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

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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Kahaani 2 – A slightly delayed Review


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros.

It tackled a sensitive social issue.

Powerfull thrills and cinematic moments

Great acting the team.

Chandan Nagar ‘s night view was appealing.

Gripping Thriller.

Kharaj Mukherjee and Vidya Balan were excellent.

Mehram was a beautiful composition.

Economic usage of frames.

The last twist was delightful.

Cons

No Kolkata you sexy.

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

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

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

Arjun Rampal could have been easily replaced by Parambrata Chatterjee.

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

Enjoy the trailer.

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Mohenjo Daro : The Film Review


 

mohenjo-daro-new-poster-latest-still-1000x509Director                  – Ashutosh Gowariker

Story                       – Ashutosh Gowariker

Cast                         – Kabir Bedi , Hrithik Roshan , Pooja Hedge

Genre                      – Epic/ Fantasy / Historical Action Adventure.

 

Historical tales have always baffled me and I am a hardcore history buff since the first history lesson in my school .It was Chapter 1 “ Indus Valley Civilization” , thus when I came across the news that  Mr Ashutosh Gowariker was making a film on the oldest civilization on earth …I was dam excited and thus a large screen show was a must watch.

Now you need to understand the basic difference between History and Literature ….(Film is a visual literature ). History provides us with the fact of past and build some theory out of it .While Literature tells us what might have happened  during that time …it never claims that the exact thing happened and a historical fiction lies somewhere between them.

Ashutosh Gowariker being a master storyteller and and epicurean researcher weaves a fictitious saga of Hero ( Hrithik Roshan), on whose deeds depends the fate of an entire civilization.I will say an Epic Saga ,it has got a magnum setting and elaborate narration.

The production design is epic in every scale , be it the grand city of Mohenjodaro or the armoury used in the fighting scenes. Just like the set of Mohenjodaro and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Je , Mohenjo Daro impressed me with its set build up.

Now let me talk about the character build up. The hunting scene with the crocodile illustrated the immense courage of the hero .The idea to follow his dreams ( read Unicorn dream ) and the urge to know the unknown and see the unseen revealed the Ullysian spirit of the protagonist.The screenplay provided enough instances to showcase the honesty of the central character.

The same goes with the main antagonist ,Gowariker takes his sweet little time to build up his character and he is impressive in every scene.

I came across Nitish Bharadwaj ( apna B. R Chopra’s Krishna ) after a long time , he was good in his limited screen time. Kabir Bedi dazzled as a big time villain but Arunodoy Singh underplayed himself.His baritone was indeed a haunting experience.

The man of the hour ..Hrithik Roshan proved his mettle as an actor in every scene. From being a small time farmer  to a hero of the  race , Roshan shines very brightly. Keep it up Hrithik with your star performance like this.

Pooja Hedge  is a treat to watch…with or without the headgear.You have a long way to go..keep up those innocent looks. :D.. Acting skills can be improved.

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There have been few historical inaccuracies but owing to the quality of art ,it can be overlooked.

The costume design is at par with the international standards…the same thing goes for the music ,background scoreand the fight sequence.

 

Ashutosh Gowariker is a visionary director and it is visible with the uncommon choice of music and glittering choreography in the narration.Thank God ,we have some one who can come up with such a brilliant larger than life narration.Do look out for the symbols on the Harappan Seals and the sequence inside the Great Bath .

Though the first half is bit tiring but it builds up the momentum for the extraordinary second half.

Now the climax sequence is one the most extraordinary sequence in Indian Cinema.Gowariker as a narrator takes up one of the most famous theory regarding the destruction of Indus Valley civilization and  with astonishing brilliance of artwork paints it on the silver screen. The audience cheered while the hero was doing his best to restore the human life.Yes I was able to relate the Great Bath, the underground drains and the statues with my history lessons.

This film is meant for big screen . My 250 was worth watching this visual extravaganza on the 70mm.Thank You for showing the greatest Urban Civilization from the history books.

Don’t miss it ..Remember Gandhi ,Troy , Gladiator, King Arthur all were full of historical inaccuracies and took the help of imagination….the result was magic. Mohenjodaro does have its share of flaws but it is indeed a piece of magical experience.Don’t miss it.

Pros

1.Provided something new.

2.A Magnum opus with the heart at right place.

3.Hrithik’s fighting scenes, hunting sequence and amazing screen presence.

4.Excellent VFX usage..which synced well with the script.

5.Haunting background score.

6.Detailed production design and costume design.

7.The cinematography is delightful.

8.Visually appealing.

