Phantom Movie Review:

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After Selfie, it’s time for Jalebi girl to allure you. After a succesful venture with Salman, director Kabir Khan moves to Phantom. And with phantom, comes a ghost, who pretty much sits idle in the corner of the screen for the whole film. Director has secretly sold fray content, albeit the novel written by S. Hussain Zaidi named “Mumbai Avengers” should be exuberant.

Saif-katrina-Phantom-Movie-Official-HD-Images-Photos-Pics-wallpapers-PosterThe whole focus of the story is on retaliation as a result of 26/11 attacks on Bombay’s Taj Hotel. A man with no cobwebs  is chosen for a covert mission to obliterate everyone who was involved in those attacks and to ratify Pakistan that India is not going to keep it to itself but fend in for the country.

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Based on the novel, the story has been picked up and the story is quite appreciable. But the moment it descends on to the screen, it becomes a bland film. There’s very little that can be criticised about the story, too way many things about the screenplay. There are little details that need to be explored properly. Like when in the initial half, just before the gas leak scene, is not written properly. A spy does not wear gloves while going through the stuff in the house of a terrorist. He is literally leaving his prints for the Pakistani to check out. The fact that he blows off the house does not matter much. A few more scenes look like they could have used that bit of a work up. Though one section where, Daniel (Saif) plans his kill in the prison, pumps up more blood and raises your heart beat. We have seen more realistic and thrilling missions in Mission Impossible, but Saif crawling his way to the prison shower, deceiving the cctv camera’s is not to be forgotten.

Kabir Khan’s directorial fails to a certain level  and after engaging in a film like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the stakes are high and the expectations grow, but Phantom neither touches the heart nor the brain. Being said that he manages to keep the film to little more than two hours, which doesn’t seem like eternity.

Saif Ali Khan as an actor has lost that glimmer he had when starred in movies like Kal Ho Na Ho. There used to be a kind of zing in his acting. But otherwise, he gives an average performance.

Katrina Kaif’s looks can be very deceiving. She looks ravishing, but her acting leaves no impact. What she can do as a model is unimaginable, though the same cannot be said in regards to her acting. She can be called as a bimbet as far as her acting is concerned. She comes off very plane and sombre.

Other than these actors there isn’t much screen space left for anyone else. But Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is a delight to watch.

The Final Word:

Kabir Khan wanders into this impenetrable region (because of it’s boldness, controversial theme) where he touches the sensitive topic of 26/11. Release of the number of movies with similar concepts  has increased since 2010. So Phantom doesn’t come out with a totally new story, but if you’re a fan of action-thrillers you can always enjoy such cinema.

To put it in a phrase, this film is a “more talk no show” kind of piece. Personally, I believe such topics can be covered over a wide gamut through documentaries. It is not the best film, but is way better than Ek Tha Tiger.

I’d only go as far as 2.5/5 for Phantom.

The Cuckoo’s Calling Review: A murder in the snow

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It’s about time we faced J.K. Rowling or Robert Galbraith, in the form of Cormoran Strike, private detective, ex-army, with a bad leg blown off in a war in Afghanistan. Does that ring a bell? Of course, it does. It’s like private dective has be one of those FBI, CIA or army guys. Apart from this colossal similarity, this novel doesn’t contain anything which could be said to be a formulaic musing.

With the instalment of The Cuckoo’s Calling, the author seems have created a character which is very close to the way Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Cal Lightman would solve a crime. Only differences would be the gamut of techniques & time taken up in the investigation.

thThe storyline is when Lula Landry falls to her death, her brother John Bristow hires a private detective to catch the killer. Now, while everyone including the police believes that it was a suicide, John remains firm on his belief that it was indeed a murder at all times. Cormoran Strike has to investigate the alleged murder, when the trail’s already got cold. An impossible murder, with no lead tailing beyond dead ends, will it hamper the investigation or will Strike be able to crack the case?

The whole story has been endowed with great characterization. The plot and the sub-plots stand out with just as much admiration from the reader as for the knack of description. Although, it does seem to deluge its way in the first three hundred pages. That’s when the author brings out a gloomy side of Strike. It doesn’t linger for a long time. This part of the novel, epitomizes with the aura created in True Detective. It is much like by the book investigation, in depth but it sets a sturdy base for the novel.

The second half, after about three hundred pages, the book picks up pace and enthrals the reader. It’s from that point, that the anticipation soars up and isuddenly changes it’s gear.This half is more like Castle, but with no punch lines that puts a glee on the face. Strike mostly keeps every bit of evidence to himself, not showing off what he’s got, very contemplative in case he’s tipping off anything to the murderer.

The Final Word:

Robert Galbraith has got very good understanding of the role of different characters and their mindset, shifting through the dialogues of every person and writing them in the form of third person. It is very difficult thing to do, writing in that fashion. It is believed to be very turbulent, but he pulls it off very pragmatically. Though his description might nag you but the cliffhanger will bring out the better of it. The first half may seem a tidbit tedious, the latter makes up for it. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a terrific, gripping and absorbing novel.

My Rating: 4/5.

Manjhi: The Mountain Man Movie Review: Love till infinity

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What is love? How profound is its meaning? What is its power?
Anything and everything is achievable through love. An Indian living in a rural world, submerged in his own worries, his own perils to survive, to share a meal with his wife and kids twice a day is more than to ask for. And while we enjoy in our room, reclining in our seat, experiencing the cool air from the air conditioner, we disapprove of the men (& women) working outside, in the scorching heat. Their kids lying in the dirt, mothers preparing food which is no more than a smidgen of bread. And they do that with all the serene and calm profile. May be, all that is expected from us is to express gratitude.

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thA man with handheld tools tries to bring down a mountain. Set against all odds, Dasharath Manjhi (Nawazuddin) makes it his lifes mission, when his wife slips off of the escarpment of the mountain. Issues of inequality and inferiorness as for the colour of the skin and manipulation by landlords is also to be seen.

An actor has to leave his skin and climb into another. Nawaz is seen doing that exact same thing with his peculiar but vital complexion. After a moment in the movie, a tension initiates and Nawaz revives narrative back to life.

With what little she has to hypnotise with Radhika provokes all the emotions. With Dashrath’s flashbacks, she is seen donning Phaguniya and she’s damn good with what she has to offer.

As for Tigmanshu Dhulia (Landlord), Gaurav Dwivedi (Reporter) and Pankaj Tripathi (Junior Landlord), they are only in the screen to keep the story intact.

The story is inspired from real life of Dasharath Manjhi, which in itself is a pique, in its height for inspiraton. All is good and well, but the screenplay demands for more as mostly everything is aloof. For no apparant reason is Dasharath’s story told in an intricate way than necessary, that it acts as if a cobweb. Its no better for the movie as the accounts are shown in a frail way. All the more to add to director Ketan Mehta’s belt, is a disappointment as far as his end of the square is concerned. For the lack of a better word, with the ‘best cast’ he’s got, it would not be frivolous to say his magic hasn’t worked.

The Final Word:

It is obvious to point out that, Nawazuddin comes to save the glory, despite having a sturdy and more than a ‘working’ story. Regardless to say, if you believe in the power of true love, you’ll digest more than just the fact that, only Shah Jahan could love his wife. With no penny in his pocket Manjhi sculpted a road in a mountain. Albeit this is a biography with an average screenplay, you feel the heat, when the moment’s right, you feel deep emotions when Nawazuddin reiterates Dasharath’s life book. A 3.5/5 for Manjhi: The Movie and 5/5 for Manjhi: The Mountain Man.

To Kill A Mockingbird Review: Fear of childhood; a friend, coming of age.

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

While reading this novel, the best thing you could possibly do is to relate the character of Atticus Finch to your parents. Atticus stands for the principles, for the seeing the best in others and to exude that quality to that person. The plot may give away things like hypocrisy, it may be an inter-racial rape case told by Jean Louise and Jem Finch, but it’ll baffle you with its rich details, vivid depiction, the storytelling, and enlighten you of the life of people from Maycomb County. A place where opinion of colored people doesn’t matter, where the white’s rule; and fears of a man, behind a door haunts the living breath of folks of Maycomb.  A creation, which is only accounted in the lives of people from 1900’s.
There’s no need to reveal the plot for you. What makes the plot so significant is the sublime storytelling. The laymen language used from the sands of Alabama, the unique sense of humor, which triggers exactly where the need be and to top it all off, the eyes of a kid used as the window to perceive it all. Harper Lee has written this audacious book, and with a great eye for minute details, that you start dreaming, when you’d wander the streets of your village next morning becoming Scout(Jean Louise) with Jem and Dill.

Maverick- The goodies are too many, you won’t find the gaffes. The key has been the character development, right from the start. Jean Louise with her brother is seen roaming the county and the initial meetup with Dill has mind blowing. The entire coverage from Atticus’s appreciation and recognition of the world and people in it, hits heart. Calpurnia’s motherly touch, tending to the kids and Aunt Alexendra’s disciplinary actions, act as a crucible for them.
Written through a child’s perspective, it opens a way for the grown-ups to peek into a child’s mind and see the Maycomb County from 1940’s. This novel is an epitome of innocence that shows on a child’s face.

Towards the end, a few pages had a smidgen of emotion. Harper Lee seemed like she was crying through every word she was writing, after Tom was dead.
A classic, this good, should be placed in every persons bookshelf. It indeed is a very palpable novel with a cluster of incidents which touch the heart.
If you’re to read this gem, watch out for the ending. Last few pages are quite symbolic.

You can’t be serious being dissatisfied with it. It deserves a 5/5.