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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Dangal – Gigantically world-class.

I don’t know about you all but I was definitely waiting for my next film review. And I just had to watch this one in the theater because of the immense weight of the film.

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The impact of this movie is such that every defensive move of Geeta Phogat (played by Fatima Shaikh) made my calves stretch! It also greatly defines the relationship between a father and a daughter. It is so real and in depth that every aspect of the Haryanvi culture and tradition is quite evidently followed. Thanks to Khan‘s nature of being detailed and particular. There is literally no character who has under performed here.

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Dangal also shows you real wrestling nature and technique unlike the boxing in Priyanka Chopra starrer Mary Kom (2014). I really don’t feel like appreciating the finest actors of Bollywood. I will admit, I had goosebumps. Need I say more about Aamir Khan (as Mahavir Singh Phogat)? Infact, even the juniors, Zaira Wasim (as young Geeta) and Suhani Bhatnagar (as young Babita) are marvelous. Bits of comedy by them and Aparshakti Khurrana (as Geeta and Babita‘s cousin) brings a smile to your face. It also marks Khurrana‘s debut film in the industry. It was a delight to see Sakshi Tanwar (as Daya Kaur, wife of Mahavir) bagging a big role here. Both her and Sanya Malhotra (as Babita) supported Aamir and Fatima well.

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Whilst watching any film, I always have at the back of my mind that I have to write about my thoughts on it later, but this one, just didn’t let me go through that thought. It is that intriguing. Pritam aces the tunes, yet again. Lastly, the story is, well, diminutively predictable. It is a biopic, after all.

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Did you knowAamir, being the ultra perfectionist he is, replied to the director, when approached for Dangal, that he would love to do this film after a few years when he actually would look like the age he is supposed to. Thank the goodness he changed his mind after five months.

4.5/5

Mary Kom – A failed attempt.

Vinayak Chakravorty of India Today stated, “It is the sort of make-belief that would seem amateurish even by a school-level play standard. The very Punjabi Priyanka tries her best to impress as Mary Kom, freckles on her face duly added by the make-up artist. She misses a boxer’s body language in the ring sequences and manages a purely Bollywood heroine’s routine in the scenes outside it.”

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I do read the critical receptions of the Indian newspapers, magazines and news channels, whichever available, before writing my views on a film, not to copy from them, but to see who all agree to my viewpoint. Many of the critics gave Mary Kom 4 or 5 stars out of 5. However, it did NOT reach the full marks category. The above mentioned short analysis of Vinayak Chakravorty almost sums up my recapitulation.

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She didn’t give her fullest and it looked like a typical Indian, emotional film. I would’ve recommended Priyanka Chopra to watch Bhaag Milkha Bhaag before shooting for this film and probably should’ve taken a few tips from the proficient, Farhan Akhtar, who trained intensely for 13 months for that film. He had to have two looks in the film, the bulky and the lean look. Here, Priyanka couldn’t even pull off one. She did train, but it sure wasn’t enough.

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I would also agree to Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times who stated “Mary Kom is made for whistles and some quick money.” Well, it is all about money nowadays. Sure, MC Mary Kom got a lot of recognition which she deserved at the time she actually won all those gold medals. It was as if that the director Omung Kumar is back to his old job doing everything in 1 minute as from a TV show he used to host, a decade ago. Everything is fast paced in this film. Look, it is a BIOPIC of a sports personality, everything must surely be shown in detail.

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Omung has given his input as an art director, production designer, set decorator to the Bollywood film and television industry and this is a good career boost but he should remove the rapidity from his direction a little bit. Or shall I blame the screenplay and story writer, Saiwyn Quadras? Darshan Kumar portrayed the character of her husband very well. Lastly, Priyanka Chopra is a good actor but I don’t think she can outdo her role in Barfi with a better role, at least not with this one.

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P.S: In some of the scenes, every prop needed is placed at a very convenient position for use. Ah, Bollywood! Grow up already?

2.5/5