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REVIEW- KICK!

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An uneven and jerky first half, followed by some unnecessary characters-Salman Khan still makes Kick worth it. 

Before reviewing the film, I would just like to add something about Salman, his controversial life that is opinionated by people and his persona.
“God’s special child,” I’m sure everyone’s heard about this.
Salman Khan is the special one! He has committed a lot of mistakes in the past and till date, he gets thrashed for them. Not by the judiciary or the court (as the case is still going on), but the people. They are so judgemental about whatever he does, be it good or bad, that they tend to criticise him and bring him down.

Perfection is a myth and Salman is a normal human being, like you and me. No one does it intentionally and plus, who are we to adjudge him guilty? Another thing, his controversial personal life, how does it relate to his profession? If he believes in entertainment and illogical cinema, that’s his person choice, right? If you go to a typical south indian restaurant and you start asking them for pizzas, don’t you think you’d be the dumb one?
He has made it clear that he’ll do that kind of cinema because that’s what he loves. If you don’t like such films, then don’t watch them. Why abuse him and talk about his court cases on social networking sites?
*I couldn’t help it. Some Salman haters didn’t like Kick because it was a Salman Khan film, I mean, really? Why would you watch it then?*

So anyway, Kick is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster of the same name, though this one has been rewritten, keeping Salman’s personality in mind. Kick starts-off well, but loses the grip in between, as the first half keeps crumbling. It is watchable because of Salman, as whenever he comes on screen, he plays with the camera and his character, and makes you stay there. Otherwise, it could bore you and make you nostalgic about your Math lectures.
Why So?
I’m sure that’s because Sajid Nadiadwala, Keith Gomes, Rajat Arora and Chetan Bhagat (who worked on the screenplay) wanted to keep the essence of Salman’s films alive. But obviously, they couldn’t live up to it.

And incase you’re too let down by the film and you feel like going back home, just wait till the interval point. The scene where Salman reappears, in his french beard. That’s like the kick-ass moment, where Salman’s ‘actual’ persona comes into the picture.
After the interval, the film takes a completely different route. From a romantic-comedy, it turns into an emotional thriller. Nawazuddin Siddique’s entry is another highlight. Overall, the second half is topnotch. From the cinematography to the action sequences to the performances, everything keeps falling in place.
Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin are the diamonds of our industry, and to have them in a commercial film, opposite Salman Khan, it’s indeed a treat. They both are their usual best and there aren’t enough adjectives to describe how wonderful they are. But Nawazuddin steals the thunder because of his dedication and enthusiasm. His character was flawed and it wasn’t written perfectly, but Nawaz’s conviction made the psychotic character look so real and entertaining at the same time.
But Salman is Salman. Each and every frame-Whether he cries, laughs, falls in love or gets angry, he does it with complete persuasion. His eyes are so deep that he can convey a lot just through them.
Special Mention: Jacqueline Fernandez! She’s the most beautiful actress we have today and she plays her part quite well. Her diction is a problem but that’ll get better with time. Her solo piece in Jumme Ki Raat will make you go insane, it’ll make you lose your mind. Katrina Kaif in Kamli from Dhoom3, she was HOT right? Jacqueline in those 30 seconds would make you MELT and BURN at the same time.

The music of Salman’s film is finally amazing, as Jumme Ki Raat, Yaar Na Miley and Hangover have already topped the charts. ‘Tu Hi Tu’ by Neeti Mohan is blissful too. Dialogues by Rajat Arora are better than the script of the film, and the most memorable one is undoubtedly: “Mere baare mein itna mat sochna, dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahi.”
Sajid Nadiadwala manages to leave a mark, especially because he played it quite smart. (Perfectly used his skills and experience as a producer)
People like Riya Vij (Gippi fame) and Archana Puran Singh were poorly casted, as they really didn’t fit in, and come on, Riya can’t act. Seriously! Same goes for the woman who played Sumona’s mother.
Mithun Da, Sanjay Mishra and Saurabh Shukla don’t have much screen space but they leave a mark with their effortless work.

Overall, Kick is all about Salman Khan. The one and only, the man who is hated by many, but loved by the majority. God’s special child, as even after innumerable hardships, he has the unconditional love of his fans, and I’m one of them.
And Kick is an indirect take on Salman’s actual persona. He’s the bad boy, with a golden heart.
Jacqueline and Salman, Nawaz, Randeep and SALMAN himself: Good enough for you to go and watch this flick. Get going.
Why?
KYUNKI ISME KICK HAI! 😉

RATING: 

3.5 stars

 

 

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His Journey Of Love!

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Since the very beginning, he was quite sensitive at heart, 

Trust broke a lot of times, and things kept falling apart.
Discovered love just once, he thought it was meant to last,
Wasn’t aware of this world, which is awfully fast,
Where relationships change every second, and you abruptly turn into their long gone past. 

Fairly reckless, the poor lad just couldn’t let it go,
Chaotic about what happened, wondered why life suddenly turned so slow.
Hands on his head, tears rolling down his left cheek,
Montages of his memories turned him exceedingly weak.
Still remembers how she smiled,
How her teeny-weeny nostrils shook like those of a child.

