Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb, Sholay etc. Why do we love all these films? Yes, they are extremely entertaining but more so because they have action, romance, comedy, drama – EVERYTHING!
In today’s time, we don’t get films with all that together. Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na doesn’t ask you, but tells you to chill, have some popcorn and cola and have the time of your life for the next 3 hours.
Major Ram Prasad Sharma is a tough army officer who plays no games and is very serious about his work. He and his father have a dream, project Milap – to set free all Pakistani prisoners of war to put forward a hand of harmony and friendship towards Pakistan. Due to circumstances, Ram’s father Shekhar is killed but before dying, he tells him that he’s not his only son and he wants him to re-unite with his family. Ram asks for a temporary leave to fulfill his father’s wishes, alongside that, he is asked by General Bakshi to protect his daughter who goes to the same college as Ram’s brother. He wants him to protect him from Indian terrorist Raghvan.
So then starts Major Ramm’s mission. To find his long lost mother and half brother, to protect Sanjana from Raghvan and to complete Project Milap which is opposed by Raghvan.
The best part of Main Hoon Na is the story, It’s refreshing and unique. The viewer knows that Ram will win in the end but the going-ons in the movie are extremely entertaining. Farah Khan, Abbas Tyrewala and group have come up with an excellent plot.
Main Hoon Na has everything in the right place in terms of plot. Thee’s action at the right time, songs do not stop the plot, the comedy is perfect.
The film does dip a bit in the second half but that’s hardly noticeable. In fact, this is one of the few Indian movies that does not slip completely in the second half. Indian filmmakers usually put so much energy in the first half that the second half starts to fade. Not this time.
As mentioned before, the writing is nearly flawless. Screenplay keeps you awake and dialogues are first rate. Production values, sets, locales etc. All perfect.
The music is out of this world. Anu Malik’s best work. All the songs are brilliant and beautifully picturised.
Farah Khan’s direction is top stuff. Hard to believe this was her first film and her best. Sorry to say, I liked Om Shanti Om and hated Tees Maar Khan but I do not think Farah will make a better film than this.
Main Hoon Na would be incomplete without Shah Rukh Khan. SRK puts the right energy into the role and is perfect in every frame. The scenes with Kirron Khere, the scenes with Sunil Shetty are all terrific. Even the light scenes are excellent. A superior act!
Another actor that stands out is Sunil Shetty. He’s first rate as the baddie. Zayed Khan can’t act better than this, seriously. Sushmita Sen, Amrita Rao don’t do as much but are efficient. Kirron Kher is terrific. Satish Shah and Boman Irani are hilarious. Kabir Bedi is good. Naseer makes a significant appearance.
On the whole, Main Hoon Na is fun, crazy, and most of all – it isn’t the type of film that asks you to lave your brain at home, bring it with you. Recommended!
There’s always something interesting in watching Shahrukh Khan do his usual “common man” antics in his films. In Chennai Express, he proves yet again why he is called as King Khan in Bollywood.
Teaming up with Rohit Shetty for the first-time, the film’s success was guaranteed since its inception maybe, for the film has all the elements of it being an entertainer, with the scenes so well-performed that it won’t bore you even for a split second. Truly, it is 142 minutes of sheer refreshment for the mind if not anything else. Deepika Padukone is a wonder to watch every time ’cause she proves her undiscovered mettle with every different character she portrays. While some may have complained that she had overdone her ‘wild-child’ roles, Chennai Express is that breath of fresh air to see her donning only traditional attires mostly Dhaavani’s and Kanjivaram sarees matched with beautifully-designed gold jewelry. What started as a promise Rahul (SRK) made to his grandmother, turned out to be an adventure he hadn’t fathomed. On this adventure, he fights for a holiday, then fights for love, and finally gets married after having waited for so long. The film captures the raw beauty of Tamil Nadu in most frames and it shall be a treat for all those watching it. However, the dialect may become a tad-bit difficult to gauge easily since there is a lot of use of Tamil in the film, you would still know what is going on. An unintended adventure taught Rahul how to converse in the language fluently too. Nonetheless, Deepika as Meena is fabulous. She seems to have worked quite hard on her Tamil-infused Hindi for the film and she doesn’t disappoint. There are references to many famous films, dialogues and songs in Chennai Express, besides the comic-timing is so well-placed that at no point it would seem as buffoonery. Despite the notion of a film only teasing the taste buds of the masses, this is one that both the classes and the masses are sure to enjoy. So it’s an entertaining film, a travelogue, a love story, Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and a lot of elements of Rohit Shetty. You don’t need more reason to go and watch the film.
