August 15, 2023

OMG 2 - (4/5) - {Hindi}


OMG 2 - Devine Intervention
OMG 2 is the next movie of OMG - Oh My God! 2012 directed by Amit Rai. The movie is set up in Ujjain, a pilgrim city of Lord Shiva's Mahakaal avatar. 

OMG 2 is the story of Kanti Sharan Mudgal (Pankaj Tripathi), a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva who is a simple family man living an ordinary life as a shopkeeper near Mahakaal temple. One day his son, is blamed for immoral sexual conduct and is rusticated from the school. His son goes into depression and even tries to commit suicide. While exploring the reason Kanti realises his son is a victim of misinformation and misguiding because of the lack of awareness of sexual education in society. with the intervention of Lord Shiva's messenger (Akshay Kumar), he decides to file a legal case against the school and everyone who misguided his son. The movie is about a one of it's kind court battle where Kanti blames school, self-certified doctor, chemist shop and himself for what his son has gone through without any of his faults.

OMG 2 takes its first past social messaging to the next level by focusing on the importance of sexual education in our society which is long ignored. The beauty of the movie it's amazing screenplay and direction by Amit Rai he makes sure that movie where it never loses track of what it wants to convey to the audience. It's a complicated subject that was handled beautifully with facts and argument which is part of our ancient culture.

Pankaj Tripathi stands out with one of his perfect performances of a naive father who argues his points to make his complex argument look simple. Yami Gautham as a defendant Lawyer has done a great job of putting strong arguments which was quite missing in OMG (2012). Akshay Kumar is simply amazing with his comic timing and the subtlety he brought in the character he plays which helped the story in crucial junctures. The movie has amazing humor moments around this serious topic like the court scene, the pun in our judicial systems which mostly talks in English, Kanti's innocent house wife and many more.

Overall OMG 2 is a great movie and put it message across beautifully to provoke thought among us for this important topic. A Must Watch!!

July 20, 2023

Kohrra - (5/5) - {Punjabi} - Mini Series

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Kohrra - One murder exposing many dark sides


Kohrra is a Punjabi crime thriller in the form of miniseries produced by Netflix. It's about the murder of an NRI bridegroom in a small town in Punjab which is investigated by two cops Balbir Singh (Surinder Vicky) and Amarpal Garundi (Barun Sobti). It's a story about how many characters connected to the victim and his family unfolds their own secrets and deceits while the investigation continues.

Kohrra is a slow-burn drama but it grows on you, especially with a well-crafted script by Sudip Sharma & Team and amazing direction by Randeep Jha. The beauty of this series is its originality of all characters, superb production design reflecting Punjab in a very real manner and each character was so perfectly portrayed as if they are living it in real life. It's amazing while solving this murder mystery the creator subtly shows all the cultural and political issues that Punjab is facing from the drug menace, the craze about going abroad, and crime in general. 

Every actor in Kohrra is an exception but the ones who stand out are lead actors Surinder Vivky and Barun Sobti. Another actor who truly stands out is Saurav Khurana who played the role of Saakar Khurana with great perfection.  

Kohrra is a world-class mini-series with great production value and direction, A Must Watch !!

July 17, 2023

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning - Part One - (5/5) {English}


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Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning - Part One #MI7 - World Class World Saving

Finally, the famous Franshise of MI has arrived. MI7 is about an experimental AI called "ENTITY" that has immense power to sabotage any digital system gone rogue and entered into major defense, military systems, and intelligence networks of the world. The only way to control ENTITY is through two interlocked key which is separated and world powers rushes to own the keys so that they can control ENTITY which in a way give them the power to control the world. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) believes that the Entity poses too great a threat to humanity, he seeks to destroy it with his team. The movie is about how he tries to obtain the Key and try to find out what that key unfolds which can control Entity.

This movie has taken the action and spy drama to the next level and I can say that it has left franchises like 007 James Bond far behind in terms of its screenplay and flawless execution of action sequences with a superb soundtrack and mind-blowing background music. There are a lot of spy movies and Saving the World movie which is usually high on special effects but goes quite dud on the screenplay and that's what makes MI7 a class apart.  It's a watertight story with excellent direction by Christopher McQuarrie. All cast are as usual amazing in their performance with great dark humor. Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Vanessa Fergusson bring continuity from previous movies. 

The movie indeed belongs to Tom Cruise. You can see how he sweats it out at this age where he can give a run for money to younger actors. His masterpiece runs around with speed, always a unique car chase, and not to miss a unique unimaginable new stunt in every MI movie where here he delivers an iconic stunt where he jumps his motorbike from the cliff of 4000 feet height of Hellesylt mountain. The movies like Topgun Maverick, and Mission Impossible Series, Tom Cruise show his commitment and passion towards his audience and left them no choice but to come and watch it in the theater. There are many such stunts and actions sequence which was flawlessly executed.

I watched this movie on 16th July but waited for myself as I really wanted to give justice to the review with proper words and I still feel short of words for this amazing new age action movie. This is a must-watch and that too in IMAX Theater.

March 12, 2023

2023: AnksReview - The 95th Annual Academy (Oscar) Awards Prediction

 It's again that time of year and here is my Oscar prediction where I managed to watch all the nominees in the nick of time to make it for the oscar award prediction just a few hours before the final show.

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1. Best Picture

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Elvis
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Triangle of Sadness
  • Women Talking

2. Best Director

  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once - {WINNER}
  • Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans
  • Todd Field – Tár
  • Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness

3. Best Actor
  • Brendan Fraser – The Whale as Charlie - {WINNER}
  • Austin Butler – Elvis as Elvis Presley - {Alternate Choice}
  • Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin as Pádraic Súilleabháin
  • Paul Mescal – Aftersun as Calum Paterson
  • Bill Nighy – Living as Mr. Rodney Williams

4. Best Actress

  • Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Evelyn Quan Wang - {WINNER}
  • Cate Blanchett – Tár as Lydia Tár - {Alternate Choice}
  • Ana de Armas – Blonde as Norma Jeane
  • Andrea Riseborough – To Leslie as Leslie Rowlands
  • Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans as Mitzi Schildkraut-Fabelman

5. Best Supporting Actor

  • Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Waymond Wang - {WINNER}
  • Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin as Colm Doherty - {Alternate Choice}
  • Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway as James Aucoin
  • Judd Hirsch – The Fabelmans as Boris Schildkraut
  • Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin as Dominic Kearney

6. Best Supporting Actress

  • Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin as Siobhán Súilleabháin {WINNER}
  • Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as Queen Ramonda - {Alternate Choice}
  • Hong Chau – The Whale as Liz
  • Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Deirdre Beaubeirdre
  • Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Joy Wang / Jobu Tupaki

7. Best Animated Feature Film

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio - {WINNER}
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • The Sea Beast
  • Turning Red

8. Best Production Design

  • Babylon - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Elvis
  • The Fabelmans

9. Best Cinematography

  • All Quiet on the Western Front - {WINNER}
  • Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Elvis
  • Empire of Light
  • Tár – Florian Hoffmeister

10. Best International Feature Film
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany) - {WINNER}
  • Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)
  • Close (Belgium)
  • EO (Poland)
  • The Quiet Girl (Ireland)

11. Best Original Screenplay
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once - {WINNER}
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár – Todd Field
  • Triangle of Sadness – Ruben Östlund

12. Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Living - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front 
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Women Talking

13. Best Sound
  • Top Gun: Maverick - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water 
  • The Batman
  • Elvis
14. Best Film Editing
  • Top Gun: Maverick - {WINNER}
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Tár
15. Best Visual Effects
  • Avatar: The Way of Water - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Top Gun: Maverick

So that's my list of predictions for the 2023 Annual Academy Award, do let me know your feedback and your prediction. Looking forward to the final award show.

Disclaimer: All images are taken from various websites through google image search and are only used here for editorial purposes.

October 16, 2022

KANTARA (5/5) - {Kannada}


KANTARA - The Legend of the Demigod


Kantara is a 2022 Indian Kannada-language period action drama movie written and directed by Rishab Shetty and produced by Hombale Films. This is about the Legend of the Keraadi Forest area in Coastal Karnataka where a king in 1847 gives his land to Tribals in the Forrest Area in lieu of Demigod to gain peace and prosperity for himself and his family. The tribals have Guliga Deva (a demigod) who warns the King, that if he or his family will ever goes back on the word will face the wrath of the Deity.

Down the generations, the king's successors in 1970 demand the land back from the tribals during the Kola festival and warn about going to court but after a few months dies mysterious death as pronounced by Deva. The movie travels to 1990 when a Forest Department wants to make the place a Reserve Forest area and a village Kambala Champion Shiva (Rishabh Shetty) gets into loggerheads with DRFO officer, Murali (Kishore). The movie is about the conflict between Tribals, Royal Blood, and Forest Department while the folklore of Kola and Demigod is in the background. 

This movie is just fantastic in each frame from beginning to end. The movie is carried solely by Risabh Shetty who is not only in the lead role but also he is the one who has written as well as directed it. It's an amazing screenplay with perfect cinematography, a compelling background score, and flawless direction. The rawness of the jungle and village and the meticulously shot action sequence is the icing on the cake. Rishabh lives this role and looks so natural as tribal youth and what a performance by him in the climax which makes you speechless and awestruck. 

This is another gem from Kannada Film Industry, an Oscar Worthy movie and Must Watch in Theatre.

October 15, 2022

Doctor G (4/5) - {Hindi}


Doctor G - Losing The Male Touch!

Doctor G is a drama-comedy directed by Anubhuti Kashyap. The movie is about a PG Medical Student Uday played by Ayushmann Khurrana who was a lone student in the Gyenic department without his own wish. He struggles to come to terms with being a Male Gyenochologist and has a tough boss Dr. Nandini played by Shefali Shah. While the movie focuses on Uday's character however it also shows gray shades of him with male chauvinism around his family and friends.

The movie is beautifully written and touches on quite a few social issues in a funny yet hard-hitting way. It is a superb direction by Anubhuti Kashyap and Once again Ayushmann Khurrana nailed it with another movie on a social taboo subject. Shefali Shah is as usual flawless and so does Sheeba Chadha with such a strong grip on her character.

It's A Must Watch !!!

October 11, 2022

My Top 25 Movies of Most Versatile Actor Amitabh Bachchan who is a Super Star Of Multiple Generations

Today is the 80th Birth Anniversary of Amitabh Bachchan, so I am trying to put my Top 25 Movies of a great artiste who has entertained us since 1969 and still going strong with his performances. He is indeed the finest Film Actor we have and a flawless person and a great human being. We all pray that he lives long and keeps entertaining us. This is quite difficult to pick the best movies these are my top favorites. 

1. Agneepath (1990)

2. Sholay (2016)

3. Pink (2016)

4. Black (2005)
5. Sarkar (2005)

6. Deewar (1975)

7. Shakti (1982)

8. Kaala Patthar (1979)