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REVIEW for Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola:



REVIEW for Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola:
(by Sonal Kulshrestha)


Watched ‘Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola’- first day, first show. And trust us, you must, that this Vishal Bhardwaj production, starring Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapoor & Shabana Azmi, is simply not worth the watch! You heard it right, Vishal Bhardwai of “Omkara” fame and other well-made movies- with -substance like  ‘Maachis’  and ‘Ishqiya’ fame has managed to come out with a movie that is badly made and lacks any substance! The charming Imran and the vibrant Anushka were a waste here!


So again, do not go to the theatre to see this movie! Did I say it’s bad, boring, humdrum! That in spite of the wonderful cast! You totally fail to see what Imran Khan, of a young Amir Khan caliber, is doing in this movie! It’s beyond your understanding, what made Anushka Sharma, a natural and wonderful actress with beautiful screen presence, accept this role.  In fact, no comprendo why a producer of that reputation will make a movie like this!


Like my friend pointed out, you should be able to blindly go watch a movie simply because you know a certain producer or director makes movies of a certain merit. Well, apparently not. Understand Vishal Bhardwaj’s appetency for Shakespearean adaptations  after Maqbool, based on Macbeth and OmKara based on Othello, both critically acclaimed movies, but don't understand why the only thing of any ‘substance’ you see is a glimpse of Shakespear’s Macbeth book. Also, got to say that the entire village men watching our scantily-clad heroine getting out of water all wet is not a way to introduce the heroine in the movie. This has got to stop in Indian movies. Rest of Anushka's outfits are gorgeous and she looks ravishing!


Might as well mention Pankaj Kapoor too. When Amitabh Bachchan did the drunk- on- the- street act in Naseeb  in 1981, he set the bar so high that no other bollywood actor has ever been able to match that since! And Pankaj Kapoor is no exception. Not to say, he’s bad in the movie, because he isn’t.  Just not good enough. And Shabana Azmi has done an awesome job of playing the bad guy, but nothing can make up for the utter lack of substance!


The only good thing about the evening was the samosa we had.


The songs are not so good and did I say the movie is really bad? Full of bad words, so definitely not for kids either.


And in case you're wondering if we are being too harsh, that the movie must have had some good parts, let me summarize the good parts-
1. Anushka Sharma, after her initial "in-wet-clothes-with-all-men-letching" entry, which we don't think maketh a "grand" entry, has looked ravishing in beautiful flowing traditional garmets. She has an awesome screen presence!
2. The long peshawari garment, very hairy face and Ray Ban aviators was a perfect frame to present Imran Khan as a villager. He looks charming!
3. Shabana Azmi played the vamp well. Her outfits were a plus again.
4. Pankaj Kapoor was good, but not good enough.
5. Everyone's haryanvi accent was good.


6. The African dancers were amazing dancers.


7. Oh yes, the gulabi bhainse parts were good.


But still, the gist of it is, it’s worth a miss! 

 

Our Review for'Life of Pi'

We saw the book-based movie and we have the reasons for why you should see it. But before that, a little bit about the movie. Like we mentioned earlier, the movie is based on a novel by a Canadian author, Yann Ma...
rtel, who by the way, won the Man Booker Prize for his novel Life of Pi. It is directed by the Academy Award-winning Taiwan-born American director, Ang Lee (of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain" fame) and revolves around an Indian boy who is the only one to make it onto a life boat when the freighter ship sinks. Or is he?

So anyway, on to our reasons for why you should watch this movie.

1. First of all because the movie is a sheer visual treat and that when we didn’t even see the 3D version. The storm, the vast endless ocean, the illuminant jellyfishes, the huge utterly graceful whale leaping out of the ocean, the clear and crisp island at night, all certainly add up to be a visual spectacle! The film was once deemed ‘unfilmable’ and would have been so a decade ago due to technological limitations, but it succeeds due to new visual effects possibilities and Lee's directing. We do hear that the 3D version is all about feeling the depth rather than the action and so might be worth the watch as well.

2. Desi audience, we feel you should go see the movie for the simple pleasure of seeing a completely hollywood movie that revolves around a young boy from India. The movie starts with a beautiful south Indian song. The Pondicherry rains, the Indian “aangan” (courtyard), the house, the long flower-garlands, Indian classical dance class- all seems real and well portrayed. Tabu looks good as Pi’s mother and so does Adil Hussain, as his father. Even their dinning- table conversation on religion and beliefs seems something we can relate too. Although (as a friend pointed out) beats us why the family’s last name is Patel when they were clearly south Indian. There’s a long, rather interesting, explaination of why the boy came to be called ‘Pi’, but none offered about the last name being Patel. Shravanthi Sainath, playing Pi’s Girlfriend, looks beautiful doing an Indian classical dance. After ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, yes, this is refreshing.

3. Not going to compare the movie with the book (no, haven’t read the book) but will certainly compare it to other survival-at-sea movies (even though this is a fiction). The depiction of the story is unique and not just because of the fact that the boy survives in the ocean for 227 days with a Bengal tiger. You leave the theatre with a lot to discuss about what really happened. Don’t want to reveal any more, so will leave it at that.

4. Suraj Sharma, who plays Pi in the film was picked by Lee from 3,000 auditioners. He is a newbie without much acting experience. But he has done an awesome job. The now 19-year old is definitely one of the reasons for the movie being worth the watch. The Delhi- based actor had to drop one year of school to shoot for the movie. He’s now studying Philosophy at St. Stephens College in Delhi and wants to be a moviemaker.

So go watch the movie for the theme, the effects and the depiction.
 
Photo: Our Review for'Life of Pi'

We saw the book-based movie and we have the reasons for why you should see it. But before that, a little bit about the movie. Like we mentioned earlier, the movie is based on a novel by a Canadian author, Yann Martel, who by the way, won the Man Booker Prize for his novel Life of Pi. It is directed by the Academy Award-winning Taiwan-born American director, Ang Lee (of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain" fame) and revolves around an Indian boy who is the only one to make it onto a life boat when the freighter ship sinks. Or is he?

So anyway, on to our reasons for why you should watch this movie.

1.	First of all because the movie is a sheer visual treat and that when we didn’t even see the 3D version. The storm, the vast endless ocean, the illuminant jellyfishes, the huge utterly graceful whale leaping out of the ocean, the clear and crisp island at night, all certainly add up to be a visual spectacle! The film was once deemed ‘unfilmable’ and would have been so a decade ago due to technological limitations, but it succeeds due to new visual effects possibilities and Lee's directing. We do hear that the 3D version is all about feeling the depth rather than the action and so might be worth the watch as well.

2.	Desi audience, we feel you should go see the movie for the simple pleasure of seeing a completely hollywood movie that revolves around a young boy from India.  The movie starts with a beautiful south Indian song. The Pondicherry rains, the Indian “aangan” (courtyard), the house, the long flower-garlands, Indian classical dance class- all seems real and well portrayed. Tabu looks good as Pi’s mother and so does Adil Hussain, as his father. Even their dinning- table conversation on religion and beliefs seems something we can relate too.  Although (as a friend pointed out) beats us why the family’s last name is Patel when they were clearly south Indian. There’s a long, rather interesting, explaination of why the boy came to be called ‘Pi’, but none offered about the last name being Patel. Shravanthi Sainath, playing Pi’s Girlfriend, looks beautiful doing an Indian classical dance. After ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, yes, this is refreshing.

3.	Not going to compare the movie with the book (no, haven’t read the book) but will certainly compare it to other survival-at-sea movies (even though this is a fiction). The depiction of the story is unique and not just because of the fact that the boy survives in the ocean for 227 days with a Bengal tiger. You leave the theatre with a lot to discuss about what really happened.  Don’t want to reveal any more, so will leave it at that.

4.	Suraj Sharma, who plays Pi in the film was picked by Lee from 3,000 auditioners. He is a newbie without much acting experience. But he has done an awesome job. The now 19-year old is definitely one of the reasons for the movie being worth the watch. The Delhi- based actor had to drop one year of school to shoot for the movie. He’s now studying Philosophy at St. Stephens College in Delhi and wants to be a moviemaker.

So go watch the movie for the theme, the effects and the depiction. 

Also, we have some interesting articles on the movie for you-
http://www.thehindu.com/arts/cinema/pi-chart/article4130125.ece?homepage=true&fb_source=message
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ang-lees-life-pi-foxs-390964
 
 
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Our review of Jab Tak Hai Jaan:

We saw the movie and liked what we saw.

Here's what's good about it:

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1. Its’ a nice flowing movie. It keeps the attention and keeps the yawn-o-meter at 0!

2. The two girls have done a good job. Katrina Kaif has looked gorgeous, sexy and care-free in the first half. Whereas, sobered down, matured and defeated at the hands of life in the second. Just as she was supposed to. In fact, Katrina Kaif totally led the movie in the first half. She was effective in conveying her feelings and turmoil to the audience. As for Anushka Sharma, she completely impresses you by her exactly-what-the-role-demands acting, personality, clothes (strap-showing-cami and loose boy-pants), body-language and her natural youth and freshness! Her acting is as natural as ever.

3. As for the ‘boy’, we’ll have to put Shahrukh Khan both in what’s good and what’s not category. Talking of the good part here, his conversation with Jesus ‘Sir’ touches you and his pledge to love ‘Jab tak hai jaan’ is touching and convincing too. He impresses as Major Samar in the second half when he plays his age. He looks matured and convincing in his role. He looks graceful as a matured major against the young crushing-on-him Akira (Anushka). And he looks graceful as a matured Samar (his character) opposite a now-matured Katrina too.

4. We loved the songs! All of them!

Now, for what’s not good about the movie.

1. Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif pairing fail to make us swoon over their love story. In the first half, nothing about a man-looking-in-his-40s- with- no- career- to- speak- of declaring his love to a rich-confused- girl- in- her- twenties seems romantic. Totally fail to see the romantic angle here! You fail to see what his role is supposed to be, while Katrina leads the movie. Half way through the movie, you are made to realize that Shahrukh was actually supposed to be 28 years old in the first-half. And you go- what??! The funny thing is their real-life age difference is not an issue in the second half of the movie, they do look good together, but their chemistry still fails. You don’t really feel the till-death-do-us-part kind of love. Don’t get us wrong, Shahrukh is a good actor, but how hard it is to understand that the trick is to PLAY YOUR AGE!

2. The absolutely unnecessary typical-hindi-movie-style make-out scenes spoils the otherwise family movie sense. Other than those, it’s out and out a family entertainer.

3. As with all hindi movies, it could have been shorter, it’s too stretched out.

To sum it up, granted it's not an awesome movie, not even of 'Veer Zaara' calibre, but go see it!


Photo: Our review of Jab Tak Hai Jaan:

We saw the movie and liked what we saw. 

Here's what's good about it: 

1. Its’ a nice flowing movie. It keeps the attention and keeps the yawn-o-meter at 0! 

2. The two girls have done a good job. Katrina Kaif has looked gorgeous, sexy and care-free in the first half. Whereas, sobered down, matured and defeated at the hands of life in the second. Just as she was supposed to.  In fact, Katrina Kaif totally led the movie in the first half. She was effective in conveying her feelings and turmoil to the audience. As for Anushka Sharma, she completely impresses you by her exactly-what-the-role-demands acting, personality, clothes (strap-showing-cami and loose boy-pants), body-language and her natural youth and freshness! Her acting is as natural as ever.

3. As for the ‘boy’, we’ll have to put Shahrukh Khan both in what’s good and what’s not category. Talking of the good part here, his conversation with Jesus ‘Sir’ touches you and his pledge to love ‘Jab tak hai jaan’ is touching and convincing too.  He impresses as Major Samar in the second half when he plays his age. He looks matured and convincing in his role. He looks graceful as a matured major against the young crushing-on-him Akira (Anushka). And he looks graceful as a matured Samar (his character) opposite a now-matured  Katrina too. 
 
4. We loved the songs! All of them!

Now, for what’s not good about the movie.

1.	Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif pairing fail to make us swoon over their love story. In the first half, nothing about a man-looking-in-his-40s- with- no- career- to- speak- of declaring his love to  a rich-confused- girl- in- her- twenties seems romantic. Totally fail to see the romantic angle here! You fail to see what his role is supposed to be, while Katrina leads the movie. Half way through the movie, you are made to realize that Shahrukh was actually supposed to be 28 years old in the first-half. And you go- what??! The funny thing is their real-life age difference is not an issue in the second half of the movie, they do look good together, but their chemistry still fails. You don’t really feel the till-death-do-us-part kind of love.  Don’t get us wrong, Shahrukh is a good actor, but how hard it is to understand that the trick is to PLAY YOUR AGE!

2.	The absolutely unnecessary typical-hindi-movie-style make-out scenes spoils the otherwise family movie sense. Other than those, it’s out and out a family entertainer.

3.	As with all hindi movies, it could have been shorter, it’s too stretched out.

To sum it up, granted it's not an awesome movie, not even of 'Veer Zaara' calibre, but go see it!


 
 
 
 
 
JAB TAK HAI JAAN

Official Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVPQW-Q-ax8

Release date: November 13, 2012
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Director: Yash Chopra
Producers: Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra
Music Director
A R Rahman

Lyricist
Gulzar


Cast:
Shahrukh Khan as Major Samar
Katrina Kaif as Khushi
Anushka Sharma as Akira
Anupam Kher
Rishi Kapoor (Cameo)
Neetu Singh (Cameo)
 
Not surprisingly, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a romantic saga that we have come to associate YR banner movies with. This one spans over two ages. The first part is about Samar Anand (Shah Rukh Khan) the musician in his late twenties in London who falls in love with Khushi (Katrina). The second part deals with the Samar who is now an army officer and meets Akira (Anushka), a 21 year old aspiring documentary filmmaker.

This movie has specially aroused lot of interest since this was the last movie directed by the legendary movie-maker Yash Raj Chopra who recently passed away soon after his 80th birthday.

Update on Nov 13 2012:

The movie is out, so do go catch it, but be warned that this film has all the elements you would want in a Yash Chopra film - gorgeously shot locations in the UK and Kashmir, lavish songs and three inherently noble lead characters who struggle gallantly against their individual obligations, but the movie lacks a coherent plot, as per Anupama Chopra's review on HT. She also writes, "I didn't buy into the story, but I bought into the heartfelt performances. All three - Shah Rukh, Katrina and Anushka - are top-notch".

Check it out-

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Reviews/Anupama-Chopra-s-review-Jab-Tak-Hai-Jaan/Article1-958850.aspx

We'll keep bringing you the reviews from various quarters as and when we hear of it.

So Amitabh Bachchan wrote this on his facebook-
"The premiere of JTHJ at YRF an incredible effort and experience. They converted an entire floor into a old world charm theatre, and then the film started. SRK's best after 'Swades' .. film, what a tribute to a great creative artist and an even greater human ... loved it ...

 




Photo: JAB TAK HAI JAAN

Official Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVPQW-Q-ax8

Release date: November 13, 2012 
Director: Yash Chopra
Producers: Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra
Music Director
A R Rahman

Lyricist
Gulzar


Cast: 
Shahrukh Khan as Major Samar
Katrina Kaif as Khushi
Anushka Sharma as Akira
Anupam Kher
Rishi Kapoor (Cameo)
Neetu Singh (Cameo)

This movie has specially aroused lot of interest since this was the last movie directed by the legendary movie-maker Yash Raj Chopra who recently passed away soon after his 80th birthday.

 



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SON OF SARDAR


Directed by- Ashwni Dhir
Produced by- Ajay Devgn, N.R.Pachisia, Pravin Talreja
Cast- Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev, Vindu Dara Singh
Music by- Himesh Reshammiya

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The movie, to be released on Diwali, Nov 13th, is based on the Telugu film Maryada Ramanna by S. S. Rajamouli which in itself is a remake of the 1923 American silent movie Our Hospitality starring Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge. It is a romantic drama.

Ajay Devgan might not be a Khan but he certainly has his own fan niche. His comic timing never misses its mark and he's one actor who can never be accused of "over-acting". So here he is again, after his hilarious 'Bol Bachchan' alonside Abhishek Bachchan which reached blockbuster status at the box office grossing Rs 124.86 crore worldwide.

So, the 1969 born actor, 43 and still going strong, couldn't have picked a better actor than himself to play the part of sardar in 'Son of Sardar', his home production.

The story goes that Rajveer Singh, played by Ajay Devgan, returns to his parents' village where he falls in love with Jiya, played by Sonakshi Sinha, and gets trapped in a drama involving a feudal lord (Sanjay Dutt).

Now, the stroy-line, honestly doesn't sound appealing at all, but the trailer actually does. Sonakshi Sinha reminds you of "Basanti" in Sholay and more, in fact. And the songs are beautiful!

We think it's worth checking out with your kids- might be a good movie to give them their "desi-dose" ;).

(Watch out for more information/ feeback on the movie right here)

Official Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0otDOTV98E

Movie Review: (Updated on Nov 13 2012)
The verdict, atleast of Anupama Chopra's of HT, is that the movie is "one of those high-decibel, low-IQ masala movies that hit the screen every few months". According to her, "Son of Sardaar is exhausting, painfully loud and way too long, with too few laughs". As for the actors in the movie, she says, Ajay Devgan has some moments of genuine comedy, Sanjay Dutt is just large and lumbering and Juhi Chawla sparkles in every scene she has.
Sorry guys, if you were looking forward to seeing this movie, the review doesn't sound encouraging at all, and we do normally find Anupama Chopra's reviews dependable.
However, if you do go ahead and watch the movie, let us know if Anupama Chopra is wrong!
 

Read more at-


Photo: Directed by- Ashwni Dhir 
Produced by- Ajay Devgn, N.R.Pachisia, Pravin Talreja 
Cast- Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev, Vindu Dara Singh 
Music by- Himesh Reshammiya

The movie, to be released on Diwali, Nov 13th, is based on the Telugu film Maryada Ramanna by S. S. Rajamouli which in itself is a remake of the 1923 American silent movie Our Hospitality starring Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge. It is a romantic drama.

(Watch out for more information/ feeback on the movie right here)

Official Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0otDOTV98E

 



 
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Life of Pi

To be released on: Nov 21st, 2012

Official Trailer:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o6BXfBgWLU

As per our post on Sept 27th 2012-

Have you read the 2001 novel "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel?
It's about an Indian boy who shares a lifeboat with some wild animals — including a Bengal tiger — after his ship sinks on its way to Canada.

Whether your answer is yes or no, you might want to watch the movie by the same name to be released on Nov 21st.

The movie is directed by Ang Lee (of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame) and stars Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Tabu.

The movie's international trailer below was released on Sep 26th and the movie premiered on 28th at the New York Film Festival.

We also hear that Irfan's 7 year old son, Ayan, will make a cameo appearance in this Hollywood film Life! Wow...7 and already in Hollywood movie.....wtg, dude!

Also, did you know that after auditioning 3,000 men, Lee chose to cast Suraj Sharma, a 17-year-old student and an acting newcomer, in October 2010. And Lee replaced Tobey Maguire with Rafe Spall descibing Maguire's presence as 'too jarringly recognizable'.

'Life of Pi' will inaugurate the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on November 20. IFFI will be inaugurated by Akshay Kumar.

We think this is certainly a good movie to watch.
(Look out for more information/ reviews on the movie right here!)
 
 
 
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 OUR REVIEW of the MOVIE: ENGLISH VINGLISH
 

 

Coffee-voffee, sugar-vugar, paper-vaper,
News-vews, clock-vock, time-vime, run-vun
Train-vain, pass-vass, late-vate, class-vass
Friendship-vendship, bonding-vonding, fun-vun..

Yes, saw 'English Vinglish' over the weekend and yes, my kids got to hear all of the words-shurds, all bundled into a song :)

The movie struggled in India, but we thought it was an excellent movie. What it has going for it?
1. Its' a clean fun (G-rated- if they would only rate it) family movie. My kids loved it too. They especially loved the English class scenes.
2. The concept, characters and portrayal is awesome. From main character, the simple "entrepreneur", the clueless husband, the spoiled kids, the understanding mother-in-law, the US-based sister, the born-and-raised-in-US niece, the white groom, the gay English instructor to all the diverse ethnicity students- all played to perfection. It's amazing how clueless the husband was - not only to his wife's feelings but more importatntly to her worth! My personal favorite was the Pakistani guy- he was hilarious!
3. The location, backgrounds, sets were perfect.

Granted though that the movie could have been shorter had it not been for the too "pulled out" scenes.
 
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