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Housefull 2 (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi- : Everyone’s chasing tycoon JD’s son ‘Jolly’ for their daughters - but when four Jollys appear, there’s a House-full of confusion!

Movie Review: Sajid Khan is in love - no, it’s not what you’re thinking. The director of ‘Housefull-2′ is in love with the movies - especially 1970s Bollywood, all disco-balls, leering villains and hard-chested heroes. Khan mixes this with luscious English locales, PYTs in short shorts, cheeky jokes and star power - and lo. You have ‘Housefull-2′ - a castle full of mischief under a midnight-blue sky, lovers, fathers, imposters and ‘Prince Charles’. For those seeking Albert Einstein, step aside. For those who’d like an apple-pie comedy, all slapstick - and some slap and tickle - Housefull-2′s a breeze.

Khan follows Manmohan Desai’s funda - give the audience so much, so fast, they’ll be too dazzled to carp. It works - most of the time. Housefull-2 opens in London with sibling rivalry between, ahem, the Kapoor brothers (Randhir and Rishi), elder Dabboo ‘najayaz’ but given part of his father’s business, younger Chintu bitterly resentful. The resentment seeps across this house - Rishi’s daughter, Heena ( Asin) and Randhir’s girl, Bobbie (Jacqueline) at each other’s throats. Each brother wants to marry his daughter to tycoon JD’s son, ‘Jolly’ - Riteish who loves full-figured model ‘J’Lo’ (Zarine) but is too terrified to tell Daddy - Mithun Chakrabarty, striding across his English castle in a starched dhoti, a tycoon who smiles frostily only at Man Friday, Patil (a frothy Lever).

But the Kapoors engage ‘Aakhri Pasta’ - Housefull-1′s Indo-Italian, Chunky Pandey - still wearing skin-tight neon suits, delivering his ‘I’m-a-joking!’ line with creepy panache. Marriage-fixer Pasta brings an eligible match to Chintu, but playing a vinegary uncle with tang, Kapoor insults the father - with offensive ‘African jokes’ - landing him in hospital. His son (Talpade) swears revenge, begging buddy Jolly to romance Chintu’s daughter, then break it off - but jittery Jolly drags in muscular Max (Abraham) to have him play ‘Jolly’, employing sleazy Sunny (Kumar) for the other brother to get the same.

The rival Jolly-boys enjoy purani dushmani - but that’s forgotten with two hot girls, a crocodile and a desert island that, like a skit in British comedy ‘Little Britain’, has a luxury resort behind the beach. Yet, some starvation for the clueless girls ensures love and soon, there are four pairs - and four Jollys - hotting things up. With each Punjabi Papa - and one Batuk Patel (Irani, all dimples and nasal inflexion, father of Parul, Talpade’s sweetheart - Shahzahn, with more bikinis than lines) - vying for Jolly, the ‘dirty dozen’ reaches JD’s house. But they’re walking on water here. JD’s got a temper, a dark secret - and a gun.

Housefull-2 is a bag of laughs with eye-candy - Akshay in linens, Jacqueline in minis - and some crackling performances. Mithun commands with sheer presence while the climax belongs to rip-roaring Lever. Riteish plays ‘helpless’ with flair while a guest scene by ’70s veteran Ranjeet - “From rapist to therapist” - provides a vibrant stroke of colour on this house-wall. Abraham manages the muscle-man while Malaika Arora Khan sizzles in ‘Anarkali Disco Chali’ - and an oomphy little scenario later. But the film belongs to Akshay Kumar who carries off a sharp suit and ‘jhaari-mein-chalein’ jokes with glossy aplomb. And to Sajid Khan who, despite a smorgasbord of stars, ensures one prevails - the mad storyline. The music (Sajid-Wajid) could have been punchier while some scenes sag. But with cracks like, “Aasman se gire, Khajuraho mein atke,” as Akshay parachutes down on his mum-in-law, you can’t complain - unless you were looking for Einstein, of course.

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Bittoo Boss (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi- : Videographer Bittoo is the ‘boss’ of all weddings in a small-town. In a desperate attempt to make it big, he dabbles in the sex-spy camera business. Will his fate change, or will the good-hearted boy go back to the less-perverted shaadi scene?

