My Review : DeadPool 2 ( Hindi)

My Review : DeadPool 2 ( Hindi)

So I finally watched the most awaited sequel of this year, DeadPool 2 and for the first time I went ahead and watched the Hindi Dubbed Version.

Btw Ranveer Singh was the only reason I decided to watch Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, ‘Deadpool 2’ in Hindi. The idea of him becoming the voice of  Deadpool was enough to make me look forward to it. After all, I am an ardent Bollywood lover and will never miss the opportunity. Alas, the voice of Ranveer Singh didn’t quite work for me as it falls flat.

I really missed the original dubbing artist Mr Sanket Mhatre who is a professional voice actor who’s been in the business, for the past 11 years and has lend voice for all the super hero films including Deadpool 1. He had lend his voice for the first trailer cut of Deadpool 2 but was later removed as the makers insisted on ranveer Singh to do the needful ( Star Driven industry….-(-()

If you have followed both the Deadpool movies, you might be struck with a certain feeling of déjà vu. Haven’t you seen the character on screen before? Played by Ryan Reynolds? In another X-Men movie?

Yes, because the character Deadpool has appeared in [X-Men Origins: Wolverine] but not as Dead Pool but as Wade Wilson .

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So Deadpool is back ….

The action sequences are undoubtedly better than any other superhero movie, by a wide margin. The fights are dirty, funny, and immensely creative, utilizing Deadpool’s kick ass character traits. everything is so perfectly choreographed, almost like a video game.

And this time around, the story is surprisingly poignant (sort of), while the action and one-liners flow smoothly, even if the jokes don’t always land.

Synopsis:

Motor-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues Thge X Force to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.

Technical :

Frankly speaking, the movie is half as interesting as the the synospsis and lacks depth. The first 30 minutes you will struggle hard to comprehend the series of whacky events unfolding before your eyes…I guess, since it was in Hindi I was getting even more confused as somewhere down the line the real essence was missing and I struggled hard to gauge the connection and relation between few scenes.

The first installment entertained us in the most unexpected ways, so obviously, hopes are high for the second movie as well…but I was a little exasperated as I din quite understand the story.

The mighty villain ‘Cable’ seemed weak and less ferocious unlike that character ‘Thanos’ he had portrayed in the last Avengers.

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 Mayank Jain, the writer of the Hindi dialogues didn’t quite pack a punch as the translation seemed to be very lame and stupid in most of the parts. However, most of the dialogues are connected to Bollywood/ Pop Culture that gets repetitive and unfunny. It’s sad to see how the real essence of the script gets lost in our local transalation.

I am planning to watch the english version now and reconsider my opinions and views about this film…As I previously stated that the first trailer dubbed by Mr Sanket Mhatre was a lot better than the overallk flick… where the entire cast was changed.

Verdict :

Overall, the hindi dubbed version of DeadPool 2 falls flat for me…Try watching the english version this weekend.

 

 

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My Review : RAAZI

My Review : RAAZI

Prelude : 

I am sure you guys are aware that Alia Bhatt’s latest flick , Raazi is based on the novel Calling Sehmat by ex-naval officer, Harinder Sikka

(The novel is a fictionalized account of a reportedly true story about an Indian Kashmiri undercover agent, set during the time of the 1971 Indo-Pak war)

Harinder once came across an Army officer who shared the story about his mother, Sehmat (name changed) – the protagonist of the novel and the character that Alia Bhatt is essaying.

According to Harinder Sikka, he was so intrigued by the story, that he tracked down the woman, who at the time resided in Malerkotla, in Punjab.

(The biggest information she shared was Pakistan’s plan to sink INS Viraat (and her timely information helped save Indian troops)

Sehmat was went above and beyond her duty. After her operation ended, she returned to India with her son, who went on to become an officer with the Indian Army.

 I found the story to be very intriguing and couldn’t wait to see how Alia Bhatt would bring to life the story of a woman who redefined the meaning of patriotism and loyalty.

NO SPOILERS AHEAD..

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Synopsis:

In the yera 1971 when relations between India and Pakistan are critical and a war is about to happen. Requested by her father, Sehmat, a student of Delhi University marries into a high-ranking Pakistani military family to spy for India.

‘Tumhe Hindustan ka Aankh aur Kaan Bana padega”

Technical :

Director Meghna Gulzar makes a patriotic film with a difference and has simply got rid of  ‘on the face patriotic dialogues and scenes’ unlike many cliched and similar films made in Bollywood.

