Mard ko dard nahi hota is a tribute to being cliché and yet unexpectedly amusing!!

There’s a childlike innocence in Surya played by Abhimanyu Dassani. When he says ‘Paap ko jala kar rakh kar dunga’, it certain is gibberish but you will believe that he can. The man who feels no pain indeed had a very tragic past. Having lost his mother to a chain-snatcher and suffering from an incurable syndrome called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, Surya wants to become a karate master and kill every mugger he finds.

Surya’s monologue to himself throught the movie sets the tone of the film.

It is his story mixed with his filmy fantasies which are very amusing at times. The pace is very quick in the first half but slightly slows down in the second.

Vasan Bala (the director) creates a world filled with innumerable movie references right from the action sequence set on ‘Nakhrewali‘ song to the 90s style flashbacks which Surya often drifts into. It goes from one action set-piece to another, inspired by kung-fu style fights. There’s a cliche drunk karate master and a cliche bollywood psychotic villian who are unbelievably played by the same person, Gulshan Devaiya.

Jimmy the villian and Mani the karate man perfectly contrast each other and Gulshan Devaiya gives a stellar performance as both!

Jimmy’s accent is typical Mumbaikar and some of his cheezy one-liners are absolutely hilarious. When his goons start to scream as he orders them to go ahead and kill Surya, he half-heartedly says ‘Aae itna shor maat karo, residential area hai yeh’. He is staunchly poised in his tight blazer and breathes an uncanny arrogance.

While Mani the fighter who once defeated over 100 fighters simultaneously, inspires Surya to take up martial arts. He’s filled with guilt and perhaps always gives up to Jimmy’s needs and demands. It is Surya who makes him realize that it’s enough and he needs to fight back.

Radhika Madan as Supri is refreshing and is equally flawed just like everyone else.

She is Surya’s partner in crime, ready to fight for the world but gives up when asked to fight for herself… That’s the beauty of the movie, Vasan Bala’s characters wear their flaws on their sleeves. Their mishaps will make you laugh and their wrong decisions will make the adventure more fun.

Special mention to Mahesh Manjrekar as Surya’s grandfather. He has the best dialogues in the movie. He stands at every step with Surya and gives him every life lesson in the form of a story. There’s humour hidden in small details and the movie never tries to explain the gags. Watch Mard ko dard nai hota hai for a different story-telling experience, quirky one-liners, amazing roundhouse kicks by Surya and that well-thought of Enter the dragon type finale tournament!


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Gully Boy : It’s so close to being a masterpiece!

There is a certain charm about Ranveer Singh, the way he absorbs a character, blends in the surrounding, gets the accent right and just never lets his rhythm go… Watching him as Murad aka Gully Boy makes us forget he is Ranveer Singh. Trust me, these days whatever he is touching is indeed turning to gold.

But Gully Boy is more than Murad’s rise from the slums to the big stage. It has many more layers in it.

To begin with, the movie has the perfect backdrop, the slums of Dharavi, the youth over there and their problems which are so varied. Zoya Akhtar has made sure the differences between the rich and the poor is shown not just by the appearance but also by their ideologies which are so deeply rooted in every action they take.

Some moments are absolute gem. One of the scenes where Murad is not allowed to enter a pub just based on the driver’s clothes he’s wearing and then he vents out his anger through his rap in the car; it conveys all the fire that is burning within him, about to be unleashed. Another one when he’s driving one of his clients but just cannot ask her why she is crying, what is that she is upset about. The ‘Doorie‘ poem sits so perfectly in that moment. The movie is filled with so many magical moments that it leaves you with goosebumps…

A musical movie needs some soulful tracks and Gully Boy will probably be grabbing all the music awards this year!!

Azaadi’, ‘Apna Time Aayega’, ‘Doorie’, ‘Train Song’ are so meaningful and touch so deeply. The rap battles are a bit weird but very entertaining. Seeing Murad’s initial struggle in such battles is so natural that you want him to do better and he indeed does!

