Thursday, May 31, 2012


So my friend gave me this mix called Bollywood Bonanza, which this guy (I guess he's a DJ) B-Nasty made. It's 3 hours long and has a ton of Bollywood songs. Most of them are from the 90s, so my roommate and I sat there reminiscing about songs like Ole Ole from Dillagi, Mere Khwabon Mein Tu from Gupt, and Sona Sona from Major Saab. So I tried to find this mix online so I could send my friends the link, but the original download link posted on BTF no longer exists. I accidentally stumbled upon this guy's website though and ended up listening to his mixes. So here's the website:

Oh, and the ones I like:

- Aadat v. Titanic
- Disturbia Ya Jaane Na
- Tan Tana Commander (I love the song Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Taara, so this had to be on my list)
- Fire Burning On My Bebo
- Lover Girls Were Made In India (mostly cuz Made In India is an awesome song)
- We Found My Hero

- Aanch Na Aave Ni Forever
- Stereo Love Bach Mundeya
- Timbaland Bhangra Mix

Original Production
- Hey There Sunshine (I love that the tune is from Pyaar Kiya To Nibhana)

Hip Hop and R&B - I think I actually like all of them in this category

That's pretty much it for this post. I just thought I'd share my latest music obsession with you guys. There's some Bollywood music, some English music, and some Bhangra music.

In the words of B-Nasty, Be true. Be real. B-Nasty

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Recent Trailers: Cocktail and Bol Bachchan

Cocktail is a Saif Ali Khan production starring himself, Deepika Padukone, and newcomer Diana Penty. The trailer released on May 20, but since I had very limited internet access until now, I'm talking about it a week late. So without further adieu, here's the trailer:

Everyone seems to be completely in their element here. Saif Ali Khan is a flirty type guy, as always, and Deepika is a young and wild chick. Saif Ali Khan was kind of the same in Love Aaj Kal, Hum Tum, etc. and Deepika has been the same in Love Aaj Kal, Break Ke Baad, etc. Her look also looks especially messy and untidy. Diana seems like an interesting character and I'm looking forward to seeing how her character meshes with the other two. As many have said, this movie seems a lot like Love Aaj Kal, and I think it looks like a mix of Love Aaj Kal, Threes Company, and your favorite "contemporary" Bollywood movie revolving around young people who become friends but then fall in love. I'm not really a fan of Deepika's, but I really like Saifu and I think I'd like Diana, so hopefully this movie isn't crappy. Dimple Kapadia (love her) and Boman Irani are also in this, and I can't wait to see them!!
There were two songs in the trailer: Angreji Beat and Tumhi Ho Bandhu. Angreji Beat in my opinion is eh. A lot of people seem to like it, but I feel like it's lacking somewhere. I like Tumhi Ho Bandhu though (it was even on my top 10 for the week).

The other movie that recently released a trailer is Bol Bachchan. This is a remake of the original Gol Maal starring Amol Palekar. This new movie has Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, and Prachi Desai. Check out the trailer:

Now Gol Maal is one of my all time favorite movies. The comedy in that movie and in other movies like Chupke Chupke are unparalleled even today and these movies define comedy for me. Golmaal movies have a more slapstick kind of modern humor. From the trailer, it looks like this movie combines the comic storyline of Gol Maal with the Ajay Devgan-Rohit Shetty style of humor. It also looks like a movie from the new Golmaal series of movies that these two have made with the insane scenes and large sets. I personally like the Golmaal series, so I have high hopes for this one as well. The one thing I don't like is that Abhishek Bachchan is probably the main character. I am definitely not a fan of his, so the only reason I'm watching this movie is for Ajay Devgan and Rohit Shetty. I also find it strange that Ajay Devgan is shown almost as much as, if not more than, Abhishek Bachchan in the trailer, but if this story is like Gol Maal's was, then Abhishek has the bigger role. Hopefully the trailer isn't misleading and Ajay Devgan actually does have a large role.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

This Week's Top 10 Beats: May 20 - May 26, 2012

1. Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff Teri Meri Kahaani
2. Pareshaan Ishaqzaade
3. Pani Da Rang Vicky Donor
4. Tere Bina Tezz
5. Jannatein Kahan Jannat 2
6. Tu Hi Rab Tu Hi Dua Dangerous Ishq
7. Tumhi Ho Bandhu Cocktail
8. Pungi Agent Vinod
9. Ik Bagal Gangs of Wasseypur
10. Mahe Jaan Hate Story

This week I once again tried to pick songs from different movies and bring in the new movies (Cocktail and Gangs of Wasseypur), but this week I've pretty much had Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff and Humse Pyaar Karle Tu from Teri Meri Kahaani and all the songs from Ishaqzaade on repeat.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jannat 2: Movie Review

Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt seem to love Emran Hashmi, and for good reason. Pretty much every movie I've seen with the Bhatt brothers and Emran combo has been really gripping. Jannat (2008) is one of my favorite movies. I get goosebumps every time I see it and never fail to cry at the end. Jannat 2 was along the same lines in terms of basic story line. Our hero is involved in some illegal business and becomes rich because of it. He succeeds in that business and works with the biggest dons in that field. He also has a loyal best friend cum right hand man. He then falls in love with a girl who is against this illegal stuff and tries to change himself to be with her. There is some senior cop who tries to force him to be a better person and is one of the few people who believes in him. And the story goes on from there.

