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I’m back with a review of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania!

It’s been more than a year since I have written a post but I finally decided it is time to get back to it.  I love Bollywood and I love writing about it too.  With my school life finally settled down I can devote some time to the blog again.

Tonight my mom and I enjoyed a girls’ night out and went to see “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.”  Bollywood churns out a lot of good movies, there is no questioning that.  However, as much as I love movies like “The Lunchbox,” “Queen,” and “Dhoom 3,” sometimes I crave for the quintessential 90s Hindi film.  Raj and Simran putting their families before their own love, Rahul’s gang of friends in “Dil To Pagal Hai,” and the naughtiness but chivalry of Rahul in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”  “Humpty Sharma” made me reminisce about the movies I love while thoroughly entertaining me.  There are not many movies that can do this.  In the recent past the last movies that did so were “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan,” “ZNMD,” and “Hasee Toh Phasee.”  These movies all have the charming and noble hero, the slightly dorky best friend, the quirky and independent heroine, the loving family worthy of respect and sacrifice and the grand songs. “Humpty” has earned its place amongst these movies.

What makes “Humpty” an excellent movie is not its story.  The story is pretty standard, boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love but girl is getting married to another.  It is the quirks in the storyline and the character development that make this film extremely entertaining.  The hero meets his heroine while she is on a quest for a designer lehenga.  He is naughty but when it counts he is chivalrous and respectful.  Other than his odd name and small budget lifestyle, Humpty is just like the 90s hero that every bollywood loving girl dreams will walk into her life.  Varun is infectious as Humpty and I can imagine no other actor playing this part.  He is his charming self but the glamour of his first two films is missing.  He is an ordinary joe so his hair is mostly gel-less and his duds are not designer.  Varun’s dancing is flawless and his he is a natural comedian.  The only criticism I have is he needs to work on his crying.  Kavya (the female lead) is gorgeous, spunky and loyal to her man.  Alia plays her well.  I am not Alia’s biggest fan but I have to say she is fabulous in this film.  Her films this past year have proven she is an excellent actress.  The only complaint I have is that she did appear too young in some scenes (her baby-ness comes out if that makes sense).  The scene stealers of this film are Humpty’s two best friends Shonty and Poplu (especially Poplu).  They are super hilarious and endearing.  I really want to see more of these guys.  This film marks the hunky Siddharth Shukla’s acting debut and he is irresistible as the perfect Angad.  I am so glad he has a three movie deal with Dharma.  I also want to mention Ashutosh Rana who plays Alia’s father.  He is good as the typical macho but soft hearted punjabi daddy-ji.

This is a Dharma movie so the production value is great as expected.  This is Shashank Khaitan’s directorial debut and he is clearly talented.  He has really pulled the film together well.  The music is good and the songs are placed well in the film.  

“Humpty” is a movie you can go see with the whole family.  There is a kiss and a love scene but it is short and sweet, and done tastefully.  So it is not too uncomfortable to watch with the family.  

I can confidently recommend “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.” Go watch it this weekend you will be entertained I promise! I watched it in a half-full theatre that was filled with laughter through most of the film.

Rating:  **** (4 stars)

I promise to write more frequently!

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Imran Khan is a busy guy!

Mr. Imran Khan is one busy guy! He just wrapped Vishal Bhardwaj’s next film with Anushka Sharma and now he is on to two very exciting projects.  The first is Punit Malhotra’s next film.  This is the second time Imran will work with Punit (the first time was for I Hate Luv Storys).

The second film is the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel Two States.  The story revolves around a punjabi guy and a tamil girl who fall in love but must face the opposition of their parents.  This film has changed directors, leading men and leading ladies several times:

First it was to be directed by Siddharth Anand (Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Anjaana Anjaani) and Priyanka Chopra was to be the leading lady.

Then, Vishal Bhardwaj was to direct the film and Shah Rukh Khan was to star in the film.

After that Ranbir Kapoor confirmed he was approached for the project and Imtiaz Ali was chosen to direct.

Now Imran has been chosen as the leading man and Imtiaz Ali is directing.

Guess we will have to wait and watch who bags the role of the female protagonist.

Personally I wanted to see Ranbir as leading man.  He would have brought that punjabi authenticity that the role requires.  Still, I love Imran too so not too disappointing.  I think he can pull it off as long as he doesn’t take a stereotypical approach toward his character of a punjabi boy (paranthas, mummy’s boy, lots of galis, etc).  As for leading lady I think PC is a great choice! Even though she is a punjabi she had portrayed characters of various regions of India very well.  If any actress can fit into any role it’s PC (remember she played 12 characters in What’s Your Raashee?).  Plus I think the PC-Imran jodi will be a pleasant surprise like the Kareena-Imran jodi was.  Having said that other names doing the rounds are Asin and Deepika.

If you haven’t read the book yet get your hands on it now! It’s a great read for those who love all things romantic.

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KJo Joins Forces With Rohit Shetty

Karan Johar just tweeted that Rohit Shetty and Dharma Productions are working on a project together.  Is this for the much talked about Chennai Express that Rohit has approached SRK for?  I hope so because the SRK-KJo combo always produced super hits.  Add to the mix Rohit Shetty and just imagine what could happen!

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Cannot wait to learn more and I will make sure to update the blog as soon as I do!

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Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu: An Unexpected Surprise

Going into Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu I was expecting a mushy, feel good rom-com that makes you believe in a love not possible in the real world. However, coming out I found myself reflecting on things I had never considered before. More than a rom-com Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a story of self discovery. Don’t get me wrong, there are beautiful and romantic moments in the film but that is not what the point of the film is.

Imran and Kareena do a fine job. Kareena’s character resembles that of Geet from Jab We Met. A girl who knows how to live life and is unapologetic for her pizazz/bold nature. So, the terrain is not unfamiliar for the actress who has already proven her talent in many films. However great Kareena is, Imran is the scene stealer of the film. His portrayal of a twenty five year old man who is living a suffocated and repressed life is spot on. Especially those of Indian ethnicity will relate to his portrayal of an aaga kari/parent respecting son who lives his life the way he does to please his parents. I could not help but relate to him. His eyes (which are beautiful) say so much. The scene in which he confronts his parents is one of the best examples of catharsis or release of emotions I have seen (except Rockstar which had many such moments). No one could have done this role better. Imran makes the character come alive. You never question that he is a rich, proper, intelligent architect with obsessive compulsive disorder (he irons his socks and underwear and cannot tolerate untidiness). His understated performance makes the film come alive. Had this role gone into the hands of anyone else, the film could have well fallen flat.

The script gets it right, there are millions of kids out there that feel stifled by parental expectations. Like Rahul (Imran’s character) they let the purpose of their life become pleasing their parents. After all, their parents have done so much for them. In fact Rahul’s dad (played by Boman Irani) never let’s him forget that he was always given whatever he wanted.

The supporting cast is outstanding. Boman Irani can never perform badly and this is no exception. He is fabulous as Imran’s business minded father. Ratna Pathak Shah is very funny. Though she played Imran’s mother in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, her role in this film is very different but she makes you believe she truly is a materialistic and controlling mother. Kareena’s character’s parents add masala to the narrative especially the dad. Riana’s granny is the cutest of them all though! Watch out for her when you go to see the film. Ram Kapoor is hardly there but whatever little screen time he has he uses it effectively. He is such a fine actor and has great screen presence.

This film is RELATABLE. It is realistic. It is VERY likely you or me have felt the way Imran’s character Rahul does. There is a point in the film when Kareena’s character Riana tells him that being perfectly normal is a blessing. During that scene I felt as though I was standing in Imran’s shoes.

The music complements the film nicely and contributes to the narrative nicely. A unexpected cameo by choreographer Bosco (from Bosco-Caesar) and Avantika (Imran’s real life wife) in the song Auntie Ji brings a smile to your face. Aahatein is a beautiful song and brings tears to your eyes. The title track is fun and youthful.

Dharma Productions always produces good quality films. You never get the feeling of cost cutting when watching a Dharma film. It is made as the script demands. Giving new directors a chance is risky but Dharma proves it one risk worth taking as long as you believe in that new talent.

First time director Shakun Batra has made a light, unusual and a good film. It is not conventional as one expects it to be but this is a pleasant surprise. There is humour, romance and enlightenment in this film. It is short and you feel sad that it is over so soon. He also shows how innovative he is by adding titles to every scene (ex. back to school, chopsticks, etc.). These are the signs of a good film. I cannot wait to see more films from him.

I am going to give EMAET 3 1/2 stars. Give this film a chance, you won’t regret it. You may just realize something about yourself. I know I did.

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Emraan Hashmi in a Dharma Film, Housefull 2 Trailer and More

Here is a news update from Bollywood Hungama I found VERY interesting.

I am so glad to see Emraan getting the big banner films he deserves.  I don’t always like the kind of films he does (Murder 1 and 2 particularly) but he is a good actor.

I cannot wait to see the madhouse trailer of Housefull 2.  The star cast is AMAZING! John and Akshay make a great combo and cannot wait to see Rishi Kapoor, Boman Irani, Randhir Kapoor and Mithun Da together on screen!

As for the 2nd trailer of Agent Vinod, I did not like the first one so I hope the second one is better.

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Priyanka Chopra Says Agneepath Is Not Really A Remake

Yesterday, during the launch of the Agneepath promo launch, Priyanka Chopra (the lead actress of the film) said that the film was not a remake. Instead, she said it was a different film but with the same soul.  This makes sense since the film is made for today’s generation.  As she put it is a “presentation on our behalf to today’s generation who missed out on the legacy of what Agneepath meant”.

 

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NEW Agneepath Stills

Here are some movie stills from Agneepath that were released along with the promo:

Hrithik looks so, so, so very handsome!  I know that a lot of people thought Abhishek should be cast as Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan but, while I love Abhishek I think Hrithik is the better choice.  Although neither Hrithik or Abhishek has played an angry young man before, I simply cannot see Abhishek pulling it off (remember the disaster that was Raavan?).  Hrithik in my opinion will be able to better portray the angst the character requires.

 

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