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I Me Aur Main Review
4 Mar, 2013 Author:
Directed by: Kapil Sharma
Produced by: Goldie Behl, Shrishti Behl Arya
Starring: John Abraham, Prachi Desai, Chitrangada Singh
Like many before it, here comes yet another supposedly fresh love story of today's generation, “I, Me Aur Main”. But apart from the climax, the film is a sketchy begining for debutant director Kapil Sharma.
Ishaan (John Abraham) is a self-obssessed narcisstic man who take women in his lives for granted, all thanks to his mother's (Zarina Wahab) excessive 'Laad pyaar' (affection). But girls rule his life; a boss he hates the most and girlfriend Anushka (Chitrangada Singh) who's house is where he crashes and also trashes it. Anushka tries to make peace with her boyfriend's lazy antics wherein he refuses to pay up for anything, hoping that marraige will carve a sensible man out of him. But when it gets too much bear, she kicks him out of her house, hoping again that he will denounce his ways now. Life comes down hard on Ishaan now with no easily accesible house and beautiful girlfriend. That's when he bumps into Gauri (Prachi Desai) and falls for her only to realise that he has responsibilities to catch up on. What happens next is your job to check out.
One thing every romantic movie can't do without is romance itself and funnily, that's what is generally missing from maximum of supposed love stories. However, in this case it was bleak. Kapil Sharma could have actually made a great film if he had stayed linear with screenplay but it seems the urge to be hatke (different) was too difficult to ignore and so he meanders through the plot, aimlessly making a film that neither entices you nor entertains you.
It starts with a breezy pace but then it takes the cliched path and turns mundane. What is even more irritating is the sub-plots that run parallely which are sketchy to say the least. Plus, the whole episode of Ishaan's boss and him looking for fresh talents seemed boring and forced.
The best thing about the movie is its runtime which is only 108 minuites. So you have the first half by finishing off smoothly without cringing you. The second half however gets tough for you with melodrama on loose. The only relief in the movie is its unusual ending which saves the movie from being just another romantic tale.
Kapil Sharma does a good job in adding glamour to his film by casting three stunning actors in the cast - John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh and Prachi Desai. Guess that's how he wants people to discount the fact that his storyline is perforated. But only if that could be the case as John disappoints yet again as an actor while he looks eye pleasing. Prachi Desai is too made-up. And only Chitranagada's look and act couldn't save the film. If you are a die-hard fan of John's body, this will be a delight for you. Everyone else can just ignore “I, Me, Aur Main”, we at FilmiTadka give it 2 out of five stars.
Book to screen adaptations have often been eyed indifferently. Much has to do with the inability of filmmakers to replicate the whole book into a movie. That is highly impossible as movies are made under strict time frames. But that doesn’t stop critics from slamming a book adaptation as half baked saga. Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che! also takes the same route as it is a cinematic reprisal of Chetan Bhagat’s novel “The 3 Mistakes Of My Life”. However, this movie leaves you satiated just right!
Kai Po Che Promotional Movie Poster
Set in a Gujarat that is yet to welcome the new millennium, Kai Po Che is a story of three young friends who have different goals and ambitions. Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput) is the cricketing star of his area but unfortunately, he doesn’t manage to go beyond his area. Disappointed with life, he wastes his time doing nothing. Omi (Amit Sadh) is a pujari’s son and is known for his bad temper. Life is either black or white for him. Govind (Rajkumar Yadav) is a realistic money-minded man who is clear about his future. All three of them decide to use their respective skills to use and start up their own sports good selling shop with financial aide from Omi’s uncle Bittu Mama (Manav Kaul) in return for their participation in political campaigns. Omi instantly gets sucked into the political milieu while Govind continues to pursue his money making dreams. Ishaan on the other hand starts coaching the kids from the locality to play cricket and discovers his protégé Ali (Digvijay Deshmukh) who knows nothing other than hitting sixes and fours. Business picks up and the three friends decide to expand their reach. But an earthquake and the Hindu-Muslim riot shatter their dreams. Whether or not they recover from this jolt forms the rest of the plot.
Tales on friendship have often managed to tug the heartstrings of the audience. Today’s youngsters value friends more than their family and so, films like Dil Chahta Hai, Rang De Basanti and others get roaring response. But Abhishek Kapoor didn’t want to follow the herd by glorifying the friendship more than it is required. With Rock On! behind him, he could have easily kept it usual and trite but he decided to keep the bond underplayed yet effective. Like the novel, the film also has many plots running in parallel, but never do they overpower. The sequences of earthquake and riots are kept as real as possible. In fact, never in the narrative will you hear the characters turn into preachers.
If that wasn’t enough to make a dishy film, the performance by the cast just takes it to an all new level. Sushant and Amit are fresh and manage to impart certain strength to their characters. The only actress in the film Amrita Puri seems befitting for the role. But the star of the show is Raj Kumar Yadav who emerges as the best among the lot. The range of emotions that he portrays on screen is simply fascinating.
The negatives in this otherwise interestingly executed movie are its sluggish pace and graph. Even though Kapoor took liberty with the runtime, he couldn’t make anyone connect with the characters out there. Consequently, you don’t feel affected by it. Kai Po Che! is a meticulously orchestrated film which deserves a watch but only if you are fine with the lazy progress. We at FilmiTadka would like to give it 3 out of five stars. By the way don’t forget to checkout our Bollywood Humour T-Shirts.
Our filmmakers are hungry for one success formula which will always earn them rich dividends. Lately, it is the cop sagas with the men in khaki being shown tad corrupt, tad righteous a la Dabangg style. But they forget that what worked for Dabangg won’t necessarily work for their films too. Riding on the same comes Anand Kumar’s Zila Ghaziabad with the likes of Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Vivek Oberoi reduced to caricatures rather than characters. Let us narrate how this was made possible.
Fauji (Arshad Warsi) is the man-friday of the most powerful man in Ghaziabad, Chairman (Paresh Rawal). When he is not doing Chairman’s bidding, he is busy looting and creating havoc in the area to keep money trickling in. Enters Master aka Satbir (Vivek Oberoi) who is an educated man with a resolve to better his homeland Ghaziabad rather than mint money in a corporate firm. But his resolve takes a beating when he starts becoming a roadblock in many plans of Chairman’s brother-in-law who asks Fauji to get rid of Satbir. Self defence forces Satbir to abandon his goodness and take up arms against the baddies, particularly Fauji. That’s when eccentric cop Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt) arrives with a gameplan of his own and unleashes a gang war that engulfs everyone.
Zila Ghaziabad is supposed to be a cinematic adaptation of a real and bloody gangwar that erupted in the 90s Ghaziabad. But rather than becoming a window to the past, it ends up being a done to death movie. Anand Kumar spares no formulaic twists and turns in the movie, hoping it will tap the audience and make the movie more commercially viable. Sadly, he just ruins it for him and for the actors in the cast. The setting is stale and the story follows a very dull graph. If that wasn’t enough, you have the actor shrieking and screaming at the top of their voices for reasons best known only to the director.
There is nothing noteworthy about the performances either. Sanjay Dutt should accept the fact that it’s time for him to move on to better roles and denounce the belief that he can still pull off stunts like a 30 year old. Vivek Oberoi needs career advice as he is making all the wrong choices. His good turn bad act fails to evoke anything in you. Although not a surviving grace, Arshad Warsi is the only good thing to happen to this movie. He keeps you entertained every now and then. Paresh Rawal, Ravi Kishan and Ashutosh Rana are hugely wasted while the girls (Charmy Kaur, Minissha Lamba, etc) don’t deserve a mention at all. This Zilla is not to be entered, if you take our advice. We at FilmiTadka give it 1 out of five stars.
Either Vivek Oberoi doesn't have anything better on his platter to work on or he has lost interest in his career. Or how will you explain him coming out with such depressing movies again and again? Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story will soon take the route of his last release “Kismet, Love, Paisa, Dilli”. Why you ask? Read on...
Jayantabhai (Vivek Oberoi) is an aspiring gangster who falls in love with his neighbour Simi (Neha Sharma). The latter is in the city of dreams to fulfil her dreams. Being the helpful, kind and effervescent bhai, Jayanta makes it his life's mission to help Simi in every step. In the process, they discover love and the usual complications follow.
Nothing in this movie can be called original. From the plot to the jokes are riddled with clichés. It is perhaps one of the most hackneyed movies in recent times. Even the execution seems patchy. One can actually spot green patches on the frame where chroma is used. Vivek Oberoi seemed overworked here as he was busy trying to mix his Company demeanour with Saathiya's perkiness. But unfortunately, he manages to bring across none. It's time he hires a career counsellor or an agent. It seems Vivek acted so much that Neha Sharma didn't feel the need to do so at all. All through the movie she just paraded her looks, completely forgetting that it is a film and not a music video.
Jayantabhai... attempts to do something fresh but ends up being the obvious. Even if you have nothing better to do this weekend, it will be advisable to maintain safe distance from this gangster's mush fest.
Written by: Mahesh Bhatt, Amit Masurkar (additional screenplay)
Starring: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren
Vishesh Films has kick-started the careers of many from the likes of Bipasha Basu to Emraan Hashmi. And with the third instalment from Murder series, Mukesh Bhatt's son Vishesh debuts as director. Now does this new and fresh director manage to infuse the same in Murder 3 or not is what I will tell you here.
A fashion cum wildlife photographer Vikram (Randeep Hooda) shifts base to Mumbai from Capetown, South Africe after he lands a plum deal. He takes alongwith him his fiance Roshini (Aditi Rao Hydari) who inspite of having a successful career in SA, decides to leave everything and go to India with Vikram. But once there, she soon starts doubting Vikram's loyalty towards her and devises a plot to ascertain it. However, unfortunately, she becomes a prey to her own ploy and goes missing. Many months later, Vikram takes a liking for hottie Nisha (Sara Loren) and they move in together. While their love blooms, police is busy implicating Vikram for Roshini's disapperance.
Vishesh Films has often unaplogetically ripped off movies from across the seven seas and guess that's why they made an official remake of the Spanish movie’ The Hidden Face’ this time. But Murder 3 gets lost in translation. Any thriller is known for its shocking twists and turns. In murder 3's case, they don't evoke shock but guffaws and chuckles. Especially when Roshini chalks out a plan and foolishly executes it, the audience can be heard laughing.
Not ruling out debutant Vishesh Bhatt completely, I must say he kept the supposed eerie happenings in the film real and reasonable. Camera by Sunil Patel is good while the background score is apt. Randeep Hooda easily gets done with the role without much hard work. Aditi turns from yet another pretty face in the first half to a brilliant actress in the second half. As for Sara Loren, she is impressive to say the least, although she is mostly seen shedding her clothes. Music by Pritam is good but Emraan Hashmi is sourly missed.
Sadly, Murder 3 only gets its name from its predecessors and not the thrill. It could have been a spine-chilling movie but it turned out spineless and frozen! I’ll give it two out of five stars.