Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kahaani: Movie Review

So I finally saw Kahaani a couple months ago and got lazy about writing the review. I'll finally share my thoughts about this with you now.

Usually I start out with my reviews on acting, but in this case, I'm going to omit that analysis because I think everyone acted pretty well in this movie.

Now let's talk about plot. This is the story (the kahaani, if you will) of a pregnant woman who came to Kolkota in search of her husband. She goes to the cops, who fail at finding her husband and in fact don't even believe that he exists. There's a twist when Vidya realizes that her husband has a lookalike and tries to find him that way, but basically all forces turn against her. The story goes on from there as she continues the search despite all other factors. It's a pretty interesting plot in itself, but my favorite part is the intelligence with which this movie is crafted. It's all very well put together, and I personally had a huge mind-blast moment at the end. It also helps that I'm a huge fan of thrillers.

If/when you watch this movie (again), think of Vidya as Durga Maa, and if you know anything about Durga Maa, you'll start noticing similarities. That in itself is pretty cool. I didn't know about that while I was watching the movie, but I just realized that some posters even depict her in the Durga Maa avatar. It's also kind of interesting that the movie takes place during Durga Puja, which kind of makes the Vidya-Durga Maa parallelism a bit more obvious. The whole double name thing for Bengalis (Inspector Satyoki/Rana) parallels the duality in her name and in her husband's name. There are several other subtle things in the movie that show how much thought went into the script and how mindful everything was of a meta-story while still making a gripping movie. I surprisingly do enjoy my fair share of mindless movies, but this was not one of them and I loved it. I don't want to give too much away about the ending (even if it has been out for a while now), but at the very end, it completely makes sense why the name of the movie is Kahaani, and I remember getting goosebumps when I figured that out.

If you haven't already seen this movie, I would definitely recommend it. There's a reason this movie ended up being such a big hit!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dabangg 2: Music Review

Dagabaaz Re: "Tere naina bade dagabaaz re" seems like the sequel to Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. It's a soft Sufi style song by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan that isn't quite as magical as Tere Mast Mast Do Nain but it comes close.

PandeyJee Seeti: This is the most upbeat song in the movie and is to be picturized on Mallaika Arora Khan again. This is the return of Munni. It's super catchy and I couldn't help but tap my feet along with it. I love the bits of Munni in here...they put the iconic tune in a little and her name is still Munni.

Fevicol Se: We've moved on from Jhandu Balm to Fevicol. This is the second item number of this movie and is picturized on Kareena. I thought this was okay. Nothing too great, but I'm excited to see Kareena in this!

Saanson Ne: This is a romantic song. Personally, I didn't feel this as much as Chori Kiya Re Jiya in Dabangg. It was still not bad though.

Dabangg Reloaded: This is a sort of faster-pace reprise of Udd Udd Dabangg. Can't go wrong with Sukhwinder Singh in this type of song. Did anyone else think of Chale Chalo from Lagaan in the beginning?

One can't help but compare this album to the original Dabangg, which is kind of unfortunate for this album. Dabangg is up there in the list of albums with great music, so being fully compared to that is difficult. I missed the Dabangg magic in this album, but by itself, this album is still nice.

This album also got me really excited for the movie because it seems to be a true sequel rather than a completely disjoint story with more or less the same plot. Super excited for this!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Year of Sequels

2012 seems to be the year of sequels. So far this year, we've seen Housefull 2, Jannat 2, Jism 2, and Raaz 3. Of these, I saw the first two and liked them. I don't think I'll watch Raaz 3, but I've heard mixed reviews about Jism 2, so I'll probably check it out. This is already a ton of sequels for one year....but wait. There's more.

As you probably already know, there are a couple more sequels lined up for release for the rest of the year. The Dabangg 2 trailer came out last week. Personally I'm a huge Sallu fan, so I'm excited for this movie. Khiladi 786 is also coming out this year. This isn't a "sequel" per se, but it's the return of the Khiladi series from the 90s andddd it comes with a signature step just like Dabangg and Singham did. Both of these movies will probably be silly and fairly ridiculous, but hey! Those movies can be entertaining, so I don't really mind.

In 2013, we've got Dhoom 3 and Race 2 coming out. Dhoom 3 has Aamir Khan as the villain, which sounds awesome. Mamujaan Aamir and bhaanje Imran are finally going to be in a movie together, which should be interesting. I'm also excited to see Neil Nitin Mukesh in a project that will actually draw a lot of attention. He's very underrated in the industry.

Race 2 has John Abraham, which I'm excited about. It alsooo has Ameesha Patel. I know what you're thinking and I agree. Ameesha Patel?! Really?! Why? I know a lot of people disliked Race, but I loved it. It was like a roller coaster ride with lots of twists, and I was definitely a fan of that. I even liked Players, which even more people disliked. Straight up thrillers don't seem to do well in India, which I find kind of sad. I know Players had a ton of flop actors, but I still enjoyed that movie. Hopefully Race 2 keeps the the gripping thriller aspects and does well at the same time.

Well anyways, here's hoping all these sequels don't disappoint! I'm definitely looking forward to the soundtracks from all these movies!

Oh and also, HAPPY DIWALI!!!! Light an extra firecracker and eat some extra mithai on my behalf please!