Dear Maya is an Indian romantic drama movie written and directed by Sunaina Bhatnagar starring Manisha Koirala.
Cast & Crew
Director: Sunaina Bhatnagar
Cast: Manisha Koirala, Madiha Imam, Shreya Chaudhary, Iravati Harshe, Sahil Shroff
Duration: 1h 51m
This story is about two friends Anna (Madiha Imam) and Ira (Shreya Chaudhary), who studied in the same school in Shimla, who are staying in the neighborhood of Maya (Manisha Koirala) and she tries to make herself separate from the world. Both the friends try to keep her happy, for that they send her many letters. When Maya reads those letters, she lost herself in a different world. One day suddenly Maya disappears. Both girls get upset and start trying to find Maya. What happens is you will have to watch the movie to know the outcome of the story.
Manisha Koirala’s acting is very good and she is totally involved in Maya’s character. At the same time, the acting of Shreya Chaudhary, Madiba Imam is also appealing. The rest of the cast also did a good job. The film’s music and background score are good. The film’s direction and locations, as well as camera work and cinematography, are amazing. Shimla is a very good location for shooting. The first half of the film is fine, but in the second half, the story is quite scattered. After a time it seems that it is being extended forcibly. The story would have been crisper. The end of the film could have been even better. Also, Manisha Koirala was not used well, her character could have been scarier.
- Manisha Koirala is the glue holding this film.
- The 2 girls acting was impressive
- Sluggish Pace
Watch the trailer right here:
If you like light-hearted stories and Manisha Koirala, you can see it once.
Love Sonia Review And First Day Expectations
Cast: Mrunal Thakur, Adil Hussain, Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Freida Pinto, Rajkummar Rao, Demi Moore
Director: Tabrez Noorani
Mango Bollywood Rating: 3 stars on 5 stars
What is more haunting? A girl with no name lost in a city with a haunting dark side or a village with no identification except for being located 1,400 kms North of Mumbai? When you belong to such a non descriptive village, you get lost in the throngs of poverty, extortion, death, murder and prostitution.
Love Sonia, Tabrez Noorani’s extremely brave directorial, brings to the fore just these issues, addressing every one of them with an iron fist. The film tells the raw, unfiltered story of a teenage girl sold into the relentless and world of the flesh trade when her family cannot afford to make their ends meet.
Love Sonia is Tabrez Noorani’s brave directorial which makes you wonder what is more haunting, a girl with no name girl with no name lost in a city with a haunting dark side, or a village with no identification, except for being located 1,400 km., north of Mumbai? The movie brings to the fore when you belong to such a non descriptivevillage, you get lost in the throngs of poverty, extortion, death, murder and prostitution.
While the story seems to highlight the plight of the two sisters (the ones who form the crux of the story,) what hits you the hardest is not their fight against evil, but the anonymity of the entire situation. Without too much regard to the harsh realities of the flesh trade, Tabrez Noorani gives us direct access into what really goes on in the world of flesh world.
What makes this particular film so appealing is the cracked mirror viewpoint it represents. You could either look at the story (inspired by real life events of so many girls like Sonia) as a brilliantly told tale with minor flaws; or you could look at the story as an extremely flawed tale. As Sonia searches for her sister lost in the maze of Mumbai’s underworld, she discovers several women lost to the profession (Richa Chhada‘s and Frieda Pinto’s characters.)
This brings to light the fact that Love Sonia aims at highlighting the plight of not just one lost girl, but several girls with no future to their name. While Mrunal Thakur makes a flawless debut as Sonia in this film, the premise of the story is slightly lacking.
Despite having a hard hitting story, the movie fails to leave you with a provocative after thought. Instead of using an over whelming dose of fear to tell his tale, Noorani could have woven together multiple layers, giving us the idea that there is something bigger happening (which there actually is.) A story told over and over again, Love Sonia is fresh in the sense that it wants you to listen to the fear and voice your outrage with silent anger, rather than with momentary anger. Watch the film for the perfect mix of actors, story rendition and raw cinematography.
Manmarziyaan Review And First Day Expectations
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal
Director: Anurag Kashyap
mango Bollywood rating: 3.5 stars on 5 stars
Manmarziyaan can be termed as Anurag Kashyap’s first ever directorial that does not come filled with murder, angst and betrayal. A love story at its roots, this film establishes Kashyap as an extremely versatile and very connected to reality director.
Every love story in Bollywood centers around a love triangle, or that is what we have been taught to believe over the years. Anurag Kashyap being who he is, twists this tired and tested tale into a coming of age story, giving us an insight into love through the eyes of a millennial.
For love triangles to work, there are two people at the center with a silent, third party observer. In Manmarziyaan, Rumi (Taapsee Pannu) and Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) love the way we, as the young wild and free, love. One of them wants to settle down, while the other has no real intentions of going down the road of society expectations. No guesses on who falls in what category here, right?
Things seem fine for a while for the much in love couple, till the doors of the bedroom open to the public (the parents in this case.) While Vicky is lauded for being everything society expects him to be, Rumi is forced to stick to the straight road by her parents. Get married to Vicky or we will find a boy for you, tell Rumi’s very angry parents. Into the picture comes Abhishek Bachchan (Robbie.)
In an ideal world, Robbie would have been what every girl would have wanted. Respectful, down to earth and armed with the perfect job in hand, Robbie came with one thing not going for him. He was not Vicky and Rumi could not have that. Unfortunately for Rumi, this was just the strength Robbie played with and used to his advantage! Quite a complicated little bundle here, right?
