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Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran Teaser Is Mind Blowing

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The teaser for Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, released. Though embroiled in controversies and a long, drawn out legal battle with ex co producers, KriArj Entertainment, John Abraham’s latest project finally sees the light.

The teaser starts with the some of the most remarkable moments in the history of India. Boman Irani, himself narrating the story, takes you down through all the episodes of our glorious history till the time when the 1998 nuclear bomb tests were conducted by the Indian Army in Pokhran, a village in Rajasthan.

Boman Irani’s voice over adds a sense of mystery and intrigue to the entire movie, giving us an idea of what to expect. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran tells the tale of several experiments, out of which one went seriously wrong and left the world reeling in shock. The most noteworthy here were the nuclear tests in Pokhran. India officially declared itself a nuclear capable state after the 1998 Pokhran tests. The first set of tests were conducted in 1974 under the code name, Smiling Buddha.

The teaser looks exciting, with John Abraham and Diana Penty playing the roles of military officers to perfection. Watch the teaser here.

Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran was in the news for all the wrong reasons. Thanks to its ugly and public battle with KriArj Entertainment, this John Abraham film received severe backlash from the press. However, after what seems like an eternity, the matter was finally resolved and the teaser released to much fan fare. Starring John Abraham and Diana Penty in the lead roles, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is scheduled to hit the screens on 25 May, 2018!

 

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Batti Gul Meter Chalu Review And First Day Expectations

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Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma and Yami Gautami

Director: Shree Narayan Singh

mango Bollywood Rating; 3 stars on 5 stars

From the very beginning, Shree Narayan Singh has established himself as a director who brings causes to the silver screen. Just like with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Singh works with the leads of Batti Gul Meter Chalu to tell the story of a village seeped in troubles with electricity.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu maps the journey of three friends (Shahid, Shraddha and Divyendu) and how each one has to make a life changing choice through the course of the film. What makes them so interesting individually is how diagonally different the three are. One is a thrifty lawyer (Shahid Kapoor,) the other is a business man who lives only by the rules (Divyendu Sharma,) while the third is an  fashion designer (Shraddha Kapoor.)

The trio are the life of Garwal, a village in Uttarakhand, making everyone around them green with envy. Just like every story involving two guys and a girl, a love triangle is but inevitable. Both SK (Shahid Kapoor) and Sundar (Divyendu) love Lalita (Shraddha,) making matters complicated by each of them professing their love to her in over the top ways.

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Things quickly turn ugly when Lalita has to make the tough choice between the two men in her life. In the midst of this confusing love triangle, Lalita’s electricity bill keeps getting inflating beyond expectation. The first half of this film seems tried and tested, with little or no importance given to the issue of inflated electricity bills. Singh builds up the love triangle to a point, only to resolve it by having one of the two men jumping into the Ganga (thank God!) While you are still trying to grasp with the terms of only one love story to deal with, the second half of the film jumps head on into the real issue (electricity and how inflated bills affect the common man.)

Singh has more than established himself as a man who deals with social causes. As leads, Shahid, Divyendu, Shraddha and Yami Gautam all do really well, making us want to connect with the story not just on a superficial level, but on a personal front as well. Watch Batti Gul Meter Chalu not because of the sappy love triangle, but because of the way people need to stand up and take notice of what goes on in the other parts of the world!

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Love Sonia Review And First Day Expectations

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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.

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Manmarziyaan Review And First Day Expectations

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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!

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Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Review And First Day Expectations

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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!

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Satyameva Jayate Review

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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.

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