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…

Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011)

Guys, maybe it is not love you all need… Maybe you are better on your own, having fun with your friends, having a simple but a peaceful life. You should think twice when you consider dating a girl again… :)

I know that girls really have a potential of being evil sometimes and every now and then we hear a story of a poor guy being torn by a girl. If you want to see all the details how that can be done, this is the movie you should watch.

Pyaar ka Punchnama starts in a way which makes us believe that men are the absolute rulers of their kingdom. The heroes of the movie, Rajat (Kartik Tiwari), Nishant a.k.a Liquid (Divyendu Sharma) and Vikrant (Rayo Bakhirta) have a quite pleasant life in the same house even though their characters are completely different from each other. These 3 meet their girlfriends around the same time and that’s when the mayhem starts.

The three girls are also quite different from each other but each of their poison matches very well with guys’ weaknesses. It is quite interesting to see how girls play their games on boys and how things get devastated throughout the movie.

Towards the end, I found myself feeling pity for and saying “Leave her, just leave her!” to each and every of the boys. It’s a light, relationship movie mixed with good amount of comedy. You can definitely choose it for its entertaining features but I suggest you don’t watch it with your special one just to prevent any heated conversation about relationship :) Enjoy!

Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006)

I don’t know why I didn’t come across with this movie before. I only found out about it when I saw the news about Shaadi Ke Side Effects which will be Pyaar Ke Side Effects‘ sequel.

From the very first minute, I liked it. I think it starts very fast and catches our attention very skillfully.

It’s a very clever movie which shows a relationship from the man’s side. Especially for a woman, it is so much fun and interesting to see a man’s approach to things happening in a usual relashionship. Even though you don’t always think he is right, it gives a funny inside story. From the men’s side, I don’t know how real the hero’s thoughts, feelings and stages he goes through but it seemed pretty realistic to me.

The characters, Sid (Rahul Bose) and Trisha (Mallika Sherawat) are very sympathetic. I felt a bit disappointed when I heard that they are looking for new actors and actresses for the 2nd movie Shaadi Ke Side Effects because these two were quite good in the first movie, without any overacting.

The movie starts from the middle of the story with a crucial quarrel the couple have about marriage. After that, we travel back to past to see how things have started and come to this point in their relationship. Especially this part is very good with the comments Sid does in between the scenes.

I suggest you add this movie in your “to watch” list as it is an example of a good quality romantic-comedy Bollywood movie. And if you like it as I did, let me know when Shaadi Ke Side Effect comes to cinemas :)

Ek Main aur Ekk Tu (2012)

I was waiting to watch Ek Main aur Ekk Tu since the day the promotion of the movie had started. Not because the hero is one of my favorite Indian actors, Imran Khan and the heroine is the queen of romantic-comedies, Kareena Kapoor but because it was said that it would be the next “Jab We Met“. The trailer was also moving and the finishing part in trailer was quite hilarious.

But when I watched the movie, I wasn’t that impressed, what do you think? Don’t get me wrong; it’s not a bad movie but maybe my expectations were too high, who knows? :)

The movie has all the elements of the successful romantic-comedies. However this time, the hero, Rahul and the heroine Riana change places in terms of personalities and family types which can make this movie slightly unusual in that sense. Normally the heroine is quite conservative about relationships, stiff, timid and difficult to get friendly with, while the hero is very bold, courageous, flirty and takes things easy. In this movies, it is completely the opposite which was fun to watch. Also in the movie, the heroine mentions sex many times which is unusual for Bollywood where most of the times even a kiss between the lovers is avoided.

Imran Khan performs slightly different than his previous roles but Kareena Kapoor seems to reflect the same stereotype of heroine which you can see in most of romantic-comedy Bollywood movies. But don’t take it as a negative comment because I like her characters in the movies. She is very full of life and her witty manner always steals my hearth. As I said she is my favourite romantic-comedy actress.

When I think about it again, I’m not that disappointed with this movie. I don’t think it will be in my “I don’t know how many times I watched this movie” list but it is one of the good quality romantic-comedies and you won’t regret watching it. Have fun! :)