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Ranbir Kapoor steals the thunder in an otherwise decent flick
If you are a 90's kid, probably you would have grown up to see Sanjay Dutt 's outstanding performances in films like Khalnayak, Vaastav or Munna Bhai Series in early 2000. Sanjay Dutt is
definitely one of the finest actors we have in Bollywood and there is no doubt about it. However, the question popped up in my mind when I saw the trailer -
Was a biopic on Sanjay Dutt even required ? Ofcourse, Sanjay Dutt is popular for his controversies which could add masala required for a movie.
Bollywood have legends like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar or Guru Dutt. Why not make a film on them ? Let us see how the film "Sanju" has fared ..
Sanju is a chronicle on journey of controversial Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt right from his film career, personal life, affairs to the present state.
Directed by master storyteller, Rajkumar Hirani, who has given some fantastic message oriented films like Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots and P.K, Sanju is probably his weakest work till date. The movie begins in a flashback mode showing the early days of Sanjay Dutt and how he got into drug addiction. Few scenes are outstanding - Sanjay Dutt's relation with his mother Nargis Dutt, the scene where he comes in the middle of night to steal the bottle of alcohol from his girlfriend's house. Even the scene at the hospital where he cries over a dead body is hilarious. However, the screenplay starts losing focus towards the intermission. The second half picks up slightly showing Sanjay Dutt's encounter with gangster and underworld. But too much of melodrama tends to bore you. None of songs leave impact while background score is sometimes too loud. Also, I felt the story was told as if there so many excuses being made for all the mistakes done by Sanjay Dutt to gain sympathy for him and show that he is a victim for all his crimes.
The silver lining is the performances. Ranbir Kapoor gives his career best performance. When you will watch the movie, you will notice his style of talking , walking and even voice is accurate to that of Sanjay Dutt's. Manisha Koirala , Sonam Kapoor and Diya Mirza are fine. Anushka Sharma is wasted in a minuscule role. Vicky Kaushal is superb while Paresh Rawal is good though he resemblance to Sunil Dutt is very less.
Overall, Sanju is one-time watch thanks to the stupendous performance by Ranbir Kapoor. Decent 2.75/5
Race 3 (2018)
Race 3 is an insult to Bollywood. Avoid it any cost.
While films like Parmanu, Padmavati, Padman, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety , 102 Not Out, Hichki or even Blackmail were treat to eyes in the first half of 2018 giving hope that Bollywood movies have matured but then there comes a crap like Race 3 that will spoil your mood and you will wonder that if the makers are taking the audience for granted.
Race 3 tells the story of a dispute between a family when Shamsher Singh (Anil Kapoor) decides to give half of his wealth to the adopted son, Sikander Singh (Salman Khan) and the rest of it between his own kids, Suraj (Saqeeb Saleem) and Sanjana (Daisy Shah).
Directed by Remo D'Souza, who has made a decent film ABCD and pathetic ones like A Flying Jatt and ABCD 2, Race 3 is one hell of a journey which you wish to forget once you leave the theater. Right from the opening scene of the film to the climax, forget about logic, even the story is full of potholes. There is some breath of air when Anil Kapoor tells about his plan but again the film goes back to the loop hole and sadly does not recover. The first film Race (2008) was brilliant with solid twist and turns followed by an average Race 2 (2016). Race 3 is a nightmare which you should get over immediately with as it will haunt you, the more you think about it.
None of songs are good (surprisingly music is composed by brilliant duo Salim - Sulaiman). Action scenes , though few scenes were fine, but again gone overboard. Race 3 is high on production values and less on content. Dialogues are horrible and funny especially - Our business is our business , none of your business. Even the Bhojpuri language used in between the scenes is irritating.
Coming to the performances, none of the actors have done justice to their role. I do not understand why Salman Khan is repeating himself, even though he is in Bollywood industry for more than 25 years. The actor, who was superb in films like Dabanng and Sultan, should start experimenting with roles. Anil Kapoor is fine but could have been better. Bobby Deol makes a decent comeback but sadly not enough to leave any impact. Lesser spoken about Saqeeb Salim, Daisy Shah and Jacqueline Fernandez, the better.
Overall, Race 3 is an insult to Bollywood. Avoid it any cost.
Veere Di Wedding (2018)
Avoid at any circumstances !!!
Kabhi kabar garajte hue badal baraste nahi had !!! The trailer of Veere Di Wedding looked promising, but when you will leave the theater, you will confused if you have seen a movie or a web based girl drama full of candyfloss, glamour and pep talk.
Veere Di Wedding talks about life of four friends - Their relationship, career, love, issues and above all friendship.
Directed by Shashank Ghosh, who earlier made a dismal Khoobsurat, Veere Di Wedding is a story full of potholes where you hope things will turn out smooth but unfortunately is mowed down by a weak script and poor direction. In past, Bollywood has given brilliant films on friendship -Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara or even Rock On but this would have been probably the weakest of all. I did not find any songs that was tuneful which was expected in movie like this.
The only silver lining was the performance by the four protagonist - Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhaskar, who was the best among them.
Overall, it is a colossal disappointment. Avoid at any circumstances. Horrible 1/5
- Ketan Gupta
A Quiet Place (2018)
Outstanding ... Electrifying... Magnificent !!!
There comes a time when you feel the urge to watch a horror/thrilling that should keep you on the edge of the seat. A Quiet Place has right dose of ingredient to satisfy your quench for thirst.
