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By Taran Adarsh, January 1, 2010 – 12:32 IST

After almost five years, accomplished actor Saurabh Shukla returns to the director’s chair with RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI?, a film that’s making the right buzz. Making an adult comedy that talks of one night stand is tough. But giving the serious issue a humorous take is tougher.

RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? is about relationships and also looks at the philanderers, who, despite being committed, don’t mind having a PYT in a closet, for no strings attached fun.

You may draw parallels with THE HANGOVER because the protagonist can’t recall anything that happened the previous night. But it must also be said that the film throws a few surprises, which makes it completely different from any film, past or present.


But there’s one factor that throws a spanner. There’s not much meat in the story. Also, it unravels at an excruciatingly slow pace. In fact, the wheels start moving only towards the penultimate 20 odd minutes, when the answers start coming.

In a nutshell, RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? offers a few laughs, not laughter unlimited!

Rahul [Rajat Kapoor] wakes up with a bad hangover after a party the night before. There, he had met a sexy young woman Sophia [Neha Dhupia]. They got drunk and there were sparks flying. But Rahul doesn’t remember what happened after that. Did they go all the way?

His wife Mitali [Irawati Harshe Mayadev] is in a particularly bad mood and Rahul suspects that she might know about his little escapade last night. Rahul starts chasing his night, trying to retrieve it, trying to find out what really happened.

His friends Saxena [Dalip Tahil] and Amit [Vinay Pathak] are going through their own marital crisis of sorts. Driven to his wits end, he realizes that he must meet Sophia again to get the answers.

Almost three decades ago, Basu Chatterjee made an adult comedy called SHAUKEEN, which told the story of three men who eye a pretty girl, who’s completely oblivious of their intentions. In this film too, director Saurabh Shukla looks at three men with a roving eye.

Sadly, the screenplay [writers: Saurabh Shukla and Rajat Kapoor] falls woefully short in terms of generating interest. In fact, till three-fourths of the movie, there’s not much movement in the story, except for a few humour-laden sequences. It also moves lethargically and is unnecessarily slack.

Ankur Tewari’s music is strictly functional. Fuwad Khan’s cinematography captures the varied moods well.

The film scores in the performance department. Every member of the cast – Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Dalip Tahil, Irawati Harshe Mayadev, Anu Menon, Navniit Nisshan and Aamir Bashir – deliver fine performances. Especially Rajat and Vinay. Ranvir Shorey, Makrand Deshpande and Sudhir Mishra appear in cameos.

On the whole, RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? doesn’t work.

Source: IBOS


Raat Gayi Baat Gayi
Starring Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia,Irawati Harshe, Vinay Pathak,Anuradha Menon, Dalip Tahil ,Navneet Nishan, Aamir Bashir
Directed by Saurabh Shukla
Rating: ***

Somewhere on the second-half of this slightly seductive jigsaw about a one-night scam, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra shows up as Neha Dhupia’s father who drops in to have a chat with his sullen sultry daughter on the way to the airport. Little does the stoic Mishra know beti-babe has two men stashed away in a cupboard in the living room that looks consciously like a prop on a stage- set.

Quirky sex comedies are allowed their moments of eccentricity. Last time we saw a benevolent patriarch stop over in transit was Sanjay Dutt in Rohit Shetty’s comedy All The Best.

Maybe at this point Shukla deliberately wanted to introduce an element of staged comedy.After all, isn’t the world a stage? Shakespeare got there first. But hell. Saurabh Shukla is panting from behind to catch Sheakespeare’s comedy of ‘eros’ in a modern context.

Saurabh Shukla(who can be quite a funny-guy on demand) has made a quirky sometimes-crisp sometimes-placid look-see at marriage and infidelity. The seductively – paced work is set at a party hosted by a loud Punjabi clueless woman(played with much gusto by Navneet Nishan) whose amiable husband Dalip Tahil we soon come to know, is cheating on his plump wife with the svelte seductress on the block played by Neha Dhupia who seems to invite more male attention than is healthy for any girl with a respectable appetite. And we aren’t talking about her tummy.

Tahil isn’t alone. Vinay Pathak(playing the goofy slightly stupid and undiplomatic regular guy once again) is cheating on his wife Anuradha Menon(the hilarious Veejay Lola trying hard not to be funny,and succeeding) by checking out porn on the internet.

“At your age?” tut-tuts Tahil before himself being caught with his pants down. Though nothing much up at his age.

But our main potential philanderer is Rahul( Rajat Kapoor,as suave in his sleaziness as ever), married to the sullen Irawati Harshe who befriends the all-round resident siren(Dhupia) at a party , gets drunk and then forgets whether he actually did anything naughty or not. Hangover, anyone?

“I can do it even when I’m drunk, no problem there,” Rahul (Rajat Kapoor)says vainly to his porn-fed pal.One of the problems here is that everyone speaks in Hindi because…well, they’re part of a Hindi film when they’re characters who would be comfortable in English. Having said this and that, the characters seem to be effortlessly conscious of their authentic bearings. None of the performers strays from the not-so-straight and borrowed path of betrayal, deception and infidelity.

The Rahul-Mitali marriage has a twist in its tail at the end. It doesn’t shock you. It just makes you sigh. Saurabh Shukla’s direction embarks on a journey through one night of steamy sensations. The revelations are hardly shocking, just diverting.

Stylishly cut(Sankalp Meshram’s editing is amazing in its austerity) the material’s chic movement doesn’t quite justify the content. But the narrative has moments that spill out the acerbity underlining urban marriages which are at best functional and at their worst, lies told to keep up an appearance of domestic smoothness.

The film exudes the scent of intelligence and competence. The actors all know their jobs. Most of them have earlier been through this kind of sexual-moral dilemma in some form or the other. The cutting edge is missing . But the proceedings never get cumbersome.


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RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI releases on the last day of the year, 31st December. If this wasn’t surprising enough, the fact is that the date also falls on a Thursday. Wait, there is more. There are two more films slated for release on the same day – ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD and BOLO RAAM, hence adding on to the crowd. Moreover, there is this entire 3 IDIOTS euphoria which is expected to spill over well into the second week. With so much happening around the release of this Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor and Vinay Pathak starrer, was it a justified decision to arrive on this day?

“Yes, coming on 31st December is a very good decision”, says director Saurabh Shukla who has earlier made MUDDA – THE ISSUE and CHEHRA, “I will give you two reasons for that. First and foremost the film is actually about a party. Since it would be party mood for all on 31st Dec and 1st January, the story in the film fits in perfectly well with real life too.”

He goes on to explain the second reason. “Those who may not catch it on 31st December night would want to do so on the next day since it’s a holiday. And that’s because after 31st December hangover, there are only two ways to fight it. One is to drink again and another is to actually go for a movie. This is why our suggestion is ‘Why to drink again when you can have some good time in theaters while watching a movie?’

HOT! Neha Dhupia in a still from Raat Gayi Baat Gayi

One-night stands are harmless as long as you are not hurting anyone, says Neha Dhupia in a candid chat with BT

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 30, 2009)

Neha Dhupia made headlines with her line ‘In India only SRK and Sex sell’. Now the focus is on her again with Pritish Nandy Communications’ Raat Gayi Baat Gayi releasing tomorrow. The movie, produced by Rangita Pritish Nandy and directed by Saurabh Shukla, won the best film award at the HBO Asian International Film Festival in New York last month. Neha plays the mysterious gorgeous woman hunted down by Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and Dalip Tahil, after a night of lots of drinking, sex and zero memory! Ask her if it’s a bold role and she replies candidly, “If you are asking in terms of skin show, then no. But if being bold is a state of mind, then yes.” That’s Neha for you. Not one to mince words, the actress speaks to BT about relationships, sex and movies…

What’s your take on one-night stands?
The problem with one-night stands is that you end up hurting so many people. As long as you are not hurting any one, it’s fine.

In Raat Gayi Baat Gayi you have a onenight stand with a married man…
There are seven characters in the film! Why do you assume it’s my character who’s had the one-night stand? Are you assuming that because I am attractive… Not fair!

