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Mera Haque
(1986)

Remake of Saawan Badhon
This film released when Sanju was tryin hard to make a comeback in Hindi films after his drug addiction. The film is a copy of Saawan Badhon 1970 Copy pasted The film was later remade as Chuppa Rustam 2001.

The film is quite interesting if you havent seen the original but follows cliches and the director fails to add anything new.

Direction is okay Music is alright

Sanjay dutt is decent in his role though he was raw those days Anita Raj is okay Gulshan Grover, Bindu and others are okay.

Mera Haque
(1986)

Remake of Saawan Badhon
This film released when Sanju was tryin hard to make a comeback in Hindi films after his drug addiction. The film is a copy of Saawan Badhon 1970 Copy pasted The film was later remade as Chuppa Rustam 2001.

The film is quite interesting if you havent seen the original but follows cliches and the director fails to add anything new.

Direction is okay Music is alright

Sanjay dutt is decent in his role though he was raw those days Anita Raj is okay Gulshan Grover, Bindu and others are okay.

Rangeela Raja
(2019)

Horrible
There was a time Govinda's films were superhits and Pahlaj Nihalini could get audiences to theatres but now times have changed. The film in short is an assault to the senses and ruined by bad direction and loud acting

The film looks out of place in today's times The film is a remake of Rajnikant's Netrikant but looks stupid and out of place in today's times

Direction is bad Music is bad

Govinda in both roles is too loud and gets to the nerves especially in the role of womaniser The heroines are awful Shakti Kapoor is loud Govind Namdeo gets no scope Rest are all okay

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
(2001)

Minnale Copy Paste but quite watchable
RHTDM as it's affectionately called was a remake of Tamil film Minnale(2001) which also starred Madhavan alongwith Reema Sen Govind Menon remakes the same film with a few changes. The film starts off well, with Maddy and Saif fight and then Maddy falling for Dia, though the south style may not work for all at times Yet the scenes between Dia and Maddy are superbly handled The twist in the tale is well handled too with Saif making a comeback The going ons do get predictable in second half but the climax is well handled

Direction is good Music is mostly recreated yet Zara Zara became a rage

Madhavan tends to overdo a bit and reminds u of Shahrukh Khan but yet he plays Maddy superbly of course he has played it before in Minnale but he lends freshness to the role though he was overweight Dia is also cute in her role though weak in her emotional scenes and dialogue delivery Their chemistry is amazing Saif Ali Khan is superb in his role, this was his first role after Dil Chahta Hai and he is good Vrajesh Hirjee is funny as Maddy's friend, Anupam Kher is lovable though typecast rest are okay

Ajay
(1996)

Nothing Great
In the year 1996, Sunny and Karisma worked in 2 films Jeet and Ajay and after that never worked again. This was also the last film of Suneel Darshan with Sunny Deol The film has a done to death story, nothing new about it It is basically a love story between a poor guy Sunny and a rich girl Karisma who detests him first and later falls in love her evil uncles played by Suresh Oberoi and Kiran Kumar are the villains.

Direction is nothing great as story is quite outdated Music is decent but the chamak challo dance number is hilarious for bad choreography

Sunny Deol does his usual stuff nothing new, Karisma doesn't get anything much to do and she is as usual Suresh Oberoi,Kiran Kumar leave a mark Farida Jalal is as usual, Sharat Saxena is good in his role.

