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HELICOPTER EELA

HELICOPTER EELA

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Plot = The movie tries to delve into the daily lives of single parents and their equation with their children, at various stages of life. Here, the protagonist is Eela Raiturkar (Kajol), a single mother and a businesswoman, who is nothing more than a watchdog, […]

TUMBBAD

TUMBBAD

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Plot = The movie traces the life journey of a boy named Vinayak Rao (Sohum Shah), who gets fantasized by a local legend of a monster named Hastar and his gold medallions, in his village Tumbbad. Vinayak’s greed of getting those medallions increases with his […]

Love, Sex aur Dhokha

Love, Sex aur Dhokha

Plot = Its an anthology drama film, which culminates 3 short stories based on –  Honor Killing, a MMS Scandal and a Sting Operation, with references of some real – life horrific incidents of our country. It was also Bollywood’s first movie, shot entirely in “digital format”.


Opinion =  “Desh ko sewa nahin, prime – time entertainment chahiye Naina, tumhaare jaisa”. This dialogue is pitched by the character PRABHAAT (Amit Sial) who is an investigative journalist, to a struggling model Mrignaina a.k.a NAINA (Arya Bannerjee), while he tries to convince her to execute a sting operation against a famous pop star LOKI LOCAL (Herry Tangri). The dialogue is the essence of the entire movie. Through this, the makers had intended to bring the spotlight on the voyeurism prevailing in our society. As you can also gauge through its title, the movie got embroiled in too many controversies. Even the censor board objected to one of its song “Tu Nangi Achchi Lagti Hai”, which was later changed to “Tu Gandi Achchi Lagti Hai”.

To give it a realistic look, the entire movie was shot in digital format. Instead of conventional means, the makers used the guerrilla film – making techniques, by using different cameras, including a handycam, an amateur film camera, night – vision cameras, a security camera, a spy camera and an underwater camera. This was the first – of – its – kind experiment in Bollywood, till 2010.

And the experiment did wonders for the makers. The movie was screened at 2010 London India Film Festival and the Munich International Film Festival. Also, it was a commercial success and won many reputed awards, here as well.

Throughout the movie, you are invested totally in its proceedings. There is never a dull moment. However, the movie is strictly for adult and mature audiences and if you haven’t watched it yet, keep yourself mentally prepared, to witness some extremely blunt and abusive dialogues and a horrific honor killing sequence. You will also get to know that why, the nationally – famous website and publication, TEHELKA, had to shut down and put an end to its operations.

Its is a pure masterpiece, which is hard to re – attempt or imitate!

Performances = I believe, such films are the toughest ones to carry, for any actor. At the beginning itself, you see a disclaimer that, at any given time, the screen might black – out completely, hand – held cameras might go out-of-focus, or be prepared to witness any kind of technical glitch. So, considering all the shortcomings, it is on the performers, how they manage to grab the eye balls and keep the audience intrigued in the proceedings. All the actors, of all the stories were perfect for the roles, to the T. Special mention of Arya Bannerjee, Herry Tangri, Amit Sial, Sandeep Bose (as Shruti’s Father) and Neha Chauhan (Rashmi), who gave mind – boggling performances. This was the debut movie of actor Rajkummar Rao, who was pretty decent in his maiden project.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Dibakar Banerjee deserves a pat – on – his – back, for attempting such an experiment. I understand that, it would have been a mammoth of a task for him, to make a found – footage style of cinema, in the most entertaining and engaging way. He deserves full marks for his direction. Editing by Namrata Rao is also outstanding. She has kept the timelines intact. The Songs were also very different and set the mood right. “Tu Gandi Achchi Lagti Hai” and the title track were chartbusters at that time. Music by Sneha Khanwalkar was just outstanding.


Rowdy Rating = 4 / 5         

 

 

ANDHADHUN

ANDHADHUN

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Plot = A blind pianist Aakash (Ayushmann Khurrana) is the only witness of the murder of a yester – year actor (played by Anil Dhawan), at the actor’s own residence. He decides to lodge a police complaint and publicize the murder. But, how will he […]

PATAAKHA

PATAAKHA

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Plot = The movie is based on writer Charan Singh Pathik’s short story “Do Behnein”, which is setup in Rajasthan. It showcases the childhood to middle age journey of 2 warring sisters, Champa a.k.a Badki (Radhika Madan) and Genda ak.a. Chutki (Sanya Malhotra), who cannot […]

Sui Dhaaga

Sui Dhaaga

Plot = Mauji (Varun Dhawan) and Mamta (Anushka Sharma) are a small – town married couple, who strive to live a happy and fulfilling life, with whatever resources they have. Mamta provokes Mauji to leave his ill – mannered boss and start something of his own. Will Mauji be able to become a successful entrepreneur or will he lose Mamta, while chasing his dreams?


Opinion = The movie belongs to the “feel good” category of cinema, which keeps a constant smile on your face. You get immediately connected to the lead characters and their challenges, as they are presented in the most convincing way possible. The first half is swift and is highly engaging. Up to an extent, the movie also supports the Prime Minister’s “Make In India” Campaign, but fortunately, it never becomes too heavy or preachy in its treatment.

Post interval, the movie becomes highly predictable, and I was able to see the efforts taken by the makers, for pleasing the masses of the country. Everything becomes highly convenient for Mauji, which ruins the second half, to a considerable extent. Nevertheless, the movie is a complete family entertainer and will definitely do great business at the box office!

Performances = Performance is the most praise – worthy aspect of this movie. Actor Varun Dhawan has given a “performance of a lifetime”. I am shocked to see the maturity in Varun’s performance, in this movie. If he is lucky enough, he will definitely win many accolades for playing the character of Mauji. Anushka Sharma has also given an equal support to Varun. Especially, the scene for which she was trolled in the social media, is extremely touching, and I am sure that, after watching this movie, people will stop making fun of Anushka, for her expressions in the scene. Both the lead actors have touched the audience with their mind – boggling performances. The supporting cast was also equally good, especially Namit Das, as Mauji’s irritating brother – in law, also shined in his performance. A potent actor like Raghuvir Yadav (as Mauji’s Father) was completely wasted here.


Direction & Other Technical Aspects = There was a lot of influence of DUM LAGA KE HAISHA on the entire movie. This is Director Sharat Katariya’s next project just after DLKH. Sharat has offered us a very sweet film, which will definitely appeal to the masses. His Direction maintains the right amount of tadka in the first half, but in order to please the masses, I felt that, he compromised heavily with his craft, in the second half. The songs composed by Anu Malik are situational and melodious.


Rowdy Rating = 3.5 / 5   

Thugs Of Hindostan Trailer

Thugs Of Hindostan Trailer

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Review = After ROBOT 2.O, this one was the next highly anticipated movie of 2018. And, like the former, even this trailer is not up to the mark. The movie looks like a routine struggle of independence (of course from British Rulers), with a touch […]

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

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 to move on with life, or will Robbie sacrifice his love and affection for Rumi?


Opinion = After NO SMOKING, I am again disappointed by Director Anurag Kashyap. The movie offers nothing, which we haven’t seen multiple times in the past. The plot is highly predictable, which lost my interest within just 30 mins of the beginning. I was just bearing the film till the end, for reviewing it. A simple plot is been made highly complex, and you, as an audience, feel that, what the hell is happening on screen. At places, the movie reminded me of another pathetic movie DEAR ZINDAGI (SRK and Alia Bhatt starrer). The movie tries to showcase the complexities and relationship issues between the young generation today, without any novelty attached to it. The behavior of the lead characters is so kiddish, that it will give you a cringe – worthy effect! Please visit your relatives and friends for Ganpati Darshan, instead of bearing this torture!

Performances = The movie is a comeback project for actor Abhishek Bachchan. Believe me, only his performance is praise – worthy in the movie. Actor Vicky Kaushal is yet to impress me with his performance after MASAAN. His performance is the biggest torture in this movie. He is trying to be the next serial – kisser of Bollywood, instead of focusing on improving his acting capabilities. Actress Tapsee Pannu is doing the same kind of Haryanvi – Jatni type of roles, since ages. The supporting cast had nothing productive at their disposal.


Director & Other Technical Aspects = I am not able to fathom that a potent director like Anurag Kashyap can make such kind of a movie. Why did he do it, he knows it better. The movie has nothing good to boast about. It is just bearable in parts. The Songs and the Background Score are also not praise worthy!


Rowdy Rating = 2 / 5  

 


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