My Review : October

My Review : October

There is a moment in every relationship where you arrive at this point where you “know” if this is going to be “the one”- That is, unless this moment never arrives.

October,- the latest feature film from director Shoojit Sircar and talented screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi is a drama film that evolves around these moments of knowing, not knowing, thinking you know and not really knowing for sure that you know what you think you know.

Who really understands this thing we call love? Its only you who can and definitely not the people around you.

There is a sudden stab of anxiety at the point where most romcoms begin their semi-intentional slide away from irony.

Synopsis :

Dan (Varun Dhawan) and Shiuli (Banita) are students of hotel management is an intern at a luxury hotel in Delhi along with other batch mates. Dan and Shuila are more of an acquaintance than friends. One day, a tragic incident occurs at the hotel where Shiuli accidentally loses balance and falls from 30th feet. Due to this Shiuli lands up at the hospital and suffers from Coma.
This affects Dan far deeply than others and thereon, he embarks on an emotional journey where he seeks answers and falls in love with Shuili.

Banita’s character was named after the Shuili flower – Shiuli flowers are said to have a short life but their lilting fragrance has an everlasting quality, much like fragile love.

It’s a stranger-than-fiction date movie of enormous charm and sweetness, which plunges you into a deliberate seriousness after the setup.

Technical :

Shoojit Sircar’s October shows us the everyday life of working in the hospitality industry: the daily Bathroom cleaning, floor cleaning, ever-increasing laundry piles, hectic shifts etc. I have so much respect for the Hospitality industry folks ..Salute them…it’s a tough job.

It’s not a story crafted with soulful dialogues, romantic songs and flashbacks etc. The beauty lies in the simplicity of it all…It looks so real indeed.

Shoojit Sircar makes every scene look real and genuine.
The film is not slow but tends to unfold at a leisurely pace, but never lacks soul or gets out of track.
At times, you forget that you are watching a movie; instead, you become a silent spectator to the lives of all the characters in the film.

Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography sets the frames in a very realistic manner and a charm that is inescapable.
The background score by Shantanu Moitra beautifully adds mood to the drama.

Performances :

Varun Dhawan is top notch and had done a swell job as Dan unlike his other flicks. Varun is undoubtedly one of the most talented actors we have in our country.

Banita Sandhu is impressive and beautiful. one of the best debuts this year. She doesn’t have much dialogues though but her eyes and smile speak volumes.

Other performances by the beautiful Geetanjali Rao and the other cast members deserve a special mention.

Verdict :

Overall, October might not be for everyone, especially those who love regular Bollywood’s high voltage action and drama but if you are looking for something different, unconventional then please go ahead an watch October.

I simply loved the film and highly recommend it .

Thank you Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi

Advertisements

My Review : BlackMail

My Review : BlackMail

An original plot. Incredibly talented actor playing the lead. A highly renowned film director heading the project.highly anticipated film of this month…..But why the hell did i feel bored ??
Dark comedies are a nasty business.

Not only do they deal with subjects that many people find offensive, but filmmakers who attempt them often find themselves caught between two frequently conflicting forces: the lure of the box-office and the lure of cult status. One can see that push and pull in “School for Scoundrels,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon “Napoleon Dynamite” Heder, which is a remake of a 1960 British comedy.

Staying true to the dark nature of a film’s soul can often mean box-office death; such films often alienate more sensitive audience members. On the other hand, dark comedies that drift away from their true nature find themselves wallowing in the abyss that is mediocre, uninspired comedy. They alienate their core audience while leaving the general audience unimpressed. Thus, it is a rare dark comedy that emerges as a complete success.

Bad news is that Blackmail (2018) in spite of having a good plot idea…it fails to keep you on the edge and ends up becoming a complete slog.

Plot :
Dev works at a toilet-paper manufacturing company owned by an US-returned boss (Chatur a.k.a Omi Vaidya), who always eats up his brains by telling him about his new quirky ideas to capture the market. Dev leads a very bored, mundane, slow and an uninteresting life..to top it all he also suffers from a love less marriage.
One day he returns back home early to catch his wife cheating on him with her ex-lover and being non-violent man, Dev feels completely helpless and lost.
Going through a financial crisis, Dev cleverly devices a plan to pay all his pending debts…he buys a new phone along with a new sim card and begins to black mail his wife’s lover who in return begins to black mail Dev’s wife and this causes a cycle effect, with each participant then becoming both the blackmailer and the blackmailed.
The rest of the story rests on this cycle.

blackmail-trailer-759

Technical :

In spite of having an interesting and a novel plot is, the script turns into a repetitive loop later on and also face serious pacing issues.
The film’s first half feels especially long and boring.
Most parts of film involves Khan wishfully imagine killing other characters – this repeated mode and over usage of the what-if device, the film becomes tedious and loses momentum.

Casting the great diva Urmila Matondkar was a total waste and lacked impact.
Cinematography by Jay Oza is definitely one of the high points of the film.

Performances

Irfan Khan (actor) is the saving grace of the film and is in top form. He is the only reason you should go ahead an watch the film.
Kirti Kulhari doesn’t get much scope and Arunoday Singhis decent but repetitive in most of his scenes.
Talented Anuja Sathe Gokhale is quite a watch.

There are a few promising characters, like a private detective played by the talented Gajraj Rao, dominating wife played by Divya Dutta,
Omi Vaidya is simply unbearable and irritating.
Pradhuman Singh, who played a memorable Osama duplicate in the hilarious Tere Bin Laden is good but unfortunately unable to save the film.

63026318

Verdict :

Overall, Blackmail (2018) is a well directed film but falters due to its tedious and repetitive flawed screenplay. Watch it on the web instead. (Amazon prime coming soon)

My Review : BAAGHI 2

My Review : BAAGHI 2

Disha Patani is a bad actress..really really bad…I wonder how does she get work in the first place ?? because of her looks or Tiger shroff ??She lacks personality, presence and can’t act to save her life…our hindi film industry is seriously going to the dogs.
I just vented out my frustration after watching the most awaited action flick Baaghi2 and will give a piece of my mind in my review.

Review :
The films begins with a very sloppy action sequence introducing the ‘zero acting skills’ Disha Patani getting thrashed and hit by a group of goons outside a school. After receiving few heavy blows, the slender and thin Disha Patani gets the chance to punch one of the goons and push him hard ( How was that possible??) Rest of the film is a total mediocre affair.

Baaghi-2

Plot :
Ranveer Pratap Singh hasn’t gotten over his break-up with Neha. Four years have gone by and he’s learnt to focus on his life as an army officer.
Out of the blue, a voice message from Neha brings him back to India. Her little daughter has been kidnapped and she wants him to help. He is plagued with questions, just as the audience is. Why him, after all these years?
There are no calls for ransom and all the roads she’s explored come to naught.

Soon, the 120-minute film introduces you to many players, from the ominous drug-addict Sunny to a small time cop ACP Lsd who states there’s nothing to solve, punctuating it seamlessly with the love story of Ranveer and Neha in college.

The narration makes you empathize with Shweta but also throws in doubts. What if she isn’t what she seems to be? Or is she a victim of the world around her that’s constructing a big lie? Ranveer and Neha are in sync with their parts, he willing to go any length to help her and she unsure if she should reveal all. In between all this, there’s the garage owner played by Deepak Dobriyal who forms a crucial link.

4266209627

Technical :

Baaghi 2 is the second film in the Baaghi franchise. Of course, it has nothing to do with the first film.
Though the makers did have an interesting story line as it is the remake of the telugu film Kshanam but they appointed wrong people to make it-(
Mid way I kept thinking and telling myself that the writing is bad but post intermission I was convinced that it’s not the writing ..it’s the unconvincing lead actors and the incompetence of the Director.
After Disha Patani, Director Ahmed Khan is the second weakest Link of the film..why did he get the opportunity in the first place ? His previous directorial venture Fool n Final was a mess and a bad remake of the Hollywood film Snatch.
Tiger’s introduction scene was short and lacked the punch… A man who can fight 100 people at one stretch gets badly hurt when Manoj Bajpai’s character bangs a chair on his back..he immediately collapses like a log.

The 25 min prolonged action sequences towards the climax looks unreal and reminds you of a video game. The ending was rushed, and conveniently tied up in seconds. The love story between Ranveer and Neha lacked the sweetness, warmth and impact.

