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Piku Movie Review - Cleanses Your Emotional Soul...
It's often seen that a daughter is always fond of her father. Right from her childhood the affection and bonding keeps increasing with each passing year. The small hands eventually grows up with the caring hands of her father and other family members. Getting married might be the best day in her life, but on the same day she also has to bear the pain of parting away from her loving father. Situations change, but the love is intact, except for the fact that it gets less time to display due to various stages of life. Then, there are many such daughters who dedicate their life to their parents, especially their father. 'Piku' is one such film which talks about a father and daughter relationship, where the daughter has totally dedicated her life in taking care of her aging father. It's very rare that we get to witness such unique tale of love and affection. Thus, let's find out whether 'Piku' will set a benchmark by portraying a novel contemporary tale of a father and a daughter or might be one of those melodramatic films with forced emotional quotient, added only to lure the soap opera audiences.Story:
'Piku' is a story of Piku (Deepika Padukone) who works with her friend Sayed (Jishu Sengupta) and looks after her ageing father Baba / Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan). Baba has a huge problem of constipation and thus Piku along with her family members keep seeking a solution to this problem of Baba. One day after a party Baba's health deteriorates and it is that time when Baba decides to visit his home way back in Kolkata. The family decides to go on a road trip and hires a car from Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan). Rana joins them on a journey which explores every emotion and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story by Juhi Chaturvedi might look like a one liner story, but has various shades and tales to tell. The movie starts with the motion problem of Amitabh Bachchan and connects brilliantly with the emotions of Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan. 'Piku' is one of those films where almost every scene is worth mentioning and is a gem in its own. There are back to back precious moments and scenes like Amitabh Bachchan's motion talks over lunch followed by Amitabh Bachchan firing the servant, Irrfan chat with his mother, Amitabh Bachchan - Moushumi Chatterjee chats and arguments, Amitabh Bachchan dancing after the party, Irrfan Khan's first interaction with Amitabh Bachchan followed by Irrfan watching the curriculum of Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan singing a Bengali song, Amitabh Bachchan's views over women getting married, Amitabh-Irrfan arguments in the middle of the road, Irfan-Deepika's talk at Ganga ghat, Irrfan explaining Amitabh Bachchan about motion system followed by his outburst, entire family discussing motions at the time of breakfast, Amitabh Bachchan firing Irrfan over the ventilator, Amitabh Bachchan's cycle ride followed by the heart touching finale and many more which will stay in your heart and mind for years and years to come. Juhi Chaturvedi has added minute nuances in such a brilliant manner that everyone will some or the other way get attached to the happenings and emotions in the film. The movie talks about the perspective and transformation of todays women and the love for ones parents without being preachy or melodramatic. The serious matter of old age has been presented just like a homeopathy pill with lots of sweet coating over it. There are so many scenes where its tough to take your eyes away from Amitabh Bachchan-Deepika Padukone-Irrfan Khan. Dialouges are realistic and powerfull. The locations of Delhi, Benaras and Kolkatta adds up as a visual treat along with the road journey in this sweet and pure film. The only minor hitch in this movie is the overdose of brand endorsement, which can be overlooked easily.Music & Direction:
The songs add up as a narrative part of the film. 'Journey Song', 'Bezubaan' and 'Piku' goes perfectly with the flow of the film. 'Lamhe Guzar Gaye' will leave you with a lump in your throat. The background music by Anupam Roy is brilliant and is creatively soothing.
