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Veer Movie Review

VeerI awaited Veer eagerly but it is a big disappointment. Most of us thought that after the success of 3 idiots, Veer will the next hit in queue but Salman Khan and even his star power fails to do so. VEER is about a warrior and at the same time, it’s a love story too but the story or should I say the screenplay of Veer is so poor that you really cannot sit through the whole film. Most people who were coming out of the theatres had similar views.

The story goes like this: As the British enslave India with their Divide and Rule policy, kings and nawabs give away their kingdom to the foreigners but for the brave Pindaris, take a oath to fight till their last breath to save their motherland. One such brave and strong Pindaris is Veer which is played by Salman Khan. As Veer takes on the might of the British Empire, he has to fight the King of Madavgarha. He falls in love with princess Yashodhara played by Zarine Khan, daughter of his enemy. The story becomes weak when it shifts to London. The climax is so long drawn that the ending looks absurd. At times the story looks fake that you feel you are living in a world of coincidence! Salman Khan has been credited with ‘storywriter’ but honestly this is where the film lacks. Had the story been tighter, crisper with some tweeking, Veer would have worked! Director Anil Sharma may have made Gadar which is one of the biggest hit of modern times but the fact remains that Veer has appalled the audience who were expecting from the director something better!

Hard core Salman fans may help the movie to recover its exhorbitant costs (100 crores) but on the whole this one is a big disappointment especially after so much time, effort and money has gone into making a period film.

Best actor award of 2009?

Many films released in the first half of 2009 but only Ifan Khan in Billu Barber and John Abraham in ‘New York’ managed to pull the audience’s attention. However, in the second half, i.e. from July to December many actors have been appreciated for their respective performances.

Saif Ali Khan was fantastic in Love Aaj Kal. Saif had quite a challenging role in the movie but he performed it beautifully. Imtiaz Ali directed Love Aaj Kal is a film that is super hit at the box office and one of its main reason was Saif who was brilliant in both the roles that he portrayed in the film.

Shahid Kapoor played a double role in Kaminey for the first time in his life and there are no doubts about Shahid’s acting. This was a challenging role for Shahid but he performed it brilliantly and he was outstanding in the film. Some critics believe that this was Shahid’s best performance so far.

He is the super star of the industry – Salman Khan has influenced the viewers so much after ages. His film Wanted has gone to become one of the top three hits at the box office. This film proved to be a boon for Salman Khan who reestablished himself as a super star after this film. Salman has a huge huge fan following and this is one of the reason that even a mediocre story starring Salman has the capability of becoming super hit.

This year has also been special for Ranbir Kapoor. All his films this year have been hit to average. His film Ajab prem ki Ghazab kahani is one of the top three hits at the box office. I believe that one of the strong reasons of this movie being hit apart from its script is Ranbir’s acting. He was superb – spontaneous and sensitive at the same time. He handled his role really well. His performance in Wake up Sid and Rocket Singh Salesman of the year is all appreciated.

And the best actor award in my opinion is deserved by none other than Mr. Amitabh Bachchan who was outstanding in the film Auro has indeed been the child sensation of the year. Auro was one of the biggest challenges for Amitabh Bachchan but the way he has performed his role, just leaves you flabbergasted.

London Dreams

 Now everyone is awaiting the upcoming movie London dreams that stars actors Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and Asin. The film is directed by noted filmmaker Vipul Shah and the music is given by famous music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

 Since the movie is about a band the songs are rock music inspired so that they can match the story of the film. Songs of the movie which have featured recently are “Khanabadosh” which is my favorite as well.

 The story of this film is about two childhood friends Arjun (Ajay Devgan) and Mannu (Salman Khan). Both of them have some connection through a music lineage in their family. Arjun has always dreamt of being a stage performer as he wanted to fulfill his grandfather’s ambition while on the other hand, Mannu has little interest in making it big and is happy being a simpleton.

