Written by: Robin Bhatt & Yunus Sajawal
Directed by: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Mithun Chakraborty, Shreyas Talpade, Mukesh Tiwari, Arshad Warsi, Johnny Lever
The Golmaal team is back, after the hugely successful 1 and 2. The team is bigger–the franchise is getting bigger with each movie and so are the expectations. The first Golmaal started a trend of sorts: no-brainer clean comedy with a huge start-cast. One expects nothing but laughs from this franchise. The presence or absence of the storyline does not matter as long as they keep the laughs coming. Golmaal-3 follows on the same line as the previous two: no logic but it’s a laughathon.
The movie is about the angry young man Gopal (Ajay Devgan)–who does not like fingers being pointed at him (literally), as he loses his temper and winds up breaking the fingers–his foul-mouthed girlfriend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and his stammering brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), who live with their mother Geetha (Ratha Pathak). They do petty business with a gangster Vasooli’s (Mukesh Tiwari) investment. Sailing is smooth until they get competition in the form of three scheming brothers Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Laxman (Kunal Khemu) and the dumb Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), who all live with their father Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty) also do petty business with a gangster Puppy’s (Johnny Lever) investment. The two groups try to outsmart one another, resulting in losses to both of them. As fate would have it, Pritham turns out to be the long lost lover of Geetha…and they decide to get married which only adds to the chaos. How their grown up children take the decision, and what they do to outsmart one another at home, it is depicted in the most hilarious manner possible.
Written by: Aatish Kapadia & Suresh Nair with dialogue by Ritesh Shah
Directed by: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Om Puri, Kiron Kher
The successful actor-director combination of Akshay Kumar and Vipul Shah are back with Action Replayy. This time for company they have Aishwarya Rai, who has had a line of-big-budget releases in 2010. It is supposedly based on a play, which is very much similar to Back to the Future (Part 1). The movie is supposed to be a romantic comedy with the flavor of the 70s, and with Akshay known for his comic timing one expects excellent entertainment…and the movie does not disappoint.
The story is about Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapoor), who is against the institution known as “marriage.” Main reason being: he is fed up with the maritial fights between his nerdy father Kishen (Akshay Kumar) and shopoholic, dominating mother Mala (Aishwarya Rai). The main reason being: they don’t love each other, but were married as their parents forced them into it. Thanks to his girlfriend’s scientist-grandfather Anthony’s (Randhir Kapoor) time machine, he gets to travel back in time to the 70s, the time when his parents are about to meet. How he goes about changing his nerdy father-to-be and dominating mother-to-be’s lives and helps them fall in love with one another and change their future forms the main plot of the story.
Written by: Abhinav Kashyap & Dilip Shukla
Directed by: Abhinav Kashyap
Starring: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Tinnu Anand, Sonu Sood
The movie which has gained unimaginable hype and fame through its interesting and attractive trailer has finally arrived. The trailers did suggest that the movie was to be a complete masala action entertainer with Salman Khan as never-seen-before. Most of the movies do have excellent trailers and create a lot of buzz, but things fizz out once the movie releases due to lack of content. But now, here is a movie which exceeds all the expectations set by its trailers! It just provides a power-packed punch!
Dabangg is a story set in a village of Uttar Pradesh and revolves around the life of an inspector Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) who stays with his mother (Dimple Kapadia), stepfather (Vinod Khanna) and dimwit stepbrother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan). Chulbul is a street-smart cop who robs from the local thieves and gangsters and uses that money to help out people in need (including himself). Cheddi Singh (Sonu Sood) is a corrupt leader of the ruling political party’s youth division. Cheddi hates Chulbul’s guts and sees him as a roadblock to continuing his illegal activities in the village–which is right, because Chulbul wants to put an end to them. What happens when their paths cross and how everyone involved in Chulbul’s and Cheddi’s lives get sucked into their struggle to get the better of one another forms the crux of the story.