World has suffered a calamity where human race has almost finished and what remains have to survive the post-apocalyptic stage where they always have to remain quiet to avoid a monster-like creature who are sensitive to any noise.
Brilliantly directed and equally portraying a role of a family guy who does everything to protect his loved ones, John Krasinki just goes a step ahead and gives a mindblowing and riveting thriller. The film will look weird in the initial scenes as the characters communicate with each other through sign language but eventually as you go deep inside the tale, the silence made lot of sense.
Each and every scene has been beautifully depicted. My favorite being when Emily Blunt is about to deliver the baby and that is when she encounters the creature at her house. Performances are captivating from both John Krisinki and Emily Blunt along with the child actors.
Overall, it is a perfect and taut thriller that will keep you engaged for 90 mins. Definitely go for it. 4/5
It will give you goosebumps
On 11th May, 1998, India was declared a nuclear state despite facing major opposition from world leaders including USA. It was a historic day for each and every Indian as it showed the world that India can be a supreme power. Does Parmanu : The Story Of Pokhran do justice to the events that eventually led to the nuclear test successfully conducted at Pokhran, Rajasthan ? Let us find out ..
After failed attempts to carry out the plans to execute the nuclear test, Capt. Ashwat Raina (John Abraham) loses hope and retires from his professional life. Thanks to Himanshu Shukla (Boman Irani), Principle secretary to the Prime Minister, the project to carry out nuclear test is restarted and he wants Ashwat to lead the team at Pokhran and at the same time prove his mettle.
From director of Tere Bin Laden, Abhishek Sharma chooses a subject which was never told and probably forgotten. The successful nuclear test was lead by Dr. Abdul Kalam and all the drama and events behind the project is recommended to be told to the entire world. The film will not impress initially as it takes time to build the story and characters. Infact, it felt like watching an average film on Pokhran nuclear test till the first half. But the mood of the film completely changes in the second half. The screenplay gathers steam and builds tension around the scenes. The film delivers a knock-out punch and should impress the audience. Icing on the cake is the humor coupled with outstanding climax which makes it worth-watching.
I liked the editing of the film which gets covered in a span of 2 hours along with some great cinematography. Art direction is superb along with remarkable dialogues which goes well with the film. I wish Screenplay could have been tighter to make it an eventful film. Music was another let down where it does not incite the patriotic feeling. Performances were good with John Abraham doing fine while rest of the star cast was passable.
Overall, a nice attempt to tell the true events which led to the miracle day. Good 3/5
Make sure you watch it - Filled with electrifying comic scenes !!!
Situational comedy is fun to watch since you might never know what will come next and the surprise element will make you laugh-a-loud. Andaz Apna Apna, Chachi 420, Padosan, Angoor, Choti Si Baat, Gol Maal (1979) , Chashme Badoor, Jaani Bhi Do Yaaron, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Pushpak or even Hera Phera were some of the films that left a lasting impression in your mind with hilarious diaologues and comic act. Come forward to 2018 and we have a similar genre of comedy in form of Blackmail. Will it be as crazy as Delhi Belly ? Let us find out ..
Black Mail tells the story of a middle-class office going guy, Dev Kaushal (Irrfan Khan), who wants to re-ignite the sour relationship with his wife (Kirti Kulhari). After being suggested by his peer at work, he decides to surprise his wife one night when he reaches home early than his usual time. To his dismay, he finds his wife having affair with her ex-boyfriend (Arunoday Singh). Dev does not get angry at the situation but chalks out a plan so that even he can benefit from it.
Abhinay Deo and Pervez Shaikh (writer) goes a step ahead and does not limit the movie by just husband blackmailing his wife. They create situations where there is a series of blackmailers involved and everyone wants to grab a piece of cake. Now the best part of watching Blackmail is its earnest comic scenes and timings. Secnes like Dev's boss (brilliant played by 3 idiots's Chatur a.ka. Omi Vaidya) trying to sell toilet papers, Arundhoya Singh's father-in-law threatening to take back his money at the dinner table, Dev stealing the photos of wives from his office colleague and even from his boss for pleasure every night when nobody is at office. The most hilarious scene was when he could not find anything, he took the poster of a female model to the rest room. Each and every character is brilliantly defined and it is fun to watch them play their part. While the first half has its share of moments, second half gets more meatier when more characters gets involved and it becomes a series of blackmailing. The film might get repetitive and editing could have helped making the film much more smarter than it is. Also, background score is adequate and goes well with the scenes but none of the songs will be remembered once you leave the theater. Hats off to the screenplay and dialogues who keeps you glued to the screen. Nothing much can be said about the Art Direction and Cinematography while length of the film could be trimmed by few minutes. The item song featuring Urmilla Matondkar was disappointing.
Irrfan Khan is epitome of talent. The brilliant actor, who explored his career with serious roles like Maqbool, Haasil, Paan Singh Tomar or Talwar is giving comedy films a new meaning with his quirky and witty dialogues. With Piku, Hindi Medium, Qarib Qarib Singlle and now Blackmail, Irrfan Khan steals the show with his perfect expression of taking situation-as-it-comes and bringing out humor in it. The other actor who did well was Arunoday Singh. He was really good in his comic timings. There is a scene where he secretly meets Kirti Kulhari in a theater and instead of focusing on the situation, he checks out a girl sitting in the front row who he remembered was there with some other guy previously.
Overall, Blackmail is one hell of a ride filled with twist and turns that will surely be enjoyed. Go for it 4/5
Rani Mukherjee proves that she is here to stay !!!
