, we are talking about 'The Great Gatby' in which he has a cameo appreance. The movie stars famous Hollywood favorites like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.

 'The Great Gatsby' movie is  the Australian film maker, Baz Luhrmann's take on the 1925 classic novel by the same name by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is not the first time that a movie has been made based on this novel. The last feature film based on it was in 1974 starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

Set to release on May 10th 2013, the movie shows Amitabh Bachchan in the role of Meyer Wolfsheim, a flamboyant and suave Jewish money lender. On his facebook page, Amitabh writes, "It has to be one of my shortest appearances, but one of the most exciting experiences professionally." He seems really excited about the movie.

Well, Mr Bachchan, so are we! Of course, the fact that the movie stars Leonardo and 'Spiderman' Tobey is obviously just added bonus :)

Watch the official trailer that also shows Amitabh, at-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7AFnJbETLw

 

 Dec 31 2012

 

The 100-Crore Bollywood Movies of 2012:
(Written by Sonal Kulshrestha)

In our desifilmey segment, we generally talk about the movies that catch our attention or the ones that literally call out to us to watch and we do and we come back and... provide a review to you!

Today, however, we bring you the Hindi movies that made more than 100 crores in the year 2012! And what can be a better recommendation for those movies than the fact that they are in the very exclusive 100-Crore Bollywood Club?

So we might whine, crib and complain about the same old bollywood masala movies, but lets’ face it, we do love our movies. Here in America, we might have been used to the $1.99 copies with bad prints (hate to admit it), but when those stopped (and rightly so!), went to the theatres we did (about time!). And so as we reflect on the year 2012, we do want to talk those commercially successful movies that made over 100 crores (apparently, that’s the new bench mark that the bollywood movies are being judged against)!

Movies that made the 100-crore mark are-
1. Bol Bachchan by Rohit Shetty
2. Agneepath by Karan Malhotra (his directorial debut ).
3. Ek Tha Tiger by Kabir Khan
4. Barfi by Anurag Basu
5. Housefull 2 by Sajid Khan
6. Rowdy Rathore by Prabhudheva
7. Jab Tak Hai Jaan by Yash Chopra
8. Dabang 2 by Arbaaz Khan
9. Son of Sardar by Ajay Devgan (just about made it)

Although none of the movies from the above list was anywhere close to the highest ever grosser, ‘3 Idiots’ , a Vinod Chopra Production that grossed over 300 crores worldwide and over 200 crores in India in 2009, it is interesting to note that Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and again, ‘Dabangg 2’ this year were the fastest movies to touch the 100-crore Nett gross mark, taking just 5 and 6 days respectively! His ‘Bodyguard’ had taken 7 days in 2011 and Aamir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’ had taken 9 days.

Talking of Salman Khan, even though not many people will openly admit to being his fan, he is the only bollywood actor who has 5 films in the elusive 100-crore club. Others in the club are Kareena Kapoor and Ajay Devgan with 4 each, Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra with 3 each and Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif with 2 each!

Read about the producers in the 2012 100-Crore Club at-
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/The-100-crore-directors-of-2012/articleshow/17796467.cms

Read all about the 100-Crore Club at-
http://forbesindia.com/blog/business-strategy/journey-of-the-100-crore-bollywood-film/
In our desifilmey segment, we bring you the review for -Dabang 2
(Written by Sonal Kulshrestha)

We wanted to watch a movie in the theatre and picked Dabangg 2 only because it seemed like the only one we could watch with kids! Yes, for that... very reason haven’t been able to watch ‘Taalash’ yet.

The fact is that we were really pleasantly surprised with Dabangg 2, produced and directed by Arbaaz Khan, released last Friday. We liked it better than the original Dabangg! The Arbaaz Khan Productions seems to have redefined what the Dabangg series (and we hope there’ll be more) are going to come to be known for! It was lighter and funnier than the previous one! The roles of the father and the brother were redefined to make a lovely family for our inspector Chulbul Pandey. The action sequences were telescopic in the little details without being gory or bloody! Like the impact on the ground, the pebbles flying in the air with the impact, the sheer strength that a mare man is not capable of, displayed with conviction as if sensing the satisfaction that the audience seeks in the victory of the good over the evil! Even the bad guys were convincingly ‘bad’ without the movie focusing too much on their bad deeds. In short, the movie was to the point and kept its’ focus on being a light family comedy……except for the hot item song, ‘Fevicol Se’ (yes, seems like after Zandu balm, it’s Fevicol’s turn to get a mention ) that almost killed the ‘G’ rating of the movie, like Hindi movies often have a tendency of doing.

