Saturday, February 22, 2014

Shaadi ke side effects

Casts: Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar, Vir Das
Banner: Pritish Nandy Communications, Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Producer: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Pritish Nandy, Rangita Pritish Nandy
Writers: Saket Chaudhary
Music: Pritam Chakraborty and Mikey McCleary
Release Date: 28th Feb 2014

Story line:  On the primary, the flick is a sequel to the famous rom-com 'Pyaar Ke Side Effects'. A modern girl gets hitched to a typical bong guy. All goes well at the beginning, later depicts pain showcasing side effects caused by the sweet drug called 'marriage'.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Saket Chaudhary originally wanted to be an engineer, but changed his focus to mass communication when he attended the University of Pune. After graduation he wrote various television series and worked as assistant director to Aziz Mirza on Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. Santosh Sivan was the cinematographer and offered Chaudhary a chance to help him write the screenplay for his upcoming film Asoka.
Chaudhary ventured into direction himself after seeing Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai. The film inspired him to pen the screenplay for his directorial debut Pyaar Ke Side Effects which became a surprise success in the multiplexes

My Gut Feel and comments:
Pyaar ke side effects was hilarious. The movie with unexpected casting of rahul bose and malika sherwat has done wonders lead by simple but effective screenplay and narration by Saket Chaudhary.This time director again casted unique pair of Farhan Akhtar and Vidhya Balan whom are intelligent performance and brings substance on screen with their sincere performances.
I am expecting a light hearted comedy with apt performances from lead actors supported well by vir das who has already proved his mettle in Delhi Belly.  I am sure first half would be swift and pacey however sensing in a way dragged second half. Over all I am sure this movie would be a onetime watch and would not be an out and out let downer.

First quarter of the New Year seems to be a dull year even good movies like highway and Hasee Toh Phasee are not able to make deserving noise at the box office which seems to be a case with shadi ke side effect as well.
The film is scheduled for release on 28 February 2014 which is also the date of India cricket team encounter with Sri lanka in Asia cup. In trade experts opinion Asia cup being played during the first week of movies release is going to effect the movies business specially match with Pakistan on first weekends Sunday is going to affect movies business.

I am giving this movie 3 stars out of 5 stars, four day before the release.


Sunday, February 16, 2014


Casts: Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt.
Banner: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Utv Motion Pictures, Window Seat Films
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Producer: Imtiaz Ali, Sajid Nadiadwala
Writers: Imtiaz Ali
Music: A R Rahman
Release Date: 21st Feb 2014

Story line: A young city girl, full of life, is on the highway at night with her fiancĂ©. They are about to get married in four days. Suddenly, her life is swung away from the brocade and jewelery of marriage to the harsh brutality of abduction. She is taken away by this group of rustic criminals, where her life will never be the same again.
The same night, the gang is in panic. The girl is a big industrialist's daughter. His links in the corridors of power make ransom out of the question. They are doomed. But the leader (Randeep Hooda) of this group is adamant. For him sending her back is not an option, and thus he will do whatever it takes to see this through.
Days are passed, and these are the days of unbelievable horror for her. But, as the truck runs and miles turn, as the scenery changes, the light also changes, as the sun sets and rises, the air as well changes, and she feels that she has changed as well.
Gradually, a strange bond begins to develop between the victim and the oppressor. It is in this captivity that she, for the first time in her life, feels free. But they are not made for each other. She does not want to return to where she came from. She does not want to reach where he is taking her. She only wishes this journey to never end.

Maybe the Highway will not really change her, but she will go on with her life like everyone else. Maybe this feeling is just a passing phase, or maybe not.

In an interview with The Telegraph, director Imtiaz Ali stated, "Highway has been a story that has stayed with me for 15 years. There was something in it that did'n't die. Usually you lose interest in a story beyond a certain point. But with Highway, there was something very subtle, yet something very influential". On the story he added, "Some years ago, I made a half-hour episode for a TV series (1999 for Zee TV's Rishtey starring Aditya Srivastava and Kartika Rane) and that's where I first got a hint for this story. And over time, it changed form and genres until I just gave up. And then it all settled down to this journey of two characters. As for the central female lead, I thought I would cast someone with some experience of life, someone who had probably been through some relationships.While penning the script he stated he had to change many scenes of the film because he felt they were becoming too similar to his previous film, Jab We Met. He claimed the film to be his first digital film.In the April 2013 interview with the same, he said the film is primarily the story of two characters from very different backgrounds— played by Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt—who take the road trip across six states in a truck. Further, Ali told that he had thought of making Highway in various ways. At an instant he thought of making it a very big action film later he thought of scripting it in a very romantic way; some 12 years back, he drew romantic instances from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. He added, "The film is about the discovery of yourself while traveling. It’s a coming-of-age movie." Prior to shooting he didn't complete scripting for the film and the script got ready after the shooting of the scenes because the dialogues were decided on the spot.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Imtiaz Ali (born 16 June 1971) is an Indian film director, actor and writer.
In an interview with the Times of India he talks about his his childhood days in Jamshedpur and his early influences.
My parents were still in Patna but I, along with my brother Arif, joined mid-term and stayed with my aunt at Karim Mansion (an old well-known building in Jamshedpur, where they had three cinema theatres, two of which were attached to the house). Even when I went to sleep, I had the sound of cinema in the background and since we lived there, I could go there whenever I wanted even though I was not allowed to. I had made friends with the projectionist and would see him changing reels and call him from his bidi break if the reel stopped in between. I was not studying and I failed. I was so self-conscious after that and for the first three days, I could just not go back to school. This whole embarrassment of failing and craning my neck down and avoiding my friends who had become my seniors, was difficult. Even though I had failed, my father never made me feel worse and was only there to always encourage me. It's after that, that I started applying myself and excelled in studies and sports and started doing theatre

