Movie Review: Dangal

Dangal: Movie of the year 2016

Some movies just entertain and some movies inspire along with entertaining, “Dangal” is one such a movie, which is emotional and inspiring yet entertaining.

“Dangal” is based on the true story of Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) and his journey in making his daughters Geeta (Fatima/Zaira) and Babita(Sanya/Suhani) international wrestlers. The movie encapsulates the struggle, the tribulations of Mahavir and his daughters in a male dominated society and to top it all in a male dominated sport wrestling.

The biggest highlight of the movie is its screenplay which keeps you spellbound in the entire run time of 160 minutes. Every character is well etched and defined and none of the characters look out of place or not needed. The emotional moments just lifts the emotional quotient to a different level, especially the sequence when Geeta calls her father Mahavir, there are no dialogues just the crying of Geeta on one side of the call and Mahavir’s silence on the other, but the impact is so strong that you eyes also get moistened. Every sequence is carefully and articulately written keeping teh realism intact yet making it entertaining. The humour is very smartly included in the voice over which takes the narration forward. The beauty of the movie is that it makes you laugh, cry, inspires and give a sense of patriotism without being preachy.

The dialogues are another brilliant writing. Though in Haryanvi language but still the dialogues are heartfelt and creates the necessary impact as and when. The dialogues just increase the emotional quotient to the exact level without being mushy or dramatic. Kudos  to Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain & Nikhil Mehrotra for such a brilliant writing.

The next highlight of the movie is its performances, starting from Aamir Khan, the beauty of all Aamir’s performances are that he owns the character, and the actor and the character blends, erasing the divide,  the same can be said about his portrayal of Mahavir Singh Phogat,. Aamir lived the character through the movie and it cannot be missed in his performance, I must say another feather in Aamir’s cap and another strong contender for the next award season. Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Shobha Kaur, Mahavir’s wife gives us a riveting performance and compliments Aamir’s performance. Her silence and her expressions just speak louder than words, definitely the best choice to play this role. Fatima Sana Shaikh as grown up Geeta Phogat, is definitely the debut of the year, a brilliant performance and her hard work just shows through. Her nuances in the wrestling matches will make you believe that she is a wrestler. Fatima is ably supported by another brilliant debutant Sanya Malhotra as grown up Babita Phogat, she gives the emotional balance to Geeta’s character brilliantly, and she makes Babita’s character a lot stronger than Geeta’s. These two girls are definitely the best debutants of 2016. To give a heads start to the character of Geeta, Zaira Wasim who plays young Geeta creates the right and perfect impact in the first half, definitely a brilliant performance. Suhani Bhatnagar as young Babita ably supports Zaira with her earnest performance. Aparshakti Khurrana as Mahavir Phogat’s nephew and the narrator does an outstanding job and gives the comic relief to the otherwise emotional movie. Rest of the cast also do a brilliant job.

A brilliant job done by casting director Mukesh Chabra for getting the right and apt actors for each role which accentuates the movie watching experience

Cinematography by Setu captures the rawness of a Haryana village and the wrestling matches well, and blends and compliments the narration. Production Design by Laxmi Keluskar & Sandeep Meher is realistic and does not jar the narration. Costumes by Maxima Basu are so realistic that every actor looked the part that he/she was playing, the whole look of the movie blends beautifully with the narration. Editing by Ballu Saluja is crisp and keeps the pace intact throughout the run time.In short brilliant job done by the technical team as well.

