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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a mesh between two previous Bollywood films: Sorry Bhai and Tanu Weds Manu. It is definitely a one-time watch, but the film doesn’t offer anything in terms of originality.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a story of Kush (Imraan Khan) who is handed the job of finding a bride for his brother Luv (Ali Zafar).  After many futile attempts, Kush finally stumbles upon Dimple (Katrina Kaif), and thinks that she would make the perfect bride for his brother. However, in the process of introducing Dimple and Luv and preparing for the wedding, Kush falls in love with Dimple. The rest of it forms the climax of the film.

The film offers a great deal in the first half. The background story about Dimple and Kush is very well shot. The first half is a fresh look on the story, but the second half drags on for sometime especially towards the end, where you just want the movie to end because the rest is quite predictable. There are no big twists in the film, which leaves the audience saying, “that end was totally obvious.”

Imraan Khan is not too bad in the film, but not too great either. He plays the simple guy with a good presence of mind, and a good understanding of the surroundings. Katrina Kaif is seen in a completely new avatar. She plays a rock chic who doesn’t give a damn about what anyone thinks, and says what she pleases. However, in an attempt to be completely carefree, at times her acting was a bit annoying and loud. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement in terms of the English accented Hindi. But overall, her acting is tolerable in the film. Ali Zafar is the brother who is crazy about women, and will flirt with any girl in sight. He is someone to look out for in the film, and we might see him more of him in Bollywood.

Overall, the film is a clean, family entertainer. It is a film you can watch with family and friends without having to worry about any awkward situations. Give it a watch if you enjoy band, baaja and baraat type films. 

FILM-O-METER RATING: 2.5 OUT OF 5

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  Singham promises to be nothing more than a fultoo action and masala flick. Its a weekend film and a complete surprise coming from Rohit Shetty’s box of goodies. Unlike his previous films, Singham makes somewhat of an impact on the audience – at least for the 2 hours that you’ll spend inside the theater. The same formula as any 90s movie, but with a different and modern look. With a lot of action sequences (some over-the-top) and some cheesy one-liners, this film is a one time watch.

     Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgan) is an honest cop with his own ideals and believes that problems can be solved by talking them out, and he uses violence mostly as a last resort. After a tiff with a local “dada” by the name of Jaykant Shirke (Prakash Raj), Singham gets transferred to Goa where he sees corruption and violence as a daily way of life. His girlfriend (Kajal Agarwal) encourages him to fight and put an end to the practice of police officers bowing down to local gang-lords.  

    Ajay Devgan is pretty convincing in the role of a “marathi manus”…and uses many Marathi words with diction that is close to acceptable. Words like “tujhya aaichya gaavat” definitely hit homeruns. His effort and hardwork on his physique shows and that six-pack is will not go unnoticed. In fact, it is safe to say that Devgan gave quite a tough competition to Salman and it will be difficult to decide which cop you like best. Kajal Agarwal gives justice to her trivial role and at times manages to come across as a very natural actress sparing some scenes which will rank high on the cheesy meter. Prakash Raj plays the “gunda” in the film and plays it with conviction. At times, his lines seem forced and fake but overall, he will make the audience hate him for who he is. Lastly, the real Marathi color of the film is seen because of Ashok Saraf, who plays a sarcastic “hawaldaar” who firmly believes that the system will never change, and that corruption will always remain a way of life. Saraf adds a lot of comic relief to an otherwise tense situation.

     The movie is for the masses, and as mentioned earlier, it is indeed a weekend film. There is nothing that you learn from the movie, and nothing that might inspire the audiences. It is a family entertainer, and it should taken at its face value. Watch it if you are an absolute fan of action films.

 FILM-O-METER RATING: 4 OUT OF 5  

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Three roommates. One package. A bad case of diarrhoea. And a big misunderstanding. This pretty much sums up Delhi Belly.

