My Review : GOLD

My Review : GOLD

Prelude :

The Indian men’s hockey team won the country’s first Olympic medal as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th London Olympiad. The captain of the new team was Kishen Lal,with KD Singh (Babu)being the vice-captain. This was the first time when India marched holding the tricolour, as a free nation, in the opening ceremony at the Wembley Stadium.
This was the fourth consecutive gold medal for India in the sport, and its first as an independent nation.

The film is apparently said to be based on the life of hockey player Balbir Singh who was in the team that won the first Olympic medal for India as a free nation in 1948at the 14th London Olympiad.
Even after having some unbeaten records written in his name, the legendary player never got the recognition he deserved.  Even after retiring from the field, Balbir Singh didn’t part ways from the national game of the country. He remained associated with the game as a coach and a manager of the Indian Hockey Team.

Director Reema helms the film, who is known for films like ‘Honeymoon Travels PVT LTd’and ‘Talaash.

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Plot :

Gold is the basic, every-single-sports-movie story of a Bengali junior manager Tapan Das who puts together a team of aspiring hockey players to do the impossible — here winning the Olympic gold. 

This is undoubtedly a challenging role for Akshay Kumar, the superstar doing decently well as he tackles a talented cast and makes the film a believable piece of work . Stop looking up Miracle, A League Of Their Own or The Mighty DucksDVDs –– it’s a straight sports film, and you walk into the theatre knowing how it’s going to turn out.

The focus/ spotlight squarely on Tapan Das, a team manager grappling with his own set of issues in a battle to stay relevant in free India’s hockey plans and how he motivates an entire team to win the Olympic Gold.Gold Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Biggest Weakness In Film That Glitters Only Intermittently

Technical:

The first half takes its time to buildup, predictably. There’s no surprise as the tale unfolds, and the horrible, overwhelming background score tries too hard — this is, after all a Bollywood film, and considering that they’ve gone for a no-heroine authentic sports movie, we ought allow them that major concession — and is further undercut by trite, jingoistic dialogue. Granted, these come at occasional moments, but the melodrama truly jars. Tapan Das holds the film together as Reema and the rest of the cast gradually get to grips — with both lines and sticks.

The second half tends to dip due to its long length and unwanted scenes. The film becomes less compelling, constant, and leaves a lot of room for filler.

‘Gold’ isn’t quite a Lagaan or a Chak De selecting the sport more trodden rather than the one conventionally heralded, and so it isn’t likely to expect applause in the aisles as the team manages to unite together. It is, however, more of a sports film talking about the story of an individual overshadowing the story of a team.

Reema’s film struggles a bit, clearly trying hard to strike a balance between classic melodrama and the sporting genre. There are times when it tries to straddle the fence hastily, even failing badly, and as a result the movie, while a perfectly good sporting film, seems to have lost the edge we might have expected from the ‘Talaash’ director. It’s a fine, true-blooded sports movie though, and ek watch banta hai.gold movie review,gold movie akshay kumar,akshay kumar

Performances :

Akshay Kumar has done his best but is the weakest link as far the performances are concerned. Amit Sadh and Sunny Kaushal ( Vicky Kaushal’s brother) shines through out. Vineet Kumar Singh and Kunal Kapoor are at their best.

Verdict :

You know what’s going to happen, but it’s a Good watch — and especially satisfying to see the Indian flag being hoisted during the climax.

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My Review : Mulk

My Review : Mulk

Prelude :

While all of us want to stay away from the court of law and the legal matters in our personal lives, Don’t we love watching the courtroom drama on big screens? The drama, the arguments and the tension till the judge announces the final judgement are the things which make the scenes intriguing and interesting.

In order to create such attention-grabbing courtroom dramas on screen, a solid script, thorough research and strong groundwork. When it comes to such films, the makers have to follow original rules and guidelines of the law and ethics. Although not many films have been made on this fan-favourite genre, Bollywood has successfully delivered some brilliant creations centred on courtroom drama and the latest released flick ‘Mulk’

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Plot :

The story revolves around : Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor), a well-respected lawyer in his small mohalla of Benaras. His daughter-in-law, Aarti Mohammed, (Taapsee Pannu), is also a Hindu and a lawyer by profession.

