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Movie Review: Desi Boyz

2008 marked the year where all dance floors, weddings and events were dominated by one phrase “Ain’t nobody like a Desi Girl.” Fast forward to 2011 and we are being told to “Make Some Noise for the Desi Boyz.”

Desi Boyz stars a pair of mega eye-candy, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, with glamour quotient provided by Deepika Padukone and Chitrangada Singh. The film marks the directorial debut of Rohit Dhawan, son of experienced comedy director David Dhawan and the viewer goes in expecting a light-hearted comic caper.

Read the full review on DollzinDubai.com

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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Freida Pinto Bleached by L’Oreal?

L’Oréal Paris just introduced its newest limited edition makeup collection “Colors Take Flight” based on the hit TV series, Project Runway.  The campaign features a number of L’Oréal Paris’ ambassadors but special attention has been given to Freida Pinto’s adverts.

Controversy has erupted over L’Oréal Paris’ excessive use of photoshop to lighten Freida’s skin tone by several shades.  The ad is especially controversial since it comes soon after Julia Roberts’ Lancôme ad was banned in the UK due to over-photoshopping her wrinkles.

A side-by-side comparison does make it seem like Freida is looking unnaturally fair in this campaign. It’s also interesting to note that her colorful green, pink and purple eyeshadow look wouldn’t have popped on a darker skintone.

So what do you think? Should L’Oréal be vilified for the excessive photoshopping or is it just a mountain out of a molehill? Discuss!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Movie Review: Mausam

Since seeing Shahid in person, I’ve been counting down the days to watching Mausam. The directorial debut of Pankaj Kapur and starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, Mausam has been heavily promoted and anticipated as a “timeless love story.”

Mausam tracks the love story of Captain Harinder “Harry” Singh (Shahid Kapoor) and Aayat Khan (Sonam Kapoor) and is divided into four seasons.  The movie starts in 1992 and tracks the star-crossed lovers over 10 years as they are separated and reunited in different countries.

Pankaj Kapur has made a movie of a different era and hence Mausam has an old-fashioned feel to it.  There is no overt sexuality in the romance, and it evolves slowly. Even the plot takes its leisurely time (at a runtime of almost 3 hours) to unfold.  And while these aspects may be appreciated by some, it is also Mausam‘s downfall.

While the premise is good, Mausam is hampered by the execution and mainly the screenplay.  In an effort to add humor or multiple dimensions, the movie gets too long and has its impact diluted.  Certain sequences get very cheesy and remind you of Indian movies from the 80s and 90s, i.e. hand paralysis (Hum Saath Saath Hain) and the feris wheel/horse sequence.

Pankaj Kapur does manage to make Mausam unique by interweaving the love story with key historical events like Ayodhya, Bombay bomb blasts, the Kargil war, September 11th, and the Ahmedabad riots. However, these do seem excessive and occasionally exploitive of serious issues.

Any love story rests strongly on the performance and chemistry of the lead pair.  Shahid Kapoor does an excellent job in an author-backed role.  He oozes charm in the first portion as the young country boy, and manages to exude a unique combination of hotness/seriousness as the air force pilot, even though the CGI sequences let him down).  Sonam Kapoor doesn’t have the acting maturity needed for this role and you can’t help but feel that Kareena Kapoor could have played Aayat better than her and lent in the gravitas the role needed.  Sonam looks ethereal in the Scotland portion, but her styling as a Kashmiri refugee detracts from her beauty. Unfortunately, the pair’s chemistry falls extremely flat. When the lovers are separated, the audience isn’t pushed to root for them to reunite.

Mausam is unfortunately a disappointment.  It is better than the last major Bollywood release, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, but only marginally so. If you are in the mood for a simple romance plus a mini-history lesson, go for it.

Dollz Rating: 2 stars out of 5

P.S. Check out the The Vigil Idiot’s hilarious comic strip movie review of Mausam!

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Synopsis:

Four seasons.
Four colours.
Four phases of their lives.
Four true historical events.

Mausam (Seasons of Love) is a story of timeless love in the face of political hostilities and religious conflict, between a proud Punjabi Air Force Officer, Harry (Shahid Kapoor) and an innocent Kashmiri refugee, Aayat (Sonam Kapoor).

Set against a landscape that transcends a decade and spans continents, Mausam is a classic journey that transports one into a world of indestructible bonds of love enveloped by the roulette of destiny.

