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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bodyguard Music Review (BD)

BD Music Review :Bodyguard

Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya, Prittam
Lyrics: Shabeer Ahmed, Nilesh Mishra
BD Music Rating:***

Singer: Salman Khan

 My gosh! The chilled up guitars in the song is a brilliant innovation Himesh Bhai! And this song is all about the spirit of the movie. Salman's dialogues in the song reminds of Main Hu Yuvvraj. Actually this should have been Bodyguard theme, instead of Teri Meri instrumental. Lyrics sound Juvenal and raw.  The song  gets a little loopy after 2:00. Overall, a nice song to promote on teasers.

Desi Beat
Singer: Mika, Amrita Kank

 A hard core Bhangra track of the album. And no price for guessing, Mika is the singer. The song has all the elements of a Bhangra song, which might not be musically hit but a sure shot visual treat. The Lyrics are peppy with phrases "Desi Beat Baja De Dholiya". The hip hop version of the song is more hep. Vocals of Alam Gir Khan sound better than Mika!

Teri Meri
Singer:Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal

What a melodious song! And mind blowing vocals by Shreya Ghoshal. But the song is all about boasting vocals of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. He does not sing with throat (neither from nose ofcourse) but he sings straight from heart. The song gets vintage feeling thanks to the brilliant orchestras. Nice mix. Reprise Version is also pleasant.

Bodyguard theme is the instrumental of Teri Meri.

I Love You
Singer: Ash King, Clinton Carejo

Ash King!!! I absolutely love his voice. He is of course, Rahman’s discovery. And this guy has all the songs a chartbuster till date. Keep it Dil Gira Daftan or Te Amo or this one. Lyrics set up a good romantic mood. Clinton Carejo backs up some fine notes with Ash King. This is the only song of Prittam for the album, but a deserved one to include on the covers.

The unplugged version by Shaan is good but the original version is better.

4 orignals on the cover.5 remix, 1 reprise, 1 unplugged and 1 instrumental to end up a huge music album. I expected Himesh Reshammiys's voice for couple of tracks like Teri Meri Reprise and Bodyguard title track but nevertheless, album is good. Almost of same standards of a Salman Khan movie.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Singham Movie Review Bollywood Dil Se (BD)

Bollywood Movie Review: Singham

Movie Information: IMDB Link

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj, Sachin Khedekar, Govind Namdeo

Direction: Rohit Shetty

Genre: Romance,Humor,Action

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Movie Overview:
"Ajay Devgn , Prakash Raj, Rohit Shetty, Aave Singham, Kajal Aggarwal, Majja Satkeli, Gotya…" These are some phrases that keep rolling onto your mind as soon as you leave the theatre. While you are inside the theatre, movie never gives you a chance to halt for a second; it’s a helluva fun ride.

Say it a Masala Movie, Family Entertainer, Paisa Vasool Movie or South Indian remake, I absolutely love this movie. I saw the portrayal of Pure India, Young India and Beautiful India in this movie unlike some movies which tend to show harsh realities and stuff.

Ajay Devgn ( People say Salman is a Mass Actor, But I have never seen people in PVR Cinema cheering and clapping so much in any Salman Khan movie like they did for Singham ). He is undoubtedly a Hero. And Singham is all about his heroic portrayal done brilliantly by Rohit Shetty. Prakash Raj is one of the best (apart from remakes) that we have imported from Tollywood. He is a perfect goon, the tag which I would give to Amrish Puri or Amjad Khan or Prem Chopra.

Direction by Rohit Shetty is awesome! Cinematography by Dudely is breezy and spirited (thanks to brilliantly shot action sequences.Who cares even if it is larger than life!) Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal is zippy. If these aspects would not have been better, than movie would have been high on style and low on content; which I am glad is not the case with Singham.

Bunch of Marathi Actors and Kajal Aggarwal are takeaways too. The later looks as sweet as candy floss. Background Score (mostly made up from its title track) is up roaring and plays a major role behind Singham’s coolness.

The movie is made to make you feel good. And does it? Hell yeah!!

Quick Review:

Ajay Devgn as Singham, looks and acts like a Singham. I wonder what would have been if Surya was selected as Singham. Kajal Aggarwal is absolutely adorable. Marathi actors like Govind Namdeo, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni (she was a bit loud) are the backbone of the movie.

Story And Screenplay:
There is nothing new in the story, but is it needed? No. Even an ordinary story with brilliant performance and Direction can be hot shooted. And this is what Singham does. Screenplay is dynamic, the story never loses its energy.

Editing And Cinematography:
Editing is tight in first half. The film looses grip in second half where a song is added, which wasn't needed at all.Real India is really well shot! Goa seems to be favorite of Bollywood these times. Action Sequences are soul of the movie.

Music And Background Score:
Music by Ajay - Atul is very good. All the three originals are well shot in the movie, but Maula was not needed to be included. Background score by Amar Mohile as I wrote earlier, is up roaring.

Rohit Shetty's best till date.

A sure shot hit of the year!!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Movie Review (BD)

Bollywood Movie Review: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Movie Information: IMDB Link

Cast:Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar,Abhay Deol,Katrina Kaif,Kalki Koechlin

Direction: Zoya Akhtar

Genre: Romance,Humor

Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes

Movie Overview:

“Seize the day”, is the whole and soul of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I was actually quite low on expectations with this movie. But this movie has turned out to be a vagabond of friendship, love, adventure, emotions and above all, LIFE.

I always believed that Farhan Akhtar is a good showman. Right from Rock On!!, Luck By Chance and the duh Kartik Calling Kartik. But this movie has proved it that he has all the elements that are needed in an actor. He can dance, can cry (can sing of course) and now, he can make you laugh. Abhay – Farhan – Hrithik are the three mesquiteers.

Zoya Akhtar is one more reason to watch this movie. The way she directed Luck By Chance was not all serendipitous, and she has proved it. ZNMD is all her baby. The male bonding penned and filmed by her is pleasant.

The Spanish locations are exotic. Dialogues (By Farhan Akhtar) are real and spontaneous. Movie runs with its own good slow pace, which is very much needed for the road movies.

Many scenes halt the heart and literally put you on an adventure mode.

Movie would have been a way better if songs were good. Editing needed a bit more stitch. I have no complaints regarding the length of the movie, as I can watch this Spanish odyssey for more than two hours with a tub of pop corn and a coke.

Overall, this road movie is a trip to remember.

Quick Review:

Just perfect. Hrithik - Abhay - Farhan reminds you of Akshaye - Saif - Amir of Dil Chahta Hai (Nothing apart from these is similar in these two movies.) Kalki, as usual fits into her role. Katrina is good. Adriana Cabrol is noteworthy.

Story And Screenplay:
An ordinary story shot in an extra ordinary way. The usual story seems interesting as it is transfused in the form of a Road Movie. Reema Kagti has done a good job. Screenplay is good. Dialogues are very good.

Editing And Cinematography:
Editing is okay. Cinematography is exotic, stylish and vivacious. Scenes of under water diving, bull fights, tomatino festival, air diving all are very well shot.

Music And Background Score:
Music is strictly okay.Senorita is good. Khwabon Kay Parinday is soulful. Background score is apt, could have been better.
I am a fan of Zoya Akhtar now, thats all.

Overall, A perfect movie to be on your DVD Collection!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Murder 2 Movie Review (BD)

Murder 2 Movie Review

Movie Information: IMDB Link

Cast:Emraan Hashmi ,Jacqueline Fernandez, Sudhanshu Pandey, Prashant Narayanan

Direction: Mohit Suri

Genre: Thriller,Action

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Movie Overview:

Murder 1 was inspired from "Unfaithful" and now this one, from "Chaser”, It’s awful to see Mahesh Bhatt replicating the English movies.

Now, talking about the movie, the makers have chosen a very smart way of banking the brand “Murder”. The sequel is not at all the sequel. Nothing apart from the makers are same in this movie. But in order to create some hype and sensation, screenplay and story are hampered and unnecessary sex scenes are muxed in an uncanny way.

