Finally Mr Anurag Kashyap 2.0 has finally made a movie that I could walk out of, feeling good about myself….that also after a long time ( post Bombay Velvet and Raman Raghav 2.0)


A low caste boxer (Shravan) trains at a gym controlled by a local Don (Bhagwan Das Mishra). Shravan falls for Mishra’s niece (Sunaina).
The Don does not approve of this match. Shravan strives to win Sunaina’s hand in marriage and become a successful boxer while trying to avoid retaliation from the Don

There are essentially three kinds of boxing movies: those that offer a grim, tell-it-as-it-is perspective of life in the ring, those that focus on the business aspects of things, and those that seek to uplift through a rags-to-riches story.
Mukkabaaz, belongs unabashedly in the third category. Although the movie contains realistic elements and is set in a believable arena, it is essentially a Love Story about a local small time boxer of UP who gets a chance to prove himself of a lifetime, and, at the same time, wins the girl.
Mukkabaaz certainly doesn’t boast of all the sports movie clichés in a way will captivate the audience and will bring a smile to your face.
According to the credits, the lead actor Mr Vineet Kumar Singh happens to be the co-writer of the film, after making rounds and visiting various producers and studios, he finally narrates it to Mr Kashyap , who instantly agrees to direct it and the rest is history


The core aspect of Mukkabaaz is that many people will enjoy is that it’s as much a tender love story as it is about ring action.
Shravan is a passionate boxer aka UP ka Mike Tyson – someone who will fight anyone for anything.
His lone ambition is to represent his State in boxing. He is a bachelor and lives in a lower middle class home with his parents (father constantly taunts him) One fine day, his eyes falls on Sunaina the gutsy deaf niece of Bhagwan das. Shravan instantly falls in love with her, but has to pay a heavy price to be with her.
That’s why the film’s final scene is less concerned with the result of the match than with the result of the romance.

What makes Mukkabaaz special is that it concentrates on characters, not sports. There are many fights -but it’s not the highlight of the film.
In between, every screen moment is used to develop Shravan as a person. He is not traditional hero material – he’s crude, stupid, boorish, and has high aspirations.
Nevertheless, there’s something likable about the guy, and it has its root in the gentle, caring way he treats Sunaina. And it’s this relationship that’s the key to making Shravan’s ending look convincing.. He may lose the fight, but he gains so much more.


Performances :
The supporting cast featured a number of under rated, character actors. The most recognizable and colorful of these were Jimmy Shergill and Ravi Kishen who take the movie to a different level with their fine performances.

Zoya Hussain, is a revelation as Bhagwandas’s niece Sunaina. Thank you Mukesh Chhabra Casting Co.for the wonderful casting.

Verdict :
Overall. Mukkabaaz has a lot of heart, and, while Anurag Kashyap 2.0deserves some credit for this, Vineet Kumar Singh ‘s contributions were equally important.
The direction of scenes and performances are masterful – Kashyap’s handling of few scenes makes us believe we’re watching a real film.
In many ways, Mukkabaaz is a picture that should be watched. by all.




Trivia :

The film is based on the real event- 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL, 46 Indian nurses kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Mosul, Iraq. They were released later on and they confirmed they were looked after very well
Two 2017 Indian films are based on the incident, Malayalam film Take Off and Tiger Zinda Hai.

Synopsis :
India is undergoing another political problem, Tiger is back. The sequel to Ek Tha Tiger brings us together Salman The hardcore tough Spy, with his beloved super hot wife Zoya to battle a ruthless militant and saves the world.

Technical :

Ali abbas Zafar’s script has its share of flaws. The story and the action sction sequences in the first half is tad long but has its moments.
The movie also seems a bit long with long action sequences most of the time. Dialogues are good and keep a good dose of humour. ( Tu Tu Tu ..Tutu Tara)
Post-interval, however, the film changes gears when both Raw and ISI unite. We see more of the stuntwoman than we do Katrina, which is a good thing, and even Kaif looks more at ease when sternly kicking a thug in the nuts. One well-choreographed stunt follows another, and while the whole thing is shrouded in blockbuster-implausibility, the action keeps things interesting. Thanks to Sallu Bhai, there’s someone to cheer.

Director Abbas Ali Zafar scales down the ambition as he aims for a safe mainstream middle-ground in this flick, a spy-thriller which right from the first frame gets boiling but eventually crackles along quite effectively.

Ali zafar’s direction is well done though he does make Salman Khan’s Tiger more superhero than spy. Vishal and Shekhar songs are good. Cinematography by Marcin Laskawiec is very slick. Rameshwar Bhagat’s editing is good. Visual effects are nice but they seem choppy in some sequences.

Considering that it’s a YRF product, the rest of the movie has enough romance, action and chase sequences to look forward to

Performances :

Salman Khan is back playing India’s top bit of intelligence muscle, a RAW agent who jumps around a lot but always lands on his feet, befitting his feline nickname. When not working, he is a doting father and a dutiful husband who loves ‘Hindustani Khana’

Katrina Kaif looks gorgeous, sexy, fit and has done a commendable job…you would love to see her kick some butts.

Mr Paresh Rawal is a surprise package…undoubtedly one of the best actors India has ever produced.

A special mention to the beautiful and talented Anupriya Goenka for a great performance as the Head nurse Poorna and the power house performer Sajjad Delafrooz who very convincingly plays the Antagonist with a lot of ease.


Verdict :
For those asking, yes, Salman Khan does take off his shirt. Salman fans won’t be disappointed by Tiger Zinda Hai. For others, it’s a fun watch even though it’s a bit long. It will roar at the Box Office.


An Open Letter To Mahirah Khan On Her Birthday

An Open Letter To Mahirah Khan On Her Birthday

Dear Mahirah,

Some people come into our lives and barely leave a trace; others leave a string of footprints etched upon our hearts, letting us know they are with us every step we take.

You, my favourite actor, have been stamping all over my heart since the day I saw ‘Humsafar’ 3 years ago. There wasn’t a moment of hesitance in my answer. I mean, who wouldn’t have fallen in love with someone as beautiful as you? The answer was yes, and with a smile on my face I decided to become your most loyal and biggest fan on earth.


As the years passed by, my love for you grew. You weren’t just a super star for me, you were an inspiration I never had and the reason my days were filled with happiness, love and laughter. Even when the sun stopped shining, I would instantly watch few of your videos and work on YouTube and make light of any situation life threw my way. Because with you I feel stronger, braver and damn right invincible!

You are always my number one. Most importantly, you make me laugh. Even if I’m in a bad mood, your interviews and videos make me smile. You never know where this next year will take you, but why should that stop you. I hope this is a year where you smile a lot, be happy, and rise higher and higher in your career. I hope you discover something new and exciting, hold on to what you’ve always loved before, and find something unexpected that will amaze you like nothing else, because honestly those are the best surprises. Just remember to remember me and acknowledge me because you’re not getting away from me that easily lolz.


Not going to lie, some things will change. Nothing can stay exactly the same forever. But there will always be one fan cheering you on, a person to laugh with who loves you unconditionally, and a friend who will keep supporting you to no end. Look back at all those years right from 2011 and look at the kind of person you’ve become. You’re pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself- you make the job of ‘proud fan’ easy for me. But then again, why do you think  I chose to be your fan in the first place? I knew you were amazing before, now you’re even more amazing. I am ready to take every curve ball your detractors throw at you and throw it back even harder lolz.

And no matter how much distance is between us, no matter how many days, weeks and months I don’t get to interact with you, I will always be your biggest fan and support you.

Here’s to another year of having you as not only my favourite actor but my favourite person.


I Love You Mahirah Khan forever.

Your Biggest Fan on Earth

Deep Basu


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.

An Open Letter To My Favourite Person Mahirah Khan

An Open Letter To My Favourite Person Mahirah Khan

Dear Mahirah,

Everyone has “their” person in life. The one you always think about, who always puts a smile on your face, who you admire wholeheartedly. That person for me is you – my favourite actor Mahirah Khan.

First of all, I want to thank you for being my favorite person. I never thought I will have a favorite person. This letter is fully dedicated to you and nobody else because I know how much you mean to me and how much I love you (and also because I don’t like losing any opportunity to express my love for you.) I even hate you so much sometimes when you don’t reply to most of my tweets or acknowledge them ( I know I am just one out of your 1 million + fans )

You are the only person in this world for whom I can stay up all night until the sun has risen. ( I have done it frequently during the promotions of your film..trending it on twitter lolz ) It’s crazy if you think about how much I can talk about you…I can talk forever..infact write a book –Mahirah Khan- The Undisputed Queen of Pakistan. and can also make a feature filmit’s actually insane. I can never be bored talking and thinking about you.  It’s insane!!!

Thank you for being brave. I know what a super star goes through and I will always stand by you. If you didn’t have so much courage, I wouldn’t. Thank you for teaching me to be kind and grateful in every step of my life.

The day we met, I had told you that I am an aspiring film director. Yes, that’s right because I would like to direct you and work with you in a film! LOL. Crazy right?

I’ve never experienced love like this because although we are not blood-related or from the same country. You are the only actor in this world who I love purely without any intentions. My love is pure & unconditional.

Remember the first time we met in Mumbai 27th July 2016, Thank you for making me feel so comfortable and spending time with me. It was undoubtedly the best day of my life so far.


