Bajirao Mastani – Movie Review

Bajirao Mastani – Movie Review


Bajirao Mastani
Bajirao Mastani


Sanjay Leela Bhansali was determined to make a film on the lives of Peshwa Bajirao, Kashibai and Mastani for quite some time now. The supremely talented raconteur kept vacillating between numerous actors, before he chose on the present star cast of BAJIRAO MASTANI. Although historicals were well-liked — and commercially feasible, if I may add — at a point of time, the swelling budgets and comprehensive study and research that went into making a historical compelled quite a few present-day film-makers to abandon their dream projects and opt for contemporary themes. Bhansali stood his ground and waited for the opportune time to commence the project in question.

It’s a pre-requisite to possess a mega budget, have exhaustive knowledge of the subject matter, possess nerves of steel to handle the gigantic cast/crew and last but not the least, the vision and fortitude to bring a historical to life on celluloid in today’s times. You can face instant rejection from the paying public or face controversies and protests for deviating from facts. The film-maker has to walk a tight rope.

BAJIRAO MASTANI is Bhansali’s most ambitious project to date. The love story, the conflict, the dramatic altercations, the battle sequences and of course, the ostentatious setting… BAJIRAO MASTANI is an enthralling period film that transports you to an era you had only read about in the history books. At the same time, Bhansali introduces the on-screen characters and the sequence of events with utmost simplicity so that the enthusiastic spectator is able to get the grip of the goings-on effortlessly.

Final word? Fit BAJIRAO MASTANI into your agenda of films to watch this weekend. Bhansali could’ve easily opted for a modern-day love story, but the fact that he chose to make a historical and one that keeps you hooked for varied reasons deserves applause and encouragement from cineastes. Sure, it’s a damn good looking film, but, most importantly, it has soul too.

The plotline: BAJIRAO MASTANI takes off with Bajirao [Ranveer Singh] being appointed the Peshwa. Soon, Mastani [Deepika Padukone] seeks his help to save her kingdom. Although Bajirao is already married to Kashibai [Priyanka Chopra], love blossoms between Bajirao and Mastani.

Bhansali along with his team of writers [screenplay: Prakash R. Kapadia; additional screenplay: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mallika Dutt Gharde] adorn the film with fascinating characters and inspirational sub-plots that advance into a stunning culmination. Despite a run time of almost 2.40 hours, Bhansali also sees to it that the writing is taut, the pacing is just right and at no point does the screenwriting deviate into unnecessary tracks.

Clearly, Bhansali seems to be motivated by the classics helmed by the Hollywood counterparts. He has a splendid sense of narrating an epic tale, which is evident when you think of the gigantic scale of the film. The battle sequences [action director: Sham Kaushal] are awe-inspiring and have been executed with magnificence. The production design [Sriram Kannan Iyengar, Sujeet Subhash Sawant, Saloni Ankush Dhatrak] is eye-filling and makes you acknowledge the effort that must’ve gone into recreating the long-gone era. The apparel as well as the styling of the characters is truly majestic.

Bhansali seamlessly weaves music in the historical. Filmed with care, the songs [also composed by Bhansali] are mesmeric and have been choreographed with precision. The ones that stand out are ‘Deewani Mastani’, ‘Albela Sajan’ and ‘Pinga’. The background score [Sanchit Balhara] is wonderful. BAJIRAO MASTANI is gorgeously lensed, with the DoP [Sudeep Chaterjee] capturing the colors, setting and emotions meticulously. Editing [Rajesh G. Pandey] is crisp.

Bhansali makes sure the actors get major acting opportunities this time. Ranveer Singh is stupendous and clearly in top form. He holds you attentive right from the first frame till the penultimate moments. The effortlessness with which he gets into the skin of the character is noteworthy. In addition, the chemistry with both Deepika and Priyanka is delightful. It must be said that this is his finest work to date. Deepika is enchanting as Mastani and displays the strength as an actor in several pertinent episodes. The year 2015 clearly belongs to her for choosing diverse parts and delivering winning portrayals in PIKU, TAMASHA and now, BAJIRAO MASTANI. Priyanka Chopra’s portrayal of Kashibai deserves brownie points. She interprets the character with brilliance, proving yet again that she’s amongst the finest actors we have today.

The supporting cast is top notch, especially Tanvi Azmi [terrific], Milind Soman [wonderful], Vaibbhav Tatwawdi [superb] and Yateen Karyekar [competent]. Mahesh Manjrekar, Raza Murad are Aditya Pancholi enact their respective parts well.

On the whole, BAJIRAO MASTANI is a cinematic gem that you just cannot miss. Tremendous performances, deft direction, power-packed screenwriting and dialogue, melodious soundtrack and of course, the lavish mounting — this film has it all. Strongly recommended!

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Dilwale – Movie Review

Dilwale – Movie Review

Dilwale Movie
Dilwale Movie

The pre-Christmas week has finally arrived. The best is always reserved for the last and it has been a tradition to have at least one biggie unfurl in the Christmas week, before the curtains fall on the on-going year. 2015 has been an erratic and inconsistent year vis-à-vis box-office returns, with less highs and substantial lows puncturing the spirit of the film fraternity. Nonetheless, there’s no harm in hoping that the year would terminate with a big bang. The Hindi film industry is on tenterhooks, craving for a Blockbuster and the extended holiday period [Christmas and New Year celebrations] promises to usher in the much-needed respite, thus ending the dry spell at the ticket counters.

After delivering the monstrous hit CHENNAI EXPRESS, Shah Rukh Khan teams up with the Hit machine — director Rohit Shetty — yet again. Also, Kajol, SRK’s co-star of several unforgettable films, adds incredible weight to this keenly anticipated project. In addition, several enviable names, on and off screen, lend muscle to the enterprise. The canvas is gigantic as well. It can’t get bigger than DILWALE, honestly.

Rohit Shetty is synonymous with audience-friendly movies. Most critics may deplore his work, but the paying public — the ones who matter ultimately — reveres his cinema. He promises dollops of entertainment and encompasses just about every ingredient available on the shelf, which the hoi polloi laps up with glee. His movies may not offer ground-breaking stuff, nor do they pick up meritorious awards, but he whips up a storm at the box-office every time he attempts a high-on-entertainment fare. Naturally, one expects DILWALE to surpass SRK-Rohit’s previous endeavor by a wide margin.

Come to think of it, DILWALE is similar to CHENNAI EXPRESS in several ways. Rohit Shetty focuses on the love story yet again, while the light moments, high-octane drama and aimed-at-masses dialogue — the staple ingredients or fodder that contribute to a masalathon — adorn the goings-on wonderfully. At heart, and true to its title, DILWALE remains a love story, not an assemblage of sequences to win and woo the spectators.

Last word? DILWALE delivers what it promises: Entertainment in enormous doses. Rohit Shetty’s latest creation speaks the language that the masses comprehend. It’s one formula that can never go out of fashion, if handled smartly. And, don’t we know by now, how proficient Rohit Shetty is when it comes to delivering a full-on entertainer in his unmistakable style.

The gist of the story: Raj aka Kaali [Shah Rukh Khan], a don, now leads a changed life in Goa. His world revolves around his brother Veer [Varun Dhawan]. Veer falls in love with Ishita [Kriti Sanon], who happens to be Meera’s [Kajol] sister. Raj and Meera’s paths had collided in the past and that becomes an obstacle for Veer and Ishita.

First things first! Speculation is rife that DILWALE is an updated/modified version of HUM [1991], but that’s not true at all. Most love stories navigate identical paths and DILWALE is no different. Rohit Shetty stresses on vintage stuff [love triumphs against all odds], but he along with screenplay writer Yunus Sajawal narrates it smartly, peppering and garnishing the proceedings with sub-plots that keep you completed captivated, while the dialogue [Farhad-Sajid] act as the icing on the cake. The twists and turns involving SRK and Kajol is clearly the USP of the enterprise. In fact, the two turning points in the love story, both in the first half, will catch the viewer completely unaware.

Sure, DILWALE has its share of blemishes that cannot be overlooked either. The writing stagnates at regular intervals… The villain’s track could’ve been more persuasive… The pre-climax, when things are sorted out between SRK and Kajol, seems convenient… However, these are minor aberrations. For, the plusses easily outweigh and outnumber the minuses here.

The soundtrack [Pritam] gels wonderfully with the genre of the film. ‘Gerua’, filmed most exquisitely, is a rage already and definitely the pick of the lot. ‘Manma Emotion Jaage Re’ is another groovy track that has caught on in a big way [the social media is flooded with its Dubsmash versions and that clearly indicates its popularity]. ‘Janam Janam’ is another soulful composition, while ‘Tukur Tukur’, which comes at the end credits, is a vintage track that’s mandatory in a biggie. The best part is, the songs are appropriately interspersed in the scheme of things. The background score [Amar Mohile] is creditable and in sync with the on-screen situations.

Rohit Shetty’s movies are embroidered with some implausible, but incredible stunts. DILWALE has a few action pieces, but the ones featuring SRK are vibrant. Cinematography is top-quality and the DoP [Dudley] makes every frame appear larger-than-life. The panoramic locales of Bulgaria appear truly spectacular.

The principal cast provides the much-needed sheen to Rohit Shetty’s vision. For the incalculable fans of SRK and Kajol, it’s a treat to watch the celebrated couple after a hiatus [after MY NAME IS KHAN; 2010]. It goes without saying that the duo dominates the proceedings with their effervescent acts. SRK is at his charismatic best in the young avtaar and carries off the angry, middle-aged guy with aplomb. Kajol looks gorgeous and steals your heart with a performance that stays in your memory. Actually, her character is one of the high points of the film and the terrific portrayal takes it notches higher. Besides, the on-screen chemistry is one of the pillars on which DILWALE rests.

Varun Dhawan, the teen heart-throb, is excellent, despite being pitted with some of the best names in the business. The young actor, barely five films old, is credible in light moments and compelling in poignant sequences. Kriti Sanon is camera-friendly and confident to the T.

DILWALE boasts of a commanding supporting cast, but the ones who sparkle include Sanjay Mishra [exceptional], Johny Lever [super], Mukesh Tiwari [first-rate] and Pankaj Tripathi [competent]. Boman Irani does exceedingly well. Vinod Khannna and Kabir Bedi, the two veterans, are just right. Varun Sharma contributes amply to the comic situations. Nawwab Shah is adequate.

On the whole, DILWALE is akin to a mouthwatering meal that satiates the craving of those who relish masalathons, besides being an absolute treat for SRK-Kajol fans. An unadulterated crowd-pleaser, DILWALE delivers what you expect from a Rohit Shetty film: King-sized entertainment. Go for it!

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Wazir Official Trailer | Amitabh Bachchan | Farhan Akhtar

Wazir Official Trailer | Amitabh Bachchan | Farhan Akhtar

Wazir movie
Wazir movie

Watch the #‎WazirTrailer – OUT NOW!

Make your best move this New Year with Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. Watch the official trailer of Wazir now! Also starring Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh & John Abraham

In theatres on January 8, 2016

Written by – Abhijat Joshi & Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Produced by – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Directed by – Bejoy Nambiar

Edited by – Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Abhijat Joshi
Executive Producer: Priyesh Kaushik
Director of Photography – Sanu John Varughese
Production Designer – Bindiya Chhabria & Narii
Costume Designer – Shweta Sharma
Action – Javed – Aejaz
Background Music – Rohit Kulkarni.
Music – T-Series.
In association with Reliance Entertainment.

Saala Khadoos | Hindi Movie | Official Teaser | Madhavan | Sudha Kongara | Santhosh Narayanan

Saala Khadoos | Hindi Movie | Official Teaser | Madhavan | Sudha Kongara | Santhosh Narayanan

Saala Khadoos Hindi Movie
Saala Khadoos Hindi Movie

Watch Saala Khadoos Hindi Movie Official Teaser Here! Saala Khadoos is an upcoming bilingual sports drama film. Saala Khadoos Hindi Movie stars R. Madhavan in the lead role as a boxing coach. Saala Khadoos will have Ritika Singh and Mumtaz Sorcar in the female lead roles. Saala Khadoos Hindi Movie also stars M.K.Raina and Nassar in supporting roles. Saala Khadoos Songs are composed by Santhosh Narayanan.

Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Tricolour Films present
a YNOT Studios & Thirukumaran Entertainment Production

Saala Khadoos
Written & Directed by Sudha Kongara
Produced by: Rajkumar Hirani, R. Madhavan, S. Sashikanth & C.V. Kumar
Production Company: Y Not Studios & Thirukumaran Entertainment
Starring: R. Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar, Nassar, Zakir Hussain, M.K.Raina, Kaali Venkat.

What Anupam Kher Tweeted On Salman Khan’s Verdict – You must have disappointed

As we know that Bombay High Court acquitted Salman Khan from all the charges since there were not enough evidences and this directly implicates the obvious fact that he will be neither spending 5 years in prison nor paying compensation for which trial court directed him. It’s quite natural at this point that a number of people are angry with this and for expressing their fury, they head to Twitter; however, it would surprise cum shock you to the core that there is one B-Town celebrity who has come forward in the support of Salman Khan and he is none other than Anupam Kher and this is what he tweeted with regard to the 2002 hit and run verdict:

Would you mind telling us if Salman didn’t kill, driver didn’t kill then who actually killed??