Do you think the Indian audience is opening up to sex in movies?
Dev D was a big hit. Indian audiences are open to fantastic scripts. Raat Gayi… is a funny kind of a thrilling experience that takes you through a drunken night. You don’t really know what happened last night. The film is packed with a lot of emotions and it is very relatable. You can relate to one or the other character.

You’ve done movies of various genres… what’s your favourite?
It’s very hard for me to say that. Right from my roles in Singh Is Kinng, De Dana Dan, Mithya, Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local to Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, everything is challenging and at the same time everything is easy. I don’t over-intellectualise the whole acting medium. I’m not working because I have to work. I’m working because I really enjoy doing so.

Are you happy with the way your career has shaped up so far?
I am. I had made a few mistakes, but I don’t regret anything. They have been learning experiences. I have come a long way, but I also have a long way to go…



Last week’s discussion of The Hangover brings to my mind another topic of the upcoming film Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (RGBG) which is all set to release on December 31. Presented by Percept, produced by Pritish Nandy and Rajat Kapoor and directed by Saurabh Shukla, RGBG stars Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia Anu Menon, Navneet Nishan and Dalip Tahil. The film was announced 2 years back in 2007 and it’s ready since a long long time. But due to some reason, the film which could have released earlier this year is now finally releasing (and anyways, when Percept is involved, then that film is bound to get postponed!!).

On the other hand, The Hangover released this year and took the world by storm. Unfortunately, RGBG’s plot is very similar to that of The Hangover. While The Hangover was a story of four friends going to LA for a bachelor party only to wake up the next morning and not remembering a thing, RGBG involves three men who attend a party with their wives and where they come across a sexy lady. The men get drunk and when they wake up next day, they couldn’t remember what happened after meeting the lady. So the amnesic angle is common in both of the films but the situations are drastically different.

However, RGBG is not a copy of Hangover as the script of RGBG was written way back and the shooting was also completed last year, some 7-8 months before Hangover released. But the damage is done-a huge section of moviegoing audience has already thrashed RGBG as a ‘copy’. Teasers of RGBG are uploaded on YouTube with the title ‘Promo-Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (Hangover Remake)’. Madness!

Now it remains how RGBG is received by the audience and critics. The exciting news is that it won the Best Film Award at the HBO’s South Asian International Film Festival held in New York in Oct-Nov. This again is an indication of the originality of the script of the film! I hope the lesson is learnt-let’s not waste time in releasing our films.


Khallballi, on the other hand, seems like a copy of De Dana Dan (but it’s not)! This flick too is ready since a long time. Directed by Ajay Chandok (director of flops like Nehlle Pe Dehlla, Team-The Force etc), it stars Nikhil Dwivedi (who debuted in My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves), Southern siren Sada, Rajpal Yadav, Suresh Menon, Johny Lever, Zakir Hussain, Asrani, Vrajesh Hirjee, Tiku Talsania, Chunky Pandey and many others. The promos of the film began somewhere in September last year and the film was scheduled to release on Jan 9, 2009. But it was pushed forward and since then, there has been no news on the film.

The producer of the film, Azam Khan who had carved out a wise promotional strategy for Phoonk, had even thought of a similar idea for Khallballi. During Phoonk, anyone sitting throughout the film without getting scared was to be given 5 lakhs. For Khallballi, the produced challenged anyone to sit through the film with a straight face without any signs of laughter. And the reward here was double-Rs. 10 lakhs!

After the film got postponed indefinitely, the contest was thrown out of the window and Azam Khan is now busy with Phoonk-2! Even if Khallballi gets a release in near future, it’ll be dubbed as a ‘poor man’s De Dana Dan’ as the plot in both films are almost same-the lovers and other interesting characters inside a hotel leading to mistaken identities and helter-skelter in the end! Very unfortunate!



