Madras Cafe review

Madras Cafe Movie Review

Ratings : 4/5 Madras Cafe Review by Taran Adarsh

An Indian Intelligence agent, Vikram [John Abraham], is assigned the task of going to Sri Lanka for a covert operation. As he embarks upon his journey, with the intention of disrupting a rebel group, he discovers the larger issue: A conspiracy to assassinate the former Indian Prime Minister.

John Abraham has often been labelled a director’s actor and Shoojit makes sure he doesn’t let the actor’s strong persona overpower the challenging opportunity of depicting a law protector. John too surrenders himself completely to the director’s vision and though he doesn’t play the conventional hero, he does make an earnest effort to look the part he’s portraying. Post ROCKSTAR, Nargis Fakhri gets yet another stellar role [of a war correspondent] and I must add, she takes rapid strides as an actor.

It’s a treat watching Siddhartha Basu [as Robin Dutt] in a challenging role. He’s fantastic. So is Dibang, who is damn impressive in a cameo. Prakash Belawadi [as Bala] is another actor who leaves a super impression. He’s first-rate. Ajay Ratnam [as Anna] gives a good account of himself. Raashi Khanna is efficient as John’s wife Ruby. Piyush Pandey is appropriate. Sanjay Gurbaxani as the former Prime Minister is apt. Kannan Arunachalam [as Shri] is perfect.

On the whole, MADRAS CAFE is an earnest and honest effort, a terrific thriller, with several poignant moments and episodes that leave a stunning impact. Final word – MADRAS CAFE is one of the finest thrillers to come out of India. No two opinions on that!

Cast & Crew

Director – Shoojit Sircar
Starring – John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Raashi Khanna, Siddhartha Basu
Music – Shantanu Moitra
Producers – John Abraham, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Ronnie Lahiri
Release date – 23 August 2013

Madras Cafe movie Review by Taran Adarsh, Rajeev Masand, Anupama Chopra starring John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Raashi Khanna and Siddhartha Basu.

Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara review

Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2 Again Review

Ratings : 2.5/5 Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara Review by Taran Adarsh

Milan Luthria, who replicated the bygone era in his last two films [ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI and THE DIRTY PICTURE] successfully, seems like a complete pro in recreating the long-gone decades with flourish. Right from the ambiance to the outfits to the dialogue the protagonists or the assorted characters deliver, everything mirrors the 1970s and 1980s with accuracy and aptitude.

Akshay enacts the grey character with flourish. He adds a lot of novelty and uniqueness to his character, underplaying it magnificently and modulating his voice dexterously. After playing urban characters in his earlier films, Imran plays a desi character [his second this year!] this time, catching you by complete surprise yet again. It won’t be erroneous to state that he’s the dark horse. Sonakshi seems to be improving with every film. Besides exuding the right amount of innocence, she goes on to demonstrate that she can handle emotional outbursts really well, especially during the climax confrontation with Akshay.

Sonali Bendre Behl doesn’t get much scope, but shines in the powerful sequence with Akshay. Sophie Choudhry sizzles in a cameo. Sarfaraz Khan does well. Mahesh Manjrekar is wasted. Ditto for Abhimanyu Singh, who doesn’t get much scope. Pitobash, Hussain Shaikh, Mushtaq Khan and Chetan Hansraj are alright.

On the whole, ONCE UPON AY TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA! has a powerful second half and the drama/conflict helps the film regain ground, after a shaky first hour. However, the fact cannot be denied that ONCE UPON AY TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA! pales in comparison to its prequel.

Cast & Crew

Director – Milan Luthria
Starring – Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonali Bendre
Music – Pritam Chakraborty, Anupam Amod
Producers – Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
Release date – 15 August 2013

Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara movie Review by Taran Adarsh, Rajeev Masand, Anupama Chopra starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan. Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2 Again review here.

