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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.

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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Review: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

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When I think back to the first makeup item I truly fell in love with, it has to be the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. So as a disclaimer, this isn’t really a review but more of a must-have product in any beauty kit.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are mainly meant to be used as a bronzer/highlighter on top of blush.  However, I find that they can be used directly as a blush and even as an eyeshadow palette.

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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Reviewed

 

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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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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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Review: Kiehl’s Argan Oil

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I’ve been a loyal user of moisturizer for as long as I can remember. I was about 10 when I started using Nivea Soft, and for the past few years I’ve been using tub after tub of Olay Complete. However, what would you say if I told you to ditch the moisturizer for oil?

I’ve been using Kiehl’s Argan Oil for the past few months and it’s been absolutely phenomenal for my skin. Any dryness or redness has been cured and I can walk out of the house without an ounce of makeup.

If you are wary of applying oil on your face, just remember that your pores naturally secrete oil and stripping it away with strong cleansers causes more harm than good. Kiehl’s Argan Oil is a lightweight, dry oil that is quickly absorbed.

I use this like normal moisturizer, by applying a few drops to a freshly cleansed face. Let it absorb for 10 minutes and then continue with your normal beauty regimen.  My only gripe with this product is the lack of SPF protection, so I tend to follow up with a tinted moisturizer or use this for the evening cleansing routine.

I really recommend this for anyone with problematic skin because it’s amazing. Argan Oil is a great multitasker and can be used as a serum for your hair as well. I know I’m going to be checking out more products from the Kiehl’s Argan range after this hit.

What: Kiehl’s Argan Oil
Why: Facial moisturizer and hair serum
Where: Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols in Dubai or Kiehl’s website
How much: 252 AED or $42 for an 8 oz bottle
Pros: Improves skin complexion, easily absorbed
Cons: No SPF, strong scent
Rating: 5 stars

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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Reviewed

 

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