In the midst of all the glitz and glamour that makes Bollywood, there comes a new movie with a thrilling trailer! From the makers of the moderately successful series of horror movies, we have the latest offering in the form of 1921. Featuring Karan Kundrra in his first lead role, this Hindi film stars Zareen Khan and is written and directed by Vikram Bhatt.
Karan comes to beautiful England in an attempt to pursue his passion, music. Enter Rose, played by Zareen Khan, a shape shifting spirit with serious anger management issues. 1921 has all the trappings of a truly simple horror movie. From the visual effects to the scenes itself, everything has already been done and dusted with.
Filled with jumps, spooks and thrills, the trailer of 1921 is all set for a perfect scare fest! Like every good horror movie, this one also has a good boy going to a new place to start his life over. The trailer reminds us of all our favourite Hollywood scary movies and seems like a weird mixture of Conjuring and Raaz in one.
The trailer has many moments of ghosts and spirits but you anticipate it coming, which makes you lose hope that it will manage to standout like the first one, 1920 which stared Adah Sharma, which was quite a hit. Written and directed by Vikram Bhatt, 1921 stars Karan Kundraa and Zareen Khan in lead roles. The movie is slated to hit the silver screens by 12 January, 2018. Check out the trailer here!
Why Cheat India Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary
Director: Soumik Sen
Why Cheat India tells the story of Rakesh Sharma (Emraan Hashmi,) who runs a business wherein he uses loopholes in the Indian education system and scams people. How? By hiring bright boys from an underprivileged background and getting them to write exams for the rich and privileged. Sharma has a simple goal: to help improve the lives of those who don’t have enough to make ends meet by making money from those who can afford to pay for proxy writers. Based on the life of Sattu, a boy who falls prey to Sharma’s plans, Why Cheat India takes one on a gripping journey of how people without privilege lived their lives.
Innocence and desperation are perhaps two of the most vulnerable traits people have and when exploited, there is a lot to be gained by the person exploiting the others. Emraan Hashmi’s Why Cheat India, draws parallels for this story from these situations, where opportunists like Rakesh know from where they can make the most money. A slimy businessman with his own set of morals, Rakesh plays both sides of the law in a way which ensures he is safe and protected, no matter what.
A daunting and gripping tale, Why Cheat India is the story not of a hero, but an anti hero who brings to life the various levels of corruption and crime which exist in our education system. A movie about the ultimate mafia (who quite literally controls the future of people’s life) of education, this particular Soumik Sen directorial is a story which needed to be told. Based in the slightly more backward areas of India (Janpur, Kota and Jhansi, for example,) Rakesh’s scams are in use the most here because of the sheer amount of pressure there is on the students to become engineers, doctors or MBA graduates.
However, while the plot is unique and storytelling is to the point, there are a few things which don’t make sense. A glaring hole with regard to Sharma’s past life makes one question his intentions of setting up this business and Sattu’s blind adoration for Rakesh seems a bit far fetched. All in all, with some brilliant performances by all the leads, Sen’s Why Cheat India tells the story of a flawed system and makes one question the integrity of the education system in India.
The Accidental Prime Minister Review And First Day Expectations
Cast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Vipin Sharma, Suzanne Bernert, Munish Bhardwaj, Arjun Mathur, Aahana Kumra
Director: Vijay Ratnakar Gutte
Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, The Accidental Prime Minister promised to make right the image of a fallen man who was wronged in every way possible. Based on a book of the same name, written by Sanjaya Baru (Manmohan Singh’s media advisor,) the films traces all the events which took place during the ten years of Manmohan Singh’s reign. From talking about the nuclear deal, to the 2G and 3G scams, The Accidental Prime Minister presents a contrived tale.
From the time the film starts, one immediately realises the story is told from the point of view of the author. Through the entire movie, there is a clear indication of how Manmohan Singh was but a mere puppet in the hands of the Nehru Gandhi family and how he had no real power while making any of the major decisions during his tenure as the Prime Minister of India.
For a film which promised complete insight into what really happened during the “political turf war,” the final story does nothing more than just scratch the surface a little. Despite Akshaye Khanna doing a passable job of playing Baru and Suzanne Bernert being quite a convincing Sonia Gandhi, it was quite disappointing to watch Anupam Kher reduce the former Prime Minister to nothing more than a caricature.
On the whole, despite promising a lot more content than the book had to offer, The Accidental Prime Minister seems to be nothing more than a contrived effort of making the Congress party look bad. As a director, Gutte went above and beyond to prove how Singh was betrayed by his Party. However, while doing so, he simply seems to miss mentioning the other major details which happened during the former Prime Minister’s reign.
From skimming over the nuclear deal between India and the U.S., to the various scams between 2004 and 2014 which led to the downfall of the Congress party, The Accidental Prime Minister is a badly made movie.
Uri: The Surgical Strike Review And First Day Expectations
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Mohit Raina, Paresh Rawal, Rajit Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Kirti Kulhari, Swaroop Sampat
Director: Aditya Dhar
Based on real life events, Uri: The Surgical Strike is a movie which brings to life an entire series of surgical strikes which happened during one of the most intense times in Indian history. Tracing the journey of both the Indian and Pakistani armies. Uri also traces the journey of the man who led the strikes. This movie is to the point and precise, bringing to life what went on during the surgical strikes.
