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September 19, 2014 Friday     
One of the most popular facts of Hindi films market is that here other than the star system the one element which can easily bring in the crowd into the theaters is Sex or Erotica. And since 70s there is a certain section of film-makers who have always kept this basic fact in mind before making their irrelevant films just to earn some quick money from the box office and nothing else. In other words a market where a porn star can so easily be transformed into a television celebrity reaching your whole family in the evenings and also manages to generate a decent amount of fan following without doing anything significant on the screen in terms of acting. It is pretty obvious that sex based films remain a hot property for the distributors as well as for the producers, with a minimum risk factor and a high repeat value ensuring some safe returns.
So no points for guessing that HATE STORY 2 is also one of those deliberately made business products just in search of the viewers willing to see another naked body on the screen of a known face instead of cinema. Plus it’s once again a sequel which has nothing to do with its first part. But does follow the same pattern of presenting a sexy girl who can bare it all, gets exploited before the intermission and then goes on to take her revenge in the second half displaying the inner power of a woman (to put it in some respectable words).
However where the formula did come up with something watchable in its prequel, the second part falls way short of that already achieved mark, basically (again) due to its pretty ordinary second half executed in a hasty & repetitive style by the director Vishal Pandya.
Though it all begins with an inspired sequence straight away reminding you of Uma Thurman, still the progression holds your interest nicely before it all becomes easily predictable heading towards the interval. The early part of the script borrows heavily from Quentin Tarantino’s cult revenge thriller KILL BILL and once it tries walking on its own, the film falls completely flat and goes even beyond the level of bearable in its final moments to say the least. In short, HATE STORY begins well, becomes average in the first 40 minutes and then simply slides down towards the bottom becoming plain ordinary, boring and even funny ruining all the hard work done by its actors in its first half.
Interestingly where the sex factor did have a steaming impact in its part one (due to Paoli Dam), the sequel surprisingly remains a non-performer in that particular aspect with nothing exciting or engaging in its revenge drama too in the later part. The erotic sequences fail to impress due to an almost none chemistry between the onscreen pair and further all comfortable killings of the main targets simply ruin the expectations raised earlier.
To give them their deserving due, a few sequences in the film have some well written dialogues in its initial hour and the two lead actors Surveen Chawla and Sushant Singh do leave a mark in their opening scenes emoting well. Yet Surveen questionably uses the film as her do or die attempt following the easiest path of taking her clothes off, which unfortunately is not going to yield some great results for her as it seems. The girl has been around for a while doing some regional films, music videos and few anchoring assignments too. But I really wasn’t expecting her to dive down to this level of desperation quite frankly. Plus she still has to look a lot into her styling and make-up urgently as her face does appear to be entirely different in some casually chosen costumes & hairstyles in an uneven manner.
Sushant, as mentioned above plays it tough enough to make a decent impact at first, but is reduced to a repetitive clown towards the end spoiling the good build-up. Jay Bhanushali gets limited scope in his small role whereas Neha Kaul is terrific playing Sushant’s suppressed wife having no voice of her own. The supporting cast performs ok and cinematography captures the essence of the movie rightly but background score tries too hard to make it sound like a great revenge thriller post intermission.
Musically other than the pathetic ‘Pink Lips’ featuring Sunny Leone (jumping out of nowhere into the film post interval), the soundtrack also comes up with an average new-age version of the late 80s path breaking track “Aaj Tumpe Pyar Aaya Hai” from DAYAVAN (1988). And as history repeats itself, even after the gap of 25 years the fabulously composed song once again becomes famous more for its visual content only instead of the melodious musical notes, unfortunately (which inspires me to write a focused article on the same in the next days). Apart from the above two, few other songs in the film do appear to be soothing at their first listening. But their unintelligent timing in the script (one also coming in the climax), doesn’t allow them to make any kind of impact on the viewer, whatsoever.
In all, there is no Paoli Dam here to say it indicatively and the film is nothing but an exploitive attempt just interested in en-cashing the curiosity generated by its steamy promos at the earliest. And if you still wish to see this empty tin making some good noise, then the choice is all yours.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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18 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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Beginning with a one line review straight away, this latest offering from Karan Johar’s production house is nothing but a cleverly made rehashed version of the cult trendsetter DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE released in 1995. So if you were willing to see something new in the name of content, execution or storyline then the film has simply got none other than the good looking faces nicely performing their roles as expected.
Therefore instead of a detailed review I would like to directly address the team with some frank questions regarding this soul-less, repetitive attempt once again made to fool the people in the name of entertainment. But before going into that, I would first like to explain the actual logic behind this commercial replica of DDLJ made after almost two decades by the producers playing a clever yet cunning game with the innocent viewers.
In reality, this logic is all about a generation change which more or less happens in a society in around two decades. In exact words, HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA has been specifically made for those young viewers who were all born in the early or mid-90s and haven’t seen or been a part of that magical euphoria witnessed around the original DDLJ post 1995. Now every boy or girl born in those years would be around 18-25 at the present, willing enough to enjoy the 2014 remake due to its perfect young casting, two enjoyable songs and some entertaining sequences too giving you a reasonably good time. And even if only these youngsters go to watch HSKD in the multiplexes excluding all the other age groups completely, still the film can easily become a good earner through a killing weekend in the major cities, as planned. So in business terms, Karan Johar once again plays it pretty safe and should be able to earn a decent profit too from this mediocre venture as usual.
However on moral or quality terms, this trend of making successful business oriented, weak remakes of all the old classics is pretty sad, because then these makers would become habitual of following this easy path of earning money, where they neither have to work on some new concepts, plots or scripts nor have to do an extra hard work on the making due to an already available ‘Hit Template’ to copy from.
Plus this is not an appreciable way to make the younger generation familiar with the past classics, since those path breaking films need to be seen, studied, enjoyed and cherished in their original form only and the storytelling in cinema should keep on progressing as per the social changes around with each new decade resulting in much more intelligent and aware youngsters ideally.
But unfortunately since today neither the young ones are interested in watching the golden classics in their original form nor most of the makers are willing to try something fresh & risky exploring some new avenues. So such kind of average, seen before and clichéd films are regularly becoming box office earners since last few years and this mutually accepted downgrade arrangement between the makers & the viewers is constantly affecting the quality of our Hindi cinema negatively.
Now coming to my direct messages for the team members, firstly for Varun & Alia I would like to say that now that you have both proved your individual talents as well as the onscreen charm loudly, so please choose few great scripts offering something new to we starving audience of Hindi Films, progressing wisely. And in case all the youngsters today are more interested in following the footsteps of the self-made star Shahrukh Khan, then please don’t forget that the man actually reached this stage by taking some huge risks of doing completely unconventional projects at the most crucial stages of his career, which are all now considered as landmark films of Indian Cinema widely. SRK’s career is more known for these difficult, experimental roles apart from the lover boy image to be precise and that’s exactly what makes an actor into a King Khan as they call him lovingly. So please take some time to read scripts and give us something new to applaud whole heartedly in your coming ventures for sure.
Secondly addressing one of biggest producers of Hindi film Industry today, I would like to ask Karan Johar a few honest questions as mentioned below that :
A. How many more versions of DDLJ and KKHT we will be forced to see in the coming future and how many more years you are willing to follow this sick but easy route of making such quick and safe remakes featuring the young stars?
B. As a producer and director, you have all the possible resources in abundance at your disposal so when we can expect some great films with exceptional scripts to cheer for coming from Dharma Productions?
C. Why there always has to be a reference of Gay Community in your films, expecting some obvious laughs from the audiences like a comic insertion?
D. Most importantly, right from your first film KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI released in 1998, Punjabi language, Punjabi characters and the Punjabi feel has been there in your projects making the best out of it undeniably. And in HSKD also you have bought the rights of two hit Punjabi tracks which were already released a couple of years back to give the film a required boost in the market as per its Punjabi theme.
So when you have already earned so much money and success depending upon these Punjabi insertions only then why not make a full-fledged PUNJABI FILM paying back the community, the language, the region and its people, their long awaited due instead of repeatedly exploiting it in your Hindi films as in HSKD.
E. Lastly addressing the director Shashank Khaitan too, please let me know that what kind of Punjabi Families you have or assume in mind, while depicting them on the screen. Do you think that all Punjabi families are full of drunkards wherein their daughters also are habitual of drinking like big tankers? Or its just your poor imagination and you have not even seen or met a real Punjabi family of Punjab?
Apart from the above questions, I strongly felt that had Amrish Puri not passed away a few years back, he surely would have been there playing Alia’s father in HSKD too, giving a perfect tribute to DDLJ as required. But the director could only think of Ashutosh Rana, a man who is known for his flawless Hindi to be cast as Punjabi father living in Ambala (Punjab??) quite surprisingly.
As a concluding note, I have seen many people who repeatedly go to the same hill station every year to spend their summer holidays, even when they don’t have any permanent residence there to give that desired comfort. These people have no excitement or willingness to explore some new places, new people, new environment for a change, stepping into the unknown and just keep on enjoying the same, safe place in a repetitive mode, strangely. Now HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA might be liked by this particular section of viewers who can enjoy the same seen before sequences again & again served with few new faces or backdrops designed cleverly. But for the ones, who wish to experience some new stories, meet fresh characters enacting a novel kind of script offering a rejuvenating experience, the film would be a big drag with only few entertaining sequences in the first half.
And since I belong to the second set of people, who wish to experience much more of the unseen, unheard and unexpected in the undisclosed remaining years of this gifted life, HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA wasn’t a great film for me at all, as I refuse to act like a fool laughing or getting entertained at the same joke cracked twice.
Rating : 1.5 / 5 (And that too for Alia Bhatt and the two friends of Varun emoting well.)
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11 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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There is a scene in this film (read atrocity), wherein Satish Shah announces that I am now going to torture both Saif & Ritesh by showing them Sajid Khan’s HIMMATWALA, which certainly was a quite brave insertion indeed. Plus in the end credits, we are shown another version of the same scene where Satish says that I am going to torture you both by showing Farah Khan’s TEES MAAR KHAN – another wise declaration undoubtedly.
However after watching Sajid’s latest offering, I am sure this scene would continue in the director’s next project too (which he is sure going to make anyhow) with the reference of HUMSHAKALS, as the film leaves the two duds mentioned above way behind in terms of content, direction, performances, execution and mental torture.
Being one of those films which makes the job of a reviewer/critic the most painful and tough task among all, I would like to thank the inventor of mobile phone with net connectivity truly, since the device becomes your only savior in such brutally cruel and awful hours to be spend in the theater. Otherwise in the olden times we just used to see each other’s faces with an amusing disappointment and had nothing else to do at all while watching such torturous attempts.
Talking about the review, I don’t think there still remains anything else to say after the straight forward heading giving you a clear idea. Still if you want to feel the comedy more in the review than the film itself, then following are the few indications of what HUMSHAKALS has in store for the viewers in the name of an entertaining comic film.
It begins calmly with a loser character, exactly like one of director’s previous ventures. But the moment you year the phrase, “Shareer Aadmi Ka Aur Dimaag Kuttey Ka”....... you know that the infamous Sajidism has begun to take you for a ride. Next there are three different wings of a mental asylum having the humshakals, a few electric shocks, a gay warden, some paraantheys made of cocaine and vodka, three ugly looking men in a long, not so funny cross-dressing sequence, a typical good for nothing Punjabi insertion (as if no Bollywood biggie can be made without a Punjabi touch nowadays), three heroines just there to be the dumb glamour dolls, poor music as well as a lazy background score (with one catchy song in the first half) and then as usual a messy end with a huge crowd running around like lunatics hired for a price.
Continuing with his passion of copying the masters……Oh sorry! paying tribute to the Classics, Sajid takes one scene from the famous MARX BROTHERS (mirror sequence), one from AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY and a whole phrase from Kishore Da’s HALF TICKET saying, “Hum Paagal Nahin Hain, Hamara Dimaag Kharaab Hai” also converting it into a mediocre song quite pathetically.
In short, its really a pity state of our Hindi film industry that where at one end, many supremely talented fresh directors are making their numerous rounds of production houses constantly with a hope of getting a chance, there such over-confident, well connected & arrogant directors are lavishly making these kind of wasteful films with nothing in the name of script or any basic storyline.
Admitting all the hard-work, effort, time and money required to make a film putting everything together, its unarguably one of the most toughest production processes in existence. But then what’s the use of all the huge hard work of a farmer if he goes on putting extra-effort, money and time on a land which has no capability to produce anything at all in reality. And in film-making the fertile land happens to be your script and then the treatment with which you go on sowing seeds (scenes) leading to the final cutting of crops as your great entertaining climax.
Sadly Sajid Khan’s HUMSHAKALS neither has a script nor any enjoyable treatment to cherish despite having an interesting cast on board. The film is entirely dependent on all deliberately written funny sequences which simply fail to generate any kind of laughter till the clichéd climax and the audiences keep watching it with a dead silence mostly. To be specific, Sajid’s previous films still had some kind of regular storyline to deal with. But in HUMSHAKALS there has been no importance or time given to the basic script/story of the project. And if a director is not interested in giving time to his major requirement of the film then why should we waste our time to review it in details talking about its various departments individually.
In short, as was being expected from its promos, HUMSHAKALS easily crosses the earlier benchmark set by Sajid’s HIMMATWALA of being one of the worst films (competing with himself), as the Ajay Devgun starrer still had a basic storyline (may be rotten), a decent action and a TIGER too to give you some kind of thrills in totality. But stepping many steps downwards HUMSHAKALS not even has that much content in its lengthy 150 minutes and Sajid should really thank KAPIL SHARMA’s show with his entire team, because it were actually those two episodes aired last week, which did create a good buzz around the movie in its final phase, post the utterly disastrous impact made by its trailers.
So though the team must have enjoyed shooting all these silly sequences together in the good weather abroad, they are not able to generate any kind of similar result for the viewers. And in case, you still wish to watch it then just wake up in the scenes of Ritesh Deshmukh and then go back to sleep in that comfortable chair of an air conditioned theater in this scorching summer.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (and that too just for Ritesh Deshmukh & also Bipasha Basu for wisely disowning the film after her dubbing.)
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20 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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