Showing posts with label must watch movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label must watch movies. Show all posts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan's Filmography: ANAND

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Writers: Hrishikesh Mukherjee (screenplay) and Gulzar (screenplay)
Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo, Seema Deo, Lalita Pawar, Durga Khote, Dara Singh
Amitabh won Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for this role.


Sunday, February 24, 2013


Language: Marathi
Cast: Subodh Bhave, Madan Deodhar, Anand Ingale, Kishore Kadam, Prathamesh Parab, Supriya Pathare, Rohit Phalke, Shashwati Pimplikar, Bhagyashree Shankpal, Amruta Subhash, Vishakha Subhedar, Sai Tamhankar, Satish Tare, Avinash Narkar,
Producer: Riteish Deshmukh, Uttung Hitendra Thakur
Director: Ravi Jadhav
Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematographer: Mahesh Limaye

Balak Palak is Ravi Jadhav's third movie after successful movies Natrang and Balgandharv. So I was eager to watch his next movie. And then the subject movie is very intriguing. It pulled me to the theatre and I had to watch this movie.
Although protagonists of the movie are all the kids mainly, it is not a kid’s movie. Movie talks about very important issue of sex education for kids which is still a taboo for many parents. It shows how If it is not addressed at the right time and with right approach, it could lead kids to wrong doors for answers.
I will highly recommend this movie to everyone not only for Marathi audience but also to non Marathi speaking people. One thing for sure this movie will make many of us nostalgic. All of us gone through this phase and we have a story tell, secret to hide. So BP will take you back to those days.
Movie has amazing content, good story, god screenplay. Movie is funny but it is not a mad comedy. It never sidetracks from the core message the movie wants to convey. Ravi Jadhav proves ones again he is one of the best directors in India. I can’t wait to see his next movie. As for actors, they all gave amazing performance. Not only seasoned actor like Kishor Kadam but even all the young actors did brilliant job. Movie was also a good visual experience, thanks to good work by Mahesh Limaye. Music by Vishal-Shekhar was refreshing. It distinctly sound different from the music we here in Marathi movies. I don’t know what part Ritesh Deshmukh played in making this movie but it was good start for him in Marathi Film industry.
If I have to rate this movie, I will give it 10 out of 10.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


Anand(1970)- (Hindi)
Director: Hrishkesh Mukherjee
Producer: N.C. Sippy
Starring: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan
Music by Salil Choudhary
Reasons to watch this movie before you die,
·         You can live life two ways either keep cribbing and complaining about what you don’t have and how unlucky you are or utilize whatever you have and enjoy the life to the fullest. Anand is a story of such a man whose days are numbered due to deadly cancer. But rather than crying over it he chose to fully utilized and enjoy every moment of his remaining life. He spread joy, pure Anand till his last breath.
·         This is Late Rajesh Khanna’s best acting performance. Rajesh Khanna was first Superstar of Bollywood. When he did this movie he was at pinnacle of his career.
·         It was also one of the best performances of Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh was next superstar after Rajesh Khanna, who ruled Hindi film industry for decades. But when he did this movie he was just a starting off his career. He played supporting kind of second lead role in the movie but made his presence felt with his performance.
·         Hrishikesh Mukherjee is one of my favorite directors. I would say each and every movie of Hrishikesh Mukharjee is a must watch. He was legend in Bollywood whose contribution to the industry was immense.
·         And lastly but not least at all, watch this movie for the soulful and timeless music by Salil Chaudhary. Be it,
‘Zindagi kaisi hai paheli’, ‘Maine tere liye hi’ or ‘Kahin door jab din dhal jayen’
Melody of the songs, the lyrics and rendition of the song will touch your heart.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Must Watch Movies ... 11

101. The General's Daughter - English (1999)
Director: Simon West
Writers: Cristopher Bertolini, Nelson DeMille (Novel)
Cast: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton Leslie Stefanson and others

102. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – English (2010)
Director: David Yates
Writers: Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling (Novel)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Ralph Fiennes and others