Director Shoojit Sircar brings up a simple tale which will connect with every emotional person in its own way. He says it in a very subtle yet most powerful manner we have ever witnessed. He will remind you the brilliance of the ace directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee, Basu Bhattacharya, Rituparno Ghosh and many such talented people who had a knack of narrating the most simplest and memorable films. Every frame and settings in the film is a sheer brilliance and will connect with its viewers. The emotions shown in the film are perfectly felt and experienced with lots of smile and moist eyes with tears at times. After a long time a filmmaker said so much in the most simple and sweet manner.Performances:
I have no words to describe the flawless performance of Amitabh Bachchan. A whole dictionary full of new adjectives should be formed just to describe the finesse and ace performance of this god gifted actor. His body mannerisms, facial expressions and dialect brilliance, sync with each other. You will connect to his anger, curiosity, happiness, love and sadness. He is super cute in many scenes and definitely the show stealer among all the ace actors. Deepika Padukone looks stunningly beautiful and expresses herself through her magical eyes. The character of Piku will be seen as a source of inspiration for many young girls. Irrfan Khan is brilliant and despite of having a smaller role in comparison to Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, still has his moments of glory. His nuances add up as a cherry on the top in every scene. He charms you with his cute smile and amazing timing. All the three actors compliment each other. Jishu Sengupta and Raghuvir Yadav lend good support. Moushumi Chatterjee is fantastic and one would love to see more of her in every frame of the film. Balendra Singh is good in his role, as a servant.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, this movie has all the dum required for a good overwhelming film. Director Raj Kapoor once said that it's easy to make a hit film, but most difficult to make a good and a simple film. Shoojit Sircar and his team succeeded in making a good and a simple film which cleanses your emotional soul, which has been badly tampered in this materialistic world. The father-daughter bonding will bond everyone with their family in their own way by teaching you the art of living due to which, 'Piku' ends up setting a benchmark of a true and purest film from our time.Rating: 5/5
(P.S - After watching this film, I went home and gave a bear size hug to my mother, I am sure you too will do the same.)
The film starts off with a day in the life of the Delhi based Piku (Deepika Padukone), whose world revolves around her architectural office, her colleague Sayyed Afroze (Jishu Sengupta) and her father ever-so-doting father Bhaskhor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan). Life is absolutely monotonous for her. While her day starts off with her office and ends with her ever-worried-about-constipation father Bhaskhor. Despite all her efforts to brainwash him off the same, he refuses to budge. That's why she compromises with the existing situation, which also means that she has to cancel a lunch date in order to attend to her 'mentally constipated' father's constant SOS. Just when life is moving in a monotonous manner for the Banerjee family, a sudden decision to travel to Kolkata springs up. Because Bhaskhor rules out the possibility of travelling by air or train citing his constipated problems, the family decides to go on a road trip to Kolkata. One the other hand, due to lack of 'availability' of any driver, the owner of a rental taxi service Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) decides to drive the car himself. It is during this trip that Piku and her father realize a few bitter facts about life and about each other, courtesy, Rana, who doesn't believe in mincing words when it comes to calling a spade a spade. It is during this journey that a romantic tension develops between Piku and Rana. But when they reach Kolkata, a tragedy strikes the Banerjee household, which, not only changes the entire course of Piku's life, but also brings the entire Banerjee household to a standstill. What is this tragedy that strikes them, will Piku ever be able to find love and does Bhaskhor ultimately find a solution to his constipation is what forms the rest of the film.
Since the film comes from the stable of the 'thinking man's director' Shoojit Sircar and the 'thinking man's writer' Juhi Chaturvedi (best known for Vicky Donor), the film holds immense promise/ potential as the whole. One has to applaud the way in which Shoojit has handled the sweet and simple tale of PIKU. This film will definitely go down as one of the films in his repertoire that demands a superlative applause. After VICKY DONOR, MADRAS CAFE and now with PIKU, Shoojit proves his supremacy as a storyteller. Even though the film is good in overall perspective, the climax is sudden and does seem to be left incomplete.
As far as the acting is concerned, this being an author backed role, no prizes for guessing as to it is Deepika Padukone who leads the show from all the fronts. One has to applaud this girl for making all the right choices in her career as far as her film selections are concerned. To stand up to the stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan is no mean achievement and Deepika successfully does that and how! All in all, she is excellent, sincere and shows immense growth as an actor. Despite his ever-so-towering persona, Amitabh Bachchan, on the other hand, is as down-to-earth as down-to-earth can get! Even though you will not find 'THE' Amitabh Bachchan and his famous mannerisms and baritone, you will be really shocked and surprised to see him in a new light. His behavior and mannerisms as a Bengali old man are simply outstanding. As for Irrfan Khan, there is no denying the fact that he is truly brilliant in his part. Despite the 'odd pairing' with Deepika, his onscreen chemistry with her and her family in the film really crackles up all the scenes. His interactions with Amitabh Bachchan are totally hilarious. The film also sees the 'return' of the ever-charming Moushumi Chatterjee back on the silver screen. In no way, has she lost the magic of her 'simplistic approach' towards her roles. She is an absolute endearing delight to watch in the film. The other actors like Jishu Sengupta and Raghuveer Yadav help the film in moving forward.
