Phas Gaye Re Obama(2010):"Small budget big laughs! It's one of those rare Hindi films that's funny and smart at the same time!"
Phas Gaye Re Obama showcases how global recession/meltdown impacted lives, affecting not just an America-based businessman, but also an underworld don in the dusty plains of small-town India.
Phas Gaye Re Obama traces the journey of Om Shastri[Rajat Kapoor], an American citizen of Indian origin, who loses all his wealth overnight to the global recession and is asked to vacate his home by the bank, unless he pays up $100,000 within 30 days.
Seeing no other option, Om comes to India to sell a small piece of property.
But within days of landing in India, he is kidnapped by a 'recession-hit' underworld gang [Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi, Amit Sial], who think that he is still a millionaire.
How do the gangsters cope with their catch forms the rest of the story.
Handled deftly by Subhash Kapoor, an extremely talented director, the film has several sequences that stay in your memory.
He has written a fresh subject and his likening the kidnapping business to any other business is quite hilarious.
Even the humour is more for the class audience than the masses.
Subhash Kapoor’s dialogues are witty and enjoyable.
It is an engaging film because of its largely original writing.
Also, director Subhash Kapoor allows the actors enough room to interpret their characters well.
Rajat Kapoor as the suave NRI is natural, Neha Dhupia as Lady Gabbar is convincing, Sanjay Mishra as the broke gangster is incredible, Manu Rishi as the helpless sidekick of the gangster is wonderful and Amole Gupte as the gangster/politician gets his timing spot-on. Although each actor pitches in a commendable performance, I'd like to single out Sanjay Mishra and Manu Rishi for making every sequence they feature in, tremendous.
In short,Phas Gaye Re Obama is must watch delightful light movie.
Hotel Rwanda(2004):"An Acting Treasure picture about the real life story of a man who accomplished the extraordinary."
I have just seen this film and have to say I am deeply moved by it.
The film is about one mans struggle to do the right thing at when everything around him is going wrong.
Based on true events from the civil war in Rwanda, this film profiles Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), the manager of a luxury hotel who opened his establishment to Tutsi refugees despite the danger to himself and his family.
The film, based on a true story.
Beautifully acted, and portrayed.
A conflict between the ruling Hutu tribe and Tutsi rebels turned into civil war, and 1 million Rwandans, many of them women and children, were murdered in the space of 100 days. Almost as incomprehensible as the killings, the film points out, was the lack of world intervention.
But the focus here is an ordinary man, a hardworking hotel employee named Paul(Don Cheadle),an apolitical man who summoned the courage to shelter more than 1,000 people.
He opens the doors of the hotel to the poor and the orphaned.
Calling upon power brokers for whom he had done favors, he is able to feed and shelter 1,268 refugees, saving them from massacre.
“When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.”
Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda" places a humanistic face on the Rwandan atrocities and is centered on a supremely effective and career best performance from Don Cheadle.
Instead of portraying a superman, Cheadle plays a real man coming to terms with his situation and doing everything within his power to do good in the face of madness.
Because of the real-life selfless efforts of Paul and because of the extraordinary resonance of the story, Hotel Rwanda emerges as an African version of Schindler's List.
It was a very moving and powerful movie.
It is one of the best drama films of 2004 and one that is truly unforgettable
Listen... Amaya(2013):"It is about so-called forward thinking young generation who puts society before self and family."
It is sad that meaningful cinema is only appreciated when there are known faces or better say star power is associated with it.
A girl named Amaya (Swara) feels insecure about her widowed mother Leela’s (Deepti) relationship with a widower, Jayant (Farooque). How she eventually comes to accept them is remaining part of the story.
Film moves on a slow pace basically providing room for all possible arguments, discussions, debates among all the characters.
I must say that this movie challenges the natural instinct of not leaving behind our past especially our fond memories and also tragic moments.
Such small budget movies somehow get lost under the aggressive promotions of the big banner movies.
First time director Avinash Kumar Singh gets his screenplay to perfection in depicting the mentality of our so-called forward thinking youngsters.
My favorite on screen couple of Farooque Sheikh and Deepti Naval have outdone themselves after long time.
The pairing of Farooq and Deepti would remind you of their 'Chashme badoor' days.
Swara Bhaskar fits quite well in her character.
At the end of the day, we all have our lives to live.
When the children are ready to leave the nest, don't single parents have the right to love someone?
It's not always about sex.
LISTEN... AMAYA is for everyone who has the time to look beyond the needs of self.
Take a bow, Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh.
A 'now' story, lovingly told!
Here Comes the Boom(2012):"This movie indicates is that you have to fight for what you want and the message support the importance of arts education and standing up for what you believe in."
This has real charm, motivation and comedy.
This movie tells us that you should never give up even if the situation is bad.
Kevin James as a high school biology teacher who decides to raise big money for his school doing the one legal thing available to him, cage fighting.
The circumstances surrounding the teacher's need to raise money aren't all that funny, either, though that's almost interesting.
This is one of those sports comedies that is pretty much predictable from beginning to end. Movies like this depend on likable leads and they don’t come any more likable than Kevin James. He’s got a very blue collar, down-to-earth personality that is perfect for lead role.
The MMA(Mixed Martial Arts) sequences are realistic enough, given that James is in no way shape or form an MMA athlete, but he acquits himself all right all things considered.
The training sequences with retired MMA star Rutten are particularly amusing, as is the way Winkler's goody-goody music teacher interacts with James' burned-out science teacher.
Of course, if you’re watching this movie for realistic MMA sequences, chances are you’re in need of some form of therapy or another.
Still, there are less pleasant ways to spend an hour and a half and less pleasant people to spend it with.
If “pleasant” is an adjective for movies that doesn’t bother you, this might be just the thing for you.
Nothing here that is objectionable.
James is pleasant and Hayek is gorgeous.
You probably won’t cry, but you will laugh, and that will do.
Santosham(Happiness)(2002):"A Nice Tale about Family and Relationships."
The movie Santosham is full family entertainment movie, which all the members can watch much times. The movie has fun and also comedy.
It was dubbed in Hindi as Pehli Naazar ka Pehla Pyaar.
Karthik (Nagarjuna) is a well-placed architect in Ooty. He falls in love with Padmavathi (Gracy Singh), an IT intern.
Padmavathi takes her own sweet time to accept Karthik's love. Padmavathi has a cute cousin sister Bhanu (Sreya).
Bhanu encourages their love and gives courage to Padmavathi.
When Padmavathi reveals about her love, her father Rama Chandraiah (K Viswanath) resists and asks her to marry the guy he has chosen for her.
Padmavathi flees from home and marries Karthik.
Padmavathi is very eager to get back to her parents and get their blessings. But Rama Chandraiah keeps them at bay.
Karthik and Padmavathi migrate to New Zealand and they give birth to a kid named Lucky.
Padmavathi dies in an accident.
Rama Chandraiah has a very big joint family.
A few of the family members opine that inviting Karthik and his kid for a marriage to be happened at their place would give an opportunity to get a closer look at Lucky, the kid of Padmavathi.
When Karthik visits Rama Chandraiah's place he gets mixed responses from different people in the house.
Rama Chandraiah doesn't like Karthik and others like him.
Over a period of time, Karthik impresses them all and when he was about to go back to New Zealand, Rama Chandraiah expresses his repentance for whatever happened and says that he is accepting Karthik as his son-in-law.
Bhanu has fallen in love with Karthik at first sight way back when she went to meet Padmavathi at Ooty.
At that time she was not aware that Karthik was the same guy with whom Padmavathi was in love.
She meets Karthik, a widower now. She continues having feelings for him.
But at the same time, there is Pawan (Prabhu Deva) - a childhood fiend of Bhanu - who is deeply in love with her.
Karthik returns back to New Zealand. Bhanu along with Pawan visits Karthik.
They were there to write MS examinations. During that period Bhanu gets closer to Karthik. When Karthik realizes the intentions of Bhanu, he fixes Pawan as the fiancée for her.
Now Bhanu is about to get married to Pawan. Karthik loves Bhanu, but is hesitating to repeat the history by marrying a girl against the wishes of family.
Will they get united?
You should watch this film on big silver screen to know yourself.
Nagarjuna is as charming as ever.
He suited the role of father and as the man in love perfectly.
This is the first colorful film of Gracy Singh.
Her role is limited to 45 minutes in this film. She did justice in displaying right kind of emotions on her part.
Sreya got the major share of the pie. She is very cute and did the role of Bhanu.
Her attitude and chirpy added the necessary luster to her character.
She is a treat to watch.
Screenplay of the film is very good. Direction is also very commendable.
Dasarath has got good narration skills.
The best thing about him is that he did not try to follow the trend.
He chosen his subject and narrated it in his own style.
This film oozes positive attitude.
All scenes flow naturally and none them look forced.
Dialogues in this film are very appropriate. Dasarath provided the right dialogues for the right scenes.
The best thing about this film is it's sweet music. RP Patnaik intelligently mixed the tunes into background music.
RP's background music uplifting the spirit.
All the songs in the film flow naturally according to the storyline except for Mehabooba song.
All these 7 songs are situational songs.
S Gopal Reddy has done a fine job, as usual, for this film by canning the picturesque locales of Ooty and New Zealand.
Heart-rendering climax is a plus point of the film. The strength of the film is music (RP Patnaik), hero (Nagarjuna) and cool n composed direction (Dasarath).
It's available on you tube in hindi version.
It is a must watch family entertainer & don't miss the amazing end.