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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,”  🙂

 

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)

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.

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