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MANTO

MANTO

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 Plot = The movie showcases the rise and fall of one of the most notable and controversial urdu – writer SAADAT HASAN MANTO, during the Indian Independence Era. Manto’s conviction in a legal battle against one of his most controversial short stories “Thanda Gosht”, forms […]

MANMARZIYAAN

MANMARZIYAAN

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Plot = Rumi (Tapsee Pannu) and DJ Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) reside in the same locality and are madly in love with each other. Their family members don’t approve of their relationship and Rumi gets married to Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan). Will Rumi and Vicky be able […]

LOVE SONIA

LOVE SONIA

Plot = Sonia (Mrunal Thakur) is a teenager, whose sister Jiah (Aarti Mann) gets sold off by her poor father Shiva (Adil Hussain), to the brothel owners at Mumbai. Sonia approaches the agent Baldev Pratap Singh (Anupam Kher) and requests him to even send her to Mumbai for finding her sister. She gets sold off to the brothel owner Faisal Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and her hunt for her sister begins thereafter. Will Sonia be able to find Jiah or will she surrender herself to the world of “paid sex”?


Opinion = There are plethora of movies been made in Bollywood, sensitizing the audience with the issue of Human Trafficking. The best ones were MARDAANI and LAKSHMI (A national – award winner, given by Director Nagesh Kukunoor). The point is, the issue is already been overtly exploited in the past. Considering the highly impressive ensemble, I was expecting that the movie will showcase a solution to the problem or at least will show a way – out, to the people who have already got trapped in this vicious circle. But, I am highly disappointed.

The movie is highly engrossing in the first half, but completely deviates from the issue post interval. The way Sonia gets saved from the traffickers is extremely silly. The impressive performance of the cast is the only saving grace here. I would consider it as just a one – time watch!

Performances = The movie has an extremely impressive ensemble cast.  After Gali Guleiyan, here also, actor Manoj Bajpayee scores full marks in the acting department. Same goes with actor Anupam Kher, who looks menacing on screen, as the pimp. Actress Sai Tanhamkar (HUNTERR Fame), as Baldev’s Agent, also suited the character perfect to the T. The performance of the protagonist Sonia, played by Mrunal Thakur, is the weakest link here. A little better actress would have taken the graph of the character to another level. Actor Rajkummar Rao, as the head of an NGO, was completely wasted here. I don’t understand why Rao chose this movie. Actress Richa Chaddha is becoming repetitive in her performance. Actress Frieda Pinto, also was decent in her performance.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = In the past, Director Tabrez Noorani was associated with extremely praised and recognized projects like the SLUMDOG MILLIONARIE; LIFE OF PI, etc, in various capacities. This time, I am little disappointed with his direction. The movie gave me a feel of a “parallel cinema” in the first half, and became a typical Bollywood Masala, post interval. If Tabrez would have given more depth to the storyline, the final product would have been much better. Cinematographer Lucas Bielan has done a fantastic job. His setup of the brothel is enough to give you goosebumps. There is a dearth of Background Score and songs in the movie.


Rowdy Rating = 3 / 5

 

ROBOT 2.0 Teaser

ROBOT 2.0 Teaser

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Opinion = After the humungous success of ROBOT in 2010, the makers are back with its sequel 2.O. This time, apart from Superstar Rajinikanth and Director Shankar, even actor Akshay Kumar, Producer – Director Karan Johar and actor Adil Hussain are also associated with the […]

GALI GULEIYAN

GALI GULEIYAN

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Plot = Middle – Aged “peeping tom” Khuddoos (Manoj Bajpai) is a TV Technician by profession and has a habit of sneaking into the personal lives of his neighborhood residents. He is curious about the miserable life of his neighbor Idris (Om Singh), who gets […]

STREE

STREE

Plot = A small town Chanderi is terrorized by a spirit, popularly known as STREE, who appears for 4 Nights in a year and abducts some men of the town, leaving behind their clothes. A close friend of Vicky (Rajkummar Rao), also gets abducted, which forces him to take complete control of the menace and solve the problem. He finds solace in a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor) and his friend Rudra (Pankaj Tripathi), Bittu (Aparshakti Khurana) and Abhishek Banerjee. Will Vicky be able to uncover the true identity of STREE or does he already know her in disguise?


