Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dabangg - Sallu is back with a bang!

It is no secret that I've always had a soft spot for Sallu.
I even did a Sallu dedication a few years back. My first Bollywood film in the theater was Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. My first Bollywood concert (and only) was the Rockstars concert and Sallu was the headline catcher. And only a few reviews of his films -- Maine Pyar Kiya, Baaghi,  Khamoshi, Saawariya
Even made some anime avatars of him a while ago.
I absolutely adore him!

Sure, he has had his shares of ups and downs with what has been affecting him personally and filmi wise. But I’m neither a biase fan or someone who will dislike him just for whatever matter.

I enjoy him as he is. Even for the films he makes. Good or "Bad."

 After reading people's thoughts and discussions on Dabangg prior to the film releasing, I watched the trailers online. Sallu in a uniform sporting a moustache??? Awesome!

I am so glad Dabangg did well. It proves that Bollywood needed that masala flavor back! You would think so after the successful hits of Ghajini and Wanted. However, regardless of the hit status of both, they were also remakes of South Indian films. Ghajini ---> Ghajini. Wanted ---> Pokiri

Dabangg definitely gave me that South Indian feel. It had the flavor of masala that steered me south for the past few years, which mentioned in my post about why I love South Indian films. I love my superheroes too :)

I was fortunate enough to go share my Sallu pyaar with my online buddy Cynthia. She and I have been e-mailing and socializing online for at least 5 years now.

So why am I taking so long to review this film that I saw in the theater last weekend and it's already a week? I had so much to do at work and at home! Every time I wanted to start to write, I had something to do. Mostly writer's block. Hopefully, I am able to gather my thoughts together after a few days of interruption :D

Dabangg means fearless and is about the fearless corrupted cop, Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan), who nicknames himself, "Robin Hood Pandy." Even with working with the flaws and corruption of the police system, Chulbul still has a soft side -- his love for his widowed mother, Naina (Dimple Kapadia).

He has a love-hate relationship with his stepfather, Prajapati (Vinod Khanna), and stepbrother, Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan). But he has to try to make peace in the household per his mother.

Behind this stubborn, badass cop, he falls in love with the potter village girl, Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha). With juggling with his job, home, and now love, he is challenged by Chhedi Singh (Sonu Sood). How will he overcome it?

I'll say it again....
I looooooove Dabangg :)
Still am amaze with Dabangg breaking 3 Idiots record.

Chulbul Pandey. Love him or hate him. He will get his way. His arrogant, badass attitude puts you off but then again, you fall in love with it :)

Salman Khan!!!!!!!

I love the fact that Sallu is being loved for the over-the-top roles that was once a big hit in the 80s and 90s. It is definitely his movie all the way!

 Besides Sallu sporting the moustache, Arbaaz does it too. I love the Khan brothers together. Whether it's Arbaaz-Sallu, Arbaaz-Sohail, or all three together. I love their brotherly love and the way they support each other through thick and thin. Arbaaz shines the most when he's in one of his brother's films. His role as Makhi was done well. I didn't see Arbaaz, I saw the character, Makki, a selfish, weak brother of Chulbul In addition, he was behind the production and did a damn good job at it.

I am so in love with the natural, curvaceous, beauty, Sonakshi Sinha! She did not look like a little 20s something next to Sallu. She had a very strong screen presence as the lovely village belle, Rajo. Her eyes are fierce and stood out even though she seemed like the quiet, soft spoken girl.

The name Sonu Sood is more well-known in South Indian films. He usually plays the villian and is no different in Dabangg. Although he has been in a few Bollywood films like Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge, Jodhaa Akbar, and Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi.

 To me, Sonu looks like a young Amitabh Bachchan. He is an attractive guy but daaang, he looks the best in Dabangg. Maybe it has to do with his 6 pack abs...but I never knew he had a bod like that. Wow!

I just had to throw this pic of Sallu since he is famous for taking off his shirt :D

One of the most songs playing on people's Ipod is "Munni Badnaam" featuring the item number queen, Malaika Arora-Khan. She looks lovely, shaking her hips, and is one of my hottest MILF out there.

My favorite song from the soundtrack is "Tere Mast Do Nain."

"Chori Kiya Re Jiya" is a wonderful song and love watching it because of the interaction with Chulbul and Rajo.

Come on, you know you miss the old Bollywood. Just go watch Dabangg!
Until then, I will eagerly wait for the dvd for more caps :D

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Siddharth - taking a look at his films

Siddharth is one of the reasons why I branched out to South Indian films. I loved him so much in Rang De Basanti and wanted to see more of him.

When I looked at his filmography and realized that he had Tamil and Telugu films, I tried my best to find them.

I am proud to say till this day, I have watched EACH and SINGLE one of his films. I love each of them for different reasons. It's usually hard for me to choose one film over the other.

Many of his films have helped me convert my Hmong Bollywood-loving friends to the South side :)

I'm just going to briefly disset Siddu's filmography since I haven't reviewed all his films yet.

Boys (2003)

Language - Tamil
Cute, adolescence film about a singing band!
Worth watching. The music is wonderful. Siddhu & Genelia are a breath of fresh air. Both look like 13-years-old!
Descriptive review & caps :)

Ayutha Ezhuthu (2004)

Language - Tamil
Before there were Raavan (Hindi) and Raavanan (Tamil), with Mani Ratnam re-shooting the same film in two different languages, existed Ayutha Ezhuthu (Tamil) and Yuva (Hindi).
If you have seen Yuva, you may think...I don't want to see the Tamil version. Hello, remember what happened with Raavan and Raavanan?? :) Sure, you are seeing the same storyline again, in different languages but it's about different stars portraying the same character through their eyes. Don't judge until you've seen both.
Comparison between the two

Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005)

Language - Telugu
Take a hyper, adorable, cute Siddhu. Throw in a dash of the innocent Trisha. Blend it with the awesomeness of Shihari. Top it with the one and only Prakash Raj! Decorate it with the energetic choreography of Prabhu Deva. What do you get?? A wonderful, must-watch Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana!
It has shades of Salman Khan's Maine Pyar Kiya, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, & Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Even if you're not a fan of Sallu, it's okay, just watch it Siddhu style :D
Descriptive review & caps

Chukkallo Chandrudu (2006)

Language - Telugu
If you like Siddhu, you have to watch to watch Chukkallo Chandrudu. It is an underrated film that probably went unnoticed because all his other films have been talked about more.
Siddhu even co-wrote the screenplay. Gosh, this man is talented :) I really enjoyed it. Watch it not only for Siddhu, the screenplay. There's also Charmy, Sadha, Saloni Aswani, Sunil, & Prabha Deva.
It is a cute film about a guy who has to find his soulmate to please his grandfather. He goes back to his childhood town to find the three girls who made a significant impact in his life and never forgot them. But...he doesn't tell them who he is because he wants to see if there is any chemistry.

Rang De Basanti (2006)

Language - Hindi
Like many people, just like me, my first taste of Siddhu was of Rang De Basanti. Even though he was only a supporting character, he shined enough for me to want to see him more.
Do I really have to write a brief synopsis of this film??
All you need to know is that it's a multi-star film. Not only does it star the one and only Siddhu, there's Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Agnihotri, Waheeda Rehman.

Bommarillu (2006)

Language - Telugu
Watch the film that started it all. The original one. What am I talking about?
Well, Bollywood has It's My Life coming up, a remake of Bommarillu. It's already been done Tamil style as Santosh Subramaniam. All three films star the princess of smiles, Genelia too! But is missing the charm of the original, Siddhu!
Descriptive review & caps

Aata (2007)

Language - Telugu
Copy/paste, taken from my mini-review that I written before.
Siddharth!!!! I've been wanting to see this film for so long. Needed my Sid fix. I needed to have my expectations lowered a bit cause I was slightly disappointed. It was a bit too long to me. But it was a fun movie though. I think Ileana was so adorable and found a new like for her. Sid & Ileana look really cute together. Aata means game. Therefore, the film is about a game, a game that is played on the villian (Munna) by the one and only, Sid. Munna is villian but also son of a politician who is in love with Ileana and wants to marry her. Her family is scared of Munna's family. Sid and Ileana love each other. Sid manipulates Munna and plays games with him, only to have the game turn around and be in his favor.

Blood Brothers (2007)

Language - Hindi
Short Film about a man who is HIV positive and struggles to tell his pregnant wife about it.
I didn't want to give out too many spoilers about this short film. I'm sure many could just google it online and find out themselves. In the 13-minutes section, this short film was able to portray each character's emotional conflict in a very detailed way.
Must watch! I want to see Siddhu & Ayesha Takia in a full length film now!

Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009)

Language - Telugu
I don't know what else to say that I haven't on my descriptive review with caps.
Go watch it!

Oy (2009)

Language - Telugu
Listed on my top 5 Telugu films :)
Yes, I like it that much.
Descriptive review & caps

Striker (2010)

Language - Hindi
I didn't participate in the watch-along but I was able to get the dvd afterwards. There are so much strong opinions and controversy about the last 20 minutes of this film!
All I have to say is that to me, Striker shows Siddhu's versatile acting. In his Telugu films, he has the cutsey romantic roles, whether it's the lovesick puppy or the boy that had to grow up to be a man.
Rang De Basanti helped paved his way in Bollywood, which gave him a powerhouse performance. But it was Striker that let him stand on his own.
A must-watch film, strictly for the awesomeness of Siddhu.