‘Baaghi 2’ is as clichéd as a typical Bollywood action movie can be – full of revenge and drama, with a distasteful item song thrown in as an afterthought. If there is a recipe for how not to make an action film for the millennial, Ahmed Khan, I would say, has definitely got his hands on it.
‘Dil Junglee’ is a sketchy romantic comedy – a love story with credible lead actors, but a predictable plot that’s unlikely to tug at the heartstrings. Dilli ka munda Sumit Uppal (Saqib Saleem), is an aspiring actor and also a star trainer at the local gym. All he needs are a few spoken English lessons and he would be Mumbai-ready, he thinks.
Saif Ali Khan, Deepak Dobriyal and Sobhita Dhulipala are the focal points of these stories that all try an experimental approach. Saif, playing the role of a teetotaler and non-smoker, discovers he has stomach cancer and just a few months to live.
Raja Krishna Menon’s remake of ‘Chef’ is flavoursome but not half as satisfying as Jon Favreau’s original. It is, however, a treat to watch Saif Ali Khan exhibit his craft with ease after a spate of disappointing big-screen outings.
In his latest Bollywood outing, Judwaa 2, Varun Dhawan tries to recreate the 90s magic. Is the film worth watching? Here is the Yahoo Movies Review of Judwaa 2.
‘A Gentleman’ is a stylishly made action film that seems to strike a good balance with an interesting premise, a breezy romance and some understated humour. Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez have an engaging plot to work with. Is this a case of mistaken identity?
‘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.
Anees Bazmee’s ‘Mubarakan’ is boisterous, unimaginative and lackluster. Add to it the tried-and-tested formula of having the male lead in a double role and the combination appears to be a winning one – I mean, how can identical twin brothers and the ensuing confusion about their love interests not be a recipe for success! Our filmmakers however manage to make a almighty mess of this clichéd template.
‘Munna Michael’ has aspirations of being a ‘different’ film, and it would have been, had it not fallen prey to the clichéd Bollywood formula. Sabbir Khan has an interesting premise at his disposal but a very predictable second half spells doom for the film. For once, I thought the director understood exactly what Tiger Shroff was capable of – showing off his well-sculpted abs and fluid dance moves to his advantage.
‘Jagga Jasoos’ is a well-intentioned musical adventure that takes too long to unravel. Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor had previously collaborated on ‘Barfi’ (2012) – the film had deaf-mute hero (Ranbir Kapoor) and an autistic female lead (Priyanka Chopra) and yet, had one of the most coherent narratives of that year.
‘Tubelight’ needs a lot of patience and while Salman fans will surely be shedding copious tears at the theatre, for the rest this film isn’t as entertaining as his previous ones. Director Kabir Khan has an interesting premise for the story – a war’s impact on the families of the soldiers and their antsy wait for the return of their loved ones.
For Abhimanyu ‘Bubla’ Roy, the quintessential good Bengali boy, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, it is love at first sight. This childhood love story has all the makings of a perfect Bollywood romance and yet, the two best friends fail to strike the right balance when it comes to making the relationship work.
Sunhil Shetty’s ‘Noor’ works in parts – the light moments, the romance and comedy, make for a breezy watch but it flounders while trying to make a serious point. Based on the novel, ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me!’, the protagonist of this story is rookie journalist Noor Roy Chaudhury played by Sonakshi Sinha. Noor, like most young female journalists in the country aspires to be the next Barkha Dutt but is trapped covering insipid stories and Page 3 events.