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Airlift (2016)
100 out of 121 people found the following review useful:
Airlift is nail-biting, reality-based action thriller that is going to give you goose bumps. Brilliant !!, 22 January 2016
9/10

Over the years Akshay Kumar's choice of selecting the films has certainly improved with significant examples being Holiday, Baby, Special Chabbis, Gabbar Is Back to name few. Move over commercial masala potboilers with item songs, hero smashing 10 guys with a single blow and typical song-dance routine – Raja Menon's Airlift will give you goosebumps with fast-paced gritting thrills and excitement.

Based on a true story, Airlift speaks about the Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar) who helps the Indian Government collaborate with Air India to help evacuate 1,70,000 Indians from Kuwait after Iraq raided the country.

From the director of critical acclaimed films like Bas Yun Hi and Barah Aana, Raja Menon does a fantastic research about the feat that was even recorded in the Guinness Book of World Record and surprisingly people are unaware about it. Airlift will consume you right from the beginning especially when Akshay's family faces the issue of Iraqi raiding Kuwait. From here onward, there is no turning back as the movie gives you nice twist-n-turns with well- choreographed action scenes. Icing on the cake is the climax scenes which has been well executed. On the flip side, length of the movie could have been reduced little further. But brilliant screenplay, Art direction and cinematography is spellbinding. Background score gels well with the mood of the film. Dialogues are fine. The music of the film is doing well on the chartbuster. The soulful number such as 'Soch Na Sake' is already a superhit among the viewers. Besides, other tracks are catching up fast as well.

It is Akshay Kumar's show all the way. A thumbs up to him for doing something different from his usual masala potboilers. After giving back-to-back hits in 2015 with Baby, Gabbar Is Back and Singh Is Bliing, Akshay Kumar is definitely on a roll. With Holiday, Baby and now Airlift, Akshay Kumar has managed to create a image of "Mera Bharat Mahaan" actor and fans will love him in new avatar. The fresh pairing of Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur works well. Nimrat Kaur's realistic subtlety would harness Akshay Kumar's machismo and give us that perfect thriller

Overall , Airlift is nail-biting, reality-based action thriller that is going to give you goose bumps. Brilliant 4.5/5

3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Chalk N Duster has right heart in place but lousy direction and lose screenplay will disappoint you, 17 January 2016
6/10

The early 90's of Bollywood was ruled by gorgeous and talented Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla,Karisma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon who set the screen on fire with their charisma and versatility in acting. If 90's has shades of commercial actors, the art-house cinema was creating strong impact with Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das and Konkono Sen Sharma ruling the roaster. Chalk N Duster brings the actors together from both world and gives you a well-intentioned well film but is mowed down by weak script.

Chalk N Duster tells the story of school teachers in a modern Kantaben High School. The school is governed by a Hitler-like principal (played by Divya Dutta) whose ultimate motto is to make money and bring in new teachers. In order to achieve this, she starts torturing the existing teachers. Things gets out of hand, when one of the Maths teacher (played by Shabana Azmi) is terminated and succumbs to the false allegations. Her fellow teacher and friend (played by Juhi Chawla) fights back with the school authority and hatches a plan to bring justice.

Directed by Jayant Gilatar, Chalk N Duster takes some times to build on you. As the title suggest, you watch the film thinking about the story on education, studies and students. Unfortunately, the film bores you with petty politics played in the premises of the school. The constant nagging between principal and teacher, the fight for equality and justice is non-stop and the melodrama will sag you down. Surprisingly, the film boast of some talents like Girish Karnad, Richa Chadha and Rishi Kapoor who comes to the rescue to the melodrama. None of the songs are good. Editing is below the par. Cinematography is average. Art direction is poor. However, what works is the timely and enduring performances by ‪Juhi Chawla‬ and ‪‎Shabana Azmi‬. Both the actors play their part perfectly.

On the whole, Chalk N Duster has right heart in place but lousy direction and lose screenplay will disappoint you.

- Ketan Gupta

Wazir (2016/I)
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Wazir is watchable only for two talents Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar who saves the film from falling into a rabbit-hole, 8 January 2016
6/10

When you have powerhouse of talents like Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in one film, the expectation obviously soars sky high. The trailer of Wazir was taut and crispy. Unfortunately, the film could not leverage the tension and excitement built by its teaser.

