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!!