My Review : Kedarnath

My Review : Kedarnath

Sara Ali Khan is the next big thing in Bollywood..Seriously she is…she is undoubtedly going to give all the other leading ladies a run for their money and will rise above all.  She is smooth, charming, cute and very confident on screen…one of the best Star kid  debuts I have seen post ‘Student of the year’….She will definitely go a long long way.

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Plot :

Kedarnath tells a story which revolves around love and religion, set in the Kedarnath – the 2000-year-old holy temple of Lord Shiva.

Mansoor, a reserved and big hearted porter, helps pilgrims achieve their long  journey to the temple town. His world takes a U turn, when he meets the beautiful and rebellious Mukku, who not only is beyond his league but also tangles him into a world of intense love. 

Both these lovers belong to different social classes and family backgrounds. Will their love survive the test of time ? Will they survive the ill-fated Natural Disaster?

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Technical :

At the root of Mansoor and Mukku’s relationship is the question of freedom. Mukku belongs to a high class brahmin family but so locked in to the future marriage that her mother and fiancé have devised that she feels completely without choice. The free-spirited Mansoor is penniless but has freedom and choice in spades. He continually tells Mukku that their relationship will never be accepted but Mukku turns a deaf ear to his words due to her intense love for him .

Even in the most dire of times, when it looks like they both might perish, Mansoor spurs his love to fight for a life she can live richly. In the midst of the Natural disaster, Mansoor and Mukku both put their lives on the line for each other and for those they come across in need but unfortunately the film lacks the emotional punch and ends leaving us unsatisfied and unhappy.

An old, predictable story can be a good story, too. But Director Abhishek Kapoor and Kanika Dhillon, the movie’s screenwriters fail to bring out memorable and fresh moments which tends to to stay in your mind post the film. Nothing about the scenes interests or intrigues you.

The title of the film is ‘Kedarnath’ but it hardly focusses or tells you anything abut the place, the problems, the details etc. The focus is unfortunately more on the cliched love story than the 200 year old holy pilgrimage / temple.  At the time of intermission you realise that the story so far has achieved nothing and has nothing to unfold in the second half.

As the plot unfolds post intermission, the treatment becomes an old fashioned and will remind you of a 80’s Bollywood flick. 

Cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is one of the main highlights of the film.

 

 

Performance :

Both the lead protagonist ‘Sushant Singh Rajput’ & ‘Sara Ali Khan’ shine throughout and are very impressive in every frame but due to their one dimensional character sketch they are unable to give 100 %.

the rest of the cast starring Nishant Dahiya ( Antagonist), Nitish Bharadwaj, Alka Amin and Pooja Gor were convincing in their respective performances.

Verdict :

Overall, ‘Kedarnath’ is a great effort but loses edge, and leads to a very tedious love story minus the tears. Wait till it comes to any of the OTT platforms ( Amazon Prime, Zee5 etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review : 2.0

My Review : 2.0

Prelude :

In the year 2010, talented director Shankar introduces us Chitti in his magmumus Opus ‘Enthiran’

Shankar had touched upon everything from “Frankenstein” to “The Terminator.” the movie followed the misadventures of dedicated scientist Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth), who rather cavalierly neglects Sana (Rai Bachchan), his stunning beautiful girlfriend, while obsessing over the creation of a humanoid robot who looks just like him.

The mechanical marvel, named Chitti by the scientist’s proud mom, is intended as a prototype for robot warriors that will replace human soldiers. But Chitti proves to be a lover, not a fighter, after Vaseegaran — following the advice of Mr. Bohra (Danny Denzongpa), his not-entirely-trustworthy mentor — infuses the robot’s digital brain with human-style emotions.

Then, Chitti falls in love with Dr. Vasi’s fiancée Sana and turns on his creator.

In 2.0 Chitti is back after 8 long years.  He is better, faster, stronger and reloaded in-order to confront a negative power that is out to eliminate mobile phones and network transmission towers from entire Tamil Nadu. The battle between good and evil,  plays out over two and a half hours

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Theme :

The Film revolves around a social theme and talks about the harmful effects of cellphone radiations. Though the adverse effects of cellphones is a always debated, Studies haven’t been able to 100% prove whether cellphone radiation is dangerous.

But 2.0 very confidently talks about the adverse effects and the consequence it leads to.

