A young couple from the Hindi heartland, Mathura, opt for a live-in relationship before they decide to plunge into holy matrimony. The ‘Luka Chuppi’ (hide-and-seek) that follows with their family and the society in general makes for a fun ride peppered with some laugh-out-loud moments.
One can suspend disbelief and forsake logic voluntarily if a screwball comedy has engaging screenplay, wacky characters and rip-roaring gags. In that regard, director Indra Kumar’s ‘Total Dhamaal’ should have been named ‘Partial Dhamaal’ because it provides everything – laughs to entertainment- in half measures.
Soumik Sen’s ‘Why Cheat India’ is an attempt to expose what he considers to be the country’s flawed education system, and while it is a well-intentioned film, the narrative is marred by a labored pace and tepid treatment. Rakesh Singh aka Rocky, played competently by Emraan Hashmi, is a suave conman.
‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is a bad film. Every character, with the lone exception of Akshaye Khanna, is unabashedly caricaturized. For the uninitiated, the film is based on Sanjaya Baru’s memoir of the same name.
‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’ is an engaging wartime film that strikes the right balance. Inspired by true events, this film does a commendable job of showcasing the precision with which the surgical strikes were carried out by the Indian Army. In 2016, four heavily armed terrorists attacked an Indian Army camp in a pre-dawn ambush.
If you ever had a tough time making up your mind about whom to love and found yourself being overruled by the heart time and again, this one is for you.
‘Stree’ is a horror comedy that keeps you completely entertained. Amar Kaushik’s debut film has a rare mix of really scary moments peppered with a generous dose of humour. Here’s how it unfolds: Residents of the small northern Indian town of Chanderi believe that a female ghost (Stree) visits every house during the four days of a local temple festival.
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.
Vidya Balan is among the few actors of this generation who can rise above the script and stamp their authority on a film. Vidya’s sterling acting chops are on full display in her latest release ‘Tumhari Sulu’. Sulu’s life takes a fortuitous turn when she goes to a radio station to collect a pressure cooker that she has won in a contest.
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.