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The Ugly Truth – Review

I am a sucker for Romantic comedies. Oh boy, I just love them. Ugly truth was one of the movies that stood up on my pending list. Was lucky enough to catch up on it! I won’t be able to give justice in writing a review to this movie. However, I shall give it a try. Like I say; a half-baked effort. 😀

The movie has the perfect ingredients. Katheine Hiegl is a wonderful actress whom I loved in Knocked up and 27 Dresses. Gerard Butler is wonderfully amazing in the movie 300. He took my by quite a surprise when he played a rather mushy and a charming person in P.S.I Love you. Well much of it has to be attributed to his Scottish accent.

Movie starts off with a control freak TV producer – Abby (Katherine), who has lots of conceptions or rather misconceptions about her Man. She is something a man doesn’t want to be with. Ridicules, argues, controls. OMG!!! Her hilarious nature can be seen when she goes to date someone and makes a fool out of herself over there. The chief suggests a change to her boring show by bringing in the crude and charming Mike Chadway (Gerrard Butler) into the show. She objects as usual. However, in the trial show the ratings skyrocket. Their Tom and Jerry journey starts. They keep on ridiculing each other and pulling legs.

Story takes a turn when Abby meets the hot next door doctor Colin (Eric Winter). Mike gives the helping hand and takes control over the situation. He guides her into the way Colin would want her to be. They get quite close on the way. They start liking each other’s company and even start appreciating each other. Proceeding further will get me the tag of ‘The Bloody Spoiler’:D

It is a movie where timing comic timing matter; which has been like clockwork. The movie has been packed with a lot of subtle sequences which brings about a laugh or a smile in your face. Other scenes are a laugh riot.

Katherine Hiegl & Gerrard Butler compliments each other quite well and their chemistry is awesome. The supporting cast has chipped in well. The way Butler handles the show is awesome and his revelations.

Scenes to watch out for: Team party scene, which reminds you of a scene in ‘Harry met Sally’; Climax; & the First show of ‘The Ugly Truth’.

Final Rating: 4/5

My Name is Khan – Yes, Karan Johar also Khan

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol coming together is always the preferred couple for an average film viewer. Add Karan Johar to it, its like treat for them. Well this is the majority’s view. There is this minority crowd like me, who loathes him and his movies. Mainly because it is filled with cliché’s, candy floss, NRI life and USA. We can’t blame him also, because most of his revenues come from outside India.

However, this time there were lots of differences. The story was not set in a big city; there were no big families present; Not much glamour quotient; controversies before movie; not much campaigning (no, that was done by us and media: D); no jatka and matka songs; and last but not the least, it was about common people. It was about an issue, something we’ve seen and something we could relate to.

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol have given good performances before. However, Karan Johar has not delivered anything stellar. Kuch Kuch Hota Hain was during my school days. If I see it now, I will laugh at it. Kal Ho Na Ho was fresh, but I reduced marks because it was inspired from Anand. K3G was one big boring on screen soap opera. KANK – nice idea but totally lost it towards the end. However, MNIK is his first step towards good cinema. He has taken one strong step. This has been acknowledged by many including me. Hats off for the movie!

The movie takes cues from the tortures many Muslims and to a small extent Sikhs due to the aftermaths of 9/11. Starting in the sequential order, the story starts with a small family in delhi. Two kids and a mom. The lovely Zarina Wahab plays the mom. The elder son is Autistic and gets all her attention. The younger is quite brilliant and yearns for her mom’s attention which he rarely gets. Tanay Cheda plays the autistic child with ease. Zarina Wahab crosses the t’s and dots the i’s. There is an important message that she gives. “There is no hindu or muslim, there are only good and bad people”. She explains this in a subtle way. A scene to watch out for!

Years pass by, Little guy Zakir goes to US, settles there and marries. It’s the turn for Mom and Rizvan(SRK) to go there. Mom dies before that. SRK meets Mandira (Kajol) – a widow with a kid Sam in San Fransisco. No points for guessing that he wooes her. After all he is SRK 😀 even if he is autistic. They start living their lives together, Kajol starts her own business. Everything is rosey till 9/11 happens. Chinks start appearing one by one. Business closes down; Sam is subject to racial attacks etc.

Due to unprecedented turn of events Sam dies, Kajol blames it on SRK’s Khan Name and then SRK goes on a journey to prove that ‘Khan is not a terrorist’. That’s all from the story part.

