Bollywood Review: Ishkq In Paris

Ishkq-In-paris-Official-Poster,_2013Starring: Preity Zinta, Rhehan Malek, Isabelle Adjani

Directed by: Prem Raj

After popping up in random cameos and small roles for a number of years, Preity Zinta returns to the big screen in a self produced and written film, Ishkq In Paris, directed by Prem Raj, who also directed Main Aur Mrs. Khanna, but under the name Prem Soni. Preity’s co-star is Rhehan Malek, who also has done other Bollywood films, (Woh Tera Naam Tha, Zinda, Kajraare), but then his name was Gaurav Chanana. It seems like a project a lot of people seem to be trying to reinvent themselves with.

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Review: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

After being delayed by five months, my most awaited film of last year finally comes out, in the shape of a Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!) adaptation of one of my favourite novels of all time, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The trailer promised it to be a grand, glamorous and over the top three-dimensional film that the roaring twenties and the extravagant world of Jay Gatsby demands, leading to high expectations of a man known to be more style than substance. Luckily, so was Gatsby.

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Song Promo: ‘Ghagra’ from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

The latest song video to be released from Dharma Productions’ upcoming, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is ‘Ghagra’, featuring Madhuri Dixit in a special appearance. The song is fun, but the video could be better. She looks good, considering she turned 46 today, but Farah Khan’s choreography is a bit ‘meh’. She can do a lot better, and you’d expect she would for some like Madhuri Dixit, who’s known for being a good dancer. Of course, the promo is an editing version of what will be in the actual film, so maybe it’s unfair to judge it for now.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani releases May 31st.

Giraffe Or Duck: The Hangover Part III Game

Inspired by the upcoming The Hangover Part III, and the scene from the trailer with the giraffe, Warner Bros. and Think Jam have come up with a little game called Giraffe Or Duck. It’s pretty obvious what the point of the game is, make the giraffe duck or… you know.

Giraffe Or Duck

Click here to play. After playing a couple of times, I can’t do better than 8 bridges.

The Hangover Part III releases on May 24th 2013.

Thoughts on The Great Gatsby (1974)

gatsby robertmiaStarring: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Sam Waterston, Karen Black, Lois Chiles

Directed by: Jack Clayton

In the run up to the release of the new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the 1974 film, starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby, was released on blu-ray, and I got it, and watched it, to see what filmmakers made of the book 40 years ago, and so I can compare it to Baz Luhrmann’s version when I finally see that next week. This is not meant as a proper review, just comments on a few things that really stood out to me.
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Bollywood Review: Shootout At Wadala

shootout at wadala

Stars: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood, Ronit Roy

Directed by: Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta’s first directorial venture since the 2005 film Zinda, (not counting his parts in Dus Kahaaniya) is a sort of follow-up/prequel to 2007’s Shootout At Lokhandwala. Set in 1970s Mumbai, it tells the story of the first-ever registered encounter by Mumbai police, where gangster Manya Surve (John Abraham) was shot dead, which took place at the junction next to Dr. Ambedkar College, Wadala, Mumbai on 11 January 1982.

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Bollywood Song Promos – Kabira / Tum Tak

yeh jawaani hai deewaniRaanjhanaa posterOver the past few days a couple of song promos for upcoming Bollywood releases have been released, ‘Kabira’, from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and the first song from Raanjhanaa, ‘Tum Tak’, which has been composed by A. R. Rahman.

So, ‘Kabira’ first. The other version of this song is my favourite of the album (check out my music review for YJHD), and I like version a lot as well. I’m not so sold on the promo though, it seems like the song is going come over a montage of sad-beardy Ranbir Kapoor, and those kind of song picturizations are my least favourite thing about contemporary Bollywood songs. I prefer the proper rona-dhona (lots of crying) sad songs from a while back. But anyway. Check out the promo below..

Next up, we have a song from Raanjhanaa, which is the next A. R. Rahman album, which is always reason for a bit of excitement and high expectations. The song is quite nice, and will probably grow on me with time, and the video is just more of the sweetness from the trailer.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, is directed by Ayan Mukherji, comes out May 31st.

Raanjhanaa, a film by Anand L. Rai, will release June 21st.

Man Of Steel: Final Poster

The final poster for the upcoming Superman film, Man Of Steel, was released day on Yahoo! Movies. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, and produced by Christopher Nolan. It stars Henry Cavill, as Clark Kent/Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, as well as Kevin Costner, Diana Lane, Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon as Zod.

Man of SteelI do wonder if its supposedly to look that blurry… The flying shots in the trailer do have a similar feel to them. I read somewhere they’re supposed to feel ‘raw’. Can’t remember who said that though.

The film is out on June 14th.




On the NPR website, you can stream the whole of The Great Gatsby soundtrack, ahead of its release next week.

Link: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack at NPR

A number of songs have already been made available in their entirety, but you can listen to Beyonce and Andree 3000’s cover of Back To Black, which is pretty good, and Jay Z’s $100 Bill, which features dialogues from the film throughout the song.

Check it out. Will do a review properly when I get the chance (and not from streaming it).

The soundtrack is out in the US May 7th, and UK 13th. Film is out 10th and 16th respectively.