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ShiviFebruary 18, 20205min921
  • Film: Love Aaj Kal (2020)
  • Genre: Romance
  • Rating: 3\5
  • Director: Imtiaz Ali
  • Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Arushi Sharma, Randeep Hooda 

 

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Imtiaz Ali revisits his 2009 hit ‘Love Aaj Kal’, even grasping the same title, format, and even several similar descriptions. As he did a decade ago, Ali has again decided to look at two parallel love stories, set in two contrasting eras. However, the stories are modern, and the conflicts of love appear fresh too. And completely, we see the contradiction between small-town love that is difficult and an urban version of love that can be immeasurably more messed-up and true today as well. 

 

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‘Love Aaj Kal’ sets off to glorify the complex characters and love relationships which we see all around us. The dysfunctional relationships, which has the universal emotion of love at its core. It creates some emotional sequences which are must watch and you could relate to it. Apart from this, it will not leave you spellbound.

To my surprise – Randeep Hooda steals the show, it is not because I’m biased of my love towards him, but he nailed the movies. The full attention in some moments was on him and only him. Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan were not bad though. Sara for me did a fabulous job and she has full potential to emerge as a detailed star in the line of Alia Bhatt. Kartik in this movie I felt on an average front. The love stories are contemporary, and the struggles of love appear fresh too. The grief and the disputes in love on and off are modern but have a feeling of love as its core. 

 

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The leading lady Zoe (Khan) is the manifestation of the latter. A young, urban lady, she wants a no-strings-attached relationship. She’s even drawn up a five-year plan, time in which she will concentrate on starting her event management firm before settling down for responsibility. Khan is a dynamic personality on screen and looks astounding beautiful too, but her execution lacks the complexity (sometimes) which the role needs, with the result that you don’t really connect with Zoe as well (though she has the potential).

 

In the film, Aaryan has to go from being a lovelorn small-town boy to a big-city lover boy, and he picks this off convincingly. Debutante Arushi Sharma also makes a fine first film. But the show-stealer is Hooda who looks dapper in a vintage role. More than the contemporary tale of love and longing, it’s this thread that makes the film more likeable.

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ShiviJanuary 26, 20206min1550

Tanhaji Movie Review: The Unsung Warrior appeared to engage audiences on a larger scale and delivered a solid action-drama instead.

Tanhaji Movie Review

The Trailer of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior was an aversion. With its references to ‘aurat ka ghoonghat’ and ‘brahman ka janeu,’ and its bold proclamation about Tanaji Malusare’s capture of Kondhana fort being a ‘surgical strike,’ it appeared like yet another hyper-masculine exercise playing on the toxic pseudo-nationalist fervour that has grasped our nation. (Plus, Ajay Devgn can spell his name and his ‘film’ production company any way he wants, but in our history books, the warrior’s name has constantly been spelt as ‘Tanaji’.)

Regrettably, big Hindi films appear to be the most comfortable item to pull into a useless political controversy. Tanhaji also got into one because of the film it was released with Deepika Padukone’s Meghna Gulzar directorial Chhapaak. The two films were automatically pitted as judgments against each other depending on who you side with politically.

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The most striking features of the film are its action. It has, by a distance, some of the best-choreographed action sequences in a Hindi film ever. It has also been shot rather well by Japanese cinematographer Keiko Nakahara. (She also shot the Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Noor, which has gained current-day Mumbai better than most films in recent times.) The film has frequently been shot on green screen sets, which shows. But it does not jar and looks better in 3D. (I watched the film in 3D, and saw the trailer on the big screen a few days earlier in 2D.)

Massively inspired by the action in Zack Snyder’s 300 in terms of style, but given its unique spin in terms of shot-taking and combining the action with the story, the film does not overdo its set-pieces, spacing them out with the plot and its dramatic graph. Whenever they are used, they are administered well, with the ones in the climax of the film being quite innovative, reflecting that Tanaji was indeed known for being adept at innovative guerrilla warfare.

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The film also takes into account the fact Shivaji had nothing against Islam as a religion. His grouse was toward the rule of the Mughal empire, which he struggled with all his might, inspiring thousands of others to fight for their freedom. Indeed, the Maratha society and army under Shivaji was a composite one, with all faiths being granted a part of his people.

The other force of the film is the character of Shivaji, played by Sharad Kelkar. I cannot think of a better-cast role in recent times. His voice and his character go well with the faith around Shivaji, even though he is half a foot taller in real life than the legendary king was supposed to be. Tanhaji’s commitment to his king thus hardly seems accidental. It seems like a genuine reason for his absolute commitment to reclaim Kondhana fort.

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Khan’s appearance is worthy of a precise piece all by itself; not because the actor has pulled off something remarkable from an acting prospect, but because he seems to have figured out the exact pitch of a commercial ‘performance’ in a film like this. So Khan’s urban savvy is still there to see just under the Udaybhan exterior, but it only helps the film, distinguishing with the stoic Devgn’s intense-but-one-note Tanaji.

My Ratings for this movie: 4 stars out of 5 stars.

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ShiviJanuary 14, 202010min683

Watch video review on YouTube – https://youtu.be/LOHwyoqTIbE 

 

DirectorRaj Mehta

Music directorJohn Stewart

ProducersAkshay KumarKaran JoharShashank Khaitan

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Adil Hussain, Tisca Chopra

My Ratings: 3.5 on 5 stars

 

The use of the word “sperm” is considered to be a big taboo in our society. But in this film, the use of sperm is all over the places. If we go by the master himself – Taran Adarsh, he has rated the movie a blockbuster by 4 out of 5 stars. Whereas a few media channels are claiming it as a boring and lethargic topic by giving it a 2 out of 5 stars. Well, I have watched the movie and read what I have to say about Good Newwz Movie Review.

 

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The word sperm was last use thoroughly in the Hindi movie Vicky Donor, since then this kind of Hakte use of this term is not seen in Bollywood cinema. Good Newwz comes with a genuinely striking story which is realistic as well in our surroundings. It is a pasteurised, still-born comedy that connects on a pregnancy clinic mix-up that sends two culturally dissimilar couples into a spiral of desperation and confusion. Both states of mind are likely to spill out of the film’s smooth universe and rub off on all but the most liberal of Mumbai movie fans who may be twisted to fall for its gossamer veneer and full-of-beans star cast. But that is, of course, the most invisible one anticipates from a movie that has Karan Johar on board as a co-producer.

 

The Movie Review

 

Deepti (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Varun Batra (Akshay Kumar) are a rich, high-flying wedded couple. They live in Mumbai and are very much gripped in their respective careers. Deepti wishes to have a baby and they both have been trying for years. Here the comedy and the urge between both of them seemed to be complimenting. Later when they could not due to family pressure they consulted one of the best fertility specialists in the city. The doctor advises IVF and they were ready for it. 

 

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The only hitch is when after a few days the procedure is through, Deepti and Varun are told there has been a sperm mix-up with another couple with the same last name. Enter ‘the Batras from Chandigarh’ into their lives. Honey (Diljit Dosanjh) and Monika (Kiara Advani) are a raucous Punjabi couple and now it’s an impeccable clash of judgments between the two sets of Batras. As both Deepti and Monika shortly find out they are pregnant, the rest of the film traces how the couples come to terms and deal with this strange situation.

 

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Through much of its runtime, director Raj Mehta guarantees that ‘Good Newwz’ stays true to its genre with several light-hearted and humorous moments. Add to that, the speed of the film stays mostly tight. Although given the subject and basis the anecdote, at times, tramps into a problematic zone and position. And some of the jokes seem off-colour. There’s also an inclination to over-explain and analyse in some portions which stick out. Also, the screenplay barely pricks the surface when it comes to getting into the depth and complexity of the situation.

 

Nevertheless, the performances are top-notch. Kareena Kapoor Khan lifts the show and delivers a knockout performance as the refined Deepti, and her character’s passionate arc is developed well. Akshay Kumar hits the right spot with his comic timing. As does Diljit Dosanjh, who settles his teeth into his character and plays it with full enthusiasm. Kiara Advani is a very serious actor and has made a strong impression. Adil Hussain as the straight-faced doctor, at the core of all the confusion, is a howl. And as a couple, both Kareena and Akshay play off each other well and many of their interplays come off as very relatable.

 

At the heart of it, ‘Good Newwz’ is a light and sprightly comedy and assuredly makes for an exciting watch. Read more movie reviews of your favourite movies from Hollywood and Bollywood. 

 


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ShiviDecember 23, 20195min720

Rani Mukerji’s edge of the seat player MARDAANI 2 got released on 13th December. After Mardaani (part 1) it is the much-awaited cop thriller that will see Rani reprising the role of the courageous and empowered Superintendent of Police, Shivani Shivaji Roy in MARDAANI 2. She had presented an outstanding performance in the superhit and hugely praised prequel, MARDAANI, in which she took on the kingpin of a child trafficking racket. So, generally, the expectation is huge to know which crime Rani will fight against in MARDAANI 2. The film engages with the gender issue in the all too familiar and stereotypical way, barely rising above being a cat-and-mouse thriller

 

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The script takes anticipated turns, particularly the way the climax gets placed out. Blood and gore and mob justice resolution of the former gets toned down, if not completely done away with. Be it fear, hatred or violence, somehow it’s not able to tap into or channel any of our combined feelings. Or is it that we have grown resistant to things, especially when the reality is becoming far more horrific and complex by the day than its portrayal in cinema?

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Through the film, we see a mixture of men talk down to Shivani, from her higher officer to a local politician. Towards the end, she gives an intense speech on TV about the plight of women (it leaves one character in tears). The hollowness of this scene becomes clearer when you connect it to Soni, Ivan Ayr’s 2018 film about two female cops attempting to do their job in an alternately stooping and strong patriarchal setup. The heroes of Soni are acceptable but also unpredictable and expanded to the limit; they fail, recover and battle on. Mukerji, faced with far more prominent problems, is a peaceful, inspiring, trustworthy, cheerful smile on her face at all times: less woman, more message.