Imtiaz began his career directing TV programs including kurukshetra for Zee TV and Imtehaan for Star Plus.He later moved on to Bollywood films. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with the film Socha Na Tha starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. Despite its box office failure, the film won critical acclaim.

 His second film, Jab We Met, starred then real-life couple Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and became his first box office success. His movie Love Aaj Kal starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, and emerged as his biggest commercial success to date. Ali's latest film Rockstar has also done well at the box office despite mixed reviews.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Movie budget is Rs 40 crore and running time is 2 hours 13 minutes. Promos reveals the plot in way and looks like to be a conventional story similar to which we have seen in the past as well however it’s the story telling art of  Imtiaz Ali which would make the difference. I watched student of the year and never though that Ali bhatt would be presented so effectively in her second movie itself. As a captain of a ship a director plays an important role and is the most influential person on board who can sail the ship to success which seems to be a case with Highway. On top of it tunes of A.R. Rehman doing the wonders which has been choreographed well on Indian highways. Imitaz is a sensitive story teller and present his movies very well.
I am getting a positive vibes from this movie although star cast is unconventional so I would not able to comment on box office success however I am sure highway is a good movie and will appeal to both masses and classes.

I am giving this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, four days before the release.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


Casts: Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra.

Banner: Yash Raj Films

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Producer: Aditya Chopra

Writers: Ali Abbas Zafar

Music: Sohail Sen

Release Date: 14th Feb 2014

Story line:

 When they ran to save their lives for the first time, they were mere 12-year-old boys, and the world called them ‘refugees’. The war of 1971 gave birth to a new country – Bangladesh. It also gave birth to two young orphans – Bikram and Bala. They witnessed the war and its aftermath, where the world tried to trample over them. Fighting for survival, they clung to each other and escaped to Calcutta. Before they knew the world, they knew each other. Such was their bond, such was their friendship. Each time they sought new beginnings, each time they would rise, the world would crush them down. So, they fought again… and again. Together they were unbeatable. They were unstoppable. They were inseparable. In the years that passed, Bikram and Bala, became Calcutta’s most loved, most celebrated, most reckless, most fearless and most powerful GUNDAY!

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Ali Abbas Zafar is a film director, screenwriter, actor, art director, He is well known for directing Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.Zafar grew up in Dehradun, and later while studying in Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, he worked part-time in film Amu (2005).

Thereafter he shifted to Mumbai and started working with Yash Raj Films, where he worked as an assistant director under directors like Sanjay Gadhvi and Vijay Krishna Acharya.

Zafar made his debut as a director with the YRF hit Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) which starred Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Ali Zafar in the lead roles.

Facts And Figures:

                    Bappi Lahiri worked with Yash Raj Films for the first time for this movie.

                    Actor Irrfan Khan was selected for the role of an Intelligence agent in the film where Khan stated "I will be playing a 'larger than life' character in the film". Later, actor Sushant Singh was hired for a cameo role in the film.

  • The film will also be released in Bengali with a full Bengali soundtrack also composed by Sohail Sen.

                    This will also be the first Indian film to have its trailer premier at the Dubai International Film Festival.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Film is set up in 1970 and that era seems to be well captured on celluloid. Both Ranveer and Arjun are looking great in promos. With yash raj banner’s backing the whole canvas looking vibrant with extravagant sets and action sequences.

As I go by the promos it looks like that first half of the movie is dedicated to die heart friendship of two main lead of the film and then due to some twist in the tale they went against each other by second half because of the common love interest that is Priyanka chopra.  In case of “once upon a time in Mumbai dobbara” there was a similar plot which I predicted as a main backdrop of the screenplay however comparing both I am sure this track must have handled well in Gunday as compare to “once upon a time in Mumbai dobbara”

I am sensing some flaws in the script and screen play would deprive this movie to be a cult of hindi cinema in the league of gangster base movies which we have witnessed in last two decades.

 I am giving this movie 3 stars out of 5 stars, one day before the release.