Badlapur Movie Review: The name has it all.


How many times do we we watch Bollywood action-thrillers and end up liking it? Well, here’s a miniature of peek into the world of Raghav clung to seek his revenge in Badlapur; and with it comes a sturdy tagline, “Don’t miss the beginning.” Sriram Raghavan seems to have created quite the picturesque image, that of a film noir. It emulates over other alike films, which succumb just when it comes to telling a story and its presentation.


Albeit, Badlapur is a Bollywood creation and because many filmmakers have lost the capacity to build good characters, and meander the actors as per their roles, this one seems to do just that. The best point is that Sriram and Arijit Biswas have endeavored to keep away from the cliches. What better could have another ‘Main Tera Hero’ done to receive good word of mouth to the film?

Better care has been taken to picture Raghav (Varun) in a very composed manner. A youngster, that too not of a great calibre, is not expected to protrude beyond periphery. So much to be said about him, that such cranky act is very daunting to get in and follow through the whole movie of more than two hours. A dialogue by him, where he says, ” Muzhe kal ke liye sorry kehna chahiye, lekin main nahin kahunga.” Even a simple sentence is very effective when he says it.

To point out a flaw in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s would be the most difficult task. But in a nutshell, he portrays his character till the end to the utmost perfection. Vinay Pathak, Yami Gautam, Divya Dutta and Radhika Apte only increase the taste of the film. Huma Qureshi is the dandiest among the supporting cast.

You are reminded of many thrillers while watching Badlapur, like the clock is ticking and the bomb is gonna explode at any moment. A great effort by the cinematographer Anil Mehta has been put in the film and editing syncs well to put up a great show.

Badlapur is such a baffling, strange and eccentric movie which harbingers that the imminent movies in the few years will be backed by ebullient cinematography and directing. A spellbinding script has worked to get the best from it. But if you’re to watch this film make sure you’re above 18 years of age. And if you are, I strongly recommend you to watch this film. It tops with every element there is to make it a robust film. I’m going with 4/5.


shAMITABH Review: When everything gets right.


Ishq e phillum, junoon e phillum
Hai dard fillum, davaa hai phillum
Dua hai phillam, Salaam e phillum, Salaam e phillum, Salaam e phillum.

shamitabh-0aA director is blossomed through a good writer. And when both the persons are in one body, what ensues is above our imagination. Something similar has happened with the director of this film. Even to get an idea of such a praiseworthy script and going through with it, in itself shows the profoundness of the director and writer, R. Balki.

A dumb boy who yearns to be an actor, finds Amitabh in the dirt, who lends him his voice to be a mega-star. They come together but drift apart due to their ego’s. And then again become friends for life.

This is such a movie which should be seen in it’s pristine effect. If any more spoilers are given, then the core would be lost. Talking about the core, R. Balki, who has written & developed this story and script, has done a fabulous job. It wouldn’t be extravagant to say that this is going to be one of the best films of 2015. But even when the best stories are written, there is some flaw at the back of its page. Just at the start of its latter half, it seems R. Balki couldn’t find a noteworthy match to the story to keep it’s pace, which stretched the movie a little. Albeit this does not create any hassle to the eyes.

A notable mention should also go to the acting performances of Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush. Both were equally outstanding, captivating and rejuvenating, but Big B’s words pull a string towards him. There was something enigmatic about his acting which drew a line between an Amitabh(character) and a Big B. Even while he was in the dirt, reaching for his whiskey bottle, you would see great zeal and energy.

Dhanush’s and Amitabh’s camaraderie was the driving force to put up a great show. Their chemistry was speechless. And Akshara Hassan was quite impressive with what screen space she shared with the big stars.

A salient feature to this movie was it’s directing. Regardless to say, it was impeccable, R. Balki also succeeded in injecting coherent and lively dialogues. The one where Amitabh says,” Mein whiskey aur woh paani. Whiskey paani ke bina chadhati hai, kabhi dekha hai paani ko whiskey ke tarah chadhate hue?” was brilliant. I cannot reiterate the exact words, but some more of these and you could imagine yourself elated.

With some great camera-work, creating a picturesque angle of an odyssey of friendship-foe-ship and again friendship R. Balki revives a great deal of movie-making which is not based on the work of other movies. He leaves you again with an ending, where emotions are brimming. This movie encapsulates more than what you’d pick up from the plot. So, I suggest you get your lazy ass to the theater as soon as possible and savor this smidgen of pragmatic film work. I’m going with 4/5.