Life is a movie…


October 2015

Shaandaar – A Big ‘Fart’ Indian Wedding!

Rating: * (About to Suicide!)

Firstly, I would like to apologise for delay in writing this review. Honestly I was in a shock after I watched this pathetic movie, but finally I gathered some strength to write this review. But on a serious note, if any of you have not yet watched this movie or planning to watch it, please don’t. Stay as away as possible!

Story: You cannot call a one-liner as a story of the movie so basically there is no story at all. This movie all about two big business families and one big fat Indian wedding which is nothing but a business deal between these 2 families. The important characters of this deal are a protective father (Pankaj Kapoor), a ‘deal-bride’ Isha (played by Sahana Kapoor), an illegitimate girl Alia (played by Alia Bhatt), a wedding organiser Jagjinder Joginder (Shahid Kapoor) and Insomnia (yes, Insomnia – it plays a very vital role in this movie). Jagjinder Jogider, a wedding organizer (again, there is a story behind this tongue-twister name and director has taken effort to explain that as well. I wish director would have taken similar efforts to have a better screenplay) falls in love with Alia and save the ‘deal-bride’ Isha and her family from so called wedding-cum-business deal. Being said that, it is not a new story line for any Bollywood movie. We all have seen movies in the past with same storyline but director like Vikas Bahl (#Queen maker) could have done a lot better with this story and could have presented with a fresh vision. Now I am not sure what exactly went wrong – whether it is the director, actors or some other influencers but the outcome is horrible.

Acting: Not sure what was wrong with everyone in this movie but when it comes to acting, everyone sucks! With due respect to Mr. Pankaj Kapoor, I am not sure why did he agree to do this movie and if it has anything to do with launching his daughter Sahana Kapoor. Not to mention over-actors like Sanjay Kapoor and his bro in the movie (don’t know who the hell that model is) played very important roles to drag this movie to even lower standards. Well, when there is so little to talk about Pankaj Kapoor’s acting, why would I waste any words to talk about Shahid and Alia’s acting.

Review: Pathetic, simply pathetic and one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It reminded me of the worst feeling which I had when I watched Akshay Kumar’s #Joker. I literally cursed myself to have paid to watch this movie. I had high expectations from Vikas Bahl (who has directed movie like Queen) for some fresh angle to the old story but it didn’t happen. On top of that there is no such thing called screenplay, dialogues or acting in this movie. It is like director asked actors to do whatever they want, captured it on a camera and released it as a movie. Most of the scenes really make you think – what was the need of these scenes in the movie but eventually you will realise that if director would have thought like us then there wouldn’t have been this movie at all – which would have been better for us as audience!!!

I think whole purpose of this movie was that director wanted to introduce us to ‘Alia 2.0′ – a new improvised Alia with Google Support 😜😜😜 

‘Statutory’ Warning – Watch this movie at your own risk!!


Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 – Old Wine In New Bottle

Rating: * 1/2


I am sure by this time most of you must have watched this sequel of famous 2011 – Pyaar Ka Punchnama movie. To be honest, I don’t think anybody would have even bothered to imagine sequel of this movie. But when trailer hit online a couple of months back, some curiosity might have raised in everyone’s (especially all Mens) mind. I know for sure that most of girls might not be too excited with sequel after they have seen the first part and trailer of the movie already told what ‘new’ this movie could offer to audience. After all why would they take this continuous bashing from boys each time 😛

Story: There is nothing new in the story. It is similar to its predecessor and does not offer any new element to watch out for, except a few new faces (I did not call them actors, for a reason :P)). I just not hope that producers don’t start franchise of this series with same story but different cast every other year. But despite of same story, movie managed to score good box office collection over the weekend – all credit goes to the Original movie!

Movie tells the story of 3 boys, who fall in love with 3 different girls and how each of them has to face weird but typical situations in their relationship which teach them lesson at the end.

Most of them are newcomers or a film or two old actors so not much expectations in terms acting from them, so let us not talk about it. Though it is no harm to mention that actors who played Rajat’s character as well as Thakur’s character, were comparatively better than others. Third guy who is another newcomer – Sunny (and a distant relative to Ajay Devgan) who played Siddarth was not so good. In most of the scenes it felt like he was just reading dialogue!!!

Review: To be frank and honest, movie is really slow and boring at the beginning. For some reason you will keep on comparing it with first part and gradually get more and more disappointed by the end of the movie.

You may not want to go for this movie (irrespective of the fact that first part was awesome) because –

1. This sequel does not have Divyendu Sharma (actor who played Nishant Agarwal – software engineer from first part) in it

2. Story is not at all different

3. Horrible acting by some newcomers!

4. Movie is really slow!! 

But you may want to watch this movie because –

1. You don’t have anything else to do or watch

2. Even though Rajjo’s (Rajat played by Karthik) monologue is not as good as that was in the first part but he still managed to keep expectations of audience and some of the punches in this monologue are really good and original

3. Whatever, who cares!!!

Talvar – Had the justice really been served?

Rating – * * * 1/2


After such a long time, I got to see a movie which really made me thinking. This was happened in the past when I saw Neeraj Pandey’s ‘A Wednesday’. While with Talvar, most of us know the story already, the director showed us some more details which probably otherwise might be hidden from common public. It raises a lot of questions on India’s law and order, judiciary systems and police and CBI’s ‘team work’. I will try not to go into much details and will try to stick to the movie review only.

Story and Acting: Since most of the folks who followed 2008 Aarushi Talwar muder case, know the story and the timeline of this case so I will not spend much time in telling the story in detail here. As far as acting is concerned, all notable lead actors in the movie portrayed their characters perfectly. Konkona Sen-Sharma may not have much screen space but as always she acted it at her best. Irrfan Khan, who is one of the finest actors in the industry played the CBI investigation officer (in real life Arun Kumar was CBI office on this case) and believed that it was servant who killed girl and servant  and not parents. Tabu, who played Irrfan’s wife, not sure if it was also based on real life incidents but director showed strained relationship and emotional tension between Irrfan and Tabu, which was used against him to remove him from this case by CBI director later.

Review: Almost all of us know the story since it is based on real life incidents which happened not long ago. In 2008 when a daughter of a well-settled doctor couple found dead in her bedroom, UP police on a prima facie convicted house servant since he was missing from the crime scene. However, they clearly missed the basic part of investigation on the very first day which is search operation and forensic investigation of the crime scene! Had they would have done it, they would have found missing servant’s dead body on house terrace itself and it would have solved many confusions, misunderstandings, arguments which came after this. But due to efficient UP police, this did not happen and so under pressure from senior officers they conveniently blamed girl’s parent as the main convicts. However, due to lack of evidence they could not prove it and here enters CBI.

Finally CBI succeeded nabbing potential convicts – 2 servants  but failed to prove that either. Not sure what went wrong – whether it was police who tried to save their face or CBI itself who tried to save theirs. Somewhere in between the case got transferred from one CBI official to another and ended up creating two teams within CBI itself, which did not come to an agreement on how to proceed with case and decided to close the case. Thanks to the judiciary system of India, which said case cannot be closed and since you already convicted parents, prove it and proceed. Result – Parents got awarded with Life term imprisonment.

Sounds horrible, right? But it is even more than horrible than it sounds because now nobody knows who are actual culprits, who is wrong, who is right. And the most important question – “Had the justice really been served?”

I would say that this movie is a must-watch!!!

Just FYI – Why would the alleged killer find the murder weapon and hand it over to investigators? Ex-Aarushi case investigator asks – The Times of India

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