Allah ke Banday: Music Review

Allah ke Banday is an album with various composers coming up together while Chirantan Bhatt seems to be leading with his Maula running already. Here is a review.

The album starts with a Sufi-rock Maula Samjha de Inhe, the song composed by Chirantan Bhatt and sung by Hamza Farooqui and Krishna. A combination that I have never seen yet but the way the song sounds all good and is running successfully, I will not be surprised if I see Hamza and Krishna singing together more in future. A complete like, with the plea made by the two leads showing up in the right attitude and the words sounding perfectly matching in the context of the movie.

The next song, kya hawa kya baadal, is composed by Kailasa, that is Kailash Kher, Naresh and Paresh, and sung by of course, Kailash himself. The song has Kailasa touch quite clear, with added electronica effects, which make the song align more to a theme type than a typical lyric-based song of the band, though the song still is a good deal about the lyrics, which is another good thing about the song. A thumbs up again.
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Allah ke Banday: The Must Watch Trailer

And here I find something that is compelling enough to make me watch a movie. Allah ke Banday, the acting debut of the movie’s director, is a something that moves you with its trailer itself. A story of two children who are called ‘born killers’, 11 years after they are put into Jail, for murders as can be easily guessed from the trailer. Interestingly, I can see Sharman Joshi and Atul Kulkarni together after long, in a movie that reminds me of Rang De Basanti. And yes, Naseeruddin Shah looks wonderful as always. Here is the trailer.

Toh Baat Pakki: Movie Review

I would not suggest you to go and watch the movie in a theater. But do remember that you need to buy a CD/DVD when it’s out. I guess you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Toh Baat Pakki is a sweet film on a good story and a not-so-good screenplay where actors deliver some okay to very good performances and give you a clean movie that you might like to enjoy with your family. At the same time, I do not think it’s good enough to waste your money in a multiplex and there are not many cinema halls where you go watch family movies in single screens nowadays. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is not about the situation of cinema halls in India. I’m just trying to explain what type the movie is, while expecting you to have some rough idea about the type too.

To start with, toh Baat Pakki is a comedy that makes you laugh on the subtleties of life, about the small things that happen when it comes to an arranged marriage and when it comes to boys and girls and above all, their elder sisters and their husbands. The movie makes you laugh a bit in the starting sequences, a bit more when you see the family drama of Tabu’s family and more than that her personal drama, but fails to make you laugh as it starts moving towards the climax. The good thing about the movie in these last sequences is that right near the end the director decides to go fast and skips a few scenes of drama NOT making you wait like hell for the movie to end.

Though, the director has not been as good as his intentions in many parts of the movie. While he tries to showcase the middle class family of Tabu keeping everything on earth, there are many things that go so dreamy as if I were watching Saanwariya. For example, the director’s Jaunpur is no less than Mussoorie while you see all buildings of Mumbai in a song going on in Palanpur. Bank Cashier Ayub Khan’s vintage car might be funny but is not very real for sure. Same can be said for the beauty of Sharman’s college, the village of his Mama and so on.

The best thing about the movie is… Tabu, as she acts so natural in the movie. Though there are times when her role goes a bit over the top, she mostly makes the most of her not-so-great role purely on her acting. Sharman Joshi is good but seems he’s getting typecast. Not very good for him. Vatsal Seth, for the first time, looks big enough to be a hero. Yuvika Chaudhary looks cute. Upasna Singh goes over the top. Ayub Khan is perfect in his small role. And overall, actors make a big part of the movie.

Interesting thing, though, is that kind of surprisingly, the songs of the album are good. Sonu Nigam is at his lung-stretcher best in Phir se, while Pritam sings Karle mujhse pyar with Rana and Soham, not bringing in KK for this one. Read the music review for that.

Overall, Toh baat Pakki is something that could be good or even more than that but lacks a sincere effort, by the team, not by it’s actors. So, at best, keep the movie for a viewing at home on a CD or television.

Aamir and Sharman to replace Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi?

Oops! It’s a well spread rumor, coming from comparatively reliable resources. So it’s almost a news. Rajkumar Hirani is planning to replace Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi with Aamir Khan and Sharman Joshi for the new Munna Bhai movie, Munna Bhai Chale America. The interesting thing is that the promos of the movie, showing Sanjay and Arshad of course, have been doing rounds on the Internet for years now.

If that happens, it will be worth seeing if Sharman Joshi makes as good a Circuit as Arshad. My guess is Sharman will have a new name instead of Circuit, but since it’s a Munna Bhai series, I don’t think Aamir will be called anything else. And while my opinion is that Sanjay Dutt any day makes the best ‘bhai’ in Bollywood, how Aamir does that role will have to be watched.

Whatever it is, I think the news is bad. For one, I do not want a new Munna Bhai, and secondly, I think Aamir should get ahead of Hirani’s comedy now and go on to do better films.