Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2009
Movie Review “Love Aaj Kal”
Genre: Romance, Love story
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Producer: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan
Banner: Eros Entertainment, Illuminati Films
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Star Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor, Rahul Khanna, Vir Das, Raj Zutshi, and others
Release Date: 31st July 2009
‘Love Aaj Kal’ is the latest movie directed by Imtiaz Ali who is lately my favorite director. His Last two movies ‘Socha Na Tha’ and ‘Jab We Met’ listed in my ‘Must Watch Movies before you die…’ list. So I had to watch this movie. I was really eager to watch what Imtiaz comes up with this time.
As the title of the movie suggests movie describes the love story of last generation and today’s generation. The movie starts in London. Jai played by Saif Ali Khan and Meera played by Deepika Padukone met in pub and instantly clicked with each other. They become couple when their friends pint it out to them. But their relationship had to end as they both have to move to different countries, Jai to America and Meera to India for their respective career. As they both don’t want any commitment or maintain long distance relationship. They break-up with each other as any practical couple. They even celebrate their break-up with a break-up party. So they move on with their life. But there is uncompromising love developed between them which they both didn’t realize or rather don’t want to admit because they don’t think it is practical and outdated. So how will their love story be sorted out? Will their love be buried in their hearts forever? So there comes London Restaurateur Veer Singh played by Rishi Kapoor, and by saif ali khan as young Veer Singh. Veer Singh’s love story in 60’s is shown as answer to resolve the love story of Jai and Meera.
The movie is turned out to be a good entertaining movie but this movie was carrying lot of expectation because it was “Jab We Met” fame Imtiaz Ali’s movie. It is not close to ‘Jab we Met’ in any sense but for me it also failed to create the magic of ‘Socha Na Tha’. But still as an individual movie it is a good movie to watch. Imtiaz Ali again gone with his successful formula in this film of unrealized love between Hero and Heroine, which they realized at the end of the movie through many situations. But movie is really slow and sluggish in the first half for my liking. And I felt like almost nothing happened in the first half. I mean story told in first half could have been told in 15 minutes rather than one hour it took. We don’t get to know the characters that well as we did in ‘Jab We met ’. We still remember Geet and Aaditya of ‘Jab We met’; but I doubt that will be true for Jai and Meera.
As for performances Saif Ali Khan brilliantly as expected from him, Deepika did commendable job. Technically film is outstanding, good editing, good cinematography, very good music and background music. Screenplay could have been better considering it is Imtiaz Ali’s forte. If I have to rate the movie I’ll give it 6 out of 10.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Unforgettable Negative or Villainous Characters in Bollywood , Part - 2
20. Lotiya Pathan: Kiran Kumar in “Tezaab”
Lotiya Pathan a villain with strange name. Kiran Kumar played the character as it should be.
19. Nana Patekar in “Angaar”
Nana Patekar gave very competitive performance in Angaar as usual.
18. Ashok Kumar in “Jewel Thief”
A mysterious character which turns out to be a villain and famous jewel thief in second half quite unexpectedly. It is a must watch movie.
17. Maharani: Sadashiv Amarapurkar in Sadak
Sadashiv Amarapurkar played a bold role of a “Chhaka” who runs a brothel and also has a gang of goons. He was the first villain to win the award in “Best actor in Negative Character.”
16. Amrish Puri in Hum Paanch, Saudagar, Meri Jung, Dayawan, Koyala, Gadar and many others…
Actually each of the characters in all these movies can be listed separately here. Amrish Puri played villain in many movies but each character was distinctively different than each other. In each role he always comes up with different look. In Hum Paanch he was a land lord, in Saudagar he was big teethed bad guy, in Meri Jung he was lawyer, in Koyala he was old Mine owner, In Gadar he played Pakistani extremist, in Dayawan he was corrupt policemen. He gave outstanding performance in each of these roles.
15. Ashutosh Rana in “Sangharsh”
Ashutosh Rana may be having some kind of degree or PHD in characters of “Serial Killers”. He comes up with even more scarier and evil performance in Sangharsh. In Dushman he loves killing women, and in Sangharsh he loves killing kids to be immortal. And in one scene when he screams it surely going to give you goose bumps. This is must watch movie for Ashutosh Rana.
14. Langada Tyagi: Saif Ali Khan in “Omkara”
Saif Ali Khan shed his good boy image and played very bad, evil and foul mouthed Langada Tyagi. Langada Tyagi is best performance of Saif’s career and I think it will be difficult for him to better that performance. “Omkara” is Indian version of Shakespere’s “Othello”. Saif ali khan outoperformed all the other actors in the movie.
13. Sunil Malhotra: Shahrukh Khan in “Darr”
Sunil Malhotra name does not sound like a name of villain isn’t it? Yes he is normal guy in movie almost a Hero who sings song for his love but he turns into villain when he find out his love is one sided. He is more of Hero turns into villain. Shahrukh Khan gave his one of most memorable or for me his best performance in this movie. Shahrukh is one of very few successful Heroes which also gave successful villain as well. He also did evil act in Bazigar and Anjam, Ram Jane. But he made his mark with the all time famous K.k.k.k.k.kkkkk….Kiran
12. Gokul Pandit(Postman): Ashutosh Rana in “Dushman”
The one and only scary postman I ever seen which is played by Ashutosh Rana in Dushman. One of the most evil characters in movies. Ashutosh Rana played a serial killer in the movie and walks over with all the accolades for his performance. He outperformed all the other actors in the movie.
11. Subedar: Naseeruddin Shah in “Mirch Masala”
Naseruddin Shah plays a Subedar in “Mirch Masala” who has relentless lust for Smita Patil. And he get punished in the end for that like no other villain in bollywood.