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Sunday, 22 April, 2007

Mithun da,Rajnikant.....Sunny paaji?

i literally waited for these reviews....enjoy....

Big Brother:Movie review
13th Apr 2007 21.23 IST
By Nikhil Kumar

Sunny Deol’s latest but outdated film Big Brother is a painful throwback to the days when the heroes of Hindi films championed noble social causes by bashing and bumping the baddies.

One must commend the optimism of the makers of ‘Big Brother’ that they actually thought of releasing the film despite it being absolutely obsolete to the present-day tastes of cinegoers.
The film reminds of the days when Sunny Deol played the ‘angry, angst-filled young man’ in a series of violent movies (like Ghayal, Ghatak and Farz). To add to the torture, there are a series of pointless songs that come in quick succession in the film’s beginning. And if anything was left, poor acting, horrible screenplay and shoddy direction
( Guddu Dhanoa ) put the last three nails in the coffin of ‘Big Brother’.

Sunny Deol plays Deodhar Gandhi, a simple, good-natured guy committed to his family and girlfriend ( Priyanka Chopra ). Deodhar’s is a middle-class family in Delhi. He has a mother
( Farida Jalal ), brother (Imran Khan) and sister (Prachi).

Things take a turn after a minister’s son throws acid on Deodhar’s sister’s face. The family leaves the city and moves to Mumbai. But troubles follow them there too.

Once the water is above their necks, Deodhar and his mother decide enough is enough. Deodhar’s angry side comes to the fore. And what he does makes him a hero not just for his family but in the eyes of public as well. Deodhar becomes a savior, Big Brother, who brings justice to people in his own aggressive ways. Predictably, the good prevails over the evil.

Even if we discount the film’s hackneyed storyline, it is hard to forget the pain of sitting through
the senseless violence in the film. In his crusade over the evil, Sunny throws people off buildings, throws acid on people’s faces, beats the baddies to pulp, and guns down corrupt cops.

It is a role that Sunny can perhaps play even in his half-sleep. The actor adds nothing new to his character of Deodhar than what we have already seen from him in similar roles in the past. Priyanka Chopra’s presence in the film is strictly for the sake of having a heroine for the hero. Other actors like Govind Namdev and Shahbaaz Khan are over the top.

The film’s music is terrible. Cinematography is not that bad.

To sum it up, ‘Big Brother’ turns out to be a big loser on the celluloid. The movie is a waste of time.

Rating: * (given liberally)----lolzzzzzzzzzz

one more...plzzzzzzz...:)

Friday, April 13, 2007 18:03 [IST]

Do you recall the Sunny Deol starrer GHAYAL? And GHATAK, JEET, ZIDDI, SALAAKHEN, CHAMPION and FARZ? Post GHAYAL, Sunny starred in a series of films that projected him as an angry young man who could bash the wrong-doers to pulp.

No, this isn't a write-up on Sunny's careergraph. We're running through the movie titles because if you've seen those movies, you'd get a fair idea what BIG BROTHER is all about. To state that BIG BROTHER is purani wine packed in nayee bottle would be putting it mildly.

Sample these…
* Sunny throws acid on people's faces as if he were distributing chocolates.
* Sunny throws a rapist and his advocate from a skyscraper. The rapist jumps himself, because he has committed a heinous crime. The advocate is thrown, because he's defending the rapist.
* When Sunny hits people, they fly, they glide, they even get buried in the soil.
* When he throws people in air and if the person hits a lamp post, the lamp post actually breaks off.
* That's not all, when he holds an iron rod to hit people, the rod starts melting.

He targets rapists, molesters, pedophiles, erring son and daughter-in-law, dowry-seeking in-laws, all wrong-doers… The public supports him, the ministers hate him… In the final scene, he shoots the prospective Chief Minister at point blank range and empties his gun in the Police Commissioner's chest. And all this happens in the Commissioner's official residence and is being telecast LIVE on Aajtak channel.

To sum up, BIG BROTHER takes you back to the 1980s and 1990s when maar-dhaad, bullets, swords, acid bottles, guns, pistols, bombs, knives et al were the compulsory requirements to make a masala film. Need one add more?

BIG BROTHER starts in New Delhi and travels to Mumbai. It tells the story of a middle class family comprising of Deodhar Gandhi [Sunny Deol], his mother [Farida Jalal], brother [Imran Khan] and sister [Prachi].

Leading a simple and peaceful life, an incident turns their life upside down [the Home Minister's son throws acid on his sister's face] and the family is left with no other option but to leave the city and move to Mumbai under a different guise. They start life afresh and all seems well till the ghosts of the past surface again.

Things reach a point when the protagonist is prodded by his mother to take that course of action which not only avenges their hurt, but also takes on the cause of the aggrieved in the country as a whole. The movement so created gets the support of girls, ladies and the infirm who proudly proclaim him as their 'Big Brother'.

Relying on an age-old story, BIG BROTHER offers nothing new to the viewer. The only question you want to ask Mr. Guddu Dhanoa is, Sir, what exactly prompted you to make such a violent movie? There's an overdose of violence in the film, so much so that you start feeling nauseated. There's comedy too [Raju Shrivasatav and the auto rickshaw sequences] that look like an add-on and completely forced.

bravo sunny paaji...!!!!

Saturday, 7 April, 2007

The Routine

Inspired by the short-stories of Tapan Hosekri, this is my first attempt at short-story writing.

The Routine

The jerk of the train wakes me up as it leaves the carshed. I assume it's our first THANE-CST local for the day mainly because it's still dark and the dogs aren't done barking for the night. Several heads barge into the compartment, their thuds trying to subdue the screech of the halting train. Shuttling eyes hunting for thier "spots", stop even before the train does! The drowsy heads then settle into their 'positions' within minutes of swearing, shrugging and sweating. The train pulls out of the station as if to prevent the bogey from exploding. The squeaking handles have already been made elastic.

As I try to breathe, a guy trips in front of me and chooses to bump into the window instead of clinging onto me. I hate that!

The train drags these tons of mass from one station to the next, only to add some more on each. Poor machine! The cluster of baggage dumped upon the rack above me almost chokes me to death. The wind from the window below is the only relief. The ripe elderly flinches away from me as he almost grabs onto me while getting up. He grabs the window rails instead. Am I so useless?

The train finally pulls over at the den on the CST platform to puke the flesh out. The racks above me are now empty and the seats are scarcely occupied. For the zillionth time I hear the cheesy giggles of two college kids as one of them reads the sign beneath me aloud to enjoy the stupid pun,"TO STOP TRAIN, PULL CHAIN."

"Newbies...," I shrug.

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