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Arundhati (2009)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
First half was pretty good, second half was awful, 22 July 2013
5/10

I was impressed with the initial half of the movie which shows the villain getting his comeuppance...I felt this part was done pretty nicely even though the CGI used was lousy...

However the latter part of the movie started out bad and it was all downhill thereafter...it was as if different people had worked on different parts of the script...or else as if the scriptwriters and director were suddenly in a hurry to bring the movie to an end and sacrificed logic (& everything else)...

I can understand that certain amount of suspension of belief is necessary while watching a movie which deals with occult, reincarnation, spirits etc...but when logic flies completely out of the window and you are left with a "what the hell" feeling, there is something seriously wrong with the movie...I have read the earlier reviews which heap praise on the movie and I realise that Indian movies have a long, long way to go before they can be compared to international standards...the backbone of any movie, the plot, is so shoddy here that it would have been torn to shreds by international movie critics...

On a more positive note, the acting was pretty good, some parts of the story was fascinating & interesting and had the writer / director not been in a hurry to wrap it up, it would have been a truly awesome film...

Dead Snow (2009)
4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Godawful stupid Norwegian piece of crap movie, 10 April 2013
1/10

I went into this movie after reading the high ratings given by other reviewers and I have been wondering since then what the fuss was all about…this is a stupid and unimaginative piece of crap disguised as a movie and I can only imagine that the others who gave ratings of 9 & 10 must be Norweigans themselves…if that was true, I think they have set the bar really, really low… First of all the movie plot line feels as if it has been written by a teenager…too many holes and liberties taken throughout…sample this…a bunch of zombies surrounding a farm house and viciously attacking and killing the inhabitants from outside, then dozens of them being dispatched in a ridiculously easy manner by two dudes armed with a small hammer and a kitchen knife…said dudes killing numerous zombies with kitchen implements, in-spite of having a chainsaw and a shotgun…a local who warns the city kids about the dangers in those mountains himself camps out in the same mountains and gets promptly killed…the treasure chest left in the resort for decades, yet when the kids discover it, the zombies decide they want it back and attack them…a gorgeous chick in the group gets desperate to have sex with the fat guy, and wraps herself around him at the worst time possible; when he is taking a crap in the outhouse… This film is just a stupid excuse to show people getting slaughtered in the most brainless manner possible…the zombies in this movie can run, climb trees, locate people through binoculars and take orders from a zombie general…yet it is utterly easy to kill them, even with kitchen knives…if this was meant as a comedy, there was not a single humorous situation not even black humor in the entire movie… This really is a very unimaginative and silly movie…I cannot even classify this as a guilty pleasure…there are loads of other movies which are way better in all aspects…that is why I cannot understand other reviewers getting swept away and giving 9 and 10 ratings…when you give a movie 10 out of 10, it means that the movie is one of the best ever in that genre…which is not the case at all with this film…I would not give it more than a 4 or 5, yet to balance out the ridiculously generous ratings by other reviewers, I am giving it 2 (coz I wasted my time downloading and watching it on the strength of collective rating by others)… There is really nothing here that is not available elsewhere (in much better ways)… If you wanna see a really neat Norwegian movie with loads of black humor, go for The Trollhunter…

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Overrated, but brilliant in parts !!!, 10 April 2013
6/10

