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Kismat Konnection – Enjoy the simplicity and romance

Posted by harino1 on July 20, 2008

here is a lot riding on this flick for several reasons

· Aziz Mirza returns after a hiatus since his last ‘Chalte Chalte’

· Shahid Kapur is back with the his loverboy looks

· Pritam has fused in some amazing tracks for this one

Synopsis..

Raj [Shahid Kapur] was numero uno. In academics, sports, dramatics. But four years after winning the best-student-of-the-year trophy from his architectural college, he’s wondering why a brilliant architect like him, with designs to set the Canadian landscape on fire, is still struggling to find that one big chance to showcase his mettle.

It’s almost as though some negative kismat is following him around because whenever something good is about to happen, it seems doomed to fail.

Desperate to get rid of the bad phase in his life, Raj meets a quirky oracle, Hasina Bano Jaan [Juhi Chawla]. She tells him that soon his stars will change and make everything work in his favour; but for all this to happen, Raj has first to find his lucky charm and never let go of it. But she tells him no more, leaving Raj mystified, trying to figure out what this charm could be.

Suddenly, his life seems to be on the right track. He’s managed to impress top builder Sanjeev Gill [Om Puri] into giving him a prestigious project.

Priya [Vidya Balan] is a tough-talking, tough-decision taking girl with a heart of gold. She is an idealist who is intent on making the world a better, more humane place and is quite willing to fight a lone battle for it.

Raj succeeds in persuading Priya that he’s the Messiah who can save her beloved Community Centre from destruction. And also opens her eyes to her philandering fiancé [Amit Verma]. Raj even manages to thwart the evil designs of old-college-foe-turned-deadly-professional-enemy Dave [Manoj Bohra]. Does this mean that Raj has unwittingly discovered his lucky charm?

‘Kismat Konnection’ does well in establishing the connect because of its simplicity. The film is outright plain and simple. A film truly for the masses! Aziz Mirza succeeds in his storytelling of romance and the reality of life that dawns upon this romance.

Aziz Mirza along with his son and co-director Haroon succeed with the romance which has always been Azizji’s forte. All Aziz Mirza’s film have always brought about ambitious men stuck in the midst of their career and love . Take a look at ‘Chalte Chalte’ and ‘Yes Boss’ and nothing much has changed with Azizji’s approach. It’s simplicity that has ruled and what works with ‘Kismat Konnection’too.

The biggest drawback that comes with this flick is its length. The film starts dragging primarily during the second half and the culmination of events takes too long. Couple of scenes and characters such as Habiba (Juhi Chawla) could have been done away with.

If you are wondering whether the film may be lacking the Shahrukh angle that has been associated with all Azizji’s film; Shahid Kapur lives up to all expectations. He delivers well, expresses well and entertains. He carries the film so well on his shoulder and shows immense maturity as an actor. Watch out for the comic sequences and his body language.

Vidya Balan too does well and is just apt for the film. She brings about that chemistry with Shahid and things look real. On the costume front too, Vidya is much better than her previous ‘Hey Baby’.

Juhi Chawla does well but her character could have been done away with. Om Puri impresses. Boman makes a blink appearance. Himani Shivpuri is hilarious. Vishal Malhotra too does well as Shahid’s friend and is hilarious.

The cinematography by Bino Pradhan is interesting and music by Pritam entirely lifts the film. The choreography with ‘Ai Papi’ and simplicity with ‘Is this love’ is terrific.

On the writing front Rahila does well with the initial ideation. Vibha Singh and Kabir Sai fall a little short with the flow of events . Sanjay Chel is good with the dialogues.

The film isn’t highly intellectual or so and isn’t in any manner preachy or unique. It’s been done but it’s the treatment and simplicity that works here. Aziz Mirza even at 66 has a lot to offer and from no angle does the film look devoid of any youthful element.

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Contract – Sequel to ‘Satya’, ‘Company’ or ‘Aag’?

