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

My Birthday Song Samir Soni
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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

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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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Welcome To New York movie review: A pure boredom tour!

Directed By: Chakri Toleti
Produced By: Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deep Shikha Deshmukh, Andre Timmins, Viraf Sarkari, Sabbas Joseph
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh Rajput
Duration: 2 Hours 04 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

“Daant Tod Ke Dungi Hath Ma, Kuch Din Toh Guzaro Gujarat Ma…!” Gonna try this on my colleagues today.

Here’s everything that I watched, in a nutshell. Teji (Diljit Singh), a wannabe actor and Jeenal Patel (Sonakshi Sinha), a fashion designer, winner of the IIFA talent hunt flies down to New York to attend the awards show. Okay?

The entire event is supervised by Garry (Boman Irani) and  his employee Sophie (Lara Dutta). Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh (the real ones)) are to host the evening. Okay?

Karan has a humshakal Dushman, his name is Arjun Johar. Rana Daggubati is unable to get over Bhallaldeva’s lost love syndrome, hence he’s been listening to love songs all day. Sushant Singh Rajput is giving autographs on behalf of MS Dhoni. Salman Khan offers ‘Dabangg 3’ to Jeenal because she resembles Sonakshi, and asli Sona is asking for Rs 3 crore. Okay? No?

*Yawns*

Of the three and a half times I laughed, twice was because an uncle was laughing and I was laughing at him. Another time, KJo took a dig at himself and said, “Koi Toh Ho Jo Iss Abla Mard Ki Madat Kare!” And the other half laugh…I think that was on myself.

The only brave things about ‘Welcome To New York’ are the numerous digs that it takes, and dare I say, the true ones. Also, I remember having written an open letter where I took the case of moral police who took digs at KJO, for his sexuality.  And here he is, taking digs at himself.

Nothing, including Diljit Dosanjh’s immense efforts to add comedy, can save this film. Sonakshi Sinha was better off this disastrously typecast character. On a much serious note, why must filmmakers give away to such extent to community stereotyping? Let Alone her purposely typecast getup, you could do without ‘Jai Modi Ji’…!

Bad songs. Scattered story. Forced jokes. Average performance. Welcome nowhere.

Oh, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz khan too have cameos hai, if that interests you!

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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety movie review: ‘Bromance VS Romance’, a refreshing-enjoyable war

Directed By: Luv Ranjan
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

In our lives, most of us have faced a situation where our best friend or just a good friend is all set to get married, and we get possessive about our friend. Thanks to the new person in his/her life, our importance lessens, and we start feeling bad about it. But, what if you come to know that your friend is all set to tie the knot with the wrong person. What would you do, try to save your friend from ruining his/her life or let him/her get married to the wrong person?

Well, Luv Ranjan’s ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is all about what we just told you above. Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) are best friends since they were in nursery. Sonu is a like a brother to Titu who is always there for him. Then enters Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha), the sundar-susheel girl who Titu decides to get married. Sweety’s perfect bahu avatar doesn’t go down well with Sonu and he feels that the girl is fake. Is Sweety actually fake? Watch the movie to know that. Moving further starts a war, bromance vs romance. Well, a dialogue in the movie goes like this, “Dosti aur ladki mein hamesha ladki jeet ti hai.” Is that actually true?

‘Bromance vs Romance’ is surely a topic that many people would relate to, and for those who have not yet faced it, ‘wait for it’. Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody have very well created some amazing situations in the film with their writing. But, post interval when the actual war starts, the movie dips down a bit. You will start feeling that what’s next and where the movie is headed. Even though our asanskari Alok Nath has acted brilliantly, his character will surely make you question a lot of things. Thankfully, a few minutes after interval, the movie picks up quite well, keeping you engaged till the end. Luv Ranjan’s narration is also quite good and yes, this movie is much better than the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’.

Talking about actors, Kartik Aaryan is the star of the film. He has acted amazingly. Not only in the comedy scenes, but Kartik has wonderfully managed the emotional sequences too. Nushrat Bharucha is very good in her role and by the way, after Priya Prakash Varrier check out her eyebrow moves. There are very few Bollywood movies, where an actress says, ‘Main Heroine nahi villain hu’, and we are sure there will be whistles on this dialogue. Sunny Singh is nice in his part, but gets overshadowed by Kartik. One more actress from the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchana’ franchise has a short yet a very pivotal role in the film. We are talking about Ishita Raj, she has totally nailed it in her part. A special mention to Ayesha Raza (Titu’s mother), she is truly fantastic.

One of the best factors about the movie is the music. Though half of them are the recreated versions, they are entertaining.

Overall, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is an enjoyable flick that will surely make you feel refreshed after you watch it.

P.S. The chemistry between Sonu and Titu is much impressive than the chemistry between Titu and Sweety, so at least when it comes to chemistry between actors BROMANCE WINS.

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