MC Sher played by Siddhant Chaturvedi is a very refreshing character. His confidence is infectious but we can see the overall focus of the movie never slips from Murad’s story. The story does try to raise a lot of questions and also tries to find answers to it. The situations which affects Murad, how it changes him, his relationships and the people around him, is a treat to watch and is in fact the USP of the film.

Alia Bhatt is on 🔥

She’s the surprise package, a fire ready to spread. Watch out for the amazing chemistry between Ranveer and Alia. Though the love triangle and the ending is quite predictable, the movie still holds strong till the end.

Gully Boy is what happens when a good screenplay matches an equally powerful set of characters!!

A special mention to Vijay Verma, who plays the role of ‘Moeen‘, one of Murad’s sidekick. Every scene he is in, the focus completely shifts onto him, that’s the screen-presence he has. He’s funny and he is serious in the correct proportions. Watch out for one scene towards the end between Moeen and Murad, it will certainly leave you teary eyed.

To end it leaving below an amazing poem which comes towards the second half of the movie signifying that only a few choose to travel the road less taken, the rest only regret…

The ‘Doorie’ poem

This is a movie you shouldn’t miss! And if you’ve seen it already, do let me know in the comment section your opinions!

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Kaala : Rajni’s swagger meets a strong screenplay

Kaala‘ (black) and ‘safed‘ (white), the two colours which are antithesis to each other, are at conflict. Kaala (Superstar Rajni) and Safed or Nana Patekar as Hari dada, have old scores to settle as Hari wants to get hold of the land of Dharavi, a place of the proletariant, of the working class of Mumbai. But there’s one man standing against Hari’s dream of cleaning up Dharavi, Kaala, the leader choosen by the people, for the people, of the people.

The highlight of the movie is it’s inherent conflict. The oppression done on the poor by the people roaming in air conditioned cars. Such themes have been widely explored in Hindi cinema and Kaala is no different. What’s different is Kaala’s crisp screenplay. No scene resembles a drag, ample of time is given for characters to develop in the first half. Kaala is a family man, has three sons, a loving wife and an old flame.

Kaala’s swag and style is what sets him apart. A man with a big heart whose action speaks more than him. A man who is widely respected in Dharavi and people are willing to give up their lives for him (many indeed give up). Some of the most dramatic moments are so brilliantly handled by Rajni sir. Also it’s astonishing to see him do amazing fight scenes at his age. No wonder why he’s treated as a God down south.

Nana Patekar, too, is one fine actor in a negative role. You know he’s acted well when you begin hating him by the end of the movie. He’s evil drapped in white, who looks all clean from outside but carries enough filth within.

Only if the movie could have been 20 mins shorter, the impact would have been much more.

A special mention to the well thought and stunningly shot climax. As Hari claims that your black symbolises your poverty and filth, Kaala firmly replies ‘Kabhi meri chawl me aa kar dekh, gandagi bhi rangeen dikhayi degi’ and that’s what he makes him show in the climax. It’s the highlight of the movie.

Go watch Kaala for the amazing Superstar Rajni and some spine chilling confrontations between Nana Patekar and him… On a lighter note, Kaala indeed sets the tone for Rajni sir’s entry in politics. It strikes the right chord to connect him with the biggest votebank of the country.

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Avengers: Infinity War – The most ambitious Marvel movie ever!! (Spoiler Free)

Dread it… Run from it… Destiny still arrives. The mighty Thanos has arrived to strike a balance in the universe by wiping out half of the universe’s population. Standing in his way are, in Thor‘s words, Earth’s mightiest heroes The Avengers. And they are not five or seven but twenty seven in number (or even more).

Avengers: Infinity War is more about Thanos than the Avengers. It’s fair to say that he is at the center of all the events happening in the film.

Thanos, the mad Titan, ready to destroy the entire universe by the snap of his finger has his own reasons to do so. In one of the scenes when Dr. Strange asks him ‘What will you do when all of this is over?’, Thanos softly replies ‘I will sit, and watch the sun-set’… The Russo brothers did the right thing by staging the entire movie from his perspective. Time and again taking us in his past and making us realize why Thanos became so mad about bringing balance to the universe. He is the beginning and the end.

