At its best a ‘kuch bhi’ silliness, at worst a no brainer, abandon logic, zero logic flick by Rohit Dhawan, where Varun Dhawan entertains sporadically with his silly antics. John Abraham is wooden, but it serves his character well. Jacqueline is eye candy who has her promised item number. Poor Akshay Khanna is a laughable villain and Rahul Dev even more so. Akshay Kumar’s cameo steals the show.



Spy (2015)

All I knew about this film before walking in to the cinema was ‘Melissa McCarthy’ and that was enough. Throw in the director of ‘bridesmaids’ and ‘the heat’, Paul Fieg, and you have yourself a recipe of non-stop, unexpected humour!

Comedy meets action meets insanity in this laugh riot, which combines the cool, suave, spy world with a single woman who keeps getting into stereo types in order to do her job. She encounters an ex-colleague, Jason Statham, who won’t leave her alone, her gal pal and co- worker, Miranda Hart who brings much needed British wit on the table.

The villains though merciless are goofy in their own way, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne are silly caricatures. There’s Jude Law for a bit and Nargis Fakhri for a tiny bit. They provide the glamour quotient.

Actors have experimented with various accents to portray different nationalities. All done in good humour, there is a constant sexual tension with an agenda to entertain, which it does till the end.

A good laugh and a fun chase.


Main Tera Hero (2014)

David Dhawan is back! And he offers us a 6-pack cocktail of all his popular heroes! Varun manages to go over the top and entertain, not annoy. We see shades of Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor and hams and styles of many others in this comedy caper.

While coerced love brings the twists and turns, its the one-liners and silly character traits that kept us laughing throughout. The music was good and this time round, they attached logic to some key details in the plot.

Short at 2 hours 8 minutes, it also stars Illeana D’Cruz, Nargis Fakhri and Arunoday Singh who may not be spot on with comic timing, but do a decent job. The real laughs were provided by Anupam Kher, Saurabh Shukla, Rajpal Yadav and Shakti Kapoor, when ‘Seenu’ (Varun) wasn’t up to his antics.

A fun, light watch.


Madras Cafe (2013)

This film which was shot and directed really well, but had a few loop holes. The documentary style approach, its vivid story telling, is not common for the Indian audience.

While we were ‘spoon fed’ what may have happened during the lead up to the assassination of our ‘ex PM’ and the circumstances that surrounded it, it was the cast that let the product down. John is wooden without any emotion, and goes through the film mouthing lines. Other important characters are either too emphatic, or caricature-like. Nargis Fakhri was not convincing at all. There are some good performances, but the casting could have been better. Some details in the story are either missing or vague, but they can be over looked by the masses. The discerning viewer will catch them though.

What saves the film is the direction and an honest attempt to say a story differently. Shots of war, distress, trauma and the planning and completion of the mission are executed very well. I guess since John was producer, the director was stuck with this particular talent.

Another feather in the cap for Shoojit Sircar after Yahaan (2005) and Vicky Donor (2012).