Aashiqui 2

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I have mixed feelings about this movie. The intentions were good and I think the film was a blockbuster, but things didn’t quite play out right in the story. It just didn’t make sense. This film is supposed to be an epic love story, a film that makes us believe in love all over again. It’s supposed to show that unconditional love still exists. I’m not sure from which angle of the film we’re supposed to get all these messages. Yes, there is unconditional love. Aarohi has unconditional love for Rahul and Rahul has unconditional love for alcohol. He loves alcohol so much that he’d rather live without his girlfriend or die than to quit drinking. Rahul (Aditya) is an alcoholic singer on downfall. He used to have a lot of fame but decided to ruin his career and life by taking up drinking and ignoring his career committments. On one drunken day, he comes across Aarohi (Shraddha) at a beer bar. She is singing his song. Rahul is very touched by Aarohi and decides that he will make a superstar, a famous singer. As Rahul helps her reach fame, the two fall in love. But Rahul’s fame and money quickly diminishes because of his alcohol habit and laziness. He feels that he can never leave drinking and that his drinking will get in the way of Aarohi’s success. He tries to distance himself from her and this is what makes up most of the film. The film seemed promising in the beginning. Aditya’s intense looks and Shraddha’s innocence were attractive. Aditya and Shraddha make a gorgeous on-screen couple. And they had their moments of intense love. Like in the studio scene when Rahul tells Aarohi that he loves her. But as the scenes progress, it becomes more and more confusing why Rahul doesn’t stop drinking and why Aarohi doesn’t do more to help him than just giving him hugs. Why does Rahul have to drink so much? What is his excuse? That he’s bored of fame and yet can’t handle not being famous anymore? What kind of contradiction is that? Aarohi does seem to truly love him, they both clearly love each other. But why doesn’t Aarohi get him some real help or encourage him to sing and make a career again? He trained her to be a better singer, she could do the same for him. Why don’t they make a duet or something? As the questions multiplied in my mind towards the end of the film, things got too unrealistic or should I say outright stupid for me. If only they had given us some solid reason as to why Rahul is tormenting himself and causing his own destruction. Perhaps a mental disorder? A past incident, a grievance? It would have explained his impending doom and added reality and intensity to their love. I mean who becomes an alcoholic because fame came too easy? And every time he tries to pull his act together, he falls back to alcohol because he heard some random people saying stupid stuff? The stuff they’re saying isn’t even true. And yet Rahul gets so affected by what these people say that he tries to ease his pain by drowning in alcohol.  Why?!   I also couldn’t help but feel that this film was inspired by too many things. Shraddha’s character was all too reminiscent of Shreya Goshal. Yes, it’s her voice singing but at times, Shraddha even looked like her. And the drunken, out-of-control behavior of Rahul was all too reminiscent of Ranbir’s recent performance in Rockstar. The best thing about this movie was definitely Aditya and Shraddha, Aditya especially. I knew he had potential from the beginning and he fulfilled my expectations. This was his best performance yet. And he looked so handsome. He has an intense romantic look that can make any girl faint. This was the first time I watched Shraddha on screen. She was a bit stiff at times, but mostly acted very well and was very expressive. She’s also very cute.

As for the music, music is a very important part of this film. I listened to a few of the songs before I watched the movie and they seemed a bit too slow and boring for me. But after seeing the songs picturized, I have grown more fond of them. Of the songs, I enjoyed Sunn Raha Hai and Milne Hai Mujhse the most. Milne Hai Mujse wasn’t included in the film, they did shoot a video for it and include it in the DVD though.

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Action Replayy

This is a comedy/romance film with Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar that went largely unnoticed in 2010. I’m not sure why! It’s not a masala blockbuster but it’s a good, fun film that reminded me of “Back to the Future”.  The music is good. Plus, the third lead in the film is the new heartthrob Aditya Roy Kapoor *blush* who is getting all the attention right now for his recent success—Aashiqui 2. In supporting roles are Om Puri, Kiron Kher and Rajpal Yadav.

