Sunday, June 9, 2013

Aashiqui 2: Movie Review

Aashiqui 2 is actually a movie I did not intend on watching. The movie seemed really dull and boring, and I didn't really like the songs that much either. I haven't even seen Rockstar yet because it just didn't seem appealing despite all the good reviews I've heard, and Aashiqui 2 seemed very similar. I still don't know how true that is since I know nothing about Rockstar's story, so I can't comment on that. Regardless, a good friend of mine was obsessing over Aashiqui 2 and very strongly recommended the movie. Now it's summer vacation and I don't have much else to do, so I watched it. Here's my review of the movie.

As always, let's first take a look at the story. Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapur) is a singer who is in the process of ruining his career and everything he has because of his alcohol addiction. After one of his concerts, Rahul goes to a bar despite the advice of his manager and best friend, Vivek (Shaad Randhawa). There he meets Aarohi Keshav Shirke (Shraddha Kapoor), who is the bar singer and happens to be singing his song. He is impressed by her voice and promises to take her to Mumbai. After a couple hurdles, he ends up mentoring her and she becomes a huge star. Meanwhile, Rahul's career is pretty much over, which he doesn't take very well. As much as he tries to be supportive, his jealousy does come in the way. It also doesn't help that he has an alcohol addiction. Aarohi does her best to better Rahul, and never gives up on him. I'll stop there so I don't give too much away, but that's the general storyline.

It is important to note that there are no big name actors in this movie. Both lead actors are just a few movies old, and so a lot of their mistakes in acting are forgiven. Let's begin with Aditya. He did a pretty good job for the most part as Rahul. It was a difficult role, and he did fairly well considering it's his first fleshed out character. All his other roles have been shallow and easier, so he's on the right track. Shraddha could have been better. I saw Luv Ka The End a few months ago, and she was alright in that. Her character in this film was very different from that in LKTE, and she could have been better. There were a lot of scenes where her character was sad or completely heartbroken, but those emotions didn't really come through. I think she has the potential though, and i want to see more of her. I think she's beautiful, and I hope she becomes a better actor sooner rather than later. These two are the main characters, but I'll mention Shaad too. He needs to improve his acting big time. The other substantial actor was Mahesh Thakur, but he knows what he's doing...he's been around for a while.

Granted the acting wasn't the best and the story could have been a bit more involved, but the movie was still touching and heartbreaking. The movie definitely worked for me. Even the songs have grown on me, as expected. My favorite by far is the female version of Sun Raha Hai Na Tu. I cannot get over how amazing Shreya Ghoshal is in that, and Shraddha and Aditya's expressions in the picturization were beautiful. Overall I liked the movie a lot, and I would definitely recommend this movie to people looking for a love story. That's pretty much what the movie is through and through - a love story.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani: Movie Review

So with this movie, I'm going to do something I have never done before. I wrote the review for this movie before I watched it based on the promos and songs, thinking I'd change and update it once I've seen the movie. Not much needed to be changed though, so I figured I'd leave it as is with a couple additions...

 - Deepika's acting has definitely improved over time, but she still has lots of room for improvement.
 - Deepika has beautiful hair!
 - The second half of the movie was SUPER long. A lot of it was dragged out, and I wish that was shorter.
 - I still love all the songs!

Other than that, I think the review was pretty accurate!

The much awaited Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani released last Friday, and has already become the highest grossing film of the year. I usually am one of the first people to watch movies, and for a change, I'm one of the latter people. That itself is a statement about the popularity of this movie.

I personally am not a Ranbir or Deepika fan. Ranbir is okay, but I wouldn't call myself a fan per se. That being said, the promos are very appealing, and I think most of the credit for that goes to the soundtrack. Badtameez Dil, Balam Pichkari, Kabira, Dilliwali Girlfriend, etc. I love each and every song, and I finally got the lyrics for Badtameez Dil down. It also helps that there haven't been very many young blockbusters out recently, so YJHD is perfectly time. Everyone has been waiting for a commercial film, and who better than this pair to deliver that? Bachna Ae Haseeno did well because of the same idea. That's a big reason I didn't care to watch the movie at its first day's first show. This movie seemed to be a remake of Bachna Ae Haseeno in the coming of age sense and falling for Deepika in the end. Maybe there aren't two other women he has to go around apologizing to, but it's still the same concept. Throw in an awesome soundtrack, a Madhuri Dixit item number, a bunch of glam, and a sprinkle of Love Aaj Kal, and ta-daaa you've got YJHD!

