Thor:Ragnarok Movie Review


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Director – Taika Waititi

Players -Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Mark Ruffalo

The Comic Feel

Do you know the meaning of sheer delight? Have you ever experienced a cinematic deja-vu in a while, well the third instalment of Thor is that crazy ride of comic book characters. Let me tell you something, Marvel Cinematic Universe is based upon its legendary comic books and one of the most important ingredients of comics is humour (read comic – fun). So yes …

I was jumping with joy when I watched the first part of Avengers in Calcutta and few years down the lane I felt the same dose of excitement. Yes , yes I am not trying to glorify the movie, this is indeed the best Marvel Superhero movie ever. It has got the scale of Avengers , it has got the ego of Civil War and cockiness of DeadPool … dam it..this is the bloody best of all time. Lastly it never gets hung up….

Oh yeah this is not Nolan’s The Dark Knight- it is a grim and gritty genre, altogether a different league.

The Plot

Fans of Vikings and Norse Mythology are well equipped with the notion of Ragnarok which means catastrophic destruction of Odin’s Asgard. There is a common theme in the super-hero movies i.e. the end of the world and believe me Ragnarok is not an exception but the movie explains that the world is not a place but the people which makes it beautiful and that’s where the movie wins.

Taika Watiti , you are a master director who handles the myriad of characters and fixes them upon the plot line and it never becomes too heavy to handle.

Acting and the Craft of Thor Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth’s physique and comic timings are endearing and this movie shows that Thor is actually the God of Thunder, not hammer you hoomans. Check out the conversation between Thor and Odin (Mother of sarcasm).

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Thor: She’s too powerful, I have no hammer.

Odin: What are you, Thor, god of hammers?

 

Hiddleston’s Loki is delightful and cunning at the same time, no doubt one of the most well sketched character of the Marvel Universe. You will be satisfied with him as usual.

Mark Ruffalo as the endearing Dr. Bruce Banner (with 7 Phds) gets side-lined this time by his own alter ego; the ever smashing HULK. If you have noticed carefully, Hulk only emotes and destructs in the previous movies, here he talks, he emotes, he smashes and does lovely Bhai Chara( read Bromance) with Thor. I felt like Yaba Yaba do when Hulk and Thor enjoyed their “YO-BRO” moment in the film. Thor wants Hulk to help him in his mission of saving Asgard and check out the cocky exchange of words.

Thor: Hela, the goddess of death, has invaded Asgard! And you and I had a fight.

Bruce Banner: Did I win?

Thor: No, I won! Easily!

Bruce Banner: That doesn’t sound right…

Thor: Well, it’s true!

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Goldblum from Jurassic Park is flamboyant and greedy Grandmaster in the film, loved him. Cumberbatch’s  cameo as Dr.  Strange was again eccentric and funny. Anthony Hopkins as the decayed Odin tried to bring his sons together and whether he was successful or not….well wait and watch. How can I forget the Stoneman “Korg” ? Who wants to bring a revolution but invokes laughter with his peculiar dialogue delivery and childish actions. Tessa Thompson as the drunken bounty hunter is a stellar and the last catwalk entry during the final fight- WOW.

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Cate Blanchett as the main antagonist Hela , the Godess of Death ravaged across the screen like a highly spirited lioness. Her screen presence , arrogance, the curvy body (oh yeah) and the antelope styled head gear proved she is an actress class apart .

Quoting one dialogue for her sake

Hela: [to Thor] I’m not a queen, or a monster… I’m the god of death! What were you the god of, again?

 

CGI is as usual class apart specially the scene where the army of Hela destroys the group of Valkyries….you will wonder with terror and beauty of the scene.

Led Zeppelin’s classic rong song “Immigrant” ( which is about the heroes of Norse Mythology on their way to Valhalla , the hall of Odin) deserves a special mention(one of my favourite) which adds a rocking tone to the magnificently shot epic adventure named Thor Ragnarok. The music director Mark Mothersbaugh deserves my hugs and kissed for composing such electrifying musical pieces for this one. It was a ride back to the disco tunes of 80’s. Maazza aa gaya….

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Pros

The simple and comical treatment of the film by Taika Watiti

Acting by all the lead cast

Don’t miss the actors in a play within the film ..ah Matt Dammon played Loki

Loki’s mischief and Thor’s comic timing

The bromance between Hulk and Thor ..(oh yeah Tony’s tight pants also)

The background score

Visual delight of CGI

Cons

None, according to me.

