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REVIEW- BEWAKOOFIYAAN

Directed by Nupur Asthana
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Story by Habib Faisal
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana
Sonam Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor
Music by Songs:
Raghu Dixit
Background Score:
Hitesh Sonik
Cinematography Neha Parti Matiyani
Editing by Antara Lahiri
Studio Yash Raj Films

Romantic comedy is a genre which is quite peppy and breezy, no second thoughts but most of the romantic comedies are predictable and easy going, without much chaos. (Hollywood included)
In the past, we’ve never really felt the essence of a Romcom, specially in a Bollywood film.
(We have seen a few but mostly our romcoms tend to thrive inside the drama zone)
Bewakoofiyaan is an exception over here. Director Nupur Asthana, who gave us our first Facebook generated romcom ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge,’ comes back after a gap of 3 years with a feel good film.
This time she had stars in her film, whereas last time she had newcomers, but if we compare, then without a doubt Fraandship was better than Bewakoofiyaan.
Sensational writer/director Habib Faisal, who has given us beautiful films like Do Dooni Chaar and Ishaqzaade (Even penned down the dialogues for Band Baaja Baarat) disappoints over here. The story that revolves around Mohit Chaddha (Ayushmann) and Mayera Sehgal’s (Sonam) relationship has a beautiful soul and is very realistic in parts, but it tends to lose its grip in between.
There isn’t much that I can share regarding the story because it is straight and simple but all I can share is that V.K Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor), Mayera’s dad is a typical retired government official who doesn’t want his daughter to settle down with someone who earns less than her daughter. How he throws some challenges and how he literally tortures Mohit, just to see whether he deserves his daughter or not, that adds to the interesting bit of the film. (Only because of Mr. Rishi Kapoor)

What’s good?

The good part about Bewakoofiyaan is the star cast, its dialogues and some very beautifully captured emotions.
Sonam Kapoor as Mayera looks stunning, as usual. I’m still confused about her performance because neither was she bad, nor outstanding. She looks the same, whenever she does these kinda films. This one scene where Mohit asks her whether she’ll still be with him or not, if he turns into a waiter. That expression based scene, where she says yes and then walks away with a confused and tensed face, that’s the only scene where she actually leaves an impact. Ayushmann Khurrana as Mohit has been perfectly casted and he plays his part beautifully. He looks awkward in certain scenes, maybe because the close up wasn’t taken properly, but overall, Ayushmann is someone we need to watch out for. His flair over the language, his control over the expressions and the eyes, it is commendable. But for me, Bewakoofiyaan belonged to Mr. Rishi Kapoor! He proves it time and again that he is the most versatile veteran actor we have. He is perfect, every single time! He makes this film watchable. In fact, the chemistry between Ayushmann and Rishi Kapoor is better than the chemistry between Ayushmann and Sonam.
Two-Four scenes are flawless and deserve the acknowledgment. Specially the one where Mohit and Mayera are in the car and there’s a heated argument regarding Mohit’s expenditure, that’s handled by Mayera. (Due to the recession)
One more where Rishi Kapoor goes for his interview and introduces himself as Sehgal V.K, that showed us the innocence of his grumpy character.

Verdict?

The film loses grip in between and becomes a little boring too.
The cinematography and editing is just about okay and the music is decent, not that great. (Except Gulcharey and Bewakoofiyaan) Expected a lot more from an Ayushmann Khurrana film, in terms of the music. Plus, his O Heeriye wasn’t a part of the film, that was disappointing too.
Writing could have been much better but Nupur Asthana does a pretty decent job along with Ayushmann and Rishi Kapoor, making it a breezy watch and you’ll probably have a smile on your face, after you’ll leave the theatre. It is definitely a one time watch.
Watch it for these two supremely talented men.

RATING:

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Women: The Real Superheroes!

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They say nothing is impossible. They say, if you have the courage and the passion, you can achieve anything in life.
It can be true, but, not always!
All the men out there, including me, it’s impossible to live like a woman. It’s impossible to live their lives, it’s impossible to step into their shoes and face the world. We ‘may’ be physically stronger but women, they are actually stronger than us, all of us. They are the real superheroes.
All around the world, it’s the same, but I’ll talk about my country because I honestly don’t care about the others. We should be bothered about our own house, rather than the neighbour’s house.
We all know how difficult a woman’s life is, specially in our country.