We say ‘almost’ because (and now we get to the cast) Kareena Kapoor manages for the cheap-sounding- typical- item song to actually NOT look cheap. And the fact that she’s not in her size 0 avatar looks good. That girl can carry any outfit, any move and any role with a grace and flair that looks anything but cheap! She makes acting look effortless and has an almost divine screen presence! We will say though that the song was absolutely unnecessary!

Talking of rest of the cast, just because we didn’t mention our Muscle Man, Salman Khan first doesn’t mean he didn’t deserve the first mention. We may not be a Salman fan, but liked him in the movie we did! In fact, he was better than he has been in any of his recent movies- weather a hit or a miss. His comic timing is almost of his ‘Meine Pyar Kiya’ (1989) and ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’ (1994) caliber. Yes, he has done complete justice to the role of the dabangg inspector, Chulbul Pandey. His dance moves and the songs were nice too. And no, our loves-to-be-shirtless Khan did not take his shirt off, someone else did for him (ha ha!). So yes, we did get a nice long view of his chiseled torso- didn’t think any Salman movie is complete without that, did you?

Coming to Sonakshi Sinha. She has a sweet presence through out the movie, often with a frown that we found rather cute. But other than that, there’s nothing much to talk about. Not even her sarees and blouses (except for one, loved her yellow saree with white and blue polka dot blouse) - although the blouse style reminds you of Basanti from Sholay and goes well on her too. Don’t get fooled by her fuller figure, her ab, which you get a few glimpses of, is rather toned.

Almost forgot, ‘Munni’ makes a guest appearance too. Wonder why though?

In the role of the villain, Bachcha Bhaiya, is Prakash Raj, producer and director of Kannada and Tamil movies. He has done a good job of being sufficiently hate-able!

Finally, since we love movies that we can watch as a family, we do want to give kids’ feedback too. Girls thought that the movie was pretty good but didn’t care much about the violence! Boys loved the action sequences! My son thought that all of the girl’s parts (Sonakshi Sinha’s) were “random” and when the famous girl started to dance (Kareena Kapoor) that was even more random! :)
 
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Movie: ABCD... Any Body Can Dance

Release date: Feb 8, 2013 

Directed by: Remo D’Souza

Cast: Prabhu Dev, Lauren Gottlieb, Kay Kay Menon and winners of the show, 'Dance India Dance' (Salman Yusuf Khan, Dharmesh Yelande, Prince Gupta, Mayuresh Wadkar and Vrushali Chavan)

Music by: Sachin Jigar

Distributed by: Yash Raj Films

Running time: Approx 107 minutes

Touted as India’s first 3D dance film, the story revolves around Prabhu Deva who plays a great dancer whose world comes crashing down when he is ousted from a dance show. He is determined to win and so starts a group with a bunch of local street dancers. They begin practicing in a run down warehouse and take part in the same competition from which Deva was ousted.

Sounds like any other dance based movie? Well, it's new to Bollywood and caught our attention because its being promoted as India's first 3D dance movie! And also because Prabhu Deva is going to be in FRONT of the camera after quite some time. The 39 year old actor (1973 born), known as the Michael Jackson of India, a two time National Best Choreography Award winner, had taken to directing Telugu, Tamil and Hindi movies after trying acting in 1990s and early 2000s. He has most popularly been known as one of the best choreographer in Bollywood in recent years having revolutionized the kind of dances shown in Indian movies. Safe to say, he has well earned the 'Indian Michael Jackson' label. So we were saying, we are going to be seeing him after a long time. Some of us might remember his dance with Madhuri Dixit for the song "Ke Sera Sera" in the movie 'Pukar' (in 2000). Anyway, looking at the trailer, has this guy stopped aging? We're sure his dance moves are just as ageless, so check out the movie, especialy if you're into the dance reality shows like 'Dance India Dance' of India and 'So You Think You Can Dance' of America.

Look out for more on the movie right here!

