Movies: Pick Of The Week

Two Bollywood movies got released this week from big banners. One is Madhur Bhandarkar’s JAIL, and other is Rajkumar Santoshi’s Love Chemistry “AJAB PREM KI GAJAB KAHAANI”. Both the movies came with loads of promises but eventually Raj Kumar Santoshi Failed to deliver again, while on the other hand Madhur has delivered as expected.

MOVIE REVIEW: AJAB PREM KI GAJAB KAHAANI

AJAB PREM KI GAJAB KAHAANI is about A boy Prem (Ranbir Kapoor) who is a school drop out and runs the local club, who fell in love with JENNY(Katrina Kaif) who is new in town but unable to express his love. Ranbir has delivered again a good performance after his recent release Wake Up Sid. The movie has some really good moments with some great pranks but apart from those few scenes rest of the movie leves no Impact on audience.

I am going 2/5 for this movie and rate this as an AVERAGE MOVIE. This is just a one time watch if you really do not have anything to do.

MOVIE REVIEW: JAIL

On the other hand JAIL delivered the content it promised. Parag Dixit ( Neil Nitin Mukesh) do justice to his role and looks like the best fit for it. Madhur has emphasize on his central character a lot and didn’t moved away from the storyline. Like his previous films FASHION etc. here also he has shown the struggle of a person in the world. Some part of film are really slow especially towards the end. Excess of emotion leaves the film to bore a little but they can be ignored. As an actress Mughdha Godse has nothing much to deal with the character.  A little small in length and a little fast climax could have made this movie a treat to watch this weekend.

I am going 3/5 for JAIL and rate this as an GOOD MOVIE and PICK OF THE WEEK. This could be the  movie you would love to watch this weekend.

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30 Weeks 90 Movies.. Can you Handle??

4 months of drought.. and suddenly you’re gonna get washed out with huge number of Movies lined up for release. One way or the other last 4 months were good from consumer perspective as recession was taking its toll on most of our expenses.
Now it seems that we are all geared up for this extravaganza. Movies of all big banners are lined up and we have our wallets out to spend lavishly ;-).
Surprisingly though Govt lost about 2.4 Cr as entertainment Tax because of this rift in Mumbai only. But who cares, biggest losers were off course “Us”, missing that one reason to go to Multiplex ;-).

Last week’s Devil’s Advocate with Qureshi- why make such shows??

I’m usually a big fan of “Devil’s Advocate” with Karan Thapar. His intuitive and grilling abilities really sweats off anyone who’s on the Devil’s side.
However last week’s show was an exception–
with Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the other side (Pak’s foreign Minister) and our very own Thapar Shaheb this side, the show became much of a melodrama rather than a serious advocate show. The problem was not with the format or anything. It was with the questionnaire– just because you have got Qureshi on one side and Thapar on the other doesnt mean that you would be able to bring out every bit of truth from Pak’s side… WTF!!!! Dead 
It was like– we know yaar what the answer that man would provide, why you’r making a mock of the show. Such redundant shows doesnt help anyone but the broadcasting news channel in getting TRPs.
What are your thoughts? I may be wrong but I strictly felt the way I penned!

Last week's Devil's Advocate with Qureshi- why make such shows??

I’m usually a big fan of “Devil’s Advocate” with Karan Thapar. His intuitive and grilling abilities really sweats off anyone who’s on the Devil’s side.
However last week’s show was an exception–
with Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the other side (Pak’s foreign Minister) and our very own Thapar Shaheb this side, the show became much of a melodrama rather than a serious advocate show. The problem was not with the format or anything. It was with the questionnaire– just because you have got Qureshi on one side and Thapar on the other doesnt mean that you would be able to bring out every bit of truth from Pak’s side… WTF!!!! Dead 
It was like– we know yaar what the answer that man would provide, why you’r making a mock of the show. Such redundant shows doesnt help anyone but the broadcasting news channel in getting TRPs.
What are your thoughts? I may be wrong but I strictly felt the way I penned!

Excesses of reality

Such is the tragedy of the Indian tv viewer that if u too are fed-up of the reality tamasha happening on the Indian screen , believe me, you are not alone.

Reality shows started with a bang and as they were a welcome relief from the mind numbing saas -bahu serials, they became the flavor instantly. People loved the idea of watching others in real life situations and how they deal with them, enjoying their misery and happiness at the same time.

Its been found of great use , especially in India and the subcontinent where the emotional quotient is quite high. So you are sitting on a goldmine of an audience,if you make something which emotionally charges up people and gets their tear gland working over time.

Then all hell broke loose, and came the era of post-teen, youth based shows in India .at once, obscenity, brutality and self centeredness gained a whole new meaning, diametrically different from the earlier ones and the gang of bachhas ( clueless bunch of 20 somethings ) got the entire nation hooked to it.

This concept is usually explored by channels like ‘MTV‘, ‘V‘, ‘Bindass‘ etc. Currently the only form of this show is ‘Splits villa ‘ in MTV, which itself seems like a spin-off from the immensely successful ‘Roadies‘.

Though the earlier versions were still bearable ,The current Indian television screen is swarmed by content hardly fit for most audiences .So you have a makeup- disaster- gone- bad Palomi, whining away to glory on a roadies show, while a sadomasochist- of- a- chic hurls the choicest of expletives at the contestants with gr8 fluency in Dadagiri .One show which had me particularly troubled was the latest offering by a certain lady. Rakhi sawant , the actress known for her bold overtures has her “swayamver ” in the offing where she plans to “test ride” 15 men( whatever that means!!) ,with rakhi gyrating bootyliciously at them , i wonder how many of the 15 men will actually survive to put up with their uncertain future.Though the fate of the show is still to be sealed, the sensibilities of a huge section of the population have been challenged yet again .Wonder where we’d go from here. .hope we are nearing the end of the dark tunnel…


recent faceoff between multiplexes and bollywood producers: who to blame and who gains?

When I saw this news, I was a bit surprised– from past 4 years I have been hearing that Multiplexes have made Movie producers to recover money in just 1-2 weekends. Even bad movies with a decent advertising campaign and good star cast can recover their money because of Multiplexes. Gone were the days when Movies had to stood 2-3 months to be declared a hit. Everything was in Producers’ advantage, but what happened suddenly??

In my opinion it is more of an EGO issue than anything else. Why? Well.. as far as I have seen poeple like Shahrukh and Amir Khan have joined hands for this cause i.e. 50-50 partnership between Multiplexes and Producers. That means quality people now needs their share of money if their movie becomes a superhit. It’s not about those producers’ who gained because of Multiplex format, its about those who lost because their Movies were actual hits. People like Ashutosh who made “Jodha Akbar” which was a critically aclaimed movie couldnt earn as per the potential. Hence these quality people have an EGO issue here. Non-deserving producers earn same as quality producers. Did you find Ghajini to be more deserving than any movie being till date to earn highest money? Marketing ingenuinty from Amir was one and only one point.

Now the question arises that who gains from all this— Offcourse no one!!!

Producers’ these days cant think of earning even 50% without multiplexes and during this recession there cant be a worse time for Multiplexes to fall in such a rift. But seeing the timing of Producers and big actors (Note that no big budget movie is releasing in this period) it seems that current losers would be Multiplexes. But, Multiplexes can throw a rebound punch if there IPL Cricket match shows become a success.

What happens…time can only tell. But its an interesting situation developing up..Lets wait and Watch!