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Heroine – Boring. Predictable. Nothing else.

Amazing poster. Anyone who went to watch this movie, would have gone to see more of those legs and gorgeous actress. Both were there. The performances were good. The story line was alright. And the ending was trademark Madhur Bhandarkar. Something i always note in movies is how pleasing are the visuals – the background, the scene scape, the colors, the lights etc.. and this one was beautifully done in those aspects. There was nothing harsh or out of place or even noticeable, sparing the heroine, that is. That’s as much as i could think of, in terms of the positives for this movie.

Coming to the songs department,I somehow seemed to like the background score more than the songs. Only “Halkat Jawani” caught my attention and sadly it did nothing to help me like the movie more. I did not even like its choreography. In fact, this song is the one thing that broke the color convention of the movie with its super bright lights and garish costumes. That’s it. I dont remember the other songs. If there were other, i did not notice it.

But that’s it. Heroine is a typical Madhur Bhandarkar product. I can actually list out some characteristics.
1. A Definitive bleakness – There is no point in the movie where you actually feel good. Whether the subject is mentally in a good place or not, you are never in a good place.
2.There is always a graph. Starting at the top. Then continually dropping, as the movie is pole-ward moving thermometer. 
3.The end is vaguely promising,No walking happy walking into the sunset. Its based on reality you see. So, you are left to assume that all is well – a la Aamir Khan.
4. The amounts of glycerine used for tears is so much, it leaves med stores starved of supply.
5. There is marked male lead. A continually sobbing, hardly sober heroine has to carry it all on her wafer thin shoulders.
And this can be said of any most of his films eg. Fashion, Chandi Bar, and now, Heroine.
I am the kinds that go to movies for relief. I prefer comdies and the ones that end well. I somehow landed in this one and i wouldn’t list it on my “must watch” list. Its too dreary. You only get a Kareena looking like this 

for most part of the movie and i really dont like it.

Also, almost all the characters in the movie smoke like chimneys. I personally hate it and despise it that there is only a verbal warning before, at break, and at the end of the movie.

I basically shouldn’t have watched this movie. Period.

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Agneepath – Simply brilliant!!

I haven’t seen the original and have only seen the Hrithik Roshan version. But boy! its one hell of a flick, this. I picked an early morning show and thought i might just fall asleep through the course of the movie. I bought a decent sized portion of popcorn, enough to last me quite a while, and slid into the movie seat.

I guess a review will be done and dusted idea for this movie and repetitive for those who have seen the original, and enjoyed BigB saying “Vijay Dheenanath Chauhan”. But i can assure you, the new cast is just as refreshing and mature. Nobody over plays their part. The lines are well drawn, and the portrayals are just right. So my focus is going to be more on the cast than on the story.  

The movie started quite happily and the famous “masterji” of the village was indeed an inspiring figure, belting poetry out and looking all classy in white & having the charm of the wise. The son, Vijay, a symbol of strength, courage and steely grit and, undeniably, the angry young boy who would grow up to be the angry man. The injustice meted out to the father in the village are all very well taken and superbly acted out.
The movie rests squarely on Hrithik Roshan’s broad shoulders and he does carry it off remarkably well. I am not a fan of His and was seriously skeptical about his skills, but he is brillaint in this movie. The quiet resilience in his character is so well portrayed. There are no unexplained silences. The audiences are not forced to guess, or think of the original. The eyes show a steely determination, and yet are not cold. The mind works wickedly but is not insensitive. The body language is restricted yet overpowering. Such contrasts but all  portrayed. Sheer brilliance. 
The other members of the cast too do an amazing job. Sanjay Dutt looks truly menacing and detestable. The irrational autocratic character is very written and doesnt not repent and beg forgiveness like most villains of the time.The simple consistency of his nature is, oddly, working very well for this movie. Though Sanjay Dutt resembles Fester Adams, this is one role that will stay in the memory for a while. This one is tailor made for him and he does absolute justice to it.
The other actor who stands out is Rishi Kapoor. Never in my mind could i picture him in the role given to him in this movie.And yet, by the time the movie was done, i was left loathing his character.I dont have to vouch for this, But he is definitely actor who can deliver a role so convincingly, that the actor and the role blend, and you cannot differentiate who is evoking the response.This mans acting skills are simply beyond words.
Priyanka Chopra also does a decent job, despite her role being forgettable. Zarina Wahab as the hurt and upset mother is just perfect. The others actors too have done neat justice to their roles. Thankfully there aren,t many distractions in the movie. No silly comedy lines or illfit jokes. Just that apt amount thay fits in seamlessly.
The outstanding performances in the movie are highly complimented by the other aspects too. The cinematography is outstanding. The images that this  movie conjures up in your mind as it courses through is rich , filled with detail and very involving. The mind play is very nice. The lines in the movie are all attractive to the eye, and engaging to the mind. Even the gory scenes are in clean frames and neat. The colours are not hurting to the eye. the reds, though bright, just add colour. The costumes are good and pleasing and very situational. The best aspect is the background score. The score is high on percussion and is very apt. It not only gets you to look at the screen, it engages, involves and keeps you to the screen. It pulls you to emote. That is absolute mastery and it is evident. Throughout the movie, this aspect is as excellent as any other part of the movie. The songs though are forgettable. I am guessing the guys will remember Katrina Kaif though 😛 !!
Final verdict: Awesome movie. Must watch.

