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‘Wajah Tum Ho’ movie review: Too dull to be erotic, too lousy to be a thriller

Wajah Tum Ho Vishal Pandya
Rating: 1 out of 5

‘Wajah Tum Ho’ movie review: Too dull to be erotic, too lousy to be a thriller

Wajah Tum Ho Movie Review

Directed By: Vishal Pandya
Produced By:
Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Rajniesh Duggall, Gurmeet Choudhary, Sharman Joshi, Sana Khaan, Sherlyn Chopra
2 hours 16 minutes
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Hmm…this Sana Khaan is hot! But how much did she smoke to crack her voice this way? Rajniesh Duggall is the culprit! Wait, he is not? Damn! That Mumbai Police ACP just raped a girl? Wow, Sherlyn Chopra has a dialogue? How many villains does this film have? Why is Sharman Joshi talking like Chulbul Pandey? Okay, I am even more f***ked. I now have to write a ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ movie review!

So, Rajniesh Duggall aka Rahul runs Global Times Network, a huge news network. One fine morning (or may be evening; news rooms are always dark), the channel’s signals are hacked. The running shows disappear and comes live telecast of a murder! Across the nation, at cafes and cozy bedrooms, people shiver as the person is dying, goddamn LIVE! Let us not explain the murder, for your sake. Police Inspector Kabir Deshmukh (Sharman Joshi) takes over the inspection and advocate Ranvir Vajaj (Gurmeet Choudhary) assists him in the investigation. Siya Sharma (Sana Khaan) is the legal head of GTM, and fights the case on Rahul’s behalf. Ranvir and Siya are a couple; they fight each other case during the day and make love at night. Very interesting! As they dig dip, we learn about three more murders, one gang rape, a number of friends-turned-foes, and one sleazy item number credited to Zareen Khan. Such an overdose early morning!

Disclaimer first. ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ had elements to be a good thriller, if only Vishal Pandya considered rectifying a terribly and horribly melodramatic script and excluded songs that appeared out of the blue. Besides, he was probably high on the ‘Twist Pe Twist, Twist Pe Twist’ theory.  Actually, something got on to him after the ‘Hate Story’ franchise. He simply doesn’t realise that thrillers can be subtle, and yet gripping. And those abrupt cleavage shows, urgghh! The ‘erotic’ portions are anyway a complete failure. They look fake and evoke zero sensation. The only thing we liked was how the suspense was slowly cooking up. Till first half an hour, we sat glued, wanting to know more; albeit that live murder was too much to take.

Not a single actor is convincing enough. Even a performer like Sharman Joshi,who is known to pull off his characters so well, is losing his charm; probably because he no more receives roles that do justice to his ability. He is gentle, but doesn’t impress as a police officer. Gurmeet Choudhary has left his ‘TV star image’ behind, but not his accents.  Sana Khaan is sensuous..err..only sensuous. Again, what’s up with her voice man? To be honest, Rajniesh Duggall is better in the film. You’ll like him as a bad man. Uhh, why do we always like him as the bad man? Himmanshoo Malhotra could choose a wiser role for himself. He hardly talks, makes out once, and rapes once, in the violent possible way.

You’ll need a bunch of tissue papers to deal with shrewd murders of those classic songs. Who in the history of mankind even thought of singing ‘Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho’ while making out with an escort and HALLUCINATING about another woman? And anyway, who hallucinates while making out? Plug your earphones and only see Zareen Khan as she dances with the recreated version of ‘Maahi Ve’; because the song itself is a forced addition to the film. Just the title track is nice.

Not much to talk about technicalities; because what would cinematographer Prakash Kutty or editor Manish More have done, with limited visuals of over-sophisticated houses, lavish offices and sexy swimming pools where at least one horny soul is always floating?

Wrapping my head around too many things right now. ‘Wajah Tum Ho’, you be the sole reason.

P.S. Sana Khaan sings Ganpati Aarti in white tights, orange spagetti and high heels!

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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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