Dumbo – Cuteness overload.

Two C’s make and bake an animation or a semi-animation film successfully, is what I believe. Concept and Characters. A character becomes popular because of it’s unique approach and concept created by the screenplay artist or director.

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Despicable Me film series (Minions), The Smurfs film series, the film Brave (Merida), Alvin & The Chipmunks film series or even Toy Story film series were all super hit films and characters. There was something distinctive about all the characters of these flicks which ticked the box for the audience, completely. Similarly, Dumbo, which was an animated motion picture made almost eight decades ago, under Disney’s banner, is revamped [by Ehren Khruger (screenplay) and by Tim Burton (director)] after seventy nine years {to be precise} in a mesmerizing manner.

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Look, it is not as bad as the reviews it has got. Its passable. It’ll almost keep you intrigued but you’ll know what’s coming next. It is perfect for parents who want to show their kids a good film on the weekend and for animated movie enthusiasts. It has a lot of adorable moments which will raise your goosebumps high.

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I would definitely give a lot of credit to Colin Farrell (as Holt Farrier), Eva Green (as Colette Marchant), Michael Keaton (as V. A. Vandevere), Danny DeVito (as Max Medici), Nico Parker (as Milly Farreir) and Finley Hobbins (as Joe Farrier) who played their roles graciously and with ease. Especially Parker {who most definitely seemed like the real daughter of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) from Guardians Of The Galaxy film series}.

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I was almost about to not go for this motion picture because of the amount of negative reviews I read before booking the tickets. But I did go for it and I am happy. I will not add this to my list of recommended films but I wasn’t disappointed with it either.

3/5

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Kesari – Legendary.

It is true that followers of the Sikh religion are one of the most sacrificial people in the world. It is the ninth largest religion in the world, by the way. You must already have seen what the story is about as Akshay Kumar is providing the synopsis of the film, wherever he is going to promote it.

It is unbelievably emotional, the film. It is realistic. It is almost well depicted. Being not longer than a hundred and fifty minutes, Kesari highlights one of the most iconic last stand battles in the history of battles – The Battle of Saragarhi. It gives you the patriotic vibe, most definitely. And an inspirational one too.

The best part about the film is the soundtrack, composed (by various artists) with such authenticity, innocence and purity. I am glad that this story is out there for the public to view and know about. Just for your information, there is no record of this battle being regarded by UNESCO in any way. Please don’t believe any rumor mills [by a lot of websites] spreading this false news.

For the Sikh audience, the background score of the film might add a little devotional feel. Apart from that, the only drawback of this film is an excess of slow-motion action scenes and over-dramatizing a few other scenes, which isn’t required at all. After all, the whole plot was only to show a day’s battle. Hence, they had to stretch it somehow. However, it is mostly the second half which might give you this irked feeling. I liked Anurag Singh‘s direction. Wasn’t the best though. Anshul Chobey‘s cinematography is great though. The writing, by him and Girish Kohli could have been better, too.

I almost forgot about Parineeti Chopra (as Jeevani Kaur). She had a cameo, playing the love interest of Kumar. She was probably added to the cast to add a romantic touch to the film. After seeing her in this, I finally am relieved of the torture of her previous film, Namaste England. Moreover, I didn’t find any actor in the list of twenty one actors portraying the roles of 36th Sikhs regiment’s brave soldiers, not capable enough to act. Even the negative characters who played the Pathans/Pashtuns, acted stupendously, adding the magnitude, emotion and power, the story demanded. Especially, Rakesh Chaturvedi Om (as Saidullah). Oh, and Akshay (as Havildar Ishar Singh) is his usual best. Maybe got a little carried away with the role.

3.5/5

Photograph – Quiet and torpid.

Sometimes it felt like this film is getting on to my nerve. Sometimes it felt like it’s so simple and pristine [after I kept a lot of patience].

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a romantic role? I don’t buy it. Some of you might think or believe this. But trust me, if we talk about playing a role, this guy masters it. How he has played a simple, village-born and a shy Muslim is commendable. On the other hand, Sanya Malhotra, who I have been admiring since her debut film Dangal, has played a shy, reserved and a distinctive Gujarati girl, Miloni, who is studying to become chartered accountant. However, she, very randomly meets Riazullah (Siddiqui), who clicks photos for tourists at the Gateway Of India for a living. And my my my, what chemistry the pair had between them. Quite astonishing.

Their love story is unplanned and purely coincidental. But, the way Ritesh Batra (director & writer) unfolds the story, taking his own sweet time, defines how unintentional life is and how, a love story can still seem vintage, without the use of social media, instant messaging and smartphones. I really liked how he has executed it, but his screenplay could have been a little better, somehow bonding well with the quality of the direction. Photograph is inclusive of a little bit of satire. It also consists of some cute comedy. Some double-meaning jokes. Not too vulgar though. Plus, minute roles of Geetanjali Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar, Vijay Raaz, Akash Sinha, Jim Sarbh and Saharsh Shukla added a zest of their own.

The flick has it’s good and innocent moments. Although, it is hard to find an audience who would prefer to watch a film like this in a theater. Patience is an obligation here.

3/5