Madras Cafe best dialogue

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

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Madras Cafe Official Trailer

Shootout at Wadala

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars (Three and Half Stars)

Star cast: John Abraham, Kangana Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Manoj Bajpai, Mahesh Manjrekar, Tusshar Kapoor.

Director: Sanjay Gupta

What’s Good:  Manya Surve! The Macho man John Abrahma have lived upto the expectation in the movie. Some serious gangstergiri is shown in the movie

What’s Bad: Editing in 2nd half look cheap!

Loo break: None

Watch or Not?: Good watch

Paisa Wasool: Oh yes!

Manohar Arjun Surve. A bright student, who scored 78% in his college examinations but was never able to live the life of a respectable serviceman that he had envisaged for himself. The life-trajectory of this bright young boy is tragically altered and he is left with a newer, heavier avatar – that of the gangster Manya Surve.

When Manohar (John Abraham) is falsely implicated in a murder charge by a bribed policeman, his fate is changed forever. He is jailed for life, along with his step-brother Bhargav, and it is inside the prison walls that the birth of Manya Surve takes place. Along with a trustworthy aide Sheikh Munir (Tusshar Kapoor), who later turns into his best friend, Manya escapes out of jail. He slowly forms his gang of five and strives towards replacing the Haskar brothers – Zubair (Manoj Bajpayee) and Dilawar (Sonu Sood) – who rule the Bombay underworld. In this constantly shifting tussle for power and the endless cat-and-mouse games with ACP Afaaque Bhagraan (Anil Kapoor), Manya Surve slowly rises up towards being unstoppable.

‘Shootout At Wadala’ boasts of a power-packed cast. As Manya Surve, John Abraham breaks the notion that acting is not exactly his strongest point. He does it all with a hitherto unseen rawness – be it while mouthing cuss words or emptying bullets – and does justice to almost all of the screen time that has been allotted for him. If as the ruthless gangster, he kills with passion, he beds his ladylove Vidya (Kangana Ranaut) with even more of that. The latter (Kangana), meanwhile, fits well as the gangster’s moll. She is appalled at the transformation of her Manohar into Manya, but loves him way too much. Kangana’s character here is reminiscent of her role in ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’, and she acts along ably.

Anil Kapoor in the shoes of ACP Afaaque Bhagraan is a live electric wire. The man infuses life into Afaaque’s frustration of not being able to do justice to his khaki uniform and deserves a hearty salute. Manoj Bajpayee is spectacular in the little time that he appears on screen. Even in the detestable character of Zubair, Bajpayee can make women swoon over him. Sonu Sood’s performance is extremely praiseworthy. Along with Bajpayee, this brother-duo is definitely worth an ear-splitting applause. Tusshar Kapoor, Siddhant Kapoor, Ronit Roy and Mahesh Majrekar – all make for an able supporting cast and helps bring to life the life of Manya Surve on celluloid.

I Me Aur Main Movie Review

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Rating: 2/5 stars (Two-star)

Star cast: John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, Prachi Desai, Zarina Wahab, Mini Mathur, Raima Sen

What’s Good: Too many good looking people assembled together in the same frame.

What’s Bad: Everything that is related to the cinematic aspect of the film, a doomed script and cluttered screenplay is painful.

Loo break: Washroom will definitely look more appealing to you!

Watch or Not?: A wobbly screenplay and a faltering script gone terribly wrong, I, Me aur Main is essentially as narcissistic as the title. Don’t waste your time on this film which gloats too much over nothing substantial.

Maa-da-ladla Ishaan Sabharwal epitomizes narcissism. Self centered to the core, the man is his own favorite, the King of his personal fantasy land. A successful music producer, he is in a live in relationship with his lawyer girlfriend Anushka.

While his girlfriend dreams to marry him, Ishaan happily parties around like a school boy in his la-la-land. One night, an exasperated Anushka breaks off her relationship with this juvenile delinquent of sorts, after Ishaan exhibits irresponsibility of the highest order.

Despite what would appear to most as devastating, Ishaan uses his breakup to inflate his ego. He moves in next door with his free spirited, chirpy neighbor Gauri, who automatically identifies Ishaan’s pulse right and keeps him aptly contained.

Ishaan’s Mom in an attempt to escape from her imposing husband moves in with him. Trying to sympathize with her heartbroken child, she nurses his appetite with pyaar bhara parathas. At work, his obnoxious boss gives him a tougher time! Ishaan surrounded by demanding women from all sides, must finally grow up!

Does Ishaan mend his three year long relationship with Anushka? Or chase Gauri, the woman who knows her way with him like no one else?

I Me Aur Main Review: Script Analysis

The film fails primarily because of it’s over bearing and over ambitious script. Trying its hands at too many themes, the film appears shady and inconsistent. The story lacks depth and is maintained mostly at a superficial level. The story moves aimlessly without making a point at all. One might be seriously confused by the end of it! What was it? A romantic comedy? A break-up Satire? A sappy family saga? Or a multi themed broth gone bland. The film ends hastily which adds on to the mounting disappointment. The writer, makes Ishaan’s character even more shallow given his sudden situation based change of heart. He in fact looks even more selfish in the end than he seemed all along in the film. The script has sketchy characters who are far from reality altogether. It does to the film an irreparable damage which is impossible to be undone.

I Me Aur Main Review: Star Performances

John Abraham does his best at flaunting his bitable and chiseled hot body. Oh, such hot men shouldn’t be allowed to openly seduce critics into giving positive reviews! It’s a shame he can’t act. Though his performances have improved over time, he still hasn’t learnt the art of imbibing energy or imagination into his roles. His fans will love the film however, for the extensive skin show. I can safely put, he is somehow adequate as Ishaan.

Chitrangada Singh is too beautiful to be wasted on a film like this. No offence, but Singh is a woman of immense talent. Her acting and looks are both repetitive and this doe-eyed beauty seems to be losing her spark.

Prachi Desai does a good job as Gauri. She somehow manages to tower over both John and Chitrangada, in terms of performance. Bubbly, energetic and vivacious, she keeps her performance true to her character making it look plausible.

The talented actor Zarina Wahab is left unutilized. So is Raima Sen. The script leaves little room for their characters to amply grow, hence they fail to create any impression at all.

Mini Mathur lives up to her role, giving a boisterous performance of sorts.

I Me Aur Main Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

Kapil Sharma’s directorial debut is his earnest attempt at delivering a breezy romantic comedy. His effort is visibly honest, but is held down by the wavering screenplay. The film’s editing isn’t shabbily done either. The film grossly underestimates the audiences’ taste of romantic comedies, by presenting a confused, annoying and unbelievably chaotic plot. The music isn’t bad as well but surely the end product is quite unimpressive, which fails the rest!

I Me Aur Main Review: The Last Word

I Me Aur Main is a flashy attempt to bluff audiences by putting together obviously beautiful actors in ornate celluloid frames in order to conceal a weak plot and shaky screenplay. Lock up your brains and ogle happily, in case you decide to go for the film.

Race 2 movie reviews

Race2

 

Rating: 1.5/5 stars (One-and-a-half stars)

Star cast: Deepika Padukone, John Abraham,Jacqueline Fernandez, Saif Ali Khan, Ameesha Patel,Anil Kapoor, Rajesh Khattar, Bipasha Basu, Aditya Pancholi.

What’s Good: The stylish direction; the music.

What’s Bad: The dreary twist-after-twist; the acting; logic flies away like the car out of an airplane.

Loo break: Anytime.

Watch or Not?: If Abbas-Mustan’s thrillers still excite you, then you’ll definitely like Race 2.