‘Raazi’ as a film doesn’t show Pakistan in a bad light or showcase them as Antagonists.

Sehmat’s struggle to settle into her new home and win the confidence of the family in order to complete her mission is the most interesting part of Raazi. Tension creeps in as Sehmat puts her training to use, frequently landing in scenarios where she is very close to being caught.

The plot also moves at a rapid pace and has enough twists and turns to keep you invested in the film and Sehmat’s effort to save India.  Her marriage with Iqbal is showcased in a very innocent and beautiful manner.

The scenes in which she struggles to draw the line between personal and professional calls is tenuously shown. Best scene from Raazi is the confrontation scene between Sehmat and the Iqbal towards the climax — who are so sensitive towards each other.

 

Performances :

The film boasts about a bunch of gifted actors to add on more credibility into the storytelling. Rajit Kapur and Shishir Sharma are especially strong as Sehmat’s father and father-in-law respectively, but Jaideep Ahlawat takes away the cake as Sehmat’s handler Mir, a ‘No-nonsense’ agent in charge of her training.

Alia Bhatt is the USP of Raazi. She plays Sehmat with a lot of conviction and honesty.  The film undoubtedly gives her a lot of scope to excerise her talent and givce her best.

Overall. Raazi is an intelligent thriller with out the manipulative background music or punch dialogue. It’s well paced, and placed with a soothing background score by the talented Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy that never over powers the film

A must watch for all…..

My Review : 102 Not Out

My Review : 102 Not Out

Prelude :

In an era when Khans are still ruling Bollywood and young generation of actors are also coming up, there are a few veterans actors who are going strong with time and are holding on to their ground firmly. One of them undoubtedly is Amitabh Bachchan and the other is Rishi Kapoor.

These two power stars will be coming together for ‘102 Not Out’ after 27 years since their last film ‘Ajooba’

The most awaited film directed by the talented Umesh Shukla ‘102 Not Out’ has finally released last friday and I totally count on it.

‘102 Not Out’ brings the legends of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, as father and son for the very first time.

The film poster bears the tagline- “Baap COOL beta OLD SCHOOL! it undoubtedly brings about the most unusual father and son love story,  and you will love it.

102 Not Out’ is based on playwright Saumya Joshi’s well known Gujarati play by the same name and has been adapted into a feature by him

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Plot : 

The story revolves around a 102 years old father  Dattatraya Vakharia and his 75 year old son Babulal.
On one hand, Dattaraya is someone who only lives for the moment and believes in living life to the fullest…his old age doesn’t seem to affect him. On the other hand, his son is totally opposite who has accepted his old age gracefully and holds back from enjoying the precious moments in life.

The father-son duo fight like young kids but at the same time has immense love and respect for each other.
One fine day, Dattatraya makes an announcement that he wants to create two world records :

First, Is to outlive the world’s eldest person by living up to the age of 118 and Second is to become the first father to pack his own son off to an old-age home. This poses a huge threat to his own son Babulal.
Inorder to prevent this, Babu agrees to go through a series of challenges in order to get permission to stay in the same house he has been living so far.

The rest of the film talks about how Dattatraya brings a change in him and makes him confront a painful past.

102 Not Out operates on the hope that two beloved stars rubbing their signature screen personas together can spark warm, fuzzy box office magic. I wouldn’t  totally count on it because this film totally lies on a good script and great performances instead of their respective star power.

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Technical :

102 Not Out’ proves why the two leading men are amongst the few best talents in the industry. These two with their stellar performances make ‘102 Not Out‘ a watchable affair! The first half is hilarious, funny and entertaining but the second half gets slightly long and settles with an unconvincing ending/climax.
Being a two -hero film, more emphasis is only given to Rishi Kapoor’s character rather than Mr Big B. We hardly get to know about ‘Dattatraya”s character story.

I personally feel that the film/story gets a little easy and convenient towards the ending. It stirs nothing within, leaving you unmoved.

Right from Laxman Utekar’s cinematography to Bodhaditya Banerjee’s crispy editing are top notch and deserves a mention.

The film doesn’t fall into the category of ‘Preachy films about old people’ and you will end up laughing your heart out.

Performances :

Mr Amitabh Bachchan seamlessly fits into the character of a Gujrati 102 year old father while maintaining the perfect nuances and mannerism.

Rishi Kapoor is definitely the best thing about the film…He never fails to impress you.

A special mention goes to the talented Jimit Trivedi for his convincing performance as Dhiru

Vijay Raaz’s Voice over adds a nice touch to the over all theme.