If you have…please go and die.

Catch the trailer

Disclaimer – images taken from internet.

 

 

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RONY : A Movie Review


Arjit Mukherjee’s short film RONY is about urban alienation of a single child . Parents are busy with earning money and securing the financial future of their child while the little one fights the gruesome loneliness . You cannot blame the parents because they are doing it for their kid and you cannot blame the child , because he/ she need the emotional support of the parents.

The film scores high on the emotional aspects and the strong message it provides to it’s audience that the most important thing you can give to your child is  TIME . They need to grow up with parents not alone or by themselves. The kid emotes throughout the film with his eyes and facial features . There are hardly any face to face conversations between the parents and the child , thanks to the mobile phone – it has successfully evaded the need of human touch and physical presence.

The Mom and Dad tries to bribe the kid with toys and choclates instead of their time and beleive me it is a grim reality, Arijit Mukherjee deserves a thumbs up for such  acute observation of these minute details. Cinematography is commendable and the screenplay is accurate. The length could have been chopped to fifteen minutes to avoid boredom in the end . The song could have been avoided , no doubt its a good one though.

It raises the issues like the need of siblings and grandparents in the house . Nuclear Family is the trend but yes it comes with a dose of problems. Full marks to honest movie making and a noble intention. Catch the movie..

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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha – A Constipated Review


Director – Shree Narayan Singh

Players – Akshay Kumar , Bhumi Pednekar

There are many problems in our life but nothing is shittier than the inability to shit owing to the lack of proper facility . Oh you must be having the expression like Yuck and eww, what the hell is he saying ? But believe me , this is the most pathetic issue. Dude you cannot shit the way you want ……Really ?

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha revolves around a couple at Merrut – Uttar Pradesh , India . I am an urban child , so toilet has never been an issue . I was on my way to  Delhi on Rajdhani Express (year 2008) and in the morning I came across men and women squatting on their haunches across the vast tracts of land with a small pot resting peacefully beside them. My father smiled and said , ” Open defecation , you have read about it ..now enjoy the visual delight “.

Nothing has changed , most of the slum dwellers in and around Govandi and Mankhurd area of Mumbai enjoys open defecation and unfortunately I have to notice it almost everyday during my local journey . Toilet:Ek Prem Katha portrays this horrifying issue of open defecation and I must tell you , it never looses it’s objective . The movie stays true to its objective . It is a love story with a burning issue wrapped around it.

Hats off to the team for such a simple execution on the cinematic screen . Akshay Kumar is surprising the movie goers with his choice of scripts and he is refreshing in every acts. Deconstruction is great and good . You will enjoy the common man avatar of Akshay Kumar , ah the same ordinary yet funny Akshay from Hera Pheri.

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Bhoomi Pednekar sheds her golumolu avatar from Dum Laga Ke Haisha , she looks dapper over here. She has flawlessly mastered the local accent . Anupam Kher shines in his limited screen space.But the actual WOW goes to Dibyendu Sharma , yes the same Liquid from Pyar Ka Punchnama , you will just love him for his straight face comedy  and excellent speech timing . The movie scores really high on acting and the production department. However ; some of the dialogues are too cliche and amateurish.The movie criticises the orthodoxy of the Brahminical order prevalent in the rustic areas of India , well it also showed the progressive thinking of another Brahmin. The dramatics between obedient son and strict father is highly entertaining , loved it.

The first half deals with a stalk me and fall in love and the second half deals with the issue and the problem lies in the second part only, it becomes a documentary and every thing suddenly gets resolved by themselves . Well , the movie manages to keep the audience far from boredom with good acting  and decent narration of the story.

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You can watch the movie and definitely it is an noble attempt to showcase realism on the 70 mm.

Pros

Excellent Acting

The picturization  of Gori Tu Laath Mar ( it shows the audience something very colourful and something new )

Decent Background score

The movie has got a heart at it’s right place

The orthodoxy of the Brahmanical Order has been beautifully captured.

The message it carries  ” No toilet , no marriage. ”

Cons

The problems gets resolved too quickly.

Ratings – 4/5

Enjoy the trailer

 

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Jab Harry Met Sejal – Just Like That


 

Director – Imtiaz Ali

Writer – Imtiaz Ali

Players – Shah Rukh Khan , Anushka Sharma , Chandan Roy Sanyal

 

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who admire Shah Rukh Khan and the zombies. Oh, you are hurt… As if I care…

Jab Harry Met Sejal is a coming of age romance and one of the most honest performances by the lead cast. Shah Rukh Khan once again weaves magic on the 70 mm and Anushka Sharma proves that she is definitely one of the best leading ladies of the Hindi Film Industry.

