FORCE2

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Let me begin by saying that this apple has fallen quite far from the tree. It is way better than the original Force in every aspect. The plot is very tight and keeps you on edge throughout the 1st half. Abhinay Deo is the guy who shot to fame with debut direction ‘Delhi Belly’.

John’s ripped muscles and the 8 pack abs are put to good use that the lack of expression on his face can be easily forgiven, there is a towel scene as well. Sonakshi maintains her no nonsense ‘Akira’ attitude. But the highlight of the cast is Tahir Raj Bhasin. Remember the baddie in ‘Mardaani’. Even here he is his nasty best. Slewed remarks and sarcastic tidbits brings about a rawness in the character which makes it believable and at the same time fear him.

Rest of the cast just goes unnoticed but the cameos by Raj Babbar, Jenelia Deshmukh and Boman Irani are welcome surprises. The direction is neat; cinematography is exceptional and editing is strict keeping the slag moments at a minimum. The fight sequences could have been shortened a bit.

Special mention to the innovative first person camera at the climax fight sequence in the style of ‘Quake arena’

Verdict – if action thrillers your favorite genre then you should not miss it.

Doctor Strange

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So, the big news is that Marvel Studios has come up with a new logo animation which is way cooler than DC Comics logo.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the arrogant yet genius neurosurgeon doctor Stephen Strange. The good doctor soon meets with an accident and his hands are subjected to multiple fracture leaving his hands shaking just like the movie itself. As is the case usually in situations like these there is no cure – or is there?

Halfway through the movie people starts missing Rachael McAdams and so she is brought back in the action and is seen wheeling patients into an operating theater, twice with confused looking staff all around.

The best performance without any doubt is by ‘special effects’. The inception style dimension change and of course the journey through multiverse (not universe) is very well designed. Tilda Swinton as ‘the ancient one’ is not convincing at all and the baddy is played by Mad Mikkelsen, the same guy who was the bad guy in James bond Casino Royale, he was much meaner and terror invoking then but here he just falls flat with black kohl makeup below his eyes.

In conclusion, this is a movie for those who already know the history of Doctor Strange or has a fetish for 3D visual effects. Direction by Scott Derrickson is crisp but a bit of creative screenplay could have done wonders to the movie experience.

Verdict: Watch the animated movie instead – ‘Doctor Strange – Sorcerer Supreme’ or If you are a Bendict Cumberbatch fan – wait for Sherlock Season4 premiering on 17th Jan 2017.

 

 

 

Shivaay

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This is a through and through Ajay Devgan movie. He has written the story, directed, produced, and named the movie in his character name. The expat female leads look almost uninterested on the whole affair. Sayesha looks out of place and a tad bit confused. Ajay Devgan himself looks very tired and worn out playing so many roles associated with the same movie.

Shivaay is potrayed as a Himalayan mountaineer guide who has tattoos of snake& trishul and smokes chillam while pulling impossible stunts using just a pair of hooks. He is shirtless in extreme cold weather and expressionless throughout the movie. It takes about an hour to even build up to the story.

The 1st half has been shot in Missouri and the 2nd half in Bulgaria and is really picturous. The car chases and fight sequences are too much over the top and the story reminds that of taken series. The flying cars and uncalculated bridge jumps indicates towards the director’s ‘rohit shetty’ hangover.

Girish karnad and Vir Das have been wasted and not been given virtually any screen-space. Otherwise soulful songs by Arijit and Kailash kher go unregistered in the background but ‘Raatein’ by Jasleen Royal is quite prominent and well timed.

Few father-daughter moments are shot quite well and the rap-chant by Baadshah – ‘bolo har har’ is utilized in almost all action sequences appropriately.

Verdict – Taken 1 & Taken 2 put together running time is 191 Minutes and Shivaay alone is 173 minutes long. Interested patrons are advised to carry lunch, pillow & blankets to the theater.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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The entire ordeal is 2 hours & 38 minutes long. After a while people feel – ‘theatre mein baitna hai mushkil’ in fact a few patrons got up from their seats thinking the movie is over and sat back realizing it is not, and this happened twice.

Karan Johar is still in the hangover of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and completely ruins kuch kuch hota hai in multiple occasions. The storytelling is over the top, the casting is just about ok and I am pretty sure there was no editing done at all.

The only thing holding the movie together is Arijit Singh’s soulful voice, Amitabh bhattacharya for his amazingly deep lyrics and Anushka Sharma for taking the movie forward throughout even when she is off the screen.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan falls face flat in the few screen footages she has been allowed and Fawad Khan Stands out like a sore thumb, rest of the casting is non-existent. The first half is sort of watchable with déjà vu of bachna ae hasino, anjaana-anjaani, & tamasha. The movie goes a steep downhill from the second half, the damage is so much that even a guest appearance from the king khan himself is unable to salvage the wreckage.

But, there is one good news take away – finally after 18 years from release of Kuch Kuch Hota hai finally Karan Johar eats his words and declares – ‘Ladka aur Ladki Dost Ban sakte hain’

Verdict – watch it if you must but you have been warned.

 

Pink

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Pink is the truth, be prepared to face it even before you enter the theatre or multiplex premise. This is not a movie which you can watch while munching a pop-corn or sipping coke. Prepare yourself for anger and self-disgust for what is to come.

The last time we saw Taapsee Pannu was in chashme baddoor, this is not the same girl for sure, after a long time Amitabh is playing a supporting role and it is refreshing to see that the focus is not really on him. Wherever Shoojit Sircar is involved the level of intellectual content is scaled up quite high, each and every scene in the movie is content rich and thought provoking.

The lives of three office-going Delhi girls are portrayed here, along with the brooding & sulking old man next door played by Amitabh. When the crisis is at hand nobody stands with the small group of truth, instead everyone sides with power. The director Aniruddha portrays gray, brown and other darker shades with finesse. The editing is sharp and the screenplay is brilliant. Few glitches in supporting actor casting can be easily overlooked.

When the movie gets over you realize that you are angry. Mainly for two reasons – first is that you feel that the punishment is not good enough and second you realize that this is the truth and not just a movie. This review is short because the 136 minute inside the theatre has to be felt and not written about.

Verdict – watch it because you need to

Nannaku prematho (To father,with love)

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After much speculation on Jr NTRs new look and the aura created around the movie it is very easy to get disappointed, but leaving out all the cheering, fan following and the hype the movie delivers to a certain level.

The backbone of the movie is a corporate espionage drama twined with a twenty-year-old revenge story and of course as the title suggest a father son bonding angle. Jr NTRs carries the entire movie on his shoulders from the 1st scene onwards. Just like all the spicy offerings in earlier movies in this one too he is seen singing, dancing, kicking bad guys butts by defying gravity and of course being ridiculously confident in equally ridiculously impossible situations. The style factor has definitely amped up and the pointed bearded look suits him very well. The efforts made to fit the character is really seen.

This movie is a good afternoon home DVD watch after a leisure Sunday meal with family, the entire setting is London so the not only the songs sequences but the general scenes are pleasing to the eyes. Talking of songs Devi Sri Prasad peppy numbers are energetic foot tapping which again Jr NTR excels in delivering with ease. The leading lady Rakul Preet Singh has not much to do except be impressed by the charming bearded lad, in fact everyone in the movie gets impressed including Jagapati Babu who plays the arch enemy.

Ashish Vidyarthi & Rajendra Prasad could have been utilized more, casting could have included Shayaji Shinde as his absence is felt throughout.

In conclusion the hard work by Jr NTR to reinvent himself is visible, if a slick flick with impossible stunts, fast songs your mug of boost then this movie is the ‘on the rocks’ for you.

Verdict – go for it, take a leap of faith – with subtitles if necessary.

 

 

Tvf Permanent Roommates

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For those netizens who are still unaware of the original series concept please do not read further and browse through the various channels in you tube and come back in a few hours.

(After a few hours….) Good, you are back, and thanks all others who were waiting patiently so far, lets continue, then.

Permanent roommates narrate the story of Tania and Mikesh (Collectively called Tankesh) playing relationship snake and ladder throughout the 2 seasons. The S01E01 was released with a humble beginning on Oct 29 2014 of just 14.30 long. So convenient that it’s like someone could watch the episode while taking a leisure trip to the washroom. However, as the popularity and the sponsorship increased the story line grape-vined to parallel stories (some relevant others not) the final episode of season2 was 55:28 long. If you are still in the washroom, then that’s another issue of course.

Suddenly midway through Season2 TVF decided to launch their own app and website and made the last 2 episodes exclusive, this was a gamble because it was no longer in youtube platform for all to see but people had to download the app or go to their website to see them. This gamble paid off as the android app download soared to 1 million within a short time with high rating.

In spite of all the marketing and repeated threatening to like, share & comment in every video the actual reason for the popularity is the series itself. The story line is quite simple and very much relatable to almost all target viewers. The script and dialog is absolutely fantastic. The casting and characterization is very elaborate and meticulously executed (Even a cab has a name) The only reluctant improvement in the series could have been the length of the episodes and few episodes could have stayed on track of the story – like S02E04 titled ‘dinner’

In conclusion, very high standard and hilarious series with good mix of light and heavy subjects flawlessly picturized, there is a takeaway for everyone. Watery eyes are guaranteed – sometime from rib tickling laughter and other times from heart wrenching moments.

Verdict – If you can take an Ola then why rent a bus for the same? didn’t get it? then watch it now. In fact, save it offline and show it to your grandchildren when they are old enough.