Emran Hashmi's character, Sonu Dilli KKC, sells guns illegally, and makes a ton of money from that. The KKC in his name stands for Kutti Kameeni Cheez, and that's how he classifies himself. Now Emran is a really talented and fine actor and always takes on roles perfectly. Unfortunately he didn't live up to the bar he has set for himself, but he was still very good. Randeep Hooda played a cop who lost his wife due to illegal weapons smuggling, which of course happens to be Sonu Dilli's profession. Randeep is yet another skilled actor and on point with his amazing performance in this movie. He was the highlight for sure. Esha Gupta was probably the weakest link. That may not be saying much since everyone else is so good, but she was lacking expressions in a lot of parts. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Sonu Dilli's best friend did a good job and Manish Chaudhary as the villain was also really good.

The film itself was kind of choppy and didn't fit together as well as it could have. The love story didn't blend too well with the action. The language is pretty vulgar, but I guess with the type of movie this is, that's acceptable. One area that I felt really lacked was the songs. The soundtrack is nice, but I expect better from an Emran Hashmi movie. Jannatein Kahan is my favorite song from this, and that's not even completely a Jannat 2 song because it's completely reminiscent of Jannat. Tu Hi Mera and Tera Deedar Hua are nice too, but every song (except Jannatein Kahan) lacks the magic that Jannat songs had. Every single Jannat song was phenomenal, and the Jannat 2 soundtrack doesn't even come close.

There is no doubt that Jannat was much better than Jannat 2. Regardless, I still enjoyed the movie. Like I said, the Mukesh bhais and Emran always seem to do something awesome, and this was no exception. Possibly my favorite part of the movie was the end. I'm trying to avoid spoilers when I say this, but the way Emran's character ended the movie was the best thing his character did in the entire movie. It was such a powerful act and worked so well with what Randeep had been saying the whole time.

Friday, May 18, 2012

This Week's Top 10 Beats: May 13 - May 19, 2012

1. Tere Bina Tezz
2. Rum Whiskey Vicky Donor
3. Mukhtasar Teri Meri Kahaani
4. Tu Hi Rab Tu Hi Dua Dangerous Ishq
5. Jannatein Kahan Jannat 2
6. Duaa Shanghai
7. Pareshaan Ishaqzaade
8. Chinta Ta Chita Chita Rowdy Rathore
9. Kammo Department
10. Raat Hate Story

There is so much good music out right now and I had to limit this list to just one song per album to get a nice diversity of movies here. Other movies with good songs right now that just barely missed the list are Blood Money, Housefull 2, Agneepath, Bittoo Boss, Jodi Breakers, and Agent Vinod.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Teri Meri Kahaani: Music Review

Kunal Kohli's Teri Meri Kahaani, starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, is all set to release June 22. It's a "thrice upon a love story" set in 1920, 1960, and 2012. Here's the trailer for the movie.

The movie seems to be a Hum Tum and Mausam kind of movie, and both of those were good, so hopefully this will be good as well. Personally the two things I liked the most are 1) The shayari for the 1910 characters and 2) the fact that the 2012 characters are Radha and Krish.

The music launch is supposed to happen very soon and two video promos have already come out. The first of these was Mukhtasar, which is supposed to be a modern 2012 song set in London. Here's the promo:

I didn't know what it meant, so I looked it up. Mukhtasar is Urdu for brief. I really liked the song. It's a fairly common sounding song, but it's catchy and personally, I have a newfound love for Urdu in songs (like Kaun Kenda in Bittoo Boss), so I really liked it. I also like the video, but that may just be because I like pretty much any video Shahid is in. I'm not a fan of the video with the song though. I'm not sure they fit together. I also don't like how Shahid stands with arms out SRK style for like half the song. I hope the actual movie has a better picturization of the song, but I guess we'll have to wait until at least late June to see that.

The second song they released was Mujhse Pyar Kar Le Tu.

It's a very playful song, and it has what I think will be my favorite avatar of Shahid's in the movie; Javed. He starts the promo with shayari, and his shayarana andaaz (poetic style) is amazing. His wardrobe, hair, and expressions fit the role very well. When I first heard the song it seemed repetitive, but it has grown on me a lot. It has a very strong beat and it's a very flirtatious and entertaining song.

