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.