Directed by: Blake Myers
Widge’s note: Please welcome Jorge de la Cova to the site, friend of our own Rob Levy. Rob mentioned this documentary in the latest Weekend Justice and, right on cue, here’s Jorge with a review. Excellent timing.
How do you solve a problem like Betsy?
On the one hand, Betsy Goodrich, subject of the documentary film Disabled But Able to Rock, is a highly functional middle-aged woman living with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. On the other, Betsy lives the fantasy life of an eight-year-old, showering her love on her numerous stuffed pets. Betsy herself describes the difference between her life and the life of “normals” as a heightening of her senses. Lights and sounds on steroids.
Written by: Ikram Akhtar, Nisar Akhtar & Rajeev Kaul, based on a story by Anees Bazmee
Directed by: Anees Bazmee
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Sanjay Dutt, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Kangana Ranaut
The trend of movies trying to tickle the funny bone were flocking in throughout 2010: the latest addition to the list was No Problem. Co-written and directed by Aneez Bazmee who has given Mega Hits previously in his career with comedy being his forte. The movie boasts of a huge star cast: Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Sanjay Dutt, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty, Sushmita Sen and Kangana Ranaut plus the chartbuster song “Mast Punjabi.” With all these ingredients one would expect a good entertainer, but No Problem definitely has problems.
The movie has several parallel tracks, all of which get interlinked as the movie progresses. One is about two thieves, Raj (Khanna) and Yash (Dutt) who rob a village and escape to Cape Town, South Africa. Zandulal (Rawal) is from the village which has been robbed; he comes to Cape town in search of the two thieves. The other track is about a dumb-wit cop (Kapoor), whose wife Sanjana (Sen) suffers from a split personality. He holds a good rank at the police, thanks to his father-in-law, played by Shakti Kapoor, who is the head of the police force.
Written by: Shirish Kunder
Directed by: Farah Khan
Starring: Katrina Kaif, Anil Kappor, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna
Tees Maar Khan–the most awaited movie in the Hindi film industry in 2010 from the time it was announced in early January 2010–finally hits the screen. This was news for quite a few reasons: a major one being Farah Khan directing a movie without Shah Rukh Khan for the first time after their extremely successful and fruitful association previously in Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om. The hype and buzz surrounding Tees Maar Khan has reached unimaginable heights thanks to the sexy sultry super-hit item number “Sheila Ki Jawaani” featuring Katrina Kaif.
But now, coming to the movie itself: it’s supposed to be a comical heist film. With Farah Khan known for making “Masala entertainers” and king of comedy Akshay Kumar in the lead with his lucky mascot Katrina Kaif (with hit music as well), one surely expects nothing short of a complete fun-ride. But the film blows both hot and cold.
Written by: Prashant Pandey
Directed by: Ram Gopal Varma
Starring: Vivek Oberoi, Suriya, Shatrughan Sinha, Sudeep, Abhimanyu Singh, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Sushant Singh, Priyamani, Radhika Apte
Rakta Charitra, based on the life of slain communist/Naxal/political leader/cabinet minister Paritala Ravi, is the latest offering of Ram Gopal Varma. The movie is being released in two parts: first tracing his growth and the next about his fall. The subject is bloody–just going by the trailers alone, this surely is not a movie for the faint hearted. This is one of the most violent movies coming out from the Hindi film industry. The movie almost manages to meet the expectation it has set through the trailers. However, falls short of being a classic, though it had all the ingredients for it!
Rakta Charitra is the story of Pratap (Vivek Oberoi) who gets dragged into a family feud started by a political family (in Rayalaseema District of Andhra Pradesh, a south Indian state) which disowns his father and kills his father and brother. Once Pratap gets dragged into it, he transforms from being a normal college student into a bloodthirsty revenge-seeking son, who goes on a rampage, killing everyone involved in the deaths caused in his family. However, there is a big hurdle in the form of Bukka (Abhimanyu Singh), the nephew of the leader of the political family whom Pratap kills; he is now baying for Pratap’s blood. Bukka is a short-tempered man, who tortures and kills people at will, abducts and rapes women and stays out of the hands of police thanks to his money and political power. Shivaji (Shatrughan Sinha) is a leading film personality who steps into politics and tries to widen his base in Rayalaseema, but gets chased out of there by Bukka. Seething in anger, Shivaji seeks the help of Pratap, and offers him a post in his cabinet, with the condition of removing Bukka. How Pratap goes about doing it and how he rises up the ranks of both rowdyism in Andhra Pradesh and Shivaji’s cabinet along with the obstacles he faces is shown in this part of the story.
Written by: Robin Bhatt & Yunus Sajawal
Directed by: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Mithun Chakraborty, Shreyas Talpade, Mukesh Tiwari, Arshad Warsi, Johnny Lever
The Golmaal team is back, after the hugely successful 1 and 2. The team is bigger–the franchise is getting bigger with each movie and so are the expectations. The first Golmaal started a trend of sorts: no-brainer clean comedy with a huge start-cast. One expects nothing but laughs from this franchise. The presence or absence of the storyline does not matter as long as they keep the laughs coming. Golmaal-3 follows on the same line as the previous two: no logic but it’s a laughathon.
The movie is about the angry young man Gopal (Ajay Devgan)–who does not like fingers being pointed at him (literally), as he loses his temper and winds up breaking the fingers–his foul-mouthed girlfriend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and his stammering brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), who live with their mother Geetha (Ratha Pathak). They do petty business with a gangster Vasooli’s (Mukesh Tiwari) investment. Sailing is smooth until they get competition in the form of three scheming brothers Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Laxman (Kunal Khemu) and the dumb Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), who all live with their father Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty) also do petty business with a gangster Puppy’s (Johnny Lever) investment. The two groups try to outsmart one another, resulting in losses to both of them. As fate would have it, Pritham turns out to be the long lost lover of Geetha…and they decide to get married which only adds to the chaos. How their grown up children take the decision, and what they do to outsmart one another at home, it is depicted in the most hilarious manner possible.
Written by: Aatish Kapadia & Suresh Nair with dialogue by Ritesh Shah
Directed by: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Om Puri, Kiron Kher
The successful actor-director combination of Akshay Kumar and Vipul Shah are back with Action Replayy. This time for company they have Aishwarya Rai, who has had a line of-big-budget releases in 2010. It is supposedly based on a play, which is very much similar to Back to the Future (Part 1). The movie is supposed to be a romantic comedy with the flavor of the 70s, and with Akshay known for his comic timing one expects excellent entertainment…and the movie does not disappoint.
The story is about Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapoor), who is against the institution known as “marriage.” Main reason being: he is fed up with the maritial fights between his nerdy father Kishen (Akshay Kumar) and shopoholic, dominating mother Mala (Aishwarya Rai). The main reason being: they don’t love each other, but were married as their parents forced them into it. Thanks to his girlfriend’s scientist-grandfather Anthony’s (Randhir Kapoor) time machine, he gets to travel back in time to the 70s, the time when his parents are about to meet. How he goes about changing his nerdy father-to-be and dominating mother-to-be’s lives and helps them fall in love with one another and change their future forms the main plot of the story.