 

Plot : ( Spoilers Ahead)

The sequel 2.0 begins where it had ended. Chitti has been banned by the government terming in to be dangerous to man kind.

The film begins with an old man hanging from a mobile tower in a marsh field.  Soon, the city public find that their cell phones snatched out of their hands and disappear into thin air. Mobile phone towers are destroyed by some “unknown forces.” As chaos and pandamonium envelope the city, the government calls in Vaseegaran to investigate the  happenings. And all of a sudden, a giant eagle, with feathers made up of mobile phones, attacks the city and the Indian army cannot stop it. Vaseegaran is requested by a minister to bring back Chitti,  to fight the Giant Bird.

Vaseegaran is aided by his robots – Chitti 2.0 version and Nila and after thorough research, they find out that there is an evil man Pakshi Raja (Akshay Kumar), who is out to destroy humanity.

In a flashback, it is revealed that Pakshi Raja was the same old man who committed suicide on the mobile tower. He was an ornithologist who loved birds and took great care of them. But owing to large number of mobile towers placed even in marshlands and fields, the birds died because of radiation.

Pakshi Raja wants instant justice against the people who use and control mobile phones and towers.

The rest of the film revolves around how Vaseegaran and Chitti come to the rescue of the people, just like in any typical superhero film.

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Technical :

The first half of  2.0  is pretty much standard-issue Bollywood fare, with spirited music video-style production numbers, including a fair share of comic sequences. Frankly speaking, the film brings back the flamboyant style of Rajinikanth, which was missing in his previous releases ( Kaala and Kabali).

Rajinikanth holds the film together and does a swell job, either as scientist Vaseegaran,  Chitty (2.0 version) and Chotta Chitti (3.0 version).

Akshay Kumar’s character makes his first appearance as the mighty Pakshi Raja at interval point. He has a good amount of screen space in the second half, playing the antagonist and perfect competition to Chitti 2.0.

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It’s a typical Shakar film, the story is very basic but the treatment is quite unique but unfortunately there are no surprise plots that one usually associates with a Shankar’s film. Few sequences will remind you of ‘Sivaji’ & ‘Aparichit’

Post-intermission, the spectacle becomes ever more elaborate, with Chitti blasting his way through vehicles and buildings eventually posing progressively larger threats to the Bird Man.

However, the real USP of the film is the VFX and special effects. Shankar, his VFX supervisor Srinivas Mohan, sound specialist Resul Pookutty, cinematographer Nirav Shah and editor Antony have succeeded to push the envelope and showing us something beyond our imaginations.

Almost 60  percent of the film has stunning visual effects and has been shot using 3D format.

 

The fight in the climax between the giant robots and the bird man will remind you of the action scenes from the Transformers.

Performances :

Throughout all the sound and fury, Super star Rajnikant is in top form and will not disappoint you.

Akshay Kumar has given a very satisfying performance and will impress you a lot.

The gorgeous Amy Jackson is never less than immensely likable and drop-dead gorgeous,  especially during the end credits robot’s song-and-dance sequence.

The supporting cast comprise of Mr Adil Hussain, Sudhanshu Pandey, Prateek Chakravorthy have done a great job.

btw Aishawarya Rai’s character Sana is not missed-)

Verdict :

Watch 2.0 for its scale and ambition and ofcoz Rajnikant if not for anything else. It works for me.

4/5 stars

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PS :It must be watched in 3D for a satisfying viewing experience.

 

 

My Review : Andhadhun

My Review : Andhadhun

Prelude :

Before I get down writing and talk about Andhadhun, I would like to mention that the plot idea of ‘Andhadhun’ has been inspired by a French short film called The Piano Tuner by Olivier Trainer, which is the tale of a failed pianist who pretends to be blind to obtain the empathy of his customers.

Until, at one of his client’s visits, he stumbles into the pool of blood. I won’t pretend it is a mastery of the craft, it ain’t, but this french short film is pretty well thought……So nothing seems to be an original piece of work in Bollywood but master craftsman Sriram Raghavan’s vision and the intricacies of the screenplay will take you by surprise.

You’ll be faced with a string of bizarre moments every five minutes in AndhaDhun, accompanied with melodious music.

The quirky posters and the intriguing trailer had left the audience asking for the more…the film is another ball game altogether.

