Naam Shabana

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Its good to know that like marvel & DC even Indian movies are getting into origin stories. The familiar characters portrayed in BABY (2015) resurface again minus Rana Daggubati who is busy with Bahubali2 release.

There is no doubt that Naam shabana is a no non-sense kick ass action thriller. The story starts with establishing the normalcy of the college going Shabana with a past. Manoj Bajpayee as the handler and recruiter is near perfect. The supporting cast include familiar faces including Anupam Kher and his ridiculous wig playing Shukla. Of course Akshay kumar had to be a part of this movie, how else would you establish the making of BABY-2 which I am quite sure is already in Neeraj Pandey’s pipeline.

The direction is handled by Shivam Nair. Shivam nair is more famous in the TV circuit. His notable contribution was ‘Sea Hawks’ of the 90s in DD Metro. But Neeraj Pandey has kept the Production, writing & screenplay to himself. Prithviraj Sukumaran plays the suave arms dealer, being the main baddie he could have been given more screen space as he is brilliant when it comes to negative roll (Kana Kandaen – 2006 tamil movie) and also can hold his own (Aurangzeb – 2013, Hindi)

Tapsee herself is absolutely fantastic; it’s difficult to acknowledge anything other than her when she is on screen. Her transformation from South masala movie heroine to character roles likes Pink and now this is truly mind blowing, The plot is tight, screenplay is crisp, the song ‘Zubi Zubi’remix is foot tapping. The action choreography is realistic along with the actors themselves.

A bit more editing to bring the entire movie under 2 hours would have made it more watchable. The climax mission could have been a bit detailed whereas the prep could have been cut shorter. As a result the execution is not that great

Verdict – If you liked BABY in 2015, you will like this as well

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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