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In Indian Cinema, a good musical score which has already made its impact on the audience is considered half the battle won. And further if the movie comes out to be a surprisingly pleasant experience then it becomes an icing on the cake for its makers. The same is the case with TANU WEDS MANU which despite of having its own shares of drawbacks, still manages to make you smile and enjoy while sitting in the theater and keeps the good waves of 2011 flowing.

Yes, the movie has some seen before settings, the same Punjabi wedding drama, the same NRI visiting the country in search of a girl, the same unconventional kind of girl’s character and the same triangular love angle being played towards the climax. Moreover when you are going to see a movie called TANU WEDS MANU then you obviously know that whatever may happen, in the end its going to be a happy ending after all where the wedding between the two has to be there without any exception. But the beauty of the film is that regardless of all this known before and predictable kind of stuff, it still very successfully manages to keep you hooked and smiling, especially in the first half and in the climax.
Before intermission, TWM is highly enjoyable with many appreciable sequences supported by some great one liner dialogues in the local lingo. Particularly I would like to mention the sequences of family’s VAISHNO DEVI visit. In no time the characters move from Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow and Vaishno Devi to Punjab finally and then it all comes down the romance between the lead pair in some common friend’s wedding. But even before you start thinking that its all the same, Kangna strikes you as a shocker with her Bindaas kind of character, who believes in smoking, drinking, changing boyfriends and then running along with them repeatedly. And from that moment onwards, director Aanand L Raj keeps giving you more surprising twists and turns right till the intermission which really works.
Post intermission the film takes a slight dip, with few prolonged scenes, some dull moments and a stretching drama between the on screen friends. But again the final half an hour sets the things right and you don’t mind seeing all those unwanted moments at all. In fact the last sequence where two baraats (heading towards marrying the same girl), meet each other on the road is well written and entertaining. However if only the second part of the film was a bit shorter and to the point then I surely could have rated it as a complete entertainer in the end.
Now what really works in this somewhat clichéd movie? For me First is its brilliant on location cinematography giving you an earthy and authentic feel which wins you over in minutes. Second is its well written dialogues spoken by both men and women, using the local lingo superbly. Third remains its lovable characters which are very close to the ones we might know in our real life. And fourth is its winner soundtrack which has already been accepted by the Bollywood music lovers to a great extent. Especially, the sad song running in the background and the song & dance sequence intelligently choreographed on the Original Golden Track, “Kajra Mohabbat Wala” featuring Kangna in a freaking style. So all together it turns out to be a pleasant enjoyable surprise with some appreciable performances from the cast.
On top of all is the lead pair which impressively sticks to their given roles quite different than what they have already portrayed on the screen. Madhavan, playing the role of a NRI with no attitude or style of a foreigner, gives a very controlled and lovable performance. Breaking the old mould, he is an NRI who still loves the old Indian Traditions of arranged marriage and is also a fan of Mohd. Rafi’s songs. In fact, TWM is one of those few movies in which I liked Madhavan frankly. Kangna Ranaut on the contrary, plays a completely unexpectedly bold and out-spoken girl who is pretty confused about the love factor in her life. Though for some she might have over-done it but as I see it, she played her part nicely and was able to leave an impact on the viewer. Her diction has no doubt improved but it still needs to be looked upon by her seriously. In short its one of Kangna’s better performances till date.
In the rest of the cast, Jimmy Shergill once again proves that he deserves to be there in the frontline of Bollywood. The boy does a great job even in his under-written role of a Bhai. In the post interval part his character is not well defined enough and could be showcased in a better way. Yet Jimmy plays it real well in the last scene. Ravi Kissen shoudnt have done this meaningless role of just a few mintues. But Deepak Dobriyal gets most of the Taalis on his one liners. He is superb once again in a side-role and deserves a much better place unarguably. Other than these, the girl playing Kangna’s friend is pretty good and all the elders of the two families have done perfectly well.
So, it all comes down to what you actually go for in a theater. If you really go for some fun moments accompanied by few worth watching performances along with some good music served with a little drama, then TANU WEDS MANU might turn out to be the right choice for you too. Because it worked for me in its major parts but still generated a slightly lesser impact than the last year’s BAND BAAJA BAARAT.
Rating : 3 / 5
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25 February 2011 / bobbysing /
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"Two Brothers” is a beauttiful visual expression, based on the story of a Tiger’s family fighting with both man and the nature together. The film easily proves why Cinema is the most effective and important medium of creative expressions which uses both the powers of vision and sound together to give you some unbelievable experience in the dark.  