Chennai Express review

Chennai Express Movie Review

Ratings : 4/5 Chennai Express Review by Taran Adarsh

The story of a Mumbai boy (Shah Rukh Khan) who embarks on a journey to a small town in Tamil Nadu, only to fulfil the last wish of his grandfather to have his ashes immersed in Rameshwaram. En route, he meets a South Indian girl (Deepika Padukone) hailing from an orthodox family. As they find love through this journey in the exuberant lands of South India, the clash of cultures awaits them. What follows is a series of adventures where he finds himself in new surroundings, challenged with an unfamiliar language!

Chennai Express is an action packed romantic movie. The film, directed by Rohit Shetty, is released internationally in nine languages apart from Hindi.

As Rahul, SRK is in top form. Rohit Shetty hands out a character to the actor which was lacking in some of his earlier works. And SRK does optimum justice to the character he’s offered, doing a swell job of it in the process. Deepika seems to be climbing the ladder with every film. With this one, she takes a giant leap. Aiming for the masses after portraying the urban gal in films like COCKTAIL, RACE-2 and YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, Deepika’s act [and her pronunciations] will steal your heart for sure.

Sathyaraj is super as Deepika’s authoritative father. The actor conveys so much through his eyes. Nikitin Dheer’s towering presence adds a lot of weight to his character. He could just become the new face of menace. Veterans Lekh Tandon and Kamini Kaushal, as SRK’s grand-parents, make their presence felt.

On the whole, CHENNAI EXPRESS has the trademark Rohit Shetty stamp all over. You seek entertainment, entertainment and entertainment in a film like CHENNAI EXPRESS and the movie lives up to the hype and hoopla surrounding it. The tremendous craze surrounding the film, the Rohit Shetty – SRK – Deepika combo, the Eid release, besides the extensive release strategy by UTV, should ensure a record-breaking start for this biggie.

Cast & Crew

Director – Rohit Shetty
Starring – Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Nikitin Dheer, Sathyaraj, Priyamani, Kamini Kaushal, Lekh Tandon
Music – Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Yo Yo Honey Singh
Producers – Gauri Khan, Karim Morani, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Release date – 9 August 2013

Chennai Express movie Review by Taran Adarsh, Rajeev Masand, Anupama Chopra starring Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Nikitin Dheer, Sathyaraj and Priyamani.

B.A. Pass review

B.A. Pass Movie Review

Ratings : 4/5 B.A. Pass Review by Taran Adarsh

“B.A. Pass” is set in present day Delhi – Paharganj, to be more precise. Bustling with sights, sounds and smells of doom and despair, it is a gripping story of a young financially-challenged man’s journey into a world of prostitution.

Debutant director Ajay Bahl puts forward a little gem of story which radiates the colours of life’s most grim and harsh reality. There are so many young dreams dying every day in the metropolises. As one struggler in Bollywood once told me, “I came to Mumbai to kick ass. Instead I ended licking ass”.

When a woman is caught with a gigolo, her husband rapes her doggie-style in front of the toy-boy to let the wife and her lover know who wears the pants in the house even when its down to his ankles.

Shilpa, seen in a strong performance earlier in “Chak De India”, doesn’t let us come near her character’s insecurities. She plays the fornicating housewife with stoic candour.

Shadab’s character is gauche and flummoxed to begin with but quickly begins to grasp the importance of being sexually empowered. Shadab is a discovery.

And Dibyendu Bhattacharya as the chess-playing vagabond raises some ‘grave’ issues. The cemetery never seemed less asymmetrical.

“B.A. Pass” is a stark and brutal saga of seduction and betrayal. It is that unusual work of cinema which explores the darkest depths of the human consciousness without losing sight of the light that underscores life.

Cast & Crew

Director – Ajay Bahl
Starring – Shilpa Shukla, Shadab Kamal, Rajesh Sharma, Dibyendu Bhattacharya
Music – Alokananda Dasgupta
Release date – 2 August 2013

B.A. Pass movie Review by Taran Adarsh, Rajeev Masand, Anupama Chopra starring Shilpa Shukla, Shadab Kamal, Rajesh Sharma and Dibyendu Bhattacharya.