Public opinion about this critically acclaimed movie seems rather divided…there are people writing rave reviews about it, calling it one of the best movies ever and giving it full marks…others call it a vastly overrated movie and rate it 1 or 2 out of 10…there are no in-betweens in this case…it is clearly a case of loved it or hated it… One could argue then that such a film is the product of a genius mind…those intelligent enough to understand it are completely blown away by it…and the others, the ones who fail to see the point ridicule it… Having seen it, I tend to side with the latter group of people who found this movie a pseudo-intellectual product lacking any coherent purpose…I felt the same about "No country for old men"…many other reviewers have also compared it to NCFOM for the same reasons… Okay I understand that whole movie is about the lifelong conflict between two equally ambitious and morally corrupt individuals…Daniel's character is one of the most reprehensible I have seen in movies…he swindles innocent people and even uses his small adopted son as a mask to disguise the utter contempt he has for other human beings…I normally am captivated by portrayals of such people, who are fascinating in their own right, but in this case, I did not engage with his character…I could not really feel the menace or evil emanating and the fault is with the script writer, not the actor… Most of the movie felt disjointed…as if vast portions were cut out and left on the editing floor…you fail to understand the motivations behind the actions of different characters…it is not even possible to fill in with our own interpretations as the characters themselves were not fully developed… For example, why does Paul Sunday go behind the backs of his own father and twin brother when he would have gained as much (or more) if he had not betrayed his own family? Though the character of Eli Sunday came across as quite irritating and self-serving from the start, it does not explain Daniel's intense hatred for him…and that physical assault on Eli by Daniel was very difficult to digest due to this reason…Eli does not seem to possess the natural charisma or business acumen exhibited by Daniel, so why does Daniel regard him as a lifelong threat and rival? Why does the impostor give himself away so readily after having gone through all that trouble, especially when he realizes how dangerous an individual Daniel is? Somehow all these things and many more did not gel in together when I watched the movie… On a more positive note, the acting by all the main players was excellent…Daniel Day-Lewis has a tremendous screen presence and he makes acting look ridiculously easy, he is that good! Most of the scenes were very well executed…the whole movie has been directed with the easy confidence that comes from a man who knows what he is good at…this is a very ambitious venture – powerfully acted and excellently directed…but somehow the whole product does not go down properly in the end…that's the reason I have mixed feelings about this movie…

Limitless (2011/I)
What a vastly over rated stinker !!!, 4 April 2013
5/10

This must be like one of the most ridiculous films I have seen with gaping plot holes, suspension of belief and all notwithstanding…I can understand that scriptwriters have to take liberties with the script to get the film going, set the pace right, make the story interesting and so on…but there is a limit and frankly this steaming pile of dog-turd strained my credulity…

Unlike low-budget, 'leave-your-brain-at-home', C-grade flicks which you watch with low expectations, this film has no such excuse. The fact that this is a mega budget movie with big movie stars (Bradley Cooper, for god's sake) and has a 71% rating on rotten tomatoes seriously leads me to question the direction in which Hollywood movies are headed…

This is a supposedly intelligent movie with novel and interesting premise…a super drug which enhances the mental abilities of anybody who pops it…sounds good??? Let's talk about the most stupid plot holes which I have arranged in descending order (most stupid coming first and so on)…

1) The whole point of the drug is that whoever stops taking it falls sick and eventually dies, which is presumably the reason the drug dealer himself does not take it and become a business tycoon, president or somebody…so much is made out of its side effects throughout the film…however at the end of the movie, our hero has shrugged off the habit quite easily and still retained his mental super-abilities…very convenient huh…and he explains this off in such a matter of fact manner, which De Niro accepts without question… 2) The hero is not shown to be especially sharp or intelligent…in fact he is a failure and a loser, who claims to be a writer, but has been unable to write a single word…yet he figures out something that the other users could not (including his extremely smart ex-wife)…that if he eats on time, he can control the side effects of the drug… 3) Bradley explains in a voice-over that he has forked out several million dollars for personal security – hiring professional bodyguards, renting a fortress like apartment with latest technology etc to keep away from the Russian thugs…the smug smile on his face (visible only to the audience) when he finalises the deal for the multimillion dollar apartment suggests that he has bested his opponents…however in the climax of the movie, they bust in with utmost ease…and before that they bump off his freakishly huge professional bodyguards…what is the point of investing so much in personal security if a band of thugs can get too you without breaking a sweat??? 4) The thing about the hero sipping on the thug's blood to get back his super abilities really cracked me up…come on…when you inject a drug, it gets diluted across your entire blood stream…how does he get the full benefit just by sipping on a little blood??? 5) Why would a guy with enhanced mental abilities, a super smart person borrow money from a dangerous gangster and then forget to pay it back…and which retarded person grabs a pill from a relative stranger's hand and pops it without considering the potential harm??? Yet that is exactly what the Russian gangster does… 6) At the end of the movie, De Niro (for some inexplicable reason) wants Cooper to work for him, presumably for his artificially enhanced mental abilities…he reveals that he now owns the company that produced the drug…but in that case, why would Niro want to hire a guy who is a natural loser like Cooper and difficult to control…won't a naturally genius and successful businessman like Niro have several super-smart guys already working for him, who can be enhanced with the drug…or what is to prevent Niro from taking the drug himself and trying to become President of the United States??? His sudden and inexplicable switch from good guy to guy with negative shades, for no valid reasons, is difficult to digest… 7) I figure that if I had a finite supply of the mind-enhancing drug, the thing to do would be to crank out a dozen or more best sellers before the supply runs out…and then release them one at a time…this would rake in the millions by way of royalties and make me famous…no super smart person would play the money market game to get rich as that would raise a thousand questions…