It is probably also the kind of film which we deserve……

Plot :

Akash is a talented pianist who pretends to be blind inorder to enhance his skills. A jaded film star Pramod Sinha, is highly impressed by his talent and invites him over for a private performance to surprise his beautiful young wife, Simi on their anniversary day.

Unfortunately on the due date, Pramod has been killed by Simi’s lover and the ‘blind’ piano player witnesses the duo disposing off the body. He soon finds that his fake blind act isn’t going to help him save his life.

Technical : (No spoilers ahead)

Andhadhun will remind viewers of  Mr Sriram Raghavan’s previous films ‘Jhonny Gaddar, Ek Hasina Thi, which are built on a string on deceits.

As the events unfold , you’ll often find yourself into a TICKING BOMB range of possibilities towards the climax. Whenever you introduce a ticking bomb as your situation, there are only three ways to end your movie: the bomb blows, the bomb is disarmed, fade to black with the tick-tack. Whenever you place a main character in a situation like Andhadhun you’re starring at a ticking bomb.

The ending not exclusively creates a visual impression the viewer will carry, but also expose the layers of the tone you presumed the spectator would take home with him. And how you handle with a ticking bomb is what commonly separates the good from the bad. How you twist your ending to lead into a very specific idea you want to transmit when the credits start rolling is crucial for a successful thriller film.

In the particular case of Andhadhun, we would wonder if the protagonist would getaway or die. This will keep your attention till the credits roll.

The first half is unexpectedly funny and well paced…the second half loses steam and tends to go off tune but is finally saved with great moments and twists.

Performances :

Ayushman Khurana once again proves his mettle and does fine justice to the character Akash. He is one actor who is slowly and steadily gaining momentum and making a mark in the industry.

Tabu is simply amazing, delicious and is most delightful among the rest…you will fall in love with her…a true ‘Lady Macbeth’

Ayushman and Tabu share the maximum screen space and hold the film together.

Zakir Hussain’s character of a corrupt doctor adds a good dose of humour and support to the film. Surprisingly, Radhika Apte gets no scope to explore…her character is more of an extended cameo and she is hardly seen in the film.

Special mention goes to Manav Vij and Anil Dhawan for their excellent support.

AndhaDhun marks the debut of a cat who made its first appearance on one of the posters with Ayushmann Khurrana and has been a constant part of the film thereon.

 

Music :

Amit Trivedi’s soulful music is mainly dominated by piano pieces but the seasoned composer does not let that come into the way of the album’s range. He puts together a soundtrack that is sweet, edgy, peppy and maintains a good balance through out.

Naina Da Kasoor is my favourite…..

 

 

Verdict :

Overall, Andhadhun pays a perfect hommage to Alfred Hitchcock and will break all your preconceived notions….it out forms all the Bollywood thriller films till date.

A Must Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review : Pataakha

My Review : Pataakha

Prelude :

Film Pataakha is based on Charan Singh Pathik’s short story titled ‘Do Behnein’ and it revolves around two sisters who share a difficult relationship with each other. Earlier titled Chhuri, Bhardwaj believed that people would confuse it with Chhodiyaan or Chhoriyaan. The film is out and is ‘explosive’ indeed.

The relationship between two sisters in the film as a metaphor for the relations between India and Pakistan who keep fighting each other for no reasons.

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Plot :

Badki  and Chhutki  live in a small town in Rajasthan. They are sisters who quarrel about everything and anything. Dipper is their nosy neighbour, who is always on the lookout for an opportunity for some entertainment and quick buck while making the sisters go to war, and their only father is always trying to make peace between the sisters .

 

Technical :

Pataakha doesn’t showcase a series of average sibling rivalry; this is explosive and purely violent in nature. The sisters literally want to strangle and kill each other. Since it is based in Rajasthan, the Rajasthani language and the background setting shown is definitely a side of Rajasthan that you haven’t seen before.

Giving full marks for the making, Pataakha as a film is not an easy watch. Understanding the strong Rajasthani dialogues might prove to be a challenge for the average viewer.

You will often find yourself struggling to comprehend the dialogues. Perhaps, more dialogues in Hindi would have made it easier for the audience to connect with situational humour.

For over 2 hours, the films stands strongly on the fact that the sisters can’t live without getting into a fight and it tends to get a little monotonous. During the second half the film briefly explores a psychological reason for the sisters’ tendency to fight feels stretched and boring.

