Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ada: A Way Of Life Reviews

Overall Rating: 2/5

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   Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

The logic defies you, as does the film which sees the hero (Ayaan Ahmad) indulging in just two things. He is either involved in heavy philosophical discussions with his parents (Rahul Roy and Ayesha Julka) on ethics and eventuality or else, he is rushing in an out of a gangster's den and shooting down indiscriminate people. Ostensibly, these are all crooks and criminals who need to be taught a lesson. It's a well-intentioned film. You can see the filmmaker is voicing a lament against the declining moral code of modern society. Too many people breaking too many laws and no one being held to account. Time for a messiah, he seems to be wanting to say. But sadly, the message and the meaning gets lost in translation. What remains is the stylisation of the film and the music.
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Bhoot and Friends Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.75/5

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  Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

As a film, BHOOT AND FRIENDS surprises you sporadically [the animation in the second half and the pre-climax, when the kids are thrown in a dark cave, are absorbing], but the problem lies in the fact that it uses the usual stunts and tricks [of kids throwing marbles and nails to make the villains slip on floor/road, kids combating an entire army of villains effortlessly etc.] and also corny and clich├ęd jokes that look completely out of place in today's times. I am sure, even kids would find those portions ridiculously childish. On the whole, BHOOT AND FRIENDS is decent in parts, but the problem is it isn't the type that would appeal to the kids completely, nor does it have those qualities that would appeal to the grown-ups. Besides, the lack of awareness will make the effort go unnoticed.
 Visit Site for MoreRatings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

 Why must our desi story tellers and film makers treat children's films as a neglected step child, a poor cousin that can be passed off as popular entertainment, despite an abysmal lack of the fun element? Our film makers need to realise that an under 15 audience is smarter and more demanding than the adult aam aadmi. Hence writing for teens and tweens and making films for them means giving it your smartest -- not laziest -- shot. The trouble with Bhoot And Friends lies not so much in its acting but more in its scripting and narration. Could have been a perfect year-ender for kids who are in vacation mode, but Bhoot and Friends lacks fire and flair: the essential ingredients that are needed to grab young eyeballs.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Isi Life mein Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.8/5

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

Isi Life Mein is exactly and precisely what you’d expect from it. Nothing more, unfortunately. The film’s female protagonist Rajnandini (I kid you not, that is her name!), played by newcomer Sandeepa Dhar, is a throwback to Bhagyashree’s character Suman in Maine Pyar Kiya, but without the mischievous spunk. Like her, the film too takes itself way too seriously, and therein lies its flaw.I’m going with two out of five for debutant director Vidhi Kasliwal’s Isi Life Mein. It’s hard to relate to the film’s impossible idealism or it’s one-dimensional leads. Watch it if you’re a sucker for those archaic family melodramas!
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

ISI LIFE MEIN tries so hard to be cool as well as a perfect family film in the same breath, but what comes across on screen is a lifeless fare. The love story doesn't work, neither does the paarivaarik portions. The culprit, you guessed it right, is the written material yet again. In terms of screenplay, ISI LIFE MEIN is structured on the lines of HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN. The story barely moves in the first hour, but the film changes gears during the second half. Frankly, you expect a dramatic twist in the tale, but nothing happens.Final word? A major letdown! On the whole, ISI LIFE MEIN lacks the Rajshri stamp. It tries so hard to be cool, but ends up falling flat on its face.
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

Isi Life Mein does have an interesting premise and tries to present the other point of view. The film tries to say that modernity isn't synonymous with sin and metro kids are sorted out too, despite their strange dress sense and stranger lingo.But somewhere along, the intention gets all mixed up. This holier-than-thou attitude could have been tolerable if our puritanical lady had shown some spunk at least.This apart, the film unfolds as one long play rehearsal and doesn't seem to move forward after a point. The relationship between the big city boy and the small town girl is confined to an exchange of smiles and smiles and some more smiles: too many cold exchanges between the two debutants. Wish there had been some spirit too in this well-intentioned film that hopes to bridge the traditional versus modern divide.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Sonal Dedhia Site:Rediff
Isi Life Mein is no different from any other Rajshri film. It is clear that there have been a lot of inputs from the director's famous uncle Sooraj Barjatya. But there is no denying the fact that the director has made a sincere attempt.The first half of the story is breezy and doesn't bore you. It's the second half where the story starts to drag. Towards the end, a ballet is performed which is choreographed beautifully but unfortunately it's too stretched. The movie has its own highpoints but it's pretty much like watching Balika Vadhu for two hours. It may find it hard to draw audiences into theatres, also showing Tees Maar Khan and Toonpur Ka Superrhero.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Sabnani Site:Glamsham
The initial minutes of first time director Vidhi Kasliwal's ISM gives the impression that one is watching a daily TV soap on the big screen. It's only when RJ moves to Mumbai that the narrative picks up. The first half is a breezy. It's post the intermission that the film crumbles. ISM isn't exactly a pathetic film and has its moments. But they are not enough to hold the feeble script together.Not exactly full of life, ISI LIFE MEIN turns out to be a mediocre effort in the end.
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Toonpur Ka Superhero Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.21/5

