Nil Battey Sannata

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“Nil Battey Sannata”, I know you are wondering what it means. Let me help you. We frequently use this phrase for cases which are “hopeless” from the part of the country I belong to. Another one very close to this is “Zero Battey Anda”. I hope, now the meaning is clear!

I was drawn towards this movie mainly because of two reasons: 1. It’s name, reminded me of my childhood, and 2. Swara Bhaskar as Lead, this means it is going to be something different and thought provoking.

I will first being with the story of the movie which is the “STAR” element. This is the story of a mother who works as a household maid and different other professions, struggling hard to educate her daughter. The character of the mother “Chanda Sahay”, is played by Swara.

Her character has been drawn meticulously. The way she does her hair, she ties her sari, her bindi, her bag, her watch, her overall get up; has been done really well to put her into this character. Her dialogues are perfect with the nuances and tones of local dialect and trust me, nobody else could have played “Chanda” better than her!

Another important character is “Apeksha Sahay” who is referred as “appu” by her mother and is played by Ria Shukla. She is one of the most stubborn, difficult to handle kid who doesn’t want to study. She looks perfect with her two braids and her salwar kameez. While her mother wants her to focus on study, she is busy watching TV or dancing to the numbers like every other child does.

This story has challenged the thought process where people think that a person, can become what his/her father/mother is. Apeksha doesn’t want to study because she think she will ultimately become a maid because that’s what her mother is. But, Chanda has decided that her daughter will not do what she is doing. She takes the courageous step of going back to the school where her daughter is studying so that she can teach her daughter after learning the subject herself.

While “Appu” has no dreams what she wants to be in life, her mother has a dream for her. She wants her to be in Civil services after a small encounter with the collector. She ultimately convinces her daughter to study harder and tells her the power of dreams. If you can dream about something, you have all the ability to achieve it. I loved the concept more so, because I have my cook who works hard so that her daughter doesn’t have to cook food for her living. And her daughter studies at Don Bosco, one of the most reputed schools in my locality. It’s important that we challenge the belief of our children and let them explore their capabilities to the fullest.

The director Ashwini has sketched all her characters perfectly as per the plot. The choice of locations and other characters has made this movie real. The dialogue writer had done a brilliant job. Special Mention to Pankaj Tripathi who has played the role of a “Principal” of the School. His dressing sense, his style of teaching reminded me of my school teachers. Dr. Deewan played by Ratan Pathak has motivated “Chanda” on every point to take up the challenges and has given new dimensions to her thoughts.

The movie has also highlighted our education system which runs on this coaching centres, which are just money making machines and have no place for poor kids. This movie is a must watch if you have kids at home and please take your kids along. It’s important for them to understand the efforts parents take to give them the best possible education and they should use this opportunity to make the best out of it. I am sure after watching this movie, you will realise that Nil battey Sannata is “Lambe Race ka Ghoda”. A movie truly made by heart and soul!

Jai GangaaJal

Jai GangaaJal

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Jai GangaaJal, a crime drama which is the sequel of movie Gangaajal released in 2003. I had a very high expectations with this movie, especially a woman playing a lead character. And, it’s a Prakash Jha Direction.

The film rolls at Bankipur District of Bihar which is highly corrupt and the entire system is on the fingertips of the politicians. With the influence of a politician, joins the first Female SP of the Region Aabha Mathur, played by Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka is simply amazing in this role. She is fit like a man, runs behind a criminal like a man and kicked many asses like a Man!! She is a total kickass! I thoroughly enjoyed her watching her in this role.

PeeCee is truly making waves with the variety of projects she is taking both on national and international level. She will make you fall in love with her character. Her command over language and dialogue deliveries are mind-blowing!!

Next in line is the character of B N Singh, played by Prakash Jha himself. He is a corrupt official who had a change of heart with sudden turn of events. Since, he is not only directed this movie but, also written the story, the screenplay and produced it; he knew how important is this character for the movie. I guess, that’s why he played it himself. He is headstrong, impressive and firm. This is the first time I have seen him acting and he is so impressive that you feel like you talking to someone right in front of you. He is definitely worth a watch! Hats off this guy!

Special mentions to Murli Sharma for playing Munna Mastani. This man is genius. You give him any character and he will put life into it. Rahul Bhat has a small but a significant role. He is done his part well. For the negative character, it goes to Ninad Kamat. He is brilliant. His body language, his dialogues, his entire personality is highly convincing to make you hate him.

