Movie Review: Mastizaade – Another Sleep Fest!

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Last week saw the crashing of a overhyped sequel to a ‘Hit’ franchise at the box office – Kya Kool Hain Hum 3. This week again we are put to test our patience and senses with another raunchy ‘porn’ com Mastizaade starring Sunny Leone, Vir Das and Tushar Kapoor (the official porn star of India) ūüėČ

Mastizaade starts off with the ‘flashy’ introduction of Riteish Deshmukh, a self-confessed ‘mastizaada’ (literal¬†meaning of the same as per the dialogue promo – “Jise duniya kehti hai haraamzaada, jise pyaar se ladkiyaan kehti hain ‘aur zyaada’, wahi hota hai asli mastizaada“). Aditya Chotiya (Vir Das) and Sunny Kele (Tusshar Kapoor) two self-confessed sex-maniacs after seeing his antics and his magnetism towards girls, want¬†to become his disciples.

Aditya and Sunny who¬†are thrown out of an ad agency due to¬†extreme sexual content in all their ads, end up starting their own ad agency named ‘XXX’. On the other hand, in order to find a solution for their sexual obsessions, they check into a rehabilitation centre run by the twin sisters (who are sex addicts themselves) Laila Lele (Sunny Leone) and Lily Lele (Sunny Leone again). While Laila Lele is modernity personified, Lilly Lele is a girl with simple values, but, stammers while talking. A lucky draw in the rehab centre wins Aditya and Sunny a trip to Pattaya alongwith Laila and Lily. Amidst all this, Aditya and Sunny land up falling in love with Laila and Lilly respectively. The movie then goes on a spree of double meaning words like Kholde, Daalde, Pakadle, Lele, Kele what not…

In the entire confused plot to bring in more confusion there are few more added characters like Asrani who is Laila and Lily’s father,¬†Sondas (Suresh Menon) the typical filmi gay brother of the twins¬†who also falls in love with Sunny and his ‘Kela’. Then there is¬†Deshpremi (Shaad Randhawa), a wheelchair bound wannabe army man who finds it tough to ‘stand’ on his feet and also the fiancee of Laila. The plot just goes topsy turvy and if you have the patience to go through the entire movie then find out what happens to Aditya and Sunny in the end, do they get the love of their lives, who ultimately gets Sunny Kele between Lily Lele and ‘Son-Das’ and do these ‘mastizaades’ find a solution to their sexual obsessions etc.

Milap Zaveri who had earlier delivered a dud РJaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, loses the plot with this movie too. For an adult comedy this is a very weak effort as one cannot ride an entire movie based on Whatsapp and SMS jokes. The music by Anand Raj Anand, Meet Bros Anjaan and Amaal Mallik  is average, the cinematography by Sanjay F. Gupta seems patchy in few scenes, background score is not that great, editing by Nitin Rokade is okay.

Coming to performances none of the actors are upto the mark. These kind of movies will definitely hit Tushar Kapoor’s career. On the whole the movie is another ‘Sleep Fest’… don’t mind if you hear anyone snoring in the movie hall ūüėČ

My Verdict: *

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Movie Review: Kya Kool Hai Hum 3 – Zzzzzzz!

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The second release of the week is Umesh Ghadge directed Kya Kool Hai Hum 3 the third part in the successful Kya Kool Hai Hum series. However, even hardcore adult-comedy lovers will be disappointed. Apart from some funny jokes and few sequences the movie falls flat.

Kanhaiya (Tusshar Kapoor) and Rocky (Aftab Shivdasani) are unlikely friends. The two end up in Bangkok when invited by their friend Micky (Krishna Abhishek) to work in adult films produced by his banner, Horney Singh Productions. While the two have a good run with porn spoofs of Hindi films, things get messy when Kanhaiya finds his soulmate, Shalu (Mandana Karimi) and must impress her sanskari father, Surya Karjatya (Darshan Jariwala). But porn isn’t `punya ka kaam’ so the two team up with their fellow porn stars, Meri Lee (Gizele Thakral), Suckuntala (Claudia Ciesla) and two others to portray an ideal family.

There is not much of a story. The producers and the director thought of banking on the successful series to create some hype for their product. The teasers were good but that’s that. Porn-com regulars Tusshar and Aftab have very less to offer and Krishna Abhishek as always is funny. Mandana does an impressive job however, she is not an actor yet. Gizele and Claudia are passable and Darshan Jariwala is wasted.

The dialogues are corny, the music by Sajid-Wajid is nothing great but the visuals are good. Few sequences in the movie are hilarious. However, one cannot ride an entire movie on the shoulders of such few sequences.

On the whole, KKHH3 does not live upto the hype created. You can pass it on and wait for next week’s Mastizaade.

My Verdict: *

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Movie Review: Airlift – Simply Brilliant!

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This week opened with two movies catering to different genres РKya Kool Hain Hum 3 and Airlift. More on KKHH3 later. Airlift is one classic movie directed by director Raja Krishna Menon who brings to life the real life story about the evacuation of Indians in Kuwait after the invasion by Iraq in 1990. Some stories should be told and this is one beautiful story that was waiting to explode on screen which also has a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records about the biggest and most historic air evacuation in the world history.

Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar) is a Indian born Kuwaiti businessman who likes enjoying the high society life of the desert country. His wife Amrita Katyal (Nimrat Kaur) is happy in her own world with their little daughter. On August 2nd 1990, their world is turned upside down as Iraq invades Kuwait. Circumstances get the best or worst out of people. Ranjit who is a selfish businessman turns a new leaf as he watches his driver murdered in front of his own eyes. He along with a group of rich friends organises a camp for 1, 70, 000 Indians. The subsequent days are a glorious account of his powerful negotiating skills with enemies as well as friends to bring back the Indians to their homeland.

Menon does a brilliant job with writing as well as directing. He has the making of a great filmmaker and coming days will prove my words. The screenplay is gripping and the dialogues are applause worthy.

Akshay Kumar has given one of his career best performances with Airlift. He lives the character of Ranjit Katyal and his performance is flawless. Nimrat Kaur proves again that she is no flash in the pan actress and gives a career defining performance as Amrita Katyal. Few of her scenes are wonderful especially the scene where she is seen confronting the character of Prakash Belawadi. The supporting cast of Prakash Belawadi, Kumud Mishra, Purab Kohli and Inamulhaq is brilliant.

The background score is the second hero of the movie. Although Airlift is not a musical, the score is quite soothing and nice especially songs like Tu Bhoola Jise and Soch Na Sake. The editing by Hemanti Sarkar and cinematography by Priya Seth is very good.

On the whole, Airlift is a BRILLIANT movie coming out of Bollywood and it will make its place amongst the top classics. A must watch!

My Verdict: ****

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61st Filmfare Awards 2016 – Winners List!

Filmfare is the Oscar of India and it is one of the most prestigious awards that every actor in India would kill to win. Recently the winners were announced and we have compiled the same for all chaiwithshai fans!

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Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)
Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)
Deepika Padukone – Piku

Best Film
Bajirao Mastani

Best Director
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Debut Director
Neeraj Ghaywan – Masaan

Best Debut (Male)
Sooraj Pancholi – Hero

Best Debut (Female)
Bhumi Pednekar – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Critics’ Choice Best Film Award
Piku

Critics’ Choice Best Actor (Male)
Amitabh Bachchan – Piku

Critics’ Choice Best Actor (Female)
Kangna Ranaut – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Lifetime Achievement Award
Moushumi Chatterjee

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani

Best Playback Singer (Male)
Arijit Singh – Sooraj Dooba (Roy)

Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Story
Vijayendra Prasad – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Best Music
Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Amaal Mallik – Roy

Best Lyrics
Irshad Kamil – ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho‘ (Tamasha)

Best Dialogue
Himanshu Sharma – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Best Screenplay
Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku

Best Costume Design
Anuj Modi, Maxima Basu – Bajirao Mastani

Production Design
Sujit Sawant, Saloni Dhatrak, Sriram Iyenger – Bajirao Mastani

Best Sound Design
Shajith Koyeri – Talvar

Best Background Score
Anupam Roy – Piku

Best Cinematography
Manu Anand – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Action
Sham Kaushal – Bajirao Mastani

Best Choreography
Pandit Birju Maharaj (Mohe Rang Do Laal) – Bajirao Mastani
Remo D’Souza (Pinga)- Bajirao Mastani

Best VFX
Prana Studio – Bombay Velvet

R.D. Burman Award
Armaan Malik

We wish all the award winners the very best for their future!

Tanuj Wants To Have a One Night Stand With Scarlett Johansson!

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Meeting up with friends over a cup of ‘chai’ has been one of my favorite activities. Today I am glad to feature my dear friend and actor Tanuj Virwani on Chai With Shai. Tanuj and I go way back in time when he was an assistant director and I a budding writer. Today he is one of the most promising stars to hit the silver screen and after an initial setback with his first two movies, his next with Sunny Leone – One Night Stand looks quite promising. Here are some excerpts from our conversation.

