What’s Your Raashee?

1Film: “What’s Your Raashee?”
Star Cast:
Priyanka Chopra, Harman Baweja, Manju Singh, Aanijan Shrivastava, Visswa Badola, Rajesh Vivek, Dilip Joshi, Dyaneshwar Pandey, Yuri Bhairavi Vaidya, Geeta Tyagi, Ajita Kulkarni, Darshan Jariwala
Music:
Sohail Sen
Director:
Ashutsoh Gowariker
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala, Sunita A. Gowarikar
Rating: 3.0

After Ashutosh Gowarikar’s historical Jodha Akbar, thought provoking Swades and complete entertainer and Oscar nominee Lagaan, his attempt at a complete new genre of films – satirical comedy – has failed disastrously. The good part about the movie is that it has not shown all the Gujjus as comic strips as is done in some of the movies. A detailed attention has been given to the language, names, costumes, body language and set design. Though the total concept of depicting all the 12 zodiac signs has plenty of scope in developing a few interesting and comic situations, the movie does not seem to have geared up this fact. Also, the total stretch of around 3.5 hours creates a kind of boredom inside the audiences.

Based on the Gujarati novel ‘Kimball Ravenswood’ by Madhu Rye, the movie starts with an astrologer predicting that Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja)an US settled NRI, will get a lot of money on the day of his marriage. After his parents call him back to India, Yogesh realizes that his family needs money to save his elder brother (Dilip Joshi) from a 4 crore debt and that his marraige is the only hope.  So ultimately he decides to meet up 12 girls based on 12 different zodiac signs. His uncle (Darshan Jariwala) helps him out by making him meet twelve different girls. There is a sub-plot in the middle showing uncle’s affair with his yoga teacher. Finally, in the end Yogesh marries a girl and is assisted by his nanaji in solving out the debt problem.

Priyanka has worked hard throughout the movie depicting all the 12 zodiac signs satisfactorily. The frank and vindictive nature of the dancer Mallika Desai, the vivacity and restlessness of Kajal, innocence and comicalness of Anjali, naughtiness of Nandini and strictness of Rajni Parmar has been worked out fantastically. The character of Hansa depicting self-respect and honesty has been expressed perfectly through Priyanka’s body language and eyes. Also, she has managed to bring the dreamy look of her long lost husband in her past life in the character of Chandrika. And yes, the character of Sanjana appears to be lively and real. Harman Baweja has surprised the audiences with his acting.

The music is not so good and there is a song for each Raashee thus making the total going up to 13. The worst part is that you whine whenever a song is played wishing somewhere that bit more attention could have been given to the characters who have been just introduced. Instead of giving them the depth there has been a song played which has got no connection with the zodiac nature. Also, the sub-plot, introduced to help out Yogesh to find his perfect bride, is of no help. And the fact that all the misunderstandings are cleaned up easily is a bit hard to digest.

Unfortunately the movie leaves behind a daily soap kind of end that is generally predicted by the audiences watching it everyday.

What’s Your Raashee? – ‘Jao Na’ Teaser and Movie Wallpapers

Strong beliefs of Indians in astrology, kundali’s and arranged marriages have found a new way of rekindling the mindsets of movie goers as it assumes the role of a film. Ashutosh Gowariker‘s first try at comedy ‘What’s your Rashee’ is about Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja) who wishes to have a love marriage as told in the fairytales. But destiny decides otherwise and now he must find a suitable girl for himself within 10 days to save his family from disaster.
As time is a barrier, he decides upon an unique solution of finding his wife-to-be. He will meet one girl from each raashee (zodiac sign) which will give him 12 opportunities to meet girls each with a distinct personality and also providing him twelve chances to fall in love. He draws out a timetable for meeting the girls : two girls each day i.e six days to meet them, three days to make the decision and marriage on the tenth day. But does his timetable work or has destiny stored something else for him?
Based on a Gujarati play Kimball Ravenswood by Madhu Rye, the film stars Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Sunita A. Gowariker.

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‘Jao Na’ teaser

Kaminey

kaminey-hindi-movie-1As the story of Kaminey unfolds you will realize why my writing has become so subdued. Because it’s a Vishal Bharadwaj film with Shahid Kapoor in a double role for the first time, Priyanka Chopra as a middle class Maharashtrian girl and Amol Gupte of ‘Taare Zameen Par’ fame as the villain. You can always expect the screen to be lit with magic from a director whose inspiration isn’t Hollywood films but William Shakespeare plays.

As I watched the ‘Dhan te nan’ song on my small idiot box, I realized the gravity of the situation and that it was not one of those insipid movies being doled out at the box office on a regular basis. Sometimes you need a Vishal Bharadwaj movie to make you realize that what you are watching regularly at your nearest theatre necessarily need not be the best. Because there are films like ‘Omkara’, ‘Maqbool’ and hopefully this time ‘Kaminey’ that are supposed to be appreciated and watched in theatres and not when your cablewalla offers them for free.

