Tumbbad : Terrifically Haunting


Tumbbad
Language – Hindi
Country of Origin – India
Genre – Horror, Fantasy
Players- Sohum Shah and many more creatures
Director- Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi

I have always found Maharashtra beautiful in monsoons. Being a student in Pune and  Mumbai, I have enjoyed the long treks during the monsoon which mostly centred around the forts of Maharashtra. And once I asked a friend, why there are so many small temples in an around these forts, Pune  or any other places in Maharashtra?

The answer was, the only way to shun the evil spirits. I laughed.

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And then, Tumbbad happened. It was like reliving the Maharashtra monsoon in the October heat but instead of relishing it, you feel haunted by it. I guess Tumbbad uses the dark clouds and the rain drops as one of the most important characters in the film. The film centres around a sleepy hamlet in colonial Bombay presidency. There is an illicit affair between an old bastard and a village belle leading to the birth of two offsprings. There is a Mhada and most importantly there is an old lady who seems to be cursed for eternity. The movie dives deep into the mythological folklore, adding the eternal aura of tussle divine and evil forces. There is hardly any positive feeling in the movie, Tumbaad rides high on the negative aspects of greed, violence, lust, greed and fear among others.

Even Dragons, the mighty creatures could not resist the lust of Gold…remember Tolkein’s Smaug?  The protagonist ( or the antagonist…) is a mere human from erstwhile India, who uses intelligence, physical power, guts and lots of black magic to unearth gold from the womb of mother Goddess. The vicious cycle goes on  and on.

Sohum Shah uses his body language and eyes to instil the pangs of greed and lust for gold. He occasionally speaks but he performs throughout, so does the crippled little son of his. There is so much of authenticity in the portrayal of Maharashtrian culture, lingo and social ethos of that period. Bansali can take a clue, giant budget and sets are not always essential to make a period film, it is always about the vision. But, I love Bansali also. The cinematography is stunning, with dark, cold and cursed with haunting solitude  Tummbad to the relatively lively Pune, it plays its part well. Tumbbad’s visuals are for the 70mm. Then, there are the colours of blood, there are scorching blaze of fire and eerie sounds of mutilated limbs and crushed bones.

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More importantly, VFX usage is really up to the mark and it gels well with the gory narrative structure of the movie. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, thus to each and scheme of human, there are ploys of the devil and the climax proves it. There are rising actions in the first thirty minutes, there is a relatively dilute phase and in the latter half, it runs with steady phase and lastly it provides the audience with an orgasmic climax of action and fear.

Ah, Ramgopal Verma’s Bhoot was good, Konkona looked terrifying in Ek Thi Dayan and Anushka was really gory in Pari but Tumbbad nails with production values, acting and most importantly script and cinematography. The beauty of Tumbbad is that , the camera is a character, the production sets are also a character, it adds to the storyline.

Watch it alone, watch it on 70mm, Gaand faatega. Aur mazza bhi ayega.. agar nahi aya toh , Hastar aa jayega.

 

Pros

Brilliant Casting

Realistic acting

Awesome Visuals

Haunting Background Score and sound

Great balance between psychological and physical horror

Del Toro’s ambience, but blatantly original

Gothic atmosphere and no cheap copy of western horror flicks

Excellent screenplay and usage of silence in the narration

Awesomely freaky climax

Cons

Nothing

Ratings – 10/10

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Stree ; A Spooky Spaghetti


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Movie Name – Stree (2018)

Language – Hindi

Genre – Horror Comedy

Director – Amar Kaushik

Players- Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana, Abhishek Banerjee

Disclaimer – All the words and experiences are not at all fictitious.
Amidst the laidback forum of laziness, two lazy people decided to experience some adrenalin rush and adventure sports were out of questions. Thus, two tickets were booked for a film show at a cineplex.
The Hindi flick Stree was on our mind. We landed up at this so-called mall, which looked like a production set of Darr @ Mall. Few fed up souls were roaming here and there, one aunty was obnoxiously posing for her husband, two kids were hitting themselves, so on. The two lazy jackasses entered the movie hall, but the pangs of hunger kicked in, so corny sweet corn came to our relief.
The setting was spooky with Dolby digital sounds and a PVR screen. The lead protagonist Rajkummar Rao with the supporting cast of Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee and Aparshakti Khuranna kept the audience hooked, perplexed, amused, fuck falling short of adjectives. That is the power of brilliant acting.

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The tone and texture were so perfect that after a few minutes, you feel like walking across the laidback fort town of Rajasthan. The cinematography, the eerie cuts, the subtle lighting and excellent usage of minimalistic vfx lived up to the mark. I loved it to the core. Eh, songs were replaced by instrumental scores, what a relief.
The story, you jackass, this is not a summary of the plot, still a thread for you . There is a town in India experiencing some spooky stuff and with every problem, there comes a solution. Well, you know it right.
The director showed his mettle, the actors entertained, the script is fast-paced with witty moments and dialogues. But the climax, oh yes, it was like the film was going to reach an orgasm, ok multiple orgasms and it couldn’t. Are you able to feel my pain? And the stree beside me, who was watching it with great expectations. Crash landing, boom, it is over.
And Shraddha Kapoor, eh tu ja re, you are acting opposite Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, the best of the time, you are absolutely pathetic. Sorry, to be blunt, tu naach re Basanti aur gaana ga. Mood kharab kiya. I am not an acting coach, neither an actor, but I can see the difference between you and the other actors in almost every scene.

