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By Taran Adarsh, December 4, 2009 – 08:41 IST

When Himesh Reshammiya stars in a film, it’s got to be a musical. Musical it is, but RADIO also attempts to explore the man-woman relationship in a metropolis.

RADIO rests on a thin storyline. Superficially, it’s about a couple that goes separate ways, then man meets another woman, later ex-wife develops a soft corner, much later man is torn between the two women. Haven’t we witnessed similar themes in the past? Oh yes, aplenty!

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Only thing, director Ishan Trivedi places the story in a radio station and that gives the film a different texture. Also, the film is divided in various chapters – some interesting, some mundane, some yawn-inducing and boring.

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The USP of RADIO is, without doubt, Himesh’s musical score. The film has some melodious tracks, but how one wishes the super music was complimented by an equally superior script.

Vivan [Himesh Reshammiya] is a successful RJ with a popular radio channel. His wife Pooja [Sonal Sehgal] seeks divorce and the reason cited is lack of compatibility between the two.

Enter Shanaya [Shenaz Treasurywala], who is like a ray of sunshine in Vivan’s insipid life. He discusses Shanaya with Pooja, but being a woman, she can see his love for Shanaya. In the end, however, Vivan realises that he may have a soft spot for Pooja, but he wants to spend his life with Shanaya.

RADIO rests on a fragile plot, with the writing holding your interest at places, but blowing away the hard work in its immediate chapter. That’s how erratic RADIO is.

Confusion kya hain? The ex-wife can’t decide if she wants her man back or not. It was she who wanted a divorce, not the man, but she can’t let go off her man for some inexplicable reason. Even the other woman, all of a sudden, wants the man she loves so dearly to go back to his ex-wife. That just doesn’t work!

Besides, the narrative is laced with too many songs. Whether or not the situation warrants them, you have one track ready to unspool every 10 odd minutes.

On the brighter side, RADIO has some tender moments too. Note the sequence towards the end, when Himesh pours his heart out to Shenaz. It’s a beautiful sequence and the writer in particular needs to be complimented for taking a mature look at relationships.

Directorially, Ishan Trivedi cannot do much given the fact that he’s handicapped by a sketchy screenplay, which, ironically, is also penned by him. Resultantly, the film grips in bits and spurts. Himesh’s music is top notch. ‘Mann Ka Radio’ is already a craze and its picturisation needs to be lauded. The other tracks – ‘Teri Meri Dosti’, ‘Zindagi Jaise Ek Radio’ and ‘Rafa Dafa’ – are lilting compositions as well. Attar Singh Saini’s cinematography is perfect.

Himesh has grown as an actor and that reflects in certain difficult moments of the film. Shenaz is natural. In fact, she gets it right this time. Sonal acts well, but her character is not well defined. Paresh Rawal’s track looks forced. Zakir Hussain is strictly okay. Rajesh Khattar is good.

On the whole, RADIO just doesn’t work… It’s complicated!

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By Taran Adarsh, September 4, 2009 – 11:02 IST

Till a few years ago, if a director or writer would tell you that the object of attention in his story is a pistol and how the entire film would revolve around it, you’d laugh, even scoff at, on his face. Is he out of his mind? But times have changed. Wacky concepts are the order of the day. Last week, QUICK GUN MURUGUN depicted one. This Friday, it’s AAGEY SE RIGHT.

AAGEY SE RIGHT is witty and humorous in parts, but at the same time, the story is so fragile that it runs out of breath when stretched for 2 long hours.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Had debutante director Indrajit Nattoji concentrated on just two characters – the cop who loses his gun and the terrorist who loses his heart – instead of focussing on the assorted characters, this one would’ve been one helluva ride.

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Final word? AAGEY SE RIGHT doesn’t get it right.