It’s significantly important to point out Gamora‘s character, how she handles the pain her step father, Thanos, brought upon her. Some emotional scenes are very well handled by her (Zoe Saldana), given that Thanos is actually a computer generated purple giant.

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Russo brothers entirely play on the strengths of the Avengers. Each one has a special trick up his sleeve and each one gets a try to contain Thanos.

Tony Stark, the man who still has nightmares about the incidents of New York which happened in the first Avengers movie, portrays the fear, helplessness and rage in the correct proportion as he fights in a new nano-tech Iron Man suit. With his quirky one-liners and almost constant ego tussle with Dr. Strange, some of the finest moments are between them. A special mention to Stark and Spiderman‘s chemistry, a mentor and his ward fighting side by side!!

But then, most of the other characters are underutilized at the cost of giving Thanos sufficient run-time. Black Panther, Steve Rogers barely get a few lines to speak. Black Widow has no dialogues at all. Vision and the Scarlet Witch have pivotal roles but they are not too convincing, trying really hard. The Guardians of the Galaxy are enthusiastic and have no inhibitions about bringing out their madness. Everyone else are just come and go.

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But there’s one guy who stands out. Thor, the son of Odin.

In one of the interviews, Joe Russo mentioned that Thor has one of the most exhilarating role to play. He, filled not only with his rusty sense of humour, but also with vengeance and rage, in one of the scenes exclaims valiantly in Thanos‘s face ‘I told you, you’d die for that!‘. There’s anger in Thor‘s voice and belief in his heart… Watch out for what he is up-to, Thor‘s story is the most amazing of all.

With a large number of battles happening in the cosmos, the movie revolves across planets, switching back and forth. It can be difficult to match up with the pace of the movie. There is so much to grab, every frame is enormous, every character is larger than life. There are innumerable suspenses. One after the other, particularly in the second half. Especially there was one moment in which I was literally out of my seat, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I exclaimed ‘No, he cannot die!!!’

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Watch out for that sudden change in music and you will cheer that the movie is going to take you to Wakanda, also for Bruce Banner‘s exquisite relationship with his inner Hulk and Peter Dinklage‘s cameo (Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones). Oh, this movie has so much to offer that the review can never be enough. Go, watch it in 3D and feel the chill. Will the mighty Thanos get all the infinity stones? Will your favourite Avenger remain alive? This movie will answer it all…

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A Quiet Place review: Who had thought silence can be so terrifying!

A Quiet Place is chilling and terrifying and I got pretty scared watching it, imagining what all could go wrong. Surprisingly my imagination was never enough and the movie has such instances which will raise your heartbeats and send shivers down your spine. Well, I watched it at night so I may be over-exaggerating but it was definitely scary.

A hidden element which is so efficiently used is silence. Because as you must be aware the aliens here are super receptive creatures; miles away a bottle might break and they can, not only trace easily where it happened but also reach the exact spot within minutes. That’s what makes the movie so thrilling, that there is so much to do but no noise to make, there is so much to say but no voice to say. Surprisingly it compels us, as viewers, to remain silent and take in the sound of the character’s breath, heartbeats or the free-flowing river. A fascinating read on what challenges their sound designers faced can be found here.

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The entire second half of the movie is a roller coaster ride, when shit starts going crazy we see Emily Blunt in a brilliant role, carrying a baby in her womb and defending herself from the aliens at point-blank range. Probably the most amazing thing about the screenplay is that no frame is useless. Every scene helps, every characters is polished, be it Millicent Simmonds as the deaf girl, John Krasinski as the fighting father or Emily Blunt as the mother trying to save her family.

Probably it’s all about building up the plot, showing how the Earth has been a lost planet and the dominance the extra-terrestrial species has, going to how someone has survived and the challenges they are facing. Then things go wrong and everything changes. But A Quiet Place is certainly more than that.

The film is also about a family going through an existential crisis. The kids wanting more from their father, the mother having her moments of regrets and how they eventually realize that each one will have to stand up and save the other!!

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There’s one thing common in all alien movies, the aliens are so very creepy (like in Independence Day as well as War of the Worlds). They make very irritating sounds and senselessly kill humans. Man, are we so hated as a species? Nevertheless, watch A Quiet Place to see a refreshing and scary tale of post apocalyptic survival of a family trying really hard!! This one is very different and a highly entertaining movie…

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Neerja: Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nai

There are very few movies which make your mind think about it, once it gets over. It takes time to come out of it. The portrayal leaves a lasting impression and you feel a lump in your throat when you try to say anything. I felt the same after watching Neerja.

Neerja, a 22 year and 364 days old braveheart who played a major role to save 359 lives but gave up her own, was like one of us, like us she too was afraid. But then, she stood against her fears and didn’t bog down. That was the only difference. She believed We are stronger than our fears and proved it. This is her story of conquering her fears.

Ram Madhvani, director of Neerja, adhered to a fine concept of story telling; showing Neerja’s fears, showing her inspirations and making us understand that it can be a struggle coming up against it but its worth giving a try. ‘Don’t die before your death‘ the way Neerja sums it up. From showing how she was treated in her failed marriage, to how she stood up against it, the director never misses a point.

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I personally never knew Sonam Kapoor could act so fine and I still don’t like her voice, but overall her acting was commendable. Her best till date. Shabana Azmi, as Neerja’s mother, has given one of the finest performances. The speech she gives in the end had so many people in tears, including my mom. I somehow managed to control mine. It was the most touching part of the movie.

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The actors who played the role of the hijackers were so convincing. I could feel my heart racing… What will happen now? How will everyone be evacuated? The script was tight and held the attention through out. Yes, some scenes were a bit melodramatic but never exaggerating anything.

This is a movie you should not miss. It surprises me how our history books never included such inspiring stories!

In the end to sum it up, Neerja, as an ardent fan of Rajesh Khanna, proved Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nai…

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Why I won’t remember SRK for Dilwale!!!

There have been times when I have enjoyed SRK’s most flawed movies (as per his critics not me) like Ra One, Chennai Express, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Happy New Year, etc. But I still remember him for all those movies, I always have something from some movie to cherish and remind myself of every now and then. Sadly, Dilwale had nothing… In the truest sense, Dilwale was exceptionally hollow.

Yes, its too difficult for me to write this. Some of you might even be laughing that an ardent fan is coming up with such harsh words but its what I really feel like. Just one question keeps surging in my head “Why work with Rohit Shetty AGAIN?”

I have no grudges against that guy. But the fact that his movies, besides showing cars with wings or humans with insane jumping skills, is also filled with senseless jokes  and an absolutely predictable story-line. To see SRK, let alone Kajol, choosing such a movie is baffling? A guy who has been in the industry for more than 25 years can’t judge a script like this, is seriously shocking, isn’t it?

Yeah, may be you might say that ‘Come on, every Rohit Shetty movie is the same’. But no, Dilwale had a great cast (SRK-Kajol pair), best producer in SRK and equally skilled crew. Still the output was highly mediocre, what it always is or rather even more lame jokes which can’t even make you smile, Varun Dhawan’s irritating over-acting and Johnny Lever’s senseless comic-timing. But Shahrukh you didn’t see that coming, did you?

I feel sad but I wish SRK realizes that money earned from such a movie is of what use when people won’t remember you for such a movie…!! I will remember him for Chak De India, Veer Zaara, Kabhi Ha Kabhi Na and many more … But with a heavy heart, not for Dilwale …

Expectations v/s Reality

Sometime back I saw the movie “500 Days Of Summer” and one of the scenes that still lingers in my memory for its so touching portrayal was the Expectation v/s Reality scene, where our protagonist Tom Hansen goes to meet his ex Summer Finn with a baggage of expectations and comes back beneath a truck load of harsh reality. The video link is posted below.

The song in the background goes ‘ It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright…. No one’s got it all’ looks so appropriate. Our expectations never get fulfilled to its fullest and we end up wanting far more than what we get. I am sure most of us can relate to it at times.

So I would like to leave you with this sublime scene from a very different movie which even has a tag-line ‘This is NOT a love story’. How in the war of his perceived reality and the actual reality, Tom gets disheartened and walks on the solitary road which looks so picturesque.