The biggest flick of all time, Avatar is hitting the screens tomorrow. Directed by James Cameron of Titanic fame, the film is expected to provide a fresh outstanding experience of cinema. The makers are recommending the viewers to watch it in 3D. But everywhere, the film is releasing in 3D in handful of theatres. Anyways, Avatar seems a must watch film and all those wanting to have some exciting experience should definitely watch it!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/hbddsuolp/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk79

By Taran Adarsh, December 1, 2009 – 08:37 IST

Actor-writer-director Saurabh Shukla surfaces with his new directorial assignment RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? after a hiatus. After almost five years, to be precise. “I was disheartened after MUDDA and CHEHRAA. I didn’t want to make movies just for the heck of it. But I will make up for the lost time by releasing three movies back to back, starting with RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI?,” Saurabh smiles.

Just recently, RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? was honoured at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York. “I was thrilled,” he doesn’t hide his feelings, but is quick to add, “I wish to clarify, RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? is not a ‘festival film’. It’s a film that the audience of today can relate to instantly. In fact, the term ‘festival film’ doesn’t exist anymore. Even hardcore commercial films are showcased at distinguished festivals.”

Reportedly, there are similarities between RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? and THE HANGOVER. “The two films are poles apart. I’d also like to clarify that I started RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? much before THE HANGOVER was made. In fact, there’s an interesting story behind RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI?. The seeds of this film were sown at a party that I attended long back. I was feeling terribly bored and kept staring at people aimlessly. The next morning, I narrated the episode to Rajat [Kapoor], who suggested that I write a story revolving around a party. That’s how the story of RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? took shape,” Saurabh states.

Incidentally, RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? will be the last release of his year. The makers plan to release the film on Thursday, December 31.


By Taran Adarsh, August 7, 2009 – 11:06 IST

Two observations before I ‘dissect’ TEREE SANG…

  • One, it’s often said that veterans find it extremely difficult to change with times, adapt to new-age cinema.
  • Two, it’s often said that a capable director has the potential to unearth new talent and polish their skills.

The two observations hold true for Satish Kaushik, who’s known for dramatic/masala entertainers and who changes gears so swiftly with TEREE SANG.

Now let’s begin… First and foremost, TEREE SANG is not JUNO. The resemblance starts and ends with an adolescent getting pregnant. TEREE SANG is not KYA KEHNA either. TEREE SANG mirrors what’s happening in society vividly. But, at the same time, it’s not dark or disturbing, nor does it get preachy.


But there’re minor issues. Certain portions make this real story look filmy and that robs the film of its freshness. It becomes another BOBBY and LOVE STORY at one point. More on that later!

Yet, all said and done, TEREE SANG is fresh and engrossing in most parts. Recommended!

Maahi [Sheena Shahabadi], the only child of the Puri family [Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta], is a bubbly 15-year-old Delhi girl. She belongs to a prosperous family and has the best of material comforts. Kabir [Ruslaan Mumtaz], a 17-year-old, has a middle class background [Satish Kaushik, Sushmita Mukherjee Bundela].

Maahi and Kabir become friends. On a camping trip on New Year’s Eve, after getting a little tipsy, the young couple get intimate. Soon, Maahi gets pregnant. What follows is a journey of accepting one’s mistakes and owning up to it.

Satish Kaushik steps into a new territory with TEREE SANG and throws a pleasant surprise at viewers. The entire first half is so real, so identifiable and the execution of the subject is so interesting that you get instantly drawn into Kabir and Maahi’s worlds. The passionate kiss that they share, which leads to a sexual encounter, is also maturely depicted on screen by the director.

But it’s the second hour that’s problematic. It becomes yet another version of BOBBY and LOVE STORY, with the kids eloping and the warring parents thirsting for each other’s blood. These portions don’t appeal primarily because too much seems to happen too soon. A roof over the head, a spacious mansion with all amenities and necessities in place, an instant job et al… all this in a matter of a few days in a new township seems so unreal.

Thankfully, the film comes on track in the penultimate portions. The moment the girl calls up her father and set things straight – from this point onwards, TEREE SANG is back on its feet. Of course, the courtroom drama could’ve been far more impactful.