103. Mumbai Pune Mumbai - Marathi (2010)
Director: Satish Rajwade
Writers: Satish Rajwade, Parag Kulkarni
Stars: Swanil Joshi, Mukta Barve

104. Pandharichi Wari – Marathi (1988)
Director: Ramakant Kavrekar
Stars: Jayashree Gadkar, Raja Gosavi, Ashok Saraf, and others

105. Saransh - Hindi (1984)
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Writers: Mahesh Bhatt
Stars: Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi, Soni RaZdan and others

106. Die Hard With Vengeance – English (1995)
Director: John MacTiernan
Writers: Johnathan Hensleigh, Roderick Thorp
Stars: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel Jackson and others

107. Die Hard 4.0 – English (2007)
Director:Len Wiseman
Writers:Mark Bomback
Stars: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Mary Elizabeth Winestead and others

108. Jerry Maguire - English (1996)
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writers: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'connell, Regina King, and others

109. My Cousin Vinny- English (1992)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writers: Dale Launer
Stars: Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, and others

110. The Hangover – English (2009)
Director:Todd Phillips
Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifiankis, Justin Bartha, Heather Grahm and others

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mumbai Pune Mumbai

 Movie Review “Mumbai Pune Mumbai” (2010)

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Satish Rajwade
Language: Marathi
Story, Screenplay: Parag Kulkarni, Satish Rajwade
Dialogues: Parag Kulkarni
Star Cast: Swapnil Joshi, Mukta Barve
Banner: Mirah Entertainments Pvt. Ltd.

We had seen endless number of comedy movies in Marathi. But not many of them will feature in romantic comedy genre. “Mumbai Pune Mumbai” is one romantic comedy everyone must see. It is nothing but good movie watching experience. The argument between Mumbaikar and Punekar are age old. Both try to better each other. We read about it in many novels many TV shows and movie. Yet it is as fresh as a blooming flower every day. We never get tired of it. We will get the same hilarious argument in this movie too between a young Mumbai girl and Puna boy.

A young modern girl played by Mukta Barve, travels alone from Mumbai to Pune just to meet her probable husband selected by her mother. While looking for address, she asks one local boy played by Swapnil Joshi, exact location of the house. These are two protagonist of the movie and these are only two characters in the movie. When the girl reaches her destination she finds the house locked. So she decides to leave and call the probable husband later saying she is not interested. On the way she meets the local Puna boy again and decides to roam around Pune for the remaining day. So during the day when they are together we find the different lifestyles of two neighboring cities. But this arguments and counter arguments somehow bring them together. So will they carry forward it into any relationship? What will happen to the probable husband? We will fund it out in a climax of the movie.

There is not a dull moment in 100 minutes movie. So Director Satish Rajwade must be commended for this. He did excellent job. As for acting Swapnil Joshi was absolutely brilliant. He was in top form. Mukta Barve did great but her accent could have been better for Mumbai born modern girl’s character, which Swapnil adapted perfectly. Technically movie had no flaws. Movie is good visual treat, great work by cinematographer. Movie is a different experiment in Marathi Cinema and was successful one. I will say it set the standard for any other romantic movie.

If I have to rate this movie I will give it 9 out of 10.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


 Movie Review “Lalbaug Parel – Zali Mumbai Sonyachi” (2010)

Genre: Drama
Director: Mahesh Manjarekar
Language: Marathi
Star Cast: Shashank Shende, Seema Biswas, Ankush Chaudhary, Vinit Kumar, Karan Patel, Veena Jamkar, Siddharth Jadhav, Sachin Khedekar, Vinay Apate, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Satish Kaushik, Kashmira Shah, and others

LALBAUG PAREL is a movie based on Marathi play “ADHANTAR”. I had seen this play and this play was shocked me terribly. The story and acting performances by Sanjay Narvekar, Bharat Jadhav and others made me feel helpless; feel angry and I felt like crying. I could feel the anguish of the characters in my heart; I was so moved by this play. I knew the facts of mills strike and read a lot about it before watching this play; but I felt their pain only after watching this play. So I was very happy and excited as well as very circumspect before watching this movie. Will the movie able to do the justice to the brilliant play?
Film is much bigger canvas than theatre so the director Mahesh Manjarekar made some changes and obviously he won’t have made it a copy of play. He also had to make sure it will look contemporary. But I am not impressed with his casting of Narya, just because he was making this movie in Hindi also, he casted non Marathi actor. He has been given voice by Santosh Juvekar in Marathi Version. And listening to him throughout the film I wondered why he was not casted. He could have given the passion and aggression needed for the role which the other actor lacked.


The movie turned out very well but wasn’t up to the mark compared to the play. Play was lot better. Director of Mahesh Manjarekar’s caliber should have able to do lot better with it. As for acting everyone did well but Vina Jamkar and Siddharth Jadhav gave amazing performances. They stood tall out in this big cast. If I have to rate this movie I will give it 7 out of 10. This movie is also released in Hindi with the name “CITY OF GOLD”

Friday, January 14, 2011


Eight Below is a 2006 American adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood and Moon Bloodgood. It was released theatrically on February 17, 2006.

In 1993, Jerry Shepard (Walker) is a guide at an Antarctica research base under contract with the National Science Foundation. UCLA professor, Dr. Davis McClaren (Greenwood) arrives at the base and presses Shepard to take him to Mount Melbourne to attempt to find a rare meteorite from Planet Mercury. Shepard does so against his own intuition, which tells him that it is too late in the season (January) to complete such a treacherous route. Worried about the snowmobiles breaking through the thinning ice or falling in a crevasse, Shepard tells his boss and McClaren that the only way to get to Mount Melbourne is by dog sled.

Shepard and McClaren make it to Mount Melbourne but are immediately called back to base camp due to an approaching storm. McClaren begs for some time, and Shepard gives him half a day. McClaren finds what he was looking for and the two head back to the sled.
Shepard pauses to patch up one of the dogs (Old Jack) whose paw is bleeding. McClaren, while walking around to get a better radio connection with base, slides down an embankment when a soft ledge gives way. His landing at the bottom cracks the thin ice and McClaren ends up breaking through. Shepherd is able to get his lead dog Maya to take a rope to McClaren and the dog team pulls him from the water.
Now, as they battle hypothermia, frostbite and near whiteout conditions, Shepard and McClaren have to rely on the dogs' stamina and keen sense of direction to get them back to base. The injured people are immediately evacuated, along with all other personnel, due to the storm, which is expected to intensify. With too much weight in the plane to carry both people and dogs, the human team medically evacuates Shepard and McClaren with a plan to return later for the dogs. The dogs are temporarily left behind, but the storm is worse than expected and it soon becomes apparent that no rescue will be attempted until the next spring.
Back at home, Shepard is guilt-ridden about leaving his dogs, and stops working as an Antarctic-conditions guide. Five months later, and after a heart-to-heart session with an older, veteran guide, Shepard decides to throw his all into rescuing the dogs. Before leaving for the trip, Shepard patches things up with McClaren, and tells him about his intentions to rescue the dogs. McClaren learns that Shepard does not have enough money to pay for the trip, but tells him that he cannot help him. Soon afterwards, McClaren sees a drawing of the dog team made by his young son, with the title: "My Hero is... THE DOGS WHO SAVED MY DADDY." McClaren realizes the magnitude of his ingratitude and uses the remaining balance of his grant money to finance a rescue mission.


The Dogs' Story:
Four days after the dogs were left at base camp, they eventually break free of their chains, except for Old Jack, who's too old to go with the others on their journey and dies at base camp. The dogs now begin hunting in order to keep from starving. However, one night whilst looking at the Southern Lights, one of the dogs, Dewey, falls off a steep slope and is fatally injured. The dogs show their affection for their teammate, but eventually have to move on. The youngest dog, Max, stays with Dewey a little longer and is separated from the rest.


Max finds his way back to where McClaren fell into the ice earlier and spots a dead Orca. At first, he has a nibble until he realizes that nearby is a leopard seal that fiercely guards its meal. The other dogs also find their way to the dead Orca and Max decides to get the leopard seal's attention so the rest can eat. But the leopard seal quickly sees what's happening, bites Maya on the leg and nearly kills her. Max and the other dogs fiercely chase him off. Maya manages to survive, but her leg is seriously injured.
The rest of the pack continue to hunt for food. Maya refuses food brought for her, and gives pack leadership to Max, who has shown bravery, leadership and compassion.
The dogs manage to find their way close to the base camp where Shepard and his rescue team are arriving. Shepard and the dogs, including a weakened Maya, have a happy reunion. The final scene shows a grave for Old Jack and Dewey.

Cast: Paul Walker as Jerry Shepard, Bruce Greenwood as Davis McClaren, Moon Bloodgood as Katie, Jason Biggs as Charlie Cooper, Gerard Plunkett as Dr. Andy Harrison, August Schellenberg as Mindo, Wendy Crewson as Eve McClaren, Belinda Metz as Rosemary, Connor Christopher Levins as Eric McClaren, Duncan Fraser as Captain Lovett, Dan Ziskie as Navy Commander, Michael David Simms as Armin Butler, Daniel Bacon as Bureaucrat #2, Laara Sadiq as Bureaucrat #3, Malcolm Stewart as Charles Buffett.

Dogs: D.J as Max, Timba as Max(stunt double), Koda Bear as Maya, Jasmine as Maya (stunt double), Apache as Old Jack, Buck as Old Jack (stunt double), Noble as Shadow, Troika as Shadow (stunt double), Flapjack as Buck, Dino as Buck (stunt double), Sitka as Truman, Chase as Truman (stunt double), Floyd as Dewey, Ryan as Dewey (stunt double), Jasper as Shorty, Lightning as Shorty (stunt double)

Background: The 1958 ill-fated Japanese expedition to Antarctica inspired the 1983 hit film Nankyoku Monogatari. Eight Below is the fictional adaptation of the events of the 1958 incident moved forward to 1993. Dog teams were removed from the ice in February 1994. In the 1958 event, fifteen Sakhalin Husky sled dogs were abandoned when the expedition team was unable to return to the base. When the team returned a year later, two dogs were still alive. Another seven were still chained up and dead and six unaccounted for.
Sled Dogs: In Eight Below there are two Alaskan Malamutes (Buck and Shadow) and six Siberian Huskies (Maya, Max, Truman, Dewey, Shorty and Old Jack). Each actor-dog had help from other dogs who performed stunts and pulled sleds. In all, over 30 dogs were used to portray the film's eight canine characters. Max, Maya, Dewey and Buck (Old Jack's stunt double) were played by dogs seen in Disney's Snow Dogs.
Box office: According to Box Office Mojo, the film opened at #1 on February 17, 2006, with a total weekend gross of $20,188,176 in 3,066 theaters, averaging to about $6,584 per theater. The film closed on June 1, 2006 with a total worldwide gross of $120,453,565 ($81,612,565 domestic and $38,841,000 overseas).
Awards: Wins - ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: ASCAP Award, Top Box Office Films (Mark Isham) 2007. Nominations - Satellite Awards: Satellite Award, Best Youth DVD, 2006.

Directed by Frank Marshall
Produced by Patrick Crowley, David Hoberman
Screenplay by David DiGillio
Based on Nankyoku Monogatari: Toshirô Ishidô Koreyoshi Kurahara Tatsuo Nogami Susumu Saji
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography          Don Burgess
Editing by Christopher Rouse
Studio Spyglass Entertainment, Mandeville Films, Kennedy/Marshall, Winking Productions
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date: February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
Running time: 120 minutes
Language: English
Budget: $40 million
Gross revenue Worldwide: $120,455,994

Monday, January 10, 2011

Must Watch Movies ......... Part 10

91. Duplicity - English (2009)
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Stars: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti, and others

