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

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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

The Wolf Of Wall Street – Too much shown.

I had both my hands on my mouth after seeing this salacious yet peculiar film because the reviews I had heard from a few of my friends were precisely,

“Amazing film, a must watch!”

“There were scenes which were censored that shouldn’t have been. Great film but!”

“It was like soft-porn.”

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It didn’t really make me feel that it would be so drug-oriented and full of nude shows and sexual intercourses. It was quite surprising! Why am I so astonished? That’s because I downloaded it and saw it. That’s right, THE UNCENSORED version and trust me, I didn’t expect it to go to such a degree.

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‘Leonardo DiCaprio’ – this guy is a pundit and leaves everyone behind in terms of throwing a performance in any kind of role he is given. He is so versatile. They say that if you are an expert or a professional in one genre of acting, you could be just good in the other genres as well, but can’t be an expert in them. Notwithstanding, the Titanic star seems to be pro in just about every character he plays. He was doing such a different role in The Great Gatsby. Plus, he makes it look so effortless.

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Based on the memoir of “Jordan Belfort”, the point of the film basically, as of what I understood, is about what exactly happens inside a stock exchange office and how can you earn tons of money if you just knew how to speak well. It is also about how, when the stock market crashed, what a person like Jordon Belfort do after he loses his job in the crisis. He was a major drug-addict, a drunkard and slept with sex-workers. On the other hand, he was the best motivational speaker and a superb leader/trainer anyone could ever witness at that time. Martin Scorsese has made some fabled and award winning films and yet again strikes with another one.

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I would be laughing on people who saw it in the theaters because you missed out on the main scenes. Download the uncensored version and watch it, those who haven’t seen it yet.

4/5