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Monday, December 5, 2016

Befikre



Directed by: Aditya Chopra
Produced by: Aditya Chopra
Screenplay by: Aditya Chopra
Story by: Aditya Chopra and Sharat Katariya (dialogues)
Starring: Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor
Music by Songs: Vishal-Shekhar
Background Score: Mikey McCleary
Cinematography: Kaname Onoyama
Edited by: Namrata Rao
Production company: Yash Raj Films
Distributed by: Yash Raj Films
Release dates: 9 December 2016 


Storyline:

Befikre is a story that celebrates being carefree in love. A quintessential Delhi boy Dharam (Ranveer Singh) comes to Paris for work in search of an adventure. Just when he was about to embark on this journey of his life he bumps into a wild, free spirited, French born Indian girl Shyra (Vaani Kapoor). A feisty romance ensues between the two in which both of their personalities- one being an equal match for the other are tested to the limit. Battling their ups and downs, both realize that love is a leap of faith that can only be taken by those who dare to love.


 Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Aditya Chopra (born 21 May 1971) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, broadcast producer and distributor. His work as a director includes Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Mohabbatein (2000), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and Befikre (2016).
He is also the current chairman of India's multi-national film, media and entertainment conglomerate, Yash Raj Films (YRF). Chopra has written and produced a number of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films under the banner like Veer-Zaara (2004), Fanaa (2006), Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), The Dhoom Trilogy (2004, 2006 & 2013) and Sultan (2016). He has tried to break away from typecast and forayed into production of off-beat films with unique subjects in projects like Kabul Express (2006), Chak De India (2007), Rocket Singh (2009), Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and Fan (2016), that do not necessarily fit into the realms of Masala films. 

My Gut Feel and comments:

In my solitude, many miles from men and houses, I am in a childishly happy and carefree state of mind, which you are incapable of understanding unless someone explains it to you. Knut Hamsun

Going by the trailer of the film, it seems to be a similar stuff which we have seen several times in the recent past. However, as I was going through the recent interview of Ranveer Singh he categorically mentioned that promo is not revealing the essence of the movie and as per him plot is fresh and engaging and quoted it as a light hearted comedy movie.  This is indeed a fourth directorial venture of Aditya Chopra and I am sure he must have had put his best foot forward.
Censor board gave it U/A certificate and allowed the release without any cuts which is strange. Film length is 2 hour 12 minutes, which is good. I am not too hopeful about the movie, although however, loved to be proven wrong.


Going by my gut feeling I am giving Befikre 2.5 stars out of 5, three days before the release.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kahaani 2

Directed by: Sujoy Ghosh

Produced by: Sujoy Ghosh, Jayantilal Gada

Written by: Sujoy Ghosh, Ritesh Shah (dialogues)

Story by: Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair

Starring: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal

Music by: Clinton Cerejo

Cinematography: Tapan Basu

Production company: Boundscript Motion Pictures, Pen India Limited

Release dates: 2 December 2016
Running time: 119 minutes


Story line: Kahaani 2 is from the franchise of 2012 film 'Kahaani' which revolved around the fight of a fake pregnant woman in search of her husband. The sequel is also being directed by Sujoy Ghosh and features Vidya Balan as lead this time too.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Ghosh made his directorial debut in 2003 with Jhankaar Beats which was a tribute to R. D. Burman. His next ventures Home Delivery and Aladin did not achieve box office success. His 2012 release Kahaani, featuring Vidya Balan in lead role, has gained both commercial success and critical acclaim. He started his acting career portraying the role of Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi in a film directed by Rituparno Ghosh in December 2012. Not many know that he has written the tagline "Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re" for the IPL Team Kolkata Knight Riders.


My Gut Feel and comments:

It's a great thriller or mystery, but on another level it's a film about the fact that, if you only look at a person through one lens, or only believe what you're told, you can often miss the truth that is staring you in the face: Kevin Spacey

Kahaani 2 is a different story all together with new characters and it’s not a sequel to Kahaani. Yes thinks are common which results in same look and feel. Kahaani was directed by Sujoy Ghosh with Vidhya Balan in lead role. Same team with common actors delivered Kahaani 2.
Kahaani was a hit at box office and was critically acclaimed at same time. A movie from same franchise increases the expectation of audience who is smart enough not to settle down for anything less then what they have already experienced in Kahaani 1.
Vidya balan proved her mettle in the past as well and can carry a film on her shoulder alone however in a thriller like this support cast is equally important.
Data says that second installment of any successful movie most of the time not able to recreate same magic however this time I believe it would be a close call.

