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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!
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 15, 2010)
What can get more attention than Kangna Ranaut’s vital statistics? Guess it can only be the numbers stashed away in Swiss bank accounts. AAP Entertainment Ltd and Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out that hits the marquee today gives the audience a ringside view of a tricky subject. It deals with India’s stashed away money in a foreign account. And then tracks the journey of the wealth back to where it rightfully belongs. “The subject is huge and concerns every Indian,’’ say the producers. And all those who have seen the sneak previews, including political leaders, media heavyweights, filmmakers, actors and Bollywood trade analysts, are unanimously saluting the strong content.
Sanjay Dutt, who has a very interesting role, says, “I felt right about being associated with this film from the start to the finish because everything worked according to plan. It was completed and is being released within a year. So, the adrenaline rush stayed.” Irrfan Khan, who refuses to do run-of-the-mill stuff, says, “Knock Out has such an interesting plot line that I got drawn to it. While my own role has various shades, the film itself is racy and doesn’t give too much time to think.’’
Apparently BJP heavyweight L K Advani, who saw it at a special show, was mighty impressed with the content and the pace. “Advanji said he didn’t realise how quickly the interval came,’’ says a source. The producers say that they didn’t want to create any hype through the shooting because it is being made by a first-time producer and a director (Mani Shankar) whose last few films have not really set the Box Office on fire. “But with Knock Out, we definitely knew that the film would create a buzz for itself. And that is exactly what’s happening,’’ say the guys at AAP Entertainment Ltd.
Kangna Ranaut, the solo female lead in this thriller, says, “The buzz on the film is really strong. I’ve attempted something new in Knock Out. And it has been truly exciting because the film unfolds in just two hours. It’s a kind of spot story that you see on television that gets you completely hooked.’’ Trade sources indicate that the film may be recommended for an entertainment tax exemption.
There was a time when masala action flicks were the order of the day. Such films were regularly churned out and it had a dedicated audience who wholeheartedly endorsed this kind of cinema. However, as time passed, the number of such films began to decline drastically. But still the love for these flicks hasn’t died down and we won’t mind watching them once in a while. Aamir Khan’s Ghajini re-popularized the trend followed by Salman Khan’s Wanted. And Sallu is now back with another sureshot masala entertainer Dabangg, a film that is meant to just fully entertain the viewers! Nothing new in terms of storyline, what works in Dabangg is solely Salman and his brilliant performance!
The story of the movie: Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) is a fearless but corrupt police officer in the town of Laalgunj, Uttar Pradesh. He family consists of his mother Naini (Dimple Kapadia), step father Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna) and step brother Makhanchan aka Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan), the latter two who are hated by Chulbul due to bitter experiences of childhood. Chulbul at this point comes across Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha), a girl with a unique perspective of life and he instantly falls for her. Things were going smoothly for Chulbul when his world turns upside down with a sudden catastrophe. A ruthless villain enters his life-Cheddi Singh (Sonu Sood). How he fights evil and emerges triumphant is what the rest of the film is all about.
Dabangg at several points reminds of Wanted. Remember Salman’s intro scene in Wanted where he enters the goon’s adda and attacks them single-handedly which is followed by a foot-tapping song? Something similar is to be seen in Dabangg too! Thankfully, the action scenes are much more refined and have a dash of humour too. Same with the interval scene which is similar to Wanted (Salman bashing up goons while the heroine looks on with an expression of shock)! Yet, the film doesn’t give a reason to complain as the treatment for both the films is drastically different. Also, as mentioned before, Dabangg is a full on entertainer. The film is made only to give the viewers a paisa-vasool experience and special care is taken by the director and writers for the same. There’s not a single dull moment and although the film slows down at places, it still keeps the viewers gripped.
The film begins with a bang with Salman’s rocking entry followed by the title song. Chulbul’s ways of wooing Rajo bring a smile on the face! The film jumps to a new level after the song Humka Peeni Hai with an interesting development in the plot. Post-intermission, its Chulbul’s unique way of marrying Rajo that was too good. The bomb blast and Makkhi realizing he has been used was damn impactful. And as for the climax, it was just outstanding and perfect for such kind of a film! See it to believe it!
