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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Luck

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Luck, starring Sanjay Dutt, Danny Denzongpa, Imran Khan, Mithun Chakraborthy, and Ravi Kissen, and introducing Shruti Haasan (daughter of Kamal Haasan and Sarika) was actually a pretty good movie. Just from watching the trailers, you kind of have a pretty good idea of the kind of story the movie will have, and in the first half hour or so you kind of know who will survive. Now the movie got pretty average and maybe even below average reviews, and when I went to the theater, not that many people were there to watch it. This was kind of a let down and kind of a surprise because I was super excited to watch a movie that doesn't just have a stupid love story with a crappy "comedy" or "creative" story around it like some of the other movies these days. The love stories were better in the 1900s, but now they mostly suck, so Luck was a nice alternative. The story is basically about testing luck and sort of like an extended version of Fear Factor with some Bollywood masala. There are quite a few stunts and they are actually very well done stunts. The one in which they have to find the key for their handcuffs was the most intense one in my opinion, and when you watch it, you'll see why. In the movie, a group of about 15 people is assembled from around the world and they are put through death-defying stunts for 20 days with the incentive of getting back their passports and earning Rs. 20 crores. Some of the people are there for the fun, while others are their so they can earn money for their respective problems. It may be possible that a certain one of those people has a different motive though. This "game" is run by Sanjay Dutt and his right hand man Danny Denzongpa. People worldwide can see what happens to the "players" during the stunts and all via the internet and can put money on the contestants they think will survive the 20 days. This is how Sanjay and Danny's characters make money. So that's the story of the movie. There is a side story of the love story between the characters played by Imran and Shruti.

As far as the acting goes, everyone played teir part well. Most of the actors in the movie are trained actors who live up to their parts in all their movies. The newbies were Imran Khan and Shruti Haasan. Imran has done a love story and a thriller already, so this movie was not bad at all for him. He did a pretty good job as Ram and I think he lived upto his part completely. Shruti was really impressive. If I didn't know this was her first movie, I wouldn't have guessed. She will probably go on and to something big because she has got a good voice and can sing, she's got a really nice figure, she's got a warm and pretty face, and she can act. She's got a lot going for her, and I hope to see her in more movies.

The stunts in the movie were performed really well. I haven't seen such good stunts in Hindi movies in a while and they don't come around very often. The movie starts out with a stunt by Sanjay Dutt and apparently he did that stunt all by himself and got Rs. 1.5 crores for that one scene. There are around 5 (give or take a stunt or two) stunts in the movie. Each one is more intense than the one before. The characters go through a lot of emotions, including pride, fear, shame, and many more, and they all show it really well.

The soundtrack is not that big. There is one song in the opening credits, two in the movie, and one song in the closing credits. The song in the opening credits is Aasma Luck Aasma and is picturized on Sanjay Dutt. The song is very average, but it kind of grows on you. The best song was Khudaya Ve, which runs through once completely in the movie and then reprises again a bit later. The other song in the movie is Aasma Luck Aasma, the female version. This song is sung by Shruti Haasan herself and I personally like it better than the male version. The closing credits song has a nice video and it starts out with Imran Khan and Shruti Haasan dancing and then shows a bit of the behind-the-scenes action for the choreography and the stunts.

Overall I really liked this movie and I would definitely rate it higher than many of the other movies that have come out recently. I would recommend this movie for sure without a doubt. Do check out Luck and leave your comments here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Shahid Kapoor's Unprofessionalism

Shahid Kapoor has been called a "womanizing playboy" at smashits.com and has apparently been seeing Anushka Sharma (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi) now. He was with Priyanka Chopra after his break up with Kareena, but now Shahid and Priyanka have broken up as well. They both refuse to attend Kaminey promotions because they do not want to share any publicity. Anushka and Shahid are going to go a Yash Raj movie together and have apparently been getting closer. It seems Shahid has rebounded from the break up with Priyanka already. Isn't it weird though how when Shahid was making movies with Kareena, they were together, and when they split up, their upcoming movies that were still filming got cancelled. Then Shahid was with Priyanka for Kaminey, and now Kaminey promotions are suffering. Now Shahid is with Anushka and will be doing a movie with her. Let's see if this movie gets completed, and if it does, how long will it take for Shahid and Anushka to break up?

