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ShiviDecember 23, 20195min1890

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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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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ShiviOctober 10, 20194min930

War Movie Review – Tale Of Two Greek Gods

Cast:  Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff

Vaani Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Anupriya Goenka

Director: Siddharth Anand

Critic Review

War has features and traits of a few resembling music numbers and movies, which Bollywood has been doing it for years. Where we could see “Top Gun”-levels of homoeroticism, designed or otherwise; way too much who-is-the-mole scheme; a needless romantic sub-plot that drove tales around glittery and random Christmas scenes. This involves heroine, a cute widdle kid and glamour round the corner. What all we see in this war movie review, that, it the entertainment of the two Greek gods of Bollywood industry. You can be happy witnessing a long and rushing bike rides between the two. The computer graphics, body double and the chase of these two duelling stars are like a spin around the plot. Of course, it is Aditya Chopra, (Adi I’m not criticising you, but it is truly like Dhoom 4 or an Abbas Mustan film). To the plot, you will see a thundering show of one of the world’s best sports cars racing and twirling all over the snow of Artic.

To your surprise, it is a frozen river by the way. The twists and turns test your patience but lack in the storyline. Overall, just a stardom movie to watch, for the love Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan. Certainly not a 3 star for me – the war movie review rating will be 2.5. 

 

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Music

On the contrary, the music of Vishal Dadlani is killing in the two musical numbers, which are also dancing numbers. The songs will be ruling the charts in the coming months as well. Ghungroo stands out in contrast to Jai Jai Shiv Shankar. That’s just about 50 per cent for Vishal Dadlani. Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan make the excellent pair and audience are liking their chemistry. To my knowledge audience were wishing to see both of them paired since long. Their paring is almost like Batman and Robin, like, where Shroff’s diligence and respect is a good foil to Roshan’s more perceptive ways.

Certainly a crowd puller, but not a box office hit for Aditya Chopra. War, got released on October 2nd, with all the reviews and critics it started-off fantastic on the box office and has gathered massive collection on Day 1. 

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ShiviSeptember 17, 20197min2540

Storyline

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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, 20197min1270

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.

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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 20, 20196min6000

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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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ShiviApril 20, 20198min2950

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, 20197min3153

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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ShiviMarch 5, 20196min4960
Son Chiraiya – Movie Review
Son Chiraiya – Movie Review

Son Chiraiya is a story that tells us about of Chambal Ghati – India which widely known for a pack of rebels and is marked for dacoits as well. Since ages, we all have been hearing and reading a lot of tales about Chambal Ghati. The dacoits have their own set of rules on which they live on and adhere to them quite strictly. Additionally, they have a regime that they will not harm females and children. The story is set on of the gang from Chambal – The Beehad gang, which is being cursed by some circumstances when they were robbing a house. The group then pursues to rob a wedding, however, later the conditions make changeovers and they get their backs against the wall. Later in the movie, you will see a large size of dacoits was killed however, a minority of dacoits including Lakhan (Sushant Singh) succeeded to escape. After that, Lakhan had a new objective as during the escape he meets Indumati (Pednekar) with a little girl named Son Chiraiya who was a rape victim and needed help to survive and need to be taken to the hospital within 48 hours, else she will die.

 

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Son Chiraiya – Movie Review

The story moves ahead with this same notion and Lakhan (Sushant Singh) stayed on his promise to make the gang free from the curse that everybody has been suffering from. For me, it actually catered to the niche audience and the actors including the supporting staff made it happen to their best. Sushant Singh Rajput played the penetrating character of Lakhan and it is well-thought-out one of the best performance by him. Ashutosh Rana and Manoj Bajpayee are dexterous as ever. Apart from that Bhumi Pednekar fits flawlessly in the role of Indumati Tomar. The film is crammed with action and while you watch it you feel like a trip to the small yet muddled villages of Chambal. Apart from that, the film also delivers some loud messages and issues that are still seen in modern India. It depicts some of the biggest issues like misogyny and the patriarchal society, which is dreadful to watch but reality.