The story was what you'd expect. Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) meets Naina (Deepika Padukone) and go on an adventure that Naina wouldn't normally go on. Naina is a simple girl while Bunny wants to lead a more interesting life. Naina falls for Bunny, but that love is not requited. Then there's a leap in time and Bunny once again appears in front of Naina. This time they both fall in love and happy ending!! Of course on the side you've got Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin), the best friends, but their roles are fairly minor.

Acting wise both Ranbir and Deepika were decent. Ranbir was definitely better than Deepika, but Deepika was still decent. Kalki and Aditya were both fine as well. Nobody's acting really stood out though.

Overall, the story was super predictable and there were lots of ghisse pitte scenes. I'd say the movie is watchable, but that's about it.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani: Music Review

Badtameez Dil: This song is super catchy, and I think the video makes the song much better. Ranbir Kapoor in this reminded me for some reason of Shahid Kapoor from Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff, which is definitely a good thing. The dance in this video is totally my style, and it went well with the song. I'm still working on getting the lyrics memorized. This isn't my favorite song from this movie, but it's still decent.

Balam Pichkari: It's always great to see a Holi song just because Holi songs are always super fun. This was no exception.

Ilahi: Mohit Chauhan <3. That's all I have to say about this song.

Kabira: There are two versions of this song. The first version is by Rekha Bhardwaj and Tochi Raina. I love Rekha Bhardwaj in this, and Tochi is not bad. The other version is by Arjit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur. I love Harshdeep, but I think this song suited Rekha heavy voice better. I did like Arjit better than Tochi though. That being said, both versions are pretty good.

Dilliwaali Girlfriend: This seems like a typical guy flirting with girl song that may have been in a 90s movie. I don't know why, but this song reminded me of Tera Rang Balle Balle from Soldier. I checked out the video too, and the partner choreography is really cool (when they're both actually dancing). Seems like this is a song from someone's wedding, and who doesn't love a good wedding song?

Subhanallah: I love seeing people from talent shows doing actual playback. Sreeram from Indian Idol sang this one, and he did a great job! The song overall though was pretty typical. Nothing new.

Ghagra: This is the Madhuri Dixit item number, and introduces her by calling her Mohini. Loved that part! This song sounded okay to me, nothing great. I can't wait to see Madhuri and Ranbir dancing together, though!!

Overall, the soundtrack is pretty good. There is a nice diverse set of styles. I love the subtle references in here, like "Gilli Gilli Akha" and Madhuri Dixit being called Mohini.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Nautanki Saala: Movie Review

Nautanki Saala is a subtle comedy starring Ayushmann Khurranna, Kunaal Roy Kapur, and Pooja Salvi. I had to check this one out anyways just for Ayushmann Khurranna, and then the music release happened. I absolutely love each and every song in this movie. So after the music release, I was just waiting for a chance to watch this movie, and yesterday, I finally had that chance!

As usual, let's start with the plot. Ram (Ayushmann Khurranna), is a theater actor/director currently working on the play Raavan Leela. Ironically, Ram plays the character of Raavan in the play. Ram's character is such that he always tries to help people, and when one day he sees Mandar (Kunaal Roy Kapur) trying to commit  suicide, he does just that. Turns out Mandar wanted to commit suicide because his wife, Nandidi (Pooja Salvi), left him. Ram takes in Mandar and gives him the role of Ram in the play, trying to help him get his life together and give him a desire to live again. Ram, being the helpful guy he is, decides to track down Nandini for Mandar. I don't want to give away anything after that point, so watch the movie and figure it out for yourself!!

On to the acting...
In a nutshell, everyone did a great job. Ayushmann Khurranna is amazing. I'm most definitely a fan, and I hope to see more of him. Kunaal Roy Kapur played a lallu, confused character the entire time, and did a wonderful job with that. Pooja Salvi did a great job as the romantically confused Nandini.

The movie overall was pretty gripping. I've seen some reviews that criticize the ending or flow of the movie, but personally, I loved it. There were a lot of good laughs in there, which for a change did not come from slapstick humor. The characters and dialogues were written well enough for scenes to be funny without specific punch lines.

