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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ugly

Casts: Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vipin Sharma
Banner: DAR Motion Pictures and Phantom Films
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Producer: Vivek Rangachari, Arun Rangachari, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena
Writers: Anurag Kashyap
Music: G V Prakash
Release Date: December, 26, 2014

Story line: Shalini (Tejaswini Kolhapure) is a middle-class housewife forced to stay at home by her second husband, police-chief Bose Shoumik (Ronit Roy). She considers suicide, and is about to shoot herself in the head with her husband’s gun when she is interrupted by her daughter, Kali (Anishika Shrivastava). Unaware of her mother’s activities moments earlier, Kali asks her mother to call her estranged father, Shalini’s ex-husband, Rahul (Rahul Bhatt). It’s a Saturday, and Kali’s day with her father as decided in the custody agreement from the divorce. Rahul, an aspiring actor struggling to make it big, comes to take her for a drive but ignores her in favor of phone calls made to try to further his career. Finally, Rahul leaves Kali alone in the car to go to an audition and to check in with his agent, Chaitanya (Vineet Kumar Singh). When he returns to the car, Kali is missing.
Rahul first searches for Kali through the police, Chaitanya in tow. The local police-captain, Jadhav (Girish Kulkarni), does not take Rahul seriously until he realizes that Kali is the stepdaughter of the police-chief. Bose, out of hatred for Rahul, orders Jadhav to accuse Rahul of the kidnapping and to torture both Rahul and Chaitanya to interrogate and punish them. A game of one-upmanship follows as Rahul and Bose search for Kali while simultaneously attempting to upstage the other.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Anurag Kashyap was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh,where his father Prakash Singh worked for the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation. He grew up in Gorakhpur. He did his early schooling in Green School Dehradun and, age eight onwards, at the Scindia School in Gwalior. Some of the locations used in Gangs of Wasseypur are also influenced from his own old house where he himself lived with his parents, sister Anubhuti Kashyap and brother, Abhinav Kashyap. Abhinav is also writer-director, while his sister Anubhuti has been his assistant in most of his films.
Due to Kashyap's desire to become a scientist, he went to Delhi for his higher studies and enrolled himself into a zoology course at the Hansraj College (University of Delhi); he graduated in 1993. During his college days, he started watching films again and also got involved with drugs and alcohol. He was confused and depressed and had joined a street theater group, Jana Natya Manch; he ended up doing a lot of street plays. The same year, a couple of friends introduced him to world cinema; they "urged [him] to catch a de Sica retrospective" at the International Film Festival of India. In ten days, he saw 55 films at the festival, and de Sica's Bicycle Thieves was the film that influenced him the most; watching it "was an epiphany


Facts And Figures:
·         Anurag Kashyap had initially intended for Ugly to release in mid to late 2013. The Indian Censor Board required a "Smoking is Injurious to Health" sign to be posted in the lower right corner of the frame whenever a character in the film is shown smoking. Kashyap fought this regulation stating " it's the Health Ministry that should take the responsibility of curbing use of tobacco and work towards measures to control it and films should not be a medium to advertise      non-smoking." For a while Kashyap stated that he was not going to release the film until the Board decided to get rid of the rule, but after several months of negotiations, Kashyap decided that he would release the movie with the "Smoking is Injurious to Health" sign while continuing to change the rule. It is now going to release on 26th December, 2014.
·         Movie’s running time is 128 minutes and budget is moderate which a good.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Anurag Kashyap is back with his kind of cinema which is dark and revolves around the complex human mindset and relationships. Ugly seems to be dark and do have its share of audience who watch and admire anurag kashyap’s movie’s consider them as a treat against typical big banner movies who are too conventional to digest these day but ironically still make a mark on box office  because of extensive marketing and renowned star cast.
Atleast anurag is honest in his offerings and consistent to his instincts. Ugly is no different as story line, screen play and narration seems to be fast paced with twist in the tale. I am expecting it to be a sensible movie backed buy few honest performances from lead star cast.

