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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Movie Review : Byomkesh Bakshy

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy: Bollywood’s first well mounted detective flick

In Bollywood you do not have many detective flicks as compared to the regional cinema, especially Bengali wherein Feluda, Byomkesh Bakshy & Kaka Moni has been adapted for silver screen and detective flicks are quite common.

Dibakar Banerjee adapt the famous detective from Bengali literature Byomkesh Bakshy created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay and merges three Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay’s stories of Byomkesh Bakshy, Satyanweshi, Pother Kanta & Arthamanartham.

The movie creates the riveting story set in 1942 Calcutta in the midst of War. Byomkesh Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput) who is just out of Detective Byomkesh Bakshycollege and jobless is approached by Ajit Bandhopadhyay (Anand Tiwari) to help him find his missing father. Byomkesh agrees to help Ajit, and then starts a web of conspiracy and Byomkesh unravels a sinister plot of destroying Calcutta.

The screenplay written by Dibakar Banerjee & Urmi Juvekar has many twists and keeps your mind guessing. Especially the first half the story flows smoothly with a high interval point. Where Dibakar loses the plot is in the second half where he tries to merge many plots and ends up confusing the viewers. Another issue with the narration is its pace, at many points the movie slows down in pace which should not have been the case, especially all the sequences of Byomkesh and the movie actress Angoori Devi. Still I must say Dibakar has been successful to a great extent in creating the tension and suspense which is the prime ingredient of any thriller.

Dialogues written by Dibakar Banerjee & Urmi Juvekar is realistic and the dialect has been kept keeping in mind the era the movie is based. Thank God that the movie does not show the Chinese and Japanese speaking in Hindi when they are speaking amongst them. Dibakar keeps it in Chinese and Japanese with English sub titles, I think he should have also added Hindi sub titles as well.
There are four major reasons which take the movie many notches high.

First being the performances. Honey Trehan the casting director has done a brilliant job of aptly casting actors who suit the role and have performed brilliantly. Starting with Sushant Singh Rajput who has the title role of Byomkesh Bakshy, he is completely in sync with the character, right from the looks to the language to the body language; every aspect has been researched and portrayed brilliantly by Sushant. I must say that Sushant is improving leaps and bounds with every movie. Swastika Mukherjee, an export from Bengali movies, debuts in Bollywood as Angoori Devi the movie actress, who brings the oomph factor in the movie. Swastika is Mata Hari personified and does a brilliant job of a seductress. Her looks, her way of speaking, her mysterious gait everything is spot on, she shines with her performance. One actor who steals the show is Neeraj Kabi who plays Dr. Anukul Guha, he is brilliant in every frame that he is in and steals the thunder from other actors in the frame, I must say a stellar performance. Anand Tiwari as Ajit, Byomkesh’s friend is another actor who shines with his excellent portrayal. Divya Menon who debuts as Stayawati in the movie, shows confidence and makes an impressive debut. The rest of the cast Meiyang Chang, Kaushik Ghosh, Takanori Kikuchi, Mark Bennington do a brilliant job.

Second being Nikos Andritsakis’s cinematography which captures 1940’s India and Calcutta with élan. Right from the by lanes of old Calcutta to the high profile clubs to the hustle bustle of the city; everything has been captured brilliantly and gives the movie a certain edge with its visuals.

Third being the production design by Vandana Kataria. She re-created 1940’s Calcutta with minutest details, right from the props to the trams to the vintage cars and even the billboards and ads in shops everything is well researched. You will not feel that it is a created movie set; it is so natural and realistic.

Fourth being the costume design by Manish Malhotra, Manoshi Nath & Rushi Sharma. The look of every character right from the clothes to the way they look everything is well researched and blends with the narration.

Dibakar Banerjee I must say does a decent job in creating the world of Byomkesh Bakshy to near perfection. A little bit of a tighter script would have made it a classic. For a movie which is a few notch lower than a classic with Three & a Half Star.

Movie Rating: (3.5 / 5)

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Official Trailer : Detective Byomkesh Bakshy

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy- Synopsis

Yash Raj Films has lately tried to dabble in various genres and in their attempt to do something different they have
come up with the Bollywood adaptation of the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi created  & written by Sharadindu Bandopadhyay.

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Named on the character itself “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy” is directed by Dibakar Banerjee. This would be Dibakar’s  first attempt in crime thriller. The adapted screenplay has been written by Dibakar himself along with Urmi Juvekar.

The story basically captures Byomkesh Bakshy’s first case that he undertakes as a detective. The story is based in 1943 Kolkata during World War II.

The lead role of Byomkesh Bakshy is being played by Sushant Singh Rajput. The rest of the cast includes Anand Tiwari, Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee, Divya Menon, Neeraj Kabi, Miyang Chang & Aryann Bhowmik.

It is rumored that Swastika’s role was initially supposed to be done by Rani Mukherjee but since it had some bold scenes hence Rani refused.

It has music by Dibakar’s protégé Sneha Khanwalkar. It is being jointly produced by Aditya Chopra & Dibakar Banerjee.

Byomkesh Bakshi became famous as a television serial in 1993 which had Rajit Kapur playing the lead and KK Raina as his accomplice…

Whether the movie adaptation will be as successful as the television version…well for that we need to wait till 3rd April 2015…till then watch below the Official Trailer of the movie, which looks interesting and different….

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….

 

 

Review : Kai Po Che

Kai Po Che: Awesome Threesome

Abhishek Kapoor’s 2nd film after “Rock On”, “Kai Po Che” is also based on friendship..

Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel “3 Mistakes of my Life”…”Kai Po Che” is a story of 3 friends Ishaan, Govind & Omi and their trials & tribulation to Kai Po Cheachieve success in life. Set in the backdrop of Gujarat of late 90’s it incorporates some of the major events like the Earthquake and the Godhra riots and its effect on the lives of the 3 friends.

The strongest point of the movie is the ensemble cast, Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh & Raj Kumar Yadav have been aptly cast for the roles of Ishaan, Omi & Govind respectively. These actors with their performance take the movie to a different level especially Sushant & Raj Kumar Yadav. Raj Kumar’s role of Govind had many layers and he has played it brilliantly. Sushant’s debut role of Ishaan is an author backed role and he does it well, you will remember his character even after the movie is over. Amit Sadh as Omi does a good job as his character changes from a naïve guy to a hard core politician. Amrita Puri as Vidya is likable with her bubbly portrayal. Rest of the support cast also does well.

The film lacks due to its pace. The screenplay written by Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat, Pubali Chaudhari & Supratik Sen is good but it is slow in patches which is the biggest drawback. The camaraderie between the friends is captured well with some brilliant moments. The characters are very well written and believable.

The cinematography by Anay Goswami is rustic and gives the right feel and ambience to the narration. The production design by Sonal Sawant recreates the Gujarat of the 90’s well. Niharika Bhasin Khan has done a brilliant and detailed job with the costume. Music by Amit Trivedi and lyrics by Swanand Kirkire is good and it flows with the narration, especially Meethi Boliyan & Manja.

For me it was not on the league of 3 Idiots or  Dil Chahta Hai or even Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock on, but it is worth a watch. I would sum it up as a good movie which could have been great provided the screenplay was crisp. I will go with Three & a Half Stars.