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.


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 i guess) The two romantic songs should not have been der in the first place…


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.
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…
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 : SONU ke TITU ki SWEETY

My Review : SONU ke TITU ki SWEETY

Finally watched the not so awaited, so-called comedy film with the longest and the most complicated title of the year Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
The first 3 films of Director Luv Ranjan had some punch and was okay for a bunch of laughs. This latest flick is flat and unfunny. …all we get is more of the same, minus the freshness and the age-appropriate smart lines.

Plot :
Titu and Sonu are Best Friends since Nursery. Titu is a romantic fool who hooks up with all the wrong girls and doesn’t even realize they are fooling him.
Sonu being Titu’s bestie and only friend who saves him from such women.
Enter Sweety, the perfect wife material in Titu’s life. due to this Sonu’s life is shaken to the core. Not only is he insecure of ‘losing’ his friend, he even believes Sweety is too good to be true.
Rest of the film is about how Sonu and sweety’s verbal battle and how they outsmart each other.

Technical :

Luv Ranjan, going by his debut flick Pyaar Ka Punchnama and this current flick, may well be a man who has lost all faith in the fairer sex, but the only question that must be asked of Sonu के Titu की Swety is simply whether it is funny enough.

No, no it’s absolutely not….

Watching Sonu के Titu की Swety is like watching a baseless TVF Gag or an AIB content.

Unlike the previous flicks, it lacks genuine belly laughs, and contains a hell lot of significant stereotyping and much generalization.

Ranjan’s every film is getting a bit repetitive showcasing the idea that men are doormats and women are pure evil.
This is a ‘Done to Death’ premise we haven’t laughed at before in form of online gags, viral videos etc.

Few sequences aren’t bad per se but the fact that they are too less in order to save the film. Let’s forget about hurting female sentiments, this immature script hurts not only comedy but writing too….ends up becoming a bad film.

The climax was flat and so predictable….why did we have to sit through 2 nd half hours to watch the ending ?? it could have been done beforehand too.

Performances :

Kartik Aaryan and Sunny Singh are perfect as the best buddies and Nushrat Bharucha gets into the skin of the character with a lot of ease.

Ishita Raj is a breath of fresh air and looked hoot -) I will not blame you if you begin to drool lolzz undoubtedly a talented actor.

The best part of the film was the pairing of Alok Nath and Virendra Saxena. Alok Nath portrays the image of a cool granddad.
Virendra Saxena. plays Alok Nath’s old friend and manages to keep the sequences interesting with his commendable acting prowess.

Music :

The soundtrack album and the music is the high point of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety with soulful and foot-tapping tracks chruned out by Yo! Yo! Honey Singh Armaan Malik Rochak Kohli etc

Verdict :

Overall , Sonu के Titu की Swety unfunny, unamusing immature film.

You can give it a try at your own risk.

My Review : Black Panther

My Review : Black Panther

Finally watched the most awaited and the most talked about super hero flick of this year Black Panther and let me tell you it’s different and unlike any Marvel movie you’ve ever seen, groundbreaking in so many ways….

Frankly speaking, the trailers and the teasers were not very encouraging but believe you me ….the film is nothing less than a masterpiece.
Black Panther doesn’t feels like a cliched Marvel film, or even a superhero film.
The film offers a fresh take on the superhero origin story, a narrative which the viewers were longing for many years.

Back drop /Prelude – Black Panther

Wakanda is a fictional nation in Africa, Its huge amount of wealth and technological advancement is out of the world.
The source of all this wonder is vibranium, a substance miraculous in ways and very powerful.
A meteor rich in vibranium, which crashed ages ago into the land that would become Wakanda, made Wakanda so powerful that the terrors of colonialism and imperialism passed it by.
Using technology to hide its good fortune, the country plays the part of a poor, third-world African nation.
The Wakandans understand events in the outside world and know that they are spared.
Wakanda has pretended to be a primitive nation throughout its history, hiding its advancements from the rest of the world with the aid of a force field.


