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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 Joginder Tuteja, September 15, 2010 – 11:33 IST
Festival releases isn’t something new when it comes to Bollywood outings. Earlier Diwali releases used to be most lucrative with the date being keenly awaited by majority of prominent filmmakers year after year. Post that Christmas became fashionable with the long holiday season offering guaranteed results. Of late, it is Eid – most recent example being that of Dabangg – where record breaking collections are being evidenced.
However, how does one explain the journey of a film which has actually traversed through not just one but each (read carefully – ‘each’) of these major milestones right through its making?
This is the feat that Tees Maar Khan has managed to achieve, something that could perhaps take it through the record books of being the ‘most auspicious film’ ever made in the history of Bollywood. Here is how the milestones have looked like:
- Shooting of this film commenced on Holi
- Shooting of talkie portions ended on Eid/Ganesh Chaturthi
- Last song, the special ‘qawalli’ number with Salman Khan (in guest appearance), Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, would be shot during ‘Navratri’
- First promo would be unveiled on Diwali
- The film would release on Christmas
“Seemingly there is some divine intervention at play here”, says Farah who is visibly relieved with the speedy shoot that her film has seen, “You may plan a lot of things but ultimately someone up there has to ensure that everything falls in place. We would have never imagined that so many auspicious occasions would coincide with each of the major milestones of Tees Maar Khan. So far, it has been so very good. I hope and pray that this divinity stays on with the film forever.”
The countdown has begun!
All bridges are mended between estranged son and mother; recently Shahid’s mother was babysitting his pup; now he’s acting in her film
It was a fallout that was a sore point in an otherwise rising career graph; Neelima Azim, dancer-singer, and son, actor Shahid Kapoor, had for all practical purposes parted ways. Mother and son just couldn’t see eye to eye.
Neelima Azim was chasing Shahid Kapoor, after his success at the box-office, for her directorial debut. But so peeved was the son that he refused to budge from his boycott and kept her at bay. It hurt.
Meanwhile, Shahid Kapoor went on to act in his father’s directorial debut titled Mausam, a feature that is still in production. His father, Pankaj Kapur and mother Neelima Azim had an acrimonious divorce years ago.
Shahid continued to bristle from the bad break-up and was often accused of taking sides. For example, acting in daddy’s flick while evading his mother was not seen kindly by some of his detractors.
But this seems to be a change of season, a warmer tide seems to have washed over Shahid. Apparently, the now mature actor is willing to not only speak and interact with mother, but, from we’ve heard, has also green-lighted a project to be directed by her. Industry pundits are ecstatic at this emotional reunion.
Interestingly, the film stars Chandan Sanyal (his pal in Kaminey) and Bhavna Pani, his ex-flame. Let’s see how they share screen space.
Given that Shahid is in a mood for reconciliations of all sorts, sparks may fly again…
When contacted, Neelima Azim said, “I am busy, I do not wish to comment on this.” Shahid is likely to return from his dad’s shoot to grace a festival of Indian classical dancing to be held in Kolkata.
His mother, incidentally, will be performing here after a gap of 12 years.
It is hard to decipher Lucky Ali. Simply because the man has so many layers to him. By the time you unravel and demystify one, a newer, more fascinating aspect emerges
Singer, part-time actor, part-time environmentalist and full-time philosopher…call him what you may, but his beliefs and comments, laced with his typically reflective observations, make for a fascinating study.
Be it his neatly balanced relationships with his two wives, his music, his caustic views on the media or his deep concern for the environment, Lucky dances to his own tunes.
|Lucky says he had a premonition that he would be married twice. (Below left) With second wife Inaya|
We are in his farm, a one-hour drive from Bangalore city, surrounded by acres of green when he walks in dressed in pyjamas and an orange sweat shirt over a grey tee, those famous curls, now all salt and pepper. His hazel eyes are hidden behind dark aviators. “I have puffy eyes,” he says. He reluctantly removes the aviators and settles down on a stone bench.
Over some kadak chai and toast, his “comfort food”, he ponders on a life less ordinary.
Once again, it’s music that has brought Lucky out of near seclusion. After a five-year hiatus, he’s released ‘Xsuie’. “It means ‘at your own pace’,” he explains. He is excited about the online distribution of his album. “I wanted to do away with physical distribution. Imagine the plastic that you will be using, the paper that you will waste for making CDs. Moreover, an online release frees me up from numerous hassles associated with tying up with music companies. Also, it helps me interact with my fans directly,” he tells us.
A quick glance at his career reveals that the album couldn’t have been more aptly named. “My brother once said, ‘In life you should paddle slowly.’ I didn’t understand it at that time. But it stuck with me. And I have been living life at my own pace. The point is you should paddle slowly but never miss the bus,” he smiles.
It’s not hard to see why. He’s been an actor (debuted at 44), a singer, a carpet-cleaner, oil-rigger, horse-breeder, organic farmer, playback singer and a father of four children and the husband of two women… the many identities which bring us then to the point of his relationships.
Lucky says he met Meaghan Jane McCleary, a native of New Zealand and a pastor’s daughter, when he went to YMCA in Delhi along with his brother “Macky.” He was helping him with the door when he saw a pretty girl smile at him. “My brother says `hi’ to everyone. Soon he got talking to Meaghan. Then I joined them.
We began meeting regularly and became friends. She went back to New Zealand. That’s when my brother said, ‘She is a good girl.
You should marry her.’ When Meaghan returned to India I felt she liked me too. She came to India on a Wednesday, I proposed on a Thursday and we married on a Friday,” he narrates the love story. Today they have two children, Ta’awwuz, 14, and Tasmia, 13.
Lucky says he did have a strange intuition about his marital life. “I always knew I’d have more than one wife. In fact I did tell Meaghan about it when we got married. She thought I was joking.” But he was not. Four years after his first marriage, he married again.
This time to a Parsi girl called Anahita. Today, known as Inaya, a filmmaker and photographer, she’s lives in Mumbai with Lucky’s other two children Sara and Raiyan.
An SMS interrupts the conversation. He checks it stealthily, but can’t hide his smile. “Inaya is such a funny girl,” he says. The SMS is from her.
The conversation continues, only to be interrupted by a long-distance phone call. It’s Meaghan. Lucky is making travel plans. He will be flying out to New Zealand to bring his wife and two children back to India. “We have decided to home-school our children,” he says.
Duality of love
What does love mean to him? “Oh, love…it’s everything. The Creator loved us so much, he made this world for us…plants, animals….” Okay, let’s get specific.
What about love between man and woman (or women)? Without missing a beat he says, “Marriage.” Huh? “Marriage, that’s it,” he reiterates. “Nothing beyond that.
In my space, in the faith I follow, I have the permission to marry four times. But Allah also says if you feel you cannot deal with them equitably then marry one.”
Does that mean you can love more than one woman at the same time?
“Yes. I think I can love more than two people with the same intensity. My strength comes from the women I am married to. They are a part of my spiritual make-up.” Does his wives understand that? “I think they do.
A woman does not really have a problem if her husband marries again as long as she knows that he loves her.
And I love my wives.” He explains further, “It is not physical. It is something spiritual. It’s about children, growth, making a world, a life, something about…..” he grapples for the right words.
Then he cuts it short with a.. “It’s not about what you irresponsible journalists think it is. I’m sorry,” he apologises. “Would you like your husband to come back home and lie to you?” he asks.
No. But few women would want their husbands to come back and say they’re marrying again.
He ignores and continues, “What would be harder? Your trust would break and you would do something wrong. For what? Some men are built a particular way.
Some are suited for one marriage. I don’t think I am suited for one marriage. I move around a lot. I am a free spirit. I get lonely. I cannot cheat. What happens when you are faced with temptations? It’s better to marry. Be honest to your wife and love your wives.”
But how did Meaghan take it when she was told about his second marriage? “Like a martyr. It’s such a hard hit for a woman,” he says.
“I never knew I was going to get married to Inaya. I was spending a lot of time in India. I was lonely and needed to be with someone. It happened over a period of time.
Inaya spoke to Meaghan. And she said, ‘Go with Allah’s steps’. I have learnt so many things about life from my wives,” he says. How does he manage the balancing act? “They taught me about love and relationships. I am such a Jahil. And I have all these beautiful people in my life.”
Does your entire family live under the same roof? “The children connect with each other. But for women…it is sensitive na? Yes, we celebrate festivals together.
Earlier we all lived in the farm. Inaya and the children lived with my dad in his house, while Meghan and the children lived here with me. This is Meghan’s house,” he points out to a squat structure in front. The farm has many individual houses occupied by members of the Ali family.
Apparently, Mehmood had warned Inaya about him. “He said to her, be careful. He might just take a third wife.”
Life on the straight lane
Lucky Ali’s life, in his own words is “Out-of-the-box”. He just wants to live his life - truthfully. Truth as he knows it. “All my life I have lived in a family where two marriages was the norm. My father had two wives and so did my uncles. There was my mom and Tracy mom.
There was badi chachi and chotti chachi. And there was love. All the children grew up together with lots of love.” Then he asks pointedly, “Why do you journalists have to write about all this? There are more important issues you need to write instead of a jerk singing O Sanam and marrying twice.”
|With wife Inaya and kids Sara and Raiyan|
Agreed, but this facet of his life is intriguing to say the least. “I am not going to apologize for who I am,” he says. “Talk about the issues that worry the world. You are not thinking about deforestation; our ground water is depleting; I am worried about how this Earth is going to be for our children.”