Directed by Abhinay Deo, Delhi Belly is about three roommates – Tashi (Imraan Khan), Arup (Vir Das), and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor). Tashi’s girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala) hands Tashi a mysterious package that he is supposed to deliver to an address. However, the package gets lost in transit and there begins the trouble. The three roommates must fight off goons, save Tashi’s girlfriend and find the package with the help of Tashi’s colleague Maneka (Poorna Jagannathan).

The film is a brilliant piece of work, but it is not for everyone. There is a heavy use of bad language and lots of sexually explicit scenes. But, never at any point does it seem like it is overdone. The dialogues and the bad words in them flow quite naturally. From the direction, to the screenplay, to the dialogues, to the songs – everything in the film is unique and hasn’t been done before.  

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     What could be more exciting for a Bollywood buff than having the razzle dazzle of IIFA come to their own city. IIFA awards ceremony is going to be held this weekend, Saturday June 25, in Toronto, Canada. All the glamour will packed in the biggest stadium in Toronto called the Rogers Centre. This is the time when I start loving my job more than ever! Being an RJ means getting certain cool opportunities that one might not get otherwise. So, I’ll be attending some amazing events for the next two days and of course I’ll be writing about them too.

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Chori Kiya Re!!

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Film Biopsy

Originality is a very rare sight in Bollywood. Directors often lift story ideas, action sequences, song sequences, film titles. Some of them might even lift an entire story, and translate it into Hindi when they are not really in the mood to think of anything original.

Stories are a separate thing, but stealing music is worse. Music directors like Pritam and Anu Malik (they are the ones that come to mind first) are quite well known for taking tunes from Arabic songs and just sticking Hindi words into it. They don’t even like to give credit to the original artists sometimes. We are all familiar with the song Kaho Na Kaho from Murder, which was lifted from Amr Diab’s arabic song Tamally Ma’ak. Other than this one, there are countless others. In fact, if you are interested you can even look up Pritam Copy Acts on YouTube, and I bet you’ll find tons of videos on that.

There is so much talent in the world, but unfortunately, the ones with the real talent never get a chance. Why can’t these music directors actually come up with something original? Some of the tunes that are coming out now sound pretty real, but others, are completely taken from other languages, and other movies.

Check out the song from Ready, for example;

Dhinka Chika

  

Here’s is where the song really came from: 

Ringa Ringa (Arya 2: A telugu flick)    

film biopsy: luv ka the end

Posted: May 25, 2011 in Film Biopsy

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I knew going in, that this movie would have nothing to offer, except high-level melodrama, a childish plot and a confused storyline. But, I wanted to see what the new Yash Raj Films branch for youth was upto, and I regret spending those two hours on the film. Luv Ka The End is a pure chick flick and audiences that definitely leave their brains home when/if going to watch it.

     The story is about Rhea (Shraddha Kapoor) who is a teenager in her last year of high school, and is madly in love with her hunk of a boyfriend Luv (Taaha Shah). While Rhea dreams of someday marrying him, Luv has other plans on his mind. He is only in a relationship with Rhea so that he can score the highest points in a club. Luv is only interested in Rhea because he wants to take her to bed, and earn the 1000 points, and become the highest scorer. Rhea finds out about this ploy and vows to make Luv’s life a living hell.

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     Stanley Ka Dabba will surely take you down memory lane. Times when you had the best dabba during lunchtime, or the times when you forgot your dabba, and had to eat from your friend’s boxes. It’s a beautiful story, filled with meaning and memories. It shows the great bond that students have with their teachers, peers and other people around them.

     Stanley (Partho) is a boy who is smart, intelligent, but goes to school everyday without a lunchbox. Mr. Varma (Amole Gupte) a teacher in Stanley’s school does not like the fact that Stanley does not bring his own lunchbox and then shares food with the other boys in the class. Mr. Varma is a teacher who likes to feast on the food brought by other children in the school, because he never brings a lunchbox himself to school. The students then decide to trick their teacher and eat in different places everyday so that they won’t get caught.

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