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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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Shehnaz, My first Parsi Affair!!

It was my first day at TATA Motors. Devika, my colleague and the only female member in my team was given the responsibility to introduce me to everyone in the department. And that’s how I met Shehnaz Mistry, the first Parsi of my life. When I looked at her, she was completely different from others. A woman white as snow, curly hair, spectacled eyes, smile larger than life and absolutely comfortable in her skin.

Our friendship grew on tea/coffee breaks where I use to have my green tea while she use to have a cup of hot water. She has got nothing to do with things which are healthy. They simply do not exist in her menu. She is a foodie and can talk to you about food for hours and that too non-stop. Now, you know from where the extra pounds on my face are coming from. When I started knowing her better, I simply fell in love with her. She lost her parents at very young age but has managed to fight against all odds and has done very well in her life. Circumstances have never let her lose her charm in any possible way. She is a great wife, a great sister and a great mother and a sweetheart friend. She has made sure that all the true values of life are properly induced in her daughter.

For the last three and half years, the amount of food I have shared with her, I doubt I have even done it with my sisters. She has made special dishes for me and bringing it on my preferred days. (There are particular days when I don’t eat non-veg). She knows what I like and what I don’t. She has slipped all the things which I don’t like into her plate and never made me realize that. She has understood my mind before I say anything to her. She has never returned without a gift for me from wherever she goes for her vacation. She can listen to me the entire day without judging me and with immense patience. There have been times, when she has spoken for me and stood very strong with her words by my side. We have opened our hearts to each other.

She is a great motivation and a great support of my life in many ways. She is my soul sister and has given a beautiful meaning to this relationship. Her unconditional love and support has made my relation with my sisters very strong.

Now, she is taking a shift in the role and moving to a different location. It is difficult to believe that there would be no one saying “Chal” when I call 210. It is difficult to believe that there would be no one getting special parsi food for me. There will be no one kissing and hugging me after every success at work and return from a trip. But, I am happy for her and I know, there will be a new extension in my life connecting to Shehnaz mistry and I have a home at Parel where I can go any time of the day and there will be opens arms to welcome me. I wish her luck and Loads of love to her!!

Badlapur, What a FILM!!

The name reads Badlapur, don’t miss the beginning. It’s just not the beginning but till the end, you simply can’t get out of your chair. The story keeps you glued.

I wanted to watch the movie from the day it started rolling promotions on Television; especially to watch Varun Dhawan diversifying himself into a new dimension of Acting. Varun has taken a huge leap from his last movie and must say, his acting skills have grown exponentially. He has played Raghu, a sweet boy who matures into a dark man due to the circumstances so convincingly. I especially admire him playing the older Raghu. His transition from the youth to the revengeful is seamless and mind blowing. Hats off to his performance. He has raised the bar with his performance in this movie.

But, the Man who deserves a standing ovation for this film is Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He has played a dark character being a perfect fool. He has added humorous element to the movie. This guy does his homework thoroughly. His acting, comes to him effortlessly. This character is going to be a milestone in his career for sure. Take a bow MAN!!

Coming to the female protagonists, Huma Qureshi has looked beautiful and extremely comfortable in her skin. This girl is amazing. She does things as if they come naturally to her. Other ladies Divya, Yami and Radhika are commendable. They have played a small but strong roles which has given the story a different direction.
The story line is very simple with well-defined characters. Director has done a brilliant job with the script. Songs are sweet but Jee Karda is my personal favorite due to Varun’s Dance. 4*/5. A movie highly recommended!! Please get your tickets booked to watch a great movie.

Shamitabh!

The most talked film of the season, Shamitabh Featuring Mr. Amitabh Bhachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Hasan released this week. The film opened with the famous dialogue of Mr. Bachchan from film Deewar “Tum log mujhe dhund rahe ho aur main tumhara yahan intezar kar raha hoon”. What an opening!! It raises the expectation of the viewer.
Let’s begin with the most important aspect of movie making, the story of the movie. It about a little boy Danish, who is crazy about films and wants to become a hero. He is extremely good with his emotions but unfortunately, he is unable to speak. He finds his voice in Amitabh Sinha (played by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan) and the duo works together as a team to make it big in the industry till their egos tear them apart. The story is inspiring but somehow does not seem to be practical. There are several ups and downs in the movies. First half is emotional with loads of drama but the graph takes a deep dive in the second half. The flow doesn’t seems to be in sync. It seems that there are many episodes going on in the movie, which makes it pretty confusing as a viewer.
Coming to Individual performance, Sr Bachchan is brilliant and he delivers his part extremely well. He is getting better with every performance like an old wine. He has looked very convincing for his character. Dhanush, with his humble looks has performed flawlessly. It must have been very difficult to play Mr. Bachchan’s body. He has done it extremely well. Akshara Hasan who has played an Assistant Director is beautiful and stylish. It doesn’t look like it’s her first film. She has managed to pull up with both Dhanush and Mr. Bachchan in all the scenes.
This movie is an amalgamation of brilliant ideas. Since, R balki the director of the film is an ad guru and has used many of the marketing concepts. One of them is Piddly. The song is sung in the voice of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on a toilet seat and it is shot with various versions of toilet seats. That’s a funny interpretation. The movie has captured perfect branding for many brands like Lifebuoy, Filmfare, Knorr Soups, Hindware, Lakme to name a few.
Another great idea they have used is both of them have either narrated or enacted their life incidents like Amitabh says that his voice has been rejected by TV and even by All India Radio. How could he be voice to anyone? Danish has played a Bus conductor before being an actor, an incident inspired by his father in law, Rajnikant. There are many such elements in the movie to watch for.
I would give it a 2*/5 on entertainment quotient, 4*/5 on performances which makes it an overall rating of 3*/5. A movie for Classes not Masses!

