Saturday, 23 August 2014

Mardani - Movie Review


The much-awaited movie to see Rani Mukherji is a different avatar called Mardani is all set to embark in the theatres this coming Friday the 22nd August. The movie comes from Yash Raj Films, being directed by Pradeep Sarkar, with lead roles being played by Rani Mukherjee, Jishu Sengupta, Thahir Raj Bhasin, etc, while the music is given by Julius Packiam. You will find Rani is all together a different avatar, wherein she is seen as a crime branch officer dealing with the case of Child Trafficking and busting the racket working behind this menace found in the society. In India wherein you witness more than 40,000 kids being abducted and smuggled every year, making such movie to create awareness about this issue and empowering the women in our society is really a good idea. Indeed the statistics of child trafficking in India is very much alarming wherein you would find a girl child missing every eight minute.
Though the theme and the production house YRF do not match each other as this company has been producing movies more on the subjects like love, romance and friendship but changing the track really seems appreciable. Thats called responsibility, which any big banners like YRF seems to be accomplishing by embarking with a movie like Mardani. The movie simply revolves around a lady cop called Shivani Shivaji Roy, which is being played by Rani Mukherji. She is an astute police officer in Mumbai Crime Branch, who is known for checking the hidden clues along with confronting the hard-core criminals in the most ruthless manner the way these elements deserve the treatment.
The script of the movie seems to be straight and seems very much realistic in an Indian society wherein we all live having so many cases of child trafficking. The cop has her little niece called Meera to whom the lady cop is very much protective. Another teenager called Pyari seen in the movie is just like a daughter to Rani, who is unfortunately is kidnapped by the trafficking mafia, who is then smuggled this girl to another city. Rani takes up this life changing case in her hand and seen taking a long and wild chance to nab the criminal behind this abduction. The mafia kingpin Walt simply calls this lady inspector simply inquire as to what can stop this cop to chase this mastermind.
Shivani has no clue about this mafia kingpin, but she poses a challenge to catch him alive within 30 days. This challenge then follows a cat and rat game between the police and the ruthless mafia kingpin. This man who is behind the entire business of Child Trafficking is a malicious and cruel man who sees nothing wrong in this trade. For him, it is just another recreational business, wherein he supplies young girl to his clients to suffice their carnal desire. Virtually you may find this man to be the 12th match of any cricket team, however, as you see this man in this movie, he is one of the most merciless and a man with stone heart. The movie is all about the hide and seeks of this man and the diehard efforts of Rani to catch him dead or alive.

Mardani Review Final words :

As far as performance of different character, Rani has left no stone unturned to give her best in Mardani. In fact, she has even approached the ATS chief to find out some lady cops in Crime Branch Mumbai Police and thus invested lots of her time studying their lifestyle and ways they deal in their daily chores. Her efforts to replicate the real in the movie were successful to bring out the best of her performances in the said movie. In fact, if you remember her playing the flamboyant journalist in No One Killed Jessica, you would have no two thought about her acting performance, which she has once again showcased in Mardani. While Tahir Bhasin in the role of Walt has been incredible, at least if you look any novice playing such ruthless character so well, he can be given good score for playing this role so nicely. Though Mardani is a music-less film yet you have the choice to enjoy it to some extent amidst loads of action from Rani.

Rating - 3*/5*

Friday, 15 August 2014

Singham Returns - Movie Review

Singham returns movie review

SINGHAM RETURNS is dissimilar when you draw parallels with the first part -- there's no connect between the two films, except, of course, Bajirao Singham. In SINGHAM, Singham took on the powerful politician [Prakash Raj], while the second installment throws light on the upright cop's crusade against corrupt politicians, including an influential Swamiji [Amole Gupte]. Much like the first installment, the combat is amongst equals yet again, with the protagonist and the antagonist going all out to knock each other down. 

SINGHAM RETURNS reflects the times we are living in. Scams, frauds, corruption, misuse of power by the high and mighty... much like the entertainers of yore, SINGHAM RETURNS provides a voice to the common man and you root for the diligent cop as he wages a war against the crooks. Sure, it's a familiar terrain for moviegoers, since we have experienced such face offs in countless films, but what matters ultimately is how persuasive, ambitious and imaginative it appears, despite the conventional constraints. Both, Ajay and Rohit dive into the film with earnestness and conviction, relishing every moment and deliver a knock out entertainer. 