I know that you are supposed to ignore small things and not think too much while watching a movie…but this entire film is an excellent example of deus ex machine (a plot device to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem suddenly and abruptly, with the contrived intervention of some new, unexpected event…frequently used when the writer has "painted himself into a corner")…the acting and other aspects are adequate, but I could not pay much attention to anything else as I was too incredulous with the ludicrous storyline…

Straw Dogs (2011)
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Felt the remake is better than the original !!!, 4 April 2013
7/10

Having watched both the new and old versions of "Straw Dogs" in a single day and still fresh from the experience, I found that I identified better with the newer version…for me at least, the remake was more believable than the original, in terms of acting, character development and location… Simply put the English thugs in the original did not strike me as terrifying or menacing…to me they were more buffoonish and funny…I did not find them or their behavior to be particularly intimidating…in fact I felt they behaved in a pretty normal manner when confronted by the American and his seemingly strange mannerisms… If anybody came across as abnormal or psychologically disturbed, it was the main character's wife, who sends out mixed signals by deliberately displaying her panties and subsequently her bare breasts to the gang of leering men, then whining to her nonplussed husband and still later on treating the same men to beer…and the rape was not really a rape, as she does not put much of a resistance even seemingly enjoying it towards the end…she came across as a far more seriously disturbed, immature and dangerous character, more disturbing then the supposed antagonists of this movie…when she is being raped again in the climax, notice how she screams for her ex-boyfriend (who is one of the attackers) instead of her husband for help…this proves that the first sex episode in the movie was not entirely without her consent… The acting too was too exaggerated and cartoonish to be effective…I felt I was watching a parody instead of a serious horror movie…and don't tell me that was how movies were in the early 70s…I have watched older movies with far more convincing acting…I cracked up when Hoffman tries to stop Norman from assaulting the mentally disturbed guy in his house and Norman says "don't lay your hands on meeeeee"…the drawing out of the "me" was unintentionally comic…there were plenty of other moments in the movie where the outlandish acting was funny though not intended to be so… And I absolutely hated the character of the wife, who was silly, clingy, immature and adulterous; hankering unreasonably for her husband's attention and then ready to desert him when he needs her support the most…I would call her the main antagonist in the movie and her husband was too good for a skanky woman like her… The remake addressed and eliminated most of these negative points…the wife was much more sympathetic and her behavior more bearable… unlike Dustin Hoffman who seemed to be barely tolerating Susan George, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth acted realistically like a couple in love…the creeps were genuinely creepy, their behavior intimidating at times and their contempt towards the supposed wimpiness of the husband was barely concealed beneath a veneer of politeness…I could easily imagine myself in the shoes of the various characters and identify with them all… The intimidation and harassment aspect was better brought out in the 2011 version…it starts out subtly by having the workmen gang turning up for work far too early in the morning, blasting loud music, grabbing beer bottles from the refrigerator randomly, requesting for permission to leave work early... steps up relentlessly to the leering catcalls at a jogging Bosworth…and finally the hanging of the cat and the double rape…scenes where Chris asks Mr. Summer which movies he has written scripts for and Charlie warning David over walking out of the church sermon helped to build up tension between the characters...these were not present in the original version.

The only aspects that the original scores over the remake is that Dustin Hoffman is much more of a nerdy and diminutive guy than James Marsden…you could relate to Hoffman as a guy who would have been constantly bullied and pushed around since his school days…but not so much with the muscle-bound, square-jawed Marsden (even if he wears spectacles to look nerdy)…and the final battle in the original movie was more edgy and realistic then the newer version.

