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Love: The truth?

One word, one feeling and infinite complications. Love!
Its not just a feeling, its a different world. We all fall in love, we all lose our heart.
In the past, there were no complications. In the past, there were no conditions. Why is it that today, it has turned mechanical? Why is it that today, it has turned into a fanciful and an unreal dream?
Facebook, twitter, texting, bbm, whatsapp, skype, facetime and the list goes on and on. Have these things “really” affected us? It might just be true.
Every couple fights, every couple goes through the tiff. But that’s their problem,right? Why does it reach other people? Instant reactions. Social media, its become like a public diary. Hasn’t it?
Modern day diary entry.
These small little fights, they expand and turn ugly. Why? That’s because, either the boy or the girl, they decide to “move on.”
This word “move on,” it’s quite an interesting one.
Love is supposed to be beautiful, love is supposed to keep you happy: Every day, every night.
This feeling is so strong, this feeling is so exquisite. When your heart unknowingly surrenders itself to the other person, it goes beyond all the obstacles. It goes beyond all the odds, it just moves towards that person. Suddenly if that person is told to move on, you think it’ll happen? Of course not!
We all commit mistakes, all of us. But when your partner knows you, they should trust you enough to never let you go?
We live in a society where people say: “Is umar mein love nahi hota, padhai pe dhyan do”
(You don’t fall in love at this age, concentrate on your studies)
Really? Love has some fixed age group? You need to be educated enough to fall in love? You need to be financially stable to fall in love? No! Love is beyond all this. It can happen at any given point of time.

Many people say that we are practical, we think practically that’s why we want you to move on. What exactly is practical in this? It is a feeling, it is that person’s life. It is not some exam or a job interview.
Another line that’s regularly used in today’s world, specially when you want to dump the person or reject their proposal: “You’ll find someone better.”
If that man or woman is in love with you, why would they want to be with someone else? It’s easy for people to be practical today, it’s easy for them to let such beautiful moments go but when it actually fades away, you’ll miss it someday or the other.

When someone is in love, there’s no right, there’s no wrong. There’s just one feeling and that one love song.
It may last, it may not. But that journey, it is always quite long.
I still miss that one, I still miss her face…but nothing can be done…the world’s busy…in an unreal race.
They might call us lovers,who are psychotic…we don’t care, we just need…that one smile, which is totally hypnotic.
That’s how we feel, that’s how we love, no demands…nothing at all, that one person, who’s totally above.
When someone is in love, there’s no right, there’s no wrong. There’s just one feeling and that one love song.

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REVIEW- JAI HO!

Cast-

Directed by Sohail Khan
Produced by Sohail Khan
Sunil Lulla
Written by A R Murugadoss
Screenplay by Dilip Shukla
Based on Stalin
by A. R. Murugadoss
Music by Songs:
Sajid-Wajid
Devi Sri Prasad
Amal Malik
Background Score:
Sandeep Shirodkar
Cinematography Santosh Thundiyil
Editing by Harsh Tiwari

Salman Khan is back after Ek Tha Tiger and what do we have this time? It’s actually an extended version of him. Jai Ho is about an ex army officer Jai Aghniotri who is a gem of a person with a violent streak. Why the violent streak? Because he is petrified and irritated with the country’s situation. He wants to change the country’s situation. More or less, he wants it to change. So, he starts a chain. That chain states: “Thank you mat boliye, instead 3 logon ki madad (help) kijiye aur un teen logon ko boliye, ki vo bhi aisa karen. Karke dekhiye, acha lagta hai.”