Her tight-winter morning hugs and his dark green sweaters,
Her chattering teeth and their firmly clasped fingers.
He recalls it all,
but she believes…it was kiddish, again making him crawl,
Suddenly building up this-resilient looking wall, claiming that throughout their togetherness, they were too immature and really too small.

Today she’s with someone else, but he’s pretty much the same,
Little bit hurt and away from this estranged game.
She is pretty happy, so he doesn’t try to intervene,
Looks back at that couch, where they once used to lean.
Those flashes and memories turned him quite keen,
Because till today, she’s the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen.5799340-black-silhouette-of-a-boy-and-girl-which-sits-under-the-moon

REVIEW- HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA!

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Reaching-reaching-reaching and boom! High on humour and emotions, along with some crackling dialogues and bang on performances, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania still couldn’t live up to its potential. 

We’re all DDLJ fans, if you aren’t, then you’re a robot! Jokes apart, Aditya Chopra‘s classic redefines romance even today and inspires a million aspiring filmmakers.
Shashank Khaitan being one of them, marks his debut as a filmmaker with
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.’

Rakesh Sharma, a.k.a Humpty (Varun Dhawan) is a typical Dilli boy who calls himself the ‘lauta vaaris’ of Vidya Book Centre. A pleasantly loving character, Humpty somehow meets Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) and right from the beginning, it has been shown that Kavya is an independent girl, who’s really strong headed. But she’s from Ambala, then what was she doing in Delhi? That’s exactly what Humpty thought.
She was in town to get herself a designer ‘lehenga’ for her approaching wedding to an NRI doctor-an arranged marriage.

It is followed by a humorous first half, which is filled with expertly written dialogues-situations and a beautiful romantic tincture, that can hold anyone’s breath.
The second half is descending to the core. Though it starts off beautifully and the Gurdwara sequence is heart wrenching, as there are no dialogues there and Varun-Alia play it through their eyes and face. But after that, the disappointment commences.
Mr.Singh (Ashutosh Rana), Kavya’s father somehow gets to know about Humpty’s intentions (what exactly happens, that you’ll have to see for yourself 😛 ) and Humpty along with Shonty (Gaurav Pandey) and Poplu (Sahil Vaid) are literally knocked out by the Punjabis.
The father is against love, even though he himself had a love marriage. His other daughter had married someone of her choice, but it had a terrible end. That’s the reason he doesn’t want Kavya to marry Humpty. Plus, the NRI Doctor:Angad Bedi (Siddharth Shukla) is his friend’s son and the perfect spouse anyone can ever get.
So will Mr. Singh let Kavya and Humpty marry? Or it’ll be Angad and Kavya? That’s the regular and outdated plot of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

But the presentation deserves an applause. All the credit goes to debutant Shashank Khaitan, as he has literally done everything here. From writing the story, dialogues, screenplay and lyrics to direction. It’s his baby, and you can easily sense it. The second half, as I’ve mentioned above, has a lot of clichés. The story loses the soul in between and Kavya’s character too, keeps getting lost. She just comes and goes.
Immaculately casted by Jogi, Humpty rides high on performances. Ashutosh Rana is a treat to watch, his lighter side on screen was a perfect tribute to Amrish Puri because they both share that similar screen presence and personality, that dodges between rude and loveable.

Humpty’s friends, Gaurav and Sahil are as important as Humpty and Kavya. From their dialogue delivery-to their body language, they’ll chuckle the hell outta you. Siddharth Shukla looked good and was casted perfectly, but sadly he didn’t have ‘anything’ to do. Parmeet Sethi’s character in DDLJ had a lot of screen space and here, it was nothing.

The protagonists: Alia and Varun, they can be the modern SRK-Kajol for sure. The tuning they share, it’s clearly visible on screen. They both nail every bit of HSKD, from the one liners to the comical elements, romance to emotional, they’ve done it all and with perfection. Alia’s character gets wasted in the second half, but it’s her charm that manages to overcome that flaw, even if she’s there for a second. Varun is the surprise package, as he has overdone himself over here. The train sequence where he has a ‘man-to-man’ conversation with Mr. Singh, that’s probably one of the best scenes in the film. Done effortlessly by Varun and in the end, when he breaks down. He’ll cringe your heart.

Last, but not the least, Mr.Singh’s chemistry with Humpty when they share a fag, that’s also cute to see. The music is good, though I expected them to use Alia’s unplugged version of Samjhawan after the train sequence, but anyway.
Sadly, the end is terrible, really terrible. Suddenly, Angad and his family, they are nowhere to be seen, and the ‘Jaa Jeele Apni Zindagi’ dialogue didn’t fit in at all. I’ve seen the promos where Angad has a small clash with Humpty and his buddies, that was edited out, so I’m sure that the editor has messed up the beauty of this decent film, which could have been a modern-classic.
Cute film, though gets lost in the end. Nevertheless, it deserves to be watched once at-least-for Shashank, the beautiful moments and the brilliant cast.

RATING:
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REVIEW- EK VILLAIN!

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A vague piece of poetry that manages to skid inside your heart. You may hate it, you may love it. Either way, it’s going to haunt you.

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
The opposite took place! Mohit Suri after one year, Riteish and Siddharth playing the baddies and the mesmerising music, along with a grippy trailer that gets you all excited.
Who wouldn’t expect? Yes, Ek Villain didn’t match my expectations. But, it’s not a bad film.

The story is transparent and by the time it reaches the interval point, you’ll know what the end is. But Mohit Suri overcomes that flaw and manages to engross you till the very end.
That’s mastery.
Since talking about the story would open up the plot, I’d prefer listing out the things you should watch out for and the things that were really undefined.

The Positivities:
The beginning is really interesting and out of the box, and it would certainly open a lot of doors for aspiring filmmakers. It’ll give them the confidence to do something different.

The cinematography deserves an exclusive mention, as Vishnu Rao has captured some great visuals and Mohit Suri complimented him perfectly, by taking it to another level.
-The title rolls in and we see those yellow smiley balloons go up in the air, that’s one of the most beautiful sights, especially for fellow filmmakers: I can bet!
-A paper plane shot in between the ‘Hamdard’ song, that’s marvellously shot and executed.

‘Zaroorat’ and Siddharth’s heroic gestures. Even though it looks stupid in the beginning, if you start concentrating more, you’ll get lost in Siddharth’s eyes. They were fumingly red.

Kamaal Rashid Khan (KRK) has been cleverly casted (keeping his current Twitter fan following in mind) and surprisingly, he has done a good job.
The ‘2 rupees people’ dialogue is so ‘apt,’ hats off.

The ‘Awari’ song: where we get to see Prachi Desai in a new avatar, has been shot aesthetically (AGAIN) and Prachi’s performance would melt your heart and make you feel every bit of the emotion she’s trying to portray.

The music has always been the highlight of Suri’s films and once again, he has given us the best album of 2014. But he took these songs to another level by picturing them so intelligently. Genius!

The cast is beyond perfect. Riteish will surprise everyone with his mean and ruthless character. (That’s what the world is saying)
But no one noticed the other side of Riteish’s character. The  innocence of Rakesh has been projected perfectly by him. Riteish is finally getting what he deserves.
Shraddha on the other hand didn’t have much to do. At times it would make you feel as if it’s Aarohi who has turned into Aisha now. But whatever said and done, she was graceful.
Siddharth Malhotra is an absolute revelation. Words won’t be enough to describe this man’s performance and caliber. Who would have thought that this charming man would pull off such a rugged role? I never did.
He has certainly earned a fan in me and I’m sure he’ll blow your mind too.
His eyes are so deep and can express any emotion, in seconds. A special mention: His diction is ‘perfect.’
Initially Arjun Kapoor was supposed to play Guru, but he declined the offer. I guess that was his biggest mistake because from now, Siddharth would undoubtedly be placed way above all the newbies, and for me, after Ranbir, it’s Siddharth Malhotra and we never know, in the next 2-3 years, Siddharth might overpower him as well.

Last, but not the least: Mohit Suri. He is a strange and envious filmmaker. His risk taking nature and conviction in his actors: It is so wonderful to see. Suri deserves all the credit because he engages you till the very end, even though the writing is terrible and is bumpy most of the times.

The Negativities:

There were a lot of undefined things and moments in the film that would bother anyone who’ll watch the film carefully.

The main one: Riteish’s character turned psychotic because he used to get cursed? That’s the only reason? People won’t buy that. When Rakesh gets beaten up by Guru, as a viewer I should’ve been happy, but there was something, that made me feel bad for him. That means Rakesh’s character had something nice about him, because he was innocent too.
If Guru’s background was given ample amount of time, even Rakesh’s background should’ve been shown. Disappointing.

Remo Fernandes, why was he even there? He was terrible as Caesar, and another thing: When Guru tells him that he’s quitting his previous life, Caesar lets him go. And afterwards, when Guru reaches out to him, his goons start charging towards him? I mean, what?

Rakesh keeps doing things for his family and mentions it too, again and again. But, not even once, does he think about his son. It’s always about Sulu (Aamna Sharif), even a psychotic father can’t be that heartless man.

Why would Aisha scold Rakesh for the screwed up roads? He used to fix telephones and quite evidently, he was doing something related to the wires. So strange!

Aisha was about to die, she was suffering ‘THAT MUCH.’ Just a few sessions of ‘something’ cured her? LOL! And her disease wasn’t even mentioned, pathological tests are for cancer, arthritis and many more things. Who would classify that?

In the end, Rakesh calls up the police inspector to tell him that he’s ready to surrender. He even calls up Guru. How did he get their numbers? 😛
He wasn’t even a ‘proper thug.’

Too many questions, too many answers. Cinematic liberties are fine, but so many liberties? Not quite sure!
Mithoon Sharma, Ankit Tiwari and Soch (Band) deserve 50% of the credit of Ek Villain, as the album is exemplary and every song is magical.
Even though there are a lot of flaws, one can’t ignore the positivities.
As we all say, rise above hate and look beyond negativities.
So, just for the positivities, go and watch Ek Villain: For the music, performances and Mohit Suri.

RATING:
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