Official Trailer: Dangal

It is raining sports biographies this year in Bollywood, first it was “Azhar” then recently released “M S Dhoni”, and the year wraps up with the upcoming sports biography “Dangal”….

Aamir Khan is back with “Dangal” after a hiatus of 2 years; his last release was the box office success and critically acclaimed “PK” in 2014….

As the name suggests the movie is based on wrestling and it tells us the true story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat played by Aamir Khan. The story traces the journey of how Mahavir coaches his daughters Babita and Geeta in wrestling and how his daughters make him proud by winning medals…

The movie has been directed by Nitesh Tiwari, this is his third movie as a director, the previous movies which he directed are “Chillar Party” (in association with Vikas Behl) in 2011 and “Bhootnath Returns” in 2014…

Along with Aamir Khan the cast comprises of Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Vivan Bhatena, Aparshakti Khurrana (Ayushman Khurrana’s younger brother) and Girish Kulkarni…

Music has been composed by Pritam & Komail Shayan..

“Dangal” has been jointly produced by Disney World Cinema and Aamir Khan Productions…

As with all Aamir Khan movies, “Dangal” also releases on the Christmas weekend 23rd Dec 2016…

The Trailer looks promising, let’s see how the movie fares when it releases on 23rd Dec….

Movie Review: Mirziya

Mirziya: A Beautiful Canvas with bland colours of emotions

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“Mirziya” , a lot is at stake, first it is the debut movie of Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor, second Gulzar returns as a writer after 17 year, thirdly it is being directed by the ace director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra…Well with so much happening whether the movie was worth a watch let us see…

“Mirziya” is a contemporary take on the folk lore love story of Mirza Sahibaan, it tells the story of Munish (Hrashvardhan Kapoor) and Suchitra (Saiyami Kher), two star crossed lovers who get separated during their childhood when young Munish is convicted of murder…Years later Suchitra returns from London to India, now she is engaged to get married to the prince, but fate has some other plans because Munish who has changed his name to Adil works in the stable of the prince and is given the responsibility of teaching Suchi to ride the horse, whether Suchi finds out that Adil is actually Munish her childhood love and what happens to star crossed lovers is what the movie is all about….

Well story wise there is nothing new as the story of Mirza Sahibaan follows the same mould as the other love stories of star crossed lovers. Where Gulzar tries to be different is presenting two tracks of the story, one the folk lore story of Mirza Sahibaan and the other the contemporary take on the story, and both the tracks are simultaneously narrated. The narration also follows a semi Broadway musical format. Well it is these two experiments which fail miserably. The two tracks of the story has no relevance to each other, apart to show the similarity of the stories, which just does not come out clearly and at the end you wonder whether the two tracks were really required. The Broadway musical format also hampers the narration due to too many songs to justify the musical format. Normally in a musical the songs take the story forward but here it hampers the pace, rather you feel whether so many songs were required at all. There are many things which remain unanswered till the end like what happened to Munish’s mom or what happened in the fateful night at the jungle when the tiger attacks Munish and how he gets saved, or what was the relationship between the iron smith and Munish.“Mirziya” is primarily a love story but it is the love story which is weak, and the writing fails to establish the chemistry between the two principal characters. The childhood track fails to establish the love between the two characters, they seem more like friends, hence when the characters grow up and Suchitra who is getting married to the prince and is shown that she loves the prince suddenly falls head over heels with Munish, which looks a bit hurried and the emotional quotient is so low in the writing that you fail to sympathize with the lovers at the end.. The dialogues also do not help to raise the otherwise weak script… Definitely “ Mirziya” is Gulzar’s weakest writing till date…

Debutants Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher who play the title role of Mirza/Munish and Sahibaan/Suchitra show the spark but fail miserably to rise above the weak script; rather there was absolutely no chemistry between Harshvardhan and Saiyami, which is the most important aspect in a love story. Another debutant Anuj Choudhary who plays the prince Karan impresses the most amongst the debutants and he looks apt as the suave royal prince. K K Raina as Raja Sahab has a small role but does justice whatever is given him to do. Art Mallik who plays Suchi’s father goes overboard with his histrionics and hams nonstop; such performance was not expected from an international actor of his calibre. Anjali Patil who plays Zeenat does justice to whatever is given to her. Om Puri is wasted in a cameo.

It is the Cinematographer Pawell Dyllus who the real stars of the movie; he captures each frame like a poem and makes “Mirziya” a visual delight to watch. The second star of the movie is its action, especially the action in the Mirza Sahibaan track, the action director team comprising of Allan Amin, Danny Baldwin & Manoher Verma do a splendid job…

The music which consists mainly of traditional and folk tunes is another highlight of the movie, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy do a spectacular job with the music, each and every track is a gem in itself. The background score by Tubby is also worth a mention especially the symphony piece used during the action sequences were a highlight…

Rakesh Omprakash Mehra in his first full on love story fails miserably both in concept and execution. Rakesh falls flat in the musical format and the experiment of two parallel tracks which he did brilliantly in “Rang De Basanti” fails in “Mirziya”….I think “Mirziya” is Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s weakest film till date…

Sad to see that so much of talent going waste in a average movie… I will go with Two and a Half Star…

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Movie Review : M. S. Dhoni

M. S. Dhoni-The Untold Story: Sushant makes Dhoni his own & shines…

Cricket & Movies are a religion in India; hence a movie on cricket is always something looking forward to. The curiosity increases if the movie is based on the most successful captain of the Indian Cricket Team Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the director is Neeraj Pandey who has proved his credentials with his last three impressive outings A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby…

Well “M S Dhoni-The Untold Story” gives a peek on the life of Dhoni before he became the sensation, ms-dhoni-moview-reviewfrom a school boy who was more interested in football and who is pushed to play cricket, from a TC to playing International cricket, to becoming the captain of the Indian cricket team and winning the T20 World Cup and the World Cup in 2011….

Story by Neeraj Pandey and screenplay by Neeraj Pandey & Nandu Kamte, the story emphasizes more on the struggle and tribulations of a young Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his journey from a humble background to becoming a cricket sensation and then the Captain of the Indian Cricket team. It also gives a peek on Dhoni’s personal life and the women who came in his life. The story and screenplay is too staright jacketed and has no layers to it, it barely touches the controversies and the altercations of Dhoni with other team members, it just shows a brief sequence wherein Dhoni as a Captain decides to drop some senior players from ODI, beyond which nothing is explored. In short the story refrains from touching any negative about Dhoni which makes the movie as a fan boy account than a realistic account. Neeraj Pandey shows the various events one after another as sequences in a chronology without giving too much insight, which robs the nuance from the story resulting in a mundane narration. Though the first half manages to capture the emotional quotient very well and thus is highlight of the movie, the narration starts loosing it in the second half when the story delves on Dhoni’s personal life and his women, the climax of the World Cup suddenly comes in the narration and looks as if the writers did not know what to do next and hence bought the climax to end the movie. The script does not have any conflict to spice up the narration; it seems too good to be true. The biggest drawback of the movie is the run time of 190 minutes, which makes it tedious especially in the second half. The beauty of the writing lies is its simplistic style of narration, but I still felt that the writing could have been much better.

Dialogues by Dilip Jha are natural and realistic and lend the required support to lift the otherwise flat script…

It is the performance of the cast which is the highlight of the movie, starting with Sushant Singh Rajput who plays the title role does a smashing job of portraying the legend. It is very difficult to portray a character which is so well etched in the minds of the audience and who is still alive. Sushant gets his act bang on right from getting mannerism of the cricketer absolutely correct to his cricketing style including Dhoni’s famous helicopter shot. It shows how much effort and dedication was put by Sushant to get his act right, undoubtedly Sushant’s best performance till date. Anupam Kher as Dhoni’s father again proves why he is considered an actor par excellence. Anupam underplays his character still shines. Kumud Mishra as the head of CCL who helps Dhoni in playing professional cricket shines, with every movie Kumud is becoming stronger and better. Rajesh Sharma, another brilliant actor who plays Dhoni’s teacher Mr Banerjee who pushes young Dhoni to shift from Football to Cricket, gives a crackling performance. Bhumika Chawla as Dhoni’s elder sister does not have much of a role but whatever brief role she has, she justifies her character well. The two actresses who play Dhoni’s love interest Disha Patani as Priyanka and Kiara Advani as Sakshi also do a commendable job, but it is Disha who scores over Kiara and impresses more… Rest of the cast also do a fantastic job…

Cinematography by Sudhir Palsane is simple as per the narration but yet effective..
Amongst the songs the two soundtracks which impress the most are “Besabriyaan” & “Kaun Tujhe” composed by Amaal Mallik and sung by Armaan Mallik & Palak Munchal respectively….

Neeraj Pandey takes a break from thrillers and tries a different genre for this movie and that to a biopic which in itself is a difficult genre and if the person on whom the movie is based is well known and alive it becomes more difficult, so kudos to Neeraj Pandey for taking that risk with “M S Dhoni”. Neeraj’s style of film making is to make it simple and as realistic as possible and he does not change the style in this movie, but where he falters is the writing which is straight jacketed and a flat script with no variation what so ever. But where Neeraj scores, is getting crackling performance by the entire cast which is commendable. Well this may not be Neeraj’s best movie but it is not that bad either…

If you are a diehard cricket or Dhoni fan and do not mind to sit through 190 minutes of screen time then it is a movie for you, or if not it is worth a watch at least for Sushant Singh Rajput… I will go with 3 stars (One star extra for Sushant Singh Rajput)…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

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