#SAW – Shootout at Wadala


Shootout at Wadala is a saga about the rise and fall of dreaded Mumbai gangster Manya Surve (John Abraham) in the 1970s, and his death in 1982 in what is supposedly the first police encounter.

Based on a chapter in S Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘From Dongri To Dubai’, the movie has director Sanjay Gupta written all over it.  Anyone familiar with this director’s work such as Kaante, Zinda etc, will recognize it as having his stamp all over it!  Gupta is a director for the masses and SAW is no different.  Full of seeti-maar dialogues, item songs with sexy girls, sex and violence show traces of  Terentino’s fan in the film.  

The story is rooted in Manya Surve’s journey from an innocent, bright college student to one of the city’s most powerful mafia dons.  It follows Manohar – a boy is framed by the cops who befriends Munir (Tusshar Kapoor), in prison, and escapes a hardened criminal. Manya decides to stand up to the Haksar dons, brothers Zubair (Manoj Bajpai) and Dilawar (Sonu Sood), and form his own gang. Meanwhile, the cops, led by the dedicated Aafaque Bagraan (Anil Kapoor) and his team (Ronit Roy and Mahesh Manjrekar), try to contain the gang wars by pitting one against the other. Manya’s biggest weakness is his college sweetheart, Vidya (Kangna Ranaut), who does not approve of his work but can’t give him up or walk away from him.


The things I liked about the movie :

1.  Dialogues, dialogues, dialogues!  – Take a bow Milap Zaveri, you have emerged as the true hero of the film!  

2.  John Abraham – John pours his heart and soul in what is the role of a lifetime in his career thus far.  It’s hard to ignore the effort he has put into becoming Manya.  As endearing as he is as Manohar, he is just as likeable as Manya.  

3.  Slick camera work that is Gupta’s trademark and the direction which takes us into Gupta’s vision flawlessly!  

4. Manoj Bajpai – What dialogue delivery, what conviction!  Not once can you picture Zubair being played by anyone else … Bajpai is as usual, actor par excellence and the best in the movie after the dialogues! 

5.  Sonu Sood – who’d have thought that Chedi Singh from Dabang can also flawlessly portray Dilawar.  Sood has shown tremendous control and restrain and plays the perfect part of Zubair’s little brother.  BRAVO!! 

6.  Costumes – The actors all wear the retro look fittingly right down to the retro glasses worn by John.  The costume designer has done an AMAZING job! 


Things I did NOT like about the movie :

1.  Kangana Ranaut – her character is quite comic to put it as politely as possible.  Even with a weak character, there is nothing in her acting that makes you take notice of her.  The role could’ve been played by anyone and there would be no difference.  

2. Babli Badmash – this song is just a mashup of a long list of what’s wrong with it.  The choreography, it looked SO odd!! Priyanka Chopra, what a misfit!! Neither her, nor her costume looked anything like an item girl.  More importantly, this song was the only song in the movie which felt shoved in there.  

3.  Sunny Leone – as much as I liked the song “Laila” the only thing that didn’t fit there was Leone.  There are parts of the song where it is clear that she is purposely moving her lehenga just to showcase her legs and that makes it very evident that it’s the forced masala that is being shoved down our throat in the name of choreography.  

4.  The glorification of Manya Surve – as important as it was for us to understand the journey of Manohar to Manya, was it really necessary to glorify him?  What kind of message does that send to society?  


Track I enjoyed the most :


Sophie sizzles in this track and manages to look total item song worthy without looking vulgar or cheap.  The track is one that can easily get stuck in your head and one finds themselves leaving the theater humming this song!


Beautiful – soothing – lovely! 


All in all, if you are looking for an entertainer for the masses, go watch it!  A point worth noting though, it is an Adult certified movie due to the violence, language and the sex scenes so please do NOT take your kids along and, if you’re like me, you might not want to watch it with your parents either. 🙂 

Whether this movie will be a super-duper 100cr club hit or not is yet to be seen but, one thing is for certain – all the awards for best dialogue belong to Milap Zaveri next year.  

If you aren’t following him on Twitter yet, do so now instead of waiting until he wins all the awards next year – his twitter handle is @zmilap

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Taqdeer ka khel …

Taqdeer ka khel

Jaanti hoon main mera bhavishya tum nahin magar

Meri taqdeer se chup kar ek baar phir mere ho jao …

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Alag hui tujhse

Jaane kyon ye duriyaan hui

Pucha jo khuda se

Muskura ke bola

Pagli teri khata nahin

Is ishq ki dastaan maine likhi hi adhoori thi …

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Hazaaron Khwaahishein Aisi …

Hazaaron Khwaahishein Aisi

Is baat ka gilah hai, malaal nahi mujhe

Woh paas reh kar bhi jaan na paaya mujhe

Yeh mohabbat ki chaahat hi ajeeb hai 

Thokar kha kar bhi paana na sahi

Par khona bhi nahi hai use

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Kaisa ye Ishq Hai … Ajab sa Risk Hai

Kaisa ye Ishq Hai

Jude jab tere khwaab se
To jaage hum neend me
Ye kaisa tera ishq hai saajna
Tu haathon me to hai
Magar kyon nahin lakeer me

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven

The Notebook is one of my favorite movies of all time!  In fact, all of Nicholas Sparks movies/books are a favorite for a hopeless romantic like me.  When I heard that he was coming out with a new movie called Safe Haven, I was very excited about it! 

