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Sanjay Gupta is one of the filmmakers who has been copying Hollywood films since his debut Aatish to many films, He and his then buddy Sanjay Dutt mostly worked together, In this film there was a tiff between Producer Satish Tandon and Gupta as the producer shot some unwanted scenes without the permission of the director and also wanted to rush this 2 year in making film to release to cash on Sanju's success post Vaastav. Sanjay Dutt supported his friend and refused to dub, the film was released with his dubbed voice. The film is a remake of Desperate Measures, it starts off routinely but gets interesting once Sanju and Jackie clash, Sanjay's introduction is superb, the first half works well mostly, though the director could sketch many characters in a better manner. The second half however deviates and suddenly more focus is given to Sanju and his gangways. Also suddenly 2 songs are shown on screen One being Ek Ladki which has only visuals of Sanju and Shilpa amidst Mayuri Kango dancing on the rain,giving an impression of being incompletely filmed, also Bali Di Gali having Bali Brahmabhatt suddenly makes an entry(maybe a decision after Sanju let go of the film). The climax is quite decent though it's not clear why Jackie has a change of heart
Direction by Gupta(who is credited only in the end credits) is decent but writing could be better Music by Anu Malik is good, Aila Re was a big hit that time and is good, Ek Ladki is a good song but oddly picturised The songs picturised on Jackie and Raveena were not even promoted and are okay
Sanjay Dutt repeats his gangster act,sadly the film released after the failure of Khauff and Baaghi both having him play gangsters and this too flopped, also his dubbed voice worsens his impact of his performance, Jackie Shroff who was not even shown in the promos is good in his role Raveena too was not promoted before the film but is good in her role Shilpa leaves a mark and does a good job, Aditya Panscholi gets a sketchy role but is superb as the encounter specialist cop who has a vague characterization. Navin Nischol, Saurabh Shukla are good, Neeraj Vohra annoys rest are okay
State of Grace
Mahesh Bhatt is known for lifting Hollywood films, though as a director he did give several great films though some were copied ANGAAREY is Akshay's only film with Bhatt and it shows, as during those days Akshay didn't do good films and his films were flopping and his acting was criticised, in this film however his act is better and also the film is better then his films those days like KEEMAT and Barood. The film is a remake of STATE OF GRACE but it's well handled, the film also seems similar to Salman's AUZAAR(1997) and later Vikram Bhatt remade it as FOOTPATH(2003). The film has Akshay as a cop who is sent to reform his friends who are gone on the wrong path. Mahesh Bhatt is a pro as a filmmaker and he handles the film very well, the drama scenes as always are the best though the film is quite stereotypical and does have some 90s clichéd scenes but yet that can be overlooked Music is good, Tanha Tanha being the best song, rest songs are decent
Akshay Kumar does a superb job, under the guidance of Bhatt who mostly extracts good performances from actors, though his hairstyle is inconsistent throughout Pooja Bhatt is decent and looks hot in the film, Sonali Bendre too is superb Nagarjuna is good in his role, Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover are good in their roles
Shoojit Sircar after VICKY DONOR, MADRAS CAFE is back with Piku,Something about his films are that there are mostly unconventional and look straight out of life. PIKU is simply fantastic, the film doesn't have a pathbreaking story yet the way it's handled is simply fantastic. The characters,situations look very realistic, mostly authentic. The film is simply marvellous and rarely makes you bored though it does drag a bit in second half. Direction is simply fab Music in background is awesome
Amitabh bachchan is simply matchless as Bhaskor, he lives the role and nails it to perfection Deepika in minimal makeup is simply superb, matching him at every step Irrfan is simply superb too in his role laced in humour and emotions Mousami Chatergee is superb, Raghuvir Yadav too is amazing rest are okay
Gabbar is Back (2015)
Yet another South remake but quite entertaining
After the success of Rowdy Rathore and the recent Holiday Akshay returns with yet another south remake. This time of A R Murgadose's Ramana(2002) which was remade in Telugu as Tagore. The film is directed by A south director Krish who makes his directorial debut in Hindi films. The film more or less replicates the original Ramana and is hardly different, except perhaps Akshay's look which is not like the original. Also he has no children in this film. The film is quite crisp and watchable but at times drags and also it's predictable. Also the director succumbs to the need of adding an item song, over the top action.
Direction is okay Music is nothing great except Teri Meri Kahaani Stunts are over the top yet Akshay does make it most look believable.
Akshay Kumar after the riveting BABY is back with a south remake and he does well in his role but it's nothing new, yet must say Akshay can carry off action scenes flawlessly and can give younger aspirants a run for their money Shruti Hassan in a stupid role is hardly convincing and annoys Suman Talwar as the villain is yet another addition to the list of South villains with dubbed voices making an entry and he is hardly worthy enough Sunil Grover leaves a mark in his role, Kareena Kapoor makes a fleeting appearance in a song, Jaideep Ahlawat is good as the cop rest are all okay
Sriram is back
After the unsuccessful Agent Vinod, Sriram Raghavan is back with Badlapur. The film marks the first time Varun Dhawan who normally is seen in romantic stuff, play an anti hero. The film is very dark but is well handled, the characters are hardly white or black, mostly grey. The film starts to the point, no beating around the bush, the film looks so realistic in most places, see the first scene itself it looks straight out of life. The twists and turns are superb, the film does drag a bit in second half but yet again strikes you, the confrontation scene between Varun and Nawaz towards the end is simply superb, the end too is good The filmmaker uses sex as a tool for revenge which is well handled and not overdone Direction is superb Music is awesome, Jee Karda, Beeni all tracks are wonderful the filmmaker also has used 2 konkani songs in one scene of the film.