As far as the story is concerned, it’s easy to guess the climax but the message comes out very loud and clear. No one should play with our country’s law and order or else the passionate khaki system knows how to deal with it. Once, Khaki gets crazy, no one will be spared! I truly salute to all the guys who maintain law and order in spite of difficult circumstances and high corruption in our country.

Direction is brilliant. The film doesn’t have songs but the director has used some folk songs very strategically and for the sets he has taken care of very minute details as well. He has been able to get the best of the performances from all his actors with some amazing dialogues like “Ilaichi Khayiye, soch me sugandh aayegi” one of the pet dialogues of B N Singh played by Director himself.

There were few disconnects in the movie. The shooting has been done in Bhopal and all the number plates have Madhya Pradesh registration and the district of the plot of the movie was Lakhisarai, a district in Bihar. Overall, it’s a good watch with some very strong performances and a good story line.

I will give this movie a 3.5*/5

I will encourage everyone to take their kids, especially daughters to watch this movie. This movie will inspire them to be courageous and strong to fight against evil. I will quote my favourite dialogue of the movie ” Jab khaki ka rang sahi ho na , toh chahe usse mard pehne ya aurat tum jaise namardon ko chutki mein uski aukaat dikha deti hai”

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Airlift

Bollywood has opened up a new genre of making movies inspired by true incidents by showing the real Hero in a common man.  “Airlft” is one of the phenomenal movies which will make into the favourites of many people. It is the first movie which I watched in theatre in 2016 and it has raised my expectation for upcoming releases this year.

 

After watching movies like Holiday, Baby, Gabbar is back, Special 26 etc., “Airlift” was the obvious choice in “Movie To Watch” list. All thanks to Akshay kumar who has done a paradigm shift and played lead in all the above movies.

 

The star for the film “Airlift” is the story. Hats off to the courage of gentlemen who took responsibility of 1,50,000 of their countrymen and brought them back home safely. This is a story of courage, hope, togetherness and a never die spirit. The director Raja Menon, who has also written the script of the movie has done a fantastic job in capturing those moments of fear, uncertainty, anxiety, and hope on 70 mm screen. He has brought the best in all his characters.

 

Let’s begin with the Lead Ranjeet Katiyal played by Akshay Kumar. He is simply outstanding. He has acted naturally and convincingly. He has played the role of a head strong man who is determined to bring his people home. Ranjeet had chances where he could have left Kuwait and flown with his family but he didn’t. He chose to be with his people. There were times where he got opposition from his wife, but he stood strong and convinced her about this evacuation operation.

 

Nimrat has played her character well. Few characters worth mentioning are Ibrahim Durrani, played by Purab Kohli. He is extremely convincing and has done his best in bringing out the goodness of Ibrahim in his role. Another character is George Kutty played by Prakash Belawadi. He is one of those irritating guys who don’t have the courage to do anything but keep on complaining on your efforts. Prakash has done this character annoyingly well.

 

This is a must watch movie for all age-groups. Most of the time, when people are settled abroad, they start thinking that they are the citizens of that country but sometimes reality is very different. Now, youngsters want to leave their country and go abroad for their education and eventually settle down. This involves certain risks as well. They should aware about these risks and then, take their decisions.

 

This also shows the efforts put in the Indian government and the pilots of Air India who brought 1,50,000 people in 488 flight back home.  And this is the largest evacuation in the History of mankind. Request you to please book your tickets and watch this movie. I am sure you will leave theatre with a proud feeling of being in a beautiful country and a great story for your kids.

 

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Tamasha

Movies are special to me and as a matter of fact, they are special to everyone. For some people, its mirror to the society, some people see themselves as protagonist, for some it’s way of life and for some people it is life. That’s why I never go by any ratings or opinions to watch a movie. I watch it myself and then I get very own version of story.

The day Tamasha released, many people were not so happy about it and yes, they voiced it on social media. We can’t escape that. It does grab our eye balls. Somehow, I was successful in not making an opinion about it. I watched the movie myself and I present to you my review on Tamasha.

The movie started with a story telling on stage, a Tamasha. Then, started series of events where a young boy was fascinated by stories. He goes to a story teller and pays him 5 bucks/hour to listen to a story. Then, he makes his own stories.

