Posted in Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Fiction, Inspirational, Reality Check

Dream Girl – Eye-catcher.

Ayushmann Khurrana actually did tell the audience to leave their brains at home before going for this one. It is that kind of an entertainer. It was quite a bold move, saying that aloud, but I did that and he was right. And no, it is not similar, but, it is way more interesting and funnier than Total Dhamaal.

It is Raaj Shaandilyaa‘s first directorial in films. Let me remind you that Raaj is responsible for direction and content writing for Sony TV’s hit show Comedy Circus. Well, until Kapil Sharma got out. Without a doubt, this film is going to be a hit. The timing and the quality of it’s comedic punches were on point. This is Shaandilyaa‘s specialty. Couldn’t have gone wrong.

The originality of the concept is what impressed me more than anything. In the story, some great stereotypes were broken. There was a tiny message too. It was also the brilliant character creation for this particular concept that caught my attention. I could sense a lot of satire too, coming from a mind behind the many Comedy Circus scripts. All the characters fit perfectly in the film. Although, I did get a vibe of Anees Bazmee during the flick, in terms of the plot and cinematography. Yes! It is way better than Mubarakan. Even though it was timed to 132 minutes, it felt like the film is going to take forever to end. This, indeed, was the biggest drawback.

Full marks to Khurrana (as Karam Singh/Pooja) and the supporting cast. Lovely performances by all. Especially, Annu Kapoor (as Jagjeet Singh), Rajesh Sharma (as W), Manjot Singh (as Smiley), Vijay Raaz (as Rajpal), debutante Raj Bhansali (as Toto) and Abhishek Banerjee (as Mahendar). Meet Bros give shipshape music. Plus, I am really happy that the trend of all eleven songs playing in the film with choreography is ending. Herein, there were two, which were obligatory. All in all, you should and must take your family or friends along with you to enjoy this one!

3.5/5

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Posted in Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Fiction, Inspirational, Psychological, Reality Check, Romantic, Sports

Chhichhore – Entertainingly inspirational.

The writer and director of Dangal enters the ring again and this time without the ‘A’ factor. Could he (Nitesh Tiwari) actually do something as wondrous as his last directorial? Let’s find out.

First of all, full points to the casting director and the cast itself. Not only the the extremely talented Sushant Singh Rajput (as Anirudh “Anni” Pathak), Shraddha Kapoor (as Maya), Prateik Babbar (as Raggie) and Varun Sharma (as Gurmeet “Sexa” Singh Dhillon) gave great performances but the newbies and the lesser experienced Tahir Raj Bhasin (as Derek), Naveen Polishetty (as Acid), Tushar Pandey (as Sunder “Mummy” Saxena), Saharsh Kumar (as Bevda) and Mohammed Samad (as Raghav) too were exceptional.

The predictable plot inspires us with a message which is mostly directed towards the young students of India. Chhichhore is surprisingly funny. It gets serious when necessary. It generates hope. It has concentrated on a topic which has just been a tad part of a few films before. Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta and Nikhil Mehrotra, the screenplay writers, enhance this topic with grace and successfully keep it peppy at the same time.

The music by Pritam is not too bad. It doesn’t interfere in anyway in the film. Just graciously plays as a background score, adding the required emotion to it. Plus, the kind of reviews I have been hearing about last week’s Saaho, I surmise it is safe to say that this one’s a better watch.

3.5/5

Posted in Bollywood, Crime, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological, Suspense, Television, Thriller, TV

Sacred Games 2 – A let down.

When you have set your standards so high, you have got to go higher! Not come slipping down. Also, you need to be really careful when you are unveiling a story of the past. It MUST be equal or higher in terms of generating inclination towards it. At least, I am not disappointed with the newly added cast [Ranvir Shorey (as Shahid Khan) and Kalki Koechlin (as Batya Abelman)] because they didn’t seem improper or out of place.

For those who also have seen Game Of Thrones, you’ll agree to my next few words. Khanna Guruji‘s (played by Pankaj Tripathi) and Daenerys Targaryen‘s (Mother Of The Dragons/Khaleesi) thinking is exactly the same. AND both of these revelations came to me as a shock, as it might have come to you too.

Yes, you might have heard, it is slow until the episode five because it takes you through the audacious Ganesh Gaitonde‘s (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) second phase of life. Notwithstanding, the grade of the last episode just falls down the cliff. So, we waited all this while to watch three good episodes of Sacred Games 2? Unbelievably, the makers have left the show hanging, ending it with another suspense which makes it seem like there will be a third season.

I definitely don’t blame any of the cast because they gave exceedingly exceptional performances. All of them! The direction couldn’t be any better (by Neeraj Ghaywan and Anurag Kashyap). The plot or the screenplay (by Dhruv Narang, Pooja Tolani, Nihit Bhave and Varun Grover) is what I am heavily concerned about. It is just went below the expectation.

2/5

Posted in Based On True Events, Bollywood, Crime, Drama

Super 30 – The unexpected comeback.

After Bang Bang!, he said he isn’t interested in a remake. Then he took more than two and a half years to appear in a film. As a fan, I almost gave up until I saw the poster of Super 30.

Hrithik Roshan has beaten all odds and mastered himself in dance and acting since the last two decades. He occasionally sings as well. And he did his homework on the local Uttar Pradesh accent before this film. But I don’t know whether it is his luck or his personal life which is really affecting him because he is yet to choose a game-changing script.

The topic chosen in this film is interesting and one cannot complain about the lead and supporting actors because including Roshan, the newbies and the veterans, Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Shrivastava, Nandish Singh and Vijay Varma (and Amit Sadh with a cameo) have given their best, BUT, the flick is so stretched that a moviegoer will feel agitated at some point. The script (Sanjeev Dutta) could have been sharpened a little more.

Look, it is set to give a good inspiration. It is based on a real person with the same name as the lead character’s and his life-changing mission. There are good moments in the film too. Some of the scenes are even hitting the right chord of emotion by providing a reality check.

At the same time, the graph of this film isn’t constant or continuously rocketing, it is going like a heartbeat. Wavering. I am guessing Vikas Bahl‘s (director) stars were in the right position only at the time of Queen (2014). Even the music (AjayAtul) is okay. The track Basanti No Dance is composed, choreographed and performed well. It was also great to hear Udit Narayan again, in a proper song (Jugraafiya) and not a remodel.

This motion picture made me realise how and why a poor person takes time to respond to a person superior in terms of caste, cash, creed or color, if confronted. It’s sad. Super 30 is shown to the world from the poor person’s perception. Slowly.

3.5/5

Posted in Based On True Events, Bollywood, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Article 15 – The underdog.

A film that urges you to think on your outlook on things. A plot that will make you wonder, how is the country, with the second largest population in the world, working with disobeying one of the biggest rules of the Indian Constitution.

I love it when unusual and unspoken topics come out in the open to gain exposure. Anubhav Sinha, brings us another one of his master stories covering one of the biggest topics in India and probably in the world too, discrimination.

Article 15 speaks about the law of the same name in the constitution of India. It is a tale which describes the immense measures of filth which are used against people who are considered of a lower caste.

It is based on a couple of true incidents in India from the years 2014 and 2016. The way it has been portrayed by Sinha (writer and director), Gaurav Solanki (writer) and Ewan Mulligan (cinematography) is worth watching in the theater, at least once. A great combination of crime, drama and thriller genres along with a remarkable background score makes sure that the chill in your spine remains for a long time. There is hardly any musical videos displayed because of the intense script. Not that it was needed.

Some say that Ayushman Khurrana is always being overrated. But I’d say that he is doing what most big stars deny doing because of their “reputation”. He is working hard and it shows. In this one too, in fact, obviously in conjunction with a few incredible performers, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Akash Dhabhade, Ashish Verma, Veen and Ronjini Chakraborty.

4/5

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Kabir Singh – Maniacal

Once every leap year or so, a film releases of this particular kind. A genre of a bizarre love story. One so insane, that you’ll be laughing at the extent the story and the lead character goes to.

Kabir Singh is just a drama film, but seems like a thriller. It is a described moment of self-destruction, experienced and felt when someone who is considered as precious as your life, is detached from you. It is that phase which is shown in such detail, that you’ll stand aghast.

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It is one of those stories, if and when occurred to a person, could be written and turned into a novel. Or probably a tale worth telling the children about. With apt amount of comical moments, this wild, crazy spectacle will blow your mind. The soundtrack is a momentous part of this outstanding flick. Mithoon, Amaal Malik, Sachet-Parampara, Akhil Sachdeva, Irshad Kamil, Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar, Arjit Singh and Vishal Mishra are responsible for writing, composing and singing the best tracks of this year. They’re going to be stuck in my mind for at least a couple of months.

Even though it is 185 minutes long, it won’t feel stretched because of it’s intense cinematography (Santhana Krishnan & Ravichandran) and screenplay. Almost reminded me of Jodha Akbar when referring to a film being lengthy and extravagant. Additionally, there could have been no better choice for the role of Kabir Singh than Shahid Kapoor. It is crystal, how he uses his full potential and shows that he is such a class of an actor. Same can be said for the female lead, Kiara Advani (as Preeti Sikka) who finally bags a singular lead role in a big film. She also deserved it because of her innocent personality (especially the face), which was very much required for the kind of character this story demanded.

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Suresh Oberoi (as Rajdheer Singh) is officially back and looks strong. Soham Majumdar (as Shiva), Arjan Bajwa (as Karan Singh) and Kamini Kaushal (Kabir‘s grandmother) provide great support to the main actors.

The plot is almost unrealistic to believe BUT is thought of so well and directed even more wonderfully, that it will make you want to believe it. That is what debutante director & the screenplay writer, Sandeep Vanga has done to this motion picture. There are many Bollywood films which are inspired from Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam plots, as, many a times, these industries create masterpieces and this is one of them. It is a super hit.

4.5/5

Posted in Bollywood, Fiction, Horror, Kollywood, Mystery, Thriller, Tollywood

Game Over – Half a film.

Taapsee Pannu admitted that a lot of big shots from Bollywood industry had said that she won’t make it. Not only behind her back, but to her face as well. She had the belief in herself, the determination kept her going and her ability and skill is what made her reach to the position she is at today.

It isn’t a Bollywood release, this film. It is a Tamil-Telegu film just dubbed into Hindi language for the cinemas of the same. One reason also being that Pannu now has fans and/or an audience aside Tollywood and Kollywood film industries. In our Hindi cinema, Game Over is presented by Anurag Kashyap and the production company is Reliance Films. Not that he has directed this but I surmise, even if his name is mentioned anywhere in a film’s details, the mind automatically gets an affirmation that the plot or the direction is rock-solid.

Herein, you get a feel of it being a Tamil/Telegu direction because of the melodrama. Plus, the fact that the dialogue is dubbed and has voice overs by different actors than of the ones behind the screen (except Taapsee‘s, she’s done her own), we all are aware of how these films sound and seem like. Gives you a tad feeling of fraudulence. You must have seen one on Television, surely. Thanks to Ashwin Saravanan (director & screenplay) and dialogue writers, Kaavya Ramkumar (Tamil) and Venkat Kacharla (Telegu). Although, there is the background score and the cinematography which makes sure you are seated upright, even in a comfortable theater recliner. Not only that, but Taapsee‘s brilliant performance too, as you must have heard/read over the news.

Notwithstanding, there is a catch. The above scenario starts only when the second half begins, whilst the first half is only the introduction of the story AND tries too hard to create a mystery in your mind, leaving the prediction part to you. Fails though. Agreeing to this, that the concept is most definitely one-of-a-kind. You’ll be blown away. The film is given the genre of a thriller but it’ll give you chills of horror as well, adding to their own benefit, of course.

3/5