Following a bomb blast,  Murad Ali’s younger brother Bilal’s son, Shahid Mohammed (Prateik Babbar) becomes a suspected terrorist but refuses to surrender to the police and gets shot.

This horrific incident changes the lives of everyone in the family and Shahid’s father, Bilaal Mohammed (Manoj Pahwa) is taken into police custody under suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities also. The entire mohalla turns against them, and Murad Ali has no other option but to defend his brother and prove that they are as patriotic as anybody else in the country.

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Technical :

Director Anubhav Sinha sets out to lay bare the prejudice that often precedes people’s perception of the Muslim community in our country and also throws light on how people fall prey to political agendas and earn a bad reputation. The film clearly tells us that terrorism has no religion.

The first half is light and slow but post intermission, the film turns into a dramatic courtroom sequence, which will make you think about the  impression we have on the religion Islam. Cinematography by Evan Mulligan was top notch, right from hand held shots to capturing  the bylanes of small town India.

The music is average but the dialogues and writing keeps you hooked through out.  Mulk undoubtedly focusses on some hard-hitting and relevant issues, while also highlighting the crucial role that the people and various media play in dispersal of the right news and facts to everyone.

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Performances :

Rishi Kapoor and Tapsee Pannu holds the film together along with a few strong supporting star cast like the talented Neena Gupta and the talented Manoj Pawah. A Special mention goes to the talented Kumud Mishra and Pratiek Babbar for their respective performances.

Verdict :

Mulk is Anubhav Sinha’s best film till date and it deals with a very relevant topic. A Must Watch for all.

 

 

 

 

 

My Review : Karwaan

My Review : Karwaan

Prelude:

It’s not the first time that critics and me are not on the same boat coz there were many films in the past which were panned by them but loved by me…So creativity is subjective especially in the field of ‘Cinema’ How and why an individual gets connected to a certain film is never known or well defined. I hated ‘Sanju’ but there was a large majority of people who immensely loved it….So ‘Karwaan’ is such kind of film…which has been heavily panned by the critics but believe me, I immensely loved it and want to watch it again.

Plot :

After the forgettable comedy flick ‘Hijack’ writer and director Akarsh Khurana’s second flick is based on Director Bejoy Nambiar’s story,  with its own flavour and touch. The story revolves around three individuals – IT professional Avinash (Dulquer Salman), his friend Shaukat (Irrfan) and Tanya (Mithila Palkar) – belong to different age groups who are quite radically different from each other as individuals. One is reticent and introvert, other is outgoing yet conservative and the third one is rebellious, bold and always ready to experiment. The only point that seems to bind them are their father issues. Tanya lost hers to cancer when young, Shaukat couldn’t take the violent streak of his own, while Avinash seems to be suffocated under the strict, conservative ways of his dad.

Their destinies collide as all three of them undertake a long road trip for exchanging two bodies (of Avinash’s father and Tanya’s grandmother) that have mistakenly delivered to the other address. However, despite this extraordinary theme, the journey itself is as much about day to day moments and few funny situations that the three land themselves in.

Technical : ( No spoilers ahead)

The script /writing did seem to be a little cold and lazy…the first half seems tight and relatable but post intermission the film takes a very convenient turn and takes a lot of time to get to the point where the major portion of the film is almost over. The second half is only filled with random events but fails to progress. Hence, it feels a little contrived.

The films does begin to grow on you after a while but you don’t get very emotionally attached to any of the characters but you kinda impressed with their respective performances. Inspite of the sloppy writing, Karwaan will make you laugh and will shower you with everyday wisdom and its bitter insights.

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Performances :

The performances are the key high point of the film, all the three actors are finely tuned with each other. Mithila Palkar is fresh and sweet and portrays her character with a lot of ease.

Irrfan is the only actor who makes comedy seem effortless and seamless with his deadpan look and the impeccable comic timing along with Hussain Dalal’s hilarious lines.

Malayalam Heartthrob Dulquer Salman makes his Hindi film debut in a very fine way. You do notice interesting touches in the young actor’s performance — from the natural expressions to the body language (his hindi accent was decent).Dulquer brings in something special and endearing.

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Verdict :
Overall, Karwaan is a fun ride and a watchable flick…ignore the reviews and go ahead. If you have missed Irfan Khan..this flick is a must watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review : SANJU

My Review : SANJU

Finally, the most anticipated and the most awaited film of the year ‘Sanju’ has released and I have managed watch it…..But,Alas…I was not impressed -(

Firstly, was this movie or the story of Sanjay Dutt so important to be shared ? or told ? I really was never that interested or keen to know the life story of the so called living legend Sanjay Dutt and his tryst with drugs etc etc. Mr Hirani could have simply gone ahead and made ‘Munabhai chalo America‘ rather than working on Sanjay Dutt Biopic.     ( I wonder how many people even idolize Sanjay Dutt ????? or watch his film ‘First day first show” ?? Munna bhai was his last successful film.

Synopsis :

Sanju is a typical wealthy spoiled brat born to famous celebrity parents and fails to cope up with the hurricane of expectations. Mostly, others make a choice for him, and one such choice is drug abuse. Zubin Mistry becomes Sanjay’s God for drugs and introduces him during the time he was going through a turmoil. What follows is a lifetime of struggle for the young actor, who — only does what he has been asked to.

His failed love story with Ruby leaves a scar on his ego which starts to cure only after he meets a Gujarati NRI, Kamlesh, who helps to cure him…No more spoilers.

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Technical :

Sanju’s first half lacks harmony., it took me a long while to settle down and get connected to the film. The caricaturist feel, the slapstick tone, the loud colors didn’t quite get the real feel in the film.
Few scenes looked so manipulative like the one showing Dutt’s innocent kids hearing the news about their father’ Sanjay Dutt’ getting imprisoned once again and a over dramatic Sonam Kapoor yelling aloud for a missing mangalsutra.
Ranbir’s expert performance keeps you glued through out.
The reason of creating a biographer DN Tripathi (Piyush Mishra) who compares Sanjay with Mahatma Gandhi in the very first scene didn’t make any sense to me…we see Sanjay Dutt, now in his 50s, getting furious that he throws a shoe at the writer and burns his novel. He is unhappy with the comparison to Bapuji…I find the first scene sequence less humorous and bland.

The sequence introducing ‘Karishma Tanna’ as Kamlesh’s girlfriend was absurd and a total waste as it shows Sanju sleeping with his best buddy’s gf…not cool-(-(

Post-interval, the film takes a very convenient shift, the pace slackens,Hirani picks the media as the antagonist. Slowly and steadily, everything boils down to the topic of media being the real culprit because it kept on defaming Sanjay Dutt. This also provides a chance to state only what is already there in the public domain and not saying anything new about Sanjay Dutt, Hirani makes Sanju a predictable tale.

The entire film, the director continues with the sympathetic tone towards Sanju as he brings in a new biographer, Vinnie Diaz (Anushka Sharma) who finally decided to pen down his biopic.

Surprisingly, there are important characters totally missing from the film. Sanjay’s first two wives and daughter Trishala are not there.

The director has tried to bind the screenplay with songs but forgets to put in intensity to the film, hence, slows down the flow.

In this film, Sanjay Dutt has only been established as a ‘misunderstood’ youth. Hirani’s script will only force you to choose a side, but there is no depth nor any layer .
Unfortunately, there was no take away/ didn’t take back home anything after watching the film.

 

Performances :

Ranbir Kapoor is perfect and convincing as Sanju,
Paresh Rawal MP playing Sunil Dutt is good and contributes lot to the film.
Manisha Koirala as Nargis, makes you wish there was more screen time of her.
Jim Sarbh, as the drug peddler friend, had done a fine jobis very fine and dandy, and lastly
Lastly, the best part was Vicky Kaushal as Sanju’s faithful New York-based Gujju friend who teaches him life lessons, is absolutely terrific.