AAGEY SE RIGHT tells the story of a cop [Shreyas Talpade] and terrorist [Kay Kay Menon]. Through a series of events not in their control, the cop loses his gun and the terrorist loses his heart. Their two worlds collide…

To start with, the screenplay doesn’t do justice to the wild and imaginative story. In fact, the writing has loopholes aplenty. To cite an instance, Vjay Maurya is supposed to be the front man of the terrorists in Mumbai, but when Kay Kay has a change of heart, so does he. Strange, isn’t it? Ditto for Shehnaz Treasurywala, who dances in a sleazy bar, is later visiting studios for film assignments and much later, also dances at the police function [in the finale]. Even Kay Kay’s part suffers due to poor writing. His change of heart looks weird.

Barring Shreyas, Mahi Gill [television reporter] and Bharti Achrekar [Shreyas’ mom], the characters are not well defined.

Director Indrajit Nattoji has a wacky sense of humour and it shows in the film, but he’s been unsuccessful as far as the writing is concerned. The songs don’t serve any purpose either.

Shreyas Talpade does a commendable job. In fact, his comic timing is impeccable. Kay Kay Menon is wasted. Vijay Maurya delivers a superior performance. Mahi Gill is perfect. Shehnaz Treasurywala can’t act. Shiv Pandit irritates. Ditto for Shruti Seth. Rakesh Bedi is funny in a small role. Bharti Achrekar is excellent.

On the whole, AAGEY SE RIGHT has a few funny moments, but overall, this one doesn’t go left or right, but directionless.

Cast: HIMESH RESHMMAIYA, SHEHNAZ TREASURYWALA, SONAL SEHGAL

Producer: RAVI AGARWAL

Director: ISSHAAN TRIVEDI

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Cast: SHREYAS TALPADE, KAY KAY MENON, MAHIE GILL, SHEHNAZ TREASURYWALA

Producer: RONNIE SCREWVALA (UTV SPOTBOY)

Director: INDRAJIT NATTOJI

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

The producers of Aage se Right wanted to run a promotional campaign in which the winner would get a real gun. The censor board and the police were not amused
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 24, 2009)

The contest’s poster

UTV’s forthcoming film, Aage Se Right has been shot down by the censor board even before the release. A particular gun is an essential part of the film. So, the producers along with the marketing and promotion team, decided to weave the film’s campaign around the gun. They planned a contest where the winner would be awarded a real gun.

Just when they were about to launch the campaign, they received a notice from the police authorities and the censor board. The notice forbade the producers from going ahead with the campaign and giving out a real gun as a prize. Our source said, “The authorities felt that the use of guns was being promoted. What if the gun fell into the wrong hands? We live in sensitive times and something like this could be misused. So, an online contest will replace the television contest.”

Moreover, the campaign had to be drastically toned down as UTV’s Vice President, marketing, Shikha Kapur, said, “We are extremely disappointed about the concept being vetoed by the authorities. We had to rewrite the entire concept. Now we have to give air pistols instead of real guns.”

Aage Se Right stars Kay Kay Menon, Shreyas Talpade, Shehnaz Treasurywala and Mahie Gill.

Abhinay Deo clears the misconceptions about Delhi Belly
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 17, 2009)

Abhinay Deo

Delhi Belly has been quite a hush-hush project ever since it was announced. As a result, the film’s surreptitious status has generated several misconceptions. So we spoke to the film’s director, Abhinay Deo, who clears several rumours, tells us why he prefers calling it as a social comedy rather than a sexual comedy, and discusses his future plans.

Abhinay said, “Delhi Belly is not a film about Imran Khan. He is only one of the several protagonists. There are others whose characters as just as important. There is Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Vir Das and Poorna Jagannathan, an Indian actress from LA.”

Abhinay, who is busy working on post-production, added, “Although it has been labelled as a sex comedy in certain sections of the press, I would call it a social comedy. Yes, some portions of the dialogue and some situations are risqué, but I would think twice before calling Delhi Belly the desi American Pie.” So much so that, when the film was first offered to Ranbir Kapoor, he told Abhinay that he would be embarrassed to watch himself in Delhi Belly with his parents. “I understand what he means,” is all that Abhinay said.

