‘Kaabil’- more than a kaabil (worth) film

The latest movie I’ve watched on the INOX screen…Kaabil. Yes, excellent movie! More than a Kaabil movie (‘Kaabil’ means ‘worth’ in English) Watching a movie as good as this for a mere Rs. 120/- INR – Great deal. 

I’ve not watched a Hrithik Roshan film in a really long time, on the BIG screen.. the last being Krrish I guess. This one was a different H.R movie, for starts he’s blind in the movie, so the cool dance steps that he otherwise would dance, didn’t really happen BUT for the first song in the movie where he shows traces of it. Yami Gautam on the hand… isn’t she a cutie? She looks cute when she acts as blind too.

What is the movie Kaabil about?

When they get hitched, visually-impaired couple Rohan Bhatnagar (Hrithik) and Supriya Sharma (Yami) light up each other’s lives. Unfortunately their dark world goes topsy-turvy when Supriya is raped and Rohan finds the policemen playing blind man’s bluff. Leaving him with no choice, but to take the law into his own hands…and boy doesn’t he do a good job of it!!

The scene that got me really into the film was when they get separated from each other for a few minutes at a mall..and Rohan (Hrithik) says the following:

ON THE MIC
Su?
Kahan ho Su?
Tum sun rahi ho Su?
I’m sorry Su..
Pata nahi kaise… haath choot gaya

The movie was always going to grasp my full attention after the above scene…

Equal praise goes to Yami Gautam & Hrithik Roshan. Yami plays her role to perfection, subtle and very effective. As far as Hrithik’s vulnerability as a lover was a delight to see, so was his cool self while plotting revenge. 

You would WANT TO watch this movie. This is GOOD. Go for it! Still running in theaters 

 

Being Indian-‘The Real India’

A lot is written, spoken and mentioned in magazines, newspapers etc..but when it comes out on screen in the form of a ‘Hindi dialogue’, it is definitely worth watching again and again. The below video is from the movie ‘Namastey London’. You certainly don’t lose anything if you watch it just this one more time, in fact it fills your heart with Pride (that’s if you’re an Indian of course)

After listening to someone disparage India as a “land of snake charmers”, Arjun Ballu Singh (Akshay Kumar ) impressed many with his response in the 2007 romantic comedy Namastey London. The speech was delivered in Hindi with Jasmeet “Jazz” Malhotra (Katrina Kaif) translating in English.

One of the highlights of the film, this short speech delivered facts to some, pride to others.

What makes the scene memorable is the directness and sincerity of Arjun as he talks about the achievements of the 5000 year old Indian civilization along with Jazz’s increasing pride as she conveys this information to their non-Indian audience. While some of the ideas are lost in in translation, the spirit of the speech comes across loud and clear. 

The text version of which is below 🙂

Arjun: Namaste. Sir, mera naam hai Arjun Singh. 5000 saal purani sabhyata ki wajah se hum Hindustani sabko aise hi jhukke pranaam karte hai.

Jazz: When we greet one another, we fold our hands in namaste because we believe that God resides in the heart of every human being.

Arjun: Aisi sabhyata jisme ek Catholic aurat Pradhan mantri ki kursi, ek Sikh ke liye chhod deti hai aur, ek Sikh, pradhan mantri pad ki shapat, ek Muslim raashtrapati se leta hai, uss desh ki bhaag daud sambhal ne ke liye jisme 80 pratishat log Hindu hai.

Jazz: We come from a nation where we allow a lady of Catholic origin to step aside for a Sikh to be sworn in as Prime Minister by a Muslim President to govern a nation of over 80 percent Hindus.

Arjun: Aapki matra bhasha Angreji puri duniya mein sabse zyada hamare hi desh mein ghasi jaati hai. Aur aapko shaayad ye bhi nahi pata hoga ki Angreji ki zyaadatar shabd, Sanskrit se liye gaye hai. Sanskrit ka shabd “maatra”, Angreji mein “mother” bana, “bhratra” bana “brother”, “gaamiti” bani “geometry”, aur “trikonmiti” bani “trigonometry”.

Jazz: It may also interest you to know that many of the origins of your English words come from Sanskrit. For example, “maatra” becomes “mother”, “bhratra” becomes “brother”, “giamiti” becomes “geometry”, and “trikonniti” becomes “trigonometry”.