Salman Khan with Anupam Kher
Salman Khan with Anupam Kher

Obviously, this tweet from Anupam Kher must have disappointed many since he has been considered a sensible person apart from being a great actor. What’s more, he has frankly come up with his liberal opinion on any matter for past few months.

What is your opinion in this connection? Share your views with regard to the article in the comments section below.

Tamasha | Official Trailer | Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor | In Cinemas Nov 27

Tamasha | Official Trailer | Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor

UTV Motion Pictures & Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. present Tamasha starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. The film is directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala releases on November 27.

Exotic island, youthful abandon, far far away, Ved and Tara – a story begins.

Ved has grown up among stories. As a kid in Simla, he would collect money, even steal money so that the old storyteller would tell him stories. Ramayan, Helen of Troy, Laila Majnu, Heer Ranjha, Aladin, Romeo Juliet. The storyteller would also say that all stories are the same.

Ved wants his story with Tara to be different. So they decide to not tell each other who they are, to only lie about themselves and after returning from the island to never meet each other again.

But they do meet again.

The question is whether they will be able to shape their story in the way they want. Will the muse be able to make an artist of a common man, will Ved be able to break the shackles of ordinary existence, escape the corporate rat-race and become the way Tara sees him – the exuberant story-teller?

Corsica, Simla, Delhi, Calcutta, Japan – all the world is a stage – as the drama of Ved and Tara unfolds. Frolic, rage, quirk, laughter. Defeat, victory. Tamasha.


Airlift Teaser | Akshay Kumar | Nimrat Kaur

Airlift Teaser | Akshay Kumar | Nimrat Kaur

Gulshan Kumar and Hari Om Bhatia present in association with Abundantia and Emmay Entertainment.
Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikkhil Advani, Aruna Bhatia, Monisha Advani, Madhu G Bhojwani and Vikram Malhotra. AIRLIFT, a film by Raja Krishna Menon starring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur.

Watch the Exclusive teaser of Airlift, the story of the largest human evacuation ever. Based on true events, the film is set to release on 22nd January 2016.

Priyanka Chopra is riding high on Quantico’s success. Her next film Bajirao Mastani

Priyanka Chopra is riding high on Quantico’s success. Her next film Bajirao Mastani will release on December 18.

Priyanka Chopra Quantico
Priyanka Chopra Quantico

Priyanka Chopra said Quantico ratings are extremely high–we’re pretty much the highest rated show on STAR. It is also premiered all around the world, in over 80 countries. It’s a very international show. It’s premiered in places like Australia and Malaysia. It’s getting great reviews and feedback. I’m really excited that this happened with just four episodes.

Priyanka Chopra will reportedly not be a part of Reema Kagti’s Mr Chaalu and Alia Bhatt quit Homi Adajania’s Raabta a few months back. Kareena Kapoor Khan also walked out of Raj Kumar Gupta’s film, Section 84.

Filmmaker Shashanka Ghosh, who will be directing Battle For Bittora, which was in the news for Pakistani actor Fawad Khan’s exit sometime back, says that the film is affected in many ways when an actor leaves. “I feel that an actor walking out of a film midway affects the film tremendously. You have to be very responsible when you take on a film. It is disastrous even when an actor leaves one or two months after taking on a film,” he says.
Sushant left Suri’s film as he did not have the time to shoot for it. “It’s unfortunate. I was excited about working with Ekta (Kapoor) again but the dates didn’t work out. The team wanted the same dates as that of Dinno’s film (Dinesh Vijan’s untitled film) which I will be doing next. I had committed the dates (for the film) long back and hence, had no option but to pull out of the project,” he was quoted as saying. However, Sushant seemed surprised when Alia quit Adajania’s Raabta, where the two were to work together. “It’s funny how people try to sabotage other’s project 4seemingly personal gains (sic),” he had tweeted, sparking rumours that the tweet was about Alia.

Deepika Padukone posted a picture with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel

Deepika Padukone surprised her fans when she posted a picture along with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel.

Recently, actress Deepika Padukone posted a picture of her along with Hollywood actor, Vin Diesel on the micro-blogging site, Twitter and many of the twitteratis started trolling Deepika for the picture. And now, actor Akshay Kumar trolls Deepika for the same, along with Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh.

Deepika Padukone with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel
Deepika Padukone with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel
Deepika Padukone with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel
Deepika Padukone with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel
Deepika Padukone with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel
Deepika Padukone with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel