Munna Michael is a story of a young man Munna, played by Tiger Shroff, who from a very young age is a die hard fan of the dancing sensation Michael Jackson. On the other hand, his counterpart, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a gangster, aspires to dance and approaches Munna to learn dancing. Their lives indirectly get connected to another dancing star, played by Nidhi Agerwal.
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Cast & Crew
Director: Sabbir Khan
Producer: Viki Rajani
Music: Meet Bros, Tanishk Baagchi
Cinematography: Hari. K. Vedantam
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ronit Roy and Nidhi Agerwal
Duration: 149 minutes
Munna, Tiger Shroff, is an orphan brought up by an aging dancer Michael (Ronit Roy) in a Mumbai Chawl and from then on Munna becomes Munna Michael. This boy grows up idolizing The King of Pop, Michael Jackson and he always dreams of grooving like him. Apart from this, Munna also becomess a tutor and his student is none other than a hooligan named Mahindar Fauji (Nawazuddin Siddiqui.) Their relationship takes an ugly twist as they both end up falling in love with the same girl Dolly (Nidhi Agerwal.) Who wins her at the end is what remains to be seen.
When it is Tiger’s movie, filmmakers generally do not think about a story line or a plot. All they figure out is some neatly choreographed dance steps and a couple of action sequences to fill in the gap. Munna Michael also falls under the same genre.
All you can find is a song, a fight scene and some dialogues and then a song, a fight scene and some more dialogues and then this cycle repeats at regular intervals. You can almost record these screen proceedings with your stopwatch!
Munna Michael stands as the third collaboration of director Sabbir Khan and Tiger Shroff after Baaghi and Heropanti. But unlike his previous films, Tiger dances more and he dances like a dream bending his spine and bones. His action sequences are also different and his constant dialogue “Munna Jhadga nahi Karta, Munna sirf pittha hai” is evidence.
The first thirty minutes of the film introduces just Tiger and his dance moves by the time you become frustrated, thankfully, another interesting character comes to your rescue and that is none other than our powerhouse performer Nawaz, a gangster. He explains to Munna about his urge to become a dancer only to impress Dolly (Nidhi) as he is madly in love with her. Nawaz for a change makes people laugh with his not so perfect moves.
Debutante Nidhi grabs all eyeballs on her perfectly shaped waistline but it is Tiger’s chiseled body that drew more whistles than this newbie.
- You will surely start grooving to some of Tiger’s moves
- Visually fresh and awesome performance by Nidhi Agerwal
- Will be liked by all ages
The first thirty minutes will make you go mad.
Final Verdict: Well, if you want to drive away these monsoon blues, then Munna Michael is a must watch for you! Munna’s moves, Nawaz’s humor and Nidhi’s beauty are certainly infectious.
Aiyaary Movie Review, Rating And Aiyaary Box Office Collections
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah
Director: Neeraj Pandey
mango Bollywood Rating: 2.5/5
In theory, director Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary tells us a compelling story. Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra share the perfect mentor and protege relationship. At least for the first half of the movie. The delicate relationship turns sour when the latter goes rogue, creating a furor in the entire system.
The two know each other’s behaviours, mannerisms and characters to a tee. Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) looks up to Colonel Abhay (Manoj Bajpayee) and has learned the tricks of the trade from him. The young major gets disillusioned after realising the extent of corruption in the country’s defense deals and the involvement of highly placed officials.
Aiyaary, which means the act of espionage, is designed to show a race to the finish between two like minded people. Pandey tries to weave a modern story but fails to make a strong impact. There are strong influences seen in Aiyaary from his past movies, especially A Wednesday.
The Positives of Aiyaary
There are quite a few positives to Aiyaary as a story. Pandey has given a compelling character growth to Manoj Bajpayee’s and Sidharth Malhotra’s characters. The music has been created with care and compassion, taking us through the entire story with the rhythm and the lyrics. As a strong mentor, Colonel Abhay plays his role with just the right kind of strength and vigour.
Malhotra also plays the role of a mentee with seasoned ease. No role is too over the top for this particular actor and all he needs is a director to bring out the best in him. Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher bring their best game to the table, making the movie even more special.
The Negatives of Aiyaary
While the strengths are quite strong for this Neeraj Pandey film, the negatives seem to stand out more. As a movie, Aiyaary is sketchily written and not compelling. It tests patience even if you are a fan of the genre. It demands way too much endurance than what is left in you after watching Naseeruddin Shah’s bizarre monologue during the movie.
Malhotra’s character starts off really well but half way through, it looks like he got tired of his role. Like most of the actors in the movie, he too seems to have gotten confused with the script. The characters of Rakul Preet and Pooja Chopra too have been written without much empathy. In fact, at one point, one gets the distinct feeling this is all an elaborate version of CID.
The Overall Performance
All in all, despite not having a strong script, the overall performance of all the individual characters is quite compelling. What could have made the movie stick is a script that hits the mark. Individually though, the actors have delivered their best with what they had.
mango Bollywood Review
At the end of the day, mango Bollywood gives Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary movie a 2.5 on 5 rating. Ideally, there should have been stronger characters and detailed descriptions. However, for Pandey’s worth, this movie seems to have hit just the adequate chords.
PadMan Movie Review
Director: R. Balki
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte
mang Bollywood: 3.5/5 Stars
Success stories have shown us time and again that only those people who dare to dream big are the ones who make it big. The story of Arunachalam Muruganantham is one such story and this movie brings to the fore a brilliantly inspiring story!
Given the constant mention of the inadequate percentage of women using sanitary pads in India, it is about time a movie of like this was made. To put things in perspective, PadMan seems more like a long, public service announcement rather than a movie.
However, given how awkward women are made to feel even today while buying sanitary pads from a medical store, this social drama makes for an important film that needs to be watched. That being said, this movie has some brilliant performances to its name. Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte have delivered perhaps the best performances in this movie.
Akshay Kumar’s character, Lakshmikant Chauhan, asks his wife a poignant question, “you make such wonderful malpuas for me, why can’t I make sanitary pads for you?” The interesting, if rather odd, quid pro quo is necessitated by the serious health hazards that the newlywed village woman exposes herself to by using a filthy rag when she is on her period.
PadMan opens with Lakshmikant buying sanitary pads for his wife which cost a bomb. Aghast, his wife, Lakshmi (Radhika Apte) says now they will have to go without milk, as she wonders why her HUSBAND would fret about a woman’s problem.
Lakshmi plays the role of the quintessential housewife who still lives with the age old traditions and segregates herself on those five days of the month. It is now the man’s turn to look askance. Lakshmi, too, cannot fathom why sanitary pads are so expensive. Itni halki cheez ka itna bhaari daam kyun (Why should the price of something so light be so heavy,) he asks the medicine store salesman.
The salesman has no solution, neither do multi people. Finally, eureka strikes Lakshmikant and he decides making pads is the answer to all these problems. As he embarks on this journey, our protagonist faces all the hurdles possible: scepticism, ridicule, condemnation and eventual banishment make for the first half of the film. The down and out Lakshmi receives help in the form of a guardian angel, Pari (Sonam Kapoor.)
As the film begins to wind down and Lakshmi inches ever closer to success with his low-cost sanitary napkins, he heads to the United Nations to deliver a talk. Playing on Pari’s name, he acknowledges the role of a fairy who taught him how to fly. Getting the activist to share the credit with a woman is a novel move. Unfortunately, even though the movie works in establishing gender equality roles, it still reinforces the masculinity factor we Indians seem to love.
The romantic angle showed between Lakshmi and the much younger Pari seems extremely forced and does not work at all. The kiss, followed by a snuggle works against the plot and is seen as a cliche. At one point in the film, Lakshmi berates Gayatri for not moving with the times. This is 2001, he points out. Rani Mukerji ke zamaane mein Devika Rani ki baat kar rahi ho (In the age of Rani Mukherji you are talking about Devika Rani), he quips. Safe to say, this movie seems to span over a decade and half.
All in all, PadMan is a well intentioned film with a plot that is strong and drives strength from Akshay Kumar’s gutsy performance. What falls flat is the fact that while Pari is the first woman who uses the Rs. 2 sanitary pad, at the end of the movie, she is positioned as a bystander and a supporter of the man. As always, Radhika Apte steals the show with her polished acting while Sonam Kapoor makes the most of her limited appearance during the second half of the movie.
All in all, this R. Balki directorial has proved its worth. Sticking to his other movies,PadMan also addresses a very important social issue and makes us sit up, watch and take NOTE. Produced under Twinkle Khanna’s production house, Mrs. Funnybones,PadMan has more than lived up to its expectations and is worth the watch!
Padmaavat Movie Review!
Padmaavat movie cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Anupriya Goenka, Raza Murad, Aditi Rao Hydari
Padmaavat movie director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Padmaavat mango Bollywood rating: 3.5 stars
So you know how there was all the fuss about Padmaavat being a gross misinterpretation of facts? Protestors, rest easy. The movie is a poetic work of art.
For the uninitiated, the Rajput king Ratan Singh (Kapoor) is the hero, the Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji (Singh) is the villain, and the object of their mutual adoration is the utterly gorgeous Padmavati, who will always and forever be a good Indian girl, and later, wife.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been a tad bit disappointing with the way he portrayed Queen Padmini. In the beginning, we see her as a doe eyed woman at the brink of life, brimming with positivity, energy and dreams. Through the second half, her character dissolves into someone that has had the energy sapped out of them.
The director had a strong problem at hand. How does one portray women committing the act of Jauhar? One way of doing it would be to captivate and enthrall with all the trademark glitz and glamour. The other, through the subtle display of the act.
Bhansali has shown his finest hand by capturing the true essence of culture in all his frames. While Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have delivered their best performances to date, Padmaavat was Ranveer Singh’s movie through and through.
Ranveer Singh has proved his worth in this movie by portraying Khilji’s character to the tee. With brilliant acting and delivery, he showed us how obsession could turn to madness. All in all, Padmaavat as a movie is atleast a one time must watch!
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