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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
"Hindi Medium" is electrifying that boast of enough humor and laugh to keep you entertained, 20 May 2017

There comes a movie once in a while which is not only thought- provoking but also sends out a great social message. "Hindi Medium" is definitely one of it.

"Hindi Medium" tells the story of a married couple who does every thing under the sun to get their daughter admitted to the most popular school of Delhi.

Saket Chaudhary, who gave us some memorable films like "Pyaar Ka Side Effects" and "Shaadi Ke Side Effects", goes one step further and create a satire on the education system which is very much prevalent in India. The film focuses on Indian parents' obsession who wants to send their kids to the high-profile schools despite exorbitant fees to learn English that will help them to be accepted in the society and land a job in MNC. A dialogue from Irrfan Khan "If French and German speaks incorrect English, it is still fine but when an Indian does not speak proper English, then that person holds no value in the society. The movie is a laugh-riot and few scenes will definitely bring down the house. The scene at the factory where Irrfan wants to go for a bio-break gets interrupted by his boss is hilarious. Another scene at the Government school where a son of a Tourist guide displays his skills by speaking English, German and even French languages proving that talent has no boundary. Hats off to Saket Chaudhary for bringing something new on the Indian silver screen.

The film does have it share of flaws as well. The second half becomes a little drag towards the end and climax becomes little melodramatic. Also, the editing should have been better trimming the film by another 10-12 mins. Art direction and Cinematography is simple which is the essence of story line with an average background score. The screenplay is good but loses somewhere later in the film. The film belongs to Irrfan Khan who carries it on his shoulder. The epitome of talent, Irrfan surprises you with subtle humor which will tickle your funny bone. Watch for him as he has tries to play "good" husband" with perfection. The character played by Saba Qamar will remind you of Sridevi from 1997's blockbuster "Judaai" who is lured by elite society of Delhi. Deepak Dobriyal is mindblowing. The actor just adds spark to the film every time he appears on-screen. Amrita Singh does about okay.

Overall, "Hindi Medium" is electrifying that boast of lot of humor and laugh to keep you entertained. Good 3/5

Rangoon (2017)
2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Weakest film of Vishal Bhardwaj till now. Completely disappointing, 25 February 2017

There comes a time when as a audience you are eagerly waiting for a film with supremely talented actors, finest director and breath- taking visuals. Will Rangoon live up to its name ? Lets find out ..

Set in the Pre-Independence era during the British rule, "Rangoon" is a love triangle between Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapur. Kangana plays as actress, Jaanbaaz Julie, and looks absolutely gorgeous in her new avatar. While Saif plays the role of a director, Shahid gets his down dirty essaying a soldier in the film.

When you know that film is being directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the curiosity will reach sky high as the marvelous director has given us "Makdee", "Omkara", "Haider", "Maqbool" and "The Blue Umbrella" to name a few. However, my joy turned out sour after watching "Rangoon" today. The movie does not give out the cinematic brilliance as showed by Bhardwaj in his previous films. The movie begins with a guerrilla war scene which has been well executed followed by introduction of each characters. The movie does not keeps you engaged and inclusion of unnecessary songs just adds further woes.The second half does not seem to take off and even the main story unfolding here does not help much. Climax is weakly depicted and has nothing to talk about.

Vishal Bhardwaj seems to have missed the bus this time as "Rangoon" falls flat on the face. Script is a mess with no clue about what is the actual story. Cinematography is amazing along with tuneful songs (though too many). Art direction is good but editing is bad. Performances wise, none of the actors were impressive. Kangana Ranaut went over board while Saif Ali Khan had nothing much to do. It was Shahid Kapur who showed some decent performance.

Overall, probably the most weakest film of Vishal Bhardwaj till now. Poor 1/5

6 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Every Indian should watch The Ghazi Attack. Brilliantly portrayed, 19 February 2017

Thanks to the world of cinema, we get to hear so much of unknown stories which is stunning and yet nerve breaking. The Ghazi Attack is one such dynamic and encouraging story of our Indian soldiers fighting to save the country which was never heard of.

The Ghazi Attack tells the story of Indian men on board the submarine S21 when it is attacked by the Pakistani submarine, PNS Ghazi who intend to take out the city of Vishakapatnam from the map of India.

