Based On True Events, Biographical, Bollywood, Drama

Gully Boy: Apna Time Aayega – Audacious. Realistic. Powerful. Fantastic.

Before watching Gully Boy, I made sure of watching Eminem starrer 8 Mile because of the buzz going on in the social media where the prior was portrayed as a “copy”. Especially after the trailer of Gully Boy was dubbed and recreated, with 8 Mile‘s scenes playing in a video, which went viral.

Let’s make things clear. Every talented, successful artist has a past. Here, the serious struggles of the people originating from the slums and villages of India are displayed. How the greatest of talents are being supressed like abolished parts of a car, ONLY because their parents’ and society’s awareness of modernization is zero. A few similarities in the script are bound to happen because of the content the motion picture is trying to exibit.

It is a win. GB is a win for the director, actors, music composers, producers and the whole crew alongside the character of Murad / Gully Boy (played by Ranveer Singh). Zoya Akhtar with her direction will leave you speechless. Jay Oza‘s cinematography will leave you in an awe. One of the best features of the film is the unique background score by Karsh Kale & The Salvage Studio Collective. Flawless.

Alia Bhatt (as Safina) plays this determined, bold and a daring muslim girl who is also the love interest of Ranveer, with complete honesty. On the contrary, Kalki Koechlin (as Sky) has played this jazzy, cool, new-aged NRI student/artist, rather gorgeously.

As a matter of fact, every character has it’s equal importance in the flick. Preeminently, Siddhant Chaturvedi (as MC Sher) who plays the strong and confident friend cum mentor of Murad, excellently. You’ll love him. Plus, an actor who we witness after a long time for a lengthier role, Vijay Raaz (as Aftab Sheikh), plays the strict, conservative and an oblivious father of Murad. And we all know how his voice and acting over the years, has left an impact on us through his various roles. Others inclusive in this noteworthy list are Vijay Varma (as Moeen), Amruta Subhash (as Razia Sheikh / mother of Murad), Vijay Maurya (as Ateeq / Murad‘s uncle) and Sheeba Chaddha (as Safina‘s mother).

Gully Boy is a must watch for all the valueable reasons. Screenplay by Reema Kagti & Zoya Akhtar is enchanting. The music is the whole and soul of it, obviously. The lyrics and dialogue are the backbone. Moreover the amount of exposure Indian RAP (rythym and poetry) music is going to receive now, will be maniacal.

4.5/5

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Action, Bollywood, Drama, Romantic

Simmba – Only a family entertainer.

Why should you watch this film?

  • Funny – It’s dialogue mainly, will genuinely make you laugh. I will accredit it to Ranveer and Siddhartha Jhadav.
  • Ranveer Singh – Yes, he surely entered and stayed with his swagger switch on. As usual. Yes, he most definitely is a big reason to go watch Simmba. I know his fans would. Surprisingly, he never fails to impress. His power-packed, energetic personality always aids any character played by him and he is undoubtedly, the highlight of the film.
  • Family Entertainment – If you long to take your family and it’s been a while since a good family film came out in theaters, this is the one you should go for.
  • Surprise Element – You know, I was sitting in a theater filled with an entertaining audience. Thank the goodness, they weren’t commenting [like in cheap theaters in India] and only were cheering/applauding. They were doing it on the most deal-breaking scenes [I got encouraged too] which was sort of fun to watch and do BUT also on a scene which you have to wait for, till the end. No, it’s not Ajay Devgn‘s entry.
  • Sonu Sood & Supporting Cast – I am really glad for him. He is all new and improved and in his fittest form. Apart from him, Sara Ali Khan has a cute role, playing the love interest of Singh and you will realize why she asked for this film after all, when she should be working on getting more of impactful films. Credits to the immaculate Ashutosh Rana, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vijay Patkar and all the other veteran and new Marathi and Hindi actors who performed their bits really well. The list is long, trust me.
  • Masala – From now on, I shall give these kind of films a new genre, Masala. They have a bit of everything. Action, romance and drama. If you are that kind of a person who loves to watch films of which you know the ending to, this one’s for you. No complications attached.

You could miss it because,

  • It Is OverdramaticShetty‘s films have all the cars spinning, crashing and flying in the air, the overload of outstretched slow-motion action sequences and the exaggerated drama which bore people like me because my expectancy from a film has risen to another level.
  • Of The Music – Well, apart from the remake Aankh Marey, this time, Tanishk Bagchi couldn’t strengthen this department.
  • It Is Prolongated – There were scenes in the film that I wished weren’t so elastic.
  • It Has A Colorless Plot – It’s a no-brainer. You have cried on them before, you have got goosebumps on them, you have clapped on the wall-breaking entrances of the lead cast, you have gotten internally charged and frustrated on the hero’s bad situation before and then been happy when he wins in the end.
  • Of The Dumb/Lame Moments – There are more than a few. It is mandatory in a Rohit Shetty Picturez production. You’ll know.

We all know how director Rohit Shetty has been making films of this genre for a long time now and how he targets the mass audience, making them commercial hits at the box office. It is this, it will make you laugh, arise your goosebumps, make you all teary eyed, even. And then it will emotionally mould you with a good message in the end.

But the question still remains, do these kind of films score well critically? My answer is NO.

3/5

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Dil Dhadakne Do – Frolicsomeness.

Being as light as a feather, this film portrays a typical family drama with some very innocent and comical moments.

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Dil Dhadakne Do is exactly about what the name sounds like. It is about those major issues which rich and middle class families have, but are very internal. The portrayal of the decency and elegance are just like clothes which are worn to hide the scars. The Mehra couple are celebrating 30 years of their “successful” marriage. They book a cruise, for which, friends and relatives are invited, even a few of the unwanted ones! It is a journey of love, misunderstandings, break-ups, make-ups and a few funny one-liners.

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The critics from all over India gave it a very mediocre rating. However, I managed to find just one good review. This one good review baffled me a little and made me curious enough to go for the film. Moreover, I did want to watch the film, personally, because it seemed very colorful. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, the very experienced and talented trio, had very less to offer us this time. I am glad that just one tune played in the whole of the film [which was the one best song, Gallan Goodiyaan] because usually the music just overflows in Bollywood films and consumes a lot of time. 

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Every character has their own significance which has been shown evidently and played by the actor(s) sublimely. By the way, Ranveer Singh (as Kabir Mehra) stole the show! Even though, Priyanka Chopra (as Ayesha Mehra) has settled well in the industry, somehow, I still don’t like her. Long time no see, Shefali Shah (as Neelam Mehra)! I loved her too. Anil Kapoor FINALLY plays his age, not that he needed to. But he is still twenty one at heart, you know. Zoya Akhtar (the director) gives us all an admirably conceptualized movie. All in all, you are in for a treat.

4/5

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Gunday – Valentine’s Day heart-break.

My valentine’s day seemed to be going superbly and then a few goons [Gunday] appeared in front of me [on the big screen] towards the late evening, to spoil it. This film should have released on friendship day instead of Valentine’s portraying their sodality.

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As far as the trailer was concerned, the film looked superb but post watching it, I felt that I was cheated. The reason being, yet again, I was able to predict what EXACTLY is going to happen next. Yet again, Ali Abbas Zafar, the director, fails to show us something unusual. Of course, this had to happen as he has been associated with flop films like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Tashan, New York and a few more unknown films.

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The cast being so strong, I didn’t understand how this flick turned out to be such a bad one. I surmise, the cast do so much for promoting the film, that more than half of their audience is derived from it. They become so captivative on reality television shows and daily soaps that viewers/moviegoers are forced to believe that the plot is really strong and that they should go watch it. Moreover, the slow motion fight sequences are so overrated nowadays after the Salman Khan films and I’m so tired of watching them. I am sure all of you also go through the mill too when they punch in.

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Already, I was bored with the humdrum story and this fight scene rolls in with both of the actors’ bodies oiled and the slow-motion tussles happening. What is this, a sophisticated game of Kabaddi? Maybe, their target audience is all those illiterate people in India who cheer & whistle at the fight scenes or even when the actress is showing too much skin, in the theater.

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All I can say is that these all these actors are too good for the films or stories they work in. May it be the multi-talented Ranveer Singh or the just-above-mediocre Arjun Kapoor or the natural and the most experienced of all, Irrfan Khan. I wouldn’t talk about Priyanka Chopra because her choice of films hasn’t been so great. I don’t know how she pulled off the role of Jhilmil so well in the brilliant-but-not-so-regarded film Barfi.

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To end this with, what little I liked about this film were a few dialogues, a few songs and the performances of the actors which I praised above BUT again, it wasn’t worth the ticket money I spent.

2/5

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Bollywood, Crime, Drama, Romantic

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela – Gorgeousness.

Bhansali films have created magic all over India [and probably overseas too] almost every time they’ve hit the theaters. His films are inclusive of a lot of creativity and something which makes a person say “beautiful”. It is a super-duper plot and unique too.

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Based on Shakespeare’s love story, Romeo and Juliet, this film is about a war between two local generations of a city in Gujarat, the Rajanis and the Saneras which have been existent since 500 years. The two love birds, Ram (played by Ranvir Singh) and Leela (played by Deepika Padukone) share an extraordinary love chemistry. I got to know that it is a very sex-oriented film. I would disagree and say it was a very romantic film mixed with a lot of violence and bullets. The world in the Gujarat state before Ram-Leela met, was full of shootings, ego, pride and honor and a decision-to-be-pending that who’s the better amongst both. There were territories in the city and there were leaders with a lot of power and connections. Selling ammunition was like a routine business and killing and playing with guns, a hobby.

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Nevertheless, Ranvir and Deepika have performed remarkably well in this flick and have established themselves as great actors now. They were exceptional actors from before but hereafter, they have excelled. Both of them looked very nice and traditional too. It looked like they have worked really hard, especially if acting and dancing is taken into consideration. Supriya Pathak is an old hat and has been showing brilliance since a long time on television and small roles on the big screen, but seeing her with such an important role in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, all I can say is that the role well suited her and she executed it in more than a decent manner. I would also applaud for the supporting cast, mainly Sharad Kelkar, Abhimanyu Singh, Gulshan Devaiah, Richa Chaddha and Barkha Sengupta.

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Last but not the least, the music department is personally handled by the director/producer SLB. Surprisingly, it turned out to be really nice except a few unwanted songs. The frequency of every song in the movie was really hitting the skies. Giving longer gaps would have been a more viable option. Before Deepika, Kareena Kapoor was initially signed for this film and then later Priyanka Chopra was considered. I don’t understand when Deepika is so well-matched to the role, why were these two even approached at the first place? Overall, I can say it wasn’t perfection. But it was on its way for sure.

3.5/5

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