One Night Stand is one of the most promising movies of 2016 starring Sunny Leone and you in the lead. Tell us about the movie and your character.
Yes I’m really looking forward to this one (smiles). I play a mature, rather grey character in the film who’s really a bit of a jerk to everyone around him until it all starts catching up with him. In short, the film is a mature adult drama about relationships love and loss (smiles).

How did One Night Stand find its way to your life?
I got a call to test for it and so I went, three days later the producers called me saying they would like to meet me and that’s what set the ball rolling (smiles).

Nice (smiles)… So tell me how was it working with Sunny considering the fact that she is one of the most sought after actresses today?
She’s wonderful to work with, very level headed and grounded even though she is so successful she never acted like a star if I was finding certain scenes difficult she would help me through them. I really couldn’t have asked for a better co-star (gushes).

I am sure (smiles)…With the suggestive name like One Night Stand, can we classify it in the same genre as Kya Kool Hai Hum series or a Mastizaade? If not, how different is it from the aforementioned movies?
(Laughs)… No no no I can assure you there is not even one prevent similarity between those films and ours simply because the genre itself is very different.

Really? (raises eyebrows)
Really… (continues laughing) Come on yaar, those are full on masala entertainers with huge doses of humour while our film is an adult drama. The characters are all real and pretty serious, no jokes going around here
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Hmmm (frowns)… I do believe you (smiles)… So did you have any inhibitions while filming this movie?
Well initially I was a bit sceptical because of certain scenes I was to perform. However, I decided not to particularly highlight them in my head as they were aesthetically done and I trusted my director’s vision. If I would think about it too much I would not be able to be truthful to the character.

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Right… Born to a superstar mother (Rati Agnihotri) and businessman father, how was your growing up days?
I have had a lovely childhood. By the grace of God my parents have raised me with the right values without giving me anything in excess. It’s important that we make our own mark in the world and come out of our parent‚Äôs shadows. Nothing makes them more proud of us (smiles).

That’s true… Did you always aspire to be an actor?
Not really I wanted to be a director actually it’s something I would still like to pursue in the future.

I know… but how did the transformation happen?
I was an assistant director and offers would start coming in via my mother also once the acting bug hits you it’s very difficult to shrug it off (laughs).

Happens (joins laughter)… Like you said earlier, you want to still pursue being a director, so any aspirations to turn into a full-fledged director with a mainstream Hindi movie any day soon?
Yes absolutely I write and direct a lot of short films, so yes that does seem like the next logical step but not anytime soon. I want to establish myself as an actor first.

What kind of movies give you a kick?
I like dark gritty movies with grey characters

Any favourite character you think you could play?
I would love to do an Indianized version of Tony Montana from Scarface (winks).

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Nice… Tell me how open are you with experimenting with characters and roles in movies? Would you like to play a gay man or a quirky character if anyone approaches you?
I am absolutely open to all types of roles. The moment one starts being judgemental about a character you cease to be honest with your craft. The key is to keep reinventing yourself so as to keep the audience interested.

True… So which directors you want to work with and why?
Raju Hirani, R. Balki, Anurag Kashyap, Imtiaz Ali amongst others. Well I think their body of work is reason enough (smiles).

Were you disappointed with the underperformance of your previous movies?
(Giving a deep thought) Disappointed? Yes. Disillusioned? No. See you have to shrug it off and aim at doing a better job in the future. Nothing lasts forever not success and not failure. The only co-star in one’s life is ‘CHANGE’!

Rati Aunty is a terrific actress and a huge star of her time, what kind of advice does she give you on your choice of roles or how to conduct properly in the industry?
She wants me to learn from my own mistakes and make my own decisions so unless and until I go to her for specific advice, she doesn’t interfere much.

For a star-son you are much grounded and well behaved, whom do you want to give credit for the person you are today?
My parents for the way that they have raised me looks like they did a really good job no (laughs).

Absolutely (smiles) I can vouch for it… In an industry filled with gossips and rumours you have a very clean slate till now. Are you actually not a controversial person or you are intelligent enough to cover your tracks? (laughs)
(Peers at me and then smiles) Well I’m a normal guy nobody is squeaky clean and no one is a monster as they are sometimes portrayed to be. I’m a private person when it comes to certain aspects of my life which do not concern my professional life I would not like my life story being breakfast news for 1.3 billion people so I try and keep a low profile as I think it keeps one’s sanity and peace of mind (smiles).

