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Posted: March 14, 2012 by prannayjha in Movie Reviews, Movies
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Overall Impression of the movie:

clip_image003Tigmanshu Dhulia has time and again proved that he is a master at narrating gripping tales. If you thought Sahib Biwi Aur Gulam was a flash in the pan, then you have to watch Paan Singh Tomar.You would agree that this is one of the finest biopics to come out in the history of cinema. This fact certainly augers well for our very own ‘tinsel town’ which finally appears to come of age. The movie had relatively zero buzz when it hit the 70 mm screen and this factor ultimately turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Without trying to be over the top or over preachy, Paan Singh Tomar manages to hold your attention from start to end with its clap inducing dialogues, unimaginable wit and tongue in cheek humour.

What’s it about:clip_image004

Pan Singh Tomar is a biopic on the life of an Indian athlete who was initially a member of Army and later went on to winning several national medals as an athlete. However due to land disputes and betrayal from the hands of his close ones; his life takes a U turn. What follows is a series of events that mould his transformation from an innocent army soldier to a ruthless dacoit seeking revenge.

What’s good:

clip_image005The way Tigmanshu builds up the plot is certainly a commendable effort. At the end of the film, we sympathise with the protagonist who served the nation but ultimately meets a sorry state. On various occasions, the director also manages to satirically take on the negligent attitude of government towards the sportsmen of our country (I am not talking about the cricketers here).The background score compliments the theme, the real life characterizations makes the screenplay vivid. Cinematography is effervescent. While the first half takes its own sweet time to emphasise on the growth of Paan Singh in the field, the second half gets a lot tenser with the dacoits and kidnapping coming into picture. Come to think of Irrfan Khan and you are lost for words. He certainly deserves an Oscar nomination for this. It’s amazing to analyse his career graph. With each passing film, he continues to surprise you and raise the bar. And after watching this film, I would certainly vouch for the fact that Paan Singh Tomar is his best performance till date. Another performance that deserves special mention is that of the journalist who takes Paan’s interview. He brings in the much needed humour quotient in the film through his lively expressions.

What’s bad:

Absolutely nothing. Some films are too heart touching to dissect and bring out flaws. Paan Singh Tomar is one such film. Period.

Me thinks:

All in all, this one is a must watch for one and all. You are missing a cinematic treat if you don’t catch it soon. It’s a small budget film but provides double the entertainment given by any star driven ‘hugely hyped’ films. This is one sincere and honest work that needs to be lauded and praised.



Watch out for the cheesy scenes between Irrfan and Mahie in the first hour of the movie. They are different, fresh and at the same time break you into a guffaw or two.



Edited By Prannay Jha







Overall impression of the movie:

imageSujoy Ghosh has never been a master story teller. His last attempt “Aladdin” blew up in his face despite having an impressive star cast. But thankfully, he has played a masterstroke this time around by roping in Vidya Balan (who is on cloud nine at the moment, courtesy the national award). As a result of all this, expectations are bound to touch sky when the ushers prod you nonchalantly to your respective seats. The promotions have been low key. Yet, there is something which makes you sit back. And to say the least, the suspense element works, a far cry from the nonsensical mystery plots we have been exposed to in history. Each of the characters uses smokes and mirrors to keep the audience guessing and glued to their seats. The screen play looks extremely taut and specious. There are many moments that will send shivers down your spine! Overall, I would say this is possibly the best suspense Bollywood movie to come out this decade.

What’s it about

Few terrorists plan a metro attack which kills around 200 people. Two years down the line; a pregnant woman travels to Kolkata from London to unravel the mystery behind her lost husband. Few say he doesn’t exist, while others believe he left her. From here on starts the game of perfidy where each character remains under the shadows and tries to keep the truth a ‘secret’

What’s good:

imageWell if I go on writing about all the positives, I might end up writing an essay, so let me point out the major ones. The biggest strength of this movie is its story which moves at a relentless speed. The direction is smart. It’s quite a task enrapturing the essence of Calcutta in a film like this, where focus is towards the “action”. But the cinematographer does a marvellous job. Vidya Balan yet again packs a solid punch. Her portrayal of a helpless but determined pregnant woman is easily one of her finest performances. I foresee one more award in her kitty. She is extremely convincing as an NRI woman who is determined to seek justice in spite of being bamboozled by government bureaucrats. The background score is apt and provides the much needed “eerie effect” required for such thrillers.

What’s Bad:image

You really need to watch this movie twice to bring out any major flaws. The director doesn’t even take any cinematic liberties in the narrative; nor is there any unwanted song hindering the pace. However, you may notice a few scenes in the second half that are stretched or over explanatory.