These are the only songs with video promos so far. The other songs are:
Allah Jaane - It's a nice and melodious song. Basically the usual Rahat Fateh Ali Khan type.
Jab Se Mere Dil Ko Uff - This is supposed to be the main 1960 song. It's supposed to be Shammi Kapoor-esque type song. I'm not sure if it lived up to that magic, but regardless this is my favorite song of the album.
That's All I Really Wanna Do - This is a cutesy and sweet song, but it's definitely my least favorite of the lot.

All in all, there's a nice variety of music, which is probably suitable for a movie spanning three separate eras. Can't wait to see the movie!!

Ishaqzaade: Movie Review

Hi everyone! I just started this blog so I have a place to write my thoughts about music, movies, and pretty much everything Bollywood. I'm a huge movie buff, and I pride myself in my knowledge of Bollywood.

There are so many things I could talk about right now, such as Jannat 2 and Vicky Donor, both of which are movies that came out recently and that I've seen, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, which I finally saw, Teri Meri Kahaani, music previews for which recently came out, etc. I'm going to try to control my emotions a bit though and focus on the movie I most recently saw, which is Ishaqzaade.

I had been excited about Ishaqzaade ever since I Wikipedia-stalked Parineeti Chopra (I pyaar se call her Pari) after seeing Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl. I loved her in LVRB and instantly became a fan. Thanks to her, saying lol in an Indian accent has become common among my friends (not just the Indian ones...others too!). She completely rocked that role and showed in a very short amount of time that she has an immense amount of talent. I am definitely not a fan of Priyanka (except in Fashion and Dostana), so as far as I'm concerned, Pari is definitely the better of the Chopra sisters. Anyways, back to Ishaqzaade. My best friend and I stayed up until 6 am last week (during finals) to watch the live Ishaqzaade interview and asking as many questions as we could think of hoping to get a shoutout. We both ended up getting shoutouts, and mine's posted below.

I would have seen the movie earlier, but I had some other things to take care of. I finally saw it a couple hours ago, and really liked it. Parineeti Chopra did an amazing job, as expected. She has an extremely expressive face, and emotions seem completely natural and real. Her character in this movie was much more mature than her character in LVRB, and she did a wonderful job. Arjun Kapoor did a decent job as well. He could have been more expressive in some scenes, but he wasn't bad. The role he had was pretty difficult though, so I'd like to see how he handles different roles as well before I decide if I like him or not. He has potential, but he needs to work on his expressions a bit before he can get really good. Both Pari and Arjun are good dancers. I already knew Pari was, and I have LVRB songs to look at to see her dancing since she didn't dance in this movie except for maybe a minute in Jhalla Wallah. Speaking of, it was nice to see Gauhar Khan as well. I really liked her dancing in Jhalak Dikhla Ja, and then saw a glimpse of her in the bit I saw of Rocket Singh. She came again in Parda Parda (Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai), and once again here. I would definitely like to see her as an actor rather than just as an item girl.

Okay enough about the actors, and now for the story. The trailer doesn't really give much insight into the story, and personally I just got more confused and even more curious.

Going in, I knew the general premise and the songs, but nothing about the actual plot of the movie. It was a pretty basic Romeo-Juliet story. It's super cliche at this point and we've seen Bobby, Saagar, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak; the list goes on and on. I personally still like the story, so I didn't mind too much. There is an interesting twist in the middle. I was definitely expecting something to happen since the love story progressed so quickly (in one song actually) and something had to happen to progress the movie. What I didn't expect was what actually happened. I'm trying to avoid spoilers here since the movie came out less than a week ago and many people haven't seen it, but I was definitely surprised at the twist. I'll leave it at that. What I found odd about this movie was that everyone had a gun, and it wasn't out of the ordinary at all. Granted it's easy for politicians to have guns, but this seemed kind of over the top. That's not a big deal though. The one single thing that I didn't like at all was the ending. Even if I accept what actually happened, the execution of the scene was poor and nowhere near as impactful as it could have been. The side actors didn't do a good job, the background score didn't fit, and the dialogues were weak. That sounds harsh, but I just hated the ending. The rest of the movie was entertaining and I did enjoy it.

Songs were good too. My favorite song was Pareshaan, but I think I actually like every song in the movie. Every song was also picturized very well. I really want to see Pari sing soon. She is a trained singer, just like Priyanka, and I'd like to see her professionally showcase that talent alongside her acting talent.

This review ended up being much longer than expected. Overall, I liked Ishaqzaade, and I'd recommend watching it. It is not flawless at all though. I was watching B4U Music earlier, and VJ Salil was talking about how it may not be a blockbuster, but it would be a successful smaller film. I think I agree with that. It's not super commercial and the story isn't extraordinary from any angle, but it's definitely entertaining, and Pari did an amazing job.