Friday, October 30, 2015

Main Aur Charles

Director: Prawaal Raman
Producer: Raju Chadha, Amit Kapoor, Vikram Khakhar
Writer: Prawaal Raman
Starring: Randeep Hooda, Adil Hussain, Richa Chadda, Tisca Chopra, Alexx O'Nell
Cinematography: Anuj Rakesh Dhawan
Editor: Nipun Gupta
Production company: Wave Cinemas, Cynozure Networkz
Release dates: October 30, 2015

Story line: The movie revolves around Charles, an enigmatic con man and a vicious killer, and the lives he touched with his inescapable charm and mysterious personality.We follow Charles, who is literally evil personified, as he manipulates innumerable people to facilitate his jail break. The thin line between his victims and accomplices include a copywriter of an international ad agency clinging on to Charles for hope, a royal princess seeking adventure in an otherwise bland life, a young hippie girl hopelessly drawn towards him, and an innocent law student Mira madly in love with the dreams sold by Charles amongst various others - from a financial wizard, an extortionist from Haryana to a helpless prison supervisor. Bit by bit, the character of Charles is revealed through all those who encountered him. Probably the only person who interacted with Charles the least, Commissioner Amod Kanth, was affected by him the most. We see the impact of Charles on all through the eyes of Amod Kanth - and their ever raging battle of good and evil, where good eventually wins but evil always resurfaces. This story, set in the 1980s, shows how Charles escapes from Indias most securely guarded prison and is then subsequently arrested once again in Goa. It reveals the story behind the seemingly simple cat and mouse game between Amod Kanth and Charles. But more importantly, the movie gives the world a peek into the dangerous mind of Charles, how he led different people to perceive him differently, how he filled the vacuum in their lives and ultimately, his dark world where right and wrong blend into a charming and mystique grey existence.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Prawaal Raman started his career as an assistant director to Ram Gopal Varma and assisted him as second unit director in "Jungle" and "Company ". Post Company, Ram Gopal Varma assigned the project "Darna Mana Hai" to him as the director.The multi starrer film released in 2003 was one of the most critically acclaimed film. His next directorial film, Dr. Ajoy Kumar is in its pre production phase. He has produced documentaries for Prayas, an NGO in New Delhi operating in more than 7 states in India

In 2012 Due to the increasing suicide amongst school students, Prawaal Raman organised an anti-suicide campaign with Jeevan NGO and Loyola School which had a series of seminar. Guest speakers were Randeep Hooda, Rahul Bose, Sunita Menon, Nishikant Kamat, Satyakaam Gupta and Prawaal Raman, himself.

He has been a guest speaker for leadership training program for Praxair, organized by Abacus Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi in 2012 where he spoke about mutual faith and trust within a corporate structure. He has also been a guest speaker along with Tisca Chopra at Masina Metro Hospital and spoke about how to deal with people suffering from bipolar disorder

My Gut Feel and comments:
These are very few trailer I have seen in recent time which appealed me in one go and “Main aur Charles” is one of them. Look and presentation reminded me “Once upon a time in Mumbai” trailer.

This movie is not a biopic of Charles Sobhraj however revolved around one incident of him breaking out from Tihar jail.

Prawaal Raman the director of this movie started his career assisting Ram gopal verma and delivered two good movies as director “Darna Marna hai” and “404”. 

Main aur Charles he scripted 5 years back and waited for right  time and production team who would do justice to his vision which seems experimental, interesting however extravagant at the same time as it demands recreating the magic of 80s which add to production cost.

Randeep Hooda and supporting cast seems well in shape and in character which add spice to dish and makes it an appealing film to watch out coming weekend. Chances seems low , Prawaal Raman going wrong this time as it looks like whole team seems had put honest efforts and delivered a decent movie with acceptable  flaws and presented a commercial movie captivatingly.

