Monday, June 26, 2006

Film Review-Krrish

Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra.
director: Rakesh Roshan
Rating: * * * 1/2

Wow!! Finally a superhero film in mainstream Bollywood. Not that it's an outstanding film or something but still there are a lot of things that go in the favour of the film. The only thing that doesn't go good with the film is its painful length of over three hours. Few unwanted songs could be chopped and it would save us about 20 mins to half an hour.
The story you can go and see for yourself, it also has a small surprise element in it. Nothing is believable but then that's what super hero films are all about right?. The kids are gonna love it. Some performances are just not upto the mark but seriously it does not matter because Hrithik takes you through this film with such amazing talent that the rest of the cast can go and take a hike.
Speaking of the pluses, Hrithik's as well as Priyanka's entry is absolutely out of the world. Very well shot and stylish. The other commendable scenes are in the second half of the film, all the action scenes and the works. Incredible.
Also I know for a fact that people loved the action scenes, coz every time Hrithik wore the mask, the whistling from the audience didn't stop. The action choreography is par excellence that too for a Bollywood film its a big milestone achieved.
Of the actors everyone from Manine De, Sharad Saxena, to Rekha act their parts convincingly. The only two over the top performers include the overrated Mr. Nasseruddin Shah who is anything but likeable in his villainous avatar, ditto for the lovely Archana Puran Singh who misses the catch this time around. Priety Zinta in one flashback scene is wasted. Pryianka Chopra doesn't have a great role but she does whatever she is required to do. She is likeable in the bubbly role and runs around the trees with our super hero whenever required.
And finally the show belongs to none other than the man himself, Hrithik. He looks a million dollars, he dances like no ones business and his acting histrionics are simply commendable. He is a complete package, his honesty shows on screen and his hard work puts him way ahead of his contemporaries. Hats off boy, to you and to your dad.
Also the last scene convinced me that a trilogy is definitely coming up!!!!
-Sanketh Rao.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Film Review-Phir Hera Pheri

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Rimmi Sen and Paresh Rawal.
Director: Neeraj Vora
Rating: * *
Probably its the first sequel of any film to hit the Indian marquee, but even that doesn't help this film. The original was just class apart with three unusual, real characters who potrayed their characters very honestly. But this time around the same three characters have gone completely over board, they are anything but likeable.
Only a few portions of the film are funny and the problem with the film is it has too many plots and sub plots woven into each other. The film could have been better if it followed a single track and if it had lesser characters. The film can easily be trimmed by 30 to 40 minutes.
The new characters which includes Jhonny Lever and Rajpal Yadav go over the top, I wonder whats wrong with them, they have become so repetitive. As for Bipasha, I wonder why she signed the film just for 3 scenes and 2 songs and as far as Rimmi is concerned she does what she generally does 2 songs and 2 scenes.
Akshay is good but again too much of anything is not good, ditto for Mr Shetty and Paresh Rawal.
Instead of watching Phir Hera Pheri one could do with watching Phirse (again) Hera Pheri (original).
-Sanketh Rao.