Badlapur Movie Review - Evolution Of Desi Revenge Drama...
Our Hindi cinema has been highly obsessed with revenge drama, whereas in the earlier films the conflict used to be between the zamindar and the poor farmers. Though, the films featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra and a few more from the retro era could be termed as the proper inceptor of this genre. The good vs bad drama used to start with the villain killing any one of the family member of our hero, due to which our Desi hero used to grow up with a vengeance and try to avenge the death of his family member. Most of these movies used to be proper commercial potboilers like 'China Town', 'Zanjeer', 'Yaadon Ki Baarat', 'Agneepath', 'Sholay', 'Baazigar', 'Ram Lakhan', 'Karma' and many more. On the other hand, we also witnessed some different films like 'Raakh', 'Aaj Ki Aawaz', 'Kahani', 'Ek Hasina Thi', 'Ghajni' and more, which enhanced the whole genre in a superior manner. The latest film from this genre is, 'Badlapur', which is directed by Sriram Raghavan, who gave us some good crime thrillers like 'Ek Haseena Thi' and 'Jhonny Gaddar'. Right from the first look of the film to its hard hitting promos, the movie seems to have high levels of curiosity attached to it. Thus, let's find out whether 'Badlapur' will be another hard hitting revenge drama from the ace direction of Sriram Raghavan or might be yet another half baked product on the lines of his last directed film 'Agent Vinod'.Story:
'Badlapur' is a story of Raghu (Varun Dhawan), whose wife (Yami Gautam) and son gets killed in a bank robbery done by Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and his partner. Raghu puts in all his efforts to find out about Liak's partner, but fails miserably. On the other side, Liak is sentenced for a long term imprisonment due to which Raghu has to wait for a long period of time to seek his vengeance. Fifteen years later, Raghu gets an opportunity and how does he utilize it is what the film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story seems quite similar to the typical revenge drama we used to witness in the retro era, but has been presented in a brilliant manner. Though, one can find some similarities with Austrian thriller film 'Revanche', especially in the vengeance scenes featuring Varun Dhawan with Huma Qureshi or Radhika Apte. The first half of the film is superb and keeps you indulged in it with back to back thrilling happenings. The movie keeps you involved in it right from the first scene featuring the bank robbery followed by cops and Varun interrogating Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Varun-Huma Qureshi scenes, Nawazuddin Siddiqui escape attempts from the jail, Varun at Vinay Pathak's house, followed by his interaction with Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui meeting Huma Qureshi, Varun's violent scene at Vinay Pathak's house, Nawazuddin Siddiqui at Varun's house and many more such scenes leading the finale part of the film. On the flip side, the second half starts to slow down and drags a lot with unwanted scenes including the stretched climax. One can feel the pain and agony that Varun Dhawan might be going through in the initial parts, but towards the end of the film that connect was highly missing. The climax point gets delivered much earlier and due to which it fails to leave a hard hitting impact in the end scene. The camera work by Anil Mehta is superb and does full justice to the feel and the theme of the film. Editing should have been sharper in the second half of the film.Music & Direction:
Music by Sachin-Jigar is good and goes well with the flow of the film. 'Jee Karda' keeps haunting you, followed by 'Jeena Jeena' and 'Badla Badla'. 'Judai' is pretty average. The background music does full justice to the theme of the film.