Baaghi 2 is predictable for the most part, and there are surprising twists even for those who have seen the original Telugu film, Kshanam. Probably the final execution was really bad.

Performances :

Tiger Shroff is good as far as the action sequences concerned. Disha Patani was….don’t ask..i will get angry again-(-(

Randeep Hooda plays the eccentric Hippi police officer, and actually is the USP of the film.
He pulls off some memorable one-liners and sequences with a lot of ease especially the scene he gets inside the jail to thrash Tiger. Unfortunately we don’t get to see him much.
Manoj Bajpayee, is totally wasted and does try his best to save the film
Prateik Babbar only Hams and only Hams…

Teaser-50

Music :
only Atif Aslam’s O Saathi – Baaghi 2 will remain with you.

Verdict :
A big miss this weekend….watch it only if you are a die hard fan of Tiger Shroff. Not Recommended.

My Review : HICHKI

My Review : HICHKI

Prelude :
I still clearly remember in the year 1998, I saw Rani Mukherjee in the film Ghulam ( her second film) and had a major crush on her. She looked expressive, beautiful and was extrememly talented.
Later I saw her playing the character Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota hai and fell in Love…since then, I have followed and watched all Rani Mukherjee films and have admired her throughout. Rani Mukherjee is indeed the Queen of Bollywood and one of the most talented actors of our time.

I was super excited to watch this flick….

1521707296_hichki-upcoming-bollywood-drama-film-starring-rani-mukerji-lead-role

Review:
I’m a very emotional type of person, but I’m not one to get very sentimental
YRF – Yash Raj Films latest flick Hichki however, didn’t make me feel that way. Instead, it made me give a little triumphant nod of the head, and I left the theatre smiling.
In short, if I were an ill-reputed teenager with nothing to look forward to in my future, and getting an education was the least important thing in my life, I’d want someone like, if not Rani Mukherjee herself, to be the one to show me that my life didn’t have to be that way. That I could be someone, and that education was one of the key principle players in making me achieve to be a better person.
There is nothing original or surprising about this film but the interesting thing about this film is that it gives a different perspective about education and brings about a good insight.

Plot :

A novice teacher suffereing from Tourette’s syndrome faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this flick.
The rowdy class, sets out to destroy Naina’s efforts as they did to her predecessor by breaking her spirit.
But Naina,meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. With the entire school against her. Naina must decide if she wants to stay.

It hit me as I watched Rani Mukherjee’s character Naina slowly but surely make her students realize that they didn’t have to be who they thought they had to be, but rather who they wanted to be, that that was what I always wanted to do.

Rani-Mukherji-movie-Hichki-first-poster-released-644x362

Technical :

Frankly speaking, I never knew or have ever heard of The Tourette syndrome before but this film does give a good insight and informs us about this particular common neuropsychiatric disorder and its effects.
Though the theme is borrowed from various Hollywood films, Director Sidharth P Malhotra does a fair job in creating unique characters and relationships. It also talks about embarrassment attached to a condition like Tourette’s through the relationship between Naina and her father.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as it took me from tears to laughter almost in most of the scene. I only wish I would have had a teacher like Naina Thakur once in my lifetime.

This film is undoubtedly one of the most sensible films this year. What I love about it is its simplicity. It’s a story from the heart brought to the screen crisply and cleanly… ( Rani’s star power helps smooth over some of the rough spots)

Regrettably, there seems to be a shortage of this type of film, and I dare say that public today are probably unfamiliar and unable to appreciate this type of product.
Anyhow, what a great movie.

Performances :

Rani Mukherji is in top form and very effortlessly performs the character Naina with a lot of ease.

other cast members such as Neeraj Kabi Supriya Pilgaonkar Asif BasraSachin Pilgaonkar were simply outstanding with their respective perfromances.

Special mention goes to my friend Dhaval Barbhaya and the talented Harshita Singh for their performance.

Verdict :

I suppose the feel-good nature of the plot and a mostly watchable star performance by Rani Mukherjee as the “Madamji” will bring a smile to you face. I definitely recommend that you watch this film if you haven’t. I don’t know if it’ll inspire you to be a teacher or not, but either way, it’s a fantastic watch.

My Review : RAID

My Review : RAID

Trivia :

According to a report , on July 16, 1981, morning, the IT officials raided the house of a businessman and Congress MLA Sardar Inder Singh in Kanpur. 90 experienced officers under the leadership of the then Income Tax Commissioner of Lucknow, Sharda Prasad Pandey, carried out the longest raid. 200 police personals were also present for the safety of the IT officials. Interestingly, the raid went on for more than 18 hours. There were 45 people, just for the counting of the notes. And, a total of Rs 1.6 crore were recovered in cash besides other assets such as gold. ..This India’s longest IT raid has inspired Ajay Devgn’s upcoming movie RAID

Review :

After delivering the path-breaking Aamir (2008 film)’ and No One Killed Jessica 2011, his third outing, Ghanchakkar (2013), received a mixed response. director Raj Kumar Gupta is back after a long hiatus with ‘ RAID’, a movie based on true-life incidents.
You might expect a fast paced racy thriller with a twist…but I am afraid it isn’t what it had promised to deliver..

Plot :

The film takes place in Lucknow of the early 80s, Ajay Devgn plays the character Amay Patnaik, a daring and a fearless officer challenging a powerful politician Tauji (Shukla),who lives in a mansion called, White House on the outskirts of town, after being tipped off by a mysterious informer.
The film is inspired by the the real life I-T raids that were conducted by Indian Revenue Services in the 1980s and this film is based on the longest-running Income Tax raid in the history of India.

Technical :
Raid is definitely not one of those mindless masala entertainers with leave-your-brains-at-home attitude. You may assume it’s one because Ajay Devgan is synonymous with films like Golmaal series, Son Of Sardar and Action Jackson.
Raid has no forced humor, no South-styled stunts, no stylized song-and-dance routine with foreign dancers in the background but the film falters badly in the script department written by Ritesh Shah ( Pink) and loses steam post intermission and the climax seems to be very convenient and lacks novelty.
The film picks up on an interesting and a thrilling note but the thrill seems tro wear off half way as there are no more surprises and scenes tend to become repetitive and monotonous.

raid_1517899771140

Major Let down : sloppy editing, bad camerawork and misplaced background score badly afects the film.

The identity of the actual informer is kept under wraps through out the film but fizzles out once he is revealed ( no more spoilers)

Weakest Link : The love story angle between Ajay and Illeana...I feel Illeana Dcruz was totally wasted and had no scope or decent screen space through out the film ( I wonder why did she sign it..money i guess) The two romantic songs should not have been der in the first place…

Performances:

We get to see Ajay Devgn in his old avatar, which is devoid of his usual antics and buffoonery. The actor carries impressive ‘Angry Brooding man look’ screen presence.

Saurabh Shukla and Amit Sial are powerhouse performers and they are convincing and genuine in their respective roles

Talented actress Sheeba Chadda and the pretty face Sulagna Panigrahi don’t get much screen time either.

Verdict :
Overall, RAID does have its share of sparkling moments but fails to keep you hooked.

It’s high on entertainment…so please go ahead if you want to get entertained.

My Review : 3 Storeys

My Review : 3 Storeys
Bollywood is changing indeed…after a long time, I was really happy to see a non-conventional film backed by a reputed production banner Excel Entertainment along with a super talented ‘Non-star’ cast ( I wonder why Pulkit was cast ?? he seemed so out of place)
 
Technically, 3 Storeys talks about three different short films about lives and characters who live on different floors in a dingy chawl of Mumbai called ‘Mayanagar’
 
The film serves as an anthology of stories talking about well buried ‘Secrets’ which usually remain blurred and hidden within a society/ locality and also the characters of the film interweave from one story appearing as minor characters in the others; making it a whole film.
 
Plot : (No spoilers ahead)
 
1) Renuka Shahane aka Flory Aunty ( The best story)
She lives alone and is looking for a buyer for her flat. When Pulkit Samrat approaches her, we are shown something unexpected.
 
2) The second story is about a woman who is struggling to bear her abusive husband and her ex lover suddenly appears from nowhere, Masumeh, plays the central character looks real but the film could have been more interesting.
 
3) The third story is about true love, but there’s more than a love story with a stomach cringing ending.
trailer-3-storeys-keeps-suspense-alive-leaves-us-wanting-know-0001
 
Technical :
 
The talented Richa Chadda . is the ‘Sutradhar/ Narrator of the film who silently observes the movie’s characters and their sad lives, before showcasing us the twist and revealing to us that she’s also been observing us all along the way…the ending is quite a twist.
Writer Althea Kaushal and director Arjun Mukherjee have given us a whole new genre with an unconventional treatment. 3 Storeys is undoubtedly showcases the art of skillfully telling a story wherein all the ends of a plot are tied together into a whole film.
 
Right from the camera work to the atmospherics…everything seemed very real and convincing.
 
This film will grow on you and will definitely surprise you…
dc-Cover-lbd6l3rgitdjbicujte94i0ad3-20180309084051.Medi
 
Renuka Shahane Sharman Joshi Masumeh Makhija (love to see her after a long time) Richa Chaddaa are simply brilliant in the film . three cheers to the new comers Aisha Ahmed and Ankit Rathi for the good effort.
 
Verdict :
 
3 Storeys is a film that casrefully weaves together 3 compelling genre/ stories – thriller, love story, social issues etc in one neat package, without being superficial and pretentious.
 
A Must Watch….👍

My Review : PARI

My Review : PARI
The most awaited horror film of this year finally released yesterday and I do have a lot to say about it…I mean write about it.
Pari’ ‘may not be a great film because of its writing.
It is, however, well attempted by the first time Director Mr Prosit Roy.
It does have scenes that are terrifying beyond words. It does not matter if you watch it with your family or during the day time. I still recoil from those scenes in total shock and revulsion.
It is one thing to sometimes hear about a case of demonic possession. It is quite another thing to see it.
‘Pari’ comprises of all the elements of a terrifying horror film such as – to see the furniture fly across a frigid room, to see the ugly sores erupt on the victim’s face, to see the eyes turn fiendish with hate, and to see a snarling beast assert itself in the body of a woman.
Director Prosit Roy, with his scrupulous attention to detail, his determination to convey a sense of realism, achieves such startling effects that one comes away almost completely convinced of the possibility of demonic possession.
His movie takes you to a different tangent and there are a series of gory, un-nerving scenes that are so powerful and undoubtedly leaves the audience limp and exhausted.
But the only thing which plays the antagonist in the film is its weak writing….
 
Plot:
Not divulging much details or spoilers, the film begins after a road accident on a rainy day leads to the discovery of a young woman named Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma), chained in a cottage in the swarm dense forest. A shy gentleman named Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) feels obliged to take her in, even as a mysterious professor (Rajat Kapoor) arrives from Bangladesh desperately in search of her and kill her.
pari-in-new-teaser-from-the-horror-film-anushka-sharma-is-chained-battered-and-very-scary
 
Technical:
The film is undoubtedly rich in atmospherics. Set in Kolkata during the monsoon complimented with eerie sound design in order to develop a strong sense of perturbation.
The Cinematographer Jishnu Bhattacharya director and Prosit Roy does a good job with the look and feel of the film as you can instantly relate to it.
A big problem with the film is its length and pace. The first half is kinda slow and long until the scarry intermission which helps the movie gain pace and momentum. As the story unfolds, it becomes more and more bizarre intricately folded, twisted and coiled.
The love story between Arnab and Rukhsana looked forced and unrealistic…The storyline ends up becoming a silly as it desperately and forcefully try to connect the events in Bangladesh, without really giving us a credible reason or explanation.
78717-ltkhbtsszd-1515518479
Few sequences involve a lot of blood and torture, painful cries of a pregnant women and Satan-invoking chants that make it a difficult film to watch.
Performances:
Parambrata Chattopadhyay is confident, impressive and convincing throughout the film, good to see him after Kahani.
Three cheers to Anushka Sharma for the brave attempt and her brilliant performance…she looked beautiful inspite of being in a ghastly getup.
 
Finally, Rajat Kapoor steals the show playing the professor with grey shades ( you need to see to know more)
 
Overall, Film PARI is a good attempt but due to a bad script it fails to come together in coherent and realistic way.
If you love horror films…you can give it a try this weekend.