 Thus we have Arjun on one side who is diligently pursuing his dream and on the other we have Mannu who is happy with the way he is be trying to make his livelihood by playing as a wedding band performer at the village back in India. Arjun leaves his uncle and finally makes it to London which he feels is the place which will help him to realize his goals.

 Arjun creates a band with two brothers who have duped their relatives in Pakistan to travel to London in pursuit of their musical aspirations. The band also consists of Priya (Asin), who is a music enthusiast from a conservative South Indian family. Mannu is however shown at this stage to. Now Arjun invites Mannu to London to be a part of the band.

 When Mannu arrives he is totally a charmer and a entertainer. He thus becomes popular with the audience with his unique style of performing. Now Arjun starts feeling envious of Mannu. Even Priya starts sensing that she is developing a soft corner for Mannu. Now when the band travels across Paris, Rome and Amsterdam, Arjun deceives Mannu in case of drugs. Later the band heads to London to perform in front of a huge audience, the viewer is told that Arjun’s grandfather had failed before a similar audience. Mannu thus comes to senses and supports his childhood mate Arjun.

Main Aur Mrs Khanna – Movie Review

The third big release of the Diwali was Main Aur Mrs Khanna starring Salman Khan. The movie had all the potential to be an intense and complicated love story but somehwre it lost its focus. Script was below par and that explains why it was the poorest performer amongst the three releases of the Diwali. Movie could not cash on Salman’s recent success Wanted. Other stars of the movie were Kareena and Sohail Khan. The theme of the movie was quite sensitive and it could have been a memorable experience had there been more focus on tight script and better screenplay. But then, what if situation is not of much use once the damage has been done.

The story line revolves around marital conflicts between Mr and Mrs Khanna played by Salman and Kareena respectively. They go against their families wishes and tie the nuptial knot and move to Melbourne. But soon they start to face financial issues and Salman leaves for Singapore whereas Kareena is left waiting at Melbourne airport. She is devastated but joins a job at the airport itself where she befriends Sohail khan and thats where the real twist in the story starts.

Sohail was extremely helpful to her and in the process loses his heart to her whereas Kareena does not see him as anything more than a friend. In the meantime, Salman returns with a fat valet and thereafter it’s a emotional rollercoaster ride for all the three lead characters. Movie leaves you with certain questions and somewhere few links are missing. Music has been given by Salman’s favourite Sajod-Wajid and its pretty okay.

‘Radhe’ Magic Works

Did Shakespeare once say, What’s in a name? Well, unfortunately i will have to agree because here I am talking about name Radhe. This one word surely means a lot in Salman Khan’s film career. Whenever he has been found down in the dumb, this name has rescued him twice. Fans have also come to associate this name with Sallu Bhai.

If we go back to previous decade, Salman was having some amazing chemistry with the name Prem that worked so well for him in Sooraj Barjatya’s movies. Remember, Maine Pyar Kia, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain? All three were super-duper hits and all of them had Salman in lead roles with the name Prem. Quite a lucky name for him, huh? The name Prem revealed his soft side, his image of a lover boy and nedless to say, it just by chance or design but yeah, it worked for him.

Prem gave way to Radhe when he had this name in blockbuster Tere Naam. In fact, such was the popularity of that character and its hair style that even today, males can be found with characteristic middle parting hair style that Salman wore in that movie. This hairstyle is still known as Radhe Hairstyle. The interesting thing is before the release of Tere Naam, Salman was going through some torried time both personally as well as professionally. He had given string of flops including Yeh Hai Jalwa, Tumko Na Bhool Payenge, Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye and Chal Mere Bhai etc. Tere Naam broke the jinx and Radhe worked.

This time again, Salman was going through string of flops like Baabul, God Tussi Great Ho, Yuvraaj and Salaam-E-Ishq when Wanted happened. This movie has truck gold mines at the box office and no prizes for guessing, his name in the movie is Radhe again. Hopefully, Salman continues his successful journey with London Dreams and other movies.

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