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The movie was a paisawasool, it tried something new and did not fail miserably.
But, Go Goa Gone is the ultimate winner in Horror Comedy Genre.
Rao and Tripathi , You people are magician.
Fun fact – The movie got over, but my companion looked spooky and it scared the shit out of me, Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar ! Ram ! Ram!

Pros
Excellent performances by Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Khurrana and Banerjee.
Top notch cinematography, editing and back ground score
Fast paced screenplay and witty dialogues
Great comic timing and few chilly moments
Vijay Raaz, uff man.

Cons
The climax and Shraddha Kapoor

Ratings – 3.5/5

Trailer

Disclaimer – Images from the internet

Sacred Games: A Sensational Experience


Caution– This is my experience. This one contains criticism and cuss words. Proceed with caution. Adult show, thus a matured piece of writing.

Adaptation – Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games

Writers – Varun Grover, Smita Singh and Vasant Nath

Genre – Crime, Thriller

Directors – Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane

Players – Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddique among others

Music- Alokananda Dasgupta

Original Network – Netflix

Number of Seasons – One (6th July, 2018)

Number of Episodes – 8

Country – India

A sinister plot to wipe out the city, the eccentric villain with God complex, a protagonist searching for some answers, terrific love affairs, exuberant ecstasy, an elegant eunuch and so on…

Well, that is the basis of DC Comics and other science fiction works. Look deeply, you find the above mentioned recurring patterns in them.

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So Sacred Games is not something new or noble. The show is based on the novel by the same name which chronicles the life of a mafia and a police officer in the Maximum City. Well if you go through Hussain S Zaidi’s Dongri to Dubai, you would be able to relate to all the fictitious element in the plotlines of both the novel and the show. Ironically, the author of Sacred Games Vikram Chandra wrote the foreword to Zaidi’s book.

The eight-hour-long series falters mid-way when parallel plots pop up and slow hinder the pace of the show. Well, so many articles about Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performance, yes he is every bit of God complex wala Gaitonde. He is the actual star of the show and naturally, he has been given the best dialogues and the one-liners. But, don’t you think he is repeating himself? Faizal Khan is Ganesh Gaitonde, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is Ganesh Gaitonde, Liak (Badlapur ) is Gaitonde, Ramaan (Ramaan Raghav) is Gaitonde and so on…

But he is never boring, he manages to woo and I’ve been mouthing his dialogues among friends. Moreover a mafia, Gaitonde is a philosopher.

Saif Ali Khan as Sartaj Singh provides a stellar performance. He is troubled, he suffers owing to his honesty and he is not at all flawless. Saif provides a performance of a lifetime, he reacts, he blinks, he shows frustration, cries out in pain and gets stupefied in the end. He is the most realistic protagonist in the show. He makes ‘Behenchod’ sexy. Saif comes up with one of the most authentic portrayals of an Indian Police officer.

Radhika Apte’s act could have been much better, I somehow missed the angst of a R&AW officer and she is a staunch feminist over here, leading to the tragic plight in the end.

Neeraj Kabir as the DCP is one hell of a corrupt officer, a bloody bastard. Keep it up.

We have a gullible and honest sidekick of Saif Ali Khan, the constable Katekar aka Jitendra Joshi, such an effortless and brilliant portrayal of loving husband and dutiful cop.

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You are here to stay.

How can I forget Bunty bhai ? the staunch Hindu extremist but loyal to the core. Jatin Sarna is the next big thing. The violent women abuser, the foul mouthed gangster.

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Well, Kubra Sait as Kuckoo steals the show, the eunuch eats up all the scenes and she is an onscreen magic. She turns the show, hard-hitting portrayal of the third gender. Well, remember Khushwant Singh’s Bhagmati, the ultimate Hijra? Is she the fourth witch of Macbeth?

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Shalini Vatsa as Kanta Bai, such a daredevil act. Anushree Deshpande aka Shubadra instigated the manhood and vengeance of Gaitonde, limited screen time and the boldest screen presence, you have got guts.

And then there is one man, who juggles efficiently between fakht Marathi and Bombaiya Hindi. The underdog organiser of Ganesh Mitra Mandali to the top-notch minister in Mantralaya. Girish Kulkarni proves that he is the bloody best as if the role was written for him. I don’t know, why the media is not mentioning his killer performance over here. Girish Bhau..bahot khub. The hero in Deool to the sarcastic cop in Ugly, from the jackass coach in Dangal to the Machiavellian Minister Bipin Bhosale, you are fucking fantastic dude.

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There is no complain about direction and execution by Motwane and Kashyap, but they have come up with better stuff. Somehow the screenplay falters between fourth and sixth episodes. The narrative technique is brilliant and it keeps the audience looking for more and more. Varun Grover, keep it up.Loved the gory texture of the series.

But the most striking features of the shows are background music and the credit designing. The Mandala art is impressive and the last episode reveals some brilliant insight about them and Aloka Dasgupta, what a beautiful and haunting composition? You are a pure sweetheart. Just remove the background music, the show will fall flat. Try it.

Verdict– Behenchod faad ke rakh diya..mazza aa gaya.

One of the best, Bose- Dead or Alive is also at par with Sacred Games.But this is pure sensation, you will love it. We want more stuff like this….

Pros

Awesome Acting.

Realistic Violence and Nudity.

The third gender, sensitively dealt with.

The screen colour turns red when Gaitonde starts slashing the inmates in jail.

Gripping Background score.

The historical juxtaposition with the major events of Postcolonial India.

Do not miss Rajiv Gandhi’s presence in the show.

Dashing Dialogues.

The cross-references with mythology, dam attractive..

The real picture of Indian Police Services.

Cons

Editing falters.

The screenplay could have been crispier in few places.

Pankaj Tripathi, the Guru, aur chahiye tha.

Those who watched the show in English, silent sobbing for them.

Ratings- 9/10

Disclaimer – Images from the internet.

Yeh Aashiqui- Short Film; An Official Review


 

Players

Pratyusha – Main Female Lead
Saikat Das – Main Male Lead
Om – Son of Saikat and Pratyusha
Anindita Dutta – Friend of Pratyusha
Purbasha Maity – Friend of OM
Direction
ARIJIT MUKHERJEE
The Team
STORY: TANMOY DE
SCREENPLAY: MAUSHUMI MUKHERJEE
CINEMATOGRAPHY: BAPPA DASGUPTA
EDITING: TAMAL CHAKRABORTY
PRODUCTION MANAGER: MUKTI PADA MONDAL
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: MEGHA CHAKRABORTY
 
Musical Team
FLUTE: RITTIK GUCHAIT
SINGER: ANANYA OJHA
LYRICIST: SOUGATA RUDRA
MUSIC DIRECTION: AMIT SUR
MUSIC ARRANGEMENT SAINIK DEY
RECORDING AND MIXING TARUN DAS, STUDIO VIOLINA.
Other Technical Team
PRODUCTION MANAGER: MUKTI PADA MONDAL
MARKETING EXECUTIVE: PIKU CHOWDHURY
MAKEUP: MOU JAIN CHAKRABORTY
PROMOTION: ANIKET

 

The Film Craft

I never review a book or a movie unless and until I’m impressed by the art in totality. So yes, I enjoyed watching Arijit Mukherjee, Yeh Aashiqui. One of the most important aspects of Yeh Aashiqui is the relevance to the modern world. Art cannot be created in isolation to the present society, well some choose to ignore it, they are free to do it. But Mr.Mukherjee has chosen to work on the social aspects like the loneliness of a kid in a metropolitan(Rony), Suicidal tendencies( Life) among others. This time he ventured into the loneliness of an urban house-wife. We are the generation who are glued to the social media and in the process, we chose to ignore our near and dear ones in the vicinity. Social media has killed the distances and somewhere down the lane, it is creating tensed situations between two individuals. The story is predictable and that is where Arijit Mukherjee wins as a director, he knows how to narrate a story which is already predictable to the audience. I will give a thumbs up to the neat execution of the film.

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Arijit Mukherjee has been technically well groomed with other aspects of the filmmaking, thus there were brilliant close up shots, the juxtaposition of black & white along with coloured sequences. Cinema is a big canvas and the painting has been neatly painted over here. Thus, full marks to Bappa Dasgupta(Cinematographer) and Tamal Chakraborty( Editor) for your contribution to Yeh Aashiqui.

The little protagonist of Rony is back in this venture and he is very promising over here. You have a long way to go. He knows how to emote without dialogues. Om, keep it up. Saikat Das gives a clean performance as a dutiful husband and doting father. He keeps it real over here. He is careful and rude, he has both the sides. The script did not glorify him, instead, it showed both the negative and positive aspects of man dwindling between office and home. He is the most powerful character of the film.

Pratyusha’s portrayal as the lonely wife looks commendable. She excelled in the close-up shots and dialogue delivery technique has been very confusing. She is lonely , she is very confused and the dialogue delivery has been blended well with the confused state of mind. Confusion has been beautifully dealt by the female lead.

You know what ? Loyalty is the most beautiful thing in the world.

I loved the climax. Thankfully, the film does not preach, instead, it shows what is happening and offers a solution.  Yeh Aashiqui is a noble film, go to Arijit Official Youtube Channel and watch it.

If you agree with my views, leave a comment

If not, please get lost..kidding..feel free to criticise.

Pros

The Climax has been beautifully handled.

Direction, Editing, Cinematography..loved them

Good usage of background score.

Relevant social subject.

Commendable supporting cast.

Cons

The opening song could have been shorter in length.

 

Ratings – 8/10

Disclaimer

This is an official review of the movie and I’ve received the permission to do so.

 

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Yeh Aashiqui – A Quick View

English:
Today’s technology has developed outstandingly for the continuously growing mankind.
 
If any person is sitting in any corner of the world can easily communicate with other people through the WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger or e-mail.
 
It is very easy to facilitate the communication system, but the collapse of the complexity between peoples is now stuck in the hand of those apps, also the maternal mortgage documents have come with the minimal use of paper due to this development in technology.
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In a word, the technology has created an ever-growing revolution in the continuous advancement of the communication system and in the different types of businesses.
 
Technology has brought people’s daily life to the wonderful changes and geographical distances. Now there is no real interaction between peoples only virtual, in the context of interaction with one another, WhatsApp, Facebook and Messenger have come with many variations of traditional life.
 
Today people have learned about Social Media, but some peoples whose ideas for social media are totally wrong and they also defend to use social communication sites.
 
Unfortunately, some conservative people are using this social network to satisfy their distorted taste, especially in women’s case and as a result, some women keep themselves away from this “social media”.
 
