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

Te3n Movie Review:

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Can you relate yourself when I tell you someone is playing bang-bang and then, at first, all the blood rushing through their body, all that effort being rewarded for and all of a sudden they realise exuding less force within? Well, that’s exactly how this movie was, but get out of the earlier context.

A case of kidnapping, a troubled grandfather with the determination of finding the kidnapper follows a trail till he meets the convicted.

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The movie starts off in the present and the scenes from the past are revealed with great directorial care. The likes of Bijesh Jayarajan of ‘Yudh’ fame and Suresh Nair meant a complete package of thrill and mystery. Following Kahaani’s huge success in screenplay, this film too had the same enigma following around.

Directing was of the top notch, may be a par better than the writing considering the figment of imagination put forth by the story writers. The first half was the epitome of graceful and refined conglomeration of directing and cinematography.

When I think of Amitabh Bachchan, all I can perceive is simplicity; elegant simplicity. Age is no bar for this great actor. He makes each expression his own feeling.

Talking about simplicity and great acting, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan are not far behind. Nawaz’s acute and sharp performance coupled with Balan’s captivating act take away any second thoughts you’re having about watching this film.

Suffice it to say that this movie has all it’s bearings in place. But an archetypal trend in the last four years of Bollywood films makes it all, a little déjà vu. I was constantly thinking of Jazbaa, which is, on so many levels, an alike movie. Another movie would be Wazir, which was released earlier this year, exhibited a very similar framework of the story and the twists in this movie were almost as if pried off from Wazir.

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Inspite of all of the above going on, I’m pleased with the film, not so with the climax. Having said that, strong and compelling performances of the three musketeers, a great host of background music, along with nail biting mystery makes this film a good finish.

My Rating: 3.5/5

If you haven’t watched the trailer, here’s the link:

 

Sarbjit Movie Review: A cry for help

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From Omung Kumar, the director of much appreciated Mary Kom, comes a movie about an ordinary farmer from Bhikiwind, Punjab who under the influence of alcohol crosses the Indo-Pak border and is incarcerated in Pakistan for 23 years, being mistaken for an Indian spy. The film emphasizes on the plight of Sarabjit Singh and the hardships faced by his family, especially his sister, Dalbir Kaur.

The tone of the movie is a notch higher in terms of the intensity as compared to Mary Kom. Randeep Hooda starring as Sarabjit, brings out the predicaments of the man who is wrongly convicted for bombings in Lahore and Faisalabad. As the movie is narrated from the perspective of his sister, it rules out the possibility of him being a spy which the unconfirmed sources from RAW agree to disagree.

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Apart from the various controversies the story (real life story) has faced, the screenplay, dialogues and acting uplift the movie to a great extent. The screenplay goes in detail exploring the life of Sarabjit’s struggle to maintain sanity, Dalbir’s fight to bring her brother back and his wife’s and daughters’ disturbance at keeping Sarabjit’s memory alive.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s zealous and invigorating performance will surely dwell in your mind and remind you of your elder protective sister. Randeep Hooda as Sarabjit was captivating, profound and gave a stellar performance. His camaraderie with Aishwarya Rai was terrific in spite of her being his sister in the film. Richa Chadha has always been one of the best actors of Bollywood. Even the performance by Ankita Shrivastav and Shiwani Saini as Sarabjit’s daughters conveyed the intended effect.

The Last Word:

Omung Kumar in his dirctorial has immensly outplayed the boundary of Sarbjit being a boring and a tedious movie. He gives a great message through this film. Currently 403 Indians and 278 Pakistanis are in imprisonment between the countries, many of them mistaken for being a spy. Our responsibility is to not let anyone mislead us and to trust our conscience.

My Rating: 4/5.

 

Baaghi Movie Review: Action packed, no brainer and unimpactful

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With the stock of a trailer with so much action, stunts and the scenery captured in a way gratifying the viewer, it seems the movie was quite surreal when it extended from two minutes to a little over two hours. With a chiseling body Tiger Shroff exuded some moves in Heropanti. But when it came to acting he just couldn’t capitalize.

