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S.i.B – 5

September 13, 2008

Verude Oru Bharya (A wife, just like that!)
A clean family entertainer with a strong message. Jayaram steals the show as an egoistic husband and this is supposedly his first hit in 5 years. It takes guts for an actor of his caliber to portray a character with negative shades. Hats off to Jayaram and his power packed performance, especially in the second half. Gopika isn’t bad too, but doesn’t look matured for her character. A must watch for all husbands who are inconsiderate towards their wife. Recommended. Rating – 3.5 / 5

Mumbai Meri Jaan (Mumbai, My life)
A remarkable attempt at providing good cinema, but a little too documentary-ish. The movie tells the story of five individuals who fall under the different strata of society, people with different approach towards life, with different dreams, and all gets connected by one common incident. The message in the movie comes straight on the face, thus being a little preachy at times. Paresh Rawal and KK Menon excels. Director Nishikant Kamat strikes again after Dombivilli Fast / Evano Oruvan. Recommended. Rating – 3.5 / 5

Dhaam Dhoom (Chaos)
Like its name, the movie is a total chaos. A clear example of how story telling could conflict when the makers change. Jeyam ravi tries his best to get into the character and so does Lakshmi Rai, unfortunately the script destroys everything. What still remains a mystery is how the makers even thought of casting Kangana Ranaut as a village belle!!! Jayaram character is a surprise but is wasted. An illogical first half and a horrendous second half; that’s how the movie is. The only saving is Harris Jayarajs music, but the picturisation disappoints. Avoid. Rating – 1.5 / 5

Rock on !!!
A well made cliché movie. A story about four friends, their past and present with rock music in its backdrop. After DCH, there hasn’t been any movie in Bollywood that made friendship look so beautiful on screen. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loys music simply rocks throughout the movie, though they were subjected to a lot of criticisms initially when the album was released. Performance wise, this movie deserves special mention. Recommended. Rating 3.5 / 5

Jeyam Kondaan ( Have won )
The movie started well, stands still at a particular point and then goes haywire. A different plot on brother-sister relationship; but written with no interest and care. The heroine, Bhavana, had absolutely nothing to do and the movie would have remained the same without her presence. Vinay Rai and Lekha Washington, brother and sister in the movie, looked wooden throughout the movie. Avoid, at all cost. Rating – 1 / 5

A Wednesday
Mind blowing. A must watch for all cinema lovers, leave alone those meaningful ones. Naseeruddin Shah is simply superb; the rest of them are good too. The movie holds you onto the seats till the end and would wish if there wasn’t an interval in between. The face of Bollywood is changing and this movie is an example for that; 100 mins of thrills, no songs, not even in the background, no vulgarity, and no wasted characters. Kudos to the entire crew of this movie, for coming up with something original. ‘A Wednesday’ is one hell of an experience. Highly recommended. Rating 4.5 / 5

Saroja
If not for the same team that gave us Chennai 28 last year, this movie with fairly new faces would have been a washout at the box office. The movie falls under the comedy thriller genre, and the director balances the comedy and thrills perfectly. But certain scenes in the second half get repetitive making it a little dragging. The climax to an extent is unpredictable. RJ Siva and Premji is superb with their comic timing and dialogue delivery. Out of the 4 songs, two are good and fans of Yuvan shankar Raja could also get to see him in one of them. Watch it with your friends and you will never get disappointed. Rating 3 / 5

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. mirrorcracked permalink
    September 13, 2008 12:15 pm

    I’ve tagged you here:
    http://mirrorcracked.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/its-love-actually/

    Cheers 🙂

  2. Reema permalink
    September 13, 2008 1:56 pm

    I have watched both the hindi movies and they deserve the rating u have given.

  3. arvind1187 permalink
    September 13, 2008 10:59 pm

    dhaam dhoom was a disappointment to all tamil fans.. 😛 except the music nothing was impressive :(..
    yet to see rock on and saroja 😦

  4. Sujith Krishnan permalink
    September 14, 2008 3:53 am

    I saw Mumbai Meri Jaan and Wednesday… To be frank, both looked like documentaries… I liked them though but that ‘movie’ touch was missing. I watched it only to see ig there was something un-expected coming up towards the end. Wednesday was a lot lot unrealistic but the theme was good. And MMJ was too realistic to be portrayed like a story. I would say both were slightly above average and I feel you have ben too liberal on the rating.

  5. Sujith Krishnan permalink
    September 14, 2008 3:56 am

    By the way, I saw 75% of Hijack and wasted around an hour of my time. No one in the film knows how to act and they were showing crap all through out, making a mockery of the whole theme. They could have done an excellent job with the theme if they had put in a little more LOGIC into the movie. They crapped it big time… 😦

  6. Giridhara permalink
    September 14, 2008 4:39 pm

    I have yet to watch ‘A Wednesday’. I’ll probably watch it this week.