Wazir tells the story of two men, Pandit Omkarnath Dhar (played by Amitabh Bachchan) and Daanish Ali (played by Farhan Akhtar), who have dark past but meet by fate. What follows next is interesting game of chess which unravels a mystery linked to terrorism.

From the director of well-appreciated Shaitaan and terrible David, Bejoy Nambiar does start the year 2016 with interesting film on a game of chess. The opening romantic song coupled with first few scenes where Farhan fight for his kids and rendezvous with Amitabh Bachchan will keep you glued. However, the film loses the track and plot becomes haywire and with frequent insertion of songs, you will wonder what is going on. With introduction of Neil Nitin Mukesh, who is the main character of the film Wazir, film gains pace and the cat-mouse game begins with him and Farhan. Screenplay is like a roller-coaster ride, it begins on a good note, loses the track and then gives a much deserved climax. However, you could have wished the characters of John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh is well- sketched.

Editing by Vidhu Vinod Chopra ( also the producer and writer) is crispy and tight. Cinematography is good with wonderful background score. Action scenes are passable. Dialogues are worth-clapping especially by Amitabh Bachchan when he says "Agar yeh Shatranj ka Khel Hota toh yahan Ghode aur Haathi daudthe, Kutte nahi". Music by Shantonu Moitra is tuneful. "Tere Bin" is pick from the lot. Wazir stands on the shoulder of two strong performers who compliment each other in every possible way. Farhan Akhtar delivers an impeccable performance as a man trying to seek redemption. The one-liners from Amitabh Bachchan is alluring and the legendary actor gives an outstanding performance with aplomb. Aditi Rao Hydari looks gorgeous and enacts her part well. John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh are wasted in undefined characters.

Overall, Wazir is watchable only for two talents Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar who saves the film from falling into a rabbit- hole.

- Ketan Gupta

Dilwale (2015)
19 out of 29 people found the following review useful:
Dilwale is predictable and boring with nothing new to offer !!!!, 19 December 2015
4/10

Some of the Bollywood potboilers are meant to entertain with mindless screenplay and no-sense comedy. Rohit Shetty has mastered the art of this kind of cinema. Only this time , he goes one step ahead and gives you a senseless caper.

Dilwale tells the story of two families meet again again after 15 years when their dark past comes in front of them

From the masala entertainments like Golmaal , Singham series, Bol Bachan and Chennai express, Rohit Shetty gives yet another spineless film which is full on masala entertainment but easily forgettable once you are out of theater. The only silver lining is the superb acting by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. The movie begins with forced comic scenes and unnecessary situations especially from Varun Dhawan and Johnny Lever which you are sure going to hate. It is only when Kajol enters the scene, you will heave a sigh of relief. The sparkling chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol saves the day and you wish the second half might be interesting as their jodi.

Unfortunately, the second half drags and the climax becomes typical bollywood melodrama with hero delivering high-content dialogues and blowing few punches. Editing could have been better and songs becomes hindrance to the pace. Art direction and cinematography is outstanding. Shah Rukh Khan is the scene stealer despite so many shortcomings in the movie. The actor is brilliant but is saddened by weak screenplay. Kajol lends a good support and looks gorgeous. Varun Dhawan antics will remind you Salman Khan. Probably he should define his unique style. Kirti Sanon is strictly okay. Johnny Lever irritates. Sanjay Mishra disappoints. Mukesh Rishi is good. Boman Irani is brilliant.

Overall , Dilwale is predictable and boring with nothing new to offer.

- Ketan Gupta

66 out of 99 people found the following review useful:
Bajirao-Mastani should be lauded for surreal direction, exemplary CGI and commendable performances, 18 December 2015
8/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

As the epic love-tale of Bajirao-Mastani releases today, my joy knew no bound to watch it which has been in the news for quite some as Sanjay Leela Bhansali was determined to make a film on the lives of Peshwa Bajirao, Kashibai and Mastani for a long time.Barring Bahubali and Jodhaa Akhbar, Bollywood audiences are accepting the period drama in a big way. Can Bajirao Mastani continue the trend ? Well, we have to wait and watch for it.

Bajirao Mastani tells the story about Baji Rao Ballal Balaji Bhat, widely known as Baji Rao I(played by Ranveer Singh), who was a brave warrior whose battlefield antics won him great accolades and praise from one and all. Much like his popularity on field, his personal life too was the center of attraction and his controversial love life with Mastani (Deepika Padukone) is the highlight of the film.

The talented director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who gave us some memorable films like Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam , Black and some forgettable films like Saawariya and Ram- Leela goes one step back and does a good research on the history and culture of Maratha Warrior, Bajirao, who has not been defeated in battle for a straight 41 times. Kudos to Bhansali and team of writers (screenplay by Prakash R. Kapadia, additional screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mallika Dutt Gharde) for doing good job. The battle sequences (action director by Sham Kaushal) have been executed brilliantly. The production design (Sriram Kannan Iyengar, Sujeet Subhash Sawant, Saloni Ankush Dhatrak] is eye-catching and will take you back to the forgotten history. The costume-design is mesmerizing. Music by Bhansali is tuneful especially coupled with well-executed choreography in 'Deewani Mastani', 'Albela Sajan' and 'Pinga' ( this one will remind you of Dola Re from Devdas). Cinematography is mindblowing along with good background score that gels with the mood of the film. However, the editing is loose and screenplay falls apart to some extent.

Performance wise, it is Deepika Padukone all the way. She surprises with her charming , bubbly and yet fearless character whom you will fall in love immediately with her innocence. Ranveer Singh will hold your attention as powerful and mystical Bajirao and the actor exudes honoring performance. Priyanka Chopra does well as Kashibai. Tanvi Azmi is terrific.

Overall, Bajirao-Mastani should be lauded for surreal direction, exemplary CGI and commendable performances. Good 3/5

– Ketan Gupta

6 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Hate Story 3 is a insanely horrible film in every sense. Pathetic, 4 December 2015
1/10

Bhatt camp had successfully launched franchises of erotic-sex thrillers like Raaz , Jannat , Murder and Hate Story. The combo of skin-show, melodious music and powerful performances worked well for Hate Story and its sequel giving an extra edge over others. While, Hate Story was a complete surprise considering the trailer showed exotic and bold scenes by Paoli Dam, but more than that, it had fine performances by the star cast and good story. Hate Story 2 also did have few moments to keep you engaged. Production values and star- cast of Hate Story 3 looked bigger and better, but the film is a complete waste of time .

Aditya ( Sharman Joshi ) and Siya ( Zarine Khan ) are happily married and living life to the fullest. Enters Saurav Singhania ( Karan Singh Gover) in the scene and the lives of lovely couple changes overnight when he offers a business deal which Aditya cannot refuse.

The only difference in Hate Story 3 as compared to its previous films is that the revenge drama is based from a male perspective. The franchise is known for its extremely erotic scenes and cat-mouse game. Hate Story 3 has lots of steamy scenes, melodious songs minus script and thriller which should have been key to keep audience interest alive. The definition of story, script and direction does not fit in the film. In few scenes, you will wonder how amateurish can Vishal Pandya (director) get. There is a scene where Karan Singh Grover is fighting for his life in the hospital and in the next scene, he is jumping and running all over the place fighting with enemies. Just before the intermission, we see couple ( Sharman Joshi and Zarine Khan) quarreling in their dining room and all of sudden, Karan Singh Grover enters the scene – Did the director forgot to keep the door locked ? The torture does not end here, the dialogues like "Aap Haar Maan Na Nahi Chahte, Aur Maine Haar Maanna Sikha Nahi. Toh Abh Dekhna Yeh Hai Ki Jeet Ta Kaun Hain" and "Matlab Jaan Jaay Lekin Sambhog Hone Na Paaye" reminds that you are watching a 90's film and will make you scratch your head.

There is no plot here and frequent insertion of songs just spoils the entire mood of the film. Art direction and Cinematography is decent. Editing is horrible. Coming to the performances, none of actors could do justice to their roles. Sharman Joshi was extremely loud with irritating usage of f**k word in every dialogue he says. Zarine Khan and Daisy Shah were used to add glamour and nothing else. They better continue doing what they do the best – item songs. Karan Singh Grover is completely wooden. His dialogue delivery minus expression will make you feel as if reading a text book.

Overall, Hate Story 3 is a insanely horrible film in every sense. Pathetic : 0.5/5

– Ketan Gupta

Tamasha (2015)
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Tamasha is good in parts thanks to wonderful performance by Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, 28 November 2015
7/10

Imtiaz Ali has created a brand of his own starting from rom-com flicks like Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Love, Aaj Kal. Off-late, the talented director has swayed into unexplored territory of self- realization in form of Highway and Rockstar. Imtiaz Ali combines the rom-com with self-awareness in his latest venture Tamasha. The result is genuine but is far from being a perfect film.

Tamasha talks about two strangers meeting at a strange land who decides that they will enjoy every moment together without divulging their identity. Destiny plays a key role when they meet again and life takes a completely different turn.

Imtiaz Ali, who gave us beautiful movies like Jab We Met, Rockstart, Love, Aaj Kal and Highway comes out with yet another romantic-filled in the journey of love. Tamasha will probably be his most daring attempt as he divulges into the area never attempted before. The movie is uneven in the first half with occasional speed bumps and you might think is what is wrong with the film. The film turns reasonable when Deepika and Ranbir meet again in India and becomes refreshing and likable. The heart-breaking scene between Deepika and Ranbir is particularly well-acted when Deepika tries to confront Ranbir and you might have to break into tears but again the climax is not as convincing as Ali's earlier works. Second half looses the steam with some unnecessary prolonged scenes.

Editing is weak. Screenplay becomes haywire and monotonous. Despite the short-comings, Cinematography by S.Ravi Varman is is heavenly capturing the beautiful locales of Corsica in France. Music and background is simply enchanting and tuneful thanks to the legend called A.R.Rahman. Deepika Padukone surprises with her charming , bubbly and yet powerful character whom you will fall in love immediately with her innocence. Ranbir Kapoor gets a good comeback. He does well in the second half.

Overall, Tamasha is good in parts thanks to wonderful performance by Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor.

Spectre (2015/I)
1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Spectre could have been better had the makers given more attention to the script, 21 November 2015
6/10

The 24th James Bond film Spectre returns the collaboration of Sam Mendes – Daniel Craig who previously gave the blockbuster Skyfall (2012) which had strong characters, well-defined story and well- intentioned script. The actor-director's effort clearly shows in their latest flick but it far from being a perfect film.

Spectre tells the events, people and pain that impacted James Bond's( played by Daniel Craig) life. As he digs deeper with help of Madeleine Swann (played by Lea Seydoux), the daughter of an old villain , he discovers the criminal mastermind, Blofeld ( played by Christopher Waltz), who was behind all this.

Now a James Bond flick is generally greeted with a electrifying opening scene and Spectre leaves no stone unturned. The opening helicopter action sequence is beautifully shot in the crowded city of Mexico with some amazing stunts followed by usual credit rolling in the true James Bond signature style. The interaction scene between Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes ( playing the role of M) followed by ravishing cars and cool gadgets is grasping. Things become more interesting when Bond sets out to protect Madeleine Swan which is added by great car chases, highlight being the train-fight scene between Craig and Batista ( WWE Superstar).

Unfortunately, the film does not hold your attention and suffers from major blemishes. James Bond is known for utilizing the tactics to escape from his enemy. Spectre shows James Bond as larger-than- life character. In fact, he can do anything from flying planes and helicopters to dodging the bullets. Screenplay suffers in the climax which should have been the strong point. Christopher Waltz's villain character is half-baked ( it is such a shame to under-utilize such a talented actor) and his scenes with Bond is diluted. Editing is bad and you might feel bored in 2 hours 30 minutes film. Cinematography is eye-catching. Dialogues are fine. Nevertheless, it is the enjoyable at moment with some cool action scenes. Daniel Craig does his best to get into the role of James Bond and has done better than the previous film. Monica Bellucci is wasted in a small role. Léa Seydoux shines as Madeleine Swann.