Janani

I had never heard of this movie and only watched it because Bhagyashree was in it. There is a website I have subscribed to where I watch a lot of Hindi movies, and Maine Pyar Kiya and Janani were the only two Bhagyashree movies there. I have seen Maine Pyar Kiya and loved Bhagyashree in it, so I decided to watch Janani as well. Before watching, I had read the synopsis on IMDb. Here it is: "Rahul is the only child of a wealthy family in the toy manufacturing business, consisting of his dad, Raj, and mom, Urmila. He attends college, meets with Neha and both fall in love, get very intimate so much so that Neha gets pregnant. He then takes Neha to introduce her to his parents, who initially approve of her, but after finding out that her parents are Akansha and Tarun Awasthi, they instruct Rahul to take Neha home, and later ask him not to see Neha again. Rahul will soon find out that the young woman he has impregnated could well be his very own sister, mainly due to the (un)doing of their respective parents years ago. Watch how the two families deal with this new crisis and the impact this will have on Neha and Rahul. Written by rAjOo " After reading this synopsis, I thought the movie would be really messed up and perverted, but I couldn't believe that Bhagyashree, the Maine Pyar Kiya girl, would do such a role, so I decided to watch the movie despite the synopsis.
The beginning of the movie was really quick and the acting wasn't so great. Also, knowing the jist of the plot, it was pretty awkward to watch the scenes with Neha and Rahul (played by Sonica Handa and Vineet Raina) I wasn't really very excited for the movie at all. Bhagyashree's role didn't start until about 20-30 minutes into the movie, right before the flashback started. When Neha ran upto her calling her mom, I was like really? Bhagyashree definitely doesn't look old enough to be the mother of a girl that old. The flashback was portrayed really well and Bhagyashree definitely acted better in this movie than in Maine Pyar Kiya (not that there was really anything wrong with her acting in Maine Pyar Kiya, but it was more convincing in Janani) and looked more mature as well. She didn't really look that much older though, and definitely didn't look like the mother of two kids. I actually didn't know the movie was from 2006, which was just 3 years ago. I think she looked just as gorgeous if not more in this movie as in Maine Pyar Kiya (17 years ago). I don't really like Aman Verma much and his scenes, especially in the beginning, were not as convincing as they could have been. In some scenes though he did well. I really like Mohnish Bahl, mostly for his roles in Hum Saath Saath Hain and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun because those were positive roles. It was kind of weird seeing him with Bhagyashree in the same frame because in Maine Pyar Kiya he tried to take advantage of her and in this one he was really friendly. Vineet Raina and Sonica Handa were not good actors at all. Their dialogue delivery, especially Vineet's, seemed forced. I haven't seen Sonica in any other movie or show, but I saw Vineet in the television show Maayka as the oldest sister's husband.
Now as far as the story goes, the movie was very different. I haven't seen many movies about surrogate mothers before, and the only other one I saw was an English movie called Baby Mama and it was a pretty bad movie. The story is mostly about Bhagyashree and her journey as a mother, and she played the character really well. The movie could have been much more emotional. I was kind of expecting a stupid movie, but it was actually pretty gripping. Bhagyashree's scenes were really really nice. She brought a lot of emotion to her character and brought it to life. In Maine Pyar Kiya, some of her expressions seem forced and she often used hand gestures in order to portray some emotions, but in this movie, she had more natural feelings. In a lot of scenes, though, I was just like "Really? That would never happen.." and so there were flaws in the story. The concept was really different, but the execution could use work. The movie was almost completely in a flashback, and nothing was really accomplished throughout the movie. The ending was obvious from just reading the synopsis, but as with most Hindi movies, the journey is what makes it interesting because the end is a given. I'd say overall a decent movie.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Salman Khan Through The Years

So Salman Khan is one of the top 3 Khans that rule Bollywood. Personally the three in order of excellence from best to worst are Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan. I don't really like Salman Khan much and have never considered him my favorite actor in any way. Now, however, I am beginning to feel otherwise. I think his movies these days are not so great and he hasn't been giving any outstanding performances. I have recently been watching movies from the 80's and 90's, and Salman Khan movies from the 90's just rock.