As I have grown in an Indian society, I have witnessed a typical mindset to become an engineer, doctor or lawyer while pursuing education. If you are lucky, you come across a teacher / mentor who guides you what you want to do in life and not follow the herd. Hichki sets the right tone with well-intentioned message. Does it do justice to the script ? Let us find out ...
Hichki tells the story of Naina Mathur (Rani Mukherjee), a school teacher who is suffering from Tourette's syndrome. After getting rejected from multiple schools due to the disorder, she finally lands a job in a school where she takes up the challenge to educate bunch of students, who are considered misfits by the school management.
The subject of Tourette's syndrome in itself is a bold subject and it takes guts to make a film out of it. Though his first film (We Are Family) was disappointing, Siddarth Malhotra turns this unusual subject into an interesting one. He definitely has been inspired from films like Taare Zameen Par, Freedom Writers, Dead Poet's Society and Dangerous Minds where a teacher inspires students to follow their dream. Siddarth Malhotra also successfully conveys the distorted relationship between Naina and her father, who is ashamed of her daughter's disorder. I firmly believe if you are suffering from a weakness, you automatically become strong by heart as if you have to overcome that weakness. Same situation was perfectly shown where Naina keeps smiling and does not give up despite the odds not being in her favor.
While first half does have few moments, second half falls flat and writing takes a backseat. Also, the characters could have been better defined. Music is another disappoint and should have tuneful tracks. Nevertheless, the movie boast off some grand performance. Rani Mukherjee proves that she is here to stay. The "epitome of talent" returns to screen after 4 years and she sparkles the screen with outstanding performance. Watch for her when she tries to control her emotions at the corner of the school. I have been an admirer of Neeraj Kabi's acting and surely I was not disappointed at all. The actor who gave memorable performances in Detective Byomkesh and Talwar, contributes immensely in Hichki.
Overall, Hichki is a good attempt to show that you can achieve success if you are with right people and at right time. Good 3/5
Raid is a good attempt to show the corrupted politicians and businessmen looting public's money
After watching films like Aamir, No One Killed Jessica and even the experimental Ghanchakkar, I have been an ardent fan of Raj Kumar Gupta's work. The trailer of Raid itself gives you goosebumps and makes it to my watch list of must-see films this year. Will it do justice to the audience, let us find out ..
Raid talks about one of high-profile case set in 1980's where an Income Tax Officer (Ajay Devgan) investigates the most powerful man of Lucknow, Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla).
I have personally witnessed raids and can vouch for right tone set by Raj Kumar Gupta where group of 20-something Income Tax officer follows the procedure of raiding the big shot. We are introduced to the character of Ajay Devgan, Amay Patnaik, who has been transferred 49 times before following his duty with honesty. The party scene where he meets Saurabh Shukla is well-laid out but the film catches the steam when Amay Patnaik gets a tip-off that there is sum of 420 crores being hidden at Tauji's premises. The film will grab your attention as Amay chalks out the plan and builds his army to raid Tauji's house. After number of failed attempts, Amay finally cracks the case and discovers the wealth hidden in different parts of the house. The second half rolls out when Tauji threatens Amay and his team by local mob attacks which is well-executed. Climax, which becomes a crucial part , loses the steam little bit and could have been better made.
Raj Kumar Gupta has done a good job in preparing the characters and keeping you engaged. There are several moments in the film that shines and even clap worthy. The diaologue-baazi between Ajay Devgan and Saurabh Shukla is superb while few humor in this serious film do stand out. However, the songs are misplaced and not tuneful. The narratives seems sometimes stretch and screenplay loses the mark somewhere in between. On the other side, cinematography and art direction is superb while dialogues are mindblowing. Background score by Amit Trivedi is well-placed with each scenes. Performances in the film are good. Ajay Devgan does well as serious and honest officer. Saurabh Shukla is just getting better with each film. The character he plays is somewhat similar to the one in "Kaun Kitney Paani Mein" (should watch this film) though he is little serious in this one. However, the actor who plays Tauji's character, Pushpa Joshi, steals the show. You will laugh out loud the moment she speaks her dialogue. I wish she could have more scenes.
Overall, Raid is a good attempt to show the corrupted politicians and businessmen looting public's money. Go for it. Good 3/5
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018)
It is a fun ride all the way !!! Karthik Aaryan and Alok Nath steals the show
Luv Ranjan has earned a tag of using misogynistic plot for his films and Sonu Ke Tittu Ki Sweety is no different with the only difference being the introduction of Bromance Versus Romance as the main theme.
Sonu Ke Tittu Ki Sweety tells the story of two best friends Titu (Sunny Singh) and Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) where Sonu always rescues Titu from hooking up with wrong girl. Enters Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha) into the life of Titu and his world is shaken by her love. However, Sonu feels there is something wrong about Sweety and does all the things in the world to help Titu from falling into wrong hands once again.
After making hilarious films like Pyaar Ka Punchnama and its sequel, Luv Ranjan goes out of his comfortable zone this time and uses different theme to make it a fun loving film. The movie touches upon some great comic moments that is sure to bring down the house. The interaction of Sonu with Ghasite(Alok Nath), the tricks played by Sonu on the servant Babu and even war scenes between Sonu and Sweety will entertain you to the core. Luv Ranjan is known for witty and humorous dialogues and Sonu Ke Tittu Ki Sweety has some great funny ones that is sure to tickle your funny bones especially the last scene at the swimming pool.
