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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Bahubali 2 : The Movie Review


 

Movie – Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion

Directed by – S. S Rajamouli

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

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

Language – Tamil , Telegu , Hindi , Malayalam

Country – India

Genre – Epic Fantasy Drama.

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

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

Plot

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

VFX

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

Yes, few VFX sequences were pure LOL. 😛

Characters

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

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

Storytelling

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

 

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Feel

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

Pros

Amazing acting by the lead cast

The Indianess in the beauty of Anushka Shetty

The muscle flexing scenes of Ranna Duggabati

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

The passionate romance between Devsena and Bahubali

Katappa’s struggle with conscience

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

The death scene of Amarendra Bahubali- a solid tearjerker.

The selfless act of Prabhas as Amarendra Baahlubali

The introductory scene of Anushka Shetty and Bahubali

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

Daler Mahendi’s powerful voice in Jiyo Re Bahubali

The final fight between the Uncle and Nephew.

You cannot get enough of Prabhas.

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

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

Almost everything.

 

Cons

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

Few animations were loud and funny.

Where was Tamannah? Completely wasted.

Some songs could have been easily omitted from the script.

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

 

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

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

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Dangal – The Dhakkad Review


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Director -Nitesh Tiwari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ratings- Excellent …

Pros

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

The fight choreography.

Acting was really good.

Screenplay was really gripping.

The tone was well textured and full of cinematic thrills.

The transformation of Aamir’s physique.

Cons

Well nothing …except the length.

Girish Kulkarni deserved more..

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UGLY- A Movie Review


UGLY The Movie..The Experience

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“Debraj,there is a movie going on called UGLY…would you like to come ?”.. I was bit perplexed,going for a movie titled UGLY and that too with a beautiful girl…Oh life is ironical…and yes paradoxical too… It was the second of January 2015,a jampacked E-Square Theatre near Pune University,somehow i did not like the title…Well the movie began in a claustrophbic Mumbai house..where a raw looking (read no make up)highly boozed Tejaswini Kolhapuri tries to commit suicide..and then like a hulaballo,  lots of characters appears talking over mobile phones…and i was already puzzled…i thought of asking Nisha…but did not want to disturb her…because i have this reputation of irritating my comrades during movie shows..so I followed the golden diction of Nana Patekar … “Control Uday Control”(the movie WELCOME).If you closely watch Anurag Kashyap’s movies,you will notice a pattern in the characterization..they are all very normal in their abnormal ways..A drunk mother,a troubled husband,a bumsticker..a kickass cop(remember Tarantino’s Sin City Cops)..a little pinki pinki Kid..not only that ,a stereotyped Thanedar and a toned IPS officer…oh did I miss the struggling actor ?….well along with him Kashyap gives us a lousy casting director also. Let us do some stuffs over this dark comdey masterpiece of Kashyap….and let us go through this Kidnap Thriller…gone wrong…terribly wrong.

If you are looking for a storyline…then go to Wikipedia..i am talking about my experience.I don’t know why,these days I hate the unnecessary song and dance sequences..but as usual Kashyap uses background score very efficiently till the end.All the characters are neatly drawn and each of these actors…(No stars over here) ..deserves applause.You cannot deny the omnipotent screen presence of  Ronit Roy..i mean since I have watched him in UDAAN..till now,he is tailor made for these angry middle aged character roles(ah don’t forget the abusive father in 2 States)…Tejaswini Kolhapuri got an authorbacked role..but somehow it missed something..the model turned actor (Rohit Bhat…) is great in this venture..and so is the guy essaying the role of casting director ..yeah the elder brother of Nawazuddin Sidiqqui in Gangs of Wasseypur Series..and the obedient son who carries Morabba all the way from Allahabad to Bachhan’s house in Mumbai…in Bombay Talkies..yep he is ……Vineet Kumar………..
Surveen Chawla is a raw seductive girl..almost identical to her Hate Story 2 avataar..and last but not the least….It is the man who played the second fiddle to Ronit Roy..a funny Thanedar..who watches all the kinky videos,remembers all the peppy lines,interested in the details of Smartphones,who can chase goons like anything,well acquainted with the IPC sections..(believe me very few Policemen are aware of it..even in the films)..no starry applause,no glamourization like the Ajay Devgan or Salman khan’s Cop acts..very identifiable Policewala from  Aamchi Mumbai la Thanedar..the surprise pacakage of the movie..almost two years ago..i had this distinct honour of receiving a prize from this fellow Thespian in Pune..i couln’t recollect his name..Nisha said .. “ He is GIRISH KULKARNI”…damm you Debraj..couldn’t you remember his name..The national award winning actor..for his movie “DEOOL”…he is the dark horse of this feature film..either best debut or best actor in a comic role..he is going to win the awards.Respect Sir…
I think I have spoken a lot on the characterization,let us come to the screenplay..it is non-linear..it is well planned..and beautiful in the every sense..Thumbs up for the storyline..and the Red Jangiya(underwear) dance of Siddhanth kapoor{the boldest act)….you are a true blue devil Gyancho..(He was Gyancho,the shooter in Shootout At Wadala)…I was looking for a bit more of experimental cinematography..it did not live upto the expectations..The twist in the end will reveal why the movie is entitled UGLY…you will love Kashyap for the title…a gory movie without bloodshed..but it will make your heart race a bit faster.I was bit heartbroken after it got over..I was dam hungry…i was on my way towards Pune University Canteen(you know low price)…and Nisha asked “Do you think Deboooraj..Anurag Kashyap deliberately showcased corrupt nature of Police..or it was a sarcastic take on our society or just a social satire ?” …Well,that’s the power of Anurag  Kashyap’s cinema..it makes you think..and this one hits you hard about the ugly greed of human nature.This  is a realistic and dreadful story of crime,violence and  and human insatiability at its peak.So..is it a dark comedy..or a thriller or a satire on us….?? You decide

Ratings-8.9/10
Image Source-Internet…no doubt about it..

N:B- Paisawasool moment
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1..when Girish Kulkarni  aka Inespector Yadav imitates a cheesy song lyrics
“Library ke history floor pe
Post office ke peeche waale door pe
Sej pe ya maze pe,class mein
Ret mein yak het mein,ghaas mein

Tu mujhe nichod de,main tujhe nichod loon
Tu mujhe jhinjhod de,main tujhe jhinjhod doon”

2.the casting director Vineet Kumar..when he says all the adjectives like Bhosdike and Madharchod while inside the police custody after being bashed by Girish Kulkarni

Acknowledgement
1.Miss Sonakshi Upadhay
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