Posted in Based On True Events, Biographical, Biopic, Bollywood, Crime, Drama, Inspirational, Reality Check, Social Media

Chhapaak – Splashing the reality.

It was a different era about 2 decades ago and earlier. Actors who have gotten into limelight, have earned their name and fame used to be very conscious about themselves. Who are are their co-stars, what kind of look they will be having in the films, how much screen time will they have etc. They used to worry about going bald for a role worrying and fearing that what if their fans and the moviegoers don’t like their new avatar.

A lot of things changed in the 90’s. Shah Rukh Khan accepted a villainous role to start his career with, only because Aamir Khan wasn’t accepting it and Shah Rukh was new and didn’t mind experimenting. Look where it has brought him. The point here is, times have changed, now even the big actors are accepting roles which compromise their physical appearance. I think a good amount of credit also goes to the young actors today who have changed everybody’s mindset and aren’t giving any attention to what their fans and the audience are going to think about them in a particular personification.

Meghna Gulzar writes (along with Atika Chohan) and directs a gorgeous film on a beautiful cause, putting the word out. The direction is so sophisticated that there was no time stamps needed to tell how many years have passed by or which year is this scene from. Because it is a case of a duration of a decade they’re showcasing. It was smartly conveyed through dialogue. A commendation for this should also be given to the cinematographer, Malay Prakash.

There is some fantastic music in the film given by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Arijit Singh giving complete justice to the 3 out of 4 tracks he got to sing and making the songs feel like how the composers and directors wanted him to make it feel. Chilling! However, using those as the background score lead to over-dramatizing the scenes. It was a downer because overdoing something in order to achieve a few more teary eyes was amateur. To witness what the women went through, was already depressing enough.

I do sympathize with the women who have had to suffer such a disaster. My blood will boil whenever those illiterate, delirious scoundrels will be in talks, again, of doing such horrifying stunts. Only in order to never let women grow who are unequal in status OR are smarter than them to leave them behind in terms of achieving their career goals or higher studies OR don’t accept their invitation to have an affair or marry them. I also hope this film helps in spreading awareness and makes it reach the ultimatum of the subject of the film.

Deepika Padukone (as Malti) has always outdone herself while her progression toward every new film. It has happened again with Chhapaak. I am overjoyed for Vikrant Massey (as Amol)! He finally gets his big film. I loved him since I first noticed him in a tiny role in Made In Heaven. Although, he has left his mark in other web series’ like Broken But Beautiful, Mirzapur and Criminal Justice. He even has an award on his name for his performance in A Death In The Gunj.

Lastly, according to me, if she wouldn’t have pulled off this idiocy of going somewhere she mustn’t have, supporting people she mustn’t have, it would have benefited her a lot more with the proceeds and the reach of her flick. Was this her real intention, jeopardizing the release of her film? At the end, who got the advantage? Ajay Devgn.

3.5/5

Posted in Adventure, Based On True Events, Biographical, Bollywood, Historic, Inspirational, Non-Fiction, Period Film, War Film

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior – Ajay Devgn finally breaks a leg!

It becomes a little difficult to decide whether to watch a particular film or not when so many films release with similar period-action-drama genre and that too with not so much of a gap in between them.

My two main reasons to go for this one were, 1) when I discovered that Saif Ali Khan is in the film and was ecstatic upon realization that he is playing the villain, Udaybhan Singh Rathore. I was confident in him after his astonishing and wild role in his previous film, Laal Kaptaan; 2) It surpassed the first day business of Chhapaak by almost 4 times, which completely shook me.

First things first, the reason Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior deserves all the praise and what made it a worthy watch are the supporting actors, Luke Kenny (as Aurangzeb), Padmavati Rao (as Rajmata Jijabai), Shashank Shende (as Shelar Mama), Devdatta Nage (as Suryaji Malusare), Ajinkya Deo (as Pisal), Neha Sharma (as Kamla Devi), Nissar Khan (as Beshaq Khan), Hardik Sangani (as Gondya), Arush Nand (as Raiba), Dhairyasheel Golap (as Shirubhau), Nilesh Lalwani (as Tatya) and Vipul Gupta (as Jagat Singh). This doesn’t happen very often in films, when the lead actors are outdone by the supporting cast. However, beyond a shadow of doubt, Saif Ali Khan comes out victorious, as an antagonist, here in terms of each and every aspect of a performance.

