Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tanu weds manu returns

Casts: Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan, Jimmy Shergill
Banner: Eros International
Director: Aanand L.Rai
Producer: Krishika Lulla, Aanand L.Rai
Writers: Himanshu Sharma
Music: Surjrdb-Rdb Rythm Dhol Bass, Krsna, Tanishk, Vayu
Release Date: 22nd May 2015

Story line: Plot: It's been four years since Tanu and Manu's eventful wedding and they're already feeling the seven year itch. Settled in London, their relationship is now as cold as the London winter. While Tanu expected her husband to be as flamboyant and star-like as Shahrukh Khan, Manu wanted a docile and peaceful wife. While Manu was regretting his marriage, his old friend Pappi was excited about his. Tanu and Manu decide to give their marriage one last chance on their trip to India for Pappi's wedding. After reaching Kanpur, Tanu immediately transitions to her old self. Her new neighbour Chintu becomes her partner-in-crime and visiting old boyfriends and bike rides with him become a daily affair. Her actions had successfully managed to give Kanpur a taste of America. The situation worsens when Manu, now in Delhi, starts falling for a Delhi University student, Datto who looks exactly like Tanu. Things keep aggravating in both the cities as Raja Awasthi, Tanu's ex-fiancee re-enters her life. So what happens next in their love story? Where does all this drama take them? Do they manage to work on their relationship? Does Pappi finally end up getting married to the love of his life or does his life get twisted as well? Take this roller coaster ride called marriage one more time with Tanu, Manu and Datto in this upcoming romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns. IS MANU - Still in love with Tanu? OR - Falling For Datto? OR - Looking for Tanu s reflection in Datto??? Tanu Weds Manu Returns Iss Baar Do Hain less.

Facts And Figures: Following the positive response to Tanu Weds Manu post release in February 2011, the team considered making a sequel to carry the story forward showing the next chapter of the couple's life. The lead couple Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut both announced their interest of being a part of a proposed sequel, months after the original's release.  In September 2011, Sunil Lulla of Eros International announced that they had signed on director Anand L. Rai to work on a second part of the film titled Tanu Weds Manu: Season 2. Early reports claimed that the lead actors would be seen in dual roles, while it was also speculated that Shahid Kapoor may replace Madhavan in the lead role.  In January 2012, the project was postponed to allow Anand Rai to proceed with another venture Raanjhanaa (2013), while the makers also wanted Ranaut to finish her commitments with Krrish 3 (2013) as the sequel demanded a different look.

Following the release and success of Raanjhanaa in July 2013, Anand Rai confirmed that the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu was still active and would feature the original cast in the leading roles, playing down reports that Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma were to replace them. Screenwriter Himanshu Sharma began working on the film in July 2013 and revealed that only the first ten minutes would have a London backdrop, before the story returns to Lucknow, Kanpur and Delhi. He went on to confirm the working title, though added it potentially may also be known as Tanu Weds Manu Extra Large. Pre-production continued through late 2013, with Ranaut's two-month trip to the USA delaying the start of the shoot in early 2014. She later confirmed that she would play a dual role in the film, that of an athlete apart from Tanu, and the team scouted for a body double to be used in scenes featuring both characters. Dhanush, who had worked in Raanjhanaa, was revealed to be playing a cameo appearance in the film.

The team began filming in October 2014 in Lucknow, after a small launch ceremony. The first motion poster of the film was released on 23 March 2015 on the birthday of the leading actress, Kangana Ranaut at a special event in Delhi.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Aanand L. Rai started his career as an engineer, but soon left it and shifted to Mumbai where he started assisting his elder brother television director Ravi Rai in television series, later he started directing his own shows. Eventually he made his directorial debut with psychological thriller, Strangers starring Jimmy Shergill, based on 1951 Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train. This was followed by Thodi Life Thoda Magic (2008) starring Parmeet Sethi. However, he achieved success with 2011 romantic hit film Tanu Weds Manu starring Kangana Ranaut. In 2013, he directed Raanjhanaa which was actor Dhanush in his Bollywood debut, Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor.

My Gut Feel and comments:
I liked the last two films directed by Aanand L. Rai both Tanu weds manu and ranjhanaa. One thin was common in both that they had very interesting realistic characters, simple story lines and great mass appeal. This time Aanand L.Rai is one of the producer of the film. This is a dangerous sign as creative director going to production most of the time  deviate their attention and they try too hard too play safe which is not a good sign as far a creative freedom is concern,
Last week’s release Bombay velvet was a classic example , as Anurag got the resources in abundance in terms of massive budget and up beat star cast he did’t managed to live up to the expectation of his follower audiences and created a mess out of it.

