>Where did this come from?

>An air of caution:

Before anybody reads this post, I would like to warn you not to take it in a bad taste. I wish to apologize to all the people who are mentioned below and whose works are stated below. Also, do not rate this post unless you have read it completely. And finally, do not assume it to be one of my genre or forte.

Ok, so here goes my blog. It has been ages since I could write something. Now this one isn’t anything thought-provoking. It’s just… Don’t know. I leave it upto the readers.

So finally, I had a great workfree Sunday. I just needed to do any damned thing on earth to kill time. Even if it was watching a movie. And maybe fate played a game that I could get tickets of just one movie, “Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai”. (Rest all had ‘house full’ board on the ticket counters. Ain’t sure if they were true.) Of course, I had guts to see movies like KANK, Dostana and the baap of all, Naqaab. So it was pretty brave of me to watch JKSAH.

But after watching the movie, I owe an apology. I owe an apology to each and every member who has been the part of this movie. You guys have been the nth persons on this earth to prove me wrong. (Of course, the first people while watching any movies have been the “adorable” people in the film industry namely, trade pundits, media, analysts and last but not the least, ‘reviews’.)

According to me, the toughest job in the film industry is to review the movies and rate them with twinkling stars. Oh come on. Most of the times I don’t see them giving reviews through audience’s perspective. Instead I find them a bunch of funny vampires who are ready to unleash their teeth and suck the blood, sweat and the hardwork of the people involved in it.

Ok. So they are doing their jobs and I really appreciated their hardwork of sitting in an AC multiplex’s most comfortable seat, warming their b*****ks, sleeping their way till the interval, filling up their tabloids with cliched matter and a mixture of flowery words which goes bouncer and bonkers off the readers’ heads.

Ah! Come on guys. It’s time that you guys get lenient over the industry that works hard day and night to entertain the common man (who seeks entertainment in general, if not a complete ‘vasool’ of money). There have been times when the reviewers have made grave mistakes while rating a movie. (I wouldn’t like to name them though.)

Coming back to JKSAH, looking at the 1-1.5 star ratings given by the critics, I was mentally prepared to bear the movie. But after leaving the theatre, I was sad (because the reviews were so misguiding). I must confess, I had to eat my words. I was pretty satisfied, smiling. (And I am sure my hardcore review friends Dada and Aatish felt the same.)

The movie has a story (which I am sure you might have read it in each and every newspaper review columns). The movie features actors and actresses (which I am sure you might have read it in each and every newspaper review columns). The movie has it’s pros and cons (which again, I am sure you might have read it in each and every newspaper review columns). So I wouldn’t really like to waste your time by repeating them again and again. But if you look through my eyes, all that is visible is the sincerity, honesty and praiseful work done by Riteish Desmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ruslaan Mumtaaz, Sonal Sehgal, Vishal Malhotra and of course my favourite Farah Khan, (She is the most honest person onscreen and offscreen. She carries her real life character of arrogance with grace, courtesy Indian Idol.)

What surprises me the most is the crisp editing of this movie. Never does it feel like the movie is a drag! Well… That’s my review. I am too small and inexperienced to rate this movie with stars. But someday I hope that every man waits with open arms to catch his woman of dreams from Venus.

Kudos to the actors and actresses of this movie. And last but not the least, a pat on the shoulders of the man called Milap Milan Zaveri who has carried out this film with grace.

That’s it for now. Time to sleep and fight the nightmares starring the people and reviewers who take this post in a bad taste.. Hehehe.


>Ok… There are actors. There are stars. And there are superstars. There are comic actors. There are romantic actors. There are dancing actors. There are intense actors. And there are all-rounders. And Salman comes in the last category.

I don’t fancy South Indian movies, neither dubbed nor remakes. Especially after having a life-threatening experience by watching Sirf Tum. It could have easily made me commit suicide. Such was the experience! But my fears got shed after watching Tamil version of Ghajini. It wouldn’t have been possible for me to understand the movie without English subtitles.

Now this made me watch Pokkiri… Awesome fun it was to watch the action movie. But I wondered if Wanted lived upto the original movies expectations. Because the Hindi version of Ghajini was a dud versus the Tamil version. Luckily for me, Wanted exceeds above expectations. It’s a must watch for action lovers, Sallu lovers and masala lovers.

The movie stars with the mafia don enjoying ladies wrestling. He gets a phone call and he needs to come to India. The movie flashbacks 3 months earlier. It showcases the underworld-politics-police-builders-blah-blah-blah nexus. In comes a commissioner who wants to eradicate the menace. Enters a goon, who doesn’t work for anyone or anything except money. And then starts dishum-dishum, dhichkau-dhichkau. The stunts go above the viewers’ heads but it’s great fun. Then there is a heroine who’s head over heels in love with the goon. There’s a bribe taking cop too. Then there’s a good for nothing landlord.

I have no intention to write the synopsis or plot of this movie simply because I don’t wish to spoil the fun.

This movie lies on the shoulders of almost all the actors, may it be Prakash Raj as the don, Ayesha Takia as the girl next door, Mahesh Manjrekar as the bad cop. But the one who stands out the most is apna Sallubhai.

Last but not the least, only a fool will criticise this movie. Because Salman delivers a genuine super duper hit this time! Hail the hero!

>Love Aaj Kal

>It’s precisely 1.30 am and by the time I post this review, the clock may strike half past two. I am still wondering how do I start describing this movie. The biggest tension is how do I rate this movie (looking at the constellation of stars showered by the newspapers) and what advice should I give to the readers of this blog… Anyways, I leave the decision of rating this movie on the readers themselves.

Well… The movie starts this way. Rocker Nawab enters the elevator of some mall and apni Shantiben hurriedly enters the elevator. At the bottom of the screen you get to revise your school time lesssons like August, September, October, November, December, blah blah blah… I wished it was Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, blah blah blah. Ok cut the crap… So here, Rocker Nawab tries to impress Shantiben by piling on and on… Waise main pile on toh karna nahi chahta… And by the he keeps repeating the dialogue, I feel that he’s suffering from piles… Slowly the romance grows and they kiss each other. How cute! Again it’s revision time for the viewers and you see too many characters that actually get jumbled inside your mind. By the time, 20 mins pass and I wonder if the Jab They Left director was sure about this movie. Luckily my doubts are shattered when the song Dooriyaan starts. Superb song.

Phir apna Rocker Nawab and apni Shantiben talk about breaking up and throwing a break-up party. (That’s a wonderful thought by the director. I adored this idea. I wondered how many break-up parties would have been thrown if I would have been going around with girls. Lol.)

Enter Chintu Uncle (who is real-life could-be father-in-law of Shantiben), with black coffee (Wow… My eyes lit up) in hand and asking Rocker about the reason of break-up. After yes-yes no-no between these two guys the actual movie starts. In comes Rocker Singh (apna Rocker Nawab in Punjabi ishtyle but as the young Chintu Uncle) who is head over heels in love with the simple Brazilian Kaur. He likes to follow Kaur on his cycle. He has the guts to travel thousand miles to have a glimpse of his ladylove. The only thing is that he is unable to express love.

As the movie moves on, there are frequent phone calls, chats, smses, voip, skype between Rocker Nawab and Shantiben. Simultaneously, Rocker Singh and Brazilian Kaur story moves on. Not even for a single moment did I feel confusion. The watcher loves every single moment of the narration of love story between Rocker Singh and Brazilian Kaur. Right from the bhangdas till the happy ending of their story.

In comes the Art Hero to romance with Shantiben and a Phirang to romance with Nawab. The exes help each other to impress their partners… Boringggg! Now the negative points start, the Twist song seems to be kept forcefully in this movie. If Nawab and Shantiben had to get again together then why need to get Shantiben married to Art Hero? What is the Phirang actually doing in the movie? The ending part of the movie seems to be dragged a bit. (I thought as if I was watching KANK part 2.)

But the lows of this movie are aptly covered by the Rocker Singh story. My verdict to you is Give It A Go atleast once because you may never know what Love is. Songs: Dooriyaan, Chor Bazaari, Aahun Aahun are good. Rocker Nawab and Shantiben may be acting okay but Rocker Singh, Brazilian Kaur and Chintu Uncle are the real stars of the movie. It’s definately a movie which ‘mango people’ (aam janta) would love to see once.

The surprise package, Mrs. Chintu Aunty (the real-life could-be mother-in-law of Shantiben) plays the aged Kaur who turns up at the end credits.

