Movie Review: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

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Director: Sooraj Barjatya

Starring: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Neil Nitin Mukesh

Music Composed by: Himesh Reshammiya, Sanjoy Chowdhury

Release Date: November 12th 2015

Genre: Drama/Comedy

This Diwali’s Bollywood release, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP), tells a story about a charitable, lighthearted man, Prem Dilwale (Salman Khan), who is on a mission to meet the philanthropic and beautiful Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor). His “Prince and Pauper” comedic role is the highlight of this film. PRDP is not just a love story, but actually moreso a glorified Zee-TV drama about family conflicts between siblings. If you’re a Salmaan Khan or Sooraj Barjatya fan, don’t miss this film – otherwise save your popcorn money on something more worthwhile.

The positives:

  1. Fan of retro, 1990’s classic Bollywood movies like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun? This one is for you. Fun Fact: Sooraj Barjatya last casted Salman Khan 16 years ago in Hum Saath Saath Hain.
  2. Sonam Kapoor is stunningly beautiful and all her outfits are simple yet gorgeous. Her acting on the other hand, is questionable. She has not yet found a way to surface above the spunky, goofy, giggly role she plays in all her movies thus far.
  3. Want a good laugh? You can always count on Sallu (Salman) to bring home the comedy. His character is similar to his “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” role.
  4. The colorful sets and scenery are worth watching this for. Don’t forget the hit title song “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” – perfect for a wedding dance song! Also don’t miss the romantic number “Jalte Diya.”

 The negatives:

  1. The story was quite mediocre and the screenplay was definitely nothing to brag about – I honestly expected more from Sooraj Barjatya.
  2. Other than the two songs mentioned above, the rest are forgettable fillers. Bollywood has largely revolutionized in the past several years to have fewer number of useless songs, yet this movie just reminds you something time-warped to old age Bollywood style with song and dance numbers every scene change.
  1. There are several cringe-worthy moments especially surrounding the “dishoom” scenes that remind you of old Bollywood movies.
  2. Neil Nitin Mukesh gets the award for WORST actor in this film. If Salman had co-stars who could actually act, this movie would have been successful.

On the whole, PRDP is nothing more than a time-pass Bollywood film to enjoy with your family this Diwali season. Leave your brains and high expectations at the door.

Acting: 2.5/5
Story: 3/5
Costumes: 4/5
Choreography: 3/5
Sets/Filming Location: 4/5
Songs: 3.5/5
Eye Candy: 3/5
Length of Movie: 2/5
Overall: *** (3/5) or 6/10

Key:
* = flop, don’t even bother
** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it
*** = worth a watch
**** = A hit, see it in the theater!
***** = Bollywood Blockbuster

 

 

Movie Review: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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Director: Kabir Khan, Producer: Salman Khan

Actors: Salman Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Synopsis: Salman Khan, “Bajrangi,” is a Hanuman-loving Indian citizen who stumbles across an innocent, mute 7 year old Pakistani girl, “Munni” (Harshaali Malhotra) who is lost in Delhi and cannot find her family. She follows Bajrangi and he eventually takes her to his home. He develops a strong, loving friendship with the girl but eventually takes it upon himself to return her back to her family. This film tells an endearing story of how Bajrangi and Chand Nawab, a Pakistani reporter, try to find Munni’s home in Pakistan. “Bhajrangi Bhaijaan” is a heart-warming tear-jerker that you don’t want to miss!

The positives:

  1. Absolutely award-winning performance by “Munni” (Harshaali Malhotra) – an extremely adorable and very talented child actress. She steals the show the entire time!

2. This is NOT your typical “India/Pakistan” love story/war movie. It is, though, an emotional roller coaster of drama and comedy – be ready to laugh and shed some tears!

3. The first song, “Selfie Re Le Le” is very fun, upbeat, colorful and catchy – it definitely lightens the mood at this point in the story. What’s a Salman Khan movie without his classic dance movies??

4. Salman plays the antithesis of his normal Bollywood hero roles. It almost feels like he is trying to make up for his real-life sins by playing a virtuous, modest, humble man in his reel-life.

The negatives:

  1. Length of the movie – too long! There were plenty of scenes that were dragged out.. A good 30-45 minutes could have easily been cut out.

2. Too many slow-mo, dramatic, hindi TV-show type shots. Picture two lovers running through the fields towards each other – except this time it’s Salman and a little girl.

3. “Chicken Dance” was the worst song in this movie. It seemed like a filler song meant for a kid’s movie.

4.  Kareena Kapoor, “Rasika,” did not play a major role in this film. No item songs in this movie, guys. Harshaali was most definitely the lead actress and superstar of the film.

Fun Facts: The scene where Nawazuddin Siddiqui is introduced as the reporter is actually based on a 2008 YouTube video called “funny Pakistani reporter.” Ha!

What did Aamir Khan have to say about Bhajrangi Bhaijaan? Check it out! 

