‘Baazaar’ builds up quite well with the key players belting out convincing performances, but it falters in the second half. The thrills wane and you are left with a tepid tale that fails to keep you consistently engaged.
Way too many directors have managed to capture the essence, dialect and inherent charm of rural India, but Vishal Bhardwaj takes it one step further with Pataakha.
‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ wants to showcase a pertinent issue, but trips on many roadblocks, much like a constantly tripping electricity connection in the small Uttarakhand town the story is set in.
‘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.
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.
While the action sequences are riveting, it’s the loose narrative that makes this film an exhausting watch. Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Baby’ was an engrossing watch and I was looking forward to ‘Naam Shabana’, the prequel. But this film falters at all places where ‘Baby’ (2015) had held its own – a taut script, palpable tension and a brisk pace at which the story unfolded.
When the ‘foreign-return’, ill-fated, would-be groom, Kanan (Suraj Sharma), is asked to marry a tree before his actual marriage, he ends up marrying the resident-ghost of the tree, Sashi. Kanan is in a bind because he has no clue what to do with the friendly ghost with an impending wedding at hand.
The film is visually compelling, but the overall cinematic experience is sketchy and, at times, even tedious. This film is set during World War II – a time when Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA) was waging it’s own war of liberation against the British Empire. In this tumult, a feisty Bollywood action star Julie (Kangana Ranaut) is asked to entertain English and Indian troops at the India-Burma border.
Mani Ratnam’s ‘OK Kanmani’ had tugged at my heartstrings, alas, Shaad Ali’s remake just doesn’t strike the same chords. ‘OK Jaanu’ lacks the spontaneity and the effervescence of the original. Aditya (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Tara (Shraddha Kapoor) are instinctively attracted to each other but settling down to live happily ever after is not in their immediate scheme of things. This young couple is tenants at an older couple’s (Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson) place.
It is as much a story about the sport, as it is about revisiting gender stereotypes and a complex father-daughter relationship. Nitesh Tiwari has infused this biopic with not only heart-wrenching emotions, but also spontaneous humour. Mahavir Singh Phogat’s indomitable spirit and his almost audacious ambition to coach Geeta and Babita to glory at the world wrestling stage indeed make for an inspiring story.
Nitya Mehra’s ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ is one messy ride – the to and fro narrative, the confusing messages, the inept acting, the complete lack of chemistry between the lead couple are just a few of the problems. C’mon, if a film is backed by names like Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, then something’s gotta give.
My heart sinks every time a good concept is letdown by a lousy script. ‘Akira’ directed by A R Murugadoss spends too much time on setting up and dragging on a plot that could have been terse and taut.
Remo understands dance, a superhero flick with a dollops of gyaan on environmental pollution and its impact is much beyond his ilk. There is very little to say about this unsuspecting, reluctant superhero – no super power can save Tiger Shroff’s preposterous choice of career.
Inspired by the Nanavati case (1959), where a decorated Naval officer is charged with murdering his wife’s lover, this case has a certain allure. The public prosecutor wanted to prove this a premeditated murder, where the officer decided to fire three shots in cold blood, the defendant, however, pleads ‘not guilty’ saying that he fired the shots under extreme provocation and in self-defense. In fact, the public prosecutor played by Sachin Khedekar comes across as a bumbling fool.