Jurm
(1990)

An amazing film of Bhatt and Khanna though inspired
Mahesh Bhatt has remade several Hollywood films into Hindi, Jurm is a remake of Someone to watch over me(1987). The film has a decent story and it's well handled though it's copied with several changes in script to suit Indian audiences. The film keeps you involved though a bit lengthy at times

Direction by Mahesh Bhatt is good Music by Rajesh Roshan is decent though 2 songs Jab Koi Baat and Marne Ke Darr se were copied from English songs 500 miles and La Bonita

Vinod Khanna though looking aged does a good job in his role, this was his last film with Bhatts due to his differences with Mukesh Bhatt who was his secretary then. Meenaxi does a good job too while Shafi Inamdar is good Om Shivpuri is good, Anang Desai,Mahesh Anand are good as well rest are okay

Fan
(2016)

Well Done Srk
Srk's quality of films in recent past has gone downhill, right from Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Chennai Express, Happy New Year to recent Dilwale all being nothing great. FAN which was launched before Dilwale is a film with a difference In this film Srk has a double role but unlike Duplicate and other of his double role films, here the double role looks different, first of all kudos to the VFX team and the make up team. The film starts with Srk playing Gaurav a fan of Srk who eats, breathes and lives Srk oops Aaryan Khanna. He gets an award and goes to Mumbai to meet Srk and gift him for his birthday but of course something unexpected happens. Gaurav starts hating Aaryan and becomes a revenge seeker. The first half is good though it takes it's own time at times it looks very realistic, Gaurav's ambitions are identifiable, the twist too is well handled though one wonders why Aryan behaves so rudely with his fan but still at times stars do tend to get rude The second half does tend to get filmy and unrealistic at times, like the 2 long chase scenes but yet there are some good scenes too like the entire track when Gaurav goes to Aryan's house and also the pre-climax and the climax are well handled

Direction by Maneesh Sharma is good There are no songs shown in the film which is a good thing Background music is good

Srk plays both the roles superbly, as Aaryan he plays himself again after Om Shanti Om and Billu, but he surprises as Gaurav the entire mannerisms, dialogue delivery and all is simply superb he makes you believe that he is the character which is a pluspoint -8/10 Waluscha Dsouza does a good job in her small role while Shriya Pilgaonkar is good, rest are all okay

Raampur Ka Lakshman
(1972)

One of Manmohan Desai's early hits
Manmohan Desai started his career doing serious films but slowly ventured into masala films. This film released in 1972 fresh after the success of Sacha Jhutha(1970) which is also mentioned in the film. The film stars Randhir Kapoor in the lead role, and Rekha alongwith Shatrughan Sinha. The story is of long lost brothers, who separate in the initial reels after a catastrophe. Perhaps this was one of the earlier films to show a family that gets lost, which became a trademark of MDK films later like Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag, Mard.etc In the film Randhir plays a simpleton who goes to Mumbai to search his friend whose father helped his father when the separation happened. Randhir saves Rekha(In MDK's NASEEB he had a similar scene) from getting raped by thugs, soon they befriend each other Shatrughan Sinha plays a negative role, he is a leader of a gang who put Randhir's friend in trouble, he is the brother of Laxman who was taken away by a thief to make him like him. The film also has a get up formula wherein Randhir dresses as Louis Dsouza from Goa!!! All formulas which became a trademark of MDK.

Direction is good Music by RD Burman was fab, Ghum Hai Kisi Ke became famous, other songs too are good, mostly sung by Kishore Kumar

Randhir Kapoor does a good job, looking suitably goofy for the role, though he couldn't make it really as big as Rishi Kapoor or other Kapoors yet he left a mark especially in this film. There is a scene where he dresses up like his father Raj Kapoor and there is a tribute to him. Rekha who looks different compared to today does a good job Shatrughan Sinha is terrific in a negative role, something he started his career with. The rest are all good in their roles.

Raaste Kaa Patthar
(1972)

One of Amitabh's early films
The year was 1972, Amitabh was not yet a star, he was struggling as an actor alongwith Shatrughan Sinha. They both unite in this film The film is similar to THE APARTMENT(1960), in Life in a Metro(2007) Sharman's story was quite similar to this film. The film is quite different fro it's times, here we are shown day to day life, how people have to obey their bosses and support their not so good intentions just for their better career prospects. The film has Shatru play a honest poet while Amitabh plays a guy who gives in to his manager's demands, they use his house to have sex. Quite unique thought in 1970s The film is well handled, with moments of comedy and emotion You relate to the characters, perhaps that time when characters had to be heroic people didn't hence it flopped. The film also drags at times yet it does have several good scenes

Direction is good Music is okay Mukesh and Rafi sing for Bachchan here

Amitabh Bachchan was growing as an actor, though he had rough edges he does a superb job in the role, showing good comic timing, his emotional scenes too are good his screen presence was a bit weak those days though Shatrughan Sinha has a short role and is good Laxmi Chaya is okay Satyen Kapoo, Prem Chopra and all are good in their roles rest are okay

Kareeb
(1998)

Quite good but could be better
This was was VVC's next film after 1942 A Love Story. The film starred Bobby Deol and Neha. The film is supposedly based on Vidhu Vinod Chopra's own youth love story. The first half is more on the romance which does get stretched, however Bobby's scenes with Neha are cute,the pace is slow but yet the love story is well handled, the second half gets dramatic, there is a comic relief in the name of Johny Lever but the entire lottery part seems like a compromise, for Bobby who has vowed not to lie to actually support the lottery taken by bribe is hard to digest but yet the end is good

Direction is good but the writing could be better Music by Anu Malik is good, Chori Chori, Churalo Na Dil are all good songs

Bobby Deol is sincere, he shows vast improvement from GUPT and does his part of a lovesick lost puppy well, the second half gets him more scope to act and he does a good job. Neha(Shabana-actual name) is cute and does her part well The film also has Abhay Chopra son of VVC making his debut and he is okay Saurabh Shukla is superb as always, Moushumi chaterjee does a good job Shammi Kapoor, Sushma Seth are okay in small roles rest are okay

Plan
(2004)

Flop Plan
Hriday Shetty,step brother of Rohit Shetty debutted with this film, which was produced by Sanjay Gupta. The film is a remake of Suicide Kings(1997) and Lost Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels. It starts off with 4 losers from Allahabad meet together in a train and come to mumbai, each having different dreams. The first half is well handled, the way the friends meet and the twists are well handled, Sanju's introduction is also well handled however a flaw in the story is the Sanju-Mahesh Manjerekar tiff which doesn't have any strong ground, also the romantic tracks could be avoided. The film also lacks a strong impact

Direction is okay, writing could be better Music is okay, Pyaar Aaya is okay, Aanewala Pal too is good however many songs are crammed in the second half

This film released 2 weeks after Munnabhai MBBS which got Sanju immense praise, however in this film he plays a bhai he has played several times before, though his new look doesn't really gel well he does his part well but doesn't really get much to do that he hasn't done before Sanjay Suri is superb in a role that he is in contrast with his image till then, Dino Morea shows improvement though his dialogue delivery jars at places, Rohit Roy is good, Bikram Saluja too does well Amongst heroines Priyanka Chopra is okay, she does ham at places, Sameera Reddy, Payal Rohatgi, Riya Sen have nothing much to do Mahesh Manjerekar is good in his role but annoys at times rest are all okay

Taaqatwar
(1989)

First film of David Dhawan,Govinda and Sanju
David Dhawan was an editor who turned director with Taaqatwar The film brought together Govinda and Sanjay Dutt in main leads, the pair was seen in Do Qaidi(1989) in the same year, also in Jeete Hai Shaan Se wherein Govinda had a cameo. The film is a typical 80s long lost type, it starts with Anupam Kher who is an officer after criminals, one of them being Shakti Kapoor who gets him killed with the help of hawaldar Paresh Rawal who is cunning. The blame of the murder is put on Anil Dhawan(brother of David) Tanuja wife of Anupam, takes care of Anil's son as her own though the society doesn't support him and he becomes a goon years later. Sanjay Dutt son of Anupam becomes a cop, who is after Shakti Kapoor rest is typical masala. DD being a fan of Manmohan Desai has several parts inspired from him, there is also a fight scene between Sanjay and Govinda which looks straight from Amar Akbar Anthony, the story also has shades of several films, Govinda's character seems a mix of Anthony Gonsalves and Amitabh in Suhaag.

Direction is decent but the story is outright predictable Music by Annu Malik is okay, Thanedaar song is quite good rest are okay

Sanjay Dutt plays the serious cop act well, Govinda plays the tapori character brilliantly, his name is John D'mello in the film and their chemistry too is good, their pairing was repeated in several films and got better Anita Raaj is good, Neelam has a small role and she is okay Shakti Kapoor plays the villain well, Gulshan Grover is good too Paresh Rawal is good in his character, Tanuja is okay Anupam Kher has a guest role and is good, Anil Dhawan is okay in a small guest appearance.

Josh
(2000)

Unrealistic yet entertaining
Mansoor Khan is known for giving us quality cinema, remember Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar(remake of Breaking Away), Akele Hum Akele Tum(remake of Kramer vs Kramer) and finally Josh a remake of West Side Story The film is the first film not to star his cousin Aamir Khan, in fact Aamir was offered the role played by Sharad Kapoor but he felt his character was overshadowed by Srk. The film took 4 years to complete, but did well at the B.O. The film is set in Goa, my hometown, where 2 gangs Eagle and Bichhoo reside(something I have never heard about,lol) anywayz Srk is the boss of Eagle Gang which comprises of christians while Bichoo gang are the hindus from outside of Goa. The film is set in 1980s, there is also a subplot of Alberto Vasco on whom the village was named, which however is not true, of course we never except realism in Hindi films and that too when stories are set in Goa. The film starts off with a clash between 2 gangs which are quite entertaining, Srk- Aishwarya who play twins have some good scenes, even scenes between Sharad Kapoor and Chandrachur Singh are well handled Mansoor gives most characters equal space and thats laudable. Chandrachur-Aish love story is also well handled, while Srk-Priya Gill portions do they their moments. The clash at the interval is fab, while the second half too starts well but things stagnate when Chandrachur comes to know a secret of Srk and Aish, things get stretched, also the revelation is very half baked, the climax too seems hurried

Direction is good, the director and writers do a great job handling the film Music is good by Anu Malik, Sailaro is a fun song, Hai Mera Dil and Haare Haare are good too, Apun Bola sung by Srk is fun, Mere Khyalon Ki Malika is good too, In this film Abhijeet who was normally Srk's voice didn't sing at all for him.

Shahrukh Khan played a tapori earlier in Ram Jaane but overdid it, here he does a superb job, he is in control and does a great job Aishwarya Rai who tanned her role does a good job too, though at times she prances too much Chandrachur Singh is good in his role, Sharad Kapoor does a superb job, he plays Prakash superbly, sadly his career didn't really move much even after this film. Sushant Singh is good, Vivek Vaswani is okay, Priya Gill is good too Sharat Saxena is good, rest are all okay

Duplicate
(1998)

Mahesh Bhatt's one of worst films
Sometimes some filmmakers surprise for good and bad, Mahesh Bhatt who gave us several great films also gave us some horrible films like Duplicate(1998). The film released in 1998 when Srk had another flop though a good film Dil Se. Duplicate is pure trash, it has actors hamming and overdoing, Sr plays a dual role as Bablu and Mannu, one good and one evil, he overdoes in both roles. The film starts with Bablu who is an aspiring waiter, he falls for Juhi Chawla, while Manu is a gangster who is trying to settle scores with his evil partners(Gulshan Grover, Sharat Saxena, Rana Jung Bahadur.etc) Once the cops arrest Bablu thinking him to be Manu, Manu realises that he has a duplicate and lands up in his house. The film is similar to Sacha Jhutha(1970) and many such films however it's handling is unbearable, the ease at which Bablu fools Manu's gang is really stupid. The climax is however decent but even there we have actors hamming and overdoing

