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Bewakoofiyaan - Preview: Director, Nupur Ashtana's previous film, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge was a surprise, pleasant enough to make you look forward to her next film. It had a nice, young zeal about it that was contagious spreading to its viewers.
Total Siyapaa - Preview: Some times equal number of negative and positive expectations from a film means average and not neutral.
Queen - Preview: It is sweet to be taken by surprise. A Kangna Ranaut film that you can look forward to. How lovely!
Gulaab Gang - Preview: One of those rare times that I'm looking forward to a film even though it is blatantly over-dramatized.
Highway - Preview: One of those rare trailers, where everything about it, gets you excited about the film.
Gunday - Preview: The opening line of the trailer announces in Irrfan Khan's voice that this story character driven. It does get you interested, but then soon enough he tells you that a city like Kolkata is known for the friendship of two people and you know which direction the film is headed - exaggeration, inflated opinion about self and so on. I understand it is a creative liberty and so on, yet it also tells me not enough thought has been put into it.
Hasee Toh Phasee - Preview: We have another round of romcoms on our cards in the coming few weeks. Starting with One by Two, to be followed by next week's release Hasee Toh Phasee. As most other romcoms appear in their trailers, this one too looks fresh and out there with its craziness.
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story - Preview: So, who is looking forward to Vivek Oberoi's next film? What, no one? Oh come on, the man is coming back after ages. Still, no one? Oh well, who am I kidding, I'm one of them too.
Jai Ho - Preview: A Salman Khan film is a Salman Khan film is a Salman Khan film, right?
Dedh Ishqiya - Preview: The year might just start out on a positive note. With a cast like this, the one thing you can look forward to is ace-class performances. You get lovely glimpses in the official trailer itself.
Yaariyan - Preview: The trailer starts of with juvenile boy humor almost making you close it down within the first 15 seconds. But, if you stick through it, it surprises you with some serious business, patriotism of some kind, no less. And Deepti Naval!
Tahaan - Preview: NOT A REVIEW - Just inquisitive about the combination of a serene trailer and a chaotic backdrop
Hello - Preview: NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering if another youth-oriented movie can be well made?
Ram-Leela - Preview: I was surprised to know that a lot of people I know personally are looking forward to watching Ram Leela. I first wondered if it was Ranbir Singh's pull or Deepika Padukone's or is it Sanjay Leela Bhansali? But, the trailer too are as interestingly put together.
Zanjeer - Preview: Do we really want someone in the place of good ol' angry young man?
Shuddh Desi Romance - Preview: I look forward to films written by Jaideep Sahni. How many writers can we really say that about? He takes the ups and downs of a story in such perfect rhythm, that even though it is as predictable as it gets, you are hooked. If not the plot, the situations, if not that the smart dialogue, if none of those work, you at least have wonderfully smooth lyrics, sample this.
Ishkq In Paris - Preview: Wow! Preity Zinta is back! One of the recent Hindi films had the lead lady mimic Preity Zinta which is when I had to come and look up her next film. She certainly couldn't already be in the phase where there would be spoofs and tributes to her, right?
Shootout At Wadala - Preview: Shootout at Wadala, set in the early 80s sets us up for a crime drama with much too much potential for action. The trailer itself points to typical Sanjay Gupta stylisation of fight sequences as John Abraham yells at the top of his lungs.
Bombay Talkies - Preview: Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar - these two names in one film. Who would've thought of that? Bombay Talkies deserves extra points for this creativity alone. Add the other names Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee and you have all my attention.
Ek Thi Daayan - Preview: Who knew that a Hindi horror film would invoke my genuine curiosity? I didn't. Of course, that Vishal Bharadwaj is associated with the film has a lot to do with the intrigue. Also, even though I didn't like his latest films as much as his earlier ones, there is faith, that the movie has a good chance of being good - either story-wise, or in treatment or it will entertain. We know it is not going to be a complete downer. And this is when he's not even directing the film.
Nautanki Saala! - Preview: Ayushman Khurana's Vicky Donor and Rohan Sippy's Bluffmaster make you look forward to Nautanki Saala which brings them together. The trailer only adds on to that curiosity.
Chashme Baddoor - Preview: Chashme Baddoor, a David Dhawan film starring Ali Zafar in the lead. That description by itself is a turn off for most, except, I guess, if you are charmed by Ali Zafar's chocolate boy looks. The trailers take this ahead and confirm that you really have very little to look forward to in the film. To top it off, it is a remake of what is considered a classic from the 80s. Something, not many from that generation would want changed, in the first place - let alone be tarnished to this extent.
