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Udta Punjab Review

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‘Udta Punjab’ is a story of how drugs are quietly destroying the future of many Indian young people. Director and co-writer Abhishek Chaubey uses his film as a wakeup call for those that are unaware of the problem within their own country. He uses four people living in Punjab and touched by the drug lifestyle to tell his story.

Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor), is a popular rock icon in his state. His songs glorify drug use and partying. His fans love him. Friends make sure he has a limitless supply of cocaine to keep his creative juices running. Everyone, including his father, want the cash to keep pouring in. But,Tommy is so addicted that he starts to unravel. Bizarre behavior lands him in jail where he suffers withdrawal alone.
His cell mates include two brothers who are fans. They became addicted, stole money from their mother, and killed her when she tried to stop them. Horrified, Tommy realizes the influence of his own music. He wants to stop. At his next concert, he tries to talk with his young audience about drug use. He finds out that its all about the drug lifestyle. His fans don’t care about him, they like his music to get high to.

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Tamasha Review

tamasha-1448607669-583-640x480Imtaz Ali’s (writer and director) “Tamasha” is all about finding your true purpose in life. Am I here just to fulfill my duty to my family or to society? Or do I have a duty to myself?  Ali follows Ved Vardhan Sahni (Ranbir Kapoor) through three important stages of his life.

Not really interested in school, 9-year old Ved  is obsessed with stories. All his free time and money is spent on an old storyteller who dispenses stories a half-and-hour at a time.  The stories, a mix of the Mahabharata and Ramayana‎, Greek mythology, and the Bible, set Ved’s imagination on fire. When he returns home, he secretly re-enacts each character.

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Baaghi Review

baaghi-new-poster-out-featuring-tiger-shroff-shraddha-kapoor-1As “Baaghi”  opens, Tiger Schroff as Ronnie is balancing his whole body weight by his index finger and thumb – an incredible feat. In flashback we learn that Ronnie is an arrogant and rebellious young man. His worried father sends him to a former army buddy who is now Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj at an academy in Kerala teaching the ancient martial art form of Kalaripayattu. Kalari involves the discipline of kicking, spinning, punching and chopping for self-defense. Tiger excels here – no body doubles – and his moves are flawless. He is the Bollywood action star of the future. » Read more..

Airlift Review

Airlift‘Airlift’ is a fictionalized account of an actual event, the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in 1990. The film focuses on the evacuation of 110,000 Indians who worked there and are stranded when Hussein’s army invade. Caught in the middle of a desperate situation, the Indians were not targeted by the Iraqis who only want to kill Kuwaitis. Adding to the problem, Kuwait’s royal family flees as soon as the fighting starts, leaving behind chaos and no one in charge of the government.

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2015 BollywoodPrime Does Not Recommend These Movies

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

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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Drishyam Review

drishyam-movie-review Ajay Devgan is Vijay, a small town businessman caught up in a web of lies and deceit in “Drishyam” (The Sight). Although he is an orphan with only a fourth grade education, through hard work Vijay has built a successful cable business. He is obsessed with watching movie after movie, many times staying at the office late into the night. Vijay references scenes in movies for help with real-life situations; such as, advising a couple on legal matters after he recalls a movie with a similar court scene. Every day, Vijay spends time in a café owned by Martin Uncle. There he often witnesses a corrupt police officer Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant) bully people out of their money. » Read more..

ABCD 2 Review

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This is a movie you could take one of two ways: you could dismiss it or you can enjoy it.  I really enjoyed it. The story has been told before, as a matter of fact, I thought the dance competition was similar Farah Khan’s  “Happy New Year” but without the heist and with way better dancers. But its summer and who wants to think too much – I was thoroughly entertained.

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Gabbar is Back Review

College professor Aditya (Akshay Kumar) becomes directly affected by corruption when he loses his pregnant wife (Kareena Kapoor in a cameo) in a building collapse. He starts to secretly raise a team of his students who will infiltrate various departments in government when they leave school.  Aditya’s main target is the developer whose shoddy work caused his wife’s death. He then takes on the whole system with a plan to kidnap ten officials from each government department, decide which man is the most corrupt and hang him publicly from whatever is available (a crane, a statue), attaching a file of his offenses to the body. Everybody has a CD from “Gabbar” notifying one and all that he intends to rid India of corruption.

I had mixed feelings about “Gabbar is Back“.  It was hard for me to get passed the fact that the “good” guy was executing people without judge or jury, and encouraging his young followers to do the same. Everything was black and white here, no shades of gray. The “bad” guys were just outlines.  They should have been filled in with more detail to help us feel good when they are eliminated. Lots of stereotypes of police and government officials. The background music was relentlessly ever present. » Read more..

Roy Review

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Kabir Grewal (Arjun Rampal), director, filmmaker, and womanizer, has two successful movies on his resume and is now is the process of making the third movie in a series. Devoid of ideas, he heads to Malaysia hoping to find inspiration for his script. While there he meets and pursues Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandes), a London based filmmaker who is making a documentary.

The scene switches to Roy (Ranbir Kapoor), the subject of Kabir’s film. Roy is a world-class thief who has stolen from the Louvre, the Royal Palace of Qatar, etc. He is planning to steal art work from a wealthy young woman, Tia (Jacqueline in a double role). » Read more..

Dolly ki Doli Review

Sonam Kapoor plays Dolly, a con woman, who knows how to attract men, she then uses all her wiles to trick them into marriage.  On each wedding night, the bride serves all in the house a concoction that puts them into a deep sleep. Dolly then lets the other members of her gang into the house to  take everything of value and disappear.
Police inspector Robin Singh (Pulkit Samrat) is assigned the case and he enlists the help of two of Dolly’s victims, Sonu (Rajkumar Rao), a successful farmer,  and Manjot (Varun Sharma), a Punjabi momma’s boy.
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Bang Bang Review

‘Bang Bang’ is a fast-paced rom-com, starring Hrithik Roshan as a man of mystery, and Katrina Kaif, as a simple bank receptionist. The storyline: Craving a change in her dull life, Harleen mistakes handsome Rajveer for her blind date set up by Trulove.com. Rajveer takes advantage of this by charming her, while he slips a priceless diamond that he has stolen from the Tower of London into her purse. Rajveer then asks Harleen if she dances and when she says “only in the mirror”, he proceeds to dazzle her with a Hrithik Roshan style dance. Naïve Harleen is totally infatuated. » Read more..

Kick Review

KickPoster‘Kick’ is truly the Salman Khan show from beginning to end, with a cast of good supporting characters, and a fairly interesting storyline. Is he acting or just being himself – probably a little of both.  Sajid Nadiadwala makes his directing debut with this movie.

Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez), a beautiful psychologist living in Warsaw, agrees to an meeting with Himanshu (Randeep Hooda), a top cop from India, for the purpose of an arranged marriage. They share their pasts as a way of getting to know each other. Shaina confesses she is still haunted by feelings for ex-boyfriend Devi Lal. Devi (Salman) is an underachiever with a brilliant, creative mind. Easily bored, Devi has gone through 32 jobs since college. He’s addicted to the high that comes from mixing things up, being reckless, and getting a kick from the reactions around him. When Shaina tries to change him, Devi impulsively breaks their romance off. Himanshu, it turns out, is haunted and taunted by a master criminal who is nicknamed Devil.
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Singham Returns Review

SINGHAM RETURNSSalman owns Churbul, SRK owns Don, and Ajay Devgan owns Bajirao Singham, the righteous cop who dispenses compassion and justice as he sees fit. This time, Director Rohit Shetty‘s macho cop Singham is on the Mumbai police force where he has already won the respect of his men. Singham is protecting Guruji (Anupum Kher), his former teacher, who has formed a slate of young, honest political candidates for upcoming elections. Guruji’s nemesis is Baba (Amole Gupta), a phony religious leader, who has become rich and powerful at the expense of his followers. Baba is influencing the elections by intimidation and by buying votes. The plot thickens when one of Singham’s officers turns up dead in a van full of black money. Shetty weaves a number of social ills into his story: poverty, political corruption, laundered money, treatment of women, and the limitation of the “system” to bring about true justice. » Read more..

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