Alaap Hindi Movie Review

Cast & Crew

Film – Alaap
Banner – Shri Shankaracharya Arts Pvt. Ltd, FilmyBox Movies
Cast – Amit Purohit, Pitobash Tripathy, Rituparna Sengupta, Ruhi Chaturvedi, Raghuveer Yadav, Omkar Das Manikpuri, Gamya Wijayadasa
Director – Manish Manikpuri
Release Date – 27 July 2012

Review

Aalaap is the journey of a rockband – a band that promises to be the voice of the youth, a band that promises to fight violence with music. (Full review awaited …)

Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai Review

Cast & Crew

Film – Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai
Banner – FilmyBox Movies
Cast – Suniel Shetty, Rajpal Yadav, Om Puri, Neena Gupta, Udita
Director – Rajnish Raj Thakur
Release Date – 20 July 2012

Review

Picture Abhi Baki Hai is a satire on the erratic functioning of Bollywood as an industry. The action hero wants to do romance but the romantic guy wants the girl in an action-heavy scene. What the girl wants is nobody’s concern. It’s a male-dominated industry with the women acting as mere subjects of a fetish or in exploitative sex scenes.

The performances range from the bearably decent to the plain awful to the awfully bad. Suniel Shetty enacts his role with sincerity and it can be said that he has still got it in him, while Rajpal Yadav, as the increasingly delusional extra who feels he has something ‘extraordinary’ in him, is just annoying.

Veteran actors Neena Gupta and Om Puri [ Images ] don’t do much but loudly embarrass themselves, while Udita Goswami looks as if she is auditioning for her part rather than playing it.

This was an engaging script, a largely untried satirical approach to Bollywood, which could have been so much more if a competent director was at the helm.

Gattu Hindi Movie Review

Cast & Crew

Film – Gattu
Banner – Children’s Film Society India
Cast – Mohammad Samad, Naresh Kumar, Jayant Das
Director – Rajan Khosa
Release Date – 20 July 2012

Review

“Gattu” is an endearing peep into a child’s life as he struggles with intuitive intelligence to bring together the two incompatible worlds of poverty and the solace of schooling.

All the kids, especially Mohammad Samad in the title role, are delightful in their natural ability to own the camera space.

Director Rajan Khosa enters the world of innocence with devious intent. He penetrates the surface of juvenile guilelessness to explore the cunning that often underlines the machinations of the the very young.

Sandesh Shandilya’s ebullient songs and music brings its own spot of sunshine in this not-to-be-missed tale about coming of age.

“Gattu” carries forward the recent trend of sensible, intelligent funny and moving films about child protagonists, namely Taare Zameen Par, I Am Kalam and Stanley Ka Dabba. Add one more film to that luminous list of cinema on little wonders.

Challo Driver Hindi Movie Review

Cast & Crew

Film – Challo Driver
Cast – Vickrant Mahajan, Kainaz Motivala, Prem Chopra
Director – Vickrant Mahajan
Release Date – 20 July 2012

Review

The story is that of a puritanical slave-driver-with-a-heart Arjun Kapoor (played by Mr director Vickrant Mahajan himself) and a typical Punjabi girl with an attitude Tanaya Malhotra (Kainaz Motivala). Tanaya, in need of money in order to start her own adventure travel agency, slips into the driver’ s seat to play chauffeur to Arjun and that is what the entire film revolves around, a woman doing a man’s job and dealing with the verbal sexual harassment that follows women stepping out of conventional roles.

The performances are strictly average. After her strong performance in Ragini MMS, the bar was set high but Motivala, sadly, falls short. While there are moments where she is charming, she looks too made up and delivers her dialogues like an 8-year-old in a school play. Mahajan should have stuck to direction and let an actual actor with actual acting skills take the lead. Prem Chopra is okay but not worth going on about, and what VJ Juhi is doing in the film with her blank face and flat dialogue delivery is beyond me.

The concept behind Challo Driver is decent enough but a bad script, uninspiringperformances and the dialogues ruin what could have been a feel-good flick.