We know our country, right? We commit to any and almost everything but when we should actually do it, we back out. This is what happens over here. People start making excuses. Eventually, Jai is dazzled by this. Specially after so many tragic events! A disabled girl committed suicide because no one agreed to help her write her exam, one little girl who’s begging on the road…she gets bullied by a man and her father is busy playing cards, as she is forced into this hideous activity. After that he finds a baby, stolen by a beggar. All these incidents affect him a lot and he is totally confused and worried. Why can’t other people see all this? He often questions himself.
THIS IS THE REALITY! THIS HAPPENS EVERYWHERE (IN INDIA, OF COURSE) BUT ARE WE BOTHERED? NO!
Salman Khan has always been criticised, people say that he does senseless cinema and his films are pointless. Some said the same thing, even after watching Jai Ho. Specially the critics.(I am a freelance critic myself but not like the others)
Jai Ho may not be cinematic, it may not have the best music but it has a beautiful soul. It unintentionally shows us the real India.
If corruption in this country won’t stop, this is exactly how we’ll have to deal with the country. We will have to fight for our own rights. We look at disabled people, we look at beggars (specially the kids) and we express grief. We pity them. WHY? Is pitying everything? Why can’t we stand up and help them? Help them live their lives with pride and equality.
Teen logon ki help karen, doesn’t mean that you should just help three people. It’s a way of saying that help AT LEAST 3 people.
Calculate it! 3 people, then 3 and then 3 more, etc etc! It will change this country for sure. For a better India, for a better environment, implement these ideas!

Salman Khan recently said that he’s a below average actor. I’d like to disagree with him. He is the most honest actor we have in this industry. He didn’t play a character, he felt it. He was natural and delightful. When he cried, for the first time he had this natural streak in him. As if, he’s crying because this actually happened to him. When he shouted and smashed the goons, it felt as if he is taking out his real frustration. (He had expressed that in an interview, after the Nirbhaya case) Salman Khan’s screen presence is WOW and after a long time, he is back in shape and that is how a star looks. His shirtless scene has its suspense but it ends up seeking a crazy applause. After a long time, specially in a multiplex…I experienced the craziness where people whistled for him, hooted for him, kids started dancing when his song came up and started shouting “Maaro Maaro” when he slammed those goons.
Now that’s a Superstar!
Daisy Shah makes an impressive debut. She is a fabulous dancer, no doubt. But she can act too, couldn’t explore it that much over here but there is certainly some spark in her. She is really cute. Tabu, as always she is a treat to watch. The finest actress we have ever produced. Sana Khan didn’t have much scope but whatever she had, she did it quite convincingly. Same goes for Santosh Shukla. Mukul Dev is brilliant. I thought he was better than Danny sir. But even Danny sir did a good job. Mohnish Bahl is soothing and the rest, they are good in their respective bit.
Special mention: Naman Jain, as Salman’s nephew…he is IMPECCABLE. His comedy timing is BANG ON and he is surely gonna go a long way. He is versatile as we’ve seen him in Bombay Talkies where he played a boy who wanted to be Sheila. He is certainly the highlight of Jai Ho, after Salman of course.
Secondly, Sudesh Lahiri in his typical Lahiri avtar. He is just too funny.

The music is disappointing as Sajid-Wajid are stuck somewhere in the past. I don’t know why. Same tunes again and again. Amal Malik and Armaan Malik, their songs: Tumko Toh Aana Hi Tha, Love You Till The End and Jai Jai Jai Jai Ho, they save the album. Upcoming talents!
Though the background score is amazing. Kudos to that! The cinematography is beautiful and Sohail Khan has also done a decent job as the director.

Overall, Jai Ho is a problem solver for us if we understand the sentiments of this film. Being rich and famous, it isn’t that tough. But being human? It’s the toughest of them all. If we learn something from this and implement that, we will end up becoming better human beings for sure.

CRITICAL RATING: 3/5
FAN RATING: INFINITY

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REVIEW- DEDH ISHQIYA

Cast: Madhuri Dixit (Begum Para), Arshad Warsi (Razzaakh Hussain alias Babban), Naseeruddin Shah (Ifthekhar alias Khalujan), Huma Qureshi (Muniya), Vijay Raaz (Jaan Mohammad), Manoj Pahwa (Nawab Italwa) and Salman Shahid (Mushtaq)

Director: Abhishek  Chaubey

Story: Darab Farooqui

Screenplay: Abhishek Chaubey, Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar

Cinematography: Setu

Editing: A. Sreekar Prasad

Music and Dialogues: Vishal Bhardwaj

Sometimes we don’t have enough words to describe the beauty of certain things and Dedh Ishqiya is undoubtedly the film that comes under this category. It mesmerises you throughout.

In 2010, Ishqiya created a different kind of a rage for itself. From the songs to the performances to the chemistries between Vidya Balan and Naseer Saab to the brawny dialogues. It had it all.

