Delhi – 6 Movie Review

I am unable to decide whether I Love the movie or not! Honestly, after a long time I have come across such a movie, where there is an abundance of absolute brilliance coupled with really sad cliches. I think overall, I will say that its a very different, engrossing, exhilarating, yet ultimately unsatisfying movie.

The film starts off brilliantly, and the camerawork is the best I have seen in a long long time! Delhi has been captured like never before; in fact, that itself makes this movie worth a watch. The first half is really exhilarating, very pacey, and its a sheer joy to watch Delhi in its myriad hues. The problem here is that Abhishek is hardly there in the first half. There are so many better etched characters around him that he’s completely overshadowed! Sonam looks ravishing, and is an absolute natural in front of the lens. The interval raises your expectations, and that proves to be the undoing of the movie actually!

It seems that Mehra did not know how to really weave some story around Delhi, and thats where the movie fails in the second half. The central plot is cliched, and I wish Mehra would have chosen something different here. Still, Rehman’s music and the realistic ambiance keeps you hooked. I wouldn’t give away the main plot which unfolds in the second half, all i would say is that Mehra should not have chosen this path. The climax is somewhat better compared to the second half, but still leaves a lot to be desired. I am sure there could have been a better culmination to the movie. that said, there are magical moments scattered here and there throughout!

The songs are a real treat, and utilized well. “Dil dafatan” song is one of the best picturized songs I have ever seen, and this movie can be watched just for that song. Take a bow for that Song Mehra!

Ramleela scenes get on the nerves after a while, and specially during the climax. Honestly, I could not decipher the intention of the final Ramleela scene during the climax!

My biggest complaint against the movie is the character of Abhishek, and the way he has been utilized. In fact, he is the weakest link here by far. He is really miscast as an American desi. Also, many of his dialogues are not audible and unclear. When you watch the movie, you don’t feel that you are watching an Abhishek movie. The movie’s real hero is Delhi city, and Abhishek is relegated to the backseat till the climax. There are the typical NRI scenes, but they are expected and cliched. Only the climax sees him in form. His outburst with Waheedaji, and the finale stands out for me.

Overall, I would give this one a 7.5/10. 4.5/5 for the first half, 2/5 for the second half, and +1 for the song Dil dafatan. Do watch it once!

Year End Roundup – Top 10 Bollywood Movies 2006

Another year ends, giving way to a new one, with new hopes, new dreams, new resolutions, and a new beginning. I am just doing the 2006 round up of Bollywood, my favorite topic!

1. Lage Raho Munnabhai – I am sure this is the top movie in the lists of all the aficionados. A simple, humble, believable yet heartwarming and meaningful movie. Seldom comes a movie like LRM, which makes us believe in the inherent goodness and nobility of humans, and while doing so, makes us smile and cry aplenty. A timeless and ageless movie, which can be watched with the same fervor and smile always. Munna & Circuit topped with Gandhiji, what more can you ask for??

2. Omkara – You can either love this movie or hate it, you cant be in between. I love it for the sheer intensity and honesty of it. Dark and brooding setting, intensely human characters and jaw-dropping realism. A gritty movie with a lifetime performance from Saif, ably supported by the ever reliable Ajay Devgan. Kareena looked better sans makeup than any of her glamorous roles. Vishal Bharadwaj adapts Othello to perfection to a typical Hindi heartland. This movie ultimately breaks your heart, but registers itself nonetheless strongly.

3. Rang De Basanti – Path breaking concept and novel execution, topped with rocking music and awesome performances, sums up RDB. Flawed at places, at times boring too, but overall gut wrenching and touching at the same time. Damn those bastard politicians, paint it yellow! Masterpiece from Rakesh Mehra. Another feather in Amir’s cap.

4. Krishh – Stand up for the Desi Superhero folks, and who else than Hrithik can do it??? Hrithik found a new fan in me with this movie (and Dhoom 2 just increased it!). Hrithik all the way in this one, intense yet childish, brawny yet mellow, grand yet subtle. First half bores, except for Hrithik’s scenes, 2nd half entertains. Action, dance, emotions, double role, give this guy anything, and he comes out triumphant. Hail Krishh!