The dialogue delivery is raw, real and even disturbing at times. The confrontation scene, where Rumi singles out Vicky and his disregard for marriage, makes you connect to Rumi all the more. What breaks one’s heart in this entire film is how Robbie realises he is only a bystander in the beginning and works his way into Rumi’s heart toward the second half. This part, more than any other scene through the film, tells us there is a strong chance of a happy ending in life if you talk through your problems and sort out issues head on, when they happen.
At the end of the day, while Manmarziyaan does not have murder and a Nawazuddin Siddiqui tied up together in a neat little bundle, it still is a Kashyap film in and out! Every frame has been shot beautifully, with the aesthetics playing out beautifully. As a comeback movie, Abhishek Bachchan could not have picked a better story, while the unique combination of Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu is quite refreshing. A definite must watch if you are looking for something new and different!
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Review And First Day Expectations
Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jassi Gill, Piyush Mishra, Diany Penty, Denzil Smith, Jason Tham, Aparshakti Khurana
Director: Mudassir Aziz
Rating: 2.5 on 5 stars
Comedy and comic relief as a genre in Bollywood is a much loved concept for the industry. Remember the plot of the prequel to this film? The premise for this movie revolved around a girl who lands up in Pakistan with a group of misfits running after her. Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi has a similar story line, but with a new playground.
This time, there is not one, but two girls on the run and the place is not Pakistan, but China! This flick tries to make the mark with similar punch lines, plots and story lines, but fails to hit the right spots. The new Happy lands up in Shanghai, only to discover a group of people are after her life!
Apart from the similar story line, what makes the two films connect is the presence of the original Happy. Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi wastes no time in establishing its premise, by showing us how the two Happys get exchanged right from the very beginning. Other familiar faces like those of Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra keep popping up, reminding us this film is a sequel and not a stand alone movie!
As a director, Aziz successfully blends the Chinese dialect with the Punjabi dialect. The performances by the ensemble cast are pitch perfect, but the one actor who stands out with his comedic timing is Jimmy Sheirgill. His character has many quirks and the actor delivers every single dialogue with disarming charm. Sonakshi Sinha as the feisty and spirited Happy, is perfect!
What is disappointing is the sub par dialogues and the slapstick comedy seen throughout the film. As a sequel, Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi fails to impress and is really a sad attempt at recreating the magic of the first part. Watch if you do not have anything else to watch this weekend!
Satyameva Jayate Review
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, John Abraham, Aisha Sharma, Amruta Khanvilkar
Director: Milap Milan Zaveri
Rating: Two stars on five stars
In a world where Bollywood keeps changing and growing, there comes a film which has not a hero, but a vigilante playing the lead role. Starring John Abraham as the angry young man, the central plot of this film revolves around the lead’s anger and revenge seeking tendancies against the corrupt cops in the system.
The makers of Satyameva Jayete seem to love this plot and have stuck to the theme for the entire duration of the film. Gruesome scenes, rampant murder, kerosene cans, wood and constantly burning fire make for majority of the props in this particular movie. Burning human flesh is shown over and again and just when you think there is not enough flesh being burnt, dead bodies appear out of the blue.
Remember the 70s and 80s? When our esteemed directors tried moving from the love sick angle and by bringing to life the extreme corruption and violence with over whelming enthusiasm? Satyameva Jayate brings it all back, with all its over the top dialogues and relentless background music, piling one improbable, cliché ridden sequence upon another.
John Abraham’s character seems to have a strong background story, devastated as a child to see his cop father humiliated and dissed at the hands of a corrupt system. Enter the picture a brother (Bajpayee) who tries keeps John’s character on the straightened arrow. There is so much gore and blood throughout the movie, even the most hardened viewers flinch at the scene.
This film wants to mock everything and create a sense of irony that is borderline morbid. While gore and vigilantes work most of the time, it just seems to work against Satyameva Jayete. John Abraham as an actor has done roles like this before, but in far better light. If worked out well, the film could have been an instant success. However, the morbid humour and the constant racial slurs leaves one feeling like their skin was burnt and not the other way around.
Gold Film Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Director: Reema Kagati
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Singh
For some obscure reason, the day India became free seems to be one of the most sought after days by filmmakers. Singing to this tune, Reema Kagti’s just released Gold glitters with patriotism and love for one’s country. The first 20 minutes of this historical film show the tri colour flag being proudly displayed at the 1948 Olympics in India, with the hockey team being portrayed as the main focal point.
Right from the very beginning of the film, one can tell Akshay Kumar (playing the character of Tapan Das) is the unsaid hero of this particular hockey team. Seemingly based on the Indian hockey team’s stupendous win at the Olympics, Gold as a film is disappointing.
One of the major things going against this Akshay Kumar starrer is perhaps the amount of focus placed on the main lead. Even with the tri colour fluttering with pride in the background, the characters are sketchy and weak. As a manager, Tapan Das is always high on whiskey and self regret. Even Tapan’s banters with his wife (Monobina) seem tired, scripted and pretentious. Perhaps one of the highlights of this film is a song which chronicles all the major life changing events of India as a country.
While not a lot about Gold, there seems to be a singly ray of light in the form of a positive relationship shown between India and Pakistan. It is the manipulation and the predictability in the film which seems to fall flat on more than one occasion through the movie. Overall, Gold as a story is a well plotted drama that sometimes devolves into schmaltz and melodrama. However, it gives us solid two and half hours of tri colour hued entertainment, with more patriotism stuffed down your throat than one could stomach comfortably. Watch if you really want to, but not for the sake of entertainment.
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