The film is about Bunty (Aditya) who doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage because his parents’ (Aish and Akki) marriage is terrible. His parents hate one another and fight constantly. Bunty’s girlfriend wants to get married but Bunty resists. And on the night of his parent’s anniversary, they have a huge fight and leave the house. Unsure of what to do, Bunty rushes to see his girlfriend’s grandfather who is a scientist and who has made a time machine. Bunty tricks grandpa and manages to use the time machine to go back to 1975. His intention is to make his parents fall in love so that he will be born out of love and his parents will not divorce. The rest of the film is about the hurdles he has to go through to get his parents to fall in love.

Everyone did a great job in this film, the performances were perfect. Akshay was hilarious, his teeth killed me! Aishwarya was beautiful. Aditya was good and he looked cute except for his hair which was a huge curly mess. I’m glad he decided to cut it short for his future performances.

I had fun watching the film. The scene where Bunty arrives in 1975 was great. The sets and costumes were pretty good! The background music of the film is perfect. Aishwarya and Akshay were convincingly made to look old and young in the present and past segments.

The only thing that bothered me in the film was the final scene, I wish it had been longer. I wanted to see the differences in Bunty’s parents more.

The songs are also enjoyable. I like all of them and I think I have all of them in my ipod.

I think this film is underrated and was worth of more attention when it released. If this is the type of film you like, go for it when you have the opportunity.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Before I get into the details of the film, if you’re a Bollywood lover, then you have to see this film at least once because 1) it’s a blockbuster 2) the songs are awesome 3) this film has established Ranbir as the new superstar and Deepika as one of the top actresses.

I’m actually confused about my conviction of this film. I love it, but it’s not perfect. It’s definitely not another DDLJ as Deepika has recently claimed in one of her interviews. But it’s an entertaining, modern film about friendship and love.

I absolutely love the first half. Ranbir has already proved himself as an actor, especially with Barfi. His performance is great. I love Deepika as Naina, the character is so different than what she has played before. I think she has done a great job in this film and I’m glad she’s exploring different kinds of roles.

I really like the scene where Naina and Bunny meet for the first time at the train station, although the bit about Naina having to run to make it to the train was unnecessary. Karan Johar clearly wanted to make a tribute to DDLJ. The scene did succeed at reminding me of DDLJ in a good way.

Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin also shined in their roles. I’m liking both more and more, especially Kalki. She was just hilarious in the fight scene in the first half. I think she’s a natural actor and her Hindi is not bad considering she’s learned it recently. As for Aditya, I think he’s going to go places.

As for the second half, I have some issues with it. The second half was not as original as I had expected it to be. The script of the second half is actually predictable and cliched. The drastic changes in Naina’s looks and Bunny’s thoughts are not convincing. The storyline is a bit underdeveloped in that sense, but the first half saves the film.

Since it’s a Karan Johar film, you get plenty of colorful shots, dancing and romance in the film. The songs are great, I especially like Balam Pichari, Badtameez Dil and SubhanAllah. Some of the lyrics are dumb in Balam Pichkari, but the music is good. Madhuri Dixit has also done a special appearance in the first song, a ghagra. It was entertaining to see Ranbir romance Madhuri, whom his dad had romanced in the 90s. Madhuri was looking gorgeous.

One other thing that bothered me was some of the girls’ outfits. They’re wearing short skirts, sleeveless shirts and shorts on the mountains, in freezing weather! Kjo loves to freeze actresses in his movies! I wish Kjo and Manish Malhotra would actually consider the scenes and locations when selecting outfits. I also found the strapless saree of Deepika’s in the second half distasteful. But the rest of her sarees, especially the blue one is beautiful. The orange dance outfit in the second half did not suit her body though.

Now let’s come to the casting of Deepika and Ranbir. The script of the film is good, so I definitely don’t think that the success of the film is due to this pairing, but no doubt, it did help the film garner extra attention. Deepika and Ranbir dated for a year, back in the beginning of their careers. They broke up in a bad way and Deepika mentioned on Koffee with Karan that Ranbir had cheated on her multiple times. Both moved on to new relationships and apparently were able to get over their negative feelings to sign this movie. Right now Deepika is dating Ranveer Singh and Ranbir is dating Katrina.

I like this film mainly because the Naina character touched me. I’m so much like her and the dialogues between Bunny and Naina on the mountains were very touching. I loved how he told her that she is cool, that she beats people, hikes better than anyone and sings Bachchan songs. He says that she needs to stop insulting herself and start loving herself. It was a great dialogue.

To sum it up, YJHD is a fun film, go for it!