Friday, November 26, 2010

Break Ke Baad Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.28/5
  

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
As romantic comedies go Break Ke Baad, starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone, is arguably more engaging than recent films of this genre. Yet this film suffers from one key problem that plagued all those movies – clumsy writing.The film’s first half coasts along breezily, drawing its strength from the sheer charm of its leads. So even though the dialogue occasionally has a labored feel to it, and struggles to strum up a coolness that the script doesn’t inherently possess, you’re willing to overlook these lapses because you’re distracted by the stars’ pleasant chemistry.The real problems surface when co-writer/director Danish Aslam resorts to using tired clich├ęs as key conflicts between the film’s characters.Break Ke Baad doesn’t finish with the same promise you glimpsed early on in the film, but it has several moments that are enjoyable.You won’t be entirely bored!
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Space is almost like a break-up mantra and BREAK KE BAAD explores this concept rather than being a conventional love story. It has that typical Hollywood inspired urban drollness, approach and responsiveness. BREAK KE BAAD goes wrong, sorry horribly wrong in its writing. The screenplay is full of glitches, the writing is juvenile, the situations are amateurish and I actually wondered how a shoddy screenplay like the one in BREAK KE BAAD was green-lit and approved in the first place. The intention was to make a cool film for the urban youth, but the writers have messed up and how! Final word? A boring fare that gets unbearable after a point!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
If Break ke Baad manages to hold your attention, despite its plodding middle, it's only because it speaks in a different tone altogether. Danish Aslam's debut film may be a love story, but there is an underplay, a restraint and a sense of non-drama (the opposite of dramebaaz) that speaks directly to you.The film does have a terribly sluggish middle and there are places where the drama seems to be heading nowhere, but the witty banter between the protagonists does fill in the lacunae to some measure. Nothing dramatic, just fresh: Break Ke Baad is the other flavour of romance. One that you don't find in run-of-the mill Mills and Boon masala.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
It would seem Danish Aslam's directorial debut Break Ke Baad is along those lines with its long-distance relationship theme. To think the first hour and half goes off like a breeze with its attractive opening credits, zippy pace, witty rejoinders, slick packaging and two extremely good-looking protagonists. Post-interval, the promise of delving into the complications of long-distance romance begin to dwindle as Break Ke Baad runs out of ideas, spark, focus and momentum, procrastinating endlessly, before racking up yet another addition in the list of far-fetched 'n' filmi fairytale endings.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema
Danish Aslam’s Break ke Baad which keeps going from baad to worse. Designed as a date flick, the result is Preity close to producer Kunal Kohli’s Salaam Namaste which had also tossed a bickering twosome under the same roof. The screenplay tests your tolerance level from the very outset. For a cushily-budgeted project, the narrative is toothpick thin. How you long for a twist or two in the plot pourri. Consequently, there is precious little by way of a conflict or substantial content.Unsolicited suggestion: take that chocolate bar break instead.
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Ratings:2.75/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
Break Ke Baad, co-written and directed by debutant Danish Aslam, starts off well enough.It’s not the most original scenario but Renuka Kunzru, who has done the dialogue and screenplay, makes it crackle. Imran is saddled with a bland, supporting role but together, the two create some genuine charm. slowly but surely the charm and buoyancy deflates and the film becomes a whiney, synthetic tale of how he and Aaliya find, lose and find each other again.Still, if you must watch a rom-com this weekend, Break ke Baad is a little better than recent outings like Anjaana Anjaani and I Hate Luv Storys. Check it out.
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi
Danish Aslam and Renuka Kunzru’s story is quite interesting because it is about how young lovers in today’s age and time behave – they are in love at one moment and out of it the next moment. It captures the volatility of modern-day relationships effectively. But Renuka Kunzru’s screenplay is good in parts only and, moreover, it is very city-centric.Structurally, the drama is quite engaging till interval but drops down quite badly post-interval. The interest level of the audience picks up towards the climax but it is also true that the ending is predictable. What works very well in the film is the racy first half and the entertaining dialogues between Abhay and Aaliya. What doesn’t quite work is the second half and the absence of entertaining dialogues between the two.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Sabnani Site:Glamsham
Debutante director Danish Aslam doesn't show us anything which we haven't seen in past. Although that's still fine, the execution is feeble. It starts well, but soon become a test of your patience every passing second. The narrative becomes very dreary break (interval) ke baad. Abhay and Aaliyah move frequently between India and Australia, but there is no movement in the story. There are no twists throughout the film, and the one that is there in the climax, is too good to be true. BREAK KE BAAD is an average affair which doesn't 'break' new ground in romcoms. 
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Allah Ke Banday Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.25/5
  