I got lucky in a contest from Co.Co Sala and ended up winning tickets to the screening of the movie one week before its release.  Being the fan that I am, how could I refuse the offer so, of course I went with Manish. 

The movie started and as it progressed, I kept wishing for it to get better.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a good movie, a good thriller but, I kept wishing for what I like in a Nicholas Sparks movie – More Real Romance.  As the movie progressed, I was upset that Safe Haven was turning out to be more of a thriller than a romance but, the movie ended and all I can say is I was shocked – in a good way! 

It already had the romance all along and I was so wrapped up in the thriller that I did not even notice it.


Things I like about this movie :

1. The cast – everyone has done a great job in the movie but especially the kids!

2. It’s the kind of romance that makes you think at the end – specially since the kind of love does not exist anymore.

3. The rogue cop – David Lyons has played this role to the tee! 

4. The movie depicts both the sweet as well as the dangerous side of love. 

Things I didn’t like about this movie :

1. Nicholas Sparks’s romantic spark was missing a bit in the movie.

2. The movie seemed long and predictable at times so the editing could have been sharper.


All in all, it’s a good movie and definitely worth a watch.  Could you wait until it comes out on DVD? Absolutely!  No need to rush to watch this at the theater but, definitely grab the one you love, a box of tissues and some popcorn to watch this one on your couch! 

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ABCD (Any Body Can Dance)

ABCD (Any Body Can Dance)

As Anji is passionate about dance and everyone in my house enjoys dance, it was a given that we would go and watch ABCD.  It had my favorite Dharmesh & Salman along with India’s best dancer Prabhu Deva – how could we miss it?
Going into the movie, I had expectations of not enjoying the movie for anything else but the dances.  What surprised me though was Remo!  As horrible as his movie “Faaltu” was, this movie was just as nice.  By the time you came out of the movie, you felt GOOD!  But then again, who doesn’t root for the team that has EVERYTHING going against them?  It’s a movie that every body who has ever had a dream or been passionate about, can relate to. 
What Remo did well in this movie, was sticking to what he knows best – dance! 
The things I liked about the movie :
1. Prabhu Deva as a dancer, Prabhu Deva – period! (He’s not a great actor but what he can’t do with expressions, he still has a great way of conveying through his dance and his body language.)
2. The dancing!  The choreography! (Remo is a much better choreographer than I had given him credit for.)
3. The songs! (Especially Bezubaan – totally heart-wrenching!!)
4. Kay Kay Menon! (He’s a great actor anyways and he was equally good in this movie playing a manipulative villain.)
5. Dharmesh, Salman, Ganesh Acharya (What a treat to get to watch these powerhouses along with Prabhu Deva, all in one movie.)
6.  Surprise packet of the movie – Puneet!! (Not only can he dance, he can ACT!!! He emoted do beautifully in the movie that he left me spell bound with his performance.  Oh and for the girls, he’s definitely giving the eye-candy, Salman, a run for his money there too! 🙂 )
Things I did NOT like about the movie :
1.  Lauren Gottlieb is a talented, semi-good looking dancer.  I get that Remo wanted her as one of the leads in the movie but, what was the need to make her be a “desi” girl in the movie?  The movie already has some videshi talent, she could’ve been one of them.  
2.  The editing in the second half could have been tighter. 
3. Predictability – though you leave the theater having enjoyed the movie, you can predict what’s going to happen next with each scene. 
Scenes that stick out in my mind :
1. Vishnu vs. Jahangir showdown in the beginning – I’d love to give Kay Kay Menon a standing ovation for his performance. 
2. Chandu’s accident scene … the girl who plays Shania (not sure of her name) was fantastic!
3. Dharmesh and his father’s interaction following the song Bezubaan.  I’d like to give my Dharmesh sir a big hug and a huge round of applause! 
My favorite Tracks :
But, MOST of all – I am currently OBSESSED with :
All in all, if you enjoy dancing and have ever had a dream, go watch ABCD and come out feeling motivated and inspired!!
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Pyaar ke Saaton Din …

Pyaar ke Saaton Din

Teri Yaadein Kabhi Mujhe Chutti Nahin Deti
Unse Kaho Pyaar Ka Bhi Ek Shaniwaar Hona Chaiye …

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Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!!

From our family to yours – we wish you a VERY Happy Holidays and an even happier New Year!!






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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

It’s that time of the year again – happiness is in the air.

Eat, drink, be merry and spend time with those who matter the most!

Happy Holidays and best wishes to you and yours  from the Chauhan Family!


Happy Holidays from the Chauhan Family!

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