Thursday, July 29, 2010

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Review

Overall Rating: 3.27/5
 

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

Director Milan Luthria revisits the familiar tale of a powerful don and his fallout with his ambitious protege. In setting the film in the 70s, Luthria borrows much of that period's cinematic style. Every line is a punch line, every dialogue a clap-trap. The nostalgia is enjoyable initially, and the film successfully evokes the spirit of those Amitabh Bachchan starrers of the 70s. But you become numb to the impact of the dialogues when even supporting characters and bit players speak in clever quips. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Milan Luthria's Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai. The film is watchable and enjoyable in parts even, but it doesn't quite pull off the retro chic tone it was going for. Gangsta Rap? More like Gangsta Nap!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI is a fascinating story that talks of how the mafia came into force for the first time in Mumbai. A thriller that depicts the crime scenario in Mumbai during the 70s and 80s. The rise to power of two young boys, in different age-groups, who grew up to 'rule' the streets of Mumbai. Besides the gangster chapter, one enjoys this film also because of its riveting drama and the power play. The rise and subsequent fall of the King and the emergence of the Prince as the super power is what makes this film a compelling watch.  On the sidelines of the power play, a game of hearts is being played and that's what makes ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI a wholesome movie experience. Final word? ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI is not to be missed. Set everything aside this coming weekend and watch this one. Strongly recommended!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai might just take your breath away with its iridescence and engaging quality. director Milan Luthria chooses to anchor his film in the emotional heartland rather than dabble with guns and gore. Refreshingly, the film goes low on violence and focuses more on the emotional quotient, throwing light on how Sultan Mirza (an awesome Ajay Devgn) rose to his Shahenshah-esque status in the underworld and how he tried to tame the roguish new team member, Shoaib Khan (an edgy Emraan Hashmi). Alas, in vain! And here-in lies the dramatic core of Rajat Arora's dynamic script which catapults the two lead characters as a study in contrast. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai offers you both substance and soul, even as it dabbles with a slice of reality. Don't miss it.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Syed Firdaus Ashraf Site:Rediff
Once Upon A Time in Mumbai there was Ajay Devgn who floored us with his role of Malik Saab in Ram Gopal Varma's Company.Once again he returns to top form with his role of Sultan Mirza.Once Upon A Time in Mumbai there was Emraan Hashmi who acted brilliantly and smooched girls with aplomb.Once again he has acted brilliantly as Shoaib. The smooches, however, are missing this time.Once Again, you're still reading this review. Stop and go buy a ticket. Now! Once Upon A Time in Mumbai there was a director Milan Luthria who made Kacche Dhage with Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan and then lost it.Once again, he is back. Thank You, Milan.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:PassionforCinema

the opening reel is a zinger, thanks to a tensely shot action sequence on railway tracks. After that, though, the dramaturgy goes downhill. Feeling ill.Post-intermission, the pace drags till you start reciting your prayers. Please lord, do prompt Luthria to avoid that predictable ending, please, please. Alas, your prayers go unanswered. Bottomsigh: Once Upon a Time Waste.. in Mumbai.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi

The film, set in the 1970s and 1980s, is an entertaining commercial fare from the word ‘go’. Rajat Arora has penned an interesting story and padded it up with a highly engrossing screenplay that doesn’t let the viewer lose grip for even a moment. Arora’s dialogues, of course, are absolutely fantastic, many of them clapworthy.Although the film is about the underworld, the love stories of Sultan Mirza and Shoaib Khan have been presented so sensitively that it is a sheer delight to watch them unfold. Interwoven into these love stories are wonderfully warm and cutely funny moments which will be loved by the audience.OUATIM works for all age groups, for men and women, for cities and towns, for masses and classes.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Right from the early action sequence where a train derailment is averted, the film gets on track and sets the tempo right..The film presents to you two equally powerful protagonists who are so strongly written charismatic characters that at no point they lose their onscreen heroism. And then it gives you the more difficult task – to choose between these two glorified gangsters. The pacing is swift and never lets you pause to ponder over what’s already happened. Rather you look forward to what will happen next. The end however seems somewhat abrupt.Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is revival of good old Hindi cinema. As Mumbai goes rewind, you look forward to a dynamic and gripping entertainer.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress
The challenge in a film like this, which entwines mobsters and `mehboobas’, is to make it all new, because of the past classics which have soared with the same dramatis personae. Milan Luthria rises only partially to it : he starts off well, and carries on as he means to, but then falls into the trap of the familiar. `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ doesn’t match up to that spectacular scene where the city lies below, in all its glittery splendour, never quite becoming the great retro chic gangster flick that it sets out to be.The second half gets lost in patchy writing and the creakily done conflict of the principled mob boss vs the unscrupulous rebel. Everyone talks and talks in aphorisms and the dialogue which makes you smile with pleasure when you first hear it turns tiresome. It’s well begun but not done, just like the film.
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekar Site:HindustanTimes

Mumbai’s underworld dons, though for all you know, their real lives may not be fractionally as exciting as their fictional ones on screen. The subject is immediately exhilarating still. As is this film.Luthria rightly recreates retro from the ‘70s. And this is not just in the low angles of the shots; strange prints on expensive nylon shirts; or trumpets for a background score. It’s most importantly in the sense of the big screen occasion, and a throwback to smart, terse dialogue.This one's the best effort I’ve seen in long.
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Khatta Meetha Review

Overall Rating: 1.75/5
 

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

Whatever else you do, don't forget to carry cotton for your ears when you're heading off to watch Khatta Meetha, director Priyadarshan's loud and outrageously insensitive new film.Disguised as a comedy, Khatta Meetha is in fact a drama about the deep-rooted corruption in our system.But Khatta Meetha, a remake of Priyadarshan's own Malayalam film, Vellanakalude Naadu, is a seriously schizophrenic film. I'm going with a generous one out of five for Priyadarshan's Khatta Meetha; this is cinema at its most tasteless.The movie ends with a music video in which Akshay Kumar dances to a song titled I'm allergic to bullshit. If indeed those words were true, we wouldn't have to watch this film!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
With Khatta Meetha, he tries to multi-task, once again, slipping from social satire to comedy in order to create a light-hearted comment on India's bumbling, bribe-prone bureaucracy and unprincipled political class. Does he succeed? Yes and no. First, the highpoints....The film boasts of three wild and whacky comedy sequences which almost bring the house down.Add to this, a few more snippets of fun and games, and you have an outrageous comedy track, that sadly comes in bits and pieces only. And herein lies the tragedy of Khatta Meetha. The film is too long and has too much of high-pitched drama, leaving room for too little of the laughter circus. Now this does seem irksome, specially since the comedy bits crackle with such fun, they leave you desperately hungering for more. What's more, the drama is mostly repetitive.Tune off a bit for the tedious middle and you could be in for some fun and frolic in Khatta Meetha,
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

When Priyadarshan and Akshay Kumar join hands, you expect the cineplex to reverberate with laughter. Unfortunately, KHATTA MEETHA is noise [the actors scream a lot in this movie], more noise [the great promotion] and only noise, while the content takes a complete backseat. Although KHATTA MEETHA shouldn't be compared to this combo's earlier works, since this one's a satire, I have to add that this is their weakest film to date.KHATTA MEETHA raises a finger at the corruption in government establishments, but what it tries to say, or expose, has been witnessed over and over again. In fact, it's the writing -- sorry, the absence of it -- that makes matters worse. The beginning is good, the middle falters and the end is exasperating.
On the whole, KHATTA MEETHA is a major letdown from the accomplished director. It's not a full-blown comedy. It's not a full-scale satire either. Hugely disappointing!

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
Priyadarshan's Khatta Meetha is a part-funny, part-furious take on prevalent corruption and red-tapism through the misadventures of its chief protagonist, Sachin Tichkule. The deal with Mr Tichkule, promoted as the R K Laxman-inspired voice of common man, is that it's more Bollywood than comic strip. As opposed to Khatta Meetha, the cartoon as well the original Malayalam movie Vellanakalude Nadu, are both strong on subtlety and aesthetics. Moreover, Khatta Meetha projects itself as a witty satire with reference to someone as reputed as Laxman but its uneven mood shift from ironical to intense augmented by cheesy dialogues like 'Keechad mein baithe suwar ki tarah sust kyon ho?' begs you not to be taken seriously.And, well, you comply.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Khatta Meetha lacks wit and sarcasm and by no means can be termed as a political satire. Rather it’s a blatant and full-blown melodramatic tale of corruption that one has witnessed in zillion films before. The writing branches into too many subplots from politics, family, romance but seems disjoint rather than appearing multifaceted. The family characterizations of a powerless patriarch (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), scheming siblings and the ridiculed younger son protagonist (Akshay Kumar) are quite reminiscent of Anil Kapoor’s Saaheb. In the last scene of the film, Akshay Kumar casually comments, “ mujhe kuch waqt ke liye shanti chahiye ” (I need peace for sometime). He pretty much resonates the sentiments of audiences who have been seeing him repeat the same loud and caricatured characters in the name of comedy. Khatta Meetha ends up leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
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  Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi

The film has a hotch-potch story and a hackneyed screenplay which cares little for logic and a lot for convenience.A major drawback of the film is that what begins like a comedy takes a rather serious turn after interval and becomes a family drama thereafter. The look of the film, its making, the ambience, all give the viewer the feeling that he is watching aSouth remake of the eighties, an era gone by.
What’s Good: Some comedy sequences, a couple of songs.
What’s Bad: The very convenient screenplay.
Verdict: Khatta Meetha is for the masses and the single-screen audience, not so much for the multiplex audience.
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

Kumar’s character Sachin Tichkule is a regular fellow all right, but not as bumbling and na├»ve as he’s been before. It’s not like he’s been cast in a mint-fresh die, but there’s just about enough to keep you going for its nearly three hours of running time. Just about. A couple of things stop this from being a good Priyan movie. It is criminally long, burdened with flat comedy tracks as faulty as Sachin Tichkule’s roads. Plus, the film veers uneasily between heavy emotion and loud comedy, another perennial Priyan problem. There are also a few objectionable scenes in a film which will be viewed by families with children.Laugh out loud would have served `Khatta Meetha’, and us, better. It’s been too long since Priyadarshan served up one of those.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Site:Glamsham
The successful director-actor jodi of Priyadarshan and Akshay Kumar (HERA PHERI, BHOOL BHULAIYAA, DE DANA DAN) fails to entertain this time. Priyadarshan falls short to render the issue of corruption, which Rajkumar Hirani did effectively in portions of LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI. It has the right intent but offers nothing which we haven't seen. The screenplay gets monotonous with Sachin Tichkule constantly borrowing money, his numerous tiffs with Gehna, perverted acts of Rangeela (Rajpal Yadav) and random songs.KHATTA MEETHA isn't sour or sweet. It's simply bland.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tere Bin Laden Movie Review

Overall Rating: 2.86/5
 

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

Slapstick but never particularly smart, Tere Bin Laden is a low-IQ comedy that succeeds in making you laugh occasionally, despite its highly improbable premise.Unfortunately the film's script is over-simplistic in its portrayal of America's cluelessness and confusion over how to deal with the terror threat, and as a result the film's final act comes off as too contrived even for a comedy. But in the end the film is only moderately entertaining. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for first-time director Abhishek Sharma's Tere Bin Laden. The kind of film to watch on a day you have nothing better to do.
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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Imagine Osama becoming a business partner in a tacky salon. Smiling, are you? That, in a nutshell, is TERE BIN LADEN, a wicked comedy with an out-of-the-box concept that offers laughter unlimited. In fact, I don't think I've flexed my facial muscles in any other film in the recent past as much as I did while watching this satirical comedy. What gives TERE BIN LADEN an edge over other comedies is that it's not the slapstick humour that keeps you entertained. This one has a story to tell as well, which also delves deeply into the minds of today's youth. Final word? Grab a popcorn, sip your cola and get ready to laugh non-stop for the next two hours. You would love Osama Bin Laden, for a change!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
Now this one's a real cornball. It maybe a shade amateur and have loads of rough edges to its canvas, if you compare it to a regular Bollywood comedy. But when it comes to content, the film scores above several of the recent laugh riots that may have done well at the box office, but definitely didn't have an intelligent script to boast of. Tere Bin Laden has both: a smart script and some smart acting. The actors are having a ball, that's evident. The scriptwriter (Abhishek Sharma) is just loving it: making digs on America's war against terror. And the viewers are in for some breezy fun. Savour the satire.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
It’s impressive how an Indian director makes a film entirely set in Pakistan and takes several digs at Pakistan’s infrastructure and America’s intelligence in a smart and subtle manner. Writer-director Abhishek Sharma humorously pulls off every politically incorrect aspect that we unofficially know about the two nations through the comic genre of his film. Slapstick in some scenes, satirical in most and silly at times, Tere Bin Laden clicks primarily because above all its farce, it has an entertaining story to narrate. The writing is witty, funny, crisp and moves at a brisk pace so much so that one doesn’t look for too much of conviction in the bigger picture.
Tere Bin Laden is laden with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Entertaining, enjoyable and surely worth a watch!
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  Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi
The film is a farcical comedy and a genuinely good one at that. But having said that, it must also be added that farces don’t have much of a market in India. The film’s story and screenplay, both penned by debut-making writer-director Abhishek Sharma, are very entertaining and engrossing. Of course, the plot has been stretched too much, something which a section of the audience may enjoy but another set of audience will not take kindly to..On the whole,Tere Bin Laden is an entertaining comedy for the youth in the cities. It has the germs to click with the multiplex audience on the strength of positive word of mouth. However, its poor start will prove to be an impediment as the business, in most cases today, is mainly of the first weekend.
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress
Debut director Abhishek Sharma‘s idea is original and audacious : full marks there. What could be funnier than the world’s most dreaded terrorist’s doppelganger being a bespectacled chicken farmer? Or an American wiseguy fooling fellow countrymen into believing that Bin Laden could have held out a conciliatory hand to them?But the film isn’t entirely the laugh riot that it sets out to be : the first half is slow and slack. Some of that’s got to do with the lead player’s inability to be nimble :Post interval, things liven up, and the last half hour is what the whole film should have been like : quick on its feet, and zingy.
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekar Site:Hindustantimes
This ingenious, mockumentary style script (Abhishek Sharma) stupendously lets itself go off in all directions on a wild flight of imagination. Only songs seem needlessly borrowed from that Kailash Kher number ‘Chak De Phatte’ (Khosla Ka Ghosla).That a film can so convincingly make light of an unbearable tragedy is its astounding comic achievement. What more low-down do you want: Just go ahead and load up on the guilt-free laughs!
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