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Margarita with a straw

Movie Review

My Rating: 6/10

Kalki Koechlin might be off the big screen but she has never stopped making an impression in today’s version of parallel cinema. And this, I would say, is the performance that many so-called stars of Hindi film industry will not be able to deliver in their lifetimes. Playing the role of a teen with cerebral palsy isn’t a mean task, but Kalki did not falter for a moment. Shonali Bose did a great job at directing the movie and trying to bring out emotions in the audience.

That being said, I think the movie itself was more like a collage of events and incidents in someone’s life, rather than a movie that wants to tell a story. Relationships seemed unexplored, characters were unexplained and contexts just didn’t exist. Speed of the movie, sometimes, felt painfully slow and pulled me out of the flow.

Good watch nevertheless.

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Hindi Medium

Movie Review

My Rating: 9/10

The one word that can describe the movie the best is FANTABULOUS. Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar starrer Hindi Medium is a brilliant piece of work in all respects. A nice topic, which is not too sensitive and yet raises many eyebrows – school admissions – has been handled with such an elegance and alacrity, and has been merged beautifully into other issues of poverty and corruption – both financial and moral. Saket Chaudhary, known for his unconventional ways of presenting contemporary issues in a suave manner, has done it once again.

The movie – Hindi Medium – is about a rich couple who have lots of money, but apparently not enough ‘class’ to fit into the Lutyens of Delhi, which leads to their silly stubbornness about fitting in. And getting the child into the A-class school in Delhi appears to be a milestone in this journey to fit in. But it’s apparently not that easy, even for those who have money or connections or both, and that’s what spins off a series of funny, yet thought-provoking incidents.

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The screenplay might have been fantastic, but what added real life to the movie was Irrfan Khan’s acting prowess and his chemistry with Bollywood-debutante Saba Qamar. The contract between the two characters is what brought out the laughter, still maintaining the originality of the underlying story.

This is the movie that you have to watch, without an excuse.

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Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan)

Movie Review

My Rating: 5/10

If I have to summarize the review of this movie in one line, I’d say ‘It’s a movie made with good intent but bad content.’ This is a movie about a father-son relationship that goes through different phases of anger, empathy, love, despair and many more. And all this is brought to the surface because of a stubborn wish of the father to die in Varanasi.

The plot is beautiful and could have brought tears to the eyes of the audience.  Dialogues have been written very nicely, making a great effort to keep them as close to the real life as possible; and so is the acting by everyone. The characters in the movie are not your typical fictional, larger-than-life characters, but really grounded, common man characters that you come across in daily life.

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Now the reality is that the movie could not bring tears to the eyes of the audience. The screenplay was very cold, with no moments that could allow the audience to peep into the relationship or to fall back into their own world of relationships and connect to the story. Plot of the story moved at a painstakingly slow pace, and did not follow-up with any interesting excerpts to hold on to.

To summarize, this movie had a great plot that it could have worked upon, but it did not. I find no reason to vote for it in the upcoming DIFF 2017.

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Meri Pyaari Bindu

Movie Review

My Rating: 7/10

vo afsāna jise anjām tak laanā na ho mumkin, 

use ik ḳhūb-sūrat moḌ de kar chhoḌnā achchhā

These beautiful lines by Saher Ludhianvi talk about some relations that are beautiful in their intent, but difficult to fit into the societal norms, and are usually the definition of it’s complicated relationship tags. Multiple movies in the past have tried to capture or even convey the essence of such relationships, but Meri Pyaari Bindu has probably done a better justice to the concept that many of those.

The overall essence of the movie is pure and non-intrusive, yet modern and contemporary. Especially the last 10 minutes left me wondering how beautiful the world would’ve been if all relationships were so honest and did not come with a baggage of expectations and responsibilities. But that I guess would be an ideal world.

Now, I’m not saying that the movie was superb, because of a combination of many reasons. Acting by Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra wasn’t amongst their best, lack of chemistry was pretty evident. Screenplay also had some gaping holes; at some points, story was just moving from one point to the next without a flow. And on top of that, most of the other characters were used more as props than anything else, which was little unfair.

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Anyhow, I chose to watch Meri Pyaari Bindu this weekend, prioritising it over Sarkar 3, and I guess I made the right choice. If you are also looking for a light-hearted movie ith some soft relationships, this should be your first bet.

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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