Direction is awful Music is decent, Ek Shararat, Kakte Aankhon Waali, Mere Mehboob are all good songs

Srk overdoes in both roles, he does better as Manu wherein he plays an anti hero after ages but as Bablu he is terrible Juhi Chawla is quite okay, she too hams in up at times Sonali Bendre is decent Mohinish Behl is okay, Tiku Talsania, Farida Jalal and others are okay

Shikhar
(2005)

Disappointing
After the success of SARFAROSH(1999), John Matthew Mathan came back after 6 years with SHIKHAR which bombed. The film brought together Ajay Devgan with Shahid Kapur, also starring Bipasha and Amrita Rao. The film is similar to Raju Ban Gaya Gentlemen, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai.etc and follows a similar route. Ajay plays a businessman who wants to build his own city, yes right!! Shahid plays a son of a rich businessman who left his business and started an ashram. The film has a decent plot but the execution and writing play a spoiltsport. The situations are clichéd, also there are too many songs Some scenes are well handled but overall the impact is missing Ajay-Shahid scenes are well handled but why does Shahid follow him looks hard to digest, all of a sudden he treats him like a guru. Also the climax could have been better, things look rushed

Direction is ruined due to the writing Music by Viju Shah is ordinary, the songs are nothing great Fitna Dil is a decent song rest are okay

Ajay Devgan plays GG superbly, he has played negative roles before but in this yet again he adds a sheen, Surprisingly Govinda was signed by John before due to his comic nature but Ajay suits the role to the T However his styling is below par Shahid Kapur excels in his role too, lending it the right amt of conviction Amrita Rao plays a typical coy actress and she is okay Bipasha Basu gets to play also a typical clichéd role and she too is okay Farah is as usual, Sushant Singh hams in his shudh Hindi role Manoj Joshi is okay, Javed Sheikh gives a decent account of himself in his debut rest are okay

Dosti: Friends Forever
(2005)

Oldfashioned and outdated
Suneel Darshan is one director who mostly resorts to old stories to move audiences, After giving a new lease to Akki's career with Jaanwar(1999) he gave him a flop TALAASH(2003) which also was a mix of many old films In 2005 he gave 2 films BARSAAT(copy of SWEET HOME ALABAMA) and DOSTI, both films flopped at the B.O. Dosti friends forever is as oldfashioned as ever, The film has all the clichés we have seen before, like the childhood friendship between rich boy Bobby Deol and a poor boy(done in the most outdated fashion) Bobby's parents have no time for him, they are the typical rich parents seen in films like Bobby(1973). Akshay's character reminds us of characters like Rajesh Khanna in Namak Haraam(1973) who relies on his friend for everything. Anywayz after years, Bobby is a playboy(like in Dillagi) whereas Akki is a sincere guy, Akki loves Kareena(this trio were in Ajnabee together) Bobby slowly and predictabily falls for Lara who gives him a trial period to prove himself. There is a twist at the interval which is well handled but then in the second half suddenly the film goes into the Kal Ho Naa Ho mode There are some good emotional scenes but the film gets too predictable yet Akshay's death scene is well handled

Direction is outdated, nothing really to speak about Nadeem Sharavan's music too sounds dated, in fact this was their last film together as a pair.

Akshay Kumar plays his role superbly, in that year Akki had got noticed as a comedian with GARAM MASALA which was a hit, followed by DHP which flopped, this was his last release and thankfully he isn't just a comedian, he does the serious part superbly Bobby Deol too is good as his friend, he leaves a huge mark especially in the emotional scenes but his appearance and styling could be better Kareena Kapoor gets less scope but does a good job, this wa her 3rd pairing with Akshay after TALAASH and BEWAFAA. Lara Dutta doesn't really get much scope and is okay Juhi Chawla is superb in her small role, Mahesh Thakur is good Kiran Kumar, Lilette Dubey are typecast, Shakti Kapoor has a cameo Karishma Tanna is okay in a brief role rest are all okay

Dushmani: A Violent Love Story
(1995)

Mismash
Shekhar Kapur left 2 films midway, first being Joshilay which was completed and released in 1988 and it failed, This film however was stuck for 5 years and finally released after being completed by many directors, Karan Razdan, Sanjay Khanna, Bunty Soorma(though only 1 got credit) The film released in 1995 and flopped. The film has a very age old story, it is about a love story between scions of 2 underworld eniemies The film starts well, but the romance between Sunny and Manisha could be better, also the film gets predictable. There are some good scenes in the film sprinkled perhaps which was directed by Kapur.

Direction is inconsistent due to the different directors hndling the film Music is okay

Jackie Shroff has played similar roles before, in Parinda(1989) perhaps he signed the film at that time and he does a good job Sunny Deol has inconsistent looks at places and does a decent job Manisha Koirala's dubbing by someone else ruins her performance make her sound artificial and kiddish Anupam Kher is terrific as the villain, Deepti Naval is good, rest are all okay

Jai Gangaajal
(2016)

More like a showreel for Prakash Jha the actor
When GANGAAJAL was released, it was mistaken to be a normal cop drama but the film became famous and won awards, it is still remembered as Ajay's one of best performances and films. After GANGAAJAL Prakash Jha gave us APARAHAN, RAJNEETI which were hits and got acclaim, SATYAGRAHA and AARAKSHAN didn't really get that much though and slowly he got predictable. In Jai Gangaajal, he also debuts as an actor and the film has him play an almost parallel lead to Priyanka Chopra. Sadly the film leaves you been there seen dat throughout. There is nothing we haven't seen before, ever since Gangaajal many films are made on such topics, Another flaw is the background music which comprises of the entire jukebox of the film and gets irritating. The film is also too predictable and except some scenes there is nothing worthy to talk out.

Direction is decent but the writing plays spoil spot Music is okay mostly playing in the background but as i said it spoils the impact.

Priyanka Chopra gets to play a cop and she tries hard, she is decent but yet could've been more impactful at times, yet she gives a good performance- 7/10 Prakash Jha gets the most meatiest part(like Manoj Kumar in his heydays) and though he does a good job, giving him too much importance was not required - 6/10 The film has Ninad Kamat who played a small role in Airlift, playing a villain looking overweight he does a decent job at times he hams though - 5/10 Manav Kaul is getting typecast sadly in negative roles Murli Sharma seen mostly in Jha films does a decent job as usual Rahul Bhat has a small role and he does a good job Nitin Karmarkar is good too rest are okay

Kaun?
(1999)

Ahead of it's times
Ram Gopal Verma was a unique director, in 90s he gave us films like Rangeela which made Urmila a star, and then he made films like SATYA(1998) which also had Urmila in it. Kaun is a small film(in those days terms), it has no songs, whole film set in one house, one night, just 3 characters, something that's common today but those days it was unique. The only songless thriller known to bollywood is Ittefaq(1969) Kaun starred Urmila, Manoj Bajpai and Sushant Singh(all three who worked with RGV in Satya). The film is set in one house, where Urmila stays alone, the entire first 20-30 mins are set establishing her loneliness giving it a horror film, but post Manoj entering the scene, things get intriguing, Sushant Singh's character also adds some more suspense The end though shocks you but doesn't register that well in terms of logic.