Me thinks:

imageOk, the opening of this movie hasn’t been great. But the movie overall boasts of a number of factors that work for its favour. And with the positive word of mouth coming from all the corners, this one is surely going to pick up speed in the coming weekend. The movie is yet another testimony of the fact that a skilful actress can easily carry the whole movie on her shoulders and can break all the stereotypes associated with the Bollywood heroine. This one is a must watch; too good to be unnoticed or avoided.


Watch out for the sequence just before the interval. You might not feel like leaving the hall for coke/popcorn after that scene. 😀

RATING : 4.5/5

Anubhav Shrivastava

Sub Edited by: Prannay Jha

Players Movie Review

Posted: January 6, 2012 by prannayjha in Movie Reviews, Movies
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Well Bollywood films and suspense genre have been like chalk and cheese right from the onset. Most of the high profile thrillers have left a bad taste in the audience’s mouth and somehow Indian filmmakers are yet to discover the zing of making classy thrillers, the one which keeps the audience glued to their seats. However, if there is one thing that would beg to differ here, it’s the director duo of Abbas-Mustan.Right from Agneekal to their last film race, this genre has been their bread and butter and they have been fairly successful in treating it with textbook care, at least in comparison to Bollywood standards.

Players is the latest product from their table, ostensibly a remake of the 1969 Hollywood film –‘the Italian job’. However, ultimately it turns out to be a horse of a different colour leaving a bitter taste. Calling Players as the duo’s one of the better films would be like blowing smoke.

The premise is severely malodorous and farcical to begin with. But let’s get to the plot first. “Players” is story of Charlie Macarenas (Abhishek Bachchan) a con artist cum chartered accountant who comes to know about a transfer of 10000 crores gold from Russia to Romania. He seeks help of his mentor Victor Dada (Vinod Khanna) to form a team of players for this robbery. Victor Dada introduces Charlie to Rhea (Bipasha Basu) an automobile expert, Ronnie (Bobby Deol) the magician, Bilal Basheer (Sikander Kher) an explosives expert and Sunny Mehra (Omi Vaidya) a makeup artist. They also seek help of a professional hacker, Spider (Neil Nitin Mukesh) but he is happily holed up somewhere. So with the help of Victor’s daughter Naina (Sonam Kapoor) they manage to find him and convince him to join their gang. Thus begins the journey of their preposterous robbery which is highly groundless and at the same time eats up the first half.

Right in the eleventh hour before the interval, the director smartly places a twist when one of their own gang members turns out to be a double crosser. However the second half, instead of building around that twist is left bouched up and doesn’t offer much expect some jokes which fall flat and songs which are a mere cacophony to the ears.

The antagonist sits in a cat bird seat and the other players can’t hold a candle to him. There are many sequences which really are unintentionally funny .In spite of bleeding like a stuck pig, some characters miraculously survive every now and then. The crocodile tears of Naina yield more guffaws than empathy. The screen play is extremely tacky. Although the director tries hard to blend melodrama and humour into the narrative, it just doesn’t work for the film. Music is mundane.

What does work for the film is the cinematography. The film takes you to the lavish lands of Russia, Goa and New Zealand and makes up with good treatment for eyes. Action scenes are stunningly shot. The back handed compliments shared between the main leads add some interesting moments.

The characters of the movie are the biggest disappointment except for Neil Nitin Mukesh; he leaves the viewers flabbergasted right down to the last stroke. Abhishek Bachchan looks disinterested and gives an insipid performance. The sidekicks don’t add much to the film in terms of performance. Bobby Deol is decent as the whipping boy. Sonam Kapoor once again proves that she is a wooden doll. Her ostrich like figure is a pain in the eyes. Bipasha Basu dresses to the nines and is quite a stunner, but she is mostly left with chewing the fat

Winding up, I would say Players isn’t quite your popcorn flick of the week for more reasons than one. It was more of a hell’s half acre like ride for me.Watch it if you must.


By Anubhav Shrivastava


Posted: December 22, 2011 by blogschange in Movie Reviews, Movies

No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.”

Certainly a rather apt tag line for a blockbuster franchise whose protagonists seem to have little clue what they’re doing after they’re 10 minutes into their mission, post which the film’s layout of the antagonists being beaten up by Ethan Hunt takes over. Certainly not a bad idea for a thrill-fueled 4th installment, where Hunt hunts down a nuclear extremist over four time zones, managing to catch up with him only in Mumbai, thanks to the famed traffic jams in the city. If I may say though accurately portrayed it did nothing to deter Hunt to race around in a high speed BMW i8 anyway.