Here's the plotline: The courageous Bajirao Singham [Ajay Devgn] now returns to Mumbai. The story takes off when an officer from Singham's squad [Ganesh Yadav] is found dead, holding an enormous sum of money and charged with being corrupt. Singham begins his quest to trace the mystery behind it. 

Known for escapist entertainers like the GOLMAAL series, ALL THE BEST, BOL BACHCHAN and CHENNAI EXPRESS, Rohit does an about turn with the SINGHAM franchise. Besides, he and screenplay writer Yunus Sajawal add a dash of realism to reinvent the formula, but the focal point remains the same: Entertainment. Expect a deafening applause when Singham stages an entry or when he gets into a war of words with the Swamiji or when he exchanges blows with his bare fists or when the officers march to Swamiji's office in the climax. 

However, there are loopholes you cannot overlook. Much like the first part [SINGHAM], the romantic scenes just don't cut ice and appear forced in the narrative. In fact, the story stagnates when the songs are incorporated to make the romance factor work. The film could've done without songs actually. Also, the action pieces are too lengthy at times and could've been crisper. Additionally, the soundtrack, which, despite a couple of reputed names associated with it, doesn't linger in your memory, including Yo Yo Honey Singh's 'Aata Majhi Satakli'. 

Sajid-Farhad adorn the sequences with seeti-maar dialogue that are sure to be an instant hit with audiences, especially during the high-voltage dramatic sequences. Dudley's cinematography is top notch, while the action sequences are raw and gritty. 

Although Ajay's body of work includes several memorable characters and films, the character of Bajirao Singham does optimal justice to his personality, acting skills and star charisma. Expectedly, the actor delivers a towering performance, grabbing your attention the moment he enters the story. He packs a solid punch in a role that seems tailor-made for him, a character that will remain synonymous with his name. You've to give it to Kareena for being able to hold her own effectively, despite Ajay being the showstopper. She's lively and though she goes over the top occasionally, the masses will like her loud character. 

There's tremendous curiosity for Singham's adversary this time. In fact, it must've been a challenge for Rohit to make the opponent as commanding as the one in the previous film [Jaikant Shikre]. Amole Gupte as Swamiji, the antagonist, does a marvelous job. Anupam Kher is extraordinary. He slides into his part most effortlessly. Mahesh Manjrekar is subdued, but effective. 

Zakir Hussain hits the bull's eye yet again. Sharat Saxena is in fine form. Dayanand Shetty infuses life into his part. He's first-rate! The supporting cast -- Ganesh Yadav, Govind Namdev, Pankaj Tripathi, Deepraj Rana, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Vineet Sharma -- do justice to their respective characters. Ashwini Kalsekar is excellent. 

On the whole, SINGHAM RETURNS is a complete mass entertainer with power-packed drama, hi-intensity dialogue and towering performances as its aces. The brand value attached to it coupled with a long weekend will help the film reap a harvest and rule the box-office in days to come. A sure-shot WINNER!