Direction is good Background Music by Sandeep Chowta is superb

Urmila Matondkar is splendid in this complex role, she proves she was an actress of calibre, Manoj Bajpai is superb in his role, he portrays the role to perfection Sushant Singh who was later launched by RGV in Jungle is superb too in a small role

Prithvi
(1997)

The film could be much better
In late 90s Suneil Shetty was going through a mixed phase, on one side doing films like BORDER while on the other side doing JUDGE MUJRIM Prithv starts off like a normal love story but then becomes a thriller when Sunil starts searching for his wife who is kidnapped in US. The film has lot of US bashing though, with Sunil criticising the country, thankfully it was that time and now today!!!! The film does have some good scenes but many times sticks to clichés and action scenes. The climax is hard to digest, where our Indian hero enters a foreign court with ek minute judge saab!!!! Still the film is watchable in parts The film was earlier supposed to be directed by Deepak Shivdasani who was thrown out from the film and the film was completed by Nitin Manmohan himself, result shows Music is okay

Sunil Shetty does a decent job, though his dialogue delivery and voice jars at places, those days he was improving as an actor though and it shows Shilpa Shetty does a good job in her double role Faraz Khan(Son of late Yusuf Khan) does a decent job as a villain Suresh OBeroi in a guest appearance is okay, Navin Nischol appears in a cameo Shakti Kapoor irritates with his comedy track and why the hell have him in a 7 role appearance when one doesn't work? Shweta Menon in her debut role is fair

Baarood (The Fire) - A Love Story
(2012)

Delayed
After Khanjar, this is yet another delayed film of Suneil Shetty This film pairs him with Shilpa Shirodkar with whom we worked in many film in 1990s and then she quit bollywood in 2000. This film was perhaps started in 1990s and finally releases in 2012 with new faces added. The film was supported by Mukesh Khanna who is the only actor who dubbed in his own voice and also helped in completing the film. The film was perhaps 70% complete as unlike Khanjar we have Suneil,Shilpa Shirodkar.etc for half the film. The film has such a done to death story that I doubt it would work even in 90s. The film has Suneil Shetty play a kidnapper who alongwith some guys kidnap children, he is headed by Kiran Kumar Mukesh Khanna plays a cop who is after them. The film seems so dated that it bores, there are unintentional hilarious scenes too.The film seems to be rushed and completed hastily. Sunil Shetty is killed almost 40 mins before the climax and then the film shifts to 18 years later(perhaps shot recently) where all newcomers are added who form Barood Gang under the leadership of Mukesh Khanna. The villains Kiran Kumar.etc are replaced by newcomers too who claim they have done a plastic surgery!!!!!Hahahahah Direction is nothing great Music sounds outdated, as most of the songs were recorded in 90s and only few recently

Suneil Shetty looks straight out of Mohra(1994) and perhaps the film was started in 1990s when he was a raw actor, here too his act is nothing great, his dubbing however makes his original voice even of those days sound better, it's really awful Shilpa Shirodkar has a small role and is okay, but her dubbing gives away Kiran Kumar does decently but his dubbing is horrible Mukesh Khanna is the only actor who dubbed in his voice and does an okay job. The newcomers are all non actors.

Barood
(1998)

Akshay's bad days
Akshay being a playboy he was, had numerous affairs with many leading ladies before settling to Twinkle Khanna. His affair with Raveena ended in 1996 which made several films suffer, his last 2 films with Raveena were KEEMAT and BAROOD both which releaed in 1998. BAROOD was delayed for 3 years for perhaps the same reason. The film is directed by Pramod Chakravarthy who directed Akki in Deedaar(1992). The film has a standard story which was seen a lot in 80s and 90s. Nothing really worthy to speak about. Those days Akki was going through a bad phase,giving several flops, he was called a wooden actor and people only praised his action scenes which slowly were loosing their charm. BAROOD was another flop in a row. Direction is nothing great Music is okay, the title song is shot well rest are okay

Akshay Kumar is nothing great as in those days, his action scenes were praised as usual Raveena Tandon plays the heroine as usual in those days Amrish Puri plays a villain again, Raakhee too is tiring playing the mother Mohinish Behl is as usual ditto for Mohan Joshi Gulshan Grover is likable.

