Posted in Based On True Events, Biographical, Biopic, Bollywood, Crime, Drama, Political

PM Narendra Modi – Watch it as an INDIAN.

Hope the people who petitioned to postpone the release of this film are happy now. Now that he is actually elected to serve for another five years. They thought a film would contribute in getting him more votes.

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Throwing light to the film, the best part about it, without any second thought, is Vivek Oberoi. I, along with many others, was really incredulous about him playing the biggest and the most important role of his career. The trailer, too, seemed cheesy and even the look and getup of Oberoi wasn’t convincing. Plus, the release got cancelled, I had assumed earlier. But it was just postponed.

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I will remind you again, that I am not speaking or praising this film because of my personal political views. I hate to admit that as a film, it felt incomplete. A lot of melodrama and emotion was added, going in favor of the Indian Prime Minister. On my brother’s good observation, PM Narendra Modi just pointed out the goods of the person of interest. His life’s story is averagely conceptualized by Sandeep Ssingh who wrote the screenplay. However, the direction could have been better. Omung Kumar‘s (director) best creation till date has been Sarbjit of 2016.

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Music department is bold enough to try Gujrati rap as background score. Withal, the tracks made for this are mediocre.

Alike all other political films made this year, this one too, is made just for awareness. For the audience who still aren’t aware of the man’s history. A lot of false stories have been given clarity to, through this film. Initially, Paresh Rawal was to depict the character of the Prime Minister Of India, which the whole world, including myself, felt would have been apt. Mainly because, his face structure better matched than of Vivek‘s. A.K.A lesser facial make-up and silicon. His accent would have been very much similar. Oh and he is good friends with the PM.

I am assuming, because he had to play his character from his younger days until today, they needed someone younger. And maybe because daddy made a few calls. That being said, let’s get to the verdict. The motion picture would have done wonders, if the direction was given more attention to. If the story would have been more pragmatic. Plus, alongside Vivek Oberoi giving full justice to his character, surprisingly, he is backed up by a few great old hats, Manoj Joshi, Boman Irani, Zareena Wahab, Yatin Kareykar and Prashant Narayanan. A bit of comedy is garnished on top because of the distinctive characters in the Indian National Congress.

3/5

Posted in Bollywood, Crime, Drama, Fiction, Political, Sports, Television

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.

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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.

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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.

3/5

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The Accidental Prime Minister – Simply spread the awareness.

With mixed to negative reviews, this film sure didn’t do well, critically. We shall wait to see it’s proceeds. I feel, it is the second film after Uri: The Surgical Strike to have just released with an intention to indoctrinate a simple point of view for political gains.

Here’s what I also think of it – It is to educate the public, who are unaware of the actual happenings inside the prime minister’s office during the tenure of Dr. Manmohan Singh. It is to make people learn, what made Sanjaya Baru write the novel, on which this film is based on, which stated nothing but the truths during his occupation as the media advisor and chief spokesperson to the prime minister.

Straightforwardly, I will give three points to this film for four valid reasons,

  • Anupam Kher (as Dr. Manmohan Singh) – We all know how acting is his true passion and how it runs through his veins. His past work has been more than commendable and he truly is one of the finest most experienced actors in the Indian film industry. In the film, the way Kher mimicked him, was seeming pretty cute and funny. But, before writing my views on this film, I glanced at some of Dr. Singh‘s actual videos of him giving speeches, his style of walking and his hand gestures. Kher actually managed to do it 99% right and that is a massive percentage.
  • Akshaye Khanna (as Sanjaya Baru) – His confidence, persona and wardrobe in the flick are extraordinary. He makes himself look vital and seem like he’s come with a titanium sword, licensed to kill. I have loved his performances, since the beginning. Positive or negative, he makes sure of displaying his integrity to the character or role he is playing. He is the star of the show.
  • Comedy – It had quite a few funny moments, especially where Rahul Gandhi‘s character, which was played almost adroitly by Arjun Mathur, is in front of the camera. The Accidental Prime Minister is inclusive of funny, witty and high-browed dialogue, which makes it applaud-worthy.
  • Direction & CinematographyVijay Ratnakar Gutte does a fine job here. Sachin Krishn aids him well with the camerawork.

On the contrary, a couple reasons to avoid this film completely,

  • Censorship – My mouth is dried after complaining repeatedly about this. Cutting scenes out of a film is outdated now. Herein, it literally had all limits crossed. They literally muted the words of a few dialogue which supposedly would create a “controversy”. But we could read them in the subtitles. Disappointing, really.
  • Strictly Political – You need to have a basic knowledge of Indian politics in order to relate to this film’s dialogue, plot and characters. Otherwise, it is a waste of time for you to even consider it.

There is no music, not that it’s anywhere necessary. Yet the background score is as appropriate as the supporting cast. Vipin Sharma, Aahana Kumra, Suzzane Bernert and Shiv Kumar Subramaniam and the others gave their best.

Bharatiya Janata Party fans would love this one. Indian National Congress and fans wouldn’t. People who don’t care about Indian politics at all, shouldn’t buy the tickets.

3/5