Story teller is a key character who has a commendable art of storytelling. He narrates them in a way that a child can understand and paint a picture in his mind. What’s interesting is that he mixes all the stories and gives them a different perspective altogether. And if we trace back in the history, they all are similar. The role has been played by Piyush Mishra and nobody could have done better than him.

I liked the thought where the actor Ved, played by Ranbir Kapoor goes for a vacation just to be himself. A place where no one knows him, no one judges him and no one tells him what to do. He can simply be himself. It’s something everyone can relate to, because we are living lives which is far away from what we want to as we all have to pay our mortgages. In this life, it’s getting difficult to be yourself because we all are living in the pressure of being someone. We all are unique and if we start being someone else, we are losing our uniqueness and that’s what makes us mediocre.

Tara, the lady love played by Deepika is sweet girl who understand things. She is open-minded and courageous to accept her feeling for Ved. She is the one who makes Ved realise where his heart belongs to. What he wants to do. Though, this realisation didn’t go down so well with him. That’s the reality with all of us. We just don’t want to accept who we are. We simply can’t handle rejection while it is important to fail in life. That makes Success a celebration. Tara, let’s Ved be what he wants to and appreciate the way he really is.

Music by A R Rahman has different genres and perfectly played within the story line. Corsica is beautiful. I liked the concepts but for the story, there are many dull moments. I lost interest in few segments which is not expected from an Imtiaz Ali movie. I do have the same observation that gradually I am finding all his movie similar. May be that’s what he wants to convey through story teller that all movies are similar.  The only things which differentiates is the art to storytelling!

Imtiaz Ali has done a great job as a story teller. He has shown the realities of life which we don’t accept but are a victim to it. It’s practical like many people do! He has been able to get the right sentiments delivered by the lead actors. For Music I will rate it 3.5/5, story 4/5 and direction 3/5

The above ratings are on the basis of my thoughts, which might differ from your’ s. For that you have to go and watch it. It’s definitely a lovely watch!

Baahubali, the Beginning

I know I am late for this one, but I could not stop myself from writing about it. For a movie buff like me, we don’t require a reason to watch a movie. But, #Baahubali had not one but many; The most expensive film, the Highest grossing Indian Film, The first South Indian film to join the 300-crore club. First week, we could not get the tickets. So, we pre-booked for the next weekend. When we entered the theater, it was HOUSE FULL even for the second week.

For this movie, I will first begin with V Srinivas Mohan, the Visual effects Supervisor and Sabu Cyril for his art direction. You will be blown by the huge sets, backgrounds, landscapes which has been drawn in the movie give it an authentic historic feel. The entire team has put a lot of thought into the set designing. You can’t make out that it’s imposed in the film and not a part of real set. Few sets worth mentioning are The Waterfall, The Fort of “Mahismati”, and the kingdom.

Coming to the lead character of the film, Prabhas; this is the first time I have watched him. He is convincingly Shiva the mighty, tall and apt for the character #Baahubali. He has perfectly played both the aspects of being the romantic heartthrob and the fighter. Avantika, the Lady love of Baahubali played by Tamannah is a strong character. It’s about a woman who has sacrificed her entire life for the queen and the kingdom. She has taken the cues of a fighter woman very well; especially the walk and the body language. She has shown some real good action in the film. Special mention to Anushka Shetty, who has played the role of “Devasena”, the queen who has been captive for 25 years by Bhallaldev for not choosing him to be her groom.

But, the lady who has taken my heart is Ramya Krishnan; playing Sivagami, the lady who is protecting the kingdom “Mahismati”. She is a strong woman who has taken up this cause to protect and nurture her kingdom against all odds. She is a visionary, who decides the fate of the throne by the capability of the person irrespective of the fact that the person is her son or not. She portrays a woman who has got fire in her eyes and won’t let anyone ruin her kingdom. Special mention to the scene where she protects Shiva from her own soldiers and dies in the river but held the child in a way so that he survives. Hats off for her strong performance. Another performance worth mentioning is Kattapa, who is an ally to the queen Sivagami; played by Sathyaraj. He is the warrior, who is loyal to the kingdom and the throne and is ready to kill anyone who is not the true heir and eyes it.

