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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Talvar

Director: Meghna Gulzar
Producer: Vineet Jain, Vishal Bhardwaj
Writer: Vishal Bhardwaj
Screenplay: Vishal Bhardwaj
Based on: Noida double murder case
Starring    : Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Sharma
Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Cinematography: Pankaj Kumar
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production companies:  Junglee Pictures, VB Pictures and Mirchi Movies Limited
Release date: 2 October 2015
Running time: 132 minutes

Story line: The film is based on a 2008 murder case in Noida, in which 14-year old Aarushi Talwar was found murdered at her home. The family's missing 45-year old servant Hemraj was initially sought for the murder, until his dead body was discovered in another part of the building on the following day. The police first suspected Aarushi's parents, Rajesh and Nupur, for the murders. They theorized that Rajesh had murdered the two after finding them in an "objectionable" position, or because Rajesh's alleged extra-marital affair had led to his blackmail by Hemraj and a confrontation with Aarushi. The case was then handed over to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team led by Arun Kumar, who exonerated the parents, and identified another group of suspects, based on narco tests. The new suspects included a compounder who worked at the Talwars' clinic and two domestic servants who worked in the neighbourhood. However, these suspects were not charged due to insufficient evidence. After Arun Kumar's tenure at CBI ended, the case was transferred to a new CBI team. The new team's investigating officer AGL Kaul believed the parents to be guilty, but his superiors Nilabh Kishore and Javed Ahmed considered the evidence to be insufficient. In its 2010 closure report, the new CBI team identified Rajesh Talwar as the sole suspect, but recommended closing the case due to critical gaps in the evidence. However, a court rejected the recommendation, and initiated proceedings against the Talwars. In 2013, the parents were convicted based on circumstantial evidence, and remain imprisoned, while their appeal is pending before a higher court.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Meghna started her writing journey as a freelance writer for The Times of India and the NFDC publication Cinema in India. Her poems have been published in anthologies of the Poetry Society of India. After completing her graduation in Sociology, Meghna worked with noted filmmaker Saeed Akhtar Mirza as an assistant director. In 1995, she went on to do a short course in filmmaking from the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, New York. Upon her return, she joined her father writer - director Gulzar, as an assistant on his notable films Maachis and Hu Tu Tu. Meghna simultaneously began scripting her own film along with directing documentaries for Doordarshan and music videos for several music albums.

She directed her first film “Filhaal” in 2002, starring Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen and Tabu. Her second movie was “Just Married” in 2007. She also directed a short film "Pooranmasi" for Sanjay Gupta's Dus Kahaniyaan starring Amrita Singh.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Going by the trailer, it appears that a real life case which was highly talked about and was extremely sensitive in nature has been captured skillfully on reel. Creative time seems to have done justice to the plot, where scope of deviating from facts and figures was limited.

It looks as if, Vishal Bhardwaj and Meghna Gulzar have done all the required ground work related to the “Noida double murder case” while making this movie. They have handled the subject well and have presented it with great conviction.

Both Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma are established actors and other supporting casts also seems to have done justice to their roles. In addition to this, length of the movie is 2 hours 12 minutes which, boosts the chances of keeping the audience engaged throughout the movie. I am hoping movie will live up to the expectations and would be a treat to watch for audience coming extended weekend.
Going by my faith in Vishal Bhardwaj, Meghna Gulzar and other creative team members involved in the making of this film, I am giving it 3.5 stars out 5, one day before its release date.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Calendar Girls

Casts: Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi , Kyra Dutt, Ruhi Singh, Satarupa Pyne
Banner: Mangal Murti Films PVT. LTD., Bhandarkar Entertainment
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Producer: Sangeeta Ahir and Madhur Bhandarkar
Writers: Madhur Bhandarkar
Music: Meet Bros Anjjan and Amaal Mallik
Release Date: 25th September 2015
Story line: The film focuses on five girls who hail from different regions of India, and who have been selected to pose for the country's most prestigious annual calendar which is a joint effort between business tycoon Rishabh Kukreja and his photographer friend Timmy Sen. Suhel Seth and Ronit Roy have also played significant role in 'Calendar Girls'. Five new actresses are making their debut in Hindi film industry with 'Calendar Girls'.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Madhur Bhandarkar is an Indian film director, script writer, and producer. He made his directorial debut with Trishakti.
Madhur Bhandarkar worked as a video cassette delivery boy in Khar, a suburb of Mumbai and delivered video cassettes on bicycle. This gave him access to a large collection of movies and he studied film-making through it.