Issaq review

Issaq Movie Review

Ratings : 2/5 Issaq Review by Taran Adarsh

The story is set in Banaras and its neigbouring areas that are witness to violence unleashed by sand mafia controlled by two warring factions — Mishras and Kashyaps. Kashyap has an 18-year old, pretty daughter Bachchi [Amyra Dastur] from his first wife, while Mishra’s son Rahul [Prateik] is a good-looking teenager with predictable interests for a boy of his background — girls and guns. Things change when Rahul and Bachchi fall in love. Disregarding the consequences, the young lovers choose to go ahead with the diktats of their hearts.

Of the cast, Prateik isn’t entirely persuasive. A bit more conviction would’ve only made a vast difference to his performance. Although this is Amyra’s debut film, she shows immense promise. A few right films and she could just be the face/name to watch out for. The director has truly succeeded to extract the maximum out of her facial innocence. Amongst the rest of the cast, while Neena Gupta is just about okay, it is Ravi Kishan [terrific], Prashant Narayan [convincing], Makrand Deshpande [super], Sudhir Pandey [competent], Vineet Kumar Singh [perfect], Prashant Kumar [proficient] and Amit Sial [first-rate] who stand out. Rajeshwari Sachdeva is top notch.

On the whole, ISSAQ is absorbing and convincing in parts, not in entirety. The final outcome could’ve been even more impactful had it not been stretched.

Cast & Crew

Director – Manish Tiwary
Starring – Prateik Babbar, Amyra Dastur, Ravi Kissen, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Makrand Deshpande, Neena Gupta, Prashant Narayanan
Music – Sachin Gupta, Sachin-Jigar, Krsna
Producers – Shailesh R Singh, Dhaval Gada
Release date – 26 July 2013

Issaq movie Review by Taran Adarsh, Rajeev Masand, Anupama Chopra starring Prateik Babbar, Amyra Dastur and Ravi Kishan.

Bajatey Raho review

Bajatey Raho Movie Review

Ratings : 3/5 Bajatey Raho Review by Taran Adarsh

However, unlike the over-the-top humor that we are subjected to in most films, the humor is understated in BAJATEY RAHO. In addition, Shashant and writer Zafar A. Khan stay true to the ‘commercial format’ of amalgamating just about every ingredient to quench the appetite of the entertainment-seeking spectator. Although the narrative is not without its share of déjà vu moments, Shashant does manage to dole out a fairly absorbing tale, more towards the second half of the movie.

Director reserves the best for the post-interval portions and that includes the con act as well as the songs. ‘Tennu Main Love Karda’ [modeled on the lines on the popular track from DESI BOYZ], ‘Naagin’ and the RDB track [towards the end credits] are easy on the lips.

Dolly Ahluwalia, Ravi Kishan, Brijendra Kala and Rajender Sethi are the scene stealers here. Post VICKY DONOR, one sees Dolly in an entirely new avatar and the natural ease with which she glides into her part makes the goings-on worth it. Ravi Kishan enacts the evil man with flourish. Brijendra Kala, playing the sidekick to Ravi Kishan, proves his prowess yet again, while Rajender Sethi may be getting stereotyped in negative roles, but it’s a delight watching him as the greedy father of the groom.

Tusshar enacts his part with conviction, while Vinay Pathak, cast in a non-comic character, is restrained. Ranveer Shorey doesn’t get much to do here. Vishakha Singh is alright. Kamlesh Gill is wasted in an insignificant role. Husaan Saad is lovable. Yogendra Tikku [as Mr. Baweja], Rajinder Nanu [as Raman], Vikas Mohla [as Pawan], Anya Singh [as Gudiya] and Nikhil Pandey [as Aman Kapoor] fill the bill.

On the whole, BAJATEY RAHO is quite entertaining with an absorbing second half. Decent entertainer!

Cast & Crew

Director – Shashant A Shah
Starring – Tusshar Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Vishakha Singh, Ravi Kissen, Dolly Ahluwalia
Music – Jaidev Kumar, RDB, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Gajendra Verma, Vikram Singh
Producer – Krishika Lulla
Release date – 26 July 2013

Bajatey Raho movie Review by Taran Adarsh, Rajeev Masand, Anupama Chopra starring Tusshar Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Ravi Kishan.