One this is clear that Tanu weds manu wont have the charisma of part one however overall still seems to be a onetime watch and a masala entertainer.

3 stars out of 5, one day before the release from my side and a thumps up.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bombay Velvet

Casts: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Kay Kay Menon
Banner: Fox Star Studios, Phantom Productions
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Producer: Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl
Writers: Anurag Kashyap, S.Thanikachalam, Vasan Bala, Gyan Prakash
Music: Amit Trivedi, Mikey Mccleary
Release Date: 15th May 2015

Story line: Bombay Velvet movie is based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, a story of how the city of Mumbai became a metropolis against the backdrop of love, greed, violence and jazz music.
It is the story of one ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a 'Big Shot'. A film about jazz clubs, a passionate love story, a growing metropolis and a phenomenal hunger for a good life. Its the story of how one man's Dream becomes every man's Nightmare

 Facts And Figures:
·         Film is based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables. Set in Bombay of the 1960s. Prakash is also one of the scriptwriter's for the film.
·         Bombay Velvet was initially to be produced by Viacom18 but Fox Star Studios decided to co-produce it with Phantom Films
·         The first schedule of Bombay Velvet started in the third week of July 2013 and continued till the first week of September 2013.The first schedule was shot at Sri Lanka's Ranmihitenna Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park, Hambantota. Filming was also done in Colombo, Galle and Pasikudah. The second schedule was also in Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park, Sri Lanka, where Sharma and Kapoor rejoined the filming in February. The second schedule completed in March. Parts of the set was left at the National Tele Cinema Park, rather than being dismantled, as it will be used as a tourist attraction site. The third and final schedule was in Mumbai where shooting was held for a 10-day period.
·         Film length is 2 hours, 19 minutes and movie budget is Rs 80 crore.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. He has received acclaim for his often realistic films and backing numerous small projects with newcomers. For his contributions to film, the Government of France has awarded him the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2013.

After writing few news paper articles and a television serial, Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya and made his directorial debut with Paanch, which is yet unreleased regarding censorship issues. He then directed Black Friday (2004), a film based on the book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Its release was held up for two years by the Central Board of Film Certification because of the pending verdict of the case at that time, but was released on 2007 to widespread critical appreciation. Kashyap's followup, No Smoking (2007) met with negative reviews and performed poorly at the box-office, but has since garnered a cult following. His next venture was Dev.D (2009), which was well received both critically and commercially. Followed by Gulaal (2009) and the more offbeat thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011). both films received critical acclaim. His prominence increased with the two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and Part 2 (2012). His next films were Bombay Talkies (2013) and Ugly (2014), all of which screened at the Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight section.

Apart from Film making, Kashyap also currently serves as the Member of board of Mumbai-based NGO, Aangan, which helps protect vulnerable children around India.He is the founder of two film production companies, Anurag Kashyap Films, which is run by Guneet Monga. Along with Phantom Films with partnership from director's Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena.

My Gut Feel and comments:
This is one of those movie where I am finding it tough to pen down my thought and gut feel as going by face value it looks like an exciting movie however as I reconcile  it with kind of cinema we associate Anurag Kashyap there is a distinction. I associate Anurag with low budget realistic dark cinema which still holds a sensibility which restricted to its target audience however suddenly in case of Bombay velvet he has been equipped with big banner, big budget, renowned star cast and larger than life canvas which we could associate with Karan Johar however not with Anurag Kashyap, and this is my dilemma. It’s my closed observation that whenever abundant resources given to creative people like Anurag they failed miserably however I don’t want Bombay velvet to end up in that league and hoping it to be a great entertainer. It happened with Tigmanshu Dhulia in case of bullet raja where he got the best of the resources however he delivered a below average film.
Film’s story line reminds of Shree 420 where a dreamer dangled in his own created web world.

Star cast is impressive and brining 1960’s Bombay live, that to in Sri Lanka is remarkable. With Piku releasing one week before and Tanu weds manu returns releasing next week of Bombay velvet’s release , on ground it’s going to get tough competition as far as registering commercial success at box office. 

Keeping my figures crossed and hoping all my doubts would turn untrue and film would prove to be an entertainer, I am giving this movie 3.5 star out of 5, eight days before the release and thumps up from my side.

Monday, May 4, 2015


Casts: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Jishu Sengupta
Banner: MSM Motion Pictures, Saraswati Entertainment, Rising Sun Films
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Producer: Ronnie Lahiri, N P Singh, Sneha Rajani
Writers: Juhi Chaturvedi
Music: Juhi Chaturvedi
Release Date: 8th May 2015
Story line: PIKU is a quirky roller coaster ride of a crazy father-daughter relationship essayed by Amitabh and Deepika, along with Irrfan in a pivotal author backed role.

A cab driver (Irrfan Khan) is caught between a dysfunctional father (Amitabh Bachchan) and daughter (Deepika Padukone) as he drives them to Calcutta. Piku is a quirky roller coaster ride of a crazy father-daughter relationship essayed by Amitabh and Deepika, along with Irrfan in a pivotal author backed role.

Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a working girl in a cosmopolitan city. An architect by profession, she is a simple, Independent and strong girl from Delhi. She is grounded and rooted to what matters most - family... and in this case, her father, who she looks after.
Piku is the kind of girl who doesn't shy away from responsibilities. The film takes audiences through the ups and downs and everyday problems she faces with her father.
Baba - Bhaskhor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) is Piku's father. He is retired and spends most of his time obsessing about age-related issues.
He is stubborn, dramatic and comes with his own set of problems... he has very specific, but unconventional, likes and dislikes and fixed ideologies. He is not a man who enjoys socializing. Baba is not the hero here, but the film takes a look into his household.
Rana - He (Irrfan Khan) is the outsider who has nothing to do with the Banerjee family but gets entangled with them and all their drama.
He is the owner of a taxi service, who comes with his own quota of problems and then happens to get some more, when he finds himself entangled in the Banerjee family. Things take a funny turn once Rana gets involed with the family.
When Bhashkor emotionally blackmails Piku to take a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata, the owner of the local cab service Rana (Irrfan Khan) has no choice but to drive them personally since none of his drivers are willing to endure Piku or her eccentric father.
During this undesired road trip they learn to deal with each other's moods and idiosyncrasies and it reveals more than Bhashkor's bathroom habits.
What follows is a heady mix of motion, emotion & commotion which culminates as Piku and Bhaskhor return to their roots in Kolkata, giving us an insight into the father daughter relationship where Bhaskor's irritating yet endearing demeanour and Piku's equally headstrong nature may always be at loggerheads but this seemingly dysfunctional relationship is bonded by an understated and an unconditional love that leaves you wanting more.

Facts And Figures: Principal photography for Piku began in August 2014, when shooting of the film's first schedule took off in Kolkata. The first schedule for Piku was also filmed in Delhi and Mumbai and included filming of indoor scenes. The second schedule of filming started on 30 October 2014 in Kolkata and took place mostly in the north part of the city. Specifically, shooting for the film took place at the iconic Howrah Bridge in the city's Shyambazar neighbourhood and at Bishop Lefroy Road, the residence of Satyajit Ray.  During the shooting at Howrah Bridge, Bachchan was seen cycling around the city streets dressed as his character. The Kolkata schedule was completed on 18 November 2014 and shooting has now shifted to Delhi and Patdi Near Surendranagar in Gujarat. Shooting in Delhi took place at Gurgaon cyber hub and city club where Padukone and Khan were seen filming for the film. The film was wrapped up after its last schedule being shot in Varanasi. Both Padukone and Khan shot on the ghats of Banaras under chilly conditions and also attracted a crowd on the ghats of Banaras
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Shoojit Sircar is an Indian film director and producer. He directed Yahaan (2005), Vicky Donor (2012) and Madras Cafe (2013) and produced Aparajita Tumi (2012).He won the National Film Awards for Vicky Donor in Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment category,shared with John Abraham. He won the Indian Competition Special Jury Award at Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in 2005 for Yahaan.  He is now making a documentary film on Amitabh Bachchan. He is associated with Rising Sun Films and has made television commercials for Saffola, 2G, Apsara Pencils, Fair & Lovely, Maruti WagonR, Cadbury, Dove and many other brands.
He is known for making independent films. Aparajita Tumi is an adapted screenplay from Sunil Gangopadhyay's Dui Naari Haathey Torobaari. His 2012 Vicky Donor was grand box office success, earning 13.40 crore INR in the opening weekend. Sircar's Shoebite went into production in 2012 but was cancelled. He directed Madras Cafe released on 23 August 2013.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Plot of this movie is fresh and story seems to be engaging. Promos are depicting an honest effort by the creative team. It appears to be a realistic film maintaining entertainment spark.
Star cast is impressive and film should connect with the audience from the very first frame. Film has been promoted intensively and should lead to commercial gain.  Shoojit Sircar teamed up with Juhi Chaturvedi in the past as well and delivered good work. Whole presentation of the movie is quite interesting and lead actors Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan are looking brilliant.  Length of the movie is 2 hour 15 minutes which could have been reduced by 15 mins as chances of screenplay going bit slow in second half is a possibility which I am hoping and keeping figure crossed ,  will not be the case with Piku.

With an interesting simple plot and promising performances I am bound to give these movie 3.5 stars out of 5, four days before the release and thumps up from my side.