Straw Dogs (1971)
0 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Is the original really better than the remake??? I don't think so !!!, 4 April 2013
6/10

Having watched both the new and old versions of "Straw Dogs" in a single day and still fresh from the experience, I found that I identified better with the newer version…for me at least, the remake was more believable than the original, in terms of acting, character development and location… Simply put the English thugs in the original did not strike me as terrifying or menacing…to me they were more buffoonish and funny…I did not find them or their behavior to be particularly intimidating…in fact I felt they behaved in a pretty normal manner when confronted by the American and his seemingly strange mannerisms… If anybody came across as abnormal or psychologically disturbed, it was the main character's wife, who sends out mixed signals by deliberately displaying her panties and subsequently her bare breasts to the gang of leering men, then whining to her nonplussed husband and still later on treating the same men to beer…and the rape was not really a rape, as she does not put much of a resistance even seemingly enjoying it towards the end…she came across as a far more seriously disturbed, immature and dangerous character, more disturbing then the supposed antagonists of this movie…when she is being raped again in the climax, notice how she screams for her ex-boyfriend (who is one of the attackers) instead of her husband for help…this proves that the first sex episode in the movie was not entirely without her consent… The acting too was too exaggerated and cartoonish to be effective…I felt I was watching a parody instead of a serious horror movie…and don't tell me that was how movies were in the early 70s…I have watched older movies with far more convincing acting…I cracked up when Hoffman tries to stop Norman from assaulting the mentally disturbed guy in his house and Norman says "don't lay your hands on meeeeee"…the drawing out of the "me" was unintentionally comic…there were plenty of other moments in the movie where the outlandish acting was funny though not intended to be so… And I absolutely hated the character of the wife, who was silly, clingy, immature and adulterous; hankering unreasonably for her husband's attention and then ready to desert him when he needs her support the most…I would call her the main antagonist in the movie and her husband was too good for a skanky woman like her… The remake addressed and eliminated most of these negative points…the wife was much more sympathetic and her behavior more bearable… unlike Dustin Hoffman who seemed to be barely tolerating Susan George, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth acted realistically like a couple in love…the creeps were genuinely creepy, their behavior intimidating at times and their contempt towards the supposed wimpiness of the husband was barely concealed beneath a veneer of politeness…I could easily imagine myself in the shoes of the various characters and identify with them all… The intimidation and harassment aspect was better brought out in the 2011 version…it starts out subtly by having the workmen gang turning up for work far too early in the morning, blasting loud music, grabbing beer bottles from the refrigerator randomly, requesting for permission to leave work early... steps up relentlessly to the leering catcalls at a jogging Bosworth…and finally the hanging of the cat and the double rape…scenes where Chris asks Mr. Summer which movies he has written scripts for and Charlie warning David over walking out of the church sermon helped to build up tension between the characters...these were not present in the original version.

The only aspects that the original scores over the remake is that Dustin Hoffman is much more of a nerdy and diminutive guy than James Marsden…you could relate to Hoffman as a guy who would have been constantly bullied and pushed around since his school days…but not so much with the muscle-bound, square-jawed Marsden (even if he wears spectacles to look nerdy)…and the final battle in the original movie was more edgy and realistic then the newer version.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A riveting movie with power-packed performances.., 2 October 2011

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Normally a courtroom drama movie sounds quite dull & dreary to most of us...even the most hard-core movie buffs amongst us might be from time to time lured away by movies full of visual effects & wise-cracking humour...

It is an extremely difficult job to conceptualise & create a movie where the climax is a tense, court room scene and the rest of the movie is either in the same court room or deals with events leading up to it...not many of us are able to comprehend legal terms & would prefer to steer clear of such endeavours...

However if such a film is crafted masterfully, peppered with crisp dialogues & brilliant acting, watching it becomes a very enjoyable experience...I have come across a few such movies...

A Few Good Men is definitely one of those movies which I would heartily recommend to all movie aficionados...A friend of mine, whose judgement I trust & whose taste in movies I share recommended it to me...I downloaded it from the internet & watched it one evening after getting home from work...trust me the movie has a few scenes, which I rewinded & watched several times...after a couple of days, I watched the movie again...it just kept on getting better & better...

The premise of the movie is this - Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is an inexperience US Navy lawyer, entrusted with the defence of two marines accused of murdering a fellow marine of their unit...Naval investigator JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is his senior officer & co-counsel...Kaffee gets the case as he has a penchant for plea-bargains & at first glance, this looks like an open-and-shut case...but is it really so un-complicated or are there deeper secrets lurking?

Jack Nicholson, as the Commanding Officer of the Marine detachment, gives a powerful performance which crackles every time he is on the screen...Tom Cruise has done a commendable job, though some of his lines are too dramatic & don't ring true...Demi Moore turns in a subdued performance...the surprise package is Keifer Sutherland, who you get to see only a couple of times, but packs quite a punch...you also get to see Cuba Gooding in a short cameo...

This movie was remade in Hindi as "Shaurya", although there are slight alterations to the basic plot...I have not seen the Hindi version, but have heard it is very good...unfortunately due to lack of hype & publicity, it was not very successful commercially...the fact that the cast did not include any major filmstars, but consisted of talented actors such as Rahul Bose & Kay Kay Menon did not help either...I would still recommend it over the so-called mega-budget & multi-star block busters, which are quite often so full of style, but no substance... Do watch either of these movies (or both) & write to let me know if you agree...

4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Hard-hitting & effective movie, a must-watch..., 2 October 2011

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The first thing that you hear is an alarm clock ringing urgently...

Right then you know that this is a movie about someone whose life is a routine affair revolving around the clock...in the next series of scenes we see the central character Madhav Apte (Sandeep Kulkarni) going through his daily act of preparing to leave for his job in his less-than-luxurious residence...we see his children being bullied into getting up by his harried wife and him leaving the house, to board the second class compartment of a very crowded local train...he then reaches the bank where he works, has his lunch, then a cup of tea at a roadside stall & the evening sees him again in a congested local...finally we see him having dinner with his daughter...the exact same routine is repeated several times & we get the idea of a lower middle class family struggling to exist in a far-flung suburb of Mumbai, Dombivli...

We learn that Madhav is a principled individual who sticks to his beliefs at the cost of being impractical - an oddity in a world full of people who have resigned themselves to the ways of the world...in this world, Madhav sticks up like a sore thumb & rubs several people the wrong way, including his clients, colleagues & his long-suffering wife...needless to say Madhav's unrelenting attitude has been causing friction in his world & his family suffers as a result...faced with the bleak prospect of spending the reminder of her life in this thankless manner, Madhav's wife one day goads him by telling him to try & change the world if he can...

An emotionally stressed out Madhav snaps when a shop keeper attempts to charge some extra money over the MRP for a soft drink he has just had...he proceeds to destroy the shop with a wooden bat...he then goes on a rampage venting his ire at several things including a wrongly parked bike, corrupt cops accepting bribes, a Corporator who is blind to the miseries of the common man & so on...

Further on, Madhav also sets fire to a drug joint & shames a doctor into admitting a poor person in his hospital...during a run-in with the cops, his wooden bat is confiscated, so he uses a knife & then a revolver which he picks up...though he never causes grievous injury to any person, the media picks up his story in a sensational manner (that we are all familiar with) & we see the reactions of the common man, ranging from the skeptical to the sympathetic & apathetic...this entire range of events happen in the course of 2 days...

During all this, the police is hot on his trial, but always a couple of steps behind...Inspector Anaspure develops a peculiar empathy with Madhav as he feels that he (Madhav) is doing something that the police is paid to do, however are unable to do justice to...having studied Madhav's background, Anaspure knows that Madhav is a sincere & honest soul, but wants to stop him for his own good...finally under tremendous political pressure, a shoot-at-site order is issued by the police Brass against Madhav...

The final confrontation happens (ironically) in a local train, which a tired Madhav boards to reach home...the police is tipped off & when they arrive, it is evident that Madhav's mental equilibrium has failed, as he does not have a perception of having done anything wrong...this results in a stand-off between Inspector Anaspure & Madhav and ends with Madhav being shot fatally...it is then revealed that Madhav's revolver was empty of bullets, which underlines the fact that he never intended to hurt anybody...

A particularly poignant moment is when a dying Madhav tells Anaspure that he has spent his life sitting on the fourth seat in a local train, so whether he could sit at the window seat for some time...the movie ends with a deeply moved Inspector Anaspure reflecting that while Madhav took the easy way of setting things right, the System took a much easier way out by killing a person, who dared to stand up for what is right...

This thought-provoking movie is directed by Marathi Director Nishikant Kamath...it is a critically acclaimed movie & Sandeep Kulkarni's acting bagged him the Star Screen award for Best Male Actor (Marathi)...what is not well-knowing is that this movie is inspired by a 1993 Michael Douglas film "Falling Down"...however it has been well adapted to our city & times...this movie deals with several very valid issues, including the evil practices prevalent in the education system (teachers who fail students who do not attend their coaching classes & colleges illegally charging donations)...

Watch this movie and watch out for my favourite scene in which Madhav in a monologue laments the fact that human beings developed a set of rules & regulations to establish civilizations, but then instead of adhering to the same, in their greed for more, relentlessly break the very same rules...a person like him who strives to follow those rules is branded as an anti-social & eccentric person...he then vents his rage & frustration to the Almighty proclaiming that he is not eligible to live on this planet as per norms set by fellow human beings, so he is resigning his life & enclosing his soul to be taken back by God...

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Light-hearted, feel-good movie about the plight of a newly married couple staying in a joint family, 29 June 2010
8/10

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Piya ka Ghar is a Hindi comedy set (mainly) in Mumbai in the 1970s. It is supposedly a remake of Raja Thakur's Marathi film "Mumbaicha Javai." It portrays the difficulties of life in India's biggest city in the form of a comic family drama.

This is one of my favourite old Hindi movies and though almost forty years have passed since this movie was made, watching it is still a pleasant way of spending a few hours…I can still relate to the movie, though it was made a good six years before I was even born… After having watched it quite a few times on the television over the years, I decided to download the film and add it to my collection…I have a few other gems in my collection such as Choti si Baat, Chupke Chupke, Golmal, Naram Garam, Bawarchi and this movie is cut from the same cloth…

The film is quite breezy and simplistic, containing no antagonists, scheming relatives or friends, no subplots and moves forward in a straight forward manner… It focuses on a north Indian, immigrant middle class family living in a crowded, noisy apartment building (commonly known as a Chawl) in Bombay…the family consists of the male patriarch, his wife, their three sons and the wife of the eldest son…they are in general a happy-go-lucky family, leaving peacefully in the midst of their chaotic surroundings…they are also in search of a bride for their second son Ram (Anil Dhawan), who is the male lead…

They forge an alliance for Ram with Malti (Jaya Bhaduri), who lives in a village…the manner in which the match-maker exonerates the virtues of the prospective bride-groom and his family to Malti's parents is one of the most hilarious scenes in the movie…He paints a very rosy picture of the family staying in dream city Bombay in a palatial building, near the sea-shore, thereby pushing hard for an alliance…

Malti's Tauji (Uncle), who is extremely fond of her opposes the alliance as he does not have a good opinion of Bombay & its inhabitants…his first meeting with the members of the groom's family (when they arrive for the wedding) does not help matters and he regards them as boorish and ill-mannered…however the wedding does take place…

Once Ram brings his bride to Bombay, she quickly adjusts to her new life with the help of her supportive in-laws…but the newly-weds do not get the privacy they desire and attempts by the rest of the family to help them also back-fires…these somewhat funny and poignant efforts at romance forms the main plot line of the movie… Though, both are frustrated, Malti especially is disheartened, though she is otherwise quite happy & well-adjusted…

When her Tau visits Bombay to meet her, he finds her in tears and is convinced that the whole marriage has been a terrible mistake…he decides to take her back to the village and even though the whole family pleads with him, he is adamant…

At this point, not only Ram's family members, but also his neighbours decide to sacrifice substantially for Malti's happiness…this act of utter selflessness by others touches her deeply and she tells her Tau that though she loves him a lot, she is quite content & happy in marriage…this opens his eyes and leads him to realize that he has misunderstood the situation, because of his deep love for Malti…

The film explores many aspects of life in a crowded city such as the struggle for privacy and romance, the selflessness and noble-hearted behavior of people who seem unsophisticated and ill-mannered, stark contrast between life in a village and a city etc…it has some beautiful songs which are quite relevant to the situations in the movie…

An additional bonus is that you get to see Bombay as it was in the early seventies…comic relief in the movie is provided by veterans such as Agha, Keshto Mukherjee, Mukri and Paintal…Anil Dhawan is quite handsome and fits the role of the romantically inclined, newly wed city boy while Jaya Bhaduri breathes life in her role of the coy and introvert Village belle…I especially liked the character of Anil Dhawan's bhabhi (played by Ranjita Thakur), which is quite saucy and naughty, even slightly flirtatious…she enjoys teasing the newly weds…

I would recommend this movie for everybody…watching it will definitely brighten up your day and lift your spirits…it is a film which asks for repeated viewings…

It is a pity that nobody makes such simple hearted movies which entertain and also carry a social message…

Apaharan (2005)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A well-crafted, original movie, 15 April 2009
8/10

Apaharan is a hard hitting movie dealing with many social issues such as the descent of educated youth into the world of crime, the politician-gangster nexus, the kidnapping business which is a thriving & lucrative profession in Bihar...mainly it deals with the practice of kidnapping for money, which has been honed into a fine art in states like Bihar & which is patronised by shady, influential politicians, hence the name of the movie...

Ajay Shashtri (Ajay Devgan) is an unemployed, educated, talented young man who dreams of joining the police force...his father is a high-principled, moralistic man and a social activist, who expects his son to follow in his steps...when his ideals start clashing with Ajay's ambitions & dreams, naturally a rift emerges.

Though Ajay qualifies to join the force on his merit, he discovers that it is impossible to get in without bribing higher officials..as his father refuses to finance his cause, Ajay with his friend's help takes a huge loan to bribe his way in...when things go awry, Ajay and his friend decide to kidnap a Government Official to repay the amount...Ajay loves Megha (Bipasha Basu), who is also in love with him, but their worlds are far apart.

At the last minute it turns out the official is in fact one of Tabrez Alam's men (Nana Patekar), a powerful and influential minority leader..Tabrez runs a parallel government; an empire which lives off money and fear and one which Tabrez has under his thumb with the help of his right-hand man; Gaya Singh (Yashpal Sharma)...murders, extortion, bribery, rape and, above all, kidnappings are just some of the illegal activities that are conducted by Tabrez...meanwhile Ajay voluntarily distances himself from Megha as he begins his descent into crime as he does not want her associating with a criminal...

Ajay plans to exact retribution from Gaya who had humiliated him & also kills him in cold blood...instead of fleeing from Tabrez he asks him to take him into his gang...Tabrez sees potential in Ajay and takes him under his wing...soon Ajay exceeds Tabrez's expectations by being ruthlessly cruel & eliminating other rival gangs...Tabrez persuades Ajay to surrender himself to the law & run his illegal activities from inside the safe haven of his cell (which has been converted into a luxury apartment & was previously used by Gaya Singh)...this showcases the manner in which politicians & gangsters blatantly abuse the law to achieve their own ends...Tabrez reveals that he has been using Ajay the whole time & betrays him...the movie ends with Ajay killing Tabrez...

The events in the movie is portrayed in such a realistic manner that it is eerie...the mannerisms of the gangsters, the professional way they run their business, the finer points of kidnapping wealthy individuals, everything is handled masterfully...Ajay Devgan turns in a intense, convincing performance as a disturbed young man who is drawn into crime though not by entirely his choice, but his desire to be successful & earn respect...Mukesh Tiwari as the honest Police officer SP Anwar Khan is excellent...Nana Patekar is well, Nana Patekar...he breathes life effortlessly in his role & its a joy to watch him act...

This movie is directed by Prakash Jha & is as good as, if not better than his earlier directorial venture on the same lines, Gangajaal, which is another of my favourite movies...


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