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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!