After 3 years, Babban and Khalujan are back and the opening scene is hilarious. Salman Shahid’s voice is unconventional and too good, it just adds to the “Gilli” scene.
Cut to, Babban and Khalu’s new robbery which somehow fell flat as they are caught but they try to escape from there. Khalu is suddenly missing along with the necklace and Babban’s certainly in trouble, but soon he finds out that Khalujan is in Mahmudabad, as he has gone there posing as a nawab, at a poetry contest. It is a mushaira organized by Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit) , the widowed Begum of The Nawab Of Mahmudabad as per the wishes of her deceased husband.The winner would win the Swayamwar and in turn become the Nawab of Mahmudabad. However, Jaan Mohammad (Vijay Raaz) who is actually an MLA-gangster has his eyes on the reign. The story has a lot of thrill along with impeccable comedy and there’s a delightful surprise in the end. Though some scenes do seem a bit stretched but overall, it’s a clear winner.

The scene where Jaan Mohammad’s gang tries to threaten away Khalu-Babban and both the parties are reluctant to give up.  The reluctancy lasted all night and finally is interrupted by the sharp notes of a school assembly singing Hum ko mann ki shakti dena.
KILLER!
The dialogues, once again! BANG ON. People like me, don’t really understand Urdu but the way it has been narrated, it gives you the idea of what the person wants to convey. (And, of course subtitles are also there)
The music is peaceful and soothing. Horn Ok Please by Honey Singh and Sukhwinder Singh is decent, Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, it’s probably the best song of the album. (Rahat saab,  after all) Zabaan Jale, again by Rahat saab! Beautiful! Jagaave Saari Raina and Hamari Atariya by Rekha Bhardwaj, songs that touch your heart. Rekha ji’s voice: Nightingale  and last but not the least Kya Hoga by Jazim Sharma, Master Saleem, Shahid Maliya and Jamal Akbar, it’s one of the best qawwali’s in recent times. The entire album is a treat. Classical Indian Music, THUMBS UP!

Performances? Each and every actor is perfect. Arshad Warsi is one of the most underrated actors, we have and once again, he proves his worth. His comic timing is beyond perfection. Naseer saab is so elegant and classy that you learn, every time you watch him on screen. Arshad and Naseer saab are Babban and Khalujaan. Period!

Madhuri Dixit’s comeback is as beautiful as her gorgeous and astonishing eyes. She’s perfect for the role and nobody else could have played Begum Para. Nobody! And Madhuri’s dance in the end, oh my god! No one can dance like her, no one can give those expressions. Be it a 5 year old, or a 14 year old or a 25 year old or even a 60 year old, we all are in awe of you Madhuri.
Huma Qureshi, as usual she’s bang on. Her diction or ‘talafus’ is so perfect and expressions, well… she is probably the best we have (current generation).
Vijay Raaz, what can one say about this man? He always gets inside the character and this time he’s loutishly funny. Unforgettable! Jaan Mohammad!
Manoj Pahwa’s decent and Salman Shahid leaves a mark.
SPECIAL MENTION- GULZAR SAAB’S LYRICS AND POETRY. WHAT A WRITER!

Overall, Dedh Ishqiya is the perfect new year gift for cinema lovers like me and yes, Bollywood has the capability. Dedh Ishqiya is one prime example. We constantly say that Bollywood has nothing new, except the raunchy dialogues but that’s not true. Such films don’t earn money and that’s why such filmmakers don’t get distributors and producers, so please! WATCH IT, you won’t regret spending your money on this one.

RATING- 4/5

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REVIEW- YAARIYAN

Cast: Himansh Kohli, Serah Singh, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria, Dev Sharma, Shreyas Pardi, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover

Writer and Director: Divya Khosla Kumar

Screenplay: Divya Khosla Kumar, Sanjeev Dutta

Music: Pritam, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Dr. Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Lyricists: Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya

Editor:
 Aarif Sheikh

Cinematography: Sameer Arya

Dialogues: Sanjeev Dutta

Divya Khosla Kumar marks her debut with ‘Yaariyan’ and whenever she is asked about the film, she confidently gives this answer:
“When I decided to direct a film, I thought a film on the youth would be a great idea. I could pack in every Bollywood ingredient into this story, be it action, romance, masti and more. However, Yaariyan is not mere candy floss; it has a soul and a message. We have tried making the film in a real way. It is a feel good entertainer.”
(Courtesy: Gulf News)

So after the trailer came out, it caught our attention. Didn’t it? Specially after such an amazing and soothing album, it really got all of us interested in watching Yaariyan. We haven’t had good youth based films in the past, for instance: Gippi. Yaariyan could have been a cult film if it made any sense. It disappoints throughout.
If this was the real way, I wonder what would have happened if they made it in an unreal way?
The college is in Sikkim and we hardly see any locals? Okay, let’s start from the beginning as it’s made in a real way.
College going boys are not so horny all the time, specially for a kiss. Nowadays, 50-60% of the teenagers have their first kiss before entering college. (And those who don’t, they don’t behave like sex maniacs)
Lakshya (Himansh Kohli) disregards his mother and detests his father, as he had given up on himself for the country.
(Old-school) We see him running on the roof top, yes! We’ve seen that in Main Hoon Na.
The difference? That was Shahrukh and no one can ever look like him. Then, Lakshya struggles to get his first kiss and  he’s caught by his principal (Gulshan Grover), predictable stuff. Then he screws up the college play and hence, their principal decides to pick him as the captain of the college team which will compete with an Australian college in order to save their plot in Sikkim. (Hahaha! The plot will make you wonder why you came inside the theatre)
And finally, the lead heroine enters- Saloni (Rakul Preet Singh). Another typical filmy entry, as she falls on him and blah blah. She is the geek and with time, she turns into the college hottie. (Who can tell miss Khosla that Bollywood has evolved over the years and all this, it’s just become really old school?)
The girls have a pyjama party in their hostel and the boys are invited for it. (Another haha moment) It’s a reputed college and that’s the security level over there? Boys can enter the girls hostel at any particular time and stay over night? Laugh out loud.
I can’t write much about the plot because I’m still confused about it.
Himansh Kohli looks like a wannabe and acts like a wannabe, he is good in the emotional scenes. That’s it!
Nicole Faria (Jia), she has nothing to do as the director has just kept her for the booby-ness. YES! She has just flaunted and flaunted, nothing else.
Dev Sharma (Neil) and Shreyas Pardi (Pardi), both of them are really decent as they don’t have much scope.
Serah Malik (Jenny) looks HOT but again, the director has just focused on her legs and her lips as she’s always sucking a lollipop. (Divya ma’am, that’s not the only way to make someone look hot)
Rakul Preet Singh, she is the highlight of the film as she is the only one who can actually “act,” amongst the youngsters I mean. Even though, she doesn’t have A LOT to do, she strikes gold. She’s fresh, she has the intensity and she’s definitely here to stay.
Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover and Smita Jaykar, all the superlative actors are wasted over here.
Jatin Suri (Debu), he has a cameo but he is amazing. He is powerful and I’m sure he has bright future.
The best scene is the entire film: When Debu’s dying and he is talking about his mother. It’ll get some tears for sure. (The only ‘real’ moment in the film)
Though the entire film is full of spoilers, I’d still like to point out a few:-

Our Indian students and Deepti Naval, they keep conversing in Hindi. (With the Australians, of course) Plus the Australian reciprocates to the dialogue with facial expressions. How did he even understand that? (Hahaha)

Lakshya wins the competition in the end, as he turns into some weird superhero and from nowhere, he comes and throws the flag inside the flag holder. (Too much logic? Ehh?)

The Swayamwar! Why would a girl keep a swayamwar, just to make her boyfriend jealous? STUPIDITY!

The kiss! It grosses you out. The spit exchange is clearly visible and it’s GROSS. (Incase, Khosla ma’am thought it’s sensuous, no…it’s not.)

Australians steal our song and in 5 minutes, the band is ready with a full fledged song on Maa and it goes on and on. So much so that after 2 minutes, it is night. WOW!

The best thing about Yaariyan is it’s music, so save money and listen to the songs. Go watch Dedh Ishqiya instead. That’s a masterpiece!

RATING- 1/5
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