Friday, April 30, 2010

Housefull Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.17/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

'Housefull' is the kind of pedestrian comedy that makes 'Singh Is King' feel like a Woody Allen gem. It's the kind of film that will stop at nothing to get a laugh out of you.The humor here is strictly low-brow and the gags mostly slapstick. It doesn't help that the director plagiarizes many of his jokes directly from popular American comedies.In all fairness, some jokes do make you laugh but those are few and far between. For the most part 'Housefull' makes you cringe in embarrassment and disgust for what passes off as 'entertainment' and 'cinema' these days. Bereft of craft and style, and lacking in even simple storytelling, the film is a test of your endurance.I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Sajid Khan's 'Housefull'. If corny humor is your thing, give this film a chance. If you have even a modicum of intelligence or taste, however, stay far away from this one!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

HOUSEFULL entertains majorly at places, but it's an uneven ride. Uneven, because the pace dips at several places. It's not a rip-roaring laugh-riot or a non-stop laughathon that one expects it would be, since the focus is on emotions and drama as well. Even the climax, I am sure, will meet with diverse reactions. It will have its share of advocates and adversaries. On the whole, HOUSEFULL is not a complete laugh-riot, but is an entertainer all the way, targeted at the hardcore masses. What really works for the film is its massive star cast, gripping second half and also the skilled performances by each and every member of its cast.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
The film begins on a funny note You do settle down for some fun and games, but sadly, the film peters off into a not-so-funny middle.but the muddlesome middle has already taken its toll on the film by putting the brakes on comedy. The second half picks up again .It's literally slapstick humour, with a lot of slaps flying around between simians and humans, humans and humans. Nevertheless, it makes you laugh, provided you don't go looking for artistry and intelligence. Also, you'll find the usual jokes about homosexuality and Gujarati incredulousness. All said and done, Housefull might not set the summer scorching, but it does create a ripple after a prolonged lull at the multiplexes. Let the summer begin to simmer, then sizzle.... 
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
In Housefull, director Sajid Khan has only one purpose: he wants to make you laugh. Does he accomplish this? Not often enough. Housefull belongs to the same school of comedy that gave us Welcome, No Entry, Golmaal and All the Best. There is no craft or narrative or characterisation to speak of.Random events and characters, lies and misunderstandings, serve to create a low-IQ comedy. Housefull, about the misadventures of a singularly unlucky man named Aarush, played by Akshay Kumar, is exhaustingly inconsistent. There are a few laugh-out loud moments here and some sparkling asides. eventually, the writing in Housefull is too mediocre and the film is, at best, a below average entertainer. Keep your expectations low and see it if you must.
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
The film itself is just as distasteful. Just as you've stopped cringing at a typical farcical stereotype, another one comes along: the black baby makes way for the gay jokes, after which come pun-laden Sikhs Santa and Banta, all while people reassuringly tell their elder brothers things like 'oh, of course he's rich.' You get the drift. he tries far too hard to forcibly inject consistently lame humour from every pore of his film. Watching Housefull is exhausting, above all else.On the Akshay Kumar filmography, this film deserves pride of place right between Chandni Chowk To China and Kambakkht Ishq. Kumar's paid dozens of crores for this shtick, but what's your excuse for watching?
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:PassionforCinema

Ouch, how the cheeks hurt. Practically, everyone is given tight slaps here, including a Dracula-toothed baboon. Swoon. In fact, you’re sure the script — or whatever of this intended slap-sick comedy — must have been written on a slaptop computer, if it was written at all that is.
Sketchily written ,awkwardly directed , and devoid of a catchy music score,this brainbasher leaves you exhausted and exasperated – in its multi-crore budget, 20 sensible films could have been made. But no there must be stars, there must be overseas locations, there must be stale cornflour. It is believed that this is what the lowest common denominator wants.C’est la Bollywood cinema. Myopically, it is not acknowledged that it is time to buck the formula, that the audience want and will appreciate a change.It merely indicates that we are going through the Rusty age of comedy. Stay at home, and tickle yourself with a feather instead.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

pile up silliness upon silliness by all means, but Do Not Give Me A Moment’s Pause. Also, Give Me Only Those Actors Who Can Make Me Laugh. ‘ Housefull’ is much too long, and much too ridden with dull interludes. he inflated balloon of a script makes space for actors with not a comic bone in their body, and allegedly humorous situations which stop the film dead, especially in the tedious second half. leading man Akshay Kumar, who’s flat and predictable. How many times will he essay the same part—lovable-loser-who-will-always-tell-the-truth?Next time around, Sajid, give us something that will really make us double over. Go on, you can do it.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahta Site:DNA

There have been several earlier films based on comedies of errors. The recent All The Best, for one, had a very similar storyline. But this subject does have some new twists and turns, including that of a man having three ‘beloveds’. The screenplay has several interesting anecdotes but what is lacking is consistency because of which it doesn’t turn out to be a laugh riot. The problem with the screenplay is that it hops from one scene to another and often forgets what’s been tackled before just a few minutes. But the good thing about the screenplay is that it keeps the viewer engaged completely in the drama.
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekar Site:HindustanTimes

This is the magnet, which attracted that many bums to cinema seats on a packed first-day first-show of this film. The first gag reprises a scene from the Ben Stiller comedy A Night At A Museum. The second one is an obvious impression from Hangover. Both elicited roars at the theatre. The hit song is a Kalyanji-Anandji number, remixed, from Lawaaris.I suppose filmmaking is also a culinary art of marinating spices and scenes together. The purpose appears served.Piyadarshan attempts such a movie every other weekend. Akshay Kumar stars in most of them. He top-lines similar stuff from many other directors as well. What more can you suggest for a movie called Housefull. Like the magazine Hustler, or the cream Fair And Lovely, the unsubtle intentions are in the title alone. Nothing exceeds like commercial success, I guess. Surely they weren’t looking for any critical acclaim here. Fair enough then
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Chase Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.33/5

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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

CHASE begins with a high-octane chase and what follows are several twists-n-turns, before the jigsaw puzzle is solved. But the question is, does CHASE provide those adrenaline-pumping moments? Nope, it doesn't! The problem is, the writing relies too heavily on the tried-n-tested stuff, which robs this thriller of those thrilling moments. The sole aspect you carry home after watching CHASE are the high-octane chase sequences, especially the one at the very start of the film. Otherwise, CHASE harps on the age-old plot.Director Jag Mundhra has shot a few sequences well, but the writing doesn't hold.Final word? CHASE is akin to soda. Opens with a lot of fizz, but falls flat thereafter!
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
Last week, Jagmohan Mundra gave us Apartment. This week, he comes up with Chase. Prolific, isn't he? But hey, what's the use of being so productive, if you can't maintain quality control! Chase is a thriller which goes low on the thrill quotient. The plot is convoluted and tries to take in too much: terrorism, corruption, romance, patriotism, the BSF, the cops, the builder mafia....All this while our hero lies in a coma and the nurse tries to prove him wrong by stripping and dancing before him.No, this Chase ain't going anywhere and might just end up in a blind alley.
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

Last week, Jag Mundhra unleashed `The Apartment’ upon us. Barely had we recovered, he’s back with `Chase’. A suspected terrorist is on the run and everyone is after him. That’s why, dear readers, the film is called what it is. More bad guys crop up. So does an evil businessman ( Kapoor). This last worthy is the reason why `Chase’ may be of interest to those interested in trivia : Aditya Raj Kapoor is the legendary Yahoo boy Shammi’s middle-aged son, making a splash in the movies. Only if you know will you notice the resemblance. He’s a pale copy of his flamboyant father. All we can say is that we wish he had desisted.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

City Of Gold Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.86/5

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

City of Gold, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, is one of those films that had the potential to be better than it ultimately is.Manjrekar extracts credible performances from his actors, but sadly there is no one to rein in the director himself. So there are parts of the film that flit between exceedingly melodramatic and impossibly exaggerated, and after a point the director's grim, cynical and utterly despondent perspective fails to ring true. The film is watchable for the most part, and might have worked perfectly as an honest slice-of-life drama if it weren't for the filmmaker's tendency to go over the top. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for Mahesh Manjrekar's City of Gold. Watch it because it makes some disturbing yet important points. Watch it also to understand just how compelling it could have been!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
For all those who thought Vaastav was Mahesh Manjrekar's signature film, it's time for some revisions. The film-maker completely reinvents himself with City of Gold: a hard-hitting, intense, unapologetic, yet heart-warming documentation of what the changing skyline of Mumbai has actually entailed. The film looks at the tumult in the industrial belt of Mumbai through the gritty and gruelling experiences of the Dhuri family that is essentially a microcosm of the entire chawl where life is a daily struggle against hunger and poverty, yet hope -- and family ties -- never perish. Manjrekar's expansive canvas dares to capture this entire socio-economic battle that scarred the soul of the city in the 1980s. And it does it with a deftness and an intensity that completely rattles you. We've heard a lot about the euphemistic `spirit of Mumbai'. Now, go and watch it come alive before your eyes in mesmeric form. Kudos to Manjrekar for creating a post-modern Deewar.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

CITY OF GOLD is as stark and real as a gash or an open wound. Of course, I am no one to comment on whether CITY OF GOLD is a true and complete representation of the mill workers' plight, but as a moviegoer, this film worked for me at several levels.CITY OF GOLD has several watchable moments and also the grip, so essential for a film that's about to tell you a story that you aren't aware of. But there's a flip side too. The story seems stretched.Yet, when you weigh the pros and cons, I'd say, the positives overweigh the minuses in this case. This Gold may not be 24 karat, but is 22 karat nonetheless. On the whole, CITY OF GOLD is a heart-wrenching and violent journey that has the stamp of a gifted storyteller, Mahesh Manjrekar. Recommended!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
Mahesh Manjrekar’s City of Gold is a frustratingly inconsistent movie. Some scenes have immense power. There are a few strong performances and at the film’s core, is a well-intentioned rage at the plight of Mumbai’s mill workers. But Manjerakar’s take on this critical era in Mumbai’s history is diluted by uneven writing, excessive melodrama, feeble attempts at comedy and an inane ending, which undermines everything that has gone before. It feels like the director can’t decide whether he wants to go for hard-hitting realism or over-the-top exaggeration and so he gives us generous helpings of both.City of Gold had the potential to be a far better film than it is.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff
The title maybe a bit confusing but then so is the premise of the film. The makers claim the film is about the textile strike in Mumbai and the consequent changes in the socio-political scenario.The characters are real, credible and likable despite their flaws. Like most typical families they tear each other apart most of the time, but rally together during moments of stress. And the script is well-etched out especially during the first half. The film moves forward at a brisk pace.It is in the second half that Manjrekar decides he must give his audience a gut-wrenching experience. Less is more is obviously not an adage Manjrekar subscribes to. Do watch this film if you enjoy slice-of-life films. Or you would like to know what debris is buried under the huge commercial complexes we find in Dadar-Parel-Lalbaugh area today. But if candy floss cinema is your cup of tea, then it's best you keep away.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Mahesh Manjrekar’s City of Gold takes a neo-realistic look at the downfall of the textile mills and its workers that reigned supreme three decades ago in Lalbaug-Parel (that’s the title of the Marathi version of the film), the heart of Mumbai. But what could have been classic cinema ends up being commercial celluloid. While Manjrekar persuasively highlights the piteous and penniless plight of millworkers, he touches the politics of the plot only peripherally thereby losing on the immense potential of tapping the capitalist corruption that led to the collapse of an entire culture. Staying true to the neorealist treatment, the film doesn’t offer any solution to the issue, essentially because there wasn’t any resolution or conclusion to the problem. Unless for the final sequence, which gives the film the shade of regular revenge drama and simultaneously glorifies the underworld. This ludicrous sequence was absolutely avoidable in the otherwise engaging film.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

you see that it’s been made by a man who knows this life not from the outside, but deeply, intimately. It builds up so slowly that you start getting impatient, and then post interval, it becomes the film it set out to be: a stark, moving picture of working class men and how their machines fell silent on them. There’s a texture to films whose characters are completely in sync with their settings that can’t be faked. Every single character in `City Of Gold’ feels right, and while Manjrekar doesn’t go for too many subtleties in the way he portrays his people, he also shows a surprising delicacy of touch here and there: this is a film that grows on you. You only wish that Manjrekar had made this old story new in the way he comes at it: there’s little startlingly fresh about it. But what there is has power, and absolute conviction.
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Apartment Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.8/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Apartment, directed by Jag Mundhra, is intended as a suspense thriller, but contains no suspense whatsoever. Plagiarized from the 1992 Hollywood B-movie Single White Female, the plot of Mundhra's film focuses on a seemingly simple girl's creepy obsession with her airhostess flat-mate. This tacky slasher film stars Neetu Chandra as the roommate from hell who goes on a murderous spree when neighbors and friends come in the way of her friendship with Tanushree Dutta, whose flat she shares.There is barely any tension or nail-biting build-up in the moments leading up to those vicious attacks, and the acting -- by the two ladies in particular -- is so bad, it's hard to feel anything for either.I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Jag Mundhra's Apartment. Look for something better, preferably in another zip-code!
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Single White Female, anyone? Ok, so this one's another of those sundry lifts from Hollywood films, repackaged as desi kitsch. But what's there to complain about? Don't we see it happening so often? So let's just try to see if Apartment deserves a dekko or not. It does. Primarily because of Neetu Chandra. pay attention to her antics that transform this run-of-the-mill thriller into watchable fare. Quite a bravura act indeed, specially since she gets little help from a poker-faced Tanushree Dutta and a routine-act Rohit Roy. Even Anupam Kher spends most of his screen time with his pet cat.... End verdict? Apartment's a decent watch provided you promise not to watch Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh do the catfight in Single White Female.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
Apartment is a bargain basement remake of Barbet Schroeder’s 1992 thriller Single White Female. Director Jagmohan Mundhra isn’t looking for factual accuracy here. He only wants to create a somewhat titillating, suspense thriller. But he doesn’t even manage that because there is no suspense. The acting is abysmal. The production values are tacky. And the writing is laugh-out-loud funny. You want a thriller. Rent a DVD instead. Venture into this apartment at your own risk.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

Mundhra’s strength used to be that he made movies that reflected societal concerns. In his last outing, Aishwarya Rai was presented to the world as a battered wife (‘Provoked’); an earlier film had Nandita Das as a disadvantaged rural woman who fights for her rights (`Bawandar’). You couldn’t accuse him of sophistication, but he did know how to tell a tale. Now it looks as if it was all in the past Apart from the fact that it is stolen, `The Apartment’ suffers from bland acting, and superfluous songs: Neetu Chandra is the only one who takes advantage of Mundhra’s latest. She shows once again she can emote, which you can’t accuse her co-stars of, but this is the kind of film that you watch on and off. More off than on.
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekhar Site:HindustanTimes
The script stars a small-town dement, who makes strange faces and obsesses over an uptown girl. It reads more like a Z-grader called Girlfriend (2004): a homophobic movie that many thought was a lesbian subject. You wish the plot here came embellished from elsewhere instead, Hollywood perhaps. But then, no one will attempt such a flimsy subject for about two hours. Inspirations are hard to find, for an obvious reason. Accept soft-core pornography in Indian films, and you’ll get rid of poor apologies such as these that have to force in plots, since they can’t just make a semi-porn pic instead. Deep sigh!
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