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

Unable to decide if it wants to be a hard-hitting, realistic film or a Sanjay Gupta-style filmi actioner, "Allah Ke Banday" is confused, and equally confusing. Written and directed by Faruk Kabir, the film suffers on account of its excesses.An eardrum-shattering background score, uneven editing, and a plodding screenplay are the chief criminals here.The film, in the end, is well-intentioned but sloppy. I'm going with two out of five for "Allah Ke Banday".
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

ALLAH KE BANDAY is not only well shot, but makes an equally powerful impact. Besides choosing an offbeat subject for his debut film, Faruk has gone a step further and shot it at real locations too and that, very frankly, takes the film to a different level altogether.However, ALLAH KE BANDAY is not without its share of flaws. The screenplay vacillates between interesting and not-too-exciting moments. On the whole, ALLAH KE BANDAY is a gritty, stimulating and provocative cinematic experience with a flipside: Not many would prefer a dark film about kids taking to crime and felony. Its appeal, therefore, will remain restricted to a niche audience.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

The film is a hard-hitting, gritty account of growing up in a dangerous place where all talk of ideals and values seems irrelevant. Vijay and Yakub would like to lead the good life too, but does life give them a chance to choose their ethics? Allah Ke Bandey isn't meant to entertain you. It is a film that makes you sit up and send out a silent lament for the loss of innocence. The high point of the film are its strong performances and its authentic backdrop. Shot in actual location, the film crackles with a visual energy as the misdirected kids revel in gore amidst the slushy underworld.
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 Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi
Faruk Kabir’s story starts on a promising note as Vijay and Yakub’s characters are introduced. But monotony sets in as the drama progresses.The portion of their childhood misdeeds is too lengthy and the film takes too long to come to the real drama of the two young men. The screenplay goes haywire in the second half as mindless violence takes precedence over all else.Not just that, the screenplay also offers nothing by way of novelty and it appears to be an assemblage of fiery and dramatic scenes from earlier action and underworld films. But since there have been so many such films in the past, it is juvenile to expect yet another one in the same genre and with nothing new to offer, to make an impact on the viewer. Faruk Kabir would have done better to offer some freshness in his maiden attempt.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
Kabir desperately wants you to believe that in his script, a complete tribute to 70s Bollywood. All the standard tropes are all in place, but the treatment is straight out of the Ram Gopal Varma institute.This makes the film an interesting experiment, taking a plot riddled with vintage melodrama but trying to go edgy with the way it looks. In the process, Kabir's directorial debut initially engages but soon fizzles out.The film tries to be 'dark and hard-hitting,' as the blurb on the back of the DVD cover will surely say, but is compromised by poor acting from the support cast and, well, ludicrous writing. What does work for Allah Ke Banday, though, is an overall earnestness to the proceedings -- the film is pretty watchable for the first hour and then gradually loses steam -- and the performances.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Sabnani Site:Glamsham
Without wasting any time, director Faruk Kabir draws you into the story. You are absorbed into the world of Vijay and Yakub right from the word go with many gritty moments. But the graph falls after a while.There is hardly anything wrong with the direction. It's the incoherent writing that is the issue. The narrative shifts between being very engaging to very ordinary. Very early in the second half it loses its fizz as a romantic angle is introduced. It becomes a drag from thereon and only comes back strongly in the climax with some shrewd and unpredictable twists. Despite its flaws, ALLAH KE BANDAY is a worthy effort by debutante Faruk Kabir.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Guzaarish Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.87/5
  

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

"Guzaarish", his latest offering, may be less esoteric than his last film, "Saawariya", but it's still an unsatisfying effort because the filmmaker continues to invest more in the appearance of every frame than in the emotional truth of his characters.Its various subplots inspired from different films, "Guzaarish" is a mash-up of many interesting ideas."Guzaarish" is beautifully shot and has a larger-than-life operatic feel to it.But it's also shamelessly manipulative. It's hard to care for Bhansali's characters because the emotions never feel real.But to be fair, there are some lovely moments that jump out and surprise you.Unfortunately moments like these are few and far between in what is ultimately a slow, silly film. I'm going with two out of five for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Guzaarish". The magic is missing in this one!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
GUZAARISH has a number of sequences that bear the unmistakable stamp of a genius.On the whole, GUZAARISH is an invigorating tale. Bhansali, as a film-maker, has scaled several notches above his past accomplishments to create a near-perfect cinematic experience. The highpoint of the motion picture is the magnificently penned story of an incapacitated and debilitated man who desires to end his being with dignity. The film seduces the viewer with a strong emotional quotient, soulful music and of course, the crackling and wonderful onscreen chemistry between Hrithik and Aishwarya. Without doubt, GUZAARISH is one of the most profound, insightful and enriching dramas of the year.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

Guzaarish is an unusual film in many respects. Firstly, because it follows a film craft that is akin to pure art.But more unusual is the spirit of the film which supposedly articulates a plea for death but ends up serenading life and love with tenderness and restraint. Ethan may be plagued by his immobility and languishing body, but his eyes dance like a dervish. Despite his desire to die with dignity, there is a liveliness that surrounds him as he interacts with the few people around him.Then again, the film is one of the most unusual love stories of recent times.But in the end, it is Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai who leave an indelible impression with their interpretation of two extremely difficult and unconventional characters who do not have the usual props to express grief, joy, pain and passion.A film like Guzaarish isn't made for the box office. It's made for the gratification of the senses. And that it does, in ample measure.  

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
Guzaarish is the kind of film that demands that we create a separate category for it—a two and three-quarter rating perhaps. Because there is much to admire here: the film is beautifully shot by Sudeep Chatterjee. It has strong performances and there are several scenes, which genuinely move you. But there is just as much that is clumsy, including an unintentionally comical group-hug in the climax. Despite the many admirable elements, Guzaarish never becomes more than the sum of its parts.Combining euthanasia with song-and-dance is a tough, tough feat and despite his prodigious talent, Bhansali can’t pull it off. Since we don’t have a two and three-quarter rating, I’m going with three stars.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff

This is a filmmaker not even bothering with reality, his fantastically lit and exquisitely framed shots working like rich canvasses, a narrative only in place to string along the art on offer.It is, then, heartbreaking to watch such a defiantly ostentatious director borrow plot-points from foreign films, stultify his characters with ridiculous dialogue, and fall for painfully mainstream trappings, like a hackneyed, obligatory revenge/redemption subplot that makes a most unnecessary appearance towards the film's end. The film tries far too desperately to evoke what Bollywood calls the 'feelgood' factor, but ends up evoking more apathy than empathy. Guzaarish starts off slow and beautiful, but gradually, sadly congeals into a wet mess.Here is a filmmaker who needs a playwright -- and, in equal measure, an occasional slap on the wrist.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passionforcinema
Bhansali has never really opted for 100 per cent originality. Rather he has re-distilled old whine into classy new bottles the result is neither engrossing nor edifying. Euthanasia is debatable subject for sure but Bhansali spreads far too much marmalade on the toast. Every frame is visually sumptuous – except for the needlessly tight close-ups granting a full view of flaring nostrils. And to be fair, some set pieces give you goose-bumps. The narration of the core story, however, is dialogue-heavy and at points, as implausible as street beggars in silk sarongs.With all its pros and cons, here’s a Bhansali product which doesn’t match up to his Khamoshi, Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam and Black. For a cushy-budgeted product, it’s strictly average. In fact at the end of two hours and 15 minutes, you’re left with a mindache. Earnest guzaarish: carry a headache pill.
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Renuka Rao Site:DNA
Guzaarish is one of those films that are not meant to entertain so much as to shake you by the intensity of their content and the force of their performances.Like Bhansali’s award-winning Black, Guzaarish strives to survive on the spirit of a central character — in this case a quadriplegic whose life depends more on machines than oxygen. Quite surprisingly, Guzaarish comes across more as a documentary on the life of a quadriplegic with little shots of glamour, fiction and aesthetics thrown in now and then. Yet, it tugs at your heartstrings because you can’t help but feel compassion for Ethan and his lifeless life.Guzaarish, thus, is a simple story woven in a fascinating net of fervent sentiments, alluring photography, and stimulating dialogues. Definitely worth a one-time watch at least!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sonia Chopra Site:Sify
Ethan runs a radio show ironically called Radio Zindagi. Ironic, because he has just requested his advocate friend (Shernaz Patel) to file a petition in court requesting he be allowed euthanasia. The film then follows this struggle even as Sofia grapples between supporting his decision and trying her best to dissuade him.The best part about the film: Bhansali doesn’t shy away from taking a stand. He also doesn’t mind his characters speaking in English pretty often. You hear English songs as the background score consistently.Bhansali seems to be veering towards making films after his own heart, unmindful of the commercial element.Bhansali’s love story doesn’t move you the way it is intended to. It’s unique, but not necessarily special. That pretty much sums up the film as well.
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