Nawazuddin Siddqui yet again proves his mettle, he is simply outstanding and displays various shades of his character superbly Varun Dhawan in his first anti hero role is superb too in his part, the dark character could be reduced to a carricature but varun proves he is here to stay, a few rough edges perhaps at places but an awesome performance Huma Qureshi is superb as always, Divya Dutta is awesome too Kumud Mishra is good in his role Yami Gautam strangely played a similar kinda role in Action Jackson but yet she is good in her small role, vinay Pathak seen after a long time is superb,radhika Apte too is superb
Margarita, with a Straw (2014)
Kalki Koechin is back after a long time, the actress is best in such films and she yet again proves her mark. The film tells a different story of a girl who has celebral palsy and later she comes to know that she is a transgender which is very unique for bollywood. The film dares to defy the stereotype and should be lauded for that. The film is well handled and well written
Direction is good Music is okay
Kalki is awesome yet again in a challenging role, Revathy strikes yet again and she is awesome, rest are all good in their roles special mention must be given to Sayani Gupta as Khayum,
Mr. X (2015)
Yet another Bhatt production in the same old style
Invisible films have cashed lot of moolah, be it MR INDIA(1987) in India or Hollywood's own HOLLOWMAN. Recently there was RGV's Gayab which was a flop. This film too will follow suit. The film is made by Bhatts, so the focus is on love story and kisses more then the real drama which off recent has become synomonous with their recent films. MR X is very illogical which can be forgiven but the handling is nothing great. The film is very predictable, worst of all the liberties taken are hard to digest The film also follows the typical Bhatt formula of including sex and songs in every thing.
Direction is nothing great by Vikram Bhatt Music is typical Bhatt style, the songs are good but nothing out of the world, Bhatt's debut as a singer is alright SFX are inconsistent, at times good while at times not too good
Emraan Hashmi does his part superbly as always but sadly his role doesn't seem anything extraordinary and he is made to do the same things he did earlier Amyra Dastur last seen in Issaq doesn't sync well as the cop, but does well in emotional scenes Arunoday Singh leaves no mark as the villain, he seems too shaky as always Tanmay Bhatt is okay
Good decent film
Mahesh Bhatt made several films on illegtimate relations like Arth.etc Naajayaz is another such film. The film brings together Ajay and Naseeruddin Shah back after Bedardi(1993) which was a flop. This film is one film which paired Ajay and Bhatt's then fav Juhi Chawla. Naajayaz is a well made film, though story may not be too novel yet it's handling is superb. Naseer plays a don who becomes a Don due to circumstances but is a kind person, he doesn't want his son Deepak Tijori to become like him. His illegitimate son is a cop(Ajay Devgan) The film does contain 90s masala, lots of Ajay's trademark stunts, he keeps chewing a gum throughout the film and has bike stunts,jeep stunts.etc and songs too but the drama is superbly handled.
Direction by Mahesh Bhatt is superb Music by Anu Malik is good, the best song being Barsaat ke Mausam Mein which became a huge hit, sung by Roopkumar Rathod and Kumar Sanu it's amazing, rest songs are good too most being sung by Sanu and Yagnik including the hit song Laal Laal Hoton Pe Stunts are good
Ajay Devgan is superb in his trademark style and does a great job, he was slowly improving those days as an actor and in this film too he stands out, he played a similar role in Kachche Daage and many such films Juhi Chawla plays the cop superbly, she as always gives her best Naseeruddin Shah is amazing as the sympathetic DON and is simply superb Reema Lagoo who played a similar role in Aashiqui is superb in her role as always, Deepak Tijori is amazing in his role Gulshan Grover is superb as the villain, Ashish Vidyarthi is good as Naseer's mute aid.
rest are all are good
Ab Tak Chhappan 2 (2015)
Not as hardhitting as the original but yet okay
In 2004,Shimit Amin debuted as a director with Ab Tak 56, A film based on real life encounter specialist Daya Nayak, the film was much talked about and worked quite well, Nana received plaudits. That film was very realistic and had several powerpacked scenes. Almost 11 years later, we have Ab Tak 56 2 with a new team this time, almost new cast except Nana and some key characters most are new. Instead of Yashpal Sharma we have Ashutosh Rana and some more additions. The film like a sequel follows the same story however this time it lacks the strong punch of the original, there have been so many cop films that it's no longer unique. Another factor that goes against the film is the things are handled very routinely, there is lot of predictability Nothing really stands out, all seems seen before
Direction is alright, the director does show some scope but he is bogged down by the film's script There is overdose of weird camera angles which get irritating
Nana Patekar is superb in his role which only he could do, however the script lets him down, Gul Panag screams a lot throughout the film Ashutosh Rana is superb as always, Govind Namdeo gets less scope and is okay Vikram Gokhale is decent, Dilip Prabhavalkar is good Mohan Agashe and rest lend support. Raj Jhutsi plays a character who sits on a wheelchair and rattles phone calls to Nana and is decent,rest are OK
Apna Desh (1972)
One of Rajesh-Mumtaz's greatest hits together
APNA DESH is one of Rajesh Khanna's most successful films when he was in his prime, APNA DESH isn't a melodramatic film but more on current affairs where corrupt people rule. The film is well handled, the film for most of the part is believable though the director does resort to commercial diktats like the entire part of a disguise which worked in 1970s. The climax too is a bit unbelievable and stretched. The film yet is a well made film
Direction is superb Music by RD BURMAN is one of it's assets, Duniya Main Logon Ko by RD Burman and Asha is still remembered,the other songs too are good Kishore Kumar's songs for Khanna as always are superb
Rajesh Khanna underplays his part superbly and mostly refrains from hamming, Mumtaz gets a lesser role but does a superb job Om Prakash is splendid, Madan Puri is superb too, rest are all good Jagdeep provides good laughs