Barfi! (2012)

Barfi! Movie PosterDid you know that Barfi is name of a sweet from India made with condensed milk and sugar? :)

Barfi! is a movie I was waiting to watch desperately  from the very first moment I heard about it. As usual, the songs were introduced first and I thought they were quite different from the typical Bollywood soundtracks. Plus there were Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in it. Then, I didn’t know anything about Ileana. Barfi has became one of the  highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time and also is the India’s official entry to the Academy Awards 2013.

You’ve most probably noticed already that Ranbir Kapoor mostly takes part in movies which are somewhat different from the common trend. They are not so different; so it doesn’t make it difficult for you to relate but also not so similar and you find a glimpse of marginality wrapped up in mischief and sweetness. So he might be quite a weirdo in Rockstar or somewhat bizarre in Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani, but you still like the character he presents. Even thought he doesn’t shine dazzlingly in ordinary Bollywood-type hero roles, he has certain charms which make us love and accept his strange character in this movie.

Priyanka Chopra performs just great! When we look back to her career, we see she has started as Miss World 2000. Then she has received National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four different categories. When I watched “What’s Your Raashee?” I thought she was putting on real effort to advance her acting. Even though the movie was quite boring, she was praised by the critics for her performance. In Barfi!, I admired PC’s performance as an autistic girl. There is no over-acting which is the usual problem in these kind of movies.

Ileana D’Cruz is very new to me so I don’t have much to say about her yet. I think she is famous in Telugu cinema but I haven’t had a chance yet to watch any Telugu movies.

About the script, my first comment would be that it is quite complicated with going back and forth in time. There are 3 time periods we visit, present day, 1972 and 1978. It is obviously easier to differentiate between present day and past because we see the characters in their older and younger versions. (Have you realized in some scenes, quite old Shruti has very young hands? ;) ) But it took me sometime to realize that it changed to 1978 from 1972 and back, then I found a clue. Ileana’s costume totally changes; when she acts as a married woman, she leaves the trousers and goes to wearing traditional sari.

I don’t feel like talking about the movie’s script this time. Because it is not really about the script in Barfi, there is something more about it. Watching the movie and listening to it songs give a positive feeling somehow. Barfi is young, mischievous, full of life and fun to be around. So as it says in the trailer, be charming, be loved, be crazy, be in love… with Barfi! :)

Cocktail (2012)

Cocktail 2012 Film Poster

Cocktail is a strange movie; I’m not sure how to rate it or not even sure if I liked it…

It starts as a usual Bollywood movie which takes place in London. Usually these movies that take place outside India shows us “young and modern Indian people” that the guys are very flirty, hoping from one girlfriend to another and the girls are very cool with mini skirts, revealing tops and most importantly quite direct in flirting and relationships.

Veronica (Deepika Padukone) is an outgoing, beautiful, rich, party girl who meets Meera (Diana Penty) in a toilet.  Meera is a traditional girl who comes to London after her husband but she quickly understands that her marriage is not real and she has to survive on her own if she doesn’t want to go back. They suddenly become friends and start living in Veronica’s house. They support each other and become very good friends.

In the meantime, Veronica meets Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) and they start an easy-going relationship . As the audience, we don’t have a clue if this is as serious, valuable  relationship for them or it is just for fun until the second part of the movie.

It is simply a love triangle movie. Nothing special about the first part but the second part gets somehow interesting, giving some depth to the characters and feelings they go through. I would like the movie more if I only watched the second part but the first part is simply 5.5 out of 10 at most.

By the way,somebody should Saif Ali Khan that he doesn’t look good in no-manners, happy, flirty boy roles… I don’t know if it is his face or what but, he definitely needs a cool attitude to go with his look otherwise he looks a bit peasanty.

To sum up: If you are a busy Bollywood fan, don’t bother watching it. Doesn’t say much about relationships, friendships or life in general. Above all, it is not that funny so do not hesitate, just go for another movie…

Rockstar (2011)

In Rockstar, watch the story of a guy in his journey of becoming a famous rock star and his struggle with life and love. 

Jordan is a young university student who likes to be a rock singer. He realises that something is missing in his songs; to touch the audience’s soul, he needs to have more experience in life and love and also go through some pain. He needs to mature emotionally to have more meaning in his songs. That’s why he goes after a love which will make him suffer and give him the pain he needs.

At that moment, he sees a girl in the university during a dance show, Heer (Nargis Fakhri) and he seems to like her at first sight. But when I was watching the movie, I wasn’t sure for a quite long time why Jordan was after her; just to experience the love and pain he needs or because he really likes her.

But then it becomes quite clear that Jordan and Heer shares a love which let them express themselves freely and be their best self. But unfortunately Heer is engaged and after her soul-searching, she can not leave her fiance so she puts some much effort to keep the relationship at friendship stage with Jordan.

Rockstar was nominated for many awards and won some of them: Ranbir Kapoor as best actor and A.R. Rahman won the award for the soundtrack.

I watched most of Ranbir Kapoor’s movies and I think he has a different style comparing other actors in Bollywood. In my opinion, he doesn’t fit in typical romantic comedies or usual dramas that well, but shines like a diamond in unusual, eccentric roles like Prem in “ Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani” or Jordan in “Rockstar”. Ranbir Kapoor seems to give Jordan a deep and complex character, even though you can’t understand him much or think he is right, you can’t really hate him.

The soundtrack is quite good (Well it won an award, didn’t it? :o) My favourite song is Hawaa Hawaa beside Tango for Taj and Tum Ko. It is directed by Imtiaz Ali, I really like his style.

When it finishes, the movie leaves you in a depressive, bitter mode. The last song, Tum Ho Paas Mere stabs your heart while the last couple of minutes summarize what happened between Heer and Jordan since they met until they part.

It’s a sad but a good movie, so highly recommended! :o)

Agneepath (2012)

If you are not really into the new style Bollywood, if all you need is a classical drama by well-known actors and actresses, Agneepath is the movie you are looking for!

I heard “Agneepath” for the first time in the movie “Jab We Met“. Geet was making fun of Aditya’s attitude while walking around the streets of Ratlam, saying “Are you Bachchan‘s fan? Angry young man?….Agneepath! Agneetpath”. That time I was curious so I did a mini search about the movie and learnt about the cast, the plot… Then I forgot all about it.

When I saw the news about re-make of Agneepath being released in January 2012 and saw that Hrithik Roshan was the new “Vijay“, I thought for a moment if he could really be the angry young man that this movie required with his rather elegant and cool look. But after I watch the movie I thought he was good.

Agneepath is simply the story of a son who is seeking revenge for his father’s murder. Vijay is the son of the school master in small island Mandwa. His father is a very good man, trying to help the people of the village. However, there is also Kancha who is our antagonist. (Sanjay Dutt reminds me of Bruce Willis in this movie, what do you think?) His plan is to get people’s fields in the village to plant coca plants and sell cocaine to Mumbai. Because Vijay’s father blocks his way, trying to warn people in the village, he finds a way to murder him with approval of the village people. Vijay waits 15 years to take his revenge sacrificing many things in his life.

I liked Agneepath because it gives me everything I need from a classical Bollywood drama. First of all, beside Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt, cast is all familiar faces like Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri, Rishi Kapoor etc… There is even a part which Katrina Kaif dances with the song “Chikni Chameli” as the guest star. The scenery is beautiful, dancing parts are very rich with many dancers. The story is epic, it reminded me of Devdas.

One negative comment about the movie: It is very long! It took me 3 hours to watch it. So as soon as you have a 3-hour break from life, I say watch Agneepath!

Dangerous Ishhq (2012)

As soon as you see the movie poster, it makes you think that Dangerous Ishhq is a physiological thriller or a mysterious story which also includes an element of love. It tries to be an interesting one but I’m not sure if it accomplishes its purpose…

Before I watched the movie, I knew that Karisma Kapoor used to be a well-known actress in late 90s. She didn’t take part in the movies after she got married, she is sister of one of my favorite actresses Kareena Kapoor. So I had high expectations, I was waiting for something out of the ordinary but it didn’t turn out to be that way…

The movie starts in a fashion show. We see supermodel Sanjana walking down the catwalk as the top model who even gets an offer to work in Paris for one year. She has a young, handsome (?) boyfriend called Rohan and a very good friend who are both there to support her. She decides to turn back the job offer in Paris and chooses to stay in India and get married to her sweetheart. But their happiness does’t remain very long, Sanjana finds herself in a hospital after they have an attack to their home and her boyfriend Rohan is kidnapped.
She suffers a lot with the lost of Rohan and has vision of him being injured. But the strange thing about it is that she sees different environment and hears Rohan call her with a different name. Later in the movie, we understand that she goes back to her past lives, yes right, not just one but 3 of them and tries to find who kidnapped Rohan. As she goes back to her past lives, we start to see that this couple has been together for more than one lifetime and Rohan being kidnapped is linked to their past lives problems.
As soon as you start watching the movie, it gives you the impression that it’s from 90s. It might be the idea of keeping the same feeling when Karisma was famous. Maybe they thought that this nostalgic approach would be successful again in 2012 but I think it doesn’t work, at all…
The acting is too dramatic and the movie doesn’t go smoothly. There is not a real climax of the movie. I put a serious effort to finish it, it is not as catchy as it promises with its poster and its name.
Karisma Kapoor keeps running around with her high heels and even gets involved in very dangerous situations with the police chasing Rohan which is not realistic at all. If you have lot of free time and you don’t know what to do with it, then you can watch this movie. Otherwise, I say don’t bother!