I have been speculating whether I should really write the film’s review knowing that I’ve already said that had to be told in the film’s trailer review. Said and done, Barfi! is one feel good film to be seen. The film and its actors are definitely going to sweep off all major awards to come for this year… Sweet as Sugar Candy!!! That’s Barfi!
Over the last couple of decades, Bollywood had sporadically churned out Hindi films that revolved around endearing and not so endearing Parsi characters; the last being if I am not mistaken, Little Zizou, written and directed by well known writer Sooni Taraporewala in the year 2008. Earlier to it, it was the dark and intense Being Cyrus (staring Saif Ali Khan) and Parzania (staring Sarika) in the year 2005 that centered around Parsi folks. But other than the decades old Basu Chatterjee film Khatta Meetha, none of the films had endeared us so much till the recent release Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.
Starring the new IT couple, the versatile Boman Irani and Choreographer turned Director turned Actor Farah Khan, the story basically revolved around the two characters and their love story. Boman who plays the character of Farhad, is a Parsi Boy in his 40s, single and as he rightly says ‘Ready To Mingle’ and works as a salesman in a lingerie shop. Love was never in his kundli till Shirin (Farah Khan) steps in his shop and its love at first sight. But all love stories are not so simple and their respective parents are what keep up to this promise… almost.
Editor turned Director Bela Bhansali Sehgal who makes her debut with this film proves that she shares the same magic as that of her brother Sanjay though on a different level. While Sanjay Bhansali is more into large than life movies, Bela sticks to a simple story and weaves a great film out of it. Boman Irani proves why he is rated as one of the finest contemporary actors of today. He is simply superb in the film. Farah Khan’s role is tailor made for her. In fact in some of the scenes, she just had to walk through the scenes without any hiccups.
After a long time, a film has come that reminds of the good old Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee days. They were the ones who gave us good family entertainers and Bela seems to be a chip of their blocks. How far she goes with the tag, has to be seen. However, the film is a tad too long and could have been trimmed a bit. Songs seems to have been pushed in for commercial purpose. Except for ‘Rambha Mein Sambha’, other songs don’t hit the spotlight to that extent. Well choreographed, this song is a foot tapping number and does a good spoof of the 90s films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, etc. Writing by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is good in parts. The script could have been a bit tight and dialogues more funny.
Overall, the film is worth watching for its sheer casts that includes Daisy Irani as Boman’s Mother and yester year actress Shammi as his grandmother. The other casts too are great including Kurush Deboo and others. This is a simple Parsi love story that will strike a cord. And like someone rightly said, age has no role to play when you fall in love…
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Anurag ne kara waar… zamkar waar…
Hindi Film Industry has a reputation of screwing up with sequels in the long run. From the Sri Devi starrer ‘Nigahen’, sequel to the hit ‘Nagina’ to the ‘Double Dhamaal’ of late, sequels (not withstanding ‘inspired’ hit prequels/sequels) have never had a decent run at the box office till ‘Gangs of Wasseypur II’ happened and how!
Anurag Kashyap’s best offering so far, GOW 2 has broken the age old tradition of flop sequels and in fact is much more riveting than the prequel. But then you can’t real blame anyone since the prequel itself was all about establishing the characters and the story and in the sequel, the story simply moves on from frame one and is all about vendetta with a V.
Faizal brilliantly portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a pot smoking laid back guy who is goaded by his mother (Richa Chadda) to take up arms to avenge his father’s (Manoj Bajpayee) and his elder brother Danish’s (Vineet Singh) death. As the haze of the pot slowly clears from in front of his eyes, its bloody mayhem all the way as Faizal builds up his little empire by his open warfare with his rival Ramadheer Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Simultaneously, he journeys across his love life with the beautiful Mohsina (Huma Qureshi).
Ramadheer in a game of politics calls for a truce with Faizal. But there are other elements who now wants a part of Faizal’s success story and in this melee, Faizal’s crazy 14-year old brother Perpendicular gets killed and now it’s a full fledged gang war.