Rating - 4/5

Friday, 8 August 2014

Movie Review - It's Entertainment

The West has attempted films on pets inheriting the wealth of their deceased master. Recall films like THE RICHEST CAT IN THE WORLD [1986] or THE DUKE [1999]. A number of dream merchants in Bollywood have explored the man-animal relationship in films -- HAATHI MERE SAATHI, TERI MEHERBANIYAN or the more recent YEH HAI BAKRAPUR. ENTERTAINMENT is, perhaps, the first Hindi film that depicts the dog as the heir to his deceased master’s riches. 
What makes ENTERTAINMENT attention-grabbing -- besides its distinctive storyline -- is the fact that it is helmed by Sajid-Farhad, who have penned several laughathons in the past. Naturally, one expects their directorial debut to be a rib-tickling entertainer. There's one more reason -- Akshay Kumar. The actor, synonymous with comedies, has a terrific comic timing and with a title like ENTERTAINMENT, the film ought to live up to those lofty expectations, right? Does ENTERTAINMENT hit the right notes? Let’s find out! 
First, the premise! Akhil [Akshay Kumar] struggles to make ends meet by doing petty jobs. He does all this to support his ailing father [Darshan Jariwala], who has been hospitalized. Akhil gets a jolt when he overhears his father telling the nurse that Akhil is not his son. That's not all, for he also gets to know that the wealthy diamond merchant, Pannalal Johri [Dalip Tahil], is his father, who had cheated his mother. 
When an over-excited Akhil breaks this news to his pal [Krushna Abhishek], the duo also get to know, through a news channel, about Pannalal Johri's sudden demise in Bangkok. Akhil rushes to Bangkok to stake claim on his fathe's fortune. However, Akhil gets a shock when the lawyer [Johny Lever] informs him that his father has bequeathed his fortune to his dog -- Entertainment. What happens next?
Sajid-Farhad have been an integral part of Rohit Shetty's movies and unsurprisingly, Rohit's influence shows in their very first outing as well. Much like Rohit or for that matter, David Dhawan and Anees Bazmee, who have focused on providing ample laughs and amusement in those 3 hours, Sajid-Farhad too throw logic out of the window, focus only on tickling your funny bone and offer unabashed, over the top humor. 
Sajid-Farhad also integrate the man-animal relationship smartly in the narrative and create episodes that are ludicrous, but comical. One doesn't mind absurdities or irrational situations as long as you have a good laugh and Sajid-Farhad make sure the humor is never in short supply. Much like their predecessors, Sajid-Farhad's first attempt is akin to your fav fast food that may be low on nutrition [sensible, path-breaking stuff], but your taste buds relish it and you savor it till it lasts. 
The writing is stuffed with uproarious episodes and a couple of them are indeed side-splitting. The sequences between Akshay and Krushna Abhishek [at the commencement of the film] or the antics between Akshay and the pet do bring a smile on your face and at times, makes you break into guffaws. Really, if you need to de-stress yourself, ENTERTAINMENT -- with all its bizarre, outrageous and wacky jokes and superb one-liners -- serves the purpose. 
However, you cannot disregard the loose ends. The humor quotient goes downhill as the comic villains [Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood] surface slightly before the intermission. The gags and funny episodes, all of a sudden, take a back seat towards the second hour and though Sajid-Farhad do make an attempt to pack hilarious occurrences, you aren't amused really. Furthermore, a number of sequences in the post-interval portions are stretched for no reason, with a couple of jokes appearing forced in the scheme of things. Nonetheless, the pace gains momentum yet again towards the penultimate stages. 
The soundtrack boasts of two popular tracks -- 'Johnny Johnny' and 'Veerey Di Wedding Hain' -- which are already a rage with listeners. 'Teri Mahima Aprampaar' is another tuneful composition that has been filmed skillfully. The DoP imparts a rich texture to the visuals and the eye-catching locales of Thailand aid him in his endeavor. 
Akshay returns to the comfort zone [comedies] and expectedly, is charismatic, charming and vibrant. His faultless comic timing coupled with the enthusiasm with which he goes through his part is worthy of immense praise. Tamannaah is endearing and though she’s paired with Akshay for the first time, they compliment each other wonderfully well. 
The supporting cast also adds to the madness. Mithun Chakraborty is in fine form yet again. It's a sheer joy to watch Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood step out of villainous roles and have fun with comic characters. Johny Lever is top notch, evoking ample laughter on varied occasions. Krushna Abhishek is simply outstanding. His comic timing is impeccable and his one-liners are howlarious. 
Dalip Tahil, Darshan Jariwala and Vrajesh Hirjee are okay. Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade and Remo D’Souza appear in cameos. The pet, a Golden Retriever named Junior, is simply adorable. 
On the whole, ENTERTAINMENT is a joy ride that lives up to its title. Go, laugh out loud and get entertained!

Rating - 3.5/5

By - Mr.Taran Adarsh

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Programme Schedule - August'14

To 31-08-14
Old And New Hits Of Bollywood
From 7.00 Hrs
To 7.00 Hrs
Every SundayRequest Songs From Listeners Around The World
From 09.30 Hrs To 10.00 Hrs
Repeat at 15.30 and 20.30 Hrs
04-08-14Birth Anniversary Of Singer, Actor, Music Director, Lyricist "Kishore Kumar" Listen Him  24 Hrs, Read More @ BlogFrom 8.00 Hrs To 8.00 Hrs (5th)
15-08-14Independce Day Celebration - Patriotic SongsFrom 8.00 Hrs To 9.00 Hrs and 21.00 Hrs To 22.00 Hrs
18-08-14Birth Day Of Poet, Lyricist "Gulzar" Listen His Lyrics, Read More @ BlogFrom 8.00 Hrs To 11.00 Hrs
27-08-2014Death Anniversay Of Singer "Mukesh" Listen Him, Read More @ BlogFrom 8.00 Hrs To 12.00 Hrs