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MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

Movie Review

My Rating: 3.0/5.0

I’d begin by saying that I don’t like the idea of a biopic of somebody who’s still in action and hasn’t yet got time to reflect on his own life and his own decisions. That apart, I think the movie was only very average and did not make even a vague effort to be precise and concise.

The movie’s plot is chronology of the MSD’s life in that exact sequence without even missing out that he stayed with 5 people in a 2 bedroom quarter just behind AK Ganguly’s bungalow who had a concrete pitch in there for railway cricketers to practice. That’s a painful amount of detail getting packed into a 3.5 hours movie. What pissed me even further was that the movie focuses on the struggle of Dhoni much more than his success.

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It left me with more questions than answers: Why was there a rivalry between Yuvi and Mahi? Why did Mahi take off senior players from the team? How did Dhoni reach captaincy in just first few years of his international career?

I like Dhoni as a player, as a captain and as a human being. And I think that’s the reason why I would’ve loved to see a much better version of his biopic. I think he should not rush into making money by selling the royalty for his biopic to under-graded film-makers.

Shivaay

Movie Review

My Rating: 2.5/5.0

There are two questions hounding me badly at this moment. First, who told Ajay Devgn that he can direct? And second, why the hell did I not listen to my wife who warned me against watching this movie?

Before I say any further, let me warn you that the movie doesn’t have even a remote connection to the Great Lord Shivaay Himself. I fail to understand why they had to borrow this name and create a whole song around it.

Now the story is that of a Himalayan superhero – Shivaay who falls in love with a Bulgarian girl on a short trip there. Of this lovelock appears a mute child whose favorite time pass is shouting and punching her father in his stomach. Life takes them to Bulgaria where the girl is kidnapped by ‘dangerous’ people involved in human trafficking. And that’s the first half – torturing, boring, yawn-inducing. Rest of the story is only about fighting left, right and center getting the daughter out of trouble.

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While the story may sound interesting (more because I wrote it 😜) but trust me the execution was as screwed up as possible. Being the son of an Action Director, Ajay Devgn did justice to the stunts and action sequences. And that’s possibly the only reason you should watch the movie.

Maa in Transit, by Makarand Deshpande

Theatre Review:

Rating: 5/10

maa-in-transit-2I must start by saying that I’m a relative new-bee in watching Hindi theatre, but I should also add that I have seen some biggies like Anupam Kher, Yashpal Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Naseeruddin Shah, Salim Arif and Neena Gupta play their magic on the stage. And then, my father was an actor himself, imbibing some sense of theatre in myself, atleast as an audience.

This play – Maa in Transit – never made an impression on me. Not even once during the entire 90 minutes performance did I feel that it’s the same play that I expected to be serious enough to rattle me from the core; or to be passionate enough to make me rethink about my relationships; or probably to be an acting masterpiece that I could’ve appreciated till the next one.

The story is staged in a cemetery where a son (Makarand) is performing the last rites of his mother (Ahlam Khan), and he wants to spend more time with his mother since he never got a chance to say a final goodbye to her. And that’s where the tale alternates between the real world and his imaginary world where he meets his mother at various stages of her “TRANSIT”. Now this is where Makarand lost the plot. Not only was his acting a tiny bit irritating, he, as a write, was not able to decide whether he wants this to be a serious play or a comedy or a parody of customs. The play just toyed with all these ideas, but never stuck to one and made sense of it.

In my opinion, I would have given this event a complete miss.

Play Organised by: Simi Events

Play held at : DUCTAC

Neerja – Tale of a brave lady

Movie Review

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What a movie!!! One of the most awaited movies of 2016 and it turned out to be a goose-bump experience for me. Besides the new-found respect for Ram Madhvan for his amazing direction and Shabana Azmi for an incredulous acting, I found utmost respect for Neerja Bhanot as the person that she was.

This movie is not about the incident or about the larger scenario of a plane hijack. Infact it was about just one character – the real-life hero, Neerja Bhanot, who performed her responsibilities and maintained her self-respect in one of the most life-threatening situations that she was in. Not to discredit Sonam Kapoor, I honestly feel she could have done a little better in doing justice to the character of this brave girl.

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The movie invoked an interesting debate as to whether Neerja should have left the plane when she got the chance, or did she do the right thing by sacrificing herself for the children. Whatever side of the argument you are on, you will discover in the end of the debate that the talk was all about humanity and not about a single human.

Kudos to the entire team of Neerja for doing an amazing job at bringing the tale of this braveheart to us!

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

Movie Review

Rating: 3.5/5.0

 After riding on the group success or on the success of his other colleagues in his last three movies, Sushant Singh Rajput has finally proven that he has the mantle to deliver a box-office hit on his own. Dibakar Banerjee – directed Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (DBB) is a “period” movie perceived and presented from a contemporary perspective. Largely inspired from the two key Byomkesh Bakshy stories – Satyaniveshi and Satyawati – the movie weaves an interesting net of suspense and thrill.

Set in the 1940s, this movie shows the first case solved by Byomkesh Bakshy – a recent college graduate trying to make his way into the detective world. This case of serial murders in the Chinatown is projected to be a fairly complicated case that is not only linked to local drug trafficking, as in the original story, but also directly linked to a hypothetical Japanese attack on India during the World War II. Bakshy, the budding detective, takes it upon himself to solve the case with the help of Ajit, who eventually becomes his assistant from thereon. And predictably enough, he is able to solve the case in a rather dramatic manner.

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While Dibakar Banerjee has been very careful in projecting Bakshy as an upcoming detective who has his own drawbacks and learns many things the harder way, Sushant Singh Rajput has also done an excellent job at portraying the character. Among the other actors, I found the acting of Anand Tiwari (Ajit Bandyopadhyay) and Neeraj Kabi (Dr Anukul Guha) the most impressive and befitting for their own characters. Dibakar’s way of adapting the 1940s stories in 2015 is impressive to say the least.

That said, the movie is not perfect in any way. At many points in the movie, I felt as if Byomkesh was running after the events as and when they happened, with no clue about their linkage to the case on hand. Also, the conclusion of the movie might come across as overly dramatic and violent.

I can say this for sure that everybody will like the movie, but for different reasons. The Byomkesh Bakshy fans from 80s & early 90s will love it for the contrast and ingenious adaptation of what used to be a successful television series. Others, with no baggage of the TV series, will like it for Sushant’s acting and Dibakar’s execution of a “period movie”. We will have to wait for the sequel (I’m sure that’s on the cards), to see if the franchisee can emerge as our local detective thriller series.

P.S.: The pictures have been borrowed from internet with thanks to the owners of the pictures.

P.K.: Good message, O.K. storyline

Movie Review

Rating: 3.5/5.0

So it’s that time of the year once again when Aamir Khan has released his new movie for the year 2014, and when millions of people are just waiting with eagerness and anxiousness. This (almost) 50-years old actor has (almost) gained perfection in acting and that’s what pulls crowds towards every movie of his. One might argue that he has been losing his ‘unique’ touch lately, but that doesn’t matter till he creates these record-breaking movies.

His latest release – P.K. – is a satirical take on many practices of our society that we take for granted and never care to understand the logic behind it. What’s worse, we keep following them as cardinal truth and don’t realise when we actually start going against the basic principles of our beliefs while trying to ‘protect’ them. Narrated from the perspective of an alien who finds earth a very amusing place to be in, this story covers many aspects of our life, especially religion. P.K. (Aamir Khan), the alien, asks some uncomfortable questions to us, the people of Earth, to which we don’t have any answers. Or reasons.

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Now on the question of whether I liked the movie or not, my reviews are mixed. I admired the boldness of the idea, the direction of the movie and definitely, the acting of Aamir Khan. But I have two major issues with it. First, as all similar movies have done in the past, it uses Hinduism as its core example to criticise, which is getting very annoying. Oh My God did that a few years back and P.K. has done it again. Second, many characters and parts of the story were wasted. Boman Irani was completely wasted, and so were Parikshit Sahni and Sanjay Dutt – they could all have been easily replaced with any not-so-well-known actor. The second half seemed to be a little to stretched and intentionally dramatized.

Overall, while you watch the movie, try to focus on the message and ignore some of the peripheral things happening around (eg. songs like Tharki Chokro). If you do that, I’m sure you’ll like it.

P.S.: Pictures in this blog have been borrowed from internet with thanks to their owners.

Haider – Hats off to VB

Movie Review

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Wow! What a movie this was!

Haider is a movie set up in the background of a disturbed situation in Kashmir. The movie is a take on the Kashmir situation from various different perspectives and does send a subtle message that it is none but Kashmiris who are suffering in this continuous war between India and Pakistan. Set in this background, this movie is the story of Haider whose father has been ‘picked up’ by the Indian Army for helping militants in the valley.

Our protagonist Haider (Shahid Kapoor) is deeply attached to his father and sets off to search for him in the camps and prisons of Kashmir. In this search, he finds out that his uncle (Kay Kay Menon) is the police informer who had informed the army about his father, through her mother (Tabu). With its twists, turns and edges, Vishal Bhardawaj has handled the issue of terrorism, AFSPA and unrest in the valley with the due care and sensitivity in this amazing adaptation of ‘Hamlet’.

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All of the main characters were impressive, but Shahid Kapoor stands out big time in the movie. He has made a very strong case for himself in this industry. Kay Kay and Tabu have performed their roles with honesty and sincerity and you can see that. Shraddha Kapoor’s role is ignorable. While she is trying to make her presence felt, her role is almost ignorable and redundant in the movie.

Overall, I’d say this is an amazing movie and a must watch for everyone who’s waited for good Hindi cinema.

 

P.S.: You might feel it’s a little stretched in the second half, but just be with the movie.