Plot :

The film picks up where Captain America: Civil War drew to a close, with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) assuming control of his country’s fate in the wake of his father’s death.
Rather than building a new, identity and experimenting with newfound powers, T’Challa’s task aspires to become a better ruler than his father and change the direction of Wakanda, a country that has chosen to hide from the world.
Hell breaks Loose, when the criminal partnership between arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Eric Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) enter the scene.
They both seek vibranium but for different reasons: Klaue is trying to profit from Wakanda’s wonder-material; Killmonger is trying to make his way to Wakanda to make a bid for the throne. He believes he is the rightful king.

Spoilers ahead :
Killmonger, it turns out, is T’Challa’s cousin, orphaned by T’Chaka’s murder of Killmonger’s father and T’Chaka’s younger brother, N’Jobu (Sterling Brown). for stealing Vibranium and betraying them.
The motive for the theft is where the tale begins—and where the story of black wonderment starts to degrade.
The murder leaves Killmonger orphaned. However, Killmonger has learned of Wakanda from his father, N’Jobu. Living in poverty in Oakland, he grows to become a deadly soldier to make good on his father’s radical aim to use Wakanda’s power to liberate black people everywhere, by force if necessary.

Hence : The super villian Killmonger challenges the super hero T challa and for the rest you need to watch the film.


Technical :

The characters and the script look so real and had a natural flow.
T’Challa has a great relationship with little sister Shuri, played by the wonderful Letitia Wright their brother-sister squabbles are cute and relatable, which helps bring the King of Wakanda down to earth.
And Shuri is a very strong and spirited character – she makes a good impression.

Killmonger, as his name suggests, is a killing machine and unfortunately, Wakanda picks their leadership based on combative talent. Interestingly, this is what makes Killmonger such a fascinating Super Villain.
Killmonger’s motives are relatable and emotionally resonant. He’s a tragic villain up against a grieving hero.

The 31-year-old writer-director Ryan Coogler has redefined the possibility of a superhero epic, a credit to his singular vision and belief that black stories matter.
He proved that with his past works such as Fruitvale Station, his breakout 2013 film about the killing of Oscar Grant, and again with Creed, the 2015 boxing flick that mined the importance of legacy and family.

Best part of the film is : The black women of Wakanda descent are uniformly independent, strong, courageous, brilliant, inventive, resourceful, and ethically determined.
The film successfully elevates the women to central characters with influence and power that turns more on their minds and integrity than their bodies Thus the movie deserves praise for its gender politics.

Rachel Morrison, the Academy Award-nominated cinematographer attached to the film, delivers shots full of color and purely cinematic.

Performances :

The entire cast right from Chadwick Boseman Michael B Jordan Lupita Nyong’o to Letitia Wright have done a swell job. Unlike a bollywood film, this film gives equal footage to female and the as well as the male characters.

Verdict :
Overall, Black Panther reminds you of a Bollywood masala flick in a hollywood way…. ( hope you understand what i mean)

Black Panther is the ‘Super-Hero’ movie we’ve been waiting for…A Must Must Watch….

My Review : Aiyaary

My Review : Aiyaary

What is Aiyaary or Aiyaar?

The meaning of the word Aiyaari is, an imposter or a shape shifting,who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others, especially for fraudulent gain.
In his latest offering Aiyaary — director Neeraj Pandey highlights the corruption in the Indian Army.

Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj) and his team member Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth) are a part of a special secret unit of Indian Army’s military intelligence.
Major Jai Bakshi becomes disillusioned by the system he has sworn to uphold.
This sets Abhay Singh on his chase as the chase shifts from Delhi to Central London.
We see Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra donning various disguises as they try to explain the title of the film. Sidharth and Manoj both play Army officers in the film.
They have a mentor-protege relationship that is challenged after Sidharth’s character comes across a scam in the system.