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

Despite the occasionally impressive animation, 'Toonpur Ka Superrhero' is an ordeal to sit through because it has neither the visual wizardry nor the engaging storytelling that recent films like 'How To Train Your Dragon' and 'Toy Story 3' have allowed us to embrace. Even if our local animation films can’t look as slick as their American counterparts, there’s no excuse for sloppy writing and singularly unimpressive characters.I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Kireet Khurana’s 'Toonpur Ka Superrhero'. It’s a solid waste of time, and I won’t insist that you subject your kids to this!
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On the whole, TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is a delightful and endearing kiddie movie. It has an engaging narrative [second half mainly], neat performances and adorable animated characters. The real stars are the technicians [who created the animated characters], the director [Kireet Khurana] and of course, its lead man [Ajay Devgn] who pulled off a technically remarkable achievement of having humans and animated film characters interact with each other. Revisit your childhood while watching this one!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

First things first. Indian animation comes of age and how! The film which is being billed as India's first animation feature does actually live up to its reputation. For not only is the animation artistic and classy, a living breathing Ajay Devgn too manages to be in perfect sync with the paper and pen characters. Generously sprinkled with easily identifiable characters and a story that reiterates the need for families to bond and good to prevail over evil -- sweet, simple, succinct kiddy themes -- Toonpur Ka Superrhero is great goodwill-hunting Christmas fare. Enjoy the upmarket animation and Bollywood's adventurism into brand new territory.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

Toonpur Ka Superrhero, touted as India's first live action-animation film, is the singularly charmless adventure of a Bollywood star,Will children who have imbibed the brilliance of a Toy Story 3 or Up, be amused by this? I'm not so sure. Since we can't beat Hollywood animation in budget and scale, the only way to do it is content and an emotional connect. Sadly Toonpur has neither. See it if you must.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

Considering the state of 3D animation refuses to rise beyond semi-serviceable, Toonpur, despite a fun premise, fails to impress on a basic level. Kids are treated to far superior 2D/3D animation on television itself. It will take a lot more than this to attract their capricious attention to theatres.Going by its tacky finishing and detailing (what detailing?), the final product appears to be an intermediate draft of a work-in-progress file. No wonder not a single character from this portly, colourful bunch strikes as anything out of the ordinary. Flaws aside, the climatic twenty minutes are absolutely pleasurable. Akin to the thrill one gets out of arcade gaming, Devgn and the missus confront multiple-levels of challenge with childlike relish.Ultimately, the actors get it right. It's the toons that disappoint.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Mayank ShekharSite:HindustanTimes

But if this is supposed to be India’s first live-action animation, top star-cast, Christmas weekend answer to Disney-Pixar, well then, it’s certainly not good enough, or it’s just a good effort at best.The film wants to impress yours. The human hero fights the cartoon villain as he moves up levels in a video game. It’s all pretty lame. The connect is somewhere lost. Sure, you don’t quite feel like the target audience of this film.Ever felt old watching, say the incredible Up, Kung Fu Panda, Despicable Me…. Why reinvent the wheel. I’d rather Devgn dived into a well-written, world-class Disney world instead.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Blessy Chettiar Site:DNA

The concept is fresh and reality segued with animation is a treat to watch. The film is not very amusing for the most part, and appears to have been deliberately dumbed down for a younger audience, but its short length becomes its strong point, packing enough punch to keep the kids interested till the end.At best, Toonpur is a kiddie flick that not many adult minds will appreciate. Let your young ones have fun this Christmas holiday. Go ahead and fix a date with the Devtoons.
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