Posted by harino1 on July 20, 2008

After ‘Sarkar Raj’ , Ramgopal Varma teams up with Praveen Nicshol for yet another film on the underworld. This time out it goes as follows:

1998: Satya

An inside view of the underworld

2002: Company

An Overview of the underworld

2008: Underworld meets terrorism

Well Ramu has always played it well with topics concerning the underworld; well now let’s see how he fuses in the terrorism angle.

Primarily the film is such a drab leaving you nowhere. Majority of the sequences and occurrences in the film make you wonder whether it has really been done by Ramgopal Varma or one of his so called ‘chelas’.

The narration, treatment, screenplay is almost void in the film. Prashant Pandey’s writing is extremely miserable and you are totally lost. One wonders why Ramu or the producers would engage in blasphemy by calling this film the completion of a trilogy after ‘Satya’ and ‘Company’.

The editing of the film by Amit Parmar and Nipun Gupta is vague. For a Ramgopal Varma film claiming to be the completion of a trilogy , it’s a big letdown. Take a look at films such as ‘Company’ and ‘Satya’, at no point where you bored or stranded in the middle of nowhere. This film ‘Contract’ has no relevancy whatsoever and requires serious trimming.

What was Shama Sikander doing with that so called item number or rave party sequence?

There are so many things that just annoy you and lack substance like the character Goonga’s(Upendra Limaye) wife, the silly dialogues of foolishness rather patriotism and the excessive use of the word ‘Secret’. Why did Ramu make such a film? ‘Secret’.

On the acting front Adhvik Mahajan is ok but nowhere close to characters that have remained with us since ‘Satya’ or ‘Company’. Sakshi Gulati too is just fine. Zakir Hussain and Upendra Limaye are not at their best. Sumeet Nijahawan fits the bill as RD.

For a great filmmaker like Ramgopal Varma , ‘Contract’ comes as a shock to all Ramu fans and aspiring directors who have always looked upto him. But, Ramgopal Varma ought to rise up and maybe take a break from films on the underworld or the occult and rather return to his ‘Rangeela ’days.

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Mehbooba – A delayed project!

Posted by harino1 on July 20, 2008

‘Mehbooba’ comes across with the likes of Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan and Manisha Koirala. You might be wondering how come Manisha plays the heroine in 2008 when she has almost vanished from the film circuit. Well, take a closer look at a much slimmer Manisha and the drastically younger looking Sanju Baba and you will definitely figure out that the movie is maybe over 6-8years old.

The film fuses is various elements of bollywood like numerous dance sequences with enormous sets, Manisha Koirala in the midst of two men , elements of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and a battle for love between two brothers that would have worked years ago.

Synopsis…

Shravan (Sanjay Dutt), a casanova, loves being in the company of beautiful and desirable women. His charm and money gets him any beauty he desires till he meets Varsha (Manisha Koirala).

Varsha is the first girl in Shravan’s life who says ‘no’ to his advances. Shravan is not the type who would take no for an answer. Yet, he realizes his mistake and apologizes to Varsha. To make amends, he asks for Varsha’s hand in marriage. Varsha’s father convinces her that he is a changed man now and genuinely loves her. After much deliberation, Varsha agrees and they get engaged. Soon, their romantic sojourn ends in lovemaking.

Varsha’s dream comes to a shocking end when Shravan tells her that his love for her was just a drama so he could sleep with her. Heartbroken and shattered, Varsha feels shattered, her father dies of heart failure. She leaves New York and starts life afresh in Budapest.

Much later, Shravan’s younger brother Karan (Ajay Devgan) decides to get married. The girl is Payal, who, in actuality, is Varsha. Is this a plan by Varsha to teach Shravan a lesson? What happens when Karan gets to know what transpired between Varsha and Shravan?

Director Afzal Khan handles the proceedings well but the story by Rumi Jaffrey is outdated. Also the film drawing tremendous resemblance to ‘Hum Dil Chuke Sanam’ offers nothing new from Ajay Devgan. The similar drunk sequences, the same lines of returning the heroine back to her first love etc.

Manisha Koirala who was at the peak of her career when the film was shot does well. She emotes and expresses but wonder whether today’s audiences would accept her in a wet red sari dancing across the screen.

Sanjay Dutt or our very own Munnabhai who is the ultimate good guy for all Indians after the Munnabhai series has been portrayed as a Casanova who rapes his wife and then dumps her. Well though the latter half of the film portrays a change of heart, audiences may not approve Sanjay as the Casanova. Also take a look at the lack of continuity is the film as Sanjay goes from long hair, younger looks to the present looking Sanjay Dutt. Afzal Khan can’t be blamed for that as this film was being shot in the midst of all court hassles surrounding Sanjay.

The music by Ismail Darbar is not bad with couple of tracks actually seeping into you. The album would have been a sure hit years ago.

One element that comes across as a treat in the film is Ashok Mehta’s cinematography. It’s brilliant capturing the various locales of Budapest and Rajasthan.

On the whole, the film is definitely not headed for success at the multiplex’s but caters more to the single screen audiences who still enjoy watching films with over 6 tracks and all that family drama . The film is definitely good for it’s time but falls flat in the present.

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Love Story 2050

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

With almost every second day Harman , Priyanka and Harry making their presence felt in the media via various product launches , game launch etc ; Lovestory releases with a bang.

With tall claims by director Harry Baweja that Lovestory is India’s first ever futuristic film , does the film match up to all the hype and audience expectations?

Synopsis…

Karan [Harman Baweja], a young, spirited, sporty boy lives life off the rules, while Sana [Priyanka Chopra], a petite, shy girl lives life by the rules. Opposites attract… and love blossoms. Karan’s uncle, Dr. Yatinder Khanna’s [Boman Irani] much developed time machine finally works. Sana expresses her wish to travel ahead in time to Mumbai. But there’s an accident…

Mumbai 2050. Flying cars, 200 storey buildings, robots and sky rails have changed the face of Mumbai. Through a series of twists and turns, Karan finds himself separating from his love. Meanwhile, Dr. Yatinder and Karan are under threat from Dr. Hoshi.

No doubt director Harry Baweja succeeds at drawing the masses to the setting of the future but the biggest flaw of lovestory comes with the lack of really any love quotient. Somehow, you are not able to feel for the protagonist’s love for Sana(Priyanka Chopra).The movie starts off well with Harman’s introduction and then begins to drag into a series of clichés.

The 1st Half goes on and on as the usual boy meets girl , tries to impress her , sings a couple of songs etc. Without a matter of doubt the 1st half ends with a twist similar to Hrithik’s ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ but without even half the impact left behind by Hrithik and the gang.

Then comes the 2nd half, the hunt for love, the journey into the future. No doubt the special effects really draw you into the future but here too the movie drags on and on with a bunch of silly songs ‘Loverboy will u be my toy’ etc. The 2nd half seriously requires trimming.

Don’t blame Harman for anything as the flaw lies in the screenplay of the film courtesy daddy Harry and sister Rowena Baweja. What was all that bad guy stuff (the bald guy with the mask ) etc , were they attempting a lovestory or got lost in writing Star Wars?

Music by Anu Malik is just ok. Actually in an attempt to follow the ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ musical success , here songs come in and out, which really annoys. No doubt songs like ‘Milo Na Milo’ , ‘Meelon Ka’, ‘Sach Kehna’ impress. Javed Akhtar has come a long way from 1942 Lovestory to 2050.

On the acting front, the film proves decent for Harman’s much awaited launch. Harman surely impresses with his dance moves and style. Comparisons with Hrithik will continue for a while but the actor will soon carve his own league . Besides all the western dance moves , one bit that really impressed me was Harman’s classical dance abilities. He showcases a bit of it in ‘Milo Na Milo’. Harman needs to improve a lot more on his dialogue delivery and needs to go a bit slower. With better scripts and the talent that lies within , Harman is sure set to go places.

