Shaad Ali’s ‘Soorma’, based on the life of former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, is an incredible saga of a man who battled paralysis and made a comeback to the national side. This inspirational story slackens now and then, but the premise and its treatment, make it eminently watchable.
Essentially endearing though it is, ‘102 not out’ needs the stellar performances of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor to ride all the way into our hearts. Umesh Shukla’s film lacks the fine balance that would have made it compelling throughout, but the story of an unusual relationship between a 75-year-old son and his 102-year-old father is by itself an interesting premise – enough to keep one invested. The son (Rishi) has embraced old age and is happy to be living the predictable-albeit-drab life of a senior citizen.
Amir, played admirably by Ishaan Khatter, is on the run after a drug bust and seeks shelter at his sister’s place. Things get complicated when his sister Tara (Malavika Mohanan) is arrested for assault after she tries to avert a rape attempt against her. Chased by the police and his former criminal associates, Amir tries everything in his capacity to procure bail for his sister.
Raj Kumar Gupta brings us an interesting story, but it is just not gripping enough. If I were to compare this story to a similar one in recent times, I think Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Special 26’ (2013) comes close. While the raid in ‘Special 26’ was a fake one, the intrigue and build-up was something that kept the audience invested.
Don’t believe what Virat Kohli has to say. ‘Pari’ is yet another horror film that begins with promise, but soon gone awry. Prosit Roy fails to keep the plot together after building up the intrigue commendably up to the intermission.
What keeps you invested in this road film is Irrfan’s impeccable comic timing. A few wrong connections later, she meets the 40-year-old, never-married, Yogi, who claims to be passionate about poetry. As the oddball couple decides to embark on an impromptu trip, we discover their little quirks and wonder whether the two will actually find true love.
First-time director Advait Chandan makes this story heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure. Why you should watch this film? Here is the Yahoo Movies Review of Secret Superstar.
Hansal Mehta, the director, has crafted a couple of fine movies – ‘Shahid’ and ‘Aligarh’ – based on real-life characters. It borrows heavily from the life of Sandeep Kaur, who robbed a string of banks in Los Angeles in 2014 by pretending to be a human bomb and who was eventually arrested.
‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is a typical Bollywood love story. The endearing characters, who are indispensable to this story, make this small-town tale heartwarming. Bitti from Bareilly loves break dance, English films and an occasional puff and this obviously doesn’t fit the description of a ‘suitable girl’.
This well-intentioned film is trite, verbose and protracted. ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ tries too hard to drive home its point – however valid – and in the process spends too much time circumventing the real issue. A topic such as this one needed dollops of humour to engage the audience, but the excruciatingly lengthy runtime of 155 minutes only serves to the contrary.
‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma makes for a fun watch. This is one served with a dash of humour and lots of travel. Imtiaz Ali well understands the complexities of a romantic relationship. For those of us who have had too much of Ali’s edgy and dark love stories, this one comes as a breath of fresh air. Rummana Ahmed reviews this complete entertainer.