By: Keyur Seta
Director: Prakash Jha
Producers: Prakash Jha Productions and UTV Motion Pictures
Writers: Prakash Jha and Anjum Rajabali
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao
Music: Salim-Sulaiman, Aadesh Shrivastav, Meet Bros and Indian Ocean
Release Date: August 30, 2013
Star Value: With the presence of actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee and Arjun Rampal, needless to say that the star value for Satyagraha is supremely high!
Hype: The promos of the film did have a positive impact due to its similarity to the Anna Hazare movement but it didn’t create the kind of hype that is expected from a film with such an ensemble star cast. The reason could be that the topic of patriotism and nation building isn’t much preferred by the Gen – Y of today’s era.
Music: The song ‘Raghupati Raghav’ has managed to impress and helped the film gain publicity. Apart from this, only ‘Aiyyo Ji’ is known.
Satyagraha will get a good opening at the box office. But the initial response won’t be too overwhelming due to the reasons given above. Hence, it is very vital for the film to impress at the onset if it has to be a winner at the box office. The chances of it earning Rs 100 crore also rest purely on its content. For a film of this genre, big names alone aren’t enough to help you earn big numbers.
Director: Satish Rajwade
Producers: Mirah Entertainment Pvt. Ltd and Citrus Check Inns
Writer: Satish Rajwade
Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth Menon, Ketan Pawar, Amey Wagh
Genre: Drama/ Comedy
Rating: * * * *
By: Keyur Seta
Story Outline: In Kulpe village, youngsters Raghu (Amey Wagh), Mukund (Ketan Pawar) and Bala (Siddharth Menon) are the best of friends. Unfortunately, they are not able to make a name for themselves, despite each one possessing some skill. To make use of their various talents, they decide to make a movie.
At the same time, Aids awareness campaign is on full swing in their village. Hence, they choose Aids awareness as the topic of their film. As they lack a proper camera and shooting equipment, they include marriage video shooter Janardhan aka Janya (Atul Kulkarni) in their team. What starts off as a fun activity ends up being the most soul-stirring journey of their lives.
Review: The year started with Ravi Jadhav presenting a serious social message in a lighthearted manner in BP (Balak Palak). Now, Satish Rajwade does the same in Popat. Although the topic explored in Popat is hugely different from the one explored in BP, the end result of both the films is the same. After Premachi Goshta, Rajwade has once again churned out a delightful saga, which also has a repeat value.
Like various rural flicks, the aim of the writer here is to make sure the audience connects with the characters, their missions and the location. This means that the film doesn’t follow a conventional storytelling method. But this doesn’t affect the audience in any manner whatsoever. In fact, it works very well as the writer succeeds in the aforementioned aim. The ever-present lighthearted and hilarious moments keep the entertainment quotient high.
But the bigger challenge for the creative think tank was to present an unusual yet important social issue. The creatively witty and yet powerful manner in which they succeed in their task make sure they deserve nothing short of an applause. The reason for this is that it is no mean task to enlighten, delight and entertain simultaneously. The climax deserves a special mention for it leaves you overwhelmed.
The only negative aspect that appears is the overall length of 154 minutes, which could have been shortened, especially in the first half. But this won’t trouble you much as the film never treads on a slow path.
The locations look enticing due to Bhaskar Samla’s cinematography. Music doesn’t have an important part to play but the tracks by Avinash Vishwajeet suit the needs. Thankfully, songs are used only when required. The background score too is impressive.
Atul Kulkarni shows his versatility and talent in his portrayal of Janya. His sudden switch from underplaying the character to acting loud is the best part of his brilliant act. Amey Wagh, Ketan Pawar and Siddharth Menon too play their parts exceedingly well. They are impressive in both humorous and serious moments. The unusual chemistry between the four is always visible. Anita Date, Neha Shitole and Megha Ghadge shine in supporting acts.
Overall, Popat is yet another winner from Rajwade. The content has the potential of doing well at the box office. This parrot deserves to fly high!
By: Keyur Seta
Director: Milan Luthria
Producer: Balaji Motion Pictures
Writer: Rajay Aroraa
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan, Sarfaraz Khan, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh
Music: Pritam and Anupam Amod
Genre: Drama/ Action
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Star Value: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara has high star value due to the presence of some big names like Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan.
Hype: The promos of the film received mixed reaction because the audience hadn’t expected the sequel of a gangster movie to be a love triangle. Nevertheless, there is some hype for the movie as the release date has neared, especially due to Akshay.
Music: Songs ‘Tu Hi Khatra’ and ‘Tayyab Ali’ are somewhat known. The overall music hasn’t quite made heads turn.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara will get a good opening. But due to the reactions to the promos and the fact that Chennai Express is still doing well, the Akshay starrer won’t set the cash registers ringing as expected. Nevertheless, if the content gets a good initial response, it will ensure good returns for the producers. The plus point the film has is that the subject suits the single screens as well as multiplexes.
By: Keyur Seta
Director: Rohit Shetty
Producers: UTV Motion Pictures and Red Chillies Entertainment
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Nikitin Dheer
Music: Vishal-Shekhar and Yo Yo Honey Singh
Genre: Drama/ Comedy
Release Date: August 9, 2013
Star Value: When people like Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Rohit Shetty are involved in a film, it isn’t necessary to say that the star value of Chennai Express is supremely high.
Hype: The film has had a good hype even before the promotional material was released. And as the release date of the film is nearing, the hype has increased further. This doesn’t come as a surprise after SRK’s hardcore promotions. However, there is an absence of that craze which one associates with an SRK starrer and one of the biggest releases of the year.
Music: The songs of the film are becoming known slowly. Apart from the title track, ‘Kashmir Main’ and ‘Titli’ are also catching up with the audience, although there isn’t tmuch excitement for them.
Like all Rohit Shetty films, Chennai Express will get a very good opening at the box office. Its hardcore masala genre would ensure high footfalls in both single screens and multiplexes of metros as well as smaller centers. However, due to the absence of a craze (as mentioned before), it won’t get an earth shattering opening. Due to this, its chances of doing well after the initial hype and earning Rs 100 crore will depend entirely on the content.