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Storyline

Fuck you 😀 I won’t tell you. It is the Bollywood’s answer to The Lord of the Rings without Sam, Frodo and Sauron. Imtiaz Ali delivers one of the uninteresting plot lines ever.

Songs

Why Imtiaz Ali Why? You could have paid decent script writers with all the amount you invested in making such lame songs. Ok Ok, they have been forced upon the script and mostly upon the audience. Well except, Beech Beech Mein..Because the film glowed only beech beech mein.

 Acting & Characterisation

Shah Rukh Khan is Badshah of Romance. He is the God. This film (actually all the films ) belongs to him. You will just love him for his effortless acting skills. Forget Raj, delete Rahul from your memory, Harry is real and hard-hitting. Are you sure SRK that you are not Punjabi? The accent, the mannerism and dialogue delivery- well you are just Chak de Patthey. Most of the men are like Harry, they like to play it rough and sleep with any one but lonely at heart. Harry is the next-door boy who is confused and perplexed with life. That is why Imitiaz Ali cannot be ignored, as he comes up with some of the most honest characters in Hindi Cinema.

shah-rukh-khan-anushka_640x480_71497960944Anushka Sharma …you are savage. I am fortunate enough to rub shoulder with few Gujju Baa, Bahoo and Ben..and you have provided one of the most honest portrayals of a Gujarati Woman. They are rich, they show-off a lot but they are very good and brave at heart…just like you Sejal. Chandan  Roy Sanyal ‘s portrayal as a Bangladeshi Immigrant is funny and gory at the same time. Sadly you have been over-looked by Bollywood directors.

I couldn’t see any other people on the screen. Jab Harry Met Sejal gives you the honest meaning of Star Cast.

Other

Imtiaz Ali is an honest film maker ..but he has given an above average performance in this film. Cinematography and background score is commendable. The film has some of the finest European locations, excellent acting and commendable characterisation. Enjoy the heart to heart conversation between Punjab da Puttar Harry and Gujju Chokri Sejal.

Do not miss the scene where Sejal provides legal advice for Harry’s break-up with his hot European Blonde. The film has been dragged behind limit…again why Ali why?

This could have been a great romance. I repeat…could have been. By the way, Harry and Sejal will be in your heart for ever and ever. At least this is a practical love story not the Utopian out of the world Bollywood romantic flicks. Lastly,  SRK can romance a rock and make it go weak on his knees..toh fir audience kya cheez hain?

Pros

SRK, SRK , SRK , SRK…………….

Excellent characterization

Awesome acting.

Comic timing of Anushka and SRK

Cool cinematography

Great Editing and on-screen chemistry

The kiss…

Cons

The length of the film.

Songs in the film…

Weak Story-line.

Weak direction…

Lame origin story…

 

Ratings – Bhaag..it is SRK’s movie.

Verdict – Something different..something new

Trailer dekh le

 

 

 

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Raag Desh-The Raga of India’s Heroes


Raag Desh- A Movie Review

Director- Tigmanshu Dhulia

Writer -Pramod Singh , Tigmanshu Dhulia

Players – Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah, Kenny Basumatary, Kenny Desai

Let me tell you something about myself , I am from the metropolis of Calcutta-home of one of the most charismatic hero in World History , Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.I have supported the concept of non-violence against the intruders. It was and it is always by war. You name the book , I have been through it . You name the documentaries  and other creative works on Netaji and INA , I have gone through all of them. Thus  there is no fooling over here  ,Tigmanshu Dhulia ‘s Raag Desh comes up with brilliant research work about INA and Netaji.

The story of Raag Desh is so detailed that you tend to stand up and salute to the research team of the film . Few years ago Shyam Benegal made an endearing biographical film Bose-The Forgotten Hero which ended with the staged Taihaku flight accident of Subhas Bose(read the reports of Mukherjee Commission) and the trial of INA officers. Raag Desh picks up the story-line from the famous Red Fort trial (1945)of the three star studded men of Azad Hind Fauj.