SOME LOATHSOME PROBLEMS:

Female Foeticide: The act of aborting a foetus because it’s not male.

Female Infanticide: The mother gives birth to a girl and the struggle starts. The husband or the family, they start raising questions because females are incapable and they are like a loan.
Yes, that’s the mentality! Conclusion? The girl is deliberately killed as soon as she’s born.

Eve-Teasing and Molestation: Right from the beginning, eve-teasing and molestation, it kicks off. Even if the girl is 5 or she’s 15, or she’s a grown up woman, all of them, they do face this crap. (70% of the population)
Some even get molested by family members, what’s worse than that?

Family Restrictions and Rape: Due to the societal pressure, parents and family members, they all turn conservative. MOST of the girls and women, still don’t have the right to choose their own life. They don’t have the right to go for engineering or sports, they don’t have the right to go out and party, they don’t have the right to wear skirts. Why? Because? “Baahar Mahaaul Acha Nahi Hai, Kuch Ho Gaya Toh? Hum Kya Moo Dikhayenge?”
Our country is poisoned with some horny bastards who don’t ever find love because they don’t respect the feeling and the opposite gender but sadly, god gave them a penis and a dirty brain. They exercise their dirt on women and girls, forcefully. Why? Because they get turned on. How? Women and girls, they reveal a lot.
4-6 year olds reveal a lot, right? Yes, they reveal their diapers.
Balls! This is still happening because we don’t have a strict law and these monsters are aware about that. Set these women free, give them their power. A man forcefully touches her and she slam-dunks him, right there.

Dowry, Marital Rape and Job Opportunities: Why should the girl’s family go through all this? They literally save all their money and sell their personal belongings, just to meet the requirements of the stupid dowry. Dowry is another reason why people practice female foeticide and infanticide. Marital rape is scarier than the usual rape because that woman, she’s stuck with that demon for life and even if she doesn’t want to get physical with him, she is forced to.
Even if she tells her family about it, they take it casually. Why? Because her husband’s only doing it! NO! Why should women suffer? Nothing is beyond their permission and their security, nobody should have the right to touch them or do anything, without their permission. A strict law is needed.
Job opportunities as well. We still don’t have enough jobs for women. The reason is simple, it’s because men are more superior and powerful, according to these illiterate losers.
It might sound filmy but if a woman can give birth to a child, if a woman can tolerate all the assault and the physical abuse,(including domestic violence) just for her family’s sake. If they can deal with all these horrifying things, trust me, they can do ANYTHING in the world. They can do what we do, in seconds.
We date 100 women and we’re given the term: STUD or  A PLAYBOY.
A woman dates 3 men and she’s called a ‘slut.’
Life is impossible without their presence, don’t believe me? Think about it once and you’ll be traumatised by that thought.

Hypocrisy rules this country and that is, it’s ugliest flaw.
We all need to take a pledge, we all need to stand by them and we all need to give them what they deserve, irrespective of who they are and what they do, even if that woman sleeps with people for money, that’s her decision and her life. She still deserves our                            RESPECT!

HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL THE WOMEN-GIRLS OUT THERE! I LOVE YOU ALL FOR WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU ARE! A CHANGE WILL COME SOON, YOU’LL BE WALKING AROUND THE STREETS FEARLESSLY, QUITE SOON. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

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REVIEW- QUEEN

Directed by Vikas Bahl
Produced by Anurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane
Screenplay by Parveez Shaikh
Chaitally Parmar
Vikas Bahl
Story by Vikas Bahl
Starring
Music by Amit Trivedi
Cinematography Siddharth Diwan
Bobby Singh
Editing by Abhijit Kokate
Anurag Kashyap
Studio Phantom Films
Distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

What happens when a typical and simple Dilli ki ladki gets dumped, 2 days before her marriage? No, not what you’re thinking.
The Answer: “QUEEN” happens!
When I watch films like Queen, I tend to go speechless and I fall short of words. Still, before elaborating much, I’d really like to tell you : Book your tickets right away!

  • What’s Queen about?

Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is a really simple girl from Rajouri Garden whose parents run a Mithai Shop over there. She is an ideal daughter, an ideal sister who has never done anything that could upset her family.
She was really excited about her marriage, as she was getting married to her longtime boyfriend, Vijay (Rajkummar Rao).
More than the marriage, she was excited about her honeymoon. But soon, her excitement turned into a nightmare as Vijay dumped her two days before the wedding. As we’ve seen it in many Bollywood films, Rani doesn’t eat anything and she locks herself inside her room for quite sometime. The difference over here is :
Suddenly when she gets up in the morning, she realises that she hasn’t had anything since last night and quickly stuffs her mouth with some mithai. 😛 She decides to go for her honeymoon, all by herself, she really wanted to go to Paris and looking at the situation, her parents also agreed.
How a disheartened and broken Rani, who never went anywhere without her brother Chintu, goes to Paris and meets so many distinct personalities and how she befriends them and how she finally finds herself back, that’s what Queen’s about.

Memorably Impeccable Scenes:

The confrontation where Vijay and Rani meet at a coffee shop, that’s a beautifully captured scene. Rani’s broken whereas Vijay is worried about the others, as he’s literally biting his lips and asking Rani to leave. On the other hand, Rani’s younger brother (The cute and plump Chintu) glares at him and shows him his finger (Indicating: “I’ll beat the shit outta you.”)
Rani gets drunk and starts talking to the French people, explaining them her situation, and her distinctive moods. She’ll laugh about it, she’ll sob about it and suddenly cry about it. When she’s skyping her parents and Vijaylaxmi is with her, that’s probably the funniest scene of the entire film. When Rani meets her relatives in Paris (who try to act cool by speaking in French), as they wanted to show off, but soon they show their Kanjar-ness when they decide to give Rani 700 rupees as shagan.
When Rani makes breakfast for her roommates and the French man tells her that what she had made was not french toast and she quickly replies: “Indian French Toast Hai.”
The Punjabi pole dance and the scene where this naive woman buys a vibrator for his dad, thinking that it’s a massager and she suddenly bursts up laughing because she thought that her roommates were laughing at what she said, when she’d said: “Ye belt toh Lajpat Nagar mien bhi milti hai.”
The end credit role is delightful, do stay and watch it, Facebook looks better and prettier.

Honourable Mention:

Queen is a laugh riot since the beginning of the film, even though it is not treated like a comedy, but it’s just the innocence of the characters and specially Rani, that brings out the giggles.
There’s just one main lead and that’s Kangana. I’ll talk about her later because she’ll take away all the attention right now. 😛
Rajkummar Rao as Vijay is exuberant as the typical hypocrite Indian man who himself is a wannabe and feels that one trip to London can make him superior to the others. Rajkummar is perfect as he’ll make you hate his character and that’s exactly where he succeeds. An actor who is worthy of all the applauses possible.
Lisa Haydon is scorchingly HOT and she plays her part with ease. She is likeable and she just flows through it. All the other actors, including Rani’s three friends, specially Taka (The Asian) and Olixander, the Russian(Sikander, as Rani calls him) are a treat to watch.
Queen flies high on the shoulders of Kangana Ranaut. I seriously don’t have words to describe her and her performance. I’ve been going nuts over Parineeti and Alia (specially after Hasee Toh Phasee and Highway) and suddenly, we have Queen, which Kangana takes it to another level. She surpassed every performance our Hindi Film Industry has ever seen(Men included). People laughed at her accent? Look at this beautiful woman who has such a big heart and who has just let her work do all the talking. Kangana has even penned the dialogues (Additional dialogues). She feels the character, she breaths the character and she lives it. The expressions, the diction, the dialogue delivery, the body language and the homework she has done, it’s skeptically mesmerising. The innocence of Rani, Kangana holds it together till the end. The way she blushes when she talks about the ‘lip to lip kiss’ and the weirdly unfunny Santa Banta, non-veg jokes. It’s all so cute that it’ll make you fall for the innocence of her character.
She is the most underrated actress we have and she’s known for her unconditional work, but, she is scintillating. Vidya Balan, Parineeti, Alia, Deepika and blah blah, you must watch this and learn.

Verdict:

How often do we get to see a Hindi film that’s humorous, showcases the reality of our Indian society, makes you go ‘AWWW’ and leaves you with happy tears in the end?
Queen is the perfect example of that. Vikas Bahl, all hands down…take a bow! The screenplay is phenomenal and it is so engaging that you won’t get bored, even for a second. The cinematography is beautiful, specially during the Eiffel Tower section. Amit Trivedi nails it again with the music, with ‘London Thumakda’ leading from the front. Anvita Dutt for some magical lyrics and Kangana Ranaut for being Rani, if she wouldn’t have played Rani, it wouldn’t have had such a breathtaking impact.
National Awards for the second time? HELL YEAH!
Rani kisses an Italian for the first time, just to prove that Indians are the best kissers. Haha! And she made the firangs love our golgappas, that made me feel proud, proud of our country. 3 cheers for golgappas: Hip Hip Hurray!
For the first time in my life, I’ve seen an entire theatre, clap and applaud a film in such a manner. Even though it’s just March, I can assure you, Queen is one of the best films of 2014.
Once again I’m telling you, go and book your tickets right away.
Queen took me back to my city as it is full of my Dilli-ness.
While other people say bye or goodbye, just like Rani, I’d say:
“Dilli aana kabhi.”

RATING:

4.5-stars

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Inside The Society!

2014 : Twenty-First Century : Education : Social Media Awareness : But has it changed the mental and societal behaviour of the majority?
NO-NO-NO!

There are so many flaws, there is so much of negativity around. Do we realise it? Our environment, our nation and our very own earth, it is hypnotised by this negativity.
We condition, we hate. If it doesn’t work, we criticise our innocent little fate.
We judge and we rate, laugh at those who are black, tiny or overweight?

It is not easy to admit our mistakes, it is not easy to look at the reality. But that can’t be an excuse, for the deteriorating society?
The literacy level has increased a lot today but what’s the point of such an education system? An education system that teaches you ‘absolutely nothing’ about the world or the society. We just learn how to be mechanical.
And I am talking about our country. Yes, I am talking about India.
We live in a hypocritical society and that is true, no matter how much we resist admitting it. Our education system and our schools, for instance. They teach us about the hormonal changes and puberty when we’re 12 or 13. But they have a problem with boys and girls hugging. (A NORMAL HUG)
They have a problem if a boy gives flowers to a girl on her birthday.
“Ye sab karne aate ho school mein?”
That is the answer we get from our teachers. Yes, they are the ones who educate us. Boys and girls are told to maintain a certain amount of distance : All the time! And when they do, they follow their parents and their teachers, some of them tend to fall for people of the same gender.
That is a mistake, that is a huge mistake. It is against humanity, it is against the societal rule and it is against God.
Then we get to hear all this from the same people. Are you kidding me? What exactly do we want? We want to condition and we want to restrict. But if something else happens, even when people follow these ‘rules,’ they are still blamed and punished. Education taught us this?
Easy to exclaim, easier to blame. Such backwardness, a disgraceful shame.
Control and power, the only weird aim? Nothing will work, things won’t ever be the same.

Hindu-Muslim rivalry, it is still going strong. Women are still getting raped. Girls are still told to follow certain rules, rules that only apply for them and not the guys. Domestic violence and marital rape, dowry and child abuse. All this is still going on.
Trust me, all this is not done by illiterates. 60% of the people are literates, so that can’t be an excuse.
Pakistan beat India and some Kashmiris celebrated in a college, that’s in Uttar Pradesh. They were thrown out and told to study in Pakistan. An institution did that, a college! Bravo!
First of all, why do Kashmiris hate us? This random Kashmiri guy I interacted with on Twitter, he told me the reason.
Have a look at this disgraceful thing and you’ll know : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunan_Poshpora_incident
Secondly, why do we possess so much of hatred towards muslims and Pakistanis? Why do we classify human beings, for a matter of fact?
Hindu – Muslim – Christian etc etc, why such a big deal?
This stereotypical thinking still exists and it really needs to stop. We need to love and not hate, we need to spread peace.

Life is too short, time would just fly.
Till we stop hating, till we stop the ‘sigh.’
Peace is what we need, not the unnecessary greed.
In a lifetime…just one good deed, happiness and joy…that’s what we’ll bleed.
Not that simple, not that tough…all we need to do is just give it a try,
The world will be a better place, if not today…then surely after our beautiful goodbye.