Well first is Maine Pyar Kiya (1989, but close enough to the 90's). This super duper hit was truly fantastic. Salman Khan and Bhagyashree looked gorgeous together and I think I have seen the movie like 10 times in the last week.

The next movie of his I saw was Saajan. Again he was really really good in it. Although his acting was average in the beginning, the last half hour had really good acting on his part. Of course Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit were also really good, but in that last scene where he turns with teary eyes and smiles, and then "bahut pyaar karte hain tumko sanam" plays in the background, that brought tears to my eyes. Well done again, Salman.

Then I saw Andaz Apna Apna. Aamir and Salman were both hilarious in that movie. Everyone should watch that movie because there are very few movies that make you laugh from the very beginning to the very end. Salman was adorable and lovable in that movie and his duffer character was very well portrayed. So once again, an awesome movie from Salman.

The next movie was the super hit Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and Salman was too good in that. Paired opposite Madhuri again in yet another Rajshri production, Salman Khan played an adorable brother-in-law in addition to his pairing with Madhuri. He handled the duality of his role beautifully to give this performance. Of course he was probably already comfortable with the cast, because he played Prem (again!!) with a lot of the same supporting cast.

Then the movie Karan Arjun came costarring SRK. This movie was not one of my favorites by any means. Actually I thought the movie was really crappy, so I won't go into any detail about that. In the 90's for Salman Khan, in my opinion (which is limited to the movies I have seen), this was his first bad movie.

Judwaa was next and starred Salman in a double role. Personally I thought the movie was very average but I still like it and watch it every time it comes on tv.

Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya is an awesome movie and I have seen that a few times as well, and again, every time it comes on tv, I watch it. I actually thought he was Arbaaz Khan's younger brother in reality during this movie and found out later that it was the other way around. The role definitely suited him and his casting opposite Kajol worked out nicely.

Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai was another great movie. Aditya Narayan was adorable and Salman Khan was a playboy...again. The character changes and Salman Khan plays it very well. The gorgeous Twinkle Khanna and talented Johnny Lever only help to bring the movie even more to life.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Jaanam Samjha Karo, Biwi No. 1, and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam are next. He had a pretty small role in the first and the last here, but of course he did those well. Biwi No. 1 was not at all one of my favorite movies though, so no comment there. Hum Saath Saath Hain, another Rajshri production with the same supporting cast again...and of course another super cheesy yet pretty good movie. Of the Rajshri's, Maine Pyar Kiya was my favorite, then Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and then Hum Saath Saath Hain, but all of them are really good and worth the watch. The cultural aspects are really nice and pleasant. Jaanam Samjha Karo (playboy role again) was good. Urmila did an awesome job opposite Salman Khan, and this was probably one of my favorite Salman Khan movies in terms of his acting.

The last two movies of Salman in which I thought he was actually good were Chal Mere Bhai and Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega. Loved him in both, and both are lovely movies as well.