Written & Directed by: Siddharth Anand
Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor
The successful director-actor team of Siddharth Anand and Ranbir Kapoor are back after the fun movie Bachna Ae Haseeno, with this supposedly greatest love story, Anjaana Anjaani. This time they have Priyanka Chopra for company. The expectations from it are huge given the stardom of the lead actors, the popularity of the songs, and the trailers which given an indication of another fun-filled ride. But alas, the movie disappoints.
The story is about two strangers– Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) and Kiara (Priyanka Chopra), who meet during their unsuccessful attempt at committing suicide. They decide to help one another in ending their lives. However, again, all attempts to do so fail. During this process they become friends and end up agreeing on a pact to end their lives on New Year’s Eve which is three weeks away. Next, they decide on doing all the things (wild, adventurous, stupid) which they would have wished to do before dying in the time they have left. The things they do and how that ends up affecting the current equation of friendship between them help them face the realities of life.
Written by: Karan Johar & Sidharth Malhotra
Directed by: Sidharth Malhotra
Starring: Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Nominath Ginsberg, Aachal Munjal, Diya Sonecha
We Are Family is the official Bollywood adaptation of the Hollywood movie Stepmom. I say official because the remake rights for this movie had been purchased by the production house Dharma Productions (which is a rarity in most of the production houses). The movie has Kajol, Kareena Kapoor (Asoka) and Arjun Ramphal in the leads with the child artists Nominath, Aachal and Diya supporting them. The movie delivers and it is a pretty good watch.
The story is about a divorced couple Maya (Kajol) and Aman (Arjun Ramphal) and their three kids Aleya (Aachal), Ankush (Nominath), and Anjali (Diya) living in Sydney. Aman is in love with Shreya (Kareena Kapoor) and intends to marry her. The trouble starts when he invites Shreya home to meet his kids. However, it comes as a shock to Maya as she is unaware of Aman’s intentions of marrying Shreya, and a series of events ensure that the kids also end up hating Shreya. Aman is torn between his love for the kids and Shreya. A sudden turn of events results in Maya inviting Shreya into their life and family. Why Shreya gets invited into the family, what happens when the two women try to run the home in their own unique way, and what the kids and Aman go through during this process are the themes depicted through the movie.
Written by: Anusha Rizvi
Directed by: Anusha Rizvi & Mahmood Farooqui
Starring: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar, Malaika Shenoy, Vishal Sharma, Nowaz
The call to fame of Peepli Live? The production house it’s coming from: Aamir Khan Productions. Aamir, who over the recent years has become the most powerful star in Bollywood in terms of money earned by his films at the box office–and who has successfully ensured over this decade that any movie that has his name attached with it (either as an actor or producer), is a symbol of Good Quality. They have been consistently turning out to be big hits. Now, coming to Peepli Live, it is a satire on the life of Indian farmers and the pathetic state of the plans implemented by the government for their well being. Also targeted is the state of journalism in India. This continues Aamir’s dream run as a producer, as this is an extremely simple but very well made film.
Written by: Vibha Singh & Milap Zaveri
Directed by: Sajid Khan
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Randhir Kapoor, Jiah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Ramphal, Boman Irani
House Full is directed by Sajid Khan, coming back after 2007’s successful Heyy Babyy. So now we have almost the entire team (actors, producer, writer and director) of the previous film back with this one. Going by the trailers and “tall claims” of its director, it is a full-on comedy, urging the audience to leave “their brain behind” and watch the movie. Now, one expects that from almost all David Dhawan movies and one can be totally assured that its going to be a laugh riot! But this…well, there are simply no words to describe it. Beyond these: “What trash!”
The story is about a loser, Arush (Akshay Kumar), who is a cooler at a casino (thanks to the bad luck he brings along). He ends up quitting his job after getting dumped by his girlfriend and then travels to London to meet to his best friend Bob (Ritesh Deshmukh). Bob is happily married to Heetal (Lara Dutta), who has run away from India after marriage. Both of them work in a casino owned by Kishore (Randhir Kapoor). Kishore wants to marry his daughter Devika (Jiah Khan) off to an Indian and Bob convinces them that Arush is the best bet and yes, they are married and are off to their honeymoon. There Arush learns she is in love with someone else and married him due to pressure from her father to marry an Indian…else she would not got a single penny from his billion dollar property.
