January 6, 2018

The Hungry - (4/5)

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The Hungry - Revenge gone ugly

The Hungry is a 2017 Indian drama film directed by Bornila Chatterjee. It is released in Amazon Prime and is an adaptation of  "Titus Andronicus" by William Shakespeare.

Tathagat Ahuja (Naseeruddin Shah) and Tulsi Joshi (Tisca Chopra) are two Delhi based business house who are signing a contract with the government in a new year eve party where Ankur Joshi (Suraj Sharma), an elder son of Tulsi Joshi gets mysteriously murdered and making it look like a suicide. The story progress further where Tulsi plans to marry Sunny Ahuja (Arjun Gupta), son of Tathagat Ahuja in an awkward setup. Tathagat shows his discomfort on this marriage and has a hunch that Tulsi is marrying his son to take revenge of her son's murder. Tulsi's second son Chirag (Antonio Aakeel) visits her mother for marriage and beats up Tathagat's daughter Loveleen Ahuja (Sayani Gupta) very badly over an argument in the night of sangeet ceremony. The movie goes further to unfolds revenge of revenge with a shocking ending.

It's one of the slow thrillers which can bring chill in your spine the way story unfolds. The story takes its turns and surprises you beyond imagination. It's a very well written adaption of Shakespeare and perfectly directed by Bornila. The highlight of the movie is the flawless performance of Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra. The movie may not release in theatre, do make an effort and watch it on Amazon Prime.

May 25, 2017

Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion - (3/5)

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Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion - Power Of Vengeance

Bahubali 2 is the sequel of Bahubali: The Beginning taking place before and after the events of its first film. The movie set in the fictional historical era where Kattappa (Sathyaraj) continues to narrate how he ended up killing Amrendra Bahubali (Prabhas). After defeating Kalakeyas, Amrendra was declared a king and have been gone to tour a kingdom with Kattappa before his official coronation ceremony. While he was touring his kingdom he meets Devasena (Anushka Shetty), Princess of Kuntala Kingdom and falls in love with her. Bhallaladeva learns about this new development and smartly plans the conspiracy where Amrendra has to choose between Mahishmati kingdom and Devesena. Amrendra follows the dharma taught by her godmother Rajamatha Sivagami (Ramya) and leaves the crown and choose to become army chief of Mahishmati. Bijjaladeva (Nassar) & Bhallaladeva are jealous of Bahubali's popularity among people and they further plot conspiracy to banish Baahubali & Devasena from the royal palace. Amrendra still manages to rule the heart of people which makes Bhallaladeva conspire a plot and creates the false story to convince Shivagami to instruct Kattappa to kill Bahubali. 
The story of his father murder evokes the emotion of vengeance in Mahendra Bahubali and prepares an army to attack Bhalladeva to avenge his father's murder.

Well, it is certainly larger than life movie especially after it's prequel which raised the standard of movie-making of Indian film industry. Bahubali is grand with flawless special effects, awesome cinematography, thrilling sound effects & great action sequences. The only place I feel movie lacks its pace is in its plot and storyline. Bahubali: The beginning was making us curious and something to look for in its story and kept us on the edge where as the sequel looked predictable and also sometimes over the board and too much of liberty on storytelling. The performance was also over dramatic which steal the soul of the movie. The highlight of the movie was it's action sequence however during climax it was too tiring to see and at one point I was feeling like- just get over with it.

I am giving it a rating of 3 out of 5, maybe because I was expecting way too much based on what it presented in its first part. Having said that Baahubali shows our artistic caliber to deliver such grand quality movie making from India. I really proud of Rajamouli to make India arrive in such quality movie making with this blockbuster.


September 18, 2016

Pink - [ Drama ] - (5/5)

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PINK - No Means No

Pink is a hindi film directed by Anirudh Roy Chowdhury is about court drama about one crime incidence happened in outskirts of Delhi. It’s a story about three girls - Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) who are staying together as tenants in posh Delhi locality and are working professional in their respective fields. One night, after a rock concert these three girls accepts a dinner invitation to one resort from one of Minal’s old friend Vishwa and his friend Rajveer (Angad Bedi) who is relative to a powerful politician. Rajeev and his friends gets drunk and try to molest the three girls and in retaliation Minal smashes the bottle on Rajveer’s heads and injures his eyes and runaway from that place.

The movie is about after event how the powerful intimidate those three girls and instead of police acting against boys they arrest Minal and thus trial begins in the court to convict her. Living alone in Delhi which is anyways hostile to women in the eyes of society, they come across a neighbor Deepak Sehgall (Amitabh Bachchan) who is retired lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder. Deepak decides to help the three girls and movie plays around  in court sequence where it tells how as a society women gets branded as well as characterized by their normal behavior.

The movie has strong social message and may be the best movie to cover women empowerment and feminism. This movie completely belongs to Amitabh Bachchan for his flawless performance which will keep you engaged through out the movie. Even the young girls Taapsee and Kirti done superb performance with lots of maturity.  The main attraction of movie is its story, screenplay and flawless direction which is perfect from all perspective. 

I will rate this as a best hindi film of year so far and one of the best movie on feminism. No Indian must miss this as it shows real mindset of our feudal social system.