Art direction is nice while Cinematography is cool. Editing is good but could have been better. There were few scenes which could made the film even better but I had a great time with this one. Songs are wonderful with "Kaun Nachdi" and "Subhah Subhah" pick from a lot. Coming to the performances, Karthik Aaryan steals the thunder once again with his outstanding performance. There is no seven minute monologue this time but actor has just superb dialogues to deliver and he does it with aplomb. Alok Nath will surprise you his non-sanskari dialogues. He is mind blowing and is sure to win your heart. Nushrat Bharucha looks gorgeous and does well in a different role while Sunny Singh and Virendra Saxena fit their part well.
On the whole, Sonu Ke Tittu Ki Sweety is a laugh-a-thon which will be enjoyed immensely. Amazing 4/5
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther has the right ingredients to keep you entertained. Go for it !!!
There is something about the characters created by Marvel Comics (thanks to Stan Lee). Every character has its own struggle to rise to fame and stumble down heavily. But as they say " A hero must rise from the ashes of Phoenix" to become more stronger and wiser than before, Black Panther is one such tale that needs to heard.
Black Panther is an enigmatic story of a Prince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who is on the verge of becoming a King after his father dies in terrorist bombing. T'Challa returns home to take control of the kingdom of Wakhanda, an isolated African nation which has the resource in form of Vibranium that can change the shape of the world. However, T'Challa is challenged by his cousin Erik Killmonger, who was abandoned in his childhood when his father was killed.
From the director of marvelous films like Creed and Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler proves that he is one such fine young talented guy who can transform a script into a must-see film. The first half is fast-paced and makes you glued to the screen with high-voltage drama followed by superbly executed car-chasing scene in Tokyo. We are also introduced to new characters like Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Ulysses Klaw (brilliantly played by Andy Serkis). The movie takes a sweet turn and second half becomes little monotonous with fall of King Of Wakhanda. The length of the film takes a backseat while editing could have been better. The saving grace is marked by a good comeback of Black Panther a.k.a King Of Wakhanda with a strong climax scene. As usual, there is a scene once the movie ends and a final scene after the entire credit rolls out.
Visual effects are superb while Cinematography is excellent. Screenplay is very good and should be lauded for keeping us engaged throughout. Ryan Coogler does a good job in defining each character with aplomb. Each actor has done justice their role which makes the movie even better. But I felt, Andy Serkis stood out as Ulysses Klaw. The brilliant actor was mind-blowing in a small role and I wish the makers could have kept his characters alive for some more time.
Overall, Black Panther has the right ingredients to keep you entertained. It turned out to be better than what I was expecting. Excellent 4/5
Padman is a refreshing journey which should be lauded for its boldness and message for a cause
There is a dialogue in the movie - "If you are not facing problem, you are not living your life properly". India is a huge country with diverse culture, religion and faith with its own issue and circumstances. But does all the belief and faith hold the right message ? Padman explores that ..
Padman, based on one of the short story "The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land" written by Twinkle Khanna, tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary man , Lakshmi Prasad (Akshay Kumar), who changed the life of rural women in India by devising low-cost machine to build sanitary pads.
Directed by R.Balki, who gave us some critically acclaimed films like Cheeni Kum and Paa, Padman is a bold step to explore the subject of menstruation and sanitary pads which is considered taboo in India. The film starts of very well with few scenes bringing smile on your face - Lakshmi Prasad buying the pads for his wife first time from a local medical shop, Lakshmi saving the life of his fellow-worker at the factory and even when he is trying to build the pads by using the cotton and leaves. The passion and determination of Lakshmi to know how the pad works and trying to make his wife and sisters use it will keep you glued to the screen. While the first half boast of some great scenes, the second half is a roller-coaster ride which stumbles down but picks up later in the climax. There are various reasons - the romance between Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar is half-baked and out of place, the weird of Sonam Kapoor is itself does not make much impact, the lengthy pace and few unwanted scenes. Even the songs by Amit Trivedi is disappointing as none of it has chartburster touch (coming as a surprise from such a talented musician). Despite these hiccups, the impact of movie overall is a good as it helps to understand the pain what women goes through during those five days of period, especially a learning lesson for men. Though, it is okay to talk about it in Urban India, the subject is extremely sensitive in the rural India even though we are living in 21st Century.
The screenplay is decent while editing is good, though trimming of few scenes and songs could have helped. Art direction is splendid while Cinematography is outstanding capturing the beautiful locations in Madhya Pradesh. Padman belongs to one and the only Akshay Kumar. The actor is just challenging himself to do good films on social cause and entertaining us with his superb performance. Though, he went overboard during one of the scene when he introduces his invention at the National Innovation Foundation conference, he will win your heart with a staggering speech at the United Nation ceremony, New York. Radhika Apte gives adequate support to her role. Sonam Kapoor, as usual, over-acted and does not justice to her character at all. I wish, the makers could have taken someone better.
Padman is a refreshing journey of Arunachalam Muruganantham which should be lauded for its boldness and message for a cause. Good 3/5
Bajirao-Mastani should be lauded for bold direction, exemplary CGI and commendable performances
As the epic tale of Padmaavat releases today, my joy knew no bound to watch it which has been in the news for quite some. With Bahubali series, Jodhaa Akhbar and Bajirao Mastani, Bollywood audiences are accepting the epic period drama in a big way. Can Padmaavat continue the trend ? Let us find out ..