However, while the director focused on making this film totally mass-centric, he didn’t prefer to give some additional touches to the plot and the characters which might have improved the film to some extent. Chulbul Pandey had a bitter childhood as he never got the love and affection from his father. The director could have treated this angle in a better way. Also, maybe, they could have focused on how Chulbul became a positive person and realized the importance of having a family after meeting Rajo. However, all these aspects were ignored in the quest for delivering a ‘massworthy’ product. Still no complaints as the film entertained!
The film obviously belongs to Salman Khan! He is totally rocking as Chulbul Pandey aka Robinhood Pandey! He’s an expert when it comes to playing such kind of roles. He proved it in Wanted and does the same good job in Dabangg as well. To be frank, I am at a total loss of words and will simply end by saying-Salman, you may be giving couple of duds here and there but still you were and you are THE SUPERSTAR! Rock on Sallu!
Sonakshi Sinha looks extremely beautiful and has loads of talent which she unfortunately doesn’t get to exhibit here. Hope to see her in better roles in future! Sonu Sood entered the narrative in the beginning, disappeared midway but came back into focus in the 2nd half. Performance-wise, he was too good and delivers as per expectations. He proved his worth with Singh Is Kinng and Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi (where he was the solo hero) that he has immense talent and with Dabangg, he’s going to be noticed by more and his fan base is bound to increase! Arbaaz Khan (who’s also the co-producer of the film) plays his part well. Malaika Arora Khan (also a co-producer and the sexiest one ever!) was sizzling in the item song Munni Badnaam Hui! Vinod Khanna was okay while Dimple Kapadia leaves a mark. Mahesh Manjrekar, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand and Mahie Gill were good in their respective roles.
Sajid-Wajid’s music was foot-tapping and had the wonderful rustic touch to it. Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Udd Udd Dabangg are the best of the lot followed by Munni (by Lalit Pandit). Special mention should be made of the choreography, especially of Salman’s phaadu dance steps in Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Munni! Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score was topnotch.
Wasiq Khan’s production design was damn impressive. The sets seemed very authentic (especially Salman’s residence). Mahesh Limaye’s cinematography was flawless. S Vijayan’s action is one of the best things about the film. Some of the action scenes are creatively handled and executed which makes it a pleasure to witness them especially on the big screen.
Dilip Shukla and Abhinav Singh Kashyap, the writers, deserve credit and appreciation mostly for the fast-paced script and dialogues. In such kind of films, the dialogues have to be clapworthy and sharp. Dabangg fortunately has many such dialogues that enhance impact in many sequences. As for the story, well, as mentioned above, it was very ordinary and nothing special! Abhinav’s direction is excellent for most part of the film. He knew his job well and what he actually wanted to deliver and he does it convincingly. But as commented above, if he would have taken care of finer details of some characters, the film might have touched and impacted the viewers more. But notwithstanding the same, he shines and succeeds!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Chulbul’s entry
2. The title song, Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Munni
3. Chulbul trying to woo Rajo
4. The intermission point
5. Chulbul marries Rajo
6. Makkhi joins Cheddi Singh
7. Makkhi realizes that he has been betrayed
8. The climax
On the whole, Dabangg is a totally rocking entertainer that delivers as per the expectations. Don’t go looking for a nice story. Just sit back, relax and enjoy Salman’s histrionics which is much more worth than a movie ticket any day! Another advice: if possible, watch this film in a single-screen theatre. The seeti-taali crowd present in such theatres will ensure you have a rocking time when you see Dabangg, something which you won’t be able to experience in multiplexes! Enjoy!
My rating-*** ½ out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, July 9, 2010 – 12:57 IST
Freshly cooked, piping hot food is savoured instantly. Similarly, a film that radiates freshness catches your eye instantaneously. Conversely, if a film takes a really long time to hit the screens, it generally doesn’t find a place in your things-to-do-this-weekend list, unless the word of mouth is electrifying. MILENGE MILENGE suffers for this reason. Even the man on the street knows that it’s a dated product!
The gap between the commencement of this film and its eventual release is quite substantial and that’s pretty evident when you look at its promos. Especially the way the lead actors look. The camera doesn’t lie, right? Perhaps, that’s a prime reason why MILENGE MILENGE doesn’t propel you to rush to a nearby cineplex and grab a seat, despite the fact that its lead stars are at the prime of their respective careers and enjoy a solid fan-base.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
But never judge a book by its cover. Sure, you march into the film with zilch expectations, expecting a dated product with a hackneyed plotline, but as the reels begin to unspool, you realize that it does have a story to tell. So what if MILENGE MILENGE borrows from the John Cusack – Kate Beckinsale starrer SERENDIPITY . The Indianisation by writer Shiraz Ahmed is quite engaging at places.
The ‘recipe’ for that perfect love story is simple [at least that's what most film-makers believe]: Cast a good looking pair, choose a tried-and-tested story [read, make a mix of EK DUUJE KE LIYE, Q.S.Q.T., MAINE PYAAR KIYA, D.D.L.J., KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI], garnish it with sweet/cute/romantic/delightful situations, add a couple of energetic songs [at least two/three Hit songs are a must] and shoot the muvie at panaromic locales. Presto, prem kahani tayyar ho gayee!
But MILENGE MILENGE has ‘kismet’ keeping the lovers apart. Imagine a love story where the lovers have already expressed love for each other, but some force beyond their control gets in their way and keeps them apart till the end of the film. The script indulges in bringing its leads together, but also makes sure that they stay far away from each other till minutes before the film is about to conclude. Sure, this thought sounds interesting on paper, but there’s a flipside to it. With Facebook, Twitter, Google and also cellphones at one’s disposal, is it difficult to trace anyone in today’s times? Naah, not anymore!
Final word? MILENGE MILENGE may be dated, but watch it for the chemistry between its lead pair. Perhaps, this JAB WE MET jodi may never team up ever again!
Immy [Shahid Kapoor] and Priya [Kareena Kapoor] meet at a youth festival in Bangkok. Priya is a romantic at heart and expects her life partner to be a teetotaler, a guy who doesn’t smoke and also, who doesn’t lie. Immy is totally opposite of what Priya wants from her life partner. Their world collides when Immy lays his hands on Priya’s personal diary and learns of her likes and dislikes. He poses as her dream mate by giving her a totally different picture of himself.
While preparing to return to Delhi, Priya discovers the copy of her diary in Immy’s room. She realizes that Immy has made a fool of her and decides to confront him. In the meantime, Immy confides in his friends that although he has cheated Priya, he is truly in love with her. But Priya appears in front of him and all hell breaks loose. She decides to end the relationship.
Immy tries to regain her trust by telling her that they are destined to be together. Priya decides that if it is destined that they be together, then they will find each other in Delhi again, although both do not know each other’s whereabouts in Delhi. Three years later, Immy returns from abroad, while Priya is now settled in Mumbai. Immy is engaged to a family friend’s daughter [Aarti Chhabria], while Priya has also moved on in life. She is in a relationship with a pop singer.
Both of them are about to be married, but after all these years, they still have this nagging feeling that the other was his/her true love. Of course, fate conspires to bring them back together [after several near misses] as they simultaneously undertake one last attempt to find one another just before they get married to someone else.
MILENGE MILENGE starts off like one of those countless love stories, with mandatory songs and lovey-dovey scenes aplenty, but the twist minutes before the interval is so well executed that it suddenly raises the bar of the film. Naturally then, you expect the post-interval portions to charter a new path.
The second half has its share of engaging moments, but, very frankly, it tends to get repetitive and melodramatic as well. The entire track of a particular Rs. 50 currency note and the book with Kareena’s name and phone number on it, although novel, hasn’t been portrayed too effectively. Even the finale — when Shahid reaches out to Kareena — isn’t convincing. Like I pointed out earlier, what binds the film together is the chemistry between the lead pair and a few charming moments.
