Hero Movie Review: Sooraj exudes chiseling body and Athiya is even worse than Alia in her debut.

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Fame! Fame works for most, like in the case of Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. They’ve been directed towards the path of bollywood, which is what the progeny from a family with a film background would do. Launch a movie, get publicity, become a nouveau riche person, and then send off your scions to film industry all over again. The name of Salman Khan is emanating from everyone’s mouth, but no one is thinking of what he’s done and doing, with the kind of talent he is bringing in. Intead, I’ll talk about the movie rather than talking about the crapload of who’s bringing whom.

Hero Remake Hindi Movie 2015

The movie is a remake of the 1983, written and directed of the same name. So, there’s this outlaw, with a good heart, who meets a girl in a club after getting his hands on a massive pile of money. They dance and he falls in love with her. Then comes a twist in the simple story. Pasha (Aditya Pancholi) is convicted by IG Shrikant Mathur (Tigmanshu Dhulia) and held up in detention. To pressure IG’s hand Pasha commands his son Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi) to kidnap IG’s daughter. Sooraj kidnaps Radha (Athiya), keeps her away from the precarious situation, convincing her he’s a policeman. Hell breaks down when IG discovers Sooraj’s whereabouts. To protect his love, he has to fight. And that’s the first half. If you want the whole story, either use your imagination or spend money for it.

Watch the trailer first, cause you might want to save your money.

The whole silhouette of the movie is a recreation of Jakie Shroff’s Hero. The writers, mainly Subhash Ghai, were so lame in their job, they didn’t even give another thought at re-editing and re-writing the latter. Even the characters had the same names. With a stale thought, the 30 year earlier story has been thrown on our faces.

Nikhil Advani has directed this movie giving very few efforts. Although, new technology and fresh faces are used, the contemporary look and perspective doesn’t help much to amuse the audience.

The hero fugitive, Sooraj, has been played because of Aditya Pancholi’s contacts. Though Sooraj looks great on the big screen and flexes his muscles, he is better with dialogue delivery than Athiya. And Athiya Shetty has played the character of Radha because of her father Sunil Shetty. She looks glamorous but at the same time looks malnurished, frail and it feels like she hasn’t eaten anything for days. Her acting performance is far worse than how she looks. Tigmanshu Dhulia is a treat to watch. Aditya Pancholi shares small screen space with Lai Bhari actor Sharad Kelkar.

The music isn’t very melodious to ears, nor does it have the lyrics to allure the heart. Havig said that, this marks the debut of Salman as a singer. What remains a mystery to me is, has he edited his voice to croon for “Main Hoon Hero Tera”? I cannot conveniently say that cinematography was memorable. The only good moments with the camera are when a song is playing in the background, which is another cliche in bollywood.

The Final Word:

Albeit Athiya falls flat with her acting, Sooraj might entertain you for a while with the action. Though this is a remake of ‘Hero’, it is watchable. For me, personally, I have some kind of special hatred for remakes. For you, it might turn out to be alright. Besides this, director Nikhil Advani has another movie planned in the next month. Lets see, how much light sparks there.

My Rating: 1.5/5.

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The Transporter Refueled Movie Review:

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Do you know who the biggest con man is? Well, there are 3, so, make room; the writers of The Transporter Refueled. Co-writing this extravagant movie wouldn’t have been an easy task, but a very easy one for them, led by the talented auteur Luc Besson, who once created the glimmer of the day, Leon: The professional. With this new installment of The Transporter, it seems like the potency has crawled out the story and settled somewhere else.

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I could swear that before initiating the pre-production, the writing team watched the predecessors at least a couple of times. Oh! Wait, they didn’t have to. They had Luc Besson. The Trasnporter like in the earlier movies is an ex-special ops mercenary turned a taxi driver, who likes to blow off cars with Audi’s logos. Seriously, think about it. He doesn’t even make that much money out of driving around parcels. Anyway, he gets a call, to get parcels to a certain place. That doesn’t work, so his father is held captive as means of motivation. The parcels reach the destination. Now for further motivation, he’s told his father had been drugged through his drink. To get the antidote, he has to help the girls who are retaliating against a Russian kingpin, who also happens to be his ex-employer. So long story short, the transporter helps the girls finish off the organization and take their revenge.

Now, throw in some copious action, good camera angles and the rest will be done by the background music. The direction will be commensurate with the story and the screenplay. The dialogues and conversations keep up with the excitement and the energy. They could have explored everywhere and not find another one like Jason Statham.

The Final Word:

The Transporter Refueled is a very eventful movie, but they should’ve named it something like The Transporter Recopied. This is the highest form of plagiarism, with the most fancy and a highly ostentatious wrapper, enveloped around it. Though I like the cover, the movie doesn’t have anything to offer other then those extragavant fight scenes and cars flying around like wings have popped out through their doors, which eventually don’t work.

As for the story quotient, its a robbed house. And if you’re thinking of which movie to watch, I’d rather suggest Tu Hi Re (A Marathi cliché) or Welcome Back (A Bollywood cliché). If you’re interested in action-thrillers, The Transporter Refueled will do just fine.

My Rating 3/5.

You can watch the trailer right here, cause you know, watching movie can be tough sometimes.

Between Shades Of Gray Review: Contemplative, Full Of Research & A Must Read

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Was it harder to die or harder to be the one to who survived?

When I came across this book for the first time, I thought it’d be just another romantic novels with the protagonist being seperated by her father, literally trafficked into slavery. What I thought would be a silly romance, with a kid immersed in her drawings, turned out to be exactly opposite.

So this is what really happens in the book. At the initial stage of WWII, the Soviet Union invades various Baltic states of  Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In 1941, Lina, along with her mother and little brother, are captured and bu train cars taken to various places. Held as prisoners for 25 years and treated as filthy pigs, thousands of people work very hard in excruciating circumstances to get a one time ration, which doesn’t even fill their bellies. The struggle, the behaviour and the injustice pointed towards these people has been documented in this novel.

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Between Shades Of Gray isn’t a total work of fiction. A similar, rather worse or even intense and turbulent times were seen by the civilians. Ruta Sepetys interviewed them and collected a lot of information in Lithuania. Her epilogue and acknowledgement speaks for itself. What is very intriguing is, the whole coverage of the story happens through the eyes of Lina, the 15 year old girl. The story is very sad, set in harsh times, but very beautiful at the same time.

I was particularly amused by the part where Andrius scribbles a few sentences on the pages of the copy of Dombey and Son. Another notable conversation of Lina was, when her father explains that, as the kite goes higher and higher in the sky so do the people when they die. Their spirit soars up in the blue sky and that they are always watching. And then Lina’s brother says, “Maybe Grandma found the kite.”

The Final Word:

Ruta Sepetys tells the tale of an entourage going through innumerable perils and how they strive to survive at every edge, maintaining unity at all times. Though it’s an inviting story to read, it is written in a manner which fails to hit the nerves most of the times. It comes of as a very light material describing much patrifying and difficult moments.

Another deficiency I felt in Between Shades Of Gray was that, it was a petty book. A lot more should have been covered. Watching the world through the eyes of a little girl somewhat makes the intensity of the book. Having said that, I think this is a work to be read by every reader.

My Rating: 4/5