Friday, 27 February 2015

Dum Laga ke Haisha - Movie Review

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The film (set in circa 1995 in Haridwar), starts off with a self introduction of a neither qualified nor talented Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana), a high-school dropout and a die-hard Kumar Sanu fan. He confesses that he has only three weaknesses in his life: exam's English question paper, his father's slippers and Kumar Sanu's melodious voice. This eventually leads to his matrimony meet, where his parents meet the parents of the 'B.Ed graduate but fat' Sandhya (debutante Bhumi Pednekar), who wants to become a teacher. Seizing the opportunity, Prem's parents (esp. his father Chandrabhan Tiwari (Sanjay Mishra) gets him married to Sandhya, even though Prem is least interested in her because of her fat figure. When a very disinterested Prem does 'nothing' on their wedding night, this news reaches the ears of both the families, thus making them nervous and also scared about the couple's future relationship. Sandhya, on the other hand, who genuinely loves Prem, on the insistence of her mother Subhadra Rani, even tries to seduce him with a 'foreign waali VCD'. Meanwhile, a certain incident happens between Prem and his friends, in which Prem confesses his utter disliking for Sandhya, which co-incidentally, Sandhya overhears. This leads to her filing for a divorce with Prem. As a legal formality, the court decides a time of 6 months for the couple to spend with each other, in case they have a change of mind. Amidst all this chaos, their village announces annual competition named 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', in which the husbands have to carry their wives on their back and run till the finishing lines, despite all the manmade hurdles. Again, on his family's insistence, a very reluctant Prem agrees to carry the 'moti saand' (fatso) Sandhya on his back and take part in the competition. Do Prem and Sandhya land up divorcing each other, does Prem win the prestigious 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' competition (which has his idol Kumar Sanu as the chief guest), will Prem ever be able to accept Sandhya despite her physical appearance is what forms the rest of the film. 

Even though this is director Sharat Katariya's second film (the first one being the forgettable (10 ML LOVE), his directorial spark shines throughout the film. One has to appreciate and applaud him for paying heed to even the minutest of the detailing that has gone behind every character. However the story of the film leaves a lot to be desired. Sharat, who seems very confident with the camera and its angles, is definitely one name to watch out for in the days to come. Even though the film has its 'could-have-been-better' moments, the film scores on the director's ability to extract performances from the star cast. The only problem, however, is that the film starts lagging in places, which could have been taken care on the editing table. 

Of the performances, even though Ayushmann Khurrana carries Bhumi Pednekar on his shoulders towards the end of the film, the fact of the matter is that, it's actually Bhumi Pednekar who 'carries' the whole film on her shoulders. Ayushmann, whose last film HAWAAIZAADA failed to take off at the Box-Office, does a commendable job in this film, even though his performance looks a bit stereotyped at certain places. Otherwise, he is decent in the film. As far as the film's heroine Bhumi Pednekar is concerned, she is a perfect example of 'It's the performance and not the size that matters'. Call it her naturally endearing screen presence or her flawless acting; she does add 'weight' to her character (absolutely no pun intended here!). As far as the rest of the cast is concerned, the ones who come out winners include Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa and Sheeba Chaddha (in top form as Prem's nagging bua). While the rest of the cast help in carrying (and not 'pushing') the film forward, Kumar Sanu's presence in the cameo is hardly felt. 

On the whole, DUM LAGA KE HAISHA is a simple film that will make you smile.

