Saturday, December 18, 2010


Movie Review “SALT” (2010)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Suspense
Director: Phillip Noyce
Language: English
Star Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl
Written By: Kurt Wimmer, Brian Helgeland

Well I have to admit first, my only reason for watching this movie was Angelina Jolie. She is only actress who can sell an action movie to audience convincingly. Her commitment for this role is commendable. I really admire her for her commitment and acting ability. She is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and that is not just because she is hot and beautiful. Let’s talk about movie now.
In this movie Angelina Jolie played CIA operative Evelyn Salt.  She finds herself in trouble when one Russian spy labels her Russian Spy working against the US government during interrogation. Now is this accusation true or not, that’s what we find out through some crazy action. What’s interesting to watch is that, historical cold war situation between US and Russia is used at the backdrop for motives.
Movie starts off with slow pace but gains momentum with every scene. Angelina Jolie carries all her action scenes extremely well and with ease. Twist in the story was good but I didn’t like the climax much. It is so obviously hinted that there will be sequel. Well I personally won’t mind a sequel. Any Angelina Jolie movie is must watch for movie. But other than that if I have to rate this movie I will give it 7 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Movie Review “DABANGG” (2010)

Genre: Action
Director: Abhinav Kashyap Singh
Language: Hindi
Star Cast: Salman Khan, Vinod Khanna, Sunakshi Sinha, Dimple Kapadia, Mahesh Manjarekar, Arbaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Mahi Gill, Tinu Anand, and others

The days of hardcore Bollywood Masala / Action movies are back. After ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Wanted’ here comes another movie of that genre ‘DABANGG’. In 1980s this genre was highest grosser in Bollywood after that Sunny Deol kept it alive for long long time. But for some reason this genre was on the verge of extinction. But it seems like Salman Khan took it upon himself to rejuvenate this genre. After ‘WANTED’ with heavy modern action Salman Khan comes up with ‘DABANGG’ through his home production. He is launching his brother Arbaz Khan again, this time as Producer.
DABANGG has all the masala ingredients family drama, action, comedy, item number by Malika Arora Khan and super hero like Salman Khan. So movie was destined to be blockbuster and it grossed huge money at box office.
‘Chulbul Pandey aka Robinhood Pandey’ will be one of the most memorable character in Salman Khan’s career. Movie is set in Uttar Pradesh. It is a story of Chulbul Pandey played by Salman Khan, a totally fearless but corrupt police officer. He had a bitter childhood. His father passed away when he was very young, after which his mother played by Dimple Kapadia, married Prajapati Pandey played by Vinod Khanna. Chulbul has step brother Makhanchan played by Arbaaz Khan. Prajapati favors Makhanchan, which infuriates Chulbul. He finds love in Rajo played by Sonakshi Sinha.
But there is obviously a villain local youth political leader Cheddi Singh played by Sonu Sood, who thinks Chulbul undermining his supremacy in locality. To avenge against Chulbul he putts one brother against the other. Makhanchan ends up carrying out an act oblivious to the consequences. When Makhanchan realizes he has been used, he turns to Chulbul. Will Chulbul take his extended hand? Will the brothers be able to destroy their enemy?

The movie has everything Salman Khan Fans expect from the film. Malika Arora’s item song will be all time chart buster. Another celebrity child, daughter of Shatrughna Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha was launched in this movie and she did what was expected from her. But the villain was too overshadowed by hero, he never look powerful enough. Mahi Gill and Om Puri were totally wasted.

If I have to rate this movie I will give it 8 out of 10.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Southern Sirens in Bollywood .......... Part 5


34. TABU


36. Vaijayantimala

37. Vasundhara Das

38. Vidya Balan


40. Waheeda Rehman

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Badmash Company

Movie Review “Badmash Company” (2010)

Genre: Con, Romance
Director: Parmeet Sethi
Language: Hindi
Star Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vir Das, Meiyang Chang and others
Banner: Yash Raj

“Badmaash Company” another Yash Raj film with great packaging but not so great content. To start with I like the title of the movie and the star cast was decent enough. Movie was directed by the first time director Parmeet Sethi who also written the film. For first time he did good job; but there was so much more can be done to the concept.

“Badmaash Company” is a two hours and twenty three minutes long movie trying to convey importance of honesty and ethics in life.

This movie is a story of Karan (played by Shahid Kapoor). He like any other youngster in India don’t want to spend his life working for same company and same job, he dreams of getting rich quick.

He starts out as a carrier for a small-time smuggler, where he met three likeminded friends (played by Anushka Sharma, Vir Das and Indian Idol fame Meiyang Chang). After completing this job Karan gets hang of it and eventually moves his way up to bigger con jobs and bigger bucks with his friends. But once their good days and fortune is over they fall on the path of destruction. Can they come out of it? Will they be friend after that? Will they learn from their mistakes? This is the story of Badmash Company

Movie has some very good moments amongst the friends. But there are very dull moments too. Although all the lead actors gave professional performance they could not cover up for the defects in the script. Climax of the movie was awfully bad, even school kids won’t buy that.

If I have to rate this movie I am going to give it 5 out 10 and I think that’s very generous of me.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lafangey Parindey

Movie Review “Lafangey Parindey” (2010)

Genre: Romance
Director: Pradip Sarkar
Language: Hindi
Star Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone and others
Banner: Yash Raj

“Lafangey Parindey” is one catchy name for any movie but sadly the movie could not live up to its title. This movie is set in the chawls of Mumbai. So we find all that happens in slums and already seen on screen many times in this movie also.

This movie is a story of One-shot Nandu (played by Neil Nitin Mukesh) who is a local fighter of Tilak Wadi. He always fights his opponents blindfolded so naturally takes lot of thrashing. But he is a Hero so in the end one deadly blow from him and the opponent is knocked down. These fights is his way of earn his food. Then there is Pinky Palkar (played by Deepika Padukone), who is ambitious and hates her surrounding at Tilak Wadi. She’s a talented dancer and has the dream of winning a talent show with her roller-skating skills. Then one accident entangles their life together. An accident caused by Nandu which made Pinky blind and crashed all her dream. So out of guilt Nandu decides to help Pinky to achieve her dream and start to train her. While this training they start to love each other. But what will happen when Pinky knows the truth? Will her dream ever come true?

There are some cool stunts on bikes, some funny and witty lines. I love the child actor with slang and witty lines. He was the best thing about this movie. Neil Nitin Mukesh is good, Deepika look beautiful; acting could have been bit better. Pradip Sarkar has lost a tack a little after ‘Parinita’. Actually this does not seem like his type of movie.

If I have to rate this movie I will give it 5 out of 10.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Amitabh Bachchan's Filmography ........ Part 4


31. Zameer (1975)

Director: Ravi Chopra
Writers: Akhtar-Ul-Iman (dialogue), C.J. Pavri (story)
Cast: Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu, Amitabh Bachchan, Madan Puri, Indrani Mukherjee, Ramesh Deo, Jagdish Raj, Alankar Joshi

32. Sholay (1975)

Director: Ramesh Sippy
Writers: Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan
Cast: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan, A.K. Hangal, Satyendra Kapoor, Iftekhar, Leela Mishra, Mac Mohan, Keshto Mukherjee, Sachin, Alankar Joshi


33. Do Anjaane (1976)

Director: Dulal Guha
Writers: Shafiq Ansari (dialogue), Nabendu Ghosh (screenplay)
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Prem Chopra, Pradeep Kumar, Utpal Dutt, Lalita Pawar, 

34. Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

Director: Basu Chatterjee
Cast: Ashok Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Asrani, Nandita Thakur, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, and others
Amitabh Bachchan in Guest Appearance.

35. Kabhi Kabhie - Love Is Life (1976)

Director: Yash Chopra
Writers: Pamela Chopra (story), Sagar Sarhadi (written by)
Cast: Waheeda Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Naseem, Simi Garewal, Parikshat Sahni
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award

36. Hera Pheri (1976)

Director: Prakash Mehra
Writers: Satish Bhatnagar (dialogue), Vijay Kaul  story and screenplay
Cast: Saira Banu, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Shreeram Lagoo, Pinchoo Kapoor, P. Jairaj, Yunus Parvez, Urmila Bhatt, Mac Mohan, Randhir, Goga Kapoor, Tun Tun, Padma Khanna,

37. Adalat (1976)

Director: Narendra Bedi
Writers: Narendra Bedi
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Birbal, Anwar Hussain, Pinchoo Kapoor, Kader Khan, Viju Khote, Manorama, Waheeda Rehman, D.K. Sapru, Neetu Singh,
Nominated for, Filmfare Best Actor Award.