Since it's a simple film, the music of the film is also expected to be simple. And the film's music director Anupam Roy delivers just that. Even though there are not any chartbusting tracks in the film, the music of the film helps as a major driving force in the film's progress. While the film's cinematography (Kamaljeet Negi) is beautiful, the film's editing (Chandrashekhar Prajapati) is crisp. A special mention to the film's costume designer (Veera Kapur) for keeping the costumes 'in check' with the 'flow' of the film.
On the whole, PIKU is a must watch this season as it brings back the memories of the legendary directors Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and likes. This is a film that shall grow with word of mouth.
Gabbar is Back Movie Review - Need not be afraid of...
Vinod Khaana's character of Jabbar Singh from the movie 'Mera Gaon Mera Desh' could be considered as one of the inspiration for the writers Salim-Javed to be able to conceive the legendary character of Gabbar Singh in the film 'Sholay'. The larger than life character of Gabbar became equally popular just like the classic film and inspired many characters in the similar style of films. We also witnessed some spoofs by comedians like Jagdeep, Johnny Lever and a few others, where the menacing character was presented only to make its audience laugh. Despite of all this, the fact is, that Gabbar was always presented as a dacoit, whether it is an action film or a comical track. Nevertheless, Akshay Kumar's latest film 'Gabbar Is Back'manages to raise the curiosity level, as this time the legendary character's name is used for a heroic purpose and not for glorifying its villainous avatar. Thus, let's find out whether the burning issue of corruption in 'Gabbar Is Back' will manage to feel the audience's pulse or might end up being another preachy film, with no practicality attached to it.Story:
'Gabbar Is Back' is a story of a socially reforming group, lead by a fictitious name of Gabbar by a physics professor Aaditya (Akshay Kumar). This group targets the corrupt government officials and punish the most corrupt officer by hanging him to death. This starts to terrorize all the corrupt officers, due to which right from the top most businessman Digvijay Patil (Suman Talwar) to police officers (Jaideep Ahlawat & Sunil Grover), everyone wants to find out about Gabbar and the real identity behind this group. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story, despite being an official adaptation of a Tamil film Ramanaa, still reminds you of films like 'Hindustani', 'Kala Bazaar', 'Aparichit', 'Ugly' and few more such types of films, where the hero starts to punish the corrupt officials. The first half takes time in establishing the main plot of the film and is on the right track till the middle portions, but after that, it fails to enhance the level of the film. There are a couple of good action and entertaining scenes like Akshay fighting with the goons in the college followed by Akshay hitting Suman Talwar in government office, Government officials seeking police help, Akshay's sting operation on the doctors and hospital management, Akshay kidnapping Suman Talwar's track in the finale portions and few more. On the flip side, the basic connect is highly missing due to which the actions seemed bit weak and pointless at times. There are lots of stuff happening in the film, but still, nothing unique nor powerful. It's as if we have seen similar stuff many times in various yet, better films. Few tracks needed to be elobrated, failing to which the impact gets diluted. The camera work is good and manages to do justice to the feel of the film.Music & Direction:
Music in Akshay Kumar's films have always been a highlight. Sadly, here except for 'Teri Meri Kahani' there is nothing much melodious in the film. Chitrangada Singh's item number 'Aao Raja' was unwanted. Background music failed to do justice to the feel of the film.