Verdict :

Overall, This film doesn’t quite live up to its energetic trailer and the promising teaser.
Sanju The Film is an average affair…watch it only for Ranbir Kapoor Happy Weekend everyone.

My Review : KAALA

My Review : KAALA

The project ‘Kaala’ evoked great amount of interest among the die-hard fans of Superstar Rajinikanth and other movie buffs right from the beginning – for, they were sure that this was going to be ‘another’ Rajini film with the star playing to the gallery, with his successfully signature style histrionics.

With Pa Ranjith, who won appreciation from all quarters for his previous Rajni film Kaabali, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Kollywood was waiting to witness an all-new Rajini, nay, in fact, the old Rajini, which many people felt they have been missing in his previous outings  (for ex Lingaa)

Once again our very own Thailava Rajni has made a come back with more than enough reasons for his millions of fans to cheer? Let’s find out.

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Plot :

In Mumbai, the people who had migrated from Tamil Nadu are living in the Dharavi slum. An union minister Haridev “Hari Dhadha” Abhayankar (Nana Patekar) previously a gangster who had carried out many attacks in Dharavi, tries to evacuate the people and grab their land. Over the years he has become a minister and plans to clear the area to construct buildings using his construction company in the form of government scheme with the help of his supporter Vishnu Bhai (Sampath Raj). But, Karikaalan aka Kaala (Rajinikanth) the leader of Dharavi opposes it to protect the area and his people. His ex-lover Zareena (Huma Qureshi) returns as a construction executive hoping to improve the living standards of the Dharavi people without knowing the hidden intentions of Hari Dhadha. Hari Dhadha tries to kill Kaala many times and take control of the area, but fails as Kaala prevents all his plans. Inreturn, Hari Dada kills Kaala’s wife Selvi (Easwari Rao) and older son Selvam (Dileepan). Kaala decides to take revenge on him and protect his people.

Technical :

As Ranjith isn’t a run-of-the-mill director, and is considered as someone whose screenplay and dialogues have hidden meanings, comparisons with his previous films are but in order. In Kaala, one shouldn’t expect the freshness in script and making style which his Kabali and Madras offered. The setting of this film is the expansive Dharavi slum, which has been recreated in Chennai and whose complexity cinematographer Murali often catches with couple of top-angle drone shots that’s used multiple times.

The scene that introduces Kaala’s happy family, Rajinikanth radiates the effortless style of a family head. He will remind you of an average old man, and is yet irresistibly magnetic. He’s a don and yet, is frightened to death of his wife. These small touches are beautiful.

So is the relationship he shares with his wife, Selvi played by Eswari Rao is more impressive and has great simplicity.

The animated flashback sequence where Kaala establishes an old conflict, a battle in which Hari dada(Nana Patekar) had killed Kaala’s father. Hari dada comes back as a stronger nemesis and thinks of Kaala as Raavana, and assures his granddaughter that much as written by Valmiki, he will also have to kill Kaala.

Haridada’s character is well conceived as he plays the character who is totally opposite of Kaala,  in standing for ‘purity, his clothes are white, his mansion’s white, its interiors white, including its curtains and furniture.  The Chemistry between Rajni and Nana Patekar is a must watch.

For a change, in few instances Kaala didn’t seem to be a Rajni film at all..few action sequences looked unrealistic and Rajni didn’t look that larger in Life he used to look in his previous films. He looked thin and scrawny…picking a fight with 10 people at one go seemed unbelievable. Rajini sir did put his best foot forward is sure to give adrenaline-rush to his fans, and are, in fact, among the things that work in favour of the film, in addition to an emotional scene.

The songs by Santhosh Narayanan are soothing to watch on screen, too

The climax works so beautifully because the only freedom for the oppressed is through unity and through awareness — not by just one leader.

 

Performances :

Rajni Kanth is at his best and the make up man and costume designer must be given all the credit. And the spark, spirit and driving force in Rajni Kanth are at his superlative degree and nothing waned even a little with his age.

