Saturday, March 24, 2012

agent vinod movie review


The most gobsmacking brilliant portion of Agent Vinod is a roughly 3-minute shootout scene set in a seedy East European motel. Even as bullets fly in the lobby between RAW-agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) and deadly assassins hot on his trail, a love ballad drowns out the gunshots. The action is captured almost poetically, as Vinod and his accomplice run in and out of corridors and motel rooms, dodging the firing. Now imagine all this in a single tracking shot.
The rest of Agent Vinod, unfortunately, is missing the deft hand that writer-director Sriram Raghavan brings to this spectacular sequence. And it's not for want of imagination or ambition.
Our super-spy hero is in pursuit of an ISI Colonel (Adil Hussain) who's threatening to set off a nuclear bomb in New Delhi. The film kicks off with a series of convoluted events that you later realize are connected by the two sides trying to lay their hands on the nuclear bomb detonator – here in the form of a precious edition of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, that is sold at a private auction in Morocco.
In the midst of it all, Agent Vinod meets undercover Pakistani spy Iram (Kareena Kapoor), who realizes she's a pawn in a terror plot, and quickly joins him in his efforts to seize the detonator. As the story hops across the globe – Afghanistan, Moscow, Morocco, Latvia, Somalia, Karachi, India, and London – Vinod discovers more clues that point to a deeper international conspiracy.
Frankly you must appreciate the clarity and smoothness with which our hero goes about this mission, given that as an audience you often find yourself playing a complicated game of cat-and-mouse with director Sriram Raghavan. The film's plot is suffused with undercover agents and double agents, as well as characters that are introduced and bumped off before you can blink. It's as if the phrase “deliberately obtuse” was invented to describe this film, especially as you try to navigate through the fog of the first half.
In the style of those 70s spy thrillers that are evidently a big influence on Raghavan, Agent Vinod offers a bunch of farcical baddies Рthe one-eyed Pakistani general (Shahbaaz Khan), a grey haired Russian drug-baron (Ram Kapoor), and a ponytailed Moroccan crime-lord (Prem Chopra). Even good ol' Gulshan Grover pops up as a most-wanted Dawood-like don based in Karachi. He's so blas̩ that when the masterminds require him to be a cog in yet another terrorism plot, he replies dryly: "I'm so bored!"
To be honest, by this point, so are you.
For a large portion of Agent Vinod, you don't know where things are going… and then it all stretches on so needlessly that you stop caring. Given that this is a film that sees itself as a desi-style Bond, it has glaring loopholes that are embarrassing. Like a tacky scene in which Vinod spots a familiar scorpion tattoo on a doctor's wrist that helps him deduce that he's actually an assassin. Or the ridiculous pre-climax portion in which a grievously injured character is gasping out a password to our hero, as he frantically tries to disarm a bomb while flying a helicopter.
The action in the film is choreographed slickly, but you can't help feeling a tad let down. In these days of visceral fight scenes and breathless chases that you're accustomed to seeing in the Bourne, Bond, and Mission Impossible movies, the rapid editing of the action sequences here never allows you to take in the repercussions of the violence. What cripples the film even further is its uneven pacing.
Although littered with quirky supporting characters, none of the actors in the film stand out, save for its two leads. Kareena Kapoor performs adequately in a role that mainly requires her to look wan and sad; then performs a mujra with much-needed gusto. Saif, meanwhile, was born to play the suave super-spy. He has the body language, the swagger, the physical chops, and even that hint of humor – you're most entertained when he's on screen.
Speaking of humor, the film benefits considerably from its stray tongue-in-cheek dialogue and occasional script zingers. While wolfing down spaghetti, even as Iram stares on blankly, Vinod tells her "Kuch paane ke liye, kuch khaana padta hai". At another point when the local police in Latvia arrives to question him, he says "Aap katar mein hain", referring to the fact that more than one country's authorities are looking to get their hands on him.
It's moments like these – sadly too few and far between – that bring a smile to your face during the two hours and forty-odd minutes of this disappointing film. Director Sriram Raghavan ,who gave us such taut thrillers as Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gadaar previously, injects Agent Vinod with so many varied influences that it never finds its own distinct identity.
I'm going with two out of five for Agent Vinod. He's a spy who knows how to save the day; he just needs a better plan.
Rating: 2 / 5

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Sri ( Srinivas ) is a guy who is madly in love with a girl named Rajini. He even gives her Rs 3 lakhs to help her out but as fate turns out,Rajini does not really love Sri. She escapes with the money along with another guy. This leaves Sri heartbroken. He decides never to fall in love again and he starts looking at women in a negative way. In another track, Shreya (Reshma) is friendly with a guy called Karthik. Karthik misunderstands Shreya’s friendship for love and he starts developing feelings for her. He starts acting possessively and begins hounding Shreya in the name of love. A disgusted Shreya decides never to be on friendly terms with any guy.
As you might have guessed by now, the lives of Sri and Shreya converge and they start off by quarreling with each other. Sri is forced to lie to his landlords that he is married as the apartment is not available for Bachelors. Once Shreya comes to know that Sri is married, she softens her stand and starts becoming friendly with Sri. Just when their mutual admiration begins to develop, unexpected twists and turns change everything. What are those twists? And will Sri and Shreya express their love? That forms the story

naa ishtam movie review ratings


Prakash Toleti's Telugu film Naa Ishtam gives Rana Daggubati an opportunity for the first time to indulge in dancing and action besides, of course, some romance The film begins well but soon loses momentum and the audience's interest.

Ganesh (Rana Dagubatti) is a selfish guy who believes money is supremely important. He lives in Kuala Lumpur with his gang of friends. Then he meets Krishnaveni (Genelia D'Souza) at a temple where she is waiting for her bridegroom Kishore (Harshvardhan Rane) to show up. He doesn't, and so at night Krishnaveni haunts the red light area. Ganesh rescues her from there and from a bunch of goondas of the Salim (Shawar Ali) gang.

He takes her back to India and her village where they find that her marriage to a much older man has been arranged. So back they flee to Kuala Lumpur. Predictably Ganesh falls in love with Krishnaveni and what follows is even more predictable.

The screenplay is run-of-the-mill, with several loopholes in the script, and the plot smells of moth-balls. There are more yawn-times than exciting ones.

Rana does his best in his first commercial film. Genelia does one more runaway bride role but this time, she's more mature and sober and one misses the joie de vivre she usually exudes on screen.

Harshvardhan Rane provided good competition to Rana as Kishore. The ensemble cast of friends did a decent job. Seasoned artistes Nazar, Brahmanandam, Ali, Raghubabu, Subbaraju, Shawar Ali, Ahuti Prasad are all present and give the kind of performances expected of them.

On the technical front, the film does well. It's the story and screenplay that falter.

23rd march

Mostly at home;Festival dress effect noted;evening call from Chalapthi;Call from mama from the home ground;Morning wishes conveyed to Chalapthi,Ramoji,gandhi,Satish.

Double indulgence continued;lot of service and discussion at home;Ice cream to rina at night;trimmed k tweets;3rd no work and no income;It may go for 6 days still ok;

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