The music is rustic, yet very pleasing. The interesting background score adds a lot of value to the film and keeps the momentum going. ( The Malaika Arora dance number ‘Hello Hello’ was missing from the film)

The cinematography of Ranjan Palit brilliantly brought out the vibrancy and simplicity in a beautiful way..but in few sequences the hand held camera movement will make you head spin and badly jitter on screen.

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Performances :

Actors Radhika Madan & Sanya Malhotra are brilliant in their respective characters, I loved the way they transformed by putting on weight during the second half was impressive. Both of them complimented each other and were nothing less than a fire cracker.

Special mention goes to the talented Vijay Raaz, Suni Grover and Saanand Verma for being a great supportive cast.

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Verdict:

Overall, Pataakha is a very well made film and lives up to its title. A  Good watch indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

My Review : Sui Dhaaga

My Review : Sui Dhaaga

How many of know of remember the 2010 Bollywood blockbuster ‘Band Bajaa Baaraat’ – Yes the same film which introduced interesting characters Shruti and Bittoo, two youngsters from Delhi, start a wedding planning enterprise called Shaadi Mubarak. Their professional relationship is jeopardised when Shruti falls in love with Bittoo. The film had inspiration, freshness and utterly captivating moments.

Frankly, I was expecting a little more surprise, a little more fun, given that it was the same makers of ‘Dum Laga ke Haisha’ & Band Bajaa Baaraat’ which had so many unexpected touches that were pure gold.

What really went wrong with Sui Dhaaga? It seemed to be  a very carefully knitted and a safe film.

Sui Dhaaga is a well-meaning, simply woven, feel-good entertainer that delivers as much as it promises.

Plot:

Mauji an incompetently illiterate young man, has a secured job and an individual life. His boss treats him like a dog, his father never stops putting him down.Due to lack of space at home, he has never got the opportunity to get intimate with his wife. Inspite of all odds, he always carries himself with a big smile.

Although he appears to be a illiterate man, Mauji is a gifted tailor, which his father  believes to be an insecure and uncertain profession.

One fine day, with the help of Mamta’s encouragement, Mauji decides to self-employ himself and set off with his own ancestral sewing machine. Although his parents are strictly against his decision, Mauji and Mamta work hard and in no time, the couple sees positive results.

The couple then faces a lot of hardships and struggle due to their innocence and family responsibilities. Mauji and Mamta fight together to solve it.

Technical:

Sui Dhaaga delivers exactly what it promises….but becomes damn predictable.

First half the film offers you several moments that warm the heart, and will make you cheer and clap for Mauji and Mamta.

But you always knew the ending, didn’t you? Half way through the film…the film tends to rush and takes a very convinient turn…the ending looks crafted and ‘tailor-made’

The film could have been more flavoured, If the writers could have included few  insights about tailoring or showcased a special talent of the central character ‘Mauji’ as the character lacked heroics.

Sui Dhaaga is well acted, but the story could have been more layered.

The film did have a few interesting and routinely good dialogues, but despite all that this film fails to get interesting towards the second half.

Lyricist Varun Grover writes well but Anu Malik music fails to make an impact.

Performances :

Varun Dhawan plays the character ‘Mauji’ to perfection. He is undoubtedly evolving as an actor and experimenting with his potential and looks. He is a delight to watch.

Anushka Sharma has done a swell job as ‘Mamta’ she is hardly recognisable sporting the simple saree and no make up look

Veteran Raghubir Yadav does exceedingly well as Dhawan’s  father, and special mention goes to Yamini Das and her real life son Namit Das — who does exceptionally well.

Verdict :

Overall, Sui Dhaaga falls well short of perfection, but it is definitely worth the price of the ticket, if not more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review :

My Review :

Prelude :

Many of us have experienced high/inflated electricity bills every month (Including me) Do we do anything about it ? last month I ended up paying Rs 7K for nothing…but don’t the electricity company owe me an explanation ??

You know about the lack of electricity in many parts of our country and the kind of bills some people get since it has got privatised.There are many challenges to overcome mainly due to the implementation problems faced in our country and the gap that exists between what is actually planned what is implemented.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a humorous take on the privatisation of electricity in the country.

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Plot :

Sundar, Susheel and Naughty are childhood friends. Susheel is a fraud lawyer, who likes making money from out of court settlements. Naughty is an aspiring fashion designer

Things were Hunky Dory until Sundar opens a small town Printing Press. Within few months, he is charged with an Inflated elctricity bill of 1.5 Lakhs, which escalates to 54 Lakhs in the following months.

