PM Narendra Modi – Watch it as an INDIAN.

Hope the people who petitioned to postpone the release of this film are happy now. Now that he is actually elected to serve for another five years. They thought a film would contribute in getting him more votes.

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Throwing light to the film, the best part about it, without any second thought, is Vivek Oberoi. I, along with many others, was really incredulous about him playing the biggest and the most important role of his career. The trailer, too, seemed cheesy and even the look and getup of Oberoi wasn’t convincing. Plus, the release got cancelled, I had assumed earlier. But it was just postponed.

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I will remind you again, that I am not speaking or praising this film because of my personal political views. I hate to admit that as a film, it felt incomplete. A lot of melodrama and emotion was added, going in favor of the Indian Prime Minister. On my brother’s good observation, PM Narendra Modi just pointed out the goods of the person of interest. His life’s story is averagely conceptualized by Sandeep Ssingh who wrote the screenplay. However, the direction could have been better. Omung Kumar‘s (director) best creation till date has been Sarbjit of 2016.

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Music department is bold enough to try Gujrati rap as background score. Withal, the tracks made for this are mediocre.

Alike all other political films made this year, this one too, is made just for awareness. For the audience who still aren’t aware of the man’s history. A lot of false stories have been given clarity to, through this film. Initially, Paresh Rawal was to depict the character of the Prime Minister Of India, which the whole world, including myself, felt would have been apt. Mainly because, his face structure better matched than of Vivek‘s. A.K.A lesser facial make-up and silicon. His accent would have been very much similar. Oh and he is good friends with the PM.

I am assuming, because he had to play his character from his younger days until today, they needed someone younger. And maybe because daddy made a few calls. That being said, let’s get to the verdict. The motion picture would have done wonders, if the direction was given more attention to. If the story would have been more pragmatic. Plus, alongside Vivek Oberoi giving full justice to his character, surprisingly, he is backed up by a few great old hats, Manoj Joshi, Boman Irani, Zareena Wahab, Yatin Kareykar and Prashant Narayanan. A bit of comedy is garnished on top because of the distinctive characters in the Indian National Congress.

3/5

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Dangal – Gigantically world-class.

I don’t know about you all but I was definitely waiting for my next film review. And I just had to watch this one in the theater because of the immense weight of the film.

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The impact of this movie is such that every defensive move of Geeta Phogat (played by Fatima Shaikh) made my calves stretch! It also greatly defines the relationship between a father and a daughter. It is so real and in depth that every aspect of the Haryanvi culture and tradition is quite evidently followed. Thanks to Khan‘s nature of being detailed and particular. There is literally no character who has under performed here.

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Dangal also shows you real wrestling nature and technique unlike the boxing in Priyanka Chopra starrer Mary Kom (2014). I really don’t feel like appreciating the finest actors of Bollywood. I will admit, I had goosebumps. Need I say more about Aamir Khan (as Mahavir Singh Phogat)? Infact, even the juniors, Zaira Wasim (as young Geeta) and Suhani Bhatnagar (as young Babita) are marvelous. Bits of comedy by them and Aparshakti Khurrana (as Geeta and Babita‘s cousin) brings a smile to your face. It also marks Khurrana‘s debut film in the industry. It was a delight to see Sakshi Tanwar (as Daya Kaur, wife of Mahavir) bagging a big role here. Both her and Sanya Malhotra (as Babita) supported Aamir and Fatima well.

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Whilst watching any film, I always have at the back of my mind that I have to write about my thoughts on it later, but this one, just didn’t let me go through that thought. It is that intriguing. Pritam aces the tunes, yet again. Lastly, the story is, well, diminutively predictable. It is a biopic, after all.

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Did you knowAamir, being the ultra perfectionist he is, replied to the director, when approached for Dangal, that he would love to do this film after a few years when he actually would look like the age he is supposed to. Thank the goodness he changed his mind after five months.

4.5/5

Mary Kom – A failed attempt.

Vinayak Chakravorty of India Today stated, “It is the sort of make-belief that would seem amateurish even by a school-level play standard. The very Punjabi Priyanka tries her best to impress as Mary Kom, freckles on her face duly added by the make-up artist. She misses a boxer’s body language in the ring sequences and manages a purely Bollywood heroine’s routine in the scenes outside it.”

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I do read the critical receptions of the Indian newspapers, magazines and news channels, whichever available, before writing my views on a film, not to copy from them, but to see who all agree to my viewpoint. Many of the critics gave Mary Kom 4 or 5 stars out of 5. However, it did NOT reach the full marks category. The above mentioned short analysis of Vinayak Chakravorty almost sums up my recapitulation.

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She didn’t give her fullest and it looked like a typical Indian, emotional film. I would’ve recommended Priyanka Chopra to watch Bhaag Milkha Bhaag before shooting for this film and probably should’ve taken a few tips from the proficient, Farhan Akhtar, who trained intensely for 13 months for that film. He had to have two looks in the film, the bulky and the lean look. Here, Priyanka couldn’t even pull off one. She did train, but it sure wasn’t enough.

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I would also agree to Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times who stated “Mary Kom is made for whistles and some quick money.” Well, it is all about money nowadays. Sure, MC Mary Kom got a lot of recognition which she deserved at the time she actually won all those gold medals. It was as if that the director Omung Kumar is back to his old job doing everything in 1 minute as from a TV show he used to host, a decade ago. Everything is fast paced in this film. Look, it is a BIOPIC of a sports personality, everything must surely be shown in detail.

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Omung has given his input as an art director, production designer, set decorator to the Bollywood film and television industry and this is a good career boost but he should remove the rapidity from his direction a little bit. Or shall I blame the screenplay and story writer, Saiwyn Quadras? Darshan Kumar portrayed the character of her husband very well. Lastly, Priyanka Chopra is a good actor but I don’t think she can outdo her role in Barfi with a better role, at least not with this one.

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P.S: In some of the scenes, every prop needed is placed at a very convenient position for use. Ah, Bollywood! Grow up already?

2.5/5