One thing I don't say often though is that I liked the editing of the movie. I don't know what it was about this movie, but I thought it was edited really well. Sadi Galli Aaja was a dream sequence song, for example, and the transitions between dream and reality were done perfectly to go with the music. All songs fit well with the script and were successful in creating a comedic or dramatic effect, depending on the song. The change between Mera Mann Kehne Laga and Dhak Dhak in the balcony scene was hilarious. The end of the movie was a bit melodramatic, but it was handled well and didn't go overboard.

Rohan Sippy directed this movie, and he also directed Bluffmaster. I remember that movie being an intelligent comedy as well, and so it wasn't surprising that this movie was also intelligently comedic.

Lastly, I'd like to give a special shoutout to the picturization of Draamebaaz in the end credits. You all know how much I love filmy references, so obviously I gotta love this one too. There are a bunch of references to Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Mithun, Dharmendra, and other actors' dance styles.

Nautanki Saala is a subtle comedy that provides some hilarious moments as well as a decent plotline. And of course, let's not forget the beautiful soundtrack! I'd recommend this movie for sure!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ek Thi Daayan: Music Review

Ek Thi Daayan is an upcoming Emran Hashmi horror movie. I love Emran Hashmi, but horror movies are not at all my genre, and I get nightmares very easily. Therefore, I'll probably be staying away from this one, unless I hear it's not too bad.

Still from Ek Thi Daayan

Yaaram: This song starts out slow with Sunidhi and very little music. Then about two minutes in there's a beat drop, and the song picks up. The lyrics are kind of strange...I've never heard a Hindi song including a laptop. Overall this is a decent song, and my favorite part has to be the pick-ups and drops in the beat.

Totey Ud Gaye: This tries to be an upbeat and fun song, but it failed for me. I'm not a fan at all.

Kaali Kaali: This is almost an eerily soothing song. The violining is beautifully composed, it fits incredibly well with the rest of the music in this song. I was listening to this song with headphones only in on one ear, and could not resist putting the other earbud in as well just to hear the full composition. Clinton Cerejo, the singer, does a wonderful job with this song. All in all, definitely a good song.

Lautungi Main: The song has the haunting feel that a song from a horror movie should, which is nice to finally hear. Once again, the composition is brilliant in that sense and includes calm segments followed quickly by very intense segments.

Sapna Re Sapna: This is a lullaby sung by one of SaReGaMaPa's Li'l Champs. It's decent, but not at the top of my list.

Overall, this album is pretty good. Ek Thi Daayan is a horror movie, and this soundtrack remains very true to that, for a change. The majority of these songs have the haunting and eerie compostitions, which fit perfectly!

I Love New Year: Music Review

I Love New Year is a new movie coming out with Sunny Deol and Kangana Ranaut. I'm not sure if I'll be watching this one, but I thought I'd at least check out the soundtrack. Here are my thoughts!

Gud Naal Ishq Mitha: The older Punjabi party hit has been remade with two new versions in this movie, one with Tochi Raina and the other with Sukhwinder Singh. Hard Kaur is featured in both versions. It's nice to have an added beat in the song, but honestly neither compare to the original track. Being Punjabi myself, I have heard the original countless times, and they just did not match up. If anything though, the Sukhwinder Singh version comes closer than Tochi Raina.

Jaane Naa Kyun: This sounds like a very typical 90s song. I love Sonu Nigam, but this song was just average for me.

Judaai: I like the song a lot, as I do most songs of this genre. This song seemed very familiar to me, and I realized this is because the song was previously part of a fake album released for Jannat 2, but I guess it's now part of a real album! There is an unplugged version as well.

Halki Halki: This song tries very hard to be a modern type of song, but the raps were lame, the beginning seemed like a joke, and overall I just was not a fan.

Aaja Meri Jaan: I like this song a lot. Mauli Dave (from SaReGaMaPa) sang this song, and the song suits her a lot. Definitely one of my favorites of the lot, and it's currently on repeat.

Overall, the album is average. I was excited about the Gud Naal Ishq Mitha remakes, but they aren't as good as I expected them to be. My favorites were probably Aaja Meri Jaan and Judaai (and it's unplugged version).

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge: Movie Review

Mujhse Fraandship Karoge is a story about Vishal (Saqib Saleem) and Preity (Saba Azad) who are both college students and hate each other. Vishal's rockstar friend Rahul (Nishant Dahiya) has a concert that Preity and her best friend Malvika (Tara D'Souza) attend. After the concert, Vishal sends a Facebook friend request to Malvika using Rahul's account. Malvika thinks it seems "tacky and despo," but Preity accepts it. Vishal and Preity then chat with each other as Rahul and Malvika, and start developing crushes on each other. Vishal thinks he has a thing for Malvika though, and Preity for Rahul. Vishal and Preity are assigned to work on a project together become good friends. Meanwhile, Rahul and Malvika actually meet and click, but don't proceed make a move because of Vishal and Preity. I'm sure you can figure out what happens from there!