Huma Qureshi looted the hearts and senses with her spellbound beauty. She is beautiful in traditional attires. Huma beautifully makes her presence felt and makes an impressive debut opposite Rajnikanth.

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Our very own Nana Patekar is to be lauded. His image definitely strides up with this film. He is given a typical facial look with projected teeth. His strong presence and traditional Marathi costume aptly suited his body language. ( Few sequences Nana overpowered Rajni)

Anjali Patil , Manikandan,  Eswari Rao and others have justified their roles.

Verdict :

Overall, Kaala is a film with grand extravaganza that appeals for mass film lovers, Rajni fans and the ones who are habituated to watch routine masala flicks.

According to me it is the best Rajni film after Enthiran. The result is obvious!

A Must Watch.

My Review : Veere Di Wedding

My Review : Veere Di Wedding

Finally I gathered all the courage and the mind set to watch the most hyped, most colourful and the loudest chic flick of the year – Veere Di Wedding. 

The plot is very basic and will remind you of other flicks-:

The story revolves around the lives of four childhood friends Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor), Avni (Sonam kapoor), Meera (ShikhaTalsania) & Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar). Ten years later when these four best friends reunite, they don’t realize how much life has changed from what they expected. The film is set against the backdrop of Delhi, where the girls are brought up, their trials and tribulations in modern day world, regarding family acceptance, marriage & societal perceptions.

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Technical :

There’s something distinctly misguided and wrong with Veere Di Wedding and it lies in  its approach to its material. I don’t think it knows what it wants to be and ends up several things, usually all at once. Is it a light and fluffy comic piece about contemporary life in one of the Indias largest cities? Or is it some sort of harrowing look at Marriage break up with someone? Or maybe it’s supposed to be some kind of escapist fable about friendship and pulling through amidst thick, thin and everything in-between.

It was funny enough for an evening’s mindless entertainment, but exactly that and not a penny more. Put aside any thought you might have about not caring a great deal about what happens to a group of rich, superficial group of 4 women who are actually very smart and talented but  are portrayed in a very silly manner.

Their exclusive joy in life comes from sex, abusive language, shopping etc and not in that order. I know, I know; we’re supposed to believe this is all about emotions and friendship  but it isn’t; emotions are secondary.

It’s really about consuming – expensive deigner clothes, purses, shoes – and other human beings. The screenplay, by Nidhi Mehra and Mehul Suri offers nothing new.

The film however has no emotional resonance above a typical half-baked, over the top film. It seems that they only took the shallow and stupid stuff from life and created a rather contrived plot, far removed from the light touch and originality.

‘Veere Di Wedding’ is the kind of movie that men get dragged to, and have to admit they liked to please their dates.  You’ve seen it all before-and better too. The 4 lead actors are good to look at{and fantasize about} and provide decent eye candy, but thats about it.

Now don’t get me wrong. I can enjoy a well made and well crafted “woman’s film” just as much as the next guy, but this one just ain’t it

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Performances :

Kareena Kapoor Khan gets the meatiest part (Obviously)then comes Sonam Kapoor Ahuja ( v v obvious). Swara Bhaskar plays a filthy rich brat with a motor mouth and successfully grows into her role as she goes along, and has the best scenes and punch lines in the movie. Shikha Talsania looks pretty and does a fair job.

Sumeet Vyas and Vishwas Giri have done a superb job….need to see them more.

Special mention goes to Vivek Mushran & Anjum Rajabali for their performances.

The chemistry between the actresses look real, but the situations into which they are forced don’t seem convincing at all.

Music :

Music by Shahswat and Vishal don’t leave a memorable mark or have an impact on you.

Verdict :

Overall Veere Di Wedding is a fun entertaining ride ..please don’t try and find any sense or a deep meaning behind it.

My Review : UMA

My Review : UMA

Prelude :

How many of you have heard about the ‘Boy who moved Christmas’ ? 

About 2 years ago, a seven-year-old boy named Evan suffered from a rare and incurable brain tumour. He wanted to see one last Christmas before he died – and, with his prognosis uncertain, the entire St. George community came together to grant that wish. Lights were hung, a parade was organized, and artificial snow was created to help give the event a true December feel.