Rating - 4/5

Friday, 20 February 2015

Movie Review - Badlapur

 'Badlapur' review: It keeps you on your toes, curious to see where its twists and turns will lead
Director Sriram Raghavan strikes the hammer of genius with BADLAPUR for he buys your eyes and makes you stay glued to the screen right till the end. The biggest highlight of the film is the incredible tussle between two powerful actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan unexpectedly conjoined by the quirky screenplay-labyrinth. The makers have aptly labeled this film as a 'Twisted Entertainer'. Yes, the film is dark, gory and violent, but, at the same time, it's also cerebrally stimulating and entertaining. The artistic values are top notch but it's meant for a select audience that patronizes sensible, sensitive, meaningful cinema.
Misha (Yaami Gautam) and her son Robin are killed by a bank robber Laik (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Misha's cheerful husband Raghu (Varun Dhawan) is devastated and shattered. He tries every possible means to get even with Laik, including forced sex with Laik's prostitute girlfriend Jhimli (Huma Qureshi) to humiliate him. Laik is sentenced to twenty years prison term where he makes several unsuccessful jail-break-attempts. Fifteen years later, Raghu 'facilitates' Laik's premature exit from the jail. The twists-in-the-plot continues, ensuring a roller coaster thrilling ride.
BADLAPUR, which is reportedly based on a true story, sees Sriram Raghavan and Arijit Biswas write a wonderful screenplay. Sriram Raghavan navigates the film in a non linear format, thus, keeping you guessing at many a juncture. The viewer is foxed when the narrative floats between Raghu's 'lunch' with Harman (Vinay Pathak), Koko (Radhika Apte) and Shobha (Divya Dutta).
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is indeed God's gift to cinema. You hate him as if he's a stench and then he changes colours and floors you with another peculiar shade. His character Laik is an extremely deceptive character with a distinct body language that makes him look weak, even though he is as wily as a fox. He becomes a different person when he's interacting with Raghu, Jhimli, policemen and his old mother. Some of his interactions with fellow jail inmate Murli Sharma are hilarious. He will also turn your eyes moist.
Varun Dhawan is a very ambitious actor and his manic energy does full justice to this ambition in BADLAPUR. His transformation from an impressionable teenager and a caring husband to an eerily quiet middle aged lonely-disgruntled-man is simply legendary, to say the least. He gives you an ample display of class as an actor. The fidgety memories, ready-to-roll-tears gradually becoming a parched tsunami of desolateness, the friendship with relentless rage and effortlessly getting infested by cold bloodedness. With this film, Varun emerges as one of the finest actors that we have today, across all age groups.
Yaami Gautam and Huma Qureshi have small roles, which they portray competently. Radhika Apte and Vinay Pathak impress in their cameos. The scene where Varun asks Radhika to lose her inhibitions is devoid of undue salaciousness and that's laudatory on the part of the director. Pratima Kazmi as Nawaz's mother is very good.
Anil Mehta's cinematography is brilliant. Mostly, the film has been shot in dark or indoors, but there's always the right amount of lighting to give it the realistic tinge. The only problem is that while the film grips the viewers in the solid first half, it gets loosened up in the stretched second half. Pooja Ladha Surti's editing is good but had the film been crisper in the second half, it definitely would have propelled up the film's fast-paced-thriller format. Music and background score by Sachin-Jigar provides solid scaffolding. 'Jee Karda', 'Jeena' and 'Judai' are exceptional tracks. The background music is effective in pulling just-the-right strings at opportune time.
After a tepid AGENT VINOD, spoilt by needless item numbers, Sriram Raghavan is back to his non-compromising style with BADLAPUR. There's a clear stamp of his wicked humour, objective, no frills-attached take on human relationships and absolutely no compromise on how he wants to tell the story. Sriram is back with vengeance. Quite literally!
On the whole, BADLAPUR offers you cinematic excellence with a rider that there's violence and gore, which may not be everyone's cup of bitter coffee. You shall be treated to truly unforgettable performances by Nawazuddin and Varun Dhawan. It is a film that will find patrons amidst the multiplex crowd. And yes, it is a film that will continue to live-on in the minds of cinema lovers for a long time to come. 

Our rating - 3/5

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Movie Review - Roy

The camera lovingly caresses Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal’s sinewy torso and Jacqueline Fernandez’s toned arms in the relationship drama Roy, but we wish that the same attention had been lavished on getting a semblance of a story together.
Roy, which showcases Rampal as maverick filmmaker Kabir Grewal, is high on style and resembles a slick music video rather than a taut psychological drama.
The story is simple: film director Grewal is quite the ladies man. When he isn’t dumping his conquests unceremoniously he’s bashing away at his ancient typewriter completing the script for his next film Guns 3. The third instalment ofGuns, which revolves around a suave thief (Ranbir Kapoor) and his slick robberies, is barely complete when Grewal takes off to a beautiful island in Malaysia to begin filming. There, the reclusive filmmaker, who never socialises with his actors, meets the bodacious beauty Ayesha, a filmmaker with some indie credit.
Grewal, who has women eating out of his hands on a normal day, is struck down by love. After some flirtatious sparring and some sensuous ballet moves on the beach, the two are inseparable.
So what happens next leaves you a bit flabbergasted. After a night of passion, Ayesha decides to break it off with her shabby-chic lover. Without giving the plot away, it’s suffice to say that her reason for conflict and break-up is painfully trivial. Grewal, who up to this point had shown some great sense of self-preservation, hurtles down the path of destruction. He refuses to turn up to work and is on the brink of bankruptcy.
All this would have worked had Rampal’s character been a hormone-riddled teenager. Unfortunately, he’s no such novice. After 22 girlfriends, it’s tough to buy into his act of being a love-sick man. Meanwhile, there’s another love story blossoming between Roy (Kapoor) and Tia (Fernandez in a double role here).Tia’s painted as some kind of rich socialite with an enviable collection of paintings. Roy is out to steal a precious painting hanging in her home, but ends up stealing her heart.
Kapoor, whose role is not a mere cameo, does what is expected from him. He exudes an aura of mystery and gives a tightly controlled performance. In some scenes, he just looks a bit too aloof for our liking.
Rampal, who is on the big screen after two years, looks haggard, but there’s no denying his supreme good looks. Fernandez should ideally stick to doing ballet moves and yoga poses on the beach because her attempt at being alluring looks contrived.
The music, barring the song in which Fernandez breaks out into a dance crooning “O baby, my fair arms”, blends well with Roy.
Watch this if your are in the mood to see a pair of good-looking men act like boys.
Rating - 2/5

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Programme Schedule - Feb'15

01-02-15  To
Old And New Hits Of BollywoodFrom 7.00 Hrs
To 7.00 Hrs
Every SundayRequest Songs From Listeners Around The WorldFrom 09.30 Hrs To  10.45 Hrs
Repeat at 15.30 and 20.30 Hrs
08-02-15Birthday Of "Jagjit Singh" From 8.00 Hrs Onwards
18-02-15Birthday Of Music Director "Khayyam" Listen His CompositionsFrom 8.00 Hrs Onwards
24-02-15Birthday Of Singer "Talat Mehmood" Listen HimFrom 8.00 Hrs Onwards
24-02-15Birthday Of Lyricist "Naqsh Lyallpuri"From 8.00 Hrs To 11.00 Hrs
28-02-15Birthday Of Music Director "Ravindra Jain" Listen His CompositionFrom 8.00 Hrs