  7. vimmuuu permalink
    September 14, 2008 5:44 pm

    @ Mirrorcracked :

    Doing it. will publish soon. thanks for the tag, man!

    @ Reema :

    There are three in them, which are the two movies that you are referring to.

    @ Arvind :

    True, most of them whom i met was waiting eagerly for Dhaam Dhooms release. Whatcha waiting for, go watch Rock on.

    @ Sujith :

    To each his own views. But I would be glad to know which areas of A Wednesday looked like documentary to you. The movie itself is 100 mins. and no preaching scenes. Did I miss any ???

    @ Giridhara :

    Welcome to V-Lokam.

    Please do and I would appreciate if you could come back here to comment after watching the movie.

  8. Reeta permalink
    September 15, 2008 2:50 am

    Hey
    Out of the 7 movies in S.i.B 5 I managed to watch only three- Veruthey oru bharya, saroja and Dhaam Dhoom.Coincidentally Jayaram happens to feature in all the three movies, I liked him a lot in Veruthey… But he was getting a little monotonous in his roles in saroja and Dhaam Dhoom.Dhaam dhoom is worth being watched once atleast for its songs and Jeyam Ravi has done a decent job.Saroja happened to be an unexpected treat, I had not seen chennai 28 so this was one nice movie after a really long time. Esp the actors seemed so natural… Only thing which was strange was friends addressing each other by caling each other “SIR”. It was indeed thrilling but One of my fav actors Prakash Raj did not have anything much to do and jayaram sounded cliche by calling prakash raj chellam. Chellam happens to be one of teh famous one liner used by Prakash raj in Ghilli.I felt Saroja deserved a better rating!

  9. Oxy permalink
    September 15, 2008 10:16 am

    Have seen Mumbai n Rock On only out of these.. (yes yes I know I need to see ‘Wednesday’ soon).. Both MMJ n Rock On wud get 3 each from me.. Btw, I saw The Last Lear and trust me it ain’t that great it is being made out to be.. None , i say none of them make an impression.. I m not saying they were bad.. Not at all. They were just about ok. I say this cuz considering the hype n hoopla of the acting of all involved is talk everywhere…I wud rate Priety a bit higher than rest of all.

  10. Sujith Krishnan permalink
    September 15, 2008 11:26 am

    A Wednesday was un-realistic man – Period. If at the end they had shown that Nazarruddin SHah was dreaming the entire thing, I would have appreciated it. But not this way!

  11. vimmuuu permalink
    September 15, 2008 2:14 pm

    @ Reeta :

    Friends do address each other by ‘SIR’ and thats so common these days here in Chennai. Saroja didnt work for me becuz dragged a bit and also theres a couple of unwanted female characters.

    @ Oxy :

    Seriously???…This is the first time I ever heard a bad review on T.L.L. Will defntly watch it on DVD.

    @ Sujith :

    Being un-realistic and being documentarish is different. Movies that are made on a real incident would/should be realistic; otherwise its all fiction. They are made either to entertain or in the case of ‘A Wednesday’, to enlighten !

  12. Oxy permalink
    September 15, 2008 5:09 pm

    U bet man… And I did not say movie was bad.. All I am saying is it ain’t it is made out to be everywhere. There is hell lot of praise of acting of all but only Preity Stood out I tell you.

  13. Varun permalink
    September 15, 2008 5:56 pm

    I have not watched any of the movies you’ve reviewed. Will surely watch the one’s that have got the highest rating. Watch Tahaan if possible. It’s a beautiful movie.

  14. vimmuuu permalink
    September 15, 2008 10:55 pm

    @ Oxy :

    I understand. Im never going to miss TLL anyways.

    @ Varun :

    I heard so too. Will watch it once the DVD comes out. Thanks.

  15. soneeta permalink
    September 17, 2008 4:34 am

    this time i hv only seen Mumbai meri jaan N ROCK ON ….WELL,ROCK ON was really rocking.whn i heard its songs for d 1st time didnt like it.it ws juz too much of noise bt thn slowly liking it a lot n nw i keep listerning to thn always.well,a really go film to boos up ur enthu n say”GO ,GET IT!!” Really nice one.
    Mumbai meri jaan ws also a gd one wth a different story abt the post bomb blast trauma.small small elements nicely picked up and shown very well,really making the audience to think….good one.
    will try to see the reat of the movies in d coming days n will write abt it
    hey,btw,dont u go 4 any hollywood movies.y no reviews abt thm?

  16. remabh permalink
    December 20, 2008 2:14 am

    hey vimmuuu…
    yea i liked Thirakadha & verthe oru bharya as well.. did u watch "minnaminnikoottam"

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