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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 31, 2009 – 12:22 IST

Best Film
3 Idiots
Dev D
Kaminey
Love Aaj Kal
Paa

Best Director
Anurag Kashyap – Dev D
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
R Balki – Paa
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Vishal Bhardwaj – Kaminey

Best Actor (Male)
Aamir Khan – 3 Idiots
Amitabh Bachchan – Paa
Ranbir Kapoor – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Ranbir Kapoor – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year
Saif Ali Khan – Love Aaj Kal
Shahid Kapoor – Kaminey

Best Actor (Female)
Deepika Padukone – Love Aaj Kal
Kareena Kapoor – 3 Idiots
Katrina Kaif – New York
Priyanka Chopra – Kaminey
Priyanka Chopra – What’s Your Raashee?
Vidya Balan – Paa

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Abhimanyu Singh – Gulaal
R Madhavan – 3 Idiots
Rishi Kapoor – Love Aaj Kal
Rishi Kapoor – Luck By Chance
Sharman Joshi – 3 Idiots

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Arundhati Naag – Paa
Divya Dutta – Delhi-6
Gauhar Khan – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year
Neha Dhupia – Raat Gayi Baat Gayi
Shahana Goswami – Firaaq

Best Actor in a Negative Role
Amole Gupte – Kaminey
Boman Irani – 3 Idiots
Kay Kay Menon – Gulaal
Mahesh Manjrekar – Wanted
Manish Choudhary – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year

Best Actor in a Comic Role
D Santosh – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year
Omi Vaidya – 3 Idiots
Paresh Rawal – De Dana Dan
Sanjay Mishra – All The Best
Vinay Pathak – Raat Gayi Baat Gayi

Best Background Music
Amit Trivedi – Dev D
Ilaiyaraja – Paa
Salim-Sulaiman – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year
Shantanu Moitra, Atul Raninga, Sanjay Wandrekar – 3 Idiots
Vishal Bhardwaj – Kaminey

Best Music
A R Rahman – Delhi-6
Pritam – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Pritam – Love Aaj Kal
Pritam – Tum Mile
Vishal Bhardwaj – Kaminey

Best Playback Singer Female
Kavita Seth – Iktara – Wake Up Sid
Rekha Bhardwaj – Genda Phool – Delhi-6
Shreya Ghoshal – Zoobi Doobi – 3 Idiots
Shilpa Rao – Mudi Mudi – Paa
Sunidhi Chauhan – Mere Sang – New York

Best Lyrics
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Emosanal Attyachaar – Dev D
Irshad Kamil – Chor Bazari – Love Aaj Kal
Javed Akhtar – Sapnon Se Bhare Naina – Luck By Chance
Piyush Mishra – Ranaji – Gulaal
Prasoon Joshi – Man Ko Ati Bhavey – London Dreams

Best Story
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Malhotra, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Sanjay Maurya – Gulaal
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
Nandita Das, Shuchi Kothari – Firaaq
R Balki – Paa

Best Screenplay
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane – Dev D
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
Pankaj Advani – Sankat City
R Balki – Paa

Best Dialogue
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane – Dev D
R Balki – Paa
Vishal Bhardwaj – Kaminey

Best Editing
Aarti Bajaj – Dev D
Aarti Bajaj – Love Aaj Kal
Anil Naidu – Paa
Meghna Manchanda Sen, Sreekar Prasad – Kaminey
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots

Best Sound
Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Nihar Ranjan Samel – 3 Idiots
Dileep Subramaniam – Love Aaj Kal
Sanjay Maurya, Allwin Rego – Dev D
Shajith Koyeri, Subhash Sahu, P M Satheesh – Kaminey
Tapas Nayak – Paa

Best Special Effects
Charles Darby – Aladin
Prime Focus Ltd – Blue

Best Cinematography
C.K. Muraleedharan – 3 Idiots
P.C. Sreeram – Paa
Rajeev Ravi – Dev D
Shankar Raman – Frozen
Tassaduq Hussain – Kaminey

Best Art Directon
Acropolis, Rajnish Hedaa, Sumit, Snigdha Basu – 3 Idiots
Sabu Cyril – Aladin
Samir Chanda – Delhi-6
Samir Chanda – Kaminey
Sukanta Panigrahy, Helen Jones – Dev D

Best Choreography
Ahmed Khan – Prem Ki Naiiyya – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Avit Dias – Aal Izz Well – 3 Idiots
Bosco- Caesar – Zoobi Doobi – 3 Idiots
Prasanna – Marjaani – Billu
Baawre – Vaibhavi Merchant – Luck By Chance

Best Action
James D Bomalick – Blue
Huan-Chiu Ku – Chandni Chowk To China
Shyam Kaushal – Kaminey
Tinu Verma – Acid Factory
Vijayan Master – Wanted

Most Promising Newcomer (Male)
Amole Gupte – Kaminey
Chandan Roy Sanyal – Kaminey
Navin Kaushik – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year
Omi Vaidya – 3 Idiots

Most Promising Newcomer (Female)
Gauhar Khan – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year
Giselle Monteiro – Love Aaj Kal
Jesse Randhawa – Gulaal
Kalki Koechlin – Dev D
Mahie Gill – Dev D

Most Promising Debut Director
Ayan Mukerji – Wake Up Sid
Nandita Das – Firaaq
Pankaj Advani – Sankat City
Shivajee Chandrabhushan – Frozen
Zoya Akhtar – Luck By Chance

Best Child Artiste
Jahan Bativala – Little Zizou
Iyanah Bativala – Little Zizou
Rahul Kumar – 3 Idiots
Parzan Dastur- Sikandar
Pratik Katare – Paa

Best Ensemble Cast
Delhi-6
Firaaq
Gulaal
Luck By Chance
Sankat City

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SURPRISE: Astrologers visiting Ajay Devgn and Konkona SenSharma in their house predict the arrival of an unexpected atithi on February 26, 2010. Coincidentally, their film Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? will be releasing on the same day

A comedy that will warm the cockles of your heart is Ashwini Dhir’s promise for 2010
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 27, 2009)
Life is a party and some people live it up better than others.
In the spirit of fun and cheer, Ashwini Dhir wrapped up 2010’s heartwarming, slice-of-life flick Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? in a 45-day schedule in and around Mumbai. Ashwini believes whatever the season, comedies are always welcome.
“Everyone wants a few laughs from time to time,’’ he reasons.
Starring Ajay Devgn, Konkona SenSharma and Paresh Rawal, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is a light-hearted film based on a couple (Ajay and Konkona) who end up with an unexpected ‘atithi’ (Paresh Rawal) at their home.
Talking about the film, lead actor Ajay says, “The idea of having atithi come over is really exciting, but it can turn into a nightmare if the guest refuses to leave! The premise of the film is something that all of us must have experienced sometime or the other and the film will bring back those funny memories!”
Konkona adds, “Having lived alone in Mumbai for a long time, I’ve always enjoyed the company of atithi. They come as a breath of fresh air and spread cheer. Like Ajay says the subject is something everyone will identify with. So in a way, Atithi… is a film that will find an instant connect with its audiences”.
Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Wide Frame Films, Atithi… has Amita Pathak, daughter of Kumar Mangat, taking over the reins as a firsttime producer. The music score is by Pritam, choreography by Raju Khan, while the lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil. The film is slated to release on February 26, 2010.

By Joginder Tuteja, November 24, 2009 – 15:38 IST
One look at a working still from Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen and Paresh Rawal starrer Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? and you are instantly reminded of License To Wed, an American film that was released a couple of years ago.

Right from the bedroom setting to the body language of the three principal characters (Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski) – it’s a case of an inspiration going a little too far. While in Atithi… , it’s Paresh Rawal who is the centre of attention (literally), in License To Wed it is Robin Williams who seems to be having all the fun as he comfortably places himself on the bed.

So, is the inspiration restricted only to the poster or is the story based on similar lines as well?

Kumar Mangat, producer of Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? refutes the allegation, “First and foremost what we have released is not the First Look or a poster from the film; it is just a working still from a song that we have shot. Moreover, we have just been inspired from the poster of License To Wed. Beyond that, there aren’t any more similarities.”

Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? is the story about an unwanted guest who enters the household of a married couple and lives for a long duration by continuously extending his stay. So much so, that the couple is exasperated and starts praying for his exit. While Ajay Devgn and Konkona Sen play the part of a married couple, Paresh Rawal is the uninvited guest.

On the other hand License To Wed, the film which was a moderate success in spite of being panned by critics, is the story of John and Mandy, a much in love couple, who go through a marriage preparation course, as suggested by Reverend Frank (Robin Williams). However, Frank makes their love life miserable as he demands chastity, bugs their apartment, initiates arguments, has them care for robot twins, creates friction and raises doubts.

As is quite apparent, the storyline of both Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? and License To Wed is quite different. Apparently, Kumar Mangat was inspired by a real life incident at his own place when a guest refused to leave him for a long duration.

“This happened a year back”, laughs Mangat when reminded of the incident, “We were glad to have him home. However, it became a pain of sorts when he didn’t seem to be budging at all. It was amusing to begin with but later it all turned really frustrating. Meanwhile, Ashwani (writer and director of the film) also came up with the story idea of Atithi… and we decided to make a full fledged feature film.”

Incidentally, germ of Atithi…. is in a story titled Tum Kab Jaaoge Atithi which was penned by noted satirist Late Sharad Joshi. However, Mangat has purchased rights of the story.

With lyrics by Irshad Kamil and music by Pritam, Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? is all set for a 26th February release.

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Love Aaj Kal2

Very rarely do you come across a film which fulfills all your expectations and in fact, provides more than expected. This year, however, we were mostly bombarded with some pathetic flicks. But behold as Love Aaj Kal has arrived! The film sees love and relationships in a new light but what works big time is its terrific execution and smart storytelling. Love Aaj Kal is surely one of the most refreshing romantic flicks to come out of Bollywood!

The story of the movie: Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) is a modern-day couple based in London. They are always together but are clueless whether they can be categorized as ‘boyfriend-girlfriend’! Meera gets an opportunity to move to Delhi which she doesn’t want to miss while Jai is soon going to be at San Francisco. Jai and Meera conclude that their long-distance relationship won’t work and thus, decide to break-up (happily). At this point, Jai comes across veteran Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor) who is shocked to see how Jai treats relationships and break them so easily. He is of the view that the present generation can’t understand love. Love is that trap in which he got entangled 4 decades back when he was the dashing and cool Delhiite Veer (played by Saif again) and when he came across Harleen Kaur (Giselle Monteiro). Jai laughs at Veer as to how he had travelled thousand kilometers from Delhi to Calcutta just to catch a glimpse of Harleen.

Jai-MeeraVeer-Harleen-both these ‘love stories’ were poles apart and of different generations. But love is the same as it was 4 decades back. Jai soon realizes that he’s having the same feeling and experience that Veer must have gone through when he fell in love with Harleen!

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The opening scenes give a strong indication that Love Aaj Kal is a different and unique film. During the opening credits, the glimpse of the scenes to follow is shown but yet, you won’t be able to guess what’s going to happen in the film! The execution and editing really works wonders in this film!

The first half of this film is very interesting and surprising. The way the couple break-up was indeed hilarious! Jai and Meera keeping in touch with all modern-day means of communication (sms, call, internet, Mobile Internet) makes you smile. And the eternal Jai-Harleen cute love story also flashes a smile on one’s face, albeit for a different reason!

Telling two stories that run parallel in a film is not easy but Imtiaz executes them with élan and even intersects them wonderfully, a la Rang De Basanti style! Also, the film, especially in the 2nd half reminds one of Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na.

The film gets slow and drags at few places in the 2nd half. But the final 30 minutes compensates for the cons. The film manages to show a true picture of today’s confused individuals who fail to think rationally before taking big decisions and denounce and detest love.

When it comes to performances, each one is brilliant in their place. Saif Ali Khan shines wonderfully and manages to come up with one of the outstanding performances of his career. He had two diverse roles in the film and he performed both of them perfectly. It was a treat to see Saif as Jai getting confused, irritated, sad, shocked-all at once in a couple of sequences. At the same time, he looked like a convincing Sikh and was extremely likeable as Veer Singh too. It’s great to see Saif in another modern and fresh love story (after Salaam|Namaste) and this time, he scores as the producer too. He’s definitely on a roll!

Deepika Padukone was simply outstanding and gives a charming performance. Her brilliant job will surely put an end to all speculation regarding why Kareena was not casted in her place. Deepika was perfect for her role and she and Saif look excellent together. Love Aaj Kal would surely be another feather in her cap. Great going, Deepika!

Rishi Kapoor also manages to impress as much as Saif and Deepika. Everyone will surely love him in the still-young-at-heart role. After Luck By Chance, this is surely another brilliant performance from this actor. The one who enacted the role of Harleen is actually a Brazlian, Giselle Monteiro. Yet, she is likeable as the Punjabi kudi of the 60s. Only someone like Imtiaz Ali can extract such fine desi performance from a firangi! Rahul Khanna is as usual charming. It’ll be great if he gets the role of protagonist too! Neetu Kapoor comes in unexpectedly! Raj Zutshi and others were okay.

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One can argue that songs weren’t necessary in the film. Quite true, since many songs crop up unexpectedly and the film could have been a romantic songless flick! However, although songs at several places weren’t necessary, it doesn’t bore or put a brake on the narrative. And the songs itself are so good that one doesn’t mind! Pritam scores a sixer with this album and is surely one of his best compositions. Also, songs are also very well picturised, esp ‘Mein Kya Hoon’. It was just outstanding and also impactful. ‘Ajj Din Chadeya’, the best song of the film in my view, also brings a smile on one’s face, even though only the initial part of the song is played in the film. Rest of the songs, ‘Twist’, ‘Dooriyaan’, ‘Chor Bazaari’ and ‘Thoda Thoda Pyaar’ are brilliant too!

Irshad Kamil’s lyrics also deserve a special mention. The way he has used some unusual words in songs is extraordinary. For instance, in Chor Bazaari, the word ‘ghatna’, which is never before heard in any song before, is used here!

N Natarajan Subramaniam’s cinematography was flawless. It’s great to see the lensman didn’t show the popular landmarks of the city in which film is shot. For instance, in scenes of London, not even a single scene or frame show Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square or any other popular London landmark. Similarly, Red Fort and India Gate are missing in the Delhi sequences! It is little things like these that make Love Aaj Kal special!

Salim-Sulaiman’s background score, as expected, was top-notch. Aarti Bajaj’s editing was sharp, slick and brilliant. Watch the film and you’ll get my point! Production design was marvelous and eye-catching, especially in the sepia coloured 60’s scenes!

Finally, Imtiaz Ali, the writer and director, comes out with flying colours! His debut film, Socha Na Tha flopped but it was noticed and appreciated by moviegoers. His second offering, Jab We Met, succeeded across the country. And now with his third flick, he has surely been hailed as the one of the finest directors of our country. The way he treated both the diverse stories and found out striking similarities is worth appreciating and extra ordinary! Also, it’s fabulous to see Imtiaz comparing Calcutta and San Francisco. Both the cities have a tram network and if SF has the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Calcutta have the rustic Howrah Bridge! Hats off Imtiaz for your wonderful effort!

Some of the best scenes of the film:

  1. All songs (well shot and picturised)
  2. Jai and Meera’s break-up
  3. Jai and Veer Singh’s conversations (damn interesting!)
  4. Jai and Meera at the airport
  5. All scenes of Veer-Harleen’s love story
  6. Drunk Jai escorting drunk Meera to her home
  7. The New Year’s eve at Delhi
  8. The marriage
  9. The last 30 mins, including the SF scenes!

On the whole, Love Aaj Kal is a very interesting take on the modern relationships and surely emerges as one of the best films of the year. Performances, songs, cinematography rocks but it is Imtiaz Ali’s touch which works wonders! Highly recommended!

My rating-**** ½ out of 5!

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DON’T EXPECT JAB WE MET IN LOVE AAJ KAL!

This weekend is bound to be very interesting. Whatever response may tomorrow’s release Love Aaj Kal (also one of the most awaited films of the year) get from the audience (and critics), it’ll surely result in an exciting situation. The film is expected to take a hurricane start and if the film manages to connect with the audience, it can easily be Saif’s biggest hit ever!

When it comes to Love Aaj Kal, discussions are only centered on the lead man and producer Saif Ali Khan, actress Deepika Padukone, director Imtiaz Ali and also Kareena Kapoor (even though she’s not a part of the film!)! However, two important people connected to the film are miles away from the limelight. One is the second actress of Love Aaj Kal (LAK), whose identity has been deliberately kept a secret by the makers and the other is Saif’s producer-partner Dinesh Vijan (see pic) who is ignored by the media, since he’s not known name.

Dinesh VijanHowever, the fact is Dinesh Vijan is as much a producer of LAK as Saif. Dinesh’s first film as a producer was Being Cyrus, which also starred Saif. Dinesh and Ambika Hinduja were two of the four producers of Being Cyrus and had formed a production company, Serendipity Films. He and Saif realized on the sets that both have similar tastes and views regarding films and felt that they should jointly make movies. Post-Being Cyrus, both of them went their own ways. Dinesh then produced Shiney-Esha Deol starrer Hijack along with its director Kunal Shivdasani under the banner, Aleya Motion Magic. Finally, Dinesh and Saif got back again and made their own production house, Illuminati Films. However, they won’t be parting after LAK’s release. They have decided to jointly produce more films, which are qualitative as well as interesting. Their next film is already on the cards. Titled Agent Vinod, it stars Saif and Kareena and is produced by Johnny Gaddaar director, Sriram Raghavan. There are also plans to produce a film of Being Cyrus director, Homi Adjania.

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Regarding the mysterious girl in Love Aaj Kal, there are around 10 people who have asked me as to who she is and her name, because she looks beautiful and I am the one who’s supposed to know everything about Hindi films! Unfortunately, this time, even I am ignorant since the producers have wonderfully kept her under wraps! Her name has not been disclosed and she has not made any public appearance till date. Only her screen name is available-Harleen Kaur. Hopefully, one would know who she is in 24 hours, when reviews start pouring in. Check out her pic!

Finally, the film is hugely awaited also due to its director-Imtiaz Ali, who impressed everyone with his last film, Jab We Met (JWM). One may feel this time things would be easy for him but I feel that things would be even more difficult. One didn’t had much expectation from JWM as no one expected it to be such a brilliant film in all respects. Viewers would naturally expect a lot from LAK. However, one should not expect something like JWM from LAK as both films are as different as chalk and cheese. That’s why, Imtiaz was even against the idea of inserting the card ‘Fromthe director of Jab We Met’ in the promos of LAK!

Saif, Deepika, Imtiaz, Dinesh, mysterious girl, Pritam (music), Irshad Kamil (lyrics)…all talented and all are youngsters. So LAK is surely a film for the youth, by the youth! Here’s wishing lots of luck to everyone associated with this fresh-looking film!

P.S.: Neetu Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Rahul Khanna and comedian Vir Das are also a part of the film!
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CHAL CHALEIN SEEMS IMPRESSIVE!

A small film releasing next week, Chal Chalein, seems to be very impressive and interesting. It deals with the topic of suicide committed by students, due to the fear of either their parents or of scoring less marks in examinations. The film centers around eight friends, studying in Class 11. One of them commits suicide after he is unable to bear the pressure burdened on him by his parents (Kanwaljeet and Rati Agnihotri). His friends realize that not only parents, but even the education system is to blame for such suicides. They start a movement and manage to take it to court, with the help of a lawyer (played by Mithun Chakraborthy). Chal Chalein also stars Chak De girl Shilpa Shukla. The film seems meaningful and if handled well, can manage to impact the viewers greatly. However, like every small film, it is not well promoted and the promos on TV don’t show what the film is actually about. Please spare some minutes and watch the exclusive theatrical promo below. The film is releasing next Friday, Aug 7.

Vipul Shah rejects Pritam’s song to be picturised on Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in Action Replay repeatedly
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 04, 2009)

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan

If it’s the Bachchan bahu, it has to be special. That’s what Vipul Shah seems to believe while judging the song to be picturised on Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in Action Replay. He has rejected music director Pritam’s song as many as three times. Pritam and the lyricists Irshad-Kamil (who have written songs for Love Aaj Kal) are working on it for the fourth time.

As Vipul Shah’s shooting schedule of Action Replay has been delayed, the trio has got sufficient time. Else, Vipul may not have had a choice but to select one version from those three. The trio has only cracked three out of the seven songs needed for the film. Still composer Pritam is burning the midnight oil in near-panic, as the shooting dates loom closer. Inspiration is yet to strike despite the fact that he spent a month holed up in Khandala.

The trio tried to convey their viewpoint to Vipul, but the director was not convinced. Vipul said, “It is Aishwarya’s entry scene and I want it to be special.”

Is Aishwarya rejecting the song? The source said, “No, Aishwarya hasn’t heard the song yet. Only after Vipul finalises the song, she will hear it.”

Pritam too confirmed the story. He said, “The mounting of this particular set which will showcase the song is so big that you need to have a sure-shot hit. Moreover, I am working with Aishwarya after a long time. Last I did Dhoom 2 with her. Action Replay songs are all based in the 70s era. And I have to make modern songs with a retro feel to appeal to today’s youth. That’s why it is taking so long.”

Pritam

Vipul Shah

The shooting was scheduled for April/May, but has now been pushed to August/September.

We hope that the trio gets it right the fourth time!

Gafla

Gafla released on October 6, 2006. The promo of the film began a week before its release and it caught my eye. But I couldn’t catch the film in theatres as my exams were going on. By the time my exams got over on October 13, the film had vanished from theatres (in just one week)! I was not disappointed since I expected its VCDs to release soon. But time went by and neither its VCDs/DVDs came out, nor was it ever telecasted on TV. Last year, I learnt that the film will be screened in the Times of India’s Kala Ghoda Film Festival. I happily reached the venue of the screening, the Eros theatre at Churchgate (Mumbai) but disappointment awaited me here too! The film screening was to be held in the preview theatre of Eros which had just 45 seats and all the seats were already filled by the time I reached!

The next day, I found that the director of Gafla, Sameer Hanchate, has a website too in which his email id was also mentioned. I wrote a mail to him, explaining how I am dying to watch Gafla and the unpleasant experience at Eros. He replied immediately, sympathizing with me and ending the mail with a good news-the VCDs are going to be out soon! 1 year and 5 months have passed since I received that mail but still the VCDs/DVDs has not come out! Frustrated, I decided to download the film from the internet. And finalllly, I saw the film on Saturday!

The story of the movie: Subodh Mehta (Vinod Sharawat) is an ordinary man who wants to make it big in the world of stock exchange. He dreamt of becoming rich and successful. He had limited means but plenty of knowledge and intelligence. With the help of Hari (Brijendra Kala) and C N Shah (Saurabh Dubey), he becomes an investor and starts earning a steady income. But Subodh was not satisfied-he was still determined to go up. This quest for the ultimate success made him come face to face with the big players of stock exchange. Subodh’s ideas and plans were different from these top players. They warned him but he didn’t pay any heed. Finally, they decided to crucify him for the fraud that everyone around was doing.

Gafla is without a shred of doubt inspired from the story of Harshad Mehta, one of the biggest scamster of the stock exchange. However, the film projects the protagonist in a different perspective. It is more of a biographical account of Subodh Mehta. His entry into the world of shares and his experiences is wonderfully executed and keeps you hooked. Since no film has ever been made completely on stock markets, the director gets a chance to show his vision without getting biased or stereotypical.

Although the film is interesting till the last scene, there are very few scenes which manage to create an impact. Also, the beginning portions of the film were difficult to understand, especially for a person like me who doesn’t have much knowledge on stock market! The climax of the film was excellent and it instantly reminds one of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate.

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The film completely rests on the shoulders of Vinod Sharawat. A television actor before, Sharawat perfectly plays his role. He scored majorly during the pre-climax and the final scene. He’s an actor who deserves to get more roles! Shruti Ulfat as Vidya, Subodh’s love interest gives a confident performance. Purva Parag as Maya does a good job. Vikram Gokhale rocks in the special appearance role. Brijendra Kala looked every inch like a ‘dalal street wala’ but he spoke too fast to decipher. Aditya Lakhia stands out. Others do a good job. And before I forget, Sameer Hanchate, the director of the film, is also there in a brief role in the film!

The film has two songs, penned by Jab We Met lyricsist Irshad Kamil. The songs appear in the beginning and towards the end and hence do not hamper the pace of the film.

Anshul Chobey’s cinematography was brilliant. The scenes shot in actual locations of South Mumbai were well captured. Bijesh Jayarajan’s dialogues suited the mood and theme of the film. Rajiv Velicheti’s screenplay was good but could have been better for sure.

Finally, Sameer Hanchate did the unthinkable. He not only directed, but also wrote, produced and even acted in his first film! As an actor and writer, he was amazing. But the direction was not upto the mark. The film moved like a biography and didn’t stress on important sequences of the film. Hence, many of these scenes didn’t make an impact. But still, kudos to this young man for coming up with a novel film. He surely has a long way to go!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   Subodh entering Bombay Stock Exchange for the first time
2.   Subodh’s meeting with C N Shah
3.   Scenes of Vikram Gokhle
4.   Subodh’s ‘settlement’ with Thakur
5.   The final 10 minutes

On the whole, Gafla is a well-made film. It gives you a wonderful insight into the world of shares and stocks and impresses to a great extent. Those who are in this field will definitely enjoy this film!

My rating-*** out of 5!

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