Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham has completed 14 glorious years in the industry breaking tons of records and grossing popularity only a few movies get to talk about. However, the zeal and enthusiasm with which fans still get hooked to their TV sets when the movie plays, makes you wonder if the movie just released. The love for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham or K3G, as fans lovingly call it, will undeniably continue for years to come. This epic film gives Bollywood fans several reasons to repeatedly watch it over the years. The star studded cast, an emotionally gripping storyline, beautiful dance performances and songs, and most importantly Karan Johar’s direction finesse.

K3G was Director Karan Johar's next film after his debut with the blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The expectations were very high for K3G and the film met every expectation. The film had a good story, great technicians, wonderful music and arguably the biggest star-cast since SHOLAY. Getting such a star studded cast together to deliver such an explosive performance can purely be attributed to the brilliance of the then budding director, Karan Johar. His masterly touch and craftsmanship can be clearly seen in each sequence of the film.

The story of the film is beautifully intertwined with emotional lessons, which relate to the typical Indian family. The film revolves around Yashovardhan Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) and his wife Nandini (Jaya Bachchan) and their two sons Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and Rohan (Hrithik Roshan). Yashovardhan and his wife Nandini have raised their sons showering them with immense love and affection. Yash has tried to pass on to his sons the values, the heritage and the rich traditions of his family, which he cherishes and holds in great regard. Rahul’s adoption was a kept for a long time, but ever since he found out, his love and affection for his parents, especially his father grew ten-folds more. And he swore to go by his father’s every word and never let him down. Unfortunately Rahul is disowned by his father for marrying the wrong girl, Anjali (Kajol). Rahul and Anjali then move to London, where 10 years later Rohan tracks them down in an attempt to re-unite the family. Along the way a romance buds between Rohan and Anjali's younger sister, Pooja (Kareena Kapoor).
Amitabh Bachchan looks his role and lives his role. He's just outstanding and the character required the star presence of the Big B. Jaya Bachchan is terrific and she looked terrific. She's excellent and her scene before the ending sequence with Amitabh Bachchan was thoroughly aplaudworthy! Hrithik Roshan shines through his scenes and even though he's really mainly in the second half of the movie – he leaves a great impression. Kareena Kapoor’s portrayal of the bubbly and energetic Pooja, was a mix of adorable and perfection. The supporting cast such which included actors like Johnny Lever and Alok Nath left no stones unturned in making this film a delightful experience. However, K3G would be incomplete without the lead pair. Shahrukh and Kajol not only steal the scenes but also you hearts. Sharukh is lovable, he's charismatic, and he’s insanely good. Kajol looks amazing and her performance is just perfect.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll think of your parents many a times. Certain scenes will remain in your memory for their emotive qualities long after the film is over. However, the most dramatic scene is in the second half at the mall when Nandini recognizes her son Rahul. The background music, the emotions of the two actors…..the on-screen touching narrative is simply spellbinding! That scene alone says that ultimately, your biggest connection is with your mother and that will never go away. This in addition to touching scenes like Anjali’s father dying, which has a strong impact on the viewer, Anjali and Rahul’s son, Krishi, reciting the Indian National Anthem; The reciting of the words of wisdom from Krishi to Rahul that came from Yash to Rahul, the discovery thereafter that Rahul’s houseguest is none other than his own brother. These are only some of the scenes that combined with an awesomely emotive background score; something Karan Johar obviously knew the importance of, will touch the viewer sincerely. The chemistry between all the actors is always larger than life and as a viewer, you’re always gripped to their individual stories. The strong father and son bond, the friendly relationship between the mother and her son, are all sentiments every Indian family aspires for and easily relate to.

The film is about relationships in family, about loving your parents and your family, about pride, values and regret. The well defined and written characters are used to create and present all these qualities. Even the least emotional scenes are accompanied by orchestrated violins, heavy piano and strikingly sad pictures on-screen. The film shows both the bright and dark sides of happy families, and while it never breaks new ground, never looks totally authentic, it is always entertaining in spite of its flaws. It depicts both the Indian traditional world and the western modern world and tries to bring them together in many instances.

This movie is truly a work of art, with a detailed emphasis on dazzling costumes, magnificent buildings, glitzy cars, tons of emotions. Karan Johar is a master at extracting the exact emotion that he wants from the viewer. You cannot help but weep or cry at various scenes, even though you see them coming a mile away. Never have we witnessed such an emotional family storyline packaged in such a powerful way. The music is just remarkable. Songs like Shava Shava, Suraj Hua Madham and the title track Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham sung by Lata mangeshkar is a pure musical marvel. What’s more, each song was accompanied with dazzling dance performances, which are a visual treat at all times. Hrithik’s dance moves till date leave viewers breathless.

These are just a handful of the many reasons why fans till date religiously sit in front of their TV sets, sometimes with a box of tissues, to watch their most beloved film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. And if you haven’t seen the film yet, do yourself a favour and add a lot of Khushi in your life by watching one of the most epic films to be made in Bollywood.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Shaandaar Gets Shaandaar Reviews

After the much loved film Queen, director Vikas Bahl is back with a bang with Dharma Productions’ Shaandaar. The film truly lives up to its name with sprawling sets, grand locations and amazing cinematography. This movie, which is Bollywood’s first destination wedding film, unites three members of the Kapoor Family – Pankaj Kapur, Shahid Kapoor and Sanah Kapoor. The protagonists – Jagjinder and Alia – have insomnia and the movie touches upon the effects of this condition. Sanah Kapoor plays Isha who is the bride and Alia’s half sister.

The picturesque locations of Shaandaar took everyone’s breath away. Shahid and Alia Bhatt’s spellbinding chemistry impressed one and all. No wonder they earned the nickname ‘Shalia’, coined by their fans, for themselves. The up-beat album of the film, too, caught on with the audiences. Another highlight of Shaandaar is Sanah Kapoor, who is a definitely a bundle of talent just like her gifted parents. Last but certainly not the least, one of the best parts of the movie is the deep bond between the two sisters and the quintessential father-daughter relationship.

Overall, Shaandaar proved to be a fun film with some amazing songs and some shaandaar performances. Have you watched it yet?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Nazdeekiyaan Re-creates Age Old Magic

Dharma Productions has always been known to produce timeless classics. Their music has always captivated the hearts of their audience and it still continues to do so. The love song ‘Nazdeekiyaan’ from ‘Shaandaar’ is no different. It will take you on a journey of love, vintage style.

The song gives you a chance to dream and it makes reality seem like a fairytale, especially when you are with your loved one. The chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the song is absolutely mesmerizing and to add to the chemistry, the black and white filter and the slow waltz makes this song an absolute stunner.

The beautiful composition by Amit Trivedi will take you into Bollywood’s melodious past where song and dance make every moment a fairy tale. It’s time to listen to the melodious track ‘Nazdeekiyaan’ and cherish that endless love with your loved one.  

Thursday, October 8, 2015

35 Years Of Phenomenal Cinema, 35 Years Of Dharma

It is all fireworks for Dharma Productions today as we turn 35. The journey began in 1980 when Yash Johar, with eyes full of dreams, founded this film production and distribution company. His son, Karan Johar, took the legacy forward to make Dharma the cinematic phenomenon that it is today.

We celebrate this day by reminiscing the memorable songs and zingy dialogues from all Dharma movies. We are thankful to the fans and admirers of Dharma who have filled the digital space with their hearty wishes on this day. We would also like to thank Sidharth Malhotra, Ronnie Screwvala, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and other reputed members of the film fraternity who tweeted about their experience and journeys with Dharma.

Let’s look back at some of the unforgettable memories that Dharma has given us. the love and friendship equation in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, love for family in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, loving your independence in Wake Up Sid, sacrificing love in Kal Ho Na Ho and love knowing no boundaries in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Over the years, these movies have created a special place in everyone’s hearts.

Whether it’s the chartbusting albums, catchy phrases or grand sets, Dharma has always painted an awe-inspiring picture for the audiences. It is all about unique stories, beautiful storytelling and a magical transformation of thoughts into motion picture. It is not only a celebration of 35 years of phenomenal cinema, it is the commemoration of films that made us laugh, cry and fall in love.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It’s time to get stepping to the funky beats of ‘Shaam Shaandaar’

Dharma has always had a rich history of classic rom-com movies. Each and every movie made by them has always captured the hearts of their audience. The reason for this is because the essence of love has always been a vital factor in all Dharma movies. This essence has made every movie of Dharma relatable to people all around. Over the years that have been many star couples who have starred in Dharma movies and have portrayed the essence of love to the core. In this age, Dharma has not failed us yet again, Shahid and Alia’s onscreen chemistry in the upcoming film Shaandaar will set the screens on fire with their emotional attachment towards each other.
As they say every movie always requires a great soundtrack to make it a complete success and that is just what Dharma has done. The release of their latest song ‘Shaam Shaandaar’ sung by Amit Trivedi has already got people grooving to the amazing fusion of Punjabi Dhol’s and funky beats. The amazing lighting also adds to the party ambience of the entire song. But, Dhol’s , funky beats and trippy lighting are not enough to make a song unforgettable. The graceful and suave dance moves of Shahid will make your feet tap to the beat of this catch song. His smooth and captivating dance moves make the entire video so captivating.   

The song ‘Shaam Shaandaar’ is a perfect blend of upbeat music with some classy and groovy moves. This one movie you wouldn’t want to miss. So, stay tuned because this movie is definitely going to make your day a ‘Shaandaar’ one.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Gulaabo From Shaandaar - The Perfect Spinster Party Song

The upbeat number Gulaabo, from Shahid Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer Shaandaar, is out for everyone to enjoy. This quirky song is produced by Dharma Productions and the beats are composed by the brilliant music director Amit Trivedi. The funky lyrics are by Anvita Dutt. This song is already on everyone’s mind because of the swagger in its tune. Gulaabo here is referred to Shahid’s sister Sanah Kapur, who is making her debut in Bollywood.

This is one of those songs that you will listen to on loop. There are jazzy bits in the song that adds a sensuous feel. Set in a rustic barnyard amidst barrels of booze and beer tankards, this song feels like the perfect spinster party song! All the dancers along with Shahid and Alia are dressed in suits and accessorized with pencil moustaches and fedoras. A poster of femme fatal Jessica Rabbit pops in the background adding spunk to the video. Vishal Dadlani and Anusha Mani have brought this song to life with their peppy voices.

Gulaabo is surely going to be a popular choice at all bachelorette parties, house parties and weddings due to the feel and lyrics. The trailer of the film has already created a lot of buzz and this first song has got fans and Bollywood music lovers so much more excited. The beats are unique and fresh, and that gives it all the more reason to catch on like wild fire in no time!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is undoubtedly the smartest and fittest action hero of B-town. That charming smile and fit body never fails to steal the show. It is the Khiladi’s birthday today! As the actor turned 48 today he was swept-off by wishes from his fans, colleagues and well-wishers. Akki is one of the most hardworking and perseverant actors Bollywood has today. He can be smart, goofy and sexy all with the same amount of ease and style.

He is one actor who can match the Khans in their stardom as well as box office numbers. Born as Rajiv Hari Bhatia, Akshay began his acting career in 1991. Since then, he has come a long way to established himself as an action hero and entertainer who is loved by the masses. He can amuse you with his power-packed, larger than life action scenes.

He has also played an intense role in his movie Brothers where he is seen doing a lot of Mixed Martial Arts. Brothers, directed by Karan Malhotra and produced by Dharma Productions, Lionsgate Films and Endemol India, showcases Akki as David, a physics teacher, who gets into street fights to arrange money for his daughter who is suffering from a fatal ailment. His character is intense, strong-headed and emotionally driven. He did complete justice to the character and stood out in the movie.

We wish to see Akshay Kumar in many more entertaining films in the near future! Here’s wishing Akki a very happy birthday and a fit and fab life ahead.