I know that I will remain your biggest fan even when you turn 85 or plan to leave the film industry.  I will probably come all the way to karachi for an ‘Anda Paratha’ date with you lolz.

I want you to know you are secured in my heart. Thank you for acknowledging me. You are beyond incredible. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I wish I’d done everything on Earth with you.

Thank you for being my favorite person in the world. I couldn’t imagine anyone being more important than you.

I’m thankful to have known you my Zaalima and I can’t wait to see what is to come.

I Love you

Your Biggest Fan On Earth 

Deep Basu

Deep Basu

My Review : Qarib Qarib Singlle

My Review : Qarib Qarib Singlle

Qarib Qarib Single…” is a love story re-inventing the metropolitan romantic comedy and will remind you of the writers like Woody Allen and Neil Simon and melding it with the more modern concept of the “relationship” comedy,something with more emotional literacy. Thank you Gazal Dhaliwaland Tanuja Chandra.

Tanuja has picked up the same formula ball and given it his own unique spin. From Irfan and Parvathy she has drawn starmaking performances.

Plot :

Yogi and Parvathy, who have opposite personalities and sensibilities, meet via a online dating app. This encounter turns into so much more when the two travel from Hardwar to Gangtok, via Rajasthan,.
Do opposites attract ? This romantic comedy talks about this dilemma through a sweet journey between Yogi and Parvathy.

Technical :

This funny sweet film sets a new standard for romantic comedies, and the director was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Irfan and Parvathy.

This film comprises of a conventional story line, in terms of structure and the way it fulfills our expectations. But what makes it special, apart from the beautifully written screenplay, is the chemistry between Irfan Khan (actor) and Parvathy
She is an open-faced, beautiful south indian girl ; he’s a gentle, street smart with a lot of smart one-liners totally opposite her.
Irfan has demonstrated this quality in all his previous film, the and once again in this flick.
He is one of the rare actors who can be funny with a straight face.

The pace is just right and keeps the film well balanced. Eeshit Narain’s cinematography takes the film to another level by beautifully capturing the actors in their natural elements.

The second half gets a little stretched and boring. Other things are also obvious. You can see the ending coming for miles. but this film still manages to bring a smile onto your face.

The screenplay doesn’t give us as much clarity about Yogi’s past and his source of income. Yogi’s story doesn’t emotionally connect you. Some scenes could have been chopped off.


Verdict :

Overall, Over-looking the tiny flaws, Qarib Qarib Singlle is a well crafted film and it is a winner all the way as it leaves a smile on your face that lasts all the way home. I am eagerly waiting for a Sequel – ‘Qarib Qarib Mingle’

My Review : Itefaq

My Review : Itefaq

So here goes: a recent Bollywood film (For a change, it has no songs and is less than two hours long), very watchable and with some fine performances.
This film has been on my radar for a long time now—since the time I had watched the trailer and it also features one of my favourite actors Mr Akshay Khanna in it,
How many of you know ? both the versions of Itefaq ( 1969 & 2017) are based on the 1964 film ‘Signpost to Murder’ 
Though I have watched both the versions before, I was very intrigued to watch the 2017 version.

Enough of the talks, let the mystery unfold…..No spoilers ahead-)


Synopsis :

Vikram is an acclaimed British writer and NRI. On the night of the launch of his second book in Mumbai, he returns to his hotel to find his wife, Catherine, dead and calls the police.
After the police arrives at his place, he evades them and speeds away in his car. While the cops are giving him a chase, his car overturns. He manages to escape with minor injuries and attempts to take shelter in a nearby apartment.Maya’s House.
Vikram discovers the body of her husband, .
Later that night, Maya spots a police car outside and rushes to it for help. The police enter her flat and find Vikram standing next to the body of her lawyer husband, Shekhar Sinha, who’s been murdered and arrest him.
Dev, a police officer investigates this double murder case, interrogates both Vikram and Maya. The drama unfolds over the course of time. The questions are: Who killed Vikram’s wife? Has Maya killed her own husband? Or is Vikram lying? Is Maya lying ?


Technical :

The entirety of it; it’s taut, well-scripted, engrossing, and with almost nothing that’s superfluous.

The acting, both Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha have done a decent job but Akshaye Khanna takes the cake. But what really stuck with me was the climax. It’s a brilliant touch, that keeps you hooked till the very last minute.

I found few portions of the film a little slow but those are merely insignificant little irritants. And forgivable, when you see the film as a whole

Good job done by Abhay Chopra



Verdict :

On the whole, three very different films, even if one almost completely includes the other. Personally, I liked Ittefaq 2017 version the most: it’s more rounded, more complete, and an amzing twist…. A more entertaining film.