“Popcorn Entertainment Awards 2014”- Deserving nominations, My winners!


For the first time in this blog, I am not writing any review, neither I am reviewing any upcoming trailer. The Season of Awards for the year 2013 has arrived, with almost every significant channels hoisting their awards under numerous categories.

In my opinion, 2013 was an exceptional year in terms of genre of films that entertained the audience, with an eclectic mix of  some mega blockbusters ( CE, YJHD, D3) that provided wholesame entertainment, and niche offbeat films (Kai Po Che, Madras Cafe, Shahid, Lunchbox) which deserved a standing applause because of their courage and conviction in portraying thought provoking cinema.

My love for cinema is unfathomable. Devouring a movie in the closed archlights of a cinema hall has always been a delightful experience for me. With this undeniable passion, i have listed below my own list of categories, deserving nominations and my favourites for the year 2013. Needless to say, I had a tough time in selecting my winners, but at the end of the day, i personally feel that among the deluge of films that are released every year, to earn a nomination is an achievement in itself .

PopCorn Entertainment Awards 2014 


Best film of the year:

  • Madras Cafe
  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Special 26
  • Ranjhaana
  • Lootera
  • Kai Po Che

Winner: Madras Cafe ( This was a difficult one . All these movies had a close tie, as each and every one were brilliant in their own way. Madras Cafe was the final winner for me because of its courage and gumption in delving into a sensitive subject , which has never been explored in Bollywood till now)

Best Actor in a Leading Role- Male

  • Dhanush (Ranjhaana)
  • Ranveer Singh (Lootera)
  • Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)                                                                                          
  • Hrithik Roshan (Krishh3)
  • Rajkummar Rao ( Shahid)
  • John Abraham (Madras Cafe)

Winner: Farhan Akhtar  ( Farhan scores over others in portraying a complex character with sheer simplicity.  Dhanush comes a close second for his heartening take on a man lost in love, but it was  John who really surprised me with his competent performance in Madras Cafe. )

Best Actor in a Leading Role- Female

  • Deepika Padukone (Chennai Express)
  • Deepika Padukone (Ram Leela)
  • Sonakshi Sinha (Lootera)
  • Sonam (Ranjhaana)
  • Nimrit Kaur (Lunchbox)
  • Parineeti Chopra (Shudh Desi Romance)

Winner: Deepika Padukone (Ram Leela) ( Hands down to this leggy lass, with an indefatigable performance in Ram Leela. Year 2013 primarily belonged to her, with all her films hitting the bulls eye big time, but it was Ram Leela that showcased her talent through her supremely calibrated performance. Sonakshi Sinha and Nimrat Kaur come a close second here , for pitching in the right notes in their respective films)

Best Director

  • Shoojit Sircar – Madras Cafe
  • Anand L  Rai (Ranjhaana)
  • Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  • Neeraj Pandey ( Special 26)
  • Vikramditya Motwane ( Lootera)
  • Abhishek Kapoor ( Kai Po Che)

Winner: Shoojit Sircar  ( Madras Cafe was dealt with complete dexterity, blending fiction and facts in a subtle and compelling way. Special 26 and Kai Po Che comes a close second due to their taut and gripping storylines. I immensely liked BMB and Ranjhaana, but it was predominantly for their lead actors)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Male

  • Arjun Rampal  (D Day)
  • Saurabh Shukla (Jolly LLB)
  • Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub ( Ranjhaana)
  • Amit Sadh ( Kai Po Che)
  • Rajkummar Rao (Kai Po Che)
  • Anupam Kher (Special 26)

WinnerSaurabh Shukla   ( Now this was really tough to decide. All the performances were award winning, but it was Saurabh Shukla who deserves my vote for his magnificent act as a lawyer caught in cross roads. Anupam Kher,  Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub and RajKumar Rao  battle for the second spot, while Arjun Rampal showed significant improvement as the gun trotting hard core loyalist in D -Day)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Female

  • Divya Dutta  (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
  • Swara Bhaskar (Ranjhaana)
  • Huma Qureshi (D Day)
  • Kangana Ranaut (Krishh 3)
  • Konkana Ken Sharma (Ek Thi Daayan)
  • Supriya Pathak  (Ram Leela)