9.The freshness of Pooja Hedge

10.The reference of Horse,the ancient time calculating device and the connection with Mesopotamian Civilaztion.

Cons

1.Problem with language ..(how the language can be Sanskritised Hindi ? Aryans came later)

2.Except the title track , other songs could have been avoided.

3.The first half was way too long.

4.The dance sequence of Hrithik…not at all necessary.

Ah I would give it 8.5/10

Enjoy the trailer.

Disclaimer – Images from the internet

 

 

 

FILM REVIEW : FAN


Cast-Shah Rukh Khan

Directed by-Maneesh Sharma

Produced by YashRaj Films

 

“Jab tak Sooraj,Chand rahega..Shahrukh tera FAN salamat rahega”

Debraj Moulick

 

Story- I am not Wikipedia

 

Characterization

Gaurav aka Junior Aryan Khanna dazzles the screen with his stalker like approach and an obsessed eccentric fan personality of a fictional movie star Aryan Khanna (read Shah Rukh Khan).He is just an ordinary Delhi boy with an extraordinary penchant for his superstar,his idol Aryan Khanna.He lives his idol,he breathes his idol..in one word he exists because of his icon.

While many people told me that ShahRukh as a reel life superstar couldn’t match up to his onscreen personality as FAN,I would strongly disagree.In word of Devdas Mukherjee “Objection Overruled” (SLB’s DEVDAS).He received a tailor made role of a superstar in this film  and unlike his other onscreen superstar spree in Om Shanti Om and Billu Barber,he keeps his acting just within rule books.Once in a while he shows his attitude and at times he plays it through a safe zone as conscious Public figure and a protective family guy.Keep it up Sirjee,you are way ahead of your time..you know how to underplay yourself so that your other self (FAN)shines throughout the 70mm.

 

The Enigma Of Fan

 

Now let me tell you a secret,I enjoy Shah Rukh Khan.My father tells me he has been watching him since the days of “ FAUJI” and my mom tells him he is a romantic star…but I never had his poster in my room,nor I have watched every first day first show of his movies.

It was the year 1996,I was in  my relative’s house when suddenly my elder brother and my uncle came home after a matinee show of a particular movie,they  collected almost 200 rupees(audience were throwing coins for each scenes) from the movie hall(consisting on coins).The show was of DDLJ and the star was SHAH RUKH wait for it KHAN,yes that was the craziness of Shahrukh’s film twenty years back in a sleepy moffusil town in Bengal and living in Mumbai at present, I get the same vibe.

Just remember only two things get better with time one is Sharab (Wine) and another one is .. SHAH RUKH KHAN.

The so called intellectual fan of Aamir Khan taunted me so much because they said Shahrukh doesn’t act,he is a pure Businessman. Well I would say “ BITCH PLEASE”..

Gaurav is the screen stealer, he gets his body language correct,his expression to die for and his insanity deserves an applause…It is his fixation for the superstar that makes him so endearing that you become puzzled who is the real star over here.. The FAN or the ICON ?

 

I am a proud kid of 90s,but I have never seen the younger  ShahRukh of Dewaana and Baazigar on the bigscreen( I was too small to visit a theatre ),so thanks to YRF for bringing that Shahrukh onscreen.

 

Movie critics criticized him for his eccentric acting method, his constipated dialogue delivery and his baritone laughter style..but Shahrukh never bothered..he delivered in manner and twenty years down the lane they are the most incredible traits of his acting.

Regarding the script,well in one word it is lousy and yes it is not a  copy of a Hollywood flick of the same name.Cinematography and background music has been very apt to the tone of the film..one of the negative thing about the script is that,it was bit predictable..but who cares it was Shahrukh all the way.

GURU TUMI CHILE..TUMI THAKBE

Hey you Jackass..Shahrukh doesn’t need promotion and item numbers.  J

What happens when you get a combination of  KKkkkkiran Obsessed Shahrukh(DARR), love labor lost Shahrukh (Kabhie Haan Kabhie Naa) and a V for Vengeance Shahrukh (Bazzigar) with a little bit of exothermic reaction called superstardom…you have a FAN.

Got my point ?

Rehne de,tu nahi samjhega

PROS

1.Acting

2.Location

3.Obsession

4.Dialogues

5.Some scenes gives you goosebumps…

A.The Last Fighting Scenes B.The sequence in Rajdhani Express C.The last scene of the movie.

6.No unnecessary songs and dance sequence

7.It shows you that one should appreciate the hard work of the self made superstar..not only the Glitz and Glamour.

Cons

1.The screenplay could have been bit more engaging.

2.No Jabra Fan anthem.

Disclaimer : Images have been taken from the Internet.