Filmfare Awards 2013 Winners

Filmfare Awards winners revealed yesterday, so I share the Popular Award Winners here for you. To find out rest of the award winners, you may visit Filmfare’s official website.

POPULAR AWARDS 

Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
Best Actress Vidya Balan ( Kahaani)
Best Film Barfi!
Best Director Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani)
Best Dialogue Anurag Kashyap, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Sachin K Ladia, Zeishan Qadri (Gangs of Wasseypur)
Best Screenplay Sanjay Chouhan & Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar)
Best Story Juhi Chaturvedi (Vicky Donor)
Best Supporting Actor (Male) Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)
Best Supporting Actor (Female) Anushka Sharma (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Best Music Director Pritam (Barfi!)
Best Lyrics Gulzar (Challa), Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Best Playback (Male) Ayushmann Khurrana (Paani Da Rang) (Vicky Donor)
Best Playback (Female) Shalmali Kholgade (Pareshaan) ( Ishaqzaade)
RD Burman Award For Upcoming Talent In Music Neeti Mohan (Jiya Re) (Jab Tak Hain Jaan)
Lifetime Achievement Award Yash Chopra
Sony Trendsetter Of The Year Barfi!
Best Debut (Male) Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor)
Best Debut (Female) Ileana D’Cruz (Barfi!)
Best Debut (Director) Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish)
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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!

Kahaani (2012)

Kahaani is a good thriller kahaani (story) as it claims. I just finished watching it and the ending really surprised me. I should admit I never guessed what’s coming at the end. But I won’t say anything about the ending and spoil your entertainment of course.

It starts with a terrorist attack in Kolkata in metro and then we see Vidya (Vidya Balan) arriving to Kolkata, to find her husband who is missing for a while. Vidya and her husband Arnab are both London-based software engineers and Arnab comes to Kolkata to work in National Data Center on a project for a short period. But after some time he stops calling and Vidya believes that something happened to him and comes to Kolkata to find him even though she is pregnant.

She goes the police and a police officer helps her in her searches. But it seems like there is no evidence that Arnab came to Kolkata, worked in National Data Center or stayed in the hotel as he told. Nobody seems to remember him or met him.

Then Vidya finds out about a man called Milan Damji who looks just like her husband and who also worked in National Data Center. She thinks that there is a connection with him and her husband’s missing so she decides to go after Milan and convinces the police officer Rana to help her.

Kahaani starts likes a Hollywood movie and keeps this image throughout the movie. It is filmed in Kolkata, using guerrilla film making technique so we see a more realistic image of a big city in India, the airport, streets, metro etc. This makes the movie very real. Also Vidya portrays a very independent, strong, determined and clever woman. She survives in men’s world and takes an active role in her husband’s search even though she is pregnant and discouraged by many men which is also so unusual.

I like this movie very much, it kept me on my toes until the end and I kept wondering what’s going to happen next. After The Dirty Picture, I believe Vidya Balan made another clever move and had a leading role in thriller movie like this. This is completely different than her recent role and she is also good in this. Have you also realized that she is the leading role in the movie? Usually we see the story through a man’s eye in Bollywood…

It seems like a new trend started in Bollywood and we get to see quite different movies, which might be considered off-beat comparing the classical Bollywood. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

Agent Vinod (2012)

Agent Vinod is the first Bollywood agent movie I’ve ever seen so it was an interesting experience. I should admit that I was waiting for something more creative but Agent Vinod makes you think that you watch an Indian version of a James Bond movie and unfortunately it can’t compete with the original.

It definitely is a movie made for men. Not much to catch girls’ attention if they are not a fan of Saif Ali Khan. It is quite a typical agent movie so it has all the clichés it should have.

First of all, it starts in Afghanistan, continues in Riga, Morocco and Moscow. Maybe not Riga but the others are usually the cities which take place in agent movies. I was expecting to see Istanbul at some point but it is somehow missed.

Other than that, there are also usual elements taking place in the movie like sexy girls and a bomb to be disarmed. Actually bomb is the thing which our hero is after throughout the movie however we sometimes loose focus on that. The scenes are not always well connected so you may find yourself asking “Who was this?” or “So why does he do that?” type of questions.

Car chasing scenes are filmed quite good and fighting moves are rather realistic when you compare it to the old Indian action movies. But it somehow comes to India-Pakistan relations towards the end.

Agent Vinod might remind you James Bond at first glance only his style is not that good or his manners. Still Saif Ali Khan makes it look cute since he is one of the handsome Bollywood actors.

There are 2 songs in the soundtrack I strongly recommend you to listen: Pungi and Raabta. There are many versions of the song Raabta but I like the version by Shreya Ghoshal. Pungi is a funny and moving song. If you listen to it on your way to work in metro or train, you put serious effort into not moving your shoulders a bit.

So to sum up, I think that you got my slightly negative tone about the movie. I didn’t see what I expected after all that promotion. I’m curious about what you think, so let me know if you have a chance to watch it.

Karthik calling Karthik (2010)

Karthik calling Karthik is a movie that I should write something about without giving away any hints, otherwise I may spoil your entertainment. This is a kind of movie which everything is revealed at the end and you watch it with a confused expression on your face.

Karthik is a guy who has been a looser for all his life. Even though he is smart and hard-working, he is never respected by his colleagues or his house owner. He has no friends, nobody special in his life. He likes a colleague in his office but she doesn’t even recognize him. He pays regular visits to psychiatrist’s office because of a sad thing happened in the past.

When you think that things can’t get worse, they get even worse by him getting kicked out from his job in a very humiliating way. Just when he thinks he can’t take it anymore, he receives a call… From himself…

Karthik calling Karthik is a psychological thriller, which is not a usual type in Bollywood. There are gaps in the screenplay which sometimes make us question the logic, but it is still a movie over the average by Farhan Akhtar‘ acting.