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Take A Close Look – Mardaani 2 Movie Review

 

A poster for Mardaani 2 had asked: “Why does the age of a rapist matter?” The film, though, ends just before any sedate reflection of the question shifts necessary. This is par for the course: Hindi cinema has no desire for complexity when it comes to sexual assault, opting time and again for vigilante punishment. Shivani ended Mardaani watching on as Bhasin’s antagonist is beaten to death by a group of women. In this sleek, offensive sequel, Shivani again steps down and concedes victims to claim revenge, in full view of the public. You can’t pick and choose your lynchings for criminals, but in anyways in India, we have seen a lot and we are used to seeing them getting free for the demonic acts they do with our girls. 

 

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My Ratings: 3.5/5

Director: Gopi Puthran

Starring: Rani Mukherji, Vishal Jethwa

Storyline: Cop Shivani Shivaji Roy returns to the scene of a crime in the sequel to Mardaani, this time tracking down a serial rapist and killer

Run time: 103 minutes

 

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ShiviNovember 24, 20198min1690

Elsa and Anna have done it again. Read the Frozen II Movie Review now… They killed it and has melted everyone with their charm and Elsa’s magical power. Well, Why was Elsa is born with magical powers? What sound it was chasing her for long? The answer is calling her and tormenting her kingdom, which she wants to save. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen II,” she must hope they are enough.

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The sequel Frozen II Movie Review

It is the sequel to Disney’s 2013 blockbuster which stretches the adventures of Arendelle’s magical Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel); her kind sister, Anna (Kristen Bell); and everyone’s favourite snowman, that’s Olaf (Josh Gad). This time around, the actors engage a perilous journey to a mystical enchanted forest, wishing to discover the source of Elsa’s powers. By which, the sisters would learn and discover the secret of their parents’ deaths and backgrounds. Viewers may feel a lot of surprises and heart-touching moments coming in. All thanks to the special effects and visuals that made the flashbacks beautiful and appealing. Not to miss is the laughter and humour elements thrown by Olaf..ohh he is my favourite. 

 

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Music The Charm

Of course — big musical numbers, and new songs added matching the earlier Frozen is an attracting factor. The sequel is conclusively a bit more powerful than the original, which is the good part. The musical visualization that depicted the spirits, the Expect perilous graphics of forest, scenes of elemental spirits chasing and attacking Arendelle/the main characters with the wind, water, fire, and more are worth watching. Feels like another world. 

The music (again co-composed and written by spouses Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) doesn’t include an apparent follower to the once-ubiquitous “Let It Go,” although “Into the Unknown” features the same loving crescendo of Menzel’s beautiful voice. Several of the songs sound related, but that’s to be anticipated from musicians who hit the jackpot with a distinct musical style. Groff’s Kristoff finally gets his big solo, “Lost in the Woods,” which is performed in the style of an ’80s power ballad video and should evoke more than a few laughs from Gen X and older parents. Anna’s song “The Next Right Thing” is compelling and bittersweet, and Olaf’s “When I’m Older” has the amusing tone audiences anticipate from the cute snowman. 

 

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Spoiler alert!

— a couple of upsetting (but fleeting) deaths. Stressing everything are positive messages about sisterhood, empowerment, approval, patience, determination, and true love, and both Anna and Elsa are examples of mighty women who lead positively and communicate with and support each other. This is Frozen II Movie Review.

 

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One of the most exquisitely animated films of the decade, filled with striking visual pyrotechnics and incredible attention to detail. I was in love with Lion King and have had my reviews perfectly done for the cast, animation and effects. But I must say Frozen II is all that you guys need to watch. Don’t miss it.


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ShiviNovember 22, 201911min1070

The film is about three women spies, they call them Angels who are appointed by private security and investigative agency, named as Townsend Agency. This Agency is owned by an unidentified millionaire called Charlie who runs his missions through Bosley, his agent or proxy in command. This movie review of Charlie’s Angels will give take you through the Charlie’s Angels of ’70s TV Series. The other two movies that clashed same week did well too. We see Ford V Ferrari ruled the charts with outstanding numbers, read the review here. Audiences have a lot of fun elements and action in the theaters for the Thanksgiving week around the corner. 

 

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Director’s Cut

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the rudder as the next generation of daring Charlie’s Angels take their flight in the theatre near you. In Banks’ strong vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are serving for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and the investigative agency has extended internationally. With the world’s briskest, most splendid, and most highly trained women all over the world, there are now the teams of Angels, who are further trained and guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the tedious jobs everywhere. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

 

Movie Review Charlie’s Angels – The story

The film kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, with Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) in a blonde wig teasingly seducing Jonny Smith (Chris Pang), a wrongful figure, and all that is a part of sting operation held by their agency. Later when she was cornered, former MI-6 agent Jane Kano (Ella Balinska) came to rescue. Together, they put their lives on the line to win.

A year later we see these two are united again in Paris, to rescue Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott). She is a young systems engineer who is a key rack in a company that created Calisto. This is a new device of a sustainable alternative energy source that has an unfavourable side effect: It could kill people, which Elena knew. So doesn’t want it to go in the wrong hands. She assumed that Calisto could be weaponised as an instrument of mass killings, hence the production shall be stopped. With the Angels, Sabina and Jane together with Rebecca (Elizabeth Banks) as their Bosley on the case, uncover the said clandestine plot. 

