Badrinath Ki Dulhania Movie Review: An average story with a great message and lots of laughter

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Movies are a great emanation for making people aware about the issues ubiquitous everywhere and not just for entertainment and this film doesn’t fall short of that. Women empowerment and abolishment of dowry system are the issues elucidated and infested through this film in a very light manner. Inspite of such sturdy messages, the camaraderie of Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt succeeds in getting the audience laugh on their punches.

Story, Screenplay and dialogues:

When it comes to romantic movies, the story has always been, the boy meeting the girl and they falling  in love and enduring the perseverance of either, the society or family and then the happy ending. How this movie differs is the circumstances under which the two meet. More than the story, the screenplay has elevated the performance of the film.

Every now and then, a punch is thrown at the exact moment when the audience may feel weary from the message that the film has to offer. The tone of the dialogues and the accent of Uttar Pradesh is a real charm and a welcoming chortle.

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Direction and Star Performances:

Shashank Khaitan who started off his career with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania has improved a lot. He has not only worked on the direction, story and script of its predecessor but also this film and if you’ve seen this latest work, then you would agree that, it goes without saying this film is far better than the last one.

Alia Bhatt in Student of the year was very lame. But since then, she has galloped quickly. She has become one of the best young actors in Bollywood and it reflects in this film. Her character Vaidehi meaning, Sita, wife of Lord Ram, in Sanskrit, is very inspiring and often breaks the trend. She is the real protagonist in this film.

Varun Dhawan as Badrinath, is a maverick person, but due to the constraint of basic education, cannot match the intellectual level of Alia Bhatt. He has done exceedingly well.

Sahil Vaid sharing a greater screen space than other actors, gives a sturdy performance. Other good performances came from Shweta Prasad, Yash Sinha and the person whose name is nowhere available, who played Vaidehi’s sister.

The Last Word:

It’s a good film, if you’re going for the laughter and the strong message, but a predictable story ruins the fun. Nevertheless, laughter packed, good cinematography, a great screenplay and dialogues, make up for the gaffes. But if you’re looking for a bit of action, beasts jostling each other and a great editing, then go for Kong: Skull Island.

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

 

Love Animals Unconditionally

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It oftens happens that you take your children for picking fruits, but never take them to a slaughterhouse.

I just got off the phone with my mother and she was telling me, how one of her friend stopped eating chicken after perceiving the brutality which the chicken has to go through.

Her father used to get the chicken ready by skimming off its feathers and she used to cook it for the family. But when her father passed away, she had to kill the hapless bird herself. It was then that she decided not to eat chicken.

My mother always used to say this when I was a kid, “The animals always feel it when the butcher comes toward them. They can sense that he’s going to harm them”. They are very sensitive and full of emotions.

Do you know that pigs are the fifth most intelligent animals?

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Courtesy: Mercy For Animals

Many people ask me how my protein intake is met through a vegetarian diet. Even plants have protein. You don’t have to take a life just so that you can enjoy your meal. One of the most atrocious facts is that, meat consumption is one of the causes of climate change.

Vegetarianism or veganism is not just the diet chioces, it’s a way to reduce animal sufferings. The animals that we eat, live a life we can’t even fathom. They are kept in close confinements, with grimy conditions and fall prey to heinous mutilations. In the end, they are all slaughtered.

 Many of us, call ourselves an animal lover. You just can’t get you hands off of that cute little puppy that you brought into your life a month ago. You can’t go without petting your beautiful cat, but at the same time, you have eggs, fish,chicken, bacon or beef for your dinner. Loving animals doesn’t mean loving only some them. We need to understand our fellow animals and treat them like equals and our own. The unconditional love, that our dogs and cats receive, we need to spread it amidst other animals too and infest this culture in the next generation.

A regular meat eater eats 100 animals per year. But a vegetarian saves 100 animals from being killed. You just see it as another dish on your plate, but for that animal/bird, it is their life. Be the glimpse of hope for those love deprived animals. They need us.

You can save animals, by leaving them off of your plate. If you can’t control the urge to eat meat, instead of eating it may be five times a week, you can consume it once a week.

 1% of Baby Boomers are veg.

4% of Gen X’ers are veg.

12% of Millennials are veg.

The future is vegan.

Go check out Mercy For Animals, they are awesome.

Commando 2 Movie Review: The trail leads nowhere

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What’s Good: Vidyut Jammwal’s knack to perform stunts.

What’s Bad: Almost everything other than the action. The melodramatic dialogues and a tedious plot.

Watch or Not?: You can watch this when it airs on television. There’s nothing great about the action or acting in this film.

Commando 2 stars Vidyut Jammwal (Karan) as a commando, Freddy Daruwala (Bhaktawar), Adah Sharma (Bhavna Reddy) as cops assigned to arrest Vicky Chadda, a money launderer in Thailand.

The movie opens with Vidyut Jammwal, single-handedly beating thugs on a mission, which leads him to Vicky Chadda. He teams up with Freddy and Adah Sharma to put Vicky Chadda behind bars. Freddy and Vidyut cannot see eye to eye for no reason and Adah is just stupid with her Hyderabadi accent, who apparently is an encounter specialist and runs around her target foolishly, just to kill him from point blank distance.

Direction & Writing:

A good name in the industry such as Deven Bhojani, conjuring such a bland comes as a shock. An action movie needs to be adroit with crisp dialogues. This movie lacks the pace to be an action flick. It seems anyone can write an action movie these days. You just have to follow Bollywood movies and think that an archetypal story will suffice.

With dialogues like, “Mere haath pair toh toh khud mere orders nahi mante”, “Zinda rekhke konsa swach bharat ka zhanda uthane wala tha yeh?” or “Next time tum aisa kuch karenga na, toh mein bol rahi mereko jabardasta pyaar ho jayenga tumharese aur mein hoton pe chapka dungi ek do”, a film can only look so crass.

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Star Performances:

When it comes to action, there’s no one better than Vidyut Jammwal. But with his countenance, he only comes off as a person with no emotions.

Adah Sharma is a peculiar encounter specialist with a Hyderabadi accent. if her character was to evoke fun, then she has succumbed to do so.

Esha Gupta, Shefali Shah, Suhail Nayyar form an average cast. There was a lot of anticipation from Thakur Anoop Singh and as a debutant, he does well.

The Last Word:

You feel lucky when you realize there’s no song in the movie, but then you hear “Commando” every time Vidyut moves. Commando 2 is a very formulaic film, with bad acting and dialogues. If you want to endure 2 long hours then watch it for yourself.

My Rating: 2.5/5