Enjoy the scene 🙂

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‘Tamasha’ a must watch movie

 

Have you ever asked yourself ‘What are you’ or ‘What makes you the person you are today’ or ‘Have you always wanted to be where you are right now’ ? Tamasha raises all sorts of questions and, surprisingly, tries very hard to answer each one. It succeeds too, upto some extent.

‘Why always the same story?’ That’s the tagline of the movie. It fits perfectly. Why does a boy and a girl have to meet, fall in love, then separate, only to realize they are meant to be together? Tamasha is no different but in no way it is same.

Imtiaz Ali has a real vision. Ranbir’s character has been written so well. From his childhood to his college days and then to his office days, it shows such an intertwined connection. We actually realize how our hero Ved has gone on to become what he is shown as, especially in the second half.

A special mention to the song ‘Wat Wat Wat’. The awesome story behind it about that certain rickshawala. A brilliantly thought correlation between what Ranbir goes through at that time and that rickshaw-driver. It touched me.

Also coming to the scene which literally had me in tears.. When Deepika tries to stop Ranbir, glimpses of which can be seen in the song ‘Agar Tum Saath ho’ . I mean, brilliant work by Deepika. You get goosebumps when you see that. ‘How can she love him so much?’ That’s the question that surges in my head.

Where Rockstar failed to make most of the people understand what happens in the end, that is where Tamasha succeeds. The last half an hour of the movie is genius work by Imtiaz Ali. Story-telling at its best.

Finally in the end I would like to discuss about the beginning of the movie. Tamasha begins within Ranbir, he was the answer to all his questions and that’s probably the life lesson Tamasha wanted to make its viewer understand. You are more than an ordinary, mediocre human. You are someone special only if you do what you really want to do, only if you look within yourself.

Thank You Rahman, Ranbir, Deepika for your honest efforts. Thank you Imtiaz Ali, I feel blessed to have seen Tamasha and lived it as if it was my story.

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Dev D movie Review

Anurag Kashyap is the director who can give Indian Cinema the reach it deserves at the world stage. His style of direction is exceptional, his quest for detailing his characters and his unconventional choice of music is what makes him the standout director of Bollywood. All thanks to Dev D the movie which made him an overnight star.
As Dev, the rich father’s wayward son, reaches his hometown after completing his studies in London we see how over the years he has been in touch with his childhood sweetheart Paro. How he calls her often and also both of them use Instant Messaging too.
Paro, the ‘Gaon ki chori’ isn’t actually behind in her lifestyle. She’s a free spirited woman who also falls in love with Dev just as much as Dev himself is with her. But the various situations (call it ‘misinterpretations) causes Paro to marry a rich gentleman from Delhi.

Dev, completely drowned in Paro’s love, watches her getting married. He finds solace in alcohol. His favourite Vodka mixed with coke starts becoming a habit. As Paro moves to Delhi, Dev also follows her there. Being son of a rich politician, Dev goes on a spree of self destruction portrayed to perfection by Abhay Deol.
At this tym we are introduced to Chanda, role essayed by Kalki. Her story is different. She being a teenage girl gets trapped when her MMS goes viral on the internet and how her own family starts disowning her. She goes through a lot but then decides to become a sex worker. Indeed a brutal and spine chilling portrayal.
Dev, surrounded by cigarettes and Vodka, meets Chuni, the guy who gives work to Chanda. Chuni is shown as a selfish guy and he analyzes Dev as a rich dad’s son who can be used for some easy money. He brings Dev to his place where Dev meets Chanda. Their life-stories, then, bring them closer.
The chaos and confusion in Dev’s head. His trouble in living a life without Paro, a life without a purpose is successfully supported by Amit Trivedi’s superb background score. The songs are always on the perfect time and none make you feel they are unnecessary. Also a note to the dark surroundings and a perfect use of dim lights and colours to represent the setting.
Yes the second half is considerably slow but then the director didn’t compromise on the quality of content. A special mention to Nawazuddin Siddique, he was hilarious in the song ‘Emotional Attyachar’. I wish Anurag Kashyap keeps gifting us such memorable classics forever.