Despite the blemishes in its writing, there’s no denying that TEREE SANG is easily amongst Satish Kaushik’s most accomplished works. Sachin-Jigar’s music has that freshness that this subject demands and at least two songs deserve a strong mention, especially ‘More Saiyyan’. The camerawork is vibrant at places.

Ruslaan underplays his part beautifully. The best part is, it’s not one of those conventional roles that show the hero flexing his muscles or beating up 10 people at the same time. He enacts the boy next door part with complete understanding. Sheena is a surprise. Dew-fresh and adorable, the debutante looks perfect for the part. Her confidence and performance, both are wonderful.

Rajat Kapoor is excellent. Neena Gupta is natural. Satish Kaushik delivers a winning performance. The viewers will love him. Sushmita Mukherjee Bundela is first-rate. Anupam Kher, in a brief role, is perfect.

On the whole, TEREE SANG has a new story tell and that is its biggest USP. At the box-office, the film may be a slow starter, but has the merits to pick up with word of mouth if the youth as also the family audiences take to it.

By Joginder Tuteja, May 19, 2009 – 12:25 IST


While it was confirmed last week itself that Ram Gopal Varma’s much hyped and already in controversy Rann would be releasing in the month of October, the latest piece of news that has just come in is that 2nd October has been locked in as D-day for the film’s release. Considering the fact that the film comes with a volatile theme and is expected to boast of a power house drama, a Gandhi Jayanti release is obviously not just a coincidence.

“The world knows that 2nd October was the day when the Father of the Nation was born. He taught the world the power of tolerance. Now on the same day, Rann will show the world something that will make them lose their faith in this blinded tolerance to each and everything”, comes a very strong statement from an insider who wished to be unnamed.

With Rann already been in controversy due to it’s theme track ‘Jana Gana Rann‘, isn’t it’s 2nd October release adding fire to the fuel?

“To each his own”, says the source, “Why don’t we also look at the business angle of affairs. Any film would like to come over a long weekend and with 2nd October being a Friday (a National holiday), the film is already looking at an extended weekend. Which film won’t want to arrive in such productive time frame?”

However, one can’t deny the fact that by choosing 2nd October as D-day, Rann has made a smart move by making quite a few other films do a rethinking around their release strategy. With this Ram Gopal Varma film being one of the biggest to arrive this year, what with a power packed star cast spear headed by Amitabh Bachchan and well aided by others like Riteish Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal, Sudeep, Rajat Kapoor, Gul Panag, Neetu Chandra, Rajpal Yadav and Mohnish Behl, it is only bound to create ripples amongst other production houses that may be looking at bringing their film over the stated weekend.

Says a member of Rann, “The film has been shaping up exceedingly well and it will not just wake you but shock you. And please, it is not an out and out political drama per se, as is being speculated by a few out there. In fact that’s just one part of it. Believe me, when you will walk out of the film, you won’t want to move on to doing something else. Instead you will want to sit down and put your thinking cap on to retrospect on the drama that just unfolded.”

Though Ram Gopal Varma was unavailable for comment, the know-how of the industry are quite sure that he won’t miss the opportunity of bringing his topical Rann on 2nd October.



We all plan a lot in life. We all have our own set of desires and decide that we’ll fulfill our wishes in future for sure. What’s the hurry-after all, zindagi kahaan bhaag jaane waali hai! But what if one day you realize that you life is gonna end sooner than you thought? Dasvidaniya tells a story of such a person whose end is near and has to decide how he will spend the last few days of his life.

The story of the movie: 37 year old Amar Kaul (Vinay Pathak) works in a pharmaceutical company. He is unmarried and lives with his mother (Sarita Joshi). He is shy and lives an uninteresting life. The constant pain in his stomach takes him to a doctor (Ikhlaq Khan) who gives him a shocking news-he has stomach cancer and that he is not going to live for more than 3 months. Amar feels devastated. He doesn’t understand what to do next. He had two other options-first, to spend the three months cringing and thinking that he lived a worthless life. And second, to fulfill all his wishes and desires, which include buying a new car, foreign trip, teaching a lesson to his stupid boss (Saurabh Shukla), learning guitar under Savio Sir (Joy Fernandes), confessing his love to Neha (Neha Dhupia) etc. Amar thankfully chooses the second option and sets on a journey of ‘things to do before death’. By fulfilling his each desire, Amar feels more satisfied, more content and happier too. In short, the news of death taught him to live!

Dasvidaniya comprises of 4 S-simple, sweet, soulful and sincere. The movie doesn’t get emotional or melodramatic even at a single point and paces ahead wonderfully. The day to day life of Amar Kaul engrosses you from the beginning itself. The first turning point of the film-Amar diagnosed with cancer shakes you and the director has wonderfully captured this moment. The second turning point-Amar preparing a list of ‘things to do before death’ is truly exciting and the background score at this point adds to the effect. His interaction with Savio, Neha, his boss, Jagtap (Ranvir Shorey), Svitlana Manoylo (Tatanya), Rajiv (Rajat Kapoor), Garima (Purbi Joshi) and Vivek (Gaurav Gera) was fabulous and well executed. Full marks here to the director and screenwriter. One of the best scenes of the film undoubtedly was the way he gives a befitting reply to his insane boss-it was one of the funniest scenes of 2008! And not to forget, Amar confessing to Neha-most touching scene of the film! Brilliant!

The film ends in a very sweet manner, without getting overboard. As for the flaws, there is not any significant one. What didn’t work is the way the mother’s trauma was shown-maybe they could have done a better job at this part. But this is a very tiny flaw and the long list of plus points cover it up. And finally, watching Dasvidaniya has lots of advantages. To begin with, you won’t regret spending two hours on this film. Secondly, it comes like a wake-up call and teaches some valuable lessons, which we unfortunately don’t remember in our fast-paced lifestyle. And thirdly and most important, it removes the fear of death from us, although temporarily!

A film produced by a person like Vinay Pathak is bound to have excellent performances! Vinay gives an outstanding performance-in fact, one of the best of his career, after Bheja Fry and Manorama Six Feet Under. How he didn’t secure a nomination for Best Actor is shocking. The actor has tremendous potential and it’s really great to see that he’s well-utilizing it. And now with Dasvidaniya, he has turned producer too! Let’s hope his production company (Lemon Tea Productions) churns out such nice meaningful films in future too!

Neha Dhupia creates a great impact, even though she was there only in one scene. Rajat Kapoor as usual rocks- One of the best actors that we have today. Sarita Joshi was very impressive. So was her daughter Purbi Joshi. Joy Fernandes (‘Jamunda’ of Jajantaram Mamantaram) was too sweet! Saurabh Shukla brings the house down. Gaurav Gera was amazing. He deserves to be seen more in films. Watch out for the scene where he breaks down in front of Vinay Pathak. Svitlana Manoylo was great as the hooker. Ranvir Shorey and Suchitra Pillai were great in their miniscule roles. Others were good.

Kailash, Naresh and Paresh composed the music and background score which was excellent. Background score added to the impact in some major scenes. All the three songs-‘Alvida’, ‘Mumma’ and ‘Muskura’ were fantastic. Special mention should be made of the lyrics of Alvida penned by Kailash Kher. The simple and sweet lyrics instantly touch you.

Arun Verma’s cinematography was normal. The font used for the title was too good and unique!

Arshad Ali Syed is one of the big winners! He penned the story, screenplay and dialogues. Although the story isn’t original (inspired from Kal Ho Naa Ho, Anand and The Bucket List), it impresses because of its sweetness and simplicity. Screenplay was marvelous and Arshad really did a great job by not turning the film an emotional saga. However, as mentioned earlier, some scenes could have been scripted better. And lastly, his dialogues were applaudable! One of my fav dialogue from the film-“Isse pehle ki life aapko khaa jaaye, tum zindagi ko pi jao!”

Shashant Shah, the director, definitely deserves brownie points for handling such a script with utmost care and delivering a fabulous product. Thank you for giving us such a sweet film!

