Tag Archives: Movie Critic

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.

Watch the trailer here:

Advertisements

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.

584432-hindi-medium

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.

Watch the trailer here:

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.

47041_stills_1000_400_still_125829

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.

Watch the trailer here: