Directed by Mohit Suri and produced by the Bhatt family, Aashiqui 2 has been in the news since the time it went on floors. Starring Aditya Roy Kapur (Action Replay and Guzzarish) and Shraddha Kapoor (Teen Patti and Luv ka the End) this musical is not really the sequel or remake of the superhit movie of the 1990s – Aashiqui. But instead it aims to relive those Aashiqui moments 23 years down the line. Does it succeed? Does it make you fall in love all over again? Does the music live up to its promise? Let’s see?
Bruce Willis makes a comeback with another ‘Die Hard’ sequel. Though the iconic action sequences of the earlier films are present in this latest sequel, you cannot wonder whether it was necessary to make yet another movie with a tired old formula. Mind you, the box office collection record shows that the producers of the movie are laughing all the way to the bank. There are other examples like the ‘Harry potter’ franchise and the ever green ‘James Bond’ movies which in between them have grossed several billion dollars.
But not all the sequels of an original hit have been as successful. Of course, nobody intentionally wants to make a bad movie but some sequels seem utterly unnecessary and very inept. Here is the list of 5 such movies which suffered from a steep lack of quality from the original movie.
Who doesn’t want to be happy? Don’t we search for happiness everywhere? Sometimes we search for happiness in our work while at other times we search for happiness in relationships. Sometimes we search for happiness in what others do while at other times we search for happiness in small pleasures of life. We humans have so many wants which keep increasing day by day and that’s why our search for happiness always keeps continuing.
‘Waisi Wali Khushi’ is a short film which talks about that happiness which Punit Malhotra (Director of ‘I Hate Luv Storys & the upcoming ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’) is searching for. He tells ‘Masha Pour’ his story. He is tired of his hectic 9-6 job day in and day out. And one day he decides to leave for Bangkok to have some fun of his own. Till the day he takes off, he always believes that money is all that which can bring happiness to his life. He is part of the rat race which we all are part of. But then he decides to let go and unwind. He decides that enough is enough and starts living life on his own terms. The rest of the movie deals with how he actually finds his happiness.
Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is a parody of what could happen during the making of a ‘Vietnam War’ story. Mr. Stiller plays the action star hero – ‘Tugg Speedman’, who is trying to keep his acting career alive as his previous movies have begun to lose their appeal with the audience. The storyline of this flick is based on a fictional book of the same name, Tropic Thunder. Steve Coogan who plays the role of the director, decides to submerge the spoiled actors into the thickness of the jungle to shoot the film as acting setbacks and budget losses force him to take control of the situation. This parody of film creation easily becomes a memorable one.
Directed by Subash Kapoor and starring Boman Irani, Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla and Amrita Rao in lead roles, Jolly LLB is about an engaging court room drama between two lawyers as different as chalk and cheese. The promos which have been on air have managed to evoke quite some interest in the audience. Is it a comedy? Is it a serious court room drama? Let’s check it out.
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor and starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Yadav, Amit Sadh and Amrita Puri in lead roles, Kai Po Che is the movie adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel – “The 3 mistakes of my life”. It has been in the news all through its making and even after the release it has been highly talked about. Does it live upto the expectations? Let’s check it out.
Ishaan (Sushant), Omi (Amit) and Govind (Rajkumar) plan to setup a cricket equipment shop and training center in Ahmedabad. Each of them has a different reason for setting it. Ishaan wants to nurture and provide the best facilities to talented cricketers like Ali (Digvijay Deshmukh). Govind just wants to make money while Omi wants to be with this friends. The rest of story deals with how the lives of all three change across many years through the Gujarat earthquake as well as the Godhra riots.
I love old movies and I also love Netflix streaming. Thankfully, I can have the best of both worlds as Netflix continues to offer up more and more classic films for me to stream to my laptop or game console. One of my favorite classic comedy/mystery series is called Charlie Chan.
The main character in the Charlie Chan movie series is an Asian-American detective from Hawaii played by Sidney Toler. He is like Sherlock Holmes and can solve even the most difficult cases. In the film, ‘The Chinese Cat’, he teams up with his ‘number three son’ ‘Tommy’ (Benson Fong) and the African-American taxi driver ‘Birmingham Brown’ (Mantan Moreland) to solve a six month old murder case and two other mysterious deaths.
As the three travel through a funhouse they uncover the sinister plot behind the murders and solve a jewellery heist along the way. Full of humor and action, this flick and the others in the series are well worth watching.
Directed by Aditya Datt and starring Paresh Rawal, Rajeev Khandelwal & Tena Desae in lead roles, Table No 21 is among the first releases of the 100th year of Bollywood. It was promoted as an interesting thriller with a difference. What caught you in the promos was Paresh Rawal’s new avatar. So does it work? Let’s check it out.
The story goes like this –
Vivaan (Rajeev) and Siya (Tena) set out on all expenses paid trip to the Fiji islands. With its scenic beauty, clean blue waters and tranquil atmosphere, Fiji would be the ultimate destination for a young people. Just as they begin to enjoy, they encounter Abdul Razzaq Khan (Paresh Rawal) who is the owner of their resort. He invites them to a game where they have to answer 8 questions with an answer as ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and the winner gets a prize money of Rs 21crores. As the game progresses, the questions get more personal and start putting them in a spot. Both Vivaan and Siya feel helpless and confused on how to get out of all this. Who is Razzaq? What’s the real intention of the game? What happens to Vivaan and Siya? The rest of the flick deals with all this and more.
Directed by Reema Kagti and co-written by her along with Zoya Akhtar, ‘Talaash’ marks the return of Aamir Khan after a gap of around 1.5 years. It also stars Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee in lead roles and is a joint collaboration between Farhan Akhtar – Ritesh Sidhwani. So does the Aamir Khan magic continue? Does Rani Mukherjee make comeback after the disastrous ‘Aiyaa’? Let’s check it out.
The movie is anything but new as it came out in 2001. But I only saw it a week ago and it left me speechless (at least for one week; now I have my voice again and can’t wait to use it to tell you all about the film).
“Das Experiment” is a German movie by the director Oliver Hirschbiegel, starring the famous Moritz Bleibtreu – if you’ve seen at least a couple of German movies, you’d probably know this actor.
I love movies that start out interestingly and don’t have even one second of unnecessary dialogue, musical intermezzo or photo shoots which don’t add something of value to the atmosphere or plot. “The Experiment” is one such flick.