 

After fighting it out on the streets, Armaan Mallik (John Abraham) has now become a casino king, with his step sister Elena (Deepika Padukone), who handles his affairs as well. Dangling on his arm is the sexy pickpocket Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandez). When one of his partners (Rajesh Khattar) gets conned by Ranvir Singh (Saif Ali Khan), Armaan doesn’t waste time in allying up to him. And neither does his sister. Though Armaan tries to con Ranvir in his game, the latter agrees to partner with him in one big heist.

When Ranvir finds a photo of his ex-girlfriend Sonia (Bipasha Basu) in Omisha’s purse, he gets interested. When he finds out that Omisha is Sonia’s sister and that Armaan is responsible for Sonia’s death, they hatch a plan to get back at Armaan.

Meanwhile, Ranvir has his fruit-loving old friend Robert D’costa (Anil Kapoor) and his new sex-starved secretary Cherry (Ameesha Patel) on his team to help him flick the priceless Shroud of Turin. In turn, he plans to use this treasure to dupe Armaan.

But things are not anything they seem to be. And very little goes according to plan.

Race 2 Review: Script Analysis

The screenplay, by Shiraz Ahmad, is all fluff. It’s a revenge story with a twist in almost every ten minutes. Everyone knows what the other person is planning. There’s a lot of backstabbing, cheating and lies going around. It may be enough to get you interested, but it gets tiring after a while. Logic, of course, has no place in this filmmaker’s world. If casino owners were as stupid as Rajesh Khattar, who exchanges Ranvir’s “fake” currency for real ones without checking a single note, the world would be a richer place indeed. And that’s just the start. Armaan’s intro is some gibberish about how he’s an honest thief but he doesn’t seem to have any qualms about cheating when he gets a chance. Ranvir steals the Shroud of Turin with such ease as if it were the Stone Age and CCTVs or other hi-tech security measures weren’t invented till then.

Most of Kiran Kotrial’s dialogues are like an unimpressive 2nd grader’s examination sheet; mostly one line questions and similar answers with no substance. “Dara rahi ho ya challenge kar rahi ho?”, “Flirt kar rahe ho ya tareef?” etc.

Race 2 Review: Star Performances

Who are we kidding? You’re not going to watch Race 2 for anyone’s acting (even if you do, there’s none of it.) You’ll go to watch the slit on Deepika’s dress end precariously above her thighs. There’s John Abraham grunting and attempting to pop his eyes out here and there. Jacqueline gets a tome full of dialogues like, “You’re such a kameena” while narrowing her eyes sexily. Saif struggles to keep a straight-face throughout the movie (there’s nothing more to do, really). Ameesha Patel gets into the skin of her air-head act and is a good reminder of why you don’t see much of her in films anymore. Anil Kapoor is, well, bearable though the tables are turned on him this time with his secretary begging to get into his pants, instead of the other way around like in Race.

Rajesh Khattar’s most memorable part is that his derriere gets censored. Bipasha Basu gets a blink and miss role in a flashback. Aditya Pancholi is passable as a Godfather of some sorts.

Race 2 Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

The only change in an Abbas-Mustan film ever is the characters. At this point, all the twists are predictable and you know that the hero will stand tall with his cape flying in the end. The men and women look beautiful and no one bothers to act. The direction is stylish with everything shiny: the actors, cars, casinos, furniture… If you still love Abbas-Mustan for the fast cars, sexy women, hot men, and the insane amounts of money that just keeps flying around, you’ll be happy with this fare as well.

Pritam’s songs mostly sound like rehashed stuff from the previous film, but it’s good. Salim-Sulaiman’s background score is good. Hussain Burmawalla’s editing is slick. Peter Heins’ good action (the parkour chase) is heartening. The special effects are disappointing, especially the lame Lamborghini exploding. Ravi Yadav’s cinematography is alright.

Race 2 Review: The Last Word

Watch Race 2 only if you want to sit through two-and-a-half hours of no-brainer twists, compensated only by the booty show on screen.