This short-length film, the story of lonely lady “Trisha”, who forcefully get involved in Facebook by her husband to cut away her loneliness, but somehow Trisha was scared to get involved in those circles. But later she dared to come forward and relieved her loneliness by joining Facebook. And she begins to live happily married life with her husband SAIKAT by ending the misunderstanding and misconception between both of them.
Bengali:
প্রযুক্তি বিদ্যার আজ বিপুল প্রসার মানবজাতির কাছে এক যুগান্তরকারী ঘটনা। পৃথিবীর যে কোন কোণাতে বসেই একজন মানুষ আরেকজন মানুষের সাথে হোয়াটস অ্যাপ, ফেসবুক, ম্যাসেঞ্জার, ই-মেলের মাধ্যমে অতি সহজেই  যোগাযোগ করতে পারে। 
 
সহজ থেকে সহজতর হয়েছে যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থা, জটিলতার খোলসে আজ আর আটকে নেই ব্যবসা বাণিজ্য, পরিবেশ বান্ধব সফটওয়্যার নিয়ে এসেছে কাগজের ন্যূনতম ব্যবহার। এক কথায় বলতে গেলে, প্রযুক্তি বিদ্যার বিপুল অগ্রসর যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থায় এবং ব্যবসা বাণিজ্যে যুগান্তকারী বিপ্লব  ঘটিয়েছে।
 
প্রযুক্তি বিদ্যা মানুষের দৈনন্দিন জীবনে এনেছে বিস্ময়কর পরিবর্তন এবং ঘুচিয়েছে ভৌগোলিক দূরত্ব। এখন আর  অন্তরায় নয় একের সঙ্গে অপরের যোগাযোগের ক্ষেত্রে, গতানুগতিক জীবনে বৈচিত্র নিয়ে এসেছে হোয়াটস অ্যাপ, ফেসবুক ও ম্যাসেঞ্জার। অনেক অজানা তথ্য মানুষ আজ জানতে পারছে হোয়াইটস অ্যাপ, ফেসবুকের মাধ্যমে, অনেকাংশে মানুষের ভুল বোঝাবুঝির নিষ্পত্তি হয়ে যাচ্ছে এই সামাজিক যোগাযোগ রক্ষার মাধ্যমে যাকে ইংরাজি পরিভাষায় বলা হয় “সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া”।
 
দুর্ভাগ্যবশতঃ  কিছু সংখ্যক বিবেকবর্জিত মানুষ তাদের বিকৃত রুচির পরিতৃপ্তির জন্য এই সামাজিক যোগাযোগ রক্ষার মাধ্যম কে ব্যবহার করছে, বিশেষ করে মহিলাদের ক্ষেত্রে এবং এর ফলস্বরূপ কতিপয় মহিলা এই “সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া” থেকে নিজেদের কে সরিয়ে রাখছেন। 
 
এই স্বল্প দৈর্ঘ্যের ছবির মুখ্য নারীর চরিত্রে তৃষা যিনি একাকীত্বের শিকার, তিনিও প্রথমে মানসিক দ্বন্দের মধ্যে ছিল “সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া”-র সঙ্গে নিজেকে জড়িত করবার বিষয়ে, কিন্তু পরে সাহস করে এগিয়ে এসে ফেসবুকে যুক্ত হয়ে একাকীত্বের করাল গ্রাস থেকে নিজেকে মুক্ত করে এবং স্বামী সৈকতের সঙ্গে ভুল বোঝাবুঝির অবসান ঘটিয়ে সুখি  দাম্পত্য জীবনযাপন করতে শুরু করে।
About the Arijit Mukherjee
Arijit Mukherjee was born to Mukherjee Family of Maniktala on 19th March 1969. Father Sh Billesh Mukherjee’s passion for writing & painting left an impression on Young mind of Arijit.
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World of Art & Culture Started haunting him. At the age of Thirteen, he got the first taste of a life where people comes out of his self and adds life to the character depicted in black & white the pages of books.
An actor’s creation starts from where a writer’s creation stops. So it true with young Arijit.

Thirteen-year-old Arijit gave his first theatrical performance on stage in his school drama.
While acting in drama, he started taking a keen interest in the nitty-gritty of technical aspects of drama and developed a strong desire for the directional venture. He thought direction would be his ideal cup of tea.At the age of seventeen, he took his first venture in the world of direction as Chief Assistant Director.Along with cultural activities, Arijit Continued with his studies and did a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.He also took an assignment in a Bangalore based Company and continued for four years.Love for silver screen brought him back to Kolkata. People saw Arijit as a full-fledged independent director in his first 26 Episodes Serial “Khali Jahajer Rahasya” based on “Kaka Babu Series” of Sunil Gangopadhyay.After that, he had never looked back and today Arijit is an established Director of Tollygunge with 4+ Short films, 16+ Telefilms & 8+ Mega Serial in popular Bengali channels at home and at abroad along with numerous Ad films, Documentaries, and Corporate Films to his credit.Then he stepped abroad, and in Bangladesh, he first started their country’s daily soap called “Aparajita”.

After returning to India, now he is running a YouTube Channel called “Arijit Official”, and made 4+ successful short films in 2017.