Written by: Rohit G. Banawlikar with lyrics by Sarim Momin, Prashant Pandey, Sandip Singh & Vayu
Directed by: Ram Gopal Varma
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Mohnish Bahl, Paresh Rawal, Gul Panag
Rann is produced and directed by Ram Gopal Varma (RGV), coming in after the disastrous Agyaat. Rann is a hard hitting take on the prevalent media, journalism and political system in India. It has a plethora of actors playing vital roles in the movie and it does sufficient justice to its theme. RGV seems to be completely in his element here and this movie is surely an engrossing affair.
The story revolves around two news channels vying for the top spot in viewership and TRPs (Target or Television Rating Points). India 24X7 is headed by the morally upright Vijay Mallik (Amitabh Bachchan), who believes in getting the plain truth out to his audience. His news channel is in need of sponsors and money as they are losing viewership…given the fact that they don’t focus much on news sensationalism. He is supported by his son, Jay Mallik (Sudeep), who believes the news channel should be a source of good money irrespective of the correctness and truthfulness of the news being broadcasted. The other channel is Headlines 24X7, headed by Amrish (Monish Bhel), which believes more in making profits through sensationalism. In a desperate attempt to get his channel to gain more popularity and make money, Jay enlists the help of his industrialist brother-in-law, Naveen (Rajat Kapoor), and the corrupt opposition party leader with a criminal track record, Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), to wrongfully accuse and charge the Prime Minister of masterminding a bombing–accomplishing this through news on his channel showing tampered evidence.
Written by: Rajat Arora
Directed by: Milan Luthria
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is about the life of gangsters who ruled the underworld in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1970s. It has Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai in the lead roles. It is loosely based on the life of gangster Haji Mastan (one which inspired cult classics like Deewar and Nayagan). There is a visible effort to make it different from the two previous classics by including inspirations from the life of the notorious gangster Dawood Ibrahim (something which the other two had not done). It is different from them and manages to hold on to its own for most of its running time, but does not manage to create anywhere near the impact.
The story told in flashback, is as seen through the eyes of ACP Agnel Wilson (Randeep Hooda) is about the rise of Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgan) from being a child worker in a coal factory to becoming one of the most sought out gangsters in Bombay. He is a wanted man for smuggling, using the sea as his means of entry into Bombay. He basically smuggles electronics and other goods which are banned by the Government, however he enjoys a lot of goodwill and gets a lot of respect from the people as he helps out the poor and needy. He firmly believes in making friends out of enemies and preventing bloodshed–and he ensures there are no warring factions in the Bombay Underworld by making mutual settlements. Rehana (Kangana Ranaut), who is a top heroine of the time, is his love interest.
Written by: Sunita Rajwar, Chandan Arora
Directed by: Chandan Arora
Starring: Siddharth, Ankur Vikal, Aditya Pancholi, Nicolette Bird
My Advice: It’s an ordinary affair and you would not miss much skipping this.
Striker is directed by Chandan Arora and has Siddharth (a very successful leading man of the Telugu and Tamil Film industry) in the lead. This is Siddharth’s first film as a lead in the Hindi film industry. Chandan, who has previously made excellent character-oriented movies depicting human emotions in a convincing way (Main Meri Patni Aur Woh and Main Madhuri Dixit Bannana Chahati Hu), comes back with a film revolving around the 1992 Mumbai Riots. This is a theme which is oft repeated and got the best reception in Mani Rathnam’s Bombay. However, these two films are as different as chalk and cheese. Coming back to Striker, the film starts off incredibly well and sustains it for the first hour, and then it’s simply downhill from there.