Sheesha
(2005)

Could have been better
In 2005, Neha Dhupia was hot property with filmmakers trying to cash on her sex symbol tag, Also Sonu Sood was trying to get launched as a lead hero, both resulted in Sheesha(2005). The film was directed by Ashu Trikha who gave us Deewanapan(2001). Sheesha tells a story of Twins Neha Dhupia, one who can't speak nor ear and the other a normal girl falling for Sonu Sood. Yet again it's a story of obsession which we have seen before but yet it does sound interesting but sadly it falters. The film is a remake of Vaali, A tamil film however which has a reverse story of 2 guys after 1 girl. Sheesha starts off well, but there are lot of flaws like the cop doubting on Neha after her earring is found near a dead body? Also several other The climax too is not too convincing and predictable Direction is decent, the director handles several scenes well, however his focus is a lot on sex which could be avoided and hope he had concentrated on the script Music is decent, Yaar Ko Maine and Mujhe Jeena Sikha Do are the best songs

Neha Dhupia tries hard and is okay in both roles, quite a challenging role for her, as she was 2 film old, however she needed to brush her acting skills, thank god she has come a long way now as a n actor at least Sonu Sood is passable, he has come a long way too now and got famous though not as a lead Late Vivek Shauq provides some humour though its unnecessary at times rest are okay

Vijeta
(1996)

Sanju's bad days
After Sanju's arrest in 1993 and his subsequent chases with the court and cops(his bail and re-arres) which lasted till 1996, many of his films were stuck, while some were released incomplete like Andolan,Namak with Sanju's voice dubbed by Chetan Shashital. Vijeta too was one of those films, it started in 1992 but released in 1996. The film has Sanju's voice dubbed by Chetan Shashital, contrary to what people have written in trivia of IMDb. The film has a decent story, it starts with Sanju who alongwith his buddies hve a good time, Sanju is a lawyer who treats Alok Nath and Reema Lagoo as his gurus, due to some fight with Paresh Rawal(with a Hitler moustache) both get killed and then Sanju becomes a rebel. Sounds very typical and ordinary The film is nothing great, also several parts of the film seem hasty like perhaps due to the delay several scenes had not been shot, not sure though The climax however reportedly was left incomplete, as it was about to be shot in 1995 but it was never shot. Direction by KR Murli Mohan Rao is nothing great Music is decent, Sherry Main Ho Gaya Deewana which was recorded for JP Dutta's Chooriyan but which got shelved was used for this film and it is superb, rest songs are okay

Sanjay Dutt is good in his role,thankfully not much hairstyle changes but his dubbed voice ruins the impact Raveena Tandon is okay, but doesn't suit the cop part Amrish Puri is typical as the villain, Paresh Rawal annoys with his repetitive Prabhu dialogue and south Indian style. rest are all okay

Neerja
(2016)

Good Biopic
After Airlift, comes yet another biopic, this time of Neerja Bhanot who was killed by terrorists in a hijacked plane. The film is well handled, it starts off in a casual manner but when the plane gets hijacked it catches your attention. Problem with biopics are that they are predictable and also very difficult to make as the makers have to be careful while drawing the line. The filmmaker does a good job, for most of the part holding to reality. The heroine doesn't do anything larger then life, neither the film has any hero coming to save her. Of course it being a biopic such things had to be avoided. The film does manage to move you, make you feel for the characters and also the situations are very identifiable The film does get predictable at times, also some flaws in depicting the era could be avoided but such flaws can be avoided

Direction is good Music is okay The film pays tribute to Rajesh Khanna, though by 1986(the film is set)though he was a faded horse in real life by 1986.

Sonam Kapoor gets a lifetime chance, every heroine does a biopic to prove her talent, anywayz giving her due, she does a good job nice to see her choose such a role after doing nothing in Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo. She does a superb job especially when the hijack takes place. Shekhar is nothing great, he gets less scope and seems uncomfortable too Shabana Azmi is superb in her role, the rest are all okay Thankfully we don't have artificial actors playing terrorists. and they do a good job

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