After working with many film-makers, he made his directorial debut with Trishakti which took more than three years to make and released in 1999. The film had a relatively low key cast and was largely ignored at the box office. After two years he directed Chandni Bar (2001) starring Tabu with a budget of Rs 15 million. The film was critically acclaimed and a box office success, which took Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in Bollywood. He received his first National Award for this film and thereon won National awards for his films Page-3 and Traffic Signal. His movie Fashion (2008) also won National Awards for Best Actress (Priyanka Chopra) and for Best Supporting Actress (Kangana Ranaut). He is known to create realistic films that receive critical acclaim and box office success.
Madhur was awarded the Gangasharan Singh Award (2009) by the HRD Ministry of India; this Presidential Award was given to him for his contribution to Hindi Cinema. Madhur was then conferred PL Deshpande Award a.k.a. Zenith Asia Award for significantly shaping the film making culture in his unique works and he has been described as ‘the Film Maker of the First Decade of the 21st Century’.

The National Film Archive of India preserved Bhandarkar’s films- Chandni Bar, Page-3, Corporate, Traffic Signal, Fashion and Jail- in the Government’s Archival data for Indian Films.
Recently, he received the Raj Kapoor Smriti Award (2014) by the Government of Maharashtra for excellent contribution to Indian Cinema.
In July 2015, Madhur received the TSR TV9 Award for “Bollywood Creative Film Maker”.

My Gut Feel and comments:

“Calendar Girls” seems no different from previous Madhur Bhandarkar directed films. It is stamped with his way of  story telling.
Madhur’s last few offerings “Heroine”, “Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji” and “Jail” were average movies as they lacked the punch and ex-factor as compared to his earlier movies such as “Page 3”,”Ccorporate” and “Chandani Bar”. Or one can also say that his earlier movies brought an innovating, refreshing style of  storytelling and subjects for the Bollywood audiences. However over the time it has started to appear monotonous and cyclic is nature to the audience. It’s about time for Madhur to evolve as a director and start experimenting with new subjects and more interesting narrations.

One fact that stands out for Madhur is that apart from one or two movies, all his movies managed to recover the cost at box office or have done profitable business. Reason for the same appears to be his business sensibility to keep low budget for all his creations.

I assumed that his last two offerings “Heroine” and “Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji” were flop however during my research on him I discovered that actually “Heroine” was budgeted at 23crore and did box office collection of 44 Crore’s apart from satellite rights and other means. Similarly “Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji” was budgeted 22 Crore and managed to earn 31 crore at box office.

Similar to  Mahesh Bhatt camp, Madhur puts deliberate efforts in keeping the production cost low. His concentration is more on the content of the movie, which leads to higher chances of them into commercially viable projects.

“Calendar Girls” is no different. Going by facts mentioned by Madhur in his recent interview, production cost of “Calendar Girls”  is 9 crore. I am sure in today’s scenario of multiple screens , extensive promotions and on top of it extended weekend owing to holiday this Friday, there is a higher chance for it to do decent box office business.

I am giving this movie 2.5 stars out of 5, one day before the release going by my instincts about this movie.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Katti Batti


Director : Nikhil Advani

Producer : Siddharth Roy Kapur and Nikhil Advani

Writer : Anshul Singhal

Star Cast : Imran Khan, Kangana Ranaut

Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Studio : UTV Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment

Release Date: September 18, 2015




Story line: Katti Batti is an anti-love story starring Imran Khan as Madhav Kabra (Maddy) & Kangana Ranaut as Payal. Maddy is an architect who is love with Payal because of her attitude towards life. The story revolves around Maddy & Payal's live-in relationship for 5 years until a sudden turn of events when Payal leaves Maddy mid-way!

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Nikhil went on to direct his first film under Dharma Productions, titled Kal Ho Naa Ho starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan. The film was one of the biggest hits of 2003 and firmly established him as a director. The film won six Filmfare awards.

Nikhil decided to make his next film and announced that the title of the film would be Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. The film has a huge star cast: Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan, Vidya Balan, John Abraham, Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Anil Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Shannon Esra and Anjana Sukhani. The film was produced by Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja and Chetan Motiwalla and released on 25 January 2007 to mixed reviews.

