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Movie Review – Shaadi Ke Side/Effects

The sort of prequel to this movie “Pyaar Ke Side Effects” starring Rahul Bose and (shudder) Mallika Sherawat (who surprisingly actually acted and did it well) is one of our (D and I) favorite movies. We love the song “Jaane Kya Chahe Mann” from that movie!! So it was only natural that when the sequel Shaadi ke Side/Effects was announced, we were very eager to watch it. We went to watch it on 1st March and here is the review.

ImageThe Story:- Sid (now played by Farhan Akhtar) and Trisha (now played by Vidya Balan) are a modern happily (and newly?) married couple. Soon after a drunken night of love-making where Sid forgets to use protection, Trisha discovers that she is pregnant. Though she wants to have the baby, Sid does not and they agree for an abortion. But Sid changes his mind and they decide to become parents. Thus begins the story of a young couple and more importantly that of a young husband’s journey in becoming a father.

The Review:- To begin with, the movie is almost entirely from the husband’s point of view. So maybe the husbands could relate and maybe the wives could take some jokes on themselves and open their eyes; but the way life changes for a woman, how overwhelming everything becomes for a mother and wife is just done away with a dialogue which upon hearing after the movie has started to stretch and become a bore, becomes negligible and lost on the audience.

The lead pair is brilliant in their acting but it is the story that fails. The first half is witty and hilarious and reminds us of the prequel but since we have seen some of the humorous dialogues in trailers on TV, they fail to induce laughter again. The intuitiveness is lacking in the script. The writer has missed out on so many small things of a married couple which could have spiced up the depiction of the side effects!! For example – whether to keep the ceiling fan on or off during the night because in most of couples, one partner feels hot whereas the other one feels cold. Right? :) The only example of a lie is NOT when a wife asks “am I looking fat in this dress” and the husband replies “no dear”. There could have been better examples.

The second half is just like a story moving without direction and purpose.  Too many new characters are introduced with no meaningful contribution to the story be it Sid’s stoned room-mate played by Vir Das or the governess played by Ila Arun. Its sort of confused and exaggerated and doesn’t work towards culminating into a good climax and a superb ending. The crispness of the screenplay is gone. But yes the climax is a bit surprising but not in a pleasant way.

The songs don’t leave an impression in the mind to make us hum later. [After watching Lego the movie I kept singing "Everything Is Awesome" the whole way back home :D] Nothing worth downloading and listening to over and over.

Overall just a one time watch for married couples with or without children.

P.S. # The dialogue “Biwi apne pati ke bina reh sakti hai, bai ke bina nahi” [ A wife can live without her husband but not without her house-help woman] is kinda stolen from ME!!! I always say that to my friends and even tweeted it. I should have copyrighted it!! :D

# They have tried to show 2 major side effects of a marriage – child and maid. But they missed out the first one which comes in the marriage even before a child does. So as I tweeted, the movie Shaadi ke side/effects is like a dish which lacks salt because they have missed out on the most important side effect – as many of my female readers will agree – the Mother in Law!!! :D :D ;)

Day 23: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Review

Four of us, D, I, MIL and FIL went to see Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. It was the first movie in a multiplex for our group. Here goes my review:-

Story – The story is inspired from a true life as per the credits. The movie is a biopic of a famous Indian athlete Milkha Singh or “The Flying Sikh”, a title drawn from a comment of General Ayub Khan. The movie attempts to give an account of the ups and downs in the life of one of India’s greatest sprinters, showcase his failures, his victories, his grit and determination. The movie tells the tale of a person’s journey from witnessing the massacre of his family during Indo-Pak partition and becoming homeless, to joining a gang of thieves and falling in love, followed by recruitment in Indian Army from where he goes on to become one of India’s most iconic athletes.

The Good Points -

# A successful attempt at inspiring the audience to overcome the odds and do good in life instead of giving into crime.

# Very good acting by Farhan Akhtar. He has done justice to the character and the director’s vision of the same. And the way he has built up his physique!! His portrayal of mental and physical prowess is awe-inspiring.

# Shooting locales, computer graphics, cinematography, accuracy etc are good.

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The Bad Points -

# Awfully long movie. 3 hours and 7 minutes! It has been a long time since I watched such a long movie. 2 or 3 songs and some unnecessary scenes could have been removed from the final edit.

# The bits and pieces from Milkha’s life have been sewn together yet they do not form a good taut screenplay together. The aim and objective of the movie is somewhat lacking. There is no building up to the climax scene in the movie. I missed that.

# Excessive repetition of past events from Partition. And the haunting image of a phantom killer on horseback reminded strongly of Zanjeer.

# 90% of story is being told in flashback by Milkha’s coach. And flashback within flashback isn’t good for audience. Audience like MIL and FIL are not so movie savvy to grasp such different time zones. They tend to get confused. And what is with Bollywood showing song and dance sequences in flashback? Does the narrator actually sing the song or do the dance? and how can he tell what talk/song/dance happened between two persons when he was not there? Bollywood should really get over this flashback narration drawback and stick to facts.

# Humor is misplaced and bland in the movie and is poor in quality. All that was missing was a Sardar joke!

# A make out scene and an implication of sex taking place with moaning caused a bit of discomfiture as in-laws were there. Thankfully the movie was so long that the scenes didn’t stay for long in their minds.

# There is a gaffe. In a scene Farhan hums lyrics from the famous song “Nanha Munna Rahi Hu” to charm Beeru (Sonam Kapoor). This was before he joined Army. But the movie which has that song was released in 1962.