Satish Kaushik’s handling of a few sequences is commendable. Himesh Reshammiya’s musical score is quite good. ‘Kuch To Baaki Hai’ and the title track are good compositions. Cinematography is okay.
Both Shahid and Kareena play the hopeless romantics to the hilt. Their [then] off screen chemistry comes across very well on screen. Although the film was shot several years ago and Shahid looks boyish all through, his performance is consistent and believable. Kareena is equally convincing. Aarti Chhabria has nothing to do. Delnaaz Paul [Kareena's friend] and Sarfaraz Khan [Shahid's friend] get ample scope and are noticeable. Satish Shah is hardly funny. Kirron Kher sparkles in a brief role. Himani Shivpuri is wasted.
On the whole, MILENGE MILENGE has the charismatic lead pair, who are very popular with the youth, as its USP. But the problem is its dated look. Having taken a long time to reach the theatres, it will have to rely on a solid word of mouth to lure the audiences into cineplexes. Business-wise, there’s some hope in the Hindi belt, where traditional love stories and melodrama are accepted.
LOVE! The four-letter word as well as the feeling that everyone must experience! A strange phenomenon where even the most realistically thinking person throws away his practical thought out of the window and starts living in a dreamy world. Expectations reach skyhigh. And in some unfortunate cases, when all the dreams get shattered, the person in love feels like a fool. Normally, in Bollywood, heroes are shown falling for that cute girl and suffering a terrible heartbreak and its repercussions when the girl dumps them for some reason or the other. In case of I Hate Luv Storys, the girl falls for the guy inspite of knowing that he makes fun of love and hates ‘love stories’ and she also experiences that elusive one-sided love feeling (normally reserved for heroes in our cinema) for a part of the film. And this is one of a rare factor of this otherwise predictable film! I Hate Luv Storys may not be that perfect and classic romantic flick but it has its moments and is definitely the perfect treat for the weekend!
The story of the movie: Jay (Imran Khan) is an assistant director and is working under Veer Kapoor (Samir Soni), a very popular Bollywood director, knowing for making hopelessly romantic films. Strangely, Jay hates love and lovey-dovey films. He believes that those who are in love are in need of help as love is sickness! On the other hand, Simran (Sonam Kapoor) is a sucker for love stories and a die-hard romantic. She has a wonderful fiance Raj (Samir Dattani) and her life is going on perfectly. However, everything changes when she comes across Jay while working on Veer Kapoor’s forthcoming project. Both are completely opposite in every sense but yet they become thick friends. Soon, Sonam falls completely for Jay. But will Jay, who prefers to stay miles away from pyaar-vyar, reciprocate her love?
The film rests on a waferthin plot and plotwise, it doesn’t offer anything new. However, the film is helmed well by first-timer Punit Malhotra who keeps you engaged from the start to finish, especially in the first hour, where the story doesn’t move ahead at all! The characters of the film are damn interesting, be it Jay, Simran, Jay’s pal (Kavin Dave), the somewhat eccentric film director (Samir Soni), the ‘completely perfect’ boyfriend (Samir Dattani), the superstar (Aamir Ali) or the hottie-without-brains partner-in-crime (Bruna Abdullah).
One instantly gets absorbed into Jay and Simran’s life. The interval point was significant and the plot actually starts proceeding in the 2nd half. But here too, there were several sequences which hampered the pace of the film. However, the film picks up towards the climax. As for the climax, well..it was obviously predictable and the film ends on a justified note. However, where the film fails is the lack of novelty in the plotline. That’s why, even the good direction doesn’t improve things much.
The film has some fine performance from each and everyone. Both Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor were equally awesome! Imran steals the show with his wonderful act. He plays a Casanova but his whole act was devoid of cheap and dirty mannerisms. Watch out for him in the emotional scenes when he realizes that he’s in love! He’s truly evolved as an actor!
Sonam Kapoor has never looked so beautiful before. She did impress in Saawariya and Delhi 6 but I Hate Luv Storys is surely her best work! Besides pitching in a flawless performance, special mention should go to her designer (Manish Malhotra) who has provided with one of the best costumes! How she carries off each outfit with panache is worth appreciating! She looks equally terrific in her next (Aisha)! Way to go Sonam!
