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!