His next film Chandni Chowk To China, starring Akshay Kumar was released on January 2009, but was a major disappointment. Even though Chandni Chowk To China has disappointed, Nikhil has announced that he will again work with the film's lead star Akshay Kumar. Patiala House is the title of this film, and it also stars actress Anushka Sharma as the female lead. Shooting began in December 2009, and it was released in 2011. The movie also opened commercially in New York
He has directed India's first stereoscopic 3D animation film, Delhi Safari, for which he also wrote the original story. The film was released in October 2012
After the release of Patiala House in 2011, Nikhil Advani partnered with Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani to form Emmay Entertainment, a motion picture production company. Emmay Entertainment first production was D-Day (2013 movie), a film directed by Nikhil, in association with DAR Motion Pictures, which was released on 19 July 2013.

My “Gut Feel” and preview:
To be honest I am in dilemma after watching the trailer of the movie.
I had watched the promo over and over again in last two days, watched the interview of lead stars and director to read between the lines and make out the distinction of this movie from being an average 2.5 stars to a decent 3 stars out of 5.

 I found its trailer being intelligently edited and presented which is good enough to create curiosity with urban multiplex audience. Imran is looking conventional however Kangana is looking fresh and vibrant, overall a good paring.
Going by the screen play this movie seems to hold few entertaining moments for audience however I am in doubt that it would be able to maintain the excitement among the audiences throughout the movie.

Nikhil’s last week’s release “Hero” despite being a below average movie, managed to recover the cost of production because of low budget and extensive promotions backing from Salman’s production house. Budget of “Katti Batti” is also moderate around 28 crore, running time is 2 hours 15 minutes which is good and on top of it Kangana’s presence will surely increase the chance of movie doing decent run at box office.

As far as allocating stars to this movie goes, I am not sure of giving it 2.5 stars or 3 however going with my gut feel I am sticking to 2.5 stars out of 5 stars, one day before the release.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

FORGOTTEN VOICES, UNFORGETTABLE MELODIES 


 I always believed that the music that touches the soul and evokes deepest emotions of a human being is what lingers on in its true spirit even after decades. Now music in itself is a combination of lot of ingredients, such as lyrics, composition, sounds, instruments, vocals, etc. Most of the times it’s the combination of all that works, however one cannot deny the importance of the “voice” that eventually tickles the soul. Music or no music, a beautiful voice never fails to create its magic.
Since the time I had watched Aashiqui 2, which was the sequel to the 1990 musical blockbuster Aashiqui, a question has been chasing a logical answer for it in my brain. Question is how come a successful singer gives into his addition to alcohol and is unable to fight his way back to his glory? How come he himself believes that he is a failure and cannot sing anymore? For me a good singer is a good singer irrespective of his age. We have live testimony of that in Lata jiAsha Bhosle and many more.
I understand voice does lose its control a bit over the years; however it’s not like cricket or any other sport where age and physical fitness has a major role to play.
So to resolve this mystery I decided to do some research. Immediately my thought went on to few play back singers whom I admired during 80’s and 90’s, however I rarely heard them in the recent movies. One of those voices that instantaneously crossed my mind was Kumar Shanu. He was one of the play back singer who had ruled 90’s male play back singing and had seen huge success.
 
Kumar Sanu getting the Padma Shri award in 2009.
He holds the Guinness Book world record for recording the maximum number of songs in a day, which are 28. For good one decade from 1990 to 2000 he was the voice king who ruled the Bollywood male playback singing. He had won the best male playback singer film fare award for 5 times. He was recently heard in “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” after a long time in one solo song “Tu” and one duet song “Dard Karaara” which was indeed a refreshing experience.
One who ruled the music industry in 90’s was given a tribute through Dum Laga Ke Haisha. In his recent interview’s he talked about the changing industry, music lobbies and why he won’t change. When he was questioned, “You were once the top playback singer. Do you hold a grudge against your audiences, people who forgot about you? He replied – How can I blame the audience for it? People’s tastes haven’t changed. The problem is with the industry and how they manufacture trends and force them on people’s minds. They keep playing a song 40 times a day and they declare it a hit themselves. There are the big lobbies with their own coterie of singers. The scene is polluted. I even know of singers who pay cash and gifts to get offers. What hurt me though, is how the top heroes for whom I used to sing, and in whose success I had a big part to play, forgot me conveniently. I never turned to them for any kind of help.
Udit Narayan’s case is no different; his success was going hand in hand with that of Kumar Sanu in 1990’s. Udit Narayan has sung more than 25,000 songs in more than 34 languages. He had won National Award four times and five time film fare award as best male play back singer. These days Bollywood does spare him some songs,however that too in bits and pieces. No solo song opportunity has knocked Udit Narayan’s door recently. He keeps himself busy singing for regional languages.
Aditya Narayan and Udit Narayan at Police event Umang-2012

Another name almost entering into this list of forgotten singers is that of Sonu Nigam. Sonu Nigam was used to be a craze once. May it be a pop album or movie song, he was the preferred voice. Almost all the Bollywood music directors were booking him. Nigam’s voice led him to winning many awards, notably for the title song of the filmKal Ho Naa Ho and “Abhi Mujh me Kahin”(Agneepatha-2012). He has recorded romantic, rock, sad and patriotic songs in Hindi, Kannada, Assamese, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, English, Maithili , Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali, Chhattisgarhi, Malayalam, Tulu and Marathi. Trend states that in last couple of years songs from his kitty have been replaced with fresh voices.
Irony is that Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam used to be binding voices of Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir. Though we still see these three actors breaking box office records on each release, those who placed an imperative role in their success in past have now been replaced with new voices.
Sonu Nigam Performing in Coke studio
Abhijeet BhattacharyaShaanKay KaySukhwindher SinghBabul Supriyo and many more had their share of short fame during this journey as well. We know that the present belongs to fresher voices, yet Bollywood music directors do seldom recall them as per their convenience.
One addition to the list of Golden voices is, Mohit Chauhan. He tasted delayed success as compared to his peers,though that was short spanned too. He was in the limelight for around 5 to 7 years. Soon his silky voice was replaced with that of Arijit Singh.
Mohit Chauhan had his first brush with success with the song “Dooba Dooba” from the band Silk Route’s album Boondhein. Album debuted at number one on the album chart. Boondhein featured songs in Hindi, English, and Pahadi, and the band won several awards at the awards in 1998.
Chauhan’s career in Bollywood began in 2002 when he sang “Pehli Nazar Mein Dari Thi” in the movie Road. His songs “Khoon Chala” and “Masakali” from the films Rang De Basanti and Delhi-6 respectively, composed by Rahman and “Tum Se Hi” from the film Jab We Met, composed by Pritam, were successful.
Arijit singh is current full time active singing sensation, he is in demand and almost all big banners and current renowned music directors are chasing him to lend his voice. Singh has received many awards and honors, including a Filmfare Award, an IIFA Award, a Zee Cine Award and two Screen Awards. He received most awards and nominations for the song “Tum Hi Ho” in Aashiqui 2 (2013); nine awards from ten nominations for this song. Not sure who will replace him sooner or later however currently Arijit is riding high on the horse called success.
As Kumar Sanu quoted in one of his recent interviews, “Today, nearly eight singers are made to sing the same song and you are never sure if yours will end up being used eventually. I have experienced this myself quite a few times.” It is evident that there is major difference that one can see between the ’90s music and that of today.
Some singers have adopted a simple principle that they won’t sing bad songs, songs that require them to scream rather than sing. Kumar Sanu says, “I abhor bad lyrics. Look at the kind of lyrics that are being written — Chaar bottle vodka, Jalebi bai, Munni badnam hui. Such work should be strongly condemned. The offers still keep coming and I keep refusing. I will only sing the kind of songs I’m known for.”
Though we know there is no scarcity of enchanting voices, thanks to ever increasing reality singing shows. These shows keep cropping new voices each year, and keep on forcing them onto the audience. And audiences being victim of self proclaimed blockbusters have no other choice but to accept them.
Ask any fan who enjoyed and 90’s music, they will swear by the voices and would love to hear those golden voices again. Hoping for music directors to create songs that’ll bring back the magic of 90’s and and wish all those singers to croon their way out of oblivion.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Truth is stranger than fiction!