Director Sriram Raghavan returns back to his style of crime thrillers and enhances the bar of such type of films made in our Hindi cinema. He adds the much required raw and dark elements with a good amount of gore and sexual content, which justifies the screenplay of the film. The narrative style of the story is slow but with a strong intoxication, which leaves a deep impact for a long period. It's only that, the movie goes on a bit repetitive mode in between and so the whole purpose of the film gets diluted. Also, the final message fails to leave a hard hitting mark which is essential for such types of films.Performances:
Varun Dhawan tries hard to do something different and succeeds as per his potential. He adds the toughness, pain and agony in his character and presents himself in a matured avatar. Sadly, he fails to get the proper soul of the character in certain important scenes due to which one does feel that an elder or a experienced actor would have been a perfect choice for his role. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is outstanding in this film. Remove him and you will find a huge vacuum in the film. Every small nuance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui is worth appreciating. Huma Qureshi and Radhika Apte will be seen in a bold avatar. They both perform their part with full integrity. Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak and Kumad Mishra lend good support. Yami Gautam, Ashwini Kalsekar and Murli Sharma are fine in their parts. Zakir Hussain and Gopal Singh were wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, the movie has lots of dum for all those who love slow and dark thrillers with a good amount of hard hitting violence, power packed performances and the bold content attached to it. Though, it fails to end on the satisfactory note and had the full potential to surpass Shriram Raghavan's best work 'Jhonny Gaddar' and 'Ek Hasina Thi'. Many might find the movie too slow or bland for the genre, whereas few might find it too dark and bold as per the level of Indian films. Nevertheless, good cinema lovers will love to see 'Badlapur' for attempting something different, which also marks a mild evolution of our desi revenge drama type of films in our Hindi cinema.Ratings - 3.5/5
Qissa Movie Review - A Fascinating Dark Memoir...
In the times when films were made only to entertain its audience, there were some filmmakers who decided to make meaningful cinema. These filmmakers mostly made small budgeted films with lots of financial problems and ended up getting poor to bad theatrical release. At that time, the government of India formed a central agency N.F.D.C (The National Film Development Corporation Of India), whose aim was to plan, promote and develop the Indian film industry with good and meaningful cinema. The agency started making films in almost all languages and started bagging the national and international awards. With the release of Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi' (1982), N.F.D.C ended up being one of the production companies for it and later started collaborating with many such projects. The most recent collaboration is Irrfan Khan starrer film, Qissa', where the language spoken, is mild Punjabi and has been making a strong impact in many national and international film festivals. Thus, let's find out whether 'Qissa' will join the elite list of classic films from the banner of N.F.D.C or might end up being among those so called festival type of films, where except for a unique theme there is nothing else to watch.Story:
'Qissa' is a tale set after the partition of 1947, which took place in India. Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) migrates with his wife (Tisca Chopra) and three daughters from Pakistan and seeks shelter in India. He sets up a whole new world for himself and his family and thats when his fourth daughter is born. Umber Singh raises her, as a boy, Kanwar Singh (Tillotama Shome) and hides the fact from the whole world. Kanwar Singh grows up to become a truck driver and is married to Neeli (Rasika Dugal). It's then Kanwar Singh realizes her real identity and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is daringly different and has lots of layers associated with it. The makers narrate this unusual tale an engaging manner, due to which the curiosity level is at its peak. The scenes looked so realistic and one could easily connect with the pain and agony of the characters in the film. There are some brilliant scenes like Irrfan treating the body, Tillotama's growing up days followed by Irrfan's pampering to her and bitterness towards other girls, Tillotamas bonding with Rasika followed by Irrfan-Rasika scenes, Tillotama's outbreak followed by her face off with Irrfan, Irrfan convincing Rasika in the finale chapter followed by the final speech in the end. Besides these scenes, there are many more engaging scenes which will keep you glued to the silver screen. There are many hard hitting shockers including the mild supernatural element which ends up as a hair-raising experience. On the flip side, few portions in the middle, featuring Tillotama and Rasika starts to drag, which slow's down the pace of the film. Also, the narration in the second half dilutes the interest in the film. The supernatural element and the frontal nudity, might shock many of the conservative audience. The camera work by Sebastian Edschmid is outstanding and gives the movie a complete international touch.Music & Direction:
The background music is haunting and goes perfectly with the flow of the film.
Director Anup Singh brings out a very hard hitting tale presented in a very unusual manner. The brilliance of this director is reflected in many scenes of the film and also the ace performances of his lead actors. He manages to give us a film which will be enjoyed and cherished by all those who love meaningful cinema.Performances:
Irffan Khan is outstanding in his role. He brilliantly narrates his lust and desire through his eyes. You will love to hate him in this movie. His performance will haunt you for a long time. Tillotama Shome is superb in her role and needs guts to portray such an intense and bold character, that too with such an ease. Rasika Dugal is cute and does her part with grace. Tisca Chopra lends good support and does full justice to her role. Danish was exceptional as younger Kanwar and justifies the lost childhood through his performance.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, this movie is a cinematic treat for all those who love meaningful cinema. The ones feasting on international cinema will cherish this movie and will feel proud of its bold theme and fantastic performances. The masala film loving audience, will shy away from this movie and many might find its narration style bit slow and dragging. Nevertheless, 'Qissa' is a fascinating dark memoir narrating an unique tale for all those who love hearing such types of simple yet complex cinema.Rating : 4/5
Roy Movie Review : 'Less Joy and More Cloy...'
In our Hindi films its often seen that superstars are added to a film to increase it's star value. There have been many such examples where a superstar was roped in for a special appearance, but ended up doing an extended special appearance. We have seen many superstars like Rajesh Khanna (Anurag, Badnam Farishte, etc.), Amitabh Bachchan (Andha Kanoon, Insaniyat, etc.), Shah Rukh Khan (Dulha Mil Gaya, Army, etc.) and others obliging the film or film makers. The most recent example, seems of superstar of the current lot Ranbir Kapoor's appearance in 'Roy'. Looking at the promos or the poster of the film, it looks like Ranbir Kapoor is in the main lead, but going by the buzz and marketing strategies it seems like he has been added to add up the glamour quotient in the film. Though, there have been such cameo or extended appearances which have been apt for the screenplay of the film. Hoping on that basis, let's find out whether 'Roy' will set up as a latest example of having superstar in an extended role or going by the sensibilities of Ranbir Kapoor it could be the perfect role as per the requirement of the script.Story:
'Roy' is a story of a commercial film maker Kabir (Arjun Rampal) who is riding high after the success of his earlier films. Kabir gets inspired from a painting robbery and starts writing as well as shooting for his next film in Malaysia. He meets another film maker Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandez) and starts bonding with her. The moments spend with Ayesha inspires Kabir to write his script featuring the tale of a highly crafted thief Roy (Ranbir Kapoor). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is as predictable as it looked in its lavishly presented promos. You might remember some similarities between the basic theme of 'Roy' with Sanjay Dutt - Aishwarya Rai - Zayed Khan starrer film 'Shabd'. The first half moves on a snail pace mode and takes lots of time in establishing the plot line of the film. The screenplay has hardly any movement and is mostly stagnant in the first half of the film. The second half does full justice to the first half and keeps dragging till the end credits of the film. The characters in the film are clueless and so are the writers of this film. The endless search for a perfect script gets accomplished by the character of Arjun Rampal in the film, but in reality it was nowhere to be found in the movie 'Roy'. To top it up, there are plenty of unwanted scenes and silent long shots which are placed in the film to test your patience level. Even the action scene of Rabir Kapoor with Asif seemed unintentionally funny. The whole reason for Jacqueline getting upset over Arjun Rampal seemed unconvincingly pointless and wasting the whole film after it was like unforgivable sin. On the technical grounds the movie is of top notch and the cinematography is outstanding. The locations and visual placement of the film is superb.Music & Direction:
'Roy' is produced by T-Series company and thus, there are some fantastic songs attached to this film. Every song is enjoyable and visually presented in an entertaining manner. 'Sooraj Dooba', 'Tu Hain Ki Nahin', 'Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan' and 'Yaara Re' will be loved and cherished. The songs end up as the only saving grace in this film.
