2.0 Chitthi aye hai ; Movie Review


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Genre – Sci-fi, fantasy, Only Rajni

Players – Rajnikant ,Akshay Kumar, lots of VFX

Director – Shankar

Language – Tamil, Telegu and Hindi

First thing first, don’t watch the downloaded version from Tamilrockers.com. Hey, please get a ticket for a 3D show at the nearest theater. I watched the show at a city theater with a companion who was late by 20 minutes, silent sobbing. So, the movie is about the tussle between good and evil where the antagonist wins the heart. Akshay Kumar portrays an aged ornithologist who wants to save the birds and something happens, leading to his dangerous transformation into an evil crow, staright from Krishnapuran ( read the Mahabharat, where Kangsha mamu commands a crow to kill chota Krishna). The origin story of the antagonist is really heartwarming and it has been brilliantly narrated on the screen. Akshay Kumar delivers a balanced performance. The script doesn’t offer anything new. watch the movie for the story, no fucking spoilers over here. Rajnikant doesn’t need a script and he proves it. He plays multiple characters in the movie without even trying too hard. Amy Jackson proves to be the best of the lot, which means she was as usual good for nothing, apart from being fair and ok, she looked hot. Achaa, really hot.

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Shankar is a visionary director, who keeps you glued to the screen with high octane sequences and that too with a dull script, yes a brilliant script is a hero but dealing with a flat script and making it interesting, well he delivers. The background score was really good and the action sequences in the football stadium deserves a thumb up, well Akki scored a goal. Robot version 3.0, the chota robots .i.e. Microbots were cute little adorable and blatantly mischievous robots, Rajni Sir tickles the funny bone in the audience. Jao paisa lutao aur dekh lo, torrent aur Netflix aur amazon, avoid.

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In the first installment, there was an issue and in the second one the issue remained. The robots are always looking for powersources, they need to use ONEPLUS battery, long lasting. Some serious action scenes were going on, I was hooked to it and my companion said, “ the robots need a powerbank”. I am in still awe of that power bank stuff. Shankar, please provide it in the next installment.

A song by Pankaj Udhas, could have been used in the movie…

“ Chitthi aaye hai, aaye hai”

Ok sorry. 😛

Pros

Thalaiva in all the avatars

VFX, excellent execution by the team

Akshay Kumar as the Ornithologist, he shines. Excellent make up…

The Microbots, Chota Rajnis..hilarious

Grand vision by the director, Jai Shankar.

The Ecocritical angle provided in the storyline about saving the birds and environment at large

Some brilliant moments.

Cons

Bhai, VFX ka karey kya? Story line is dull.

Too much usage of special effects takes a toll.

The story line has been forcibly dragged and it contains heavy hangover of the first part.

Robots ka charge bahot jaldi khatam hota hai

Verdict – 7.5/10

Disclaimer – All the images from internet, mere baap ke nahi hai.

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Tumbbad : Terrifically Haunting


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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

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Dil, Dard aur Sad Songs


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This is a sequel to the post entitled ‘ Dil, Depression and Sad Songs’. Well, every bad post need a followup, so to the lousy last post, here are few more sad songs.

I have no dearth of Pyar mein Dukhi dost in my friendlist and few of them  are really good with their playlist.  Let the siaypaa begin.

10. Koi ho toh jisko  apna, Mere Apne

Kishore Kumar provides the  baritone vocal and the handsome hunk Vinod Khanna tickles audience with pop depressional symptoms. The song has been picturised in an old dilapidated mansion and it adds up to the loneliness depicted in the song. Don’t just listen, watch the video.

Fav Lines :  Bhula huwa koi Wada

9. Kasme Wadein Pyar Wafa, Upkar

One cannot surpass Manna Dey’s vocals, pauses and the ability to depict the mood flawlessly. To me, he is one of the most underrated  vocalists in Indian Playback singer in India. This song is not only sad, but it is so real that it haunts you to the core. You cannot ignore Pran, oh man…

The philosophy, the secularism, the texture and almost everything…Universal beauty

Fav Lines : Agar Ye Hindu ka kaam hai mandir Kisne luta hai age Muslim ka kamhe to khuda ka ghr hai Kyun tuta.. The whole song.

8.  Dil Aisa Kisine Mera Toda, Amanush.

Sharmila Tagore wakes up to the sombre tune of Uttam Kumar. Dressed in blue, Uttam Kumar infuses himself with the blue sky & the river water, ceasing to an non-existential entity. Uttam Kumar seems broken and so do we. Love can break a person, hate can shatter a person.  If possible do listen to the original Bangla version. Sharing both the versions. Kishore Kumar won filmfare award for this one.

Checkout the background of Sunderban..

Fav Line : Sagar kitna mere pass hai , mere jeevan mein phir bhi pyass hain

The Bangla Version

7. Tanhayee, Dil Chahta Hai

Aamir Khan suffers here for not expressing his feelings to Preity Zinta. The lyrics are blunt and Sonu Nigam is soothing to the core. In the end, it curses the novice heart, we all do.

Fav Lines : Tumko jo pyar kiya toh

6. Ek Akela Iss Shaher Mein, Gharaonda

This is my song. I can feel each & every words. You are all alone in the big city of Bombay, you are coping up with the insane crowd, mad rush. You are seeking directions to reach your destiny. You are roaming alone at Marine Drive, Worli Sea face and reflect upon your life. Bhupinder Singh’s deserves applause and so do Gulzar , Amol Palekar, Jaidev and everyone else related to this song. Fuck, I will write a separate post, later on.

I need a tissue paper.

Fav Line : Inn Umar se lambi 

5. Din Dhal Jayee, Guide

Guide is the greatest film in Bollywood and all the tunes from this movie are timeless. Dev Anand asks his servant to give him company for a drink, just imagine the level of lonliness and helplessness. You have given everything for love only to loose everything.Mohd. Rafi keeps it low and proves his versatility with every note.. Oh man, ego kills everything.

Do not listen to this song, if you are alone. You might die.

Fav line : Pyar mein jinke sab jag chora

4. Na jao Saiyan Chudda Ke Baiya, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam

Meena Kumari longs for the presence of her husband and request( read plead) him to stay for the night. I hate the lyrics because of the phrases like Janam Ki Daasi and Charan o mein rahungi. Give him a divorce, but that was early 19th century, women were oppressed. It portrayed the horrific conditions of  women in feudal Bengal, India. Geeta Dutt was a genuius, listen.

Fav line : Main roo padungi

3. Abhi Zinda Hoon Toh, Nazayaz

One estranged father spots a group of streets singers amidst heavy Bombay shower, gets drunk, sing like there is no tomorrow and pleads life to let him live. The context is gripping, Kumar Sanu is sweet, Naseeruddin  Shah is impeccable and Roop Kumar Rathod is out of the world. I love this one..

Fav Line : Mujhe tukdo mein nahi jeena hai

2. Chingari Koi Bhadke, Amar Prem

This is philosophy to the core.  Kaka ji is a treat to watch, Sharmila reacts perfectly. Kishore Kumar walks away with all the glory but Pancham Da’s  music steals the show

Fav Line : Humse mat pucho kaise mandir toota sapno ka

Honourable Mentions

Kya Hua Tera Wada, Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi

O Sathi Re Tere Bina Bhi Kya Jina, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

1. Jina Yahan Marna Yahan, Mera Naam Joker

The song is the philosophy of Raj Kapoor’s life, ” The show must go on.” An artist is meant for the stage, his life is dedicated to art. Laugh at the jest, not the jester. Jokers are the most tragic characters in literature. The  pain is real and it echoes over the eternity. What a showmanship. Nolan’s Joker is terrifying but this Joker is real and evokes real sympathy.

Fav Line :  Swarg yahi, Nark yahan.

 

Now, I have two special songs

Ae Ajnabi, Dil Se

Feel the lyrics and the cerebral background music. Udit Narayan’s best till date.

Fav Line : Main adhura, Tu adhuri 

 Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya, Guide

The quintessential sad song, Mohd Rafi & Dev Anand bitch together about  Waheeda Rehman, beloved. Sorry for the word, but that is the feel. The cinematography was much ahead of time, sheer joy.

Fav Line :  Bewafa tere pyar mein

 

Aur bhi hai.. wait for the 3rd part..

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Dil, Depression and Sad Songs


waqt_ne_kiya_kya_haseen_sitamOne of my friends is working on Hindi & Urdu Music and thus post will be a part of the bibliography of the research work. I’m here to churn out a list of my favourite sad songs, because they stay forever.

The context and mental condition of the blogger is not related, after all  this is the  Postmodern age of New Criticism and the author is already dead.

I will be following the reverse order over here.

10. Channa Mereya

Dude, this is the dream song of every Indian girl. Most of them secretly aspire that they have someone in their life, who would sing this song for them. I hated the movie but loved the song. The cross dressing, the mehendi in his hand and those expressive eyes of Ranbir. You deserve an award for this song…

Arijit Singh, you are master at vocalising pain…

Favourite Line : Mehfil mein tere…

9. Sau dard hai, Janeemann

Shit movie and an equally awesome song, after all there are solutions to  every problems. But, this one, no way. Worst Acting, but Sonu Nigam saves the day.

Fav Line : Sab mila dil nasheen

8. Zindagi Ka Safar Hai Yeh Kaisa Safar, Safar

This is about life, a man who wants to live, but the fate is cruel. Simple lyrics, awesome Kakaji and Kishore Kumar evokes sympathy with every words.  Life is so cruel..

Fav LineZindagi ko bahot pyar humne diya

7. Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb thi, Khamoshi

There is a sense of hope and lingering about those beautiful moments. The song has been beautifully picturised upon Rajesh Khanna and the elegant Waheeda Rehman. One of the most underrated songs of Bollywood. Ganga water in the background, surprisingly refreshing and remorseful…

Fav Line : Woh kal bhi pass pass thi

 

6. Ae Jaate Hue Lamhon, Border

This is so real, so honest and so brutal. The army wife is pestering her husband to stay for few more hours. Roopkumar Rathod weaves magic with every pauses. The man in the uniform is helpless and so are we.. Time is indeed cruel.

Fav LineMain kahin bhi rahoon

5. Chupke Chupke Raat Din, Nikaah

This song doesn’t need any words to define it. There is a sweetness in separation. The Ghazal God, Ghulam Ali proves his mettle. Just grab a coffee and listen to this.

Fav Line : Daant o taley ungli dabana yaad hai

4. Mera kuch samaan, Ijazaat

One of the most wonderful and hardhitting lyrics of Gulzar, ahead of time. Gulzar pens a free verse with sheer brilliance and Asha Bhosale, take a bow. Pancham Da..waah. This is existential crisis..

Fav Line : Ek akeli chatri mein, adhe adhe

3.Khamosh sa afsana, pani pe likha hota, Libaas

Gulzar and Pancham weave magic with this song. This is a sacred song about the innocence of heart. Do not listen to this, if you have experienced a heart-break. You might die..

2. Jane Woh kaise log thay jinke pyar ko pyar mila, Pyaasa

This is a song for the losers, for the unconquered love, for the failures and heartbreaks, for  jilted lovers.  Sahir Ludhianvi , Hemanta Mukherjee and Guru Dutt provide the audience with universal content. You need Old monk with this…

Fav Line : Bichad gaya har sathi dekar pal do pal ka saath, kisko fursat hai jo thaame deewano ka haath. Wah!!

Honourable Mentions

Hokey Majboor mujhe, tumne bhoolaya Hoga, Haqeeqat

Ek saathi aur bhi tha, LOC Kargil

Badi suni suni hai, Mili

Waqt Ne Kiya Kya haseen Sitam, Kagaz Ke Phool

 

1.  Humko kiske gham ne mara, yeh kahani phir sahi

Sorry, you cannot escape Ghulam Ali’s vocal poetry and the lyrics which is not only brilliant but it is always growing exponentially every time you listen to it. In the end, you are going to feel good. You will be relieved.

 

Fav lines : Dil ke lootne ka sabab

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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. 😛

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Check out the trailer.

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Subhas Chandra Bose on Screen


The style
The enigma
The attitude
The man who literally screwed the Britishers
Rajkummar Rao is unaplogetically the Dark Knight of Indian History , SubhasChandra Bose.
Rao’s act is comparable to the soft spoken portrayal of Kingsley’s Gandhi and I’m not exaggerating…
Because the portrayal is one hell of a ride
#Subhaskebojhashokto #BoseDeadAlive #ALTBalaji

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He has infused the brawny with the brainy through his body language.

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Aamir Khan displayed such versatility while essaying the role of the gallant Indian freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad in Rakesh Omprakash Mishra’s cult classic Rang De Basanti (2006) ; however Rajkummar Rao (Bose:DeadorAlive , a web series) provides the intellect of an international strategist in his portrayal of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose , clearly one of the best acting in recent times .

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Benegal’s Bose-The Forgotten Hero (2004) was one of the most historically accurate movie of all time . It boasted superb cast , praiseworthy production values, soulful score and excellent acting but the narration couldn’t match up with the dynamism of Bose’s personality.It is still an excellent watch.

Shyam Benegal’s hero Sachin Khedekar looked every bit of the revolutionary leader and no doubt he played it brilliantly on the 70mm but Rao’s act is way ahead , since it inspires and makes you feel about the character….coz it is not easy to understand Subhas and essay it with so much conviction..

#Subhaskebojhashokto…

For your kind information there was a Bangla full length feature film titled Subhas Chandra in the year 1966 , directed by Piyush Bose . Samar Chatterjee essayed the role of the grown up leader. Three actors played the part and it focused upon the spiritual and philosophical growth of the character. Lata Mangeshkar lend her voice for the one of the most beautifully written elegiac song of all time: Ekbar Biday De Ma (composed on the martyrdom of the daring revolutionary Khudiram Bose).

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Honourable mention :

Kenu Basumatary as Subhas Bose in the 2017 film Raag Desh.

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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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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