Friday, August 27, 2010

Antardwand Review

Antardwand

Overall Rating: 3.1/5
 

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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

Cinema lovers are thirsting for novel and untold stories and ANTARDWAND is a applaud-worthy film that fills the void. Real, disturbing and shocking, ANTARDWAND, reportedly based on a true story, is a power-packed film. If you crave for new stories and often complain that Hindi films have started stagnating, ANTARDWAND should be your pick this weekend.  On the whole, ANTARDWAND has a hitherto untold story to tell, which it tells most convincingly. Of course, a film like ANTARDWAND caters to a niche audience, who, I am sure, should praise the effort.Final word? The year 2010 has seen a number of 'small' or low cost films having a lot to offer in the dark confines of an auditorium. Now add ANTARDWAND to that list!
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
The film is supposedly based on a practice that is rampant in the backwaters of Bihar even today: Groom kidnapping. Indeed, a novel plot! But the novelty of the story isn't the only thing that makes Antardwand an engaging film. Director Sushil Rajpal tells his story with an authenticity and a touch of high drama that keeps you glued to your seats.The flavour of the language (Bihari at its best), the semi-urban setting that captures the picturesque backwaters beyond Patna, the flesh and blood characters and the dogged attempt to get-real, stay-real while taking up a topical issue lend Antardwand an original appeal. Like Peepli Live, here's another film that comes straight from the bowels of the `Other' India: one that lives beyond the neon-lit metros and is brimming over with People (Not) Like Us. Get real. Go for Antardwand. The film boasts of some fine performances  and has deservedly been applauded with the National Award for Best Film on social issues.
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema

Gratifyingly FTII-trained Sushil Rajpal’s Antardwand is worth the trudge to the multiplex — if essentially for the eye-opening subject of bridegroom kidnappings in the Bihar badlands, where life is cheaper than the naarangi hooch swigged by those subsisting under the poverty line. Although technically jejune with the tempo slower than a bullock cart at key points, the outcome still arouses your curiosity, and admiration for its indie spirit. Warning: just because of its rural backdrop, don’t expect a Peepli Live. If at all, the film is closer thematically to say, Basu Chatterji’s Sara Akash (1969), which dealt with a bride adjusting to a world not of her choice.. or making. For its pro-woman stance and for exposing the inhuman customs of India Darkening, Antardwand deserves your hurrahs.
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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff
More than a social drama, Antardwand is actually a thriller merely because it's impossible to predict which direction the film will take. Thankfully, the film does not end in 'Bollywood' style.The film doesn't deviate from its storyline, and there are no subplots or forced humour. It has a tight script, and is edited well.Antardwand was obviously shot a while ago because Vinay Pathak appears quite portly. But it will, in all probability, be relevant even 10 years down the line.The film is certainly a must-watch.
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:IANS Site:NDTV
Set in rural Bihar where nothing works except the law of the lawless, Antardwand takes the firm and gripping route to expose a hinterland-headline - the kidnapping of marriageable boys by desperate fathers of wannabe brides.The finale is self indulgent in its idealism. A society so breached by gender and caste biases cannot be lit up by a sudden beam of optimistic light. But no harm in trying. "Antardwand" is a commendable attempt to examine the underbelly of rural Bihar. It doesn't purport to shake up the status quo. The film only wants to remind us that we need to heal our collective social conscience before curing the discrepancies that feed into our dream of emerging from the darkness into the light.
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Aashayein Review

Aashayein Review
Overall Rating: 2/5
 

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

Aashayein as you can see, is the kind of film that's yelling out to its audience: "Look at me! Look what a noble, heartfelt film I am!"John Abraham's shoulders may be broad, but he can't seem to lift this sinking mess of a movie. He struggles through the emotional scenes, never really helped by Kukunoor's shoddy writing and ham-fisted direction.
I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for Aashayein. Intended as a heart-felt story, it is in fact a serious test of your patience.
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

Nagesh Kukunoor has been a frontrunner as far as choosing and narrating real stories are concerned. AASHAYEIN too seems like 'our' story. Here's a man who suddenly discovers that he has a few months to live. The indomitable spirit of living life to the fullest, under all circumstances, is what you expect from him. But AASHAYEIN gets so bizarre and abstract that you feel anesthetized after a point. Sadly, you don't react to the characters, you don't react to the film either. Like Kukunoor's previous attempts, AASHAYEIN is sensitively told and has several poignant and heart wrenching moments, but the story strays from realism and ends up being a fantasy, which leaves a sour taste in your mouth. On the whole, AASHAYEIN falters and fails on the writing level.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

The film may have been lying in limbo for over two years now, but this does not detract from the quality of this small and sensitive film that takes a look at terminal illness in a totally non-filmy fashion. Okay, the theme may be depressing: the big bad C-word and the attendant fears that go with it. But Kukunoor chooses to look at it from the other side of midnight.... From a vantage point where fear and despair are replaced by a life-sustaining desire to wrench out all the beauty from the world before curtain call by a bunch of death row patients. Don't go looking for popcorn stuff and Aashayein is sure to hold your attention with its gentle grace and dignity. Also, watch out for heart-warming performances by John Abraham and Anaitha Nair who lend credibility to the role of terminal patients celebrating life before the final salute.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Aseem Chabhra Site:Rediff

The camerawork actually has no relation to the rest of film -- sometimes a well-meaning and heart-tugging story about the last few months in the life of man with lung cancer. Aashayein works like many of Kukunoor's successful films -- Hyderabad Blues, Iqbal and Dor -- unique stories that start with good intentions, but eventually the treatments amount to nothing spectacular. some critics respect Kukunoor, a US trained chemical engineer, who is now following his true passion. I just wish his films would be stronger than what they appear to be at the first glance.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Aashayein is the kind of story that will possibly appeal to you as a fanciful fictional novel. But cinema calls for a different kind of sensibility. While the movie starts as a basic-level drama about a cancer patient’s survival instincts much on the lines of films like Anand or Dasvidaniya , it switches genre to a fairytale fantasy in the second half with his whimsical pursuit to defeat death. In this merger of genres, it muddles up the message. Aashayein might be having its heart in the right place but doesn’t entirely appeal to the mind. Is that hoping for too much?
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KOIMOI

Nagesh Kukunoor’s story is depressing right from the word ‘go’. His screenplay moves on a single track, that too, at a leisurely pace. The philosophical part of the drama (the portions of Govinda speaking about Rahul’s past and future) would not be understood by the majority of the viewers as it is too abstract. In other words, there is little joy or happiness in the drama. Likewise, there is hardly any entertainment value in the film.Nagesh Kukunoor’s direction, limited by and also like his script, holds appeal more for the festival circuit audience than the general masses. On the whole, Aashayein may be a well-made film but its commercial prospects are bleak because it lacks entertainment value and runs on a single track.
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Hello Darling Review

Overall Rating: 1.09/5
 

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

What's particularly offensive about this film is that it wants to be taken seriously while addressing sexual harassment and gender politics. Now that's too much to ask!
I'm not prudish and there is such a thing as a smart sexual farce, but there's nothing even remotely smart about this film. It's tiring and not very funny in the end. For that I'm going with one out of five for director Manoj Tiwari's Hello Darling. It's the kind of film that makes you squirm in your seat.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Sexual harassment at the workplace, anyone? Then please stay away from this film which reduces a serious issue to a total farce. The film maker makes a buffoon not only of the randy boss, Jaaved Jaaferi, he also transforms the harried women into bimbettes. Hello Darling, how about a bit of IQ too...After all comedy is serious (read intelligent) business too!
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HELLO DARLING also tries to tickle your funny bone, but in vain. Frankly, the story of a sex pervert and three alluring ladies could've resulted in one naughty film. HELLO DARLING uses every trick in the book [skin show, generous dose of double entendres et al] to make you laugh, but barring a scene or two, the effort falls flat on its face.Final word? This film is a joke in the name of comedy!
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Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff
The film is like a badly cooked stew where the writers were so busy tossing different ingredients into the pot they never really had time or the inclination to think about what their concoction would ultimately turn into.Hello Darling needs to be avoided at all costs. Unless of course gnashing your teeth and wasting your money on mindless, tedious comedy is your favourite hobby.
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KOIMOI
It is supposed to be a comedy on the burning topic of sexual harassment at the work place. But the tragedy is that the so-called comedy fails to evoke laughter or even a smile.Manoj Tiwari makes a pitiable debut as director. After all, he is unable to raise any laughter, chuckle or smile. Pritam seems to be out of form because the songs are far from engaging.On the whole, Hello Darling will bid the box-office ’bye in no time. As for those associated with the film, they’ll have to say “hello” to failure.
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
It is pitched as a sex comedy. But it offers neither. Hello Darling, directed by debutant Manoj Tiwari, is the kind of film that is a veritable test of the viewer's patience.Does Hello Darling have any saving grace? Banish the thought. Even the usually entertaining Javed Jaffrey is reduced to a drab drone. Hello Darling is spectacularly hollow – it is screen comedy's equivalent of hell. Go there only if you are a sucker for self-flagellation.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Lafangey Parindey Review

Lafangey Parindey Review
Overall Rating: 2.45/5
 

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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

'Lafangey Parindey' isn't a particularly bad film; it's just not a good film either. It's the kind of film that keeps you waiting for something to happen, but nothing ever does. There's no element of surprise or unpredictability in its screenplay; and as a result even though it's only two hours long, you find yourself exhausted by the time the lights come back on.'Lafangey Parindey' is the kind of film that doesn't stay in your head much after you've left the cinema. And you should be happy for that.I'm going with two out of five for director Pradeep Sarkar's 'Lafangey Parindey'. It's a pointless, boring film. Watch it if you have 200 bucks to waste!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

It's a familiar world of bhais, boxers and bustee wallahs which Mumbai cinema has created and re-created, time and again that stares at you in Lafangey Parindey. And it's this familiarity of character and script that actually works against Pradeep Sarkar's third love story. There is an overriding sense of deja vu that overcomes you as you watch the cliche-ridden script unfold in a predictable fashion, where the rough-edged gangster is involuntarily drawn towards his sweet yet strong victim. And yet, it isn't easy to write off the film completely. So what works in its favour? Mostly, it's the performances that lift the film from the mediocrity of its script.A little more verve however would have gone a long way in energising the show.
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

.LAFANGEY PARINDEY starts with gusto! Also, it moves on a singular path, without diversifying into unwanted sub-plots and superfluous characters. In fact, the story takes off at the commencement of the film itself and how Neil and Deepika's lives get intertwined makes for interesting viewing. The film has some truly engaging moments and most of them are in its first hour.On the flipside, the film has a major flaw and that dilutes the impact to an extent: Casting Neil Nitin Mukesh as a tapori. Blemishes? Oh yes! The love story is conventional and dreary.On the whole, LAFANGEY PARINDEY may be predictable, but is engaging and entertaining nonetheless. A decent watch!
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

This indispensible rawness that defines this lot is missing from Neil Nitin Mukesh's One Shot Nandu in Pradeep Sarkar's latest offering, Lafangey Parindey. It opens with an in-your-face voiceover, akin to Kaminey but reveals in the first few minutes itself that it's never going to wear the intricacy of Striker or emotionality of Mashaal. Sarkar's departure from kerchief capers  is a sleekly-packaged potboiler with abundant implausibility that wowed us in the 1980s but commands very little respect today.Ultimately Lafangey Parindey, like its attention-grabbing title, is unapologetically superficial with a brief attention span. It doesn't dwell too long on the possible complications or questions that may arise in its protagonist's lives and conveniently wiggles out of/wraps up any uneasy development.Guess the makers can't blame us for reserving similar indifference towards the movie..
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
For the most part, Lafangey Parindey trundles along at a fair clip, although it never turns into anything more than a predictable ride. On the way, there is much bump and grind, and flying fists and bloodied noses too. But behind it all is a wholesome human tale that celebrates the doggedness of those that are down and but not out.The story of two underdogs from the wrong side of the urban divide fighting tooth and nail for their place in the sun may not be strikingly original. It might not be particularly rousing either. But Lafangey Parindey has enough energy going to hold the interest of the audience. Lafangey Parindey soars just high enough to stand a fair chance of garnering mass applause.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

The beauty of the film lies in its simplicity. Sarkar does not get preachy or patronizing in his storytelling in spite of his story being predictable. The portrayal of Mumbai life including the taporigiri showed is not over-the-top. The clothes and even the names of the characters fit the setting. Second half is a bit of a drag but even then the film never loses its grip. High on emotions, the film is more of a drama but comedy and romance too have their prominence in the script. Lafangey Parindey is a human tale of risk and loss, and emotional victories. It is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of Mumbai. Watch it for its earnest performances, real characters and sheer simplicity.
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 Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema
More yelps. Truly, Pradeep Sarkar’s third film Lafangey Parindey produced by Aditya Chopra would unsettle even the most patient cobra. Its two-hours running length seems like 20. Indeed you visibly age, ruminating about whatever happened to the director who was at least style-savvy in Parineeta, Laaga Chunari mein Daag.. Yaargh, or whatever?
Worse, the result is about as original as half a dozen xerox copies from diverse sources. The end is the best part of the movie, because it actually ends. Whatever it cannot resolve, it cavaliery dismisses.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi 
Gopi Puthran’s story had the germs of a hit but his screenplay leaves a lot to be desired. For one, a film in which the main protagonist is blind had to be high on emotions, but Pinky seems to be so confident and unperturbed even after she loses her eyesight that the audience doesn’t feel enough sympathy for her. All in all, the film is low on sentiments, doesn’t strike a chord in the audience’s hearts and leaves them unaffected for the most part.On the whole, Lafangey Parindey doesn’t connect too well with the viewer. Great music and strong emotions could’ve done the trick.
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Sabnani Site:Glamsham
LAFANGEY PARINDEY kicks-off promisingly with a refreshing first half. However, drags and disappoints in the second half. Moving on, some uproarious moments keep you entertained.On the flip side, the dance training sessions in the second half, become banal after a while..LAFANGEY PARINDEY has some amazing performances but is marred by a feeble script. For the 'records' this LP doesn't seem to be a long playing one.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA

Watching Lafangey Parindey requires you to stop questioning what’s happening on screen after a point. But then, our films are a lot more enjoyable when seen with some suspension of disbelief. Especially, when they are packaged as well as this film is.After a long time, you see a film that has drama, comedy, action, romance, emotions and songs, and that makes Lafangey Parindey a complete package – paisa vasool, if you may. And such a film comes with its drawbacks. Lafangey Parindey is more conventional than groundbreaking, but highly watchable nonetheless.
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