A slice of love, Geet and life Jab we Met

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There are some movies, that offer a slice of life and stays in our imagination and hearts forever. Such cinematic gem often serves as an imitation of the real and we end up falling in love with the characters. How we wish to have someone like them as our soul mates!

 

This week, Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met celebrated a decade of falling in love with the boisterous and uninterrupted chatterbox Geet and of course, Aditya Kashyap. A tale of love and the complications of existence which still rings fresh in our mind and the innate desire for a friend or soul mate like Geet to gently remind us to breathe every moment or it’s never too late to pursue our passion in life. She makes a man or women feel complete.

There are so many emotions associated with Jab we Met that makes us realize that we have suddenly become old. Geet is one of the rare and adorable characters that make me fall in love with her at every instant. How I wish to find her in real? There are very few characters like her who chew life and steal your heart at the mere mention. One can never get enough of this film that has hardly a dull moment. I watched this movie again today and it still feels fresh that brought me back to the carefree and rebellious days in Mumbai. The days where you believe in love and the special someone whom you wish to be like her. There are quite a few lucky souls who may have met their Geet, a character immortalized by Kareena  Kapoor and a role that suits her to the hilt. She simply defines love at first sight.

A totally kick-ass woman and she stole the thunder with the one-liners, ‘we are by the way friends, Zindagi mere favorite game or jaala de Sali ko’ that won the hearts. There is not a single flaw that I can recollect in Jab We Met that offered a mirror image of life with the very believable Geet and Aditya which the college goer crowd could relate to in those days.

The film and the characters are timeless that even after 10 years, one can see that nothing has changed in the way we interpret love. Jab we Met is the perfect guide to relationships. I can watch this movie innumerable times that teaches so many things about living every minute, not nurse regrets, and make blunders.

It’s a movie that has redefined urban love and relationships in India that touches the core of the young generation. Imtiaz Ali scored a sixer with this one and it is fair game to call it epic, iconic and a masterpiece in depicting the pulse of the Indian youth. Geet and Aditya were not just film characters but friends we wished to have and nurture for life. You just can’t get enough of Geet. The playfulness, innocence, stupidity, and craze for life make her simply adorable. There is a certain strength about the female protagonist doesn’t give a damn to the world but live life on her own defined terms. She could be an inspiration to clueless people who always seek approval or think too much before doing something. Jump in the water and not think about it, at all.

A decade of Jab we Met and its sheer madness that no die-hard fan can ever recover or stay away from. Geet is the universe and will now be the inspiration to flesh out the female character in the rom-com book that I am working on. I was stuck for a couple of months. But, I have now decided to give shades of Geet to my female protagonist and the bottom line would be, what would Geet do in this particular situation?’ The book will in part be a tribute to JWM and an ode to one of the most adorable female characters on screen that I fell in love with.

There are many guys who secretly hope of having someone like Geet in their lives and I am no exception to her magic. Of course, Kareena nailed it and hard to think of someone else other than her who could inject such freshness and depth into the character. The dialogues, be it, ‘Bhatinda chal milati hoon, aap convince ho gaye ya mein aur bolo and the famous Decent Hotel with this terrific line, train mein mila…item kaisa, ek dum karak.’

Jab We Met was not just a film for our generation but a journey a bit like the travails and adventure of Aditya Kashyap and Geet who are too good to be real in every single frame. It celebrated love and went beyond that to re-affirm our belief and the zest for life.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal is about being hopelessly in love

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Film Review: Jab Harry Met Sejal

Director: Imtiaz Ali

Producer: Red Chillies/Gauri Khan

Rating: Three stars

Genre: Rom-com

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Aru K Verma and Evelyn Sharma.

 

A journey of love is not about conquering or possessing hearts but making every drop of water count. Relationships are complex so are humans.  Jab Harry Met Sejal (JHMS) narrates the tale of two characters who are dramatically opposed to each other but at the same time gullible. Harry and Sejal are not flawless or infallible. Imtiaz Ali is one director who believes in the films that he makes and the human emotions he weaved in the film will remind us of people whom we have met at some point or the other in life. JHMS is a human story that will warm your heart. A very relatable story that reminds us of follies made that would lit our faces with a smile.

