Friday, June 25, 2010

Mr Singh Mrs Mehta Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.6/5
 

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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

Mr Singh / Mrs Mehta’ doesn't have a shred of artistic merit. The film is tackily shot and feels as if the director had no idea how to go forward with his threadbare plot. Ashwin and Neera yak on and on about how they fell in love with their spouses, until you want to throw up your hands and yell, "Who cares?" What's infinitely worse is the dreadful acting.This film might have worked as soft-core porn, but alas it doesn't even engage on that level. I'm going with one out of five for director Pravesh Bharadwaj's ‘Mr Singh / Mrs Mehta’. That's two hours of my life I'm never getting back. Word of advice to everyone involved: if you're going to take your clothes off on screen, don't forget the body make-up!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
Considering that Bollywood has so few adult films to offer, this one's a rare experience. And the fact that it is dealt with a degree of understatement and maturity, with a great music score (Ustad Shujat Hussain Khan and Sharang Dev) to translate the emotional quotient on to the screen, makes it a decent watch. The duo begin as the victimised twosome, but soon the lines begin to interestingly blur. Who exactly is the fall guy -- and girl -- in this complicated foursome? More importantly, who is cheating and who is being cheated upon in this film which actually isn't about Mr Singh and Mrs Mehta. It's about Mrs Singh and Mr Mehta who play the game of infidelity with a degree of artistry and subterfuge, adding some strange twists and turns to what would otherwise have ended up as a predictable tale about dangerous liaisons. Don't go asking for too much and you won't end up disappointed. The film is a refreshing walk off the beaten Bollywood track and scores on its minimalist approach to matrimonial discord.
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Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi

The film, written by Pravesh Bhardwaj, not only has an unusual story but also quite a weird one in which the most unlikely thing happens – two persons, unhappy with the knowledge that their spouses are having an affair between themselves, also end up having an affair! It is quite a ridiculous thought that a lady and a man, who are both reeling under shock and disbelief and are shattered by the actions of their spouses, would end up committing the same mistake as their better halves.Pravesh Bhardwaj’s direction is hardly any better than his uni-dimensional script. The narrative pace is excruciatingly slow and makes the film seem like it is made for the festival circuit. Shujaat Hussain Khan and Sharang Dev’s music is good but extremely class-appealing. Amitabh Varma’s lyrics are weighty. Mahendra Pradhan’s cinematography is quite nice.
On the whole, Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta is too dull and dry to make any impact. To add to its tale of woes is its horrifyingly weak promotion. A box-office disaster!
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 Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta is the title of the film though incongruously the lead protagonists happen to be Mr. Mehta and Mrs. Singh. First-timer Pravesh Bhardwaj’s direction keeps you as much puzzled as much as the intentional inversion in his film’s title. With a painter protagonist going through artistic block, snail-paced tempo, self-styled aesthetic female nudity, circumstantially complicated human relationships and a climax so symbolic and subtle that you never comprehend when the end credits roll, Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta meets all the requisite criteria of the alleged art-house cinema. Nothing wrong about it other than the fact that though the film expectedly runs out of entertainment, this one also fails to enlighten or even emotionally touch, move or bind you. Sadly, both the artist and the muse fail to amuse in this colourless cinema.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff
Pravesh Bhardwaj's film Mr Singh Mrs Mehta comes as a bit of a surprise. Despite its many flaws the film steers clear from making any moral judgements. Where the film really suffers and unfortunately so does the audience is the pace. Motifs of art house cinema -- the cigarette -- being rolled unhurriedly, the smoke curling into the air have been repeated through the film and it gets tedious to watch.But there are some redeeming features to the film too. Apparently MSMM has been shot in Wales and the locations are interesting. Prashant Narayan delivers an effective performance as the timid husband who is aware of his wife's infidelities but is unable to confront her. Instead of laughing at him, the audience feels a tremendous empathy.
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Krantiveer-The Revolution Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.33/5
 

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama


KRANTIVEER worked for various reasons, but a strong reason was it being amongst the early films to raise a voice against injustice and malpractices. Post KRANTIVEER, there has been a barrage of films that have followed a similar path. That's why KRANTIVEER - THE REVOLUTION, despite the right intentions, doesn't stand out. However, the provocative dialogue and the reference to 26/11 do catch your attention in its second half. On the whole, KRANTIVEER - THE REVOLUTION is an ordinary fare, which is for the hardcore masses.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

The first thing that strikes you about Krantiveer: The Revolution is its decibel level. It's a film that literally yells at you. The second thing that makes you slip back further in your seats is the old-fashioned avatar of the film which supposedly peddles a case for the young. In terms of its message, Mehul Kumar does manage to make a case for the young Indians to come forward and take up the reins of governance in a country dominated by doddering politicians.  But in terms of drama, the film has nothing newage to offer. It's a brave effort to create a lost world, but alas! Bollywood has marched miles ahead from the days of yore and yelldom.
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Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi

The story, penned by Mehul Kumar, is too simplistic to be true. Mehul Kumar’s screenplay is one of complete convenience and, therefore, looks rather unbelievable. The likeness of the riots in the drama to the riots of November 2008 is too much for the audience to take because fact has been sought to be married with fiction. In fact, the drama takes a strange turn when the riots break out and this angle seems to be an odd appendage in the drama.Mehul Kumar’s direction is not of the kind which would appeal to modern-day viewers. Like his script, even his narrative style looks dated. Otherwise, there is no problem in his direction per se.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Raavan Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.05/5
 

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

Alas, "Raavan" - despite a relatively modest running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes - is a crushing bore of a film, a disappointment on virtually every count. As it currently stands, "Raavan" is a predictable revenge drama that stays too safe to ever surprise you. Despite some eye-watering camerawork and a stunning action piece in the film's climax, the film -- especially its first half -- is a carelessly edited mess of long scenes that make little sense when strung together.Burdened with pedestrian dialogue and too conventional a screenplay, "Raavan" is painfully dull and fails to engage at any level. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for Mani Ratnam's "Raavan". It's too simplistic a film from a director whose biggest strength used to be his multilayered relationships.
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 Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

You've come to expect scintillating visuals in the master film-maker's films and RAAVAN is no exception. But RAAVAN falters in narrating the story with dexterity. In fact, this one's a game of see-saw, with a dull and lifeless first hour, an absorbing second half and a weak, lacklustre climax. Let's talk about the factors that pull this film down. First and foremost, when you've a title like RAAVAN, the demon king, who couldn't be vanquished by Gods, demons or spirits, you expect Raavan aka Beera to be equally powerful, who could send a chill down your spine, who spells terror and fear. But, in RAAVAN, Beera comes across as a psycho. The streak of madness in his character makes a mockery of the character itself. On the plus side, the track, which starts from Nikhil's kidnap to the entire flashback portion, is attention grabbing.On the whole, RAAVAN is a king-sized disappointment, in terms of content.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

The high point of Mani Ratnam's film is primarily its visual opulence.It's revisionist tale of a Sita-like heroine flipping for a Raavan-like anti-hero, even as the traditional hero gets imbued in grey tones.... The anti-hero has always remained an alluring figure in cinema lore and Mani Ratnam carries his charisma forward with Raavan. The paper-thin plot in the first half, does get you somewhat restless.The second half of the film does get a semblance of story, with adequate twists and turns which reflect the Surpanakha legend (again revised), the Hanuman-Sita encounter, the Agni-pariksha demand (re-interpreted again as a polygraph test) and the film moves from sheer visual to visceral too. There are enough punches in the second half to keep the momentum going, but by and large, the film scores mostly on art and aesthete. But hey, Raavan is chicken soup for the senses. Go, indulge yourself.
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passionforcinema

Ratnam’s modern take on mythology dares to be politically incorrect. Mercifully, he doesn’t opt for a traditional, marshmallow denouement. Now revealing the finale would be that classic spoiler. To avoid the alert suffice it to say, that the mythology does get a smidgen of complexity and a subjective interpretation towards the end.But for that saving grace, the narrative is choppier than the monsoon sea, frequently disjointed, terribly repetitive, and as predictable as all the Ratnam-patented l’il smiley kids and cute grandmas dancing away in the shake-a-leg interludes. Alas there is no wow moment in Raavan, unless you count the ceaseless leaps off  sylvan cliffs into swirling waters, or the predatory roar of waterfalls.So should you make a beeline for Raavan?.Toss a coin. Ten heads you win, tales you lose.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff

The film's first half is choppy and bewildering but tight, while the second sprawls all over the place, overlong and exhausting. Sivan's frames are indeed grand, but there isn't one great shot to take away from the film. Even the world-conquering A R Rahman can't save the day, and it's heartbreaking to see the legendary cinematographer-director-composer trio give us such forgettable song sequences.Raavan's deadliest sin, however, isn't in the clumsy dialogue, hammy acting or lame, oversimplified adaptation. All of that can be forgiven if the tale engages us, and we never watched Ramanand Sagar's endless television show for its subtlety. Where Raavan truly and tragically fails us is in taking one of our greatest epics, and making it unforgivably boring.It's profoundly sad to see a filmmaker of Ratnam's calibre reduced to this. Yet hope beats immortal. Perhaps we should just wait till he takes on Shiva.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi

The first half is very slow and boring after the initial couple of reels. Revealing the reasons for Beera’s revenge in flashbacks after interval may add to the intrigue value of the drama but it would also put off a section of the audience as it, in a way, confuses them till the flashback comes, and tests their patience. The post-interval portion is far more fast-paced than the first part but again, the writers trying to justify Beera’s action of kidnapping Ragini while also showing Dev Pratap Sharma in good light and trying to justify Ragini’s softening attitude towards Beera while still loving husband Dev is not the most intelligent thing to do – at least not when trying to appeal to the traditional audience. Dialogues (Vijay Krishna Acharya) are alright. The climax is, perhaps, the weakest part of the drama for the reasons cited above.On the whole, Raavan will remain a film for the classes mainly. It will do well in select multiplexes of big cities but not at many other places and in single-screen cinemas. Its weird climax is its biggest minus point and that will spell doom for the film.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Mani Ratnam’s modern adaptation of Hindu mythological epic Ramayana with a twist, is a film made with good intention, beautiful music and mind blowing cinematography but unfortunately lacking everything else!.To start with, the story of the film as if on a long pause, just doesn’t move ahead for a good one hour after the film begins. The filmmaker seems inspired by so many things at a time that he forgets to retain his own USP. There is no punch in the script which doesn’t rise above clich├ęs, no tenderness in the love between Dev and Ragini and no depth to Ragini or Dev’s character as they come across as silent spectators to Beera’s eccentric antics. The ten facets of Beera’s personality too doesn’t stand out.
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  Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

Ratnam takes his time with his desultory first half, creating stunning scenery but listless characters.It’s only well into the second half that Ratnam breaks out of his stupor, and starts giving us a film. This is when the cast is allowed to play on a level field, and not compete with gorgeous waterfalls and steep cliffs and twisting vines, the fruit of Santosh Sivan’s customary magic.The two men come face to face, with their prize in between, and finally we have a taste of Ratnam’s brand of cinema, which at it’s best is about well crafted characters and strong drama and sweeping emotions, not just overwhelmingly lovely scenery. But by this time, it’s too little, too late. Do yourself a favour. Watch `Raavan’ only if you must. Choose `Raavanan’, which is subtitled in English, instead: It is infinitely more rewarding.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA
Mani Ratnam's take on the epic, in fact, is not just courageous, but interesting too. An adaptation is always more enjoyable when a maker gives an oft-repeated story a novel spin, and in that respect Mani Ratnam has taken an initiative worth lauding.The film, though, is unable to grip the audience. Once you get over the brilliance of all the technical departments involved - Santosh Sivan and V Manikandan's combined work as cinematographers is among Indian cinema's most inspired efforts - you yearn for a narrative that would keep you hooked, which never happens.In the end though, Raavan is this year's biggest disappointment so far. The sad part is that it's not outrageously bad as some other recent films, but it's unbelievably boring. Coming from Mani Ratnam, that's a bummer
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  Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekar Site:HindustanTimes
for a film centred and named after the villain itself. There’s nothing that you eventually learn or realise. Allegory ‘n’ all is fine. Lonely conjectures can take you only that far, when an entire movie’s merely in the moviemaker’s mind, and a plot so thin. Sometimes the camera circles so much in nothingness, your head spins. And you wonder if a film about this film would be a better idea.The reference to Ravan’s ‘deca-head’ and decadence may be unclear. Yet, the allusion to the mythological Ramayan is complete. There’s a ‘Hanuman’ (Govinda), a local forest officer with monkey-like qualities, who helps ‘Ram’, the district’s superintendent of police (Vikram) trace his wife (Aishwarya) back. She’s been abducted by the ‘Ravan’, or Beera, and hidden deep within the jungles. The reason for this abduction, from what I could tell, is to avenge the rape of the anti-hero’s ‘sister’. It’s an old core of Bollywood’s B movies. It tells you a lot of the quality of this script.
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