Dear Maya is an Indian romantic drama movie written and directed by Sunaina Bhatnagar starring Manisha Koirala.
Cast & Crew
Director: Sunaina Bhatnagar
Cast: Manisha Koirala, Madiha Imam, Shreya Chaudhary, Iravati Harshe, Sahil Shroff
Duration: 1h 51m
This story is about two friends Anna (Madiha Imam) and Ira (Shreya Chaudhary), who studied in the same school in Shimla, who are staying in the neighborhood of Maya (Manisha Koirala) and she tries to make herself separate from the world. Both the friends try to keep her happy, for that they send her many letters. When Maya reads those letters, she lost herself in a different world. One day suddenly Maya disappears. Both girls get upset and start trying to find Maya. What happens is you will have to watch the movie to know the outcome of the story.
Manisha Koirala’s acting is very good and she is totally involved in Maya’s character. At the same time, the acting of Shreya Chaudhary, Madiba Imam is also appealing. The rest of the cast also did a good job. The film’s music and background score are good. The film’s direction and locations, as well as camera work and cinematography, are amazing. Shimla is a very good location for shooting. The first half of the film is fine, but in the second half, the story is quite scattered. After a time it seems that it is being extended forcibly. The story would have been crisper. The end of the film could have been even better. Also, Manisha Koirala was not used well, her character could have been scarier.
- Manisha Koirala is the glue holding this film.
- The 2 girls acting was impressive
- Sluggish Pace
Watch the trailer right here:
If you like light-hearted stories and Manisha Koirala, you can see it once.
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Pooja Gor and Nitish Bhardwaj
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Based on a love story that comes together in the light of a tragic life altering disaster, Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath brings together multiple issues (love through religions and natural calamities to name a few,) weaving a beautiful tale toward the end. Centered around the cloud burst and the subsequent flash floods of 2013 in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath attempts at bridging the gap caused by religion in the wake of a natural calamity.
Mansoor Khan, a local porter (played by Sushant Singh Rajput,) falls in love with Mukku, a Hindu girl (played by Sara Ali Khan) visiting the holy temple of Kedarnath. While Mukku’s and Mansoor’s parents play the disapproving parents of children who fall in love despite all that is against them, Mansoor plays the man who proves that he doesn’t care about all the odds very obviously stacked against him.
With the devastating floods playing one of the key elements in this particular movie, the strong love between the two leads (with their own fair share of drama,) makes for the rest of the parts. As Sara Ali Khan’s debut film, Kedarnath could not have worked better in bringing out the best in her. Another point that works really well for this Abhishek Kapoor directorial is the fact, it proves love exists no matter what. In fact, one of the key points in this movie is the way Kapoor shows Muslim porters living in harmony in a town where Shiva is the main idol.
While Sara Ali Khan plays the girl who just cannot stop talking, Sushant Singh Rajput plays the role of an unconventional hero. With seasoned ease and skill, Sushant Singh Rajput shows us the many layers involved in a sensitive issue such as love between people belonging to different religions. Although Abhishek Kapoor seems to be constantly revising a story already told multiple times in the past, Kedarnath has its own positives in the way story is treated. While the story may be one which has already been told, the film is refreshing and is worth a watch!
Unique Product Placements In Bollywood Movies
Ever saw a laptop conspicuously placed during an intense scene in a movie and wondered what it was doing there? Brand advertising like this was always a part of Bollywood, with the obviousness growing even more so in the last few years. While some references have been subtle, there have been others that are both obvious and extremely in your face. Here are some movies which took branding and product placement to another level.
1. Mere Dad Ki Maruti
A hilarious and very family oriented film, Mere Dad Ki Maruti was essentially a two hour long tribute to Maruti’s Ertiga! While the actors were spot on with their acing, it was the advertisement around the car which made this particular movie so memorable.
Remember the signature yellow Volkswagen Beetle Sonam Kapoor drives around in Aisha? That car was quite an iconic symbol throughout the movie, with appearances in all the major scenes in the movie! While the subtlety factor was thrown out the window, the car was definitely a reminder of the lifestyle of the rich.
3. The Dhoom series
Bollywood definitely seems to love its bikes, right? The Dhoom series more than proved this point. While the first movie had the stars racing around on nitrous oxide powered Suzuki bikes, the makers upped the brand value in the third installment of the franchise by making the cast ride around on the brand new BMW luxury bike series! Clearly, luxury is a major part of this series!
4. Koi Mil Gaya
Koi Mil Gaya had some of the most obvious and glaring brand representation possible. From Bournvita (the secret of Krrish’s energy and superpower) to promoting Avon cycles, Rakesh Roshan made sure his movie was represented by as many relevant brands as possible! Also, the products were placed in such obvious places, it was really hard to miss them.
5. Mission Istanbul
Not a movie many people remember, one of the reasons Mission Istanbul made money at the box office was because of the way they used Mountain Dew! That one particular scene, where the good guys are getting ready for a fight and Vivek Oberoi takes a massive swig of Mountain Dew, is perhaps one of the most prominent examples of product placements!
6. Half Girlfriend
While there were a lot of things that were extremely in your face in Half Girlfriend, one of the things that definitely stood out in this particular movie was the brand placement. By using not one, but four brands in this movie, the makers showed they had a lot of sponsors for this movie! From Lyra, to Close Up to Hero and finally, to Make My Trip, this film certainly had a lot of sponsors, all in the span of one song!
