Dishoom

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.

1.5/5

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Daawat-e-ishq (2014)

What could have been a witty spicy dish turned out to be a half baked badly prepared main course with two good side dishes.

Side dish 1: Aditya Roy Kapur : refreshing in a clean role, a guy with his heart in the right place, doing the rare balancing act from the beginning.

Side dish 2 : Anupam Kher : a cute, supportive single father who plays along, albeit not to convincingly, but endearing nonetheless.

A talent like Parineeti was good in parts but suffered because of a whimsical characterisation. Her motives, her plan, her agenda and purpose all were warped. So many key things were ignored to move the story along. Short at 2 hours, it could have been a crisp sweet savoury act, but failed to excite any taste buds.

Director Habib Faisal explores the subject of dowry, a very sad state in India. But aren’t those who give dowry just as much to blame? He is associated with some good films as a writer and director, but this one seems as a misfit in that list.

An offering from Yash Raj which will leave a bad taste in your mouth.

1.5/5

Hasee toh Phasee (2014)

What seemed like a rom-com in the promos turned out to be a dramatic and disjointed film on screen.  

Sidharth Malhotra showed promise in his debut film because he was given a good character. This time round, his dancing has improved and his emotions are understated, delivering some tricky lines without going over the top. But he was simply the ‘male lead’. This was Parineeti Chopra’s film, and her performance was superlative. His character should have been developed and kept in sync with how they show him as a child, matching up to his co-star in every way.

The music leaves much to be desired and the production doesn’t bear the dharma productions trademark, although KJo makes an appearance, hoping it would add some value, but it doesn’t. Peppered with some very good scenes and humorous / emotional moments, it lacked the screenplay and story to make it a film to take home.

2.5/5

Shudh desi romance (2013)

Catching true ‘desi’ flavours of an ‘it’s complicated’ romance set in Jaipur, the Shudh part refers to the irony of choice and chance.

Brilliant comedy that works for many well-written scenes, it’s stringing all the scenes to make a complete story that seems to be the problem with this recipe.

The makers were smart not to have more than two songs, because that would have slowed the humour down. 

We haven’t seen very many ‘feisty and fiercely’ independent girls on screen, and Sushant had his work cut out for him, to match Parineeti and Vaani. 

The three leads play complex yet straight forward, romantic yet detached, caught in the moment and doubting the moment so well, that you can’t help but relate to them. Rishi Kapoor is hilarious, bringing an Anu Kapoor Vicky Donor quality to the story, and the four of them provide comedic situations galore!

The writing may get some flak, so will the end, but I felt it’s justified. What matters most is that you could laugh and yet empathise with ALL of them.

Watch without a bathroom break!

3/5