Timing of release of this movie is not right as Amir Khan’s PK is just released this weekend and it is expected to rule next weekend as well which possibly shadowed ugly


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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

PK

Casts: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt
Banner: Aamir Khan Productions
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Producer: Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Writers: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi
Music: Shantanu Moitra, Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale
Release Date: 19th December 2014

Story line:
 A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, P.K.'s innocent questions and childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting-go.
Rajkumar Hirani the director of this movie has stated that the film will be a satire on "God and godmen".

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Rajkumar Hirani (commonly known as Raju Hirani) was born on 20 November, 1962 in Nagpur to a Sindhi family. His father Suresh Hirani ran a typing institute in Nagpur. Hirani family migrated to India from Sindh during Partition of India when Suresh Hirani was 14-year-old. Rajkumar Hirani studied in St. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Rajkumar did not have enough marks to get admission in engineering and medical courses so he did his graduation in commerce.Hirani helped his father in his business but he wanted to be actor in Hindi films. In college days he was involved with Hindi theatre. Suresh got his son's photographs shot and packed him off to an acting school in Mumbai. But Raju could not blend in and returned to Nagpur after three days. His father then asked Raju to apply to the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, but the acting course had shut down by then and chances of admission to the directorial course looked slim as there were far too many applicants. So Raju opted for the editing course. He earned a scholarship, thereby reducing the load on his father's shoulders

Rajkumar Hirani's first directorial venture was Munnabhai MBBS (2003) which is considered a cult classic. Munnabhai MBBS not only broke all formulaic conventions associated with Bollywood films but also became a trend setter. Made on a budget of Rs. 100 million, it was a huge hit worldwide and took a distributor share of Rs. 250 million from the Indian market. His second directorial effort was Lage Raho Munnabhai which had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhism under Munna Bhai's notion of Gandhigiri. The film was generally well received by both critics and the mass audience and was a huge box office success.

His third film was the comedy 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani. The film was also very well received by the critics. 3 Idiots became the highest grosser in Indian cinema shattering all records across Indian and overseas markets.


Facts And Figures:
·         Film length is 2 hour 33 minutes.

·         A 26-day schedule of shooting of PK started in Delhi from 27 September 2013. When the shoot of the film was going on in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, an FIR was lodged against makers of the film for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in October 2013. The objection was regarding a scene in the film where a man dressed as the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva pulls the rickshaw with two burqa clad women as passengers.
·         The first poster came out on 31 July 2014. A motion poster was also released on the same day on YouTube. The poster sparked a controversy as it featured Aamir Khan posing almost nude with only a transistor covering his private parts. The poster was criticized for allegedly promoting obscenity. A PIL was filed in the court by the All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front to ban the release of the film. The Supreme Court dismissed the plea and gave the movie a green signal
·         Koimoi reports rumors of a satellite deal in which the satellite rights were sold for INR85 crore (US$14 million) if the domestic business reaches INR 300 crores domestic nett. The music rights were sold for INR15 crore (US$2.4 million)
·         The Box office critic are predicting that Pk in its first day will make a collection of 40 Crores INR on its opening day and it will collect more than 400 Crores as Lifetime box office collection.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Raju hirani brought back the characterization in hindi films after long time, beat the character of munna bhai, circuit, chatur ramalingum or viru sahastr budhi etc. His films are pure entertainment with evenly balanced screenplays presented in simplest way possible. In his three films as director he has offered stories with mass appeal which connected well with Indian audience, same seems to be the case with PK. 
PK appears to be bit experimental in nature as far its screenplay or story line is concerned however one this is clear that it would be holding the entertainment value backed by some interesting performances. Length of the movie is just over two and a half hour, I believe it should be shorten by 15 minutes as these day holding the attention of audience for this much long is a daunting task. 

Aamir khan is looking extraordinary in promos and anushka appearing refreshing. It has been observed off late that big banner films with superstars are low in the content still manage to do good business at box office resultant of high voltage marketing and extensive screening around festivals or holidays which practically do not do justice to the audience and can be considered as cheating as even being average movies they do wonderful business at box office. However this does not seems to be case with PK and as per my gut feel it would be a treat to audience and live up to the expectations. 


I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars, four days before the release.