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Awesomeness!!!!

You first see him having accepted a challenge to stuff his mouth with 40 buns…
His awe at Master Shifu, & Master Shifu with his usual smugness…
Baby him, doing little baby talk, and biting into radish, and looking up with those lovely beady eyes…
The earnestness with which he pleads to the Master Croc and Master Ox..
His love for food, simple confidence and heart-warming innocence just wraps us all up..
A bit serious, yet just as awesome.. Shining with those awesome expressions and simplicity. And just about being his round furry, cuddly self ..
Po..
He is simply his usual self and yet manages to enthral us all over again.. Any number of “awesome” would still be insufficient.
And this time , the entire gang gets just as fantastic .. The tigress gets a little woozy, and still maintains her smooth style … the stork is a funny dork.. . the monkey is in his high spirits as usual and the snake is, well, there ..
And then there is the brilliantly cruel Shen.. with those vibrant feathers and round eyes.. and swashbuckling movies… fanning out his feathers and making martial arts look killer graceful!!
But put them all to gather and you have awesome epic in animation..
Awesome .. Top score : 5/5 ..  Add this one to your must-see list this year…
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Awesomeness!!!!

You first see him having accepted a challenge to stuff his mouth with 40 buns…

His awe at Master Shifu, & Master Shifu with his usual smugness…

Baby him, doing little baby talk, and biting into radish, and looking up with those lovely beady eyes…

The earnestness with which he pleads to the Master Croc and Master Ox..

His love for food, simple confidence and heart-warming innocence just wraps us all up..

A bit serious, yet just as awesome.. Shining with those awesome expressions and simplicity. And just about being his round furry, cuddly self ..



Po..

He is simply his usual self and yet manages to enthral us all over again.. Any number of “awesome” would still be insufficient.

And this time , the entire gang gets just as fantastic .. The tigress gets a little woozy, and still maintains her smooth style … the stork is a funny dork.. . the monkey is in his high spirits as usual and the snake is, well, there ..

And then there is the brilliantly cruel Shen.. with those vibrant feathers and round eyes.. and swashbuckling movies… fanning out his feathers and making martial arts look killer graceful!!

But put them all to gather and you have awesome epic in animation..

Awesome .. Top score : 5/5 ..  Add this one to your must-see list this year…
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Repetitive, Crass and Boring – Hangover 2!!

That’s what Hangover 2 is all about. The humor and story line is a cheap imitation of Hangover 1 and looks like it was made on a shoestring budget in fleabag locales, with hopes of making as much money as the first part. However the attempt is an absolute failure.
The story is exactly the same. The groom this time is Stu, getting married to Lauren. She is Asian and has a highly talented brother, Teddy, who is the apple of his father’s eye.  As usual, a bachelor party happens and all 3 wake up in a dingy hotel in Bangkok, wiped clean of the memories of the previous night. The missing person this time is Teddy. The hunt, a la Vegas begins, and covers a lot of unsavory locations in Thailand and the discovery that Alan is once again the culprit. After a pile of silly, really dry and uninteresting events, Teddy is discovered, and our misery ends.
H2 has every element of H1, yet the movie fails to strike a chord. The most obvious reason is the lack of novelty, among others. The same bachelor party, with the same 3 forming the core group and getting lost, once again. Also this time, Stu is positively boring, Alan’s innocence borders on lewd and Phil is plain not funny.  Throw in the queer Chinese criminal (from H1), a drug dealing monkey and a silent monk and still the humor quotient lacks punch.
At one point, you just want to walk out. This moving is just not worth a score.

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Repetitive, Crass and Boring – Hangover 2!!

That’s what Hangover 2 is all about. The humor and story line is a cheap imitation of Hangover 1 and looks like it was made on a shoestring budget in fleabag locales, with hopes of making as much money as the first part. However the attempt is an absolute failure.
The story is exactly the same. The groom this time is Stu, getting married to Lauren. She is Asian and has a highly talented brother, Teddy, who is the apple of his father’s eye.  As usual, a bachelor party happens and all 3 wake up in a dingy hotel in Bangkok, wiped clean of the memories of the previous night. The missing person this time is Teddy. The hunt, a la Vegas begins, and covers a lot of unsavory locations in Thailand and the discovery that Alan is once again the culprit. After a pile of silly, really dry and uninteresting events, Teddy is discovered, and our misery ends.
H2 has every element of H1, yet the movie fails to strike a chord. The most obvious reason is the lack of novelty, among others. The same bachelor party, with the same 3 forming the core group and getting lost, once again. Also this time, Stu is positively boring, Alan’s innocence borders on lewd and Phil is plain not funny.  Throw in the queer Chinese criminal (from H1), a drug dealing monkey and a silent monk and still the humor quotient lacks punch.
At one point, you just want to walk out. This moving is just not worth a score.

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