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Shubhodeep Biswas (Bubka)

I am a FreeLancer Film Critic :)

ZULFIQAR REVIEW

*NO SPOILERS*

THE PROPHET’s SWORD – The Meaning

If we consider Tollywood as ‘PROPHET’, then surely Srijit Mukherjee has evolved as a SWORD.It is a very rare feat for a Director in a comparatively very little time when a film sells by his NAME.That’s the amount of Trust he has acheived from his Friends,Romans & Countrymen. 🙂

This Puja, he introduces us to his most studious child,his 9th Baby to be precise.
This one deals with the dark side of Kolkata that has never been shown earlier and as Kashinath says ‘Nobody remembers the ones who come second’.That is one reason of many that the Film will be remembered as one of the Multi-starrer Cults.Add to that an amazing adaptation of Mr.William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESER & ANTONY_CLEOPATRA.The Art of Weaving two plays together in a single thread with mixture of Cross-Stitches & Simple runs is really Praiseworthy.The Masterstroke of Splitting Mark Antony & the Textual references at different junctures of the film has been Brilliantly executed.Several unwanted Truths revealed subtly.Each scene spoke a lot.

Coming to the film,It is Literally A ‘Game of Thrones’ or a ‘Mahabharata’.The character portrayals are the Clear Winners.A Swaggy Param is Brilliant as Tony [the Better half of Markaz 😉 ] and the debutant Deepak Adhikari is Spellbound as Speechless.Wondering why I said Debutant? Because it is a rediscovery.He is in a complete different league.Kudos Rhijuda.Prosenjit was pouring with royal Grandeur & how in each & Every Frame with a larger than life identity.Though his accent could have been better.Nusrat,Kanachan,Rahul(the next big thing) was Fantastic.What can I say about Jishu Sengupta,If Kabir in Rajkahini was a Trailer,Kashinath Kundu is the Blockbuster..You will find striking similarities with Shakuni.
And then there was a boy who debuted in Ekdin Pratidin, Mr. Kaushik Sen as Basheer Khan is a Sheer takeback from the Film.No one more than him deserves to own the Film with the voice modulation.Hats off & Pants down Sir..Jahapana Tussi Great Ho!

On the Contrary, Honestly it isn’t one of his best films with its share of flaws which I rarely find in his Films.The background music could have been more edgy,the mounting could have been far better.Akhtar could have been explored more AND Ankush I suppose is a MisCast specially after the Transformation.I agree he looked stunning but he lacked Grit & Intensity.The Editing could have been better (Blame it on the Objections faced)…looked discontinuos at parts affecting the Zeal.The Trailer could have been less revealing also.
(Completely MY Opinion)

In Short,eto kichhu bolar poreo it is Definitely a MUST WATCH!!
Don’t Go expecting a Suspense Thriller,Because its not.Its an Adaptation.
Begum Jaan er opekkhay roilam. 🙂
Rating : 7.5/10

Oh! I haven’t mentioned Paoli Dam & Srijato? Then Find it Yourselves 🙂

P.S – Nachiketa Chakraborty’s Ek Purono Masjid e is the Much Needed Icing on the Cake.
Shubhodeep Biswas

 

PINK REVIEW

A Moral Blast to give a Wake up Call to the Snorting Society and its Prejudice.
A ‘NO’ means a ‘NO’ !

Shoojit Sircar & Aniruddha ‘Tony’ Roy Chowdhury, Take a Bow for this brave Hindi mainstream film as an advance gift prior to Durga Puja, which focuses on real young women and the irony of our mentalities. Why Brave? Because Hearing the phrase ‘are you a virgin’ in a Bollywood film in a meaningful, non-smirky manner? FANTASTIC. Underlining a woman’s freedom to own her sexuality? PRICELESS.

The Character portrayals were Un-Questionable.. Tapsee Pannu ! The way she emoted responding to every situation she was thrown in is BRILLIANT. She has the film on her shoulders and she is consistently impressive,Kirti Kulhari is marvellous especially when belatedly exploding and Tariang(Googled her Name) doesn’t hit a false note either making the film relatable to reality.Angad was Gritty as Menace.Thumps Up
And there lived an Old man they said in Bollywood Jo aaj v jahan pe Khade ho jaye LINE to wahi se suru Hoga…No Words to Explain MR. AMITABH BACHCHAN as Deepak Sehgal,a retired Renowned Lawyer making a comeback with few jitters/fumbles here & there and then shifts gear to a more Confident Proffessional.STELLAR.

A Very Intense,Reasonable & Detailed Courtroom drama that I have Watched after a Long time.For example :Bachchan responds to an Objection saying ‘Fair Enough’ & in another Scene, as a Stupefyingly Articulate Orator scolding witnesses – “I object… to this awkward performance. He is overacting”.The way he Rhetorically states ‘The Rule Book of the Girls’ Safety Manual.And we have (Special Mention) Dhritiman Chatterjee playing a judge who understands rhetorics..

But it is the STORY(& it had to be in Delhi) which is a clear Winner alongwith great work on the Edit Table & Behind the Lens to Stitch it all together till the End Credits.Kudos our very own Bodhaditya Bandopadhyay & Avik Mukhopadhyay.

The Film Warns us that the mentality of the MARD needs to change..its High Time! It needs to start at Grassroot Level …a Must Watch for Everyone.

P.S : Movie tar Namkoron ta obosso amar thik pochhondo holo na, But Great Debut for Aniruddha Roy Choudhury (though it looked more like a Shoojit Sircar Style….A TEAM EFFORT Nonetheless)

The History of a Butcher (M.A.D)

Huh… It was quite a long wait…. which finally ended. 🙂

Just came back from watching A History of Butchers, a Mad About Drama Production, written & directed Aritra Sengupta based on the play titled The Just Assassins by Albert Camus.
Honestly speaking, I knew nothing about the original play prior to today but realised that The play was a gem.Now coming back to their adaptation, I completely loved narrative style, the metaphorical depictions , the numerous references that cleverly entwines modern day scenarios with the backdrop of 1905 Russia. And God the topic was BOLD, questioning the interpretation of history… “History was never about remembering, its about selective forgetting”.The narration was quite attention seeking with connecting the audience directly as well in indirect ways which I hope the audience could understand properly. I found metaphors in almost every scene and every dialogue and even the props be it with the current political scenario worldwide or references to Illuminati,ISIS,Jihadi,Putin,Che Guevara, Gandhis (yes,both of them),Khudiram,Bhagat Singh.Arektu tight hole valo hoto…2nd half e ektu dragged legechhe..
But with just a JUST Ending,mersemerized me as an audience.
The acting was Brilliant! Their timing was breath-taking, literally. I Dont know the original names, but all the five who played the russian revolutionists or ‘Butchers’ excelled in every departments.Be it Stepan’s postures and movements,Evan’s Dialogue delivery,Boria/Foga’s Voice modulations and versatility and Dora’s Heartwarming emotions.
Now coming to the proud moment.
A boy who had started writting poems from 2nd Standard itself has evolved into such a talented Writer/Director, I think it was destined. Aritra’s direction was bang on as well as the script.I have become a fan , bro..Keep it up. (Y) *I hope he  still gives Doctors a run for their money with his Handwritting* 😛
I really hope and wish that u guys touch the right heights at the right time.Such talents need to be encouraged.
Signing Shubhodeep Biswas
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Oh wait… Special Mention : Saintbrush , u deserve an applause too especially Rohit and Dishani,if i m not wrong with your names😊..Commendable presentation to set the things up .

PRAKTAN REVIEW

 

The Dusk of the Golden Era Tollywood .. It was ’90s when the Bengali Film Industry was slowly dooming , a pair stood apart with nearly 50 films together,celebrated as the second most popular Pair On-Screen, as the lone flag bearers of massy commercial entertainment called Cinema.But somehow they parted ways in films.Come 2016, 14 years since their last film together,two current stalwarts of Bengali Cinema, Prosenjit Chatterjee & Rituparna Sengupta had individually travelled a long way with age,maturity & ofcourse,Taste.

And Then one Fine morning,they finally decide to ReUnite in a film ironically titled ‘Praktan- The Former’ and then its History.It couldn’t have been better than this. 🙂

Shiboprasad & Nandita yet again stitches a Gripping Tale of Relationships revolving around Ujaan,Sudipa & Manali in their Predictable way but with lot more Reality & Relatability after BELASESHE.This is a Poignant Film That Teaches You the Art of Moving On.The film throws upon a lot of questions about modern marriages. Is the husband wrong in expecting his wife to compromise on her career for the sake of his happiness and family? Should a wife cave in to the demands of the husband? Who should be making more compromises in a marriage- a wife or a husband? And more importantly, the film beautifully highlights why it is important to accept the mistakes of the past and move on.

The Director Duo have excelled in managing to Underline the Script in such a way that every audience relates & in turn it simplifies the complexities of most modern day relationships..the compromising issues..the Ego problems..the Sacrifices..the Priorities..the Fate of a Mismatched Relationship of True Love.

They also try to be the modern day Sooraj Barjatya as they mix up the recipe with different sub-plots with real references making it believable which rightly mixes up resulting in a wider reach in terms of Audience acceptance. The film also packs in all the quintessential elements of Bengali culture: music, food, travel, Tagore (Loosely Inspired from ‘Hotath Dekha’) & Kokata.

The Music is fabulous.The Songs of the movie is so Well Placed..’Tumi Jake Bhalobaso’ by Emon in Particular is so Touching that it stays back with you.And with ‘Kolkata Kolkata’ ,the city of Joy has got an Anthem .One must take note of the first few scenes where the camera captures Kolkata in all its glory. From the sunset on the river Hooghly to the historic Writers’ Building to the stunning aerial shots of Victoria Memorial, the ‘Kolkata Anthem’ highlights the rich heritage of the city and almost makes you yearn for a trip to the city.

Camerawork was Excellent as well.Actingwise,everybody played their part with perfection be it Biswajit-Manali’s newly wed cuople or Soumitra & Sabitri’s wierd Hingali language,or Anindya,Upal,Anupam,Surojeet playing their Star-selves.But yes, despite the presence of two mega stars like Prosenjit and Rituparna, the one who virtually carries the film on her shoulder is Aparajita.

Overall,’Praktan’ may be tad bit stretched in the second half with unnecessary exaggerating of sub-stories including an absurd scene of violin playing TT and Biswajit-Manali’s obscene caricatures, and with a few flaws here and there.Technically,It is not Spectacular.But do Watch Praktan for its Simplicity that touches the chord. 🙂

 

TAMASHA REVIEW

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After the Huge Success of YJHD, Expectations were sky high from this Ex-Couple.. They Lived Up to it and delivered && HOW??

The Film is Basically a Straightway Tribute to the innumerable Nautankis, Ramleelas, Tamashas, Bioscopes and also our very own Jatras that were and are still popular in Indian Artistic Platform.
The Screenplay has been woven in such a way that you will feel watching One such Art-form going on specially with the Chapter-wise Storytelling style in Progess & Even Beeping off ‘F’ words & smoothly avoiding Intimate Scenes shows the clear intentions of the director.Add to that the very loud & vibrant Background Score which,at first, will sound unnecessary but you will realize at the end that A.R.Rahman cannot go wrong, Bwoy!!

Imtiaz Surely knows how to narrate a Romantic Story in a Unique way.. 🙂
Imtiaz Ali plots the story of Ved, a boy who grows up listening to the age old iconic stories of all possible romantic couples in the world … be it Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu, Ram-Sita,Prithviraj-Sanyukta or even The Arabian Night’s Aladin-Jasmine..and stays lost in those stories…
And One Fine Morning, He wakes up to the Cobwebs of his Monotonous Life becoming a Literal Robot running the Rat Race ( Sounds similar to our current situations,Right??  Same Story of Everyone’s Life )
It’s What Happens next that you find out yourselves.. 🙂

RANBIR KAPOOR finally delivers what was pending for a long time (Don Returns 😉 )..He was Crazy, He was Flamboyant,He was Immature,He was a lost soul,He was a Lady Killer, He was Scintillating..
Watch out for the Scene where Ved narrates the Story of Himself to his Family.Pure Gem!!
DEEPIKA PADUKONE nailed it with her Eyes & Expressions as Tara as well as Mona Darling 😉 and the Chemistry she shares with RK is Amazing with its own intensity.
Music is apt as the Typical Great A.R.Rahman Composition but It is Alka Yagnik’s Voice (after a looong time) which just gives a mesmerizing feel to Tum Saath Ho by Arijit Singh, that stays back.

In breif, Dont Expect a YJHD,Its Completely Kind of Role Reversal here..
Overall a very Good Movie..2nd Half is a tad less Vibrant than the first half in terms of Freshness..Lacks the Grip somewhere in the middle though but RK manages to bring back it on Track.Go for It… for Ran-Pika (Y)

Note: Camerawork looked a bit experimental at parts which was refreshing..Specially the Close-Ups.

NIRBASHITO REVIEW

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Travelling to unknown lands with no plans to return, might sound like an exotic way of escaping the everyday grind. 🙂
But what if you are forced to move out of your country that till yesterday was your own? What if you are banished from your own country because you were penning down words that meant threat to the set up?

Directed by Churni Ganguly, Nirbashito was rightly awarded the National Award for ‘Best Bengali Film’. Inspired by the True story, the Film is about a renowned Author played by Churni herself and her solitary life banished in exile when her own country disowns her.
Nirbashito raises a lot of questions and makes us think & realize when shown from her perspective as she says “Its the SWORD which always wins,not the PEN”.With such a concept (courtesy Kaushik Ganguly), the film points out the shallowness & failure of the whole SYSTEM with Sarcasm.

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Brilliantly written Dialogues are another positive aspect which metaphors a satirical unfortunate truths of life with solid references of Galileo,M.F Hussain & even Salman Rushdie in one of the frames.With Saswata, Kaushik Ganguly, Raima Sen up in the Sleeves, the canvas seems quite Soothing for the audience.But it is ‘Baghini’, an adorable cat who emoted & added an icing to the cake.
Do watch the Film for the sake of Humanity!!

Statutory Warning : Not for Everyone Though 😀

DRISHYAM REVIEW

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Incidentally, the Tagline of the film Chennai Express sits apt for a film like this.
“Don’t underestimate the Power of a Common Man”

I would rather not comment on the comparisons with the Tamil & Telugu versions from which it is Copied…err..Inspired but will definitely give deserving Credit to the Original writer Jeethu Joseph..Well Written Thriller, Sir.
With Very Suave Twists & Thrills, the Movie never disappoints…Specially, the second half is where the film gains momentum & is gripping with tensions thanks to the flawless editing.
I find it a little Under-Rated a film in terms of its engrossing Premise & Supense in Storyline.

To the Readers, I would recommend a MUST WATCH !!!

Coming to the performance part, I found Tabu as the Standout Performer of the Film.Despite AJ playing the protagonist, she captured every scene with her presence.The rest of the cast played their usual parts in able hands of Nishikant Kamat’s direction.Coming to Ajay Devgn, after being diverted to a series of unnecessary trashes, it is good to see him try on a ‘character’ for size after a long gap.But, with a little hangover of his roles played in the recent past, he could have been more un-heroic in his postures.

Summing it up, a 4/5 !! 🙂
Go to the theaters ASAP 🙂

AHALYA REVIEW

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A short film by Sujoy ‘Kahaani’ Ghosh has been the talk of the web for a while now..which also shows the importance of reviewing it.
Sujoy Ghosh re-tells the Ramayana sub-story of the most beautiful lady on earth with a very thrilling and contemporary Twist of Magic Realism.Even at its 15 minutes runtime, the film leaves a deep impact on you..
Radhika Apte as AHALYA is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G !! I bet no one can take their eyes off her throughout the Short. Soumitra’s enigmatic screen presence as GAUTAM SADHU mesmerizes & Tota as INDRA Sen, a honey-trapped Rat is perfect fit.
Ahalya is a Must Watch & should not be missed at all.With Sujoy Ghosh’s deft touch and Radhika’s Sensuous Act, there are ample reasons to see this little GEM !!! 🙂

BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN REVIEW

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An apt film for a family audience wrapped with innocence all over it.

A Salman Khan film,where he is neither tearing his shirts off nor is he a super-human delivering punches & punchlines unnecessarily.This movie is a tight slap to his own recent series of illogical south-inspired flicks but makes himself immensely Proud of.Arguably His BEST performance ever.

And what can I say about Harshaali Malhotra.How sweetly she emoted in each & every scene with those expressive eyes.Shahida will win over everybody’s heart with utter innocence & mischiefs add to that her scintillating Chemistry with simple common man Pawan Singh Chaturvedi (Salman).Both of them will glue you to the screen whenever they appear. Kareena Kapoor is good in a comparatively brief role as a supporting actress to the 3 musketeers of Bajrangi,Munni & Chand Nawab,the Pakistani reporter. Yes, Chand Nawab urf Nawazuddin is very rightly the Third Musketeer who steals the movie & wins hearts by making the second half an emotional journey till the end. 🙂

This Kabir Khan film, based (as usual) on Indo-Pak bitter-sweet relations,is very down to earth & touchy.It is stretchy in the first half with too much unnecessary songs & dance sequences.And Pritam’s music is a big thump’s Down.The second half will leave you with a big smile on your faces and will undo whatever wrong the first half might have done.Otherwise, its a GOOD Watch Paisa Vasool! Though with predictable coincidences & dramatic CLIMAX sequence. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a film with a lot of heart and it is bound to find takers among one and all. It is a gala Eid gift for all Salman fans and movie lovers across India. It tries to show that humanity pervades all borders & religions and is able to pull that off in great style.

With Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the ACTOR SALMAN KHAN finally steps in & picks up from what he had left behind long back in 2003,when for the last time he had performed seriously in an ACTUAL film called TERE NAAM

We will LOVE more of something like this from you in the future, BHAIJAAN!! 😛

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