It’s 2.50 am… Time to doze!

>Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

>Is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie really upto the mark?

Gone are the days of Jurassic Park movies where the dinosaurs would haunt movie goers in their dreams. Gone are the days of Star Wars series where Dart Vader is voted as the sexiest villain in the world of fiction movies. Gone are the days where animated movies caused a sharp rise in the box office collection and the movie goers. Enter the fiction world of Harry Potter which causes a stir among the avid fans of J. K. Rowling’s fant-a-bulous (fantastic and fabulous) series of Harry Potter. Enter the new hero called Harry Potter who has fascinated the people of all age groups and compelled them to watch the movies right from part one. Harry Potter is the story of “The Boy Who Lived”. He is so called because, according to the writer J. K. Rowling in her fiction series, no one has stayed alive from the curse of Lord Voldemort-the so called greatest sorcerer in the world of fiction.

The first part of the series of seven starts with a young Harry Potter realising that he is a wizard. He joins the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fighting with Lord Voldemort to save the philosopher’s stone (or call it the elixir of life). The second part emphasis on how Harry Potter proves his mettle by saving his friends from the Basilisk and Tom Riddle (the muggle name of Lord Voldemort) in the Chambers of Secrets. The third part showcases on the encounter of Harry Potter with his Godfather and the real traitor of his parents i.e. Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail – who incidentally was one of the best friends of James Potter i.e. Harry’s father). Now comes the most awaited part of the series called Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. The movie had created a hype among the Harry Potter fans much before its release by publicising that its a quite dark film which would show Harry Potter in a much different way than he was in the last three series. But after watching movie I think whether it is a different movie than the previous three prequels! Is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie really upto the mark? Has the movie justified the hard work of J. K. Rowling?

Well… The movie starts off with Frank Bryce, the gardener of the Riddle family, entering the Riddle house and listening to the conversation between Peter Pettigrew and Lord Voldemort. However, it is a surprise to find Barty Crouch Junior in the scene because, according to the book, he enters the scenerio only when Harry enters the Pensive in Albus Dumbledore’s office. Frank Bryce is killed by Lord Voldemort which makes Harry’s scar experiencing immense pain. But what is Harry doing in the Burrow instead of Privet Drive? The Weasleys invite Harry for the Quidditch World Cup and arrive at Privet Drive where Fred and George Weasley play prank on Harry’s Uncle and Aunt. Why is this fun missing in the film? Then comes the Quidditch World Cup. Hats off to the director for making one of the most memorable scenes in the movie by showing the stadium and fireworks. But it would have been good enough to show some excerpts of the match too. It is strange that Winky (the house-elf of Crouch) is absent in the whole movie. The movie does not show that Harry Potter is taken to the ministry since the ministry thinks that Harry Potter set the Dark Mark. The scenes of the arrival of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students have been shot superbly. Also the other scenes like the goblet of fire and the names of four champions have been superbly executed. The three tasks show that the director has had enough creavity to shoot that scene. However the absence of Hermione constituting the House-Elf Liberation Front from the movie depresses the book readers. It is also sad to see that Sirius Black has appeared only once in the movie as he meets Harry at least thrice in the book. Barty Crouch Senior is dead but it is unexplained why hasn’t this been shown because the actual suspense starts from this point itself. Victor Krum is attacked by Barty Crouch senior before he is dead but this too has been deleted. The dream that Harry sees during the classroom of Professor Trewlawney isn’t shown in the movie. Also, the scene of the Pensive shows a different story than it is read in the book. The death of Cedric Diggory was supposed to be the most scariest scene. However, it did not turn out so. The movie showcases the superb sequence of Lord Voldemort getting ressurected, the duel between Harry and Voldemort, Harry rescuing Cedric’s body, etc. According to the book, Mad-Eye Moody is rescued and the story of Barty Crouch Junior is revealed but this has been not-so-cleverly edited in the movie. It also does not show that Harry hands over his prize money to Fred and George for their business purpose. It also does not show much about Rita Skeeter who is trapped in the jar bottle for posing as a beetle.

On the whole, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is a good movie but not as exciting as the book does. And the moral of the story is that the film has not justified the hard work of J. K. Rowling’s book series of Harry Potter.