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“Kick” Movie Review–Get set for a Salman feast…

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  • Film: Kick
  • Starring: Salman Khan, Randeep Hooda, Jacqueline Fernandez,Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Release Date: 25 July 2014
  • Produced by :Sajid Nadiadwala
  • Directed by: Sajid Nadiadwala
  • Story/Screenplay:  Vamsi/ Rajat Arora,Keith Gomes, Sajid, Chetan Bhagat
  • Music: Himesh Reshammaiya

Straight up, Kick is the quintessential Salman ” Bhai” affair. Completely devoid of logic,with full throttle mindless entertainment. Its actually fruitless to review a film starring an actor whose humoungous success in recent times ( all his films since Dabanng have crossed 100 crores) is still a conundrum to solve. With his recently released Kick, Salman dials up his own success formula again with unabashed charm and chutzpah.And he succeeds, yet again..in giving his fans the much needed “Eidiee” they deserved, after a rather dissapointing Jai Ho ( which still was a 126 crore hit).

Devi Lal Singh ( Salman), an eccentric  and a good hearted Samaritan,  meets Dr Shaina ( Jacqueline) under weird circumstances, and  their love electrifies and blossoms , until the instability and outlandish behaviour of Devi ( quitting 32 jobs and yet to get one) sparks a tiff between them and Devi leaves Shaina . With the brooding and shy Shaina  losing her sheen and smile over her ephemeral love story, she meets her new suitor Himanshu tyagi ( Randeep Hodda), a hard cop police officer, who has lost his sleep over  Devil,a disguised masked thief on a  robbing spree and the only blotch in his otherwise impeccable police career. His mission to nab Devil is mired with twists and turns, so will he be able to crack this guy? salman-khan-in-kick-movie-wallpaper

Remake of a Telugu blockbuster and shot lavishly on a extravagant scale,first time director Sajid Nadiadwala ensures a spiced up story with all the ingredients that a Salman flick has. Kick a string of scenes which will keep you hooked– especially the role reversal scene between the suitor ( Salman) and girls ‘Diplomat”father ( Saurabh Shukla), when Devi ( Salman) gets into jail and the pandemonium that occurs after his father ( Mithun) arrives.  But the pace of the film dips intermittently, and the romantic angle between Devi and Shaina lacks conviction. But these quibbles are suitably backed up by some terrific action scenes and hummable numbers, with a climax that actually matches up with the dialogue that Salman declares “‘Dil main aata hun, samajh main nahin“”  🙂

Kick is an absolute tribute to the charismatic Salman–a bad guy with a heart of Gold. And indeed, the actor seems to be on a roll in this film. He  flourishes in churning  out his volte face act from a fun loving goofy Devi to a skilled robber Devil. Full throttled from scene one, the inhibited actor is a bang for bucks, with an amazing spontaneity he displays with infectious energy. He is superbly matched up by  crackling performance from Randeep Hooda, who gets equal footage like the actor and does complete justice to it. He matches up with the actor frame to frame, elevating the film to higher levels through his dexterity.  Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in a short yet significant role as a menacing villian leaves an indelible impression. Jacqueline is elegance personified, but she needs to improve her diction. Saurabh Shukla, Mithun Chakravorty, and Archana Puran singh render justice to their roles . And of course, not to forget “Jumme Ki Raat” and  ” Hangover”, songs which will roar up our Bhai fans with whistles and whoppies.

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Kick defies cinematic logic, but then, it will end up being one of the  biggest blockbusters of the year, because of that one man standing tall above all–Salman Khan. Just go and have a blast, you wont get bored. Its Salman Khan at his “Devilish” best.

                                    PopCorn Entertainment Rating–3/5

 

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“Mary Kom” trailer review–Packs a solid punch

Bollywood’s answer to Million Dollar Baby seems to have arrived. Based on the life of Indian Boxer Mary Kom, this Indian Biographical Sports drama film stars Priyanka Chopra in the protagonist role, and probably, in her most author backed role till date. The  trailer packs a punch, with some solid boxing sequences and a promise of a terrific portrayal of the real life boxing star by Chopra.

 

 

A Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, this Omung Kumar directorial venture promises yet another poignant tale of a sportsstar, a territory successfully chartered last year with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

 

So its time to wait and watch for 5th Sept 2014.

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“Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya”Review–“DDLJ” wine in a New Bottle

 

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  • Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
  • Starring: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ashutosh Rana
  • Release Date: 11 July 2014
  • Produced by :Dharma Productions
  • Directed by: Shashank Khaitaan
  • Story/Screenplay:  Shashank Khaitaan
  • Music: Sachin- Jigar

 

It was in the year 1995 that Yashraj films had created history. One film which took the nation by storm, bought the Dilwale’s and Dulhaniya’s under one platter, and made SRK the iconic star he is today–Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge remains an illustrious chapter in the annals of Indian Cinema.

Circa 2014, and we have Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, a new age ode to the enduring love story of DDLJ, with its own bracing treatment with twists and turns. While the film shamelessly wears its obssession with the illustrious love story, it does succeed in warming your hearts and makes for a heartening watch.

The core of the plot retains where DDLJ took off. Delhi boy Humpty aka Rakesh Sharma ( Varun), an aimless yet good hearted munda meets Ambala girl Kavya ( Alia),  a feisty and spirited girl who is in town to scout for a designer lehenga for her impending marriage to an NRI. Love inevitably happens between the pair,  and now Humpty  has the onerous task  to win over her recalcitrant bauji ( Ashutosh Rana) back home to get her dulhaniya back. hskd 2

HSKD scores highly in its light and heartwarming moments, with a crackling chemistry between the lead pair adding an icing on the cake. But where the film fails is its inability to germinate beyond the banal story replete with cliches. Shashank’s first directorial attempt could have been a solid entertainer had he had not reconceived the usual cliches we have seen umpteen number of times, especially during the post interval portions. The film  loses its steam which it had incredibly built up in its first half, but fortunately, its well intertwined with some genuine humour and amazing male bonding of the trio ( Humpty,Shonty and Poplu)

HSKD biggest strength lies in its performances, and thats the trump card of this Dharma Productions venture. Both Varun and Alia deliver terrific performances, with an infectious chemistry oozing up on the screen. While Alia strikes every correct note in her feisty portrayal of a girl madly in love  , Varun Dhawan is smashing as the lover boy who is strong yet vulnerable when it comes to the matters of heart and family. Ashutosh Rana churns out a powerful act, adding a compassionate texture  to the rather obstinate and dry bauji of DDLJ. Infact, we would like to see him more on the big screen.  A special mention of Humpty’s chuddi buddies ( Gaurav Pande and Sahil Vaid) who are brilliant in their faithful buddy acts to our hero.

With hummable music and scenic locales, HSKD scores despite its hiccups. It deserves a watch for its lead pair, terrific performances, and  for a heartwarming tribute  to its  illustrious predecessor.

 

  PopCorn Entertainment Rating: 3/5

 

 

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“Finding Fanny” trailer review–Witty and quirky dish on the menu

Interesting and witty, thats what one can say after seeing the first look of Homi Adajania’s “Finding Fanny’, his upcoming movie , slated for a Sept 2014 release. Comprising of an ensemble and an extremely talented cast–Deepika Padukone, Naseer, Pankaj Kapur, Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia–Finding Fanny does bear a striking resemblance to Homi’s previous directorial ventuie-Being Cyrus. 

 

 

 

A Fox Star Production , Finding Fanny promises to be an interesting amalgamation of a commercial and experimental cinema..Definitely, awaited 🙂