Only recently, there were rumours about Delhi Belly being delayed for producer Aamir Khan’s wife, Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat. “Delhi Belly is not in the same zone as Kiran’s film,” said Abhinay, “Kiran’s is a Mumbai film. Mine, though located in Delhi, is not really a Delhi-centric film. It can be situated in any large metropolitan city.” But as the rumour stated, are certain portions of the film being reshot? “It’s not reshooting, it’s patchwork. The additional three-day shoot is for continuity. It’s a standard procedure.”

Explaining why the film is being made in English, Abhinay added, “We’re aiming at an international release. It will be released for non-NRI audience in the West. We hope to target the same audience that enjoyed Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham.”

What is he working on after Delhi Belly? “I am moving on to a film produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar,” said Abhinay. “It is tentatively titled Crooked and stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan.”

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 13, 2009 – 15:42 IST

Characters:

Shreyas Talpade (Dinkar Waghmare)

A small town character, 28 years old sub-inspector working for the Mumbai Police. He has never solved a case and has always stayed away from serious action. His late father was a successful police officer. He is constantly reminded of his failure by his nagging mother and feels pressure to live up to his father’s giant image.

Dinkar Waghmare loses his gun and is under extreme pressure, humiliation and shame.

His troubles become more complicated and serious as the story starts 4 days before the annual Police day function. Over the four days that he tries to recover his lost gun, he unwittingly encounters the biggest stalwarts of the Mumbai underworld and international terrorism by sheer coincidence and luck, ends up solving big cases.

Fate and his gun Bajrangbali stickered gun make him an unlikely hero.

Mahie Gill (Soniya Bhatt)

The attractive, overzealous television news reporter who is an absolute sensationalist. It is her character that plays the role of the ‘sutradhar’ who links the different parts of the film. She keeps asking for viewers’ opinion on various topics through a sponsored SMS.

Dinkar Waghmare has always been in awe of her and watches her regularly on TV. She meets him for the first time when he accidentally becomes a hero. She is amused by this clumsy, sweet man who unwittingly always saves the day.

Kay Kay Menon (Janubhai alias Balma Rashidul Khairi)

The serious terrorist. 30 year old good looking personality. Balma has taken the named Janu as an alias. He has been sent to India by a terrorist group to carry out terror missions in Mumbai.

He transforms into romantic and loves Indian food and the Bombay Life! He starts to change as a human being, softening, when he falls in love at first sight with a bar girl named Pearl and realizes that his mission of terror was no his true calling as a warrior, but he has been chosen to follow the path of Love by Allah.

He speaks fluent Urdu but no one in Bombay can understand so he takes it upon himself to learn the Mumbai street (Tapori) lingo during his various attempts at wooing his lady lobe. Dinkar’s and Janu’s paths keep crossing without them meeting each other until the climax where together they defeat the evil face of terrorism.

Shehnaz Treasurywala (Pearl)

She is the heroine of our film and the object of Janu’s affections. She is absolutely gorgeous and sensuous but at the same time there is a sense of an innocence of a bygone era.

An aspiring actress in Bollywood, she is the most popular dance girl in a dance bar where she works part time. Her first break is an item number in the extravagant police show. She is intrigued and amused by Janu and taken by his boyish charm.

Shiv Pandit (Sunny)

Sunny is a 25 year old young man who is in love with the Police Commissioner’s daughter Suhasini and can do anything for her. He is a street smart and fool hardly tapori. He has the amazing skill of mimicry and sound effects and creates much confusion.

Synopsis

Aage Se Right is the story of chance, co-incidence and real life humor based in the present day Mumbai. The film spans over five days of panic, chaos and mayhem.

The film is about a cop and terrorist. Through a series of events not in their control the cop loses his gun and the terrorist loses his heart. Their two worlds collide in a maze of chance and mayhem. The film is a edgy contemporary satire of the chaotic times that we live in where “Aage se right” may not be always right.


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