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A groundbreaking film which wants you to think and act
"Pink" is a film that shakes the moral grounds of human being, it questions the unruly existence of patriarchy, objectification of women, shallow prudence, scruples and how we comprehend the new age, liberal women? "Pink" makes you think after the credit rolls and the thought lingers with you allegedly.
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has done a trailblazing job, the subject matter and execution hits you like a bolt. If you are a sane human being, it surely influences the philosophy you might have been carrying all along even if you are a feminist. It not only talks about equal rights for women or empowerment but the way male fraternity thinks about women.
Ritesh Shah writing is impeccable, keeping audience bound to their places as everyone keeps guessing. It is high-intensity courtroom drama which is a rare case in Bollywood. I really appreciate the effort taken by the entire production team, everyone is a winner.
The editing makes the movie more riveting, every frame reveals something, each hearing of the court laced with a strong message and keeps the audience on their toes.
Besides all of that, we have Amitabh Bacchan and Piyush Mishra as opponents in the court defending their respective clients, their performances are top notch as always. The dialogues and delivery will give you chills. Tapsee Pannu, Andrea Tariang and Kirti Kulhari are just phenomenal, they embodied their characters magnificently.
In a nutshell, "Pink" gives us a perspective, an issue to ponder and a way forward to treat women respectfully.
Let down by predictability and poor execution.
Lately, we have been witnessing many movies on women empowerment and emancipation like Queen, Kahani, Mardaani, English Vinglish, NH10, Parched etc. Akira is an addition to these kinds of flicks from directed by A.R. Murugadoss (Gajini, Holiday fame).
We get the message delivered at the very beginning when younger Akira confronts the acid attackers and later we see how she engulfed in a web of endangerment. Now she has to challenge the murky system and penance involved in the execution.
The intention is noble and it was accomplished in some measure during the first half, however, it becomes predictable and clichéd in the later half. The screenplay is little sloppy and representation of some characters loses the grip. Sonakshi Sinha did justice to her role but the expressions and demeanor lacked in many important scenes.
We see Konkana Sen Sharma is a very strong character but it was underdeveloped. Anurag Kashyap's menacing act is promising but lacks authenticity as a Marathi Cop. Other supporting cast did a good job.
Action scenes are good and well-choreographed, music is average and background score is just fine.
So, overall did the message get delivered, well, it depends on the perception because it has the same theme and execution which we have been served trillions of time, a protagonist rises against some malicious hoodlums then scuffles survives and finally becomes a conqueror.
A Flying Jatt (2016)
Bad Flick- Not recommended at all
So Remo D'Souza, the celebrated Bollywood choreographer and also directed films like Faltu, ABCD and ABCD2, comes with a superhero flick "A Flying Jatt".
Aman(Tiger Shroff) is a timid martial art teacher who unlike his father, afraid of everything and does not want to be like him. His father was a numero-uno martial art and named as The Flying Jatt, he kept the righteousness of Sikh community, he also inhabited a colony far from city's pollution. Aman's mother (Amrita Singh) wants him to be like his father but he wants to be himself until he finds the super-power. Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) wants to dump the debris from his chemical factories to the land where the Sikh community lives and wanted to force people out. Aman with his powers has to combat a villain who is equally powerful.
I wonder why would someone waste a huge money in such a terrible and tacky script, a wafer-thin plot and the execution is heavily borrowed from many superhero movies. We see an exact slo-mo scene lifted directly from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The special effects are not substandard but it always requires an honest hack to keep people engaged in a superhero movie. We are watching a Hollywood superhero movie every alternate Friday and it's not a comparison but where is the content? Everything is clichéd.
Tiger Shroff cannot act at all; he hams appallingly but his parkour is unmatchable. Jacqueline is doing the same thing what she does and it is bad to see that after so many films, she does not require to act. Then we have season actors like Amrita Singh and Kay Kay Menon and they can do the roles assigned to then flawlessly.
The direction is atrocious, some comedy scenes looked poorly executed mostly because we Tiger looks like a sculpture.
It is a bad movie by all means.
Mohenjo Daro (2016)
A stale tale
How much we knew about Mohenjo Daro before watching this movie? now I analyze how much do I know about Mohenjo Daro? As we all know from our text books that nothing much is available about this civilization but only the ruins which were discovered around 1920.
So it is safe to say that we see an outright fictionalized account of Mohenjo Daro, it is centered in 2016 BC, where farmers from a small village grow indigo and sell it in Mohenjo Daro. Sarman (Hrithik Roshan), a young man, who sees visions of one-horned animal, vows to go to Mohenjo Daro as he ruminates and thinks he has a connection with Mohenjo Daro. His father Durjan (Nithish Bhardwaj) sends him reluctantly, giving an amulet and warns to open it only when in extreme jeopardy. He comes to Mohenjo Daro, got besotted by Chaani (Pooja Hegde) and engulfs himself in the malevolent and evil practices of the king Maham (Kabir Bedi) and his son Moonja (Arunoday Singh).