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Out of the three movies you have done so far, two have been directed by women. Do you see any difference while getting directed by a female director compared a male director?
I find that women directors at least the ones that I have worked with are just a little more emotionally switched on, also the kind of instructions vary a bit when a man is directing you as opposed to a woman. Both experiences have been enriching for me

What are your future projects?
(Rubbing his hands) Well there is something coming up really soon but I’m not yet at liberty to speak about it. Hopefully soon (smiles) once One Night Stand releases.

Explain One Night Stand in one sentence and what can audience expect from this movie?
Karmas a bitch. That’s what our movie says if you are a bit of a jerk to people it will come back and haunt you someday. The audience can expect a lot of twists and turns, and drama and yes of course Sunny Leone in a completely new avatar (winks). I think she’s gonna surprise a lot of people with her performance in this movie.

Okay, Tanuj we have arrived at the most exciting part of our conversation where I will throw few questions at you and you have to answer them in a word or sentence.
Whom do you want to have a One Night Stand with (except Sunny Leone)
Scarlett Johansson (laughs).

In real life you prefer One Night Stands or Committed Relationships (laughs)?
(Joins laughter) Nice one… Relationships of course.

The most sexiest actress today as per you – Sunny Leone, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kriti Sanon?
Deepika Padukone.

An actor you feel is competition?
Every single working actor out there is my competition.

Oh don’t be a saint, just take one name…
Come on… (pauses) I will pass for now.

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Okay (smirks)… Purani Jeans or One Night Stand?
Right now, one night stand (winks).

Tanushree, Joe or Jasmine D’Souza fav director?
Infact all three have been wonderful so it would be unfair just to pick one (smiles).

So diplomatic… Anyway, would you like to work in a remake of Ek Duje Ke Liye?
Yes that would be great (excitedly).

Wait the question is not yet over…
Okay please continue (smiles).

Thank you (winks and both burst out laughing) Okay let me ask the question now…
Okay go on.

Who would you like your heroine to be Akshara or Shruthi Hasan and why?
That all depends on the script and the director

Hmmm… Your secret fantasy?
If I told you I’d have to kill you (laughs)

Okay fine I don’t say as I don’t want to die so soon (winks)… Your favourite holiday place?
Gold Coast, Australia.

So predictable…
What predictable?

Last time also you said the same thing.
So?

I thought abhi kuch toh badlav aaya hoga
Jaani hum aise hi badalte nahi…(winks)

Accha? Anyway (smiles) what message you want to give your fans?
Don’t let success go to your head or failure to your heart stay blessed stay hungry stay foolish guys. Love you all (smiles).

It was a pleasure catching up with you Tanuj and I wish you all the very best for your future projects.
Likewise (smiles and hugs).

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Movie Review: Wazir – Only Style, No Substance!

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2015 came to an end on a happy note with both Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale¬†doing well at the Box Office. However, 2016 has just begun with its first release – Wazir, directed by Bejoy ‘Shaitan’ Nambiar. Let us find out if Wazir will break the January jinx this year at the BO.

The¬†movie¬†starts off with a song introduction of ATS officer Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar), his wife Ruhaana (Aditi Rao Hydari) and their only daughter¬†Noorie. One day, when Danish is out with his family, he¬†spots a dreaded terrorist Rameez (Naseer Husain) and within minutes there is a series of chase sequences resulting¬†in the death of Danish’s daughter Noorie. ¬†Both Danish and Ruhaana are completely shattered by the death of their child and are suffering in their own solitary ways. A mentally disturbed Danish gets suspended from his job after he kills Rameez. Unable to bear the grief, one day, when Danish¬†is about to kill himself, enters a wheelchair-bound chess champion named Panditji aka Omkar Nath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) in his life, and he gets sucked into the latter‚Äôs world, which is full of light and darkness, the contradictions arising from a painful past loss, and a present trying to come to terms with it. ¬†Panditji, teaches Danish the ‘similarities’ between the ‘game of life’ and the ‘game of chess’. Gradually, the two become the best of buddies and start spending time over chess¬†and drinks.

One fine day, Panditji reveals to Danish that his daughter was murdered by a politician Yazaad Qureshi (Manav Kaul) and he is waiting to take revenge for the same. Danish joins Panditji in his battle against Yazaad Qureshi. As days pass, Danish realizes that Yazaad Qureshi is not just a mere politician, but is more than what meets the eye. Just when Danish plans to eliminate Yazaad Qureshi, Panditji gets ‘attacked’ by a certain mysterious villain named ‘Wazir’ (Neil Nitin Mukesh). What happens towards the end is something that turns Danish Ali’s world upside down. Who is the real ‘Wazir’, what happens to Panditji in the end, does Danish Ali become successful in eliminating Yazaad Qureshi is what forms the rest of the film.

Bejoy Nambiar on paper had a great subject written by Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra but he spoils the same¬†with his aimless and poor direction. The movie is high on style but very low on substance. The movie starts off with a ‘bang’ but loses steam as it progresses with too many dull moments included. ¬†The movie suffers from as I said earlier an aimless direction, the plot is unconvincing and the director has taken unlimited cinematic liberties which does not make sense leaving the viewers confused. Akhtar’s character is shown to be a suspended ATS officer but he still carries a fully loaded gun (how and why? Doesn’t the department take back all the arms and ammunition along with the badge from a suspended police personnel?). Also he is called for action as and when required (brain goes spinning – is he a special case? If that is the case then why suspend him?)

The best part of the movie is to watch Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar perform. They have lived the characters and have done justice to their roles. Aditi Rao Hyderi has a small role but she has given a decent performance. Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham are wasted.

The movie has a buffet spread of music directors Shantanu Moitra, Advaita, Ankit Tiwari, Prashant Pillai, Gaurav Godkhindi, Rochak Kohli etc. however, only song ‘Tere Bin’ is hummable. The background music by Rohit Kulkarni is quite powerful. Cinematography by Sanu Varghese is good. The film editors lacked style and substance, they could have edited some of the dull moments and made the movie more crisp and faster. The climax is very bad, it is quite predictable and that pulls the entire movie down.

On the whole, despite some wonderful performances fails to impress.

My Verdict: **

Renting Furniture – The New Way of Life!

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Why should you rent furniture?
After you have finished reading this article, you’ll be wondering why you never did!

The only thing constant in life is change and its impact on lives. What if you shift to a new city for work or studies? After you rent a place, the biggest challenge is to either shift your furniture from your hometown or buy new furniture. In both cases, you end up spending a lot of money. Towards the end of your stint at the city, finding buyers for your used furniture or costs involved in transporting them to your home/another city is such a pain!

Have you ever thought how convenient it would be to rent furniture in such cases? This would make the entire process of moving to another place so simple and smooth. No worries about assembling or damaging the furniture during transportation. Furniture renting companies make your lives easier ­- once your tenure is nearing the end in a city, they come and collect the furniture, leaving you with only few bags of clothes and other easy movables.

Or are you a person who would get bored of the same furniture? With renting of residential furniture, you can change the look of your house frequently, and that too without worrying about financing or disposing the old furniture.

In India, not many people are aware of the concept of renting or leasing residential furniture, while some feel that renting or leasing of residential furniture is a waste of money as they do not acquire ownership. Moreover, they end up paying more than the value of the furniture through monthly subscription plans. Here are some indicators, which would help understand why renting or leasing residential furniture is the best financially-sound decision.

1) Save Money: Why should you invest a huge amount of money in purchasing furniture when you have an option to use the best and most desirable furniture in the market at cheaper monthly subscription? You can save a considerable amount of money by renting furniture and this money can be invested in assets that give good returns.

2) Be Hassle Free: The most expensive and stylish furniture today might not always remain in vogue. Selling them off at low prices to upgrade in a few years is not a great idea! Moreover, if your stay in a city is not too long, selling/transporting furniture will be at a loss/cost. Make your life easier by simply renting furniture!

3) Speedy Delivery: Once you select your furniture and monthly subscription, the dealer ensures that the furniture is delivered at your doorstep within 24 hours. What more can you ask for to set up a new home with all the comforts you need!

4) Easy Availability: What you see is what you get! Your choice of furniture is just few clicks away. Only readily available furniture are posted on the website, and hence you need not worry about the availability.

5) Convenient and Pocket Friendly: You can select and rent from a range of furniture within your budget. Once you have your home set up and if you feel that a furniture is of no use, you may just contact the dealer and he will pick it up at your convenient time at no added expense.

6) Zero Wear and Tear Expense: You do not have to worry about the wear and tear of the furniture, as the cost is included in the monthly rental plan.

There are few residential furniture leasing or renting companies in the Indian market, and FURLENCO beats them all in their game with its pocket friendly monthly plans. They have monthly subscription plans ranging from Rs. 1,500/- to Rs. 7,500/- per month, wherein you can get your 1BHK house to a 3BHK house fully furnished. For more details, visit www.furlenco.com. You can pick and choose your plan as per your need and budget, and make furniture rental a way of life!

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