The negative character in the movie Bhallala Deva, played by Rana Daggubati is outstanding. He had played the strong, the crooked and the cruel king who doesn’t care about the kingdom. His physique, get up, clothing is extremely convincing and reminds me of Ravana from Ramayan. All the characters in the film are sketched very thoughtfully and the designers had done a brilliant job with their looks, make up and costumes to bring life into the characters.

Moving to off-screen stars, the writer V Vijendra Prasad has written the story as if he personally knows the characters. It seems like a historic event which has happened in the past. He has conceived every aspect of the movie beginning from the plot, the characters, the story line etc. so well and brilliantly directed by S. S. Rajamouli.

Thing which I liked in the movie is, the attention to details given to every scene in the film. There is a scene where Shiva takes the Shivling to the waterfall. There he crosses a pothole, which reflects the mirror image of Shiva holding the Shivling. There is a song sequence where Shiva transforms Avantika from a warrior to a beautiful girl. This song has been amazingly thought, directed and shot. Especially when he puts Kajal in her eyes and paints her lips.

Things which I disliked are the songs, as they are dubbed and could not please me. When the songs were playing, I actually thought of a fast forward button. Another thing is the ACTION. It’s good but sometimes it feels unnatural and overboard. But, given the fact that it’s a South Indian film, this can be expected. Had the action be more real, the movie would have been a class apart experience for me.
I would like to give it a 4*/5. This movie is a must watch especially for the concept, the visual effects, the characters and the story. #Baahubali, the Beginning is a beginning of great ideas and effects from India which have got a global appeal. It’s a beginning to show that if a movie is great, it can cross continents and make its mark. This movie will definitely give you a great watch and a curiosity for #Baahubali, the conclusion which is set to release in 2016.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

I am huge SALMAN Fan and Bajrani Bhaijaan has been into my MUST WATCH list from the time the promotions started on Social Media. But, getting the ticket was a real fight. House Full on Book my Show for the Eid weekend. All the tickets were booked in advance. So, I had to take the trouble of going to one of my nearest theaters to get the tickets. This reminded me of those old times when you had to stand in a queue to get the tickets for a Super hit movie. But, this movie is a Hit from the first day first show!

#BajraniBhaijaan what a concept!! The movie is about a beautiful relationship which knows no border. A girl who can’t speak is lost in India and by god’s grace she meets Bajrangi, our Salman Khan who pledges to take her back to her family in Pakistan. In this world where people are just killing people, coming out with this concept was extremely thoughtful of the team. It’s a moment of pride for me, that Indian Cinema is coming out with brilliant concepts which has made the people think. Cinema is a mirror to the society and it has the power to change the thought process. This is one of those movies. Kudos to the entire team.

Talking about characters, let me begin with Bhaijaan, Salman Khan. He has played Pawan kumar Chaturvedi, who is disciple of Lord Hanuman and doesn’t lie. You will love him for his simplicity and honesty in his character. At the same time, he has been extremely passionate about helping the little girl and taking her back to her family in Pakistan come what may. He has been emotional like a child and tough like a tiger. This is one of his outstanding performances. Next, I will talk about the little girl Harshali Malhotra. She is the real star of the film. She has acted so well as speech impaired girl that you can’t believe her age. Her expressions, emotions and beauty are simply adorable. She looks like a doll and any one will fall in love with her.

Kareena Kapoor, (Rasika) the leading lady who has played the lady love is beautiful as ever like the name of her character. She has acted naturally and done great for the part given to her. She has looked great with ethnic wear and lovely jewelry. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has played Chand Nawaz, a Pakistani reporter is marvelous. His passionate efforts to help Bajrangi in finding the little girl’s parent are remarkable. He has added humor to his character which has left a mark on my mind. Special Mention to Om Puri and Sharat Saxena for their performances.

The best part of the film is the story, which is written by V Vijendra Prasad who is known to have given many blockbusters one of which is Bahubali. The dialogues are superb, songs are peppy. Everyone around is humming #Selfielelere. The film has been shot at beautiful locations like Rajasthan, New Delhi and Kashmir adding beauty to the story. The film has been conceived, thought, and directed extremely well by Kabir Khan, who has put all his heart to the movie. We, viewers have laughed, cried, prayed and fallen in love with the movie. High on emotion, brilliant on passion and Great in Action. A MUST WATCH movie and trust me, you will leave the theatre with pride, happiness and smile on your face.