Movie Review : In the town of Anandpur, Punjab, no wedding can start without band, bajaa and Bittoo (Pulkit Samrat). He’s the blue-eyed-boy of all celebrations, because he’s the only ‘sesky’ (read: sexy) videographer who can turn any Katto into Katrina. Every time they see his lens, the kudis flutter their lashes and say, “Ab toh meri le ley” (sic). So much so, that even Bittoo is seduced for some behind-the-camera ‘action’.

In the first scene we are transported to Pammi and Gurvinder’s wedding (surprise, surprise), where Bittoo meets Mrinalini (Amita Pathak) and voila … it’s love in the first frame. At first she rejects him, but a few scenes later, she realizes that he’s local, but kadak. To this point it seems like a big-fat Indian wedding, a sweet love story even, but wait, this ‘VDO-grapher’ has a different story to tell. In a momentary lapse of judgment, he’s brainwashed into taking the big bad leap. Leaving behind the shaadi videos, he moves on to shooting suhaagraats, with hidden cameras. Hawww!

Bittoo’s grey shades don’t really turn ‘blue’ anytime soon. All he ends up doing is preventing teenage rape and helping an inhibited ‘haasband’ copulate. Is this still the same movie we started out with? We’re not so sure.

With a character sketch, screen-name and styling so reminiscent of Ranveer Singh, debutant Pulkit Samrat has little scope to create his own identity. However, he pulls off the small-town-munda act with sincerity, and a natural ease.

Amita Pathak doesn’t strike an impression overall, but she shows spark in some dramatic scenes. Ashok Pathak as Bittoo’s sidekick, overacts.
Debutant director Babul had an interesting premise to start with, but after the first half, the script is more scattered than sorted. Some caricaturish characters, dialogues with local tadka, and few laughable moments save the day. At a time when sex and ‘dirty pictures’ sell, Babul scripts a hero who describes sex as ‘dilon ka milan.’ Ho-hum!

This one had the potential to be an entertainer, but turns out to be a ‘bit-too’ much

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Titanic 3D (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi- : The love story between commoner Jack Dawson ( Leonardo DiCaprio) and aristocratic Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), set against the ornate yet tragic backdrop of the sinking luxury liner, sends out all the right signals. It talks of a love that is passionate, permanent, soul stirring, death defying and powerful enough to break all barriers of class and destiny.

Movie Review: It took some 300 hundred people, 60 weeks, 279,000 frames and $18 million more (initially costing some $200 million) for director James Cameron to sink the Titanic all over again. Not to say, his earlier Titanic (1997) did not have its fair share of numbers to deal with: a movie stretching to 194 minutes; a movie bagging 11 Oscars that year. The fact that James Cameron managed to blend steamy romance with mind-blowing depiction of disaster made the film even more spectacular. Watching the Titanic sink, with all the attendant creaks and cracks, was truly a milestone moment in movie lore. That was then. For now, the Big Question: What is it that really makes Titanic (1997) look all different from Titanic (2012)?

For starters, the decor and dresses look more elegant, the ocean more blue and deadly, the ship more huge and gigantic. Not to miss out is Kate Winslet’s very first entry with an enormous hat and an even more enormous bow. Spectacular. Next, it’s the sweeping and romantic shot of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as ‘king (and queen) of the world’. More iconic a shot in 3D. But then unfortunately, Cameron’s real trick-n-treat visual wizardry is primarily seen during the last 30 minutes of the movie. Perhaps, that’s why you just can’t wait for the Titanic to snap. And snap it does, 3D ishtyle. Right from the luxury liner being hit by the oh-so-big iceberg, water blasting through the hull, those on board being washed away by violent waves… to the ship’s final plunge as it breaks into two, is what makes Titanic different… and worth a watch ek baar phir! Special mention: 1) The section of the ship rising up perpendicular to the ocean 2) Hundred of lifeless bodies floating around in the cold water… in the middle of nowhere.

So grab your 3D glasses and book yourself a tryst with the turn-of-the-century cinema all over again. And incase you feel the wait (for the special effects to set the screen ablaze) is too long, worry not. It’s the overwhelming sentimentality of the liner, along with the then Kate-and-Leo chemistry, that still classifies the Titanic as an epic romance, 3D or no 3D.

A word about James Cameron: No doubt Cameron is mastering the art of advancing technology, not just in the world of cinema, but his very own cinema. First Avatar (followed by Avatar 3D), now Titanic.

Tip off: You know what’s coming up next on screen. But rest assured, you still won’t mind seeing the Titanic sink all over again - in 3D… exactly a hundred years from the moment it actually happened.

