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Ep 32- Kalank Teaser, Badla and Ishq

Episode 32 of the Khandaan podcast brings to you the results of your vote – or that of dedicated Aamir bots, you be the judge – 1997’s Ishq, starring Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Kajol and Ajay Devgan with Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Dalip Tahil, Johnny Lever, Tiku Talsania, and Mohan Joshi in key roles.

Directed by Indra Kumar, Ishq was a massive success when it came out, despite a chaotic production schedule that effectively destroyed the Aamir-Juhi pairing forever. To discuss this film, we’re joined once more by Haroon Rashid of the BBC, who has always maintained that Ishq is his all-time favorite Bollywood film. Although we did our best to ruin it for him, he ran the gauntlet and emerged more or less unscathed.

A Timeline:

  • 05.00 The Kalank teaser and the reign of Alia Bhatt
  • 17.30 Sujoy watched Badla
  • 29.30 Haroon also watched Luka Chuppi
  • 37.30 Haroon watched Made in Heaven (with spoiler from 42.00)
  • 53.30 The Main Event: Ishq

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Bollywood Catch Up: Heroine, Son Of Sardaar, Jism 2 ,Ek Tha Tiger

Here is a write up we wrote for HeyUGuys so slightly adapting (adding the Jism 2 promo as you never have enough Sunnyshine in your life)  and reposting since we already posted the Joker Trailer, but do head over to HeyUGuys if you want our thoughts in more detail.

Plus it’s another opportunity to gaze at those awesome Heroine posters!

Ek Tha Tiger New Song Promo: Banjaara

As I mentioned on twitter: “Can we just go ahead and give a nobel prize to who ever thought of putting Katrina Kaif in a kilt?” and a long slit black skirt…and a yellow and black hockey outfit (I know it’s not hockey but seriously what are you guys paying attention to??) In all seriousness, the promos are getting better and better and I can’t wait for Ek Tha Tiger!

Son Of Sardaar Trailer:

Not too hot about this one although I do like all the stars involved. I don’t know what it is. Maybe the boring voice over or just having seen Ajay Devgn fight bad guys hanging on a wire for what feels like decades. Also not too hot on the Sonakshi- Ajay pairing, maybe we need to see more to get me excited.

The thing I am super psyched about is seeing Juhi Chawla back on screen! Hai Allah, JUHI CHAWLA!

 

Jism 2: Dialogue Promos

If I have one pet peeve it’s really bad dubding, probably one of the reasons I never watched any pakistani movies. And although the voice of Sunny Leone was supposed to be Dubbed by director Pooja Bhatt herself, it doesnt seem to be the case in these promos, unless her accents has vastly improved since her movie career.

Randeep Hooda has the usual expression “Why Do I not get better movies”-expression on his face, the actors actors seem to have no idea what the vocab being used actually means which in the case of the wonderful Sunny Leone is probablyt the case. Still looking forward to this one but should stick to just listening to the pretty amazing soundtrack! Ali Azmat Woot Woot!

 

Heroine Posters:

Trying her hardest to not make this movie still feel like the “one Aishwarya walked out” of Kareena Kapoor ,who we all have to admit is the bigger draw for audiences, looks absolutely ravishing on these first few posters. The trailer should be releasing any time now. Looks pretty, pretty, pretty good!

Let us know what you think about the posters and trailer in the comment section below!

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Abhishek Bachchan Press Q&A and Exclusive Stills for “Bol Bachchan”

Hey Guys, here are some media type questions that were asked to Abhishek Bachchan at a recent media Q&A as usual they are as generic and harmless like kitten wrapped in a silk blanket wathching day time TV.

The pictures are kinda sweet though. Check it out!

1.     One can see from the photograph and trailers that there’s two of you in Bol Bachchan. That must have been fun?
If my memory serves right, this is actually my first ever double role. I have done films in which I have had one character donning various avatars, like I did in “Bunty Aur Babli” (2005), in which I played a con man. But “BB” is the first bona fide double role that I have done. It was a challenge.

2.     Director Rohit Shetty has enjoyed huge commercial success.  You have worked with him in his debut film Zameen (2003). What is the difference that you see in him since he directed you for the first time?
I think Rohit has become more confident now. He is as hard working and humble as he was when we were making Zameen. He is one of the most successful directors that we have in our industry and his track record speaks for itself. He is like a machine who works for like 20 hours a day.

3.     Abhishek Bachchan or Abbas Ali – which character was more challenging?
Both Abhishek and Abbas Ali have unique characteristics. They couldn’t overlap in any which way. Keeping the divide was difficult as they are poles apart. They are not identical twins with similar traits and I have literally played two separate characters. If you must know, between Abhishek and Abbas, the most demanding was Rohit Shetty.

4.     This is your second song with your dad after ‘Kajra re‘. Are you nervous at all around him?
It is weird, but dad is the one co-star with whom I have done the maximum work. We’ve done “Bunty Aur Babli”, “Sarkar”, “Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna”, “Sarkar Raj“, “Paa”, “Buddha Hoga Tera Baap”, “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” and now this song in “BB”. Coming to the bit about my not being nervous around him – actually I was not nervous around him even when we did our first film together. It is every actor’s dream to work with Amitabh Bachchan. And dad’s greatest quality is that he puts you at ease. Being an actor and having the kind of experience he has on his side, he understands that for an actor to perform at his/her optimum, he has to be completely at ease. If there is any tension, an actor just folds up and closes in. He is aware that people get gobsmacked in front of him, so he goes out of his way to make them feel comfortable. He does it for the sake of the film. Also when he is shooting a song, he likes to have a lot of fun.

5.     How would you define your style of comedy?
My style of comedy is more deadpan and straight-faced whereas the comedy that I did in the film was very demanding, as a lot of energy was required. We all had to keep our energy levels high all the time. It took me a week to adapt to Bol Bachchan. The first week of shooting was really tough for me. I came with a particular mind-set for the film and Rohit wanted something exactly opposite to it. I thought this will be the easiest film to do and it turned out to be the most difficult film of my career. It looks like a fun film and I thought it is a comedy film where I will enjoy, but I was proved completely wrong. I have told Ajay if the film does well he has to send me on a holiday (Laughs).

6.     Ajay Devgn said that they literally had to groom you into their style of comedy. What was that experience like?
Ajay and Rohit taught me that there is a pitch behind every film and you have to match it. I cannot repeat my characters as it will not suit the script. My style of comedy was very different from what Bol Bachchan required me to do. The two literally made me unlearn what I already knew and adopt a different style of comedy, which was very difficult for me.

7.     How are you doing post your accident on the sets of BOL BACHCHAN?
These things keep happening. I had a small accident…cut my eye and injured a finger. But I am okay now. All good!

8.     On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your performance in Bol Bachchan?
I’d give my final performance a five. I’m very harsh with myself 🙂

‘Bol Bachchan’ produced by Ajay Devgn Films and Shree Ashtavinayak LFS Infra Ltd and presented by Twentieth Century Fox hits screens on 6th July 2012

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Bol Bachchan New Poster and Images

Very short post with some images we received from Bol Bachchan which releases on 6th of July and might be the first Rohit Shetty comedy we are actually looking forward to. And the main reason is the addition of Abhishek Bachchan in what looks likely to be a hilarious role! Bright colors, inane puns and wire fu Ahoy!

 

After the mega international success of blockbuster films Singham, Golmaal 3 and Golmaal 2, comedy maestro Rohit Shetty and Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn, team up once again to create some spicy movie masala in the hilarious Bollywood comedy Bol Bachchan, and this time hearthrob Abhishek Bachchan comes along for the ride. The film releases on 6th July 2012 by Fox Star Studio. After the mega international success of blockbuster films Singham, Golmaal 3 and Golmaal 2, comedy maestro Rohit Shetty and Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn, team up once again to create some spicy movie masala in the hilarious Bollywood comedy Bol Bachchan, and this time hearthrob Abhishek Bachchan comes along for the ride. The film releases on 6th July 2012 by Fox Star Studio.

 

Are you excited for Bol Bachchan?

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Ep 31- It’s a CAAAAPY, Yaar!- Remakes, Adaptations and Straight Lifts in Bollywood

With the release of Murder 2 and Singham, message boards and twitter timelines are rife with calling out movie makers as lazy thiefs and intellectual hacks. Bollywood has always had a rich tradition of playing fast in loose with it’s ‘inpirations’ so Upodcast decided to take on this subject head on with our unique view of the world of Hindi Film and music industry and accompanied by an esteemed panel of sharpshooter bloggers, we give you the discussion to end all discussions. Check out our take on Remakes, Adaptations and Straight Lifts in Bollywood! Read More

Review Singham

Bajirao Singham is an honest cop and darling of a small town, Shivgad, where his daddy is a rich merchant and crime seems to be very low as he keeps paying off every crime anyone does, maybe not the best of crime fighting techniques. Singham also helps out villagers with road side assistance when their carts get stuck in the mud and helps crippled kids win school races (what type of school would put a crippled kid in a race, is a question best not asked), while all the time wearing Aviators and having the cleanest police uniform in the history of Ariel. Before spending the first half of the movie romancing Kaavya (Kaajal Aggarwal known from the bonkers Magadheera making her Hindi Film Debut), he comes face to face with Jaikant Shikre(Prakash Raj), the usual thug/politician villain and part time comedian in a pretty awesomely shot pre-intermission scene in his local village. Not able to take the insult to his ego, Shikre pulls some strings to get Singham transferred to Goa, a city under his thumb. He “tortures” Singham by prank calls and having his henchmen play “doorbell ditch” which forces our eponymous hero to take his shirt off and unleash the lion within him. The Indian Police uniform has lions on it, so there are metaphors on kung fu wires in this movie as much as there are cars and goons flying around.

Although I have laid down the plot in quite a few details, it’s a story we know and can’t be spoilt. This movie in my mind is truly critic proof. You can point out problems with it but at the end of the day it does win you over. You rejoice when the hero thrashes the bad guy and clap when he roars his punchy dialogues against the villain. Taking box office out of the equation, a movie is effective when it succeeds in its intention and Singham truly does that. The best comparison I can make is actually the Transformers ( of which we reviewed part 3 on episode 30 of our podcast) series. Like Michael Bay, Rohit Shetty has an unbelievable eye for action and quite the visual flair but his comedic sensibilities and handling of the romantic track is low brow and juvenile.  (And sometimes you do wonder if it’s written by this guy)

Director and longtime collaborator, Rohit Shetty (who also designed most of the action) uses a hell of a lot of wire work in his set pieces and most of it is truly heart pounding but he tends to go overboard quite a few times where cars and people are just flying around with no weight or consequence. There are moments where you just stop caring the third time Bajirao takes off his belt to whip villains. I admit, the first 2 times were awesome, the third even the villain seems bored and just talks through it.

I have never found wire work to be effectively done in Hindi Films ( I hold my heart for RA.One), it works when used as a punch line to action but not when the entirety of the action is built upon it. Unfortnately Rohit Shetty has a propensity for overusing it as demonstrated in pretty much every movie he has ever done as a director (Sunday, All The Best, Golmaal series) there are moments that it feels like a 5 year old bashing action figures against each other.  Some scenes are bizarre choices that take you out of the movie especially the night sequences which are shot with green screen and a filter, and everything just seems brightly pastel colored which give the movie a fresh look but for tires my eyes after a while. I do see Rohit turning to 3D, I think he would be very effective.  There are some underlying religious and nationalistic themes to the movie too which felt a bit heavy handed. (There’s that Michael Bay comparison again was…). I did really enjoy how hands on Rohit is in designing the action sequences as we see in the post credit sequence and he genuinely seems like a cool guy to hang out with unlike Bay who just seems like an twat.

Performance wise Ajay “Jazz hands” Devgan(I haven’t kept up with the latest version of the spelling of his name using numerology) in the titular role is amazing! One of the most consistent actors in the Hindi film industry (even more so than the Khans) he is back in an action packed role sans 90’s hair but mixed in with the comedic flair he has developed lately mostly by working with Rohit Shetty. The first half of the movie is full of comedy which is  completely subjective if it works for you or not.  Comedic sidekicks or villagers running away scared by a plastic mask are just not my thing but Ajay even performs well in those scenes. But he really comes into his own facing off with Prakash Raj or bashing goons and even in our screening the audience was close to clapping and whistling.

Kaajal Agarwal has a very perky appearance but unfortunately her character of Kaavya is the most vanilla of Hindi film love interests. She’s the annoying prankster in the first half and the motivator in the second. Even though Kaajal does well, I was groaning every time she would appear in the second half as I just did not want to get back to the corniness of the first. Someone does need to fire the wardrobe department as she’s wearing the same suit in a multitude of colors throughout the movie.

Prakash Raj has been playing the same bad guy in Wanted and Bbhuddah Hoga Tera Baap ( check out our special podcast) but he’s just so good at it, that I just love seeing him on screen. This time he gets a lot more screen time and amazing lines. And the balance he strikes between comedy and straight up menace even overshadows Ajay in some scenes.  The Shikre vs Singham dialogue showdowns are truly the best part of the picture and are so well paced from the pre-intermission on wards that you are fully on board with the pace of the movie.  Both actors get the chance to get the upper hand in sequences and especially Ajay Devgan is really great in underplaying when he needs to let Prakash’s charisma as a villain shine on screen.

The songs in Singham on the other hand are unforgiveably bad and even are shot uninspiringly.

Although I find the drums in the title song very rhythmic, the song works better as a background score then a fully-fledged play back song . However cool the Jazz hands are, the belt buckle shake from Dabanng trumps it. The other songs are completely forgettable and honestly I have forgotten them already… I just know they had Kaajal Agarwal and Ajay Devgan in them and they were dancing or riding a bike or something else romantic…

All in all Singham is straight up masala flick, nothing meta about it, no subversion of the genre like Dabanng was to certain extent. You need to watch this movie with your heart and whenever your brain starts thinking again, just wrestle it back to the ground or look at the pretty colors and carflipping or munch on some popcorn. Singham succeeds in what it sets out to do and if you want to have a good family friendly time (the action is completely bloodless) and some old school hero-giri, then it’s a total recommend.

Some Further thoughts:

I know Ganesh Acharya is not the most svelte of choreographers, but does he ever invent any dance steps that move more than 1 body part simultaneously?

The whole officer Kadam suicide track which serves as a catalyst just pops up and out when needed and his kid that’s supposed to play “the conscience” of the police force has the most morose face ever. Who in the production team is he related to?

Sonali Kulkarni is a joy to watch on screen and I’m glad to see her again, I can’t believe she is already relegated to aunty roles.

I had some real issues with the climax of the movie. I just don’t agree with police brutality and I feel it felt out of character for a straight laced, honest cop to out and out assassinate the villains. And you could totally flip around the roles and make the cop the villain and the hero the goon taking on a corrupt police force.

This movie is the bizarro version of Ajay Devgan’s “Gangaajal” directed by Prakash Jha, there is even a villain whipping scene which I felt was much more effective than the ones in Singham.

If you have watched the ManMohan Singham version on YouTube, you will be thinking about it and giggling during those scenes.

 

Here is the trailer:

 

 

Let us know what you thought of Singham in the comment section below. Also, this is a remake of a South Indian film , I haven’t watched it yet so let us know what the differences or improvements are?

ImageSource: JazzHands by PareshG from the CurrySmugglers

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