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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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Lion

Movie Review

My Rating: 7/10

There has been a recent spurt in the number of movies getting inspired by the real life incidents, and they make you believe that the real great stories are the ones that happen for real. Lion is one of those movies that did a fairly good job at translating a real life story into a movie.

There are a few things that I did not like much including the stereotypical depiction of the Indian poverty. But then it’s difficult to shy away from the realities of modern India. Acting performances of Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman were among the few good things about the movie, and so were those of the young debutantes – Sunny Pawar and Abhishek Bharate.

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Watch the movie for its story, and not for its situations, because you might not like all that you see.

 

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Jackie

Movie Review
My Rating: 6/10
 
There are some movies that elevate the quality of the story, irrespective of how boring the original character might’ve been. And then there are movies like Jackie that can make an exciting plot really dull and boring to the extent that by the end of it, you are confused about whether or not to like Jackie.
 
Natalie Portman starrer Jackie is the story of Jackie Kennedy – US’s First Lady for around 3 years – for a few days after John F Kennedy was shot dead. The movie shows how Jackie held herself during those difficult times, trying to ensure that John F Kennedy’s legacy is carried forward. She makes certain “seemingly” mistakes, but she has not regret for them whatsoever. This first sneak peak into the life of history’s one of the most guarded characters could’ve been built into a masterpiece had the issue been handled with a little more delicacy.
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The plot of the movie is not about Jackie the layd, but Jackie the widow of US President. No context has been built for her actions, and no consequences have been shown thereafter. So it’s a plot picked up in isolation with no real build-up or closure. The movie leaves you as clueless about Jackie Kennedy’s life as you were before entering the hall.
 
I would suggest, don’t go to watch the movie and save yourself some money for next week’s releases.
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Captain America: The First Avenger

Movie Review

My Rating: 8/10

I’ve got this new-found interest in the Marvel movies and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. So while I’m waiting for the third movie in the Avenger series, why not catch up on how they got here. I’ve started with Captain America and I can say it was a good watch.

Now I know that Captain America’s original name is Steve Rogers and he was a little meagre thin guy before being the guinea pig of an experiment that transformed into a super human being with the special powers.  As with Marvel’s other superheroes, our Captain doesn’t get much time to try out his powers before getting his hands dirty with the bad guys. This time it was the neo-Nazi Schmidt who is hell-bound to destroy half the world to prove that he has got Godly powers. And we know how it all ends.

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What I like about Marvel’s superheroes is that they have a logic to them, which might be unrealistic, but it’s sounds believable. I just loved the face-over used to create a younger Steve Rogers; it’s just a great technique. I’m going to watch the second one in the series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on my next Jeddah flight. If you have better suggestions, please let me know.

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