Posted in Comedy, Drama, Romantic

Motichoor Chaknachoor – Targets a limited audience.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui paired romantically with Athiya Shetty in a drama film? I don’t think many people would opt to go for it. But my friend and I found the concept interesting and thought to give this film a try. Did it work out?

Many people around the world are now aware of who Siddiqui is and what his caliber is. He gives so much conviction to his role whether he has to abuse for it or play a romantic hero. On the other hand, it was really surprising to see Athiya‘s confidence and her skill in acting. It blew our minds. She is not perfect but definitely is on her way to becoming a great actor. Maybe if she puts on a little weight, too, while on the way?

I would put both the lead actors on an equal scale and give them equal ratings when performances are concerned. The real question, however, still remains that was the story (Debamitra Biswal) up to the mark to hold the film’s backbone straight? The answer unfortunately is a big fat NO. It just tirelessly drags like a snail. There were a lot of times where there came in some good dialogue (Bhupendra Singh) and comedic punches but they couldn’t aid the plot so well.

All of the supporting cast have put in their best efforts and the music and background score are appreciable but sometimes even Nawazuddin Siddiqui cannot change the game if the foundation of the film isn’t built right. How systems, customs and ethics of marriages in villages and small towns (of India) work is shown in detail via the story. Which is good, yet, proves to be a repetition. It has been showcased in many films, previously. I liked Biswal‘s direction though.

2.5/5

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Bala – The doppelgänger?

After big controversies relating to another simlarly conceptualised film namely Ujda Chaman, Bala takes it’s stand and proves to be the crowd favourite because of it’s convincing lead cast.

Obviously, people would prefer a better actor, Ayushmann Khurrana who also possesses singing talents and has been taking charge to make good proceeds for his producers out of low budget films. He chooses bold roles, worthy stories and of course screenplays which has to have a message.

After watching this film, I get to witness the sheer talent of Yami Gautam. Her precision on the dialogue delivery, adaptation of the role and her expressions were out of this world. On top of that we get Bhumi Pednekar‘s unforgiving and beautifully portrayed character of a dark skinned person. Truly well thought of, by the original story writer, Pavel Bhatachargee and director Amar Kaushik.

Complimenting the film’s plot were the dialogue by Niren Bhatt and music + background score by Sachin-Jigar, Jaani and B-Praak. Supporting characters (Saurabh Shukla, Javed Jaffrey, Seema Pahwa, Abhishek Banerjee and Dheerendra Kumar Gautam) are the proud pillars and the charm of Bala, including the classy narrator, Vijay Raaz.

The film makes you reminisce the old soundtracks in the form of some new generation technology. The technology that has created applications which actually turn out to be a talent disposal for the givers and hunt for the takers.

A few emotional scenes with a decent portion of comedy and a lot of drama, this film isn’t something you will regret watching or missing.

3/5

Posted in Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Inspirational

Made In China — Long-winded & dependent.

It is abundantly clear as to what kind of scripts Rajkummar Rao chooses and how, if it is made into a film, he showcases his true caliber, every time. He cares less about what the film is going to earn. He just makes sure he does what he is best at.

I have always wished for Boman Irani (as Dr. Vardhi) to have come to films earlier. We would have got to see him in more films with his distinguished roles. How he executes them with precision is always commendable. Paresh Rawal (as Tanmay Shah) has a very tiny, classy and an effective role. Mouni Roy (as Rukmini Mehta) and Sumeet Vyas (as Devraj) are their usual best but both failed to work on their accent, unlike others, for a Gujarati character. Manoj Joshi (as Vhinde Bhai) has always been one of the efficient actors in supporting roles. Gajraj Rao (as Chopra) is too funny.

The script (Niren Bhatt) naively relies on the actors’ deliverance. It passes on the baton to the different characters created in the story and waits for them to do wonders. The dialogue (Karan Vyas) and the individual performances are the only stand out factors of Made In China.

It is Mikhil Musale‘s first and a good attempt at direction in the big world of Bollywood. It is based on a novel by Parinda Joshi. She is aided by Mikhil Musale, Karan and Niren to recreate the story for the film. Music (SachinJigar) is okay. At least it matches the concept of the flick. The longevity was brutally felt throughout the film even though it was just 135 minutes long.

Even if it gently gives out a great message along with it’s adult comedy, I found the plot to be slightly confusing. It is sad that this time Rao (as Raghuveer Mehta) selected an average story to work in.

2.5/5

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Hollywood, Romantic, Television, TV

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air — Philly cool.

It is shocking that this show, being one of the best shows I have seen, isn’t celebrated as much as F.R.I.E.N.D.S or Big Bang Theory or even How I Met Your Mother. It literally is the best thing happened to Will Smith. It gave him a path and definitely a blockbuster career.

It is a comedy show with drama and romance sprinkled over the top, created by Quincy Jones, Andy Borowitz and Susan Borowitz. It is entertaining, inclusive of good dialogue and some of the best actors you’ll ever see. The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is vividly a show made for Will Smith. Most of the punch lines were given to him. The plot was based on his life (not the real one). It was ALL HIM.

It is not that he didn’t deserve it. He is a good actor and he proved that in the first few seasons. It is just sad that lesser focus was put onto all the supporting actors such as James Avery (as Philip Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (as Carlton Banks), Joseph Marcell (as Geoffrey) with his exquisite comic timing, Tatyana Ali (as Ashley Banks), Janet Hubert (as Vivian Banks) and Karyn Parsons (as Hilary Banks). All of them were exceptional. This and casting a few actors who were initially called as guests for a certain role, again, for different roles, was a little childish.

It has a casual plot with various screenplays showcased during the period of six seasons. It gave room for additional characters to become the base to every story, like every television show does. I disliked the fact that the actress Janet Hubert was dropped from the show during the midway because of the internal differences between her and Will Smith. The only reason of my disappointment of this dropout was the new character who played the character of Vivian, Daphne Reid. She wasn’t as powerful and compelling as Hubert. She wasn’t even close.

Lastly, more than Will Smith, who benefited the most out of this show, I feel lesser importance was given to Alfonso Ribeiro (as Carlton Banks), post the show, who I thought was the true winner. May it be his acting, his singing, his dancing or even his performance as a whole. Plus, I was really happy to see this show appear on Netflix. Previously, I couldn’t find a source to download or view it anywhere. The reason I was so eager to watch it was because of my curiosity (since the last few years) to know what the show was all about. A show which was responsible for the emergence of a megastar, Willard Carol Smith (Jr.).

4/5

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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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

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Spider-Man: Far From Home – My restrained views.

It is so difficult to write about Marvel films without letting out a spoiler. Especially in the second installment of this franchise.

It is a fun film. As usual. Since it gives you a very teenage kind of feeling, everything is really advanced, rapid and modern. I loved Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers‘s script, having just the right amount of everything. The story put through is obviously the next chapter, post Avengers: End Game and explains casually, how Peter Parker is affected, after the sad demise of Tony Stark (Iron Man).

The direction (by Jon Watts – who also directed the first part) is great. The technological/graphical parts of the film [which is most of the film] will impress you. A lot. It is really mind blowing what all you can create by just putting green screens everywhere around the actors and letting a computer do it’s part. Undoubtedly, the graphic and/or VFX (visual effects) designers do most of it.

One thing I couldn’t understand is that how Mary Jane’s (MJ) character has completely taken a turn from what we had witnessed in the Tobey Maguire‘s Spider-Man series. Herein, MJ (played by Zendaya) is completely obsessed with Peter Parker [and weirdly stalks him too] since the first part, Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was a complete different scenario in Sam Raimi‘s directed Spider-Man franchise.

It is rejuvenating to have a new character, Jake Gyllenhaal (as Mysterio) who actually enhanced the film. He is truly a brilliant actor. Sober, yet effective. The twists and turns in this sequel, along with great suspenseful moments will keep surprising you every now and then. The comedy portion is a little less, however present, compared to other Marvel films.

Everything has changed, ever since the brilliant Tom Holland (as Peter Parker/Spider-Man) has taken over. The costumes, the actors, the names, the villains. For the most basic examples, Aunt May/May Parker’s character is now played by the sizzling Marisa Tomei or Peter Parker has a best friend, Ned Leeds (played by Jacob Batalon). Beginning from 2002, what Spider-Man (played by Tobey Maguire) used to be and what it is now. How the characters revolving around him have altered. How Spider-Man got involved with Avengers. The inclusion of Tony Stark/Iron Man in his life. I have accepted it. It’s great. Yet, deep down somewhere in my heart, I will always miss Tobey Maguire. What he created on the screen was something else. Unspeakable. Magic.

4/5