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Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi-: A workaholic wakes up to find himself stuck in a time warp. What follows is a series of bizarre events, until he meets a mystery man who gives him life-changing lessons.

Movie Review: ’It’s just another manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday.’ Yes, it sounds like an unfulfilled wish of every working professional in the world. Except one. Meet Aditya Pradhan (Sachin Khedekar), an egoistic, career obsessed man who indulges his family with mundane materialistic pleasures, but doesn’t have a moment to spare for them. With permanently furrowed brows, weary eyes, and a perfectly dyed hair-piece, Aditya lives every day like it was Monday. Until one day he wakes up to find it’s Sunday. And it’s the dreaded Sunday the next day, and the next. What makes it worse is that no one ready to believe the oddity of his freaky situation. Harrowed and beaten by time, he desperately tries to end Sunday-everyday phenomenon, but alas, no luck. Enter Benaamkumar (Anupam Kher) - for the lack of a creative name - who enlightens him about simpler joys of life, giving and living. The seed of the idea is impressive. Outlandish too. Is it novel? No way! The core of the story is faintly borrowed from the Bill Murray Hollywood comedy, Groundhog Day.

Sachin Khedekar, the leading man of Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein isn’t your routine 6-pack hunk. He’s a common man with a paunch common enough to flaunt without a care, but that’s not the ‘weighty’ problem here. The plot goes into such a painfully repetitive loop that he’s haplessly stuck in there. He shows flashes of brilliance occasionally, though it’s not the best we’ve seen from this powerhouse performer.

Anupam Kher, seems to be the other blindspot in the film. Normally, the one actor you can blindly trust sleepwalks through his role, as the wise-old-man, who has more insight than someone with eyes-wide-open. Talk of andha creative.

The supporting cast of Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein comprises of an ensemble of Marathi actors, and their theatrics are obvious; some over-the-top. All the characters keep reappearing and disappearing like ghosts of Sunday past, with their over-dramatic, theatrical performances.

Director Pramod Joshi, an established Marathi filmmaker, has an inspired idea here, fresh for Bollywood too, but he tries to drive home the philosophy so desperately that he ends up in circles. This dramedy has a couple of songs, an item number (Rum Mein Gham) and fine actors, but all this fails to amplify the seed of thought.
After a point, we get the big idea, but the movie continues to preach. And we’re waiting to break away from this ‘timeless’ Sunday-go-round.

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Ab Hoga Dharna Unlimited (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi- : Opposition neta Gopinath wants Baba Lakshman Dev to do dharna - and bring the government down. Will these plans get limited?

Movie Review: Ok, let’s get this out upfront - if you like desi stand-up comedy, the kind of TV shows, say, Archana Puran Singh judges and rolls about laughing in, you’ll like Ab Hoga Dharna Unlimited (AHDU). If you don’t, make other plans - unless you wouldn’t
mind a political satire, even a grubby one.

AHDU opens with the cheery premise that where dharnas, sit-in agitations, were once a great way to fight injustice - cut to obligatory Mahatma Gandhi shot - today, they’re a totally different beast. Exploited by all political parties, the dharna’s a headache for the aam aadmi and a stepping stone for the khaas. Thus, ‘Avsarvadi Party’ leader Gopinath (Gunaji) approaches, ahem, nudge-nudge, wink-wink, yoga-guru Baba Lakshman Dev (Pal, very good in a creepy sort of way) to start a dharna against the incumbent government, targeting corruption and inflation, and hopefully pulling the regime down. The Baba plus sleazy sidekick (Qureshi, clearly enjoying corny lines) name a price the opposition’s happy to pay. “Baba karenge dharna, humein kuch nahin karna!” they chortle, throwing an ‘item number’ party.

Meanwhile, from rural India, sincere Satya (Manikpuri, maxing his Peepli Live ‘Natha’ avatar, all dust and dreadlocks, yet oddly flat here) approaches Lakshman Dev to raise awareness of pastoral poverty. An eye on the dharna, the canny Baba makes him his prime disciple, in a glittery little line, exclaiming - “Satya marega! Pichli film mein nahin mara tha!” All’s ready for the big sit-in except the ground. The Ramlila Maidan where rehearsal for the traditional Ramlila’s on, and proprietor Kaante Lal’s reluctant to cancel - till visited by don Makkhi. But the Ramlila being cancelled means troupe lovebirds Rahul and Priya can’t mix-and-match. Dismayed, they approach the dharna - as Satya does too.