We talk a lot about how Bollywood is entertaining, but no one sees past the naive and cheesy acts in the movies. For starters, even the name of the movie was a borrowed one. The premise is picked up from the Indonesian hit Raid, and if that wasn’t enough, the screenplay and dialogues were terrible.

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Tiger Shroff just couldn’t move past the words, “Abhi toh maine start kia hai”. Shraddha Kapoor kept the same demeanour as from the movie Ek Villain. With Sanjeev Datta’s debut writing experience, which is conjured from the diverse releases from Bollywood movies and Sabir Khan’s consistant work of directing muddled movies continues.

Though the action looks quite captivating, the same cannot be said about other aspects. Tiger Shroff’s and Shraddha Kapoor’s acting succumbs to keep the film entertaining. The film falls flat with the humdrum nature of the screenplay and the lack of originality.

The Last Word:

Though an interesting choice of playgarism has yielded the movie a bit of attention, the film has only a tidbit to offer besides the hand-to-hand fights and the kicks of Tiger. The film is tacky and it lacks a strong plot, but the cinematography and the scenic beauty somewhat pleases the eye.

My Rating: 2/5.

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.

Talvar Movie Review: The story will leave you devastated.

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It’s been little more than seven years, that the twin murder of Aarushi and Hemraj have drifted from the CBI getting one lead to another and then to being bogged down on several dead ends. With absolutely no evidence, the parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar being convicted of these murders under the tags of ‘honour killings’, stay in detention since 2013. The case would’ve been solved long ago, but the skillful work of the Delhi police, in garnering and containing the evidence, along with various labs storing them, managed to let the case run only on the hypothesis of CBI. Not that CBI was very dutiful in its task, but they successfully landed the charges on the parents rather than finding the murder on the loose.

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I have been following the events of the Aarushi murder, also with the help of a book (not completed reading) with the name of the girl who was murdered in her sleep. Written by the reporter, Avirook Sen, the book mainly shows how the parents were innocent of committing the crime but it also had the mindset of a person, who would likely write something biased. After all, had spent two and half years covering the investigation. As much as I was convinced that Rajesh and Nupur couldn’t imagine doing it, the book also hinted Avirook Sen pressing on how the police and CBI personnel wanted to close off the case rather than finding the killer.

If you’re just checking it out for the first time click here for trailer:

Talking about the movie, Meghna Gulzar had to deliver a notable film for one of the uncanny case/sensation of India, with Vishal Bhardwaj’s retelling to its effect. To begin with, a whole lot of characters were altered/deleted and a case was designed such a way so as to show Ashwin Kumar (Irrfan Khan) as the savior. Needless to say, Ashwin, with his orthodox manner of getting the information out of suspects couldn’t save them from going to prison. The intention of the story was not to show a happy ending, but to get the audience to think about what’s going to happen next? Particularly, if the system doesn’t change. It was kind of like Prakash Jha’s movies. The screenplay did get a little messy, with many intricacies. For a typical Bollywood viewer, some of it might go over his head.

Konkana Sen Sharma was outstanding as the mother of Shruti (name changed from Aarushi). She was at her best while the scenes cut when Shruti’s body was taken into the vehicle for post mortem. Again, while the CBI worked out many theories of how the parents were the murders, in one of the hypothesis, she said, “Chal ab acting karni hai”(Let’s go, now we have to put on an act). The manner in which she exuded the characters of a loving mother and on the other hand a psychopath was frenetic and intimidating at times.

Irrfan Khan wasn’t the best as Ashwin Kumar, but was one of the attractions.  Among others, there were Neeraj Kabi, who was convincing enough as a doting father, Shishir Sharma, Gajraj Rao, Prakash Belawadi, Sumit Gulati, Tabu & Atul Kumar, who maintained the flow and kept the level in sync with what they had been expected.

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The Final Word:

This film is not only a take on the most enigmatic case in the history of India but also acts as a  reminder to us that even with the best of resources available in hand, anything could go wrong with the current caliber of system. A need for better system, always craves in our minds. If you’re free this week and want to follow up to “what happened to Aarushi”, watch this movie. Otherwise, a man is awaiting a probe to pick him off of the martian lands, in other screens.

My Rating: 3.5/5.