Monday, July 16, 2012
Surprise! Surprise! Cocktail is for all Deepika Padukone fanbois. And the ones who're shy to count themselves part of the club might just change their mind by the end of this film. Cocktail promises there's more to Deepika than long legs ;) The film should do for her what Fashion did for Priyanka Chopra.
Diana Penti is an onscreen delight. She stands out even among the established names she shares the screen with. Her chemistry, however, with Saifu doesn't quite come through. Did she go overboard with her innocent, cutesy act? I'm not sure.
Saifu is his usual charming self as Gautam (aka Gatloo). His mother Dimple Kapadia is hilarious and she along with Boman Irani evoke the loudest laughs with amazing dialogue delivery.
Visually, the film couldn't have gotten better. Courtesy cinematographer Anil Mehta. Every frame looks slick, stylish. Musically, its peppy and enjoyable. Daru Desi and Angrezi Beat make you want to go the theaters to watch the film. (Songs slacken pace in the latter half of the film)
Overall, Cocktail is a breezy entertainer. Just the kind of film you'd want to pick up on a boring weekend. Certainly a one-time watch. All those who've seen the film, do share your thoughts in the comment section below. Waiting to hear from you all!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Like all Rohit Shetty's films (except Singham) this one too is a no-brainer entertainer. Ajay Devgn's harrowing english does evoke laughs but he's better off as Bajirao of Singham or Vanraj of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam for me. The star of the show was unsparingly Krishna Abhishek (of Comedy Circus fame). Perfect timings! While he had some of the bestest dialogues in the film, his actions are enough to hurt your jaws. Archana Pooran Singh makes the film come alive for whatever little screen time she gets and is as hilarious playing Zohra as Madhumati. Asin and Prachi had little to do as expected. Abhishek Bachchan 5 minute mujra-cum-kathak-cum-disco will have you in splits.
Watch it if you have really nothing to do!
Gangs of Wasseypur is certainly not the kind of the film you'd want to watch on a boring weekend. I hoped for some entertainment as I walked in, after a long week at work. And I was evidently, not impressed. Bad timings, I guess. But keeping my expectations aside, the film was great, certainly not something expected of our Dear Bollywood. The plot, the revenge, the characters. It all worked but I doubt it really lived up to all the Cannes hype. Among the revenge-themed thrillers, Rakht Charitra remains my most favorite film. Power-packed performances by Manoj Bajpai, Tigmanshu Dhulia (Ramadhir Singh), Piyush Misha and Richa Chaddha (of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!). Huma Qureshi (the Pears Ad girl flaunting fake Ray Bans in the film) doesn't get to show much of her acting skills but looks promising. Hopefully we'll get to see more of her in the sequel. Anurag Kashyap is lucky to have earned Rs. 27 crore already from GOW. He spent Rs. 18 crore on both I and II. Kashyap will be back in the limelight on Aug 8 with GOW's sequel. Here's a sneak peak. The music was quirkishly delightful. O-ghumaniya has to be my favorite. Loved the Beat and the Back ;)
Shanghai is well-scripted and screen played, with characters that keep you hooked to the story till the last. But I'm not sure it delivered as much as the noise it created before its release given that it came from a director like Dibakar Bannerjee. His Khosla ka Ghosla still remains my most favorite. The good part about Shanghai is that the characters were not superimposed on the story. The story was the hero of the film. The film was not about characters. It was the characters that together made the story work. A special mention to Kalki Koechlin here. I thought it was her best performance. (I have yet too finish That Girl in Yellow Boots though) Emraan Hasmi. Way to go! Abhay Deol impresses. Though I've seen him do much better.
For all of you, who have seen the film, tell me how you liked it. For the ones, who haven't, enjoy it on your DVD!