Break ke Baad

BKB shows a newbie director, Danish Aslam and aptly supported by Kunal Kohli as a Producer. Stars Deepika Padukone as Aaliya Khan,Imran Khan as Abhay Gulati, Sharmila Tagore as Ayesha, Naveen Nischol as Jeet, Shahana Goswami as Nadia and Yudi as Cyrus.

BKB revolves around best friends turned lovers, Aaliya and Abhay. She is a fire brand – smokes,drinks,tantrum throws, and calls her mum by her name and is referred to by Aunt Lilette Dubey as Chudail. Aaliya is rebellious for any reason that suits her fancy. Abhay is the thoughtful, sensitive, sensible dependable, a total opposite of Aaliya. She sweetly calls him Gulati, Gelato and Julati. They fit the bill of opposites attract to a T. They’ve grown up in Jeet’s cinema hall, watching all-time romantic movies starting from Mr.India,JJWS,KKHH etc. They even know dialogues by-heart.

One fine day, Aaliya has been accepted to a course in Australia which she portrays as a course in Mass Communication, which her mum knows well that it is to fuel her ambition to be an actress. Ayesha herself being an actress, blames her failed marriage to her own ambition and does not encourage Aaliya. But then ziddi beti doesn’t care and makes her trip to Australia where she has to stay with her Hitler maasi. Soon she finds it uncomfortable and makes her way to a shack, managed by bro-sis, Nadia and Cyrus. Long distance relationships take a toll on Abhay and makes him insecure when he hears too much noise and a call from him being answered by a random guy. Abhay lands up there only to be told by Aaliya that she’s breaking up with him.

But love keeps him strong and put right there. He takes up odd jobs, and soon realizes that he can make his livelihood with food. He makes Cyrus his partner and sets up a restaurant. All this while, he tries to woo Aaliya back. Meanwhile, she lands up a prestigious acting assignment that her mom doesn’t approve of. Rebellious streak has long died in Aaliya and realizes her priorities.

All along, she had taken Abhay’s love for her as granted but Abhay decides to move on, which does not go well with Aaliya. She then realizes her love for him and the need to be with him. All’s well that ends well.

What works:
Cute banter between Abhay and Aaliya – the scene between Shah Rukh and Sunita; the under-table comfort zone; Abhay being the maanjha to Aaliya’s patang.
3 good songs – peppy and nice
Predictability of Indian romantic movies and aptly fitted dialogues from them.
Take home Imran character – he brings back memories of Jai Singh Rathore of Jaane tu ya Jaane na
Yudi’s character
What didn’t:
Tacky storyline – doesn’t really grip you in any part, elongated in certain places
Will someone please take charge of wardrobe makeover for Deepika – same set of shorts from Love Aaj Kal, Karthik calling Karthik and BKB.
Scowling Shahana Gowsami – she’s proved that she can act, except that they forgot that angle to her here.

My rating : 2.5/5 - Absolutely average

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The Social Network

For most people, it would mean the movie on how Facebook came about in existence. It is essentially based on a book “The Accidental Billionaire” by Ben Mezrich.

Facebook is such a popular social networking site that one does not realize that it has risen from a person who suffered a heart break, due to lack of social acceptance by his peers Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). With no business sense and one best friend Eduardo Saverin(Andrew Garfield), starts a revolution online way back in 2004, from his dorm in Harvard. He causes some serious issues and points our security flaws on the IT backbone of Harvard while achieving this.

In addition, he also brings upon himself 2 lawsuits, which is the thread of the screenplay, with the events leading to it making up for the rest of the script. One lawsuit is from Eduardo, who cannot believe certain business moves that Mark has made without his consultation (since he is the CFO of Facebook) and with advice from Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), who has a slightly dubious history but experience in the mean, mean world.

The other lawsuit is from the Winklevoss twins, who accuse Mark of stealing their idea on the creation of Facebook, albeit by a different name (the Harvard Connection). They approach him for coding and making their idea go live, but Mark subtly avoids them. During the course of the lawsuit with them, Mark is totally ignorant on the implication of his actions due to his lack of people skills and in love with what he knows best, coding .

No fluff, just plain business on the script. Mark mixes business and personal equations smoothly that betrayal of friends or enemies is alike and totally unintentional, while trusting a total stranger seems acceptable. He does not know how to celebrate on achieving 1mn users since he does not seem comfortable with the idea. The Winklevoss twins try every trick in the book (Law and Harvard) to sue him, which in its moments lighten up the story, but only end up with an out of court settlement of $65mn.

