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Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Tabu, Jackie Shroff and Vijay Varma

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Story: As it claims, Bharat is the journey of a man and a nation together.  The film opens in 1947 in Mirpur, a village near Lahore. Bharat (Salman Khan) is a kid and his father Gautam (Jackie Shroff) adores him.  Bharat, at a very young age, makes a vow to his father that he will keep his family together, irrespective of the circumstances. This is the time of partition, during which, Bharat and his family are forced to leave for India.  

At the railway station, his sister Gudiya (Barbiee Sharma) goes missing and Gautam, who sets out in search for her, also goes missing.  However, Bharat, his mother (Sonal Kulkarni) and his brother crossover to India. After being separated from his father, Bharat is forced to become responsible at a very young age and dedicates his life to fulfilling the promise he made to his father with the hope that someday, his family will reunite.

The narrative then traverses a period of over six decades from 1947 to 2010 and you can see Bharat taking up a lot of odd jobs to make ends meet. He even falls in love with Kumud (Katrina Kaif,) who is brave and honest.  All seems to be going well, but financial limitations force Bharat to take up a risky job in an underground mine, where he meets with an unexpected accident. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Review: Bharat is the official adaptation of the Korean film, An Ode To My Father and has been Indianised very well.  You witness the journey of a nation, people and culture through the eyes of one man.

Zafar’s direction is topnotch. Unlike his previous films, this film is in a different zone, but Ali handles it all well.  Important events which took place in Independent India like the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, the 1983 Cricket World Cup and globalisation are carefully yet effortlessly inserted into the narrative.  However, humour feels contrived in a few scenes and does not make the desired impact.

Bharat begins and ends well. Though it is a historic film, it does not claim any historic authenticity.  As the story moves through six decades, from 1947 to 2010, the body language, demeanour and clothes of the characters hardly seem to differ.

In an attempt to cater to Bhai’s fans, the character of Bharat is written to be heroic from the beginning to the end.  This takes away from the emotional connect to the character. Glamorous songs like Slow Motion do not seem to fit into the post Independence era.  The film’s story also changes track every 15-20 minutes, making it a little hard to keep up with the story.

Salman Khan appears to be at his usual best in this film.  Bhai’s fans are going to love him as Bharat. However, what stands out in Bharat is Katrina Kaif’s effortless portrayal of the feisty Kumud.  The actress, who proved her acting capabilities in Zero, only seems to be improving.  Katrina Kaif gave her best performance till date in Bharat.  The performances of Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff and Tabu also add well to the film.

Overall, Bharat is a well intentioned entertainer, but lacks enough soul to make it more than a one time watch.  

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Rating: 3.5/5

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H.G. Dattatreya, Vikram Gokhale and Sonakshi Sinha

Director: Jagan Shakti

Story:

Mission Mangal is the story of a group of scientists involved in ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission.  The movie follows Mission Director Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) and his teammate Tara Shinde (Vidya Balan.)  One of Rakesh’s missions fails because of an error by Tara. The duo are then assigned India’s Mars mission, which is not expected to take off anytime soon.  Rakesh and Tara soon realise, through innovative ideas, they can send a satellite to Mars in just 2 years. The ideas are ridiculed by their superiors and the duo are given a team of inexperienced and new scientists to carry out their plan.  What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Review:

The true star of the movie is Vidya Balan, who, along with Akhsay Kumar, gives a powerful performance.  However, Taapsee Pannu’s fans will be disappointed as the talented actress takes a back seat in the movie, along with Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen and Kirti Kulhari, who are not given enough material with which they can work.  Sharman Joshi delivers hilarious punchlines, which lighten some intense scenes in the movie.

Jagan Shakti’s direction is quite superb and Shakti tries hard to strike a balance between showing the personal and professional life of each character.  However, the oversimplification of scientific procedures using fried puri and cricket metaphors falls flat on some occasions. The visual effects in the movie are quite good and the background music composed by Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi is excellent.

Despite the little flaws, Mission Mangal is an entertaining movie which will wake your inner patriotism.

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Rating: 3/5

 

Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Rashmika Mandanna, V. Jaya Prakash, Brahmji and Charu Haasan

 

Director: Bharat Kamma

 

Story:

Dear Comrade is the story of Chaithanya, also known as Bobby (Vijay Deverakonda,) a hot tempered student leader at a Kakinada college.  Bobby falls in love with Lilly (Rashmika Mandanna,) a state level cricket player and Bobby’s childhood friend. Their relationship is plagued by various misunderstandings and Lilly’s disapproval of Bobby’s reckless and aggressive behaviour, which leads to their breakup.  Bobby again meets Lilly three years later and finds her in an unexpected and difficult situation. The rest of the movie is about how Bobby becomes Lilly’s ‘comrade’ and helps her overcome this difficult situation.

 

Review:

Dear Comrade is a typical love story, but what makes the movie great is Deverakonda’s and Mandanna’s performance.  Deverakonda’s ability to express his anger as Bobby is effortless, which makes his performance that much amazing.  However, it is Rashmika Mandanna who steals the show. Mandanna’s portrayal of a bubbly girl in the first half and a vulnerable and completely broken girl in the second half is quite interesting to watch.  Moreover, the chemistry between the two leads is remarkable and holds the film together.

 

The songs of Dear Comrade are the second best thing about the movie.  Composed by Justin Prabhakaran and shot at some amazing locations, the songs are well placed in the movie.  The only drawback of Dear Comrade is its run time.  With a runtime of 2 hours and 50 minutes, the movie can seem slow paced to some.  

 

Despite its run time, Dear Comrade will be a great movie to watch majorly because of the leads’ performance.  With recent reports of Karan Johar buying the rights for the movie’s Hindi remake, it will be interesting to watch which Bollywood actor and actress will do justice to Vijay Deverakonda’s and Rashmika Mandanna’s characters.

 

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Rating: 3.5/5 

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lalit Behl, Jimmy Shergil and Amyra Dastur

 

Director: Prakash Kovelamudi

 

Story:

Judgementall Hai Kya follows the story of Bobby Grewal (Kangana Ranaut,) who loses her parents at a young age.  The brutal trauma of the incident leaves her with acute psychosis, for which she refuses to take any medications.  Working as a dubbing artist for South Indian films, her hobbies include dressing up as characters for which she dubbed and making origami out of disturbing newspaper clippings.

 

Things take a turn for the worse when a seemingly perfect married couple, Keshav (Rajkummar Rao) and Meena (Amyra Dastur) with a perfectly normal life, move into Bobby’s building.  Bobby gets obsessed with the couple’s life and begins suspecting Keshav for being too normal. After a tragic accident which leads to a death, Bobby’s suspicion about Keshav being the murderer grows stronger.  The rest of the story is about how Bobby tries her best to prove Keshav is the murderer.

 

Review:

Judgementall Hai Kya asks a simple question—what do you define as normal?  How can a person determine if he/she is normal? Judgementall Hai Kya takes an unconventional approach to discuss mental issues, with an underlying plot of murder.  The screenplay written by Kanika Dhillon is quirky and interesting, with many hilarious dialogues throughout the movie.  There are many comparisons to the Ramayana.  One such reference is when Bobby says to Keshav “Ab Sita Ravan ko dhoondegi.”  Prakash Kovelamudi’s direction is brilliant, but struggles in some parts, especially during the second half of the movie.

 

The performances of the actors in the movie is what makes Judgementall Hai Kya more enjoyable.  Kangana Ranaut nails the part of Bobby Grewal with her natural performance and takes the character to another level.  Rajkummar Rao, as the slightly macho and edgy Keshav, is convincing and delivers the part effortlessly. Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao are joined by actors like Jimmy Shergill, Amyra Dastur, Lalit Behl and Amrita Puri, but it is Kangana who shines the most throughout the movie.

 

There are some flaws in the movie, particularly in the second half of the movie, where some scenes feel stretched and the climax seems a bit hurried.  There is not much impact of the songs in the movie. However, the background score by Daniel B. George is amazing and matches the theme of the movie really well.

 

Despite the little flaws, we recommend watching Judgementall Hai Kya for its quirky storyline and performances by the lead actors.

 

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Super 30 Movie Review

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Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Vijay Varma and Aditya Srivastava

Director: Vikas Bahl

Story

“India is a third world country, a country of the labour class,” says the narrator, Fugga Singh (Vijay Varma,) in the opening scene of the film, to an audience in London.  He then contradicts his own statement by introducing us to all the brilliant minds India has produced and goes on to narrate his own story, taking the audience from London to the streets of Bihar.  

