Friday, 26 July 2013

BEST OF LUCK (PUNJABI) REVIEW BY SAMEER VALECHA


BEST OF LUCK (PUNJABI) REVIEW BY SAMEER VALECHA

Star cast: Gippy Grewal, Jazzy B, Simran Kaur Mundi, Sonampreet Bajwa, Binnu Dhillon, Punit Issar, Karamjit Anmol, Harpal Singh, Naresh Kathooria and Bobby Bedi

Director: Manmord Sidhu
Producer: Gunbir Sidhu, Manmord Sidhu, Sarabjit Singh Raju, Ravneet Kaur Grewal, Sippy Grewal and Amandeep Kaur Sidhu
Music: Jatinder Shah
Genre: Comedy
Censor Details: U (Punjabi) – 133 Minutes

Synopsis: Best of Luck is the story of 2 lovers – Kullu (Gippy), a pizza delivery boy in Vancouver and Goli Badmaash (Jazzy B), a modern day ‘Robinhood’ kind of a gangster, who helps the needy and wants to finish drugs. Both of them fall in love respectively,Kullu with Simran (Sonam) and Goli with Preet (Simran). But the real story begins with the kidnapping of Goli by Kullu and Happy (Binnu). But soon they join hands to help each other get their girls.

Review: Best Of Luck, was one of the most awaited films because of many reasons. One of them being that 2 Superstars – Gippy and Jazzy would be seen together for the first time. To start with, Best of Luck isn’t any regular slapstick kind of a comedy film, which are on offer these days in Punjabi Cinema. It’s a film which has a proper storyline and the first half is used as a built up towards that story.

Dheeraj Rattan, one of the premium Punjabi writers has written the story for this film. His story has some weightage in the overall film. Not very often we get to witness a comedy, especially in Punjab where you have a proper storyline. Dheeraj Rattan and debutante Anugrah Bohrey jointly have done the screenplay for this film. Screenplay is very cleverly written and establishes the characters of both Gippy and Jazzy well, which sometimes might become difficult in a film with 2 Superstars.

Naresh Kathooria and Anugrah Bohrey’s dialogues in the film are different form a regular slapstick comedy film. However, they do their job properly i.e. to make the audiences laugh and maintain their interest in the film. Gippy, Jazzy and Binnu have their fare share of punch lines.

Manmord Sidhu makes his debut as a director after producing Jatt & Juliet 2. He has done a good job as a director, be it the framing, performances or even the locations. He’s done it all well and his Creative Director – Rohit Jugraj, equally supported him.

Music by Jatinder Shah was good but carried somewhat more expectation because this time he had not 1 but 2 great singers. But still almost all the tracks are a Hit – 91 ya 92, Khangya, Rattan Lamiyan and Judaiyaan (Master Saleem version in the movie). Music is the heart and sole in a Punjabi film and almost acts as one of the leads for a Punjabi film. Jatinder Shah has one more hit in his kitty.

Gippy Grewal has his 3rd release of 2013 in Best Of Luck. He’s becoming a top-notch actor with every passing film. In BOL, he’s given an excellent performance, which he can sit back and remember for a long time. This one was very unusual from his regular roles, which he’s done before. Jazzy B makes a confident debut. It was his voice that did the magic for him in his dialogue delivery. But there is always a scope for improvement for Jazzy who I am sure will get better with every passing film he does.

Sonampreet Bajwa makes a dream debut. She stands out in a male oriented film. She looks good and also acts confidently well enough. Simran Mundi, after having done a hindi film now gets in to Punjabi Cinema. She has done a descent to good job. But she needs to work on her Punjabi is she has to get more work in Punjabi films. Binnu Dhillon, excels once againg. None but only Binnu can make you laugh even in a sad situation, which shows the excellence of this man.

Karamjit Anmol stands out and does a very unusual kind of a character that speaks a completely different Punjabi. Puneet Issar also has acted well and was seen after a long time in a Punjabi movie. Other supporting cast like Harpal Singh, Naresh Kathooria, Bobby Bedi and others has done a good to all right job.

