Inside Edge – Fact or fiction?

After a couple of recommends and repeated torture by my younger sibling, I finally started to watch this, since it is related to cricket and match fixing. And mainly because IPL was trending last month.

Vivek Inside

With quite a few masterful performances by Vivek Oberoi, Sanjay Suri, Richa Chaddha, Tanuj Virwani, Sayani Gupta, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Angad Bedi, Sarah-Jane DiasKaran Oberoi, Amit Sial, Manu Rishi and Jitin Gulati, I was rest assured that the show will impress me completely. I really wanted to love the plot, but at the end of the day, it brings us to one important question that whether all of this is true or not.


It is quite admirable how Karan Anshuman, the creator of Inside Edge, brings about an element of suspense and thrill to what is being depicted with every episode. The ups and downs of the game and a fictional portrayal of what it could be in actuality, behind the stage, or in this case, the stadium. He is not alone when the screenplay is concerned and is aided by Ameya Sarda, Puneet Krishna, Sumit Purohit and Saurav Dey.



Setters – Have you heard of it?

No promotions. Hardly any advertisements. No show. A reasonable music and film trailer launch No glamour. You’ll only come to know about Setters when you check your cinema application for new film releases or YouTube for new trailers.

With a micro budget set, this film consists of a few beautiful actors and some rough-and-ready ones. There is no second thoughts to how interesting the concept of the plot is. It will remind you of Special 26. It will also remind you of The Tashkent Files [if you have seen it], a bit in terms of story, but mainly in terms of how the film is set with skillful actors who usually play in supportive roles in the big films and are playing the lead these small ones (positively or negatively), which usually have a better tale to tell.

The plot drives you through it’s own twists and turns. Background score is the best part about the film, which in turn means that full marks go to the duo Salim-Sulaiman, Raftaar, Enbee and Sukhwinder Singh. Artists have a pivotal role in making a motion picture whole. Herein, all of them have aided the film to make it better. Especially, Pavan Malhotra, Vijay Raaz, Jameel Khan, Anil Charanjeett, Manu Rishi and Shreyas Talpade. We also witness Aftab Shivdasani after eons, who was away from the limelight for a long, long time.

Even though it might not get the exposure it desires, it could be a part of a one-time-watch category. Ashwini Chaudhary has done well, in terms of the direction. However, him and Vikash Mani could have bettered the screenplay, which lacked the X-Factor. Perhaps, could have made it a little less elongated, too.


The Tashkent Files – Nothing but the truth?

There is a lot of divulgence in this flick, relating to a few blunt, unresolved topics from the Indian politics, in regards to the ex-government. The trailer seemed very intriguing in terms of the controversial topic and a fantastic star cast. It didn’t include a typical Karan Johar high profile cast but consisted of a critically acclaimed [and underrated] star cast.

Well, when speaking about the film, it highlights the fact or fiction sort of a plot which is based on India’s second Prime Minister after independence, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri‘s death. Herein, the topic is inclusive of some evidences which are followed by a few mouth shutting questions, which I think blurt out everything, indirectly. Intellectual people would understand it faster.

This is one of the many films which has been released in the past four months, on purpose, to obviously showcase something which had been hidden for almost five decades. To show people [especially Indian residents] something factual for them to realize what they were dealing with, for the past sixty years. Yes, I agree that they haven’t presented any evidence in relevance to a few other stated facts, but I think the intention was to just put it out there, to create a buzz.


Now, The Tashkent Files seems to be half documentary – half drama, where there is nothing mind-blowing EXCEPT the topic of argument. Moreover, I quickly glanced through all the reviews and critical analysis of this film, just for the sake of curiosity. I was shocked to see that ALL of the major newspaper and magazine editors and critics giving only negative reviews to the film. I don’t think it deserves that.

Agreed that the film has nothing major to offer [and I don’t speak in support of any political party] but the kind of points which have been pinched, are worth a watch. As usual, for me, the film is only until it’s attention-drawing nature. At least, films like these are much more stirring than the idiocy out there [Total Dhamaal]. Plus, apart from a bit of melodrama by lead actress Shweta Basu Prasad, everybody performed their roles with complete justice and honesty. Especially, Mithun Chakraborty, Mandira Bedi, Naseeruddin Shah, Pallavi Joshi, Vinay Pathak and Pankaj Tripathi.

P.S.:  Vivek Agnihotri (writer & director) shouldn’t have added Shweta‘s awful and displeasing jogging scenes.