Main Characters:

Charlie: Shahid Kapoor who lives his life betting at the race course and whose existence revolves around the rich & famous. He wants to one of them, may be better off! He is street smart and knows how to play the game.

Guddu: Charlie’s brother (Shahid Kapoor) who is an identical twin physically, but elsewhere he has nothing in common with his kin. He works as a trainee in a NGO firm and wants to be valid member of the upper middle class family. He is career oriented & knows his path is not easy. But he is honest at heart which he loses to Sweety.

Sweety: Priyanka Chopra as Sweety Bhope is young and fiery. She loves Guddu who acts as respite from her goon brother Bhope.

Bhope: Gangster turned politician, he fancies himself as the robin hood of slums and his fanatical ideologies and vandalism are his true character.

Mikhail: A fiery and wild man played by Chandan Roy who dreams of being a high profile bookie just like Charlie. His acts before he thinks for which he ultimately pays the price.

Lobo & Lele: Corrupted narcotics officers played by Shiv Subrahmanyam and Hrishikesh Joshi who are puppets at the hands of mafia.

Tashi: King of the drug business with immense patience but if you hit his wrong side its hell on earth

Synopsis:

Charlie and Guddu are twins born and brought up in Dharavi, the biggest slum in the world. They are physically identical but their thoughts differ so much that they hate each other. But they have one more thing in common; their speech defect. While Charlie lisps, Guddu stammers.

Charlie is deep rooted in the world of horse race gambling of which he wants to be the king. Guddu on the other hands prefers to climb his career ladder hoping to fulfill his ambitions. Their dreams might have kept them apart for so much as now, but their paths cross as they get entangled in their personal turmoil’s. Charlie gets fixed in get-rich-quick scheme while Guddu has to pay the price for loving Sweety who is Bhope’s sister and now pregnant. Drugs, mafia, corrupts cops and politician, cold blooded murders, gangsters start tightly encircling them, unless they realize that the only way to get out of this mess, is to take help of their mirror faced brother.

An excellent trailer with titles rolling like “This fummer” and “Discover your mean fide” awaits you below:

Fashion

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Cast & Crew:

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Producer: Ronnie Screwwala
Writer: Ajay Monga, Madhur Bhandarkar
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Mugdha Godse and Arjan Bajwa
Music Director: Salim-Sulaiman
Rating: 3 / 5

With egos clashing really badly right now, like two heavyweight boxers; between producers and multiplex owners, the pandora’s box of the Hindi film industry (fashionably called “bollywood”) is closed right now. But of the some of the last films that I saw, Fashion has been one of the ok ones.

Fast forwarding a bit, Fashion’s truth about the glamour industry can be quite a nightmare for wannabe entrants who trying their first pair of stilettos.

Priyanka Chopra is the foremost character highlighted in this movie, but with pillow cheeks she ain’t maketh a good ramp model and Madhur Bhandarkar should have realized that before casting her…his casting sensibility was at its peak while making excellent films like ‘Page 3′, ‘Corporate’, and ‘Chandni Bar’. Even now I adore Madhur Bhandarkar for his directional capabilities and choice of subjects.

Tuning in to the review, Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) who was previously a poor girl assumes a devilish role stamping each and everyone who comes in her way of becoming a successful ramp model. That includes Kangana Ranaut (a screaming & screeching, cocaine puffing supermodel; Shonali) and Janet; wannabe model. But then she meets Arbaaz Khan (dead pan expressions) who teaches Meghna a lesson or two in manipulativeness and cunningness. With puffy eyes she returns back to her home town. What was going good till now, has been tossed with an extra spoon of B’wood masala, with Meghna coming back, befriending everyone and then back to kissing the ramp; successfully. At the end, Meghna is pouting at the Paris Fashion Week, Shonali dies of cocaine overdose, Arbaaz Khan is busy giving blank expressions in Armani suits and Janet has married a gay designer and thinking of adopting a baby (wow!).

Mute the volume and Kangana is an amazing actress, Priyanka Chopra tries her best, but she cannot be categorized as a ramp model, Arjan Bajwa was good in parts.

If the film was only about ‘truth’ of the fashion industry; if that was so intended; the goody-goody factors included to make the film appear less stark; should have been left behind. The film’s intensity which had achieved such great graphs at such deep emotional moments (e.g. Shonali’s waldrobe malfunction and her cocaine abuse scenes) drops like a meteorite, when it tries to comply with the needs of both the masses and classes. You are left with an expression on your face which says “Hey what happened”! In totatility, a heady movie, but not with everlasting effects.