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By now we are all well-versed with Rohit Shetty cinema. All his films bear the stamp of total madness, total fun and lots of entertainment. No wonder his films are seen ideal for Diwali release, when the mood is upbeat. Golmaal 3 too arrives today, on a Diwali, with hugest expectations. This is India’s officially first trilogy (if one doesn’t count My Friend Ganesha series) and the need was a product which would meet all the expectations attached to it. Fortunately, Golmaal 3 fulfills all those expectations! The film is entertaining and funny from the word ‘Go’. Unfortunately, there are some glitches but the pros compensate for these minor flaws and overall the film just rocks!
The story of the movie: Gopal (Ajay Devgn) lives with his brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), friend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and mother Guddi (Ratna Pathak Shah). On the other hand, Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty), a bus driver, stays with his sons-Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu). Sons of both Pritam and Guddi can’t stand each other and there’s intense hatred between them. However, what no one knows is Pritam and Guddi were lovers once upon a time who couldn’t marry due to existing circumstances. When they meet after many years, they decide to rekindle their relationship. With Daboo’s persuasion, they get married without Guddi’s sons knowing that Pritam’s sons are the ones they hate and also the other way round. To find out what happens when they find out the bitter truth, watch the film!
It’s evident that Golmaal 3 wasn’t an easy film to make. There were as many as 8 important characters and numerous side characters. Forget the sidekicks, giving adequate screen space to each of the principal characters is a daunting task. However, the writers and makers succeed in doing so. Each character is unique and gets proper time to display their histrionics! Secondly, the director (Rohit Shetty) was helming the part 3 of a successful series. Although Golmaal 1 was successful, Golmaal 2 was thrashed by some for its not-so-interesting humour. Shetty and his team have learnt from their mistakes and appropriate care is taken to come up with a script which inspite of being illogical, is entertaining and tickles the funny bone!
Like all Rohit Shetty films, Golmaal 3 too begins with the title track. There are many scenes that truly stand out. Ajay and team screwing up Arshad team’s business twice and unintentionally destroying their own was too good. The entire flashback of Mithun-Ratna was brilliant and it was told in typical 70s-80s style with retro sets and background score. The best part of the 1st half was when the sons of Mithun and Ratna find the truth and the madness that follows. Just amazing!
Post-interval too the fun doesn’t subside. One of the finest sequences here was both the sibling teams threatening one another without mouthing a single word. It was truly very witty and of course totally hilarious! The emotional drama that erupts was fortunately very well treated. The climax was where the film could have hit a sixer. It was a bit thanda compared to the madness that it succeeded. But nevertheless, it entertains and you come out with a smile!
In Golmaal Returns, it was Shreyas who took away the cake. Here’s its none other than Ajay who’s undoubtedly the best performer of the film! His looks are killer and he carries out the role of hot-headed weirdo with elan. A versatile actor is one who is able to come up with a unique performance in each of the film of the same genre. Ajay succeeds very well in doing that! Hats off!
Kareena Kapoor has never attempted something like this before and she too comes out with flying colours. Even as a tomboy, she looks so hot and this is a considerable feat! Tusshar outperforms everyone in many of the scenes. Also in the only emotional sequence of the film, it’s him who rocks! Great work! Arshad Warsi who was very badly sidelined in Golmaal Returns gets a meaty role in Golmaal 3 and like everytime, gives a fabulous performance. Shreyas Talpade’s stammering act was funny but only at some places. Kunal Khemu brings the house down with his class dialogues!
Mithun Chakraborty gives an honest performance. He’s at his best in flashback scenes and when he makes a signature move in Apna Har Din song! Ratna Pathak Shah too comes up with a fine performance. Johny Lever was just brilliant and will surely be loved for his antics! Watch out for him! Mukesh Tiwari (Vasooli) is funny when he abuses the cop. Murli Sharma (cop) is there in 3 scenes, all of which are very funny. Viju Khote, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra don’t get much scope.
Pritam’s music isn’t topping-the-charts kind but suits well to the mood of the film. The title song, Ale and Apna Har Din are likeable. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score is terrific especially in action scenes and the aforementioned dialogue-less significant sequence! Dudley’s cinematography gave a fresh and festive look to the film. Jai Singh Nijjar’s action was good although Rohit Shetty should curb the scenes of exploding cars!
Story although bit inspired from old films was well-written. Same for screenplay (Yunus Sajawal) although Yunus could have been a bit imaginative in the climax. Dialogues (Farhad-Sajid, Bunty Rathore) were one of the best things about the film! Especially the ones mouthed by Kunal are simply fantastic!
Finally, Rohit Shetty once again comes up with a winner! The director had gone a bit off-track with Sunday and Golmaal Returns but came back on track with All The Best and now Golmaal 3. As mentioned earlier, the expectations associated with this flick were huge but fortunately, he satisfies all of them. He could have still come up with a better product. But still no complaints as the film entertains like hell. Keep churning out such nice entertaining films RS!
Some of the best scenes:
1. First face-off between the two sibling gangs
2. Pappi (Johny Lever) on the jetski
3. Pritam’s flashback
4. Daboo persuades Pritam and Guddi to marry
5. Daboo persuades the siblings for Pritam-Guddi’s marriage
6. Madness just before the intermission (excellent!)
7. Pritam as the ghost
8. Facebook the dog bites Pritam’s bum
9. High-voltage emotional drama between the siblings
10. The climax
On the whole, Golmaal 3 is a great entertainer which has released during the right time of festival and celebration! It is loaded with tons of masti and madness. Just like every other Rohit Shetty film, don’t look for sense and logic and you’ll definitely enjoy the ride! Enjoy!
AND WISHING ALL THE READERS A HAPPY DIWALI AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, November 4, 2010 – 12:28 IST
Brand GOLMAAL is back again. Its equity continues to soar upwards. Naturally, every film of this franchise carries the burden of humungous expectations. Touted as India’s first-ever trilogy, GOLMAAL 3 [G-3], the third installment of GOLMAAL and GOLMAAL RETURNS, promises to mesmerize, tickle your funny bone and entertain moviegoers of all ages. G-3 promises to be bigger, better, funnier and far more entertaining and amusing than the first two parts.
There’s a flipside of having a thriving brand. No matter how hard you try, comparisons with the earlier parts are inevitable. The question everyone’s keen to ask is, does it supersede the forerunners in terms of entertainment? The best thing about G-3 is that it lives up to its undertaking of amusing you from the word go, till the very culmination. From inception to conclusion, save for a few lax moments, G-3 is high on fun and entertainment quotient.
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By now one is well versed with Rohit Shetty’s funda: Come, have a blast at the movies. Frankly, there’s no word called ‘logic’ in Shetty’s cinematic dictionary and the moviegoer too has attuned himself/herself to Shetty’s high-on-entertainment laughathons. I’ve often said that comedy is serious business and a director attempting one has to walk a tightrope. But Shetty has mastered the art by now and G-3 proves that when it comes to entertainers, he’s amongst the best in the business.
Final word? G-3 rocks! It may not go down in history as the best side-splitting entertainer ever made, but it should go down in history as the first trilogy that would pass the audience test with flying colors. G-3 raises the bar for G-4, what say Mr. Shetty?
G-3 highlights the story of hatred between two bunch of siblings. Ajay Devgn [Gopal] lives with his brother Shreyas Talpade [Laxman], mother Ratna Pathak Shah [Geeta aka Guddi] and best friend Kareena Kapoor [Daboo]. Their world collides with another trio, Arshad Warsi [Madhav], Tusshar Kapoor [Lucky] and Kunal Khemu [Laxman].
Arshad, Tusshar and Kunal’s father Mithun Chakraborty [Pritam] and Ajay and Shreyas’ mother Ratna Pathak Shah decide to rekindle their relationship and with Kareena’s persuasion even get married. But there’s a problem: The kids detest each other. To complicate matters further, there’s a thief Johnny Lever [Puppy] and his henchmen [Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra] and a necklace that’s hidden somewhere.
Two things. One, before watching G-3, I had felt that focusing on eight main characters would lead to chaos only as there would be no scope for character development. But I was proven completely wrong because each character is well etched out and by the time the movie concludes, you don’t feel that the show belongs to ‘x’, while ‘y’ was sidelined. The movie belongs to everyone!
Two, it’s said that G-3 is inspired by Basu Chatterjee’s KHATTA MEETHA [1978; starring Ashok Kumar and Pearl Padamsee], Umesh Mehra’s HAMARE TUMHARE [1979; starring Sanjeev Kumar and Raakhee] and the Hollywood film YOURS, MINE AND OURS , wherein an elderly couple, having their own kids, decide to live under one roof. Rohit Shetty and his team of writers [screenplay: Yunus Sajawal; script consultant: Robin Bhatt] may be inspired by these films, but they have given G-3 a completely different flavor and dimension altogether. The writing, I wish to forewarn, defies logic, sense and reason, therefore one has to go with the flow. It has a skeletal plot, but is packed with jokes, jibes, pranks and of course, stunts/action [Rohit Shetty's movies are incomplete without cars being blown to smithereens].
The casting of Johnny Lever as the absentminded and scatterbrained thief is a master stroke. The writing, execution and portrayal of this part must’ve been an arduous task, but what comes across on screen is remarkable. In fact, this track would work wonders with the audience, especially those who swear by the Johnny Lever brand of humour. Johnny’s sequence on the water scooter, to cite an instance, is sure to bring the house down. Besides the sequences involving Johnny Lever, I’d like to single out yet another sequence that shows the siblings threatening each other. It’s a sequence without words but a super background score [Sanjoy Chowdhury], with the siblings trying to threaten one another with every possible thing in the house – be it a cactus plant or a rose, be it a tomato or a pumpkin, while their parents [Mithun and Ratna] watch HUM SAATH-SAATH HAIN on TV. Also, Kareena’s pet dog called Facebook trying to get the bone out of Mithun’s pocket is bizarre, but will be loved by the hoi polloi. Prepare to laugh your guts out in the above-mentioned scenes.
Any hiccups? The climax could have been a little more imaginative. It follows the trademark Priyadarshan style of getting together the entire cast, including supporting actors to villain sidekicks, for the finale. No issues with that, but a more innovative and ingenious finale would have only proven the icing on the cake.
Relying more on treatment than content, G-3 has the by-now-famous stamp of Rohit Shetty all over it. The director gets ample help from writer Yunus Sajawal and dialogue writers Farhad-Sajid and Bunty Rathore [additional dialogues]. The screenplay doesn’t give you time to think, while the dialogues are truly funny at most times. As the third installment in the GOLMAAL series, G-3 has a lot to live up to and so does the soundtrack [Pritam]. ‘Golmaal’ is fun, while ‘Ale’ moves at a feverish pace. Cinematography [Dudley] is perfect, while the action scenes [Jai Singh Nijjar] are exciting.
Like I pointed out earlier, every actor in the film contributes his/her bit in making this fun ride enjoyable. Yet, I’d like to single out Ajay, who goes for a grungy makeover. The rugged style, diamond ear studs, tattoos and cropped hair suits the hyper character that he portrays. He’s excellent. Another well-written character is of Kareena, who fits in so well with the boys. She looks every bit the tomboy she is expected to be. She’s matchless. Tusshar gives a brand new dimension to the character he has learnt so well to portray. He is sure to have the audience in splits with his class act. I’d also like to single out the emotional sequence, which Tusshar performs with gusto. Arshad oozes sufficient confidence to carry off the role, while Shreyas and Kunal are wonderful as well.
Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah are genuinely lovable, while Johnny Lever is simply fantastic. Ditto for his henchmen, enacted by Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra. Mukesh Tiwari, Murli Sharma, Vijay Patkar, Viju Khote and Ashwini Kalsekar lend very good support. Prem Chopra is superb in a cameo.
On the whole, GOLMAAL 3 is an ideal fun ride with thrice the enjoyment and gratification, thrice the magic and thrice the hilarity. Go on, have a blast and make this Diwali thrice more entertaining for you. An out-and-out entertainer, it’s sure to light up the celebratory festive mood.
Our political system is filled with people who for some are demonic killers but for many, messiahs. They may be doing their work by breaking all laws but there might be doing it for the people and not necessarily for power and money. Demon in the guise of God or God in the guise of Demon, whatever you may call them, but such people do exist and no one could do any harm to them. Rakht Charitra tells the story of one such person who’s forced to spread bloodshed everywhere due to circumstances. A two-part film (with part 2 releasing next month), Rakht Charitra-1 is filled with violence, violence and more violence. But at the same time, it has a story and most importantly, the trademark Ram Gopal Varma direction that makes this film a gripping watch!
The story of the movie: Pratap Ravi (Vivek Oberoi) gets tragic news one day that his father (Rajendra Gupta) has been brutally killed by the people of his own party. Soon Pratap’s brother (Sushant Singh) too gets killed. Soft-spoken Pratap who always wanted to be away from violence now takes the matter in his own hands to avenge the death of his father and brother. Slowly, he eliminates all his rivals and becomes the undisputed lord of the region. He even joins politics and becomes minister in the cabinet of actor-turned-CM Shivaji (Shatrughan Sinha). However, as Amitabh Bachchan says in Sarkar Raj, “Apne sharto pe chalne wale ko keemat chukani padti hai”. The first part traces the rise of Pratap Ravi and presumably, the second part shall throw light on his fall.
Rakht Charitra-1 doesn’t have much story to tell and it’s the agitating background score and terrific direction that keeps you hooked from start to finish even though the film falls at some places in the 2nd half. A lot of important characters get mercilessly killed in the film but every murder is very well and impressively executed. However, as mentioned before, the film has too much of violence (especially the first half). In fact, Rakht Charitra-1 can be hailed as one of the most violent films to be churned from Bollywood.
There are several scenes that will give you an adrenaline rush. Vivek’s sudden violent outburst in the police station was too good to say the least. Then Vivek in the guise of a cop killing one his rivals was much unexpected and turns out to be another applaud-worthy sequence. Post-interval, the conversations between Vivek and Shatrughan were engrossing. And finally, the scene where Vivek orders all goons and bhai logs to stop all illegal activities and the scary looking goondas accept his order willingly gives an impression that RGV was and is still a fantastic filmmaker. At the same time, the film gives a glimpse of Part 2 of Rakht Charitra which also seems as exciting as the Part 1. Hopefully, viewers who’ll watch Rakht Charitra-1 will definitely go for Rakht Charitra-2!
I have always believed that Vivek Oberoi is a powerhouse of talent. But unfortunately, inspite of giving fine performances in films like Company, Saathiya, Yuva, Omkara, Kurbaan and Prince, he never got the appreciation and acclaim (and also fan base) that he truly deserved. With Rakht Charitra-1, he gives yet another outstanding performance and proves that he has loads and loads of talent in him. This wasn’t an easy role at all but Vivek does it quite effortlessly. And he looks quite cool with his moustache too. Hats off to you, VO!
Shatrughan Sinha was perfect for the role of Shivaji. The script demanded a larger than life personality and Shatrughan’s performance hits the perfect bullseye. Abhimanyu Singh (Bhuka Reddy) looked every inch the ruthless villain and leaves a deep impact. Nowadays, very few villains are able to make people hate them so much. But Abhimanyu succeeds in achieving the same. First Gulaal and now Rakht Charitra, Abhimanyu Singh will be surely getting more offers from now on. He deserves it! Srinivasa Rao Kota (Nagmani Reddy) also shines in the negative role. Sushant Singh was hardly there but as usual does a good job. Rajendra Gupta dominates the beginning scenes. Aashish Vidyarthi was terrific especially in the scene where he gets killed. Ashwini Kalsekar impresses as the cop. Same for Zarina Wahab (Vivek’s mother) and the actress playing Vivek’s love interest. Vishwajeet Pradhan, Darshan Jariwala and Sudeep were good in their respective roles.
There was no scope for music in the film. Yet, Sukhwinder Singh’s item song was incorporated which was pathetic! Action plays a crucial role in the film and Javed-Aejaz gets it quite right. Background score bears the trademark RGV stamp and was very effective and like most of RGV films, in Rakht Charitra-1 as well, the background score lifts several scenes. Amol Rathod’s cinematography was topnotch.
Prashant Pandey’s story was almost inspired from real-life incidents. It’s Ram Gopal Varma, the director, who wins hands down. It’s no secret that in such gangster flicks, Ramu is in full form. He proved it with Shiva followed by Satya, Company, Sarkar and Contract and he once again impresses with Rakht Charitra-1. Making a film where both sides are killing one person at a time is no easy task as the interest can wane anytime. However, thanks to RGV’s mindblowing execution, the interest stays right till the end. Barring some scenes in the 2nd half where the film fell, the entire film is fast-paced and gripping. Let’s hope Rakht Charitra-2 impresses the same way!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Pratap’s father gets killed
2. Bhuka’s intro
3. Pratap’s outburst in the police station
4. Pratap eliminating his 4 main rivals
5. Pratap takes away his love interest
6. The intermission point
7. Pratap joins hands with Shivaji
8. Bhuka gets arrested
9. The final scene
On the whole, Rakht Charitra-1 is terrific to say the least. With not much of a story, it’s the execution, performances and background score that make it a paisa-vasool fare. However, also be ready to see one of the most brutal violent scenes ever in this flick.
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, October 22, 2010 – 08:28 IST
Welcome to the law of the jungle. Where there’re no rules. Where the life of a human being is not worth a penny. Where goonda raj reins supreme. Where men are butchered and women abducted and raped. Where the police obey the orders of the goons. Where guns, swords, bombs, knives and sharp weapons are a man’s best friends. Welcome to RAKHT CHARITRA, based on the true story of Paritala Ravi.
Ramgopal Varma is known for dark and gritty cinema and RAKHT CHARITRA is not just the film-maker’s, but also Hindi cinema’s most violent film so far. Be forewarned, RAKHT CHARITRA is not for the lily-livered. Nor is it for those who love to visit cineplexes with their families, weekend after weekend, to watch that perfect family film. This one has just one song [not needed, actually], no romance, no comedy/humour, no phoren locations, no good looking faces, no family gatherings and no striking sets that are mandatory for escapist cinema. RGV is a rebel, he likes to make movies he believes in and RAKHT CHARITRA proves it yet again.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Let me add, RAKHT CHARITRA is not one of RGV’s most accomplished works. Perhaps, one of the reasons could be because he’s now churning out gangster and crime-based films with amazing regularity and obviously, there’s not much he can explore due to the limitations of this genre. But, yes, RAKHT CHARITRA has a fascinating story to tell and even if you aren’t acquainted with Paritala Ravi, you might identify with RAKHT CHARITRA because the essence of the film is revenge.
Final word? With a title like RAKHT CHARITRA and all the blood and gore in the film, it’s certain that the film holds appeal for those who like to watch brutality in cinema, which, in turn, cuts off a sizeable section of the audience [ladies and kids]. However, from the content point of view, I’d say that RAKHT CHARITRA is the best bet of this week.
RAKHT CHARITRA deals with emotionally volatile people and is set in a rural environment. It tells the story of Paritala Ravi [Vivek Oberoi], a soft-spoken person, who took law in his hands to avenge the murders of his father [Rajendra Gupta] and brother [Sushant Singh]. Paritala Ravi’s name sent shivers up the spines of not only his rivals, but even the law enforcement agencies. He rose to become a minister eventually. The first part ends with his undertaking a mission to end goonda raj in the state.
By now we’ve come to expect zany camera angles, tight close ups, a raging background score, power-packed performances and abstract stories from RGV’s films and RAKHT CHARITRA is no different. Expect all this and more [read bloodshed] in RAKHT CHARITRA. Since RAKHT CHARITRA is based on a true story, there’s not much one can comment on it, but the manner in which the incidents unfold keep you hooked. Of course, it’s a vendetta fare, yet one is keen to fathom what essentially provoked a soft-spoken individual to transform into a killing machine.
Barring the incidents in the initial reels, there’s not much movement in the story in the first hour. In fact, there are killings and more killings. But the story gathers momentum when an iconic actor turned politician enters the scene and takes Paritala Ravi under his wings. The sequences between Shatrughan Sinha and Vivek are, frankly, the preeminent and most excellent parts of the enterprise. The post-interval is different because the killings reduce and Paritala now fights his opponent from the corridors of power.
RAKHT CHARITRA gets lengthy in its second half and one genuinely feels that RGV should’ve curtailed the length of the film by a few minutes, although the introduction of Suriya’s character at the end only raises the curiosity for the second installment.
RGV has handled a number of sequences brilliantly, but the film leaves you with a sense of deja vu off and on. Glimpses of films like SARKAR and SARKAR RAJ, besides SATYA and COMPANY, though not remotely similar to RAKHT CHARITRA, flash across your mind. It’s a little intricate to encompass all incidents in the screenplay, but writer Prashant Pandey makes a sincere effort. Cinematography [Amol Rathod] catches your eye. Action scenes are true to life. Background score compliments the mood of the film.
All RGV films are embellished with powerful performances and RAKHT CHARITRA is no exception. Vivek Oberoi breathes fire and venom and comes across as the most appropriate actor to infuse life into the character he portrays. He’s super efficient and his act in COMPANY and SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA pale in comparison. Shatrughan Sinha is remarkable. A powerful personality could’ve only been portrayed by a powerful actor and the veteran enacts it with amazing ease. Abhimanyu Singh is superb as the opponent. You hate him for being so evil and that only goes to prove how effective he is. Radhika Apte is good. Zarina Wahab is first-rate. Ashwini Kalsekar is excellent. Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajendra Gupta, Anupam Shyam, Sushmita Mukherjee, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Kota Srinivasa Rao shine in their respective parts. Sudeep and Darshan Jariwala get no scope.
On the whole, RAKHT CHARITRA is not for the faint-hearted or the lily-livered. The violence, the blood and gore depicted in the film will shock and disconcert you, which only goes to establish as to how proficiently the subject material has been treated. The film is targeted mainly at those who love to watch aggression, violence, bloodshed, brutality and massacre on the silver screen, but a chunk of the movie-going audience [ladies and kids] will choose to stay away from this scene of carnage. The business in Telugu and Tamil versions is expected to be excellent, due to the strong identification with the subject material.
By Taran Adarsh, March 5, 2010 – 11:20 IST
Horror films made in India follow standard rules and guidelines. Every possible ingredient that viewers have witnessed since the Ramsay era automatically finds its way into horror films even today. ROKKK too borrows everything available on the shelf.
ROKKK hinges on a half-baked script, but what saves the film from complete breakdown is the execution of the material by debutante director Rajesh Ranshinge. The proceedings may be far from innovative, but keep you hooked nonetheless.
Anushka [Tanushree Dutta] weds an elderly man Ravi [Sachin Khedekar], who has remarried after the death of his first wife. Anushka’s mother [Nishigandha Wad] refuses to accept their relationship.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Anushka and Ravi begin their journey in a beautiful home that Ravi gifts Anushka. However, strange and quirky things start happening there. Anushka tries to share her experiences with Ravi, who in turn thinks that his wife is hallucinating. They decide to move back to their earlier home, but the incidents don’t seem to stop.
Anushka seeks advice from a healer [Arif Zakaria] and tries to discover the motive behind these unexplainable incidents. The story takes a turn when Anushka murders her husband and sister-in-law. Ahana [Udita Goswami], Anushka’s sister, begins her journey to rescue her.
Horror movies ought to have a great start and a pulse-pounding finale. Unfortunately, ROKKK has a lacklustre start and a convenient finale, with the makers leaving scope for a sequel, if the film works. The film suffers due to inept writing, with several questions remaining unanswered till the end.
No reasons are offered why Tansuhree marries a man much older to her, except a fleeting reference by Udita. No reasons are offered when Tanushree enquires about the circumstances that led to the death of Sachin Khedekar’s first wife. That’s not all, Tanushree even manages to escape from the asylum even though the spirit almost gets her. Now that’s difficult to gulp!
But things do stabilise in the post-interval portions. The spirit now set her sights on Udita and the sequence in the elevator sets the ball rolling. Ditto for two more sequences – [i] Arif Zakaria wanting to free the mansion from the spirit and [ii] Ashwini Kalsekar’s story of how the blood-thirsty spirit came into being.
With the film holding your attention in the second hour, you expect the finale to reach its zenith, but it does an about-turn and touches the ebb. Tanushree’s re-emergence on the scene is formulaic and ruins the impact. If the writing is patchy, the effects are tacky and the background score relies on the same sounds that one has come to expect from horror films.
Both Tanushree and Udita try to make the proceedings watchable. Udita is efficient, while Tanushree uses her eyes effectively to express fear. Shaad Randhawa is decent. Sachin Khedekar is okay. Ashwini Kalsekar is the best of the lot. Murli Sharma and Nishigandha Wad don’t get much scope. Arif Zakaria is perfect.
On the whole, ROKKK is ordinary at best!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, February 16, 2010 – 14:51 IST
After directing two super hit films in the Golmaal series, Rohit Shetty’s third installment in the franchise Golmaal 3 is being awaited eagerly. In fact, during the past few days, there has been a lot of speculation about various names being part of the cast of this much awaited film. Hence, we decided it was best to verify with the man himself on who actually forms the principal cast.
When we got in touch with Rohit Shetty asking him about the final cast of Golmaal 3, the talented director replied in his trademark humorous style, “There is so much speculation going around about the cast, it seems like I am making a Mughal-e-Azam“. Speaking about the cast, Rohit said, “Let me clear all misconceptions once and for all. Golmaal 3 stars Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Arshad Warsi, Kunal Khemu, Kareena Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah in principal roles. Besides some of my favorite actors like Johnny Lever, Murli Sharma, Ashwini Kalsekar and Sanjay Mishra also form the supporting cast.”
Speaking on some of the new members of the Golmaal family, Rohit says, “Yes we have Kunal Khemu, Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah as new members of the cast. They are all new characters in the plot. Contrary to rumors, Mithun is not playing the character played by Paresh Rawal in the first part. It’s a completely new character. Mithun and Ratna Pathak Shah’s characters also end up getting married during the course of the film”
We also asked him about the buzz doing the rounds that Arshad was not a part of the film. “No…Arshad is very much a part of Golmaal 3. In fact, we just finalized things with him today morning.”
Rohit begins filming Golmaal 3 with a 10 day schedule in Mumbai starting March 20 followed by a 50 day schedule at his favorite location Goa. Like his previous two films- All The Best and Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3 too will have a grand Diwali release on Nov 5 this year.
Besides Golmaal 3, Rohit is all set to direct his close buddy Ajay Devgn in an out and out action film. The film is apparently a remake of the 2009 Malayalam film Puthiya Mukham and is a solo hero film. In fact, the rights of the Malayalam film have already been acquired and in all probability Ajay Devgn himself along with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. will be producing this film. When we asked Rohit about this project, he did confirm the same but refused to reveal much at this stage.
|January 5, 2010 6:28:18 PM IST
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|THE ACCIDENT and FATSO|
Whoever thinks that one needs really huge budgets and big stars to make an endearing and funny film should take several leaves out of PNC’s book, like JHANKAR BEATS, HAZARON KHWAHISHEIN AISI, PYAR KE SIDE EFFECTS, CHAMELI to name just a few. And then combine with them the team of Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Saurabh Shukla who have already woven magic with BHEJA FRY, MITHYA, DASVIDANIYA and you would obviously get a heady mix of great direction, narration and performances as seen in RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI.
Of course, PNC would continue this trend of refreshing and sensible films in the year to come as well. Here are some snippets of what’s to come. Deviating from romantic comedies would be a horror flick CLICK, directed by Sangeeth Sivan and starring Shreyas Talpade, Sada, Sneha Ulhal and Chunky Pandey. Then there would be the much talked about EK THO CHANCE, which sees the return of Saeed Mirza as a director after over a decade. The film stars Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Purab Kohli, Amrita Arora, Zafar Karachiwala, Vijay Raaz, Pawan Malhotra, Ali Fazal, Ashwini Kalsekar, Sadia Siddiqui, Saurabh Shukla and is a dramatic representation of everyone who comes to Mumbai, the city of dreams and magic.
There is also a psychological drama, THE ACCIDENT starring Shiney Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Dev, Honey Chaya and directed by Abhijit Chaudhiri. Then there are FATSO and SALUUN, which have already made it to the international film festivals. While FATSO is a romantic comedy directed by Rajat Kapoor and starring Ranvir Shorey, Gul Panag, Purab Kohli, Neil Bhoopalam, and Gunjan Baksh, the social comedy SALUUN stars Gaurav Kapur, Razak Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Murli Sharma,Brijendra Kala, Chitranjan Giri, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Gayatri Choudhari and is directed by Nikhil Bhat.
Well, with films as diverse as these, it is surely going to be a treat to the audiences and several more feathers in PNC’s already crowded cap!
By Taran Adarsh, October 16, 2009 – 08:25 IST
Sometimes, we laugh at movies. At times, we laugh in movies. Thankfully, ALL THE BEST, helmed by Rohit Shetty, belongs to the latter type.
ALL THE BEST makes no claims of catering to the intelligentsia or the elite. Instead, it’s aimed at those who want to spend two hours of their precious life flexing their facial muscles. ALL THE BEST is for those who expect fun and laughter unlimited in those two hours. This one makes you smile, laugh, even break into a guffaw at times.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
The jokes and the goings-on may appear silly, but who cares! As long as one feels positive and wears a smile on the face even after the show has ended, nothing else matters.
Comedy is serious business and Rohit Shetty is a pro at this genre now. This time, the talented director seeks inspiration from RIGHT BED, WRONG HUSBAND and what works to the advantage are two factors – the written material and the right casting. Both are just right!
From time to time, it has been noticed that some films are made with the motive of keeping you entertained. ALL THE BEST is one of those films. Go, have a blast this Diwali!
Veer [Fardeen Khan], a singer by profession, is greedy of extracting extra pocket money from his brother Dharam [Sanjay Dutt], a business-honcho. Veer lies to Dharam that he has got married and his friend Prem [Ajay Devgn], a concept car expert, lends a helping hand in cooking up this alibi.
Veer is in love with Vidya [Mugdha Godse], but has qualified in the hate list of her father. Prem is happily married to Jhanvi [Bipasha Basu], who takes care of his ancestor’s outdated gymnasium. Veer and Prem land up in debts as they had opted for a short-cut to earn easy money.
The two get into a bigger soup when Dharam pays a sudden visit to their place. Time does not give a chance and unavoidable circumstances arouse such situations that Prem’s wife Jhanvi is mistaken for Veer’s and Veer’s girlfriend for Prem’s.
Like his previous films, director Rohit Shetty rests the story on multiple characters, with a dozen odd actors in supporting roles. With so many characters in the film, it generally tends to get confusing, but ALL THE BEST has an easy-to-comprehend story and a trouble-free and uncomplicated screenplay [Robin Bhatt and Yunus Sajawal].
Ten minutes into the film and you know that ALL THE BEST is all about mistaken identities. But the proceedings actually take off when Sanju enters the scene. That’s when you get drawn into this madcap world completely.
A number of sequences are howlarious. Note Johny Lever’s intro. Ditto for Sanjay Mishra’s track. Also, when Johny Lever regains his voice – towards the climax – it’s sooooo funny. On the flip side, the pace drops in the middle of the second hour. Also Pritam’s musical score is uninspiring and the songs act as speed breakers.
Rohit Shetty is in top form and his team of writers, Robin and Yunus, contribute enormously in making this film watchable. Dudley’s cinematography is perfect. Farhad – Sajid and Bunty Rathore’s dialogue are very much in sync with the mood of the film. In fact, a few one-liners are extremely witty.
Sanju portrays his part well. His sequences with Ajay are truly fantastic. But the show-stopper is undoubtedly Ajay, whose comic timing is only getting better. He plays to the gallery completely and delivers a sparkling performance. Fardeen needs to loosen up, though he makes a sincere attempt. Bipasha is sweet, while Mugdha doesn’t get much scope. Amongst supporting actors, Johny Lever and Sanjay Mishra are in terrific form. Mukesh Tiwari, Vijay Patkar, Ashwini Kalsekar and Atul Parchure lend credible report.
On the whole, ALL THE BEST is fun and laughter unlimited. At the box-office, the festive period coupled with the solid track record of Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty and also the strong merits will ensure ample footfalls at cineplexes, making its investors laugh all the way to the bank. Recommended!