2015 – BollywoodPrime Does Not Recommend These Movies
Tevar – Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor lack chemistry and the story is poorly written. Set in Agra home of the Taj Mahal, but this is not used to add interest either.
Dolly Ki Doli – The same storyline repeated three times. Sonam Kapoor passes over true love to rip prospective groom and their parents off. Why?
Shamitabh – A first grader might come up with a plot like this. A mute man (Dhanush) wants to act, so he convinces an older washed up actor (Amitabh Bachchan) to be his voice and no one is supposed to catch on. Really.
Roy – Arjun Kapoor is a totally pretentious screenwriter and Ranbir Kapoor is a thief who is sullen and boring. Jacqueline Fernandez had some wonderful songs. Watch them on YouTube and skip the movie.
Main Aur Charles – The life of con artist/serial killer Charles Sobhraj in the 1980’s. Randeep Hooda has the worst French accent I have ever heard and the character is despicable.
Shaandaar – Were Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt given lines that were written down in this movie, or did they have a few drinks and director Vikas Bahl started filming. Yes, Shahid and Alia are adorable but this movie was a total waste of time!
BollywoodPrime One-Time Watch Movies – 2015
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! – Sushant Singh Rajput creates an interesting character as a novice detective with a keen analytical mind. Period setting of Calcutta during WWII is well done. Quite a mix of characters weaving in and out of the story. Unfortunately, the story loses needed tension and action by the end of the film.
Gabbar is Back – Akshay Kumar is a college professor whose wife died in a building collapse. He seeks revenge by finding the responsible official, and hanging him. Akshay’s (Gabbar) whole life becomes about avenging corruption and he teaches his students to do the same. By the end of the movie, the body count mindlessly too high.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns – It is fun to watch Kangana Renault play the selfish, worldly Tanu, and the sweet, innocent but self-aware Kusum, but I was disappointed in other aspects of the story. As doctor Manu, R. Madhaven seems to have the maturity of a teenager, by getting engaged to someone whose main qualification is that she “looks” like his wife.
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‘Highway’ – Imtiaz Ali’s emotional journey of a kidnapped girl portrayed with excellence by Alia Bhatt, the powerful silence of her captor Randeep Hooda, a visual journey sometimes harsh and sometimes majestic, AR Rahman music
‘Queen’ – when the newly jilted Kangna Ranaut goes on her honeymoon alone, she finds a exciting world waiting to be discovered, and friendships that leave her forever changed
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My ‘Not Recommended’ list is made up of movies I have seen in 2013.
‘Race 2’ – Attractive people with no values and plastic lives
‘I, Me, aur Main’ – John Abraham as a shallow and immature slacker
‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’ – Saw it but don’t remember the story or the actors
‘Himmatwala’ – A waste of Ajay Devgan’s talent, the heroine treated badly
‘Chashme Buddoor’ – Three annoying friends, couldn’t watch it after an hour
‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ – Unless you love the Deol family – pass
‘Ghanchakkar’ – Too confusing and the ending wasn’t worth the wait
‘Satyagraha’ – Amitabh, Kareena, Ajay going nowhere
‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ – Couple settles for non-commitment and loneliness
‘Grand Masi’ – Nothing attractive about 3 grown men wanting to be teenagers again
‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ – Shahid Kapoor making faces and no chemistry with Ileana D’Cruz
‘Krrish 3’ – Weak and confusing storyline, Hollywood does it better
‘Ram-leela’ – passionate, wonderful music, visual beauty, best couple Ranveer and Deepika
‘Lootera’ – a different kind of love story, quiet, great acting by Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh
‘Chennai Express’ – Shah Rukh Khan plays a self-centered man who finally grows up (I never get tired of seeing him do it) and Deepika Padukone who is given an equally important role
‘Dhoom 3’ – Aamir Khan is a fun actor to watch, Katrina Kaif beautiful, circus stuff wonderful, the surprise was well done
‘Shahid’ – true story makes you think about your own prejudices, wonderful acting by Rajkumar Yadav (now Rajkumaar Rao)
‘Kai Po Che!’ – three vivid personalities of Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav, and Amit Sadh
‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ – watch for Ranbir’s dance moves, a geeky Deepika, a sweet ending
‘Raanjhanaa’ – having Dhanush capture my attention, and Sonam Kapoor (who knew she could act!)
‘Special 26’ – to watch Akshay Kumar use his brains and not his fists
‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’ -performances of Jimmy Shergill and Mahie Gill, great story
‘Lunchbox’ – quiet story, terrific acting by Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur
‘ABCD-Any Body Can Dance’ – terrific dancing and dancers
‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ – for the performance of Pankaj Kapur
‘R…Rajkumar’ – Catchy songs, creative dances and the chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha