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.