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Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
A Commendable Family Drama Poised With Pleasurable Humorous Elements.
Dil Dhadakne Do is praiseworthy. The story revolves around a higher class Punjabi dysfunctional family who plan a cruise which alters the members' opinions about each other. Although, the flick is nowhere near the director's previous feel-good delight 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', it doesn't fail to hit the bar. The movie harbors a lovable quotient of humor and romance which keeps the viewers alive. The only part where the movie disappoints is its end - stereotyped and unreal. Barring that, the movie is a treat to watch, especially due to the actors in performance.
The cast assembled is lovely indeed. Ranveer Singh is very impressive and probably the best among the four major characters of this drama. Considering the characters she has portrayed in recent times, this role might've been a piece of cake for Priyanka Chopra. And, she manages to pull off a fair job. Anil Kapoor's performance is another delectable factor which leaves the audiences in high spirits. Thumbs up for Shefali Shetty, who is graceful with her expressions and dialogue delivery. Supporting roles by Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar are above average. Actors in minor roles are fair to middling.
Zoya Akhtar is here to stay. Her 2nd directorial venture, 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' turned out to be one of the best in Bollywood for many. Dil Dhadakne Do is another relishable addition to her crate. Screenplay by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar is smooth. Farhan Akhtar is brilliant with the movie's dialogue (Is there anything related to films this man can't do?). Cinematography and Editing crews have my respect. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is likable. Pluto Mehra's dialogues by Javed Akhtar certainly deserve a special ovation.
All things considered, Dil Dhadakne Do is a feel-good journey involving comical characters. If you are into watching light-hearted films without illogical action sequences, this one is for you.
Piku is heartwarming. The story reels off a comic father-daughter relationship in the most unusual manner.
The plot revolves around the life of a dissatisfied office worker 'Piku' and the difficulties she faces while dealing with the countless number of tantrums put forth by her 70-year old father. The movie possesses a convincing run-time replenished with absolute innocence. No overused romance sequences, no illogical flying cars, no unnecessary dance acts and above all, a heartfelt story contributes towards the film's charm. Yet another time, a road trip depiction capitalizes in bringing a smile to the audience's faces. Also, an uncustomary climax categorizes the film as a disparate one, unlike majority of the Bollywood films today.
Kudos to the casting department for setting up such a brilliant troupe of performers. Deepika Padukone, who portrays the central character in the film, is unquestionably impressive. She certainly manages to delineate her charisma throughout the movie. But, Amitabh Bachchan's performance is the cream of the crop, this goes without saying. Everything ranging from his dialogue delivery to his demeanor is peerless. Irrfan Khan is known for his gifted talent of never disappointing his viewers. With this film, once again, he proves how worthy his presence is. Supporting characters played by Moushumi Chatterjee and Jishu Sengupta are above average.
Shoojit Sircar is definitely the future of the industry. After Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe, the director has undoubtedly managed to maintain his reputation in the film circle. Screenplay by Juhi Chaturvedi is exquisite, in every sense of the word. The people behind the cameras deserve a special ovation for their work. Music by Anupam Roy is mesmerizing.
Summarizing everything, Piku is a different tale, filled with relishable moments. Your age won't make a difference, since, the movie is for everyone. Go, experience something new. Experience 'Piku'!
100 Days of Love (2015)
A Pleasant Rom-Com With A Misleading Title.
100 Days of love is a one-time watch. The movie is based on the daily lives of two mediocre men leading a messy routine.
The plot thickens after one of them falls for a stranger. The first half will reward you only with a couple of giggles. The latter half, however, shines forth convincingly. There are multiple instances which caters the viewers with the makers' cliché-ridden ideas. Looking at the other way, the movie is relishable. Also, not choosing to involve hysterical action scenes is highly appreciable on the director's part. After becoming aware of the title of the flick, the first thing that struck my mind was Marc Webb's '500 Days of Summer'. By the first half, I could figure out that the two plots had nothing in common. Also, the plot and the title seemed totally unattached, in my opinion. Letting it go, the film possesses an average run-time and ends on a predictable note.