A few things about the motion picture troubled me slightly, which weren’t given much attention to. Ajay Devgn (Tanaji Malusare), Kajol (Savitribai Malusare) and Sharad Kelkar (as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) who were the leads of such a big film (Ajay‘s 100th film, most importantly) couldn’t perfect one Marathi accent? Prakash Kapadia, the dialogue and co-writer of the script, just added a few words in Marathi language for them to show that their well-versed the language? Plus, Devgn‘s performance slowly elevates as and when the flick progresses instead of giving you a power-packed start-to-end thunderstorm. Wasn’t he the hero? Kajol and Sharad are outstanding throughout.

Not much of attention was given to Tanaji‘s brother, Suryaji Malusare and uncle Shelar Mama, whereas, in the actual story they had a pivotal roles in the Battle Of Sinhagad. Well, even scenes were altered as per director (Om Raut), writers (Om Raut & Prakash Kapadia) and cinematographer’s (Keiko Nakahara) convenience.

Lastly, let’s get to the music department. AjayAtul and Sachet-Parampara were responsible for the tracks, which were not too bad. The odd thing was that the theme of one of the songs was being used as the background score which really proves their lack in creativity. Besides, the overall background score was lousy. In addition to this, I’d like to give full points to visual effects. A little bit of accuracy in the screenplay would have taken this film onto the next level.

3/5

Posted in Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Fiction, Inspirational, Romantic

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 Based On True Events, Biographical, Biopic, Bollywood, Drama, Inspirational

The Sky Is Pink – You only live once.

At first, it was really difficult for me to say a yes for this film, even when it’s critical win was all over the news. The thing is, I don’t prefer films of a horror genre or if they are too emotional. The trailer definitely proved the latter.

I was completely astonished to see really low proceeds for this film. It is a big shame when such films are losing in front of those vacuous and branded blockbusters. It made me realize that how much we need films like The Sky Is Pink. It also gave me some kind of contentment thinking that maybe I needed to watch this one, making up for the hogwash I have witnessed, earlier this month.

Director Shonali Bose has repeatedly proven herself, making such magical motion pictures. She appears once in a while, but when she does, gives us a cinematic treasure. However, in this one she was aided by Juhi Chaturvedi and Nilesh Maniyar as co-writers. Depicting a true life tale might not be easy because many have failed and many have succeeded in doing so. The failures should definitely learn from her.

Coated carefully with lightheartedness, this film will leave you with a heavy heart. It silently gives you a message to stay strong and never give up. Furthermore, I had lost hope for Priyanka Chopra (as Aditi Chaudhary) after witnessing all of her films post Barfi. It was just Dil Dhadakne Do for both Farhan Akhtar (as Niren Chaudhary) and Chopra where they had last given their best performances and the film too had excelled. We had witnessed their chemistry there and they successfully continue it in this film. As actors, I am happy to tell you that they’re back!

It is depressing to know that this flick marks the end of the career for Zaira Wasim (as Aisha Chaudhary) because of her conservative background. At least she ends it with a bang! TSIP will be remembered for her performance in it. It is not Rohit Suresh Saraf‘s (as Ishaan Chaudhary) first film and he has performed outstandingly.

Let’s end the article with my favorite topic, MUSIC. It is literally one of the main ingredients of the film. We have all known Pritam for giving us extremely harmonious music on very many occasions. He has done it again! Plus, Arijit Singh doesn’t seem to stop giving super-hit songs with this unprecedented voice.

I would encourage all of you to boost the business of these kind of films and let your money be worthily utilized.

4.5/5

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

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