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1921 movie review : Less spooky, more comical…

1921 Vikram Bhatt
Rating: 1.5 out of 5

1921 movie review : Less spooky, more comical…

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Directed By: Vikram Bhatt
Produced By: LoneRanger Productions
Cast: Zareen Khan and Karan Kundrra
Duration: 2 Hours 24 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has given us some good horror cinema in the form of the ‘Raaz’ franchise, so one would have high hopes from the director from his newly released horror flick ‘1921’. This fresh series is nowhere close to the last ‘1920’ series which was a decent horror fest.

To start with, the story begins with a young man named Ayush (played by Karan Kundrra) who shifts to London to learn music and works as a caretaker in a huge palace. Those times were all about royal palaces right? It’s barely been a month and the man with a penchant to heal through his musical skills starts experiencing paranormal activities in the house. So, he decides to seek help from a psychic medium named Rose, played by Zareen Khan who too is mesmerised by his music. The beautiful lady has earned this special power to communicate with ghosts through her late mother, or so she claims.

Together, they decide to unravel the mystery of finding the adhoori ichcha of the evil spirit looming freely in the house. Since this is the first evil spirit that Rose has ever encountered , the task is way too tougher for her than it seems. Will they succeed or they will succumb to spooky ghost? It is something you discover when you sit through two hours of mindlessness.

As simple as the story seems to be, the plot gets confusing and too boring with every progressing scene. The horror scenes are forced and predictable and even evoke laughter many a times. You know that something spooky awaits you in the next scene and you’re all prepared for it and more than getting scared, it makes you laugh out loud. The loud and spooky background music on every second scene just doesn’t help the immensely boring plot which tries its level best to scare you off your seats. Forced elements of romance between the protagonists makes it even more worse and to add to it, a dozen romantic songs to enchant the viewers which are more irritating than interesting.

We’ve seen romance in various movies but when the lead actors break into a romantic song after every four scenes, it somewhere starts scaring you, making you wonder as to where exactly the story is headed towards. And to add to all the agony, the ending will leave you cringing heavily because you wouldn’t really know what just happened.

Moral: Two good looking actors Alone can’t save the fate of a horror movie with their love story.

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My Birthday Song movie review: Has its moments of density among abruptions

Directed By: Samir Soni
Produced By: Samir Soni, Sanjay Suri
Cast: Nora Fatehi, Sanjay Suri, Zenia Starr, Ayaz Khan
Duration: 1 Hours 36 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

‘My Birthday Song’. That’s a bit too poetic for a psychological thriller. As if, a little less rasping. As if a bit mellifluous. Albeit, it gives hints of a birthday going eventful, probably in the wrong way.

Actor Samir Soni delves into making films with this one and opts for a genre that’s not yet prevalent in mainstream Hindi films. Does he succeed? Yes, and no.

Rajiv Kaul (Sanjay Suri), an ad-man with a neat house, a beautiful wife and two happy children, is like how those happy men in TV ads look. His postcard-ish life, however, is in for a hurricane one night. As he rings in his 40th birthday with a cosy party sans his wife at his residence, he meets Sandy (Nora Fatehi). And a romantic hiccup is assumed.

“Do you cheat?”, whispers Sandy. “Depends on whether it’s worth cheating for,” smiles Rajiv. I am smirking as they make out through a chain of sequences, actually beautiful to look at. A minute later. Sandy lies in a pool of blood, dead. Boom.

There begins the story. Rajiv wakes up on his birthday, to a cleanly done room with no blood and no trace of Sandy and thinks of it as a bad dream. But every tiny thing that he saw in his ‘dream’, starts coming true. And oh, the birthday party is tonight. Hence, the misfortune is supposed to happen tonight too!

Through the next hour, We’ve Rajiv running around like a possessed person, trying to set things right as if he has foreseen the future. Does he? Does he not?

Before we start analysing, ‘My Birthday Song’ had the ingredients of becoming so much more than what it is. It is a technically strong film with a potentially powerful story. Soni, who can’t escape glitches here and there, came up with a decent first attempt. At one point, the tense gets dense, and we start wondering if the characters we are witnessing are at all there, or are surreal. But surrealism is where it goes wrong as well.

After a few shifts between reality and surrealism, the thin line disappears and it is difficult to figure out which course is it following. Probably to make it psychologically tickling, Soni has added elements of hallucination, which is justified. But it is also necessary to place hallucinatory events in a way that they don’t disrupt a story’s rationality. Here, that happens.

Since the film majorly banks upon its events and not the number of characters, it is mostly shouldered on Sanjay. The intention was probably to allow us to sync in the uncertainity. But it results in the film losing pace.

Barring that, ‘My Birthday Song’ has its moments of cinematic expertise. Sanjay Suri is a delight to watch and Nora Fatehi is decent in her shoes. Australian beauty Queen Zenia Starr steps into Bollywood with this one, and will probably stay. I also like how the director’s approach is to move the viewers with subtlety. And I admit, it brings end with a climax I had never even imagined.

To watch or not? The call is yours.


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Kaalakaandi movie review: ALL kaala and NO kaandi

Directed By: Akshat Verma
Produced By: Rohit Khattar, Ashi Dua Sara
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Oberoi, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Deepak Dobriyal, vijay raaz, Sobhita Dhulipala, Isha Talwar, Nary Singh
Duration: 1 Hour 52 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

‘Kaalakaandi’. After hearing this title, what would you expect from a film? Of course you would think it to be a movie where the characters will have some fun, do some crazy stuff and you would be laughing out loud. Frankly, even the trailer of this Saif Ali Khan-starrer indicated that.

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So, let me tell you what ‘Kaalakaandi’ is all about. Rileen (Saif Ali Khan) is the good guy who never drinks and smokes, but one day he comes to know that he has stomach cancer. Now he has only few days to live. He decides to do all those things which he has not done to date and tries a drug. Post he pops the pill we see Rileen’s story proceed with two other parallel stories that are there in the film. One of a couple (played by Sobhita Dhulipala and Kunaal Roy Kapur) and other of two local gangsters (played by Deepak Dobriyal and Vijay Raaz).

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Written and directed by Akshat Verma (the writer of amazing film ‘Delhi Belly’), ‘Kaalakaandi’ turns out to be a yawn fest thereon. This film could have been much, much better if Akshat had only concentrated on Rileen’s life. While watching the movie too you would want to understand what Rileen is doing instead of knowing what’s going on with other characters.

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A person who has taken a psychotropic drug for the first time would actually go on to do crazy stuff, but here it gets limited to just a few things. The things that Saif’s character imagines are also very dull.

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What I love about the movie is the chemistry between Saif and Nary Singh. We haven’t seen many films in which the lead actor has shared the most screen space with a transgender. A bold move that has paid off.

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When it comes to actors, it is Saif Ali Khan who has nailed it in the role given to him. You would wait to see him on the screen and go all wacky and wicked. But, unfortunately the weak script doesn’t do justice to Saif’s talent.

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Talking about other actors, Sobhita Dhulipala, Nary Singh and Amyra Dastur (cameo) are impressive. Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal have nothing to do apart from abusing each other. Akshay Oberoi is just there as an eye candy for female audiences, and for Kunaal Roy Kapur, NO COMMENTS.

Overall, Kaalakaandi is all kaala (dull) and nothing kaandi (fun). You will surely need psychotropic drug to enjoy this film or you would be also running like this from the theatres while using some cuss words like, kya ch***yappa hai yeh.

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