92. Chachi 420 - Hindi (1997)
Director: Kamal Hassan
Writers: Gulzar (dialogue), Kamal Hassan (screenplay)
Stars: Kamal Hassan, Amrish Puri and Om Puri, Tabu, Johny Walker, Paresh Rawal, Ayesha Jhulka, Baby Sana and others

93. Namak Haraam- Hindi (1973)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Writers: Biresh Chatterjee (story)
Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Rekha, Simi Garewal, A.K. Hangal, Asrani, Manmohan, Om Shivpuri, Amitabh Bachchan, Raza Murad, Jayshree T. and others

94. Chupake Chupake - Hindi (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

95. Sarfarosh - Hindi (1999)
Director: John Mathew Matthan
Writers: Hriday Lani (dialogue), John Mathew Matthan (screenplay),
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan and Sonali Bendre, Mukesh Rishi, Smita Jaykar, Sukanya Kulkarni, Ahmed Khan, Makarand Deshpande, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Rajesh Joshi and others....

96. Spy Game - English (2001)
Director: Tony Scott
Writers: Michael Frost Beckner (story), Michael Frost Beckner (screenplay)
Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt and Catherine McCormack and others

97. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai – Hindi (2010)
Director: Milan Luthria
Writers: Rajat Arora, Amitabh Bhattacharya (lyrics)
Stars: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda, and others

98. Batman: The Dark Knight – English (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay)
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart,Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman and others

99. Remember The Titans – English (2000)
Director: Boaz Yakin
Writer: Gregory Allen Howard
Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, and others

100. Taken – English (2008)
Director: Pierre Morel
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, amd others

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.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Must Watch Movies ........... Part 9

81. Verticl Limit - English (2001)

Director: Martin Campbell
Writers: Robert King

Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller

Cast: Chris O'Donnell, Robin Tunney, Stuart Wilson, Augie Davis, Temuera Morrison, Roshan Seth, and others,

Fear will Fall. Courage will Rise.

82. Paa - Hindi (2009)

Directors: R. Balki, Ricky Sandhu
Writer: R. Balki
Genre: Drama
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Arundathi Nag, and others

A very rare father-son son-father story...

83. Body of Lies - English (2008)

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: William Monahan (screenplay), David Ignatius (novel)
Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Ali Suliman, and others

Trust no one. Deceive everyone.

84. Quantum of Solace - English(2008)

Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis
Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, and others

85. Reservoir Dogs - English (1992)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino, Randy Brooks, and others

Seven Total Strangers Team Up For The Perfect Crime. They Don't Know Each Other's Name. But They've Got Each Other's Color

86. Push - English (2009)

Director: Paul McGuigan
Writer: David Bourla
Genre: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Cast: Colin Ford, Joel Gretsch, Djimon Hounsou, Dakota Fanning, Robert Tsonos, Camilla Belle, Neil Jackson, Chris Evans, Scott Michael Campbell, and others

One push can change everything.

87. Runaway Bride – English (1999)

Director: Garry Marshall
Writers: Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott
Genre: Comedy | Romance

Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Rita Wilson, and others

Catch her if you can.

88. Flight Plan – English (2005)

Director: Robert Schwentke
Writers: Peter A. Dowling, Billy Ray
Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Cast: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan, Michael Irby, Assaf Cohen, Erika Christensen, and others

If Someone Took Everything You Live For... How Far Would You Go To Get It Back?

89. Bombay to Goa – Hindi (1972)

Director: S. Ramanathan
Writers: Rajendra Krishan (dialogue), Usilai Somanathan (story)
Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy | Crime
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aruna Irani, Shatrughan Sinha, Mehmood, Anwar Ali, Nasir Hussain, Manmohan, Keshto Mukherjee and others

Bollywood Comedy at its BEST!

90. The Patriot – English (2000)

Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Robert Rodat
Genre: Action | Drama | War
Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tchéky Karyo, Rene Auberjonois, Lisa Brenner, Tom Wilkinson, and others

What would you do if they destroyed your home, threatened your family. Where would you draw the line?