Directed by debutant, Sankalp Reddy, The Ghazi Attack is one such film which will keep you engaged right from the beginning till the electrifying climax. The powerful true story of our Indian Navi, The Ghazi Attack is the first Indian which talks about the submarine and the makers have done a fabulous job in portraying the stress, blood and sweat displayed by our honorable soldiers. Couple of scenes did caught my attention - Pakistani missiles missing the Indian submarine by few meters have been brilliantly portrayed. The interaction between Rana, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni is one of the highlights of the film. Performances by each and every actor is mesmerizing, especially Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni.

Overall, a spellbinding tale of war which is cherished and witness on silver screen. Excellent 4/5

12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Do not miss Jolly LLB 2 at any cost. It is a fun ride all the way !!, 11 February 2017

Audiences were in for a surprise when they witnessed "Jolly LLB" starring Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Amrita Rao and Saurabh Shukla. The film was a runaway hit and won numerous awards and accolades, including the National Award for Saurabh Shukla in the Best Supporting Actor category. Can "Jolly LLB 2" repeat the success of the first part ? Let us find out ..

A small time lawyer, Jagdish Mishra (played by Akshay Kumar) wants to make it big by enforcing himself in a case where an innocent person is killed in a fake encounter by a corrupted cop.

From the director of "Phas Gaye Re Obama" and "Jolly LLB", Subhash Kapoor takes one step forward with the rib-tickling comedy. "Jolly LLB 2" focuses on our poor judiciary where a single case is bought at the hand of big goons who desperately try to save themselves brushing their mistakes as act of innocence. Hats off to Subhash Kapoor for fearlessly depicting these events with ease. Few acts did catch my attention- the introduction scenes of Akshay Kumar where he mints money by dictating the answers to the students, the court fight scene between Akshay Kumar and Annu Kapoor and the dharna scene at the court between Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor will certainly bring down the house. Of course , the film has its share of flaw as well - the unnecessary insertion of songs and dance (completely not required in this kind of cinema), melodrama included in the climax which spoiled the mood.

"Jolly LLB 2" belongs to three central characters - Akshay Kumar, Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Suhkla will drive you nuts with their admirable performances. Aksay Kumar not only emotes well in comic scenes but is commendable in essaying serious role as well. Annu Kapoor , as usual , is marvelous. Saurabh Shukla as judge is simply fantastic. He is sure to make you laugh with typical Delhi accent and comic timings. Huma Qureshi was okay.

"Jolly LLB 2" is pleasure to watch not just for its satirical humor on Indian Judiciary system, but always for its beautiful message on honesty and bravery. Good 3/5

Kaabil (2017)
3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
What an enigmatic performance by Hrithik !!! Makes a great comeback, 26 January 2017

It is a great sense of achievement for disabled people who are leading a normal life even though they are facing challenge each and every day. Films like Sanjeev Kumar "Koshish", Rani Mukherjee's "Black" or the recent one "Margarita With A Straw" where Kalki Koechin gives an enduring performance, is one step forward to accept them. "Kaabil" is one such attempt to portray that they are not weak but they are better than us in some way ..

"Kaabil" tells story of a lovely couple, Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) and Supriya (Yami Gautam) whose world are torn apart when few miscreants interfere in their life. Rohan plans to seek revenge on those who were behind his family's destruction.

After a long time, Sanjay Gupta, though borrowed from "Broken", has delivered some sensible film which will surprise you with few scenes. The movie begins in a normal flow where a boy meets girl and they live happily coupled with unnecessary songs causing interference. The first half is hardly engaging but it is scene before the intermission where Hrithik challenges the cops which is outstanding. The second half begins with a bang gathering the steam and delivering it to the best. Though the plot becomes weak in between, it is the treatment and execution which keeps you engaged.