Overall – a good effort by Mehra and superb acting by Farhan Akhtar. If you are interested in biopics, inspiring movies that showcase a person coming to terms with his traumatic past to better his future, to excel in his chosen field by hard-work and can bear a long movie, go for it.

Day 10: Movie Review – Despicable Me 2

Yesterday we went for the sequel of the movie “Despicable Me”. D and I try not to miss any animation movies that are released :) But since he didn’t like Monsters Inc., he was reluctant to go for the prologue type sequel Monsters University. Now I have to watch it on DVD. :( In recent times we have seen The Croods, Epic and Hotel Transylvania and out of my laziness I have not written any reviews.

So Despicable Me was good and though I remember posting a review, I couldn’t find it in my blog. So again laziness is to blame. “Despicable Me 2” is the much-anticipated adventure comedy sequel to the first installment that came out in 2010. Despicable Me 2 starts where Despicable Me left off.

Despicable-2-Gru and his three adopted orphan daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes are a happy family now. Gru has left his villainous ways and  has started a new business of producing jams and jellies (which taste horrid) with the help of his cute yellow minions and Dr. Nefario. Meanwhile a top-secret research facility in the Arctic Circle is “abducted” by a villain using a huge magnet for a dangerous serum which has the potential to turn a harmless living being to be ferocious and invincible.

The AVL (Anti Villian League) sends one of its agents, Lucy Wilde, to bring Gru to headquarters to recruit his help to find this bad guy. Meantime, someone starts abducting Gru’s minions for a devious purpose.  The main narrative has the subplots of Gru trying to protect the teenager Margo and Gru finding love. Does he succeed in completing his mission, saving his daughter and wooing his lady? Who is this bad guy? What does he want with Gru’s minions? To know all that watch the movie!

The yellow gibberish-speaking, goggle-eyed Minions had won the audience’s hearts in the first “Despicable Me” and the sequel takes their role to a higher level with a major part of the plot centering around them. And they succeed again!! Like the penguins in Madagascar series, they are the real show stealer. Animation is great but I feel 3 D was unnecessary. Or if it was going to be 3 D, then enthralling scenes should be incorporated. Also crude humor and fart jokes could have been avoided. The movie could have been more witty and the story more taut with little more suspense. The character of Agnes is endearing. But overall it is an enjoyable movie. And soon market is going to be flooded with Minions merchandise :)

Don’t just leave after the movie is over. Wait for the end credits. There’s a hilarious little sequence which hints at a spin-off movie to be released starring the Minions.

Movie Review: Kahaani

It has been a long time since I wrote a movie review. A year!! Not that I stopped watching movies. I didn’t even write a review of the most anticipated movie of the year 2011 even when I had seen the movie on the first day itself. The movie – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Sigh!! Is it too late to write now?? ;)  There are many Harry Potter haters who may decide to watch the movie ( and hopefully read the books too) and many persons not been born yet who may like to check out the review and when I have already reviewed every HP movie released after the time I started blogging, it would only be justified to review the last one of the phenomena! What do you think? :D

Looking at my news feed on Facebook, I feel bloggers have started to write movie reviews as status updates. Also I guess writing book reviews are the “in-thing” now. Anyway, so here goes my review of Kahaani.

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My Random Thoughts 2.0

As my readers may remember, I have moved to Bangalore or Bengaluru. It has been 3 months now. I haven’t started working yet and in-laws are here since two months…new place, new life, new routines were responsible for the blogging break. So, here are some random updates, thoughts and comments from the last three months of my blogging break. Hence the title… a new “My Random Thoughts” BREAK KE BAAD :D

# My M.E. results were declared at last…scored 73.5% aggregate. Yeyyyy!!!

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“Bullet”ined

This post was destined to be a movie review post but due to bad Internet connection, laziness, busy life and travel it got delayed and more delayed till it has now become a casual bulleted post giving my readers some random updates instead of a post having paragraphs. Sigh!! Such is the influence of Twitter. But then brevity is the soul of wit! :D But this is not a funny post either. Sigh!

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Movie Reviews :- Sanctum and Tangled

Ok so what to write to keep the blog going? Hmmm….looks like I have not written movie reviews since a long time though I have seen some in past few months. But I would like to write the reviews of only two of them. So here they are :-

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Watched the movie on the first day of its release!! :D

The Story :- Dumbledore is dead and Harry Potter is the Chosen One…one who will defeat Voldemort. As he leaves Privet Drive forever, he knows his life’s aim now. Harry, Ron and Hermione have decided not to go back to Hogwarts this year. Their secret mission is to find all the remaining Horcruxes and to destroy them which will eventually destroy Voldemort. The first losses Harry has to suffer on this arduous journey are the deaths of Hedwig and Auror Mad Eye Moody. The first part of the finale of Harry Potter vs Voldemort is about this journey and discovery of  not only Horcruxes but also of themselves; not only facing dangers like never before but facing their innermost fears and insecurities and overcoming them.

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Book Review – And Thereby Hangs A Tale

Phew!!! At last I have completed reading all unread posts in my Google Reader and commenting on almost all of them. If you don’t find my comment on any of your posts then be assured I have read it…just did not comment. :)

Now for the post, my first book review post :)

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Movie Review – 3 Idiots

I celebrated Christmas by watching Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots – a movie I had been looking forward to; not because it is based on Chetan Bhagat’s book Five Point Someone but because it was a Rajkumar Hirani movie. Here is my review of probably the most anticipated movie of the year, without any spoilers.

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