Julie 2 movie review: Better sit at home and watch ‘CID’

Directed By:Deepak Shivdasani
Produced By:Vijay Nair, Deepak Shivdasani, Pahlaj Nihalani
Cast:Raai Laxmi, Ravi Kishan
Duration:2 hour 17 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:0.5/5

We reached at 8:50 am at a multiplex in suburban Mumbai to catch the 9 am show of Raai Laxmi-starrer ‘Julie 2’. As we entered the audi we spotted only a handful in the theatre. They too turned out to be journalists who had let go of their morning sleep for they had to watch the film and review ‘Julie 2’

The movie starts with a scene of a beautiful bungalow. It’s a bright morning and Julie (Raai Laxmi) who plays the role of an actress, wakes up looking as fresh as a daisy, and then she looks into the mirror and says, ‘I am the best’. (We are pretty sure that not even an A-list actress would do that in real life ever). She goes on a set of her next film and the mahurat shot gets rolling. It’s a biopic based on a dead politician. The shooting of the film starts and then a black-out with a slate of ‘After 4 months’. Julie is now seen at a lake where she is performing Baptism on her birthday. In front of media and fans, she opens up about a few dark secrets (such a dull scene which should have been the highlight of the film). Later, she goes to buy jewellery, and a few robbers come in the shop. They rob the jewellery but purposely shoot Julie. She is now in hospital in a serious condition, and then starts something that we have been seeing on small screens for the past 19 years. Well, we are talking about ‘CID’, and so that we don’t miss watching CID on screen there’s Aditya Srivastava (Abhijeet from ‘CID’) as ACP Devdutt in the film.

As the first half looks like a TV serial, the second half is filled with a lot of close-ups of Julie (everything apart from her face is focused on), two most bizarre songs, some kissing scenes here and there, some scenes that look as if they are copy-pasted from ‘Heroine’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’, some religious dialogues, a boring climax, and the end (Phew! Finally the movie gets over). The movie is written and directed by Deepak Shivdasani, and his name doesn’t come in the starting credits, his name comes when the interval happens. Yes, there’s no ‘interval’ or ‘intermission’ slate that comes on screen when the first half gets over, what comes is the credit title that reads – ‘Written and Directed by Deepak Shivdasani’. We wonder what made him put his name when the interval happens. But, we are sure about one thing that Deepak was badly confused about what he wanted to make. It looks like he wanted to make a thriller in which he added some erotic scenes, and then he thought that putting some religious angle might make this movie a hit. YEAH LIKE REALLY!!! (We are not against any religion, but you cannot forcefully include it in your movies).

Moving forward. Let’s talk about the worst part of the film, and that is, the dialogues. ‘Yeh dhai kilo ka haath nahi, dhai feet ka hai’; what a dialogue! We can imagine Sunny Deol literally banging his ‘Dhai Kilo Ka Haath‘ on his head! There are many such dialogues that will make you laugh out loud even in some serious sequences. Now, let’s go through the cinematography, one more element of the film that deserves a special mention. The camera angles are way too bad. The cinematographer was literally getting into the actors faces hence making us a victim of their nostrils too. Unforgivable!

Talking about the performances, the only thing we want to say is that ‘we feel bad’ for the actors in this movie. Raai Laxmi had impressed us with her small role in ‘Akira’, but in ‘Julie 2’ she is strictly average. There are very few sequences in which she impresses, but then overall she falls flat. She even fails to get an oomph factor in the film. The movie has many actors in supporting roles like Pankaj Tripathy (good in his part, but was better in his previous movies), Ravi Kishan (horrible), Rati Agnihotri (has nothing much to do) and Aditya Srivastava (same as Abhijeet from ‘CID’).

Overall, ‘Julie 2’ is a torture for a moviegoer. It will put you to sleep easily. It’s better you stay at home, get a DVD of ‘The Dirty Picture’ or ‘Heroine’, or just sit and watch ‘CID’.


'High Jack' Movie Review: This TRIPPY flight journey is bound to tickle your funnybones!

'High Jack' Movie Review: This TRIPPY flight journey is bound to tickle your funnybones!

Directed By: Akarsh Khurana
Produced By: Nickhil Jakatdar, Arun Prakash, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena
Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Mantra, Sonnalli Seygall
Duration: 1 hrs 42 mins
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3

As I sit to watch Akarsh Khurana and Sumee Vyas’ second venture, In my head I was already ready for a laughter ride. The duo had earlier entertained the masses with The Viral Fever’s web series ‘Tripling’ . The ones who had their eyes hooked on-to the director – actor’s previous work can expect more from this comedy-drama. If you are the one who enjoys pun-intended and non-veg jokes, then it is a go-to movie.

The light heart serious-comedy starts off with our lit DJ Rakesh (Sumeet Vyas). The actor’s comic timing and screen space was one thing that left me and everyone amazed in the theater. After this movie, I admit being a fan of the actor (not die hard). After the LIT start, the movie inches towards the introduction of Udaan Airlines and the terrible state of its employees, who wish to get their unpaid dues. A revengeful yet kind-hearted staff of the airlines plan to HIGH-JACK their own flight.

The movie’s plot revolves around DJ Rakesh (Sumeet Vyas), his creepy co-passengers and the High Jackers. Apart from Sumeet, characters of Kumud Mishra and Taaruk Raina were the highlight of this stoner-comedy. Director Akarsh Khurana has done justice to every character of his film.

Speaking about the music, you will feel as if you were actually in a RAVE party. Akarsh has presented a serious issue in a funny and witty way! Well, there were few offs in the movie viz no background score in some scenes and the lack of songs. Overall, the movie is a perfect pick for a lazy weekend.

This flight from Goa to Delhi is bound to tickle your funnybones. To know, if DJ Rakesh’ dream to be popular is fulfilled and whether the employees of Udaan airlines succeed in HIGH Jacking, you need to get out of your couch and head to the nearest cinema.

If asked to sum up the movie in one sentence, it will definitely be- Get ready to board a TRIPPY flight from Goa to Delhi!

Watch the trailer here:

'Raazi' Review: Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal's film is a must watch

'Raazi' Review: Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal's film is a must watch

Directed By: Umesh Shukla
Produced By: Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal
Duration:2.3 hours
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4/5

Set in the early 1970s just before the India-Pakistan war and inspired from real events, ‘Raazi’ is the tale of a Kashmiri girl, Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) whose life changes after she gets to know her dying father’s last wish. As a dutiful daughter, she can do little but surrender to his passion and patriotism and follow the path he has so planned for her.

So from an ordinary, college-going girl, she is trained by an Indian intelligence agent Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) to become a deadly spy. She is then married off to Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal), the son of the well-connected Pakistani Brigadier Parvez Syed (Shishir Sharma) and her mission is to regularly pass information to the Indian intelligence.

How Sehmat survives her stint in Pakistan, forms the crux of the tale.

With the perfect infusion of sentiments in a gripping plot, the story touches one’s heart especially because of Alia Bhatt’s power-packed performance. In an author-backed role, she is natural and undoubtedly captures your heart with her restrained and mature act.

Vicky Kaushal as Iqbal Syed has little to do on screen. But, within the given screen-time he shines brilliantly, especially at the end when he realizes that his marriage was just a farce and he earnestly asks Sehmat, if the moments which they spent together were for real?

Among the supporting cast; Rajit Kapur as Sehmat’s father Hidayat Khan, Shishir Sharma as Iqbal’s father Brigadier Parvez Syed, Soni Razdaan as Sehmat’s mother are all effective and effortless.

The only odd one out was Arif Zakaria, portraying Abdul, the family help of the Syeds. With his standoffish get-up and mysterious demeanor, he stood out like a sore thumb and seemed cliched.

Also, Sanjay Suri’s guest appearance is a clever ploy by the director to stamp a loaded statement.

With excellent production values, Jay I. Patel’s cinematography captures the performances and the era to perfection. Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy’s music elevates the viewing experiences.

Overall, Raazi offers a subtle dose of patriotism that makes you root for the film as it brings to life the story of the unsung Heroine of the India-Pakistan war.