Himmatwala - Preview: Himmatwala proudly announces, "The 80s are back!" Uhhh...why is that a good thing? I mean, sure if it made me into a child again, it'd have been different. What it really means is the movies from the 80s are back - a sore reminder of my early experiences of cinema. Thank goodness for some films from the 70s. Many are amused now, when they see films from the 80s, those from my generation are nostalgic. But, even as a child I didn't like most of them, so a remake of anything called Himmatwala, Justice Choudhury, Tohfa just gives me shudders.
Rangrezz - Preview: Rangrezz - produced by Vashu Bhagnani, lead actor Jacky Bhagnani. Just saying. Three films with Jacky Bhagnani as the protagonist and all three produced by Vashu Bhagnani. Just Saying. Call me judgmental and/or conservative, but it does make you wonder about the confidence the father-son duo have in the son's talent - is it over-confidence or diffidence?
Sona Spa - Preview: Sona Spa eerily sounds and looks similar to Table No. 21 - out of ordinary concept like sleep and dreams transfer with an underlying catch that gets you curious; a veteran actor who seems to play a character who is in complete control of all the weirdness around; a spa environment to start the scene out with. Even if this guess is right, I sure hope the climax and great reveal isn't as lame.
Aatma - Preview: Aatma - another horror film on the horizon? This is getting a bit much, isn't it? One horror film a week. If there were any room left to be immune to the typical horror movie spook tactics, it'll be taken care of if horror films are released at this rate.
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns - Preview: A sequel which actually is a sequel, and not just cashing in on the prospect of a franchise - that's welcome already. So, we'll be back in the aristocratic world of the prince, his wife and a new gangster will enter the scene. And the new addition is none other than Irrfan Khan! We all know what magnificence they created last time director Tigmanshu Dhulia and Irrfan Khan got together in Paan Singh Tomar.
The Attacks of 26/11 - Preview: I find it very difficult to trust Ram Gopal Verma anymore. Despite an intriguing trailer and an engaging first seven minutes of The Attacks of 26/11, I don't feel like raising my hopes of liking a RGV product. I have to admit this is far more about his earlier films than it is about the promotional material of this film.
I, Me Aur Main - Preview: I, Me Aur Main looks like it will be the perfect fix for the chick-flick starved me. But, John Abraham as a romantic lead has never struck as the best deal in town. The way his face contorts when he tries to emote love, is a put-off rather than inspiring aaawwww. However, the theme, that of a casanova, narcissist, vain guy seems to suit him well. So, overall I, Me Aur Main strikes like a film that can entertain.
Zila Ghaziabad - Preview: Looks like every actor wants to be either a mean machine police officer or a mean machine goon. And everyone who has not played either of them earlier has been pitted against each other in Zila Ghaziabad, while a few others get to do a repeat performance - Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Oberoi.
Kai Po Che - Preview: A Chetan Bhagat novel reads more or less like a screenplay. So, it is only fitting that it finds its way to becoming a film. They are easy reads and the stories are interesting even if not well-written from a literature point of view. This also means the film-maker gets a chance to add flourishes and make the narrative of the film worth sitting up for.
Murder 3 - Preview: No one is expecting anything new out of this one from the Bhatt camp, is there? Same old combination of a few steamy scenes, a photographer/artist protagonist, and some fake spook. It's not because of the 'Murder' franchise, as it is because of the look and feel that the trailer carries. A very typical B-grade horror movie feel.
ABCD - Any Body Can Dance - Preview: Kay Kay Menon! Oooooh...playing a dance teacher? Wow, really? Oh maybe that's what they mean by 'anybody can dance'. Or maybe he's just playing the dance company's manager. I have hardly ever seen Kay Kay Menon dance, but if he's really playing a dance teacher/choreographer I am already waiting to watch the film.
Special Chabbis - Preview: I doubt there's anyone who has seen director, Neeraj Pandey's A Wednesday who won't want give Special Chabbis a chance. Despite Akshay Kumar. And of course, Akshay Kumar fans who haven't seen A Wednesday don't need any more credentials to watch Special Chabbis. Well played, I say.
Akaash Vani - Preview: "From the makers of Pyaar Ka Punchnama" is Aakash Vaani's claim to fame. While I enjoyed Pyaar Ka Punchnama's youthful rant about the unreasonable attitude of today's girlfriends, it resonated really deep down with the youth of the country.
David (Hindi, Tamil) - Preview: Even though I didn't particularly like Bijoy Nambiar's debut Shaitan, I am looking forward to his next one, David. With Shaitaan I got this distinct feeling that he wanted to put in everything he had ever wanted to put in his films in terms of style and coolness. I hope he has gotten over it.
Race 2 - Preview: Didn't they exhaust all the twists and turns in Race? Apparently there is more revenge to be had, more exotic locations to be explored, more races to be begun and finished, more lame dialogue to be delivered and heard. But hey, no new music?
Inkaar - Preview: And right behind a Vishal Bharadwaj film, we have a Sudhir Mishra film. And judging by the temperament in the country a couple of weeks ago, it is topical and treading a very dangerous line too.
Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola - Preview: What a lovely way to start the year it will be! A Vishal Bharadwaj film that looks like it is full of energy and fun. And if we know anything from his filmography, it will surely have something more. What a pleasant surprise it is to see Shabana Azmi back in action. I am sure she alone will make the film worth the ticket price.
Dabangg 2 - Preview: Badass Robin Hood is back. But, then was there ever a Goodass Robin Hood? Oh, look at me going about searching for logic and cohesion in a masala film, again!
Talaash - Preview: Talaash is easily the most looked forward to film this year. While I'd have put Gangs of Wasseypur up there, but this one has a combination of names that makes you sit up and notice. I loved director, Reema Kagti's narration style and wit in Honemoon Travels Pvt Ltd and her story/screenplay in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I'm already looking forward to Zoya Akhtar's next film after Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, who has penned Talaash's story with Reema Kagti. And they've brought in Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap for the dialogue! How could you not get excited, even if momentarily?
Son Of Sardaar - Preview: Better known as a dialogue writer than a director, Ashwani Dhir directs his third film, Son of Sardaar - this Diwali's quota of comedy. It looks more slapsticky and the typical over-the top that goes with it. Ajay Devgn seems to be playing a macho character but goes wimpy when confronted by Sanjay Dutt.
1920 Evil Returns - Preview: Another month, another horror flick from the Bhatt camp. And this one doesn't make me look forward to it. Fortunately, this time around it is for the right reasons. It is not because I will end up laughing more than getting horrified but actually there is a good chance that I will get that genuine crawl under my skin which I so hate. It looks like an overall good job of atmosphere, acting, make-up and directing.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - Preview: The thick Punjabi flavor of Luv Shuv tey Chicken Khurana instantly associates it with films like Khosla ka Ghosla and Vicky Donor. And lo and behold it is brought to us by the people who brought Khosla Ka Ghosla. Other than the name Khurana, the brash yet charming unabashed nature of the characters assures you of some perfectly timed one-liners.
Chittagong - Preview: Chittagong has been in production for quite a while now. And Ashutosh Gowariker's Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se came and went. With a more, if I may say so, 'serious' team at work here, hopefully we will see a lot more in terms of deeper characterization and flair in narration. That one made you feel too, but it was solely due to the story they wanted to narrate, a story that was already written.
Chakravyuh - Preview: Chkravyuh had caught my attention the first time I saw the trailer because of the cast picked for the film. I wouldn't imagine Arjun Rampal or Esha Gupta in any cinema that was 'different' from the norm. And while I have always enjoyed the films Abhay Deol picks, somehow a policeman turned rebel isn't something I would have thought of him as. And I have always been a fan of anything that catches me off-guard.
Delhi Safari - Preview: Delhi Safari looks like an animation film in Hindi that might actually justify it being in animation, is non-mythological and in fact looks like it has a story. The story involving animals wanting to save their home, their jungle looks like it is also going to justify the use of animals in the story. Else many a time you find stories using animals just to add some cute factor.
Student of the Year - Preview: Something about the way love is depicted in the trailers of Student Of The Year says 'old school' (all pun intended). The love triangle, the songs, the overall look and feel is extremely mid-90s. The dances from the 'it's the time to diso'-ish 'disco diwane' to 'maahi ve'-ish 'Radha', only with worse music, lyrics and choreography makes you feel Bollywood has gone two steps behind in using music in their films. I thought we had grown past the structured, lip-synced songs. I guess not.
Bhoot Returns - Preview: Another comeback by a lead actress from a decade or so ago. This time it's Manisha Koirala. She picks the horror genre and we have no less than Ram Gopal Verma directing the film. Very interesting combination, I say.
Aiyyaa - Preview: It's been over a year and a half since the last Rani Mukerji film, No One Killed Jessica. I generally, like the films she picks, so I was reasonably excited to see that she's back. Till, till I realized she is playing a girl of a marriageable age. Not only that, but her character is all excitable and exuberant and likes to shriek just for thrills. This leaves too much scope for over-acting which is already demonstrated by the lady who plays her mother.
English Vinglish - Preview: Sridevi is back! And I am not even a Sridevi fan, as in back in the days of Madhur Dixit vs. Sridevi, I was clearly in the Madhuri camp. Yet, I am excited to see her back. There is more meaning to these come backs by women leads from 15-20 years ago who took time off for family and now are playing their age. Okay, maybe a little younger, but nevertheless, it is exciting to see them trying stuff different from what they were known for.
OMG Oh My God - Preview: A man challenges the existence of God, sounds like a totally fun concept that will question some beliefs and blind faith. It also challenges the men (and women) of God which is more interesting for a person like me who shares the protagonist's angst against the people who make people do ridiculous stuff in the name of God.
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal - Preview: Another story by Priyadarshan with a good-for-nothing protagonist being proud of doing nothing, his only complaint being he is hit by anyone and everyone. The humor shall be added this once by a very hungry bodyguard to this protagonist, played by Nana Patekar. The very mention of 'very hungry' bring visuals of Nana Patekar stuffing his face in the name of comedy. And voila, all predictions come true right in the trailer.
Heroine - Preview: The opening line of the trailer says that all heroines in the film industry – Hollywood or Bollywood – are moody, crazy and over-emotional.
Barfi! - Preview: How can you not look forward to Barfi! after watching this trailer?
Raaz 3 - Preview: We have what, one Bhatt film a month, these days? Or at least, that's what it seems like. And almost every other one is horror. So lavish homes, pretty women either scaring or getting scared, savior hero, stage is set.
Joker - Preview: I must say that Joker does invoke curiosity in the promos after you get past the typical loudness of a masala film. Just when you are about to dismiss the trailer as yet another mindless action-comedy starring Akshay Kumar, the concept makes you smile and hope that maybe this once we have something really different from what we've seen in Hindi films so far. The protagonist inviting attention towards his tiny, irrelevant village by creating aliens. He needs to do this because this village is ignored by the rest of the world.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi - Preview: Romantic comedy. Unexpected use of actors in lead pair. Débutante director who has taken this risk. Reminders of Boman Irani from Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. These are the instant hooks that work for Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.
Gangs of Wasseypur 2 - Preview: Come August 8th, the wait shall finally be over. It's not an epic I am waiting for, it is more like one of those 13 episode thriller TV serials whose season finale I'm waiting for.
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum - Preview: Kya Kool Hain Hum was one of those films that you wanted to forget while you were watching it. One of those embarrassing ones where you wouldn't want anyone you know to see you in the theater. And when you step out of the theater you want to scrub off any residual memory there might be lying around. Only, that the writer decides to turn director and refuses to let you do any of that. We are soon going to be face-to-face with Kya SuperKool Hain Hum.
Cocktail - Preview: Another rom-com, another drama. Another film aiming at looking young despite having a 40+ year-old in the lead being balanced off by pretty thin things - one boisterous, one meek. Yet, the romance and film lover in me is looking forward to it.
Bol Bachchan - Preview: After murdering the title of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Golmaal, Rohit Shetty is now out to tear to pieces the film itself by re-making it. Having to get over this crime and judge Bol Bachchan for what it is, is going to be one difficult task.
Teri Meri Kahaani - Preview: Another romantic saga, another musical, another festival of colors. Another chance for Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to try on different attires from different era and make the clothes look pretty. But also another chance that we might have decent drama to watch.
Gangs of Wasseypur - Preview: If there's one name I'd like to blindly follow and watch every film that he had anything to do with, it would have to be Anurag Kashyap's. Even beyond Amitabh Bachchan. There, I said it.
Ferrari ki Sawari - Preview: Ferrari Ki Sawaari seems to be a fun film sandwiched between two political dramas, Shanghai and Gangs of Wasseypur. While, it might be a good break between two potentially heavy films, I don't think it will be a break from meaningful, good cinema. I like what the Vidhu Vinod Chopra - Rajkumar Hirani combination has produced, thus far. A lovely, flavorful mix where humor addresses a socially relevant issue.
Shanghai - Preview: Even though I haven't completely enjoyed all of Dibakar Banerjee's films, I look forward to his next one. That's the intrigue he brings to the films he makes. And each one is a different genre.
Toonpur ka superhero - Preview: Munni vs. Sheila isn't enough? We have a Loveena vs. Katrina, in a kids' animated film, no less. Is the idea to develop our kids into thinking it ain't a movie till it has an item number in it?!
No one killed Jessica - Preview: The turning over off the verdict of the Jessica Lal Muder case to give a life-time imprisonment sentence to a well-connected accused, is a precedent of the power of media, should they decide to use it. Dramatizing it with a strong cast and making it into a Hindi film is the need of the hour, if not anything else. The number of scams that 2010 saw makes a film showcasing the power of the audience, a necessary welcome to 2011.
Jumbo - Preview: NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering if this one is really for the kids unlike some other films floating around in the name of kids movies...
Tezz - Preview: Except for the basic questions - like how will they justify the darkness of a gray character in the main lead and will the journey towards that justification involve enough tug and war between good and evil - nothing in Tezz seems to be extraordinary. Yet the basic questions by themselves are intriguing enough.
Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi - Preview: A very low key promotion tells you very little about Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi. I love watching movies that I don't know much about, the experience is pretty cool. On the other hand though, the one promo that the film does have doesn't seem too promising. Oh well, let's just wait and watch then.
Vicky Donor - Preview: If the trailer is anything to go by Vicky Donor looks like a fun ride and insightful too. The kind of insight that will be subtle for the willing to take and the oblivious to ignore yet enjoy. Having seen the entire team's interviews, it looks like a bunch of people who's work I'd appreciate. What do you think?
Hate Story - Preview: Another low budget, barely marketed film. Even so, it's remarkable that the sizzling trailer became viral. Sex, does indeed sell then. We can imagine what the film will have in that department from the trailer, question is what will hold those erotic scenes together? Or will it just be what it looks like - near-porn, even if it is intentionally so?
Bittoo Boss - Preview: New faces are always exciting, but somehow Bittoo Boss' lead pair has given me the creeps ever since I saw it's first trailer in the theater. Hopefully, some good, simple humor will sail us through what looks like a rom-com.
Housefull 2 - Preview: Sajid Khan leading a pack of 'the dirty dozen' - it couldn't get any more chaotic than that. I'm sure all of us are expecting an extremely loud, obnoxious, intermittently offensive with the intention of being funny, caricatures for characters, and a couple of hearty laughs. It's just that some of us enjoy this brand of humor and some of us don't. Another category of people who must be really looking forward to Housefull 2 are the Akshay Kumar fans. While I personally don't look forward to any of this, I must admit that I liked the first episode of this series a little more than I had expected. So here's going in to the theater with fingers crossed.
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya - Preview: Looks like Valentine's Day is extending its stay in Bollywood. Another rom-com. Another exuberant woman pairing up with a timid man.
Jodi Breakers - Preview: The business of breaking people up. Sounds so similar to the French film, Heartbreaker. And yet, the name and the love-in-the-air notion that February brings, give away what the film is going to be about. Not to mention the romance between the two Jodi breakers of the film.
Ekk Deewana Tha - Preview: On the other end of "Valentine's Day" week is Ek Deewana Tha. Two boy-meet-girl films back-to-back might just get a bit much to handle, no?
Ek Main Aur Ek Tu - Preview: Boy meets girl and turns out they are married. And they start working backwards. The basic problem with such a premise is we know how the film is going to end. The synopsis of the film, tries to build suspense with questions like -
Agneepath - Preview: I'd assume that someone wants to remake a film that they produced twenty years ago, because they see scope to improve it. Or at the very least, make it a different experience. So, you have Sanjay Dutt replace Danny Denzongpa - just his "look" is enough to make me believe that this is for the better. He instills disgust from the trailer itself.
Chaalis Chauraasi - Preview: Chaalis Chauraasi's trailer says pretty much zilch about the film. You sort-of kind-of make out that the four characters are probably acting like police officers to pull something off. What? We don't know. Our assumption, that they are acting like officers and aren't really cops, is on shaky grounds too. All we know is they have no plan for whatever it is they are planning on doing.
Ghost - Preview: Shiney Ahuja, the name, comes with a snicker and more. And just when I thought that the last joke on his personal laugh was dead, and thus his career, I saw a trailer of a film called Ghost and...well, I snickered.
Players - Preview: Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bobby Deol, Sikander Kher - read these names in one breath and you should be looking up for jokes on twitter. I bet you there are some very good ones doing the rounds. Most of them are "stars" but none of them is twinkling too well, right now. So the audience is bound to be skeptical and thus have a laugh or two at the combination's expense.
Don 2 - Preview: The last scene of Don had made Don 2 a must watch for me. The first shot of the teaser promised that there's no way it will disappoint as far as style is concerned. There is this slight worry about it getting over-stylized, given that it is an out-and-out Shah Rukh Khan the worry only gets stronger.
Pappu can't dance saala - Preview: Light or romantic comedies about people coming from the middle-class seem like they were from ages ago. From the age of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee. From the synopsis, Pappu Can't Dance Saala looks like a modern-day version of those stories.
Ladies VS Ricky Bahl - Preview: Déjà vu is not a good feeling to have when you are watching a film's trailer. And Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl evokes a strong "been there, seen that" emotion. Not only have we seen Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh who form the lead pair, together not too long ago in Band Baaja Baaraat, they also seem to be playing similar characters too - street-smart and upbeat about life. And both the films are directed by Maneesh Sharma.
The Dirty Picture - Preview: The Dirty Picture has hit bull's eye with its first audience interaction - the title of the film. You might hate what you see, but you are curious to see what a film titled The Dirty Picture is about, for sure - age/gender/income/location no bar. The second on-target bullet is the poster. It evokes a reaction - it could be disgust or curiosity. And the final blow is when Vidya Balan talks her slutty talk in the trailers. Sample this -
Rockstar - Preview: Rockstar...Imtiaz Ali is who I think of even before Ranbir Kapoor (like it should be, but isn't always. case in example, here's a rapid fire question for you - who's film is Ra.One?). Imtiaz Ali has a 2 out of 2 track record for me. I haven't watched Socha Na Tha yet. Yes, yes, will correct that error before I watch Rockstar, I promise. But anyway, the one phrase preview for Rockstar would be - "Looking forward to it! Period."
Ra.One - Preview: Update: I really liked this trailer and the idea of a stronger villain! Only issue is now I know a little too much of the story. :) Thanks for the link @Shantanu! -
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge - Preview: Mujhse Fraaanship Karoge - with a wannabe title like that, there isn't really much I expect from the film. That combined with falsifying identities to impress the opposite gender, sounds like we have a reasonably lame film at our hands.
Love Breakups Zindagi - Preview: Love Breakups Zindagi seems to be satisfying this week's requirement of the "a rom-com a week" trend. And given how clichéd the genre can get, the movie looks promising. Despite, Zayed Khan. Case-in-point, minute 1:33 in the trailer below. Awesome line, awful delivery.
Rascals - Preview: Rascals, another swear word becomes a movie title. Another loud, brash, mash-up of sms jokes becomes a film. Another David Dhawan film is knocking at theaters.
Hum Tum Shabana - Preview: The good news is it will be pretty easy to watch Hum Tum Shabana with a clean slate. All that I enjoyed in Bheja Fry was appropriately cancelled out by Bheja Fry 2. So, there are actually zero expectations from Sagar Ballary's Hum Tum Shabana.
Tere Mere Phere - Preview: Vinay Pathak is one of those names that instantly makes me look forward to a film. So there is a strong hope that the upcoming rom-com Tere Mere Phere is likely to provide decent entertainment. And who doesn't love marital banter? Hopefully it will be in moderation and will spoof life at home appropriately.
Force - Preview: There is nothing exciting about an action film. For example, from the trailer it looks like none of the action elements will have anything we haven't seen in Hollywood before. Well, Hollywood these days, hardly has anything that we haven't seen in Hollywood before. Besides, the 2.5-minute trailer of Force itself gives away the entire set-up of the film. My estimate is, that covers the first hour of the film or so.
Mausam - Preview: When I first heard that Pankaj Kapur is directing a film, I had this imagery of a grim and gritty film. And when I saw the first look of the film, I didn't know what to make of it because it was as romantic a picture as it could get. The trailer puts all doubts to rest, if there were any left after seeing the poster.
That Girl In Yellow Boots - Preview: Another film I'm looking forward to! I had seen the first trailer ages ago when a fellow-Kashyap-enthusiast had plugged a link on facebook or twitter. And yep, you are right, I'd have been excited about the film even if I hadn't watched the trailer. Just Anurag Kashyap announcing his next film is usually good enough.
Bodyguard - Preview: "More of the same" I can whine and cry my heart out, but some Salman Khan enthusiasts can dance with joy at the prospect of watching "more of the same" from him. Movies such as these are beyond reviews and opinions for die-hard fans.
Bol (Punjabi, Urdu) - Preview: Having been so blessed in life, I often think of the things that I should be grateful for. The list always seems to be never ending, but invariably it ends at one thing... that I was born a MAN. Nothing in the world scares me more than the thought of being born a woman or a eunuch in a country like Pakistan.
Not A Love Story - Preview: Not A Love Story is based on a true story. Two lovers kill a man and very Dexter-ously chop the body into pieces such that the parts fit in a few garbage bags. What seems to have caught director, Ram Gopal Verma's attention though, is that not only are these heinous mudrerers common people with good family backgrounds, but they also made love in front of a dead body. This scandalized the director enough to make it the main point of the film. The main theatrical trailer is adequately disgusting. And we can look forward to a nerve-chilling thriller.
Aarakshan - Preview: I heard of Aarakshan very recently. It's very difficult not to get me excited about a political drama. And with a title like Aarakshan, a topic so close to home, I instantly began looking forward to the film.
Singham - Preview: The first I heard about Singham, I heard of it as Ajay Devgn's Dabangg. And what else can you say, when you see this -
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - Preview: It's raining "guy" films, Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Delhi Belly, and now Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Given the track record of the earlier two and the promos of the latest addition, there is a lot to look forward to.
Chillar Party - Preview: Salman Khan turns producer. And he makes a kids' movie, no less. Well, whether or not, it's a movie for kids or not we don't know yet. But it's a movie with lots of kids in it. Kids who like mean machines. Kids who mean business. Kids who look like they have taken their Dabangg lessons from the master.
Murder 2 - Preview: Vishesh Films usually makes half-decent products. They have their own formula, we can even label it the "Bhatt" formula. The gray characters across films have similar characters. Yet, since they come out at fairly paced intervals, they are a refreshing watch. They never touch "great" or "awesome" but they aren't outright bad either. I've always enjoyed the texture of their films.
Bbuddah hoga tera baap - Preview: I roll my eyes when I see the next Salman Khan or the next Akshay Kumar or even the next Shah Rukh Khan film being announced. (A little less exasperated with SRK films because they have some sort-of a story going around about them). But with the others, it is assumed that the audience who wants to see them in films doesn't want to see a story at all. It is very easy for me to do the eye-roll because I don't really care much for any of their acting skills. But when the STAR is someone you have admired for the last 30 years, or ever since you understood what films are all about. You sit back and give out a big "NO!!!" I mean look at this synopsis on the official site -
Delhi Belly - Preview: The first I heard of Delhi Belly it created a decent enough buzz because Aamir Khan is producing it, etc. The next thing I know, I see the trailer, I am shocked and then I just can't stop laughing. D K Bose. How cheeky is that! Of course, I got over it soon enough and started wondering what I should be doing if my kids start singing it. But look at these people in the making of the song. It's amazing how they are keeping a straight face while talking about it.
Always Kabhi Kabhi - Preview: "Always Kabhi Kabhi" What is that? What in goodness' name is that? Who talks like that? To top it off have smirky thoughtful Shah Rukh Khan go, "kabhi kabhi aapne socha hai ki aap school mein always kya karte the?" (Sometimes have you wondered what you always did in school? - sounds weird in Hindi.) It just sounds wrong, even if it might be in its own way, grammatically correct.
Bheja Fry 2 - Preview: We have seen Vinay Pathak play that avoidable co-passenger both in the first episode of Bheja Fry and recently in Chalo Dilli. He was brilliant and surely we can see more of that, if it is coming from him. But the situations will have to be better and unpredictable to maintain the tempo and viewer interest. More so because it is a sequel. We are all skeptical about them and for good reason. The promos aren't helping either -
Shaitan - Preview: "There's a dark side in all of us", sounds so Dexter-y. But, that's what Shaitan's arresting posters are trying to say too. Considering how interesting the poster is, the trailer is a bummer.
Ready - Preview: Salman Khan. Anees Bazmee. Together. Is this payback for my misdeeds from previous lives?
Ragini MMS - Preview: A scary date movie. The trailer itself is scary and it looks sleazy enough to be a dirty date film, the kinds that has enough making out in it and that makes you hold hands/hug tight because of the terror it creates.
I AM - Preview: The synopsis tells us about the people that form four stories that the film compiles. Each one of them have lost their identity because of various socio-political reasons. They can move on only if they deal with their past. The film touches upon taboo topics - homosexuality, sexual abuse, motherhood without a man.
Dum Maro Dum - Preview: There used to be a time when I looked forward to an Abhishek Bachchan film, those were the days of Bluffmaster and Kuchh na Kaho. There was something very slick about his stylish walk and the pauses in his dialogue deliver. Now the very same things have become a drudgery.
Thank you - Preview: I go to watch films to like them. I rarely go with a preconceived notion because I believe that there will be something or the other to appreciate I the film - one scene, one joke, one song, one shot. Every single thing that I've seen or read about Thank you or know about its makers makes me resent the prospect of having to watch the film. I'm just not looking forward to watching this film because -
F.A.L.T.U - Preview: Do you not shudder at the thought of a choreographer trying his hands at direction? The thought brings back scary
Game - Preview: An action thriller! I for one can't have enough of them, especially if they have world-class production values. Yes, it is important for this genre to look polished. And if nothing else, slick films is what we have come to expect from, anything that Farhan Akhtar (as producer in Game) gets involved with. Here's the sample -
7 khoon maaf - Preview: There's an irresistible, tingling excitement at the mention of a Vishal Bharadwaj film. And why not? Just look at this list -
Patiala House - Preview: Akshay Kumar - My system is now trained to bring a flow of reflex actions at the mention of the name - that of a grimace, which turns into a cringe and ends in a shudder. And that's sad because we have seen glimpses of the actor in him in Aankhen and if I remember right, Khakee. I know that's too few and way too far between considering the colossal blunders that he has made since then. But the 'never say die' spirit in me still looks for those glimpses, after all I go there to watch a good film.
Dil to Bacha Hai Ji - Preview: A Madhur Bhandarkar film that is not an expose. Or will it expose that elusive emotion - love? Looks like a decent entertainer. We'll know better soon-soon.
Dhobi Ghat - Preview: Yet another film about Mumbai? Yet another boy meets girl only times 3 this time? Naah...any film which is associated with Aamir Khan is supposed to have a bit more. Hoping that the impressive promo will translate into a film that goes beyond. We'll know soon enough.
Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se - Preview: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey sounds very exciting because of the walk down history it promises. One, I don't regret getting bored in History lessons. Two, it is almost guaranteed to be 'different' from the regular romance, action, masala. Now whether or not it will be a good film, we will know soon enough.
Break Ke Baad - Preview: The question is no longer, "how many love stories can you watch?" It is now, "how many love stories with break-ups and the inevitable patch-ups can you watch?" And at this rate, it might as well be, "how many love stories starring Deepika Padukone having break-ups can you watch?"
Allah ke Banday - Preview: Allah ke Bandey is about two juvenile delinquents. So it is about how they are treated in jail for juveniles and what becomes of them when they come back to real world. But this awesome trailer shows there's more meat. It is also about relationships and perceptions. I am absolutely kicked about seeing this film.
Guzaarish - Preview: Anticipating to be completely awestruck by colorful canvasses one after the other, two hours in a row. So what if there is nothing more to look forward to?
Golmaal 3 - Preview: Every time someone complains of brainless stuff being said or shown on radio/TV/films, there is someone in the drawing room conversation who'll say, "this is what the people want". And every time this happens, I seethe with anger, control it down to irritation, and try to make an argument against the statement. In vain, of course. With Golmaal 3 around the corner, I might as well talk to walls. The film's trailer blatantly lays the onus on the viewer.
Action Replayy - Preview: NOT A REVIEW - Just wishing that this will not be a superficial trip down memory lane, via stereotypical costumes and hairdos.
Jhootha hi sahi - Preview: "Boy meets girl. On the phone. Boy lies about stuff. Love happens. Time to tell truth, now what?" That's almost your every other love story. Sure, it might not be the very premise of the plot like it is in Jhootha Hi Sahi, but the theme makes its way into a part of a love story, more often than I'd like. Mainly because it's cliché and given the genre we generally know how it's going to end. And the worst part is that there is barely anything one can do to make the inevitable "forgiving of all lies ever said" look fresh.
Aakrosh - Preview: Good news - Priyadarshan Priyadarshan has taken a sabbatical from comedies .
Anjaana Anjaani - Preview: NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering if Anjaana Anjaani will defy the theory that 'a love story is a love story is a love story?'...
Jodhaa Akbar - Preview: All eyes are on the first true high profile movie of 2008. Here are some interesting tid-bits on the self-acclaimed "magnum opus of the year" (whatever that means!). This is what
Ghajini - Preview: NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering if I can delete Memento from my memory, so I can give Ghajini a fair chance...