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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Housefull 3

Directed by: Sajid-Farhad
Produced by: Sajid Nadiadwala
Written by: Sajid-Farhad (Dialogue)
Screenplay by: Sajid-Farhad
Additional Screenplay: Rajan Agarwal
Story by: K. Subash
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri, Lisa Haydon
Music by: Sohail Sen, Mika Singh, Sharib-Toshi, Tanishk Bagchi, Milind Gaba
Cinematography: Vikas Sivaraman
Edited by: Steven Bernard
Production company: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Distributed by: Eros International
Release dates: 3 June 2016

About:

Housefull 3 is multi-starrer Comedy film, a franchise that belongs to Sajid Khan, who directed the previous two parts from the series, but the third part is being made by Sajid-Farhad, who also happened to be the writer of the film. 

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Sajid Samji & Farhad Samji are Indian film directors and writers. Their work as writers include the films Shiva, Sunday, Double Dhamaal, Golmaal Returns, All The Best: Fun Begins, Housefull 2, Ready, Golmaal 3, Singham, Bol Bachchan, Chashme Baddoor, Himmatwala, Chennai Express, It's Entertainment, Singham Returns. Their last 5 movies have entered the 1 billion club and they started directing films with Entertainment.

The duo started their career as a lyricist. Salman Khan first heard their songs and recommended them to David Dhawan and he roped them in for Hum Kisise Kum Nahin. Sajid-Farhad first tasted success as lyricists with M Bole Toh from Munnabhai MBBS. After that, they got offers from Ram Gopal Varma for Shiva and thereafter they penned dialogues for Rohit Shetty's Sunday and Golmaal Returns.

My Gut Feel and comments:

“Slap-stick comedy is really funny unless you're the one getting slapped with the stick.”

Above seems to be the case with upcoming third  installment of  Housefull  franchise. I enjoyed Housefull 1 although it was an average movie however I found Housefull 2 below average. Both were the commercial success and directed by Sajid Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Housefull 3 is maintaining the same flavor although directed by Sajid and Farhad under same production house.

Sajid and Farhad written blockbusters for Rohit Shetty, however, failed miserably to entertain through their directorial debut venture “Entertainment”.  I think this time they got their act right at least for their targeted mass audience who enjoy thing kind of cinema.

A movie will surely have its share of funny moments, however, the graph of  storyline and screenplay will surely fluctuate which result in an average fast passed movie with mass appeal.

Going by my gut feeling I am giving Housefull3, 2.5  stars out of 5, two days before the release.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Veerappan

Directed by: Ram Gopal Varma
Produced by: Raina Sachin Joshi
Written by: R.D. Tailang
Screenplay by: Ram Gopal Varma
Story by: Ram Gopal Varma
Based on: Veerappan Operation Cocoon N. K. Senthamarai Kannan
Starring: Sandeep Bharadwaj, Sachiin J Joshi, Usha Jadhav, Lisa Ray
Music by: Jeet Ganguly, John Stewart Eduri (Background score)
Cinematography: Aniket Khandagale
Edited by: Anwar Ali
Production company: Viking Media & Entertainment
Distributed by: A. A. Films
Release dates: 27 May 2016 (worldwide) 

Storyline:

Till about a few years back, the whole of India was terrorized by a dangerous and merciless man named Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, who was commonly known as Veerappan or even the 'sandalwood smuggler'. After having killed many people, police officers, animals (elephants, majorly), his reign came to an end during the year 2004. This week's release is the Ram Gopal Varma directed VEERAPPAN, a film that has been inspired by the life of the dreaded Veerappan.

The film starts off with the ruthless and brutal killing of police officers in the dense jungles of Satyamangalam, situated in the southern India. This is followed by a narration of flashback of events by STF officer Kannan (Sachiin J Joshi), wherein he traces the past of Veerappan and the incidents that led him to become the most notorious criminal ever. The flashback states that Veerappan made his first killing when he was in his pre-teens. Once he tasted blood and money (in that order), there was no looking back for him. Despite being an illiterate, his sharp mind and meticulous planning could put anyone and everyone to shame, so much so that, even the combined police forces of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu always landed up being unsuccessful in nabbing him. Looking at the recurring gruesome and heartless killings, the sole purpose of Kannan's life becomes to nab Veerappan by hook or crook. During one such search operation, even though Kannan and his team become unsuccessful in nabbing Veerappan, they land up getting hold of his dutiful wife Muthulakshmi (Usha Jadhav). That's when Kannan hatches a master plan with Priya (Lisa Ray), who agrees to be a part of the plan because Veerappan had killed her husband as well. As per the plan, Priya poses as a landlord of a big house, where Muthulakshmi is brought in as a tenant. Priya then befriends her with her sweet talks and caring nature. As days pass by, Muthulakshmi falls for Priya's sweet talks and gradually discloses the whereabouts of her husband Veerappan. Around that time, she also discloses many unknown facts about Veerappan's life to Priya, who becomes shell-shocked after knowing the bare facts. After knowing the truth about Veerappan, does Priya have a change of heart and pull herself off the masterplan, does Muthulakshmi really land up telling the whereabouts of her husband, does Kannan single-handedly become successful in nabbing Veerappan when thousands of his fellow officers have failed and perished, is what forms the rest of the story. 

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:

Varma's first runaway hit in Hindi cinema was Shiva (1990), the remake of his 1989 film Siva. Varma introduced the Steadicam to Indian cinema with Siva. Later, He garnered attention in Bollywood with the romantic comedy film, Rangeela (1995) starring Aamir Khan. The film won seven Filmfare Awards.

He then directed Satya (1998), which won six Filmfare Awards, including the Critics Award for Best Film, In 2005, Indiatimes Movies included Satya in its list of 25 Must See Bollywood Movies. Satya was showcased among the Indian panorama section, at the 1998 International Film Festival of India, Varma received the Bimal Roy memorial award for best direction for this film. In the same year, he co-produced Dil Se.., directed by Mani Ratnam, screened at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival, and won the Netpac Award, as well as two National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards. Satya, together with his 2002 film Company (which he directed, won three IIFA Awards, seven Filmfare Awards, and a Bollywood Movie Award for best direction, and was premiered at the 2004 Austin Film Festival) and the 2005 film D (which he produced), were also featured at the Fribourg International Film Festival, and the New York Asian Film Festival.


My Gut Feel and comments:

“It does not matter how deep you fall, what matters is how high you bounce back.”
Above quote seems appropriate in the case of Ram Gopal Verma as far as his stint with Hindi movies is concerned as his last few films have not done well.And this time with his latest offering Veerappan he seems to hit the right note. Its Kannada version Killing Veerappan already a success at  box office. Although Kannada version only revolves around Operation Cocoon to capture and kill Veerappan, however, hindi version is covering Veerappan’s twenty years of journey.
 Going by my Instinct I am confident that this time Ramu will not let down audience who did appreciate his kind of cinema in past and keeping fingers crossed this time including me.
Lead actor Sandeep Bharadwaj an alumni of National School of Drama seems apt for the role of Veerappan and has brought back it to life convincingly.
Screenplay, editing, and support cast all seem in the right place which increases a chance of bringing back the magic of RGV’s style of cinema on celluloid.
Going by my gut feeling I am giving Veerappan 3 stars out of 5, one day before the release.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sarbjit

Directed by: Omung Kumar
Produced by: Vashu Bhagnani, Bhushan Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Omung Kumar, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Krishan Kumar, Jackky Bhagnani and Rajesh Singh
Written by: Utkarshini Vashishtha and Rajesh Beri
Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadha, Darshan Kumaar
Music by: Jeet Gannguli,Amaal Mallik, Tanishk bagchi, Shail-Pritesh,Shashi Shivam
Cinematography: Kiran Deohans
Edited by: Rajesh Pandey
Production company: Pooja Entertainment, T-Series, Legend Studios Pvt. Ltd
Release dates: 20 May 2016



Storyline:

Sarbjit Singh (Randeep Hooda) lives in a village near Punjab with his wife Sukhpreet (Richa Chadha), sister Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) and father. He also has two daughters Poonam Kaur (Ankita Shrivastav) and Swapandeep Kaur. He was a farmer who worked in others farm and earns livelihood. One day he gets arrested by Pakistani army for crossing the border unknowingly. He is tortured in the Pakistani jail to death and convicted as Indian Spy and named as the person behind bomb blasts in Lahore city of Pakistan. He is alleged as Manjit Singh in Pakistan who is the main culprit behind the blasts.