What makes this war film stand out so well is how the movie was made through the eyes of the protagonist, Major Vihaan Singh Shergill (played by Vicky Kaushal.) The two sequential attacks are not shown, but given a visual and verbal appearance. While the first attack on India was shown through the sounds of bullets and the shouts of the soldiers, the retaliation by the Indian Army is depicted through the sounds of thumping music.
Drawing strong parallels from what truly happened during the 2016 surgical strikes, Dhar uses all the right kind of visual effects, making a strong impact on the person watching the film. Through all the chaos in the film, Dhar delivers a lasting message with hard hitting dialogues like, “unhe Kashmir chaihye, humein unka sar.” Sticking to the theme of being patriotic to the very last end, Dhar does justice to the way the Indian Army fought for the Country.
Mapping not just the war but also the personal struggles of Major Vihaan, Uri tugs strongly at your heartstrings. At one point, a scene shows a soldier singing one moment and dying the next, another scene shows a daughter bidding a tearful farewell to her father by shouting out his war cry. With no major romantic story to its name, Dhar’s Uri tells a tale which is marred with controversies.
A moving story with some really well done scenes, Uri: The Surgical Strike tells quite an intriguing tale. A stirring and moving narration, perhaps the only thing which goes against it is the fact, there isn’t enough tension building throughout. However, Vicky Kaushal and the rest of the cast are at the top of their game, making watching the entire film an entertaining experience.
Simmba Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Ranveer Singh, Ashutosh Rana and Sonu Sood
Director: Rohit Shetty
Simmba, the Bollywood version of Tollywood’s super hit movie Temper, finally hit the screens today and from the looks of things, this particular Ranveer Singh and Rohit Shetty collaboration is a winner! Based on the life of a cop who is on the wrong side of the law, the story shows how Sangram Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) fights for the right when a girl he calls his sister gets sexually assaulted. Vowing to fight all the wrong things with an aim to be on the straight side of life, Simmba looks at whether the defeat of good over evil comes to light or not!
Sangram Bhalerao (Simmba,) a cop known for his unscrupulous things rather than the good things in life, loves only one thing: money. While he loves making the most out of all the wrong situations around him, this particular cop also has one motto in life, doing “beimaani with full imandaari” (doing dishonest things with complete honesty.) As one progresses through the movie, Rohit Shetty maps Simmba’s growth in different stages.
While Shagun’s (Sara Ali Khan) and Simmba’s chemistry is palpable, Simmba’s fight for revenge is what makes one want to see the movie till the very end! Big bad men, huge SUVs skating around Goa and the usual familial drama make for the central crux of this particular film. A typical Rohit Shetty mass entertainer with a bad guy turned good, a villain (Sonu Sood) who is all things hot and steamy and songs which keep you tapping your feet, Simmba as a movie is definitely worth all the hype!
With more than enough moments where you get your money’s worth while watching the movie, there is a stark difference between the original film and the Bollywood version with all the different elements coming together in a neat little bundle. Simmba is a welcome surprise after the intense movie that was Padmaavat. Ranveer Singh proved yet again, he is a worthy actor!
Zero Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhay Deol, R Madhavan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sheeba Chaddha, Brijendra Kala and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Director: Aanand L Rai
Zero has an interesting story to its name. With a host of different characters being brought together at different points of life, this Aanand L. Rai directorial shows us what life with impairments looks like. Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is a vertically impaired man who travels from Mumbai to the United States with the hopes of making his acting dreams come true. Through the journey, he falls in love Aafia (a scientist with cerebral palsy) and also gets to meet his lady love, Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif!) During the course of his journey, Bauua also meets other celebrities (Salman Khan, for example) and works to make sure no impairment causes hindrance to him while climbing the ladder of success!
As a film, Zero traces the journey of Bauua Singh, a man who spends his father’s money while lusting after the extremely gorgeous Babita Kumari. Life takes a sudden turn for this extremely confident man when he meets Aafia, a scientist living with cerebral palsy. This is when Bauua realises he isn’t the only one with a life altering disorder and slowly, a bond forms between Aafia and Bauua.
Although things start off on a pleasant note for these two, their contrasting personalities create conflicts and just when things seem to be settling down, Babita Kumari enters Bauua’s life, making things all the more exciting for the young couple. While the first half focuses on establishing quite an unusual love story, the second half takes us (along with Bauua) to different places around the world. From Mumbai (where he meets and dances with Salman Khan,) to the United States and finally, on a Mars inspired mission, the second half tells quite an entertaining and engaging story.
While the premise and the plot make you want to watch the movie and see where it takes you, the finale is anything but inspired. Despite having a good storyline, Aanand L. Rai seems to have missed the plot through certain places in the movie. Although Aanand has tried to show the various flaws faced by the leads, he seems to have ignored the art of good storytelling.
What starts off as a fun and vibrant movie, quickly turns into a heavy and bizarre story, giving one a sense of dissatisfaction toward the end. A bold script with bold characters, Aanand L. Rai could have done a lot better with what he had, but instead, he gave us a story that was not quite all there.
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