Movie Review: ‘Jagga Jasoos’

Ranbir Kapoor as Jagga is brilliant. He lives his character on screen, which is sparkling and lively. He is aptly supported by Katrina Kaif as the London returned journalist Shruti Sengupta, who is hunting for leads in her story on the war against global terrorism. She plays the dumb-damsel with loads of bad luck on her side, to perfection. She is effortless in her comic timing and action.

Saswata Chatterjee as Jagga’s foster father Badal Bagchi, and a harbinger of “bad luck” is equally brilliant. Saurabh Shukla in a convoluted role chasing Badal is stereotypical and flat.
The plot of the film is sketchy and begins on a shaky note, but the scenes roll out seamlessly in dream-like sequences thanks to the brilliant editing by Akiv Ali and Ajay Sharma. Also, Director Anurag Basu’s frame composition shows his mastery over his craft.
The music by Pritam Chakraborty adds to the flavour of the narration. The songs in the film help to take the narrative forward as well as drive home a lesson. Striking among them are, “Sab khana khake, daru peeke, chale gaye,” and “Galti se mistake,” which is replete with philosophy and life lessons.
The choreography by Shiamak Davar is fresh and invigorating as each song is artistically presented.
Shot across terrains in Manipur, Kolkata and South Africa, Cinematographer S. Ravi Varman’s lens captured the locales in their full glory along with the animals of the region.
Overall, with a run time of two hours and forty-five minutes, there are moments when you inadvertently end up snatching forty winks. (IANS)
Our Ratings: **

2016 The Year of Heartbreaks and Heartaches! 

By Deepti Duggal

The year 2016…also a Leap year.. a year good for love and romance according to astrologers but it seems our stars in showbiz are bent upon proving our poor ‘jyotishis’ wrong. While the whole world welcomed 2016 with a kiss and hug , our stars kissed and hugged each other good bye…
Here we bring you some of the heart clenching celebs’ breakups which have taken over the B-town these days….

1) Farhan Akhtar – Adhuna Bhabani

Love really does wonders to one and does not even see the age difference, so while we thought that Farhan Akthar and the much older to him Adhuna Bhabani were the couple to look up too, one was left in shock when they announced to go their separate ways after 16 years of marriage. Although they both did it in the most dignified way keeping their kids as their utmost priority, a little birdie said that it was Farhan’s proximity to his Wazir co star Aditi Hydari that led to this bye bye. We are also as clueless as everyone else…

2) Ranabir Kapoor- Katrina Kaif

Ranabir left Deepika and Katrina left Salman to be together… sounds like a jigsaw puzzle, but when they both came together we thought we would see one more Big Fat Kapoor Wedding ! This was further strengthened when the pics of both of them kissing on the terrace on 31st eve went viral. But alas our hopes were shattered when they both decided to go their own ways. Its been 4 months today and last heard is that Katrina has moved out bag and baggage from their love nest…. The reason still being a secret. Oh c’mon guys.. the suspense is killing us !!

3) Virat Kohli – Anushka Sharma

Their famous On-Off relationship was the talk of the town. While this couple had been quite open about their status, from Anushka being trolled on twitter when Virat didn’t perform well to their secret rendezvous in foreign lands, still it took a toll on their happy go lucky fairytale and they parted ways. It was rumored that Virat wanted marriage while Anushka wanted career…Last heard they are trying to get together and hence the season of dinners and holding hands in public have again started.

4) Arbaaz Khan – Malaika Arora

Their love story was everyone’s dream love story.. meeting for a coffee ad to getting married in one of the biggest filmy families, it seemed nothing could go wrong. But all fairytales don’t have a happy ending and most of us fainted when we heard that this couple had also split. While both kept quiet and made us think and think over the reason, some said it was due to Arbaaz’s financial incapability to support his wife to some saying that it was Malaika’s lifestyle that caused the rift. Ultimately they just gave a dignified statement. Only time would tell us the real reason.

5) Hrithik Roshan – Kangana Ranaut

The most controversial of relationship and the most ugly of breakups. To cut a long story short, it all started when Kangana called Hrithik as her “ silly ex” , Hrithik sending a legal notice and then started a series of legal notices, emails going viral, Kangana’s so called obsession with Hrithik… phew… now that’s tiring….

