Friday, January 29, 2010

Film Reviews: GOA and ISHQIYA

What happens when you pick up three youngsters from the wilds of rural Tamil Nadu and drop them on to the sun-and-sex-filled sands of Goa? Read more to know what says in its review.

GOA: Review by

Premgi and Jai have the best of everything. The surprise package, obviously, consists of Arvind Akash and Sampath -- the latter, especially. Is this the villain who screams at the hero in every other film? What a transformation! Shorn of his trademark moustache and beard, the actor brings Danny to life, and as he talks, sashays and flirts his way through the film, you're left gaping at his endearing performance with an accent intact.

Pia is endearing, Melanie is incredibly cute while Sneha, clad in modern-wear, plays a different role with panache. None of the women however have much scope in this all-male flick. But what little time they have, they've used well.

That, in a nutshell, is actually what Goa's is all about. There's practically no story to speak of; it's just every guy's fantasy come true, with babes, beaches and endless bathing. And plenty of SFX gimmicks to keep you in your seat. Thankfully, its characters are realistic and that keeps you going.

Enjoy this holiday for what it is, with no great expectations about a story and Goa might keep you entertained. >> [ Read complete review @ REDIFF ]

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Rarely are grace and profanity cited in the same breath. Debutant filmmaker Abhishek Chaubey's Ishqiya, however, is a privileged exception. Read more to know what says in its review.

ISHQIYA: Review by

Regardless of its colourful language, simmering sexuality, ribald humour and unabashed reverence for the offensive, the drama has enough lyricism, layers and eccentricity to stereotype it as grim or gawky.

Produced, co-written (along with Chaubey and Sabrina Dhawan) and composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Ishqiya bears his stamp of brains, brilliance and blasphemy but leaves enough space for Chaubey to establish his credibility. And that's not an easy task when your film is set in the same milieu and texture as Bhardwaj's Omkara. But like Chaubey mentions in an interview, the similarities are mostly 'cosmetic.' He's quite right too.

If VB is the equivalent of Quentin Tarantino in Hindi cinema, safe to say with Chaubey, we have a Robert Rodriguez in the making. >> [ Read complete review @ REDIFF ]

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