Of these movies, he played the role of "Prem" and that of a playboy several times...and he has taken his shirt off in even more movies. After this time period though, Salman lost his innocent face and physique and starting gaining his gangster (gunda) look. His movies started losing the meaning and charm they had. One thing I loved about Salman was his innocent and honest look, which he lost. I hope Salman starts taking more meaningful movies again that are not based on just the modern stuff...you know what I am talking about. Heroes and Yuvvraj were good movies, but somehow I don't get the appeal from him in his current movies

Monday, July 20, 2009

Stepmom

Stepmom is an upcoming Hindi movie remake of the English movie Stepmom. The English version starred Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts for the main roles. Susan's role is now being played by Kajol and Julia's role has gone to Kareena. Kajol is the mom and Kareena is the stepmom. The original script was altered so that the two would have more on screen confrontations as opposed to the original where there was not as much on screen time for the two lead actresses. This movie will be directed by Karan Johar, and for the first time, Kareena will be experimenting a bit with her looks at the hands of designer Manish Malhotra. So this means that Kajol will be in K Jo's My Name is Khan (seemingly theme-wise a spin off of I Am Sam starring Sean Penn with a 9-11 flair) and K Jo's Stepmom. Good to see her finally coming back to the big screen.

Deepika in Love Aaj Kal

In Love Aaj Kal, there is this song where Deepika Padukone is giving Saif Ali Khan a tour of Delhi, and her outfits are just gorgeous. She's got very stylish kurtis and churidaars and they suit her so much. I personally do not really like Deepika in terms of acting or looks, but these outfits suit her so much. The movie is set to release July 31, and I may actually watch it early now just because of those beautiful and stylish outfits of hers.

Kaminey Got Delayed

The movie Kaminey, starring Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor, was supposed to come out on July 17, but it didn't. Apparently the release date has been reset for August 14. That really sucks because I was so looking forward to it. For now though I guess we will have to make do with the music and the music videos that have already been released. Check out Dhan Tana. It's a pretty catchy and lively number and I personally like it a lot. It kind of grows on you, so give it some time.

Monday, July 13, 2009

ShortKut- The Con Is On

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ShortKut- The Con Is On is a movie starring Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi, Chunkey Pandey, and Amrita Rao. Everyone acted well in the movie, yet the movie was disappointing. A movie with this cast had me expecting much more comedy than there actually was. The movie had a nice plot and the story was believable, but unfortunately the film was not very gripping and the script was very average. There were a few punch lines, but that's all they really were. The movie was more serious than comedy, even though it was supposed to be a comedy. Akshaye Khanna was the main lead I would say and he did an awesome job, as usual, in acting. Arshad Warsi is just too talented so he lived upto his part. Chunkey Pandey is also quite talented and Amrita Rao was also pretty good. The movie was gripping in the last half hour. The first 45 minutes went by really quickly but then the movie hit a speed breaker and just dragged for a bit. I definitely expected more comedy and better music as well. After watching movies like Vivah and all, I was sort of reluctant to see Amrita Rao in this type of clothing, but it suited her and she definitely does have a nice figure. The music was also very average. I personally don't really like the songs and some of them were randomly placed and seemed forced in. Overall the movie was so-so. It was entertaining and I would recommend you watch it, but I would not say that it is a must watch type movie.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Maine Pyar Kiya

Maine Pyar Kiya was such a huge hit and surprisingly I just saw it for the first time recently. I can't get over the honesty and innocence in the story. The movie was typical Bollywood style with the blushing girl and the running in trees and the rich guy/poor girl situation, but somehow this movie stood out from other such movies. I haven't really seen Bhagyashree in many movies so I never really knew much about her. I still don't know much about her, but I absolutely loved her in Maine Pyar Kiya. There was this innocence in both her and Salman Khan that very few people have today. Her acting seemed genuine somehow and I am definitely a fan now. She will be in the upcoming movie Red Alert - The War Within and I hope to see much more of her. Hopefully she still has that innocence. I would love to see the pair together again because they look gorgeous together, but unfortunately Salman Khan has lost the adorable innocence that was on his face back then. Regardless, I would love to see how the two look together today.