Good attempt by Sanjay Gupta but still could have better. Art direction is fine. Cinematography is excellent. Dialogues are brilliant. Editing is weak which could have improved making it a taut revenge thriller. Screenplay is like a roller coaster ride. Music is fine but except "Sara Zamana", none of them will be remembered. Coming to the performances, it is Hrithik Roshan's show all the way. The multi-talented actor does everything from romancing his heroine, dancing brilliantly and even giving solid dialogue baazi. However, it is impeccable acting of playing a blind man that leaves an impression. What a come back. Yami Gautam surprises you as well with her enchanting smile and outstanding portrayal of a struggling blind person who is suffering in pain. Ronit Roy is wasted in underwritten role. Rohit Roy over-acts.

On the whole, "Kaabil" is a good attempt by its makers. Watch it for Hrithik Roshan as he is not stopping back. Decent 2.75/5

- Ketan Gupta

Raees (2017)
11 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
Watch Raees for stellar and electrifying performances by Shah Rukh and Nawazuddin, 25 January 2017

After being in making for past 2 years and being shelved for multiple reasons, "Raees" finally sees the light of the day. The trailer looked promising bringing back the 80's Bollywood era and so were the dialogue promos and the songs. Does "Raees" lives up to the mammoth expectations ? Well, it was almost there with few glitches and few engaging moments ...

Inspired by the true story of liquor don, Abdul Latif, who ruled Gujarat and even few parts of India, "Raees" tells the rags-to-rich tale of Raees Alam (played by Shah Rukh Khan) who faces the heat at the peak of his supremacy by a tough cop (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui).

From the director of National Award winning,"Parzania" and "Lamha", Rahul Dholakia gives his first attempt at the commercial potboiler and is fairly successful. The film kicks off in 1970 showing how a small boy becomes a local bootlegger into full grown small time smuggler, Shah Rukh, who steals the scene with his entry and uses his tactics to setup his own independent liquor business. The film becomes an interesting watch, moment Nawazuddin enters the scene. His witty one-liners are impeccable and you will enjoy each and every moment of it. The first scene between Shah Rukh and Nawaz at the police station is good. The first half does have few tense moments to sail it through. With second half, the movie starts dragging and sometimes feel out of places.

The songs places hindrance to the flow of the film while action scenes looks tacky. The screenplay loses the track and becomes a typical melodrama in the later half of the film with new to offer. This is definitely not the best work from Rahul Dholakia carrying huge expectations. Even barring the tuneful and well-choreographed "Udi Udi", none of the songs will be memorable once you leave the theater. I loved the original version of "Laila" featuring Zeenat Aman from "Qurbani". Editing could have more crispy.

What works is admirable cinematography and fine art direction. The dialogues are simply mind blowing especially "Koi Bhi Dhanda Chotha Nahi Hota". Coming to the performances, Shah Rukh Khan makes a good comeback. The superstar steals the show with his daring avatar speaking much through his eyes and expressing appropriately. Watch for him in the climax scene. Nawazuddin is outstanding. The supremely talented actor gets much chance to show case his talent and he does it with aplomb. Mahira Khan is just about okay. Talents like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub and Atul Kulkarni are wasted due to under-written roles.

Overall, "Raaes" is watchable only once for electrifying performances by Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Decent 2.75/5

- Ketan Gupta

Dangal (2016)
5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
If you are lying low in life, "Dangal" is the right dose of medicine to motivate and inspire you. Go and grab the tickets now, 24 December 2016

Movie Name : Dangal Genre : Sports / Drama / Biography Rating : Outstanding 5/5

There comes a movie in a while which you are awaiting with bathed-breath and after watching it, your joy knows no bounds. "Dangal" is a perfect example that exceeds the expectations and would give you a right dose of entertainment with an inspiring message.

"Dangal" is a biography-drama about the former Indian wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan) who dreams of winning a gold medal for India at the Olympics. He earns enough respect in the field of wrestling but disowns the sport due to money-crunch. However, he trains his daughters, Geeta (played by Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita (played by Sanya Malhotra) who makes his dream come true.

Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, who earlier made "Bhoothnath Returns", "Dangal" focuses more on the relationship between the Haryana wrestler Mahavir Phogat and Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. Unlike the Salman Khan's "Sultan", the wrestling drama is an emotional journey of a father teaching his daughters about the wrestling sports rather than full-fledged action film. The film opens well with Aamir Khan wrestling with his colleague at office. The subsequent scenes where he teaches his daughters the art of wrestling is brilliantly portrayed. The wrestling arena scene where the young Geeta fights with a boy for the first time is eye-popping. Kudos to Nitesh Tiwari for keeping us engaged at this time.

The second half tells how Geeta Phogat joining the NSA (National Sports Academy) but in spite of having a wrestling coach, gets trained under her father to win the gold medal at the Common Wealth Games 2010. The wrestling scenes are probably the best scenes you will witness on the silver screen. The semi-final and the final match for gold is the highlight of the film. Thanks to wonderful screenplay written by Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra and Nitesh Tiwari, "Dangal" will keep you on your toes right from the beginning till the end. Background score is rocking and gels well with the mood of the film. Art direction is effective along with efficient cinematography for capturing the charms of rural India. Editing is crispy. Special mention to Shyam Kaushal and Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi for executing the wrestling scenes effectively. Songs are good but definitely the pick-of-a-lot is the title song "Dangal" which hair- raising.

Coming to the performances, I cannot imagine any one apart from Aamir Khan playing the role of mentor to his daughter, Mahavir Singh Phogat. Aamir has chosen to put on lot of weight to look like an aging pehelwaan and his performance is impeccable. Just like "Sultan" was not just a Salman Khan's film and had other characters well-defined, "Dangal" boast off some brilliant actors as well. Zaira Wasim (Young Geeta) and Suhani Bhatnagar (Young Babita) are simply superb. Same goes for Fatima Sana Shaikh (Elder Geeta) and Sanya Malhotra (Elder Babita) who are spell- binding. Sakshi Talwar does well in her part.

Overall, if you are lying low in life, "Dangal" is the right dose of medicine to motivate and inspire you. Go and grab the tickets now. Outstanding 5/5

Befikre (2016)
2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Don't even think about it, 9 December 2016

Now there is a fine line romantic-comedies and vulgarism. "Befikre" belongs to the later category owing to complex characters and even more complex script where you will wonder what is going on. "Befikre" is more like a tour guide to the beautiful city of Paris.

"Befikre" tells the story of a stand-up comedian Dharam (played by #RanveerSingh) who hails from Delhi and a local tourist guide in Paris, Shyra, (played by #VaaniKapoor). Two goes into a sparkling relationship which is free-spirited followed by a break-up. How Dharam and Shyra get back to each other is the rest of the story..

Coming from the house of Yash Chopra films who gave us some fantastic romantic-comedies like "Hum-Tum", "Dum Laga Ke Haisha", "Band Baaja Baaraat" and "Salaam Namaste", "Befikre" will come as a shock to few folks who have been an ardent fan. More disappointing is the fact it is Aditya Chopra who has directed illogical and elusive film which is not only difficult to tolerate but digest as well. The movie begins with a break-up (probably a concept incepted by Imtiaz Ali's impeccable directed "Love Aaj Kal"), bump into each other on every scene and every corner of the city and celebrate their break-up in a grand way. The film also borrows heavily from a French film "Love Me If You Dare" and couple of scenes from the hit TV show "Friends". All wells that ends well with a overdose of melodrama smeared in the end to make it look like a typical Bollywood drama.

On the brighter side, "Befikre" boast off some tuneful music given by the talented duo Vishal-Shekhar, enchanting cinematography and nice art direction. On the flip side, the direction by Aditya Chopra who is still famous for his renowned work in "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", is way below the mark. Screenplay is confusing as are the makers of the film. Editing is terrible as you will feel tired-out after watching the two hours twelve minutes film. Coming to the performances, Though Ranveer Singh is fine in few scenes, this will be his weakest performances coming right after brilliant portrayal in "Bajira Mastani". Vaani Kapoor goes over-the-top in terms of acting. She should focus on her expression which is same as what she did in "Shudd Desi Romance".

On the whole, "Befikre" is a bad romantic drama which will spoil your mood with weak direction, spineless acting and terrible story line. Poor 1/5

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Go and enjoy "Dear Zindagi" as it gives a strong message to enjoy the life even in imperfect situations, 26 November 2016

Films are the perfect reflection of life. We learn so many things from the film for the betterment of life apart from just getting entertained. If you are able to relate your life to a film, the purpose of the film is achieved. "Dear Zindagi" gives a new perspective to enjoy your life and that is where the beauty of the film lies.

