Jolly LLB 2: Jolly good!

Between study, work and other commitments, i managed to squeeze in this. The reason being two fold – one was the request from friends for my vishesh tippani and two was that i simply loved Jolly LLB 1 and given that it was directed by the same team i was curious to see, what they pulled out of the hat this time. So here goes…

I absolutely loved the movie! Akshay Kumar has taken the mantle from Manoj Kumar and made place for himself as the new Mr.Bharat! His movies over the past few years have been patriotic and elicit a Jana Gana Mana emotion from the viewer. I would not dare to compare Arshad Warsi (Jolly1) and Akshay Kumar (Jolly 2). Personally, Arshad’s journey from mediocre to star was far more believable and script more tightly written that Akshay’s. I suppose the director knew that he had taken a winner in Akshay who makes anything look believable But I think the gaps were far too many… Had it not been for Akshay’s very believable portrayal of nationalism, this movie could have failed massively. It was as though, this time we knew that Jolly would ‘make it’ so it was like watching the movie in retrospect. Don’t get me wrong… he was awesome for sure… just that Warsi’s role was more realistic and better scripted. 

The new man in my life is Saurabh Shukla! His sense of humour and timing is just bang on! From being the dad whose daughter’s wedding card script he is editing in court (which btw is a hilarious scene) to the out of box thinking judge, he was once again fantastic. Supporting roles by Annu Kapoor and Huma Qureshi were done seamlessly. Huma is such a natural with her dialogue rendition. Just noticed a Punjabi twang in the state of Kanpur… but i guess i am being pedantic 

All-in-all a lovely watch! Big screen please so you don’t miss the action scenes and quite frankly, the small screen doesn’t do Akshay any justice…. Akshay like wine and me seems to be getting better with age 

DeeScore 3.5/5

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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Lets Talkies


RANGOON: Paisa Fizool!!!! 

So I went to watch this film because it was said to be a classic tale that had the musical charm of Moulin Rouge, the romance of Casablanca and the intensity and drama of Saving Private Ryan. But the music was less than impressive, in spite of near bare breasts the chemistry was nil and drama was just… ayoh rama!!!

Once again I proved to myself that I’d much rather watch Kangana where i can forward her presence! Saif to say, the master of Parinita and Eklavya didn’t have his heart in it! Shahid Kapoor was kinda bearable but anything more would be too much to say!
The storyline caught me sleeping a couple of times as it painfully weaved through the life of this “Hantarwali”esque KR.
The only thing that stood out in the movie was that KR has polished her English!
That’s 3 hours of my life I will never get back!!!! Bloody Hell!!!!

 DeeScore: 1/5
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Begum Jaan – bekaar jaan

Once again, a movie with Vidya Balan in a pivotal role fails to pique my interest. Don’t get me wrong, she as a Madam of a brothel is almost as good as or even better than Shabana in Mandi! However the storyline is below average. The music score doesn’t leave you with a single hummable tune, though the Holi song was kind of nice… Asha Bhonsle left me reeling in shock at the horrendous rendition of a supposed to be soulful song!!! Cinematography is ainwayin, direction ekdum bekaar… Can’t get over the ridiculous statement that a rape can be avoided if another woman willingly undresses in front of a perpetrator… sigh!!!! Honestly, N-O-T-H-I-N-G to write home about on any count.

EXECPT for Chunkey Pandey… (whom I didn’t recognise for a long time!). Its hard to believe that in a film starring Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah and Ashish Vidyarthi, Chunky Pandey is the best thing that happened to it!!!! He plays his role to perfection and is impossible to not hate him! Had we never discovered his talent or has he become better? Whatever it is… I would love to see him in more of these roles where he actually defines the role!

An evening wasted… By God ki kasam, I am going to watch a badass sallu flick to get over the onslaught of this rubbish… varna mujhe neend nahin aayegi! And maybe I won’t forward an Atif Aslam song… just to forget that Asha Bhonsle garbage!

Ekdum Bakwaas….

DeeRating 1/5 (woh bhi only for Chunky)

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Vikram Vedha


So a movie with my two favourites… Madhavan for his amazing and self-assured presence and Vijay Sethupati for his outstanding acting talent… released on the weekend and it was only natural that I would watch it on the big screen!

I loved how the film started even before it started, so creatively! The anti-smoking/drinking disclaimer cheekily has Madhavan reading out the warning in English while Vijay Sethupathi does the honours in Tamil each pitching to their respective audiences! But that in retrospect is about how easily a person labels another! But lets leave that discussion for another day… and move on…

Loosely based on the ancient folklore of “Vikram Aur Vetal”, Madhavan who plays Vikram plays the no nonsense encounter specialist and Vijay Sethupati plays Vetal the mastermind criminal! Vijay Sethupathi’s portrayal of Vetal just oozes of charisma to the point where you are compelled to root for the extremely smart, witty villain! Madhavan on his part doesn’t need the witty one-liners or excessive dialogues to make you feel the character. The two are ably supported by the female leads Shraddha Srinath and Varalakshmi portraying superbly brave and powerful characters.

So many nice things happening and so one would think I came out feeling inspired! But far from it! Vikram Vedha is a tale of blood, gore and noise! The directors have taken a simplistic and straightforward plot and weaved a complicated mess just to show a cat and mouse game between the badass good cop and a goodhearted sentimental badass criminal! The loud blood bath that ensues is not something I expected.

On the technical side, PS Vinod’s cinematography stood out. And Sam CS’ music, though not hummable ably supports the plot.