Padmaavat tells the story of brutal and ruthless Sultan Allauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) whose is obsessed to capture the queen of Chittor, Padmaavati (Deepika Padukone), after hearing the tales of her exquisite beauty. In order to defend both his kingdom and queen from the hands of evil, Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) must fight the battle of life.
The talented director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who gave us some memorable films like Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam , Black, Guzaarish, Bajirao Mastani and some forgettable films like Saawariya and Ram- Leela takes a bold step with Padmaavat based on the epic poem "Padmavat" (1540) by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Like his previous films, Padmaavat is visually stunning and breath-taking. Each and every frame is beautiful depicted on the silver screen while cinematography capturing exotic locales of Rajasthan. However, the screenplay by Prakash R. Kapadia and Bhansali has certain loose ends and has taken creative freedom to make it more dramatic . Few factors makes a negative impact to the film - the length of the film (163 minutes), loose editing and unnecessary inclusion of songs. Also, except for "Ghoomar" (mind-blowing choreography) none of songs stand out in this epic drama. On the other side, the battle sequences especially the clash between two teams (action director by Sham Kaushal) have been executed brilliantly. The production design is eye-catching and will take you back to the forgotten history. The costume-design is mesmerizing. I loved the climax scene where the controversial "Jauhar" scene was shot depicting the sacrifice, valor and honor.
Performance wise, Ranveer Singh will hold your attention as powerful and mystical Allaudin and the actor exudes honoring performance. The intensity in his eyes will make you love-to-hate him. Deepika Padukone surprises with her charming , bubbly and yet fearless character whom you will fall in love immediately with her innocence. Shahid Kapoor does well in few sequences but I wish somebody with more intensity and charm could play the king of Mewar. Jim Sarbh as Malik Kafur is definitely an actor to watch out for. The "Neerja" actor shines well in this multi-starrer
Overall, Padmaavat is definitely a good watch if you are a fan of Indian History. It should be lauded for bold direction, exemplary CGI and commendable performances. Good 3/5
- Ketan Gupta
Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
Good comeback by Salman Khan after forgettable Tube light
In 2012, Salman Khan and Kabir Khan collaborated for the spy-action thriller Ek Tha Tiger. The movie did boasted some great action sequence, especially the first scene, but disappointed overall. Come forward to 2017, Abbas Ali Zafar took over the reign and makes it even larger and better.
Based on true events when a group of Indian nurses cheated death in ISIS captivity in Iraq, Tiger Zinda Hai tells the semi-fictional story of partnership between RAW (Salman Khan) and ISI (Katrina Kaif) agent who were involved in the extraction process.
From the director of decent Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and superbly made Sultan, Abbas Ali Zafar knows what is expected out of Salman's fan and he gives what the audience wants. Salman Khan is always known for his grand opening scene but the one in Tiger Zinda Hai disappoints big time. It is is pretty larger-than-life and stunts are way too shabby to believe. Imagine, you are fighting with packs of wolves and you don't even encounter a scratch on your body. Anyways, the opening scene of Katrina Kaif was still better and she pulls it off quite impressively. The movies takes some time to build story and once the Tiger team is formed, it is race against time (as US Air Force plans to take down the entire place where the nurses are kept as hostage within 7 days). Second half boasts off some great action sequence especially the well-executed climax scene with shower of patriotism to raise your spirit.
The movie does it have its share of flaw as well. The film is way too long and should have been trimmed for most of the scenes. Thankfully, it has only major song "Dil Diya Gallan" which is beautiful and has been well-shot. The screenplay is shabby and could have been strong ( I would give an example of Baby which has same premise). Direction wise, I was little disappointed as I had strong expectation from Abbas Ali Zafar after his well-made Sultan. On the other hand, Art Direction and Cinematography is simply superb. Hats off to the action director for well-choreographed stunts. Performance wise, none of the supporting actors were able to make presence felt including Paresh Rawal even though it was a Salman Khan movie. The good thing is that it was good comeback by Salman Khan this year but I still feel he could have emoted expressively in few scenes. Same goes for Katrina Kaif who does a great job in the fight sequence but is wooden in her expressions.
Nevertheless, Tiger Zinda Hai will keep you engaged throughout with some spellbinding action scenes. Decent 2.75/5
Fukrey Returns (2017)
Choocha will tickle your funny bones - Go for it !!
Fukrey was a fresh concept with likable story, beautiful music and excellent performance by the new comers especially Varun Sharma. Will Fukrey Returns do justice to the cult classic ?
Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chaddha) is entangled in prison and desperately wants to come out. The only way out to adhere to the promise made to a local minister which again involves the four Fukreys.
Set in the lively city of Delhi , Fukrey Returns is fun to watch. The story does not have much to boast about and screenplay is timid but yet it is the execution of the plot filled with hilarious moments which makes it watchable. Mrigdeep Singh Lamba does a fairly good job in retaining the characters and sequence from the first part. Fukrey Returns will keep you entertained with comic scenes and is sure to bring down the house. The scene where a diver saves live of Choocha by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is probably the best scene from the film and you will roll down the floor laughing. The scene at the dinner table with a local minister is again enjoyable. The frequent usage of English language by Pankaj Tripathi is fun to watch.
Of course, the sequel disappoints with few blemishes and loose screenplay. Music is a let down. Cinematoraphy is amazing capturing the locales of Delhi. Background score is good. Out of 4 protagonist , Pulkeet Samrat and and Varun Sharma stands out with superb chemistry. Both of them should be applauded for fine comic-timings. Richa Chadha and Pankaj Tripathi do lend in good support.
