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November 23, 2014 Sunday     
Talking about the so called remake status of THE SHAUKEENS first, its actually not a remake of any original Hindi project, since even Basu Chatterjee made his 1982 classic SHAUKEEN taking all clear inspirations from an English film titled BOYS NIGHT OUT released in 1962. In addition it also cannot be called as a true remake as the latest version follows a much bold path both in visual and verbal terms. Plus it also adds another fresh plot interfering into the script hampering its original enjoyable spirit to a large extent.
Honestly I was pretty excited to watch THE SHAUKEENS due to its three veterans and the exclusive feature that its story-screenplay-dialogues were written by one of my favourite writer-actor-director Tigmanshu Dhulia. But unfortunately post a fine first hour and a few surprising insertions like a (wasted) cameo of Rati Agnihotri and a song from Anu Malik, the film turned out to be way below expectations, mainly because of the deliberate twists added in its second half. So till intermission it remains a good time pass with a few enjoyable sequences and performances covering up the shortcoming of an overstretched screenplay.
However as the second half begins, the film starts walking on an entirely different (and downward) path, completely hijacked by Akshay Kumar himself, who was actually supposed to be there in a cameo, but probably changed his mind being the co-producer of the film too unexpectedly. Akshay begins well taking potshots on the Industry and its ‘crore clubs’. But then starts taking too much space on the screen ignoring the three main heroes of the film quite strangely. Perhaps the makers forgot that the USP of this particular film happened to be the three middle aged men searching for a girl and not anything else to say it all.
Anyhow due to this big miscalculated move, the film fails to pick up in its later reels, ending on another flat note all of sudden and surprisingly has many vulgar dialogues too which frankly were not expected from both Tigmanshu Dhulia and the director Abishek Sharma who superbly directed an all clean, entertaining comedy movie called TERE BIN LADEN in the past. Also I would like to mention here a particular sequence in the film, wherein before going to Malaysia, Piyush Mishra is shown coming out of Delhi’s OSHO WORLD shop situated at ANSAL PLAZA holding a five CD set of “Sambhog Se Samadhi Ki Ore” in his hands. Now its quite evident that many in the country as well as abroad still associate OSHO with the word SEX showing their uneducated and underdeveloped state of mind quite clearly. But why Tigmanshu and Abishek added this specific scene into the film is really doubtful and it strongly makes me think that,
“Did the two talented film-makers intend to make fun of those unaware section of people who still ignorantly associate the mystic master OSHO with SEX or they both themselves are a part of those silly mindsets still playing with the same ridiculous ideas about OSHO even in 2014?”
I will definitely try to find the answer to this question if I happen to meet them ever in the future but anyway returning back to the film,  its soundtrack offers a mixed bag with two catchy and two awfully rotten numbers like “Ishq Kutta” and “Alcoholic”…………what kind of songs were these really, I failed to understand. Placed in New Delhi and Mauritius, its cinematography doesn’t offer anything great and the same can be said about its background score and editing too which actually makes the film a bit lazy and stretched unnecessarily at regular intervals.
So what’s there in the film that it can be watched once?
- It’s the cute acts of three fantastic actors Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra playing the three sex-starved men looking for girls. Anupam plays it subtly but brilliantly (once again) along with Piyush expressing it wildly (he is a delight to watch). But the lead here is taken by Anu Kapoor enacting the bachelor Casanova with a bindaas touch, being their ‘all knowing’ leader of the expedition And the three put up a great show for the viewers in their scenes together. Lisa Haydon is just fine lacking that sensuality even in her almost none clothes and Cyrus Broacha is good but doesn’t get much to do in his limited scenes post interval.
Concluding the write up, yes you can watch THE SHAUKEENS once for the three veterans, but I personally wished to see them much more in the film than presented. In other words, I was there to watch these three exceptionally talented actors in the film from the first frame to the last and not any big actor-producer coming in to take all the limelight, ruining it all. And I really wish THE SHAUKEENS was made focusing on the three Shaukeens only and not anything else just for the sake of it.
Hence give it a try if you wish but in case you havent seen the earlier Basu Chatterjee’s highly inspired but classic version of 1982 then go for it as a must and have a great time with Ashok Kumar, A. K. Hangal and Utpal Dutt playing the dirty trio.
Rating : 2 / 5
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08 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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In the mid-90s, when the cable channels took over the responsibility of making family dramas for their daily viewers with all tried and tested formulas, Hindi film-makers stopped making them and “Family Genre” vanished all of a sudden from our Hindi cinema. Still occasionally films like BAGHBAAN, ENGLISH VINGLISH and more successfully tried to keep the genre alive and a similar kind of attempt is also made by director Indra Kumar in his latest venture SUPER NANI, which can also be termed as a comeback film of the ageless diva Rekha.
Reportedly based on the hit Gujarati play 'Baa Ae Maari Boundary', the basic plot revolves around the lady of the house going through a shocking makeover regaining her forgotten self-respect and passions of life. It readily reminds you of Sridevi in ENGLISH VINGLISH and also brings back the memories of Rekha’s own hit KHOON BHARI MAANG wherein too she comes back as a supermodel (though there is a huge difference in the basic theme and age factor depicted in both the movies).
SUPER NANI begins on an emotional note talking about the importance of mother in every family and then goes on to introduce all seen before kind of characters reminding you of the 80s family dramas, especially the ones featuring Kader Khan and Govinda. Director Indra Kumar keeps the movie crisp with all fast moving sequences along with his typical insertions of humour like the Gay Yamraj. Plus the timely introduction of Anupam Kher in another weird comical get-up saves it from becoming a drag putting it honestly. In addition, Rekha sportingly doing all those ‘Filmy’ sequences referring to Madhubala, Nargis and even Amitabh Bachchan, spreads smiles among the audience, particularly impressing the middle aged ones sitting in the theater.
The film holds your attention well before the intermission, but in the second half gets back to everything predictable, seen before and over melodramatic quite sadly. In short, this easily could have been another ENGLISH VINGLISH banking on the comeback of a veteran artist. But its routine screenplay, uninspiring songs and a climax similar to BAGHBAN doesn’t let you praise the film as anything fresh or well attempted by the experienced team. Yet, a must mention point remains that after a long time here is a family drama with a Bhajan in its soundtrack breaking the set trend. However I terribly miss the traditional rhythm and the sound of Indian instruments in such songs very frankly.
Coming to the performers, needless to say that SUPER NANI entirely belongs to Rekha alone, still the noteworthy acts include the one coming from Sharman Joshi and Anupam Kher playing the Nani’s school time friend. Though the faulty Hindi accent of Sharman remains unconvincing throughout and should have been avoided. Nevertheless the talented actor manages to put up a good show along with Anupam Kher in the film’s second half. Randhir Kapoor, as the husband is ok contributing nothing new and the same can be said about Rajesh Kumar, Anchal Dwivedi and Shreya Narayan too (who impresses in her few scenes later). Shweta Kumar, on the other hand gets nothing much to do as the film’s heroine unfortunately, whereas Vishakha Subedar plays her typical role of a bai in a perfect style.
Summing up, SUPER NANI is all about the star of the film Rekha, right from the first scene to the last and she has once again delivered a polished act in her various avatars, looking stunning even at 60. So if you are a true fan then should certainly not miss the opportunity to watch her on the big screen after so many years in a full-fledged role. But if you are not, then can easily wait and watch after its DVD release or on a channel airing soon in the next few weeks.
Rating : 2 / 5
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31 October 2014 / bobbysing /
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In the last few decades, both Western & Hindi cinema have acquired mastery over one major feature in their films, regarding the chosen subjects. Where the foreign film-makers have mastered the art of working on new stories, novel plots and fresh ideas constantly, there Indian film-makers have acquired excellence in telling the same story again and again in a new entertaining avatar repeatedly, which indeed is an amazing achievement as I feel (pun intended). Strengthening the same fact, 2 STATES comes up as an another example of those few films, which despite having nothing new to say in its main plotline, still successfully manages to keep you entertained in parts and does have some lovable freshness in its overall execution, thankfully.
No doubt, 2 STATES biggest drawback remains the same old love-story between two diverse regional characters as earlier seen in NEW DELHI (1956), EK DUJE KE LIYE, BOMBAY and the recent VICKY DONOR too, along with a pinching length unnecessarily stretching to 150+ minutes. Yet the film offers a fresh first hour which remains truly enjoyable with the adorable Alia Bhatt surprising you yet again, well supported by some fabulous small performances from the entire cast. And thus it cannot be pulled down just for the sake of writing a critical review with a negative approach to say the truth. Moreover, the progressive take on the subject certainly puts the movie much ahead than all the previous ones both in terms of love, understanding and sex too, portraying it very realistically as per the new-age casual norms.
For instance, following the western thought process, here too the couple jumps into the bed and gets over with the sex-part quickly in the first 30 minutes itself without any regret, fear or hesitation. In other words, they instantly check that whether there so called love, still remains intact after experiencing the lust & sex part too or not? And since the feeling is still there, the couple rightly decides to get married despite having their big cultural disparities of language and region. The impressive content around the ‘College Campus’ continues till the two families meet and its only after the intermission that too many stretched, avoidable and clichéd sequences regularly hamper the pace of the movie unfortunately. In fact the film keeps dropping and picking up repeatedly till its final scene, resulting in a mixed kind of feeling altogether.
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller “2 States : The Story of My Marriage” its storyline was clearly revealed in the trailers itself. But as I felt the book/script intelligently followed the famous DDLJ plot too, exploiting it from both the possible perspectives, in its two halves. In more clear words, in the first half it’s the boy winning the girl’s family through his generous acts and post interval it’s the girl winning the boy’s family members with her intelligent gestures as required for their love marriage. Plus the kitchen scene also reminded me the one from Tinnu Anand’s KAALIA featuring Parveen Babi, Asha Parekh and Amitabh Bachchan. So, if the book was really an autobiographical one (as it is said) then that certainly was a very amusing yet filmy time lived by the renowned writer in his young years (although I still doubt that the campus allows this kind of liberty ever for its students).
As an adaptation, director Abhishek Varman stays completely faithful to the book, portraying it well in a marginally entertaining style. Cleverly showing the two distinctive cultures mainly through visuals and regional dialogues, he doesn’t add any comic gimmicks in the narration, as normally seen in such typical subjects. Still in the final hour it does look like as if you are watching (reading) a long sequence of a novel, instead of a crisp scene of a finely scripted film. Therefore a more cruel editing could have given the film a much better shape, making a more solid impact on the viewer undoubtedly.
Representing a Karan Johar production, the repetitive Punjabi wedding sequence is there in 2 STATES too showing Punjabi community in a bad light. Further a mediocre soundtrack can also be stated as another downer in this otherwise fine film based on a stale plot. To point out the bloopers, I would like to add that the phrase “Vai Vai” is not something used in Punjabi expressions and the word “Locha-E-Ulfat” was really awful, mixing the tapori slang with rich Urdu language, carelessly. In fact with each such new-age film having below average music, it seems we are fast losing on to the rich melodious music we were once known for in the past. The film gets a big support from an eye-pleasing cinematography, fine background score and few entertaining dialogues conveying the various emotions aptly. Whereas the director and his writers could have compiled it all in a much shorter format in only 120-125 minutes as required.
Coming to the acting part, its actually the performances which add a lot of freshness in its all seen before plot, saving it from becoming a boring love story clearly. Alia Bhatt remains at the top impressing everyone with another gem of a (light-hearted) performance post HIGHWAY and she is really a delight to watch, especially in the first half, even when she doesn’t look like an authentic girl from the South. Arjun Kapoor certainly shows big signs of improvement and comes up with a bright, effortless performance after some over-the-top acts in his previous films. But I was really wondering why he was using a type-writer for his writing when he very well knew how to use computer and could even make a power-point presentation for his father-in-law to impress him.
Supported by many lovable acts by the rest of the cast, 2 STATES has a flawless Amrita Singh, a fantastic Revathy, a sincere Shiv Subramanyam, an entertaining Achint Kaur and a first rate Ronit Roy who truly shines in the final moments of the film as the caring father.
In all, despite having a seen before storyline, a predictable plot and a painfully lengthy duration, 2 STATES still remains partially enjoyable due to an extremely fresh first hour, a perfect casting and many wonderful small performances deserving to be seen at least once.
However I would like to end the review, addressing the Punjabi community in particular since the film should be a real eye opener for them in an alarming manner. Reason being the way, Punjabi Community and its people have been portrayed in the film as some loud, out-spoken, drunkard, greedy, big dowry-demanding ones (with the most irritating mother-in-laws), believing in fake show-offs in their social lives. And I am not blaming the makers or the writer Chetan Bhagat, for showing them in such a bad light because many people do believe in this kind of character-description only when it comes to the Punjabi community in reality. Whereas the truth is that a Punjabi is supposed to be a completely different person from the one shown in the film, believing in equality, togetherness and HIS will i.e. ‘Almighty’s Raza’ without any fear.
Now why Punjabi’s are being associated with these kinds of characteristics here, is an important question the community needs to think upon seriously!
But for the rest, 2 STATES can easily be rated as a partially entertaining one time watch with the charmingly brilliant Alia Bhatt & the other members of her two diverse families.
Rating : 2.5 + 0.5 / 5 (With the additional 0.5 just for Amrita Singh, Revathy & Ronit Roy)
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18 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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