So there are actually a few reasons I'm doing this review, even though this isn't a new movie. Firstly, it's a super underrated movie that not many of my friends have heard about, and I liked it a lot! Secondly, I happened to rewatch this movie last night, so it was good timing for me. Also, Saqib Saleem's new movie Mere Dad Ki Maruti is coming out tomorrow, so this is perfect timing for that! Last but not least, Saba Azad sang a few songs in Nautanki Saala, which comes out next month!

Okay so now on to the "review" part of this review. As I already said, I think this movie is vastly underrated and have already recommended it to a few friends of mine. They liked the movie too, so it's not just me! The Wikipedia page says this was a hit in India, but I hadn't thought to watch it until my mom recorded it on the DVR and I saw it on there. I had heard of the movie before it came out, and my friends and I thought it was ridiculous to have a movie so dependent on Facebook. The entire concept of the movie is the difference between Facebook relationships and real life relationships, and I get really annoyed with the over-usage of new social media sites in movies. It's usually overdone to the point of tackiness and pushes the modernness of the movie. This movie didn't do that though. It was a simple love story and a cute movie. A lot of cheesy movies get boring in the middle where the story kind of slumps and I want to forward the scene. This movie didn't have those and had a decent pace. The only things I forwarded were the songs.

Acting-wise I liked everyone. Saqib and Saba did well as Vishal and Preity. Saqib played the stubborn typical college boy role well and Saba was cute as Preity. Tara as Malvika was okay. I was surprised to see that she's full Indian. She looks and sounds like a foreigner. Regardless, she fit the role for this kind of a movie, but I'm not sure what else she can do. Her role was to be sweet and a good friend, which she fulfilled, but having seen her in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, I know she can't really do much else. Nishant did a decent job as Rahul as well. He fit the college-age rockstar look pretty well.
If you haven't seen this movie and are looking for a sweet and semi-modern love story, I'd definitely recommend it. I think I've seen it about three times and would still watch it again!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Special 26: Movie Review

After seeing trailers and such, I thought Special 26 was going to be a serious political drama. Having heard this, I was waiting for a night where I was in the mood to watch a heavy film. I came home though and my mom recommended that I watch it. She said she liked it a lot, so I had to check it out. I know a lot of people dislike Akshay Kumar, but I'm from a family of Akshay Kumar fans. Sure enough, I saw it this past weekend and loved it!

Set in the 80s, Special 26 is the story of a group of guys, including Ajay (Akshay Kumar) and Sharma Ji (Anupam Kher) among others, who impersonate CBI or income tax officers to rob politicians and others who deal with black money. The opening scene in the movie shows them using police officers Ranveer Singh (Jimmy Shergill) and Shanti (Divya Dutta), who subsequently get suspended. Ranveer is looking for revenge, and (real) CBI officer Wasim Khan (Manoj Bajpai) is assigned to help him catch the gang.

I don't even want to talk about acting. I think everyone did well. Anupam Kher is a flawless actor, Manoj Bajpai did well too. I am an Akshay fan, so I liked him here as well. Jimmy Shergill was great too. Everyone in this movie was good. The only thing this movie could have done without was Priya (Kajal Agarwal), aka Ajay's love interest. Her character was unnecessary and didn't add anything to the movie. Nothing in the story would have been different if she didn't exist. Other than her, I don't really have any complaints about the movie.

What I liked most about this movie was the intelligence with which it was made. Every scene in this movie was intelligently scripted. The movie is a thriller and did not fail to keep me at the edge of my seat. Unlike most movies I've seen recently, the movie was unpredictable and turned out differently than I guessed. There weren't even many loose ends left to tie up! Everything (for the most part) made sense and played out well. I was left shocked in some scenes just because of how well they directed the movie. One scene was just the scene after the first robbery, where we find out that they were just pretending to be CBI officers. Sorry that won't be a shocker for you, but hey! You were looking for a review, which includes a basic synopsis! Another such scene was the end. It was so brilliantly set up that I could not help but chuckle at all the scenes that led to that conclusion. Basically, in case you can't tell, I loved it.

I would definitely recommend Special 26. It's an intelligent thriller with a simple but brilliant story that is very rare nowadays.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I, Me Aur Main: Movie Review

I, Me Aur Main is a story about a completely spoilt and selfish music producer named Ishaan (John Abraham), who has been in a relationship with Anushka (Chitrangada Singh) for three years. Anushka is a strong woman who loves and wants a commitment from Ishaan. Ishaan being the way he is, does not want this, and continues to live in her apartment with her without contributing anything back because he sincerely believes that any girl would do anything for him. Anushka finally dumps him, forcing him to move to a new apartment. His neighbor there is Gauri (Prachi Desai), who calls him out on everything. As expected, Ishaan falls for Gauri. Ishaan loses his job and soon after receives some news that changes his life. His first instinct is to ignore all his responsibilities and believe everything is fine, because accepting defeat or mistake would hurt his ego. He finally grows up and learns to accept and thrive in complicated situations.

Chitrangada as Anushka was by far my favorite person in this movie. She acted extremely well as a strong, independent woman who deals with what she goes through. Not only that, but I'm pretty sure Chitrangada becomes more beautiful every time I see her. I really wish she had a larger role in this movie. John Abraham was decent as the arrogant and egoistic Ishaan. Some of his scenes and dialogues were a bit ridiculous, so I guess I can't judge his acting there since the script wasn't that great. Overall though he was average as an actor. Prachi Desai was the weakest actor in this movie. She did not deliver dialogues well at all, overexaggerated lines, did not add the proper emotions in her dialogues, etc. Mini Mathur did well as Ishaan's elder and more sensible sister.

Apart from poor acting from Prachi and average acting from John, the dialogues were poorly written. There is actually a scene where Ishaan's ego doesn't allow him to use a ladder to come down from the second floor, and instead jumps off. The story had potential, but too much time is spent in the setup of the film, making the development in the story rushed. A better screenplay could have helped the story play out better. The ending was ridiculous and forced an advanced (and rushed) conclusion.

Overall I did not really like the movie. I think it definitely could have turned out much better with a better script, because the story wasn't bad.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top 10 Beats of the Month: February, 2013

Here's my top 10 for the month!!

  1. Saadi Galli Aaja Nautanki Saala
  2. Saajna I Me Aur Main
  3. Bezubaan ABCD Any Body Can Dance
  4. Main Senti Hoon Mere Dad Ki Maruti
  5. Maanjha Kai Po Che
  6. Hum Jee Lenge Murder 3
  7. Khalbali 3G
  8. Lat Lag Gayi Race 2
  9. Shiv Shambho Rangrezz
  10. Kaun Mera Special 26
The top two this week (Saajna and Saadi Galli Aaja) were difficult to pick between...both are amazing songs!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mere Dad Ki Maruti: Music Review

I'm surprisingly excited for this movie. The hero of this was the hero in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (a very under-appreciated movie, in my opinion), so he's one reason. The second reason is Ram Kapoor. After listening to the music, I've found my third reason to watch this movie.

Mere Dad Ki Maruti trailer to release with Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Punjabiyaan Di Battery: This is a Punjabi track picturized on Ram Kapoor and Saqib Saleem (father and son in the film). I really like Yo Yo Honey Singh's part as well as the first few lines of the song. After that the song isn't as exciting, but it's still good overall.

Main Senti Hoon: I love this song. I know a lot of people are like "what the hell is this song?" but I think it's super catchy, and the promo (the first half anyways) is awesome. Ever since I heard this song last weekend, I've been going around singing "only for you...cuz you so hot!" Even my non-desi friends have caught on to this song now. Plus, it's common knowledge now that Punjabis are the senti type, so it fits well.

Haaay: This song took a while to grow on me, but it's finally done it. It doesn't have the super fast feel, but it's still catchy.

Hip Hip Hurrah: I don't really like this song. The beginning is fine, but the chorus became a bit annoying.

Mere Dad Ki Maruti: This song is fun for the first minute or so, but gets really repetitive after that.

Mere Dad Ka Mash Up: Ever since Zero Hour Mashup, Bollywood has gotten into mashups. Jannat 2, Race, Student of the Year, and other movie soundtracks came with mashups. To be quite honest, I didn't pay a ton of attention to the mashup, but what I did hear was decent. Most songs in the album are fast Punjabi numbers, so even the mashup sounded like a regular song because of all the smooth transitions.