Now the captain of the ship the director Nitesh Tiwari, who did a splendid job in getting the right output from each department whether it was writing or acting or the technical aspect. Nitesh never goes overboard with his narration and keeps the emotional quotient exactly at the right level without being melodramatic. He does a brilliant job in creating moments especially in the father daughter sequences. Best work by Nitesh till date and this movie will make him one of the elite directors of Bollywood…

“Dangal” is a must watch for every age and section of the society for the social message that it gives albeit subtly… I will go with Four and a Half Stars…

Movie Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Official Trailer: Jolly LLB 2

Jolly LLB was a surprise hit of 2013, which told the story of a not so successful lawyer Jagdish Tyagi (Arshad Warsi) who fights his biggest case against a renowned lawyer Tejiner Rajpal (Boman Irani) and wins. Loosely based on Sanjeev Nanda hit and run case the movie was critically and box office success. It fetched National Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Best Supporting Actor to Saurabh Shukla for the role of the judge….

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Subhash Kapoor the director takes the journey forward in the sequel “Jolly LLB 2” which again emphasizes on the legal system prevalent in India through another not so successful lawyer Jagdishwar Mishra essayed by Akshay Kumar. Saurabh Shukla again reprises his award winning role of Justice Sunderlal Tripathi yet again for this movie. The rival advocate is being played by Anu Kapoor. The rest of the cast comprises of Huma Qureshi, Sayani Gupta, Elli Avram, Manav Kaul & Kumud Mishra. Arshad Warsi again reprises the role of Jagdish Tyagi in a cameo…

Written by Subhash Kapoor the story in kept under wraps and not much has been revealed…

Music has been composed by a fleet of Music Directors like Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt, Komail Shayan & Vishal Khurana.. Cinematography is of Kamal Jeet Negi….

“Jolly LLB 2” is produced by Fox Star Studios and releases on 10th February 2017…

The official trailer almost looks like a rehash of the prequel, but can Akshay Kumar give a impactful performance and whether it becomes a success as its prequel,  is what needs to be seen…till then enjoy the Official Trailer…

Movie Review: Wajah Tum Ho

Wajah Tum Ho: Absolutely No Wajah of Watching

It is said that you need a good story & screenplay to make a good movie, but you also need good cast to execute the good script. “Wajah Tum Ho” is exactly a case of a good story but bad set of actors spoil the movie…

Wajah Tum Ho Movie Review“Wajah Tum Ho” tells the story of a news channel whose broadcast is hacked to show case Live murders. The CEO of the news channel Rahul Oberoi (Rajneish Duggal ) is convicted by Mumbai Police headed by Inspector Kabir (Sharman Joshi). Is Rahul the real culprit? Who is the hacker and why is he doing so? , well this is what the rest of the movie shows…

Story & Screenplay by Sameer Arora & Vishal Pandya go the Abbas-Mustan genre of thriller and to some extent they are successful as well especially the last half hour of the movie when the secrets are revealed. The first half show us the gruesome live killings by a hacker, which makes it interesting but the songs slow the pace and hinders the narration. Second half is filled with twists which you cannot anticipate, so in a nutshell Sameer & Vishal is able to hold the story till the end. There are loop holes galore but it can be passed. So the writing was good but could have been better. Too much time is spent on erotic sequences.

It is the lousy dialogues by Virag Mishra which pulls down the script, dialogues like “Main Barsaat hoon mujhe barasne do” are outright cheesy and unintentionally funny. Rather the dialogues take away the seriousness of the sequence. Unnecessary English dialogues have been used to showcase the higher strata but unfortunately it sounds too forced. Overall a shoddy job on dialogues…

The Achilles heel of “Wajah Tum Ho” are its performances, it is so bad that it is not funny. Sharman Joshi as Inspector Kabir is the only saving grace, though he hams as well in some sequences, but compared to other actors he is way better. Gurmeet Choudhary as advocate Ranvir Bajaj is a complete wash out, he looks good only in songs being shirtless and doing erotic scenes, but when it comes to acting he fails miserably and falls flat. Rajneish Duggal as media baron Rahul Oberoi, firstly does not look the part, secondly being arrogant does not mean you have to have a constipated expression throughout the movie, another wash out performance. Sana Khan as Sia the legal advisor, is a complete miss cast, she looks more like a pretty damsel in distress from Big Boss than a legal advisor. Sana with her perfect clothes make up and manicured nails looks more like a glamour doll, who looks good only in songs; she is a disaster when it comes to performing. Rajneish, Gurmeet & Sana should take a break and do some acting course before torturing us further. The rest of the cast also make it worse…

