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

 

 

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

Bajirao Mastani Movie Review: An impeccable turret of moviemaking with a twisted storyline

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Though an elucidated disclaimer says that the story depicts the life of Bajirao Peshva and his love story revolving around Mastani, and that the real events have been changed as per the need, for the purpose of storytelling; it doesn’t make up for wrong idealizing of what Peshva stood for. It’s like saying, “I’m writing a story based on your life and showing you as a man who brought shame on your family.” Now, isn’t that fiction? Technically, yes it is. But, since I’ve used your name and portrayed your character through my writing, the whole story points out one name and it’s yours, and in it you’re a bad person. So yeah, by doing that, I am throwing mud at you. To make myself clear, by altering the real events the writer has in fact done an offense.

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I don’t know how many people from India have known about Bajirao Peshva, but its distressing to know that people have resorted to believing the story of the film and have painted an image, that’s by far, isn’t anything like Bajirao. So, other than the manipulation of the story and exploiting the whole Peshva house, the storyline for the film has been neat. The most salient and virtuous aspect on paper are the dialogues. They are the backbone of how the Maratha’s used to live, communicate and rule. They are the embodiment and the structure of the Maratha’s. Prakash Kapadia, who also assisted in writing the screenplay of the film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli, has also penned down few poetic lines, which increase the magnificence beyond praise.

When it comes to directing a historical film, a great responsibility is on the shoulders of the director. More than actors, he needs to be prepared for the guiding the actors, the etiquettes and the manner in which they are supposed to maneuver and act. Personally, I’ve never seen a director so blended in directing a historical love story. His direction cannot be criticized.

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And when it comes to acting, Ranveer Singh has left an impact so sturdy, as if it has been engraved on my heart. A fabulous piece of acting from him and it shows. The scene of the last battle, when he walks alone into the army of the opposition and decapitates and destroys a major part of it, is when you’ll realize, you’ve seen something magnificent which cannot be forgotten.

Portraying Mastani, Deepika Padukone has given the performance of her lifetime. She is the dandiest in the film and gives the best judgement to her role. Priyanka Chopra, after her recent success in American T.V. series, Quantico, is captivating beyond measure. Saying that this character played by her is tough, is an understatement. She is a treat to watch.

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The Final Word:

With picturesque cinematography and mesmerizing acting, the film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali touches the heart, though manipulating the story does not do any good. Gathering all the resources and conjuring a movie, which only focuses on the love story of a man, is not a biography but only an aspect of one’s life and I invite the youth (of at least our country) to think before believing some apocryphal stories. Showing Peshva dancing, or Kashibai and Mastani dancing together with their sarees wore below the belly button cannot be fathomed or forgotten. There are many flaws in respect of the story and the references made, but the worst thing is, they’ve created a fiction on the life of Bajirao Peshva; the Savior of Sanatan dharma.

So for this particular movie I’m going to implement a different rating system.

My Rating:

Acting: 5/5.

Directing: 4.5/5.

Materials or references used: 1.5/5.

Story: 0.5/5.

Overall rating: 0.5/5.

A cracker of the International Film Festival Of India.

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Goa now being the permanent spot for International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) ignited a spark within the film lovers and filmmakers ensued by screening of some exceptional films this year. This itself has been a beautiful odyssey telling great fables about films. IFFI this year comes to an end with an Oscar Award Nominee film; The Grandmaster. Most significant thing  about IFFI is that, many non popular, unheard or unheralded films and documentaries are screened for us to savor.

These are some of the films and documentaries I literally devoured and was equally astonished by the whole work.

1. Drishyam

It’s a Malayalam film directed by Jeethu Joseph in just best possible way. I was thinking, “These are going to be tedious 160 minutes”, which turned out to be exactly opposite. Jeethu in his filmography has directed Memories, which was just above the bar, but here he seems to surpass those expectations. Actor Mohanlal along with Meena Asha Sharath have lifted the whole film on their little finger. A mind blowing film with great story and screenplay. I’m going with 5/5.

2. My father Namgyal (DOC)

My father Namgyal is a journey of a young man in times of adversity and how he strived to get back home with his wife and kids. When China attacked Tibet, he had to move to India. This overwhelming documentary shows son’s love for his father.

3. Ankhon Dekhi

Rajat Kapoor’s being auteur of the film cunningly creates just another world. With Sanjay Mishra, Namit Das and inexperienced but talented Maya Sarao he protrudes above all. This satire tops as one of the best pragmatic and realist movie, which makes it a must watch, I’m gonna go with 5/5.

4. Teenkahon

Talking about the creepiest, lovable and most palpable movies, I think this one would definitely rank in the top ten. Basically its a compilation of three Bengali films which make you think the heights a person can go to pursue his love, make you scratch your head to fathom whats going on the screen and equally scares and intimidates you, all at the same time. If you’re trying some new language, this will blend in quite nicely. For the good times shown by it, I’ll go with 4.5/5.

5. Adim Vichar

Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s Odia feature film Adim Vichar conjures up a strong and sensitive thought. Story is set in a village where people haven’t seen modern day know hows. The film talks about the simple life followed by the tribal people. The best thing to watch for in this movie is the acting by the eighty five-year-old actor Atal Bihari Panda. Director excels at exuding moral values. But the most salient element in this film is the way the director has dealt with human relations. This is a craft which needs to be appreciated. It deserves 5/5.

6. Ek Hazarachi Note.

Director Shrihari Sathe released this consequential film just before the elections in the month of May this year. Ek Hazarachi Note highly depicts the poverty, illiteracy, farmer suicides and corruption. Profoundly crawling into the lives of a old woman and her neighbor he shows all the sorrows, the happy moments and money which brings its own set of problems with it. This film wins your heart with mere simplicity. The message is clear: Illiteracy can kill you. An excellent film for which I give 4.5/5.

7. Lokmanya Ek Yougpurush.

It feels good to watch the premiere screening of any movie, but if its someone like Subodh Bhave,there’s nothing more enthralling than that. Om Raut’s debut has already begun with a blazing fire. With Lokmanya he endeavours not only to tether people to their seats but starts a laughter riot. This film is as serious as it is a fun to watch. The background music and the dialogues do the heavy lifting. The only thing holding the film’s storyline is the fusion of both; Lokmanya’s time and modern day interpretation/complication. Subodh Bhave’s role’s give us a brief idea about his choice of accepting similar characters. It’s as if he’s getting stereotypical.  It’s not a must watch but worth one time. I’m going with 3.5/5.

8.Charlie’s Country.

Charlie’s Country is an amusing but an earnest take on the demeanor of Charlie about the intervention of white people on Australian land. There’s no much story but it’s  arrangement is very well done. Charlie tries to show a way to his anger in an eccentric manner. I’ll give it 4/5 as it’s a fun ride.

9. Elizabeth Ekadashi.

Elizabeth Ekadashi is not just another family drama, but preaches a good deal of indoctrinations. Its a film teaching to confront the hurdles in times of adversity together. The story and screenplay has been amplified to a fascinating level. The acting by both child actors: Shrirang Mahajan and Sayali Bandakavathekar has been a spellbinding term. This film demands to be seen many times over again, which deserves 5/5.

10. Mommy.

Critically acclaimed film Mommy directed by twenty-five year old Xavier Dolan leaves you baffled. A surprisingly good film with the core plot that, a mother and her son having ADHD lives in an apartment where they start spending more time with their neighbor. One could wonder, “how can a film with such story can catch the eye of audience?” The mystery lies in the screenplay. A well written and picturesque filming element have both helped the movie to soar up in the air. I’m going with 4/5.

11. Conducta/Behavior.

Conducta is a film showing ingenuity and knack of the director Ernesto Daranas. Clicking all the right points it wades through the lives of a pupil and his teacher. Ernesto has appended some captivating dialogues with appreciable acting from all the actors. It’s a must watch for film lovers. It deserves 5/5.

To make environment defecation free. To become thoughtful

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Open Defecation means excretion in nature, out in the open, resulting from cultural practices or having no access to toilets. Open defecation is a major environmental and health issue in many countries having its population defecating in the open. People resort to such practices mainly because of having no other choices. Another reason which has come in the light is that they do not fathom the importance of maintaining their hygiene. As far as developing countries are concerned, the proportion of people opting to these practices is much more alarming than that of civilians in developing countries.

This is the 21st century and people have not only experienced the greatest of inventions but are in a cobweb surrounded by them. Then there is this situation still prevailing in rural areas of a country like India. India has always been endowed by this heavenly gift of having a great manpower. People don’t see it nor have they given any chance to others to realize that.

One Billion people in developing countries or about 15% of the world population practices Open defecation (OD), out of which 597 million people are from India itself. Sometimes, it’s a shame to top some lists. Because of Government initiative and initiative taken by private firms and Companies like Domex, the attitude of people is changing slowly.

Open defecation in itself is a disease, a monster creating ritual. OD is a major factor in causing various diseases, notably diarrhea and intestinal worm infections but also typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, polio and others.These are much more deadly and malicious diseases than on paper. Diarrhea may lead to malnutrition and stunted growth in Children. OD is the major reason for diarrheal deaths; 2000  children under the age of five die every day, one every 40 seconds, from diarrhea. Feces of animals is equally malevolent to small children as they play on the ground, may step foot in it and put things their mouth.

There are also immense gender impacts. Lack of safe/secure and clean and private toilets make women and girls vulnerable and is subject to unhealthy make up of a society. Rapes and molestation happen when women search for concealed and private places for open defecation.

Is it that, because of more population we’re getting behind of other countries in every aspect? Then why doesn’t China face this hurdle? Why do other countries prosper hassle free? I think I’m asking the wrong question here. The authentic question here is, are we willing to bring about a change? If yes, there may be some key elements to eradicate such practices. A focus on behavior change, political willingness and initiative, sanitation solutions which people will accept not opting to open defecation. A good public service and incentive schemes may work just fine in the face of this acute problem.

It’s a revolution, changing people’s thoughts and views, because it’s not about building the infrastructure/toilets, it’s about convincing them to make use of these tools, resorting to life saving, healthy ways, their perception as they should see it as a health problem and  matter of human dignity and prestige.

You can also bring about a change with your tidbit of effort in saving million lives of kids, by supporting the Initiative taken by Domex. The best way to do that is to contribute to the life saving work done by them through  http://www.domex.in/

Mardaani Trailer launch

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Of all the #OverMardaani shown by our mard’s, this is a slap in their face, imprinting and engraving a thought that women can fight.
With a whoosh the trailer begins, it starts a small fire, creating maverick ideology and blazes through till the end. Well, the idea is same as #Salman offers, dialougebazi and dabangaii. Action packed, as it seems, it clings to a bit serious tone but is quite ostentatious. Above all, Rani is in the avatar of a Crime Branch executive. With some stunts and quite adroit directorial efforts, it has upper hand in the play and key place to hold on Box Office.
This Rani Mukerji starrer releases on 22nd August 2014.

Click the link below to check out the trailer: