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Stars: Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty,Tabu,Om Puri,Gulshan Grover,Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Hera Pheri is a film set in Mumbai and is not your run of the mill slapstick comedy that directors like David Dhawan indulge in. The movie is directed by Priyadarshan who proved that after making such wonderful and serious film like Virasat, he can also direct a comedy movie.
This film is a comedy of error. Set in a Mumbai slum where our three protagonists dwell, the movie depicts the hilarious moments created by the simplicity and/or stupidity of the characters. The look of the film is that of an art film. By the look of it, it seems as if it is going to be a really serious movie but it turns out to be one roller-coaster ride of laughter.
The cast of the film includes Sunil Shetty who plays an unemployed guy who comes to Mumbai looking for work and a place to live. He lands up at the house of a simple man played deftly by Paresh Rawal who takes Sunil in. However, there is another person living in the house, namely Raju. Played by Akshay Kumar, Raju is the mischief monger and good for nothing. He keeps on getting jobs and losing them quickly. The story is taken forward by a phone call by the gangster Kabira who keeps on saying that he has kidnapped his granddaughter (sunil takes the call) and wants ransom. This call kickstarts a mayhem. Which ultimately leads us to the climax of the film where the protagonists end up becoming millionaires.
Each and every member of the cast is brilliant in the performance of their roles. Sunil Shetty and Akshay Kumar’s careers were in doldrums when this film released and both of them gave a stunning performance. Especially Akshay Kumar shows impeccable comic timing. Akshay Kumar is considered of the best comic actors of Bollywood these days after performing comic roles in films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Khakee, Aawara Paagal Deewana and Waqt.
However, the show stealer is none other that the unbelievable Paresh Rawal who plays Baburao Ganpatrao Apte. He is an absolute delight to watch. It will be an understatement to say that he completely overshadows the rest of the actors with his marvellous portrayal of a poor Mumbaiyya simpleton. This film changed the course of his career and he is now reckoned as a character actor who adds to the star value of a film.
The music is not that good though. The song “Main Ladka Pom Pom” is hilarious though. The picturization keeps you in splits even though the song is irritating if you only listen to the audio. The real hero of the film is the dialogue writer Neeraj Vohra who comes up with some never before heard one liners. Anyone who wants another example of his great work must watch Aawara Paagal Deewana. In short, a film for every comedy lover. Some clean entertainment. This undoubtedly started a new trend in Indian cinema of comedy films. This movie turned Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty as good comedian contrary to their image of serious acting and uplifted Paresh Rawal’s image as an actor with versatility.
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Rating: 1/5 stars (On Stara)
Star cast: Ajay Devgn, Tamannaah, Paresh Rawal,Mahesh Manjrekar, Zarina Wahab, Asrani
Director: Sajid Khan
What’s Good: Good….Sajid Khan’s dream!!!
What’s Bad: The Movie- Himmatwala
Loo break: Anytime…you can have snacks/lunch/dinner….dont bother coming back.
Watch or Not?: a Big NO. Watch only if you hate/love Sajid Khan and you are finding additional ways of pulling his leg by giving examples of pathetic movie making.
Paisa Wasool?: You can file a case against Sajid Khan about his false hypes of the movie in different movie channels specially ‘Nach Baliye’ and looting money from Bollywood movie lovers… LOL. Don’t bother watching the movie guys. we categorize the movie as ‘Do Not Watch’.
The movie poster says ‘Sajid Khan’s entertainer’ we say- ‘Sajid Khan’s Blunder.. :P’
First of all, I find it a spoof movie of original Himmatwala movie. The first one was at least making some sense with having Jitendra and Sridevi in the movie.
This is a film where a mother wants her daughter to go back to the husband who physically abuses her, because a woman can only leave her husband’s home when she dies, no matter what happens. How this attitude is part of a film in 2013 is beyond me.
“Himmatwala” also has a tiger, a bumbling villain and an all-conquering hero, who seemingly does nothing for a living except playing saviour.
Ajay Devgn is Ravi, who returns to his village to avenge the death of his father many years ago. He finds his impoverished mother and sister living on the outskirts of the village, banished by the same man responsible for his father’s death — Sher Singh, the village headman.
Ravi vows to make life hell for Sher Singh (Mahesh Manjrekar) but before he does — he chats with a tiger, plays messiah to the villagers and falls in love with Sher Singh’s daughter Rekha (Tamannaah). Rekha is an arrogant and spoilt girl, who wears short, tight clothes, but mellows and starts wearing traditional Indian attire once she falls in love with Ravi.
Of the cast, Ajay Devgn flexes his muscles, but the ones on his face refuse to move, rendering him expressionless for the most part.Tamannaah isn’t required to do much, but the remaining cast, including Zarina Wahab as the melodramatic mother, Paresh Rawal as the slimy villain’s sidekick and Mahesh Manjrekar ham it up like there’s no tomorrow.Finding a semblance of a story or logic in this film is meaningless, but Sajid Khan doesn’t even make it funny. “Himmatwala” is boring, long-winded and reeks of arrogance that the audiences will lap up anything that remotely resembles humour or drama if it is presented by an A-list star and with enough fanfare.
Watching “Himmatwala”, you wonder whether the film industry has indeed come a long way from the 1980s, or are we still stuck in a time warp?
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Rating: 1/5 stars (One-star)
Star cast: Vivek Oberoi, Paresh Rawal, Charmy Kaur,Arshad Warsi, Sunil Grover, Ravi Kissen, Chandrachur Singh, Sanjay Dutt, Minissha Lamba.
What’s Good: A few sequences; Arshad Warsi’s acting.
What’s Bad: Almost everything else.
Loo break: As many as you like.
Watch or Not?: Zila Ghaziabad is a forceful mix of gang-wars, hinterland action and a sprinkle of a nasty Dabangg-esque cop too and disappoints miserably.
The first half of the film shows how the righteous teacher Satbir (Vivek Oberoi) replaces the chalk in his hand with a gun. The local Chairman (Paresh Rawal) has a soft corner for Satbir, as does his daughter, Charmy Kaur, since Satbir often helps him in situations where brains are involved. The muscle power for the Chairman comes from a rabid goon Fauji (Arshad Warsi) who probably has gun shells where his brains should have been. The Chairman’s growing proximity to Satbir leaves his good-for-nothing brother-in-law (Sunil Grover) jealous and he plans an attack on Fauji’s home, making it look like Satbir was responsible for it.
It’s not long before swords are drawn and sides are set. Satbir has the protection of the Chairman while Fauji joins the gang of Rashid (Ravi Kissen). After Satbir’s brother (Chandrachur Singh) gets killed in the battle, there’s no looking back for either of them. When their rivalry becomes unbearable for Ghaziabad, maverick cop Pritam Singh (Sanjay Dutt) is called in. Known for his use of force, this time Pritam wants to use his cunning to get them killed without straining his hands.
There is a lot of blood spilt and bullets fired before the movie finally gets to its conclusion.
Zila Ghaziabad Review: Script Analysis
Zila starts off like Othello/Omkara with a nasty character trying to sow the seeds of distrust so that he can have his foot in the door. After that, it’s all downhill. With all the characters trying to outwit each other, the film just reeks of bad writing. Vinay Sharma’s characters live in the same city, yet they seem to take every other person out of their way except their main nemesis. The movie then drags endlessly and the intrusion of a police is just another added trick to lengthen it. It’s also strange as to why they have to show Pritam as a my-punches-do-the-talking cop while his strategy involves staring at a chessboard and vainly listening to his old film songs in his office. The love angles with Minissha Lamba and Charmy Kaur are parts that jump out like annoying jacks-in-boxes. The dozens of inspired scenes means that even our cop here gets a Dabangg-cop-song-and-dance entry with even the dance steps similarly choreographed.
Unsurprisingly, the most entertaining scene is the walkthrough with the chai-wala in the police station and it doesn’t involve any of the lead stars.
Zila Ghaziabad Review: Star Performances
Zila is like a madhouse with varying amounts of craziness. The top honour goes to Arshad Warsi for his portrayal of Fauji – the mad dog who should have been put down shortly after he barked first. He’s happy to shoot anyone and everyone; the only flaw to his character being the forced romantic angle written in. Poor Vivek Oberoi, either he’s trying to be the righteous teacher or the masterji-turned-gangster. Either way, the straitjacket shackles him with a bad performance. The most annoying part is when they take close-ups of his face twitching in slo-mo. Bad idea.
Paresh Rawal is good as the Chairman. Charmy Kaur looks incredibly daft and has exactly two expressions. Ravi Kissen is quite good as Rashid. Chandrachur Singh is probably the fattest subhedar you’ll get to see on screen. Sanjay Dutt is mashup of other on-screen ex-cops and gets under your skin after a few scenes. Sunil Grover is excellent as the wily villain.
Zila Ghaziabad Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
With a tumbled script like this, it’s no surprise that Anand Kumar doesn’t make a memorable movie out of it. If that isn’t enough, you have scenes looking like they’ve been shot from a webcab with shady yellow lighting. The songs are so badly placed. Sample this, shortly after the heroine’s father dies, she’s singing and breaking the bed with Vivek Oberoi. The background score is just a lot of sholkas remixed with noise. Bunty Nagi’s editing is unsatisfactory. The cinematography is alright.
Watch out for the shifting bald patch/es on Sanjay Dutt’s head for more entertainment.
Zila Ghaziabad Review: The Last Word
Zila Ghaziabad is a gang-war story done in a confused Dabangg style that will bore the daylights out of you.