23 May, 2008

Partner - a colourful comedy

Director: David Dhawan,
Producers: K. Sera Sera and Sohail Khan,
Music Director: Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Sanjay Chhel, Shabbir Ahmed and Jalees Sherwani
Starring: Salman Khan, Govinda, Katrina Kaif, Lara Dutta

Prem (Salman Khan) comes across Bhaskar Diwakar Chaudhury (Govinda) who is in love with Priya (Katrina Kaif) the rich daughter of a millionaire business tycoon Raichand (Dalip Tahill). Though reluctant at first, how Bhaskar wins over Prem’s heart so that Prem can help him win over Priya’s heart is the rest of the movie. Yes there are some misunderstandings which are resolved rather quick, as well as an unfinished and unneeded track of an underworld don called Chhota Don (Rajpal Yadav) who seems inspired by both Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. Though the basic premise of the movie is the same as well as a number of sequences which have been lifted directly, Sanjay Chhel’s screenplay does give the it’s own look and feel which in turn makes PARTNER it’s own unique movie.

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The performances in the movie are absolutely entertaining to the maximum. Salman Khan is very natural in his performance which personifies and cements Salman Khan’s star status. He looks lively and better than some of his just released movies, and performs his comic scenes with ease. Certain scenes in the movie which only he could’ve pulled off. He has done well in moments with the kid and even excelled in his dance.
Govinda really needed a movie like this and yes, he has erased negative memories of the frequent failures of his movies lately. There is a certain magic that Govinda creates when he is in form in a comedy film. It seems the role is tailor-made for him and gives him the chance to to weave the magic on-screen that only he can.
Its Govinda all the way with his absolutely blistering blast of energy, impeccable and flawless comic timing, unbeatable dialogue delivery and masala-filled dance steps which bring smiles, laughter to the viewer till the very end.
- Aniz Filmvala

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20 May, 2008

Victoria No: 203

Commendable attempt to re-create the old classic movie...

Starring: Soniya Vinod Mehra, Kamal Sadanah, Jummy Sheirgill, Preeti Jhanghani, Jaaved Jaafri, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Tora Khasgir, Jatin Sail
Produced by: Kamal Sadanah
Directed by: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

Victoria No. 203 is a story about a diamond heist and how the lives of so many different people get intertwined in the search for lost diamonds.

The movie takes off with a display of the diamonds worth Rs300 crores . Bobby Bombata (Jaaved Jaafery), a rich industrialist and Devyani (Preeti Jhangiani), his moll are smitten by the diamonds. Bobby is willing to do anything to acquire them.

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When the diamond owner denies his offer to buy the diamonds, his ego is hurt. He hires the services of a cat burglar, Tora (Tora Khasgir) to steal the diamonds. Tora performs a daredevil heist and escapes with the diamonds.

She has an agenda of her own though and plans a double cross with her brother, Karan (Rajesh Khera). Just as she is about to escape, she bumps into the infamous Ranjit (Kamal Sadanah) who stabs her.

She escapes though, and falls next to Victoria No. 203 in which she hides the diamonds. The Victoria driver Raman offers to take her to the hospital and in the process gets caught by the police who suspect him for attempted murder.

Raman's daughter, Sara (Sonia Vinod Mehra, the late Vinod Mehra's daughter) is forced at this stage to ride the Victoria in order to make money for her father's trial.

She is unaware that she is riding around Bombay with 300 crore diamonds in her victoria. Jimmy (Jimmy Joseph) an expert on diamonds, takes a ride on the Victoria and instantly falls in love with Sara.

The story also entails, Raja (Anupam Kher) & Rana (Om Puri) two small time crooks who are recently released from jail. They hear about the diamond heist and are extremely impressed, hoping one day they will be able to do something of the sort.

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14 May, 2008

Blue Umbrella - A beautiful movie. Must see for all movie lovers.

Director: Vishal BharadwajStarring: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma (Child artiste)Cinematographer: Sachin K Krishan There is an ideal scenic, lush-green small mountain village somewhere in Himachal Pradesh, where everyone knows everyone else. Having plenty of time around, Nandkishor (Pankaj Kapur), a shabby shopkeeper in this village - is lying on a charpoy, headphones plugged into his ears, listening to his fortune. The mechanical voice assures him that one day he would be richer than the richest man on earth. He enjoys it...
Biniya (Shreya Sharma), an eleven-year-old girl who finds a beautiful, blue umbrella, and everyone is enchanted by its form and beauty including the small shopkeeper Nandkishore Khatri.
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While the girl goes on flaunting her blue umbrella all around this small town, to her friends and everyone, Nandkishore has his plans to swindle the umbrella from her. Biniya, though ready to share her possession with friends, steadfastly counteracts any offers attempting to part the umbrella from her possession. As she merrily goes bouncing around the village, quite a few village people would want to wrest the umbrella from her grip.
Next, the umbrella is stolen. The heartbroken girl suspects this crafty shopkeeper –Nandkishore, and she gets the policemen to ransack his shop which fails to lead to the missing blue umbrella. Well what now?
Here the inventive child Biniya carries out her own investigations to uncover her umbrella thief. The film is simple in its narrative and the proceedings become interesting after the umbrella goes missing. The story not just captivating, but heart touching too.
Child actor Shreya Sharma is remarkable and is very natural throughout the movie. Credit ought to go to the director who could manage such an unusual performance from the debutante.
The movie unfolds masterfully, though at a slow pace with the story beautifully describing issues of loss, longing, exclusion and loneliness brilliantly on the whole.
Its an engrossing film which has a well-balanced blend of fable and realism.
- Aniz Filmvala
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Chak De India - Splendid performance from Shahrukh Khan

Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, Chitrashi Rawat, Shilpa ShuklaDirector: Shimit AminProducer: Aditya Chopra

Chak De India' is the story of a coach's fight to make his team, Team India, the best in the world. It is a film about self-belief, perseverance, determination and the human spirit to fight and win.The movie is about a disgraced hockey player, called Kabir Khan, pulling together a team of misfits to do the impossible - winning the World Hockey Championship. Kabir, India's most successful Centre Forward of all time, bungles a crucial penalty and is castigated by the nation - as Pakistan win the cup.

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Seven years later, this never-say-die Kabir Khan is raring to go. His plan is simple: to start from the very bottom of the Indian Women's Hockey Team whose administrators aren't even serious in their approach looking for a coach.
His has taken seriously the task of coaching the bunch of 16 indisciplined non-actresses, trying to keep up with him. And pushes them hard.The team is a rag-tag bunch of girls with their own agenda. A bunch of girls who have forgotten what it is like to play for the love of the game. Of playing because you want glory for your country. Not because you want a pensioned job or a government flat.

Khan, of course, is King. This is a bravura performance, a gritty drive by an actor who clearly has sport in his blood. The fit of Shah Rukh as a hockey coach -- inspiring, canny, frustrated, helpless and profoundly hopeful -- is so naturally perfect that it's a wonder he hasn't done a sports film before. The film is shot nicely, the direction is superb, and it is a perfectly good sporting film, and its a fine, true-blooded sports movie though, and deserves applause.

- Amarjeet Mehta

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Naqaab - A thriller from Directors Abbas Mustan

Directors: Abbas MustanProducers: Kumar S. Taurani, Ramesh S. TauraniMusic Director: PritamLyrics: SameerStarring: Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Urvashi Sharma, Vishal Malhotra, Vikas Kalantri, Raj Zutshi

The story is based on the scenic locales of Dubai.A middle-class girl called Sophie (Urvashi Sharma) meets Karan (Bobby Deol) belonging to the upper echelon of the society.Opposites attract, Sophie falls in love with Karan and gets engaged to him.While Sophie treats her friends post engagement in an Egyptian restaurant, the brash, awfully dressed Vicky (Akshaye Khanna) ends up dancing with her after being prompted by an usher who harps about Egyptian traditions and they dance to a Hindi song.

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This just-engaged girl shares a tremendously intimate song with the upstart, coming close enough to an actual kiss, and just then the spell breaks. Vicky too belongs to the girl's strata of the society. Positives come close too, hence Sophie, inspite of being engaged to Karan, starts falling for Vicky.The girl Sophie has a past that seems to be threatening her future. The guy - Vicky also has a past that can jeopardize the girl's future. And the rich guy Karan, too has a gruesome past that will.... if unleashed - shatter all the three lives.There's also a fourth element to the story, a mysterious guy who seems to be monitoring these three characters.

The film is neatly shot, progresses breezily with a fair share of contrived contertwisting and ends with a climax layered on and on...

- Aniz Filmvala

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Gandhi My Father - A troubled father-son relationship.

Starring: Akshaye Khanna, Darshan Jariwala, Bhumika Chawla and Shefali Shah
Producer: Anil Kapoor
Director: Feroz Abbas Khan

This movie is about Mahatma Gandhi's family - the father of our nation. It tells the story of Gandhi's eldest son Harilal Gandhi, who rebelled against his father and carried the identity of his father like a curse around his neck. Its a story of a principled father and an unfortunate son.

Mahatma Gandhi's wife Kasturba (played by Shefali Shah) raised her eldest son Harilal all by herself when Gandhi left to study in London in 1888. Later, she gave birth to three more sons.

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Being rebelious natured, Harilal converted to Islam and adopted the name Abdullah Gandhi. He also sought to remarry after the death of his first wife Gulab (played by Bhumika Chawla). All this prompted Harilal think that his father would disown his own son. Even though Harilal later converted back to Hinduism, he lived the life of a derelict, roaming the streets of India like a beggar and finally drinking himself to death.In Harilal’s words: 'He (Mahatma Gandhi) is the greatest father you can have. But he is the one father I wish I did not have.'