'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' takes the light-hearted tone of a fun, all-boys road trip through Spain to give you a deep and heartfelt message on why we should live life by seizing the moment and following our hearts. Director Zoya Akhtar, who proved with her wonderful debut 'Luck By Chance' that she has a perceptive eye for relationships and an assured storytelling style, uses the same tools to tell a new story.
Boys will be boys and this film catches that note beautifully. You can be in your thirties, but a few minutes with your childhood friends takes you right back to being a teenager, playing the same old pranks, and imitating your college professor's weird accent. You have to love the natural way in which a simmering undercurrent between Arjun and Imran erupts over a silly, childish fight and how they scuffle about as if they were in a schoolyard.
Remarkable is also the chase scene in the market where the three, Vir Das, Imran Khan and Kunal Roy Kapoor dress up in burqas to evade both cops and the gangsters. Stand-up comedian Das truly emerges as a brilliant actor in the film capable of carrying a scene by himself.
Liquid (played by Divyendu Sharma) is a job-hating nerd, Chaudhary (played by Rayo Bhakirta) is a brooding guitarist who practically lives in his undies, and Rajat (played by Kartikeya Tiwari) is the funny one. They cuss at each other and rib the geeky one endlessly, but there's inherent warmth in the relationship that's reminiscent of 'Dil Chahta Hai'.
Special mention of Divyendu Sharma who gets a few laughs out of you in the early scenes. He says men should have an union whereby if any girl dumps a guy then for the next two years no men should date the girl.
During a prolonged rant, protagonist Kartikeya Tiwari says a happy woman is a myth. A light-hearted comedy, Pyar Ka Punchnama aimed at being a Gen-Y film. The end result may have been a misogynistic film, but on its way, it is an endless banter between three friends who are each stuck in hapless positions in their romantic lives.
2011 was truly the year the filmmakers understood the pulse of an audience brought up on western situational humour. Films such as Delhi Belly and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara cut across cultural stereotypes and brought to larger audiences a selection of the best canteen-talk.
Katrina is the true pull of the movie with her matter-of-fact acceptance of life and draws easy laughs.
"Boss ladkiyo ka toh recession chal raha hai meri life mein", says protagonist Vishal. There are genuinely funny moments in the film that takes weaves in the social networking phenomena in the 21st century, speaking to a 18-25 crowd.
"Uske toh naam mein hi 'maal' hai", says the protagonist of Malavika. Set on a college campus this rom-com is funny, and corny even, but thankfully never makes the mistake of turning sappy or sentimental. Director Nupur Asthana shrewdly taps into the youth's obsession with online interaction, and creates a premise around the freedom and anonymity that the Internet offers.
Delhi Belly established profanity as an acceptable part of the script and a reality amongst youths struggling to chase their dreams in big cities.
Delhi Belly marked the beginning of the profane comedy genre. Three roommates in a dilapidated flat with a dysfunctional toilet struggle to make the rent every month. Their harebrained scheme have them fleeing a sadistic gangster. In one of the scenes, when Imran and leading lady Poorna Jagannathan take refuge inside a hotel room, a 'misadventure' leave him with a prominent erection and severe disappointment. The scene, shot with tongue-firmly-in-cheek, had audiences rolling in laughter.
The scene in which Ranbir, in quest of pain, woos Nargis Fakhri unsuccessfully and takes refuge in the canteen contemplating his 'heartbreak' over a plate of samosas, is nothing short of brilliant.
Much as director Imtiaz Ali would have us believe, Rockstar is not all about anger and pain. The gradual transformation of Janardhan Jakhar into Jordan is through a series of laugh-out-loud scenes that are memorable for the aplomb with which Ranbir Kapoor plays a dimwit.
There's an amusing scene in which Dimple subjects Luv to a Koffee With Karan-style rapidfire interview on Skype, and another sequence in which she distracts Kush while riding pillion on his scooter.
Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, the film unfolds in Mumbai over a period of 11 days during the Ganesh festival, and follows three separate tracks that gradually intertwine. Tusshar Kapoor runs a pirated-book publishing business with two petty-thief partners, who have got their hands on a bag filled with guns and explosives that they're hoping to sell for a princely sum. Recently married and inherently decent, Tusshar has no interest in getting involved with his friends in this shady business. He prefers instead to stay home and pore over a copy of Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' that has changed his life.
Three desperate men fighting circumstances and struggling to make a better life for themselves in a corrupt metro%u2026 these are the protagonists of the appropriately titled 'Shor in the City', a sparkling comedy thriller that sucks you into its world from the very word go. The film is enjoyable for its simple honesty.
The main attraction of Tanu Weds Manu is the unpredictable Kangana Ranaut.
Kangana Ranaut is a pleasant surprise in a cheery, upbeat part that we haven't seen her take on before. She rises to the challenge, only hampered occasionally by her mangled dialogue delivery.
In tracking the haphazard romance between Tanu and Manu, this film travels like a video diary through North India: from Kanpur to Lucknow to Meerut to New Delhi to Punjab. But the winning performance in this film comes from Deepak Dobriyal (of Omkara) who offers a hilarious, uninhibited turn as Manu's best friend and confidant, and just watching him react to Manu's obsession with Tanu are some of the film's best moments.
'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' where Imran Khan plays the role of a younger brother entrusted with the responsibility of finding his older sibling (Ali Zafar) a wife. Katrina Kaif who plays the love interest of Imran makes her entry in a scene where in one moment she demurely serves tea to Imran and his family not betraying for a moment their previous acquaintance.