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HINDI MEDIUM REVIEW

Back to writing ways after a long Gap. Reason : Hindi Medium. Literally forced me to post one review.

“I can Talk English,I can walk English,I can Laugh English because English is a very Funny Language.” – Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Halal

Hindi Medium Explains——–
A film that deserved more than it got may be. Beautifully crafted Handicraft. Most underrated film of the year.
Hindi Medium is director Saket Chaudhary’s third film after Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Shaadi Ke Side Effects and arguably his best although many will choose PKSE.
But if you see the treatment with which he deals a subject which is a scary reality nowadays is heart warming. He throws sarcasm with comedy everywhere and anywhere keeping the soul of the film in the right place.

Yes, the Social Message of the Social Circus of Education ‘Industry’.

In conveying that message he finds the perfect person to demonstrate the ‘India Is English, English is India’ logic. Let us know the name? Irrfan Khan (he owns the film throughout). Alongwith him, the other two main pillars of the success of the film are Mr. Deepak Dobriyal (yes, of Tanu weds Manu fame) and the dominant lady from Pakistan Saba Qamar.Deepak’s Character added the much needed freshness at the right time.
Not to forget is a brilliant Tilottama Shome as the parents-consult-me-in-their-first-trimester admissions consultant. 😀

Hindi Medium is surely on the likes of our very own bengali film Ramdhanu but scores more on cinematic syllabus though the issue remains exactly the same which is a much-needed raise of the Finger on the private school system and how it has become so important in our lives. It’s also a lesson for the government officials who goes blind towards the govt. schools that have millions of potential winners hidden

Despite a little preachy and over-dramatic half cooked climax towards the end, Hindi Medium strongly drives its point home.

You are likely to empathise with Irrfan with his climax speech.

“Iss desh me angrezi zabaan nahi, class hai,”  🙂

 

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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)

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.

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 🙂

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!! 😛

DIL DHADAKNE DO REVIEW

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Lively & Vibrant Ranveer with his Infectious Energy & Comic Timing just manages to keep DDD afloat & swimming as the Film with lots of Promising Points & 180 running minutes turns out Draggy & Dull at parts & gets suppressed under the burden of Expectations being a Modern day Multi-Starrer.
As it says, “Jump ! Either u sink, or u swim “.
With few really good scenes and Zoya Akhtar’s Signature Directorial Style, the film revolves around a Rich Maladjusted Pretentious family who sorts out their inner selves on a cruise Trip.
Anushka’s ‘Fearless Farah’ does bring some pace momentarily to the ‘rather irregularly’ timed storyline while PC is commendable as an self-independent-in-mind but compromising daughter.
Ranveer-Priyanka depicted a scintillating sibling bonding.
Farhan ‘MARD’ Akhtar does have a refreshing cameo to promote his NGO campaign.
Anil ‘Hollywood’ Kapoor’s acting graph was a Sine Curve.
Though, Aamir ‘Pluto’ Khan voicing Senior Akhtar’s lines to narrate the story from a canine’s point of view is a Good Idea.
SPECIAL MENTION: Khushi Dubey as PUTLU Mehra is smart & the one Sweety to watch out for.She reminded me of Chhutki aka Rajeshwari of DDLJ Frame. Also,Ridhima Sud as Noori Sood was eye-catching. like emoticon
Dil Dhadakne Do would have been more fun had it been crisper & shorter.
Overall, Frolicking yet Fuzzy ! 3/5

HAMARI ADHURI KAHAANI REVIEW

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Generally I intentionally avoid reading reviews of any film before watching the film but this time somehow I came across t2’s review of the following film.
And as I watch humari adhuri kahani, I share the telegraph’s review by Pratim D Gupta..
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150613/jsp/t2/story_25342.jsp
The reason that I am not giving a review by myself is that anything I will write in my review is already written here.It’s so apt.
The pick of the lines : “A film that has Vidya in the lead & Kahani in the name with Durga Puja sequencein Kolkata still remains unfulfilled”.
Enjoy reading it.

TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS

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Stellar of a performance!
Kangana, u beauty 🙂
Whether its Tanu or Datto, banno tera swagger was really sexy!
With the way she carried off Kusum, walked away with the film.
And aptly supported by winner acts of Maddy,Ayyub,Jimmy & Swara Bhaskar.
Though Swara & Ayyub didn’t get much screen space this time but was enough to leave an imprint.I personally think Swara should be used more often in films, she is quite a talent.
And kudos to Deepak Dobriyal for his comic timings & wit.
Summing it up, Anand L Rai directs another superb family entertainer with heart with catchy dialogues & GOOD Screenplay..
& wickedly gets away without showing double role in one lens’ frame not for once..
Songs are good though the baraat song by tanu was unnecessary.
In short,Kangana’s a Midas with her recent form.

PIKU REVIEW

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A Bitter-Sweet family drama of an Old but Cranky Man, Bhaskar Banerjee..err..SORRY!!..’BHASKOR‘ Banerjee suffering from Constipation in his Second Childhood & his ‘non-virgin’ self-independent Bengali daughter-cum-Guardian PIKU..

The film resembles any Indian rather bengali family,such is it’s SiMPLICITY. And if you are a bengali you will surely enjoy every frame of it no matter in which corner of the world you are right now. The Portrayal of Kolkata & its northern bylanes of Shyambazar shows director’s roots belongs right here.The beauty of the city comes across with suh Perfection.

Shoojit Sircar has cleverly presented a very predictable & plain storyline with such brilliant execution thanks to Superb performances by AMITABH BACHCHAN & DEEPIKA PADUKONE, aptly supported by Irrfan Khan as Rana, a Sane Outsider witnessing an insane family PNPCs..

The blend or mixture of emotions essayed by DeePiku is Sublime whether it was the unspoken feelings towards Rana or Scolding her father, she rightly steals what rather is an Out & Out AMITABH BACHCHAN Show.
The Music is a Big Plus marking the Bolly debut of our local boy, Mr. Anupam Roy.Apart from Mermerizing Bezubaan & the Journey Song,the best part of the film is it’s Background Score with those soulful Tanpura tunes.

Overall, with its share of flaws here & there,the film may not be that popular all over India still it remains an Emotional ‘Motion’ Picture..close to my Heart.

Special Mention : Mousumi Chatterjee for adding much needed refreshment in parts.
I Rate –3.5/5

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