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:

 

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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.

You can watch the trailer right here:

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.

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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.

Badlapur Movie Review: The name has it all.

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How many times do we we watch Bollywood action-thrillers and end up liking it? Well, here’s a miniature of peek into the world of Raghav clung to seek his revenge in Badlapur; and with it comes a sturdy tagline, “Don’t miss the beginning.” Sriram Raghavan seems to have created quite the picturesque image, that of a film noir. It emulates over other alike films, which succumb just when it comes to telling a story and its presentation.

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Albeit, Badlapur is a Bollywood creation and because many filmmakers have lost the capacity to build good characters, and meander the actors as per their roles, this one seems to do just that. The best point is that Sriram and Arijit Biswas have endeavored to keep away from the cliches. What better could have another ‘Main Tera Hero’ done to receive good word of mouth to the film?

Better care has been taken to picture Raghav (Varun) in a very composed manner. A youngster, that too not of a great calibre, is not expected to protrude beyond periphery. So much to be said about him, that such cranky act is very daunting to get in and follow through the whole movie of more than two hours. A dialogue by him, where he says, ” Muzhe kal ke liye sorry kehna chahiye, lekin main nahin kahunga.” Even a simple sentence is very effective when he says it.

To point out a flaw in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s would be the most difficult task. But in a nutshell, he portrays his character till the end to the utmost perfection. Vinay Pathak, Yami Gautam, Divya Dutta and Radhika Apte only increase the taste of the film. Huma Qureshi is the dandiest among the supporting cast.

You are reminded of many thrillers while watching Badlapur, like the clock is ticking and the bomb is gonna explode at any moment. A great effort by the cinematographer Anil Mehta has been put in the film and editing syncs well to put up a great show.

Badlapur is such a baffling, strange and eccentric movie which harbingers that the imminent movies in the few years will be backed by ebullient cinematography and directing. A spellbinding script has worked to get the best from it. But if you’re to watch this film make sure you’re above 18 years of age. And if you are, I strongly recommend you to watch this film. It tops with every element there is to make it a robust film. I’m going with 4/5.