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To know more about me & my works visit my website
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Channel Profile
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The motto of Arijit Official YouTube Channel is to make the short film with the social issues, which is related to our society.
It’s my dream journey making this YouTube Channel “Arijit Official“.
This channel was made in 2014.
But I was unable to continue with this channel because last 3.5 years I was in Bangladesh due to My International Daily Soap Project.
Worked for Deepto TV (Bangladesh), and bring the very first daily soap project of their country.
After returning to India, Again I am started working on my Youtube Channel.
My motto is to bring some short films with the social issues, and then my journey started with Arijit Official, the first movie was Sesh Prohor and its deals with the subject “Anti-terrorism”.
Then Rony, it deals with the subject, “Child-Parents Problem” after that Aamra, it’s subject about the Women Power and in this subject, all the characters are the act from their real-life story and the true story also.
on 9th December 2017, at 5:30 PM released NAA which means NO, all the movies have the subtitle, so the language of the movies are not a problem, the subject is relatable worldwide.
NAA deals with the story of Women Abuse and here I bring a girl who did the main lead and have got a problem with speech pattern.
Many more to come..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMA; The Cinema of Joy , A Movie Review


UMA; The Cinema of Joy

Director : Srijit Mukherji

Players : Sara Sengupta,Jisshu Sengupta, Anjan Dutt

Language – Bangla/English (India)

Genre – Drama

June, 2018

 

My View

Art is never perfect and there are no guidelines to judge it and thus, it is so difficult to judge an art. Srijit Mukherji’s latest venture Uma comes with its share of pros and cons as a piece of cinema, but it doesn’t fail to delight the audience and leave a permanent mark in their soul. Kolkata has been referred as City of Joy owing to its setting for the Lapierre’s novel of the same name. Mukherji’s Uma can be aptly titled as the cinema of joy for having the heart at the right place.

The Craft of the Film

The movie’s plot-line deals with a beautiful relationship between father and daughter but more importantly it is about the cultural heritage and the spirit of Kolkata. This is one of the few movies, where the city becomes the character. There couldn’t have been any other city for this beautiful piece of art.

 

Thank you, for making a film for the city, of the city and by the city. The main protagonists i.e. Sengupta and daughter are endearing as the reel life father- daughter combo, they follow the traditional acting style and leaves no room for complain. Anjan Dutt steals the show and after Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona, he provides a performance of a life-time. He is eccentric, he is psychic, he is frustrated but he is a true connoisseur of cinema. I’ve missed your acting as the helpless modern man of T.S Eliot. Sir, you are growing old and you are wearing your trousers rolled with grace and enigma. Manoj Mitra in that hospital sequence, delivers a powerful performance and steers the course of the film by channelizing the thought of Mr. Brahmananda aka Anjan Dutt. Ah, Bancharam is old, but he is a pure gold. Rudranil Ghosh, Srabanti Chatterjee, Anirban Bhattacharya excelled in their respective roles. I’ve enjoyed it to the core and the audience at Navina Cinema, Kolkata will abide by my words. Jisshu Sengupta, you are an worldclass actor, I was stupefied by your portrayal as a drug addict in Chitrangada and you have been raising the bar with almost every project. Saara, it is hard to believe that it is your first film, keep going.

I’m no one to judge a film and in once scene Anjan Dutt pokes and taunts the rise of pseudo critics in Facebook, it was so raw and hard-hitting. The screen-play, cinematography, background score and songs were highly enjoyable but the length of the film could have been chopped down, few emotional sequences could have been avoided. The first half after the interval, was bit slow but it builds up the climax at the immersion ground. Srijit Mukherji brings an ensemble cast and also a hullabaloo of special appearances in the end. Chotuskone was cerebral and this one is close to the heart. There was a dialogue in Kukunoor’s Iqbaal ,

Dimaag aur dil jab ek saath kaam karte hai na … toh farak nahi padta hai ki dimaag kaunsa hai aur dil kaunsa hai (Kukunoor, Iqbal)

I could feel it. Chotushkone has been my favourite but Uma is so pure and divine. I watched a bangla movie a in a cinema hall, after three years and this was a joy ride. I have been staying away from Kolkata for almost six years and I miss the greatest festival i.e. Durga Puja almost every year, I will watch this movie every time I miss the Puja. The last scene where Srabanti types in a laptop sums up the spirit of Kolkata and the movie. There are always flaws but as reviewer one should point out the collective greatness of this serenely subtle and immensely joyful cinematic experience, Uma. Watch it on big screen, you will love it, the cinema of Joy.

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Ratings- 8.5/10 (personal ratings)

Pros

  1. Excellent Acting.
  2. Honest Film making.
  3. Simple screenplay and narration.
  4. Beautiful cinematic moments and poster design.
  5. The smoke coils from Dutt’s cigarette, fuck..loved it.
  6. Babul Supriyo’s truck ke upar ka dance and Arindam Bhattacharya’s transformation, commendable.
  7. Rudranil’s refusal to accept the payment, brilliant again.
  8. The title track was godly.
  9. Durga Puja ,the city of Kolkata, Pandals and Kolkata Metro were perfectly used in the screenplay.
  10. Lovely direction, you know your craft, fuck the haters.

Cons

  1. Dragged a bit and few emotional tear jerking scenes could have been avoided.
  2. Ektao khisti shunlam na ( ota miss korlam, just kidding)
  3. The Paye dhora scene,ehhh.

 

Trailer

 

Disclaimer – Images from the internet.

 

 

 

Life: The Official Movie Review


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Story: Tanmoy De

Screenplay & Direction: Arijit Mukherjee

Presenter: Teamwork Production

Staring Ayush Mukherjee Payel Majumdar Pom Chatterjee Gopal Ghosh Manisha Tham —

VFX, Promotion & BGM: Aniket

Cinematography: Bappa Dasgupta

Editing: Tamal Chakraborty

Music Direction: Somagni Biswas & ULFAT

Unplugged Vocals: ULFAT Unplugged (Abhijit & Rupali)

The Movie Review

Arijit Mukherjee’s latest directorial venture Life is all about loving your life and winning over negativity on all aspects. He keeps his objective short and sweet just like his first short film Rony which dealt with the alienation of an urban child from his parents. Life comes up with a commendable opening sequence where the director introduces a fast moving city embedded in powerful neon lights and people moving to and fro from here to there across the screen. There are some well captured moments where one of the characters picks up a broken piece of glass which signifies the broken state of the human soul in an urban landscape; thumbs up for using such imagery over here.

I’m thoroughly impressed by the editing of Tamal Chakraborty’s editing throughout the entire course of narration and yes Bappa DasGupta’s cinematography also deserves applause. Mr Mukherjee cleverly used special effects (read VFX) to portray a psychedelic situation where one of the characters converse from a place too far from the city of Kolkata. You need to find out that place by watching this drama of life. There are two characters over here in the film, a lonely depressed working woman in the huge metropolitan and a mysterious character from a place too near yet too far away. It is their endearing and relatable conversations which lights up the laptop screen. The dialogues are realistic and Arijit Mukherjee’s delicate handling of Tanmoy De’s storyline doesn’t lose focus or drifts away from the core.

The film discussed the issue of depression and suicidal tendencies among the urban youth and comes up with an optimistic message in the end .The best part of the movie Life is that it doesn’t preach anything but portrays the grim reality of death. Payel Majumder and Ayush Mukherjee comes up with convincing acts in the film and doesn’t give any major reason to dislike. Though I personally feel, the dialogue deliveries could have been better especially the voice over of the lead character. Nevertheless, the movie is a great attempt to draw our attention to towards suicide and clinical depression and wiping out the vague notion about the utopia of after-life. Thumbs up to the entire team of the Life for coming up with a fine piece of art. Do watch it. Do not miss this short film.

Pros

Relatable Storyline.

Strong Social Statement.

Smart Editing, Cinematography, VFX.

Tight Screenplay and direction.

Lovely Background score

Good Facial Expressions and Body Language by the Lead Characters.

Commendable & Economical Production Design

Cons

Dialogue delivery in few scenes (personal feeling).

The opening credit song didn’t leave a mark.

Ratings – 8.5/10

Check out the short film over here

 

Director : Few Facts

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Mr. Arijit Mukherjee was born to Mukherjee Family of Maniktala on 19th March 1969. Father Shree Billesh Mukherjee’s passion for writing & painting left an impression on Young mind of Arijit.

World of Art & Culture Started haunting him. At the age of Thirteen, he got the first taste of a life where people comes out of his self and adds life to the character depicted in black & white the pages of books.

An actor’s creation starts from where a writer’s creation stops. So it true with young Arijit


Thirteen-year-old Arijit gave his first theatrical performance on stage in his school drama.

While acting in drama, he started taking a keen interest in the nitty-gritty of technical aspects of drama and developed a strong desire for the directional venture. He thought direction would be his ideal cup of tea.

At the age of seventeen, he took his first venture in the world of direction as Chief Assistant Director.

Along with cultural activities, Arijit Continued with his studies and did a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

He also took an assignment in a Bangalore based Company and continued for four years.

Love for silver screen brought him back to Kolkata. People saw Arijit as a full-fledged independent director in his first 26 Episodes Serial “Khali Jahajer Rahasya” based on “Kaka Babu Series” of Sunil Gangopadhyay.

After that, he had never looked back and today Arijit is an established Director of Tollygunge with 4+ Short films, 16+ Telefilms & 8+ Mega Serial in popular Bengali channels at home and at abroad along with numerous Ad films, Documentaries, and Corporate Films to his credit.

Then he stepped abroad, and in Bangladesh, he first started their country’s daily soap called “Aparajita”.

After returning to India, now he is running a YouTube Channel called “Arijit Official“, and made 4+ successful short films in 2017.

 

 

To know more about the director and his works visit his website

 

Disclaimer – Images from the internet.

Padmaavat : The Movie Review


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Players : Ranveer Singh , Shahid Kapoor , Deepika Padukone , Aditi Rao Hydari

Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Writers : SLB and Prakash Kapadia

Source : Malik Mohammed Jayasi’s Padmavat

Genre : Historical Fiction / Drama/ Romance

First thing first, the name of the movie should have been Khilji ki Khujli or just like Batman vs Superman  ( read Ratan vs Alauddin ). You might think that I’m trying to be funny (which is absolutely right) but I am exactly on the point.

The movie belongs to Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

Characterization and Acting

Sanjay Leela Bhansali introduces the three principal characters within first 15 minutes and he does it right again this time. The movie hall was jumping with claps and whistles when the kohl-eyed lunatic  Alauddin appeared with his prized Ostrich in front of heavily beefed up Raja Murad, Ranveer made sure each and every frame belongs to him.Yes, the insane charm and delusive aura of this man as a performer makes you hate him and this is where Ranveer outclassed himself from others in the film. I don’t have enough words to praise …Chaa gaye . 😀

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Shahid Kapoor compliments Ranveer in every frame , if Ranveer appears to be favourite among the audience, it is because of Shahid’s traditional and controlled sense of expressions throughout the movie. Kapoor had similar doses of insane characters in Haider and Udta Punjab. But this time he plays the point of reference for the audience to make a gullible distinction between two male leads of the movie. One thing, Kapoor knows where to draw the line and how to connect with the audience. Honesty, valour, righteousness were in his facial expressions, body language, dialogue delivery..well everything. This is actual acting where the audience can feel the character.

Deepika Padukone, you are a class but why didn’t you act? That flatbed expression from Ram-Leela via Bajirao Mastani up till here. You did such a brilliant job in Piku, what happened here? You had a tailor-made role which you could have easily pulled off, sorry not at all happy with your acting over here. You looked graceful and every bit of a leader, Ghoomar belongs to you but it was Aditi Rao Hydari who did a great job as an actress. She appeared more beautiful and convincing to me.

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Malik Khafur essayed by the Jim Sarbh was a treat to watch on 70mm. He is an evil-minded genius and a horny individual. Well, I think this was the most historically accurate characterisation in the movie. Just work on your accent, it appeared funny this time.

Bisexual attitude was accurately portrayed.

 

The Craft of the movie

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is obsessed with triangular love stories. Just think about his all other films (except Khamoshi, Black, Saawariya, Hum Dil de Chukey sanaam..oh I miss Ajay Devgan ) where lovers doesn’t meet. You know the plot here or redirect yourself to Wikipedia. Bhansali doesn’t disappoint you as a director with a keen vision for cinematography, cinematic thrills, background score, extracting the best from the acting crew but he could have worked more on the art of story-telling. Somewhere the movie becomes too predictable and lengthy. This is not one of your best as a director, dude you made Black and Bajirao, they were far better directed. But no doubt this is a magnum opus and you deserve the credit for pulling it off. Claps for you. The movie is treat to watch.

Well, one thing for sure, there is a lack of unity among the Rajputs, refer to Jodha- Akbar also.

Mr Chatterjee the cinematographer, take a bow. Loved each and every framing of the movie, you are a real star over here and it is not an easy job to work on such a periodical piece. It was raw in Afghanistan, dark in Delhi, soothing in Sinhala and royal in Rajasthan. You deserve an award. The Jauhar scene was such a beauty…loved it, man. But why the close-up shots looked straight out of Smartphone cameras where the faces looked like they got rid of pimples, dark spot ..3D effect was not at all needed.

Believe me, the background score is a memorable one and two other songs Ghoomar and Ek Dil chain will remain with the audience, but what was that with Khali Bali, Ranveer tried a Malhari, please don’t do that again. The song picturised on Malik Khafur and Ranveer, spare the horror.

The Production Design is a class in itself. Hugs to the team of Production Design.

But Sanjay Bhansali is a clever man, he designed a product to connect with the audience and the experience was really a good one. You won’t sob in silence but  you will be delightful to watch it on the big screen.Ashutosh Gowariker is a master storyteller for historical fictions and Sanjay Bhansali comes next. But Bhansali is bolder and an expert in studying different cultures. But why does the characters falls for each other by getting injured ? Remember , Bajirao- Mastani and this one else.

 

Pros

Ranveer, Ranveer, Ranveer with his mannerisms, eye contact, dialogue delivery and craziness loaded package was entertaining and delightful to the core.

Shahid’s  effortless acting.

Superb Casting.

Background Score

The presentation of Ghoomar Song.

Excellent cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee.

Perfect production design.

Well-choreographed fight sequences between Khilji and Rana.

The right dose of violence.

The Jauhar scene belongs to Deepika and she looked like a Goddess..Jai Bhawani.

Beautiful Colour Co-ordination.

The scene where the Rajput General keeps on fighting, in spite of his head being chopped off.Claps

The intense scenes between Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

Cons

Deepika’s expressions

Horrible VFX

The script could have been much better

The length of the movie

The climax scene was rushed but highly enjoyable.

 

Ratings – 8/10

N.B – Ranveer is actually the SRK of Darr, ek tarfa Pyar / Havas..yehi Hota hain.

Huh – “ Ek jung, Husn ke naam”

Where was the parrot that was mentioned in the poem Padmavaat ?

Fun fact – According to the poem , Ratan Sen not Singh was killed by another Rajput who was eyeing Rani Padmavaati and Alauddin Khilji never got a chance to see any of them.

I’m still wondering why Karni Sena is upset?

The Jauhar scene deserves a song by Rihanna

Deepika singing – “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn.”

Ok, don’t kill me. 😛

Disclaimer – Images from Karni Sena’s personal web browsers. Lol..just joking.

Check out the trailer.

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Bose : Dead / Alive ; Review


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Director -Pulkit

Writer – Reshu Nath

Based on Anuj Dhar’s India’s Biggest Cover-Up

Genre – Biopic , Historical Drama

Creator – Ekta Kapoor

Players -Rajkummar Rao, Naveen Kasturia

Country of Origin-   India

Languages – Hindi , English

 

No. of Seasons -1

No. of Episodes-9

It is challenging to understand Subhas Chandra Bose because he carries a certain depth in his personality, thinking and execution of his ideologies.(Subhas Ke bojha shokto)

Ok, this review is exclusively excluded for Leftist fuckers (except the admirer of M.N Roy, respect to him) and Congress suckers (no no I’m not a bhakt).Sorry for using the cuss words…you will know the reason….

Rajkummar Rao, Surendra Rajan, and Sanjay Gurbaxani as Nehru, Gandhi and Bose-k himaanshu shuklaa

To all the Indians and rest of the viewers from other parts of the world, you can pick up any Indian text book and you will discover half page of description about this particular man. Gandhi has been credited to be the forerunner of Indian Independence, no never..it was the action of Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army and the subsequent ripples across the docks of Royal Indian Navy(1946) in Bombay which gave us freedom. No need to believe the words of a lousy blogger like me. Please go through Anuj Dhar’s India’s Biggest Cover-Up and Shailesh Dey’s Ami Subhash Bolchi, you will get back up evidence for all the statements that have been stated above.

Ekta Kapoor’s Bose: Dead/Alive is an Indian Web series based on Anuj Dhar’s  controversial and bestselling book India’s Biggest Cover-Up which claimed that Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in a fabricated air crash on 18th August 1945, Taiwan. Mukherjee Commission which was investigating the case of Netaji’s disappearance also supported the view of Anuj Dhar’s theory.

The series traces the life, struggle and so called afterlife of one of the most charismatic heroes of the nation, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.On one hand, we see the rise of this enigmatic personality while on the other hand the web series feeds the audience with the sensational story of Netaji’s disappearance from Taiwan.

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Rajkumar Rao with almost zero resemblance to the physicality of the great leader essays the titular role and amazes you in every frame. This is called the power of acting which makes you believe that the character is actually alive on your screen. He doesn’t try hard to play Bose, he is Bose over here. He is magnetic, he is witty and most importantly he is determined to reach his destiny, Rao is so natural as Bose. Subhas Bose never cared about the diplomacy of politics, Rajkumar Rao’s showcases such daring attitudes with every dialogue and action throughout each and every episode and yes he gets the bong diction perfectly.

The fictional character Darbari Lal essayed by the famed Pitcher’s actor Naveen Kasturia deserves a thumbs up for being a neutral narrator and an intelligent persona across all the episodes. He is an Indian serving in British Calcutta Police and almost untouched by a passion for India’s freedom. Patrelekha did her job perfectly as a colonially educated turned  revolutionary spirit. Anna Ador as Emile could have been much better in few of the scenes. Edward Sonnenblick as the IG of British Calcutta Police leaves a mark with his natural acting in the show. I am hoping to see more of his acting capabilities. The show boasts multilingual and multicultural cast and this mixed bunch of actors provides certain weight to the show.

The production design is the best till date in Indian television and Indian cinema , I am not joking..pause your screen go to Youtube video of any World War 2 movies ..you will have a quick idea about the hard work involved in the furniture, dress , fabrics, cigarettes lighter, guns, curtains and many more.

The plot is based on the book by Anuj Dhar but it has taken certain dramatic liberties for the sake of it.The racy camera angles and unconventional jump cuts are praiseworthy and highly energizing to the core. If you miss something ; you might get tossed as the show demands your attention. The screenplay builds up Netaji’s larger than life personality filled with unbiased love for motherland , zero tolerance for dishonesty , hypocrisy , procrastination and lastly the passion of getting things done at any cost. Neo-noir cinema at it’s best, believe me, the slick editing is damn addictive.

Dr. G and Neel Adhikary’s penchant for rap music and fiery background score is just wow, you people deserve applause for creating such adrenalin pumping score throughout all the episodes. Subhas Bose is a rock star over here and 72 years after his disappearance he is still young, the music will make you feel that Bose is a rockstar.

The series will expose the hypocrisy of All India Congress and its futile attempt to gain independence. The viewers will witness the hypocrisy of Gandhism because Subhas Bose questions his ideology of nonviolence …if nonviolence was the motto, then why did Gandhi send so many Indian soldiers to fight a violent war for the British in World War 2? Does it pinch? Yeah in Dunkirk there were Indian soldiers also. That is Rajkumar Rao , that was Subhas Bose logical and hard hitting to the core. You might think Subhas took the aid of Hitler, it was a wrong step ..no my dear friend, he had to choose between bad and worse…he chose the bad and British killed more people than Hitler. He played it like a game of chess, the only aim was to drive British away.

Check out the dialogues…

 “If he is alive and he does return ..who would be the Prime Minister of India ?”

(do check the reaction of Chacha Nehru)

“Congress ko sirf sarkar bananey mein interest hain , azadi mein nahin.”

In the end, the series will keep you lingering for more and more……..you might start revisiting Indian history again …

Between fact and fiction…Netaji stays.

Don’t you dare miss the action and life of the most dangerous enemy of British Raj….

Download the app..watch it

 

Pros

Rajkumar Rao in every aspect

Fast-paced motion of the screenplay and hard-hitting plot by Keshu Nath

Excellent production design

Revealing some hard-hitting facts about Indian history

Detailed direction by Pulkit

Rocking music by Dr. G and Neel Adhikary

Real Life shooting locations.

Cons

Supporting cast could have been better

Bengal’s Bose – The Forgotten Hero was much more detailed ..this show overlooks some of the most daring voyages by Subhas Bose.

Chittaranjan Das, the mentor of Subhas was nowhere in the scene

I was looking for Rashbehari Bose and the hypocrisy of Indian Govt post Independence regarding Shawnawaz Commission and other stuff.

Netaji fled at the dead of night from his Calcutta home not in daylight in disguise of a Pathan Ziauddin Haque , not in western suit.

Subhas Bose seemed to be bit arrogant but it’s ok.

Ratings- 9.5/10

Trivia – The actress who essayed the role of Netaji’s sister-in-law also appeared in Benegal’s Bose-The Forgotten Hero.

Check out the trailer

Images – Images have been taken from the internet.

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.

 

 

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..

Here is the link :

 

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