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Bachna Ae Haseeno - Old Stuff in New Packet


Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Movie: Bachna Ae Haseeno (Be Aware of Me Girls)
Director: Siddharth Anand
Year: 2008
Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Minisha Lamba, Bipasha Basu and Deepika Padukone

Snapshot of the story

“Bachna Ae Haseeno” is a story of young guys Raj Sharma (Ranbir Kapoor) who does not believe in true love and flirts with many girls and plays on their emotions. One day he falls in love with a girl, but she later dumps him. Director Siddharth Anand directed his third movie for YashRaj studio worked with a very weak story written by Aditya Chopra.

Movie Reviews and Ratings - Bachna Ae Haseeno

Movie Reviews and Ratings - Bachna Ae Haseeno


Storyline

Raj Sharma (played by Ranbir Kapoor) is a flirt and womanizer who loves to play with women’s feelings and then dumps them thinking he has enough out of the affair. Story goes through his different affairs starting in Europe where he meets Mahi (Minissha Lamba). She believes in true love, Raj impresses her with his poems he has written about his feelings for her and then shares a kiss. But Mahi soon comes to know that Raj is playing games with her.

Now Raj moves to Mumbai and there he gets the job as a game designer in Microsoft. In Mumbai Raj meets Radhika (Bipasha Basu), Raj forms the live-in relationship and keeps promising to get married. Raj gets an offer to move to Sydney for designing a new game and he accepts the proposal thinking that Radhika (Bipasha Basu) is a modern girl who won’t mind a breakup. But it was opposite of Raj’s expectation as Radhika (Bipasha Basu) becomes ready to sacrifice her career and move to Australia with him. Raj tries hard to avoid her, but she disagrees. Raj plays a dirty trick with Radhika (Bipasha Basu) and promise her for marriage and asks her to wait at marriage registrars office on given date, but he never turns up.

In Sydney Raj meets Gayatri (Deepika Padukone), she is a student in a business school and drives a taxi in the night. Gayatri (Deepika Padukone) is an intelligent and independent girl who doesn’t believe in commitment. Raj befriends her and finds himself in love with her. On expressing his feelings he gets rejected by Gayatri (Deepika Padukone) and learns how it feels when someone hurts you. He decides to apologize to both Mahi and Radhika and flies back to India. In the meantime, Gayatri also realizes her love for him and comes to miss him a lot. On returning from India Raj founds his house full of Gayatri’s love letters and spends no time to meet her.

Final Thoughts

The Story of Bachna Ae Haseeno revolves around Raj and his flamboyance. Romance of Minisha Lamba and Ranbir Kapoor was the best of all as they both looked good onscreen. Sadly the story is quite monotonous and after the first affair it becomes predictable. Director Siddharth Anand tried his best but could not make it a hit mainly due to the weak storyline. Vishal – Shekar created the versatile music by creating the retro version of 70’s “Bachna Ae Haseeno” by Rishi Kapoor.

Rating

6/10



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Dostana - Laugh out Loud with First Ever Gay Onscreen Couple


Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Movie: Dostana (Friendship)
Director: Tarun Mansukhani
Year: 2008
Stars: John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol

Snapshot of the Story

Dostana is story of Sameer (Abhishek Bachchan) and Kunal (John Abraham) looking for an apartment in Miami. Unfortunately they find a posh apartment, but they have to pretend that they are Gay to secure it as they share the apartment with beautiful and gorgeous Neha (Priyanka Chopra). But both of them fall in love with Neha and try to impress her. But here also they are unlucky and found that she is dating her boss. The story becomes very interesting as Neha comes to know that both Sameer and Kunal are straight.

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dostana

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dostana


Storyline

Dostana is first movie for the director Tarun Masukhani and before this he was working behind the camera as assistant director for movies like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” and “Kal Ho Naa Ho”.

Dostana is a story of two friends Sameer and Kunal looking for a place to live in Miami. Unfortunately the apartment they find suitable has been shared by Neha, but in front of apartment owner they pretend that they are gay to gain access to this apartment. Not knowing the fact Neha stays very freely with them and feels comfortable in the inner wares. Both Sameer and Kunal fall in love with her, but cannot tell her as they are strangled in their own gay drama of their making.

Neha is an independent girl and works for a fashion magazine. She calls her boss Abhimanyu (Bobby Deol) at her place for dinner and try to impress her hoping that he nominates her for a high post as he is about to join another fashion house. However, that does not work well, but both Neha and Abhimanyu starts dating and falling in love. But both Kunal and Sameer also loves Nahe and they start playing dirty tricks with both of them to create confusion to break their relationship. However, when nothing works for them they play a prank and taste success in breaking up their relationship.

Their success has a bitter ending as Neha comes to know that both Kunal and Sameer are not gay and have been foolng her all this time and she wants them to leave the apartment. Now Sameer and Kunal decide that they will help Neha and Abhimanyu reunite.

Final Thoughts

Dostana is a mixed bag of comedy, emotions and romance that makes an engaging story to watch. The first onscreen gay kiss on Bollywood created a buzz and was the talk of the town shared by Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. The entire credit goes to director Tarun Masukhani by showing a gay couple with such grace keeping in mind that Indian society is still at a very young age even to think of gay couple and such things are not spoken openly. Music by duo Vishal – Shekhar was the chart topper and they also bagged the Filfare award for bagged music. Abhishek Bachchan also got his best actor award from Filfare that is the one of the most prestigious award in Indian Cinema.

Rating

Dostana scores 8 out 10 for choosing such a sensitive topic and showing it with so much grace and comedy. Actors did a fantastic job specially Abheshek and John Abraham and Priyanka looked gorgeous as ever.

  • John Abraham is very comfortable in taking his cloths off in Dostana. Read the full interview with Rajeev Masand


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    Nothing Much to Offer in Modern Version of Devdas - Dev D


    Thursday, December 29th, 2011

    Movie: Dev D
    Director: Anurag Kashyap
    Year: 2009
    Stars: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill and Kalki Koechlin

    Snapshot of the story
    Dev D is the modern version of Devdas written by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, but the characters and situations are quite similar to the original Devdas screenplay. Dev loves his childhood friend Paro. But due to some suspicion on the character of Paro, Dev insults her and as a result Paro unable to bear the insult gets married to some other person. Now, heartbroken Dev becomes addicted to alcohol and drugs. One day he visits the prostitute named Chanda and then he falls for her. Climax of the movie was made different (intentionally) from the original Devdas.

    Movie reviews and ratings of Dev D

    Movie reviews and ratings of Dev D


    Storyline

    Dev (played by Abhay Deol) is a son of rich Punjabi businessman. He and Paro are childhood sweethearts. Later on when both of them grow up, Dev goes to London for his higher studies. But distance increases the love between them and their love blossoms. They try to be near to each other with the help of communication such as letter, e-mails, telephones, etc.

    Dev returns to Chandigarh to meet Paro. Both of them express their love for each other with some dark romantic scenes. Dev comes to know that Paro has an affair with another person that turns out to be just a rumor, hurtful Paro gets married to someone else decided by her parents. Tormented by Paro’s wedding, Dev has started seeking solace in alcohol and drugs and becomes the regular visitor to hookup at Chanda’s place. Chanda has been disowned by her family after her port MMS hit the internet. Dev finds solace with Chanda and she also starts loving him, but due to her profession gets rejected by Dev. But after spending few months lonely he realizes that he loves Chanda and they both start living together.

    Final Thoughts

    Dev D is a modern version of Devdas the change in the story was expected, but there was not much change is the actual storyline and anyone who watched the old version would definitely get bored. There was only a change in the climax. Director Anurag Kashyap tried to make something different, but ended up doing something that was not appreciated by audience or critics. Music of the movie is also good and but never the talk of the town. Abhay Deol did a good job as Dev but that was not good enough to make it a hit.

    Rating
    Dev D scores 5 out of 10, it is very sad to see the good story is wasted like this. Having originated from the original Devdas movie, the romanticism of this version is let down on the big screen.

  • Mahie Gill’s hot kissing scene with Jimmy Sheirgill in Saheb, Biwi and Gangster


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    Superhit Romance of Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit - Dil


    Thursday, December 29th, 2011

    Movie: Dil (Heart)
    Director: Indra Kumar
    Year: 1990
    Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher and Saeed Jaffrey

    Snapshot of the Story

    The story is about a guy named Raja (Aamir Khan), who enjoys spending his father’s money engaging in wild parties and on a girl named Madhu (Madhuri Dixit) who is arrogant and irresponsible. Both of them meet each other in college and due to their big egos they do not see eye to eye and subsequently don’t like each other’s company. One the other side their parents think otherwise and want both of them to get hooked up and married. As a result of this, they look for every opportunity or excuse to avoid this from happening. Madhu gets and idea in trying to frame Raja from attempting to rape her. Unexpected for Madhu, Raja wants Madhu to forgive him even if he though he had nothing to do with this and this makes Madhu fall in love with Raja.

    Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dil

    Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dil


    Storyline

    Debutant director Indra Kumar made the mark with a big bang by creating an emotional love story and music by legendary Anand-Milind and produced a hit that is quite an achievement.

    Dil is story of young couple whose parent want them to get married, but they oppose their decision and when they fall in love their parents come into their way. Raja (played by Aamir Khan) is a son of a businessman named Hazari Prasad (played by Anupam Kher).
    Raja believes in luxurious life and spends his father money for his selfish interest. He doesn’t want to take on responsibilities and just keeps on wandering through life like a loafer. His father wants him to marry a rich girl and to get huge dowry.