Going by my gut feel I am giving Kahaani II,  3 stars out of 5, four days before the release.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dear Zindagi


Directed by: Gauri Shinde
Produced by: Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, Gauri Shinde
Written by: Gauri Shinde
Screenplay by: Gauri Shinde
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan
Music by: Amit Trivedi
Cinematography: Laxman Utekar
Edited by: Hemanti Sarkar
Production Company: Dharma Productions, Red Chillies Entertainment, Hope Productions
Distributed by: Red Chillies Entertainment
Release dates: 25 November 2016



Story line:

Kaira (Alia Bhatt) is a budding cinematographer, who is in search for a perfect life. She accidentally meets an unconventional thinker Jag (Shahrukh Khan), whom she calls 'jug'. He helps her to change her perspective towards life.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: 

Gauri Shinde is an Indian ad-film and feature film director. Shinde has made her directional debut with the highly acclaimed English Vinglish (2012), which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi. Shinde featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of '25 Indians To Watch'.She also featured on Rediff's list of 'Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012.'Her husband R. Balki is the director of acclaimed films such as Cheeni Kum (2007) and Paa (2009).

My Gut Feel and comments:

We are supposed to enjoy the good stuff now, while we can, with the people we love. Life has a funny way of teaching us that lesson over and over again - Sheena Easton.

Above seems to be the case if we evaluate the story line of Dear Zindagi where Alia Bhatt seems to be in a mess and then met Shahrukh Khan who changes her perspective of living life right way.
The USP of this film is its director itself, Gauri Shinde who presents a story is a very simplistic way which audience do able to relate to in sweat way. Alia bhatt is looking superb , supporting cast seems appropriate and even Shahrukh has been projected  understated, away from his shadow of typical larger than life character is generally plays. I liked him in Swadesh and Chakde where he played quite realistic characters.

Chances of this movie going wrong are minimal so one can expect a good movie which would be appreciated by multiplex audience for sure.

I would give this movie 3.5 star out of 5 stars, two days before the release.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Force 2

Directed by: Abhinay Deo

Produced by: Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Viacom Motion Pictures, John Abraham

Written by: Parveez Shaikh, Jasmeet K. Reen

Starring: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin

Cinematography: Imre Juhasz, Mohana Krishna

Edited by: Amitabh Shukla, Sanjay Sharma

Production company: Sunshine Pictures Pvt. Ltd., JA Entertainment

Distributed by: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

Release dates: 18 November 2016

Story/Plot:

Force 2, brings back ACP Yashvardhan who teams up RAW Agent KK to bring down a master mind terrorist Shiv.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Abhinay Deo is an Indian commercial director turned film director. Abhinay's first movie was Game (2011). His second, Delhi Belly, was released on July 1, 2011. Before directing commercials, he graduated with a degree in architecture.[citation needed]
His parents are the actors Ramesh Deo and Seema Deo.  He is younger brother of Ajinkya Deo, who is also a well-known actor in Marathi films.

My Gut Feel and comments:
We all know the dangers of sequels. Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place too often, and I think you've got to move beyond it, go the extra mile and have the courage not to just repeat the first one. Colin Firth
Force was the remake of Tamil movie Kaakha Kaakha and Force 2 will have an original script. Force was directed by Nishikanth Kamath however Force 2 is directed by Abhinay Deo. Both directors have different working style which will definitely differentiate the part 1 against its sequel in terms of presentation, look and feel.  This week released Rock on 2 not able to recreate the magic of Rock On 1. This anyways remains a common case with sequels as going beyond the original work is a daunting task and most of the time film makers disappoints.
Force was fresh, raw in presentation and storytelling however Force 2 seems polished and prepared on larger scale which is where most of the time sequels go wrong.
Although John is looking good, Abhinay Deo as director seems confident about his offering however still I believe something is missing.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving Force II 2.5 stars out of 5, five days before the release.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Rock on 2



Directed by: Shujaat Saudagar
Produced by: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani
Written by: Abhishek Kapoor and Pubali Chaudhuri
Starring: Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Prachi Desai, Shashank Arora
Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Marc Koninckx
Production company: Excel Entertainment
Distributed by: Eros International
Release dates: 11 November 2016




Storyline: Musical centered on conflict in northeast India.


Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Shujaat’s collision with the world of filmmaking took place more than a decade ago. Starting from scratch, working from the bottom up, under the mentorship of Prahlad Kakar (Genesis Film Productions), filmmaking imparted crucial experiences that helped shape Shujaat’s destiny. He had found his calling.

His consistent efforts played an integral part in the brand building exercise for Sony TV, especially SET MAX and this rewarding collaboration led to several Gold & Silver Promax Asia & L.A. awards (2003-2005).

Pushing his passion for filmmaking further, Shujaat made a successful foray into feature films with a 60-minute featurette, ‘BALI’, for Star One’s, Studio One Productions. ‘Bali’ was awarded ‘Best Film’ of the year at the Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2005. ‘Belle de jour’ a film directed by him for ‘A day in the life of India’ won the prestigious Spike Gold at the Spikes Asia 2011.

Shujaat ventured into the feature film world when he was approached to be the 2nd unit Director for the Bollywood Superhit “Don 2” (Directed by Farhan Akhtar and Produced by Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.). He was, later on approached by them once again, to direct 2 promotional music videos for their 2013 feature film, “Fukrey” which were produced by Boot Polissh Films.

It is his aim to create films that are a pinnacle of consistent quality.

My Gut Feel and comments:

It's always an enormous pressure when you do a sequel. The demands are so high. The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original. Too many sequels diminish the original. Dean Koontz

Rock On!! It self was a complete story where a rock band group reunited after a gap of time. Now with Rock on 2, taking the story forward keeping the similar drama and emotions intact is a daunting task.  

Last one was directed by Abhishek Kapoor and this one has been directed by Shujaat Saudagar who assisted Farhan on Don 2 as assistant director. Rock On!!  was quite fresh in its presentation and storytelling. Even keeping the same star cast in tact it difficult task to recreate that magic.


Going by my gut feeling I am giving Rock on II 3 stars out of 5, five days before the release.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shivaay



Directed by: Ajay Devgan
Produced by: Ajay Devgan
Written by: Sandeep Srivastava and Robin Bhatt
Story by: Ajay Devgan
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Sayesha Saigal, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames, Vir Das, Girish Karnad and Saurabh Shukla
Music by: Mithoon
Cinematography: Aseem Bajaj
Edited by: Dharmendra Sharma
Production company: Ajay Devgn FFilms and Pen India Limited NH Studioz
Distributed by: Reliance Entertainment
Release dates: 28 October 2016
Running time: 169 minutes




Story/Plot:
Shivaay revolves around the imperfections of Lord Shiva and how it makes him strong. It highlights Lord Shiva's human elements. It is not a mythology. It's a modern film.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Ajay Devgan (born Vishal Veeru Devgan on 2 April 1969), also credited as Ajay Devgn, is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular actors of Hindi cinema who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has won numerous awards, including two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2016, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Devgan began his professional career with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.[9][10] He then starred in successful films such as Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996) and Ishq (1997). In 1998, he appeared in a critically acclaimed performance in Mahesh Bhatt's drama Zakhm and he received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie. In 1999, his most-talked-about film was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he played Vanraj, a man who tries to unite his wife with her lover.
In addition, Devgn owns a production company Ajay Devgn Films which was established in 2000. In 2008 he debuted as a film director with U Me Aur Hum.

My Gut Feel and comments:
“Man wanted a home, a place for warmth, or comfort, first of physical warmth, then the warmth of the affections.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Above quote sums up the story line of Shivaay as it’s a journey of a man fighting for his family and getting the love in bits and pieces.
Shivaay, going by its promo can be perceived as a typical action film however as per actor director Ajay Devgn it’s an emotional drama. Ajay is a sensible actor and proved his mettle as a director through his directorial venture “U Me Aur Hum”.  Although first half of that movie was not effective however film picked up well in the second half.
Going by the interviews I have seen of Ajay, he seems confident about his offering and seems to have delivered a decent movie with its share of high points beat in action department or emotional scenes.
Over all I think it’s a tricky project and chances of going it off track is quite high. Length of the movie is a concern area for me. Holding audience for more than two and a half hour is a daunting task. It’s going to get tough completion from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which is releasing on same day.

