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Movie Review " Main Tera Hero"

Main Tera Hero

 

Main Tera Hero is a glittering vehicle for star son Varun Dhawan to drive, which he does with practiced panache. However, even more than Junior, MTH has his dad David Dhawan stamped all over it. Hence, eternally smiling Seenu (Varun) is unfazed by failure or goons. Seenu pauses from cheeky grinning only to dance and romance, falling for Sunaina (Ileana), stalked by violent Angad (Arunoday) and sidekick Peter (Rajpal). More superhero than hero, Seenu shows Angad his mean fight moves, but finds himself captured by ardent Ayesha (Nargis), whose 'Dadduz' Vikrant (Kher) is the biggest don of Asia and Africa too! How can Seenu get out of so many clutches?
Sheenu (Varun Dhawan) is a young school drop out who seeks an admission in a Bangalore college. He meets the ravishing Sunaina (Ileana D'Cruz). Just when their love is on its full bloon, Sunaina gets married to Angad (Arunoday Singh), a merciless goon. While Sheenu and Sunaina are being drawn apart, another girl, Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri) has already fallen head over heels for Sheenu. She is the girl Sheenu once saved from the goons in the train from Ooty to Bangalore. In order to get Sheenu married to his daughter, Ayesha's father (Anupam Kher) gets Sunaina abducted. Sheenu is now stuck in a messy love triangle. On its way till the end, the film has a twist and turn at every step.

First things first, the film relies on a done-to-death concept. It is unninovative and unoriginal. But David Dhawan has done a fairly good job. Varun Dhawan's energy and zeal has been tapped very efficiently to keep the audiences entertained throughout, despite the predictable plot. The film does have a fresher, younger and more glamorous feel to it than a lot of other releases lately. The cinematography is top-notch and the film is high on masala. It has something for every one - romance, comedy and action.

Varun Dhawan is a power-packed performer. He literally carries the whole film on his shoulders and does a rather good job. His comic timing is something to watch out for in future, so are his dancing skills. Ileana D' Cruz does justice to her part, but fails to live up to her 'Barfi' reputation. Nargis Fakhri has never looked hotter, but she needs to take acting lessons. Anupam Kher is just fine and Arunoday Singh tries too hard to be funny.

Varun is still a greenhorn but he does a decent job and also has good screen presence. He has a long way to go before he reaches Govinda’s league so it might be better for him to carve his own path. Illeana and Nargis are the pretty props and they do just that. Poor Arunoday Singh seems to be the most confused as his character changes as per the scriptwriter’s whim and fancy, without any warning whatsoever.

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Rating:   (4 / 5)  : Very Good (Very Good )     
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Running time: 136 minutes Cine21
Prequel: Captain America: The First Avenger
Costume design: Judianna Makovsky

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier.
This mission isn’t just to save hostages, though. Cap’s buddy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has to secure a special hard drive loaded with secrets that could change the very balance of power as we know it. You may need an advanced degree from George Lucas Academy to suss out the specifics during all the World Security Council scenes, but when Senator Palpatine – I mean, Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) – says that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised, it isn’t hard to know who the bad guys are.

Steve Rogers is a man out of time, but learns he has to learn to trust a few people. Black Widow proves herself in combat and his jogging buddy Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) shares some of the same PTSD battle scars. They – and some other familiar faces – join forces to root out the evil that’s been festering within the very highest corners of S.H.I.E.L.D., an evil that has a surprising Teutonic bent.

It’s amazing, really, how the suspension of disbelief works. There are moments during ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ where audiences will shake their heads. Why risk going to an Apple store in public to decrypt a secret hard drive when you are chums with the world’s greatest computer whiz, Tony Stark? But, believing a man can take down a hovering plane/chopper/spaceship hybrid by leaping atop it from a motorcycle and whamming it with a shield? No problem.

The action in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is some of the best of the Marvel Movie Universe outside of ‘The Avengers‘. The fact that Cap is almost a regular guy is used to great advantage – he winces as he blasts open locked doors with nothing but his own brawn. His signature shield is used often and to great effect in this episode, almost as if it is a part of his body that he can remove, bank off three concrete barriers, thrust inside of a carbine and then yank free in one acrobatic arc.

Ragni MMS2: Right mix of sex, sleaze, fear & thrills

Ragni MMS2: Right mix of sex, sleaze, fear and  thrills

Rating:   (4 / 5)  : Very Good (Very Good )          

Star cast: Sunny Leone, Saahil Prem, Parvin Dabas, Karan Mehra, Sandhya Mirdul, Divya Dutta

Director: Bhushan Patel

The film starts off from where its prequel Ragini MMS ended which revolved around a young couple Ragini and Uday who went to an isolated house for a dirty weekend and the creepy and paranormal happenings that took place to them there. Uday had planned to make an MMS scandal of Ragini in that house. But the MMS shot goes viral, Uday goes missing and Ragini after that incident became lunatic and ended up in a mental hospital. The Ragini MMS scandal catches the attention of a filmmaker who plans to make a film on it. He casts a Bollywood actress in his film to play the lead, Ragini. The film crew goes to shoot the film in the same house where the MMS scandal took place leading to further horrible and creepy happenings.

Ragini MMS 2 is a thoroughly enjoyable, full paisa-vasool film in the best tradition of B-grade horror flicks from the haunted house of the Ramsay Brothers. It has the right mix of sex, sleaze, fear and cheap thrills. It titilates, has dialogues spiked with funny double entendres and shows enough self-gratification to warrant the Adults Only certification.

Right at the beginning of the film, director Rocks (Pravin Dabas) announces that he’s making a “horrex” film, horror plus sex. That’s his film. This film, Ragini MMS-2, by director Bhushan Patel and writers Suhani Kanvar and Praveen Bookwala, is more than that. It is a “ho-ho-horrex” flick. And is served Sunny side up, for your pleasure only.

The story is simple. Failed film director announces a new project starring a porn star, Sunny Leone (played by Sunny Leone, of course), in the lead role and an ensemble of TV actors. The film, based on the story of Ragini whose MMS went viral three years ago, is to be shot in the same haunted house, Patwardhan Villa, where Ragini’s MMS was shot. Ragini, since who has since been the inmate of Room No. 26 of a mental institute, either scratches the walls of her room, or sits on her bed rocking and mumbling to herself.

Rocks, Sunny, Rocks’ film writer Satya Kumar (Sahil Prem), a failed novelist who takes all this chudail business seriously, and the film’s two other actors, Monali (Sandhya Mridul), a sidey actress in search of the casting couch, and Maddy (Karan Mehra), a horny TV hero, land up in the house despite the warning put up by the ASI about staying away from the area after sunset and before sunrise. As the shooting of Rocks’ film begins, we are in the company of interesting and believable characters. And while we while we laugh at and with them, we also see a shadow lurking behind, or the sudden, quiet appearance of a child. We are privy to much more than them, and that's part of the thrill. The story, as it unfolds, is predictable. A romance, some possibility of sex, extras dying brutal deaths, and the chudail gaining power and taking posession of the most precious entity. Till, Dr Meera Dutta (Divya Dutta), a psychiatrist, arrives on the scene and the real story of the Marathi-mumbling tadapti aatma begins to unravel.

Ragini MMS 2 is a very clever collaboration between people who were obviously enjoying the tasks assigned to them. Director Patel has very cleverly mounted on screen a script which is packed with jokes, ghatiaya dialogue, dirty talk and even a female orgasm.

Ragini MMS 2 has the standard plot of film within a film. But it’s been used to great effect and impact here. Has just the right amount of mambo-jambo to carry the conceit of horror films forward.

The direction is all controlled, not allowing the bhoot business to go out of control, as it usually does, beginning with the soundtrack. The film, in fact, has a fabulous song to which Sunny Leone sways seductively and even flashes.

Sunny Leone has never been used more effectively and sensibly than she has been used here in the proper exploitative way as a hot actress is used in a B-Grade flick. She gets to wear all the sexy lingerie you wanted to see her in, and thrusts her stuff repeatedly. Luckily she’s supported by the very able team of actors, Sandhya Mridul and Karan Mehra, without whom the film would have been a big bore

Queen - A Film Not To Be Missed

  

Queen - A Film Not To Be Missed

Star cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon

Director: Vikas Bahl

 
 

Rating: (4 / 5) : Very Good  

(4 / 5)  : Very Good             
 
 Life's not always good to those who live by the book and Rani (Kangana Ranaut) learns her lesson much too late almost when she gets dumped by her fiance Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) just a day before her wedding. Having yearned to witness her D-Day going perfectly, Rani is left shattered as her world comes crashing down. She locks herself in her room, hoping to escape the situation and the pain of being dumped. And her escapism only makes her stronger, she decides to go the unthinkable, set off for her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam alone. What initially turns out to be a nightmarish idea, turns into a journey of self-discovery as the free spirited Rani tastes independence for the first time.

For a woman laced in the Indian garb, one who's saved herself for her husband and is proud of her virginity, Paris is a culture shock and just the contrast she is looking for to leave behind her life. However, the city turns out to be incomprehensible, ruthless and unaccommodating till she holds on to her reservations and miseries and the moment she lets go of it all, all thanks to her new found friend in Paris Vijaylakshmi (Lisa Haydon), she discovers a whole new life.

Vikas Bahl's Queen is an uplifting, bitter-sweet story that transports you into the film to become one with the author-backed character. The filmmaker doesn't work too much on the story but on the character and her experiences for that forms the backbone of the film. The way Queen simply addresses the stereotyping of women in India and chauvinistic behaviour of men and the social pressures is commendable. It's that very innocence of her character that's infectious and strikes a chord with the masses.

There's never a dull moment in the film and though the movie treads on the predictable path in few instances it's the actor again that keeps you going but what's also impressive is where you expect it to go the typical filmy way it beats you and gives an ending that's befitting the plot.
The ace in Vikas Bahl's Queen is the Queen of course. Kangana Ranaut sinks completely to become one with her character. She breathes life into Rani, a character that has the power to make you laugh or cry. Her innocence mixed with the childlike inquisitiveness to try anything new is infectious. There couldn't be a better Rani than Kangana Ranaut who gives a pitch-perfect portrayal.

Rani stands tall all thanks to the many characters that come along in her story. Right from her family including the likes of her father, mother, younger brother and grandmother, all of whom might just be exactly like your parents to the ebullient, full of life Vijaylakshmi, all the characters aide Rani towards self-discovery. Lisa Hayden is a complete surprise package who not only looks jaw-dropping gorgeous in her Indo-French role but also plays her part to the T. Rajkummar Rao though in a bit role is spot on. All the other actors who Rani meets on her journey too absolutely flawless.

Music by Amit Trivedi deserves a special mention for composing tracks like London Thumakda, Ranjha and remixing the yesteryear track Hungama Ho Gaya. The music actually plays an important part in the film and refreshingly so, doesn't get used for the sake of it.

To sum it up, Queen is one of the finest films this year that with all its simplicity strikes a chord with the mass.

 

Malaysian jet may have turned back, Vietnam forces on way to suspected debris

Malaysian jet may have turned back, Vietnam forces on way to suspected debris

Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones.

The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar early Saturday somewhere at sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, but stressed there was no evidence of terrorism yet.

After it emerged that two people boarded the missing flight with stolen European passports, Malaysia's transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he was looking at four suspect passengers in all.

He declined to offer details, saying authorities were examining "the entire manifest", but confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was dispatching personnel to Malaysia.

"At the same time our own intelligence has been activated, and of course, the counter-terrorism units... from all the relevant countries have been informed," Hishammuddin said, refusing also to rule out the possibility that the plane may have been hijacked.

 

A Chinese person whose passport number is among those listed for passengers aboard the flight did not in fact board the plane, state media reported on Sunday.

The person, a resident of Fujian province in eastern China, has no departure record and is still in Fujian, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing police. The name listed by Malaysia Airlines for the passenger was different to that of the individual who holds the passport with the number in question, Xinhua said. The owner said the passport had never been lost or stolen, it added.

- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/malaysia-airlines-says-fearing-the-worst-for-missing-jet-carrying-239-people/article1-1192707.aspx#sthash.gSG0750k.dpuf

Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones.

The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar early Saturday somewhere at sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, but stressed there was no evidence of terrorism yet.

After it emerged that two people boarded the missing flight with stolen European passports, Malaysia's transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he was looking at four suspect passengers in all.

He declined to offer details, saying authorities were examining "the entire manifest", but confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was dispatching personnel to Malaysia.

"At the same time our own intelligence has been activated, and of course, the counter-terrorism units... from all the relevant countries have been informed," Hishammuddin said, refusing also to rule out the possibility that the plane may have been hijacked.

 

A Chinese person whose passport number is among those listed for passengers aboard the flight did not in fact board the plane, state media reported on Sunday.

The person, a resident of Fujian province in eastern China, has no departure record and is still in Fujian, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing police. The name listed by Malaysia Airlines for the passenger was different to that of the individual who holds the passport with the number in question, Xinhua said. The owner said the passport had never been lost or stolen, it added.

- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/malaysia-airlines-says-fearing-the-worst-for-missing-jet-carrying-239-people/article1-1192707.aspx#sthash.gSG0750k.dpuf
Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones.

The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar early Saturday somewhere at sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, but stressed there was no evidence of terrorism yet.

After it emerged that two people boarded the missing flight with stolen European passports, Malaysia's transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he was looking at four suspect passengers in all.

He declined to offer details, saying authorities were examining "the entire manifest", but confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was dispatching personnel to Malaysia.

"At the same time our own intelligence has been activated, and of course, the counter-terrorism units... from all the relevant countries have been informed," Hishammuddin said, refusing also to rule out the possibility that the plane may have been hijacked.

A Chinese person whose passport number is among those listed for passengers aboard the flight did not in fact board the plane, state media reported on Sunday.

The person, a resident of Fujian province in eastern China, has no departure record and is still in Fujian, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing police. The name listed by Malaysia Airlines for the passenger was different to that of the individual who holds the passport with the number in question, Xinhua said. The owner said the passport had never been lost or stolen, it added.