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Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Nassar

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Story The film, based on the Article 15 of the Constitution of India, traces the lives of a few police officers. IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) gets posted in a village named Lalgaon in Uttar Pradesh.  As he hails from a liberal background, he has negligible understanding about the evils which rule our society.  However, the rape of two girls who hail from a lower caste, forces him to learn and fight the Indian caste system.  Article 15 showcases how Ayan Ranjan, along with other officers, embarks on a journey of acceptance and change in a Country where discrimination is everywhere.  

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“Aukat wohi hai jo hum dete hain” is a dialogue in Article 15, spoken by a brute male character, which immediately makes us confront the deepest and ugliest fault lines in the Indian society.  The film rips apart all the sugar coatings and shows you the actual, naked truth of the Indian society. 

Article 15 is set in the village of Lalgaon, where IPS officer Ayan Ranjan is posted.  Ayan Rajan is educated, liberal, urban and partially shielded from the ugly truth of the society.  The film opens to him appreciating the beauty of the interior in his office, but you are taken aback when you realise he cannot buy a water bottle from the village of the Pasi community.  Despite his good intentions, Ayan is at sea because of his little understanding about the caste system.   

What causes Ayan to study caste is the brutal rape and murder of two Dalit girls, whose bodies are found hanging from a tree, soon after Ayan’s arrival in Lalgaon. 

As he proceeds with the investigation against all odds and gets acquainted with Gaura, his colleague Jatav (Kumud Mishra) and the underground Dalit resistance leader Nishad (Zeeshan Ayyub,) he learns the magnitude of the implications of India’s caste system.  The indifference the other policemen have towards the two girls is evident by dialogues likeInn logon mein toh aisa hota hi rehta hai. Ranjan is made to learn Brahmins are on the top of the food chain, feeding upon those who belong to the “pichadi jaati.”  The officer’s ignorance of the caste system is used as the medium through which many customs are explained.

Director Anubhav Sinha’s craftsmanship is evident in his subtle portrayal of the horrors of the society.  With Article 15, Anubhav Sinha follows up with Mulk (2018,) which highlighted how religious rivalries are tearing India apart.  Sinha, in this film, highlights how the caste system is damaging our society.  

With regard to acting, Ayushmann Khurrana shines with his usual aura.  The actor leaves no stone unturned to make you believe he is indeed an ignorant cop from an urban society.  Actress Sayani Gupta is fabulous in whatever little we see of her. Her eyes convince you she is a woman trying to survive in this cruel world, where people are raped in the name of caste.

In Bollywood, where most films celebrate chest thumping patriotism, Article 15 is a brave attempt.  It introduces you to a whole new world where people don’t even share water with those who belong to lower castes, where a person’s caste is asked even before his name and where men think it is their right to rape girls from lower castes.  The film is hard hitting and in a style of its own, opens the audiences’ eyes to a truth from which they have been shielded—to a point where it almost becomes uncomfortable to watch that truth.  The extent to which caste discrimination is followed in India makes you squirm.

Article 15 is a brave attempt at filmmaking and is a really important film to watch.

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Rating: 3.5/5

Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Naveen Polishetty

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Story: 

Chhichhore is the story of a group of friends considered losers by others and their journey after college.  After the son of two of their friends try to take his own life, the group reunites and goes on a trip, reminiscing their college life.

Review:
Chhichhore is a comedy drama which will make every adult nostalgic and take them back to their college days.  The movie begins with a high note and manages to keep its audiences captivated from the beginning till the end.  Nitesh Tiwari’s direction in the movie is fabulous. From introducing every character in the movie, to keeping the past and present storyline in sync, Tiwari’s direction is praiseworthy.  The screenplay, which also written by Nitesh Tiwari along with Piyush Gupta and Nikhil Malhotra, is quite entertaining and full of nostalgia. 

Another great thing about the movie is the performance by the actors.  The leads of the movie, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sharddha Kapoor, put up convincing performances as college sweethearts and make us fall in love with their characters.  Apart from Rajput and Kapoor, the other actors also get a chance to shine. Each and every actor in the movie delivers a memorable performance, with Varun Sharma delivering some of the most hilarious dialogues of the movie. 

Chhichhore is a perfect homage to college life and delivers a great message regarding exam pressure. 

With great direction, incredible performances and an amazing storyline, Chhichhore will be a great weekend watch for everyone.

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Rating: 4/5

Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vennela Kishore, Murali Sharma, Arun Vijay, Prakash Belavadi, Evelyn Sharma Supreeth, Chunky Panday, Lal, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar and Tinnu Anand

Director: Sujeeth

Story: 

It is not easy to discuss the plot of Saaho without giving away some major spoilers.  The movie follows an undercover cop Ashok (Prabhas,) also known as Saaho, with a dark past, working on a robbery case which leads him to the fictional city of Waaji.  Saaho is joined by a Mumbai Crime Branch officer, Amritha Nair (Shraddha Kapoor) and both of them eventually fall for each other.  Together, they fight many villains and in the process, try to solve the case they are assigned. The plot may seem simple, but what makes Saaho interesting is the twists and turns in the storyline and an unexpected climax.

Review: 

Saaho captures its audience’s attention right from the start with some impressive action scenes.  Prabhas as Saaho is the life of the movie. With his incredible acting and charm, Prabhas breathes life into the character.  The same can be said about Shraddha Kapoor, who was given adequate screen time and did an incredible job.  The villains of the movie also perform well, but Chunkey Panday’s evil character stands out among others, thanks to Panday’s convincing portrayal.  Mandira Bedi as the saree clad Kalki also won our hearts. 

The budget of the movie was Rs. 350 crores, half of which was spent on action sequences.  The movie’s high octane fight sequences are proof the makers made the right choices. Sujeeth’s direction makes the movie more interesting.  Coupled with Ghibran’s background score, Saaho is a true masterpiece. 

With such an incredible cast and brilliant direction, Saaho truly is the biggest Indian film of the year.

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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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