Winner-Divya Dutta   ( BMB had the trump card of superlative performances, and apart from Farhan, it was Divya Dutta who carved out a classic act in this biopic. Swara Bhaskar and Huma Qureshi were exceptional, a notch above Konkana and Supriya Pathak)

Best Actor in a Negative Role

  • Rishi Kapoor ( D Day)
  • John Abraham (Shootout At Wadala)
  • Vivek Oberoi (Krishh 3)
  • Kay Kay Menon (Ankur Arora Murder Case)
  • Shilpa Shukla (BA Pass)
  • Boman Irani (Jolly LLB)

Winner: Rishi Kapoor ( Rishi Kapoor’s Dawood was a solid punch by this thespian, who seem to be enjoying his acting to the hilt currently. Vivek oberoi as Kaal got the eyeballs rolling as well, so as Shilpa Shukla in the uncoventional BA Pass )

Best Actor in a Comic Role:
  • Divyendu Sharma ( Chashme Badoor)
  • Arshad Warsi ( Jolly LLB)
  • Pulkit Samrat (Fukrey)
  • Manjot Singh (Fukrey)
  • Siddhartha(Chashme Badoor)

Winner: Divyendu Sharma ( When you cant change the girl, change the girl. Chasme Badoor might have been labelled as a loud remake of the original, nevertheless, it had me in splits , and Divyendu with his tongue in cheek shaayari was a delight to watch)

Best Music:

  • Pritam (Dhoom 3)
  • Pritam( Yeh Jaawani Hai Diwani)
  • Amit Trivedi ( Kai Po Che)
  • Mithun,Jeet Ganguly, Ankit Tiwari (Aashiqui2)
  • Amit Trivedi ( Lootera)

Winner: Aashiqui 2  ( All the nominees had an astounding musical score, but Aashiqui 2 scores for his soulful tunes , just like his predecessor.  The rather ordinary film sucked up to blockbuster status , with the nation crooning to “Sun Raha Na Tu”)

Best Debut (Male)

  • Dhanush  (Ranjhaana)
  • Sushant Singh Rajput  (Kai Po Che)
  • Ram Charan Teja  ( Zanjeer)
  • Manish Paul ( Mickey Virus)

Winner: Sushant Singh Rajput ( This was a close battle between Dhanush and Sushant, with both displaying histrionics in their first every bollywood outing. But Sushant scores for his freshness and despite his zero experience on celluloid , Kai Po Che did unravel one of the rising superstars of hindi cinema)

Best Debut ( Female)

  • Vaani Kapoor (Shudh Desi Romance)
  • Taapsi Panu ( Chasme Badoor)
  • Nimrit Kaur ( Lunchbox)
  • Shraddha Kapoor ( Aashiqui2)

Winner : Nimrit Kaur  ( To orchestrate a debut in a rather offbeat film like Lunchbox requires gut, and Nimrit  was bang on in this flick , amidst a  dignified ensemble of Irrfan and Nawazuddin. )

I would be really looking forward to your comments/opinion/criticism/feedback on the debut of “PopCorn Entertainment  Awards” 🙂


“Jai Ho”Review–Salman delivers in an uninspired film

Jai Ho

  • Film: Jai Ho
  • Starring: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Tabu, Danny Denzongpa
  • Release Date: 24th Jan 2014
  • Produced by :Eroz Entertainment, Sohail Khan
  • Directed by: Sohail Khan
  • Story/Screenplay: A. R. Murugadoss (Inspired by Telugu movie’Stalin’)
  • Music: Sajid-Wajid, Amal Malik




Salman Khan ‘s brand and box office equity has spiraled to unimaginable levels in his past outings. Wanted, Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2–these have smashed box office records and have catapulted  the iconic status of this current mass and box office king. So when our Bhai returns to the big screen as a social crusader , after a 13 months hiatus, expectations are bound to be humongous. But Jai ho fails despite his sincere and earnest efforts, which is ironic because the film had immense potential.

A remake of Telugu blockbuster Stalin, this Sohail khan helmed film is about Jai, an ex army officer, who plays a good hearted Samaritan to people in trouble. Post a tragic incident, Jai encourages people to indemnify their help and kindness to three strangers, in order to make the world a better place.

The plot has a reassuring premise, only to be scattered away completely by insipid writing and lacklustre direction. The film gets completely distracted by its innumerable action sequences and dull screenplay. To justify Salman’s superhuman persona, his brother instills all the unrequired elements which this film would have done without. Abysmal songs and humdrum music only add to the agony of the viewer. At the end of it, its virtually nothing that you take away home with, as Jai ho melts down to a revenge drama of sorts, rather than a film with a message. Your heart goes out for the extremely talented actors forming the supporting cast, who are completely wasted in insubstantial roles. The highly revered Tabu is impressive as Jai’s sister, but goes completely off track due to the thankless scope of her character. Ditoo with Mahesh Manjrekar and Nadira Babbbar, who are wasted in their limited roles. Danny growls and shouts, but its not a match to the enigmatic stature of the actor. Daisy Shah makes up for her bland acting with her passable dancing skills, but clearly, unlike his previous films,  Salman’s chemistry with Daisy  is absolutely missing.

Its left to Salman to carry the entire film on his shoulders, and to be honest, he doesnt dissapoint. He fights, screams, preaches, dances,sings–does everything that his fans expect him to do. The gallant actor delivers a committed performance, albeit, in a losing cause.

Its unfortunate that despite the mega stars presence and noteworthy performance, Jai Ho fails to capitalize  on its promising concept–one which is really the need of the hour. Salman’s first outing as a social crusader might just scrape through his fans, but certainly, he deserved better.

  Popcorn Entertainment Rating: 2/5


“Dedh Ishqiya” review- A Delectable platter full of wit!


Khalujan and Babban  are back with their escapades, and with a huge bang this time. If the prequel Ishqiya was studded with unpredictable twists and turns and a crackling chemistry between the lead actors, Dedh Ishiqya is an absolute class act in terms of witty screenplay and writing. Ornate with some exceptional dialogues and clever story, Dedh Ishqiya is a top notch successor  to its equally worthy prequel.

Without unraveling much of the plot, Dedh Isqiya kicks up in  Mahmudabad, where our Khalujan visits with an intention to win the nawabi swayamvar, organised by the beautiful widow Begum Para ( Madhuri Dixit). Begum Para intends to find her suitable husband through the shayari competition, with the aid of her close confidante Munia ( Huma Quereshi). In keeping with lines with the prequel, both Khalujan and Babban are still on the  run from their boss, after they get separated during a  jeweler store robbery. But little they know is that they are inching towards a veil of deceit and conspiracy , and that all that glitters is not gold!

Neatly directed by Abhishek Choubey, Dedh Ishqiya stays grounded on its earthy humour right from start to finish, with a delicious mix of witty dialogues and sparkling performances from its principled cast. The film tends to drag a bit during the post interval portions, but its ensured the screenplay with the undercurrent humor   stays tight. Several moments stay etched in your memory –the introductory prologue in the robbery, confrontation between Vijay Raaz’s gang and our two local thieves, the pandemonium during the climax–absolutely brilliant.

Naseer delivers a commendable act. His Khalujaan is a delightful mix of brain and heart power. Ditto for Arshad as Babban, an extremely calibrated act filled with humour and brawn power. Huma Qureshi continues where she left from D-Day. She seems to be improving with every film. As a close confidante of the begum, she renders an energy to her Munia which is a delight to watch. Madhuri Dixit  retains her innocence, and renders a splendid performance. Vijay Raaz, as the touted Nawab is brilliant. I wonder why he is so underutilized in  celluloid. Manoj Pahwa is impressive in his cameo role.

Dedh Ishqiya is a smart earthy thriller to come out in recent times. Dhoom Franchise might have earned humoungously, but both Babban and Khalujan have ensured that their franchise remains the way they themselves are–loving, adorable and absolutely delectable!!!