Red Alert - The War Within

Red Alert - The War Within is a thriller that will be shown at the Stuttgart film festival on July 19, 2009 and then release in theaters in September. The movie has been directed by Anant Mahadevan and the star cast includes Sunil Shetty, Sameera Reddy, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vinod Khanna, Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas, Ayesha Sharkar, Makrand Deshpande, Ehsan Khan, and Bhagyashree. This movie is a thriller and a true story about a man's struggle to fund his children's education. It will be competing against Sikander amongst many other movies at the film festival.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yash Raj Films Plan To Hit Small Screens

YRF planned to create their own television channel, but right now these plans have been put on pause. Why? Well the YRF TV department wants to test out the TV venture before starting the channel and are working instead on specific television shows. There are currently four shows that YRF is working on, all for Sony Entertainment channel. There are a lot of new shows on Sony right now so YRF is also starting new shows. These shows will give YRF about Rs. 20 lacs for every episode and have demanded that there will be no executive producers from the channel overlooking the show in any way.
One such show is Rishta.com, which is a comedy about a matrimony office where couples meet. YRF is planning a grand opening for the show by getting some of the actors who have previously worked for the banner to come for cameo appearences in the show. Some such actors include SRK, Rani Mukherji, Preity Zinta, Uday Chopra, Tanu, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Jugal Hansraj. This show is currently set to release in October.
Looks like Ekta Kapoor has some serious competition now.

Genelia D'Souza for Yahoo

UTV Pictures is making a new movie called Yahoo under director Ken Ghosh. Originally the leads were Shahid Kapoor and Jiah Khan. Now, however, Jiah Khan has been replaced by Genelia D'Souza. Apparently Genelia has been given a makeover and her girl-next-door image is being changed to something more...bold. She will apparently be wearing skimpy outfits and do some raunchy numbers as opposed to her previous roles.

Soo Shahid Kapoor is coming in a lot of new movies with different actresses opposite him. Kaminey with PC, Dil Bole Hadippa with Rani, and now Yahoo with Genelia. Let's see how these pairs work out.

Chetan Bhagat's Hattrick

Chetan Bhagat has already had two of his novels made into movies. The first was Hello, starring Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora, Arbaaz Khan, and Katrina Kaif. This movie was an adaptation of One Night At A Call Center by Mr. Bhagat. The second movie adaptation is 3 Idiots, which will be released on Christmas and stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, and Madhavan. This movie is an adaptation of Five Point Someone. Now Chetan Bhagat's latest novel, 3 Mistakes of My Life will be made into a movie. The director of Rock On, Abhishek Kapoor, will be directing this movie and he and Pubali Chaudhary and working on the screenplay with Chetan Bhagat. The producers are going to be Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Siddwani. This movie will release either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sanju Baba and Big B Back Again


So rarely do actors as fine as Sanju Baba and Big B come by in the film industry, and the two together are just fantastic. They have already been together in Hum Kisise Kum Nahin, Kaante, Deewar, Shootout at Lokhandwala, and Eklavya. The will again be coming together on the big screen in Sujoy Ghosh's Aladin. Apoorva Lakhia, who directed Shootout, said he is making a s=movie with a similar genre.

This movie will be based on the Khalisti Movement of 1984 in which Sikhs kept fighting under the leadership of Jagjit Singh Chauhan. Once Jagjit Singh Chauhan moved to Britain and started managing operations from there, Indira Gandhi, the prime minister at the time, ordered the killing of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the head of the extremist group in India. Jarnail Singh was hiding in the Godlen Temple on June 3rd and the Indian Army open fired at the temple to kill him. Many innocent lives were lost and the killing is famous...or rather infamous I'd say...under the name Operation Bluestar.

Operation Bluestar is the subject of the movie. Sanju Baba will play a real character named KPS Gill, a super cop and Big B will play a sharp shooter.

I have high hopes for the acting but not so much for my chances of tolerating the movie. I spent most of Lokhandwala covering my eyes because of the gruesome scenes, and it seems like this new movie will also be like that. That's for the second one. As far as Aladin goes, I have no idea what to expect, but when it's out, I'll watch it and post a review right here for you all.

This information was found at bollycurry.com

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