Some of the best scenes in the film:
1.   Amar informed that he has cancer
2.   Amar’s conversation with Jagtap
3.   All scenes of Amar with his boss (amazing!)
4.   Amar at Neha’s house
5.   All scenes of Amar and Savio
6.   Amar with Garima in his car
7.   Amar with Rajiv
8.   Amar meeting Vivek after years
9.   The song ‘Alvida’ and ‘Mumma’
10. The final 10 minutes

On the whole, Dasvidaniya is sweet, simple and funny film that will surely bring a smile on your face, even though it deals with death. The film was unfortunately missed in theatres by many (including me!) since it was released with a biggie, Dostana. But now the VCDs/DVDs are out. Get your copy and I guarantee that there will not be a single person who won’t like this film!

My rating-**** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com:http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Dasvidaniya-167036-1.html



rannThis year, two films are set to release and both these film’s stories revolve around news channels and sensationalism. These two films are Percept’s Raftaar 24×7 and Ram Gopal Verma’s Rann. While Raftaar 24×7 stars Aditya Pancholi as the media baron and Emraan Hashmi as his favourite protégé and journalist, Rann has Amitabh Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh donning similar roles. And about 1 ½ months back, RGV changed the title of his film to India 24×7! So Raftaar 24×7 and India 24×7-two films with same plot now also have similar titles!

Although RGV is very keen to name his film as India 24×7, he may not be able to do it because ‘24×7’ is patented with NDTV channel. This means even Raftaar would have to drop 24×7 from their title. And how come they registered this title when 24×7 is patented with NDTV?

I loved the title ‘Rann’ a lot actually. The word means ‘war’ in Sanskrit and it suits the film as it is based on the war between news channels for attracting greater eyeballs. In RGV’s film, ‘India 24×7’ is the name of the news channel and that’s why he wanted this title.

Rann (let’s call it by its original name!) surely has a lot of chances to be a big hit. Besides Big B and Ritesh, it also stars Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Paresh Rawal, Mohnish Behl, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Rajat Kapoor, Sudeep and Rajpal Yadav. Every actor in the film is of the view that Ritesh will surely be the scene-stealer in the film.


On the other hand, Raftaar looks like a small film in comparison! Besides Emraan and Aditya Pancholi, it also stars Neha Dhupia and Sagarika Ghatke. Directed by Shamim Desai, it is produced by Percept Picture Company while Rann is produced by Ghajini’s producer Madhu Mantena! So Raftaar will have to release before Rann or else it would be ignored completely. Also, it may be termed as ‘poor man’s Rann’!

Raftaar is in the news since long time so it’s shooting as well as post production should be nearing completion. RGV on the other hand is also completing Rann’s post production and is all set to start work on his next film, Rakta Charitra. So Raftaar would surely release first, maybe by August. As for Rann, it should hit the screens by the end of the year. Check the link below to know about the interesting characters in Rann and you’ll agree with me that Rann may prove to be one of the finest films of 2009!
The link: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/slideshow/2009/04/18/373/index.html

Last week, MSian Shalu Dhyani made a very valid point regarding the tiff between multiplexes and producers. I had mentioned in my last week’s Bollywood talk as to how single screen theatres and moviegoers have to suffer in this ongoing tussle. Shalu observed that even the footfalls in malls nowadays have decreased due to no release of any significant film. Almost all multiplexes are located inside malls. Moviegoers who come to catch their favourite film in multiplex also indulge in shopping sometimes or most of the times, at least spend money at the food court. But with no new films releasing and multiplexes ‘forcibly’ running films like 8×10 Tasveer, Fast and the Furious etc, viewers are shunning multiplexes which in turn has taken a toll on the malls too.

Even food suppliers in theatres are facing the heat. With viewers hardly visiting theatres, samosa and pop corn sales have hit an all time low, affecting all the people related to this field. And an article in The Times of India last week confirmed that advertising agencies who own the large hoardings in cities are also facing losses since no new film is being promoted.

There must be many such people or agencies dependent on films who must be having a bad time right now. It’s high time the problem gets solved!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: