India Masala

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: A fun, breezy film

May 31, 2013

Deepika Padukone has obviously never gone on a trek before. Why else would she be wearing a mini-skirt and fur boots on the Himalayas? She’s also got perfectly set, blow-dried hair during these treks, and even after a day of playing Holi during the festival of colours, which would render most of us looking like something the cat dragged in, Padukone looks radiant. But that is the world she and other characters in Ayan Mukerji’s “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” inhabit.

Barfi!: The sweet life

September 13, 2012

Even before you see a single frame of Anurag Basu’s “Barfi!” you will get a sense of the movie, thanks to a quirky song which calls on you to switch off “both your mobiles and kids”. It also promises that the film will give you no “gyaan” (expressing opinion) and that it will tell you about “saccha pyaar” (true love).

Rockstar: Ranbir, Rahman are the stars

November 11, 2011

If you want to watch the rockstars in action in Imtiaz Ali’s “Rockstar“, look out for the “Kun Faya Kun” number in the first half — both A. R. Rahman and Ranbir Kapoor are at their best here — the lilting melody of the song and Ranbir’s range of expressions remind you of how good the two are at what they do.

Anjaana Anjaani: Suicidal story

October 1, 2010
Making a film with just two characters and about their journey towards love is a concept that has worked quite well. The Ethan Hawke starrer “Before Sunrise” and its sequel “Before Sunset” come to mind immediately. These films had at their centre a great love story between two very interesting people and their interaction with each other itself was enough to take the story forward. It is of course entirely to the credit of the director and the scriptwriter that he can achieve that. And no matter how many foreign locales director Siddharth Anand shoots in and no matter how American his characters talk and act, he doesn’t come even close to creating that kind of interest and sympathy for them, or his film for that matter. “Anjaana Anjaani”, which is about Kiara and Aakash, two very whiny people who meet each other when they are trying to kill themselves, but by the time they change their mind, you might want to do the deed for them. They spend the 2-and-a-half-hour film driving around deserts and swimming in freezing water, pretending they are friends, when you could have saved them that trouble and told them they were going to fall in love in the first five minutes of the film. Their exchanges are childish to say the least and have none of the freshness and originality you might expect from a film that is anyway re-hashing an old formula. Both Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra share a good chemistry on screen, but give the sense that they are trying too hard to make up for the listless script. The last scene especially is so bad it is cringe worthy and both actors ham it up like there is no tomorrow. Avoid this one unless you want to die of boredom

AA2Making a film with just two characters and about their journey towards love is a concept that has worked quite well in the past.

Raajneeti: An epic nicely retold

June 5, 2010

BOLLYWOOD/First things first, “Raajneeti” is not about the first family in Indian politics even though some characters might resemble familiar cardboard cutouts.

Rocket Singh: Underdog does win but barely

December 11, 2009

rocketWe all know that feeling. When you are just out of college and fresh into a new job with no experience whatsoever, just a burning desire to do well.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani: Ranbir saving grace

November 6, 2009

You hear the words Rajkumar Santoshi and comedy in one sentence and you immediately think — “Andaz Apna Apna”.

Wake Up Sid: A whole new formula film

October 2, 2009

Bollywood has always survived on the formula — the elusive secret to making a successful film that combines elaborate sets, melodrama and of course, dancing around trees. Then multiplexes arrived and we were told it was the era of niche films, ones that didn’t go by the formula.

More than ‘just good friends’ in Bollywood

May 26, 2009

“We are just good friends” has to be the most overused phrase in Bollywood (or even Hollywood) for that matter.

Bachna Ae Haseeno: Ranbir comes out shining

August 15, 2008

Dreamy locales, designer threads, wedding sequences, racy numbers and a happy ending — Yash Raj Films finally got the formula right.”Bachna Ae Haseeno” has all this and more. It’s a formula film no doubt, but it has its heart in the right place.