The acting crew is undeniably praiseworthy. Lead actor Dulquar Salman as BKN Nair delivers an amiable performance. I am certainly rooting for his forthcoming projects. In spite of getting a smaller screen time, female lead Nithya Menon is charming, as cute as one could get. Sekhar Menon in a highly supporting role brings humor to the narrative, fashioning it into a romantic comedy. Other supporting roles played by Aju Varghese and Rahul Madhav are mediocre. Performances by Vineeth and Praveena in their minor supporting roles too are fair to middling.
Writer-Director Jenuse Mohammed has managed to pull off a congenial job. Even so, some enhancements could've made the screenplay look superior. Departments dealing with Editing and Cinematography haven't failed to capitalize. Music by Govind Menon is soothing. The background score is certainly pleasing.
Considering everything, 100 Days of Love is definitely not what its title suggests. It is a film based on coincidences. Jenuse Mohammed takes you to another journey where the guy gets friend zoned and eventually gets out of it. People who indulge in watching romantic comedies will definitely embrace this one.
"Do not go gentle into that good night..."
Nolan does it again! First of all, I don't intend to compare the calibre of this masterpiece to any of the director's previous projects, because that's the way it should be, I guess. The plot of the film is extremely imaginative and the makers must have certainly required peerless intellectual abilities to come up with such a perplexing idea. The story reels off the lives of a group of explorers who go through unthinkable experiences with a view to save mankind.
The film very convincingly exhibits a tremendously dreadful space journey coupled with a heart-warming father-daughter relationship. The concepts of time, gravity and other such wonders of science have been all ingeniously utilized to raise the audience's eyebrows. Every single aspect of the film symbolizes meritorious dexterity. And like every other Nolan movie, the end takes you aback, leaving you in absolute astonishment.
The troupe of performers who have contributed towards the epic's triumph deserve a huge round of applause. Matthew McConaughey, undeniably, was the cream of the crop. His dialog delivery is prodigious, he takes emotional sequences to a whole new level and most importantly, he's got that charming smile. Jessica Chastain, was simple and plain while enacting a vital character. Supporting roles played by Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine were unquestionably praiseworthy. Matt Damon's appreciable cameo was an added bonus. Other minor supporting roles played by Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck and David Gyasi were fair. Mackenzie Foy, as a child artist, looks promising.
The major constituent behind this masterstroke's brilliance is the film's director, Christopher Nolan. To direct a movie with such a complex theme requires a huge pile of dedicated efforts and Nolan and team have certainly managed to hit the spot. The distinguished screenplay drawn out by the Nolan brothers (Jonathan and Christopher) is worth admiration, without a doubt. People involved in the departments of Cinematography, Editing and Visual Effects will enjoy a great night at the Oscars, for sure. The film's music is supreme! Hans Zimmer has proved his mettle, yet another time, through a Nolan movie.
Summarizing everything, Interstellar is an emotional, thought- provoking and a precisely crafted representation of a wonderful space odyssey. If you're a Nolan fan, go for it, without a second thought. If you're busy with some work, believe me, this is the most appropriate time to procrastinate.
A Praiseworthy Drama Consorted By Brilliant Acting Performances.
Haider is absolutely commendable. The story adapted from William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' is convincingly exhibited through the medium of Cinema. The film reels off the protagonist's search for his missing father and tells us about how the truth behind the occurrence changes the purpose of his entire life.
The film possesses a slow pace throughout the first half and hence, may seem to tire the audience to a certain extent. But, the ambiance produced in the latter part of the film undeniably deserves an ovation. The major elements, namely: Empathy, love, revenge and conflict are all finely inculcated into the movie's narrative. The entire tale has been fabulously conveyed through the song 'Bismil'. An exquisite dance act bolstering the song is an added bonus. In addition to these, a refined conclusion enhances the film fashioning it into one of the year's best flicks.
The cast chosen was exquisite. Even the most minor roles have been very well taken care of. Shahid Kapoor as Haider, has managed to come up with an unquestionably gratifying act. This indeed is one of the finest performances of his career. Tabu is glaringly expressive while enacting the role of the protagonist's mother. Kay Kay Menon is graceful as ever while playing a crucial negative role. Special appearance by Irrfan Khan is top-notch. Shraddha Kapoor is mediocre while playing a minor supporting role. Narendra Jha is appreciable too while portraying one of the most integral parts of the story.
Direction by Vishal Bhardwaj is dexterous. Presenting an adaptation of William Shakespeare on the big screen, that too in such a prodigious manner is not a piece of cake; but; the director has successfully completed the task. Adapted screenplay by Basharat Peer and Vishal Bhardwaj is neat. Cinematography is charming throughout the course of the movie. Editing is fair. Music by Vishal Bhardwaj is soulful. The background score is electrifying. Also, in today's era of senseless blabbering, the movie's music has managed to remain peculiar. Gulzar deserves special credits for his lyrics.
All things considered, Haider is a creditable crime drama. Except for the slow pace, everything in the movie is worth admiration. Anyway, people who have developed a healthy interest in enjoying emotion- filled dramas will definitely embrace this one.
Finding Fanny (2014)
A Collaboration Of The Finest Actors Conveying A Peculiarly Lovable Tale.
Finding Fanny definitely helps you in finding the expected solace. The plot presents a road journey involving a post master and his troupe of hysterical companions.
I went inside the cinema hall with an expectation of experiencing something unusual and that was exactly what the movie bestowed upon me. Most of the Indian flicks in recent times are supported by hackneyed ideas and illogical story lines and this is the region where Finding Fanny stands out. Also, the film gets covered up convincingly within a tolerable run time of 110 minutes thus managing to keep the audiences awake. According to me, the conclusion drawn out was slightly stereotyped. But even then, it was acceptable.
The performers assembled were certainly top-notch. Naseeruddin Shah is charming as ever while enacting the character of a depressed post master belonging to a delirious village. Deepika Padukone looks completely adorable while playing a lonesome widow. The naturalness that she is able to carry along with her throughout the movie is unquestionably worth admiration. Arjun Kapoor as Savio is greatly expressive. His last couple of projects have undeniably managed to bring out the best in him unlike his initial performances which were not really up to the mark, in my opinion. Dimple Kapadia is bold while playing the role of Deepika's mother-in-law. Pankaj Kapur too is one of the several laudable elements.
Direction by Homi Adajania is fair. A quirky adventure where the protagonist tries to find his long lost love is wonderfully put on the big screen. Screenplay by Homi Adajania and Kersi Khambatta is odd yet likable. Editing and Cinematography departments have managed to pull of their respective jobs decently. Music by Mathias Duplessy is disparate and alluring.
In addition to the above mentioned qualities, a number of unpredictably bizarre sequences are bound to leave you hilariously flabbergasted. If you are someone who is tired of watching clichéd narratives and masala dramas, then this must be the movie that you're looking for.
Mary Kom (2014)
Appreciable But Fails To Make The Grade.
Mary Kom is decent, but, it fails to fill the bill. The story exhibits the real life story of famous Indian boxer and 5-time world champion 'MC Mary Kom'.
The film starts off quite well but the plot deteriorates subsequently. The movie was largely anticipated ever since the very first announcement affiliated with it was brought to light. But, it fails to delineate the inner struggle of the protagonist, it fails to justify the greatness of Mary Kom. However, the sector involving the lead actors' acting skills is worth admiration. Also, the film possesses typical elements which could have been easily avoided. In my opinion, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 2014 biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was a much better exhibition of a sports-person's biography.
The chosen cast is laudable. Priyanka Chopra is inspirational while playing 'Magnificent Mary' on the big screen. She is known for her versatile acting skills and through this movie, she proves it yet another time. Newbie Darshan Kumaar was creditable enough while enacting a very crucial part in the story. Another supporting role played by Sunil Thappa is fair to middling.
Debutant Director Omung Kumar doesn't really make a positive impression through his first directorial venture. The movie lacks precision and could have been healthily enhanced for a superior outcome. Screenplay by Saiwyn Qadras is mediocre. Editing and Cinematography departments have managed to pull off a balanced job. Music by Shashi-Shivamm is enticing.
All in all, Mary Kom is strictly moderate. If you expect less, you may not feel disappointed. However, Priyanka Chopra fans are bound to get impressed.
Raja Natwarlal (2014)
A Moderate Con Flick Involving Appreciable Performances.
Raja Natwarlal is unmitigatedly acceptable. The film serves as one of the better con films compared to other bollywood projects belonging to the same genre in recent times. The story expounds the life of a small-time con artist who after confronting unexpected circumstances sets out on a mission to avenge the death of his closest ally.
