Movie Review : Thugs Of Hindustan

Thugs Of Hindustan the much awaited movie of the year released today with a lot of anticipation….But what we get is an extremely averageTOH Review movie which is high on spectacular Action (Most of it is mindless) and amazing CGI.

Vijay Krishna Acharya the director spent more on the technical aspect of the movie to make it a spectacle…the action is world class, the CGI is Hollywood Standard, the cinematography by Manush Nandan is top notch and the Production Design is out of this world but unfortunately the STORY is missing…written by Vijay himself the movie has a very 80’s revenge drama feel what with a climax song as well, which was so rampant in the 80’s…the plot is immensely predictable and the characters extremely clichéd and the movie just goes down the drain in the second half…even the dialogues feels dated…

Other than Aamir Khan rest of the ensemble casts performance seems forced and average, even of Amitabh Bachchan, who seems repeating his Khuda Gawah act…Aamir Khan saves the day with his performance as Firangi as the character is extremely edgy and unpredictable and Aamir seems to be enjoying the act….The second actor who kind of manages her own in the mayhem is Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira….Katrina Kaif is there just to add the glamour quotient, she is precisely there for 2 songs.

The movie is devoid of any emotional quotient and you never connect to the movie till the end which was so essential for a patriotic driven theme…the other problem of the movie is the run time of 2 hrs 45 mins…it could have been easily 30 mins less…Vijay had such brilliant opportunity of fabulous ensemble cast, excellent technical team and a banner like Yashraj to back his vision but alas as his previous outing Tashan and Dhoom3 this movie also is a dud…I would say an opportunity lost….I will go with 2 stars…watch it at your own risk…

Movie Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)

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 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

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: PK

PK: A Movie with its heart at the right place

Rajkumar Hirani right from his first movie “Munnabhai MBBS” to “3 Idiots” has always had a social message and asked questions about the prevalent current practices in the society. He does the same with PK wherein he questions our current religious beliefs and practices which was somewhere touched by “Oh My God”.PK_Theatrical_Poster

But Rajkumar Hirani presents the whole concept in a form of a satire through the eyes of an alien who lands in India and due to various circumstances questions the religion and religious beliefs prevalent in our society.

The screenplay by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi very humorously but strongly puts their point forward on Religion and its beliefs. Though the screenplay is not as cohesive as Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi’s previous works but it definitely has a soul and has a lasting impact which forces you to ask the same question to yourself. The Story and Screenplay definitely touches the heart at the right place but does not become preachy and does it entertainingly.

The dialogues, written by Rajkumar Hirani himself along with Abhijat Joshi take the screenplay to a different level. The dialogues are witty, funny at the same time impactful wherever required.

Performance wise Aamir Khan as PK is the real life of the movie, he does not leave his character even for a single frame, Right from his dialect to his body language everything is par excellence. After watching the movie you will vouch that no other actor could have done this role as well as Aamir Khan, I would say another feather on his already overcrowded cap. Anushka Sharma as Jagat Janini a.k.a Jaggu gives a sparkling performance and complements Aamir’s act. Saurabh Shukla as Tapasvi the God man, also gives a brilliant performance, Saurabh has been an underrated actor in Bollywood. Sushant Singh Rajput in a cameo Sarfaraz also does a good job. Sanjay Dutt in a special appearance shines as Bhairav Singh. Boman Irani as Cherry Bajwa has a brief role but does complete justice to his character. The rest of the ensemble cast does a good job.

Music by Shantanu Moitra and Ajay-Atul are situational but Tinga Tinga rendered by Shreya Ghoshal and Char Kadam rendered by Shaan & Shreya Ghoshal and music by Shantanu Moitra are stand out. The cinematography by C. K. Muraleedharan is good and captures Rajasthan and Delhi well. It is the SFX which is not up to the mark, it could have been much better and looks amateurish. The Production Design by Acropolis is well done especially the Rajasthan sequence.

“PK” may not be Rajkumar Hirani’s best but it is definitely a movie made by heart and it does not go wrong.A definite watch I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Official Trailer : PK

Rajkumar Hirani is back with “PK”, the much awaited movie of 2014. Aamir Khan plays the title role of PK with anPk Trailer ensemble cast of Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani and Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Dutt will be seen in a stellar role. “PK” is a satire on Indian superstitions and Goodman. The story is written by Abhijat Joshi and screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan and Sreerag Nambiar. Aamir as expected has worked every minute details of the character of Pk, it is said Aamir Khan used to eat 100 pans during the shooting of the movie. It is a combined effort of UTV, Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films  and produced by Sidharth Roy Kapur, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Rajkumar Hirani is launching his production house with PK. Music is by Shantanu Moitra and Ajay Atul. The movie releases on 19th Dec’14….




NOSTALGIA…”Dil Chahta Hai” a cult movie of 2001 which changed the face of Bollywood and how movies are made in Bollywood….see the Official Trailer of “Dil Chahta Hai

Trivia Of Dil Chahta Hai

TRIVIA….”Dil Chahta Hai” a cult movie which changed the way movies were made in Bollywood….it also consolidated Aamir Khan’s position in Indian Cinema…But did you know Aamir was not a part of the original cast of “DIL CHAHTA HAI“…..for more read below…


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