Being on a pessimistic side; I am giving Shivaay 2.5 stars out of 5, two days before the release.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil


Directed by: Karan Johar
Produced by: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar

Written by: Karan Johar

Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka 
Sharma

Music by: Pritam

Cinematography: Anil Mehta

Production company: Dharma Productions

Distributed by: Fox Star Studios

Release dates: 28 October 2016


Story line: 
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a 2016 romantic drama film written, directed and produced by Karan Johar. It features Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan in lead roles. It is being said that Lisa Haydon and Kajol also have a small role in the film. K Jo is returning to the director's chair after a gap of three years. His last movie was Student of the Year in 2012, which starred SidharthMalhotra, VarunDhawan and Alia Bhatt. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has a story line based on relationships and heartbreaks. It will be the first time that Aishwarya, 41, will share screen space with Ranbir, 32, and Anushka.. On 6 February at the India Conference at Harvard, Johar revealed that in the film Kapoor plays the character of a Hindu boy, Aayan, and Sharma plays a Muslim girl, Alizeh.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Karan Johar (born 25 May 1972), often informally referred to as KJo, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who is primarily known for his work in Hindi films. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the acclaimed producer Yash Johar.
Johar made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which earned him the Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. His next two films were the ensemble dramas Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which were both very successful in the overseas market. His counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have established him as one of the leading director-producers in Hindi cinema.


Screening issue

On 8 October 2016, Indian political party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), proclaimed that they would not allow the release of the film, following nationwide protests surrounding the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 18 September 2016 and the decision by Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India preventing the release of films with Pakistani actors in four states - Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Goa. Citing the casting of Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan, in the film, the MNS warned theater owners around the country to not screen the film, threatening them with vandalism. Announcing that security will be tightened at theaters along with sufficient police protection, Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, commented on the issue, saying, "Anyone found taking the law into their hands will be dealt with firmly." He also informed that 12 MNS members were sent to judicial custody after they barged into a Mumbai theater and held a protest on 19 October 2016.


My Gut Feel and comments: 
I’m not sure what scares me more, that you will never start loving me, or that I will never stop loving you. I tried to hate you but the only thing I hated is how much I loved you. Loving someone who doesn’t love you in return… is like trying to fly with a broken wing…

Ae Dil hai mushkil projected as a story of one sided love, friendship and other complex human emotions. Exact plot has not been revealed which increases the curiosity about the movie. Songs are brilliant, star cast is interesting. Karan Johar as a director is quite good and is capable of doing justice to this kind of story line. 
I hope over all story line and screenplay is align to Indian audience’s sensibility and one of the Karan’s film “ Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” was too progressive in nature to handle by typical mass audience which resulted in not so good performance at Indian box office as compare to overseas.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 3 stars out of 5, three days before the release.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

31st October


Directed by: Shivaji Lotan Patil

Banner: Magical Dreams Productions Pvt Ltd

Music Director: Milind Gaba, Vijay Verma

Produced by: Harry Sachdeva

Starring: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das, Lakha Lakhwinder Singh, Pritam Kagne

Cinematography: Ramani Ranjan Das

Release dates: 21 October 2016



Story line:

The movie speaks about a true incident happened on 31st October, 1984, when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. The film narrates a story of a Sikh family and their fight for survival.
The film is a depiction of one of the most important dates in Indian history, the day India lost its Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
She was shot dead by her own bodyguards, which changed the political scenario of the country to such an extent that many innocent lives were lost and India witnessed a black Wednesday. It is a story of human emotions, conflicts, survival and friendship.
31st October had its official screening at the London Indian Film festival on 18 and 20 July 2015


Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Shivaji Lotan Patil is an Indian film director. He received the 60th National Award for Best Director for his Marathi film Dhag.

My Gut Feel and comments:

“There are wounds that never show on the body with time, that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
“The worst part of holding the sad memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it.

31st October is a story of a Sikh family struggling to survive during the tough circumstances arise out of a tragic event Indira Gandhi's Assassination. Going by the writer producer of this film Harry Sachdeva during their ground research around this topic they came across a diary in which a couple documented their pain full journey of survival. This family is still alive even know, it’s just don’t want to come in media for obvious reasons.

Shivaji Lotan Patil is a national award winner who is a tenured Marathi film director and well known for his realistic cinema. With him around I am sure film would live up to the expectation of audience that would like to revisit the pain full historical event in sensitive and sensible manner.
Going by Harry Sachdeva he found it tough to get clearance from censor board however film did get clearance eventually after nine cuts.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving 31st October 3.5 stars out of 5, a five days before the release.