Overall, I really like this album. If you don't like Punjabi numbers, stay away from this. Otherwise, definitely check it out. Pretty much every song is catchy and makes you want to dance!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Movies

So in honor of Valentine's Day, here is a list of ten of my favorite Valentine's Day movies (in no particular order).

This is one movie that I will never get sick of. It's one of my favorite movies, and definitely one of my favorite chick flicks. When non-Indians ask me to recommend a Bollywood movie, this is one of the first ones I mention.

Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
I love Salman Khan. I love Kajol even more. This movie has them both. This is another one of my all time favorite movies. O O Jaane Jaana will forever be one of my favorite songs. If you haven't seen this movie, I think you need to go get on that. You'll love it!

Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
In my opinion, this movie has not received nearly as much credit as it deserves. Its claim to fame is the song Madhosh Dil Ki Dhadkan. Salman Khan is here once again, and this time he's opposite Twinkle Khanna. It follows the typical Bollywood rom-com plot, but it's a bit unique with the twist in the middle. Salman Khan has his playboy image, Twinkle is an average, simple girl, Aditya Narayan is adorable.

Hum Tum
This is a more recent than the previously mentioned movies. Saif and Rani are awesome in this, as expected, and the story was unique at the time. I loved this movie when it came out several years ago, and I still love it now. Kirron Kher (as Bobby Aunty) is probably my favorite person in this movie.

Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
This is the most youthful movie of the lot. Imran Khan made his debut in this, and was immediately noticed. This was a refreshing movie to watch because of its youth, and the way the story is told makes it gripping. It also helps that all the songs are awesome.

Jab We Met
Jab We Met was a superhit movie starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. Part of the success of the movie was the fact that this was Shahid and Kareena's last movie as a couple. Additionaly, the story was interesting, and the characters were very intriguing. Kareena's character is an outspoken, bindaas Sikhni (Bhatinda ki), and Shahid is a quiet, serious (angry) young man. The movie not only shows the progression of their relationship, but also shows their influences on each other and how they bettered each others views of life.

Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
Kajol and Ajay Devgan may be my favorite celebrity couple. I love them together. This movie is one of those movies that just puts me in a good mood no matter what. I love Kajol in this movie, and Ajay is just super sweet. There are a lot of other characters that make the movie enjoyable as well.

Jaanam Samjha Karo
Salman Khan again. This time, he's with Urmila. Sallu is once again a playboy who ends up changing because of love. This movie has quite a few famous songs that you've probably heard, such as Sabki Baaratein AayiLove Hua, and of course the title song, Jaanam Samjha Karo. This isn't a hugely popular movie otherwise, but I really like it.

Haseena Maan Jayegi
In this list of chick flicks, I figured I'd add a more comedic love story. Haseena Maan Jayegi has Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Karishma Kapoor, and Pooja Batra. Govinda and Sanjay Dutt are hilarious together. Ek dum jodi #1 (see what I did there?). This combo, plus Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher is pure gold. I've seen this movie countless times, and I still laugh at every joke. Definitely one of my favorite comedies from that era of Bollywood.

Maine Pyar Kiya
Andddd we're back to Salman Khan. I didn't plan it this way, I swear! I just love 90s Salman Khan movies! Maine Pyar Kiya was Salman's first lead role. He was opposite Bhagyashree in a typical Rajshri production. I truly believe that this is one of the cheesiest movies Bollywood has to offer, and I love it! This is what Veeru Paaji was talking about in Sholay when he said "is mein emotion hai, drrrrama hai, tragedy hai!" Some people may not like this much cheese, but it's one of the "modern classics" of Bollywood, and I think every Bollywood buff should watch it. There are lots of famous quotes and songs from here, and, once again, lots and lots of cheesiness.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Himmatwala: Music Review

I saw the trailer for Himmatwala this past weekend, and got really excited when I heard Naino Mein Sapna. I'm an Ajay Devgan fan, so I'll be watching the movie for sure. For now though, here's my music review!

Naino Mein Sapna: This is a remake of the original song from Himmatwala. I think it's a fairly normal remake and doesn't really add anything.

Taki Taki: This is also apparently a remake of the original song. I can't compare the two though since I actually haven't heard the original.

Dhoka Dhoka: An okay song. This is the first original song we hear in the album, and it doesn't impress me at all.

Bum Pe Laat: The song opens with the chicken dance, and that sets the tone for the song. It's a silly song, probably meant for kids. Lyrics rhyme "tit for tat" with "bum pe laat." I'm not really a fan at all.

Thank God It's Friday: This is supposed to be a disco song, and apparently (according to Wikipedia), Sonakshi Sinha is supposed to have a cameo in it. The song itself is not as exciting as, say, The Disco Song from Student of the Year, although the chorus has some energy. Despite the not-so-exciting song though, I can completely see Sonakshi adding liveliness, expressions, and an attitude to the song to make it come alive and look amazing.

Overall, the soundtrack isn't that great. You can check out the remixes if you like, but it's like Chaar Din Ki Chandni where the remixes don't really sound much different than the original, so I'm not particularly fond of them. The original songs are eh. Thank God It's Friday is probably the best of the lot. I'm hoping the picturizations of these songs save the soundtrack.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I, Me Aur Main: Music Review

I, Me Aur Main is set to release within the next month, and I am definitely looking forward to it! John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, and Prachi Desai all in one movie sounds pretty good to me! The music just came out, soooo here's my review!

Capuchino: The first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this song was "what is up with the spelling here?" The second was "hmm sounds like Hum Toh Hain Cappuccino from Kya Super Kool Hain Hum." Well I still have no clue why the spelling is so random, but the song sounds nothing like the KSKHH song. This is the title song of the movie, and is pretty catchy. I really like the instrumentals here, which include kind of an Irish feel. I can't wait to see the picturization here.

Naa Jaane: This is a remix of the original Sridevi and Sunny Deol song Na Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai. I like the original song, so I liked this song as well. I know a lot of people are against all the old songs being remixed, but I think it's cool!

Saajna: Sounds like the typical sad song every love story requires. As always with such songs, I like this song too.

Saajna (Unplugged): This version has much, much more impact than the original. The music accentuates the lyrics and makes it sound beautiful.

Meri Jaaniye: Every love story needs a love song. This is I, Me Aur Main's. It's sweet, sugary, soft with a beat, and basically everything the typical love song has.

Nasha Nasha: The intro music reminded me of Rani Tu Main Raja from Son of Sardaar, but
the tune changed completely after that. Overall the song is okay...the Hinglish used in this is kind of overdone, but I'm sure it'll catch on.

Darbadar: This is a Sufi number. It could have been better, in my opinion, but it's not bad.

Overall, I liked the album a lot; it's the complete rom-com music package. I think my favorites are probably Saajna (Unplugged), Capuchino, Naa Jaane, and Meri Jaaniye. I'd definitely recommend checking it out!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Top Beats of the Month: January 2013

We're already a month into 2013, and I've finally started writing the date correctly!
One of my new year's resolutions was to not slack about movie reviews and actually write them for as many of the movies I watch as possible. Hope you're enjoying reading them!
Sooo now for the top beats of the month:

  1. Bezubaan ABCD Any Body Can Dance
  2. Hum Jee Lenge Murder 3
  3. Allah Duhai Hai Race 2
  4. Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
  5. Punjabiyan Di Battery Mere Dad Ki Maruti
  6. Kaun Mera Special 26
  7. Mast Kalandar David
  8. Aa Bhi Ja Mere Mehermaan Jayanta Bhai Ki Luv Story
  9. Pad Gaye Ji Akaash Vani
  10. Ranjha Jogi Zila Ghaziabad
There are lots of soundtracks out already for 2013. The movie line up is pretty exciting, so let's hope this is a great year for movies!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Race 2: Movie Review

I watched Race however many years ago, and I remember it leaving me boggled. It was one of the first movies I'd seen that had so many twists and turns, all of which somehow even made sense! Every time someone switched sides, I gasped in surprise and thought "this has to be the last twist." The movie didn't receive as much acclaim as I'd hoped, but it did fairly well, which was good. I've seen the movie probably half a dozen more times since then, and the movie never fails to entertain me. I feel like I'm on an adventure every time, and there isn't a single slow point in the movie.

I've been excited about Race 2 since I heard about it, and so I had to watch it as soon as I got the opportunity. Today was that day. I just finished watching the movie about an hour ago (as those of you who follow me on Twitter already know), soooo here's the review!

