Upcoming Movies of 2015!

So, I am not going to lie but 2014 was kind of disappointing as for as the box office was concerned. There were no movies that really “stood out” for me. There was no Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, No Ram Leela, not even an Aashiqui 2! The year had so much promise but for me it sizzled out and was very disappointing with lots of “masala movies” that were all actions and no story, especially Happy New Year where some of my favorite actors really disappointed and Kick! which was expected and Action Jackson, which… well I don’t even know!

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Shout out to Queen, Haider and Highway for being standouts in an otherwise lackluster year! I personally loved Gunday, Finding Fanny, Dawat-e-Ishq, Khoobsurat and basically anything Alia Bhatt was in (good job girl) Humpty Sharma and 2 States, but none of these films are what one can call something that will leave a lasting impression. Here’s a list of what 2015 has to offer and some of these sound REALLY promising!

I have especially high hopes for Bajirao Mastani, Dil Dhadekne Do, Roy, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (though that one is more because I loved Salu in the lover boy avatar than in the action stuff he does currently), Shandar, Piku and Tamasha!

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I especially want to welcome back Ranbir Kapoor! 2014 really missed you!

Tevar (Arjun, Sonakshi)
Baby (Akshay Kumar)
Dolly ki Doli (Sonam, Rajkummar)
Shamitabh (Amitabh, Dhanush)
Roy (Ranbir, Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline)
Badlapur (Varun, Irrfan)
NH 10 (Anushka Sharma)
Phantom (Saif Ali, Katrina)
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi (SSR)
Piku (Amitabh, Irrfan, Deepika)
Hero (Sooraj Pancholi)
Bombay Velvet (Ranbir, Anushka, Karan)
Dil Dhadakne Do (Ranveer, Farhan, Priyanka, Anushka,Anil)
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Salman, Kareena)
Brothers (Akshay, Sid, Jackie Shroff)
Fan (SRK)
Jagga Jasoos ( Ranbir and Katrina)
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Salman, Sonam)
Raees (SRK, Mahira Khan, Farhan Akhtar)
Tamasha (Ranbir, Deepika)
Bajirao Mastani (Ranveer, Deepika, Priyanka)
Shandaar (Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt)
Fitoor (Katrina, Aditya Roy, Rekha)
ABCD 2 (Varun, Shraddha)

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What all are you looking forward to and why!??! Don’t forget to comment and let me know!
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Kangana, Madhavan)

Roundtable 2014’s Super Performers

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Rajeev Masand has chosen 2014’s star performances and they are Shahid Kapoor (Haider), Varun Dhawan (Main Tera Hero, Humpty Sharma), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Kick) and Ritesh Deshmukh (Ek Villain).

A big congrats to the boys who made it! Though I think Randeep Houda should be there as well for Highway.

I know a lot of people don’t think Varun deserves it because MTH and Humpty Sharma were not “challenging” roles but I think he actually did a FANTASTIC job in the roles and portrayed them extremely well. They were both comedies which were not over the top and actually made me laugh without being over the top/slapstick which insulted my intelligence. Especially loved Varun in MTH, Daddy Dhawan, sure knows how to use Varun. It really brought back so much 90’s nostalgia for me.

While Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a wonderful actor, and has done great films in the past, I don’t think he’s deserving THIS year for the role in Kick! It was average at best, though I guess it was more the script to blame, not the acting.

Ritesh for sure deserved it for Ek Villain, just for stepping out of his zone and for delivering a great performance. This was a role that could have gone either way, but Ritesh handled it perfectly.

And last but most definitely not least, I am soooo glad for Shahid! I really hope he wins best actor this year at EVERY award show. This boy has proved over and over his acting chops, and more than anyone else deserves it.

What are your thoughts? Who do you think should have been there? Or perhaps not?

Action Jackson – Movie Review

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So I have not written a review in a really long time, but this movie was so abysmally awful (yes, THAT BAD, I needed to use abysmal as an adverb to awful) that I had to save as many people from it as possible!

This movie brings so many questions to mind. Most of them being WHY!

Why would Ajay Devgan do this to himself, the man is a well respected actor, twice the winner of the national award? I understand Singham, heck I even (kind of) understand Golmaal, but why would he agree to this movie?!? Son of Sardar at least was funny and partially had some sort of logic, Action Jackson, made me loose any respect that was lying around.

Next is for Prabhudeva… if you are making a movie, especially around a hero who is a great dancer, WHY IN THE WORLD, would you cast Devgan in the role!?!? The choreography was a mess and so basic. The ONLY reprieve was the cameo by the always wonderful Shahid Kapoor, who I must say was the ONLY saving grace in the entire 2 hour plus car wreck. I have many questions for him, but this is the only one I will get to. I will ask him to PLEASE stop casting this young girls (or rather Sona) with men in their mid/late 40s! The only good pairing she has had is with Shahid, where she had an actual role.

I just feel bad for Sonakshi at this point, anyone who knows me is well aware that I absolutely adore the girl, but this was SUCH a terrible role. Maybe as bad as the one in Holiday, but at least she had more screen time. I don’t really blame her, as even though she has amazing acting chops, for some reason she isn’t getting offered the scripts that Shradha or Alia are getting. I really really want another Lootera in her future, but at least Sona got to showcase her dancing talent once again.

Which leads me to also be sad about the lack of offers for Yami Gautam. I loved her in Shud Desi Romance, but her roles keep getting shorter and shorter, here it seemed, all she did was get beat up over and over and then all of a sudden have a spinal injury and a child?!?! VERY confusing.

The songs were terrible. The story was…not there. I don’t really know what was happening except the frame kept jumping from one country to another and Ajay had a double role, and he was soooo irresistible that every women who saw him wanted him, including Sonakshi, who literally paid him so she could see him naked(!?!?!)

I wish Bollywood would wake up and stop being regressive and stop showing cliches such as a woman who smokes is the “bad one” and the one with her hair in a braid is the “wife”. Come on we are nearing the end of 2014, you have smarter audience. What is the point of the villain who has one blue eyes, he does not strike fear but rather makes one laugh. And why are his goons all dressed in orange suits, are they prepping for jail?

Overall, please do NOT waste your time with this one. I love the dancing in Prabhudeva ventures but this one did not even give me that. There is nothing good to see about this movie :(

Hoping Sona’s Tevar is better off!

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Shake That Booty – What Were They Thinking

More than the title, “Shake that Booty” my problem with the song is that they chant “twerk, twerk, twerk” as an anthem over and over in the song and NOT A SINGLE person in the song even attempts to twerk because NO ONE in this song can dance.

Shake That Booty featuring Mika Singh and Sunny Leone, is basically all that is wrong in Indian songs. Taking words that are “in” and throwing in a sexy girls does not make for a hit song. The song is ridiculous on so many levels, I can’t even began. First off, the item girl, as gorgeous as she is, cannot dance at all. Miss Leone, Mika is begging you to “shake shake shake” that booty the ENTIRE song (those are basically the only lyrics) and all the poor girl can do is thrust out her chest over and over. At least focus on the right body part people! Choreography is a big part of an item song and this one is a fail!

I’ve never been a fan of Mika’s voice but he’s somehow sung some of my favorite party songs (Subah Honay Na De and The Tooh Song, I’m looking at you), however there is no charm and charisma here and not even auto tune can save it. The beat is sub par at best, I actually laughed when I saw it on my screen.

The only good thing about he song is that Sunny Leone as always, looks beautiful… but her beauty cannot save you from this one! My opinion…Malaika Arora Khan is STILL the reigning Queen of item songs!

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Kill Dil Trailer Review

Before I even start, let me just let everyone know I have been looking forward to this one for MONTHS…and I am not disappointed at ALL!! Welcome back Chichi Bhaiya and with big open arms!! Not only do I love love love the comraderie that Ranveer Singh and Ali Zafar have shared off screen, I haven been floored by the multiple dedications and Odes-to-Govinda that Ranveer has done…to have it all in one movie…well its a treat for the sore eyes.

Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil not only has Govinda in his first ever (?) negative role, but it also gets Pari to shed her bubbly girl-next-door avatar, and step into the role of a bar dancer (on a side note, Bollywood sure is loving their bar dancers lately… PC in Gunday, Pari here and Deepika in Happy New Year). Govinda has all his Chichi-swag and then some and better yet he has the boys doing it too, right down to the head shakes we associate best with him! I cannot wait to see the dancing of this movie, which I am sure will have me squealing like the fan-girl that I am. The boys are all caught up in their bromance and have nice shiny guns to play with as well!

Just like in Ram Leela, it is Ranveer’s line that caught my interest the most in this trailer “Main tabse gun chala raha hoon, jab tu apne Maa ke andar nahi, apne baap ke andar tha”. Props to the screenwriter and the audience who has come to accept such lines!

Do not forget to go to theaters November 14th and check out Kill Dil!

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Dawat-e-Ishq Trailer Review

As anyone who knows me knows, the way to my heart is through my stomach, especially if that food is garma garam Galebis which is exactly what Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra’s upcoming movie Dawat-e-Ishq did! Not only am I eagerly awaiting this movie because these two are talent mines, but the movie is all about food…or so the trailer keeps telling you.

The movie is written and directed by Habib Faisal and produced by YRF Studios by Aditya Chopra, so we know its going to be worth watching. Pari plays the role of a Hydrababi girl while Adi is a Lakhnawi chef. I am especially interested in Adi’s portrayal of Tariq, which is so different from any character he has played so far. I must (once again), hope that Parineeti surprises us and this is different than her usual quirky loud-mouthed, bindaas girl-next-door act, though from the trailer, it seems to me, she will be playing one of her usual roles.

In the first few minutes, the trailer deals with dowry and bribery, two cold topics before treating the audience with bright Lakhnawi scenery and a bubbly song. True to his roots as a cook, Adi presents his new love with a cauliflower instead of a real flower, but perhaps he should have shelled out and bought a real bouquet because we see our heroine sneaking out with a bag unto a train as a brokenhearted Adi screams “Dhokebaaz” (traitor) after her.

Is Pari running from true love or is she stealing to fulfill the aforementioned dowry requirement? One will have to wait til September 19th to find out. I wish both Pari and Adi the best of luck. The last time I really loved a “simple” YRF lovestory was Band Baaja Baraat, though I don’t think this will be able to match up, I am hoping it does somewhere in the ballpark.

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Bang Bang the Teaser Trailer

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif have had all of B-town and its fans excited for quite a while with talks of Bang Bang, directed by Siddharth Anand. As we are all aware it is a remake of Hollywood’s Knight and Day, and even though we know the plot we all want to see what Duggo and Kat can bring to the screen.

While B-town Celebs themselves seemed to be bowled over by the acting and dancing, from even the likes of the elusive Aamir Khan going as far as to tweet “love the shot of Hritik come shooting out of the water with guns pointing! Cant wait for 2nd Oct!”

I myself am not as impressed. It seems like just another Bollywood movie, filled with stunts and actions. While they look very impressive, and more on the scale of Hollywood then say… a Rohit Shetty explosion, I didn’t get much more out of the trailer. Katrina has the same expression, though I love the scene where she flips on the bike to start shooting.

I am going to predict that this movie will be a huge hit, as most of Ms. Kaif’s films are, though it won’t have much to do with her acting, nor the story. Hrithik, really is much more talented than the roles he has been taking up, and I would love to see him in something like Guzarish or Zindagi Na Milay Gi Dubara. Kat has proved however that she may be the go to action girl for movies like this after Ek Tha Tiger and the super success of Dhoom 3. My love for Hrithik prays that there is more to the film that the trailer showed. If nothing else, the scenery will be amazing, as the movie has been shot in a number of locations, including Thailand, Greece and Abu Dhabi.

Don’t forget to check out the movie, October 2nd!
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