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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.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Movie Review

My Rating: 3.5/5.0

I don’t think there’s any need to talk about the acting skills of Tom Hanks; you know it all. But in my mind, I was always comparing this with his last few movies, also based on real life incidents – Bridge of Spies and Captain Phillips. And I think he did justice to the role.

The movie is about the enquiry into the landing of a US Airlines passenger flight ON (mind you, it’s not IN) the Hudson River. Captain Sully (Tom Hanks) has a firm belief that he did the right thing that saved the lives of 155 people on-board, but the investigators don’t always agree. But as you’d expect, Captain is proven right and hailed as a national hero.

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The story is powerful, but Clint Eastwood could’ve made the execution a tiny bit more engaging. I felt that the element of drama was missing from the movie that was essential for such a story where impossible was achieved.

Overall, I’d recommend that you watch this for the story and for Tom Hanks.

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!

The Walk

Movie Review

Rating: 4.0/5.0

With this movie, I marked my hat-trick of watching movies based on a true story, and surprisingly, not even a single one has disappointed me yet. The other two movies were Everest and Into The Wild. Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk is a very exciting and exhilarating account of a remarkable incident from the past – when a man named Philippe Petit – wire-walked atop the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NYC.

Robert Zemeckis, the director of epics like Castaway and Forrest Gump, has shown his class again with an impeccable direction. But I guess the best part of the movie is its story, written by the man himself – Philippe Petit – about his journey to the top of the world, literally. The storyline begins with a little touch on the past life of Philippe, heading towards the ultimate goal of wire walking between the two towers of World Trade Center, which he successfully achieves.

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The execution of the story was equally incredible. Though I wasn’t impressed by the acting skills of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but I still held my breath when the guy was walking between the South Tower and the North Tower on a steel wire without any safety harness in a way as if he’s walking in the Central Park. The movie has been executed with great care, not blowing it out of proportion, maintaining the integrity n still conveying the message that Impossible is Nothing.

Overall, I think the movie is based on a very strong storyline, and has been executed really well. Just imagining that it is all based on a true story makes your goosebumps rise like thorns. I loved watching it n I hope u too.

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.

The Theory of Everything

Movie Review

Rating: 4.5/5.0

There are some movies that you watch, you like and you forget. There are others that you like and you remember. But then there are a very few movies that impact the way you look at life. James Marsh directed The Theory of Everything is one such movie that leaves you with more than a fresh outlook to life.

The Theory of Everything, adapted from Jane Hawking’s book Travelling to Infinity, is about the lives of Jane and Stephen Hawking right from the time they met to the time they departed. It is not a story of Hawking’s great discoveries or a documentary about his achievements. It is a story of the Hawkings as a family – the challenges that the couple faced together and alone, and the decisions they had to make on the way. I judge a movie primarily on two aspects – a strong storyline and an impactful execution. In my opinion, this movie nailed both aspects, making it a strong contender for the Oscars this time.

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Apart from mesmerising with the acting, direction and the story, the movie left me with a lot more respect for Jane Hawking who made many sacrifices in her life to keep the legendary Stephen Hawking alive and in great shape. It also left me thinking that if Stephen Hawking, with just a cheek muscle working, can fight the odds and achieve the heights that he has, what stops anyone of us to stop chasing our own dreams.

Not getting much into the philosophy, I think the movie is a definitive watch and I’m sure you will like it.

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.

Interstellar: Sci-My-Fi

Movie Review

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Before you read this any further, please note that there might be a spoiler in there, if you read carefully. So, read at your own risk.

Now that we have established that you are not afraid of spoilers, the first one is that this movie has been inspired from Bollywood. It’s got a hero, a heroin, a villain, lots of emotion, many twists and turns, many impossible things happening around, and a Happy Ending. On top of it all, there are ‘They’ who guide the astronauts at every step to help save the mankind from distinction. Not to say there is no adaptation by Hollywood. No prize for guessing who saves the world this time – USA. Long live America!

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Let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the movie. This is set in the future when all of a sudden, there are dust storms all across (the USA) and the world is coming to an end. To resolve this issue, NASA has established that there is no other option but to transfer the whole human race to another planet (probably to destroy that as well over the next few decades before moving on). And then there is a father – the protagonist – who leads the way through wormholes, black-holes, galaxies and what not to ultimately find a very neatly laid out book-shelf in space from where he can communicate with Earth. And who laid out this book-shelf? ‘They’. That might all sound a little too complicated and absurd, but apparently, that is the reason for this movie receiving critical accolades. And while you are trying to move your head around with all this, there is some technical gibberish going around that is supposed to confuse you (and as a result appreciate the movie).

In a nutshell, this movie is all about emotions and relations, and not about the space or the Fifth Dimension. So, if you are interested in watching a little more ‘happening’ version of Gravity with more drama and more characters added to it, this movie is exactly what you are looking for.

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

Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2

Movie Review

Rating: 3.0/5.0

First things first. If you are watching this movie because you are one of the millions of people who are suppressed, oppressed and depressed by their bosses, then this movie is absolutely NOT for you. Don’t be fooled by the title of the movie, this movie doesn’t have anything to do with the bosses.

Now let’s get to the actual movie. This is a movie about three guys who want to start their own business to be their own bosses. In order to meet their over-zealous plans of production, they face severe financial issues, coupled with some ‘interesting’ twists and turns, eventually leading to the murder of the antagonist. While the three useless friends try to make their way out of all these troubles, their problems are coupled by the antagonist’s son who has been trying to take advantage of the entire situation.

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Long story short, the movie does give you chance to laugh intermittently. If you are going there for Jennifer Aniston, it’s a waste. Use of curse-words is so frequent that after the first 30 minutes, you stop noticing when they use the F-word. In a nutshell, the movie is worth one watch, but don’t expect too much from it.

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

The Penguins of Madagascar: Ummmm…

Movie Review

Rating: 2.5/5.0

As a 30+ years old, I should probably not be writing the review of this movie. But then I consider myself to be a child at heart. Nothing else can explain the fact that I went alone to watch the Penguins of Madagascar, just for the fun of it.

To be honest with you, this movie is not one of the best animation movies that I have watched in the recent past. The ones that I preferred are How to Train Your Dragon, Happy Feet, Madagascar and the likes where the storylines have been really good supported by commendable technologists who executed the story. I realised that this movie lacked both.

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You might argue that the movie is supposed to be watched by children. And I agree. But the amusing fact here is that I never heard any child giggle or be amused at any point during the movie, which speaks a lot.

So, overall, I can say that you can give this movie a miss. That is if your kids are not after your life to watch those ‘cute, cuddly penguins.’