38. Alaap (1977)

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Writers: Bimal Dutta (screenplay), Hrishikesh Mukherjee (story)
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Chhaya Devi, Asrani, Lily Chakravarty, Farida Jalal, Om Prakash

39. Charandas (1977)

Director: B.S. Thapa
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, Manorama, Vikram
Special Appearance  of Amitabh as Quwwali Singer

40. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Director: Manmohan Desai
Writers: Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai (story), Kader Khan (dialogue)
Cast: Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, Nirupa Roy, Pran, Jeevan, Yusuf Khan, Mukri, Nasir Hussain,
Amitabh won, Filmfare Best Actor Award.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Southern Sirens in Bollywood ......... part 4

25. Revathy

26. Sameera Reddy

27. Shamita Shetty

28. Shilpa Shetty

29. Shobana

30. Shruti Hassan

31. Saundarya

32. Shridevi

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Once Upon Time In Mumbai

Movie Review “Once Upon Time In Mumbai” (2010)

Genre: Drama

Director: Milan Lutharia

Language: Hindi

Star Cast: Ajay Devgan, Imran Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda

“Once Upon Time in Mumbai” is another underworld movie. We had already seen bunch of movies based on Mumbai’s underworld. We already had seen almost everything but still this movie is lot different than the others because of its larger than life presentation. Movie is more direct than most of the other films. Although filmmakers are presenting the Movie and its characters as fiction, we could easily make out the similarities between film characters and real life characters and situations. The character played by Ajay Devgan is based on ‘Haji Mastan’ and the character played by Imraan Hashmi is based on ‘Dawood Ibrahim’.

Watching this movie was fantastic experience. Highlight of the movie is not only the characters but also the dialogues. You could not help feel like era of famous Salim-Javed is back. Technically movie was amazing, good cinematography and editing, excellent music. All the actors played the characters brilliantly. But I loved the kid actor who played child Imraan Hashmi the most, as he set the tone of ‘Imraan Hashmi’s’ character right from the start. Above all congratulations to Milan Lutharia for binding everything together. There are no weak links in the movie; he hit the nail on its head.

I will suggest this is a Must Watch Movie, don’t miss it. If I have to rate this movie it will be 9 out of 10.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Amitabh Bachchan's Filmography .............. Part 3

21.Kunwara Baap (1974)

Director: Mehmood
Writer: Aziz Quaisi (written by)
Cast: Mehmood, Bharathi, Manorama, Bhushan Tiwari, Abbas Ali, Nasir Hussain, Mukri, Lalita Pawar, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Yogeeta Bali, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Vinod Mehra, Dara Singh
Amitabh in another Guest Appearance in it.

22.Dost (1974)

Directed by: Dulal Guha
Writers: Shafiq Ansari, (dialogue), Sachin Bhowmick (screenplay, story)
Cast: Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Ravindra Kapoor, Kanhaiyalal, Amitabh Bachchan and others
Yet another Guest Appearance by Amitabh Bachchan…..

23.Kasauti (1974)

Director: Aravind Sen
Writers: Satish Bhatnagar (dialogue), Suhrid Kar (screenplay)
Cast: Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Pran, Sonia Sahni, Ramesh Deo, Sulochana Latkar, Murad, Bharat Bhushan, Shubha Khote

24.Benaam (1974)

Director: Narendra Bedi
Writers: Narendra Bedi
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Satyendra Kapoor, Madan Puri, Iftekhar, Shubha Khote, D.K. Sapru, Rajpal, Viju Khote, Sharat Saxena

25.Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)

Director: Manoj Kumar
Writer: Manoj Kumar
Cast: Manoj Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Moushumi Chatterjee, Prem Nath, Shashi Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Madan Puri, Sulochana Latkar, Raza Murad

26.Majboor (1974)

Director: Ravi Tandon
Writers: Javed Akhtar
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Pran, Farida Jalal, Satyendra Kapoor, Sulochana Latkar, Iftekhar, D.K. Sapru, Mac Mohan, Murad, Jagdish Raj

27.Chupke Chupke (1975)

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Writers: Shakeel Chandra (dialogue director), Upendranath Ganguly (story)
Cast: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, David Abraham, Usha Kiran, Keshto Mukherjee, Om Prakash,

28.Faraar (1975)

Director: Shankar Mukherjee
Writers: Gulzar (written by), Madhusudan Kalekar (screenplay)
Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Sulochana Latkar, and others

29.Mili (1975)

Directed by - Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Written by - Bimal Dutta, Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza, Mohini N. Sippy
Cast: Ashok Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Usha Kiran, Shubha Khote, Suresh Chatwal, G. Asrani, Aruna Irani, Rajnath, Naina Apte,

30.Deewaar (1975)

Director: Yash Chopra
Writers: Javed Akhtar
Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, Manmohan Krishna, Madan Puri, Iftekhar,
Amitabh was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award for this movie.