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REVIEW- 2 STATES!

Adapted Screenplay & Direction by: Abhishek Varman
Produced by: Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala
Written by: Chetan Bhagat
Based on 2 States by: Chetan Bhagat
Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ronit Roy, Amrita Singh, Revathy
Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Binod Pradhan
Editing by: Namrata Rao
Studio: Dharma Productions and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Distributed by: UTV Motion Pictures

Dramatic rom-com at its best, Chetan Bhagat and Abhishek Varman take a bow!

There are a lot of people who dislike Chetan Bhagat and they usually criticise all his novels, but I personally wonder why?
Writing is about extravagant words and vocabulary? Is it about creating a different world, with a lot of suspense, etc etc? That’s it?
Writing is about feelings, it’s about emotions. This man writes and pours his heart out, so that people can actually read what he has written. He writes in that way because it’s easier for the majority to understand. What’s wrong in that?
But anyway, we humans are designed to be judgemental, so I guess that’s ought to happen.

When I read the novel last year, I completed it in a day and didn’t do anything till the time I finished it, that was the impact of 2 States: The Novel.
It had humour, it had emotions, it was real, it was relatable and I can go on and on. All the emotions present in a human being, Bhagat had captured it with finesse.

Coming back to the film, when you have Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala collaborating for a film, it’s meant to be special.
According to me Abhishek Varman’s (the debutant director who has also adapted the screenplay) vision was bang on. It couldn’t have been better, everything went exactly right. From the producers, to the studios, to the distributors, to the cast, music and what not!
Talking about the story, I’ve already mentioned how I fell in love with Bhagat’s baby (2 states) and how it moved me, right till the end. Talking about the screenplay, Varman has adapted it ‘perfectly.’
Right from the beginning, till the end. It is engaging and keeps the story flowing with a lot of humorous moments (thanks to the North- South encounter), as well as romance (real romance, where the girl takes time to say I love you, and the boy also thinks about it, so that he’s sure about what he feels) and the beautifully captured relationships.
I guess two or three times (maximum), I felt that it was being stretched. It could have been crisper, the blame goes to the editor.
But Varman deserves a thumbs up, after Ayan Mukherji, I guess Dharma has finally created another gem.

The music is bang on and it’s the soul of the film. All the songs are brilliantly written and composed. Be it Locha-E-Ulfat, Offo, Chaandaniya, Iski Uski, Hulla Re and the blissful Mast Magan, all the songs take the story forward and they never seem forceful.
The cinematography is also magnificent , the way Binod Pradhan has captured the beautiful states, it makes you go speechless.

From Arjun as Krish Malhotra, the silent-intelligent grumpy punjabi munda to Alia as Ananya Swaminathan, the intelligent-frank and beautiful tamilian , the protagonists are perfectly casted and they seriously get into the skin of their respective characters.
They are Krish and Ananya, and undoubtedly, they have a beautiful chemistry. I was stunned to see Arjun perform with so much of conviction, Krish’s character might look ordinary but it’s very complex, and it’s very different from Parma and Bala. (The ones he played in the past)
Alia Bhatt is a star, we’ve seen her in Highway and this young woman just manages to mesmerise me, every single time.
She nails every bit of her character. Her cues, her emotional outburst, her romantic side and her anger, Alia is Ananya!
Talking about the rest, all of them are supremely talented and are legends in their own way.
Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as Ananya’s father is perfect for the role, as the way Bhagat had described him in the novel, Kumar’s face just suited the part. Revathy is pleasantly breezy and she is a delight to watch.
BUT, BUT, BUT! It is the pujabis who steal the show.
Amrita Singh as Kavita and Ronit Roy as Vikram, when I first got to know that they are playing these parts, I went insane because they were PERFECT for the role and my god, was I right? Yes, I was!
Amrita Singh is the charmer! She makes you laugh, she makes you cringe, she makes you cry and honestly, she does everything.
Missed her on screen, we need to see more of her!
Ronit Roy has been stereotyped I guess, that’s why he usually ends up doing such roles, but he still manages to create a spark, every single time.
The scene where Krish slaps his father, the scene where he tells Krish that he can’t attend his marriage and the climax, Ronit Roy is just SO TALENTED, he is divine!
The father-son relationship, even though it is opaque, it has a lot of love and I guess, that’s the way it is? Fathers are always cold towards their sons, and that’s why we end up talking to them rudely at times, I guess? But the love is never-ending, it made me wanna go and hug my father, right away.

All in all, 2 States is one of the best rom-coms I’ve seen lately and it deserves to be watched, specially for Chetan Bhagat’s beautiful take on emotions, cultures, relationships and love!
The last scene would make you go ‘Aww,’ the twins. :’)

P.S: People who are emotionless, people who love art films, people who hate Chetan Bhagat and people who trust most of our reviewers (except me 😛 ), don’t go for the film, because this beautiful film deserves love and not criticism!

Public Review: Proof that I’m right!

RATING:

4 stars

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Confusion: Us, humans!

There are times when we don’t know what to do,
The impulse takes over, & we’re hard-bitten, yea, that’s what we go through. 
It’s the confusion that comes in between,
Draws us towards every new thing, makes us quite keen. 
Uncontrollable, immensely frustrating, 
Out of our reach,  becomes quite suffocating.
Unpredictably childlike, people around us feel that we’re brainless,
Without understanding-being too selfish, the blame game, it’s rather heinous.
Faith is the key, support is like the abysmal sea,
Give it to us, & we’ll be able to see,
Where we’re going wrong, it’ll be quite easy,
Even though we’re humans, along with our thoughts, we’ll be able to flee. 
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REVIEW- BHOOTNATH RETURNS

Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari

Produced by: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar & Renu Ravi Chopra

Written by
: Nitesh Tiwari & Piyush Gupta


Cast

Amitabh Bachchan as Bhoothnath
Parth Bhalerao as Akhrot
Usha Jadhav as Bindia Pathak
Boman Irani as Jamez Porto {BHAU}
Anurag Kashyap in a cameo
Sanjay Mishra as Mishti Baihud
Brijendra Kala as Ridhima Koyla & Joy Dens
Usha Nadkarni as Lolita Singh
Shahrukh Khan as Aditya Sharma
Ranbir Kapoor in a cameo

Music by: Palash Muchhal, Meet Bros Anjjan, Ram Sampath and Yo Yo Honey Singh

Distributed by: B R Films 

Ride for the children? Nah! Parth and Mr.Bachchan, the saviours!

In 2008, Ravi Chopra gave us Bhoothnath, a supernatural comedy, where we saw Mr.Bachchan as a ghost for the very first time.
In the light of Mr.Bachchan, Juhi Chawla and Shahrukh Khan, Bhootnath did manage to tickle some bones. (Specially the kids, even I was quite young at that time, and I had loved it)

After 6 years, the entire team of Bhoothnath makes a comeback with  Bhoothnath Returns. Though, this time the genre is a bit confusing.
It’s not a horror film at all, it’s not even a comedy film (has the elements, but just a few) and it’s not even a children’s film, in the end it turns out to be a satirical drama cum comedy film. Phew, the genre is REALLY confusing.
So the trailer makes it quite obvious that when Bhoothnath returns to the bhoothworld, he unintentionally creates a wicked mirth and becomes a laughing stock.
Why?
Because he couldn’t scare any kid on Earth. This really defamed him and he decided to go back and scare a few kids, so that he can clear his name.
When he actually goes back and decides to scare the kids, he realises that today’s kids aren’t really afraid of anyone and it’s going to be really hard for him to achieve his goal.
In between this, a kid called Akhrot (Parth) from Dharavi looks at him and asks him if he had lost his brain or something, and Bhoothnath gets thwarted, yet again, as he says: “Arey sir, not again.”
How Akhrot befriends Bhoothnath and how this friendship makes Bhoothnath realise that there’s a lot of corruption going around, and how he decides to fight the election against ‘Bhau’ (Boman Irani), that’s what Bhoothnath Returns is all about.

VERDICT

Bhoothnath Returns is one of those films which disappoint you to the core, specially because it almost had everything going in its favour. The first half was quite engaging, with some really humorous moments, but the second half? It just took some other road.
It was supposed to be a children’s film but it really wasn’t. Children don’t want to see elections and politicians on the screen? They wanted to see Bhoothnath and some good magic along with some great comedy. All the kids in the theatre were enjoying themselves in the beginning, but after the interval, most of them, they were literally dragging their mothers, asking them to go somewhere else.
The writing disappoints TOO MUCH!
The music is also mediocre, except one song and that’s Party Toh Banti Hai, composed by Palash Muchhal and Meet Bros, this is the best song of the entire film.
The dialogues are very well written and the dialogue writer deserves an applause for that, undoubtedly. But, it’s the performances that make Bhootnath Returns worth a watch.
Sanjay Mishra and Boman Irani are really nice, as they don’t overdo their characters and stick to the flow. Anurag Kashyap, Shahrukh and Ranbir Kapoor, their cameos are quite interestingly put up.
But once again, Ranbir takes it away! He’s just a genius.

Now talking about the best part of Bhoothnath Returns: Mr.Bachchan and the exuberantly impressive Parth Bhalerao, they, with their talent prove that even if you don’t have a good storyline, you can turn the tables around, just by the way you perform.
Watching Mr.Bachchan on screen, that itself was a treat. I was in awe of him and just kept on smiling, whenever he came on screen.
He’s the best we’ve ever had, you can’t ever expect a bad performance from this living legend.
BUT, this tiny little kid, Parth Bhalerao is out of this world.
Delivering those witty dialogues in front of the legend, you need guts to do that man. His diction, his body language and his confidence, it steals your heart away. Mukesh Chhabra, the casting director, deserves a hand once again. What a find!
Probably one of the best scenes of the film: The scene where Akhrot has an emotional conversation with his mother.
That scene defines class! Parth is really going to go a long way.

If you are an Amitabh Bachchan fan, then go for it and when you will come out, you’ll end up being a Parth fan too!
One time watch!

RATING:

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Unseen Reality, I Guess

It has been a while since I wanted to write about certain people of country. Quite often we talk about these eve teasers, then people who we usually get to see on the streets or near the signals.
What’s our first perception about them?

“He’s so brash and cheap, the way he is staring at people, oh my god, yuck!” 
“Let’s not go from here, these guys look dangerous, look at the way they converse, such cheap language.”

Cut to-

The unseen reality!

Though I agree, many of them are actually quite cheap and brash, but, it’s not always the same. Does that mean literates are cool enough? Literates who roam around in cars and bikes, wearing cool glares along with some girls, is it?
Not at all!
I haven’t really explored our country but thanks to the media, I’ve seen and I’ve heard about these things, that too, quite a lot.
But since I’ve been born and brought up in Delhi (North India) and now that I’ve stayed in Mumbai too, I know the unseen reality as well.

I’m 200% sure that the literates of our country are cheaper than the illiterates. People who have gone to school, people who have gone to college, people who have enough money to live a decent life, periodically are cheaper than those so called ‘illiterates,’ most of the times.
If you have a friend or even a crush and you talk to them, quite normally and without being cheesy or without any bad intention, sometimes, these ‘cool literates,’ they can’t really digest that fact and they end up threatening you, like, they own that girl and they are the kings of India.
Everything, it just starts with an abuse, and it goes on and on!
Leaving this aside, coming to another topic!

Same differentiation! These ‘kewl’ boys stand and talk about girls in such a cheap manner that it is actually disgraceful. They talk about the assets, they talk about their desires (desires of banging the opposite sex) and when these people, along with all of us, get to know about the rapes and the eve teasers, they stand up tall and do the same thing that they used to.
‘Abuse, threaten and curse,’ without realising that they are just the same.

Life is beyond hatred, life is beyond insecurities. Life is beyond abuses, life is beyond competition.
Why can’t people realise that? We blame those uneducated people and pass statements like: “Education mili hoti inhe toh ye aisa nahi karte (If they would have been educated, they wouldn’t have done this).”
But the fact is, education doesn’t teach us about life and values.
If it did, then, our country would have been sorted.
When the educated lot is like this, then how can we expect the uneducated lot to change and conduct themselves in a proper manner?

I don’t mean to offend anyone but if you’re one of those educated illiterates, then, it’s a request, please understand what I mean, please understand it. You are not a bad human being, no one is a bad human being, it is just that sometimes we take the wrong path without realising that we’re actually wrong.

We should just follow these simple unlisted rules of life:

“Respect everybody around you, respect women unconditionally , respect the society around you and the most important thing, respect your actions, your language and yourself the most.”

Abuses and insecurities, they are an unnecessary stress. Life is beautiful, if we let the impurities disappear.

REVIEW- MAIN TERA HERO!

Directed by: David Dhawan
Produced by: Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor & Alpana Mishra
Written by: Milap Zaveri
Narrated by: Varun Dhawan
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’Cruz and Nargis Fakhri
Music by: Sajid-Wajid
Editing by: Nitin Madhukar Rokade
Studio: Balaji Motion Pictures

It’s all about the Dhawans, it’s all about the hero!

David Dhawan, the man who has given us exemplary comedy films along with the man who is India’s greatest dancer-actor : Govinda. Formulating the same old formula that we’ve seen in Raja Babu, Deewana Mastana, Coolie No.1, Raja Babu, Hero No.1, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Partner and the list is never ending, David Dhawan comes back with his son this time, in Main Tera Hero. All those people who look for logics and cinematic experiences, don’t even think about going for this film because you’ll end up cribbing about it and you’ll take away the innocence of Seenu and Mr. David Dhawan’s sincere effort.
First of all, Main Tera Hero is not a film that the critics should watch and it shouldn’t be reviewed by any of them because these films don’t have a story, these films don’t have any logic to it. They have a hero who dances, who flirts, who sings and who smacks. You can’t judge such a film, you just can’t, specially when its made by the legend, David Dhawan.

Synopsis:

Sreenath Prasad: Seenu (Varun Dhawan) is a brat who doesn’t study, who is really charming and has an amazing body. This brat dances like Prabhudeva, mouths filmy dialogues and fights like a hero.
His mother still pampers him, whereas, his dad keeps pulling his leg and doesn’t really have faith in him.
Yes, typical David Dhawan! How Seenu goes to another city, how he bashes ‘Babbu and his men’ in between (has quite a twist), how he falls in love with this beautiful woman called Sunaina (Illeana D’Cruz) and how his love story is bombarded with complications: Thanks to the short tempered giant Angad (Arunoday Singh), Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri) and Vikrant, Ayesha’s father. (Anupam Kher) That’s what Main Tera Hero’s all about!
The story is plain and simple, it is predictable from the word go, but when it’s a David Dhawan film, it won’t disappoint you like that. The way the situations have been created, the way the characters have been casted and the way Varun Dhawan sinks inside Seenu’s character, it’ll make you smile and laugh at the same time. (Laugh, I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way. 😛 )

Verdict:

The first half starts off quite slowly and has a lot bumpy moments in between, possibly because David sir initially had to establish the lame story.
But, right from the beginning, Varun struck the right chord, he ensured that, even if the dialogues are cheesy and even if the story is dull, he’ll still make you smile. (If not laugh)
The second half belongs to the Dhawans, totally! It will take you back to David sir’s films with Govinda and Salman Khan. The way he creates these situations, it’s magical. Even if you’ve seen these moments before, you’ll still smile and laugh at them, that’s the beauty of this director and his actors.
Illeana D’Cruz looks BEAUTIFUL and she plays her part with perfection. On the other hand, Nargis Fakhri didn’t have that much to do. She looked hot but yes, the way she delivered her ‘confused face’ dialogues, it could really tickle your bones. (She is NOT a bad actor. Watch Madras Cafe!)
Arunoday Singh didn’t really create an impact in the first half but in the second half, when this giant starts behaving like a shy-shy lover boy, he’ll make you laugh crazily. Too good!
It was a treat to watch Rajpal Yadav, Shakti Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla and Anupam Kher together. All these legends who’ve been an integral part of David Dhawan’s career, they just prove their talent and their worth, whenever they come on screen. Kudos!
But, but, but! The entire film belongs to Kjo’s student and David sir’s son: Varun! He is the superstar our generation needed. The exact mixture of Salman Khan and Govinda! He is Seenu and from the beginning of the film, till the end, he won’t ever let you down. He makes the predictability and the bumpy script enjoyable. He gives life to the dull moments and the cheesy dialogues!
Some dialogues and situations are genuinely funny, Milap Zaveri deserves a hand for that!
The music is bang on, with Palat leading from the front. All the songs are amazing and fit the film perfectly. Thank god Sajid-Wajid are back!
David Dhawan and Varun Dhawan, they create the magic. Or I’d say, they ‘recreate’ the magic and honestly, Main Tera Hero deserves a watch, just for the Dhawans! Again, people who love artistic films and people who look for logic in every film, don’t go for this film. The other critics say: “Leave your brains at home and then go for Main Tera Hero.” But I’d say, screw such lame people, you can’t leave your brain at home. IF you want to laugh and have a good time, then book your tickets, right away!
KJO, your third student too, passed with flying colours.
Congratulations! 😛

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