September 17, 2016

Masters Of Sex Season 01 - [ Drama ] - {TV Series} - (4/5)

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Masters Of Sex: Love, Lust & Science

Masters Of Sex is an american period TV drama setup in 50s, loosely based on Thomas Maier's biography.  The series tells the story of Masters and Johnson (Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson) who are portrayed by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, two pioneering researchers of human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The series about Dr. Masters passion towards exploring science behind human sexuality and his devotion of this work by taking study on real life samples. 

It is Bold, Riveting and Amazing Drama Story about a doctor who wants to discover human sexuality. It's a very well scripted with interesting characters telling the story covering Love, Lust, Relationship, Sexuality as well as Science.

I really enjoyed watching First Season on Netflix and now on to the next. Must watch.

August 27, 2016

Raman Raghav 2.0 - [ Thriller ] - (4/5)

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Raman Raghav 2.0 - Contagious Killer

Raman Raghav 2.0 is a psychological thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap inspired by story of notorious serial killer Raman Raghav from Mumbai in 1960s. The movie is not about original Raman Raghav but about Raman (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in current time who was inspired by original Raman Raghav and goes on killing random people with iron rod. While killing he come across a drug addict cop Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal) who also kills a person on same pretext as he have been caught stealing drug from drug dealer house killed by Raman. Raman surrenders himself to police and confesses all his killings but cops doesn't believes his stories and torture him to know why he actually surrendered. Raman escapes cop's safe house and then go on start killing more people and Raghavan gets to investigate his case and gets the responsibility to catch him.

The story about Raman psychological complication who believes that he have been asked by god to kill few people and he is not alone with this kind of mindset and Raghav can complete him. He finds his Raghav in cop Raghavan and wants Raghavan to agree that both of them are same. It is complicated psychological thriller which was superbly directed by Anurag Kashyap. The cinematography of dark streets of Mumbai and gruesome killing will scare you. Nawazuddin once again proved his mettle as a great actor who does such a difficult role so smoothly. If you are into psychological thriller, probably this is the best one from bollywood.

July 31, 2016

Madaari - [ Thriller / Drama ] - (3/5)

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Madaari - 

Madaari is thriller directed by Nishikant Kamat, it's a story about a grieving father Nirmal Kumar (Irrfan Khan) who lost his son in tragedy which is caused by negligence of government.

In terms of taking his revenge from system he kidnaps the son of home minister Prashant Goswami (Tushar Dalvi) and ask the Home Minister to use all his power to find out the tragedy in which Nirmal had lost his son and bring the culprit to justice in front of world.
Prashant hires Nachiket Verma (Jimmy Shergill) who is Jt. Director of CBI to use entire government machinery and catch Nirmal Kumar.

Nirmal being a smart and techie guy smartly plans the kidnaps and always on move which makes impossible for entire government machinery to nab him. He smartly makes his demand heard and also uses social media to spread the message why he is doing that and gets public sympathy.

The movie plays around on apathy a common indian goes through from our corrupt insensitive systems and shows what happens when same thing happens to powerful people like a home minister. It will give you kind of feeling of "Wednesday" kind of movie.

Nishikant Kamat has delivered good movies in past and try his best here however after a point movies looks very predictable and looses it's thriller flavor. Irrfan Khan has done superb performance and overall the movie is a decent watch.

July 6, 2016

Sultan - [ Drama / Action ] - (4/5)

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Sultan - King of the Ring

Sultan is movie about long forgotten wrestler from a small town in Haryana who was ex-gold medalist and world champion in wrestling.  The movie sets up in current time where Aakash Oberoi (Amit Sadh), the founder of a private mixed martial arts league, who was losing money on the sport and encouraged by his father to hire an Indian wrestler Sultan (Salman Khan) to save league popularity in India. Aakash travels to Haryana to make offer to Sultan which is bluntly rejected as Sultan retired himself from wrestling.

Aakash finds out the reason of Sultan's retirement through a flashback story narrated by Govind (Anant Sharma), where Sultan falls in love with Aarfa (Anushka Sharma), a state-level woman wrestler. The story goes back in days when Sultan was no one but get himself into wrestling to win's Aarfa's heart and getting married to her. Sultan's dedication makes him best wrestler in country and he wins all accolades which makes him bit arrogant about himself and he loses his newborn son because of anemia when he was in tour for world championship. This incidence breaks the relationship between Sultan and Aarfa and Sultan decides never ever to get back to ring and gets separated from Aarfa while doing fundraising for a blood bank so that no other baby dies with anemia in his town. Aakash learns this and convince Sultan that how his return to fight can help him to come over this guilt as well as help him his dream to build a blood bank in his town. Sultan decides joins back all new level of mixed martial art league which is quite a different from wresting and finds out he is not fit to fight such a unique sport. Aakash puts him with aggressive trainer Fateh Singh (Randeep Hooda) who prepares him to fight the league. Sultan fights the leagues against all odds and the movie shows his fighting spirit amidst the emotional turmoil he goes through.

Well, Sultan is amazingly well written movie with great direction from Ali Abbas Zafar. This movie completely belongs to Salman Khan with for a change his amazing & perfect acting as an ageing struggling wrestler. Anushka Sharma is brilliant and looked so refined with her performance. The movie is so well balanced with story line and all it's character. The real delight of movie is it's honesty, originality, music, thrills and amazing dialog delivery by each characters in movie.

After long time it's really a delight to see such a great hind film, its awesome entertainer.