Shah Rukh Khan effortlessly plays Harry as the travel agent who is never shy in telling, ‘Mein ladkiyon ko gande nazar se dekhte hai.’ It truly embodies the Imtiaz Ali franchise where his one-liners or dialogues have always been his forte and this is what makes his movies stand out from the rest. SRK is charismatic and endearing as Harry. He doesn’t rise above the script but is sublime as Harry, delightfully slipping into the skin of the character. It’s an act that touches the heart.

Sejal is fun-loving and full of zest. Anushka Sharma is electrifying in donning this character, at times weird and quirky with her Gujarati accent that you will drool over. She is simply stunning and wins the heart. One of the most amazing actresses that we have, Anushka is like the light feather and the hatke girl who stole your heart in the not so distant past. There is so much of Sejal in an ex-flame. She is caring. She is selfish. She can be brutal yet want to lean on your shoulder for you to take care of her.

There are some scenes in the movie that will sweep you off the feet. First, when Sejal tells Harry to consider her as his girl friend till the time they are together but is selfish for she will leave him for his fiancée back home. It’s about human weakness, compassion and reminds us that love is all that we need and triumphs over and above everything.

The discussion between Harry and Sejal about finding God is something that we all have done, dhunde mein bhi bhagwaan milta hai. It can’t get more real than that. She told me that one day. It is this vulnerability in love that Imtiaz Ali has treated in a sensitive manner. Love can hurt but is a medicine to heal hearts. The scene when Sejal and Harry sleep on the floor and end up cuddling each other will touch every soul who has ever been in love. The heart knows no reason.

Of course, there are some hilarious scenes that will make you laugh your lungs out. Sejal following Harry in the lousy bar and the letter Sejal writes in the case there is sexual intercourse, Harry will be absolved of all legal charges. Of course, the encounter with Don Gas (Chandan Roy Sanyal) where Harry turns the table on the former breaks the monotony and brings the laughter alive.

Imtiaz Ali brings out the ring analogy to the fore in depicting the love growing between Harry and Sejal which also shows the palatable chemistry between both actors. It sends a strong but proverbial message on the lies that humans make and we look for emotions far away but its simplicity lies within and near us.  What you seek is seeking you makes for a strong statement but a down to earth philosphy about life, love and relationships. For me, the lost ring analogy depicts love and weakness in all its forms. It’s simple and endearing.

Of course, Jab Harry Met Sejal is not the best script that will blow your mind like Jab We Met, Socha Na Tha, Love Aaj Kal or Highway did. It’s not the best work of Imtiaz Ali for he borrows from the same old tried and tested formula. There are moments in the second half that moves at a sluggish pace that work against the film but also that Shah Rukh Khan’s entry is too ordinary that doesn’t live with his superstar image.

JHMS stand out for its human narration about human emotions and tribulations that tug the heart. The way the song Hawayein has been shot is not only electrifying but is a personal favorite for both SRK and Anushka brings so much energy that electrifies the screen. Do watch the film for it means to be hopelessly in love. Fuck logic. Love is not about practicalities but losing all senses.

 

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Review: Tamasha is a self realization journey

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Movie Review: Tamasha

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Piyush Jha, Javed Sheikh and Sushma Seth

Music: A R Rahman

Director: Imtiaz Ali

Rating: 3 and a half stars

Society set up boundaries. Many of us have been conditioned in such a way not to take risks in life and afraid that the gamble will boomerang against us. Imtiaz Ali’s latest outing Tamasha set up in Corsica, Delhi and Shimla presents the story of a lad who hates studies but finds happiness in stories. While Tamasha may lack the magical Imtiaz’s touch at places, the film has left a deep impact on me. I couldn’t react after watching Tamasha and made me question my true ‘self’ as a person. A confession of sort: Ved is so much me, afraid to take risks and a coward in ‘real life.’

The film starts in flash back with a younger Ranbir Kapoor, stealing money from his Dad’s pocket-Yeah, I’ve done that-to pay a story teller (Piyush Jha) to narrate to him the Ramayana. It’s a unique tale of romance with Don and Mona Darling, borrowing screen names, who meet in an unusual way in Corsica, promising to each other that what stays in Corsica remains in Corsica, they won’t reveal each other’s names and will not step on boundaries. The first half is brilliant, camera angle movement done in an aesthetic manner and the one liners, that has always been Imtiaz Ali’s forte and USP. Whether it’s ‘Mein Kameenah Pan Nahin Karunga, ‘Interpol ka pol nahin hota’, ‘Jhan Fakeer Suar ke Aulad Maar Jaa Saale Kaminey or Jo Bhi Kahenge Jhoot Kahenge.’

The first half is fresh, shooting the picturesque Corsica and Ranbir-Deepika sizzling chemistry that warms the audience after Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. The opening scene is not the run-of-the-mill type with a robot on stage, that serves as the background of the movie. Ranbir Kapoor plays Ved, a robot in the second half and a far cry from the fun loving guy who lets himself loose in the first half, not caring what the world thinks about him. Deepika is Tara who manages to track Ved, after spotting the book Catch 22, which serves as a great analogy in depicting Ved. Finally, they meet each other and start dating. But, Tara finds Ved, the robot who wakes up every morning and the project manager who works and live in a city as an average man, different from what he is. It’s like meeting two different persons in one body.

Tamasha entirely belongs to Ranbir Kapoor who plays both role to perfection, the fun loving guy in Corsica and the boring dude who is a robot as the project manager. He is simply sensational with his honest acting and proves why he is one of the most brilliant-cum-versatile actors in the film industry today. Effortless to the core, Ranbir is simply a delight to watch and makes one identify with the character. This time Deepika as Tara is more of the side kick, the alter ego of Ved, who doesn’t compete with the hero but supports him in his journey. She is mesmerizing, natural and at the utmost ease in front of the camera. The scene where she confesses her love to Ved towards the end of the first half is effortlessly done. In fact, Deepika is splendid. What works in the film is the palatable chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika where they complement each other so well.

The movie contains several stand up scenes that will not only touch the core of your heart and soul but will prick your skin. The scene towards the climax where Ved narrates a story to his parents and grand ma how he hates Maths and what he does is not him in real life. The scene leaves a powerful impact and makes your eyes moist. How many of us with aspirations and dreams end up being a robot? Piyush Mishra, the story teller, who calls Ved a coward who want to seek approval from someone in telling his story of life. There are many of us who has a streak of Ved in them, forever seeking approval from someone else in scripting the story of our lives. We are robots in real life, pretending to be someone we are not just to fit in the bill and we need the stamp to pursue our dreams, thinking whether we are doing something right. A thought-provoking lesson to reflect on.

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Tamasha is not without flaws and the flick appears cliche at times with Ved weird behavior in office meetings and with the boss, before he is fired, showing streaks of anger in the buffonery act. Or, trying to get aggressive at the pub. The depiction of Ved as a robot, waking up, brushing up, wearing suit, washing his car or eunuch asking for money at the traffic signal, gets tad boring and repetitive. The film also loses steam in parts during the second half and the script is lost at some point. Imtiaz Ali could have tightened the narration which appears weak in parts.

Having said that, I love the movie that depicts Ved as the robot, who loses himself in a world that he dreads and sacrificing his dreams. I couldn’t react after watching the movie and reflecting on my life. Ved is so much me, afraid to take risks and a coward in life. It led to self-realization and introspection on the life I am living. Is it really me? Sometimes, the barriers are self created in our minds. Tamasha is a movie that will change your outlook towards life and help you to look inward at who you really are. A mention to the scenes, where Ved and Tara crawl to drink water like savages from the river and where both dance and drinking wine. Moments to be captured. Or, the endearing scene of narrating snippets of life under a tree to an audience. A R Rahman’s music and the songs, Heer to Bade Sad and Matargashti hooks you and are soothing to the mind. A must watch.

Cocktail is youthful, jazzy and for Gen X

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Movie Review: Cocktail

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Boman Irani, Dimple Kapadia and Randeep Hooda

Music: Pritam

Script: Imtiaz Ali

Director: Homi Adjania

Rating: Three stars

Homi Adjania’s Cocktail, co-written by Imtiaz Ali and starring Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and newcomer Diana Penty in the lead roles may not be the most remembered rom-com of 2012. Indeed, the movie suffers from flaws, particularly in the second half but it successfully strike a chord with the young generation. Let me put it that way: If the first half is riveting and absorbing, the second half isn’t. But there is no denying the fact that the mov successfully depicts the uber cool relationships of the Gen X urban youth and strengthen the bond of friendship. Despite its flaws, I would say that Cocktail is successful as it reflects our love stories and friendship.

Cocktail is the story of Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), Veronica (Deepika Padukone) and Meera (Diana Penty). Meera, the typical Indian girl is ditched by her husband in London and meet the wild Veronica in the washroom and the latter invites her to stay in her apartment. Enter the care free, Gautam who is Veronica latest and live-in boy friend and both indulges in a sizzling and no string attached relationship. In the start, Meera hates Gautam but later they become good friends and eventually fall in love. Cocktail is about friendship between Gautam, Veronica and Meera and how love screws* up their whole scene. It’s very much the contemporary relationship dilemna that our generation goes through.

Cocktail has an absorbing first half as I mentioned earlier. Credit goes to Homi Adjania for keeping the viewer glued to its seat. Imtiaz Ali co-scripted the film and like Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Love Aaj Ka, his biggest forte is his dialogue. His writing is hilarious and the viewer wants more from him. However, both the script and screenplay suffer in the second half. It becomes tad complicated as the relationship between Gautam and Veronica drastically shift from no drama and no strings attached to a heavy emotional dose. The movie doesn’t deserve it since the entire premise is built on a light and cool tone. The scene where Deepika’s character indulges in some serious drama may befit the 70s but is totally uncalled for in 2012. Moreover, the character played by Randeep Hooda could have been easily chopped off on the editing table. The film also suffers from a lack of pace in the second half.

However, the biggest forte of Cocktail is the well etched characters of Gautam, Veronica and Meera. The roles have been well-written and beautifully developed to suit the sensibilities of today’s youth. Saif fits the bill as the care free, urbane and metrosexual guy and carries it with utmost ease. He simply shines in the role. The actor is made for such kinda roles like he did in movies like Dil Chahta Hai, Salaam Namaste, Love Aaj Kal, Hum Tum and Kal Ho Na Ho. Plus, the chemistry exuded between him and Deepika make up for the flaws in the screenplay post-interval. Deepika Padukone is the surprise package. She goes with the flow and passively let the script and her director take her in the driving seat and is fabulous. She will be nominated at the filmfare award for best actress. Newbie Diana Penty gets a very difficult role and that too in her debut film. It’s a huge burden to carry. She is beautiful and impresses with the innocence displayed. Boman Irani is simply amazing as an actor and is a treat to watch him perform. Dimple Kapadia as the loud ‘Punjabi’ is impressive.Homi Adjania attempted a rom-com and impresses with the portrayal of the magnificent visuals and well etched characters. If only, he had worked with Imtiaz Ali on the second half, Cocktail would have find its way among the best movies of 2012. On the whole, kudos for striking the right chord with India’s youth.

Despite the shortcomings mentioned above, I would say go for Cocktail since it’s a honest attempt to depict the relationship snags of today’s youth and it will cement your bond of friendship. It has a certain magic as it plies to the young generation. It’s our love story and friendship. How I wish I could have given four stars but only three for the slow paced second half.

ROCKSTAR built on Ranbir’s award winning performance but poor, disjointed script

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Imtiaz Ali‘s Rockstar is built entirely on the awe-inspiring performance of Ranbir Kapoor, sizzling chemistry between Ranbir-Nargis Fakhri, poignant dialogues and A.R Rahman music. True, the film has its magical moments but unfortunately the disjointed  script works against the film,especially in the second half.

When you are an Imtiaz Ali and boast of a repertoire of beautiful movies like Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal, expectations are bound to scale new heights. When your audience doesn’t get that ‘feel’ with their favorite director disappointment is bound to crop up. This is the major problem with ROCKSTAR. The script fails and had the director paid more attention to this aspect of film-making it would have emerged as one of the most memorable and why not the film of the year.

ROCKSTAR is the story of Janardhan, Jordan later (Ranbir, a middle class boy in Delhi who aims to become a ROCKSTAR. He becomes one but his troubled relationship with Heena(Nargis Fakhri) screws him. Director Imtiaz Ali ROCKSTAR is inspired by the life of Jim Morison. In short, the film hits at society established norms where many youth would connect with. Unfortunately, had the script been tight it would have emerged as a cult film.

Okie, let’s look at the plus point.The first half of the movie has been well shot and credit should go Imtiaz Ali. This guy is one of the best directors and some of the scenes in the movie reinforce the fact that he is a genius. The scene where Ranbir tears the document and throws on the face of Piyush Mishra is icing on the cake. Dialogues has always been his forte. If in Jab We Met, we had bachpan se mujhe shaadi karne ki bahut shauk thi or in Love Aaj Kal we had Mango people, ROCKSTAR gives us Junglee Jawaani, Dil todne ki Machine. It remains one of the best part of the movie. Also, the sequence in Kashmir when Ranbir does a reprise of the legend Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir ki Kali, will remain with the audience forever. The entry of Shammi Kapoor on the wheel chair is one of the highlights of the movie and shows that even in his last days, he is so adorable and endearing. The jugal bandhi played by Shammi-ji and Ranbir is almost magic. Dear Shammi-ji we will always miss you!

Despite being expressionless, Nargis Fakhri is glamorous and has the sex appeal and the chemistry between her and Ranbir forms part of the film’s strength. AR Rahman is in superb form and his music in ROCKSTAR, especially Jo Bhi Main and Faya kaun proves that he is the best and may make the audience watch an otherwise disjointed script and a film which falls short of expectations. Plus, Ranbir gives an award-winning performance and shows his maturity as an actor. Certainly he is the best actor of his generation and acts like a true superstar. Kumud Mishra as the canteen manager is splendid while Aditi Rao Hydari is coy but has little to do in the movie.

The problem with ROCKSTAR is that the script is loose and drags specially towards the end. It is so incoherent that one wonders whether it’s really an Imtiaz Ali movie or it has been ghost directed by someone else. Some of the sequences shot in Prague is testimony to a bad script. Let’s put it that way: The script is bad and goes in the wrong way in portraying the life of a ROCKSTAR. Towards the end of the movie the loopholes in the script shows. The end is erratic as the audience is left confused as to what really happened to one of the main characters in the movie. Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar is disappointing as far the script, screenplay is concerned. Imtiaz managed to extract wonderful performance from Ranbir but he couldn’t do so with Nargis.Despite the strengths in the first half, it fall short if expectations. Still I would give 3 stars for Ranbir class act and A.R Rahman sumptuous musical feast.

Watch only of you are a huge Ranbir fan and hasn’t watched the beautiful works of Imtiaz Ali earlier.

Preview: Rockstar strikes on Friday

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A.R Rahman music, an innovative director with magnificent story telling coupled with one of the best talent of the industry..well it gives you Rockstar. Hardly a day to go by as the much anticipated movie, Rockstar starring Ranbir Kapoor and newbie Nargis Fakhri hit the theatre. Ranbir has always been one of the most natural actor from Day 1 and this is his first debut of 2011. Hopefully, Imitiaz Ali’s latest offering cannot and should not fail.

Right from Socha Na Tha to Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal, Imitiaz proved his talent as a film maker and that he knows the pulses of young India by heart. He always connected with today’s youth with his  refreshing story telling method and he can fairly be called the Chetan Bhagat of movies. Love Aaj Kal was very much today’s youth love story. A love story that can be watched a zillion times. Rockstar remais one of the highlights of 2011 and may well emerge as the film of the year and the youth anthem. The music by A.R Rahman is already on the chartbusters. Nothing can get more perfect than that. Personally, I have waited for the movie for more than 3 months and tomorrow shall be the day to go and say wah!wah!wah!

There has been times when movies fall short of the audience expectations but I have a feeling that this one will not fall in that category. Imtiaz is known as someone who has the magic of translating a beautiful concept into celluloid with aplomb. His narrative style is superb. Post Diwali some good movies came and clicked. Tomorrow shall be the day to say Light! Action! Camera! and Rockstar.

There are already the hype of the alleged romance between Ranbir and Nargis and it shall help the film with a dream start. Ranbir popularity as well as the reputation of its director will ensure that the movie opens to packed houses on Friday. Plus the movie hold a surprise as it will be the last movie of the legend, ever loved and flamboyant, late Shammi kapoor who has a scene with his grandson Ranbir Kapoor.

Love Aaj Kal

Saif Ali Khan and Deepika charmed audience with Love Aaj Kal

Rest assured it shall be a beautiful experience on the celluloid. I bet it shall be another feather in the cap of both Ranbir and Imtiaz. What are you waiting for? Go book your ticket and experience another facet of your life. Movie review will come soon.

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