Friday, October 29, 2010

Nakshatra Reviews

Nakshatra Review
Overall Rating: 1.33/5
  

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

Sometimes, interesting ideas go haywire due to amateurish and inept writing. NAKSHATRA is a glaring example of this statement. The film may've sounded like a perfect thriller on paper, but what unfolds on screen leaves you cold.Carelessly scripted NAKSHATRA suffers because the writer takes the viewer for granted. Besides, if you're attempting a suspense thriller - which NAKSHATRA is - the identity of the culprit should catch you by complete surprise, when the mask is taken off. But the villain's identity can be guessed midway through the film, which only goes to prove how fragile the written material is. On the whole, NAKSHATRA has no chances whatsoever.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
There's a bit of romance juggled with a bit of action here to create a run-of-the-mill thriller which takes so much time to rev up, it leaves you restless. Flummoxed? Yes. So are we. The film perks up only in the action cuts when Milind Soman leaps and bounds across the screen in hot pursuit of the necklace chor. But that's not enough to keep up the momentum in a film that's in desperate need of editing and punch. Also, what's Anupam Kher doing in a two-bit role that doesn't justify his presence in any way.
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Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi
Mohan Savalkar’s story and Marmbandha’s screenplay are kiddish, to say the least.All in all, Mohan Savalkar and Marmbandha’s script is silly, childish and written without proper application of mind. Perhaps, the only nice part is the chase sequence towards the end.Mohan Savalkar’s direction is as dull as the script. The film looks like a novice’s job. Bapi-Tutul’s music is functional.On the whole, Nakshatra hardly thrills or chills. A non-starter, it will go largely unnoticed.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Daayen Ya Baayen Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.9/5
  

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


Directed by debutant Bela Negi, "Daayen Ya Baayen" is gorgeously filmed across postcard-pretty locations in the state. Negi uses real homes and schools to give the film a lived-in feel, which is further complemented by the fact that she employs actual locals in smaller roles. It's the scattered script that plays spoilsport here, taking too long to bring up key conflicts.Yet "Daayen Ya Baayen" is a film you desperately want to like.I'm going with two out of five for director Bela Negi's "Daayen Ya Baayen". It goes on and on and on with no destination in sight. It's tiring yes, but also a respectable first film. If you have an appetite for the quirky and unusual, you might not be too disappointed.
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DAAYEN YA BAAYEN may have been made with the right intentions, but the problem is that director Bela Negi has shot too much - some good, some pointless - and when you to try to encompass it all, it tells on the final product.  Bela reserves the best for the first hour: the story moves rapidly, the humour is enjoyable and manages a smile on your face and the sundry characters come across so real. But the film loses focus in the post-interval portions. It lacks the meat to carry the story forward, the sub-plots aren't convincing at all and the pacing is lethargic, which makes you restless after a point. In fact, you fervently hope that the film would end soon. On the whole, DAAYEN YA BAAYEN caters to a miniscule segment of moviegoers and even that segment of audience won't feel completely elated at the conclusion of the screening.
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
The film has been obviously inspired by Vittorio De Sica's Italian classic Hello Elephant. Of course it doesn't stand up to the original in any way. But we aren't complaining. And that's primarily because the story has been suitably `Indianised' and adapted to the bitter sweet Indian reality and has a strong local flavour to it. Daayen ya Baayen works because of the authenticity of its backdrop and the realistic performances by the motley cast.There are quite a few endearing father and son sequences which make you chuckle with glee. The rest of the characters too are archetypal village blokes and instil a sense of realism in the drama. The film does need to be tightened and snipped in places as it tends to ramble on and on. Nevertheless, it manages to hold your attention as a sweet little ironical take on India's lopsided development and its forgotten people.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema
The ace in the pack of writer-director Bela Negi’s fiercely independent Daayen ya Baayen are its little big people.Affectionate and insightful of rural mores, Negi fashions a valentine to a stretch of India rarely explored by the movies. The plot may be slight. Fortutiously though that turns out to be the film’s vital virtue, avoiding melodrama in favour of a bagatelle of smiles and tears.  Here’s a remarkable effort to break away from the foolish and the formulaic. Shockingly, it has been marketed shabbily. Does anyone even know that it has suddenly been rush-released this week at a handful of multiplexes?For all those who care about defiantly individualistic cinema, Daayen ya Baayen is quite a few steps in the right direction. Sure it may not be the Dabangg crowd’s cup of tea. It’s recommended viewing for those who want a break from the guns, gals and recycled Gabbars.
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Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi
Bela Negi’s story is of the kind which is more suited for a television serial. Since the story revolves around just one individual and also because there is no larger issue involved, it is difficult for the audience to appreciate or enjoy the story. Like her script, debutante director Bela Negi’s narration has very limited appeal. She knows her job but she hasn’t been able to make the film one which would appeal to a wide spectrum of the audience.On the whole, Daayen Ya Baayen will prove to be a supreme disaster – and not just because its promotion is poor!
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rakht Charitra Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.65/5
  

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Meant strictly for viewers who aren’t turned off by gore, Rakta Charitra is a relentlessly violent vendetta saga from a director who clearly enjoys shocking his audience.On the flip side, Rakta Charitra jars on account of a bothersome voice-over, and the unending violence threatens to reduce the film to a string of killings in search of a plot. The motives behind much of the action in the film feel simplistic occasionally, and the degree of violence itself is likely to turn off even the brave-hearts.Yet in the end, Rakta Charitra is compelling and draws you into its drama.
It’s a bold, disturbing film that’s bursting with the kind of confidence we haven’t seen from the filmmaker recently. If the sight of blood doesn’t make you uncomfortable, chances are you’ll enjoy this film.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
And Rakta Charitra does seem to be inspired by Tarantino's killing fest in Kill Bill. Not only is the violence unapologetic and relentless, it literally explodes in your face with the plethora of bloody images. Heads are battered, limbs are chopped off, necks are scythed, people are burnt, rivals are turned into rat food or simply thrown into wells and women, well women are summarily done away with after being done in.What makes the film watchable are a few set pieces which bear the masterly imprint the film maker who redefined the action genre in Indian cinema with films like Shiva, Satya and Company. Also, there is something alluring about Ram Gopal Varma's penchant to doggedly stay away from saccharine and sentiment and tell the story of India's ugly reality. Rakta Charitra holds up a brutal mirror on the muck that masquerades as democracy in India.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Let me add, RAKHT CHARITRA is not one of RGV's most accomplished works. Perhaps, one of the reasons could be because he's now churning out gangster and crime-based films with amazing regularity and obviously, there's not much he can explore due to the limitations of this genre. But, yes, RAKHT CHARITRA has a fascinating story to tell and even if you aren't acquainted with Paritala Ravi, you might identify with RAKHT CHARITRA because the essence of the film is revenge. Final word? from the content point of view, I'd say that RAKHT CHARITRA is the best bet of this week.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
This film is part one of this horrifically fascinating story, which illustrates the heart of darkness that constitutes politics in India. The murderous saga of revenge and counter-revenge begins with momentum but then gets bogged down by its repetitive mayhem, an annoying voice-over and exhausting decibel levels. Varma isn’t one for subtlety. There are some powerful moments and strong performances here. But how much you relish Rakta Charitra is directly connected to your threshold for gore. If like me, it’s low, I suggest you take Varma’s advice and sit at home.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Kittu Singh Site:Rediff
A young man gets drawn into a blood curdling saga of revenge after members of his family are killed in cold blood by power hungry politicians. The young man not only avenges their death but in the process, becomes a messiah for the downtrodden.Sound familiar? Ram Gopal Varma doles out another concoction of outlaw politics with all his favourite ingredients -- an intense ensemble cast, new south Indian baddies, edgy wide angle camerawork and a trademark repetitive theme track.Sadly, Rakta Charitra lacks the taught writing of a Company or the raw reality of Satya.Once the film is over you realise that all Rakta Charitra has been is a two hour promotional fare for Rakta Charitra 2. Yes, there is more to come.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KOIMOI
Actually, the screenplay (penned by Ram Gopal Varma and Prashant Pandey) is only about plotting, planning and executing murders and little else. This sets off monotony for the audience.Also, the climax looks abrupt if only because it speaks about the beginning of the sequel. Therefore, the audience does not experience the high it should as the ending is not ‘conclusive’ in that sense of the term. Also, the whole drama is so long and boring that the impact of the thrill element is reduced. Dialogues (Prashant Pandey) are effective.Ram Gopal Varma’s direction is effective but his script and narrative style would appeal only to those who love bloodshed and violence on screen. Ladies and family audiences would not approve of the excessive blood-and-gore scenes. On the whole, Rakht Charitra is too violent and crude to be entertaining.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
The story in itself is nothing more than a regular revenge-drama but what makes you connect compellingly with the chronicle is the fact that it's a biographical adaptation of a real-life character who was once the most dreaded name in South India. Despite being a political drama, Ramu never delves deep into the intricacies of the affairs of the state and keeps the story straightforward for easy understanding.The pace is fast and doesn't give you time to ponder over proceedings.The film ends rather abruptly as Ramu promises more action in the sequel, showing glimpses of what's in store, pretty much like a television episode culminates. The viewer's disappointment for a definite climax is substituted with the anticipation emerging from the introduction of a new opponent to Vivek Oberoi in the form of Suriya.Till then relish Rakta Charitra . This is a 'bloody' good film.
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