Fukrey Returns is a Laughton which will be remembered for its utmost hilarious moments. Go for it 3/5
Justice League (2017)
Good comeback from Zack Snyder and DC
Justice League turned out to be more thrilling and exciting than Batman Vs Superman. It was definitely good but certainly not a ground- breaking super-hero flick.
Batman is building a team comprising of Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman as the world is threatened by new enemy,Steppenwolf, who plans an attack on Earth by unraveling three mysterious Mother Boxes.Together, Justice League with new members must fight the evil to save the mankind.
It would have been really challenging for Zack Snyder, director of 300, Man Of Steel, Batman vs Superman, to make a film by assembling all the superheroes in one flick but to my surprise he did a pretty good job and turned this comic-story into an enjoyable fun ride. The differences between the characters has been portrayed ecstatically. 1st half boast of some path-breaking action sequences. The introduction of each superhero is astounding. 2nd half loses the steam with so many stories interwoven under the same umbrella. Couple of scenes that easily stands out - return of Superman, Flash getting a surprise of his life when he realizes that Superman is faster than him. Climax fighting is well executed. Screenplay is good along with punching dialogues. Cinematography is enthralling. The CGI is magnificent with thrilling visual effects. On the flip side , any superhero movie is supported by electrifying background which is clearly missing here. Nevertheless, it is compensated by powerful performances by rest of the starcast.
Overall , an action-packed entertainment with good storyline and lovely performances. It definitely misses the mark when you sky-high expectations but do you even care when you have the privileged to watch all the superheroes under the same umbrella. GOOD 3/5
Tumhari Sulu (2017)
Thumbs up to Vidya Balan for stellar performance
There were times Bollywood used to make simple and warm stories on lives of middle class family in Mumbai. Films like Baaton Baaton Mein, Chhoti Si Baat or Sansar touched the audience hearts as you could connect with real-life characters. Tumhari Sulu is like a breath of fresh air with superb performance by Vidya Balan.
Tumhari Sulu tells the story of Sulochna who loves to try out new things in life. However, her life changes when she gets the opportunity to become a Radio Jockey for a late-night call show.
First time director, Suresh Triveni, chooses a niche subject to make his Bollywood debut and comes out with a fruitful result. Right from the opening scene, the film will instantly connect you with the real-life characters. The story of a middle class family depicted in Mumbai along with their daily life struggle and happiness is heart-warming and yet convincing. Few scenes will grab your eyeballs- the audition of Vidya Balan at the Radio station, the confrontation between Manav Kaul and Vidya Balan when she gets her first salary and Vidya Balan making her first call as Radio Jockey is spellbinding and memorable. Unfortunately, the script loses the steam in the second half and weak climax plays the spoilsports. Few scenes looks forced which slows down the momentum it built in the first half.
Editing could have been better. Art direction and Cinematography is decent while the music is a plain average. Dialogues are powerful while background is just about okay. The captain of the ship is none other than Vidya Balan. The supremely talented just brings life into the film with electrifying performance. She is equally supported by Manav Kaul who throws in a good surprise. Neha Dhupia and Vijay Maurya provides in adequate support.
Overall, a well-made film with a weak second half. Thank god, Vidya Balan was there to save my day. Good 3/5
Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017)
Irrfan Khan steals the thunder in this light-heart-ed comedy !!!
Odd couples sometimes makes it an even watch. Audience loved pairing of Amitabh-Tabu in Cheeni Kum, Rahul Bose-Mallika Sherawat in Pyaar Ke Side Effects or Ranbir Kapoor - Konkana Sen Sharma in Wake Up Sid. More than the good-looks, I guess the chemistry between these pairing lit up the silver screen and so were the audience. Will the unusual pairing of Irrfan Khan and Parvathy Menon shine in Qarib Qarib Singlle ? Let us find out ..
Qarib Qarib Singlle tells the story of a divorcée Jaya (Malayalam film actress Parvathy Menon) who befriends the full-of-life, Yogi (Irrfan Khan), and agrees to accompany him on a road trip. Through the journey of fun ride, Jaya and Yogi realizes the true meaning of love.
Qarib Qarib Singlle marks a good comeback for Tanuja Chandra who made pretty popular dark and gritty 90's Dushman (Kajol and Sanjay Dutt) and Sangharsh (Preity Zinta and Akshay Kumar). Like her previous films, Tanuja Chandra chose the female character to be the protagonist. Though the film is narrated from the Jaya's point of view, it is the bindaas character of Irrfan Khan which electrifies the screen the moment he enters the scene. The immensely talented actor just pours in some superb witty one-liners that will bring down the house. The film is one hell of a ride in the first half while the second half scores well on melodrama. Despite some good hilarious scenes, the film does have its share of flaws and loses the track towards the end, especially the ordinary climax.
Tanuja Chandra does succeed in creating real-life characters that connects well with audience. The chemistry between Parvathy Menon and Irrfan Khan is simply superb and will engage you till the end. The romantic drama had add-on with tuneful songs, amazing cinematography which captures some exotic location of India right from Hrishikesh till Sikkim. Despite being her Bollywood debut, Parvathy Menon shows the confidence with her dialogues and expressions. Irrfan Khan is simply mind-blowing. This is second film this year after Hindi Medium where the actor does a fine job in comic scenes.
Overall, Qarib Qarib Singlle is a memorable trip that you should take. Good 3/5
Akshaye Khanna shines in this unconvincing plot
It has been a while since Bollywood has churned good thriller films. Films like Kahaani, Manorama-Six Feet Under, Error 404 or Phobia had a good twist which will remain embedded in your memories. Will Ittefaq be able to create enough tension to keep audience at bay ? let us find out ..