"Dear Zindagi" tells the story of young and aspired cinematographer, Kaira (played by Alia Bhatt) who has not been able to stay committed to any relationship. She loses the focus and becomes desperate to find happiness in life. Enters Jehangir Khan (played by Shah Rukh Khan) who is not only her Therapist but also becomes her life coach.

Direct by Gauri Shinde, who struck the chord with her first film "English Vinglish", "Dear Zindagi" is heart-warming and refreshing take on life. There are moments from the film that will be cherished and enjoyed for simple and brilliant execution along with powerful performances. The first half of the film defines the character of Kaira, throwing insight into her life and the trouble she is going through. Just before the interval, Shah Rukh Khan enters the scene and bring fantastic energy to the film. The second half becomes more enjoyable as the conversation between Alia and Shah Rukh becomes interesting. Background score adds further charm to the beautiful film along with tuneful songs from Amit Trivedi.

On the flip side, the execution of the film becomes relatively slow and that is where editing turns weak. Also, I was expecting climax to have some strong dialogues on life to end the film, may be something similar to climax scene of "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara". Nevertheless, the eye-catching locales of Goa, admiring art- direction and electrifying performances will compensate for that. Talking about the performances, it is Alia Bhatt's show all the way. The gorgeous actress has probably given one of the best performance of her life as Kaira which is something similar to her character Veera from "Highway". Watch for her when she breaks in tears telling about her childhood story. She definitely deserves an award for outstanding contribution to the film. Shah Rukh Khan amazes you being the second lead to the film. His performance is strong enough to keep you glued to the screen. Rest of the star cast did justice to their performance.

So, overall, go and enjoy "Dear Zindagi" as it gives a strong message to enjoy the life even in imperfect situations. Excellent 4/5

- Ketan Gupta

Force 2 (2016)
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
"Force 2" is a treat for action film lovers. Despite few shortcomings, the stunts and nice action scenes will keep you engrossed, 18 November 2016

Action films based on Indian RAW agents have been fairly successful in Bollywood. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer "Ek Tha Tiger" was a blockbuster while Saif Ali Khan's "Phantom" was turned down by the audience even though both the films were made by Kabir Khan. The sequel to 2011's hit, "Force", "Force 2" is yet another attempt to salute the RAW agent, the unsung heroes of our country. Will it do justice to that ? Let us find out ...

Yashwardhan (played by John Abraham) partners with RAW agent KK (played by Sonakshi Sinha) to track down the mastermind criminal, Shiv (played by Tahir Raj Bhasin), who is on the verge of swiping out every RAW agent India has produced. The cat-and-mouse game begins which leads to the mystery behind the killing of the Indian RAW agent.

Directed by Abhinay Deo, who previous laugh-a-thon "Delhi Belly" and suspense thriller "Game", "Force 2" is a complete out-an-out action film which is a treat for action film lovers. The movie does start with a bang with the introduction of each primary characters and takes it forward. Initial few reels does have nail-biting moments like car lifting scene, the chase scene between John Abraham and Tahir Raj Bhasin in Budapest and the twist before the interval. However, the second half loses the steam and few of the action scenes looks repetitive. The good part is that screenplay will keep you engaged though it has share of flaws.

Few scenes will arise while watching "Force 2" - Why on earth a criminal be escorted to India from a foreign land only by 2 officers ? How come so many people start popping out every time Shiv is being taken away by India police? Despite, these shortcoming, I felt the thrills and punches are good enough to keep you at bay. Cinematography is good. I like the first-person camera fight in the climax. Art direction is just about okay. Dialogues are fine. Editing is bad and so is the music.

Performance wise, it is Tahir Raj Bhasin who walks away being a hero of the film. The actor is definitely talented but should do more variety of roles rather than doing the same stuff similar to "Mardani". John Abraham does a fine job as rugged and tough officer. Sonakshi Sinha could not do justice to her part this.

Overall, "Force 2" is a treat for action film lovers. Despite few shortcomings, the stunts and nice action scenes will keep you engrossed. Good 3/5

- Ketan Gupta

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