Priyanka Chopra does a lot in supporting Harman throughout this flick but even her bit falls flat without a clear cut definition of her character who falls in love too easily. She isn’t close to her best performances and often comes across as a dumb and silly character especially with that Zeisha bit.

Boman Irani is good and so is Archana Puram Singh but they have very little to do in the film.

On the whole, Harry Baweja no doubt takes you into the future and places brands like ‘Lux’ and ‘Tata Indicom’ right in your face. But somehow Harry fails at the romance bit. As for the rest, its ok to watch superstar (yes, he sure is headed for that title) Harman groove.

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Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na – Could have been so much better

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

Aamir Khan who has known to be an ace when it comes to selecting scripts and venturing into production, provides his nephew Imran the much awaited launch. Jaane Tu… also marks the directorial debut of screenplay and dialogue writer Abbas Tyrewala.

So does Aamir strike yet another ‘Taare Zameen Par’?

Synopsis…

Jai [Imran Khan] and Aditi [Genelia] are buddies who hang out with their group of friends, but have eyes for each other only. Their friends know that Jai and Aditi are perfect for each other. Their parents know this as well. Everybody knows this. But the couple doesn’t. So when do they realize its love?

Jaane Tu … comes across as a complete college teen flick. Director Abbas Tyrewala does succeed to a certain extent in bringing forth the so called ‘college days’ back to the viewer. The movie takes off well with the comic characters and events attached with college and every college group etc.

The 1st half is indeed very entertaining right from the opening scene of a funeral to the bonding between Jai( Imraan ) and Athiti( Genelia). Even the songs in the 1st half are so refreshing with ‘Athithi’ and ‘Pappu can’t dance’. Do watch out for Sohail Khan and Arbaaz’s guest appearance. It’s hilarious, especially the scene where Imran rescues Meghna (Manjiri) from them.

Sounds really great! But the big letdown comes with Abbas Tyrewala’s writing in the 2nd half. The movie suddenly takes a dip and the plot is loosely held. The intercuts to the narration of the story by a bunch of friends at the airport gets annoying as it slows the pace of the flick. The group goes bla bla bla with their poor jokes and it bores.

The plot lacks conviction eventually and the fact that Atithi(Genelia ) misses Jai(Imran) and vice versa inspite of being in another relationship fails to come across strongly. The movie just becomes a series of parties.

The movie has a terrific music album composed by A.R.Rahman. The saddest bit comes across with the film skipping two terrific numbers ‘Jaane tu mera kya tha’ male and female version. How could one omit a Rahman composition sung by Sukhwinder Singh? Also the movie fails to capitalize on Rahman’s ‘Jaane Kahan Who Duniya’ which had the potential of being the next ‘Pehla Nasha’ and ends up being just another party number.

Imran Khan really impresses and no doubt lives up to his Chachajaan Aamir’s expectations. We have another Aamir in the making I suppose. Imran’s expressions are terrific. Observe the sequence where he goes to meet Genelia’s parents and the opening college fight scene. He does a bit of Aamir Khan from Ghulam when he sets off to Ayaz Khan’s home for revenge. The scene at the airport brings in Imran at his best.

Genelia comes in with all that masti(fun) and air of freshness. She is cute, delivers well and portrays the character of the wild, crazy , possessive Atithi with ease and is par excellence. She is superb and being already a big sensation down south , she is sure to hit Bollywood by storm.

Naseerudin Shah has a very hilarious role and does really well. Ratna Pathak is just apt as the mother. Paresh Rawal is ok. Arbaaz and Sohail are hilarious. Ayaz Khan fits the bill and so does Manjari. Prateik Babbar the son of Raj Babbar and the late Smita Patil doesn’t go unnoticed as Genelia’s brother. The other characters within the group such as Jiggy, Rotlu and Boms fit the bill.

Jaane Tu … definitely comes in with an air of freshness with the likes of Genelia and Imran. The film dips post interal but still has its moments. It’s sure to impress at least the youth. As for Genelia and Imran , they have left behind their footprints in Bollywood.

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Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic – Kunal Kohli upholds the Yashraj Banner!

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

Despite Kunal Kohli’s attempts to push the release of the other film ahead or request producer Sahil Chadha to change his film’s title, Kunal faces the confusion battle of titles.

With the sinking of Tashan and Yash Chopra himself taking over the reins of the Yash Raj Films banner, immense pressure rides on Kunal and the entire force at YRF.

While glancing through the promos, you would expect this film to be a kiddie film or just yet another glamour speckled film with Rani, Saif and Rishi Kapoor –all from ‘Hum Tum’. But Kunal who is also the co-producer of the film surprises you out and out.

The film revolves around Ranbir Talwar (Saif Ali Khan ) a rich businessman who in an accident is responsible for the death of a husband and wife. The judge orders Ranbir to officially be the guardian of these kids else he would have to spend 20 years in jail. The bunch of 4 kids soon move to Ranbir’s house with a prime motive of revenge.

As the kids are unhappy and cry out to God(Rishi Kapoor), he answers their prayer and sends them Geeta (Rani Mukherji) , his favourite angel. As Geeta enters the family as the nanny with her super powers she is soon able to win over the kids and her next mission is do away with the hatred the kids have for Ranbir.

Let me clarify that this is by no means is just a kiddie films. Kunal does really well in striking a balance for all audiences. The film emerges as a complete family entertainer. It has its moments of fun , laughter and tears.

Kunal Kohli handles the subject with care and never let’s any character in the film especially with their ‘star’ presence to overshadow the script. The film never has a dull moment and keeps you engaged and for most of the period in splits.

The special effects are such a treat. It just lifts the film. The kids are surely gonna go crazy over this film.

The casting of the film is just apt. The kids are a treat specially the Sardar who is the true hero of the film. He is so cute and delivers with excellence. Notice even the youngest girl in the film she too is cute and delivers with complete innocence. Watch out for the scene where Saif and the Sardar become friends and also when Saif tells Avantika that he wants to dump Ameesha. It’s hilarious!

Saif Ali Khan shows great maturity as an actor and carries off really well. It’s a treat to see a simple Saif unlike the usual cool funky Saif.

Rani Mukherji delivers well after a very long time. It’s amazing to see Rani do away with her sexy image and come with a more substantial role.

Rishi Kapoor does well as GOD. He enacts very much like Morgan Freeman of ‘Bruce Almighty’.

Ameesha Patel comes in a guest appearance for all those people looking for the sexy element in this film. She enacts the character of a complete bimbo in those micro-minis and Bikini.

The cinematography of the film is splendid with effects adding to it all.

The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy comes in as a treat with tracks such as ‘Kabhi Socha Na Tha’ and ‘Nihaal Ho Gayi’ growing on you. The lyrics by Prasoon Joshi are meaningful and deep.

On the whole, Kunal Kohli excels with ease and brings forth a movie that is the winner of the week. Thank God Yashraj Films still have directors like Kunal Kohli around to save them from disgrace.

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Thodi Life Thoda Magic – The Indian ‘Truman Show’

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

With much confusion this week come films with magic in their titles so please note: THIS IS NOT A YASHRAJ FILM. This film produced by Sahil Chaddha stars Jackie Shroff, Meera Vasudevan , Arbaaz Khan , Parmeet Sethi and Sahil Chadha himself.

The film revolves around the world of television programming. The head honcho of ITV –Arbaaz Khan is in search of a new programme that unveils the true city of Mumbai. The writer (Meera Vasudevan) and director of the show (Sahil Chadha) are now on the lookout for the face of the show. After numerous trials, they come across M.K.(Jackie Shroff) a roadside dweller who seems to have a heart for people and the world around him. There seems to be some magic element about him.

