Sunday, February 23, 2014

IIFA 2014 nominees are out; who won the Filmfares vs. my favorites

IIFA announced its nominees this week for the 15th annual awards, to be held in my very own Tampa Bay in April. The nominees are shortlisted by voting by members of the "film fraternity" (a phrase they all use quite freely) and then voted on by average joes (and janes!) like you and me. (Seriously, go vote now.)

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag earned the most nominations with 10 (no surprise given that Farhan Akhtar is co-hosting this year), then Ram-Leela and Aashiqui 2 with seven each, then Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with six.

But the clear winner this year? Deepika Padukone, who dominates the best performance in a leading role (female) category with three nominations!

Now as you may very well know, the favorites for IIFA awards can often be determined by the winner of the Filmfare Awards, which were handed out last month. In 2013, the best film, best leading male and female actors, best supporting male and female actors, best male debut, best music director and best directorial debut awards were the same between the Filmfares and IIFAs. The table below shows all nominations for the IIFA awards, with the Filmfare winners highlighted in red.

This is a year in which I've seen each of the best film nominees, so see below the table for my own commentary.

Best Picture


Film
Nomination

Dhoom 3
Aditya Chopra

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Karan Johar

Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Krrish 3
Rakesh Roshan

Kai Po Che
Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapoor

Chennai Express
Ronnie Screwvala,Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Gauri Khan & Karim Morani

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra






Direction


Film
Nomination

Kai Po Che
Abhishek Kapoor

Krrish 3
Rakesh Roshan

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Chennai Express
Rohit Shetty

Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
Sanjay Leela Bhansali




Performance in a Leading Role (Male)


Film
Nomination

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Farhan Akhtar

Krrish 3
Hrithik Roshan

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Ranbir Kapoor

Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Ranveer Singh

Chennai Express
Shahrukh Khan

Kai Po Che
Sushant Singh Rajput




Performance in a Leading Role (Female)


Film
Nomination

Chennai Express
Deepika Padukone

Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
Deepika Padukone

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Deepika Padukone

The Lunchbox
Nimrat Kaur

Aashiqui 2
Shraddha Kapoor

Lootera
Sonakshi Sinha




Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)


Film
Nomination

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Aditya Roy Kapoor

Special 26
Anupam Kher

The Lunchbox
Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Pawan Malhotra

Jolly LLB
Saurabh Shukla




Performance in a Supporting Role (Female)


Film
Nomination

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Divya Dutta

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Kalki Koechlin

Krrish 3
Kangana Ranaut

Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Richa Chadda

D Day
Shruti Hassan

Raanjhanaa
Swara Bhaskar

 Filmfare winner: Supriya Pathak Kapur, Ram-Leela (nominated in Negative Role category for IIFA)


Performance in a Comic Role


Film
Nomination

Jolly LLB
Arshad Warsi

Grand Masti
Riteish Deshmukh

Fukrey
Varun Sharma




Performance in a Negative Role


Film
Nomination

D-Day
Rishi Kapoor

Aurangzeb
Rishi Kapoor

Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela *
Supriya Pathak

Krrish 3
Vivek Oberoi

* Supriya Pathak Kapur won best supporting actress at Filmfare



Music Direction


Film
Nomination

Aashiqui 2
Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari,Jeet Ganguly

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Pritam

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Shankaar - Ehsaan - Loy




Best Story


Film
Nomination

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Prasoon Joshi

Kai Po Che*
Pubali Chaudhuri, Abhishek Kapoor & Chetan Bhagat

The Lunchbox
Ritesh Batra

 Filmfare winner: Jolly LLB,
*Kai Po Che won best screenplay
  




Lyrics


Song
Nomination
Film
Tum Hi Ho
Mithoon
Aashiqui 2
O Rangrez
Prasoon Joshi
(Filmfare won for Zinda)
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Sunn Raha Hai
Sandeep Nath
Aashiqui 2



Playback Singer (Male)


Song
Nomination
Film
Sunn Rahai Hai
Ankit Tiwari
Aashiqui 2
Tum Hi Ho
Arijit Singh
Aashiqui 2
Zinda
Siddharth Mahadevan
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag



Playback Singer (Female)


Song
Nomination
Film
Ram Chahe Leela
Bhoomi Trivedi
Goliyon Ki Rasleela - Ramleela
Sawaar Loon
Monali Thakur
Lootera
Sunn Raha Hai
Shreya Ghoshal
Aashiqui 2
O Rangrez
Shreya Ghoshal
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag


Now we get down to my opinion, though it matters very little.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and other things that bugged me about Dhoom 3



Okay, so I think this post may win for “biggest delay in posting about a new movie.” About four days after watching Dhoom 3, I was like meh, I don’t know that I’ll blog. And I was told nah, you still should. And so I started one, and never fleshed it out much. Well, after nearly three weeks, I don’t know whether you’d call this a real review of Dhoom 3 so much as a me describing a few things that have continued to bother me when I think about the movie.

Synopsis: Like all Dhoom movies, there is Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali Akbar (Uday Chopra) chasing down a bad guy on a motorcycle. This time, the bad guy is Aamir Khan playing a circus performer by night and bank robber by day because that bank wanted to repossess the circus building owned by his suicidal father (there-too-briefly-to-be-cringeworthy Jackie Shroff). Adding the necessary estrogen (or at least the necessary female figure to drool over) is Aaliya the acrobat (Katrina Kaif).

Much like Chennai Express earlier this year, Dhoom 3 falls into the category of film (or director) famous for one type of movie meets star actor famous for another type — a recipe, they believe, for a blockbuster. But that is instead a recipe for unfulfilled high expectations.

Dhoom is a great franchise. Aamir Khan is a great actor. But the two do not mesh well.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

NEW: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein: A rom-com with enough fun and funny



Do you know those times where you’re thoroughly unimpressed by a trailer but you figure “what the hey, I’ll go see this one anyway”?

That was the case today with Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. It looks like exactly the same kind of rom com formula that produces as many fizzlers as sizzlers. And then there’s the fact that Imran and Kareena’s last movie — Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu — thoroughly sucked.

Well, I won’t tell you their chemistry’s gotten a whole lot better, because it hasn’t. It’s still mediocre.

But Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is actually pretty funny and fun for at least three quarters of the movie (the ending, however, slows down and drags on for a while once you hit all of the necessary moral stuff). And maybe it’s just because I wasn’t expecting much, but I had fun.

Friday, November 22, 2013

NEW: (Goliyon Ki Raasleela) Ram-Leela: Every bit the beautiful tragedy you expect

Synopsis: In Ranjaar, a gun-laden “town like no other” in Gujarat, the Rajadis and the Saneras are feuding like it’s 1500 and they’re the Capulets and Montagues. Except, you know, with more guns and cellphones. But amidst the feud, there is Ram (Ranveer Singh) the Rajadi and Leela (Deepika Padukone) the Sanera — who must, of course, fall in love and work to end the feud even as it threatens to swallow them.


Let me just start my review by saying much of this movie is completely and totally Sanjay Leela Bhansali. As one might expect considering the man himself wrote, directed, produced and composed for this one. The film is gorgeous (evidenced by this image-heavy post), apparently painstakingly crafted frame by frame — and then SLB takes that pain out on the viewer in the storyline. He’s one who really knows how to make it hurt, most of all by letting you hope at certain moments. More on that later.

But just as you might expect, the music resonates (dammit if dhols aren’t ringing in my head all over again), the cast members are pushed to excellent performances, the symbolism is very prominent and even the most common of things are laden in detail and opulence. And also true to Bhansali form, despite all of the many, many things that happen, the film has its dragging moments.


Monday, November 18, 2013

IIFA 2014 tickets: were going to cost you $1,800+ (USD)

UPDATE: Since a venue and date change, new ticket sales numbers have been announced, including much better prices. Look HERE for details!




Late last month, we had the annual India Festival here in Tampa. Among the dozens of vendors was an IIFA booth, and one of my Bollywood Club members just happened to stop by for a chat (I didn’t).

She passed along this news to me:
IIFA tickets were on presale there at a “discount,” with anticipated full prices listed beside them. The cheap seats? $1,200 at the festival, $1,800 afterward. The ticket prices go all the way up from there to $12,500.


I have been trying but unable to get anyone official to confirm this information to me, and that’s another annoyance, but I thought this was information that needed to be shared — even though no one seems to be publicizing it. I’ve included the photo my friend took as proof if you’re reluctant to trust my nonofficial reporting.

I’m told the deal on IIFA tickets was this: You can’t buy tickets for individual events. That $1,800 is for a three-day pass to the awards, the celebrity cricket match (celebs versus real cricketers, we’re told) and the “Magic of Movies” event. Oh, and it appears if you’re paying for those $1,800 or $2,500 seats, you’ll be sitting outside for that last event, watching a simulcast on a TV screen.

I must confess yours truly is highly disappointed. This is an event in demand, for sure, but there appears to be zero attempt to make this affordable for any average person. Especially those of us normal folks who also have to make trips to India in the same year. (Heck, for this price, I could fly to Mumbai, watch a cricket match and stalk the stars there, right?)

I’m still up for anyone wanting to come and hang out around Tampa during the awards, maybe even checking out some of the stars’ hotels.

But I guess we average folks get to hope for a little less official and a lot more affordable events.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

NEW: Krrish 3: the movie that will not die



Synopsis: Now-married and domesticated superhero Krishna/Krrish (Hrithik Roshan) gets a supervillain: Kaal (Vivek Oberoi), a paraplegic telekinetic who is obsessed with finding bone marrow to fix his paralysis and thus fuses his odd DNA with animal DNA to create mutant humans. The mutants don’t help his marrow problem, but they do help him in his evil quest to rule the world by creating viruses and the providing an antidote based on that same wacky DNA.

This post should start with the disclosure that I haven’t — sadly — seen Koi Mil Gaya or Krrish. I have some idea of what happens in both and had every intention of watching both (especially Koi Mil Gaya, given my affinity for aliens and science fiction) before Krrish 3’s release, but, well, it didn’t happen.

So I was able to come in this with a fresh set of eyes that turned out to be mostly skeptical.

Okay, Krrish is a pretty cool all-purpose superhero. I will give him that.

But Krrish 3 mostly turns out to be the kind of overloaded superhero movie that makes you cringe at the plethora of superhero types.

Friday, September 27, 2013

NEW: Phata Poster Nikhla Hero looks like fun but is really just a mess



Summary: All Mrs. Rao (Padmini Kolhapure) wants is to see her son grow up to be the honest policeman his father never was. All Vishwas (Shahid Kapoor) wants is to go to Bombay and become a hero. Well, when he does, under the guise of joining the police force, he’s mistaken for a cop by a serial complaint-filer Kajal (IleanaD’Cruz). So begins a very long tale of a guy who accidentally kicks bad guy butt (including his father’s) and learns about being a real hero.

Y’all know I love dumb masala movies. I’ve written in detail about why.

Y’all also know I love Shahid Kapoor.

I think you can sense the big “BUT” coming.