Movie Review : Sanju

Sanju: A Heart Warming Blend of Reality & Fiction

“Sanju” was in limelight from the day the movie was launched, the reason, the talented combination of Rajkumar Hirani and Ranbir Kapoor Sanju Movie Reviewcoming together for the first time and above all the man on which the movie is based Sanjay Dutt, whose life has been nothing more of a blockbuster movie.

“Sanju” largely captures two very eminent chapters of Sanjay Dutt’s life, one his struggle during his drugs days and how he rose like a phoenix and re-started his life, and second his brush with law for possession of arms first under TADA and next under Arms Act. It also captures his relationships with his parents and his friends with the most emphasis on his relationship with his father Sunil Dutt.

The deadly combination of Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi again weaves in the magic as their previous movies (Munnabhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and PK). The screenplay is the strongest point of the movie wherein Sanjay Dutt is not shown holier than thou and is shown as human with all the shortcomings and shown more as a victim of circumstances, which may not be completely true but we are not complaining. The movie primarily captures what the Dutt household went through during Sanjay’s Drugs days and later his case for keeping AK 56, what the common people do not know and how media played havoc in their lives. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it makes you think whether all is true that is circulated in the form of news. The screenplay very smartly blends the melodrama to heighten the emotional quotient but still it keeps you entertained and does not look over the top. The father son scenes are the highlight of the movie and stays with you long after the movie is over.

Even the best of screenplay cannot shine without the right set of actors and the casting by Mukesh Chabra is apt. Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt just kills it by living the role and gets everything correct, right from the mannerism to the swag and the way he looks from being a 20 year old to a man of 50 years, even the way he talks, all is so apt that 10 minutes into the movie and you forget the real Sanjay Dutt and start thinking Ranbir as Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir Kapoor will definitely sweep all the awards for this year in all award functions. We can say Ranbir Kapoor is back. Vicky Kaushal as Sanju’s friend Kanhaiyalal Kapasi does a brilliant job, he is not only good in comic sequences but raises the bar in emotional scenes, especially that one scene when he confronts Paresh Rawal who plays Sunil Dutt. Vicky after “Raazi” re-iterates his calibre and credential with “Sanju”. Vicky will sweep all the awards for “Best Supporting Actor” category this year. Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt gives a crackling performance; especially his scenes with Ranbir Kapoor are a delight to watch. Manisha Koirala who plays Nargis Dutt brings the breath of fresh air in her performance of an ailing mother who is spirited and loves his son to death, a brilliant come back I must say. Anushka Sharma as the biographer Winnie Diaz, though a relatively small role but she makes an impact nonetheless. Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt does not have much to do. Jim Sarbh as the drug pedlar Zubin Mistry continues with his mean act with élan. Sonam Kapoor brings the glamour quotient to the movie. Rest of the cast like Boman Irani, Karsihma Tanna, Sayaji Shinde and Anjan Shrivastav do a good job.

Rajkumar Hirani does not lose his Midas touch in “Sanju”. His simplistic way of narration strikes the chord, making it relatable and connecting with the audience well. The beauty of Rajkumar Hirani is that he keeps the melodrama intact without making is jarring and even in serious scenes he has the element of humour which makes it entertaining. Hirani has this knack of creating the right ambience for his scenes whether it is a comic sequence or an emotional scene which does the magic. Yet again Rajkumar Hirani proves his worth as a fabulous film maker.

A movie cannot be what it is without its technical crew who make the vision of the director live. Starting with the cinematography by S Ravi Varman, who presents Hirani’s vision with the right colour and texture to the scenes through his camera, Production Designer Shashank Tere accentuates visual appeal of the movie with the right props as per the time which is being presented in the scene.

There are precisely 4 songs in movie starting with “Main Bhi Bandhiyaan” by Rohan-Rohan which is beautifully sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan and is a fun song, which will play in the party circles for long, Ruby Ruby by A R Rahman is melodious but I thought that song was not given its due credit in the execution, the third song “Kar Har Maidan Fateh” is a motivational song by Vikram Montrose and sung hauntingly by Sukhwindara Singh and Shreya Ghoshal is the best track of the movie and even in the movie it comes at the right time and the last song which is in the credits “Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho gaya” is again a fun song by Vikram Montrose and sung by Papon and Ranbir Kapoor has an element of surprise in the movie.

In a nutshell “Sanju” strikes the right chord, thanks to the magic created by Rajkumar Hirani and the fabulous performance by Ranbir Kapoor and rest of the cast, making it one of the best biopic of Bollywood, I will go with 4 stars.

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Movie Review : Saala Khadoos

Saala Khadoos: It could have been better if it had been more Khadoos

It is good to see a new trend in Bollywood of sports movies, especially woman oriented sports movies which off course was started with “Chak De India”….Saala Khadoos Movie

But the problem is just having a concept and script of sports movie is not enough, it needs to have the soul at the right place, unfortunately after “Chak De India” none of the movies could create that impact, though “Mary Kom” had some positives…

“Saala Khadoos” takes the concept of “Chak De India” but in Boxing and tries to narrate the story of ex boxer Aditya Tomar (R Madhavan) who falls prey of dirty politics of Deb (Zakir Hussain) his ex coach and now the Head coach of the Boxing academy for Women and transferred to Chennai where he discovers Madhi a fisherman’s daughter and grooms her to be boxer, whether Aditya is able to fight the system and whether he is able to make Madhi a champion, is what the movie is all about…

Sudha Kongara Prasad who debuts as a director in Bollywood with “Saala Khadoos” has also written the story and screenplay. Sudha gets the premise absolutely bang on, the politics, non availability of resources to train the upcoming talents, lack of infrastructure for training and the corruption involved in selection process everything is shown with complete conviction. Where Sudha looses in the narration is the lack of emotional quotient which is extremely important for such movies and unfortunately it lacks throughout the movie, which fails the audience to connect with the movie. Another aspect which could have been better is the writing of the characters, not too much attention is given to the back story of Aditya which should have been the crux of the story justifying his violent behaviour, similarly Madhi’s character could been written better. If the characters were written better the audience would have sympathised and connected with the lead characters. The biggest flaw in the writing is its weak climax, in such movies the climax needs to be emotionally charged so that it ends with a high, but unfortunately it does not. Overall the writing could have been much better so the movie could have ended at a high….

It is the performances of the movie which is the biggest highlight. Madhavan as Aditya is one of his best performance, he gets into the skin of the character right from his body which he has especially build for the movie and his mannerism of a strict disciplinarian coach, definitely the best performance of the movie. Debutant Ritika Singh, who is a professional boxer plays Madhi convincingly right from her tapori act to her boxer act; undoubtedly a good debut. Debutant Mumtaz Sorcar as Laxmi, Madhi’s elder sister also does a good job and does complete justice. Nassar as the junior coach also does a good job. Zakir Hussain as the menacing Head Coach Deb is the second best performance of the movie.

Sudha Kongara’s debut venture as a Bollywood director is first rate but it is the writing which is a downer, but somehow she overcomes the shortcoming of the script by extracting brilliant performance from ensemble cast. Sudha definitely shows the spark and will be a director to watch out for….

The camera work of Sivakumar Vijayan blends well with the narration, by capturing Hisar to Chennai well…

“Saala Khadoos” is good sports movie but definitely could have been better as far the Emotional Quotient is concerned, I will go with Three Stars (One extra star for Madhavan’s performance)

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

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 / 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….