 

 

My ratings: I would give it a 4/5 star.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Producer: Ronnie Screwvala

Screenplay: Abhishek Chaubey, Sudip Sharma

Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Cinematography by: Anuj Rakesh Dhawan

The quoted review: Rating: 3½
Very well-made film that caters to a niche audience. You need to have a strong stomach to absorb #SonChiriya. Violent, disturbing, shocking, with a horrifying twist. Fantastic performances by all. #SonChiriyaReview pic.twitter.com/umlq3pG1LI

– taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 1, 2019

 

 


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ShiviNovember 23, 20186min8675

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The Christmas is on the roll and the entire town will paint red and white. On this occasion, kids had a chance to watch Grinch a new movie released last week. Movies and books have a special place in our lives from all the times and kids love to read as they connect with their lives and get crazy about them. At times it a terrible feeling to just sit and read but this week’s movie has a lot of love and true message for kids and for parents. The Grinch gives the archetypal Seuss foundation and its elements that are brightly animated and update that’s sturdily appropriate for younger viewers without adding considerably to the story’s legacy. If anything, which indicates that good people can effortlessly turn awful so, I can’t help but feel that the story of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was supposed to happen in the real world. Then it would end up with all the people of Whoville that are just going paranoid and pampering in an orgy of vengeance and hate after discovering out that all their Christmas presents just vanished. But as the holidays are upon us now and the kids will gonna have fun, and the children need to be entertained, so here’s my review of a new animated Grinch movie… Common let’s dive into

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The story:

Each year at Christmas they disturb his quiet solitude with their progressively bigger, brighter and brasher merriments. When the Whos announce they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch grasps there is only one way for him to advance some concord and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he plumps he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even profitable so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl teeming with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve circles so that she can thank him for help for her clichéd single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme impends to collide with the Grinch’s wicked one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of lastly meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch prosper in quieting the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

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Benedict Cumberbatch expresses a smaller amount of sinister version of Dr Seuss’s green meanie in a festive mode feel-good animation. From Minions creators Illumination, Pharrell Williams recounts this gorgeous animated remake of Dr Seuss’s 1957 children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This version can be a bit tight as compared with the softer version than the 1966 cartoon original (narrated by Boris Karloff), apparently flattening out his menacing smirk and visualizing his bright green fur as fine and strokably fuzzy. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, the Christmas grumble is an expressive eater who wears “Mold Spice” deodorant and lives all alone with his pet dog, Max. He lives in a cave on the outskirts of Whoville, home to a civic life of Santa devotees.

The Credits:

Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier

Music director: Danny Elfman

Narrated by: Pharrell Williams

Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

My Ratings: 3 star

My critic review: Though I’m a big fan of Grinch comic series and was very curious as it is from the makers of Despicable, but a bit disappointed on the tightness and the hold of the movie.  But I feel Grinch was not a bad boy he was alone and was suffering from lonely issues, thus, I felt it has been better, although I found the creative visuals to be super great and awesome, visually they are attractive enough to watch.

Merry Christmas! Cheers!


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ShiviSeptember 8, 20186min2380

Stree – Tu Kal Anna 

Director: Amar Kaushik

Screenplay: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru

Music director: Sachin–Jigar, Ketan Sodha

Producers: Dinesh Vijan, Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru

My Ratings: 3.5/5

 

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What a movie to write for – Stree Movie Review – here’s my take on it – Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor starrer one of the finest and the most original films of 2018. Stree marries the notion of broad comedy with horror, dark humour, and the social attire attached to it – that brings life to the story.