Overall, Spectre could have been better had the makers given more attention to the script. Decent 2.75 /5

– Ketan Gupta

The Gift (2015/VI)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Electrifying !!!, 15 November 2015
8/10

Much was said about the movie at its premier and I got the chance to watch it last week. To my surprise, I simply adored the film.

The gift tells the story of a young couple who moves into a new house. However, their life goes haywire when an acquaintance of the husband comes back after a long gap of 20 years.

Actor Joel Edgerton steps into the role of director and as first time, he impresses with his profile. The actor has done some good films including The Warrior and this year's The Black Mass with Johnny Depp but wearing the director's cap was moving out of his comfort and give us a wonderful picture. I will not go into the details since there are few twist and turns. The screenplay is tight keeping you engaged with crisp editing. Cinematography and art direction is nice. Dialogues are punching. It is again Joel Edgerton and Rebecca Hall who gives a mindblowing performance. Jason Bateman provides adequate support.

Overall, a definite watch with enthralling story. Excellent 3/5

28 out of 66 people found the following review useful:
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a big letdown with poor direction, wafer-thin plot and messy drama. If you are a die-hard fan of Salman, watch it otherwise skip it, 12 November 2015
4/10

Sooraj Barjatya have been known for making quality cinema that spawned some successful films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun.. , Hum Saath Saath Hain and Vivah boasting off the tradition and culture of Indian family with tuneful music and grandeur sets. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, his fourth collaboration with Salman Khan and after gap of 16 years, has created hype and soared sky-high expectations. Unfortunately, the family drama disappoints and will leave you dissatisfied at the end.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo tells story of royal family of Pritampur where a plot has been hatched to assassinate the young prince (Salman Khan) by his brother (Neil Nitin Mukesh) before the coronation takes place in the royal palace. A look-a-like of the prince, Prem, steps in to save the day. However, he falls in the love with bride-to-be of the prince(Sonam Kapoor).

Now Sooraj Barjatya has adapted the story from Anthony Hope's novel 'The Prisoner Of Zenda' (1894) and infused his family drama with typical song-drama routine. Master of presenting the values of Indian culture and custom on silver screen innumerable times, Sooraj Barjatya gives you a fine first half with grand opening scene of Salman Khan and introduction of each character coupled with bit humor. Till this point, the film is tolerable however the second half tumbles down the rabbit hole and refuses to pick up. The screenplay is messy with too much of things happening in quick succession and without any sensible reason. The problem is Barjatya follows the same path of his previous films ( he even borrows the sports scene from Hum Aapke Hain Koun… this time replaced by football in this one) which actually become a mockery in the end. Another issue is too many songs which is misplaced and is included in every ten minutes between the scene. The climax which should have been the highlight of the film is diluted with weak action choreography and melodrama.

Sooraj Barjatya ( also credited with story and screenplay) is not in form this and clearly misses the mark. Coming from the director who made some outstanding cinema previously, I was disheartened. The editing(Sanjay Sankla) is half-baked with weak dialogues that will spoil your mood leaving you unsatisfied. Cinematography (Manikandan) is spell-binding capturing the essence of Rajasthan and Gujrat. Art direction is eye-catching. Kudos to Nitin Chandrikant Desai for always innovating with unique style. Background score is jarring to ears. Music by Sanjoy Chowdhury and Himesh Reshammiya is tuneful but certainly not chart-bursting. Coming to the performances, there is only one reason to watch the film – SALMAN KHAN. The superstar is getting better with his expressions and emotes well throughout the film. He is adequately supported with fantastic performances by Anupam Kher and Deepak Dobriyal. The third and the final problem with the film is wrong casting (Vicky Sidana). Sonam Kapoor certainly does not fit to carry her part earnestly. It is high time for her to seriously take her acting lessons properly ( She is part of the industry for 8 years). I feel bad for a talent like Neil Nitin Mukesh getting wasted in half-baked character. Armaan Kohli is a letdown.

Overall, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a big letdown with poor direction, wafer-thin plot and messy drama. If you are a die-hard fan of Salman, watch otherwise skip it. Below average 2/5

– Ketan Gupta


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