Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jai Ho

Casts: Salman Khan, Tabu, Danny Denzongpa.

Banner: Eros International, Sohail Khan Production

Director: Sohail Khan

Producer: Sohail Khan, Sunil Lulla

Writers: A. R. Murugadoss

Music: Sajid, Wajid  and  Amal Malik

Release Date: 24th Jan 2014

Story line:

 It is a remake of Telugu film Stalin starring Chiranjeevi in the lead role.
This movie is supposed to be a story of an ex-army officer who desires the people to be helpful to each other and tries to mold the same from his side. Jai, an upright common man is fighting a solitary war against corruption and injustice. Honest and incorruptible, he has made it his mission to help as many people as he can. His mantra is quite simple – help somebody and then request that person to lend a helping hand to somebody else – thus forming an ever growing circle of people helping each other. In a strange twist of fate, he finds himself pitted against a powerful politician and his vile family. Jai who is an ex army officer, will not shy away from a battle, however bloody it may get and firmly believes that you do not have to wear an uniform to serve your country. As the politician unleashes his violent goons on brave heart Jai, Geeta, Jai’s sister, realizes the horrific consequences this can have on her brother and the rest of their family. She persuades a reluctant Jai to make peace with the politician. But when this leads to humiliation being heaped on him, Jai loses his cool and declares all out war. It is an unequal war – on side stand the politician with his numerous henchmen and on one side is Jai – alone. But unknown to him, a silent revolution is taking place. The voiceless public, he has helped in the past, is gathering force. It finally has a voice and this voice cannot...will not be silenced because Jai Ho is the resounding sound of victory. Jai Ho is the warrior cry of someone determined to win at all cost.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Sohail Khan is from Bollywood's famous Khan family. His father Saleem Khan was a famous screenwriter. Actors Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan are his elder brothers. He has a strong connection with the Bollywood since his childhood. Sohail is a good director and actor. He was born on 20th December 1970 in Mumbai to Saleem Khan and Salma Khan (Sushila Charak). Bollywood's famous dancer Helen is his stepmother. Actor director Atul Agnihotri is his brother in law. He is married to Seema Sachdev and has two sons Nirvaan and Yohan (Aslam).
Sohail began his career as a film producer and director in the year 1997. He produced and directed the film 'Auzaar' starring Sanjay Kapoor and Salman Khan. Then he directed a hit film in 1998 'Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya' starring Salman Khan, Kajol and Arbaaz Khan. But his next film 'Hello Brother' could not do much at the box office. In the year 2002, he made 'Maine Dil tujhko Diya' which was declared as a flop. He essayed the lead role in the film. After that, he appeared in many films which were not successful. His first hit film is 'Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya' with his brother Salman Khan in a lead. His next release was 'Fight Club' in 2006 which performed poorly at the box office. He was next seen in 'Salaam-E-Ishq' which was average. He next produced 'Partner' starring Salman Khan and Govinda in a lead. The film was successful . Later in 2008, he was seen in 'Heroes' and 'Hello' both were average. Recently he was seen in 'Veer' with his brother Salman Khan.
Sohail's production house produces stage shows in India and overseas. He also produces music videos and Tv serial like Chehre Pe Chehra. Sohail also appears in one comedy reality show. He recently produced the film 'Ready' starring Asin Thottumkal and Salman Khan. The film was a box office success.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Jai ho seems to be an average movie but as usual salman’s presence add spice to it as it did to his all the films since wanted. He drives the movie on his star power, karisma, great screen presence, action and mass appeal.  One this which are really like and clicks in case of his movie is that you won’t find the vulgarity in his movies which pulls the families with kids in theater. Saying no to vulgarity is a daring act and deliberately keeping it away from his films is commendable.  Female leads have been presented very decently in his films which is rare these days.

Sohail as a director delivered some average movies in the past and his sensibility of cinema is good enough to deliver non complicated movie which most of the time misses an X factor which disallows a movies register as excellent performance base high voltage drama.
I appreciate the intention of this Khan family and value their contribution to new age hindi cinema. I hope this time  sohail pulled out a hard hitting entertainer with no dull and loss movement result of bad screenplay and poor narration.

As far as box office success is concern its evident that average movies with star power like shahrukh, salman, aamir and Hritik in place do manage to do decent business and people do come to watch them and films recover’s its cost in first week of the release.

  I hope this movie is prepared and presented intelligently however as  I go by my gut feel I am giving this movie 2.5 stars out of 5 stars, one day before the release.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dedh Ishqiya

Casts: Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit and huma Khan.

Banner: Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt Ltd, Shemaroo Entertainment.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj, Raman Maroo

Writer: Darab Farooqui

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Release Date: 10th January 2014

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Abhishek Chaubey was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh to Mr.Anand Mohan Chaubey and Sheela Chaubey. He spent his early childhood and adolescence in Jamshedpur, Patna and Ranchi. He completed his tenth standard from St. Xavier's School, Ranchi in the year 1 993, completed 12th from Siva Sivani Public School, Hyderabad in the year 1995, and then did his graduation in English literature from Hindu College, New Delhi in the year 1998. Moving to Mumbai, he did a course in Film & Television Production from Xavier Institute of Communications befor taking a headlong plunge in the world of hindi films.

Abhishek Chaubey started his career as an associate director and co-writer with film director, Vishal Bhardwaj, starting with Vishal's debut Makdee (2002). He went on to assist him in all his subsequent films, and most notably co-wrote Vishal's trendsetting Omkara (2006) based on Othello and Kaminey (2009).

Eventually, he debuted as a film director with Ishqiya (2010), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi, the film was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and won rave reviews for him.

Facts And Figures:

• The role of supporting actress first was offered to Asin Thottumkal but, she refused to work in a supporting role in Dedh Ishqiya and in one interview she said that she thought that her role is not very attractive so, she left the project. Kangana Ranaut then signed Dedh Ishqiya and said she was going to start shooting soon. But in December 2012 she opted out due to date issues. Huma Qureshi replaced Kangna Ranaut.

• Madhuri Dixit performed mujra to a song titled Apne Karar Mein.  Pandit Birju Maharaj choreographed the dance sequence for Madhuri Dixit for the film.

• In May 2013, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah shot an intimate scene with Madhuri Dixit.'Dedh Ishqiya' first look released on Oct 25, 2013. The trailer was released on 8th Nov, 2013

My Gut Feel and comments:

Abhishek Chaubey nurtured under supervision of vishal bhadwaj and his films are also reflection of vishal’s school of cinema which is in a way dark and semi commercial in presentation. I liked Abhishek’s directorial debut film ishqiya and found first half quite interesting however film lost the grip towards the end which deprived it off being a cult entertainer.  This time I am hoping that Abhishek has done the justice and came up with a tight gripped story and screenplay as he has been blessed with ace performers like Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit.  

Budget of this movie is moderate like any other movie of Vishal’s production house which increases the chances of recovering the money at box office.  Vishal’s movies never claimed to be masala entertainers with huge crowd pulling star cast which lead to its appeal to niche limited audience. Same seems to be case with Dedh Ishqiya.  I am expecting it to be a film with fast pacey first half and better overing then its prequel. Bring on optimistic side, I am giving this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, four days before the release.