 

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A town which happens to be in the grip of terror and covered by the tales of mysterious woman, who is ghost and calls the men by their name and then pull them towards her, finally abducting them, the funny and the horrified part of the story is that the Stree leaves the clothes behind and take the men. In spite of all little loophole sand stuff in the movie and all that ambiguous ideas, Stree is definitely an entertaining film. This is an untried comedy, which creates an unnerving atmosphere and certainly manages to be witty, funny and surely scary at the same time. Chanderi’s wonder boy was finally tailored extraordinaire, where the  Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) falls in love with a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor) who just comes once a year for the puja and at the puja time. But, her disappearing act involved her friends in suspicion and they start thinking that she could be the Stree haunting the city for long.

Stree Movie Review Spirited Blogger
Stree Movie Review Spirited Blogger

The review: The ingrained prejudice against women and chauvinism are some of the social evils that exist in our society and eats the world out there. So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re educated or you are a civilized person, women have always had been on the vulnerable side and had to always play second fiddle in the male-dominant system – this is the irony of our Indian society. The world one day would positively, do well to give every woman far more respect they deserve. To see such an apposite conversation especially, unfold in a horror-comedy like Stree, was a refreshing and unique experience for me. But, it feels a bit juddering as well, it is also being compared with Bhool Bhulaiya starring Akshaya Kumar and Vidhya Balan – but when the film pokes fun at horror film ideas and finally entertains the audience with its jibes, unexpectedly bursts out into a comment on radicalism. In a bid to be socially germane, Stree ends up being a little too preachy but the comic timings of Raj Kumar Rao and the professor – Pankaj Tripathi was epic.

Stree Movie Review Spirited Blogger
Stree Movie Review Spirited Blogger

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ShiviAugust 29, 20186min2871

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi

Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Jassie Gill, Diana Penty

Director: Mudassar Aziz

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Sonakshi Sinha and Diana Penty starrer ‘Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi‘ released at the theatres this week. The film has been enjoyed by the audience who eagerly purchased their first-day first show tickets for the movie. In the public review, few said Sonakshi Sinha has shown a huge improvement in her craft. However, there was a comparison between the two actresses as well, Diana and Sonakshi, as their roles had different demands and responsibilities.

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Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Review – 2018 | Movie Review

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi had a slow start at the box office. The Sonakshi Sinha starrer earned only Rs 2.70 crore. Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is the sequel to 2016 film Happy Bhag Jayegi, and stars Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal and Jassi Gill. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted out the figures, saying, “#HappyPhirrBhagJayegi has a slow start on Day 1… Fared better in North… Needs to witness substantial growth over the weekend + maintain a strong trend on weekdays to leave a mark… Fri ₹ 2.70 cr. India biz… The first part had collected ₹ 2.32 cr on Day 1.”

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My review: The 2016 film Happy Bhag Jayegi was a surprisingly bubbly brew, an undistinguished yet boisterous comedy about a runaway bride. The sequel is set in Shanghai and tries too hard to set the base as it was a new land. Nonetheless, Jimmy Shergill steals the show more than Sonakshi Sinha as he is the man who is doomed to falling for girls – named Happy. The gags and the laugh quotient failed at places as the audience is comparing from the previous one. In between due to this the film seemed over longing and exhausting. How I wish these movies were about Bagga.

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Also, for me it is absolutely a must watch the show – for a lot of reasons but yes the lack of consistency and the sharp lines with a quick wit often seemed lapsing into the puerile. Also, if someone were to get down to “reading” things seriously and watch the dialogues trying to analyse then all that actually transpires in to the on-screen Shanghai – having said this Aziz’s attempt to highlight the China’s political and economic domination of the region was great but guess audience would have loved to have a more humorous way on it.

That is, using a Bollywood film as a tool, at a time when the likes of Dangal have been reigning at the Chinese box office. From noodles to fake goods to “shey shey” (with ‘Mera naam chin chin choon’ in the background) everything Chinese is game. In fact, India, with a little help from Pakistan, is made to come out much smarter than the Chinese themselves on their home turf at that. Above all the Pakistani Policeman – the character played by Piyush Mishra is a secret laugh gig in the film, in fact, Bagga and Afridi’s timing on comedy and the best-plotted dialogues is the source of success for the film.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Review - 2018 | Movie Review

Overall the first one was an epic but the second one misses out of a lot of things on the charts but yes, the Jimmy Shergill steals the show with no girl in the hand.

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ShiviAugust 15, 20188min2051

 

Dhadak Movie Review Spirited Blogger

 

The original #Sairat as #Dhadak – the comeback review

The heart of the movie remains intact as the original with a focus on making the story a bit more cinematic the way #Dharmaproduction is known for. But in point of view, the essence of the original seems to be lost in the remake. The Twitterati’s too seem to be dissatisfactory with the whole charm and the newbies in #Bollywood.

The take on the story

The societal stigma on High caste and low caste has been prevailing in our country since decades and we have numerous love stories failing in this wrath of demons. From this classic backbone of beautiful yet painful love stories comes Sairat – the #Marathiblockbuster (2016) by the filmmaker Nagraj Manjule who took the tried-and-tested Romeo and Juliet love story which was placed in a setting where the conflict rose from caste and socio-economic and divide the deep-rooted cultures and regions.
The Marathi film’s Hindi adaptation – Dhadak too finds a rebellious zone of class division in our cultures. The story revolves between a heritage-haveli-residing girl and a boutique-cafe-running boy. You will find the mentions of ‘oonchi jaati’ (high caste) by the boy’s father and on the other hand the political campaigns and gamut of the girl’s father – Ashutosh Rana.

The story is mugged of surface and shade from Bittergaon village in central Maharashtra to a tourism-brochure version of Udaipur, where it is centred on the romance between Madhukar aka Madhu (Ishaan Khatter) and Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor). The audience would relate to the dialogue – where the girl’s neta father declares, “Udaipur ki izzat uske sanskaaron mein hai (the honour of Udaipur lies in its values)”. – which directly gives a stink of caste division and societal taboos. Filmmaker Shashank Khaitan displays a full commitment to societal resistance but you will not find an interest in the social injustice on whose back this nonessential setup is built.

In the original film – Sairat the couple shifts to Hyderabad and (Parshya and Archie) were put through the wringer and hard times as they find a new life. In Dhadak, Madhu and Parthavi inland up in Kolkata, but we would see that their struggle is relatively sterile, or we can say not that raw as it can best be described as the Dharma Productions version of a hard life.

The cast and the music though bring out the justice and of course when it is Karan Johar’s version of films – the location, sets, colours are always vibrant. Nonetheless, overall a onetime watch that is will be lured to the youth and the teenage lovers.

Critical review

For me, it is well crafted and reaches out to the audience by touching the hearts in a soft manner. With all the strengths and weaknesses, Dhadak tries to highlight some of the shocking truths about our society and caste system and for which it is a worthy watch. Where the story nicely depicted the innocence and charm of the lovers – the first half seemed to be challenging in terms of pace, and the essence of the societal norms and battle against all odds for the sake of love. On the other hand, the second half failed to put it through the notion of going. Even the final jolt couldn’t shake the audience as compared with the masterpiece – Sairat सैराट.

I would rate it a 3.5 star and a one-time watch

Shashank Khaitan Nagraj manjule Janhvi KapoorIshaan Khatter√,Ashutosh Rana, Vishinu Rao Karan Johar Dharma Productions


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ShiviJanuary 8, 20176min3560

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I guess it will be difficult today to explain this blog in my words. The play that I witnessed during Vifa is not only unforgettable, rather illustrious in nature. I wish you all readers could have had become a part of it, but that’s okay! I hope you could relate it with now !

With no more surprises, the play “Patni” (wife) was a sovereign show played solo by one and only outlandish artist/actor/writer/director Mr. Makarand Deshpande. Before I head over the gist and illustration of the show, I would like to mention #Vifa – Vihaan crew and artists that they have given an opportunity for Bhopal to witness this wonderful act by Makarand during Vifa -2016-17. 

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As the named suggests Patni – An eye-catching story of a husband who lost her wife in an accident, whom he loved intensely.  This latest solo performance was like an untold story that occurs maybe in our lives as well, but we hardly talk to anyone about it. The play was well designed and soulfully executed by Makarand Deshpande. was a treat for the audience. Nobody wanted this performance to finish, but every story has its end…

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He lives for her, he dies for her, he shares every moment with her, despite she is no more, still, she is alive, he tries to portray and convey that she has to leave one day. Though consciously and unconsciously he knew she isn’t there and won’t come back, but the aroma of love was alive. “Love is immortal”. was a treat for the audience. The struggle within him that he faces, to let her wife go got goose wombs to many in the audience …

The music in between, the lights that were thrown perfectly on his eyes and go on and off with his every dialogue takes the audience into another world. I personally ran through my own reel of life and my eyes had tears. He depicted and showed the audience that soul has no borders, it is in your veins and you remain through it all your life.

The music and the lights by the crew was commendable. It was indeed a treat for the audience. What a fine actor he is. His story ended with a note that –“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy, you are crazy because you are in love. Love is intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.” 

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When I met him in person, I could not speak a word at first, had tears again and skipped a heart beat. Happy to write here that I could relate to his act with my life. The moment during his play he said – “jab asatya, satya ho jata hai, wo maya hai” ...I flowed into the emotion in this line…

When I asked him what was “ruhani” in this play of yours, he answered he could not exactly explain and it is something which is inseparable from your soul… Sir this is for you from – SpiritedBlogger   “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, I love you as the hidden shadows are to be loved, I love you in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

Guys this one is a bit different, but if you are in love, spread the word! Love you all! – Catch me of facebook and instagram… 


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ShiviJanuary 4, 20174min2790

Vihan International Art Festival, Bhopal celebrates art, culture, and climate change every year. This year is the second with stunning performances and blend of global diversity. VIFA 2016-2017 is being presented by Vihaan Drama Works in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, M.P. Government and AISECT University!

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VIFA is an annual event of Vihaan (means Dawn) which is an institution of arts in Bhopal.Established in the year 2011, Vihaan works on the philosophy of creating a space for young and zealous artists to get involved and delve in the diversified field of theater, music, designing, writing, photography, film making and other performing and fine arts. The idea is to provide a distinctive creatively energized atmosphere to the talented artists to learn and explore through practice. Vihaan has three verticals Vihaan Drama Works, Vihaan Picture Works and Vihaan Design Works. We also have a children theatre wing named SwapnYaan where children from 3 to 15 years learn and enjoy theatrical practices. Every wing has a separate and dedicated team which works 365 days for the development, training and performance. The very concept of working (which we can proud of) is our training of arts which we are providing free of cost since last 5 years.  

On the Sixth day of #Vifa 2016-17 I witnessed two wonderful performances at Shaheed Bhawan, Bhopal. In this blog I would like to talk about the first solo performance of “Maa Mujhe Tagore Bana De” by Lucky Gupta at Shaheed at open air. The chill and freeze too can’t stop the audience to get awe-struck with the invigorating act from LuckyJee. Surprised to see how he could connect with the audience in an open air with cold breeze. There were children, youngsters and all-aged audience who were enjoying the soulful act presented by LuckyJee. It was captivating play about a story of a child and his harsh struggle for education and moving high in his life.

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With this story he connected strings on child education, child labour, poverty, childhood issues, to give an insight how life is still to be corrected or made better in many parts of our world, especially in India. The most beautiful part of this play was the connect with the urban audience on how a child can become “Tagore “. Everyone has a “Tagore” in them, we just need push our instincts and will. This powerful performance was his 1016th intriguing audience and kids in this cold weather.

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Wait for the next piece on the Play – Amrita…

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