 

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What we shall know about Charlie’s Angels

It is a reboot of Charlie’s Angels of the ’70s TV series which was about a trio of female secret agents (Kristen StewartElla Balinska, and Naomi Scott). Elizabeth Banks directs the movie and is acting as well. The movie switches the franchise’s focus to female empowerment, with themes of marvel, strength, and partnership. There’s also more violence as many could expect, whilst some are pretty intense: The Angels fight the battle with villains in scenes that are full of hard-hitting fights and assault weapons. They take some knocks in the process, and they also kill some of the villains (impalement is especially gnarly). As in the original show, the Angels are robust, tough, intelligent, and savvy; they also swing a killer wardrobe.

In other words, they’re aspirational, not the sex objects. And these Angels are purely refreshingly distinct. The opening scene creates to pay reverence to the original’s playbook, with Stewart’s character using her sex charm to trap a villain – but it’s revealed that the Angels win because society doesn’t require attractive women to be ingenious or competent. Cursing is rare but present (“d–k,” “s–t,” etc.).

 

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Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks star in Charlie’s Angels.

 

 

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ShiviNovember 21, 20196min360

Movie Review Ford v Ferrari – Ford v Ferrari gained overwhelmingly and detailed critical reception, with a 92% score at Rotten Tomatoes revealing not just universal recommendation but completely stellar recognition. When audiences and critics all love a film this much and it opens at the top of the box office charts, that’s when actual reviews matter the most. Linking with fans testimonials to become “everyone says it’s great” must-see viewing. 

 

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The competition witnessed no match for the super-charged racing film this weekend, where on one side we see as Charlie’s Angeles and The Good Liar they both failed to keep the pace with Ford v Ferrari. (not bad films though, read my review on Charlie’s Angeles). Both films are ending their North American debuts with less than one-third of Ford v Ferrari’s take.

Movie Review Ford v Ferrari – Star Cast

The star cast is also quite strong – The Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI. For all the car racing fans outta there, it is based on the extraordinary true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the courageous British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale). They both battled together with the corporate intervention, the laws of physics, and their own retired rogues to build an unprecedented race car for Ford Motor Company. Later they take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. What a remarkable journey and movie it is.

 

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One of the year’s top chart Hollywood contenders raced into theaters full throttle this weekend, as Disney-Fox’s Ford v Ferrari scored the top spot at the box office and a rare perfect grade from audiences. 

 

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Starring: Adam MayfieldCaitriona BalfeChristian BaleDallas ChandlerIan HardingJenelle McKeeJJ FeildJon BernthalJonathan LaPagliaJosh LucasMatt DamonNoah JupeRay McKinnonRemo GironeRoberta SpartaStefania SpampinatoTracy LettsWallace LanghamWyatt Nash

My Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Director: James Mangold
Genre(s): Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 152 min

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ShiviNovember 8, 20196min770

Patriarchy is like a bug in Indian society. it has been in our lives for ages. Many women in Indian villages are victim fo this system. No matter wherever you live, rural or urban this system is like cancer to our entire system. Those who need a quick understanding of Patriarchy here it is – a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line. Lets us go to Hellaro Gujrati Movie Review – To hell with Patriarchy 

There is always arguments and discussions on this system in India but the rule among men and women remain the same as usual. It is the same where the men hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of the property. It is where, women have to still fight for their freedom, property, right to power and status in family and society. 

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Hellaro Gujrati Movie Review – To hell with Patriarchy

Not dragging the topic more, let’s see what Hellaro has to offer. It is a Gujrati Movie directed by – Abhishek Shah who has won the National Film Award for his social drama, Hellaro. All the more, this was the first Gujrati movie to bag the honour of Best Feature Film and 13 female actresses from the film also won the Special Jury Award for their performances. 

The Plot

This week it will hit the theatres near you and you would watch it on a big screen. I recommend all of you to go and watch this Gujrati film which ahs raised such a sensitive and long-existing issue prevalent in our society. The plot is a rural village of Kutch, Hellaro explores the idea of independence, choice and freedom through dance while highlighting other piercing issues. When you will watch you will understand how beautiful the director has showcased the issues in the form of dance. 

The movie is set in the mid-70s where a few of the rituals and customs in the village may seem outmoded but still occur to be the reality of many rural women in the 21st century. Hellaro brings a touching story to Indian cinema and complements it with bewitched performances and meticulous choreography. 

 

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Why Watch?

Watching Hellaro, will a festival-favourite delight. It highlights various issues in society such as patriarchy, casteism, and superstition. Also presents them in a way that will connect with the audience. You can commiserate with the women in the film and grunt at the ignorance of the men who worship the goddess but disrespect the women in their lives. There’s also that one character who endures simply for comic remission, it is Bhaglo (Maulik Nayak). He erratically offers comfort in this off-beat and hard-hitting film. The climax does not significantly have a definitive end but there’s much to take away from the final performance. 

It affords both a good story with conventional entertainment. I also highlight appropriate issues that need to be addressed in today’s world.

