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‘Guest Iin London’ movie review: Less humour and a lot of farts

Guest Iin London Ashwni Dhir
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‘Guest Iin London’ movie review: Less humour and a lot of farts

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Directed By: Ashwni Dhir
Produced By: Panorama Studios
Cast: Katrik Aaryan, Kriti Kharbanda, Paresh Rawal, Tanvi Azmi
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

Sacrificing food has never turned out well for me. The moment I skipped my lunch for the ‘Guest Iin London’ press show, I knew it would ditch my expectations. Just after the National Anthem, suddenly a running Kartik Aaryan with semi-running eyes, pleading his Boss not to fire him, flashes on the screen. Wait, where did this come from? Okay, the theatre guys started playing the second half. They foresaw how boredom was in offering! xD

If you’ve watched ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’, I can tell you nothing new about the story. If you haven’t watched it, then there’s nothing that you need to know. But never mind! Aryan (Kartik Aaryan) is a young, qualified chap; a software engineer based out of London who works in an organisation called ‘Soft Dog’. Soft Dog? Really? Never mind. He desperately wants a citizenship of the UK and easiest way to attain that would be to get married to one. Thus comes Anaya (Kriti Kharbanda). Abandoned by parents, Kriti drives a cab. In exchange of quite a lot of money (seven thousand pounds to be precise), she has agreed to marry Aryan and help him with a citizenship.

I am having a ‘Kites’ deja vu and telling myself, “these guys are definitely going to fall in love”, while Paresh Rawal ( everyone’s chacha ji) and Tanvi Azmi (everyone’s chachi ji’) arrive in London. After a short hassle which I might as well ignore writing, they settle down at Aryan’s house and all the predictable troubles follow. Leave everything, chacha ji farts all the time and boasts, “buzurgo ke paad toh baccho ke liye ashirbad jaisa hota hai”.  Aryan is irritated. Anaya is irritated. So are we, but no one gives a damn! With bated breath, I am waiting for Aryan to bid alvida to his chacha ji. By the time that’s about to happen, I am already thinking of cocoa bite cupcakes.

Wait, chacha ji is a terrorist? Did they say Al-Qaeda? I find myself gasping. Aryan is so excited with the possibility of chacha ji leaving, that he calls the police and tells them not about his probable connection with terrorists, but about his expired Visa! *facepalm*

Chacha ji hasn’t left yet, and this time Aryan is desperate. I definitely won’t tell you what happens after that.

I won’t lie; ‘Guest Iin London’ is packed with amazing performances. Whether or not the script allows him to do much, Paresh Rawal never fails to deliver the best of him every time; and he is perfectly accompanied by Tanvi Azmi. I was smart enough to skip ‘Raaz Reboot’, hence this is Kriti’s first film that I am watching, She is spontaneous and prompt. I even liked Kartik. Now I am not sure if that’s because he was nice, or because I didn’t have anything else to like. But what was Ashwni Dhir thinking when he made up his mind on this khichdi of flat humour, sleazy jokes on Pakistan (so not cool, by the way), lot of suppressed desh bhakti and one full song on fart?

What fails ‘Guest Iin London’ is that it runs short of any interesting turn. The humour is really not humorous and is a test to your patience.

*Shrugs*! Ajay Devgn has got an extremely special cameo in the film. He appears with his million, no wait, billion-dollar smile on the backdrop of a very colourful sky which kind of resembles a sunny-side-up egg and a few wind fans. The best Chroma work you have seen in a long time, promise!

Raghav Sachar has given decent music though. The film is as well neatly shot. I love films that are shot in foreign. They make me feel rich for no reason!

Takeaway from the film: Kaka means son in Punjabi!

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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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1921 movie review : Less spooky, more comical...

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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