Movies

Prem Geet 2 movie review

Yesterday a friend walked into my office and said Aaja Prem Geet 2 herna jaane ma. 2:30 ko ticket book gareko chhu. Jaane ho? I handed him the review of the movie published in Kantipur the same day. It was not a very good review. Mero girlfriend le pani asti hereko, ramro chhaina re, someone added. He then dropped the idea of watching the movie.

Today again the same friend came in my office, sat in front of me and showed me a ticket.  Aaja pani timle mind change garchhau bhanera maile ta ticket nai kinera aako. 2:30 kai show herne. When he was about to leave at 2:10, I asked him if I could also tag along. I must say he was taken aback. But without wasting any time, we hurried to City Center. After a few minutes in the queue, I was able to get a ticket that someone else had already bought. (The seat was marked SOLD but the ticket girl still gave it to me. I don’t know how that was possible. But I didn’t care. I got a ticket when the hall was housefull!)

One thing I like about Big Cinema is the size of the screen—it’s big. I mean it. And if you’re in the fourth row from the screen, it gets even bigger. Last time I watched a movie in Big Cinema was Mr Joe B Carvalho (read my review of Mr Joe B Carvalho here). They showed a short clip about the quality of the sound of the theater before the movie began. It was very loud. A guy sitting next to me was saying to his friend Hamro kaan ko jaali futeko bhaye hall le jimma linchha? Big Cinema people, if you’re reading this, we get that your theater has good sound system, no need to show off with that ear-piercing music.

The movie starts with a speech a man is giving to an audience in Mandalay, Myanmar about Nepal and Nepali people, about how the Gurkha people came and settled in Burma but still have Nepal in their hearts. Wait, Mandalay? I’ve heard that name before. My father often talks about that place. We have many relatives there. And my parents are planning to visit Burma next year. So the movie immediately had all my attention.

As the name suggests, the movie is about Prem (Pradeep Khadka) and Geet (Aaslesha Thakuri) and their love story. Geet was born in Myanmar but lives in Thailand with her uncle. She wants to visit the homeland of her grandmother. So one day, she decides to go Nepal alone. Here she meets our boy Prem. He takes her to Pokhara, Lumbini and Rara. During this travel, Prem starts to have feelings for her. He doesn’t know if the feeling is mutual. When Geet goes back to Thailand, Prem decides to go in search of her to tell her how he feels for her. After all, love has no boundaries, right? And this is how the movie moves forward.

Pradeep Khadka was good in his character of mischievous, and funny Prem in the first half, and the serious-lover-boy-who-would-do-anything-for-his-love Prem in the second half. I thought he looked like Neymar after that hair cut in the movie. I was disappointed in Thakuri though. Maybe the hype was too big. Trying to keep things real, she has tried to capture the Burmese way of talking but at times her dialogues felt awkward and not natural. But maybe that is how the people of Myanmar talk, you could argue. I talk to my relatives in Myanmar almost every week. And I can tell you, they don’t talk like that, at least not to me and my family.

There are many plot holes and WTF moments in the movie too. The most notable one was the scene where a guy tries to stop Prem and Geet at some point in a highway saying Agadi najanus, Trishuli ma thulo aandhi aaudai chha. We’re then neither shown Trishuli nor and any storm. This scene was totally unnecessary and has no relevance in the entire movie. Geet dancing and shouting Buddha bhagawan hamro Nepal ma janminu bhako also did not do any good to the plot. I think it sounded forced. Geet’s grandmother giving her the blessing Prem le timi lai khojdai yeha aaipugos was too filmy. Our hero learns some form of martial arts in a matter of weeks (it’s not mentioned in the movie but that’s what I gathered) and challenges our villain, a champion, for a one-on-one fight. Really? And the villain Angadh (Santosh Sen)—what do I say about him? He fights good. But the reason he turns villain in our lovebird’s lives was very poor. The makers should have done better in giving the villain a strong backstory.

The music in the movie is very good though. Rohit John Chhetri’s Bistarai was my favourite. The songs do not disrupt the flow of the movie. And they have been beautifully shot in beautiful locations. The title song was also very good. Rohit John Chhetri and Shreya Sotang have done a fabulous job. I felt the video could’ve been better though. Well, watch the song and you decide for yourself.

 

If you can ignore some awkward acting, and some plot holes, Prem Geet 2 is very watchable. I can’t say if you’ll like it more than Prem Geet, but you’ll probably come out of the theater saying film ramro raichha. I walked out of the theater thinking Yo Dashain ma Upper Mustang jaane ki Rara, tension po bho.

Overall rating: 6/10

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Jagga Jasoos Movie Review

A friend of mine is a big Katrina Kaif fan. He had a spare ticket of Jagga Jasoos for Friday (yesterday) and asked me if I would like to go watch the movie with him. I politely refused the offer. I wanted to spend Saturday evening watching War for the Planet of the Apes but its screening time was not feasible for me. So, guess what? I got a ticket of Jagga Jasoos. I was about to watch the same movie with my own money. I texted him from the hall and he replied: Khub thulo paltethyau ta hijo!

The first few minutes of the movie were a little confusing. May be I took a little more time than usual to settle well in the seat. But once I got comfortable in a minute, the movie took off. The character Jagga, played by Ranbir Kapoor, does not speak much because he fumbles. One day, a guy who he calls Tutti Futti—played by Saswata Chatterjee, tells him that if he speaks in songs, he will not fumble. And he doesn’t. So Jagga does not speak much in the movie; he sings. The whole movie was like watching a musical play. I felt as if I were in a theater and the actors were performing live on stage. And I liked that feel. It took me back in time when I used to watch plays in Aarohan Gurukul sitting in the front row.

When Tutti Futti goes missing one day, Jagga goes on a mission to find him with the help of Shruti (Katrina Kaif). There’s nothing in the movie that we haven’t seen before. But the way things are presented–even the simplest of stuffs, it makes the movie beautiful and fun. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was in the theater. I did not even want there to be an interval. But the way announcement of intermission was brought up, I couldn’t help but accept it with a bigger smile. I did not even get popcorn in the interval—which I always do—because I did not want to get distracted from the movie. But some people sitting in the row behind me probably did not like the movie. One guy in particular was complaining—Bachha le herne film po raichha! Paisa khera gayo. (It’s a film for kids! Money is wasted.)

When I told my friend whose offer to watch the movie I had refused yesterday that I enjoyed the movie, he was surprised. Really? Being a Katrina Kaif fan, I did not enjoy the movie. But you did? That was his reply. I don’t very much like Katrina Kaif as an actor. So his surprise was not a surprise to me. Ranbir Kapoor as Jagga was the one who actually stole the show for me. He was brilliant. And hats off to Anurag Basu, the director, for making such a beautiful film.

I can’t think of anything else right now to write here.

Oh, let me add something. All my friends think that my taste in movies is weird. If I suggest them a movie because I like it, they’ll add it in their do-not-watch list. That being said, if you enjoy watching plays and musicals and light-hearted comedy, you can give Jagga Jasoos a try and decide for yourself.

Rating: 6/10

ROY

About two years ago, one of my teachers called in sick very late. So my class got cancelled. I got bored and as I had nothing to do, I decided to watch a movie. It was when I reached the theater I realized Roy was in QFX Cinemas. Roy had received a bad review. I do not judge movies by reading reviews. But something happened to me that moment. I did not want to watch Roy. So instead I opted to watch a Nepali movie Suntali–I hadn’t heard of this movie earlier. And I did not regret my decision. It was a fun movie. I read that this movie won some awards that year.

So as time passed by, I forgot about the movie. Though I still hear the song Chittiyaan Kalaiyan from the movie in some parties.

Today I got back from work a bit late. Tired, I sat on the couch, turned on the TV and started surfing channels. I stopped at Star Gold Select. For the past few weeks, I’ve been a fan of this particular movie channel. The movies here have only one break just the way they should have.

Anyways, I noticed that Roy was on. I thought of watching for a few minutes. I instantly got hooked. I watched the movie for around 40 minutes. Then a neighbour showed up. I had to turn off the TV and entertain him. After he left, I watched the entire movie online, right from the beginning. And I have to admit, it was a beautiful movie. I liked it. I’m now writing my first thoughts in this blog.

Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal) is a movie director. He has two successful movies under his belt–Guns Part I and Guns Part II. Now he’s up for Guns Part III. All these movies are about a thief called Roy (Ranbir kapoor). Roy is so good at what he does that some call him the greatest thief of all time. During the shoot, Kabir meets another filmmaker Aisha (Jacqueline Fernandez). He draws inspiration from Aisha and moulds his story based on his interactions with her. Then one day Aisha leaves. Kabir is left behind with an unfinished story, an unfinished movie. He loses his inspiration. The movie goes on to show how he faces these circumstances.

There are many beautiful moments in the movie. The movie shows Kabir’s and Roy’s story in parallel. It can get a little confusing at first because Jacqueline has important part in both stories. But once when you get that they are two different stories with a connection, you can immerse into the story and the characters. There’s one particular moment in the movie when Kabir loses his inspiration to complete the movie in the form of Aisha, Roy is left stranded in the middle of ocean for sometime. This, I think, the director has done very beautifully.

The songs of the movie are very good and catchy too. Tu Hai Ki Nahi and Yaara Re were my favourite. The first two songs were also good but I think they were not very necessary. I felt they disturbed the smooth flow of the story. I also felt they were a bit loud given the story, its pace, and the characters.

Other than that, I think the movie was great. The main reason this movie did not do well in the box office, I believe, is that it moves very slowly. But I think that is the beauty of the movie. Also the movie probably was made ahead of its time. The Indian cinema audience are not yet ready to watch these sort of artistic movies. I don’t mean to say that I am ahead of time. I just like these sort of movies. My friends don’t like the movies I like, and I don’t like the movies my friends like.

I remember one movie in particular–Another Earth. I liked the movie so much that I suggested it to all my friends. All those who watched it on my recommendation vowed never to take my recommendation on movies from that day on. I was a little disappointed. So I’m going to save myself from another disappointment and not suggest it to any of my friends. Instead I’m writing this blog so that anyone can read this if they wish to.

Final words:

I know it’s waaaaaaaaaaay too late, but still … if you’re into typical masala bollywood movies, this movie is not for you. But if you appreciate the artistic value of a movie, you can go for it. There’s a good chance you’ll enjoy the movie.

Rating: 6/10

‘Mr Joe B Carvalho’ is a laughing riot

I watched Mr Joe B Carvalho yesterday at the Big Movies, Kathmandu with zero prior knowledge about the movie, except the fact that Arsad Warsi was in it. I like Warsi as an actor but the were only about 20 people in the hall. So I did not know what to expect from the movie. In fact, I did not know the name of the movie until it started. But when it started, I was not disappointed at all. The movie was a complete fun to watch.

The story is of Joe B Carvalho (Arsad Warsi), a small private detective. He gets a case to bring back home the daughter of a rich man (Shakti Kapoor) who eloped with her lover. An international criminal Carlos (Javed Jeffrey) has an assignment to kill a girl. And inspector Shanti Priya (Soha Ali Khan) has a mission to nab Carlos. Things get mixed up and a laughing riot breaks out. The plot is simple but the humour in it takes it to another level. There are some what-the-hell-is-happening-here moments but the humour won’t let you cling to those.

Arsad Warsi and Javed Jeffrey are good as always. But Soha looks clumsy, especially in the songs. One thing’s for sure, she needs to learn dancing. The rest of the cast have also been effective in their roles.

If you love movies where you can just sit back and relax and don’t have to think much, this is the movie for you. And for the rest of you, if you could watch Dhoom 3, you can definitely watch Mr Joe B Carvalho. You may like it more.