Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = The movie is an official biopic of one of the most controversial and revered politicians of our country, Shiv Sena Supremo – Shri Balasaheb Thackeray. The audience will get sensitized with the circumstances, which forced Balasaheb to leave his job and […]
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Review Rowdy -TweetReview = So, the trailer of one of the most awaited releases of 2019 has released. The movie created the much deserved hype, last year, with the launch of its Teaser and the countrymen just got mesmerized with the resemblance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, […]
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 the crux of the story!
Opinion = This was one of the most anticipated movies this year, at least, for all the critics. But, unfortunately, the final product is under – whelming. The movie was in the making since many years and I was eagerly waiting for its release. But, I am little disappointed. Instead of delving deep into the thought – process and the psyche of a visionary writer, the movie only acts as a graphical representation of his real – life events. Any educated individual can browse the Wikipedia page and can sensitize himself/herself with Manto’s life.
But, If we decide to watch a biopic, we expect much more to see on screen. I would have appreciated if the makers would have shown the inner turmoil of MANTO, in a scenario where, the entire world, his friends, his wife, his relatives, everybody is against his thoughts and writings, and there is no place for him to find solace. I appreciate the way his popular stories were weaved in the script as a dramatized presentation. But still, a lot of hard work was left midway. The first half of the movie is extremely slow and the narrative is extremely flat. The movie picks up pace post interval and takes us to a relieving climax. The scene where MANTO justifies the filthiness associated with his stories, in the courtroom, is truly remarkable. I would consider this movie as just a one – time watch!
Performances = Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the finest actor, present in the industry today. He is an adroit in understanding the psyche and getting into the skin of his character. On screen, you don’t see nawaz, but MANTO. His dialogue delivery, his frustration, his vision (as a writer), everything seems too convincing. Actress Rasika Duggal, as Safia (Manto’s Wife), also gave a memorable performance. She was the perfect choice for the role. This time, actress Rajshri Deshpande (popular for SACRED GAMES), had nothing productive at her disposal. There are plethora of guest appearances, by extremely potent actors, like Paresh Rawal, Javed Akhtar, Rishi Kapoor, Tillotama Shome, Purab Kohli, Ila Arun, Divya Dutta and Neeraj Kabi (I am sure there are so many, that I am missing some people in this list).But, none of them, gave a remarkable performance.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Actress – Director Nandita Das had really impressed me with her craft, in FIRAAQ. But here, I am highly disappointed. If this plot would have been given to Director Shyam Benegal, I am sure, he would have made a much better and interesting film. As a Director, Nanditaji was not able to communicate her vision or the purpose of making this movie, clearly to the audience. The Production Design Team and the Cinematographer, were successful in setting up the era, where the story originates.
Rowdy Rating = 3 / 5
Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = Mafia lord of Gopal Math, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), returns to Mumbai after staying off – radar for more than a decade. Ganesh approaches Inspector Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) to inform that the city of Mumbai will be destroyed after […]
Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = Both the movies of Gangs Of Wasseypur Series, showcase the formation of Coal and Iron Mafia in Dhanbad which was in the state of Bihar and now is in Jharkhand. The series covers a time span from 1941 till 2012 and […]
Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = The movie is based on a manhunt initiated by a crime branch officer Mr. Khan, played by actor Neeraj Kabi, for arresting a contract killer Shiva, played by actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who helps mafia leaders in killing some builders, who refuse […]
Review Rowdy -TweetPlot = The plot is based on the C Grade Movies industry prevailing during 1980’s where movies like Band Darwaza, Purani Haweli and the likes were made in huge numbers. Actor Anil George is playing the role of Vicky Duggal who owns a […]
Plot = The movie revolves around a contract killer Babu Bihari played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who does political killings on the instructions of political leader Divya Dutta. While executing an assignment, Nawazuddin meets a cobbler played by actress Bidita Bag and falls in love with her. Bidita is the eye witness of the murder committed by Nawazuddin but she denies to post any allegations on him in front of the police. Shocked with this incident, Nawazuddin visits her residence and she explains him that the victim (killed by nawazuddin) and his brothers had raped her repeatedly and she is thankful to him for his deed. On her request, Nawazuddin also kills the remaining 2 brothers which spoils his relations with Divya Dutta and her confidant Murli Sharma. Then Nawazuddin gets hired by Mr. Dubey (Political Leader) played by Anil George and on his assignment, he meets Jatin Goswami who treats Nawazuddin as his idol and mentor. They both commit themselves to kill the entire gang of Divya Dutta and prove themselves superior to one another. In their race, they develop enmity towards each other and then the film is based on their rivalry and greed for power.
Opinion = The movie had a novel plot but its execution has made it a typical masala movie. The execution is gripping in the first half but loses its steam post interval. Towards the end, it becomes a predictable affair. There are many situations in the movie which are half – baked and are not justified at all. There is no justification as to why the movie time travels a period of 7 years post interval. Even if they would have restricted time travelling to 6 months, it would have remained the same. Also, songs were not at all required in this movie. The Director had the leverage to cut short atleast 15 minutes from the film very easily.
Performances = As always, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is in top form. He is in his previous avatar of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur 2’ – raw and rustic. Actress Bidita Bag has given a very impressive debut performance. She has projected her capability with different shades confidently. Jatin Goswami has also given a very matured and subtle performance. Actress Shraddha Das was not at all required in the film. I believe she was just kept to enhance the glamour quotient of the movie. The role of Divya Dutta could have been etched out more efficiently, but unfortunately she is only used to show her breasts and increase the oomph quotient of the movie and for mouthing cuss words, that’s it. Actors like Murli Sharma and Anil George are completely wasted.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Kushan Nandy has played safe by making a masala movie. But if this script would have been given to any A List Director, he or she would have explored the plot to a very detailed and dignified extent. The cinematography and the overall setup of the movie is very convincing and is at par with the demands of the script. The songs Barfaani and Khaali Khaali are melodious, but since they are used at wrong places in the movie, they have failed to evoke any kind of emotion. The Director has tried to make an erotic drama and has placed many intimate scenes with audacity. But again, the purpose is not served. Those scenes seems forced and unnecessary.
Rowdy Rating = 3 / 5