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JAGGA JASOOS REVIEW

Before I went to the theaters I was in a fix on the mixed reviews of the film across the country and rave reviews in Kolkata dailies. Still I backed my guts getting a mental preparation of witnessing what I can term a ‘Unique’ never-seen-before cinema experience in Bollywood.

The Maiden production of Ranbir Kapoor in joint venture with Disney which took as long as 3 years in the making has delivered as per expectations and how? A Comedy-Fantasy-Musical-Adventure-Spy-Thriller genre (A first of its kind) that Anurag Basu has created is a very rare experiment one can ever imagine of.Atleast Bollywood hasn’t tried it in the extreme past.
Now what is Musical genre? Right? The Film has more or less 29 songs.Wait.What?
Yes….  Want to know why?
Because Jagga has a problem of Stammering which is why he has to sing all his dialogues in rhythm as practiced by his father Badal Bagchi (Tuti Futi).Jagga unravelling mysteries with his songs are the most exciting bits. That musical mistery bit sets the tone for Jagga’s investigative methods. And when you have Pritam-Anurag Basu-Amitabh Bhattacharya-Arijit behind,rest assured u are bound to create masterpiece in terms of BGM,Music,Dialogues & Songs. Much like Tukka Laga, Chocolatey Chunnu and Khaana Khaake Daaru Peekey Chale Gaye.

The screenplay is presented as chapters from a comic book; the movie uses Kolkata Boi Mela as its main storytelling device in a form of musical drama. The film unfolds as Shruti(Katrina) narrates stories from the book, and we’re pulled into Jagga’s fantasy world of merry characters and rhyming dialogues and exquisite locales. Plus small tributes to Feluda,Shundi & Goopy Bagha’s “Raining Monda Mithai” transforming into Christmas Cakes.
The film is packed with lots of fun,roller coaster rides,chase sequences, adventure, suspense, emotions and INNOCENCE (yes… Most Important characteristic).

Coming to technical part:
Performances : Ranbir is in his Outstanding Form overshadows everyone.Saurabh Shukla is brilliant as usual but it is our very own Genius Saswata Chatterjee who is the soul of the film. Proud!
Unlike many,to my absolute surprise, I completely fell in love for Katrina’s. The way she has moulded herself for Shruti Sengupta is Applause-worthy.Her best work till date.
Last but Not the Least, Ronydaaaaa……as the oh-so-cute cop, Rajatava Dutta.. I would have loved to see more of u.
But, all of them had one thing in common, INNOCENCE.
Exception : Basheer Alexander (for the details u need to watch the movie, no spoilers here.
Another name u cannot overlook is Mr. Ravi Verman, the cinematographer. It was like watching a National Geographic channel in a big screen.The way he captured nature is the Film’s second best aspect after music.Also, rightful credits definitely goes to the costume and art & make up department for making the characters look really amazing and believable.

Demerits : The Film’s duration.After a brilliant first half, the film fails to up the intensity created by itself thus dragging a healthy 15-20 min in the middle before regaining its tempo.Too clumsy at parts.

Now, knitting all together, All hail Anurag Basu’s unique vision makes this otherwise predictable Fairytale thoroughly watchable & unique.
Add to that an extra star for the SURPRISE Ending.Woo… that was something…!! Intriguing and will leave you curious for……. Clap!! Clap!!  Jagga Jasoos 2.0?? Are u listening?

A Cute Comic Book Fantasy straight from the Heart for every child (inside us) who loves to dream… This is our Bollywood’s hatke version of La La Land. A Must Watch for all Children and for others its a perfect film to discover a child in you.Go for it 🙂
A Cartoon Network favourite for the upcoming kids. (Y)

 

 

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 .

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 !!! 🙂

HUMSHAKALS REVIEW

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WHHHYYYY ?????
do i need to give a review???
A BIG NO!!!
I have put this as a Status update to get Sympathy for watching the Full Movie. grin emoticon
I SALUTE MYSELF wink emoticon
From Now on, i am Scared from SAJID KHAN Movies… 😥
Actually the Last 5 minutes during the End Credits are much more funnier than the Whole Film.
Sajid Khan can be Hailed as one of the Best among Emerging directors of Disastrous Films.

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