In its First Season, the film begins with mere adolescent attraction between Harry and Aayat, in a small village of Punjab. In Season Two it develops into young love; Their love realizes its own depth in the hours of separation through Season Three. In the Fourth and Final Season their love culminates into togetherness, but not before sacrificing a lot personally and learning the truth behind universal love. It is a passionate love story, with various shades of life as its background, questioning us and yet not becoming indulgent.

Written and Directed by Pankaj Kapur and produced by Eros Entertainment, the film released worldwide on September 23rd, 2011.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Dollz Meets Shahid Kapoor

Sometime dreams come true.

As a reader of the blog, you are probably familiar with my love (bordering on obsession) for Shahid Kapoor. Not just the blog readers, but I think a good portion of Dubai and the remaining world know how much I adore him. And recently, my dream of meeting Shahid finally came true.

Thanks to the folks at Market Buzz, I was invited to attend the Mausam press conference at the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa on September 3rd. (Yes, it took me 2 weeks to get over the euphoria of meeting Shahid to finally put together coherent words for a blog post. Apologies!)

For those of you coming in late, Mausam is Shahid’s latest movie directed by his father Pankaj Kapur and produced by Sunil Lulla of Eros Entertainment. The synopsis is below:

Four seasons.
Four colours.
Four phases of their lives.
Four true historical events.

Mausam (Seasons of Love) is a story of timeless love in the face of political hostilities and religious conflict, between a proud Punjabi Air Force Officer, Harry (Shahid Kapoor) and an innocent Kashmiri refugee, Aayat (Sonam Kapoor).

Set against a landscape that transcends a decade and spans continents, Mausam is a classic journey that transports one into a world of indestructible bonds of love enveloped by the roulette of destiny.

In its First Season, the film begins with mere adolescent attraction between Harry and Aayat, in a small village of Punjab. In Season Two it develops into young love; Their love realizes its own depth in the hours of separation through Season Three. In the Fourth and Final Season their love culminates into togetherness, but not before sacrificing a lot personally and learning the truth behind universal love. It is a passionate love story, with various shades of life as its background, questioning us and yet not becoming indulgent.

Armed with an old copy of Shahid covering a Filmfare magazine, a video camera, a digital camera, two cell phones, and a copy of Jab We Met, I sat down in the front row of the press con for Shahid to arrive. And just a few minutes after the scheduled time, Mr. Kapoor walked in.

Clad in his signature blue jeans, white button down, and black blazer, the first thing you are overtaken by is his gorgeous and infectious smile that managed to brighten up that room. I don’t think there was a single woman in the room that didn’t melt at that smile. You then realize that even though he’s a bonafide star with megahits such as Vivaah, Jab We Met, and Kaminey behind him, he has no stary airs.  During the viewing of Mausam‘s promos, he refused to take someone’s seat and cutely remarked that he “gets nervous watching his own promos”.

Considering this is his father’s directorial debut, Shahid took considerable time speaking about his experience with his dad. His tone and words reflected the pride and admiration he has for his dad.  It was also very clear that Mausam isn’t just another film but “the most important film of my [Shahid’s] career.”

Battling nerves and a croaky voice, I managed to ask Shahid about the music of his film, which has become a commercial and critical success thanks to Pritam’s beautiful songs, including the bhangra number “Saj Dhaj Ke”, playful “Rabba” and romantic “Ik Tu”.  He responded with saying that “Pritam has always created magical tracks for me” and “the picturization will elevate the music to another level.”

Mausam was scheduled for a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and worldwide release on September 16th. However due to an objection by the Indian Air Force, the film’s release was delayed by a week and now opens in Dubai on September 22nd and worldwide on September 23rd. Book your tickets now as I’m sure this will be a good one!

And what can I say about Shasha. He might be a little shorter than I expected, but my heart still melts at every mention of him. Inshallah, in the not so distant future, there will be a proper one-on-one interview with him for Dollz in Dubai. But until then, my heart is content with him having flashed that gorgeous smile at me.

P.S. I have 2 copies of the phenomenal Mausam soundtrack to giveaway. If you live in the UAE and would like a copy, drop me an email at dollzindubai@gmail.com.

P.P.S. Big thank you to Mita at Market Buzz for the invite and the folks at Filmfare ME for the event.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Movie Review: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Movie Review: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Yash Raj films latest release, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD), premiered in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  Thanks to Masala magazine, I was given a chance to meet-and-greet the stars of the movie: Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Zafar, followed by tickets to the world premiere.

MBKD boasts of an excellent soundtrack, eye-catching promos and a fresh, young cast.  All these factors gave the feeling that the film would kick-off the next few months of festive blockbuster releases.

MBKD is the story of how Luv (Ali Zafar) asks his brother Kush (Imran Khan) to find him a bride, that turns out to be Dimple (Katrina Kaif). With three headlining stars, it isn’t hard to guess how this love triangle plot pans out.  And that’s exactly MBKD’s main flaw.

While watching MBKD, you can’t help but be reminded of some past Bollywood blockbustersnamely 2007’s Jab We Met. There are ample visuals of rural India, references to running away, and even glimpses of Kareena Kapoor’s Geet in Dimple and Shahid Kapoor’s Aditya in Kush. While the actors in MBKD have done justice to their roles, they aren’t given any depth that makes you connect with them.

The first half of the movie is extremely predictable and about 30% of the audience at the premiere had decided that was enough for them.  The second half is marginally better thanks to some spirited acting. Sohail Sen’s soundtrack has some excellent chartbusters that are well-choreographed and executed.  Bonus points for the choreography in the title track featuring Imran Khan pulling off Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan’s signature moves.

All three actors get significant screen time.  Katrina excels in her rocker chic avatar and seems to have developed a flare for comedy.  Imran Khan is dependable and likeable as always and has a great chemistry with Katrina. Ali Zafar has a unique style of acting, atypical to most Bollywood stars, but unfortunately gets hammy in a few scenes.  Tara D’Souza as Pyali/Pia does a great job and looks enticing in “Do Dhaari Talwar.”

If you are bored this weekend and have nothing better to do, head to the cinema or watch the Yash Raj Films last and more superior movie, Band Baaja Baraat.

Dollz Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5

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Synopsis:
“Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is a quirky romantic comedy set in the world of the upper middle class in Northern India. Kush Agnihotri (Imran Khan) is looking for the ideal Indian bride for his Brother Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) who stays in London.

In his quest, Kush goes through an array of wacky encounters with several families until he finally finds that perfect girl in Dimple Dixit (Katrina Kaif), the craziest / wackiest girl he has ever known.

Both the families meet. Formalities completed. Preparations proceed in full swing. And just then, our hero Kush falls in love with Dimple… his brother’s dulhan.

What follows is a comical and unpredictable series of events in this unusual topsy-turvy tale of love.

This September, Yash Raj Films invites you to the craziest wackiest masaledaar wedding of the year. Written and Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film releases worldwide on September 09, 2011.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Bollywood September Issue Face-Off

While there is always plenty of coverage for the September issue cover wars in the West, India is slowly catching up to the trend and giving us some exciting covers to gawk at.

This year’s September issues went to Katrina Kaif (Elle), Sonam Kapoor (Harper’s Bazaar) and Nargis Fakhri (Vogue).  Katrina and Sonam both have big movie releases coming up with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Mausam respectively. Nargis will be debuting with Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar, releasing later this year. (In case you missed it, check out our round-up of upcoming Bollywood releases.)

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Back to the cover wars. While Nargis looks good in the green Versace dress, she doesn’t have enough Bollywood credentials to merit a place in this face-off. So we’ll discount her until we manage to watch Rockstar.

Both covers have a dark, fall theme with the actresses rocking the trendy, dark, crimson lip.  For me, Katrina wins.  Her face has a touch of attitude, but her dress gives her innocence.  While Sonam looks gorgeous, the whole cover seems a little sad to me (including her boobs).  Although, The Daily Honey (whom the photos are from) did point out Katrina’s missing armpit thanks to Photoshop.  Nevertheless, we still crown Katrina the winner. And we have to admit, she is our favorite in the current Bollywood crop especially thanks to this awesome song from MBKD, which we will spotlight for #MusicMonday:

So what do you think?

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Music Monday: Shalu Ke Thumke

It’s time for Munni and Sheila to move over because there is a new item babe in town, Shalu A.K.A. Mallika Sherawat.

While we are not usually a fan of Mallika’s overt sexuality, we can’t help but admire those abs. And she is rocking that oversized bindi.

In other news, we’ve added 2 new blogs to our blogroll: Dollz Love Bollywood, dedicated purely to Bollywood content, and Dollz Tumblr for anything else that catches our eye.  We are testing out using Tumblr to document things we find interesting without over-saturating your mailboxes. We’ll still be posting the highlights on this blog but if you are a Tumblr addict, check them out and give us feedback!

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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