Archive | December, 2011

Don 2

22 Dec

I spent over 2 hours staring at Shah Rukh Khan’s face and didn’t cringe, that itself is surprising enough. Let me clarify, I’m not an SRK fan but someone who dislikes his monotonous acting. Having decided to go for Don 2 after watching the trailer at the Dubai International Film Festival Press meet with the cast, I opened my mind to possibilities as this was my first Hindi movie in 3D. And boy was I not disappointed, though I would skip the 3D bit.

A sequel to the 2006 hit film called Don, which was (to a certain extent) a remake of the original Don (1978); ‘Don 2: The King in Back’ tells the story of Don (Shah Rukh Khan) who having conquered the Asian underworld, now has his eyes set on the European market where the local underworld bosses want him dead. Through a series of clever twists and turns that takes us from Kuala Lumpur to Berlin, Don once again beats the odds to come out on top leaving behind a trail of destruction, dead partners and bamboozled law enforcement agencies.

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Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl

9 Dec

With a song to start off proceedings and two more to introduce the main characters, ‘Ladies vs. Ricky Behl‘ looked the part of a typical Yash Raj production. As expected, like everything else they’ve delivered this year, there was a predictable Hindi film twist to spoil what was a promising premise.

Ricky Behl (Ranveer Singh) is a professional conman who targets women thanks to his good looks and charming personality. After conning 29 women including Saira Rashid (Aditi Sharma) as clothes material dealer Iqbal Khan and Dimple Chaddha (Parineeta Chopra) as gym instructor Sunny Singh, he manages to con dominating Raina Parulekar (Dipannita Sharma) and her company by pretending to be Art exhibitor Dev.

With the media spotlight on her regarding the scam, Raina unites with Saira and Dimple to bring down that ‘Bloody Kamina’ aka Ricky Behl. They hire saleslady Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma) in the hopes of conning the conman. The rest is well….a typical Hindi film. Continue reading

Rockstar

2 Dec

After the dud that was ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (IMHO) that followed the brilliant ‘Jab We Met’ and underappreciated ‘Socha Na Tha’, Director Imtiaz Ali brings what one could call ‘an experimental love story’.

Rockstar’ is an unforgiving film about the journey of a musician through eccentric ecstasy and depressive reclusiveness riddled with heart break that eventually destroys him.

Janardhan Jakhar (Ranbhir Kapoor) spends his college days at talent contests getting ridiculed or sitting in the canteen admiring Jim Morrison (and his middle finger antic). One day the canteen manager, Khatana bhai (Kumud Mishra) proclaims that to be a real musician you have feel raw pain like true love and subsequent heart break. So our hero goes on his way and tries to woo the prettiest serial heart breaker in college, unavailable Heer Kaul (Nargis Fakhri). In his unique, slightly daft way of proposing, JJ carves a path through Heer’s cold shoulder ‘burger off’ stance to unveil a wild friendship involving R-rated films to shady discos, to JJ going to Kashmir for Heer’s marriage. Continue reading