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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jolly LLB 2


Directed by: Subhash Kapoor
Produced by: Fox Star Studios
Written by:  Subhash Kapoor
Screenplay by: Subhash Kapoor
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla
Music by Songs: Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt
Background Score: Vishal Khurana
Cinematography: Kamal Jeet Negi
Edited by: Chandrashekhar Prajapati
Production company: Fox Star Studios 
Release date: 10 February 2017



Storyline:

Set in Lucknow, Jolly LLB 2 is the story of the blunt, abrasive and yet oddly compassionate Jagdishwar Mishra, aka Jolly, a small-time, struggling lawyer who has moved from Kanpur to the city of Nawabs to pursue his dream of becoming a big-time lawyer. A hustler by nature, Jolly survives by fighting petty cases and using every tactic under the sun to make a quick buck and earn a decent living. Having spent years in the chaotic and dingy court corridors Jolly is looking out for an opportunity that could turn the tide in his favour and help him achieve his dream of becoming a full-fledged Lawyer with a chamber. When faced with the glimpse of such an opportunity, Jolly jumps at the chance and in the bargain commits an innocent mistake with irreversible consequences that makes him ready for a big fight with the ruthless advocate Mathur.

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

 After completing his MA degree in Hindi literature, Kapoor started his career as a political journalist in Delhi in the 1990s covering North India, thereafter when his short film got him acclaim in 2001, he started making commercial short films, documentaries and ad films, eventually shifting base to Mumbai in 2006.
In 2007, Kapoor made his feature film directorial debut with Say Salaam India. The film failed at the box office, In 2010, he directed his second venture, a satire Phas Gaye Re Obama, which featured many comedians. The film managed to do well in India, and received critical acclaim as well as commercial success.Due to the surprise success of the film, Kapoor began writing his next project. In 2013, it was announced that Kapoor's next project is titled Jolly LLB and features Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao and Boman Irani. It is a courtroom drama with an comical touch. The film was released on 15 March 2013. In 2015 Guddu Rangeela was released which neither critically acclaimed nor a success a box office.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Jolly LLB part one was a class act. As an under rated actor Arshad warsi backed by interesting story line and with realistic screenplay.  All in all an intelligent film with decent performances.

On the other hand Jolly LLB part 2 seems loud and seems to be an attempt to justify the stardom of Akshay Kumar from first to last frame. This is where most of the sequels go wrong as in order to create better bigger film creative teams goes wrong in most of the places.

Although good aspect is that director of both the movies is same, Subhash Kapoor who is an intelligent creative person and changes are that with his latest offering he would have delivered a decent movie if not the great one.

Jolly LLB 2 with Akshay kumar in lead will surely attract mass audience to the theater and I believe Akshay’s fans won’t be disappointed.

In second half of the movie changes are that film would loss the grip however I am sure it won’t go drastically wrong.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 2.5 stars out of 5, two days before the release.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Kaabil


Directed by: Sanjay Gupta
Produced by: Rakesh Roshan
Written by: Sanjay Masoom (Dialogue)
Screenplay by: Vijay Kumar Mishra
Story by: Vijay Kumar Mishra
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy
Music by Songs: Rajesh Roshan
Background Score: Salim–Sulaiman
Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee, Ayananka Bose
Edited by: Akiv Ali
Production company: Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd
Distributed by: Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd and B4U Motion Pictures
Running time: 139 minutes
Release date: 25 January 2017




Story line: This movie is based the story of a man who lived, laughed and loved just like everyone in this world. Until one day, a terrible tragedy struck. Driven by the fire of vengeance, nothing will stop him.

Film Kaabil is about a blind guy who takes revenge of his girlfriend's brutal rape and murder. The story is uncannily similar to Salman Khan's shelved film Buland.


Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Sanjay Gupta started his career with Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994) starring Aditya Pancholi and Sanjay Dutt. Later he went to write and direct films including Ram Shastra, Khauff and Jung. The filming of Jung (2000), lasted over two years. Gupta and producer Satish Tandon had a dispute about the release of the film, with Tandon pushing for a release while Gupta wanted Sanjay Dutt to re-dub some lines, which Dutt was refusing to do.

While filming Kaante in the Los Angeles in 2001, the events of the 9/11 attack forced the film to relocate planned scenes from several areas that were then considered sensitive. Commentators noted a similarity in Kaante to Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Gupta says that he was "inspired" by a number of other films as well, including The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, and the film that inspired Reservoir Dogs, City On Fire.

Gupta's Zinda (2006) has been described as an unofficial remake of the Korean film Oldboy

He also produced the films Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan, and directed and co-produced Shootout at Wadala the sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala.

My Gut Feel and comments:

To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. : John Milton

Sanjay gupta teaming up with Rakesh Roshan’s production house itself is an interesting combination and I am sure with Kaabil them as a team delivered a decent movie. The storyline is interesting, Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam are looking great.

Sanjay gupta is a capable director who can handle the difficult project like Kaabil well. Going by the trailer and multiple interviews I have seen of the complete creative team I get the sense that as a team they put best foot forward and worked very hard on this difficult script.
The storyline is quite clear from the promo however the overall presentation and narration would be the USP of this film.

Raees is also releasing tomorrow which will give tough competition to Kaabil at box office however content wise I am sure Kaabil would be better movie then Raees.