 As an ardent cinema follower, I always thought that film making is a field for dreamers, people who create magic through various forms of art such as acting, music, dance etc. Recently my belief was shaken when I came across few alarming facts and figures. Though a film is perceived as a canvas with wonderful colors and an art form nurtured by creative team, however at the back-end it work as a well thought of business project most of the time.
Yes, you heard it right Film making is a strategic business. Every business’s prime motto is to earn profit and film making is no different than any other business. These days, it’s all about number game. Film making has turned into a venture which is webbed around facts and figures and those numbers are quite deceptive for audience to understand. With corporate entering off late in this stream, it became so complex and competitive, that an innocent movie lover or cine goer is not able to understand it and feel cheated when they come out of the theaters after watching a movie which does not holds value for money for them. Most of the times, movies are showcased completely indifferently through tempting teasers, promos, previews and extensive publicity that audience get baffled and then be-fooled ultimately.
Nowadays, it takes only a weekend to decide the fate of a movie. Even an average movie can manage to recover its money or generate profit before any negative publicity through word of mouth manages to do any harm.Whereas, in good olden days, pinnacle of box office glory was used to be the diamond jubilee tag. Diamond Jubilee meant that movie has been played for 75 consecutive weeks. In today’s world producers are mighty pleased even if their films survive second week at the box office.

Below facts and figures is real eye opener. Predominantly in most of the cases an average or just above average movie labeled by renowned film critics has managed to do exceedingly well commercially and have found its place in top ten highest all time Bollywood earners:
Top ten highest all time earning Bollywood movies

Even on the pretext of being a movie buff myself, from the above table I would not like to revisit more than 1 or 2 movie if given a chance.
Soulful cinema which I and most of the Bollywood lovers want to see again and again finds space in our personal DVD collection or in external hard drives. As we all are living a fast paced life, we hardly find time to even dust the cover of our favorite DVD’s regularly.
Cropping multiplexes, number of prints released globally and strategically selected date of movie release, such as extended weekends due to festivals or national holidays etc., extend towards the box office fate of a movie. In above matrix it’s clearly evident that in mere 3 days to 9 days a movie manages to enter the “100 Crore Club” despite critic’s good/ bad /ugly rating. On the other hand, highly critically acclaimed movies such as “The Lunch Box”, “A Wednesday”, “Udaan”, “Shahid” and many other excellent movies have done an average or no business at box office.
There can be only two reason for this – Either the creative team intentionally decided to stick to the basics of making good cinema and honest to the content or to a large extent possibility is that these movies not able to scale up by enrolling superstars, massive budgets and extensive promotional tactics due to lack of resources.
Following is an example of how a typical Big Budget Bollywood movie shapes up from head to toe, and end up in statistics:

Producers who sell their film out rightly to a studio are equal beneficiaries. To help explain better – Atul Agnihotri, the maker of “Bodyguard”, sold the Salman Khan-starrer to Reliance Entertainment, for a reported Rs 60 crore. Film’s net box-office collection was Rs 148 crore. In such deals, the onus of marketing, movie releasing and thereafter making profits rests solely on the one who buys it. Similar to Atul Agnihotri, Excel Entertainment also played a safe bet by selling “Don 2” to Reliance; Arbaaz Khan managed to strike a similar deal by selling “Dabangg” to Ashtavinayak.
Digital prints have played a significant role as digitization enables bigger releases. Hindi movies have successfully embraced digital prints over analog prints in the past seven years. Digital prints provide producers the flexibility to add or decrease screens according to their availability in real time.
Aggressive marketing has become strategic norm before any release, similar to the practice seen in Hollywood. “Ra.One” is a shining example of this strategy in Bollywood. Film enjoyed the longest and most elaborate marketing campaigns in the history of Indian cinema. Nowadays, even average-budget films are spending lavishly on marketing to gain visibility.
New revenue streams have opened for filmmakers. Cable and satellite rights, for one, are turning to be a cash cow. Producers of big-budget films are able to recover up to 80% of costs even before release by selling the movie to the distributors. “Agent Vinod”, for instance, was a box-office disaster but as it was sold even before release; producers of the movie were able to cushion the financial impact.
Marketing partnerships with foreign tourism boards such as “Zindagi Na Milega Dobara” tied up with Spanish tourist authorities can also offset costs. However, box office screening is still the main contributor with more than 70% of film’s overall revenue coming from it. In Addition to it, satellite, music, home video, overseas rights, new media, digital rights and other smaller revenue streams add to the profit.