 

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ShiviSeptember 17, 20197min890

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Dream Girl Movie Review – The Hero Becomes The Heroine – Ayushmann delivers yet again in this hatke comedy of errors. This time he has again nailed it. His growth has been steady for quite a while now and has been doing a great job. In the movie, since his childhood to the time, he becomes Karam who is desperate to find a job and then lands into working in a call centre mocking women’s voices. In the movie, it is shown that since he was a kid he used to mimic the voice of his teachers to save his friend. He also becomes Radha and plays ram-Leela in his childhood. And is often respected by the people in the small town of Gokul for his roles and regularly for the voice he can accentuate.

 

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Continued…

But his father, Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor) wasn’t happy with this. His dad needs him to find a steady job, where he doesn’t have to don the woman act and Karam is also very clear that he will play these roles only till he finds a regular job. Which he does soon accept, but the only glitch is it compels him to be ‘Pooja’ at a call centre for sex chats. Soon enough, ‘Pooja’ has a variety of men and a woman besotted by her. And each of them craves to either meet or marry her. All this while Karam’s girlfriend Mahi (Nushrat Bharucha) is unaware of his double life.

The Review

‘Dream Girl’ is placed as an out and out comedy, so don’t demand any nuanced probe into cross-dressing or investigating one’s sexuality. There is none of that. Possibly, one has been plundered by Ayushmann Khurrana’s choice of films so far, which always succeed to push the cover. Nevertheless, director Raaj Shaandilya contrives to provoke some significance laughter in this situational comedy. But there is also a blob of humour which tramps into the eccentric, double centred and at times attacking zone. As a variety of characters and circumstances are bunged in, the screenplay moves at a leftover pace. The songs, ‘Radhe Radhe’ and ‘Dil Ka Telephone’ add some of the peps to the wavering plot.

 

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The Verdict

In 2018, Bollywood’s off-beat hero Ayushmann Khurrana took over the box office with two back-to-back hits Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho. The fan-favourite actor delivered another blockbuster Article 15 that won viewers over with its socio-political message. Ayushmann is reverting to the big screen now, this time as the hero as well as the heroine in Dream Girl. For me, it was a worth watching movie. You will come laughing out loud from the theatres.

The director has put his writing expertise of years indicting scripts for noted comedians to its maximum use, and consequently, the overtly funny dialogues and comic one-liners give life to this ardent drama. The sanctimonious climax, though, with a message that won’t inevitably register in your mind looks a bit off-track. But Dream Girl, overall, is a winner for sure.

 

My Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars 

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee, Nidhi Bisht, Raj Bhansali, Manjot Singh

Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa

Music by: Songs: Meet Bros; Score: Abhishek Arora

Produced by: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Nachiket Pantvaidya

 

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ShiviAugust 23, 20197min460

As the story is known to all here, is the gist of it: Mission Mangal Movie Review

A dedicated scientist who has given his life to ISRO, back then is demoted to a Mars program, where the other scientists did not take the job and him quite seriously. While he faces difficulty with a smile, Tara aspires to rescue herself. Willing to uphold the odds to put India back on the space map, Rakesh and Tara then put together a team of junior scientists from ISRO intending to put the Mars mission into space within 24 months.

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My Review: Mission Mangal Movie Review

Whilst the film tries hard to make the entire process simple and put it in better form for the viewers. As the complex science of astronautical engineering related to space missions are tricky and tedious. It turned out to be a gimmick and a bit too convenient at times. The dialogues seem strained and studied where the writes were trying to insert some of the tweaked dialogues to create tongue-in-cheek moments.

According to me what worked for the movie is the cast for the Indian viewers and maybe abroad. This is the reason why the movie is running a full house. Amazing star cast and power-packed performances have led the movie to be a high raiser. Akshaya Kumar and Vidya Balan is certainly a treat on the table. The joy to watch Indian scientists juggling with their job and house front also brings a familiarity to Indian women on the whole. For me, it is high on drama and emotion which can be subsided to some extent.

The real affliction about the film: Mission Mangal Movie Review

When the film is minting money on the box office an employee at Indian Space Research Organisation has reviewed the Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan-starrer on Quora. (Taken from FirstPost).

Sowmya J, an Avionics Quality Assurance Engineer at Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO), says while the film, touted as India’s first space movie, captures the struggles faced by women at the organisation, it is replete with technical errors. Based on India’s first Mars missionMission Mangal has already surpassed the Rs 100 crore mark within five days of its release. “Mars has got prograde orbit just like Earth. Mangalyaan was launched in a prograde orbit with Mars. But what they showed in the animation seemed like retrograde orbit,” Sowmya adds.

She actually appreciates the animation and the effects used but the real essence seems to be missing under the glitter of Bollywood. Certainly, the movie is made with great positivism and thoughtfulness and is a full family entertainer. But this ISRO employee has concerns.

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 My Ratings: 3.5 stars out of 5 (majorly for the cinematography  by Ravi Varman
Film: Mission Mangal
Genre: Drama
Director: Jagan Shakti
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ShiviJuly 25, 20196min800

Overall a trip to the theatres is worth.

 


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The new correspondence is a faithful tribute to 1994 original, though a few outmoded analogies could well have been re-interpreted.

I have been grown watching Lion king and I could certainly relate this trigger to watch the transformation of Lion King with super-duper star-cast. This family-favourite movie came to life with sufficient awe-struck animation and visual achievements. Though it is being an uninspired shot-by-shot, a track-by-track remake of the original, it did not make full use of its supremely talented cast.

Be it established animation or synchronous photorealistic digital/computer animation, what has really worked for The Lion King is a sprinkling of animals. I am purposely not using the word humanising here because, as we are well conscious, it’s the animals who are at most times more cultured than the brutes that the sapiens has become.

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There are consequences when you will be surprised if you’re watching a wildlife documentary in real, albeit with one big distinction. It’s all scripted with a story you’re familiar with, particularly if you’ve watched the 1994 version of Lion King. The cast performed well and was realistic in their approach to portray the animals’ characters. This version has great voice-overs in Hindi and in English that leave no room to emote besides the voice work.

 

 

The story we all know:

The Lion King is the king of the jungle and the story is about a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and its acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba – the cub starts his life as an honoured prince, who is the son of the powerful King Mufasa. Later in the story, the cub’s joyful childhood turns disastrous when his evil uncle Scar murders Mufasa and forces Simba away from the kingdom. In refugee, the young lion befriends the comically butterfingered pair of Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat and starts living a carefree jungle life. As he reaches adulthood, nevertheless, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who directs him to destroy the wicked Scar and restore his rightful throne. And all this came into life when Nala – his childhood friend pursues him to be back to the kingdom.

The focus points out that we can take from the story:

In The Lion King, there is a mixture of leadership styles (Real Leaders) and leadership injuries (Positional Leaders) that are represented through the characters.

Simba is the classic example of “psychodynamic procedure to leadership”, Mufassa is the description of “social exchange theory” and Scar blends him “the bad powers”.

There seems to be a focus on Simba’s feelings of guilt that may him deny himself, his family, best friends and his royal’s fate. Discovering that Scar murdered his father, he puts himself in resolution and unites all the characteristics of fundamental leadership notions (bases of power and master skills, characteristics, and behaviours) to become the Lion King and makes it an actuality

 

 

Ratings: 4 stars out of 5

Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Voices of #DonaldGlover, #SethRogen, #ChiwetelEjiofor, #JamesEarlJones, #BeyonceKnowlesCarter (English)

Voices of, Aasrani, Shreyas Talpade, Shernaz Patel, Achint Kaur (Hindi)

Run time: 118 minutes


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ShiviJuly 20, 20196min2490

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Kabir Singh is a remake of a Telugu movie Arjun Reddy (2017), in which there was a guy who is short-tempered and by profession, he is a surgeon. He tends to get used to drugs and drinks when his girlfriend was forced to marry another guy. Considering this inspiration Kabir Singh justifies this remake and Shahid does the full-throttle acting to make this cinema an epic for years to come in Bollywood.

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Many critic movie reviewers are saying that this is one the best movie of the decade and a masterpiece of Shahid’s best performance so far. To mention here, this movie is distinct from other romantic or love movie, although it is a remake of south movie Arjun reddy you will savour Kabir Singh most.

Acting

The acting of Shahid Kapoor is incredible, it feels natural lover who ruining his life when he is melancholy due to the marriage of his girlfriend Priti. He is a Drug addict, alcoholic, and beat anyone, he is who cannot handle his anger at anyplace. The movie tells us the conflict of his life, but the end all get well, he gets his girlfriend back and marries her. So if movies end well then all is well as we all want it to happen. The best part about the movie is the dedication of Kabir towards his career which he took very seriously.

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Message

I think for the youngsters this can be a strong message that comes with prominently from the movie. On one hand, we see hell ya, drugs, alcohol etc. but on the other hand, you would see a person who is passionate about his love and his career to the core. wonderful acting and screenplay and of course acting.

Music

Music of Kabir Singh – is my special mention, it is an album for a decade – trust me guys you would goosebumps and would relate every word. the movie has 9 songs in total – where 7 original and you will have 2 repeat versions. the music of Kabir Singh is composed by Sachet-Parampara, Vishal Mishra, Mithoon, Akhil Sachdeva and Amaal Malik. The lyrics are written by Irshad Kamil, Manoj Muntashir, Mithoon and Kumaar. And the songs are sung by Sachet Tandon, Vishal Mishra, Arijit Singh, Parampara Thakur, Akhil Sachdeva, Tulsi Kumar, Shreya Ghoshal, Armaan Malik and Jubin Nautiyal.

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It is being weeks now for the movie to get released, still, the songs are on the top charts. these songs are to add to the playlist the moment you listen to them. What cherished most about this track aside its lyrics is how it retains shifting gears from just another passionate number to a rock song. The use of electric guitar accomplishes well.

Arjun Reddy shows us feebleness, and that’s the only way he keeps us with him; Kabir Singh is all embellishment, mostly cover. You see him going over the actions and would wave away with emotions. And that, right there, is the dilemma: but a worth watch.