Ittefaq tells the story of 2 suspects (Siddharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha) who are involved in a murder leading to 2 different stories that happened one night. The investigating officer (Akshaye Khanna) must be find out which story holds the fact.
First time director, Abhay Chopra, follows the foot-step of 1969's Ittefaq directed Yash Chopra but introduces his own world. The film has a pretty solid opening scenes involving car chases and the confrontation between Siddharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha. The film adds more flavor with Akshaye Khanna entering the scene and taking the charge of murder. The director does a fine job in building tension when two victims tell their own version of stories. In second half, you will be convinced with the suspect and while everything is about to end well, there will be another twist in the end which is unconvincing and fails to keep the momentum. This is where director could have created more impact with crisp editing and interesting plot.
As a first timer, Abhay Chopra does a fine job but is mowed down by loose second half. Screenplay is good but suffers towards the climax. Better writing would have helped. Cinematography is just about okay while the background is decent (should be good in thriller films). Siddharth Malhotra does well as Vikram Sethi and emotes his expression better than his previous films. Sonakshi Sinha is wooden. It is Akshay Khanna who steals the show with his upright performance. He infuses humor in his character and is even speaks serious tone when investigating the complex case.
Overall, a fair attempt to show the double murder but is saddened by the weak spot. Decent 2.75 / 5
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Charlize Theron is electrifying and mesmerizing
There are so many Spy movies that you might have seen before so why do you care to see this one ? The simple answer is the epitome of talent - Charlize Theron.
A M16 agent is sent to Berlin during a cold war to investigate the murder of her colleague and retrieve the list of agents that will be bitter than truth.
Based on the Oni Press graphic novel series "The Coldest City" written by Antony Johnston and directed by David Leitch (co-director of John Wick), Atomic Blonde is one hard-hitting kickass film with superb hand-to-hand combat fight scenes. There is a 10 minutes continuous action scene towards the climax right from the fight scene on the stair case to the car-chase which has superbly choreographed and brilliantly executed. The scene is so real as of you are watching a real fight with bruises and marks appearing on Charlize Theron and thugs with every scene. How have they created the scene ? Hats off to the stunt and action director. Having said that the film does falters in few places. Editing could have been better and so is the screenplay.
If one actor which can pull of the role of Lorraine Broughton, it has to be Charlize Theron. The brilliant actress gives a towering performance and does exceedingly well in action scenes (I read that she broker her jaw while filming). James Mcvoy as usual does a fine job in grey role.
Overall, if you are looking for kick-ass action scenes, watch Atomic Blonde. Good 3/5
Secret Superstar (2017)
Sparkling .. enigmatic !!! Zaira Wasim is not a secret superstar any more
Every one aspires to do something in life which they dream of but there are very few who struggle and fight to achieve it and keep them alive. Secret Superstar inspires and touches the right chord which will win your heart.
Secret Superstar tells the story of Insia (Zaira Wasim) who aspires to become a singer one day but is swayed away by abusive father who stands in way to achieve her dream.
First time director Advait Chandan will blow your mind with a powerful and engaging drama. The film, simple and yet powerful, goes on to prove that a talented person cannot be stopped if supported by the right people and at right time. The film charms its way through the very beginning and each and every frame has been perfectly shot (right from the make-up to the background score). While first half has its glorious moments (Pyaari Ammi song will make you teary eyes), second half opens with a bang with entry of Aamir Khan who will bring down the house with his outstanding comic acts. The film does have its share of flaw as well. Few scenes where Insia easily gets famous in a matter of seconds and is even nominated for Best Singer Award is little hard to digest. Also, the editing takes a back seat in the second half and should been trimmed for few minutes. Nevertheless, the film never loses its track and overall satisfaction will compensate for few shortcomings. Songs are nice especially "Main Kaun Hoon" and "Pyaari Ammi". Kiddos to Amit Trivedi for giving us beautiful tracks as always. Art direction is great while Cinematography is splendid. Screenplay (also written by Advait Chandan) is good while casting is perfect.
Aamir Khan is one such actor whose name is good enough to ensure a good quality cinema but Secret Superstar belongs to the actual superstar Zaira Wasim. The "Dangal" actress has proved once again that she is here to stay and should go a long way in terms of acting. The charming actress emotes expressively and her bonding with Meher Vij (Insia's mother) is phenomenal. Coming to Meher Vij, the "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" actress is simply mind-blowing. Hats off to her performance. I also liked the young actor playing the role of Chintan. Finally, talking about Aamir Khan - just one word comes to mind - Brilliant. The "method-actor" proved once again that he can do any role in the world. Aamir is amazing and his comic act will remind you of Rangeela.
Overall, Secret Superstar is encourages you to chase your passion and live your dream. Excellent 4/5
Hotel Salvation (2016)
Beautiful journey with heart-warming moments and superb background score is a must watch
Indians believe in complete Moksh or Salvation after death to free the soul from the cycle of life and death.
Mukti Bhavan tells a weird journey of a 77-year old man who believes that time has come to attain Salvation and must reach Varanasi accompanied by his son.
Mukti Bhavan had already won accolades at the National Film Awards bagging the Best Film and Best Actor awards. The trailer was interesting and so is the film. The journey taken by father and son (Lalit Behl and Adil Hussain) is beautifully depicted as the bond grows strong as they spent more time together. The movie is one such attempt to show the state of people who stay at the Mukti Bhavan, a small hotel with 12 rooms in Varanasi. Though the subject of death is serious, the film boast off some satirical moments to keep up the light moments. There is a scene when father is terminally ill and you feel that he is about to die showing the last moments between father and son. Surprisingly, he survives the illness proving that you cannot control Death but it will ultimately control you. The film also succeeds in giving message to take care of old-age parents the same way they take care of you when you are growing up.
The second half tends to drag a little bit and could have been made better. However, the beautiful background score along with spectacular capture of ghats of Varanasi will keep you engaged. Shubhashish Bhutiani, as a new director and writer, has the potential to make it big while the performances by the star cast is simply superb.
Overall, a beautiful journey with heart-warming moments and superb background score is a must watch. Excellent 4/5
Golmaal Again (2017)
Logic bhi nahi .. magic bhi nahi
Golmaal franchise was incepted by Rohit Shetty in the year 2006 and was a perfect tribute to the Hrishikesh Mukherjee's classic Golmaal. However, the franchise started producing senseless and illogical caper. Come 2017, Rohit Shetty is back with yet another horrifying tale which is worst and hangs in the air with each passing frame.
Golmaal Again tells the story of orphans who set out to solve the mystery behind the killing of their childhood friend, Khushi.
Golmaal Again was one of the worst film I have seen in 2017 (of course after Judwaa 2). The film begins on light note with few comic scenes to keep you at bay. However, as soon as film rolls further, it starts loosing the plot and at one point of time, becomes intolerable. To make it worst, frequent insertion of songs will give a headache (none of songs are good). The last part Golmaal 3 at least had some funny moments but this one simply puts in a "forced comedy". I have never appreciated Rohit Shetty's films (except for Zameen and Golmaal) and this one is just one terrible film.
Overall, a bad film in every sense. Poor 1/5
Wind River (2017)
There will be time when you just need to some good movie that will keep you engaged till the end. Wind River is one such film. I felt good after watching this film which had everything going in its favor.
Wind River tells the story of a FBI investigator (played by Elizabeth Olsen of The Avengers fame) who seeks help from a local huntsman to solve a cold-blooded murder of a 18 year girl in Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, US.
Directed by Taylor Sheridan, Wind River is a perfect crime thriller that has some wow moments. The film begins on a slow note which will eventually wrap you in its stunning visuals and interesting plot. The screenplay is crispy and will keep you hooked on to screen. The movie does have some shallow moments but it is compensated by electrifying climax and strong performance.
The cinematography is eye-catching while background score gels with the mood of the film. Jeremy Renner is superb as agent Cory Lamber. The brilliant actor is ruthless when it comes to seek justice. Elizabeth Olsen proves that she is more than a eye-candy. She shows the sign of maturity and proves her credibility as an actor.
Overall, I thoroughly watching Wind River and would highly recommend it. Excellent 4/5
Newton is a definite watch to bring in the change required !!!
Now they say Bollywood has disappointed in 2017 with films like Tubelight, Jagga Jasoos, When Harry Met Sejal or a Rangoon. I would say Bollywood has matured with films like Trapped, Hindi Medium, Bareily Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Savdhaan and Newton. For me, cinema has to be good which should entertain me despite having a Salman Khan or Rajkumar Rao.
Newton tells the story of an honest government officer who performs his duty to make sure there is a fair voting in the Naxalite-hit area in India.
From the director of good comedy film Sulemaani Keeda, Amit Masurkar has taken a bold step to explore the state of voting in extremely rural and sensitive area of Chattisgarh. The film ignites the fact about the villagers who are unaware of the privileges they have to choose the leaders they want, despite having a voter ID card. The film also showcases the apathy of security forces and the hunger to get the limelight from media by high level officers.
The script is pretty good while editing tends to gets slower though it will never bore you out. Dialogues are nice filled with humor. Background score gels well with the mood of the film. Art direction is amazing while Cinematography is splendid. The film boast of some mind-blowing performances. Rajkumar Rao hits the bull's eye with his sparkling performance. The actor steals the thunder with his dynamic acting. Pankaj Tripathi as chief commander will surprise you with admiring performance. Raghuvir Yadav is marvelous while Anjali Patil impresses with her simple yet powerful role.
As the Newton's first law states "objects will remain in their state of motion unless a force acts to change the motion", the film gives the same message. Overall, it was a good experience for me watching a film like Netwon. Excellent 4/5
Judwaa 2 (2017)
20 years back David Dhawan made the comic caper Judwaa, which was illogical, but still a light entertainer with rib-tickling comedy scenes and good performances. Push forward button to 2017, Judwaa 2, made by same director, same premise, same scenes and even same background, yet to fails to deliver.
Judwaa 2 tells the story of twins who gets separated at their birth due to unusual circumstances and meet each other in their adulthood.
Sometimes I wonder whether Bollywood prepares any script before directing any film. Spending so much on location, songs and dance would not give inception of a good film unless script is thoroughly worked upon. There is no definition of Story, Script and direction tin Judwaa 2. The main drama unfolds in the later reel which again is intolerable with screenplay written by a school kid. Editing is horrible. The torture goes on for almost 2.25 hours. Art direction is good. Cinematography is nice. Songs are tuneful (again all the songs. baring one, is lifted straight from the original. Dialogues are less-impacting. Performances are over- top
Overall, a pathetic film in every sense. Poor- 1/5