What worked which is the core of the movie:
Breezy script
Crisp dialogues
Easy rendition of the book with right mix of facts
What didn’t work: Yet to find in this movie
My rating: 5/5 (this is one intelligent movie)

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Aakrosh

Aakrosh is a Priyadarshan movie, who has taken a break from comedy to tackle a serious issue like honour killing. Quite relevant and current in India.

The film opens with a bunch of policemen chasing a bunch of youngsters, and then portrayed as missing in the next scene. A lot of media attention is given to the missing youngsters since they belong to high-profile families in the nation’s capital. Investigating this case is the CBI, represented by Siddhant Chaturvedi (Akshaye Khanna) and an Ex-army officer Pratap Singh (Ajay Devgn). They share a love-hate relationship on their approach to the case which props the story.

The face of the typical Indian bureaucracy headed by Ajatshatru Singh(Paresh Rawal), a cop and a bunch of politicians – essentially they are goons with a license from the government to do as they please. No one in the village is ready to cooperate with the Siddhant and Pratap, fearing their lives. Jamunia (deglam Reema Sen) is one of the few people in the village who is affected by the politics and the goons. Her brother is one of the youngsters missing.
Pratap also encounters his ex-flame Geeta (Deglam and bihari speaking Bipasha Basu), who is now married to Paresh Rawal to complain about the Shool Sena (the reference to a similar outfit in our country is very striking). Geeta knows the goings-on of her husband and his cronies but cannot reveal anything for obvious reasons.

A lot of demonstrations and gruesome displays hooliganism runs the rest of the story. Unable to crack the case, Siddhant faces a lot of flak and is asked to wrap up the case. Under serious pressure, they decide to use the old British approach “Divide and rule/conquer”. They then have the goons tried in the court of law and solve the case.


One item number by Sameera Reddy and one romantic number picturised on Bips and Ajay

What worked:

Movie based on a current and relevant topic

Strong performances by Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna

The stunt by Ajay Devgn, sitting on the rooftop of an SUV while Akshaye navigated through the forest, trying to find the crooks.

What didn’t: Loose storyline – fails to grip the viewer

My rating: 2/5

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Action Replayy

Action Replayy brings back the team of Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Akshay Kumar, after hits like Aankhen and Waqt. It also pairs Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar after Khakee. Also stars newbies Aditya Roy Kapur & Sudeepa Singh , veterans Randhir Kapoor,Om Puri, Kiron Kher and of course Rajpal Yadav & Rannvijay (from MTV), and Neha Dhupia.

The movie is ‘inspired’ by Back to the Future. The movie opens with Kishan (Akshay) and Mala(Ash) in one more of their fights and beta Bunty(Aditya) trying to keep peace. All the fights makes Bunty become averse to the concept of marriage. This is a constant problem between him and his girlfriend Tania (Sudeepa). Tania introduces Bunty to her grandpa Prof. Gonsalves (Randhir) and he sees the time machine.

Seeing the fight between his parents on their anniversary and allegations flying across, Bunty decides to solve the problem of their squabbles, with the Time Machine, of course. He lands up in the exact time frame when his parents were still single, but neighbours. Mala, Kundan(Rannvijay) and Bhiku (Rajpal Yadav) are constantly irritating Kishan and his dad Rai Bahadur (Om Puri). Kundan likes Mala but cannot declare it since he has failed before, with other girls. Love marriage was taboo on those times. Bunty decides that his parents need to discover each other and starts meddling. He makes timid Kishan a macho man and rowdy Mala a demure and coy girl. The movie ambles on with some infused humour which forces you to laugh. Kundan tries his best to be meddlesome so that he can get Mala and Bunty thwarts all plans.

The climax is a very familiar scene of the 70s where Bunty helps Mala and Kishan to run away, with Bholi Devi (Kiron Kher), Kundan, Rai Bahadur and Bhiku chasing them. As fate or rather the script demands, they get together. Mona(Neha Dhupia) falls for the cute Bunty, not knowing the twist in the tale.
The movie then shifts back to the present and the romance is still evident in the lives of Mala and Kishan. All’s well that ends well!!

What works:
Bunty as a debutant is very charming
2 songs – Zor ka Jhatka and O Bekhabar
Aishwarya’s 70s appearance
What didn’t work:
Humour was forced into the script- like stealing flower pots from Kishan's garden while keeping him engaged on the phone, stripping Kishan of his clothes (making him feel raped)
The 70s setup was very pedestrian
Talent of Kiron Kher and Om Puri was not utilized
Music was not very catchy for someone like Pritam who has delivered great music earlier
My rating – 2.5/5 – can catch it on TV soon

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