7. Chup Chup Ke
Despite the movie being called Chup Chup Ke, the brand placement was anything but that. Not just the makers, even the cast went out of their way to promote the efficiency that comes with using Tide! So obvious was the placement of this particular brand, you sometimes missed scenes from the movie just because Tide packets were so in your face in the scene!
If you think we missed out on any other epic product placements in movies, comment and let us know!
Pihu Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Director: Vinod Kapri
Cast: Myra Vishwakarma
The story of Pihu is based on the life of a two year old girl (Pihu,) trapped alone in a house and what happens when there are no adults around. The entire film centers around this little girl and shows us how the 2 year old survives on her own for the entire day without being connected to the rest of the world. With montages of a birthday party (Pihu’s birthday,) a cake and people chatting, the opening scene quickly dissolves into a serious one.
Pihu wakes up in the morning next to her mother, who is dead. With no father around and no adult in the house, the film immediately shifts to a scary story. With Pihu playing the lead, one gets a glimpse of what to expect from the movie. Navigating through the house, one sees how everything is unkempt, how every ordinary gadget is now a safety hazard.Kapri takes you through the different parts of the house, showing the disarray and the severe state of dysfunction of not just the house, but the family as well.
Right from the very first scene of the movie, one can see the movie is going to be fraught with tension and uncertainty. Everything in the house is a threat to this two year old girl and unfortunately, she has absolutely no access to the world outside. As a director, Kapri sets the scene right from the opening credits, with dialogues from the movie running over caricatures and childlike drawings.
A couple of years ago, Kapri’s first directorial, Trapped, showed the struggles of an adult trapped all by himself in a house for 24 hours. Pihu seems to follow a similar story line, without the drama and over the top action scenes. Using a two year old to bring to life a parent’s worst nightmare, Kapri brings to the fore everything parents do not want happening.
Although the movie is said to be based on a true incident, the film seems very similar to Kapri’s first directorial. Drawing parallels from the theme of Trapped. the underlying message talks about what happens when you are left alone for longer than you thought you should be left alone. While the attempt at making a film like this was commendable, Pihu would have worked better as a short film rather than a full fledged movie.
Kapri’s thriller has everything you could want from a perfect thriller. However, it lacks the special touch required to make it a truly brilliant movie. Myra Vishwakarma does a brilliant job as the two year old Pihu, with the camera work adding the right kind of effects. Watch the movie to find out what happens when a child is alone and helpless.
Baazaar Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Rohan Mehra
Director: Gauravv K Chawla
Review: 2 stars on 5 stars
The story of Baazaar revolves around the lives of people who have made it big and people who want to make it big. Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) comes to Mumbai with larger than life dreams, hoping to work for the man he considers his idol, Shakun Kothari (played by Saif Ali Khan.) However, while one would think Baazaar revolves around Shakun, think again. The film explores the underbelly of the business world and how people function in a city like Mumbai. Rizwan is drawn in too deep, with greed, manipulation and lust forming the central crux of this stock market obsessed movie.
Seemingly inspired by Martin Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street, Baazaar clings on to the theme of “greed is good” all the way till the end. What works well for this film is the contrasting characters of Kothari and Rizwan. While one makes it a point to retain his very evident Gujarati roots despite living in Mumbai (Kothari,) the other works just as hard to get rid of his previous life (Rizwan.)
The other striking thing about this film is the different people who form the central crux of this story. Power brokers, stock brokers and businessmen form the basic essence of this movie, with more than enough drama to make up for the storyline and acting skills.
Unfortunately, despite a newbie and an interesting lead for the film, the entire film doesn’t quite make the impact one would think it would. Rohan Mehra makes a lackluster debut, Saif Ali Khan is unnecessarily over the top and despite Radhika Apte being beautiful in certain parts of the film, her dialogues are just really bland.
Namaste England Review
Cast: Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Seal, Alankrita Sahai
Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Set against the varying backdrops of Punjab and London, Namaste England tells the story of how Param (Arjun Kapoor) and Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra) meet and instantly fall in love. With more than a justified dose of drama, the film sees the evolving journey of love between Param and Jasmeet, a relationship which sees marriage on the cards in the very near future.
However, despite agreeing to get married, neither of them foresee the possibility of both of them not living in the same country together. As the wedding date draws closer, Jasmeet tells Param of her intention of pursuing her future in London. Playing the role of the love struck boyfriend to perfection, Param decides the place is not important as long as he is with his lady love and makes the bold choice to cross borders with Jasmeet.
Just when you think everything is going to be happy and rosy with Param and Jasmeet, London doesn’t see Param as a suitable resident and promptly rejects his visa (Jasmeet, of course, gets hers.) What follows next is the struggle the two love birds face to get to their happily ever after, with both of them trying everything in their power to make their union a happy and joyous one.
While it is a really good thing to see Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor back on the silver screen together after a long gap (Ishaqzaade was the last film they were in together,) Namaste England just does not live up to the expectations. Despite being shot in exquisite locations and having music that will certainly make you get up and dance, this movie just fails to hit the nail on the head.
The message the makers and the cast are trying to make is quite obvious. This film is about how a man wants to follow a girl and help her make her dreams come true, not the other way around. Unfortunately, what does not work for this Vipul Amrutlal Shah directorial is the fact the script and the story were written with minimal effort. To turn a great idea into a great film requires considerable work and this is something the makers of Namaste England completely missed.
All in all, Namaste England makes for a one time watch. What works for this Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor starrer is the strong nostalgic factor, taking one down the road of Ishaqzaade. At the end of the day, the only strong suit of Namaste England is the beautiful chemistry between the two leads and its catchy music!
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