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10/10
A Historically Accurate Cold War Thriller!
24 February 2016
After a long time, I was able to see and witness a captivating prisoner swap drama sequel from the declassified archives of American CIA.

Steven Spielberg is all praise for his professionally meticulous direction, perfectly taking the audience to the austere world of late 50s, when the Cold War was taking its surreptitious twists and turns. All the set frames including location shooting in Germany and USA were too close to reality. The entire story, script, screenplay and dialogs were so well fed and uttered with skillful craftiness by Hanks and the soviet convict spy played by Rylance, which made viable sense and were bred with the thrill that ensures the viewer to stick to the end.

It is a must see spy thriller for mature audience taking them back in time to all those moments of glory unfold from enigmatic and suggestively nerve raking espionage taking place in the classic world of late 50s. Well done Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance for superb characterization of their respective roles, skillful film editing by Michael Kahn and top of the line direction by the old timer - Steven Spielberg.
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Everest (2015)
10/10
Awesome and Breathtaking!
27 September 2015
I call myself fortunate to have watched this thrilling 3D Himalayan adventure, based on a true story of Everest trekkers in 1996. The Mount Everest surrounded by sky kissing peaks of the mighty Himalayan range is stunningly shot in 3D. That's a real feast for the eyes.

The entire story of this Everest expedition, especially the screenplay and the naturally pictured high altitude drama with all the enthralling ingredients like avalanches, exposure to frost bites, team work, sheer joy of achievement, snow storms and tragedy are meshed up to give that special feel to the audience, making them get thoroughly engaged and absorbed in the epic scale of this lifetime adventure.

Well done, Baltazar for endeavoring to bring out a real gem of suspense stricken, excellent mountaineering drama that captures the wit and soulful performance of its characters by tough spirited artists. A must see movie for all cine goers, as it holds the revealing charm to leave an indelible mark on their minds.
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10/10
The Best Colour Rendition of the Arabian Nights Saga!
28 June 2015
It was really a feast for my eyes to watch this wonderful, amazingly interesting, magically charged Arabian Nights adventure after so many years. I really enjoyed it and felt the beauty of the golden age of Hollywood unleashing before me like some dream come true.

This is a superb Technicolor movie sporting special effects of those seminal times of motion picture technology. The story and the plot is extremely well scripted and filmed. The characters of Jaffar, Princess and the thief played by Sabu, all perfectly get under the skin of their respective roles.

Considering the year 1940, it was a far cry for even big Hollywood productions like Casablanca(1942) and Citizen Kane (1941) to be filmed in Technicolor. The special visual effects are more catchy, attractive and thrill oriented than those filmed today with computer aided technology of the 21st century.

I, therefore pay my glowing tributes to the producers and directors who endeavored to magically enthrall their audience well over half a century ago. The bewitching music score by Miklos Rozsa adds stymieing ambiance to this fine episode of One Thousand and One Nights. A must see for all the sci-fi crazy generation of this computer graphics age.
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Casablanca (1942)
10/10
A Memorable Classic Movie!
27 June 2015
This movie is a big milestone from the seminal times of Hollywood. Excellent story revolving around romance, forlorn love, betrayal, intrigue, escape and murder, nightlife, upheaval and reunion. In this way, the scope and scale of Casablanca is really enviable for other movie makers of the time.

But, above all, exists the towering, dashing, bold, upright and magnanimous figurehead presence of Humphery Bogart as Rick. Rick is the one single ingredient in the film, which is the pivot of all the riveting poignant drama that is superbly played by Bogart. Besides, the script and screen writing is marvelous for those early times of motion picture industry. I am really amazed by the thoughtful direction of Curtiz who majestically and effectively steered the intrigue laden drama from the many puzzling twists and turns into a most morally upright finale. A must see for all serious movie buffs.
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10/10
Ava Gardner and Granger at their very Best !
19 April 2015
The epic "Bhowani Junction" took two years in production (1954-55) including the location shooting in Lahore, Pakistan. It is a great melodrama that circumvents the tumultuous times and events unfolding Sub-continent's partition and the socio-political upheaval associated with it.

The perplexed minds and characters of Anglo Indians filled with angst were the signs of those turbulent times as the British pack up for their home country in the aftermath of India's partition and Independence. Ava Gardner as Victoria Jones has outperformed in all facets of her central character in the movie, as she perfectly translates her persona and body language which is in complete sync with the abnormal circumstances taking new twists and turns of fate with every passing day. Stewart Granger as Col. Rodney Savage is equally superb in his majestically mature performance who takes hold of a crisis like situation on Bhowani Junction (shot on actual location of gigantic Lahore Railway station) with wisdom, sagacity and the grit to out maneuver the machinations of Hindu rebels or trouble makers. That were trying times and the British colonialists had to deal with unusual challenging situations.

The screenplay and direction by George Cukor speaks for itself and I personally feel that this gem of a movie is underrated and unfortunately did not do a roaring business on the box office, but for all the glory that was Hollywood during that golden era of cinema, Bhowani Junction presents a complete feature film coupled with cinema-scope colour production, evocative musical score composed by Miklos Rozsa,thoughtful direction, superb cast and wonderful acting skills of those classic actors of a bygone age. (Ten out of ten). A must see for serious viewers.
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Aakhri Khat (1966)
10/10
Great Acting by the Child Star !
21 December 2013
Although, this is the debut film of Rajesh Khanna who was offered the role by winning the finalist position in the All India Talent Contest held in 1965 by Film Fare and United Producers. But it was essentially the wonderful real/natural acting of the child star - Bantu who steals the show by his extremely innocent and pretty demeanor. Bantu is the real protagonist instead of his father, Govind played by Rajesh Khanna.

