Cast: Meezan Jaffrey, Sharmin Segal, Sameer Dharmadikari and Krishna Kumar
Director: Mangesh Hadwale
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.
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.
The Sky Is Pink Movie Review
Cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Suresh Saraf
Director: Shonali Bose
The movie opens with grieving parents Aditi (Priyanka Chopra) and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) trying to cope with the death of their daughter Aisha (Zaira Wasim.) The daughter posthumously narrates the story of her death and her parents, whom she affectionately calls Panda and Moose. The movie depicts the journey of Aditi and Niren as they try to do everything to save their daughter and eventually come to terms with the reality their daughter may not stay alive beyond the age of 19. This drives a wedge between the couple, who find a way to rekindle their lost love while facing the tragedy.
This Shonali Bose directorial perfectly captures the different phases of grief one has to undergo when they suffer the loss of a loved one. It throws light on the question of how one should grieve the loss. The screenplay is well written and puts equal focus on the journey of the couple as well as the story of their daughter.
The Sky is Pink is the last film of actress Zaira Wasim, who delivers an incredible performance in the heartbreaking story. However, Wasim is outshined by Priyanka Chopra, who makes her Bollywood comeback with the film. Priyanka, as Aditi, perfectly channels the emotions of a mother who will do anything for her dying daughter. Farhan Akhtar, as Niren Chaudhary, complements Priyanka and uses his eyes to channel all the emotions. Rohit Saraf, as Ishaan Chaudhary, delivers a strong performance as a son who is never the center of attention for his parents. He effortlessly portrays the role of an understanding and supportive son and big brother.
The Sky Is Pink is a heartwarming movie which is neither overly dramatic nor too subtle. The direction by Shonali Bose and the lead actors’ performances give life to the film.
We recommend The Sky Is Pink for its amazing story.
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Chhichhore Movie Review
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Naveen Polishetty
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
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.
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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Saaho Movie Review
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
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.
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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Mission Mangal Movie Review
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H.G. Dattatreya, Vikram Gokhale and Sonakshi Sinha
Director: Jagan Shakti
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.
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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Dear Comrade Movie Review
Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Rashmika Mandanna, V. Jaya Prakash, Brahmji and Charu Haasan
Director: Bharat Kamma
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.
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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