Final Say: Best of Luck is a well-made film which gives a different kind of a taste to the viewers other than the regular slap-stick trend going on these days. Watch it for Gippy Grewal’s best performance till now and Jazzy B’s debut. The film certainly has much more than this like its interesting storyline and music.

Paisa Vasool: 60/100


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Friday, 12 July 2013

FER MAMLA GADBAD GADBAD REVIEW BY SAMEER VALECHA


FER MAMLA GADBAD GADBAD REVIEW BY SAMEER VALECHA:

Star cast: Roshan Prince, Japji Khaira, Bhanushree Mehra, B.N. Sharma, Rana Ranbir, Hobby Dhaliwal, Shivendra Mahal, Karamjit Anmol, Nisha Bano, Satish Kaul, Baljit Sidhu, Bhotu Shah and Anita Devgan

Director: Rimpy – Prince
Producer: PTC Motion Pictures and Dashmesh Movies
Music: Jaggi Singh
Genre: Comedy
Censor Details: U/A (Punjabi) – 139 Minutes

Synopsis: Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad’s plot revolvs around an aspiring actor, Jassi (Roshan Prince) who dreams of becoming an actor, so that he culd marry Roop (Bhanushree Mehra) and to fulfill his dreams, he starts taking up jobs of breaking marriages to make easy and fast money. During one such act, he ends up breaking the marriage of Geet (Japji Khaira) and incidentally gets married to her forcefully by the village community. Now he has two girls in his life, thus creating a Gadbad.

Review: Rimpy and Prince, the famous Music Video makers from Punjab return with their second outing as a Director after 5 years. Earlier they made Mini Punjab (Gurdas Maan). However, this time around they have also done the story and screenplay for the film. Story of FMGG, like every Punjabi film has no logic to debate about. However, this one is not as entertaining as one would have expected it to be.

Some of the portions in the screenplay are too good but unfortunately they are very less in number. Screenplay has been very cleverly written to adapt 6-7 song sequences in this 140 minutes film. But they seem to be unwanted like the Item song and the Rab Jaane song just before the climax. Dialogues by Naresh Kumar and Rana Ranbir fail to impress and make the audience laugh. This ‘Punch after Punch’ formula cannot fit in every subject you make.

Rimpy & Prince try their best to handle the film well. The film opens brilliantly but only flatters to deceive in the middle where all the things go haywire and the enjoyment becomes minimal. However, again the film picks up after the interval and the same happens until the climax. Songs have been pictured well, but that’s a job, which Rimpy-Prince have been doing for ages and are best in the business at it. Jaggi Singh’s music had its share of moments. It was a nice album with some hits like Dil De Varke, Rab Jaane and Put Sardaaran De.

Roshan Prince, after doing a few supporting roles in films like Sirphire, Kabaddi – Once Again and Lucky Di Unlucky Story returns as the lead actor after a long time. He has shown some talent and improvement in his acting and also promises for a great future. He has potential and can become a great success in the future. Bhanushree Mehra, after having done a few films in South makes her debut in Punjabi Cinema. Her performance in the film was just about okay and fails to last long in the minds of the viewers.

Japji Khaira has been in the industry for almost 7-8 years now. I felt that she was not the right choice for the role. Although Japji puts her best foot forward but somehow her role wasn’t convincing enough. Had B.N. Sharma not been at his best in the film as ‘POOJA’, the entertainment value of the film would have been further down. But he has done a splendid act in this one.

Rana Ranbir somehow didn’t perform well and it was a completely gone wrong character here. It’s been his second failure in 28 days – OHPHG and now FMGG. Karamjit Anmol did a good job. Bhotu Shah was all right in a cameo. Hobby Dhaliwal and Shivendra Mahal were impressive.

Final Say: FMGG is a film which starts off very well but soon flatters to deceive as the things go Haywire. The music is all right and Roshan Prince promises for a great future ahead. Overall, it’s a one-time watch affair.

Paisa Vasool: 50/100

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BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG REVIEW BY SAMEER VALECHA




BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG REVIEW BY SAMEER VALECHA:

Star cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Prakash Raj, Yograj Singh, Pawan Malhotra, Diyva Dutta, Rebecca Breeds, Art Malik, Dalip Tahil, K.K. Raina, Nawab Shah, Meesha Shafi, Dev Gill, Shanta Kumar and Jabtej Singh

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, Rajeev Tandon and P.S. Bharathi
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Genre: Sports – Drama
Censor Details: U (Hindi) – 188 Minutes

Synopsis: BMB chronicles the life of Indian sprinter Milkha Singh from his childhood to achieving the iconic standing. The film takes you back in 1947 when Milkha lost his family members during the partition and his rise to the celebrated status without any prescribed guidance or monetary backing. The film also showcases his attachment to his sister [Divya Dutta] and the woman he gave his heart to [Sonam Kapoor]. Also depicted in this biopic film are the conquests, the lows, the highs and the rise to splendor.

Review: In the Indian Cinema, I haven’t seen many biopics and something like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a never seen before biopic. We’ve all loved Paan Singh Tomar, The Dirty Picture, Mangal Pandey and even all those Bhagat Singh films but all those persons weren’t alive to see their life story on screen. But here comes the story of the ‘Flying Sikh’ who is one of those lucky one’s to see his life being told to others on Silver Screen. So the amounts of details are far more accurate than the one’s which were made earlier.

Prasoon Joshi who is a fantastic writer has penned the story for this film. Also he’s done the Screenplay and Dialogues for the film. Story clearly depicts almost the entire lifespan of Milkha Singh – his hard work to reach the top, his struggle and finally his triumph. Screenplay of the film is fantastic and just engages the viewer into the film that you forget everything.

The length of the film is an incredible 188 minutes, which might seem to be too long, but trust me every minute spent has its value. It has emotions (I cried in a sequence), romance and intense drama. Dialogues also leave a mark of their own in this film. Overall, this script has all what it takes to make a good film.

Director Rakeysh Mehra took up the challenge of making a film like this and has triumphed in making this film an EPIC. He surely deserves a round of applause for excelling as a director and making a film like this. This Rakeysh Mehra not only entertains the viewers but also goes a few miles beyond that to awaken the spirit of patriotism and love for the country.
Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy who have given the music, which has a track for all moods. The complete soundtrack is based on sitautions and no un-wanted songs have been used here to unnecessarily increase the run time of this already long film. Still the small couplet of Gurbani and Zinda are my picks from this album.

Few years down the line, who could have imagined Farhan Akhtar playing the role of a Punjabi boy, leave aside a Sikh Punjabi boy. But he’s done that and done that in style. He really deserves a standing ovation for the performance, which he has delivered. He is not only to win hearts of many but also awards for this once in a lifetime performance. Sonam Kapoor just had a Guest Appearance in the film. Still she gave it her best shot and enacted the role well, besides looking pretty in a de-glam role, which she always does with ease.

Divya Dutta as Milkha’s sister only showed once again her class as an actress that she could deliver any kind of a role with ease. Prakash Raj thankfully was seen in a positive role this time around. He delivered what is always expected of him. Pawan Malhotra and Yograj Singh – both excel as the coaches for Milkha. Pawan is a fine actor and so is Yograj but after this role I am sure Yograj will be seen in many Hindi films besides Punjabi films. Jabtej Singh shines as the young Milkha Singh. Other supporting cast comprising of various names like Dalip Tahil, K.K. Raina, Nawab Shah, Meesha Shafi, Dev Gill to name a few were all fine.

Australian actress and model Rebecca Breeds did well in her first Bollywood outing. The only actor in this list of wonderful performances, I felt wasn’t up to the mark was Art Malik who played Milkha’s father. He is a British-Indian and it was clear for his accent in the film. No doubt he tried well, but his british accent did not support him enough.

Final Say: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of the finest films I have ever witnessed. It makes you laugh, cry and patriotic towards your nation. This film is sure to get the Commercial Success, Accolades and also various Awards. A SALUTE TO MILKHA SINGH FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATION and Bravo to the BMB team for making an EPIC like this.

Paisa Vasool: 90/100

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