One of the few brilliant projects, sensitively made around the characters of animal kingdom, TWO BROTHERS unarguably can be kept in the bracket of The Top 5 movies made in this particular genre till date. And I am bit surprised too that why I couldn’t find its name prominently mentioned anywhere on the famous sites stating the list of world’s worth watching movies over the net.
So, for all the people who can pay their due respects to the innocent creatures not having any ability to express themselves verbally, this is a rare gem not to be missed. Crafted with great sense of emotion, care and concern towards the animal fraternity TWO BROTHERS brings forward the issue of reducing counts of Tigers in a very novel and touching way. Without revealing the main plot of the story, which would surely take you by surprise, I would like to add that if you really want to see some amazing kind of work done with Tigers then go for TWO BROTHERS this weekend and enrich yourself with an enlightening experience.
Having the power to impress the viewer from its first scene itself, the film forcibly makes you think that how on earth the director was able to make the real adult tigers and their cubs act like some human actors emoting as per the script given to them. Obviously the scenes with the Tigers must have been shot separately to be incorporated later on at the editing table. But the way they have been executed is indeed exceptional and commendable. Like, I just loved the director’s poetic or painting kind of expression, when the playful cub hides himself between the other stuffed toys lying in the house in such a cute way. Here I would also like to mention that along with its highly emotional content the film also has its own share of bloodshed and some brutal sequences of Tiger hunting shown in a realistic manner. So its quite possible that the kids watching it may get frightened or may start asking you questions about animal hunting and its reasons. Hence be prepared to tackle these minor hiccups if you are watching the film with all the kids in the family.
But nevertheless, despite of this important concern for the minors, TWO BROTHERS is a rare, not so famous masterpiece which must be seen by all lovers and students of cinema. It not only teaches you the craft but also makes you think about the brutality being practiced with the innocent living beings all over the world in a hidden way. As per my view, I would strongly like to recommend all the SAVE TIGERS organizations to buy the rights of this visual treat and use it in their task of saving the lives of remaining tigers more effectively.
The film has an immense power to save at least a few of the left beautiful creatures in the whole world. So there is no harm in giving it a chance……….MAY the generations coming after us get to see the beauty of this yellow and black together.
Directed By Jean Jacques Annaud

(Note : Thanks Himanshu for recommending this unforgettable movie.)
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23 February 2011 / bobbysing /
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Vishal Bhardwaj returning after KAMINEY with Priyanka Chopra along with a completely unusual choice of subject surely had everyone in high spirits before the release of 7 KHOON MAAF. But sadly the news is not at all positive for all the readers here from my side.

First of all let me make it clear that I am huge fan of Off Beat Cinema also famous as Art Cinema, made anywhere in the world of any language. So my view about 7 KHOON MAAF is not negative only because its an offbeat kind of film coming from Vishal who is undoubtedly one of the most talented directors of Bollywood in the current times. In fact I would have loved to rate it very high only for that reason only like all famous film critics. But I was mainly disappointed watching the movie as a normal filmgoer since I didn’t find anything great, revealing, interesting or enjoyable in this murder saga (as suggested by its title) with a great star-cast. And I would readily like to explain my logic for that.
According to me A Movie Watching Experience can be broadly divided into two parts. One, when the viewer still has to watch it and has only got a vague idea about the film from its title, promos, star interviews and other promotional activities. And Two after he has actually watched it and now knows many new things, new story angles, new surprises or new revelations told in the movie on the whole. So in clear words, after a viewer has watched the movie, he knows much more than he earlier had in mind about the film and its concept.
But what can be said about a movie which tells you nothing new after its release and you still remain with the same info about the film in totality after viewing it. Frankly speaking before watching 7 KHOON MAAF, a viewer already knows that in this film a woman is shown killing her seven husbands in different ways for some diverse reasons in her whole life span. And after watching it you still know the same and nothing new. The film starts off as a true artistic kind of project but just keeps on showing Priyanka murdering her 7 husbands one by one and nothing else. Moreover while watching her murdering them all, one neither feels the pain of loneliness felt by the lady deep inside nor one feels sorry for any of the husbands being killed by their respective turns.
So if you are expecting to see an exciting thriller, a tense murder mystery, an investigative crime drama or a painful saga of a lonely lady, then I would clearly like to state that it is not even close to any of these. In specific words, after viewing it I felt no fear, thrill or excitement generated by any of the seven murders being committed in front me. Further, I neither had any feeling of hatred towards the killer lady nor any kind of sympathetic emotion felt towards her lonely character in search of True Love. The director just keeps on showing the lady killing all her husbands with the help of her three domestic helps as if there is no LAW anywhere and its very easy to kill anyone just like that. There are no serious investigations undertaken anywhere in the film about all these murders and the Police is also shown in a very hilarious manner investigating the murder of even a distinguished Foreign National in a very disgraceful manner.
After a long time I found Vishal Bhardwaj coming up with a very questionable and weak kind of script, having so many loose ends right from its start. Thought the film takes off on a very promising note but after its initial half an hour its keeps on moving on the same one track with no exciting twists and turns in its storyline, which were being expected from the movie having such an interesting title. Post intermission it raises even more unanswered question till its climax and the ending leaves you with a strange kind of feeling of reaching no-where.
Taking the additional responsibility of MUSIC, Vishal also doesn’t deliver a Winner soundtrack this time. It has only few good tracks including the now famous Indianised version of the Russian song “Kalinka” called “Darling” sung skillfully by the great Usha Uthap, who also features in the movie in a short role. Out of the rest I liked “Bekaraan” sung soulfully by Vishal Bhardwaj himself. And as usual the director uses his two mediums of Cinematography and Background Music in the film as a master film-maker.
The biggest disappointment in the film with the title 7 KHOON MAAF is that out of its 7 featured husbands only 2 are able to generate a feeble kind of impact and that too doesn’t stay with you for long with the continuous introduction of the new ones down the storyline. From the entire bunch of husbands the best one remains Anu Kapoor, one of the most under-rated actors of our Hindi Film Industry, followed by the internationally famous Irrfan Khan in his own unique style. From the rest Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham are good but the remaining fail to make any kind of impact on the viewer including Naseeruddin Shah. Vivaan Shah (Naseer’s real life son), who plays the narrator of the story is very promising and Konkana Sen Sharma in a short role is sweet. But I really loved watching Usha Uthap in a smart cameo of Priyanka’s house help who goes on to sacrifices her life for her lady master.
Being the leading lady of the project, Priyanka Chopra gives another shining performance of her career portraying the life of a lonely lady from her twenties to the late sixties. However I seriously feel that she surely could have won more hearts all over, if only the movie was made more entertaining and engrossing for the common man. Still, taking things with a positive attitude, a film from Vishal Bhardwaj can never be a complete washout since the director does give you few worth watching moments in his film at regular intervals.
So, even if I didn’t like the movie which was way below my expectations from the director and his team, I would surely like to mention here some great cinematic factors, not to be missed while watching it.
1. Just watch out the way Vishal, tells you the time and year of each story, with the help of some T.V. shots, news clipping and people reading news papers with some clearly readable headlines.
2. The director is a real pro when it comes to shooting some bold bed room scenes with his leading actors. Just see how intelligently he has canned the intimate scenes of Priyanka with her few husbands in the movie with great lighting and elegance. From this particular point of view the film is at par with any International reputed project of a renowned festival director from any part of the world.
3. Though I personally didn’t enjoy it, but I sincerely appreciate Vishal Bhardwaj’s continuous and intentional effort of making movies inspired from the rich literature waiting to be explored by anyone. This is his second film based on a Ruskin Bond story (first was “The Blue Umbrella) with the title ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’. And as an honorary gesture, Vishal also has given a brief role to the writer in the film itself. So just see if you can recognize him when he comes on the screen.
Summing up, I would only like to say that for few great art movie lovers or festival movies hunters, 7 KHOON MAAF may be an outstanding venture in some cinematic sense of their own. But from a common man or a normal movie-buff’s point of view the film can also be called as boring, uninteresting and unentertaining all together. So I would not be able to rate it high due to the above factors.
Rating : 2 / 5
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18 February 2011 / bobbysing /
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Films made on the subject of film-making showcasing the real happenings over a shooting or behind the scenes, have always been interesting to watch and enjoy. There is a particular section of viewers, which gets pretty excited for such films as they take them closer to the real life of their favourite actors and make them feel the heat. Every decade witnesses several films written around this amusing plot, but still “SUNSET BLVD.” remains probably the best movie made on this engrossing subject till date for some valid reasons.

Rated as one of the finest creations of director Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard, released in 1950 is an enlightening as well as frightening journey into the last years of a forgotten actress of the Silent Films Era. A Powerful and unforgettable black & white dynamite which will force you to think about the scary life lived by all the actors in the film-world. Widely acclaimed among the 100 BEST MOVIES EVER MADE, its a film which will give you an insight about how dreadful it can be for all those successful stars in their later years of life when they become old losing their famous beauty and charm.

Based on a very realistic and cleverly written script, the movie is beautifully shot and displays a rare balance of realism and black comedy. The story revolves around an unexplainable relationship between a struggling script writer and a forgotten silent era film-star Norma Desmond. Rightly considered as a landmark Hollywood film it has numerous well directed scenes and dialogues with many hidden & deep indications towards the other side of the glamour world.
Its brilliant performances revealing many ugly truths about the life of A Bygone Era STAR can easily be an eye-opener for many young and aspiring actors. A true masterpiece from its first frame to the last, SUNSET BLVD. is strong enough to change your whole outlook towards the film-world and its enigma. Especially, its climax and the sequence where Norma visits the studio once again after a gap of many years, strikes the viewer pretty hard and stays there in his mind for long.
In comparative terms, SUNSET BLVD. can easily be considered as a Classic Masterpiece from Hollywood enjoying the status quite similar to the one given to Guru Dutt’s KAAGAZ KE PHOOL in Bollywood. Therefore it’s a must watch for every lover of good and meaningful cinema who wishes to have some more food for his thinking mind. So if you are really feeling the hunger then do watch this Billy Wilder’s Oscar Winner famous gem at the earliest and feed both your thinking mind and soul together.
Directed By Billy Wilder
Starring : Gloria Swanson, William Holden and more
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15 February 2011 / bobbysing /
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