The song number "Aye baharo mera jeevan bhi sawaro....." is superbly sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The script by Chetan Anand renders purpose and meaning to the story while music by Khayyam adds suspenseful rhythm to its sentimental flow of events. A really nice art movie of the yore worthy to be awarded the Academy Award in Best Foreign Film category.
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Skyfall (2012)
6/10
Average Action studded Pseudo Bond Film.
10 November 2012
Nothing original. Not written by Ian Fleming. The persona of Mr. Daniel Craig does not fit into the character created originally by Ian Fleming. The story revolved around an insider job, executed by an ex-M16 agent. Own M16 British secret agent revolting against his department Head. Too much action, too much flaws like M (MoneyPenny) ordering to fire, even when the girl on the trigger apprehends James Bond may be hit, who was engaged in a hand to hand scuffle with the bad guy. Strange orders of M, executed ruthlessly that result in shooting their own secret agent. Afterwards, lame excuses put by M (Judi). Too weak a story. I logically suppose such decrepit orders of an incompetent M, should be enough to perturb James Bond to join hands with Silvo.

Too much crazy action, too weak script, unimpressive Bond girls and a young feeble and immature Q. His persona was quite much a mockery of the character Q, that was originally defined by Ian Fleming. Finally, Daniel Craig has a cold, insipid and stolid visage. His physiognomy does not represent or portray the exact tall, suave and femme fa-tale demeanor consummately sported by Sean Connery and Roger Moore.
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9/10
A David Lean War Movie !
17 October 2012
The story is well laden with excitement, thrill and adventure. The characterization of different roles is uniquely perfect. The intrinsic conflicts, valor and stoic fortitude displayed by Col. Nicholson played by Alec Guinness is indeed commendable. Needless to mention is the daredevil nature of the commando action steered by a British Major to blow the bridge, laboriously built by another British Colonel is a striking coincidence. However, tragedy awaited Shears (William Holden) the US Navy Officer who had earlier miraculously escaped from the POW camp run by an intransigent Col. Saitu.

Above all is the magnificent direction of Sir David Lean, who has captured marvelous locations for filming the army offices and bungalows situated at uniquely picturesque spots. It requires a keen eye to identify the meticulous details of the sets, like the revolving pedestal fan and wartime furniture, when Major Warden convinces Shears to join the death defying plot. The screenplay is a feast for the eyes. The dialogues and script goes hand in hand with the majestic flow of thrill in this commando mission movie.

A must see for all war movie buffs.
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Out of Africa (1985)
10/10
Masterpiece Movie of Colonial Africa !
22 September 2012
The entire cast, crew including the director and music composer did a great job to make alive a forgotten chapter from the Kenyan colonial times that was penned down by a Danish colonialist in a superb setting.

The cinematography and screenplay goes so well with the mesmerizing and soothing John Barry sound track. The cool and evocative music played at dusk with the train streaking its way through the vast grasslands is a feast for the eyes. Something that takes the audience/viewer right into the ambiance of the great setting, magnificently directed by Pollack.

Meryl Streep as Blixen has outperformed and imbued all the aura and charisma to her demanding role as a freedom loving adventurous wife of a white settler. This movie based on a true novel is bred with originality of characters, sequences and incidents which at times, seem ethereal in nature and challenging in composure.

A must see film for those who are not carried away by the temporal and crazy side of performing arts.
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9/10
An Absorbing, Beautiful and Poignant Film !
16 February 2012
I had known of this film that it had earned two Academy Awards and bears the true story of colonial India. By chance, yesterday, I got the opportunity and the quite time to witness this gem of a movie. I was really taken back in time to almost a century, to the country and culture that is native to me.

How remarkable and perfect is the direction and screenplay by legendary David Lean that I have no words to express my real appreciation. The excellent portrayal of various characters and realistic enactment of colonial India was a toast to watch and the compelling cinematography by Ernest Day was a feast for the eyes. It is really worthwhile that how simplistically and effectively David Lean had filmed every aspect of the novel while taking into consideration the touchy business of Anglo/Indian antagonism towards the other culture. It was also nice and near to reality to hear various dialogs in native Urdu language when the need arose, i.e. it would had been a bit artificial, if those impromptu sentences were spoken in English, the real charm would had lost.

The picturesque and surreal landscape of Indian topography is excellently shown with a sense of magnificence while depicting the erstwhile Indian customs and way of life. Judy got perfectly under the skin of her immature and honest character sketch of Miss Adela while Banerjee bore the exact repose of a native doctor/educations of a local college. The interplay of various exciting and mystifying events coupled with a subtle portrayal of emotional outpourings has been excellently crafted by Sir. David Lean who exhibited his legendary skill at creating memorable epics for the Motion Picture Industry after a lapse of almost 22 years.

Finally, A Passage to India demonstrates, at the twilight of Lean's career, his intelligent and consummate craftsmanship and his continued relevance to modern cinema that would always remain a hallmark of excellence for the posterity to watch.
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