Last heard they were still embroiled in the legal tussles and in the meantime Hrithik was on holidays with his sons and Kangana was winning the National award.

But inspite of the breakups, Bollywood also tasted some marriage times like Priety Zinta marrying Mr Goodenough and Karan Singh Grover marrying Bipasha Basu… well that would be told in another tale till then lets for the last time wish that these heartbreaks don’t hamper the bollywood business.



Ranbir Gets ‘Awaara’ Inked On His Wrist

425827_434370293265245_715954951_nBollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor has got a new tattoo on his wrist. He selected the word `Awaara` in Devnaagri script to get inked. The tattoo featured prominently in the recently launched movie trailer of his upcoming film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’.

Getting tattooed is not a latest trend in Bollywood. Earlier, Bollywood celebrities like Saif Ali Khan got his now wife Kareena Kapoor`s name tattooed on his arm, Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn got Lord Shiva inked, Akshay Kumar got his first son`s name ‘Aarav’ inked on his body.


First Look : Trailer For ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’

ye-jawani-hai-deewani1_021913012343The trailer for Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer  ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ has been released online. Directed by Ayan Mukerji the movie also stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Kochelin in supporting roles.

In the entire trailer, the actors are seen having loads of fun and enjoying life in every way possible. Even though the song ‘Badtameez Dil’ plays in the background for merely a few seconds, the tune is so catchy and fresh that it’s sure to reign the charts for a very long time.

‘Barfi’ Joins 100 Crore Club !

Director Anurag Basu and actor Ranbir Kapoor have certainly a reason to smile over the super success of ‘Barfi!’ at the box office. The movie  which is India’s official entry to the Oscars next year,  has entered the 100 crore club

Well known trade analyst Taran Adarsh’s tweeted today: “#Barfi has grossed 100 cr *worldwide* in 10 days.” This is Ranbir Kapoor’s first movie in the 100 crore club which is dominated by the Khan’s of Bollywood.

Ranbir Kapoor is one of those actors who has the potential to break the monopoly of Khan’s at the box office.

Movie Review: ‘Barfi’ (***Three Star)

(By Akshat Sharma) Watching ‘Barfi’ on big screen is an experience in itself. Director Anurag Basu has tried to portray a love story featuring physically challenged people. The central character in the movie is ‘Barfi’ who is deaf and dumb but he doesn’t look like one. He lives in Darjeeling with his father and inspite of all odds ‘Barfi’ behaves like rouge on the street. He freely pinches your asscheeks, eve teases college going girls and manages to go scot free which even today is not something easy to get away with.

Ranbir Kapoor has actually played himself. His mannerisms and action is similar to all his previous characters in movies featuring him. The only difference is that he is physically challenged in the movie. Why is he shown physically challenged is still a mystery to me. I guess the director wanted to showcase cute Ranbir not to speak so that girls watching the movie would gush over him.

Honestly speaking even if he were not deaf and dumb he would have acted in the same boisterous and over the top manner. Only Priyanka Chopra has done justice to her character  She looks physically and mentally challenged and she behaves like the one. In cinema characterization is an integral part. Her character Jhilmil is well defined and portrayed by the director.

A newcomer in Bollywood but a reputed name down south Illeana D’Cruz adds a unique freshness to the movie. Her character named Shruti narrates the story of Barfi to the audience and it begins with her encounter with ‘Barfi’. Shruti has just arrived in the city and she bumps into Barfi who falls in love with her for no good reason. May be she got the looks. This should not be an issue since the entire Bollywood industry buys into this ‘Tujhe Dekha Aur Pyar Ho Gaya’ notion so it is oaky if Barfi gets into this love at first sight situation. Shruti’s character is more believable as she gets excited by the idea of a ‘deaf and dumb’ doing not so dumb things.

Shruti is thrilled by Barfi’s antics and wants to take the marital route but her Mum provides her wise consul, ‘Beta it is okay to get into these uncommon flings but get married only to people who belong to your class”. She agrees and takes the boring husband route who belongs to affluent class. Taken aback by this sudden turn of events Barfi again tries his luck and this time he finds a ‘Pugli’ who is also ‘Ugly’.

The problem lies in the screenplay because director doesn’t explain the reason for this love. Even if we buy in ‘pure and good heart’ angle not one scene depicts this angle in the movie. All we see Ranbir running helter skelter after  kidnapping Priyanka who gets clingy and lo they are in love. Director also wastes lot of time with Saurabh Shukla’s character which was needless. The incidents of three kidnappings do not add to the movie and these sub plots divert your attention.

In the end the so called triangular love story meets the filmi fate as Barfi-Jhilmil die in the same bed. Well the idea is sweet but pretty illogical. Even the most lovey-dovey couple find it extremely difficult to time their deaths. But then it is movie and it is okay for directors to take such liberties.

Performance wise Priyanka Chopra and Illeana D’Cruz steal the show. They play their characters whereas Ranbir Kapoor has played ‘Barfi’ in his own trademark style. The biggest asset in the movie is cinematography and music which make the movie look like a poetry on screen.

Music director Pritam has finally given some soulful music and almost all his numbers blend with the narration. Kudos to Pritam for brilliant work. The movie has attracted lots of positive reviews thanks to gigantic PR machinery of UTV films but if one tries to  be honest to the movie the movie under delivers what it promises.

‘Barfi’ is not a bad film. It deserves credit for trying to be ‘different from the run of the mill stories’ but the effort and the process taken lack somewhere. If you like movies and watch Bollywood films you should go to theatre atleast once and then you should decide whether the movie was worth your attention or not.

Pooja Bhatt Wants Ranbir In Her ‘Dream Project’

Actress-turned-director Pooja Bhatt is keen to remake her own film ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi’ with sister Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead.

The 1991 film ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi’ was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and featured Pooja and Aamir Khan. “I would love to remake ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi’ with Alia and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. I think if there is anyone, who could take my place in that film, then it is Alia. And as far as Aamir’s character is concerned I think Ranbir is the best choice,” Pooja told PTI.

“I am dreaming about this. It is my dream to cast them,” she added. In ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi’ Pooja played the role of a daughter of a rich shipping tycoon Anupam Kher, while Aamir played a reporter.

First Look: ‘Barfi’s Title Track Released

Ranbir -Priyanka starrer ‘Barfi!’ is ready to hit the screen in September. To generate pre-release buzz the producers of ‘Barfi’ released the teaser video for title track. The first response to the song is quite encouraging.

Singer Mohit Chauhan’s soulful voice makes ‘Ala Barfi!’ an interesting song. Music director Pritam has composed the song. Take a look.

First Look: Watch Trailer For ‘Barfi’

The trailer for director Anurag Basu’s upcoming movie ‘Barfi’ released online today. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz this movie is scheduled for September release.

Set in West Bengal this movie has been very challenging to the lead actors as they play a mentally challenged couple.








Ranbir To Play A Sucker Errr.. ‘Vampire’!

The latest rumour in B’Town has it that Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor is ready to play a blood sucking vampire. It seems someone is really inspired from the mega success achieved by British actor Robert Pattinson for his cinematic portrayal of Edward Cullen, a vampire character in the hugely popular ‘Twilight Series’.

Ranbir has reportedly signed the remake of Twilight titled ‘Bloody Veer’. Giving the details of his role in the movie a source close to the actor “It’s a light-hearted funky venture and one could say its the coming together of Wake Up Sid and Twilight. It is about hip youngsters and a gang of friends. It’s a fun film with a dash of humour and romance.”

“RK has not done this kind of a role and is pretty excited about playing a vampire and is going through the script,” he further added. Produced by Siddhartha Jain and directed by Heeraaz Marfatia this movie has the potential to push Ranbir’s popularity to stratosphere.

We all know how successful Robert Pattinson has been in his vampire avtar. So much so that even after the Twilight series is coming to an end this year he finds it extremely difficult to come out of that image.

As an actor Ranbir Kapoor has the potential to make it big like Robert Pattinson but getting his female fans worked up like his counterpart could be a challenging task.