Opinion = Horror – comedy as a genre, is still under wraps, in Bollywood. The genre has a lot of potential, which if tapped properly, can do wonders at the box office. The movie is a classic example of “directionless direction”. The makers take a hell lot of time to setup the premise and the central characters, which fizzes out the energy of the narrative. Many things are spoon – fed and presented in-your-face, which makes the proceedings less convincing. The movie is extremely boring for the entire first half. It picks up pace just before the interval and becomes a laughter – riot in the second half. You will have to keep all the logics aside, if you want to enjoy the movie wholeheartedly. There are plethora of LOL Moments, which keep you entertained. But, again, the pathetic and utterly stupid climax, will piss you off. I felt that the police of Chanderi was too busy to pay heed to the repeated abduction of people in their town. Also, the movie boasts about feminism and the “she – issues” abruptly. I would consider it as a one – time watch.  Watch it to have mindless fun!

Performances = Rajkummar Rao has a limited range of acting. Still, he is very wise in choosing his scripts, which, by default, allows him to shine. Here also, he seeped perfectly into the skin of his character and left no stone unturned. As always, Shraddha Kapoor again gave an expressionless performance. The “icing on the cake” was the performance of Pankaj Tripathi, who was extremely entertaining. Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee, went little over – the – top. Actress Nora Fatehi is emerging as the new item – girl cum sex-siren of Bollywood. After Dilbar Dilbar in Satyamev Jayate, she again gave a sizzling performance in Kamariya song. The remaining cast was just okay in their effort.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Amar Kaushik took a very big risk of choosing such a subject. Still, his effort is praise – worthy. However, he had the opportunity of making the movie more engaging in the first half. The Background Score and the overall sound mix of the movie is top notch. The songs are just average.


Rowdy Rating = 3 / 5      

GOLD

GOLD

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Plot = The movie travels from the pre – independence to the post – independence period of India. Where, Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) tries to achieve his dream of winning an Olympic Gold Medal in hockey, for the independent India. After facing repeated discouragement from […]

MULK

MULK

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Plot = Murad Ali Mohammad (Rishi Kapoor) gets convicted with his brother Bilal (Manoj Pahwa), in a blast case at Allahabad, where Bilal’s son Shahid (Prateik Babbar) is one of the suspects involved in executing the blast. Murad’s daughter – in – law, Advocate Aarti […]

KARWAAN

KARWAAN

Plot = Software Engineer Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) sets out on a journey, for claiming the dead body of his father (Akash Khurana), along with his friend Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) and Tanya  (Mithila Parkar), in the southern part of India. In their journey, all the three central characters discover the true meaning of their lives!


Opinion = The movie is extremely predictable right from the first frame. As an audience, at the back of your mind, you know how the movie will end. Still, you enjoy the proceedings. The movie is a laughter riot in the first half, with plethora of LOL Moments. The SHIT starts to happen in the second half, where the movie becomes a little boring and too preachy. Both the parts of the movie are polarizing. After just 10 minutes post interval, the movie starts to deviate from its core purpose of entertainment. You feel that “isse to achcha 90 minutes ki hi movie bana dete”. There is nothing productive which you can take away from the second half of the movie. It’s a complete let down. Even the humor becomes repetitive and starts to loose its fizz. Watch this movie only for the extremely entertaining first half and for Irrfan Khan !

Performances = Irrfan Khan is called the Tom Hanks of India, mainly because of his wise and diligent choice of movies. Here also, he is in complete form and he has continued his legacy of giving a top –notch performance. The Hyderabadi accent and nuances are expressed by him perfectly. He is the heart of this movie. Newbie Mithila Parkar has also given a very confident and memorable performance. She looked cute and sassy at the same time. She has shown some promise and potential in her acting skills. Actor Dulqeer Salmaan has also impressed me with his subtle performance. However, at some places he over – reacted to situations. Otherwise, he did a decent job. Actress Kriti Kharbanda, as Rumana (Avinash’s college friend), had given an impressive performance in her last movie SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA. Here, her talent got wasted. The supporting cast was just okay in their respective performances!


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Akarsh Khurana really impressed me with his craft in the first half. But, if I analyze the second half of the movie, I would perceive Akarsh as a mediocre Director. With a powerful star cast at his disposal, he could have made the second half way better. But, I feel he himself was clueless about how to proceed with a uni – directional script. The everyday challenges and situations faced by middle class people and corporate professionals are presented brilliantly, with a tadka of humor. There are no songs in this movie!


Rowdy Rating 3.5 / 5                          


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