Not finding another solution, Sundar commits suicide. Susheel decides to fight out against SPTL , a Privatised Electricity Company responsible for the Inflated Bills.  Whether or not he is able to sue the company forms the rest of the story.

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Technical :

Batti Gul Meter Chalu (BGMC) is a film that talks about a very relevant issue, a fundamental right of every individual which is often denied to the common man in most parts of our country.

Shree Narayan Singh has a flair of portraying such subjects with a lot of finesse, and after the heart warming Toilet Ek Prem Katha, he does it once again. But the screenplay by Siddharth-Garima spends too much time establishing their interpersonal relationships of the three characters which weakens the impact. A tighter editing was required too at-least for shortening the film by 30 mins (Edited by the Director himself)

The movie also has a parallel track of two characters named Vikas and Kalyan, narrating the story, but I didn’t quite understand the metaphor well.

The movie picks up pace once Sundar commits suicide and that’s when the actual story begins.

The second half unfolds in the court, as Susheel is in full form as he attacks SPTL in full force. This portion of the movie makes up for the first half and entertains you through out.

The cinematography by Anshuman Mahaley manages to capture the beauty of Uttarakhand’s hills very well.

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Performance :

Shahid Kapoor is in full form and delivers a great performance. His dialogue delivery is simply superb.

Shraddha Kapoor plays her character with a lot of conviction. Divyendu is brilliant in the good guy role. Yami Gautam looks beautiful but lacks the impact.

A special mention goes to actors Atul Srivastav, Sushmita Mukherjee, Farida Jalal, Supriya Pilgaonkar for their performances.

Verdict :

Over all Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a good watch…With a tighter runtime and more focus on the plot of the story, this social drama has the potential to make a mark.

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My Review : Love Sonia

My Review : Love Sonia

About the film :

Directed by Tabrez Noorani, “Love Sonia”, inspired by true events, is a shocking story of a young Indian village girl who gets entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save her sister.

Debutante Mrunal Thakur is in the title role, with another newcomer, Riya Sisodiya, as her sister.

Womark, who co-produced “Life of Pi” with director Ang Lee and Gil Netter, says “sexual slavery, among other social malaises, emerges from the lack of gender balance in the society”.

After a long time, audience will get to see an unique cast from Bollywood as well as Hollywood in one film.

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Synopsis :

A poverty-ridden farmer (Adil Hussain) struggles hard to fight poverty and desperation. Despite the poor circumstances, his daughters — Sonia (Mrunal Thakur) and Preeti choose to be happy.

But their happiness is short lived, when their frustrated father decides to sell off Preeti to a local landlord (Anupam Kher) for money. Naïve, shattered and hopeful, Sonia sets off to look for her missing sister without anticipating the ugly repercussions. Her search drags her to Mumbai’s dark underbelly and entraps her in the horrific world of flesh trade and prostitution.

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Technical :

Love Sonia is not an easy watch. It narates a disturbing account that makes your stomach churn. You begin to cringe as the horror unfold layer by layer right before your eyes.

Disturbing, gritty and Dark, Noorani’s honest execution almost suffocates you and also  gives you closer look at reality, which is hard to believe. There are scenes in which the girls are transported like objects in containers are pretty shocking.

The film scores well on an awareness level and will give you a good amount of shock value, but the story isn’t very emotionally compelling. The bond between the sisters isn’t established well for you to feel for their separation.

The first half  is tight and riveting but the second half the film becomes deliberate and predictable nature, especially the bits in Hong Kong and Los Angeles don’t deliver the same emotional layer. The film fails to unfold organically and loses its grip on your attention. Situations look convinient and hurried towards the end.

Cameos by American actors Demi Moore and Mark Duplass add no value to the film

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Performances :

The USP of ‘Love Sonia’ is its Spectacular Cast -Debutante actress Mrunal Thakur essays the  lead character Sonia with sheer conviction.

Richa Chadha in a significant role leaves her mark as an actor once again and Rajkumar Rao shines in his cameo. Freida Pinto is a revelation.

Manoj Bajpai is simply brilliant.

Special mention goes to our very own Anupam Kher and Sai Tamhankar for their significant contribution.

Verdict :

Overall, Love Sonia is a powerful film sans the emotions…. worth a watch.