After reviewing all the facts and figures and going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 3 out of 5 stars one night before the release.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Director: Vikas Bahl
Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Karan Johar, 
Madhu Mantena
Writer: Anvita Dutt Guptan (Screenplay & Dialogue)
Story writer: Vikas Bahl, Chaitally Parmar
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt
Music director: Amit Trivedi
Cinematography: Anil Mehta
Editor: Sunil Nayak
Production company: Phantom Films, Dharma Productions
Distributor: Fox Star Studios
Running time: 167 minutes
Release date: 22 October 2015

Story Line: A big fat ''Shaandaar'' Indian wedding, which is actually a business merger between two of the biggest business families of India, is happening at an exotic castle in Europe. Mrs. Kamla Arora, the grandmother of the Arora family, the sole owner of the billion-dollar business and the property, has planned their wedding. Kamla Arora is a bitch, treats everyone like her servants including her three sons, Bipin (the eldest), Vipul and Vinay. Mr.Fandwani, the groom's father is a loud Sindhi businessman who is the counter to Kamla Arora: The Fandwanis dress in gold, accessories in gold and if possible they drink and eat gold. 
Based against the backdrop of the Shaandaar wedding, is a love triangle between (our protagonists) Aliya and Jagjinder Joginder and Bipin (Aliya'sfather). Bipin believes there's no guy that will be good enough for his daughter while Aliya is a dreamer but her dreams are whacked out and Jagjinder Joginder is a doer, he can make anything happen! ...And for obvious reasons Bipin hates Jagjinder Joginder.
The journey of Aliya, Jagjinder Joginder and Bipin in the chaotic and lavish wedding is the story of Shaandaar.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Bahl started his career with advertising, working for several years in client servicing, before joining UTV Spotboy. In 2011, he started Phantom Films, along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. Over the years as a director he has worked with film directors like Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Gupta and Vikramaditya Motwane.

Also in 2011, he co-directed Chillar Party and won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay, along with Nitesh Tiwari and Vijay Maurya. The film also garnered the National Film Award for Best Children's Film. In 2014 came his independent directorial venture, Queen starring Kangana Ranaut, which received critical and popular acclaim

My Gut Feel and comments:

I have watched the trailer of “Shaandaar” three times back to back, just to figure out why it didn’t appeal to me in the first place. One can relate a film like this to Dharma production, however not sure what is there in this project that made Anurag Kashyap co produced it. Although yes in recent time Anurag and Karan have shown mutual admiration for each other. Anurag also directed Karan in Bombay Velvet.

I find it hard to correlate the movie to its director Vikas Bahl who has been associated with experimental cinema both as an associate producer and as a director. He was the creative producer of “No one killed Jessica”, associated producer for films like Udaan and Dev D. Co producer for films like Aamir and Welcome to Sajjanpur. He has also produced and directed two awesome films named Chillar Party and Queen.

Somehow I’m getting a feeling of everything getting forced upon in this movie, be it the humor or characters. It seems to be a bumpy ride with inconsistent screenplay and stretched second half.
Although films like this do well at box office these days just because of strategic selection of dates and releasing multiple prints, where movie do recover the money in first weekend only.

I am not writing off this movie out rightly as I am sure it would have some funny interesting moments however as a package it does not appeal to me. 

Going by my instinct, I am giving “Shaandaar”  2.5 stars out of 5 stars three days before the release.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

Director: Luv Ranjan
Producer: Abhishek Pathak
Writter: Rahul Mody, Tarun Jain & Luv Ranjan
Screenplay: Deepak, Vaibhav Suman, Sumit Saxena
Starring: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sonalli Sehgall, Ishita 
Sharma, Omkar Kapoor, Sunny Singh
Music: Toshi Sabri, Hitesh Sonik, Luv Ranjan, Clinton Cerejo
Cinematography: Sudhir K Choudhary
Editor: Akiv Ali
Release date: 16 October 2015
Running time: 159 minutes

Key Information: It is sequel to 2011 hit film Pyaar Ka Punchnama. The sequel is directed by Luv Ranjan and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Panorama Studios Production. The film stars Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Bharucha. The trailer of the film was unveiled on 3 September 2015.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Luv Ranjan is an Indian film director, writer. He has directed movies like Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Akaash Vani. He is an alumnus of the Asian Academy Of Film & TV. He was also termed a misogynist after the release of Pyaar Ka Punchnama, which he tried to shrug off.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Luv Ranjan’s debut film “Pyaar ka Punchnama” came across as a pleasant surprise for the audience as it came silently however created a buzz at box office after positive word of the mouth publicity among youth. It was a good movie with new star cast, interesting relatable characters backed by great sense of humor.
I have seen few interviews of Luv Ranjan and found him a strong headed person who has his rational reasons about his film making style and selection of subjects.
After Pyaar Ka punchnama he made “Akaash Vani”, which was an above average movie with reasonable budget. Despite being an above average movie it did not succeed at the box office.  “Pyar ka Punchnama” was a treat and as an audience I was thrilled to know that part 2 is going to hit the screens soon. After seeing the trailer of part 2 the only word that came to my mind was “disappointment”.
It appeared like any other sequel or a part 2 which is grander and has been scaled up as compared to its prequel or part 1; however missing the substance or X factor that was there in the original version.

“Pyar ka Punchnama 2” (PKP2) without Liquid (one of the most interesting character of part 1) is like Tanu weds mannu without Pappi Ji.  I am sure Luv Ranjan would have his own reasons for not having the same character being casted in the sequel.
To be honest, I would love to be wrong however  I think PKP2 would lack the punch and chances are that it will not live up to the expectations that were created by part 1.
On the other hand, if I see it as a standalone movie without comparing it with its part1,chances are it can manage to find its share of audiences and has a potential to do decent business.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 2.5 star out of 5 two days before the release.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Director: Sanjay Gupta
Producor: Sanjay Gupta and Anuradha Gupta,Nittin Keni, Akash Chawla and Sachin R. Joshi and Raina Sachin R. Joshi
Screenplay: Sanjay Gupta and Robin Bhatt
Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi
Music: Sachin-Jigar, Amjad-Nadeem and Arko
Background score: Amar Mohile
Cinematography: Sameer Arya
Editedor: Bunty Nagi
Production Company: White Feather Films and Viiking Media & Entertaiment
Distributor: Essel Vision Productions
Release dates: 9 October 2015

Story line: Jazbaa movie is a suspense thriller. It is a remake of the 2007 South Korean film Seven Days.
The film is about a lawyer whose daughter is kept hostage while she is asked to fight a case for a man who has been charged of rape and murder five times and win it within seven days.
While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will play the role of the lawyer, Irrfan Khan reportedly will essay the character of a suspended cop and Shabana Azmi will play his onscreen mother who is also a professor.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Gupta started his career with Aatish: Feel the Fire. Later he went to write and direct films including Ram Shastra, Khauff and Jung. The filming of Jung (2000), lasted over two years. Gupta and producer Satish Tandon had a dispute about the release of the film, with Tandon pushing for a release while Gupta wanted Sanjay Dutt to re-dub some lines, which Dutt was refusing to do.
While filming Kaante in the Los Angeles in 2001, the events of the 9/11 attack forced the film to relocate planned scenes from several areas that were then considered sensitive. Commentators noted a similarity in Kaante to Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Gupta says that he was inspired by a number of other films as well, including The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, and the film that inspired Reservoir Dogs, City On Fire. Gupta's Zinda (2006) has been described as a unofficial remake of the Korean film Oldboy
He also produced the films Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan, and directed and co-produced Shootout at Wadala the sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala.

My Gut Feel and comments:
Jazbaa is a remake of 2007 South Korean film “Seven Days”. “Seven Days” was a commercial and critical success for its targeted market. So we can safely predict that Sanjay Gupta has a tried and tested engaging plot to start with. Now the question is that, is he capable of adapting a thrilling plot and presenting it as per Hindi cinema audience sensibility. The answer is Yes, as he had success fully done it in the past with Kaante and Zinda.

His way of film making emphasizes on styling the central characters of his movies. He takes optimum leverage that falls under the purview of typical bollywood masala movie. And through this differentiation, he is able to strike a chord with his targeted audience.

Same is the case with Jazbaa, where Irfan Khan has been given few one liners which are catchy and enhancing his screen presence in the movie. Aishwarya has selected a sensible role that presents her in a very refreshing look. She is playing the central character in this film and is looking captivating in the role.

Soulful music has always been the notable point in Sanjay Gupta’s features, music of Jazba is yet another addition to the list. My favorite song of the movie is, “ Jaane there shehar ka kya irada hai, asmaan kam, parinde zada hai” ,

I am expecting few flaws in the screenplay, especially in the second half. However I am sure that the chance of this movie going completely off track is negligible. It should keep the audiences engaged throughout the movie.

It appears to be a decent movie, if not as exceptional as last week’s release movie “Ttalwar”.

Going by my instinct, I am giving Jazbaa 3 out of 5 stars two days before the release and will look forward to it.