Here we are introduced to Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan,) a brilliant mathematician, who has completed his graduation and is extremely passionate about Mathematics.  He is so good at the subject, he receives the Ramanujan Award from the Education Minister of Bihar. 

Anand Kumar solves a complex mathematical equation which perplexed scholars around the world and this feat lands him a seat at the prestigious Cambridge University.  However, his financial situation becomes a huge barrier and Anand is forced to shed his ambition. One day, Anand Kumar bumps into Lallan Singh (Aditya Srivastava,) who runs the Excellence Coaching Center to train elite kids for IIT-JEE.  Anand Kumar joins hands with him and becomes rich and famous. Soon, he becomes the most sought after teacher in Bihar. Suddenly, a realization dawns upon Anand Kumar—some talented students in Bihar do not have access to quality education due to their financial situation.  He quits the Excellence Coaching Center overnight and starts his own coaching center to train underprivileged kids for free. The rest of the story is about how this man fights for education for all. 

 

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Super 30 is a true story based on the life of Mathematics whizz Anand Kumar, who started the Super 30 program to train 30 talented students every year for the prestigious IIT-JEE.

This Vikas Bahl directorial stays true to its spirit and manages to perfectly capture the life struggles of Anand Kumar.  Hrithik Roshan, as Anand Kumar, is the heart and soul of this film. Roshan sheds his superstar image to play this deglamorized character and we must say, he is exceptional.  He is completely convincing as the Bihari underdog. 

There are some scenes in the film, like the scene in which Anand Kumar gets selected for the Cambridge University and the climax scene of the film, where the subtle nuances in Hrithik Roshan’s acting show the depth of his potential.  Mrunal Thakur, as Anand Kumar’s girlfriend, is convincing. Though she has very limited screen time, she makes an impact every time she appears on the screen. 

The direction, however, could have been much better.  Though Vikas Bahl manages the first half of the film well, in the second half, there are several loose ends.  While many scenes and dialogues in the film are extremely inspiring, some scenes are too dramatized and decorated, considering this is a true story.  The Holi scene is one such overly decorated scene and is the biggest drawback in the film. It falls so flat, it can make you cringe. The hospital scene in the climax also feels completely over the top. 

Though not the chartbuster variety, Ajay-Atul’s music makes the right impact, whenever required.  Sanjeev Dutta does a really good job with the dialogues.  “Ab raja ka beta raja nahi banega. Raja wahi banega jo haqdaar hoga” is a dialogue which will remain in the minds of audiences for a very long time. 

Despite these few flaws, we recommend watching Super 30 for its inspiring story. 

 

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Malaal Movie Review

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Cast: Meezan Jaffrey, Sharmin Segal, Sameer Dharmadikari and Krishna Kumar

Director: Mangesh Hadwale

Story

The film is based on two characters, Aastha (Sharmin Segal) and Shiva (Meezan Jaffrey.)  The 22 year old Shiva is a local goon who spends his day getting into street fights, drinking and gambling.  This quintessential bad boy meets Aastha, whose family just moved into his chawl. Despite initial fights and differences, Aastha and Shiva fall in love with each other.  However, all is not well in the hood as they both hail from different backgrounds, cultures and ideologies. The coming together of their different worlds and the problems it causes in their lives forms the plot of the film.

Review

Set in Mumbai during the late ’90s, Malaal is a refreshing love story which immediately pulls you into its world.  It takes you back to a time where there was no social media and handwritten love letters were actually a thing.  It is small moments like these which actually make the film stand out. 

This Mangesh Hadwale directorial manages to capture the raw beauty of a chawl perfectly, especially the celebration of festivals.  While it may not have the grandeur and scale of a usual Bhansali production, this film sure does have an essence of its own. With a mesmerizing background score, songs to compliment the film and top notch cinematography, Malaal makes for a wholesome cinematic experience.  

The romantic and intense moments of the film are really well crafted in Hadwale’s able hands.  Debut actor Meezan Jaffrey makes a strong impression with his screen presence. His convincing acting and his ability to emote with his eyes show he is a promising actor.  Sharmin Segal is refreshing to see on screen, though she falls short of expressions during some intense moments.

The only visible drawbacks in this film are the facts it is too predictable and the plot seems a little too stretched during the second half.

All in all, Malaal is a must watch if you are a fan of intense love stories.   

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