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Dhulia has been successful in extracting  some of the career defining performances from majority of the actors. The three leading men Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah doesn’t leave any room for complain. I wonder why Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh have been missing from action , dear Bollywood please use them properly . Mohit Marwah’s voice and body language is hard hitting on the 70mm. Kenny Basumatary, as the supreme leader of INA and the bravest leader of all time(yes yes Subhas Bose ) manages to leave a mark on the  audience. Kanwaljit Singh is as good as ever in his empathetic role in the film.However it is Kenny Desai as Bhulabhai Desai who steals the laurel of acting department. Loved it the way you articulated your character on the screen.Look out for the journalist in the film(yeah the bad mouth Delhi ka launda in Pink)..you will love him.

As usual no spoilers about the film’s story-line . But there is a weak point in the narration, Dhulia employs excessive to and fro jumps between past and present scenarios in the film and it is tiring at times.

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The film falls flat on some of the shoddy fight sequence but manages to compensate it on the court-room scenes in the film. Music is average over here , but the background score is rather very compelling . INA’s theme song Kadam Kadam Baraye Ja is a treat to the audience.

Raag Desh is not the usual loud screeching Bollywood patriotic films. It has been carefully crafted by Tigmanshu and his team. It is satirical  and it is free from any kind of jingoism. It is a tragic story of a failed army who dreamt big and worked hard to gain freedom. Subhas Bose appears in flashes but his ideals of  hitting the enemy hard reverberates across all the members of INA in Raag Desh. Ironically many Indians also fought against INA soldiers across the North-Eastern front of India , Raag-Desh portrays the dilemma of the INA soldiers shooting their own countrymen(British Indian Army ). It is one of the most heart-wrenching moment of the movie. The film will remind you of court room dramas like Shaurya, A Few Good Men and Twelve Angry Men. But Raag Desh is original and brilliant in its own accord.

When Bollywood is caught up with making ghisa- pita love stories and southern rip off , Raag Desh is a bold move and almost a an epic execution. Watch the movie to know the real heroes of Indian freedom movement. Watch it for real information and real life characters of our nation . Don’t miss this one. Lastly this is not Dunkirk(much behind it) but this one will go down in history. Tigmanshu Dhulia, take a bow. There is only emotion that is love for the nation…it surpasses religion, Raag Desh proved it and didn’t pester forced nationalism and secularism. IMDB gave it 9.1/10 by the way… 😛

 

Pros

Excellent Research Work

Top notch acting by the cast

Strong screen-play

Brilliant Direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Satirical and Intelligent tone

Cons

Editing is weak.

Too much jumping jack between past and present.

Rating- 4.5/5

Verdict – Jai Hind ….

 

 

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Spider-Man: Homecoming , The Movie Review


 

Direction by Jon Watts

Story by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley (Based on Stan Lee’s Comics)

Who all are there? Ans :- Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

Let me get this straight, I have never read any comics of Marvel, except Spiderman. Well there were few episodes of Captain America in my stash, that’s it. It was DC’s heroes all the way. Spider-Man Homecoming has broken the internet with its funky trailer and the most importantly introducing Iron-Man into the film story line. I was bustling with teen like excitements because I was going to watch one of my favourite super heroes Master Spidey on big screen (didn’t watch the previous Spidey series on big screen). At least there was and there is a super-hero with real life problems.

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I was truly afraid that Tony Stark’s towering personality might over shadow the baby boy. Well, Spider-Man is there and the movie belongs to him all the way. Tom Holland is confused , bumbling with high level of testosterone and most importantly he is a hero in his own accord. At last there is a Spider- Man with the closest resemblance to the comic book. Cinema and comics are altogether different medium and cinematic liberty is cool but being faithful to the original comics, actually touches your soul.  Marvel Cinematic Universe – take a bow for providing such a decent script and presenting the Spidey of the decade. One of the best features of MCU , is the existence of different comic book characters and linking the story-line to something very big, oh yes I am talking about Avenger’s Infinity War.

Tom Holland is perfect.  Spidey’s tech support, the cutipie Asian Guy (Americans have this issue of calling Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indians as Asians) provides some comic relief as usual (that is the job of Tech Support , apart from tech support). Robert Downey Jr is a God(Not a typo. It is God) as usual . Spidey’s aunt …mmmm is HOT. The former Batman and Birdman, Michael Keaton is menacing on screen . Keaton looked more convincing as a baddie without the entire freakish Vulture suit.

Cinematography could have been much better. Spidey’s original theme song was refreshing and nostalgic to the core. Action sequences were good but could have been more stylish. But the technical brilliance showcased is really cool. Iron-Man has done some terrific up gradation with the Spidey suit. This movie scores full marks on the acting department and the engaging screenplay across the run time. Some scenes were brilliant, some were let down. Tom Holland is a future superstar. He is so real with his problems and torment. He does not want to be low key local hero but want to make it big among the Avengers. This Spider-Man never cries or breaks down. He is a teen who can control his emotions and hold his tears. He knows what he is doing. He can take his own decisions and at the same time he is a jackass.

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If you think it is Iron-Man who can show off his attitude in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ,well here is teen hero who can match him. He carries his pride and he knows his place. He proves it that it is the valour which makes a hero , not the suit.

 

Pros

Tom Holland’s performance…

Acting is really cool…

Screenplay is also very cool

Technical Brilliance regarding Spidey’s suit is mesmerizing

Background Score…..

One liners by Iron-Man like

“Can’t you just be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?”

That’s not a hug. I’m just grabbing the door for you.

Cons

No origin story (though it was  shown in other films but still…………)

Cinematography was low key.

Dragged a lot…

Post-credit scene was a big let-down.

Ratings- 7/10

Verdict- Watch it…

Disclaimer – Images from the internet.

Enjoy the trailer…

 

 

 

Bahubali 2 : The Movie Review


 

Movie – Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion

Directed by – S. S Rajamouli

Story and Screenplay – S. S Rajamouli & K.V Prasad

Actors – Prabhas , Ramya Krishna , Rana Daggubati ,Satyaraj , Anushka Shetty , Naseer

Language – Tamil , Telegu , Hindi , Malayalam

Country – India

Genre – Epic Fantasy Drama.

Haters will hate, So if you hate Epic Fantasy dramas, just get the hell out of here.

First of all you need to understand what is an Epic? Well according to the Cornell University Professor M.H Abrams it is a long narrative poem about victories and adventures of a hero involving lofty and elegant diction. The fate of the people or tribe depends on the action of that particular hero. The style is filled loftiness and grandeur.Sometimes it involves divine intervention and supernaturalism in its narrative. Think of The Ramayana, The Mahabharat, Virgil’s Aeneid or Homer’s Illiad..you will notice this archetypal pattern of larger than life sequences and grandeur in the action of the central protagonists. S . S Rajamouli’s Bahubali belongs to this group of Epic poetries.Yes yes some of you will think this man has gone nuts.Lol!

Plot

The second instalment starts off with the conversation between Katappa and Shiva ( the son of Amarendra Bahubali ) and the audience travels almost twenty-five years into the colossal kingdom Mahesmati. The story follows the streak of popularity of Bahubali among his subject and his courtship with beautiful princess, Devsena of Kuntai Pradesh.Later on the antagonist Bhallaldeva and his father conspire against the crown prince and what happens next…Find out at theatres near you.As usual ..no spoiler here.

VFX

The treatment is epic in every sense , right from the dashing entry of Prabhas to the highly imaginative sequence of the flying craft…it provides visual delights to its audience.I think  Baahubali will be a milestone in the case of VFX usage in Indian Cinema.Yes it is at par with the Hollywood cinemas..but don’t compare it with anyone.You need to feel the grand vision of the director.sdcczd

Yes, few VFX sequences were pure LOL. 😛

Characters

The Characters were already established in the prequel, so the audience have been able to identify the nature of the Baahubali 2 actors. The film belongs to the mighty hero Prabhas, right from his dialogue delivery to his muscularity…you deserve a high five for such brilliant act as the lead of the film franchise.Ranna Daggubati is a cold blooded conspirator and a true blue villain with a dazzling personality. Ranna’s Bhallaldeva is a  man of few words and lots of action. The expression through the dark eyes..were spine chilling to the core. Indian Cinema got a new super villain. He is as good as Prabhas.Kattappa’s character didn’t lived up to the expectation, he was much promising in the first part ..however, you could relate to his pitiable condition as torn soul throughout the movie. Nassar as the father of Bhallaldeva reminded me of Dhritarashtra and Shakuni, a handicapped and conspirator…he was an effortless evil persona throughout the narration.Rajmata Shivagami aka Ramya Krishnan screen presence was royal in every aspect. The surprise package of the movie was Anushka Shetty, right from the introductory scene where she swings her swords to the last scene where she put an end to the evil…take a bow Shetty ..you were a treat to watch. A bold character in every sense..no no not skin show but modern mindset on every aspect. Shetty as the Princess Devasena stood for honour, valour, heroism and rationality.baahubali2grpicsupdate

She is not the one who is going to take your nonsense..thus she questions every tradition and if the necessity arises she wields her sword and arrow to punish the offenders. Kudos to the scriptwriter and Anushka Shetty for providing such a brilliant characterization of radiant feminist.

Storytelling

The script is crisp and full of memorable one-liners. The script draws some elements from Indian Epics and mould it according to the storyline.The opening credits of the movie where Rajamouli freezes the outstanding moments from the previous instalment teleport you directly to the age of chivalric romance and heroism. The screenplay could have been better but Rajamouli’s master storytelling technique takes it to a different level of amusement.The Royal throne is always cursed and Aurangzeb was right when he said “Kingship knows no Kinship”.Experience the bloody saga of revenge.

 

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Feel

People were clapping at the extravagant visual ride, amazing performance of the lead cast and  witty dialogues of Bahubali 2. Some of the scenes were truly epic and unforgettable. Anushka Shetty ‘s fiery personality, Prabhaas’ daring heroism, Senthiraj(Kattappa) loyalty and lastly Rana Daggubati’s intrigue and loathsome attitude make the movie an unforgettable experience. The imagination coloured by special effects will be a treat to your heart and mind. Please don’t compare with LOTR, Harry Potter …Bahubali 2 shines in its own golden rays.It is not easy for a regional film to create such a hype and deliver such world class product in India. Cheers to the director S. S Rajamouli for delivering such a visionary piece of cinema.Izzat rakhli …

Pros

Amazing acting by the lead cast

The Indianess in the beauty of Anushka Shetty

The muscle flexing scenes of Ranna Duggabati

The working chemistry between Rana Duggabati and Nassar ( Bhalladeva and  Bijjaladeva )

The passionate romance between Devsena and Bahubali

Katappa’s struggle with conscience

Amazing usage of special effect and the dream sequence of Anushka and Prabhaas on the floating boat.Oh the kiss ..grand.

The death scene of Amarendra Bahubali- a solid tearjerker.

The selfless act of Prabhas as Amarendra Baahlubali

The introductory scene of Anushka Shetty and Bahubali

The bow and arrow sequence by Anushka Shetty and Prabhas while shooting the Pindari Dacoits.

Daler Mahendi’s powerful voice in Jiyo Re Bahubali

The final fight between the Uncle and Nephew.

You cannot get enough of Prabhas.

You cannot miss the high impact factor of this Pan – Indian Classic saga of love , jealousy and revenge.

It is a vivid celebration of India’s glorious past. Kudos to the Postcolonialism.

Almost everything.

 

Cons

The final battle where Mahendra Bahubali took the aid of Coconut Trees…hilarious.

Few animations were loud and funny.

Where was Tamannah? Completely wasted.

Some songs could have been easily omitted from the script.

Prabhas was far more convincing as Amarendra Bahubali than Mahendra Bahubali.

 

Ratings – Some films are above the calculative ratings.This will be an unforgettable experience for me and I am too small a person to rate such a brilliant work of art.For your information, IMDB rated it 9.3/10.

Do not download the movie…if you miss it at the theatre..it will be a loss. Go to a Cinema Hall near you…

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Film Review : The Ghazi Attack


The Ghazi Attack

Direction -Sankalp Reddy

Writer -Azad Alam

Screenplay – Sankalp Reddy,

Cast –     Om Puri,Kay Kay Menon, Rana Daggubati,Atul Kulkarni,Taapsee Pannu , Rahul Singh

 

War films in Bollywood mean Chetan  Anand’s Haqeeqat , J. P Dutt’s Border and LOC Kargil with fuelled up patriotism, study of personal relationships of the soldiers and some unforgettable melodies. Afterall who can forget Mohd Rafi’s Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathio or Sonu Nigam and Roop Kumar Rathod’s Sandesey Aatey Hain. All of them were great films but suffered one fatal flaw – too much distraction from main war and dragged up a length of the film.

This is where Sankalp Reddy’s trilingual war epic The Ghazi Attack scores 100 % marks for its focus on the core subject ….the WAR between India and Pakistan. This movie is actually the prologue to what we have seen in J. P Dutt’s Border.Border sums the legendary battle of Indian forces at Longewala against the Pakistani army …this movie shows why the Pakistan army declared war against India on December 4th, 1971.Watch…the battle of Indian navy.

No way I am going to reveal the story line..This movie chronicles the voyage of an Indian Navy submarine S21 along the northern waters of Bay of Bengal.

Kay Kay Menon as Captain of S21 does an honest job as the captain of the Indian submarine ,his penache for violence and to hit the enemy vessel is very well etched out. He represents all the defence personal and Police persons who want to hit the enemy at the first instance without waiting for the orders of headquarters.

Ranna Duggabati as (Arjun Varma) Lt.Commander of S21 is the smartest man on duty and one of the most brilliant characters of the film who displays qualities like honour, justice and tactics through his acting skill throughout the film. Well, you could have shaved your beard. Keep it up man..you are perfect.

Atul Kulkarni did the most difficult job as a navy officer being torn up between the law abiding officer and the daredevil captain of the sheep….your experience as an actor shows in every frame.

Tapasse Panu did a decent job as the East Pakistani refugee, so does Om Puri and the other team of supporting actors.

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But the man who steals the show is Rahul Singh as the Commander Razaq Mohd Khan of Pakistani submarine Ghazi. It is very common to overlook the counter-narrative approach in a war film , Madras Cafe did some justice on this aspect but The Ghazi Attack provides enough space for the drama inside the Pakistani Submarine.Rahul Singh delights the audience with his expressions and radiant acting skills…You will hate him for his anti-India dialogue. You will love his tactics as a Submarine captain and his frustration when he speaks out:

“Commander hain yaah liftman..upar neeche upar ”

The editing is perfect and not at all over the top.Indian audience enjoyed the interiors of Submarine after Shyam Benegal’s Bose – The Forgotten Hero.  There were no melodramatic scenes, the dialogues were crisp and the screenplay is world class to the core.The film scores in building up cinematic thrills and tension across its course of narration and delivers a highly engaging piece of Cinema.Thanks to the special effect, it was beautiful seabed across 70mm.No doubt it has got an 8.7 rating on IMDB.This is one type of film which makes you stand up and salute the unsung heroes of our nation…and it proves that War is always between great minds and it is won by courage, knowledge and the spirit of patriotism.
A must watch ….

Cheers to our soldiers

Cheers to honest film making .

 

The film is  partially inspired by the book  The Blue Fish

Enjoy the trailer

 

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Dangal – The Dhakkad Review


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Director -Nitesh Tiwari

Written -Nitesh Tiwari,Piyush Gupta,Shreyas Jain,Nikhil Meharotra

The nomenclature of the film is so apt , it showcases fights of different types throughout the entire length . While a middle aged man is fighting against the patriarchy of Harayana  and on other hand the little girls are struggling to make it big in the  wrestling arena . There are physical dangal , economic dangal , dangal of ego and the dangal with yourself.

The movie is true in spirit, it keeps the fighting will alive throughout the course of narration. Aamir Khan once again shines like a big burning sun across the rustic terrain of Haryana . This film is about wrestling ( as if you don’t know ) and unlike few movies …there are no subplots of romance , revenge or any god dam things . Hero and heroines doesn’t boogie or break in to an impromptu jig on the screen. The technicality is top notch, you will feel good after being fed with minute details about wrestling .dangal-75931

Aamir Khan plays a retired wrestler with full of passion for wrestling and no financial back up for the same . However he was having a hope that one day his son will bring glory for the country . But wait, his wife couldn’t deliver any boy ..all were girls and while showing the utter desperate nature of a father in need of a boy , the director exposed the ugly truth about “ I need a boy child “ . However unlike some father , this Pahelwan understood the value of a girl child when she beats the shit out of two village boys….tan tana…the training began ( I am not revealing the story, the trailer have showcased all these things ).

Acting wise every one shines , good to see Sakshi Tanwar on big screen finally . The Poghat sisters were really promising , their long distant cousin was really terrific . This fellow Aparshakti Khurrana  is an actor per class and the character was very well sketched . Special mention to the idiotic and egoistic coach essayed by Girish Kulkarni . Kulkarni is a national award winner Marathi actor who rocked Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly with his sheer brilliant onscreen antics . I am hoping to see more of you in Hindi Films .girish-kulkarni-in-aamir-khans-dangal-1

Aamir Khan , well you were not there..it was Mahavir Singh Poghat all the way . Yet ,another time..you have deconstructed yourself to construct another one . I will just use one word which you said at the end of the film…. “SAABAAASH”( stress upon SSSSSSS).

Just like all other sports film…this film also exposed the corrupt sports officials and inadequate sports infrastructure in India.

The technical details have been very apt , so is the cinematography . Hanikarak Bapu created ripples of laughter across the theatre and Dhakkad vibrated the attitude of a Warrior..oh please read as Wrestler.

Dangal fruitfully tackled some issues  such as male domination in sports and fake sense of patriarchy in women’s life in any village of India . But it raises few questions like why father’s dreams should be imposed upon young progenies ? .

Again if there are no dreams(read imposed ) or hope..don’t you think Women  would be again considered as Paraya Dhan..and they would brought up to be some one’s mother , wife..but never herself .Well it is confusing…

Aamir is a sport film enthusiast ..do you remember Awaal Number  ?…Lagaan was also there and this one  Dangal , is definitely one of the best sports film of Bollywood . But ,is it better than Chak De ? Does it invoke subtle Aashayein like Nagesh Kuknoor’s Iqbal or make you angry like the Khadoos  Madhavan of Sala Khadoos ..well find it yourself .

Ratings- Excellent …

Pros

Aamir Khan as the Wrestler , as the young father , as the Coach and as the ageing coach and father.

The fight choreography.

Acting was really good.

Screenplay was really gripping.

The tone was well textured and full of cinematic thrills.

The transformation of Aamir’s physique.

Cons

Well nothing …except the length.

Girish Kulkarni deserved more..

Trailer

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Kahaani 2 – A slightly delayed Review


Kahaani 2 sadly carries the baggage of its previous instalment and that is the point where it looses considerably  . However with an exceptional acting department , the social point of view and an engaging screenplay manages to keep the audience in the theatre.

First of all , this is not a sequel of  Kahaani . It lacks the fast paced motion of the original flick and the surprise element is not that hard hitting . Oh wait this is a good film..much better than those song and danced theme Phoren location (Foreign ) shootwala films.

Sujoy Ghosh is a good director but he should have kept an eye for the details . Vidya Balan shines like the north star. She is lonely , she is plump , she is without makeup and she steals the show with her power packed performance.Tota Roy Chowdhury as the romantic interest does a decent job . So is Arjun Rampal  who manages to keep the drama intact with his expressionless acting. :P.

But the surprise package of the film is Jugal Hansraj . Oh man you have been wasting your time in the Yash Raj camp for a long time..this genre suits you. Keep it up and come out of “Ghar se hi nikalte hi “ and “Mohabbatein “ phase.

Take a bow Mr Kharaj Mukherjee …you are a sheer delight to watch onscreen .Mukherjee rocked the screen with his funny and cliché Bangla styled Hindi accent and sheer display of effortless acting skills . Your big belly and facial muscles were also giving expressions.

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Shot at the old Dutch Colony of Bengal – Chandannagar , the film looked really fresh and were full of spine chilling moments . The portion shot at the scenic North Bengal town ofKurseong were as cold as the screenplay .The social theme of Child abuse have been authentically dealt by the director, full marks for that.

However the script suffers from various obstacle like why Vidya Balan suddenly landed in Kurseong from Delhi…and few more.

All in all it is a good thriller but could have been much better.Sujoy Ghosh make this kind of thriller but you can always improve.

Parambrata’s confused expressions  and the Usha Utthup voice were terribly missed.

Pros.

It tackled a sensitive social issue.

Powerfull thrills and cinematic moments

Great acting the team.

Chandan Nagar ‘s night view was appealing.

Gripping Thriller.

Kharaj Mukherjee and Vidya Balan were excellent.

Mehram was a beautiful composition.

Economic usage of frames.

The last twist was delightful.

Cons

No Kolkata you sexy.

Arjun Rampal was  acting as an West Bengal Police Officer (seen in Khaki Wardi), however he was supposed to get a promotion to Lal Bazar . Lal Bazar is the head quarter of Kolkata Police. State Police and City Police are completely different bodies . Arjun Rampal was said to be inspector..Inspectors are supposed to have   a single star without any red ribbon and it should have been WBPS not WBP . What is wrong with Bollywood ? Even Akshay’s uniform in Rustom were full of errors.

A hard hitting background score could have added up to the film’s value.

Cinematography didn’t explore the stunning architectural beauty of Chandannagar.

Arjun Rampal could have been easily replaced by Parambrata Chatterjee.

The film poster didn’t create any kind of excitement.

Enjoy the trailer.

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