The story is quite predictable, but keeps us glued till 3/4th of the movie. In the last quarter of the movie you will start feeling restless. The movie is filled with a good mix of laughs and emotional parts. KJo ensures that he doesn’t go overboard on these aspects. He is backed by an awesome technical team. Ravi K Chandran doing the cinematography. The visuals are splendid like it has always been in KJo movies. Nice dialogues and story sequence. The casting is also quite good. I feel that the movie could have been shortened by a little bit.

Music was given thumbs by everyone since its release. The move doesn’t waste much time on songs, and mostly it goes with the narrative.

Tanay Cheda puts in yet another good performance as SRK junior. Jimmy Shergil is ok as SRK’s brother. His wife played by Sonia Jehan, is a very good character. Makes her mark on us with the limited time she has. Parvin Dabas, Arjun Mathur & Sugandha Garg have also done their job as the reporters in the movie.

Kajol – I don’t have to tell anything about her. She is ravishing as usual. Lesser glamour quotient than usual and less bubbly.

SRK – The man comes with yet another credible performance after Chak De. It is evident that he has worked quite hard for this role. He appears a little aged in the scenes. Lot of ladies would be heartbroken at this. He is funny most of the times with his genuine comments. The character is inspired with an equal mix from Dustin Hoffman of Rain Man and Tom Hanks of Forrest Gump. SRK doesn’t match them, but he is quite good. This performance will be remembered as on of the few roles where he has actually acted. The only area where he loses out is when his SRK’ism takes over. 😀 Well that can be discounted.

Final Note: It’s an above movie which comes as a surprise from Kjo. The movie is filled with lots of messages. I would recommend everyone to watch this movie. Afterall KJo has learned to make a good movie and SRK is ACTING in it. Double treat J

Rating: 3.5/5

Striker strikes just off target!

Striker was one movie that silently came. I am sure that many of the junta haven’t heard about the movie. Anyways.

This was once movie that that caught my eye because of Caroms, Sidharth, Padmapriya, Songs and premier on Youtube. What a killer move. Not many would have done that. They have also made a point that it wasn’t available for India and it was a streamed version. Nice touch on that front. No matter you do anything Pirates got hold of their quality. 😀 For me, I could watch my first online movie and that too legal. 🙂 I am indebted to the guy who thought of this. The movie already has over 200 thousand views.

The movie is set in December 92 in Mumbai. The time of communal tensions. So one thing is sure, no mobiles and freaky gadgets. Its been a long time since I’ve seen a movie like that.

The movie starts with Siddharth (Surya) getting to his place – Malwani, where there is a curfew in place. A typical ghetto in Mumbai. He is part of typical family living in a small kholi. In bits and parts, his growing up and his fascination towards caroms is shown.

Surya’s brother has a fascination with Caroms, he in his teens go on to make a bet against Aditya Pancholi (Jaleel) player and unfortunately looses. Surya’s tryst with Pancholi starts over there. Lemme introduce Pancholi, he is DADA who controls the area and runs carom games.

Surya is a typical lower middle class guy, who is struggling to earn. He also gets bitten by the gulf bug. He pays money to some phoney guy. Financial crunch and slowly gets into carom playing for money. Carom is his passion and his major USP.

There is this surprising goofey character – Ankur Vikal ( Zaid); he is part of Jaleel’s gang and Siddharth’s friend. He runs into trouble every now and then. He is the one who gets our hero into trouble every now and then.

Enough of stories. On the good points, the first half had the right pace. The pace is totally lost in the second half. Carom is used as a vehicle to carry the story and not much emphasis is given on it. So a carom n00b can also relate well to it. Attention to detail is quite good, be it the lingo and the dress. Songs have been put mostly into the background. The choice for cast is quite good and the main characters splendid. The animation on the company logos is one of the best I’ve seen in recent times. Don’t miss that part.

Siddharth remembles his character in RDB most of the time. Overall a good job.

Ankur Vikal (Maman of Slumdog), nice to see him back. He has done some good acting. Would like to see more of him.

Adithya Pancholi is another surprise package of the movie. Power backed performance. Takkar ka muqabla.

Anupam Kher gives a power backing performance as Inspector Farooque. The inspector or the ‘3 star’ responsible for law and order. A guy of principles and keen to keep law and order.

On the negatives, a talent like Padmapriya has been totally wasted. Its disheartening. I am wondering why did she choose the movie. She had a track which could have been totally avoided.

Vidya MalwadeSeema Biswas was there but without much impact.

There is a love interest in the form of Nicolette Bird (Noorie). She hardly talks and just vanishes in the first half. She reminds you of Giselle Montero of Love Aaj Kal. I wonder if there is a trend starting on that!

Final Note: I have not much gripes over the movie as I didn’t have to spend anything on the movie thanks to the producers. Its a movie I would recommend to watch in the coziness of your home.

Rating: 3/5

Adieu Cochin Haneefa

Malayalam film industry lost yet another star. A star that almost everyone of us keeps in heart. Such are the characters that he has played. The fat dark guy with a unique voice. I am feeling short of words to express about him.

Cochin Haneefa in my opinion would be the most remembered comedian after Jagathi Sreekumar. Think of any famous movie, he will be part of that. Hydrose of Kireedom; just see the change in him after he becomes part of Mohanlal’s team. See the maturity and the improvement in him in the second part – Chenkol. I remember how much he made us laugh as the uncle in Punjabi house, dumb manager in Friends, police inspector in Parakkum Thalika, pedali in Meesha Madhavan, etc.

He was even good with negative roles, the one that comes to my mind is Sabapathi in Pathram. He was shown as a no good policemen. He literally shocks you at the end. You are literally taken aback when he stabs from the back. The look on his face. Wow! Hats off. There are couple of other mentions like Mahanadi – the Kamal haasan starrer; where he was a prolific villain. Sadly I couldn’t see the movie.

Not many knows that he has directed an awesome movie. Vatsalyam starring Mammootty. Even I didn’t know. How can you expect a comedian like him to direct an intense movie like Vatsalyam.

He has left his mark not only on Malayalam industry but also on Tamil movie industry. He was seen in mentionable roles in Anniyan and Shivaji. I was surprised and so happy to see him in Vijay starrer Vettaikaran. Alas, the happiness has shortlived 😦

He leaves us at a time when the malayalam movie industry has been losing star and there are no good comedians coming up. You have been awesome and we will surely miss you.

To close I would like to quote Mammootty – “I lost my best friend, My heartily tribute to Cochin Haneefa..pray for him”

PS: I’ve been lucky to meet him once at my friend Madhu’s wedding. He is just as you see him in movies. Cracking jokes always. Will always remember that.

RUNN away from RANN

Never wanted to see this movie because of the over hype that it had and the National Anthem controversy. Highly mixed reviews cemented the desire in me on not to go for the movie.  Reached the movie hall to see Ishqiya, but as my luck would have it, No tickets 😦 Thought of leaving then friends said, lets see RANN. I was like theek hain :-/

Had zero expectation while seeing the movie. Mainly because I had lost faith in Ram Gopal Varma. I wish he returns to the person he was.

Its basically a half cooked story made with guest artists. That should sum it up all.

The plot: A media empire built on truth and ethics. Headed by Mr. Bachan. He has a son Sudeep who is frustrated that the competitors are doing well and his channel doesnt have TRP’s. The son in law Rajat Kapoor, who is a shrewd business man. This makes up the family.

With the employees you have Ritesh Deshmukh who is an aspiring journalist and considers Bachan to be his role model. Mohnish Behl as a cunning competitor. Suchitra Krishnamurthy as a spy in Bachan’s organization. Paresh Rawal as ruthless politician.

Plot is simple: Paresh & Rajat convinces Sudeep to show a phony news on the PM on their channel. Sudeep then in turn convinces dad to air the news. Govt falls. Paresh is the next in line. Ritesh revolts.

An easily guessable story. Half cooked by an uninterested cook – Ram Gopal Varma. Garnishing is done by horrible background score. Thank god I didn’t waste time to listen to them. Oops, I forgot the horrible camera angles and the crappy background score.

The second half was much much better. Last 30 minutes was torture and with an undigestable climax.

A look at the actors:

Riteish: He has one basic expression throughout the movie. Frustration+ sadness. Less dialogues. I felt he was facing constipation.

Bachan: You acting was good, no doubt about it. Like his son tweeted today, this movie doesn’t deserve you at all.

Sudeep: You were good in the beginning. But you sucked as it improved. Learn to shout and show emotions!

Gul Panag: You were there just for 4-5 scenes. So I leave you. Waise loved your dimples as usual 🙂

Paresh Rawal: Didn’t impress nor disappoint.

Rajpal Yadav: You were fun to watch as usual. Can’t complain at all.

Rest, are not even worth commenting. Either they weren’t good or they were not there much.

Couple of good scenes noted: The clippings from various channels after new break out. Rajat Kapoor mocking Paresh Rawal.

A request to Ram Gopal Varma: This was a genre which Madhur Bhandarkar has started boring us with. Please return to your original class.

Verdict: Not worth a watch in a movie hall unless ticket is free. If interested wait for DVD release.