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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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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Judgementall Hai Kya Movie Review
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lalit Behl, Jimmy Shergil and Amyra Dastur
Director: Prakash Kovelamudi
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.
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
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Vijay Varma and Aditya Srivastava
Director: Vikas Bahl
“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.
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
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.
Article 15 Movie Review
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.
“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 like “Inn 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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