So as always, I'll start with the story. Let's start with what we know coming in to the movie. Ranveer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is our hero, and Armaan Malik (John Abraham) is our villain. I'd now like to take a small tangent and talk about how much I love that John Abraham's name is Armaan Malik since that was Karan Singh Grover's character's name in Dill Mill Gayye (any fans here?). Okay tangent over, and back to the story. Elena (Deepika Padukone) is Armaan's half-sister, and Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandez) is his girlfriend. Anil Kapoor reprises his role as Robert D'Costa, or RD, and his new assistant is Cherry (Amisha Patel). So Ranveer goes to Armaan, a wealthy casino owner, seeking revenge for the murder of his wife Sonia (Bipasha Basu). Armaan loves his money, and he and his sister have created a huge business empire based on black money. What follows is a series of twists and turns just like in Race. That's all I'm going to say without having any spoilers.

The entire time this movie was going on, I was thinking to myself: "okay now who's gonna betray whom?" Unfortunately, most plot twists were predictable. I figured out most of the twists, and had high expectations that at least the end would blow my mind a bit. Unfortunately, the end had the most predictable twist. I'm not sure if the reason for that is the fact that I've seen Race and expected everything, or that this movie was indeed not written or planned as well as the first one. So moving on to dialogues. There were a lot of cheesy and lame lines (like "he's gonna be so dead, and I'm gonna be very rich."), but then there were some epic ones (like "...kyunki main is race ka sabse purana khiladi hoon") too, most of which were delivered by Ranveer. The movie had a few stunts in it as well, which were gripping, unique, and well executed. Definitely a plus, in my opinion.

Acting wise, everyone was fine. As you probably know, I'm not a Deepika fan. She wasn't bad in this movie though. That being said, her role wasn't that big, so she didn't have much room to go wrong in. Speaking of actors, what's Amisha Patel doing in movies again?!

The soundtrack is decent. Party On My Mind has grown on me, and Be Intehaan is good too. Allah Duhai Hai is epic, and Lat Lag Gayee is catchy. It's no Zara Zara Touch Me, Pehli Nazar Mein, and Khwab Dekhe combo, but it's still not bad.

Overall, if you liked Race, you'll enjoy Race 2 as well. If you didn't like Race, I wouldn't recommend watching Race 2 (unless you want to see John Abraham). I liked that this movie showed some ties with Race and actually was a continuation of the story from Race. The end of this strongly alluded to a Race 3 in the future, which I am definitely looking forward to. Race is still better than Race 2, but Race 2 does have it's fair share of entertainment. I thought I was just half an hour into the movie, but in fact I was an hour and a half into it. That just goes to say that the movie is gripping and will keep you entertained throughout.

Table No. 21: Movie Review

So I was really excited to see Rajeev Khandelwal in a movie again. I've seen TV shows with him and loved him there, and then saw Aamir, in which he was amazing. I saw just the TV version of the promo, which was about 30 seconds and didn't show any of the more intense scenes. The whole idea of some kind of game where you just have to answer some questions, and an "if you lie, you die" mentality seemed pretty intriguing. The movie turned out to be way more intense though.

The film started out with a couple celebrating their anniversary in Fiji. They're not super well off, but they're clearly in love. There they meet a guy (Paresh Rawal) who offers them the chance to play a game where they have to answer 8 simple questions and perform 8 related tasks to win Rs. 21 crore. The couple is also told that all their actions will be broadcast live on a live gaming website where millions of people will tune in to watch. The couple accepts the game thinking it's too good to be true, and the game starts off easy. It quickly intensifies, and they end up having to confront their worse fears and perform ridiculous tasks. Some scenes were almost scarring in the movie. The couple tries to escape, but cannot as they are bound legally by a contract and physically by a lie detector on their wrists that would kill them if taken out of range. The end of the movie reveals the reason for the entire game, which I, as the viewer, had been wondering the entire time. It's not difficult to guess the end based on clues throughout the movie. It still does end up making an impact though.

So that was the story. Now let's talk about acting. Rajeev Khandelwal (the husband) was great as always. Tena Desae, as the wife, was not bad. Paresh Rawal can do no wrong, so of course he was great too. The way the movie was directed was really interesting. Every question/task combo gave us some insight into the characters' lives, and the connection between all these puzzle pieces were made at the very end. The movie was kind of slow, but the beginning and end were pretty good.

Overall, I'm not sure if I'd recommend this movie. It is definitely a little scarring, but it does make a strong statement about bullying. That is what it comes down to in the end. If you think you can handle it, the movie wasn't bad. I just personally didn't know what I was getting into.