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Of Movies, Music, and Many events in a whole year

In what I think shall be my final post before Xmas, I will attempt to review some movies, and some albums that I’ve come across.

Movie Review: Band Baaja Baaraat. I’ve already reviewed the music for this movie, and as I had previously said, a lot depended on how the songs would be shot. And I have to say, despite having read roaring reviews and going into the movie with very high expectations, I wasn’t disappointed. The plot isn’t all too novel – Boy meets Girl, girl rejects boy, boy befriends girl, girl falls for boy, boy screws girl over, girl throws fit, boy falls for girl, and movie ends. What stands out is the screenplay, and the stellar performances from the lead roles. Ranvir Singh, for all his Ranbir Kapoor-isque looks and style, delivers a performance that was completely enjoyable. Anushka makes a mark, and reminds us that we must watch out for her.
My verdict: Break Pakode ki kasam, ek baar dekhna toh banta hai ji…

Movie Review: Red. I admit I onli picked this one up for Bruce Willis, but 30 mins into the movie I completely regretted it. Willis is good in Die Hard, and that’s probably where his skills and my patience end.
My verdict: Stay away. Even if you are a Die Hard Willis fan.

Movie Review: Social Network. Definitely one of the better movies of this year. I dont for one second imagine that everything is true to the T, but the attempt to make a movie out of a drawn out legal battle, and with excerpts from a book is one that others may definitely think of emulating (I’m thinking on the lines of the making of Google or Microsoft). Jesse Eisenberg’s spot-on disconnected performance does the job of portraying Zuckerberg as the geek that he is.
My verdict: A definite watch. With the pace just right, and the script just perfect that you dont get lost in it, it’s worth a DVD rip.

Movie Review: Endhiran (Robot): Yes, I finally decided to catch Rajni’s latest outing, albeit on the laptop, and with english subtitles. And if THIS is what the world heralds as Rajni’s most magnificent, I’m glad I dint catch some of his other movies. The plot was predictable, the performances lack lustre, and the only thing that I could see effort on was the FX. I thought I may catch some of the style that is Rajnikant, but instead was treated to skimpy sticks dancing in front of a blue screen.
My verdict: (you know this one before I write it) Mind It!

Music Review: No One Killed Jessica: One of the most expected movies of 2011, its music definitely does not disappoint. Amit Trivedi (of Dev D and Aisha fame) brings back the charm that won him the National Award. Trivedi does full justice with numbers like “Dilli” and “Aitbaar”, where the rock feel enhances the sinister feel of the song. Soft and haunting “Yeh Pal”, brings out Shilpa Rao’s mesmerising vocals, and adds a much needed soft touch to the album. With a melee of very talented singers including Tochi Raina (shining in “Dilli”), Vishal Dadlani (but of course) and Aditi Singh Sharma (she sang “Zindagi” in Dev D), the album, with a very heavy rock feel, makes you sit up and listen to the music, and to the words.
My verdict: One of the best albums of this year. My fav tracks – Dilli and Yeh Pal.

And now for some Miscellaneous events.
Sam’s blog amarllyis turns 2 very soon, and her wonderful concept of a blogoversary is worth following. A letter a day till the blog’s birthday… definitely a thumbs up.

The coming year is expected to be filled with weddings that I want to make it to, and that I’m not sure HOW I’m going to make it to. Many weddings, loads of fun and lot of ppl to meet… definitely a thums up.

And I end my boring dissertation here.
Merry Xmas!


Music Review – Band Baaja Baarat

Band Baaja Baarat releases right around the time that weddings are expected to spike, and I’m more than sure that at least one or two of these songs are expected to make a presence at weddings.
The movie seems to be based in Delhi (at least that’s what I can make from the songs) and the tunes are catchy… more than 1 are hummable and tunes that you would keep on your phone for a while. I’ll do a track by track review this time, since I have some time on hand.

The opening track is a typical Salim Merchant outing. It begins with a good guitar riff along with a Punjabi instrument, and continues with wordings that Dilli walle will connect very well with. Phrases like “Chichore”, “Ainvayi”, “Dole Shole”, “Harkat down market” and “Romeo bina Permit” are littered all over the song, giving it a traditional yet modern feel. Sunidhi Chauhan leaves her charm all over the song. A foot tapping number this.

Tarkeebein reminds me of that “Gadbadi” from Rocket Singh, so much so that even the beats sound the same, and this one too relies a lot on its offbeat lyrics. Been a while since I heard Benny Dayal, and he sure doesn’t disappoint. A soft rock feel, this probably would look better on screen with the actors probably running around in fast forward motion trying to fix the wedding. (The theatrical trailer using it as a kinda of promo song is disappointing… It wud do much much better in the movie)

Aadha Ishq showcases Shreya Ghoshal in a soft-yet-not-mushy number. The soft guitar in the background makes it a good lovey dovey number. Reminds me of a tune that I can’t quite place, but the familiar feeling keeps the song on repeat on my phone.

Dum Dum seems to be a new genre of songs where the protagonists discover that love is catastrophic. It doesn’t have the normal sadness in the beat, and its not a soft number either… sounds more like a “so what if you left me, I’m still gonna survive, so screw you” kinda number. It’s a surprise to hear Himani Kapoor (from the music show “Sa Re Ga Ma”) on this track, and I must say that the wait was completely worth it. Some parts of the tune remind me of “Tashan”, but its a small price to pay for a good sad song.

Mitra is the dark horse on this album. With a soft rock feel to it, and Amitabh’s (who is also the lyricist) unusual voice, it’s the song of longing that this album had been lacking (EVERY Bollywood album has a dance number, a love number, a sad number; it isn’t that hard to know that this album would get to that too). The song kinda grows on you. Hope it grows on the crowds as well.

And saving the best for the last, the icing on the cake is definitely Baari Barsi. As I understand, its a folk song sung at weddings that the singer alters based on the people and the situation. The lyricist of this album has definitely done a good job on this one, and Harshdeep Kaur’s vocals take the song to an all new level. Labh Janjua gives it the traditional touch, and Salim lends it a more modern feel, and Harshdeep belts a downright amazing rendition. A sureshot hit at the weddings this season. I dare you to NOT smile and groove in the train/metro as you hear this one.

The remaining songs on the album lose to Baari Barsi, purely because of bad positioning on the album. The theme, performed by Salim, leaves a lot to be desired and its probably good that its short. Ainvayi’s club mix is just that – a club mix, with loud beats that dont add any value to the song. To be avoided even you’re a die hard fan of club mixes. Dum Dum Sufi Mix ropes in Sukhwinder with Himani, and reminds you even more of Dil Haara, onli with club beats. I waitied till the end to see if it got an better; it dint. Wonder if Sukhwinder would’ve been a better choice for the original and this unnecessary remix could’ve been done away with.

My verdict. The hero makes an uncanny attempt to look like Ranbir Kapoor. YOU DONT JUST DO THAT YOU IDIOT!!! YOU HAVE TO BE BORN RANBIR. Oh wait. He is. Almost. He’s called Ranveer. Desperate look alikes have a place on the TV – in comedy shows. 😛

Back to the album. It’s in line with the recent string of albums that somehow want to inject rock into them, and this one doesn’t do all that bad a job with Mitra and Tarkeebein. But Baari Barsi hogs the attention, what with its snappy lyrics and catchy beat and awesome vocals. Grab the album if only for this number.