Brad Bird’s energetic direction of the 4th installment of the M.I series, displays his rather own Mission Impossible, rejuvenating the franchise over the somewhat disappointing M.I.3, inheriting it from JJ Abrams who returns instead as a producer. Famed for his direction of only animated characters in Ratatouille and the Incredibles, Bird manages to convert the movie into an even faster, vibrant and fun movie.

Considering the cast in particular, Paula Patton gives an adequately sexy yet dangerous performance as IMF no-nonsense team leader Jane, along with Simon Pegg who returns as Benji, giving the film a humorous twist for the masses. Individual performances by Jeremy Runner with his intense portrayal as Brandt, an IMF analyst, tormented his past, and Vladimir Mashkov, as Sidirov, a Russian agent assigned to chase Hunt all around the globe, sparkle and are definitely praiseworthy. With less than flattering screen time offered to Anil Kapoor, his character breezes by, almost unacknowledged, disappointingly for his fans in Bollywood.

As for Tom Cruise’s screen presence in the movie, the solitary factor that manages to enrapture audiences undoubtedly, not only with his death defying and amusingly highly ridiculous stunts but also by his doing-things-my-own-way playful agent attitude, skimming over the emotional depth lightly yet satisfyingly.

Highly implausible, completely over the top with impossibly unrealistic yet fresh and entertainingly immersive stunt scenes, displaying a range a technical arsenal that would inspire a James Bond flick, this movie will take you on a joyride from inside the Kremlin, over the skyscrapers in Dubai into dusty old Mumbai. Guaranteed this movie is sure to make you exclaim “What the….” every 10 minutes inside your head but fascinatingly will also keep you at the edge of your seat for the entire 2 hours, wanting for more.

Simple, enrapturing, with a lovely aftertaste. Couldn’t ask for better.

Prateek Biswas

Director: Maneesh Sharma
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Sharma


Fresh from the success of band Baja baraat, Maneesh Sharma is back after a one year hiatus with Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, another rom com, on the lines of Band Bajaa Baraat.
But the question is- ‘Can he live up to the expectations set by his brilliantly crafted debut movie?’

Initially, Dimple (Parineeti Chopra) falls for the gym instructor Sunny Singh. While he has other plans: Intimidating her dad for buying an old bungalow off the Barakhamba road. Then we have Raina, a successful & arrogant , but independent woman who is defrauded by a guy called Devan Shah. He does so by convincing her to buy a fake painting of M. F. Hussain. An innocent Muslim girl called Siara, is also tricked who then runs away after taking a sum of 1 Cr from her father. All the 3 ladies realize that there is just one person conning them with different names. So they make a plan to get even with him. The story is about Ricky Bahl, whose only motive is to earn money and he entices girls for doing so.

They do so with the help of Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma), a young and vivacious glib tongue who works for hometown. Leaving no stone unturned, the 3 girls track him down and the ultimate showdown begins in Goa. The movie has several interesting moments, with many of them involving Dimple, who according to me was the show stealer.

The first half is extremely racy, with a couple of unwanted songs. However, the second half does seem stretched at places and it does require a stretch of believability. The fact that all these girls get conned by the same man is also not so convincing. The climax is pretty predictable. The director decides to bring the romantic angle in the final thirty minutes, and that is when the film finally remains consistent till the end, barring some filmy dialogues exchanged between the leads. The scene where Ranveer and Anushka get closer is very well handled and silence does evoke. “A good conscience is a soft pillow”-the protagonist finally realizes that and credit must be given to him for pulling that predictable scene with aplomb and panache.

Music suits the theme of the film with Aadat Se Majboor being the best of the lot. Cinematographer must be appreciated for his job. He takes Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Goa in very different manner putting some smooth colors in them to suit the tone.

Performance wise, as I said earlier Parineeti Chopra did a very good job, which was indeed a pleasant surprise. She definitely is a strong contender for all the debut awards this season. Anushka sharma was her usual bubbly self. Though I must add that her role was miniscule and didn’t require any histrionics from her character. As her fan, I felt that her talent wasn’t utilized properly. Nevertheless she gave it her best shot and was quite the clotheshorse of the movie. Ranveer singh is improving with each film and his physique seems to have improved too. He was looking quite the hunk and was convincing in all the scenes.

The movie is a smart tale from start to end which can be called “classy” in a word. However, one can’t help but draw comparisons with the very famous Hollywood movie “John Tucker Must Die”. But the emotional and glossy scenes are much tighter here thanks to the Yashraj brand which is known for churning out romantic films year after year.

Overall I think the movie is a decent entertainer which can be enjoyed with family. It isn’t as great as Band Bajaa Baraat, but it does provide a good dose of entertainment.

Anubhav Srivastava