Soon he becomes the face of a so called reality talk show where he sorts out people’s problems. The twist in the tale comes when everything on the show is written beforehand and the show comes across more as a scam exploiting people’s emotions. M.K.no longer wants to be part of it and wants to escape. But can he?

The film starts off pretty well showcasing life at a TV station and the numerous issues that surround them. Director Anand Rai wanted to focus on a lay man-Jackie who eventually becomes the face of the nation. To a certain extent he succeeds but falls flat in aping the famous Jim Carrey’s ‘Truman Show’.

From a good 1st half, the movie takes a dip with the excessive close ups of Jackie prolonged by the immense repetition of the title track. The 2nd just drags and fails to create any impact. The frustration in the characters could have been better put more concisely.

Jackie Shroff no doubt is splendid. He plays his character with ease and his expressions are tremendous. Meera Vasudevan emerges as the surprise package of this film. The talented actress of ‘Rules-Pyaar ka super hit formula’ is just apt for the role. She emotes, delivers well and truly deserves many more films. We got a talented actress here!

Sahil Chadha, the producer of the film does a little of his hero bit and is convincing. Parmeet Sethi is ok. Harsha Bhogle comes in for a scene. Arbaaz does well.

The film requires serious editing towards the 2nd half and could have been much better. The ending of the film is ridiculous and though the core of the film lies in Jim Carrey’s ‘Truman Show’, director Anand Rai fails at execution.

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Via Darjeeling – Via ‘Roshomon’!

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

The National Film Development Corporation of India co-produces ‘Via Darjeeling’ and since it’s an overload of talented actors and a cinema valuing body such as the above, one would expect some quality cinema. So what if there haven’t been any promotions for such a film. Is it necessary for the so called cinema of the intellectuals?

The film is set in modern day Calcutta and Darjeeling and is based on an age old Bengali tradition called ‘adda’ where friends get together in the rains and exchange stories over drinks and dinner.

The story revolves around Ankur (K K Menon) and Rimli (Sonali Kulkarni) a couple on their honeymoon to Darjeeling. On the eve of their return to Calcutta , Ankur disappears. Inspector Robin Bose (Vinay Pathak) searches but Ankur is nowhere to be found. When he questions Rimli , the only clues she is able to give him, are of a taxi driver and a mysterious man who has been following her during their trip.

Two years later, Inspector relates this story to a few friends who try and figure out the missing link.

With the cream of actors such as Rajat Kapoor ,K K ,Vinay Pathak , Simone Singh, Sandhya Mridul etc , director Arindam Nandy should have stolen the show . But , it’s sad that the actors no doubt perform but are hit by the poor screenplay. In an attempt to create a multiple narrative story, the so called suspense to be expected comes as complete boredom.

The film just drags on and on as the story of Ankur and Rimli is carried forward by the group. The most disappointing part comes with the ending. Wonder what the director was thinking while showing the close up of the cell phone ringing as the curtain draws.

On the acting quotient no doubt all of them are good but don’t have much scope. The cinematography of the film too fails in providing us some piece of a place such as Darjeeling.

On the whole, the film is a complete letdown and without much promotion, the film will face a tough time at the box office.

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De Taali – Not worth a single clap

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

‘De Taali’ which sounds all fun and youthful with its title and look of the film brings E Niwas after ‘My name is Anthony’. With the likes of Riteish , Ayesha , Aftab and Rimi Sen ; one would expect a laugh riot but the outcome nowhere calls for a single clap.

Synopsis…

Paglu (Riteish), Amu (Ayesha) and Abhi (Aftab) are buddies, an integral part of each other’s lives. Amu is a girl amongst the two guys, though Paglu and Abhi don’t treat her like one. Paglu is the one who makes her realize about her feelings for Abhi. Life, however, takes a serious turn when Abhi falls in love with Kartika aka Anjali (Rimi Sen).

E Niwas in an attempt to outdo his own ‘Love ke liye kuch bhi karega’ misfires big time. The plot is headed nowhere with just a bunch of songs shot at various eye catchy locations. From starting off as a lovey dovey tale of 3 friends to a kidnapping affair with the entrance of a foxy Rimi Sen , ‘De Taali’ is nowhere close to a fun film.

In fact the 1st half of the movie wasn’t as bad as the 2nd which is totally lame and stupid with the entrance of characters such as Pawan Malhotra , Rimi’s family angle etc and off course Mukul Dev’s hunt for his ‘Anjali’.

E Niwas makes an attempt to package his film with some eye candy by squeezing in cameos from Neha Dhupia, Anjana Sukhani ,Hrisitha Bhatt but they all fall flat. Maybe Neha’s cameo is a little funny with the ‘Chitrakoot’ element.

On the music front, the best song of the pack by Raja Hassan ‘Maari Teetri’ is missing from the film and instead all other tracks by Vishal Shekar seem a little too irrelevantly placed or comes as an overdose.

The best performer of the film is no doubt Riteish Deshmukh who indeed has some comic sense and his timing is apt. Ayesha Takia too does well with this flick and is much better than her ‘Sunday’ performance. Aftab is just ok. Rimi Sen is so pale as the vamp in the film. She somehow seems to have lost her charm attempting to be the so called ‘sexy’ kind.

At the box office , ‘De Taali’ won’t find much takers with an overload of films this week. The plot being a big letdown doesn’t leave much for the film.

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Haal-e-Dil – Just kills!

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

Kumar Mangat always dreamt of being an actor and sees his dream come true as he passes on the baton to his daughter-Amita Pathak. Amita makes her much awaited debut with ‘Haal-E-Dil’ with Shekar Suman’s son Adhyayan and Nakuul Mehta.

But does Anil Devgan the man behind the disastrous ‘Raju Chacha’ do justice to Mangat’s dream?

Synopsis…

HAAL-E-DIL tells the story of Sanjana (Amita Pathk), for whom love is chaste and sacred. It’s the story of Shekhar (Nakuul Mehta) who keeps tripping for every second girl and loves to be in the perennial state of love, not realizing that he is going to meet a girl who’ll change his existence. It’s the story of Rohit (Adhyayan Suman), who would fall so deep in love that resurfacing would be impossible.

Sanjana is at the crossroads of life where she has to choose between her perfect love and a perfect stranger. Who does she finally choose?

Who she finally chooses doesn’t really matter as the movie is dull, boring and lacks conviction. Wonder how producers sanction such scripts and risk 3 talented debutants career.

Anil Devgan doesn’t really know where he is headed in an attempt to recreate a ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ meets ‘Jab We Met’ with a tint of ‘Darr’( that’s related to Adhyayan’s death).

The writer Dhiraj Ratan seriously needs to take a break from films. The screenplay is nothing but dragging just enough to kill one’s time. You are bound to get irritated and confused with the flow of events and with no movement in the plot just for the actors dancing around from one location to another.

The cinematography is interesting but does no good when the film is miserable.

Wonder what Ajay Devgan and Kajol are doing in that track. They are hardly there. As for Kajol’s mom Tanuja , her constant close ups in the film trying to create a certain suspense element with her identity which just annoys.

Amita Pathak fails to impress with this flick but that doesn’t mean her bit in bollywood is over. With a little more improvisation she is sure to get better flicks.

Nakuul emerges as the finest. Being vibrant and carrying a wonderful body language, producers are to line up for him.

Ahdyayan has not much to do in this flick but no doubt more films await him.

On the whole, ‘Haal-E-Dil’ is totally miserable and gets really annoying. But the poor script doesn’t outdo the three debutants who are bound to get better films.

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