Director Krish comes up with an interesting and a contemporary subject, which has been presented in many other films and that too in a better way. Nevertheless, he manages to give us a not so bad type of film, wherein, if certain track would had been elobrated the impact would have been surely positive and in favour of the film.Performances:
Akshay Kumar is good in his part and does full justice to his character. His fights and dialogues will satisfy all his ardent fans. Shruti Haasan was terrible and has nothing much to offer in the film besides being an added attraction in the film. Suman Talwar does a decent job, but his dialogues have been shoddily done. Sunil Grover and Jaideep Ahlawat lend good support. Kareena Kapoor Khan is fine in the romantic song. Chitrangada Singh in the item song looks super hot.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum??? Well the movie is not a bad watch as it had a good motive attached to it with some decent performance by Akshay Kumar. It's not at par or even nearby to his last few good releases like 'Baby' or a 'Holiday' nor is bad like 'Entertainment', 'Shaukeens' or 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara'. If only there would be a strong soul and a great writing attached to the film, the impact of the film would had been as much powerful as the character of Gabbar from the film 'Sholay'. Failing to which,the corrupt officials need not be afraid of this new and bit soulless Gabbar.Rating : 3/5
Gabbar Is Back
The film starts off with the very righteous man Professor Aditya (Akshay Kumar) and his tryst with corruption. He is on a mission to infuse a sense of purpose and hope amongst his students in 'National College', the place where he teaches the five elements of survival, in both, theory as well as practicals! Besides being a professor, he is also a vigilante who functions under the name of 'Gabbar'. He and his team inject fear amidst the corrupt officers. The main mission of his team is to eliminate the corrupt individuals, from all the spheres of life, but... in a systematic manner. When he's not bashing up the bad guys, Prof. Aditya also finds time to go on coffee dates with Devaki (Shruti Haasan). There is also a back story of Aditya that finds him romancing his wife (Kareena Kapoor Khan in a cameo) and how tragedy strikes him, courtesy industrialist Digvijay Patil (Suman Talwar). While the laidback police officials are unable to nab Gabbar, it takes an enterprising 'English speaking' constable Sadhu (Sunil Grover) to get the vital clues and leads about the whereabouts of Gabbar and his team. The only problem with Sadhu is that, because he is a 'driver', none of his superiors take him seriously and always belittle him. Amidst all this, when the police and the government land up in a very tight spot because of their inability to nab Gabbar, they hire a razor-sharp topcop, who vows to nab Gabbar at any cost. And when he sees Sadhu's clues of nabbing Gabbar, he immediately offers him all the support that he needs. Do the police and government ever get to know the real 'Gabbar', do they decipher the reason behind these killings, will Sadhu land up playing a spoilsport in Gabbar's master plans or does Gabbar who has been exposing the corrupt, will himself come out before everyone and 'expose' himself... is what forms the rest of the film.
GABBAR IS BACK is an official remake of the southern hit RAMANAA. It has the South Indian stamp of filmmaking written all over it. Ear-splitting-background-score, over-the-top action and humour emanating from strange food references like samosa-and-laal-chatni. One can also draw references with the recently released UNGLI which appointed a somewhat similar modus operandi for tackling corruption. GABBAR IS BACK's director Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi aka 'Krish' needs to be applauded for making a topical film at a time when the country is being swept by the corruption wave. Despite the fact that the film is a remake of the hit Tamil film RAMANAA, Krish makes all the possible efforts to give GABBAR IS BACK a feel that will surely touch everyone's heart alike. Despite this being his debut film, his story telling through his direction is praiseworthy! He does reasonable justice to the film's story (A. R. Murugadoss) and vice versa.
As far as the performances are concerned, no prizes for guessing that the captain of the ship is none other than Akshay Kumar, the man who mouths the eternal dialogue 'Naam villain ka, kaam hero ka'. He is having a role befitting larger than life persona suiting a typical Bollywood Hero. He is earnest and it is clear that he believes in the actions of the protagonist. It is a departure from the comedies that Kumar has been associated with but it is no patch on the intelligent roles he has portrayed in SPECIAL 26 and BABY. Shruti Haasan, on her part, has this silly obsession with 'Google' facts that stops being funny after a point of time and lands up being irritating. At the same time, one cannot deny the fact that even though she has a small role, she looks beautiful. Sunil Grover is impressive. After being caught up in the garb of 'Gutthi' since a long time, he successfully creates an impact as an actor in this film. One just hopes that this film opens the proverbial door for this talented guy. Suman Talwar in the villainous role is too loud. The rest of the characters help in moving the film forward.
On the music front (Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Manj Musik), the track of 'Teri Meri Kahani' is the only saving grace in the movie which, otherwise lacks any soulful music. The single screen audience in smaller centers may take a liking to the luscious Chitrangda Singh's item song 'Kundi Na Khadkao Raja' because of its sexy presentation. Nirav Shah's Cinematography is average. Editing (Rajesh G. Pandey) is besotted with eye-sore zoom-ins. The pace of the movie is leisurely and it's only towards the end that it picks up pace. Rajat Aroraa's dialogues are catchy in parts. While the film loses its pace in the first half, it regains it in the second half.
On the whole, GABBAR IS BACK is an average entertainer which will draw huge footfalls over the weekend due to catchy massy title, action drama and the fact that it is releasing on a holiday. Post the weekend, the film will have to rely on 'PWD' (Performance on Week Days) to see it sail through. If you are sick and tired of corruption in India, then, you shall find GABBAR IS BACK inspiring, else you may find it boring and preachy.
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