Most of the songs are a rehash of older hits and their presentation is just for skin show and erotic stuff…

Vishal Pandya somehow impressed us with Hate Story 2 but his last two outings Hate Story 3 and Wajah Tum Ho, is bent more on erotic undertones. With WTH Vishal gets his casting completely wrong and to top it the acting by the ensemble cast is more of hamming. Vishal needs to realize that just a good story cannot suffice, to execute you need a cast who can act and just skin show cannot make a movie HIT…

“Wajah Tum Ho” is a case of good premise but spoilt by bad actors and their performance….I will go with One & Half Star….

Movie Rating: (1.5 / 5)

Official Trailer: OK Jaanu

The hit pair of Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shradha Kapoor is back with “OK Jaanu” after 4 years since their last “Aashiqui 2” which released in 2013 and was a big hit. “Aashiqui 2” catapulted the career of both the actors in Bollywood, who were struggling till then…Ok-Jaanu-Official-Trailer

“Ok Jaanu” is a remake of the 2015 hit tamil movie “OK Kanmani” directed by Mani Ratnam, which had Dulquer Salmaan & Nithya Menen in the lead. Written by Mani Ratnam and Dialogues by Gulzar, the story is of a modern day couple who decide not to get married and go in for a live in relationship…

Directed By Shaad Ali, the principal cast of “OK Jaanu” comprises of Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah & Leela Samson..

After a string of flops like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) & Kill Dil (2014) whether Shaad Ali will redeem himself with “OK Jaanu” is yet to be seen…

The music of “OK Jaanu” is composed by the ace Music director A R Rahman…

“OK Jaanu” has been produced by Mani Ratnam & Karan Johar under the banner of Madras Talkies & Dharma Productions respectively…

The official trailer gives us a peek on the premise of the movie which looks similar to “Love Aaj Kal”….

“OK Jaanu” releases on 13th Jan 2017….till then enjoy the Trailer…

 

Movie Review: Befikre

Befikre: A caricature in the name of Modern Love Story

Befikre-Movie-ReviewAditya Chopra tries to break his mould of a conventional love story maker to a contemporary love story maker with “Befikre”; well there is no problem in that but we have misconceptions of a modern or contemporary love story that it needs to be bereft of any emotions and passion, and that a modern day couple are only there for fun…

Taking that concept Aditya Chopra weaves in the quirky love story of Dharam (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) who are two modern day individuals. Dharam the latest export from India who lands in the romantic city of Paris and meets Shyra, a free spirited Indian girl born and brought up in Paris, who calls herself a French girl, both start a casual fling which then gets converted to a live in and then a break up and then good friends, but do they ever find their real feelings for each other is what the movie explores…

Story by Aditya Chopra & Sharat Kataria and screenplay by Aditya Chopra himself takes inspiration from whole lot of Hollywood and Bollywood movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding, No strings Attached, YRF’s own Shudh Desi Romance or Band Baaja Baraat and Tamasha. In a nutshell there is nothing new in the premise neither in the screenplay, wherein a boy and a girl start a relationship with no strings attached and eventually they fall in love with each other and life gets complicated. Rather to add to the modernism the couple start making out at the drop of a hat as if they are sex maniacs, even the casting shows people kissing throughout. Where the story fails miserably is the lack of any emotional quotient in the scenes, rather the graph remains flat throughout the movie and never peaks and in the end you hardly care whether girl and the boy eventually remain happy ever after. The characters including the leads look like caricatures with no depth what so ever. In short the movie just falls flat and right from the word go and Aditya Chopra looses the plot with “Befikre”…

The dialogues by Sharat Kataria are the only saving grace in the scenes which makes you smile. The dialogues are cute, funny and at the same time contemporary, not heavy duty.

In a love story the most essential component is the chemistry, well unfortunately there is NO chemistry between Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, though Ranveer Singh is in a comfortable space with the character where the fun part is concerned, but then it is a repetition of what he did in “Band Baaja Baraat” and it was novel at that time. Where Ranveer struggles in bringing the passion in emoting love, he is fine till the fun element is intact but when it becomes serious emotion Ranveer fails. Vaani Kapoor also gives a sincere performance but the chemistry with Ranveer. Debutant  Armaan Ralhan as Anya, Shyra’s fiancé gives a inhabited performance, being his first movie he looks and acts well, though it is the script which pulls him down.  Akarsh Khurana and Ayesha Raza who play Shyra’s parents do a good job, but they have nothing much to do. Rest of the foreign cast try to fit in but look confused.

Music by Vishal Shekhar is average and none of the songs have a recall value, something which is so opposite to an Aditya Chopra movie. Choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant has nothing new and original it is typical run of the mill…

It is the camera work by Kaname Onoyama which makes the movie worth a watch; he has captured Paris and France like poetry…

Aditya Chopra in his previous movies has shown brilliance in creating moments in his moments, who can forget the mother daughter scene or the pre climax sequence of DDLJ, or all the sequences of Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan in Mohabbatein, or the cute yet uncomfortable chemistry of the leads of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, but that brilliance is completely missing in “Befikre”. Rather you feel Aditya has made the movie in a rush and missed on all the crucial elements which have a USP of his movies. Aditya Chopra disappoints us with “Befikre” and it is definitely his weakest film till date. Rather after watching “Befikre”, you doubt whether it is the same director who directed DDLJ….

A huge let down by Aditya Chopra, I will go with Two Stars…

Movie Rating: (2 / 5)

Official Trailer: Raees

After “Dear Zindagi” which may not be an out and out Shahrukh Khan movie, here comes the long awaited raees-movie-official-trailerSRK movie “Raees”, which was initially slated to be released on Eid 6th July, 2016 but was postponed to avoid the clash with Salman Khan’s movie “Sultan” to 25th Jan’17…

This is Rahul Dholakia’s third outing as a director, first being the critically acclaimed “Parzania” and the second being the topical “Lamha” based on the Kashmir issue which went unnoticed. “Raees” is Rahul Dholakia’s first large scale big budget movie..

“Raees” is a period drama set in 1980’s Gujarat and tells the story of Raees Alam and his illegal business of Liquor which is challenged by ACP Ghulam Patel, the conflict between the two is what the movie is all about…

The titular role as we all know is being played by Shahrukh Khan with Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing ACP Ghulam Patel, the rest of the cast comprises of Pakistani actress Mahira Khan who debuts in Bollywood with this movie along with Atul Kulkarni, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Sheeba Chaddha…

Red Chillies Entertainment & Excel Entertainment has joined hands for this venture and is being produced by Gauri Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani.

“Raees” has music by Ram Sampath

The teaser of “Raees” which was released with “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” during Eid 2015 became immensely popular; especially the dialogue “Baniye ka Dimaag aur Miyan Bhai ki Daring”…

SRK’s look in the movie is bang on and it would be interesting to see both Shahrukh and Nawazuddin together..

Well only time will tell as to who will win the battle, Hrithik Roshan’s “Kaabil” or SRK’s “Raees” as both the movies are releasing the same day 25th Jan’17, but for cine goers it would be a treat..

Till then watch the Official Trailer of “Raees”…

Movie Review: Kahaani 2-Durga Rani Singh

Kahaani 2-Durga Rani Singh: A Kahaani too Predictable

kahaani-2-movie-reviewIt is always a hard luck for a sequel to be compared to its prequel which cannot be changed and “Kahaani 2” without doubt will be compared to “Kahaani”, though both the movies are different and has no bearing with each other, other than the genre. The comparison is inevitable since Sujoy Ghosh teams up again with Vidya Balan after “Kahaani” and that to in a thriller..

“Kahaani 2” commences with the story of a middle class working woman Vidya Sinha(Vidya Balan) who has a spastic daughter Mini (Tunisha Sharma) who is wheel chair bound. One day when Vidya returns home she finds Mini missing and she receives a call that her daughter has been kidnapped and she needs to come to a place if she wants her daughter alive. Vidya meets with an accident when trying to reach the destination as mentioned by the kidnapper and goes in coma. Inspector Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal) is given the charge of investigating the accident. Inder discovers that Vidya looks like Durga Rani Singh, who is wanted for kidnapping and murder in Kalinpong. As evidence Inderjeet just has a diary written by Vidya. Is Inderjeet able to solve the mystery of whether both Vidya and Durga Rani Singh are same or whether they are two different individuals is what the movie is all about..

Story by Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair has an interesting premise, and screenplay by Sujoy Ghosh holds the story from beginning till the end, but still there was something missing which was the biggest draw of its prequel “Kahaani”. Sujoy tries to imbibe enough twists and turns in the script but half hour into the movie and you can make out the story. “Kahaani 2” misses the shock element which “Kahaani” had and for which it became a milestone movie. The climax looked weak as there was no novelty at the end. There are enough loopholes in the script in the form of co-incidences which is quite blatant to be ignored. Dialogues by Sujoy Ghosh & Ritesh Shah are realistic and to the point, not beating around the bush. “Kahaani” scored due to the unpredictability factor where “Kahaani 2” fails miserably, as it is too predictable…

Performance was the highlight of “Kahaani” and “Kahaani 2” does not disappoint us in that department, Vidya Balan as Vidya Sinha /Durga Rani Singh gives us a believable and honest performance as usual, but looks extremely tired and worn out throughout the movie which steals the spark off her performance, but overall she does not disappoint. Arjun Rampal as Inspector Inderjeet Singh gets the nuances of his character bang on, his laid back demeanour suits the character. Kharaj Mukherjee as Prabal Haldar, gives the much needed comic relief in the proceedings and his typical bong accent adds on to the humour. Child actor Naisha Khanna as child Mini is the highlight performance. Being a child Naisha gets the act right from the word go and she impresses the most with her vulnerable act. Tunisha Sharma as the Teen Mini as nothing much to do but still does a decent job. Jugal Hansraj as the antagonist Mohit Dewan tries very hard to be mean but yet is not completely convincing, rather the female actor who played the Nepali woman police constable gives more chills than Jugal. Bengali actors Tota Roy Choudhury & Kaushik Sen are wasted in inconsequential roles. Another actor who steals the show is Manini Chadha who plays Rashmi Singh, Inderjeet Singh’s wife; she is so easy in her portrayal that the acting and reality blend beautifully, definitely an actor to watch out for. Amba Sanyal as Mini’s Dadi gets the mean and prudish act bang on…Rest of the cast also do a competitive job…

It is camera work by Tapan Basu that lifts the movie. Whether it is the by lanes of Chandan Nagar or Kolkata or the beautiful Kalimpong, Tapan’s cinematography blends with the narrative beautifully. Each frame has been meticulously shot keeping in mind the premise of the movie.

Sujoy Ghosh got the premise correct but fails in bringing in the novelty and ends up making “Kahaani 2” predictable, which becomes the biggest flaw of the movie. After “Kahaani”, a lot was expected from Sujoy Ghosh but he does not match the expectations completely and misses it a wee bit, I hope it does not cost him grave. We still believe in Sujoy Ghosh as a director, give us “Jhankar Beats” any day….

“Kahaani 2” is good as a standalone movie and watchable, but if compared to “Kahaani” it is average.. I will go with 3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)