Overall – this movie is a Bollywood HIT meant for everyone to see, even if you are not a Salman Khan fan. No worries if you missed it in theaters – be sure to check it out on DVD.

Acting: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Costumes: 3/5

Choreography: 3/5

Sets/Filming Location: 5/5

Songs: 2.5/5

Eye Candy: 3.5/5

Length of Movie: 2.5/5

Rated: PG

Overall:  7.5/10

Key:

* = flop, don’t even bother

** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it

*** = worth a watch

**** = A definite hit!

***** = Bollywood Blockbuster

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Movie Review: Dil Dhadakne Do

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Movie: Dil Dhadakne Do

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Release Date: June 5th 2015

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Shefali Shetty, Rahul Bose

Now here’s a fun-filled family comedy that you shouldn’t miss! The dysfunctional Mehra family invite their friends and relatives to join them on a cruise to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Their shenanigans throughout the 10-day journey to Turkey & Greece will keep you laughing and engaged the whole ride!

Positives: 

1. Priyanka Chopra was stunning! Everything from her outfits, hair-dos, to her sculpted body (check out her biceps!) and even her acting – top-notch. She has built this athletic body for her upcoming ABC TV Show “Quantico,” in which she stars as a FBI-trainee.

2. The comedy was mostly right on – not the typical cringe-worthy stuff you would expect in Bollywood. Ranveer was absolutely hilarious and very natural.

3. Anushka Sharma was the hottest she has ever been. She plays a dancer on the cruise and Ranveer’s lover. Anushka and Ranveer make a great on-screen couple – remember them in Band Baaja Baraat? Check out Anushka’s “swing dancing” in this film.

4. One of the songs, “Gallan Goodiyan” was shot in one take!! It’s fabulously choreographed and makes the audience feel like they are at the party!

Negatives:

1. There was no hit “item-song” which I think this movie was lacking, however the focus was not on the songs in general which may have been a positive.

2. The movie was 2.5 hours long…but to be honest it goes by pretty fast because you’re laughing through most of it.

3. Yes, Anil Kapoor is graying. Let’s not forget he is 58 years old! He suits his role very well in this film as a manipulative patriarchal figure.

Fun-Fact: This film is narrated by Pluto, the family dog, whose voice is played by Aamir Khan.

On the whole, Dil Dhadakne Do is a hit and a must-see Bollywood film for the entire family. You can’t go wrong with this stellar cast and talented director Zoya Akhtar!

Acting: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Costumes: 3/5
Choreography: 3/5
Sets/Filming Location: 4/5
Songs: 3/5
Eye Candy: 4/5
Length of Movie: 2/5
Overall: 3.5/5 or 7/10

Key:
* = flop, don’t even bother
** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it
*** = worth a watch
**** = A hit, see it in the theater!
***** = Bollywood Blockbuster

Movie Review: PK

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Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Release Date: December 19th, 2014

Genre: Comedy Drama

Well, Bollywood, what a way to end 2014! PK, in my opinion, is one of the best films we have seen lately in Bollywood. As expected, Aamir Khan delivers an outstanding performance. Without giving much away, this movie is about “PK,” an alien who lands in the deserts of Rajasthan on a mission to learn about human life. Unfortunately, his remote gets stolen within the first few minutes of the movie. This remote is his only way to communicate with his planet to return home. He spends his entire time on Earth trying to find this remote, learning that he must pray to “God” to get it back.

The positives:

  1. Everything that may make you “cringe” about religion is openly discussed in this movie. PK’s child-like innocence sheds a light on the hypocrisies humans have created in order to practice their individual religious beliefs.

2. Anushka Sharma was fabulous in this movie: spunky, fun, and absolutely suited the part. Her short hair gave her a fresh, new look however I was not a huge fan of her lip-job…

anushka-unveils-new-poster-of-pk-12_th3. Supporting actor Sushant Singh Rajput (debut film: Kai Po Che!) was attention-grabbing for sure – but why was he wearing the same outfit the entire movie?? Check him out in the song, “Chaar Kadam.”

  1. Supporting actor Sanjay Dutt was entertaining as usual and perfect for his role. Fun fact: he was scheduled to go to jail on the last day of his shoot for this movie!

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  1. This comedy family-film will likely spur some philosophical discussions amongst moviegoers. It is interesting to hear the differences in perspectives on PK amongst grandparents, parents, siblings, teachers, friends and especially religious leaders.

The negatives:

1. The soundtrack is not the highlight of the film. Other than “Tharki Chokro” (which I love), it was clear that “song and dance” were not the focus of this film. “Love is a waste of time” was, a waste of time.

2. PK was a 2.5 hour long film, the average length for a Bollywood movie. I don’t mind 2.5 hours if there are glamorous song/dance sequences…however this was not the case. The movie did drag in the middle – but overall this did not outweigh the positives!

On the whole, PK is a must-see film for everybody at home. Don’t be late to the theater – the first scene is hilarious!