Emraan Hashmi and Prashant Narayan (I loved him in Yeh Saali Zindagi) were just splendid! Jacqueline is supposed to be the eye candy and she does it well. She adds more spice than Mallika Sherawat.

Music is a plus point of the movie. Aye Khuda is shot in a brilliant way (Mohit Suri did the same thing in Awarapan). Haal – E – Dil sounds good too. Background score by Raju Singh is okay.

The fault with the movie is in its screenplay. Due to the urge to mix up erotica with thriller, Shagufta Rafique messes with the flow of the movie. Dialogues are crisp.

The actions and visuals were dark and intense, apt to the theme.

Overall, Mohit Suri had his heart and mind on the correct track while making the movie, but if the story and screenplay were better (or should I say logical); the movie would have worked wonders. A worth watch anyways.

Quick Review:

Emraan is shining and so is Prashant. Jacqueline is okay, her dialogue delivery has improved. Sudhanshu is good. Rest of the cast is okay.

Story And Screenplay:
Story is inspired from "Chaser" which in turn, was inspired from Korean movie. Screenplay as I said, has some loopholes. Dialogues are fun. Some scenes like one where Emraan and Prashant at chemist store etc. are well shot.

Editing And Cinematography:
Editing is good.First half is thrilling and engaging, but the second half turns out to be ordinary. The story gets predictable by the end.

Music And Background Score:
Music is good. Its review is already the most popular page on the blog. Background score by Raju Singh (I wonder why he has not given a single tune in the music section considering that his association with Bhatt's has proved to be a hit) is thrilling.

Mohit Suri does his job brilliantly. Anurag Basu refused to direct the movie after directing the first part, but Mohit has never let the Bhatts' down. The movie is as dark and raw, as it is supposed to be.

Overall, you are thrilled and glued to seats until you are in a cinema hall, but as soon as you leave the halls, you don't remember much except dialogues.I rate it a 3.5/5


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Singham Music Review (BD)

BD Music Review: Singham

Music Director: Ajay - Atul
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
BD Music Rating:***

Singer: Sukhwinder Singh

As soon as the sanskrit verses start, I certainly predicate that the song is going to be a cult hit like Dabbang and Omkaara title tracks.But as soon as Sukhwinder Singh starts rendering mesmerizing tune, I simply feel overpowered and energetic. Theme (Music and Lyrics) of the track is just omnipotent. Music is a very well fusion of violins, Dhols and Flute. The song never loses energy level, even in the interlude. A very well use of chorus is made throughout the song. Music is thus very innovative. I feel glad to see Ajay-Atul on the cover (I still remember Hanuman Chalisa from Waah! Life Ho to Aisi) and last 45 seconds of the song just enthrall me into the new divines!!  It’s a real good start to the album.  Ave Singham!!

Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Ajay Gogavale
The song seems ordinary at first listen. Sounds meliorate on the next and superlative on the next to next! The track is distinguished from ordinary ones by use of violins (again!), very Indianised instruments (like Matka) and singing of the male lead. The male lead, Ajay Gogavale, who happens to be the one from music director duo,is just splendid. The voice texture in the voice gives his solo singing, a chorus feel!! Shreya Ghoshal is apt for the song and lyrics fill up the bill.

Maula Maula
Singer: Richa Sharma, Kunal Ganjawala
Well, after brilliant first two songs, this one is a mediocre. The lyrics are beautiful, tune is ordinary and singing is good. Its a long time since I heard from Kunal Ganjawala. Music is not innovative here like the previous two. An average track.

And surprisingly, all the originals come to an end here. Rohit Shetty likes to serve more songs but this time I am little disappointed with only three originals on the cover. Ajay – Atul definitely makes good music for first two tracks, and if they could serve some more variety in genres, It would have been easier to rate the album.

Never mind, I rate this album a lenient three out of five for its two super hit tracks.    

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