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).