 

In our desifilmey segment, we feature-

Movie: Midnight's Children

Directed by: Deepa Mehta

... Produced by:
David Hamilton
Doug Mankoff
Steven Silver
Neil Tabatznik
Andrew Spaulding

Story by: Based on Salman Rushdie 's book, Midnight's Children (1981)

Starring:
Satya Bhabha (a british actor)
Shriya Saran
Shabana Azmi
Anupam Kher
Siddharth Narayan
Shahana Goswami
Samrat Chakrabarti
Rahul Bose
Seema Biswas
Darsheel Safary
Distributed by:
20th Century Fox
Fox Star Studios

Release date(s) : Dec 2012

Running time: 148 minutes

Official Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXgx6C8PHd4

The film premiered in September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It has also been shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival. It had its Indian premiere on 10 December 2012 at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala.

The film is based on the 1980 Salman Rushdie's novel of the same name that deals with India's freedom from the British rule and the partition of the country that followed. The book has won several awards including Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981, "Booker of Bookers" Prize in 1983, and the best all-time prize winners in 2008.

Recently the film created a political row as India's major political party, Congress, felt that the movie shows Indira Gandhi in a bad light. The movie's distributor in India is PVR Pictures.

So why do we recommend 'Midnight's Children'? Because the movie is set in the context of actual historical events around India's independence. Although, the movie is shot primarily in Colombo, Sri Lanka, it portrays authentic Delhi-style furniture, props and costumes from that period that were shipped from India. Seems like an interesting watch.....

If you see the movie before we do, let us know if you thought otherwise.

And as always, if you like what you read, 'Like' desideewar (if you haven't already) and become a member right here!
Photo: In our desifilmey segment, we feature-

Movie: Midnight's Children

Directed by: Deepa Mehta 

Produced by:
David Hamilton
Doug Mankoff
Steven Silver
Neil Tabatznik
Andrew Spaulding 

Story by: Based on Salman Rushdie 's book, Midnight's Children (1981)

Starring:
Satya Bhabha (a british actor)
Shriya Saran
Shabana Azmi
Anupam Kher
Siddharth Narayan
Shahana Goswami
Samrat Chakrabarti
Rahul Bose
Seema Biswas
Darsheel Safary 
Distributed by:
 20th Century Fox
Fox Star Studios 

Release date(s) : Dec 2012

Running time: 148 minutes

Official Trailer: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXgx6C8PHd4

The film premiered in September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It has also been shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival. It had its Indian premiere on 10 December 2012 at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala.

The film is based on the 1980 Salman Rushdie's novel of the same name that deals with India's freedom from the British rule and the partition of the country that followed. The book has won several awards including Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981, "Booker of Bookers" Prize in 1983,  and the best all-time prize winners in 2008.

Recently the film created a political row as India's major political party, Congress, felt that the movie shows Indira Gandhi in a bad light. The movie's distributor in India is PVR Pictures.

So why do we recommend 'Midnight's Children'? Because the movie is set in the context of actual historical events around India's independence. Although, the movie is shot primarily in Colombo, Sri Lanka, it portrays authentic Delhi-style furniture, props and costumes from that period that were shipped from India. Seems like an interesting watch.....

If you see the movie before we do, let us know if you thought otherwise.

And as always, if you like what you read, 'Like' desideewar (if you haven't already) and become a member at www.desideewar.com. 

 

Another desifilm we want you to checkout....

Talaash: The Answer Lies Within

Directed by Reema Kagti

Produced by Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions

Story by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar
 
Starring:
Aamir Khan
Rani Mukerji
Kareena Kapoor
 
Music by Ram Sampath

Lyrics by Javed Akhtar

Release date: 30 November 2012

The plot revolves around a police inspector(Aamir Khan), his home-maker wife (Rani Mukerji) and a prostitute(Kareena Kapoor) who get entangled in a mystery that links their lives in unexpected ways.

We hear that Reema Katgi (of Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. fame, 2007) and Zoya Aktar are best friends and co-wrote the script. Once the script was complete, they approached Aamir Khan and he agreed to produce and star in it. The film has been shot in Mumbai and Pondicherry. The underwater shots were done in a studio in London.

We want you to go watch this movie, simply because of the Aamir Khan factor. He has never let us down.....