Month: October 2017

Ugly

Ugly

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Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = The movie is based on a case of a 10 years old missing girl named Kali Varshney, played by child artist  Anshika Shrivastava, who is staying with her step – father Shoumik Bose, played by actor Ronit Roy, and her mother […]

Wrong Number (Short Film)

Wrong Number (Short Film)

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Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = This film is made by a very close friend of mine and he has requested me for a review. The film is based on a girl named Yogita, played by actress Umiya Shaikh, who is a drug – addict and is […]

Rukh

Rukh

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Plot = The movie revolves around a family, headed by Divakar Mathur, played by actor Manoj Bajpayee, his wife Nandini Mathur, played by actress Smita Tambe and his son Dhruv Mathur, played by actor Adarsh Gourav. One night, Manoj dies in a car accident and Smita calls her son Dhruv, who stays at a hostel, for completing the final rites of his father. Smita and Dhruv shift their base at Smita’s mother’s residence. After 3 months of their stay, Dhruv requests Smita to return back to their home, but she informs him that they have sold their house and will continue to stay at her mother’s residence itself. Dhruv finds the situation absurd and tries to find out the cause of his father’s accident. In his search, he meets Robin, played by actor Kumud Mishra,  who was the business partner of his deceased father and some of his colleagues, who reveal different facets and secrets of Manoj, which eventually helps him in solving the mystery of Manoj’s death.


Opinion = The movie is highly engaging and gives us a feeling of a parallel cinema. But, the makers of Ankhon Dekhi, Masaan, Dhanak and Newton have backed this project, and unfortunately, they have not delivered on similar lines. The plot had novelty in it, but the execution seemed stretched. As an audience, you keep on guessing the suspense, but once it gets revealed in the climax, you cringe on its conventionality. For the first 15 minutes, I was completely clueless about what’s happening in the movie, but post that, it successfully cleared the dust from the plot. The proceedings are unnecessarily convoluted, for leading towards an average suspense. I had seen a similar plot in one of the episodes of Crime Patrol. Also, I feel the last scene of the movie between Dhruv and his friend was highly absurd and other worldly. You will tally with my opinion, once you patronize this flick.

Performances = The movie belongs to actor Kumud Mishra. It is one of the best crafted performances of a villain in hindi cinema. Kumud has got the maximum footage (after Adarsh Gourav) and he has optimally utilized the opportunity for giving a shining performance. Actor Adarsh Gourav has given a matured and subtle performance. He is classy in some scenes. Actress Smita Tambe has also given an outstanding performance. She has expressed the frustration and loneliness of an ignored wife, with finesse. Unfortunately, actor Manoj Bajpayee has got very less space in the movie, but as expected, he has left a lasting impression. The supporting cast had nothing productive at their disposal.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Atanu Mukherjee has done some really impressive work in the past. His key projects were The Gatekeeper, Stray Dogs, Shuruaat Ka Interval, etc where he was either associated as a director, writer or editor. This time also, he has maintained a tight grip on his presentation. But, he had the leverage of squeezing at least 15 minutes from the movie. The cinematography of the movie is really impressive. The songs are only played in the background and are melodious.


Rowdy Rating = 3.5 / 5

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An Insignificant Man

An Insignificant Man

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Review Rowdy -TweetReview = Well, this is totally out of nowhere. I had never imagined that a documentary will be made on Arvind Kejriwal, so early in his career. The trailer has a complete feel of a documentary and looks like a compilation of public […]

Trailer of “Firangi”

Trailer of “Firangi”

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Review Rowdy -TweetReview = The trailer of the movie gives us a feeling that the movie will be highly predictable, preachy and an average state of affairs. In the trailer, Kapil Shrama looks strenuous in his approach in establishing himself as a mainstream actor. But, […]

CRD

CRD

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Plot = The movie is based on writer – director Mayank, played by actor Vinay Sharma, who is tyrannical in his approach in training his students, for winning a prestigious inter – collegiate drama competition, named PURUSHOTTAM. After initial inhibitions, the lead actress of the play Persis, played by actress Mrinmayee Godbole, manages to get along with the hardships and physical humiliation extended by Mayank. But, a newbie student Chetan Ranjit Deshmukh (CRD), played by actor Saurabh Saraswat, rebels against Mayank’s dictatorship and starts directing his own play by building a new team within the college. And then, the movie is based on how these teams compete with each other for winning the same competition.


Opinion = I can sum up my review in just one word – BRAVO. The movie is based on a real life incident which took place in Ferguson College, at Pune. The way the movie is made, gives the script a Midas Touch. I am literally facing a crunch of words for describing my experience while I was watching this masterpiece. People who are connoisseurs of realistic and thought – provoking cinema, will commit a sin if they don’t watch this movie. We need to applause for the audacity of its presentation. The entire movie sensitizes the audience with the immersive world of stage plays and the effort and imagination of its creators. I myself have been a stage artist in my college days and was immediately able to connect with the proceedings of the movie.  The movie is strictly for adult and mature audience and people who possess above average IQ will be able to decipher the suspense revealed in the climax.

Performances = The performance of each and every artist has transported the script to a superior pedestal. Actor Vinay Sharma has given a fantabulous performance. You will feel uncomfortable and tensed whenever he arrives on screen. Majority of the cuss words and offending dialogues are been mouthed by him with sheer confidence. Marathi Actress Mrinmayee Godbole has given a matured and subtle performance. There is a scene where Mrinmayee throws her used sanitary napkin on the face of Vinay, when he scolds her for not being in the mood of the character she is playing in the drama. This is just an instance proving the audacity of this movie. I must say that Mrinmayee has performed the nude and intimate scenes audaciously. But the shining actor of the movie is Saurabh Saraswat, who is playing the lead role of Chetan Ranjit Deshmukh (CRD). He has displayed the innocence of his character at par with the expectations of the script. Actress Geetika Tyagi and actor Abhay Mahajan had nothing productive at their disposal.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Kranti Kanade deserves a standing ovation for his vision and presentation. As an audience, you will literally feel that Kranti is having a sexual intercourse with his script. The amount of pleasure he derived while filming this movie is quite evident in his craft. You really need balls to make this kind of cinema. The cinematography and production design of the movie is just outstanding. Moreover, the dialogues of the film are pretty straight – forward and will make you uncomfortable at many places.


Rating = 5 / 5

(Generally I am a miser at giving above average ratings to bollywood flicks, but this movie has left no other option for me. It must be patronized in maximum numbers)

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Golmaal Again

Golmaal Again

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Review Rowdy -TweetPlot =The central characters of the movie are Gopal, Madhav, Lucky, Laxman, Laxman, Khushi and Rukmini, played by actors Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade (Laxman 1), Kunal Khemu (Laxman 2), Parineeti Chopra and Tabu, respectively. They all are raised in […]

Secret Superstar

Secret Superstar

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Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = The movie is based on an aspiring singer residing at Baroda, named Insia, played by national – award winning actress Zaira Wasim. She is just 15 years old and writes her own original songs and sings them in school picnics or […]

“The School Bag”

“The School Bag”

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Plot = The film is based on a horrifying terrorist attack which took place on 16th December, 2014 at Army Public School in Peshawar (Pakistan) in which 132 kids were killed.


Opinion = The film has innocence in every bit of it. Since it is a real story, the audience gets connected with the characters immediately.  The flow of events is simple and to the point and in the middle of the film, you can gauge that some unpleasant situation will take place between the child and his mother.

Performances = Rasika Dugal is a highly underrated actress. She had also given a shining performance in CHUTNEY, alongside established actors like Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain. Here, through her innocent effort she makes you feel her loneliness and the feelings she has about her only son.  You will feel pity for her in the climax sequence. Also, child actor Sartaaj Kakkar will charm you with his innocence.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Dheeraj Jindal and Co – Director Anshul Agarwal, have kept proceedings slick and simple. The set and Production Design convinces you that the film is shot in Pakistan and the house is inhabited by a muslim resident. The background score of the film is also at par with the expectation.


Rating = 4 / 5

ACCOLADES =

  • Fastnet Short Film Festival 2017 = Best Drama = Dheeraj Jindal
  • Free Spirit Film Festival 2016 = Best Cinematography = Satchith Paulose

 

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