This movie revolves around two main characters, Amitabh Bhachan and Shah Rukh Khan. Both are stubborn ,strong willed. One doesn’t believe in love, but another believes that love conquer all.
In this movie, Shah Rukh become a music teacher at Gurukul, one of the most pretigious college in India while Amitabh acts as the college principal. This movie is too lengthy because it focus on three young couples, but Shah Rukh and Amitabh is the saving grace for this movie. Both of them act superbly and was able to express their feelings which make the acting seem believable. The six newcomers; Shamita Sheety, Uday Chopra, Kim Sharma, Jugal Hansraj, Preeti Jhangiani and Jimmy Shergill, seem to need more coaching considering this is their first venture in Hindi movies. Preeti Jhangiani and Jimmy Shergill seems like the only couple who has a storyline to develop their ‘relationship’. The others? Well, let just say that they tried hard but there seems no depth in their acting. There are also some scenes that are illogical,for example: the way Aishwarya Rai died (I believe Aish should only have bruises falling from 2 floors house!) and the leaf that Shah Rukh keeps even it had dated a few years before (The leaf should be crumpled, not as fresh as it still looks!) This movie is only for those who believe in reel life , not real life
My uncle has contributed in the editing of the film and is a friend of Shahrukh Khan too.I was able to catch a private screening of Jab Tak Hai Jaan in a theater in Mumbai.
Frankly speaking, I was stunned by the movie. Simple plot but the twists and turns in the movie were amazing.I will not reveal the plot details because you will loose interest in it.It’s slick,stylish and high on acting and romance.
The Chopras have proved once again that you can always count on them to provide the highest quality cinema. I’d first like to applaud Shahrukh for outdoing himself. His dialog delivery is so amazing, and many times that all there was in a scene, just his voice yet it had me busting out into tears every time. I am still letting this amazing experience sink in but all I can say is, if I ever could say one thing to our King Khan, it would be that, he has truly made me love my life and hope that the love of my life is out there somewhere.The story is so amazing that you want to cry! The climax is so amazing that you want to scream! Yeah,we did scream in the theater hall!What makes this movie so great is if you have no expectation of what is going to happen next. Katrina Kaif did a really good job.She and Samar have a really great chemistry. In the scenes they have together, you totally see how much in love they are with each other. Anushka role is as convincing as the other two leads.She gives a stellar performance! The background score composed by A.R Rehman fits into the scene perfectly and leaves an emotional impact on the viewer.
Undoubtedly,Jab Tak Hai Jaan will break several records upon released.It is a movie that needs to be watched by everyone.It seems like one of those few bollywood movies that are both critically and financially successful.
Consequently, you take what you expect from a Yash Raj movie. Scenerio is perfect and the scenes are memorable just like in Veer Zaara. This would be the movie which shows eternal love. Highly Recommended
Whatever anyone may say about Subhash Ghai’s ‘Pardes’, I personally found it very entertaining, engaging and charming.
The film may be slightly stereotypical, it may be a bit incorrect, but should it really matter to me as long as I enjoy it? The portrayal of the US may have been flawed, but the film’s issue was in my opinion dealt with convincingly. Besides that, the story was very lovely and the film was according to me believable and moving due to the performances, the music and the overall writing.
The film is about a young Indian girl named Ganga who lives in a rural village in India with her extended family. Her father’s best friend, Kisohrilal, who’s been living in the US for over 20 years, comes to visit them. Kishorilal is immediately charmed by Ganga and wants her to marry his young son Rajiv. Ganga’s father agrees to the proposal and soon comes Arjun, Kishorilal’s faithful nephew, who is also a good friend of Rajiv, to organise the engagement before Rajiv, who’s never been to India, comes to see his bride. Arjun and Ganga befriend each other, but the real trouble starts when Ganga is taken to LA to live with Kishorilal’s huge NRI family before marriage. The social, cultural and economical gaps rise, and Ganga finds herself lonely in a world which is very distinct from hers, where no one except for Arjun seems to understand her. There also starts the realisation that Ganga and Arjun are actually in love.
The film is according to me beautifully narrated and Subhash Ghai’s direction is very good. Technically the film might have been better as the cinematography was not that good. I did not see ‘Pardes’ as a social film or anything of that sort, but more as a romantic drama, and in that genre it was very well-made. I don’t think Ghai tried to show NRIs in a bad light, because such differences and difficulties are to be expected in any kind of transition from one country to another, particularly when moving from a conservative and traditionalistic society like that of India to a liberal country like USA. There were many great and touching moments in the film, my favourite being when Ganga talks to her father in India on the phone and feels very lonely and sad. The romance between Shahrukh Khan and Mahima was very well portrayed and the two had a wonderful chemistry.
While discussing Shahrukh Khan’s best performances, many seem to overlook his work in ‘Pardes’, but this is according to me one of the finest performances of his career. As Arjun, he is kindhearted, and atypically subdued, sensitive and extremely vulnerable. Khan played his role with restraint, depth and sincerity rarely seen by actors of his bracket in those days. The film’s brightest spot may be the gorgeous Mahima Chaudhary. She is not only one of the most beautiful actresses to have graced the Indian screen, she is also an extremely talented actress. Her smile lightens up the screen, and she is so compelling, moving and charming as the smart, sensible and no-nonsense Ganga that there seems to be nothing easier than to fall in love with her. This is a marvelous performance and easily one of the greatest debuts by an actress in Hindi cinema. Why she did not go on to reach any particular heights in her career is still mystifying. Another newcomer, Aproova Agnihotri, who plays Rajiv, fails to impress here and it was not a good idea to start a career playing an unsympathetic character. Amrish Puri is outstanding as Kishorilal, and the rest of the cast provide good support.
Nadeem-Shravan’s soundtrack includes some very melodious tracks. I liked Kavita Krishnamurthy’s rendition of “I Love My India”. This film also marks the breakthrough of Sonu Nigam, who became a star with the song “Dil Deewana”. A soulful, melancholic and very romantic song called “Zara Tasveer Se Tu (Meri Mehbooba)” was beautifully sung by Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu. To sum it up, ‘Pardes’ is a wonderful romantic drama and that is the reason it was appreciated upon release. I recommend ‘Pardes’, for its story, music and superb star cast, particularly Khan and Mahima
What a great flick, my God! This film, directed by Mansoor Khan, is a action romance about two rival gangs, one led by Shahrukh Khan (Eagles) and the other by Sharad Kapoor (Bichoo).
They detest each other and constantly engage in violent street fights. The story focuses mainly on Khan’s gang and centers mostly around his and Aishwarya Rai’s characters. The two star as two Christian twins, Max and Shirley, who love each other very much. Soon comes Sharad Kapoor’s younger brother, Rahul, played by Chandrachur Singh, and tries to woo Shirley. There starts the conflict.
The film is crazy, wild and surprising in the way it depicts modern street fighters in poor suburbs. The street fights are well shot. They are not overdone in any way. You will not see the typical superheroes of the 1980s who, all alone, could fight hundred gangsters and rest without a pimple. The love story is well portrayed. Chandrachur’s character is well-written and he is portrayed as an intelligent, level-headed and humanly kind person and this comes pretty well across Aishwarya’s spoiled and beautiful Shirley. The many instances that build their relationship, from the first days when she rejects him, the days when she tortures him badly to those when she can’t live without him, flow brilliantly with the film’s environment and mood.
Shahrukh Khan’s character of a street-smart tough is atypically cruel and violent, but the actor is just stellar in this unusual role. He works with electrifying presence, creating another confident, cool and charismatic persona, excelling in action sequences, and getting everything about this part, whether it’s body language or dialogue delivery, just spot on. It’s a nice paradox watching him in a completely non-romantic role (he does romance Priya Gill’s character, but just in several insignificant portions and that too in a very non-romantic way), but then again there’s more to it as he would give his life for his beloved sister. This is according to me one of his more memorable roles.
Aishwarya is very effective and likable as Shirley, and acts even more convincingly in later portions when she turns into a suffering woman longing for her beloved. And what I really love about her is that she is never too high about her (gorgeous) looks. I mean, she romances the not-so-good-looking Chandrachur, and still manages to make him a completely great match for her with her believable expression of love for him. Frankly, in the beginning it does feel like she’s really way too beautiful for him for them to make a believable couple. BUT after watching the film and Chandrachur’s good performance I must admit I can’t see anyone else but him in this film. Other cast members, all of whom I liked, include Sharad Kapoor as the other gang leader, Sharat Saxena as the strict policeman, and Nadira, in the last film appearance of her career.
The film’s music by Anu Malik is fantastic. “Hai Mera Dil” is my favourite, and along with the melodious “Hare Hare” lightens the love story. “Apun Bola” sung by Shahrukh Khan himself is also a nice song. In a few words, ‘Josh’ is very modern, super-cool and an altogether enjoyable film. It is light, at times funny, at times dramatic, at times exciting, and is generally very well directed and acted, with great music, amazing settings and locations, and above-all — a good story. I recommend.
Serendipity made me watch this movie without going through any previews and ratings and I’m glad because this one is a marvel, something that both Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan needed badly.
The plot is well polished, the screenplay is transfixing and the background score is something that bollywood should look up to, but the real reason that inclines me to rate this movie up so high is the one actor I was crazy about growing up, the one who faded away with some lackluster work over the past few years, the one who strikes back with this cornucopia of excellence in acting, expressions, dialog, stunts and all that magic that makes ShahRukh Khan stand out among all the other actors. He is indeed back to being the King with this one. The supporting cast is well chosen but this movie is an all out SRK affair and you will love it for this reason.
The director has smartly made some puns with non-Hindi understanding Bollywood actors and “Bhai” (or rather his Wax statue) staring helplessly as SRK makes chaos at Madame Tussaddes.There might be a couple more missed out among this balanced thriller-emotional drama but one thing for sure is that you won’t regret going to the cinemas for FAN, and if you are not already a fan of SRK, Fan would make you one.
Dear Zindagi The second directorial venture by Gauri Shinde is like a heave of fresh air amidst the daily hustle and bustle of our busy, monotonous and somewhat mechanical life.
At times, one just needs to stop by, appreciate one’s beautiful life and say “Dear Zindagi, we haven’t met for a while, so just came by to say, ‘Hi’ ” just as Alia Bhatt does at the end of the film. The movie is not for people looking forward to a ‘masala flick’ or some intense romantic offering by Mr. Shah Rukh Khan. It mainly gives you a 2.5 hour of ‘soul-searching’ opportunity wherein you can shower nothing else but only appreciation and praise for the sheer acting prowess demonstrated by Ms. Alia Bhatt, playing a cinematographer in the film. She emotes and connects effortlessly. It is her film. She proves again that why she is undoubtedly one of the best actors of her time. Coming to Dr. Jehangir Khan (Mr. Shah Rukh Khan), a psychiatrist by profession, you realize how simplicity can sometimes be a Genius. There is no question about his acting, but off late, his choice of roles was being doubted and the standard of movies he was acting in. But in this movie, he proves his mettle yet again. He doesn’t let you feel his star presence and overshadow Alia, but helps her acting genius flow in the river of his experience, persona, poise and simplicity. He is a complete treat to our eyes and hearts. The entire supporting cast does a decent job as well. The film successfully tickles your funny bone in parts but seems to be a bit stretchy in the middle and slows down, but gears up as the end approaches. Gauri Shinde’s direction is good, if not extraordinary, given the expectations I had from her, post English Vinglish. The music by Amit Trivedi is worth accolades and does justice to the film. Overall, the film has a ‘feel-good’ factor and the audience would relate to Leonardo da Vinci’s apt quote that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” while leaving the theaters with a smile on their faces