Sarbjit’s sister Dalbir fought with the Pakistani Government for nearly 23 years before Sarbjit being declared as innocent. Sarbjit’s case is fought by Awais Sheikh (Darshan Kumaar). He with the help of Dalbir tries to find a way to prove Sarbjit innocent and catch the real culprit Manjit Kaur. But after Sarbjit being declared innocent given bail, he gets attacked in the jail where he gets badly injured and is hospitalized. On 2nd May 2013, he took his last breath.

 Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:
 Omung Kumar started his career as a production designer. He worked on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films such as Black (2005) and Saawariya (2007). He made his directorial debut with the 2014 biographical sports drama Mary Kom based on the eponymous boxer. The film starring Priyanka Chopra as Kom was a critical and commercial success. Mary Kom grossed 940 million (US$14 million) at the box office against a budget of 150 million (US$2.2 million).He and the film received several awards and nominations, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

My Gut Feel and comments:
 Sarbjit is an intense film revolved around a very sensitive story line. With Omung Kumar as director around it seems to be the case that full justice has been done to the subject and it’s been handled sensibility. Star Cast is impressive with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadha and Darshan Kumaar are in pivotal roles doing full justice to respective demanding roles.
 Chances of going wrong dramatically are negligible and I am confident that Omung does manage to deliver a good movie keeping the entertainment value intact within the boundaries of cinema and has not taken any undue liberties in showcasing the highly sensitive  story which is based on real life instances.  
I am sure the film will get a positive response both critically and commercially at the box office.
 Going by my gut feeling I am giving Sarabjit 3.5  stars out of 5, four days before the release.




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Azhar

Directed by : Tony D'Souza
Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, N.P. Singh, Sneha Rajani
Written by : Rajat Aroraa
Screenplay by : Rajat Aroraa
Starring : Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, Huma Qureshi, Gautam Gulati
Music by : Pritam
Production companies : Balaji Motion Pictures, MSM Motion Pictures
Release dates: 13 May 2016


Storyline:
 Azhar is a biopic about the former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. He was one of India's most successful cricket captains, who was banned from all forms of cricket for his involvement in match-fixing and later became a Congress MP. Emraan Hashmi will be playing Azhar in the movie.
 The film stars Emraan Hashmi as Azhar, Prachi Desai as his first wife, Naureen and Nargis Fakhri as his love affair and second wife, Sangeeta Bijlani. Huma Qureshi is also playing an important role in the film.

My Gut Feel and comments:
 After watching the trailer and doing some research about the movie I believe creative team missed the trick by margin and film lacks the punch expected from the subject like this.
 Film is directed by Anthony D'Souza who has done some average work in past and directed few below average films and did two average films Blue and Boss with Akshay Kumar. A movie is Biopic of the most controversial captain of India cricket team, Azhar and I am sure that a lot of cinematic liberties were taken while making the film which could go against the movie. Although budget of the movie is moderate and subject is sensational, there are bright chances that this movie would do a decent business.
 One thing which goes in favor of this movie is story and screenplay writer Rajat Arora’s association with this who had done some decent work as a story, screenplay and dialogue writer for the films like Bluffmaster, Taxi No. 911, Once upon a time in Mumbaai and the dirty picture.
 I am sure Rajat’s experience would count and will support the movie Azhar.  Emraan Hashmi is looking good although he  repeated himself again with a typical grey shaded character, music is quite good. Overall Azhar seems to be an average movie with some interesting moments.
 Going by my gut feeling I am giving Azhar 2.5 stars out of 5, one day before the release.