Hawaizaada

Hawaizaada, one of the releases this week featuring Ayushman Khurana, Mithoon Charkavarti and Pallavi Sharda in the leading role is a tribute to one of the unsung heroes of India Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who built first unmanned plane. The film is directed by Vibhu Puri.

The movie begins with projecting Shivi, the lead character who speaks his mind and is a free bird from his mind. He is considered a highly inefficient guy and his ideas are not well appreciated in his school, family and neighborhood. Then, accidently he meets Sitara, a dancer who becomes his love interest. Discovering this, he is thrown out of the house by his father. Then, the next hour is all about his love story. This part is extremely confusing and fails to grab attention of the viewers.

Then Shivi meets Shashtri ji enacted by Mithoon chakravarti and the story taken an upturn in the second half. This part shows the struggle they have put in to develop the idea going against the British rule and become the first to fly in the world. They faced many challenges in doing so and one of them being financial constraints. They manage to get support from a local king. But, soon when the king denies for further support, Shivi gets support from his old friends who are inspired by him. The idea of being the first in the world does spark a feeling of patriotism and pride for the country. He could challenge the idea that Indians can’t make anything before British.

After lot of challenges, he could actually fly a plane but the British government hid it because they never wanted to spark a revolution against them.

Coming to the characters, the choice could have been better for someone who could speak genuine Marathi as Shivi. Ayushman fails to be in the shoes of a Marathi and could not get away with is north Indian accent. Pallavi Sharad did not seem to be the right choice. Someone more graceful could have been better. Star of the movie is Mithoon Chakravarti. He has played his part extremely well. Sometimes it is amazing to see the variety or roles he has done and all of them so very well.

The concept of the movie is nice. Better screenplay and direction would have made this movie much better. Somehow, the core message gets lost in midst of the love story between the two leads. Except for Daak Ticket and Dil-e-nadaan, other songs are not that interesting. You can only enjoy the movie if, you have patience to sail through the first half. It scores low on the entertainment quotient. I would give it 2.5*/5. Watch at your own risk.

Dolly Ki Doli

I watched many movies this long weekend and Dolly ki Doli is one of them. The movie begins with Rajkumar Rao aka Sonu Sherawat proposing Sonam Kapoor aka Dolly to be his bride. And then, it is almost in every scene of the movie where dolly is getting married. Rajkumar Rao has played a Sugarcane farmer from Haryana and has picked up amazing Haryanvi accent. He has lived his character very well and his average looks has worked for him. Next I will pick Sonam Kapoor. She is emerging as an actor with every movie but still there is a lot of scope for improvement especially in terms of dialogue delivery. She has looked pretty which she always does flawlessly. Then we have Pulkit Samrat playing the Cop. His entire persona is inspired by Salman Khan’s look in Dabang. On the top of that, the name too is Robin Singh (Salman referred himself as Rohinhood Pandey in Dabang).

Varun Sharma who plays Manjot, one of the grooms tries to be humorous and fails miserably. He need to do a lot of variations, before he becomes stereo typed. Archana Puran Singh, who has played Manjot’s mother is a humorous package in the film. She has played a true Punjabi mother with all her traits and not to forget that now we know what to do with the gifts we get at the wedding. Pass it on to the next wedding you are going in town.

Coming to the story, you already must have guessed looking at the promos. You do not need to watch the film. The movie is all about Dolly marrying different men and running away taking all the valuables they have at home, the first night. She does it with the help of her small team who play different roles in her different marriages. They do it in a very organized way where they find the prospective groom. Do a lot of research and then approach him and close the deal; in this case the wedlock. I fail to understand that in this age of technology was it that easy to do? Another thing, when we come to the climax it gets flattened.  She gets married to the Pulkit Samrat, the cop who closes the file and burns the records. But, again she moves on looking for a new groom with her team which now has become her hobby. It could have had a practical ending but it’s a movie and anything is possible.

The pace of the movie is fine. The songs are ok. The film doesn’t hold the audience for a longer duration. It even scores low on the entertainment quotient. Please reconsider your decision before watching this movie. I would give it a 2* out of 5. I have given one extra * for Rajkumar Rao’s performance.

Baby, the film!

If you plan to watch Baby the film, then GO and please do not consider the name. It has just been mentioned twice, once at the beginning and once at the climax. Except for that, this baby is going to be extremely hit!! I will first begin with the plot which is pretty simple. Not too many characters to create confusion. The direction is crisp with the perfect pace. It’s a story of the quest of our officers to fight for the country irrespective of deadly conditions. They choose death over betrayal to the motherland. Hats off to the concept which is a truth and has been reflected in this movie brilliantly!!

Coming on to the characters of the movie, I will first begin with Danny Denzongpa. He introduces the concept “baby” and commands a very strong performance. His character has been instrumental in driving all the secret operations taking authorities into confidence. Then comes the HERO Akshay Kumar, who has played his part of a tough, hard to break officer flawlessly. He has maintained his emotion less face throughout the movie only to add on to his character. Next is Rana Duggubati, referred as HULK in the movie may be because of huge body. A short but remarkable well-built performance to say. And not to forget Shukla ji, our very own Anupam Kher. No words to express his comic timings while delivering a serious scene. He does it all effortlessly. But the cherry on the cake is Tapsee Punnu. She is looking pretty and kicks some really good ass. All the bad boys too have performed very well. The star of the movie is the speed of the execution of operations. If our government adopts that, it will be highly commendable. The movie has been shot at good locations like Istanbul, Kathmandu, Delhi and Mumbai of course. The spirit and the performances are the star you would be getting in this movie. Highly recommended!!