We see large set depicting the old era, where Sarman fights with an artificial Crocodile and it looked atrocious, we are living in the period where we have seen an immaculate versions of CGI technology, people cannot distinguish real or fake. Why can the filmmakers not make use of it? And why are they presenting these stale graphics to the people who have seen Bahubali and some of them just seen The Jungle Book?
The screenplay is filled with clichés because once it is a loud love story then a revenge saga then a rescue operation of mankind against a goddamn dam.
The characterization is hackneyed as characters were introduced by characters. Here we again loose the leading lady, she has only one expression and could not even do justice to a scene where her father dies. Other actors play their parts flawlessly as everyone were seasoned. However, a sloppy script has never been saved by an ensemble cast.
The costume design is appalling; it could have been better because we can see the amount of money thrown into every frame. A.R. Rahmans's music is ordinary and it does not have the melody which we have heard before.
Overall, a boredom with cheesy script and clichéd characters. If you are a hardcore Hrithik Roshan fan and want to see one or two good fight sequences, watch it or wait till it airs on one the TV channels.
A court room murder mystery- it does not disappoint.
Rustom based on K M Nanavati case, a Naval commander who shot his wife's lover and surrendered to the police. This case got an exceptional media coverage and became a sensation back in 1959.
The writing is good; the screenplay unfolds the layers of the mysteries successively, it keeps the audience guessing the plot however, some of the twists are predictable. There are also some elements which are unbelievable like 5 Crore transferring to Rustom's account and defense minister directly offering the money.
The cinematography is good. First half is little slow, however it gains momentum in second half and never escapes the audiences' comprehension. It gives us a perspective about the court room when the verdicts were established via jury.
The art direction is worthy and we can certainly reckon that because the producer is Neeraj Pandey and we had already seen it in Special 26, the late 60's era is created wonderfully.
Akshay Kumar as Rustom Pavri did an impressive work, he carries the persona of a naval officer with panache. His expressive mannerisms of calmness and solemnity, carts the entire film. Kumud Mishra is amazing and brings some natural comic relief. Illeana D'Cruz could have done it better as her character was pivotal but we mostly saw her sobbing. Sachin Khedekar and Anang Desia are veterans and can do any role flawlessly. Esha Gupta and Arjan Bajwa were fine. Usha Nadkarni leaves a stamp in one of the hilarious hearing ever in any court.
Music and background score is average, some of the songs are good.
Largely, it is Akshay Kumar whose movie choices maybe erratic but lately he chose some authentic subjects and filled it with great endeavor and diligence, to name a few Special 26, Baby, Airlift etc.
It will give you chills
Hoon-jung Park (New World fame) is a director who seems really keen with details. As we watch The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (2015), we witness a haunting tale of suppression and agony.
An old hunter Chun Man-duk (Min-sik Choi) lives with his 16-year-old son and takes care of him. Kingdom of Korea is rules by Japanese and they are hunting for the tigers in the mountains in extreme cold. Due to some events and turns, Man-duk has to return for hunting.
The screenplay is written perfectly and narration is astounding, however, one could deduce that movie is little long and some of the scenes could have been chopped easily to make it more crisp. It packs the real punch and throw it to the audience, we have a lot of tense moments which are truly crafted.
Technically, the movie is impeccable, the CGI is mesmerizing because scenes with animals never looked like CGI, a lot of attention has been given to the details.
Cinematography is exhilarating, each scene has been captured beautifully, the horror of wilderness and harshness of icy terrain will be in your mind even after long.
We cannot comment on Min-sik Choi acting skills as he has been there and done that effortlessly, here he again leaves an impression on our hearts as an anxious father. The casting is just incredible; everyone is a perfect cut-out for the role, they did it wonderfully.
A good movie with few shortcomings.
Not again-It is really bad
So here we go again,an example of a run of the mill and substandard movie making, no entertainment value, not even basics of script writing are used. Dishoom is the product of sheer extravagance and star value. Directed by Rohit Dhawan, staring John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Akshaye Khanna (after a long hiatus), Jacqueline Fernandez, Rahul Dev, Huma Querishi's brother, Sushma Swaraj lookalike etc.
Ace Indian cricketer Viraj Sharma is kidnapped just before the final match with Pakistan in Saudi Arabia. An Indian super-cop (John Abraham) arrives for the hunt and helped by local-cop Junaid (Varun Dhawan). The script is cheesy and messy, there is not even a protocol presented that an Indian cop is in the middle east and embarks like a vigilante, just by flexing his muscles. Many situations do not fit in any of aspects of life, be it real or virtual. The production value was high with some good locations and sets, but a bad narrative and acting make is a really bad movie.
John Abraham tries hard to act but was successful showing his muscles instead as always, Varun Dhawan tries to be a comic relief and buddy cop but was successful in overacting. There was no reason of Jaqueline's presence but she was there anyway. Akshaye Khanna, does what he was doing some years ago, his existence does not help much but at least you can see that someone is doing his part flawlessly.
So, if you are fascinated by trailer and grand looking action scenes, those are the only moments which are good, so watch the trailer again, if you miss the film, it is completely fine.
Awakening of Marathi Cinema for the Global Audience- A masterwork
Sairat means "Wild".
A love story is the midst of a contemporary issue. Kudos for Nagraj Manjule's masterwork, he indeed is efficacious in displaying an innocent love saga comprising of ecstasies and agonies of life.
It is really an incredible groundwork for Marathi Cinema which has consistently been making remarkable movies but had only a limited reach, Sairat gave them the global platform and creative sovereignty.
The contemporary content, laced with an acquitted love story where lovers can never think of the repercussions, the pervasiveness of the cast system, the apathy of the people to these issues, and finally the effortlessness and virtue of the lead cast (who are actually not actors), made this movie a masterwork of the director.
By perceiving every frame of the movie, we can comprehend the alacrity of the director who had this vision since "Fandry" as it was a one sided love story, however Sairat is a full blown love story, Sairat shows the earthly matters, and it shows that there is life outside the chiffon cinema, the rural existence is a real thing and it captures the environment perfectly. The gender role reversal is the center theme of the movie which is a message of women empowerment.
Performances are radical, Akash Thosar is perfectly believable as a lad who already has the establishment in his mind that he is from a low caste, Rinku Rajguru is overwhelming as an audacious girl. Arbaz Shaikh (Salim) and Tanaji Galgunde (Langdya) have played the part with innocence and grace.
The camera-work is marvelous, mesmerizing tracking and drone shots, slow-motions give the authenticity to the scenes, it has mostly been shot on location (most in Nagraj's hometown Jeur, Solapur,), and the village has been shown beautifully.
The back ground score and songs are astounding, hats off to Ajay−Atul, also it is a first Indian film recorded at Sony Scoring Stage in Hollywood.
Sairat has been presented considerately and thoughtfully to the audience, it gives us a perspective about the mistreatment currently prevalent in India.
All the best for Nagraj and we are waiting for his next production.
A highly recommended movie for everyone.
When in Rome, Do as Romans do-Excellent Cinema
Stefano Sollima Suburra is astounding and remarkable with a plot revolving around many lives and organized crime in Rome.
Suburra was the name of a suburb of Ancient Rome. Many mafia families, politicians and gangsters covet for an ambitious project to be passed by the law which will fill their pocket with money and lives of their next generation will be in complete leisure. In order to achieve this goad everyone has to surpass the basic rule of humankind and go on a rampage of deceit and treachery.
The screenplay and narration is top notch, it gives a motivation and development for each character. As the repercussion is going to affect many lives, the deeds of characters are well defined.
Every actor has done a tremendous job as we see right emotions and expressions at the right place. The background score adds a great feel to the scenes and it flows with the emotions of the audience. The production value and technical area of the film is of high quality.
Overall, it is a tale love, treachery, corruption and betrayal. Stefano Sollima has done a noteworthy direction putting several lives together and entangling them into each other.
"Behind every fortune there is crime"-Balzac A must watch movie.
Seung-wan Ryoo comes with a bang with Veteran.
Seo Do-cheol is a righteous cop with a great team and boss, entangled in the deceit of a mad rich businessman Jo Tae-oh. Tae-oh uses his power to buy everything and everyone which stand against him. Do-cheol rises against Tae-oh against all odds and the events are just magnificent how Do-cheol fervently takes everything on his hands to destroy the supremacy and menace of Tae-oh
Veteran is a classy action-comedy which perfectly takes the social milieu and delivers in a splendid manner. The screenplay is pretty consistent with all the layers of story unfolding at the right moments; it never breaks the momentum of the viewer. The characterization is almost near the realism as every actor lives the life of the characters.
Jeong-min Hwang is a natural actor and has already given some of the best performances in Korean Cinema. He impeccably embodies the character of an upright cop who is agile and stands for morals. Ah In Yoo astonishingly portrays the character of a wrathful and treacherous businessman and his madness on the screen will make you cringe. Hae-jin Yoo and Dal-su Oh are remarkable in the supporting characters, both complement the screenplay effortlessly. Rest is cast has done pure justice to the characters.
Veteran has a slick action which packs the right punches and martial are never goes over the top. The cinematography works splendidly in the action scenes which are well choreographed too with lot of gags.
Korean Movies are quintessentially awesome when it comes to crime-action-comedy. The blend of dark humor with stylish action is a genre shift which is a hard nut to crack. Korean movies have already mastered in the genre and also there are also lot invocations. Veteran is an epitome of the same genre