As an audience our focus is merely getting entertained however we certainly don’t able to spend time analyzing beforehand whether it will be worth the entertainment value perceived by us or not and end up getting frustrated most of time.
As a cinema lover, I always lose heart when I see a good movie getting phased out without getting its due share. I hope thinks will not go from bad to worse in future. To keep the motivation high of film makers it is very important that good movies do succeed critically and commercially both. As an audience, we should get many more reasons to celebrate Indian cinema than to repent and our films out shine on a global platform and make us proud.
References use for the data for this article:
wikipedia.org : For movie box office gross collection data
bollymoviereviewz.com/ : For average rating by renowned film critics 
economictimes.indiatimes.com : For pictorial diagram

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hero

Director : Nikhil Advani
Producer : Salman Khan
Writer : Nikhil Advani, Umesh Bist
Based on : Hero by Subhash Ghai
Star Cast : Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty, Aditya Pancholi, Tigmanshu Dhulia
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Studio : Salman Khan Productions
Distributed by : Eros International
Release Date: September 11, 2015

Story line: Hero is the story of love, under conflict. When two worlds collide, a boy and a girl find themselves stuck in a whirlpool of such intense love that they would do anything, go to any extent and face all odds for the one they love. Radha is the 21 year-old daughter of the formidable Chief of Police. Sooraj on the other hand, has been raised by the unforgiving streets of Mumbai. Will their love prevail?

Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi) is a gangster of Mumbai who meets Radha (Athiya Shetty), daughter of the city's Chief of Police. One day, Sooraj takes Radha, telling her that he got instructions from the police to take her away from city for some time. Later Radha finds out she was kidnapped by Sooraj. After a series of events, Sooraj leaves Radha. But by then, they have fallen in love. Thereafter, comes the part where they have to face problems.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Nikhil went on to direct his first film under Dharma Productions, titled Kal Ho Naa Ho starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan. The film was one of the biggest hits of 2003 and firmly established him as a director. The film won six Filmfare awards.

Nikhil decided to make his next film and announced that the title of the film would be Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. The film has a huge star cast: Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan, Vidya Balan, John Abraham, Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Anil Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Shannon Esra and Anjana Sukhani. The film was produced by Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja and Chetan Motiwalla and released on 25 January 2007 to mixed reviews.

His next film Chandni Chowk To China, starring Akshay Kumar was released on January 2009, but was a major disappointment. Even though Chandni Chowk To China has disappointed, Nikhil has announced that he will again work with the film's lead star Akshay Kumar. Patiala House is the title of this film, and it also stars actress Anushka Sharma as the female lead. Shooting began in December 2009, and it was released in 2011. The movie also opened commercially in New York

He has directed India's first stereoscopic 3D animation film, Delhi Safari, which he also wrote the original story. The film was released in October 2012

After the release of Patiala House in 2011, Nikhil Advani has partnered with Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani to form Emmay Entertainment, a motion picture production company. Emmay Entertainment first production was D-Day (2013 movie), a film directed by Nikhil, in association with DAR Motion Pictures, which was released on 19 July 2013.

My “Gut Feel” and preview:
I have seen the promo of “Hero” and done some research about the movie, It seems to be an apt platform for new comers and that to for star kids. A conventional love story which we seen many a time in the past and again been presented in similar manner. Somehow my feeling is that both the young star kids are missing  the screen presence and Karisma which could have created possible additional curiosity about the movie.   Although it is backed by Salman Khan Production primarily and Salman and other production team has put best of efforts to scale up the movie in all the departments.

Going by Nikhil Advani’s track record after the mega success of his debut directorial venture “ Kal ho na ho” he has not seen a big success and in a way struggling to make a mark as established director. His last offering “D-day” was a decent film and I am sure with “Hero” also he would have put best foot forward and tried hard to make a decent film if not an exceptional one.
It seems to be a onetime watch and going by the promotion, fresh paring and youth appeal chances of recovering money at box office is high. 

Going by the expected  conventional storyline and average performances  I am give this movie 2.5 stars out of 5 stars, three days before the release.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome Back

Casts: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Shruti Haasan
Banner: Eros International, Base Industries Group
Director: Anees Bazmee
Producer: Firoz Nadiadwala and Sunil A Lulla
Writers: Rajiv Kaul and Anees Bazmee
Music: Anu Malik, Abhishek Ray Meet Bros Anjan & Mika Singh, Komail Shayan (KK)
Release Date: 4th September 2015

Story line: Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu bhai (Anil Kapoor) the protagonists from the film WELCOME have left the underworld, and are now big businessmen. Two women, Chandni(Ankita Srivastava) and Maharani (Dimple Kapadia) posing as princess and Queen of Nazafgardh, enter their life;Chandni(Ankita Srivastava) is the new lady love in Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu s(Anil Kapoor) life and both the friends dream of tying the knot with her at the earliest. However Appa - Uday s father (Nana Patekar), plays spoilsport by bringing another daughter Ranjana (Shruti Haasan) from his third marriage. He tells Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) to get her married to someone from a good family. Maharani (Dimple Kapadia) puts a condition that only after their sister is married Chandni (Ankita Srivastava) will marry one of them. Now a search to find a suitable boy for their sister Ranjana (Shruti Haasan) starts .An idea strikesan and they think of Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Raval) who may have a far off relative from his extended family since they are already familiar with his credentials. As fate would have it, the day Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Raval) wife Supriyaconfesses to her husband about Ajay (John Abraham), her grown up son, from a past marriage of his wife. This comes as shocking news to Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Raval). UdayShetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) when they come to know about Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Raval) son he feel themselves the most happiest as there could be no good family than Dr. Ghungroos (Paresh Raval).Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) & Majnu (Anil Kapoor) fix their marriage, thinking Ajay (John Abraham) to be a decent boy. However they don t know that Ajay (John Abraham) is a street smart guy and a known Bhai in MumbaiDr. Ghungroo (Paresh Raval) is shocked, and fears that if UdayShetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) come to know about the truth of Ajay (John Abraham) being a bhai. They shall break Dr. Ghungroo s (Paresh Raval) bones. As luck would have it though, Ajay (John Abraham) falls in love with Ranjana (Shruti Haasan) and vice versa. Her brothers however on knowing the truth about Ajay (John Abraham), refuse to let them marry. Ajay (John Abraham), who is deeply in love with Ranjana (Shruti Haasan), refuses to leave her. Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) try every trick in the book to get them separated but does not succeed. So they decide to take help from the most powerful under world don Wanted bhai (Naseeruddin Shah), whose son Honey baba (Shiney Ahuja) is already infatuated with Ranjana (Shruti Haasan) at first site, Now both Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) are in a fix one, a noted Gunda and a bhai, the other a druggist and a womanizer, and the son of the most dangerous under world Don Wanted Bhai. Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) Majnu (Anil Kapoor) tries every feather in their arsenal to save their sister from the clutches of the dons son, but fail. So they finally accept Ajay (John Abraham) their sister s real lover.


Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Bazmee started his career in 1988, as a dialogue writer for the film Hum Farishte Nahin. He then took a year break, and returned in 1990 as a writer for the film Swarg, which was directed by David Dhawan and starred Rajesh Khanna and Govinda. He would subsequently collaborate with Dhawan several times.

In 1995, after having written over ten scripts for ten films, including hits such as Aankhen, Bazmee made his directorial debut with the film Hulchul. Starring Ajay Devgn and Kajol, the film went unnoticed critically and commercially as well. However, his attempt to cast Devgan and Kajol once again in 1998 for his second directorial venture, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, proved successful. The film was both a major critical and commercial success, and turned out as one of the industry's biggest hits that year.

After the success of Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha, Bazmee took a five years break from directing. He returned in 2002, with the thriller Deewangee, which performed above average business at the box office. In 2005 Bazmee directed the multi-starrer comedy film, No Entry. The film became the biggest hit of the year, earning over Rs 430 million in its domestic box office. He had a great success with Welcome and Singh Is King. Starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles, the films were commercially successful.

My Gut Feel and comments:
I had watched the trailer of “Welcome Back” thrice back to back to understand and to assess if this latest offering by Anees Bazmee holds same entertainment value as its prequel “Welcome”. Although trailer has been smartly edited with mass appealing dialogues, however I found it too loud to handle and not sure if this will live up to the expectations of the audiences.

“Welcome” had its share of flaws in the script and screen play, however overall it was an entertaining film. Owing to the same fact one can find in featuring on one or the another movie channel  almost every month, still one can watch it even in bits and pieces and cherish it. It had managed to capture the attention of cine lovers who appreciate light hearted comedy with some real funny scenes.
More or else, with the same star cast and similar story line “Welcome Back” can be considered as a fast food meal that will somewhat manage to curb ones hunger for humor.  Though I would not advise to expect anything beyond few laughs and inconsistently scripted story line which is considered to be “OK” by today’s audience.
Going by the impression created by “Welcome”, huge star cast and extensive promotion chances are that “Welcome Back” will register financial success at box office.

Evaluating movie critically would lead to 2.5 stars out of 5 stars from my side 3 days before the release.