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Just for dance lovers
To begin I would like to appreciate Remo for his effort and bringing the Bollywood audience something new. I know this is much like the Hollywood "Step Up" flicks of which I am not much of a fan and I don't think I am fan of this one either. The only thing enjoyable here are the dance sequences and music, minus that we have a fill of poor acting, screenplay and dialogues. The story clichéd and predictable. The cheap 3D usage with all those pointing sticks and pipes was evident even if I saw it in 2D. Overall, if you ignore the elements of good film and just focus on the dancing you will have a good time. I mean, even I enjoyed watching the Prabhudeva light up the screen with his wacky moves! and Remo's choreography is always fantastic. Still, I cannot say ABCD is a good film.
Flawed and overly melodramatic
Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is a film that makes the audience suffer as much as its characters. Its a distressing experience which you will either sleep through or it will end up inducing a headache. The story of a miserable love triangle with cringe-worthy dialogues and monotonous characters is what we are missing in Bollywood, isn't it great! The sad looking drama is pretentiously boring and synthetic. Instead of feeling sympathetic towards the characters I felt like laughing thinking how exaggerated the emotions were. What is more painful, is that it wastes the talents of some really good actors. Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi try their best but couldn't save this sunken ship. Rajkumar Rao was the best and convinces us with the sick character he plays. The only silver lining in this drivel was the title track sung beautifully by Arijit Singh and it induces more emotions than the film itself. Without that song the climax wouldn't have been heartfelt and much better than the rest of the film. I think one should just jump to the last 20 minutes skipping the rest of the film and having a much emotionally satisfying experience. Complete waste of time.
A memorable cruise trip
Zoya Akhtar's film tackle tackle human relations with great sensitivity and they are so vibrant that you end up liking it even if there are flaws. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of my Bollywood favorites. While Dil Dhadkane Do falls short of that level of greatness, it certainly a memorable and enjoyable ride. When the millionaire Mehra couples invite their family and friends over a cruise to celebrate their 30th anniversary, the love & trust between friends, families and partners are all put to test. Filled with gossips between different egos,misfits of high class families with grand celebrations and secret business plotting the cruise becomes thrilling, pompous and hilarious at times. With 170 minutes run-time the scripts hits rough patches at times and things may feel like a extravagant drag. The story is also mostly predictable, yet there many moments which will come as a surprise. Thanks to fine performances by the prolific cast that does justice to the vivid characters. My favorites were Shefali Shah as the caring and withstanding Mrs. Mehra and Ranveer Singh as appealing and goalless son of Mehras. Ranveer and Anushka on screen chemistry is simply dazzling and one of the highlights if the film. But one thing that steals the show is Aamir Khan's voice-over as the youngest member of Mehra family, Pluto the dog! The scenes where human relations are narrated through the eyes of Pluto stole the show. The music was energetic, set and costumes extravagant and the camera captures the cruise and Turkish locales gorgeously. Despite some of its shortcomings, Dil Dhadkane Do is one cruise trip that shouldn't be missed.
Muddled yet fun ride with obnoxious script and ending
Tanu Weds Manu: Returns is set 4 years after the marriage of Tanu and Manu and they don't seem to be satisfied at all. Manu is put into insane asylum after a tense marriage counseling which actually insane. Then Manu comes back to her home in India and just fools around with random men. Tanu is completely dis-likable in this film and her behavior is completely incoherent which is one of the main reason I don't like this film much and the ending as well which badly hated. The humor is witty and clever but the story is absolute nonsense and ridiculous drama which meanders for two hours. Ranaut also plays a Haraynvi athlete Kusum in a double role whose character is much more likable and is the saving grace of the film. Tanu Weds Manu: Returns is funny at times but that's all it has got. The story is insane, characters are obnoxious and the ending very poor.
A step down from first film, but not horrible
Taken 2 is no where near the first film. Its filled with inconsistencies and silly clichéd situation which don't make any sense at all. Yet somehow, I felt it was an somewhat satisfactory experience thanks to the powerhouse Liam Neeson and some good action. The families of all the Albanian human-traffickers killed by Brian in first film are very angry and are now seeking revenge. This time they try to capture Brian along with his ex-wife Lenore and daughter Kim. But they are successful in capturing only Brian and Lenore. Kim escapes with guidance from her father over his secret cell-phone(which by the looked silly and unrealistic). Now its Kim's job to locate them and then along with her dad kill the bad guys! I liked the way Brian deduces his location with his skills and also didn't mind Kim given the role of savior. Even if on the whole the story maybe rehash of first one, its a bit dynamic in its approach. Liam Neeson is bad-ass as in the first film and action sequences are good again (except the car chases). He is enough reason to give the film some credits. It is still filled with insanely silly things such as Kim learning to drive a gear-shift car out of nowhere or when the bad guys not even torturing Brian or Lenore after kidnapping them. Great Revenge! There is not even person guarding Brian despite knowing the kind of skills he posses and thus he left alone to easily plan his escape. Cool! Taken 2 has its fill of stupidities, yet there were many things I liked. I liked the way they extended the father-daughter relationship and made Kim make up for her rather passive role in first film. The story may be predictably silly at times but I couldn't resist wanting to watch Neeson kick some ass. Taken 2 is an obvious step down from first film but considering kind of horrible sequels we are getting these days in the action genre, it is not so bad. And after watching the Taken 3 recently, Taken 2 feels like an excellent film.