Posted in Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Inspirational, Satirical, Television Film

Gulabo Sitabo – Web platform, a safer bet.

Let me first give you a gist of what the title means. Gulabo Sitabo are two sisters (created by a puppeteer with two puppet dolls) who, on regular intervals, keep quarrelling upon any and every kind of disagreement and difference of opinion. It is like a desi version of Tom & Jerry. Although, this one, is just verbal.

Now, vividly Mr. Bachchan and Mr. Khurrana are the two who are the Tom & Jerry of this film. The plot does not have any intention. The script sluggishly moves along, heavily aided by the background score (Shantanu Moitra) – which according to me, is the life-saving swim ring to this pale story.

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Explicit performance by Amitabh Bachchan (as ChunnanMirzaNawab) and a clever support by Ayushmann Khurrana (as Baankey Rastogi) and ALL the supporting actors [especially, Vijay Raaz (as Gyanesh Shukla), Brijendra Kala (as Christopher Clark), Farrukh Jafar (as Fatima Begum), Srishti Shrivastav (as Guddo) and Nalneesh Neel (playing a deaf and dumb Sheikhu)] save this film from dousing.

Music is out of this world, in every aspect. Well suited to the flavour of the film. Credits to Shantanu Moitra, Abhishek Arora and Anuj Garg. The film gives a disillusioning message at the end and might leave you moist-eyed. However, I am sorry Shoojit Sircar (Director) and Juhi Chaturvedi (Screenplay), herein, you couldn’t re-create the magic you successfully created in all your previous films.

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Hats off to Sr. Bachchan, still putting hours of silicon & make-up and working at the age of 77. Way past his retirement. The best part is that he still beats everyone at giving a more than perfect performance with such effortlessness!

2.5/5

Posted in Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Fiction

Angrezi Medium – Partially lethargic.

The trailer unequivocally makes you feel that, yet again, this is going to be one of those underrated films which is also inclusive of the best of the supporting cast a film can have. But is it worthy enough to be spending your money on, this weekend?

Every time, one seeks more from a sequel/prequel/spin-off and has already discovered something new in the first part. The moviegoer expects to see something even more better than what he/she had previously seen. Here, nothing of that sort happens, unfortunately.

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After giving you an adrenaline rush with a mind-blowing trailer, Angrezi Medium sadly disappoints by being a clip of a super slow-mo video. The plot refuses to gain momentum during the late of first half and the whole of second half.

Appreciable happenings about the film are the funny parts brought in by the writers, Bhavesh Mandalia, Gaurav Shukla, Vinay Chhawall and Sara Bodinar and executed fantastically by all the actors. There were no doubts in the talent of Radhika Madan (as Tarika Bansal) [especially after her performance in Pataakha]. In fact, she excels in this flick. Irrfan Khan (as Champak Bansal) is no less than a legend in my eye. And their chemistry as a father-daughter duo is magnificent.

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Deepak Dobriyal (as Ghasiteram Bansal/Gopi) with his comic timing, Pankaj Tripathi (as Tony) in a distinctive and surprising role, Kareena Kapoor Khan (as Naina Kohli) & Dimple Kapadia (as Sampada Kohli) showing their panache and Ranvir Shorey (as Bablu) with his ability to convince you with his character, are all terrific.

Often, the film just reminds you the true genre of itself with the emotional dialogue. And, you joylessly become aware of what is coming next. Furthermore, it becomes a noteworthy point when you discover that how religiously all the actors have learnt and followed the Marwadi accent and dialect of the state of Rajasthan, which helps a lot in adding the tag of authenticity to the whole film.

Lastly, it is quite a normal direction by Homi Adajania and I would recommend this one to the elders.

3/5

Posted in Adventure, Animation, Cartoon, Comedy, Fiction, Hollywood, Technology

Sonic The Hedgehog – Ordinary.

The film is directed by a full time visual artist and part time director, Jeff Fowler. It is written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller who I would say are insufficiently experienced. A combination of such an unversed crew, can be hazardous.

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First of all, it is good to have Jim Carrey (as Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik) back in a wholesome role and in a large scaled film after 6 years. In between, he was a part of two small scaled films, in 2016, which didn’t receive as much appreciation critically or monetarily. Surprisingly, he wasn’t in his fullest form in Sonic The Hedgehog too. Yet, it seemed like he tried.

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I also realized that it might have been a burden on the actors when your story isn’t uncommon or out of the box. But, it was a team effort when they [James Marsden (as Tom Wachowski), Tika Sumpter (as Maddie Wachowski), Natasha Rothwell (as Rachel) and Adam Pally (as Wade Whipple)] equally distributed the responsibility among all and performed high-spiritedly.

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The winner of the film is undeniably Ben Schwartz who voiced the animated character of Sonic. His voice gave the perfect liveliness to the character, which is how it originally is. Energetic. Furthermore, there was a bit of comedic dialogue given to Marsden and most of it to Schwartz & Carrey, which I feel should’ve been more on the whole. The score by Tom Holkenborg is quite alright, too.

2.5/5