Arjun: Aapko shayad ye baat dilchasp lage ki hamare yahaan 21 bhashao mein, 5,600 akhbaar aur 3,500 magazines chapti hai, jinko padhne waalo ki sankhya 12 crore hai. Aapke desh ke muqable mein kayi zyaada hai.

Jazz: We have 5,600 newspapers, 35,000 magazines in over 21 different languages with a combined readership of 120 million.

Arjun: Chaand tak pahunch gaye hum. Lekin ab bhi aap logon ko hum Hindustaniyon ke haath mein saap ki been hi nazar aati hai.

Jazz: We have reached the moon and back yet you people still feel that we have only reached as far as the Indian rope trick.

Arjun: Doctors, engineers aur scientists ki ginti mein. Janaab hum sirf do mulko se peeche.

Jazz: We are the third largest nation in the world of doctors, engineers, and scientists. 

Arjun: Hai ye thi dimag ki baat, ab karte hai taakat ki. Duniya mein sabse badi teesri fauj hamara yaha hai, aapke yaha nahi. Phir bhi, main aapke saamne jhuk ke aapko pranaam karata hoon, kyun ki hum kisi ko apne aap se chhota ya kamzor nahi samajhte. Namaste!

Jazz: Maybe your grandfather didn’t tell you that we have the third largest army in the world. And even then, I fold my hands in humility before you because we don’t believe that we are above or beneath any individual.

Reading a post on Aditi’s blog, prompted me to share this with all of you. Do visit her blog for some really good posts 🙂

 

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

You don’t really have to be an MS Dhoni or a cricket fan to watch this movie (tho’ it does make it more special if you are his fan) .This movie is as simple as it gets, it shows the journey of a man from his humble beginnings to make it to the top, an Inspirational movie..if you look at it that way.

This was surely a movie I wasn’t going to miss out on watching. Sushant Singh Rajput was simply brilliant in the role of Indian skipper MS. Dhoni, I will admit though, seeing Sushant’s face instead of Dhoni’s in the clips where matches were shown (Ind-Pak T20 final/India-SL WC final etc..) was kind of weird considering that there’s only one face that comes to mind when watching those moments – is the original MS himself and I have watched these matches LIVE.

The movie packs a very interesting message about friendship. His friends stood by him all the way through and that’s why they say real friends are those who never leave your side in whatever situation. The movie overall was a wonderful watch, the songs were nice especially the one with Disha Patani (playing the role of Priyanka – Dhoni’s ex-girlfriend)

Was I the only on who felt the ‘impact’ when the truck crashed into Disha Patani’s car (causing the fatal accident) in the middle of the song? When Priyanka died in the film, some part of me also died with her, absolutely heart breaking moment it was.

I also thought Disha Patani (character of ex-girlfriend) looked so much prettier than Kiara Advani (character of Ms Dhoni’s wife). Though, the actual pictures of Dhoni’s ex girlfriend aren’t out on the internet anywhere, we can only imagine she looked cute, if we have to go by the looks of Disha Patani (playing her role in the movie)

Go and watch the movie, I certainly loved it. You will love it too 🙂

This is a simple movie, just like the man himself – M S Dhoni 🙂 Well done Neeraj Pandey, Sushant Singh Rajput 🙂

 

 

Challo Driver

I don’t think many may have watched this film and the fact that this movie is never shown on the regular tv channels of Sony, Zee Cinema, Star Plus, B4U Movies etc makes it even a sweeter film, in case you’ve not watched it yet, do try to get a copy of it. It’s all of only 1 hr and 35 minutes of viewing time but you’ll enjoy the movie throughout and maybe…just maybe you’ll identify with some character or the other in the film 🙂 This movie was a 2012 release, it is surprising I missed out on watching it back then.

What’s the story about?
A rich spoilt brat requires a chauffeur, but the applicant, to his surprise, turns out to be an independent woman. Not only does she drive him around but also changes his life for good. Needless to say the leading lady Kainaz Motivala (Tanya Malhotra) is a stunner (looks & everything else. I loved her straight hair…Oh My!! 😉 ) and with the story revolving around her (as the chauffeur to her boss – Arjun Kapoor) where he needs everything perfect from the A/c temperature in the car to the speed limits, he is the ultimate Khadoos boss not to have.

I’ve watched a lot of films and sometimes you get these little films which don’t make it big but have sweet little stories, this is one film like that 🙂 This movie does give out a message that there is no job a guy can do that a girl can’t…in the case of this movie, it is driving.

 

Raaz Reboot – The Movie & The RAAZ Franchise

So, I’m back from watching Raaz Reboot…have been a fan of the Raaz movies from the very first one, so I wasn’t going to give this one a miss. I didn’t expect to see anything new from what I’d seen from the earlier Raaz movies such as regular haunted mansion, strange voices, unsettled spirits hanging somewhere between life and death and the possessing an innocent soul.

However, even after knowing all this, I still went ahead..knowing that if there is one thing Emraan Hashmi can do better than kissing in his films is do well in this genre, well at least he gives it his all, much like he gives his 100% in the kissing scenes (he’s kissing the female here in this film too…so yes) 😉
Raaz Reboot moves more on the lines of its first movie of the Raaz franchise (Bipasha Basu & Dino Morea) with a little difference here and there. So basically I’ve already told you more than you should know. For the rest, go and watch the film. You’ll like the film if 1. you’ve enjoyed the previous raaz movies 2. If you’re a fan of Emraan Hashmi or 3. 120/- isn’t much to spend on a movie, so enjoy the a/c for 140 odd minutes in this hot season. Simply do what I do, buy the Rs. 120 ticket and go and sit in the Rs. 180 ticket seats 🙂 with hardly a handful of people watching shows in the morning, the theater is practically empty.
I certainly enjoyed watching it. This movie is shot in Romania and based around the story of the couple Rehan and Shaina and how due to a mistake by Rehan, his wife has to pay for it by being possessed by the spirit for the ‘mistake’.

The best part of the movie was of course the girl who was sitting besides me, she kept doing the mini jump from her seat whenever she saw the spirit on the screen or something unexpected happened which was really hilarious because it wasn’t really all that scary. I mean this is Raaz we’re talking about, movies like Conjuring 2 didn’t get people scared. I looked at her, she smiled nervously, I smiled genuinely  and we turned our eyes back to the screen, this happened like 3 times. She had come with her friend who was equally jumpy 😉

Overall, the movie was good. I liked it…so with this movie, it ends  the franchise on a good note. Out of all the Raaz movies, which one did I like the best…

Lets see…

Raaz

Raaz

The first film from the successful horror franchise came out way back in 2002. The chemistry between Bipasha and Dino helped in making Raaz a hit. [I liked this one the best]

Raaz: The Mystery Continues

Emraan, Kangana

The second film from the series came out in 2009 and tho’ there were mixed reviews it did fairly well at the box office. Emraan Hashmi was introduced to the franchise

Emraan and Kangana’s jodi worked in the favour of the film along with its music. The film had some spine-chilling moments too.

Raaz 3D

Emraan, Bipasha

Emraan and Bipasha in the third installment along with Esha Gupta. The film got mixed reviews as well but it raked in big moolah at the box office.The film had a lot of skin show than scare tactics but that didn’t hamper its box office fate.

and then..

Raaz Reboot

Raaz Reboot

The fourth installment marked the debut of South actress Kriti Kharbanda. Co-starring Emraan and Gaurav Arora, the film has hardly anything new to offer. Vikram Bhatt has used all the scare tactics from his previous films in this one. 

Compared to other Raaz films, this one is the least engaging.

Which one was your favorite? 

NOTE: The Raaz Franchise isn’t about horror, Raaz is Raaz and it will always remain that way 🙂 Raaz is now a new genre in Bollywood 🙂

 

PINK – The Movie

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For starters, why was the film named Pink? There was a movie released in 2005 named Black and then in 2009 a film named Blue now Pink. What’s the deal here? Has bollywood run of ideas to name their films?

Coming to the film, it was good. I believe a one time watch coz when you watch it once, the story kind of lingers in your mind – it is that kind of a film. It didn’t have the humor content that Shoojith Sircar’s previous movies had, but as a stand alone movie it does well for it has got a strong story and an equally talented  cast. Mr Bachan as usual was at his best in delivering dialogues etc. There was also a lot of talk about the ‘actress’ Taapsee Pannu, she does a fine job.

A film you should watch.

“When she says NO she means NO

Go watch the film and tell me how you liked it 🙂

It was a serious movie for me, I believe when I go to watch a movie…I shouldn’t be made to think, this film did. Though I liked it, I would rather watch something that amuses me for 3 hours. However said, the movie sends out strong messages which is good for the general public.

Too much of Pink? Well, its the flavor for the day.

#GoPink #PinktheFilm #PinkReleasesToday 

‘Azhar’-The Movie

What’s my take on the movie Azhar?

For starts, Emraan Hashmi does not even come close to playing the Azhar wristy flick (I was kinda disappointed on that note) that he was so known for…the flick being one of his favorite shots.
The Movie overall…was good. Emraan as Azhar was well…a good choice, his mannerisms – good attempt. The kissing parts were expected. Nargis Fakhri, this is the first time I’ve seen her on screen…she’s not so much of an actress, is she? I found her movements robotic 😉 Prachi was good, so was Lara Dutta. This is Emraan’s movie, nothing much can be said  about the other actors/actresses. If it does well, its solely because of Emraan. 

Not an awesome movie by any standards but a good ONE TIME watch.

If you’ve followed the match fixing scenario when it first broke out on national television you will understand the film better…otherwise it won’t make sense watching the film. That explains the higher male viewership compared to the females for this movie in particular.

A 3.5 on 5 rating from me. 

I think I’ll enjoy the M.S.Dhoni biopic – An Untold story better [scheduled for a September release] Looking forward to that.

Can Govinda Dance?

For those who don’t know who Govinda is, he’s said to be Bollywood’s most versatile dancer. I don’t know about the others, but I find his dance moves very hilarious.

I want to make a mention of one particular song ‘Kisi Disco Mein Jaaye from the movie Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’. In this song Govinda sports Leather pants while dancing.

Have a watch below:

This video is my go-to-video when I find myself in the dumps..it always cheers me up. The above song I mentioned still remains one of Govinda’s most popuplar tracks along with another one ‘Ankhiyon se goli marey’

He’s 52 now, I haven’t watched any of his latest films (not sure if he has acted in any film recently starring as a hero) I may be no expert in dance moves but I’m sure if I were to dance like Govinda..I don’t think I’d have many viewers 🙂

Kapoor & Sons – The Movie

People have been saying, it is the most honest & relatable family movie ever made in Bollywood.
To an extent, maybe its true..a dysfunctional family, fights, a love story…emotional drama etc..etc.. etc..
Why I thought ‘Kapoor & Sons was a good movie but in a very average way.

To begin with, I never knew families like this exist in India. For the director to actually come out with a  script like this, he would have needed an idea..and that idea has surely not come out at looking at families in India. THIS MOVIE IS NOT RELATABLE to Indians.. In countries abroad – YES, most families are fucked up! I haven’t been privileged to see one in India as yet. Small fights, misunderstandings do happen in every family but parents arguing at every given opportunity and that ending up in a fight, I thought it was really stupid!! Seeing the parents argue was seriously annoying.
I thought the location of the movie was good, great backdrop, good cast..the story well.. like I said..so-so!  Songs too I thought, were average.

Personally I wouldn’t say it was a great film by any standard, I could not relate to it. I thought Rishi Kapoor was a class apart, the cutest Daddu ever 🙂 
Besides Daddu, I think the dog was the best in the film, followed by Alia Bhatt. Fawad Khan, seriously! who is this guy? (Okay! I just googled..he’s not Indian, he’s from Pakistan..his performance was more like that of the Pakistan Cricket Team, looks good from far but fails to deliver – he really can’t act!) Sidharth was ok! Rajat Kapoor works well within himself and Ratna Pathak Shah..someone tell her to retire from Indian Cinema pls!

…and yes, one more thing..who keeps their laptop unlocked without a password nowadays? (Rahul’s mother looking through his photographs on his laptop) ..what followed that, was something I really did not expect!

Looking forward to Ki & Ka and Baaghi (Shradha Kapoor <3 )

 

The sequel

The train whistle blew and the train slowly started to chug out of the station. As the train began to gather speed..he saw a girl running on the platform trying to enter the train.
He put out his hand so she could grab it to enter, she held his hand and got in.

“you almost missed the train” he said sounding relieved that he did a good deed”

“miss? illa! I was at the station 1 hour before the train could arrive”Untitled.png

“then why were you running” he asked confused

“I was practicing for the train scene of Chennai Express ..returns”

“but there is no such movie like that I’ve heard of”

“Train going to Chennai has to return back also no”

 

Rohit Shetty looking out for fresh faces, interested people may contact ‘ME’ 😀