Director Vikramjit Singh comes up with a confused film with lots of abrupt scenes and pointless screenplay. His style of film narration is so slow that if Rip Van Winkle got up after his twenty years of sleep, he will go back to a deep sleep while watching this film. The only place he succeeds is in making us feel the frustration and conflict going on in his character's mind over a missing script. It's a huge opportunity loss for Vikramjit as the producers had marketed this film pretty well.Performances:
Arjun Rampal sleepwalk throughout the film, it's tough to decide what was more slow - Arjun's dialogue delivery or film narrative style. Jacqueline Fernandez looked smashing and adds the glamour quotient to the film. She succeeds in terms of looking different for her different characters. Her pairing with Rabir Kapoor looked complimenting. Speaking about Rabir Kapoor, one does wonder what is he doing in this clueless film. His character is half baked and has hardly anything to do in this film. Shernaz Patel and Barun Chanda are fine in their parts. Anupam Kher and Rajit Kapoor are wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, except for fantastic songs, beautifully looking Jacqueline, picturesque location, there is nothing more in this boring film. 'Roy' joins the long list of all those films where superstars are added as a saving grace. In short, if you are looking out for some good amount of joy in the movie 'Roy', then let me sum it up by saying there is very less of joy and has more of cloy in the movie 'Roy'.Ratings : 1.5/5
Shamitabh Movie review - 'Stupendous Theme & Dazzling Perfomances...'
R.Balki debuted in our Hindi cinema with such an unusual subject featuring a love story of a middle aged girl with an old man. Many films based on such subjects were rejected by the audiences, but 'Cheeni Kum' was widely appreciated and loved by cinema lovers as the movie was very high on the conviction factor. His next film 'Paa', also had an unusual theme and tried to achieve something which seemed impossible in our Hindi cinema. Thanks to the unusual themes these films have found a great posterity in the library of good Hindi cinema. R.Balki's next film 'Shamitabh' is a story of a superstar actor whose voice is of an old man and displays the ego clashes between them. Right from its title announcement to its promo's there was a lot of curiosity associated with this movie, thus let's find out whether 'Shamitabh' will add as a hat-trick of good films by R.Balki or might be an offbeat for our Hindi film lovers due to the artistic theme associated with it.
'Shamitabh' is a story of a child, obsessed by movies, who grows up to become an aspiring actor.Daanish (Dhanush) has everything required for a good actor, except for the fact that he is born dumb,due to which it's impossible for him to even think of becoming an actor. During his struggling days, hemeets an assistant director Akshara (Akshara Hassan), who recognizes the true talent of Daanish and decides to help him with a unique technology, where he would be able to talk and persevere his dreamof becoming an actor. They short list a voice of an old man Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) and try toconvince him to be a part of their team. Daanish and Amitabh joins hands and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is daringly different and something unimaginable, but Balki presents it in such a way that it seems believable and full of conviction. The first half begins with back to back fantastic scenes like the whole childhood part of Dhanush followed by his madness over films, Dhanush's stuggling days in film industry, Amitabh Bachchan-Dhanush-Akshara first meet in the graveyard followed by Dhanush'saudition to Amitabh Bachchan, name formation, Amitabh's frustration over the awards, AmitabhBachchan talking in the graveyard about the real hero, Dhanush-Amitabh Bachchan arguing over thescript followed by the drunken scene, Amitabh Bachchan's monologue, Amitabh Bachchan's injectionscene followed by practicing of singing a song, Amitabh-Dhanush sex talks, Amitabh Bachchan giving A-Zbad words, Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan working in different films at the same time, Dhanush'sspeech on truth and many more followed by the heart touching finale moments. On the flip side, thetrack where Akshara tries to help Dhanush instantly, seemed unconvincing followed by the repetitivesecond half. Also, a little more time was required for Amitabh-Dhanush bonding and conflict, due towhich the intensity went a bit missing. The screenplay keeps dragging in the later portions of the second half. Only if these parts would have been crispier, the end results would have been outstanding.Amitabh Bachchan's dialogues are fiery and will be cherished by the cinema lovers. Camera work by P.C.Sreeram is of top notch.Music & Direction:
Music by Ilayaraja is not as great as per his standards, but is soothing and enjoyable. 'Ishq E Phillum' is mind blowing. 'Piddly' is sweet and enjoyable. 'Sha Sha Sha' is finely placed. 'Sannata' is unwanted. Background music is of typical Ilayaraja style and is not up to his fine standards.R Balki brings us yet another fantastic subject with superb perform aces attached to it. It's only that Shamitabh' is not at par with his last two releases and has a bit weak screenplay in the second half ofthe film. Though, the second half has always been R. Balki's weak point, the only difference incomparison to his previous films here, is that, the finale part is heart-touching and beautifully crafted in his film. His skilled direction makes us enjoy the slow moving tension between Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush in the film. It is because of a good director like R.Balki, we are fortunate to witness some good cinema from our country.Performances:
Hawaizaada - 'Vintage Puncture..'
There was a time in our Hindi cinema when most of the period films were anti-Britishers' type of films. Then there were loads and loads of romantic films, which were set during the partition era followed by some unusual films like 'Lagaan', 'Special 26', etc. which were perfect combination of facts and fiction. Though, prior to 'Lagaan' and 'Gaddar', period films were not favourable at the box office, but with the rise of multiplex era the whole scenario changed and we saw many successful films being made under this genre. If the concept of such types of films is unique and has been presented in a convincing manner, cine lovers shower their appreciation in the form of good box office numbers. Ayushmann Khurrana's latest film 'Hawaizaada' narrates the unique tale of how an Indian had developed the worlds first aeroplane. The concept and the promo seem interesting and have managed to raise the curiosity level, thus let's find out whether 'Hawaizaada' will be another good blend of fact and fiction on the lines of films like 'Lagaan' or might be one among those types of films where there is nothing else to offer besides the unique one liner concept.
'Hawaizaada' is a story about Shivkar Talpade (Ayushmann Khurrana), set in Mumbai 1895. Shivkarmeets Pandit Shastry (Mithun Chakraborty), who is trying to make a flying machine inspired from ourIndian mythology. Shivkar starts assisting Pandit Shastry and together they try to achieve the impossiblewith lots of hurdles and opposition of the British government. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is a good blend of facts and fiction, where the fact part is interesting, but the fiction is forced and overdone. The movie begins with lots of goof ups and dragging scenes, along with almost half a dozen songs packed together. It's only towards the middle portion the movie seems a little bitinteresting, especially when Ayushmann and Mithun keeps discussing about the planes and mythologyfollowed their talks to Lokmanya Tilak, etc. But once the fact part is over, the movie goes back on itsdragging mode with unwanted songs, drama and romantic scenes. Speaking about the romantic part,the movie does not need this track as it is falt and fake. Towards the finale part, the 'azadi' track gets forcefully inserted, due to which the whole purpose of the film gets lost. The sets, costume, language, culture, logistics, etc are so unreal and seems like it has been set in some fictional European country instead of our country. People are shown so liberal that they party easily, keep using gadgets and perform experiments, go out on a date in a restaurant (without sitting in a family room), stay in a platonic live-in relationship and many such instances which will confuse you about the era in which the movie is set. The camera work is highly inspired by fantasy based Hollywood films and thus, fails to go with the flow of the film. The sets and location are unreal and loud at times. Editing was strictly required in the film.Music & Direction:
There are around nine songs in the film, but unfortunately not even a single song is a chartbuster or a popular song. There are a few good songs, but are badly placed in the film. Director Vibhu Puri was an assistant director and writer to most of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films like 'Saawariya', 'Guzaarish' and many more. Thus, one could strongly feel the presence of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's over the top use of bold colours. Vibhu ruins a brilliant concept with unwanted songs, dance, romantic part followed by the dramatic and forced humour. He should have stayed loyal to his theme subject.Performances:
Ayushmann Khurrana tries his level best to do justice to his role and occasionally succeeds in portraying his part. Pallavi Sharda is the worst thing to happen to this film. Her track and performances were forced. Mithun Chakraborty was not up to the mark. Jayant Kirplani, Joy Sengupta and Lillete Dubey were fine in their roles.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum?? Besides the one liner subject, there is nothing else worth mentioning in this film. The movie is dragging, boring and loud at the same time. It's a big opportunity loss for cinema lovers and the proud Indians who had to witness a great tale presented in a bad manner. Everything is overdone and will remind you of watching a vintage car with a flat tyre, which is also known as puncture.Ratings : 1.5/5
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