5. Vivah – Honest, simple, graceful, soulful, and touching, that’s Vivah for you. Earnest, emotional, natural, and traditional, that’s Vivah for you. Sooraj Barjatya emerges triumphant yet again, after the mishmash Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon. Simplicity was never so beautiful, traditions were never so identifiable, characters were never so believable!

6. Woh Lamhe – One of the least talked about films of the year, this is one of the most soulful films to grace the big screen in recent times. Starring newcomers Shiny Ahuja & Kangana Ranaut, by a new director Mohit Suri, this movie based on the life of actress Parveen Babi and her relationship with Mahesh Bhatt, gives you goose bumps all the time. Music is just amazing, and performances are amongst the best of 2006. You feel like you are part of the movie, and the movie succeeds there.

7. Don – This will be surprising to many, but heck, I loved this one (maybe becoz I am a diehard SRK fan). Nothing comparable to the BIG B, but swashbuckling nonetheless. Master twist, great performance from SRK and funky music, make Don an entertainer from start to finish. Takes time to build up and engulf you, but once you are in, Don se bachna mushkil hi nahi, namumkin hai!

8. Golmaal – Arshad Warsi, Ajay Devgan, Sharman Joshi, and Tushar Kapoor, and just one babe Rimi Sen. Add Paresh Rawal, and serve up hot, and you have a fresh laughathon about 4 male friends looking to make ends meet and trying to con an elderly couple. Rollicking and original fresh comedy, with some nice spoofs of famous movies (like Black) and spiffy music thrown in, this movie makes you laugh everytime you see it. A great stressbuster by director Rohit Shetty.

9. Gangster – Boring at times, and extremely emotional at places, ultimately this movie hits you hard. Love story of a Gangster, who transforms in love, story of an innocent girl deceived in love who ends up killing her love and herself. Slow, but haunting, that sums up Gangster. Music uplifts the film to a great extent. Performances again stand out, with the Woh Lamhe couple and Emran Hashmi taking all the honors.

10. Bhagam Bhaag – Saw this movie yesterday, and was laughing for 80% of the movie! Great laughathon from the master of comedies Priyadarshan himself. Starring Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, Lara Dutta, Rajpal Yadav and other Priyan usuals, this movie is a mindless laugh riot with some suspense thrown in. Akshay Rocks, while Govinda should really lose weight now!! Paresh Rawal is wasted kinda, and the ending is awesome! Must watch!

Just Missed It – These movies just missed my list. KANK (for lack of any soul stirring emotions, but great performances and music), DHOOM 2 (For Hrithik, Uday and Aish I mention this movie, nothing else here), KABUL EXPRESS (Amazing Afghanistan, honest portrayal, but a tad slow, just loved Arshad and the Paki guy here), ANKAHEE (amazing music, sincere and real emotions, needed better actors), JANEMAN (Salman n Akshay n Preeti rock, music rocks, but somewhere misses the bus), FANAA (highly formulaic, but KAJOL rocks, and so does the music and the 2nd half)

Please fee free to comment/post your list too, my music list will follow soon! Also in line are the disappointments of the year, and my awards.

Bhagam Bhag – Promo

This movie looks like the real comedy film of the year. Releasing on Christmas, the movie stars Akshay Kumar and Govinda together for the first time, along with the stalwarts of comedy Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani and Sharat Saxena, and 2-3 heroines whom I could not identify.

Directed by Priyadarshan, the king of modern comic classics, this one promises to bring tears to eyes due to excessive laughing!

Here is the promo: http://www.bhagambhagthefilm.com/theatrical.htm

Shahrukh Khan to host Kaun Banega Crorepati 3

After BIG B refused to return to KBC, STAR roped in SRK to do KBC 3. Here is the complete news, courtesy, The HINDU.

Shahrukh to replace Amitabh as host of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’

Mumbai, Nov. 26 (PTI): Amitabh Bachchan fans are in for a disappointment but admirers of Shahrukh Khan can rejoice as he will take over from the Big B as host of the hugely popular TV game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.

Shahrukh said he was “pleasantly surprised” when the STAR network offered him the show but admitted it would be “a huge act to follow” in the footsteps of Amitabh, who made “KBC” one of the country’s most watched TV programmes.

Samir Nair, CEO of Star Entertainment that airs the show, told PTI here, “Mr Bachchan expressed his disinclination to do the show and we respect his decision. We are indebted to him for what he brought to the show but now it is time to move on and who better to hand over the baton to than Shah Rukh Khan.

“We have been in talks with Shah Rukh Khan for over a month now and he expressed his willingness to do the show. Shooting will begin by December-end and we expect this season to be on air by January-end,” Nair said.

Shah Rukh Khan was quoted in a Star India release as saying, “I was pleasantly surprised when STAR offered me the show. I was a participant in season one of KBC…and little did I know one day I would be hosting it. “It is a huge act to follow, that of Mr Bachchan…but it also excites me that I am getting an opportunity to reach out (and) talk and interact with my audience through a medium where I began my career as an actor years ago.”

The hugely popular show, characterised by Bachchan’s baritone and personality, was in its second season when it had to be cut short due to the star’s sudden illness. Since then Star had been in talks with Bachchan for the next season of the show based on “Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire”, but those fell through.

Box Office – 10 – 16 Nov

Three new movies released this week, Vivah, Deadline and Apna Sapna Money Money. Among the three, ASMM took the cake, while Vivah was an unexpected success. Obviously in terms of money, Vivah grossed less than ASMM, since it had about one-third of the prints ASMM had. The third release, Deadline, despite being a good film, and garnering good reviews, got sandwiched between Vivah and ASMM. While Vivah looks set to gross more in its second week and than the first week, ASMM will expectedly drop.

Dhoom 2 is releasing on 24th, and is sure to fetch the best opening numbers of the year!

1 Apna Sapna Money Money – 8.5 Crores
2 Vivah – 5 Crores
3 Don – 47.5 Crores (3 crores this week)(4th week)
4 Umrao Jaan – 7.2 crores (1 Crores this week, this ones a disaster) (2nd week)
5 Jaan-E-Mann – 26.15 crores (1 crores this week, got clobbered by DON)
6 Lage Raho Munnabhai – Awesome, manages 3.5 million in 11th week!
7 Deadline – 2.2 million

Box Office (3rd Nov – 10th Nov)

DON: 44.5 crores after 3 weeks (This week 6.3 crores)

Janeman: 24 crores after 3 weeks (This week 2.8 crores)

Umrao Jaan: 6.25 crores after 1 week

Lage Raho Munnabhai: 70 crores so far (arguably the biggest film ever in India, beating Gadar)
The new releases this week were Vivah and Apna Sapna Money Money.

While Vivah is doing surprisingly well with a limited release stretegy, Apna Sapna Money Money has dropped after a good weekend. More prints of Vivah will be added next week.

Source: http://www.boxofficeindia.com

Shahrukh Khan in Dhoom 3

This is the biggest news, DHAMAKA..

Looks like SRK is changing gears at the best time. After DON, it seems he has apparently been chosen to play the villain in Dhoom III. Here is the complete article, thanks to http://www.naachgaana.com. Great news, I must say.

Yashraj films plan Dhoom 3 with SRK
By Ashok Anchan
15 October 2006, 11:48 PM

MUMBAI: Carry-on series in Hollywood are not a new phenomenon. We’ve seen it with the likes of the Rambo series, Carry On Doctor series and Police Academy series, amongst others.
The trend is now picking up in Bollywood too. First we saw N Chandra’s Style and Xcuse Me. Then came Sajid Nadiadwala’s Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri, Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai and Krrish and then came Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Munnabhai M.B.B.S and Lage Raho Munnabhai.
The latest on this front is from Yash Raj Films. While Dhoom 2 (D:2) starring Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Uday Chopra is all set to release on 24 November; the makers are already readying the third film of the series. According to sources close to the development, the scripting and pre-production work and the casting for the film is currently underway.
While John Abraham played grey shades in the first part, one will get to see Hrithik Roshan in its sequel. What’s more, sources reveal that none other than Shah Rukh Khan will play the negative character in the third part. On the other hand, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra will also be cast in the third part along with Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor (son of Rishi Kapoor).Confirming the developments, a source from Yash Raj Films’ says, “The scripting of the film is nearing completion. But possibly Sanjay Gadvi, who has directed Dhoom 2, won’t be directing the film. The film will be launched shortly.”

Exciting times Ahead friends!

HT also confirms this news, here is the link:

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