Verdict :

Go ahead and give it a try. A decent watch. OLD Is GOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review : Avengers : Infinity War

My Review : Avengers : Infinity War

Prelude :
The movie is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s year-long 10th anniversary celebration, which began with an iconic “class photo” of over 80 actors and filmmakers that played as Marvel superheroes through the years.

Besides Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, and Jeremy Renner, among those in the class picture are Zoe Saldana, Angela Bassett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hayley Atwell, Vin Diesel, and Filipino-born actor Dave Bautista.

The last big team-up happened in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), as our team of superheroes worked together again to defeat Tony Stark’s creation Ultron. We were also introduced to two new additions to the team Vision and Scarlet Witch.

Next spin off happened in the Captain America: Civil War (2016) although a Captain America movie, also starred our full group of heroes, and centered around whether the government should have control over the superheroes or not. Captain America was staunchly against this, because he was working to save his friend and wanted criminal Bucky, also known as The Winter Soldier.

Stark, still reeling from the guilt of creating Ultron and the destruction of Sokovia, believed that the Avengers needed government supervision.

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Review :

Thanos is coming …Thanos is coming..Yes Thanos comes, sees and conquers….That said, those unfamiliar with the Avengers universe should ride out the opening act with a glossary to hand.
The film establishes a darker tone from the very first scene, as it marks the arrival of a truly intimidating villain, who is set to erase the entire human race altogether.
Following Asgard’s destruction and having acquired the Power Stone from the planet Xandar, Thanos and his adoptive children Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive intercept the ship with the surviving Asgardians to extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract. Thor, Loki and Hulk are powerless to stop them.
Heimdall uses the Bifröst to send Hulk to Earth and is then killed. Thanos kills Loki and takes the Space Stone before departing with his children and obliterating the ship.

Drawing together the meaty backstories and ending of a half-dozen iconic heroes and their respective stand alone films is no easy task – Hence it ends up becoming over-stuffed and super lengthy.

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Synopsis :

Earth is being threatened by a massive malign hunk with a huge ridge chin called Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. If he can gain ownership of all the 6 infinity stones and place them in the holes in his custom-built gauntlet then he will have the ultimate power to destroy anything he wishes in the universe. And he has a chilling wish for mass slaughter of half the sentient beings in existence, ostensibly so that the other half will have enough food to eat.
Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Technical :
As the film progresses, MCU characters begin to pop in and out of the action, and the film is purposely made lengthy to create enough screen time for each character to get their special moment.
Avengers: Infinity Wars favors not a full range of performance but a series of cameos which look like guest appearances.

My favourite T’Challa, as he promised at the end of “Black Panther,” makes good on his plan to open Wakanda to the world, and, when help the other heroes to defeat Thanos. The incredible Hulk is disappointing and Captain America is in full form.
In spite of giving no screen time to every super hero, Some of the new relationships and conflicts work extraordinarily well – Doctor Strange and Tony Stark make for perfect pair to team up and Star Lord’s jealousy toward the hyper-masculine Thor is hilarious.

You will find Thor – the God of Thunder swings the heaviest of metal axes, in the most epic manner imaginable. His partnership with Rocket Racoon is funny and refreshing.
The mentor and student dynamic between Tony Stark and Peter Parker continues to be wonderful, and now that the two are armed with suits powered by nanotechnology, their powers have expanded to epic proportions.

Every single member of the team tries their utmost to beat Thanos.

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New Happenings :

1) The film explores the complex relationship between Gamora and Thanos is wonderfully outlined by the scene in which Gamora realizes that her daddy genuinely loves her, proved by the fact that he’s willing to murder her.

Not giving out anymore spoilers …all i can say is there are some very unexpected family relationships that we had no idea about – potentially compromising unity in the face of encroaching evil. There are also some very surprising deaths – of which, of course, the less said the better. There are, moreover, some surprising omissions in the cast list.

Lastly, , in the post-credit scene of Infinity War, we see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) send out a beacon to Captain Marvel before disappearing into thin dust, so we know there has to be some kind of connection between the two films. We’ll have to wait until March 2019 to find out what that exact connection may be.

Overall, If you are a big super hero fan or fanatic like me….please go ahead and watch it this weekend.

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PS: I was so stunned and surprised to watch the audience staying back another 10 minutes to have a look at the post credit scene just like me lolz….so do stay back for 5 more mins to watch the post credit scene.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.