Is the CBFC the new villian for the directors and their films?
Well it seems so and that is why they are called the ‘Censor Board’ where they are censoring everything left right and centre and more so after Mr Phalaj Nihalani has taken over. The directors are getting cautious day by day of the scenes in their movies if they want it to pass smoothly through the board.
The latest example of it being the Ajay Devgn starrer Baadshao where director Milan Luthria has decided to trim the 10 minute long love making scene before sending out the film to CBFC for certification, Milan decided to self censor the film as he doesn’t want to get in trouble with the board.
Although the scene has “aesthetically shot”,he apparently cut some portions of the scene which included kissing and bareback and now has sent it to the ‘Sanskaari CBFC’ to get a U/A certificate which was not possibe if the scenes were kept. But in all this where are we heading to? The primitive films were a kiss was shown by two flowers touching each other…
Hope this action by the director impresses the board and the film releases without hiccups.
Filmi Files Bureau Esha Gupta raising temperatures in new steamy pics where she is grooving in just a lingerie, and another shot in the dark apparently without a stitch on her.
There are no further details on what the photoshoot, possibly a lingerie ad, is about. There is just a cryptic ‘coming soon’ announcement.
The former Miss India will be seen next in Baadshaho with Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi
Corrupt politicians: Check!
Black money laundering businessmen: Check!
Corrupt police officer: Check!
Corrupt police officer turning around to become the one with ‘heart of gold’: Check!
One-man fighter army to rid the world of all baddies: Check!
Hare-brained villain: Check!
Foreign locations: Check!
That in a nutshell is the story of ‘The Black Money Trail: Commando 2’!
Commencing with the relevant de-monetisationissue that has plagued the majority of Indians ever since it was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 November, the movie is a typical Bollywood cat and mouse chase between the Commando, played by VidyutJammwal and the villain, whose identity I do not wish to reveal as that is the only so-called twist around Intermission point.
The lesser that is said about the lead trio’s acting skills, the better. Vidyut Jamwal is all body and no soul; Esha Gupta is as wooden and mannequin-like in skimpy, figure hugging outfits and stilletoes akin to her last outing in Rustom,whilst Adah Sharmah is just there for comic relief with a jarring Hyderabadi, wannabe English-speaking accent that she is muchbetter in scenes where she stays mum.
The track is a one-line plot with the Indian government tracking a huge black money trail linked to a person who has been traced in connection with several of the biggest money laundering deals in the recent past. Of course, the son of the Home Minister played by ShefaliShah as a cameo is also amongst the culprits and eventually it boils down to a two hour-three minute long mindless journey to catch the baddies, get the money details and then get rid of them in order to save the name of all the “biggies” involved. Cut to Vidyut ‘Commando’ Jamwal who wants to nab the baddies and the corrupt policemen and politicians involved. Yawn!
But all is not lost yet! Shot in Taiwan and Malaysia, the movie has been edited quite crisply by Amitabh Shukla and Sanjay Sharma and has very decent production value under the Vipul Amritlal Shah banner. The supporting cast comprising of Freddy Daruwalah as the tough, corrupt cop Bakhtawar; Zafar, the website hacker played by Sumit Gulati; AdilSharma as the Special Forces Director and Satish Kaushik as the corrupt businessman are very well cast and enacted. In fact, I felt that they were better than the lead trio! The plot and story by Ritesh Shah is like a flying kite: it is about to get a grip when it suddenly goes into a lull and is let loose in the second half, which is perhaps the undoing of this very average movie.
The only part that keeps the viewer invested are the action sequences choreographed by none other than the leading man VidyutJammwal and Franz Spilhaus. The opening sequence, a flambouyant introductory set piece, no doubt “borrowed or inspired” from several Taiwanese and Korean films is gripping and so are the chase sequences and set fights that keep on regularly emerging throughout the movie and keep viewers invested when they are busy checking their SMSs and FB postsin an otherwise insipid scenario.
Engaging in bits and pieces owing to its slick action and mediocre plot, the movie works only in parts and could have been better and far more crisper had someone paid a little more attention to the screenplay. It will certainly do well in the ‘B and C’ grade centres, the audience that is intended for but overall it is very average and will be soon forgotten.
(By Akshat Sharma) ‘Raaz 3’ is the third instalment of Vikram Bhatt’s fear factory called ‘Raaz Series’. As usual you have apna ‘Serial Kisser’ Emraan Hashmi who knows what it takes to be a star in Bhatt films. To give him company there are two dusky sirens Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. Cast complete. For screenplay the producer-director outline a series of skin show, some steamy kisses and sprinkle it with songs in between. They also have a not so friendly ‘Aatma’ who seems to have taken classes from Hollywood’s professional zombies.
It is a kind of a movie where to have a brain in your head becomes a sin. The movie opens with an award function where Shanaya (played by Bipasha Basu) expects the best female actor award to come her way but surprise ! The award goes to a newbie Sanjana (played by Esha Gupta ) and the award is given by director Aditya (played by Emraan Hashmi). The effect of this rude shock is almost immediate. Shanaya suddenly finds one of her old hands waiting at the end of the red carpet. He takes her to someone who is a living evil Aatma! Yes you are right an ‘Aatma’ trapped in a corpse like human body. He introduces her to ‘Kaali Vidya’ and lo she gets some kind of ‘water’ which Aditya is supposed to inject into Esha’s body.
Aditya is a poor Bollywood director who wants to have the best of both the worlds. Shanaya knows him too well and one sex session in bed he becomes docile. He starts doing exactly what Shanaya wants him to do. Bechara Hashmi is caught in eternal dilemma. On the one hand he wants to be honest to Sanjana but on the other hand he also cannot forget Shanaya’s contribution in pushing his career graph higher.
After consuming few shots of that ‘water’ which was discreetly given to her by Aditya, Sanjana loses her sanity and starts behaving like what you call in Haryanwi, a ‘Baawali Gaend’. Aditya is full of remorse when he sees her mental condition. One fine evening when Sanjana was scared and crying, Aditya in true Hashmi style silenced her with a lip smacking smooch! Phir kya tha, Kahani me twist and the tables are turned. Aditya stops playing into the hands of Shanaya and the drama in the story enters into ‘Aatmoan Ki Duniya’.
Dialogues in the movie also turn irrational to keep up with the feverish pitch of the movie. Sample some of them: “If you love me you can be stupid” and “You are fucking, aren’t you! Ab jab tum chahe use paani de sakte ho!” The subsequent events lead the movie to a morgue where Aditya fights with ‘Buri Aaatma’ for Sanjana. Shanya knows she has lost everything in this battle so no point living a failed life. She commits suicide, khanai khatam..
Coming to the performance department I must admit Bipasha Basu has played her part with conviction. She knew her role was silly but even then she has managed to put up a good show. Esha Gupta looks wooden. The only thing she is comfortable doing is stripping out of her clothes and flaunting her assets. Emraan Hashmi is the king of erotic thrillers and the role is simply a cakewalk for him.
As a horror movie ‘Raaz 3’ is not even your average stuff. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, ‘ Raaz 3’ fails to send shivers down your spine. The director did not even match his own standards set in ‘Haunted’ last year. ‘Haunted’ was a much better movie than ‘Raaz 3’. His latest offering lacks in almost all department. The only bright spot in the movie is Bipasha Basu and if we leave her aside the film is nothing but a farce in the name of fear.
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‘Jannat 2’ is a movie seems to be inspired from the Nicolas Cage’s ‘Lord of War’. A typical Bollywood masala story ‘Jannat 2’ does not evoke much response among the audience. Based on the issue of arms trafficking the movie revolves around Emraan Hashmi who is a small time gun dealer.
He takes pride in being called Sonu Dilli KKC (Kutti Kamini Cheez!) and his only objective in life is to make the life of killers easy. He had it easy unless he finds ACP Pratap (Randeep Hooda) who is passionate to fight the arm dealers operating in his area. Sonu becomes a police informer after a close encounter with the ACP.
When pushed into the inner circles of the arms trafficking Sonu is asked by the Police to uncover the real faces behind the illicit trade. While doing all this Sonu finds Jahnvi (Esha Gupta), a doctor who works at a government hospital. The plot then takes a turn and Sonu strikes a deal with the police which could be mutually beneficiary to both the parties.
The narrative of the movie is predictable but thanks to some good work by the director and his team the movie does not fall apart. It would have been better if director Kunal Dehsmukh had paid greater attention to spice up the thrilling moments in the movie rather than working aimlessly on elaborating the romantic content in the script
Emraan Hashmi has successfully addressed his constituency by doing what he is expected to do. He plays the role of a brat in his own style but he does not sound like a typical Dilli da Munda. The surprise package in the movie is actor Randeep Hooda’s commendable performance. He is one actor who is growing with his every single release. He has immense potential as an actor and very few directors in Tinsel Town have realised it.
Esha Gupta has not much to do in the movie. She looks glamorous on screen and that is the end of her contribution in the movie. The music in the movie has been highly appreciated by the critics and fans but its the background score which needs a special mention.
In short Jannat 2 is not a bad film but it is also not a movie which you cannot afford to miss. Watch it only if you do not have anything else to do.
Mumbai: (PTI)After `The Dirty Picture` got pulled away from being aired on television due to its bold content, the makers of `Jannat 2` have played safe and made certain changes in their upcoming film for the small screen audience.
The Emraan Hashmi starrer, directed by Kunal Deshmukh is a sequel to the 2008-hit film Jannat. The second instalment is up for release on May 4. `Jannat` was based on betting in cricket and the sequel is about illegal trading in arms and ammunition.
“While shooting for the film, we knew we would get `A` certificate for `Jannat 2`. So we knew censor board does not allow particular kind of language and doesn`t allow suggestive checks, love making and kissing. So we had to shoot alternate takes and situations for those portions of the film,” director Kunal Deshmukh, told PTI in an interview.
“I have been informed as a filmmaker about the guidelines of the Ministry of Broadcast and what we have done to ensure that we have a clean satellite film…We have shot alternate angles and takes for particular scenes and songs. The intimacy stays but there is no frontal lip lock or there is nothing that the censor board would object to. We have also done special dub for satellite where there is a clean version without any bad words,” he said.
Kunal feels the Censor Board has fairly evolved with time and that they have genuine reasons for objecting certain content on TV.
“When your film comes on TV during prime time, and once it is out there you don`t know who could be watching the film at that time. There may be a five-year-old or a ten-year-old kid and I wouldn`t want that kid to be watching the film with obscene language. So I am doing my bit,” Kunal said.
“I think the censor board is fairly evolved…They are changing with time. So if they have put certain rules and regulations they have kept the lowest common denominator in mind and done that. It is good that certain cuts are suggested for films that go on to TV. And I think filmmakers should be little sensitive to the censor board,” he said.
In ‘Jannat 2’ Emraan plays the role of an arms dealer called Sonu Dili KKC and model Esha Gupta is making her debut in Bollywood.
Talking about the film, Kunal says, “The film is about Sonu Dilli KKC. And from the flavor it is about a cunning street brat who gets his way by selling guns and conning people. He is willing to do anything for the girl. It is not action…Bloodbath kind of a film.”