    On the other hand Madhu is a rich, arrogant, irresponsible girl who donesn’t care about others feeling and does what she wants in life. Madhu and Raja studies in the same college and both of them want to have the upper hand and want to be the talk of the college. Both Raja and Madhu do not like each other at all and play pranks with each other. But destiny has decided something else for them and their parents become good friend and want that this friendship turn into more than a platonic relationship.

    Not happy with this Raja and Madhu searches for a way out of this and Madhu creates a plot and falsely accuse Raja in an attempt of raping her while on a college tour. Raja gets insulted in front of all his colleagues and friends. Shocked by these charges Raja wants to teach her a lesson and contemplates actually raping Madhu and teach her a lesson, but his ethics do not allow him to go this far. Madhu who until now felt that Raja is not a good guy suddenly falls in love with him. Kissing scene between Madhuri Dixit and Aamir Khan made lots of controversies during that time. Without their parents permission they marry each other, but their parent’s keep on playing dirty tricks with them. This is fascinating to watch on how they fight against all odds and come out of this situation.

    Final Thoughts

    Onscreen chemistry of Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit was very good and their college scenes and tussle between their groups were the highlight of the movie. Director Indra Kumar made a movie on a very usual subject, but his direction has put freshness in the story. Music of the movie was a class apart and a chart topper for many months. Anupam Kher and Saeed Jaffery was outstanding in their supporting role.

    Rating

    Dil scores 8 out of 10 points for the outstanding performance of actors, awesome music and very good screenplay and we give full credit for debutant director Indra Kumar who went on to make successful movies in the following year including Ishq and Mann that also did very well in box office.



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    Romantics: A Blend of Romance and Politics


    Thursday, December 29th, 2011

    If two people of the opposite gender fall in love then it amounts to the usual vanilla equation as part of gender dynamics , but what if two personalities fall in love embodying with them two separate cultures from two completely different places.

    Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten

    Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten


    That’s exactly what happened with Jawaharlal Nehru who was the first prime minister of India and Edwina Mountbatten who was the wife of India’s last Viceroy- Lord Mountbatten. Initially their relationship had this typical algebraic pattern called “ more as friends and less as lovers” Over a period of time their love mathematics stood the test of time till death did one of them apart as lady Edwina passed away in 1960.The testimony of their fondness and bonding was proved when Nehru’s letters were found all over her(lady Edwina’s) death bed, and equally proving Nehru’s love for the lady was the fact that Nehru paid tribute to the departed soul of his beloved by sending a naval ship all the way from India to offer marigolds to the ocean waters touching the English Channel where she was put to rest.

    After all these years, the relationship between Nehru and lady Mountbatten finds an odd mention in the media to the extent that the very “congress party” which was once upon a time pioneered by Nehru and team recently had asked the producers of a film based on the above romantic relationship between Nehru and lady Edwina Mountbatten to rewrite certain depictions in the movie for it to pass censorship. It is just not only the romance between India’s first prime minister and the wife of the man responsible for breaking apart and causing the Partition of India. But it is about the nature of camaraderie that they shared. A lot many of Nehru’s letters to Edwina after she left India, sought her advice on matters of geo-strategic issues and concerns of the state and the sub-continent. It is said that it was because of this extramarital affair between Nehru and lady Mountbatten that Punjab and Bengal were partitioned and Kashmir illegally annexed by Delhi.

    Although the relationship has been off late speculated by close associates of Nehru and Edwina, as being more than platonic and the narrations in the book “Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire” written by the historian Alex von Tunzelmann highlights the point that the relationship also had a physical angle to the entire romantic episode between Nehru and lady Edwina Mountbatten, which invariably has been justified by the French author and Social thinker Catherine Clement, who has written a novel on the romance titled ‘Edwina and Nehru’ published in 1993.

    The author had said Edwina had confessed that her relationship with Nehru was “mostly platonic so why are people so misinformed? Both (Edwina and Nehru) were past their middle age and as adults they had a relationship that bears testimonial to the letters and eyewitness accounts. I have myself interacted with close aides of Nehru,” she said, adding that they knew intimate details of Nehru’s life as a prime minister. More over during the time her book was launched, Catherine said she has had a hearty discussion with the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and had given her a copy. When asked if the script had got Sonia’s nod, Clement said, “She (Sonia) said it was al-right to be published and did not display any shocking concerns.

    Sadly in today’s modern times if a love affair had to happen with such leading personalities then it would simply be termed as a scandal or better still would amount to power-play romance, inviting media attention as every tabloid or TV news channel would be spinning various versions of the affair in order to create a media hype. I am sure whatever happened between Monica Lewinski and Bill Clinton could have been handled more gracefully but today’s media does not pardon people falling in love or being in a relationship as it did a few generations back .

    Today people hardly have the freedom to fall in love and no wonder couples these days have started to isolate their romantic life which again is not fulfilling or satisfying to the heart but may surely fill the pockets of many.

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