Going by my gut feel I am giving 2.5 stars for Sanajay gupta’s direction and additional point five stars for film backing by Rakesh Roshan. Overall 3 stars out of 5 for Kaabil one day before the release.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ok Jannu



Directed by: Shaad Ali
Produced by: Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Hiroo Yash Johar
Written by: Gulzar (Dialogues)
Screenplay by: Mani Ratnam
Story by: Mani Ratnam
Based on: O Kadhal Kanmani By Mani Ratnam
Starring: Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor
Music by: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: Ravi K. Chandran
Edited by: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company: Madras Talkies and Dharma Productions
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios
Release dates: 13 January 2017



Story line:

 Aditya Varadarajan is a video game developer who accidentally meets Taara Kalingarayar at his relative's wedding. He later finds out she is planning to pursue her studies in Paris. They soon begin to call each other often, go out together, and start to fall in love during a holiday they take together. They agree that marriage is not for them and decide to have a live-in relationship instead, and Taara moves into Adhi's place, rented from Ganapathy. They wish to spend their time with each other before they go their separate ways for their respective careers. Taara and Adhi live happily, being playful with each other.
One midnight, Tara has a conversation with Ganapathy. She tells him that she might get her visa approved for going to Paris, and that it's hard for her to leave Adhi and go far away. The next day Taara goes to Jaipur for her business, and Aditya starts to miss her terribly. Upon seeing the love and patience his houseowner Ganapathy has for his wife, Bhavani, an Alzheimer patient, who one day even forgets her own house address, they begin to understand the importance of each others presence in their life.
Soon, Adhi is selected to develop his skills in video games and to go United States. He tells his colleague that it's hard for him to leave Taara. The next day, both of them make an agreement to enjoy themselves to the maximum for the 10 days left before they separate. Nearing the last day, they begin to have little fights and arguments, which don't last long.
One day, Bhavani goes missing again, as she did when she forgot her house address. While looking for her, they continue arguing about their relationship and finally Adhi proposes to Taara and they decide to get married. Post marriage, both of them continue to accomplish their own dreams, one in Paris, another in US. And they live happily, married and in love.


Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Shaad Ali started his career as an assistant director to Mani Ratnam, and assisted him on the film Dil Se.. (1998).He made his directorial debut under Yash Raj Films and Madras Talkies, with Saathiya (2002), starring Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji. The film was a remake of Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Alaipayuthey (2000). Saathiya's script was written by Ratnam. The film did well and established Shaad Ali in the industry.
His second film was Bunty Aur Babli (2005) which for the first time brought together real-life father and son Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan alongside Rani Mukerji. The film was one of the biggest hits of the year.
Shaad Ali's third film released on 15 June, 2007. The film, titled Jhoom Barabar Jhoom stars Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta in lead roles.
His fourth directorial venture was Kill Dil which got released on 14 November, 2014. The movie received average reviews from critics and got a lukewarm response at the Box office as well.

My Gut Feel and comments:

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the one who turns back soonest is the most progressive. : C. S. Lewis
Above seems to be the case as far as storyline of Ok Jannu is concerned.  The same team who made Saathiya came back together to make Ok Jannu which gives a similar look and can be considered as a progressive version of Sathiya.  Saathiya was directed by Shaad Ali, written by Mani Ratnam, lyrics from Gulzar Sahab and music by A. R. Rahman. Same team worked on Ok Jannu as well.
Ok Jannu is an official remake of successful Tamil movie O Kadhal Kanmani, directed by Mani Ratnam.

Recently a film with a similar story line Befikre was released which was indeed a below average movie. Being progressive is fine, however movie should be engaging and soulful.

Ok Jannu seems to hit the right note and greater a chance that it would be a decent fast passed love story.
 I am giving this movie 3 stars out of 5 stars, three days before the release.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Dangal



Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari
Produced by: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao and Siddharth Roy Kapur
Written by: Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Meharotra
Based on: Mahavir Singh Phogat
Starring: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra
Music by: Pritam
Cinematography: Sethu Sriram
Edited by: Ballu Saluja
Production company: Walt Disney Pictures, Aamir Khan Productions and UTV Motion Pictures
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios and Motion Pictures

Release dates: December 23, 2016



Story line: Mahavir Singh Phogat is a former champion wrestler. He is married to Shobha Kaur. Phogat's dream is to win a gold medal for India in wrestling. He is unable to do this. He promises that his son will do what he couldn't do. However, although he loves them dearly, Phogat is disappointed when Shobha gives birth to four daughters. He does not believe girls can wrestle well. However, when two of his daughters, Geeta and Babita, come home after beating up two boys, Phogat realises how wrong he has been and begins to train his daughters in wrestling. The film is the story of how Phogat trained his daughters to become professional wrestlers.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the directorNitesh Tiwari is an Indian film director who works in Bollywood Movies. He was born in India. He is well known for his movie Chillar Party released in 2011. Nitesh Tiwari is one of the most talented and respectable people in Indian film Industry.

Nitesh Tiwari first film name is Chillar Party released in 2011 as a film director. Some of the famous movies in which Nitesh Tiwari worked with Chillar Party (2011), Bhoothnath Returns (2014).


My “Gut Feel” and preview:

"A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts." —Nancy Rathburn

Dangle is all about women empowerment!!!

Dangle is a story of a Father who against all odds ensures her daugthers explores  highest potential  in the field of wrestling.  With Dangal’s story line there is a great potential to showcase an emotionally charged dramatic movie, which I believe Nitesh Tiwari able to deliver it convincingly.

With Dangal, everything seems to be in place. An awesome story, backed by brilliant director Nitesh Tiwari and production team.  Most importantly, with Aamir Khan around the scale has gone very high as Mr. perfectionist done a great job in justifying the real life character of Mahavir Singh Phogat.

Dangle is apt for both single screens and multiplex which would increase the chances of box office success and with year end euphoria in place, first week would set up a tone for the box office fate of Dangal.


With expectations of dramatic, engaging story and decent performances I am giving  “Dangal”  3.5 out of 5 stars, three days before the release.

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.