Thursday, July 30, 2009

Love Aaj Kal Movie Review

Overall Rating: 3.13/5

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Love Aaj Kal, which is in fact a standard Bollywood love story disguised as a realistic take on modern love.Love Aaj Kal is not a bad film. It's got its heart in the right place, but its other parts seem scattered. The screenplay, for one, is far from foolproof.The film in the end is ordinary stuff, watchable but never memorable like the director's previous efforts, the far superior "Socha Na Tha" and "Jab We Met". I'm going with two out of five and a n average rating for Love Aaj Kal. It's like that plump mango you bite into only to discover it's not ripe yet. Watch it nevertheless for the sharp dialogue and some clever humor.

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Ratings: 4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:IndiaFM
The subject matter is novel, never attempted before, but the material, the characters [Saif and Deepika especially] as also its execution is targeted at the youth in big cities mainly. As they say in filmi lingo, this one's a hardcore multiplex movie.The film captivates in bits and spurts in the initial portions. Partly because the writing is so different. But the writing breaks new grounds in the second hour. It's in this hour that the film grips you completely, when the fragmented pieces are put together and a mesmeric picture emerges.Final word? LOVE AAJ KAL makes you fall in love with love all over again. Makes you value your loved ones all the more. This film is special!

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Ratings: 4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
you aren't disappointed at all. Because, this time, the effervescence and adrenalin rush of impetuous love, resonant in the romance of Geet and Aditya in Jab We Met, has been replaced by a more serious and realistic take on modern love. The film literally holds up a mirror to the commitment phobia of the young, successful professionals who keep changing their status from `committed' to `single' on the sundry social networking sites. Much to the chagrin of their dads and mums who fail to understand this emotional dilettantism and keep badgering them with love-of-a-lifetime cliches. The secret of director Imtiaz Ali's film making lies basically in three primordial areas. Instead of relying heavily on a three-hour long script, he chooses to concentrate on his dialogues: crisp, concise and completely in sync with aaj ka lingo.

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
Imtiaz Ali, one of the most promising filmmakers in the country, is sadly down with blockbusteritis.Love Aaj Kal is watchable, but feels heavily compromised. It's a romantic drama that would have worked wonderfully if it hadn't tried to be funny in the first half, and doesn't work in the second because the laughs dry up. We have poignant moments interrupted by touches of lets-tickle-the-audience humour, as if India can't take a drama straight up. And the songs, something Imtiaz earlier managed to weave in so seamlessly into his narratives, now blankly interrupt the proceedings with much bling. Ali's dialogue is still his biggest strength.Love Aaj Kal is a harmless, watchable film -- sad, because it could have been truly special. It has its moments in the first half, while the second half is an over-melodramatic drag.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
A love story that opens with a breakup – that’s quite a ‘twist’ in the treatment. Do not expect too much of novel turns in the tale though.Love Aaj Kal is a been-there-seen-that story of a couple, Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) who realize true love for each other once they part ways and go their own paths.The recipe of love stories hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s just reworked garnishing that has added to the appeal. Likewise Love Aaj Kal doesn’t promise much newness in its plot but clicks largely for its casual-n-cheerful presentation.Kal ka wine in Aaj ka bottle!

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Ratings: 4/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
There are three reasons why you must catch Love Aaj Kal ASAP – dialogues, performances and music. Imtiaz Ali's tale of love, then and now is a light hearted and refreshing watch. Burnout, commitment phobia, long distance relationships – issues the minus 30-generation can easily identify with, are subtly touched upon thought the movie. Here's a film that actually talks the talk.Love Aaj Kal is not perfect. But in one of Bollywood's dullest years, this one comes as a refreshing ray of hope. It's bound to bring a smile on your face. Here's a film with both head and heart.It's the coolest film of the year

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Martin D Souza Site:Glamsham
Imtiaz Ali has spun a two-layered tale of love and has Saif Ali Khan portraying love in today's time (Aaj) and love two decades ago (Kal). In both roles, Saif is super convincing. Love seems to be the flavour for Imtiaz and he handles the subject with a degree of confidence that has now become his trademark. Love knows no language. Besides, it cuts through people from all age. Aaj, Kal and what have you. It is neat, clean and full of romance. This one is for ''The mango people. The Aam Junta'', as Saif's Jai says in one of his dialogues. Go for it.

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Joginder Tuteja Site:Nowrunning
In fact, the first 20 minutes of the film are excellent when the director wraps up the beginning and the end of the Saif-Deepika love story. While watching this portion of the film, you do feel that "Love Aaj Kal" is indeed treading a very original path.Just when it seemed that the film had come to an abrupt end, there is this twist in the story that makes one wonder if "Love Aaj Kal" is the same movie that started so impressively and ended in such an ordinary manner! If not for the performances and the music, the film would have dipped even further.Yes, one understands where Ali was coming from when he decided to convey that the emotion of love was just the same across different generations. In the end, however, "Love Aaj Kal" turns out to be just another love story.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Luck Movie Reviews


Overall Rating: 1.85/5

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Now here's the thing about action films. Most of them aren't particularly smart, but you're willing to overlook that if they make for a dramatic and thrilling experience. The problem with Luck, which opens at cinemas this weekend, is that it's neither smart nor spectacular.Luck is often unintentionally hilarious for the clunky dialogue, and particularly for the ridiculous climax scene which is unquestionably the silliest you've seen in years.I'm going with one out of five for director Soham Shah's Luck. Indeed only a stroke of good fortune could save this one.

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Ratings: 2.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
Luck is so heavy on style, it seems to completely forget about the script. So much so, the film is like one extended reality show, where not even one participant is able to strike an emotional connect with the viewer. It's paper thin plot which serves as an adhesive for a string of action sequences which again are not too high on adrenalin. Other than the opening sequence, which features Sanjay Dutt in a life-threatening blindfold race, most of the other episodes hardly bring out the fear factor. Sorry Soham, but the sharks do look like rubber and the climax so much like a pale copy of Sholay's train sequence.Watch it for some momentary thrills and chills.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
If you're into thrillers or have been missing one, LUCK holds the key. Be rest assured, you haven't watched such thrills since DHOOM 2. But the film slips due its ineffectual writing. It gyrates from engrossing to bas-theek-hain towards the second hour.LUCK may not be high on story, but the concept and at least four stylised thrilling sequences make a big difference. On the whole, LUCK rides on star power, adrenaline-pumping thrills and a concept that's novel for the Indian screens. Despite some loose ends, these three factors primarily would ensure a Lucky journey at the box-office.

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
It could have been 'decent timepass,' as us indulgent towards Bollywood are likely to label tripe, but this ridiculous script devoid of both logic and drama leads to a really boring piece of trash.It's like watching a really slow episode of the Indian Fear Factor, one where Akshay Kumar -- or the girls -- forgot to show up. The shots are tacky, the thrills leave you cold, and this film could have been half its length but a sadistic use of slow-motion and flashback doubles your misery.A word to the director: Mr Shah, despite much hype you gave us Kaal. And now there's Luck, with too many loopholes to even point at. A suggestion, then, for your new industry nickname: Ho-hum Shah. Thanks for the yawns -- and for the single funniest climax in ages. No, really.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
The opening and ending action sequences by Allan Amin are convincingly choreographed but the intermediate stunts appear too artificial. The director tries to cover up the patchiness of the action by Santosh Thundiyil’s erratic camerawork but it only disturbs more. The banter between characters in confrontational scenes looks too rehearsed. Each one has a dramatized mugged-up response to complement the opponent’s remarks. The emotional connect with viewer is certainly missing despite director Soham Shah’s repeated attempts to induce sentiments.The script of the film relies too much on coincidental luck.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
Unfortunately the screenplay of this film is written in such a ridiculous fashion that the thriller ends up becoming an unintentional comedy. It almost gives you the feeling of watching one of these reality shows - where Danny Denzongpa is the presenter, the six lead actors are the participants and Sanjay Dutt is the judge.To cut the long story short, Luck is straight out of the '80s. Medical miracles, clashing heroes, sacrificing junior artistes and even an attempted rape... it's all there! But even if the makers made this film for the masses; the execution is just too lethargic and unconvincing. Luck is a lame reality show playing on celluloid.Despite a solid start, by the time it ends you might say…Is Luck Se Mujhe Bachao.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
What is it with Bollywood and adventure? Why can’t we do thrillers in which our hearts leap into our mouths, and stay there? ‘Luck’, which is based entirely on the premise of it brimming over with edge-of-the-seat action, tips us over a couple of times-- at best. The rest is spent building up to a climax which isn’t. ‘Luck’ is many more troughs than peaks.

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Night at the museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian: Movie Review


Overall Rating: 2.13/5

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
This film is ultimately a difficult watch because it just retreads many of the old jokes, and compensates for a lack of novelty by upgrading location and gimmicks. It's a big plodding bore for anyone seeking original, engaging entertainment. I'm going with one out of five for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – if you're smarter than a fifth-grader, you deserve better than this!

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
Part 1 was funny and original. Part 2 is still funny without being original and has a much larger canvas of characters that come tumbling out of history, once the lights are turned off at the Museum.But the real chutzpah lies with the new recruit in the war of good against evil: adorable Amelia Earhart, the feisty woman who flew the plane across the Pacific. This time, she flies the Wright Brother's stringy machine in another do-or-die mission for the man she's smitten with: Daley of course. This one's silly, yet funny with a roll call of rib-tickling characters pulled out from moth-balled history.

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Elvis D Silva Site:Rediff
We've all seen better special effects and heard funnier jokes before. Actually there is precious little that is even smile-worthy in this movie. The performances range from the hammy (Azaria) to the perky (Adams) to so-wooden-you-could-play-cricket-with-it (Stiller). The leading man manages to force his features into a smile maybe once in this whole enterprise and for the rest of this movie he just holds that expression of neutral befuddlement that used to be amusing, once.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Renuka Vyavahare Site:Indiatimes
If you are really tensed with your day-to-day mundane busy life and need to take a breather, Night at the museum 2 is your movie. If you have already seen the original Night at the Museum (2006) you’d know what to expect from the sequel and even if you haven’t, let us enlighten you on it by making it clear it’s quite a no-brainer yet a cute one time watch. For those who are fond of History, this one’s quite a rib-tickling comedy for you.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Jashnn Movie Review

Overall Rating: 2.16/5

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Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
A one-line premise that's reluctantly stretched into an unconvincing screenplay, Jashnn belongs to that pantheon of bad '80s melodramas where characters say horrible things to each other and then spend the rest of the movie regretting it.Because the zero rating is reserved for objectionable films, I'm going with a generous one out of five for Jashnn. The film's title means celebration. I can safely say that was wishful thinking on the part of its makers

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
Jashnn isn't just a story with a lot of heart. It's told with in a heartwarming way too, with moments that touch you with their naked pain.The film scores mostly in the brother-sister relationship and the romantic track between Adhyayan and Anjana does pale into insignificance before it. Shahana pitches in another power-packed performance after Rock On, even as Humayun Saeed makes an interesting debut as the cold and brutal biz honcho. Ironically, the audio track isn't as strong as the usual Bhatt Inc score which always boasts of chartbusters. Watch it for its vintage appeal: it reminds you of the unadulterated emotional interplay of Mahesh Bhatt's cinema, not so long ago. Come back, Mahesh, it's been a long sabbatical.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
You can't deny the fact that JASHNN brings back memories of the immensely likable ROCK ON!!, Like ROCK ON!!, JASHNN also looks at relationships, but the relationships here are poles apart. But JASHNN is not without its share of hiccups. The romantic track could've been as intense as the volatile ones. Also, it gets long drawn towards the second hour and robs the film of its sheen to an extent. But the climax more than compensates for the blemishes. Thankfully! On the whole, JASHNN is a moving tale with three USPs - its music, the emotional quotient and the performances by its four actors. Despite some loose ends, it should slowly and steadily win over cinegoers based on these three factors.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Jashnn – The Music Within is supposedly about melodic aspirations but the music angle is concealed so deep within the prime plot that the film ends up being a regular romance drama. Thankfully the drama is directed deftly which, to an extent, redeems for the lack of musical development.You won’t regret watching Jashnn but then again don’t expect anything great. Jashnn promises celebration moments as much as an old wine in new bottle.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
Despite its plot of convenience, Jashnn has an emotional core to it. The actors somehow rise above the mediocre writing, especially in the dramatic scenes. Emotional conflicts have always been Bhatt's strength and his influence is very visible in the film's best moments.Jashnn has dollops of old school, tearjerker melodrama that's quite touching in parts. Wish the makers knew where to stop.Though it's slow and inconsistent, good songs and strong performances make Jashnn a decent watch.

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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Nithya Ramani Site:Rediff
Newcomer Humayun Saeed is quite the surprise package. He completely overshadows Adhyayan. He has by far one of the best villains, who can steal the audience's heart.Jashnn really does not deserve any stars. The only rating it will get is for its terrific music. The song, Aaya Re, is the film's lifeline. Three cheers to the music directors Sharib Toshi, Aftab Nauman and Sanjay Chandelier

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