Leversage’s story caught the attention of people from all over the world. He got support from celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Ashton Kutcher. People from all over the world got to know about Evan and his incredible story.

One of India’s most celebrated and talented Film directors Mr Srijit Mukherjee got very inspired by Evan’s story and wanted to turn it into a film. Mukherji wanted to bring the story to a larger audience nationwide.

Director Srijit, got in touch with Leversage’s mother, Nicole Wellwood, and asked for permission to make a movie on the story of her son’s last Christmas.

Post the permission, Director Srijit instantly incorporated few changes into the story for artistic and cultural reasons. Instead of a mother giving her son a final Christmas, Mukherji’s film tells the story of a father helping his daughter realize her dream of attending a festival in honour of a Hindu goddess.

I am sooo happy that the film has finally released and I thoroughly loved it.

As Uma is also another name of the goddess, the film suggests a metaphorical relation to the story of Durga.

Uma has already been selected for screening at three international film festivals — the New York Indian Film Festival, the London Indian Film Festival and the Indian Film Festival of Alberta.

Plot:

In the film, a young girl, Uma (Sara Sengupta) living in Switzerland, is fighting for her life with a terminal disease. She wants to see Durga Puja of Kolkata, the biggest celebrated festival of the Bengalis.

Himadri, her father (Jisshu Sengupta) takes her to Kolkata to fulfill her dream by planning to set up a fake Durga Puja. Her father and family struggle much to make his daughter’s dreams come true and find a director called Brahmananda (Anjan Dutt).

The failed director sees this as his opportunity to create a masterpiece, by helping a dying girl.

During the process, the team face many obstacles and hurdles inorder to make Uma’s dream true.

Technical :

I must say, Mr Srijit Mukherji makes the best use of his story telling skills and turns Uma’s dreams into reality. He intelligently included the character Brahmananda Chakraborty (Anjan Dutt), a failed filmmaker  who has parted ways with his wife and son  long time ago due to his lack of attention towards his family.

Keeping the basic outline and layering it with Brahmananda’s journey and the culture of Kolkata. The script has been smartly connected with the mythical story of Goddess Durga, who is a symbol of auspicious energy, by choosing the name of the characters’ wisely.

The second half becomes a little predictable and long. The scuffle between Himadri and Indra (Srijit Mukherji) before Uma lands in Kolkata seems to be quite unnecessary and forced.

I couldn’t clearly understand the exact time frame or the days counted or shown in the film… coz Puja pandals take atleast 6 days to construct but the elaborate pandals in the film took only a day or two. (Cinematic liberty I guess)

Soumik Haldar’s beautiful camerawork captures Kolkata and also the gorgeous locations of Switzerland beautifully.

Special mention to my elder brother Art Director Anand Adya for a commendable work.

The soothing songs like ‘Ure Jaak’, ‘Jago Uma’, ‘Hariye Jawar Gaan’ sung and composed by Anupam Roy enhances the emotional quotient and various moods of the film.

Composer Neel Dutta’s background score compliments the pace and the tempo of the film.

Performances :

Debutant Sara Sengupta as Uma is natural throughout the film and looks very pretty.  Our very own Jishu Sengupta is absolutely top notch as the desperate father and very flaw lessly performs his part.

Srabanti Chatterjee  and Sayantika Banerjee are god in their respective roles.

The supporting cast : Rudranil Ghosh, Sujan Mukhopadhyay are brilliant and add a lot of value to the film.

Talented Anirban Bhattacharya is decent as Mr Sur.

A special mention goes to Mr Babul Supriyo and Srijit Mukherjee for their cameos.

Last but not the least… Mr Anjan Dutt steals the show with his extraordinary performance as the failed film maker Brahmananda and makes a strong mark.

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Verdict :

Despite few unnecessary and unbelievable sequences…Uma left me with a heavy heart. This film undoubtedly restores one’s faith in humanity.

A Must Watch….