Sammir Dattani gives a sincere performance. Why don’t we see more of him in A-grade flicks?! Samir Soni was brilliant and delivers a performance which one won’t forget for a long time! He plays a role which is a cross between Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Karan Johar which was very funny and interesting! Watch out! Kavin Dave compliments well. Same goes for the beautiful Bruna Abdullah. Anju Mahendru as Imran’s mom was convincing. Aamir Ali leaves a mark. Pooja Ghai doesn’t get much scope. Others were good.
Vishal-Shekhar‘s music as usual was amazing and it was good to listen to their compositions after ages! Jab Mila Tu, Bahara, Bin Tere, Sadka and title track…all songs are worth listening too and are well shot too! Salim-Sulaiman‘s background score like everything was just perfect. Ayananka Bose‘ cinematography was flawless. Special mention should be the scenes shot in New Zealand. Amrita Mahal Naklai‘s production design was beautiful. Sets were indeed a visual treat, esp Sonam Kapoor’s room!
Debutant director Punit Malhotra has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Story as mentioned was ordinary. However, screenplay and dialogues are very interesting and some scenes are very well thought and treated. The film’s novelty, besides the factor mentioned in review’s beginning, is that it is symbolic at several places. And the ‘idhar udhar ki baatein vagera vagera’ sequences were just brilliant! Very smartly thought and very impressive! Also, there are too many songs in the narrative but are wisely placed and hence the songs don’t seem like a drag. With a better story and little polish to his directorial skills, Punit can definitely do a good job in his next!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Jay-Simran’s first meeting (unique!)
2. Jay, Simran meet at Veer’s office
3. Drunk Jay offers Simran advice
4. Jay meets Raj for the first time
5. Jay’s interaction with Simran’s bungalow watchman (funny!)
6. The song Jab Mila Tu, Bahara, Bin Tere
7. The intermission point
8. All scenes of Bruna Abdullah
9. The climax
On the whole, I Hate Luv Storys is a nice, feel-good film which doesn’t offer anything novel in terms of storyline but still manages to impress. It is funny, sweet, cute and definitely worth watching once! With no other Hindi release this Friday, I Hate Luv Storys is an ideal flick for the weekend!
My rating-*** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, July 1, 2010 – 16:01 IST
The first thing that attracts you to I HATE LUV STORYS is its title. Let’s face it, we adore love stories… at least I do. We idolise the characters decades after the movies have come and gone. The songs that come on our lips instantly while playing a game of antakshri are romantic songs as well. In fact, the biggest moneyspinners, let’s face it, have been love stories, right? So how can we ‘hate’ a love story?
No matter how mushy or cheesy they are, we find love stories irresistible because of the tremendous rush we experience at the end. Some of us are big suckers for love sagas, aren’t we? That’s precisely the reason why this title [I HATE LUV STORYS] nagged me no end every time I watched the promo of this film.
Helmed by first-timer Punit Malhotra, I HATE LUV STORYS is typical candyfloss romance with a story that’s not jaw-droppingly different, let me forewarn you. But if you’re young at heart or a diehard and hopeless romantic, you’d lap up I HATE LUV STORYS like a kid laps up his fav candy.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Now to the vital question: If I HATE LUV STORYS rests on a thin plot, what is it that drives the film for the next two hours? My answer to that is, four factors: The fresh pairing and chemistry between the lead cast, tremendous youth appeal, terrific music and magical moments that make a love story work.
Final word? The makers have never claimed that I HATE LUV STORYS will change the face of Hindi cinema. Nor did they ever claim that I HATE LUV STORYS will change the mindset of the viewer towards romantic films. So let’s sit back and enjoy the fun ride. This one’s by the youth, for the youth. It’s this age-group that would come out smiling, cheering and rooting for this prem kahani.
‘I hate love stories’ is the maxim Jay [Imran Khan] lives by. But as an assistant director to Veer [Samir Soni], the most famous romantic film-maker of Indian film industry, Jay has little option but to live with larger than life, glossy, cinematic love on an everyday basis. Things only get worse when he is made to work under the new production designer on the film, Simran [Sonam Kapoor], with whom he shares the strangest first encounter.
Simran loves love stories, so much so that even her life has begun to resemble one. With her ideal job and the perfect boyfriend Raj [Samir Dattani], she lives a blissful, dreamy life. One that is rudely interrupted by Jay’s cynicism.
Writer-director Punit Malhotra wins Round 1 by casting the right actors in the roles of Jay and Simran. In fact, it wouldn’t be erroneous to state that the casting is the trump card of this film. But what Punit ought to know by now is that every story ought to have a strong grip to keep your attention arrested for the next two hours. In this case, the film rests on a waferthin plot, with not much movement in the story in the first hour. In fact, the story barely moves in the first part.
Yes, post-interval, the story does gather momentum and though you’re well aware of the journey and what the culmination will be like, you don’t mind the ride because you can’t take your eyes off Imran and Sonam. Also, a love story works if one pines for the on-screen lovers and in I HATE LUV STORYS, you genuinely want the duo to sort things out, which means that you’re involved in their lives. Even the finale – it won’t be fair on my part to reveal how this movie concludes – may be filmy or cliched, but let’s face it, it works.
Let me draw parallels with another love story, also starring Imran Khan. Recall the finale of JAANE TU YA JAANE NA, which had Imran riding a horse to reach his sweetheart [Genelia] at the airport. I distinctly recall, a lot of people found the end bizzare and rightly so. Can you imagine anyone galloping to the international airport in Mumbai? But I was truly surprised when I learnt that the youth were whistling and clapping all through. The finale is different here [no horses, please] and you exit the auditorium with a smile on your face.
Director Punit Malhotra is heavily inspired by Mills & Boon novels and several Bollywood films… love stories all. But like I pointed out earlier, Punit needs to polish his writing skills, although the director in him bails the writer out and takes the film to a different level. The sequences between Imran and Sonam are well penned, but the ones between Sonam and her parents or Sonam and Samir Dattani are half-baked. Directorially, Punit shows super-confidence in moulding the two actors in their respective parts, so much so that you get sucked into Jay and Simran’s world after a while.
A love story ought to be embellished with a lilting score – that’s a compulsion – and Vishal-Shekhar are in true form this time. The score is trendy, energetic and beyond fantastic and what’s more, it’s already a rage. In fact, the musical score only takes the movie a step ahead. Ditto for Salim-Sulaiman’s background score, which matches the mood to the T. Ayananka Bose’s cinematography is awesome. The ace DoP proved his credentials in KITES recently and with I HATE LUV STORYS, he should find himself entrenched in the top bracket. The styling [Manish Malhotra] is top notch.
Imran enacts his part effortlessly. Though the role doesn’t demand histrionics, you keep reacting to Imran because of the magnetism he radiates. The devilish streak in his character is sure to appeal to the youth. Besides, Imran has been photographed and presented very well. Sonam is a revelation. From salwars [SAAWARIYA, DELHI 6] to skirts in I HATE LUV STORYS, Sonam finally gets a role that does justice to her as an actress. The ease and class with which she carries off the glam look is fantastic. She’s like a whiff of fresh air and you actually wonder, is she the same girl from SAAWARIYA and DELHI 6? In fact, I HATE LUV STORYS will only multiply Imran and Sonam’s fan base manifold.
Samir Dattani is decent, although his role gets sidelined as the story moves forward. Samir Soni’s character reminds you of a certain hi-profile director and he plays the part extremely well. Kavin Dave, as Imran’s buddy, is first-rate and steals the show in several scenes. Aamir Ali is perfect, while Pooja Ghai doesn’t get scope to deliver. Bruna Abdullah looks sensuous and adds to the glam quotient. Ketaki Dave [Sonam's mother] is wasted. Anju Mahendru [Imran's mother] is adequate.
On the whole, I HATE LUV STORYS is a young and vibrant love story with tremendous appeal for the yuppies. The fresh pairing and the on-screen electrifying chemistry, the lilting musical score and the magical moments in the film should attract its target audience – the youth – in hordes. If you’re young or young at heart, this one’s for you!
Shreya Bhandary | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; April 22, 2010)
Mumbai: If you thought James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D was the only thing that attracted Mumbaikars, think again. With close to 30 theatres all over the city screening the semi-finals and finals in 3D, audiences were seen swarming to their nearest theatre to book their seats. “With so much security threat at the stadium, this is a good way out and it is pretty close to watching the match live,’’ said Khozem Mirza, who was present at the Metro Cinema with his wife and son to watch the first semi-final match.
With two screens booked for IPL matches, one in 3D and another in 2D, the public there didn’t mind shelling out Rs 1,000 for each seat. In fact, the theatre resembled a stadium with people walking in with signs of 4s and 6s. “This place is nicely air-conditioned and also safe. Plus, I get to see the same match on a bigger screen and cheer just as loudly as I would at the stadium,’’ said Ayush Agarwal (15) who was at the theatre with his classmate Jatin Jamble (15) to support his team. “We’ll try our best to cheer as loudly as we can and support our players,’’ he added. Believe it or not, the added feature for the public here was the free booze during intervals.
Amidst hundreds of supporters cheering for Mumbai Indians, one voice that stood apart was that of 11-year-old Aakansh Kothari who was there to support Royal Challengers Bangalore. Here on a visit to his grandmother’s house, Kothari was at the theatre with his sister and uncle’s family. “I stay at Tardeo and D Y Patil stadium is far away from there. This place is near by and I am having as much fun,’’ he said. There was also a big enough crowd present to witness the match live in 2D at the same place. “I’d rather watch the match in a place where I know I won’t sweat and will get to watch the match on a massive screen,’’ said businessman Kaushal Trivedi.
“This is the first time in India that the 3D format is being used in terms of a live sports event. At almost all theatres, seats have been booked in advance for the rest of the matches too and that just shows how much the audience is liking it,’’ said Charu Satam, spokesperson for UFO
Moviez who have organised the 3D version of the movie.
Amid hundreds of policemen and thousands of cricket enthusiasts outside Nerul’s Dr D Y Patil Sports Stadium were some people who looked hassled as they were not able to enter the stadium despite having proper tickets. “I had booked e-tickets for the match, but had to wait for hours in the heat at the stadium counter to get the tickets in return for the printout. I have decided to go home,’’ said Pramod Dabke.
Priyanka Chopra to play a mentally challenged role in the Katrina Kaif-Ranbir Kapoor starrer Khamoshi
Be it their films or their friendship, Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor are the flavour of the season. After starring in the romcom Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Prakash Jha’s soon-to-release Raajneeti, the two youngsters will be seen together in Anurag Basu’s Khamoshi.
However, the two will be far from being a cosy twosome both on and off the screen. Buzz is that Priyanka Chopra will also be playing a lead role in the film. According to sources, Priyanka, who makes an entry only after the interval and plays a mentally challenged character, loved the script and immediately agreed to star in it. This will be Priyanka’s second film with buddy Ranbir with whom she also stars in Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani.
|Priyanka Chopra||Ranbir Kapoor||Katrina Kaif|
Among the long list of filmmakers who are keen to get Katrina and Ranbir to star in their film is director Imtiaz Ali. But Katrina turned down the offer to star in his film Rockstar opposite Ranbir and chose to star in Anurag Basu’s film instead.
However, considering that Imtiaz Ali is known to always let his lead actresses take centre stage in his films, Katrina could have second thoughts after she hears of the latest addition that she isn’t the only actress to star in Khamoshi, which has Ranbir playing a deaf and mute role.
Anurag Basu is currently trying to finalise the dates as Priyanka is also committed to Don 2 with Farhan Akhtar and Shah Rukh Khan.
Priyanka’s spokesperson said, “We cannot confirm or deny the news right now. Priyanka is currently evaluating several scripts.”
Khamoshi is produced by UTV.
By Taran Adarsh, January 22, 2010 – 10:44 IST
VEER drives home a few hard facts…
- No amount of gloss can substitute for an engaging story.
- Not all directors are capable of pulling off a period film.
- No star – howsoever strong his rankings are – can infuse life in a comatose script.
Everyone’s awaiting VEER with bated breath. The film industry will get another breather if VEER goes the 3 IDIOTS way at the box-office. The junta will have one more fascinating genre to look forward to, if VEER appeals to them. But your hopes go crashing as reel after reel of VEER unfurl.
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Salman Khan [who has been credited as the story writer of VEER] takes TARAS BULBA, adds GLADIATOR, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, TROY, TITANIC and even KRANTI [the end is a straight lift of Manoj Kumar's Dilip Kumar starrer] and comes up with this khichdi which gets unpalatable after a point.
VEER is about a warrior and at the same time, it’s a love story too. Sadly, neither does it evoke any patriotism, nor does the love story make your heart go dhak-dhak.
The writing [screenplay: Shaktimaan Talwar, Shailesh Verma] is so fragile that one is mentally exhausted by the time this marathon movie finally reaches its finale. Of course, Salman’s star power tries hard to salvage the situation, but window dressing doesn’t help if the store has nothing to offer.
Final word? You have to be a veer to sit through VEER. Colossal disappointment!
As the British enslave India with their devious Divide and Rule policy, kings and nawabs fall to their guile and cunning schemes and entrust their precious kingdom to the foreigners. Except for the brave Pindaris, who prefer death to dishonour and will fight to their last breath to save their land.
The bravest, the toughest, the strongest of the Pindaris is Veer [Salman Khan]. As Veer takes on the might of the British Empire, he also has to fight the conniving King of Madavgarh [Jackie Shroff] as well his own jealous tribesmen. At stake is his love for princess Yashodhara [Zarine Khan], daughter of his sworn enemy. At stake is his thirst to avenge his father’s dishonour.
VEER has it all – great stars, opulent and majestic sets, adrenaline pumping action scenes, but no soul [read script]. The movie begins with a bang, but the moment the story shifts to London, it crashes!
Frankly, it’s a screenplay of convenience. Salman meets the woman of his dreams within minutes of reaching London and that looks so unreal. You try to digest it and move on to the next scene and lo! The damsel studies in the same college that our hero has enrolled in. Now that looks fake!
The sequence at the interval is interesting, although it remains a mystery how Puru Raaj Kumar gets to know of Salman’s identity. At this point, Salman becomes a killing machine, slaughters more than a dozen people in the hostel campus [including a few gora soldiers] and conveniently escapes from London with a badly injured brother [played by Sohail]. Now that is taking it too far.
The second hour goes on and on and on, emphasising on unfulfilled promises, seething anger and revenge, love and freedom and frankly, you are least bothered by now. In fact, you lose interest in the proceedings. Period. The climax is so long drawn and more of an anti-climax, while the ending is bizarre and unintentionally funny.
Director Anil Sharma fails to deliver. That’s the bitter truth. The project had everything going in its favour, but alas, Sharma and his writers make a complete mess of the story. Sajid-Wajid’s music is melodious, but why repeat one song ['Surili Ankhiyon Wali'] again and again? The background score [Monty] is top notch. Gopal Shah’s cinematography is splendid. Tinu Verma’s action scenes are dynamic and in fact, the saving grace of VEER. The production design [art: Sanjay Dhabade] give an authentic feel of the bygone era.
VEER rides on Salman’s star power, but even his hardcore fans will be disappointed by this movie. Zarine Khan resembles Katrina Kaif, but wears one expression all through. Mithun is okay, while Jackie does his bit well. Sohail Khan irritates. Puru Raaj Kumar and Aryan Vaid get no scope. Neena Gupta is as usual. The English actors are stereotype.
On the whole, VEER proves the age-old adage true: All that glitters is not gold. The film may open very well at single screens thanks to Salman’s popularity and the hype surrounding the film and may also enjoy a healthy extended weekend [Tuesday, 26th January is a holiday], but given its exorbitant costs and poor merits, VEER will face an uphill task to recover its costs. This one’s a monumental disappointment!