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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)

Name: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Dance, Baby, Dance)

Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Lara Dutta, Bobby Deol & Amitabh Bachchan

Director: Shaad Ali

Language: Hindi

Did I watch this recently? No

Synopsis:

Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) born in Bhatinda, living in London; and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) more British then indian meet in a crowded cafe while they wait for their respective fiancés to arrive at the station. The train is soon delayed and these two unlikely pairs have two hours to kill. To kill time, they end up telling each other their “how I met my fiancé” stories. Rikki met his fiancé Anaida (Lara Dutta) at The Ritz (Paris), Alvira, a princess by nature discovers her prince at Madame Tussaud’s. Steve the Prince (Bobby Deol), a lawyer by profession saves her life and steals her heart! Soon after their stories end, Rikki and Alvira’s story has just begun!

Review:

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is an all out entertainer with little room for a story or sense. But i’m totally shocked that IMDB gave it 4/10! Were we watching the same movie! I think the biggest problem is people don’t ‘get’ the comedy. You look at the trend of Indian hits this year – mostly physical Akshay Kumar staring comedies. Heyy Babyy a big hit, is literally full of fart, poo and pee jokes. So when a smart comedy (that parodies Bollywood style cinema) isn’t a success, i tend to blame the fact people don’t ‘get’ the comedy.

It took me a while myself to enjoy the movie. I got to intermission feeling utterly let down and disappointed! It’s not that the movie was bad, but this is Shaad Ali film! The director who brought us Bunty Aur Babli! Its got Abhishek in it! How could the movie not have that certain magic i was after.

The story is a bit odd and moved slowly. 1st half of the movie is pretty much Abhishek (Ricki) and Preity (Alvira) telling a disjointed tale of how they met their respective finaces. Abhishek had funny mannerisms and i enjoyed Preity’s nonscreaming mad character…but i just felt let down, it felt forced/corny and my friend who was also looking forward to this film felt the same way i did. I also think you have to understand its a total parody on Bollywood, in a more subtle way then Om Shanti Om was.

But then something changes in the second half and it managed to make the oddities of the first half justified. The second half was total fun, everything seemed to jell together after that. By the end i felt vindicated for having faith in Yash Raj and *gasp* i actually liked Bobby Deol. He is quite hilarious in his mumma’s boy role and doesn’t play half dead which is my biggest criticism of him earlier. Lara was a good addition too in my opinion, i felt she deserve to be in those leagues and i hope that in the future she gets put in more worthy movies for her. She can be annoying in the 1st half, but i think you may love her in the 2nd half. Lara & Preity’s fight in the second half are one of the highlights of the film for me.

Music is of course one of the highlights of the film. These songs had chart busters written all over them. But then again the music is mostly the song ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ played in 4 different ways in the movie! Either way i loved the music before hand so it just multiplied my love seeing it on screen. I felt Amitabh at times was sluggish in choreography and the Jhoom Barabar Jhoom songs at the end dragged on but i still loved them.

The same way Om Shanti Om had filmi references, there are quite a few cute filmi and indian references if you can catch them…especially Abhishek’s phone that answers to *ey handsome* from Kajra Re.

For anyone who thinks this is a family entertainer, you are quite wrong. I wouldn’t bring small kids to it. It has sexual references, swear words and other things considered inappropriate for a bollywood family entertainer. But for anyone like me trying to learn hindi, it is a good film for learning those swear words you normally wouldn’t hear in the movies!

If your looking for deep storylines, lots of deep emotion this film isn’t for you. Actually to think of it there isn’t much of a storyline, just lots of disjointed entertainment moments sown together with one thin lingering storyline. But i find the premise interesting enough, and easy to sit through after an while. Its an easy movie to watch again and i feel if you had fun watching Dhoom 2 or those movies that make little sense but are fun to watch then I think you will like this film.

Overall Score: 4/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – You may think i’m crazy for rating it this high, but i enjoyed it and its got definiete re-watch potential so its going to get a higher score then usual. Don’t put your expectations too high and just sit back and have fun.

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November 30, 2007 at 11:33 am 2 comments

Amrish Puri – Family, Fame & Facts

Name: Amrish Puri (Birth name: Amrish Lal Puri)
Birthday: 22nd June 1932

Died: 12th January 2005

Height: 6′1″

Spouse: Urmila Divekar

Children: 1 Daughter – Namrata & 1 Son – Rajiv

Parents: Father – Lala Nihal Chand & Mother – Ved Kaur

Sibling(s): 4 siblings.  Elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri (both of whom also became actors), elder sister Chandrakanta, and a younger brother, Harish Puri

Claim to Fame: “Mogambo” in Mr India

First Movie Success: Reshma aur Shera (1971)

Movies to Transform the Career: Reshma aur Shera, Hulchul, Bhumika, Nishaant, Kondura, Naseeb, Kalyug, Qurbani, Shakti, Ghandhi, Hero, Nagina, Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom, Coolie, Meri Jung, Aap Ke Saath, Aitraaz, Hulchul, Dev, Khushi, Gadar, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Taal, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge & Kisna.

Family Connections: Brother is actor Madan Puri and Cousin Actor Om Puri

November 29, 2007 at 3:26 pm 19 comments

Sridevi – Family, Fame & Facts

Name: Sridevi (Birth name: Shree Amma Yanger)

Height:5′7″

Date of Birth: 13th August 1963

Mother: Rajeswari

Sibling(s): Sister – Srilatha & Step-Brother Satish

Husband: Producer – Boney Kapoor

Children: 2 Daughters – Jhanvi & Khushi

Ex-Boyfriend: Actor – Mithun Chakraborty (Some sources claimed they secretly got married then later annuled the marriage after Mithun was still married to Actress Yogeeta Bali)

Malayam Famous Movies: Aadhyapaadam, Kumara Sambhavan, Aalinganam, Kuttavum Sikshaiyum, Aa Nimisham

Tamil Famous Movies: Moondru Mudichu, Guru, Sankarlal, Sigappu Rojakkal, Thaayillamal Naanillai, Meendum Kokila, Vaazhve Maayam, Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu, Neela Malargal, Moondram Pirai, 16 Vayathinile, Dharmayuddham, Priya, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, Adutha Varisu, Nan Adimai Illai

Telugu Famous Movies: Bangarakka, Konda Veeti Simham, Vetagadu, Sardar Paparayudu, Bobbili Puli, Mudulla Koduku, Premabhishekham, Bangaru Kanku, Premakanuka, Kanchu Kagada, Kalavari Samsaram, Krishnavatharam, Borripellum Bolludu, Khaidi Rudrayya

Hindi Famous Movies: Julie, Sadma, Mr India, Lamhe, Nagina, Khuda Gawah, Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Gumrah, Judaai.

Family Connections: Husband is Producer Boney Kapoor.  Brother-in-law is Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor & Daughter-in-law of Producer/Director Surinder Kapoor.

November 29, 2007 at 3:07 pm 8 comments

Nagina (1986)

Name: Nagina (Snake)

Starring: Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Sushma Seth, Amrish Puri, Jagdeep, Prem Chopra & Komal Mahuvakar.

Director: Harmesh Malhotra

Language: Hindi

Did I watch this recently? Yes

Synopsis:

Rajeev (Rishi Kapoor) returns from his studies abroad and his mother, Rani Maa (Sushma Seth) and their estate manager, Thakur (Prem Chopra) are overjoyed. Thakur hopes that Rajeev will get married to Thakur’s daughter, Vijaya (Komal). Rani Maa has no objection to the match. Life seems to be moving along peacefully, when fate takes a hand. While wandering through a ruined part of his ancestral mansion, Rajeev almost tramples on a snake. A few days later, Rajeev who’s now strangely drawn towards the old mansion and keeps visiting it, meets a mysterious girl, Rajani (Sridevi). Rajeev finds that he is becoming obsessed with thoughts of Rajani. Who is Rajani and what is the future of Rajeev’s and Rajani’s future?

Review:

Nagina is a rare product from the 80s. The Bollywood movies from the 1980s tended to have a lot of either violent romantic/tragic storylines or just violent action storylines. Nagina is set apart from its counterparts by the fact it is neither action nor romance driven. Nagina relies on neither romance nor action to drive its story – it instead relies on mystery. In fact I would draw strong parallels with Nagina and Gulzar’s Lekin (1990), but imagine a more enjoyable and less serious mystery movie.

The central draw for Nagina is the mystery the movie produces. However Nagina is not totally immune to bad elements of 80s films. It has your normal over the top acting, expectedly bad sound FXs but oh how I loved the songs! I especially LOVED Sridevi & Rishi in ‘Balma Tum Balma Ho’ where Sridevi performs her snake dancing! It’s a song that was fun and catchy to watch. I must admit i did like all the songs in the movie. Luckily though the choreography does not suffer from the 80s.
Ok so the biggest downfall for this movie could be the absolutely ludicrous storyline! A snake woman? By the end of the movie the story had reached ridiculous heights of absurdity. But its strange – i didn’t care! I totally enjoyed it and if you suspend your belief you might get sucked into the movie like I did. Another downside is it is quite slow at first, which may deter people from watching the rest but it picks up at the hour mark.

So no I would not say the ridiculous storyline is the biggest downfall of Nagina. At first it was the painfully bad and dragging comedy provided by Jagdeep, which i disliked most about the film. Thank goodness it eases up by later on in the movie. Also to provide some relief from the bad intentional comedy, is the action scenes in the movie. They are so unintentionally laugh out loud funny! But they are harmless enough and don’t affect how i feel about this film – i chalk it up to Nagina being ‘a product of its time’. But they are quite funny to watch. Especially Amrish Puri’s over the top snake charmer character. He does some hilarious close ups. But I think overall the biggest let down of Nagina was its very rushed and poorly executed ending.

One thing I can say about Nagina – is I finally get the fuss about Sridevi! Sridevi provides her character ‘Rajni’ with the necessary ethereal and mysterious qualities that her character needs to posses. I must say that Sridevi’s character in this is my favourite so far. I’ve seen her in Chandni, Mr India, Chaand Ka Tukdaa (awful!) & and although i’ve never hated her, i never saw what the big deal with her was about. Often her characters were hyper or too weak for my liking. Nagina at least has helped me to look forward to seeing more of her films, she definitely made an impression on me in this film. Even though i wouldn’t say this movie is great for advancing anyones acting careers!

I have less impressive things to say about Rishi Kapoor. Although he is not awful in the movie, he doesn’t add to the movie at all providing viewers with a largely adequate acting job. His greatest strength in the movie is his chemistry and interactions with Sridevi. The pair are most known for their Yash Copra classic ‘Chandni’ (1989). But of course 3 years before Chandni there was Nagina. I think the chemistry between Rishi & Sridevi is just as good in Chandni as it is in Nagina, also on the positive side Rishi’s character is much less annoying and does not have epileptic fit inducing sweaters like in Chandni.

Overall Score: 3.5/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – Overall its a totally ridiculous film, thats all about Sridevi and that is just fun to watch. So switch off your brains and hopefully you will enjoy watching Bollywood’s snake movie!

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November 28, 2007 at 9:39 pm 21 comments

Raima Sen – Family, Fame & Facts

Name: Raima Sen

Height:5′4″

Date of Birth: 11th November 1977

Parents: Father – Royal Maharaja, Bharat Dev Varma & Mother – Bollywood Actress Moon Moon Sen

Sibling(s): Sister – Bollywood Actress Riya Sen

Ex-Boyfriend: Actor – Kunal Kapoor

Claim to Fame: Chokher Bali (2003)

First Movie Success: Chokher Bali (2003) but is yet to be in a leading role with box office success.

Movies to Transform the Career: Godmother, Daman, Chokher Bali, Dus, Antar Mahal, Parineeta, Eklavya, Honeymoon Travels & Manorama Six Feet Under.

Family Connections: Granddaughter of Bengali & Bollywood Actress Suchitra Sen, Daughter of Actress Moon Moon Sen and Sister of Actress Riya Sen. Father is Maharaja of Tripuri, Bharat Dev Varma & Grandmother is Princess of Cooch Behar, Illa Devi.

November 22, 2007 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Kirron Kher – Family, Fame & Facts

Name: Kirron Kher (Was: Kiron Kher)

Birthday: June 14

Height: 5′6″

Spouse: Anupam Kher

Ex-Husband: Gautam Berry (-1985)

Children: Son – Sikander Kher

Claim to Fame: Devdas (2002)

First Movie Success: Pestonjee (1988)

Movies to Transform the Career: Pestonjee, Devdas, Khamosh Pani, Main Hoon Na, Hum Tum, Veer Zaara, Fanaa, Mangal Pandey, Rang De Basanti, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Just Married & Om Shanti Om
Family Connections: Brother in law is Raju Kher (Bollywood Actor), Husband is Anupam Kher (Actor).

November 22, 2007 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Hema Malini – Family, Fame & Facts

Name: Hema Malini (Born: Hema Malini Chakravarty)

Birthday: 16th October 1948

Height: 5′6″

Spouse: Bollywood Actor – Dharmendra (1980-)

Children: Daughters – Ahana Deol & Bollywood Actress Esha Deol & Step Mother of Bollywood Actors Sunny & Bobby Deol

Parents: Father – Shri V.S.R. Chakravarty & Mother – Jaya Chakravarthy

Sibling(s): 2 Brothers

Claim to Fame: “Basanti” from the megahit Sholay & ‘Dream Girl’ (1977)

First Movie Success: Sapnon Ka Saudagar (1968) opposite Raj Kapoor

Movies to Transform the Career: Sapnon Ka Saudagar, Johnny Mera Naam, Tere Mere Sapne, Andaz, Dost, Khushboo, Do Aur Do Paanch, Naseeb, Kranti, Seeta aur Geeta, Sholay, Charas, Jugnu, Trishul, Lal Patthar, Satte Pe Satta, Meera, Hey Ram, Baghban & Veer Zaara

Family Connections: Husband is Bollywood Actor Dharmendra, Daughter is Bollywood Actress Esha Deol, Step-Sons are Bollywood Actors Sunny & Bobby Deol

Other Facts:

  • A politican for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2004 being elected to Upper House
  • Second wife of Bollywood Actor Dharmendra
  • Sanjeev Kumar & Jeetendra (Bollywood Actors) Proposed to her
  • Tried directing with Dil Aashna Hai (1992) and gave a first break to Megastar Bollywood Actor Shahrukh Khan

November 22, 2007 at 3:19 pm 3 comments

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