He is not kite-flying. Lucky has spent time with farmers as part of a project with OXFAM. He is also passionate about education of children and works towards educating the underprivileged.
Currently, what is consuming him is M-Spot, a 24/7 music room that will be streamed live, online. The studio is being set up in his house. “Here those who are interested in music, can jam.
There will be artists from our own Lucky Ali Enterprise, and artists from abroad who will come and jam here.
Fans can see what we are up to and interact with us live. There’s going to be a radio station, on line space and live music room. The future is exciting,” he says.
As we mentioned, for Lucky Ali life is just a journey that paddles slowly and surely.
Organiser’s Hubby Charged With Lewd Behaviour
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 24, 2010)
New Delhi: At a time when Delhi’s hoping to do away with its reputation as a city of sexual predators, a complaint has been lodged by two prominent women film-makers against the organizers of a city film festival.
The complainants—Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Jane Campion and well-known Pakistani director Ayesha Arif Khan—have alleged that the spouse of the festival organizer, Shyamoli Banerjee, had sexually harassed the two during the India International Women Film Festival (IIWFF) held in December last year.
According to the complaint sent to the ministry of urban development, the two women have allegedly accused Banerjee’s husband, Bhaskar Deb, of lewd behaviour as well as sexual harassment. Saugata Roy, minister of state for urban development said, ‘‘We have received complaints from two women who attended the film festival, Jane Campion and Ayesha Khan. The matter is now under investigation.’’ Roy, who said the complaints have been sent to the police, added that the complaints were not the only issues connected to the organizers.
‘‘The organizers had approached us for holding the festival in Vigyan Bhawan. Though we usually don’t allow such exhibitions at Vigyan Bhawan, we had given permission to Ms Banerjee to hold the event there. But, on the day of the event they were supposed to deposit Rs 10 lakh, which they couldn’t manage,’’ said Roy.
Unavailability of the venue led to the cancellation of the festival’s opening, alleges Banerjee. ‘‘The complaints are baseless. Neither of the complaints have been shown to us. They are fabrications,’’ Banerjee said.
Accusing the ministry of deliberately sabotaging the festival, Banerjee added that neither Campion nor Khan had ever complained about her husband’s behaviour to her. It’s a stance that Deb also takes. Denying meeting Campion during the film festival, Deb claims Khan’s accusations are because of professional disputes.
‘‘Because I had questioned her cinematic knowledge, she has turned vindictive,’’ he claimed. The couple is now planning to take legal action against Khan.
In the complaints received by the MoUD, Khan has alleged that ‘‘she was repeatedly mauled by a drunken Bhaskar and constantly offered alcohol’’. Campion is an Oscarwinning director—she got the best screenplay award for the Piano in 1993—and Khan is a director in Pakistan.
Campion had allegedly also branded the festival a fraud in her complaint, claiming she had come only because the organizers had claimed the festival was connected with the urban ministry. Roy, however, denied any such connection.
By Taran Adarsh, January 29, 2010 – 11:46 IST
One look at the promos of ROAD TO SANGAM and you realize that this isn’t one of those films you watch every week. ROAD TO SANGAM, in fact, pricks your conscience and mirrors a reality.
Wars have been fought and are still being fought in the name of religion. ROAD TO SANGAM tries to seek answers to the burning issue and in the process, also talks of partition and the Muslims in present-day India.
Made with honest intentions, this one’s targeted at connoisseurs of cinema.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
ROAD TO SANGAM tells the story of a God-fearing, devout Muslim mechanic named Hashmat Ullah [Paresh Rawal], who has been entrusted the job of repairing an old Ford engine, not knowing its historic significance.
He is caught in a complex situation after a powerful bomb explosion rocks his town, leading to the arrest of innocent Muslim youths of his locality. A strike to work is called by the prominent leaders [played by Om Puri and Pawan Malhotra] of his community to protest against the unjust treatment meted out to those arrested youths by the police.
Will he support the protest and abandon the repair of the engine or go against the wishes of his community?
A simple, thought-provoking story, ROAD TO SANGAM has some brilliant moments and also some sequences that you carry home. But what could’ve been told in a concise format seems stretched after a point. Also, besides moving at a snail’s pace, there’s also sermonising at times, which wasn’t really required.
Writer-director Amit Rai explains his point of view, but the screenplay could’ve been firm for a stronger impact. Otherwise, the director has succeeded in extracting wonderful performances from the principal cast.
Paresh Rawal excels in this film. This is amongst his finest works. Om Puri is equally competent, although the length of his role is limited. Pawan Malhotra is efficient, as always. Javed Sheikh is good. The remaining actors enact their parts very well.
On the whole, ROAD TO SANGAM is mainly for connoisseurs of cinema and also for the festival circuit.
Rating:- [critique] * * *.