Lots to look forward to if you are going to see the movie just for charismatic grey haired Maddy’s presence or Vijay’s ability to take the cop’s black and white world into 50 shades of grey! Be prepared for a run-of-the-mill plot that deviates from its existential crisis at its core to an investigative thriller in the second half slowing down this otherwise ambitious project.
And getting to the crunch… who wins… Vikram or Vetal? Good or evil? Madhavan or Vijay? Was the movie overall good or bad?? I am still to make up my mind…

DeeScore: 3/5 (all marks only for the superb acting)

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Two in one – Toilet Ek Prem Kahani & Harry met Sejal

Relaxed weekend with two movies – Harry met Sejal & Toilet Ek Prem Kahani!

First let me talk about Akshay Kumar’s TEPK! What a fantastic movie… a rather poignant issue of ills of open defacation mixed with women’s rights in a fight against traditions and a corrupt government!!!! Well what a mouthful that was… but not a minute of boredom!
I must admit I started watching it just to tick a box… ki bhai yeh bhi dekh li! But was blown away by the down to earth character of a not to typical village boy (well he 37 in the movie, so may be not a boy). You actually pity his state of being unmarried because he is a Manglik and finally his marriage to a buffalo to ward off the evil of Mangal. His toothy smile and ‘battameez bol lo madam lekin bhaisaab mat bolo’ kind of roadside Romeo dialogues make him so likeable!
The rest of the cast do their roles equally well and no one is misplaced. Though Kumar is the backbone of the movie, but Bhumi Pednekar is no less a contributor to this story. They have a chemistry so tangible you fall in love with every dialogue they render! Veteran actors Kher and Sudhir Pandey do due justice to their roles and new comer Divyendu Sharma is adorable as an adoring younger brother!!!!
Loved the music score esp Hans mat pagli pyar ho jayega!
Fantastic movie and a must watch for every Indian!
Dee Score: 4/5

And then Harry met Sejal…. Dhatt tereki….
Dee Score: 0/5 if you actually make it to the end, give yourself some points!

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Tubelight – renamed ‘Thoo’blight

‘THOOB’LIGHT: If Salman was trying to hit the 200cr in the first week by adding King Khan in the movie… let me tell you it ain’t gonna cut it!!!! This completely lacklustre film is to date… and that includes Bajrangi Bhaijaan the worst mashup ever!!!

Completely bland, has no dramatic peaks or any innate tension, no shocks, no surprises, not even one moment or scene or dialogue that stays with you. Even the above mentioned sequence with Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan together — which should have been a show stopper — totally lacks magic (and if you have seen the movie you will know why I use this analogy). And didn’t someone tell Sallu after Tere Naam that he shouldn’t cry???? OMG his bloating nostril and face…. He has cried more in this film than he did in that one!!! Please Sallu…. Crying copious tears alone doesn’t make a good performance. His handling of the child-man is all about pulling some embarrassingly weird faces at the camera.

So many ways to talk about having faith in oneself and Kabir Khan chose the war! Salman does nothing to evoke pathos and the strong cast and crew are just wasted. So Hail the bromance here’s a movie with no romance!

The only thing good and I mean THE ONLY THING GOOD is the music, esp the song Naach Meri Jaan. It was sung well and the lyrics were good too!!

Otherwise don’t waste your time!!!

DeeScore – 0/5

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Mom – renamed Mom Vom!

I guess, if my husband made a film, he would want me to occupy the most footage, as an actress, that is, if I were Devaki aka Sridevi…. But if you ask me, Boney has gone overboard on this Sridevi starrer, sacrificing story-line and credibility for a Sridevi fix. What could have been a taut thriller is reduced to being a showcase of her exceptional acting prowess, which by the way, we are fully aware of already. And just a suggestion “Sridevi, honey, your looks are fine! You need Botox for ‘Hindi’ dialogue delivery!”

Well…. the movie starts rather rivetingly, with crucial scenes like the rape scene depicted by a moving vehicle and incidents before and after; the distraught and helpless mother looking on as her daughter survives and lives through the mental trauma of a gang rape victim; and the detective saying more with a glance at his daughter to say whose side he is on than the hysteria built up by the parents. However, it doesn’t take too long for the movie to become a pile up of holes and improbabilities.

The real pleaser of course is the brilliant star cast. Nawazuddin Siddiqui sporting a spectacularly ugly hair-piece brings in the right balance of humour and seriousness to a rather sketchily written role. He knows exactly when to switch gears and how to look bold and daring one minute to a timid and loving father the next. Akshaye Khanna is lovely though grossly underused with his role being penned in apparently somewhat of a hurry. Adnan Siddiqui and Sajal Ali (apparently popular serial actors!!!) are brilliant! Sajal, making the trauma feel so real and Adnan searing the silver screen with his scorching presence!

Music (which as you know is my greatest mojo) is hardly hummable. Photography is pretty good, especially when they rape is depicted in dimming night lights and in the final scenes at this nondescript snow-capped foothills of god knows where! Dialogues are average and at times thought provoking and subtly humourous, like when told that a certain piece of modern art costs (and has been paid for) 50 lakhs, Siddiqui murmurs under his breath, “Isse toh achcha main paan thuk ke bana deta.” But in the dialogue field, the real disappointment is Sridevi’s horrendous command over Hindi language! (I guess Boney speaks better Tamil than she does Hindi!!!) I just can’t seem to get past her rape of the language!

All in all a Sridevi spinner with hot topic rape-revenge in tow which is just unfortunately an hour too long!

DeeScore: 2.8/5


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Women in Bollywood

A journey through heroine-oriented cinema

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