GOW 2 brings about quite a few new interesting characters and among them, Perpendicular and Faizal’s step brother Definite (Zeishan Qadri) stand out. Like their queer names, these characters are in themselves very exciting. The characterization of each actor in the film has been brilliantly etched out and a vast research has been undertaken to make them look authentic. Bollywood prevails dominantly in the film and most of the characters seem to have an idol which in itself is quite fascinating. Right from sporting hairstyles and dress sense of Bollywood actors to having Bollywood ringtones, the world of Wasseypur seems to be obsessed with everything filmy and crime. And Ramadheer (Tigmanshu) rightly sums up in the film that he survived in this world of crime and politics all these years because he never was interested in films.
One can’t help but draw a comparison between GOW 2 and Mahabharata where two feuding families want to take control of the kingdom. Like in Mahabharata you have the Pandavas’ step brother Karna being instigated to go against the Pandavas, in GOW 2, you have Definte being used by Ramadheer against his brother Faizal.
Despite the film being a revenge saga, there are some quirky moments in the film that evoke laughter despite the brutal or at times gloomy settings. One can’t help but smile when a brass band plays the yesteryear’s song ‘Yaad teri aayegi…’ during the funeral ceremony of the main characters. The overall film has a realistic approach and does justice to the true stories of north India where crime and politics go hand in hand. But then those who live by the bullet die by the bullet as is evident in the finale where Faizal is killed by his brother Definite.
Anurag Kashyap’s direction is A-one and GOW 2 has cemented his position as a director par excellence. Each and every actor has fully justified his position in the film right from Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Huma Qureshi (who looks hot) to the actor who plays Definite to Tigmanshu Dhulia (who himself is a acclaimed director). The director has got the best out of all his actors. The screenplay (Zeishan Qadri and others) is very taut and doesn’t let go off the pace of the film at any point of time. Some of the dialogues despite the scene being gruesome and hard hitting, manages to evoke laughter. Overall, the dialogues are excellent. Add to it the songs and the background music with the ace camera work by Rajeev Ravi and you have a big canvas movie on hand to enjoy. Sneha Khanwalkar’s music composition is brilliant and has that raw rustic feel to it that makes you sing along.
Despite the movie being a bit tad long, the pace doesn’t drag even for a second. It’s a brilliant revenge drama unless you abhor guns and violence and bloodshed which are abundant in the film. With Gangs of Wasseypur, you can safely bet that Anurag Kashyap is the answer to Hollywood’s Quentin Tarantino!
Jism 2 – Death of a Porn Star
Yes, this movie is all about killing the past life of the latest entrant to Bollywood – Sunny Leonne. But it seems the film has failed in its mission or almost. How the audience receives this girl is to be seen. On the brighter side, Sunny as Izna in the film didn’t disappoint the front benchers with the oomph factor though the audience wouldn’t get the ticket’s worth of Sunny Leone who has just about showed a dose of cleavage show and less of the sex act. Let’s leave that for future sequels. Maybe by 2050 when Jism 16 releases, our society and the censor board will be lenient enough to accept full fledged adult films.
The story goes thus one night Izna is paid a visit by Ayaan (Arunodoy Singh) who masquerades as a customer, beds Izna and the next morning discloses that he’s an intelligence officer in the real sense. Hmmm one night stand to recruit an agent? He seeks her help to save the country by asking her to get back to her ex-lover Kabir (Randeep Hooda) who’s now a master assassin. Why he dumped her in the first place is so confusing considering both were serious in love with each other. So from scene one, we know we are in for your run-of-the-mill triangle love story which gets somewhat complicated as the story progresses when Ayaan too falls in love with a porn star-turned-agent of the government. But the big question in the first place is, is Izna a porn star or a prostitute as this role is not clearly defined. You decide for yourself.
Despite the basic premise of the story looking promising, the screenplay and the dialogues are a big big let down. The story weakens as it progresses and the actors simple make it worse by hamming in a few scenes. How else can you explain the scene where Izna simple walks to the house of her ex-lover and dreaded assassin so calmly, rings the door bell and Kabir opens the door and then slams the door close on her face… no surprise element on their faces at all despite them meeting after six years! How childish of you Kabir!
If this film appears to be Sunny’s big ticket to Bollywood, the film’s run at the box office might help to sustain that. There is nothing of erotica in the film and the censor board’s ‘A’ certificate also doesn’t help the film reach a wider audience. Acting wise, Sunny has done a decent about job as an actress though most of the time she had to do bosom heaving an art she must have mastered from her previous profession. Arunadoy who gave a jhakas performance in ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ almost sleepwalks through the film. Randeep Hooda is good with his performance. He has really matured as an actor in the last few films. For the guys, there is ample but constrained (depends on your take) skin show where Sunny Leonne is concerned but girls too can flock to see two handsome hunks with chiseled bodies baring it all ala Salman Khan in the film.
On the plus side, the film is beautifully shot and Sri Lanka never looked so good before… I guess Bollywood never really bothered to explore Sri Lanka to that extent. Camera work by Nigham Bomzan is a visual delight and Pooja Bhatt’s direction also is a tad better. The songs are melodious and debutant musician Arko P. Mukherjee has done a brilliant job.
But don’t expect an explosive erotic thriller. Jism 2 is everything but that. So let’s see if it marks the death of a porn star…
Kya Super Fool Hai Hum!!! Yes, that’s what I feel like for taking time out to watch this mindless film that labels itself as a sex comedy. ‘Butt’ then, I should have left my brains behind considering it was the sequel to Kya Cool Hai Hum!
KSKHH is a rehashed celluloid version of the countless dirty jokes and double meaning entendres that we had been boarded with during our growing years. And with the film borrowing heavily from various other films and characters like that of a man in coma dancing to the music (ala Shakti Kapoor from Nehle Pe Dehla) and a guy who has lisp problem, this is one story which sounds way too stale.
Adi (Tushar Kapoor) is a struggling actor who does odd tele shopping commercials to sustain himself. Sid (Ritesh Deshmukh) is a struggling DJ who always ends on the wrong side of the party. However, his saving grace is his Pug ‘Fakhru’ who is the ‘Vicky Donor’ of this film and makes decent money for his master. Add in Neha Sharma as Simran and Adi’s love interest and Sarah-Jane Dias as Anu who acts as lesbian lover of Simran to ward off Adi’s pursuit of Simran. Adi is sure that Simran is the soulmate of his life and pursues her to Goa. There we are introduced to the crazy father of Anu – Anupam Kher as Mr. Marlow who under the influence of Baba 3G (Chunkey Pandey) believes a female pug is the reincarnation of his late mother and Fakhru is the reincarnation of his late father. And then… well that seemed to be the story.
In this mindless comedy filled with explicits that cover up for bad jokes or vice versa whichever way you take it, it’s purely Ritesh and Tushar who make it work with their comic timings. Sachin Yardi’s writing borrows heavily from various sources and it’s purely few lines in the film that evoke laughter. Two of the best lines to say has to be the opening line where a voice over describes Adi’s career as ‘Rahu has made a Rahul Roy of his career.’ The other being Anupam Kher’s mother’s name being ‘Rose Mary Marlow’. Say it and you get the point. Luckily, the film might just about get away with this. Also Simran’s meeting with her would be suitor where she talks with a double meaning brings about a bit of a chuckle from you.
Overall, the film doesn’t offer anything new and just about appears to be an extension of the first installment. A couple of songs (‘Dil Garden Garden’ and ‘UP Bihar Lootne’) are fun and naughty. Visually, the film looks colourful and good and Sachin Yardi has just about done a decent job with his direction. Arif Shaikh too has done a decent job editing this mindless comedy that despite its flaws stands a good chance at the box office again thanks to its tag ‘sex comedy’ where other than dogs copulating behind a censored board, there is nothing else to be seen. Thanks to its ‘different’ marketing approach this movie will make it a good run. If you have been seeing its full page ads in the newspapers, you’ll get to know how it’s different. If only the writing was more stronger, it would have been better.