It also highlights and talks about the 2011 Adarsh Society Scam The Adarsh Housing Society is a posh, 31-storey building constructed on prime real estate in Colaba, Mumbai, for the welfare of war widows and personnel of India’s Ministry of Defence.
Over a period of several years, politicians, bureaucrats and military officers allegedly conspired to bend several rules concerning land ownership, zoning, floor space index and membership getting themselves flats allotted in this cooperative society at below-market rates.

The scam was unearthed in November 2010 which forced the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, to resign

Technical :

Pandey’s filmmaking has always prioritised matter over cosmetics. Like A Wednesday, Aiyaari isn’t exceptional in technique –it doesn’t boast of fancy camera work but practical enough to assemble a taut film that stumbles in few places.

His focus is on movement to imply a breathless pace. All his characters are constantly on the move with long-shots and flow camera movements.

Aiyaari is actually quite a long film – it’s over two and a half hours and feels dragged and long towards the end.

Aiyaari is superbly acted, enthralling and a believable film but the script could have been sleeker and tighter
.The complexity of the plot and screenplay which goes overboard and often loses pace.

If there is a weak link in Aiyaari it is the somewhat laboured love story involving Jai and his pretty girl friend , Sonia (Rakul Preet) which seemed out of place.

Performances :

According to me, Sidharth Malhotra is a total mis fit and fails to deliver a powerful performance.
Super Talented Manoj Bajpayee carries the film on his shoulders. and is worth the watch.
Veteran actor Adil Hussain doesn’t get much scope to perform. Actors like Kumud Mishra and Vikram Gokhale were brilliant in their respective roles.

The women characters are sketchy and doesn’t give much weighted to tne women characters such as Sonia played by the gorgeous Rakul Preet Rakul an IT wizard, who is reduced to being Sidharth Malhotra’s love interest and Maya played by the beautiful Pooja Chopra gets no scope to perform.

Naseeruddin Shah shines in a cameo.

Verdict :

Overall, Aiyaary is not Neeraj Pandey’s best but one time watch is recommended.

PS : I am crushing on Rakul Preet big time…she is sooo cute, and lovely.

My Review : PADMAN

My Review : PADMAN
“Look! not up in the sky! It’s not a bird! It’s not a plane! It’s not Superman! It’s Padman… ‘Super hero hai yeh pagla.’
Finally watched the most hyped, the most awaited, the most talked about hindi film of this year.
Coming from the Ad gurur Mr R Balki, this film undoubtedly had few innovative and creative advertising campaigns such as promoting it to be a Super Hero flick with a difference ( I quite loved the title),albeit giving the conventional cape a miss. Who would’ve thought a superhero could step out in a simple white kurta pyjama? Well, Akshay has proven that you don’t require the cape to be a superhero and also posing with Sanitary Napkins to create awareness etc.etc
PS : It is based on the short story The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land in Twinkle Khanna’s book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads
Concept :
Padman is a very socially relevant film which aims to spread awareness about menstruation and the necessity for hygiene. The film spreads a message that how important it is to understand and discuss the topic, which is still considered as a taboo in our country and how urgent it is for the rural population to take steps for menstrual hygiene.
Periods is still a hush-hush matter and we, till date, think twice before discussing it openly, most of us choosing not to do so.
In fact, Padman is a film good enough to be showcased in schools for teaching children about the need for menstrual hygiene.
Plot :
Lakshmikant a resident of picturesque Maheshwari, is happily married to Gayatri.
One day Lakshmi, discoves his wife collecting filthy rags to use during her menstrual cycle, as sanitary napkins made by multinational corporations were expensive.
Troubled by this, he starts designing experimental pads. Initially, he make pads out of cotton, but these get rejected by his wife and sisters.
Eventually, they stopped co-operating with him and refused to be the test subjects for his innovations.
He begins testing it on himself, using a bladder with animal blood, but became the subject of ridicule when the “sanitary pad” was discovered in his village.
Since menstruation is a taboo subject in India, he gets ostracized by his community and family.
Later working a a professors house, he discovers that the commercial pads used cellulose fibers derived from pine bark wood pulp.
He borrows money and makes a low-cost machine that could be operated with minimal training.
He gets assistance and help from a Itian named Pari who helps him with his Journey and supports him through out.
Lakshmikant’s invention is widely praised as a key step in changing women’s lives in India.
His low cost machine creates jobs and income for many women, and affordable pads enable many more women to earn their livelihood during menstruation.
Technical :
Director R Balki wishes to address the issue of the menstrual taboo and spread awareness regarding hygiene among the rural women of India.
But his feeble incentives and filmy endeavours don’t quite add up or allow Pad Man to become the heartfelt wake-up call it so desperately wants to be…
The Film suffers from a repetitive first half and a very lazy and filmy second half…film progresses in a rocket speed towards the climax. and lacks depth.
Why on earth a hindi movie needs to have a love story..dat also a second one ???
The writing could have been slightly better…
Performances :
Akshay Kumar fits the bill and plays the character Lakshmikant Chauhan with a lot of ease.
Radhika Apte is brilliant and convincing. Sonam Kapoor has done a good job too.
Verdict :
Overall, Padman as a film is nothing out of the box but one can’t deny that its message for the intended target audience, is one that’s the need of the hour.
It might be very basic in terms of its writing, but the performances and production is worth the watch. But then again, its message is its true star.
One time watch is a must

My Review : Tumhari Sullu

My Review : Tumhari Sullu

How many times has a movie touched people in a way that they cried with the characters and rejoiced with their victories?

It is a measured movie, deeply drawing us in with its protagonist, played with immense feeling by the talented Vidya Balan .

Synopsis :

Sullu is a happy-go-lucky Mumbai middle class housewife whose routine life changes when she unexpectedly lands herself with the exciting job of a night RJ (radio jockey) on a leading radio station.

Vidya manages to get under the skin of her character and justifies just why someone would make sacrifices to excel.

With great body language and acting skills..the actress pulls off the character ‘Sullu’ succesfully.


Technical :

The movie opens introducing us to Sulochana is who is the youngest sister of three. The other two – a pair of twins are employed’and think nothing to demean her whenever they feel like it.
Sullu is a 12th class fail but more-or-less happily married and a happymother. She finds her happiness by participating in the society and school contests of the kind which encourages‘housewives’ like her to participate.

Suresh Triveni’s warm-hearted treatment and odd-ball humour makes the character ‘Sullu’ likable and whose success you desire more than anything else.

First half is slow and boring…the second half is lengthy and gets dramatic. Initially the husband seems supportive but later develops insecurity and embrassment when he hears Sullu has become the object of fantasy of lonely men, and everything that goes with it. He suggests having another kid just when his wife’s career is starting to take off and also blames Sullu for their kid’s misconduct.

The editing should have been a little more tighter and sleek.

After Sullu becomes a night RJ- her husband begins to have problems at work and her son ends up stealing his father’s phone to impress his fellow students. How are these problems related to her RJ profession ?? If Sullu was not a RJ, her husband would have still faced the same fate at his work place and the son would have induldged in petty robbery…these problems were not very convincing to me.


‘Sullu’ working as a RJ segment is well scripted and performed. You will love the way Sullu uses her brains to talk to all the lonely strangers without lowering her standards and dignity.
Her interaction with her boss woman Maria (Dhupia), and the producer (Maurya).is quite a good watch and seems real.  Special mention goes to RJ Malishka for her natural performance.

Performances :

Even though Vidya dominates every scene in the film, her husband Manav Kaul beautifully makes his presence felt with their honest performances. Vidya and Manav have a crackling chemistry…you will love the way Sullu calls her husband ‘Gai’.

NEHA Dhupia & Vijay Maurya have done a commendable job.


Overall :

Tumhari sulu is an inspiration for many house-wives who dare to go out and do so\mething of their own. Only time will tell if the movie will be a hit or a flop but Vidya Balan has surely emerged as the winner. Go and watch it for her.