December 29, 2018

AnksReview - Top 10 Hindi Film of 2018

We are at the end of 2018 and here is the list of my Top 10 Hindi Movies released this year. The list is decided and ranked as per the overall experience of movie watching with more focus given to story & screenplay, direction and of course performance of lead actors in it.

1. Andhadhun

Andhadun is finely crafted crime thriller by Sriram Raghavan with the excellent story which will keep you on the edge and top-notch performance of Tabu & Ayushmann Khurrana made it a perfect watch. The movie is flawless with an amazing script and perfect in all sense. This is indeed the best movie of 2018.

2. Manmarziyaan

Manmarziyaan is a twisted love story by Anurag Kashyap with the unique flavor of tried & tested love triangle used in movies like Woh Saat Din and Hum Dil Chuke Sanam. Manmarziyaan makes it to the top list because of its rawness, amazing screenplay & characterization, brilliant performance by Vicky Kaushal, Tapsee Punnu & Abhishek Bachchan, perfect direction by Anurag Kashyap and not to miss awesome music by Amit Trivedi.

3. Raazi

Raazi is spy thriller by Megha Gulzar based on true story and adaption of Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmet. This is another great one by Meghna Gulzar with the perfectly written screenplay and the excellent performance by Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal.

4. Badhaai Ho

Badhaai Ho is coming off the age comedy-drama by Amit Sharma is a story about a Delhi based typical middle-class family where the middle-aged mother gets pregnant adds to disappointment to sons and people around. Ayushmann Khurrana has done such kind of role if being in odd situation in past and the movie also delights with you excellent performance by Nina Gupta and Gajraj Rao. Its funny with great story and direction.

5. Mukkabaaz

Mukkabaaz is action drama by Anurag Kashyap based on observations of several sportsperson's experiences in India. It's a story of underdog boxer who falls in love with local politician as well as head of the boxing federation and his struggle as a sportsman. The movie is a delight with the impactful performance of Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain and the best one from Jimmy Shergill. Anurag Kashyap shows that he still has his mojo when it comes to action-packed romantic movies with rawness in story backdrop.

6. Pad Man

Pad Man is a drama by R. Balki Inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. It's a well-written movie with a social message and excellent direction by Balki as well performance by Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, and Sonam Kapoor.

7. Pataakha

Pataakha is a comedy-drama by Vishal Bhardwaj based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story titled Do Behnein, a story about two sisters who share a difficult relationship with each other. The story set out in the small village in Rajasthan bring the rawness of Indian village and it's simplicity. It's a marvelous direction by Vishal Bhardwaj who is daring enough to make such simplistic movie. It will give you the flavor of Blue Umbrella where a simple story can make movie strong. One more great highlight of this movie is a flawless performance by newcomers like Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, and Sunil Grover.

8. Sanju

Sanju is a biographical drama by Rajkumar Hirani based on a life of movie star Sanjay Dutt. The movie is about Sanjay Dutt's life from his perspective. It's a great entertaining movie with excellent direction and best performance of Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt as well as Paresh Rawal and Vicky Kaushal.

9. Padmaavat

Padmaavat is an epic period drama by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, loosely based on the epic poem Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. It's a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali who presented the era of Rajput and battle in a realistic way. The movie is a well directed and great performance by Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

10. October

October is a romantic drama by Soojit Sircar about the life of hotel-management intern who discovers a strange attraction towards fellow interns who accidentally get into to coma and takes care of her unconditionally and unconventionally. It's a very complicated story presented in a beautiful manner and an excellent performance by Varun Dhawan.

So these are my best 10 of 2018, let me know about yours.

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November 20, 2018

Searching (5/5)

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Searching: Following the Digital Footprint

Searching is a thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty set almost entirely on smartphones and computer screens. The film starts with a creating of profiles in Windows 95 of a small happy family of David Kim (John Cho), Michelle La (Pamela Nam Kim) and their daughter Margot (Alex Jayne Go) where movie progress with timelines of important events in their life. As story progress, Pamela dies from lymphoma after which David and Margot kind of become distant.

They are living their lives until one of the night Margot goes missing from a friend's house where she has gone to study. David is clueless as he never interacted and knows any of her friends and finally report her missing to the local cops. To uncover the mystery of her suddenly gone missing David logs into Margot computer and phone records to explore what exactly happened to her. Her digital footprint unravels lots of facts which was unknown to David and David tries to find her by connecting dots from whetaver he gathered from her computer and online activities. The movie takes you through David's perspective on how he relentlessly tries to find his daughter. 

After a long time, I have seen a movie with such perfection. It's amazingly made movie in each its frame and keeps you on the edge with your mind running as fast as a David Kim in the movie. A unique thing which came out was the way movie is shot through the computer and smartphone screens was simply amazing. Whether it is acting, direction, story, editing ... this one is a perfect movie from all the aspects. It certainly shows that you do not need a high budget and the heavy star to make great movies. I will be very disappointed if this movie doesn't get shortlisted for Oscar. 
Everyone must go for this one without a doubt !!

October 15, 2018

A Quiet Place (5/5)

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A Quiet Place : A mute survival

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic horror film directed by John Krasinski. The movie was set up in 2020 where most of Earth's humans and animals have been wiped out by shadow creature of unknown origin. The creature attacks anyone which makes noise and hypersensitive to any sound they hear.

The story showcase Abbott family- Lee (John Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), partial deaf daughter Regan and sons Marcus & Beau. The family silently live in a wild alongside with the deserted town and communicate with each other in sign language to avoid any sound to avoid attack by the creatures. While scavenging supply in one of deserted store Beau find a toy which was given to him by Regan and activates it's battery while walking towards their home. The sound of battery attracts creature who attacks Beau. Lee couldn't able to save Beau and Regan lives with the guilt of getting her brother killed. A year later, Evelyn is pregnant at the final stage and Lee continuously tries to contact the outside world to check whether is there any more human alive. While Lee and Marcus away from house Evelyn gets into labour pain and try not to make any sound however due to an accident and small noise creatures get attracted and enters their house. The movie is all about their survival and fight by being mute and quiet. While fighting it back Regan discovers the sound which comes from her hearing implant distress the creatures and she uses that to kill creatures. 

There are several movies on doomsday and apocalypse like I am Legend, The Road etc- "The Quiet Place" has taken the thrill to next level with very few characters. The direction, cinematography, sound design is flawless and keep you on the edge throughout the movie. Emily Blunt has been amazing in the scene where she delivers baby quietly and fighting it back. It is indeed one of the best sci-fi, survival thriller ever made. Must Watch and be ready to get scared !!! The best part is that the movie ends up with the possibility of the sequel and recently its sequel also announced. 

October 14, 2018

A Star is Born (4/5)

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A Star is Born: Love and Addiction

A Star is Born is a musical romantic drama produced and directed by Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut. This is a 4th remake as well as representation of the same story which appeared in 1937, 1954 and 1976 as well as in Bollywood with a movie like  Abhiman and Aashiqui 2. 

A movie revolves around a famous rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) who is alcoholic and happen to meet Ally (Lady Gaga) in one of drag bar where she was performing. He gets impressed by Ally's talent as a singer as well songwriter and they both share their passion for music. Jackson invites Ally on his next musical gig and encourages her to sing live on stage with him. Ally gets a great response from the crowd and she joins Jackson on his tour. They both fall in love during the tour while Jackson struggles with his addiction along with sudden success and change in Ally's life. They both get married however Jackson couldn't able to cope up with transformation in Ally and his addiction to drugs & alcohol. The story takes emotional turmoil where Jackson becomes difficult for Ally's career and embarrassed her during Grammy award. Ally decides to spend time with Jackson to help him recover which cost her musical tour. Jackson realises that it's good for Ally if he ends his life.

The movie is exceptionally made and well performed by all actors. The most strong part of the movie is its music which just goes along with stories with all amazingly written songs. Bradley Cooper did a superb job not only as a director but also as a fine actor and he certainly got into the skin of a rock star with all songs sung by himself. Lady Gaga is a delight and not even for a moment it looked like she is new to acting and handled her role as an experienced artist. It will be interesting to watch her as an actor in the coming time. Overall it was an amazing movie with a sad romantic story and I am certain it will fetch some popular awards in Oscar as well as Golden Globe. A worth a watch.

June 29, 2018

Sanju (4/5)

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Sanju : So many lives in a lifeSanju is a 2018 biographical film based on the life of Sanjay Dutt (Ranbir Kapoor) directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The film is narrated from Sanjay Dutt's perspective about his life from his younger days when he starts in his first movie, his relationship with his father, descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, his recovery, his friendship, being arrested for keeping illegal arms and involvement in the 1993 Bombay bombings, successful comeback in the film industry, and eventual release after completing his jail term. Though Sanjay Dutt's life is full of interesting stories, this movie focussed on his own version of his life and how he overcomes all such extreme situations. Rajkumar Hirani presents the story in a way which keeps the audience interested with emotional turmoils presented in the movie. The movie explains the story quite well especially the Father-Son relationship between Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal). The film has all the fine actors who played their part perfectly but one person who outshines everyone is Ranbir Kapoor who has literally cloned himself as Sanjay Dutt in all aspect. His action, voice modulation and acting in emotional sequences will make you believe him as original Sanjay Dutt. Paresh Rawal may not look identical to Sunil Dutt but played his part very well as Sanju's father. Another person you can't avoid to notice is Vicky Kaushal who done an amazing job and looked so natural in his role as Sanjay's best friend Kamli, especially his Gujarati ascent. People may have lots of question about the way this biographical drama portrayed Sanjay Dutt as real Hero, however as a movie it is quite entertaining and once again you will love Ranbir Kapoor's performance as one of finest actor of the present day.

March 4, 2018

2018: 90th Oscars Annual Academy Awards Prediction

So tonight in LA, Hollywood, California it's going to that grand evening which gives accolade to all the great movie released in 2017. I am just in time to watch all the nominees in the popular category to give my prediction for 90th Oscars Annual Academy Awards. 

As I always say that even being nominated means all movies and artiste are quite at par with each other winning is just merely voting by select group of people who are oscar Jury. I am ony giving prediction from nominees whereas I certainly feel there are plenty of other great movies which somehow could not able to make to nominated list. 

So here is my prediction which is really difficult to choose among the nominated ones and also I am predicting alternate options on some cases.

Best Picture
AnksReview - Winner: The Shape Of Water
The Shape Of Water - { Predicted Winner } 
Alternate Options: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Best Director
AnksReview - Winner: Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Chritopher Nolan – Dunkirk {Predicted Winner} 

Alternate Option: Guillermo del Toro - The Shape Of Water

Best Actor
AnksReview Winner: Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour {Predicted Winner}
Alternate Option: Timothee Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name

Best Actress
AnksWinner: Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand- Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri - { Predicted Winner} 
Alternate Option: Sally Hawkins - The Shape Of Water

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell - Three Billboard Outside Ebbing,  - {Predicted Winner} 
Alternate Option: William Dafoe - The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney - I,Tonya - {Predicted Winner} 
Alternate Option: Laurie Metcalf. This was most tough to decide between Allison Janney and Laurie Metcalf
Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay
AnksReview Winner - Call Me by Your Name – James Ivory based on the novel by André Aciman
Best Animated Feature Film
AnksReview Winner - COCO
Best Cinematography
AnksReview Winner - Blade Runner 2049
Alternate Winner - Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects

AnksReview Winner - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Best Sound Editing
AnksReview Winner - Baby Driver

Best Sound Editing
AnksReview Winner - Dunkirk

These are my predictions for 90th Academy Awards, Please feel free to comments on same
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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.