Acting: 5/5
Story: 5/5
Costumes: 3.5/5
Choreography: 3/5
Film Sets/Location: 3.5/5
Songs: 2.5/5
Eye Candy: 3.5/5
Length of Movie: 2.5/5
Overall: **** (4/5)

Key:
* = flop, don’t even bother
** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it
*** = worth a watch
**** = A hit, see it in the theater!
***** = Bollywood Blockbuster

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Diwali Tunes in Bollywood!

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In honor of Diwali weekend.. here is your Top 10 List of Popular Diwali Songs in Bollywood…through the decades! If you notice, between the 1940’s and 1970’s, Bollywood loved celebrating this holiday and even included the actual word “Diwali” in the song titles.  As the years passed, however, there were fewer song/dance numbers dedicated to the celebration of the Indian New Year. Filmmakers instead focused energies into portraying other colorful Indian festivals such Holi and Navratri.  Nonetheless – let’s take a listen to the songs that remind us of the festival of lights, Diwali. Sal Mubarak!

Here is the youtube playlist link of the songs below – perfect for your Diwali party!

Song Movie Year Singers
Aai Diwali Rattan 1944 Zohrabai Ambalawali
Kaise Diwali Manaye  Paigham 1959 Mohammed Rafi

Mile Hai Chirago Ke Rangeen Diwali Hain 

Nazrana 1961 Mukesh
Deep Diwali Ke Juthe Jugnu 1973 Kishore Kumar
Tere Mere Pyar Ka Begunnah 1991 Kishore Kumar
Aayee Hai Diwali Suno Ji Gharwaali.  Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Alka Yagnik
Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2001 Lata Mangeshkar
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai Mohabbatein 2001 Shweta Pandit Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav,
Happy Diwali Home Delivery 2011 Vaishali, Surthi, Divya, Suraj, Sunidhi Chauhan
India Waale Happy New Year 2014 Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan

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Diwali Tunes in Bollywood!

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In honor of Diwali weekend.. here is your Top 10 List of Popular Diwali Songs in Bollywood…through the decades! If you notice, between the 1940’s and 1970’s, Bollywood loved celebrating this holiday and even included the actual word “Diwali” in the song titles.  As the years passed, however, there were fewer song/dance numbers dedicated to the celebration of the Indian New Year. Filmmakers instead focused energies into portraying other colorful Indian festivals such Holi and Navratri.  Nonetheless – let’s take a listen to the songs that remind us of the festival of lights, Diwali. Sal Mubarak!

Here is the youtube playlist link of the songs below – perfect for your Diwali party!

Song Movie Year Singers
Aai Diwali Rattan 1944 Zohrabai Ambalawali
Kaise Diwali Manaye  Paigham 1959 Mohammed Rafi

Mile Hai Chirago Ke Rangeen Diwali Hain 

Nazrana 1961 Mukesh
Deep Diwali Ke Juthe Jugnu 1973 Kishore Kumar
Tere Mere Pyar Ka Begunnah 1991 Kishore Kumar
Aayee Hai Diwali Suno Ji Gharwaali.  Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Alka Yagnik
Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2001 Lata Mangeshkar
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai Mohabbatein 2001 Shweta Pandit Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav,
Happy Diwali Home Delivery 2011 Vaishali, Surthi, Divya, Suraj, Sunidhi Chauhan
India Waale Happy New Year 2014 Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan

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Diwali Tunes in Bollywood!

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M_Id_448890_Kabhi_Khushi_Kabhie_Gham...In honor of Diwali weekend.. here is your Top 10 List of Popular Diwali Songs in Bollywood…through the decades! If you notice, between the 1940’s and 1970’s, Bollywood loved celebrating this holiday and even included the actual word “Diwali” in the song titles.  As the years passed, however, there were fewer song/dance numbers dedicated to the celebration of the Indian New Year. Filmmakers instead focused energies into portraying other colorful Indian festivals such Holi and Navratri.  Nonetheless – let’s take a listen to the songs that remind us of the festival of lights, Diwali. Sal Mubarak!

Here is the youtube playlist link of the songs below – perfect for your Diwali party!

Song Movie Year Singers
Aai Diwali Rattan 1944 Zohrabai Ambalawali
Kaise Diwali Manaye  Paigham 1959 Mohammed Rafi

Mile Hai Chirago Ke Rangeen Diwali Hain 

Nazrana 1961 Mukesh
Deep Diwali Ke Juthe Jugnu 1973 Kishore Kumar
Tere Mere Pyar Ka Begunnah 1991 Kishore Kumar
Aayee Hai Diwali Suno Ji Gharwaali.  Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Alka Yagnik
Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2001 Lata Mangeshkar
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai Mohabbatein 2001 Shweta Pandit Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav,
Happy Diwali Home Delivery 2011 Vaishali, Surthi, Divya, Suraj, Sunidhi Chauhan
India Waale Happy New Year 2014 Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan