Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Gabbar is Back

Casts: Akshay Kumar, Shruti Haasan, Suman Talwar, Jaideep Ahlawat
Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and SLB Films
Director: Krish (Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi)
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay: A. R. Murugadoss
Music: Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Manj Musik
Release Date: 1st  May  2015

Story line: Gabbar Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar) creates his own vigilante military network called the Anti-Corruption Force (ACF) that eliminates the most corrupt individuals, from all walks of life, in a systematic manner. As pressure builds on Police and Government to track down the man who masterminds these killings, Balbir Singh (Sonu Sood) is specially summoned to head the task. He is aided by Suryam (Prakash Raj) who, though being just a constable in the mammoth Police force, is compelled by his instincts to see through the underlying design.

This is one such story of a man remorselessly wronged by the establishment. One freak incident results in everything he held dear taken away from him. Predictably, the system doesn't seem to care - let alone resolve. That's when Ajay (AK) takes matters in his own hands. An underground vigilante army, a secret identity, an elaborate modus...all of these combined make a 'GABBAR' - a true hero, with dreadful villainous instincts.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: In 2008, Krish made his debut with Gamyam, starring Allari Naresh, Sharwanand, and Kamalinee Mukherjee. The film was produced by his father Jagarlamudi Saibaba along with his brother-in-law Bibo Srinivas, and his friend Rajeev Reddy who came forward after Krish vainly tried to convince many notable Telugu film producers. The film went on to become a big hit at the box office, and won several awards, including the Best Picture and Best Director prizes at the 2009 South Filmfare Award.

This blockbuster film was remade in Tamil as 'Kadalana Summa illa", in Kannada as "Savaari" and in Bengali as "Dui Prithbi".
Krish's next film, Vedam, released theatrically in June 2010. The film, starring Allu Arjun, Manoj Manchu, and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles, was the first multistarrer film in Telugu after more than a decade. It was well received by both critics and audiences, winning four major awards at the 58th Filmfare Awards South, with Krish receiving his second Filmfare Award for Best Director.
Vedam was also the second film to win all the four major awards (Best Movie, Best Director for Krish, Best Actor for Allu Arjun and Best Actress for Anushka Shetty), after Jeevana Jyothi in 1975 and had a good run at the box office as well.
Following the success of Vedam, Krish was signed to direct its Tamil remake, titled Vaanam, starring Silambarasan Rajendar, Bharath, and Anushka Shetty, reprising her role, in the main roles. Like its original version, Vaanam too released to critical acclaim. His latest film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum starring Rana Daggubati and Nayantara was blockbuster at the box office.

My “Gut Feel” and preview:
This film is a remake of the Tamil film Ramana directed by A. R. Murugadoss. It was later remade in Telugu as Tagore with Chiranjeevi in the lead and then in Kannada as Vishnu Sena with Vishnuvardhan in the lead role and unofficial remake in Bengali as Tiger. So practically has been tried and tested in south with story and screenplay which has been a critical and commercial success  down south.

I have no problems with remakes however it should be adapted aligned to the mass audience of that region. A great plot and story can go drastically wrong if showcased and presented in way which north Indian audience not able to relate even being Akshay kumar around in lead role.

Sanjay leela bhansali  teamed up with akshay kumar and Prabhu Deva  and delivered Rowdy Rathore which was a remake of remake of Telugu movie Vikramarkudu. Rowdy rathore was a hit however as I go by my gut feel, “Gabbar is back “  would disappoint both critics and audience.  Whole presentation is so down south oriented that I believe neither audience would able to relate to the narration nor with presentation of this movie.

Good part is that movie is just above 2 hours and fast paced which generally do work in south however as I checked the story line I am expecting it be a disappointing act for north India audience.

In spite being backed by big banner and Akshay kumar in lead role, a thumps down from my side for this movie and I would give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars, three days before the release.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mr. X

Casts: Emraan Hashmi, Amyra Dastur, Nora Fatehi
Banner: Vishesh Films, Fox Star Studios
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
Writer: Shagufta Rafique
Music: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly
Release Date: 17th April 2015

Story line: A young couple who are government officers dedicated to their jobs and the nation. They are impassioned about their work and each other.  All that changes in an instant in the face of a shocking betrayal which turns the tables on both of them. A potent solution to all of these crimes is discovered by the young man, in the form of invisibility, a condition that befalls the hero. The power of invisibility can be used to great good or can be corrupted to great evil; which does he choose? Especially when confronted with the one obstacle between achieving his goal and becoming all live without his love.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  At the age of 14, in 1982,Vikram Bhatt started his career with director Mukul Anand in Anand's first film, Kanoon Kya Karega. Bhatt also assisted Mukul Anand as the chief assistant on the sets of Agneepath. This film turned out to be a cult classic, though not very successful at the box office.

Subsequently, Bhatt worked with director Shekhar Kapur for two and a half years and later with director Mahesh Bhatt for two years. He has been an assistant director on the sets of several successful films including Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke and Junoon.

His career as a director began with the film Jaanam, which was produced by Mukesh Bhatt. His first four films did not fare well at the box office; his first successful directorial venture was Fareb. Following this, he had a string of successful films such as Ghulam, Kasoor, Raaz and Awara Paagal Deewana. After Awara Paagal Deewana , he once again entered a phase where his films did not perform well at the box office. However, in the same phase he did deliver moderately successful films like Deewane Huye Paagal and the semi-biopic Ankahee.

In 2008, Bhatt came back with the horror genre and he delivered three films that were successful at the box office; these include 1920. Shaapit and Haunted – 3D. In 2010, Bhatt introduced stereoscopic 3D for the first time in India with his film Haunted – 3D; the film was released in May 2011 and it then set the record of the highest grossing Hindi horror film of all time, making Rs. 270 million at the box office.

In 2012, Bhatt's Raaz 3D recorded domestic box office collection of 729 million after the 3rd weekend and the overseas collection was at 46 million. Riding high with the success, Bhatt is writing another horror-thriller for Bipasha in the central role, with a more shocking image than Raaz 3.Following the success of Raaz 3, Vikram Bhatt's written Hindi horror movie 1920: Evil Returns which has been directed by debutant Bhushan Patel topped the first weekend collection chart at the Box Office and the approximate collection was Rs 124.3 million nett.The movie further collected approx Rs 37.5 million nett in the second Weekend, taking the total to Rs 228.6 million nett. The film has been declared a 'Hit'.Soon after, Bhatt signed a deal with Bhushan Kumar's T-Series to produce 5 films of sci-fi, thriller and horror genre. Two of the films will be directed by Bhatt himself.

In early 2013, Bhatt announced his upcoming projects, Creature 3D, India's First 3D Monster Movie with Bipasha Basu in the lead role and 1920 London, third in the 1920 series.Vikram Bhatt will mark his foray into Marathi cinema with 'Ek Doosrey Ke Liye', which will be directed by Ashwini Kumar Patil.

My “Gut Feel” and preview:
While I got the first glimpse of  trailer of Mr X, I was thrilled to see the Vikram bhatt joining back with Vishesh Films where originally he belonged and gave decent films however by them time trailer got over, I got disappointed as it was not immersive. Now as I sat down to write the preview I checked it twice hoping my first instinct to go wrong however I got the same feeling where I found it rusty and monotonous.
Mr. X appears, not having the X factor of a typical Vishesh Films which promises to be low on budget, high on content with mind boggling sound tracks….  Vikram Bhatt lost his flair and this movie seems to be creation of an artist who is not at his best and put half hearted effort.
I have been a admirer of Vishesh Films and vikram’s films since my growing days however off late they seems to have lost the golden touch.

Thumps down from my side for Mr. X and I would give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars, five days before the release but ideally love to be proved wrong in this case