AHDU is an interesting experiment. It has rather modest production values but some great lines. It retains the traditional love-story (to its detriment) but goes out on a limb satirizing the political. It’s commenting on what’s currently happening but in ways not everyone’s going to like. It’s a cheeky little film - but you may find the laughter a challenge.

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Wrath Of The Titans (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi-: Perseus’s defeat of the huge Kraken is history. He now vows to live the life of an ordinary fisherman with his son, Helius. But then the son of God cannot live without his destiny forever. The Gods — have otherwise in store for him

Movie Review: There’s always scope for improvement. There’s ample scope for the clash (2010: Clash of the Titans) to turn into some real action-packed wrath (2012: Wrath of the Titans). Here’s calling all you Clash of the Titans buffs who just could not wait to see their second dose of video game push button fantasy come alive on the big screen.

So what’s cooking between the Gods and the Titans this time? The same old war for the I’m-the-best title. But unlike its previous years, the Gods are losing control of humanity and taking over are the badmaash Titans and the deadly giant-sized Kronos. That’s where our been-there-done-that hero from the past, son of the all-powerful Zeus ( Liam Neeson), Perseus (Sam Worthington) steps in to put up yet another spectacular show with the spear of Tritum — the only weapon that can kill the one who shall not be named. Of course, there’s a gamut of labyrinths and changing loyalties (Ralph Fiennes’s Hades and Edgar Ramirez’s Ares) he has got to deal with first.

Back to all Clash of the Titans fans. Don’t go expecting for a storyline that’ll make you go all hail Liebesman. After all, when was this Gods versus Titans versus Demi Gods series all about a colossal plot anyway. But then here is what makes up for the same. First, it’s the edgy action cuts — the coming soon calamity drama, fist fights with fire exploding beasts, two headed beasts, unheard of and unseen before beasts, the fight between the one-eyed Cyclopes (who literally tears out of the screen) and our war heroes, the will-Perseus-won’t-Perseus-make-it on time situations, the ultimate falling of the Kronos, explosions unlimited. Then there is the element of the mysterious -  the island of Kail, the labyrinth leading to the dark dungeon of the underworld called Tartarus, the Kronos made out of a huge, huge mound of lava — the falling of which gives this sequel an epic finale. Next is the ultimate hero, the demi God. This time it’s not just Sam Worthington who seems to have mastered the art of fighting with the evil Gods, but also Toby Kebbell as son of Poseidon. Toby’s God-turned-man avatar, Agenor, comes with a rather mortal sense of humour. Lastly, it’s a message rather loud and clear — Not that the Gods must die too. Not even that man will be all powerful provided he uses his power wisely. It’s the possibility of yet another sequel — watch the sword of honour being passed from Father (Zeus)… to son (Perseus)… to son (Helius).

A word about the 3D effects. Definitely not much to make the Gods happy, but surely enough to send the message — of wrath -across to us mortals.

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The Hunger Games (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi-  In the evil nation of Panem are some twelve odd districts. And there are some twelve ‘tributes’ competing against one another in the Hunger Games. So who will be the winner?

Movie Review: The expectations are pretty high on this one. No prizes for guessing why. The Hunger Games, the movie, is based on the bestselling young adult novel by Suzanne Collins. Naturally then, like the book, the film raises some thought provoking questions often read between the lines all throughout its screenplay. Will the next World War be all about food? Are most of the government strategies all about playing big brother to the common man? Will the on-going crisis the world over - Iraq, Syria, Somalia, to name some — ever reach a fruitful conclusion? Are reality games tweaked to pump up TRP ratings? How much is too much when it comes to seeking all that audience support (votes) in a reality show? Will survival of the fittest be the only driving force in the world that lies ahead? Whatever it is, Greek mythology gets all contemporary (and topical) in here.

The annual Hunger Game event held in the ruined city of futuristic North America, now Panem (Rome anyone?), forces a teenage boy and girl from District 12 to compete in it along with similar pairs from other Districts. The games, of course, are a nationally televised event in which tributes must fight with one another until one survivor remains (the Roman gladiator games anyone?). One such tribute is none other than huntress Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) working sharply on her physical as well as mental skills to get the game bang on (the future Theseus of Greek mythology anyone?). Her aim is to return home - District 12 — victorious, but before that it’s a pick-and-choose game she needs to excel in: the may-you-win-against-all-odds game against her opponents and the game of love, courtesy Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

It’s actually Jennifer’s preparation for the big game that holds your attention as she pits against some highly-trained tributes who have prepared for these Games since time immemorial. That’s another story, nothing seems to intimidate our PYT (Pretty Young Thing) — not even her lack of confidence when it comes to getting people to like her. Watch her strike the apple for the first time she is all out to make an impression and ensure she is ‘remembered’ amongst those who matter. She scores a perfect eleven! And then there are more of Jennifer’s expertise with the bow and arrow coupled with her moments of anger, desperation, will power and vulnerability. She successfully portrays just what every 16-year-old girl would want to be. A perfect ten, we say! Next is Stanley Tucci (as the talk show host), Donald Sutherland (as President of the evil nation. Wish we had more of him), Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch (as the 24X7 drunk mentor and father figure) and Elizabeth Banks’s Lady Gaga-inspired Effie Trinket who not just escorts tributes, but brings in ample comic relief.
For the rest, there are swords, bows and arrows, knives, deadly bees, dense forests, computerized beasts multiplied by the click of a mouse, tree climbing, balls of fire, fire fashion statements, do or die instincts, a (not-so-happening) romantic plot….

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Bumboo (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi- : Hired gun Mangal meets suicidal Suresh - while shooting a swindler. Does fate shaft the best-laid plans?

Movie Review: You know that thing called ‘thay-ter’ - where people go on stage, speak really loudly, open their eyes wide and laugh uproariously to make their point? Well, ‘thay-ter’ can be good - but transported to cinema, it can stretch a bit thin. And feature some awkward moments - of whichBumboo has a few. A word you’d normally hesitate to use in polite company, this mad comedy, inspired by French film L’Emmerdeur, pluckily features no big stars. Instead, character actor Sharat Saxena - muscular villain ‘Ronnie’ of Ghulam - is its most famous face. As sniper Mangal, Saxena mostly holds it together, the film showing a few bright flashes, but then slipping into low-brow comedy that’s so self-consciously ‘thay-ter’.

Yet, Bumboo has some notable frames. It opens with Mika’s warm-as-whiskey voice singing lustily of how ‘life ki ho gayi bumboo’, comments on comedy turning into ‘treasury’, a cop-raid on a Mumbai chawl unearthing a 1200-crore-worth swindler Manu Gupta (Pandey at his most scatological), taken to court in Goa. Here, the plot starts running mad rings, underworld hit-man (Saxena) dispatched to silence Gupta, a depressive photographer (Dave), a tip-thirsty bellboy (Mishra), junior hoods et al joining in. Bumboo has the occasional line of pure hilarity - hotel waiter Gomes remarks loftily, “Mein management ke munh nahin lagta,” his timing with Saxena near-perfect, the latter’s focus shaken when fellow hotel guest Suresh Sudhakar (‘SuSu’ to critics - yes, you heard right), the chubby Dave, tries to kill himself, babe-licious wife Pinky (Mandy) preferring lechy Dr. D’Souza (Kaul). Petrified the police might rain on his assignment, Mangal tries keeping ‘Su’ from suicide.

But stuff happens - including a sedative injection shot into the wrong person, goons in hot pursuit forgetting their stepney at home and a cop in a cupboard. Add a hot babe emerging from the sea like Ursula Andress, cleavage showcased as talent, and that’s a merry mix. Except for the ‘thay-ter’ - that wide-eyed overacting with incessant PJs, gay no-jokes, even some vomiting. Peppy background music lifts the bar frequently while cracks on screwdrivers and biwi-chors help. But Bumboo gets shafted by its lapses into lavatory humour - and too much thay-ter for cinema.

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Wrath Of The Titans (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-courtesy toi-: Perseus’s defeat of the huge Kraken is history. He now vows to live the life of an ordinary fisherman with his son, Helius. But then the son of God cannot live without his destiny forever. The Gods — have otherwise in store for him

Movie Review: There’s always scope for improvement. There’s ample scope for the clash (2010: Clash of the Titans) to turn into some real action-packed wrath (2012: Wrath of the Titans). Here’s calling all you Clash of the Titans buffs who just could not wait to see their second dose of video game push button fantasy come alive on the big screen.

So what’s cooking between the Gods and the Titans this time? The same old war for the I’m-the-best title. But unlike its previous years, the Gods are losing control of humanity and taking over are the badmaash Titans and the deadly giant-sized Kronos. That’s where our been-there-done-that hero from the past, son of the all-powerful Zeus ( Liam Neeson), Perseus (Sam Worthington) steps in to put up yet another spectacular show with the spear of Tritum — the only weapon that can kill the one who shall not be named. Of course, there’s a gamut of labyrinths and changing loyalties (Ralph Fiennes’s Hades and Edgar Ramirez’s Ares) he has got to deal with first.

Back to all Clash of the Titans fans. Don’t go expecting for a storyline that’ll make you go all hail Liebesman. After all, when was this Gods versus Titans versus Demi Gods series all about a colossal plot anyway. But then here is what makes up for the same. First, it’s the edgy action cuts — the coming soon calamity drama, fist fights with fire exploding beasts, two headed beasts, unheard of and unseen before beasts, the fight between the one-eyed Cyclopes (who literally tears out of the screen) and our war heroes, the will-Perseus-won’t-Perseus-make-it on time situations, the ultimate falling of the Kronos, explosions unlimited. Then there is the element of the mysterious -  the island of Kail, the labyrinth leading to the dark dungeon of the underworld called Tartarus, the Kronos made out of a huge, huge mound of lava — the falling of which gives this sequel an epic finale. Next is the ultimate hero, the demi God. This time it’s not just Sam Worthington who seems to have mastered the art of fighting with the evil Gods, but also Toby Kebbell as son of Poseidon. Toby’s God-turned-man avatar, Agenor, comes with a rather mortal sense of humour. Lastly, it’s a message rather loud and clear — Not that the Gods must die too. Not even that man will be all powerful provided he uses his power wisely. It’s the possibility of yet another sequel — watch the sword of honour being passed from Father (Zeus)… to son (Perseus)… to son (Helius).

A word about the 3D effects. Definitely not much to make the Gods happy, but surely enough to send the message — of wrath -across to us mortals.

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Chaar Din Ki Chandni (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk-Courtesy TOI-: Everyone loves Punjabi babe Chandni - but boyfriend Veer’s dad will only accept a Rajput daughter-in-law. Will this romance have an andheri raat?

Movie Review: Relax - there’s no dark night here. Instead, Samir Karnik’sChaar Din Ki Chandni (CDKC) sparkles with humour - and some dirty fun. It opens with Anupam Kher as a royalty-obsessed Rajput arranging his daughter’s marriage. Blessed with a still-hot wife - Eighties-star Anita Raj - and a battalion of dysfunctional sons - alcoholic Chandrachur Singh, pervy Mukul Dev, violence-obsessed Sushant Singh and oddly-silent South star, Harish (Karisma’s co- actor in Prem Qaidi before she trimmed those eyebrows and turned into a diva), Kher’s most normal son, Veer (Kapoor) arrives from London for the wedding - with his Punjabi girlfriend, Chandni.

Cute-as-a-button Chandni (Randhawa, sassy but not boringly sexy) wins everyone’s hearts - but Rajasthan Royal Kher’s adamant on a Rajput bride for Veer. Thus, this love story lingers under a razai, Chandni pretending to be a journalist covering the wedding, Veer seeking a way out, his brothers falling over the cognac-eyed heroine. When her parents - Om Puri in a scintillating performance, Farida Jalal in standard shalwars - show up, they mesh with the madness. Puri pretends to be Punjab’s best wedding decorator (he’s done the finest shaadis - ‘Zail Singh to Manmohan Singh’s') while Kher suddenly decrees dear Chandni should marry a good Punjabi boy. Enter ‘Pappi Sardar’ - Kapoor proving his flair for comedy that’s alternately quiet, then blaringly loud.

Like a shaadi ka band, CDKC’s tone is mostly raucous - and good fun. Its script crosses swords with British writer P G Wodehouse’s zany plots (castle full of imposters, suspicious uncles, a mosquito-bitten Johnny Lever) while paying hurried homage to masala-mixed Bollywood, leaving little time to worry about subtlety or depth. CDKC is a movie made by Bollywood-lovers for those who like their cinema pretention-free. With tongue-in-cheek Deewar-to-Dabangg references, sometimes its humour (gay jokes, visually-challenged Sardars) can be way overcooked. But mostly, with its feisty heroine (who does a mean kick in a lehenga), its hilarious hero, some sweet chemistry, jokes involving the colour ‘rad’ and agreeable actors sprinkled around, CDKC is a breezy watch - with no dark night.

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