Credits and ratings

My ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Nikita Dutta, Amit Sharma, Suresh Oberoi, Teena Singh, Anusha Sampath

Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga

Music: Radhan, Mithun Sharma, Amaal Mallik, Vishal Mishra

Producer: Murad Khetani, Ashwin Varde, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar

Genre: Action, Drama, Romance

Cinematography by: Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran

 


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ShiviJune 8, 20197min590

Bharat box office collection Day 3: This Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer has earned Rs 95.50 crore in three days. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial earned Rs 22.20 crore on Friday.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted the film’s figures on his Twitter handle. He tweeted, “#Bharat maintains a grip on Day 3 [Fri]… Mass circuits remain strong, while some circuits faced normal decline after #Eid festivities… Should witness an upturn on Day 4 [Sat] and 5 [Sun]… Wed 42.30 cr, Thu 31 cr, Fri 22.20 cr. Total: ₹ 95.50 cr. India biz.”

Now all these are just figures and these figures say it all. It is a family entertainer, yet another Salman Khan movie which has grabbed all the attention for all the reasons. This Ali Abbas Zafar directorial is well written and has a stronghold on the story. Well initiated story but missed on many sections to hold attention but doesn’t capitulate to the trappings of commercial potboilers. Basically, the issue with the screenplay and direction was the story’s strong connection with Bharat’s dream and his India’s affection.

Story: Now when you have too many aspects to show there is always a miss. The fact is that it reis too hard to grab the audience’s attention but didn’t proved to be a massive hit. It was overall an entertaining movie for the family to watch – a typical Salman Khan movie but has a draining odyssey. The movie was though being an adaptation of South Korean drama Ode to my Father (2014). It emphases on the personal and professional choices of its virtuous hero, and in Bollywood, it was set against the social backdrop of its time and the times which India as a country has seen since independence.

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There were too many things happening at one time which made it across a loop of characters and scenes. While he accomplishes to keep you hooked notwithstanding his complex source material and misplaced songs makes it a complex movie. Eventually, this makes the movie an arduous, dispersed watch it despite the entertainment, humour and nobility it proliferates.

The cast: Salman Khan the hero itself has a mark for his audience as always. We all know that even if the movie does did not have much of the smash hit content – it gives a box office hit because of the stardom and love Salman Khan gets. And there is nothing wrong in it as he is fantabulous. Interestingly Salman’s love for his family and the sober family person in real life is somehow being always showcased at the epitome in his lives. Which in this movie too has come out interestingly well?

Katrina Kaif: she is stunning and gorgeous. And the character of feisty kumud who is valiant and authentic enough to make the first move on him. “I love you. Shaadi ki umra ho gayi hai meri. Tumse shaadi karna chahti hoon,” she says without winking an eye. She proposes marriage without fearing rejection. “I do and say what I think is right,” she adds and doesn’t mind teasing Salman, “Tum thodey self-obsessed Nahi ho?” Bharat is Katrina’s best-acting part to date. Her harmony with Salman feels accepted and she does a good job at depicting a woman who is self-assured without being swaggering. Her hair is a different story though with the grey streaks are erratic as her character ages and the boisterous curls feel pointless.

Sunil Grover: He actually is the best fit in Ali’s writing is how he places Sunil Grover’s character as Vilayati is commendable and a sigh to see him performing as Bharat’s best friend and amigo. The best friends are the soulmates connections is quite evident in the movie and reflects beautifully. Grover does contend justice to his well-written role and justifies more such noteworthy parts. Sonali Kulkarni and Jackie Shroff are terrific as always, including the other cast – Tabu and the kids of course.

 

Bharat movie cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff, Sonali Kulkarni, Disha Patani, Satish Kaushik

Bharat movie director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Bharat movie rating: 3 stars out of 5 (majorly for the story)

 


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ShiviApril 20, 20198min940

Bollywood is always known for thrillers, and movies infused with mysteries and suspense have its own audience in Bollywood industry. Reasons for this are many, they keep you stick to your chair; they thrill you every second for guessing what is coming next, etc. With its own set of audience, thriller movies have created their own niche in Bollywood. On the contrary, there are some underrated movies that seem to be intriguing yet not hyped much. For example, Nirdosh a suspense thriller of ZEE5 that casts Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Fadnnis is one of the best thrillers of 2018. However, it did not grab the kind of attention it deserved from the audience. You would probably know quite a few of them and must have watched as well, but here’s a rundown of a few, Check the list below:

Nirdosh

Let’s kick things off with the movie that I blew me away recently. Nirdosh dropped in the theatre in 2018. This suspense thriller cast Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Phadnis in the lead roles. The story revolves around a family of three that came to a toppling affair when a paying guest Mahek Chahal comes to stay with them. The movie is directed by Pradeep Rangwani and Subroto Paul. They have tried to make the story engaging through a brutish investigating Inspector Lokhande who arrests Manjari Fadnnis as a prime suspect. Later in the story, we realise that everyone seems to be a suspect in this murder mystery thriller. Arbaaz Khan looks handsome as always, and Ashmit Patel too had an appealing look in the movie. The other cast too did a fair amount of justice to their role. You can Watch Nirdosh Online anytime you want.

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8X10 Tasveer

Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor – 8X10 Tasveer is a Hindi psychological thriller starring Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Takia, Sharmila Tagore, and Javed Jaffrey. Right from the bat, one can see that the movie travels along with the character Jai, who is a forest ranger in Canada with a unique trait of seeing things in past just by starring at the photographs. He developed this mysterious talent when he died in an accident under mysterious circumstances. Further, he starts looking for his father’s murderers with the help of his psychic powers. The cast of the movie leads movies were able to keep me hooked to my chair. Akshay Kumar – the star himself has done wonderfully well. Ayesha Takia plays a good role but, to be very honest, it was not that impactful, whereas Javed has justified the character’s needs. Overall this thriller is a must watch for all thriller lovers.

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Shagird

The 2011 thriller is directed by none other than Tigmanshu Dhulia and stars Nana Patekar as Hanumant Singh, Mohit Ahlawat as Mohit Kumar and Rimi Sen as Varsha Mathur in the lead roles. With such a food casting crew, Tigmanshu Dhulia cooked up a great cop thriller. In Shagird, a rookie cop questions the tactics of his bosses and tries to track the kidnappers of his girlfriend. Unlike the others mentioned in the list, Shagird has jiffies of authority and an uneven, clammy texture that thuds particularly when the camera twists through the bylanes of Old Delhi. It is a crime action thriller which starts with Bunty Bhaiya, who is the gangster and has been arrested in Ghaziabad. What follows forms the entire story of the movie. In a nutshell, it is one cop thriller that no Nana Patekar fan can afford to miss.

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Phobia

Phobia – I must say that it is a must watch movie for a Radhika Apte fan. She is a phenomenal actress and has done all the justice to her role in this psychological thriller which got released in 2016. The movie is directed by Pavan Kirpalani and produced by Viki Rajani. Phobia revolves around the life of Mehak Deo (Radhika Apte) who suffers from agoraphobia. She is not able to respond and interact with people who are unknown to her and thus, remains aloof in her apartment. To make matters worse turns out that the apartment that she holds herself in has a traumatised history of a tenant who inexplicably vanished. The plot is interesting, and the background score from Karan Gaur makes the whole story appealing and edged.

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Bollywood has been superlative in terms of cinema, and the above mentioned are a few movies that did not get the response from the audience. Had they got the right amount of attention, many of them would have ended up as future classics. Nonetheless, they are spectacular in their own way. Watch them on ZEE5 whenever you want.


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ShiviApril 16, 20197min1123

John Abraham’s Espionage RAW – Romeo Akbar Walter Bollywood Movie Review

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Starring John Abraham, Mouni Roy, Jackie Shroff, Sikandar Kher and Raghubir Yadav in key roles, RAW – Romeo Akbar Walter has been directed by Robbie Grewal. Music director: Ankit Tiwari, Shabbir Ahmed, Sohail Sen, Hanif Shaikh, Raaj Aashoo.

We see there are ample movies being made that based on the martyr and the warriors of our nation we have had since ages, in fact, we see them all since our independence and post that era as well. But, what Romeo Akbar Walter has done is immensely marvellous. This is my personal view on the movie – coming to the story, it has nailed like any other RAW and intelligence agencies movies in Bollywood, but what makes me intrigued is the ability to pull it off with the niche that it almost felt that it can be an anti-Indian movie. Nonetheless, it wasn’t!!

To start with RAW – Romeo Akbar Walter

can be a slow burner for many as the pace goes like a turtle but later it cleans up the mess from our nation during the times of 1971 war and post that when Walter Khan (John Abraham) soars into the patriotic Indian agent working on the lands of Pakistan.

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The story

The first half, in specific, is quite deliberate and takes its own time for the setup and build up. You might feel that nothing’s really up-to-the-minute here in this movie and it is getting emotional on every front unnecessary, but nah, by the end of the film, it all makes sense. The writing is pretty good I must say and the screenplay is a bit precarious. I personally loved the twists in the movie but was hoping to have more; however, no offence but the script perhaps demanded the same.

Romeo (John Abraham) played a spy but was shown as a bank cashier who was then recruited by India’s foreign intelligence agency — the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). They believe he’s a master of disguise and can operate as Akbar, India’s undercover agent in Pok (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) – all these events are during the time around 1971 Indo-Pak war. He pulled it off strategically and for me, it is one of the most amazing works of John post-Madras Café.

I quite like the entry of Sikandar Kher – the moment he steps in the movie the twists and the drama enthralled the audience. I would like to see more of him in films and of Raghubir Yadav as well as they both are fabulous actors in their own genre and Kher has to be pulled off more. Mouni Roy needs to work on acting skills more, it’s nothing like she isn’t one but for movies and great cinema she had to choose what makes her comfortable. Needless to say about amazing work done by Jackie Shroff, it was a delight to see him on the screen in such a strong character.

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My ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars (only for John Abraham)

Critic Review: A bit slow movie at pace but in the end has triggered the audience with patriotism and real station between India and Pakistan.

PS: A definitely must watch a movie for John and his team, Robbie Grewal god job done. Go watch it guys.



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