The first half of the film is quotidian, just like any other heist film. It is the second half where the plot actually gets intriguing and engaging. The film doesn't seem to tire its viewers as it possesses a tolerable run time of 140 minutes. Besides this, an amazingly drawn out conclusion similar to that of Christopher Nolan's 'The Prestige' fills you with absolute contentment.
The casting department is worthy of admiration for gathering such a group of commendable performers. Emraan Hashmi, once again in a similar lead role, is rapturous. Humaima Malik's enticing good looks poised with conventional acting skills unquestionably make an impression. Paresh Rawal is brilliant while playing Emraan's mentor in the film. Kay Kay Menon, while playing the major negative role is elegant. Deepak Tijori in a short but crucial supporting role is garden-variety.
Film's direction is laudable indeed. Kunal Deshmukh has definitely managed to be conspicuous especially towards the end. Screenplay by Parveez Sheikh is neat. Dialogues by Sanjay Masoom are witty. Cinematography and Editing departments have undeniably managed to make a hit. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is fresh and alluring.
Summing everything up, the movie is decent. Neither the best nor the worst. However, it is way better than all those masala flicks which get undeserving responses from the audiences. Emraan Hashmi buffs will definitely embrace this one.
Innocent, Thought-Provoking And Totally Peculiar.
If you think 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is one of those cute teenage love stories, then you're wrong. The movie is very much delectable, appealing from multiple angles. It tells us about the unusual struggles of a teenager who experiences a better life after meeting new people. Generally, high school movies are exhilarating, but this one's unique. Emotions and other human traits inculcated in the characters are deep and gripping to a great extent. The movie possesses an acceptable run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes replenished with commendable entertainment. Also, an exquisite conclusion leaves you contented.
The acting troupe was young yet extraordinary. Logan Lerman in the lead role is fascinating and certainly able to express. Emma Watson's charming looks bolstered by an impressive acting performance definitely manages to make a hit. Ezra Miller while playing a crucial supporting role is pleasing. Other supporting roles played by Nicholas Braun, Mae Whiteman and Nina Dobrev are above average. Paul Rudd in a cameo delivered convincingly. Minor roles portrayed by Erin Wilhemi, Johnny Simmons and Adam Hagenbuch were mediocre.
Writer and director, Stephen Chbosky is absolutely creditable. The idea of making such an unusual teenage story deserves a special ovation. And also being able to delineate it in such a fashionable manner makes it even better. The sector of cinematography has pulled off a decent job. Editing, especially throughout the end is praiseworthy. Music by Michael Brook is fair to middling.
All things considered, 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is ravishing. If you are someone who desires to experience something different, then you actually need to check this one out.
An Exultant Future Flick.
Oblivion is absolutely worthy. Films set during future ages are extremely tough to execute but Joseph Kosinski and co. make it look effortless. The story tells us about life on Earth in 2077.
The advances in technology and the aftermath of a horrid war are brilliantly presented on the big screen. The undeniably awestruck visual effects serve as an added bonus. Besides these, human emotions play a very crucial part. An ideal run time of 120 minutes consorted by a moderate pace very well balances the movie. Quality acting and pleasurable scenarios unarguably bolster the plot making the movie even more watchable.
The casting department didn't have much work to do as the movie required a very small set of actors. The chosen performers are decent. Tom Cruise was greatly expressive while enacting the character of an oblivious astronaut. Emotional scenes featuring him are very much laudable. Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough as supporting female leads pulled out a commendable task too. Morgan Freeman in a cameo appearance is charming as ever. Melissa Leo in a short yet integral role was mediocre as well.
Joseph Kosinski has my respect. In my opinion, one must possess utmost courage in order to develop the idea of making a future film. This is the reason why most future films are admirable even if they lack a believable story line. A couple of other likable future movies to name would be 'Minority Report' and 'Looper'. Screenplay by Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt is impressive. Editing and Cinematography departments are one of the major reasons for the film's success. They are creditable indeed. Music by Anthony Gonzalez, M83 and Joseph Trapanese is average too.
Summarizing everything, Oblivion is a brilliant effort. If you are in love with future adventure films, then this one must be a relishable treat for you.